November 21, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Sundown Town

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An excerpt from a CNN online article about Vidor, Texas’s past and present as a Sundown Town”

Peggy Fruge told me she’d welcome blacks to her neighborhood. Then she said this:“I don’t mind being friends with them, talking and stuff like that, but as far as mingling and eating with them, all that kind of stuff, that’s where I draw the line.”

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/12/08/oppenheim.sundown.town/

Sundown for many people it’s a time of parties and fun; for others, it’s a time of terror and an omen their lives may be in danger.  For thousands of Jews, Chinese, Japanese, Irish, and other minorities in America, sundown meant running for one’s life from communities in which they were not welcome.

People of color for the 150 years since the start of the bloodiest US battle ever motivated by racism, the American Civil War, have been routinely excluded from certain communities.  This exclusion can be subtle or blatant. Hawthorne, California, in the first half of the 20th Century probably said it best on its city limit sign: “Nigger, Don’t Let the Sun Set on You in Hawthorne”.  Such towns, clearly posting their open mistrust and hatred of blacks, were called “Sundown Towns”.  It was the kind of place where any black person, caught in town after sundown, might be in danger of lynching.

Most people think of Sundown Towns as a thing of the past.  They are not.  They continue to flourish and perpetuate their demographic of almost white exclusivity even in the 21st Century.  The methods may be less obvious, but the net result is the same – while certain Sundown communities may grudginglyallow Jews or Hispanics to live in their midst unmolested, blacks are still unwelcome.

 A few Sundown Towns are worth noting as examples of the varying degrees of racism still affecting the town’s demographics.  Of these sample Sundown Towns, one is strictly blue-collar, another is an entire Sundown County culturally sheltered against change and outside influence, and the third is a very affluent community just an hour away from New York City.

Over the next couple of days, I will highlight some cities and neighborhood that are current considered modern Sundown towns or communities. 

Texas had a large number of Sundown Towns, especially in its eastern section.  Alba, Texas, founded in 1881 is one  – the word “alba” is Spanish for “white”.  And white it was, and white it has remained, right up into the late 20th Century when, though there were a handful of Mexicans in residence, there were still no African-Americans.

More infamous, though, is Vidor, Texas.  This Sundown Town wallowed in its whiteness. Near the Louisiana border, this town of 11,000 wistfully (according to some of its citizens) longs for the good old days when there were no blacks; they wish they could turn back the clock to that time.

 Beaumont, Texas, about 10 miles away, is much more integrated than Vidor. Why?  Because Vidor, even today, resists integration.  Sundown Towns existed by reputation – some did not even have to post signs for blacks to know they were not welcome.  A black Beaumont resident recalled as a 19-year-old in 1963 he and three black friends got a flat tire on the road in Vidor.  A police officer stopped; seeing the situation he told the teen he had until the officer returned from a nearby road exit to clear out (whether the tire was changed or not).

The Klan rallied in Vidor infrequently over the decades.  And, should anyone think these incidents are relegated solely to the past, in 1993 an attempt by the Federal government to desegregate its public-funded housing development in Vidor met with outrage from the locals.  The Ku Klux Klan rallied and marched in Vidor after a handful of black families were brought in to live in the public housing.

 It is appalling to recall the news reports from Texas when refugees from New Orleans, with no homes left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, were shuttled from one East Texas Sundown Town to another.  They were refused entry; in one case a bus of black homeless flood victims were met by armed individuals telling them to keep moving and not to get off their bus.

Surprisingly, Vidor was one of the few Texas towns that provided temporary shelter – it was trying to remove the taint of racism.  Residents didn’t welcome the black refugees, but they knew it was politic to let them in.  Just this once.

David Grann, a New Republic journalist visiting Vidor, Texas in 1998, made light of several African-Americans’ continued concern about the town: Several blacks in the surrounding area told me they still don’t stop there for gas at night even though the hand-painted sign on Main Street saying, “Nigger, Don’t let the Sun Set on You in Vidor” was taken down some 30 years ago.  Grann doesn’t understand that African-Americans have a legitimate right to fear violent consequences, as well as such lesser repercussions as shunning, if they move into a sundown community. Five years before Grann’s visit, racial slurs, shunning, refusals to hire, and death threats drove four black households from Vidor’s public housing complex, leaving all-white by design.

***Information courtesy of Sundown Towns by James Loewen and BlackHistory.com***

As a kid growing up in Texas, I had heard stories about Vidor and Sante Fe, Texas. If you are driving to Beaumont or Louisiana don’t stop in Vidor. If you are going to Galveston, don’t stop in Sante Fe. Neither city was a desirable spot. 

 

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  • crazycanuck

    I’m curious about something regarding these ‘commuities’. What about the businesses in these places? If there are any big businesses, why don’t they get targeted for being there?

    • Miranda

      I doubt any big businesses are there or they are sufficiently right outside the city limits..like a Walmart or fast food place.

  • Miranda

    Then we need to party like its 1999!

    Lindsey Graham Says ‘The World Is Literally About To Blow Up’
    STRTOM KLUDT – JANUARY 29, 2014, 7:48 AM

    After listening to President Obama’s lay out a foreign policy vision during the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) walked away with a nightmarish vision. Just how dire is the situation?

    “The world is literally about to blow up,” Graham said, as quoted by Roll Call.

    From Obama’s vow to veto any new sanctions for Iran to the ongoing crisis in Syria, Graham said the world as he knows it “was not remotely described” in the State of the Union speech.

    Graham has a penchant for using apocalyptic rhetoric when discussing foreign policy and national security. After Obama said last year that the war on terrorism must come to an end, Graham warned of an explosive outcome.more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/lindsey-graham-world-blow-up?utm_content=buffer1cab5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    • Admiral_Komack

      More like 1861.

      • Miranda

        TRUE

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

        You all keep maligning that dear man with the association! Him I like!

      • lamh36

        Bev-er-ley Leslie! (in my best Karen Walker voice)

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  • Miranda

    These compassionate conservatives…..sure are angry.

    Rep. Grimm Threatens NY1 Reporter Following State of the Union
    http://www.ny1.com/content/news/202674/rep–grimm-threatens-ny1-reporter-following-state-of-the-union

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

      “He did SEEM angry”??? Dude, he threatened to throw your ass off the balcony!

      • Miranda

        Let it have been Rep Chaka Fattah…and see if Chaka wouldn’t have been arrested and charged with attempted assault.

      • conlakappa

        Off the effing balcony. Maybe that was understatement on Scotto’s part.

  • Miranda

    Bring it on then mofos……

    See you in court, says GOP
    By Alexander Bolton – 01/29/14 06:00 AM EST

    Congressional Republicans are taking President Obama to court over his use of executive power to sidestep Congress.

    The executive actions that Obama touted during the State of the Union speech are adding fresh urgency to the legal efforts of Republicans, who say he is using the authority of his office in unprecedented ways.

    “We can go to court,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”

    Republicans have launched a salvo of legal actions to challenge the president on issues ranging from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/196745-see-you-in-court-says-gop#ixzz2rnILRSqm

    • jds09

      Dumbfucks. Every time they protest an executive order, by extension they are opposing that policy. The WH is in position to say…if you like that policy or have a better idea, please legislate.

    • goldenstar

      McCain. Going to court. Over abuse of Constitution. This is the guy who still believes that foreign policy consists of invading countries and using military force so they do what he and his ilk want them to do.

    • BoomerGal

      “an abuse of the intent of the constitution,” LOL!!!

      • MsKitty

        aka Black President is doing presidenty things.

        • conlakappa

          The nerve!!!

  • Miranda

    SMH….these fools…..

    Republican tweets he’s waiting for ‘Socialistic dictator’ before address
    By Rebecca Shabad

    Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) tweeted about an hour before the State of the Union Tuesday night that he was waiting for “the Socialistic dictator.”

    He tweeted about an hour before President Obama was set to deliver his 2014 speech that he was waiting for the “Kommandant-In-Chef” from the House floor.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/twitter-room/other-news/196744-republican-tweets-hes-waiting-for-socialistic-dictator-before#ixzz2rnIyEbj0

    • conlakappa

      Sigh. When attempts at clever fall so very short. Next.

  • Miranda

    I knew it….as long as she didn’t throw up all over that fake couch, the media would proclaim that rebuttal as some kind of grand triumph for the republicans.

    • jds09

      Reports via twitter inform us that her father is nicknamed “Boss Hogg” in Washington State Republican circles. If so, let the mockery begin. lol

    • Kennymack1971

      Chuck Todd thought it was the best GOP response of the Obama era… Seriously.

    • Kennymack1971

      Chuck Todd thought it was the best GOP response of the Obama era… Seriously.

      • conlakappa

        ::blinks::

        If he means by sheer numbers, sure. Did they offer anything but Rep Three Names saying the President is hurting the middle class without offering how this harm is being done or alternative solutions? Chuck had already written his copy yesterday, we know.

      • conlakappa

        ::blinks::

        If he means by sheer numbers, sure. Did they offer anything but Rep Three Names saying the President is hurting the middle class without offering how this harm is being done or alternative solutions? Chuck had already written his copy yesterday, we know.

    • goldenstar

      She reminds me of Nora Dunn who was on SNL years ago. The whole thing reminded me of Nora acting. Art imitating life imitating dreck.

      • conlakappa

        That was some stagecrafting, wasn’t it? The boxed flag in the background, indicating that someone in her life had served. The fireplace. The strategically placed family photo. The “just like you rubes” sofa. It didn’t seem appropriate to the task though.

        • Miranda

          It was a set design straight out of some stage play or maybe an old “Mama’s Family” set.

          • AxelFoley

            Stepford Wives stuff right there.

  • Admiral_Komack

    Kanye settles assault suit

    Kanye West has reportedly settled a lawsuit with a teenager for more than US$250,000 ($284,000).

    The rapper, 36, was accused of attacking an unidentified 18-year-old man in the waiting room of a chiropractor’s office in Los Angeles earlier this month after the youth hurled racial slurs at his fiancé, Kim Kardashian, and has now settled the case out of court.

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/access-all-areas/a/21148377/kanye-settles-assault-suit/

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

      Uh huh…

      • Miranda

        A publicity stunt if there ever was one.

        • rikyrah

          tell it

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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

    Drip, drip, drip…

    Governor Christie’s brother invested in houses near new PATH station in Harrison

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Last updated: Wednesday January 29, 2014, 7:18 AM
    BY SHAWN BOBURG AND JEAN RIMBACH
    STAFF WRITERS The Record

    Governor Christie’s brother, Todd Christie, and two business partners
    have bought and sold a handful of properties within walking distance of
    the PATH station in Harrison, slated for a $256 million renovation funded by the Port Authority and championed by the governor, records show.

    Todd Christie and his partners — one the owner of Ferreira Construction, a large firm that has done tens of millions of dollars of
    work for state agencies since Christie took office — created a company and began buying small residential lots in early 2011, about a year before the train station renovation was approved by the Port Authority.

    MORE: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Governors_brother_invested_in_houses_near_new_PATH_station_in_Harrison.html

    • rikyrah

      we need a coffeepot gif

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      • Miranda
        • conlakappa

          It might have started as a drip but it’s more like a running faucet at this point.

          • GreenLadyHere

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    • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    • Miranda

      Its such a big mess! the entire downtown connector, which is where 3 major interstates converge…is a sheet of ice…as is most major highways and the 285 bypass which is a deathtrap on a sunny dry day. Took me 6 hours to get home (and that was pretty good by all accounts), and that was after being one of thousands that just abandoned my car and I accepted a ride from a complete stranger and told him, if you kill me just please tell them where the body is so my family can bury me. most of the people I talked to, took between 4 and 10 hours to get home…some of my coworkers are still in their cars on a highway, stuck, right now.

      • conlakappa

        I saw footage of a woman this morning who said she’d been in her car since 1:30 p.m. Glad you made it home safely!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Miranda♥ — -Thank U 4 the FREALZ. —Sooo Happy that U R SAFE. –
        – -PRAYININ’ 4 U/Co-Workers. -AMEN♥

      • MsKitty

        Wow. Glad you got home okay. I just can’t understand how the local and state government were caught by surprise.

        • TyrenM

          State. No surprise.

      • Kennymack1971

        Glad you’re okay. This is terrible.

      • sagittarius

        I am glad you’re safe, Miranda.

        I know we joke about weather with you, but it is apparent that the Southern cities will have to look at obtaining and learning to use snow and ice equipment in the wake of climate change. I can understand how and why so many are stranded – this is a perfect storm situation. Ain’t nothing normal about this weather. Having said that, again, the Southern cities and states will have to readjust their thinking and budgets to purchase the right equipment.

        • conlakappa

          To be clear, I joke Miranda about her reaction to cold, which has nothing to do with snow and ice. The woman starts shivering at 60 degrees!

        • goldenstar

          Sagi, agreed. And many of the southern elected officials will have to wrap their brains around CLIMATE CHANGE. This will be very very difficult for some…

        • Miranda

          Climate change?!?

          we’z dunt beleez n dat der cliiiiiimet change! Dats socialess prapaganzda frum Obummer!

          Signed,

          backwoods deliverance azz Gawga bumpkin

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

    BOOM!

    Christie used Sandy funds for senior complex in town where mayor endorsed him

    By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger on January 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM, updated January 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie helped channel $6 million in federal Hurricane Sandy recovery dollars to a project conceived years before the storm struck, in an Essex County town that was not particularly hard hit, records show.

    The funding, pushed for personally by the Republican governor, was
    announced less than two weeks before the town’s Democratic mayor
    formally endorsed him for reelection.

    The development is an $18 million senior center and housing complex in Belleville called Franklin Manor. One third of the cost — $6 million — is being paid for by a $1.8 billion pot of federally funded Community Development Block Grants to help the state recover from Sandy.

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/questions_raised_about_christies_use_of_sandy_funds_to_build_complex_in_town_where_mayor_endorsed_hi.html

    • rikyrah

      follow the money

    • Miranda

      The reporters at the Star-Ledger are having fun with this. LOL

      • jds09

        They are truly piling on. lol

      • conlakappa

        There is so much more there that deals with the issue of bullying as much as it does the graft and grift.

    • rikyrah

      Hoboken – 80% under water during Sandy…..
      under $250,000 in Sandy relief…
      versus this place… $6 million

    • Daltex82

      I am so enjoying his free fall and may he continue to hit every branch on his way down. He really thought he was untouchable and could do whatever he wanted.

      • conlakappa

        As Creeply Crowley said, to the victors belong the spoils. Except not. These charges are piling up enough to make it RICO case.

      • goldenstar

        He’s gonna hit many branches cuz he so beeeg.

        • Daltex82

          LOL! Poor branches.

        • AxelFoley

          ROFLMBAO!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      Uh huh..

    • qosine

      Time for Christmas Tree Map.
      Towns light up by endorsement + Sandy money.
      Pattern easily emerges.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • MsKitty

      Woot-woot

      • GreenLadyHere

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    • Daltex82

      Woot Woot Wednesday!!!

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  • rikyrah

    From Charles Pierce:

    Once again, he was the only obvious president in the room, much good may that do him. He did not rile up the base. He was not combative. He did not dwell on issues that his base wanted to hear. (If you had “Keystone XL,” or “NSA,” or “TPP” in your State of the Union drinking game, you probably wound up as the designated driver.) But he was firm on one thing. He is not going to be a lame duck as long as he can still walk. There were a lot of sentences that began with some variation of, “If Congress won’t act…”

    This promise to use the powers of his office is what likely is going to raise all those hackles that were going to be raised in any case unless he got up there and abdicated in favor of Mitt Romney but, really, he couched these assertions in the mildest fashion, making of himself just a guy who was just trying to do the job to which he had been elected. He would like to have done it a different way but, darned it the regular way just didn’t work, and now it’s time to take out the tire iron and give the old machine a good bash. There wasn’t a scintilla of anger in his voice all night. There was just a rueful tone to it, as though he had finally gotten the joke that history had played on him with the election in 2010 of the opera boufee that is our current House of Representatives…

    ……………………

    But, if this speech burned no barns, it didn’t sound anything like a last chance, either. The president seemed to have a pen in one hand, and that well-worn olive branch still in the other. He is what he always has been, the coolest head in the room. You can never say he isn’t that.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/state-of-the-union-address-012814

    • jds09

      This is why white liberals always be losing…”as though he had finally gotten the joke.” Charles, dear Charles, can you admit that maybe, just maybe, PBO is aware and he consciously, deliberately picks his moments. Please entertain the possibility that restraint and timing are part of PBO’s political toolbox.

      I’ve got to remember that most white liberals would rather believe Rosa Park’s acts were spontaneous rather than part of a larger well thought out strategy and the Civil Rights Movement was about our desire to eat with them at Woolworth rather the doing battle with a brutal police state.

      These people…

      • conlakappa

        Ooooh, now jds is in one of those moods. Loves it! Can almost hear the heavy sigh of indignation. Rock on! The Woolworth’s comment? Priceless.

        • jds09

          They are on my LAST nerve.

      • Kennymack1971

        The White Liberal always believes they are the smartest and have all the answers. And they’re always certain that they know more than that gullible Negro in the White House. Sorry Charlie but the President knows who he’s dealing with on BOTH sides of the divide and acts accordingly.

      • goldenstar

        Funny, I think the most offensive part of Pierce’s argument is that the speech was Clintonian. I think that the speech was more Roosevelt in its content and Baracky in its thinking and delivery. Am not sure if Pierce is referring to Clinton because he used Republican rhetoric and turned it on its head. Clinton tore out huge holes in the safety net from which we are still experiencing. Clinton also used racialized rhetoric but some of this seems to be out of Pierce’s hearing/cognitive range.

  • rikyrah

    Wendy Davis’ Daughters Strike Back At Ugly Republican Smears With Open Letters
    By: Sarah Jones
    Tuesday, January, 28th, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Republicans have been relentlessly attacking Democratic Texas State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis for a week now over her “background”. The misogynistic attacks have been so ugly and repulsive it’s been hard to even write about them. Even Republican women like Greta van Susteren (Fox News) have said it’s unacceptable.

    Ms. Davis already submitted a detailed background that explained that she was indeed living alone as a single parent in a trailer at 19, even if her divorce was not final. But this is not good enough for Republicans. They are calling her a liar, “Abortion Barbie”, and worse, they even accused her of abandoning her children because she worked and went to university. Apparently, good mothers don’t work or go to school or something.

    So today, Wendy Davis’ two daughters have written open letters to refute the ugly smears. Dru & Amber Open Letter:

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/28/wendy-davis-daughters-write-open-letters-refute-ugly-republican-smears.html

  • rikyrah

    Fox News Focus Group Baffled By Retirement Plan For Poor People
    Catherine Thompson – January 28, 2014, 11:45 PM EST

    One of the policy objectives President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday in his State of the Union address had members of a Fox News focus group scratching their heads.

    Obama vowed to instruct the Treasury to offer starter savings account options, called “MyRAs,” for employers who don’t provide 401Ks or IRAs for workers to save for retirement.

    But by a show of hands, all but one member of a focus group on “The Kelly File” said they had a negative reaction to that proposal — and they had no idea what a “MyRA” could possibly be.

    Here is a sampling of the thoroughly confused reactions to the difficult-to-pronounce retirement plan:

    “It seemed like one of those programs that presidents reveal just for the applause but there are no details. We have to wait ’til tomorrow and I’m left scratching my head all night, ‘What is this?'”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/retirement_plan_baffles_fox_news_focus_group

    • conlakappa

      Those people are intellectually bankrupt and challenged. What’s not to understand about a retirement fund for regular folks?! Do they all have 401Ks? IRAs? We get it, if it came from Sheriff Bart, we oppose it. Now what else ya got, Faux viewers?

  • rikyrah

    Democrat Uses House GOP Hearing on ObamaCare to Eviscerate Republican ACA Lies

    By: Sarah Jones
    Tuesday, January, 28th, 2014, 12:28 pm

    Representative Sandy Levin (D-MI) is not impressed with House Republicans investigating the impact of the employer mandate and the so-called 30-hour rule of ObamaCare today (they seem to be incapable as a body of even discussing any issue other than ObamaCare), whilst ignoring the 1.6 million unemployed. The last time the Ways and Means Committee met on something other than ObamaCare was on July 18, according to the high ranking Democrat.

    Levin was so annoyed that he decided to throw a truth bomb into their pile of myths, leaving them pretty well shattered.

    Levin started off his prepared remarks with a BIG SIGH, “Today this Committee is holding a hearing on an issue that has been rehashed many times. Yet it has failed to have a hearing on an issue also in our jurisdiction that already has directly affected the lives of 1.6 million people — their total loss of unemployment insurance.”

    We should just put that statement on repeat for the next year.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/28/sandy-levin-house-gop-hearing-obamacare-bust-aca-myths.html

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  • rikyrah

    Goldenstar posted this yesterday, but I don’t think many folks saw it.

    this is frigging HUGE

    …………………………..

    A Northwestern University graduating quarterback is organizing…

    Kain Colter starts union movement

    January 28, 2014

    TOM FARREY via ESPN

    For the first time in the history of college sports, athletes are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking formal steps on Tuesday to begin the process of being recognized as employees.

    Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern University, submitting the form at the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board.

    Backed by the United Steelworkers union, Huma also filed union cards signed by an undisclosed number of Northwestern players with the NLRB — the federal statutory body that recognizes groups that seek collective bargaining rightsESPN’s “Outside The Lines” first broke the story.
    “This is about finally giving college athletes a seat at the table,” said Huma, a former UCLA linebacker who created the NCPA as an advocacy group in 2001. “Athletes deserve an equal voice when it comes to their physical, academic and financial protections.”

    Huma told “Outside The Lines” that the move to unionize players at Northwestern started with quarterback Kain Colter , who reached out to him last spring and asked for help in giving athletes representation in their effort to improve the conditions under which they play NCAA sports. Colter became a leading voice in regular NCPA-organized conference calls among players from around the country.

    “The action we’re taking isn’t because of any mistreatment by Northwestern,” Colter said. “We love Northwestern. The school is just playing by the rules of their governing body, the NCAA. We’re interested in trying to help all players — at USC, Stanford, Oklahoma State, everywhere. It’s about protecting them and future generations to come.

    “Right now the NCAA is like a dictatorship. No one represents us in negotiations. The only way things are going to change is if players have a union.”

    The NCAA responded with a statement from Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy, who said “student-athletes are not employees within any definition of the National Labor Relations Act” and that there is no existing employment relationships between the “NCAA, its affiliated institutions or student-athletes.”

    “This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education,” Remy said in the statement. “Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary. We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize.”

    In a statement, Northwestern said it supports dialogue around the issues that are important to the CAPA, and the right of Colter and his teammates to have a voice in that dialogue. However, it also said it does not support the players organizing through a labor union.

    “Northwestern believes that our student-athletes are not employees and collective bargaining is therefore not the appropriate method to address these concerns,” said Jim Phillips, Northwestern vice president of athletics and recreation. “However, we agree that the health and academic issues being raised by our student-athletes and others are important ones that deserve further consideration.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/kain-colter-starts-union-movement/story?id=22264339

    • goldenstar

      What I like is that it’s a NORTHWESTERN U QUARTERBACK who is the face of this movement. And, he is very very very informed about what are the goals and objectives at this time. He was so ready to meet the press. It’s like Judy Smith/Olivia Pope had coached him. Flanking him were union leaders.

      • Miranda

        That’s what I said.l…I can’t wait to see how the right wing sports media reports this.

    • sagittarius

      It’s on and poppin’ with the NCAA. Good.

      • conlakappa

        I remember about a year or so ago that there’s a big name lawyer or journalist, I cannot recall which, who’s been laying the groundwork to take on the NCAA. As I wrote in response to yesterday’s posting, college athletes give up the rights to their images in perpetuity.

  • conlakappa

    Did any of you see Joe B. interviewed this morning? I saw him on GMA but would like to think he was on every network. Any way, George Step and Shuffle point-blank asked him, given that the calls for HRC to run seemed to be based on the assumption that he wouldn’t be running in 2016, about his plans. He smiled that Joe B. smile and said that now was not the time to talk about that.

    Yes, it was a chastising of George but it also felt like, “oh, yeah, I’m running.”

    • lamh36

      Joe B knows George snuffaluffagos is the biggest of Clintonistas!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -CONGRATULATIONS — -MR. PRESIDENT♥ –SOTU -SUCCESS♥ —
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    Obama vows ‘year of action’ with or without the backing of Congress in
    his State of the Union address
    – –

    – – – – -President Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet to congressional Republicans in an impassioned State of the Union speech on Tuesday night by threatening to implement policies
    without their help whenever they refuse to ‘make progress together’ with him.

    ‘America does not stand still – and neither will I,’ Obama warned in his address, aimed at kick-starting a faltering second term beset by problems over the budget crisis and the botched roll-out of the Obamacare website.[DANG!! —IGNORE da IGNANT NEGATIVITY!!]

    ‘So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do,’ he said.

    The president outlined more than a dozen initiatives that he plans to bring in without appealing for the support of Capitol Hill.

    They include modest moves on infrastructure projects and more ambitious efforts as well – including a plan to bring next-generation broadband Internet to 99 per cent of children in American schools within five years.
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  • goldenstar

    What a life story!

    Morrie Turner Dies at 90; Broke Barriers in Comics

    By PAUL VITELLO
    JAN. 28, 2014

    Morrie Turner, a cartoonist who broke the color barrier twice — as the first African-American comic strip artist whose work was widely syndicated in mainstream newspapers, and as the creator of the first syndicated strip with a racially and ethnically mixed cast of characters — died on Saturday in Sacramento. He was 90.

    The cause was complications of kidney disease, said David Bellard, a family spokesman.

    Mr. Turner’s comic strip “Wee Pals,” featuring childhood playmates who were white, black, Asian, Hispanic and Jewish (joined in later years by a girl in a wheelchair and a deaf girl), was considered subversive in 1965, when a major syndicate first offered it to newspapers.

    Only two or three of the hundreds of newspapers in the syndicate picked it up. By early 1968, there were five. But of the many changes that occurred after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that April and the urban uprisings it started, some of the first appeared in the nation’s funny papers.Launch media viewer“Wee Pals,” with its racially and ethnically diverse characters, rose in popularity after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Morrie Turner, via Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

    Thirty newspapers began subscribing to Mr. Turner’s comic strip in the first 30 days after the assassination; within a few months the number had swelled to 100. “Suddenly everybody was interested in me,” he told a public access television interviewer in 2010.

    Later in 1968, the black artist Brumsic Brandon Jr. created his comic strip “Luther,” about a 9-year-old boy growing up in the ghetto. It, too, found a wide audience in newspaper syndication.

    “You can imagine how I felt,” Mr. Turner said, referring to his newfound popularity. “I mean, I’m benefiting from the assassination of Dr. King, one of my heroes. It was kind of a bittersweet experience.”

    Morris Nolten Turner was born in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 11, 1923, the youngest of four children of James and Nora Spears Turner. His father, a Pullman porter, was often away on cross-country railroad trips, and Morris was raised mainly by his mother, a nurse.

    She encouraged him to pursue his artistic talent and instilled in him a reverence for a pantheon of black historical figures, including “people most folks never heard of,” he said. (Black women were notably among them, including Naomi Anderson, a suffragist; Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a freed slave who became a Union spy; and Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.)

    Mr. Turner served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a staff clerk, journalist and illustrator on the newspaper of the 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen. After the war, while working as a clerk for the Oakland police, Mr. Turner sold illustrations and cartoons to industrial publications and national magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Ebony and The Negro Digest.

    Charles M. Schulz, the creator of “Peanuts” and a Northern California resident, met Mr. Turner in the early 1960s and became a friend and mentor, said Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

    “They were the same age, they both were in the war — they just clicked,” said Mr. Farago, who has curated shows of both men’s work. In a conversation one day, Mr. Turner lamented the lack of black characters in newspaper comics, and Schulz suggested he try to do one. He also offered to share his contacts in the syndication business.
    ….

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/arts/morrie-turner-dies-at-90-broke-barriers-in-comics.html?hpw&rref=obituaries

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCs8ufxnnYA — -MR. PRESIDENT —“ON DA ROAD –AGAIN.” Woo! Hoo!

    — -Obama to embark on four-city tour after State of the Union

    – – – – –President Obama will travel to four cities on Jan. 29 and 30 to highlight his efforts to revive the economy, according to White House officials.

    After delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama will devote the next two days visiting Glenarden, Md., Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Nashville to reinforce his speech’s central economic message.
    THERE IS MORE – – :>)

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    PBOMB♥ – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c
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    During an August 2013 interview with theGrio, Oprah opened up about her legacy saying, “Your legacy is what you do everyday. Your legacy is every life you’ve touched, every person who’s life was either moved or not. It’s every person you’ve harmed or helped, that’s your legacy. I don’t think about it. I just try to live it.”

    To commemorate her 60th birthday, theGrio is counting down 15 defining moments throughout Oprah’s career.

    See the slideshow above to see moments that will define the legacy of the “Queen of Talk.”

    Watch Oprah discuss her legacy below:
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  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -Can we say –Da GUILTY R —TESTY? — — LOL

    – –‘I will throw you off this f***ing balcony': GOP
    congressman caught on camera threatening to ‘break TV reporter in half’
    for asking him about campaign finance probe after State of the Union
    - —

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    – –B BLESSED –SAFE – –WARM♥ – – -

    • Rhoda

      He should have been arrested for that threat; or given a warning at the very least.

    • Daltex82

      What a THUG! but I’m sure no one called him that.

      • conlakappa

        He’s an ex-Marine. They’ll chalk it all up to “extra adrenaline/manliness.”

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Safety first – be careful out there! Have a great day!

    • goldenstar

      Good morning. It’s like a veritable heat wave out there so I’m ready to join the commuting masses on Metra and CTA.

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi!

      • sagittarius

        Morning, Alma!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, sag.
      Sending positive thoughts your way

      • sagittarius

        Morning, Rikyrah!

        Backatcha! Hope that your commute goes well with the virtual heatwave we are having!

    • GreenLadyHere

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      • sagittarius

        Hi, GLH **BIG HUG**

        Thank you for your prayers – blessings to you!

  • Rhoda

    The MSM is shocked, lol.

    They figured Barack Obama would come in there and be broken because of stupid website and the fact the idiots in Congress won’t do NOTHING for the people who elected them; they can’t even get a damn farm bill on the floor. (Through, there is one being voted on today in the House and it’s a compromise a major industry group is opposing. I wasn’t really listening to the NPR story; but really? This much drama over a FARM BILL.)

    Instead, he walked in with that swagger he has and laid out the agenda for Democrats to campaign on this year.

    People liked the speech. It polled well. And all they were left to say was how Clinton small bore it was; PLEASE. Clinton gave these long speeches the pundits laughed at and the public LIKED. And he got re-elected.

    Also, Barack Obama got re-elected. NO MATTER what happenes in 2014; he’s going to be here three more years. And he laid it out last night: He’s not going ANYWHERE and they will deal with him and if they won’t he’ll go AROUND them by trying to convince buisnesses and mayors and governors to make changes themseleves.

    Last night, President Obama made clear this Congress can do nothing and it’s for the people to decide what they’ll do with that. The fact of that; a Congress that won’t and can’t work. That doesn’t sound good to me for House members or senators.

    Minimum Wage
    Universal Pre-K
    Student Loans
    Dimplomacy instead of War

    These are all great campaign issues and Republicans are on the wrong side of everyone .

    • rikyrah

      2 Termz, Bitchez!!!
      Rhoda,
      thanks for your comments about that horrid yoga wench.

    • gn

      Excellent comment!

  • MsKitty

    This has made my day. The new ad is so adorable.

    Ad of the Day: Cheerios Brings Back Its Famous Interracial
    Family for the Super Bowl And a wonderful sequel it is

    Sorry, knuckle draggers. If you couldn’t handle the sight of a—gasp—interracial family in last year’s famous Cheerios commercial, here’s some bad news. You’ll have to sit through a sequel during the Super Bowl.

    The General Mills brand on Wednesday unveiled its 2014 Super Bowl spot from Saatchi & Saatchi in New York. And yes, that’s the family from “Just Checking,” the ad from last May that made headlines when General Mills shut down the comments section on the YouTube version because of racist vitriol. That earlier ad turned out to be a major win for the brand, however, as people everywhere jumped to its defense—and the view count on YouTube jumped to nearly 5 million.

    The Super Bowl spot, like its predecessor, runs a quietly moving 30 seconds, and even starts off with a clever, knowing nod to the earlier controversy. “Gracie, you know how our family has Daddy and Mommy…” the father says, pushing two Cheerios into the middle of a breakfast table. “And me,” Gracie says, adding a third. “Yeah, that’s right,” Dad says.

    At this point, those who know about the earlier controversy might expect, in the sequel, some family talk about being “different.” Perhaps the girl has been hearing things at school about her parents, or getting questions from friends. But in fact—wonderfully—it’s nothing of the sort. Dad is bringing up a whole different kind of family talk, and it couldn’t be more common to families everywhere. It’s pure Cheerios—a quiet, simple, real moment, and one ends nicely, too, with a priceless look on the mom’s face.

    More here: http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/ad-day-cheerios-brings-back-its-famous-interracial-family-super-bowl-155302

    Watch the ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LKuQrKeGe6g

    • conlakappa

      Did you see the family in the new Swiffer ad? He’s a white guy who’s missing half of an arm, she’s a black woman, and they have two very cute kids.

      • MsKitty

        I saw that this weekend. And I remember seeing a Hershey’s commercial recently that had an interracial couple in it.

        I’m glad the ad agencies have decided to show the real diversity that’s going on. That said, I remember seeing ads in Europe with interracial families/couples going back to the ’90s.

      • Miranda

        I saw a commercial the other day for a snoring medication that featured a white soldier and his muslim wife. Basically saying the issue in their marriage was the fact that he was keeping her up with his loud snores. LOL, very cute.

      • Worldwatcher7

        I like that ad better. The kids seem mischievous and real.

        • conlakappa

          One of my friends with a white husband has a marriage in which he does the housework, just like her [black] stepfather did. One of their two boys got a toy kitchen and vacuum cleaner for Christmas as a reminder that it’s the daddy who cleans up.

      • PBomb

        I remember that couple. He proposed to her and it was highlighted on a yahoo series with “Surprises” in the title.

        It was a sweet video.

      • lamh36

        More “progressive” advertising, in this case, it’s an actual family. I admit I love those Swiffer commercials. They are too cute. The one with the older couple who have be married like a gazillion years (Meet Lee and Morty Kaufman: Swiffer’s Golden Couple) and now this one.

    • BoomerGal

      Not just the knuckle draggers, I’m not thrilled with it, either.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      When Pop made the puppy-baby brother deal the wife looked at him like, “Have you lost your mind?”

      • conlakappa

        Right? Or that was a “you know that you will be walking and training the dog.”

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.
    I hope everyone in the south is doing ok, be safe and keep warm.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma!!

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah!

    • goldenstar

      Good morning. I walked to train & it feels so darn warm!

      • Alma98

        Morning goldenstar! LOL

  • Worldwatcher7

    Good morning everyone! I’m feeling deprived because I couldn’t participate in the SOTU chat yesterday. POU comments on point, as per usual.

    Just reflecting on the fact that yesterday FLOTUS was surrounded by Americans who are remarkable for their positive contributions to the nation, and, in contrast, the repubs hosted the Duck Dynasty dude. I guess attending one of PBO’s SOTU speeches is now a prize for the racist of the year.

    • conlakappa

      Ted Nugent Invitational Chair.

    • Alma98

      Good morning ww7! All the republicans have now is racism. They have no ideas of their own other than to obstruct PBO at every turn.

      • Worldwatcher7

        And the msm continues to collaborate with them by not pointing this out. Why, if I didn’t know better, I’d suspect that members of this nation’s press are racist a-holes too!! But that could NEVER be…

  • rikyrah
  • MsKitty

    So I don’t have to suffer alone…

    The Kitchenista ‏@MissAngelaDavis 27m
    Snowday #breakfast! Strawberry shortcake pancakes w/ homemade maple strawberry syrup & maple whipped cream. #foodporn pic.twitter.com/gOib9qvfTH

    I’m mad because I only allow myself to have pancakes on Sunday, which is a long 4 days away. Torture.

    • conlakappa

      Seems like a snow day is a special Sunday though…

    • rikyrah

      SIGH…
      sigh…
      yes yes yes

  • Lisa M

    Good morning everyone!! I see CNN going in HARD on Mayor Reed because of the traffic problems in the ATL.

    • Miranda

      Kasim ain’t having it. Its bout to be a showdown as to exactly what happened but Kasim swinging on the Governor and the D.O.T. – oh no mofos you really not about to make me the scapegoat when I was the first one to declare a state of emergency.

      • Lisa M

        What was real funny was how Kasim stayed calm, cool and collected when Carol Costello seemed like she was goading him to lose his cool. Like you said, he was not having it.

    • Alma98

      Morning Lisa!

  • Joy

    Morning, all. It’s weird seeing other southern states and cities experiencing the bad weather when its just sunny and cold in Dallas.

    • Alma98

      Morning Joy.

  • MsKitty

    Black Girls Guide to Weight Loss has an excellent rebuttal to that silly Becky who was crying about a sista being in her yoga class. It’s so on point I can’t even do excerpts, read the whole thing.

    http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/the-op-eds/an-open-letter-to-the-xojane-writer-who-cried-about-a-black-woman-in-her-yoga-class/

    • Miranda

      I am still trying to understand how anyone can be as self-absorbed and obnoxious as Jen Carson and not have been poisoned already.

      • gn

        As soon as I read that, I knew it was in Brooklyn (and her last name’s not Carson—there’s an actual fitness blogger with that name who I feel sorry for because people are going to come for her because of this). But it’s an insidious form of racist aggression which is worse than the overt kind because the person insists that they’re a big liberal and love black people and thus aren’t willing to unpack their assumptions. This woman created an entire dialogue in her mind which was premised on the new student feeling inferior racially, culturally and body-wise to the author. The author then projected her feelings of superiority and fixation onto an innocent woman who didn’t do anything more than fall within the author’s gaze. It’s absolutely psychotic, but it’s not totally atypical in terms of the attitudes of some of Brooklyn’s gentrifiers.

      • conlakappa

        Duh, with that enviably skinny rich white girl body, she’s fleet of feet! I risked injury with eye rolling. What a pointless, all-about-me skank. I did yoga for 2 years consistently now off and on. My instructor suggested that I get into teaching it. Que shocking, given that I don’t have that enviably skinny rich white girl body. When I do the exercises, I’m not looking at anyone, even in downward-facing dog. It’s all about internal focus. I’d suggest this fool find her third eye but fear she’d get lost doing the search via her navel. The gaze, lawsy, the gaze.

        • gn

          Exactly—since when are people supposed to be looking beyond their own mat? Discarding humility for elitism and competition? What is this person practicing, because it’s not yoga.

    • Aquagranny911

      Gracias for this share, MsKitty. It was an excellent read but I was also delighted to read some of the other articles on her site. I’m book marking it because I want to try some of her meal plans which sounded good. I’m always looking for new healthy recipes. I do appreciate you sharing this site here.

  • Miranda

    SMH……bs

    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
    1/29/2014 7:47:37 AM

    A former Norwegian minister nominated fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday in a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

    “He has contributed to revealing the extreme level of surveillance by nations against other nations and of citizens,” former Socialist Left Party minister Baard Vegar Solhjell told AFP, explaining his move.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/29/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize/

    • gn

      Insanity.

    • Alma98

      GTFOOH!

      • gn

        I think that certain people have really lost it right now, and are desperately trying to shroud a dudebro as the great hope or hero. To have looked past everyone from that little girl who survived the Taliban shooting to lesser known peace activists who could use the exposure just speaks to deep feeling of displacement and resentment. Some people have completely become unhinged IMO.

    • JB20005

      Rush Limbaugh has also been nominated previously. Getting nominated isn’t a very high bar to clear.

    • Daltex82

      “He has contributed to revealing the extreme level of surveillance by nations against other nations and of citizens,” former Socialist Left Party minister Baard Vegar Solhjell told AFP, explaining his move.
      ~~
      Translation: My check from Glen Greenwald has cleared.

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, that little bitch didn’t reveal shit that anyone with common sense already knew.

      I knew how much other nations spied on their citizens and each other, you all knew it, and the media knows it. Now the Nobel Committee wants to act all brand new.

    • malletgirl02

      Snowden nominated for the peace prize. What exactly has he done for peace?

  • JB20005

    Remains of 55 people found in a makeshift graveyard near the site of a former Florida reform school.

    Former inmates (mostly black) of the Dozier School for Boys, have long told stories of other boys who died or “disappeared” from the school during their time there.

    Dozier was closed by the State of Florida in 2011.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/28/us-usa-florida-school-idUSBREA0R1ZH20140128

    • gn

      Horrifying.

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU.

    The brightest bulb: Rising energy star scores seat with FLOTUS at State of the Union

    While you’re watching the State of the Union tonight, when the camera spotlights First Lady Michelle Obama, you’ll see among her entourage one of the nation’s future leaders on climate change. That would be 30-year-old Tyrone Davis of Winston-Salem, N.C., a third-year law student at Elon University.

    In the summer of 2010, working as a Climate Corps fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund, Davis completed an energy efficiency plan for four large buildings at the historically black Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He suggested improvements that would deliver more than $30,000 in savings each year — and spare the climate from 190 tons of CO2 emissions annually. The school liked the proposal so much it hired him to write a campus-wide sustainability plan.

    I caught up with Davis by phone and learned that, while he’s legally blind, he has no problem spotting places where we can up our game to better address the climate threat.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/people/the-brightest-bulb-rising-energy-star-scores-seat-with-flotus-at-state-of-the-union/

    H/T Brentin Mock

  • creolechild

    Here Are 12 Executive Actions Obama Is Planning This Year

    The White House has released a fact sheet on 12 key executive actions President Barack Obama plans to take this year.[….] Here are the basics, as outlined by the White House:

    • Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers.[….]
    • Creating “myRA” – A New Starter Savings Account to Help Millions Save for Retirement.[….]
    • Building a 21st Century Workplace for America’s Working Families[….]
    • Launching Four New Manufacturing Institutes in 2014.[….]
    • Government-wide Review of Federal Training Programs to Help Americans Get Skills in Demand for Good Jobs.[….]
    • Partnering With Many of America’s Leading CEOs to Help the Long-Term Unemployed.[….]

    • Expanding Apprenticeships by Mobilizing Business, Community Colleges and Labor.[….]
    • Increasing Fuel Efficiency for Trucks.[….]
    • Partnering with States, Cities and Tribes to Move to Energy Efficiency and Cleaner Power.[….]
    • Connecting 20 Million Students in 15,000 Schools to the Best Technology to Enrich K-12 Education.[….]
    • Redesigning High Schools to Teach the Real-World Skills That Kids Need[….]
    • Increasing College Opportunity and Graduation.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-executive-actions-orders-state-of-the-union-2014-1

    H/T Brett Logiurato

    • Daltex82

      Sign until that left hand gets numb Mr. President.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • Aquagranny911

    I’m Late! PBomb, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate this week’s focus. This was not a subject I knew much about, although I had heard the term “Sundown Town” & we have a few here in AZ where any “outsider” (translate that to Brown & not Mormon) is unwelcome at any time. I’m learning a lot here from you.

    I just have one little quibble & it is not your fault because you are just quoting sources. But the Spanish word “alba” translates as “sunrise or dawn” The word for white is actually “blanco.” I do suppose that “sunrise” could well fit a town that has sundown rules just as well.

    • AxelFoley

      I thought so. I was like, “I never learn ‘alba’ meant ‘white’ in Spanish. I’ve always learned it was ‘blanco’.”

      Threw me off.

      • Aquagranny911

        Me too but our wonderful PBomb has explained this most excellently.

    • PBomb

      Hi AG! I think they are referring to latin root of alba which is
      “white” I am glad you are learning and enjoying the info.

      I thought it was strange to, so I looked it up and I probably should have placed the reference within the post.
      http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Alba?s=t

      http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/meaning_of_Alba.html

      Alba is a name with several meanings in different languages. As a Catalan, Italian or Spanish word, it means “sunrise.” As a Gaelic word, it refers to Scotland. Alba is also a form of the Latin root “albinus,” “white.”

      • Aquagranny911

        Smack me! I should have known this! I took Latin but that was many ago. I should be doubly shamed because an “alb” is a white stole that the priest wears under the fancy duds for Mass. Latin root! Gracias for more information. I do like to learn.