October 21, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Thread: Hip Hop Turns 40 Week!

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – White Lines

Whodini – 5 Minutes of Funk

Slick Rick – Children’s Story

Run DMC – Its Like That

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  • rikyrah

    Deja news: Obama wins Ohio, Republicans try to make voting harder

    By Laura Conaway
    Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:35 PM EDT

    The last time Ohio Republicans tried to make voting harder, they ended up having to repeal their own bill. That 2011 measure, HB 194, would’ve cut early voting days by half. State voters forced a referendum to overturn the law, and Ohio Republicans decided to take it off the books themselves rather than place it before voters in 2012. In repealing HB 194, lawmakers left in place a new ban on early voting for the weekend before the election, only to have a court order the state to put those days back.

    So that went well, right? Last week the folks at Plunderbund noted that an Ohio lawmaker is now working on a bill to cut early voting days in half and final weekend voting, again. In an August 5 memo seeking co-sponsors, Representative John Becker (R), wrote, “This bill would reduce the length of time for absent voting from 35 days before Election Day to 17 days; limiting early voting to two weeks prior to the election concluding on the Friday before the election.”

    It appears that Becker has company.

    ——————————————————————————–

    The Toledo Blade reports that the old repealed HB 194 is making a comeback, only not as a single measure:

    A variety of bills this session have been introduced or are in the early stages of seeking co-sponsorship that would, among other things, restrict absentee and early voting hours, require photo identification at the polls, eliminate the February and August special elections typically used for local property tax levies, and permit online voter registration*.

    All of these, at least at some point, were part of the debate over House Bill 194, even if they didn’t necessarily make the final law

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/08/13/20006970-deja-news-obama-wins-ohio-republicans-try-to-make-voting-harder?lite

  • rikyrah

    Telling the truth about True The Vote

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:15 PM EDT

    There was an interesting item in Politico yesterday about “the coming war over voting rights” in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act. It was generally unremarkable, though the final paragraphs were important, in an unsettling sort of way (via Zach Roth).

    Election integrity advocates also expect incremental changes.

    “We expect to see sweeping reforms after federal election cycles. There will be more bureaucratic procedural reforms between now and November 2014,” said Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of True The Vote, a nonprofit that trains poll watchers and supports election integrity efforts across the country.

    “Expect hard-fought battles over determining the perfect blend of early voting days, polling locations and volunteers with the aim of reducing long lines,” she said, along with voter ID, removing ineligible voters from the rolls and absentee ballot changes.

    What Politico neglected to mention is, well, the truth about True the Vote.

    As my colleague Laura Conaway reported last year, “True the Vote is a project of the King Street Patriots, a Tea Party chapter in Houston, Texas. One True the Vote leader tells volunteers their goal is to give voters a feeling ‘like driving and seeing the police following you.'”

    True the Vote’s efforts became so controversial that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a longtime champion of voting rights, called for an investigation of the group’s alleged voter-suppression techniques. “At some point, an effort to challenge voter registrations by the thousands without any legitimate basis may be evidence of illegal voter suppression…. If these efforts [from True the Vote] are intentional, politically motivated and widespread across multiple states, they could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/08/13/20007283-telling-the-truth-about-true-the-vote?lite

  • rigoletta

    I just emailed Pasadena City College, the school where Hugo Schwyzer teaches, and asked if they were going to let him keep his position given everything that he has revealed about himself in the last few days.
    I asked them if they cared about the safety of their female students around a confessed attempted murderer and someone who doesn’t respect boundaries.
    I’m sure I’ll get a form response.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY rigoletta. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      — –GOOD ON U! – –ANGER – –2 – – -ACTIVIST – – -on DISPLAY!! :>)- – –

      Afta – -consultin’ attorneys — – -THEY will reply. :>) – –

      Cain’t WAIT. :>) – – -Good 2 C U rigoletta. :>) – –

      • rigoletta

        Good to see you too.

        • GreenLadyHere

          rigoletta – ***smiles @-chu. :>)****

          – -I have been 2 conferences at that college. – – -It’s quite lovely —annnd huge. :>)

    • rigoletta

      I actually got a reply. He basically keeps his job because he can claim he is ill. And the college gets to play dumb because of HIPAA. If he was black he’d be gone.
      ——————————————————————————-
      The response from the school’s General Counsel:

      Hugo Schwyzer is currently out on medical leave from the College. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot discuss his condition. However, please be advised that he is not assigned to teach any courses for the indefinite future.

      If you have any questions, please direct them to me.

      • Miranda

        This dude was on twitter all last night. He is blatantly playing folks. I mean its BLATANT. He is actually taunting folks and using mental illness as his backup to do it.

        • rigoletta

          Yep.

          He’s sick. I don’t believe for a second he is bipolar but I think he is a psychopath.

          He knows just what to say and how to say it play these gullible women who will believe his crap.
          Schwyzer’s getting off on this for sure.

          It’s disgusting.

  • sagittarius

    Afternoon, Fam!

    Thanks so much for your comments yesterday. I am still trying to adjust to my news of yesterday… it’s absolutely mind-boggling.

    I arrived home late and tried to catch up with all the news. It was quite a day, wasn’t it? AG Holder’s steps to dismantle the war on people of color drugs and the awesome Twitter tag, #solidarityisforwhitewomen.

    Have a fabulous day!

    • rikyrah

      HI SAG!!
      I hope you’re having a better day.

      • sagittarius

        Hi, Rikyrah!

        I’m having a wonderful day!

    • rigoletta

      Good afternoon!

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, rigoletta!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD TUESDAY AFTEERNOON — -sagittarius♥ :>) – —***BIG HUG*** :>) -

      Sooo happy 2 C your SPIRITS – -LIFTING. – – in light of your —GR8 NEWS. :>)
      – – -B BLESSED –as U♥ – –Move FORWARD – – ->:>)

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, GLH **BIG HUG**

        My burdens feel lighter… praise His name!

    • Alma98

      Good afternoon sagi! You have a great day too!

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

    Itgurl! Marc responded to your tweet:

    Marc Lamont Hill @marclamonthill 39m
    @itgurl_29 @PragObots wasn’t trying to be insulting. I was really trying to understand the meaning behind the hash tag.

    Marc Lamont Hill @marclamonthill 38m
    @itgurl_29 @PragObots but Im sorry if it was insulting. Clearly, I didnt do a good job on this one…

    • itgurl_29

      I saw. I honestly don’t care to argue with his tired behind.

      • Miranda

        Is he a himbo? Not in a cute sense…just in the dense sense. He doesn’t strike me as being intellectually astute.

        • itgurl_29

          I think so, yes.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY itgurl_29. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>) —

        – – – -Woo! Hoo! – – -GOOD – -ON – –U! – :>)

        – – –He was in a –ROYAL BATTLE –with U. :>) – – -HAH! :>)

        Good 2 C U. itgurl_29. :>) – – -

        • itgurl_29

          Hey, GL. I don’t have time for him and his Captain Save a Becky nonsense.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – -itgurl_29. :>) – – -“Captain Save a Becky nonsense.” —Luvin’ it. :>)

            Good decision. :>) BUT — -he’ll — THINK – — -next time. :>)

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

    Well, Tim Wise has officially jumped the shark on to the land of White Privilege: http://ht.ly/nTrmT

    • Miranda

      So like I thought…… to the privileged, this whole episode is just the lil pickaninnies throwing a tantrum.

      Ya know, there is a desire to make Black Twitter this caricature – to reduce black folks speaking out to just some hot tempered sapphires and brutes. I have noticed the condescending tone and utterances from “progressives” whenever black voices combine to effect a conversation – #solidarityisforwhitewomen is yet another example of this.

      I swear, like my Daddy says “a white man gone be white.”

      • Alma98

        You know he’s jumping in it cause after all he’s married to a white woman.

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

          I was wrong. His tweet wasn’t about #solidarityisforwhitewomen. See my correction above.

          • Alma98

            Corrected.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -GOOD TUESDAY AFTERNOON Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)[This is the BEST TUESDAY song that I could find:>)] – –

    Miranda♥ — -THAT PIC — -Really captures the “HIP HOP” Spirit! — -“Taggin’ back” – – -:>) – – -Thanks 4 “brangin’ –“Runnnnnnn! :>) – –YOUR MUSIC –VAULT – – – -Continues it’s – –WINNIN’ TRADITION. :>) – – -THANK U –Miranda. :>) – –

    POU FAM♥ —-Have a good REST of the day.♥ :>) –

  • Miranda

    Apparently Tim Wise wants to get cursed out now too:

    Gradient Lair ‏@GradientLair13m
    GARBAGE from Tim Wise. Epitome of White privilege re: #solidarityisforwhitewomen Notice the word “irrelevant” used.
    https://twitter.com/timjacobwise/status/367147014418464768

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

      He has become that which he criticizes.

      • Miranda

        Thanks for the correction!

  • rigoletta

    LOL
    @Trendeh : #KendrickDidntCallOut Miley Cyrus, because she knows the struggle, she’s seen the streets, oppressed for months. He idolizes her obviously.

  • JB20005

    My personal favorite:

    kim rhodes ‏@kimrhodes4real3h
    #solidarityisforwhitewomen when you cry for working moms but keep your nanny til 7 or she’s fired.

    • itgurl_29

      Damn!!!

    • rikyrah

      Amen

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

      Weeeeeeeeeeeeeelllll!

      • JojoRaze

        That was the tweet that had me churchjogging. I have women who are nannies in my family, and the stories I could tell you are shocking. The common thing is not giving the nanny adequate notice that she’s let go, when they have jobs where they have to be given notice etc. They will literally have you work the whole week and tell you Friday when you get your money not to come back on Monday, with no severance. That is devastating on a nanny living from check -to-check to not have adequate time to get a new job.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY – – JB20005. —***BIG HUG** :>) – —

      — -HAH! — ***BIG fist bump*** :>) – – –All kinds of —TRUTH. :>)

      Good 1. :>) Good 2 C U JB20005. :>) – -

    • conlakappa

      It’s a good one, that’s for sure. In NY, the privileged call those women the “babysitters” and in my neighborhood when they advertise the services of those workers “speaks English” is usually in the first couple of sentences.

      One of my faves from the discussion heard ’round the world:

      Aura Bogado
      ‏@aurabogado #solidarityisforwhitewomen is when you’re sick of the hashtag for a few hours, and we’re sick of your privilege for a few centuries

      Everyone saw that it’s been storified and covered by Al Jazeera, right?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PIU FAM♥ — -DON’T tell me that thar CLERK was UNAWARE of WHAT SHE was doin’!! — humph!!

    – —Blacks bear the brunt of racism in Switzerland — –
    — — November 13, 2002 – 18:57 -[2002!!]
    A sharp rise in Switzerland’s black population over recent months appears to have hardened attitudes towards Africans, and asylum seekers in particular.

    More and more blacks say they are suffering from racism on the streets, in the workplace or in the housing market.

    In the run-up to this month’s national vote on restricting the rights of asylum seekers, anti-racism groups are warning that blacks in particular are being depicted en masse as drug dealers or trouble-makers without any evidence on the part of those making the claims.

    “The federal commission against racism has observed an increase in clearly racist articles in Switzerland’s smaller regional newspapers,” commission spokeswoman Doris Angst Yilmaz told swissinfo.

    “In these articles they frequently use anti-black stereotypes and blatantly incite their readership to act against African asylum seekers who are all classified as drug dealers.”
    THERE IS MORE — –

    – —- NOT — trynta hear —HER — -or anybody else!! – – -

    • rigoletta

      This isn’t anything new. There was one Swiss political party running campaigns to kick out black folks not too long ago.

      • GreenLadyHere

        –:>) -rigoletta – -Thank U 4 your information. :>)

        Tried 2 find an OLD article in order 2 emphasize the continuin’ annnd ESCALATIN’ racism there. – -2002. — -DEY KNOW. :>)

        BUT the other ISSUES that R surfacin’ —-SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS –annnnd —OUR — IRS! — — -Nice collateral. :>) —

    • JB20005

      Back in 2009, the Swiss voted 57-43 to put a ban on the building of mosque minarets into their constitution.

      There were a grand total of 4 in the country at the time the referendum was held. Might as well have been Tennessee or Oklahoma voting to ban Sharia law.

    • JB20005

      Also there’s the fact that Switzerland, as bankers for the Third Reich, held onto their Nazi loot for 50+ years after WWII, and had to be sued by holocaust survivors to give it up.

      Or that more recently, Swiss banks have had to pay a huge settlement to the US Government to avoid a RICO prosecution for years of helping 1-percenter Americans cheat on their taxes.

      Yeah, I don’t have a very high opinion Switzerland.

  • Alma98

    My son passed this on to me, you will not believe your eyes & ears. BWA HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    http://flavorwire.com/403120/white-women-singing-and-i-am-telling-you-im-not-going

    • sagittarius

      Alma, I send a happy belated birthday to your son, Alex!

      • Alma98

        Thank you sagi, he and my hubby spent time together for his birthday, then we ordered dinner in. He enjoyed it.

    • PBomb

      Oh I am checking this out tonight with a glass of wine.

      • Alma98

        LOL

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

      Hey! That reminds me…whatever happened to the all-white high school production of The Wiz? I was really looking forward to their rendition of “No Bad News”.

      • Alma98

        I don’t know Sepia, I’d be interested in how it turned too.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Almaaaaaaaaaaaa – – –Seeeee. . . LOL —

      Nooo –Seeeee – – -BWAHAHA —-***deep breath – –BWAHAHA – – -- –

      – – -“Annnnd I AM —AX’in U – —AM I GOIN’?.” . . . .

      Thanks 4 the LAFF. —:>) *** HUGS*** — -2 your “Alma”-Son. :>)

      • Alma98

        Glad to be of service GLH LOL.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – –Alma — — -:>)- – –***cain’t stop*** :>) –

    • sagittarius

      Wow… that is painful. REAL singers/musicians know that unless they have the pipes, gravitas and ability to bring something new and different to an iconic song (e.g., I Will Always Love You; Call Me [Aretha Franklin, not Al Green], they leave it alone.

      • Alma98

        LOLOLOLOL!!! Somebody told those women they could sing. lol

    • Miranda

      They should all be arrested for violating obscenity laws.

  • rikyrah

    Sandi Jackson: Seeking probation instead of prison, asking for “community service” at DC food pantry

    Former Ald. Sandi Jackson is hoping a judge on Wednesday grants her probation instead of prison time–and on Tuesday Martha’s Table, a well known non-profit here, told the sentencing judge they would accept her as a volunteer is she were given court-mandated community service.

    Sandi Jackson approached the organization, and, in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson (no relation) said she want to “assist with the myriad of services” offered by Martha’s Table, which helps low-income and needy residents in the city.

    She could face up to 18 months in prison for looting campaign funds and not paying takes on the money she stole. Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. could get up to four years in prison.

    http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/sweet/sandi-jackson-seeking-probation-instead-of-prison-asking-for-community-service-at-dc-food-pantry/

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

    Poor Travesty… *smh* I dare him to ask this question to AG Holder’s face.

    Tavis Smiley @tavissmiley 32m
    Stop-and-Frisk rejected. We owe a debt to jailed protesters who pushed issue: @CornelWest, Carl Dix & the other courageous fellow citizens.

    Tavis Smiley @tavissmiley 22m
    Mandatory minumum sentence laws were a bad idea when first proposed. AG is right no doubt, but why so long for justice to prevail?

    • Alma98

      Hey crabis ask GWB, Bill Clinton.

    • rikyrah

      you see the new hustle…
      The AG’s speech was stunning..
      so, now, these bitchasses have the ‘ well, how come he didn’t speak up sooner?’
      yeah…see that shyt for what it is from a mile away, Travis.
      ps- didn’t see Corny’s ass on any lawsuit.
      give me the young Brothas that I saw on Rev. Al and Larry O last night, who put themselves at risk by standing up and suing the NYPD.

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

        That’s why he mad! It must burn Crabis that PBO’s name is mentioned in the judge’s decision. It hurts his soul that PBO has that much influence.

    • Daltex82

      When he talks/tweets all I hear is

      • Alma98

        My mother loves Charlie Brown and the teacher talking is her favorite part. It just tickles her to no end lol.

    • Miranda

      *snicker*…this lil bish

    • Kennymack1971

      Mannn..He is entitled to have all the seats. “Ain’t nobody here to see you Tavis!”

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – -DOJ –is –ON IT. :>) – —

    Justice Department and six states, including Texas, sue to block US Airways-American Airlines merger; carriers vow to fight — – –
    – — — -UPDATE, 1:35 p.m. Tuesday: Airline analyst Helane Becker of Cowan and Co. projected the impact on AMR if Justice Department prevails: “If the merger is blocked AMR will need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan to emerge from bankruptcy, which essentially result in a smaller company going forward and job loss.”

    UPDATE, 1 p.m. Tuesday: American Airlines chairman and CEO Tom Horton said Tuesday that US Airways and American Airlines are going to fight the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit. He reiterated the airline’s view that the merger is good for consumers.

    “Since the DOJ has formed a contrary view, the matter will now be settled by the courts. The DOJ has filed a lawsuit in federal district court to enjoin the proposed merger. We and US Airways will vigorously defend our position. While we do not yet know how long the court process will run, it will likely take a few months,” Horton told employees in a special “Jetwire” message.

    In a message to his employees, US Airways chairman and CEO Doug Parker wasn’t happy.

    “We are extremely disappointed in this action and believe the DOJ is
    wrong in its assessment. We will fight them. We are confident that by combining American and US Airways we are enhancing competition, providing better service to our customers and improving the industry as a whole. We are mounting a vigorous and strong defense in federal court against the DOJ’s case in order to bring our airlines and talented team members together as the new American Airlines,” he said.

    THERE IS MORE —

    – – –DEY MAD! —-LOL

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

    Oh, how convenient!

    Sharyl Attkisson @SharylAttkisson 52m
    CBS Source: more Fast and Furious guns recovered in Mexico.

    • Alma98

      Well Sepia it’s all they got cause Holder ain’t going nowhere. lol

    • Miranda

      Oh…F&F back up in the rotation? okey-dokey.

    • Kennymack1971

      Sharyl Attkisson just like Jonathan Karl is another RW embed who mainstreams wingnut BS for the MSM. They’re just recycling the Rights greatest hits now. What’s next? “Shocking” new info on Soylandra?

  • Miranda

    On Aug. 13, 1955, Lamar Smith (activist), 63-year-old farmer and WWI veteran, was shot dead in cold blood on the crowded courthouse lawn in Brookhaven, Mississippi, for urging blacks to vote. No one was prosecuted. His murder is one of those listed in the 1955 NAACP pamphlet, “M is for Mississippi and Murder”.

    Lamar Smith (1892 – August 13, 1955) was a U.S. civil rights figure, black farmer, World War I veteran and an organizer of black voter registration. He was shot to death in broad daylight at close range on the lawn of the Lincoln County courthouse in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Some contemporary reports say there were many white witnesses, including the local sheriff, who saw a white man covered with blood leaving the scene. No witnesses would come forward and the three men who had been arrested went free.

    Smith apparently had attended meetings of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership (RCNL), probably the largest civil rights organization in the state. He was also a personal friend of the RCNL’s president, Dr. T. R. M. Howard of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. Smith’s murder was one of several racially motivated attacks in Mississippi during 1955. The other incidents included the murder of George W. Lee, a civil rights leader in Belzoni (May), the killing of Emmett Till, a black teenager visiting from Chicago (August), and the shooting of Gus Courts (December), a civil rights associate of Lee in Belzoni. The Smith case was cited in the NAACP’s pamphlet M is for Murder and Mississippi.

    • rikyrah

      there is the South…
      and then, there is Mississippi

      • jds09

        So true. Whenever I go to visit my family I’m always struck by how physically beautiful the country side is, gorgeous gorgeous trees. its such a contrast.

      • conlakappa

        And somewhere among a choir of angels, Nina Simone is warming up…

    • Alma98

      There are many more cases like this and they will never get justice. SMH

  • JB20005

    I know this is going to shock everyone here, but the first ever guest on the new internet-based Ron Paul Channel was…

    “Progressive” hero Glenn Greenwald.

    http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2013/08/after-answering-fingerpuppet-questions.html

    • Alma98

      Two peas in a pod, and the looney left will not let this interfere with their GG love fest.

      • JB20005

        The looney left and right wing nuts are united in their common hatred for the black guy on Pennsylvania Ave.

        • Alma98

          Yep

        • GreenLadyHere

          –JB2005 —***fist bump*** —SADLY!!- -

    • GreenLadyHere

      JB20005 — –“AIR”body — -REACTS -in SHOCK – —/NOT. LOL – – -:>) Thank U. :>)

    • gn

      Well gee…

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT – – -Ms. JOY-ANN annnnd Mr. AGNEW -[Dream DeFENDERS] —on Mr. Martin. —Woo! Hoo! – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – – -NO WORDS. — –

    – – –John Lewis: I’m for Hillary Clinton in 2016- —

    — – -Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Tuesday that he would support Hillary Clinton if she runs for the White House in 2016.

    The civil rights icon made waves during the 2008 Democratic primary when he switched his support from Clinton to President Obama but made clear in a recent interview that his support for the former secretary of State remains strong.

    “I won’t make an endorsement, but I will say this: If she makes a decision to run, I would be with her,” Lewis told The New York Times.

    “I think today she is the most qualified person in America to be
    president. No one has worked so hard or done a more effective job in representing this country as secretary of State in modern times.”

    Lewis had endorsed Clinton’s campaign in October 2007, but said in February 2008 that he was considering switching his support to Obama. Later that month, Lewis made the change official, saying he would cast his superdelegate vote for Obama.
    THERE IS MORE — – – —I jus’ cain’t – —RIGHT NOW – -***sigh***

    EXCEPT — -THINGS can CHANGE. —She’s gotta get approval from her doctor.- –NOTICE how THIS keeps gettin’ –LEFT OUT!! —

    • Alma98

      Oh boy, sighhhh

    • Kennymack1971

      Oh good lord. I truly hope Ride or Die Joe runs. I have mad respect for John Lewis but I’m so sick of Dems breaking out the pom poms for the Clintons.

      • Miranda

        This disrespect for Joe Biden has really pissed me off.

        • rikyrah

          me too
          He has been very loyal to this President and doesn’t deserve the disrespect

        • annvic

          The CBC are lining up for the Clinton’s in the hopes they’ll restore the gravy train that Obama derailed, and the Clinton’s are disrespecting Biden because they don’t care about anyone but themselves. I love how when Hilary was trying to build her reputation as SOS she was all buddy-buddy with Joe, but now that she (thinks) she’s got a shot in 2016, she couldn’t care less about him.

          • jziglar

            Many of them were able to cheese up with Bill in the White house and get positions in government. Obama doesn’t play that cheesing and grinning not doing anything game which is why some of them have a problem with the President.

          • annvic

            Exactly. Obama makes you *work* for what you get from him.

        • jziglar

          I think it’s disrespectful and we shouldn’t be talking about this stuff until around 2015. Like I said before if Hillary is the nominee I will vote for her because she will be a thousand times better than a current republican candidate and she will protect many of the domestic accomplishments over President Obama’s term. And I’m no Clintonite. I would like to see if Joe Biden runs.

          The annoying Clintonites need to let the process play out and chill.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Kennymack1971 – —-***BIG HUG** :>) —

        – –***BIG fist bump*** –“VP Ride or DIE Joe” — –has BEEN the ULTIMATE in LOYALTY annnd SUPPORT!! —–2 MR. PRESIDENT. :>)- —

        Annnd he has DEMONSTRATED his –STRENGTH in LEADERSHIP! — -WELL DONE –SIR.♥ – —

        Good 2 C U Kennymack1971 —:>)

      • nasani

        I agree with you Kennymack. With all due respect, I think VP Joe Biden is more qualified than Hillary Clinton.

        • itgurl_29

          He is. He’s got all those years in the Senate and will have been Vice-President for 8 years in the most successful and progressive administration since FDR. If they wanna play this game of whose “turn” it is, it’s most certainly Joe Biden’s.

          Hillary does not have my vote. I do not want another cynical political animal in the White House. I don’t want another Clinton in the White House. I want to keep the change going. I hope Joe Biden runs. But if he doesn’t, there are others more fitting to inherit Preisdent Obama’s legacy than the Clintons, that’s for damn sure.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY nasani. – — -***BIG HUG*** :>)

          —***BIG fist nump*** :>) – –U KNOW IT! :>)

          Annd we have heard NOTHING of any PHYSICAL limitations. :>)

          Good 2 C U nasani. :>) -

    • JB20005

      If Hillary runs again, I think she’ll blow it again. The only elections she’s ever won were for an utterly safe legacy Senate seat in one of the bluest states.

      She has a glass jaw, and someone will punch it again in 2016.

      • jds09

        A 40pt. glass jaw.

      • GreenLadyHere

        JB22005 – —***fist bump*** —

        IMHO —She has WATCHED the WINNIN’ STRATEGIES/TECHNIQUES of MR. PRESIDENT 4 ova 4 YEARS. —She would have the – -DIRECTION – – – -errrr —-SUPPORT of –“Blue Dress” —

        -Annnd YET —SHE has shown NO EVIDENCE of bein’ able 2 in any wise imitate them!. NO WAY!! —

        MR. PRESIDENT is UNIQUELY GIFTED –with LEARNED annnd SPONTANEOUS —WISDOM!! – —

        She just —DOES! –NOT! — have IT!! — – —

        I’m just NOT believin’ that –(1) She will RUN. BUT – –(2) TRULY will NOT B able -2 -CRAWL 2 –“THAT CHAIR”. NOT! – -

      • jziglar

        Well if she is attacked from the left like Obama did in 2008 I could see her having trouble. But I do think she can beat the republican clown car. I think a lot of people could beat those losers.

    • itgurl_29

      Oh, no one is going to talk about her history of blood clots that are so bad as to cause hospitalization. I’m not wishing anything on the woman. My parents are her age and I certainly don’t look forward to the day they start having serious health problems. But the truth is, if this were anyone else her age with those health problems, it would be discussed at length. It would be a factor. But since it’s Hillary, we ain’t supposed to say anything about it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        itgurl_29 —***fist bump*** – –She hasta have a PHYSICAL exam annnnd the RESULTS r made PUBLIC. — –

        We’ll C. —-THAT CONDITION does NOT go away. – –

    • edp4bho

      “I think today she is the most qualified person in America to be
      president.”

      It’s officially known that he thought this all along, even while we have a wonderful black man as president. No fool like an old fool. And, I will not be voting for that woman, no way, no how.

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

      *smdh*

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – – –***BIG fist bump*** – – — NO WORDS!! —-

        WAY-ELL – – –Sooo his “support” 4 MR. PRESIDENT was —SHALLOW!! – –***sigh*** – – -

  • rikyrah

    uh huh

    uh huh

    beat that azz, Mother Jones

    beat that azz

    …………………………

    Lobbyist Secretly Wrote House Dems’ Letter Urging Weaker Investor Protections

    Thirty-two liberal Democrats signed onto a letter drafted by a financial-industry lobbyist that aims to block protections for millions of Americans’ retirement accounts.

    —By Erika Eichelberger

    | Tue Aug. 13, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

    A letter that a group of progressive Democrats sent to federal regulators opposing new protections for millions of Americans’ retirement accounts was drafted by a financial-industry lobbyist, according to documents obtained by Mother Jones.

    The Department of Labor, which oversees the federal law setting minimum standards for many retirement plans, would like to require retirement investment advisers to act in the best interest of their customers, as opposed to their own best interest.

    But 28 out of the 43 members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)—a group of African American members of Congress that advocates the interests of low-income people and minorities—signed onto a June 14 letter opposing the rule. So did Democratic lawmakers Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Ed Pastor of Arizona, and Jim Costa of California.

    The letter’s metadata indicates it was drafted by Robert Lewis, a lobbyist who works for the Financial Services Institute (FSI), an investment industry trade group:

    Together, the liberal lawmakers who signed the letter have received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign money from the securities and investment industry in recent years.

    In the letter, the lawmakers caution the Labor Department against proposing new regulations, warning that a strict new rule on retirement advisers may cause many of them to leave the market and thus “could severely limit access to low-cost investment advice” for “the minority communities we represent.”

    But the Department of Labor, financial reform groups, and consumer advocates say the regulation won’t make it any harder for poor and middle-class customers to get investment advice. The current law doesn’t do enough to prevent unscrupulous investment brokers from parking Americans’ hard-earned cash in high-fee investments that benefit themselves, even if it’s not in their customers best interests, argues Barbara Roper, director of investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/08/congressional-black-caucus-fiduciary-duty-rule-financial-services-institute

    • Alma98

      Just disgusting, it’s time for these dinosaurs to go. All the CBC cares about is lining their pockets, constituents be damned. Also how come the signatures look like scribble scrabble? SMMFH!

      • jziglar

        Yep. Maxine Waters (Mrs. Unleash us on the President) has supported curtailing regulations on derivatives from the Dodd Frank law. These old CBC members excluding a few like Jim Clyburn have always been about getting paid but they want to be unleashed on the president. These people are really corrupt and it’s time that people primary them out of office.

        • Alma98

          ICAM!

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

      DAYUM! They got their signature and errthang! LOL!

      Wonder what Lauren Burke got to say about this!

  • rikyrah

    August 13, 2013 3:21 PM
    Stop-and-Frisk Boomerang?

    By Ed Kilgore

    To the extent that New York’s Democratic mayoral primary is revolving less and less around the psychodrama of Anthony Weiner, it’s actually getting more interesting and unpredictable. And in a subjective take at New York magazine today, Benjamin Wallace-Wells argues that Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is now a New York Times endorsement away from becoming the front-runner:

    The obvious target for de Blasio — the great, orienting prize — is the endorsement of the Times itself. Because de Blasio has little institutional or union support, his chance for victory relies on his sweeping the votes of the city’s professional liberals — of Greater Park Slope — a status that the Times alone can deliver.

    Well, even without the Grey Lady’s imprimatur, the outspokenly liberal de Blasio seems to have surged into an unlikely lead. A new Quinnipiac poll today shows him doubling his support in the last three weeks and now holding 30% of the vote, with Christine Quinn (at 24%) and Bill Thompson (at 22%) battling for a second runoff spot (Weiner is at 10%). The poll also shows de Blasio with a robust lead over Quinn (54/38) or Thompson (50/41) in a runoff.

    While Wallace-Wells may be right that positive coverage from the Times has made de Blasio competitive, there’s no question that rapidly growing discussion of NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, at first boosted by the Zimmerman-Martin saga, and now placed front-and-center by yesterday’s federal court rulingstrongly supported this latter policy, while Thompson has opposed it on grounds that any mayor should be able to run the police department without independent oversight (Quinn, too, has supported independent oversight).

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_08/stopandfrisk_boomerang046367.php

    • conlakappa

      C’mon, it will be his Afroed Mini Me who puts him in the lead!

      • rikyrah

        I love that ad with his son

        • conlakappa

          You know people were trying to act like he we being all front and center with his black family to get votes. Like it’s bad for a father to love his son and show him off!

  • jds09

    Just spent 15 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back on the #mockobamaday….who knew they are so in love with Photoshopped photos or do they know that they’re Photoshopped? Sad and stupid people.

    • Miranda

      They’re too stupid to understand photoshop.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥/Sepia♥ – – -LOL —

    – – -FIRST: – – -Get into position. – – –LOL – –

    – –NOW —> –REACT —HOW U WANNA. – – –

    — –BONUS:- — - ***O_O***- – –

    – – —YES. — -I KNOW my way. – –“EASIN’ on DOWN the HALL. . .- – -LOL –

  • rikyrah

    UPDATE FROM YESTERDAY:

    Goldie Taylor @goldietaylor

    Daym right. RT: “@ajc: Hospital reverses decision, agrees to put 15-year-old on heart transplant list. http://bit.ly/15AGqt3

    3:08 PM – 13 Aug 2013

    Retweeted by allanbrauer

    • Alma98

      Uh huh

    • Daltex82

      Yes!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –PRAISE the Lord. :>)- —

      BLESS U♥ — -young man. :>)

    • gn

      This type of story is precisely why we as a community need to focus on ourselves. 2013, and a hospital is pissed that they have to waste a heart donation on a black boy. People need to wake the heck up. NO ONE ELSE goes through this bs, no one.

      Thank God for the precious boy and his family.

      • PBomb

        Avoid the comments section like a plague. Folks really don’t understand the concept of what it means to be a teenager.

        • itgurl_29

          No, they do. They totally understand what it means to be a teen. They just don’t understand that black people are entitled to our childhoods. They insist that at 17 Trayvon was a grown man and that at age 9, Quvenzhane Wallis was grown enough to be called the c-word.

          They’re just racists who don’t value the lives of black people, including children.

        • GreenLadyHere

          PBOMB —- -ESPECIALLY – – a BLAH teen. – – –humph.

        • gn

          There’s been an explosion of racism in the media of late; not surprised at yet another hateful comments section.

  • rikyrah

    President Barack Obama shook hands with patrons and ordered seafood take-out from Nancy’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs on August 13, 2013.

    • itgurl_29

      They love President Obama on Cape Cod.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —–VOTER SUPPRESSION —ALERT- -Humph!

    – – – -Detroit billboards give wrong date for electio – —

    — — -Billboards promoting Detroit’s upcoming general election offered up some erroneous information about when to go to the polls.

    The Detroit Free Press reports that many of the 14 billboards gave a September date for the election. The vote will actually take place Nov. 5.

    City Clerk Janice Winfrey says the billboards were updated Saturday with information about the general election, and she calls the September date “a mistake” by the business that handles the billboards.

    Winfrey says she noticed the error and was angry. Winfrey says she was told all the billboards would be fixed by Tuesday.
    THERE IS MORE — – – – –
    Da -STRUGGLE” —continues!!!

    • Alma98

      Mistake my ass! SMH

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma – — —WE KNOW!! – —FAUX-outrage! – – – -***tsk*** – —***eye roll***

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!