August 29, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Firsts and Innovations

Continuing with this week’s theme, I will discuss Francis Johnson and Theodore Wright. 

Francis_JohnsonFrancis Johnson, musician, composer, and bandmaster, was born in 1792 in Martinique in the West Indies and immigrated to Philadelphia in 1809 at the age of 17.  By that point he had already mastered the keyed bugle and the violin.  By his early 20s he was building a reputation as a bandleader in Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Johnson gained greater popularity after music publisher George Willig published his Collection of New Cotillions in 1817. This was the first instance of a black band leader having his musical compositions published. By 1818, 26-year-old Johnson had become a leading dance band conductor for Philadelphia’s high society.  During the 1820s, Johnson’s band performed at the city’s most popular dance venues at schools, private parties, and balls.  Prominent military regiments like the Washington Guards Company Three Band and the State and the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry also hired Johnson’s ensemble.  He personalized his performances by experimenting with different instrumentations, strings, and winds.

During his prolific career, Johnson composed over 200 musical arrangements in various styles including cotillions, operatic airs, ballads, quadrilles, patriotic marches, quicksteps, and other forms of ballroom music.

Besides serving the musical taste of the white public, Johnson also performed spirituals at African American churches in Philadelphia, Boston, and New York.  One of his most memorable musical performances occurred in 1841 when he collaborated with Morris Brown, Jr., one of the leading black ministers of the era, to perform Haydn’s Creation at the First African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Johnson’s band also shared the spotlight with other black bands in Philadelphia including those led by James Hemmenway and Isaac Hazzard.  Nonetheless his was the most popular black band of the era.

Besides having the distinction of being the first black American composer to have his arrangements published as sheet music, Johnson was also the first African American bandleader to conduct public concerts and in 1837 he led the first American ensemble to perform before Queen Victoria in England.  Johnson was also the first black musician to perform in integrated musical events in the United States, and the first musician to introduce keyed brass instruments to American bands.  Johnson left numerous manuscript and piano transcriptions.

Francis Johnson died in 1844 in Philadelphia after a lengthy illness at the age of 52.

 

Theodore Sedgwick Wright, prominent clergymen, antislavery leader, and reformer was thought to have been born in New Jersey inTheodore_Sedgwick_Wright 1797.  He attended the New York African Free School. With the help of New York Governor Dewitt Clinton, Arthur Tappan and others from Princeton Theological Seminary, he became the first African American graduate from an American Theological seminary. After graduation Wright became pastor of the First Colored Presbyterian Church in New York City where he worked for the rest of his life. 

Wright despised slavery and racism and spoke openly about it, even though at this time it was very dangerous. He is best known for his works as an abolitionist and devotee of black civil rights.  Throughout the 1830s he was an agent of the New England Anti-Slavery Society which sponsored his travels and lectures condemning racial prejudice. Wright’s two most influential speeches were “The Progress of the Antislavery Cause” and “Prejudice Against the Colored Man.”  He wrote several entries and speeches for William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator, the leading anti-slavery newspaper in the United States in the antebellum period.  

In 1833 Wright became one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He served as the Society’s executive committee until May 1840 when he joined other abolitionists in forming the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. This new moderate abolitionist organization opposed Garrison’s radical proposals regarding slavery.  Wright was also the chairman of the New York Vigilance Committee which tried to prevent the kidnapping of free blacks who would then be sold into slavery.   Wright also assisted fugitive slaves; his New York home was a station on the Underground Railroad. 

In 1833 Wright was elected vice-president of the Phoenix Society, an organization which worked toward the improvement of the African American training “in morals, literature, and the mechanical arts.” Throughout the 1830s Wright circulated petitions to the New York legislature for the termination of property requirement mandates exclusively for the state’s black voters. In 1841 Wright was elected treasurer of the Union Missionary Society which sent missionaries to Africa. When the UMS joined the larger, predominately white American Missionary Association, Wright became an officer in the combined organization.  In 1844 Wright joined the Liberty Party and became a member of the committee that chose its presidential and vice-presidential nominees.

On May 29, 1837 he married Adaline T. Turpin from New Rochelle, N.Y. On March 25, 1847, Theodore Sedgwick Wright died in New York City.

 

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  • Admiral_Komack

    BREAKING: House Republicans Backing Down On Violence Against Women Act

    Sahil Kapur-February 26, 2013, 10:25 PM10582

    After nearly a year of resistance that has damaged them politically with women voters, House Republicans have found a clever way to back down on the reauthorization of an expanded Violence Against Women Act, aides confirmed to TPM late Tuesday.

    The original plan was for the Republican majority in the House to pass its version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization and then go to conference conference committee with the Senate. The Senate has already overwhelmingly passed a more aggressive bill, with protections for LGBT, Native American and undocumented women that have been at the heart of the dispute with House Republicans.

    But all that changed Tuesday night. The Rules Committee instead sent the House GOP’s version of the Violence Against Women Act to the floor with a key caveat: if that legislation fails, then the Senate-passed version will get an up-or-down vote.

    The big admission implicit in this latest move is that House GOP leaders don’t believe they have the votes to pass their version of the bill but that the Senate version is likely to pass the chamber. So this way they’ll give House conservatives the first bite at the apple as a way of saving face and still resolve an issue that has hurt them politically.

    Here’s how Democrats expect it to play out.

    After the House finishes debating the GOP-version of the bill on Wednesday and Thursday, it will get a vote, but will fail to muster enough votes for passage due to conservative and Democratic opposition. So the Senate-passed bill will get a vote instead, and Democrats as well as a faction of more moderate Republicans will carry it to victory. Then it will go straight to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

    “[Rules Committee Chairman] Pete Sessions laid it out in not so many words that this is what the majority’s plan is,” a House Democratic aide said Tuesday evening. “They’re anticipating that their version gets voted down. But it’s clear the Senate bill will pass with flying colors.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/house-gop-backs-down-on-violence-against-women-act.php

    • isonprize

      If there is still a sense of shame, they really ought to be ashamed of themselves. (Yeah, right….)

      How can any woman be a Republican? How can any person in the LGBT community be Republican? And to NOT protect Native American women? WOW, just wow…

  • creolechild

    Good morning Admiral and POU.

    President Obama Tells House Republicans to Clean Up Their Own Sequester Mess

    [....] On Sunday, House Republicans floated the idea that they could pass the responsibility (and all of the blame) for the cuts to the president by giving him the power to make cuts himself. President Obama made it clear today that for him this latest Republican made fiscal crisis isn’t just about the sequester. He is trying to make House Republicans take responsibility for the political games that they have been playing.[....]

    The last three times that House Republicans have played this game of high stakes chicken with Obama, they’ve blinked. The president isn’t going to give House Republicans anything, until they agree to a balanced approach. The ball is in Boehner’s court. If the House Republicans [don't] get serious, they’ll be dealing with fallout from their sequester.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/president-obama-tells-house-republicans-clean-sequester-mess.html

    H/T Jason Easley

    • Admiral_Komack

      Good morning, creolechild. :-)
      Good morning, POU. :-)

      • creolechild

        Hi Admiral! I was wondering where everyone was but I see that TresL is here now too.

        Get outta that bed POU! (:

  • creolechild

    Supreme Court Considers Question Of Taking DNA Samples From Arrestees

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with what one of the justices called its most important criminal procedure case in decades, whether to let police take DNA from those arrested, but not convicted, in hopes of using it to solve old cases.

    Justices seemed conflicted over whether police have a right to take genetic information from people who have only been arrested but not yet convicted of a crime without getting a judge’s approval first, or if the government’s interest in solving cold cases trumped the immediate privacy rights of those under police suspicion of other crimes.[....]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/supreme-court-considers-question-of-taking-dna-samples-from-arrestees.php?ref=fpb

    H/T Jesse J. Holland

    • creolechild

      26 States Have Passed The Law

      Alabama
      Alaska
      Arizona
      Arkansas
      California
      Colorado
      Illinois
      Florida
      Kansas
      Louisiana
      Maryland
      Michigan
      Minnesota
      Missouri
      New Jersey
      New Mexico
      North Carolina
      North Dakota
      Ohio
      South Carolina
      South Dakota
      Tennessee
      Texas
      Utah
      Virginia
      Vermon

  • creolechild

    Eradicating Food Deserts One Congregation at a Time

    New York Times columnist Roger Cohen says that organic food is elitist, and assumes that the only people who demand healthy, pesticide-free food are well-off Whole Foods shoppers. Well, I don’t know how else to put it: he’s wrong.

    All across the country—in Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Oakland, Milwaukee, and New York, just to name a few—residents of low-income neighborhoods have rallied to get healthy food into their communities. There are hundreds of nonprofits dedicated to building organic gardens in peoples’ backyards, teaching inner-city kids how to cook nutritious meals, or boosting fresh produce in corner stores.[....]

    Read more: http://civileats.com/2013/01/30/eradicating-food-deserts-one-congregation-at-a-time/#more-16678

    H/T Hannah Wallace

    • TyrenM

      Good morning,
      An NYT columnist calling something elitest? Yeah, OK. Have a good day.

  • creolechild

    Reducing Gun Violence and Preventing Future Tragedies

    [....] We at the department — led by the Attorney General – have been working with Vice President Biden and agencies and departments across the Obama Administration to formulate concrete, common-sense recommendations for reducing gun violence and preventing future tragedies.[....] For example, we are working to strengthen the national background check system by addressing gaps in the federal and state records currently available in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Those gaps significantly hinder the ability of NICS to quickly confirm whether a prospective purchaser is prohibited from acquiring a firearm as a felon.

    There are also still 12 states with fewer than 10 mental health records in the system. To help fix this problem, we are providing $25 million in grants to states to assist them in finding ways to make more records available, especially mental health records. We are also making it possible for local law enforcement officers to run a full NICS background check before returning a firearm to someone after the criminal investigation is finished.[....] In addition, the ATF will soon be publishing instructions on how to trace recovered firearms.[....] ATF will also be publishing an annual report on nationwide lost and stolen gun data.[....]

    Read more: http://blogs.justice.gov/main/archives/2654

    H/T Tracy Russo

  • creolechild

    GOOD NEWS STORY: Homeless Man Returns Lost Ring And ‘Thank You’ Donations Hit 6 Figures

    [....] Every once in while a story comes along that reminds us, even in the midst of madness, that really good people are out there doing really good things. Sometimes they’re major events we read about in every media source, sometimes they’re little moments of kindness that barely get noticed, but always they’re poignant reminders of the best of our breed. This story is one of the little ones… a little one that ultimately grew into a much bigger one.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/02/26/good-news-story-homeless-man-returns-lost-ring-and-thank-you-donations-hit-6-figures/

    H/T Lorraine Devon Wilke

  • creolechild

    University of Phoenix Accreditation at Risk

    Apollo Group Inc. (APOL) said Monday that its accrediting body was considering placing the company’s University of Phoenix subsidiary on probation because of alleged deficiencies involving its administrative structure and governance. [....] Apollo said on Jan. 8 that the commission told the university that a draft review report would include a recommendation that the university be placed on “notice status,” a lesser sanction than probation.

    Apollo said Monday that the recommendation had been changed to probation. If the commission approves that recommendation, the probationary period would last through the fall of 2014. Accreditation is necessary for the company to continue to be eligible for student loans, which make up much of its revenue.Apollo said it plans to appeal the probation recommendation.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/02/26/university-phoenix-accreditation-apollo-group/

    H/T Associated Press

  • creolechild

    Community Colleges: Affordable Good Food Education

    Community colleges enroll almost half of all American undergraduates, and cost an average of about $2,500 per year. Now, they may be the most important place for good food education. President Obama has made the community college system a centerpiece of his education agenda, pushing for more resources and talking up their benefits. A community college grad myself, I checked in with a few of my community college friends to see how the good food movement is playing out on their campuses.

    Beyond the Russian storefronts of Brighton Beach, all the way at the southern tip of Brooklyn, Kingsborough Community College (KCC)’s Culinary Arts program is part of an emerging trend at community colleges across the country. The program teaches students to consider the “before” and “after” of the food they are cooking and serving. The “before” is the supply chain, and learning about it has led to teachers and students plowing over lawns in favor of vegetable plots and honeybee boxes. The “after” is the health of customers, and with obesity at all-time highs, demand is growing for cooks that know how to prepare delicious food without extreme amounts of fat, sugar and calories – especially in institutional contexts like schools and hospitals.[....]

    Read more: http://civileats.com/2013/02/13/community-colleges-affordable-good-food-education/

    H/T Nina Kahori Fallenbaum

  • TresL

    I stumbled across this last night while watching the evolution of Mom dancing for probably the tenth time. It is a must watch and so cute, funny and sweet from beginning to end.

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

      How cute!! Thanks for sharing this, TresL!

    • nellcote

      “The National Gallery…it’s our Disneyworld”
      That’s freaking awesome!

    • conlakappa

      I think they asked her when they met her at the DNC Convention if they could visit her in the White House. I cannot tell if little Atticus is completely smitten by her or intimidated–he just stared at her agog at the convention, IIRC.

  • creolechild

    The Makers: Xerox CEO Ursula Burns Tells Her Story

    When Ursula Burns started as an intern at Xerox more than 30 years ago, she had no idea that she would someday end up running the company.[....] A summer internship turned into a full-time job in 1981, when Xerox hired Burns as soon as she completed her master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Columbia University. It wasn’t necessarily the predictable path for someone who grew up “very, very poor” in a Manhattan housing project, raised by a single mother “who was struggling to feed us properly and make sure that we got a good education,” Burns recounts in the film.

    A few years later, her mother’s admonition to speak up brought Burns to the attention of Xerox senior executive Wayland Hicks when she challenged him over the role of women and minorities at the company. By 1990, she was Hicks’s top assistant, starting her ascent up the corporate ladder. At the age of 51, almost three decades after joining the company as an intern, she was named CEO.Both Forbes and Fortune magazine have consistently named Burns one of the most powerful women in business. But she remains down-to-earth.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/02/25/ursula-burns-makers-pbs-xerox/

    H/T Muneeza Iqbal

  • isonprize

    This case is happening today in front of the US Supreme Court. The justices will review Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which forces states with histories of voter discrimination to get the feds’ permission before they change their election laws.

    Fat Tony, Unca Ruckus anem are really fittin’ to wake a sleeping giant if they eff this up.

    Here’s Who Gets Screwed If The Supreme Court Kills The Voting Rights Act (link to Business Insider)

    • Miranda

      Seeing as we can safely count Scalia, Alito and Thomas for striking it down….our best shots are Kennedy and Roberts. Roberts might not want to be the Chief Justice whose court strikes this down. We can only pray so.

      • Town

        Clarence Thomas will race to strike down the Voting Rights Act…in fact he’ll probably write the majority decision with glee.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Strange man. That’s self hate on steroids.

          • conlakappa

            And it goes back deep. My brother-in-law knew him in college and said that when they met, Thomas was just strange and made some comment about black people/the revolutionary times they were in.

      • nellcote

        Roberts was fighting section 5 when he was but a lawyer in the Raygun admin. He has a history of being against it. I don’t know that his ego is big enough to overcome that.

        Kennedy is a fucking weasel so who knows how he’ll vote but I’m not optomistic. Still I really can’t believe that the SCOTUS will strike this down.

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

      We better brace ourselves because they expect it to be struck down 5-4.

      • conlakappa

        They expected the same of the ACA.

  • Miranda

    Republican Congressman Faces Tea Party Wrath for Flying Air Force One

    Scott Rigell’s desire to compromise on sequester makes him an outlier within the GOP.
    In just over two years in Congress, Republican Scott Rigell of Virginia has piqued conservatives by voting to raise the debt ceiling, disavowing an anti-tax pledge, and partnering with Democrats on gun control legislation. He was one of only two Republicans last year to oppose holding Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt.

    But the proverbial straw broke the tea party’s back on Wednesday, when Rigell joined President Obama at a major shipbuilder near his southeastern Virginia district that would be hurt by sweeping military cuts if Congress doesn’t reach a budget deal. President Obama, who called for reducing the deficit in part by raising taxes, thanked Rigell and Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott, whose district includes Newport News Shipbuilding, as “two outstanding congressmen who care about this facility, care about Virginia and care about this country.”

    Rigell did not appear on stage with the president, but to some conservative activists, his attendance amounted to a betrayal.

    more here: http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/republican-congressman-faces-tea-party-wrath-for-flying-air-force-one-20130227

    • Town

      I think Scott Rigell is a car dealer? Military people buy lots of cars. Sequestration cuts military people and/or their pay. Loss pay means nobody buys Scott Rigell’s cars. Nobody buying Scott Rigell’s cars means Scott Rigell goes out of business. Of course Scott Rigell is trying to stop the sequestration because he’s trying to stay in business. Those tea party assholes in other states are not coming to Scott Rigell’s dealership in VA to buy their next car, are they?

      • MonieTalks

        Back in 2010, Rigell was called out for railing against the stimulus and PBO but cashing out on that Cash for Clunkers dough. He ain’t nuthin but a paper thin Republican…from day one. Been talking shit, but secretly doing otherwise.

        From 2010:

        Rigell has said all along that he didn’t agree with the program, but couldn’t turn down the money because he would have hurt his loyal customers and also hurt the dealerships 240-odd employees.

        But in the WAVY clip, Rigell said he benefited from Cash for Clunkers “in the sense of just basically trying to survive.” So in that vain isn’t he suggesting that the federal stimulus actually served it’s purpose, helping business owners weather the awful economy without laying folks off and making things worse.

        http://hrblogs.typepad.com/the_shad_plank/2010/10/rigell-says-cash-for-clunkers-helped-his-dealership-survive.html

      • TyrenM

        Rigell to TP: Get yo hands out my pocket…

    • Daltex82

      Who didn’t see this coming!

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    I thought it was going to be a slow day today, but alas, it won’t be. Will have to leave in a bit.

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

    Marissa Mayer takes heat for decision to forbid Yahoo! employees to work from home while the CEO uses private office nursery for her newborn son

    By David Knowles / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 5:36 PM

    The brain trust at Yahoo has certainly touched a nerve.

    Marissa Mayer’s decision to demand that Yahoo employees show up for work in person each day, rather than punch a virtual clock via telecommuting, has set off a fierce debate about the value of maintaining a remote workforce and has some of the company’s remote employees crying foul.

    In particular, they point out that Mayer herself worked from home in October, shortly after giving birth to her first child, and also note that the CEO has also built a nursery next to her own office so as to be close to her son.

    “I wonder what would happen if my wife brought our kids and nanny to work and set em up in the cube next door?’ the husband of a Yahoo employee told All Things D’s Kara Swisher.

    While Mayer, who has an estimated net worth about $300 million, paid for the nursery out of her own deep pockets, some at Yahoo still think that the ban on working from home misses a larger point.

    “When a working mother is standing behind this, you know we are a long way from a culture that will honor the thankless sacrifices that women too often make,” an internal source at Yahoo told Swisher in an e-mail.

    MORE: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/poll-yahoo-ban-home-workers-article-1.1274116#ixzz2M6w5cdlS

    • Miranda

      She truly didn’t see the hypocrisy in that did she?

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Rich bitches never do.

        • isonprize

          Rich bitches with the complexion for the protection never do.

          There, fixed it for ya.

          Though I would argue that she does see it, she just doesn’t care.

          In her mind, she’s better than the poor stiffs who aren’t her.

    • TyrenM

      I run this bitch. Now, back to work…

  • Miranda

    GOP Divisions Throw Wrench In Sequester Alternatives

    It’s well known that Republicans are divided over whether they should drag out a sequestration fight with President Obama, or meet him part way by agreeing to new tax revenues.

    But the divisions actually run deeper than that.

    The Senate was scheduled to vote Thursday on two sequestration alternatives — one authored by Democrats and the other authored by Republicans. The Democratic bill would replace sequestration with a mix of higher taxes on wealthy Americans and cuts to defense and agriculture spending. The GOP plan with the most support behind it is a plan that would provide the Obama administration some flexibility to apply sequestration in a less indiscriminate manner.

    more here:
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/sequestration-republicans-mcconnell.php

  • Miranda

    Rep. Ellison Calls Hannity ‘The Worst Excuse For A Journalist I’ve Ever Seen’ (VIDEO)

    • Daltex82

      Way to go Rep. Ellison! He was not having any of Klannity’s bull and true to form when a rethuglican can’t stand the heat they end the discussion.

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

      Rep. Ellison brought his skrong hand to Fox News! You know he was winning because KKKlannity called him “angry”, which is the typical last resort defense of CACs.

      You go Rep. Ellison!

      http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q615/sepiaobot/hell_yes2_zps22449cac.gif

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Hannity and about 75 to 248 others.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ – -PBOMB/POU FAM♥ – –***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – - –REAL FAST: – - –BIG WATCH 2-DAY: – - -

    – - – - –Will the Voting Rights Act survive the Supreme Court? – - -

    – —For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has served as one of the government’s most effective tools for rooting out discrimination against minority voters. Today, the Supreme Court will consider whether the law’s methods are still constitutional.

    –The court today will hear arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, which calls into question one of the law’s key provision: Section 5. That section of the Voting Rights Act requires states with a history of racial discrimination to have any changes to their voting laws pre-approved by the Justice Department’s civil rights division or the D.C. federal court.

    Voting Rights Act Section 5 not the only tool to protect rights, Obama says
    Proposed changes to Voting Rights Act stir controversy in Alabama

    There’s no question voting rights have improved dramatically since the law was passed — gone are the days of literacy tests and poll taxes, designed to keep minority voters from the polls. Given the significant improvements, Alabama’s Shelby County argues that the Section 5 “pre-clearance” requirement “exacts a heavy, unprecedented” cost on the rights that states and local jurisdictions have to craft their own laws. Nine states are required to get pre-clearance under Section 5, as are certain jurisdictions in seven other states.
    - – - – -SNIP- – —-
    Since then, however, the landscape of voting laws nationwide has changed dramatically. Defenders of Section 5 argue the dozens of controversial measures, such as voter ID laws, passed in states across the country prove Section 5′s continued relevancy. Furthermore, its proponents argue, striking down Section 5 would violate the deference the court should show to the legislative branch — Congress renewed the Voting Rights Act in 2006, with overwhelming support from both parties, for another 25 years.

    THERE IS MORE. – - -
    WATCHIN’ – — –

  • crazycanuck

    Wow! The Evolution of Mom Dancing hit
    10,932,692 views.

    Good Morning POU

    • goldenstar

      It’s a new cultural benchmark on many levels: The first ever First Lady of the United States who knows how to move and is comfortable executing those moves and a guy who actually looks like a mom.

      • isonprize

        …and a guy who actually looks like a mom.

        Okay, how many folks had to blink twice to REALLY see that the other “mom” was actually Jimmy Fallon? Seriously.

        Like I said, he looked way too good as a mom.

  • Miranda

    Interesting….these attorneys about to find out you really shouldn’t take every case.

    Attorneys for man behind e-mails to legislator call them free speech

    Attorneys for a man arrested for sending harassing e-mails to Rep. Rhonda Fields accused her on Tuesday of “trampling” on his free-speech rights to further her political agenda.

    Franklin Glenn Sain, 42, of Colorado Springs, remained free on bond facing charges of harassment and attempting to influence a public official, a felony. Denver police say he sent Fields, D-Aurora, at least six e-mails and also left her voicemails between Feb. 13 and Feb. 15. He was arrested Friday.

    “We are deeply concerned about the government’s retaliation against Mr. Sain for his protected First Amendment political speech,” defense attorneys Siddhartha Rathod and Qusair Mohamedbhai wrote in a statement. “We appreciate Representative Rhonda Fields’s service to our community; however, we remind you that Mr. Sain valiantly served his country as a decorated Iraqi war veteran. Representative Fields appears to be furthering her political agenda by trampling on Mr. Sain’s constitutionally protected free speech in order to infringe on all Coloradans’ Second Amendment rights.”

    Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22672820/firm-suspends-man-accused-harassing-rhonda-fields#ixzz2M765escy

  • Miranda

    Impact of budget cuts depends on where you live and who you are

    In Killeen, Tex., where the country’s largest Army post drives the local economy, automatic federal budget cuts would furlough about 6,000 of Fort Hood’s civil service workers for one day each week. Mayor Dan Corbin predicted home sales and construction would grind to a halt; restaurant and shop owners, he said, are “worried sick.”

    Of those who think the reductions wouldn’t have a painful impact, the Republican said: “I don’t know what planet these people are living on.”

    more here
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/impact-of-budget-cuts-depends-on-where-you-live/2013/02/26/f117a3c4-802f-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html?hpid=z1

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Yeah it will be tough but as the example above illustrates Red America is really going to feel it. If that happens then Democrats could literally rewrite the political map.

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

    Erick Erickson Bids Goodbye To CNN By Revealing Insider Tales Of His Tenure
    by Noah Rothman | 3:35 pm, January 29th, 2013

    …One disturbing story comes from the Republican presidential primaries in 2012 when CNN sent Erickson and Roland Martin on the road:

    I learned that I will never be competitive with Roland Martin on the fashion front, but he makes an excellent road trip companion through South Carolina. One of the most formative moments of my career at CNN was standing outside a hotel with Roland Martin and tourists began handing him luggage and keys as if he worked at the hotel — only because he was in a suit. His courteousness to the people when he did not have to be courteous and the fact that in the 21st century that’d happen at all really struck me profoundly.

    MORE: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/erick-erickson-bids-goodbye-to-cnn-by-revealing-insider-tales-of-his-tenure/

    ———————————————————————————–

    Interesting how Erickson doesn’t realize there’s no difference between him and those racist tourists.

    • Town

      What’s even sadder is Roland Martin doesn’t realize there’s no difference how the tourists treated Roland and how the press treats Obama.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I don’t know if he will ever figure that out but sometimes when White People see it happen point blank to a Person Of Color they know it can have a jarring effect on them.

    • isonprize

      I usually ignore the comment section, but some of these are gems…

      EdinNJ

      So the moron who called a retiring Supreme Court Justice a child molester and a goat fu cker is bemoaning the lost art of bipartisan conversation? Okay.

      Funny how these guys can’t hack it in mainstream media because they are propagandists. But there is always a place at Fox for them to spew their bile.

      deanhighlife EdinNJ

      If you were not so blinded with your own beliefs then you would realize that you are taking both statements completely out of proportion. (And before he started on CNN)

      Esteban Rey deanhighlife • a month ago

      Oh well that’s important. He said crazy sh!t BEFORE he started on CNN. Derp!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB/POU FAM♥ – - — OF COURSE – –gotta GIVE PROPS 2 THIS SERIES!! :) – - – -SOOO FULL of the KNOWLEDGE annnd INSPIRATION. :>) – -
    – - – - -☺ALL KINDS of FIRSTS – - -
    —-☻ his Collection of New Cotillions in 1817. This was the first instance of a black band leader having his musical compositions published.

    – - -☻ Johnson was also the first African American bandleader to conduct public concerts and in 1837 he led the first American ensemble to perform before Queen Victoria in England. – —

    – -☺GR8 PARTICIPATION – in “DA STRUGGLE” [from the PULPIT]
    —- – - -☻-[Theodore Wright]-he became the first African American graduate from an American Theological seminary.
    – - – - – ☻He is best known for his works as an abolitionist and devotee of black civil rights. –SNIP - his New York home was a station on the Underground Railroad.

    – ———+Frank [FRANCIS] Johnson’s “Philadelphia Firemen’s Cotillion- -ENJOY! :>)

    — -ENJOY YOUR TREAT♥ – –[Brrr] –B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) – -

    – — -PBOMB: – - -THANK U 4 THIS SERIES. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – - – -SOD CHUCK HAGEL ADDRESSING STAFF. – -[cnn]

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – -A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT –2-DAY

    – - -C. Vivian Stringer wins 900th as Rutgers tops South Florida – -

    – - — –C. Vivian Stringer fought back tears as her Rutgers women’s basketball players celebrated their coach’s entrance to the exclusive 900 win club, then let out a sigh of relief.

    As it turned out, the fifth time was the charm for Stringer, who became the fourth women’s college basketball coach to reach 900 wins as Rutgers cruised past South Florida 68-56 on Tuesday night.

    Stringer, a Hall of Famer in her 42nd season as head coach, reached the milestone thanks to Erica Wheeler, who scored 24 points to help the Scarlet Knights (15-12, 6-8 Big East) snap a four-game losing streak.

    “I think it’s beyond words,” said Stringer, whose record stands at 900-330. “I’m happy that it’s over. I can hardly breathe. It’s over and now I can just coach and smile, and get back to what I love to do because it’s never been about numbers.

    “If it’s something special for all the generations of players and coaches that I’ve been a part of, then, yeah, I’m happy. But I’m looking forward to more.”

    Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell, who reached the mark on Feb. 7. Only three Division I men’s coaches have reached 900 victories — Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight and Jim Boeheim. – -

    CONGRATULATIONS!! – - -PROUD of U :>) – -

    • Worldwatcher7

      Go Coach Stringer! An amazing accomplishment.

    • TyrenM

      Go Coach Viv!
      Now, Don Imus and DL: nappy-headed deez.

  • creolechild

    Homeland Security Releases Thousands Of Detained Immigrants Due To Republican Obstructionism

    [....] In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released a wave of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country in an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said. The releases, which have taken place over the past few days, were approved “in order to make the best use of our limited detention resources in the current fiscal climate and to manage our detention population under current congressionally mandated levels.”[....]

    The budget cuts, also called the sequester, are scheduled to take effect Friday.
    One of the mainstays of Republican rhetoric is the “dire threat” illegal immigrants pose to every god-loving man, woman and child. So, it’s interesting that not only has the actions of the GOP directly led to the release of these “dangerous” people back on to the streets, it may lead to this becoming the norm.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/02/26/homeland-security-releases-thousands-of-detained-immigrants-due-to-republican-obstructionism/

    H/T Justin “Filthy Liberal Scum” Rosario

    • nellcote

      It’s certainly dramatic but maybe it will make the goopers pay attention.

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

    The Live Stream of President Obama Speaks at the Unveiling of a Statue of Rosa Parks is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – -MEDIA ALERT:- — -WATCH LIVE: Obama attends unveiling of Rosa Parks statue at Capitol

    - —– -President Obama will deliver remarks on Wednesday at the unveiling of a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks at the Capitol Building at 11:00 a.m. ET.

    The ceremony will mark the first occasion an African-American woman is memorialized with a statue at the Capitol.

 Obama was asked to attend the ceremony in a joint invitation from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

    “As we prepare to pay tribute to Mrs. Parks on behalf of the American people, we sincerely hope you and the first lady will consider joining us,” the letter read. “Your participation in this event would greatly add to its historic and cultural importance.”

    Unlike the majority of the statues donated by individual states, the Parks statue was unanimously authorized by Congress. — -

    - – –Lookin’ FORWARD – - – -> – —:>) – -
    – - – - – —CONGRATULATIONS —MRS. ROSA PARKS♥

  • creolechild

    Investors Demand Climate-Risk Disclosure in 2013 Proxies

    Shareholders are filing resolutions asking companies to disclose physical risks posed by climate change for the first time this proxy season, according to representatives of sustainable investor groups. Shareholders also are continuing to file an increasing number of sustainability related resolutions asking companies to set greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, publish sustainability reports, pursue energy efficiency, and disclose information about hydraulic fracturing operations.

    Although shareholder resolutions on sustainability rarely receive a majority vote, they can still prompt companies to take action to avoid risk to their reputation or address investor concerns [....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-25/investors-demand-climate-risk-disclosure-in-2013-proxies.html

    H/T Avery Fellow

  • creolechild

    This billboard sucks water out of the air and delivers it to families below

    In Peru, it hardly ever rains and most water sources are polluted, but the humid air is full of water vapor. So the University of Engineering and Technology has rigged up a billboard to suck drinking water out of thin air. Taking advantage of capital city Lima’s high humidity levels, engineers have created a system to gather the water through reverse osmosis, purify it, and send it down, clean, to families below.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/this-billboard-sucks-water-out-of-the-air-and-delivers-it-to-families-below/

    H/T Sarah Laskow

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — – -LOL – —NOT IMPRESSED!– -

    —-Right-Wing Poutrage – -

    – —– -The Republicans crack me up when they complain about the president being political and “campaigning” against them. Here they are, taking a meat-axe to the federal budget, offering to give the president more “flexibility” to wield the axe (so they can blame him for the resulting outrage), and when the administration delays the deployment of an air craft carrier or decides to release a bunch of undocumented workers from detention, they are outraged.“Couldn’t he find the money elsewhere,” they shriek.

    Yeah, he could have, but he didn’t because you are acting like assholes. And, in any case, supervised release is more cost-effective than holding people in prison where you have to guard and feed them.
    THERE IS MORE. – –LOL

  • Miranda

    Completely sickening – these are just demons

    White teens have three-way sex on top of dead bodies of two black men from Illinois

    The first-degree murders were allegedly committed by Adam M. Landerman, 19, who is the son of Joliet Police Sgt. Julie Landerman; Bethany L. McKee, 18; Joshua F. Miner, 24; and Alisa R. Massaro, 18, who lived in the home where the murders took place in Joliet, Ill., a town 40 miles southwest of Chicago.

    McKee promised the victims sexual favors and video games. The perpetrators believed the victims were drug dealers and carried a lot of cash.

    Massaro allegedly has a necrophilia fetish and engaged in sex with Miner and Adam Landerman, atop the lifeless bodies of Rankins and Glover. Miner told authorities that his longtime girlfriend, Massaro, fantasized about having sex with a corpse and he hoped to fulfill her fantasy. He tied the young black men up in beige sheets so they could lie on top of them, according to court documents reviewed by the Patch.com.

    “This is one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things I’ve ever seen in my 27 years of law enforcement,” Police Chief Mike Trafton said after the slayings in January. “Not only the crime scene, but the disregard for common decency toward human beings.”
    http://rollingout.com/entertainment/white-teens-have-three-way-sex-on-top-of-dead-corpses-of-two-black-men-from-illinois/2/

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      What in the fuck. Damn, White people…….damn. I don’t know if I should be enraged or just…….damn.

    • MsKitty

      I hate people. That is all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda – — -***BIG HUG*** :>) – - -

      —***eyes closed tightly*** —-Eeeeeeeewwwwww!—**shudder*** —

      —***throw up*** – —I jus’ cain’t!! –

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

      WTF??? That’s sick!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - – —-YOUNG – - -GIFTED –annnd – -BLACK–:>)–

    – –Long Island Teen’s Research Breakthrough [The findings from Trinity Russell's fruit fly study have real implications for the science community. ] – -

    – — – – Trinity Russell
    Seeking answers through science

    Age: 17
    School: Commack High School
    Hometown: East Northport, N.Y.
    Gender: Female
    Category: Science and Technology

    After seeing fruit flies kept in small containers at a research lab during a school trip, Trinity decided to compare fruit flies that were reared in laboratories with thousands of flies caught from the outdoors. In her yearlong research, she found that the laboratory-reared flies were unable to withstand starvation, struggled to gain altitude and were attracted to the dark — unlike the ones collected from the outdoors. “I concluded that scientists’ experiments may be compromised because they are using domesticated, or laboratory-reared, flies,” she said. “Since fruit flies are remarkably similar to humans and contain approximately 70 percent of all human disease genes, the implications of the research were monumental.”

    Her research eventually won her third place in her division at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, — and she was published last year in the Journal of Experimental Secondary Science. She wants to continue studying fruit flies and hopes to become a doctor and researcher.

    — – -CONGRATULATIONS! :>) PROUD of U♥

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    I read somewhere that Frank Johnson and not John Philip Souza was the real march king.

  • Miranda

    Samuel L. Jackson ‏@SamuelLJackson
    Just because Charlize lets them fuck up her name, Quvenzhane’ is a brat cause she won’t?! WTF?! FUCK da Onion!!!

    • isonprize

      Samuel L. got issues, but he’s right on point here…

  • goldenstar

    Sometimes Harry Reid cracks me up. He’s talking about Django Unchained and Lincoln as reference points to slavery in his remarks at the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue . Who knew?

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –SCOTUS UPDATE: – - – -HEARING CONCLUDED.-[11:42 EST] -

  • Rhoda

    Courtland. Milloy of the Washington Post has a column accusing Michelle of “unbecoming frivolity” and not being a role model to young girls.

    I swear to God, I am sick and tired of the bullshit directed at our women: frim Academy award nominees to first ladies. And beyond the beyond when it comes from within.

    The last five years have exposed so many; we could shave a full point of UE by having a full time drop squad. The work would not end for those so employed.

    • MsKitty

      If ol’ Courtland wants to see what unbecoming behavior for a lady is like, I’ll kindly volunteer to kick him in the balls if I ever see him on the street.

    • Miranda

      He’s @ctmilloy on twitter.

      That column was designed to attract the right wing nuts so he could get a whole lotta comments. He is truly pathetic.

    • Town

      So in other words, he wants her to morph into Angela Davis Jr. to prove how unfrivolous she is?

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

      full time drop squad

      Where is THAT job application? LOLOLOLOL

    • nellcote

      They want her to be more political so they can beat her up for being political. Couldn’t be more transparent.

      What they don’t seem to understand is her work in health, nutrition and w/Vets is politics by other means.

    • Admiral_Komack

      This is what I find so interesting about the Obama Presidency.
      The racism, classism, sexism, the entitlement that some feel.
      The Obama Presidency threatens all that.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — – - -I Guess – - —

    - —–Jesse Jackson Jr. Penning Book to ‘Clear Up His Legacy’- –

    - —— Disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who pleaded guilty last week to misusing $750,000-plus in campaign money, is writing a memoir in an effort to “clear up his legacy,” two sources familiar with the project told the Chicago Tribune.

    Jackson, 47, will be sentenced June 28 after a seven-year spree in which he used the illicit money for a Rolex watch, celebrity memorabilia, furs, a cruise and two stuffed elk heads, among other purchases.

    Jackson, who has bipolar disorder, took a medical leave of absence from Congress in June and resigned in November.

    One of the Tribune’s sources, who has seen drafts of portions of the memoir, said Jackson was trying to “clear up his legacy.”

    “He has nothing else to do right now,” the source said. “He’s desperately trying to change the narrative of his life story.”
    THERE IS MORE. – — — -Still prayin’ 4 him./FAMILY [Esp. -CHILDREN]

    • Town

      Your legacy is you misused campaign funds to buy Rolexes and Michael Jackson hats, and now you’re going to jail for it.

      Next.

      • isonprize

        ’bout sums it up, don’t it?

    • Admiral_Komack

      Dear Mr. Jackson:

      Don’t waste the paper or the electrical energy (computer) to write a book.

      You pled “GUILTY”.

      Please do your time.

  • Miranda

    Aaaaaand we’re off!

    Scalia: Voting Rights Act Is ‘Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement’
    By Nicole Flatow and Ian Millhiser on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

    WASHINGTON, DC — There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyer’s lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of the Supreme Court bar, when Justice Antonin Scalia offered his assessment of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. He called it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

    The comment came as part of a larger riff on a comment Scalia made the last time the landmark voting law was before the justices. Noting the fact that the Voting Rights Act reauthorization passed 98-0 when it was before the Senate in 2006, Scalia claimed four years ago that this unopposed vote actually undermines the law: “The Israeli supreme court, the Sanhedrin, used to have a rule that if the death penalty was pronounced unanimously, it was invalid, because there must be something wrong there.”

    more here
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/27/1646891/scalia-voting-rights-act-is-perpetuation-of-racial-entitlement/?mobile=nc

    • aleth

      we know its a 4-4 tie so its whether kennedy goes the other way, so far looks like they are itching for jim crow II

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

      So, basically he called us a bunch of uppity niggers.

      BTW, I wish this was a live video/audio feed of this for everyone to see/hear.

      • isonprize

        You know, Sonia wears the big earrings.

        She was snatchin’ em off when she asked that question.

    • isonprize

      Fat Tony…. And Unca Clarence stayed silent, I’m sure…

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – —LATEST on –OUR BELOVED —Miss QUVENZHANE♥ —

    —— -Quvenzhane Wallis: ‘Chelsea Lately’ Appearance – Watch Now! –:>) —

    - —– –Quvenzhane Wallis shows some heart during her appearance on Chelsea Lately on Tuesday night (February 26) in Los Angeles.

    The nine-year-old Oscar-nominated actress opened up about her Beasts of the Southern Wild wardrobe and and her upcoming role in the film remake of the hit musical Annie.

    —–PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Quvenzhane Wallis — —

    The day before, Quvenzhane visited the set of the show Jessie where she got to meet one of her idols Debby Ryan. Check out this exclusive photo from her visit!

    Watch Quvenzhane‘s funny interview on Chelsea Lately below!
    - See more at: http://www.justjaredjr.com/2013/02/27/quvenzhane-wallis-chelsea-lately-appearance-watch-now/#sthash.1sFFYjcs.dpuf

    – - – -Soooooo —PROUD of U♥ :>) – –

  • crazycanuck

    This is a good idea

    adept2u ‏@adept2u

    Black folks we need to discuss General Strike #votingrights

  • Miranda

    Roberts: Are Citzens In The South More Racist Than Citizens Not In The South?

    The Voting Rights Act took a beating from conservative justices Wednesday during oral arguments at the Supreme Court.

    At issue is the constitutionality of Section 5 of the 1965 law, which requires state and local governments with a history of voter disenfranchisement to pre-approve any changes that affect voting with the Justice Department or a federal court.

    Oral arguments showed a sharp divide along ideological lines and suggested that the conservative majority is strongly inclined to overturn Section 5 of the half-century-old law.
    A question posed by Chief Justice John Roberts to the Obama administration’s lawyer defending the Voting Rights Act captured the tenor of the proceedings.
    “Is it the government’s submission that citizens in the South are more racist than citizens not in the South?” Roberts asked.

    more here
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/roberts-are-citzens-in-the-south-more-racist-than-citizens-not-in-the-south.php

    • isonprize

      Did they forget that BROOKLYN, Kings County, New York is covered by section 5 of the Voting Rights Act?

      It ain’t just southern states y’all.

      Pennsylvania had people paying to get state IDs to vote, until that got struck down by our State Supreme Court.

      • nellcote

        Alaska’s covered too. Couldn’t be less south!

  • Miranda

    Sahil Kapur ‏@sahilkapur
    Clarence Thomas looked pretty bored during the VRA argument, several times leaning in his chair and looking at the ceiling. He never spoke.

    • isonprize

      Damn, I just typed that before I scrolled down. What a waste of black.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -Proud of JAMIE FOXX — Keepin’ his WORD –2 “STEP UP” — :>)

    ——Jamie Foxx attends Trayvon Martin vigil

    ——-Actor Jamie Foxx is among those who attend a vigil on the anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.- – -

    - – - -RIHEP – -Dear TM — AMEN. – -

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

    M ‏@StylishMz
    RT @NerdyWonka: Pres. Obama touches the statue of Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol. pic.twitter.com/WFI6JOGK4i

  • GreenLadyHere

    — – - – -FROM: – - – -Nerdywonka: – - –

    - – –☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Scalia’s mantra. RT @jesseltaylor: The Voting Rights Act: the remedy to racism so successful it apparently became racist.

    - – -☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    And their true colors shone. RT @goldietaylor: In 2006, GOP voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize Voting Rights Act. Then PBO was elected…

    - —☻TheObamaDiary.com ‏@TheObamaDiary
    “Rosa sat so Martin could walk, Martin walked so Barack could run, Barack ran so our children can fly” pic.twitter.com/Q0yG68b7Ys
    Retweeted by Nerdy Wonka
    View photo
    – - —-BEAUTIFUL – - -POWERFUL –PHOTO :>) – -

    - —☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Pres. Obama: “Rosa Parks single act of disobedience launched a movement…It is because of these men and women that I stand here today.”
    – —AMEN :>) – -

    — -MORE L8R. :>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —- – LOL —Im sharin’ as I tryta B in da 21st CENTURY. :>) – -

    — – — -☻— –Results for #RosaParks- –

    POWERFUL – -HISTORICAL EVENT. :>) – - -

    -CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT. – -

    - THANK U – –MRS. ROSA PARKS. :>) —

  • Miranda

    *snicker*

    Steve Schmidt: CPAC ‘Star Wars bar scene’

    On the fringe. Exclusionary. The Star Wars bar scene of the conservative movement.
    All of that and then some is how GOP strategist Steve Schmidt described the upcoming annual CPAC, which is under fire this week for not inviting possible 2016 presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

    “Look, this CPAC convention is increasingly the Star Wars bar scene of the conservative movement. I mean all that’s missing at that convention is a couple of Wookiees,” Schmidt said on MSNBC on Tuesday, referencing a popular “Star Wars” fictional species.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/schmidt-cpac-star-wars-bar-scene-88101.html#ixzz2M7jtJrdk

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — FOLLOWIN’ – - — SCOTUS – –

    - —- -Conservatives on Supreme Court cast doubt on voting law – –

    - ——WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled strong doubts about the ongoing validity of a key part of the Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965 after a century of attempts by formerly slave-holding Southern states to block blacks from voting.

    During a tense oral argument, which went beyond the scheduled one hour, the nine justices considered the claim made by officials from Shelby County, Alabama, that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was no longer needed.

    Attempts to limit Section 5 come amid what critics call concerted efforts by Republicans at the state level to suppress the vote of blacks and other Democratic-minded demographic groups.

    Earlier this month, President Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, decried barriers to voting in America and announced a nonpartisan commission to address voting issues.

    Section 5 enables Congress to exercise its authority under the Constitution’s 15th Amendment, which gave blacks the right to vote, to require some states, mainly in the South, to show that any proposed election-law change would not discriminate against minority voters.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s swing vote on racial issues, at one point during the argument said “times change” when it comes to weighing whether the nine states in question should be treated differently from other states.

    This appeared to be a view shared by other justices on the conservative wing of the court, including Chief Justice John Roberts.
    – —WATCHIN’. . . . .

  • Miranda

    Sonia from the Bronx ain’t playin

    Ethan Klapper ‏@ethanklapper
    Wow, Sotomayor smacked down the VRA case petitioners: “Some parts of the South have changed. Your county pretty much hasn’t.”

    • goldenstar

      WOW. She is as honest as they come.

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

      I wish there was video!

    • isonprize

      Sonya, Sonya, Sonya, Sonya!!1

      LOVE HER!!!

    • BoomerGal

      And knowing this, they voted 5-4 to dismantle the parts of the VRA that protected minority districts (Sotomayor was not among the 5, of course) from redistricting to the advantage of another party. Namely the Republican party.

    • rikyrah

      SNAP

  • creolechild

    WUH?!!

    Judge discards video evidence of Philadelphia cop sucker punching Puerto Rican woman

    A Philadelphia judge ruled Tuesday that a police officer who was caught on camera last September sucker punching a woman in the face is not guilty of assault.[....] Josey testified that he did not intend to punch the woman in the mouth, but instead intended to slap a beer bottle from her hand after officers complained that partiers at the annual Puerto Rican day were throwing bottles and other objects at police. The officer was later fired and the mayor apologized to Guzman.

    Appearing on CBS Philly Wednesday morning, Attorney Enrique Latoison pledged that his client’s fight for justice will go on. “It’s obvious from looking at the video that this was an intentional act,” he said. “The officer took three steps towards my client and then slugged her in the face.” Latoison added that after Guzman went down, the officer put an elbow in her back and cuffed her so tightly that her wrists bruised. “If you… accidentally hit someone and you were repentant and dropped to your knees, you are immediately going to act in a way to show that you’re sorry, to show that you’re remorseful, to show that it’s an accident.” The attorney said he’s already contacted the Department of Justice and may file civil rights charges against the former officer.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/27/judge-discards-video-evidence-of-philadelphia-cop-sucker-punching-puerto-rican-woman/

    H/T Stephen C. Webster

    • isonprize

      Yeah, so proud of my town. NOT!!

      He punched in the face like he was punching a grown man. Seriously.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -HAH! – - – -CALLED da RACIST —OUT!! – - –

    - — -Police Chief Embarrasses Lindsey Graham At Gun Hearing- – -
    — -bThe police chief of Milwaukee called out Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — an opponent of gun safety regulation — for echoing National Rifle Association talking points about the uselessness of expanding background checks for all gun purchases. The organization argues that the government should enforce existing laws instead. —

    During a heated exchange at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) proposed assault weapons ban on Wednesday, Edward Flynn pointedly interrupted Graham’s claims that the federal government is failing to deter individuals from misrepresenting themselves in the background check process by failing to prosecute people who were rejected from purchasing a weapon as a result of their false claims.

    Flynn argued that rather than embark on a “paper chase,” law enforcement officials are focused on preventing people from purchasing guns illegally, eliciting loud applause from the audience:

    – - -Woo! Hoo! :>) -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —-ANNOUNCIN’ A PASSING – -SAD NEWD — -

    Famed Pianist Van Cliburn Dead at 78 – -

    - —– The renowned American classical pianist Van Cliburn has died at age 78. His publicist and longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone said that Cliburn died this morning after a battle with bone cancer. She’d announced in late August that Cliburn had been diagnosed with advanced… More » – See more at: http://www.newser.com/story/163574/famed-pianist-van-cliburn-dead-at-78.html#sthash.1CDS7W1e.dpuf

    – - – -RIHEP – - -THANK U 4 YOUR MUSIC. — AMEN. – - -

    – - -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY.FRIENDS/FANS — -***raises hand*** —

    • rikyrah

      RIP, Mr. CLIBURN

  • nellcote

    so is Alaska

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!