September 23, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: The History Of Black Jockeys

Isaac Burns Murphy (April 16, 1861 – February 12, 1896) was an African-American Hall of Fame jockey, who is considered one of the greatest (by many accounts, THE greatest) riders in American Thoroughbred horse racing history. Murphy won three Kentucky Derbies.

Burns’s father, a free black man, was a bricklayer and his mother was a laundrywoman.  During the civil war his father joined the Union Army and died in a Confederate prisoner of war camp.  After his father’s death, Burns and his mother moved to live with her father, Green Murphy, a bell ringer and auction crier, in Lexington, Kentucky.  Isaac Burns changed his last name to Murphy once he started racing horses as a tribute to his grandfather.

After the move to Lexington, Kentucky, Burns’ mother worked at the Richard and Owings Racing Stable.  Isaac Murphy started accompanying his mother to work and he was noticed by a black trainer named Eli Jordon, because of his small size.  The trainer prepared Burns for his first race at age fourteen.  His first winning race was on September 15, 1875 at the Lexington Crab Orchard.  He rode upright and urged his mount on with words and a spur rather than the whip. By the end of 1876, Burns, now racing under the name, Murphy had won eleven races at the Lexington’s Kentucky Association track.  In 1877 he won 19 races and rode in his first Kentucky Derby and received fourth place.  His 1879 win at the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Springs brought him national attention for the first time.

Isaac Murphy rode in eleven Kentucky Derbies, winning three times: on Buchanan in 1884, Riley in 1890, and Kingman in 1891. Kingman was owned and trained by Dudley Allen, and is the only horse owned by an African-American to win the Derby. Murphy is the only jockey to have won the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, and the Clark Handicap in the same year (1884). He was called the “Colored Archer,” a reference to Fred Archer, a prominent English jockey at the time.

 The Goodwin Champions series of trading cards , was issued by Goodwin & Company in 1888 to promote Old Judge and Gypsy Queen Cigarettes. The series of 50 cards depicts athletes in various disciplines.

According to his own calculations Murphy won 628 of his 1,412 starts—a 44% victory rate which has never been equaled, and a record about which Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro said: “There is no chance that his record of winning will ever be surpassed. By a later calculation of incomplete records his record stands at 530 wins in 1,538 rides, which still makes his win rate 34%. (translation: we tried to screw up the record so that somebody, anyone other than a black man will hold it, but no one will ever obtain 34% either).

During the height of his career Murphy received an average yearly salary of $10,000-20,000 excluding bonuses, making him the highest paid jockey in the United States.  He lived in a mansion in Lexington.  It is believed that Murphy was the first African American to own a racehorse.  He owned several racehorses and invested in real estate as well.  

 I stumbled across one particular historic photo, says Patsi B. Tollinger describing Jockey Isaac Murphy, the subject of her biography PERFECT TIMING. The picture confounded me. Here’s the scene: Six men are dressed in fine suits and hats, wearing the old-fashioned ‘bling’ of the 1890s (pocket-watches). The date on the picture is August 1890, and even though some states actually had laws forbidding interracial socializing, five of these men are white and one is black. The lone black man is Isaac Murphy, and as I soon learned, the picture was taken at a party given in his honor. 

On June 25, 1890, Murphy raced in the most memorable contest of his life.  Matched against a white counterpart, jockey Ed “Snapper” Garrison; the race would settle the debate as to which rider was the better jockey.  In a contest that had definite racial overtones, Murphy was victorious.

Murphy’s popularity soon fell after this race.  In August, 1890, just two month’s after Murphy’s victory, he was suspended for racing while intoxicated after falling off his horse in a race.  In the following years he also ran and won fewer races as he battled both alcohol abuse and weight gain.  In 1895 Murphy was suspended for the second time, because of intoxication. That same year he failed to win a single race and was forced to retirement.  Murphy died three months later from pneumonia.  At the height of his career Issac Burns Murphy was the best jockey of his time and still holds the best winning percentage of jockeys. 

At its creation in 1955, Isaac Burns Murphy was the first jockey to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Murphy died of pneumonia in 1896 in Lexington, Kentucky, and over time his unmarked grave in  African Cemetery No. 2 was forgotten. During the 1960s Frank B. Borries Jr., a  University of Kentucky press specialist, spent three years searching for the grave site. In 1967, Murphy was reinterred at the old Man o’ War burial site. With the building of the Kentucky Horse Park, his remains were moved to be buried again next to Man o’ War at the entrance to the park.

 Only six athletes/figures have cards in both the original Goodwin Champions set released in 1888 and the one that was released in 2011. Isaac Murphy is one of those six.

Since 1995, the National Turf Writers Association has given the Isaac Murphy Award to the jockey with the highest winning percentage for the year in North American racing (from a minimum of 500 mounts).

The Isaac Murphy Stakes (formerly the American Derby, which Murphy won on four occasions in the 1880s) was initiated in 1997 at Chicago’s Arlington International Racecourse.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, All!!

  • isonprize

    Good Mornin’ POU!! So…. WRNB in Philadelphia says that the Tom Joyner Morning Show will be back on air this Thursday AM.

    I have no idea what they thought they were doing. I wish we had radio stations locally-owned by black business people. I know that’s probably never possible again, but I girl can hope…

    I just think that not everybody listens to satellite radio. I know plenty of folks who can afford it, but just ain’t tryin’ to pay for ‘radio’ especially during drive time. I also think people like some ‘personailty’ with their radio. It’s hard out here for local DJs.

  • rikyrah

    What Republicans used to believe on guns

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Apr 2, 2013 3:46 PM EDT.

    Greg Sargent flags a video today that’s almost hard to believe. If anyone needed a reminder about the stunning trajectory of the debate over gun policy, this clip ought to do the trick.

    The video is a 30-second ad recorded by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2000, endorsing an Oregon ballot measure intended to expand firearm background checks. For those who can’t watch clips online, here’s the script:

    “I’m John McCain with some straight talk. Convicted felons have been able to buy and sell thousands of guns at gun shows because of a loophole in the law. Many were later used in crimes. That’s wrong.

    “Here in Oregon, Measure 5 will close this dangerous loophole by requiring criminal background checks by unlicensed dealers at gun shows. I believe law abiding citizens have the right to own guns — but with rights come responsibilities. Close the loophole; vote yes on 5.”

    Keep in mind, this was in 2000 — the year McCain sought the Republican presidential nomination, and won seven primaries.

    Thirteen years later, Republicans not only can’t bring themselves to agree with this same message, they’re actually prepared to kill any legislation that does what McCain wanted to do.

  • rikyrah

    What troubles Ted Cruz about ‘changes in climate’

    By Steve Benen

    Tue Apr 2, 2013 4:56 PM EDT.

    We talked a couple of weeks ago about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) annoying his colleagues by objecting to a routine Senate resolution commemorating Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. It had already been easily endorsed by House Republicans, but the far-right Texan was “unhappy with a clause in the resolution” — perhaps the one about “expanding access to medical treatment” for those affected with multiple sclerosis? — holding up its passage.

    And then it happened again.

    [In March], a deeply noncontroversial Senate resolution commemorating International Women’s Day had to be taken back and edited because someone objected to a paragraph — which had been in an almost identical version passed in the last Congress — stating that women in developing countries “are disproportionately affected by changes in climate because of their need to secure water, food and fuel for their livelihood.”

    You may be wondering who the objecting senator was. Normally, these things are supposed to be kind of confidential, but in this case the lawmaker in question is proud to let you know that he is — yes! — Ted Cruz of Texas.

    • Stop giving this one note Johnny the time of day. He’s a dope looking for the limelight.

  • rikyrah

    Sanford’s success sets stage for S.C. showdown

    By Steve Benen

    Wed Apr 3, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) thanks his fiance and former mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, after his primary win

    South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford’s comeback is nearly complete. Three years after the former governor was caught cheating on his wife, lying to the public, misusing public funds, and violating state ethics guidelines, Sanford won a congressional special election primary last night.

    With the results in, the former governor easily dispatched GOP rival Curtis Bostic, 57% to 43%, despite the latter’s support from right-wing allies, including Rick Santorum, Ann Coulter, and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. Sanford’s win allows him to advance to a general election next month against Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D).


    Indeed, while the Republican is the favorite, his party is clearly worried.

    Fellow GOP pols don’t like him. Neither do female voters. His campaign is largely an exercise in seeking forgiveness for his transgressions four years ago — a defensive crouch that makes it tricky to take the fight to Colbert Busch, the sister of late-night comedian Stephen Colbert. […]

    • conlakappa

      Rewarding stank behavior–that’s your party, SC Rs! You own him and his fiancee now!

    • And ain’t this one of the States always crying about morality and family values? Bunch of phonies.

  • crazycanuck

    A man with such a winning record and they couldn’t find his grave, smh.

    • conlakappa

      Moreover, his body kept being moved to being next to a horse’s body, giving a clear idea of what was the highest priority.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Such a shame.

      Somewhat off topic, in that first picture, Mr. Murphy looks like Micheal Jackson.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ miranda/POU FAM♥ — -***BIG HUG** :>) ANOTHER BUSY DAY 4 MR. PRESIDENT! :>) Annnnd —OMWORD on 2-DAY’S JOCKEY!! :>) A 3-PEAT!! – -Woo! Hoo!:>) – –

    – -☻ –President Obama in Colorado on Wednesday to push national gun-control – –
    – – — –.In his first trip to Colorado since his re-election, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will urge Congress to act more like the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature and quickly
    pass stronger gun-control laws.

    At a forum with law enforcement officials and community leaders at the Denver Police Academy, Obama will praise lawmakers and Gov. John Hickenlooper for passing some of the nation’s strongest gun-control measures after the shootings in Aurora and at a Connecticut elementary school.

    – —☻A 3-PEAT:!!
    – — – -☺-Murphy won three Kentucky Derbies.
    — – – ☺-Isaac Murphy rode in eleven Kentucky Derbies, winning three times: on Buchanan in 1884, Riley in 1890, and Kingman in 1891. Kingman was owned and trained by Dudley Allen, and is the only horse owned by an African-American to win the Derby. – –Soooo PROUD of HIM. :>)

    THANK U Miranda. – –GR8 SERIES! Learnin’ ALOT! :>) —

    – – – — ENJOY YOUR TREAT! :>) B BLESSED 2-day. :>) – – –

  • rikyrah

    Don’t Give Up on Guns, Immigration, or a Debt Deal

    It’s unfair to accuse Obama and Congress of foot-dragging, and too soon to assume failure.

    By Jill Lawrence

    Updated: April 2, 2013

    If Franklin Roosevelt were in office today, he’d probably be judged on his first 100 minutes instead of his first 100 days. President Obama still has a month before he reaches that milestone of his second term, but already some pundits are judging him–and Congress–as failures.

    The most angst is centered on gun-control laws, with polls showing public support for new restrictions was higher right after the Dec. 14 massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn. Why hasn’t Congress already acted? The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan asked recently on NBC. Why didn’t Obama lead better, and sooner? asked The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank. How could Obama and Congress have given up so easily on an assault-weapons ban? asks my colleague, Ron Fournier. On the eve of Obama’s trip to Denver, to give his second speech in a week pressing for gun safety measures, the message from some quarters is one of missed opportunities and lost hope.

    Please. Given the state of our nation and our politics, and the molasses-like tempo the Founders ensured with their pesky checks and balances, you could make the case that significant proposals are advancing at breakneck speed. Negotiators on a bipartisan immigration reform package cleared their major policy hurdles by April 1. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is bringing up a gun package next week, and will allow amendments that include the assault-weapons ban. A dim light even remains visible at the far end of the fiscal tunnel, with some in Congress still seeing an opportunity for a major bargain on spending and taxes, if not a grand one. And all this is well within the first 100 days of Obama’s inauguration.

  • rikyrah

    Rubio’s Immigration Cowardice

    For a while, it seemed like the Florida senator would do the right thing on immigration. Now it’s not so clear. Michael Tomasky on what this means for the future of immigration reform.

    by Michael Tomasky Apr 2, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    Why were we all talking about Marco Rubio yesterday? Because Marco Rubio made sure of it. His little intervention into the immigration bill was designed to achieve a couple mostly obvious objectives: to make sure Chuck Schumer isn’t the one doing all the public framing of the issue, and to say to the Beltway crowd, or try to say, that he’s the one driving this train. But it was an odd incursion too. Rubio actually deserves credit for some of the steps he’s taken on immigration so far. But what he said over the weekend sounded for all the world like somebody who really secretly wants to kill the bill. He may or may not. But the one thing he definitely does not want to kill is his presidential chances, and it seems he’s figured that the way to do that is to keep his options on immigration open. If passage will help, he’ll push for that. But if it turns out that his party hasn’t changed, doesn’t want to change, that the famous outreach program meets resistance from the in-reach caucus—well then, adios.

    To review. It was a big deal over the weekend when the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO reached an agreement on the temporary and low-skill worker program. That was leaked, probably by the liberal side. Then Schumer—and others, including Republicans—went on the Sunday shows to talk about how the deal among the Senate Gang of Eight that’s been negotiating a bill was basically done.

    And that was the moment Rubio chose to release a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy to say let’s hold our horses. He wrote: “excessive haste in the pursuit of a lasting solution is perhaps even more dangerous to the goals many of us share … A rush to legislate, without fully considering all views and input from all senators, would be fatal to the effort of earning the public’s confidence.”


    So he’s trying to do two things here at the same time, things that are completely at odds with each other. On the one hand he wants to be seen as the leader, or at least as the Republican leader, on immigration reform. He wants the spotlight in a big way. Benjy Sarlin of TPM made the keen observation yesterday that this is now the second time in this process that Rubio is “once again setting himself up to claim credit for winning concessions that no one opposed in the first place.”

  • rikyrah

    The Right Leans In

    Lee Fang

    March 26, 2013

    The mood at the beginning of the meeting matched the weather: gray and dreary. The warm-up speaker told a joke about how local Republicans could merit placement on the endangered species list, which met with polite laughter. Talk of the most recent presidential election elicited audible groans.

    Days after Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term, about 400 GOP donors gathered in a downtown San Francisco hotel to hear Jim DeMint—who had just resigned from the Senate to take a $1-million-a-year job as head of the Heritage Foundation—explain the way forward.

    “This is a battle we can win, and we are winning in many places around the country,” DeMint told the assembled donors confidently. He implored them to look beyond Washington, DC, and see that conservatives were scoring victories in state after state, citing the December move by Michigan Republicans to ram through anti-union legislation, as well as similar laws passed in Wisconsin and Indiana. Some of these victories would influence the Beltway as well. After all, the GOP’s control of state governments guaranteed that congressional districts were drawn in such a way that, in the 2012 elections, Republicans retained a thirty-three-seat majority in the House despite Democrats earning 1.3 million more votes for their candidates.

  • rikyrah

    Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

    by BooMan
    Tue Apr 2nd, 2013 at 12:18:15 PM EST

    Let’s go along with Stu Rothenberg and call it a debate, and not an argument that he’s having with Daily Kos’s Steve Singiser. And let’s credit Rothenberg for conceding many of Singiser’s debating points. I still have a problem with this statement:

    But if the question is whether there is any evidence right now that Democrats can retake the House next year (especially considering historical trends and the number of swing districts), the answer has to be no. This conclusion is based on the evidence now, and if the evidence changes, so could my conclusion

    I conducted my own analysis of the House elections back on November 20th, and I found only 11 seats that the Democrats had a decent chance of winning in 2014. We would need 17 seats to win back control of the lower chamber, so my conclusion was that “The only way we can win back the House is to get on the ground in most of these districts and start organizing.” Yet, that doesn’t mean that I agree with Rothenberg that there are no signs that the Democrats can win back the House. There are signs everywhere. You have defense-oriented conservatives like John McCain and Lindsey Graham fighting with Tea Party-oriented conservatives like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. You have former RNC head Michael Steele fighting with current RNC chairman Reince Preibus. You have cultural conservatives like Gary Bauer and Mike Huckabee fighting with establishment conservatives like Karl Rove and Reince Priebus. You have pro-immigration reform conservatives fighting with anti-immigration reform conservatives. You have CPAC disinviting governors Chris Christie and Bob O’Donnell to their conference. You have Mid-Atantic Republicans like Peter King of Long Island declaring war on southern Republicans over delayed disaster aid. You have an internal battle going on over how to deal with gay marriage. You can see growing public disenchantment with the Republicans’ refusal to compromise, and they’re taking very unpopular positions on background checks for gun purchases that have the support of 90% of the population. Even the latest generic congressional preference poll from the right-leaning Rasmussen has the Democrats with a 7-point advantage (during last November’s election week, it was a 3-point advantage). In February, the DSCC outraised the NRSC by 2-to-1. And no one disputes that the Republicans have nothing like Organizing for America or their brilliant digital staff.

    What more signs does Rothenberg want?

  • rikyrah

    North Carolina’s Turn On The Rack, Again

    By Zandar April 3rd, 2013

    Boy, North Carolina Republicans are really going straight for the insaneotrons, aren’t they.
    A bill filed by Republican lawmakers would allow North Carolina to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and seeks to nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by public bodies statewide.

    The bill grew out of a federal lawsuit filed last month by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Rowan County Board of Commissioners. In the lawsuit, the ACLU says the board has opened 97 percent of its meetings since 2007 with explicitly Christian prayers

  • Ben Carson: Liberals Don’t Like Me Because They’re ‘Racist’ (AUDIO)
    David Taintor 2:15 PM EDT, Tuesday April 2, 2013

    Rising conservative star Dr. Ben Carson, who has been criticized for linking gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia, responded to critics Monday on Mark Levin’s radio show.

    Carson, who is the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins
    University, said he represents an existential threat to liberals. “They
    need to shut me up, they need to get rid of me,” Carson said. “They
    can’t find anything else to delegitimize me, so they take my words,
    misrepresent them and try to make it seem that I’m a bigot.”

    “And you’re attacked also, in many respects, because of your race,”
    Levin said. “Because you’re not supposed to think like this and talk
    like this. A lot of white liberals just don’t like it, do they?”

    “Well, you know, they’re the most racist people there are,” Carson
    said. “Because, you know, they put you in a little category, a little
    box, you have to think this way. How could you dare come off the


    • Miranda

      Yeah ok Ben. Nice touch to add the “How could you dare come off the plantation”….that’s always a killer.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Hey now!
      Republican outreach, people!
      Republican outreach!

    • Kennymack1971

      Shut up Dr. Carson. The things you’ve said are jacked up and people are calling you on it. Deal.

    • Gc

      I read the good doc’s autobiog years ago. I tried to give him some slack because he was an ambitious Black man in America, a challenging position to be in. But…..THIS DUDE WAS OBNOXIOUS. Repubs you want a token? I can recommend many worthy ones, starting with Rep Lewis.

    • Daltex82

      I see he has read the playbook and has all the clichés memorized.

    • gn

      Parroting yet another far right canard. To be real, far be it from me to deny that there’s something completely wrong about a liberal coalition which indeed demands black votes and fealty and gives so little in exchange. We have all seen the way in which black people are exhorted to carry the world’s injustices on our shoulders and are viciously attacked and scapegoated for being insufficiently liberal on some issues (cough, racist Prop8 reaction, cough). But Dr. Carson is just mouthing far right platitudes and if there’s a group which means little to no good for black people, it’s the far right. He continues to utterly disappoint in this current media attention-seeking tour.

    • LOL!! He’s a hoot! He says all of this with a straight face talking to one of the most right wing nut jobs on the planet. At least liberals will every now and then vote for a non-white male candidate. Your host and his listeners? Not so much.

      I don’t think the AMA will take too kindly to one of their members having his own personal ether gas machine which apparently Carson hits on a daily basis.

    • MsKitty

      Years from now, schools are gonna be using Dr. Carson as a case study on how to destroy a reputation that took decades to build in 5 easy steps.

    • nellcote

      I find it particularly disturbing that so many of these anti-evolution nutters are DOCTORS!

    • MonieTalks

      Dontcha you just love how these token POCs from the GOP just crumble under pressure and show how amateur they are:

      Marco Rubio: Wet mouth, dry mouth who really thinks he can pull votes because he listened to Tupac

      Ted Cruz: Tea party lightweight who questions people’s patriotism, yet has his own “birther” issues going on

      Herman Cain: 9. 9. 9. his side piece women came out the shadows to dull his shine

      Dr Ben Carson: apparently no political acumen whatsoever

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – – –A FIRST! – – –
    – – —Emma McQuiston, Britain’s first black marchioness, to marry Ceawlin Thynne, Viscount of Weymouth – –
    – – –Britain’s high society just got a bit more colorful. Emma McQuiston, the 26-year-old daughter of Suzanna McQuiston and Ladi Jadesimi, a Nigerian oil magnate, recently became the UK’s first black marchioness. McQuiston is engaged to Ceawlin Thynne, Viscount of Weymouth and the sonof Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath.

    To put things in context, a marchioness is above the ranking of
    countess, but below duchess, and McQuiston’s new title has seemed to
    ruffle the feathers of the old guard, but she isn’t worried.

    – –THERE IS MORE! – – – –GOOD ON HER! :>)
    – – —CONGRATULATIONS! :>) – —

    • Mornin’ GLH and POU!

      As far as the groom-to-be is concerned, it must be the money and title, ‘cuz it ain’t his face.

      I like this comment:

      “*rolls eyes* Being a part of the British aristocracy is nothing a Nigerian should be proud of.”

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Sepia. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – – -LOL – — Seeeee. . .it must be the money and title, ‘cuz it ain’t his face. – — -LOL — – -“SPEAK TROOF!” — –

        Nigeria gained independence from Britain on October 1, 1960. .

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

      • TyrenM

        Tip Drill lol.

        • Miranda

          It must be ya cash cuz it aint ya face
          I need a tip drill I need a tip drill
          it must be ya cash cuz it aint ya face

      • conlakappa

        He could have other talents. He looks like half a freak, which is another thing the aristocracy is known for.

    • rikyrah

      uh huh

      uh huh

      she’s got the dough so they can keep the castle..

      yeah I watch Downton Abbey…I know the drill…LOL

    • isonprize
  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda — – -WHa’ Da Flip!??? – – -Annnnd “WHYCOME” he’s STILL THERE???–

    – —–Rutgers basketball coach caught on tape abusing players

    – – –In December, Rutgers University mysteriously suspended its men’s basketball coach without pay.
    Now we know why.

    A video has surfaced showing head coach Mike Rice being verbally and
    physically abusive to his players, and some are now asking why he hasn’t been fired.

    The video shows Rice manhandling members of
    the Rutgers basketball team, throwing balls at players, and shouting gay
    slurs. Andy Staples, senior writer of Sports Illustrated, said of that
    kind of conduct, “You don’t do that. You cannot do that. That may have
    been OK in 1950. It is not OK in 2013.”

    Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti first saw the video back in November, when Eric Murdoch, a former college basketball standout and the team’s director of player development at the time, showed it to him.

    In December, Rice was suspended for three games and fined $50,000. Pernettisaid in a radio interview, “All that behavior was unacceptable and whether you do it once or a hundred times, one time is too many. He knew exactly what he screwed up and what he did wrong.”
    – – –“PROTECTION of the COMPLEXION!!” — -geesh!

  • Miranda

    Ahhh damn…now I have to cheer for the Falcons, well its for a good reason.

    Falcons give Brian Banks a chance

    By now, Brian Banks is used to waiting.

    He sat in prison for five years, punished for a crime he didn’t commit. Freed last May after the victim admitted she had falsely accused him, the former USC recruit has been trying patiently but persistently to get a shot at the NFL.

    Finally, he’s getting one.

    Jay Glazer of FOX, who has worked extensively with Banks to get him into NFL shape, reports that the Atlanta Falcons have signed Banks to a contract.

    • Good for him! I hope he makes it!

    • Town

      But did the accuser get charged with making a false complaint?

      If I were his mother, I’d advise him to sue her for all the lost wages he had while sitting in jail b/c of her dumb ass.

    • lamh36

      As a SAINTS fan who usually can’t stand those “dirty birds”, I say good on ATL for giving the guy a chance

    • Good on Arthur Blank.

    • qosine

      Go Brian Banks! This is very good news.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – – -***sigh*** —Here’s ANOTHER –DELUSIONAL – – –
    – –COMMENT: —Angela Watson
    The GOP needs their collective heads examined if they think they have a shot in hell at convincing minorities that they are a desirable party. They spent Billions on a losing campaign and they think it will take 10 million to win over Blacks, Latinos, and Asians? Save your money for the next losing election.
    – – -WORD!! :>)

    – – –GOP outreach to African-American voters will take more than talk

    – —The Republican party loves to remind voters that it is “the party of Lincoln”–but in the most recent election, only 6% of African-American voters cast their ballots for the GOP’s Mitt Romney. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus, determined to overcome that deficit, has launched a $10 million minority outreach campaign, including a tour of urban centers that brought him to the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn last month.

    “Today is about listening, today is a start. I’m not coming here with
    all the answers, but I am coming here with an open heart, an open
    mind,” Priebus said. “Only time will tell if this is just talk, but all I
    can tell you is what’s in my heart and what our desire is as a party.”

    Fellow Republican and leader of that church Reverend A.R. Bernard, who joined Priebus there, believes Priebus’ desire to bridge the gap is genuine. ”Having met and spoken with Reince Priebus that he’s sincere,” he said on Tuesday’s PoliticsNation. “But… it’s going to take time.”

    — –TIME!?? – – – -TIME!!?? – — –WE GOT-CHER –TIME!!— HAH!


    • TyrenM

      Drop some scratch in the hood while steady passing voter suppression and laws controlling womens bodies, holding down minimum wage, bsing on immigration, locking more black and brown people up while letting white people go for same/similar offenses. Please proceed Reince.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- —

        – —-LOL- — ***BIG TIME fist bump*** :>) – —-Can WE say- —

        “YT men SPEAK WITH – —

        THIS??[Actually — -THESE?]– —LOL

        – — -Good 2 c U TyrenM. — -:>)

        – –[LOL — Drop some scratch. . – -NEW 2 me. LOL -]

        • TyrenM

          Cracking up myself. Sleepy when I wrote that. I meant small change.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL TyrenM – —Shoot. LOL- – -Thought we has a NEW PHRASE. :>) – – -Thank U TyrenM. :>) –

            Get some rest. :>) —

    • conlakappa

      All the while unironically telling us that slavery was such a long time ago so blah, blah, blah… Um, either we’re supposed to examine the 1860s or we are not.

      • gn

        Indeed; “get over it and fix your own lives” is complete bullshit and always has been.

        • isonprize

          oh yeah, and keep using the plantation analogies

          (side eye to you, Dr. Carson.)

          • gn

            Seriously; his activities of late couldn’t be a more blatant or cynical pander to the far right.

    • nellcote

      The Republican party loves to remind voters that it is “the party of Lincoln”

      These days, they’re more the party that shot Lincoln.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — -HAH! – -SPEAK – -“TROOF”. —:>)

        I’m surprised that they wanna REMEMBER HIM- —

        — -After all- – -He FREED THOSE — NEGRAS! Annnd MESSED UP that WHOLE SYSTEM of – –SLAVERY. How they musta missed the HIRED HELP!! LOL

        Good 2 C U nellcote. Hope U had a BLESSED Easter. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda — -***tears* —-annnnd – –***SMILES*** – —

    – —Man held for 42 years in deadly Arizona hotel fire ordered freed from prison – –
    – – –An Arizona man who has maintained for 42 years that he had nothing todo with a horrific hotel fire that killed more than two dozen people pleaded no contest Tuesday in a deal that sets aside his original conviction and frees him from prison.

    “Welcome back, Mr. Taylor,” Tucson Superior Court Judge Richard Fields said after accepting 59-year-old Louis Cuen Taylor’s plea on Tuesday, reported The Arizona Daily Star. The plea deal gives him credit for time already served.
    THERE IS MORE. – — —
    –I jus’ –cain’t. . . . INNOCENT 4 —42 YEARS!!
    — -BLESS HIM! — -BLESS HIM. AMEN. — –

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

  • Heh..

    If only I’d snagged a Princeton man
    By Donna Brazile, CNN Contributor
    updated 3:35 PM EDT, Tue April 2, 2013

    Susan Patton kicked up a firestorm with her letter last week to the editor of The Daily Princetonian urging female students
    to find a man to marry before they graduate because “the cornerstone of your future and happiness will be inextricably linked to the man you
    marry, and you will never again have this concentration of men who are
    worthy of you.”

    If only the Princeton alum’s advice had come out 30 years earlier when I was in college, perhaps I could have avoided the costly mistake of focusing on what makes me come alive and then pursuing it for a living. Perhaps if I’d focused instead on nailing down a man by the time I was 22, I could be going to cocktail parties and co-opting my husband and children’s successes, bragging about them as if they were my own, rather than being forced to talk about the current state of politics or what we can do as a society to engage the next generation in the struggles of today.

    Perhaps, if I’d had Ms. Patton’s wisdom and foresight about what really matters in college, I wouldn’t have taken so many pesky classes, and instead concentrated on designing my hair, makeup, attire and personality to create the perfect man-catching machine.


  • (h/t @symmetry11)

    Credit card delinquencies reach 18-year low
    By Melanie Hicken
    @CNNMoney April 2, 2013: 1:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Credit card users are better at paying their bills on time than they have been in almost two decades.

    Delinquencies on bank-issued credit cards sank to
    2.47% in the fourth quarter — the lowest level since 1994, according
    to an American Bankers Association report released Tuesday.

    The percentage of credit card accounts that were 30 days or more overdue during the quarter was roughly half the record high of 5.01% set in 2009 and well below the 15-year average of 3.87%. It was also down significantly from the previous quarter when 2.75% of credit card customers were delinquent on payments.

    In fact, bank-card delinquencies have been falling throughout 2012, which ABA chief economist James Chessen said is a sign that consumers are trying to rein in debt.


    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia- — –GR8 NEWS!!—- :>) –***Looks at watch*** YEP THIS IS on HIS WATCH! :>)- –Niiiiiice. :>)

      – – — –Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.
      Barack Obama quotes
      – —

      – – – -***Waitin’ 4 COMPLIMENTS from- — da HATAS***- — HAH.

      YA KNOW- – -like the BLAME him 4 errythang bad! —

  • Ex-Goldman Sachs Trader Taylor Said to Surrender to FBI
    By Bob Van Voris & Christine Harper –
    Apr 3, 2013 9:32 AM ET

    Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) trader Matthew Taylor surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation at about 8:30 a.m. this morning as part of a U.S. securities fraud investigation, a person familiar with the matter said.

    Taylor is to appear in Manhattan federal court later today. He was accused Nov. 8 in a lawsuit by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of concealing an $8.3 billion position in 2007 that caused New York-based Goldman Sachs to lose $118 million.

    Morgan Stanley hired Taylor in March 2008 after Goldman Sachs fired him three months earlier. Goldman cited “alleged conduct related to inappropriately large proprietary futures positions in a firm trading account,” in a so-called U-5 form, according to a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority document.

    New York-based Morgan Stanley (MS), which had employed Taylor
    before he joined Goldman Sachs in 2005, hired him after a subprime mortgage-related trading position resulted in a $9.4 billion writedown in December 2007.


    • Miranda

      This can’t be true – nobody from Wall Street ever gets prosecuted according to the town criers.

  • Miranda

    You let this have been Shaka Smart and see how much “negotiating” would be done.

    NBC New York ‏@NBCNewYork29m
    Mike Rice and #Rutgers officials are negotiating his exit, but sources tell @Brian4NY he will be gone by the end of day.

    • “Negotiating”??? Tha hail?? You don’t negotiate with someone who commits ASSAULT!

      • rikyrah

        protection of complexion

      • isonprize

        And I STILL say he must not have run up on the wrong one. He pushed his luck, for real, because at some point, one of those players was definitely gonna snap.

        Of course, at that point, the student would have been expelled. Thank God for VIDEO!!

    • TyrenM

      He gone now.

    • MsKitty

      As an alum it pisses me off it even got to this. Had the AD and university president not learned from Penn State what happens when you try to cover up to “protect the interests of the university?”

      More damning for them, Tyler Clemente was a Rutgers student (he committed suicide when his roommate outed him and filmed him being intimate with another man). How could the president get embrace his parents and express sympathy for their loss, and then turn a blind eye to the type of behavior and homophobic slurs being used by the coach?

      Mike Rice isn’t the only one that should be held to account. Shameful.

  • TyrenM

    Thanks for the history class on black jockeys. Since I began following horse racing, I saw Rene Douglas (big money winner at Arlington (Chicago) among other tracks) get paralyzed by another rider’s error (I thought of that from yesterdays post.) DeShawn Parker races in West Virginia. Also Kevin Krigger rides GoldenCents Saturday in the Santa Anita Derby for a chance to get into this years Kentucky Derby. We still doin it!

    • conlakappa

      Was there an ESPN documentary about black jockeys a while back? I know that I’ve heard about the history but cannot remember in what context. It might have been a Smithsonian thing about black athletes in the 19th century. It certainly is a buried history.

  • lamh36

    so I was diagnosed with planar fasciitis last year (inflamed heel pads) and I’ve finally decided to give up my NIKE obsession & invest in some tennis shoes that will provide more comfort to my feet. three brands have come up in my research: New Balance, Ascis, & Saucony. I’ve never worn or tried on any of these, so I’m taking an informal poll of my peeps to decide on which shoe ima ultimately get. I plan on trying them all if I can find a store that sells them all, but I just wanted to get a feel from people who have worn theses brands or currently wear these brands on why they like em. so what do y’all think about Ascis, New Balance & Saucony?

    • Gc

      I found New Balance to be the best for PF. Also, my .yoga foot and leg stretches,

      Yikes late for school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Gc when you get a chance could you let us know what stretches you do? Thanks.

    • crazycanuck

      New Balance

    • MsKitty

      New Balance. Best combination for support and comfort. It’s all I’ve ever worn for my workouts.

      Their website customer service is good with making recommendations based on your needs. When the NB walking shoe I had been wearing was discontinued they were able to help me find a replacement style.

    • qosine

      New Balance. I wear them for walking and workouts. Great support and comfort, like Ms. Kitty says.

    • rikyrah

      I’ve also tried New Balance.

    • vulcan_girl

      I can’t really wear NB either, the arch support isn’t right for my foot. Do they have to be tennis shoes? I swear by Keen. Free shipping from Zappos!

    • MonieTalks

      I highly recommend Mizunos.They also have a seal of approval from the American Podiatrist Medical Association

      They have done miracles for my husband’s feet. He needed arch support and had a number of other issues. He would wear shoes out so unevenly and had knee problems since he regularly does physical training. The Mizunos give him so much support—-they are engineered for cross training, etc.

  • Miranda

    Please proceed GOP

    First Amendment doesn’t apply here: N.C. lawmakers push bill for state religion
    By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News

    Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a bill declaring that the state has the power to establish an official religion — a direct challenge to the First Amendment.

    One professor of politics called the measure “the verge of being neo-secessionist,” and another said it was reminiscent of how Southern states objected to the Supreme Court’s 1954 integration of public schools.

    The bill says that federal courts do not have the power to decide what is constitutional, and says the state does not recognize federal court rulings that prohibit North Carolina and its schools from favoring a religion.

    more here:

    • Kennymack1971

      The RW has truly been on a roll this week. They are off the chain with the crazy.

    • MsKitty

      What does this remind me of? Give me a second here, it’s coming to me…

      Oh yeah, Sharia Law.

      • You are correct for the Daily Double.

  • The fix is in, y’all!

    Felony Charges Dropped for Virginia Republican Who Trashed Voter Registration Forms Last Year

    By Brad Friedman on 4/3/2013, 6:05am PT

    …Colin Small, a Republican Party Voter Registration Supervisor who
    secretly tossed filled-out voter registration forms into a dumpster last
    year, had all of his felony charges dropped by the local Republican
    Commonwealth Attorney prosecuting the case yesterday.

    Small was arrested and charged with 13 counts — including destruction and disclosure of voter registrations, as well as obstruction of justice — in Harrisonburg, VA in the run-up to the Presidential election last year, after he was seen by a local shopkeeper throwing away a bag of registration forms behind his store. Small’s felony charges were all dropped on Tuesday, according to local Fox-affiliate WHSV.

    …The prosecutor on the Small case is Republican Marsha Garst. Unlike other Commonwealth Attorneys, observed a local Democratic-leaning political muckraker yesterday, Garst failed to recuse herself from the prosecution despite what would appear to be very clear conflicts of interests in the case.

    The newly dropped charges appear in stark contrast to Garst’s declarations last year, when told the Washington Post on the Friday before the Tuesday Presidential election that the matter was “a very important investigation to the state, and we intend to prosecute Mr. Small to the fullest extent”…


  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda- — – BOO-YAH!! — — U FIRED!! —

    – – —Rutgers coach fired after abusive video broadcast– —

    — — –Rutgers University fired head basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after ESPN broadcast a video showing him physically and verbally abusing players.

    The video, which ESPN said features excerpts of practice sessions shot between 2010 and 2012, initially had earned Rice a three-game suspension, a $75,000 fine and a ticket to anger management classes.

    “You f**king fairy… you’re a f**king fa**got,” Rice appears to say during one session depicted on the video, which also shows him shoving and throwing basketballs at players.

    Under pressure from incensed state officials to take stronger action, Athletic Director Tim Pernetti said Wednesday that he had made a mistake in favoring suspension.

    “I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” Pernetti said in a written statement. “Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”

    —SO LONG! FAREWELL- – Bu- –BYeeeeE!- -JUSTICE SERVED!! :>)

  • It was a weird contradictory time. Racism was off the chain in the 1890’s but interracial friendships, marriages and social gatherings were more prominent then many of us were led to believe. I’ve seen quite a few pictures from that era that were like the one above.

    • Alma98

      There were quite a few marriages between Jews & Blacks, Irish & Blacks back then woody. White folks took notice and said we can’t have this and decided to let Jews & the Irish become white. I bought this book years ago because it had to do with genealogy. It talks about the relationships you mention in your comment.

      • MsKitty

        Yep. One of my great-great grandfathers was Irish, and I had just assumed he was blood via the usual way until my Aunt informed me that he was married to my great-great grandmother. Always meant to have her tell me more but never got around to it, and since she now has Alzheimers it will stay a mystery.

        • Alma98

          Yes MsKitty we’re all mixed up nobody is pure in this country. I bet if they had the guts to do a dna test quite a few whites would get a surprise. lol

          • I read some Faulkner and he was very clear in his own convoluted way that Blacks and Whites were interdependent. Absalom, Absalom is a perfect example. The entire White family patriarchy collapsed when they rejected their Black relative. If Faulkner knew this deep in the heart of Mississippi then you know what was going on in the rest of the country.

          • Alma98

            Sho ya right! LOL

          • qosine

            DNA testing for all GOP office holders? Emos?

          • Daltex82

            Oh to see the expressions on the faces of some when those test result came back. Newt Leroy Gingrich meet your 6th cousin Pookie Richards.

          • qosine


          • sagittarius


        • isonprize

          Same here. I have pictures of my ggmother with her Welsh husband. Straight up Grampa Stroehmann.

      • conlakappa

        The priest who founded Georgetown had an Irish father and a black mother. Back then, the area’s dock workers were black and Irish so that’s what the social circle was.

        • Alma98

          The woman in the book I referred to in my comment family lived in DC I think.

  • rikyrah

    Sean Hannity, Kirsten Powers Clash Over Obama Daughters Spring Break Trip (VIDEO)

    Posted: 04/03/2013 9:19 am EDT | Updated: 04/03/2013 9:21 am EDT

    Sean Hannity and Kirsten Powers tried to make amends on the Fox News host’s Tuesday night show but found themselves on opposite sides once again.

    After Powers called Hannity “insane” and “mean-spirited” for attacking President Obama’s daughters for going on spring break trips, the Fox News host invited the contributor back on his show to discuss the matter.

    “You said last night on this very program that I am hateful,” Hannity said.

    “I did not … I said you were mean-spirited,” Powers said. “Look I know you don’t like Obama, you go after Obama. I was surprised to hear you bring the daughters into it.”

    Hannity went through his argument again, harshly criticizing the Obamas and Bidens for taking what he called multiple personal vacations in the first three months of 2013. Hannity argued that what he called the excessive trips seemed to counter the president’s message on the negative impact sequester cuts will have on the country.

  • Miranda

    ‘Insane’ crowds as customers flood Connecticut gun stores before vote

    Gun stores all over Connecticut were packed Tuesday, one day before lawmakers were expected to vote on a sweeping package of laws that would ban military-style assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

    “They’re insane. I’ve never seen them so busy before,” shopper Shari Reilly, who bought up several high-capacity magazines, told NBC Connecticut.

    Gov. Dannel P. Molloy, a Democrat, has said he will sign what could be “the toughest law passed anywhere in the country” — if it gets through the legislature.

    more here:

    • crazycanuck

      This truly is beyond my comprehension. I will never understand this fascination with guns. Never.

      • MsKitty

        More than a few Americans worship guns more than God. Can’t convince me otherwise.

    • qosine

      Well, they’re telling on themselves here. So much for murdered children – anywhere.
      “Gun manufacturers, ammunition makers and gun store owners in Connecticut have said their businesses will be threatened if a stringent new gun control bill becomes law.

      “I feel like we have one foot being pushed out the door,” Mark
      Malkowski, the owner of AR-15 manufacturer Stag Arms, told NBC Connecticut. He said his company has received nearly two dozen incentive-laden offers to move out of the state.

      “They’re really good offers,” Malkowski said. “They are offering tax abatements, they’re offering to build you a factory.”

      more here:…”

    • nellcote

      “They’re insane. I’ve never seen them so busy before,” shopper Shari Reilly, who bought up several high-capacity magazines,

      somebody get this person a mirror.

  • Wishing Mr. Ebert a speedy recovery..

    A Leave of Presence
    By Roger Ebert on April 2, 2013 9:37 PM

    …What in the world is a leave of presence? It means I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the
    rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized
    about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.

    …Of course, there will be some changes. The immediate reason for my
    “leave of presence” is my health. The “painful fracture” that made it
    difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It
    is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to
    attend as many movies as I used to. I have been watching more of them on screener copies that the studios have been kind enough to send to me. My friend and colleague Richard Roeper and other critics have stepped up and kept the newspaper and website current with reviews of all the major releases. So we have and will continue to go on.

    At this point in my life, in addition to writing about movies, I may write about what it’s like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you. It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.


  • Wendell Pierce creates supermarket chain to help New Orleans residents

    Ronn Mott, NBC News


    April 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Pierce, 50, and his partners are investing big in something seemingly
    so small: convenient access to a grocery store. They have launched a
    chain of convenience stores, Sterling Express, and a full-service
    grocery store, called Sterling Farms, the latter just unveiled in what
    is often described as a “food desert,”a neighborhood where residents must travel more than a mile to a store selling fresh food. According to 2011 data, 19 percent of all Orleans Parish households have no access to a vehicle.

    A Sterling Farms employee gives away fresh fruit samples. Food education is an important part of Wendell Pierce’s mission.

    At last count, in the fall of 2012, there were 26 supermarkets in the
    city — nearly as many as the 30 that existed prior to Hurricane
    Katrina. But “it’s not about overall count,” says Tulane professor Diego
    Rose, “it’s about distribution.” In New Orleans, disparities in
    neighborhood access to grocery stores worsened after Hurricane Katrina.

    “The areas that came back first were wealthier,” Rose said.

    In neighborhoods predominantly populated by African-Americans, access was especially limited — in 2007 these tracts were 71 percent less likely to have access to more than one supermarket.


    • Worldwatcher7

      Wendell is a true son of New Orleans. His good works on behalf of the city are too many to list.

  • Alma98

    Good morning!

  • lamh36

    lord know, I’ve never watched any of Oprahs interviews on OWN, but damn if I didn’t see this picture & not LMBAO! I may have to watch my first OWN interview to see why & how this pic came to be.

    • rikyrah

      There’s so much there…I’ll keep quiet.

      • Miranda

        “There’s so much there”…………….and none of it good.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Is this Tyler’s new movie? Madea visits Sophia?

      • rikyrah

        Tyler is doing two new shows for OWN

  • gn

    Awesome pic of President Obama with Jackie Robinson’s widow:

    • isonprize

      Yeah, we hit this yesterday. “Good Black Don’t Crack”

      • gn

        It really doesn’t; she looks beautiful.

  • Miranda

    *rolls eyes*

    Democrats Are Undermining Wall Street Reform, Too
    Eight House Dems are pushing a slate of bills that would roll back key financial-reform laws.

    Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), both of whom are members of the lefty House progressive caucus, cosponsored the Inter-Affiliate Swap Clarification Act along with two Republicans. Moore and Fudge’s bill would allow certain derivatives that are traded among a corporation’s various affiliates to be exempt from almost all new Dodd-Frank regulations. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), a major Wall Street regulator,just issued its final rule on these products on Monday, and although the rule includes many exemptions, reform advocates say it is still stronger than what Fudge and Moore’s legislation proposes.

    Fudge advocated for the bill “because it came at request of corporations and businesses in our district,” says Belinda Prinz, a spokeswoman for the congresswoman. A legislative aide in Moore’s office played down the impact of the bill, emphasizing that it would not exempt big banks from new financial regs and would just apply to corporations looking to manage risk.

    • Black people took the biggest hit in the financial crisis, but CBC members are more worried about corporations?

      • MsKitty

        It’s all about getting the hookup, dontcha know.

    • Alma98

      Looks I’m gonna have to give Gwen a call.

    • nellcote

      Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)

      And this proposal helps the AA community how? What is the point of the CBC these days?

      • conlakappa

        To yell at the President, of course! Remember: Marcia told us that the Congressional Black Caucus isn’t just about helping black people. Corporations are people, my friend!

    • rikyrah


  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    April 03, 2013 1:16 PM
    666 Pennsylvania Avenue

    By Ed Kilgore

    Since we’ve been talking off and on about the boundary-line that separates regular conservatives from the extremist fringe, and also because one of my regular topics is the intersection of politics and religion, check out this finding from a new PPP survey on subscription to conspiracy theories:

    13% of voters think Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, including 22% of Romney voters

    This is a national poll, mind you, not a straw poll at some conservative evangelical clambake. Its margin-of-error is 2.8%. Extrapolated to the national electorate, it suggests that over 13 million Americans believe the President of the United States is a demonic supernatural being sent into the world to set up an infernal kingdom until it’s all washed away by the End of Days.

    Now I understand all the limitations of this kind of polling. The Anti-Christ question is sprinkled in with all sorts of crazy questions about this or that odd theory (my favorite is: Do you believe that shape-shifting reptilian people control our world and gaining political power to manipulate our societies, or not? 4% of respondents are down with the “V hypothesis,” though the number rises to 11% among those self-identifying as “very conservative.”). Many Romney voters would be inclined to agree with anything negative said about Obama.

    Still, the Anti-Christ?

    • Daltex82

      Why are they still taking polls of this nature? It is a complete waste of time. We get it, really we do.

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Republicans increasingly isolated on many major issues

    Posted by Greg Sargent on April 3, 2013 at 9:01 am

    One thing that remains striking about our politics right now is the degree to which public opinion among Republicans is increasingly isolated and drifting away from the rest of the electorate. You see this on pretty much every major issue facing the country.

    Case in point: Immigration. A new Washington Post poll finds that a path to citizenship is supported by 57 percent of Americans, including 58 percent of independents and 59 percent of moderates. But this is opposed by 60 percent of Republicans. Only 35 percent of them support it.

    As the Fix team puts it: “being involved in a comprehensive immigration reform deal might not be such good politics — at least as it relates to the party’s base — for ambitious Republicans.”

  • rikyrah

    The GOP’s border security roadblock

    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on April 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    USA Today reports that order security continues to be a sticking point in negotiations over comprehensive immigration reform. In late March, John McCain insisted that the country needs more enforcement to “assure the American people that we have effective control of the border.” In a recent hearing, GOP Rep. Candice Miller — chair of a key House committee focused on border security — said: “If we do not as a nation have a high degree of confidence that we are securing our border…I think this whole comprehensive immigration reform is going to be a very difficult lift.”

    The problem with this requirement — almost unanimously voiced by Republicans — is that it’s hard to know what, if anything, would satisfy their demand.

    Last year the Obama administration spent $18 billion on border security and immigration enforcement, a significant increase over previous years. And those funds have gone towards deportations and border surveillance. In 2012 alone, the administration removed 409,849 unauthorized immigrants from the United States, a record number. Overall, in his four years in office, Obama has deported nearly 1.5 million people at a pace of 400,000 per year, far exceeding the number of deportations under previous presidents.

  • rikyrah

    dup, sorry