October 23, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: Influential Black Educators

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Born in South Carolina to parents who had been slaves and having to work in fields at age five, she took an early interest in her own education. With the help of benefactors, Bethune attended college hoping to become a missionary in Africa. When that did not materialize, she started a school for African American girls in Daytona Beach. From six students it grew and merged with an institute for African American boys and eventually became the Bethune-Cookman School. Its quality far surpassed the standards of education for African American students, and rivaled those of schools for white students. Bethune worked tirelessly to ensure funding for the school, and used it as a showcase for tourists and donors, to exhibit what educated African-Americans could do. She was president of the college from 1923 to 1942 and 1946 to 1947, one of the few women in the world who served as a college president at that time.

Bethune was also active in women’s clubs, and her leadership in them allowed her to become nationally prominent. She worked for the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, and became a member of Roosevelt’s Black Cabinet, sharing the concerns of black people with the Roosevelt administration while spreading Roosevelt’s message to blacks, who had been traditionally Republican voters. Upon her death, columnist Louis E. Martin said, “She gave out faith and hope as if they were pills and she some sort of doctor.” Her home in Daytona Beach is a National Historic Landmark,her house in Washington, D.C. in Logan Circle is preserved by the National Park Service as aNational Historic Site,and a sculpture of her is located in Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C.

After demonstrating a desire to read and write, McLeod attended Mayesville’s one-room schoolhouse, Trinity Mission School that was run by thePresbyterian Board of Missions of Freedmen. Her teacher, Emma Jane Wilson, became a significant mentor in her life. Wilson had attendedScotia Seminary (now Barber-Scotia College), so arranged for McLeod to attend the same school on a scholarship, which she did from 1888-1894. She then attended Dwight L. Moody’s Institute for Home and Foreign Missions in Chicago (now the Moody Bible Institute), hoping to become amissionary in Africa. However, she was told that she would not be able to go because black missionaries were not needed, so she instead planned to teach.

She married Albertus Bethune in 1898 and they subsequently lived in Savannah, Georgia for a year while she did some social work. She was persuaded by a visiting Presbyterian minister named Coyden Harold Uggams (grandfather of entertainer Leslie Uggams) to relocate to Palatka, Florida to run a mission school. She did so in 1899 and began an outreach to prisoners and ran the mission school. Albertus left the family in 1907 and did not seek a divorce, but relocated to South Carolina. He died in 1918

In October 1904, she rented a small house for $11.00 per month, making benches and desks out of discarded crates and obtaining items through charity. During this year Bethune used $1.50 to start the Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in Daytona. She had six students—five girls aged six to twelve, and her son, Albert. Bethune chose Daytona because its economic opportunities held more possibilities than Palatka: Daytona had become a popular tourist destination. The school bordered Daytona’s dump, and Bethune, parents, and church members raised money by making sweet potato pies, ice cream, and fried fish and selling them to construction crews. Ink for pens was made from elderberry juice, pencils from burned wood, and they scrounged local businesses for furniture. The school received donations of money, equipment, and labor from local black churches. Bethune also courted wealthy white organizations like the ladies’ Palmetto Club and asked powerful white men to sit on the board of the school; these included James Gamble (of Procter & Gamble) and Thomas White (of White Sewing Machines). A 1912 visit from Booker T. Washington helped to impress upon her the importance of appealing to white benefactors.

In 1910, the enrollment of the school rose to 102, most of them being boarders. The success of the school was measured in its growing enrollment, addition of higher education courses, and the value of the school reaching $100,000 by 1920, with an enrollment of 351 students. Bethune renamed the school the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute and included courses to prepare teachers because she was finding difficulty staffing the school. The school merged with the Cookman Institute for Men from Jacksonville, Florida and became co-educational in 1923 and the value of the school’s eight buildings was reassessed at $250,000. The curriculum of the Bethune-Cookman School rivaled the segregated Daytona High School. In contrast, the Daytona Colored Public School neglected to provide education past the eighth grade until after 1920. An agent of the General Education Board noted that “Daytona is probably the best school for Negroes in Florida.”

However, Bethune constantly found it necessary to search for more funding; almost everywhere she went in her travels she begged for money for the school. A donation by John D. Rockefeller in 1905 for $62,000 helped, as did her friendship with the Roosevelts. Through the Great Depression, the school was able to function meeting the educational standards of the State of Florida. From 1936 to 1942 she served only part-time as president of the college as she had duties in Washington, DC, and the lower funding reflected her absence.By 1942 Bethune was forced to give up the presidency of the school as it had begun to affect her health.

Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women in New York City in 1935 bringing together 28 different organizations to form a council to facilitate the improvement of quality of life for women and their communities. About the organization, Bethune stated: “It is our pledge to make a lasting contribution to all that is finest and best in America, to cherish and enrich her heritage of freedom and progress by working for theintegration of all her people regardless of race, creed, or national origin, into her spiritual, social, cultural, civic, and economic life, and thus aid her to achieve the glorious destiny of a true and unfettered democracy.” 

The National Youth Administration (NYA) was a federal agency created with the support of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  Bethune lobbied the organization so aggressively and effectively for minority involvement that she earned herself a full-time staff position in 1936 as an assistant. Within two years, Bethune was appointed to position of Director of the Division of Negro Affairs, and as such, became the first African-American female federal agency head. She was responsible for releasing NYA funds to help black students through school based programs. 

Bethune played a dual role as close and loyal friend of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt respected Bethune to the extent that the segregation rules at the Southern Conference on Human Welfare in 1938, being held in Birmingham, Alabama, were changed on Roosevelt’s request so she could sit next to Bethune. Roosevelt frequently referred to Bethune as “her closest friend in her age group.”  Bethune, in her turn took it upon herself to disperse the message of the Democratic Party to black voters, and make the concerns of black people known to the Roosevelts at the same time. She had unprecedented access to the White House through her relationship with the First Lady. She used it to form a coalition of leaders from black organizations called the Federal Council on Negro Affairs, but which came to be known as the Black Cabinet. The role of the Black Cabinet was to serve as an advisory board to the Roosevelt administration on issues facing black people in America. It gathered talented blacks in positions within federal agencies, creating the first collective of black people enjoying higher positions in government than ever before. It also served to show to voters that the Roosevelt administration cared about black concerns. The group gathered in Bethune’s office or apartment and met informally, rarely keeping minutes. Although as advisers they had little role in creating public policy, they were a respected leadership among black voters and were able to influence political appointments and disbursement of funds to organizations that would benefit black people.

Bethune stood five feet four inches tall and cut a matronly figure even in her 30s. Unlike other black personalities who were effective in part for their lighter skin, Bethune was notable for how dark her skin actually was; she was often described as “ebony” in complexion. She carried a cane with her, not for support but for effect. She said it gave her “swank”. She was a teetotaler and preached temperance for African Americans, taking opportunities to chastise drunken blacks she encountered in public.

Self-sufficiency was a high priority throughout her life. Bethune invested in several businesses in her life including the Pittsburgh Courier, a black newspaper, and several life insurance companies, one of which she began: Central Life Insurance of Florida. When blacks were not allowed to visit the beach, she and several other business owners invested in Paradise Beach, purchasing a 2-mile (3.2 km) stretch of beach and the surrounding properties, splitting it up and selling it to black families, and allowing white families to visit. Paradise Beach was later renamed to Bethune-Volusia Beach. She also was a part of the Welricha Motel in Daytona, of which she was one-fourth owner.

***Information Courtesy of Wikipedia.org***

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  • Guns3000

    I’m watching C-span. Some moron just called up said Romney should pick Condi Rice because she would “sew up the black vote.”

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

      Mornin’ Guns, CC and POU!

      As for that C-Span caller…corn liquor is no joke!

    • rikyrah

      they SO don’t know us..

      cause, ya know, we only voted for Barack Obama cause he was Black.

    • Miranda

      I find it hilarious that all of these nuts saying Romney should pick Condi believe Condi would actually do it.

      • JojoRaze

        Condi wouldn’t do it. For one after PBO was elected and Condi was interviewed, she looked like she did the electric slide in her house when CNN called the election for PBO. Two: Condi is trying to keep what credibility she has left and she is not going to waste her credibility on the mess that is Mittens.

    • GN

      Some people really do think that black people will support any black politician based on race alone. There has been three years of propaganda to that effect coming from both the right wing and the Professional Left. The GOP really doesn’t get it, re: tokenism; they’re due to learn another lesson in that regard.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        You’ve got to realize that all of this is for white folks. It ain’t for us.The suggestion of Condi isn’t for us. It is to assuage white voters from feeling racist by attacking Barack Obama and for Uncle Tom Negroes to throw back claims of racism from us. Same with Marco Rubio, he’s for white folks, not Latino voters.

        This is to make white folks feel better about voting GOP without feeling racist while getting the person helping minorities out the most out of the White House.

        • GN

          Brilliant point.

        • GreenLadyHere

          GOOD TUESDSAY MORNTIN’ GOVCHRIS1988. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          NOW – -“WHYCOME” U gotta B sooo LOGICAL!? LOL

          – – -This is to make white folks feel better about voting GOP without feeling racist while getting the person helping minorities out the most out of the White House.

          – —It’s a BASIC 2-FER: – – – THEY get BACK a WYT president – -“‘CAUSE – – -“IT’S OUR TURN”!

          –annnd WE STILL have some “BLAH” – –in da White House.!!

          C HOW THAT WORKS!?? – – –/SNARK!!

          THANK U GOVCHRIS1988. :>) Good 2 C U. :>)

      • gc

        GN – check out Spandan’s newest vid – he addresses just that.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Guns3000. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – -WHEW LAWD! – -***shakin’ my head*** -

      — -Guess somebody MISSED the PHRASE —-ALL OUR

      SKIN-FOLK —– -AIN’T OUR -KIN FOLK!!——LOL

      Good 2 C U Guns3000. :>)

    • Daltex82

      They really don’t know anything about black people.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. Many people today could learn a thing or two from this woman. Great Series.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    Ms. Bethune is a true American Hero.

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

    Have ya’ll heard of this silly right wing house negro? I see she’s on Twitter spreading lies about PBO: http://www.nationalcenter.org/bios/P21Speakers_LeBon.html

    • Miranda

      I’ve never heard of that mammy.

    • rikyrah

      FIRST THING I SEE is Project 21.

      for future reference, ANY Black person with Project 21 anywhere near them screams

      Slave catching sambo.

      what I am about to tell you is a true story about Project 21.

      Some years ago, on C-Span, during BLACK HISTORY MONTH…

      they were to have someone from Project 21 on during their morning call in session.

      I was skeptical, but if the mood hits, I’ll sit and try and listen as long as I can to the House Negro brigade.

      Well, who shows up

      DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH FOR A CALL-IN SHOW ON BLACKS AND CONSERVATIVES?

      …………………………………

      A WHITE GUY

      I am NOT lying to you.

      after I stopped laughing, I just said to myself…

      point proven.

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

        Damn! They don’t know that they’re free.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – – –21 POINTS of – — -EPIC FAIL!!

      One of the reasons 4 their beginning was their DISAPPOINTMENT at the L.A. RIOTS following the RODNEY KING INCIDENT. – –

      Of all the things that THEY could do – -THEY chose 2 GROUP UP as — “HOUSE NIGRAS” – – -2 express their disgust at those – —

      SHAMEFUL –“FIELD NIGRAS!!

      Here we R –20 YEARS L8R – – –Sharin’ HIS STORY – –annnnd WE

      AXE – – –WHAT HAVE THEY DONE 4 anybody L8ly??? – – –

      – –NUTTIN’ HONEY!! – – -

  • GreenLadyHere
  • rikyrah

    Wal-Mart faces criminal probe in bribery scandal
    By Steve Benen – Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:40 AM EDT.

    Over the years, retail behemoth Wal-Mart has been the subject a fair number of controversies, most of which have related to union busting and immigration abuses. But the New York Times’ David Barstow has helped uncover a different kind of scandal, and this one may lead to criminal charges


    In September 2005, a senior Wal-Mart lawyer received an alarming e-mail from a former executive at the company’s largest foreign subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico. In the e-mail and follow-up conversations, the former executive described how Wal-Mart de Mexico had orchestrated a campaign of bribery to win market dominance. In its rush to build stores, he said, the company had paid bribes to obtain permits in virtually every corner of the country.

    The former executive gave names, dates and bribe amounts. He knew so much, he explained, because for years he had been the lawyer in charge of obtaining construction permits for Wal-Mart de Mexico.

    Wal-Mart dispatched investigators to Mexico City, and within days they unearthed evidence of widespread bribery. They found a paper trail of hundreds of suspect payments totaling more than $24 million. They also found documents showing that Wal-Mart de Mexico’s top executives not only knew about the payments, but had taken steps to conceal them from Wal-Mart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. In a confidential report to his superiors, Wal-Mart’s lead investigator, a former F.B.I. special agent, summed up their initial findings this way: “There is reasonable suspicion to believe that Mexican and USA laws have been violated.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/24/11368955-wal-mart-faces-criminal-probe-in-bribery-scandal?lite

  • rikyrah

    Why The Latino Vote Isn’t Really Up For Grabs
    Kyle Leighton- April 24, 2012, 5:48 AM

    In an election about the economy, immigration doesn’t rank particularly high on the list of key concerns for many voters. But the concerns of Latino voters, and the discussion of their potential to swing a presidential election, are once again being thrust to the fore.

    Lifted by speculation over the vice presidential prospects of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the debate over the importance and allegiances of the nation’s fastest growing voting bloc will only get more pronounced this week when the Supreme Court hears arguments over Arizona’s controversial get-tough-on-immigration law.

    But is the Latino vote really up for grabs, in a way that could swing the election? The polling data suggests that’s a stretch.

    Polling shows that 2012 is shaping up to look a lot like 2008 among Latino voters: Two thirds nationally say they will vote for President Obama, a quarter say they’re in the GOP camp, with the little remaining undecided, as shown by a Univision poll from January and a Pew survey from a week ago. This despite the fact that reform advocates tell TPM that many Latinos are upset with the Obama administration over its handling of the economy, the inability to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and the fact that immigrant deportations have soared to their highest level ever.

    “There’s no play in the immigration debate for Republicans — the states that it would move people are already in the R column,” said Doug Usher, a managing director with the bipartisan firm Purple Strategies and a former pollster for Sen. John Kerry’s (D) presidential campaign. But it’s equally unlikely to put new states on the map for President Obama, though Usher says he thinks Latino support could help him hold Colorado and Virginia.

    Bruce Haynes, Usher’s colleague as a founding partner of Purple Strategies and a veteran of Republican campaigns, told TPM that in his list of the biggest swing states — Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and Colorado — “Immigration is a issue in all of them, but a key driver in none of them.” But, he says, that’s not what’s important for Mitt Romney on the issue.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/2012-election-latino-vote.php?ref=fpb

    • gc

      Another lie by the media. The latest poll has the projected Latino vote: 80% Obama, 15% Romney.

  • rikyrah

    Romney Hints At Radical Health Care Reform Plan To Replace ‘Obamacare’
    Brian Beutler- April 24, 2012, 6:00 AM

    Likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney doesn’t like to talk about the key details of his own plan for reforming the country’s health care system — the plan he’d push as a replacement to “Obamacare.”

    But if you string together what he has said publicly, you arrive at a plan that would be far more disruptive to the existing health care system than “Obamacare” would be if fully implemented.

    That’s what the Los Angeles Tims did in a story that the White House missed and the Romney’s campaign declined to discuss with TPM. What the Times arrived at is a plan broadly similar to the widely derided blueprint John McCain ran on in 2008.

    The underlying idea is to wipe out one of the main fiscal tent poles of the existing health care system, and use the resulting revenues to finance billions of dollars in subsidies to buy insurance on the existing private market. The result, according to experts, would likely be a significant increase in the number of uninsured Americans, in an economy where, for better or worse, employers would likely no longer provide their workers with health care coverage.

    The fact that the government excludes employer-sponsored insurance from taxation is the reason most people get their insurance through their workplaces. Companies are also able, unlike most individuals, to pool risk, so that sick as well as healthy people can be covered without distorting premiums for everybody. The result is a mix of perverse incentives that keep people tied down to jobs they don’t like, and leave self-employed people and many others to fight it out in the under-regulated individual market, where insurers can deny people coverage based on their pre-existing medical conditions, rescind coverage from individuals who get sick and skew premiums based on everything from age to geography.

    “Obamacare” sought to mitigate those distortions by regulating the individual insurance market in a way that creates a safety net for the uninsured, the self-employed, laid-off workers and workers at firms that decide, over time, to stop offering health care benefits. It subsidizes insurance for these people and requires insurers to end discriminatory practices, and in return requires everybody to carry coverage. It finances this system in part by limiting — not eliminating — the tax exclusion for employer-provided benefits.

    Romney, by contrast, suggests he would eliminate this tax exclusion, leading employers to drop benefits, and leaving workers to buy insurance on their own with tax credits. Analyses of McCain’s similar plan in 2008 suggest it would cause the number of uninsured Americans to spike by millions.

    That’s because neither Romney nor McCain’s plans allow individuals to pool risk in insurance exchanges, require insurers to sell insurance to all comers without price-discriminating against sick people or fight the adverse selection problem by requiring both sick and healthy people to enter the pool. Romney isn’t calling for those reforms — because though they would solve the problems with his outline, they would also add up to “Obamacare.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/romney-hints-at-radical-health-care-reform-plan-to-replace-obamacare.php?ref=skyboxes

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

    Why, Brian McKnight??? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???

    *WARNING! NSFW*

    • rikyrah

      LOL

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      HAHA!!!! No. This has got to be a joke.

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

        Someone on Twitter called it “Brian McKnight’s Coochie Carols”. LOL!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Squirt? Come on, Brian’s punkin’ us. This cannot be real.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia – – –***BIG HUG** :>) – –

      – — -WHA’??? — — – – –WHA’??? – – -Words FAIL.- —

      Good 2 C U –Sepia. :>) – – — –

    • lamh35

      I’m at work so what does the video say

      • GN

        Brian McKnight singing about female anatomy in very explicit fashion. aka random freaknastiness.

    • MsKitty

      This comment sums it up for me…

      “You need to start back at One.”

      C’mon Brian leave something to the imagination, will ya?

      (Now I’m gonna have that chorus stuck in my head all day, dammit.)

    • GN

      *stops, drops, and rolls*

      @Mel_VanPeebles:
      maybe what @ItsBMcKnight really want 2 say is- You gotta You gotta Sweet Sweet Back!!!!

    • Miranda

      *Channeling Betty Wright’s mama*

      I…I like the music…and the beat..the beat’s really nice

      BUT I KNOW YOU NOT GONE SING THAT SONG!

  • rikyrah

    How Does This Money Thing Work?
    By mistermix April 24th, 2012

    Josh Marshall points out that a lot of Romney contributors have maxed out, while Obama donors generally have a lot more room to give, and says:

    So one could imagine getting into late summer and Romney would be having a hard time finding new people to give while the Obama campaign would be able to keep harvesting money from his small donor base. (Things were never quite this restrictive; there are various party committees where candidates can direct money. Still, it could be a real problem.)

    But under the Citizens United rules, Romney probably just sends those folks to Crossroad and Crossroads GPS. Not sure he’d ever really run into a problem.

    I don’t think that’s the right way to look at it. I’ll grant that third parties like Crossroads GPS probably do some kind of in-the-background coordination with campaigns, but it’s not like they’re working under the same roof as the Romney campaign. That matters, because it’s hard to see how Karl Rove’s message is going to be exactly the same as Romney’s on any given day in whatever state Mitt is visiting. And is Crossroads going to pay for staffers on the ground for months prior to the campaign, as the Obama campaign has been doing even in Kay’s red county?

    Don’t get me wrong—if Crossroads GPS spends $100 million, that’s significant. But it’s not as effective as the Romney campaign spending $100 million, and if Romney can’t tap some more donors, it’s going to hurt him even if Rove and the Kochs step in.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/04/24/how-does-this-money-thing-work/

    • nellcote

      Gooper super-pacs have already committed to spending huge amounts in congressional races. It’s a mistake to underestimate the damage they will do.

  • rikyrah

    Social Security Is Not Bankrupt. Not Even Close.
    Posted on 04/24/2012 at 7:16 am by Bob Cesca

    The 2012 Social Security Trustees Report was issued the other day and — surprise — Social Security isn’t bankrupt like everyone in the press and in the Republican Party (and Democratic Party in some cases) are telling you.

    The most important take-away points from the 2012 Trustees Report will be that Social Security has a large and growing surplus; that without any Congressional action, Social Security will continue to pay benefits to America’s eligible working families for decades; and that with modest legislated increases in revenue, it will continue to pay those benefits for the next century and beyond.

    Atrios noted that Mark Warner (D-VA) is lying about the Trustees Report, suggesting that it says the fund “runs dry” by 2033.

    Wrong!

    After 2033, if nothing is done to increase revenue (Congress will do something), Social Security will still be able to pay out 75-80 percent of benefits — calculated based on 2033 money, which is actually more than people are being paid in benefits right now. And that’s if NOTHING is done to increase revenue before then. In other words SOCIAL SECURITY IS RUNNING A SURPLUS AND EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE JUST FINE!!!11!!1

    Don’t believe the myths. And for heaven’s sake, vote against anyone who wants to privatize the system.

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/04/social-security-is-not-bankrupt-not-even-close.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    Ohhh PBOMB. – — – -GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    WHAT a POWERFUL EDUCATOR -annnd–ROLE MODEL! :>)

    – —-Highlighting Bethune Cookman University —-WHAT A LEGACY. :>)

    – –THIS – –Self-sufficiency was a high priority throughout her life. Bethune invested in several businesses in her life including the Pittsburgh Courier, a black newspaper, . . . – – –
    Likemany other families – –we had an – -ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION 2 the “COURIER”. Sometime we would READ it 2-gether –as a family. FOND MEMORIES! :>)

    THANK U PBOMB! THIS is a MAGNIFICENT SERIES. B BLESSED. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Talk is Cheap; Republican Bullshit is Very Expensive
    By John Cole April 24th, 2012

    So now our deficit hawks want to continue the Bush tax cuts, enact more tax cuts for the rich, expand our already bloated defense budget, and now they have even given up on their token issue to pretend they cared about spending:

    Hypocrisy alert: House Republican freshmen are begging their leaders to bring back a certain type of earmark so that they can help companies back home in an election year.
    In a letter to Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, 65 House Republican freshmen — or roughly three-quarters of the class — asked that the House consider a miscellaneous tariff bill jam-packed with special provisions to suspend duties on various foreign goods, even though it runs counter to the earmark ban Republicans campaigned on in 2010 and instituted when they took power.

    The push is a sign that freshmen who arrived in Washington talking up their anti-pork principles are now worried about what — if anything — they’ll have to show constituents when they hit the campaign trail. And, in typical Washington fashion, they think they’ve found a loophole that will get them past the ban.

    Because, you know, they are fiscal conservatives. Why anyone believes these bullshit artists is simply beyond me

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/04/24/talk-is-cheaprepublican-bullshit-is-very-expensive/

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

    White House officials noted that at the time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told the Senate Democrats running for president — which included not just Obama but then-Senators Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Joe Biden, D-Del., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn. — that he would call them back from the campaigning if their votes were needed, and they were not for this bill, which passed 78-18. (Clinton, Biden and Dodd were also no-shows.)

    Republicans Note Then-Senator Obama Didn’t Show Up for Vote on Student Loan Bill in 2007 by Jake Tapper: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/republicans-note-then-senator-obama-didnt-show-up-for-vote-on-student-loan-bill-in-2007/

    So Tapper admits PBO’s vote wasn’t needed, yet he still insists on making this a big story. Twitter fam, please light his GOP water carrying azz up: @jaketapper

    • GN

      He is a Grade A, pure, thoroughbred hack.

      • Miranda

        THIS.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – — GO! – –WALK OUT the DOOR. ‘CAUSE – –U NOT WELCOME!! – —>

    – – –Rep. Allen West Uninvited From NAACP Fundraiser Over Communist Comments – – –

    – – —The local NAACP chapter in Rep. Allen West’s South Florida district is distancing itself from its congressman following West’s accusation earlier this month that 81 House Democrats are Communists.

    The Martin County, Fla., branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People revoked their invitation for West to be the keynote speaker at the group’s annual fundraiser last Saturday, instead rescheduling the event, with a new speaker, for September.

    “We don’t want to look like we support that statement he made,” the chapter’s President Rev. Jerry Gore told ABC News. (ABC News)

    Click here for more…
    THERE IS MORE.

    • nellcote

      Why on earth did they invite him to be the keynote speaker in the first place? It’s not like his craziness is a secret.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ nellcote. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        ***fist bump*** – – —I ‘ON’T KNOW!! – -Maybe he had a membership. LOL.

        He is becomin’ a – -CONTINUIN’ SAGA – – – –

        – – –AS THE – -STOOPID BURNS!! – –geesh!! – – –

        Good 2 C U – -nellcote. :>)

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

    So, what’s this about Van Jones saying that PBO has taken our votes for granted? WTF?

    • Daltex82

      Good Morning All!

      Van, sweetie bitter ex employee is not a good look.

    • Ebogan63

      Honestly, no one is studying his behind, except for the usual PL assclowns

    • dannie22

      Yes the Ultimate Hustler was hustling on msnbc last night. Whats hustler gonna do? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA8xiDlW-x8

    • Miranda

      I have a friend that doesn’t follow politics nearly as much as I do, but watches the political shows on Sunday and morning news and that’s about it. Lately though, he’s really gotten into listening to NPR’s Tell Me More on the drive home. Yesterday, Van Jones was interviewed. I didn’t listen to it, but my friend texted me after the show: “I dont know bout that Mr. Jones”.

      He kinda knew who Van Jones was, but like I said, doesn’t keep up that much, so he was completely unbiased going in – he was a clean slate when that interview began and the conclusion he reached was “I don’t know bout that Mr. Jones.” The only reason he even put it like that was because he wasn’t familiar and knew that I probably would know more about Van and perhaps he was taking whatever it was Van said the wrong way.

      So this morning I emailed him my thoughts on Mr. Jones and his response was “oh, so it wasn’t me”. Nope it wasn’t…its him.

    • Guns3000

      When the White House unofficially “fired” his ass there were negroes out here bashing the Pres for not defending him. Hmmmm……do you understand now?

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

    Join Us for an Online Minority Health Townhall

    By Sherice Perry Dillard, HHS Special Assistant for Specialty Media and Broadcast
    Posted April 20, 2012

    As part of our observation of National Minority Health month, we would like to invite you to participate online in a Minority Health Townhall on Tuesday, April 24th at 12:30 p.m., streamed live from The White House.

    The event will be an interactive, open dialogue with stakeholder groups and the media to highlight what the health care law, the Affordable Care Act, is doing to improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities.

    This year’s theme, Health Equity Can’t Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY!, is a call to action for all of us to work together to reduce health disparities. Join us and learn more about how the Administration is working to improve the health of minority communities and achieve health equity for all Americans.

    You can watch the Townhall live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live. Please submit questions in advance using the hashtag #MinorityHealth or on our Facebook page.
    WHAT: Minority Health Townhall
    WHEN: Tuesday, April 24th, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    WHERE: Watch live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live or join the conversation on Twitter at #MinorityHealth
    WHO: Cecilia Munoz, Director of Domestic Policy Council, The White House

    Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, US Department of Health & Human Services

    Dr. Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General, US Department of Health & Human Services

    Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health & Director of the Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

    Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, US Department of Health & Human Services

    B. Smith, Iconic Restaurateur, Author, and Lifestyle Expert

    Dr. Dirk Schroeder, Executive Vice President, Univision’s HolaDoctor

    Dr. Tyeese Gaines, Health Editor of theGrio
    http://www.healthcare.gov/blog/2012/04/minorityhealthtownhall042012.html

  • Miranda
    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Like I said, all of this is for white folks. Its not for us. All this “African American” outreach is because they have a black President to run against.

      • Worldwatcher7

        It gives them cover whenever people note how racist they are.

        • GN

          From Derbyshire’s infamously racist rant in response to black parents giving their kids “the talk” in light of Trayvon Martin’s murder:

          In that pool of forty million, there are nonetheless many intelligent and well-socialized blacks. (I’ll use IWSB as an ad hoc abbreviation.) You should consciously seek opportunities to make friends with IWSBs. In addition to the ordinary pleasures of friendship, you will gain an amulet against potentially career-destroying accusations of prejudice.

          Please share this article by using the link below. When you cut and paste an article, Taki’s Magazine misses out on traffic, and our writers don’t get paid for their work. Email editors@takimag.com to buy additional rights. http://takimag.com/article/the_talk_nonblack_version_john_derbyshire/print#ixzz1sznjqDah

          They’re not even trying to hide their use of tokenism to avoid accountability for racist beliefs and actions.

    • GN

      A website with Allen West testifying is not about to convert black people to the GOP…especially with their super-weak presidential candidate.

    • Daltex82

      Republicans launch new effort to court black voters

      Umm, good luck with that.

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

    Susan Sarandon: I was denied White House clearance
    By Meriah Doty

    Susan Sarandon is speaking candidly about government surveillance. She says she has been a target of such activity, and that she was recently denied clearance to visit the White House.

    The actress was speaking with filmmaker Michael Moore during a question-and-answer session at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday. The pair, both known for their politically liberal ideologies, say they’ve been the targets of government observation.

    Here are some of the claims they made on Sunday:

    Sarandon: “I’ve gotten my [FBI] file twice… I know my phone was tapped. If they’re not surveilling you, then everyone else has cameras on phones.” She added, “I was denied security clearance to go to the White House [next week], and I don’t know why.”

    Moore says he was a target of a “disinformation campaign”: “I was told this by some people in the Bush administration. They went bonkers when ‘Fahrenheit’ came out and thought it would throw the election to Kerry.”

    Sarandon says she has confirmed she was a target of survelliance: “I’ve gotten my file twice under the Freedom of Information Act.”

    MORE: http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/susan-sarandon-denied-white-house-clearance-162538391.html

    • Admiral_Komack

      Boo-fucking-hoo.
      Too-fucking-bad.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -Last week there was a discussion about the paucity of UPCOMING BLACK politicians. This seems 2 B one of the contributing reasons: – —

    – — Whither 125th Street

    – — -It’s been awhile since we talked about black folks ain’t what they used to be. It feels like it’s about that time. Here’s the Times on congressional redistricting in Harlem. As it happens, the neighborhood has been carved up in such a way that black politicians will have to actually, like, compete:

    In the decades since, the so-called Harlem seat has been held by only two men, Mr. Powell and the man who unseated him in 1970, Representative Charles B. Rangel, each of whom became among the most influential African-American voices in the nation’s capital, representing a neighborhood known as a center of black arts and culture, scholarship and struggle.

    “Their lore was that they spoke for black America, they spoke for Harlem, and they spoke for the Harlems all over this country,” said David A. Paterson, the former New York governor and a Harlem native.

    But as demographic change has altered the makeup of Upper Manhattan — Harlem has become less black and neighborhoods around it more Hispanic — black politicians are concerned that they might lose this prized pulpit. Under new boundaries imposed by a federal court as part of the reapportionment process every 10 years, the district has been extended into the Bronx, and more than half of its population is now Hispanic. In the Democratic primary,
    THERE IS MORE

    Watchin’ this happen in L.A. – – – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -Random THOUGHT: – – – -Some people in Sandord R sayin’ that Lee did NOT have enough TIME 2 “CLEAN UP” the city. Awwww.

    YET soma these SAME PEOPLE R COMPLAININ’ that MR. PRESIDENT hasn’t CLEANED UP” – –shrub’s 8-YEAR MESS — -in a timely fashion!! HAH!

    —DOUBLE STANDARDS!! —‘CAUSE – —-YA KNOW — –he’s – -“BLAH”. – – –

    Jus’ sayin’. . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -MEDIA ALERT: – – -MR. PRESIDENT is HONORING the STATE annnd NATIONAL – –“TEACHER of the YEAR!!” – –

    – –CONGRATULATIONS 2 ALL. :>) THANK U MR. PRESIDENT. – -

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

    Here go Crabis..

    Loop 21: You wear a lot of hats nowadays, but many people still recognize you as an on-air newsman. What are your thoughts on how the media is handling the Trayvon Martin case?

    Smiley: The mainstream media was slow to cover the story, which is always the case, if they get there at all. At least on the Trayvon Martin case, they got there. So many times in the country black kids are killed and all they and people like Nancy Grace want to talk about are a white kid, every once in a while they’ll get around to [black kids]. The most sensationalized, face-on-the-milk carton type stories are usually about little white kids, especially white girls. All life is valuable and precious, but too often the mainstream media doesn’t get around to telling our stories or they get there late.

    When they do get there, they tend to cover the most sensationalized points of view so that the bar of expectation on cases like Trayvon Martin is raised so high that if a conviction of [George] Zimmerman is not the outcome, there’s going to be a whole bunch of disappointed, angry and I pray not, violent black people. There is so much riding on this case now. I went through this in Los Angeles when Rodney King was beat and the officers were found not guilty in the first trial and the city erupted into riots. I’ve lived through this before. I know what it’s like to see people have their expectations ratcheted up and the verdict that they want to see does not come through. The mainstream media has helped whip this thing into a frenzy, raising these expectations that if a conviction doesn’t happen, it’s going to raise problems.

    As a member of the black media, I’ve always felt that it is relevant and they are especially now than ever. There are certain questions that if we don’t ask them, they won’t get raised or asked. If we don’t raise certain topics, they won’t get addressed. If we don’t profile certain people, they won’t get profiled. Black media is more relevant and necessary than ever before. We’ve got to get away from jumping on the bandwagon of sensational stories. The fact of the matter is there’s too much violence in our community across the board, too many guns in our streets. We’re good at showing up for these “moments,” we are an event people. But the sustainable, long-term work, the hard work to get policies changed, that kind of work, we need more laborers in those vineyards.

    Tavis Smiley On ‘Stand’ Documentary and Why Trayvon Can’t Be Rodney King

    • MsKitty

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall Tavis being one of those front and center trying to get attention to this case like Rev. Al, Michael Baisden and others.

      • GN

        He definitely was not. And he also doesn’t get why people are becoming angrier by the day: with Casey Anthony, I think that people get that there are problems with the judicial system and fair outcomes are not always guaranteed. What’s insane is the widespread apologia for the cold-blooded murderer of a child; apologia which are loaded with bigoted, racist stereotypes designed to preserve the prerogatives of people who believe that it is fine to use lethal force for mild or imaginary “offenses” by black people. This is a serious problem. And it’s not lost on me that we already have a victimhood prenarrative in the form of the supposedly coming race riots. There are nonstop riots in college towns (weren’t there some cars on fire in Kentucky), yet there is never this obsession and fear associated with those outbursts of mobs. There is an OBSESSION with depicting black people as aggressors, even when we are at an extreme of victimhood, such as innocent murder victims and an outraged community.

        • Miranda

          There are nonstop riots in college towns (weren’t there some cars on fire in Kentucky)
          ___________________________

          when white college kids riot (as they do every fall at Ohio State, Michigan, Florida to name a few) – its all in good fun. If black kids were even rumored to be rioting at Hampton, FAMU or Southern, the governor’s of those states would put the campuses on lockdown and the national guard would surround them.

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

        He wasn’t. In fact, Crabis has been unusually quiet about this case. Why is that?

        • Miranda

          There is a reason Crabis has been so quiet. Don’t know what it is, but there is a reason.

          • GN

            Something tells me that if POTUS hadn’t spoken on it, Travis and Corny would be all over this story, painting it as proof that PBO doesn’t deserve black support…

          • rikyrah

            Couldn’t figure out a way to get $$$$ from it…that’s the silence

          • Miranda

            I just have a feeling its something else – a corporation telling him to fall back or something. just a feeling I have. The truth will eventually come out, he’s not quiet on his own.

          • Admiral_Komack

            We have a winner.

      • Town

        Tavis needs to sit his Hamburger Helper looking ass down. He wants to “weigh in” now that Al Sharpton, Michael Baisden & Ben Crump did all the work bringing the Trayvon case to light. People were asking on Twitter where is Tavis? and he was nowhere to be seen. Not a word, not a peep from Tavis Smiley on Trayvon. Even Cornel West said some words about Trayvon but Tavis was silent.

        And now this grifter wants to “weigh in” on Trayvon?

        It was not Tavis who was organizing a petition on Trayvon.

        It was not Tavis who led the marches in Sanford and across the country.

        It was not Tavis who was talking about Trayvon day in and day out, bringing to light the situation.

        It was not Tavis bringing on Ben Crump to talk about the case on his show.

        It was not Tavis who was writing columns about Trayvon.

        It was not Tavis making the rounds to shows nightly to talk about this case.

        It was not Tavis who was publicizing the marches on his radio show every day.

        It was not Tavis who was tweeting about the case.

        But now Tavis wants to “weigh in” like he did something. He ain’t do jack and is only using this case now that everybody else did the heavy lifting to pimp his pocketbook some more.

        Tavis can have a whole PBS station full of seats.

  • Miranda

    The couple that was held at gunpoint by a Deliverance-inbred neighbor and then arrested before it was discovered it was their home – well I guess the lil Newton County sherriff and the D.A. thought that was the end of it.

    Oops.

    Seems, the son who bought the home, taught soccer to these kids…the kids of a very high powered defense attorney. A very high powered attorney with time on his hands and none too happy with how his kids soccer coach and his family were treated.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/newton-county-neighbors-charged-1424231.html

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Ain’t it always like this when some white folks don’t know who they are fucking with. They REALLY think were those same Negroes in the early twentieth century that didn’t have connections like they did. They are slowly learning this. And judging from the pictures of those white dudes, they have NO connections to get them out of this one.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY GOVCHRIS1988. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        U! –AIN’T! – – –NEVA! — -LIED!! – —

        Since THEY haven’t ADVANCED on the EVOLUTIONARY SCALE – -they haven’t observed the changes in the SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT around them. SAD –4 them. – —

        – -THIS IS their ONLY -CONNECTION- – -an INBRED -FAMILY TREE!!——LOL.

        Good 2 C U. GOVCHRIS1988. :>)

    • GN

      Exactly why bigots are so up in arms about Zimmerman being charged: racist police can’t guarantee these vigilantes protection anymore.

    • goldenstar

      Oh, oh. Just read the article and then looked up Don Samuel, the defense attorney. He is the husband of author, Melissa Fay Greene (who folks should read…”Praying for Sheetrock”).

      Anyway, these folks are serious. about civil rights. about justice. about coming correctly.

      Woohoo! Get out popcorn.

      • rikyrah

        I’ll say it….

        THEY MESSED WITH THE WRONG ONE

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — **fit bump** –

        – -LOL THOSE —ILLITERATE --“HICKBILLIES – –gon

        get them some – – – -“BOOK LARNIN'”!! – – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

        – –BON APETIT!! -LOL.

        —Good 2 C U -goldenstar. :>)

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

      This won’t end well for the Canoleses.

      • Daltex82

        That was no speed bump, that was the Canoleses’ after being thrown under the bus.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Daltex82. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          BWAHAHA!! — –Good 1! – —**shakin’ my head***

          Wonder HOW MANY CHARGES Attorney Don Samuel – -gon BRANG!? – – –4 their —

          -15 –MINUTES of – -SHAME!! — LOL.

          Good 2 C U – -Daltex82. :>)

          • Daltex82

            Waves at GLH Hey there!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Daltex82 —***waves back*** LOL.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda — — HAH! – – –LET the GAMES – – -BEGIN!! LOL- – —

      – – –“The police told me I did a good job,” said Canoles, 45, who was never questioned that night. He spoke again with deputies on Friday and said he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

      TRANSLATION: – -HAH! U GOT SOME NIGRAS. GOOD JOB! — –

      Annnd they were proudly “clingin” 2 their 2nd Amendment rights —WHICH the –“HICKS” obviously di-ent READ:

      – – -the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia[1][2] and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

      THEIR HOME!! – – – -NOT the HOME of ANOTHER PERSON!!! - – —

      – –ILLITERATE PHOOLS!!! – –geesh!

      GOOD LUCK 2 the FAMILY!! – – – IT is Sooo ON. :>) Bless U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – —YA KNOW – —the MORE she speaks – – -the MORE she sounds like – – -PALIN-SPEAK! — – -***side eye*** – —

    – -Ann Romney: ‘I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don’t Have A Choice’ And ‘Must Go To Work’

    – – –In an emotional speech about the difficulty of motherhood and life on the campaign trail, Ann Romney used an odd choice of words to discuss mothers who are forced to work while raising their children.

    – – – -SKIP — —

    The issue was largely dismissed after a few days as a ginned-up “silly season” controversy, but Ann Romney’s comments last night at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner could potentially reignite the issue. After discussing how she understands the challenges mothers face, Romney said, according to BuzzFeed:

    Romney alluded to the fact that not all women can stay at home saying, “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”
    THERE IS MORE – –Unfortunately. LOL

    – – -My reaction: – –***blank stare – –with a HUH? annnd furrowed brow*** LOL.

    MY ADVICE: – – – –“BACK AWAY FROM the MIC!” – — “FAR AWAY!!” – -geesh!

    • Town

      “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.
      ——————

      Thank goodness Consuelo, Maria and Blanca had to work and clean my house and take care of the boys. Otherwise, how would I have been able to ride my dressage horses?

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Town. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        LOL –LOL —

        She also said – – —

        WHEW – — . IFF THEY di-ent have that CHOICE —

        –I’d have 2 PAY – -“NANNIES annnd MAIDS B US”

        – – -2 help me stay at home. Annnd THEY R EXPENSIVE!! -LOL.

        Good 2 C U -Town. :>)

      • Daltex82

        LOL!

      • rikyrah

        thank you, town

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

      Miss Ann Translation: “I’m thankful for my maids and nannies”

    • Miranda

      Only4RM‏@Only4RM
      @EricBoehlert Funny that journos who pilloried MrsObama 2008 “proud” quote are now eager to *interpret* AnnRomney’s moms w/o a choice talk.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ miranda. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        THANK U!! – – -***fist bump****

        Annn –NEEDSTA STOP – – -NOW!! – — -Her “campaign days” R – –OVA!! – – —

        Just let teh WILLARD – –“SELF DESTRUCT” – –ON HIS OWN!! – — geesh!!

        Good 2 C U miranda. :>)

    • rikyrah

      I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice

      WHO THE FUCK SAYS SHYT LIKE THIS?

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – –LOL – – — Ummm – –teh mrs. romKNEE — annnnd — teh – -“Sno Ho”. – – — THAT! – -IS! – – -ALL! :>)

        Have a good day. :>)

      • Admiral_Komack

        1) A person who doesn’t give a shit about saying it.
        2) A person who doesn’t expect to be called on it.

  • Miranda

    Ann Romney: ‘I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don’t Have A Choice’ And ‘Must Go To Work’

    excerpt:
    The issue was largely dismissed after a few days as a ginned-up “silly season” controversy, but Ann Romney’s comments last night at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner could potentially reignite the issue. After discussing how she understands the challenges mothers face, Romney said, according to BuzzFeed:

    Romney alluded to the fact that not all women can stay at home saying, “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”
    http://thinkprogress.org/special/2012/04/24/469896/ann-romney-women-work/

  • PBomb

    Oh dear, the sheets keep coming off…
    _________________________________________________________

    Jon Lovitz On Obama: He’s A F***king A**hole [Audio]

    Jon Lovitz has made a lot of money over his long career in comedy and he isn’t happy about the idea of paying more than his fair share. The former SNL member called President Obama a “f***king a**hole” for trying to raise taxes on the rich.

    According to Lovitz, the whole idea is completely un-American. Lovitz said that America encourages people to strive for riches and it shouldn’t punish them when they reach the top of the economic world.

    Lovitz said:

    “This whole thing with Obama saying the rich don’t pay their taxes is fucking bullshit. And I voted for the guy and I’m a Democrat. What a fucking asshole.”

    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/224695/jon-lovitz-on-obama-hes-a-fking-ahole-audio/#CWtdMwHiTBjTYyjj.99

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      This is why I love living during the Presidency of Barack Obama. For the past three years of being President, he has exposed all of the cloaked vitriol, greed, malice, hatred, jealousy, intolerance, disdain, and anger of a lot of folks. He has showed them for who they are and that is one of the unnamed accomplishments that President Obama has done in America.

    • Miranda

      Guess he figures he has to go the Dennis Miller/Victoria Jackson route because he has no career in Hollywood anymore at all.

      • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

        That’s not true. Why just recently he was in……..and then there was…..I mean…….Ah but who could forget his work in……………………

        Subway is hiring.

      • gc

        I read an article about him a few years ago. He’s an absolute pig.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Is he even in the effected bracket? C’mon son, when’d you last “earn” anything?

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Thats what I was questioning? I hate to stereotype, but you must have some good accountants in your family Jon if you’re griping about paying more in taxes since you haven’t been in anything since High School High.

  • Miranda

    Harlem pastor: Killing of ex-Marine ‘racially charged’

    NEW YORK – The Rev. Calvin O. Butts put his voice behind the family of slain White Plains resident Kenneth Chamberlain on Sunday, calling the killing “yet another racially charged murder of an African-American man.”
    Speaking in the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where he is pastor, the minister said Chamberlain, killed in his home by White Plains police, would not be forgotten.

    “We will not let this go,” he said.

    more here
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-24/new-york-killing/54498460/1

  • Miranda

    Marissa Alexander’s Ex-Husband Talks Stand Your Ground Law

    The ex-husband of a battered Florida woman is helping her fight a long stint in prison, after her next husband’s alleged abuse landed her in jail.

    The story of Marissa Alexander’s Stand Your Ground case is going viral around the Internet, thanks largely to her sister and first husband, Lincoln Alexander. He was married to Marissa for seven years, according to a interview he gave to Politic365.

    more here
    http://loop21.com/life/lincoln-alexander-talks-ex-wife-s-stand-your-ground-case

  • rikyrah

    Romney shakes the Etch A Sketch on student aid
    By Steve Benen – Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:22 AM EDT.

    As we discussed on Friday, an important fight is brewing over student loan interest rates, with policymakers facing a July deadline before rates for federal Direct Stafford Loans double. If Congress doesn’t act, more than 7.4 million students will face, on average, an additional $1,000 in debt.

    The Obama White House and congressional Democrats are eager to keep rates where they are, while congressional Republicans want the lower rates to expire in two months. Yesterday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced he agrees with … the left. Here’s the video, which The Ed Show aired last night.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Romney said:

    “…I fully support the effort to extend the low interest rate on student loans. There was some concern that that would expire halfway through the year, and I support extending the temporary relief on interest rates.”

    In the short term, this may give Dems an additional edge in the legislative fight — it’s bound to be at least a little helpful to have the Republican presidential candidate endorse the Democratic position.

    But in the bigger picture, we have another clear example of Romney shaking the Etch A Sketch as he transitions to the general-election phase of the campaign. Last week, it was immigration policy, and this week, it’s student loans.

    In both cases, however, Romney is really only giving the appearance of moderation.

    ——————————————————————————–

    On immigration, the Romney campaign tried to put some distance between the former governor and his right-wing immigration advisor, Kris Kobach, and leak word that Romney doesn’t really believe his own anti-immigrant rhetoric, but his policy agenda remained unchanged.

    On student loans, Romney is now on board with Obama’s plan to keep interest rates at their current level, but the Republican’s almost-strident opposition to helping Americans afford college tuition hasn’t budged.

    Let’s not forget that it was just last month when Romney, still pandering to his party’s far-right base, explained that families worried about affording college tuition should expect no help from a Romney administration. Indeed, the former governor said students should shop around for colleges with the best rates, because Americans will be on their own.

    What’s more, Romney also endorsed Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget plan, which, among other things, makes deep cuts to Pell Grants (and, incidentally, would also allow student loan interest rates to double).

    The presumptive GOP presidential nominee is, in other words, playing a little game: moving to the extreme in the primaries, then pivoting to a faux centrism, hoping reporters and voters will be impressed. He’s shaking the Etch A Sketch, but only enough to give the appearance of moderation.

    Meanwhile, American Bridge, a Democratic-aligned super PAC, released this video this morning, targeting Romney on education policy.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/24/11369750-romney-shakes-the-etch-a-sketch-on-student-aid?lite

  • Miranda

    SMH…this fool’s grandkids gave him the full James Bond DVD set for Xmas and now he think Pussy Galore was down in Columbia

    Grassley: Colombian Prostitutes May Have Been Russian Spies
    In an interview with Radio Iowa, Sen. Chuck Grassley considered whether the Colombian prostitutes involved in the Secret Service scandal may have actually been Russian spies.

    “We’re looking at something that is very, very serious when national security might not be protected properly,” Grassley said Tuesday, according to The Hill. “Who knows who might be using prostitutes? The Russians are famous for that to get information out of us. You want to know that the president is protected.”
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/grassley-colombian-prostitutes-may-have-been-russian-spies

    • MsKitty

      He’s really making a fool out of himself, isn’t he?

      • goldenstar

        Well, ya know that Iowa has one of the higher rates of consumption of meth????

        just sayin’…

    • Guns3000

      Wow, this man really has no shame. He is just throwing anything out there to see what sticks.

    • rikyrah

      why they gotta be Russian spies?

      they could be Al Qaeda moles

  • GN

    “…survey of waiters in North Carolina revealed that nearly two-fifths admitted to treating customers differently depending on their race.”

    http://bossip.com/576692/race-matters-survey-shows-40-of-waiters-discriminate-against-black-folks-because-we-dont-tip-well/

    And that’s 2/5 (over a third) who *admitted* to giving black people inferior service (per the article, the study found that waitstaff perceived black ppl as poor tippers and adjusted service accordingly).

    • MsKitty

      the study found that waitstaff perceived black ppl as poor tippers and adjusted service accordingly

      Funny that it never occurs to these waitstaffers that maybe the reason why black folks haven’t tipped them well is because they received crappy service. But if you don’t mind your bigotry getting between you and a few extra bucks, have at it.

      • GN

        Exactly. Self-reinforcing perception.

  • rikyrah

    A Serious Question
    By Charles P. Pierce at 1:40PM
    Has The New York Times taken to hiring its “Public Editors” from the people waiting on hold for Mark Levin?

    Readers deserve to know: Who is the real Barack Obama?

    No kidding, that appeared in an actual column in the actual New York Times.

    (My favorite part of the column has to be where the Public Editor goes to the Political Editor for a comment, and the latter cites the following in his own defense: a Feb, 27 article about the president’s decision not to pursue recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles commission on debt reduction — a move the article said had contributed to undercutting “a central promise of his 2008 campaign, to rise above the rancor.” This is all my arse. There were no “recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles commission.” There were some suggestions by Simpson and Bowles that were unable to attract majority support within the commission necessary for their being presented to the Congress. And that last bit about “rancor” is the last refuge of somebody who can look political vandalism square in the eye and not see the vandals themselves.)

    Barack Obama has been on the national scene for eight years. He was a candidate for the better part of two years and has been the president of the United States for the better part of three. We know about things his preacher said. We know about his uncle’s unfortunate driving history and his aunt’s time on the dole. A good portion of the Republican base — the portion that Mr. Brisbane here is begging not to write him anything hurtful anymore — believes that it knows the president is a Kenyan-born Muslim Indonesian socialist who is just waiting until his second term to round them all up, take away their guns, and give them all retroactive late-term abortions, and only Brisbanish “vetting” can stand in the way of all that.

    We are so very screwed.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Ombudsdope_Strikes_Back#ixzz1syd2vdTC

  • goldenstar

    from my man, Rude Pundit. And you must go there to see the photos.

    http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2012/04/photos-that-make-rude-pundit-want-to.html

    4/23/2012
    Photos That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Snort Meth Off a Dead Raccoon’s Ass:

    Whenever some conservative wad of fuck wants to talk about poverty in America, it’s like he or she can’t get his or her tiny little mind around what poverty actually is. Because, see, Johnny Noble up there? His uncle, Mose, doesn’t have a big screen TV. No, it wouldn’t do him any good in the trailer because it doesn’t have electricity or running water.

    That’s Booneville, Kentucky, where the unemployment rate is 12% and 41.5% of the people live below the poverty line. Between 2000 and 2010, income actually declined in Owsley County.

    You see, that’s poverty today in America.

    Oh, by the way, you’ll be happy to know that, after a mistake-filled first day, Mitt Romney’s wife’s horse, Rafalca, rose from 17th to 15th place in the freestyle portion of the World Cup Dressage Finals in the Netherlands.

    That is one fine mare. Yep, Rafalca and rider Jan Ebeling “stayed perfectly in tune with the up-tempo music throughout his ride. The pair had a dramatic finish to their test with piaffe on the centerline, culminating with a one-handed piaffe into the salute. A slight spook following the two-time changes performed on the rail was one of few mistakes in a pleasing effort.” Pleasing, indeed.

    No, “one-handed piaffe salute” is not dressage-speak for “giving the middle finger,” but it may as well be.

    // posted by Rude One @ 5:03 PMShareThis

    • gc

      Colbert to Cornell and Travis: “If 50% of America is poor, which one of you is the poor one?”

      Gotta go. Dressage Competition awaits.

      • goldenstar

        Alright?

        Totally OT. But Cornell and Tavis looked just as they are on that faux conservative show. Classic.

        • gc

          They could hock those gorgeous clothes and feed the poor with the proceeds for a month.

  • GreenLadyHere

    -PBOMB- – – –MR. PRESIDENT IS – -IN CAROLINA – -4 REAL!! :>) – —

    – — Annnnd the USUAL: – – – -I LOVE U. from the audience was responded 2 – –: I LOVE U BACK!! – –I LOVE NORTH CAROLINA!! :>)

    No – – -“ENTHUSIASM GAP” HERE!! :>) Woo! Hoo! :>)

    • nellcote

      -CAN I GET AN AMEN!!
      ===

      yeah, that made me lol.

      I love it when The Prez gets his Preacher on.

  • Rhoda

    Afternoon, POU!

    Okay,so twice today I felt my years, lol.

    First at Balloon Juice a kid was talking about reading Politico (founded to cover the 2008 election!) in high school and now my niece messaging me about how she’s never seen Beauty and The Beast and her family’s neglected to show her all the classics. This is the girl who didn’t know anything about Clueless when I geeked out over Alicia Silverstone showing up on Suburgatory. When did the nineties become classic? CLASSIC!

    So not fair. I’m a young aunt. YOUNG, I say!

    LOL.

    Sorry, for the nonsense. I never felt it turning thirty but I’m starting to think about the fact that I’m heading to thirty-five and the road is shorter than I thought.

    • Town

      Rollin’ Wit De Homies #ripbrittanymurphy

    • Miranda

      Don’t feel bad….I almost wrecked my vehicle one day listening to the hip-hop station. The DJ (I dont think they’re still called that anymore, but anyway) was giving away tickets to the first person that could correctly identify which song was being sampled on Gwen Stefani’s “Luxurious”. I was horrified when a caller said “that’s Biggie! Its Big Poppa”………and the DJ said “you’re our winner!”

      I and the Isley Brothers…weep.

    • rikyrah

      how do you think I feel when I’m with Peanut?

      the things she will NEVER know – technology wise – that I know and remember.

      she thinks nothing of asking me to play her shows on the computer. whichever one she wants – because she knows that I can get them from Netflix.

      show’s on demand.

      if she wants to watch Dora…she doesn’t have to consult a tv schedule…she can just ask me to play it on the computer.

  • GN

    POTUS, speaking today: “when Michelle and I graduated from college and law school, we had a mountain of debt. We got poor together.”

    • JojoRaze

      Cue Mitt Romney: Stop telling folks you was poor. CLASS WARFARE.

      When PBO has said this a lot. I remember the poor together line from the 2008 campaign.

      • GN

        “Trying to say I’m rich???? Don’t insult my great-great granddaddy who used to make his own coffee.”

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY GN! – – — He SPOKE!! – — -THEY LOVED HIM!! :>)

      THEY CAN RELATE 2 HIM!! :>)

      GOT — – –YOUTH VOTE!! – – —U BETCHA!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — -He’s showin’ us WHAT HE has done – – ☻-“KNOW B4 U GO”.,[Publication] – – —

    — ☻-WE will HELP – – IFFF STATES PRIORITIZE EDUCATION in THEIR BUDGETS.

    NOW – –CONGRESS NEEDS 2 ACT!! – – –PREVENT the JULY 1 –

    –INTEREST RATE DOUBLING!! – —

    MR. PRESIDENT is – — ON FI-YAH!! – — F-I-E-R-C-E!!!—FI-YAH!! Woo! Hoo! :>)

    • goldenstar

      He’s telling the students to tweet #dontdoublemyrate.

      O.M.G.

      Go Baracky!

      • GreenLadyHere

        goldenstar — –***MEGA-fist bump*** –

        —SPEAK MR. PRESIDENT!! :>)

        YA KNOW –they gon – – -<b) – –

        Wooo Hoooo! :>)

        – – -FIRED UP!! – – -GOTV – -2012! – –4 MORE YEARS!! – —

  • GN

    Government Files First Criminal Charges In BP Oil Spill

    The Justice Department has now made the arrest and charges public, issuing a press release on its website. Essentially the Justice Department claims that Mix, who at the time was “a drilling and completions project engineer for BP,” deleted hundreds of text messages even after he was notified that he was legally obligated to preserve them.

    In one instance on Oct. 4, 2010, Justice claims that Mix allegedly deleted about 200 messages exchanged with a BP supervisor. In it, Mix admits that a maneuver called Top Kill, in which BP injected heavy fluids into the well to try to stop the flow of oil, was failing.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/24/151284311/first-criminals-charges-in-bp-oil-spill-filed-against-a-bp-engineer

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

      And this is why they hate AG Holder.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -SAD NEWS – —4 a – –FIRST — – – –

    – – – – -LeRoy Walker, US Olympic Committee’s first black chairman, dies – —

    – – – -LeRoy Walker, the first African-American to lead the U.S. Olympic Committee and the first black man to coach an American Olympic team, died Monday. He was 93.

    Walker’s death was confirmed by Scarborough & Hargett Funeral home, but no cause of death was given.

    The grandson of slaves raised in the segregated South before he moved to Harlem, Walker led the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1992 to 1996, both shepherding the summer games staged in Atlanta and leading the group when the 2002 Winter Olympics were awarded to Salt Lake City.

    – – -The Atlanta Games were widely panned across the globe, and Walker warned his countrymen the U.S. was not likely to host another games for a long time after Salt Lake City. He repeated his warnings after a bribery scandal threatened to derail the 2002 Winter Games, and so far, his prediction has been true. – – –

    —- – -But Walker still loved the Olympics, especially track and field. He coached Olympic teams from Ethiopia, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya and Trinidad & Tobago before his home country gave him a chance to be the first black head coach of a U.S. Olympic team when he led the track squad to Montreal in 1976.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – -RIHEP – – -WITH THANKS- – -COACH LEROY WALKER. – –

    – – -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS —AMEN. — –

  • GN

    POTUS, speaking today: ” ‘You’re on your own’ is not an economic plan'”

    • rikyrah

      amen

      • BoomerGal

        Ditto.

  • rikyrah

    Competing for the youth vote
    By Steve Benen – Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:35 PM EDT

    .In the 2008 presidential election, there was a striking age gap — Obama not only beat McCain among younger voters, he did so by a two-to-one margin. Of all the various constituencies, some of Obama’s strongest support came from voters under 30.

    But with younger workers struggling, and political disillusionment not uncommon, Mitt Romney thinks he can close the gap, at least a little, and perform far better than the McCain/Palin ticket did four years ago. Indeed, remember this clip from several weeks ago, in which Romney said, “I don’t see how a young American can vote for, well, can vote for a Democrat”?

    Team Romney is still hard at work trying to rally the youth vote, and hosted a conference call this morning on the issue, featuring, among others, Hank Brown, a 72-year-old former Republican senator who also served as the president of the University of Colorado.

    Alex Seitz-Wald reports that the Romney campaign couldn’t come up with much to say.

    In its effort to reach out to young voters, Mitt Romney’s campaign held a conference call with reporters today to discuss what the presumed GOP nominee thinks of President Obama’s record on the youth (not much) and what they have to offer young Americans (also not much). [...]

    So, if Obama was so bad, what would a Romney presidency do instead? The septuagenarian Brown, joined on the call by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and College Republican National Committee Chairman Alex Schriver, didn’t really have much to offer.

    The problem for the presumptive Republican nominee is that so much of his policy agenda makes it difficult to do meaningful outreach to younger voters.

    ——————————————————————————–

    We know, for example, that Romney wants to eliminate the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, which will immediately take health care coverage away from millions of young people aged 18 to 25, who can now remain on their family plans thanks to the reform law. “Vote for me and I promise to take away your health insurance” is not a winning message.

    We also know that Romney wants to scrap college aid for millions of younger Americans. For this constituency, it’s one of the single biggest issues on the policy landscape, and the former governor’s message to them is, “Tough luck.”

    Making matters slightly worse, Democrats streamlined the student loan system in 2010, eliminating needless subsidies to banks, and redirecting the savings to help cover tuition costs. Romney opposes those reforms.

    Romney’s pitch to young people is that he’ll tackle debt reduction, which is supposed to be a big draw, but even here, the presumptive Republican nominee hasn’t said how he’ll lower the debt, and has in fact vowed to make it worse with more tax cuts.

    And yet, there was the conference call this morning. Seitz-Wald concluded, “In all, the call mentioned not a single positive program to help young people directly, offering only attacks on Obama and generalized prescriptions for the entire economy.”
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/24/11373190-competing-for-the-youth-vote?lite

    • GN

      Mitt Romney, March 5, 2012: “It would be popular for me to stand up and say I’m going to give you government money to pay for your college, but I’m not going to promise that,” he said, to sustained applause from the crowd at a high-tech metals assembly factory here. “Don’t just go to one that has the highest price. Go to one that has a little lower price where you can get a good education. And hopefully you’ll find that. And don’t expect the government to forgive the debt that you take on.”

      http://loyalopposition.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/romney-in-ohio-want-college-cant-afford-it-too-bad/

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • Aquagranny911

    This is so cool! I actually know about Ms Bethune because I read a book about her when I was in High School. She was a huge influence on Eleanor Roosevelt & gave her advice on many social issues. The book described them as being close friends.