July 25, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified X

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

 

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We continue our look at Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified X

PART II

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone, have a great day. I’m having another one of those ‘I want to go back to be’ days lol. Also I’m feeling a need for some coffee, but I’m trying to quit.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, cc and Everyone :)

    • Joy

      Morning, all! cc, I have been trying to quit coffee for months. Every morning I come into work, I promise myself I’m having green tea, then I go straight for the French Roast in the Flavia machine. And I’m not sure if I can give up my mochas.

      • conlakappa

        Once a year my husband would try to detox from coffee for a month, seeing it as addictive as it is [I called these times "going off the bean"]. It started when he noticed he got throbbing headaches if he hadn’t had the first cup of the day soon enough. Resist the pull, my sister!

        • Joy

          I will! *sips from second cup* Tomorrow, I’m going to be strong!

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

        Try this: The next time you reach for a cup of coffee, ask yourself, “Does Prince like coffee breath?”.

        • conlakappa

          Please, he’d probably write her song about it! Mind you, it might include a lyric about “needing to drop u cuz coffee breath…”

        • crazycanuck

          Hmmm, that may just work lol

      • crazycanuck

        I have no will power,but I’ll keep trying, I didn’t have any yesterday, so that is something at least

  • rikyrah

    September 23, 2013 11:48 PM
    Now, That’s Conceited

    By Martin Longman

    I grew up in Princeton, New Jersey where “Yale Sucks” t-shirts were ubiquitous precisely because there was no argument that Harvard was the country’s premier university and the only debate was over which institution deserved the position of number two. Sometimes people would acknowledge that Stanford deserved a place in the debate, but I am familiar with the conceit that there are “minor Ivies.” Still, I was a little shocked to learn that Ted Cruz refused to study the law at Harvard with anyone whose undergraduate degree was from Brown or Penn.

    Princeton turned out to be as alien to Cruz as Austin had been to his father some thirty years earlier: “I did not know anybody there; I didn’t know anybody who had gone there.” Like his father, he needed to earn tuition money. Unlike his father, he didn’t do it by washing dishes. He got a job with the Princeton Review, teaching test-prep classes.

    The elite academic circles that Cruz was now traveling in began to rub off. As a law student at Harvard, he refused to study with anyone who hadn’t been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. Says Damon Watson, one of Cruz’s law-school roommates: “He said he didn’t want anybody from ‘minor Ivies’ like Penn or Brown.”

    My hat’s off to Ted Cruz for gaining admittance to Princeton and excelling in the debating club. I’ll give him credit for excelling at an institution where he didn’t initially know anyone and where he never quite fit in. It’s the same kind of credit I give to Michelle Obama and Sonia Sotomayor. I mean, good for them. Congratulations.

    But, to be so conceited about your accomplishment that you won’t study with someone from Cornell or Dartmouth or Brown or Penn? Growing up where I did, I’ve known more than my fair share of arrogant self-entitled jerks who were born on third base and thought that they hit a triple. But Ted Cruz takes the cake.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_09/now_thats_conceited047014.php

  • rikyrah

    American mainstream balks at GOP shutdown scheme
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:37 PM EDT

    If polls showed overwhelming support for the Republican plan to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act, it’d be easier to understand the motivation. But it’s hard to miss the disconnect between the American mainstream and GOP lawmakers.

    A solid majority of Americans oppose defunding the new health care law if it means shutting down the government and defaulting on debt.

    The CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 people across the country conducted by Hart-McInturff, finds that, in general, Americans oppose defunding Obamacare by a plurality of 44 percent to 38 percent.

    Opposition to defunding increases sharply when the issue of shutting down the government and defaulting is included. In that case, Americans oppose defunding 59 percent to 19 percent, with 18 percent of respondents unsure.

    By any fair measure, 19% is pretty abysmal. Proponents of this scheme have been working to build public support for their idea for months, and they have yet cracked the one-in-five plateau.

    And yet, while 19% of Americans are on board, 98% of House Republicans voted Friday for a spending bill that would shut down the government unless Democrats agree to “defund Obamacare.”

    Why, pray tell, would such an unpopular idea enjoy near-unanimous support among the House GOP?

    ——————————————————————————–

    Consider this tidbit from a new Pew Research survey: “[T]he dominant view among Tea Party Republicans is that lawmakers should stick to their principles, even if that results in a government shutdown.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/23/20662623-american-mainstream-balks-at-gop-shutdown-scheme?lite

  • AxelFoley

    Finally got around to watching the first two episodes of Sleepy Hollow (DVR’d them, but hadn’t watched them until today). Good show.

    • Joy

      It sort of reminds me of “Buffy” in the way they have to battle a different demon each week. I think that I should stop watching it before I go to bed, though, lol.

      • AxelFoley

        LOL

  • rikyrah

    Pelosi, House Dems still hope to revive immigration reform
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:34 AM EDT

    At the start of this Congress, comprehensive immigration reform looked like the one major issue that might actually garner enough bipartisan support to become law. And when a legislative package sailed through the Senate with relative ease in June, reform proponents were right to be optimistic.

    Progress, however, has come to a halt. The bipartisan House group working on a proposal has effectively collapsed, with two Republican members abandoning the “gang,” claiming they can’t trust President Obama to enforce the law.

    Options are clearly dwindling. As we discussed on Friday, there’s not much the Senate can do, since it’s already passed a good bill. There’s not much the White House can do, either. Rank-and-file House Republicans seem unlikely to step up, since they oppose many of the underlying provisions of any comprehensive solution on ideological grounds.

    Maybe House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can figure something out? Greg Sargent reported yesterday that the former Speaker is working on a measure intended to keep the pressure on the House GOP majority.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/

  • rikyrah

    How not to argue against Obamacare
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:08 AM EDT.

    One of the more talked about pieces in conservative media yesterday came by way of Forbes, and it caused quite a stir. If you missed it, the article, based on American Enterprise Institute research, said the typical American family of four should expect $7,450 in additional health care costs, all because of the Affordable Care Act.

    If true, that certainly sounds problematic. With a weak economy and stagnant wages, an average household would struggle to afford those increased costs.

    The problem, as Igor Volsky explained, is that the Forbes piece is entirely wrong.

    To translate that number to a “typical American family,” [the AEI's Chris Conover] took “the latest year-by-year projections, divided by the projected U.S. population to determine the added amount per person,” multiplied that result by four and voila: Obamacare will add $7,450 to average health spending for a family of four between 2014 and 2022!

    One economist interviewed by ThinkProgress, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ Paul Van de Water, described this calculation as one of the stupidest things he’s read in a long time and likened it to arguing that college costs will increase for a “typical” family if the federal government adopts policies that help lower-income Americans afford college educations. Yes, the nation will spend more on education if more students enroll in colleges and universities, but the “typical” student already attending college won’t; she or he will continuing paying tuition at more or less the same rate, while the newly-enrolled student will presumably benefit from some sort of subsidized tuition rate.

    The same is true here. The so-called “typical” family that Conover describes already receives health care insurance through their employer. The existence of 30 million newly-insured people — many of whom will receive tax credits if they purchase insurance in the law’s exchanges — won’t do much to move their premiums in one way or another.

    MIT’s Jonathan Gruber went on to Volsky, “This is a typically misleading use of data by opponents of Obamacare.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/24/20674838-how-not-to-argue-against-obamacare?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥. — **BIG HUG*** — -THIS SERIES —Continues 2 SHOW HIS GENIUS. :>)- -Annnd HIS VALUABLE ROLE —”IN Da STRUGGLE”. — THANK U –Sepia. – –

    — – —☺GOOD HOUSING NEWS: – - -

    Case-Shiller: Comp 20 House Prices increased 12.4% year-over-year in July :>)
    – – - — — – -SNIP —–“Home prices gains are holding their 12% annual rate of gain established by the two Composite indices in April,” says David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The Southwest continues to lead the housing recovery. Las Vegas home prices are up 27.5% year-over-year; in California, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego are up 24.8%, 20.8% and 20.4% respectively. However, all remain far below their peak levels. – — -***waves @ MR. PRESIDENT :>)***

    – — -☺MR. PRESIDENT: — – -MEDIA ALERT: – -
    - — – 10:10 AM – - -Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly. Michelle Obama also attends

    — —- -ENJOY YOUR TREAT. :>) B BLESSED – –2-day.♥

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

    We will live stream PBO’s address to the UN General Assembly at 10:10 am EST!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥ — THANK U. :>) ALWAYS –KEEPIN’ US INFORMED. :>) – –B BLESSED♥ – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - — From MR. PRESIDENT: – –RE: –Kenya –

    – - -Obama: U.S. stands with Kenya after ‘terrible outrage’

    – - – - — -President Obama sent his condolences Monday to the people of Kenya, following a weekend terror attack at a mall in Nairobi.

    “I want to express personally my condolences personally not only to President [Uhuru] Kenyatta, who lost some family members in the attack, but to the Kenyan people,” Obama said while meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in New York. “We stand with them against this terrible outrage that’s occurred.”

    Obama spoke with Kenyatta over the weekend, but his comments Monday were his first on camera. He didn’t comment on reports that U.S. nationals were among the attackers in Nairobi, but did promise continued U.S. “cooperation” in the investigation of the attack.

    The president also offered a hopeful take on the future of his
    father’s homeland. “We are confident that Kenya, which has been a pillar of stability in eastern Africa, will rebuild,” he said.

    THERE IS MORE – - – –DELICATE situation. . .
    – —[Still waitin' 4 da HATAS 2 "blame him". :>)] –

  • rikyrah

    Cruz’s crusade cracks, starts to crumble
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    Cruz stands alone.

    Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) government-shutdown scheme relies on several elements, but chief among them is Republican unanimity. The far-right Texan, if he’s going to have any chance at all, will need just about all of his fellow GOP senators to link arms and rally around his destructive, unpopular scheme.

    As yesterday unfolded, it became clear this isn’t going to happen.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and many of his rank and file are poised to cast votes this week that will effectively rebuke Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to filibuster a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government funded past Sept. 30.

    Cruz has been calling on fellow Republicans to block the House-passed stopgap spending bill that defunds the president’s 2010 health care law because he sees the vote as a way to prevent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., from stripping out the Obamacare funding blockade. But a GOP-led filibuster puts many Republicans in the tough spot of opposing a bill they actually support while also likely causing a government shutdown.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/24/20673996-cruzs-crusade-cracks-starts-to-crumble?lite

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      McConnell may be coming to the conclusion that it is imperative they slap this idiot back into his place. A junior Senator newly elected cannot take charge of how you operate. Especially when he’s an idiot.

  • rikyrah

    Harry Reid Vows, ‘We’re not going to bow to Tea Party anarchists.’

    By: Jason Easley
    Sep. 23rd, 2013

    Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor and issued a battle cry for all Democrats, ‘We’re not going to bow to Tea Party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law.’

    Sen. Reid (D-NV) gave John Boehner and his House Republicans two choices. Republicans can accept a funding bill that doesn’t defund Obamacare, or they can shutdown the government. Reid said, “We will not bow to Tea Party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional.” Almost on cue, Sen. Ted Cruz ambled down to the Senate floor and began his game of obstruction and delay by objecting to unanimous consent on moving forward with 4 non-controversial nominations.

    Sen. Cruz’s master plan is to delay the Senate vote on stripping the defunding of Obamacare out of the House CR for as long as possible. Cruz doesn’t have a plan, or an endgame. His whole purpose is to get more media attention for himself. Cruz is convinced that if he turns himself into an anti-Obamacare martyr the rest of the country will rise up and a popular rebellion will break out against res state Senate Democrats, and force all Republicans to oppose funding the government without defunding Obamacare.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/09/23/harry-reid-vows-were-bow-tea-party-anarchists.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - — –’CAUSE – –THEY have – –”TRUE BLAH LOVE”♥ –

    Obama hasn’t smoked in years, ‘scared of my wife’ – -

    ——President Barack Obama says he hasn’t had a smoke in years — thanks in no small part to first lady Michelle Obama.

    Obama was chatting privately with a U.N. official Monday and said he hoped the official had quit smoking. The exchange was caught on camera and aired on CNN.

    After the official appeared to ask Obama about his own cigarette use, Obama said he hadn’t had a cigarette in probably six years.
    He added, with a broad grin, “That’s because I’m scared of my wife.”
    – -:>)
    THERE IS MORE —Awww. . .:>)♥
    [Gotta "bounce" early. :>) C U as son as♥. . .]

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

      Hey GLH!

      I see the media’s making a big deal about this. They just can’t accept that PBO and FLOTUS really, really, REALLY love and respect each other.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Sepia♥ – —-***Big fist bump*** —

        As I stated —Art does NOT IMITATE life—when it comes 2 – - TRUE BLAH LOVE. –humph

        In their case —the RACIST –HATA JOURNOS- –won’t RECOGNIZE IT in their news!!!- -

        YEP! —They MAINLY — head 4 the NEGATIVE!-

        - —-http://media.tumblr.com/df56d374821ddf6d28173ea8a44b15fd/tumblr_inline_mg6wacAJ9d1rpr1t4.gif –

        —WE KNOW!!- –Annnd WE LOVE THEM♥-

        - —-http://media.philly.com/images/Obama-hug-0-400.jpg ♥-♥

  • Miranda

    Bank of America told to pay in discrimination case
    by Associated Press | September 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Bank of America topay black job applicants more than $2 million in back wages and interest to settle a discriminationcase.

    A statement from the agency said the Charlotte-based bank applied unfair and inconsistent selection criteria, leading to the rejection of qualified black applicants for teller and entry-level clerical and administrative positions.

    The decision affects 1,147 applicants. It awards a total of $964,033 to 1,034 applicants who were rejected for jobs in 1993 and $1,217,560 to 113 individuals who were rejected between 2002 and 2005.

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/09/24/bank-of-america-told-to-pay-in-discrimination-case/

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

      And not a peep from Blacker Than Thou, Inc., Travesty and Corn pone or the Ivory Tower Crew.

  • Miranda

    Columbus Upset Over Kerry’s Emmy Loss
    September 24, 2013

    Many of us watched the Emmys Sunday night in hopes of seeing actress Kerry Washington take home the win for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “Scandal.”

    Unfortunately we were disappointed when Claire Danes’ name was called instead for her role in “Homeland.”

    Gladiators around the world announced their disappointment for Kerry’s loss, with her co-star, Columbus Short, taking to Twitter as the unofficial spokesman for every “Scandal” fan.

    “Robbed. Robbed I tell you. ROBBED. @kerrywashington is without question the MOST OUTSTANDING. Well see you next year Emmys,” Columbus tweeted before issuing some instructions to “Scandal” fans everywhere. “@ScandalABC…See you #Gladiators Oct. 3rd lets show them who we are. #GladiatorsWontBeDenied @ScandalABC love you all…I wish I could of ran on stage and pulled a Kanye.#OkImDoneVenting #EmmyRobbery”

    http://www.eurweb.com/2013/09/columbus-upset-over-kerrys-emmy-loss-also-is-scandal-star-preggers/

    • TyrenM

      Pulling a Kanye! I like Homeland, but that would have made the show.

      • conlakappa

        Claire Danes bugs me. She has crept into precious-actorly category, joining fellow decided blonde Laura Linney, so it was fitting that both women won. Academy members probably think it’s good to reward a former child actor who didn’t wind up robbing a liquor store or on smack.

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

    The Live Stream is up!

  • Miranda

    It must be painful to have to sacrifice your whole political career and there is nothing you can do about it…cuz growing a spine is simply not an option.

    Rubio stands with Cruz in latest Obamacare twist
    Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief
    Monday, September 23, 2013 9:59pm

    Sen. Marco Rubio, not surprisingly, says he’ll join Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in voting against cutting off debate on the House budget plan that defunds Obamacare. Cruz is pushing for a 60 vote threshold but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants a simple majority and it almost certain to win.

    Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t stand with Cruz on a filibuster.

    “Obamacare is making it harder for hard working Americans to achieve the American Dream, ” Rubio said in a statement Monday. “That is why when I ran for the Senate I pledged to do everything I could to stop Obamacare. A vote for cloture will make it easier for Senate Democrats to preserve this job killing law. That is why I will vote no on the motion to cut off debate.”

    The tea party is demanding Republicans stand with Cruz. “Time to melt the phone lines,” Tea Party Express said in a message to supporters today.

    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/rubio-stands-with-cruz-in-latest-obamacare-twist/2143555

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      It boggles my mind that Republicans who have been in Congress for a bit would follow a freshman Senator with the IQ of a picket fence.

      • Miranda

        Boggles my mind too….I can only sit and laugh.

  • Miranda

    Axelrod: GOP follows Cruz like lemmings
    By Jonathan Easley – 09/24/13 07:38 AM ET

    Former White House adviser David Axelrod on Tuesday accused Republicans of behaving “lemming-like” in their fealty to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and the Tea Party wing that’s threatening a government shutdown over President Obama’s healthcare law.

    “Does Ted Cruz have a constituency in the Republican Party as a result of this [threat]?,” Axelrod asked on MSNBC.

    “The answer is obviously yes … Why are all those primary candidates … when you look at these primary candidates, all of whom are taking the position, this crazy lemming-like position that Cruz is advocating, it gives you a sense of where the Republican Party is at and I think there’s going to be a hell of a battle in 2016 over who is actually in control of that party.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/324113-axelrod-gop-follows-cruz-qlemming-likeq-off-cliff#ixzz2fowObLIO

  • Miranda

    Kenya terror attack: ‘pale-skinned’ gunwoman shot at me, claims shop worker

    An employee at a crafts shop in the Kenyan shopping centre attacked by terrorists has described the moment a “pale-skinned” woman shot at her at the start of the siege.
    By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi
    3:15PM BST 24 Sep 2013

    The woman, who gave her name only as Caroline, said the attacker opened fire at her with a volley of bullets in the Westgate centre on Saturday.

    She described how she was cowering beneath a hand-cart where the artworks she sold were displayed when she locked eyes with the gunwoman on the balcony of the floor above.

    “She was high up but not far from me, close enough that I saw her looking along the floor where I was until she saw me,” she told the Telegraph.

    “She stopped and aimed at me and then opened fire. All of the bullets did not hit me, I don’t know how that happened.

    “She stopped firing at me for a moment and looked away and I jumped up and ran around a corner and that’s how I escaped.

    “She had pale skin and long black hair, and was wearing a baggy black top. I can’t remember very much, but I remember she had pale skin.”

    Amina Mohamed, the Kenyan foreign minister, has said a British woman was among the militants who attacked the up-market mall.

    more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/kenya/10331075/Kenya-terror-attack-pale-skinned-gunwoman-shot-at-me-claims-shop-worker.html

    • TyrenM

      They trying to make her a 2013 Patty Hearst.

      • Miranda

        Yep by the time its all over, she’ll be a sympathetic naive young innocent manipulated by boogeymen.

    • PBomb

      Supposedly this chick left Britain several years ago after her husband got killed while trying to bomb a subway in London, don’t quote me on this. Anyway, she has had terrorist leanings for a while.

  • rigoletta

    Late good morning to everybody! I hope everyone is having a great day so far.

    • Alma98

      Morning rigoletta!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning..:)

  • Miranda

    wow……smh, unbelievable, the arrogance of these clowns…so its just like jim crow lynchings? really?
    ——————————–
    AIG CEO Says People Angry Over Wall Street Bonuses Are Like a Lynch Mob
    By Erika Eichelberger | Tue Sep. 24, 2013 6:30 AM PDT

    Is a public upset about big bonuses at bailed-out Wall Street firms akin to a lynch mob? The CEO of the insurance giant AIG thinks so. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Benmosche talks about the outrage that erupted in March 2009, when AIG—which had just received a $170 billion bailout—announced it would pay up to $450 million to employees in the financial products unit that brought the company to the brink of collapse.

    Here’s what Benmosche said:
    “That was ignorance…of the public at large, the government, and other constituencies. I’ll tell you why. [Critics referred] to bonuses as above and beyond [basic compensation]. In financial markets that’s not the case… It is core compensation.

    “Now you have these bright young people who had nothing to do with [the bad bets that hurt the company]…They understand the derivatives very well; they understand the complexity…They’re all scared. They probably lived beyond their means…They aren’t going to stay there for nothing.

    The uproar over bonuses “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitchforks and their hangman nooses, and all that–sort of like what we did in the Deep South. And I think it was just as bad and just as wrong.

    more here: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/09/aig-ceo-likens-public-outrage-over-bonuses-lynching-blacks-south

  • TyrenM

    President Barrack Hussein Obama has told the world among other things that Egypt is in Africa. Not the Middle East. Love it. I hope the Blacker than Black crowd caught that.

    • Town

      I remember a college lecture where a red headed translucent white girl was driven to tears after learning Egypt was in Africa. She insisted Egypt was NOT in Africa, but in the Middle East. That’s when the lecturer whipped out a map of Africa and pointed to Egypt. The girl left the lecture in tears.

      I was laughing.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Why in the name of thunder would she cry because Egypt was in Africa? Was she Egyptian and all this time her fellow Egyptians gave her a bum steer?

        • conlakappa

          She had probably just seen The Ten Commandments and envisioned herself as Nefertiri!

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Darn that Cecil B. DeMille! He’s done it again!

          • MsKitty

            But we know his version of pre-burning bush Moses liked the swirl. Remember the scene at the jubilee with the “conquered” African queen bearing gifts? LOL

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            MsKitty I have been telling my wife about that scene. The look on Anne Baxter’s face when she complimented the sistah was um..shall we say.. like a wolf who just heard the dinner bell ring. I mean she looked at her hard

          • rikyrah

            LOL

        • Town

          Because her whole thought process was shattered.
          If your whole existence & viewpoint goes like THIS and somebody proves that THIS doesn’t exist and it’s really THAT, and you’ve been taught that THAT is bad, it blows your mind.

        • Town

          Because her whole thought process was shattered.
          If your whole existence & viewpoint goes like THIS and somebody proves that THIS doesn’t exist and it’s really THAT, and you’ve been taught that THAT is bad, it blows your mind.

        • AxelFoley

          Lots of white folks over the centuries have always downplayed the fact that Egypt is in Africa, even going far as saying ancient Egyptians were not black or had any black blood in them, despite the fact that the Egyptians and Nubians intermixed for generations.

        • AxelFoley

          Lots of white folks over the centuries have always downplayed the fact that Egypt is in Africa, even going far as saying ancient Egyptians were not black or had any black blood in them, despite the fact that the Egyptians and Nubians intermixed for generations.

      • Farrod

        Translucent….ROFLTMAO!!! I luv ya’ll. if this joint kept me abreast of the weather every day, IT WOULD BE MY HOMEPAGE!!! Translucent…LOL!

        • Town

          LOL

        • Town

          LOL

      • Aquagranny911

        ROTFLMAO!!! Obviously they did not teach geography in her school or she came from fundies who home schooled.

        I’m thinking it may be up to us elders to make sure our Grandkiddos learn some real history & geography. I do admit to some confusion as to names of countries when the Soviet Union went belly up. But Hubby had this old map pre-dating the World wars that he got from somebody when he was a kiddo. It’s pretty accurate for a lot of country names except for Africa which was still under colonial rule.

        As for “translucent white girl” I so had to lol because one of my Grandkiddos described an Anglo boy in his kindergarten class as a “ghost boy” because the boy had very blond hair & such very fair skin.

        • Town

          She actually wasn’t the palest girl I’ve ever seen. I worked with a girl whose skin was so pale, you could see every artery & vein in her body.

        • Town

          She actually wasn’t the palest girl I’ve ever seen. I worked with a girl whose skin was so pale, you could see every artery & vein in her body.

          • conlakappa

            Is this in Virginia? Was she a Shifflett or a Morrissey?

  • Miranda

    Why a Single Trader Was Willing to Lose Millions Betting on a Romney Win
    By Josh Voorhees

    A new academic paper suggests that during the home stretch of the 2012 presidential election a single trader lost between $4 million and $7 million placing Intrade bets on Mitt Romney—most likely in a bid to make the presidential race appear closer than it really was.

    The paper from Columbia University’s Rajiv Sethi and Microsoft Research’s David Rothschild found that the single anonymous trader accounted for about one-third of all bets made on Romney during the final two weeks of the campaign. So, regardless of motivation, it’s clear the trader played an out-sized role in determining an Intrade line that was all too often used by pundits and political journalists to suggest the presidential race remained a toss-up until the very end.

    more here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/09/24/_2012_intrade_paper_suggests_a_single_intrade_trader_spent_millions_to_make.html

  • rikyrah

    The long game of Obamacare

    Many of you will remember the great debate that happened on the left as Obamacare worked its way through the Senate. Far too many people prioritized only one thing…the public option. Today I’m convinced that many of them never really knew what the public option was – the requirement that all state health care exchanges include at least one public insurance option – and instead equated it with a single payer system. President Obama has consistently been criticized on the left for failing to support single payer and that critique got equated with the simple idea of a public option on the exchanges.

    But lets go back to 2008 and listen to what then-Senator Barack Obama said about single payer.

    In addition to worrying about job losses during the great recession, President Obama talked about the fact that so many people rely on their employer for health insurance. Any move towards single payer would have to de-couple health insurance from employment.

    As we move towards the unveiling of the state health care exchanges on October 1st, it is with that in mind that I read stories like this.

    Home Depot Inc. said today that it would drop medical plans for part-time workers and direct them to the government-sponsored insurance websites scheduled to open next year as part of the health law…

    Detroit and Chicago have proposed ending health plans for current or retired municipal workers, since they’ll be able to buy subsidized coverage through the health-care law…

    Last week, Trader Joe’s Co., the closely held supermarket chain, said it would end health benefits next year for part-time workers. Employees will get a $500 payment and be sent to the public exchanges. With federal tax credits available there, most workers will get a better deal than the company could offer, Trader Joe’s said in a statement.

    By offering other insurance options, “Obamacare has taken the moral imperative away for employers to continue offering coverage,” said Laszewski, the industry consultant. “The days of your father’s health insurance are over.”

    Republicans will use this as an example of the havoc they envision coming from Obamacare and I’ve already seen too many liberals light their hair on fire about it as well. Whether or not employers will provide a subsidy in pay that is the equivalent of what they have been spending to purchase insurance is – of course – a concern.

    But what I see in all of this is the extremely effective long game that is so typical of President Obama. He knew at the outset that if he championed the cause of single payer, he would never get it through Congress. And so instead he put in place a system that not only addresses significant immediate concerns, it will slowly but surely move us in the direction of decoupling health insurance from employment – opening up a whole range of possibilities.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-long-game-of-obamacare.html

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

    Scant Live Coverage of Obama at Black Caucus Affair

    President Obama’s keynote appearance before the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference usually warrants live coverage on at least one network, but viewers searched in vain for the Phoenix Awards Dinner Saturday night.

    NBC cameras provided pool coverage, but only MSNBC broadcast the
    speech live — for about six minutes before technical problems aborted
    the effort. “We had every intention of running the full speech but the
    live feed quality was poor – we started it but [it] did dip out before
    the end of the speech,” spokeswoman Lauren Skowronski told Journal-isms by email.

    C-SPAN showed the speech [video] on Sunday at 12:09 a.m., 3:45 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. “C-SPAN aired the speech soon as the scheduling allowed for the entire speech to be shown on the network,” spokesman Howard Mortman said.

    “CNN did not take the President’s speech live, but did run parts of
    the speech during Sunday morning programming,” spokeswoman Christal Jones said.

    MORE: http://mije.org/richardprince/how-much-blood-too-much#Obama

    • Miranda

      The CBC should be screaming about this but they won’t.

    • rikyrah

      because they couldn’t pick out one line from the speech and throw the Blackeratti on tv screaming,
      SEE…THIS IS HOW OBAMA DISRESPECTS BLACK PEOPLE.
      you all thought I was kidding, asking where the Blackeratti was..
      as you can see, NONE of them mofos have written about the President’s speech at the CBC either…
      because their PREPARED COLUMNS criticizing POTUS were worthless.

      • Miranda

        Not one column…NOT ONE.

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

    The media has been trying to create a narrative that there’s friction between PBO and Secy. Kerry. Here’s their latest desperate attempt:

    Matt Viser @mviser 2m
    Press pool ran into John Kerry after Obama’s speech at UN. “It was good. It was good,” he said, a bit subdued.

    • Miranda

      *sigh*….they never stop with the bitchassness…never.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Like spoiled high school punks.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥ — –http://therapup.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Dame-Sigh.gif – — – he said, a bit subdued. — geesh!

      -Haven’t dey LEARNED — YET –

      —-NO WEAPON –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw – —BUT –dey WILL! —-geesh!-

      • Farrod

        Hi Greenlady, I like the way you jus’ put the Fred Hammond album cover out there, no explanation necessary. LOL!!

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Farrod. :>) ***BIG HUG* :>)
          - –:>) THANK U. :>) DEY shoulda LEARNED – - –by NOW!! :>)

          Sooo- – -good 2 C U Farrod. :>)
          Long time no. . .:>)—Have a good day. :>)- — -

  • Miranda

    Rep Sheila Jackson Lee: Obama Was Right About Getting Involved With Syria
    Sep 22, 2013

    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee commend President Obama on getting the U.S. involved with Syria. “I believe it was important,” she said. “I spent time in any number of of classified briefings for days and days because it’s a serious decision.

    video: http://newsone.com/2724679/sheila-jackson-lee-obama-syria-2013-cbc/

    • TyrenM

      Better late…

  • Alma98

    Good morning all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –GOOD FALL MORNTIN’ Alma98.:>) ***BIG HUG**- -How LOVELY! :>)

      — OUR beautiful – -UNIQUE–DAILY JOY.- -:>)
      THANK U♥ — -It’s quite nice here- — THIS Morntin’. :>)

      B BLESSED 2-day –U/Daughter. :>) PRAYING.♥

      • Miranda

        Beautiful pic!

        • Alma98

          Morning Miranda, thank you.

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH, I love it too. Have a great day! Talked to daughter last night and she’s gonna hang in there so she can get her bonus & her severance.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Ohhh Alma- — GR8 NEWS!!- — :>)

          — -WISDOM! :>) –she’s gonna hang in there so she can get her bonus & her severance.- — -BLESS HER♥ – -

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.

      What a beautiful Fall sun.
      thank you.
      How’s Mini-Alma?

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah! Glad you like the sun, daughter is doing good and biding her time lol. She’s making sure she gets her bonus and a severance package.

        • TyrenM

          Have her give the Goodfella’s “F You Pay Me!” speech on the way out the door!

          • Alma98

            LOL! I’ll pass it along lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – — -Woo! Hoo! — Another –WIN –4 JUSTICE- –[4 US] –:>)

    Bank of America Told to Pay in Discrimination Case- -:>)

    —- An administrative law judge with the U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Bank of America to pay black job applicants more than $2 million in back wages and interest to settle a discrimination case.

    A statement from the agency said the Charlotte-based bank applied unfair and inconsistent selection criteria, leading to the rejection of qualified black applicants for teller and entry-level clerical and administrative positions.

    The decision affects 1,147 applicants. It awards a total of $964,033 to 1,034 applicants who were rejected for jobs in 1993 and $1,217,560 to 113 individuals who were rejected between 2002 and 2005.

    THERE IS MORE- —-HAH!

    — —Annnd – –U/THEY can —”TAKE THAT –2 the BANK” — -as the phrase goes!- – -LOL

    - – –Uhh — Mr. B/A CEOs – - –May we have a statement?? —

    http://weknowgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/old-man-crying-gif.gif — -LOL

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

    Dang. These gifs of Cornel West remind me of the racist caricatures of Blacks in movies that Classified X talks about. http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/cornell-west-crossfire-one-hell-of-a-gif-factory

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      LOL!!

    • Daltex82

      LOL! He looks crazy.

  • Miranda

    Rubio kills nomination of gay African-American judge to appease the far-right
    By David Ferguson
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:28 EDT

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has withdrawn his support of a gay African-American judge from Miami who was poised to make the leap to the federal bench, and possibly savaged the nominee’s professional reputation in the process. According to the New York Times, critics of the decision are crying foul, saying that Rubio is playing politics with the nomination to win back the support of the far-right.

    Rubio was in favor of Judge William Thomas’ nomination before he was against it. The junior Senator supported President Barack Obama’s choice to appoint Thomas to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida 10 months ago, but that was before Rubio saw hiscredibility with far-right conservatives wither over his support of comprehensive immigration reform.

    Now, suddenly, Rubio’s office is citing Thomas’ handling of two criminal cases as the Senator’s reason for suddenly turning cold on the nomination, officially dooming its chances of going through. Thomas — who grew up living on food stamps in a Philadelphia family of 10 children — would have been the first African-American openly gay man to sit on the federal bench.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/09/24/rubio-kills-nomination-of-gay-african-american-judge-to-appease-the-far-right/

    • rikyrah

      NOBODY will forget this Marco

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Rex Ingram was great in Sahara. Of course he had to die in the end but at least he got the Nazi. Ingram was a terrific actor who did not do Stepin Fetchit dialect. Ever.

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

      He reminds me of Paul Robeson. Very majestic voice.

      Speaking of Stepin Fetchit, a while ago I read that he couldn’t show his face in Harlem because of the roles he played.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        He really was a comedic genius but when you see him do the same thing surrounded by an all white cast and their attitude towards him it is beyond painful.

        Unfortunately he was denial to the day he died about it being a negative stereotype. I understand his point to a degree but one look at Rex Ingram, James Edwards or Sidney Poitier and it’s clear he was kidding himself.

  • MsKitty

    I’m sure Ray-Ray’s heart is in the right place, but considering he was involved in the mother of off-field incidents I can’t help but chuckle at him being a sage doling out advice.

    Ray Lewis: leadership could’ve prevented Sweet Pea-Jones incident

    Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones took a champagne bottle to the head Monday, courtesy of a stripper named Sweet Pea. Not surprisingly, teammate Bryant McKinnie, formerly of Vikings sex boat fame, was there. Even less surprising: Coach John Harbaugh wasn’t impressed by the development.

    This could have all been avoided, of course, if only the Ravens had a leader capable of keeping grown men out of situations that grown men should be able to steer clear of on their own. ESPN analyst and former Ravens leader Ray Lewis can explain.

    “We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership, I’ve said it earlier: ‘Where would the leadership come from?’” Lewis said Monday night, according to the Baltimore Sun. “Because the leadership being strong in the locker room and winning games, listen talent sometimes can win you games. But when you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/23821814/ray-lewis-leadership-couldve-prevented-sweet-pea-jones-incident

  • rikyrah

    The long game of Obamacare

    Many of you will remember the great debate that happened on the left as Obamacare worked its way through the Senate. Far too many people prioritized only one thing…the public option. Today I’m convinced that many of them never really knew what the public option was – the requirement that all state health care exchanges include at least one public insurance option – and instead equated it with a single payer system. President Obama has consistently been criticized on the left for failing to support single payer and that critique got equated with the simple idea of a public option on the exchanges.

    But lets go back to 2008 and listen to what then-Senator Barack Obama said about single payer.

    In addition to worrying about job losses during the great recession, President Obama talked about the fact that so many people rely on their employer for health insurance. Any move towards single payer would have to de-couple health insurance from employment.

    As we move towards the unveiling of the state health care exchanges on October 1st, it is with that in mind that I read stories like this.
    ……………………..

    Republicans will use this as an example of the havoc they envision coming from Obamacare and I’ve already seen too many liberals light their hair on fire about it as well. Whether or not employers will provide a subsidy in pay that is the equivalent of what they have been spending to purchase insurance is – of course – a concern.

    But what I see in all of this is the extremely effective long game that is so typical of President Obama. He knew at the outset that if he championed the cause of single payer, he would never get it through Congress. And so instead he put in place a system that not only addresses significant immediate concerns, it will slowly but surely move us in the direction of decoupling health insurance from employment – opening up a whole range of possibilities.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-long-game-of-obamacare.html

  • Miranda

    Penn State To Get Some Scholarships Back

    The NCAA has decided to reduce the historic penalties against Penn State, returning some of the 20 annual football scholarships that were forfeited under the sanctions handed down in July 2012 because of the university leadership’s lack of action regarding the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse matter.

    “Beginning next academic year [2014-15], five additional initial scholarships will be restored to the university’s football team,” Penn State said in a release Tuesday. “This amount will continue to increase until they reach the full allocation of 25 initial in 2015-16 and 85 total football scholarships in 2016-17.”

    more here: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9716482/ncaa-reduce-penalties-penn-state-regarding-jerry-sandusky-child-sexual-abuse-matter

  • rikyrah

    Rubio’s cravenness on proud display

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:02 AM EDT.

    When it comes to judicial nominees, there’s a common practice that’s been in place for many years — the White House takes the lead in choosing appeals court nominees, while U.S. senators play a leading role in choosing district court nominees from their own states.

    So in Florida, for example, President Obama would nominate jurists for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers the Sunshine State, but Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D) would be chiefly responsible for sending the White House qualified professionals to serve on federal district courts in the state.

    Judge William Thomas, who currently serves on the Miami-Dade Circuit, fits the bill nicely. Thomas, who grew up in poverty in a large Pennsylvania family, worked hard and succeeded throughout his legal career. Rubio and Nelson reviewed Thomas’ record, subjected him to a background check, and encouraged the White House to nominate him for the federal bench.

    Ten months ago, Obama’s team agreed and Thomas was poised to become the first black openly gay man to serve as a federal judge. That is, until a few days ago, when Rubio announced his opposition to the judicial nominee he recommended.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/24/20675455-rubios-cravenness-on-proud-display?lite

  • rikyrah

    TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary

    #DefundObamacare even if you think it’s fantastic but are damned if you’ll admit it ‘cos, well, you know … black dude in the White House.

    9:02 AM – 24 Sep 2013

    TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary

    #DefundObamacare if you’re so patriotic you’d like to see your fellow countrymen and women die of preventive illnesses.

    8:58 AM – 24 Sep 2013

  • rikyrah

    The Coup We Want

    by BooMan
    Tue Sep 24th, 2013 at 10:21:26 AM EST

    J-Rube says that “the grown-ups are taking the Senate back,” from Sens. Cruz, Lee and Paul. This is true only in the sense that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising not to filibuster the House’s continuing resolution, which means that Harry Reid will be able to pass whatever he wants to pass and throw the hot potato back in John Boehner’s lap. But, as Matt Yglesias points out, this is hardly the end of this crisis. Our country’s credit rating is at increasing risk with every day that goes by without clarity about whether or not the debt ceiling will be raised. And, even if the Republicans ultimately cave on both the CR and the debt ceiling, the government will still only be funded until mid-December and a new debt ceiling crisis will loom on the horizon. The impasse will continue and the idiotic sequester will remain in place.
    The good news is that I have never before seen a party lead with their chin quite as much as the Republican Party is doing right now. I believe that their ship is caught up on the shoals, and a few rounds of pounding waves should be enough to break the whole vessel into pieces.

    Begin by having the Senate pass a clean continuing resolution. Watch the Republicans vote to let it happen but vote against the bill itself. This will fool no one and alienate the GOP’s big business donors.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/9/24/102126/303

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    What is today?

    National Voter Registration Day.

    2014 is around the corner so get registered.

    It’s easy!

    http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    This is how #ObamaCare works:

    1. Go to https://www.healthcare.gov or

    2. Call (1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325)

    3. Buy health insurance

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ [Missed THIS- -Apologies iff a dup]- –I LUVED my PICK. :>) Still have it!! –:>)- —

    —–Cambridge University hosts major exhibition devoted to afro combs

    - —-The University of Cambridge is staging a mayor exhibition exploring the 6,000-year history of the afro comb and the politics of black hair.

    - — -SNIP- –

    —“What we know from the early hair combs is they were connected to status, group affiliation, cultural and religious beliefs,” says curator Sally-Ann Ashton. “In more recent times, the ‘black fist’ comb that references the black power salute has wider political connotations.”

    – -SNIP— -

    - ——“Black hair is political, period,” says Dr. McMillan, “It’s connected to areas of identity, good and bad hair, culture, style and social class.”
    THERE IS MORE- –

    Fascinatin’! – –OUR HAIR – - -1 FOCUS of OUR EXISTENCE.- :>)–

    Guess so —http://www.aolcdn.com/photogalleryassets/bv-life-style/919734/bronner_bros_crazy_hair.jpg
    – – -LUVIN’ the CREATIVE :>)

  • rikyrah

    John Presta @MrGrassroots

    Governor Pat Quinn announces that the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace rates are 25% below HHS estimates. http://fb.me/ZpDnp2A8

    9:18 AM – 24 Sep 2013

  • rikyrah

    Treat the Tea Party Like the Addicts They Are

    by BooMan
    Tue Sep 24th, 2013 at 11:40:19 AM EST

    Jonathan Bernstein is correct that you can tell who the target audience for an opinion piece is by looking for the “to-be-sure” paragraph. The “to-be-sure” paragraph is intended to anticipate, confront, and cut-off likely criticisms of your argument from people who are generally on your side of the political spectrum. It is usually used to solidify your credentials as a solid liberal or conservative, depending on your intended audience.
    Example: “To be sure, I’m all for single-payer health care, but ObamaCare isn’t too shabby.”

    Example: “To be sure, ObamaCare is a complete disaster, but now is not the time to shut down the government over it.”

    Mr. Bernstein is also correct that pandering to the Tea Party with the latter of those two examples is not going to be effective, and what is really needed is direct confrontation of their bullshit. The way to treat Tea Partiers is the way you would treat a drug addict. Realize that you didn’t cause their craziness, you can’t cure their craziness, and you can’t control their craziness. All you can do is establish that you have zero-tolerance for their bullshit and lay out consequences for them if they keep mainlining excrement. And then you need to get out of their way and let them figure things out for themselves.

    ……………………………

    Their brains have been marinated in weaponized bullshit for so long that they don’t know how to function without it. They can’t be reasoned with until they’ve been right-wing media-free for at least 90 days. They probably need an inpatient treatment program that has no televisions or radios, and no email, either.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/9/24/114019/542#11

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! I’m late with a lot of catching up to do…

    Small garden report…We got up at 5AM to plant the winter garden before it got too hot. I’m already drooling over the Champion tomatoes to come, the cucumbers, the broccoli, the lettuce, greens etc which should be feeding us by November. All we have had from the garden since July are herbs, garlic, peppers & onions plus some hardy greens. It just gets too hot for much else.

    Sis is coming later this week to help me deal with a huge crop of figs. We have decided this year to be terribly old school & dry some like Granny use to. Sis has her old drying frames that Abuelo made way, way back in the day. We will cover them with cheese cloth & put them to dry. I’ll have to bring the frames in every night for a few days but we think this may be worth the effort & the experiment to see if two old Chicas can still remember how to do it, lol.

    Some days I wonder that as the world gets so much more complex, if people will forget & forsake all this old fashioned stuff. No body has the time for this anymore. Although, my sweet little neighbor who helped me make some pickles & cactus fruit jelly wants to learn some of the old ways. She is putting in her own small winter garden so maybe we can pass it on.

    • Alma98

      Hey AG! Your garden sounds fantastic. I tried 2yrs in a row to grow some things but the squirrels, rabbits, racoons and possums wouldn’t have it lol. I told my hubby you’d think we were living in the country with all these critters. I think the park draws them here. I came out one day and a squirrel was eating a watermelon lol. So now I’ve decided if I try again I’ll do raised beds.

      • Aquagranny911

        Raised beds & container gardens are totally the way to go in a challenging environment. Make them small, 4ft x 4ft & 8inches deep is optimum, imo but you can go larger. They each become their own small eco-system that you can control for soil, nutrients, water & pests.

        LOL! at the squirrel eating your watermelon. Many ages ago when we lived in MA we put in this huge strawberry bed. We were over run with “cute” little Chip ‘N’ Dale ground squirrels who browsed the bed taking a bite out of each berry as it ripened.

        Hubby was ready to go nuclear on their asses until we adopted a couple of cats who just ‘loved’ those chipmonks!

        If you build it they will find it. My daughter put in a small chicken coup this spring & was visited by skunks for the first time in their urban experience.

        • Alma98

          I think I’ll go with the 4x4ft since I’m the one who’ll be taking care of it. I want to grow cherry tomatoes, corn, broccoli, peppers and a few herbs. Maybe I’ll try next year.

          • Aquagranny911

            GO FOR IT! Start small & build from there. A lot of people make the mistake of trying for too big all at once. It is just amazing how much you can grow in a small space with care.

            Leave out the corn. It takes a lot more space & is a heavy feeder. It will need it’s own dedicated bed with maybe green beans. Cherry tomatoes are great, try a variety of herbs, any variety of peppers should do well & they like heat as the summer comes on. Plant your broccoli early along with maybe some snow peas if you like or early leaf lettuce because as soon as temps go high they bolt for seed.

            I also suggest you plant a few marigolds among the vege. They not only keep out a lot of pests but attract bees for pollination.

            Sorry…I got carried away…Dios! I should write a dang book & save the sanity of POU readers ♥!

          • Alma98

            I know all about the corn and marigolds. I have a pen that was supposed to be for the dog. I’ll use that for corn. He never used it anyway he just looked at us like are you for real lol.

          • Aquagranny911

            LMAO! GO CORN!!!

          • Alma98

            LOL!

          • Aquagranny911

            GO FOR IT! Start small & build from there. A lot of people make the mistake of trying for too big all at once. It is just amazing how much you can grow in a small space with care.

            Leave out the corn. It takes a lot more space & is a heavy feeder. It will need it’s own dedicated bed with maybe green beans. Cherry tomatoes are great, try a variety of herbs, any variety of peppers should do well & they like heat as the summer comes on. Plant your broccoli early along with maybe some snow peas if you like or early leaf lettuce because as soon as temps go high they bolt for seed.

            I also suggest you plant a few marigolds among the vege. They not only keep out a lot of pests but attract bees for pollination.

            Sorry…I got carried away…Dios! I should write a dang book & save the sanity of POU readers ♥!

        • Worldwatcher7

          Hi AG! Totally feeling your husband’s squirrel anger. Ten years ago some gangster squirrels jacked five of the most beautiful sunflowers I’d ever grown. The garden looked like a crime scene, seeds and shells were everywhere. Ever since then, squirrels and I can’t get along.

          • Aquagranny911

            LMAO! Squirrels are EVIL & MUST DIE!!! Along with the raccoons who invaded out attic once. (A very hilarious story, now. Saved for another day!)

            I felt for Hubby who anticipated eating those strawberries. He was livid & ready to start Ground Squirrel War I.

            Sorry about your sunflowers. We plant them every year. The big giant kind that are so pretty & the birds love them. Fortunately here in Az our squirrels are mostly coyote food. I don’t see too many.

          • Aquagranny911

            LMAO! Squirrels are EVIL & MUST DIE!!! Along with the raccoons who invaded out attic once. (A very hilarious story, now. Saved for another day!)

            I felt for Hubby who anticipated eating those strawberries. He was livid & ready to start Ground Squirrel War I.

            Sorry about your sunflowers. We plant them every year. The big giant kind that are so pretty & the birds love them. Fortunately here in Az our squirrels are mostly coyote food. I don’t see too many.

          • isonprize

            squirrels = rats with fuzzy tails.

            That.is.all.

          • Aquagranny911

            I so ♥ your position on this issue!

        • Worldwatcher7

          Hi AG! Totally feeling your husband’s squirrel anger. Ten years ago some gangster squirrels jacked five of the most beautiful sunflowers I’d ever grown. The garden looked like a crime scene, seeds and shells were everywhere. Ever since then, squirrels and I can’t get along.

    • MsKitty

      I’m envious of folks in warmer climes who can grow crops all year. I’m a member of a CSA at a local farm and there’s only 4 more weeks to go. It’s nice to see the winter squash, but the cucumbers are gone, and I had my last fresh peach yesterday. But the end of the Jersey and heirloom tomatoes always hit me hardest. I’m gonna be so sad when I have to go back to those flavorless hothouse tomatoes at the supermarket.

      • Aquagranny911

        MsKitty, can you freeze any surplus tomatoes? All you need to do is wash them off, dry them & pop into a good freezer bag for use later.

        They won’t be good in most fresh salads because they mush down when thawed but for sauces, soups etc they are superior to canned.

        All you have to do is take one out of the freezer, put it under hot running water till the skin peels off, easy peasy, nip out the stem & then throw the tomato into whatever you are cooking. I don’t mind the seeds at all though some people will peel, core & seed a tomato for cooking. BAH! as my Mama would say, seeds are good for you! The only things you want to discard are the peel & stem.

        Sis & I have also done our own sundried tomatoes which are muy expensive in stores.

        • MsKitty

          We’re on the same wavelength. The CSA has what they call a “freebie” table where they put all the bruised and overripe veggies, so once I get my regular order I go back with a shopping bag and get as many tomatoes as I can for freezing. Last season I didn’t have to buy canned tomatoes until this past April.

          Freezer space is a little tighter this year so I probably won’t be able to freeze as many, but I’ll enjoy them while I have them.

  • rikyrah

    How affordable are Affordable Care Act premiums?

    One week from Tuesday, a major portion of the president’s health care reform law will go into effect and change the way millions of Americans get their health care. On Oct. 1, they can start signing up to buy insurance on the new state exchanges.

    Obamacare is officially the Affordable Care Act, but how affordable are the premiums?

    Dean Dodson, an uninsured computer repairman in Baltimore, was excited to learn the cost of his health insurance under Obamacare.

    Oh man, I’m elated, it’s like they took something off my shoulders, you know?” he says.

    Dodson estimates he will pay around $285 a month, and at that price, he says, he can’t wait to sign up.

    “I can afford that — I mean, that’s wonderful, man,” he says, with relief in his voice. “I mean, I’m 59 years old. Sooner or later, something is going to happen to me.”

    In Maryland, Dodson will get to choose from among six different insurance companies — typical for most states nationwide. Most companies also offer multiple policies, ranked in price from bronze, being the cheapest, up through silver, gold and platinum, the most expensive.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57604291/how-affordable-are-affordable-care-act-premiums/

  • rikyrah

    Obama Enrages Republican Warmongers by Pursuing Nuclear Weapons Deal With Iran

    By: Jason Easley
    Sep. 24th, 2013

    President Obama has dealt a blow to Republicans dreaming of war with Iran by announcing that he has directed Sec. of State Kerry to pursue a deal with Iran on their nuclear weapons program.

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    President Obama told the UN that they must enforce the ban on chemical weapons when it comes to Syria. Obama laid out the agreement on the Syria’s chemicals weapons as a test of the UN’s ability to enforce basic international laws.

    The big news is that Obama announced that he has directed Sec. of State Kerry to work with Russia and China on getting a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. The president said, “We should be able to achieve a resolution that respects the rights of the Iranian people, while giving the world confidence that the Iranian program is peaceful…The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested.”

    For what feels like millionth time, President Obama demonstrated that his foreign policy ideology is almost the opposite of George W. Bush. His address to the UN today was comprehensive and insightful. Obama laid out the damned if you do, damned if you don’t position that the United States faces on many foreign policy issues. He expressed no reluctance to act when necessary, but made it clear to the UN that after a decade plus of war, the American people are tired of military conflict, so we expect the rest of the world to step up and do more.

    It is a bad day to be a Republican warmonger. If Obama is successful, the entire Republican rationale for war with Iran will evaporate. After living through more than a decade of Bush instigated war, President Obama is attempting to lay the path for lasting peace.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/09/24/obama-enrages-gop-warmongers-directing-john-kerry-pursue-nuclear-weapons-deal-iran.html

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!