October 23, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Shakespearean Actors


We continue our series on Black Shakespearean Actors



James Hewlett as Richard III. According to the website, Shakespeare in American Life, "...the first graphic depiction of a black performer in a dramatic production in the United States."

James Hewlett as Richard III. According to the website, Shakespeare in American Life, “…the first graphic depiction of a black performer in a dramatic production in the United States.”

(From Alan W. King’s Blog)

…Born 1778, James Hewlett’s education of theatre came from following behind British actor George Frederick Cooke as a servant boy, when he learned to imitate the actor’s actions and attitude. But, according to a Dec. 22, 1825 article in The Star, the young man had something else going for him. “Hewlett…must have had a natural talent for theatrical performances and an excellent voice, or he could never have surmounted his early difficulties,” the newspaper reported. Those difficulties were the result of racism. In addition to working as a waiter and tailor by trade, Hewlett was a role model for the African Grove’s younger member, Ira Aldridge. When Hewlett joined the theatre company in 1821, he attempted Richard III with an all‐black cast and played the title role in Brown’s The Drama of King Shotaway. But much of his life after the African Grove is a blur. According to the Oxford Companion to American Theatre, he “seems to have confined his appearances to recitals devoted largely to imitations of famous White actors.”

Among his honors, Hewlett was called “the most astonishing phenomena of the age” by an 1826 advertisement. In addition, the ad goes on to describe him as: “a young man, who, notwithstanding the thousands of obstacles which the circumstance of complexion must have thrown in his way of improvement, has, by the mere dint of natural genius and self‐strengthened assiduity, risen to a successful competition with some of the first actors of the day.” Later billed as “Shakespeare’s proud Representative,” he disappeared after a farewell benefit in 1831. According to blackpast.org, Hewlett passed in 1836.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. It’s a rainy morning here,hope everyone has a great day.

    • rikyrah

      Morning cc!

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning!

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

  • crazycanuck

    The world is sick of you Netanyahoo. STFU

    alestine report ‏@Palestinereport 2m
    Netanyahu urges world not to recognise Palestinian unity government – Reuters http://dlvr.it/5sWcs5

    • Bibi ain’t concerned about the world. Just his buddies in Congress.

  • GOVCHRIS1988
    • GOVCHRIS1988

      I mean seriously, like James Ingram singing “In the Secret Garden”


      Damn, I mean she wouldn’t even have to take the dress OFF!! It would be all over.

      • crazycanuck

        Calm down,it’s early morning, have a cup of tea lol.

        • Maybe he should have a some iced tea? LOL

          • GOVCHRIS1988

            Just give me the ice…………

        • AxelFoley

          I want a cup of Rihanna, that’s what I want.

    • rikyrah

      uh uh uh

    • Miranda

      RiRi just told everybody “top that bishes”

    • Alma98

      Grace Jones, Cher, Josephine Baker and countless others have done the same thing. But I understand the fellas drooling over Rhianna lol.

      • AxelFoley



        • Alma98

          You fool! hahahahahahahahahaha!!!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    After hearing Alice Walker read The Color Purple on the radio, Whoopi Goldberg says she took it upon herself to write the author a letter. If she ever turned her novel into a movie, Whoopi would love to play “dirt on the floor.” As it turns out, Walker already knew who Whoopi was—and she wanted her for a much bigger role. Watch to see why Whoopi wasn’t allowed to tell anyone she had landed the leading role of Celie, and how she felt walking onto the set that first day.


  • Joy

    Morning, fam!

    • rikyrah

      Morning, Joy

    • Alma98

      Morning Joy!

  • rikyrah

    Rev. Al has been doing a great job finding different angles
    to point out the absurdity of the GOP going against the First Lady’s healthy food in schools program.

    Did find out something interesting from Rev. Al’s segment
    yesterday. I had thought that the standards and everything they’ve been working on are already law. Facts are, the law gets re-authorized in 2015.

    I did appreciate Rev. Al’s guest comparing this fight to the
    fight from the GOP about Obamacare. Love pointing out the parallel.

    I also loved the example of comparing the plates. How
    ketchup was qualified as a ‘vegetable’- yes, thank you Ronald Reagan.

    That this is about Big Food.

    Celeb chef Tom Colicchio bashes GOP food plan

    Republicans in the House have been pushing to roll back some of
    the healthy lunch standards that First Lady Michelle Obama has championed.

    Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio explains why he’s speaking out against those efforts, and what makes a balanced meal for American kids.


    • goldenstar

      Saw the show yesterday and have newfound respect for Colicchio. Never warmed up to him on Top Chef and thought he was embellishment to Let’s Move. Turns out he’s part of the heart of the movment. Wow.

      • EpiphanySweet

        Wha??? No likey Colicchio…HE IS Top Chef.

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka@NerdyWonkaFollow

    PBO: We..get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don’t condition that

    GOP/MSM: Unless POTUS is Black

    7:29 AM – 3 Jun 2014

  • rikyrah
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  • rikyrah

    this shyt ain’t making no damn sense people.


    Laundromat patrons try to make sense of violence that left 6 shot

    BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter June 3, 2014 8:11AM

    A discarded strip of blood-smeared police tape fluttered in the breeze early Tuesday, as a man hauled a tub of dirty laundry into Sudz Coin Laundry on East 79th — the morning after six people were shot there.

    Plywood covered over some windows, but otherwise it was business as usual at the laundromat.

    Inside, competing with the jabber on the big-screen TV and the slosh of a dozen washing machines, customers Roger Chandler and Oliver Guiton were trying to wrap their minds around what had happened the night before.

    “This is a laundromat — it ain’t no liquor store,” said Guiton, 61, sipping a Dr. Pepper. “I don’t understand it.”

    Chandler nodded in agreement.

    “It’s just crazy,” he said.

    The six shot about 8:15 p.m. Monday included two boys, ages 14 and 16, police said. The others who were shot ranged in age from their mid-20s to their early 50s.

    The 14-year-old was taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, while the 16-year-old was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Langford said. Both were in serious-to-critical condition.

    “Four of them we found in the laundromat not far from the door,” Langford said. “The others we found on the street.”

    A seventh person, a woman, was taken to a hospital after falling while running from the scene.


    • Town

      Somebody stole some TIDE?

      Tide be expensive

    • Alma98

      Damn! You’re not even safe in a laundromat, smh.

  • Miranda

    For father of released POW, growing a beard and studying captors defined the years
    By Todd C. Frankel, Published: June 2

    Robert Bergdahl’s bushy blond beard was hard to ignore. The fists of facial hair gave a cleric’s appearance to the former UPS driver from Idaho as he and his wife, Jani, joined President Obama at the White House to announce that their son, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was free after five years as a prisoner of war.

    In his remarks then and again the next day at a news conference in Boise, Idaho, Robert Bergdahl, 54, slipped briefly into Pashto, the language of southern Afghanistan.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/for-father-of-released-pow-growing-a-beard-and-studying-captors-defined-the-years/2014/06/02/d8de9fcc-ea93-11e3-93d2-edd4be1f5d9e_story.html

  • rikyrah

    in today’s chapter of Charter Schools are Phucking SCAMS


    SEC charges UNO with defrauding investors, warns probe ‘not done’
    Mon, 06/02/2014 – 11:06am
    Dan Mihalopoulos

    he federal government alleged Monday that the clout-heavy United Neighborhood Organization defrauded bond investors by “making materially misleading statements” about charter school construction contracts involving an UNO insider.

    Although the organization has agreed to settle civil charges leveled by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a federal official here said the case isn’t closed.

    “We’re not done,” said Peter K.M. Chan, the SEC’s assistant regional director for the municipal securities and public pensions unit in Chicago. “With regard to other parties that may have contributed to UNO’s securities violations, the investigation continues. So charges against others, including individuals, are possible.”

    Chan declined to comment on what the federal government might do next. But the SEC’s complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago appears to point blame squarely at Juan Rangel, who was the longtime leader of the Hispanic community group and its charter network.

    Rangel was co-chairman of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 mayoral campaign and also forged close relationships with state House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and many other local political leaders. Legislation sponsored by Madigan and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2009 promised $98 million for new UNO schools.


  • Miranda

    So they actually took it out back and went at it????_________

    WATCH: FL judge goes bonkers in court, challenges attorney to fight: ‘I’ll beat your *ss’
    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 7:47 EDT

    A Florida judge is accused of punching a defense attorney Monday during a court hearing.

    Judge John Murphy and veteran public defender Andrew Weinstock exchanged words in a Brevard County courtroom after the judge tried to pressure the attorney to ask his client to waive his right to a speedy trial.

    “You know, if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now,” Murphy told the attorney. “Stop pissing me off. Just sit down.”

    The argument was captured on closed-circuit video.

    “You know, I’m the public defender,” Weinstock said. “I have a right to be here, and I have a right to stand and represent my client.”

    The judge then challenged the attorney to go into a back hallway, where there were no cameras, to fight.

    “If you want to fight, let’s go out back, and I’ll just beat your ass,” Murphy said, and the two men left the courtroom.

    Although the pair could not be seen on camera, the courtroom monitoring system captured audio of them scuffling, accompanied by several loud thuds.

    more here: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/brevard-judge-accused-punching-public-defender/ngCGC/

    • AxelFoley


    • Daltex82


    • Alma98

      OMG! I have no words none.

  • GreenLadyHere

    — –GOOD TUESDAY MornTin’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG*** :>)–“NOW Is The Winter of OUR DISCONTENT” —(May Glorious Summer Follow) Is OUR WISH. :>)– –

    – – —THANK U Sepia♥- –He was an AMAZING ACTOR By ALL ACCOUNTS. :>) :>)

    – – —☺Mr JAMES – -CONFOUNDED –With his SKILLS: – —
    — —- – -♦Among his honors, Hewlett was called “the most astonishing phenomena of the age”. .

    – – – -☺ENJOY♥ – – -http://www.buzzbrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/IMG_9573-1024×682.jpg

    – – — – —B BLESSED♥ – -:>)

    ——-☺RISE annnd SHINE: – – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCVb1YAPpp8 :>)

  • Miranda

    Very interesting topic Sepia! There has always been this connection that’s almost spiritual between thespians of color and Shakespeare.

    • Thanks! One thing that struck me was how many Black actors, that we know from Black films, got their start as Shakespearean actors.

  • Miranda

    SMH…….shameful despicable little bitter man.


    • MsKitty

      Bitter is right. Johnny’s never gotten over the fact that when all is said and done his legacy will be reduced to a trivia question (“Who was the opponent of the the first Black man elected as President of the United States?”). It’s eaten away at him little by little to the point that we’re seeing more and more of these outbursts.

      I give McCain to the end of the year before he forgets where he is and calls PBO a nigger in front of a live mic or two.

      • Kennymack1971

        It’s amazing watching this man’s bitterness diminish him more by the minute.

    • gn

      This phony is what the national media tried to sell the country as an “American hero” for years and years. Just another example of their bullshit and groupthink. He’s a partisan hack who has occasional bouts of decency.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -MR. PRESIDENT♥ – – -INTERNATIONAL NEWZ”- – -:>)

    —–FROM —TOD[THANK U♥] – – -He is BUSY —:>)

    – – –3:50 AM: The President arrived Warsaw, Poland (Local Time: 9:50 AM)
    4:15 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski met with U.S. and Polish airmen (Local Time: 10:15 AM)
    4:55 AM: Arrived at Belweder Palace (Local Time: 10:55 AM)
    5:10 AM: Participated in a bilateral meeting with President Komorowski (Local Time: 11:10 AM)
    6:30 AM: Held a joint press conference with President Komorowski (Local Time: 12:30 PM)

    —-Obama unveils $1B European defense fund – – –

    – – — –President Obama asked Congress to authorize up to $1 billion for a “European Reassurance Fund” designed to boost security for European allies concerned over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine during a visit to Poland on Tuesday. [READ EUROPEAN REASSURANCE INITIATIVE FACT SHEET.]

    Ata joint press conference in Warsaw, Obama said the move would be a “powerful demonstration of America’s unshakable commitment” to European security.

    “Under this effort, and with the support of Congress, the United States will preposition more equipment in Europe,” Obama said.
    — — SNIP – – –

    The $1 billion request will be included in the Pentagon’s 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations to Congress.

    Poland is matching the American commitment by increasing its defense budget to2 percent of its gross domestic product, president Bronislaw Komorowski announced Tuesday.
    THERE IS MORE- – —

    – —WORLD annd WORLD-CLASS LEADER♥– – –

  • Miranda

    Allen West‏@AllenWest
    The time has come. I call on House leadership to draw up articles of impeachment http://bit.ly/1p4boqp #Bergdahl #tcot


  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – –OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ — -GOTV :>

    – – – –First Lady Michelle Obama attends Boston fundraiser

    – — – First Lady Michelle Obama visited Boston Monday afternoon for a political fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Intercontinental Hotel.

    The visit was tied to a tour by Democratic congressional leaders,
    including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, called “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Women on a Roll.” Pelosi visited Lowell and Boston on the tour on Monday, accompanied by several of Massachusetts’ members of Congress.
    — — SNIP – – – –

    – – — –Obama said Democrats must win 17 seats, which she called “a doable number,” if Democratic voters turn out.

    – — – -☺http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1gnjAMObKaE/ToUxlAzl2uI/AAAAAAAADYs/VpvK4S0CphU/s1600/voting_booth+image.gif

  • JB20005

    What Republicans were saying about Sgt. Bergdahl before President black guy actually brought him home:

    “Todd and I are praying for private first class Bowe Bergdahl, his family, and all of his fellow soldiers who are putting their lives on the line to defend our freedom and protect democracy abroad.”

    -Sarah Palin (2009)

    • AxelFoley


    • edp4bho

      I want to like your comment except it’s from the dumb broad, whose comments I try never to consider. But I get the point.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ – -In POLAND – – – —
    – – —☺@prezydentpl
    – Przybywam tutaj, aby potwierdzić ciągłe zaangażowanie USA w bezpieczeństwo Polski – @BarackObama #ObamaPL pic.twitter.com/Akc5sZcOcl

    —- — -☺@prezydentpl

    ‏Rozpoczęło się spotkanie w Pałacu Prezydenckim. #ObamaPL pic.twitter.com/eYlFrUPiID

    – – — REPRESENTING — -Sooo WELL♥- — -THANK U♥ – -MR. PRESIDENT♥- –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – –OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ —

    – —☺@JoiningForces[THANK U♥]

    As official sponsor of the future USS ILLINOIS, @FLOTUS signed a steel plate to commemorate the submarine and crew. pic.twitter.com/SK0BIM6ZUQ

    – — B BLESSED —First Lady♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥— – -“Mother Nature” – – –In her LOVELINESS —on the WINTER[As expressed in Mr. HEWLETT’s Monologue] —

    – ——-☺@BestEarthPix[THANK U♥]
    Christmas Trees in Malaysia pic.twitter.com/0ZzystBR2A

    – – -[Gotta “bounce” annnd VOTE —C YA as soon as. . .B BLESSED♥]

  • Miranda

    Doctors lean more left, political donations show
    By LINDSEY TANNER13 hours ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Once strongly aligned with the GOP, American physicians are leaning more left, an analysis of campaign contributions over two decades shows.

    The first rigorous look at donor doctors also finds they’ve become increasingly generous, with political contributions surging to almost $200 million in recent years.

    An increase in female doctors — who more often than men donated to Democrats — and a decline in physicians working on their own or in small practices occurred during study years. Those changes likely contributed but reasons for the political shift are unclear, said study co-author David Rothman, a social medicine professor at Columbia University’s medical school.

    “We’ve got to stop thinking of physicians as a group as ‘solidly Republican.’ They are polarized, almost equally divided between Republicans and Democrats,” Rothman said.

    more here: http://news.yahoo.com/doctors-lean-more-left-political-donations-show-204143566–politics.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory

  • JB20005

    Some of the hostility toward Bowe Bergdahl by his “brothers in arms” is starting to sound awfully petulant and personality driven…

    “Platoon members said Sergeant Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, was known as bookish and filled with romantic notions that some found odd.

    “He wouldn’t drink beer or eat barbecue and hang out with the other 20-year-olds,” Cody Full, another member of Sergeant Bergdahl’s platoon, said in an interview on Monday also arranged by Republican strategists. “He was always in his bunk. He ordered Rosetta Stone for all the languages there, learning Dari and Arabic and Pashto.

    He read too much and didn’t drink enough beer.

    No wonder right wingers hate him.


    • rikyrah

      he was a thinking soldier….can’t have that.

    • MsKitty

      Reading and learning foreign languages. What kind of commie pinko, un-American mess is that?

      • JB20005

        America, f**k yeah!

      • Miranda

        Yep..he’s no patriot!! Real patriots are dumb as dirt!

    • Alma98

      It’s a damn shame that being curious is seen as not manly or American. To me it sounds like he probably found a girl he liked. Hell I know plenty of young women who would love to date him.

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    I had a little incident this morning that I’m not sure I handled it correctly…

    I was working out in a park in my neighborhood that’s right next to a middle school. I heard a young girl sobbing hysterically sitting on the curb. I approached her and asked her if she was okay. She told me she just got suspended for using profanity. I asked her if her family was like my family were only the adults were allowed to curse. She said yes.

    Then I told her I knew what that felt like and one day she will be an adult, paying her own bills, then she can do what she wanted. This would pass. And everything will be okay. She calmed down.

    I asked her name, Makela, told her she was pretty (she was) and that I would pray for her. I’m not good with children. Please pray for Makela and her family today.

    • MsKitty

      I think you handled it just fine. You corrected her but provided encouragement too.

    • goldenstar

      jds, you sound that you’re good with children. You were you and gave her your best shot. That’s what they would like and desire. But why does the school just send her to the curb and not call her family to have her picked up? This is not a safe practice.

      • jds09

        Thanks. Yeah, she cried there for a little while longer than walked home.

    • rikyrah

      you gave good advice, and her family thanks you, because now she knows that the adults outside of her family have to live by the same rules.

    • Alma98

      You did good jds.

      • jds09

        Thanks, I was worried.

        • Alma98

          She’ll remember this and thank you for it years from now.

    • I think you did great, Jds!

    • Joy

      What a blessing you were to that girl, jds!

    • Daltex82

      You handled it just fine.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ jds09♥- — -A —SPECIAL — -***BIG –Cali — HUG*** :>)—-

      —–Special —☺http://images2.layoutsparks.com/1/224934/rose-bless-you-lovely.jpg :>) —Blessings 2 U♥

      — – -Annnd —–☺http://rs642.pbsrc.com/albums/uu141/niffynoodles/Prayers%20and%20Praying/thSendingPrayersAngel.gif~c200

      ——SENDING PRAYERS 2 –little Makela♥/Family♥ :>)
      —–B BLESSED 2-day♥ — –:>)

    • Tafr

      Ahhhh you handled it perfectly.

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • goldenstar

      Good morning, Alma.

      • Alma98

        Good morning goldenstar.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      It’s Tuesday….sigh.

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah.

    • rikyrah

      that story about the 2 girls stabbing that child is gaining traction.
      had 2 co-workers today tell me about it

      • Alma98

        Good, but you know they’re blaming the internet for it, smh.

        • goldenstar

          How about their cultural values? Maybe their community needs to take a good long look at their families & their role models. Sometimes flipping their script works.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Tuesday MornTin’ Alma98. **BIG HUG*** :>) –YES! — “MR. SUN”- – -is a “match”## —4 OUR SERIES -:>) -:>)

      —–##☺http://www.theflagshop.co.uk/ekmps/shops/speed/images/comedy-tragedy-flag-4482-p.gif [Welcome 2 the Theatre. :>)]- – –Good job. :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED –U♥/Family♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH! I didn’t even think of that, the sun does seem Shakespearean. Love it! Blessings to you and yours. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma– –LOL- — -“2 B or NOT 2 B. . .”—LOL
          —-As ALWAYS – THANK U♥ —:>)

  • Miranda
    • rikyrah

      they don’t even pretend…the phuckers

    • JB20005

      Charlie Pierce’s label of “Tiger Beat on the Potomac” pretty well sums up Politico.

    • MsKitty

      Tiger Beat on the Potomac, just sayin’

    • Alma98

      I can’t even, ughhh!

    • Kennymack1971

      I know it’s Politico but….DAMN.

    • Yeah, because negotiating business deals, many of which have lead to several bankruptcies for Trump, is totally like negotiating in the foreign policy realm.

      Twitter Warriors, please proceed: @KendallBreitman

    • Daltex82

      So negotiating your way through 4 or 5 bankruptcy cases now counts as Foreign Policy negotiating skills?? I can’t I just can’t with these simple mofos.

  • rikyrah

    Seven Big Cases The Supreme Court Will Decide In June That Could Change America

    By Ian MillhiserJune 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    It’s Supreme Court month again. According to the Court’s official calendar, the final day of the Supreme Court’s current term is the last day of this month — which means that, barring extraordinary circumstances, we should know how the justices intend to resolve each of the issues currently pending before them by June 30.

    Among the issues facing the justices are the president’s power to fill top jobs in the face of a recalcitrant Senate, a legal attack on public sector unions, a case questioning when police can search all the data that can be accessed on a person’s cell phone, and an attempt to give employers sweeping immunity from laws they object to on religious grounds. Here are some of the most important cases to be decided this month:

    Recess Appointments

    On the eve of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a case that could effectively eliminate the president’s constitutional authority to temporarily appoint government officials while the Senate is in recess, the Obama Administration’s position looked grim. In the lower courts, judges split entirely on partisan lines when they considered this issue — and there are five Republicans on the Supreme Court and only four Democrats. Yet the oral argument in Noel Canning went even worse for the administration than the partisan results in the lower courts would suggest. Clinton-appointed Justice Stephen Breyer said that he could not find anything in the Constitution that will “allow the president to overcome Senate resistance” to a nominee. Obama-appointed Justice Elena Kagan suggested that “it was the Senate’s job to decide” when it’s in recess.

    Though there are two possible ways that the justices could snuff out the recess appointments power, the distinction between them is largely academic — in either event a Senate that was determined not to permit recess appointees from taking office will be able to do so. That means that the impact of this decision could be felt in 2015. If Republicans take back the Senate, and the Supreme Court cuts off his recess appointments power, President Obama will be defenseless if Senate Republicans refuse to confirm anyone that he nominates to any job.

    The biggest impact of a decision against the administration, however, could be felt in 2018. The reason why President Obama made the recess appointments that triggered this lawsuit in the first place is because the National Labor Relations Board — which has sole authority to enforce much of federal labor law — was about to lose the minimum number of members it must have in order to operate. Though this impasse eventually broke in 2013 when Senate Democrats threatened to change the Senate’s rules if necessary to confirm nominees to the NLRB, the members of that board only serve five year terms. Thus, if Republicans control the Senate in 2018, they could shut down the NLRB by refusing to confirm anyone to fill its empty seats — and shut down most of the legal protections that allow unions to exist in the process.


    • Alma98

      This is outrageous and cowardly every other president has done the same thing. The black man wins and the bastards try to cripple his powers as president.

      • rikyrah

        tell it Alma.
        Being President While Black is serious.

    • edp4bho

      Hello POU. Can I just be blunt here ? If it isn’t savory, please delete. MOTHERFUCKERS !! Okay, out of my system for now !!

    • Daltex82


  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥— [Got a little break] —-UPDATE: –NIGERIA —

    — —BREAKING: Nigeria Police make u-turn; say Abuja #BringBackOurGirls protest not banned

    – – – —Less than 24 hours after the Abuja Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, announced a ban on all rallies relating to the kidnapped Chibok girls, the Nigeria Police has reversed the order.

    Mr. Mbu had while addressing a press conference on Monday said “Protests on the Chibok girls are hereby banned with immediate effect.”

    However, a statement on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, faulted Mr. Mbu’s statement.

    “The Police High Command wishes to inform the general public that the Force has not issued any order banning peaceful assemblies/protests anywhere in Nigeria,” Mr. Mba said.

    Mr. Mbu had on Monday said the ban was placed to deter dangerous persons from infiltrating the peaceful #BringBackOurGirls protest that has been going on daily in the Nigerian capital for about a month.

    “Information reaching us is that too soon, dangerous elements will join groups under the guise of protest and detonate explosives aimed at embarrassing the government,’’ he had said.
    “As the FCT police boss, I cannot fold my hands and watch this

    Mr. Mba, however, said what the police issued was only an advisory.

    Must B difficult at this time.—-Sooo- –PRAYERS 4 the country.

    —–CONTINUING PRAYERS 4 the GIRLS♥/Families♥
    —President jonathan???— – -Your plans???? —ACTIONS???

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – -NOW here’s a POLL —that we can—-handle :>)

    – – —Vlad S. sent us these videos, and wants to know which one you think is cuter. Fair enough, let’s roll out a Poll!

    —-ENJOY♥ — –No STRESS :>)

  • Miranda

    Isonprize posted this last night, needs to be posted again. I believe rikyrah pointed out the high percentage of black children with asthma….these policies the White House impose in inconspicuous ways are done with an overwhelming benefit to black people. The new carbon emissions policy that the right wing is shilling over is another example. As is the ACA….or the Dodd-Frank bill. Just today I heard a commercial from a law firm that cited the Obama Administrations aim to help homeowners in foreclosure trouble and imploring people not to wait but take advantage of grants and programs – this was a black law firm airing during the Tom Joyner Morning Show…its this that make me give all these blackademics and sole patrollers the snake sideeye of death – if you care to look, you can SEE all that this White House is doing for the black community.
    Raw Video: The President Talks With Young Asthma Patientshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewNH9rP9y94&feature=player_embedded

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. I see that wingtopia selective memory is in full force this week. Question: In reference to the Berdahl situation, which of these things is not like the other?

    Bush challenges hundreds of laws

    [….] President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.[….] For the first five years of Bush’s presidency, his legal claims attracted little attention in Congress or the media. Then, twice in recent months, Bush drew scrutiny after challenging new laws: a torture ban and a requirement that he give detailed reports to Congress about how he is using the Patriot Act. Bush administration spokesmen declined to make White House or Justice Department attorneys available to discuss any of Bush’s challenges to the laws he has signed.[….]

    Bush is the first president in modern history who has never vetoed a bill, giving Congress no chance to override his judgments.[….] “He agrees to a compromise with members of Congress, and all of them are there for a public bill-signing ceremony, but then he takes back those compromises — and more often than not, without Congress or the press or the public knowing what has happened,” said Christopher Kelley, a Miami University of Ohio political science professor who studies executive power.[….]

    In December 2004, Congress passed an intelligence bill requiring the Justice Department to tell them how often, and in what situations, the FBI was using special national security wiretaps on US soil. The law also required the Justice Department to give oversight committees copies of administration memos outlining any new interpretations of domestic-spying laws. And it contained 11 other requirements for reports about such issues as civil liberties, security clearances, border security, and counternarcotics efforts. After signing the bill, Bush issued a signing statement saying he could withhold all the information sought by Congress.[….]

    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/30/world/americas/30iht-web.0430bush.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    H/T Charlie Savage

  • creolechild

    One Day After U.S. Announces Emissions Target, China Says Carbon Cap Is On The Way

    One day after the United States proposed rules to limit the amount of carbon emitted from existing power plants, China said it will limit its total CO2 emissions for the first time, likely starting in 2016 with the announcement of their next 5-year plan. China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, and the U.S., the second biggest, account for about 42 percent of global emissions.

    The back-to-back signalling of serious domestic efforts to reduce emissions could signal a much-needed boost of momentum at the upcoming U.N. climate talks in an effort to establish a post-Kyoto global commitment.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/03/3444105/china-carbon-cap-2/

    H/T Ari Phillips

  • Miranda

    Oh dear…I can’t find the appropriate “bitch please” gif for this….
    Ex-Sterling employee claims sexual, racial harassment
    POSTED 11:45 AM, JUNE 3, 2014, BY WEB STAFF

    (CNN) — A woman who says she twice worked for L.A. Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling sued him this week, alleging that he sexually harassed her and made her uncomfortable with racist remarks — and that he once fired her after she objected.

    Maiko Maya King’s lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Count Superior Court, alleges she and Sterling were in a romantic relationship from 2005 to 2011, and that she “worked for him and his foundation” before her irritation at what she claims were his racially offensive remarks split them apart.

    King alleges Sterling made racist comments about her former husband, who was black, and about her children with that man.

    more here: http://wtvr.com/2014/06/03/ex-sterling-employee-claims-sexual-racial-harassment/

    • I just love how these jump-offs of color are offended by Sterling’s racist remarks AFTER he cuts off the financial support.

    • You gits no money. Next!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — –THESE EVIL/VILE- -RACIST RE-THUGS!!! Aaarrrrrg!!- —

    GOP Strategists Arranged Interviews With Angry Members Of Bergdahl’s Platoon

    — — –Republican operatives apparently believe there’s something to be gained by painting Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a deserter.

    The New York Times ran one of the manifold articles Monday focused on resentment toward Bergdahl among some of the soldiers in his unit, and the paper disclosed the interviews were arranged by GOP strategists.

    Republicans and conservatives have questioned the legal and national security implications of the prisoner swap that led to Bergdahl’s release. But they have also scrutinized the POW over his 2009 disappearance and his stated objections to the military’s actions. Some on the right have even gone after Bergdahl’s father, Bob.

    The Times received comment from two former members of Bergdahl’s platoon who said the soldier was a deserter who should be court-martialed.

    ENUFF!!! — – -geesh


    ——–☺WONDER HOW MUCH they R paying these”witnesses”— -4 trynta —

    — —-EMBARRASS — MR. PRESIDENT♥!!- – – –WE KNOW!!

    BUT – –we also KNOW —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw — — TA-RUST!!!

    – – -BLESS U♥- –MR. PRESIDENT♥ :>) —

  • jds09

    This is a fascinating read and puts a different spin the the Bergdahl swap….


    • Miranda

      Mid-May marks an annual rite observed in Afghanistan for the past 35 years: the start of the spring fighting season. The patterns of nature shape the patterns of warfare: Plant poppy, hunker down for the winter, harvest opium, then go to war. Now that this year’s opium crop has been mostly harvested, it is time to fight.

      that alone fascinates me.

      • rikyrah

        Didn’t know that.

      • PBomb

        I did a paper in grad school on how the US knew about the poppy fields that were harvested every year in Afghanistan, that’s how they make money. Of course, I also learned that we helped Saddam Hussein overthrow the original government in place so he could come into power and then we killed him years later, knowing the whole time he was a tyrant.

        The same as the government training terrorists how to fly planes.

  • Miranda

    What a fucked up question to even ask.


    • MsKitty

      What part of LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND do these people not understand?

      US media is absolutely fucking useless.

      • jziglar

        This is all about trying to increase their pathetic ratings, and more importantly attacking President Obama. I’m suprised they haven’t attacked the Obama girls in a vicious way lately since they hate the Obama’s so much.

    • Kennymack1971

      This is sickening. We’re actually putting qualifiers on whether we leave our soldiers behind. This absolute bullshit has been mainstreamed. And why? Because….Obama. They’ve really topped themselves with this one.

    • rikyrah

      you don’t have to love your fellow soldier
      you don’t have to like your fellow soldier
      IT doesn’t matter how you FEEL about them.

  • creolechild

    Are you hungry, or looking for a quick meal to cook later?

    5 classic ‘stuffed’ recipes

    For centuries and across a broad range of cultures, cooks have discovered the joy of combining fresh ingredients by stuffing
    one type of food into something else, adding layers of flavor to a
    dish. Mixing protein and grains with produce creates a variety of
    textures bundled into one neat package. Cooking this way opens up a whole new range of opportunities for cooks with an eye for ingredients that complement each other. Try these five classic stuffed recipes before moving onto dishes of your own creation.[….]

    Read more: http://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/photos/5-classic-stuffed-recipes/filled-with-flavors

    H/T Mother Nature Network

  • creolechild

    Illinois Passes Landmark Progressive Voting Reform

    The fifth largest state in the nation passed one of the most impactful progressive voting reforms last week, a move that will likely result in hundreds of thousands of new voters. On Friday, both Illinois legislative chambers approved HB 105, a bill that allows state residents to register to vote on Election Day.

    The Land of Lincoln had previously cut off voter registration three days before Election Day. The bill passed by wide margins; 39-17 in the Senate and 64-41 in the House. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D) desk, who is expected to sign the legislation.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/02/3443622/illinois-election-day-registration/

    H/T Scott Keyes

    • rikyrah

      this is unchartered territory for the state. hopefully, more people will vote.

  • How do we know these Repub strategists didn’t pay these guys to say things against Sgt. Bergdahl?

    GOP Strategists Arranged Interviews With Angry Members Of Bergdahl’s Platoon

    Tom Kludt – June 3, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT

    Republican operatives apparently believe there’s something to be gained by painting Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a deserter.

    The New York Times ran one of the manifold articles Monday focused on resentment toward Bergdahl among some of the soldiers in his unit, and the paper disclosed the interviews were arranged by GOP strategists.

    MORE: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-strategists-interviews-bergdahl

    • Alma98

      You know they got paid to spout this b.s.

      • Miranda

        I firmly believe it.

    • creolechild

      [Moved upthread]

  • Miranda

    Seriously, these are some demented cacs, really they are.


    • jziglar

      Sigh ! Do we need anymore evidence that the media is full of conservative republican shills ? These people are deranged.

    • MsKitty

      Idjit didn’t even spell his first name right. Clueless.

      • Town

        I thought the dad’s name was Bob and the son was Bowe?

        • MsKitty

          Yep, you’re right. My bad on the first name, still think Tina is a twit though.

  • creolechild

    In an Obamacare Experiment, Maryland Aims to Make Its Poor More Healthy

    [….] The State of Maryland has been trying to control health-care costs since the 1970s, but its efforts are getting new attention because the federal government gave the state a waiver under the Affordable Care Act to continue the experiment and study the effects.[….] To make these populations healthier, officials must tackle the issues associated with concentrated poverty.

    For now, state efforts are focused on improving the care of people with particular illnesses, by dispatching community outreach teams who visit homes make sure that a child with asthma or an adult with diabetes is taking his or her medication regularly and following doctors’ orders, a routine that would decrease the need for emergency care. In time, however, some advocates hope that the system would reach even further back into preventive care,
    to provide nutrition and health counseling in ways that prevent
    illnesses from taking hold in the first place.[….]

    Read more: http://prospect.org/article/obamacare-experiment-maryland-aims-make-its-poor-more-healthy

    H/T Monica Potts

    • Worldwatcher7

      This is so disturbing; this is a humanitarian emergency.

  • creolechild

    US Disrupts One Of The Biggest Hacking And Extortion Rings Ever — Russian Charged

    A U.S.-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and extorting computer owners, the Justice Department said on Monday.[….] Court documents released on Monday said that between 500,000 and 1 million machines worldwide were infected with the malicious software, which was derived from the original “Zeus” trojan for stealing financial passwords that emerged in 2006.[….]

    Officials charged a Russian man with hacking, fraud and money-laundering, and court documents suggested they suspect he wrote Zeus, one of the most effective pieces of theft software ever found.[….] A civil suit in Pennsylvania helped authorities get court orders to seize parts of the infected network, and on May 7, Ukrainian authorities seized and copied Gameover Zeus command servers in Kiev and Donetsk, officials said. U.S. and other agents worked from early Friday through the weekend to seize servers around the world, freeing some 300,000 victim computers from the botnet so far.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-disrupts-one-of-the-biggest-hacking-and-extortion-rings-ever–russian-charged-2014-6

    H/T Joseph Menn, Jim Finkle and Aruna Viswanatha

  • Miranda

    Who are the soldiers that died allegedly tracking Bergdahl down? This is a talking point but I’ve not seen anything written about soldiers that died in an effort to find him after he left the platoon.

    Anyone seen any columns or articles on the identity of those soldiers?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- –MR. PRESIDENT♥— -“CLAPS — -BACK!” — –

    — —Obama’s National Security Team Mounts Defense Of Bergdahl Rescue– –

    — – –The White House National Security Council hit back hard on Tuesday against the mostly conservative critics of the prisoner swap that led to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

    In two separate statements from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden, the administration defended the legality of the prisoner exchange and stressed the urgency of Bergdahl’s health.

    Dempsey also responded to the intensifying allegations that Bergdahl was a deserter.

    “Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty. Our Army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred. In the meantime, we will continue to care for him and his family,” Dempsey said. “I want to thank those who for almost five years worked to find him, prepared to rescue him, and ultimately put themselves at risk to recover him.”

    —-OPERATIVE WORDS —- In the meantime, we will continue to care for him and his family,” Dempsey said.— -THANK U♥

  • creolechild

    Report: Power plants reducing emissions

    The country’s top 100 electricity producers have reduced emissions of major pollutants in recent years showing that they could likely handle the new limits on carbon dioxide coming soon from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a new report. The Wednesday report from corporate sustainability group Ceres found that the major producers reduced emissions of carbon dioxide 13 percent between 2008 and 2012. They’ve also significantly cut nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxideand mercury.

    “The electric power industry is firmly on the path toward a low-carbon energy future, and history shows that it is not only capable of meeting new pollution limits, but that it can do so while keeping our lights on and our economy growing,” Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, said in a statement.[….]

    Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/207421-report-power-plants-already-reducing-ghg-emissions

    H/T Timothy Cama

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — HAH! —He said 1 mistake? —-LoL

    – – — –Sterling Sued Over Yet More Alleged Racism— –

    – – – -Uhhh —-At -LEAST —-make it 2. LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — -BIRTHDAY WISHES R In ORDER—Woo! Hoo!

    —-☺ @VP[THANK U♥]–

    Happy birthday, @DrBiden!—- –

    —BLESS U♥ 4 all the work that U do on behalf of — VETERANS/TROOPS/Families♥– -:>)

    — — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c —

    – – —****waves @ VP Joe♥*** :>)

  • Miranda
    • jziglar

      Fuck them ! I’m tired of the GOP media and the constant bs. They also have a poll showing “President Obama’s approval on foreign policy at all time low”. What a joke !

    • rikyrah

      transparent as glass

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥– – – –2 da –Gross — OBSTRUCTIONIST —Potty annd da —Right LEANING MEDIA

      — —-☺http://37.media.tumblr.com/5b218cb6579cf8911b03e19e328f78c7/tumblr_mi2pft3qOH1rfduvxo1_500.gif – — –
      — -RACIST —HATAS! —geesh!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -Aww —A SWEET —TWEET- –[Lookin’ BACK♥–]

    – — -☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥ ]
    Today In 2011: A young boy refuses to let go of President Barack Obama after he greeted residents in Toledo, Ohio. pic.twitter.com/0laPXoO8iK

    —-HE is sooo LOVED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —A PASSING—

    —-☺‘Godfather of Ecstasy’ Dead at 88
    — —Wonder iff he helped people?? — Jus’axin’.. .

  • Miranda

    *lays head on desk*

    My Biracial Son Said, ‘I Don’t Like Black People’
    By Grace_Biskie on June 03, 2014

    • By her own admission, she has isolated herself (and her children) from Black people, yet she’s shocked, SHOCKED her son would say he doesn’t like Black people?? And I bet you $1000 in Monopoly money that her children have heard her make disparaging remarks about Black folk.

      She needs to have several seats, preferably in a Black Studies class.

      • rikyrah

        if you’re not around Black people, what do you think your child is gonna think?
        I’m just sayin’.
        She reminds me of that writer who dogged the President, and talked about wearing her natural hair – comparing herself to the clown from the Simpsons.

      • Shorty is going to be just like Mildred Pierce’s daughter.

        • Yep! Or Peola from Imitation of Life.

          P.S. Mildred Pierce was sooooooooo good!

          • Love that movie. When I say adult this is what I mean. Saying it without saying it.

    • Tafr

      What in the world. Her son has some serious self hate issues at a very young age Does she think she is being edgy blogging about this very serious, personal issue? She is basically bragging that she has failed as a parent there is nothing edgy or cute about that.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – –HONESTLY —-Some PEOPLE!! –. . . .

    – – –☺@NewsBreaker

    UPDATE: Diana Paniagua charged with abandoning baby boy on Bronx street http://bit.ly/1p58K3P @AllisonPapson pic.twitter.com/2VcjKLMOtI

    —-Have a -“War On Children”- –geesh!

    —–☺Their —SOUL-less —>http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130127055956/degrassi/images/d/d8/Fire-animated-hot-burn.gif

    —BLESS U –“WEE ONE”- -NOW U will get some –LOVING CARE♥ —

    —☺AMEN♥—Dear MJ♥- -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2y1pE3yn6M

  • creolechild

    In reference to Sepia’s post downthread about GOP strategist(s) arranging interviews with members of Berdahl’s platoon, when you begin to connect the dots the strategy behind the “faux outrage” becomes much clearer.

    [….] Richard Grenell was appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush to serve as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In this role, Grenell advised four U.S. Ambassadors – John D. Negroponte, John C. Danforth, John R. Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad – on the formulation and articulation of United States policy at the United Nations.[….]

    Source: http://richardgrenell.com/about/