October 25, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

 

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Continuing of this week’s theme with more African-American firsts,  the 1st Rhode Island Regiment was a Continental Army regiment from Rhode Island during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). Like most regiments of the Continental Army, the unit went through several incarnations and name changes. It became well known as the “Black Regiment” because, for a time, it had several companies of African American soldiers. It is regarded as the first African-American military regiment, albeit with the misconception that its ranks were exclusively African-American.

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In 1778, when Rhode Island was having difficulties recruiting enough white men to meet the troop quotas set by the Continental Congress, the Rhode Island Assembly decided to pursue a suggestion made by General Varnum and enlist slaves in 1st Rhode Island Regiment. Varnum had raised the idea in a letter to George Washington, who forwarded the letter to the governor of Rhode Island without explicitly approving or disapproving of the plan.[1] On the 14th of February 1778, the Rhode Island Assembly voted to allow the enlistment of “every able-bodied negro, mulatto, or Indian man slave” that chose to do so, and that “every slave so enlisting shall, upon his passing muster before Colonel Christopher Greene, be immediately discharged from the service of his master or mistress, and be absolutely free….” The owners of slaves who enlisted were to be compensated by the Assembly in an amount equal to the market value of the slave.

A total of 88 slaves enlisted in the regiment over the next four months, as well as some free blacks. The regiment eventually totaled about 225 men; probably fewer than 140 of these were African Americans. The 1st Rhode Island Regiment became the only regiment of the Continental Army to have segregated companies of black soldiers. (Other regiments that allowed blacks to enlist were integrated.) The enlistment of slaves had been controversial, and after June 1778, no more non-whites were enlisted. The unit continued to be known as the “Black Regiment” even though only whites were thereafter recruited into the regiment to replace losses, a process which eventually made the regiment an integrated unit.

Under Colonel Greene, the regiment fought in the Battle of Rhode Island in August 1778. The regiment played a fairly minor—but praised—role in the battle, suffering three killed, nine wounded, and eleven missing.

Like most of the Main Army, the regiment saw little action over the next few years, since the focus of the war had shifted to the south. In 1781, Greene and several of his black soldiers were killed in a skirmish with Loyalists. Greene’s body was mutilated by the Loyalists, apparently as punishment for having led black soldiers against them

 On 1 January 1781, the regiment was consolidated with the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment and re-designated as the Rhode Island Regiment. It took part in the siege of Yorktown.

On 15 June 1783, the veteran “during the war” enlisted men of the Rhode Island Regiment were discharged at Saratoga, New York. The remaining soldiers of the Regiment who were enlisted for “three years” were organized into a small Battalion of two companies known as the “Rhode Island Battalion”. This unit was disbanded on 25 December 1783 at Saratoga, New York

 

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    • MsKitty

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      Good Morning all,

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    • vulcan_girl

      Happy Birthday, Lamh!

    • rikyrah

      Happy B-Day lamh!!!!

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      Happy Birthday lamh! My sister’s bday is tomorrow.

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  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning GLH, Good Luck voting everyone. Have a great day. I’m off for a run.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG** :>) —ENJOY your “RUN” :>) How’s the weather? -:>) –B BLESSED. :>)

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

      I voted. What a BIG difference from last year, although there were more people than I expected.

      • MsKitty

        Mailed in my ballot last week. That said, I drove by my usual polling place this morning at it seemed like the parking lot was pretty full. The only time I ever saw lines going outside the door was 2008 and last year.

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

          Maybe we’ll witness a miracle tonight? But Imma stock the Bad Lounge with brown juice anyways.

          • TyrenM

            I’d love to see y’all send the Gov to his nearest Krispie Kreme in tears.

    • Alma98

      Morning cc!

    • AxelFoley

      Got my vote on this morning. Straight Dem, tho I had to kinda hold my nose to vote for Terry Mac. Two spots didn’t have a Dem opponent, so I wrote myself in for Sheriff and Treasurer. LOL

      • Alma98

        LOL@ “Two spots didn’t have a Dem opponent, so I wrote myself in for Sheriff and Treasurer.”

        • crazycanuck

          What if you win?

          • Alma98

            I was laughing at Axel we don’t vote til next year lol.

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

        LOL! Wouldn’t it be something if you won?

        • AxelFoley

          I’d make more money than I am now. ;)

      • GreenLadyHere

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        Good 2 C U axelfoley. :>) Have a good day. :>)

      • TyrenM

        Sheriff and Treasurer. That’s gangsta!

      • qosine

        Sheriff AxelFoley meet Treasurer AxelFoley. LOL

        • AxelFoley

          Va Beach sheriff’s office will never have to worry about funds then.

          I’ma enact stop and frisk on white people, tho.

          • qosine

            Oh, please run in TN!

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH! I hope you’re having a great day, blessing to you.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma– – -THANK U♥ —:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -UPDATE:—Shooting in NEW JERSEY:- – —

    – – Suspect At Large After Shots Are Fired At Garden State Plaza Mall In N.J.-

    – —– Police responded in force late Monday and early Tuesday, after a gunman fired several shots inside the Garden City Plaza Mall.

    While there were no injuries reported, the gunman remained at large
    as of midnight Tuesday morning and was believed to have left the mall.

    “At approximately 9:19 this evening, a single male entered the Garden State Plaza mall and fired several shots while the shopping mall was still open,” Paramus police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said in a statement.
    “He was dressed in black wearing what is believed to be a motorcycle helmet. The weapon has not yet been recovered. No further shots were fired and there are no reported injuries.”

    THERE IS MORE- —–No INJURIES. -THANK GOODNESS.

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

      Mornin’ GLH and errbody!

      The suspect killed himself:

      The man, identified as Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck, N.J., entered the Garden State Plaza in Paramus around 9 p.m. Monday, shortly before the mall was scheduled to close, and roamed the hallways before taking his own life, according to the Bergen County prosecutor, John Molinelli.

      No customers or employees were injured.

      It is unclear when Mr. Shoop shot himself, but his body was found by the authorities at 3:20 a.m, “very, very deep in an area that was under construction” in the mall, Mr. Molinelli said.

      MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/nyregion/mall-shooting-garden-state-plaza-paramus-new-jersey.html?_r=0

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Sepia♥ —***BIG HUG** :>)

        – – -Jus’ coming 2 post..- –There was a –suicide note.-
        — — – The need 4 mental health services cannot B stated enuff. – -IMMA look up some additional info.

        Good 2 C U Sepia. :>) Have a good day. :>)

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

          You have a good day, too GLH!

          • GreenLadyHere

            - – ***smiles @ U*** Thank U Sepia. :>) –

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    PBOMB♥- —GOTV- –NYC Mayor:- —

    – – -NYC mayor race: The future of stop-and-frisk hangs in the balance- –
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    controversial policing policy.

    The race was largely dominated by stop-and-frisk. Candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota are on opposing sides on the debate. DeBlasio built his campaign around dismantling the program and Lhota defending it. All seemed settled, however, when a judge ruled in August that the NYPD’s policy of stopping and questioning people had been carried out in a way that violated their Constitutional rights.

    Presiding judge Shira Scheindlin wrote that officers had violated the rights of tens of thousands of people and wrongfully targeted blacks and Latinos with the program. She appointed an outside monitor to oversee changes in the policy, training of officer and supervision of police practices.The city appealed the findings almost immediately, however, and on Thursday the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered an October surprise by ruling to block Scheindlin’s decision and remove her from the case.[Soo SAD!!]

    Both sides seem to be hoping that sentiment around the issue will be
    strong enough turn out their voters Tuesday. Just a day after the most recent ruling, Lhota released a one-minute video attacking de Blasio for his defense of Scheindlin’s decision.

    —-GOTV!- -BEST of LUCK!! :>)- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – -From MR. PRESIDENT♥:

    — – — -ACA POSITIVITY♥- —

    – -‘I’ve got one more campaign in me,’ Obama says (Video)- –
    — -President Obama on Monday gave a pep talk to former campaign staff working to implement his healthcare law, telling them to “stay on track” and “make this work.” [WATCH VIDEO]

    “I’ve got one more campaign in me,” Obama said. “The campaign to make sure this law works for every single person in this country.”

    The president was speaking Monday evening at a healthcare summit run by Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group formed from the remnants of his reelection campaign. His speech capped off a day long seminar designed to rally grassroots supporters to help the administration’s push to get uninsured consumers to purchase healthcare plans available under the Affordable Care Act.-
    – – – — -SNIP- —

    -Obama said he was fighting against “noise and misinformation,” and said it was “nothing new to having a bunch of folks spreading fear and misinformation and confusion and cynicism about this law.”

    He also said that healthcare was a particularly volatile subject because it “touches on everyone.”

    But Obama urged supporters to stay the course, pledging that he would fight alongside them to defend his signature legislative achievement.
    THERE IS MORE- – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    • TyrenM

      I liked yesterdays speech. Hoping it helps remind folks that he will be the HNIC for 3 more years. No matter how much media tries to lame duck him, he ain’t goin. And yes, D’s, get down or lay down!

      • jds09

        TyrenM, my hope is that these spineless dems get overrun by the new breed that PBO via OFA are fostering. Run over them like PBO ran over, backed up, and ran over again Hillary. I will never forget that 40pt coronation/impregnable/inevitable/entitled lead that was snatched from her Becky-like hands.

        • AxelFoley

          Say it again!

      • GreenLadyHere

        TyrenM- –***BIG fist bump*** :>)

        No matter how much media tries to lame duck him, he ain’t goin. And yes, D’s, get down or lay down!- –

        DANG! — – WHEN dey gon learn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KlhlHTE12Q
        NONE! — – -NADA!- -NO!!! —HAH!-
        — TELL ‘em MR. PRESIDENT!!♥ :>) –

      • AxelFoley

        Chuuuurch!

  • TyrenM

    I received a petition from somebody at Credo talking about make Scalia apologize for his racist statements re: 14th Amendment. I had to shake my head and laugh. Don’t no Justice apologize for anything they say/do. Especially these vermin. Emos high on their own supply?

    Deleted.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ TyrenM. :>) —***BIG HUG*** :>)

      —–YA MEAN – – -THIS -ARROGANT– – RACIST –B**TURD***??- –HAH! —

      – — –Emos high on their own supply? — ***BIG fist bump***-
      Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • conlakappa

      Aren’t they a little late on this? Has he made more intemperate remarks? I unsubscribed from Credo’s action e-mails after one too many “Tell President Obama” e-mails. Follow suit: it might be better for your BP.

    • Miranda

      They think Scalia gives a rat’s ass? Really?

    • jds09

      Really, their tone policing drives me nuts. I don’t give a fuck about what Scalia says, I care about what he does.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – – -TWEETIN’ — – -TRUTH [ACA POSITIVITY♥]- –

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    So I got this letter from Aetna that I can keep my insurance plan next year even under the Affordable Care Act.pic.twitter.com/prMT5IOphs

    – – — -☺@keithboykin
    Maybe one unforeseen benefit of the Affordable Care Act is that it will remind people how difficult it is to deal with insurance companies.
    MORE L8R- –:>)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Morning rikyrah:)

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

      Mornin’!

      • Alma98

        Morning Sepia!

    • rigoletta

      Good Morning.

  • rikyrah

    NYT: For Uninsured, Clearing a Way to Enrollment

    The woman, a thin 61-year-old who refused to give her name, citing privacy concerns, had come to the public library here to sign up for health insurance through Kentucky’s new online exchange. She had a painful lump on the back of her hand and other health problems that worried her deeply, she said, but had been unable to afford insurance as a home health care worker who earns $9 an hour.
    Within a minute, the system checked her information and flashed its conclusion on Ms. Cauley’s laptop: eligible for Medicaid.

    The woman began to weep with relief. Without insurance, she said as she left, “it’s cheaper to die.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/us/for-uninsured-clearing-a-way-to-enrollment.html?ref=politics&_r=1&

    • jds09

      What saddened me about this article was the woman who put her own health at risk cause she didn’t want to be a “moocher.” Truly, these folks choose to vote against their own self-interests. Trapped in the worship of individual action, no concept of the public good. No ability to hold that both can be true and are needed.

    • Miranda

      We need to bombard the White House Press Corp members with this story.

      • conlakappa

        They’ll say it was an isolated incident.

  • rigoletta

    Morning all.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, rigoletta

    • Alma98

      Morning rigoletta.

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

      Mornin’!

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • jds09

      Good Morning Alma and everybody!

      • Alma98

        Morning jds!

    • rigoletta

      Good morning.

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

      Mornin’, Alma! I like this sun…it looks like beads.

      • Alma98

        Hey Sepia! You must love jewelry lol!

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

          I do! lol

          • Alma98

            LOL!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –Dear Alma –***BIG HUG** :>) UNIQUELY LOVELY. :>)
      – –Thank U 4 OUR – -DAILY JOY — B BLESSED. :>)

      • Alma98

        (((HUGS))) Your welcome GLH.

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma and POU fam
      (whether you’re typing, thinking about
      typing).

      • Alma98

        LOL Afternoon qosine!

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah:)

  • Alma98

    Umm since when did disqus start letting you know a person is typing.
    I happen to notice it under Sepia’s mall shooter story, creepy.

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

      I noticed that too! What’s next? Letting us know a person is thinking about typing?

      • Alma98

        LOL! I was like what the hell!

    • TyrenM

      Saw that last night.

      • Alma98

        It’s weird how do they know?lol

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

          OK! What else do they know?

          *looks around*

          *smoothes hair*

          • Alma98

            I started thinking about those keystroke things that hackers use lol.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Sepia — – -LOL- – —
            ***rushes 2 put on FORMAL ATTIRE*** LOL

          • Alma98

            Don’t forget your jewelry GLH cause Sepia loves Jewelry LOL.

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

            LOL!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma —LOL — -Got ‘em:– LOL

            – – – -☺http://cbdesigns.tripod.com/244b084f0.jpg

            – — – ☺http://www.love-my-pearls.com/images/0248-01-Apple-candy-green-colored-pearl-stud-earrings.jpg

            – – –☺http://www.ustrendy.com/files/store/1282790187_green-pearls-ring.jpg

            – — –☺http://www.fireandice.com/images/D/4073388_b-Sterling-Silver-Green-Pearl-Coil-Bracelet.jpg- —

            – –***waves @ Sepia*** :>)

          • Alma98

            Love it lol!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL Alma — –Tryin’ –2 accommodate. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD Morntin’ alma98. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – ***BIG fist bump*** —http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/5985/bigblank2.gif

      THIS was my reaction. —WHOA! —

      BIG BROTHA- -B WATCHIN’ – -LOL

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

      • Alma98

        LOL… And to think emos are worried about the NSA lol.
        You have a good day GLH!

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL Alma — -And to think emos are worried about the NSA – – -SPEAK TRUTH! :>)

    • conlakappa

      I saw it for the first time last night, also under a Sepia comment. Hmmm…

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

        It happens under everyone’s comment, not just mine. Now hand me your tin foil cloche.

        • Alma98

          Sepia you wanna tell us something hahahaha!

        • conlakappa

          Ha! What, just because you just smoothed your hair? From where I sit, it still looks kind of…

          ::runs::

    • Miranda

      HAHAHA!! I got freaked out when I saw it for the first time yesterday. I already think my phone is trying to control me because that demonic electronic just started talking to me a few weeks ago! I didn’t ask it for directions but it just started telling me where to go!

      I keep telling y’all…when the machines finally take over…I AM FORMING THE RESISTANCE!

      #SarahConnerismyname

      • Alma98

        hahahahaha!!! My husband’s phone does that lol.

      • JojoRaze

        This is why I turned off all the GPS and location features on my tablet. I’m like, ‘you don’t know me like that and I don’t want you to.’

    • qosine

      Thank you! A couple of times, I found myself waiting —
      I guess to let the person finish typing. I didn’t want to
      jump to the front of the line, I guess. LOL

  • Alma98
  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Sharpton Demands Profiling Guarantee From Macy’s
    NEW YORK November 5, 2013 (AP)
    By DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press

    The Rev. Al Sharpton said he and other civil rights leaders had a
    “brutally honest” meeting Monday with the CEO of Macy’s over racial
    profiling, and demanded that the department store lay out how they will
    guarantee the practice doesn’t happen before the holiday shopping season begins.

    The meeting on Monday with CEO Terry Lundgren follows an incident in which an actor on the HBO series “Treme” was detained by police after buying his mother a $1,350 Movado watch. Robert Brown filed a lawsuit last month after he said he was stopped inside Macy’s flagship Manhattan store last June because he is black.

    …”This was a particularly biting meeting because we frankly resented having to come here again,” he said.

    Sharpton said he was told by Macy’s executives that the store did not
    racially profile customers, and that Macy’s employees weren’t
    responsible for Brown being detained by police.

    “Barneys said they didn’t make the call, Macy’s said they didn’t make
    the call,” Sharpton said. “Until they find the invisible man, we may
    recommend we be invisible in their stores.”

    MORE: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/sharpton-demands-profiling-guarantee-macys-20784060

    • Miranda

      I’ve read far too many comments about this where either the victim is blamed for the purchase or the “well why would anyone spend my money somewhere they don’t want me in the first place”………………well….why would students want to sit at a lunch counter at a place that didn’t want them there?

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

        THANK YOU! It’s the same damn thing! It’s history repeating itself.

      • jds09

        We should start calling this the “separate but equal negro response.” smh

      • MsKitty

        Yeah, the whole “$300 is too much for a belt” is pissing me off. It’s like who made people the fashion budget police all of a sudden? If these kids came by their money honestly (work, birthday, graduation, just because) it’s nobody’s business how they choose to spend it.

        When I was in college I would mark the end of every summer by going to Tower Records and blowing $400-$500 on CDs, VHS movies (yeah, I’m old), and audio gear. I worked hard at my summer job and that annual shopping spree was my little treat to take the edge off another year of exams, papers, and all nighters. No doubt these same folks would have tut-tutted me too.

        What’s more, that feeds into the mentality that as Black folks we aren’t entitled to have nice things, live in well-appointed homes, or take extravagant trips (cue the upcoming annual “how dare the Obamas go to Hawaii for Christmas” outrage fest). People need to get over it, black and white.

        • rigoletta

          Yes lord. I cringe to think the money I have spent on media. But it’s my money.

          For all the accusations of us being a bunch of no good lazy thieving drags on society people sure seem to be more upset when we have it don’t they?

      • TresL

        What bothers me about this whole idea of profiling black shoppers is that it implies that black people don’t have the money for these types of purchases when these folks could very easily be the children, wives or relatives of black people who do have that kind of money. I’m talking about entertainers, athletes, doctors, lawyers, reporters, talk show hosts and yes, even presidents. It’s as though people are oblivious to that fact even though they’d have to be living under a rock to not know that there are many black people in this country who have deep pockets. In these cases, the shoppers were just regular folks; but, it is their prerogative how they want to spend their money. This is America. Isn’t it?

        • Alma98

          Too true, when we bought a Dyson vacuum folks were looking at us like we had 3 eyes. Or when I grocery shop and have two carts and pay in cash. You should hear the comments I get from folks.

          • Tafr

            My husband recently bought me a Mercedes. Now it is used, nowhere near brand new, but you know my neighbors nearly had a heart attack when they saw it parked in the driveway. I went to register it and pay the taxes on it and the lady at the DMV had the nerve to question if I had the money to pay for the taxes. I told her yes I have the money and if I can afford to buy the car what makes you think I cannot afford the damn taxes on the car? We are not supposed to have anything nice.

        • rigoletta

          We are supposed to be on the bottom and stay there.

          We are hated more when we are successful.

          I plan to purchase a laptop soon and I will be paying in cash. I’ve already bought a new tablet this month in cash.

          Thank god the stores around here have black employees because if someone said anything to me about me spending my money I might end up in jail.

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

            We are hated more when we are successful.

            Especially when we are more successful than THEM.

        • conlakappa

          Or even if we have the money, we don’t deserve to have nice things.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia —

      “Barneys said they didn’t make the call, Macy’s said they didn’t make the call,” Sharpton said. “Until they find the invisible man, we may recommend we be invisible in their stores.”

      — – – ALLA DIS!! — http://i52.tinypic.com/264gwh4.gif

      HAH! :>)

  • Alma98

    bebopdadoboptweedledeedledo, I just wanted see and yep there it is again lol.
    edit: just kidding around disqus just kidding.

  • Town

    I had the misfortune to see a VOTE CUCCINELLI rally on the 95 overpass, complete with big Tea Party flags waving in the air and a huge IMPEACH OBAMA sign. SMH

    • jds09

      Town, I thought about you the other night when Goldie Taylor was offering amnesty to folks she blocked on twitter. Did you take her up on her offer? LOL

      • Town

        I didn’t even know she had an amnesty offer, LOL

    • Alma98

      Town where did that nut Cuccinelli come from? Has he always lived in Virginia?

      • Town

        He’s from Northern Virginia.

    • rigoletta

      The only good thing about that is when Cooch loses you get to see these idiots pack their clown act up and go home.

      You should record it.

      • Town

        These are the same folks that have been crying over losing the war 2 centuries ago, they ain’t going nowhere!

        • rigoletta

          Do they have their confederate flags out too or are they the media savvy racist tea party nuts?

          • Town

            I didn’t see a confederate flag. I just saw the Virginia state flag & the Tea Party flag.

  • AxelFoley

    #RandPauSpeeches on Twitter is killin’ me! LOL

    • Alma98

      Yes lawd they are hilarious!

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

    Barney’s ‘Shop-And-Frisk’ Victim Is Disappointed In Jay-Z’s Non-Response
    http://on.aol.com/video/barneys-shop-and-frisk-victim-is-disappointed-in-jay-zs-non-response-517997305

    • gn

      And apparently Kanye West made it a point to go shopping at Barneys in a confederate flag jacket. Sigh.
      http://bmmoejackson2.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/kanye-west-leaving-barneys-new-york-1.jpg?w=600

    • rigoletta

      As crazy as Kanye’s little Barney’s stunt is there is part of me that kind of respects that more than Jay’s silence.

      At least Kanye is upfront and honest about not giving two fucks about anything other than the fullness of his pockets.

      • gn

        I wish Jay Z were more of an activist and less of a corporate product but Kanye’s coonfoolery is on another level right now; he’s on some pure, straight negativity. I’m like is this dude possessed lol?

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

          They BOTH need to be called out on their bs. Jay straight up LIED about affiliation with Barneys and hid behind his foundation to take the heat off himself.

      • Town

        Didn’t Kanye just go shopping in Barneys with his confederate flag jacket?

        • rigoletta

          Yes he did.

  • MsKitty

    To mark the resumption of White House tours, FLOTUS is greeting the guests.

    Watch here: http://www.whitehouse.gov//blog/2013/11/05/president-obama-and-first-lady-surprise-white-house-tour-visitors

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

      PBO’s there, too!!!

      • Alma98

        The black couple is like WOW!

    • MsKitty

      Bo and Sunny are there too.

      • conlakappa

        You think Bo gave Sunny info on how to behave during those tours? “Just jump all over the guests; they’re here to see us after all!”

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      — – -WOW&1/2!- – – -What a GR8 SURPRISE!!– –

      — –WE C THEM: — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGZ2nlkTuEE – -BEYOND a CUTE DUO!♥ :>)

      — -Sooo HAPPY 2 C THEM — -Brang JOY 2 –“WE THE PEOPLE!!” :>) — -BLESS THEM♥ — –
      Good 2 C U MsKitty. — Have a good day. :>)

    • Kennymack1971

      One only needs to look at how the First Couple interacts with people in moments like these to truly appreciate how stupid the RW attacks on them are.

      • conlakappa

        Look at the youtube link and see that over 3,000 nuts gave thumbs down to introducing Sunny. Really, people, really?!

    • crazycanuck

      Missed it, dam!

      • Alma98

        You can rewind it cc and it’ll start over. Just drag the play bar back.

        • crazycanuck

          The link doesn’t show the vid anymore

          • Alma98

            Here ya go TOD has it.

          • crazycanuck

            It’s saying it’s private now

  • Alma98

    That little girl was too cute! I saw you in the wax museum lol.

  • JB20005

    Remember, remember the 5th of November…

    And that guy whose mask you anonymous dudebros like to wear wasn’t trying to strike a blow for the common man. He was trying to re-establish Roman Catholic theocratic supremacy over the British Isles.

    Guy Fawkes was the Osama bin Laden of his day.

    • malletgirl02

      Co-sign I never could understand why those so called progressives would celebrate a man who was essentially a Catholic Fundy terrorist.

  • MsKitty

    This mofo is out of control…

    CNN’s Don Lemon on ‘Stop and Frisk’: ‘Would You Rather Be
    Politically Correct or Safe and Alive?’

    During his radio commentary on Tuesday, CNN anchor Don Lemon partially defended the controversial NYPD policy of “stop-and-frisk,” asking its critics whether they’d rather put “political correctness” above safety.

    Lemon branded today’s New York mayoral election as “one of the most important races in the world” because it could mean the elimination of the controversial police procedure. He added that the policy should normally be called “stop-question-and-frisk,” but the “question” part often gets left out.

    Lemon asserted that there are many among the minority community who believe “in theory” that “we’d rather be inconvenienced by being stopped by police than shot by gun-wielding criminals on the street.” However, he said, it’s become too easy for police to become “so drunk with power that they abuse it.”

    “So goes New York City, so goes the rest of the country,” he said of stop-and-frisk, adding his suggestion that if a new mayor “alters the equation of the formula that has reduced crime in New York City to its lowest in decades,” it could result in the “creeping back up” of crime rates, the reduction in tourism, and the suffering of “international consequences.” He posited that other major cities could follow suit.

    “Whatever the mayor here decides will be reflected in your city, reflected in your crime rate, and in your economy,” Lemon concluded. “So the question is: would you rather be politically correct or safe and alive? That’s the real issue facing the citizens of New York and, pretty soon, ultimately you.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnns-don-lemon-on-stop-and-frisk-would-you-rather-be-politically-correct-or-safe-and-alive/

    • AxelFoley

      I would say someone should stop and frisk him, but he might like it.

      Yeah, I know where the Bad Lounge is.

      • rigoletta

        I vote for you not going. I think you’ve found the heart of the problem LOL.

        • Daltex82

          I agree, Axe should get a pass on this one.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – – -AxelFoley — -:>) NOT THIS TIME –:>)

        <- – — – – — – — —Go the OPPOSITE WAY. – -

      • qosine

        You go to the Good Lounge. After all, tonight
        you may be Sheriff and Treasurer.

        • AxelFoley

          LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    • Alma98

      He should be ashamed of himself for pushing this shit but he’s not.

    • gn

      He’s once again being provocative for career purposes IMO. Collective punishment doesn’t keep me safe. Stop and frisk is an extremely ineffective program by which innocent people are harassed; black and brown people through such frequent contact with the police are disproportionately arrested for minor nonviolent crimes like marijuana possession which in turn is used to form tired canards about black criminality. Meanwhile the criminals are sophisticated enough to have studied the police and avoid stop and frisk encounters. For example the biggest gun bust in NYC history happened through old fashioned detective work: a member of the illegal gun ring bragged on social media, detectives went undercover and amassed enough evidence to arrest them all. These folks had been couriering guns from the South via Chinatown buses, dozens at a time, sometimes in bookbags. Not one of them had been caught by stop and frisk. Not one. Meanwhile a random 13 year old walking home gets a traumatic encounter with the cops for no reason.

      I bet he and others would change their tune if white men were being stopped indiscriminately (their drug arrests would go through the roof) with a less than 2% success rate with obtaining illegal weapons. /rant off

      • AxelFoley

        Emos remain quiet on this, tho. NSA doing what spy agencies do, they raise hell. NYC po-po harassing black and brown people–not a peep.

    • GreenLadyHere

      MsKitty — -He REMAINS:- –>http://chrispasley.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/lemon1.gif — – -geesh!

    • Kennymack1971

      This mofo right here…smh. They still hate you Sour Lemon. I can’t wait to witness his wake up call.

      • conlakappa

        Are you saying this like Adolph Caesar in A Soldier’s Story? That’s how I’m reading it!

        • AxelFoley

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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

      But listen to what Don Lemon said about him being racially profiled. Dude is like Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde when it comes to race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWP3VflRDg4

      • Alma98

        I think Don is suffering from colorism. And he also is saying this off the wall shit to get ahead.

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

          TJMS needs to not give him a platform to spew his bs, or at least pushback.

          • conlakappa

            All part of a concerted effort, IMO, to tamp down the effect and power of Black Radio. They can only somewhat insert themselves on Black Twitter but you got Bonnie Bello going on TJMS and Anthony Jones on Steve Harvey. I don’t think it’s coincidental.

          • Alma98

            I agree, he had the guts to get rid of Tavis. What’s so special about lemonhead that he gets to stay. I believe conlakappa is right this is aimed at destroying black radio.

      • AxelFoley

        He a sucka MC

    • Miranda

      I can’t stand his simple ass.

    • rikyrah

      it is but for there the Grace of God Go I, that a Stop and Frisk doesn’t turn into an OSCAR GRANT incident.
      and this slave catcher refuses to see it.

  • Admiral_Komack

    Happy Birthday, Lamh!

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

    Kanye goes shopping at Barneys in Beverly Hills wearing his confederate jacket: http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo126/theybf/November%202013/wenn20816828_zps5327268a.jpg

    Kevin Hart and his girlfriend after a Barneys shopping spree: http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/29/yve4asen.jpg

    Someone said this on LSA:

    Prepare for more celebs Black or otherwise shopping at Barney’s while being photographed.

    Barney’s PR team is probably sending stars gift cards or promises of
    discounts in hopes of them showing support through shopping.

    • AxelFoley

      SHM

      And Kanye with that rebel flag foolishness. This ninja from Chi-Town. He ain’t even grow up around that shit.

      • Alma98

        They don’t care. I wonder if we’re ever going to see activism from entertainers but I won’t hold my breath. Even though Harry Belafonte works my nerves sometimes he and others walked the walk and talked the talk. Entertainers these days are too busy getting that green to give a damn.

        • AxelFoley

          Exactly. A lot of them are richer than we can imagine. Their great grandchildren to the 10th power will never have to worry about money.

          But these fools will do anything to keep that scrilla coming in.

          • Alma98

            THIS!

          • BoomerGal

            Some but not all. Some are blacklisted for not signing on with the bullshit and I don’t blame them. I guess their soul means more to them than money.

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

        On YBF, they said: “He
        was seen rocking his Yeezus Confederate Flag bomber jacket…while
        grabbing lunch by himself at Barneys. Clearly he’s yanking the wigs of
        racists and attempting to “take back the meaning” of that flag….all
        while throwing it in their faces at Barneys to show they have no real
        power. But, did it work?”

        GTFOOHWTBS! Imma need for Kanye and Jay fans to stop making excuses for their bitchassness.

      • conlakappa

        Nor did that Larry the Cable Guy. Maybe they are besties?

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia- — – -Uhhh — THIS was NOT the problem: — Prepare for more celebs Black or otherwise shopping at Barney’s while being photographed.- –
      — Even though a Blah celeb —got “caught up in the mess” — -The PROBLEM was ACCUSIN’- Blahs –who were NOT celebs – -of NOT havin’ the CREDIBILITY/$$$ 2 shop there. —

      – –Sooo —paradin’ Blah or other celebs –who HAVE $$$ —does NOT RELIEVE THEM of THEIR —RACISM. —
      WE KNOW. geesh!

    • Miranda

      Oh I fully expect a complete “blackening” of Barney’s in days to come. Watch their next big ad feature a black model.

      • Daltex82

        Yep and folks will fall for it hook, line and sinker; while the security division for these stores are huddled together trying to figure out a new way to profile black customers until they are busted once again.

        • BoomerGal

          THIS!!

    • itgurl_29

      It’s so transparent, isn’t it? I wonder how much they paid these coons.

      http://www.websophist.com/Raccoon_DanceInStreetANM.gif

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

        Oh snap! The racoon got a new dance! LOL

      • Daltex82

        I’m glad coony got some rest I have a feeling he is about to do a lot of dancing.

      • rikyrah

        This gif will never get old.

    • malletgirl02

      Seriously Kayne was wearing a Confederate jacket? That is the last straw, I still blame him for the rise of Taylor Swift.

  • lamh36

    Thanks for the birthday wishes so far guys. I’m just geting up bout to make some breakfast to start my day.

    Alas, my boo Idris isn’t making me breakfast in bed, but I did get one twitter birthday wish granted… Just got a birthday retweet from Chris Meloni…aka SVU DETECTIVE ELLIOTT STABLER!!!!

    Probably just his “intern” but still…I’m easy…lol.

    https://twitter.com/Chris_Meloni/status/397771298891243521

  • gn

    #DonLemonOn

    @MrShift4
    #DonLemonOn voting: would you rather have 3/5ths of a say or none at all?

    @iek_niek
    #DonLemonOn Civil Rights.. Be happy that these white people even let you all have rights..

    @SpikeVee88
    #DonLemonOn Arts programs being defunded. “Yall still twerking right?, good enough”

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

      Twitter + Black People = Heaven on the innanets

    • AxelFoley

      Lawd Jesus, LOLOLOLOLOL

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA HA HA H AH AH AH AH

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – – –In light of these RECENT mass shootings — the -ACA -gives ASSISTANCE.- – —

    Mental-health coverage to get a big boost under Obamacare
    – – — — –SNIP —

    But starting next year, this will change for many workers.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans offered in the new marketplaces will have to cover a core set of services called “essential health benefits.” Included on the list of 10 benefits are mental-health and substance-use disorder services, which include behavioral health treatment, counseling and psychotherapy. Specifically, as part of what’s considered preventive services, plans will also cover alcohol-misuse screening and counseling, depression screening for adults and adolescents, domestic and interpersonal violence screening for women, and behavioral assessments for children.

    Here are two important points about mental-health coverage under Obamacare. First, the coverage for behavioral health services must be generally comparable with coverage for medical and surgical care. Second, plans offered in the marketplace have to cover preventive services without charging customers a co-payment or coinsurance even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. But the services have to be delivered by a network provider.

    The Kaiser Family Foundation noted in a report released this month that benefits will be extended in many cases to cover services typically now excluded, such as mental health. Starting next year, health plans won’t be able to deny coverage or charge you more because of a pre-existing health condition, including a mental illness.- ——GR8 NEWS :>)

    THANK U –MR. PRESIDENT♥ — -BLESS U♥

  • Alma98
    • AxelFoley

      Haven’t heard that. Hmm…

    • rikyrah

      wouldn’t be surprised. after all, they just did a voter purge right before the election

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • crazycanuck

    Lamh did I just see right? Did Chris Meloni tweet you Happy Birthday. OMG JEALOUS!

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