April 17, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: Black First, Inventors and Scientists

Continuing on with this week’s open thread theme, I am going to highlight two more black innovators. 

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Joseph Winters (1859–1934) was an African-American abolitionist and inventor who patented a wagon-mounted fire escape ladder for the city of Chambersburg, PA. in 1878. It is often falsely cited that Winters was the original inventor of the wagon mounted fire escape. Winters’ version was patented 29 years after George Huttman and George Kornelio initially introduced the idea in 1849.

He was born in Virginia to an African-American brickmaker and a Shawnee Indian mother. He later relocated to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1830. During the time Winters lived in Chambersburg, he was active in the Underground Railroad.

 

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John Standarda foto do inventor da geladeira

An improved refrigerator design was patented by African American inventor John Standard of Newark, New Jersey on June 14 1891 (U.S. patent #455,891). John Standard was also received U.S. patent #413,689 on October 29 1889 for an improved oil stove.

In his patent for the refrigerator John Standard declared, “this invention relates to improvements in refrigerators; and it consists of certain novel arrangements and combinations of parts.” John Standard was saying that he had found a way to improve the design of refrigerators. A non-electrical and unpowered design, Standard’s refrigerator made in 1891 used a manually-filled ice chamber for chilling.

John Standard’s oil stove was a space-saving design that he suggested could be used for buffet style meals on trains.
 
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***Information courtesy of About.com and Wikipedia.org****
  • rikyrah

    Democratic Governors✔ @DemGovs

    2008: GOP mocks Obama’s community organizer background. 2013: GOP wants to learn how to organize like Obama http://demgovs.org/YvEo01

    • Miranda

      What’s that they say about the ultimate form of flattery? LOL

    • edp4bho

      They miss the fact that PBO actually “likes” people.

    • Camille

      LOL! Now, this is funny ha ha.

  • goldenstar

    Mr. Winters was working the hair.

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

      It is laid for the gawds.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Corny West is jealous.

        • edp4bho

          Difference between Winters and Corny seems one owned a mirror !

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

            And some Dixie Peach.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Side…hurts.

          • edp4bho

            POU always makes my day….LOL!

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

            And some Dixie Peach.

          • TyrenM

            And a comb.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Breathing…difficult.

        • Camille

          LOL!

    • QOakaJP

      Ha! That was my first impression of today’s article. =)

    • QOakaJP

      Ha! That was my first impression of today’s article. =)

  • rikyrah

    Sandy aid passes Senate despite GOP opposition
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:00 AM EST.

    It’s taken far longer than it should have, but federal aid for areas affected by Hurricane Sandy is finally on the way.

    The Senate Monday night passed a $50.5 billion emergency spending bill to aid people in New York and New Jersey who are trying to rebuild their homes and businesses after last October’s devastation from super-storm Sandy.

    The vote was 62 to 36, with 60 votes needed for passage

    The vote came nearly two weeks after the House approved an identical measure, and sends the bill to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

    But before we move on, it’s worth pausing to note the partisan split on Sandy relief — in the Senate, 36 Senate Republicans, including members representing coastal states like Florida, Texas, Alabama, and the Carolinas, voted against the federal aid. Or put another way, 80% of Senate Republicans opposed post-Sandy relief.

    In the House, we saw roughly the same outcome — 78% of House Republicans voted against the emergency assistance.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/29/16752701-sandy-aid-passes-senate-despite-gop-opposition?lite

  • rikyrah

    Bay Buchanan quits TV punditry, takes online real estate class after Romney’s ‘brutal’ loss

    A former top aide to Mitt Romney says that she quit her career as a television pundit and began taking online real estate classes after the former Republican presidential nominee’s “brutal” loss to President Barack Obama.

    Bay Buchanan, the sister of former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, told the Washington Examiner that Romney’s defeat was a sign that it was time for her to find a new career.

    “It was so tough. It was brutal,” she explained. “I think it’s the toughest because we really expected to win it.”

    Raw Story (http://s.tt/1z3NW)

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/28/bay-buchanan-quits-tv-punditry-takes-online-real-estate-class-after-romneys-brutal-loss/

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      BWWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!……………Gasp………………HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    • jds09

      I don’t think she ever recovered from that woodshed session Kasim Reed gave her on one those Sunday morning talk shows.

      • isonprize

        Kasim Reed beat that azzz, didn’t he?? LOLOLOL

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

      BWA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • MsKitty

      Thanks bunches. Now I got Jamaican Roast all over my keyboard.

      (totally worth it though)

    • Admiral_Komack

      Another one brought down by the BLACK MAN.
      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Kennymack1971

      And another one bites the dust… BWAH HA HA!

    • vulcan_girl

      Online classes. Damn.

    • edp4bho

      Morning rikyrah, POU.

      “I think it’s the toughest because we really expected to win it.”

      She should have checked with Lloyd Strayhorn on this, would’ve saved lots of face. (L. Strayhorn, renowned astrologer- predicted first and second win for PBO, second and third 2013 debate wins for PBO, debate with Biden vs. Ryan, win for Biden. Also, 2013 election wins Virginia, Ohio, and Florida lean.)

      • isonprize

        Lloyd Strayhorn almost makes me a believer. He is definitely onto something.

        I saw him do a quick chart on Hillz and PBO, complimenting them both as leaders but ultimately predicting a PBO win. I remembered his name because I wondered if he was related to Billy Strayhorn.

        • edp4bho

          I first heard him on Bev Smith show. I play with predictions just for fun, but I recall how on point he was, with no pretense or glamour. Ah, yes- Billy Strayhorn, the Duke’s inspiration.

      • Camille

        So are we getting the house back in 2014?

        • edp4bho

          I’ll be checking him out for that, seriously.

      • edp4bho

        All those 2013′s are 2012′s. Moving along a bit fast, I am….LOL!

    • Camille

      What! Bay Buchannan quits television and punditry!

      It’s either a permanent full moon or we’re having another planetary shift.

    • Town

      Bay Buchanan quits TV punditry, takes online real estate class after Romney’s ‘brutal’ loss

      —————

      She does know saying/doing off the wall racist shit can cost her license, doesn’t she?

      EDIT: Yup, she has a VA real estate license with McEnerey & Associates.

      http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/LicenseLookup/ (look up Buchanan, Bay and check off “real estate individuals”)

      • isonprize

        you go, Inspector Clouseau!!! LOLOL

      • Camille

        LOL, I bet she missed that. She and her brother Pat must have had a very traumatic childhood. There’s no other way to explain them both.

    • conlakappa

      Shorter: I haven’t recovered from the last brutal facework I had done. I should have stuck with Botox but will now have to go into real estate.

  • rikyrah

    Odds keep improving for immigration reform
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:40 AM EST

    After a bipartisan group of eight senators unveiled their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, most proponents of improving the status quo, including President Obama and his team, were delighted. All eyes, however, quickly turned to House Republicans, who’ve long opposed reform and are in a position to kill it in this Congress.

    And so it came as a bit of a surprise when Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), arguably one of the nation’s fiercest anti-immigrant voices, issued a statement responding to the Senate plan that read, “I agree with most of the language in the very broad guidelines.”

    Now, King may be trying to moderate his image in advance of a Senate campaign, or maybe he hopes to sound reasonable before demanding a series of changes to the bipartisan package, but the right-wing congressman’s statement served as a reminder that immigration reform stands a reasonably good chance of actually passing Congress this year.

    Indeed, John Stanton reported that a bipartisan House group is moving forward with its own plan.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/29/16753351-odds-keep-improving-for-immigration-reform?lite

  • rikyrah

    Walker starts to get cold feet on electoral scheme

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:21 AM EST

    Over the weekend, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) offered cautious encouragement to Republicans hoping to rig the 2016 presidential election by changing how his state allocates electoral votes. The conservative governor didn’t explicitly endorse the idea, but Walker called it “interesting” and “worth looking at.”

    Yesterday, the Wisconsin Republican was far more circumspect.

    Gov. Scott Walker says he has a “real concern” about a Republican idea to change the way the state awards its electoral votes, conceding the move could make Wisconsin irrelevant in presidential campaigns. [...]

    “One of our advantages is, as a swing state, candidates come here. We get to hear from the candidates,” said Walker in an interview Saturday at a conservative conference in Washington, D.C. “That’s good for voters. If we change that, that would take that away, it would largely make us irrelevant.”

    That’s a far cry from what Walker was saying over the weekend, and it’s a welcome change. What’s more, it’s worth noting that the governor happens to be correct — if Wisconsin changed to a system in which electoral votes are dictated by gerrymandered district lines, the state would immediately go from key, contested battleground to campaign afterthought.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/29/16753840-walker-starts-to-get-cold-feet-on-electoral-scheme?lite

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Must have seen his RECENT poll numbers against future challengers.

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

    What is this about Sen. Schumer not telling PBO he was gonna hold a press conference on immigration reform? Anyone got details?

    • Camille

      Some of these Dems. It’s really hard sometimes to divine exactly where their loyalties lie and what their game is.

      I couldn’t last a day in D.C.

      The trauma wards would be full and brimming over.

      • MsKitty

        Loyalty is a 2-way street. Some will find that out in 2016 the hard way.

        • Camille

          You can say that again. I’m so sick of their games. No honor. No integrity.

      • conlakappa

        No divining rod needed about Chuck: Chuck is about Chuck. Again, the cliche at this point about the most dangerous place in D.C. being between Chuck and a camera…

        • JojoRaze

          Chuck is my senator and you ain’t never lied. He is always in front of a camera for everything! I remember when Dr oz had a special about arsenic in apple juice, Chuck had a press conference the next day talmbout I’m proposing a law that only American, and specifically NY apples only can be used in apple juice sold in the US. Dude is an attention hog.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD BEAUTIFUL TUESDAY MORNTIN PBOMB/POU FAM♥ – — ***BIG HUG** :>)ooooweee – –A BUSY SEVERAL DAYS AHEAD: – -MR. PRESIDENT is NOT GAMBLIN’ on HIS IMMIGRATION PLAN [in LAS VEGAS :>)] –HE HAS A WINNER! –DING! DING! – - -DING! :>); – - –Mr. KERRY ANTICIPATES BEIN’ CONFIRMED BY the SENATE; – -GOV. DUVAL is 2 MAKE a REPLACEMENT APPOINTMENT WEDNESDAY.; – -PBOMB – - -U HAVE A WINNER –ALSO. :>) – -

    —– -☻ – Obama to offer more details, no bill

    – — –☻ –Mass. Senate race to kick off if Kerry confirmed

    – - – -☻ -Gov. Deval Patrick to name interim senator tomorrow - -

    – - — ☻ -John Standard’s oil stove was a space-saving design that he suggested could be used for buffet style meals on trains. –Maybe he was considering IMPROVIN’ the “food service” that “WE” received in the SEGREGATED TRAIN CARS. GOOD ON HIM. :>); – -”NICE HAIR – -INVENTOR WINTERS. :>) Annnd –THANK U 4 YOUR INVENTION. :>) – - -THANK U PBOMB!♥

    – - -ENJOY YOUR DRANK -[Brrrr :>)] – -

    B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>)

    • TyrenM

      I hope Gov. Patrick picks somebody besides Barney Frank. I like Frank but I’m not feeling Patrick being neutered by the noise machine.
      Also, I might need a break from Lawrence OD. Back to back Frank or else, Hillary or else. I know he’s a Clintonite and I know Karen Finney is Hillary’s Help but man, they working my nerves.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        –***BIG fist bump*** – - –
        –He can STR8 – -MISS ME – with -THIS: – ->Also, I might need a break from Lawrence OD. Back to back Frank or else, Hillary or else. — -

        What did he do — -BORROW rachul’s — -”FAUX –OVAL OFFICE set!!??” – - – -geesh!!!

        Can u tell that I’m STILL UPSET? LOL

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) –

        • MsKitty

          That is one grudge I will never let go of.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good MornTin’ MsKitty ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            - – –***fist bump*** – —**eye -2 -eye**- –

            She’s soooooooo— -smart!- /SNARK!!- – -

            Good 2 C U MsKitty. :>) – -

          • Aquagranny911

            That cooked it for me too. I don’t watch her except for clips posted here & there.

      • Camille

        It’s all so boring, I haven’t watched in a few days. I think my brain, head, heart and blood pressure need a complete withdrawal from the madness.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — –FIRST: — -COMMENT: – -Bernard Terway
    Why don’t they leave out naive Americans whose forefathers were not born in the US? Why do they want to always exclude someone for some reason? Must want to make it look as if they gave this a lot of thought. Stupid Repugnicans!

    – - -NOW: – — -WHO does he think died annnd –left him in charge?? — -geesh!! – - -

    - —McCain: Binational Same-Sex Couples Are ‘Not Of Paramount Importance’ To Immigration Reform

    —— -Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — one of the architects of the bipartisan Senate plan to reform the immigration system — told CBS on Tuesday morning that including binational gay and lesbian couples whose relationships are currently not recognized by the federal government in the proposed legalization process is a “red flag” that is “not of paramount importance.”

    Responding to a BuzzFeed report that President Obama will incorporate same-sex couples with one American citizen and one foreign partner in the administration’s principles for reform, McCain promised to consider the amendment and “gauge how the majority of Congress feels.” “We need to get broad consensus over on our proposal to start with,” McCain added, “and there are a number of very difficult issues we have to resolve.” Watch it:
    THERE IS MORE —
    —Yeah –mcancient – - -WATCH IT!! — geesh!

    • jds09

      The Republican lead immigration effort is gonna be a clusterfuck of enormous proportions.

      First, SSM not important…then watch them try a carve out special exemptions for the undocumented with lighter complexions, then watch them try to reinsert the moat idea to secure the borders, then watch them try a get the “job creators” off the hook with e-verify, then watch them….

      Popcorn please.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ jds09. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        — -**fist bump*** — – -PEOPLE KNOW —– -

        - – -Oh! — -PER YOUR REQUEST. :>) —LOL- –

        - – -Good 2 C U jds09. :>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    RAY LaHOOD – –STEPPING DOWN

    - — -Transportation Secretary LaHood to Step Down

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

      Damnit!!

      • crazycanuck

        I know, that is actually a surprise to me.

    • Camille

      Oh no!
      He’s been fantastic. I was hoping he’d stay on.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — —Gotta WATCH THESE RE-THUCKERS –at ERRY LEVEL – –ERRY DAY!! – –geesh! —

    —- – -The New Republican Class War: State Tax Hikes on the Poor to Fund Tax Cuts for the Rich — -

    – — The idea of surrender after losing a defining battle is usually the course of wisdom to save the vanquished from annihilation, and one certainly would not expect the losing side to continue hostilities after a defeat and especially when the odds are stacked against them. After Republicans waged a class war against the people on behalf of the wealthy for two years, it seemed likely they would cease attacking the least fortunate Americans after being defeated in the November election, but apparently they decided to continue their class war by engaging the people in a new theatre; in states with Republican governors and legislatures. After the election, Republicans like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said his party had to appear friendlier to all the people to avoid the appearance of being the party of the one percent, but actions speak louder than a pleasant demeanor, and Republicans are still waging class war against poor Americans to benefit the rich.

    The new front in the Republicans class war is just getting underway as Louisiana, Virginia, and Kansas governors are proposing new tax schemes that raise taxes on the poor to fund tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. The idea of making the wealthy richer at the expense of the poor is not new, but instead of just cutting services and giving the savings to the rich as tax cuts, Republicans are following an ALEC-inspired tactic of “broadening the tax base” that is code for taxing the poor to pay the wealthy and corporations. Throughout the past year, Congressional Republicans Mitch McConnell and Eric Cantor suggested taxing those Americans struggling for basic survival and reducing rates for the wealthy, but they had little chance of success in a Democratic Senate or surviving President Obama’s veto pen. However, states with Republican governors and legislatures do not have constraints on their Draconian measures and are moving forward with ALEC’s plan to give the rich and corporations relief from what they label burdensome tax liabilities.
    THERE Is MORE. – - – —WATCHIN’. . . . .
    ALEC — –EVIL/VILE – —DISGUSTING!! —

    [Gotta "bounce early. --MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U -- -IN MY ♥]

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    Hope all is well!

  • Camille

    Will someone please tell this woman to stop already! This is nuts. Squash this crap once and for all and stop fanning the nonsense.

    There are at least 50 people on the president’s committee on the arts and humanities including Alfre Woodard, Sarah Jessica Parker, Forrest Whittaker, Edward Norton etc. and not a peep from them. It is so disrespectful to the president and first lady.

    http://guestofaguest.com/washington-dc/celebrities/kerry-washington-denies-actually-flirting-with-the-president

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Damn. They really want this black man to be a fuck up, don’t they? He is making all of our recent white Presidents look like shit, isn’t he? He isn’t senile, he isn’t stupid, he isn’t boring, he isn’t gaffe prone, he can speak, so now, there trying the underground whore track again. They always said if you don’t have people hating on you, you must be doing something wrong.

      • jds09

        They can’t imagine a man with power who can keep it in his pants. lol Says more about them than him.

        • MsKitty

          Here is a man who is madly, deeply, truly in love with his wife. When she comes in the room it takes his breath away every time, and even in a crowd he only sees her.

          That kind of love is alien to these folks. They are so bitter, so jaded that that they’ll never get to experience that and they know it. That’s what’s eating them up inside.

          What they don’t realize is that even if the bottom dropped out tomorrow, as long as Barack has Michelle (and the weeMichelles) he’s gonna be alright no matter what.

          The joke is truly on these gossipers and shit stirrers.

          • Daltex82

            ICAM!

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

        And I bet that’s why Shonda Rhimes made Fitz and Mellie white. She be knowing.

        • rikyrah

          LOL

      • JojoRaze

        This is gonna be unpopular but a situation like this and the adultery in it i why I didn’t like the idea of Scandal and don’t watch it. I thought it was disrespectful of PBO and Michelle and I knew people would start going there if the show got popular enough. Besides, PBO is a butt guy and Kerry is deficient in that regard.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Now why did you have to….

        • TyrenM

          Hmm. I’m not hating on Shonda. As I said yesterday, I like her work. Why didn’t this come out during hmm, Lewinsky hearings?

      • Camille

        I’ve always contended that they won’t rest until they have several asterisks by his name in the history books.

        What is particularly annoying about this this is that it should have been nipped in the bud ages ago. There is no reason why this is still being discussed in any interviews by credible media. It is so insulting, disrespectful and very unkind to any married couple and especially to the president and first lady and their daughters.

        Perhaps it’s time Kerry Washington stop pushing her role as a member of the president’s committee on the arts and humanities and simply say this is very disrespectful to this couple I have the utmost respect for who happen to be the president and first lady of the United States and parents of two smart, precocious daughters who can read!

        And stop with the “Michelle” bit. She is the first lady and not Kerry’s mate no matter how familiar she might be with her. When faced with this sort of nasty innuendo, you immediately revert to her professional title if you insist on addressing the crap.
        It might also help to stress that there are other hollywood types who volunteered for and supported the president who are also part of this committee.

        Enough already, this is madness.

    • Town

      She must think she’s Olivia Pope for real.

      • PBomb

        She hasn’t done anything. She specifically has said that it is not logical for her to fool around with him, when she sits on the same board as the First Lady.

        I think gossip rags are trying to stir up trouble.

        • conlakappa

          “Not logical” isn’t the same as “No, fool, I am not.” It’s being cute when a straight denial would do. I think if Kerry Washington didn’t allegedly have a history of a relationship with a married, high-profile black man, I think the story would have less oxygen.

          • Camille

            I wasn’t aware of her history, but I must admit that it does concern me that she appears to be reveling in this.

            Where is the effusive and categorical attempt at squashing this nonsense. She actually says in one interview that she is “part of the administration”.

            Since when does being appointed to a largely ceremonial spot on a committee of 100, qualify a person as part of the administration.

            This is very disrespectful to the first family.

            And the attempts to present Mrs Obama as being at her mercy – Like it was all up to Kerry Washington and she’s the one with the power here and who’s chosen not to allow anything to happen, is utter nonsense.

            And for someone who insists that she does not discuss HER love life, she sure seems to have no reservations about practically dragging a stable, high profile marriage throw the public gutter.

            Now I’m getting quite incensed.

          • PBomb

            I considered it a denial. Unless, she says yes then that’s what it is. I don’t see it as trying to be cute.

            We can agree to disagree.

            This is a gossip rag trying to stir up trouble. Plain and simple.

    • TyrenM

      It’s the inquirer/enquirer… We know Michelle wouldn’t have had her on the stage if there was anything resembling…

      • Camille

        No, she gave an interview to The Standard of London. This is not the enquirer.

      • Camille

        Was she on stage? I don’t remember seeing her at all.

        • TyrenM

          My bad. I thought she was on the DNC stage with Eva Longoria and another.

          • PBomb

            She was. It was Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, and Scarlett Johansson who spoke at the DNC.

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

            Yep, they were. It ticked Eric Benet off, too. He went on a little mini twitter rant about actresses speaking at the DNC.

          • PBomb

            Really, why was he ticked?

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

            Because he felt there were too many actresses asked to speak. It was real petty.

          • PBomb

            Okay…. so why he mad tho? LOL!

          • conlakappa

            That is when the rumors first surfaced, IIRC, when she was asked if she was such a big bundler for the President, why she wasn’t on the stage.

          • PBomb
  • Miranda

    SMH

    GOP lawmaker: Make budget deficits an impeachable offense
    By Pete Kasperowicz – 01/25/13 04:34 PM ET

    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) this week proposed a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution that would make the president’s failure to enforce that amendment an impeachable offense.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/279423-gop-lawmaker-make-budget-deficits-an-impeachable-offense#ixzz2JNWumNVg

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      They are just itching for anything now, aren’t they? Barack Obama’s re-election has moved old white folks off the deep end.

  • Miranda

    Please keep talking

    GOP Rep Says He Opposes Immigration Reform Because Latinos Are Uneducated, Will Never Support Republicans

    excerpt:
    But some Republicans disagree. Responding to the bipartisan framework, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) echoed the rhetoric surrounding immigrants and Democratic voters throughout the 2012 election and suggested that Hispanics would never vote for Republicans who don’t provide them with government hand outs:

    “It’s amnesty that America can’t afford,” Barletta said Monday. “We have to stop people from coming in illegally. This will be a green light for anyone who wants to come to America illegally and then be granted citizenship one day.” [...]

    “I hope politics is not at the root of why we’re rushing to pass a bill. Anyone who believes that they’re going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken,” Barletta said. “The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma. The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out. They will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/29/1509411/gop-rep-says-he-opposes-immigrations-reform-because-latinos-are-uneducated-will-never-support-republicans/

    • MsKitty

      What say you, Senator Rubio?

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Oh, this is like an early Christmas gift to the Democrats right here. We could have gotten Latino support rivaling Black support had this been said in 2012.

      • Aquagranny911

        Repugnants will bury themselves on this issue with Latinos.

        Please proceed, indeed!

    • isonprize

      I wonder why they never mention Russian,Polish or Irish illegal immigrants?

      • Aquagranny911

        Uh, cause they look white, although I know a couple of Russian immigrants who look Middle Eastern.

        • Camille

          It’s interesting how the conversation on immigration appears to overlook the white undocumented immigrant.

          Which is why as much as I disdain Rikyrah’s sweetheart Luis Guitterez, I really appreciated that whole Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez example he gave.

          It pretty much captured it. Now if only Luis will put his better angels to work and stop playing games.

          • Aquagranny911

            I have not been able to nail down exact numbers, I have seen anywhere from 6 to 9 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants are from other than Latino origins. Hardly anyone discusses that when ever the issue of immigration reform comes up.

      • rikyrah

        I’m from Chicago, and if I go to a construction site, you better believe that I’m just as likely to run into Illegal Polish and Irish as well as the Mexican…don’t know about other cities, but in Chi-Town, that’s how it is.

        • Aquagranny911

          The same, even here in the south west. Although, it’s more likely people from the old Soviet Bloc countries, the Middle East, Asians & people from several African countries, as well.

          AZ is pretty much ‘equal opportunity’ for exploiting any undocumented immigrant they can, while blaming all their problems on “those Mexicans” swarming the southern border.

    • Aquagranny911

      Barletta, BITE THE BIG CACTUS, you ignorant pustule!

      • Camille

        Hey AG, too early in the day for a sweet lady to start cursing.

        • Aquagranny911

          Now, Camille, you should know by now that the only thing really “sweet” about me is that tooth that likes desserts!

          • Camille

            LOL, I beg to differ AG.

  • Miranda

    Please proceed

    Anti-Abortion Group to Lawmakers: Please, Let’s Talk About Rape!

    Comments about “legitimate” rapes and pregnancies that “God intended” got several GOP politicians in trouble last year, and cost the party at least two seats in the Senate. But now one of the country’s most extreme anti-abortion groups is encouraging Republican politicians to keep talking about rape. Personhood USA—the group behind efforts to grant fertilized eggs the same rights as adult humans—announced last week that it is launching a new campaign to push lawmakers to strip rape exceptions from federal abortion laws.

    more here
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/abortion-rape-personhood-usa

  • Miranda

    This is why the broadband effort by the Obama administration is so vital…but the emoprogs dont think about the importance of stuff like this>

    Homework With a Side of Fries
    In many communities, after the library and the computer lab close for the night, there is often only one place to turn for students without internet access at home: the local McDonald’s. WSJ’s Anton Troianovski reports from Citronelle, Alabama.
    http://live.wsj.com/video/homework-with-a-side-of-fries/F154DA99-46D1-49E5-9662-15912D1C5433.html#!F154DA99-46D1-49E5-9662-15912D1C5433

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

      It just goes to show you how out of touch and dismissive EmoProgs are in regards to the issues that affect the people they claim to be fighting for.

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

    Dannie! Did you know about this???

    Newark mayor Cory Booker bowling her over
    Last Updated: 9:20 AM, December 11, 2012 | Posted: 12:51 AM, December 11, 2012

    Cory Booker can be frugal and still have a fun dating life. On Saturday, four days into his highly publicized “Food Stamp Challenge” campaign, the Newark mayor was spotted on a date at Bowlmor Lanes by Union Square. We’re told Booker, whose challenge gives him a weekly food allowance of $30, was spotted out with a woman named Diane. “They did not order any food, drinks or even water during their evening,” says a spy. “But they were flirting up a storm.” They stayed about 2 1/2 hours, according to the onlooker, who adds, “He bowled an impressive 151, while Diane scored a 79 in the first game.” Booker’s reps had no comment.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/bowling_her_over_pXGlGpvwxmiQ1QGu8lG2cM

    • Daltex82

      LOL! What a publicity whore! I”m sorry he just makes me laugh. I can just see him being the “anonymous” tipster who tells the media where hes going to be.

      anonymous tipster/Booker: Hello news desk?

      News desk: Yes.

      anonymous tipster/Booker: I’m going to be.. I mean Mayor Booker is going to be bowling tonight with a random woman at Bowlmor Lanes you might want to have someone there.

      News desk: Thanks Cory..I mean anonymous tipster.

      • Miranda

        ROFLMAO!!

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

        LOL! I can soooo see him doing this!

      • Camille

        LOL.

        He is not one of my favorite people, but I do feel sorry for him at this point just bungling things up so badly. For somebody so book smart, he’s quite dumb.

        What he does desperately need is a superior woman like Michelle Obama in his life.

        • Daltex82

          Well maybe someone can introduce him to Kerry Washington. Kill two birds with one hook-up!

          ~~running from post~~

        • isonprize

          Yes, but a ‘superior woman’ like FLOTUS wouldn’t put up with his nonsense for even one minute…

          • dannie22

            um, scuse me?

          • Miranda

            LOL!!

          • rikyrah

            dannie,

            he’d have to LISTEN to the ‘superior woman’..

            what about Booker makes you think he would?

    • Miranda

      2 1/2 hours and not even a glass of water? no wings? not even a sip of soda? Mofo…YOU gotta eat off $30 a week! Not me! Nobody said you can’t buy ME a slice of pizza!
      LOL

    • dannie22

      he can go bowling if he wants to! no big deal. now if i catch him at a hotel…

      • Camille

        LOL. Dannie, it’s time to go sort your guy out. Or he’ll blow it before he gets a chance to live out his political destiny.

        I think he’s got it in him, but he’s just a mess with his muddied up, stumbling stuff he keeps doing.

  • Miranda

    As is your soul:

    Scalia on the constitution:
    He spoke of schoolchildren coming to visit the Supreme Court and calling the Constitution a “living document.”

    “It’s not a living document. It’s dead, dead, dead,” he said.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/park-cities/headlines/20130128-supreme-court-justice-scalia-offers-perspective-on-the-law-at-smu-lecture.ece

    • MsKitty

      Probably kicks puppies in his spare time too.

    • conlakappa

      So from strict constructionist to dead, dead, dead? Wowzers.

  • GN

    This is bullshit on so many levels:

    NAACP president: Black people worse off under Obama

    NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said Sunday, perhaps unwittingly, that black Americans “are doing far worse” than when President Obama first took office.

    “The country’s back to pretty much where it was when this president started,” Mr. Jealous told MSNBC host David Gregory on “Meet the Press.” “White people in this country are doing a bit better. Black people are doing far worse.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/28/naacp-president-black-people-worse-under-obama/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS#ixzz2JNg43fSe

    *********
    Gotta love the spin from Washington Times.

    If Ben Jealous was simply saying “look, the black unemployment rate remains problematic and we need to brainstorm some ideas, like an urban jobs bill” I have no issue with that whatsoever. Nor any *positive* advocacy on our behalf to the WH (while eschewing the PL tendency to exaggerate and claim nothing’s been done for us).

    But if he truly *did* intend to suggest that we’re worse off under President Obama, then I’d like to note that this would mean that we’re worse off under his tenure at the NAACP too. See how that works?

    • Miranda

      *sigh*….but not one word on how black people would be disproportionately affected by layoffs of public workers on every level – from city to county to state to federal. Nothing from any of these clowns talking about black unemployment on this. Nothing about how in rural areas were small plants and factories are gone and NOT COMING BACK and the education of the workers left behind is still in the 20th century right along with their job.

      I really can’t stand these people.

      • GN

        We definitely need solutions for these issues, and a targeted approach which notes the effects of both overt and institutionalized racism. So I like his idea in terms of urban jobs bills (and to note: with the current teaparty Congress in place, a good legislative strategy may be to approach this idea on a state and local level–many urban areas are blue areas). I definitely like the insertion of black issues into the dialogue.

        But this can’t slip into the Crabis/Corny model of serial exaggeration, hateration, and taking every small area in which the POTUS can be critiqued and building an unfair narrative of “he does nothing for us.” Counterproductive and another four years of that crap would be such a waste.

        • isonprize

          GN I see your point. The thing that bothers me is, at least in my town, the NAACP seems to exist only in the person of the president. They don’t have membership outreach, they don’t DO stuff.

          So, has Ben worked toward getting some of his ideas implemented on a national level?

          • GN

            Indeed; imagine a nation-wide strategy to appeal to city councils and state legislatures in black areas to get the funding for jobs programs and also to educate people about the opportunities available. That to me is way more feasible than getting anything out of the current Congress. Particularly coupled with 2014 midterm strategies—now is an ideal time to ask these state and local folks what they’re going to bring to the table for us, and what they’re willing to do to match the stimulus’ unprecedented transparency and (esp. Ride or Die Joe’s) vigorous policing of corruption and graft when it came to that money. If Ben Jealous is ready to focus on black issues and work with Urban League and National Action Network to get things done, that could make a tangible difference.

      • jds09

        This.

        Nothing about racism in the workplace and the limited protection civil service jobs offered to combat office politics and hiring you white unqualified cousin. Nothing about the current attack on the Post Office, (I’ve got 3 family members who are mail carriers) nothing about the attack on teachers…

        National Association for the ADVANCEMENT of Colored People…Ben please live your fuckin’ mission.

    • jziglar

      And the right wing media absolutely loves this. They love it when some the PL attack the president and when blacks like Ben Jealous attack the president for things that are untrue.

      This notion that black unemployment could be solved by the president alone is the most idiotic thing I have heard since Obama became president. And when will Ben Jealous get together with other successful blacks including black owned businesses and come up with plans to address unemployment in our communities ??? All I hear from them is complaining and calling on Obama to solve every problem that has persisted for decades. The president can’t do everything and we just came out of the worse recession since the great depression so don’t expect magic and unicorns.

      • jziglar

        Also the NAACP has been a joke for a while now.

        • crazycanuck

          So true, how the he’ll have they advanced anything for black people. I’m with Miranda, can’t stand them

    • Camille

      I’ve always said that Benjamin Jealous is just the pits. His tenure has been quite a sad one.
      He never quite figured out that he wasn’t there to advance himself and make business contacts for himself beyond his gig as NAACP president.

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

      Here’s Jealous’ full quote:

      “You know, look, we now how to get out of tough times. We got out of the Great Depression investing in what we wanted to be as a country. By investing in jobs rather than focusing on our fears. You know, I will push back and say that the big issues of this day Alaska include marriage equality. They include comprehensive immigration reform. They include making sure that we lift all boats.

      And right now when you look at joblessness in this country, you know, the country’s back to pretty much where it was then this president started. White people in this country are doing a bit better. Black folks are doing a full point worse when it comes to it. You know, and so with this president having said to us, “We need to invest in strategies that lift all boats,” And was that some boats are clearly more stuck, the question is will Congress join him in getting those boats unstuck too.”

      • GN

        Thanks for the full quote. So basically, the Washington Times article is a hit piece. I don’t see anything in there which says that POTUS made black people worse off.

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

          Nope, but his comment was word salad which allowed for the media to pounce.

        • Camille

          Oh boy, didn’t realize it was the right wing Washington Times that was the source.

          But I do still think Mr Jealous has not served the NAAACP as well as it needs to be served. And what a shame.

          This was his moment to do some really positively revolutionary things for the organization. In that regard and more, very unimpressive.

          • GN

            Agreed.

      • PBomb

        Thanks for posting the full quote.

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: — -Sen. John Kerry is approved by Foreign Relations Committee

    - —–Sen. John Kerry is approved by Foreign Relations Committee- -

    - —-The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sen. John Kerry to be the next secretary of state.

    With no opposition to the choice, the panel approved Kerry by voice vote Tuesday. The full Senate is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon.

    — -Watchin’. . . . . .:>)

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU peeps!

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

    Welp! Looks like Soledad O’Brien might get the boot now that Chris Cuomo moved to CNN…

    It’s Official: Chris Cuomo Leaves ABC For CNN
    By Alex Weprin on January 29, 2013 11:09 AM

    CNN and ABC News have made it official: ABC anchor Chris Cuomo is joining the cable channel to host a new morning program.

    “Chris is an accomplished anchor who is already an established name in morning television, as well as a widely respected investigative journalist,” said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in a statement. “What I love about Chris is that he is passionate about every story he tells, never forgets about the viewer, and represents the type of journalism that makes CNN great.”

    As for Soledad O’Brien, who has held down the morning shift for the last year on “Starting Point,” it seems her future with the network is up in the air: “Soledad is very important to the network, and we’re discussing various options with her,” a CNN spokesperson says.

    MORE: http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/its-official-chris-cuomo-leaves-abc-for-cnn_b164497

    —————————————————————

    If BET or TVOne were smart, they would snatch her up and use her to develop their news programming.

    • Miranda

      CNN doesn’t have many bright spots and Soledad was pretty much their only one! WOW.

    • Camille

      Sorry, but in what world does Chris Cuomo trump Soledad O’Brien?????

      This from the crowd that moo’d about diversity too.

    • Alma98

      I just had a thought, where are all the feminists screaming about diversity to CNN? Are they gonna get on twitter or blog about Soledad being pushed out for a man?

    • crazycanuck

      If BET or TVOne were smart,

      You went wrong right there lol

    • sagittarius

      Jeff Zucker sucked at NBC. Methinks he jumped before he was pushed. If I’m not mistaken, he was firmly in charge of the whole Ann Curry/Savannah Guthrie mess, so it doesn’t look good for Soledad.

  • Alma98

    Miranda wth is going on in Atlanta? Y’all got black folks stereo-typing themselves stealing 65.000 dollars worth chicken wings.
    http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/20719262/two-men-arrested

    • Miranda

      And the cops say they don’t know where the wings are”……mmmkay. How bout you go over to those kneegrows cousins house on Sunday round bout 6pm…you’ll find all the wings! LOL

      • Alma98

        LOL!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        And Officer Robinson ain’t going to be searching Uncle Theo and Aunt Mavis’ house anytime soon knowing that’s where’s he going to be watching the Superbowl on Sunday. Plus once he gets a couple of drinks up in him he’s going care less that they have an overabundance of fowl.

    • Daltex82

      Check all houses having a Super Bowl party this Sunday.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • Aquagranny911

    PBomb, I sent a link yesterday to your diary to my SIL #2. He sent me back & email of thanks because now he knows who to toast when he taps a beer keg. He will definitely be raising a glass to Richard Spikes in the future, lol.

    I’m supposed to send him links to the rest of this weeks diaries so he can toast anyone else who might have invented something he particularly likes.

    • PBomb

      Tell your SIL#2, that they are welcome.