September 23, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Shakespearean Actors

HAPPY HUMP DAY, PRAG OBOTS!

We continue our series on Black Shakespearean Actors

 

IRA ALDRIDGE
(1807-1867)

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Ira Frederick Aldridge (July 24, 1807 – August 7, 1867) was an American and later British stage actor who made his career largely on the London stage and in Europe, especially in Shakespearean roles. He is the only actor of African-American descent among the 33 actors of the English stage honored with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. He was especially popular in Prussia and Russia, where he received top honors from heads of state.

Early life and career

Aldridge was born in New York City to Reverend Daniel and Luranah Aldridge July 24, 1807. According to Aldridge, his paternal grandfather was a Christian chief of the Fula in Senegal.[1] At age 13, Aldridge went to the African Free School in New York City, established by the New York Manumission Society for the children of free blacks and slaves. They were given a classical education, with the study of English grammar, writing, mathematics, geography, and astronomy.[2] His early exposure to theater included viewing plays from the high balcony of the Park Theatre, New York’s leading theater of the time.

Aldridge’s first professional acting experience was in the early 1820s with the company associated with the African Grove, an African-American theatre. He debuted as Rolla in Pizzaro. He went on to play Shakespeare’s Romeo and later became a notable Hamlet.

Confronted with the persistent discrimination which black actors endured in the United States, Aldridge emigrated to England, where he first worked as a dresser to the British actor Henry Wallack. According to the scholar Shane White, English people had heard of the African Theatre because of British actor and comedian Charles Mathews, so Aldridge associated himself with that.[3] Bernth Lindfors says,

“[W]hen Aldridge starts appearing on the stage at the Royalty Theatre, he’s just called a gentleman of color. But when he moves over to the Royal Coburg, he’s advertised in the first playbill as the American Tragedian from the African Theater New York City. The second playbill refers to him as ‘The African Tragedian.’ So everybody goes to the theater expecting to laugh because this is the man they think Mathews saw in New York City.”[4]

In his performances, Aldridge used his skill to reverse what was expected.[4]

Ira Aldridge as Othello

Ira Aldridge as Othello

Aldridge performed scenes from Othello that stunned reviewers. One critic wrote, “In Othello (Aldridge) delivers the most difficult passages with a degree of correctness that surprises the beholder.”[5] He gradually progressed to larger roles; by 1825, he had top billing at London’s Coburg Theatre as Oronoko in A Slave’s Revenge, soon to be followed by the role of Gambia in The Slave, and the title role of Shakespeare’s Othello. He also played major roles in plays such as The Castle Spectre and The Padlock, and played several roles of specifically white characters, including Captain Dirk Hatteraick and Bertram in Rev. R. C. Maturin’s Bertram, the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III, and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

Touring and later years

In 1831 Aldridge successfully played in Dublin; several locations in southern Ireland, where he created a sensation in the small towns; as well as in Bath, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. The actor Edmund Kean praised his Othello; some took him to task for taking liberties with the text, while others attacked his race. Since he was an American black actor from the African Theater, the Times called him the “African Roscius”, after the famed actor of ancient Rome. Aldridge used this to his benefit and expanded African references in his biography that appeared in playbills.[4]

Aldridge first toured to continental Europe in 1852, with successes in

Ira Aldridge as Aaron in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, c. 1852

Ira Aldridge as Aaron in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, c. 1852

Germany, where he was presented to the Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, performed for Frederick William IV of Prussia, and performed in Budapest. An 1858 tour took him to Serbia and to Imperial Russia, where he became acquainted with Count Fyodor Tolstoy, Mikhail Shchepkin and the Ukrainian poet and artist Taras Shevchenko, who did his portrait in pastel (left).

Now of an appropriate age, about this time, he played the title role of King Lear (in England) for the first time. He purchased some property in England, toured Russia again (1862), and applied for British citizenship (1863).

Marriage and family

Soon after going to England, in 1824 Aldridge married Margaret Gill, an English woman. They were married for 40 years before her death in 1864.

A year after Margaret’s death, on April 20, 1865, Aldridge married his mistress, the self-styled Swedish countess Amanda von Brandt, with whom he already had a son, Ira Daniel. They had four more children: Irene Luranah, Ira Frederick and Amanda Aldridge, who all went on to musical careers, the two girls as opera singers. Their daughter Rachael Frederica was born shortly after Aldridge’s death and died in infancy.

Aldridge spent most of his final years with his family in Russia and continental Europe, interspersed with occasional visits to England. He planned to return to the post-Civil-War United States, but he died in August 1867 while visiting Łódź, Poland.

His remains were buried in the city’s Evangelical Cemetery; 23 years passed before a proper tombstone was erected. His grave is tended by the Society of Polish Artists of Film and Theatre.

A half-length portrait of 1826 by James Northcote of Aldridge dressed for the role of Othello, but in a relatively undramatic portrait pose, is on display at the Manchester Art Gallery (in the Manchester section); Aldridge performed in the city many times.[6] A blue plaque unveiled in 2007 commemorates Aldridge at 5 Hamlet Road in Upper Norwood, London.[7] The plaque describes him as the ‘African Roscius’.[7]

(SOURCE: Wikipedia)

*FUN FACT*

Ira Aldridge’s daughter, Amanda Christina Elizabeth Aldridge, was a opera singer who taught Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson!

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  • crazycanuck

    MADNESS

    Retweeted by Nelly B
    maria lia calvo ‏@MariaLiaCalvo 5h
    the internets is forever! “Republicans in Congress Delete Tweets Praising Sgt. Bergdahl Release:” http://m.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/03/1304210/-Republicans-in-Congress-Delete-Tweets-Praising-Sgt-Bergdahl-Release?showAll=yes

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone,have a great day. I see the madness continues. All my thoughts and prayers are with Sargent Bergdahl and his family.

    • jds09

      Good Morning CC and everybody else!

      • goldenstar

        Good morning, cc. May there be peace!

        • rikyrah

          Morning goldenstar!

      • rikyrah

        Morning jds!

    • Joy

      Morning, sister wife and POU fam!

      • rikyrah

        Morning Joy!

    • rikyrah

      Morning cc!

    • AxelFoley

      The madness never ends.

    • Alma98

      Good morning cc.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Joy

      Morning, rikyrah!

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

    Cool article about Natalie Cole’s childhood home.

    Natalie Cole: An Unforgettable Dream House

    The singer recalls the English Tudor home her dad, Nat King Cole, bought in 1948 in a predominantly white section of Los Angeles—triggering a wave of racial hostility but a childhood of fond memories

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/natalie-cole-an-unforgettable-dream-house-1401298798?mod=WSJ_GoogleNews

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      If that’s a recent photo of her she look incredible.

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

        She does, especially considering her health issues.

    • rikyrah

      is this the place where they killed the dog and burned the cross on their lawn?

      • Miranda

        Yep.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • rikyrah
    • gn

      What strikes me is that previous to the explosion of social media which allows very quick fact-checking, this type of clearly manufactured scandal would have worked.

      • AxelFoley

        Exactly. But for some reason, the GOP/media still thinks that’s the case. Like I say, they don’t understand that the game done changed.

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

    First, Sen. Feinstein, a Hillaryite, criticized the release of Sgt. Bergdahl, and now Clinton allies leaking this. The Clintons can’t be trusted.

    Hillary Clinton Was Skeptical of Taliban-Bergdahl Swap
    By Josh Rogin

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally and intensely involved in the debate over swapping five Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2011 and 2012. But she had severe reservations about the potential deal, and demanded stricter conditions for the release of the prisoners than what President Obama settled for last week.

    Despite that the White House’s claim this week that the United States did not negotiate “directly” with the Taliban to secure the Bergdahl swap, the State Department, Defense Department, and White House officials did meet several times with Taliban leaders in 2011 and 2012 to discuss the deal. The negotiations, held in in Munich and Doha, fell apart in early 2012. But before they did, Clinton had a framework deal drawn up that was much tougher on the Taliban than what ultimately got done two years later.

    Three former administration officials who were involved in the process told The Daily Beast that Clinton was worried about the ability to enforce the deal and disinclined to trust the Taliban or the Haqqani network in Pakistan, which held Bergdahl until this weekend. Clinton was so concerned, the former officials added, that she may not have even signed off if the negotiations had succeeded.

    …Clinton was not the only top member of the Obama administration skeptical of the deal. Three U.S. intelligence officials told The Daily Beast on Monday that James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, flat out rejected the release of the five detainees, saying there was too high a risk these Taliban commanders would return to the battlefield and orchestrate attacks against Americans. Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declined to certify that the United States could mitigate the risk of releasing the Taliban commanders.

    MORE: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/03/hillary-clinton-was-skeptical-of-taliban-bergdahl-swap.html

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      uh huh

    • Kennymack1971

      Yep. The Clinton camp is going to try it.

    • Joy

      I don’t think they realize they’re on the wrong side of this nontroversy. I hope PBO tells her to kick rocks when she comes calling for an endorsement.

    • aleth

      I told you so….Clinton’s plus GOP..same shit

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      You know if she’s skeptical I understand that. The President likes people around him that have different viewpoints.

      But don’t run around like a 5 year old tattletale telling everybody that you were skeptical because things are getting hot over his decision. If her surrogates are running around saying this stuff tell them to knock it off.

      • nellcote

        Show some spine and loyalty.

        ===
        but this is the Clinton’s we’re talking about.

    • AxelFoley

      A Clinton can’t change its spots.

  • rikyrah

    RACHEL MADDOW 06/03/14

    1) Right wing organizes bashing of American POW

    Rachel Maddow reports on the passion and outrage with which the American right is objecting to the return of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, rejecting the longstanding American principle of leaving no soldier behind.

    http://on.msnbc.com/1ouzk53

    2) Right ignores due process in zeal to condemn American POW

    Patrick Murphy, an Iraq War veteran, former congressman, and the host of “Taking the Hill” on msnbc, talks with Rachel Maddow about unexpected passion on the right for leaving an American soldier behind in Afghanistan as a prisoner of the Taliban.

    http://on.msnbc.com/1hy0ZDG

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –Sepia♥ /POU FAM♥ – –IT is a SPECIAL DAY 4 – – —Alma’s Mom♥: –

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    • TyrenM

      Happy Birthday Mother of Alma!

      • Alma98

        Thank you Tyren, I’ll pass it along.

    • MsKitty

      Happy Birthday Alma’s mother (and also my cousin and godson, respectively).

      • Alma98

        Thanks MsKitty and the same to your cousin and your godson.

        • MsKitty

          Thanks Alma

      • GreenLadyHere

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        • MsKitty

          Thanks GLH

    • Alma98

      Thank you GLH! I will pass your birthday wishes on to my mom.

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

      Happy birthday to Alma’s mom and Ms Kitty’s cousin and godson!

      • Alma98

        Thank you Sepia!

      • MsKitty

        Thanks Sepia

    • qosine

      Happy Birthday to your mom, Alma and to your cousin
      and godson, Ms Kitty!

      • MsKitty

        Thanks qosine

    • rikyrah

      Happy Birthday Alma’s Mom!!

  • rikyrah

    From DonnaDem at TOD:
    ——————————————————————————–
    donna dem 4 obama
    June 4, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Before I head out to work let’s make today a Day of Action

    We can start by all of us contacting Sen. Dianne Feinstein

    Here is her contact information

    Phone: (202) 224-3841
    Fax: (202) 228-3954

    Email: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
    Twitter: @SenFeinstein

    We can help her to understand that as a Democrat it should be her primary goal to support this President and if she has issue with anything he does she needs to talk to his staff or him directly about it. It is not necessary for her to run to every open mike and give the Republicans and the media ammunition to bash President Obama.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Good luck with that. As long as Feinstein has no worries of losing her seat she’s going to be on this tip.

  • Rhoda

    Good Morning everyone.

    Amazing isn’t it;the President brings back a POW and ends a war and the MSM goes out of it’s way to tear down a soldier in an attempt to hurt the President. Why? Rasmussen had POTUS at 50% approval yesterday among LIKELY voters.

    Barack Obama is going to go down in the history books as the most consequential figure in American politics since LBJ; and he won’t have a Vietnam to drag him down because he learned from LBJ and he didn’t get bogged down in Syria. And he won’t be in the books JUST because of the color of his skin; he’s made history and with the new EPA regulations he’s scored the most consequential environmental policy since Nixon. He has a second term BFD; and he did it without Congress.

    They keep trying to kill him; but Barack Obama’s just too too smooth.

    • rikyrah

      People said they were surprised. I’m not surprised. Not in the least. Obama Derangement Syndrome is REAL.

    • gn

      Barack Obama is going to go down in the history books as the most consequential figure in American politics since LBJ; and he won’t have a Vietnam to drag him down because he learned from LBJ and he didn’t get bogged down in Syria.

      The sonic boom shift in US foreign policy is one of the most significant and welcome pieces of progress I have seen this side of ObamaCares. ICAM with your comment.

    • rikyrah

      Gonna repost this again:

      from Balloon Juice comments:

      David Koch says:
      June 3, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      since this is an open thread:

      President Obama may yet end up on Mount Rushmore.

      √ Regulating CO2

      √ Ended the war in Iraq

      √ Ending the war in Afghanistan

      √ Keep the US out of war in Syria and Iran

      √ Repealing DADT

      √ Overturning DOMA

      √ Raised car millage to 55 mpg

      √ Rescued the Auto Industry

      √ Prevented a 2nd Great Depression

      √ Ended Bush’s tax cuts for the rich

      √ Brought health insurance to 10s of millions of people

      √ Ended rescission, pre-existing conditions, lifetime caps

      √ Fair Sentencing Act

      √ Ended gender discrimination in the Military

      √ Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

      √ Lilly Ledbetter Act

      √ Mathew Sheppard Hate Crimes Act

      √ Credit Card Reform Act

      √ Food Safety Act

      √ Eliminated banks from federal student loans

      √ Captured bin Laden

      √ Reduced Nuclear arms by 66%

      √ Provided crucial finacing for Telsa’s electric car

      • AxelFoley

        BOOM!

        Emos and GOPers mad as fuck their dudes didn’t accomplish a fraction of the shit PBO has. And we still got 2½ years left.

    • jziglar

      The media attacks every time his approval ratings go up, or something positive happens. The media doesn’t even talk about the economy or job numbers anymore.

  • rikyrah
  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ — -Interesting that all this information is being –DUG UP ON THIS SGT Bowe — -NOW!
    – – —-☺http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/208186-taliban-video-shows-bergdahl-release

    —–MR. PRESIDENT♥- — -The COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF — -Continues 2 B ATTACKED! —- -THAT! – -IS! ALL!!

    – – –K’MON — – -KARMA!

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

    This article breaks down why the Repub/Media talking point that Bergdahl’s disappearance caused the the death of six soldiers is some bs.

    Can Bowe Bergdahl Be Tied to 6 Lost Lives? Facts Are Murky
    By CHARLIE SAVAGE and ANDREW W. LEHREN JUNE 3, 2014

    …But a review of casualty reports and contemporaneous military logs from the Afghanistan war shows that the facts surrounding the eight deaths are far murkier than definitive — even as critics of Sergeant Bergdahl contend that every American combat death in Paktika Province in the months after he disappeared, from July to September 2009, was his fault.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/world/middleeast/can-gi-be-tied-to-6-lost-lives-facts-are-murky.html?hp&_r=0

    Just a thought: Perhaps these anti-Bergdahl soldiers are trying to hide something and using Bergdahl as a distraction?

    • aleth

      I agree with your thought…something smells about this unit

      • Miranda

        And when I read Bergdahl had sent his laptop home, I wonder if he has some info about things that platoon did that were on the “My Lai” Vietnam War massacre level.

        • nellcote

          I wonder if the same soldiers being promoted by the gop are the ones that ran over a child in an armored vehicle that so upset Bergdahl. When does that investigation begin?

    • creolechild

      Apologies for the duplication upthread, Sepia. I hadn’t scrolled this far down.

  • rikyrah

    Dan Marino could have been a game changer in concussion discussion

    Paul Kennedy

    FOX Sports Florida

    JUN 03, 2014 5:45p ET

    Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly lay too emaciated from cancer treatments to attend his Kelly for Kids Foundation charity golf classic that has raised millions of dollars for children.

    But Dan Marino — Kelly’s greatest on-field rival — was there Monday. For the kids and, especially, for Kelly.

    That same day, the L.A. Times learned that Marino was suing the National Football League.

    In its essence, Marino was contending that the collective NFL — which would include former Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga and former coach Don Shula — concealed the long-term effects of concussions from players to keep them in action on Sundays.

    Spin this any which way — flare, screen, takeoff, hook — and dress it up in legalese, but that’s what Marino was chucking.

    This from a 17-season NFL superstar who passed for a league-record 65,871 yards and 452 touchdowns. Who earned a bust in Canton. Who rode the wave of fame to a recently concluded 12-year run at CBS, promoting the very league he was taking to court.

    Until Tuesday.

    That’s when, upon further review, Marino reportedly withdrew from litigation. According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, a source said he merely wanted to be included in any award of health benefits determined to have been caused by participation in league activities, should the need arise, in future years.

    What in the heck is going on?

    Say this with certainty: As was the case on game day, with Marino in action this is far more interesting. One of most charismatic competitors in the history of the game involved in former players’ suit that is far from being resolved and seeks reinvigorated leadership.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/florida/story/is-there-something-more-to-marino-s-withdrawal-from-concussion-suit-060314

    • Miranda

      He punked out…plain and simple.

  • rikyrah
    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Ummm. Okay.

    • jds09

      Weakest bench ever.

    • MsKitty

      Classy

  • rikyrah

    Critics Are Questioning American Military Credo of Leaving No One Behind

    By ERIC SCHMITT, MARK MAZZETTI and PETER BAKERJUNE 3, 2014

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/world/critics-questioning-credo-of-leaving-no-one-behind.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-thecaucus

    • Miranda

      So they want to change the credo to “Let’s leave some behind”??

      • TyrenM

        And we know who would be next.

    • gn

      I’m almost at the point of laughter because this is not slick; it’s just utterly transparent that this has nothing to do with any principles, this is ODS all day long.

  • rikyrah

    missLtoe@missLtoeFollow

    No Drug Tests For Food Stamp Recipients, Feds Tell Georgia http://huff.to/1mPnTUA

    11:20 PM – 3 Jun 2014

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥– -Some POSITIVITY —4 MR. PRESIDENT♥ – –:>)

    —-U.S. Job Creation Index Hits New High
    – – — Gallup’s U.S. Job Creation Index reached a new high in its more than six-year trend, registering +27 in May. The prior high had been +26 in the initial monthly measurement of January 2008, just as the recession was taking hold. The index is based on employee reports of hiring activity at their places of employment.
    — – – -SNIP – – –
    – –By 2010, the index began to improve, reaching +10 by October 2010 and +20 in April 2012, hovering about the +20 mark throughout 2012 and 2013.After starting this year at +19, the index has shown gains of exactly two points each month.

    THERE IS MORE —

    – – —☺http://media.giphy.com/media/10spcFioEOY7zG/giphy.gif
    – — –JOBS!- — –JOBS! — –JOBS! —-Woo! Hoo! —

    — –THANK U –SIR♥ :>)

  • rikyrah

    From TOD:

    jackiegrumbacherJune 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

    More good news from PA. After Rasmussen showed a 20 point lead for Dem Tom Wolf over Gov. Corbett, PPP’s latest poll has Wolf leading Corbett by 25 percent!!! Wolf has the support of 24 percent of PA Republicans and has a whopping 43percent lead among Independents. Pennsylvanians just can’t stand Corbett and they seem to be ready to break a long-standing tradition of electing each governor for two terms. Anything can happen and the Koch-supported Corbett will get a lot of money from the brothers, but if these poll results are anything like the November election outcome, I’m praying that voters also reject the Republican state House and Senate majority. Electing a governor whose hands will be tied by a right wing legislator is not going to get us very far.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ – — -MR. PRESIDENT♥ — In POLAND :>)
    — —25th Anniversary of Polish Freedom Day
    — — -President Obama made remarks at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary
    of Poland’s first free elections in Warsaw. He was accompanied by Polish
    President Bronislaw Komorowski.

    – – —-WORLD annnd WORLD-CLASS LEADER♥ – –

    While the – -RIGHT-LEANING Media — continues 2 lambast
    –MR. PRESIDENT♥ —-WE HAFTA B the “MEDIA of POSITIVITY!” – — :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ — — A MR. PETE —SWEET — TWEET—

    — — ☺ ‏@petesouza[THANK U♥]
    Pres Obama walks off the stage after speaking at the 25th anniversary Freedom Event in Warsaw, Poland pic.twitter.com/DlYkApwrQM

    – —-WORLD annnd WORLD-CLASS LEADER♥ – -

    • gn

      That’s the best POTUS of this generation right there.

      • TresL

        and the best-looking POTUS too!

      • AxelFoley

        This or ANY generation.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥- –FOCUS on HBCUs’ :>)
    — —☺http://thegrio.com/2014/06/04/what-does-the-future-hold-for-hbcus/
    —- ——What does the future hold for HBCUs?
    – —MSNBC’s Craig Melvin explores the legacy of HBCUs, the challenges they face and what the future holds.

    This weeklong series looks at the roots of historical black colleges and universities and how they are changing out of necessity.
    THERE IS MORE — —Lookin’ FORWARD. . .:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ – – —MR. PRESIDENT♥- – -MOVES AHEAD —

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  • Miranda

    Feds: Georgia can’t tie food stamps to drug tests
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Posted: 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    Georgia cannot implement a new law requiring drug tests for some food stamp applicants and recipients, federal officials told the state Tuesday.

    The law, passed by the Legislature in March and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, would require testing in cases where state workers have a “reasonable suspicion” that the person is using drugs. It is scheduled to go into effect on July 1.

    But U.S. Department of Agriculture policy “prohibits states from mandating drug testing of (food stamp) applicants and recipients,” according to a letter from Robin D. Bailey, regional administrator of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

    more here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/feds-georgia-cant-tie-food-stamps-to-drug-tests/ngDCQ/

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Samuel Gravely, first African American admiral in the U.S. Navy, and first African American to command a U.S. warship, born

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  • rikyrah

    War on voting follows GOP inaction on rights

    Rachel Maddow reviews how Republicans failed to follow up on promises to fix the Voting Rights Act after it was gutted by the Supreme Court, helping usher in a new Republican war on voting with new ID laws, restrictions and intimidation tactics.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/war-on-voting-follows-gop-inaction-on-rights-273215043693

  • JB20005

    The daily beast has the scoop on why the White House was in no hurry to tell Dianne Feinstein anything:

    But at least in Feinstein’s case, the administration may have had a reason to keep her out of the loop. In March 2012 with Josh Rogin—then with Foreign Policy magazine—Feinstein accidentally acknowledged the negotiations, appearing to disclose classified information about a potential Bergdahl deal (Rogin also reported that the White House briefed eight senators, including Feinstein, on a potential deal in Jan. 2012).

    With friends like these.

    smh

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/03/obama-shut-out-congress-for-2-years-about-bergdahl-deal-key-senator-says.html

    • gn

      She’s terrible on foreign policy IMO, I don’t know how she ever got a reputation as a moderate on this issue.

      • Miranda

        I hate to say it (well not really) – but a lot of these white women senators think they have to be more hawkish than any man simply to “prove” they are “just like the men”. Its a very weird feminist thing – believe in order to be treated equally, you need to do the same dumb shit some men do as opposed to believing that whatever your position on foreign policy, it should carry just as much weight as anyone else’s.

        • gn

          I think that’s exactly right and I think that this strategy of trying to outhawk the GOP was something which was adopted by both male and female Dems to try to cut into what used to be the GOP’s edge on this issue. President Obama provided such a brilliant guidance about being smart and real strength lying in avoiding unnecessary wars. Not only humane and brilliant, but it worked. The GOP no longer has a political edge on foreign policy and PBO did it by being the *opposite* of a war hawk. It would be a complete tragedy if the Clintons and “rising stars” like Gillibrand regressed the party back to the old bullshit.

          • Miranda

            The GOP no longer has a political edge on foreign policy and PBO did it by being the *opposite* of a war hawk.

            ——————
            Proving he really is the smartest person in the room. None of the Dems ever THOUGHT to actually come up with a strategy of wining the argument by NOT doing what the Rethugs do.

          • gn

            Yup, not doing what the GOP does and also not being a caricature like emos whose purity keeps them from progressing a step at a time. Really not interested in going back to the bad old days of the AUMF and this story right here is showing who has the strength to continue PBO’s work.

        • TresL

          This is so true and it’s exactly why I believe HRC voted for the Iraq war. What’s the point of diversity if women and minorities feel they need to make the same asinine decisions as white men?

          • Miranda

            “What’s the point of diversity if women and minorities feel they need to make the same asinine decisions as white men?”

            ————-
            BOOM…that’s why everybody here doesn’t care about diversity in media if the few black voices that get on these news panels are gonna parrot the same nonsense in order to get their appearance bonafides.

          • AxelFoley

            That’s EXACTLY why Hillary voted for the war. As soon as I heard about her vote, I knew she was running for president.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Miranda you see that all across the board with these white women screaming for equality. To them it means the freedom to act just like their white male counterparts.

        • AxelFoley

          What I always say? Feminism–white feminism, I should say–has ALWAYS been about white women trying to sit at the same table as white men, women of color be damned.

          • Miranda

            YEP!

    • jziglar

      Feinstein has never been a good democrat. The only reason why she is still a senator is because she is from a deep blue state where the other party is a non factor, and she has a D after her name.

      • nellcote

        Not to defend her in other ways but she has been consistently good, though not particularly effective, on gun control and reproductive rights.

    • Daltex82

      She needs to be publicly reminded that perhaps it’s her loose lips that kept her out of the loop. I swear Dems stay loosing.

    • TresL

      She’s always had a big mouth. I may have mentioned this here once before; but, a few years back I watched a documentary about a CA serial killer known as the “Night Stalker,” I believe. I think his real name was Richard Ramirez and he was viciously raping and killing folks at night in their own homes. The police were able to get a foot print from a crime scene and were then able to determine what type of shoe he was wearing. That information was deliberately kept out of the media but was shared with Feinstein, who I believe was the San Fran mayor at the time. She released it publicly causing Ramirez to discard the shoes and continue his killing rampage.

      Based on that alone, she should never be trusted with confidential information.

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

        Dayum! I heard about Ramirez but I didn’t know about Feinstein revealing info! What an idiot!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        I think that’s why she’s upset now because the Administration realized what a blabber mouth she is.

        • gn

          Messing with Team No Fucks to Give will get your feelings hurt lol. So that’s why she was in a lather yesterday?

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Exactly. And what’s she going to do? The President is a constitutional scholar so he’s covered. No problem there.

            If she wants to be in on stuff in the future than she needs to learn how to keep her mouth shut. Fat chance there.

      • AxelFoley

        I remember reading that.

        Yeah, I wouldn’t trust DiFi with shit.

      • MsKitty

        Wow. Some people can’t help themselves.

    • AxelFoley

      Can’t keep ya trap shut and expect a brotha to keep you in the loop? Child, please.

      • jds09

        I cannot stand Diane Feinstein. I had an experience with her office in the 80’s and to this day I vote for the green candidate, just a small personal protest. If she ever had a legitimate challenger, I’d might pass-out from holding my nose so tight.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    These employees should be fired and barred from ever working in any capacity that deals with others private information! In fact, they need some prison time for this!

    Lawsuit: UC Med Center employees leaked patient’s history on Facebook

    Woman claims photo of medical history posted on social media site
    UPDATED 11:42 PM EDT Jun 03, 2014

    CINCINNATI —A Cincinnati woman who was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease has filed a lawsuit against UC Medical Center after an employee allegedly posted the woman’s medical records on Facebook.RELATED

    Exhibit one of the lawsuit is a screenshot of this woman’s medical record, showing all of her personal information including her diagnosis — syphilis.

    Attorney Mike Allen said employees at UC Medical Center took the photo and posted it on Facebook.

    “She was absolutely devastated. That is the most private of private medical information that was posted on Facebook and went out to a group on Facebook that had a huge dissemination,” Allen said.

    The Facebook group is called “Team No Hoes.”

    Allen said the screenshot was followed by comments referring to his client as a “hoe” and a “slut.”

    Read more:http://www.wlwt.com/news/lawsuit-uc-med-center-employees-leaked-patients-history-on-facebook/26316492#ixzz33g68z5te

    • rikyrah

      FIRE ALL OF THEM
      and prevent them from getting another job in the medical field.

  • rikyrah

    Oregon insurer proposes double-digit premium cut

    By Elise Viebeck – 06/03/14 06:05 PM EDT

    One health insurance company on Oregon’s ObamaCare exchange is proposing to lower premiums an average of 16 percent next year, according to a report.

    The other two carriers — Regence BlueCross Blue Shield and Kaiser — are proposing negligible increases of less than 5 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.

    The rates were reported by the Portland Business Journal on Tuesday. They come as state officials around the country begin to shed light on what consumers might pay on ObamaCare’s exchanges next year.

    In most states, including Oregon, proposed rate changes must be approved by state regulators and will affect consumers differently based on age, plan and location.
    .
    http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/208127-oregon-insurer-proposes-double-digit-rate-decrease#.U48dyHnAL5Y.twitter#ixzz33g6Lqdmt

    • TyrenM

      I really hope BCBS (stress the BS) MN follows suit.

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Okay this is the man. If you ever get a chance search for a copy of Ira Aldridge’s biography written by Herbert Marshall and Mildred Dunnock. they assembled a lot of information from the great critics of Aldridge’s day and what emerges is an actor of incredible power and ability with deft touches that absolutely dazzled audiences. When he went to Europe he became a rock star all across the continent.

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

      Thanks for this info, Woody!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Thanks for this series Sepia.

  • Miranda

    Idiots.

    Republicans Delete Digital Praise of Bowe Bergdahl Release

    At least three prominent Republicans appeared to offer praise on Twitter for the rescue of American POW Bowe Bergdahl — only to later backtrack, scrubbing their tweets or websites of any mention of the soldier after questions arose over the prisoner swap that freed him.

    Republicans have widely criticized the Obama administration for swapping five high-level Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl, who many believe defected from his base because he was unhappy with the U.S. military’s actions in Afghanistan.

    But before those criticisms mounted, some members of the GOP didn’t hesitate to welcome Bergdahl’s release with open arms.

    Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE)
    “A grateful nation welcomes the news of the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl,” Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) said in a statement that’s since been removed from his website.

    “I have the pleasure of regularly speaking with our nation’s active duty military and veterans and I know that there is nothing more solemn than the pledge to never leave one of their own behind on the field of battle,” Terry said in the statement, before calling Bergdahl “a national hero.”

    A tweet sent from the congressman’s account still stands, calling Bergdahl’s release “wonderful news.” But in place of the statement on his website is this message: “We are sorry, but there is no document by that reference here.”

    more here: http://mashable.com/2014/06/03/republicans-delete-bowe-bergdahl-praise/

  • MsKitty

    Really enjoying this series, I never even knew about these actors. Always learning something new here.

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

      Glad you’re enjoying it!

      • AxelFoley

        POU stay droppin knowledge.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – — – -☺Aldridge performed scenes from Othello that stunned reviewers. One critic wrote, “In Othello (Aldridge) delivers the most difficult passages with a degree of correctness that surprises the beholder.”

    – — ——☺HIGH HONORS: — -A blue plaque unveiled in 2007 commemorates Aldridge at 5 Hamlet Road in Upper Norwood, London.[7] The plaque describes him as the ‘African Roscius’.[7]
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    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Hey GLH! Glad you’re enjoying it!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia♥—-Thank U♥— -YES! :>)

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      This is how one of the leading theater critics in Moscow named Almazov described his acting:

      “No externality, no ballet-like grace and agility of movement but a highly truthful understanding of art a deep knowledge of the human heart and an ability to feel the subtlest spiritual movements indicated by Shakespeare and to bring them to life before the public-that is what constitutes the essence of his acting. “

  • rikyrah

    john miller@deaconmillFollow

    GOP says Obama doesn’t treat them with respect. Well, maybe if they acted in a way to deserve respect, he would. You get what you deserve.

    8:42 AM – 4 Jun 2014

    • AxelFoley

      lolwut?

      These mofos here.

      • Miranda

        LOL, isn’t that hilarious? They hate that these black men dont give a rat’s ass bout what they say.

        Remember how often Holder has told them to kiss his black ass? ok, maybe he didn’t say the EXACT words, but translated into nigganese, that’s what he said.

        one example of Holder saying “F Y’ALL!” http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/02/eric-holders-contempt-for-contempt/

  • JB20005

    I have no great love for wikileaks, but they’re saying from the Manning document dump, that Taliban radio chatter was having a laugh about Bergdahl being nabbed while going number 1/number 2.

    It also suggests that their original demand for his release was 15 Taliban prisoners.

    Given that wikileaks more or less hates the President and would not be apt to do him any favors, I’m inclined to believe the above.

    • Miranda

      Doubt our sorry ass mainstream media will say a peep about it.

  • rikyrah

    Matt Murphy@MattMurph24Follow

    If only Bergdahl deserted to Russia with stolen intel, then maybe he would get the benefit of the doubt.

    12:50 PM – 3 Jun 2014

    • gn

      Right—if only he was a spy who gave China specifics of US cyber operations, then he’d be a hero.

    • AxelFoley

      OUCH

  • Miranda

    In today’s “most obvious DUHHHHHH” news…for heavensakes, black folks been screaming this from day DAMN ONE. Hell, we PREDICTED they would do this after PBO was elected the first time!
    ————————-
    Study finds strong evidence for discriminatory intent behind voter ID laws
    BY CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM
    June 3 at 2:03 pm

    State legislators who support voter ID laws are motivated in no small part by racial bias, according to a new study from the University of Southern California. The study finds strong evidence that “discriminatory intent underlies legislative support for voter identification laws.”

    The findings raise questions about the constitutionality of voter ID laws, which the Supreme Court affirmed in 2007 on the basis that Indiana’s strict law represented a “generally applicable, nondiscriminatory voting regulation.” For quick background, these laws require registered voters to show some sort of government-issued ID before they vote — supporters say they’re necessary to prevent voter fraud, while opponents counter that they disproportionately affect elderly, minority and low-income groups. For more, see ProPublica’s excellent backgrounder on the topic.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/03/study-finds-strong-evidence-for-discriminatory-intent-behind-voter-id-laws/

    • gn

      Seriously, it’s good to have this studied and documented, but this isn’t exactly a secret…

    • Daltex82

      And in other news dirt is dirty.

    • rikyrah

      Water is wet
      uh huh
      uh huh

    • GOVCHRIS1988
    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Ya think?

    • Kennymack1971

      Shut the front door! I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you!

    • AxelFoley

      Studies show that fire is hot.

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  • Alma98

    Morning POU.

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    One critic of that time said Aldridge had the ability to read Shakespeare between the lines. Which is pretty phenomenal.

    • Miranda

      Wow….there was just some other world connection between black thespians and Shakespeare. There really was. It was so special.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        None of that posed Maurice Evans stuff. You know who I’m talking about. He’d come on Bewitched and start reciting and you could clearly tell he was reciting.

        For Black thespians it was real deal Shakespeare from the gut.

  • Miranda

    Real opportunity missed here…that Price is right loser horn sure could have been good background music

    GOP Senate Candidate Learns She Lost When Megyn Kelly Tells Her On-Air

  • Miranda

    without even a hint of irony……..

    Oliver North Of All People Blasts Obama For Financing Terrorist Orgs In Bergdahl Swap
    TOM KLUDT – JUNE 4, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT

    Naturally, Lt. Col. Oliver North has plenty to say about the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

    North, the former Reagan aide-turned-conservative commentator best-known for his central role in the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s, was on a mission Tuesday to hand down his indictment of the prisoner swap that secured Bergdahl’s rescue.

    Speaking to former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) on his Newsmax program, North demanded to know if a ransom was paid to terrorists in order to execute the swap.

    “Was there a ransom paid?” North said. “Did the government of the United States, either directly or indirectly, finance a terrorist organization?”

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/oliver-north-bowe-bergdahl

    • JB20005

      I’m waiting for some cheeky soul to ask if he’d feel differently if the exchange involved a cake and 1,500 missiles.

    • AxelFoley

      I KNOW this sack of shit doesn’t want us to bring up Iran-Contra.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Let’s just get this out of the way right now. Oliver North was nothing more than a low level sack carrying useful idiot. He never knew as much as he pretends and this statement shows it.

    • gn

      This is just an utter farce. A con. The whole “scandal” is.

    • Kennymack1971

      Big brass ones…I mean….THIS dude wants to talk sideways about financing terrorism? THIS dude?

  • Miranda

    At the L.A. Times, Dean Baquet Dispatched a Strike Force to Rescue Stories Held Hostage
    Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 7:28 AM
    By Peter Y. Hong

    In 2000, a few months after Dean Baquet became managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, one of the paper’s veteran investigative reporters asked me to stop by his office. He said he needed my help on an assignment from Dean. I was a reporter on the metro staff at the time.

    Bill Rempel was a reporter who worked on the biggest investigative stories – those involving heads of state, or international drug lords. He had an office in an obscure corner of the building, not even on the same floor as the newsroom, and few people knew what he did or to whom he reported.

    I had only met Dean in passing then, and didn’t know what to expect. I certainly wasn’t expecting to hear what Bill told me. “Dean assigned me and Marc [Duvoisin, now L.A. Times' managing editor] to find stories that were killed that need to get into the paper,” Bill said. “I told him you’ve got some. Go up and see him. He wants me to work with reporters to get these stories out.”

    So these were the first things I learned about Dean: First, he knew newspapers buried great stories under layers of bad decisions. Second, one of his first acts as a new managing editor was to assign two editors to see that these buried stories were unearthed for readers.

    Since Dean became editor of the New York Times May 14, he has been criticized by some for killing a 2006 story on U.S. government surveillance of citizens while at theLos Angeles Times. The incident is being held up as an example of Baquet being somehow weak in taking on government.

    I had no connection to the 2006 national security story the Los Angeles Times declined to run. But I did witness Dean’s absolute support for reporters whose work challenged those in power. It was one of his defining qualities in Los Angeles, and on at least two occasions he stuck his neck out for me.

    more here: http://m.laweekly.com/informer/2014/06/02/at-the-la-times-dean-baquet-dispatched-a-strike-force-to-rescue-stories-held-hostage

    • nellcote

      That’s the sort of action that earned Baquet a standing ovation from the reporters in the newsroom when he made his goodbyes to the LA Times.

  • JB20005

    LGF commenter targetpractice sums up why I’m disinclined to just swallow the deserter story from Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers:

    If I didn’t already have the fresh memory of Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman in my head to question the veracity of any soldier commenting on the actions of another, I’d still be able to recall events like My Lai, where everybody involved was willing to tell investigators with straight faces that they’d found the little village brimming to the eyes with guns and angry Vietcong.

    That and the fact that one of them accidentally mentioned that he had a problem with Bergdahl for preferring reading to getting drunk with the boys.

    • creolechild

      It seems that the FBI became interested in Berdahl and his platoon from a letter written by a retired veteran and articles written in Rolling Stone and the Idahostatesmen. A platoon member describes Bergdahl’s personality and indicates that he was basically a good kid that kept to himself but other soldiers resented him, calling him “leadership’s pet.” According to several sources, the lack of discipline in this unit resulted in the squad leader being demoted and two sargeants being reassigned after photos taken by, Sean Smith, a British film maker with the Guardian, were released. (see pp. 11-14).

      Imo, Begdahl’s detractors are in CYA mode hoping to deflect attention away from what was going on in that platoon.

      Source: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1175775-updated-hastings-fbi-matt-farwell-unredacted.html

      • MsKitty

        Man if this don’t sound like some office politics BS. You keep to yourself, focused on doing your job instead of hanging out at the water cooler, would rather hang out with your people than spending your free time going to a weekend company function…next thing you know there’s whispers (sanctioned by management) you’re antisocial, and a problem employee.

        Knowing that’s the dynamic Bergdahl was in makes me much more likely to see things from his side.

      • nellcote

        Imo, Begdahl’s detractors are in CYA mode hoping to deflect attention away from what was going on in that platoon.

        ===
        THIS!!!

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. It’s good to know that someone is examining the facts and comparing it with statements made by Berdahl’s platoon members, even though this is what should have occurred at the onset…

    Can Bowe Bergdahl Be Tied to 6 Lost Lives? Facts Are Murky

    [....] Two soldiers died during the most intense period of the search after Sergeant Bergdahl’s June 30 disappearance. Both were inside an outpost that came under attack, not out patrolling and running checkpoints looking for him. The other six soldiers died in late August and early September. [....] An archive of military reports logging significant activities in America’s war in Afghanistan offers a contemporaneous written record of events in Paktika that summer. The archive was made public by Chelsea Manning[....]

    The first two deaths the critics link to Sergeant Bergdahl involved a major assault by insurgents on a combat outpost called Zerok on July 4, 2009. Their view is that the Taliban knew the Americans were stretched thin by the search mission and took advantage of that opportunity to try to overrun it.[..] Military officials, speaking in recent days, have countered that additional surveillance aircraft had been brought in from other areas to help in the search, so air traffic in the region was intensified, not diminished, by the search.[....] Insurgents had been shooting at the outpost with escalating intensity in the preceding months.A June 24 log described a mortar attack inside its perimeter and cited intelligence that insurgents were planning a “complex ambush” of the outpost.[....]

    Mr. Bethea wrote that of the six men killed in August and September, two died in a roadside bombing while on a reconnaissance mission, a third was shot during a search for a Taliban political leader and three others were killed while conducting patrols — two in an ambush and one who stepped on a mine. He suggested some connection to Sergeant Bergdahl for several of the deaths, saying the Taliban leader and a village that was in the area of one of the patrols were “thought affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors.”[....]

    Those villages and insurgents were in the overall area of responsibility for the soldiers, and the logs make clear that the region was an insurgent hotbed. A log on May 21, 2009, for example, said it had historically been a “safe haven” for the Taliban. A retired senior American military officer, who was briefed at the time on the search for Sergeant Bergdahl, said that even though soldiers were instructed to watch for signs of the missing American, they would have been conducting patrols and performing risky operations anyway.[....]

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/world/middleeast/can-gi-be-tied-to-6-lost-lives-facts-are-murky.html?emc=edit_th_20140604&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=29220519

    H/T Charlie Savage and Andrew W. Lehren

  • gn

    For anyone who is still surprised at what the far right is doing: please remember that at this time last year, they were occupied with smearing a dead, murdered CHILD as a thug and hard core drug abuser because the POTUS expressed a connection to that boy and sympathy with his parents. This is nothing new for these folks. These people championed George Zimmerman who is an unapologetic murderer, woman-beater and all-around lowlife to try to get at PBO. There is no innocent they will not smear and no lowlife they will not champion to f- with PBO. If we had a real national media, these loonies would be called on their shit. Thank God for social media with people who aren’t afraid to step up and call this out.

    • TresL

      I was thinking the same thing this morning. Anyone that PBO expresses support for or is in any way linked to, watch out. Remember the guy that bear hugged PBO? These fuckers tried to put him out of business.

    • rikyrah

      like I said..no shock at all.

    • Miranda

      I guess for me they’re still able to make me just stare in disbelief because I expect their foolishness when it involves people of color…but these are the same nuts that bought millions in yellow magnet ribbons to put on their cars and yell how much they luvvvs the soldier, and now to see them turn on a white soldier no less, all because a black man gave the go ahead to bring him home by any means necessary. SMH….they would actually rather the young man have died. Heck, they would rather die themselves than ever credit PBO for anything. Just would rather die.

      • gn

        It’s just unfathomable. It’s utterly unfathomable.

      • jziglar

        They don’t care about the troops. We all saw what they did to John Kerry in 2004 when they smeared him, and Max Cleland in 2002, and all of the other actions against veterans. But when it comes to Obama they will do anything and I mean anything to destroy him. It’s sick !

    • Kennymack1971

      Obama Derangement Syndrome is real and it is a full blown epidemic. If the President is for it they’re against it.

      • gn

        It’s complete lunacy.

  • rikyrah

    Morning Plum: Dems face steep midterm dropoff problem among core voters

    A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds Obama’s approval rating at 46-51, a finding that will draw every bit as much media attention as did last month’s poll showing his approval at 41 percent. (Okay, that isn’t really going to happen.) It also finds Dems lead the Congressional ballot matchup by 47-45, though that’s way too small to help Dems, given the deep structural disadvantages they face.

    Indeed, this poll once again provides a glimpse of those structural disadvantages: It finds that the percentages of voters from core Dem groups who say they’re definitely going to vote are significantly lower than the percentages from core GOP groups who say the same. Overall, 74 percent of registered voters are absolutely certain to vote, and here’s the breakdown:

    – 81 percent of Republicans are absolutely certain to vote, versus 74 percent of Democrats.

    – 86 percent of conservative Republicans are absolutely certain to vote, versus 79 percent of liberal Democrats.

    – 77 percent of white voters are absolutely certain to vote, versus 67 percent of non-whites.

    – 79 percent of those over 65 are absolutely certain to vote, versus 66 percent of those from 18-39.

    The poll also explains why Dems are placing so much of an emphasis on female voters:

    – Dems lead among women in the generic ballot match-up by 52-42, while Republicans lead among men by 49-40. And yet…

    – In the one seeming break from the above pattern, 77 percent of female voters are absolutely certain to vote, versus 70 percent of men.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/06/03/morning-plum-dems-face-steep-midterm-dropoff-problem-among-core-voters/

  • Miranda

    NY woman’s racist tirade at Dollar General goes viral: ‘Nasty f*cking n*gger!’

    Video that showed a New York woman yelling racist slurs at a black man went viral this week, prompting outrage on the Internet.

    On Wednesday, a YouTube user named IAMOYAB posted video of himself sitting in a Dollar General parking lot arguing with a woman who he said had started calling him the n-word because he started his car.

    At one point in the video, the man points out that at least one of the woman’s two children is also “cursing” at him.

    • MsKitty

      Has Black twitter gotten her address and place of employment yet? They can supersleuth with the best of them.

      • creolechild

        I think plenty of other folks got to it first…

        [....] By Wednesday morning, the video had gone viral with almost 200,000 views on YouTube. A Reddit page
        with over 10,000 comments had been shut down after users posted
        personal information about the woman. And a Facebook page calling her a
        racist had over 500 “likes.”[....]

        She went on to explain that her ex-husband wanted to take her kids after seeing the video.[....]

        Source: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/04/ny-womans-racist-tirade-at-dollar-general-goes-viral-nasty-fcking-ngger/

        H/T David Edwards

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          “She went on to explain that her ex-husband wanted to take her kids after seeing the video.”

          Gee I wonder why.

    • rikyrah

      they are crazy

    • Adriane Farray

      This nasty skank has an attorney on retainer like I live in a penthouse suite overlooking Central Park West. If some low rent chippy flipped out on me like that, I’d have broken my foot off in her skinny behind. The smartest thing she did on that tape was to turn her narrow butt around and head on into Dollar General.

    • Kennymack1971

      They just don’t care anymore.

    • gn

      Hold the heck up lmao—@2:30 did she really say “oh, he knows the cops??? How many cops have I stripped for!” What a lunatic. Oh and eta: love the racist thing of accusing black people of racism. The “I’m rubber, you’re glue” strategy. “You’re a racist f-ing n****er!” said without even a hint of irony. Nothing surprising about this video.

    • jziglar

      She followed up with comments via twitter and stated that she is not a racist, and then she says that she is proud to be an open racist…Okay !
      Then she says “did you know that the word N*gger means an ignorant person” … What ? This woman is a nasty piece of work, and I don’t know what kind of strip club would hire her.

  • jziglar

    The emo liberals and constant complaints from the left. I continue to hear from these people that President Obama is not that good at explaining things and creating a visual message. If you’re that dumb that you can’t understand what the President is saying based on numerous clear, and concise speches, then nothing can be done to help you.

    • nellcote

      They need to look in the mirror. PBO doesn’t have a supportive chorus like the goopers do and whose fault is that?

    • gn

      It’s a way to not take responsibility for their crap. They constantly get caught up in the far right’s drama and when proven wrong, “the WH communications problem is why I got upset.”

      • Kennymack1971

        Thank you GN. I refuse to hold the President accountable for not picking up their slack. The WH communication team is up against a media messaging machine that has completely gone in the tank for the GOP and liberals out here crying about “Obama’s messaging problem”. Miss me with that garbage.

      • Adriane Farray

        The job of the president of the United States is to govern, not to hold the hands of namby pamby liberals. This president has the task of trying to govern a country of over three hundred million people with absolutely no help form the opposing party and almost no help from his own. He has no time to spoon feed ‘messages’ to people who are too stupid or too lazy to furnish themselves with needful information. If these ‘liberals’ sense a need for information then why the heck don’t they fill it themselves? They could, for example, inform their viewers and readers about what PBO and his administration is doing. But that would mean doing something useful for a change. And we can’t have that.

        • gn

          Exactly. If you’re on blogs or twitter or have an online magazine or radio/tv show, you have time and inclination to research what the WH is doing and accurately post information. To whine about WH communications is to me ridiculous. I’ve always felt that it was a cop out used by certain people who posted sensationalist tripe (“the oil spill is PBO’s Katrina!!!!111!”) and then when proven silly and wrong, pointed the finger elsewhere.

          • creolechild

            Everything they need to know is posted on WhiteHouse.gov; how much simpler could it be? But if they did that they can’t shape the narrative and would have to do their jobs…for a change.

          • Adriane Farray

            You’re exactly right, these are people who for the most part are just acting in bad faith. They have no intention of doing anything to help the president or his team. The simply want to blame someone for their own lack of initiative and accomplishments. The left has been void for the last four decades and here come this young community organizer from Chicago who becomes POTUS. They’re bitter and envious and use every setback as an opportunity to put him in ‘his place’. They’re not fooling anyone.

  • creolechild

    California voters support plan to spend $600 million for homeless veterans

    California residents have voted for a plan to spend $600 million to
    build houses for homeless veterans in the state with the highest number of ex-servicemen without a roof in the United States.[....] California has about 25 percent or 19,000 homeless veterans, according to the Coalition for Veterans Housing support group.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/04/california-voters-support-plan-to-spend-600-million-for-homeless-veterans/

    H/T Jennifer Chaussee

  • rikyrah

    Conservative Critics of the Bergdahl-Taliban Swap Have Some Explaining to Do

    By Brian Beutler  @brianbeutler

    It’s difficult to work up sympathy for the conservatives second-guessing the negotiated release of an American POW in Afghanistan, when they and their fellow travelers spent Monday doing things like this and this and this and debating whether Bowe Bergdahl should have been rescued at all on Fox News.

    But despite all that, they take tremendous umbrage at the suggestion that their actions provide any insight into their beliefs, and particularly at the suggestion that they think we should’ve left Bergdahl behind.

    They have a point. The term “left behind” carries a permanence to it that I can’t justify attributing to anyone who works in or writes about politics for a living (a few thousand conservatives on social media notwithstanding). But unless they expand on their argument, it’s the inescapable conclusion of their views.

    The emerging conservative position on Bergdahl’s release—and the many ways they’ve articulated it—has fueled the vitriol of abandonment supporters, but amounts to something different and incomplete. Not opposition to his return, per se, but a belief that the trade-offs the United States accepted to secure his release are unsupportable—a determination they’ve based in large part on an unforgiving examination of his conduct as a soldier.

    That’s the charitable interpretation.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117988/conservative-attacks-bergdahl-deal-suggest-they-oppose-rescuing-pow

  • Miranda

    Fox ‘expert’ links Bowe Bergdahl’s ballet dancing to Obama’s lack of ‘Americanism’

    “The fact that he was a dancer and a lifter, not a weight lifter, but he would lift up and throw the other ballerina, what does that mean?” co-host Brian Kilmeade wondered.
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/04/fox-expert-links-bowe-bergdahls-ballet-dancing-to-obamas-lack-of-americanism/

    http://www.somegif.com/gifs/1363588445823567319.GIF

  • rikyrah

    Gabe Ortíz@TUSK81Follow

    New @LatinoDecisions polling: Latinos will blame @GOP if immigration reform fails this Congress. http://americasvoice.org/blog/new-poll-finds-latino-voters-unequivocally-support-immigration-reform-prior-2014-midterm-elections/

    9:10 AM – 4 Jun 2014

    • nellcote

      But will they show up to vote them out?

  • rikyrah

    Allen@StillCrazy808Follow

    532 Gitmo detainees were released prior to Inauguration Day, ’09. One was implicated in the Benghazi attack.

    Where’s the GOP outrage?

    1:16 AM – 4 Jun 2014

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    Obamacare Might Not Be The GOP’s 2014 Silver Bullet Anymore

    Dylan Scott – June 4, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

    Evidence is emerging that the electoral landscape surrounding Obamacare is a little more complex than previously thought. While Republican politicians have struggled to match their rhetoric to Obamacare’s new reality, the law seems to be more of a wash between the parties than previously thought when it comes to motivating voters.

    A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday found that Republicans and Democrats are almost evenly split on the importance of Obamacare to their vote: 73 percent of Republicans said the law would be important, and 67 percent of Democrats said the same.

    The GOP still holds an intensity edge on the law — 26 percent say that Obamacare would be “very” important to their vote, as opposed to ‘fairly” important, while only 9 percent of Democrats said it was very important — but the numbers undermine the notion that the law is a clear-cut winner for Republicans.

    For months now, most political watchers had seen the GOP’s 2014 electoral strategy as pretty simple: Trash Obamacare, turn out the base (which is more likely to vote in midterms, anyway) and cruise to control of the Senate. And poll after poll had suggested that might hold true, even as the law recovered from its disastrous launch and beat enrollment expectations.

    Democratic strategists have regularly conceded as much in recent months. “People strongly believe that it’s being used for base intensity, for driving base turnout,” Stan Greenberg, a top Democratic pollster, told TPM of the GOP’s anti-Obamacare strategiy. “People are very alert to that.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-gop-strategy-trouble?utm_content=buffer0b9a7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  • Miranda

    “I don’t think anybody’s talking about repealing the entire bill,” said Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who is a physician. “There are clearly sections of the bill … that people are saying, ‘OK, these are actually good things.’

    you don’t think anybody’s talking about repealing entire bill?? BITCH THAT’S ALL Y’ALL TALKED ABOUT!!!!!!!!!

    House GOP conflicted on health law alternative
    Jun. 4, 2014 3:08 AM ET
    http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2014-06-04-Health%20Overhaul-GOP/id-21d66ad63851480eb6445897d5cb3d11

    • jds09

      I swear they are stuck in the 1950’s, when you could say one thing to one group, drive down the street and say something different, say one thing in the primaries and another in the general…those days are OVER. lol

    • Kennymack1971

      LMAO…that’s why they’re pushing any pseudo scandal they possibly can. Their whole “OBAMACARE IZ SOCIALISM THAT WILL DESTROY AMERICA!” strategy has fallen apart. Folks got a taste and the GOP knows taking away folks health insurance is a non starter.

  • creolechild

    My, my…I guess after they finish smearing Berdahl, they’ll move on to this young man. Oh wait…maybe not because that would disrupt the current narrative about PBO.

    Abusalha’s demise was greeted by some U.S. counterterrorism officials with a measure of relief that a U.S. citizen and willing suicide bomber had carried out his attack far from the country where he lived. The outcome was seen as evidence that Jabhat al-Nusra,
    the al-Qaeda-linked group that asserted responsibility for the attack, remains focused on ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rather than taking advantage of an American recruit to launch a plot against the West.

    Even so, U.S. officials acknowledged
    that the full extent of Abusalha’s transformation — his grooming by
    Jabhat al-Nusra and willingness to take part in a suicide attack — might
    have eluded U.S. agencies even if they were in a position to spot any
    attempt to leave Syria.

  • gn

    This bear just completely ran out of f-s to give:

    • MsKitty

      That’s what suburban sprawl gets you. Knocking down all those woods and trees to put up another subdivision or shopping center, leaving all the bears and other wildlife homeless. That’s why I always root for the bear LOL.

      • TresL

        That’s why I always root for the bear LOL.

        So funny. Betty White delivered a similar line in Lake Placid. “I’m rooting for the alligator.” At the end of the movie it was revealed she had been feeding them all along. LOL!

      • gn

        He went out to eat, enjoyed his meal, fell into a food coma, and took a nap. I’m entirely rooting for the bear lol.

    • Miranda

      Smokey tired….been chasing Pharell to get back his hat….shit..a mofo need some rest.

      • goldenstar

        LOL!

  • creolechild

    Does anyone remember this being plastered all over cable news and the Internet? I guess it’s not receiving much attention because it would deflect from PBO “negotiating with terrorists,” and would also run counter to GG and Snowden’s assertions about the super powers possessed by the federal government that’s treading on our freedom…

    Suicide Bomber Is Identified as a Florida Man

    An American who blew himself up in an attack in Syria on Sunday has been identified by law enforcement officials as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, a man in his early 20s who grew up in Florida and traveled to Syria late last year. The officials said they believed that Mr. Abusalha….used a large truck in helping to carry out the bombing in the northern province of Idlib, where he had traveled after spending two months in a training camp of the militant group the Nusra Front in Aleppo.[....]

    Intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Friday that it was
    easy for American citizens to get in and out of Syria, and that many had traveled there for humanitarian reasons, presenting a challenge in determining who might be planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the United States when they return.[....] The
    F.B.I., the C.I.A., the National Counterterrorism Center and the
    Department of Homeland Security recently created a special team of analysts to try to prevent American jihadists from returning home
    undetected.

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/31/world/middleeast/american-suicide-bomber-in-syria.html

    H/T Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt and Michael S. Schmidt

    • Miranda

      My guess is the reason we haven’t heard much about this is because that is not his BIRTH NAME…and his actual birth name will reveal his All-American bonafides, if you know what I mean.

      • creolechild

        His father is of Middle Eastern descent and his mom is white so I imagine that if this story gets more attention the blame will be placed on Muslims, PBO, white guilt, and anything else they can dream up.

  • creolechild

    Candidates Who Signed An Anti-Immigration Pledge Are Losing Their Primaries

    More Republicans than ever are touting their anti-immigration positions, but Congressional candidates are learning the hard way that taking on such harsh rhetoric does little to win support in this election cycle. In the primary elections held Tuesday and the contests held two weeks ago, candidates who signed a pledge to vow to oppose “amnesty” have not fared well at all against candidates who did not sign this pledge.[....]

    Though there are some races, particularly in Georgia, where pledge
    signers only ran against other pledge signers or where a pledge signer ran unopposed, in races that pitted a signer against a non-signer, supporters of the pledge lost nearly every primary race. In total*, 21 FAIR pledge signers lost to non-signers. Only two pledge signers have won so far in races where they were pitted against a non-signer.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2014/06/04/3444123/anti-immigration-pledge-fails/

    H/T Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

  • Miranda

    Boy did his political aspirations go way of the dodo bird

    Christie’s chief of staff subpoenaed to testify on Bridgegate Monday
    By Susan K. Livio/The Star-Ledger
    on June 04, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff has been subpoenaed to testify Monday before the legislative committee investigating the politically motivated tolls lane closures to the George Washington Bridge, according to a statement from the committee’s co-chairs.

    more here: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/christies_chief_of_staff_subpoenaed_to_testify_on_bridgegate_monday.html

  • creolechild

    How black land became white sand: The racial erosion of the U.S. coasts

    In 1910, less than 50 years after Abraham Lincoln issued the
    Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans owned over 15 million acres in the former slave-holding states. Much of that black-owned property was on the coasts, the geographic margins of the nation, which at the time were some of the most undesirable areas for living or leisure. That was before the Army Corps of Engineers came along to convert those coastline areas into “flood protection” zones, and beaches.

    The Corps dumped over 7 million cubic yards of sand in Mississippi to create “the longest manmade beach in the world,” but not for all to enjoy. When the federal government brought the sand to the beach, and a highway system for city folk to access it, in came droves of white folks, who then effectively drove black landowners out of their homes.[....] The white overthrow of black landholdings — from Maryland shores to Texas — was closely linked to the pursuit of reckless environmental policies in the name of profits. Many of the same properties stolen from African Americans are today threatened by climate-change-fueled sea-level rise and coastal erosion.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/living/how-african-americans-lost-the-coasts-and-how-we-could-make-that-right/

    H/T Brentin Mock

    • Town

      Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria were (I believe) predominately black neighborhoods until white people decided they wanted them, jacked the tax rate up so black people couldn’t pay, force the sale of their homes, snapped them up at cheap rates and made it so black folks bet not even look in the direction of those neighborhoods.

      You can come and sweep & clean, though.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    Somebody may have already posted this but Hubby brought this to my attention with the words: “The Navy gets it even if no one else does”

    http://americablog.com/2014/06/sailor-says-bergdahl-never-seal-captured-left-behind-exceptions-ever.html

    Hubby has been really pissed over the nasty stuff some people are saying about this Bergdahl rescue. He was raving this morning.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      This is it. The Army will decide if he should be brought up on charges but no matter what you don’t leave anyone behind. Period end of story.

  • qosine

    Fantastic post about Ira Aldridge. I wish I could go back in time and see him. Love King Lear and Othello. Also love the thread connecting his “daughter Christina Elizabeth Aldridge, was a opera singer who taught Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson!”

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I’ve been throwing these out here all day. Here’s another from one of the newspapers of that time:

      “In the role of Shylock, Ira Aldridge showed himself a great artist, with great resources and strength, one who has in his power every means of producing great effects, In a word he is an all out artist used to covering a wide range of scenes.”

      They say he played the last quarter hour of the Merchant of Venice with no dialogue!! He was also the first apparently to change Shylock from a caricature to an actual human being.

      • qosine

        Wow. Interesting, wood45. Thanks! “He was also the first apparently to change Shylock from a caricature to an actual human being.”

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!