September 21, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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Recording Career, Con’t

Scott-Heron recorded and released only four albums during the 1980s: 1980 and Real Eyes (1980), Reflections (1981) and Moving Target (1982). In February 1982, Ron Holloway joined the ensemble to play tenor saxophone. He toured extensively with Scott-Heron and contributed to his next album, Moving Target the same year. His tenor accompaniment is a prominent feature of the songs “Fast Lane” and “Black History/The World.” Holloway continued with Scott-Heron until the summer of 1989, when he left to joinDizzy Gillespie. Several years later, Scott-Heron would make cameo appearances on two of Ron Holloway’s CD’s; Scorcher (1996) and Groove Update (1998), both on the Fantasy/Milestone label.

Ain’t No Such Thing as a Superman

Scott-Heron was dropped by Arista Records in 1985 and quit recording, though he continued to tour. The same year he helped compose and sang “Let Me See Your I.D.” on theArtists United Against Apartheid album Sun City, containing the famous line, “The first time I heard there was trouble in the Middle East, I thought they were talking about Pittsburgh.” The song compares racial tensions in the US with those in apartheid-era South Africa, implying that the US was not too far ahead in race relations. In 1993, he signed to TVT Records and released Spirits, an album that included the seminal track “‘Message to the Messengers”. The first track on the album criticized the rap artists of the day. Scott-Heron is known in many circles as “the Godfather of rap” and is widely considered to be one of the genre’s founding fathers. Given the political consciousness that lies at the foundation of his work, he can also be called a founder of political rap. Message to the Messengers was a plea for the new generation of rappers to speak for change rather than perpetuate the current social situation, and to be more articulate and artistic. Regarding hip hop music in the 1990s, he said in an interview:

They need to study music. I played in several bands before I began my career as a poet. There’s a big difference between putting words over some music, and blending those same words into the music. There’s not a lot of humor. They use a lot of slang and colloquialisms, and you don’t really see inside the person. Instead, you just get a lot of posturing.

—Gil Scott-Heron
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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Mornin’!

      • Alma98

        Mornin’ Sepia!

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning! What do you think of all the Chicago hubub?

      I knew that Toni was not going to run. She committed to cleaning up Cook County government and her character is saying what you mean and meaning what you say. I love her.

      No matter what, black folk are voting against Rahm. But there needs to be a vote for a candidacy. Karen Lewis cannot win. I am thinking that Fioretti could win.

      • rikyrah

        I think Fioretti could win.

      • Alma98

        Morning goldenstar!

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah :)

  • rikyrah

    Charles Pierce went all in on ” Tiger Beat on the Potomac” – POLITICO – and them inviting the Cheney family to some forum

    ……………..

    Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Mainline Antifreeze, Part The Infinity

    By Charles P. Pierce on July 15, 2014

    Its puerilty has finally crossed over into indecency. Its triviality has finally crossed over into obscenity. The comical political starfcking that is its primary raison d’erp has finally crossed over into $10 meth-whoring on the Singapore docks. Once a mere surface irritation, Tiger Beat On The Potomac has finally crossed over into being a thickly pustulating chancre on the craft of journalism. It has demonstrated its essential worthlessness. It has demonstrated that it has the moral character of a sea-slug and the professional conscience of the Treponema pallidum spirochete. Trust me. Stephen Glass never sunk this low. Mike (Payola) Allen has accomplished the impossible. He’s made Jayson Blair look like Ernie Pyle.

    It’s not just that TBOTP invited the Manson Family of American geopolitics to come together for an exercise in ensemble prevarication. It’s not just that the account of said exercise is written in the kind of cacophonous cutesy-poo necessary to drown out the screams of the innocent dead, and to distract the assembled crowd from the blood that has dripped from the wallet of the celebrity war-criminal leading the public display. And it’s not as though this was a mere interview—a “get” that could help you “win the morning (!).” In that, it might have been marginally excusable. No, this was one of Mike Allen’s little grift-o-rama special events—a “Playbook lunch,” sponsored by that noted mortgage fraud concern Bank Of America. There’s an upcoming TBOTP “event” in L.A. that is sponsored by J.P. Morgan. I know what Mike Allen is, but I am so goddamn tired of haggling about the price. Here’s how TBOTP’s own account of the event begins.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Politico_Dances_With_The_Devils

    • Miranda

      Ummm….gonna go out on a limb and say Pierce really doesn’t like the whore that is Politico. LOL

      • qosine

        I dunno, Miranda. CP claims that Politico “has the moral character of a sea-slug . . .” That’s good isn’t it? LOL

  • rikyrah

  • rikyrah

    How GOP Donors Funded Sen. Thad Cochran’s Winning Appeal To African-Americans

    Posted: 07/15/2014 11:36 pm EDT Updated: 07/15/2014 11:59 pm EDT

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) appeal to African-American voters in his winning primary election runoff last month was funded entirely by a super PAC supporting his campaign.

    According to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, a super PAC called All Citizens for Mississippi received all $144,685 of its funds from the Mississippi Conservatives super PAC run by Henry Barbour, a lobbyist and nephew to former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R).

    Bishop Ronnie Crudup of New Horizon Church in Jackson, Mississippi, runs All Citizens for Mississippi. He said previously that he had raised the super PAC’s money from other sources.

    “I raised money for our PAC; that’s what PACs do,” Crudup told the Clarion-Ledger on July 9. “And there is no doubt as part of that I raised some money from the Republicans, I raised money from African-Americans. I raised money from a number of sources.”

    Mississippi Conservatives super PAC was heavily funded by establishment Republican Party donors, including those closely connected to the Barbour family’s political network in the state. This included Barbour himself and businesses and their executives that have relied on federal money secured by Cochran over the years, including Bollinger Shipyards and General Atomics. The super PAC also received contributions from the leadership PACs of Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah).

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/thad-cochran-african-american_n_5589944.html?1405481815

    • goldenstar

      Bishop is not sounding like he’s on the up-and-up. I am crossing fingers that Black folk are discerning and can organize to vote in the upcoming general election since elections matter and votes do count.

      • Town

        I’m sorry but unless you’re in the Catholic or Episcopalian church you can miss me with that “Bishop” mess.#dontrussit

    • nellcote

      read a rumour (?) during their campaign that the plan is for Cochran to win then give up the seat in a couple of years and Haley Barbour be appointed to the seat.

      • AxelFoley

        Mannnn, if that’s true…

  • rikyrah

    This Road Work Made Possible by Underfunding Pensions
    JULY 12, 2014

    The Federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money in August. So, naturally, Congress is debating a temporary fix that involves letting corporations underfund their pension systems.

    Of course, we could replenish the fund by raising the federal gasoline tax, which is its primary source of financing. That’s what Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, and Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, want to do. But increasing gas taxes is unpopular, so Congress hasn’t done so since 1993, which means that the tax on gas has actually fallen 39 percent over the last 21 years after you adjust for inflation. Instead, Congress has used a series of gimmicks and shifts to keep the fund solvent as highway construction costs have risen.

    The latest proposal, which passed the Republican-controlled House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, works like this: If you change corporate pension funding rules to let companies set aside less money today to pay for future benefits, they will report higher taxable profits. And if they have higher taxable profits, they will pay more in taxes over the 10-year budget window that Congress uses to write laws. Those added taxes can be diverted to the Federal Highway Trust Fund.

    Unfortunately, this gimmick will also result in corporations paying less in taxes in later years, when they have to make up for the pension payments they’re missing now. But if it happens more than 10 years in the future, it doesn’t count in Congress’s method for calculating budget balance. “Fiscal responsibility,” as popularly defined in Washington, ignores anything that happens after 2024.

    Letting companies underfund pensions so they pay more taxes is a dumb idea, but it’s not a new one: A similar strategy was part of the last bipartisan highway bill, which passed in 2012. The new proposal would simply extend the underfunding that was already allowed in the 2012 bill for a greater number of years.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/upshot/this-road-work-made-possible-by-underfunding-pensions.html?_r=1

    • nellcote

      and yet they insist that the USPO fund pensions 75!!! years into the future.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Let’s see….

    Videos have surfaced of two Black women being physically assaulted by white cops have surfaced…

    Alex Jones and Joan Rivers called FLOTUS “a tranny” and “looks like a man”….

    Pam Oliver was fired from CBS…

    A Black woman was harassed by a white radio host…

    But Black Twitter feminists create a hashtag to talk about Black men street harassing Black women.

    • goldenstar

      Has anybody brought this to their attention and limited eyesight?

      • rikyrah

        if it’s actual seriousness, they can’t be bothered.

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

          Pretty much. It’s all about the grift for them. #HashtagGriftingIsReal

    • Miranda

      They are perfectly useless. The Black Twitter “feminists” favorite past-time is whining about white feminists and trying to figure out what they’re doing.

    • jds09

      I have to respectfully disagree on this, I’ve done two stints in Rape Crisis Centers (one in South central LA in the 80’s) and street harassment is a problem. I see it now in San Diego, grown ass men yelling at middle schoolers.

      More importantly, sexual predators and batterers (and yes we have our share) exploit BW’s unwillingness to turn black men into the system and end up suffering for it. I’ve seen this first hand.

      • Tafr

        I believe the issues here is that they tend to ignore all those very important issues that Sepia listed. Yea street harassment is an issue but it is not the only issue facing our community. Funny that all of a sudden street harassment has become such a huge issue for these so called feminist once a black man got in the white house.

        Also I need for them to understand that black men are not the only men who do this. Once upon a time I was a young airman, the stories I could tell.

        • jds09

          I think I get your point. One of the reasons that I love black twitter is that we can have conversations with each other not caring about what white people think. I was raised in a household that you never aired your dirty laundry in front of white folks, these hashtags fly in the face of that. I feel uncomfortable with that sometimes, but if I focus on the content, many times it has value.

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

          Exactly. It’s the lack of consistency that annoys me with some of the Black Twitter feminists. If they’re really about the protection of Black women, then call out ALL abusers, not just the Black ones.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Rut roh…. Gov. O’Mally gon’ learn not to back bite Team Obeezy!

    O’Malley, Obama administration still sparring over immigration policies
    By Jenna Johnson July 16 at 1:20 AM

    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) appears to be facing the consequences of sharply challenging the Obama administration’s efforts to deal with an influx of immigrant children who have crossed the border into this country unaccompanied.

    O’Malley spoke at length to reporters on Friday about the need for compassion for these children. And he said that the government should not “summarily send children to death” by forcing them to return home, a reference to the administration’s effort to speed deportations, add immigration judges and beef up border security. Within hours, O’Malley aides said, the governor received a phone call from a frustrated White House official.

    By Tuesday, details of that private conversation leaked to political reporters via a “Democratic source” — and not one in Annapolis, according to the aides.The comments painted O’Malley as a hypocrite: the governor didn’t want these immigrant children returned to their home countries, the source said, but he refused to shelter them in his own state, opposing a proposed site in Carroll County that has since been removed from the list of options.

    Aides to O’Malley — who is considering a run for the White House in 2016 — quickly rushed to his defense, saying that the governor’s comments about the Carroll County site had been completely misconstrued and that for weeks he has been actively working to find suitable places in Maryland for detained children.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/omalley-obama-administration-still-sparring-over-immigration-policies/2014/07/16/5d30e622-0c9a-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html

    • AxelFoley

      Whoops

    • MsKitty

      By Tuesday, details of that private conversation leaked to political reporters via a “Democratic source” — and not one in Annapolis, according to the aides.The comments painted O’Malley as a hypocrite: the governor didn’t want these immigrant children returned to their home countries, the source said, but he refused to shelter them in his own state, opposing a proposed site in Carroll County that has since been removed from the list of options.

      Never a good idea to run afoul of a group that holds the golden ticket to 2016 victory (aka OFA).

      Best to straighten up and fly right, son.

      • nellcote

        That “proposed site in Carroll County” is that brick building with Ill Eagles spray painted on it that we saw the other day. He’s looking for other locations in a bluer part of the state.

  • edp4bho

    Good morning POU. I don’t know an easier way to post this here but this is the kind of stuff one can expect to find when subscribed to Rainbow Push. I do so to keep up with what Messy Jessie is planning to rob PBO of his good standing. I, along with at least one other person here, still believe he cried in 2008 because it was not him up there as POTUS. Please forgive the length and format.
    ‘Apartheid
    Avenue’ two blocks from the White House

    BY JESSE JACKSON

    July 14, 2014

    Diplomats who abuse their immunity from prosecution to keep their “imported”
    domestic workers as virtual slaves are a repeated scandal. What has not gained
    as much media coverage and public exposure is the flagrant abuse of sovereign
    immunity by international organizations.

    For decades, the World Bank, the third-largest employer in our nation’s
    capital, has sustained racially discriminatory practices. And within the last
    few months, an appeal to address the issue has seen inaction by the newest
    president of the World Bank, appointed in 2010 by President Obama.

    In 2009, the Government Accountability Project identified only four black
    Americans out of more than 1000 American professionals working at the bank, not
    counting several thousand foreign nationals. The bank’s reply essentially was
    that there are not sufficient qualified black Americans.

    In fact, as the bank’s own internal reports have documented, discrimination is
    the root of the problem. In 1998, the Team for Racial Equality, consisting of
    senior officials including the bank’s current chief counsel, reported that “The
    findings of three earlier World Bank studies send a clear message: race-based
    discrimination is present in our institution.” One of the serious issues that
    the 1998 report and several subsequent ones identified is the “ghettoization”
    (segregation) of blacks in the Africa regional vice presidential unit, housed
    in a separate building from the World Bank’s main office,

    In 2009, a former senior vice president explained that blacks were placed in
    the Africa regional section to give them opportunity to prove their competence
    and win the confidence of management before they were considered for
    assignments in other areas. This made it difficult for black professionals to
    gain higher positions — and difficult for the bank to retain skilled black
    professionals who could find greater opportunities elsewhere.

    The situation was so insulting that a segment of 18th Street between
    Pennsylvania Avenue and G Street has been unofficially christened “Apartheid
    Avenue.” To the left of the Street stands the Bank’s “J” building where blacks
    are largely segregated. To its right sits the bank’s flagship building where
    black professionals face glass doors.

    Because of the bank’s immunity from U.S. courts, victims of racial
    discrimination are confined to an internal tribunal. Since its establishment in
    1980, the tribunal has dismissed all racial discrimination claims filed by
    blacks. In contrast, according to GAP’s 2009 report, “Complainants of other
    races who allege racial discrimination or applicants claiming reverse
    discrimination have better prospects for compensation awards.”

    The expectation of change was high when President Jim Yong Kim was nominated by
    President Obama and confirmed as the first minority president of the World Bank
    in 2012, and opened his first annual meeting by saying that his life was
    “fueled by” Dr. Martin Luther King’s optimism about the human condition.

    To his credit, President Kim assumed personal leadership in advancing the
    bank’s agenda for equality for women and the LGBT community. In the last six
    months he published two op-ed articles on women and LGBT issues, met with
    external advocacy groups, and made presentations and chaired sessions at
    related forums. In contrast, he has not met with leaders of the DC Civil Rights
    Coalition, delegating this to his chief of staff.

    The coalition submitted a petition calling on the president to (i) resolve
    outstanding cases of racial discrimination; (ii) establish an external
    commission; and (iii) introduce external arbitration as an alternative
    adjudicative outlet. To date, President Kim has not answered the coalition’s
    call.

    The bank’s formal posture remains that the bank “has zero tolerance for
    discrimination” and that staffers with grievances have access to a “reputable,
    independent, and impartial tribunal.” What is clear, however, is that the
    reality still does not match the rhetoric. It is time for President Kim to take
    aggressive action to shut down Apartheid Avenue.

    • rikyrah

      thank you for keeping us informed

    • qosine

      He may be writing this in light of the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Aug. The World Banks is key to any
      large scale effort.

      • edp4bho

        Maybe so, but I bet it feels good to him to inject PBO into the issue twice.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    On Monday, I posted this tweet from HuffPo’s Sam Stein:

    Sam Stein Verified account @samsteinhp
    Earnest says that WH has “not seen” Israel acting disproportionately against the Palestinians

    Here’s the actual exchange:

    Q The Israelis have been accused by the Palestinians of acting
    disproportionately and, in some cases, engaging in war crimes. Is there anything the administration believes is valid about that criticism?

    MR. EARNEST: Not that we have seen.

    Here’s something else from that same briefing:

    Q I want to follow up on Gaza and ask the question slightly
    differently. How do you explain the high number of Palestinian casualties — 170 dead so far, half of them are civilians, 36 are children? Does the administration believe that Israel is acting within
    international law and without the Fourth Geneva Convention for
    protection of civilians?

    MR. EARNEST: Well, Nadia, what we have done is we have encouraged leaders on both sides of this issue to provide — or at least
    demonstrate some concern for the safety and well-being of innocent
    civilians. We have seen Hamas repeatedly in the last couple of weeks
    fire rockets that are aimed squarely at civilians, attempting to inflict terrible damage.

    Q Because of the Iron Dome, there are no civilian casualties.

    MR. EARNEST: I’m sorry?

    Q Because of the Iron Dome, thank God, there is no Israeli casualties. I’m just asking about the Palestinian side. How do you
    respond to the high casualties of Palestinians?

    MR. EARNEST: Well, we have articulated our concern about the
    casualties that have been sustained on both sides over the last several
    weeks. We have concern about the casualties sustained by civilians on the Palestinian side as well. That’s why we’re encouraging both sides to exhibit as much restraint as possible.

    But we do that with the full knowledge that it is completely unacceptable for rockets to continue to be fired from Palestinian Territory, aimed squarely at Israeli civilians. And that is why we have called repeatedly on Hamas to end that rocket fire. And we will continue to encourage Israelis — at the same time while respecting their right to defend their country and their civilians, we’ve urged them to exhibit some concern for the lives of civilians as well.

    • crazycanuck

      So am I reading this right? They are actually not going to do anything about Israel?

      • TyrenM

        CC for $200!

        Sorry to say.

        • crazycanuck

          So all this is the Palestinians fault, and Israel holds no accountability? This is not surprising, but it really disappointing, especially from this administration.

          • nellcote

            one problem is that there are two Palestinian groups to deal with the Palestinan Authority and Hamas. Hamas are basically terrorists and reject Israel totally.

      • goldenstar

        Not so quick.

        This President plays the long game. Just because he and Josh aren’t hollering doesn’t mean a thing. Bibi fired his Cabinet member yesterday. Sumpin’ goin’ on and goin’ down.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    “And a child shall lead them….”

    10 Year Old Asean Johnson Checks Roland Martin, “We don’t need the National Guard in Chicago”
    By jasiri x

    …This weekend, Asean was one of the featured speakers at the American Federation of Teachers Convention in Los Angeles, California. Asean gave a impassioned speech about the need to reinvest in public education. After his speech, I had a chance to ask Asean and his mother, about a controversial article written by TV pundit Roland Martin called “Send the National Guard to Chiraq“. Ten year old Asean disagrees.

    According to Asean, sending the National Guard to Chicago would just, “escalate the violence”. Challenging Roland Martin’s assertion that Chicago residents are walking around in “perpetual fear” Asean, who lives in Roseland, said his community is a “very welcoming and loving community, we just don’t have the resources”. Asean’s mom Shoneice spoke in even more specifics, “we need affordable housing, well funded schools, wrap around services with counselors and social workers. We haven’t been invested in in decades.” Asean called Roland Martin’s use of the term Chiraq, “an insult to the people of Chicago”.

    Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, was also a
    keynote speaker at the AFT Convention. Karen called Roland’s call for
    the National Guard, “ludicrous” and said she was, “tired of people
    offering simplistic solutions”. She further stated, “this isn’t a policing problem, if it was it would be solved. We have places in Chicago that have been economically divested in for decades. How can we pull ourselves up by our bootstraps when we have no boots?”

    MORE: http://www.blackyouthproject.com/2014/07/10-year-old-asean-johnson-responds-to-roland-martin-we-dont-need-the-national-guard-in-chicago/

    • Miranda

      In other words, go sit your square head down somewhere Roland.

      • AxelFoley

        Ascot Squarehead

        Are you ready, kids?

        Aye, aye, Axel!

        I can’t hear you!

        Aye, aye, Axel!

        Ooooooh…who lives to troll the Precidency?

        “Ascot Squarehead”

        Blockheaded and stubborn and porous is he

        “Ascot Squarehead”

        If political nonsense be something you wish

        “Ascot Squarehead”

        Then drop what you’re doing and tune into this

        “Ascot Squarehead”

        Ready?

        Ascot Squarehead

        Ascot Squarehead

        Ascot…Squareheeeeead…

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU FAM! Shout to Chicago peeps, I have a friend visiting your wonderful city, can you recommend a good vegetarian eatery?

    • rikyrah

      Soul Food Vegetarian East on 75th Street right off the Dan Ryan.
      Now if you’re looking for FAST…no.
      But, if you want to sit down and eat, yes.

      • rikyrah

        205 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619
        (773) 224-0104
        11:00 am – 9:00 pm

        • jds09

          Thanks!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • GreenLadyHere

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    —— –☺Scott-Heron was dropped by Arista Records in 1985 and quit recording, though he continued to tour. – – –“The first time I heard there was trouble in the Middle East, I thought they were talking about Pittsburgh.”- —HIS CREATIVITY — NEVA WANED. :>)

    ——–☺THIS: – -Given the political consciousness that lies at the foundation of his work, he can also be called a founder of political rap.- –Sooo — –DEEP. :>)

    – —– ☺BOLD enuff 2 DECLARE: – — http://rosshostetter.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/no-superman.png

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    • Alma98

      Morning GLH! Blessings to you and yours!(((HUGS)))

      • GreenLadyHere

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  • qosine

    Great series on Gil Scott-Heron, PBomb!

    These 2 jumped out at me:

    “The first time I heard there was trouble in the Middle East, I thought they were talking about Pittsburgh.”

    “They need to study music. I played in several bands before I began my career as a poet. There’s a big difference between putting words over some music, and blending those same words into the music. There’s not a lot of humor. They use a lot of slang and colloquialisms, and you don’t really see inside the person. Instead, you just get a lot of posturing.”

    —Gil Scott-Heron

    • Miranda

      I love that quote.

    • PBomb

      I am glad you are enjoying it.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Obama Administration Seeks End to Inversion Deals
    By DAVID GELLES
    July 16, 2014 9:30 am

    The Obama administration has urged congressional leaders to take swift action to halt the rush of United States companies moving abroad.

    In letters sent to four lawmakers, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said the administration supported a quick fix that would halt the trend of so-called inversions, in which United States companies buy a smaller competitor and reincorporate overseas to save money on taxes.

    “The best way to address this situation is through business tax reform that lowers the corporate tax rate, broadens the tax base, closes loopholes, and simplifies the tax system,” Mr. Lew wrote. “But, even as we work to do that, we should prevent companies from effectively renouncing their citizenship to get out of paying taxes.”

    MORE: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/obama-administration-seeks-end-to-inversion-deals/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

    • qosine

      “. . . we should prevent companies from effectively renouncing their citizenship to get out of paying taxes.” Companies: free speech is money, hold religious beliefs, and of course try to
      get out of paying taxes. Put the headlock on them, says Lew.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — –☺In the afternoon, the President will meet with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience. The President will provide remarks and engage in a discussion with Task Force members about a series of new actions the Administration is taking to support state, local, and tribal leaders in preparing their communities, including electricity systems and infrastructure, for the impacts of climate change.

    – – – -☺WHAT HE SAYS:- –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx03ZxUI4R4

    — –CARRY ON SIR♥ – -:>)

    • qosine

      Is that pic for real, GLH – the one where PBO is striding across
      the rocks?

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Arizona politician mistakes YMCA campers for migrant children http://ow.ly/3nd3mT #p2 #tcot pic.twitter.com/341MsNaWPR

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    • qosine

      Hey, GreenLady. I watched the clip, where the reporter
      calls this wannabe out. His response? “I, I said children.
      I saw children.” Earlier, he said he saw children “in fear”
      when actually, they were laughing and taking pictures
      w/their IPads.

      • GreenLadyHere

        –http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
        GOOD “HUMP DAY” –Morntin’ La Qosine. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>) —
        – – —***BIG fit bump*** :>) – —As the sayin’ goes – – -DEY LIE – –like a rug!

        —-Annnd with NO SHAME — -geesh.

        Good 2 C U La Qosine. :>) – – -B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –HEY RE-THUG [BIGOTS] — -YA MEAN – –THESE IMMIGRANTS?– —

    – – – -

    UNDERWATER DREAMS – Trailer – 2-2014

    – —-UNDERWATER DREAMS, narrated by Michael Peña, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio, chronicles the true story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build underwater robots. And go up against MIT in the process.

    This is how it transpired. Two energetic high school computer science teachers, on a whim, decided to enter their high school, a Title I school where most of the students live in poverty, into a sophisticated underwater robotics competition sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and NASA, among others. Only four boys signed up for the competition.But once assembled, with enthusiasm and verve, they called oceanic engineers and military contractors for design help. They were advised that their underwater robot would require glass syntactic flotation foam. But short on money, all they could afford was PVC pipe from Home Depot. And duct tape.
    THERE IS MORE- – – —Annnd – –WON! [10 years ago :>)]

    —–Jus’ sayin’. . . . :>)

  • crazycanuck

    So, from what I’m hearing and seeing, this administration will not say a thing about Israel. As I said below, not surprising but extremely disappointing. You have given guns and ammunition and dome (or whatever the hell that is) and tons and tons of money for Israel protection, but the onus is entirely on Palestine.

    • edp4bho

      I believe that if US policy wasn’t steeped so strongly and decades long, that PBO really would like to cut Bibi, and thereby Israel, to its knees for the shameless behavior- towards Palestine, and towards his own efforts to achieve peace in the region.

    • AxelFoley

      Long game, cc. Long game.

      In a situation that deals with Israel, it’s necessary. As much as we might want something to be done now, it’s a political minefield.

  • Miranda

    House GOP to Stage Mock Trial

    In an unlikely setting for political theater—the cramped meeting room of the House Rules Committee—lawyers for and against Speaker John Boehner’s proposed lawsuit against President Obama will stage a kind of mock trial Wednesday to expound upon the plan’s possibilities and pitfalls.

    Although the testimony will be equally divided between the pros and the cons, the outcome is inevitable. With a 9-4 majority on the Rules Committee, Republicans are certain to follow their leader’s suggestion and write a resolution for the full House to consider calling for litigation against the president.

    In fact, a draft resolution has already been prepared, stating that “the Speaker of the House may initiate civil actions in federal court on behalf of the House seeking declaratory or injunctive relief” against the nation’s chief executive for failing to act “in a manner consistent with that official’s duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States.”

    more here: http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/opening-act-ready-in-house-v-obama-20140715

    • MsKitty

      This is bullshit. Just do it already.

      • qosine

        Yeah, bring it on. Why the mock trial? Just
        go for the real thing and see how far you get.

      • Kennymack1971

        Thank you. Quit talking and BSing and just do it.

      • jds09

        They’re gonna string it out thinking this is gonna save their asses in November. They will be wrong.

    • qosine

      They’re probably poring over old McCarthy, Watergate, and Clinton Impeachment tapes.

    • Town

      Which black stooge will they get to play the president?

      • AxelFoley

        Conyers?

    • Kennymack1971

      Just when you think this farce can’t get anymore pathetic….

      • Alma98

        Wasting taxpayer money once again.

    • AxelFoley

      Something something something about defecating or removing oneself from the pot.

  • Miranda

    AL GOP County chairman resigns after marijuana arrest
    Times Staff Writer
    Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

    Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead confirmed Tuesday that John Loyd Ellis, arrested Friday when law enforcement officers found marijuana on his property, was the chairman of the Cherokee County Republican Party.

    Ellis has resigned as chairman, Armistead said, and the GOP will have no further comment on the situation.

    “We will allow legal and judicial system to follow its course,” he said.

    Ellis, 52, was arrested and charged with first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found plants growing at his residence in Ellisville.

    more here: http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20140715/NEWS/140719884

  • Miranda

    I’m mad bout this cheap ass candy – but I guess once you remove chocolate from the choices….all you have left is the crappy stuff.
    ————————
    KKK Using Candy To Recruit New Members In South Carolina
    Jul 15, 2014 10:21 PM EDT

    SENECA, SC- The KKK is recruiting new members in South Carolina.

    Residents in one community say they woke up to find bags of candy and a message from the Klan.
    Peppermints and Smarties were dropped in driveways along a Seneca subdivision.

    “As I opened it up, I realized just what it was. I just read the flier, read off it, ‘save our land and join the klan,’ and I, my mouth fell open,” one neighbor said.

    This woman didn’t want to be identified on camera but says her family was on their way to church Sunday morning, when they ran over the bag, and stopped to check it out.

    “It totally shocked me, but it made me angry,” she said.

    She said she saw the bags on every driveway, including neighbors with mixed-racial marriages and minorities. She and her neighbors were even ashamed that what she thought was a thing of the past, still exists.

    The voicemail of the Klan hotline, says, “Be a man join the Klan! Illegal immigration is destroying America. Always remember if it ain’t white, it ain’t right. White power.

    Robert Jones, the Imperial Klaliff, based in North Carolina, near the Virginia border says they don’t target homes for their National Knight Ride.

    “I mean, we can’t tell who lives in a house, whether they’re black white, Mexican, gay, we can’t tell that. And if you were to look at somebody’s house like that, that means you’d be pretty much a racist,” said Jones via telephone.

    He says, they’re not a hate group, but a civil rights organization, following the bible.

    “We’re just wanting to see equal rights for whites. We’re getting out to the streets and protesting because we feel our country’s being took away from us,” said Jones.

    more here: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/26027774/kkk-using-candy

    • Alma98

      I’m tired of them trying to use civil rights as a way to avoid being called the racists they are.

    • PBomb

      “I mean, we can’t tell who lives in a house, whether they’re black white, Mexican, gay, we can’t tell that. And if you were to look at somebody’s house like that, that means you’d be pretty much a racist,” said Jones via telephone.

      The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one…

    • MsKitty

      Candy…seriously? KKK needs to step up their game. It ain’t a serious recruitment effort unless there’s an iPad giveaway involved.

    • AxelFoley

      Candy? This is some straight up child abductor move.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT♥- –BIRTHDAY♥ :>)

    — –☺@AfAmEducation[THANK U♥]

    Salute to the indomitable Ida B. Wells, who used the power of the pen to fight for human rights! #AfAmEdChat pic.twitter.com/BnQv3HgGfC

    — — — ☺Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites, often under the guise of rape charges.[1] She was active in women’s rights and the women’s suffrage movement, establishing several notable women’s organizations. Wells was a skilled
    and persuasive rhetorician, and traveled internationally on lecture
    tours.[2]

    – – —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXZFdGhhMnk
    ——-Ida B. Wells: a Passion for Justice

    ——– – -☺http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/c8/ea/ce/c8eaceaf412a308073f23bcece99e167.jpg

    — — ☺http://blogs.archives.gov/blackhistoryblog/files/2013/01/Ida-Combined.jpg

    — ——– -☺http://images.cpcache.com/merchandise/514_400x400_NoPeel.jpg?region=name:FrontCenter,id:57477958,w:16

    – —–☺https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5068/5601588010_d65fceceb5.jpg

    – – – – HAPPY BIRTHDAY –With PROFOUND APPRECIATION of Your BRAVERY as an —“ARTIST-ACTIVIST”♥ —:>)

    – – —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c

    • qosine

      I like her style — “in humanity’s name.” Great primary
      source — I really get a feel for her personality — her verve — in
      her letter, GLH.

      • GreenLadyHere

        - -http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
        La Qosine —Her BRAVERY —in CIVIL annnd WOMEN’S RIGHTS was COMMENDABLE. :>)
        – —-☺http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vVGQMgKVHS8/UWtWBusKjMI/AAAAAAAABLY/7Abaf20zN0M/s1600/IdaWellsQuote1.jpg

        – — -☺http://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/image_681x432_from_12353188_to_34284580.jpg
        – –Ida and Ferdinand threw themselves into the defense of Joseph Campbell. Ida tirelessly raised funds while Ferdinand defended him in court. Despite Ferdinand’s best efforts, Joseph Campbell was found guilty and sentenced to death in April 1916. Ida and her husband supported Campbell through three appeals. After the final appeal, Campbell’s sentence was commuted by the Governor from death to life in prison in large part due to the pressure that the Barnetts kept up in this case. Campbell died in Joliet prison in 1950, nineteen years after Ida herself had passed.
        – – — An AMAZING –ACTIVIST COUPLE. >)

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– –ACA POSITIVITY♥- –

    – – —Budget Office Lowers Its Estimate on Federal Spending for Health Care- –

    ——The growth of federal spending on health care will continue to decline as a proportion of the overall economy in the coming decades, in part because of cost controls mandated by President Obama’s health care law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.

    The budget office said in its annual 25-year forecast that federal spending on major health care programs would amount to 8 percent of gross domestic product by 2039, one-tenth of a percentage point lower than its previous projection.

    With the latest revision, the budget office has now reduced its 10-year
    estimate for spending by Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs by $1.23 trillion starting in 2010, the year the health care law took effect. By 2039, the savings would amount to $250 billion a year today, or about 1.5 percent of the economy.

    THERE IS MORE- — –

    – – — -☺http://media.giphy.com/media/10spcFioEOY7zG/giphy.gif

    — – –CONGRATULATIONS —With Sooo MUCH APPRECIATION♥ :>)

  • Alma98

    LOL check out her face in this pic with Roland.!!! https://twitter.com/ImJustCeej/status/489119535661084672

    • nellcote

      Who is that with Roland Martin? She looks like she’s being held hostage and trying to send a Help! message with her eyes.

      • Alma98

        I think it’s Michelle from Destiny’s Child. lol

    • AxelFoley

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • Miranda

    SMH…..I know of quite a few that went through this program that majored in journalism at FAMU. This is a damn shame.
    https://twitter.com/jemelehill/status/489436975217123329

    After 29 years, Freep is ending its high school apprenticeship program – It has long been a pipeline, sending local, diverse talent to prominent journalism careers
    Posted on Wednesday Jul 16th at 11:15am
    By Aaron Foley

    The Detroit Free Press is abruptly ending a 29-year-old high school journalism program within weeks, where high school students were brought into the newsroom to work alongside seasoned professionals. The Gannett-owned newspaper no longer has a financial interest in funding the program, according to multiple Free Press employees, who learned that the program would be discontinued on Monday but declined to speak for attribution before the paper issues a formal statement. (Publisher Paul Anger has not yet responded to an email inquiry.)

    “With (Detroit Public Schools) in such turmoil, this is the only newspaper outlet some of these schools had,” says Emiliana Sandoval, copy chief at Motor Trend, who ran the program while a copyeditor at the Freep from 1999-2006 and then full time 2006-07. “They (the students) can’t express themselves. Part of the program is learning about writing, communication, interviewing–all things that can be used in any job, not just journalism.”

    more here: http://m.cjr.org/164388/show/a78e91509bb522d29c626ac66cc064c3/

    • MsKitty

      That’s truly a shame. I was in a similar program with the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the skills I learned from it gave me a solid foundation that I was able to build on in college.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥—–VROOM! – –VROOM! — –MR.PRESIDENT♥— :>)

    – – -☺@petesouza[THANK U♥]

    President Obama inside a driving simulator yesterday at highway research center pic.twitter.com/37ZX7D6Wek

    —–☺ROADRUNNER :>)- -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSosQRiXiPw Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥—–GOTV- –ENCOURAGEMENT :>)

    —-☺@winterthur[THANK U♥]

    @mch7576 @TheObamaDiary we’ll remember in November #VoteGOPout pic.twitter.com/7M79lfj3OE

  • Miranda

    umph…

    rolandsmartin @rolandsmartin · 7m
    Just got a note that @Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, will speak next week at @NatUrbanLeague in Cincinnati.

    rolandsmartin @rolandsmartin · 6m
    And @Reince Priebus will also speak at the end of the month to the Nat’l Assoc. of Black Journalists @NABJ in… http://fb.me/6EQ7fH9NM

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      I bet Roland is whistling “Zippity Doo-Daa” right now.

    • Alma98

      SMH, They’ll let themselves be used for pennies.

    • edp4bho

      Black folks still on the auction block, everyday.

    • nellcote

      but black folks will vote for goopers. Just look at Mississippi! ;)

    • AxelFoley

      Do they not know they’re free?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– –FINALLY! — -A VOICE of REASON – —

    — – -Missouri Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing Teachers To Carry Concealed Weapons At School-

    — – -Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Monday which would have allowed teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons in schools.

    The bill would have designated certain school officials as “school protection offers” who would have to complete a 100-hour police training in order to carry a gun. Additionally, the bill would lower the age requirement for concealed weapons from 21 to 19, allow gun owners to carry their weapons openly in the state (despite bans in certain cities), and require public housing authorities to allow their tenants to possess firearms. The bill passed the GOP-controlled legislature in May, but the veto came on the last day Nixon had to act on the legislation.

    “Arming teachers will not make our schools safer,” Nixon said. “I
    have supported and will continue to support the use of duly authorized law enforcement officers employed as school resource officers, but I cannot condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids.”

    THERE IS MORE—-

    Annnd the NRA[CISTS]- –REACT – – -☻http://media.tumblr.com/9f74a3d7c4c362cc613e9b40bb8bda2e/tumblr_inline_moq5kbBQOM1qz4rgp.gif

    —-GOOD on U- –GOV. JAY — – –[Nixon - - -Interesting] :>)

  • Miranda

    Sen. Shaheen shouldn’t have to spend another dime campaigning for her seat in NH…Scott Brown campaigns for her everytime he opens his mouth.
    —————————–
    Brown’s head in Massachusetts?
    By Alexandra Jaffe July 16, 2014, 11:23 am

    Scott Brown (R) proclaims his heart’s in New Hampshire, but his head seems to be stuck back in Massachusetts.

    The former Massachusetts senator, who moved to New Hampshire late last year and soon after launched a bid for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s (D) seat, again appeared to forget where he was in a radio interview on Tuesday.

    Speaking on Boston Herald radio, Brown knocked Shaheen on immigration reform and the crisis at the border, declaring he’s “not for amnesty and never have been, I have not supported the Dream Act, she has.”

    “And that’s a big difference between Senator Shaheen and me and many other people in the Massachusetts delegation,” he says just prior to that comment.

    Brown then continued with the interview, not giving any sign that he noticed his mistake.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/212421-brown-pegs-shaheen-in-the-massachusetts-delegation#ixzz37eK6YhFK

    • Alma98

      LOL…Carpetbagger!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      He’s such a bimbo.

      • Alma98

        Don’t you mean a himbo lol.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia
  • edp4bho

    I just finished listening to an excerpt of The Take-Away on NPR, which questioned PBO’s effort to assist black boys. The guest was Marion Frances Berry who feels that this is nothing- PBO hasn’t done anything for black folks. All the callers I heard said otherwise. Good for the callers- black and white. MFB is another blackademic who has spent her/his time talking loud and saying not much of anything to advance growth in the AA community. Cannot stand these people.

    • Daltex82

      Hmmp, she’s still around? I haven’t seen (or thought about) her since they took Phil Donahue (were she always seemed to be a guest) off the air.

      • goldenstar

        ouch.

    • AxelFoley

      These dumbasses won’t be happy until PBO presents a bill to Congress that says “This is for black people”. Which will be promptly shot down by the GOPers/media enablers. Which is what the blackademics want so they can say PBO was not an effective President.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -BLAH ECONOMIC POSITIVITY♥ —:>)

    – – — Two Groups Announce Plan to Boost Spending Among Blacks
    – – – – –The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) are formally partnering to make sure that a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remains in Black hands.

    The partnership was launched last week at the start of USBC’s professional development conference, held at the Marriott Marquis in the District of Columbia. The newly-opened, four-star hotel, next to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, was jointly financed by Capstone Development, a private, Black-owned development firm.

    “Today is about more investment in the hotel and travel industry,” Ron Busby Jr., USBC president, said at a press conference. “As African Americans, we have conferences, events, weddings, and vacations, always with White-owned establishments. I think we can bring some that money back to us.”

    A Nielsen study conducted in cooperation with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) found that African Americans spent 40 billion each year on the travel and tourism industries last year.

    But Andy Ingraham, president and CEO of NABHOOD, few of those dollars turn over in the Black community.

    “I’d rate [concerted Black patronization] as pretty nonexistent,” he said.“We have to create awareness, because most people who come in contact with this idea think it’s a damn good idea.”
    THERE IS MORE —–
    —- -WISHIN’ them WELL. :>)

  • MsKitty

    I gotta share this bullshiggedy that just came across my twitter timeline…

    Dear Black Women: White Gays Are Your Allies, So Don’t Push
    Us Away

    We, too, know what it’s like to be ostracized and pushed down.

    In the earliest months of our relationship, my now-husband wanted me to understand something fundamental about his tastes, so he took me to a concert with acts I’d only vaguely heard of. I knew Queen Latifah, obviously, and was somewhat aware of Erykah Badu, but the rest of the lineup at the 2005 Sugar Water Festival, a short-lived summer showcase for black songstresses, were new to me.

    Also new to me as a child of an upscale, white Long Island suburb: the composition of the audience. There were an overwhelming number of black women filling the vast Mandalay Bay Convention Center, which was unusual enough for a show on the Las Vegas Strip. But these women were accompanied, to my surprise, by more than a smattering of white men. Gay white men, that is. Very gay white men.

    Those relationships fascinated me — and made a certain sense. It’s easy, once you start to imagine it, to see the natural connection between the two ostracized groups, both of which have translated that marginalization into defiant, self-affirming subcultures. My then new beau came of age in the urban nightclubs of Washington D.C., New York, and Tampa, all places where many white gay men found acceptance and common cultural cause with their oppressed black sisters who, in turn, flooded the scene, seeking places to revel away from so many predatory, demeaning straight men of all races.

    Last week, that alliance came under attack by misguided University of Mississippi senior Sierra Mannie, who believed she was defending black women from cultural theft by launching an assault on white gays who, to her mind, behave too black. She zinged, “You are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood. It is not yours. It is not for you.”

    Others have already burned the piece down to its homo-ignorant nub, noting that Mannie writes cluelessly and obscenely about the nature and challenges of being gay. Her fire is fueled by some undeniably racist interactions, a supposed epidemic of white gay men who actually wish to be called by stereotypically black names and anoint themselves “strong black women.” It’s difficult to dispute that such behavior is weird and offensive, but it’s illogical to suggest all gay white men are “thieves” on that anecdotal basis alone.

    Yet here’s what else Mannie overlooks in her full-frontal assault: White gay men as a group could be the truest friends black women can have in American society. No alliance is perfect, but this one has the potential, if nurtured properly, to reconfigure the stories of race and gender. White gay men — once intensely vilified but now able to harness our white male privilege for good, having learned what being on the outside is like — are a conduit through which black women can work against both countervailing forces that push them down.

    There is no question white gays have intrinsic advantages over black women in American society. Sure, we’ve taken our lumps, but black women certainly win the sweepstakes of oppression by a landslide. It is, in fact, this basic difference — race — that has enabled us to blitz through our civil rights movement in head-spinning fashion, while black women continue to face painful economic and political hurdles. Why did gay rights go from fantasy to entitlement in a blink of the historical eye, even as other oppressed minorities fend off efforts to deny them the ability to vote or obtain a decent education? Because so many of the gay men (and women) who came out were white and, thus, already embedded in the nation’s most powerful institutions.

    But we’re here now, and we’re natural allies. The mutual fondness between so many black women and white gay men arises both from similar, if not shared, experience, but also a strikingly similar approach to coping with it. Some tropes emerged from black female culture and some from the gay world, but how or why is the stuff not of pundits or essayists, but of doctoral dissertations by social anthropologists. We aren’t going to get to the bottom of that on Twitter.

    Still, cultural alliances like this are rare and should be treasured, not chastised. Black men didn’t have one. Neither did Jews or Native Americans. Arab Americans sure don’t. But through some fluke of cosmic association, black women have kindred spirits in white gay men. Don’t push us away.

    http://time.com/2988033/white-gays-black-women-allies/

    Now excuse me while I go find something to burn into a pile of cinders. Ugh.

    • Alma98

      I’ll let MJ & JJ say it for me.

    • edp4bho

      No thank you white gay man. You’ll never know my pain. You will always be in charge, at least for the immediate future. You’ll not use me as your stepping stone. F you !!

      • isonprize

        I get how it can be news to some of you that people are victimized by
        systems legitimated by your nation, countrymen, and god. But I’m black
        and female and southern. I call that Tuesday.

        Tressie McMillan Cottom

        • edp4bho

          Precisely.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Oh Lord.

      A hit dog will holler piece as a result of this one.

      http://time.com/2969951/dear-white-gays-stop-stealing-black-female-culture/

      Read it, and see why white man here thought it best to tell us all about his trip to the 2005 Sugar Water Festival.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      As Luvvie would say, “I am unable to can!”

    • isonprize

      MsKitty, STOP.PLAYING.

    • Miranda
      • isonprize

        perfect. BULLSHIT.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD “HUMP DAY”- – MsKitty. :>) ***BIG HUG***- —

      – LOL–Now excuse me while I go find something to burn into a pile of cinders. Ugh. – – –

      – – – – –☺JOININ’ U —in BURNING THAT LETTER — http://cdn.gifbay.com/2012/10/paper_burning_oc-7857.gif

      Annnnd WHEN R THEY gon —THANK MR. PRESIDENT♥- — -4 ALL! —ALL!- –that HE has DONE on THEIR behalf???

      — – – –☺http://media1.giphy.com/media/10LCn5MSXM8d3O/giphy.gif WAITIN’!!! —

      Good GET.! :>) Good 2 C U MsKitty. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • edp4bho

      One other thing, Liberace had way more face time and grandeur on TV than Nat King Cole.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ edp4bho♥ ***BIG HUG** :>)

        —-***BIG fist bump*** — – U! – –AIN’T! – –NEVA! —LIED! —

        — -☺The Liberace Show
        (1952–1969) TV Series

        – — ——-☺The Nat King Cole Show –(47 episodes, 1956-1957) -

        —Your CASE — -B – —RESTED!! —:>)

        Good 2 C U edp4bho. :>) B BLESSED♥- –:>)

    • Town

      We aren’t going to get to the bottom of that on Twitter.

      TRANSLATION: BLACK TWITTER BE CLOWNING AND SCHOOLING US.

    • MsKitty
    • itgurl_29

      Sigh.

    • AxelFoley

      LOL

      Oh, they’re serious. In that case, LOLOLOLOLOL

    • crazycanuck

      I am so not in the mood.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— – -“Mother Nature”- — Being–CREATIVE – In a BEAUTIFUL WAY — – –in HONORING – –DR.MAYA♥ :>)- – –

    – – – – -☺@planetepics[THANK U♥] —

    The Most Beautiful Places in America

    Found at http://bit.ly/1n8ELcX pic.twitter.com/guM2KIbW8R

    – — – – – — ☺http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/fd/7e/50/fd7e5029673b7e53ac12f2d7b755cac2.jpg

    —ENJOY♥- –With APPRECIATION of HER WISDOM♥ :>)

    • qosine

      Ok, that looks like a very nice steak in that top photo, GLH. LOL

  • Miranda

    The Reagan and Clinton years were devastating to the black community in ways that may never be fully rectified.
    —————
    Charting the shocking rise of racial disparity in our criminal justice system
    By Christopher Ingraham July 15 at 2:42 PM

    The position of most black men, relative to white men, is no better than how things stood after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1965. That’s the sobering conclusion of a new paper out from University of Chicago economists Derek Neal and Armin Rick, who find that the considerable economic progress among black men between 1940 and 1980 has halted, and in many cases reversed.

    A major driver of this shift has been the rise of more punitive treatments for criminal offenders, resulting in skyrocketing incarceration rates. These changes “have had a much larger impact on black communities than white communities because arrest rates have historically been much greater for blacks than whites,” the authors write.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/15/charting-the-shocking-rise-of-racial-disparity-in-our-criminal-justice-system/

    • rikyrah

      I have repeatedly written that the Criminal Industral Complex flourished under Clinton. Which is why folks better not open up their mofo’in mouths to me about him.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        I don’t buy it. The Criminal Industrial Complex flourished the day after Reconstruction ended.

    • Alma98

      Yet you have some black folks who put Clinton on a pedestal.
      I didn’t like him then and I still don’t like him.

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  • Miranda

    The coordinated attacks on public education has always been about this right here…………..

    Koch Heads: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students
    WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014

    In the spring of 2012, Spenser Johnson, a junior at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas, was unpacking his acoustic bass before orchestra practice when a sign caught his eye. “Do you want to make money?” it asked.

    The poster encouraged the predominantly poor students at Highland Park to enroll in a new, yearlong course that would provide lessons in basic economic principles and practical instruction on starting a business. Students would receive generous financial incentives including startup capital and scholarships after graduation. The course would begin that fall. Johnson eagerly signed up.

    In some ways, the class looked like a typical high school business course, taught in a Highland Park classroom by a Highland Park teacher. But it was actually run by Youth Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit group created and funded primarily by Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries.

    The official mission of Youth Entrepreneurs is to provide kids with “business and entrepreneurial education and experiences that help them prosper and become contributing members of society.” The underlying goal of the program, however, is to impart Koch’s radical free-market ideology to teenagers. In the last school year, the class reached more than 1,000 students across Kansas and Missouri.

    Lesson plans and class materials obtained by The Huffington Post make the course’s message clear: The minimum wage hurts workers and slows economic growth. Low taxes and less regulation allow people to prosper. Public assistance harms the poor. Government, in short, is the enemy of liberty.

    more here: http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2014/07/koch-heads-how-koch-brothers-are-buying.html

    • Alma98

      Yep, they’re trying to influence the young to agree with their way of thinking. I’m still pissed at the UNCF.

    • edp4bho

      Buying capitalist libertarian votes, one black folk at a time. We as a people might just be dead.

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    • Alma98

      I hope his lawyer sues the crap out of faux news and the people who slandered him

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  • nellcote

    Open Carry Texas Announce New Plans To March In Black Neighborhood With An Actual Black Guy

    Open Carry Texas announced last night on Facebook that their group plans to move forward with their march on August 15th through Houston’s Fifth Ward, a predominantly African American neighborhood. C.J Grisham, the Open Carry group’s leader, is urging locals to take up arms in an area stricken with gun violence. He originally planned the march on Junteenth but opted to give a speech at a John Birch Society meeting instead.

    The group’s special guest will be Tennessee resident Maurice Muhammad, a self-proclaimed disciple of Louis Farrakhan. On his Facebook page, he promotes the killing of police officers:

    .On his “About Me” profile, he writes, “At the Initiative, I am the National Director and our mission Is [sic] simple to build a reality for our people and to conduct WAR on anybody that comes against what we have decided to build. We must provide a fertile ground for black People to be able to do for self. And by any means necessary stop, the defamation and dehumanization of Black people.”

    It’s nice radicals can meet somewhere in order to start a war.

    Mr. Grisham does not meet the standards for a CHL in the state of Texas for a period of five years due to a conviction on his record. He pushes back against these “crimes.” wrapping them in his own air quote in the announcement posted below. He claims to be just like Rosa Parks. He’s helping out the community, because Jim Crow Laws — or something.

    read more at:

    http://www.alan.com/2014/07/15/open-carry-texas-announce-new-plans-to-march-in-black-neighborhood-with-an-actual-black-guy/

    • Alma98

      This is nothing but white guys trying to intimidate black folks.
      You think the people in that neighborhood give a damn about them bringing a black mascot. And a lot of them probably have guns already lol.

    • edp4bho

      Inciting black folks against one another in the name of constitutionality? Like I said, black folks on the auction block, everyday. Wonder what Minister Farrakhan would have to say about this jackass.

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