Monday Open Thread | Toni Morrison Week

Happy Monday, Everyone! This week’s featured artist is the brilliant writer Toni Morrison. We’ll revisit some of Ms. Morrison’s greatest written works.

Love this interview of Toni Morrison with Charlie Rose. She SCHOOLED Rose.



Born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue and richly detailed black characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. Morrison has won nearly every book prize possible. She has also been awarded honorary degrees.

Born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison was the second oldest of four children. Her father, George Wofford, worked primarily as a welder, but held several jobs at once to support the family. Her mother, Ramah, was a domestic worker. Morrison later credited her parents with instilling in her a love of reading, music, and folklore.

Living in an integrated neighborhood, Morrison did not become fully aware of racial divisions until she was in her teens. “When I was in first grade, nobody thought I was inferior. I was the only black in the class and the only child who could read,” she later told a reporter from The New York Times. Dedicated to her studies, Morrison took Latin in school, and read many great works of European literature. She graduated from Lorain High School with honors in 1949.

Today’s feature: Song of Solomon.


Song of Solomon (1977) became the first work by an African-American author to be a featured selection in the book-of-the-month club since Native Son by Richard Wright. It follows the journey of Milkman Dead as he searches the South for his roots. Morrison received a number of accolades for this work.


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51 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Toni Morrison Week

  1. eliihass says:

    April Ryan is no good. I remember well this sorry woman running around burrowing her lips up George Bush’s butt. The most hard charging question she ever asked Bush was how much his deep Christian faith helped him. The days she’s on with Chris Matthews helping them pile on the disrespect.

  2. rikyrah says:



    Baby Made a Mess: Scandal Episode 407 Recap
    Luvvie — November 10, 2014

    Lemme tell you something. Shonda and her team put their ENTIRE FOOT in this episode of Scandal. This was one of the best eps of the show yet, next to 752 and the Reads of Life episode from earlier this season. It was so good that it took me almost 2 hours to watch it because I kept on pausing it so I could get myself together. WHEWWWW!!! Let’s get to it, y’all.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Mitch McConnell’s mission: Degrade and destroy the Obama presidency
    By Paul Waldman November 10 at 11:47 AM

    Many have described the question now facing incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as follows: How can he satisfy the Republican crazies on the one hand and show that Republicans can govern on the other? But that isn’t really the question he faces. Aside from an occasional move like passing a continuing resolution to keep the government’s doors open, the Republicans won’t be doing any governing.

    Rather, the real question McConnell faces is this: How can he go about, to borrow a phrase from Barack Obama, degrading and ultimately destroying the Obama presidency? On this, McConnell has very different ideas from his even more conservative colleagues.

    In the end, this is an argument not about goals but about tactics. That doesn’t mean, however, that it won’t be fought with all the fury that some extremely furious people can muster. There’s already a conflict brewing between McConnell and conservative Republicans over exactly how to go about their futile quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even though the new Congress won’t be sworn in for two months. This particular argument is a microcosm of the entire next two years, and it shows just how complicated McConnell’s task is.

    Mitch McConnell is now the most important Republican in America, and as such he’s faced with two competing management challenges. The first is to manage the entire Republican party in all its chaotic glory. If keeping everyone within the coalition happy is too much to hope for, at least he can try to keep them from running wild and staging open, bitter rebellions. The second is to manage the GOP’s image in the media.

    Though he’s been the leader of Senate Republicans for the better part of a decade, McConnell has never had so much responsibility for his party. And serving both of these goals simultaneously may be harder than even he anticipates. McConnell has long been regarded as one of the shrewdest operators in Washington, but he’s now ascended to a new level as the GOP’s undisputed leader (let’s not kid ourselves that the hapless John Boehner has nearly the same level of influence). One can’t help recall that Newt Gingrich was also regarded as a strategic genius, and two years after he ascended to Speaker of the House, Bill Clinton was re-elected, then two years after that Gingrich was gone.

  4. rikyrah says:

    The Obama Opposition

    NOV. 9, 2014

    The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did.

    When Obama introduced Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate in Springfield, Ill., he expressed his confidence that Biden could “help me turn the page on the ugly partisanship in Washington, so we can bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda that works for the American people.”

    In his first Inaugural Address, Obama said:

    “On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.”

    He underestimated the degree to which his very presence for some would feel more like a thorn than a salve. The president seemed to think that winning was the thing. It wasn’t. Stamina was the thing. The ability to nurse a grievance was the thing.

    The president’s first “I won” moment came shortly after his inauguration. It was in an hourlong, bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders about the stimulus package. ABC News reported an exchange the president had with Eric Cantor this way:

    “Obama told Cantor this morning that ‘on some of these issues we’re just going to have ideological differences.’ The president added, ‘I won. So I think on that one, I trump you.’ ”

    Then, in a 2010 meeting with members of Congress about the Affordable Care Act, a visibly agitated president quipped to John McCain (who was raising concerns about the bill): “We’re not campaigning anymore. The election is over.”

    And in 2013, appearing even more agitated following the government shutdown, the president chastised his opponents across the aisle: “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.”

    This idea that Republicans would honor the fact that he was elected — twice — almost seems quaint. It angered; it didn’t assuage.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Monday, Nov 10, 2014 8:35 PM
    Scott Walker’s 2016 cover letter: Why his Politico column is a message to the 1 percent
    Less than a week after his reelection, the GOP governor is situating himself to run for president
    Elias Isquith

    The midterm elections are less than a week old, and people are only just now beginning to comb through exit polling in order to discover the real cause of the Democrats’ rout. But if you take a quick look at the stories garnering the most attention today, you’ll see quite clearly that as far as the political media is concerned, last Tuesday is ancient history. The 2016 presidential election has unofficially begun.

    There are multiple signs that the 2016 cycle is already spinning — a big New Yorker piece on Hillary Clinton’s unquestioned status as the Democratic Party front-runner, a never-too-early look at the GOP’s demographic challenges from the New York Times — but the most obvious is the torrent of articles on whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will run for president. This was bound to happen, given Walker’s star status within the GOP as well as his record passing hard-right bills in a usually Democratic state. And Walker is certainly encouraging it.

    He’s unsubtly hinted before that he’d like to be the next GOP nominee, but in a Monday Op-Ed for Politico magazine the governor all but screams it. Framed as advice from one thrice-elected-in-a-blue-state GOPer to the new blood heading to D.C., the piece is really a kind of rough draft of the case Walker will soon be making for himself on the campaign trail. First, the generic history lesson about how bad things in Wisconsin were before he showed up: “We were a blue state in tough shape.” And next, the laundry list of statistics to prove things were getting better: Jobs created, employment rate lowered, government “streamlined,” yada-yada. Boilerplate.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Adriane Farray @AFarray

    @RealTrumanDem @root_e @vj44 @noamscheiber @NPR They went after Holder, Jarrett, and now Lynch. Anyone see a pattern here?

  7. rikyrah says:

    Running a school on $160.

    The number couldn’t possibly be right, Marc Gosselin thought: $160.

    That was the total discretionary budget he was handed as the
    brand-new principal of Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary, a public school
    in Germantown.

    That’s all he’d have to pay for a whole year’s books, supplies, staff
    training, after-school activities, and incidentals — small but
    important items like postage and pizza parties.

    “You can’t even buy groceries for $160, let alone run a school for 400 kids for a year,” Gosselin said.

    For many, Tom Wolf’s election as governor is a turning point, a
    change that could finally address years of Philadelphia School District
    cuts so deep that a school has just 40 cents to spend on each needy

    And though Lingelbach’s situation is the extreme, public schools around the city grapple with similar problems.


    The school in the Poconos where Gosselin worked as an administrator
    had four reading specialists, three math coaches, a full-time school
    psychologist and two counselors for 800 students.

    “Things are just tolerated here,” Gosselin said. “This would never happen in Neshaminy.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    A different take on the election
    by @zizii2

    Much handwringing over the Democratic party’s electoral fortunes has taken place this past week. Teabaggers are ecstatic. The most loathesome wingnuts are going to make our lives even more miserable than we have already endured. Some young people justify young voter apathy by saying Democrats did not give them what they wanted, as shown below in the Carl Gibson piece titled:


    And Democratic Party leaders will probably learn the wrong lessons and move further repub-lite.

    I think differently about what happened. I believe what we are seeing is the brick wall that Coalition Politics slams into when the regular institutions of Democracy have been irreparably subverted and perverted by oligarchs and their political minions who have convinced many Americans that nihilism is their birthright. What do I mean?


    Normally, in a democracy, aspiring politicians and party platforms woo voters with promises of what they will DO for said voters, and the campaigns go full steam ahead in competition. And whoever wins tries to maintain voter approval and possible reelection based on their ability to account to the voter. Otherwise how do you win power again, right?

    Wrong. Voters? What voters? GOP-Oligarchs’ answer to electoral imperatives and demographic change, is to shrink the electorate till they could “drown it in a bathtub”!

    The institutions of our democracy, plus the inbuilt checks-and-balances ensured that feedback loop between voters and political office-seekers prevailed, warts and all. But, not so since 2010 when the “consent of the people” was literally killed off. Republicans actually threw out their own previous narrow pursuit of 50%+1 path to power. Instead, they developed a scheme to win without the “consent of the people” by changing the very institutions and rules of our democracy. So being in the “majority” or “minority”, for them, did not matter. Outwardly we saw Citizens United, gerrymandering, voter suppression etc. bear obscene fruit. But those alone did not put the nail in the coffin of our Democracy.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Ex-Im Bank: A Resource For African-American Entrepreneurs with Eyes On Africa

    First Vice president and Vice chair, Wanda Felton, talks opportunities for funding sources
    by Richard Spiropoulos Posted: November 6, 2014

    For entrepreneurs of color who have a business plan and have scoped out an African country in which to do business, most times the only obstacle left is financing.

    It’s that simple. Without adequate funding the business enterprise is not getting off the ground.

    A valuable, relatively unknown resource for African American investors is the U.S Export-Import Bank, the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im does not compete with private institutions. It works with lenders and brokers to ensure that U.S. businesses get what they need to sell abroad and be competitive in international markets.

  10. rikyrah says:

    This Simple Bish Here


    7 things we just learned about Valerie Jarrett
    By Nia-Malika Henderson November 10 at 2:00 PM

    Valerie Jarrett is President Obama’s top adviser on apparently everything. She is “The Obama Whisperer,” according to Noam Scheiber in a profile in The New Republic.

    In this role, she has attracted the ire of liberal allies outside the White House and no small amount of partisan pettiness from conservatives. (Mitt Romney somehow thought it an insult to say that Obama only listens to two people, his wife and Jarrett.)

    And inside the White House, she has watched these last six years as a roster of “the smartest guys in the room,” have all departed, mostly on the wrong side of Valerie Jarrett.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL All I can say is Ms. jrrett has been doing her job for PBO and the American people.

      • eliihass says:

        Doesn’t it amuse just how much the very same people who hate the Obamas are so determined that Valerie Jarrett must go? They’re calling in every media resource to write hit pieces on Valerie.

        The ever hateful and racist Carol felsenthal of Chicago magazine who’s never had anything good to say about the Obamas, and who started doing her hit pieces on them since 2007, would now have you and I believe courtesy of her Politico hit piece, that she cares so much about President Obama, she wants him surrounded by ‘superior white men’ who can help him find his way. She desperately wants Valerie Jarrett out because the ‘superior white men’ can’t stand her as she’s in their way of having unfettered access to the President. If they can possibly pull it all off too, Ms Felsanthal and the ‘superior white men’ who’ve put her and other media mouthpieces up to this witch hunt, want Mrs Obama sent away too.

        Never have we observed black women treated with such hostile condescension and so denigrated and disrespected. So much so that the president’s wife of over 20 years, is treated as if she were lower than the cleaning maid.

        Rahm, Robert Gibbs, David Plouffe and the various ‘anonymous’ Obama people who are helping fuel these narratives, and this witch hunt, need to stop.

    • Ametia says:

      It’s always been clear that the biggest influences in Barack Hussein Obama’s life have been WOMEN. From his mother, Michelle aka FLOTUS, his sister, and his mom-in-law Mrs. Robinson, and yes, Valerie Jarret.

      2017 let’s he Obama’s out of that pit in D.C. I hope they get as far away from there as they can.

    • eliihass says:

      Very important correction:
      The President’s Princeton and Harvard educated wife of over 20 years.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Lynch: Civil Actions Against Police Agencies Can Spur ‘Systemic Change

    By Jacob Gershman

    …Ms. Lynch’s remarks, which appeared in the Fordham Urban Law Journal, focused on a 20-year-old statute that authorizes the Justice Department to bring civil actions against police agencies engaged in unconstitutional “patterns or practices.”

    She spoke about how the law can bring about “systemic change” in
    police departments accused of widespread misconduct. Said Ms. Lynch:

    Quite frankly, one of the main problems that you often have in police misconduct cases is the reluctance of witnesses–both victims and law enforcement–to come forward. But the real problem, from my perspective and the Justice Department’s perspective, is that you are coming into an event after it has already occurred–whereas the real goal here is to effect some sort of systemic change that will prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place. That is where the Department of Justice works within the civil context…

    We believe that if the Department of Justice can in fact show that
    such a pattern or practice of Constitutional deprivations exists,
    court-ordered remedies can be achieved and real change can be effected in police departments.

  12. rikyrah says:

    tell the truth



    The problem with Valerie Jarrett
    By Jonathan Capehart November 10 at 2:42 PM

    Two things are guaranteed to inspire envy or hatred in Washington: access to the president and the power to turn that access into action. The person who has both is guaranteed to face a torrent of criticism, deserved or not. His or her role and value are negatively questioned. And those leveling the harsh critique do so after losing numerous battles and after they have left the White House with the offending person still in place. In the Obama administration, no one is more envied or hated because of her access and willingness to use the power that goes with it than Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama.

    Jarrett oversees the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Office of Public Engagement and is tasked with building and managing the administration’s relationships with state and local officials and a wide variety of advocacy groups. Jarrett is a sounding board and go-to person for the array of groups with which she meets. She is an early warning system for the president. She is the bearer of bad news when he opts to go in a different direction. And she is unafraid to play the enforcer when folks run afoul of her or Obama. Jarrett’s title and duties are a bit squishy and diffuse in a town that likes clear lines of authority. But, as a Democratic strategist told me, the folks saying they have no idea what Jarrett does “know exactly what her job is. That’s why they’re upset.”

  13. rikyrah says:



    How Can Hillary Make Obamacare Her Own?

    ByDylan ScottPublishedNovember 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EST 3059 views

    During the first Clinton White House, First Lady Hillary Clinton became the public face of the administration’s push for health care reform. She testified at public hearings, headed a task force, and the policies coalesced under the moniker “Hillarycare.” When those proposals died in 1993, it arguably set comprehensive health care reform back for more than a decade.

    Then in 2008, the political environment was ripe for reform for the first time since. Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, now running for president, laid out her plan, which per the Washington Post, would have sought “to build on the existing health-care system, but … make it easier for adults without health insurance to buy it through tax credits.” But she lost the Democratic primary to a senator from Illinois and, six years later, those policies have a different name ascribed to them: Obamacare.

    More than 10 million have gained health coverage because of that law, the Affordable Care Act, with the second enrollment period set to start later this week. So if, as is almost universally expected, Clinton decides to seek for the White House again, what will there be left for her to do?

    A lot actually, according to one of her closest former advisers: Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden, who was policy director for the 2008 Clinton campaign, worked in the Clinton White House and worked for the Obama administration on health care reform.

    Like most people close to the former secretary of state and first lady, Tanden refused to entertain any direct questions about Clinton’s 2016 plans. But in an interview with TPM, she did talk about the role that health care might play in the coming presidential campaign and how potential Democratic candidates, and Clinton in particular, might approach it.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Haley Barbour apologizes after calling Obama’s policies ‘tar babies’
    11/10/14 7:11 AM EST

    Haley Barbour called President Barack Obama’s policies “tar babies” on a post-election conference call for clients of his lobbying firm, two sources familiar with the call told POLITICO.

    The former Mississippi governor made the remark as he was taking questions from 100 or more clients of the BGR Group during an hourlong call on Thursday morning. According to a person on the call, Barbour was noting how rare it is for Americans to elect a president from the same party as a commander-in-chief leaving office after two terms.

    “And then he said there is no one who will run for president who will endorse Obama’s issues, because Obama’s

  15. rikyrah says:

    Report: Birther Behind Misleading Chicago Election Judge Robocalls (AUDIO)
    NOVEMBER 10, 2014, 11:54 AM EST

    Two Republican parties officials were behind the confusing automated phone calls to Chicago election judges ahead of the election, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

    The weekend before the election, multiple election judges received robocalls telling them that they needed to attend additional training in order to help with the Nov. 4 election. At least one robocall gave the judges instructions on voting.

    It was not immediately clear who recorded and sent out the calls. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for an investigation into the calls, as they may have caused numerous election judges not to show up for work at the polls on Nov. 4.

    The Sun Times on Friday identified Republican committeeman Jim Parrilli as the voice in one of the robocalls telling judges to attend another training. He identifies himself in some of the calls. In one robocall he tells judges that they should vote, and that “part of being a Republican judge means supporting our Republican ticket.”

    Sources told the Sun Times that Parrilli was working with Sharon Meroni, who helps the Cook County Republican Party recruit election judges. Meroni reportedly recorded another robocall for election judges telling them how to report issues.

    Sun Times columnist Mark Brown described Meroni as “a Republican wingnut who considers herself a one-woman crusader against vote fraud in Illinois — in between her efforts to prove Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen.”

  16. rikyrah says:

    It’s About To Get Harder To Be Arrested For Pot Possession In New York City

    The New York Police Department will no longer arrest people for low-level marijuana possession, issuing violation summonses instead, sources confirm. Of the nearly 16,000 such arrests this year, 86% were black people or Latinos.

    NEW YORK CITY — The New York Police Department will no longer arrest people for low-level marijuana possession, according to people with knowledge of the city’s drug strategy who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The NYPD will issue violation summonses to people caught with marijuana — instead of putting them in handcuffs and taking them to a precinct. The summonses will require people to appear in court at a later date and pay a fine.

    Few details on the new policy were immediately available, but an official with one of the city’s five district attorneys offices confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Monday that the change “is happening.” The official added that “burning marijuana” would still be cause for arrest, but that having the drug in a public place would not.

    The NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but are expected to officially announce the new policy this afternoon.

  17. rikyrah says:


    …Let’s just be real with ourselves. Since Barack Obama’s name was spoken into the realm of possibility to be our 44th Executive, all this base has wished for was this President to be a “Magic Negro” that would fix everything, without them ever lifting a finger. From the Black “Progressives” who wanted Obama to be Stokely Carmichael in matters of race, to the Occupy crowd that has all but demanded every investment banker’s head on a pike to parade up the Canyon of Heroes, this base saw what only what they wanted to see, and turned on this President when he governed as the very skilled, pragmatic centrist he is.

    At bottom, there is nothing that would please a base completely ignorant of civics and the inner workings of politics, then caterwaul incessantly about Barack Obama not living up to their individual ideals. Nothing will ever be enough a base made up of disruption-addicted college professors and pundits out for self-confirming “Conversations” on Melissa Harris-Perry that gloat about staying home as the harder work of building a Legislative branch capable of the change they want to see goes undone year after year.

    No, as Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) demonstrated Election Night, it would seem they would rather Obama go it completely alone, or elsewe all become Republicans.

    We have lost our way.

    And in so doing, the Right could not have asked for a better friend to advance their agenda than liberal purism.

  18. rikyrah says:

    In Brazil, Race Is A Matter Of Life And Violent Death
    November 09, 2014 7:45 AM ET

    On June 11 — one day before the World Cup started — two policemen picked up three black teenagers in Rio de Janeiro. The three hadn’t committed any crime — but they did have a history of petty offenses.

    The officers drove them up to the wooded hills above the city. One was shot in the head and killed. One was shot in the leg and the back and left for dead. Another escaped.

    We know what happened that day because the police officers left their patrol car cameras on, and the videos surfaced on Brazil’s Globo TV.

    “We haven’t even started beating you yet and you are already crying?” one cop says. “Stop crying! You are crying too much! Be a man!”

    But the three boys weren’t men — they were about 14 years old.

    Then the cops are heard saying “gotta kill the three of them.”

    And finally: “Two less. If we do this every week, we can reduce their number. We can reach the goal.”

    The goal they reportedly were referring to was a crime-reduction target ahead of the World Cup.

  19. rikyrah says:

    you should be scared. But, at least you have the sense to be scared. there are a lot of stupid mofos out there who don’t have the sense to be scared.


    Without Obamacare, I would have died. I’m scared the Supreme Court is going to gut the part that saved me.
    By David Tedrow November 8

    The Obamacare subsidies saved my life. Now, I’m scared the Supreme Court is going to gut them.

    In 2010, at 54, I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic cirrhosis (end-stage liver disease). It’s debilitating, and a transplant is the only cure.

    At that time, I owned a jewelry store with my wife in Pawleys Island, S.C. On weekends we would meet friends, walk on the beach and join in community events. My wife and I would travel regularly to see our daughters and take annual vacations. We enjoyed a rich and full life.

    The disease quickly robbed me off all that. One of my first symptoms was an accumulation of ammonia in the brain. I became highly forgetful — I forgot how to get out of a car and how to answer the phone. I couldn’t remember how to make change for customers. One day, I tried to go home from work and got lost.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Don’t come for Ms. Morrison unless she sends for you.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Evening, Everyone :)

  22. Hey Chicas!

    Y’all see this ish? Andrew Cuomo stabbed Dems in the back for his own gain.

    Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans

    The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged.

    Former state Republican Party Executive Director Michael Lawler — who managed Rob Astorino’s ill-fated gubernatorial run against Cuomo — told The Post that he learned of the alleged bombshell deal between Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos and Cuomo just days ago, after suspecting for months that it existed.

    “Dean Skelos clearly was working against Rob’s campaign — he and the governor cut a deal,’’ seethed Lawler, a protégé of GOP Chairman Ed Cox.

    The Nassau County-based Skelos and his aides “fight for nothing, stand for nothing except staying in power,’’ Lawler charged.

    Lawler said he found out about the alleged Skelos-Cuomo arrangement from a top political aide to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican and Skelos ally who, in a serious setback to Astorino, endorsed Cuomo last month. “We heard rumblings that Mangano was going to [endorse Cuomo], and I reached out to his folks and was told ‘absolutely not,’ that Mangano would endorse Astorino, although he would then let Cuomo use a video of him praising the governor,’’ Lawler said.

    “But after Mangano actually endorsed Cuomo in a video on TV, I called Mangano’s guy and said, ‘What the f–k?’ He said, ‘When this is over, give me a call.’

    “So I called him a few days ago, and he said, ‘A deal was cut for Mangano to endorse Cuomo in exchange for Cuomo staying out of the Senate races on Long Island,’ ’’ Lawler continued. “I asked him, ‘Who cut the deal?’ And he said, ‘People higher than me.’

    “I said, ‘Dean?’ And he responded, ‘That would be a pretty good guess.’ ”

    Both GOP and Democratic sources had been speculating on the possibility for a while, noting that in the lead-up to last week’s election, Cuomo had been doing little to help his party win a majority in the Senate. If the governor made any appearance on behalf of a Democratic candidate on Long Island, it was a token in-and-out visit, with no follow-up and virtually no financial support, observers said.

    The GOP rout of Long Island Senate seats included Jack Martins’ win over Adam Haber, Tom Croci over Adrienne Esposito and Kemp Hannon over Ethan Irwin.

    • rikyrah says:

      uh huh

      uh huh

    • eliihass says:

      Cuomo is a well known rat. A despicable man who has consistently sold the Democratic Party and it’s ideals down the river solely for his pathetic self interest and soon to be dead political plans for higher office. That New York Democrats have done little to expose this horrid man is maddening to say the least. We must take back control of the Democratic Party, reclaim its ideals and do our darnedest to push for decent representatives who’ll live up to them. President Obama’s candidacy awakened so many of us, we must not now allow that which was awakened to be killed off by those who want to keep us jaded, disillusioned and turned off. Or rats like Cuomo will continue to reign supreme even as they continue to corrupt the process and forever kill decency and idealism in our democracy.

  23. Liza says:

    Toni Morrison is one of the greatest American storytellers of all time. You get so immersed in her stories and feel like you are there. That is such a rare gift.

  24. Ametia says:

    OMG Too hilarious

    What PBO told a lady who was looking for spices in the grocery spice & herbs isles .

    PBO: “I see you you’ve got rosemary, saffron, basil, but if you’re looking for this, we’ve been out since OBL capture and killing in May 2, 2011- because TERROR-GONE =TARRAGON.”

  25. Thank Ametia one of my favorite writers. 10 inches!!! Stay warm.

  26. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-) We’re getting SNOW–10 inches before the deal is done. :-))))

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Wow, Ametia, you are getting so much snow and it is only November 10!

      Thanks for bringing us Toni Morrison this week! What a great week it will be thanks to you!

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