September 21, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Pirates

Black Caesar

Blacks became pirates for the same reasons as other men did, but they also sought the freedom often denied them elsewhere. W. Jeffrey Bolster wrote in Black Jacks, “No accurate numbers of black buccaneers exist, although the impression is that they were more numerous than the proportion of black sailors in commercial or naval service at that time.”   It isn’t known how many of the estimated 400 pirates hanged for their crimes between 1716 and 1726 were black, for the historical record fails to show this. Like their brethren who weren’t given the chance to stand trial, but were sold into slavery, these pirates remain lost to history.

The most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts, included eighty-eight blacks amongst his crew of 368 in 1721. A year later, there were seventy blacks among 267 pirates. These men didn’t do menial work, either. They received shares in any treasure taken and voted with the rest of the crew whenever a decision had to be made.

 

A mulatto, who had served aboard the Royal Rover, was hanged for piracy with six others in 1720. One of his mates requested a bottle of wine and drank after declaring, “Damnation to the governor and confusion to the Colony.” The others concurred then all were executed and hung in chains as a lesson to others. Two years later, however, the seventy black pirates captured after Bartholomew Roberts’ demise in 1722 were given to the Royal African Company, who promptly enslaved them.

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Black Caesar (died 1718) was an 18th-century African pirate. For nearly a decade, he raided shipping from the Florida Keys and later served as one of Captain Blackbeard’s chief lieutenants aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge. He was one of the surviving members of Blackbeard’s crew following his death at the hands of Lieutenant Robert Maynard in 1718. Caesar’s Rock, one of three islands located north of Key Largo, is named in his honor, and is the present-day site of his original headquarters.

Black Caesar, according to traditional accounts, was a prominent African tribal war chieftain. Widely known for his “huge size, immense strength, and keen intelligence”, he evaded capture from many different slave traders. Caesar was finally captured when he and twenty of his warriors were lured onto a ship by a slave trader. Showing him a watch, the trader promised to show him and his warriors more objects which were “too heavy and too numerous to bring on shore” if they came aboard his ship.

He enticed them to stay with food, musical instruments, silk scarves and jewels, however he had his men raise anchor and slowly sail away. When Caesar discovered what was happening, he and his men attempted to charge their captors but were driven back by the well-armed sailors using swords and pistols. Although it took a considerable length of time for him and his warriors to accept their captivity, he was eventually befriended by a sailor who was the only man Black Caesar would accept food and water from.

As they neared the coast of Florida, the sudden appearance of a hurricane threatened to destroy the ship on the Florida Reefs. Recognizing the ship’s imminent destruction, the sailor snuck below decks and freed Caesar. The two then forced the captain and crew into a corner, most likely at gunpoint, and boarded one of the longboats with ammunition and other supplies. The wind and waves pushed them to shore where they waited out the storm, apparently the only survivors of the doomed ship.

They soon began using the lifeboat to lure passing ships which stopped to give assistance. While posing as shipwrecked sailors, they would sail out to the vessel offering to take them aboard. Once they were close to the vessel, they brought out their guns and demanded supplies and ammunition, threatening to sink the ship if they were refused. He and the sailor continued this ploy for a number of years and amassed a sizable amount of treasure which was buried on Elliott Key. However, he and the sailor had a falling out over a young woman the mate had brought back from one of the ships they had looted. Fighting over her, Caesar killed his longtime friend in a duel and took the woman for his own.

He began taking on more pirates over time and soon was able to attack ships on the open sea. He and his crew were often able to avoid capture by running into Caesar Creek and other inlets between Elliot and Old Rhodes Key and onto the mangrove islands. Using a metal ring embedded in a rock, they ran a strong rope through the ring, heel the boat over, and hide their boat in the water until the patrol ship or some other danger went away. They might also lower the mast and sink the ship in shallow water, later cutting the rope or pumping out the water to raise the boat and continue raiding. It is thought that he and his men buried 26 bars of silver on the island, although no treasure has ever been recovered from the island.

He apparently had a harem on his island, having at least 100 women seized from passing ships, as well as a prison camp which he kept prisoners in stone huts hoping to ransom them. When leaving the island to go on raids, he left no provisions for these prisoners and many eventually starved to death. A few children reportedly escaped captivity, subsisting on berries and shellfish, and formed their own language and customs. This society of lost children give rise to native superstition that the island is haunted.

During the early 18th century, Caesar left Biscayne Bay to join Blackbeard in raiding American shipping in the Mid-Atlantic serving as a lieutenant on his flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge. In 1718, after Blackbeard’s death battling with Lieutenant Robert Maynard at Ocracoke Island, he attempted to set off the powder magazine as per Blackbeard’s instructions. However, Caesar was stopped by one of the captives who tackled him as prepared to light a trail of gunpowder leading to the magazine. He struggled with the man below decks until several of Maynard’s sailors were able to restrain him. Taken prisoner by Virginian colonial authorities, he was convicted of piracy and hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia.

***Information of Wikipedia.org, and http://www.cindyvallar.com/blackpirates.html***

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    Civilian Fatally Shoots Sailor Aboard U.S. Navy Destroyer

    A civilian fatally shot a sailor aboard a docked U.S. Navy destroyer in Virginia on Monday night before he was shot dead by security forces, officials said.

    The suspect had authorized access to Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base, where he was able to wrestle a handgun from a security guard, U.S. Navy officials told NBC News.

    He shot dead a sailor aboard USS Mahan, which was docked at Pier 1, before being fatally gunned down by security forces, the officials said. Both the victim and suspect were male.

    The shooting happened at about 11:30 p.m. and the base was put on lockdown until around 1 a.m. while security forces responded. The Navy officials said it was not clear what sparked the incident.

    To get on the base, civilians must be escorted or have a pass. Each base entrance is guarded, and all 13 piers have additional security forces. As part of ongoing security efforts, handheld ID scanners were implemented this year at Navy bases in the region, including the Norfolk station.

    Capt. Robert Clark, commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, told an earlier press conference that he was not prepared to discuss how the suspect obtained the weapon as it was still under investigation.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/civilian-fatally-shoots-sailor-aboard-u-s-navy-destroyer-n61216

    • AxelFoley

      I work at NS Norfolk from 12am to 8am. I got to the gate I normally go to at 11:50pm last night and had to wait in line. They weren’t letting anyone on or off the base, and I was stuck in line for 30 minutes. I didn’t know what the hell was going on.

      It wasn’t until around 4:30 when I saw the news on MSN’s front page that I found out why everyone was held up at the gate. The shooting took place at the piers, which is on the other side of the base from my job. I was shocked to hear about this. And yes, the Navy had recently started using scanners to check everyone’s base IDs due in part to what happened in D.C. at the Navy Yard last year.

      SMH

  • rikyrah

    Larry O did a segment about Gov. Krispy Kreme clearing Gov. Krispy Kreme:

    The Last Word 03/24/14

    Christie exonerates Christie

    Gov. Christie’s lawyers haven’t completed their Bridgegate investigation report yet, but they say it’s comprehensive. Lawrence O’Donnell talks to Matt Katz.

    http://on.msnbc.com/1iWAbKQ

  • rikyrah

    Larry O’s Segment on Dr. Dorothy I. Height

    The woman behind today’s Google Doodle

    Lawrence O’Donnell looks behind today’s Google Doodle and introduces you to possibly the most important American woman of the twentieth century.

    http://on.msnbc.com/1iWBDNt

  • rikyrah

    No Girls, Blacks, or Hispanics Take AP Computer Science Exam in Some States

    Liana Heitin Jan 10, 2014

    A new analysis of test-taking data finds that in Mississippi and Montana, no female, African American, or Hispanic students took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science.

    In fact, no African-American students took the exam in a total of 11 states, and no Hispanic students took it in eight states, according to state comparisons of College Board data compiled by Barbara Ericson, the director of computing outreach and a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech.

    The College Board, which oversees AP, notes on its website that in 2013 about 30,000 students total took the AP exam for computer science, a course in which students learn to design and create computer programs. Less than 20 percent of those students were female, about 3 percent were African American, and 8 percent were Hispanic (combined totals of Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and other Hispanic).

    Deborah Davis, spokeswoman for the College Board, wrote in an email, “We were not surprised by Barbara Ericson’s findings because unfortunately, computing courses have historically been dominated by white, male students.”

    Even so, Ericson’s breakdown of the test-takers offers a stark illustration of gender and racial inequities at the high school level. And it comes at a time when the College Board has stepped up its focus on seeing that traditionally underrepresented groups of students have access to AP courses and tests.

    In the 47 states where girls took the computer science exam, the percentage of female test-takers ranged from about 4 percent in Utah to 29 percent in Tennessee.

    http://mobile.edweek.org/c.jsp?DISPATCHED=true&cid=25983841&item=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.edweek.org%2Fedweek%2Fcurriculum%2F2014%2F01%2Fgirls_african_americans_and_hi.html

  • rikyrah

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    If you needed to know if AFFLUENZA is real….

    Read this story.

    Go to the link and read the whole damn thing. You will shake your head in disgust.

    ………………………………….

    For Jared Remy, leniency was the rule until one lethal night

    The trail of alleged victims runs back to his teen years. So does the line of judges who somehow saw fit, time and again, to give him one more chance.

    By Eric Moskowitz
    | Globe Staff March 23, 2014

    From the Boston Globe:

    Remy has been found guilty just twice, and both times his lawyer persuaded a judge to let him walk with a suspended sentence, defying the wishes of prosecutors.
    Often he benefited from victims who did not want to testify, whether from fear or forgiveness, leading prosecutors to drop the case. But even when cases seemed airtight, judges often rewarded Remy with a nearly free pass — temporary probation without the stain of a guilty finding. Most offenders are lucky to get two such reprieves. He got six.

    And on more than 10 occasions while already serving probation or waiting for an earlier case to be resolved, Remy was arrested again on new charges or otherwise ran afoul of the law — a pattern of incorrigibility that would ordinarily get a person locked up.

    But he continued to walk, with judges extending his probation or finding creative solutions to help him avoid jail, like ordering him to move home with his parents and observe a curfew — a measure common in juvenile courts, but rarely employed for adults.

    • MsKitty

      Oh yeah, I know this case. His father is one of the TV announcers for the Boston Red Sox. When he wasn’t on the air for the last couple of months of last season I wondered what had happened and found out about this.

    • morphus

      Unfortunately for grieving families and all who lived in terror this sentence in story speak volumes … “This is an old story for the American judicial system. You get a high-priced attorney, you get better justice.”

    • Miranda

      This is sickening.

  • Miranda

    Consumer watchdog rips payday loans
    By Tim Devaney March 25, 2014, 06:00 am

    A consumer watchdog is warning that payday loans can trap borrowers in “spider webs of debt” that are difficult to escape.

    In a study released Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that four out of five borrowers renew their payday loan within two weeks, because they need more money to pay their bills and makes ends meet.

    But their bills only keep growing as the payday loans come due in a “revolving door of debt,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said Tuesday in a speech.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/finance/201603-consumer-watchdog-calls-payday-loans-debt-traps#ixzz2wywWmyo1

    • morphus

      Financial burdens of the working poor places these “consumers” in a position where they can’t survive from paycheck to paycheck. This is the reason why people are forced to deal with these predators. Too bad the CFPB can’t go directly after the Wallstreet Bankers supporting the predatory lending industry.

      • goldenstar

        They are. This is from a NYT article on the DOJ building the case.

        Justice Department Inquiry Takes Aim at Banks’ Business With Payday Lenders

        Federal prosecutors are trying to thwart the easy access that predatory lenders and dubious online merchants have to Americans’ bank accounts by going after banks that fail to meet their obligations as gatekeepers to the United States financial system.

        The Justice Department is weighing civil and criminal actions against dozens of banks, sending out subpoenas to more than 50 payment processors and the banks that do business with them, according to government officials.

        In the new initiative, called “Operation Choke Point,” the agency is scrutinizing banks both big and small over whether they, in exchange for handsome fees, enable businesses to illegally siphon billions of dollars from consumers’ checking accounts, according to state and federal officials briefed on the investigation.

        The critical role played by banks largely plays out in the shadows because they typically do not deal directly with the Internet merchants. What they do is provide banking services to third-party payment processors, financial middlemen that, in turn, handle payments for their merchant customers.

        ******

        http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/justice-dept-inquiry-takes-aim-at-banks-business-with-payday-lenders/?action=click&module=Search&region=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%23%2Fpayday%2520lenders%2F

        • morphus

          Thanks, wow, found this jewel in the article : “And the payday industry has its defenders. Representative Issa has begun an investigation into Operation Choke Point, according to a letter addressed to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

          In the January letter — a copy of which was reviewed by The New York Times — Mr. Issa accused the Justice Department of trying to “eliminate legal financial services to which the department objects.”
          Discovery of rent-a-bank scheme several years back links banks and payday lenders.

          • goldenstar

            He’s not Grand Theft Auto just for play.

          • Miranda

            This bastard!!! UGH!!! How can anyone vote for these cretins!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good Morntin’ morphus♥ ***BIG HUG*** – –

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          • morphus

            Good Morntin GLH >:D< . Have a great day!

          • GreenLadyHere

            morphus. Thank U♥ :>)

          • Scopedog

            Rep. Issa’s a real piece of work, isn’t he?

  • Miranda

    Mean assholes.
    —————————
    Gov. McAuliffe’s 2-year Pilot Medicaid Expansion Proposal Rejected
    Posted: Mar 24, 2014

    House Republicans rejected a two-year pilot plan from Governor Terry McAuliffe for an expanded Medicaid program in Virginia.

    Lawmakers left Richmond two weeks ago without a budget. This week they’re back on the job, but little has changed.

    “I think we’ve got a ways to go, and we’ll see how it unfolds,” said 76th District Delegate Chris Jones (R).

    It was a very partisan disagreement that held up negotiations before – whether or not to expand Medicaid health coverage to thousands of low-income Virginians under the Affordable Care Act. It’s an idea Democrats support, but House Republicans are still skeptical.

    McAuliffe proposed trying expansion for two years while the feds pay for it, to see what happens, but Monday, House Republicans nixed it.

    more here: http://www.nbc29.com/story/25055542/gov-mcauliffe-proposes-2-year-pilot-medicaid-expansion

    • goldenstar

      I want the new governor to win but the chickens keep coming home to roost. It’s difficult to govern and too many Clinton freaks are now getting a taste of this. It was so easy to critique the BO candidate and that he couldn’t do this and couldn’t do that. Now, they may understand that he’s smarter than they could ever be.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – –THIS –A MEMORIAL: –Caesar’s Rock, one of three islands located north of Key Largo, is named in his honor, and is the present-day site of his original headquarters.
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  • Miranda

    Consumer-confidence index rises in March
    March 25, 2014, 10:05 a.m. EDT

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A gauge of U.S. consumer confidence rose to 82.3 in March from an upwardly revised 78.3 in February, the Conference Board said Tuesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected the index to reach 78.4 in March from a prior estimate of 78.1 in February. The expectations index rose to 83.5 in March from 76.5 in February, while a barometer for the present situation declined to 80.4 from 81. “While consumers were moderately more upbeat about future job prospects and the overall economy, they were less optimistic about income growth,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “Overall, consumers expect the economy to continue improving and believe it may even pick up a little steam in the months ahead.”

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/consumer-confidence-index-rises-in-march-2014-03-25

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – -MR. PRESIDENT:♥ – -ANOTHER —BUSY DAY :>) – –

    — – -☺TUESDAY
    The president will hold a press conference with Dutch Prime Minister
    Rutte,
    meet with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and then will have a meeting with South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

    – – – -MEDIA ALERT: – – -MR. PRESIDENT will B On –SOON

    – – -☺ ‏@petesouza
    President Obama hosts a G7 mtg last night in The Hague pic.twitter.com/qZOU5Yt71T

    – — WORLD annnd WORLD-CLASS LEADER♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥

    – —☺ ‏@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech at Chengdu No. 7 High School in Chengdu in Sichuan, China. pic.twitter.com/T1XJWdU4Yo

    — – — ☺First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to rural Chinese students via web conferencing at Chengdu No. 7 High School. pic.twitter.com/n1rNMo74mL

    – –WORLD-CLASS –EDUCATIONAL –“AMBASSADOR”♥ :>)

    • itgurl_29

      We are so lucky to have this lady representing us around the world.

      • GreenLadyHere

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      • jds09

        I will never forget…early in the 2008 race a reporter tried to get cute with PBO asked him what did he think of a debate between Bubba and FLOTUS. PBO paused tilted his head and said “…my money would be on Michelle.” I will always love that response.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – –☺ ‏@NerdyWonka [THANK U♥]

    Highest ranked people in West Wing? 3 women. But media wants you thinking POTUS is anti-women. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/barack-obama-west-wing-power-trio-104971.html … pic.twitter.com/fDNeDtwtdr

    • conlakappa

      But the Wash Post told me the other day that it’s hard on the women who work at the White House because they sacrifice time with their families. You know, like has never happened at another White House or for any high-powered woman [or man, for that reason!]

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        • conlakappa

          Great seeing you! It has been snow-raining for the past 6.5 hours. Good times!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -Guess the magistrate di-int wanna B challenged —

    —-TV’s Judge Joe Brown jailed by real judge after courtroom argument, court says- –
    – — –TV’s Judge Joe Brown was jailed on a contempt of court charge issued by a Tennessee juvenile judge Monday, according to a court spokesman.

    Brown, 66, was sentenced to five days in jail after he became “pretty raucous” and “challenged the authority” of Magistrate Harold Horne, another judge told CNN. He was later released on his own recognizance, CNN Memphis affiliate WMC-TV reported, citing the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

    Brown, a former Shelby County criminal judge, was in court to represent a client in a child-support case. He apparently became upset when he was told the case was not on the afternoon docket, Chief Magistrate Dan Michael said.

    Horne, who “is a real laid-back guy,” gave Brown several chances to calm down before finding him in contempt, Michael said.
    THERE IS MORE- –

  • Alma98

    Morning POU!

    A little sun for AG lol.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      I’m still wearing my Eskimo coat on MARCH 25TH!!

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah.
        I remember when we used to have snow in April so this cold and snow is no surprise to me lol.

    • GreenLadyHere

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      • Alma98

        Morning GLH (((HUGS)))
        I thought of AG when I saw it lol.
        I hope your daughter is doing ok with her new one on the way, smiles. Blessings to you and the family.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Thank U Alma —BUT – –he’s here. –:>)
          –Time moves quickly – –We welcomed Taj James a few months ago. :>) Sooo I’ll pass your good wishes 2 them. :>) —
          Blessings ACCEPTED graciously. :>)

          • Alma98

            OMG GLH! And I probably congratulated you too lol. For some reason I thought the baby was due in April lol. Menopause is taking it’s toll on my memory GLH hahahaha.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Oooh Alma. —-NOT 2 worry. :>) —ALL GOOD WISHES – –graciously ACCEPTED –ANY TIME. :>)—BLESS U♥ – -:>)

          • Alma98

            LOL

          • GreenLadyHere

            ***HUGS*** Alma :>)

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Great cactus for AG:)

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine!

  • Miranda

    How Poor Families Lose Millions in Welfare Benefits to California’s Biggest Banks
    By Stephanie Mencimer Tue Mar. 25, 2014 7:44 AM GMT

    It’s expensive to be poor. A new report out from the California Reinvestment Coalitionconcludes that the big banks are charging some of California’s poorest families hefty ATM fees to access monthly benefits from the state welfare program known as CalWORKs, skimming at least $19 million a year, the group estimates, from this taxpayer-funded program.

    Banks with a history of sticking the poor with overdraft fees are now gouging them with ATM fees.

    The average CalWORKs family is an adult with two children who gets $510 a month worth of benefits, or about $6,120 a year. That’s not enough to live on, not even close, and the benefits are 8 percent lower now than they were in 2011. On top of that, accessing the funds costs them as much as $4 per ATM transaction, fees they really don’t have any alternative but to pay. That’s because California doesn’t ask its vendors to do much by way of accommodating the recipients. A $69 million contract with Xerox to administer an electronic benefit transfer card system has helped make these EBT cards the default way to deliver public assistance, and there’s no state requirement that banks waive ATM fees for people who use them.

    more here: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/03/big-banks-california-ATM-fees-welfare-benefits?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motherjones%2Fmojoblog+%28MotherJones.com+|+MoJoBlog%29

    • TyrenM

      Jerry Brown and Crew should be all over this.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — –For The Little Brown Girls: 8 Lessons From Misty Copeland’s “Life In Motion” Best-Seller

    — – – -“This is for the little brown girls.”- Misty Copeland, Life In Motion
    From our place in the audience, Misty Copeland is the picture of perfection. As a soloist in the prestigious American Ballet Theatre (ABT), she is a vision en pointe, as she soars to impossible heights. But as with any success story, it takes a journey. In her memoir Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, the ABT soloist shares her Cinderella story, from a timid young girl who was introduced to ballet in a local Boys & Girls Clubin San Pedro, CA, to a stunning dynamo gracing billboards in her careerdefining performance as “The Firebird.”
    As a painfully shy child, she aimed for perfectionism to keep her rocky childhood hidden. The pressure to achieve that standard of perfection lead to excruciating migraines.
    As a young woman, Misty found her stride and steadiness through her love of dance and New York City, where her mixed identity was
    welcomed outside of the all-white dance studios. Most importantly, the
    prodigy dances with the dreams of the African American community on her shoulders, from the dancers whose promising careers were cut short by the threat of the Ku Klux Klan, to the little brown girls just beginning to tie up their first pair of pointe shoes.

    Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina is a must-read for all
    women, from dancers to executives in the boardroom. If you have young daughters, stash this must-have on your bookshelf until they’re ready to discover it.

    Based on dance’s traditional 8 count, here are 8 lessons from Misty’s inspirational story. In addition, we salute the African-American
    ballerinas who paved the way for Misty’s masterful reign.

    THERE IS MORE- — —CONGRATULATIONS♥ —PROUD of U♥ –:>)

    — – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ts8DwNlL-Y

    – ——☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-n9Ti0V8mI

    • AxelFoley

      Mmmm…Misty…

      • conlakappa

        ::And Axe now considers himself a little brown girl, apparently, or at least heard “little brown girls… and Axe”::

        I knew you’d be in here, drawers a-flinging!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ AxelFoley :>) LOL — — ***BIG HUG** – –:>)
        —“WHYCOME” I expected U 2 APPRECIATE her — -BEAUTI-ful — -DANCING. – – –:>)- -RIGHT.? :>)

        LOL — -YES. She is a BEAUTY. —U have good taste. :>)- – —
        Good 2 C U AxelFoley. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- -

  • rikyrah

    Nick Cannon wears whiteface, calls himself ‘Connor
    Smallnut’ for ‘White People Party Music’

    March 24, 2014, 7:11 PM EST

    By Jordan Zakarin
    TheWrap.com

    David Bowie had Ziggy Stardust, Joaquin Phoenix had
    rapping Joaquin Phoenix, and now, Nick Cannon has … Connor
    Smallnut.

    Yes, Nick Cannon, the host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and Mr. Mariah
    Carey, is now posing as a man named Connor Smallnut for a new musical project.
    And yes, Connor Smallnut, as you can see in the photo above and videos below, is
    white.

    Also on TheWrap: Nick Cannon to Host Style’s ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’
    Reboot

    Oh, and yes, there are people who are not happy about it.

    Cannon has been posting photos and videos of himself as Mr. Smallnut,
    whiteface and all, on his Instagram and Twitter feeds in order to hype up the
    release of his upcoming album, “White People Party Music.” The album is a sort
    of parody performed by the Smallnut character, with songs like “Pajama Pants,”
    which tackle heavy issues like twerking.

    Cannon has gotten plenty of blowback thus far, in conversations on his
    Instagram account that have really become a forum for people to air out their
    boiling racial grievances. The comments are mostly unprintable, so feel free to
    peruse them yourself, using the links below.

    http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=858737

    • morphus

      “[C]onversations on his Instagram account … have really become a forum for people to air out their boiling racial grievances.” LOL , I thought the “r” word is now deemed politically incorrect and we are to now use the socially acceptable “microagressions”? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • Alma98

        Ain’t that something lol.

    • Alma98

      LOL…Wait so msn did a story on Nick Cannon doing white face but have ignored all the black face crap huh, ok.

    • itgurl_29

      They really can stay mad cause I don’t care. There’s no such thing as “white face” because there’s no history of people of color denigrating them like that.

      • Alma98

        LOL I betcha they made at the name Smallnut lol.

        • Miranda

          *giggle*

          • Alma98

            I know remember all the crazy names from Buckaroo Banzai lol. John Small Berries, John Big Booty, John Yaya. That’s what this made me think of. hahahahahaha!!!

    • isonprize

      He looks like Carrot top with a perm. Whatever…

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- — -MR. PRESIDENT♥ —SPEAKING NOW: :>)
    —-☺http://www.hulkusa.com/watch-msnbc-live-streaming/
    FIRST – –he spoke about the LANDSLIDE in Washington State. COMPASSIONATE♥ – –

    —-ETA: – — From the White House: –☺http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-holds-joint-press-conference-prime-minister-rutte

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ —A WORLD LEADER♥ – -:>)

    – — -☺ ‏@NerdyWonka [THANK U♥]
    World Leaders at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at the Hague in the Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/EamCV5mWUv

    — –OF COURSE — -In the FRONT ROW.:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — —MR. PRESIDENT♥– In the presser — -many questions on the UKRAINE. —He’s handling them. :>)

    – – —☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]

    — – — – -♦POTUS to Julie Pace of AP on Putin’s motivation: “I’m less interested in motivation and more interested in the facts” #NSS2014

    — – -♦Pres. Obama on the possibility of more tough sanctions: “Should Russia go further, such sectoral sanctions would be appropriate”

    — – -OTHER QUESTIONS: – —

    – – — -☺PBO on NSA no longer being allowed to keep phone records for yrs: “This proposal that has been presented to me will eliminate that concern”
    – –DANG!! – – –ABC – –Just made a –RACIST INSULT!! –GET HIM MR. PRESIDENT!! —HAH! — -HE DID!! LOL
    – – –Jon Karl aka ABC’s Benghazi Shill asks Pres. Obama if his influence in the world has declined and if Romney was right about Russia.[H/T Nerdy wonka]

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MornTin’ jds09. :>) ***BIG –Cali–HUG*** :>)
      Have a good day. :>) – –B BLESSED/SAFE/ENJOYIN’ the warm♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    Apparently the WHPC is proving how idiotic they are once again. Jon Karl asking PBO if Romney was right. PBO had to slap him down.

    https://twitter.com/DavidNakamura/status/448483611202035712

    • Alma98

      I’m follwing it on the twitters and lmao.
      Jon with no (H) is getting a beat down lol.

  • Miranda

    As a responding tweet said, this is “What a Right Wingers mind looks like”

    https://twitter.com/addiestan/status/448482600030457856

    • Alma98

      Like I said crazier than a mofo, smh.

    • morphus

      This is good too .. ” A Hobby Lobby craft project full of stupid”

  • Miranda

    I gotta get me a new hustle. This dude just started this youtube channel in 2009?!?!
    ————————-
    Disney to buy YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million
    BY RONALD GROVER
    LOS ANGELES Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:34pm EDT

    (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co has agreed to buy Maker Studios, one of YouTube’s largest networks, for $500 million, a deal that makes Disney a major online video distributor and should help draw more teens into the Disney entertainment empire.

    The price tag could rise to $950 million if Maker hits certain performance milestones, Disney said, confirming what a source told Reuters earlier on Monday.

    Maker, founded in 2009, is one of the largest video production networks on Google Inc’s YouTube. Its producers target the younger millennial generation, known for its high appetite for online video.

    more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/24/us-disney-maker-idUSBREA2N1PV20140324

  • Miranda

    Michelle Kosinski‏@MKosinskiCNN
    Pres Obama just called Russia a REGIONAL power. Ouch!

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ls7kjiTAie1qbq7ok.gif

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

      You KNOW Putin’s feelings are hurt! PBO called him out in front of errrbody!

      • jds09

        And soon Putin will be crying an economic version of Uncle!

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

    https://twitter.com/aaronblakewp/status/448483393584787456

    Translation: “Putin ain’t shyt”.

    • conlakappa

      Two-bit, three-block hustler.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MornTin’ Sepia♥ – – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)
      — –☺http://www.trulygraphics.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/youre-a-loser.gif – —TRUTH! :>)

      Have a good day Sepia. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — -

    • Daltex82

      At what point will Shmitt Romney get tired of being smacked down by Pres Obama.

      • goldenstar

        Never since he can’t even feel the hit. When you’re in the bubble of white privilege, it’s difficult to feel any pain.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Daltex82 :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)
        – – — -☺http://www.freewebs.com/year5bont/Girl%20raising%20hand.gif

        – – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GtMpyAejUo – – –LOL WooT! WooT!

        Good 2 C U Daltex82. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/ WARM♥

    • AxelFoley

      “…but hoes and tricks.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -Prayin’ 4 ALL: — -A “presser” is on NOW – –

    – —‘Everything’s gone!’ Emotional 911 calls released as families hold out hope for 176 people missing in Washington landslide that killed at least 14-

    — – – -Chilling 911 recordings have revealed witnesses’ terror as a mile-long landslide heaved houses from their foundations, toppled trees and left dozens of people unaccounted for in Oso, Washington on Saturday.

    ‘There’s like a mudslide and everything’s gone!’ one woman can be heard crying at the dispatcher. ‘The houses are gone! There are people yelling for help!’

    One witness, Elaine Young, said she heard a rush of air for about 45 seconds and stepped outside to find an ominous silence – and a wall of heavy mud that had crashed through the neighborhood.

    The massive landslide had left a gaping cavity on what had been a tree-covered hillside and in the frantic rescue, searchers spotted mud-covered survivors by the whites of their waving palms.
    THERE IS MORE – —
    -☺http://cdn.mdjunction.com/components/com_joomlaboard/uploaded/images/sending_prayers.gif

  • Miranda

    So now Jamelle Bouie’s bullshit piece is being cited by Greenwald. SMH….dumbass

    https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/statuses/448458206281732096

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

      Not surprised. These Black bloggers/journalists are more concerned with impressing white liberals and libertarians.

      All we got is US.

      • Miranda

        Damn he is slapping Jamelle all upside the head! And Jamelle’s cowardly ass will not respond about Rand’s hypocrisy at all. Trifling kneegrow.

    • morphus

      I guess GW missed the parts of the Slate article which discusses COINTELPRO and the Miss State Sovereignty Commission impact on civil rights?.

    • Kennymack1971

      These Negroes ain’t shit. Cooning for a pat on the head from Glenn Greenwald. So trifling.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —- -GLOATIN’ –@ —CALL OUT –Time – – -:>)

    – – –Racism At Center Of GOP Movement As More Whites Became Republican During Obama Years- —

    ——- -Gallup released the results of a study on Monday showing the racial breakdown of political party affiliation since 1995. What the study revealed, and what most people have already figured out, is that with the election of President Obama in 2008, more white
    Americans have shifted party allegiance to the Republican Party, or have at least indicated they lean Republican. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to enjoy a huge advantage among non-whites, with almost no change in Democratic preference from the Clinton and Bush presidencies.

    In 2008, nearly the same number of whites preferred the Democratic
    Party as they did the Republican Party. Starting in 2009, the trend line
    started to shift back towards the GOP. By 2010, during the Tea Party
    wave in the midterms, Republicans held a 12-point advantage with white people. The gap grew even larger in 2011, when it grew to 14 points.
    Since then, it has regressed a bit, but Democrats are still in the hole
    with whites by a full 10 points.
    – – —SNIP —

    – – –For now, the GOP movement is going to focus on voter suppression as their main minority outreach program. It won’t work in the end. Besides becoming less white, this country is also becoming more liberal.
    Any gains the GOP sees in the midterm elections this year will be
    temporary. If they continue to be the party of white privilege and identification, they will quickly become a regional party with no hopes of winning the Presidency or holding onto either Congressional chamber.
    – – – — -HAH!

    – – – -THEY —continue 2 B – –POST — –RACIST!! –Hopefully —LOSERS!- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -Lookin’ BACK< – — – -♥ – —
    — – — ☺@HistoricalPics [Thank U♥] —
    On this Day in 1965, Martin Luther King led 25,000 marchers in protest about the denial of voting rights to blacks pic.twitter.com/WMaCoDgVlj

    • isonprize

      I recognize most of them, (Ralph Abernathy, Martin, John Lewis, not sure of the gentleman between MLK and Lewis) but, ah, butterum, uh, um, who is that yummy eye candy in overalls and a jacket?

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ isonprize :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – —LOL – – – -Still lookin’. :>)- —
        — –U R a RIOT! :>) – –Good 2 C U. :>)
        – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- –U♥/Son♥ —:>)

  • Miranda

    ROFLMAO

    Me when I try to go on a diet…I always fail #Idontneedyou
    https://vine.co/v/MMvppBzLzIn

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

      LOL

    • Alma98

      LMAO! I know the feeling.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —- -FIRST: —Xavier_Thyme

    14 minutes ago

    Twenty, thirty, forty years ago there must have been a massive failing in the US education system to allow this many people to
    grow up stupid just so they could be grade-school administrators. Every
    week we hear of another dumb-ass bunch of them who have power but no
    intelligence. How do they get these jobs? BS baffles brains during the
    interviews?
    – –
    -***BIG fist bump***
    — – – -School Kicks Out 3rd-Grader for Shaving Her Head
    – — – – -Kamryn Renfro shaved her head because, she says, “it felt like the right
    thing to do” to support a friend who is fighting cancer—but the
    compassionate gesture got Kamryn kicked out of school, 9 News
    reports. Kamryn, a third-grader, wasn’t allowed to return to Caprock
    Academy in Grand Junction, Colo., yesterday because her shaved head
    violates the school’s dress code,
    Kamryn’s family says. “It makes me sad
    because she was really happy to go back to school and show people what
    she did,” says the mom of Kamryn’s friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements,
    who lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy to fight neuroblastoma.
    – – – – -SNIP – –
    — -But the school will reportedly allow Kamryn to attend today, and NBC 11
    reports that the school’s Board of Directors is holding a special
    meeting tonight to address the situation and potentially make an
    exception to the dress code for Kamryn.

    THERE IS MORE —
    — –THEY R –soooo STOOPID annnnd ILLOGICAL!!—-

    – — -The families NEEDTA —RECALL them ALL!! —

    – – –☺http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jWNhyMUpjSE/TSDicxbE7bI/AAAAAAAAH9o/JcKpDeU0ttQ/s1600/funny-picture-the-stupid-it-burns.jpg

    • rikyrah

      W-T-F?
      You gotta be kidding me

      • Town

        These schools can seem to catch kids doing the right thing and punish them but can NEVER EVER seem to be able to do anything about bullies roaming their hallways. Now why is that?

        You have this kid, who’s supporting her friend and they want to punish her. How is having a bald head against the dress code? So kids with cancer are violating the dress code? How about the bald teachers? Are they violating dress codes?

        You had the kid last week in Virginia Beach who took a razor away from a classmate who was cutting himself and then told a teacher. Instead of patting that kid on the back, they suspended her then recommended they expel her.

        But the bully running around the school terrorizing the class, they can never seem to be able to do anything about him or her, can they?

        • GreenLadyHere

          Good MornTin’ Town’ ***BIG HUG*** :>)
          — –***BIG fist bump*** – – – –
          – –As I C it – –THESE LOSERS —leave the FREE public schools 2 START annnd 2 RULE ova their little – -FIFEDOMS!!; annnd 2 MAKE UP their own –ILLOGICAL – –IN-COMPASSIONATE annnd RACIST rules – -2 suit themselves —NOT CHILDREN!!

          — -EVIDENCE!!!
          —Annnnd many parents allow their children 2 attend them as they tryta AVOID – -US/POC!! —
          Good 2 C U Town. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥—:>)

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        As I sated – –THESE LOSERS leave other public school ’cause the wanna make up their STOOPID rules – -2 suit themselves — -NOT STUDENTS!! –humph!

        Parents needta – -get a grip —annnnd leave!!

        B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –

  • goldenstar

    What a great letter and letter writer!

    W.E.B. Du Bois was a man of many achievements. In 1895, he became the first African American to earn a Ph.D at Harvard; he co-founded, in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; his influential 1903 book on race, The Souls of Black Folk, is considered a classic in its field. He was also a tireless civil rights activist. In 1914, his soon-to-be 14-year-old daughter, Yolande, left the family home to study at Bedales School in England. He wrote her the following letter of advice soon after her arrival.

    (Source: The Correspondence of W.E.B. Du Bois, Vol. 1: Selections, 1877-1934; Image: W.E.B. Du Bois, his daughter, Yolande, and his wife, Nina in 1901, via Wikimedia.)

    New York, October 29, 1914

    Dear Little Daughter:

    I have waited for you to get well settled before writing. By this time I hope some of the strangeness has worn off and that my little girl is working hard and regularly.

    Of course, everything is new and unusual. You miss the newness and smartness of America. Gradually, however, you are going to sense the beauty of the old world: its calm and eternity and you will grow to love it.

    Above all remember, dear, that you have a great opportunity. You are in one of the world’s best schools, in one of the world’s greatest modern empires. Millions of boys and girls all over this world would give almost anything they possess to be where you are. You are there by no desert or merit of yours, but only by lucky chance.

    Deserve it, then. Study, do your work. Be honest, frank and fearless and get some grasp of the real values of life. You will meet, of course, curious little annoyances. People will wonder at your dear brown and the sweet crinkley hair. But that simply is of no importance and will soon be forgotten. Remember that most folk laugh at anything unusual, whether it is beautiful, fine or not. You, however, must not laugh at yourself. You must know that brown is as pretty as white or prettier and crinkley hair as straight even though it is harder to comb. The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin—the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world. Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely. Enter into the spirit of your big bed-room. Enjoy what is and not pine for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.

    Above all remember: your father loves you and believes in you and expects you to be a wonderful woman.

    I shall write each week and expect a weekly letter from you.

    Lovingly yours,

    Papa
    http://www.lettersofnote.com/2014/03/dear-little-daughter.html

    • TyrenM

      I’m not this good. STOLEN!

    • qosine

      Wonderful letters. That eloquence, the deep insights.
      Hello Black Newspaper People: This is how you write.
      Please read furiously, practice writing, and publish
      fine work your readers will be proud to tweet, quote,
      and buy, once you’ve earned that right. Please.

    • AxelFoley

      I’m gonna send this to my daughter. Very timely. Thanks, gs.

  • GreenLadyHere

    pOU FAM♥ — – -THIS is a POINT that she made when SHUTTIN’ DOWN that RACIST – —
    – —☺@TheReidReport [THANK U♥] – –
    These groups are likely the most negatively impacted by voter ID laws. Weigh in: http://on.msnbc.com/1iVqixg #reiders pic.twitter.com/CZ2ByFEGTW

    WE have werk 2 do –2 mitigate AGAINST —UNJUST –VOTER SUPPRESSION!!!- — -

  • qosine

    Come on down, TN. We’ve been selected — as the poster child for Federal regulators and Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper are pushing to further regulate the payday lending industry and cut back on so-called “debt traps” that mire consumers in a cycle of poverty, according to the Chattanooga TFP.

    In his prepared remarks for today’s hearing, Cordray said he chose Tennessee for this particular field hearing “because of the prevalence of payday lenders both here and in many of the neighboring states.”

    Cordray said that roughly half of all loans are made to borrowers in loan sequences lasting ten or more loans in a row.

    “From this finding, one could readily conclude that the business model of the payday industry depends on people becoming stuck in these loans for the long term, since almost half their business comes from people who are basically paying high-cost rent on the amount of their original loan,” Corday said in his remarks.

    http://knoxblogs.com/humphreyhill/2014/03/25/ag-fed-regulators-eye-new-regulations-payday-lenders/

    • morphus

      Is founder of Check into Cash delusional or just on a power trip?

      Check Into Cash is the nation’s largest privately held payday lender with more than 1,200 offices nationwide offering payday, title and other consumer loans, along with check cashing services. Allan Jones, the company’s founder and CEO, calls his company “a happy business” that “fills a real consumer need” for short-term cash. On a typical Friday, more than 75,000 Americans are in one of Jones’ stores paying on a loan or borrowing more money.

      “We’ve been in business for over 20 years and we haven’t had any consumers, to my knowledge, ever complain about our business,” Jones said. “Our consumers love us and so-called consumer groups hate us. Consumer groups want us to spend more time thinking about our consumers. Well, that’s all we’ve ever done — we talk with them, we listen to them and we give them the services they want and need.”

      http://timesfreepress.com/news/2014/mar/25/federal-regulators-set-sights-on-tennessees/

      • qosine

        This is the way they think. The stories I could tell
        from those who’ve thrived in this business. Shady
        ass mf — all of them.

      • Miranda

        My hometown in the rural black belt of Alabama, where the largest employer is the School Board – all of the factories that were around there are gone. All the mom & pop shops that made up a little bustling town are gone. Half the town (if not, MORE) is on some form of government assistance. The only stores are the grocery stores, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Fred’s, and a few other knick knack store, Auto Parts and the Co-op…………but in this little city of less than 5,000 there are TWO Payday loan stores.

        It is criminal.

        • qosine

          Yes!

          • morphus

            Its indeed sad watching the devastation. In a kinder, gentler America, micro-financing would be promoted.

  • Alma98

    LOL@ #JonKarlQuestions

    • goldenstar

      I love having a good laugh. Quite therapeutic.

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    The Obamacare Benefit That Gets No Respect

    The uninsured aren’t the only ones who benefit. The underinsured do too.

    BY JONATHAN COHN @citizencohn

    Everybody wants to know whether the Affordable Care Act will significantly reduce the proportion of Americans without health insurance. It’s an extremely important question. It’s also not the only one that matters.

    Obamacare’s goal isn’t simply helping the uninsured. It’s also supposed to help the “underinsured”—people with policies that are so expensive to maintain, or leave such large gaps in coverage, that paying for health care is still a devastating burden. This problem hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it deserves. A new report, just out from the Commonwealth Fund, seeks to change that.

    According to the report, which became public early Tuesday morning, some 32 million non-elderly Americans were in households that spent a “high share of income on medical care” during 2012. That’s a little more than one in ten non-elderly Americans. The majority, though by no means all, are poor or near-poor. (See graph above) Add them to the number of Americans without insurance at that time, and you end up with about 79 million people, or nearly one-third of the non-elderly population, that was at risk of not being able to pay for their medical care before the Affordable Care Act became law.

    The Commonwealth Fund report uses a very specific and somewhat complicated definition of under-insurance, based on how out-of-pocket costs and premiums compare to household income. (You can read the full explanation here.) Not everybody would agree with that definition. Conservatives tend to support higher out-of-pocket spending, because they believe it discourages wasteful spending and improves market competition. As such, many would probably argue the Fund’s definition of under-insurance makes the problem seem a lot worse than it is. That’s a totally fair argument, at least for those who hold the conservative point of view.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117142/obamacares-help-underinsured-big-gets-little-attention

  • MsKitty

    It really is a race to the bottom between MSNBC and CNN

    http://t.co/PwfnzxAUsy

    • Miranda

      what in the journalistic hell…………….

    • qosine

      WTF? One of the most heartbreaking, devastating sights I’ve ever seen where innocent people had to face being burned alive or jumping. I think they were loved and died horribly. FU MSNBC and Ronan — whoever put that chyron up.

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

      They wouldn’t dare post such bs if those jumpers were people of color.

      BTW, I saw those jumpers being interviewed on the local news, and they’re on some white privilege bs. They had the nerve say they were “shocked” that the NYPD continued to investigate something they knew wasn’t a terror act. WTF?? When someone sneaks into the WTC area that is supposed to be secured, and jumps from the building, hell yeah they’re gonna investigate!

      • MsKitty

        I still can’t get over the 15-16 year old kid that sneaked into the WTC last weekend. Maybe I just had a strict upbringing, but I wasn’t gallivanting at all hours on a Saturday Night/Sunday morning who knows where. Curfew was real.

        Media interviewing people on his block and they’re like yeah he’s a real daredevil. Like WTF “daredevil’s” parents? After I was bailed out of jail they would they would have had to keep the cell warm for my Mom after she killed me.

        • Lisa M

          At that age, if I didn’t leave the house by 9pm, I wasn’t leaving. Many times I had to just wait outside until my friends came and got me. :)

      • Scopedog

        “They wouldn’t dare post such bs if those jumpers were people of color.”

        Very true.

      • Town

        If 16 year olds JuVon and Kr’aigestiny jumped off the WTC number one, they’d be in jail, nobody would think it’s cute or daring and the entire black community would be draggd from coast to coast as bad parents who are lawless and criminal.

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          “Kr’aigestiny”

          Town, who the hell do you know with this name? This name HAD to have come from life.

    • AxelFoley

      Da fuq?

  • Miranda

    *snicker*

    Naomi Campbell unimpressed Kayne and Kim Vouge cover

    • Alma98

      LOL

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

      Ooooh! That was some read between the lines shade!

    • Town

      I do not like this punk but he told no lies:

      Reza from Shahs of Sunset does not like the Kim/Kanye cover because he says Vogue represents high fashion and Kim sells her Kollection at Sears and made a porn taple. He said nothing wrong with Sears but Sears ain’t high fashion, which is what Vogue is supposed to represent.

      Does anyone know if Jessica Simpson’s ever had a Vogue cover? Because Kim Kardashian Kollection gets a cover, Jessica Simpson has earned her cover with her collection of shoes over and over again.

  • qosine

    I’m watching this dem — Mike Turner. Got a feeling he may run for
    governor. Like GreenLady says, “Watchin'”
    ..
    TN leads the nation in percentage of workers making minimum wage
    By Tom Humphrey

    New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics make Tennessee the top spot for making $7.25 an hour, reports WPLN.

    “It’s hard to raise a family or maintain a lifestyle when you’re making less than $300 a week,” state Rep. Mike Turner (D-Nashville) told lawmaker in General Assembly before his bill to raise the state’s minimum wage by a dollar was killed for the year.
    http://knoxblogs.com/humphreyhill/2014/03/25/tn-leads-nation-percentage-workers-making-minimum-wage/

    • morphus

      “Business groups have fought any mention of raising the state’s minimum wage, even by a small amount.”

      When these business groups protest about minimum wage increases someone needs to have a spreadsheet handy to show the amount of tax “benefits” they’ve received.

    • GreenLadyHere

      –☺http://i926.photobucket.com/albums/ad102/thalatinoking1/SmileyBowDown.gif Good MorTin’ La Qosine. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      –THIS: – -TN leads the nation in percentage of workers making minimum wage. New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics make Tennessee the top spot for making $7.25 an hour, reports WPLN. – –
      –GR8 STATS!!! —
      — –Headin’ toward – –TEN -TEN; –$10.10 – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

      —-Thanks 4 the GET!! – – -U werkin’ it. !! :>) – –
      Good 2 C u La Qosine. :>) – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — — FOCUS on VP Joe♥- -:>)

    — –☺ ‏@VP
    The VP, @LaborSec, and @GovernorHassan meet w/ XMA Corporation employees and on-the-job training participants in NH. pic.twitter.com/csikuzTU3A

    – – – –☺@tamarakeithNPR

    Hugging and kissing a 101-year-old grandmother (Enis Sullivan, of New Boston, NH). Classic @VP Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/RZpOl7zjf4

    – – -☺@VP
    The VP is in NH today because ensuring that workers have the skills they need is critical to growing our economy. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/30/fact-sheet-opportunity-all-empowering-all-americans-skills-needed-demand

    – – – –☺http://www.callsberry.com/App_Themes/Sunface/images/job.gif WAYTA GO. :>) PROUD of U♥ – –:>)

  • rikyrah

    Mother of baby found alone in building turns herself in

    SUN-TIMES MEDIA
    March 24, 2014 10:16PM

    The mother of a baby found alone in a South Side apartment building Friday night turned herself in to police Monday.

    The 1-year-old girl was found about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the vestibule of an Auburn Gresham apartment building in the 8200 block of South Justine Street, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

    She was taken in good condition to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Center in Evergreen Park and was later released into the custody of the state’s Department of Child and Family Services, police said at the time.

    The mother turned herself in to police Monday and was being questioned by detectives, police said.

    Detectives had been looking for the mother since Saturday afternoon, after the girl was identified, police said at the time.

    http://www.suntimes.com/26423873-761/mother-of-baby-found-alone-in-building-turns-herself-in.html

  • rikyrah

    Charles Koch Says The Poor Have It Really Good So They Need to Stop Complaining

    By: Rmuse
    Tuesday, March, 25th, 2014, 8:47 am

    Poverty is a condition that refers to the general dearth of material possessions or money that prevents people from having access to basic human needs such as food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care, and education. It is a sad fact of life that in the richest nation in the history of the world, an inordinately high number of Americans live in abject poverty and do not have the means to provide their families with fundamentally basic needs of food, shelter, or healthcare. It is little surprise that Republicans are planning to increase the number of Americans living in poverty according to their intent to eliminate the nation’s anti-poverty programs, and it is not because the country is broke as Republicans are wont to claim. It is more likely due, in part, to one of the two richest men in the country who claims the tens-of-millions of Americans living below the poverty line need to shut up, stop complaining, and start celebrating their good fortune as members of the richest one-percent in the world.

    First, it is important to note that poverty, at least relative poverty, is generally defined by reputable economists contextually as economic inequality in the location or society in which people live, and in that context, it is likely that more than half of the American population is living in poverty. Charles Koch completely disagrees and last year his foundation produced a commercial stating that a family earning $34,000 annually are part of the richest one-percent in the world; especially when compared to developing third world nations and countries such as China and India where the majority of the population lives in absolute squalor.

    It is not just Charles Koch, another wealthy CEO, Bud Konheim, said just last month that “We’ve got a country that the poverty level is wealth in 99% of the rest of the world, so we’re talking about woe is me, woe is us, woe is this. The guy that’s making, oh my God, he’s making $35,000 a year, why don’t we try that out in India or some countries we can’t even name. China, anyplace, the guy is wealthy.” Except Americans living in poverty do not live in China or India, or third world nations; they live in America where according to the Economic Policy Institute, a family of three would have to earn at least $48,000 annually just to afford the basic necessities to survive such as food, housing, and healthcare. Another organization, the Working Poor Families Project, estimates that the required income to meet the most basic survival needs is $45,000 annually; America’s median household income is approximately $51,000.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/25/charles-koch-poor-good-stop-complaining.html

    • morphus

      Koch repeating CATO/Koch report that poverty wage Americans are part of the richest one-percent in the world is same as analogy “’If Bill Gates walks into a bar, everyone in the bar is on average a millionaire”. IIRC, report also suggests if you own a refrigerator or air conditioner, you are rich.

      • conlakappa

        And have indoor plumbing, don’t forget that! I remember it being roundly mocked and criticized. So small-minded and mean-spirited, it was.

        • morphus

          What was so sad, the CATO report silenced push for safety net programs. The so-call austerity measures went up in flames faster than the CATO report.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      The only person I see complaining is a rich guy with too much time on his hands.

  • rikyrah

    Racism At Center Of GOP Movement As More Whites Became Republican During Obama Years
    By: Justin Baragona
    Tuesday, March, 25th, 2014, 10:40 am

    Gallup released the results of a study on Monday showing the racial breakdown of political party affiliation since 1995. What the study revealed, and what most people have already figured out, is that with the election of President Obama in 2008, more white Americans have shifted party allegiance to the Republican Party, or have at least indicated they lean Republican. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to enjoy a huge advantage among non-whites, with almost no change in Democratic preference from the Clinton and Bush presidencies.

    In 2008, nearly the same number of whites preferred the Democratic Party as they did the Republican Party. Starting in 2009, the trend line started to shift back towards the GOP. By 2010, during the Tea Party wave in the midterms, Republicans held a 12-point advantage with white people. The gap grew even larger in 2011, when it grew to 14 points. Since then, it has regressed a bit, but Democrats are still in the hole with whites by a full 10 points.

    While Republicans have seen an uptick in white voters, Democrats have kept the same large advantage among minority voters. The percentage of minority voters who identified as Democratic as opposed to Republican in the Clinton and Bush years is almost exactly the same as during the first five years of the Obama presidency.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/25/racism-center-gop-movement-whites-republican-obama-years.html

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Yup. Romney got 61% of the white vote. Did better than McCain.

  • rikyrah

    John Boehner’s Office Wigs Out and Calls Harry Reid Completely Unhinged

    By: Jason Easley
    Tuesday, March, 25th, 2014, 11:47 am

    Speaker of the House John Boehner’s office went into full freak out mode after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called out Republican obstruction for sending the wrong message to Putin and Russia.

    Yesterday, on the Senate floor, Harry Reid blamed Republican obstruction for sending Putin the wrong message.

    Reid said, “It’s impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice. When a few extremist Republicans blocked action on this robust bill reported with strong, bipartisan support by the Foreign Relations Committee, it sent a dangerous message to Russian leaders. I am pleased that, in the face of Republicans obstruction, President Obama moved forward with additional sanctions. The President is working closely with our European allies to impose the most effective sanctions possible. In light of such clear-cut Russian aggression against Ukraine, it’s difficult to believe Republicans blocked this package at all.”

    Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel replied, “The Senate Majority Leader sounds completely unhinged. The House has acted and is continuing to act, in a reasonable and responsible way to give the White House the tools it needs to hold President [Vladimir] Putin accountable.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/25/john-boehners-office-wigs-calls-harry-reid-completely-unhinged.html

  • rikyrah
    • goldenstar

      Like his nomenclature: Kochroaches.

  • rikyrah

    Kirsten Gillibrand to make sure Clinton runs
    By LUCY MCCALMONT | 3/25/14 12:37 PM EDT

    New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she won’t run for president in 2016 even if Hillary Clinton doesn’t but that she will “make sure” the former secretary of state launches a bid.

    “I’m going to make sure Hillary does! And I’ll make sure everyone votes for her and help her raise money,” the Democrat told the audience of close to 200 at POLITICO’s Women Rule event, “How Women Run: Power, Perception and Reality,” held Tuesday at the Willard hotel.

    Gillibrand, who was appointed to Clinton’s Senate seat in 2008 and went on to win a special election in 2010 and reelection in 2012, said she feels “blessed” to serve on the Hill.

    “Without a doubt, I feel that this platform I have to serve in the U.S. Senate is extraordinary,” she said. “I feel blessed and lucky every single day that my job is to help people.”

    Looking toward 2016, Gillibrand said it’s “hard to say” what Clinton will face if she runs, including sexism, but lauded Clinton as the top contender.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/kirsten-gillibrand-hillary-clinton-2016-105001.html#ixzz2x066gKNy

    • conlakappa

      Enough to get me to unplug from Gillibrand/her people. How’s about being laser-focused on the women who could rule as a result of the 2014 elections. Been meaning to tell you all about receiving a survey from EMILY’s List. I tried to see if I could post a link but it’s for me only. I’ll definitely be stepping into them about what “should” be on the agenda.

    • MsKitty
    • Daltex82

      And I’ll make sure everyone votes for her and help her raise money,…
      ~~~
      Anybody from the HRC camp that contacts me is so going to get their fee-fees hurt.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Am I asking to much that Sen. Gillibrand focus on this year’s election?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -UH! OH! — -“WHYCOME” this woman – -came on the REID REPORT – –JUS’ 2 GET —SLAMMED. —-LOL – —

    She shoulda taken a partner into the booth —with her!! LOL
    —She cain’t THINK as fast as Ms. JOY ANN!! :>)- –

    THIS is GUD!! LOL –

  • Miranda

    Is Rand Paul serious?? He’s claiming credit for the changes PBO is proposing with the NSA….ROFLMAO! Watch the media shamelessly forget PBO was proposing changes LAST YEAR.

    • conlakappa

      It is hard not to think of the MSM’s relationship with that cretin without using vulgar language. I’ll clean it up some: more than the tip!

  • rikyrah
    • morphus

      This could be a problem .. Justice Kennedy Thinks Hobby Lobby Is An Abortion Case — That’s Bad News For Birth Control http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/25/3418675/justice-kennedy-thinks-hobby-lobby-is-an-abortion-case-thats-bad-news-for-birth-control/

      • jds09

        That is mind numbing. Makes you wonder if these folks are just anti-sex for pleasure, deep in their hearts.

        • Alma98

          It’s not even about that jds. It’s about white women not having enough white babies.

          • jds09

            I’m seeing these billboards of cute black babies that are anti-choice all over San Diego. That leads me to think its about sex for procreation only, but don’t have sex unless you’re married and prepared to have a quiverfull of babies.

          • Alma98

            My take on that is, to them black women & woc having babies is providing more prisoners and cheap labor, low expectations. They don’t expect our children to do great in this society. Because we know they don’t give a damn about our kids once they’re here.

          • rikyrah

            be honest about it, Alma.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – –FOCUS on OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥- –

    – – – -☺ ‏@FLOTUS
    In Chengdu, the First Lady and her family enjoyed a traditional (and delicious) hot pot. #FLOTUSinChina pic.twitter.com/AiDQQBAg4l
    – — YUMMY. :>)- -[Annd it looks --HEALTHY. :>)] —
    — -ENJOY – -FIRST LADY♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -OMWORD! – — – -PRAYIN’ 4 this situation/Any POU FAM♥/relatives/friends— – AMEN♥-

    — –☺ ‏@NewsBreaker
    NEW PHOTO: Huge apartment building on fire near SW downtown Houston (image via @SketchtheJ) pic.twitter.com/ZGaGIeUlKr via @realtimwilliams

    — –☺NOW: Large apartment complex fire west of downtown Houston, Texas (watch live) http://bit.ly/1qzlPUu pic.twitter.com/IhSXs5QjhT – @KHOU

    – – –☺Vine captures apt. fire raging near SW downtown Houston, Texas (watch) https://vine.co/v/MOZKeLJTZQ0 (user @TelcoAg)

    – – -☺HOUSTON FIRE:
    – No reported injuries
    – Now 4-Alarm
    – near downtown
    – building was under construction
    pic.twitter.com/xhY4XauHVD @KHOLMESlive

    – – – – -☺PHOTOS: 5-alarm fire destroys apartment complex under construction in Montrose http://bit.ly/1eLlJnI pic.twitter.com/lX1UBi2IyO
    – – – – –CONCERNED 4 nearby structures/people. – –

    • PBomb

      So, I believe that this was an empty apartment building that was being built for new tenants. The interesting thing about this building is that there was a story on the local news about how this building was being built by a cemetery. Like right next to it. So close that when you walk out the building you can literally touch a headstone. This area used to be a predominately black area in the 50’s and 60’s. So the cemetery is probably a black cemetery. If this is the same building then I believe this might have not been an accident.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -OBVIOUSLY – -Hobby Lobby —don’t currr – –humph!

    – –☺@NoShock [THANK U♥] –:>)
    #NotMyBossBusiness pic.twitter.com/Ioo42F5tFv

  • rikyrah

    Religious groups play key role in Obamacare insurance sign-up
    Adelle M. Banks | Mar 20, 2014 | 3 Comments

    On one Friday earlier this month, more than 11,000 Muslims in mosques across the country heard a sermon about the Affordable Care Act.

    The National Council of Jewish Women Sacramento Section tables for health coverage. Photo courtesy of National Council of Jewish Women

    Hindu and National Baptist groups, meanwhile, are posting online announcements about the White House’s “Faith and Community ACA Days of Action” this weekend (March 21-23).

    Jewish women’s groups have visited college campuses to get students who think they’re “invincible” to sign up for health insurance.

    As the national March 31 deadline for health insurance enrollment looms and with President Obama’s encouragement, organizations across a range of faiths are working to sign up uninsured Americans for coverage under Obamacare.

    “What other time in our history will we be able to help our communities focus on wellness, to help every citizen access a means to be healthy and treat medical conditions, breaking the trend of making emergency rooms and ‘urgent care’ our primary care physicians?” asked Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, director of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Social Action Commission.

    http://www.religionnews.com/2014/03/20/religious-groups-play-key-role-obamacare-insurance-sign/

    • conlakappa

      Awesome! In another part of the sign-up front, Radio Girl told me that her friends signed up in Montana at the Planned Parenthood. So it’s meeting folks where they are and being available for them to meet you.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – – -Ohhhh —HOW WONDERFUL♥ – —

    — -Robin Roberts will guest judge on ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’- –

    — – –Robin Roberts is taking on some night work as a guest judge on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

    The “Good Morning America” anchor will appear on the show next Monday alongside the regular panelists. She’s the first of several guest judges scheduled this season, including Ricky Martin and Redfoo from the band LMFAO.
    THERE IS MORE – — –
    —-Sooo Lookin’ FORWARD♥ —BLESS U♥ —:>)

  • morphus

    I can’t wait to watch NSA/Greenwald/Snowden conspirator’s heads explode as they try to wrap their minds around electric utilities as internet providers. A tech, by the way, that been around for a while. And, the expansion should bring to a screeching halt telephone phone companies extortion of businesses like Netfix and consumers labelled as bandwidth hogs.

    TN: Government-owned Internet determined to expand territory, despite state law: “A broken fiber line Sunday that caused an outage to the government-owned Internet provider in Clarksville won’t deter the public utility from trying to expand its Lightband Internet services outside the city.” http://watchdog.org/134379/tn-government-owned-internet-2/

    • jds09

      I just read somewhere that the technology is there for hot air balloons to make entire areas hot spots. I’m here for that. The cable companies have been gouging us for years. Seriously, $170 for television AND you have to watch commercials. I hope the cable companies go the way of the 8-track (or cds for POU youngsters).

      • morphus

        There plenty of tech ready for commercial use and could wire entire communities at very low rates, however, the telephone and cable companies *cough* persuaded legislators to write laws to make sharing illegal.

        • jds09

          wow.

  • jds09

    Okay, I know I’m late to the party….I’m watching a tape of today’s press conference. But did the female AP reporter just ask the Dutch PM to grade PBO foreign policy performance? Fuck her.

    • Miranda

      say what?!?!? Imma go look that up. I know that shit did not happen!

      • jds09

        It’s the very first question. The PM from Demark had PBO’s back.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!