October 23, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Thread: Timeless Tuesday

More classics for your musical libraries!

Stephanie Mills – Something In The Way You Make Me Feel

Rene & Angela – Smile

Regina Belle – After The Love Has Lost Its Shine

Angela Bofill – This Time I’ll Be Sweeter

Phyllis Hyman w/ Michael Henderson – Can’t We Fall In Love Again

Phyllis Hyman – The Anwer Is You

m4s0n501
  • Miranda

    *snicker*…….PBO laughs at this lil boy

    Marco Rubio Fears Obama Speech WIll Start ‘Bidding War’ Over Citizenship

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of the Senate’s “Gang of 8″ backing an immigration reform framework, said in a floor speech Tuesday that he feared President Obama plans to call for too rapid a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

    “I don’t want to turn this into a partisan thing, but let me just say this: If this endeavor becomes a bidding war to see who can come up with the easiest, quickest and cheapest pathway to green card possible, this thing is not going to go well, folks,” Rubio said.

    Rubio’s own guidelines explicitly call for a path to citizenship, but are vague on the process, prompting some experts to raise concerns that it may end up providing citizenship “in name only.”

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/marco-rubio-fears-obama-speech-will-start-bidding

    • Alma98

      He really trying to make a name for himself huh. PBO always know what they’re gonna do before they know themselves. lol

    • rikyrah

      he’s so out of his league, it’s hilarious

      • JojoRaze

        A lot of Repubs thought ‘I if that Negro from HI can be prez, how hard can it be?’ Rubio gon’ learn today and for the next 4 years that PBO is often imitated but never duplicated.

    • rikyrah

      I said it before that Rubio is a scam artist. he doesn’t actually want to offer citizenship, he wants to BS folks and pretend that he did.

      • JojoRaze

        Basically, he’s running game b/c he’s trying to provide cover for the racist tea baggers and PBO insistence on providing specifics always exposes his scam. It was the same thing with deferred action. Oh, the prez’s plan made it hard for me to come up with a bipartisan bill. Like PBO took pen and paper away from him when he published his plan.

      • AxelFoley

        Well, he is a Republican, that’s just par for the course with them.

      • AxelFoley

        Well, he is a Republican, that’s just par for the course with them.

    • Aquagranny911

      Rubio sucks rocks! If the goatfiggers think this privileged Cubano can be their mouthpiece to speak to & for Latinos in this country they are in for a big surprise!

  • Miranda

    January 29, 2013
    U.S. Economic Confidence Surges to Five-Year Weekly High
    Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index highest since Gallup Daily tracking began
    by Lymari Morales

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans were more positive about the economy last week than they have been at any time since Gallup began tracking economic confidence daily in January 2008. Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index improved to -9, from -13 the prior week and -22 during the last week of December. This just beats the previous weekly high of -10 set during the week ending Nov. 4, just before the U.S. presidential election.

    more here
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/160151/economic-confidence-surges-five-year-weekly-high.aspx

  • Miranda

    Innovative Nebraska Program Brings Diversity To Some Highly Segregated Public Schools

    Omaha, NE (January 29, 2013) — Fifth-grader Alyx has trouble naming the “absolute coolest” thing about Wilson Focus School, part of an innovative educational model called the Learning Community that provides students opportunities to attend diverse schools in highly segregated areas.

    Alyx says it’s not just the snakes and other reptiles, not just the “totally amazing and beautiful” Australian blue-tongued skink caged in her classroom. It’s not just her teacher, Mr. Mitchell, “who is so great, who is the best.” And it’s not just her friend Nolan who is “funny and kind.” But Alyx, who is white and lives in the suburbs, and Nolan, who is African American and lives in Omaha, agree that one of the “coolest” things is as Alyx says, “There are kids from all over. Everywhere.”

    more here
    http://www.blacknews.com/news/wilson_focus_school_omaha_nebraska_segregation_diversity101.shtml

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

    Welp…Karen Finney done did it now…

    MSNBC refers to Republicans as “Crazy Crackers” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU-4aqBjKtc

    Now she’s apologizing on twitter: http://twitter.com/finneyk

    She ain’t lie tho!

    • Miranda

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    • PBomb

      Tee-hee…

    • http://twitter.com/symmetry11 symmetry11

      I thought that my ears were deceiving me when I heard that come out of her mouth. I was quite surprised.

    • rikyrah

      the truth just comes out, doesn’t it?

    • Tafr

      OMG! LOL

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m loving this! Too bad she is now apologizing for speaking the truth!

    • Daltex82

      **Flatlines!**

      I guess we won’t be seeing her for a few days.

    • TyrenM

      Just when I’m ready to fire her.
      Get em Karen. Give a non-apology apology if u must.

    • AxelFoley

      Oh. Shit.

      My boo done stepped in it now.

      She right, tho.

    • AxelFoley

      Oh. Shit.

      My boo done stepped in it now.

      She right, tho.

      • TyrenM

        Yes Axel, she…can get it!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – — – -In the RECENT PAST –I HEARD her say: – – -NOW RE-THUCKERS’ R trynta tell US BLACK FOLKS WHAT 2 THINK!

      — -After a —**BIG BLINK*** —I went 2 — “teh google.” –annnd FOUND THIS. – –

      Sooo- – NOW I’m believin’ that she has –USED THAT TERM B4.. – – -YEP!! — -She WENT THERE – Waaaaay — – -2 FAST. LOL- —

      — — SHE KNOWS!! – — -:>) – –

  • rikyrah

    David Brooks: Stupid as a Boiled Ham

    by BooMan
    Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 09:42:45 AM EST

    You knew that at one point David Brooks would suffer enough cognitive dissonance to lead him to make a permanent break with the Republican Party. That day has not yet come. Instead, because his paycheck depends on his willingness to ignore all cognitive dissonance, Brooks has today decided to advocate the creation of a second Republican Party. This party won’t be based in the South or the Mormon Mountain West. It won’t be completely paranoid about the ever-growing encroachment of the Nanny State. Possibly, it won’t be bug-eyed nuts about Sharia Law and Latinos who behead white people in the Arizona desert.

    It’s probably futile to try to change current Republicans. It’s smarter to build a new wing of the Republican Party, one that can compete in the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic states, in the upper Midwest and along the West Coast. It’s smarter to build a new division that is different the way the Westin is different than the Sheraton.
    The second G.O.P. wouldn’t be based on the Encroachment Story. It would be based on the idea that America is being hit simultaneously by two crises, which you might call the Mancur Olson crisis and the Charles Murray crisis.

    ……………………………………………

    The second G.O.P. would tackle both problems at once. It would be filled with people who recoiled at President Obama’s second Inaugural Address because of its excessive faith in centralized power, but who don’t share the absolute antigovernment story of the current G.O.P.

    Would a coastal and Midwestern G.O.P. sit easily with the Southern and Western one? No, but majority parties are usually coalitions of the incompatible. This is really the only chance Republicans have. The question is: Who’s going to build a second G.O.P.?

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/1/29/94245/2503#22

    • Aquagranny911

      Brooks…”stupid as a boiled ham”….and one of those cheap canned hams at that, filled with water & jelly & too salty to swallow!

  • rikyrah

    Same As It Ever Was

    by BooMan
    Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 11:49:58 AM EST

    It’s a simple idea that seems to make perfect sense. If you entered the country illegally, then you broke the law, and you are therefore a criminal. Why should your crime be ignored? Why should you be rewarded with citizenship? I get the sentiment. But it’s just too simplistic.

    To see why, all we have to do is look at what happened in neighboring Georgia when they passed a harsh anti-immigrant law.

    Georgia’s tough anti-illegal-immigrant law drove a sizable fraction of the migrant labor pool out of the state, and as a result, “millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions, melons and other crops [are] unharvested and rotting in the fields.” The jobs the migrants did paid an average of $8/hour, without benefits, a wage that is so low that the state’s probationed prisoners have turned it down. Guest-writing in the Atlantic’s economics section, Adam Ozimek doesn’t believe that the farms would be viable if they paid wages that legal American workers would take: “it’s quite possible that the wages required to get workers to do the job are so high that it’s no longer profitable for farmers to plant the crops in the first place.

    Georgia farmers were put at a competitive disadvantage because they could no longer rely on cheap undocumented migrant workers who were still available to pick the crops in other states. They couldn’t attract American citizens to do the job at anything near the pay rate they had been giving the migrant-workers. Even probationary prisoners quit after a day or two of poorly-compensated hard labor. The result was rotting produce and an inability to compete.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/1/29/114958/759

  • Miranda

    Hey crazycanuck! Its 75 degrees and sunny here in Atlanta today. A nice breeze outside – just thought I’d share :)

    • conlakappa

      The weather in D.C. is nutso as well. The high is supposed to be 60 today and up to mid-60s/70 tomorrow. You know I saw a silly woman walking around with a sleeve dress, of course.

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! We see visitors here in the winter wearing shorts & flipflops, going swimming (shudder!) while us natives are wearing coats, having hot rum drinks & sitting by the fire!

        • TyrenM

          I remember doing that my Winter (’78-’79) in Phoenix. Nothing like basketball season outdoors. Coming from Illinois, that was a shock.

      • TyrenM

        30s today in Minneapolis, 15 below by Thursday night. Why I need to GTFO here.

        • conlakappa

          That being said, the weather is supposed to turn tomorrow and we might get snow by Friday.

    • crazycanuck

      You know Miranda, you have an evil streak in you.

    • AxelFoley

      It’s like spring here in SE Virginia after last Friday’s snow.

    • Admiral_Komack

      That is so wrong…

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Confusion envelops Senate immigration plan
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 29, 2013 at 9:14 am

    One of the central questions about the Senate’s new immigration plan remains: Does the new Southwestern border commission it creates have to declare the border secure before the path to citizenship is triggered?

    The answer is central to the prospects for reform. If the answer is Yes, the commission could give veto power over the fate of 11 million undocumented immigrants to the likes of Jan Brewer. Yet the bipartisan Gang of 8 Senators differ on this.

    On CBS this morning, John McCain said the “final decision” about whether the border is secure will be made by the Department of Homeland Security, which suggests a diminished role for this commission, while remaining inconclusive on precisely how this process will work. But in an interview with Ed Morrissey late yesterday, Marco Rubio suggested he won’t support a path to citizenship unless the commission does sign off on border security, a position he reiterated in another interview. There’s no clear agreement even among Republicans about the role of this commission.

    Meanwhile, Dem Senate aides tell me that the commission’s role is designed to be purely advisory and nonbinding. At the same time, Chuck Schumer’s office declined to respond to my request for clarification on this point.

    Can we get a straight answer on this, please? This question is viewed as critical by people on both sides of the debate. Yet Senators appear to want to keep the answer to this question vague. Which tells us something about the politics of this fight — and about just how difficult the prospects for reform remain.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/29/the-morning-plum-confusion-envelops-senate-immigration-plan/

  • rikyrah

    Joe Scarborough and the Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Joe Scarborough and Paul Krugman are having a very interesting argument that offers a useful peek into Beltway deficit mania. It’s a reminder that even as the deficit as a share of GDP has begun to come down, and even as President Obama is trying to refocus the conversation (to some degree) on a more progressive second term agenda, the Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop is alive and well.

    To summarize, Krugman went on Morning Joe the other day and reiterated his view that the deficit is mostly a function of the bad economy, and that it isn’t the long term menace to American civilization that the deficit hysterics — who are really motivated by a desire to shrink government — would have you believe. Scarborough responded with this:
    Of course, Krugman isn’t really isolated in this view. Joe Weisenthal responded this morning to Scarborough with a list of 10 prominent economists and public officials who largely agree with Krugman that deficit hysteria is misguided and overblown. As Weisenthal puts it: “there are plenty of economists and economically-literate minds who think that, to varying degrees, the deficit is not what we should be worrying about.”

    That’s true, but it’s worth reflecting on why Scarborough believes Krugman’s views are so marginal and isolated. It gets back to what I’ve called the “Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop.” The relentless bipartisan focus on the deficit convinces voters to be worried about it, which in turn leads lawmakers to spend still more time talking about it and less time talking about the economy, a phenomenon that is self-reinforcing. This is exacerbated by some commentators and news orgs, who continue to treat the deficit scolds with a great deal of deference, while marginalizing the opinion that we should prioritize boosting the economy and job creation as a means of getting the country’s fiscal problems under control over time without savage spending cuts that will hurt a lot of people. Back in 2011 one study actually confirmed that newspapers were spending far more time talking about the deficit than the economy — at a time when the recovery was in serious peril.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/29/joe-scarborough-and-the-beltway-deficit-feedback-loop/

    • Ebogan63

      Voters are worried about jobs and the economy, not the beltway noise about the deficit, and the focus is hardly bipartisan, it’s mostly driven by the media’s constant focus on GOP bullshit about it and giving every silly utterance about it credence.

  • rikyrah

    GOP gets ‘tonally sensitive’ talking points on immigration

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:36 PM EST

    Now that Republicans have decided that all of their problems can be solved through better rhetoric, the next step is obvious: GOP policymakers and candidates have to learn what it is, exactly, they’re supposed to say.

    ……………………

    And what about immigration? The a conservative Hispanic group has that covered, too.

    The Hispanic Leadership Network, a center-right group looking to woo Latinos to the GOP, sent Republican congressmen of all stripes a list of suggested “Dos and Don’ts of Immigration Reform” Monday afternoon. The memo was obtained by The Hill.

    “Tone and rhetoric will be key in the days and weeks ahead as both liberals and conservatives lay out their perspectives. Please consider these tonally sensitive messaging points as you discuss immigration, regardless of your position,” Hispanic Leadership Network Executive Director Jennifer Korn writes.

    ……………………………..

    What’s more, as Jed Lewison explained, “Before you even read word one from the memo, the fact that the group is more concerned about how congressional Republicans talk about the issue than how they vote on it is a pretty clear indication of just how backwards Republicans are on this topic. Usually in politics, advocacy groups try to achieve actual policy priorities. Here, they are just trying to stop their party from acting like a**holes — and based on some of their advice, they must really think there’s a lot of a**holes in their party.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/29/16756029-gop-gets-tonally-sensitive-talking-points-on-immigration?lite

  • rikyrah

    The Louisville Courier-Journal found in a new poll that only 17% of Kentucky voters are committed to vote for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) next year. A plurality, 44%, intend to wait to see who runs against him.

    • Aquagranny911

      Ashley! Ashley! Do it Chica!

      • rikyrah

        that’s how I feel

      • TyrenM

        Will Kentucky go now that she’s parting with Dario? The marriage is over so will Kentucky go for single woman Senator?

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I’ll wait until all the votes are counted. Say what you will about him but Mitch is one wily politician.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –Good Afternoon miranda/POU FAM♥- —***BIG HUG*** :>) — -- – –
    ——[RIHEP- --Missin' U. THANK U 4 SHARIN' YOUR TALENT.♥]

    – – — LOL- –THIS should B the JOKE of the DECADE!! —-

    — —-Read: NRA Chief LaPierre’s Prepared Testimony To Senate- – –
    – —-The National Rifle Association on Tuesday released executive vice president Wayne LaPierre’s prepared testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. LaPierre is scheduled to appear before the Senate committee Wednesday. Read his prepared testimony:- —-GAG!!!- –
    ENUFF!!- –

    – – -COMMENT:- – - Shakezula
    I’ve read it twice now but don’t see it. Is there ANYTHING in that drivel that is different from the drivel he’s been spouting for the past month or so?

    – — nra(CISTS!!) — – -YUK!!!- —

    Have a good day. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      “Drivel” is much too kind a word, imo. Recycled vomitus comes closer to what I thought but you are nicer & more refined than I am.

  • rikyrah

    We don’t have a border security problem
    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on January 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    As Greg noted this morning, one of the sticking points in immigration reform is border security and enforcement. There is no agreement on the role of the proposed Southwestern border commission — even Republicans differ on whether it should be an advisory board or if it posses a veto.

    More to the point, there’s clear disagreement between the two parties over what counts as a “secure” border — over the definition of “secure.”

    Based on their push for greater border resources, Republicans seem to think that the border remains unprotected. In truth, the Obama administration has devoted tremendous resources to protecting the border and deporting undocumented immigrants. Last year, according to the nonpartisan Migration Research Institute, the Obama administration spent more than $18 billion on border security and immigration enforcement. That’s more than was spent on all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. And a 2011 report from the Government Accounting Office found that 81 percent of the border with Mexico met one of the top three levels of operational control and security, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/29/we-dont-have-a-border-security-problem/

    • Aquagranny911

      What about the northern border? Are we as vigilant there?

      Just asking…

      • conlakappa

        No but with tons of border stations. My husband was part of a project harmonizing the information shared at different border points. Honestly, his territory included places I’d never even thought of as having borders because, you’re right, we don’t hear about the shadiness that can transpire there.

        • Aquagranny911

          Somebody who lived in Michigan told me, & not that long ago, people could row a boat over to one side of a river & be in either US or Canada no questions asked depending on which side they started from. He said that people did that all the time. This was at least 3 years ago so I don’t know if it’s still happening.

          I’m way old enough to remember when it was just about like that here. People could easily go back & forth to Mexico & US to work or shop. We did it all the time, to shop, visit with family etc. No big deal. Now it is a nightmare. We don’t go. Just traveling down south near the border means being stopped at least twice & sometimes more.

          • jds09

            I know Americans that live in Tijuana and commute to San Diego for work. I know a few folks whose dentist is in Tijuana.

            Authorities have found several tunnels in San Diego along the border that you can drive a 18 wheeler thru and are air-conditioned. (Seriously, I’m not exaggerating.)

            Borders are porous.

          • Aquagranny911

            I hear you but that is “Americans” & California. It really does depend on who you are and exactly where you live. I do think CA is not so loco as AZ.

            It was not so long ago that an ex-governor of AZ, (Latino) distinguished man & diplomat in his 90’s was detained outside Nogales (USA side) for several hours because he did not have sufficient “papers” with him at a border check.

            We have border checks in all areas near the USA border here with lots of patrols. I have family & friends in Cochise County that I visit often. We don’t even leave the US & we get stopped & checked. We don’t shop in Mexico anymore because it is a royal pain in the ass!

            You tell me now what I don’t know.

          • jds09

            I hope I didn’t offend you, that wasn’t my intention. I believe what you say it true, I was trying to point out that people in other areas of the country treat the border differently, and it seems to work.

          • Aquagranny911

            No you did not offend me & I hope I did not offend you. I know I get too passionate on this issue.

            We have just taken so much caca on this here in AZ & so many friends & family have been harassed, I just lose it too easy. Forgive me.

      • TyrenM

        Right. Most of “19 9/11 terrorists” came in through Canada. Just saying.

  • Miranda

    Winner won’t take all? Michigan Republican leadership open to exploring new rules for presidential elections

    LANSING, MI — Michigan Republican leaders are considering a plan to divide Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes, changing a winner-take-all system that has seen Democratic presidential candidates dominate the state since 1988.

    State Rep. Pete Lund made national news last week when he confirmed plans to reintroduce a bill that would award one of Michigan’s electoral votes to the winner in each of the state’s 14 Congressional districts and two electoral votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote.

    more here
    http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/01/winner_wont_take_all_michigan.html

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang! Michigan is so ground zero for goatfiggers “nuclear option” for all the rest of this country.

      What’s happening there is what happens when these zombie rats sneak in because of apathy & people not STANDING really strong!

      Anyone who thinks that local politics isn’t important only needs to look around at the states the goatfiggers control. It’s well past time to do some rat catching & send them packing in 2014!

  • rikyrah

    Mitch McConnell Gets Desperate and Promises to Avoid Losing Battles with Obama

    By: Sarah JonesJan. 28th, 2013

    As Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces mounting tea party challenges (assisted by some Democrats) in his home state of Kentucky, his attempts to spin the daily news cycle in his favor are growing rather desperate. Recently, hoping to steer the base away from the reality of his fiscal cliff cave, McConnell bragged to the Republican base that he had beaten the liberals by avoiding complete Filibuster Reform.

    Today, Senator McConnell announced that there will be “no more brinkmanship and no more last-minute deals.”

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has declared there will be no more brinkmanship and no more last-minute deals. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, last year’s Republican vice presidential nominee, says it’s all about “prudence.”

    This translates, as the AP pointed out, to avoiding losing battles with the very popular second-term Democratic President, and instead trying to reframe Republicans’ battles as being against Senate Democrats. So much for four years wasted attacking the Kenyan Socialist and asking for his birth certificate. Republicans can’t win against Obama, so they need to pretend they are no longer interested in fighting him.

    As Jason Easley pointed out for Politicus today, Republican fear of Obama is only growing, “Terror has gripped House Republicans as they have finally realized that President Obama is already working to defeat them in 2014.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/mitch-mcconnell-promises-avoid-losing-battles-president.html

    • Town

      As Jason Easley pointed out for Politicus today, Republican fear of Obama is only growing, “Terror has gripped House Republicans as they have finally realized that President Obama has already defeated them in 2014.”

      —————–

      There. Fixed.

    • jds09

      McConnell is gonna regret fucking with Harry the Honey Badger.

  • rikyrah

    The other high-profile Ayn Rand acolyte
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:21 AM EST.

    When we think about high-profile members of Congress who seem to enjoy Ayn Rand and Objectivism a little too much, we tend to focus on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). It is, after all, the failed vice presidential candidate who credits Rand for inspiring his political career and who required his interns to read “Atlas Shrugged.”

    But while Ryan has begun distancing himself from his Objectivist allies, and his boosters have characterized his time as a Rand acolyte as “an embarrassing past flirtation,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) isn’t embarrassed at all (thanks to reader R.B. for the tip).

    Johnson sat down with the Atlas Society, a Randian group, just last week to share all sorts of nonsensical thoughts. The right-wing senator told the organization, for example, that the Affordable Care Act, is the “greatest assault on freedom in our lifetime,” though he didn’t exactly explain why. He added, “I think Americans are a little bit like a bunch of frogs in that pot of water, and the water is being brought up to a boil. I think we’re losing freedoms across the board.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/29/16755241-the-other-high-profile-ayn-rand-acolyte?lite

  • GN

    Bronx teen with difficult childhood’s long journey to day with President Obama

    “When (Obama) opened the door, it was so surreal,” Carter in a phone interview with the Daily News from Washington. “He told us that, around our age, he kind of didn’t know what he wanted to do, but he knew that he wanted to make a difference.”

    The chat lasted only 10 minutes, but Carter will always carry a special message from the President — written in a journal given to her by the Boys & Girls Club. “He wrote, ‘Crystile, dream big dreams,’ ” she said. “He told us it’s important to talk to kids, and to keep in mind where we came from.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/teen-long-journey-day-obama-article-1.1249982#ixzz2JOBhGXHT

    I love that PBO always tells superlative kids, particularly superlative kids of color, that he made mistakes in his own youth and that they’re farther along than he was at that age. That’s an extremely powerful motivator coming from someone so accomplished.

    • conlakappa

      Great story! Hey, did you say how the Daily News was actually telling truth about Moosilla and her explanation of leaving Faux?

      Sarah Palin spins exit from Fox News, but reports say outlet gave her the boot…

  • crazycanuck

    This is lovely

    petesouza ‏@petesouza

    Photo of the day: POTUS listens to make-a-wish cellist Khari Joyner in Oval Office today pic.twitter.com/H3aNq4os

    • Miranda

      Beautiful picture.

  • GN

    GLH and IsOnPrize will get a kick of out this:

    Bill de Blasio is running for mayor, but his son’s afro is winning popularity

    running for mayor — in the shadow of his teenage son’s gigantic afro.

    De Blasio announced his candidacy in front of his Brooklyn home Sunday, but his kid’s retro hairstyle nearly stole the spotlight.

    Dante de Blasio, 15, won fans on Twitter and beyond with his gravity-defying do.

    “Things that make me happy: the humongous afro on Bill de Blasio’s son at his mayoral announcement. He’s got my vote,” one user tweeted.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/de-balsio-son-afro-winning-popularity-article-1.1249976#ixzz2JOmigvvZ

    That kid’s afro is giving me life!

    • MsKitty

      Love it! When I was a kid we would love the guys with those super fros. Dude could have a face that only a mother could love, but if his fro was 6 inches and up he was automatically bumped up into the “foine” category. It was like we couldn’t get Michael, Jermaine, Jackie, and Marlon (nobody ever liked Tito that way), so these homies were the next best thing.

      You young’uns don’t know what I’m talking about (LOL).

      • Daltex82

        (nobody ever liked Tito that way),

        Teehee! Poor Tito.

      • PBomb

        HA-HA!!

        Poor Tito, indeed.

      • jds09

        I was on Team Jermaine myself. lol

      • conlakappa

        And Foster Sylver, don’t forget him!

    • Miranda

      That is a righteous fro!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY GN: ****BIG HUG*** :>) — DA BOMB- -BIGGETY!! :>)

      – – -**BIG fist bump*** —Woo! Hoo! :>) LOL

      THANK U. :>) –Good 2 c U GN!!- –

    • JojoRaze

      Dante is killing me with his hair. He also got his Dad’s height since mom is short. Too adorable.

    • TyrenM

      Erykah Badu on the brain all day. Something along the lines of: U need to pick your afro daddy…

      • GN

    • isonprize

      GN, I APPROVE!! His afro is RIGHTEOUS!! F’REAL!!

      I know nothing, NOTHING about politics in Brooklyn, but his dad just might get my vote!

      Side note: Don’t discount “the kid factor” as a winning formula. Philadelphia Mayor Nutter has his now-teenage daughter, Olivia, to thank for an ad that boosted his popularity when he was running for Mayor!

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

    PBO is like “There WILL be shade in my second term!”

    Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Pres. Obama: “Unless you’re a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you.” Crowd: “Yes!” #immigration

    Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Pres. Obama says we need to stop framing immigration reform as Us vs. Them. Says we forget “Most of us used to be them.”

    • Aquagranny911

      Preach, Mr President!

      Although I do have to add that even some Native peoples in AZ also came from “some place else” before they settled down here. However, that was a really long, long time ago so they do got prior claim, as it were.

      • TyrenM

        Reading as I watch documentary on Olmecs.
        Proceed Mr. President.

    • Miranda

      OH SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!! They mad now! LMAO

    • JojoRaze

      Preach Mr President! So much righteous shade, so little time.

    • edp4bho

      I just sent PBO an email regarding that portion of the speech. A few AA’s will see a “mild” ommission of slavery and being brought against our will. I understand perfectly what he meant, I just offerred to him that those who like to praise their hard work in building this country will often deny that we had much to do with same, and that audience needs to be reminded. See, I know how to critique without being obnoxious or just plain wrong. OT, Ben Jealous failed to include the fact that most black people work for whites, so naturally whites will always fare better so long as they hold the purse strings. We need to do for self, but can’t seem to collectively get on board. Too many, IMO, have more a need to blame someone else. Also, not long ago, black unemployment had actually decreased, right? NAACP’s been around too damn long not to have had a sweeping effect on the lives of AAs. They need to shut up until they figure out it’s more than luncheons and marches.

      • Miranda

        I bet the NAACP’s national office doesn’t even keep its main bank accounts in a black owned bank. I would bet money on that.

      • conlakappa

        A neighbor-friend has a tour company and had some people on the D.C. spy tour when some woman piped up, “is it true that slaves built the Capitol?” She was like, um, yeah it’s true and went back to the topic. Who did this ass-clown think built it?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – –HEADING: — -U! –AIN’T! — -NEVA! LIED!!- —

    – — -Same As It Ever Was - – –
    – – — -Imagine that it is June 1964 and Congress is getting set to vote on the Civil Rights Act. What do you think will happen if the New York Times sends a reporter to Greenville, South Carolina to gauge the mood of public opinion? The South has changed since then, of course. For one thing, most white folks have the good sense these days not to espouse open racism. If they don’t like the idea of creating a path to citizenship for the people who pick their vegetables, clean their motel rooms, and look after their children, they attribute their reluctance to the rule of law, not their distaste for brown people or their desire not to see them vote. You aren’t as likely to hear people throw around terms like “spics” and “wetbacks.” Instead, you get stuff like this:
    – – – -SNIP- – –

    It’s a simple idea that seems to make perfect sense. If you entered the country illegally, then you broke the law, and you are therefore a criminal. Why should your crime be ignored? Why should you be rewarded with citizenship? I get the sentiment. But it’s just too simplistic.

    To see why, all we have to do is look at what happened in neighboring Georgia when they passed a harsh anti-immigrant law. –[REMEMBER THIS WELL]
    – —SNIP- – –
    – – If the Republicans don’t like these folks because they are Latino or because they don’t think they will vote for the conservative ideology, maybe they can find some white people in the former Soviet Union to do these jobs. Otherwise, they need to stop bitching and accept economic reality. These undocumented workers are here because there is a demand for their work. If we recognized that and legalized their entry into the country, we’d have a much fairer system. But you won’t see ANY Republicans calling for that.

    People shouldn’t be surprised that conservatives like a system where brown folks work the fields but don’t have full citizenship rights and the ability to vote. - –

    – — -***hands out BAND AIDS**** :>) – –

    • Aquagranny911

      Goatfiggers will need more than “band aids” before this is all over. Better start with a tourniquet but even that won’t stop the votes bleeding out. This isn’t just a “brown” issue. I know lots of Anglos here that are totally on board for real decent immigration reform. Plenty of them signed petitions when we were collecting to get racist Russell Pearce (SB1070) out of office!

      Immigration reform is a human rights issue that is not going away, no matter how far the goatfiggers go with their lies & caca!

      • http://themidnightsolution.blogspot.com LTMidnight

        I’ve never heard the term goatfigger before. What does it mean?

        • Aquagranny911

          Sorry, I use fig & figger a lot instead of a swear that is four letters beginning with “F” & ending in “K” I do try to temper my worst language habits.

          Usually those who fornicate with goats have some serious issues.

          You can write me off as flippant & sometimes vulgar.

          • Admiral_Komack

            “You can write me off as flippant & sometimes vulgar.”

            -Watch it; I resemble that remark.

          • Aquagranny911

            I more than “resemble” it, I am that remark. I need a drink tonight so don’t crowd me in the Lounge.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Who, me? :-)

          • http://themidnightsolution.blogspot.com LTMidnight

            No prob. I was just curious.

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

    DAYUM!!!!

    Radio host, lawyer Warren Ballentine indicted

    A popular south suburban Chicago lawyer and national radio host was indicted Monday on federal charges of mortgage of fraud.

    Warren Ballentine, who bills himself as the “people’s attorney,” and whose radio show airs locally on 106.3-FM radio starting at 9 a.m. weekdays, is accused of engaging in two mortgage fraud schemes that bilked lenders out of approximately $9.7 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

    The indictment alleges that Ballentine, of south suburban Country Club Hills – by way of Durham, N.C., “schemed with others to obtain more than two dozen fraudulent mortgage loans and represented buyers at multiple closings, knowing that they were fraudulently qualified for loans to purchase homes in Chicago and various southern suburbs,” according to the federal government.

    MORE: http://www.chicagodefender.com/index.php/news/city/15893-radio-host-lawyer-warren-ballentine-indicted

    • Miranda

      WUUUUUUUT!?!?! Oh snap!

    • Town

      o_0

    • rikyrah

      uh uh uh

    • GreenLadyHere

      GEESH!!– 2 da DANG!! – ***shakin’ my head****

    • trose1

      I use to listen to Warren daily. I stopped because he continually pushed Black people to file for bankruptcy. I am sure some people need it and their lives were better for it. IMO he was bankruptcy happy.
      Bad credit scores are reasons to deny AA’s jobs.
      Hope he gets out of trouble but it doesn’t look good on the surface.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –A BLACK HISTORY IN THE MAKING MOMENT!!- —

    – —Howard University has become incubator for cinematographers- –

    – — -At the Sundance Film Festival last weekend, Howard University graduate Bradford Young won the dramatic-feature cinematography award for his work on the films “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “Mother of George” — his second time accepting the honor, having won in 2011 for the coming-of-age drama “Pariah.”

    The Sundance recognition reinforces what many in the industry have known for a few years now: Howard, best known for its law and medical schools, has become an incubator for people whose work with lighting, lenses, camera movement, film stocks and visual textures has profoundly influenced contemporary cinematic grammar.

    “The interesting thing about it is that there is no formal cinematography department,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay says. “It’s jaw-dropping that you’ve had so many come out [of Howard] with such distinct styles.” -[WINNER in 2012!! :>)]

    The floating-camera dolly shot and super-saturated color palette that are trademarks of Spike Lee’s work are the best known among several innovations that Howard-trained cinematographers have contributed to the films they’ve worked on. Early in his career, Lee developed these techniques in close collaboration with a Howard graduate, Ernest Dickerson. (Washington Post)

    Click here for more…- – — -CONGRATULATIONS!!!- – -HBCU!! :>)

  • Ebogan63

    Israel’s Ethiopian Birth Control Story Reflects A Broader Problem
    by Emily L. Hauser Jan 28, 2013 4:00 PM EST

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/28/israel-s-ethiopian-birth-control-story-reflects-a-broader-problem.html

    • crazycanuck

      Ebogan63, Is that the correct Link? It keeps bumping me off. I would like to send it to a friend of mine.

    • Alma98

      This is akin to genocide I don’t give a fuck if someone thinks I’m being hysterical. I’m just so pissed I have no more words.

      • Ebogan63

        No, you are not hysterical, Alma, this is pretty damn awful, and it speaks to the racism of Israel since it’s inception.

        • crazycanuck

          I have a friend who is an askenazi jew, and she’s been telling me for ages about the treatment of black jews in Israel.

          • conlakappa

            I am totally blanking on the term for black Jews that was used when I was a teenager. I thought it was an accepted term until I got to college and used it in passing to the daughter of an Israeli immigrant. She said her father said it was akin to nigger.

        • Alma98

          Thank you Ebogan, when I read this it just hurt it really did.

      • Admiral_Komack

        You are not hysterical.

    • morphus

      Remember Depo Provera welfare check “voluntarily” submission here?

      • Aquagranny911

        I do & if you take Depro, sometimes even for a short while, it can make a woman sterile.

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

    BREAKING NEWS: Sen. John Kerry has been confirmed as Sect. of State 94-6

    Meh. *kanyeshrug*

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia- — –Uhhh- —- -Woo!- — -without da Hoo!- — :>) —

      – – -[Gotta :hit da road" C YA soon. ***HUGS**♥]- —

    • Admiral_Komack

      Whatever.

  • Miranda

    Report: YouTube plans paid subscriptions
    4:41 pm January 29, 2013, by Christopher Seward

    Have you ever thought about paying to watch some of those hundreds of YouTube channels?

    Ad Age reports that YouTube is asking some of its producers to create paid channels, and it’s kicking around charging users for access to live events, certain shows and content libraries.

    YouTube has more than 200 music and comedy channels, 750-plus film and entertainment channels, more than 200 gaming channels and nearly 600 cooking and health channels, just to name a few of the categories.

    Google, which owns YouTube, isn’t denying the Ad Age report. A spokesman said the company has “long maintained that different content requires different types of payment models.” In other words, “free” has its limits.

    more here
    http://blogs.ajc.com/business-beat/2013/01/29/report-youtube-plans-paid-subscriptions/

    • crazycanuck

      Sorry, not paying for anything on youtube. Maybe they should focus more on removing the disgusting racist responses in some videos.

      • jds09

        I agree. Greedy bastards, they already sell advertisements, just trying to get money on both sides.

      • Ebogan63

        Would like that too, needs more moderation IMHO. Yeah, not paying for it either

    • Desraye

      They are trying to lose customers.

    • Desraye

      They are trying to lose customers.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      We knew it. Once they created VEVO it was just a matter of time.

      • Alma98

        I hate VEVO, I try to avoid it at all costs.

  • Miranda

    BREAKING: Virginia Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Kills Electoral Vote Rigging Scheme

    ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.

    more here
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/29/1512521/breaking-virginia-senate-committee-overwhelmingly-kills-electoral-vote-rigging-scheme/

    • Alma98

      They know it’ll be hell to pay if they go forward with this scam.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      They know if they sign that, its the Democrats mandate for election to the legislature and Gubernatorial offices.

  • JojoRaze

    *dead* at reading Karen Finney Twitter timeline where she’s doing her best Pips backstep. Girl, you said what every poc with sense said in their minds since PBO has been in office. She might keep her MSNBC job, but I don’t know.

    • Miranda

      Well I just saw Karen on The Ed Show, so apparently no plans to suspend her! LOL……am I wrong for liking her a bit more because of this?

    • lamh36

      I missed something. what did Finney say?

      • TyrenM

        On twitter she spoke of crazy crackers…called them mfs OUT!

    • Daltex82

      If they didn’t fire that prick Mark Halperin for calling President Obama out of his name then they shouldn’t fire Karen.

  • Aquagranny911

    I love My President!

    I’m believing we will have righteous immigration reform & soon.

    • JojoRaze

      Just read the speech transcript-clear and to the point, especially when he emphasizes this is about people trying become a part of the American story I got a tear in my eye.

  • rikyrah

    I TOLD YOU that Rubio was a FRAUD.

    ……………………….

    Rubio’s exit strategy takes shape
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:21 PM EST

    The politics surrounding Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) immigration pitch to Rush Limbaugh seemed straightforward enough, at least as of 24 hours ago. The far-right senator is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that supports comprehensive reform, while the far-right radio host is ready to use his power to “stop this” from advancing. Rubio presumably wanted to offer a persuasive defense of his own bill.

    But during today’s on-air interview, both Republicans staked out interesting positions that were not altogether expected. Limbaugh, for example, wanted to kill the bipartisan reform plan yesterday, but today lauded Rubio’s efforts as “admirable and noteworthy,” and “recognizing reality.” And while Rubio was all smiles yesterday, today the GOP lawmaker seemed to be hinting at an exit strategy from the reform initiative he’s helped launch.

    …………………………………………………………

    So, literally one day after Rubio threw his support to a bipartisan, comprehensive reform package, he told a right-wing radio show he’s prepared to walk away unless he gets what he wants. That doesn’t exactly speak highly of Rubio’s commitment to following through on a policy he claims to take seriously.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/29/16758284-rubios-exit-strategy-takes-shape?lite

    • Admiral_Komack

      Easy enough to figure out:
      He’s a REPUBLICAN.

  • rikyrah

    Andrew Kaczynski @BuzzFeedAndrew

    “Nobody in Ohio is advocating this,” OH SOS Jon Husted on changing how Ohio’s electoral votes are allocated. Um he was pic.twitter.com/59SuGDPz

  • crazycanuck

    Just saw y’all friend Andrea Mitchell, pushing Clinton for 2016. Of course Clinton will not say if she going to go for it. Also saw on twitter that a super-pac was created for her running in 2016.

    Please America, don’t put those people into the whitehouse again. I beg you.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ,iranda – –[4-give ifff a dup] – -BUT I GOTTA – – –:>) –SPEEEEEEAK! – –

    – – – -MR. PRESIDENT!! – –:>) – —

    – –Pres. Obama Delivers Remarks on Immigration Reform – —

    – – — – -Pres. Obama delivered remarks on immigration reform in Las Vegas.

    On Monday, a bipartisan group of Senators announced that they had reached an agreement in principle to bring up legislation in the Senate on immigration reform and border security.

  • crazycanuck

    Disqus going crazy again

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -OF COURSE – –THIS is a – –GLOAT!! – – -LOL — –

    – – -Fox News Sees Its Worst Ratings Since 2001 -[More ratings woes for FNC since Obama's reelection.]
    – –January marked Fox News Channel’s lowest 25-54 demo delivery for Monday-Sunday Primetime and Sales Prime (M-Su 7p-2a) since August 2001. – –
    – — -January was also the worst month ever for FNC’s On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren in the 25-54 demo. It was also Fox’s lowest total at 10 pm since July ’08.
    – — —SNIP — –
    – -[PIC of REV ALlllllll. - --Woo! Hoo!] – – –
    – – -MSNBC remained #1 with African American viewers during primetime for the 36th consecutive month.

    THERE IS MORE!! – – -HAH!

    – –COMMENT: – -Greg Strope
    Fox News ratings down and Republicans losing ground on Capital Hill? Amazing coincidence. It’s like rats deserting a sinking ship.
    – – -HAH! :>)

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Well, when you were banking on electing Mitt Romney as the 45th President….spending unlimited untraceable amounts of money and using your channel as Romney’s personal newschannel……….and then lost……….and then your viewers have to see the 44th President Barack Obama take his 2nd term oath again, it really will piss those voters off.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL— -HEEY — GOVCHRIS1988 — -***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

        – NUTTIN –BUT —— TRUTH!! – -HAH!! —and then your viewers have to see the 44th President Barack Obama take his 2nd term oath again, it really will piss those voters off. — –

        — -“PROMISE MADE! —->PROMISE- —Soooo — NOT KEPT!!”- – – –HAH! — -DEY MAD!! LOL- – –

        Good 2 C U GOVCHRISS1988!! – – :>) –

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Another “responsible” gun owner here folks.

    Georgia man shoots and kills young Latino who accidentally pulled into his driveway, police say
    by Adrian Carrasquillo, @RealAdrianC
    4:59 pm on 01/29/2013
    Rodrigo Diaz, 22, was driving around with his girlfriend and two friends when he pulled into a driveway, thinking they had arrived at another friend’s house, his brother says. But instead he pulled into the driveway of Phillip Sailors, 69, who thought his home was being robbed, his lawyer says. Sailors then shot Diaz, according to the police report, citing what Sailors told officers at the scene. Diaz later died while in the intensive care unit.
    “Basically, what happened is they were looking for one of my brother’s girlfriend’s friends,” says his brother David E. Diaz-Valencia, 23. “The guy came outside and my brother’s girlfriend said he was screaming, ‘Get off my property!’ and he shot into the air. My brother was backing out fast because he was scared and he rolled down the window to say he was sorry and he was not doing anything wrong. Then the guy shot him in his head.”

    http://nbclatino.com/2013/01/29/georgia-man-shoots-and-kills-young-latino-who-accidentally-pulled-into-his-driveway-police-say/

    • GN

      He “thought his home was being robbed” by people backing *out* of his driveway? This gunman’s story is very fishy to me.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        When its some old ass white guy doing the shooting at unarmed people, it always is.

      • Miranda

        I guarantee you this elderly man sits and watches Fox News and listens to the likes of Limbaugh and Boortz all damn day long. This retired “Christian” has just murdered a young man in cold blood because he believes every person that’s not lily white is out to get him and of course he probably has started sleeping with his gun since you know…the Kenyan socialist is aiming to take it from him. Now you have all these people coming out talking about how he is so caring and was really scared and he and his family are praying for the family of the young man lying in the coroner’s office right now.

        He needs to spend the rest of his days in prison.

        • GN

          Spot on. Lock him up and throw away the key.

      • conlakappa

        I don’t mean this in any snarky way but Gran Torino was on this weekend, He probably related.

        • GN

          Probably watched a marathon of that movie conlakappa. God bless that poor kid who happened into this low life’s driveway. Only 22; he had no chance.

          • conlakappa

            Truly sad and that it was his good manners that was the final thing the evil paranoic experienced is just painful.

    • Aquagranny911

      Was he “standing his ground” against the invading brown horde? He “shot in the air?” Where did that bullet go?

      I can say no more…

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –FACT CHECK!! – – –FACT CHECK!! _ — -HAH! – – – –

    – —Three Charts Reminding The GOP That Domestic Spending Is Already Headed Toward Historic Lows – –

    ——Republicans like to portray President Obama as a big government spender, despite the fact that government spending under Obama has grown at its slowest pace since the Eisenhower administration. The GOP is also trying to pretend the spending cuts that Obama has signed into law over the last two years simply didn’t happen.

    In fact, under its current trajectory, non-defense discretionary spending — everything from education to food safety to transportation to housing to veterans’ benefits — will hit historic lows in the next decade, as Center for American Progress Director of Tax and Budget Policy Michael Linden showed in these charts:

    – – – -If the so-called “sequester” comes into force in March, which House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) says it will, domestic spending will fall even more.

    – – ——OF COURSE — -THIS IS a – –GLOAT! – – -HAH!!! —

  • sagittarius

    Interesting… remember the post I retracted a couple of weeks ago?

    adept2u ‏@adept2u
    Dang Goldie just delivered a real GOP talking point there about how “welfare” is the reason Black families have issues.
    Collapse Reply Retweet Favorite More
    1:57 PM – 29 Jan 13 · Details

    2h LiberalPhenom ‏@LiberalPhenom
    @adept2u Thought I was hearing things.

    • GN

      “welfare” is the reason Black families have issues

      smdh. Just smdh.

      • sagittarius

        I withdrew my post because as sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, folks who try to hide will reveal themselves sooner rather than later. Just had a feeling that the attitude and sentiments I read about in 2009 would come back like acid reflux.

        • GN

          In the regressive parallel universe taking modest government benefits is wretched but an entire society structured to give arbitrary advantage to one group while harming others…well that’s just fine. Disappointed in Goldie Taylor to say the least.

          • angee

            Don’t worry, Miss Goldie will surely disappoint again. Blind ambition is a helluva a drug!

          • isonprize

            Blind ambition is a helluva a drug!

            DAMN.

    • qosine

      I just about jumped out my chair – wanted to slug her — supporting
      that POS rep from TN. Honestly, I’ve been mad since. It just hurts
      to see such cruelty.

    • trose1

      People know Goldie Taylor is an EX Repub. She was running for some office in Georgia as a Repub. She bowed out because of illness or some mess.

      • conlakappa

        Hmm, a case of polls-indicate-I-won’t-win-it is?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – — -COMIN’ SOON. :>) – – –

    – – –First look: ‘Motown: The Musical’ on Broadway — –
    —- –Motown: The Musical will make it’s Broadway debut this spring, and by the looks of things, fans of the legendary Motown sound are for a treat.

    TheGrio.com has the exclusive first photos from Motown:The Musical‘s Broadway advertising and promotional campaign.

    Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the musical stars Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) as Berry Gordy, Valisia LeKae (The Book of Mormon) as Diana Ross, Charl Brown (Jersey Boys) as Smokey Robinson among a cast of 40.

    Motown: The Musical is produced by Tony Award winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Sony Music Entertainment Chairman and CEO Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy and features a book by Mr. Gordy, music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalog and choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams.
    – – – -SNIP —

    – -Featuring all the classics you love, Motown: The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Smokey finds his unique voice, Diana skyrockets to stardom and Berry fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality. The music that shattered barriers and shaped our lives finally comes to the Broadway stage in the season’s most highly anticipated world-premiere event, Motown: The Musical… Get ready, ’cause here we come! – —

    I’m – — lookin’ FORWARD – -> – – -2 da MUSIC!! :>) – – – –

  • lamh36

    I’m finally sitting down to watch Real Hollywood Husbands on BET. Kevin Hart is a fool. Please just tell me that Bobby “King or R&B” Brown will be on too.

    • rikyrah

      Bobby Brown would be too much..LOL

  • jziglar

    Can someone please explain why some democrats and the media love the Clinton’s ? I really don’t understand why Hillary is loved so much when all she did was ride her husband’s coattails to win a senate seat, and her husband had numerous policy failures. I have way more respect for the Kennedy family than the Clinton’s. Also the disrespect to the Obama’s and Biden’s is disgusting and I will do everything I can to stop the Clinton’s from winning the nomination.

    • angee

      Because the POTUS is BLACK and he can’t OUTSHINE the other living 2nd term dem president?

      • jziglar

        True. This is all about protecting billy boy’s legacy but because of his scandals and policy failures I think he was mediocre and an embarrassment to the party. Also Obama got 51 + % of the vote twice which was something the “great” Clinton could not do.

        It’s like some people want to write Obama out of the history books.

        • crazycanuck

          It’s like some people want to write Obama out of the history books.

          That is exactly what I think they want do.

          And I agree, it’s incredibly disrespectful of the President and Vice President.

        • Tafr

          Exactly! You see as the Pumas said it was Hillary’s turn. Barack Hussein Obama made history before the anointed Hillary and this is one of many reasons why they are pissed. They can try to write PBO off but it will not work. By the time the president is done with his second term there will be nothing for Hillary to ground break. This is why I will fight tooth and nail for Biden. Biden will strengthen the legacy of the president while Hillary will do nothing more than downplay it.

          • crazycanuck

            while Hillary will do nothing more than downplay it.

            and probably try to remove everything he put in place.

          • morphus

            PBO broken their predictive narrative where, whenever there’s white male fatigue in this society or globe, the “glass ceiling” miraculously opens and usually a white female crosses the threshold. PBO changed ALL of their model manufactured consent narratives. In their minds, to get back to “normal” predictive models of manufactured consent, he must be written out of history.

    • morphus

      Because there are DINOS and other garden variety of rightwing d’s who were left uncovered when PBO “annihilated” the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)? And, there’s this … Hillary Clinton super PAC launched.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —GOOD!! – – – -Ole – – -“FISH-EYED PHOOL!!” – – –LOL —

    – – -Scholars scoff at Scalia claim
    – – — -Legal scholars on Tuesday questioned the suggestion by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – who branded the Constitution a “dead, dead, dead” document – that jurists’ personal beliefs don’t color their rulings.

    “I think that it is a bit disingenuous in that he, Scalia, understands that his personal views play an important role in shaping and informing,” Yale Law School Professors Peter Schuck told POLITICO.

    – – – Schuck said that “judges like Scalia try” to put aside their own views, but that after years of studying the law and working as lawyers or professors, “when they come to the text, they have a set of ways of looking at the text, thinking about the text, that are personal.”

    – – — Annnd —is RACIST — in da CONSTITUTION!!?? – —–Geesh!! — —

    — -[Gotta "bounce" 2 a meetin' :>) I BETTA B BRIEF!! LOL - ]

    • morphus

      LOL. Justice Scalia’s comment REALLY stirred fears in wingnut-land.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY morphus. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

        – —LOL – —-Especially since THEY RELY on the Constitution 2 so soma their – – -DIRT!!. HAH! – – —

        Good 2 C U morphus. :>) – -

        • morphus

          ***BIG HUGS*** As always good 2 c and talk with u!!

  • lamh36

    how geeky am I? I watching a show on classic superheroes from television past…Batman (Adam West), Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter)…etc. I’m such a geek.

    I mean seriously. WTF was up with Major Steve! Wonder Woman was always saving his ass. If dude was really in the military, he woulda been kicked out!

    Ok, superhero question of the night: Wonder Woman vs Bionic Woman…who is awesomer!!!!!!!!! I can’t really choose. I had the Wonder Woman underoos for god’s sake, but man I love me some Bionic Woman. I still do the sound effect when I’m telling a story with action. So ya’ll gonna have to decide. Who’s did ya love more: Wonder Woman or Bionic Woman?

    • TyrenM

      Outfit WW. Powers WW.

      • conlakappa

        The costume changed a bit during its run. It started out ornate than the bustier was made conical.

    • jds09

      Can’t say….I loved the music when the Bionic Woman ran but that invisible plane was the bomb.

    • rikyrah

      Wonder Woman had a plane…she rocked.

    • conlakappa

      I watched it too! Did you take the quiz after? I, um, may have also gone to see a program at AFI about that female stunt double and Lynda Carter might have been there and at the reception that followed.

      • Aquagranny911

        If you ever share that you have also danced the tango with Antonio Banderas. I will drip more green of envy than the green of GLH. Just don’t you ever tell me that!

        You seem to have met nearly everyone but please remember Antonio is MINE!!!

        • conlakappa

          Woman, please! I was throwing drawers at Antonio after Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down let’s be honest: he was welcome to do either. The love, it runs deep. He has only been slightly funked up by that dingbat Melanie but he still seems like a lot of fun.

          Assuming that I saw the program, Lynda was part of it. D.C. has a lot of stuff to do and at a relatively low cost or free (for example: Maya Angelou and Johnetta Cole are having a conversation on Friday evening courtesy of the Smithsonian African Art Museum but at the American Indian Museum and it’s free). I like to take advantage of the culture when I can. And general geeky stuff too!

    • Aquagranny911

      Wonder Woman!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Wonder Woman.

  • rikyrah

    From Balloon Juice;

    General Stuck Says:

    I was reading winger blogs today and it just struck me how completely boxed in they are on the issue right now, even more than the recent Bush tax cut issue. Some of the wingnuts, like Rubio and his high brow senate buddies don’t get the rabid passion of hatred amnesty has in the red House districts across the south and elsewhere.

    All Rubio can see is his own star rising to get this done, and whimsical notions that it will somehow help the GOP over the long run with voters. It might, a little, but I seriously doubt it will trump all the new voters who know full well the side that is most on their side. And the xenophobes never change and will keep on saying stupid shit like this moronic GOP Rep, because the majority of voters in his district like him saying it.

    The party of Lincoln is stuck with these haters, and getting a decent comp immigration bill passed into law with the help of a few corporatist republican senators and with the likely needed help of dem votes in the House, is not going to change the electoral game that much. As the haters gonna keep on hatin’ in Tea PartyGop.

    Obama must be sitting in the Oval Office with his feets propped up on the presidential desk, grinning from ear to ear at the comical convulsions of a GOP melting down before his eyes, with only a slight worry about not getting in the way as much as possible. And watching out for any flanking maneuvers the nutters might attempt to shift blame for failure.

    It is win all the way around for dems, whether a bill gets passed with amnesty, of if it doesn’t, the wingers will get the blame and little of the credit that might arise.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – — YA KNOW – -SISTA LUCRETIA coulda axed FEWER QUESTIONS – – – -in BETWEEN her SNORIN’ – – -LOL – – –

    – –Any-hoo – — LOL —

    – – -MEDIA ALERT: — Obama Sitting Down With Telemundo, Univision On Wednesday – –MR. PRESIDENT is BUSY annnnd on a SERIOUS MISSION – – -:>) – –

    – — – -Obama Sitting Down With Telemundo, Univision On Wednesday – –

    ——–President Obama will be sitting down for a pair of interviews with Jose Diaz Balart of Telemundo and Maria Elena Salinas of Univision on the topic of immigration reform on Wednesday, per the White House. The interviews will air at 6:30 PM EST.

    – — -THANK U – -MR. PRESIDENT. :>) SI! – –SE! — -PUEDE! :>) – -

    • Aquagranny911

      I like it! But where is Jorge who was so muy macho with PBO on this issue in the town halls leading up to the election? Now you hide away, chico? Not so cool. Not cool at all.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny. – —CALL! – – – -HIM! —-OUT! :>) –

      • Ebogan63

        Tell it AG! Jorge’s ass is nowhere to be found after trynna flex to PBO who laid down specifics.
        Now what you gonna say, Jorge?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — — THESE PICS — -SPEAK– — -thousands of WORDS -:>) – —

    The Day in Photos, Jan. 29

    – —#1 — – -BEYOND POWERFUL – —–:>) – – -LEAD –MR. PRESIDENT. :>)-

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -OH! —HAPPY BIRTHDAY – – -Ms. “O” – — -:>) – –

    – — -Happy birthday Oprah Winfrey! A look back at her most memorable hairdos– –

    – —-Today is Oprah Winfrey’s 59th birthday.

    Nearly two years ago fans of The Oprah Winfrey Show said farewell to the talk show queen after 25 years.

    A sometimes overlooked part of Oprah’s legacy, her hairstyles have progressed over a quarter of a century — adapting to the current fashions along the way.

    The talk show host has frequently mentioned the man behind her mane, Andre Walker, who has been her hairstylist since the Oprah Winfrey Show began in 1986. Last season Oprah said, “I’ve had the same hairdresser for 24 years, That’s why I still have my hair.”[ALL YOURS???] —:>)
    THERE IS MORE.

    CONGRATULATIONS – –on your –SPECIAL DAY. :>) – B BLESSED. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -KARMA!! — –Gets da –“W”!! — -HAH! —

    – -☻ -Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    @ReignOfApril The long game Pres. Obama plays is amazing. He let the GOP destroy themselves and now E. Warren is the senior Senator from MA.

    – – -☻ Nerdy Wonka Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Elizabeth Warren is now the senior Senator from Massachusetts. Hey GOP, by denying her Director of CFPB, you built this.
    – – -HAH!! — —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -WITH ALL that is goin’ on — -on the NATIONAL FRONT – – —
    MR. PRESIDENT — -STILL MONITORS the – -“INTERNATIONAL scene – — –

    – – -Obama tapes message to Syrians- —

    – –President Barack Obama has approved another $155 million in humanitarian aid for Syria and took the unusual step of taping a message with Arabic subtitles explaining the U.S. position.

    “Here, I want to speak directly to the people of Syria,” he says in the message. “This new aid will mean more warm clothing for children and medicine for the elderly; flour and wheat for your families and blankets, boots and stoves for those huddled in damaged buildings. It will mean health care for victims of sexual violence and field hospitals for the wounded. Even as we work to end the violence against you, this aid will help address some of the immediate needs you face each day.

    — —Such a GR8 LEADER. :>) — -

  • Camille

    My God, she’s fantastic! America, we’ve got one heck of a First Lady! She rocks! Astute! Prophetic!
    She’s got such foresight and savvy all while being intrinsically decent, honest, authentic.
    True then and still true today. Every single word she spoke!

    Feel free to watch the rest. It’s a captivating 8 part series.

    • Camille

      • rikyrah

        FLOTUS ROCKS

        • Daltex82

          Yes she does!

  • Camille

  • Camille

    LOL.

  • Camille

    “Because when you are given the gift of advocacy, you don’t sell it to the highest bidder–”

    -Michelle Obama.

    • rikyrah

      Amen