September 25, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: Aesop’s Fables


We continue our look at Aesop’s Fables

Illustration of Aesop telling his fables to young maidens.

Illustration of Aesop telling his fables to young maidens.


Belling the Cat

The mice had a meeting to plan how to free themselves from their enemy, the Cat. They wanted to be able to tell when he was coming.

After many plans were discussed, a Young Mouse stood up and said: “I have a simple plan that can work. All we have to do is to put a bell on the cat’s tail. That way we can tell when he’s coming.”

All of the mice were excited with such a good idea. As they began rejoicing, an Old Mouse stood up and said in the middle of their excitement:

“Who is going to put the bell on the Cat’s tail?”

MORAL: Some things are easier said than done.


The Democrats need to read this one…..


The Three Bulls and the Lion

Three bulls pastured together for a long time.

Everyday a Lion would lay in ambush hoping to make them his prey, but he was afraid to attack them while they kept together.

Then one day the Bulls had a quarrel and separated from each other as far as they could get.

The Lion now found it easy to attacked them without fear as they fed alone, and feasted on them one by one at his own leisure.

MORAL: There is strength in unity.

Thoth and the Woodcutter

A woodcutter was cutting wood on a riverside when he lost his axe in the water. With no one there to help him, he sat down on the river back and began to cry.

Thoth (an ancient Egyptian god) felt sorry for him and dove into the water and brought up a golden axe.

He asked the Woodcutter if this was his axe, and the Woodcutter said “No.” He dove in again and brought up a silver axe and asked the woodcutter if this one was his. And again the Woodcutter said “No.”

When he went down a third time and brought up the Woodcutter’s axe, the Woodcutter said, “That is the right one.”

Thoth was so pleased with his honesty that he gave him the other two axes as well.

The Woodcutter told one of his friends what happened. Who then hurried to the river, and after throwing his axe into the water, sat down and cried.

Again Thoth felt sorry for him and dove down and brought up a golden axe. When he asked if this was axe his, the Woodcutter’s Friend joyfully said, “Yes.”

Thoth was so disgusted with the lie that left without giving him the golden axe or his own axe in the river.

MORAL: Honesty is the best policy.

(SOURCE: W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • Lisa M

      Good Morning rikyrah and POU fam!!

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, LisaM!

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, Rikyrah!

  • rikyrah

    About the Relationship Between African and African Americans
    January 10, 2014 | Luvvie

    Last night, @MisstoyaJ sent me a couple of tweets asking me to address the meaning of the word “akata” by Nigerians and other Africans because they had seen it on Twitter. It felt cheap to just talk about the word without talking about the larger dynamic behind it. This led to an hour-long rant from me about the pain between both groups. Below is the Storify.

    If you can’t view the tweets below, check them out on Storify.


    This wasn’t a fully-formed rant that touched on all the nuances, but yeah. And I did use “Africans” in a sweeping way, because I wasn’t just talking about Nigerians or Ghanaians.

    But it’s a conversation we need to have more often.


  • gn

    I dunno…pretty risky to switch technology contractors with a two and a half month transition period:

    The Obama administration is poised to make some contract changes, according to the Washington Post. Behemoth consulting firm Accenture will replace CGI Federal, which was largely responsible for the website’s botched rollout. The new contract retains Accenture for $90 million over 12 months.

    In my experience, that doesn’t always work so wonderfully, but the WH’s actions are generally measured and thoughtful. Ezra Klein should be happy lol.

    • MsKitty

      Now that the enrollment numbers are way up the new media memes are: a.) concern trolling that not enough young people are signing up, and; b.) the Spanish language version of the website has inaccurate translations.

      • Miranda

        Can’t wait to hear Rubio and Cruz fussing about the inaccurate Spanish translations…..that should be fun.

        • goldenstar

          Does Cruz even speak Spanish? Spanish is interesting because the language varies from country to country.

  • rikyrah

    Kennett Area Dems @KennettDems Follow

    One Down 49 to Go: New Mexico Progressives Kick The Koch Brothers Out of Their State

    3:05 AM – 14 Jan 2014

  • rikyrah

    Roger Simon ✔ @politicoroger
    Letterman: “Bill DiBlasio eats pizza with a knife & fork. Who cares? Tubby over there in Newark shut down a damn bridge!”

    10:56 PM – 13 Jan 2014

    • Miranda

      que the right wing AND emoprogs getting mad together. Bravo Dave for the twofer! LOL

  • gn


    How Warren Is Saving the Left

    Senator Warren and Mayor de Blasio aren’t articulating anything which hasn’t been articulated ad nauseum by the President…

    • rikyrah

      so very true….so very true

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ GN. – ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      ***BIG fist bump*** :>)
      Bu – -bu BUT — -MR. PRESIDENT —is BLAH! His WORDS hafta B – – –verified by —OTHERS!! – –geesh!! —

      Good 2 C U GN. :>)

    • But they white, tho.

    • TresL

      It’s as though they have some sort of weird dog hearing where they can only hear liberal policies being espoused by white liberals they like. This makes them either incapable of hearing PBO or unwilling to recognize that he started his political career working with people who suffered from inequality and has not changed his views on the subject.

  • gn

    Obama Fights a Push to Add Iran Sanctions

    WASHINGTON — With the United States and Iran about to embark on a critical phase of nuclear talks, President Obama is waging an intense rear-guard action to prevent Senate Democrats from supporting strict new sanctions that could upend his diplomatic efforts.

    Sponsors of the bill, which would aim to drive Iran’s oil exports down to zero, have secured the backing of 59 senators, putting them within striking distance of a two-thirds majority that could override Mr. Obama’s threatened veto. Republicans overwhelmingly support the bill. So far 16 Democrats have broken with the president, and the bill’s sponsors hope to get more.

    • Kennymack1971

      And the “antiwar” left that never hesitates to hound President Obama at a moment’s notice is practically invisible when it comes to pressuring these Senate Democrats.

      • gn

        They’ve said nothing. Both New York senators are on board with this and very few have said a thing despite the fact that Occupy Wall St. is headquartered here. Amazing…

        • goldenstar

          Are both NY senators for or against this bill?

          • gn

            Unfortunately, both Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are for it.

      • jziglar

        Yep ! No where to be found. But they certainly came out when the president thought about limited air strikes against Syria.

        • Kennymack1971

          You couldn’t shut their asses up. But now you have Senate Dems trying to undermine the efforts at diplomacy and its **crickets** from the fauxgressives proving once again they’re fakes, frauds and con artists who only exist to troll the President.

    • goldenstar

      I am curious about that WH meeting scheduled for tomorrow. I think some of these folks are going to have a hard time rationalizing their argument for white U.S. privilege versus PBO’s argument for nuance and complexity based upon an internationalist perspective of peace and disarmament.

      • gn

        Me too—can’t wait to see what happens during that meeting. The President’s approach here is so moderate and so common sensical that I wonder how some of these folks in the Dem caucus are going to explain themselves, especially people like Senator Booker. I would say that Senator Gillibrand is a disappointment but I thought from the beginning that she wasn’t going to be very progressive on foreign policy at all. Always thought Caroline Kennedy would have been so much better in that seat.

    • If you look at the voting district demographics of those pushing for stronger sanctions you can see that AIPAC and re-election concerns in largely Jewish districts have a lot to do with this situation. In a way, this at least highlights what Israel and Bibi expect from their US constitutents. Oh, um, we’re not their constituents…. ? Please be assured that I support Israel’s right to exist, just not their right to an apartheid state and to meddle in our politics.

      • TresL

        Could someone please tell me what is it we get from our alliance with Israel? It’s crystal clear to me how they benefit from being aligned with the U.S. but all I see from them is ingratitude, hostility and unwelcomed interference.

        • BoomerGal

          Thus far, it’s clearly a one way monetary street. If not for the u.s. they would not have the means to bully those in close proximity.

      • AxelFoley

        All this.

  • gn
    • sagittarius

      Good morning, gn!

      • gn

        Morning sag! I hope all is well with you. 🙂

        • sagittarius

          Trying to make it, gn, just trying to make it.

          • gn

            You will, of that I have absolutely no doubt!

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    On board a little early today… had trouble sleeping. Sent out a couple of resumes. Probably will go back to sleep shortly.

    Have a wonderful day!

    • GreenLadyHere


      — –☺

      – – -☺ AMEN♥ – – –

      -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM –U♥/Family♥ ***HUGS***

      • sagittarius

        Hi, GLH **BIG HUG**

        Thank you – I appreciate you!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Sagittarius♥ — -My Pleasure. :>) – -Annnd I U. —

          U will B BLESSED. – -:>) – –I’m confident.:>)

    • gn

      Some years ago I had trouble finding a job for a while—what helped believe it or not was volunteering. Same thing with my cousin—she had a really frustrating time with finding a job, and volunteered with an adult literacy program. She’s settled now, but it was helpful. With your extensive experience, there are a lot of nonprofits who would be extremely glad to have some of your transition time. Please tell me to shut up and mind my business though…

      • sagittarius

        Hi, gn!

        I am not opposed to volunteering… I was looking through a few opportunities earlier today. It may be easier now that I don’t have to take my Mom to several appointments through the week.

        • gn

          I forgot that you do so much for your mom as well! It occurs that what may seem like a difficult time for you is probably a HUGE blessing for her. I’ll reveal that my mom had a huge work dust-up right before my grandmother passed on. Due to her circumstances, she managed to get a decent settlement before resigning (really she was pushed out to be honest) and was able to spend my grandmother’s last bit of time with her and without having to deal with a work situation which had turned just completely toxic. Please take care and please hang in there. Trust God.

          • sagittarius

            Thanks, gn – I appreciate you!

    • goldenstar

      Keep at it, Sag. I am also searching. I have noticed that there are many positions coming available now. Let me know how I can help since we’re in the same metro area.

      • sagittarius

        Hi, goldenstar!

        I appreciate you – thanks! I will do the same for you – just let me know!

    • lamh36

      Good luck sag. It’ll happen. From one job seeker yo another

      • sagittarius

        Hi, lamh!

        Backatcha, my friend! I appreciate you!

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, sag.
      Sending you positive thoughts.

    • qosine

      I hope your’re having a good day, sagittarius.
      You’re a great daughter and aunt.
      And 2014 really feels like the year for jobs plus.

      • sagittarius

        Thanks, qosine – I appreciate you!

  • gn

    Blaming Poverty on Single Parents Is Win-Win for Republicans, Evidence Be Damned … via @TheWire

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – – –GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) THIS Was a Dilemma 4 The Gov’s MINIONS. LOL BUT 2-DAY –He will TRYTA ‘Splain – -NOT ME. :>) — –

    — – –☺ – – -LOL – –HAH!


    – – – –☺ LOL – –He’s GOIN’ – – -DOWN!!! HAH!


  • gn

    So…the Kim K attack video is out…I’m sorry, I think that these people are lying. The 18 year old wasn’t screaming the f-word or the n-word at the paps. He and several others were saying “leave her alone” even though the paps were nowhere near her. He then said to her: “they’re whack, dude; you have to deal with that everyday?” That’s it. They walk into the building and the tape stops. I can’t say what happened next; clearly they got into some type of argument and I do believe that he called her a slut, after which I surmise that she enlisted Kanye to beat him up. The original story never rang true to me. I would like to hear the 18 year old’s side of the story.

    • Miranda

      SMH……..Kimye need to go away…far far away.

      • gn

        What has my attention is the use of race to try to paint Kim as a damsel in distress and Kanye as her pro-black rescuer. This is so cynical and exploitative. I’ll be interesting in seeing the truth of what really happened here. Seems so odd for there to be a parking lot of paparazzi at a random, nondescript office building, and not one bodyguard.

        • Miranda

          “Seems so odd for there to be a parking lot of paparazzi at a random, nondescript office building, and not one bodyguard.”

          Oh…its not odd at all.

        • itgurl_29


    • I played the video twice, and I didn’t hear that kid yell the n-word or the f-word like Kimye claimed.

      • gn

        Yup! He didn’t say anything like that at all. He seemed like an Herb quite frankly, and probably a Kimye stan who was excited to be in her presence. Now the story has become even more embellished and they’re claiming that he threatened to kill her. I think it’s just complete garbage. The video does not support the accusations, at all. Just not sure whether there was really a little catty argument or whether the kid is in on it and the mark is Kanye.

  • GreenLadyHere


    THANK U Sepia♥ —-IMMA Check with English Teacher 2 C Ifff They R TEACHING THESE. :>) – -Annnd WONDER iff THEY KNOW that He was BLAH. :>) – – –

    – –☻Mr. AESOP: — —

    — – – —–☺THIS needsta B SENT 2 NJ. – – —MORAL: Honesty is the best policy. — – –:>)

    – – –☻

    ENJOY Your TREAT [The FORK has GREEK Writing. :>)

    – – – – -☺ IN The NEWZ: — –2:55 pm
    The President honors the 2013 NBA Champions Miami Heat
    – – – -Lookin FORWARD. . — Woo! Hoo! — -:>)

  • lamh36

    Morning POU. Got a voicemail from the recruiter this morning. I have to call her back. Unfortunately I’ve got a busy day at work today so my limb ch will be kinda late. I’m gonna call her back whenever I go to lunch but that may not be until one. So I’m wondering of I should wait until I get home at 3p

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ lam36. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —
      RESPECTFULLY — – -I would CALL BACK —as soon as U can.[Even iff U hafta leave a message.] — It may B another TEST of your interest – –EVEN thought U have MORE THAN proven yourself. :>)


    • rikyrah

      Call back ASAP, but put your point about salary up front.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — –HOPEFUL – — NEWS! — – -:>)

    — –Head Start gets cash infusion in new federal budget — –

    —–Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill Monday unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill funding the so-called discretionary budgets of every federal agency and program. Those are the daily operating budgets — as opposed to big autopilot programs like Social Security and Medicare — that comprise about one-third of the overall budget.
    Highlights include:

    – – -—$1.012 trillion in agency funding to restore $45 billion in automatic cuts otherwise required under budget “sequestration” required by Washington’s failure to enact an earlier deficit-cutting deal.
    — -SNIP —
    —Funding to implement President Barack Obama‘s new health care and financial services laws, though not at levels sought by the White House.
    — – –SNIP – – –
    —Healthy increases for the Head Start early learning program for the poor, Western firefighting programs, high-priority transportation
    infrastructure projects, and veterans’ medical care.

    WATCHIN’. . . . .

    • Miranda

      This is great news. We really need to put as many resources as possible into early childhood education and development.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ Miranda♥ – – -***BIG HUG** :>)

        — – -***BIG fist bump*** – -:>) – – -I can C the Negative effects” of the withdrawal of funding. –SADLY.
        –Sooo I’m PRAYIN’ 4 this RESTORATION. :>)

        Good 2 C U Miranda. :>) —

  • Miranda
    • LMBAO! I love Black Twitter!

    • rikyrah


    • AxelFoley

      DONE. Just DONE, dammit!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – -AHAH! —Da PLOT – -THICKENS! — –
    Ouster of a black judge is linked to Christie’s Bridgegate
    – — –“I’m glad I’m not one of those who has left this world — you’re treating me as one who has. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Those were the words of former New Jersey Supreme Court Associate Justice John Wallace Jr. to a room full of supporters over four years ago.

    In 2010, Wallace, who came to the end of his seven-year term as the only African-Americanon the Garden State’s highest court, was two years away from the court’s mandatory retirement age of 70. At the time, Governor Chris Christie refused to reappointthe jurist to the bench, marking the first time a New Jersey governor had failed to renew a justice since the state constitution had been adopted in 1947.

    This also marked the first time in 16 years that the New Jersey court would not have a black sitting justice, which it does not have to this day.
    – – – -SNIP —
    “I am disappointed by that decision” said Chief Justice Stuart
    Rabner, a friend of Gov. Christie, in support of Wallace, a Democrat.

    A Harvard Law graduate and former captain in the U.S. Army who previously sat on a municipal court, the New Jersey Superior Court and the Appellate Division of the Superior Court, Wallace was known as a moderate voice on the bench with a solid judicial career marked by integrity and free of scandal. Chrsitie claimed Wallace had contributed to “out-of-control” liberal activism on the court.
    Now, some observers are making a connection between the ousting of Justice Wallace and “Bridgegate,” the scandal plaguing the Christie administration, in which his office on August 13, 2013 ordered the closing of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J.— allegedly in retaliation against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolichfor refusing to endorse the governor. The intentional blocking of traffic on the world’s busiest bridge from September 9-13 of last year created crippling traffic, including delays for emergency responders.

    THERE IS MORE — – – -Sooo WATCHIN’. . . .[Did I say: –He’s Goin’ DOWN?]—

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam! Janelle Monae was fabulous.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ jds09. ***BIG –Cali –HUG* :>) –[When?]
      Good 2 C U jds09. – — Have a good day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – – –ACA POSITIVITY)]

    – – -☺@NerdyWonka
    Nearly Half a Million Texans Apply For Coverage Through ACA.
    #ObamaCare: Doing more for Texas than @GovernorPerry.

    — –-BONUS: —☺@NerdyWonka
    That moment Christie trashed POTUS as a “guy…trying to find the light switch of leadership” Then #bridgegate happened
    View photo — – – — -LOSER – – -GON — –STR8 — -LOSE!! –HAH!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – –WAIT! – –WHA’!?? — –

    — –Dad’s texting to daughter sparks argument, fatal shooting in movie theater

    – — – – It started with a father sending text messages to his daughter during the previews of a movie.
    It ended with the 43-year-old man shot dead amid the theater seats, and a 71-year-old retired police officer in custody.

    The shooting Monday during a 1:20 p.m. showing of “Lone Survivor” at a Wesley Chapel, Florida, movie theater escalated from an objection to cell phone use, to a series of arguments, to the sudden and deadly shooting, according to police and witnesses.
    As a male moviegoer texted, the man seated behind him objected, and asked the texter to put his phone away.

    Man killed in theater over texting
    Police: Moviegoer killed for texting
    – — SNIP – – –
    The man who had been texting, Chad Oulson, got up and turned to Reeves to ask him if he had gone to tell on him for his texting. Oulson reportedly said, in effect: I was just sending a message to my young daughter.

    Voices were raised. Popcorn was thrown. And then came something unimaginable — except maybe in a movie. A gun shot.

    Oulson was fatally wounded. His wife was hit, too, through the hand as she raised her hand in front of her husband as the shooter drew a handgun.
    THERE IS MORE – – — – – – -TEXTIN’ annnd POPCORN?? – – –**SMH*** — – – — –WATCHIN’. . . .

    • goldenstar

      Enough happens in FL to convince me to not EVEN visit the place. And, the film they were about to see. Irony abounds.

      • GreenLadyHere

        – – – GOOD MORNTIN’ GOLDenstar :>) – – – – -***BIG HUG*** – – –

        — —***BIG fist bump*** – —YES –on the Film. WHEW LAWD!! – – –
        CHANNELING — -Mr.Marvin: – –☺

        — -RIHEP – – -CONDOLENCES 2 WIFE/3 yo Daughter/Family/Friends. AMEN♥

        Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>)
        B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – – -THIS – – -Da HATAS TRYTA START – – – -A “USA-Gate” —

    – — -CREDIBILITY —Soooooo IN QUESTION!!! — –humph

    — – -☺
    – –WATCHIN’. . .

  • Miranda

    Why it’s stupid to ask for Benghazi coverage while Chris Christie’s scandal is ripe
    Star-Ledger Editorial Board Mon Jan 13 2014 19:00:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time)

    Somehow, the right’s response to Chris Christie’s still-breaking Bridgegate scandal has devolved into this: Why are you writing about New Jersey traffic jams, because Benghazi!

    In letters to newspapers and online comments, in phone calls to their favorite conservative radio and TV pundits, conservatives are in a state of collective denial: They refuse to acknowledge there’s anything to Gov. Chris Christie and the George Washington Bridge scandal until President Obama and the consular attack in Benghazi get equal time.

    The Republicans’ nothing-to-see-here talking points come from on high: Reince Priebus, chairmanof the Republican National Committee (and, like Christie, a Morris County guy) praised Christie’s 111-minute apology news conference last week, suggesting others should follow the governor’s lead: “Now, only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that, would we find out some things we want to find out about Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS.”

    More here:

    • jds09

      Nah, it’s not “collective denial” it’s a coordinated campaign.

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma 🙂

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah 🙂

    • GreenLadyHere

      – –GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma :>) ***BIG HUG** :>) – – -Sooo HAPPY 2 C Your LOVELY Sun. :>) – –
      The RAYS – -look like a “Hair-style” [Almost like Mini-Afro-Puffs.:>)] – —
      – –U “Brang ot here; –Sooo THANK U.♥ :>) – —
      Annnd —HOW is your weather – –Better – –I hope. :>)

      B BLESSED U♥/Family♥ :>) — —

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH! Glad you like it, it’s snowing as I type this lol. Blessings to you & the fam too. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – – — Here HE comes: – -☺
          :>) – – – –

          Annnd THANKS 3 the BLESSINGS.♥ – –ALWAYS needed annnd appreciated. :>)

          • Alma98

            I love that gif GLH! LOL

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL Thank U Alma. – –I’m always -PLEASANTLY – -surprised at these GIFS :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – – -GOOD NEWS – – -[A Re-post] – –:>) —

    – – –Robert Wilkins confirmed: Senate completes overhaul of key appeals court
    — – –The Senate confirmed one of President Barack Obama‘s
    key judicial nominees on Monday, completing an overhaul of the country’s second most powerful court into one dominated by Democratic-appointed judges.

    The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That gives Democratic appointees a 7-4 majority on the politically influential bench. The D.C. Circuit, second in clout only to the Supreme Court, hears appeals of White House actions and federal rules and regulations.

    Wilkins’ confirmation is a fresh demonstration of Senate Democrats’ ability to push through most presidential nominations by a simple majority, thanks to a weakening of filibusters that they muscled through the chamber in November.

    It came on the same day the Supreme Court heard arguments about a constitutional provision relating to temporary presidential
    appointments. At issue is Obama’s use of the provision to make so-called recess appointments, which presidents can make without Senate approval.

    Obama applauded the confirmation of Wilkins, who was previously approved unanimously by the Senate for a district judgeship. Obama said Wilkins would bring important perspective to the D.C. Circuit.

    – – –☺

    • goldenstar

      Harry Reid and PBO can celebrate.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOLDenstar. — – -***BIG fist bump*** — – -:>)
        — —TRUTH!! :>) — -Good STATS. >)

    • goldenstar

      Harry Reid and PBO can celebrate.

  • Joe Madison was criticizing the WH and DOJ about this. His point was if the tobacco industry could spend ad dollars with Black media to get the Black community hooked on tobacco products, why can’t they spend ad dollars with Black media to spread the word about the dangers of tobacco, especially when illnesses related to tobacco use disproportionately affect our community.

    But according to this article, the same one Madison read on his show, the judge in the case made the decision about which media outlets would receive the advertisements in 2006, so why are Black journalists just now calling this out and blaming the WH and DOJ over a decision made EIGHT YEARS AGO??

    Proposed Tobacco Settlement Excludes Black Media:

    • P.S. A blogger from Bitter Boyce’s website, Your Black World, called in and said he’s going to write about this on that blog, so y’all know it’s gonna be full of half-truths and “See? I told you Obama doesn’t care about Black people!”.

      • Alma98

        Everything is PBO’s fault Sepia even things that happened before he became president. Apparently PBO has a time machine. Did Joe read the whole thing or just skim it? Or is he mad because he didn’t get a slice?

        • Oh, but he DID read that part about the judge’s decision, and he still said he was gonna call the DOJ and the WH to complain, and encouraged his callers to do the same.

          • Alma98


        • gn

          And at what point do PBO and the Attorney General get the benefit of the doubt when stories like this break? They’ve more than earned it. Like seriously, people REALLY think that President Obama and AG Holder would seek to *exclude* black publications? Like really? Come on.

          • Black publications have been accusing PBO of not spending ad dollars with them during the election. Don Black, co-owner the Dayton Weekly News, a Black newspaper, was on Madison’s show complaining that PBO’s campaign didn’t buy ads with Black newspapers. But what they don’t discuss is their circulation numbers. Companies are not going to buy ads in newspapers or magazines if their circulation is low. Geez, Black’s paper is a WEEKLY newspaper. Why would PBO’s camp waste money with them?? C’mon, son!

          • gn

            And I’m pretty sure that the PBO campaign bought a ton of ads on black radio. These stories never seem to turn out as they’re first pitched lol. The tobacco settlement story especially smells because there’s no way that the admin would actually block a program like this from reaching black smokers. Just wouldn’t happen.

          • Miranda

            PBO went on Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey, Rickey Smiley and Mike Baisden….why would his campaign buy ads in newspapers with a circulation of five? I don’t know about the Dayton Weekly…but the Atlanta Daily World refused to build upon its legacy and the original founders children and grandchildren are killing it year by year. A once great institution has decided to die and then blame black people because they are putting out a shitty product.

          • The Dayton Weekly doesn’t even have a website, which is a basic necessity for ANY business, let alone a media business. But Don Black mad, tho.

          • AxelFoley

            And ain’t dude’s paper been out 20 years?

            20 years and your circulation is shit, AND you ain’t got a website in this day and age?

          • itgurl_29

            It’s like these teeny tiny black papers and radio stations think that it’s PBO’s job to put them on. It’s ridiculous. Your paper and your radio stations sucks because it reaches basically NO ONE. Yet you think you deserve an audience with the President of the United States because he’s black like you are? GTFO!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia♥ – –“WHYCOME” —he doesn’t just –stick 2 WHAT he KNOWS – —–

        ‘CAUSE: — -☺

        – – –WHAT di-int he get an invitation 2? –HATAS!! — – –geesh!!

    • goldenstar

      Interesting. And, the answers are in this very article: one of the CBCers worked for tobacco. The Black broadcasters are crying because they aren’t getting the dollars but why has there been no activity in taking these issues to their readers/audiences? They want the ad dollars but not the responsibilities. And, the $ will not be flowing until all the appeals are exhausted.

      • Alma98

        Like I said he didn’t read the whole article or he just mad he didn’t get a slice.

      • He didn’t read THAT part of the article on his show, though.

    • gn

      I saw that this morning and thought there had to be more of the story. Thanks for hunting this down, Sepia!

      • Oh, the above article is the same one Madison read on his show. That’s how I knew about it.

        • gn

          Yup I think I saw it first with you and trose talking about it on twitter. There’s no way the WH would exclude black people on any health initiative. It’s one of the WH’s best strengths and deliverables. They snuck a massive Medicaid expansion past the far right and soft bigots. That should earn a presumption of good will on healthcare issues IMO.

      • Miranda

        “thought there had to be more of the story.”……THANK YOU….that is exactly how this site came to be (from the predecessor WSY)….why can’t the default position when these stories are bought out, to wait and give PBO and this administration the benefit of the doubt? Why immediately jump up and down with hyperbole as if PBO himself demanded NO BLACK MEDIA ALLOWED. Why wouldn’t these same journos that are now foaming at this thoroughly incorrect assumption not able to refrain until all the facts were laid bare? Did they really think this administration specifically demanded they not be allowed to partake in the settlement coffers? Seriously? Did any of these so-called “reporters” even bother to look at the dates or read the court decision before spitting wrongness about PBO….AGAIN? How many times we got to go through this? They always jump to the real wrong conclusion and NEVER man or woman enough to admit it.

    • edp4bho

      Hi POU. Surprised this comments goes thru (I’m at work), but Joe Madison just iterated on Rev Al TV show last week about how the rethugs piling on PBO in light of the Chrisite scandal, always make it about PBO, even when it’s not. This is why I don’t listen to Madison. He’s another grifter.

    • AxelFoley

      These muhfuckas gonna wind up blaming PBO for the Atlantic Slave Trade soon.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Young adults make up one-fourth of Obamacare enrollees

    – — –Just under a quarter of Obamacare sign-ups so far have been in the critical 18-to-35-year-old age range, the Obama administration revealed Monday, the first time officials have given demographic data about health plan enrollees.

    The administration had set a goal of around 38 percent to 40 percent of the enrollees in that age bracket by the time the sign-up season ends March 31.
    — – —QUESTION: — -Since YOUNG ADULTS can STAY on their PARENT’s PLAN – — UNTIL they R 26yo, – – -might THAT depress enrollment for THAT AGE RANGE?

    Jus’ axin’. . .

    OTHERWISE – – – -POSITIVE news –:>) — –

  • goldenstar

    This is what happens when you have to play by the rules. It’s a new day for the privileged.

    Hampered by Legal Costs, JPMorgan’s Profit Falls 7.3%


    JPMorgan Chase reported a 7.3 percent slump in fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday, as billions of dollars in legal costs from a series of government settlements continued to weigh on profit at the nation’s largest bank.

    The net earnings of $5.28 billion, or $1.30 a share, fell slightly below Wall Street analysts’ expectations of $1.35 a share.

    The results underscored how expensive it has been for the bank to obtain peace with Washington. All told, JPMorgan has paid roughly $20 billion over the last 12 months to resolve government investigations.

    The fourth-quarter results included a charge of 27 cents a share in legal costs. Excluding those items, the bank reported profit of $1.40 a share on net revenue of $24.1 billion, exceeding analysts’ expectations of $1.35 a share on net revenue of $23.67 billion.

    Bracing for the large payouts, JPMorgan had already set aside $9.2 billion in the third quarter, a move that led the bank to report its first quarterly loss ever under Jamie Dimon as chief executive. While much of the settlement cost was covered in that quarter, JPMorgan said the bank would set aside an additional $850 million to cushion against expenses that spilled over.

    The latest steep payout for the bank came last week, when JPMorgan reached a $2 billion settlement with federal authorities who accused the bank of ignoring warning signs of Bernard L. Madoff’s huge Ponzi scheme. And in November, the Justice Department and other authorities extracted a record $13 billion settlement from JPMorgan over the bank’s sale of questionable mortgage securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.

    “We are pleased to have made progress on our control, regulatory and litigation agendas and to have put some significant issues behind us this quarter,” Mr. Dimon said in a statement on Tuesday. Referring to a number of recent settlements, he added, “It was in the best interests of our company and shareholders for us to accept responsibility, resolve these issues and move forward.”

    As JPMorgan, once a favorite in Washington, has been buffeted by legal woes, Mr. Dimon and the bank’s top executives have adopted a reconciliatory stance toward the thicket of regulatory challenges, choosing to hash out settlements rather than enter court brawls that can be expensive—and potentially embarrassing.

    Despite the chastened earnings, some analysts struck an optimistic tone, noting that the settlements, however expensive, would finally allow JPMorgan and its top executives to focus on expanding their businesses.

    The results on Tuesday also included a few one-time gains, including the sale of Visa’s shares and One Chase Manhattan Plaza.

    Within the earnings, there were a couple of bright spots, including automobile originations, which increased 16 percent, to $6.4 billion. And revenue from private banking increased 11 percent from the period a year earlier, totaling $1.6 billion.

    JPMorgan successfully courted customers in its asset management business. Total client assets were $2.3 trillion, an increase of 12 percent from a year earlier.

    Still, there are challenges. JPMorgan, like its Wall Street peers, is grappling with sluggish demand for loans. Particularly bruising is the sharp decline in mortgage refinancing — a bright spot for banks in recent years — as rising interest rates deter homeowners.

    Lackluster demand for mortgages underpinned the fourth-quarter results again, as mortgage loan originations fell 54 percent, to $23.3 billion, from a year earlier. Even as revenue was down, profit went up 34 percent on lower losses for soured mortgages and reduced noninterest expenses.

    To offset the largely sluggish lending environment, JPMorgan has moved to cut expenses across its businesses. Noninterest expenses fell 3 percent, to $15.5 billion, from the period a year earlier. In the fourth quarter, head count at the bank fell by 7,557, part of a broader belt-tightening and staff reduction the bank outlined last year.

    Profit within the investment bank fell 57 percent, a precipitous decline from the $2 billion the bank reported in the same period a year earlier. Excluding one-time costs, profit fell 11 percent.

    In the most recent quarter, the bank took a $1.5 billion hit to reflect a change in how it values certain types of derivatives, tradable financial instruments whose prices are based on the values of stocks and bonds. The shift is an attempt to reflect the bank’s cost of borrowing money to fund some of its derivatives, said Marianne Lake, JPMorgan’s chief financial officer.

    To tighten controls against potentially tainted money coursing through the financial system, JPMorgan has said its pruning some of its high risk businesses like its so-called correspondent banking, in which it relies on foreign banks to process transactions overseas. And last week, JPMorgan said it was mulling a sale of its prepaid card business.

    Pointing to the vast threat of cyber breaches—an issue that the bank has emphasized during the past year—Mr. Dimon appealed for better cooperation between retailers and banks to improve credit-card security, noting that “it’s a chance for retailers and bank to work together instead of suing each other as we have been this decade.”

    But even as JPMorgan whittles down its regulatory issues, the threats are far from over. Authorities have opened a bribery investigation into JPMorgan’s hiring practices in China. Cooperating with the investigations, JPMorgan has already turned over reams of internal emails and documents related to its “Sons and Daughters” hiring program, which employed the children of China’s ruling elite.

    • Miranda

      The unfortunate part is that the little people who are just working as tellers and low level account managers and in the mailrooms will be the ones let go so that the top dogs can still get their bonuses.

      • BoomerGal

        As far as bankers and corporates are concerned, the “little people” are just collateral damage.

      • TyrenM

        … and those of us with 50 cent in JPMorgan in 401Ks.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – SADLY – – -Another -SCHOOL SHOOTING – – —
    — –School Shooting in Roswell, N.M., Injures at Least Two– –
    — – – –A suspected school shooter is in custody after opening fire at a middle school and injuring at least two people in Roswell, N.M., according to police.

    There were preliminary reports of injury, according to New Mexico State Police, however a spokesman said the extent, including the number of possible victims, was unknown.

    Law enforcement sources told ABC News there were two victims in the school shooting. It was not yet known whether they were children or adults.

    The Eastern New Mexico Medical Center has confirmed they received two patients. They won’t say their conditions at this time or how old they were.
    — –SNIP – –

    The Roswell incident is the latest school shooting to rattle the country. It comes one month after a gunman open fired at Arapahoe High School in Colorado.
    THERE IS MORE – — – -PRAYIN’ —4 the STUDENTS/Families. —

  • JB20005

    State Department condemns remarks of Israel Defense Minister on Sec. of State Kerry’s peace proposals.

    Do we have a worse “ally” in the world than Israel? We give them billions in military aid, and political cover at the UN, and they…

    Flip us the bird and keep building illegal settlements, earning us the ire of every Islamist group on the planet.

    • Alma98

      I’m way past tired of Israel JB.

    • BoomerGal

      Also economic aid, refugee resettlement aid and millions of dollars in interest off of OUR money that we never collect.

    • BoomerGal

      Look, those are ZIONISTS! They have no allegiance to ANYBODY or ANYTHING but Israel!

    • Aquagranny911

      IMO, we should tell Israel to suck rocks if they keep refusing to join the peace process & keep persecuting & stealing from others in the ME. They are no longer “victims” they have become the perpetrators.

      I am beyond sick of Nut’n’Yoohoo & all his ilk!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – —LOL – –MR. PRESIDENT addresses THIS –☺

    — –Obama: Has ‘pen and a phone’ to help economy– –

    — —President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he can take steps to help the economy without the cooperation of Congress. “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen, and — and I’ve got a phone,” Obama said in brief remarks at the start of a Cabinet meeting, The president said he could use the “pen” to take steps to push forward on efforts to create new hubs for manufacturing, making college more affordable and helping the long-term unemployed. He said he would use the phone to talk to nonprofits, businesses, the private sector and universities to improve economic conditions. “So overall, the message to my Cabinet and that will be amplified in our State of the Union is that we need all hands on deck to build on the recovery that we’re already seeing. The economy is improving but it’s in need of improving even faster,” Obama said.

    – —– -☺

    – —LEADERSHIP! – –

    • qosine

      “I’ve got a pen, and — and I’ve got a phone”
      Carry on, Mr. President!!!

  • MsKitty

    Messy, messy…

    French President Hollande: I Will Clarify Who The First Lady
    Is Before U.S. Trip

    Under pressure over a magazine report that he is having a secret affair with an actress, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday he is going through “painful moments” but otherwise sidestepped specifics on his personal life.

    Hollande’s partner, journalist Valerie Trierweiler, has been hospitalized since Friday, when Closer published photos it said proved Hollande’s liaison with Julie Gayet. The report has heaped new pressure on the already unpopular Hollande.

    He was asked following a major economic policy speech Tuesday whether Trierweiler remains the first lady. In his first comments since the magazine report, Hollande responded: “Everyone in his or her personal life can go through ordeals — that’s the case with us.”

    The latest revelations call into question whether a complex personal life can be private for someone with round-the-clock bodyguards, and about the role of “first lady” in France. Trierweiler is the first person to hold the post who was not married to the president.

    Hollande said he will clarify who the first lady is before he takes a presidential trip to the United States on Feb. 11, but he wouldn’t comment further. He said that state funds spent on the first lady should be made public — and “as small as possible.” The first lady doesn’t have formal status in France, but in practice they have an office in the presidential palace and small staff.

    • itgurl_29

      Ratchetness. SMH.

      • AxelFoley


      • This might be better than “Love and Hip Hop”!

        • AxelFoley

          Call this joint “Love and Croissants”.

        • AxelFoley

          Call this joint “Love and Croissants”.

          • Alma98


          • LOL

          • Admiral_Komack

            Omelette du fromage.

    • rikyrah

      This is the country that had the President’s wife and mistress at the funeral when the President died…what’s the big deal

      • OK! Now they mad? LOL

      • AxelFoley


      • itgurl_29

        I think they’re embarrassed because he’s coming to America and will see the Obamas, a stable traditional and happy family. It might not be a big deal in France, but they know it looks ratchet next to the Obamas and I think they find the whole ordeal embarrassing in the respect.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ MsKitty. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      — -☺

      BUT – –WAIT— -WHO’ the – – -REAL MRS???? – – – — LOL – –

      – –OH! – —Hollande said he will clarify who the first lady is before he takes a presidential trip to the United States on Feb. 11, – – – – LOL —-***shrug*** O.K. — – -LOL —

      – – —☺

      — -☺

    • JojoRaze

      This is why I love our admittedly Puritanical system. I think presidents should be married, period because if you can’t run your own house well, you can’t run a country well.

      I’ve been reading this story from the UK papers and i only sympathize with the French people who have to deal with this nonsense and 10.3% unemployment. Treirweiller is a fool forLosing her good sense over a man who left another woman he was with for 23 yrs, Segolene Royale, he also didn’t marry. What did she expect.

      • Admiral_Komack

        “He didn’t marry her, but he will marry ME!”

    • Miranda

      Hollande said he will clarify who the first lady is before he takes a presidential trip to the United States on Feb. 11,

      lolwut?!?!? Clarify?? HAHAHAHAHAHA! You need to “clarify” who you’re married to?? ROFLMAO

      • vulcan_girl

        From what I can find, he ain’t never been married to nobody! He’s had long term domestic partnerships, but never got married. France just has to settle for the First Girlfriend.

    • Aquagranny911

      Is this the French version of “Sister Wives?”

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —-From Mr. BOB – – –CALL OUT Time – –
    —-You Stay Classy, Ted Cruz Fans – –
    – – – –A conservative blogger at a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) joked about shooting at cars with California license plates:

    “You will see a lot of cars coming west heading east on Interstate 10, and they’re going to have California license plates,” Whittle said in remarks flagged by Raw Story. “Now, if you see these cars pull into rest areas or hotels or restaurants, that’s fine. Wave goodbye, make sure they go out on the Louisiana end.”
    – – — SNIP – —

    – — -And naturally the crowd booed and hissed at thought.

    I’m kidding! Of course it was greeted with uproarious laughter.

    — -RE-THUGS – –continue 2 B – – -EVIL/VILE – –DISGUSTING – -HATAS!! —of anybody –BUT –themselves!! – —geesh!!

  • gn

    Awesome that the media is a million more times suspicious of peace negotiations with Iran than it was about the drive to war with Iraq.

  • gn
  • gn

    Veteran Unemployment Continues to Decline, Lowest Rate in Five Years

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – — -THIS is STILL worth WATCHIN’. . .

    – – – –Pact approved to end Arkansas desegregation payments — –

    – – — – –Arkansas can stop making payments in one of the nation’s most historic desegregation efforts, a judge has ruled, but he cautioned workremains to ensure students in the Little Rock area receive a proper education.

    The state has made more than $1 billion in payments to three Little
    Rock-area school districts since 1989 to aid desegregation efforts.
    Under the deal approved Monday by U.S. District Judge Price Marshall, those payments will end in four years, even though one of the districts still hasn’t been declared desegregated.

    “I think this is a day we can write in the book and draw a circle
    around and remember that we did something important,” Marshall said. He said his objective was to ensure the agreement among lawyers for the state, the districts and black schoolchildren was fair, reasonable and adequate.

    “There comes a time … where things should stop and things should go in the book,” Marshall said. “This is a fair and appropriate place to have a stop.”

    Little Rock was the scene of the nation’s first major desegregation battle in 1957 when President Dwight Eisenhower used federal troops to escort nine black schoolchildren into Central High School, the city system’s flagship school. Court cases involving desegregation have been in place most years since then.

    – –☺

    — ☺-
    [I had the privilege 2 have had Dr. TERRENCE ROBERTS come 2 our school district during BLACK HISTORY MONTH. He was sooo personable annnd passionatel. :>) Sooo WELL RECEIVED. :>) ]
    – –AnyPOU Fam know these schools? :>)

  • rikyrah
  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — –TWEETIN’ – – -TRUTH :>) —

    — –☺@RepublicanSwine
    Take Your Country Back From Morons=>In 294 Days We MUST #TakeOutTheNationalTrash in 2014 #GOP is a National Disgrace & Global Embarrassment! – – –[WHEW LAWD! – – -BRUTAL!!]

    — -☺@ThePlumLineGS
    Obama is “acting prudently on Iran…you’d expect fellow Ds to give him benefit of doubt.”

    — -☺@BuhByeGOP
    Big gubment tyranny stops Freedom Industries from sweeping evidence of their pollution under the rug … #2little2late – -[-DEY MAD!! LOL]

    – — – -☺@setislady
    RT: @AgainstTeaParty Water-Poisoning Freedom Industries Executive Is Two-Time Convicted Felon – See more at: ——[DANG!! —-SWEET TRUTH!! LOL]
    MORE L8R :>)

  • Yeah, because a white woman getting paid MILLIONS to star in a successful movie franchise is totally the same as a Black man kidnapped and sold into slavery.

    David O. Russell Compares Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games Film Commitment to Slavery
    by Zach Johnson

    …According to David O. Russell, who directed Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, the 23-year-old actress deserves a break—particularly in relation to her Hunger Games schedule.

    “I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re printing money,” he told The New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l on Friday, Jan. 10. “But she’s a very alive person.”

    “I’ll tell you what it is about that girl—talk about 12 years of slavery,
    that’s what the franchise is,” the screenwriter continued. “And I’m
    going to get in so much trouble for saying that.” Russell, 55, also
    compared The Hunger Games to a “hamster wheel” and claimed
    Lawrence takes on more artistic roles as a “vacation” from her more
    commercial movies. (She next appears in X-Men: Days of Future Past.)


    • Miranda

      “And I’m going to get in so much trouble for saying that.”

      But I’ll say it anyway because so what? Its just slavery! Lighten up!

    • gn

      Unvarnished idiocy—we need a Godwin’s law, immediately.

    • qosine

      “But she’s a very alive person.”
      As opposed to, say, slaves after “12 years of slavery”?

      I see, David O. you share the same fetish of “printing
      money” as the Pauls.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ — – -C YA THERE – —:>)