July 30, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Radio Jockeys

Petey_Greene

Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene, Jr. (January 23, 1931 – January 10, 1984) was an African-American television and radio talk-show host. A two-time Emmy Award-winner, Greene overcame drug addiction and a prison sentence for armed robbery to become one of the most prominent media personalities in Washington, DC. On his shows, Greene often discussed issues such as racism, poverty, drug usage, and current events among others.

Born  in Washington D.C., the son of Ralph Waldo Greene Sr and Jacqueline Abernathy Greene. Greene was raised by his maternal grandmother who he referred to A’nt Pig .

Greene attended Stevens Elementary School and Cardozo Senior High School in Washington. He dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and enlisted in the United States Army at age 16 in 1947. He served in the Korean War as a medic and was honorably discharged from service in 1953.

In January 1960, Greene was convicted of armed robbery at a grocery store in Washington and sentenced to ten years imprisonment at Lorton Reformatory in Fairfax County, Virginia. There he became the prison disc jockey which made him popular and well liked by fellow prisoners. His loquaciousness soon proved beneficial in other ways. In May 1966, Greene persuaded a fellow inmate to climb to the top of the prison water tower and threaten suicide, so that Greene would be able to “save his life” by talking him down. “It took me six months to get him to go up there”, he later recalled on his talk show. This act, combined with his generally good behavior, earned him a reduction in his prison sentence and parole the following week.

In the summer of 1966, Greene was hired by Dewey Hughes to work as a disc jockey at AM radio station WOL-1450 and to host his own show. Rapping With Petey Greene aired in theWashington Metropolitan Area throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. His prominence grew, and soon he was hosting his own television show, Petey Greene’s Washington, with a six-year run from 1976 to 1982 on WDCA-20. This show won two Emmy Awards. On March 8, 1978, he was invited as a guest to the White House by United States President Jimmy Carter to honour visiting Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito. He famously quipped to the Washington Post that he “stole a spoon” during the evening gala.

In 1981, Greene had radio personality Howard Stern on his show for what was one of Stern’s first television appearances. Stern appeared on the show in blackface, which Greene found funny. The audio of this interview eventually was played as part of the 2007 Sirius satellite radio documentary The History of Howard Stern, in which Stern called Greene “way ahead of his time”. The two shared a mutual admiration, as they both dealt with such controversial subjects as race and politics, with Stern since recognizing him as an influence. Stern later called Greene a “broadcasting genius” in his 1993 book Private Parts.

Aside from being a radio personality and talk show host, Greene was also a community activist, joining the United Planning Organization and founding the Ralph Waldo Greene Community Centre and Efforts for Ex-Convicts. This organization remains devoted to helping former prisoners succeed in legitimate ways and to advocate prison reform. He rallied against poverty and racism on his shows and on the streets, participating in demonstrations during the height of his popularity. Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968, and during the subsequent riots that erupted throughout the USA, Greene made statements on air that were credited with quelling the riots in Washington, D.C.

Greene was diagnosed with liver cancer in 1982. As a result of his ailing health, his career as a radio and television personality ended. Greene died on January 10, 1984, thirteen days before his 53rd birthday. He was survived by his wife, Judy C. Greene, and their four children: Ralph Waldo III, Petra, Renee, and Melanie. Approximately 10,000 mourners lined up outside Union Wesley AME Zion Church to pay their last respects.

Greene’s autobiography, Laugh If You Like, Ain’t a Damn Thing Funny, was published in 2003. The book is a result of conversations recorded between him and author Lurma Rackley.

Greene was portrayed by Don Cheadle in the 2007 film Talk To Me, which is based on his life and career. Greene was also profiled in a 2009 episode of the PBS series Independent Lens entitled “Adjust Your Colour: The Truth of Petey Greene”.

  • Miranda

    Bad Obamacare…bad

    Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%
    Published: July 16, 2013

    Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under thefederal health care law take effect, state officials are to announce on Wednesday.

    State insurance regulators say they have approved rates for 2014 that are at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York. Beginning in October, individuals in New York City who now pay $1,000 a month or more for coverage will be able to shop for health insurance for as little as $308 monthly. With federal subsidies, the cost will be even lower.more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/health/health-plan-cost-for-new-yorkers-set-to-fall-50.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

    • crazycanuck

      There is something really sick and evil, when you want to deprive health care to people.

      • rigoletta

        I know it is evil. Too bad the media won’t call this what it is.
        The GOP is trying to kill people on way or the other. Crazy gun laws or no healthcare.

    • rikyrah

      I believe if CA, NY and the rest of the East, from Maine to Virginia get it right, it will lead the country.

      • isonprize

        If we can rid of “one term Tom” Gov. Corbett in Pennsylvania, yeah, I agree with you…

      • TyrenM

        Agreed. I think MN and IL can lead from the mid west.

  • crazycanuck

    Morning everyone. A little Cat Stevens to start the day with Morning has broken.

    • rikyrah

      Morning, cc.

  • Miranda

    So now its “uhhh we don’t know her! who she be?”….all of you voted to acquit so STFU

    George Zimmerman Jurors Say B37 Spoke for Herself in Interview
    By DEAN SCHABNER
    July 16, 2013

    Four members of the six-woman jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin said today they do not share the opinions that a fifth juror in the case expressed in a TV interview.

    A juror identified only by her anonymous court ID of B37 and her face and body hidden in deep shadow said Monday on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show, “AC360,” that she believes Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” when he became suspicious of Martin and that the teenager probably threw the first punch.

    Four other jurors, identified only by their court numbers — B-51, B-76, E-6, and E-40 — tonight released a statement through the Florida Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court, distancing themselves from B37′s remarks.

    “We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case. But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives,” they said. “We also wish to point out that the opinions of Juror B-37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.”more here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-jurors-b37-spoke-interview/story?id=19684121#.UeZ5ZNL2bcg

    • JojoRaze

      They really thought they were just going to be able to slip into obscurity and not take responsibility for their vote…I don’t think so, especially since one of them decided to talk. The Casey Anthony jurors shut up and went into obscurity because they didn’t talk. This iddy decided to make money off a dead child and got smacked down.

      • crazycanuck

        It’s almost like they are,… I don’t know, ashamed. I wonder why?

        • Admiral_Komack

          …because they’ve been exposed.

        • AxelFoley

          Them: “Juror B37 doesn’t speak for us.”

          Me: “Then why’d you vote with her?”

      • rigoletta

        B37 screwed everything up for them. Without that interview people would have to draw their own conclusions about their process.

        With that fool going on TV and showing how stupid she is she’s shown that every last one of them isn’t worth a damn.

        B37 is an example of the thinking that prevailed in that jury room. The verdict was bad enough but her stupidity and cravenness just makes it 1000 times worse.

        And you can’t tell me that the fact that that witch had a book deal in mind didn’t skew the discussion. She couldn’t get her right wing grift on with a guilty verdict or a hung jury so it had to be not guilt all the way.
        People are talking about the DOJ and civil rights charges.
        They need to start with that jury. They might not be able to get Zimmerman, but the cops, prosecutors and jury need to be scrutinized.

        What is the saying around here? Karma remains undefeated.

        This is the first of many losses.

      • conlakappa

        Nah, she is getting in the way of their hustle. She has already funked up the waters rather than chumming it for their media deals. So now they can only speak in opposition to her while clumsily trying a “sequest-her, we hardly knew her” defense. It’s not working. Next.

    • goldenstar

      This leaves one juror who is not playing.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Don’t matter.
        6-0.

        • goldenstar

          This juror may have real issues joining in this contention because there is more than meets the eye.

          Nothing matters when it comes to the decision. It does matter when it comes to their individual stands going in and the struggle that ensued.

          • Town

            As I shared above, when they went into deliberations, half of the jury wanted to convict Zimmerman of SOMETHING.

            B37 convinced them to acquit Zimmerman “under the law” so they acquitted him based on what they understood the law to be, most likely based on B37′s opinions.

            Now they see B37 shopping book deals 2 days later and realized they were played in the deliberation room by B37 to acquit Zimmerman. There would be no book deal if there was a Zimmerman conviction.

            And then she’s going on TV talking about how “they” live and Rachel being “uneducated” etc. and they don’t want to be associated with that.

            There’s more to this story to be revealed.

        • Miranda

          I’m with you. “I was weak..I didn’t know”..is no excuse.

          • MsKitty

            “I was just following orders…”

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

      They need to have several seats. They let a child murderer go free, so they need to deal with the backlash.

    • rigoletta

      What a bunch of BS.

      Notice they didn’t dispute her recollection of the jury’s judgement process. B37′s opinion is their opinion because the verdict was unanimous and got that way after people changed their minds.

      It’s not everyone else’s fault that they are exposed and being able to be persuaded by a racist idiot.

    • rikyrah

      they thought that they’d just do the verdict and fade into obscurity.’
      fuck that shyt.
      we need their names, addresses

    • Town

      Why didn’t they stand up to B37 in the deliberations?

      I think these 4 didn’t understand & were browbeat into the decision by B37 but they don’t want to be associated with

      “that’s how ‘they’ live in ‘their’ communities”

      “She was just so uneducated”

      “‘George’ just went too far, it just got a little too out of hand””

      They may also be pissed that B37 is shopping a book (she is still going to publish that book) and they may be realizing they were played by B37 in the courtroom to come to a guilty verdict only to see her shopping book deals & making TV appearances 2 days later.

      Remember, half of the jury wanted to convict Zimmerman of SOMETHING.

      Remember, someone said at the time that the jury never looked/gave eye contact to Zimmerman and walked out of the courtroom after the verdict still without looking at him and it was said at the time that one of the jurors looked very upset.

      IMO this jury knows and knew that George Zimmerman was guilty of killing Trayvon Martin in cold blood but were convinced by Juror B37 they had no choice but to acquit him.

      • rikyrah

        tell it, Town.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Too fucking bad.
        My parents taught me that you are known by the company you keep.
        6-0 for acquittal, bitches!
        “Vengeance is mine; I will repay!”

      • gn

        I bet B37 claimed superior legal knowledge due to her husband lawyer. B29 (the Latina) probably was willing to move away from murder 2 but dug in her heels about manslaughter. The 5 jurors against 1 juror argument is what probably created that question (as Frank Taaffe stated because he strongly insinuated that knew what was going on in the jury room):

        @toddschnitt
        13 Jul
        Wow. #Zimmerman friend Frank Taaffe just said on @FoxNews that he has insight that jury is 5-1 in favor of acquittal. Uh, how’s that Frank?

        So now that B37 has popped up and without a shred of subtlety revealed the prejudice and misapplication of law which created the verdict, they want to scurry away.

        • Town

          Right!

          I think B29 is the only one we haven’t heard from, too.

    • AxelFoley

      The other 5 jurors: “Harpo, who dis woman?”

    • gn

      Whatever, those four are just pissed because B37 wasn’t subtle about the bias and prejudice which helped to produce that verdict. So little care about the boy murdered that she tried to cash in within days of the verdict, crying tears for herself and claiming an angst which her actions totally contradict. My guess: the bigots on the jury advocated strongly for Zimmerman meanwhile Trayvon’s potential advocate just wanted to go home and tend to her kids. In any event, strongly doubt that Trayvon could get a fair trial in Sanford (because quite frankly he was the one on trial and he was convicted).

    • isonprize

      The more I hear about this case, the more than I am convinced that the Florida State Prosecution team threw this case.

      They didn’t want to charge George Zimmerman in the first place, so they did the least amount of work possible. The culture of Sanford, Florida helped them along.

  • rigoletta

    @MattBinder : 2016 GOP Candidates: the intern who came up with Captain Sum Ting Wong, Juror B37, a broomstick with a blonde wig, Elmer Fudd

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

    I’m confused. I just read an article saying he signed with a celebrity speaking company. I also thought he didn’t want any reward money, that he wanted the victims to have it? And what happened to his job at Hodges? The owner tweeted about Mr. Ramsey when he rescued the victims, which probably helped his business. But now he no longer works there?

    Charles Ramsey Says Cleveland Kidnapping Notoriety Left Him ‘Broke’
    07/16/2013 at 02:30 PM EDT

    Charles Ramsey says that helping to rescue three women who were allegedly held captive for a decade has backfired financially.

    “I had a job, I was paying rent and I had no bills. I was trying to accumulate some [savings],” he told the Daily Mail. “Now I can’t get a job,” he says, adding he can’t hold down work due to the attention he receives.

    “I’m going to try to get a job. Just give me a job. I’ll take a picture with you, fine,” he says, adding that he’d like to work in food services, perhaps as a cook. “Just pay me, that’s all. I’m borrowing money from my relatives.”

    MORE: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20717901,00.html

    • EpiphanySweet

      Whats going on with this? I am confused too.

  • rigoletta

    @Truthbuster : Jury Selection: OMara: Have u talked about the trial w/your husband? #B37: No Sir / Just planning to co-author book about George’s innocence

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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

      Mornin’!

  • rikyrah

    Complete Eric Holder NAACP Speech After George Zimmerman Verdict

  • rikyrah

    Howard University Trayvon Martin “Am I Suspicious?” Campaign Video

  • rikyrah

    Liz Cheney launching Senate campaign in Wyoming

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:34 AM EDT

    In recent years, as Republican politics has shifted to the far right, we’ve seen plenty of primary challenges to sitting GOP officials. In every instance, they follow a fairly predictable pattern: the party base deems a lawmaker to be insufficiently conservative, they’re challenged from the right, and more often than not (Lugar, Bennett, Inglis, et al), they lose.

    However, there are no recent examples of a Republican eyeing a sitting GOP official and effectively arguing, “I have a famous last name and I want your seat, so get out of my way.”

    And yet, there’s Liz Cheney.

    Following up on Rachel’s segment from last night’s show, the far-right Fox News personality confirmed late yesterday that she will, in fact, launch a campaign against Sen. Mike Enzi (R) in Wyoming, a state Cheney moved to just last year. There’s nothing especially wrong with Enzi by Republican standards — he’s a popular incumbent and one of the Senate’s most conservative members — and yesterday, the senator sounded a disappointed note with a phrase that’s become an instant classic.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/17/19520476-liz-cheney-launching-senate-campaign-in-wyoming?lite

  • rikyrah

    San Diego mayor faces calls for resignation
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:14 AM EDT.

    After a decade on Capitol Hill as a successful Democratic congressman, Bob Filner was elected mayor of San Diego last year. It was not an easy task — San Diego very rarely elects Democratic mayors, and Filner won with only 51% of the vote.

    But just a half-year into his first term, it’s no longer clear whether the mayor will be able to remain in office much longer.

    Turning up the pressure on Mayor Bob Filner to resign, three former supporters Monday released details of his alleged sexual harassment of women, including the forcible kissing of two constituents and grabbing the buttocks and breast of a staff member.

    In a City Hall elevator, Filner told a female staffer that women employees would do better “if they worked without their panties on,” attorney Marco Gonzalez said at a news conference outside City Hall.

    Filner’s behavior toward women is so egregious that women who work for him call him a “dirty old man” and coined the phrases “the Filner headlock” and “the Filner dance” to describe how he isolates women and then makes unwanted advances, Gonzalez said.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/17/19520969-san-diego-mayor-faces-calls-for-resignation?lite

    • conlakappa

      That kind of behavior usually only gets you elected governor of California.

    • rigoletta

      Filner’s screwing this up for anyone there who isn’t a right winger.
      I used to live in SD. I know it’s changing but it is still conservative. He just needs to go.

      • jds09

        I’m in San Diego and it looks like he’s digging in. When he lost labor…yikes, it’s over. More importantly, if true the allegations are horrendous. Looks like its a good moment for Nathan Fletcher, republican turned democrat (a veteran) to seize his moment.

        • rigoletta

          You know it’s been a few years since I was in San Diego and I don’t remember Filner being nasty.

          Maybe I wasn’t paying attention or something. Dems were pretty hunkered down when I lived there.

          • jds09

            Yeah, its surprising. I would have thought he’d been doing this shit while in D.C. and it would have come out in the campaign. The good news is that dems control the City Council and OFA has a presence here.

      • TyrenM

        Pacific & Mission Beach (for about 5 minutes lol) up in here!

        • rigoletta

          Good to know. University Heights and Hillcrest for me.

    • AxelFoley

      “Filner told a female staffer that women employees would do better “if they worked without their panties on,”

      He might be on to something here.

      *runs past Go and straight into Jail*

      • jds09

        It’s all about context, right? If my boss was an Idris Elba look alike I might have considered it. LOL

        Disclaimer: I theoretically believe that even Idris would be wrong.

        • isonprize

          “theoretically” LOLOLOL

        • isonprize

          “theoretically” LOLOLOL

  • Tunisia
    • TyrenM

      I saw the sea of red and already knew before clicking…DST in the (White) House!

  • rikyrah

    Ted Nugent, Rush Limbaugh & Ann Coulter Exploited The Death Of A Child For Partisan Gain

    By: Sarah Jones
    Jul. 16th, 2013

    MSNBC’s Alex Wagner called out the Right on their ‘disgraceful’ abuse of Trayvon Martin’s murder, saying that Nugent, Limbaugh, and Coulter exploited “the death of a child for partisan gain.”

    Wagner went through the Right’s response, from Coulter tweeting, “Hallelujah” immediately after Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering an unarmed teenager, while Geraldo Rivera on Fox News suggested Trayvon Martin got what he deserved, “If you dress like a thug people are going to treat you like a thug.”

    And Rush Limbaugh said the verdict was a win for conservatives, because liberals get everything else. It’s an “interruption in a string of victory after victory”. Alex Wagner said Limbaugh was the first conservative to “put a killer’s acquittal on par with historic progress, including passage of the nation’s first healthcare law and the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality.”

    Wagner made an excellent point that Limbaugh demonstrated how to use the verdict as a button to press to create more division, “His killing and Zimmerman’s exoneration have now officially joined the conservative arsenal as weapons to be deployed, buttons to be pressed, in service of division.”

    Ted Nugent, “working from the very same playbook”, used the Zimmerman verdict to fan the flames of division and indict the President. Nugent accused the President of causing a surge of in “black racism”:

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/16/wagner-nugent-limbaugh-coulter-exploited-the-death-child-partisan-gain.html

    • AxelFoley

      May all three one day rot in hell.

      • isonprize

        Can we get “tomorrow” on the ballot?

  • rikyrah

    How Harry Reid Effectively Neutered Republicans in the Senate

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 3:33 PM

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has taken a lot of grief (including from yours truly) for not changing the Senate rules to eliminate the forced tyranny of the minority enforced by the Republicans through the use of the silent filibuster. But the old boxer from Searchlight, Nevada pulled it off this time.

    This time, he threatened the use of the “nuclear option” – using a majority to change the rules so that the filibuster couldn’t be used to block executive branch nominees. He held fast on that threat, and in the end, Republicans caved. They caved by agreeing to give the 7 hold-up positions – the heads of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and the EPA, and positions on the National Labor Relations Board, – an up-or-down vote, although President Obama will have to send in two new NLRB nominees (whom the Republicans have promised not to filibuster).

    One nominee has already cleared the filibuster hurdle: Richard Cordray, who now seems headed to a Senate confirmation to his job as the Director of the Consumer Protection Bureau.

    Although this specific agreement applies only to the seven hold-out nominations, Harry Reid and the Democrats have effectively neutered the only obstructions Senate Republicans alone are capable of.

    “They’re not sacrificing their right to filibuster and we damn sure aren’t giving up our right to change the rules if necessary,” Reid said.

    What today’s deal proves is that Republicans took Harry Reid’s threat to use the nuclear option seriously. They understood that he was not bluffing. They knew that he had the votes to pull this off. That they took the threat seriously means that the threat remains for the rest of this Congress, ready to be used if Republicans go off the reservations again. That the threat remains real and the fact that Republicans were willing to back off in the face of that threat means that that specific use of the filibuster has been canned for the rest of this Congress.

    Still, it’s only applicable to the executive branch nominees, and even then it only ensures such votes for the next year and a half. Where’s the big victory? To understand that, you have to dig a little deeper on how Washington works. A veteran of Senate rules and maneuvers, Harry Reid knew that there is no point in disturbing the rules of the Senate do anything that requires two chambers of Congress to agree. Anything the Republicans would want to block in the Senate, absent the filibuster, could be blocked in the House, which is Republican controlled. So he wasn’t going to mess with the filibuster when it comes to legislation. He didn’t need to lose political capital doing so, because it would have been ineffective at the end of the day.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/07/how-harry-reid-effectively-neutered.html

  • rikyrah

    Women Roar and Power Democrat Terry McAuliffe To A 4 Point Lead In VA Governor Race

    By: Sarah Jones
    Jul. 16th, 2013

    In the Virginia gubernatorial race, Terry McAuliffe (D) is leading Ken Cuccinelli(R) by 4, 41-37. Democrats also lead in the down ballot races according to a Public Policy Polling poll released Tuesday, July 16th.

    McAuliffe leads based on his 7 point advantage with women, which is a great victory for women given Cuccinelli’s very Republican, very anti-women stances. This is a great example of when the women vote matters, and why the Republican Party is making a mistake writing off women votes in order to appease the old, white men known as their only reliable base.

    Fringe extremist, female voter alienator and ethics impaired Ken Cuccinelli is viewed in a mostly negative light by the state, with only 32% of the state having a favorable opinion of him, while 47% have an unfavorable opinion — including 57% of independents. This leaves Fringe Ken with a -15 net favorability rating. Oopsie.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/16/women-vote-matters-mcauliffe-leads-based-7-point-advantage-women.html

    • Town

      I heard Coochi is trying to revive the ban on oral sex again.

      • EpiphanySweet

        Lawd Toast…its too early..lol

      • rikyrah

        and the BLACK guy is supposed to be scary?
        I’ve always agreed with you…they want all up in the uterus and in the gay bedroom

      • jds09

        Toast, what’s his deal with that? He seems a bit fixated.

        • Town

          Apparently there was some case where a 50 year old man asked for/received oral sex from a 16, 17 year old girl.

          Coochi’s stance is if you make oral sex illegal again (even for married couples), you can put the 50 year old in jail for soliciting oral sex from teenagers.

          But you can put the 50 year old in jail for statutory rape so the oral sex ban is not needed. And opponents to Coochi say even if the oral sex ban did catch 50 year old trying to get oral sex from teenagers, what does that have to do with what a married couple does in their own bedroom?

          But that doesn’t matter to Coochi, he wants to ban oral sex from everyone. I personally think he gave/received oral sex from somebody he wasn’t supposed to and he wants to ban it for everyone.

          He needs to watch his kids, at least one of them is probably sucking somebody off right now. Also, maybe if his wife gave him some he wouldn’t be so uptight.

          • jds09

            He prolly had the hots for that 16/17 year old girl. This gives him the excuse to think about her constantly. lol

          • TyrenM

            “what does that have to do with what a married couple does in their own bedroom?”

            Or un-married couples? Sorry. Signed. Someone from outside the “bible belt.”

        • conlakappa

          He really is and enough to warrant the question. I guess he glories back to when it was illegal for men and women to live together in the commonwealth, which I think largely got changed because college roommates started to live together across gender lines.

          Time for me to start skulking around and finding UVa stories about him. We were there for part of the same time and I am familiar with his fraternity, which was permanently banned from fraternity row decades ago due to some horrific racist incident, but I don’t think he and I ever crossed paths.

          • jds09

            You know there has to be a story there. lol

          • Town

            Which frat?

          • conlakappa

            Beta Theta Pi http://www.virginiabeta.org/chapterprofile/index.htm

            Hmmm, looks like it was re-colonized in 2007. I wonder if that allowed it to return to Rugby Road. It used to be on the other side of Scott Stadium.

            ETA: It just returned to Rugby Road last spring after 40 years.http://www3.alumni.virginia.edu/multimedia/aig/beta/Beta_Spring12.pdf

          • Town

            I’m not familiar with that one. I’ve heard stories about Kappa Sigma, though.

          • conlakappa

            I cannot find through a simple Google search why Beta was banned but whatever happened would have happened while Allen was there. He was a Beta too [as was Chuck Robb, IIRC, but his time would have pre-dated the banning], which leads me to don the tinfoil beerhat (Wahoowa!) and wonder what happened. I cannot even remember who told me but a 40-year exile doesn’t often happen outside the Bible. This was UVa then, not the liberal bastion it’s become/thought to be.

            Most of these guys, I’d have to see the house to remember which is which. I think I know Kappa Sig; it’s the middle of the quad, and a couple of the members said foul things when seeing a white girl walking with a black guy. This was 25 years ago. Kappa Alpha is the one infamous for other places in the South having “the South will rise again” horseback parades up to the late 1980s [early 1990s?].

          • Town

            Yeah, Kappa Sig was involved in a couple of racial incidents on campus. Never heard anything bad about any of the other frats though (besides excessive drinking, etc).

          • conlakappa

            Excessive drinking and roofie-use/X-dropping/date-raping. This was back in the day. One of them [its nickname is Fiji; I have no clue the Greek letters] it was known: whatever you do, don’t have a drink there!

          • Town

            Damn! I was friends with a couple of guys from Fiji! They were some cool dudes!

          • conlakappa

            Fiji was cool and so not fratboyish generally but there was one bad apple who seemed to do something with the drinks of underage townies. How he escaped prosecution I don’t know nor do I know what has happened to him since. There’s also a story about an apartment of Ques, who used to throw righteous after-parties but, again, any young woman would have been wise to not try the drinks.

      • Daltex82

        “Coochi”
        Coffee meet keyboard!

      • rigoletta

        I thought it was the anti-sodomy law. It’s keep up with the GOP’s various perversions.

        • Town

          Anti-sodomy = anti oral sex. Even for married couples, he wants it banned.

      • Miranda

        Well…there’s a bit of insight into his marriage that I really didn’t need to know about.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Giving it the kiss of life, as it were…

        • Miranda

          Just head on down to the bad lounge now…..LOL…you can even turn to SportsCenter…just go on right now.

          • AxelFoley

            You said “head”.

            Heheheheheh

            /Beavis

          • Miranda

            ____________________________FOOL!

          • Miranda

            ____________________________FOOL!

        • crazycanuck

          It’s only 10:00 clock Admiral, lol.

      • AxelFoley

        Coochi and oral sex.

        Yeah, I’ll leave it at that.

        • Miranda

          Please proceed…do not pass go…do not collect $200…just get to the corner and stand there till we say you can turn around again!! LOL

        • Miranda

          Please proceed…do not pass go…do not collect $200…just get to the corner and stand there till we say you can turn around again!! LOL

  • rikyrah
  • GreenLadyHere

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  • rikyrah

    Embattled Donor Tied To All Three Past GOP Nominees For Virginia Governor

    Both McDonnell and Cuccinelli, who is currently running for governor, originally reported thousands of dollars in gifts from Williams and his company, only to have further gifts or financial ties come to light later.

    But Williams’ ties to top Virginia Republicans go back further than the current administration. Williams and his company, Star Scientific, gave heavily to the 2005 gubernatorial campaign of Republican Jerry Kilgore. Kilgore, who served as Virginia’s attorney general from 2002 to 2005, lost to Democrat Tim Kaine. Currently a partner at the law firm McGuireWoods, Kilgore now serves as Williams’ attorney, and has acted as his spokesperson during the current scandal.

    In other words, Williams and his company have had financial ties to Virginia’s past three attorneys general, and its past three Republican gubernatorial nominees. And one of those former attorneys general is now his lawyer. (McDonnell served as attorney general from 2006 to 2009.)

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/07/jonnie_williams_jerry_kilgore.php?ref=fpblg

    • conlakappa

      Loves it. Keep digging and it will probably go back to Gilmore and Allen.

  • Town

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/al-sharpton-finds-new-love-decades-younger-article-1.1400703

    They’re saying this is Rev. Al’s girlfriend but his body language in the first pic looks like “Bitch don’t get too close”. That’s just my opinion.

    • rikyrah

      lol

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

      LOL! She’s looks like Sannaa Lathan. I wonder why he and his wife haven’t divorced?

    • Miranda

      Rev Al has really lost TOO much weight IMO.

      • rigoletta

        OMG yes. He looks sick in that photo.

    • AxelFoley

      DAYUM!

    • isonprize

      Rev. Al does not look well at all. Too skinny

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – -A SECOND LOOK – — :>)

    ‘Free Marissa Alexander’ petitions pop up online- -

    – — – -The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial has brought increased scrutiny and attention to the case of Marissa Alexander.
    The Florida woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a
    warning shot at the wall of her home to scare off her admittedly abusive husband.

    Ironically, she was prosecuted by Angela Corey, the same state
    attorney who attempted to convict Zimmerman for murder in the case of Trayvon Martin.

    Many critics have argued that the Zimmerman verdict proves that Alexander deserves to be released from prison or, at least, given a new trial.

    Her supporters have launched “Free Marissa Alexander” petitions on MoveOn.org’s platform and elsewhere calling for freedom and pointing out the disparity between her fate and Zimmerman’s.
    – —THERE IS MORE — PRAYIN’ 4 U♥ –

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. All that’s needed now is verification of the link between Juror B37′s husband and O’Mara…to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that jury tampering occurred….

    UPDATE Breaking – Strange Fruit of Juror Number B37 in the George Zimmerman Trial continues during a interview on CNN Anderson Cooper Program

    [....] Point of Clarity – George Zimmerman’s lead defense Attorney Mark O’ Mara is President of the Seminole County Bar and Juror B37 — a resident of Seminole County — attorney husband presumably would be a member of the area bar association.[....] How would Zimmerman’s best friend Frank Taffee have insight of what occurred in the jury room? Juror B37 interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper program affirmed that one hold out juror was holding out for Zimmerman’s convicted for manslaughter? Notice date of the Twitchy article is July 13, 2013.[....]

    A 2005 Florida Supreme Court ruling defined Juror Deception ‘voir dire’ is an justifiable cause to reversal a jury verdict. If the ‘voir dire’ clause is examined for Juror B37, a favorable ruling received on behalf of Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey’s office, would order a new trial for George Zimmerman and void the Seminole County verdict reneded on his behalf Saturday, July 13th.[....] Unless the era of Strange Fruit associated with killing 17-year old unarmed youth Trayvon Martin continues by allowing George Zimmerman “not-guilty” verdict to stand, unchallenged in light of the actions of possible “Stealth” Juror B37 — in a possible Federal Civil Rights Violation charge against the former defendant.

    Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2013/07/breaking-strange-fruit-of-juror-number.html

    H/T Independent Underground News & Talk

    • creolechild

      Having functioned for 28 years as a lawyer, there’s no way in hell that he doesn’t know or isn’t associated with Juror B37′s husband.

      http://www.markomaralaw.com/Attorney-Profile/Mark-M-O-mara.shtml

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

      Can someone break down the Frank Taffe thing?

      • Miranda

        I know that Frank Taffe heavily insinuated to Nancy Grace that he had inside information…why the media isn’t investigating that is yet another example of how piss poor sorry our media is.

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

          Thanks, Miranda. Even Nancy Grace let him slide?

          • Town

            Nancy Grace probably thought he was a crazy crackhead talking out of both sides of his mouth.

          • conlakappa

            I thought someone reported here that she asked, “how would you know? do you have a crystal ball?” Botox has her eyebrows permanently arched upward so who knows if she was suspicious.l

          • goldenstar

            LOL!

          • Miranda

            ROFLMAO

          • Miranda

            ROFLMAO

      • creolechild

        Nancy Grace Explodes At Zimmerman Friend: Are You Gonna Pull A Ouija Board Out Of Your Pants?!

        [....] Taaffe made the assertion that the jury is mostly on the side of acquittal, but there’s one holdout. Grace lit up and demanded to know where exactly Taaffe was pulling that statistic out of, and repeatedly shouted at him to explain as he kept going. At one point, she even cried “Oh, dear lord in heaven!”[....]

        Taaffe argued that the state never successfully disproved Zimmerman’s self-defense claim, and told Grace he believes the jury is 5-1 for acquittal, with one holdout. Grace looked utterly baffled as she at first calmly and then angrily replied to Taaffe.[....] Grace demanded to know how he came up with his theory. Taaffe said he “firmly believe[s]” that’s the case, but Grace wouldn’t let it go. She kept shouting “Why?!” and “Answer me!” as Taaffe kept going, eventually crying, “You’re just making it up! There is not one shred of evidence to suggest that there has even been a vote yet!”[....]

        Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/nancy-grace-explodes-at-zimmerman-friend-are-you-gonna-pull-a-ouija-board-out-of-your-pants/

        H/T Josh Feldman

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

          Thanks, Creole!

    • goldenstar

      Do folks here think that this information will gain traction?

      • creolechild

        I hope it does because it shows that *someone* on the jury was leaking information. So much for being sequestered…

        • goldenstar

          From your mouth to God’s ear.

      • rigoletta

        I’m just hoping the DOJ is focusing on this. There is so much that isn’t right about that jury. Taffe, B37′s interview and her possible connection to O’Mara. It’s not right.

        I’m looking for the verdict to be overturned in light of jury tampering or something.

        Thank god, Taffe and B37 are so stupid they ran their mouths.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – -FROM Nerdy Wonka –on —ACA :>) – -

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    ‏@stefcutter
    Obamacare’s working in New York State -rates will be 50% lower in 2014 b/c of transparency & competition in market. http://nyti.ms/12JHGJo
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    • TyrenM

      LaBlade…still slicing and dicing!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ TyrenM. ***BIG HUG** :>)
        —**BIG fist bump*** –LOL- –I kept thinkin’ that! –:>)

        Good on her. :>)

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

  • creolechild

    Regulators Fine Barclays $453 Million Over U.S. Energy Price Rigging

    American regulators are fining the British bank Barclays nearly half a billion dollars over the bank’s role in manipulating energy prices in the western United States from 2006 to 2008. On top of the $453 million fine announced Tuesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ordered Barclays to return about $35 million in “unjust profits” from the manipulation. Those funds would go to the programs that subsidize energy costs for low-income residents of Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. The matter is bound for federal court.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/17/2313141/regulators-fine-barclays-453-million-over-us-energy-price-rigging/

    H/T Alan Pyke

  • rikyrah

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) discusses the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on July 12, 2013. Senator Warren introduced the legislation with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME).

    • jds09

      As Charles P. Pierce said, she completely kicks their collective asses. And once again, folks are fixing a Clinton mess.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — –”DREAM DEFENDERS” – —SITTING -STRONG: -

    ‘Dream Defenders’ Spend Night At Capitol

    ——A sit-in occurred Tuesday night at Florida’s Capitol– and the group involved wants answers in light of the George Zimmerman verdict. They call themselves the ‘Dream Defenders’– and they want Governor Rick Scott to call a special session for the legislature, but as you can the doors are locked.

    Capitol security locked the doors at 5 p.m. with around 30 ‘Dream Defenders’ members inside.
    THERE IS MORE — —– THANK U. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Liz Cheney’s Fatal Career Move?

    Josh Marshall- July 16, 2013, 9:48 PM 340
    As near as I can tell, besides her father and Erick Erickson, virtually every Republican I can think of came out crapping on Liz Cheney’s decision to carpet bag into Wyoming and trying to unseat resolutely boring sitting Sen. Mike Enzi. And TPM Reader LW thinks Cheney may end up rueing the day …

    FWIW, I think Liz Cheney just made a fatal career move. Having lived in WY for 35 years, I do not believe that Liz can beat Enzi. I think this is going to cause all kinds of hard feelings in Wyoming because this kind of disrespect to a man who has done nothing to deserve being disrespected in this way will simply not sit well. It’s a very east coast kind of move (think Cory Booker) and will only serve to remind people that Liz Cheney has absolutely no real history in Wyoming.

    She also seems to have forgotten a very basic element of the WY electoral process, i.e., we have same day voter registration and Democrats routinely turn into Republicans when they walk into the polling place for the primary and then switch back to Democrat on their way out. Personally, I’ve done this at least 4 or 5 times and I will surely do it again next year. Democrats often do this simply to meddle in the Republican primary, often to vote for the most conservative crazy in the field. But this time, I am sure a lot of Dems will happily switch just for the joy of voting against Liz Cheney.
    Yes, she will have a bundle of money. But Enzi will have enough and money just doesn’t matter much in WY elections. It’s the personal connections because, literally, here you don’t just expect to meet the candidates, you KNOW the candidates. And if you don’t know them, your friends know them. Enzi will have all that — and many years of good will and humble, serious service which are values that Wyomingites appreciate — while Liz will have what? Money? A father? And the carpetbag she brought with her. I’ll be stunned if it works.

    And where does Liz Cheney go after she loses a primary to a man as non-charismatic as Mike Enzi? I’d say that’s pretty much the end of her career. She should have talked to Pete Simpson — Alan’s brother, son of beloved former governor, Milward Simpson. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Pete Simpson. But when he ran for governor, he lost. Because we’re not big on dynasties here. And we’re not fond of people who think they are entitled to anything.

    So have fun running, Liz. I will definitely enjoy having the unexpected opportunity to vote against you.

    http://editors.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/07/liz_cheneys_fatal_career_move.php

    • Miranda

      Enzi will step out of the race before its all over with….he will do it unbeknownst to himself because the Dark Lord will control him and he will simply be a physical vessel under the control of the Dark Lord’s desires. So Enzi will “shockingly” announce he’s stepping aside and then support Liz and shortly after she wins, he will be hospitalized and I know y’all have seen this movie before. We know how the Omen works.

      • MsKitty

        I knew where you were going with that before I even got to the last sentence LOL.

      • conlakappa

        Darth has pictures on him/knows some dirt. How else to unseat someone who’s been comfortably ensconced in that job? As I wrote before, his wife lived here, which is unusual for that party. They even live in D.C. proper, also unusual for an R.

      • rikyrah

        The Omen..
        BWA HA HA HA AH AH
        but I’m feeling ya

      • isonprize

        DAMN, Miranda, just damn…

  • Miranda

    Is there a real possibility that he could actually lose this thing? If so, I’ll contribute to get his ass out – but I dont see how its really a chance – not in Kentucky.

    Mitch McConnell’s 20 Consultants
    Updated: July 17, 2013 | 8:36 a.m.

    Lest anyone feared Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wasn’t taking his re-election bid seriously, his latest campaign finance report shows he’s fully staffed up. In fact, McConnell looks like he’s making his own personal effort to reduce the unemployment rate among political consultants.

    McConnell’s campaign made payments to 20 different consulting firms over the last three months, the filings show, including to nine different fundraisers, three separate media firms and two Republican web consulting outfits. He’s hired some of the biggest Republican names in the business — Harris Media, Metzner Media, FLS Connect and Engage LLC, to name a few — in advance of what could be a difficult re-election bid against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    more here: http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/hotlineoncall/2013/07/mitch-mcconnell-s-20-consultants-17

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —-Another ENTERTAINER —STANDS STRONG 4 –JUSTICE:

    – -Boxing Olympian Calls Zimmerman Verdict ‘Slap In The Face,’ Will No Longer Rep U.S. Flag- -

    – - — Cleveland-born boxer, 2012 USA Olympian Terrell Gausha (pictured), who used to proudly don the American flag on his boxing shorts when he fought in the ring, now says that because of George Zimmerman‘s not-guilty verdict, he will no longer rep the United State’s flag, according to TMZ.

    In his interview with the gossip website, the middleweight keenly
    observed the discrepancy between how punishment is meted out in this country, “How can I wear my stars and stripes proudly in a country wherethey make a big deal out of Mike Vick fighting dogs; but not a young innocent Black male’s life.”

    THERE IS MORE ——-BLESS U♥. :>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB : —MEDIA ALERT: – –Miss Rachel♥ :>)- -

    — -HLN After Dark
    ‏@HLNAfterDark
    Don’t miss @VinniePolitan’s live interview with Rachel Jeantel tonight at 8pm ET on HLN. What would YOU ask her? #ZimmermanTrial
    Expand
    -

    —Lookin’ 4-ward. —–BLESS U♥

    • TyrenM

      Rev. Al said she’d be on tonight.

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>) TyrenM —-THANK U. – –:>) Woo! Hoo! :>) – -

  • Miranda

    Is it me or is Phil Griffith straight up trying to put Joy-Ann on EVERY damn show on MSNBC to get viewers? LOL! He got Joy-Ann working every show on the channel EXCEPT the prison shows and I wouldn’t be shocked to see her having to do a few ads while those are played too. It is quite obvious her popularity with people of color has an effect on the ratings during the day.Twitter spreads that she’s on, they see a nice bump at that time. Whoever her agent is, they betta be making sure they have all this ammunition when it comes to contract time.

    • AxelFoley

      I hope Joy gets time and a half for all those hours she’s puttin’ in.

      • Miranda

        Got her working day and night!

        • conlakappa

          She has to work three times as hard to show she can outdo hipster doofus.

    • rikyrah

      and yet, he STILL won’t admit his mistake with Hayes

      • goldenstar

        Wouldn’t it be sweet for her to sub for the smart ass and the ratings go through the roof? Then, they would be caught in all of their own stuff.

        • Admiral_Komack

          No.
          Boot the bike rider and give her a show in prime time.

    • jds09

      This has to be the longest audition in history.

    • Admiral_Komack

      She got a show yet?

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Miranda – -**BIG HUG*** :>)
      –As I keep watchin’ this BEYOND LONG audition —I’m wonderin’ iff Ms. JOY-dAHH[ihilator] – –is ‘searchin’” 4 what SHE CONSIDERS – -2 B the RIGHT PLACE 4 her. :>) -
      -She might B trynta determine TIMES that would fit HER SCHEDULE.

      —She has mentioned her 2 teens sons annnd I’m believin’ that she is considerin’ THEM in her “deliberations”. – - -:>)

      BUT — sooo enJOYin’ seein’ her/hearin’ HER WISDOM♥. :>)

      Good 2 C U Miranda. :>)- -

  • creolechild

    Ohio State University Will Keep Its Affirmative Action Program After Supreme Court’s Decision

    Last month, the Supreme Court handed down a surprisingly narrow decision permitting the University of Texas’ limited consideration of race in admissions to survive — at least for the time being. In the wake of this decision, Ohio State University’s Director of Admissions Vern Granger said that his school will continue its own affirmative action program.[....] OSU’s plan will eventually be reviewed by the somewhat less conservative, but still quite conservative, Sixth Circuit.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/10/2278281/ohio-state-university-will-keep-its-affirmative-action-program-after-supreme-courts-decision/

    H/T Ian Millhiser

    • JojoRaze

      Notice that colleges never sue about Affirmative Action, but white students? The colleges see it in their interest to recruit poc domestically and internationally.

      • jds09

        Big business does too. The smart ones know that they will not be able to penetrate their markets with a lily white workforce.

      • rigoletta

        Half the time the people suing are white female students who benefit from these programs.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – –Our COMPASSIONATE -PRESIDENT♥: – –

    President Barack Obama
    visits with Make-A-Wish child Suhail Zaveri, 14, from Anaheim, Calif.,
    in the Oval Office, July 16, 2013. Accompanying Suhail are his parents
    Sandeep and Asmi Zaveri, and younger brother Arsh Zaveri. (Official
    White House Photo by Pete Souza)
    — – –[Sorry, cain't delete others. :>) My teckie skilz-less. :>)]

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    previous page
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  • creolechild

    Awww…Wall Street haz a sad! LOL!

    Cordray Confirmation Unleashes U.S. Consumer Bureau’s Authority

    Through enforcement actions against companies including Capital One Financial Corp. (COF), American Express Co. (AXP) and U.S. Bancorp, the consumer bureau has returned more than $432 million to defrauded consumers. It has also set up a system for registering complaints with banks, student lenders, credit bureaus and debt collectors, a tool that at least 125,000 people have used since its inception in July 2012.

    The agency has also written rules aimed at cleaning up the mortgage market that was at the heart of the financial crisis. The new regulations cover underwriting, servicing and loan officer incentives.[....] With the confirmation, the consumer bureau will be able to exercise its full authority over large banks and a range of non-bank financial firms, including payday lenders and mortgage
    originators, without any legal threat to its authority.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-16/senate-nears-cordray-confirmation-to-unleash-full-cfpb-potential.html

    H/T Carter Dougherty & Cheyenne Hopkins

    • Admiral_Komack

      “Cordray Confirmation Unleashes U.S. Consumer Bureau’s Authority”

      -I think this is better than slippers.

    • rigoletta

      This was a response for above.

      Thanks for screwing up my post Disqus.

    • rikyrah

      I think he’s a good public servant

      • creolechild

        That’s why they didn’t want him in this position and will in all liklihood do everything possible to create problems for the agency.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – -THIS is a good 1: –:>) –

    – –Rashid Hussein Obama@rashid7053
    LOL at #ZimmermanTrial jurors: “we’re not as racist as #JurorB37 but that colored boy attacked Georgie”. #SMDH

  • jds09

    More proof that Hillary has missed her moment….Wendy Davis is the prototype for the next powerful white female candidate. She’s tough, telegenic and will come from an electoral big state. The Obama coalition is all over this photo. She’s living the dream…a Castro sandwich.

    http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/life-and-death-and-life-party?fullpage=1

    • conlakappa

      She was on an OFA phone call last night. I got notice from the women’s issues campaign manager. Unfortunately, I couldn’t listen due to its timing. She’s now under the umbrella of Team O. People will need to reckon with her and recognize.

      • creolechild

        Not trying to be contentious, but regarding your statement about Hillary: Reckon with her how and recognize what exactly?

        • conlakappa

          I’m talking about Wendy being under the O umbrella, which makes her a force to be reckoned with, by the Rs and HRC, getting to jds09′s point.

          • creolechild

            Thank you for the clarification.

          • jds09

            Wendy is standing with brown men in a district that was protected by VRA. She has that visceral experience of the filibuster (people lived that with her, she’s a goddess in the social media world), Wendy is the present. Hills is the past, snuggling up to McCain during the 2008 race (I will never forget that), and she comes with Bill Clinton in all his dysfunctional glory.

          • rigoletta

            I don’t know who will emerge between now and nomination time but I don’t think Hillary will get the nod.

            She and Bill have learned nothing from the last time and I think that her campaign will be the same kind of train wreck it was in 07/08.

            Bill isn’t as beloved as people think and with younger people voting who don’t know anything about him he won’t be a the draw they probably think he will be.

      • AxelFoley

        Davis/Castro 2016?

        • conlakappa

          Wouldn’t that be a sight to behold. In theory, one doesn’t have people from the same State. Darth nominally moved back to Wyoming so he and previous occupant wouldn’t be from the same State though he’d been living there. Maybe she’ll be the under-card on the Biden ticket!

        • TyrenM

          Reading that article, Castro seems scared of his own shadow. I get waiting for the right time but if he ain’t ready to get down, get the fuck out of the way and let a real one by.

          That said, I’d like one of them to come for Cruz in ’18.

          • Miranda

            I agree, he seems too nervous – I guess he needs more seasoning (we’re spoiled, everybody doesn’t have balls of steel like BARACK! LOL – he gaves not one damn bout his “youth” and people telling him he wasn’t ready). I honestly can see the Castros being President and AG (like the Kennedy brothers) in 2020.

          • conlakappa

            He’s young and new to the game. He has a few years of seasoning and he’ll continue to take the world by storm. That would be awesome if he took out Cruz.

        • itgurl_29

          I don’t know if she’s got the qualifications, but I’d love to see her run just to see the hypocrisy from the white feminists. They will turn on Wendy the minute she even hints at a run. I’ll never forget how they all attacked Kathleen Sebelius when there were rumors that PBO had her on his VP shortlist.

      • isonprize

        Yeah, I had to miss the call also. But I immediately thought “HHHmmmm, they got Wendy!”
        I have long since believed that Hillz does not really want to run for President, though she might like the “be” Pres.

        • conlakappa

          I haven’t been able to make any of the calls in the past few months–maybe next time!

    • rigoletta

      I really like that picture.
      You know it’s easy for people in cobalt blue states like mine (MD) to make fun or dismiss the efforts of folks red states like Texas but the young fighting Dems who are going to see us through this time of political madness are going to be from these places.

      They not be able to gain office considering GOP bs but they will have the ideas and the spirit which will allow us to win.

  • creolechild

    Boy With Mental Retardation Improves Life for Homeless Pets

    A young man in Tennessee doesn’t let autism or mental challenges stop him from living a full life — and helping others less fortunate to do the same. After visiting the animal control office to look for a new pet, 15 year-old Bubba asked his mother why the dogs and cats didn’t have any toys, beds or blankets. He asked if the family could buy the beds and toys. His mom had to explain that they couldn’t afford the cost.[....] Bubba started making reusable bags and cosmetic bags, cutting the plarn into strips, tying them together and crocheting with them just like yarn.[....]

    The money he raises buys food, toys, travel cages, pays adoption fees and much more. Every penny raised goes straight to the animals. Those who know him say Bubba has a heart of gold and a passion for helping his fellow human, too, volunteering his time helping elderly residents and hospital patients. Follow his project on Facebook at BubbasAnimalPride.

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/family-life/great-kids/boy-with-retardation-improves-life-for-homeless-pets.html

    H/T Mia Abbott and GNN

    • isonprize

      you KNOW I love this story!!!

  • conlakappa

    For my play-cousin gn and anyone else in the surrounding environs of Brooklyn, the Smithsonian is coming there on Saturday–and it’s free! Learn how to keep family heirlooms safe for future generations: http://nmaahc.si.edu/Programs/NYTreasures

  • creolechild

    Democratic Defectors On Food Stamps Have Taken $6 Million From Farm Industry

    The eight Democrats who joined House Republicans to protect crop
    insurance funding at the expense of food stamps have accepted a combined $6.3 million in career campaign contributions from the agriculture industry.[....]

    Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
    Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA)
    Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
    Rep. John Barrow (D-GA)
    Rep.Tim Walz (D-MN)
    Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY)
    Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)
    Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY)

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/16/2311561/dem-defectors-on-food-stamps-have-taken-6-million-from-farm-industry/

    H/T Alan Pyke

    • sagittarius

      Hi creolechild:

      Good to know. Cheri Bustos keeps sending me e-mails, despite the fact I’m not in her district. The next one I get, think I’ll put her and her marketing team on blast with this info.

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      uh huh

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    144 comments at 10:00 am CT? My word – we’ve got a lot to say! And I’m gonna read all of it! Have a wonderful day!

    • Miranda

      I know right! All the madness of the world, gotta let it out through these comments otherwise all of us will wind up having strokes.

  • creolechild

    Oh, FFS!

    Jimmy Carter compares Trayvon Martin protests to ‘race riots’

    Former President Jimmy Carter compared the demonstrations calling for justice on behalf of the family of slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to violent outbursts in the country’s past in an interview with WXIA-TV on Tuesday.

    “I’ve seen outbreaks of this before, in California, when the black
    man was being beat up by the police” Carter told WXIA-TV, alluding to the violence that unfolded in 1992 following the acquittal of the police officers videotaped beating an unarmed Rodney King. “And when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. There were terrible race riots. And I think, eventually, no matter how deep the moral and personal feelings might be among African Americans or others, with time passing, they start saying, ‘What can we do about the present and future?’ and put aside their feelings about the past.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/17/jimmy-carter-compares-trayvon-martin-protests-to-race-riots/

    H/T Arturo Garcia

    • Miranda
    • rigoletta

      WTF!!!!!
      People are worried about the present and the future. A present and future of being killed by racist nutjobs with guns.
      I know it’s been hot lately somebody needs to tell Jimmy to come on in because the sun is frying his brain.

    • rigoletta

      WTF!!!!!
      People are worried about the present and the future. A present and future of being killed by racist nutjobs with guns.
      I know it’s been hot lately somebody needs to tell Jimmy to come on in because the sun is frying his brain.

    • MsKitty

      With all due respect, whatevs.

    • MsKitty

      With all due respect, whatevs.

    • JB20005

      Mighty white of you, Jimmeh.

    • JB20005

      Mighty white of you, Jimmeh.

    • itgurl_29

      Jimmy needs to sit his old ass down somewhere. Seriously. Carter IV, please come and get your grandaddy. For real.

    • itgurl_29

      Jimmy needs to sit his old ass down somewhere. Seriously. Carter IV, please come and get your grandaddy. For real.

    • jds09

      As my mama used to say “they think three of us together is a riot.”

      • conlakappa

        “Hey, what are you guys talking about?” is something I heard if there were more than two of us talking. No right to assemble, apparently.

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

      White people need to be slow to speak, and quick to listen.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB—-GOOD NEWS —

    — -Former Foster Child and Morehouse Graduate Derrius Quarles Recognized by White House for Service to Community- — -
    - — -A former foster child from the south side of Chicago has turned entrepreneur, and been recognized at the White House for his inspiring work. Derrius Quarles, who is only 22 years old, is best known for winning more than $1 million in financial-aid to attend the prestigious Morehouse College. He was a recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award in June 2013 for his commitment to help academically gifted yet economically disadvantaged students overcome financial barriers to higher education.

    “I feel honored and humbled to be recognized by the White House as a Daily Point of Light awardee,” said Quarles. “I have been recognized for the work I have done with the Million Dollar Scholar, which has advanced economic access to higher education for youth in inner cities across the United States.” The Million Dollar Scholar initiative has assisted more than 10,000 high school students online and helped students receive more than $950,000 in scholarships and grants.

    In fact, Quarles’s drive to see other young people succeed is deeply personal. His father was murdered in Chicago when he was just 4 years old. One year later, he was taken from his mother’s custody and placed in foster care. It was only when he entered high school that he made a conscious decision to seize opportunities to move on with his life.
    THERE IS MORE – - -BLESS U♥ —

  • GreenLadyHere

    –PBOMB — – -After seein’ her last night annd from past information – –THIS – -is good news!!- –

    – –Exclusive: Fired employee to file lawsuit against Zimmerman prosecutors-

    A former employee of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey’s office plans to file a whistleblower lawsuit against George Zimmerman’s prosecutors, his attorney told Reuters on Tuesday.

    The action will put pressure on Corey, who already faces criticism from some legal experts for the unsuccessful prosecution of the case, which led to the acquittal of Zimmerman for shooting unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s defense has also called for sanctions against her and her prosecution team.
    — –SNIP —

    “We will be filing a whistleblower action in (Florida’s Fourth Judicial District) Circuit Court,” said Kruidbos’ attorney Wesley White, himself a former prosecutor who was hired by Corey but resigned in December because he disagreed with her prosecutorial priorities. He said the suit will be filed within the next 30 days.
    THERE IS MORE – - – —WATCHIN’ — -

    • goldenstar

      This entire case is turning out to be one. hot. mess.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY GOLDenstar. ***BOG HUG** :>) -

        –***fist bump** – —BUT --HERE COMES —TRUTH!! – - — In soo manyareas.—

        THEY wanted 2 B done. —HAH! – - -It’s ONLY JUST BEGUN!. :>)

        Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>) -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – –LOL –I gotta: -I jus’ gotta —–LOL – -

    BWAHAHA -***deep breath*** -BWAHAHA– –

    • Daltex82

      Woot, woot! I love this commercial

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL Daltex82. —**BIG HUG** :>) — -THANK U♥ –LOL

        I really thought that I was a LONER! :>)—

        sooo —I’ll think about U —when I hear it –annnd —FALL OUT laffin’. :>) –

        Good 2 C U Daltex82. Have a good day. :>) – -

    • Daltex82

      Woot, woot! I love this commercial

  • Miranda

    Rhoda ‏@RhodaJA6m
    Already, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has saved consumers over $400,000,000. #CFPB

  • gn

    @piersmorgan

    Rachel Jeantel was the highest rated interview (in demo) since the launch of my show in January, 2011. #CNN

    • Miranda

      WOW!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ GN. —***BIG HUG*** :>) –

      — – -Woo! Hoo! WAYTA Go! -:>) — – -

      – –BLESS U –Miss Rachel♥ —U —DID THIS! :>) – -

  • JB20005

    DU poster John2 on Jimmy Carter:

    President Carter has a right to his own opinion, but President Carter is also an ex-President, that has interjected himself into a controversial issue, that many Americans, including African Americans disagree with the decision by an all white jury. A prestigious organization of African American lawyers disagreed with him and a prestigious organization representing minorities disagreed with him.

    Every politician so far with influential status or influence, didn’t go as far on the limb as President Carter has now. So he basically agrees with the jury’s decision and places blame on the prosecution, exonerating the judge, jury and police actions. He also claims the jury followed the law. so what made Present Carter decided he needed to speak on this issue or interject his opinion, in such a one sided way, no other politician with so much influence had?

    What President Carter is totally insensitive of is the rights of a 17 year old black youth in this case and his right to defend himself. As a Black male, I see Jimmy Carter as just another Southern white male from Georgia, who thinks he know what is right for me, or how African Americans should respond when an injustice is perpetrated on one of us. Would he have came out with the same position if Zimmerman was a Black man and killed an unarmed white youth walking through a Black neighborhood in Georgia? I think Mr Carter’s remarks are condescending. Just because he felt the decision by an nearly all white jury was correct, doesn’t mean millions of other Americans, including lawyers are wrong. The age of paternalism by politicians like Carter, is long gone in 2013. In fact, as a Black male, I find Mr Carter’s comments offensive and insensitive to me. So I have a right to my opinion just as much as this man.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —Mr. PRESIDENT -CONGRATULATES —Mr. Cordray –

    Pre. Obama Remarks on Richard Cordray Confirmation — [Jul 17, 2013]

    ——–Pres. Obama delivers a statement on the confirmation of Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray was confirmed on Tuesday after the Senate came to an agreement on administration nominees and filibusters.
    —CONGRATULATIONS :>) – —GR8 -EXPECTATIONS – 4 the people! —Woo! Hoo! –

  • gn

    @DebsWorldNY
    Court provides counseling to Zimmerman jurors days after emotional verdict http://nbcnews.to/14YUO1B Hmmm. Clear conscience? #NoJustice

    • JB20005

      Must be tough to let a killer walk.

      • conlakappa

        It’s hard out here for a wimp. And for 6 racist ones, gosh, the burden is a super heavy one!

    • Miranda

      The hell?? Oh really? …………this is some bullshit.

      • conlakappa

        Rejiggering of their hustle. Once B37 funked it up by not staying in her lane, they went looking for a new angle. Mental health, and we are all cynical monsters to doubt their pain. “We Weep: How We Keep It Together.”

        • gn

          “We’re the real victims here and you’re the real racists.”

    • crazycanuck

      What was ‘emotional’ about that verdict?

    • rigoletta

      The best response to this.

      Taken from Burt Reynolds Is My Spirit Guide on Jezebel:

      Oh I’m so sorry!!! Was sitting in that jury room and letting a murderer go free ‘physically draining’ for you???? Was breaking the hearts of a dead young boy’s parents and loved ones who only want justice JUST A LITTLE HARD ON YOUR BACK PERHAPS? OH NO!!! CAN I GET YOU A PILLOW? DO YOU NEED TO ELEVATE YOUR FEET OR SOMETHING???

      GODDAMMIT. FUCK. YOU. JUST FUCK ALL OF YOU.

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

      I can’t I just cannot.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • http://www.rojsnews.com/ ROJS News

    Cool! I’m a African-American podcast host and this gives us a mentor to look up too.