October 20, 2014

Friday Open Thread: African-American Astronomers and Astrophysicists

Derek

Astronomer Derrick Pitts was born on January 22, 1955 in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, Pitts was fascinated by outer space and rockets. After graduating from Germantown Academy, he received his B.S. degree in geology from St. Lawrence University in 1978.

Pitts began working at The Franklin Institute as a young college student. He was hired as The Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer and planetarium director after completing his degree. In these roles, he developed and oversaw all of the Institute’s astronomy and space-related programs and exhibits, frequently hosted the live “Sky Tonight” planetarium show and interviewed John Glenn and Carl Sagan.

 

Pitts also served as the original director of Tuttleman OMNIMAX Theater and as museum vice president. In 2002, he oversaw the renovation of The Franklin Institute’s Fels Planetarium and played an integral role in the design of the new astronomy exhibit, ‘Space Command.’ Pitts became the host of “SkyTalk” on WHYY Radio in 2008. One year later, he served as the United States spokesperson for the International Year of Astronomy.

In 2011, Pitts was named a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solar System Ambassador. He has appeared on many national television shows as a science expert including the Comedy Channel’s “Colbert Report” and “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Pitts served as a regular contributor on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olberman as well as programs on CNN International and MSNBC.

Pitts has held numerous positions in academic and community organizations including serving as president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. and on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater St. Lawrence University and Widener University. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mayor’s Liberty Bell, the St. Lawrence University Distinguished Alumni Award, the G. W. Carver Medal and Please Touch Museum’s “Great Friend To Kids” Award. Pitts was inducted into the Germantown Historical Society Hall of Fame and selected as one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science” by Science Spectrum Magazine in 2004. He received the 2010 David Rittenhouse Award and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from LaSalle University in 2011. Pitts lives with his wife Linda in the Wynnefield Heights section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1965, Jarita C. Holbrook received her degree in 1997 from the University of California at Santa Cruz. A National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA, her interest is mainly in contemporary and historical African astronomy and cultural astronomy. Holbrook has traveled to Africa and the South Pacific to document celestial navigation techniques there and how new technologies have modified those techniques.

Jarita Holbrook is on a journey to understand the relationship between people alive today and the night sky. Culminating in a doctorate in astronomy & astrophysics (UC Santa Cruz), MS in astronomy (SDSU), and BS in physics (Caltech), her academic research bridges astronomy, anthropology, and Africana studies.  She began as a student of astronomy and upon completing her doctorate transitioned into anthropology and the history of astronomy in order to focus more on people. Her journey has taken her to exotic places such as the Fiji Islands to study navigation by the stars and to unexpected places such as astronomy departments to study how professional networks of astronomers are formed and maintained. Among the first African American women to attain a doctorate in astrophysics, Dr. Holbrook has a special interest in identifying the cultural aspects of astrophysics which has led to the widespread exclusion of people of color within the United States.

***Information courtesy of Astronomers of the African Diaspora, Jaritaholbrook.com, and the Historymakers.com***

 

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  • isonprize

    Good Morning, POU! Pbomb, I knew you had to feature Derrick Pitts, he’s the real deal. He even hosts stargazing nights in Philadelphia, where you take a stroll thru the city and he explains what you are seeing in the night sky.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Yup, mad respect for him.

    • goldenstar

      Good morning!
      Have you attended a stargazing night? Sounds fab!

      • isonprize

        Not yet, but I have friends who have. The time I planned it, the night sky was cloudy…

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good morning isonprize & POU. Healing energy and good thoughts for AG & Sepia families. This week has been chock full of crazy. But, I ain’t mad that a good part of it is revealing that the rwnjs are as nutty as we thought and showing it to anyone that had doubts.

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning!

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        Hey Goldenstar!

  • Kennymack1971

    Happy Friday POU!

    • Joy

      Back atcha…took forever for it to get here!

    • goldenstar

      It’s a beautiful thing!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Joy

      Morning, rikyrah!

    • goldenstar

      Good Friday Morning!

  • Miranda

    Allison Grimes better beat him over the head with his own words.

    Grimes goes on attack over McConnell jobs comment
    By RONNIE ELLISCNHI News Service
    April 24, 2014

    GLASGOW — Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Alison Lundergan Grimes is castigating incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for telling a Beattyville newspaper editor that it’s not his job to bring jobs to Lee County.

    McConnell says the comments “got lost in translation,” and that “Encouraging positive economic development and job growth is at the center of what I do every day.”

    But Edmund Shelby, the editor and general manager of the Beattyville Enterprise who wrote the story, said he “100 percent, completely” stands behind the story as it appeared on his paper’s front page on Thursday. He said his published account represented his conversation with McConnell “word for word.”

    McConnell was in Beattyville to address a luncheon of Lee County business and civic leaders when Shelby briefly interviewed him prior to the lunch. According to Shelby’s story, he asked McConnell what he is doing to “bring jobs to Lee County.”

    “Economic development is a Frankfort issue,” McConnell said, according to the story. “That is not my job. It is the primary responsibility of the state Commerce Cabinet.”

    Shelby goes on to report that McConnell said he’s interested in bringing public works projects to Kentucky but most of those are originated by state government. He quoted McConnell as saying he is “pushing back” against the policies of President Barack Obama which are hurting the coal industry.

    The headline on the story read: “McConnell says not his job to bring jobs.”

    more here: http://www.dailyindependent.com/local/x360411079/Grimes-goes-on-attack-over-McConnell-jobs-comment

    • rikyrah

      better beat him like he stole something

  • Miranda

    So……its gonna be THIS kind of Friday.

    Bundy: If People Are Offended By Me, Then MLK ‘Didn’t Do His Job’
    CATHERINE THOMPSON – APRIL 25, 2014, 9:18 AM EDT

    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy said Friday that he doesn’t believe his remarks on blacks and slavery were “offensive,” and if other people take them that way, it means civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. “didn’t do his job.”

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cliven-bundy-mlk-rosa-parks-offended

    • rikyrah

      muthafucka, please

      • Admiral_Komack

        At least we know the content of Cliven Bundy’s character.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Great minds think alike.

    • jds09

      Hey ho! He added “black boy” to his repertoire. This this the classic “you’re to sensitive” reaction on steroids.

    • AxelFoley

      This sumamabitch here…

  • Admiral_Komack

    Bundy: If People Are Offended By Me, Then MLK ‘Didn’t Do His Job’

    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy said Friday that he doesn’t believe his remarks on blacks and slavery were “offensive,” and if other people take them that way, it means civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. “didn’t do his job.”

    Bundy was pressed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo to acknowledge that he offended people when he mused about whether blacks were “better off as slaves, picking cotton” than “under government subsidy,” which was first highlighted by the New York Times.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cliven-bundy-mlk-rosa-parks-offended

    -The guy is a racist AND he blames someone else!
    This Real Amurikkan is a racist AND a Welfare Queen.
    Mighty white of you, sir.

    • Miranda

      I’d just posted the same thing. Its amazing…MLK’s job was to make sure of…what now?

      ya know…I can’t…..

      http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_maojs7DBEh1rzbvsto1_250.gif

    • Kennymack1971

      You know…I’m glad Bundy’s racist ass said this. Far too long White folks have allowed themselves to believe it’s incumbent upon Blacks to make them not be racist. The real reason the RW/GOP is freaking out over Bundy is that he’s not using cute Atwater/Luntz tested and approved dogwhistles he’s exposing the mindset of the GOPs racist base….and there is no cleaning it up.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Bingo!!

      • Aquagranny911

        EXACTLY!!!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      That would be the same MLK people like Bundy called…well you can pretty much guess.

  • Miranda

    GOOD….its about time there was pushback against these republicans for catering to their ignorant base with childish ads. Federal employees need to do the same. Stop letting these jackasses disparage you in order to appeal to their hick base.
    —————————
    South Carolina Bar fights back against Republican Governors Association ad attacking Vincent Sheheen
    By SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    COLUMBIA – An ad attacking Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen’s work as a defense attorney has prompted the South Carolina Bar Association to fight back against what it calls an unfair smear of the legal profession that should have no place in the governor’s race.

    The bar launched a website counteracting a Republican Governors Association ad, which began airing statewide Monday, that condemns Sheheen as protecting criminals. It’s an unprecedented move for a nonpolitical organization to which every South Carolina attorney must belong, with more than 15,000 members statewide.

    RGA spokesman Jon Thompson said the ad is about Sheheen choosing in the past to represent a sex offender and several men accused of abusing women, as he’s trying to woo women voters.

    Association President Alice Paylor said campaigns should be about issues, not bashing lawyers for providing people their constitutional right to legal representation.

    “That’s a basic tenet of the Constitution,” she said Wednesday. “What they’re attacking is the whole basis for the U.S. and the U.S. Constitution. According to them, I guess everyone accused of something is automatically guilty.”

    more here: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140423/PC1603/140429704

    • TyrenM

      Where was this pushback for The Civil Rights Department nominee?

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Russia’s credit rating downgraded by S&P

    Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has cut Russia’s rating to one notch above “junk” status. The move comes as foreign investors continue to take money out of the country amid tensions over the situation in Ukraine. S&P downgraded Russia’s rating to ‘BBB-‘ from ‘BBB’. Also on Friday, Russia’s central bank raised its key interest
    rate from 7% to 7.5% as it sought to defend the value of the rouble.[...]

    Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27159423

    H/T BBC

    • crazycanuck

      Putin obviously doesn’t give two sh!ts. Good Morning Folks.

      • creolechild

        Good morning cc1!

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Friday MornTin’ jds09. :>) **BIG –Cali –HUG***
      —Have a good day. :>) -B BLESSED/ENJOY –the WARM♥ :>)

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • creolechild

    More Than 63,000 Bridges Crossed 250 Million Times A Day Need Significant Repairs

    The United States has more than 63,000 bridges that are structurally deficient and in need of significant repairs, according to an analysis of government data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Drivers cross these bridges 250 millions times each day. They are all at least 39 years old except for one. The 250 most heavily used bridges that are structurally deficient are on interstate highways, many in California.

    These bridges are not necessarily imminently unsafe or about to collapse. But a bridge will be classified as structurally deficit and in need of repair if it is rated four or below on a scale of zero to nine by state transportation inspections of their decks and support structures. The ARTBA wants signs posted at these bridges to let drivers know they’re in need of repairs.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/25/3430786/bridges-structurally-deficient/

    H/T Bryce Covert

    • TyrenM

      Yeah. I-35 going down into the Mississippi River opened some eyes.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • creolechild

    San Francisco sues landlords who evicted tenants in order to rent rooms on Airbnb

    The city of San Francisco sued two landlords on Wednesday for
    allegedly evicting tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a new front in a controversy over increasingly popular
    home-rental services.

    In separate lawsuits filed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the city
    named two groups of defendants that it called the “most egregious”
    offenders because they evicted disabled tenants before listing rooms
    online for as much as $595 a night.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/23/san-francisco-sues-landlords-who-evicted-tenants-for-renting-rooms-on-airbnb/

    H/T Reuters

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      uh huh

  • rikyrah

    The court stacks the deck against minorities
    By Eugene Robinson, Published: April 24 E-mail the writer

    Affirmative action has opened doors for disadvantaged minorities and made this a fairer, more equal society. The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts apparently wants no more of that.

    This week’s big ruling — upholding a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans public universities from considering race in admissions — claims to leave affirmative action alive, if on life support. But the court’s opinion, ignoring precedent and denying reality, can be read only as an invitation for other states to follow suit.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-the-court-stacks-the-deck-against-minorities/2014/04/24/7d2fe2f2-cbe0-11e3-93eb-6c0037dde2ad_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

  • Miranda

    Republicans Are Racists? No, It’s Just All a Big Coincidence

    The revolting comments. The emails. The jokes. The posters. The T-shirts. The ghostwriters. It’s not like it’s a pattern or something.
    Michael Tomasky 04.25.14

    Come on, fellow liberals. Calm down. I guess maybe it’s fair to call Cliven Bundy a racist. That “picking cotton” business put it over the top, and wondering whether they were better off under slavery. Even Sean Hannity, Bundy’s greatest media champion, threw in the towel last night: He wanted it to be “abundantly clear,” Hannity said at the top of his show, that he found the remarks “downright racist,” “repugnant,” “beyond disturbing,” and so on.

    OK, so Bundy’s a racist. It’s fine to point that out. But point up the fact that he’s a registered Republican? That’s where I draw the line, friends. I mean, come on. That’s just a coincidence. Total cosmic coincidence.

    Just like it’s a coincidence that that one black comic, a Barack Obama impersonator, was yanked offstage at an official Republican Party meeting in 2011 for telling a series of racially themed jokes. I mean, that could easily have happened at a Democratic—well, maybe not. But still. A coincidence. Just like it’s a coincidence that one federal judge who sent an email around to friends saying that Obama’s father was a dog happened to be a Republican. Complete and utter accident of fate, the puny matter of his voter enrollment.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/25/republicans-are-racists-no-it-s-just-all-a-big-coincidence.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thedailybeast%2Fpolitics+%28The+Daily+Beast+-+Politics%29

  • rikyrah

    Cliven Bundy: Minority Groups Are ‘Against Us’

    Caitlin MacNeal – April 24, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, before making his comments about “the Negro,” spoke about other racial minorities and their lack of support for his cause, according to additional video obtained by the Washington Post.

    “Where is our colored brother? Where is our Mexican brother? Where is our Chinese — where are they?” Bundy said. “They’re just as much American as we are, and they’re not with us. If they’re not with us, they’re going to be against us.”

    Bundy noted that he “hardly ever” saw a black person until he was a teenager, and was surrounded by only white people during the press conference he was holding, according to the Post.

    He then launched into a story about when he was working in Los Angeles during the Watts Riots in 1965

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bundy-minorities-against-us

    • Alma98

      Could this man shut up already, jeez.

      • Aquagranny911

        No let this piece of caca keep talking….

        {“Where is our colored brother? Where is our Mexican brother? Where is our Chinese — where are they?”}

        He already said that black people should be happy to be slaves. Then he figged with the “Spanish” yesterday. I did wonder when he would get around to the “Chinese.” I guess he has not thought of dragging any of our Native peoples into this yet but the day is young.

        He is seriously loco if he thinks any POC would stand for his sorry ass without $$$. Let him bury himself & his ignorant racist followers along with the RWNJ’s who support him.

        The GOP is trying to run from this like they would a bag full of rotting skunk. I plan to use this pendejo everywhere I can when I GOTV for Dems.

        • Admiral_Komack

          What are the opinions of other ranches, re Bundy.

          • Aquagranny911

            They said: “Pay your fucking your grazing fees, you scum sucker. We do!’

            I kind of edited that a bit but you can get the gist. I knew about this before it went all over the the MSM. A rancher down Southeast AZ sent me a link over a week ago. I think I may have shared it here but I have been distracted lately.

            What I have been getting today is some peeps emailing me with: “WTF! I’m a rancher but I am not evil!” (my translation again)

            I think some may be sacred of me because I do not PLAY, they know I have connections. Really though, most of these dudes are decent enough. Bundy is a nutbucket & most know that.

            Just my few pesos for what ever they are worth…

          • Admiral_Komack

            Thanks for the info.
            I figured that was the case.
            The ranchers who play by the rules don’t want anything to do with this clown.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Let him keep talking.

        Al Bundy is smarter than this guy.

        • Alma98

          LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • creolechild

    Democrats Are On a Roll as Even Southern Red States Want To Keep Their Obamacare

    [....] Majorities in the three states polled (Arkansas, Louisana, and North Carolina) that haven’t expanded Medicaid support expanding it. In Arkansas, the majority of Republicans support expanding Medicaid, while only 21% support the state’s use of federal money to buy the poor private insurance.[....] The support for keeping the ACA goes a long way in explaining whyy Democrats lead or are tied in the Senate races in all four states.

    Obamacare is becoming a political liability for Republicans. Even voters in red states want access to affordable healthcare. As the law becomes more successful, Democrats are gaining momentum, and Republican problems are snowballing. Republicans are so dysfunctional that they can’t agree on an alternative plan, so GOP
    candidates are stuck with running on a position of repeal. Voters, even in red states, don’t want the law repealed.[....]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/24/democrats-roll-southern-red-states-obamacare.html

    H/T Jason Easley

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeKIkvnAis Good Friday MornTin’ Alma98 —***BIG HUG*** :>)
      Ooooh –MyWORD! —-How ELEGANTLY – -LOVELY. – –:>)Mr. Sun looks like a -“CRYSTAL BALL” –In a “FUTURIST SETTING”. —Sooo calming. :>)

      — -B BLESSED♥ -U♥/Family♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH, I love your description of the sun lol. Hope you’re having a lovely Friday, blessings to you and the family.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – – –Thank U♥ – –Prayin’ 4 your “RECOVERY”. – –:>) – –☺http://www.zwani.com/graphics/get_well/images/feelbetter.gif AMEN♥ – –

          • Alma98

            Thank you GLH! (((HUGS)))

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma – – -My Pleasure. :>)

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Hope you’re feeling better

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah.
        I’m feeling a lot better this morning, thank you.

    • qosine

      Good afternoon, Alma.
      I hope you’re feeling better.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ — – – -VOTING DAY – –NCAA —
    — –Northwestern players vote on union question
    – – — -Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday in an on-campus hall adjacent to their home st

    Just don’t expect results any time soon.

    After the vote, the ballot boxes will be sealed for weeks or months —perhaps even years — as an appeal by the Evanston-based university runs its course.

    The full National Labor Relations Board agreed Thursday to hear the
    school’s appeal of a regional director’s March ruling that the players
    are employees and as such can unionize, triggering a rule that the
    ballots be impounded.

    THERE IS MORE – – — –BUT the RESULTS will NOT B immediately available. – –
    –WAITIN’. . – –WATCHIN’. . .

  • creolechild

    Oil firm accused of hazardous South L.A. emissions agrees to upgrades

    An oil operation that sent noxious fumes into a South Los Angeles
    neighborhood has agreed to spend about $700,000 on upgrades to prevent future hazardous emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The settlement capped a four-month investigation by the EPA into Allenco Energy Inc. that was prompted by hundreds of complaints of chemical odors, respiratory ailments, nosebleeds and other health problems in the University Park community, about a half-mile north of USC.[....]

    The two-acre site is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and has been leased by Allenco since 2009. Allenco voluntarily shut down operations in late November 2013. Since then, complaints of foul odors have all but disappeared from the surrounding community of mostly low-income housing. The EPA settlement does not end Allenco’s troubles. The Los Angeles
    city attorney has filed a lawsuit to stop the company from reopening,
    accusing it of willfully disregarding violation notices issued by
    oversight agencies.[....]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-0425-fumes-20140425,0,5681734.story

    H/T Louis Sahagun

  • creolechild

    Monthly ‘Ladies’ Home Journal’ to fold after 131 years

    The death of print continues apace. Today’s victim: The monthly Ladies’ Home Journal. After 131 years, the July issue will be its last, reports Ad Age. The website will continue on, and the magazine itself will become a quarterly special-interest publication available starting this fall on newsstands, vs. via subscription. Nonetheless, the entire editorial staff was laid off as part of the change.

    LHJ has a circulation of 3.2 million, down from a 1968 peak of 6.8 million, according to parent company Meredith. Subscribers will get one of Meredith’s other titles — Every Day with Rachael Ray, More or Better Homes & Gardens — in their mailboxes instead.

    Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/04/24/ladies-home-journal-to-fold-as-monthly-magazine-july/8107837/

    H/T Olivia Barker

    • rikyrah

      sad

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Friday MornTin’ creolechild. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      — -Awww. – — THIS was a MUST READ 4 my DEAR mommy♥ :>)
      She would share articles/pics with us. :>) FOND MEMORIES.♥

      Thank U 4 sharin’. . —B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –:>)

      • creolechild

        Good Friday morning Lady Green. Sending a big hug your way, and thank you for sharing your memories with us.

        • GreenLadyHere

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    • Miranda

      End of an era.

    • itgurl_29

      Isn’t that the magazine that had Ann Romney’s cookie recipe beating Michelle Obama’s? Bye, lol!

    • jds09

      This makes sense. The speed of the internet has killed the weekly and monthly magazines so a picture filled special interest quarterly makes a lot of sense.

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

      Wow.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • creolechild

    Gov. Scott Walker signs police custody deaths bill

    For nearly 10 years, Michael Bell has waged a campaign for greater accountability when police use lethal force. He has spent more than $1 million on billboards, newspaper advertisements and a website, all of them asking some variation of this question: When police kill, should they judge themselves? Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday answered with a resounding “no,” signing into law a bill that requires outside investigation when people die in police custody — the first of its kind in the nation.[....]

    Bell carried a picture of his namesake son, who was 21 when Kenosha police fatally shot him in front of his mother, Kim, and sister, Shantae, in 2004.[....] Similar scenarios played out in 2011, following the death of Derek Williams, who died after struggling for breath and begging for help in the back of a Milwaukee police car; and last year, when a Madison police officer shot and killed Paul Heenan outside his home. All three men were unarmed when they died. Friends and supporters of Williams and Heenan also were on hand when Walker signed the bill.[....]

    Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/gov-scott-walker-expected-to-sign-police-custody-bill-b99253819z1-256342301.html?utm_campaign=2014-04-24-Stateline%20Daily.html&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

    H/T Gina Barton

  • GreenLadyHere

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    “It’s disappointing, but by now not surprising, that the Republican Speaker is attacking conservatives looking to retake the Senate,” Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham said in a statement.

    Needham said the Republican Party should be large enough for “fact-based policy debates,” which he suggested Boehner isn’t interested in having.

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  • creolechild

    US watchdog to propose new net neutrality rules

    [....] Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources saying that the FCC is planning to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to offer a fast lane into people’s homes for content providers willing to pay for it. It would mean that ISPs such as Comcast and Verizon would be able to charge companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google different amounts for priority services. The reports claim that although ISPs would be prohibited from blocking or discriminating against online content, they would be able to strike special deals as long as they acted in a commercially
    reasonable manner.[....]

    Chairman Tom Wheeler was quick to deny the reports that it was about to do a major U-turn. He said: “There are reports that the FCC is gutting the Open Internet rule. They are flat out wrong. “Tomorrow we will circulate to the Commission a new Open Internet proposal that will restore the concepts of net neutrality consistent with the court’s ruling in January. “There is no ‘turnaround in policy’. The same rules will apply to all internet content. As with the original Open Internet rules, and consistent with the court’s decision, behaviour that harms consumers or competition will not be permitted.”

    Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27141121

  • rikyrah

    GOP Candidate Says Women Cause Most Divorces
    “Det Bowers, a pastor challenging Lindsey Graham in the South Carolina GOP Senate primary, once blamed women for causing most divorces — even when husbands are unfaithful to their wives,” Politico reports.

    “During a sermon on the Book of Peter delivered at the Christ Church of the Carolinas, Bowers said it was an ‘abominable idolatry’ when wives love their children more than their husbands, arguing that’s what causes divorces most of the time. He added that in the ‘vast preponderance’ of situations where men are adulterous, women are to blame because they have showered too much emotion on their children instead of their husbands.”

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/04/25/gop_candidate_says_women_cause_most_divorces.html

    • Kennymack1971

      They just can’t help themselves.. SMH.

    • jds09

      These men never get laid. Just sayin’

      • Alma98

        Also I think some of them hate women.

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          Or mad because these women protect their children.

  • crazycanuck

    Dam, I’m home today and just getting into a good sleep when my friend called. Dammit lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • creolechild

    At pop-up cat cafe in N.Y., you can eat, drink alongside cats

    NEW YORK — Cat haters, read no further. Cat lovers, rejoice. Your feline fantasy is coming true, in the form of a cat cafe. For four days starting Thursday, humans can hang out with friendly cats while eating, drinking and dangling feathery toys from fishing lines. Purina One and the North Shore Animal League, the country’s largest no-kill shelter, teamed to create the pop-up cafe. They hope New York soon will be home to permanent cat cafes, which are catching on in cities known for tight living spaces and no-pet apartment buildings.

    London got its first one, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, in March. Japan has had them for years. It also has bunny cafes for those who prefer a puffy tail to a long, swishing one. KitTea is expected to open in San Francisco this summer, becoming this country’s first full-time cat cafe. The idea is simple: Visitors pay an hourly fee or a cover charge for the privilege of lounging with cats. Lady Dinah’s charges about $5 per person for two hours; it’s fully booked until June. For a little extra, you can order something to eat or drink.[....] All cats will be up for adoptions

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-cat-cafe-new-york-20140423,0,6804291.story#axzz2zoSSr3fZ

    H/T Tina Susman

    • crazycanuck

      YUCK!

    • GreenLadyHere

      creolechild – – -Cat- admirer here. :>) —
      – – — ☺NOVEL:- – It also has bunny cafes for those who prefer a puffy tail to a long, swishing one. KitTea[Unique :>)] –

      –Might not visit —BUT appreciate the novel concept. :>)

      • creolechild

        I like cats too…from a distance.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – — -creolechild. :>)
          – – -☺From a distance —-ENJOY. :>)

        • jds09

          As a child I was traumatized by Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. Those Siamese cats were evil.

          • Aquagranny911

            I love cats but I agree that Siamese cats ‘think’ they are evil. They are not my favorite breed but I know how to deal with them. They like to ‘talk’ but they cannot talk so well as me. You have to talk to them then they will love you forever. They are weird. They tested me but I was way better then they were, lol.

            My fav breed & any of their mixes is the Maine Coon cat. They are usually the largest of the domestic cat breeds. Fearless, protective of their home & so loving. I lived with & fostered many. They are the best!

            Dang! I miss my cats. I had to give all that up when my allergies to cats gave me really bad asthma. Sucks!

          • crazycanuck

            Don’t like cats, good thing I have an allergy to them also lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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  • creolechild

    Princeton to Pay Town More Than $24 Million Over Seven Years

    [....] Princeton, with an endowment valued at $18.2 billion as of
    June, is fighting a lawsuit by a group of residents who say the
    school should lose its exemption from property taxes because it
    shares royalties with faculty. The school reaped $524 million in
    license income between 2005 and 2012, mostly from a patent that
    Eli Lilly & Co. turned into the cancer drug Alimta. The residents who are suing want Princeton to pay more, claiming it shares the profits with some faculty while not paying enough in local taxes.[....]

    While much of the school’s property is exempt, it paid $8.35 million in property taxes last year, according to yesterday’s statement. Of that amount, $1.85 million went to the town. The university isn’t alone in facing pressure to pay its host city more. Brown University, the Ivy League school in Providence, Rhode Island, agreed in 2012 to boost payments to the city by $31.5 million over 11 years.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-24/princeton-to-pay-town-more-than-24-million-over-seven-years.html

    H/T Lisa Wolfson and David Voreacos

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –Focus – -on –OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥- –
    – – –Michelle Obama plugs Let’s Move! initiative in cameo appearance on NBC’S ‘Parks and Recreation’ – –

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    The former Chicago resident had a run in with Poehler’s character in at the National Parks conference in San Francisco, telling a starstruck
    Leslie, ‘Well, you know how I feel about Chicago.’
    – –
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    – – –The appearance gave Obama ample opportunity to plug her Let’s Move! initiative, which aims to end childhood obesity through exercise and healthy eating.

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  • creolechild

    Obama says Japan’s wartime sex slavery was ‘terrible’ human rights violation

    [....] Stepping into one of the most contentious issues in Northeast Asia, Obama said there needed to be an accounting of the wrongs perpetrated by Japanese Imperial troops before and during World War II when thousands of women were forced into prostitution. “This was a terrible, egregious violation of human rights. Those women were violated in ways that even in the midst of war were shocking,” he said.

    “And they deserve to be heard, they deserve to be respected. And there should be an accurate and clear account of what happened. I think (Japanese) Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe recognises this and certainly the Japanese people recognise that the past is something that has to be recognised honestly and fairly.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/25/obama-says-japans-wartime-sex-slavery-was-terrible-human-rights-violation/

    H/T Agence France-Presse

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Japan is still in denial about the atrocities they committed during that time period. Some of it rivaled the Holocaust. That’s why there are still plenty of bitter feelings in the Asia Pacific

  • creolechild

    Sleazy Conservative Filmmaker Caught On Tape Breaking Law, Blames It On President Obama

    If you don’t already know who Dinesh D’Souza is, he’s the right wing “filmmaker” that keeps making those ridiculous anti-Obama “documentaries” that the right gobbles up like crack-cocaine. A few months ago, he was busted for breaking campaign finance laws by having people donate his money under their names. Conservatives immediately freaked out and screamed that Obama was only after D’Souza for daring to speak out against Obama’s tyranny.[....]

    The New York Times reported, however, that campaign donation records and incriminating audio tape indicate that the right-leaning activist knew full well that he was breaking the law and was even planning ahead of time what he would do if he got caught. There are so many levels on which this is delicious. Not only is D’Souza revealed as a liar, he was busted by the husband of the woman he was screwing. Because nothing says “I’m a conservative” like discussing how you’re going to break the law with the woman you’re having an affair with.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/23/dinesh-dsouza-busted/

    H/T Justin “Filthy Liberal Scum” Rosario

    • rikyrah

      would love to see this slave catcher in an orange jumpsuit.

  • creolechild

    An excerpt from the article reads: And the real killer, though he had a record of sexual assaults, was known to the police, and was an obvious potential suspect as he lived in an apartment next to the one that Halsey, the children, and their mother occupied, avoided arrest despite nervously asking the investigating detectives whether he would be “locked up.”

    After 22 Years In Jail For A Sick Crime He Didn’t Commit, Man Will Get To Sue Cops Who Allegedly Made Him Confess

    In a strongly worded opinion, a federal appeals court has ruled a man has every right to sue cops who allegedly coerced him into confessing to gruesome child murders he didn’t commit, resulting in him spending 22 years in jail. The Third Circuit’s opinion revives Byron Halsey’s lawsuit accusing two cops of violating his Constitutional rights by bullying him into saying he’d tortured and killed two small children. That decision overturns a lower court’s decision, which found the police officers had qualified immunity from his lawsuit.[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/third-circuit-sides-with-byron-halsey-2014-4

    H/T Erin Fuchs

    • rikyrah

      uh uh uh

  • Miranda

    Feds: Clear Cut Bribery Case Against McDonnell
    RICHMOND, Va. April 25, 2014 (AP)
    By ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press

    The case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife is straightforward and shouldn’t be dismissed, federal prosecutors said in court filings Thursday.

    The government is asking a federal judge to deny requests by the McDonnells’ lawyers to toss out most of the charges filed against the once rising star of the Republican Party. The defense lawyers, as well as five former state attorneys general, have argued that the federal government is trying to criminalize politics by pursing its case against the former governor.

    But prosecutors said Thursday that McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, engaged in a “quid pro quo bribe scheme that satisfies any reasonable definition of corruption.”

    more here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/feds-clear-cut-bribery-case-mcdonnell-23468087

    • Town

      I wonder if the Feds have some slam dunk evidence on McDonnell we haven’t heard about. I know they pretty much have a slam dunk on the bank fraud charge, which is what they originally only wanted to charge him with.

  • rikyrah

    U.S. marshals searching for Rahm’s former city comptroller
    Fri, 04/25/2014 – 8:50am

    Chris Fusco and Dan Mihalopoulos

    n arrest warrant was issued Friday morning in Ohio for Amer Ahmad — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former city comptroller — for violating the terms of his bail after pleading guilty to corruption charges in that state, and the U.S. Marshals Service is now searching for Ahmad.

    Authorities are seeking to arrest Ahmad, 39, after they “received credible information that Ahmad had violated the conditions of his supervised release,” said Fred Alverson, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of Ohio. “The U.S. Marshals Service is conducting the search for Mr. Ahmad.”

    Ahmad — who has continued to live in Chicago since resigning from City Hall last summer — pleaded guilty in December to being part of a large kickback and money-laundering scheme when he was Ohio’s deputy state treasurer.

    The crimes occurred before Ahmad joined Emanuel’s administration in April 2011, and an investigation by an outside law firm City Hall hired to review Ahmad’s conduct here revealed no criminal wrongdoing by Ahmad or his staff.

    http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/us-marshals-searching-rahm%E2%80%99s-former-city-comptroller/fri-04252014-850am

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • creolechild

    Canada orders dangerous oil cars off its railways

    [....] The Ottawa Citizen reports: About 5,000 DOT-111 tanker cars are to be removed from Canadian railways within 30 days. Another 65,000 DOT-111 cars must be removed or retrofitted within three years, a timeframe rail industry experts are calling “ambitious.”[....] Effective immediately, Transport Canada will conduct risk assessments of routes where dangerous goods are transported, and establish speed limits of 50 miles per hour or less in areas that are built up or near drinking water.

    Good for Canada. But what will happen with all those dangerous rail cars that are retired in Canada? Some fear that they could end up over the border, hauling explosive crude through American communities.

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/canada-orders-5000-dangerous-oil-cars-off-its-railways/

    H/T John Upton

    • TyrenM

      Great. More oil tanker train wrecks coming soon in ND.

  • rikyrah

    Mitchell: Timing all wrong for Rahm’s new Obama H.S.
    Thu, 04/24/2014 – 8:50pm

    Mary Mitchell

    In announcing plans to build another selective-enrollment high school on the North Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel might as well have laughed in his critics’ faces.

    That’s how wrong the timing is for such an endeavor.

    Concerned African-American families on the South and West sides are still so outraged over the mayor’s decision to shutter 50 public schools last year, that an “Anybody but Rahm” political campaign has formed to challenge Emanuel’s re-election bid.

    And despite emotional pleas from community stakeholders outside of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, the mayor’s handpicked school board moved forward with plans on Wednesday to turn three more public schools over to a private contractor.

    Now, Emanuel’s decision to open a selective-enrollment school named for President Barack Obama in an upscale community where roughly 70 percent of the seats will be filled through an admissions process adds insult to injury

    http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/mitchell-timing-all-wrong-rahms-new-obama-hs/thu-04242014-850pm

    • Lisa M

      There seems to be something fundamentally wrong with this man. I don’t know Chicago politics but closing 50 public schools and then building a multimillion dollar selective high school and then putting Obama’s name on it. Rahm trying to be slick! That’s crazy!! Chicago folks need to get rid of him!!

    • Guest

      You mad?

  • Miranda

    WE SICK BOSS?!?!
    ————————————–
    Bundy’s Black Bodyguard: ‘I Would Take A Bullet For That Man’ (VIDEO)

    CNN’s Dan Simon noticed Jason Bullock, a six-year Army veteran who serves as one of Bundy’s bodyguards, hanging around the at the Nevada ranch. Simon asked Bullock whether he found Bundy’s remarks about blacks and slavery offensive.

    “Mr. Bundy is not a racist,” he told CNN. “Ever since I’ve been here, he’s treated me with nothing but hospitality. He’s pretty much treating me just like his own family.”

    “I would take a bullet for that man if need be. I look up to him just like I do my own grandfather,” he added. “I believe in his cause and after having met Mr. Bundy a few times, I have a really good feel about him and I’m a pretty good judge of character.”

    http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/04/25/bts-bundy-bodyguard.cnn.html

    • Alma98

      Go ahead and take it then, sighhhh.

      • itgurl_29

        Exactly. Please, take that bullet.

        See, this is a big part of why they were able to keep us enslaved so long. These sellouts today didn’t just form out of thin air. They’re the descendents of sellouts from the plantation days. And just like he’d take a bullet for this racist Bundy, his forefather would have taken a bullet for his master to help stop a slave rebellion.

        • jziglar

          Probably the same people from that time just reincarnated.

    • itgurl_29
      • rikyrah

        thank you

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      You can always find one.

    • Kennymack1971

      Coon Train is coming… Coon Train is coming… These sellouts sure love them some Mr. Candie

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

      That can be arranged, Stephen.

    • edp4bho

      That’s Mr. Willie’s boy !

    • gn
    • Admiral_Komack

      “Is we being shot at, boss?”

  • creolechild

    Apple, Google to pay $324 million to settle suit over salary war conspiracy

    Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of
    conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar
    with the deal said, just weeks before a high profile trial had been
    scheduled to begin.

    Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google
    Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another’s employees in order to avert a salary war. They planned to ask for $3 billion in damages at trial, according to court filings. That could have tripled to $9 billion under antitrust law.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/25/apple-google-to-pay-324-million-to-settle-suit-over-salary-war-conspiracy/

    H/T Reuters

  • rikyrah

    Arkansas Cop Goes Unpunished for Killing Black Teen

    The death of Bobby Moore III at the hands of Little Rock police got little or no national attention. Is it because the teenager was not squeaky clean?

    By: T.J. Holmes

    Posted: April 25 2014 6:45 AM

    Once again, the mother of a black teenage boy is crying that there won’t be justice for her dead son. This time, it’s because prosecutors have dropped charges against the white Little Rock, Ark., police officer who was set to go on trial next month on charges he shot and killed 15-year-old Bobby Moore III two years ago. The state first brought charges after a police investigation showed that the officer’s story didn’t match the evidence at the scene of the shooting and that the use of deadly force was not justified.

    Now prosecutors say that even though they still believe the officer is guilty of a homicide, it’s apparent that a jury would never convict the officer. How can they be so sure? Because they’ve tried the case twice already. Both trials ended in hung juries. In the first, an all-white jury voted 10-2 for a conviction. In the second, a jury that included two African Americans voted 11-1 to acquit the officer.

    Such diametrically different jury outcomes are surprising in a case where the main facts are not in question. We know former Little Rock Police Officer Josh Hastings fired into the car Bobby was driving. Bobby was shot three times, including once in the left side of his head. The real question for the juries in both trials was whether Hastings had a reasonable fear for his life based on a perceived threat posed by Bobby.

    That “reasonable fear” question was at the heart of the high-profile trials of George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn. Both men claimed that their use of deadly force was justified under Florida law, and in their respective trials, juries didn’t hold either man responsible for shooting and killing a black teenage boy. (Dunn’s was a hung jury, and he is scheduled to be retried.)

    Now Hastings won’t be held responsible for killing Bobby. In opting out of a third trial, the prosecutor said, “The role of the prosecutor is to put before a jury the facts of the case and to advocate for the people of the state of Arkansas and the victim, not to seek a conviction at any cost.” They’ve given up on seeking justice for Bobby.

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/04/little_rock_arkansas_cop_will_not_be_retried_for_death_of_black_teen.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=b54d438631&mc_eid=1e0cf17cc4

    • Alma98

      Just shameful! I have no words, like sagi said the other day we have to start fighting back. The NAACP has abandoned us so all we have is us.

      • crazycanuck

        In the 1060’s the NAACP would be on cases like this, now nada,nothing, they are just full of shit.

      • Aquagranny911

        We need to form our own coalition, Alma. La Raza has mostly forgotten the real people except for wanting donations. It seems like NAACP has left you also wanting.

        We need to make a new group that works & stands for all of us. I am so weary of the same old tired caca coming from those who should be working for us.

        • Alma98

          ***FIST-BUMP***

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – — RNC Spokesman Is Furious The GOP Has Been Lumped With Bundy — –

    – – – – -A top spokesman for the Republican National Committee got heated during an interview Friday on CNN, saying Republicans have been unfairly linked to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his racist remarks.

    RNC communications director Sean Spicer denounced the comments from the rancher who became something of a conservative hero earlier this month during a standoff with the federal government over gazing fees. Bundy’s star came crashing down on Thursday after the New York Times published quotes in which he wondered aloud whether blacks would be better off as slaves.
    THERE IS MORE —

    — – -☺”DENOUNCED” ?!– – – 2 L8! – -He CALLED ALL U’ALL —OUT! — – –

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

      I guess he forgot when Michelle Bachman said the same thing.

      • Miranda

        He’s upset that the GOP is being linked to Cliven Bundy…I guess that parade of GOP elected officials making statements and defending Bundy on television was all a mirage.

        • Aquagranny911

          Oh Miranda, the GOP will have to eat this rotting chicken right off their own necks! I do GOTV in rancher counties here that did not support this scum to begin with.

          I have been getting emails from some of the real conservatives saying: “That ain’t us!”

      • GreenLadyHere

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

          Thanks, GLH! :-)

          • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    The GOP really are the kings and queens of false equivalencies. I was wondering about this whole “why y’all picking on us when IL Gov Pat Quinn said black republicans were like jews collaborating with nazis!! why you not calling him out!!”

    First of all, the Quinn camp only tweeted out a link to an article that was published in the Sun-Times – Pat Quinn did not say anything. But even so, the article is not now nor will ever be, even in the same hemisphere as the rhetoric that comes out of the mouths of republicans. They hating because what Neil Steinberg said is true. Greed will make bedfellows out of anybody, no matter how far apart you may seem to be.

    This is what got them all PRETENDING to be offended:

    ‘The machine,” political guru Don Rose said, years ago, “could get 30 percent of the black votes for George Wallace over Martin Luther King.”

    Though we don’t have to raise hypotheticals. When the actual Dr. King actually did bring his open occupancy marches to Chicago, there was no shortage of black aldermen willing to rise in City Council and denounce King as an unwelcome outsider, their strings pulled by Richard J. Daley.

    Let me be clear: As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit. It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go. The Republican Party will deny global warming until the ocean laps at Pittsburgh simply because doing something about it crosses the immediate profit of the coal burners and oil companies and carbon spouters who write the checks. No tobacco company has any trouble finding people who, at a hefty salary, stare into the camera and say no, all that lung cancer stuff is just fiction.

    more here: http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/26902035-452/rauners-best-friend-that-money-can-buy.html#.U1gHgeZdUk8

    • Kennymack1971

      This is another tried and true RW tactic: troll the web to find an example of Dem/liberal “bigotry” to mitigate charges of RW racism. Problem is it won’t work this time. False equivalence won’t save conservatives from the fact that they GLEEFULLY and excitedly hitched their wagons to Cliven Bundy. Own the consequences wing nuts.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – -THIS COMMENT: —

    — -☺The GOP has really exposed its racism and bigotry with this situation. Senators who had sworn to uphold the Constitution were quick to support militia threatening federal agents and law enforcement officers at gunpoint and encourage the pretensions of Bundy who has broken the law for decades and stolen from the government and the American people with his freeloading.

    Stirring up even more anti-American feeling, anti-government actions, and racism is dangerous to the country.</b. The Oklahoma City bombing occurred because of similar sentiments. All of this has been irresponsible. Bundy’s deep racism is probably just scratching the surface of these ignorant and prejudiced people who want to “take the country back”, meaning from minorities and anyone who is not a white male bigot.

    As much as I despised the increasingly virulent strain of bigotry in the Republican Party across the past several years, I had not realized it was so deep and so irrational. If they keep this up, something terrible will happen.[SMB3]— – -[WE KNEW!]

  • Miranda

    So Georgia passed the “white men who have lil penises and therefore should be allowed to compensate by carrying a gun everywhere” bill…because truthfully, that’s what it is.

    So at a Little League game, a man (white, and we know this because they won’t show him on the news) came to the park and walked around waving his gun and telling people there was nothing they can do about it…because its legal now to carry a gun damn near anywhere. Just decided to be antagonizing, in front of CHILDREN, because he could be.

    Parents keep kids away from popular park after armed man shows up twice
    Posted: Apr 23, 2014 11:27 PM EDTUpdated:

    FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -Parents whose children play at a popular park in Forsyth County are worried about a man they’ve seen carrying a gun.

    The sheriff’s office investigated after dozens of parents called 911 about the armed man at Fowler Park off Carolene Way.

    They said the man was at the park with gun and a knife on Monday and Tuesday. By Wednesday, the normally very busy park was empty, no kids anywhere.

    more here: http://www.wsmv.com/story/25326365/parents-keep-kids-away-from-popular-park-after-armed-man-shows-up-twice

    • jds09

      Your little league analogy is so on point. The only time as an adult woman that I almost got in a fist fight with another adult was during closing ceremonies of the Little League season. She had 4 inches and about 25 pounds on me (and I’m a big girl) and I was completely ready to go. Little League can bring out the worst in us.

    • rikyrah

      if it was a Black man who had his license, his ass would be in jail right now.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – -THIS: – – ☺http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view4/3053884/boom-o.gif

    Cliven Bundy, proud member of the 47% TAKER class, probably voted for Mitt.
    Can I serve you some cognitive dissonance on a silver platter with a
    side of Freedom Fries?[jamiemchug

    THANK U :>)

  • rikyrah

    GOPer Squirms On Obamacare: ‘I’m Not Saying It Hasn’t Worked For Some People’

    Dylan Scott – April 25, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

    Confronted Thursday with a constituent who supported Obamacare, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) was forced to acknowledge that Obamacare had helped some people.

    In a video captured by American Bridge, a liberal opposition research group, Walberg was pressed on the health care reform law during a town hall meeting in Saline, Mich. One of the attendees told Walberg that he would start a business soon because of the flexibility that Obamacare had afforded him, concluding that “sitting there and repealing it when there are things that could be done to fix it is wrong.”

    “That’s not to say that the ACA hasn’t helped a few people,” Walberg replied. “I’ve met those people. I’ve also met people who are now being helped by being subsidized who say I never want to be subsidized by the government.”

    “I appreciate the fact that it works for you,” he continued. “I’m not saying that it hasn’t worked for some people.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tim-walberg-obamacare-town-hall

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      In another two months Walberg will be telling his constituents how he had to force Obama to sign Obamacare.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – —LOL – – -Da NRA[CISTS] — – were given almost 10 min. of msnbc air time. – – – -DEMANDING that Oxygen —BACK!!

    – – -☺http://media.tumblr.com/0bb3ffa7597d29f662f5c0dbca2cd2c4/tumblr_inline_mok7gzLm7Q1qz4rgp.gif

  • rikyrah

    Friday, April 25, 2014
    Dear America

    “Obama owes me personally engraved invitation inscribed with gold letters explaining to me a reason to give a damn and show up and vote in 2014. He owes every single Democratic voter the same. Where’s my invitation, Barry?”
    –David Atkins, Hullabaloo

    ……………………………………….

    If after six years of Tea Party idiocy and 34 years of Reagan’s morning in America you still need a reason to vote Democrat “beyond the notion that they’re better than the GOP”, you’re the exact damn reason they’re in control of the House right now and threatening to take the Senate. You stayed home in 2010, and the GOP took over in a redistricting year. Sure as hell didn’t make Obama getting any of the things you wanted out of his easier, did it?

    Oh, and Atkins, screw you for “providing somewhat less expensive health insurance to around 20 million people” as if that’s a travesty of justice. Ask those 20 million people if it matters to them and their families.

    Here’s my question. You know now that 2010 happened because liberals stayed home and didn’t vote. Why the hell would you encourage that behavior a second time?

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/04/dear-america.html

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Why am I not surprised this was on Digby’s blog? Still wallowing in the self-importance pity pool. Well you go right ahead. But when the Democrats win then don’t take any credit (fat chance with that one) and if they lose and Republicans double your misery don’t come crying. Double fat chance.

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

      This is the same bs talking point they pushed in 2010, and we saw how that turned out.

      Come 2016, Atkins, Digby and the other Hillary groupies need to give US a reason to come out and vote IF Clinton gets the nomination.

    • gn

      Okay, well, that’s fair enough, he wants an invitation, he should get an invitation; I have one right here, it has sparklies and errythang:

      http://www.quickmeme.com/img/d2/d2117295eff3a60556a1f4a5647fe64f997b85707cf4de9d7db18bcfe472ef5c.jpg

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -☺’cause – –DEY “FLIES of the same EXCREMENT>!!P
    – – – -http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/images/flies-poop.jpg

    – – –CALL – -‘EM – ALL–OUT!! – –

    – – — Some Despicable Republicans Knew That Cliven Bundy Is a Racist- -[ACTUALLY --THEY ALL KNEW!]

    – – – -It is difficult to conceal a belief borne of a lifetime of conditioning, and it is not unusual for people to be shocked to learn a person that they believed, say, loved the nation of Israel was really an anti-Semite when the person used an bigoted epithet toward Jews. In that situation, the people who were not stunned were the person’s German immigrant family who worked for the Nazis prior and during World War II. The news that Cliven Bundy revealed, in an interview, he had racist opinions about “the Negro” appeared to be a stunning revelation to Republicans defending the deadbeat criminal as a patriot hero. However outraged they tried to appear, their shock and disgust appeared to be feigned to conceal that they knew all along about Bundy’s racial animus toward African Americans.

    The list of Bundy’s supporters who knew he was a racist is likely lengthier than one imagines, if for no other reason than his oft-repeated lie and absurd justification for illegally grazing his cattle on federal land. He asserted he had supremacy over the federal government because his Mormon ancestors settled the land in the 1870s and that he inherited grazing, pre-emptive, and special land use rights.There are no records to back up his ancestral claims to land the United States purchased from Mexico, but his ancestors were Mormons. What is in the historical record and fairly common knowledge is that prior to 1978, Mormons regarded African Americans as cursed by god. They abruptly reversed their beliefs according to a heavenly revelation when President Jimmy Carter threatened to revoke the LDS church’s tax-exempt status; the church never repudiated or apologized for actively discriminating against African Americans.
    THERE IS MORE — — — – -NAMES!! – -HAH!

  • Miranda

    Memphis: White House official in town to visit with high school, college students, Aims To Increase Black Male College Enrollment
    Posted: Apr 24, 2014 11:35 AM EDT
    By Lauren Squires

    MEMPHIS, TN – The number of African-American men attending college is low, but now, the White House is teaming up with local educators and students to change those numbers.

    The deputy director for the White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities paid Memphis a visit Thursday.

    Dr. Ivory Toldson met with high school and college students to start a conversation about the academic gap between students, particularly black male students.

    “From where I came from, it was just something you hear about it, but to actually be here is a blessing,” said East High School senior Jalon Netters.

    “I think Memphis has a lot of good ideas,” said Dr. Ivory Toldson. “I think they have a long way to go.”

    Toldson was in town to talk to educators about graduations rates, test scores, and the overall gap in academic success.

    Netters says it is all about showing students a path to success.

    “There is a way for you to become better than what you used to be,” he said.

    Programs in and out of school have helped Netters get a full-ride scholarship to University of Memphis next year.

    more here: http://www.wmctv.com/story/25330844/white-house-official-visits-memphis-to-focus-on-college-success-for-black-students

    • Town

      WHY IS OBAMA TELLING BLACK KIDS TO GO TO COLLEGE? WHY ISN’T HE TELLING WHITE KIDS TO GO TO COLLEGE? OBAMA IS RACIST AND ONLY FOR THE BLACK RACE! EVEN THOUGH WE TELL HIM HE NEEDS TO TALK TO HIS OWN PEOPLE WHEN HE ADDRESSES THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE!!

      • Aquagranny911

        ♥ NAILED THAT! This is a prime example of that old saying: “You can’t win for losing!”

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Just where do you get off stealing Ta Neshi Coates’ next column? And the one after that and the one after the one after that.

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

      Can’t wait to see how the Blackademics spin this into a negative.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –Ms. JOY ANN – –GON – –GET ‘EM ALL! — LOL

    — – -☺NRA[CISTS] – – -KKKliven[@JB20005] – – -RACIST!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – – – -LOL — –He CONTINUES – – — 2 — -CALL –THEM – -OUT! - —LOL

    – – –☺http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/25/cliven-bundy-destoys-fox-news-sean-hannity-claiming-support-racism.html
    — – -Cliven Bundy Destroys Fox News and Sean Hannity By Claiming They Support His Racism- – -LOL

    – – — -☺http://media.tumblr.com/0bb3ffa7597d29f662f5c0dbca2cd2c4/tumblr_inline_mok7gzLm7Q1qz4rgp.gif

    – – -THANK U — – -KARMA!! – –LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— — -The Statute of Limitations —–

    — –Kevin Clash cleared of all sex abuse charges

    —–Kevin Clash, the former Sesame Street puppeteer who voiced Elmo for nearly 30 years, has been cleared by the U.S. Court of Appeals in sexual abuse charges in three separate cases this week.

    However, Clash was not absolved of any wrongdoing; it’s just that that statute of limitations in each case has elapsed.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Clash, 53, was accused by multiple men of sexually abusing them over 10 years ago when they were minors. Multiple lawsuits were filed, but in July 2013, a New York judge said that the claims were made too late, as they were outside the state’s statute of limitations, which provides that a lawsuit has to be filed within six years of the event or three years after a plaintiff turns 21.”
    THERE IS MORE — —Hmmm m m. . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – -This is the VIDEO – – -4 OUR BELOVED -FIRST LADY♥ – -☺http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/204365-michelle-obama-guest-stars-in-parks-and-rec

    — -Michelle’s high five on ‘Parks and Recreation’ – – – –

    – – — -First lady Michelle Obama became the latest high-profile member of the White House to make a cameo on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” appearing in the series’ season finale that aired Thursday night.

    The first lady provided an inspirational pep talk for Amy Poehler’s
    character Leslie Knope, a civil servant who weighing a job offer with
    the National Parks Service.

    “We need passionate people like you on our national parks,” the first lady told Poehler’s character, prompting vigorous nodding.

    “Are you nodding because you agree with me?” the first lady asked.

    – – –THIS —>“Yes, I do agree with you,” came the star-struck response. “I agree with you on all things throughout history until the end of times forever.”

    – – – -WE Soo —LOVE U♥ — –:>)