October 31, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Thread: Countdown To the SOTU Address

Today’s selections are dedicated to getting us ready for the SOTU Address! 

Michael Jackson – I’m Bad

LL Cool J – I’m Bad

Mystikal – The Man Right Chea

LL Cool J – Headsprung (cuz that’s what PBO gonna do – get their heads sprung)

Jeezy w/ Nas – My President

m4s0n501
  • Miranda

    SMH…please be careful bruthas.

    Black men on alert as Dorner search continues

    SAN DIEGO – As the manhunt for suspected murderer Christopher Dorner continues, a police sergeant warns African American men of the reality of racial profiling.
    “If you’re an African American man, you could be stopped and questioned,” said San Diego Black Police Officer Association President Sgt. Benjamin Kelso. “There are many people that may look like Chris Dorner, my self-included. If you are stopped and questioned its important to cooperate with officers.”

    But the line between racial profiling and suspect profiling is gray.

    “I got some friends who are large, black men, who have bald heads, who should be concerned,” said San Diego attorney Doug Oden.

    Read more: http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/02/11/black-males-on-alert-in-the-search-for-dorner/#ixzz2KiipPv8q

    • MsKitty

      I actually saw a Facebook post this morning where somebody’s selling t-shirts (for Black men) that say “I’m not Christopher Dorner, don’t shoot me.”

      *sigh*

      • Gc

        Nah, won’t work. And they’ll get off. Even if the supposed perp was carrying groceries.

      • rikyrah

        Saw that picture too.

        But, Ms. Kitty, they’re killing Asian women and Shooting at White men in their hunt for Dorner…

        the Black Man’s gotta protect himself.

        • AxelFoley

          Brothas in SoCal should be safe then. LAPD can’t shoot for shit it seems these days.

    • Alma98

      This just proves that white people think all black folks look alike. Facial features, varying skin coloring be damned, any black man will do.

    • TyrenM

      Open season on us even though Dorner is surrounded.

  • Miranda

    Emoprogs have a sad:

    Use of Drones

    The practice of using unmanned drone aircrafts to attack suspected terrorists in foreign countries – a policy begun by the Bush Administration and expanded under President Obama – enjoys widespread and bipartisan support. Seven in 10 Americans favor using drones to attack suspected terrorists abroad, including most Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

    Americans also support a more controversial measure, although in smaller numbers. Forty-nine percent of Americans favor the targeting and killing of U.S. citizens living abroad who are suspected of carrying out terrorist activities against the U.S.; 38 percent oppose that.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57568828/poll-45-approve-of-obamas-handling-of-the-economy/?tag=socsh

  • Miranda

    Imbalance of Power
    The New York Times notes that due to redistricting, seven states had a “severe imbalance” between their popular vote and the party makeup of their House delegations: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

    All but Arizona were tilted in favor of the Republicans.
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/02/03/sunday-review/imbalance-of-power.html?ref=sunday

    • TyrenM

      We know. Thanks Ed Schultz and the rest of the “sit this one out” crew.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD AFTANOON miranda/POU FAM♥- – –Whatta Man!- — Woo! Hoo!- —
    – — -***BIG HUG*** :>) – —
    - —

    – —— Soooo EXCITING!! — -:>)- – – -CAIN’T WAIT. :>) — -

  • conlakappa

    The State of the Union and it’s Mardi Gras too. No doubt, what the President will give some the sense of laissez les bons temps rouler! Hey, or not. You know, if they feel dissed/he was angry/he was thin skinned/whatever the current line from the other side of the aisle. Emos will whip out loaves of bread and the white womyn brigade will do a word cloud on how many times they were mentioned [sporting of calculator optional]. And so it goes.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    AP source: Ex-cop exchanges fire with authorities
    By TAMI ABDOLLAH
    — Feb. 12 4:28 PM EST

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person believed to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings exchanged gunfire with authorities in the San Bernardino Mountains on Tuesday, a law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity.

    The officer requested anonymity because the officer was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

    The officer told The Associated Press it’s believed Christopher Dorner committed a residential burglary of a cabin and had a couple tied up in the cabin. One was able to get away and make a call.

    Authorities responded to the location and gave chase Tuesday when Dorner fled in a stolen car. Gunfire was exchanged.

    MORE: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fugitive-ex-la-cop-charged-murder-officer

    Read Charlie Kaye’s timeline. He’s giving a play-by-play of what’s going on: http://twitter.com/CharlieKayeCBS

    • Miranda

      wow….this is just unbelievable.

    • AxelFoley

      If Dormer was white and all this shit was happening in the South, he’d be hailed as a hero, an outlaw (in a good way, the way they see it). He’d be Billy the Kid and Eric Rudolph rolled in one.

  • Miranda

    heh…read this from AG Holder’s statement on the passage of VAWA by the Senate and now its on to the House:

    As the House of Representatives now moves to consider reauthorizing this critical law, I urge lawmakers to come together, as they have historically, to pass an improved and strengthened VAWA that continues its 18 years of progress towards ending the scourge of violence against all victims in our society.”
    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/February/13-ag-188.html
    ________________________

    Is it just me or do I detect a “look you stupid aholes, pass this damn act like you ALWAYS did before there was a black President, ya f’ing idiots”

    Is that just me?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —UPDATE [kinda] –on Chris Dorner- —

    – — -Chris Dorner: Unconfirmed Reports Fugitive Cop Taken Into Custody, Exchanged Gunfire With Officers [LIVE VIDEO]- –

    – —–UPDATE: Chris Dorner is not in custody, engaged in shoot-out with police officers and reports are that two officers are down. Suspected to have at least 30 weapons. Shoot-out is currently happening on Highway 38 off Glass Road in Big Bear.

    – – – – -A home in Big Bear, CA was invaded and a couple was tied up, law enforcement believe by former officer and fugitive murder suspect, Chris Dorner. According to various reports, he was taken into custody, but then a shoot-out occurred, and the current news is that he is heavily armed and on the run in the couple’s 2008 white, Dodge pick-up truck.

    Watch live video below as it unfolds.

  • rikyrah

    They Have Nothing

    by BooMan
    Mon Feb 11th, 2013 at 11:20:36 PM EST

    David Drucker reports in Roll Call that the House Republicans have a new strategy. They will eschew negotiations with the administration and the Senate Democrats and begin passing “message” bills that they know will have no chance of becoming law. The idea is that there isn’t much profit in spending all their time fighting the White House. They need to give the American people a taste of what life would be like if they were actually in charge. Apparently, their model will be based on a speech Eric Cantor gave last week at the American Enterprise Institute, and the theme will be “Making Life Work.”
    I think that is unintentionally funny. I read it as “Turning Life into Nothing But Work.”

    My opinion of this strategy is that it is fairly stupid. It’s kind of like the old question about whether a tree makes a sound when it falls in the forest if there is no one around to hear it. The House can pass all the bills it wants, but no one will do much reporting about those bills if they have no future.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/2/11/232036/050

  • Miranda

    My twitter timeline is fascinating…between Dorner and the GOP on the Senate Committee about to vote on Hagel’s nomination. truly fascinating suff

    Josh Marshall ‏@joshtpm
    Watching back & forth right now on Hagel committee vote, feel like GOP went from Party of No to Party of Primal Scream No

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Why people clownin’ tho?

      Black Canseco ‏@BlackCanseco
      Obama in the WH right now throwing shoes at his flatscreen like “Damn, This Nigga!!!” #Dorner

      Chico Delainky ‏@ChicoDelainky
      Yup! Chris Dorner is very clever; a black man hiding in a ski resort. Who would notice him?! #LAPD

      • Miranda

        This day is just WILD.

        • Alma98

          You know somebody in Hollywood is writing a script about this as we speak.

          • Miranda

            LL Cool J and Ving Rhames talking to their agents right now.

        • MsKitty

          Ain’t it though? Enough crazy going on to knock the Earth right off its axis.

      • crazycanuck

        I don’t know, I’m not seeing the humour in this.

        • BoomerGal

          I either.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —-NOW WHERE DO WE KEEP THOSE- –DRONEZ??_ —

    – —-Hackers Pledge to Disrupt State of the Union- —

    – —The Sparrow Project received a message from a “decentralized hacker collective” that details a planned effort by the groups’s affiliates online to disrupt the online streaming and syndication of the President Obama’s State of the Union Address, scheduled for 9pm EST.

    – – – —I WISH — -THEY- -WOULD!! — –THEY BETTA – –RECOGNIZE!!. . .

  • Miranda

    HAHA….no, its not jedi mind tricks….the GOP just crazy – deal with it.

    David Gergen ‏@David_Gergen
    Have the Obama folks adopted a strategy of making the GOP look so extreme that they will b driven from power in 2014? http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/12/opinion/gergen-obama-stakes/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

    • Alma98

      They are extreme, they don’t need PBO’s help. lol

    • nellcote

      I believe it’s called the Proceed, Governor strategy.

  • Rhoda

    Evening, POU!

    I hope you’re having a chat for the SOTU address tonight; I’m looking forward to it just to see Rubio and Paul fall on their faces.

    Have you been watching POLITICO today? LOL, these losers have been trolling POTUS all damn day w/these baiting articles. And you can tell they’re not getting the link love they want since they’ve been throwing several stories out there and now they’re straight screaming each headline OBAMA!

    • Miranda

      Live Chat will be up at 8pm est!

  • Miranda

    POLITICO ‏@politico
    Breaking: The Senate Armed Services Committee approves Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of Defense.
    ________________

    Not a single rethug voted for him…bitchasses.

    • crazycanuck

      What happens now?

      • Ebogan63

        Goes to the full Senate for a vote.

        • crazycanuck

          and then he will be confirmed? Why do all the President’s picks have to be confirmed anyway? I never understood that.

          • jziglar

            Cabinet members and people heading other agencies must be confirmed by the Senate as the founders established. Advisers don’t need confirmation.

          • AxelFoley

            Which never made sense to me. The Cabinet works for the President, so the Senate should have no say in who a President picks for his/her Cabinet.

            I can understand judicial appointments, but not a Cabinet.

          • conlakappa

            It is in the U.S. Constitution that the Senate provides advice and consent.

  • Miranda

    Harry Reid: There’s my line….cross it bish
    ___________________

    Reid: I Won’t Honor Holds On Hagel Nomination

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters Tuesday that he will not honor any holds placed on the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.

    He said he intends to hold a vote this week if Hagel is cleared by the Armed Serices Committee.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would not commit to filibuster Hagel’s confirmation but signaled that Republicans might do so.

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if we do have a cloture vote on the Hagel nomination,” McConnell told reporters.
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/reid-i-wont-honor-holds-on-hagel-nomination

    • nellcote

      He shouldn’t allow holds on ANY nominee. Up or down vote! Assholes.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -GOOD NEWS!!- — –HAH!- —

    – – – –No bail for Chicago gang members in Hadiya Pendleton’s death

    — – – – -Two men charged in the death of a 15-year-old Chicago honor student were ordered held without bail Tuesday at a hearing where prosecutors contended the shooting happened while they were hunting for members of a rival gang.

    – – – — SNIP – – – –
    Prosecutors said Ward and Williams were in a vehicle circling the park when they spotted Pendleton’s group and thought they were rival gang members. Williams handed Ward a gun, and Ward snuck up on the group and opened fire, shooting at least six times, prosecutors said.
    – – – -SNIP- – —

    “Ward admitted he snuck up on the group and they didn’t see him coming,” Sexton said.

    Police say Ward and Williams belong to the SUWU gang, and the shooting stemmed from a long war between it and the 4-6 Terror gang. Ward told police the gangs had been shooting at each other since 2010, prosecutors said, and Ward was still upset the rival gang killed one of his friends.

    – – – —***ACTIVATES- —da DRONEZ!!!****

    – –***TEARS***- – -THIS HURTS sooo BADLY!!—- -Can’t STOP cryin’.- –

    – — -RIHEP- – DEAR HADIYA♥- – – -JUSTICE WILL B SERVED!- -AMEN.- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —–YES! –HE!- – -IS! — –Soul Man - –

    – — –THANK U 4 the SELECTIONS posted!! :>) – – -

  • Alma98

    I saw this over at TOD, Justice Scalia is doing a rebuttal to the SOTU. Please tell me this is a rumor, and if true his ass needs to be removed from the sc.

    • Miranda

      Its not a rebuttal speech. According to this he hasn’t attended a SOTU since 1997 anyway.

      Justice Scalia to deliver own speech on State of the Union night
      By Sam Baker – 02/12/13 03:26 PM ET

      Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia probably won’t be attending Tuesday’s State of the Union address — he’s giving his own speech on the other side of town.
      The famously bombastic Scalia is scheduled to speak at George Washington University at 7 p.m., two hours before President Obama is set to address the nation.

      Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/282571-justice-scalia-delivering-own-speech-during-state-of-the-union#ixzz2Kj8efvgX

      • Alma98

        Thanks Miranda I just knew he couldn’t be that stupid.

      • conlakappa

        Famously bombastic and famous for not allowing himself to be recorded. That building is completely tricked out with recording devices.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Punk-ass Nino.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -***Walkin’ BY- —–Whistlin’ annnnd- —DROPPIN’ THIS*** – – -LOL- –

    – — – Americans Unhappy With System Overall, But Obama’s Policies Beat Out GOP’s- —

    – — As politicians ponder the state of the union, the union’s looking back at the state of politics. And it’s none too thrilled.

    Fifty-six percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll express an unfavorable opinion of the nation’s political system. About as many, 55 percent, hold a negative view of the policies they expect the Republicans in Congress to offer in the next four years.

    Barack Obama does better, but not great: Fifty-two percent have a favorable opinion of the policies he’ll pursue in his second term, while 43 percent see them unfavorably. That’s similar to the 51-45 percent optimism-pessimism rating Americans gave the expected policies of George W. Bush heading into his second term.

    – — –Intensity of sentiment in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, also is better for the president. While similar numbers have a “strongly” negative opinion of all three, roughly twice as many see Obama’s plans strongly positively as say the same of the GOP’s plans and the political system overall, 30 percent vs. 14 and 16 percent, respectively.- —

    —– — -CONGRATULATIONS- – – -MR. PRESIDENT. :>) – – –

    – -[Gotta "hit da road".- - -C YA REAL SOON.♥]- –

  • AxelFoley

    Top two vids got me hyped. You done did it now, Miranda. SOTU live chat is gonna be the business tonight.

    • Miranda

      ITS ON AND POPPING!

      WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will announce a bipartisan presidential voting commission to focus on improving the Election Day experience, The Huffington Post has learned from two sources outside the White House with knowledge of the plans.

      The commission is one of a number of efforts the Obama administration is making to address the problems that plagued voting on Election Day 2012. The commission, which will focus specifically on Election Day issues and not broader voting reform, will likely be co-chaired by one Republican and one Democratic lawyer, according to one of the sources.

      The White House announced Tuesday that 102-year-old Miami resident Desiline Victor will be a guest of first lady Michelle Obama during the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, during which Obama is expected to discuss voting reforms. Victor is a naturalized U.S. citizen who stood in line for three hours at a local library on the first Sunday of early voting until workers told her to come back later that evening. A crowd of thousands of people erupted in applause when she emerged with an “I Voted” sticker, the White House said.

  • Miranda

    This Dorner dude reminds me of Brian Nichols…in that we still dont know WHAT the hell was that all about and he had some skills for your ass to do all the damage he did for it to end up the way it did….surrendering in a white woman’s apartment.

    • crazycanuck

      He surrendered? Wow didn’t see that coming. I really thought he was going to go out in a blaze of glory.

      • TyrenM

        Don’t believe that.
        It ain’t over, it’s not over. The parties not over.

      • AxelFoley

        They done firebombed the place. It’s near the end now. They did what they set out to do.

    • BoomerGal

      Sounds like he had the makings for one hellava lawsuit (discrimination case) against LAPD. Now the captain is re-opening his case from four years ago (day late dollar short). Of course the media and pundits are making him sound like a raving lunatic. “Racking up everything that goes wrong in his life and blaming everyone else.”

      His first mistake was living in CA, imo.

      • Ebogan63

        Hey, i lived in SF for yrs and it didn’t lead me to kill anybody.

        • Admiral_Komack

          I don’t have any pity for Dorner.
          Re-opening the case does nothing.
          Give Dorner the death penalty…and then apply it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY BoomerGal. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – —THIS: – – -Now the captain is re-opening his case from four years ago (day late dollar short). – –

        — – FOUND THIS: – – -After years of documented internal discrimination, perhaps it is time for more officers to come forward and share their experiences. Exposure and transparency are the only medication for the sickness of institutionalized corruption. For the Los Angeles Police Department, disgrace cannot be more complete. It is time for leadership to lead by purging criminal, unethical elements before the next Dorner decides enough is enough.

        Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/citizen-warrior/2013/feb/12/two-african-american-lapd-officers-appeal-christop/#ixzz2KjivG76G
        Follow us: @wtcommunities on Twitter

        – — The LAPD has BEEN DISCRIMINATING —4-EVA!! —I’m surprised that THIS is the FIRST -case of retaliation. – —
        THOUGH I’m NOT condonin’ HIS KILLING.

        Good 2 C U BoomerGal. :>) MORE L8R. :>)

    • TyrenM

      That’s what I’ve been taking out of this. Cue “The Message:” Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Wasn’t she making him pancakes when they caught him?

      • Miranda

        Yep *side-eye till this day bout that*

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FM♥ — Jus’ GOT IN: – —DORNER is SURROUNDED!! – —

    IMHO – —Cameras will B ANGLED SUCH that the —“TAKE DOWN” – –WON’T B TELEVISED!” — – – -

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Doug Sovern ‏@SovernNation
    San Bernardino Sheriff reports ammo exploding inside #Dorner cabin. Huge fire, heavy black smoke. No sign of Dorner, now suspect in 4 deaths

  • sagittarius

    Good evening, POU Fam!

    I see LAPD reached back for a solution and may have taken Dorner out, Symbionese Liberation Army/Branch Davidian style.

    • Alma98

      They said he’s not in the cabin.

      • AxelFoley

        If this cat got away from the police…

        We talking the REAL First Blood.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – —UP! —UP! Annnd AWAY! — – –Woo! Hoo! —

    —-Stocks Mixed; Dow Closes Above 14,000 – –

    — -Major U.S. stock averages traded mixed Tuesday as Apple (AAPL_) shares tumbled after CEO Tim Cook spoke at a technology conference and investors awaited President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.
    – – — –SNIP —

    —–The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 47 points, or 0.3%, to 14,019. The blue-chip index reclaimed its position above 14,000 for the first time since Feb. 1.

    Breadth was positive, with winners outnumbering losers 23 to seven. Top advancers included Bank of America (BAC_), Home Depot (HD_), Alcoa (AA_) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ_).– –

    The biggest percentage blue-chip laggards were Coca-Cola (KO_), Cisco (CSCO_) and Pfizer (PFE_).
    THERE IS MORE. – —–Woo! Hoo! –

  • creolechild

    Question: In the past when white men committed mass murders, were they ever labeled as “domestic terrorists?” I can’t seem to recall any tragic event where they have been described this way…no matter what they did. What I do recall is that all sorts of narratives and diagnoses surfaced suggesting that the individual(s) was a loner, had a difficult family life, showed signs of mental illness, exhibited strange behavior as a child, kicked a puppy once, etc…the whole nine, but never, evah were they depicted as a “domestic terrorist” even when they “allegedly” killed police officers. So, what changed? And why is Dorner now being being labeled a “domestic terrorist?” Putting aside any moral judgments for his actions, and said motivations for doing what he did, I find this development to be….”curious,” don’t you?

    [....] “This is the largest local reward ever offered, to our knowledge,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference. “This is an act of domestic terrorism. This is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect the public. His actions cannot go unanswered.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/report-ex-cop-fugitive-shoot-police-213309749.html

    • Alma98

      I was just saying the same thing to my daughter, they also called him an animal.There’s no excuses for the man he killed innocent people. But the media is showing their racism and no one is calling them on it.

    • Worldwatcher7

      We know that race is ALWAYS in the mix. But I think another big difference with Dorner is that he specifically went after the police.

      Another difference is that Dorner really has had these folks shook.

    • morphus

      A former LAPD officer in his manifesto sympathizing with Christopher Dorner says he has PTSD from his experiences.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —-REALLY!!! —-BU –bu BUT – –MR. PRESIDENT was CRITICIZED 4 THIS!! —-geesh!!- –

    – – — Police Departments Pushing to Use Drones

    ——- An increasing number of police departments are pushing to use drones that had previously only been used by the military, said The Huffington Post.

    “Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, may be coming to a police department near you. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released an updated drone authorization list as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization for digital civil liberties,” said The Huffington Post. “The new list reveals 81 entities that have applied for permission to fly drones in U.S. airspace, including a number of government agencies and universities. Seventeen police departments and sheriff’s offices across the country have also filed, among them are stations in Little Rock, Ark., Gadsden, Ala., Miami, Fla., Ogden, Utah, and Seattle, Wash.”

    The list also included some educational institutions.
    THERE IS MORE.

    WHAT ABOUT – the- –“DUE PROCESS” RIGHTS of the
    CRIMINAL/TERRORIST????
    — –

    –WHO MAKES the DECISION 2 USE ‘em??- —LIKE MR. PRESIDENT was – -CRITICIZED!!!! — -***tsk*** – –

    THESE CRITICS can — — - MISS ME with their —-FAUX-legal CONCERNS!! – – —MISS ME!! — – –

  • creolechild

    Senate Passes Expanded Violence Against Women Act

    The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday afternoon to pass legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act with expanded protections for gays, undocumented immigrants and Native American women who suffer from domestic abuse. The final vote was 78-22. All Democrats and 23 Republicans voted for final passage. The bill now heads to the House, where GOP leaders are resisting some of its provisions.[....]

    Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/senate-passes-expanded-violence-against-women-act.php?ref=fpb

    H/T Sahil Kapur

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Damnit! The scanner feed site, which had the best and most factual coverage of what is REALLY going on, is down!

    • goldenstar

      It may be intentional and by request of law enforcement.

  • creolechild

    US District Judge Orders TUSD to Reinstate ‘Culturally Relevant Courses’

    [....] In 2010, Arizona outlawed ethnic studies programs like MAS under fear of “promoting ethnic solidarity” and in early 2012 TUSD reluctantly complied with the state’s directive, removing books like Sandra Cisneros’s House on Mango Street, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States from the curriculum.

    However, on February 6, after a group of African-American and Mexican American plaintiffs appealed to the Ninth District Court of Appeals to allow the reinstatement of MAS, US District Judge David Bury ordered TUSD to reinstate “culturally relevant courses,” a step forward in the long journey to eliminate the vestiges of past discrimination and achieve educational equality in Tucson.[....]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/172848/us-district-judge-orders-tusd-reinstate-culturally-relevant-courses

    H/T Gabriel Matthew Schivone and StudentNation

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Kelsey Duckett ‏@KelseyDuckett
    UPDATE: @CBSLA chopper said officers have put weapons down, some officers smoking cigarettes, the mood has completely calmed. #Dorner

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – — -GOT ANOTHER SONG: – -LOL – –

    – – —“OUR GUY!”- – — Woo! Hoo! — -

  • Miranda

    Live Chat is up!

  • creolechild

    Glenn Ross gives ‘toxic tours’ of neighborhoods you’ve seen in ‘The Wire’

    [....] A self-described “urban environmentalist,” Ross leads dozens of tours a year, primarily for college students from Johns Hopkins University’s schools of medicine, nursing, and (wait for it) public health, which are located nearby. The tours take in brownfields, rat infestations, truck traffic, illegal dumping sites, vacant buildings, and other environmental hazards in Baltimore’s poor, predominantly black communities.

    Ross, who has been leading them for nearly a decade, makes sure the bus windows are open for these warm-weather outings. “I put it right up in their face – they’ve got to smell it, taste it, the whole nine yards,” he says. “And at the end of the tour, they get it.” “It,” says Ross, is nothing less than environmental racism. “These things only happen in poor urban communities, neighborhoods where there’s poor political representation.”[....]

    And after 40-some years of activism, he says he’s seen some small signs of progress.[....] Ross’ neighborhood of McElderry Park will soon be home to 800 new street trees. His tours are starting to attract universities from outside the city and even the state, and in 2005, Hopkins’ aforementioned health schools set up a student outreach center to promote volunteerism in the communities they border.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/people/glenn-ross-gives-toxic-tours-of-neighborhoods-youve-seen-in-the-wire/

    H/T Andrea Appleton

  • creolechild

    Unh hun…

    Republican-backed for-profit school caught deleting bad student grades

    A for-profit school that was hyped by Republican lawmakers as a solution to Tennessee’s education problems recently admitted deleting bad grades to “more accurately recognize students’ current progress.” A December email obtained by WTVF showed that Tennessee Virtual Academy’s vice principal instructed middle school teachers to delete “failing grades” from October and September.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/12/republican-backed-for-profit-school-caught-deleting-bad-student-grades/

    H/T David Edwards

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Steve Weinstein ‏@steveweinstein
    TV Reporter says source within LAPD said Dorner was shot and killed by SWAT sniper. Cabin did have a lot of windows. But sounds wrong.

    Steve Weinstein ‏@steveweinstein
    KCBS going with the suicide shot as the tear gas was shot inside. Others going with the SWAT sniper shot. Take your pick.

    Steve Weinstein ‏@steveweinstein
    Nobody besides that one dude from KETK TV in Texas has said Dorner is dead. No confirmation that I have seen or heard.

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Paul Mooney was the TRUTH on this shit.

    • rikyrah

      totally on the mark

    • sagittarius

      ROFLMAO!

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    You know those schools are in the game of producing future Republican voters.

  • creolechild

    Wonder why there hasn’t been any mention of this news today? Hmmm…

    U.S. Government Posts $3 Billion Budget Surplus

    The U.S. government posted a budget surplus of $3 billion in January, the first monthly surplus since September of 2012, Market Watch reported on Tuesday. The Treasury Department marked a 16% increase in revenues driven in part by the expiration of the payroll tax-cut which Congress and the White House let lapse during fiscal cliff negotiations on January 1.

    At the direction of President Obama, Congress reduced the payroll tax rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent in 2010, allowing the average U.S. household to pocket an additional $1,000 per year.

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/us-government-posts-3-billion-budget-surplus

    H/T Igor Bobic

  • rikyrah

    “R&B Divas: L.A.” Cast REVEALED! Lil Mo, Kelly Price, Chante Moore, Dawn Robinson & MORE Gear Up For The Drama!

    TV One’s hit reality show “R&B Divas” is kicking off it’s L.A. spinoff. And the final cast has just been announced. Check out some of our faves from the past getting their second wind…on reality tv…..

    “R&B Divas: L.A.” is kicking off its first season after the ladies in ATL had a successful first season. For this spinoff, we’ll get to see a few folks we haven’t seen in a while.

    Kelly Price, Chante Moore, Lil’ Mo, Claudette Ortiz, Michel’le and Dawn Robinson will begin production this month in Los Angeles, TV One has announced, with an anticipated premiere on TV One this fall.

    Learning more about Michel’le and Claudette Ortiz and any drama they have will be interesting. Especially since we haven’t heard from Claudette since she left City High after getting married to her groupmate Ryan Toby for a while and having 3 kids total (two with Ryan).

    As for Dawn, she better dish ALL details about the beef amongst En Vogue (and WTF happened to Lucy Pearl). And Chante Moore and her drama with her ex husband Kadeem Hardison and current husband Kenny Lattimore (even though we HEAR their divorce is almost final as well) ought to be interesting.

    http://theybf.com/2013/02/12/rb-divas-la-cast-revealed-lil-mo-kelly-price-chante-moore-dawn-robinson-more-gear-up-for

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —–UPDATE on Dorner: —

    — -Dorner’s body said found in burned cabin; deputy dies – —

    — –Authorities believe a charred body found Tuesday night in a burned-out mountain resort cabin is that of former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, who killed one sheriff’s deputy and wounded another earlier in the day as he was cornered after a deadly two-week rampage across Southern California.

    Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said the body was Dorner’s, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. Other news outlets, citing law enforcement sources, also stated that the remains were Dorner’s, but a Los Angeles police spokeswoman told USA TODAY the department was not confirming that Dorner was dead.
    THERE IS MUCH MORE.

    ——Somehow – –I thought that THEY would NOT SHOW his ACTUAL – -“TAKE DOWN”. He was NEVA gon B taken alive. —NEVA. —

    CONDOLENCES 2 his family. —AMEN.

    • Town

      I thought the house was too hot to go inside. How can they know the charred body is Dorner’s?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Town. —“WHYCOME” u hafta tryta B logical? :>)

        IMHO — -A report said that law enforcement – [SWAT TEAM] – entered the cabin. They could have shot him annnnd left the body there .
        There will prolly NOT B an autopsy. Sooo —WE won’t KNOW.

        THEY KNOW. —-Guess there will B more. —-Hmmm. . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — HOW cute is –THIS? — :>) — –

    – — New comic book based on Eartha Kitt celebrates her iconic character – –

    – —–Eartha Kitt was once referred to as “the most exciting woman in the world” by iconic director Orson Welles. From her vast singing and acting career, to being outspoken in the world of politics and publicly ostracized for the anti-war remarks that derailed her career, Kitt’s life was definitely one of intrigue. Now she’s being immortalized via a comic book.

    “Eartha Kitt: Femme Fatale,” written by New York Times bestselling author Marc Shapiro, who also penned the Julie Newmar series, was released last week. ”This series has been have been so much fun to do,” said Shapiro. “And it is an homage to the kinds of stories that first appeared in the mid-60′s.”
    THERE IS MORE. – –

    – –Eartha Kitt as The Catwoman on Batman’s TV Series – –

    –PuuuuuurFECT!! :>) – –:>) – –RIHEP –DIVA EARTHA♥ – –:>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –SOME SOTU PICS♥ – –:>) – —

    – –Images: Obama’s State of the Union speech – – –

    — —President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term on Tuesday. Here are some images from the address.

    Related: Obama emotional on guns

    Full Text: President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address

    – –MY FAVs: – —#12 annnnd #13. :>) — –

    — – -☻ -***tears*** annnd **smiles*** -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ –annnd —4 MR./MRS. PENDLETON♥ —Sooo BRAVE through their – -GRIEF. AMEN.

    – — -☻ –OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT♥ — -WORLD-WIDE LEADERSHIP! – – -Sooo PRESIDENTIAL. :>) –BLESS HIM. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere