September 23, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: The Great Migration

Happy Hump Day!

We continue to explore “The Great Migration” including paintings from the series of the same name by the great Jacob Lawrence.

The journey north was made by train, boat, bus, sometimes car, and even horse-drawn cart. It was most often a long, grueling experience; the travelers confronted segregated waiting rooms, buses, and train coaches, as well as unfamiliar procedures and unfriendly conductors. Very little food or drink was available. Fares were expensive, deterring many would-be migrants from making the trip. Regular passenger fares – 2¢ per mile in 1915 – skyrocketed within three years to 24¢ a mile. Rarely did young and old, able-bodied and dependent, parent and child migrate together. It was too expensive. Young men between eighteen and thirty-five who had worked as unskilled industrial laborers were usually the first to go. Many were married and had children and expected to reunite with their families as soon as they had “made their way.”

The reasons for leaving varied: “freedom and independence,” better wages, educational opportunities for their children. Still others intended to stay only long enough to save some money and return. One migrant, asked why she left the South, replied: “I left Georgia because I wanted better privileges.” Did that mean mixed schools and association with white people generally? “No,” she responded, “I don’t care nothing about that, but I just want to be somewhere where I won’t be scared all the time that something is going to break loose.”


Getting to “the Promised Land” did not come cheap, so many migrants made the journey in stages, stopping off and working in places in the South, then continuing on their way. This so-called step migration could take a very long time. Painter Jacob Lawrence recalled that his family was “moving up the coast, as many families were during that migration . . . . We moved up to various cities until we arrived – the last two cities I can remember before moving to New York were Easton, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia.”

During the early period, northern employers assisted the migrants with transportation. Their agents gave out travel passes whose cost was often deducted from future wages. These agents, who were paid a flat fee for each worker they produced, were selective, favoring those who appeared in good health, men over women, the young over the old.

The railroads, in dire need of workers to transport war material and maintain the rail lines, were among the first employers to recruit. In the summer of 1916, the Pennsylvania Railroad brought sixteen thousand southern African Americans north to do unskilled labor. The agents from the Illinois Central Railroad issued passes to bring workers to Chicago. Other industries central to the burgeoning war economy, such as the steel mills, made great and unprecedented promises to prospective African-American employees. These workers were poor and eager to take advantage of any opportunity. “Just give us a chance” was their common refrain.

So many southerners made their way north on their own that employers soon cut back on travel passes. Meanwhile, local authorities were trying to deny the agents access to the black community. In some cases, their passes were not honored at the depots. On many occasions, travelers were pulled off trains to prevent them from leaving the South. Many African-Americans were threatened, beaten and families harmed to prevent them from leaving the south.

The real opportunity for African-American workers came during World War I, when immigrants from European countries ceased and labor demand was at an all-time high. Factory managers in these circumstances had to hire African-American job-seekers in order to keep their plants running. Mass production lines, because they did not require special education or great skill, enabled unskilled and semi-skilled Black migrants to “make good” on this opportunity almost immediately. Whereas in 1910 only 183 Blacks in the entire nation were employed in the auto industry, by 1920 there were eight thousand Black auto workers in Detroit alone. By 1923 no fewer than five hundred Detroit firms employed African-Americans. Ford was the largest employer, having sixteen thousand African-Americans on its payroll in 1925. The city government employed 2,745 African-Americans in 1926, including 486 in the Post Office and 2,200 in the Department of Public Works, most of whom worked as street-cleaners or did minor repair work.

Not surprisingly, the blatant discrimination that kept African-Americans out of factory jobs before the war did not disappear simply because labor was in short supply. Although more jobs were now available to Blacks, they were usually the jobs with the longest hours and most grueling duties. Employers used stereotypes about Black migrants to justify placing them in the least desirable positions. Some employers gave Blacks the toughest assembly line jobs, claiming that African-Americans were faster than anyone else at performing “rhythmic tasks.” Others, conversely, complained that the African-American worker was “too slow. He does not make the speed that the routine of efficient industry demands. He is lacking in the regularity demanded by the routine of industry day by day. Employers also complained of a disinclination on the part of migrants to work outside in cold weather. Some employers used this stereotype as an excuse to put all Blacks in the hottest jobs in the factories, while construction companies often used it to justify excluding Blacks altogether.

Stereotypes also kept African-Americans out of skilled positions. Although Blacks by the mid 1920s could find work in a few skilled and semi-skilled trades, as molders, riveters, furnace operators, cement finishers, machine operators, plasterers, brick layers, carpenters, and motor men on streetcars, most skilled migrants had to accept jobs in the North that were beneath their skill levels. To make matters worse, African-American natives of Detroit who had held skilled positions before the migration were often unable to convince white employers that they were skilled enough to hold on to those positions. As a result, Northern-raised Blacks often resented the southern newcomers. “These damn southern `niggers’ have spoiled the jobs for all of us,” complained one skilled Negro molder. “Some of us used to have good jobs here, but so many unskilled niggers from the South have come in that none of us have a chance now. They think we are all the same. I used to do all sorts of skilled molding but now I’m kept on the machines.

By contrast, unskilled workers who migrated were likely to see their employment opportunities improved as a result of the move. When demand was high, almost all migrants could find jobs as garbage workers, construction laborers, excavators, dishwashers, packers, sweepers, yard workers, car unloaders, paper balers, street repairers, alley cleaners and morgue attendants. Though the hours were longer than those worked by members of other ethnic groups in the North, they were still shorter than the hours migrants had worked in the South. And although a higher cost of living in the North as compared to the South lessened the impact of higher wages on the family budget, migrants still took home more pay in real terms than they had prior to the move.

The advances made in employment of Blacks were neither universal nor permanent, however. African-American women did not experience the gains that men did: throughout the 1910s and 1920s they could find few jobs beyond those of domestics, day workers and laundry workers. As far as factory jobs were concerned, African-American women were the last hired and the first fired. Even Black men lost any advantages they had gained when the supply of Black workers exceeded the demand for labor.

Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series (1940–41), a sequence of 60 paintings, depicts the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between World War I and World War II—a development that had received little previous public attention. Lawrence spent months distilling the subject into captions and preliminary drawings and preparing 60 boards with the help of his wife, artist Gwendolyn Knight. He created the paintings in tempera, a water-base paint that dries rapidly. To keep the colors consistent, Lawrence applied one hue at a time to every painting where it was to appear, requiring him to plan all 60 paintings in detail at once. The series was the subject of a solo show at the Downtown Gallery in Manhattan in 1941, making Lawrence the first black artist represented by a New York gallery. Interest in the series was intense. Ultimately, The Phillips Collection and New York’s Museum of Modern Art agreed to divide it, with the Phillips buying the odd-numbered paintings.

Read more about The Great Migration:

Detroit and The Great Migration, 1916 – 1929

The Great Migration


  • Admiral_Komack

    A very good series.
    Thank you.

    • Miranda

      I find it fascinating how clear cut the lines of travel were. Now it all makes sense to me – the paths go straight up like my Daddy said – “people went to where the bus stopped”.

      • JojoRaze

        It is pretty clear-cut, whichever big city the trains and buses went, that’s where people stopped. If you were from TX or LA, you wouldn’t end up in NYC, but in Oakland. If you were from FL or GA you’d end up in Philly or NYC. The Warmth of Other Suns book was clear on that. It was a great read by the way.

        • conlakappa

          I gave that book to my stepfather and he’s read it multiple times now/would probably faint dead if he saw the author in person. I don’t think I’ll be able to pry it out of his hands (though he is temporarily occupied by that lynching book I gave him for Christmas; he might be distracted!) so might have to get it for myself.

  • Postal Service to stop delivering mail on Saturdays
    8a.m. EST February 6, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but it will continue delivering packages six days a week.

    In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the government agency is expected to say the cut, beginning in August, would mean a cost saving of about $2 billion annually.

    The move accentuates one of the agency’s strong points. Package delivery has increased by 14% since 2010. The delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

    Under the new plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays.



    “African-Americans make up about 20 percent of U.S. Postal Service workers – and are the majority in some urban centers, representing 75 percent to 80 percent of the 5,000 letter carriers in the Chicago area, according to Mack Julion, president of the Chicago branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.”

    When is Mad Max & Messy Jesse and nem gonna “unleash”?

    • Admiral_Komack

      Don’t hold your breath.
      As long as they can’t get a dollar from it, they won’t say shit.

    • Kennymack1971

      And this is why the Sole Patrol can have a stadium full of seats. They throw shade at PBO but are nowhere to be seen on things like this.

      • jds09


        I’ve got three family members that are mail carriers (one brother and 2 sister-in-laws). This is the fight CBC should have had: talk about civil service protections for POCs, tool to bring folks and keep folks in the middle class and historical employment center for our veterans.

        But that would have taken work, other than yelling (or unleashing) about shit.

        • conlakappa

          It’s not sexy enough to stand up for the maligned civil servants who, as I mentioned earlier in the week, are represented as being black women. Not mini-crabcake-and-satay cocktail party conversation.

        • goldenstar

          Isn’t it possible to change that law???? I think that there needs to be new legislation on all of this because it messes up the public and the employees….

      • Town

        The Sole Patrol can sit down, especially when the Post Office employs a LOT of black people.

        • Admiral_Komack

          As far as I’m concerned, the Sole Patrol can SuperGlue their asses to a stadium full of seats.

    • Miranda

      The Republican Hastert/Frist Congress pushed through, as one of their last acts in 2006, a law that forced the USPS to become the only agency required to fund 75 years of retiree health benefits over just a 10-year span, and that law’s requirements account for 100 percent of the service’s $20 billion in losses over the previous four years, without which the service would have turned a profit. Many of the nation’s largest unions opposed the BushHastertFrist “PostalAccountabilityAct” which they saw as a tooI to create a “manufactured crisis” which quickly would creat a push to full USPS privitization and a eventually create a direct hit on all postal unions. It appears they were correct.

      Just a damn shame.

    • Miranda


    • Daltex82

      LOL! Good one!

  • I LOVE cats but I’m not sure how I feel about this cuz I liked the iron token….

    Meow! Hasbro unveils new token for Monopoly game

    Scottie dog has a new nemesis after Monopoly fans voted to add a cat to the game and eliminate the iron token.

    Toy maker Hasbro (HAS) announced the changes Wednesday, hours after voting on Facebook closed, marking the first time that fans had a say on which token to eliminate and which piece to replace it.

    The eight tokens identify the players and have changed quite a lot since Parker Brothers bought the game from its original designer in 1935.


    • isonprize

      Why couldn’t they just add the cat? Why did they have to ditch the iron? I thought that little iron was cute, especially since my mom had a real one just like it that was her grandmother’s. We used it as a door stop.

      • Daltex82

        …especially since my mom had a real one just like it that was her grandmother’s. We used it as a door stop.

        Oh my goodness so did we! It was also a great weapon, but I won’t get into that.

  • rikyrah

    ThinkProgress: During the November 2012 election, Black and Hispanic voters waited nearly twice as long to vote as whites, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis. New York Times graphs summarizing the analysis show that white voters waited an average of 12.7 minutes, while Black and Hispanic voters waited an average of 20.2 minutes

    • conlakappa

      And your response, CBC members…?

      • Daltex82


        • conlakappa

          No doubt. I wonder if the CHC members will have something to say. They are usually on it.

  • rikyrah

    TPM: When President Obama won in November the electorate also rendered a verdict on the priorities of the two major political parties. Democrats, most voters believe, are more concerned with the plight of the middle class than Republicans, who ran on a platform of actually lowering income taxes on wealthy Americans.

    In the intervening months, Republican operatives have become practitioners of a new kind of alchemy, attempting with little success to convince voters that the right’s long-standing agenda is actually an array of policies that coincidentally meets the needs of the middle class.

    Enter House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who’s hit upon a new plan. If you can’t turn lead into gold, go out and buy some gold paint.

  • rikyrah

    American Crossroads Goes After Ashley Judd With $10,000 Ad Campaign (VIDEO)
    Tom Kludt – 8:48 AM EST, Wednesday February 6, 2013

    The conservative super PAC American Crossroads on Wednesday rolled out an attack ad preemptively aimed at Ashley Judd, who is reportedly mulling a U.S. Senate bid against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) next year in Kentucky.

    Behind $10,000 in digital advertising starting today, the Karl Rove-backed group will run the ad in Kentucky in two weeks. The ad — a parody of a would-be campaign spot for Judd — mocks the actress and activist for her allegiance to President Barack Obama and for previously referring to Tennessee as her home. American Crossroads detailed the campaign in an email sent out Wednesday morning

    • Daltex82

      Sounds like someone is skurred!

      • conlakappa

        Yep, and if they think she’s enough of a viable candidate to go after her, their polling must be telling them something.

        • Daltex82

          I hope this backfires and encourages her even more to run. If not Ms. Judd then hopefully some other competent Dem comes along to help end McTurtles reign of terror.

  • rikyrah

    Obama’s voting reform push is doomed (because it would mean more Dem votes)

    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on February 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    During his election night speech, President Obama promised to “do something about” voting problems, and the Times reports that he is expected to propose a new effort to making voting easier. That’s good — because if anything defined Election Day 2012, it was the lines.

    In Virginia, Florida, Washington D.C., and other areas, hundreds of thousands of voters stood in line for hours to cast their ballots. Anecdotally, it seemed that these voters were disproportionately black and Latino. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology confirms the hunch. According to the New York Times, MIT political scientist Charles Stewart III found that “blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites.”

    Likewise, a separate study, from Ohio State University and the Orlando Sentinel, found that more than 200,000 Florida voters “gave up in frustration” without voting. “Around the state,” writes the Sentinel, “nearly 2 million registered voters live in precincts that stayed open at least 90 minutes past the scheduled 7 p.m. closing time.” Of those voters, more than 560,000 lived in precincts that stayed open three extra hours or longer.

    It should be said that this wasn’t an accident. Since 2010, Republican legislatures around the country — and particularly in swing states — have passed laws meant to reduce in-person voter fraud. Of course, there’s a wealth of information to show that this fraud is extremely rare, if not nonexistent. Rather than stop fraud, the practical effect of these laws was to erect large barriers around the franchise — voters had to contend with stricter identification requirements, fewer opportunities for early and absentee voting, and shorter deadlines for voter registration. Florida, for example, shortened its early voting by nearly half, from 14 days of early voting to eight.

  • rikyrah

    GOP’s “makeover” is purely cosmetic

    Posted by Greg Sargent on February 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Eric Cantor is set to give a big speech today offering a new direction for the Republican Party. It’s expected to be mostly rhetorical in nature and to avoid any ideological moderation of the party’s core positions.

    It’s fitting, then, that literally moments before this alleged “rebranding” speech, GOP leaders have given three public statements that underscore the party’s inability, or unwillingness, to budge in a meaningful way on three of the most pressing ideological battles of the moment: Taxes, immigration, and guns.

    First, taxes. The news just broke that President Obama will ask for a temporary deferment of the sequester this afternoon, to avoid deep spending cuts that could cripple the recovery. Obama wants a mix of new revenues and cuts to be part of any long term solution, but here’s Boehner’s response:

    “President Obama first proposed the sequester and insisted it become law. Republicans have twice voted to replace these arbitrary cuts with common-sense cuts and reforms that protect our national defense. We believe there is a better way to reduce the deficit, but Americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more tax hikes. The president’s sequester should be replaced with spending cuts and reforms that will start us on the path to balancing the budget in 10 years.”

    First of all, if John Boehner believes that we can achieve substantial deficit reduction with spending cuts alone, then perhaps he should specify those cuts

  • rikyrah

    Rhetorical gimmickry on immigration

    Posted by Greg Sargent on February 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    One of the rhetorical gimmicks most frequently employed by Republicans in the tax debate is to falsely present the Democratic position as only calling for tax hikes, when in fact Dems have long supported a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts. The game here is to present the Dem and GOP positions (the Republican position being that we must fix our fiscal problems only through spending cuts) as polar opposites, when in fact Dems, broadly speaking, inhabit the compromising middle ground in the debate — the one supported by majorities of Americans — and Republicans don’t.

    Now we’re seeing this same trick popping up in the immigration debate. This exchange at today’s immigration hearing between San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is worth noting, because it’s a hint of where this is heading:

    “I want to give you an opportunity to answer the question of the day,” Goodlatte said, “and that is this: Are there options we should consider between the extremes of mass deportation and a pathway to citizenship for those not lawfully present in the United States?”

    Castro said he doesn’t see a pathway to citizenship as “an extreme option,” pointing out that Congress has previously chosen that option and arguing that it has worked.

    In this telling, the two “extremes” in the debate are mass deportation and a pathway to citizenship. But of course, supporting a pathway to citizenship is not an extreme position at all. A recent Associated Press poll found that it’s supported by more than six in 10 Americans. Other polls from the Post, CNN, and Politico also found sizable majorities supportive of the same.

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: On immigration, Dems hold the middle ground, and Republicans don’t

    Posted by Greg Sargent on February 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

    In recent days, Republicans have begun to spin misleading impressions of the two parties’ positions in the immigration debate. They are casting the Dem embrace of a path to citizenship as “extreme” — as the polar opposite of mass deportation — in a bid to suggest that the GOP is the one open to the compromising middle ground. That middle ground is defined by Republicans as lying somewhere between an unconditional path to citizenship and nothing but beefing up enforcement and security.

    The whole enterprise is deeply misleading. This New York Times headline and lede today capture the game well:

    House G.O.P. Open to Residency for Illegal Immigrants

    House Republicans on Tuesday staked out what they cast as a middle-ground option in the debate over immigration, pushing an approach that could include legal residency but not a path to citizenship — as their Democratic counterparts favor — for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country.

    Now, it’s true that in being open to some sort of legal status, Republicans have moved a bit. But that’s only a reflection of how extreme their original position — that any sort of legal status of any kind constitutes unacceptable “amnesty” — really was. The current openness to legal status does not constitute “middle ground.” By any reasonable measure, their position remains marginal, while the Dem position squarely occupies that “middle ground.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ miranda/POU FAM♥ — -***BIG HUG*** :>)

    REAL FAST: – —O.K. — -“KALCULATOR KREW/MINIONS” – —Turn ’em on: – –LOL

    — – –Obama to name REI chief Sally Jewell for interior secretary – –

    —- —–President Barack Obama will nominate the chief executive of Recreational Equipment Inc, Sally Jewell, as the next U.S. interior secretary, an administration official said on Wednesday.

    Jewell would replace Ken Salazar, who said he did not intend to stay for Obama’s second term. She is the first woman Obama has announced for his second-term Cabinet and also lends credentials from the nation’s West.

    Obama is expected to announce the nomination later on Wednesday. The Washington Post first reported the nomination.

    Jewell, a former banking executive, joined the national outdoor retail chain as a board member in 1996 before taking over as chief operating officer in 2000 and then later as CEO.

    She is also an engineer who began her career at Mobil Oil Corporation.
    THERE IS MORE. – — – — -WATCHIN’ – —:>) – – –

    • TyrenM

      Will the KK/M complain that she’s an oil/banker lady who will give away the pretty green land…

      • Miranda


      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ TyrenM. ****BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –***fist bump*** — – THEY/Other HATAS –will seize on ANYTHING 2 – -START the –OBSTRUCTION!! —
        -WE KNOW!!. :>)

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

  • rikyrah

    The consequences of scrapping recess appointments

    By Steve Benen
    The federal confirmation process seems pretty straightforward: the executive branch nominates officials to fill judicial and administrative vacancies; the Senate offers its advice and consent. Of course, it’s not as simple as it sounds, especially in an era in which a Senate minority can overrule a Senate majority by abusing filibuster rules.

    The executive, in theory, has a workaround called recess appointments. In fact, Article II, Sec. 2, of the Constitution says, “The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.” Note that it says, “the recess,” not “a recess.”

    In the early days of the country, framers saw recesses that could last months and wanted presidents to be able to fill key positions temporarily in emergency situations without the Senate’s consent. There’s a lengthy break following the final adjournment for the legislative session, and this is generally considered “the recess.” The provision was not about giving presidents the authority to circumvent Congress when the White House felt like it.

    As you might imagine, this has long been a point of contention between the branches, with presidents defining “recess” however they saw fit. More than a century ago, Teddy Roosevelt once made recess appointments when the Senate was off for an afternoon.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Obama Said to Nominate Sally Jewell to Head Interior Department

    President Barack Obama will nominate Sally Jewell, president and chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment Inc., to become secretary of the Interior Department, an administration official said on condition of anonymity in advance of a formal announcement.[….]

    H/T Roger Runningen

  • creolechild

    BP hit with new $34 billion Deepwater Horizon claim from southern state governments

    BP has been hit by a new $34bn claim for alleged economic losses and punitive damages resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The latest demand comes from local and southern state governments, including Louisiana and Mississippi, hit hard by the pollution that followed the blowout on the BP-operated Macondo well in April 2010.[….]

    The oil company has settled criminal charges with the US department of justice, but will suffer further financial hits as it prepares for a final civil trial scheduled to start on 26 February.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Terry Macalister

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda/POU FAM♥ — – —FROM the ECONOMIC SCENE: – — :>) – –

    — –CBO projects $845B budget deficit for 2013 – –

    ——- –The federal budget deficit will fall to $845 billion in 2013 before rising again over the next decade as an aging population and soaring healthcare costs lead to an explosion in entitlement spending, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday.

    The budget deficit would fall below $1 trillion under President Obama for the first time in 2013 and would drop to $430 billion by 2015, according to CBO’s annual fiscal outlook.

    But CBO’s long-term forecast projects that budget deficits will near the $1 trillion mark again by 2023, when it forecasts a $978 billion budget deficit.

    — — SNIP — —

    The CBO report also had new projections on Obama’s healthcare reform law. The CBO projected that Obama’s signature healthcare law will cost about $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years — a slight increase of $164 billion over its projection from August. CBO concluded that healthcare reform, in spite of its price tag, will ultimately reduce the deficit because of revenue-raisers within the bill. – —


  • creolechild

    Rick Scott’s Secretary Of State Says Florida Should Restore Early Voting

    Because Gov. Rick Scott (R) and his legislative allies spent much of 2011-2012 filling up the November ballot with complicated and unnecessary ballot questions and pushing through measures aimed at suppressing voter turnout, Florida voters had to wait in lines for up to six hours. Now, Scott’s handpicked Secretary of State has released a report recommending that Florida expand early voting and limit the length of future ballot questions.[….] But, he encourages Scott and his fellow Republicans not to repeat the same mistakes in future elections, recommending Florida:[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Josh Israel

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — — -Ohhh SHOOT!! — — Cornrow is — trynta 2 CONTINUE his DISPARAGIN’ of MR. PRESIDENT: — – “OBAMA and the BLACK ECONOMY” –[cnn] –
    – –ECONOMIST RYAN MACK is offering a vigorous defense!! YES!! – –

    – —MR. PRESIDENT CAIN’T do it all!! — -SPEAK TRUTH!! –:>) — –

  • creolechild

    Bravo to the person who informed the principal about his actions! I hope he loses his job behind this but he’ll probably get a slap on the wrist, required to make an apology to his students and/or the school, and that’ll be the end of it…

    Teacher linked to gay slurs at school

    School district officials are investigating allegations that a Lauderdale County High School teacher made slurs in the presence of students regarding first lady Michelle Obama and gays. Superintendent Jennifer Gray confirmed the investigation concerns the school’s head football coach, Bob Grisham, who also teaches driver’s education and psychology.[….] No action has been taken against Grisham by the district’s administration or the school board.

    He was not at school Wednesday, and Gray said he has family obligations that were expected to keep him out of school the rest of the week.[….] “The board’s range is to recommend doing nothing to termination,” Irby said. “And, of course, they have everything in between, such as suspension with or without pay or merely a warning.”[….]

    Read more:,201960

    H/T Lisa Singleton-Rickman

    • Daltex82

      He’ll get patted on the back in private and slapped on the wrist in public.

      • creolechild

        Notice how the principal was hemming and hawing about the matter being “fully investigated.” When you hear that phrase it usually means that no action, other than a superficial one, will be taken.

      • conlakappa

        Depends on the record of the football team.

    • jds09

      I love the fact the a student taped that shit. Hey Good Old Boys, with technology there are consequences to your actions. I hope some All-state triple threat (b-ball, football and track) athlete transfers to another high school cause his Mama looks like Michelle.

      • Miranda

        LOL! I bet that’s what happened too.

    • gn

      Michelle Obama, referred to on that tape as a “big fat gorilla,” has one of the most beautiful figures and is extremely in shape. I’m glad he was suspended for making these rants in front of a classroom full of kids, but I personally don’t give two shits what racist haters think of this beautiful black woman sitting in the WH, swathed in designer clothes, with servants and a lifestyle beyond anything they could imagine—lmao, their anger and bitterness is like ambrosia!

  • creolechild

    Seven States Tell ‘Responsible’ Gun Owners To Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is With Gun Insurance

    Gun owners, above most everything besides the Second Amendment argument, posit that the problems with gun violence are not due to “responsible” gun owners…it is always them, the other guy – criminals, the mentally unstable, well…you know, THEM. The foundation of their argument is that they, the beleaguered, hounded, falsely blamed, honest, hardworking gun owners, are completely upright and responsible…they are just not the problem. EVER.

    Seven states – California, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Colorado – have, in the past month, introduced bills to have gun owners put their money where their mouth is: liability insurance for their firearms, codifying that responsibility if their firearms are used incorrectly – used by children who find them, by criminals who easily steal them; by people to whom they sell them without requiring a background check.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T McAllister

    • That actually makes sense.

  • creolechild

    Seattle and San Francisco consider divesting from fossil fuels

    [….] It seemed like just yesterday that Bill McKibben et al were convincing colleges to pull their money out of the fossil fuel industry and in turn feel much better about their moral selves. Now the movement’s graduated and moved on to lobbying municipal governments to do the same. So far Seattle and San Francisco’s city employee pension funds are both looking at divesting from fossil fuel companies.[….]

    Seattle’s $1.9 billion pension fund currently holds $17.6 million in investments in oil and gas companies. Today in San Francisco, City Supervisor John Avalos introduced a resolution calling for his city’s $16 billion retirement fund to divest from fossil fuel companies.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Susie Cagle

  • creolechild

    Hmmm…perhaps if all parties involved (police, judges, prosecutors, and juries) got the shit right from the very beginning there would be no need to pay out inordinate sums of money for wrongful convictions.

    Texas-Size Reparations for the Wrongfully Convicted

    [….] Texas is well known for its prodigious use of the death penalty—on Halloween, it carried out its 250th execution under Republican Governor Rick Perry’s 12-year tenure. It’s also the most generous state in the nation when it comes to showing remorse for locking up the wrong man. Under a law Perry signed in 2009, Texas will pay Smith about $80,000 a year for the rest of his life. He’s also eligible for the same health-care insurance as employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Money can’t replace his lost years, Smith says, but he’s now married and owns a home. The activists who persuaded Perry to support the cash settlements are lobbying Texas lawmakers to expand the law to include health coverage for ex-prisoners’ families.

    Twenty-seven states and Washington, D.C., provide some form of compensation to the wrongfully convicted.[…]

    Read more:

    H/T Tim Stelloh

  • creolechild

    If you look at the chart, the increase in numbers where more people obtained access to health care began with PBO’s first term and steadily increased. Yet, “some people say” that he’s not doing enough to show black people that he’s fighting for them too.(sigh)

    Chart: Growth Of Medicaid Enrollment

    This chart shows Medicaid enrollment growing 70 percent between 2000 and 2011.

    Read more:

    H/T David Taintor

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ -AGAIN. :>) – –BUSY DAY 4 MR. PRESIDENT; – – –VP Joe is “On da Road —Abroad”; – – -THANK U sooo MUCH 4 THIS SERIES Miranda. :>)– –

    —-☻Obama departs the White House en route Annapolis, Md.
    — -☻ —Obama’s second-term Cabinet, as it stands so far.
    – — -☻Clout of Obama’s “Mr Fix-it” extends abroad at start of second term
    —————+U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, already deeply immersed in high-profile domestic policy, is finding that his clout extends to foreign affairs as well, as he plays a top surrogate role for President Barack Obama in the early days of their second term. —GOOD ON U — -VP Joe! :>)
    – –

    – –☻THIS: – – – Did that mean mixed schools and association with white people generally? “No,” she responded, “I don’t care nothing about that, but I just want to be somewhere where I won’t be scared all the time that something is going to break loose.” —POWERFUL!!




  • creolechild

    THAT ONE…is at it again! LOL.

    Obama Checkmates Republicans By Offering a Sequester Escape Hatch Tied to More Revenue

    President Obama took steps today to make sure that Republicans have already lost the sequester battle. He offered Republicans one way out, and that is to raise more revenue.Obama bluntly told Republicans that any deal to avoid the sequester will contain more revenue.[….] Obama is playing a winning hand. He is offering Republicans modest changes to Medicare in exchange for more revenue that will be generated by closing loopholes. Going after tax dodgers is a winning issue.

    The president has now put Republicans in the position of either having to defend tax dodgers, or face big cuts in defense spending. Republicans can pick their poison. For a party that is ideologically driven by the notion of starving the governmental beast, the idea of having raise more revenue for Uncle Sam is a bitter pill to swallow. The president offered Republicans an escape hatch from the mess that they have created, but their lifeline is dependent on raising taxes by closing loopholes.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Jason Easley

    • This over and over. The media is trying to play this up like the fiscal cliff. How’d that turn out?

      “The Republican gamble on the sequester is looking like it may turn into an ever bigger win for President Obama.”

      Did the GOP think nobody noticed Lindsay Graham for months sounding the alarm? You aren’t hearing Democrats really squawk about defense cuts because they know like Graham red states are going to take a major hit.

      • jds09

        And if they play the “shut down the government” card, the social security and disability checks are impacted, and the reality of the red state “takers” gets put on front street.

        • MsKitty

          Even without the shutdown threat federal workers are already being impacted. I deal with government folks on a regular basis, and I’ve been hearing stories about agencies suspending non-essential travel for the foreseeable future, workers about to be laid off, etc. Not a good time for these folks.

    • isonprize

      The Re-thugs just can’t STAND that one!!

    • Kennymack1971

      And this is why Speaker Boehner is sputtering and slurring today. He already knows he’s lost.

    • goldenstar

      President Barack Hussein Obama is gonna take these white peeps to school. Oooooh, yessiree.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -LET’s HOPE SO —- -HAH! —[Warning: —A DISGUSTING PIC is included –eeeww!]—- –

    —–The NRA Is so Toxic that Their Support Could Lose Elections for Republicans

    – – – –According to a new PPP poll, the NRA’s position on gun control has become so toxic that voters view NRA support as a reason not to support a candidate

    The latest PPP survey, found that 39% say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had the NRA’s support to just 26% who say they’d be more likely to, with 32% saying it wouldn’t influence them one way or the other. Among independents 41% consider an NRA endorsement to be a turn off to 27% who say it’s a plus.”

    The NRA strategy of trying to stop gun control through a combination of fearmongering and threats appears to be backfiring. Despite Wayne LaPierre’s best efforts to both misinform and frighten, 53% of voters support stricter gun laws, while 39% are opposed. This is the same result as last month’s 53%/40% split. Fifty one percent of voters support an assault weapons ban. Forty two percent oppose. Surprisingly, 26% of Republican support banning assault weapons. It seems tht the impact of the Newtown shooting is stronger than the NRA’s propaganda push back.

    These numbers suggest that the once coveted NRA endorsement may become a political liability in future elections. Candidates could actually lose elections because the NRA supported them. Judging from the fact that the NRA lost $17 million backing losing candidates demonstrates that their money doesn’t go as far as it used to either. (The NRA managed to lose $3.4 million on six Republicans Senate candidates who all lost, and they flushed another $11.7 million down the drain supporting Mitt Romney.)
    — – —SNIP —
    —–Wayne LaPierre’s increasingly crazed television appearances are hurting the NRA. The gun lobby has tried every trick in the book to try to beat back the popular tide of gun control, but instead of halting the pro-gun control cause, the NRA may be destroying itself.
    – —
    THERE IS MORE – — – — –GOOD NEWS!! — HAH!

    • conlakappa

      I love that crazed now seems to be permanently attached to his name. Even the NY Post referred to his appearances that way.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -YES! — – LET’s – –HOPE SO!! – – – –

    – – –Bye-Bye, Corbett – —

    ——–Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett just turned down the Medicaid expansion and assured that he will only serve one term in office. He was already less popular than pubic ‘crab’ lice. Now he’s gone and committed the cardinal sin for a Republican in Pennsylvania. This ain’t Oklahoma, son. This is a moderate state. You want to win statewide? Think Tom Ridge or Arlen Specter. That Santorum clown snuck in, but he got what was coming to him.– — –

    – – – – -EVIL/VILE – — -DISGUSTING!! — – -C’MON —KARMA

    • isonprize

      “Cut It” Corbett is cutting his own throat. Now, it’s up to us to make sure he’s OUTTA there in the next election.

      “Karma” is in the name of Pennsylvanians voting to ditch this clown. The question is will Democrats set aside egos and arrogance to gather ’round ONE CANDIDATE who can beat him.

      We BETTER do the right thing because “Cut It” Corbett obviously doesn’t give a damn about black OR white people who ain’t rich.

      • MsKitty

        Y’all have a better chance of doing the damn thing than we do across the way. Our election is 9 months out, and the only “serious” contender to oust Krispy Kreme is a state rep that no one south of Trenton has ever heard of. Starting to resign myself to the fact that we’re gonna be stuck with this blowhard at least until 2016.

        • OK! Plus it’s a possibility we might lose seats in the legislature. All because a certain bald-headed, narcissistic jackass (imo) made a deal with Christie not to run against him.

  • More info on the Warren Ballentine case. Looks like Prof. Charles Ogletree, PBO’s law professor, is advising Ballentine.

    Warren Ballentine Fights for his ‘Good Name’
    By George E. Curry | NNPA Editor-in-Chief

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Syndicated radio talk show host Warren Ballentine did not knowingly participate in a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders of $9.7 million and is innocent of all charges filed against him in connection with the scam, his attorneys said.

    …Federal prosecutors identified Bobbie L. Brown, Jr., who operated several businesses, including Chicago Global Investments, Inc. and B&M Custom Homes, Inc., as the chief organizer of the scheme. He pleaded guilty to mail, wire and bank fraud and was sentenced two years ago to 20 years in federal prison. Brown was Ballentine’s next door neighbor in Country Club Hills, a suburb south of Chicago.

    Ballentine, who specialized in criminal defense, family and entertainment law in Chicago, began doing real estate closings for Brown almost as a favor. On some occasions, Ballentine would be leaving home and Brown would ask him to do a real estate closing for him that day, if he were available. And Ballentine would, picking up several hundred dollars in what lawyers call “easy money.”

    Referring to Ballentine, Ogletree said, “He was a new lawyer, new to his career. The guy says, ‘We want you to come in. You’ll get paid. I just need you to sign these documents. I’ve got the buyer and seller coming.’ He doesn’t realize the folks who were in the same scheme were really lying about really buying property. That’s how he got caught up.”


    • Miranda

      So if this is the case, Warren didn’t do his due diligence, was gullible and naive.

      Not exactly attributes you want in an attorney. He better pray he is acquitted or charges dropped.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — —BREAKING: —, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salary next year.

    – — FIRST ON CNN: Panetta to recommend pay cut for military – –

    — —Just days before he leaves office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salary next year.

    Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a one percent increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the 2014 Employment Cost Index (ECI) from the Labor Department is expected to be above one percent, but wants to still cut back on pay due to “budget uncertainties,” one department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7 percent increase was approved, based on the ECI, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years.

    Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta’s proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget. – — -A DEFINITE WATCH!. . . . . . .

  • creolechild

    This was an interesting article but I think it’s only partially correct because there are definitely some black children and Latino children who are constantly accused of “acting white” because they’re focused on their education.

    “Acting White” Isn’t a Thing

    Every community has its problems. It’s only among African Americans, however, that those problems are pathologized and turned into a symptom of “culture.” Crime against neighbors becomes “black-on-black” crime, the predictable patterns of poor communities becomes a “culture of dependency,” and the usual teasing of grade school—where nerdy kids become targets of ridicule—is used as evidence of an anti-education pathology among African Americans. With education, the idea is straightforward: Black students reject educational achievement lest they’re accused of “acting white.”[….]

    There are so many stories of this….that its truth is taken for granted. Recent research, however, knocks the idea that “acting white” is a phenomena among African American students.[….] Ivory Toldso, an associate professor at Howard University, challenges the foundation of the “acting white” theory:[….] Insofar that anyone is accused of “acting white,” Toldso notes, it’s almost certainly over “styles of dress, communication nuances, music preferences and a particular swagger that is independent of intellectual aptitude.”[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Jamelle Bouie

    • crazycanuck

      I can’t believe people still say that.

      • isonprize

        Yeah, cc, they do.

        As a grown woman, I hear it (from GROWN people) every time I’ve come back from a ski trip. (a “real” ski trip, not a “black” ski trip, but that’s a story for another post… LOLOL)

        I also have friends who scuba dive. The comments they ‘still’ get are really ridiculous.

        • PBomb

          I have experienced the same thing.

    • gn

      Another bs meme bites the dust. So basically, this professor is arguing that the data shows that people are teased about “acting white” due to dressing style, vocal affectations, music, lifestyle preferences, etc., and NOT for being smart, going to college, or being diligent about studying. Notwithstanding the schoolage bullying and teasing which cuts across racial lines, I’d argue that the black community in general is very good about giving attention and pride to kids who are doing well in school and/or attending college. Great catch!

  • creolechild

    This seems like it’s a good idea but I’m withholding judgment until more is known about this group.

    #UniteBlue: Liberals Fight Back Against Conservative Attacks on Twitter

    More dirty tricks by a desperate minority: The 2012 election taught conservatives that they are the minority, even on social media like Twitter and Facebook. While the Tea Party has started their own version of Facebook (tick tock — waiting for them to be sued for stealing the layout), their solution on Twitter has been to silence speech they don’t agree with by spam blocking en masse to get progressives suspended. Last weekend they got over a dozen accounts suspended.[….]

    [….] Unite Blue functions on Twitter as a list to protect progressive accounts from being suspended via conservative “spam blocks” by getting them more followers. Zach warns progressives not to respond to trolling attempts by conservatives, “Do not respond. Twitter’s spam-block detects accounts trying to promote a product by @mentioning everyone. So if you reply, then they block, you are much more likely to be suspended. Same with following then being blocked. Simply avoid them.”[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Sarah Jones

    • Daltex82

      Rethuglicans always, always resort to trickery in an attempt to silence folks who disagree with them. They truly are a pathetic bunch.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ,iranda – — -THIS is a RE-POST – — -2 — GLOAT! –LOL— -[THANK U —REV. AL. :>)]- —

    —–Eric Cantor Rebrands the Republican Party by Plagiarizing a 2011 Obama Speech – –

    – — — –A side by side video comparison reveals that phrases and ideas in Eric Cantor’s speech rebranding the Republican Party were plagiarized from a 2011 speech by President Obama.

    Al Sharpton caught Cantor’s plagiarism. Check out the video: – – – –

    – – – -LOL — -Guess THIS – – makes him a – — -READY?- –

    – — -“DITTO HEAD!” —-LOL – —

  • Miranda

    Alabama legislation would exonerate Scottsboro Boys

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In 1931, Alabama wanted to execute the black Scottsboro Boys because two white women claimed they were gang-raped. Now, state officials are trying to exonerate them in a famous case from the segregated South that some consider the beginning of the modern civil rights movement.

    Two Democratic and two Republican legislators unveiled proposals Monday for the legislative session starting Tuesday. A resolution labels the Scottsboro Boys as “victims of a series of gross injustice” and declares them exonerated. A companion bill gives the state parole board the power to issue posthumous pardons

    more here

  • Lawd hab mercy! The Battle of the Thin-Skinned Pundits is going on on the twitters.

    Apparently, Joan Walsh twisted Goldie Taylor’s words and wig snatching commenced. Joanie tried to clarify, but too late! Now David Sirota jumped into the mix. I hope someone Chip Stories this because we’ve been blocked by Joanie, Goldie and Sirota.

    • Miranda

      LMAO…..oh please let it be chirpified, I gotta read this.

    • isonprize

      we’ve been blocked by Joanie, Goldie and Sirota.

      THIS is what I find hilarious. How do you make a living providing opinions, but don’t want to hear anybody else’s?

      Talk about a circle jerk. What a bunch of hypocrites.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Oh no, they make their money by pushing their opinions on people without being prompted. Thats what that is.

      • MsKitty

        If the pundits are to be believed we are all the great unwashed who need to pay attention to their profound insights, lest we fall sway to the propaganda of the right and left. We’re all too dumb to form opinions of our own.

    • gn

      “…including Sirota, who also has also used the KKK meme against Obama supporters, in a December 2009 tweet he later deleted.)”

      Seat one: _/

      [here’s Joan Walsh accusing Obamabots of]“Trying to erect a racial force field around the president…”

      Seat two: _/

      • conlakappa

        In a world of legendary asshats, lo, who plays the milliner?

  • Miranda

    Steve King candidacy in Iowa: A blessing in disguise for Obama?

    Congressman Steve King (R-IA) is leading Republican hopefuls in the latest polls for next year’s Iowa Senate race to replace the retiring Democrat Tom Harkin (D-IA).

    Moderate Republicans are worried about the race, and even Karl Rove is warning Republicans that King would lose badly in a general election. What was likely going to be a competitive race to replace Harkin, now seems like an new opportunity for Democrats to not only hold on to a Senate seat, but also frame the debate and peg Republicans as extremist and outside of the mainstream.

    Steve King is the poster boy for over the top, racially tinged rhetoric in his attacks on President Barack Obama.

    more here

  • creolechild

    The Romney Effect: States Lose $39.8 Billion Due to Offshore Tax Avoidance

    [….] Multinational corporations account for more than $26 billion of the lost tax revenue, and wealthy individuals account for the rest…Some of the largest companies in the United States use tax havens, including many that have taken advantage of government bailouts or rely on government contracts. As of 2008, 83 of the 100 largest publically traded corporations in the United States maintained revenues in offshore tax havens, according to the Government Accountability Office.

    At the end of 2011, 290 of the top Fortune 500 companies using tax havens collectively held $1.6 trillion in profits outside the United States—up from $1.1 trillion in 2009—according to Citizens for Tax Justice.Wondering about those upcoming spending cuts that are so concerning to economists? According to this study, offshore tax loopholes cost federal taxpayers $150 billion each year, “which would be more than enough to cover the scheduled spending cuts that are set to take effect in just a few weeks.”[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Sarah Jones

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — “WHEN WILL THEY/PEOPLE – -EVA LEARN??” – — – Ifff –U gon COME ON her show -U betta –COME CORRECT!! – – –LOL — –

    – – –CNN Host Destroys Supporter Of Boy Scouts Discrimination For Equating Pedophilia With Being Gay – –

    – – —–CNN’s Soledad O’Brien challenged the conservative opposition to keeping gays scouts and leaders out of the Boy Scouts on Wednesday morning, comparing the organization’s ban to past restrictions on African Americans and women.

    The group has come under pressure from corporate sponsors to expand its policy of excluding gays and lesbians from the ranks and prominent right-wing activists like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry have come to its defense, arguing that excluding gays is part of the organization’s “core values” and essential for raising boys into men.

    O’Brien disputed these claims during an interview with Perkins, pointing out that “core values” and moral codes evolve over time. “I remember when I was in school,” she said. “If you were a teacher and you were pregnant, you were removed from the classroom. It was considered morally inappropriate to have a pregnant woman in the classroom. Blacks in the military was morally problematic.” “How come this doesn’t fall into the same kind of guidelines?” O’Brien asked. – – – –

    — – -***hands out BAND AIDS*** :>) —

    – – -[Gotta “bounce”. – -MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY♥. :>)]

    • isonprize

      Lately, it seems that Soledad don’t EVEN care about what her bosses may think about her opinions.

      She’s been bringing it on the regular! Wonder how long she will last at CNN?

      • Miranda

        I get the feeling Soledad has an exit strategy all worked out.

        • isonprize

          I get the feeling Soledad has an exit strategy all worked out.

          me – you. right here!! ’cause it’s obvious that sistergirl ain’t even giving a half a damn anymore…

        • goldenstar

          I heard from somebody that Soledad’s company produced the Black specials for CNN. And, she worked out some agreement on her employment when she did those. She may be more of an independent contractor than the rest of ’em….

  • Congressional Black Caucus Pushes Clyburn for Transportation Secretary
    By Jim O’Sullivan

    The Congressional Black Caucus is lobbying President Obama to name Assistant House Democratic Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., as his new Transportation secretary.

    Rep. Marcia Fudge, the Ohio Democrat who chairs the caucus, told National Journal on Tuesday that she had sent a letter on behalf of the caucus to recommend Clyburn, who has long worked on transportation issues.

    The advice comes as Obama has faced criticism for a lack of diversity in his Cabinet, exacerbated by the departures of a string of female and non-white officials. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman, announced last week that he was leaving.

    Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in the House, has held his seat since 1993. Fudge said that Clyburn’s appointment would be “a great loss” in Congress, but dismissed concerns about losing a prominent black voice there.


    • Town

      Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in the House, has held his seat since 1993. Fudge said that Clyburn’s appointment would be “a great loss” in Congress, but dismissed concerns about losing a prominent black voice there.

      Why they tryna get rid of the highest ranking AA in the House? Who would be next after him?

      • MsKitty

        C’mon, you know those questions would require some thought and looking at the big picture. That’s too much work.

    • Miranda

      Something tells me they didn’t clear this with Rep. Clyburn before they went sending a letter all publicly and shit.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        I don’t believe they did and if I were Rep. Clyburn, I would definitely tell them that your ranking seats aren’t set in stone. Two, I would also tell these fools that you are in the U.S. House of Representatives which means you have NO say in who Barack Obama names in his cabinet. Mostly, I believe these Negroes want to be in the in crowd. They know where the events are at, and like with the Clinton’s want to be all up in the White House so they can tell all outside. Only, Barack and Michelle Obama knew these types of Negroes from Chicago and still know them now and ain’t having it AT ALL.

      • isonprize

        First thing I thought… Did anyone ASK Rep. Clyburn?

        CBC – What a bunch of whistleheads!!!

  • Miranda

    OK, I can’t look up all the tweets but I’m rolling at the ones I CAN see:

    Scott Finley‏@TheScottFinley
    @davidsirota @joanwalsh <—–the taint boils of emoprog, privileged whiny white people blogging.

    David Sirota‏@davidsirota
    See? I knew it! @GoldieTaylor just retweeted this, which leads me to believe I'm exactly right!

    Goldie Taylor‏@goldietaylor
    @davidsirota GTFOOHWTBS

    Goldie Taylor‏@goldietaylor
    @davidsirota I told @joanwalsh and I'm telling you. The references to my perspective is flat our wrong. But keep peddling that crap.

    Goldie Taylor‏@goldietaylor
    @davidsirota You are painful and disturbing. Bye.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Closed off liberal white folks being white. Goldie you got your wake up call.

      • dannie22

        i love paul mooney

    • Saw the last tweet earlier. It was in response to Sirota saying that PBO’s speaking out against gun violence, while also using drones as CIC, is “painful and disturbing”.

      In other words, they are ‘pained and disturbed’ that they can’t use the “cowardice” card against the president, like they had planned, because he is not backing down from the gun issue, which they falsely predicted. And speaking of guns, when PBO does go to Chicago (cause you know it’s happening sooner or later) there will be another set of ‘pained’ people in the sole patrol who will scramble to move on to some other straw man depiction of Barack Obama. Maybe then they’ll join in the “drone” droning, conveniently forgetting they way the Salon writing crew and others have been so dismissive of POC. Frankly, I can’t be bothered with any of these people, especially Joan Walsh who I never could stand. But since I haven’t been blocked by any of them, I’ve been able to read how this is playing out on twitter.

      • Tafr

        Yea twitter is gonna be good today. What I find hilarious is that the twitter warriors are going after the emos full force. Folks are fed up with their BS they are getting told about themselves. The reaction from the twitter warriors must of surprised the emos.

        • trose1

          Personally,I have been blocked by most of these people. What is funny is they can’t block enuff people. There are more and more Obamabots who come after them. I luv it.

      • gn

        lol, so let me get this straight: not only is it fine to obsess over what is likely one of the lesser abusive of our foreign policies (war theaters are way more harmful to civilians than drones) while ignoring the crisis taking place with black and brown kids here, but it’s *unseemly* that President Obama is working on curbing gun violence here while there’s a drones program. You’ve got to be kidding me. This is ridiculous, even for Sirota.

        • I made the mistake of peeking at his twitter feed, just to see what the fuss was about, and just like that Arvosis dude, this one is completely obnoxious. He even throws Trayvon into the mix to justify a sloppy piece of writing.

          @ davidsirota
          Also connects libs’ justifiable outrage abt Trayvon Martin to their hideous silence about Obama’s drone war:

          That’s their new thing: American children cannot and should not be mourned by PBO because America is not also simultaneously mourning everyone else in the world and treating PBO as if HE is the same as any mass shooter. Really, they argue that. They echo the rightwingers who claim Obama’s tears are “fake.” In the end, people like this expose their agendas so clearly that it’s obvious they don’t care about our children being killed, in Sandy Hook, on a street corner, or anywhere else in the world. Dead kids are just the backdrop of their small-minded attempts at ‘intellectual exercises’.

          ETA another brilliant argument, via Sirota’s twitter, after someone called him out for spamming the same article over and over:

          “If you dont like my feed, unfollow. But dont complain about a feed that you choose to follow. Nobody’s forcing you, fuckhead.”

          • gn

            This is how the PL colonizes the agenda and force-feeds their prerogatives. They make it seem as if you cannot move forward on an issue unless carrying along (usually hyperbolic, exaggerated, and bullshitty) PL baggage too. I reject it all. I just told Sirota on twitter that his style of politicking is similar to classic manipulations by toddlers: “if you really cared about me, you’d do what I want [even if what I want is counterproductive or you disagree with it].” It attempts to force others into absolutist positions and reeks of privilege. Totally done with it.

          • Toddler is the PERFECT description of Sirota.

          • conlakappa

            I’d go with hot buttered ass mess but YMMV.

          • Admiral_Komack

            We just throw shit up on your wall to see what sticks…clean it?
            That’s your wall, dude.

  • Miranda

    Maryland’s HBCUs rally for funding and support

    More than 2,000 students and supporters of Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities will converge outside Maryland State House on Monday afternoon to lobby legislators for increased funding and support.

    The demonstration, organized by a coalition of groups, is scheduled to take place at 5:30 pm. The organizers, which include the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, say the colleges were underfunded during the era of segregation and the state has not done enough to close the gap.

    “Our message is clear,” said LáVita M. Simpson, executive director of the Caucus, “We now need to focus on HBCUs and the issues that have resulted from a history of underfunding.”

    more here

  • Miranda

    Trayvon Martin vigil canceled over safety concerns

    MELBOURNE, Fla. — A vigil in Palm Bay to mark the life of Trayvon Martin was canceled Tuesday because of safety concerns just hours before it was scheduled to start.

    According to a statement from event sponsor Fathers Stand Up, concerns that the event might have been taken out of context by the community were part of the reason for canceling the vigil.

    Event organizer John P. Francois, founder of Fathers Stand Up, said there was “a lot of stuff that I heard that might occur” during the vigil, which was set for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Bay City Hall. He said he canceled because, “I don’t want to see anybody get hurt on my watch.”

    more here

  • Miranda

    NBC picks up ‘Ironside’ pilot with Blair Underwood

    The ’60s-era drama “Ironside” is being remade at NBC.
    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network has ordered a pilot for a remake from writer/executive producer Michael Caleo.

    “A tough, sexy but acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city,” NBC says in a description of the new “Ironside.”

    Blair Underwood is on board to star in the lead role Raymond Burr held from 1967 to 1975. David Semel, Teri Weinberg, John Davis and Jon Fox will also serve as producers on the hour-long drama

    • Alma98

      This sounds interesting we used watch Ironside as a family.

    • Admiral_Komack

      My opinion:
      They should stop with the remakes.

      • Miranda

        I think they’ve run out of ideas…mostly because they won’t give others a chance to pitch good shows – and by others I mean people of color.

  • Great series, as usual! My great grandmother left Mississippi for CA in 1913. My maternal grandmother and her family fled Georgia by the early 1940’s and never looked back (barely even spoke about it, actually). My paternal grandparents came from Louisiana, some time before the war.

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU! I see the emoprogs are still droning on about drones. But no one gives a damn about young black men being hunted right here in America. We had a incident here two weeks ago that I believe the police were trying to cover up until a local black reporter got a hold of the story. I don’t give a shit about drones. I care about seeing my sons and other young black men live to a rightful old age.

    Now back to watching the Donald Driver retirement ceremony. Best wishes Donald!

  • Alma98


  • gn

    Thank you:

    Real talk: the leaked white paper contains precious little that has not been known since Eric Holder spoke publicly about the topic.

    • Miranda

      buh…but….nooooooo!!! This is all brand new! This is the super secret drone program that is run by a shadow government just like in the movie I saw late night on the Sci Fi channel. Super Liberal Man will save us!

      He won’t actually fight or anything, but he’ll stand there in his $75 tie-dyed t-shirt and $100 birkenstocks with a real menacing look (well as menacing as a yuppie can look) and a well drawn sign!


      • qosine

        So true — LOL

      • dannie22


      • LOL

      • PBomb


  • qosine

    This series – The Great Migration – is powerful. Thank you POU trustees.

  • gn

    Where in the heck are Tavis and Cornel?

    RT @CaptivatingNews Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Declines Medicaid Expansion via @TPM

    • Eating caviar at the Ritz Carlton in China?

      • gn

        I’m just saying…these two have said that poverty is their bread and butter. That their excesses during a years-long stance against the WH is excusable because they were just trying their best to help poor Americans. Yet, one of the most significant pieces of legislation of our generation to help the impoverished healthcare-wise merits nary a mention since HCR’s passage, and now that GOP governors are trying to keep benefits from the impoverished, our dynamic duo is M.I.A. Well would you look at that…

      • conlakappa

        At a party co-sponsored by Wells Fargo and Wal*Mart…

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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  • acklebee

    amazing artist and history