October 24, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Historic Black Neighborhoods

Baldwin Hills.  There is so much more to Baldwin Hills than meets the eye. Home to the largest middle and upper middle-class African American community in Los Angeles, this hillside neighborhood ties together one of the most important strongholds of black culture in town, forming the residential nexus of the Crenshaw area. Long a destination of doctors (hence the early moniker “Pill Hill”), large numbers of African Americans began arriving in Baldwin Hills in the early 1960s. However, unlike the working class who settled in communities like Watts and Compton, Baldwin Hills drew a disproportionate number of black musicians and actors, many of whom were frozen out of affluent westside neighborhoods.

Thus, “the Black Beverly Hills” was born, with celebs including Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Loretta Devine, Nancy Wilson, James Cleveland and former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley settling into the lovely hillside homes. Other communities like Leimert Park and Country Club Park were also havens for black entertainers during this time, but none took on quite the same mystique as Baldwin Hills

The end of segregation meant many of the black celebrities that once called the neighborhood home moved into the more traditional enclaves of the rich and famous, such as Brentwood and Beverly Hills. However, rather than fall into disrepair, most of Baldwin Hills retained an affluent air thanks to the influx of the new black middle class. According to 2000 census numbers, the neighborhood remains 78.5 percent black, though a small community of Latinos, Asians and whites have settled in the area in recent years.

The Black Beverly Hills might be a thing of the past, but that hasn’t stopped some crappy television (“Baldwin Hills, BET) shows from going out of their way to perpetuate the “spoiled rich people dipped in chocolate” cliche. Pity, since the reality of Baldwin Hills today is so much more interesting, with the area’s many business professionals, doctors, lawyers and artists maintaining their hillside abodes in much the same pristine condition as when they were first constructed, and fostering a sense of community that would be admirable to most neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

House styles range from modest bungalows to pretty sizeable mansions, particularly in the affluent Baldwin Hills Estates and View Park sections. However, even the biggest of the homes aren’t as over-the-top and gaudy as what one would find in other affluent neighborhoods.

Despite having two of the largest urban wildernesses in the world (Griffith Park and Topanga Canyon) within its borders, Los Angeles is still critically underserved when it comes to public parks. Baldwin Hills is a revelation among Los Angeles neighborhoods in that more than a third of its land is taken up by public park, making it one of the city’s greenest nieghborhoods.

 Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area built on the site of a defunct oil field, forms one of the most diverse and pleasant greenbelts Los Angeles has to offer, perfectly combining the landscaped comfort of an east coast park with the trails and occasional wilderness feel of a southern California park.

The parks department stocks the lake with catfish in the summer and trout in the fall, making it one of the best places in the city to do some freshwater angling.

There’s plenty going on once you come down out of the hills. Crenshaw Blvd is the main business thoroughfare, and there’s a variety of specialty stores and barber shops lining both sides of the street. One of the most eye-catching features of the street is this neighborhood mural.

As beautiful as the hills look in the distance, the sad fact is that having a predominantly African American population means many Angelenos never bother to explore the area, dismissing it as just more of “the ‘hood”. Never has a such a generalization been more unfair than here, in a community so economically and socially diverse as to defy classification.

(Kemp Powers, The Neighborhood Project: Baldwin Hills)

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  • isonprize

    Mornin’ POU! There’s a foot of snow outside my front door and I’m in no rush to shovel it… That’s what teenage boys are for.

    • goldenstar

      LOL. If you care for a conditioning workout at your own pace, you can always shovel a little bit. Good morning and good luck!

    • MsKitty

      I keep looking out the window like the snow is gonna shovel itself. I even had a dream that all the snow blew on the opposite side of the street and it was green on my end.

      I’m not gonna stress about it though. I’ll just do what I can today and leave the rest for tomorrow if need be. I can’t make it to the gym so this evens things out LOL.

    • conlakappa

      I used it as exercise, given that my training session was cancelled! The husband did the car and I did the walkway and sidewalk. I tried to emulate the motions the trainer would have had me do.

    • Alma98

      Morning isonprize!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ isonprize :>) ***BIG HUG***- —HE needsta GIT UP Earlier. :>) — –

      —-Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ —

      —BLESSINGS 2 U♥/Son♥/Family♥ —AMEN♥ —

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • goldenstar

      Good morning. It’s gratifying to share the Midwestern weather with the east coasters!

    • Alma98

      Morning rikyrah :)

  • rikyrah

    it’s ok….the dust went in my eye reading this too.

    https://twitter.com/JakeIsMobile/status/425640005433049088/photo/1

    • conlakappa

      Woman, as much as you tear up, you might need to do some dusting! I kid, I kid. GMA had those girls and their father on this morning. They were very cute and sincere.

  • rikyrah

    Republicans Seek To Sabotage Obamacare With Higher Premiums
    Sahil Kapur – January 22, 2014, 6:00 AM EST1819

    Conservative wonks and Republican lawmakers are coalescing around a new strategy to sabotage Obamacare by repealing a temporary piece of the law designed to hold down premiums in the event of major market disruptions.

    The provision — called “risk corridors,” but dubbed the “Obamacare bailout” by the law’s opponents — seeks to stabilize costs by creating a pot of money that takes in funds from insurers who enroll healthier customers and uses it to pay out insurers who enroll sicker customers. It’s a safety valve that sunsets after 2016. The repeal push is clever messaging in a sense because it lets conservatives snatch the mantle of populism from liberals against wealthy insurance companies. But it comes with its share of dangers, too.

    Last November, as TPM reported, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced legislation to repeal this provision. Since then it has picked up 13 Republican co-sponsors, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and two companion bills in the House, which are supported by numerous Republicans. The idea has been championed by conservative lobbying groups like the Club For Growth and Heritage Action, and pushed by writers including Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post, Ramesh Punnuru in Bloomberg View and Deroy Murdock in National Review.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-bailout-risk-corridors-conservatives-sabotage

    • jds09

      They are high on their own supply, trusting Republican think tanks that have been proven wrong since day one. What I’m reading tells me: insurance companies based their premiums on a sicker pool but, healthier than expected folks are signing up and a larger percentage of the youth are signing up. This means premiums will not spike. ACA is quietly handling its business.

      • jziglar

        And they are wasting time once again on a bill that is dead on arrival. It seems like they can’t understand that the democrats control the WH and the senate.

  • rikyrah

    Jim Roberts ✔ @nycjim Follow

    For Christie & MSNBC, a Messy Divorce Plays Out in Public. via @nytimes. Ratings win for @Maddow http://nyti.ms/19Ghd9B

    7:22 AM – 20 Jan 2014

    • AxelFoley

      When the divorce is final, will Christie get the kids (Mika and Joe)?

  • rikyrah

    Democrats win state Senate seat in Northern Virginia — and perhaps control of the chamber

    By Caitlin Gibson and Ben Pershing,

    Democrats remained on course to take control of the Virginia Senate after winning a key special election Tuesday, as thousands of Northern Virginia voters braved snow and bitter winds to cast ballots in an unusual, three-way contest.

    In the race to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D), Democrat Jennifer Wexton prevailed over Republican John Whitbeck and independent Joe T. May, a former Republican delegate running as an independent, according to unofficial election results. The district encompasses a slice of Fairfax County and a hefty portion of eastern Loudoun County, a region that has leaned toward Democrats in recent elections but remains battleground territory.

    With the Virginia Senate previously split 20-20, Democrats must hold the two seats vacated by Herring and Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam (D) so they don’t lose control to Republicans. If the chamber remains evenly divided, Northam would act as a tie-breaking vote, giving Democrats control of the chamber. Republicans had previously controlled the chamber with a GOP lieutenant governor, Bill Bolling, providing the tie-breaking vote.

    The race to replace Northam in his former Senate district, which is based in Norfolk and also leans Democratic, remains undecided. Del. Lynwood W. Lewis (D-Accomack) was certified the winner of a special election by just nine votes, prompting Republican Wayne Coleman on Thursday to request a recount.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/democrats-win-state-senate-seat-in-northern-virginia–and-perhaps-control-of-the-chamber/2014/01/21/6a0eecac-829a-11e3-8099-9181471f7aaf_story.html

    • conlakappa

      Dayum. And in that weather.

    • Miranda

      Funny how the beltway media is ignoring this. They love to wax poetic about the so-called battleground states and here we have one right snuggly close to DC and they gots nothing. Interesting.

  • rikyrah

    Ed Sykes @EdSykes29 Follow

    Many talking abt Mrs. McDonnell’s role in case. @aburnspolitico calls her “Lady Macbeth with an AMEX card…” http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/bob-mcdonnell-virginia-indictment-scandal-102460.html?hp=t1_3 … #vagov

    10:01 PM – 21 Jan 2014 from Richmond, VA, United States

    • conlakappa

      She tried to front like she was Miss Ann Romney but didn’t have the stacks to support it. It’s hard out here for the poor pol and his wife.

  • AxelFoley

    HA! Even my part of VA got snow yesterday. Quite a bit of it, too. Kept me from going to work last night, so I’m happy. :)

    • Miranda
      • TyrenM

        Like D’Angelo says: How does it feel?

        • Miranda

          Its almost 11am est and I’m still shivering!

          • MsKitty

            My thermostat is cranked up to 82 degrees (I usually keep it at 72) and I’m still cold. I got new windows installed in my apartment in October, they were supposed to be more energy efficient than the old ones. I don’t think that applies to the polar vortex temps though.

  • rikyrah

    Maddow spent the first 22 Minutes of her show on Governor Transvaginal Ultrasound.

    Loved it all…LOL

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

  • Miranda

    I love these reunions!

    Airman returns to SA to surprise son at basketball game
    Lt. Col. Cotina Jenkins-Sellers spent last 8 months in Kuwait

    SAN ANTONIO -It’s been eight months since Derrick Jenkins last saw his mother. Thursday night, the 13-year-old got a surprise that made up for the time they spent apart.

    Lt. Col. Cotina Jenkins-Sellers just returned to San Antonio from Kuwait.
    With military-precision planning, she sneaked into Legacy Middle School on Thursday while Derrick was playing basketball.

    http://www.ksat.com/airman-returns-to-sa-surprises-son-at-basketball-game/-/478556/23972126/-/ewe0e3/-/index.html

    • gn

      I can’t get enough of these videos. Derrick didn’t even know what to do with himself.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    —— —– – -WOOT! — -WOOT! :>)

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    – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — — -

    • Lisa M

      This never gets old!! Good Morning, GLH!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD -“WOOT! WOOT! MORNTIN’ – -LisaM :>) ***BIG HUG** :>) – —
        – – –:>) Thank U 4 your KIND words. – :>) —

        How’s it goin’? – :>) – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – – –:>) – -

  • jds09

    Goooood Morning POU Fam! I will be productive today, I will be productive today, I will be….

  • Miranda

    Hank Aaron goes to bat for Seahawks’ Sherman
    by Associated Press | January 22, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Sherman is a hit with baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

    The former major league home run king tweeted his support for the Seahawks’ cornerback, who has received criticism for his rant against San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree following Seattle’s victory over the 49ers in Sunday’s NFC championship game.

    In a tweet on Tuesday, Aaron told Sherman to “hang in there & keep playing as well as you did Sunday. Excellent job – you have my support.”

    Sherman thanked Aaron in a tweet, saying “your support is greatly appreciated and very humbling.”

    The cornerback has written for mmqb.si.com for most of the season, and on Monday wrote that he’s not a villainous person and that his postgame interview with Fox reporter Erin Andrews stemmed from adrenaline and his dislike for Crabtree.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/01/22/hank-aaron-goes-to-bat-for-seahawks-sherman/

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD -“HUMP DAY” –MORNTIN’ – ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ –***BIG HUG*** :>) – LUVIN’ THIS COMMUNITY! – -[Usta live “near here” -4 About 10 years. >) – – – –

    – – – -☻BALDWIN HILLS – -STILL ACTIVE: – – –
    – – – – — -☺ Other communities like Leimert Park and Country Club Park were also havens for black entertainers during this time,. . —- – —————-Trayvon Martin Rally in Leimert Park April 1, 2012

    — – – —-☺ –with celebs including Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Loretta Devine, Nancy Wilson, . . . .
    ——————-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npFMr0IGYJA

    – – —☻THANK U ALEXANDER2♥ —4 THIS SERIES. – — FOND MEMORIES! :>) –- —

    — – – -☺POU FAM♥ – – -SPECIAL TREAT –4 THIS WEATHER♥ – — http://knox.villagesoup.com/media/Common/16/B5/1094923/t300-Fireplace%20breakfast.jpg ENJOY.♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — –REALLY — -TWEETIN’ — TRUTH :>) — —

    — –Pope Francis tweets support for March for Life – – -:>)
    — – — Pope Francis tweeted support for the “March for Life” in Washington on Wednesday.

    Tens of thousands of anti-abortion advocates are expected to descend on Capitol Hill for the 41st annual march. Participants are rallying against the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide.
    THERE IS MORE —–WATCHIN’. . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – -THIS is – -“DESPICABLE” – -NO JUSTICE!!

    – – – –Charlotte NAACP: No indictment in officer-involved shooting ‘despicable’ — –

    – – — -The head of the Charlotte branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) says the refusal to indict a Charlotte police officer, accused in a deadly shooting of an unarmed man, is “despicable.”

    On Tuesday evening, a Mecklenburg County Grand Jury declined to indict Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Randall Kerrick on charges of voluntary manslaughter in the September 14 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.

    Prosecutors from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office sought the indictment based on an investigation conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation as well as a separate investigation conducted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

    Investigators told WBTV that Officer Kerrick fired his weapon 12 times and struck Ferrell 10 times, resulting in his death.

    On Tuesday, a Grand Jury asked the District Attorney for a lesser charge than voluntary manslaughter.

    “We the Grand Jury respectfully request that the district attorney
    submit a bill of indictiment to a lesser-included or related offense,”
    the court papers stated.

    The Mecklenburg County Grand Jury is made up of 18 jurors. Court
    officials say on Tuesday, 14 members of the jury were in the session.
    North Carolina law says at least 12-members of the grand jury must agree with a decision for it to pass.

    “Family is disappointed, shocked, devastated,” an attorney who
    represents Ferrell’s family said. “They were looking forward to today as being a day justice can finally start to be delivered to them. Today was a major disappointment.”

    The head of the Charlotte NAACP was more pointed.
    “This is one of the most despicable decisions I have ever seen made by human beings,” said Charlotte NAACP President Kojo Natambu.
    — –
    –THERE IS MORE –

    —--CONDOLENCES 2 –FAMILY/Friends. AMEN♥

    – – -COMMENT: —Kevin J Tremblay
    This isn’t an isolated incident. Explain the shooting death of Anthony Furrin 2006 where the only one who “saw anything” was the policeman that shot him to death. No one who knows Anthony believed the officer’s account. Two other police officers were on that scene too.

    • Joy

      Morning, all!
      Can’t they refile charges? And I’d like to see the what the 14 grand jury members look like.

      • Alma98

        Morning Joy!
        Maybe the feds will take a look at the case.
        Because right now NC is teabagger island.

        • conlakappa

          I spoke with someone recently who participates in Moral Mondays and has really been involved in social justice issues. He’s a white man who exclaimed, “we seem to be trying to be as bad as South Carolina!” Those are fighting words in the Tarheel State.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ Joy. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –
        —IMMA continue 2 WATCH this case. –Hopin’ that their REQUEST was taken “Srsly” [GN :>)] —
        RE-FILE charges. — – —

        Good 2 C U Joy. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –

    • Miranda

      I’m reading that as they believe there should be charges, but they believe the cop is remorseful/redeemable and don’t want him to go to prison for 25 years. I would like to read the transcript.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ miranda♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) —
        —Thought about that — -but — -12 shots; -un-armed. – -“remorse”- ?? —With sooo many “similar cases”- –my ***eyes R sided*** :>)

        Hope that CHARGES [albeit lesser] —R FILED. – – – –
        JUSTICE is NEEDED. — –
        Good 2 C U Miranda. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>)

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - – -GOOD MORNTIN’ —Alma98 :>) ***BIG HUG*** –Ahhhh —THANK U 4 the “WARM THOUGHTS”. :>) - —
      – — – -Luvin’ the -Palm Trees —SURF — -SUN. :>) – – – –
      —How is your weather?- – :>) – —ff U need – -“HIM” – – -ax LOL – —-B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — -U♥/FAM♥– -

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH (((HUGS))).
        Have a great day and thanks for the blessings.
        Blessings to and the family.

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) Alma —-Thank U. :>) — -BLESSINGS always — NEEDED annnd APPRECIATED. :>)

    • goldenstar

      Good morning, Alma. Snowing here. How’s Milwaukee?

      • Alma98

        Good morning goldenstar, it’s snowing.
        And I have to go in it in a little while lol.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Colder than a mutha here.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah.
        It’s snowing and cold here.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – –CONCERNS in South Africa — –
    – – -Quirk on Mandela statue causes stir in South Africa– –
    —–A new, 9-meter (29.5-foot) sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.

    South African officials want the miniature bunny removed from the statue, which was unveiled outside the government complex in Pretoria, the capital, on Dec. 16, a day after Mandela’s funeral. The department of arts and culture said it didn’t know the two sculptors, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, had added a rabbit, said to be a discreet signature on their work.
    — —- -SNIP — – –

    —-Earlier this week, South Africa’s Beeld newspaper quoted the artists as saying they added the rabbit as a “trademark” after officials would not allow them to engrave their signatures on the statue’s trousers. They also said the rabbit represented the pressure of finishing the sculpture on time because “haas” — the word for rabbit in the Dutch-based Afrikaans language — also means “haste.”
    – — —-[Wha' - -Da Freak!!!???] –geesh!
    —–SNIP —- –

    – – –Tambo said the artists, who belong to South Africa’s white Afrikaner minority, were selected for their talent but also in part because the project was a multi-racial effort in keeping with Mandela’s principle of reconciliation. He said their signatures could be added on the statue in a discreet place, perhaps on Mandela’s heel. geesh!!–
    –THERE IS MORE – — — –

    – — –☺http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m32p1iVZZJ1r25b3i.gif

    – – — Rabbit – –GOES —Orrrr – – – -STATUE – -GOES!! —THAT’S ALL!!

  • Miranda

    Election panel unveils suggestions
    By TAL KOPAN | 1/22/14 10:52 AM EST

    Expanded early voting, online registration and interstate comparison of voting rolls are some of the key recommendations of a commission created by President Barack Obama to address problems at the polls, which presented their final report at the White House on Wednesday.

    Saying no American should wait more than 30 minutes to vote and calling problems “identifiable and solvable,” the commission presented recommendations to improve voting after reports of lines in excess of six hours in the 2012 election prompted calls for reform.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/voting-changes-election-panel-102475.html#ixzz2r91cABV6

    • conlakappa

      Remember when “you’ll have a long wait” meant 30 minutes? I’m sure nails will be spat by the Rs. Greasy Privates will be all over the TV disclaiming it as near European. In other words, like any other day that ends in -y.

  • itgurl_29

    Baldwin Hills is beautiful!

    • Joy

      It is! I’d love to see the inside of that white house.

      • conlakappa

        I think that’s one that would be in Ebony magazine as the symbol of Baldwin Hills. I have to send this to some folks. It will probably make them home sick, to a point.

      • Aquagranny911

        I’d like to see that whole neighborhood, especially the mural. It reminds me a lot of some of the older neighborhoods around Denver, with the green space & vibrant business district. Thanks to Ken Salazar, green spaces & parks are integral parts of all communities in CO.

    • pamelabrown53

      It looks absolutely gorgeous. The next time I travel to LA, I’ll be sure to have a leisurely stroll.
      P.S. Signing in to say a belated Happy New Year, Christmas cruise with my mama and her boyfriend was lovely and gave me a much needed break from politics. Been suffering from political burn out; need to recenter and reclaim my optimism.
      XOXO.

      • Aquagranny911

        Hola Pamela! Great to ‘see’ you here & so happy you got a well deserved rest. I did that myself over the holidays. Sis & I with our Hubbies went to Mexico with our Brother & his wife for the New Year. We had a fab time ‘camping’ on the beach in his fancy RV.

        Taking a break, better than milk, “does a body good.”

        ♥!

        • pamelabrown53

          Hah! Sounds like my kind of camping! Viva Mexico.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon pamela! Welcome back & happy New Year.

      • MsKitty

        Welcome back and Happy New Year

  • gn

    I’m not even going to link to it nor type out this clown’s name, but apparently some low life Uncle Ruckus, loser, and all-around bum is running around using lynching imagery towards the President. Never ever ever ever have I seen a POTUS so disrespected for doing so much good for so many people. Then I see Kantor’s book making hay over alleged “rough patches” in their marriage (what relationship DOESN’T have those???). I believe that PBO’s legacy is secured and his ObamaCare in particular is headed for the history books in terms of a major transformative even-ing of the playing field. The disgusting rhetoric and personal attacks are intensifying because of that. I hope they throw more house parties and take more vacations to manage the stress of such a deeply toxic political environment.

    • conlakappa

      They really should have monthly dance parties-fish fries-Bid Whist throwdowns and use my formula of going somewhere every 3 months. The legacy is set, no matter how much they try to act like he’s an asterisk. Not going to work.

      • gn

        They really should. They’ve put in the work, now enjoy the trappings! The people who are mad are going to stay mad; If PBO continues his work winding down MidEast hostilities and the WH focuses in earnest on black unemployment, I hope that hey have a party every weekend and increase their trips to luxurious locations with LOTS of pictures released. Couldn’t be more well deserved.

        • conlakappa

          I should throw in Scrabble too. They’re supposed to play that competitively and the girls are now old enough to get their sharp elbows in as well.

    • Alma98

      It’s in yesterday’s thread gn the ss has already paid him a visit.

      • gn

        Good!

    • Miranda

      Wait…what Jodi Kantor saying now? She needs Black Twitter to refresh her memory on how we DONT play that again?

      • gn

        It’s the same story—I was reading a gossip blog and they had a feature: “Behind The White House Doors: Secrets President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Don’t Want You To Know” with her bs in it. Guess her book hasn’t been selling as of late…

        • Alma98

          Misery loves company gn.
          And a lot of white folks are invested in seeing PBO & FLOTUS unhappy.

          • MsKitty

            Like I said before people are projecting a lot of their personal issues and hangups on the Obamas.

          • Alma98

            Yep

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

          So according to Kantor, FLOTUS almost didn’t move into the WH?? I’m calling bs on that one.

          • gn

            Yup. I don’t know any of these people but the First Lady strikes me as a deeply compassionate woman who is very protective of her loved ones and does what she can to make life easier for them. Maybe she did have a second of thinking of a commuter marriage then decided against sending her husband to deal with DC alone, I don’t know. But I really really really resent Jodi Kantor for getting into their business like this and trying to make hay over normal relationship issues.

    • conlakappa

      She’s been married since 2002. If she hasn’t had at least two rough patches by now, she’s lying to herself or to his mother. Why perpetuate and perpetrate a fairy tale? I have no time or patience for that level of idiocy.

      • gn

        lol @ “his mother.” Seriously what planet is she on?

        • conlakappa

          In looking up when she got married, I saw a photo of her being interviewed by Kati Marton, she of the affair with Cohen while married to Jennings then one with Holbrook, whom she later married. That is someone who is “rough patch” writ large. The other stuff that happens when two strong personalities live under the same roof and watch each other’s move through vicissitudes yet are still together? Last I checked, it was called married life. Or more accurately staying-married life.

      • Aquagranny911

        I have no patience for that caca either. We’ve been married 45 years & even now if I don’t have at least 2 good scream fests a year with my old man, I worry! No body can irritate you like the one you love!

        • pamelabrown53

          Exactly, Aquagranny. Our loved ones know what buttons to push and vice versa. In my case my partner and I have it out a couple times a month! 18 years and nobody is leaving!
          Still, it gives me pause about downsizing to a townhouse or condo: don’t want to “entertain” the neighbors. Presently, our house has woods on 3 sides so there’s little incentive to keep it down.

          • Aquagranny911

            LMAO! Hubby & I are too old for that level of frequency but we used to until we had to conserve our energy. Just find a solid Latino neighborhood then you and your neighbors can entertain each other. We love drama, lol.

  • Miranda

    How Bad Does the GOP Need Chris Christie? Really Bad.

    Without the scandal-engulfed New Jersey governor, Republicans don’t have a candidate who could even come close to the votes needed to win the presidency in 2016.Well, well, well, today is an interesting day: it’s Chris Christie’s re-inauguration day. It was just two weeks ago, a little more, that this was going to be a day of shimmering triumph. I was just reading this CNN dispatch, from January 6, that talks about how the governor is planning on starting his day at a black church (whose reverend presided over Whitney Houston’s funeral) and ending it at Ellis Island. There’s nary a word in it about bridges and subpoenas.

    Back then, today was supposed to be the official beginning of the slow and ineluctable ascent to the White House. He didn’t have to do or prove anything in this putative second term. Lose a little weight, maybe. But otherwise, he was on the glide path to the GOP nomination, not that Rand Paul and others wouldn’t have something to say about it, but the party establishment and most of the big money all set to gather around Christie and make sure that he didn’t have to spend too much time crossing swords with the crazies.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/21/how-bad-does-the-gop-need-chris-christie-really-bad.html

    • jds09

      The GOP has the weakest bench in history.

      • Miranda

        Their starting 5 is shit too. LOL

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Peeps! I’m early today. This is a great series, Alex. Do you know who did that mural? It reminds me of some of Diego Rivera’s work.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – – -From – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ – —

    — – -Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary —-

    – – –Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill
    their dreams.

    – — – -ALWAYS – – -The LEADER – –With – – -WISDOM♥ — :>)

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

    Fam! Why didn’t y’all tell me about this!! => thugkitchen.com and @thugkitchen

    • Joy

      Had no idea and OMG! Caption next to pic of canned cranberry sauce: “Nope. None of this gelatinous sadness. Not this year motherfuckers.” LOL!

      *sends link to house because I’m going to get in trouble viewing this at work*

      Thanks, Sepia!

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

        Shout out to ‏@No_Cut_Card on the Twitter who retweeted the recipes. Imma hafta try the Roasted Tomato Soup!

        • Aquagranny911

          I’m making that tonight!

        • MsKitty
          • conlakappa

            Um, I don’t know if I want my game food to get all roughneck with me! /cheesy grin

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

            That sounds good!!

          • Aquagranny911

            I like that! I do something real similar but I use poblanos & some roasted Hatch chilies instead of the green pepper.

          • Joy

            “Dice up the garlic all small and shit. Grab a big ass pot and heat up the olive oil over a medium heat.”

            “Let that all simmer together for 5 minutes. There should some beer left in the can, sip that shit while you’re waiting.”

            ROFL. See, I’m going to mess something up because I’ll be laughing so hard.

    • Miranda

      So this is what happens when G. Garvin collaborates with Young Jeezy! LMAO

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

        LOL!

    • Aquagranny911

      LMAO! I am so totally making that soup but I will use fresh tomatoes because I have a garden full right now! I book marked this site for the “fucks” alone. Great share, Sepia!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepiaaaaaaaaaaaa♥ — — LOL – –***BIG HUG*** :>)- –
      —–WOW&1/2! – – -:>) – –

      – –LOOKIN’ FORWARD – -> – – – -LOL — –

      – – –☺GETTIN’ – –my –“CHEF ON” — -LOL- —
      http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Jdn%2B9X10L._SY300_.jpg

      THANKS Sepia.– -sooo MUCH FUN. :>) — –
      B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – – –Good 2 C U. :>) – -

    • MsKitty

      I love Thug Kitchen.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – – -SEVERAL “STAR ” athletes have come from COMPTON: – —:>) – -[As in THIS SERIES :>)]

    – – – ☻‘He IS the American Dream': Richard Sherman’s fatherwas a Compton gangster. His best friend was shot dead. But the screaming Seahawk got straight As and went to Stanford. Here, the Super Bowl star’s family defend him against racist taunts — –

    – – – -For Richard Sherman, the fall out and vile racist abuse the Seattle Seahawk lineman faced is by far not the hardest challenge he has had to overcome.

    Sherman,the hottest name in American sport right now after he secured the Seahawks’ place in the Super Bowl with a sensational last minute interception, has had to fend off claims he is unsporting after he went on an aggressive tirade in a post-match interview.

    But to those who know him and where he is from, he personifies the ‘American Dream’ come true.
    – –SCROLL DOWN 4 VIDEO
    – – –SNIP – – –

    – –‘I would love for Richard to change the perceptions of kids from the inner city, kids that come from bad neighborhoods,’ Kevin said.

    ‘I want people to know that there are kids doing the right thing. Everybody who comes from Compton is not always a gangbanger.
    ‘There is a lot of good in Compton. There is a lot of good in the inner city.’
    - —

    — –☻ “SISTAS” VENUS annnd SERENA♥ — –

    — —-Venusand Serena takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. With unprecedented access, the film tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top. – See more at:
    http://www.magpictures.com/venusandserena/#sthash.sGs3kzRn.dpuf

    – —Soooo PROUD of ALL♥! :>) — -

    • Miranda

      I hope he has a pick six that’s the game winner in the Super Bowl.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Miranda♥ – – — ***BIG fist bump*** – –:>)
        —U! –AIN’T! — -NEVA! – – – -LIED! — –:>) – –

        –***fangers annnd eyes –SRSLY —CROSSED**** :>) – -

    • rikyrah

      yes, he is the American Dream

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** :>)
        – – – -***BIG fist bump*** :>)
        – –Good 2 C . :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM :>) -

  • Miranda

    *snicker*

    FreedomWorks backs Mitch McConnell challenger Matt Bevin

    FreedomWorks’ PAC praised Bevin as the more fiscally sound choice.
    By BURGESS EVERETT | 1/22/14 12:05 PM EST

    FreedomWorks endorsed Mitch McConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin on Wednesday, marking another conservative group that is standing against the Senate minority leader.

    FreedomWorks’ PAC praised Bevin as the more fiscally sound choice and criticized McConnell for “helping the Democrats” fund Obamacare during the fall. The GOP leader opposed a strategy backed by conservative favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to vote down any spending bill that did not defund the law. That tactic fueled a weekslong government shutdown that McConnell ended by cutting a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/freedomworks-matt-bevin-mitch-mcconnell-102480.html#ixzz2r9LwPcdB

    • conlakappa

      FreedomWorks or Political WetWorks?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ —BREAKING: — SHOTS FIRED @ UNIV. of OKLA.- – whoa! — — [nRA[CISTS]??? – –

  • Miranda

    This is your big strategy?? Oh they’re dumber than I thought.
    ————————
    Republicans tout school choice to woo minority vote

    In an election year, the GOP is pushing an initiative to talk up school choice.
    By STEPHANIE SIMON | 1/22/14 5:03 AM EST

    Republicans eager to attract black and Latino voters believe they have hit on an ideal magnet: school choice.

    Led by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, with high-profile contributions from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the GOP is pushing an election-year initiative to talk up school choice at every turn.

    Calling for more charter schools, vouchers and tax credits to help parents pay private school tuition fits with the party’s mantra that the government works best when it gets out of the way and lets the free market flourish. But top strategists say it’s more than that: Talking about helping poor minority children softens the GOP’s image and lets candidates offer a positive vision instead of forever going on the attack. And unlike immigration reform, school choice is politically safe; there’s no chance of blowback from the tea party.

    Plus, the photo ops are great. As the conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks put it in a strategic planning document: “Focus on kids and the future = excellent media opportunity.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/gop-school-choice-minority-voters-102393.html#ixzz2r9RI733W

    • conlakappa

      DC has been their incubator on that. Plenty of bus stops have ads that tout “choice.”

      • BoomerGal

        Them and Eli Broad (Ashkenazi Jew and a Zionist.)

    • Aquagranny911

      FIG THAT! I don’t know about everywhere but Latinos here know exactly what “school choice” means and we ain’t buying that dead rat!

      • BoomerGal

        “dead rat!” LOL!!

    • Alma98

      School choice is b.s. we have it here and it’s a big fat lie.
      I said so to the woman at the school district building while enrolling my son. She got huffy & pissed at me I told her giving us a choice of (half bad, bad and worse) is not a choice. Unfortunately too many parents of color fall for this ish. Also the Catholic church is making a lot of money from voucher schools.

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

      Take note that RoRo and Dr. Steve Perry are always advocating for “school choice” on Twitter.

      • Miranda

        Oh I’ve noticed. They’re trying to grift some dollars and become the go-to kneegrows for these voucher hustlers.

    • gn

      So basically their plan is to exploit dissatisfaction by offering up an alternative which just so happens to be a lucrative hustle and diversion of tax dollars. I wish there were a real conservative party to provide balance; the GOP is a joke.

    • Town

      Eric Cantor’s district already has school choice.

      The white people choose to live far away from the black people.

      Go up in Eric Cantor’s side of Richmond…not that many black people in those schools.

    • Kennymack1971

      And watch a segment of Blacker than Thou Inc. eat this shit up with “at least they’re talking about education! Where’s Obama?” I already predict the Ascot will have a panel touting this on NewsOne Now.

  • Miranda

    *single tear for the upper east siders*

    De Blasio ‘getting back at us’ by not plowing: UES residents
    By Jennifer Gould Keil and Frank Rosario
    January 21, 2014 | 6:07pm

    It really is a tale of two cities — this time with the tony Upper East Side getting the shaft!

    Huge swaths of the city’s wealthiest neighborhood had been not been plowed by early Tuesday evening, leaving 1-percenters out in the cold, according to the city’s own map of snow-plower activity.

    “He is trying to get us back. He is very divisive and political,” said writer and Life-long Upper East Sider and mom Molly Jong Fast of Mayor de Blasio.

    “By not plowing the Upper East Side, he is saying, ‘I’m not one of them.’ But we have everyone in this area on the Upper East Side. We have rich people, middle class people, and housing projects. We have it all.”

    more here: http://nypost.com/2014/01/21/upper-east-side-residents-feel-spurned-after-plow-delay/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow

    • conlakappa

      Girl, bye.

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA AH HA HA HA AHA
      I’m not saying that this isn’t true….
      I sorta think it was, they listed all the priorities,
      and you know how it happens…things get put higher and higher on the list and their block got left behind
      BWA HA HA HA HA HA

      • conlakappa

        Here’s the thing when neighborhoods get all NIMBY: they wind up not having essential services, i.e., a reason for the city to come and plow them out quickly. They’ll get taken care of eventually but they are understandably not priority one.

        Mentioning “… and mom” was supposed to trigger what kind of emotional response?

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

      Aww…..Woo, woo, woo! Woo, woo, woo!

      BTW, Molly Jong Fast’s mother is white feminist writer Erica Jong.

      • conlakappa

        So entitled. And knowing way more about her mother’s horizontal life than she ever wanted to know. Stay gold.

      • itgurl_29

        Erica Jong was the queen of the old white feminists throwing shade at Barack and Michelle Obama when Hillary was getting that ass whooped. She’s disgusting and it looks like her daughter is too.

        And speaking of Eria Jong, she’s always given me “passing for white” teas. She looks similar to Mariah Carey to me. I can totally see her lying about her background to blend into wealthy white NYC society.

    • gn

      This is unvarnished bs. When the previous mayor was criticized for a slow snow clean-up, it was because four and five days after one storm, things weren’t plowed and there were still issues with the subway. Absolutely no one ever expects all of the streets to be plowed *the same night* that a noreaster hits. Like nowhere in the city. What I think they’re doing is very similar to what is done to PBO: take all of the legitimate complaints launched at the previous admin and try to apply them in order to create buyer’s remorse.

    • Kennymack1971

      Really? They are serious with this? SMH…Pitiful.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – — – -MORE —EVIDENCE —AGAINST —“Da BULLY- –Errr – –Da BOSS – –Err —Da – – -***choke* –Gov – – -Ewww – —

    – – – -A Guide To The Four NJ Mayors Who Say Chris Christie Was One Big Bully- –

    – – — -The George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal isn’t just about the bridge and the lanes anymore. While all the attention at first was focused on Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich — whose decision not to endorse Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) re-election last year was seen by some as the motivation for the traffic-jamming closures — in recent days a number of other New Jersey mayors have come forward with fresh allegations about actions taken by Christie’s administration. These mayors say they’ve gotten their own taste Christie retaliation: —

    – – – – -SNIP — –

    – — -“As they pursue this investigation, I will provide any requested information and testify under oath about the facts of what happened when the lieutenant governor came to Hoboken and told me that Sandy aid would be contingent on moving forward with a private development project,” Zimmer said in a statement, according to the Star-Ledger.

    Ohhh –YES. — -THERE IS MORE – – –LOL – –

    – – –☺http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/chris-christie-control-room.gif

    —-DRIP! — -DRIP! – – –DRIP! – —DRIP!. . . – – –HAH!
    – – — -☺http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/chris-christie-control-room.gif

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — -’bout those OLYMPIC GAMES —☺http://localtvwhotv.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/nbc-winter-olympics.jpg%3Fw%3D400

    – – -☺IMMA havce the BEST SEAT – -In da HOUSE –☺http://www.clipsahoy.com/clipart2/aw4778tn.gif

    • conlakappa

      Has Costas been seen lately or is he out getting a fresh eye job for the event?

      • GreenLadyHere

        conlakappa- – – **BINGO*** – – –
        – –☺http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/01/bob-costas-calls-new-olympic-sport-jackass-inspired/

        – – -Startin’ – –already. :>) ***smh*** :>)

        • conlakappa

          Um, GLH? You know I love you like extended family, right? So why didn’t you warn me just how horrendous that photo is?!!! He got his eyes done and he has veneers [and hair plugs?]. Or has he always looked like mini-John Davidson?!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL — conlakappa – – – – -Sorry :>)

            – – – -***REWIND*** – – -LOL

            – – –☺http://lasemedinc.net/files/Animation_WARNING.gif

            — –U sure have paid attention 2 detail. :>)- – –
            — – -NOW I’ll hafta watch closer. :>) Thanks. :>)

          • conlakappa

            C’mon, the man looks like he’s sporting a Costco-sized pack of Ivory bars! Warning appreciated. Waking nightmares…

        • Alma98

          I can’t stand Costas but I agree with him on some of this sports.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL — Alma – – – -Thank U. :>) – –

      • TyrenM

        He’s in Hawaii, living it up before the Pro Bowl.

  • MsKitty

    One thing I’ve noticed about this polar vortex thing, it really does a number on old surgical scars or injuries. Last time it was the scar from wrist surgery I had a few years ago. Today it’s where my wisdom teeth used to be, it feels just like I got them pulled today. Argh.

    • Alma98

      I’ve felt the same thing with the wisdom tooth thing MsKitty, on both sides of my mouth.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!!