October 18, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Archaeologists

Good Morning Obots! Today’s featured archaeologist:

Dr. Willie E. Dye
A native of Terrell, Texas, Willie E. Dye, Ph.D. has always had a curiosity and fascination with people and the world around him, showing a great interest in History and Geography since early childhood. That, combined with a love for God and humanity, as well as a burning quest for true knowledge, it is no surprise then that he is now in the field of Biblical Archaeology. He travels the world marveling at its wonders, studying and digging up evidence — from Greece to Mexico and points in between — which confirms the belief that a perfect design, indeed, requires a perfect Designer.
As a Biblical Archaeologist, he is among a select group of professionals worldwide. And as one of the few Black Biblical Archaeologists in the country, Dr. Dye is a popular lecturer, sharing not only with the Body of Christ, but with others, the awesomeness of God’s creations. 

He has taught archaeology for 30 years and has traveled to more than 43 countries around the world doing field work. Dr. Dye does travel study tours and he also works in the prisons, juvenile camps, private and public educational institutions, churches, clubs and various organizations, delving into the origins of life issues and records the fossils. He currently has archaeological projects in Israel, Mexico, South Africa, as well as working on vertebrae paleontology and ichnology in Glenrose, Texas at the Paluxy River Bed.
Dr. Dye is also a lecturing archaeologist for the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas and an area supervisor of the museum’s many archaeological digs. The museum itself holds vast evidence of a worldwide catastrophic event that destroyed humans and dinosaurs alike during the same time period.
He credits Dr. Richard Fales (renowned Biblical Archaeologist from Northridge, CA) with changing the course of his life by encouraging him to study archaeology, because there was such a need for it to be taught in churches, plus he had never met a Black archaeologist.
Dr. Dye continuously studys Biblical Archaeology at the University of Judaism. In addition, he has studied archaeology at UCLA, concentrating on Mayan Text, Mayan Sacred Text, the World of Rock Art, and Egypt After the Pyramids.

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Shoe Designers

Good Morning Obots!
*secret handshake*

Today’s featured designer: Natischa Harvey of Fever Shoes

At age 19, when most people are fresh out of high school and just beginning to enjoy their “adult” freedoms, Natischa Harvey was already making significant strides on a well-constructed path that was sure to lead to her dream life.  She was married to her high school sweetheart, who happened to be a professional athlete, and she was studying to become an attorney at Clark Atlanta University.  Needless to say, people close to her were completely shocked when she decided to take a job at Bakers during her sophomore year.
They questioned her sanity while she juggled her $6/hour evening shifts at the retail shoe store with her demanding political science classes during the day.  But Natischa had a plan.  There was a definite method behind the perceived madness, and the end result was Fever Shoes – a $1.5 million-and-growing brand that has firmly established Mrs. Harvey as a true contender in the highly competitive designer shoe industry.

Absolutely nothing came easy; she recalls feeling guilty for depleting her family’s savings to invest in her company and many nights working late and sleeping in her store – away from her husband and three children.  She even took a two-week trip to China alone to find a manufacturer for her shoes when none of her industry contacts provided the leads she had hoped for.

The sacrifices were monumental, but she says, without hesitation, that it was completely worth it. “I have worked my butt off for my company, and even when I felt like quitting I just kept going because I didn’t have another option” Natischa said.  “It was hard before I really started making money, when I was just breaking even, because my family was depending on me. I depleted our savings account, and I felt horrible.  But that only made me work 10 times harder, and today, every drop of blood, every drop of sweat and every tear was well worth it.”

In addition to providing uniquely chic designs to suit the myriad tastes and budgets of the everyday woman (current styles range from a sparkly wedged heel at $59.99 to funky, double-platformed stilettos priced at $250.00), Natischa has also seen her shoes grace the feet of some major celebrities, including Vivica A. Fox, Raven Symone and Christina Aguilera.  She actually credits her celeb clientele for giving her company its first real push into the mainstream.

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Photographers

Good Morning! We continue to take a look at renowned African-American Photographers.


Gordon Parks was one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, Civil Rights, and urban life. In addition, Parks was also a celebrated composer, author, and filmmaker who interacted with many of the most prominent people of his era—from politicians and artists to celebrities and athletes.

“It is an honor to preserve the work and legacy of Gordon Parks who was not only an American treasure but a friend,” said Peter Kunhardt, President of The Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation. “I am pleased that my father’s vast 19th collection and his best friend’s work will be preserved together.”
This is exactly what Gordon hoped for,” said Gene Young, his former wife and executor of his estate. “His work will be in good hands and we are all going to work hard to make it available for future generations.”


Born into poverty and segregation in Kansas in 1912, Parks was drawn to photography as a young man when he saw images of migrant workers published in a magazine. After buying a camera at a pawnshop, he taught himself how to use it and despite his lack of professional training, he found employment with the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.), which was then chronicling the nation’s social conditions. Parks quickly developed a style that would make him one of the most celebrated photographers of his age, allowing him to break the color line in professional photography while creating remarkably expressive images that consistently explored the social and economic impact of racism.
When the F.S.A. closed in 1943, Parks became a freelance photographer, balancing work for fashion magazines with his passion for documenting humanitarian issues. His 1948 photo essay on the life of a Harlem gang leader won him widespread acclaim and a position as the first African American staff photographer and writer for Life Magazine, then by far the most prominent photojournalist publication in the world. Parks would remain at Life Magazine for two decades, chronicling subjects related to racism and poverty, as well as taking memorable pictures of celebrities and politicians (including Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Stokely Carmichael). His most famous images, such as Emerging Man, 1952, and American Gothic, 1942, capture the essence of activism and humanitarianism in mid-twentieth century America and have become iconic images, defining their era for later generations. They also rallied support for the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, for which Parks himself was a tireless advocate as well as a documentarian.
Parks spent much of the last three decades of his life expanding his style, conducting experiments with color photography. He continued working up until his death in 2006, winning numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 1988, and over fifty honorary doctorates. He was also a noted composer and author, and in 1969, became the first African American to write and direct a Hollywood feature film based on his bestselling novel The Learning Tree. This was followed in 1971 by the hugely successful motion picture Shaft. The core of his accomplishment, however, remains his photography the scope, quality, and enduring national significance of which is reflected throughout the Collection. According to Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Center at Harvard University, “Gordon Parks is the most important black photographer in the history of photojournalism. Long after the events that he photographed have been forgotten, his images will remain with us, testaments to the genius of his art, transcending time, place and subject matter.”
About “American Gothic” (above):
Parks moved from job to job, developing a freelance portrait and fashion photographer sideline. He began to chronicle the city’s South Side black ghetto and in 1941 an exhibition of those photographs won Parks a photography fellowship with the Farm Security Administration. Working as a trainee under Roy Stryker, Parks created one of his best known photographs, American Gothic, Washington, D.C. (named after the Grant Wood painting American Gothic). The photo shows a black woman, Ella Watson, who worked on the cleaning crew for the FSA building, standing stiffly in front of an American flag, a broom in one hand and a mop in the background. Parks had been inspired to create the picture after encountering repeated racism in restaurants and shops, following his arrival in Washington, D.C.. Upon viewing it, Stryker said that it was an indictment of America, and could get all of his photographers fired;he urged Parks to keep working with Watson, however, leading to a series of photos of her daily life. Parks, himself, said later that the first image was unsubtle and overdone; nonetheless, other commentators have argued that it drew strength from its polemical nature and its duality of victim and survivor, and so has affected far more people than his subsequent pictures of Watson.

  • Mornin’ POU!

    President Obama will be on The Tom Joyner Morning Show today! You can listen here: http://v3.player.abacast.com/player/player.php?pid=reachmedia_tjms&stream=bb

    • crazycanuck

      Good Morning Sepia. What time is the show starting? I wanna try and catch it at work

      • PBO is getting ready to come on right now.

    • MonieTalks

      GM Sepia, POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – —Good Tuesday MornTin’. –**BIG HUG***[on this thread.] :>)

      THANK U 4 this information. :>)

      Have a good day. :>)

    • Rhoda

      Morning Sepia, Morning POU!

    • PBomb

      How did his interview go?

    • nellcote
  • So, will Maxine Waters “unleash” on Coulter?

    Ann Coulter on Maxine Waters: “It is possible to be black and stupid.”
    by Rachel Sklar | 3:43 pm, November 25th, 2009

    Ever the provocateur, Ann Coulter was on Julie Menin’s “Give & Take” on Sunday, and came out with a few quotables. She tussled with Menin over race and perceived racism, health care as well as revisiting some old controversies (Christians as “Perfected Jews,” which she still stands by), and the argument she made to Joy Behar that “liberals are a little racist” and her observation that all presidential assasins in U.S. history had been liberals. Menin parries effectively (at one point Coulter raises her voice, then lowers it dangerously) and the result was a pretty interesting exchange — and a buzzy one, since Coulter had a full half-hour to say things, and that is more than enough time for her. (Perhaps the most jaw-dropping thing she said was “I don’t think I’ve ever said anything outrageous.”)

    Here’s a pretty stunning exchange, where Menin challenges Coulter on her comments about Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who is black:

    MENIN: You recently said about Representative Maxine Waters that she ‘couldn’t get a job that didn’t involve wearing a paper hat without affirmative action.’ How is that not racism?

    COULTER: She, I think, actually, is very very stupid — despite the fact that she’s black! It is possible to be black and stupid.

    MENIN: You don’t think there is a racial undercurrent to what you’re saying about her?

    Screen shot 2009-11-25 at 3.48.36 PMCOULTER: Um no, I think I wouldn’t have said it if I had a racist bone in my body, but I don’t look at the world the way liberals do, as black white black white black white — though I do notice the Democrats keep demanding the votes of blacks without taking blacks seriously for serious positions and brushing aside Paterson and brushing aside Rangel and brushing aside Donna Brazile, while blacks within the Republican party who are qualified actually do advance and advance quite well.

    MORE: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/ann-coulter-on-maxine-waters-it-is-possible-to-be-black-and-stupid-%E2%80%9D/

    • Bri

      Maxine is too afraid to say something about Ann Coulter’s comments.

      • BoomerGal


        • Town

          Because people who bark loud and hard are usually punks.

          • BoomerGal

            Oh ok! All hat and no cattle. Gotcha.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Which blacks have advanced? Just two? Condi and Colin are the exception, but I haven’t seen a black Republican Senator recently nor a black Republican Governor or Majority Whip, or Majority Leader or Caucus chair. I’m just gonna say if Maxine doesn’t charge back against that, well she is as weak a congresswoman as I thought since she can’t do what she ALWAYS wants the President to. Course it will be easier for her, that horse ain’t even a vote in Congress.

      • GN

        I think Maxine Waters is weak right this second as is the CBC for lacking the backbone to stand against what they well and good know are unfair attacks and double standards applied to this POTUS. That said, if these Ann Coulter remarks do not remind her of who and what is responsible for blocking jobs bills, for spreading fictions, for racial divisiveness, then I don’t know what will.

        • Rhoda

          POLITICO has a front-page story pitting the AA community against President Obama; the goal is to lower the turnout of the AA community which is the best way to ensure POUTS defeat.

          • BoomerGal

            Along with new voter registration laws across the country.

    • GN

      Warts and all, the Democratic party nominated a black man as its presidential selection; wtf is she talking about?

    • Miranda

      while blacks within the Republican party who are qualified actually do advance and advance quite well.

      JC Watts begs to differ

      • Farrod

        Miranda, are you going to House in the Park?

        Also, has this dumbass recognized that there’s a Black Man in the WH?

        • Miranda

          What’s House in the Park?

          • Farrod

            House music all day in Perkerson Park. Kemit, Kai Alce, Ramon Rawsoul, Salah Ananse are the dj’s…I think this is the 5th year. I’ve been to the last two. It’s off the chain…Come let your hair down for a coupla two three hours, girl, blow off some steam.

      • gobrooklyn

        Colin Powell – under the bus
        Condi- under the bus
        Michael Steele – under the bus
        Allen West – puppet – useful idiot
        Herman Cain – useful idiot

    • Rhoda

      This bitch, God help me, I better not say anything else.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – —UH! OH — -OVA 2 U —“Her Royal –Wig-ness!” – —


      —Surely –U gon tell that –RACIST —SUMTHIN!! — HUH!??? – —

      – –Waitin’- – – – – – –

    • BoomerGal

      No she DID’ NT!! That bitch is insane!

    • isonprize

      OK I might not agree with what Maxine Waters said. And I may think the CBC has been full of shit for a good while now.

      But you know what? FUCK ANN COULTER. Some of the dumb shit that she has said is beyond ridiculous. So, yeah, it’s also possible to be white and stupid.

      Don’t even get me started.

  • MonieTalks

    Republicans to Unveil Bill to Force Major Changes at the UN

    House Republicans are planning to introduce today legislation that seeks to force major changes at the United Nations, using as leverage the U.S.’s 22 percent contribution to the world body’s operating budget.

    The bill by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would require the UN to adopt a voluntary budget model in which countries selectively fund UN agencies rather than according to a set formula. It would end funding for Palestinian refugees, limit use of U.S. funds to only purposes outlined by Congress and stop contributions to peacekeeping operations until management changes are made.

    The legislation represents the leading edge of Republican moves against the world body at a time when the Obama administration is increasingly building its foreign policy around multilateral institutions, making the alliance-based approach central to its stance on Libya. The bill may advance in the Republican-controlled House but is likely to hit opposition in the Senate and from President Barack Obama.

    read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-30/republicans-to-unveil-bill-to-force-major-changes-at-the-un.html

    • Everything but a jobs bill from this bunch.

  • MonieTalks

    Baseball loses allure for African-Americans
    Terry Foster/ The Detroit News

    The Eagle Sports Club runs a vibrant baseball program for approximately 600 boys and girls, 90 percent of whom are African-American.

    Throughout the week, the youths fill the fields at Balduck Park, enjoying the sport and competing with friends.

    Unfortunately, in Detroit and other inner cities, the excitement generated for baseball by the Eagle Sports Club is the exception, not the rule.

    Interest in playing and watching baseball has seen an alarming decline in African-American communities. Experts blame the economy, the decline of the African-American family structure, the sparse marketing of current players and even video games.

    The result is evident on every Major League Baseball team including the Tigers, where center fielder Austin Jackson and newly acquired Delmon Young are the only black players.

    Only 8.5 percent of Major League players are African-American. That’s down from 10 percent in 2010 and the lowest number since 2007, according to Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida.

    In 1997, during the 50-year anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, league rosters were 17 percent African-American.

    “I don’t know what is going on,” said former Tigers outfielder Gates Brown, who played for the 1968 world champions. “You drive around the city and you see all those empty ball fields. When I was coming through, you saw kids on every lot. I don’t understand it.”

    The numbers are so alarming to former Tigers slugger Willie Horton and his son Deryl that they met with MLB and Tigers officials at Comerica Park this summer. That was followed by a roundtable discussion at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where ideas were thrown around to revive baseball in Detroit.

    One shining light is MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, which began 22 years ago. More than 1 million youths across the country have gone through the program, including 171,000 in 2010. MLB teams have drafted 171 RBI players, including Carl Crawford, Dontrelle Willis and Justin Upton.

    About 47 percent of participants are African-American. Detroit has two RBI leagues and Warren, Benton Harbor, Comstock Park and Flint also run RBI programs.

    “It’s not just a problem; it’s a crisis,” New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia told the Associated Press about the lack of blacks in baseball.

    The Horton family wants to build a baseball academy in Detroit through the Willie Horton Foundation. They are hoping to secure a building that will include batting cages, video rooms and tutoring on nutrition and weight training. The goal is to have inner-city kids learn the fundamentals of the game while also improving their academic skills.

    “I am going to get it done, and I hope it is up and running this time next year,” said Deryl Horton, 50, who was drafted by the A’s.

    From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110830/SPORTS07/108300364/Baseball-loses-allure-for-African-Americans#ixzz1WVz0nFBe

    • isonprize

      I love baseball. And I have a teenage son. One of the problems is the combination of video games, the safety (or lack thereof) of letting kids play outside and cuts to public school funding.

      I attended an all girls school. We learned how to play tennis, baseball, football, golf and archery. And that was just in gym class! There are schools that don’t even have gym anymore, let alone teams with uniforms! Mrs. O is just trying to get kids moving with her wonderful Let’s Move program. She can’t perform miracles.

      The video games are incessant. My son loves to read, but when all the boys his age are playing video games, he’s feels left out. That’s ALL THEY DO!!!! He’s athletic, kinda awkward and lanky, but he’ll grow into that. He likes tennis and baseball, but he can’t play them by himself.

      It’s just me and him. If I’m out playing with him, how am I holdin’ down everything else that needs to get done? Not that I give a shit what people think, but really, does a teenager always need to be outside playing with his mom?

      On the other hand, there are times when I feel like I may be sending my child outside to die. That’s just not cool. We are in a decent neighborhood, but even if we weren’t, moving just isn’t an option.

      But that’s not even the issue. Shit happens anywhere and everywhere these days. Gone are the days when, as a child, I could ride my bike for hours, all over two, three different neighborhoods.

      So yeah, baseball has suffered. I know in Philadelphia, Shane Victorino and his buddies hooked up a local boys and girls club. So if the Hortons can connect with some more of their millionaire buddies to get something going, I’m all for it. If they want more black kids in baseball, they are going to have to nurture it. I just don’t have the time, energy or money.

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        Hey isonprize – my son is 11. When I had a job, he participated in sports – soccer, t-ball, basketball, and baseball. But now, I don’t have the $125 they are asking for baseball nor my turn at snacks frankly. When he played baseball last year, a friend paid for it for me.

        But on the organizational side, it may just be difficult to find adults willing to coach. A couple years ago, my son and I were shooting around at the rec center and they asked me if I wanted to coach a girl’s summer league basketball team. I know NOTHING about basketball rules, coaching or strategy.

  • MonieTalks

    Missouri Senators angry that FEMA cutbacks affect Joplin tornado repairs

    By Dave Helling | The Kansas City Star

    One of the first jobs facing Congress when it returns to work will be finding billions of dollars to pay for damage caused by a summer of natural disasters stretching from Joplin to the Jersey Shore.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is suspending payments for some projects in tornado-ravaged Joplin because of immediate disaster needs along the East Coast after Hurricane Irene. Some spending for other storm-related and flood-related damage in other parts of the country also has been delayed.

    A FEMA spokesman said Monday that the agency’s disaster fund has dipped well below $1 billion.

    As a result, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said Monday the agency will not consider any new applications for what it calls permanent repair work in pre-Irene disasters.

    “Any projects that have not come in for approval, we’re not going to be able to fund those as this point. We’re going to postpone those,” Fugate said. “Our goal is to keep this disruption as short as possible, but it was prudent.”

    Temporary housing and debris removal, however, are not affected.

    But Missouri’s two U.S. senators are still angry over cutbacks facing Joplin.

    “Recovery from hurricane damage on the East Coast must not come at the expense of Missouri’s rebuilding efforts,” said a statement from Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican. “If FEMA can’t fulfill its promise to our state because we have other disasters, that’s unacceptable.”

    Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, said she will work to make sure Joplin’s repairs are fully funded.

    “FEMA should be prepared for all types of disasters and have the resources to respond rapidly and stay until the work is done,” her statement said.

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/08/30/122557/missouri-senators-angry-that-fema.html#ixzz1WVzrC6c1

    • MonieTalks

      Um Republican Roy Blunt, maybe you need to talk to your fellow Republican Eric Cantor. He did say, in order to pay for disaster assistance, you have to cut spending elsewhere. Don’t be mad if your party’s austerity hardline, along with other Republicans saying to hell with FEMA, leaves your constituents in the cold. Isn’t that what you good ol Rethugs stand for? Cut at all costs…at least until it affects you or your districts.

      • rikyrah


      • Town

        Eric Cantor doesn’t even care about his own district. He had not one, but TWO natural disasters in his district in ONE week!

        Now they’re saying that Louisa County High School (which is probably the ONLY high school in Louisa County) might be so damaged they will have to tear it down and build again.

    • Rhoda

      Tell that to the Republican controlled House; and Claire, girl, you had a low, slow, pitch you coulda hit out of the park explaining to your voters what it means to elect a republican: no federal aid. These people don’t believe in government; they don’t believe in serving YOU!

      You won’t win a re-elect pretending to be Republican-lite; stand up and scream about what the Republican house is costing Missouri and what it means to stand by the tea party. No help for Joplin is a good starting example.

  • GreenLadyHere


    LOOK how the HATAS –HEADLINE THESE STATS: — – – – CNN Poll: 27% of Dems want Anybody but Obama.

    NOW – –LOOK AT —REALITY!!! – – – – –In response to the question, “Do you think the Democratic party should renominate Barack Obama as the party’s candidate for president in 2012, or do you think the Democratic party should nominate a different candidate for president in 2012?” — 72 percent said they wanted to see Obama renominated.

    – – – -REPEAT! – – – 72 percent said they wanted to see Obama renominated. — – – –

    – – – – – —The poll was taken August 24-25. In a survey taken in early August, 28 percent of Democrats said they wanted a different candidate.

    AGAIN – —72 percent said they wanted to see Obama renominated.

    geesh!!! – –It MUST hurt their brains –2 HATE so MUCH!!

    • rikyrah


      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG**. :>)

        I noted that their MATH was WRONG. HATE –CLOUDED the FIGURES on their –CALCULATOR! LOL.

        Good 2 C U. Have a good day. :>)

    • GN

      Nonstop propaganda.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Tuesday MornTin’ GN. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        I KNOW –HUH!!?? —Even with INCORRECT STATS!. LOL. :>)

        RACIST –HATAS!! —We KNOW!! :>)

        Good 2 C U –GN. Have a good day. :>)

        • GN

          Great to see you too, GLH!

          • GreenLadyHere

            SMILES — —- :>)

    • BoomerGal

      Good morTing Miss GLH! You’ve got some great articles here! Fascinating stuff.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        Long time -no C. :>)[Unless I’ve miss your posts. :>)]

        Isn’t it – – glorious 2 wake up 2 a new day — – -filled with –NEW KRAP –from the – –HATAS! LOL.

        BUT –the GOOD NEWS – – – -POU FAM –is READY 2 — -WILLING — – annnnd ABLE – – -2 SUPPORT aaaaaannnd DEFEND —MR. PRESIDENT!!- – —

        – – – –YES! WE CAN – –AGAIN!! —–


        Really good 2 C U. Have a good day. :>)

  • MonieTalks

    Ranger’s widow expelled from Rumsfeld book signing

    Two people were removed from a Donald Rumsfeld book signing Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, including the Yelm widow of an Army Ranger who blames the military for her husband’s suicide.

    Security officers for the former secretary of defense escorted Ashley Joppa-Hagemann out by the arm, she said Saturday. She and Jorge Gonzalez, the executive director of Coffee Strong, a Lakewood-based anti-war group, confronted Rumsfeld as he promoted his memoir, “Known and Unknown.”

    According to an account posted on Coffee Strong’s website: “Mrs. Joppa-Hagemann introduced herself by handing a copy of her husband’s funeral program to Rumsfeld, and telling him that her husband had joined the military because he believed the lies told by Rumsfeld during his tenure with the Bush administration.”

    Joppa-Hagemann complained about Rumsfeld’s response Friday to her account of Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann’s multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and his death at age 25. Hagemann belonged to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

    The website said Rumsfeld’s “only response was to callously quip, ‘Oh yeah, I heard about that.’”

    When Joppa-Hagemann continued to blame Rumsfeld, a group of five to six security agents and military police officers reportedly “dragged” them out and told them not to return, according to the Web post.

    A base spokesman said Saturday that the pair were causing a minor disturbance.

    “Two people were quietly and peacefully escorted out of the PX after they caused a disturbance at the book signing,” public affairs officer Bud McKay said.

    Joppa-Hagemann said the pair spoke calmly and weren’t trying to make a scene. She should have been allowed to finish talking to Rumsfeld, she said.

    The pair did take a picture with Rumsfeld after Gonzalez unbuttoned his shirt to reveal an “Iraq veterans against the war” T-shirt.

    Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/08/27/1798800/rangers-widow-expelled-from-rumsfeld.html#ixzz1WW1va7Hg

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: — SAD –ENTERTAINMENT NEWS – – – The ‘Last Great Delta Bluesman’ Dead at 96 [David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards was last living link to birth of the blues] – –VIDEO –included.

    – – – –The last survivor of the original Mississippi Delta bluesmen has died at the age of 96. David “Honeyboy” Edwards, whose sharecropper parents taught him the guitar as a child, played with all the genre’s big names during his 80-year career, including “King of the Delta Blues” Robert Johnson, the New York Times reports. Edwards and Johnson traveled the country together in the ’30s, performing on street corners and at picnics and dances. After decades on the road, he made his home in Chicago in the ’50s and performed frequently in the city’s clubs.

    Edwards, who won a 2008 Grammy for traditional blues and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2010, performed more than 70 shows a year into his 90s and was still playing occasionally until earlier this year. “Blues ain’t never going anywhere,” he told the AP in 2008. “It can get slow, but it ain’t going nowhere. You play a lowdown dirty shame slow and lonesome, my mama dead, my papa across the sea, I ain’t dead but I’m just supposed to be blues. You can take that same blues, make it uptempo, a shuffle blues, that’s what rock ‘n’ roll did with it. So blues ain’t going nowhere. Ain’t goin’ nowhere.”

    – – – —–So blues ain’t going nowhere. Ain’t goin’ nowhere. – —



  • MonieTalks

    This local tragedy during Hurricane Irene tugged at my heart. So sad. Just another reminder that life is so unpredictable and precious.

    Mother speaks about son killed by crashing tree

    • Town

      I heard about this boy before the power went out.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    if you look up RENAISSANCE MAN, there will be a picture of Gordon Parks.

  • rikyrah

    August 30, 2011 8:30 AM

    ‘Big Government finally got one right’

    By Steve Benen

    Hurricane Irene is gone, but its affects are still being felt. As of this morning, the death toll had climbed to 40.

    And while relief efforts continue, there are already some preliminary evaluations on how officials prepared and responded to the storm. Dana Milbank explains today, “Don’t expect anybody to throw a tea party, but Big Government finally got one right.”

    The Irene government would seem to have its benefits. Before the storm struck, 18 FEMA teams deployed from Florida to Maine, repositioning as the emphasis moved to New England. Food, water, generators and tarps were in place along the storm’s path. In Vermont, when the storm forced evacuation of the state emergency operations center, the workers relocated to a FEMA facility. In North Carolina, FEMA provided in-the-dark local authorities with generator power. And everywhere, FEMA, given new authority by Congress after Katrina, didn’t have to wait for states to request help.

    “We have to go fast; we have to base it upon the potential impacts,” [FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate] said Monday, describing the Irene response. “That’s why we look at these forecasts we get from the hurricane center, and we make the decisions based upon what the potential impacts could be. If you wait till you know how bad it is, it becomes harder to change the outcome.”

    That’s one model. The other model is to have a weak federal government, without the funds to forecast storms or to launch a robust emergency response in time to do any good. You might call that the Tea Party model.

    That Tea Party model, by the way, isn’t a hypothetical scenario — congressional Republicans are not only unwilling to provide emergency disaster relief without offsetting spending cuts, they’re also eager to cut the resources NOAA needs to track storms, while also slashing the FEMA budget.

    This week, federal agencies are winning generally rave reviews, but if the public expects equally competent disaster response efforts in the future, Americans will have to hope the GOP agenda is rejected.

    Let’s also note, by the way, that it’s not just federal agencies that were on the ball when it came to this hurricane. Politico noted today, “If this was a test, the collection of East Coast governors known for their national ambitions passed.” The article added that these governors “have gotten kudos for doing everything they could to limit casualties and chaos in the face of the uncontrollable.”

    And let’s also not forget President Obama. It seems presidents are generally in a no-win scenario when dealing with a natural disaster — they only get attention if their administration fails the test — but I’m struck by the extent to which Obama has been all over this storm.

    Over the last week, we’ve seen the president host multiple teleconferences with his emergency response teams, receiving updates before, during, and after the storm, in addition to a series of preparedness discussions with regional governors. Cutting his vacation short, Obama delivered a public address on Friday, urging Americans in targeted areas to get prepared; he went to FEMA headquarters on Saturday; and he delivered another public address on Sunday, giving Americans a status check. Obama also, of course, dispatched response teams up and down the East coast.

    This was a president fully engaged in the topic at hand, and it reinforced Milbank’s assertion that the government got this one just right.


  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ Miranda. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – – A FIRST!!: – —His 1948 photo essay on the life of a Harlem gang leader won him widespread acclaim and a position as the first African American staff photographer and writer for Life Magazine,

    —LOL. Luv the PIC parody of –“CITY FARMER” –with MOP annnd BROOM. :>) – – –

    – – -HOW TRUE: – –“Gordon Parks is the most important black photographer in the history of photojournalism. Long after the events that he photographed have been forgotten, his images will remain with us, testaments to the genius of his art, transcending time, place and subject matter.”

    – — –PURE GENIUS!! :>) – – –

    THANK U 4 this SERIES –Miranda. :>) VERY ENLIGHTENING!! :>)

    Lookin’ 4-ward 2 MORE. :>)

    B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

    • nellcote

      More photos of Ella Watson here:


      The Library of Congress has an amazing collection of photos online.

      One of the many remarkable things FDR did was to hire artists, writers and musicians to document America during the Depression.

  • rikyrah

    August 30, 2011 8:00 AM

    Crafting the White House jobs agenda

    By Steve Benen

    At a White House event yesterday, President Obama noted his speech next week on job creation, in which he’ll lay out “a series of steps that Congress can take immediately” that would “help to grow this economy.” Without going into any details, the president added, “These are bipartisan ideas that ought to be the kind of proposals that everybody can get behind, no matter what your political affiliation might be. So my hope and expectation is that we can put country before party and get something done for the American people.”

    So, what’s in the plan? At this point, there really isn’t one — the Washington Post reports that officials are still scrambling to finalize “a new jobs initiative.” An internal debate continues, apparently, over whether the White House will pursue “narrower ideas with a realistic chance of passing the Republican-led House or more sweeping stimulus proposals that would excite his liberal base and draw contrasts with the GOP.”

    The smarter course seems obvious to me, but while the debate continues, we’re at least getting a sense of what’s on the table.

    According to administration officials and others familiar with the matter, Obama is considering a tax cut that would directly reward companies for hiring new workers, new spending for environmentally friendly construction and for rehabilitating schools, and clean-energy tax cuts.

    He is also developing programs to target long-term unemployment, potentially including a version of a Georgia unemployment insurance program that pays employers to hire workers who have been unemployed and provides funding for training.

    At the same time, Obama may announce new programs to lift the housing market, such as a refinancing initiative that could pump tens of billions of dollars into the economy.

    Obama also is likely to renew calls for renewing — and potentially expanding — ongoing efforts, such as a two-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax.

    While these provisions come together, the encouraging news is that the administration is at least pointing in the right direction. The discussion in the West Wing isn’t how best to cut the deficit; the discussion is over how ambitious to be when proposing a job creation/economic growth agenda. We’ll learn next week whether the White House came up with the right answers, but for now, I take some comfort in knowing they’re asking the right questions.

    That said, as the internal deliberations continue, I hope officials will take Eugene Robinson’s suggestion to heart: “President Obama’s promised jobs plan needs to be unrealistic and unreasonable, at the very least. If he can crank it all the way up to unimaginable, that would be even better…. It is hard to overstate how apprehensive most Americans are about the future. Boldness from the president may or may not get the nation’s mojo working again. Timidity surely won’t.”

    Obviously, we know Republicans will say what they always say: “No jobs, no way.” But if this realization leads the White House to aim lower, in the hopes that maybe the GOP would be more conciliatory, recent history tells us what a mistake this would be.

    It’s far better for the president to be bold, present popular ideas that would work, give the public a plan to rally around, and make it clear to the nation exactly where both sides stand. If the right is going to reject every idea anyway, there’s no reason for Obama to settle for a weak plan from the outset.


    • Ebogan63

      It’s easy to say PBO should ‘be bold’ when it’s not your ass on the line, Steve. And Eugene Robinson ain’t in the WH, so I’m not sure why his ideas deserve merit.

      I’m tired of the ‘boldness’ bullshit, Give me specific proposals that have a snowballs chance of passing, not some optics

      • gobrooklyn

        I’m tired of the bold rhetoric too. Who’s going to determine whether the bill is bold or not? is it based on how much it would cost or how many jobs it would produce? Or is bold just a description of a bill that has no chance in hell of passing?

        • Miranda

          More than likely, the latter.

      • They also better get used to the fact that The President is going to tackle the debt problem. Spending money around without getting your fiscal house in order at this point in time is not an option.

        And are they going to applaud if he does propose an unrealistic unreasonable plan that never gets out of committee? Then what?

    • I will advise you not to read the comment section of this article.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. – –***BIG SIGH*** – —The hata/racist “propaganda” – –CONTINUES – —

    – — – —Black leaders turn up the heat on President Obama

    – —- – –If there’s anything close to a political certainty in 2012, it’s that Barack Obama will get more than 90 percent of the African-American vote.

    But that doesn’t mean every black Obama supporter will vote for him happily – nor does it guarantee that turnout will approach the stratospheric levels of 2008, even though Obama needs a huge showing from his base to offset the expected loss of swing voters in states like North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    IMMA stop here. These authors R –HATAS annd R only speakin’ the – -MANTRA.

    Annnd, I’m NOT sure of this: —The president is reportedly angry that African-American leaders aren’t crediting him for his hard-bought achievements that will especially help communities of color, including health care reform, aid to cities, student aid and protecting Medicaid.

    “The whole thing is bull-sh-t… We have met with [black leaders] more than any other group and we are increasing our outreach,” said a person close to Obama.

    IMMA go READ –WH.gov —2 CLEAR my BRAIN. :>)

    • Freder421

      Question for the CBC, what about union jobs? If you are not talking about union jobs, then you are not talking about shit.

      • Bri

        The CBC does not care about black people. They act like black people are not in the unions, and many union workers have been laid off due to Republican govenors. Everytime one turns on the news, there are reports about teachers being laid off, does the CBC not realize that there ARE black teachers. One person in the media needs to call the CBC, and Jesse out on their bullsh*t.

        • Freder421

          How many people have been hired because of the CBC’s job fairs? And how much are those jobs paying? If they are not union jobs, then I don’t want to know.

          • BoomerGal

            Depends on the state. If they’re conducting job fairs in “Right to Work” states then they are most likely NOT union jobs.

          • Freder421

            That is my point. Where is the support for unions from the CBC and the democratic party? Members of the US House of Reps. can still go into a right to work state and support union jobs.

          • Freder421

            I think if the CBC is going to be in the job fair business, then it should be for union jobs. Don’t forget the little thing called the employee free choice act. The dems did not support it. Card check is how they got around supporting it.

        • GN

          Black people are heavily concentrated in the public sector, because as another wsy2 astute commenter pointed out, this is a sector in which job skill rather than pedigree is more likely to be a primary factor in hiring and promotional decisions. One would think that there’d be a hue and cry across the country, as these are the state and local jobs being eliminated at the hands of radicalized GOP governors and state legislators…crickets.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Tuesday MornTin’ — Freder421. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –SPEAK TA-RUTH!! – —

        Notice that WE have NOT been given ANY – -SUCCESS –STORIES —YET!! – —NOT 1!!! humph.!!

        Sooo much 4 that – -LEADERSHIP!! –HAH!

        Maybe they’ll give a JOINT REPORT with the 2 OTHER –BAAAA-LACK LEADERS!! – – – [T(r)AVESTY/CORNEY!–BWAHAHA!! :>)

        Good 2 C U. -:>) – –Have a good day. :>)

    • Alexander2

      I’m guessing there will be a “story” like this everyday until November 2012.

      • GreenLadyHere


        – —–LOL. —It must “hurt their collective –BRAINS-less-ness” —2 do THIS –DAILY! LOL. —
        — BEYOND –DEEP HATE. –**shakin’ my head***

        We will jus’ continue 2 –CALL! THEM! OUT!! —in SUPPORT of OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT. :>)

        GOOD 2 C U! :>) —-Have a -wonderful- day! :>)

        . –P.S. – —-YES. -on the —-NEW BLUE AVATAR! :>)

      • GN

        Bet on it, every day, nonstop. Karl Rove wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the key to trying to defeat President Obama was attempting to ensure that he gets a smaller percentage of the black vote. This is not even a secret at this point; it is out in the open, the attempted sabotage. Unfortunately, some former “allies” seem to be aligned with this bs, but at core, this is absolutely nothing but propaganda designed to service a radical right wing agenda.

        Thank you guys a million for regrouping so quickly and giving us independence from attempts to lead the wsy readership and commentary into a place which is no good for black folks.

        • Kennymack1971

          And this is why I have absolutely NO patience for the CBC, Tavis, Cornel or anyone who wants to co-sign their nonsense. If the GOP gets the WH and Senate back what is happening in OH,WI, FL and other states will go nationwide. The stakes are huge and I for one do not have time to worry about how many times The President says “poor” or “african american”. Tavis, the CBC and the rest of blacker than thou inc need to get real or get gone. the rest of us have work to do.

          • GN

            And what’s amazing: President Obama speaks up about impoverished Americans quite often. Tavis and Corny and lying! They’re making up this entire complaint.

          • Daltex82

            These folks don’t care if the consequences of their actions give us a GOP WH, Senate and House (just typing that gives me shivers!) they want to keep their hustle going. If they cared about poor people they would have done a voter registration tour instead of a poverty tour, at least a voter’s registration tour would have accomplished something. Nope, these people are just hustlers and cons fleecing folks one sound bite at a time.

          • Aquagranny911

            Absolutely! Given how many of these states are working at voter suppression through photo ID laws, they could have done some real good getting folks who will need them those photo ID’s.

        • Aquagranny911

          Yes, and there is also movement out there to discourage Latino voting too. BS, BS….PBO has done nothing for us…More BS, BS….PBO didn’t keep his promise about DREAM ACT….BS, BS, PILED HIGHER….he isn’t doing anything about immigration issues…….

          Yada, yada…I’ve been smacking that down where ever I read it or hear it. The attacks will get worse and they will be relentless from now until November 2012.

      • nellcote

        Politico will never run out of “anonymus sources close to the WH”. They can write anything they want on that basis. They said when they began that their business plan was to get links from Drudge.

    • Bri

      There’s no such thing as black “leaders.” The self-appointed black “leaders” are cowards. It is easy for these so called leaders to blame ONE man for all the issues in the black community rather than offer solutions. Many in the African American community did not say anything when the black unemployment was high under Bill, and Bush, but all of a sudden the black unemployment became high from January 20, 2009 until now and Barack Hussein Obama is to blame for that.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Bri. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        SPEAK TA-RUTH!! – — –

        – —Many in the African American community did not say anything when the black unemployment was high under Bill, and Bush, but all of a sudden the black unemployment became high from January 20, 2009 until now and Barack Hussein Obama is to blame for that. – –HAH!!

        I think that I have a GRAPH!! –I’ll post it L8 annnd reference U. :>)



        Good 2 C U!. :>) – –Have a GOOD DAY. :>)

    • Ebogan63

      It’s GOPolitico – when the facts don’t conform to the meme, just make shit up. If they admit he will get 90 percent of the black vote, where’s the story?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Tuesday MornTin’ Ebogan63. ***BIG HUG*** :>)


        – – -In their – -DELUSIONAL IMAGINATION!!. LOL.

        We KNOW!! :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>) Have a good day. :>)

      • isonprize

        And when has the president been “angry” about anything. The most he has even been has been “annoyed” during that debt ceiling foolishness. LOLOL

        I’m calling bullshit.

      • Aquagranny911


        Making shit up as you go along is so much more interesting than those boring old facts… don’t ya know?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: — –Was THIS posted yesterday? —Sorry IFF a dup.

    — –Disappointed That Irene Wasn’t Katrina, The Right Slips Back Into Obama Derangement

    – – – — –The disappointment that Hurricane Irene wasn’t disaster of Katrinaesque proportions which they can blame Obama for is palpable in right wing circles today.

    The right had been hoping beyond hope that Hurricane Irene would come through for them, and that they would finally have a natural disaster that they could label Obama’s Katrina. They thought the BP oil spill was it, but Obama was competent and let them down. The right wakes up Monday morning to hurricane that let them down, and a president that was on top of the situation.

    What’s a semi-lucid Obama hater to do?

    If the facts don’t justify an attack on Obama, make up some new ones that do.

    Hence, we have today’s right wing talking point. Obama is going to use Irene as an excuse for the economy. The excuse talking point began taking root before Irene even hit.

    Here is Stuart Varney on Fox Business on WEDNESDAY claiming that Obama will use the hurricane as an excuse to spend:

    Annnd MORE –DRIVEL.

    NOW: BACK 2 the REAL SUBSTANCE of the ARTICLE: – —

    – –The poor right got their hopes for epic death and destruction on Obama’s watch, and as Limbaugh said, Irene just didn’t measure up. There are no statements from Obama blaming Irene for the economy but this has not stopped the most deranged of the Obama haters from assuming that there will be. The right wing media hates this president so much that they were hoping that he would fail their country in a time of disaster. They were rooting against the President of the United States. They were dreaming that a massive storm would hit, and Obama would bungle the whole thing, just like George W. Bush did.

    The word excuse has become a right wing talking point to try to drive home the message that Obama is weak president who relies on excuses because he can’t get things done. It is part of the political strategy to paint this president as a weak Democrat. Republicans obstruct and hostage take, then when nothing gets done they attack Obama as a weak president who can’t get results.

    The Obamaly deranged were praying to their evangelical whites only Jesus that in the face of crisis Obama would fail, and when he didn’t, their hatred for the man and his presidency grew exponentially. It is that hatred that fuels the creation of myths like Obama is going to blame Irene for the economy.

    THIS – –>It is the same hatred that has caused these former self labeled patriots to despise their own country to such a degree that they plot and act to ensure its failure. If you see an ODS (Obama Derangement Sufferer) today, (You’ll be able to spot them quickly by the depressed look on their face), give them a hug, and tell them not to despair, because they will have a whole second Obama term to keep rooting against this president and their own country.

    – —-ILL – — RACIST/HATAS!! – – –geesh!! – –

    • Aquagranny911

      Yeah and I’ve been reading how the storm was “over hyped” and people were “over prepared”

      Isn’t “be prepared” one of the first axioms of Scouting? I helped my children learn those rules so they could get their badges. That sounds like sensible advice to me. The first time you aren’t “prepared” is when you get your ass really kicked!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. – —FROM the White House: – —FOR THE VETERANS: President Obama is headed back to Minnesota Tuesday morning for a speech at an American Legion conference. In guidance to reporters, the White House said Obama will thank the veterans, honor the “9/11 Generation” and “discuss how responsibly ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan must include meeting our obligations to take care of our troops and veterans as they come home.”.

    FROM –TOD: –GR8 PICS: – –THANK U. :>) – —

    – –minnesota bound

    – – – —President Obama departs the White House aboard Marine One on August 30. The President is scheduled to deliver remarks at the American Legion Annual Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center later today.

    – – – —BEST WISHES —MR. PRESIDENT!! B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. – –TOD –gives a Righteous/SCATHING PUTDOWN of that – – -CLOSE -HAH! – relative of Our Beloved President. —geesh. — HALF BROTHER of his L8 FATHER.!!

    it may be time to impeach the president

    – —LOL. — -GR8 READ!! :>)

    How ’bout we consider – – -THESE — “upstanding” [/SNARK] – –RELATIVES —-

    – – –The KKKOCH Bros! – – –HAH!

    Case Closed.!!!! geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – -Annnd –He –FLIPS annnd FLOPS – –AGAIN!! – — –

    VIDEO: Rick Perry Flip Flops On Medicare, Claims He ‘Never Said It Was Unconstitutional’
    – – – – –When Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) released his book Fed Up! in late 2010, one of his main critiques was that, over the past 50 years, the federal government has misconstrued the Constitution to establish “the massive programs of Medicare and Medicaid.” Now that he’s running for president, Perry is trying to sing a different tune on Medicare.

    In an interview with the Daily Beast’s Andrew Romano, Perry explained why he thinks Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional:

    I don’t think our founding fathers when they were putting the term “general welfare” in there were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of health care. What they clearly said was that those were issues that the states need to address. Not the federal government. I stand very clear on that.

    – –Yesterday, at a Polk County GOP fundraiser, the Des Moines Register’s Jennifer Jacobs asked Perry to further explain why he believes Medicare is unconstitutional. In a moment of amnesia, the Texas governor declared, “I never said it was unconstitutional.” Perry went on to state, “[t]hose that have said that I said [Medicare and Social Security are] unconstitutional, I’m going to have them read the book.”

    JACOBS: You talked about Social Security, can you clarify why you think Medicare is unconstitutional?

    PERRY: I never said it was unconstitutional. – – – -[***BLANK STARE**** LOL. –]

    JACOBS: Okay, so clarify your position on Medicare.

    PERRY: I look at Medicare just like I look at Social Security. They’re programs that aren’t working and we ought to have a national conversation about it. Those that have said that I said they’re unconstitutional, I’m going to have them read the book. That’s not what I said. I said that we need to have a conversation, how are we going to have programs that actually work.

    Watch it:

    – – – -In Fed Up!, Perry explains on page 51 how Medicare is a misreading of the Commerce Clause. On page 48, he calls Social Security “by far the best example” of a program that “violently toss[es] aside any respect for our founding principles.” And on page 50, he says that we have Social Security “at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government.”

    For Perry to claim that he “never said” Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional is either a blatant flip-flop or a significant case of amnesia. In either case, with statements like these, one has to ask: has Rick Perry read his own book?

    With all due RESPECT – -IFF he is displayin’ –“Ronald Regan Syndrome” – -NOW —UH! UH! UH!

    –NO MATTA! —He’s a LOSER!! :>) Get your WH TOUR Ticket. LOL.

    That’s as close as you’ll get 2 the White House.!! – -LOL.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM.♥ Gotta “bounce.” — MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U IN MY – -♥. :>)

    I’ll try 2 post on “breaks”. :>)

    – – –FIRED UP! – -READY 2 GO -2012! —I’m –IN IT! :>) – – –

  • eclecticbrotha

    Just an aesthetic comment. That soft blue background for the Twitter feed was much easier on the eyes. Red text on black or dark blue is always difficult to read

  • rikyrah

    August 30, 2011 11:20 AM

    The End of College Admissions As We Know It

    By Steve Benen

    It’s been a while since I was in a classroom as a student, and the Internet was still pretty bare bones by the time I got my post-grad degree in 1996. I more or less assumed that universities had made good use of online innovations in the years since, especially when it came to processes like college admissions.

    Those assumptions were wrong, and schools haven’t kept up at all. In a story in the new print edition of the Washington Monthly, however, Kevin Carey reports on how and why the status quo will see some overdue change.

    The editors’ summary of the cover story helps set the stage for a really interesting piece:

    In America circa 2011, if you’re looking for antiques, jobs, or dates, chances are you’ll go to EBay, Monster.com, and Match.com — Web-based electronic marketplaces that use powerful, data-driven algorithms to quickly and efficiently match supply and demand. If you’re a student looking for a college, by contrast, you’re stuck with an archaic system that still relies on chintzy brochures, college fairs, campus tours, and the physical transmission of paper. The system is not only slow and inefficient, but deeply unjust: smart lower-income students whose families don’t know how to work the system wind up going to the least-challenging schools, leaving affluent kids to dominate the elite, selective ones.

    But that’s about to change. As Kevin Carey explains in a ground-breaking new article in the Washington Monthly, the college admissions market is about to be digitized. A Boston-based firm called ConnectEDU is rolling out a Facebook-like networking platform that radically simplifies the task of students finding and applying to colleges and of colleges finding and recruiting students. If the software works as advertised, students across the academic spectrum will be better matched to colleges where they can succeed. And slots in America’s most elite colleges will be even harder to come by, as brilliant but isolated students, boxed out by the current system, find a clearer path to the Ivy League. The higher education system, in other words, will become more like the meritocracy it has long pretended to be

    Read “The End of College Admissions As We Know It.”


  • GN

    Another great piece at thepeoplesview; as the frustrati continue to propagandize and distort Dr. King’s legacy in order to try to attempt to turn his credibility into a weapon against the POTUS, an essayist decided to hold church:

    Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did

    The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished.

    The reason I’m posting this is because there were dueling diaries over the weekend about Dr. King’s legacy, and there is a diary up now (not on the rec list but on the recent list) entitled, “Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream Not Yet Realized.” I’m sure the diarist means well as did the others. But what most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans. And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general. His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer. That’s why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not color blind.

    I remember that many years ago, when I was a smart ass home from first year of college, I was standing in the kitchen arguing with my father. My head was full of newly discovered political ideologies and black nationalism, and I had just read the Autobiography of Malcolm X, probably for the second time.


    Anyway that’s background. I think we were kind of typical as African Americans in the pre Civil Rights era went.

    So anyway, I was having this argument with my father about Martin Luther King and how his message was too conservative compared to Malcolm X’s message. My father got really angry at me. It wasn’t that he disliked Malcolm X, but his point was that Malcolm X hadn’t accomplished anything as Dr. King had.



    The entire piece is well worth the read. This is the type of quality analysis and thoughtful discussion which I know that wsy2 enjoys debating; thought to bring it over.

  • rikyrah

    August 30, 2011 10:05 AM

    Cheney’s bizarre alternate universe

    By Steve Benen

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney is making the rounds, promoting his new book, and on NBC’s “Today” show this morning, rejected the notion that the war in Iraq weakened America’s international standing.

    “I don’t think that it damaged our reputation around the world,” he told Matt Lauer. “I just don’t believe that. I think the critics at home want to argue that. In fact, I think it was sound policy that dealt with a very serious problem and eliminated Saddam Hussein from the kind of problem he presented before.”

    Asked whether the war was worth the costs, Cheney added, “Oh, sure.”

    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    Something Chris Hayes said on MSNBC last week continues to ring true:

    “[W]hat’s so troubling about this Cheney publicity lap, is the fact that he has managed to escape not only legal sanction for advocating and overseeing the implementation of the war crime that is torture, but that he also has appeared to manage to escape social sanction as well.

    “Everyone is now going to treat him as just another memoirist with a book to sell, and have his book party and give his interviews and cash his checks as if he were Keith Richards.

    “What would someone in power have to do to put themselves outside the bounds of polite society? When powerful people are not held to account when they have no worry about their reputations, it creates a moral hazard. Not unlike what’s happened with the banks. Anti-social behavior is rewarded. Failure is also rewarded. And we are trapped inside a system of perverse incentives.”


    • Guns3000

      This guy is dangerous. He is totally oblivious to the results of his decisions.

      • nellcote

        He’s not oblivious. It’s worse, he just doesn’t care.

        • Guns3000

          Well said

    • Soccermom91

      am i the only one who remembers how cheney laughed at mccain for suspending the election? i can not remember who wrote about it, and i haven’t learned ‘the’ google well enough to find it (tried, but all they seem to be talking about is NEW cheney nonsense), but i do remember lol when i read it. if anyone remembers it, or, can find it, i would love to lol again!!!

      • Soccermom91

        i meant suspending his ‘campaign’

  • dannie22

    Hello all. If u had an opportunity to move to Sheridan, Wyoming, would u take it?

    • It depends….what do the demographics look like?

      *heads to Wikipedia*

      ETA: Per Wiki: The racial makeup of the city was 95.93% White, 0.22% African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.64% of the population.

      That’s from the 2000 census. If it were me and I didn’t have any relatives or friends nearby, I wouldn’t do it. But what’s a dealbreaker for me may not be the same for you.

      What does your gut tell you?

      • dannie22

        Im not feeling wyoming. Its just that its the VA. The answer will prolly b “no”

      • Alma98

        My husband’s cousin is part of that 0.22%.lol

        • dannie22

          what does yr husband’s cousin say about wyoming?

    • rikyrah

      for how long?

      • dannie22

        It the veterans administration hospital there. There are between 2- 35 black people there. Im just wondering is it worth it cause its the VA. Im leaning toward no

        • rikyrah

          what’s the nearest big town?

          • dannie22

            sheridan is the big town. there are only about 15,000 people in sheridan. 550,000 in the whole state

        • rikyrah

          that there are no Black people there is a given.

          having lived in an all-White state out East, it just depends how long you will be there.

          is this a good opportunity for you

    • rikyrah
    • MonieTalks

      Wyoming gave us Dick Cheney.

    • rikyrah

      are you into the outdoors?

      • dannie22

        no but im kinda curious. Sheridan is at the base of Big Horn mountains. very pretty i hear. But im not sure its enough to get me to live there. Its not as cheap as they say. Cost of living is about like cleveland, but no concerts, no museums, no theater. just national parks

        • Elie

          But we’ll have to kiss your vote goodbye unfortunately Dannie, as neither Wyoming or Arizona will be blue enoough in time for 2012!!
          We need your vote to count Dannie, please!!!

    • Aquagranny911

      Dannie, just from my own experience, Wyoming can be an ‘interesting’ place to visit but just like I feel about Utah, I wouldn’t want to live there. If you are really into a lot of outdoor stuff, love snow (a lot!) like rodeo and goat roping, it might be okay for you. Schools are not that great and POC can feel mighty unwelcome in some places.

      You should go visit there for a week or two, check things out and talk to people before you make the move. Just my 2 pesos…..Good luck.

      • dannie22

        I think your right. Thanks Aquagranny

        • Aquagranny911

          Dannie, if you are looking to work at a VA hospital and want to move west, Tucson AZ has a good one. Tucson is very diverse ethnically, has an interesting culture and folks are welcoming. The worst part is Tucson school system sucks really shitty lemons unless you can get your Kiddos into a magnet or public charter school.

          Cost of living isn’t too bad, you won’t have to shovel snow and that’s my home town so I am partial, lol. I do wish you good luck whatever you decide to do.

          • dannie22

            Thanks Aquagranny!! I’ll look into Tucson.

    • Guns3000

      Some of the comments have been really good but I’m sure it’s probably a good place to raise kids.

  • rikyrah

    August 30, 2011 1:10 PM

    White House disapproves of Cantor’s disaster ploy

    By Steve Benen

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has said Republicans will refuse to approve emergency disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Irene unless Democrats accept comparable spending cuts. The White House isn’t impressed by Republicans’ reluctance to put Americans first.

    Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, [White House press secretary Jay Carney] said the federal government’s priority should be to respond to the disaster. He also noted pointedly that Cantor hadn’t demanded offsets when the Bush administration rang up “unprecedented bills.”

    “I guess I can’t help but say that I wish that commitment to looking for offsets had been held by the House majority leader and others, say, during the previous administration when they ran up unprecedented bills and never paid for them,” Carney said, according to a White House pool report.

    The White House spokesman said it was premature to make a decision yet on the costs of Hurricane Irene for the federal government.

    As brush-back pitches go, this is pretty mild, but the underlying point seems critical. If Republicans, including Cantor, were simply obsessive about offsets and fiscal responsibility, we could at least have a debate over the wisdom of their policy.

    But their demands are a sham. The Majority Leader and his caucus said wars didn’t have to be paid for, tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires didn’t have to be paid for, Medicare expansion didn’t have to be paid for, No Child Left Behind didn’t have to be paid for, and the Wall Street bailout didn’t have to be paid for.

    More to the point, GOP lawmakers didn’t even care about paying for responses to natural disasters. In 2005, Republicans didn’t pay for the response to Hurricane Katrina, and in 2004, after his area was hit by a tropical storm, Cantor personally pushed for immediate emergency aid from the Bush administration, without regard for comparable cuts.

    But if hurricane victims in 2011 need emergency relief, all of a sudden Eric Cantor can’t possibly support aid without offsets?


    In the meantime, Michael “Heckuva Job” Brownie, the former horse association official who the Bush administration hired to run FEMA, told Fox News this morning that he fully supports congressional Republicans’ decision to block disaster aid until Democrats accept cuts.

    And if there’s one person who has credibility on disaster-relief policy, it’s good ol’ Michael Brown, right? He’s quite an ally for Eric Cantor and House Republicans.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, meanwhile, told reporters this morning, Congress’ principal concern should be “whether we need to protect the safety and security of the people that we are all privileged to represent,” adding, “Congress knows that this is historically the way disaster relief funding has been handled.”

    My sense is that Napolitano knows full well that Republicans aren’t putting “safety and security” first, and couldn’t care less about American norms and traditions, but said this as a way to help establish the basis for debate.


    • Guns3000

      Cantor being Cantor

      • Town

        I want to know where Cantor is:

        He was supposed to be doing a Richmond area disaster tour with Gov. McDonnell. He didn’t show up. Why?

        The governor is holding a press conference right now with Secy Napolitano & Secy Vilsack about the recovery efforts in VA. The hurricane affected Cantor’s district & Bobby Scott’s district (among others). Bobby Scott is apparently at this presser…Cantor is not. Why? Cantor’s side of Richmond is without power, so it’s not like he can do anything.

        Cantor’s district was actually MORE damaged than Bobby Scott’s district from this hurricane even though Cantor’s district is 100+ miles from the ocean. Yet I haven’t seen hide nor hair of this fool. Why?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- — Mr. PRESIDENT said —- SAY WHA’?? – —“B” – –

    – —Obama Pushes Back Against GOP On Regulatory Costs

    – – –President Barack Obama on Tuesday pushed back against GOP charges that he is saddling the nation with costly and overly burdensome regulations. In fact, Obama argued, he has led the way in trying to reduce the federal government’s regulatory costs on individuals and businesses across the country.

    In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Obama said his efforts to reduce the government’s regulatory burden will save $10 billion over the next five years, adding that he hopes to find billions more in additional savings. Earlier this year, Obama issued an executive order imposing a series of requirements designed to reduce burdens and costs and called for a government-wide review of rules now on the books.

    “A mere fraction of the initiatives described in the plans will save more than $10 billion over the next five years,” Obama wrote. “As progress continues, we expect to be able to deliver savings far in excess of that figure.”

    But Boehner has taken issue with the net impact of Obama’s anti-regulatory push, arguing that the administration has at least 219 planned regulations in the works.

    “I was startled to learn that the EPA estimates that at least one of its proposed rules will cost our economy as much as $90 billion per year,” Boehner wrote Obama in a letter late last week. “The administration has not disclosed how many of the other 218 planned rules will cost more than $1 billion, nor identified these rules.”

    Boehner’s letter also asked the administration to provide Congress with a list of all newly proposed regulations with a projected economic impact of at least $1 billion.

    “This information is of great relevance to the American people, who face so much uncertainty about these new regulatory costs,” Boehner wrote.

    After highlighting his efforts to ease government regulations, Obama listed seven new regulations that would each cost the U.S. economy more than $1 billion a year, but cautioned that they were still under review and he and his staff will “give careful consideration” to cost-savings.

    Of the seven, Obama said, four are proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules and three are Department of Transportation rules. The proposed EPA regulation to which Boehner referred is a pending air-quality standard decision.

    During the Bush administration, the EPA’s decision to lower the ozone standard faced severe criticism from environmentalists and liberal activists who argued the weaker regulation would pose a risk to human health. Last year the EPA said it would revisit the issue, but the Obama administration has already missed multiple deadlines to change the standard, and amid an ongoing economic crisis, faces intense pressure from business organizations to leave it alone — at least for now.

    The EPA has tried to offset the costs of the stricter ozone standard by offering other, more incremental rule changes aimed at saving money, including more dependence on electronic communications rather than paper, which would save roughly $126 million each year.
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday pushed back against GOP charges that he is saddling the nation with costly and overly burdensome regulations. In fact, Obama argued, he has led the way in trying to reduce the federal government’s regulatory costs on individuals and businesses across the country.

    In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Obama said his efforts to reduce the government’s regulatory burden will save $10 billion over the next five years, adding that he hopes to find billions more in additional savings. Earlier this year, Obama issued an executive order imposing a series of requirements designed to reduce burdens and costs and called for a government-wide review of rules now on the books.

    “A mere fraction of the initiatives described in the plans will save more than $10 billion over the next five years,” Obama wrote. “As progress continues, we expect to be able to deliver savings far in excess of that figure.”

    But Boehner has taken issue with the net impact of Obama’s anti-regulatory push, arguing that the administration has at least 219 planned regulations in the works.

    “I was startled to learn that the EPA estimates that at least one of its proposed rules will cost our economy as much as $90 billion per year,” Boehner wrote Obama in a letter late last week. “The administration has not disclosed how many of the other 218 planned rules will cost more than $1 billion, nor identified these rules.”

    Boehner’s letter also asked the administration to provide Congress with a list of all newly proposed regulations with a projected economic impact of at least $1 billion.

    “This information is of great relevance to the American people, who face so much uncertainty about these new regulatory costs,” Boehner wrote.

    After highlighting his efforts to ease government regulations, Obama listed seven new regulations that would each cost the U.S. economy more than $1 billion a year, but cautioned that they were still under review and he and his staff will “give careful consideration” to cost-savings.

    Of the seven, Obama said, four are proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules and three are Department of Transportation rules. The proposed EPA regulation to which Boehner referred is a pending air-quality standard decision.

    During the Bush administration, the EPA’s decision to lower the ozone standard faced severe criticism from environmentalists and liberal activists who argued the weaker regulation would pose a risk to human health. Last year the EPA said it would revisit the issue, but the Obama administration has already missed multiple deadlines to change the standard, and amid an ongoing economic crisis, faces intense pressure from business organizations to leave it alone — at least for now.

    The EPA has tried to offset the costs of the stricter ozone standard by offering other, more incremental rule changes aimed at saving money, including more dependence on electronic communications rather than paper, which would save roughly $126 million each year.

    • dannie22

      Hello Green Lady. Boner is such a drunk liar

    • Mmm . . . didn’t the President say he was going to cut costs in the last State of the Union?

      Reminds me, there’s that great undiscussed topic, Nobody Listens to the President (because, you know, they’re so very busy whining and talking about what he “should” do and blathering about the latest manufactured blogosphere upraor and so on and so on). There was a post about it once at PlanetPOV. It somehow wasn’t featured on the home page and got about 6 comments. Sigh.

  • dannie22
  • GreenLadyHere


    Two Top Officials Resign Over ATF’s Operation Fast And Furious

    – – – – The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Attorney for Arizona have resigned their posts in the wake of a scandal involving a program aimed at stopping gun trafficking on the Mexican border. ATF Director Ken Melson and U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke announced their resignations on Tuesday.

    An Obama administration official told TPM that the White House and Justice Department were not prejudging the investigations of Operation Fast and Furious being conducted by DOJ’s Inspector General and the House Oversight Committee. But the official said that both ATF and the federal prosecutor’s office in Arizona had critical public safety missions they needed to carry out and that it was important for proper leadership to be in place.

    B. Todd Jones, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, will take over ATF on an acting basis, the Justice Department announced. An administration official said he’d continue to simultaneously serve as U.S. attorney, a set-up that had precedent in the Bush administration.

    Melson will go from heading an agency with 5,000 employees to serving as a senior advisor on forensic science in DOJ’s Office of Legal Policy, where he’ll have none.

    “ATF employees are hard working and dedicated to the mission of protecting the public every day, and in my time here I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to stopping violent crime,” Melson said in a statement announcing his resignation. “I will miss working with them, but know that my continued work at the Department will contribute in their pursuit and prosecution of violent criminals.”

    Burke, a former senior advisor to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, submitted his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama.

    “My long tenure in public service has been intensely gratifying,” he said in a statement. “It has also been intensely demanding. For me, it is the right time to move on to pursue other aspects of my career and my life and allow the office to move ahead.”

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said in a statement that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee “will continue its investigation to ensure that blame isn’t offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department.”

    “There are still many questions to be answered about what happened in Operation Fast and Furious and who else bears responsibility, but these changes are warranted and offer an opportunity for the Justice Department to explain the role other officials and offices played in the infamous efforts to allow weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels,” Issa said.

    “I also remain very concerned by Acting Director Melson’s statement that the Department of Justice is managing its response in a manner intended to protect its political appointees,” Issa said.

    “There’s a lot of blame to go around,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “As our investigation moves forward, and we get to the bottom of this policy, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more fall out beyond the resignations and new assignments announced today.”

    “In their interviews with the Committee, Mr. Melson and Mr. Burke both acknowledged that mistakes were made and that Operation Fast and Furious lacked adequate protections for public safety,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said in a statement. “Fresh leadership will allow ATF to move forward and focus on its vital mission of enforcing our nation’s gun laws.”

    – – -SHOOT! THEY should B — – -ARRESTING —-that CRIMINAL –issa!!!!- – –

    • ladyg68

      You got that right GLH. Let his butt keep flapping his yap. What’s that sayng about loose lips sinking ships? He gon hang himself because he doesn’t know how to shut up nor does he know how to stop digging them “pits” that I just know he will eventually fall into. How you doing sistagirl; how’s that new grandson doing?

  • I just came across the following (on the publiceye.org site), which is extremely interesting; although focusing on events prior to 2000 (the last revision of the document was in 1999), it clearly remains relevant.

    Populist Party, LaRouchite, and Other Neo-fascist Overtures To Progressives, And Why They Must Be Rejected
    By Chip Berlet

    This report was first issued on December 20, 1990 as a three page memo for antiwar activists titled “Right Woos Left Over Gulf War Issue: Confronting Rightist Ideologies & Anti-Jewish Bigotry is Crucial to Full Debate Over Principled Tactics.” The memo briefly described attempts by members of the LaRouche movement to involve themselves in antiwar organizing, and discussed the growing network of persons willing to appear at functions of the quasi-Nazi Liberty Lobby, including Fletcher Prouty, “Bo” Gritz, Mark Lane, and to a lesser extent, Dick Gregory.

    . . .

    Further complicating matters is the reemergence in Europe of fascist ideologies that promote concepts of racial nationalism: a national socialist strain of fascist ideology called the Third Position or Third Way, and its more intellectual aristocratic ally called the European New Right (Nouvelle Droit). Intellectual leaders of the European New Right, such as Alain de Benoist, are hailed as profound thinkers in U.S. reactionary publications such as the Rockford Institute’s Chronicles . The more overtly neo-Nazi segment of the Third Position has intellectual links to the Strasserite wing of German national socialism, and is critical of Hitler’s brand of Nazism for having betrayed the working class. Third Position groups believe in a racially-homogeneous decentralized tribal form of nationalism, and claim to have evolved an ideology “beyond communism and capitalism.”

    Third Position adherents actively seek to recruit from the left. One such group is the American Front in Portland, Oregon, which runs a phone hotline that in late November, 1991 featured an attack on critics of left/right coalitions. White supremacist leader Tom Metzger promotes Third Position politics in his newspaper WAR which stands for White Aryan Resistance. In Europe, the Third Position defines its racial-nationalist theories in publications such as Third Way and The Scorpion. Some Third Position themes have surfaced in the ecology movement and other movements championed by progressives.

    The growth of fascist and proto-fascist ideology has created a dynamic where persons from far-right and fascist political groups in the United States are attempting to convince progressive activists to join forces to oppose certain government policies where there is a shared critique. The fascist right has wooed the progressive left primarily around opposition to such issues as the use of U.S. troops in foreign military interventions, support for Israel, the problems of CIA misconduct and covert action, domestic government repression, privacy rights, and civil liberties. [Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul, Glenn Greenwald . . . ]

    In fact, as the far right made overtures to the left in the early 1980’s, some of the classic scapegoating conspiracy theories of the far right began to seep into progressive, and even mainstream, analyses of foreign policy and domestic repression. [ . . . and it becomes acceptable in “liberal” circles to rant about “Wall Street” and “banksters” . . . ]

    The promotion of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories by the Christic Institute, the Pacifica Radio network, and scores of alternative radio stations, has created a large audience, especially on the West Coast, that gullibly accepts undocumented anti-government assertions alongside scrupulous documented research, with little ability to tell the two apart. The audience was expanded through public speaking, radio interviews, sales of audiotapes and videotapes, and published articles. Elevated to leadership roles were those persons who were willing to make the boldest and most critical (albeit unsubstantiated) pronouncements about the U.S. government and U.S. society. This phenomenon has undermined serious institutional and economic analysis, replacing it with a diverting soap opera of individual conspiracies, and inadvertently creating an audience ripe for harvesting by fascist demagoguery. [Could be a description of the current blogosphere.]


    This is related to what I’ve been thinking (vaguely) about the state of Left media the past few days – given the Right’s history of long-range efforts to subvert institutions, why do we suppose Left media to be immune? Arguably the three top “liberal” political sites (HP, FDL, and DK) are known to be under duplicitous ownership; various other “progressive”-darling media and political figures have rather shady pasts; and so on.

    Has anyone seriously studied this? It seems like an obvious topic when you think about it . . . but then, I guess, most people don’t bat an eye when Breitbart shows up at the HP . . .

    • Ebogan63

      CJ, I remember when I lived in the Bay Area and listened to KPFA, alot of the sort of conspiracy theories based on mere supposition was, and continues to be an unwelcome feature of many listener-sponsored radio stations. While you maybe correct in wondering why the Left media should not be immune from this sort of thing, I believe it may be more of a feature of the tendancy toward anti-athoritarianism amongst the left. My two cents.

      • Yes, I listened to KPFK in the 1990s (the golden age of JFK conspiracism), and it all seemed so elegant and sophisticated, or something, at the time. To someone who doesn’t know the background and origins of conspiracism it seems hip or enlightened or something – like people thinking Alex Jones is cool. My eyes didn’t really open on that until the rise of the teabaggers and seeing much more of the fringe Right on display.

        There are really two different, though not unrelated, topics here – the infiltration of Right conspiracism into the Left, which is the topic of the Public Eye paper; and my suggested hypothetical subversion of Left media, by which I mean something more broadly-based and quasi-institutional on the Right, and perhaps comparable to the subversion of the judiciary by the Federalist Society or of education by homeschooling deregulation.

        With respect to the latter, we clearly are seeing something extraordinary when virtually the entire sphere of public discussion is based on the most inexplicable manufactured nonsense, whether of one side or the other, with no relation to reality; and that so many conspicuous opinion-makers on the Left are glaringly suspect should make us wonder if there is a big picture here (which sounds like a conspiracy theory, ironic).

        P. S. Something I see in all of this, which is difficult to precisely label, is how themes from conspiracism seem to be echoed in the general, daily language of Leftbaggism and the PL – things like “corporatist”; that the two parties are equally useless or corrupt; the fixation on Wall Street and a small handful of related figures (I never did figure out how Summers, Geithner, and Bernanke were all suddenly worse than Dick Cheney – curious, isn’t it? – or how about the fixation on the “people’s saviour” Elizabeth Warren?); even the constant deprecation of the President on the Left is remarkably like the equivalent fringe-Right anti-Establishment meme, like Birchers ranting about the closet Communist Eisenhower (equals the “progressive” “betraying” his base and “controlled” by the “banksters”).

        (Though I’ve of course been aware of the Left / Right parallels, I’ve never realised how much the type of language and ideas is essentially the same – you could literally take a swath of the HP, change a few words, and publish it as a John Birch Society pamphlet. Wow.)

        This isn’t about hipsters listening to Pacifica Radio; this is the very substance of what passes for the Left side of public discourse (though, clearly, there is a certain amount of connection between those two things – not as cause and effect, but rather as parallel symptoms).

        • I just finished the Public Eye report and cannot recommend it too highly (apart from a passing not-unusual-for-the-time uncharitable reference to the Reverend Sharpton) – it discusses in detail all sorts of ways in which the Right has infiltrated and subverted the Left on many ocassions; it is easy to imagine the same or similar things occuring in our present problematic environment. More than bookmark-worthy.

          I’ve seen the site before ( publiceye.org ) but haven’t gone through it much – it really does look like a wealth, and I mean a wealth of excellent material.

  • Ebogan63

    The CBC must’ve conviently forgotton this quote from PBO in ’09:
    I can’t pass laws that say I’m just helping black folks. I’m the president of the United States,” Obama told Ryan in a December 2009 interview. “What I can do is make sure that I am passing laws that help all people, particularly those who are most vulnerable and most in need. That, in turn, is going to help lift up the African-American community.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61677_Page2.html#ixzz1WZjXJlmb

    And that’s the one and only time I will link to a GOPolitico article.

  • WOW.

    August 30, 2011 11:40 AM
    Lawrence Wilkerson Promises to Testify if Someone Will ‘Pinochet’ Cheney

    By David

    The former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged Tuesday to testify against former Vice President Dick Cheney if he is ever tried for war crimes.


  • Francis L. Holland