October 26, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Thread: Roberta Flack Week

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Killing Me Softly With His Song

I’m The One

Making Love

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  • Alma98

    Roberta’s fro was tight!

  • rikyrah

    May 4, 2014
    Who are the optimists these days?

    Frank Bruni is pessimistic about America.

    More and more I get the sense that we’ve lost it, and by “it” I mean the optimism that was always the lifeblood of this luminous experiment, the ambition that has been its foundation, the swagger that made us so envied and emulated and reviled.

    We’re walking small. And that shift in our gait and our gumption has been palpable for many years, during an unusually sustained period of frustration that has the feel of something more than a temporary dive: a turned corner, the downward arc of a diminished enterprise.

    To bolster his case, Bruni quotes his friends – most of whom are other NYT writers and columnists. Given the current demise of print media, that shouldn’t be too surprising. But I suspect he’s also speaking for a lot of – here comes the kicker – white Americans.

    The very basis of white privilege is that it means not having to listen to the thoughts/opinions/experiences of people of color. If Bruni were to listen, he’d hear a different story. For example, three years ago, Ellis Cose wrote about The New Optimists.

    African-Americans, long accustomed to frustration in their pursuit of opportunity and respect, are amazingly upbeat, consistently astounding pollsters with their hopefulness. Earlier this year, when a Washington Post–Kaiser–-Harvard poll asked respondents whether they expected their children’s standard of living to be better or worse than their own, 60 percent of blacks chose “better,” compared with only 36 percent of whites.

    …………………

    And apparently its not just African Americans who are optimistic.

    The AP-NORC analysis of data from the General Social Survey, a long-running biannual survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, found just 46 percent of whites say their family has a good chance of improving their living standard given the way things are in America, the lowest level in surveys conducted since 1987. In contrast, 71 percent of blacks and 73 percent of Hispanics express optimism of an improved life – the biggest gap with whites since the survey began asking.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/05/who-are-optimists-these-days.html

    • goldenstar

      Love the “bingo, gringo” line.

    • TresL

      What does it say about white folks when their happiest times are the worst times for POC and now that POC are optimistic about the future they’re pessimistic. Ain’t that America, land that I love.

      • Miranda

        damn…pull that cover off of’em why dontcha!

      • rikyrah

        I call it the delusional world of Mad Men as they pretend that they were big fish in a big pond

      • Kennymack1971

        Thank you. 2520s are so predictable. NOW they’re pessimistic. GTFOHWTBS.

        • itgurl_29

          All that Native American genocide, and slaver, and Jim Crow, and whatnot couldn’t bring them down. But the playing field starting to widen for ALL Americans? Devastating. It’s the worst of times for them. Losing out on a job to a person of color is, like, worse than slavery, people!

      • itgurl_29

        Preach. They are something, aren’t they. SMH, sad.

        • TresL

          The good old days for them were the fifties which happen to be one of many times in history where black people were catching hell from every direction.

          • Aquagranny911

            …and the government’s “Operation Wetback” was in full force when a lot of actual citizens also got dumped into Mexico during the raids…and McCarthy was in Congress chasing communists which included anyone standing for the rights of workers…

            Oh, those good old days….

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Women as second class citizens, duck and cover drills, half the country practicing open apartheid the other a more insidious version, J Edwina Hoover taping your phone calls, one quarter of the country living in abject poverty.

            Yeah fun times.

      • Aquagranny911

        ♥ ♥ ♥ I could not have said that better myself!

      • AxelFoley

        Tells you all you need to know about a lot of white folks.

  • Miranda

    This is the guy Mitt Romney endorsed in NC for US Senator……yep…i can see why.

    NC House Speaker Tillis – Divide and Conquer!

  • rikyrah

    David Corn ✔ @DavidCornDC Follow

    Here are the wildest anti-Obama quotes from the billionaire hosting Hillary Clinton’s first political event of 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/hillary-clinton-lady-lynn-forester-de-rothschild-barack-obama

    1:10 PM – 6 May 2014

    • Miranda

      I detest this bitch.

    • itgurl_29

      Yet another reason not to vote for her. This is appalling.

      • MsKitty

        I see some Hilary stans in my twitter timeline already trying it on with their “you betta support her in 2016 or else” if she’s the nominee.

        They gon’ learn in these next 2 years, that’s all I have to say.

        • itgurl_29

          Follow me and retweet them so I can get their behinds together.

          • TyrenM

            Do share (the carnage.)

    • Kennymack1971

      I actively dislike much of the Clinton camp but this racist woman I despise with the fury of a thousand suns. She couldn’t just be disappointed that her chosen candidate lost no she had to actively smear Barack Obama with as much gusto as any RWNJ. This is who Hillary Clinton aligns herself with and it’s yet one more reason I will NEVER support her candidacy.

      • TresL

        ITA! I think this woman was only saying publicly what the Clintons themselves were saying and continue to say privately.

        • Kennymack1971

          No doubt. Rothschild, Ferraro, Harriet Christian… There was a pattern of racist behavior that was never condemned by the Clintons and that’s because they have the same attitudes towards the Obamas.

          • itgurl_29

            That pattern is real. They’re only saying what Hillary says to them in their conversations as friends.

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, this chick still butthurt. Ya’ll girl got her ass WHOOPED by Barack Obama, trick. Deal with it.

  • Miranda

    SMH…..all my skinfolk definitely aint my kinfolk
    ———————-
    The undercover senator: Tim Scott goes anecdote shopping in South Carolina

    excerpt:
    As they talk, an older white woman wanders over and asks, “You here for court-ordered time?”

    “Not this time,” the volunteer says. What he neglects to mention is that his name is Tim Scott, that he’s a United States senator — her senator — and that he’s up for reelection in the fall.For now, Scott’s main objective is just to get elected — likely without much help from the black vote. Instead, he’ll need to win over legions of white voters.
    [...]
    Just a few miles away from the Goodwill, there’s the Greenville Museum and Library of Confederate History, a place where the director, Mike Couch, will tell you that slavery was in fact not racist.

    “It was a matter of economics, most likely,” Couch says. He walks over to a wall covered with pictures of black confederate soldiers. “We judge people by character, not skin color.”

    Couch, who is white, is a fan of Scott’s.

    “I’ll vote for him, sure,” he says. “He’s better than the other guy, Flimsy Lindsey Grahamnesty” — South Carolina’s other Republican senator, who is often accused by conservatives of being too moderate on such issues as immigration reform.

    Scott’s election would make history, but not everyone thinks it would be a step forward.

    “If you call progress electing a person with the pigmentation that he has, who votes against the interest and aspirations of 95 percent of the black people in South Carolina, then I guess that’s progress,” says Rep. Jim E. Clyburn, a black congressman who serves in the state’s Democratic leadership.

    Scott got an F on the NAACP annual scorecard. He voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he voted to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, opposed the Congressional Black Caucus’s budget proposal and voted to delay funding a settlement between the United States and black farmers who claimed the federal government refused them loans.

    Hilary Shelton, the NAACP’s Washington Bureau Director, says it’s great that Scott is reaching out to the community with messages of self-determination and religion, but that it’s not enough.

    “He’s not running for preacher,” Shelton says. “We can tell when people are coming to sell snake oil.”

    more here: http://m.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-undercover-senator-sen-tim-scott-goes-anecdote-shopping-in-south-carolina/2014/05/06/98e534b0-cbb9-11e3-93eb-6c0037dde2ad_story.html

    • rikyrah

      UH HUH
      UH HUH

    • rikyrah

      Hilary Shelton, the NAACP’s Washington Bureau Director, says it’s great that Scott is reaching out to the community with messages of self-determination and religion, but that it’s not enough.

      “He’s not running for preacher,” Shelton says. “We can tell when people are coming to sell snake oil.”


      hey,
      tell the truth, why don’t you…LOL

  • rikyrah
    • Joy

      Somewhere, Boko Haram is shittin’ their draws.

      • Aquagranny911

        They should be & a pox on the Nigerian government for trying to sweep this under the palace carpets until it went world wide viral & they could not ignore it anymore!

  • rikyrah
    • Aquagranny911

      The people are speaking….

      • trose1

        Luv it!

  • crazycanuck

    OMG, YES! YES! YES!

    FoodPorn ‏@ItsFoodPorn Apr 28

    Cinnamon Roll Pancake pic.twitter.com/On1QtoQUWR

    • TresL

      OMG! I’m in my third week of eliminating all sugar from my diet; but, if this was in front of me right now, I’d inhale it in seconds. LOL!

    • rikyrah

      OK…in theory, I think this is wonderful.but not in actuality

  • Aquagranny911

    POU, trying to catch up.

    I got a brief email from my SIL’s Auntie godmother who is in Nigeria with some peeps working for #Bringbackourgirls. I think I shared that already last week. She is so pissed at Gov officials I think she scorched my computer!

    Her take is that Nigerian officials thought they could mostly ignore this by saying “so sad, too bad” like they have done with raids like this in the past. That whole region has been terrorized & over run by these Bohoscum pendejos who raid & run back across the borders. They have been killing people & stealing/raping women & girls for too long with nada being done.

    Now, the whole world is watching! Never underestimate the powers of the Twitter! #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS!

  • Miranda

    The Other Side of Privilege at Princeton[OPINION]
    A SENIOR AT THE IVY LEAGUE UNIVERSITY WEIGHS IN ON HER CLASSMATE’S NOW-FAMOUS ‘TAKEDOWN’ OF THE CONCEPT OF WHITE PRIVILEGE
    By MORGAN JERKINS

    When I read Tal Fortgang’s article in The Princeton Tory (a publication that is bankrolled by a wealthy non-profit dedicated to grooming young Conservative leaders), where he now famously stated that he has no need to apologize for having privilege as a White male, I wasn’t surprised. However, after seeing him on Fox and reading his article republished by Time, I, like the rest of the Black community at Princeton, started to grow more incensed. As a graduating senior who has been at this institution longer than he has, I’ve grown tired of being afraid as a Black woman to talk about privilege within this ivy-covered bubble and have decided to respond.

    When talking about privilege, or lack thereof, one must persistently be aware that there is a huge difference between the individual and the collective. I learned this distinction the hard way. Two years ago, I was accepted as an opinion writer for The Daily Princetonian. At the time, I was the only Black woman on staff. In my first opinion article, I argued that Princeton University’s creative writing programs should change its selective, application-only admissions to a more inclusive open enrollment that welcomed all interested students. The first comment on my piece was submitted by an anonymous individual who said that I should’ve been rejected from Princeton because the university doesn’t need any more “whiny Black girls.” It took the moderator several hours to delete the comment even though my supporters bombarded him with emails about the vitriol. My picture was not next to my article, only my name. Not once did I mention race or gender in the article. Yet, for the offense of expressing my opinions on a subject, my racial and gender identity were ridiculed. It was then that I realized that while I may be an individual, I am a part of a larger social category—Black women. Because of this identity, some of my peers believe that I don’t belong and refuse to listen to my voice.

    Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/news-views/the-other-side-of-privilege-at-princeton-029#ixzz30yharwKo

  • Miranda

    OBAMA: US TO HELP NIGERIA FIND KIDNAPPED GIRLS
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE— May. 6, 2014 5:38 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. will do everything it can to help Nigeria find nearly 300 teenage girls who have been missing since they were abducted from school three weeks ago by an Islamist extremist group that has threatened to sell them.

    Finding the girls is the immediate priority, Obama said, and dealing with the Boko Haram group is a close second.

    “In the short term our goal is obviously is to help the international community, and the Nigerian government, as a team to do everything we can to recover these young ladies,” Obama said in an interview with Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” program. “But we’re also going to have to deal with the broader problem of organizations like this that … can cause such havoc in people’s day-to-day lives.”

    more here: http://linkis.com/apne.ws/2dsYS

    • crazycanuck

      Let’s be clear as zizi says. Everyone should read zizi’s piece.

      Despite the Islamist religious cloak that Boko Haram covers itself in, its victims have been Muslims and Christians alike…..zizi

      These are evil thugs and nothing more.

      • Aquagranny911

        Absolutely!

  • lamh36

    Awww…Los Angeles Times ‏@latimes

    Lee Marshall, the voice of Tony the Tiger, dies at age 64 http://lat.ms/1s0ucq2

  • Guest

    Awww…Los Angeles Times ‏@latimes 8m

    Lee Marshall, the voice of Tony the Tiger, dies at age 64 http://lat.ms/1s0ucq2

  • JB20005

    Some fast figures for any winger acquaintances.

    If we’re doing an apples to apples comparison of Administrations…

    Bush’s first Benghazi took place on 09/11/2001, and resulted in the loss of 2,996 American lives, or the equivalent of one Obama Benghazi per day, every day, for more than 2-years.

    Bush used his first Benghazi to gin up support for his second Benghazi: the Iraq invasion, which resulted in the loss of 4,400 American lives.

    His third Benghazi, the bungled Katrina response, saw the loss of another 1,500 American lives, at which point, the public finally turned against his homicidal incompetence.

    So, in terms of body counts, we have Bush 8,900 – Obama 4.

    Now which one did the Republicans call a scandal?

    • qosine

      Exactly JB.
      You always lay out the facts.
      Thank you.

    • Aquagranny911

      Very sad comparison but so on point. JB, I think the vast majority of Americans don’t give a ripe fig about Benghazi & they probably could not spell it correctly if you gave them a prize. A lot are still wanting jobs & the minimum wage raised, some have been without UI & have dealt with SNAP cuts since November, some would be so happy at a real immigration reform because it might protect their loved ones. These people do not give a SHIT about Benghazi!

      Just saying…

    • AxelFoley

      Not to mention the 12, I think, embassy/consulate attacks on Bush’s watch.

      Nary a peep from the media/GOP (but I repeat my self) on that.

  • Aquagranny911

    I am starting to get muy, muy pissed off! Who really outside the media beltway & the Repugs gives one flying rotted fig about Hillbillygoats’s chances for the White House in 2016!

    We have major, way more important elections coming in less than 5 months, in our states, in our cities, our school boards, our damn dogcatchers for Dios sake! We need to get DEM butts in the seats of congress! We need DEM butts in our state houses! We need DEM Governors! We need DEMS on our school boards!

    The goatfiggers, Kochs & their evil press minions would love to see us distracted by Clinton sludge. I say NO & more NO WAY to that BS! I say FUCK THE CLINTONS with ten rusty pitch forks!

    We keep our eyes on the prize, our boots firmly on the ground for Dems these next 5 months & the Clintons will fade away! Just saying…

    My two pesos…rant over…but DAMMIT…pay some attention to my words!

    • qosine

      All of this stuff is designed to demoralize, distract, and
      derail Dems from voting and winning in 2014. Every single
      GOP candidate is ideologically the same, whether they’re
      billed establishment, right, far right, or far far right. They
      hate our president, his allies, his policies, the Obama coalition, and will use any means to divide Dems to avoid our wins.

      • Aquagranny911

        Exactly, Chica, Exactly!!! We need to keep this always firmly in our minds as we continue to move on to elect Dems this November.

        Just a small OT: I know I will be working without my Sis by my side this year. It’s hard for me but if I can do this so can you all get out even if you are all alone. Do your best to elect your local Dems.
        NO RETREAT! NO SURRENDER! We STAND!

  • lamh36

    Aww yeah Rikyrah, I’m already ready…X-Men: Days of Future Past…17 days!

    • rikyrah

      YEAH BABY!!

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

    Good news, Fam! My mom’s out of the hospital! She was transferred to a rehab facility where she’ll be getting her physical therapy on so that she can make a full recovery.

    Thanks again for listening and for your prayers! :-)

    • Aquagranny911

      “Snoopy Dance of Joy” for your Mom! May her continued recovery be swift & sure ♥!

    • crazycanuck

      What great news,glad it’s all gone so well Sepia.

    • edp4bho

      Fantastic, Sepia. Yes, our prayers were effective. Hug your mom for us all.

    • EpiphanySweet

      Glad your mom is on her way to a full recovery. Sending up more prayers

    • Daltex82

      That’s excellent news! Doing the happy dance for you and your family.

    • qosine

      How absolutely wonderful, Sepia!!

    • TyrenM

      Great news Sepia. Glad for you and your family.

    • goldenstar

      She’s all prepared for Mother’s Day!!!

    • Alma98

      Congrats to your mom Sepia! May she continue to have a speedy recovery.

    • rikyrah

      Good News. So happy for your family. Hope that her recovery goes well.

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

        Thanks y’all! We’re still waiting for the results of the mass removed from her leg. The biopsy of her thyroid was benign, thank God. Now it’s all about her putting in work with the physical therapy.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Dear Sepia♥ – – -***BIG HUG** 4 the WHOLE Family♥ :>)

      THANK U LORD –4 HEARING annd ANSWERING PRAYERS♥- –
      – — -Your PROMISES R SURE annnd TRUE. :>)
      Now WE ask that Your CARING HAND B on Sepia’s Mom as she goes through this next stage. With JOY annnd PRAISE —WE THANK YOU♥ -AMEN♥ :>)

      —***HUGS** Sepia♥ :>)

    • Miranda

      Fantastic news!

    • Joy

      Wonderful! Happy for your mom and family.

    • AxelFoley

      God is good!

    • MsKitty

      Praise the Lord

    • Admiral_Komack

      Wonderful!

    • sagittarius

      Hallelujah!

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah
    • isonprize

      FLOTUS is fabulous, as always!! Bellamy is werkin’ that red dress!

  • Miranda

    Because the story CAN get even more insane.
    ——————————–
    V. Stiviano, media darling of Clippers owner Donald Sterling scandal, being investigated in extortion plot: report

    The legal bombshell dropped after it was revealed Stiviano adopted two boys and has been keeping them out of the media spotlight. TMZ.com reports Stiviano may have demanded money from Sterling to keep other controversial audio tapes secret.
    BY NANCY DILLON Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 8:17 PM

    She’s going to need three visors soon — and possibly a criminal defense lawyer.

    V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling racism scandal, is in the final stages of adopting two boys age12 and 13, a source told the Daily News Tuesday.

    “She’s excited to care for them for the rest of her life. The process started three years ago,” the source said. “She’s going to make a great mom.”

    The news broke as TMZ.com reported Stiviano is under investigation for allegedly extorting Sterling by demanding money in return for keeping more audio recordings secret.

    A senior investigator for the Los Angeles District Attorney reportedly contacted Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling Tuesday to ask for an interview in connection with the extortion allegation, unidentified law enforcement sources told TMZ.

    Stiviano, 31, declined to comment when contacted by The News outside her Los Angeles duplex Tuesday.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/v-stiviano-probed-sterling-extortion-plot-report-article-1.1782180#ixzz30zMgIa4V

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

      Tha hail????

  • rikyrah

    Plouffe Sees Hillary Clinton Crowding Out Other Democrats
    By Lisa Lerer Apr 25, 2014 11:01 PM CT

    No Democrat will likely be able to mount a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton in the next presidential campaign if she decides to run, David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s former top political adviser, said

    Plouffe, who was a strategist for both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and served as a senior adviser in the White House, said “there’s very little oxygen” for another Democrat to challenge the former secretary of state in the 2016 presidential primaries.

    “If someone runs, it’s really to just try and set themselves up for the future,” Plouffe said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “Build their name, get a show on MSNBC.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-25/plouffe-sees-hillary-clinton-crowding-out-democrats.html

    • Alma98

      uh huh nothing but the truth. Hillary and company are trying to discourage other candidates from running.

      • qosine

        Wondering what Plouffe and PBO are up to.
        PBO brought up VP Joe and Hillary in interesting
        ways at the WHPC. The GOP knows PBO selected
        Hillary as his SOC so Benghazi is a way to diminish
        that. Plus, when I skim comments, I see VP Joe’s
        name pop up a lot. Keeps the GOP off balance all
        the time cause the GOP have nothing to say, nothing
        to run on, and nothing to offer. IMHO, Alma. PBO
        always plays the long game.

        • edp4bho

          I sure hope you’re right about this, qosine. I just don’t feel like the bs. I want PBO to complete his term with aplomb, and for people not to be taken in by this appearance of inevitability of a Clinton dynasty. 12 years- a Bush; 8 years- Clinton. Nuf is enuf !!

          • qosine

            I totally understand, edp4bho. I’ve been so down lately with all the hits to PBO, but I know
            that every time the media, the GOP, and all the
            other swill start this bs, PBO never responds. Except, except now attention — rightfully and finally – is being turned to the tragic kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria. HE’S the one who put that on page 1.

        • jds09

          I hope you’re right. I think something is going on too. Biden holding the running shoe was funny and I hope a signal.

        • isonprize

          you noticed that too, huh? re: VP Joey and Hillz. I still think Joey is going to run. At least, that’s what I’m dreaming…

    • edp4bho

      “Build their name, get a show on MSNBC.”

      That’s pretty cheap for him to say. F Hillary and him too if they think she has so much damn support. After the goods are out come next year, lots of folks are gonna turn if they have any self respect. And I am not afraid of who may be prez next as much as I am her “coronation” overshadowing the rest of PBO’s term. I lasted through Bush, for heaven’s sake. Again, F the Clintons. I WILL NOT vote for them !

    • jds09

      This is depressing.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I’m not sweating it.
        This is 2014, not 2016.

  • Miranda

    What a wonderful young lady!!! Another exceptional black teen!

    Teen Gets High School & College Diploma In The Same Week
    May 3, 2014 11:30 PM

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — It’s that time of year when students all across the country will be celebrating high school and college graduations. One South Florida girl will get a diploma from both in the same week and she is only 16-years old.

    Grace Bush already has her bachelor’s degree from college but she doesn’t have a high school diploma yet.

    “It’s kind of weird that I graduated college before high school,” said Grace Bush.

    more here: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/05/03/south-florida-teen-gets-high-school-college-diploma/

    • rikyrah

      nothing better than reading about Black excellence!

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

      Wow! Go ‘head lil’ sista!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ — -☺CONGRATULATIONS- – -Miss BUSH♥ -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3OIfuVpocU

      — -Sooo PROUD of U♥ — -Annnnd – -THAT’s A FACT♥ :>) – – –B BLESSED with CONTINUED –SUCCESSES♥ :>)

  • goldenstar

    Sen. David Vitter Named One of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress

    Sen. David Vitter has been named as one of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in a scathing report released today.

    The organization says “from misusing taxpayer funds to aid a violent criminal to blatantly trying to bribe the Secretary of the Interior, it has been another bad year for shameless Sen. David Vitter”.

    In the report, the organization calls Vitter “morally and ethically bankrupt”.

    “Sen. Vitter solicited prostitution, employed a known criminal, and even tried to bribe a cabinet member,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “What will it take for the Senate Ethics Committee to take notice of Sen. Vitter’s endless misconduct?”

    Questions have surfaced regarding Sen. Vitter’s relationship with aide Brent Furer. Furer served as Sen. Vitter’s legislative aide for women’s issues despite a conviction related to brutally assaulting his girlfriend in 2008. While the senator’s office claimed Furer was on leave pending resolution of the case, Senate records show he was paid for all but five days of his time off. Sen. Vitter’s office also allowed Furer to travel to Louisiana at taxpayer expense in 2007 in order to appear in court to face a DWI charge, and again in 2008 to sign his probation agreement. Only after the scandal surfaced nearly two years later did Furer resign.

    “It is hard to imagine any senator, much less a “family values” politician like Sen. Vitter retaining the services of a staff member with legal problems as serious as those of Mr. Furer,: said Ms. Sloan. “Then again, Sen. Vitter’s history reveals he isn’t particularly concerned with the treatment of women.”

    More recently, Sen. Vitter threatened to withhold Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s salary increase unless he agreed to issue more deepwater drilling permits. Secretary Salazar, showing far greater integrity than Sen. Vitter, not only declined to accept the bribe, he asked the Senate to drop the bill that would have provided him a raise.

    This is the 7th edition of the CREW’s Most Corrupt Report, an annual look at a bipartisan collection of Washington’s worst. This year’s list includes seven Democrats, and twelve Republicans. Five are repeat offenders. Since 2005, CREW has named 70 members of Congress to the list, 32 of whom are no longer in office. Vitter was also included in the 2007 report.

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit http://www.citizensforethics.org.

    You can read the complete report on Vitter here: http://www.citizensforethics.org/mostcorrupt/entry/david-vitter

    http://www.katc.com/news/sen-david-vitter-named-one-of-the-most-corrupt-members-of-congress/

    • AxelFoley

      Anyone surprised?

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    Ahhhhhh…………….

    A Promise To Rose

    Teddy Bridgewater’s journey to the NFL Draft is depicted in an online mini-documentary released Tuesday by Cadillac. The doc, “Teddy Bridgewater: A Promise to Rose,” was directed by Spike Lee.

    It centers on Bridgewater’s rise to stardom, stemming back from his days at Miami Northwestern Senior High School in Miami and then to Louisville. His family and friends are also heavily featured, and the doc culminates with Bridgewater fulfilling a promise he made to his mom back in the third grade: purchasing her a brand new pink Cadillac Escalade.

    Bridgewater’s mother, Rose Murphy, had been diagnosed with breast cancer, so Bridgewater chose the color pink to honor her.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/05/06/teddy-bridgewater-buys-mother-pink-escalade/

  • edp4bho

    Have a blessed night, all. Sepia and AG, continued prayers for recovery for your loved ones.

    • Aquagranny911

      Gracias, ♥ Rest well, sweet Chica.

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

      Thanks Edp!

    • GreenLadyHere

      —☺http://www.imgion.com/images/02/Kitty-in-sleep-good-night-glitter-graphic.gif
      – – – –edp4bho♥ May U have BLESSED DREAMS. :>)
      – [Had 2 go 2 a dinner meeting. :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – – -SAY HEEY :>) —-A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT♥ -A BIRTHDAY♥- – –

    — — –☺May 6, 1931
    Baseball great Willie Howard Mays was born in Westfield, Alabama. Mays played with boththe New York and San Francisco Giants. He was National League batting champion four times and twice the league’s Most Valuable Player.

    – — —☺Tuesday is the 83rd birthday of still-living Hall of Famer Willie Mays.

    – – —— -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxBiXqaMAGM

    — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-5BoPYrLS0

    – — – – HAPPY BIRTHDAY —With PROFOUND PRIDE♥:>)

    – ———– –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —CONGRATULATIONS R In ORDER♥ – —

    — – –☺http://thegrio.com/2014/05/06/kevin-durant-mvp/
    — – – —Thunder star Kevin Durant wins first MVP award

    – – — -Kevin Durant has plenty of NBA scoring titles. Now, he finally has an MVP trophy to go with them.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder star received the league’s top individual
    honor on Tuesday, earning 119 first-place votes. Miami’s LeBron James, who won the last two MVP awards and four of the previous five, finished second with six first-place votes, and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was third.

    Durant won his fourth scoring crown in five years this season by
    averaging 32 points per game. He helped the Thunder finish the regular season with a 59-23 record, second best in the league,
    -despite playing much of the season without three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook by his side because of a nagging knee injury.

    “He’s been the most consistent guy all season long,” Westbrook said
    at the end of the regular season. “He’s done a great job of leading us
    to where we are now. He’s basically put himself in front of everybody
    else in the league and shown that he’s the best player in the world.”

    THERE IS MORE——

    —- — -☺http://rs717.pbsrc.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Congrats/congrats-3.gif~c200
    — –PROUD of U♥ :>) — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POUFAM♥ — — –PRAYING –while POSTING♥ —-BLESS U/THEM♥ — -AMEN♥ —

    – – –☺http://thegrio.com/2014/05/06/nigerian-girl-kidnapped-scared/

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — — -Whoa!- —“Mother Earth” —Painting –Again :>)- –

    —- –☺@Earth_Pics[THANK U♥]

    Aerial view of the coast of Kauai. Photo by Paul Bica
    pic.twitter.com/4umhWocauR

    ——☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXkeFrc8Hos
    ——–ULTIMATE — -BEAUTY—- -BREATH-TAKING :>)– -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – – -Uhhh — -WHO CALLED THIS?? – – –[AF? :>)]
    — —“Damned Dirty Ape!” Politico Blasts Black MSNBC News Anchor Via Twitter- —

    – — –2 THANGS:- —
    – ——☺U can GET THAT —–I think —IT’s 4 U:>) — -☺http://edcompassblog.smarttech.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/alarm-clock-ringing-2-1.gif

    – – —–☺I’m Walkin':– – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0wCuwUneSM

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –CONGRATULATIONS – — “NATIONAL TEACHER’s APPRECIATION DAY”♥– –

    – – — -☺@WhiteHouse

    Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day! #ThankATeacher pic.twitter.com/Bk9OzOkLBQ

    THANK U– -SIR♥ – -:>)
    – – —[:>) ---Missed the Usual cake @ school. :>)]

    • isonprize

      Ye, yay, yay, yay for teachers. The problem is that teachers in major cities all across the United States of America are under attack. They are being painted as the enemy, work rules are being ignored, budgets are being cut, students are being tested into oblivion, class sizes are being expanded. I love my President. I hate his support of Arne Duncan and the regressive policies that are in play along with Rethuglican and some Dem governors who are cutting public school funding across the country.

      • qosine

        Hear, hear isonprize. Teachers and their credentials
        and education are under attack as a way to divert
        public funding into private schools not bound to contracts or accountability.

        • isonprize

          q, don’t even get me started. Plus, charter schools are the spawn of the devil. And “Teach for America” is dreaming if they think 5 weeks is enough time for this young kids to be certified as teachers.

          WE MUST PUT THE PUBLIC BACK IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Because, really, when you stop and think about it, public school is all most black people have as a ‘step up’ in this country.

          • qosine

            Yes, yes, isonprize. This is just a way to
            segregate all over again — with public money
            paid with local property taxes (rent is just indirect tax, too). I hate Teach for America — it’s like missionary work for ivy kids (no way to learn in 5 months anyway, like you say). If they have their way they’d set up online-charter school chains (taking over public buildings and real estate too). They are the spawn of the devil.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY isonprize. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — – –***BIG fist bump*** :>)–
        — –THIS:—BEYOND TRUTH:—The problem is that teachers in major cities all across the United States of America are under attack.
        —–In addition 2 the examples that U cited – —Also consider the–DISRESPECT —from the students.

        — – –Back in da —day—–THEY would B —ummm —-EXCUSED FROM SCHOOL ATTENDANCE —4 what they say —annnd do 2 teachers. — –

        — -NOW —in waaaay –2 many cases— they R given —LIGHT WEIGHT consequences!! — –

        Sooo —- IT CONTINUES . — —
        EVIDENCE:- —I told a student —-3 times [Beyond my usual limit] —-2 B quiet. She then —-said that I was a —B****! — – – – -She was NOT SUSPENDED 4 more than 2 days.!!! —- WHA’????– –

        —- – -Thank U 4 your input. :>) — -B BLESSED —U♥/Son♥. :>)

    • qosine

      Happy Teacher Appreciation Day, GreenLady!
      You’re a wonderful teacher, I know because I
      learn from you every day on POU.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY — ☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
        – —La Quosine :>)—-***BIG HUG*** — :>)

        – —-How KIND of U♥ :>) —[With humility] :>)

        — — ☺Back -@-chu♥ –☺http://i.123g.us/c/emay_teachersday/card/307550.gif
        ——Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – – -The –DAYly- – — -Cartoon- -SLAM — -:>)

    — — –Editorial Cartoon: Rick Scott-Not- -:>)

    — – —–I’m a Floridian. I grew up there. I saw Jim Crow. I saw separate and unequal. I saw segregation. I saw inequality. I saw cross burning. WhileI was growing up, I thought places outside of the South were more ‘enlightened’. So when people from the North and the Midwest started arriving, I thought the state that I loved would become more ‘enlightened’. It didn’t happen, and nearly four years ago they elected Rick Scott. Bummer.

    – – – – – –SPEAK – – -the MIGHTY — -TRUTH :>)- – – -HAH! –

    • qosine

      That’s the absolute truth!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        – ☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
        – –Luvin’ his cartoons. —-THEY —CUT!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – –MR. PRESIDENT♥– –:>)

    — —Obama: Lives ‘at risk’ from climate change

    – – – –President Obama warned that “people’s lives are at risk” because of man-made climate change during a series of interviews with national and local television meteorologists on Tuesday.

    “Not only is climate change a problem in the future, it’s already effecting Americans,” Obama told CBS News, warning that the phenomenon was “increasing the likelihood” of floods, drought, storms and hurricanes.

    The series of interviews from the Rose Garden were among a series of administration efforts to highlight the 2014 National Climate
    Assessment, a new, comprehensive report that officials said details the impact of climate change on individual regions and business sectors.

    The White House has said the interviews with meteorologists are designed to signal the real-world implications of climate change to Americans already closely following weather events.
    THERE IS MORE- — —

    – – – -WORLD annnnd WORLD-CLASS LEADER♥ :>)

    THANK U- —SIR♥ :>)

    • qosine

      I just love this! Local TV meteorologists/weather people
      deserve this attention, too. I get my weather from NWS online/phone and local TV (who are really like my neighbors going to work everyday). After I found out that Bain and
      Weather Channel are hooked up, I won’t click on it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        —☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200

        — -WHOA! —-The “BANE” — -of our existence ——PERSISTS!! — HUH?? – – –Ewww! — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –☺Dear POUFAM♥- -Wishing U a –GOOD NIGHT♥ :>) MAY U HAVE BLESSED -SWEET DREAMS. -♥ -♥–:>)

    — – — – –☺—UNTIL. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmQAiJd5VGQ

    — — ☺http://partner-ad.photobucket.com/albums/ab265/weltenbummler1949/Days%20Of%20The%20Week%20And%20Times/Good%20Evening-Night%20-%20Guten%20Abend-Gute%20Nacht/600-GoodNightSweetDreamsMyFriend.gif

    – – —–PRAYING 4 ALL♥– [With THANKS 4 the ANSWERED PRAYERS – -4 Sepia’s MOM♥ – —Aquagranny’s —Sister♥/Auntie♥ — -AMEN♥ :>)- —

    —-☺Awww. . .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRUYfx3t21w
    ———-Sooo- —sleepy. :>)– -