August 27, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: The March on Washington in Pictures

GOOD MORING P.O.U.!

 

“And a child shall lead them….”

Austin Clinton Brown, age 9 of Gainsville, GA (Photo: Jet Magazine)

Austin Clinton Brown, age 9 of Gainsville, GA (Photo: Jet Magazine)

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THEN…

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“Free Lemonade for Freedom Marchers” read the banner Marguerite Kelly’s children hung in their Capitol Hill rowhouse window on Aug. 28, 1963. Katy, right, was 7 and remembers marchers in their Sunday best, gloves for the women, jackets and ties for the men. She is shown here with her sister, Meg, left, then 3½, and her 6-year-old brother, Michael, who became a reporter and editor for The Washington Post and the New York Times and was the first journalist killed in Iraq. Who are the boys who stopped by and posed for this photo? Whom did they grow up to be?

 

…AND NOW

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(Photo: Michel du Cille / The Washington Post)

Katy Kelly, 57, left, and her sister, Meg, 53, outside the Capitol Hill home their family still owns. Many of their white neighbors fled the area after the riots following Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968, but the Kellys remained.

(SOURCE: The Washington Post)

 

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(Photo: Estate of Leonard Freed)

(Photo: Estate of Leonard Freed)

 

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(Photo: Estate of Leonard Freed)


(Photo: Estate of Leonard Freed)

(Photo: Estate of Leonard Freed)

 

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THEN…

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(Photo: AP)

Roosevelt Nesmith of Camden, N.J., talks to his 3-year-old son, Roosevelt Noel, the day before the march. Between the father and son and the Washington Monument is a stack of signs that the marchers would carry the next day. As the head of the NAACP in Burlington County, N.J., for decades, until his death in 2006, the elder Nesmith challenged local housing laws and won a landmark 1975 decision from the state Supreme Court, which ruled that every New Jersey town must provide housing for low- and moderate-income families.

 

…AND NOW

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(Photo: Michel du Cille / The Washington Post)

Roosevelt Nesmith, 53, posed for a portrait this month in Camden, N.J. He was 3 years old when his father took him to the March on Washington.

(SOURCE: The Washington Post)

 

THEN…

Edith Lee-Payne, 12 yrs old (Photo: Rowland Scherman)

….AND NOW

 

Edith Lee-Payne with granddaughters Destiny Payne, left, 16, and Dejai Payne, 14 (Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)

Edith Lee-Payne with granddaughters Destiny Payne, left, 16, and Dejai Payne, 14
(Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)

Edith Lee Payne recalls Aug. 28, 1963, like it was last week.

It was her 12th birthday. She and her mother were at her Aunt Edith’s home in Washington, D.C., preparing to attend the March on Washington for Jobs and Equality. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had spoken in Detroit two months before and asked the throngs who turned out to come to the nation’s capital.

Edith, dressed in a paisley dress and a hairstyle like that of actress Patty Duke, ate scrapple, scrambled eggs and grits before they climbed into her aunt’s ’60 Chevy Impala to drive to American Red Cross headquarters, where they traded for a truck to head to the Lincoln Memorial.

Few people were there so early, but as the sun rose higher, some who recognized her mother, who had grown up in Washington, stopped by.

“We were listening to Peter, Paul and Mary on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, and Lena Horne came over to speak to my mother,” Payne recalls.

For a moment, Edith Lee Payne sounds 12 years old, seeing her mother — and America — in a new light.

Dorothy Lee had been a dancer who performed with Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington and who baby-sat Sammy Davis Jr. when his father was working. Later, in Detroit, she had performed in black entertainment districts. But in August 1963, Dorothy Lee was a domestic with fond memories and dreams for her only child.

Later, as King spoke, Payne says she remembers hearing things she hadn’t heard before about an America her parents had hidden from her. She had never known racism or discrimination or the emotional pain at the root of the civil rights movement.

“I’d never heard my mother say she experienced any racial injustices like having to go through back doors and use for-colored-only water fountains and how people … were being brutalized,” she recalls. “I wondered why she never told me. I’m actually glad that she didn’t.”

“As far as I knew, I lived the dream because I lived in an interracial neighborhood,” she says.

Her face, with that look of quiet reflection, was among those Rowland Scherman photographed that day. Scherman was a photographer for the U.S. Information Agency and the primary photographer of the event. Scherman’s photo of Payne became one of the iconic images of the ’63 March.

Payne wouldn’t know about the photo for 35 years.

“My cousin, Marsha, was looking through a catalog, and she noticed on the cover of this 2009 black history calendar that it was my picture! So she called me and told me. I couldn’t believe that my picture — me —would be on a calendar with Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther and Sojourner Truth and Jessie Owens! And on the back cover was a picture of the Little Rock 9.”

She purchased the photo. Her mother, who died in 1993, never saw it.

The girl in that photo was different from the girl who returned from the march.

Payne recalls an idyllic life attending integrated schools and living in an integrated neighborhood.

“When I say to people that I went to integrated schools, the best way I can show them, the best way I can support what I say, is my yearbook,” she says. “We did drama. We sang in the choir. We went through a high school experience together. There was no violence.”

So much happened after the ’63 march, she says. It helped usher in national legislation that protected the rights of black people to vote and ended Jim Crow laws.

(READ MORE HERE)

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  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    Today is Michael Jackson’s birthday… he would be 55.

    Yesterday was Fred Hampton’s birthday… he would be 66.

    Have a fabulous day!

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU fam!

    Interesting article about Gov. Brown and California’s rebound. This has to be one of most perfect paragraphs ever….

    “A child in a family making $20,000 a
    year or speaking a language different from English requires more help,” Brown said, pitching the plan to the legislature. “Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice.”

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/jerry-browns-tough-love-miracle-20130829page=3#ixzz2dMQCFipp

    • conlakappa

      And just common sense but it’s sad that he had to point out the obvious.

      • JojoRaze

        Common sense ain’t common.

    • TyrenM

      I hope HE gets a major speech at 2016 DNC Convention. People can say what they want about Jerry but CA is coming up.

      • conlakappa

        Old-school liberal at the convention? I’d be surprised. If it happens, it will be during one of the daytime spots or with Sister Simone.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥- –***BIG HUG** :>) THANK U 4 “KEEPIN’ The DREAM –ALIVE” THROUGH THIS SERIES. :>)–LUVIN the “THEN — NOW”.- – -

    -FOUR BIRTHDAYS -[ Thank U Sagittarius♥] – - -
    — — — – ☺Sociologist ,E. Franklin Fraiser was born, 1894
    – - —- —-☺Jazz musician, Charlie “Bird” Parker was born in Kansas City, 1920

    – - – - – — ☺1924 – Dinah Washington, singer, born

    – – —- –☺Musician, Michael Jackson was born, 1958

    — –ENJOY YOUR – -”SPECIAL” TREAT :>) — -B BLESSED –2-DAY.♥ — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – —Wonder WHERE he will B ?? – –:>) —

    — — -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5meHFQSh_9o

    LOOKIN’ FORWARD – —> :>) — -BLESS U♥ – –:>)

    • conlakappa

      He already has the head-bob of a seasoned politician! Future President Robby Novak.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – –From: MR. PRESIDENT –on Syria: —

    – —– Obama on Syria: ‘I have not made a decision’- –

    — – —President Obama said Wednesday he is still deciding how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    “I have not made a decision,” he told the “PBS News Hour” in his most extensive comments since the Aug. 21 attack in the outskirts of Damascus.

    His comments came as the White House prepares to brief members of Congress on Thursday afternoon about developments in Syria, possibly laying the groundwork for a targeted attack against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. As growing number of lawmakers from both parties are calling on Obama to detail the intelligence and rationale behind a strike, the president made the case Wednesday that the United States must protect its “core self-interest” and respond to the use of chemical weapons.
    THERE IS MORE — – - –BLESS U in your decision-making.

    • goldenstar

      Judy Woodruff is fascinating in this interview. She presses the President on the bombing. You know when a reporter prefaces, “I beg your pardon,” or “Excuse me,” that they’re inserting their opinion into the questions. So she sks PBO if the US bombs Syria and it might not do harm, why bother? DUH.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ GOLDenstar.:>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

        —-***BIG fist bump***– -Dontcha jus luv these – -NON-interviews as they tryta write an OP-ED!? – –geesh! –

        Good 2 C U. —On the run. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —–FAST FOOD WORKERS —will MARCH — -

    – - – -Wave of fast food strikes hits 50 cities – –

    – - — -Fast food workers in 50 cities across the U.S. are walking off the job Thursday as they protest for higher wages.

    Organizers say it will be the largest strike to hit the $200 billion fast-food industry.
    THERE IS MORE — —BLESS THEM/FAMILIES. –AMEN.

  • conlakappa

    My mother said there were a lot of little ones down there yesterday taking it all in without much fussing while being admired and talked to by strangers.

    My weepy liberal friend [a good souled person, I'm sure but she freaks and gets caught up in whatever the angst] asked me if the reason there were crowd shots of yesterday rather than Saturday was because Saturday’s attendance was sparser. I don’t know what to answer if I’ll answer. I could give an H. Rap Brown-esque response about The Man in the form of the MSM…

    • nellcote

      Take a look at who the organizers were for the two marches. That may answer your question. Hint: Rev Al

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – —-James Blake – –Retires – –

    – —James Blake’s career ends with 1st-round loss at US Open – -

    — – —James Blake walked off the court at the U.S. Open for the last time as a singles player early Thursday morning after blowing a two-set lead and losing in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

    The 33-year-old American fell 6-7 (2), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) in the first round to Ivo Karlovic.

    Blake had announced Monday that this would be his last tournament, ready to spend more time with his wife and young daughter. He couldn’t quite extend his stay another round. Blake will still play doubles. – –

    THERE IS MORE – - –BEST WISHES :>) – - -

    – —http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly_4UmVg8GM

  • Miranda

    well well well

    George Zimmerman’s Wife Says He Has ‘Beaten Down Her Self Esteem’
    Aug 28, 2013 8:46pm

    The Florida investigative journalist who is the first reporter to sit down with George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, said that during their “stunning” hourlong interview, the acquitted killer’s wife said that her husband has “beaten down her self-esteem,” but she is “looking forward to getting her life back.”

    Christi O’Connor spoke with ABCNews.com today about her experience locking down an interview with Shellie Zimmerman as the media focused its attention on her husband, who was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, an
    unarmed 17-year-old, in Sanford, Fla., in February 2012.
    [....]
    O’Connor, who is working on a book about the George Zimmerman trial, also hinted that there was evidence that was mishandled, saying that during the sensational trial, “there were so many untruths told.”

    “What the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict,” she said.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/08/george-zimmermans-wife-says-he-has-beaten-down-her-self-esteem/

    • Town

      Shellie Zimmerman better sleep with one eye open. She might get the Oscar Pistorius treatment.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Miranda :>) —***BIG HUG*** :>) –

      – –Here comes – –KARMA! – - -http://img1.joyreactor.com/pics/post/karma-domino-446801.jpeg Woo! Hoo! :>)

      —-JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON annnd OTHERS. — :>)

      Have a good day. :>)

  • Miranda

    AP EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA OFFERS NEW GUN CONTROL STEPS
    By JOSH LEDERMAN— Aug. 29 9:06 AM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.

    Four months after a gun control drive collapsed spectacularly in the Senate, President Barack Obama added two more executive actions to a list of 23 steps the White House determined Obama could take on his own to reduce gun violence. With the political world focused on Mideast tensions and looming fiscal battles, the move signaled Obama’s intent to show he hasn’t lost sight of a cause he took up after 20 first graders and six adults were gunned down last year in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

    more here: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-exclusive-obama-offers-new-gun-control-steps

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —-”IMITATION –the HIGHEST form of FLATTERY” — -:>)

    – - – –Happy birthday Michael Jackson! 20 stars who sampled the King of Pop –:>)

    – — – — -Today is the late Michael Jackson’s 55th birthday and we still listen to his music and feel his impact on the music industry to this day.
    Some of our favorite artists have used the King of Pop’s classic productions as the background to some of their biggest hits.
    – — -SNIP – — -
    These are a few entertainers who are in debt to MJ for what he did for their careers.

    R.I.P. Michael Jackson. – –

  • Miranda

    US ECONOMY GREW AT 2.5 PERCENT RATE IN SPRING
    Aug. 29 9:23 AM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated. The steep revision was largely because U.S. companies exported more goods and imports declined.

    The Commerce Department said second-quarter growth was sharply higher than the initial 1.7 percent rate it reported last month. And the growth this spring was more than double the 1.1 percent rate from January through March.

    The improvement in the trade deficit helped offset a weaker government spending.

    more here: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-economy-grew-25-percent-rate-spring

  • Miranda

    Maine candidate questioned by Secret Service after posting Obama photo labelled ‘shoot the ni**er’
    Thursday, August 29, 2013 8:39 EDT

    A conservative candidate for Maine town selectman received a visit from the Secret Service after he posted a photo of President Barack Obama on Facebook that was labelled “Shoot the ni**er.”
    According to the Bangor Daily News, David Marsters of Sabattus, ME has taken the post down, but remains defiant in the face up the uproar sparked by his remarks.

    “(The Secret Service) didn’t see no pictures of Obama with bullet holes in his head,” Marsters told the Daily News. “It’s not a threatening statement, in my opinion. People take it out of context as a threat.”

    “I didn’t say I was going to shoot the president, or kill — Shoot the ni**er. Shoot the ni**er. — that’s what I said,” he continued. “I’m pissed off at the system, OK? We’re about to lose our benefits because of this asshole.”

    Marsters has convinced himself that the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare” — is going to take away his ill wife’s spousal benefits.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/29/maine-candidate-questioned-by-secret-service-after-posting-obama-photo-labelled-shoot-the-nier/

    • Town

      “It’s not a threatening statement, in my opinion. People take it out of context as a threat.”

      ———–

      SHOOT THE NIGGER is not a threatening comment?

      So we’re living in a world where a white man says SHOOT THE NIGGER and it’s not threatening but a black kid wearing a hoodie carrying snacks is so scary, he deserved to be shot to death.

      Ok.

      • Miranda

        yeah, I personally would like to know what IS the proper context for “SHOOT THE NIGGER” if it being a threatening statement is the wrong one.

        • Maike Hudson

          I know, right? When is that EVER appropriate? (Rhetorical question)

        • conlakappa

          I’m shocked he didn’t claim it was a rap lyric.

    • Daltex82

      He needs to go jail period. Let these stupid muthas know that threats against President Obama will not be tolerated. This ignorant, racist, phuckweed is not about to loose anything, he just hates the Black guy in office.

    • Kennymack1971

      So “Shoot the nigger” is not a threat. Okay.

      I never…ever want to hear a White person say a damn thing in protest when we talk about White Privilege. Not one damn word.

    • AxelFoley

      Fuck him and his wife. I’m all out of fucks to give with these CACs.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – - -All R well – :>) -
    —-Members Of Dr. King’s Family In Bus Accident After March On Washington Commemoration

    – - –A bus carrying the sister and other relatives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. collided with a minivan after leaving the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, reports the Washington Post.

    The incident occurred at 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW about5:30 p.m., said Sgt. Paul Brooks, a U.S. Park Police spokesman.

    Christine King Farris, her children and grandchildren, along with reality-TV personality Omarosa Manigault, were passengers on the bus when it slammed on brakes in a failed attempt to avoid the minivan, which recklessly ran a red light.

    THERE IS MORE —Thank the Lord – :>)–

    • nellcote

      Omarosa?

  • Miranda

    Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say
    NBC News

    Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources.

    “Every day, they are learning how brilliant [Snowden] was,” said a former U.S. official with knowledge of the case. “This is why you don’t hire brilliant people for jobs like this. You hire smart people. Brilliant people get you in trouble.”

    Snowden was a Honolulu-based employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, an NSA contractor. His job gave him system administrator privileges on the NSA’s intranet, NSAnet. He reportedly used his privileges to download 20,000 documents.

    The NSA still doesn’t know exactly what Snowden took. But its forensic investigation has included trying to figure out which higher level officials Snowden impersonated online to access the most sensitive documents.

    more here: http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/28/20234171-snowden-impersonated-nsa-officials-sources-say?lite

    • jds09

      This is the Wall Street definition of “brilliance” they ability to lie and cheat. For us, its criminality.

      • Miranda

        THANK YOU^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      • gn

        Black people busy apologizing for wearing a hoodie in the rain, yet a bona fide, unapologetic traitor is painted in the most glowing terms possible. What’s wrong with this picture?

      • nathkatun7

        Yes Indeed, Jds! And you can add on TRAITOR to his criminality.

    • gn

      So this guy who was clearly working with a ring used lies, theft, and deception to steal massive amounts of US intel and pass them over to foreign countries. That’s “brilliant.” If a black guy steals an iPhone and reconfigures it for use, he’s an animal a thug a punk a “those people.”

      I’m just past disgusted at this point. The only reason that the national media tried to lionize Snowden and paint him as a hero is because they believe that his actions hurt the negro in the WH and none of these people care more about the country than putting him “in his place.”

      Snowden is not a genius; he’s a bum who I believe is fronting a larger ring of people who participated in his crimes as well.

      • conlakappa

        He really thinks he’s in an unreleased Mission: Impossible. What next, we’ll learn her wore masks to assume other identities?

        • gn

          He clearly had help from inside NSA. Nothing will convince me that money didn’t change hands over what to me is not whistleblowing but a transaction. Maybe Snowden was just the courier, for someone who had been compiling this info and wanted to sell it in as undetected a way possible. The story stinks to the high heavens.

  • rigoletta

    I understand the sentiment behind what these men are trying to do but this really angers me. This is more blame the victim bs.

    White people don’t need to dress up to be respected so why do we have to? Besides black men in suits get treated like crap just like the ones dressed down.

    MLK was murdered in his suit and Obama is disrespected every second of the day so I don’t see what the point is.

    Trayvon wasn’t murdered because of his hoodie ok? Can we all understand that?

    ————————————————–

    Hollywood Actors Suit Up For ‘Black Tie Week’ in Honor of Trayvon Martin

    *Television host and former reality TV star Teck Holmes and “Burn Notice” star Eric Bivens-Bush have partnered up to launch a new movement called “Black Tie Week.”

    Black Tie Week was created in an effort to change the perception of Black men in America and get people to continue speaking out on the inequality in the criminal justice system after the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

    Holmes and Bush aim to make a visible statement from Sept. 3 – 8, 2013, by having Black men, young and old, wear suits.

    “The Trayvon Martin case has inspired the men to come together to encourage a solution for improving the public perception of Black Americans. How a person dresses is how they are perceived. Black Tie Week brings our entire community together to change the perception of young black men,” said Holmes, who hosts Cartoon Network’s game show “Hole in the Wall.”

    http://www.eurweb.com/2013/08/hollywood-actors-suit-up-for-black-tie-week-in-honor-of-trayvon-martin/

    • itgurl_29

      This is just all kinds of wrong. When is this idea gonna end? The idea that if we just be as “respectable” as possible, things will change. When are black people gonna stop putting the burden of ending racism on other black people? Like you said, Dr. King was looking clean and sharp as all get out in a suit and tie the moment he was assassinated. President and Mrs. Obama look like they stepped out of Vogue magazine everyday and they still attack them.

      I need for this mess to stop. And now I don’t care if they mean well, they are wrong.

      • gn

        When are black people gonna stop putting the burden of ending racism on other black people?

        Some people had started to leave denial with the Zimmerman verdict but it seems like there’s a redoubled effort to shift the conversation away from what racists and soft bigots can do to reclaim their humanity, and onto what black people as usual need to be doing for everyone else. I’m past tired of it; not even entertaining it any more.

    • MsKitty

      I appreciate what they are trying to do, but I co-sign your sentiments 100 percent. It’s no longer my job to make white people feel comfortable. No makeup, high and full afro, sometimes in a suit and heels, but most times jeans and sneaks…this is who I am, take it or leave it. Makes me no difference either way.

      • itgurl_29

        I don’t even appreciate it anymore and I don’t care if they mean well. It’s time to call this kind of stuff out. They’re not talking about how to dress for a job interview, they’re suggesting that we need to dress a certain way to “earn” the right not to be harassed and/or killed. They need to wake the hell up and realize what they’re saying.

        • rigoletta

          In the old days all men wore suits.

          That didn’t stop Jim Crow, lynchings, segregation or anything else that racists did to us.

          • itgurl_29

            And men wore hats too! And the women wore dresses, skirt suits, gloves and hats and stockings. And they were still victims of racism, including violent acts.

          • MsKitty

            One thing that comes to my mind immediately are those lunch counter sit-in pictures where the students are dressed in their suits, cardigan 2 piece sets and skirts, but covered in food that was thrown and poured on them.

          • itgurl_29

            Girl, yes!

          • rigoletta

            One word…Selma. These men need a history lesson.

          • nathkatun7

            “These men need a history lesson.”

            They certainly do, rigoletta!

          • nathkatun7

            Actually in many instances wearing a suit was seen as being uppity and pretending to act as a white man. Remember the character “Zip Coon”in the minstrel shows?

            It’s really sad that some black people buy into the bs about clothing. I see young people of all races wearing hoodies and baggy pants with their underwear all exposed. It’s not just young blacks. Then there are white women wearing all those supposedly fashionable torn up jeans, from Abercombie & whatever, that exposes their bodies. Yet no one is going around murdering them because of what they wear.

        • Miranda

          I don’t even think they can itgurl…I really don’t. Honestly, that article hit me like a gut punch. Knocked all the air outta me. I mean that literally. They actually are conceding our humanity with that “dress up” crap. It hurts that my people think this way, it really does.

          • conlakappa

            It just strikes me as attentioning. I wouldn’t know their names and would struggle to pick them out on log flume ride.

    • gn

      I agree with you a thousand percent. It’s striking that absolutely no one has blamed Lane for being in a wrong place, or wearing the wrong thing, or being “perceived” wrongly by damaged people who wanted to see how it felt to kill someone. What happened to Lane (wrong place, wrong time, disturbed killers) is EXACTLY what happened to Trayvon. The police’s indifference to his murder and the state of FL hosting a sham trial, and the defense of racial profiling by the murderer so that black people could be collectively punished via a lynching is where the bulk of the racism comes in. And a suit can’t change that depravity.

    • Miranda

      Oh Dear God….this is so misguided. Lord have mercy…smh

    • Kennymack1971

      I’ll be wearing my regular gear of a polo shirt, jeans and tennis shoes with a Dallas Cowboys cap on. I’m not here for putting on a suit just to make White folks feel better. I’m sure these cats mean well but damn that.

    • Daltex82

      Nice sentiment but to the George Zimmermanns, Sean Hannitys ,Rush Limpbutt, Kathleen Parkers and so many others of the world you will simply be a criminal in a suit. They will still clutch their purses when you get on the elevator with them, still lock their car doors when you pass and follow your well dressed ass around in the store. It’s not our style choices that need to change but the attitudes of a lot of white folks.

      • conlakappa

        And Eve Ensler as well. We know a-well our theoretic allies feel no differently. A clutched purse is a clutched purse.

    • nellcote

      Are they recruiting for the NOI?

  • Miranda

    GOP leader chose oil industry over MLK marchers
    By Alex Seitz-Wald, Published: August 29 at 9:36 am

    There are 233 Republicans in the House of Representatives, 46 in the Senate and 30 in governor’s mansions across the country. Guess how many made the effort to appear at Wednesday’s giant rally commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Zero.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/08/29/gop-leader-chose-oil-industry-over-mlk-marchers/

  • gn

    (pardon my language, but this is just pissing me off so much)

    Fucking bitch:

    @attorneycrump
    George Zimmerman’s Wife Says He Has ‘Beaten Down Her Self Esteem’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/08/george-zimmermans-wife-says-he-has-beaten-down-her-self-esteem/#.Uh9ZLAW-4Mc.twitter … via @abc @MichaelSkolnik #TrayvonMartin

    She knows he murdered that kid, she knows he is depraved yet she lied and stole for him. I hope she rots in the hell of her own mind. Just a disgusting group of people, all around.

    • Town

      She couldn’t possibly know if he really did act in self defense or not. I heard she was staying with her father at the time of the incident because they were fighting. She only knows what he told him about Trayvon, and she also knows he’s a violent thug. OF COURSE she’s gonna say he acted in self defense. She’s not trying to be the next Trayvon.

      With her saying she’s not going to say if she & Zimmerman are still together and her saying she doesn’t know if she wants to have kids with him, this marriage is not long for life. She needs to get out NOW before she does end up being the next Trayvon (which would ironically be the thing that would probably put him away for good).

      • gn

        Definitely take your points but she knows better than anyone that the person she married has issues upon issues upon issues. I thought they both were staying at the in-laws at the time that Zimmerman murdered Trayvon and they were fighting due to money and his inability to graduate from community college. I have absolutely no sympathy for her, nor do I believe her as she has already demonstrated a willingness to lie (which is how she caught that perjury charge).

        • rigoletta

          She knows who she’s married to alright because her husband didn’t bother to show up to her court date.

          He hung her out to dry and now she’s the one with a conviction.

          • gn

            Yup, she absolutely knows. Like Town said, she needs to leave before he kills her too (his ex and an ex-coworker have both said Zimmerman has a history of putting his hands on women so he’s likely already hit this one too). I have no sympathy or respect for her because a child is dead yet she made the choice to lie for Zimmerman. Like that one juror looking for pity and crying etc., they chose to screw over Trayvon’s family and thus their guilt and misery is simply deserved.

        • Town

          Were the in-laws living in the gated community? Because if they WEREN’T, and she & Zimmerman were staying with her parents, he had no reason to be lurking around the gated community that night.

          I don’t have any sympathy for her either, BUT I can’t see her saying this type of stuff about a known killer unless something else is going on.

          • conlakappa

            I think she’s just going the frail, pale route so that murderer’s defenders will rise up and say, “please have mercy on her” because they are supposed to be all about defending their womenfolk. Except they aren’t. And she sits alone.

          • Town

            But her husband isn’t even defending her. He’s left her out to dry to fend for herself while he visits gun factories.

            Something ain’t right about this situation. But with the way he’s been arrogant & smug it will all come out and probably very soon.

          • conlakappa

            This I understand. She’s signaling to anyone else who will acknowledge her having the complexion for the protection. Where is her crazy sisterhood?!

  • JB20005

    The collective pants crapping of the white dudebro and emo prog left over Syria has been quite the revelation:

    Drone strikes on Al Qaeda militants are bad if ordered by Obama.

    Chemical attacks on a civilian area by Assad? Barely registers a yawn.

    Obama wants the international community to do something about chemical weapons strikes on civilians, then the bad guy is…Obama.

    smh.

    • Miranda

      Its rather telling…the emoprogs squeal about brown people being killed by drones, but I’ve been seeing pictures of brown children being killed by nerve gas all week and apparently that’s ok.

    • MsKitty

      I’ve been simmering over these assholes for awhile but that #ihaveadrone foolishness on twitter yesterday was the breaking point. Any common cause we might have had is gone, don’t approach me, don’t talk to me, don’t ask for my support of your candidate. In fact I will likely say fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

      • Kennymack1971

        Couldn’t have said it better myself. I have truly come to despise these people and refuse to share common cause with them. #ihaveadrone was a slap in the face to Black people and I will never forget or forgive that shit.

        • conlakappa

          It also reads like it’s from the “too clever by half” crowd. The hipsters who wouldn’t give a second thought to how tacky and disrespectful it is. The Rs posing as Ds, or nuovo Ds, who know just how tacky it is and did it any way. It’s like on the orange when someone referred to the President as being cow’s blood, or some other term that conveyed Masai but the person was trying to say it was about cow versus bull. So, you know, not calling him Kenyan but using an emasculating term. I won’t miss that kind of nonsense.

        • conlakappa

          It also reads like it’s from the “too clever by half” crowd. The hipsters who wouldn’t give a second thought to how tacky and disrespectful it is. The Rs posing as Ds, or nuovo Ds, who know just how tacky it is and did it any way. It’s like on the orange when someone referred to the President as being cow’s blood, or some other term that conveyed Masai but the person was trying to say it was about cow versus bull. So, you know, not calling him Kenyan but using an emasculating term. I won’t miss that kind of nonsense.

        • AxelFoley

          I hate them muhfuckas more than I hate the GOP. That’s how much I despise them.

      • jds09

        The emoprogs and the white feminists are in for a pretty harsh wake-up call. PoCs have had it with this shit. They will not be able to process the fact that “being our ally” means little to us and we can live without it, thank you very much. I’ve tested this on the individual level, and the look on their faces is priceless.

        • rigoletta

          Like I said 2016 will be insane. Between the idiots on the right and the idiots on the left who are going to get that wake up call it’ll be one to remember.

          • conlakappa

            It’s going to be brutal. The whining about the O-coalition and where it is and why we have abandoned No Really, This Time It’s Really Her Turn. The attempts to push Joe B out of the way. The other side will just be the usual clown car but our side will have sharp elbows.

          • itgurl_29

            If Ride or Die Joe runs, I ‘m here for it. I am not checking for Hillary. In ’08, we were all supposed to vote for her simply because it was her turn, supposedly. And now for 2016, we’re all supposed to vote for her because she didn’t get what was “rightfully” hers and now we have to make amends. Fuck that. If they wanna play that “it’s my turn” game, well then that goes to Joe Biden, who’s actually the Vice President, not some failed Democratic primary candidate from 2008.

          • rigoletta

            Not just failed completely outclassed and showed herself incapable of handling the big stage.

            Hillary disqualified herself totally in 2008 as far as I’m concerned.

            I don’t see how anyone who followed her campaign could want her in the White House after the way she screwed up.

          • nathkatun7

            “If Ride or Die Joe runs, I ‘m here for it.”

            Me too, Itgurl_29! If not Joe, then Martin O’Malley! I am sick of the Clintons.

      • conlakappa

        I’m thinking of the slow rollout of the Clintonistas. I feel I have no safe quarter or corner from them and whatever messages they bring. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign office called my mobile yesterday [it was on mute so I never heard it], Paul Begala sent an e-mail today. An e-mail was sent under someone’s name with the subject line “Bill Clinton is right.” Clearly, they still want to take us for granted and think we’ll just tick a box based on party affiliation. They don’t understand that it’s so much deeper than that.

        • TyrenM

          I missed it, right about what?

          • conlakappa

            Sorry, it was really [I had to go into my e-trash, where I sent it automatically] “Bill Clinton Thinks We Can,” which is odious in stealing the messaging but stealing a cue. It was from the DSCC and about beating McConnell.

        • Town

          I’m only voting for McAuliffe b/c the alternative (Cuccinelli) is too scary for words.

          EVEN REPUBLICANS are scared of Cuccinelli/Jackson getting in office.

          • conlakappa

            Right? But if they’re calling me, it’s to volunteer my time and services, as I have done for other Ds outside of Maryland. I’ve been stand up for the national party. It doesn’t logically follow that I am rollover for this though.

          • Town

            Someone called me yesterday, I ignored the phone call as I assumed it was someone from the McAuliffe campaign calling. But I googled the number and it came up as being registered to Cuccinelli. If that person was connected with Cuccinelli I wish I had taken the call so I could’ve told his campaign exactly what I think of him and his running mates.

          • Town

            Someone called me yesterday, I ignored the phone call as I assumed it was someone from the McAuliffe campaign calling. But I googled the number and it came up as being registered to Cuccinelli. If that person was connected with Cuccinelli I wish I had taken the call so I could’ve told his campaign exactly what I think of him and his running mates.

          • conlakappa

            Ha! I’d have loved to hear that. I called the number and it was was Terry’s unmistakable r-ful twang and said it was his campaign offices. That would be funny if it was Kooky an’em. Think they would tell you the wrong date?!

          • conlakappa

            Ha! I’d have loved to hear that. I called the number and it was was Terry’s unmistakable r-ful twang and said it was his campaign offices. That would be funny if it was Kooky an’em. Think they would tell you the wrong date?!

        • rigoletta

          Yep. And this is just the beginning.

          2016 is going to be about tearing apart Obama and his record.

          The Clintons and the GOP will be working together on this.

          • jziglar

            I’m no big fan of the Clinton’s but I don’t see them going after Obama’s record. If anything the Clinton’s are trying to get close with Obama in order to inherit his domestic accomplishments and foreign accomplishments.

            A perfect example is bill Clinton making a speech defending the ACA. It would be stupid for any Democrat running for President to not acknowledge this president’s accomplishments especially since he is highly popular with the Democratic base. (the emo left are going to be the people making noise)

          • rigoletta

            I think they will. They’ll do it in their own way.

            I do think it’ll be more along the lines of “We can do this better than he could” more than outright attacking him though.

            Remember Bill’s been chirping about Obama already, while Obama’s in office on a range of things.

            So when they talk about issues it will be about how Obama, bless his heart of course, just wasn’t able to get things done.

            Bill will be put forward as someone who did and can get things done in Washington.

            And all their sychophants will join in. Bill and Hillary don’t necessarily have to get their hands dirty but shade will be thrown.

          • itgurl_29

            Yup, yup. That’s exactly how it will go down.

          • TyrenM

            THIS I could see happening.

          • conlakappa

            They already have the MSM trying chip away at his legacy. It’s an assist that will be well utilized and manipulated.

          • jziglar

            Oh yeah I already saw that from some emo’s. One person/ comment on media matters actually said that a public option would have been included in the ACA if Hillary was president. I had to laugh because we all know that the Clinton’s failed to get any version of health reform in the 90′s so it’s not like she had some magical track record.

            The great thing about all of this is if Hillary becomes president I can bet that the emo’s will start complaining about lack of action/ compromises and then more and more people will look back fondly at the major accomplishments of President Obama and what he had to go through. At the end of the day no current Democrat will be able to match the President.

          • jziglar

            Oh yeah I already saw that from some emo’s. One person/ comment on media matters actually said that a public option would have been included in the ACA if Hillary was president. I had to laugh because we all know that the Clinton’s failed to get any version of health reform in the 90′s so it’s not like she had some magical track record.

            The great thing about all of this is if Hillary becomes president I can bet that the emo’s will start complaining about lack of action/ compromises and then more and more people will look back fondly at the major accomplishments of President Obama and what he had to go through. At the end of the day no current Democrat will be able to match the President.

          • pamelabrown53

            I hope you’re wrong rigoletta. I hope so for America. The Clintons will be making a horrific mistake if they think Hillary automatically inherits the Obama ASCENDING coalition.

            As far as the emo-prog/dude-bros. go; they’re beyond worthless, beyond redemption. They’re just as nuts and fringey as the teabaggers.

            In the meantime, we have more immediate fish to fry: restoring the Voting Rights Act.

  • Daltex82

    This week’s photo homage to the anniversary of the March on Washington has been outstanding and the reflections of that day from folks who were there like Edith Lee Payne or to see the updated photo of the two sisters who were giving away lemonade to the marchers…WOW! Excellent series this week, just excellent.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – - — LOL – -DEY woulda DIED in the midst of ALL that POSITIVITY♥ —–

    — – - -Every Republican That Was Asked Refused to Attend March On Washington Event– – -

    - — —John Boehner, Eric Cantor, John McCain, and every other Republican who were asked refused to attend the March on Washington event.

    According to Roll Call:

    Speaker John A. Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the House’s two most senior Republicans, were invited to speak at the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington — but declined –THERE R MORE— —-RACIST –B**TURDS!! –

  • gn

    Real heroes:

    @trymainelee
    Hurricane Katrina throwback.Remember this, @KeyWestGwen? pic.twitter.com/hRNMSkjZVK

    @trymainelee
    Me and @KeyWestGwen heard rumors that 100+ people had drowned while trapped in a middle school. We canoed out there, broke into the school.

    @trymainelee
    Waded through knee and waist deep water inside the darkened school. Thank God, the rumors were false. No bodies.@KeyWestGwen

    • rigoletta

      For all the talk of the Bush Administration’s failures Katrina was not the media’s finest hour. Their incompetance and racism shone through.

      Remember when they reported that black folks were cannibalizing each other in the Superdome?

      • gn

        Yup, and that babies were being raped, all kinds of bs. I remember reading the real story of young guys organizing lines out so that the youngest and oldest would get out first. Also of a group of young guys hot wiring a bus to take a group of people, including a baby who was only days old, to TX. Most of the media (with some stellar exceptions) was terrible. I also resented their snickering and belittling Sean Penn and some others for taking small boats out. No one who was trying to help should have been belittled.

        • rigoletta

          Yes. And at the end of the day the people being violent and killing people were white.

          The people in Gretna and all the others who used the emergency to do what they always wanted to do to us anyway.

          • conlakappa

            While wearing badges, of course.

          • rigoletta

            Of course.

      • MsKitty

        My personal favorite, courtesy of Wolf Blitzer: “Those poor, poor black people.”

        As usual the foreign media did a bang up job, and I ended up relying on their reports.

        • rigoletta

          I don’t know about that. I heard that cannibal crap from the BBC.

          • Miranda

            I remember reading in Essence a elderly woman saying how she was grateful for the gang members who were in there working together to find the elderly and young children food and water and making sure they were safe. I will never forget that story.

          • rigoletta

            Yes. There were so many people who helped out when things went down who never got the recognition they deserved for their kindness and bravery.

            The media had to make up stories to tell about us because they couldn’t handle the truth of our humanity.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- —-An MJ —-MOMENT♥- — Woo! Hoo! :>)

    ——Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal- -♥- –

    • TyrenM

      See. Now you got me youtubing the “Bad” concert from Wembley 1988.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL- —Good MornTin’ TyrenM :>) ***BIG HUG***

        Sorry. LOL- –BUT- –tryta keep the VOLUME annnd your “dancin’” – -DOWN. :>)

        —–Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>)

  • edp4bho

    Morning POU. Home after all with a head cold. Sheesh ! I have a bone to pick with all these “young” folks lamenting how the older guard of civil rights activists won’t hand the baton to them, how there’s a dearth in under-40 leaders, etc. etc. A host whom some of you may know as a friend of dizzy Keli claims that some older guard use the position lately as a cash cow. There is some truth to that, but would not the same hold true for all these bloggers who put forth their views of the changing landscape and how they should be represented as today’s leaders? Are not they profiting from the convenience of technology to wrack up major contracts, bank accounts, red carpet privileges, etc., all in the quise of changing the conversation to meet societal changes? Well good for them, but being old school, I like the respectability that the old brought with them. No way would they have let slip the trashing of a Harriet Tubman, a Rosa Parks, an Emmet Till, as some folks would forgive today, while those who demeaned them show no remorse at all. If this is the dialogue we “need” to have, I say no thanks. I do say…pull up your pants, stop denigrating and allowing the denigration of black women, stop buffooning, and stop letting white liberals do your bidding for you and co-opting your base concerns as they should be. Okay, I’m done. Going shopping for a coffee table. Big fun…LOL !

    • Town

      how there’s a dearth in under-40 leaders, etc. etc.
      ———–
      They can get up off their fat lazy asses and do something. President Obama was under 40 when he started running for office, that’s why he was elected President in his mid 40s (46 or 47, I think).

      Dr. King was 39 years old when he was killed.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ edp4bho♥ –**BIG -”FEEL Betta- –HUG*** :>)

      - —FIRST:- –http://www.yvelledesigneye.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Pouring-Tea-by-Youmee-Lee.gif A SPOT of TEA. :>)- –

      NOW: THIS – ->No way would they have let slip the trashing of a Harriet Tubman, a Rosa Parks, an Emmet Till, as some folks would forgive today, while those who demeaned them show no remorse at all.- – -***BIG fist bump***

      There shoulda been MORE of a OUTCRY – -AGAINST —that –DISGUSTIN’ – -GARBAGE!!- – -

      Betcha -iff it was their relative —-somebody woulda been –”blasted”- -in many ways.

      Now do we hear any such thing comin’ from –

      - – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd7Ha5XtR0o NOPE!
      ‘CAUSE — THEY got — WERK 2 do!!- -THANK U.♥

      edp4bho –Please REST annnd tryta have a pleasant day. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ edp4bho♥ –**BIG -”FEEL Betta- –HUG*** :>)

      - —FIRST:- –http://www.yvelledesigneye.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Pouring-Tea-by-Youmee-Lee.gif A SPOT of TEA. :>)- –

      NOW: THIS – ->No way would they have let slip the trashing of a Harriet Tubman, a Rosa Parks, an Emmet Till, as some folks would forgive today, while those who demeaned them show no remorse at all.- – -***BIG fist bump***

      There shoulda been MORE of a OUTCRY – -AGAINST —that –DISGUSTIN’ – -GARBAGE!!- – -

      Betcha -iff it was their relative —-somebody woulda been –”blasted”- -in many ways.

      Now do we hear any such thing comin’ from –

      - – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd7Ha5XtR0o NOPE!
      ‘CAUSE — THEY got — WERK 2 do!!- -THANK U.♥

      edp4bho –Please REST annnd tryta have a pleasant day. :>)

      • edp4bho

        Thanks for the well wishes. I’d best get my tail to work tomorrow, though. I do have a 3-day after all…LOL !

    • conlakappa

      Hope your search went well! Furniture is always something that costs way more than I want it to! It took me years to find the right coffee table for the sitting room [really, like 10+] so we kept using one that I had from an old job [with permission, it was the boss's and she left to follow her new husband to his job!] that I hated for years but it served its purpose.

      No, I’m not being metaphoric about New v. Old Guard. I see your point but the way to lead the younger folks to the stage is to give them a place and not cling so much to what was done but embrace the possibility of what will be done. A lot of the same challenges, that’s for sure, but the message can be delivered in a more digestible form for younger folks, and when we’re talking Andy and Jesse, younger could well mean 60!

    • conlakappa

      Hope your search went well! Furniture is always something that costs way more than I want it to! It took me years to find the right coffee table for the sitting room [really, like 10+] so we kept using one that I had from an old job [with permission, it was the boss's and she left to follow her new husband to his job!] that I hated for years but it served its purpose.

      No, I’m not being metaphoric about New v. Old Guard. I see your point but the way to lead the younger folks to the stage is to give them a place and not cling so much to what was done but embrace the possibility of what will be done. A lot of the same challenges, that’s for sure, but the message can be delivered in a more digestible form for younger folks, and when we’re talking Andy and Jesse, younger could well mean 60!

      • edp4bho

        Don’t know what you mean by digestible. We only know what we know. It takes two to tangle, adage-wise, and I just find, with all the young folks in my family, as though they wish to discard our way, though it was what nurtured and sustained them. Oh, I recall being pretty militant in my youth, but I never refused a good conversation with my elders as I respected their knowledge and wisdom. I agree with you about Andy and Jesse, but the youth have to come correct with the respect before I would listen to them. There are some intelligent young folk who don’t even get a real listen. Those I will listen to, as I do and love them for their depth. And, I didn’t find my coffee table…LOL, so I will improvise. Looking to achieve a French country, farmhouse look, so Home Goods was my go to.

        • conlakappa

          Digestible in using new media and conveying small bites and bytes of information. We have to meet people where they are and if that’s young people, sending out a survey in the mail isn’t it, something the NAACP sent me not a month ago. It was on green paper–what was that meant to communicate? I’m on record as appreciating my elders and literally sitting at their feet but I’m only a few people around here’s concept of young!

          I finally found my ideal coffee table online. There is one site that would likely suit your needs, Joss & Main, but the pricing and the appeal can vary.

    • Miranda

      No way would they have let slip the trashing of a Harriet Tubman, a Rosa Parks, an Emmet Till, as some folks would forgive today, while those who demeaned them show no remorse at all.
      —————————-
      THIS! THIS a thousand times over! We have to deal with kneegrows that do not have any reverance for anything.

      • edp4bho

        Yes, they have forgotten the values the old guard tried to instill in them. I believe in moving on but one can’t just discard history.

    • PBomb

      THIS, wholeheartedly!

      The old guard that they are complaining about started the movement while most of them were under 40 years old.

      Nothing is stopping these derps, from doing something. IMHO, if you to be hand held to start a movement, then maybe you shouldn’t attempt to do so.

      • edp4bho

        Had to come back and get you all’s take on this topic. I was telling my 34 year old son that handing a baton to someone, as in a relay race, does not mean you don’t bring up the rear. In other words, you chippies are not putting my ass in the closet like I have no merit whatsoever. Agree with you completely.

  • conlakappa

    Report about HRC’s Bayard Rustin event yesterday: didn’t get nittygritty details but the partner here says it was a great event that was packed and had great footage of the man’s life, not just the march. I get the feeling it was organized by head black lesbian there. She was the reason why the man from my firm was there, along with his admiration for Brother Outsider.

    I was glad to know it wasn’t some boutique event that allowed them to show the march, from a [gay] man’s perspective. /said in Antoine and Blaine voices

  • Alma98

    Morning

    • Aquagranny911

      Is it cooling off at all where you live?

      • Alma98

        A little but it’s still uncomfortable. I’ve been busy since yesterday. My neighbor was robbed by a relative believe or not. They asked to look at my security video, and sure enough there was the relative robbing there house. So now They want the video so I have to download it for them.

        • Aquagranny911

          Dang! That IS cold! But then relatives can be just as caca as any outsider.

          • Alma98

            Yep, and they were trying to help her out letting her stay with them. I guess she was from a bad neighborhood. Sometimes people can’t be helped, lesson learned I guess.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.
      Hotter than a mug here.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah! Yeah like I told AG it was was a little cooler, now the sun is moving in and it’s getting hotter lol.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’Afternoon Alma98:>) — ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – — Ohhhh — -Luvin’ the SUBTLE IMAGERY. — -:>) –Thank U 4 –our –DAILY JOY :>)– -***HUGS** 2 Daughter. :>) – -
      B BLESSED. :>)

      • Alma98

        Afternoon GLH! Glad you like it and daughter says thank you for thinking of her.

      • edp4bho

        That was one fine man. My mom used to tell us how women would throw their panties on stage to him. Hey, Sinatra’s okay, a little flat for my taste. Nat was the real crooner !

        • Aquagranny911

          I never could understand the fascination with Sinatra. I thought him ugly & he really couldn’t sing all that well.

          Nat WAS all that, imo!

  • JB20005

    Now this is some funny stuff:

    Bolivian President Evo Morales wants a Senator who fled to Brazil, extradited to serve a prison sentence for corruption.

    You mean, he doesn’t like it when fugitives from HIS country go on the lam?

    http://news.yahoo.com/bolivia-demands-return-senator-fled-brazil-203950914.html

    I wonder what Brazilian resident Glenjamin Griftwald will have to say about it. I’m guessing nada.

    • JojoRaze

      JB, we are forever in your debt for the phrase Griftwaldian. I will use it early and often. This leak of the Pentagon’s black budget and the deets on how they caught Bin Laden just gets my fur going.

  • Miranda

    Merrill Lynch Set To Pay Largest Racial Discrimination Settlement Ever

    Eight years after a group of black financial advisers filed a lawsuit alleging their bosses systematically steered the most profitable business to white employees, Merrill Lynch is preparing to paythe largest racial discrimination settlement ever.

    In addition to distributing $160 million among all black investment brokers and trainees who worked at the firm from mid-2001 to the present, the proposed settlement would create a council of black employees within the company to advise executives on how to improve the firm’s internal culture around race. Merrill Lynch spokespeople have not confirmed the proposal, which a lawyer for the plaintiffs shared with the New York Times on Tuesday, but did say the company is “working toward a very positive resolution of a lawsuit filed in 2005.”

    more here: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/08/29/2550581/merrill-lynch-set-pay-largest-racial-discrimination-settlement/

    • Aquagranny911

      WOW! This puts me in mind of one of my nieces who managed to work herself up from teller to the investment division in a bank that shall not be named.

      She managed to snag a 20 million dollar account. Despite the fact that the guy loved her & wanted her to stay on as his account broker, the bosses took the account & gave it to some Anglo dude in her division. Can’t let a 26 year old Latina Chica get the glory or the $$$$$$!

      Anglo dude got the $20,000 bonus. Niece got two hours off with pay & a pat on the head!

      That was a few years ago. Niece finished her Masters, got a new job, that pays better & they treat her with real respeto.

  • gn

    If this dude were black…I mean all hell would be breaking loose. He’d be a national pariah:

    @owillis
    snowden leaked the pentagon’s black budget to wapo, revealing internal info on threats facing the us. great. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/black-budget-summary-details-us-spy-networks-successes-failures-and-objectives/2013/08/29/7e57bb78-10ab-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html

    • rikyrah

      HELL NAW

    • conlakappa

      How did he have access to that and what WashPost reporter thought he/she was the second coming of Woodstein? Yes, the story twists and turns but how much of it is real and how much of it is hype and BS? Even in a post-September 11 world, information sharing is still not full. I’m giving him and his claims continued side-eye.

      • gn

        He’s just a spy. The only novel thing is that he delivered intel which he stole (IMO with the help of other NSA insiders) via corrupt news orgs. But nothing new about stealing (and likely, selling) classified intelligence.

        • conlakappa

          Right but I’m questioning what he had actual access to. Some of his early claims were patently false. This just feels like further chest-puffing and/or talking about stuff he claimed he had that he wouldn’t have been in contact with. NSA and DOD are separated by geography and by sense of turf and mission. We agree that the Griftwaldians are elevating him to folkhero level. I’m trying to figure out the Howard Baker question of “what did he know and when did he know it?”

          • Aquagranny911

            Totally agree with you on this. All the “Griftwaldians” have a supper inflated opinion of their own importance.

            Also, remember when the Snowbum claimed he could hack the Prez’s email & impersonate him? That got debunked in one quick minute.

            This smells like the skunk in a hen house to me. I don’t believe anything the press or any of this scum says.

          • nellcote

            Snowden hacked coworkers with higher level security clearances and fished around in the files.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    Great pics today! Loved the THEN & NOW…so interesting. The diaries this week have just been stellar.

    Shout out to Lamh36: If you are reading, my heart to yours & to your family on the anniversary of Katrina which changed all your lives forever. I hope you are being especially kind & gentle with yourself today as you grieve your losses. Be blessed, Chica ♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- -Annnd THEY LIE!!! – - -

    - – - -Sorry Republicans, But Sen. Tim Scott Was Invited To the March On Washington

    - —– -Sen. Tim Scott’s office claimed that he wasn’t invited to the March on Washington event yesterday, but the truth is that every member of Congress including Scott was invited weeks ago.

    The latest in Republican false meme creation began when ABC “Benghazi emails” News reported, “The only African American serving in the Senate, Republican Tim Scott, wasn’t invited to partake in the festivities today, a spokesman confirmed to ABC News.” This statement was also reported by the Newscorp owned Wall Street Journal, which was then quoted by The Washington Post.

    But according to the event organizers, this isn’t true. Roll Call broke with the mainstream media tradition of taking a Republican’s word for it by actually asking the organizers of the event if Republicans were invited. In an email statement, a spokesperson for the event said, “This was truly a bipartisan outreach effort…All members of congress were invited to attend and the Republican leadership was invited to speak. Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office was very helpful in trying to find someone to speak at the event. Making this commemoration bi-partisan was especially important to members of the King family, too.”
    THERE IS MORE- -

    THESE LYIN’ PHOOLS will START SOMETHIN’- –Just 2 EMBARRASS BLAH folks – — especially MR. PRESIDENT annnd OUR BELOVED – - DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. –geesh!!!

    • conlakappa

      Maybe it takes Roll Call, which pols cannot afford to cut off access to, to get the MSM ball rolling on verifying the talking points they are given. What? I am in an optimistic mood today. Don’t step on my hopefulness! My colleagues are trying but I’ve decided to not be jaded today. Well, at least until the work day ends. That could all change, of course, and my mileage may well vary…

  • gn

    Legalize it and tax it:

    @allanbrauer
    Feds won’t sue to stop marijuana use in 2 states http://bigstory.ap.org/article/feds-wont-sue-stop-marijuana-use-2-states

    Very positive development.

    • conlakappa

      But… but… that would be one less libertarian/hipster-doofus area of complaint!!!

      • Aquagranny911

        You may have missed it but I described the spirited debate in the Colorado House about how recreational pot was to be taxed & controlled.

        My cousin’s Rep, who I met once, gave an impassioned plea against “roving Pot Wagons.” It was stellar & I laughed so hard. However, “libertarian/hipster-doofi” whined & complained about the loss of that particular perk.

        Those peeps are never satisfied.

        • conlakappa

          I did miss it! Also didn’t speak further with you language and root, a passion for me. Add it to the list of topics for whenever you and your sister visit in the Winnebago!

    • Aquagranny911

      Colorado is practically counting the $$$ when they can begin taxing recreational pot. They have all their ducks in a row with rules & regs. They are just waiting for voters to approve the regulations in November.

      Voters already approved recreational marijuana last November.

  • gn

    @MperiousRex
    Under Bush the media protected Admin sources who outed Plame. Under Obama the media outs our intel work. I’m appalled, consistently.

  • rikyrah

    ‘They asked a long list of Republicans to come’

    By Steve Benen

    Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:55 PM EDT

    We talked briefly yesterday about the lack of Republican representation at the 50th anniversary event honoring the 1963 March on Washington, but a day later, the questions persist: where were the GOP voices?

    Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond told MSNBC that organizers “asked a long list of Republicans to come, and to a man and woman they said ‘no.’”

    In fairness, some prominent Republicans had good excuses. Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush were invited, but poor health kept them away. That said, former Gov. Jeb Bush was invited to represent his family, and he turned down the invitation, too.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is currently on a fundraising tour, and though his public schedule included no events yesterday, he declined the opportunity to appear.

    And how about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), whose office yesterday complained about only getting two weeks’ notice from event organizers? He was otherwise engaged in the afternoon (via).

    Cantor, hosted by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., met with energy industry and community leaders at a crew camp in Williston, toured a drilling site and other oilfield locations in the Bakken and met with North Dakota Petroleum Council members in Watford City. [...]

    “I hope to be able to tell the president that there’s a lot for him to learn here as far as energy production here in America,” Cantor said. “North Dakota seems to have gotten it right.”

    Oh, I see. Cantor couldn’t make it to the event on civil rights because he was visiting with oil industry representatives.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/08/29/20247366-they-asked-a-long-list-of-republicans-to-come?lite

  • rikyrah

    GOP senator: ‘Our military has no money left’
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:00 AM EDT.

    Plenty of compelling concerns have been raised about possible U.S. military intervention in Syria, but yesterday, a far-right senator gave voice to an unusual argument that I haven’t heard from others.

    The Pentagon’s dire fiscal situation due to defense spending cuts under sequestration has left U.S. armed forces unable to afford possible military action in Syria.

    “Our military has no money left,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Wednesday.

    Due to the $500 billion in budget cuts slated for the Pentagon over the next decade, the Obama White House “further undermines future military readiness and capabilities” to deal with the growing crisis in Syria and elsewhere in the world, according to Inhofe.

    As a matter of common sense, Inhofe’s complaints about gradual reductions to the Pentagon budget are hard to take seriously. If the Defense Department is subjected to modest cuts — cuts military leaders have already endorsed publicly — over the next decade, it affects our ability to intervene in Syria now? Even for Inhofe, this is silly. Besides, has Inhofe seen what’s happened to defense spending under President Obama?

    But putting that aside, I’m struck by the assertion that “our military has no money left.” First, the claim is literally unbelievable — the United States invests more money in its military than most of industrialized countries in the world combined. As tensions with Syria have intensified, there haven’t been any military leaders who’ve said the Pentagon is simply too broke to act.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/08/29/20245831-gop-senator-our-military-has-no-money-left?lite

    • Aquagranny911

      Inhofe is a goatfigging mush head!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - -An MJ –MOMENT♥- –[THIS is 4 those LYIN' RE-THUGS!!]- — -

    - —–Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’- — – -LOL

    [Sorry 2 B slow in my REPLIES. This teachin' is gettin' in my WAY. LOL]