September 21, 2014

Friday Open Thread: African-American Gamers

Good Morning Obots!

Today we look at at urban-focused  Nerjyzed Entertainment.

Nerjyzed Entertainment, LLC (NE) is a privately held video game and 3D animation development and publishing company founded in 2003, and headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nerjyzed (pronounced energized), is responsible for the development of Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience, the first video game to solely feature sports teams from Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU’s). The founding members of Nerjyzed hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from HBCUs.

Jacqueline Beauchamp is the co-founder, chairwoman and CEO of the company. A graduate of Southern University, Beauchamp co-founded Nerjyzed Entertainment in 2005, in Dallas, Texas. The company quickly distinguished itself in the gaming sector with its first video game, The “Doug Williams” Edition of BCFx: The Black College Football Xperience. The product designated Nerjyzed the first African-American development studio to ship on next-generation consoles.  It also made them the first to integrate two top-tier genres – football and head-to-head rhythm-based competition – into one product.  The game showcased the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) football game experience, including the coveted battle of the bands, complete with interactive halftime shows featuring spirited drum majors, cheerleaders and band members. A first of its kind, BCFx seized shelf space at major gaming retailers: Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, the Army & Airforce Exchange Service (AAFES), and online through Amazon.com.

MTV’s multiplayer blog spoke with Creative Director Brian Jackson (Howard University alum) about Nerhyzed’s mission and the future of African-americans in the gaming industry:

Multiplayer: Can you tell me more about Nerjyzed?

Jackson: Nerjyzed was founded about five years ago. It was founded by a group of people who came together and saw the need for more African-American representation not only within the industry, but within games themselves. Our CEO was one of the original founders, Jackie Beauchamp; she’s really been the person who’s been the heart and soul of what Nerjyzed is. They really wanted to bring to the forefront some of the things that we do differently that don’t necessarily include selling drugs or shooting people or anything like that. One thing we want to do is make sure that every game or every product that we put out has some sort of edu-tainment value. We want to make sure that we provide positive role models and positive content for the urban community.

We’re not just video game company, we’re a digital entertainment company. We’re going to be doing things, not only video games, but also documentaries. With our game we also released a behind-the-scenes DVD that explains how we came about making the game, the history of the company and stuff like that. We also have in the works a DVD called “Historically Black,” which describes the historical significance and the current relevance of historically black colleges and universities today. … Now we’re in the process of making sure that people know that Nerjyzed is not just a one-hit-wonder, and we’re not just a video game company.

Multiplayer: Why did you decide to make “Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience”? Why was that a choice for a first game?

Jackson: The HBCU experience is actually an experience. It’s more than just a game because [for HBCUs], the halftime show is just as relevant as the game itself. What we noticed was that there was never a game that encompassed more than just the teams. There was never a game that had the teams, the halftime show and the overall experience that you could get when you go to the Bayou Classic or the Florida Classic.

Multiplayer: Was a sports game the first idea that came about?

Jackson: Yes, but we’re not only going to be a sports video game company. That was just the first one because that’s the one that made the most sense. If you looked at the way that the schools in our game were portrayed in other video games, how they didn’t really capture the essence and the spirit of black college football. We want to make sure that the first game we came out with touched on something that was very near and dear to our hearts.

When you go to the Bayou Classic, you see the difference in that game in comparison to just a regular football game. You see the fans and the excitement. There’s an emotional tie you have, not only to the football team, but also to the band. When you go to some of the games, a lot of people will be out tailgating and not even watching the football game itself. As soon as the countdown to the halftime show comes, the stadium will be filled.

bcfx-halftimeshow-281.jpgAt other footballs games at halftime, that’s when most people go to the bathroom or buy food. At a HBCU game, that’s where the most important thing is [during halftime]. When you’re playing your rival, if you actually lose the game but your band is better then your rival’s band, you actually feel as though you’ve won the game. Your band is the showcase of your entire school because your band represents your school.

I feel that the other football games that were out there just put out a quality football game. As far as I could tell, they didn’t want to go in any deeper than just a football game and the things that are associated with a football game, like managing stuff that’s within the realm of playing the football game. With “BCFX,” we actually made the halftime show into a mini-game. You can actually reward your team for doing well with the halftime show. So that immerses the user into “Okay, if I do well in the halftime show, then I’ll get a bonus for my team.” Because they’ll get the crowd into it, and they’ll get the momentum on your side.

Multiplayer: What do you say to critics who say this game is alienating others by singling out black people?

Jackson: The whole concept about the game being racist is really a fallacy. The NCAA recognizes a black national champion, and right now our game is featured in the College Football Hall of Fame because they’re having an exhibit on black college football. We didn’t create the term “HBCU” or “black college football” — those were things that were already in place, and we just made a game to represent what that element was.

Multiplayer: Why do you think there are so many African-Americans that play games but it doesn’t seem like there are that many working in game development?

bcfx-01-281.jpgJackson: It’s interesting that you bring that up because one thing that I did notice when we were on our road tour, and even after our road tour, we went to different high schools and middle schools to show of the game and tell people about the company. We found out that kids didn’t know that you could have a career in video games. They play the games all day, but it never dawned on them that there were companies that pay people to play video games all day. Whenever we were on our promotional tour or talking to young kids at schools or football games, we would tell them that if you stay in school, you can have a career in video games. If you just want to play video games, you can become a tester. If you want to create video games, you can become a programmer or designer. If you want to market or PR games, you can do that. Even if you want to be in accounting or finance, you can work for a company that does video games. It was very surprising to see that as many kids as we talked to, they just didn’t realize that there could be a career in video games.

Back in 1995 when I first worked for EA, I went to E3 that they had in L.A. every year. One of the things I realized my first year was that there was only a handful of African-Americans there. With the lack of the younger African-Americans knowing they can have a career in it and the lack of the adult African-American in the industry — there’s very few African-Americans in the industry. You could tell from the roundtable that we were at. Microsoft actually has a “blacks in gaming” event every year at GDC, and I’ll say there was probably between 30 and 50 people there.

Now, if you look at the number of companies, the number of people that are actually in the industry, and even if you triple the number or people that were at that event, that’s still a very small amount of African-Americans. So until there are other companies like Nerjyzed that will put out product that features exclusively urban content, you’re not going to get as many companies stepping out to make games like that.

Multiplayer: Do you think that the reason African-American kids didn’t realize there were careers in gaming is just because there’s no visibility at all in video games?

Jackson: Yes, I would agree whole-heartedly on that. Not only that, but if you pick up a video game magazine like Game Developer — which a lot of African-Americans don’t read — if you look at the pictures and they show post-mortems of the development companies that they feature in there, there’s not that many African-Americans that you’ll see. So you’ll never even think, “Wow I can do that, too.”

When I first got into the industry, I went to college, I had a degree in computer information systems and I was working for GE as a programmer, I was an avid gamer at that point. It hadn’t even dawned on me that I could do programming for games. Part of that is also because a lot of the companies that make video games are on the west coast. You won’t see a lot that are in the south or northeast. If you don’t grow in the Bay area, Texas or maybe the Chicago area, you might not know that you can go work for a video game company.

Multiplayer: What’s next for Nerjyzed?

bcfx-band-281.jpgJackson: Well, we haven’t announced what our new product line is but I can say this: there will be some more games in the future that are of the sports genre. “BCFX” was successful and as a company we do plan on continuing that product line whether it’s this year or the next year. We also have some other titles that are non-sports related but are heavily competitive. And every game that Nerjyzed puts out will have an urban flair to it, but it will be fun for anyone who picks up the controller.

Read the full interview with Brian here.

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  • Admiral_Komack

    I’m watching “Morning Joe”.

    Scarborough is pissed that Chief Justice Roberts sided with the majority.

    He babbled about how liberals called Chief Justice Roberts “Genghis Khan” before the ruling, but now consider him Oliver Wendell Holmes.

    Of course no one really pushed back with “well, the conservatives are pissed with Roberts now”, and when someone did manage to bring it up, Joe Scarborough brushed it off.

    Harold Ford was there, bowing and scraping (ugh!).

    NOTE: I usually don’t watch “Morning Joke”, but I knew he’d be an unhappy camper this morning, so I figured I would enjoy it.

    • rikyrah

      I was gonna come and ask was anyone watching Morning Joke.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good FRIDAY MORNTIN’ Admiral. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- – –

      LOL.- — -Good report!! HAH!!- –

      Judge Roberts could CARE LESS! THEY betta- –RECOGNIZE!! HAH.

      – -Harold who?? LOL.He is soooo- – –USELESS. Still trynta B in da “game.” LOL.

      I watched- —michelle bacKKKKman. Soledad ended up sayin':- – -NEVA MIND Congressman. She’s NOT gon answer your question;; annnd- – – -SHUT HER DOWN!! LOL. She had such a weird look. It was hilarious!! LOL

      Good 2 C U Admiral. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    Rachel Maddow has a segment on how the SC ruling gives the Democrats the chance to resell the ACA.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#48006664

    • MonieTalks

      I hope she included a part where she said the emoprog, fauxgressive PL, “I-need-to-school-PBO-on-how-to-do-his-job-at-every-chance” have been a central part of the problem from the jump,….herself included.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Nahh…but you know that she and BWD are patting themselves on the back for a job well done, because without those two, the Supremes would not have upheld ObamaCare (snark).

        • Bri

          BWD has a major ego. Only POU had the guts to call her out on her BS. When stuff goes right she takes credit. When POTUS isn’t doing what SHE wants, she lectures him.

          • MsKitty

            When BWD tweeted yesterday that she always knew PBO had it in him to get this done, I said “Are you fucking kidding me?!?” so loud that a couple of my co-workers asked what was wrong. That chica has some nerve.

          • edp4bho

            The way she’s acting confirms why I never cared for her in the first place. That crying bullshit turned me off long ago. When you are that emotional, publicly, you are looking for validation. She seems a very insecure person in this regard, and this is not to attack her. I truly have always sensed this, since she was touted on OFA years ago.

        • gc

          A TPV poster reports that Kosheads ARE giving Eve credit.

          BWD has gone from a heroine to a loser in my book.
          Ironic though, in a way she BELONGS on DK.

          • GN

            Unlike nyceve (who really is one of the people who drove me to leave that site altogether as I was feeling a genuine loathing for people like her, and didn’t want to spend time wallowing in it), I do remember bwd spending time touting the merits of ObamaCares, compiling success stories, etc. I definitely do not agree with bwd at all times, but I don’t think that she belongs in that group with eve or markos. Few agree with me, but my two cents anyway.

          • gc

            Your two cents is worth a lot more to me :) As always, I was coming at it from a psych POV, not pragmatic. But I wasn’t clear – I believe her sense of self importance and paternalist (maternalistic?) attitude toward BHO jibes with theirs. Eve didn’t drive me away, but Slink did. I like to think of myself as Buddhist, but that woman brought out the worst in me!

            Despite all the crap history, yesterday when we were celebrating, I couldn’t help but think that my current blog friendships originated MANY years ago on DKOS and continued through other sites. The strongest common denominator and building block, I believe was the AA oriented subgroups.

          • conlakappa

            I cannot recall if it was here or on Deaniac’s site that I wrote one of those doofuses would be getting credit for this. “Kill the bill” and their un-revealed-until-they-were-outed-about-it boss consorting with Grover Nitwit were inspiring to the President, huh? Success has many fathers…

          • gc

            I believe theirs and some other’s contact with reality hangs by a thread. I have never “met” so many damaged, dysfunctional beings in one place before. But my empathy chip shuts down in their case.

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

        THIS.

      • GreenLadyHere

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        – –THANK U!!– – -TWICE!!- – –

        – -2- THESE wannabe- –“puppet-masters”- – -He’s NOT GON EVA say-THIS- – -NEVA!!!- —

        Good 2 C U MonieTalks. B Blessed- – U/FAM.

  • GreenLadyHere
    • BarbinAtlSouth

      (((((((((Hugs))))))))) Peace, comfort and joy for you and yours

      • GreenLadyHere

        BarbinAtlSouth♥- – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        THANK U sooo much 4 your KIND sentiments. :>) Soo comforting. :>)

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  • rikyrah

    Rachel Maddow does a nice piece on the good people at SCOTUSblog, and how the guy behind it is an ‘Old School’ journalist:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#48006988

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

      During one of the SCOTUSBlog’s live blogging of the SCOTUS opinions, he praised Drudge Report.

      • Miranda

        Praised it for what?!?!? What does it do other than link wingnut columns and distort other folks headlines?

  • rikyrah

    ‘Now, Teddy can rest’
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:05 PM EDT

    In fairness, the above photo looks like it might have been taken today — it does capture the two leaders’ reactions to the Supreme Court nicely, doesn’t it? — but it was taken yesterday. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) just happened to get caught at an unfortunate moment at a Capitol Hill event.

    Still, the smile on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) is even broader today than it was yesterday.

    Pelosi was attending Democratic Whip Meeting in the Capitol Visitor Center when she found out about the decision, according to a narrative obtained from her office. She returned to her office to make phone calls, and left messages for the president and vice president.

    Pelosi then called Vicki Kennedy, and was described as telling Mrs. Kennedy: “Now, Teddy can rest.”

    It’s become a media cliche to talk about “winners and losers” after any important political development, so I’ll continue to avoid writing (and reading) such items. I will, however, note that as satisfied as health-reform advocates are today, it’s worth singling out Nancy Pelosi, who fought harder and worked longer to get the nation to this point.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/28/12463773-now-teddy-can-rest?lite

    • GN

      Where was this pragmatic, sensible viewpoint when emoprogs were trashing Dems as sellouts because of the public option? Prior to the legislation surviving legal challenge, did they really not understand how vicious and fierce the opposition to ANY reform was, and hence, how destructive the purity attacks on HCR have been?

      Kind of bittersweet, seeing the PL and fauxgressives having their come to Jesus moments re: celebrating legislation which moves us forward in solid increments rather than trashing anything less than perfect, now that they seem to finally grasp just how much courage, fortitude, and sheer political skill it took by numerous people to get this passed and get the ball rolling on healthcare as a right (rather than a privilege) in this country. I’m being less than generous here, but I still have a huge side-eye for Maddow, Arianna, Baby Jane, and many others who should have been spending months and months ceaselessly pressing the merits of HCR before now.

      • MsKitty

        Yep. I don’t care if they all finally come around, the PL/Firebagger crew has shown themselves to be fickle and not to be trusted by any stretch. I will not forget. Ever.

      • Ebogan63

        All I know is we here at POU and other sites like TPV and others were steadfast in favor of ACA while the whinners kept chanting ‘kill the bill’ and ‘single payer’

        All of those clowns you cite above can go kick rocks.

      • nellcote

        I can hardly wait for Smash Nancy to take the gavel back.

      • gc

        The operative word is “moments.” MOMENTS will be as long as this new found respect lasts. And I learned on TPV that many on DK are giving EVE credit. They are too delusional to deal with.

        • GN

          Credit for what? Spending months and months trashing legislation which is helpful to millions of people? Coupling atrocious, sensationalist “reporting” with red donation buttons everytime the rent was due? For a fee, importing Baby Jane’s lunacy into the biggest liberal site on the web, thus totally distorting the manner in which HCR was reported?

          As far as I’m concerned, Nurse Ratchet is no hero; she may have changed, I don’t know, but insofar as what I witnessed, I actually view her with contempt.

      • Scopedog

        “Prior to the legislation surviving legal challenge, did they really not understand how vicious and fierce the opposition to ANY reform was, and hence, how destructive the purity attacks on HCR have been?”

        My guess is “no”. They did not care, period. It was either the public option or single payer–or nothing at all.

        When they trashed the bill, they never even bothered to talk about the good things it contained.

        As far as I’m concerned, screw them. They gave the GOP a helluva lot of ammunition to use, and they didn’t give a rat’s ass.

        • GN

          And yet as per usual want to run to the front of line and credit themselves for PBO’s success. Really can’t stand these people, and I see how they managed to totally turn the country off of liberalism despite the fact that our *ideas* themselves are so popular.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    MR. HOLDER- — – -STAND STRONG. :>) – – -BLESS U. :>)- –

    – – –KARMA- – –WILL- – GET the- –“W”.- – –

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning and thanks for this. This photo really hits the heart.

      And, I cannot help this: it’s good to see Luis Gutierrez do the right thing while keeping his criticizing mouth closed.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday Morntin’ goldenstar. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        My pleasure. :>) It touches the♥. :>)- –

        – – -**fist bump**** – -on Luis Gutierrez. Hafta admit that it was fun 2 watch him- – BEATDOWN – -CARLOS Gutierrez — -durin’ the show with the – –

        – - -“DUELIN’ GUTIERREZ’s”- -LOL.- –

        Good 2 C U- -goldenstar. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – —AWW- – -They widdle fee-fees annnd their ARROGANT HEADS- – -GOT- — –HURT!!- – -HAH!!- – –

    – – -The Republicans’ Bad Day and What it Means for America - – –

    – – Obviously, the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of the Affordable Care Act is good news for Americans but what about Republicans? In an understatement of magnificent proportions, the Washington Post announced on its front page this morning that the Court’s “stance stunned many.’ Ya think? If it stunned liberals out of their doom and gloom what effect do you think it had on Republicans, who were 100% confident of victory?

    Exploding heads, anyone?

    The importance of yesterday’s ruling is not to be ignored. The decision can be seen as a vindication of Obama’s presidency – not at all the message the GOP has been trying to send, which is one of not only making things better but actively destroying America. Arguments that he is a foreign usurper bent on destroying America aren’t as compelling when it turns out he obeyed the Constitution when he gave us healthcare for all.

    – —- SNIP–

    – -This is all part of the Republican plan for America, but that plan became derailed yesterday when the Supreme Court had an attack of decency. That ruling didn’t win the election for liberals and progressives but it improved our chances and diminished those of Republicans, as their unhinged reactions show..

  • rikyrah

    ACA Makes Democrats Strong

    by BooMan
    Fri Jun 29th, 2012 at 12:28:20 AM EST

    Watching the Republicans react to John Roberts’ ruling on ObamaCare is a lot like going to an exotic zoo and seeing animals you’ve never seen before. Their behavior is unfamiliar and fascinating. I guess we’re used to the collective freak-out aspect of it, but they seem so stunned and disoriented. It’s also kind of revealing in the sense that many conservative politicians are showing that they really believe their own horseshit.
    On the one hand, you have savvy politicians like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who came out and said he wasn’t surprised because the mandate was clearly a tax. He knows the GOP has been engaged in pure political posturing. But then you have guys like Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia, who tweeted that he felt like he had lost two friends today: John Roberts and America.

    Let’s be honest. Most of these pols are smart enough to know that making people pay a small fine if they aren’t insured isn’t going to change the fundamental character of this country. It’s not a slippery slope that will soon find the government taxing people for having children or getting married, as Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina suggested today. What these folks are afraid of is something different.

    They are afraid that people will like these reforms when they are fully implemented and demand that the government continue to regulate and improve the system. Let’s start with the CBO estimate that the bill will eventually result in 30 million people getting health insurance who would not otherwise have it. Think about that number for a minute. And then ask yourself, “who could possibly think that is a bad thing?”

    The answer is obvious. If you don’t like the Democratic Party, you are not going to like the idea of 30 million voters out there who only have health insurance because of the Democratic Party. Republicans don’t like this bill because they know it makes the Democratic Party stronger.

    If there is a slippery slope, it isn’t that the government will use today’s ruling to start infringing on people’s rights in other areas. The slippery slope is created when a family of four, making four times the poverty rate ($88,200 annually) gets a $1,480 subsidy to help them afford their health insurance and sees their maximum out-of-pocket annual premium capped at $8,379 (or 9.5% of annual income).

    The Affordable Care Act benefits too many people. Once people see those benefits they will be grateful for them and think the government is doing something nice and valuable for them. Anyone who tries to lower their subsidy or raise their cap is going to get punished. And the party that tried to destroy all of this at the Supreme Court? They’re the new enemy.

    At the most basic, the Affordable Care Act will put a lot of money in a lot of struggling folks hands. And that is not good for the Republican Party that desperately needs struggling people to see the government as an unhelpful antagonist.

    The new national health care plan was implemented several years ago by Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. It now covers over 98% of the citizens of the Bay State. No one thinks the bill is tyrannical, because it isn’t. It does matter whether something is done on the state of federal level, but health care isn’t an issue where the jurisdictional origin makes any difference in people’s lives. The sting of being coerced into buying private health insurance you don’t want isn’t any lesser or greater if it comes from the governor’s office or the Oval Office. Republicans that have convinced themselves otherwise are delusional.

    Republicans should be happy that America came up with a solution for health care that preserved a robust private health insurance industry. In that sense, the right won. But so many of them seem genuinely to believe that this health care reform spells doom for our country. Some of them are actually confused. The rest realize that the Democrats just won a great victory by winning many new adherents who will make it tougher for them to win elections and enact the kind of policies in other arenas that they would like to enact.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/6/29/02820/3138

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 06/29/2012
    The Morning Plum: Time to move on?

    By Greg Sargent

    Given how badly Republicans want to destroy Obamacare, and given how visibly they were anticipating that the Supreme Court would carry out that task yesterday, it’s surprising to see so many claiming the ruling amounts to a big victory for their side. Multiple GOP strategists tell Dan Balz that Obamacare’s survival will make it far easier to mobilize the base and turn the electorate against Obama by arguing that he has foisted a massive tax increase on the country, making the push for full repeal central to the campaign.

    I don’t believe the ruling will have much of an impact on the election either way. But it’s hard not to notice the contrast between the two parties’ postures as the smoke clears. Multiple Democrats are arguing that it’s time to move on from the divisive battles over health care and turn to the economy. Meanwhile, Republicans are angrily insisting that they are not willing to accept the verdict of the court and that we must refight this battle yet again.

    Mitt Romney’s campaign has debuted a new hashtag — #FullRepeal — and is boasting about how much money it has raised off that goal. But most polling suggests the American people are conflicted about whether they want full repeal; a sizable chunk want the law altered but not done away with completely. And note what two Republicans told Balz:

    more here

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – – –CONTINUIN’ the “HEADS EXPLODIN’ THEME”- – –

    – — -ACA Makes Democrats Strong - —

    – – – – -Watching the Republicans react to John Roberts’ ruling on ObamaCare is a lot like going to an exotic zoo and seeing animals you’ve never seen before. Their behavior is unfamiliar and fascinating. I guess we’re used to the collective freak-out aspect of it, but they seem so stunned and disoriented. It’s also kind of revealing in the sense that many conservative politicians are showing that they really believe their own horseshit.

    On the one hand, you have savvy politicians like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who came out and said he wasn’t surprised because the mandate was clearly a tax. He knows the GOP has been engaged in pure political posturing. But then you have guys like Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia, who tweeted that he felt like he had lost two friends today: John Roberts and America.- – LOL!- – HAH!

    – – -SNIP- —

    They are afraid that people will like these reforms when they are fully implemented and demand that the government continue to regulate and improve the system. Let’s start with the CBO estimate that the bill will eventually result in 30 million people getting health insurance who would not otherwise have it. Think about that number for a minute. And then ask yourself, “who could possibly think that is a bad thing?”

    The answer is obvious. If you don’t like the Democratic Party, you are not going to like the idea of 30 million voters out there who only have health insurance because of the Democratic Party. Republicans don’t like this bill because they know it makes the Democratic Party stronger.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – – Uhhh- — While this reads somewhat POSITIVELY- – -something is

    CLEARLY –MISSING- —THE CORRECT NAME- –

    – – -OBAMA-CARE!!- —O-B-A-M-A—CARES!!- -THIS is the IDEA of PRESIDENT OBAMA!!- -Don’t GET IT TWISTED!!

    Did U C the ACTIONS of some of the “BACKSTABBIN’ DEMS”!!???

    – – –RE-WRITE:- – -OBAMA-care MAKES PRESIDENT OBAMA STRONG!!- – -GOTV–2012!!!- –

    I’m STR8- – -Jus’ sayin’. . .. .. ***slams desk***

  • Miranda

    Doctors’ Groups Applaud Health Care Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling that the Affordable Care Act, , with its individual mandate, is constitutional has elicited a wide range of opinions from across the medical community.

    Most major national medical organizations — including the American Medical Association, the National Physicians Alliance, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Association of American Medical Colleges — hail the ruling as a victory. Many of these organizations have been strong supporters of the ACA since Congress passed it in 2010.

    more here
    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/medical-organizations-respond-aca-ruling/story?id=16673570#.T-2oFJGh3MA

    • Town

      But, but, that lady with the severe bangs claiming to be a doctor told me I would have no access to health care if Obamacare survived. I know this because Karl Rove’s superPAC told me so…

    • nellcote

      Now those docs need to tell their pacs to make some ads supporting and explaining why it’s a good thing.

    • gc

      This is counterintuitive to American’s views of docs. But, trust me, I have been intimately (and unvolbntarily) involved with the medical system for years. I was gonsmacked when some of my Republican MD’s changed parties because they” entered medicine to save lives, not destroy them as the Rep Party does.”

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  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM– – UPDATE: – -Mr. Rodney King:- – – –

    – – –Sharpton & Jackson Set to Speak at Rodney King’s Funeral- –

    – – -The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will be attending and speaking at a public memorial for Rodney King on Saturday.

    In fact, a press release from Rev. Sharpton’s spokesperson, Rachel Noerdlinger, says he will deliver the eulogy for King at 2pm at the Forest Lawn Hall of Liberty in Hollywood Hills

    “Rodney King was a symbol of civil rights and he represented the anti-police brutality and anti-racial profiling movement of our time,” says Sharpton in a statement sent to EURweb. “It was his beating that made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct. I recently spent time with him on the release of his new book just a couple of months ago and he did my radio and TV show. Through all that he had gone through with his beating and his personal demons he was never one to not call for reconciliation and for people to overcome and forgive. History will record that it was Rodney King’s beating and his actions that made America deal with the excessive misconduct of law enforcement.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – -RIHEP- –Mr. Rodney King. –CONDOLENCES 2 — -FAMILY/FRIENDS- -

    • dannie22

      hey GLH!! hope all is well!! praying for you

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- — -Continuin’ 2 PRAY 4 the fire victims:- – —

    — — -Colorado Wildfire Claims 1st Victim- —

    – — -The Waldo Canyon fire blazing through Colorado Springs has claimed its first victim: Human remains were found in one burned home, police announced last night, and a second person living in the home is missing, the Gazette reports. Ten people in all are still unaccounted for. Nearly 350 homes have been destroyed so far in the wildfire, the most destructive in Colorado’s history. The Denver Post has heartbreaking stories from evacuees, like the couple who lost their home on their daughter’s first birthday.

    – – – -SNIP- – –

    President Obama, visiting Colorado today, issued a disaster declaration for the state so that federal funds can be made available, . . . - –

    – – —2 Town: Any updates?- –BLESS your FAMILY/FRIENDS- – annd U. :>)

    • Town

      I haven’t heard anything about my family members but I believe they live in the city (in apartment) so they are probably ok. My friend that lives out there is ok so that’s good.

  • Miranda

    Louisiana state library funding has been eliminated

    Citing budget concerns, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a $25-billion budget that eliminates almost $900,000 in state funding for its libraries. In a statement, the governor’s chief budget aide, Paul Rainwater, said, “In tight budget times, we prioritized funding for healthcare and education. Operations such as local libraries can be supported with local, not state dollars.”

    On Thursday, Library Journal took a look at that assertion. What they found was that while some local parishes may be able to cover the funding gap, others will feel the loss. Rural parishes will face a particularly daunting challenge.
    One of those parishes is Concordia, located on the Louisiana-Mississippi border. Library Journal spoke to the Concordia Parish Library’s director, Amanda Taylor.

    more here
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/06/louisiana-eliminates-state-funding-for-libraries.html

    • MsKitty

      Gotta keep the masses illiterate and uninformed, all the better to control them. In other words, one of the pillars of the GOP mission.

    • isonprize

      “In tight budget times, we prioritized funding for healthcare and education. Operations such as local libraries can be supported with local, not state dollars.”

      The cognitive dissonance of that sentence is astounding.

    • dannie22

      unbelievable

    • Scopedog

      Has Governor Jindal read FAHRENHEIT 451?

      ….I’m guessing he hasn’t. Oh well.

  • MonieTalks

    Each and every day I am searching to learn more so I can teach my children more. Not sure if you have ever read or heard Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony before the DNC Credentialing committee in which she challenged the all white MS delegation at the 1964 DNC convention, but it is heartwrenching.

    When I see the two lawn jockeys Herman Cain and Ken Blackwell making a mockery about “protect your vote, it makes my blood boil. Especially in light of the GOPTEA Voter ID tricks and the metaphorical lynching of AG Eric Holder.

    Here’s an excerpt….there is audio there as well (I get emotional listening to her voice). Listen to how the racist law enforcement forced Black men, who were scared for their own lives, to beat her. Think about the psychology of that for a minute:

    Fannie Lou Hamer, in her own words:And it wasn’t too long before three white men came to my cell. One of these men was a State Highway Patrolman and he asked me where I was from. And I told him Ruleville. He said, “We are going to check this.” And they left my cell and it wasn’t too long before they came back. He said, “You are from Ruleville all right,” and he used a curse word. And he said, “We’re going to make you wish you was dead.”

    I was carried out of that cell into another cell where they had two Negro prisoners. The State Highway Patrolmen ordered the first Negro to take the blackjack. The first Negro prisoner ordered me, by orders from the State Highway Patrolman, for me to lay down on a bunk bed on my face. And I laid on my face, the first Negro began to beat me.

    And I was beat by the first Negro until he was exhausted. I was holding my hands behind me at that time on my left side, because I suffered from polio when I was six years old.

    After the first Negro had beat until he was exhausted, the State Highway Patrolman ordered the second Negro to take the blackjack.

    The second Negro began to beat and I began to work my feet, and the State Highway Patrolman ordered the first Negro who had beat to sit on my feet — to keep me from working my feet. I began to scream and one white man got up and began to beat me in my head and tell me to hush.

    One white man — my dress had worked up high — he walked over and pulled my dress — I pulled my dress down and he pulled my dress back up.

    I was in jail when Medgar Evers was murdered.

    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fannielouhamercredentialscommittee.htm

    • isonprize

      Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer – 1964 speech at DNC

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – -HAH!- – –The GOParty- -of NO!- – – -HAS – -NO PLANS!!- – –

    – — –Republican Congressman Admits GOP Has ‘No’ Plan To Replace Obamacare- – —

    – – -More than two years after Obamacare passed, a longtime Republican congressman admits that his party has “no” plan to replace it if they succeed in getting rid of the landmark health law.

    Before the Supreme Court ruling was released yesterday, ThinkProgress spoke with Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) about what Republicans would do to protect the 57 million Americans who have pre-existing conditions. “We’re going to work on that,” Terry promised, offering no specifics beyond “there’s going to be lots of ideas. We just have to accept all of them.”

    When we pressed him on whether, two years later, Republicans had come up with the “replace” part of “repeal and replace,” Terry was frank: “no.”

    – – -SNIP- –

    KEYES: The mantra for a while has been “repeal and replace.” Is there an idea of what the replace would be yet?

    – —[1 MO' 'GAIN!] — -> TERRY: No.We want to take it in a very deliberate, open approach and take everybody’s ideas.
    THERE IS MORE- – – — orrr LESS!! HAH!

    • MsKitty

      We want to take it in a very deliberate, open approach and take everybody’s ideas.

      In other words, you got nothin’.

  • Miranda

    Imma keep my thoughts to myself.

    Conservatives Find A Way To Blame Obama For Monster Colorado Wildfire

    While Colorado burns, conservatives have looked for ways to blame it on President Obama.

    Some of the same people who have bashed the president as a big government, big spending liberal now say a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in the conservative stronghold of Colorado Springs can be blamed on the president because he has been too slow to spend money to beef up the federal fleet of air tankers.

    The meme began more than a week ago when pundit Michelle Malkin, who lives in Colorado Springs, wrote a piece for the National Review Online titled “Obama Bureaucrats Are Fueling Wildfires.”

    more here
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/conservatives_blame_obama_colorado_wildfire_air_tanker.php?ref=fpa

    • isonprize

      Michelle Malkin lives in Colorado Spring.

      (Forgive me, Lord… BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      Miranda, can I get brunch in the bad lounge? I only had a cup of coffee earlier. Hmmm, maybe I can find a joint that delivers)

      • Miranda

        Well, I have no phone, laptop..nothing. I’m in the bad lounge, in a chair facing the corner. My thoughts forced me to punish myself to some real quiet time as my Mama would say. LOL

    • MsKitty

      Of course they did.

    • MonieTalks

      January 20, 2009:

      Republicans everywhere:….we don’t need no stankin Fed government..stop the spending and deficits that we ran up or else this country will be destroyed. We have to stop the Obama Muslim socialist or else this country will never be good again. Heck, in one backwards ass redneck GOPTEA enclave, a citizen’s home burnt down after not paying $75 and the fire department watched.

      May 1, 2012:

      Romney and Mr. “Noun, Web, 9/11″ Giuliani himself stopped by an NYC fire department commemorating the death of bin Laden for a photo-op.

      Only five weeks later,
      June 11, 2012:
      Romney in response to President Obama:

      “He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message in Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

      June 12, 2012:

      Asked repeatedly for elaboration, Amanda Henneberg, a Romney spokeswoman, provided a statement about Obama being “out of touch.”

      Asked about his comment on Fox News, Romney replied: ”Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that is completely absurd, but he’s got a new idea, though, and that is to have another stimulus and to have the federal government to try and bail out cities and states. It didn’t work the first time. It certainly wouldn’t work the second time.”

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/would-romney-cut-firefighters-campaign-wont-say/

    • nellcote

      COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

      More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

      The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

      Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

      Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

      City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won’t pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

      Read more: Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14303473#ixzz1zCEKc7Fy

      • Admiral_Komack

        Hey now!

        Don’t get mad…just have a spot of tea.

    • GN

      I honestly see the value of a conservative party which can act as a failsafe against the dynamism of progressive ideas, anticipating unintended consequences and auditing liberal programs to ensure that tax dollars are being spent as efficiently as possible, as they look at spending with a skeptical eye. Don’t agree with that philosophy, but I see a high value in it.

      That is so far away from what “conservatism” at the direction of people like Malkin has become. Their version is a radical, immature, bigoted, tribalist notion which plays to the lowest common denominator, lives in a toddler-ish, infantile hand to mouth lalaland, and takes responsibility for none of their own foolishness as they feel absolutely entitled to help from the same government which they deride.

      So all of us filthy heathens in blue areas are as per usual on the hook to pay for shit for people who deride us leeches yet don’t have the common sense to pool adequate money together for preventive fire-fighting services. How does that work and how is that conservative?

  • isonprize
    • edp4bho

      Funny stuff. And hello POU. That Leno piece needs to be posted here. I laughed out tears here at work. :-)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- — TESTIFY!!!- – – -YES!!—:>) – — –

    – — -OFA Blasts Out CNN Clip Of Mother Touting Importance Of ACA[OBAMACARE] To Family- – –

    – – –In an echo of Mitt Romney’s remark on Wednesday that they’re “not sleeping real well at the White House” in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision, the Obama campaign sent out a CNN interview Thursday featuring a woman outside the court describing how the law will let her sleep easier.

    “With my children for example, my daughter is a graphic designer who works for a very small firm,” the woman says. “She is one pink slip away from no health insurance, but not after today. In 2014, we can sleep now, because we know she will be able to buy a policy and they won’t be able to charge her more and of course, the same is true now for our small group. We have a small group that covers my son who has Type I diabetes, and in our small group we pay $40,000 a year for four people, but in 2014, when community rating takes effect, we believe that our small group policy premiums will also go down, so this is more good news.

    – – — -TELL IT!! —HAH!! :>)- — THANK U – – -MR. PRESIDENT!! :>)- – –

  • Miranda

    Congressional baseball game 2012: Political wounds still fresh

    (CBS News) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Partisanship wasn’t left at the door – or more aptly, the diamond edge – Thursday night as dozens of members of Congress capped off one of the most politically charged days in recent history with a final showdown between Republicans and Democrats at the 51st annual CQ-Roll Call congressional baseball game, held at Nationals Park.

    The Democrats trounced the Republicans, 18-5, despite Republicans having won more games in the past. But even several hours of playing America’s favorite pastime for charity weren’t enough to nurse the fresh wounds from a day that began and ended with controversial and unprecedented government actions.

    In the Democrats’ fan section, 17 posters spelled out “MVP Justice Roberts,” homage from the left to their newfound hero, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., whose opinion earlier in the day largely upheld President Obama’s health care law as constitutional.

    more here
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8334-503544_162-57463434-503544/congressional-baseball-game-2012-political-wounds-still-fresh/?tag=contentMain;contentBody

    • MsKitty

      See, they did this all wrong. This beef should have been settled MLB style with somebody getting brushed at the plate by a pitch, leading to both benches clearing to duke it out. Would have been worth it to have one of those teabaggers piledrived like Pedro Martinez did to Don Zimmer back in the day.

      • isonprize

        Ms Kitty, you crazy!

    • isonprize

      18 – 5? DAMN. The Dems was FEELIN’ IT last night! LOLOLOL

  • Miranda

    *DEAD*

    Feeling Good!

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

      LMBAO!

    • Alma98

      HAHAHAHAHA!

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA AH HA

    • edp4bho

      LOL! I’m so hoping PBO gets to see this. He’d be on the floor.

      • Town

        You know he was doing the 2 step in the WH living quarters while Sasha & Michelle laughed, Mother Robinson chuckled and said “Mmph mmph mmph” and Malia rolled her eyes.

        • edp4bho

          You got the family down to a science.

  • GN

    Okay, check out this video (I found it at bossip):

    A dayschool teacher recorded her “argument” with a child on her phone. She sent it around, and the video ended up in the mother’s hands, and the mother is raising hell.

    The daycare worker taunted the baby calling him “tough guy” “show me your nine” (!) when he said he’d knock her phone down. She’s on paid leave; if that were my daycare she’d have been fired immediately as totally lacking the skills and judgment to supervise babies. I will never understand adults who sink to children’s level and then blame the kids for their own behavior. Babies, children, and teens are: immature, impulsive and inexperienced. Crying shame that we live in a country in which there are so many fully grown adults who share these same characteristics. /end rant

    • Miranda

      This is utterly despicable. I can only imagine that mother’s horror when she saw the video.

      • GN

        She has every right to be pissed.

    • isonprize

      When Michael, at 11, smack the shit out of another (probably smaller) kid, this sorry excuse for a teacher will wonder about violence in schools and complain about what the parents aren’t doing with these “urban” kids.

      There would be no “paid” leave for this SEFAT. And, I would get my fam to picket the daycare with laptop, cellphones, etc. at the ready to show other parents this video clip. Seriously, I would do my damndest to shut that place down.

      • GN

        Exactly; this is hardly the worst I’ve seen by a long shot, but it says something about this person’s judgment that she recorded and circulated this video. Not a good look for her, at all.

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

      WTF??? This sorry excuse for a human being is still being paid?? This woman needs to be FIRED and never allowed near a classroom again.

  • eclecticbrotha

    I wish I had XBox now.

    And just how the hell is a game about HBCUs racist?

    • Miranda

      The same people that claim this game is “racist” are the same ones that claim BET, TVOne, Jet, Ebony, Black History Month, et al…all racist. You know the ones.

      • annvic

        Yup. If black people have possession of anything that isn’t:

        1. a jail cell
        2. crack
        3. a casket

        you can bet that there will be some white people somewhere who are offended.

        • edp4bho

          Some folks are just certifiable. When Philly did its tribute to Don Cornelius with its own Soul Train line a few months ago, some nitwit wrote on a blog…” what’s up, no white people invited?”. Mind you, this was on the front steps of the Art Museum…out in the public, and there were some white people in the line. These people are the real “hate that hate produced”.

          • annvic

            Lol, I think it’s telling that these nutcases assume that a black-oriented event/channel/school etc. is automatically closed to whites. There minds would explode if they knew that *gasp* some whites actually do go to HBCUs.

  • dannie22

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6s19VJA_M0&list=FLDLW9ku5wbbM23LX-thdX6A&index=2&feature=plpp_video black doctor at a comm healthcare center talks about Obamacare. Obamacare in the hood!!

    • Alma98

      She was great , the Obama/Biden campaign should use her as a spokesperson for the hood.

    • GreenLadyHere

      dannie22- – – – -WOW&1/2!!- – -THIS is GR8!– –

      NOW- -IMMA SHARE THIS –with ALL the HATAS -[“cornrow- – T(r)avesty –“bitter boyce”- – -anem- – — who SPEW this STOOPID MANTRA- — –

      – – – – -HE ‘ON’T do NOTHIN’ 4 BLAH FOLKS!!- — –

      THEY- — like issa — –SPEAK with- – -NO EVIDENCE!! NONE!!- –

      – — -OBAMA-CARES!! :>)- -AMEN!!- – – -:>)- -

    • isonprize

      I see that this excellent video clip is from Al Jazeera.

      I wonder why most cable stations won’t carry Al Jazeera? They will carry BBC, though. Things that make you go HHHmmmm.

      Speaking of “Hhhhmmmm” What’s the deal with Arsenio Hall’s new show? Anybody know when it starts?

  • Miranda

    Oh..they did??
    __________________________

    Mar 27 – The rough day in court for the government led some to criticize the government’s lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. The Republican National Committee went so far as to mock Verrilli with this video, focusing on style — a pause and stammer.
    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/29/12481922-how-verrilli-may-have-won-over-roberts

    ROFLMAO they SOOOOO thought it was a wrap! Oh so they been planning a party for months! Had all those paper plates and solo cups, somebody been stocking up ice since April! Got cute and made a video to clown the Solicitor General huh? LOLOLOLOLOLOL I bet the person who was blowing up balloons all day Wednesday is mad as hell!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM.- – – -HAH!- — Been COLLECTIN’ the SLAMS on that- –CORRUPT- —LYIN’- – – -CRIMINAL!! — –

    – – – -National Review Deputy Managing Editor: Issa Should Be Ashamed Of Fast & Furious Conspiracy Theory– – –

    – — -On Sunday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) doubled down on a right wing conspiracy theory that the failed “Fast and Furious” operation was a secret scheme by Democrats designed to promote stronger gun control regulation — but also conceded he had absolutely no evidence to back the theory and likely never would.

    – – -Now, Issa has been called out for this allegation in an unlikely quarter: the conservative National Review. In an editorial Wednesday, the magazine’s deputy managing editor Robert VerBruggen took the California Republican to task:

    Fast and Furious is a horrific scandal. The public deserves answers as to who devised the operation and what they hoped to accomplish. But the theory that Fast and Furious was devised to promote gun control goes far beyond the evidence, as Issa basically admitted to ABC this weekend, and it does not withstand scrutiny. The chairman should be ashamed to have dabbled in it, and should fully retract his initial comment, unless he has a considerable amount of evidence he has not shared with the public.

    – — -NO!!- – -The MANTRA of – – -his- – -CORRUPT- — -OBSTRUCTIONIST – -POTTY. - —

    – – – -He’s GOIN’ DOWN!!- –TRUST!!- – –

  • dannie22

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20608003,00.html katie and tom are divorcing. how will i go on?

    • GN

      Wow, that came out of nowhere. Hope it’s amicable for the sake of the children/stepchildren.

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

        Being a beard is hard work. I guess it finally took a toll on her.

        If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the Bad Lounge.

        • MsKitty

          I’ll join you because it’s true.

        • PBomb

          It has been well known for years that he is in the closet

          Usually these women have to sign contracts before marrying him. They usually are gone before 10 years.

          Before Katie, it was going to be some black track athelete, but she said “hell no”. I don’t remember the woman’s name either. One of my peeps in the PR informed me of that tea.

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

            Isn’t it the same thing with George Clooney?

          • PBomb

            George Clooney is just a ho. Clooney’s sexuality is really that of rumors. There hasn’t been anything concrete about him. At least from the insiders that I know, nobody can pin him as gay. He might be bi… but there is alot of “everyone thinks you’re gay” attitude in Hollywood, when people aren’t really. So who knows.

            John Travolta and Tom Cruise… that’s been well known for years.

            And Katie won’t say anything, just like Nicole and Mimi didn’t either.

      • Bri

        I too hope the divorce will be civil for the sake of little Suri, Connor, and Isabella.

        • Town

          Tom will probably keep Suri just like he kept Connor & Isabella from Nicole.

    • lamh35

      i posted that too.

      I guess no more jumping on couches for Tom.

      NOT SURPRISED AT ALL. Maybe with POTUS endorsing gay marriage, certain downlow peeps feel empowered…‪#justsayin

    • lamh35

      At least now Katie Holmes can go back to wearing heels instead of flats

  • MonieTalks

    George Zimmerman Bullied Former Colleague, Complaint Says
    By MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC)
    SANFORD, Fla., June 26, 2012

    One of George Zimmerman’s former colleagues at CarMax, where he worked in 2008, complained formally about the man who killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, alleging serial hazing that lasted for months and included pranks and ethnic jokes.

    When the salesman complained to management, Zimmerman denied the harassment.

    “The guy was so convincing when he was confronted by management to the point where I doubted my own self. I would not be surprised if he got away with it [Martin murder accusation].”

    “He’s got, like you say, a good poker face. Great poker face,” said the colleague. “That pretty much summarizes this guy’s personality. Great poker face.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-bullied-colleague-complaint/story?id=16658024#.T-3mo_XdHh4

  • lamh35

    Entertainment News:

    I guess there will be no more jumping on Oprah’s couch.

    http://news-briefs.ew.com/2012/06/29/tom-cruise-katie-holmes-divorcing/

    • gc

      LOCE “Rolling”

  • conlakappa

    Sigh. Now Disqus is acting stank on my iPad after it being the last refuge for me to reach here!

    • crazycanuck

      OH I like Tom Cruise, I don’t see what the big deal was with him jumping on furniture. I’ve seen other actors do worse.

      • gc

        Katie wanted out from under Scientology. I wish I didn’t know such trivia…sigh…

  • rikyrah

    Meep Meep Watch

    A reader writes:

    Am I wrong in recollecting that President Obama, months ago, pushed and/or encouraged a decision by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act? I seem to remember thinking at the time that it was a crazy thing to do prior to the 2012 election. But maybe not so much?

    Another adds:

    He’s weak. He yields too much. He gets rolled. He’s a lightweight. He’s inexperienced.

    He wins.

    Always.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/06/meep-mee.html

  • crazycanuck

    Wait, Hold up. Rafa lost? WTH is going on at Wimby? Dam!

    • vulcan_girl

      I know!! And to a guy ranked 100! The articles I read said he put a beatdown on Rafa though.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY vulcan_girl.- – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – -I’m sorry 4 this. I usually root 4 him.

        Some days- — -It be’s dat way. :>) — —

        Good 2 C U- – -vulcan_girl. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – — Woo! Hoo!- – – -QUEENS of the COURT!!- —

    – – -Williams sisters win doubles match at Wimbledon - –

    – — -Venus and Serena Williams played their first doubles match in two years Thursday and looked like their usual dominant selves, breezing into the second round of Wimbledon by beating Vesna Dolonc of Serbia and Olga Savchuk of Ukraine 6-0, 6-3.

    The Williams sisters have not played a doubles tournament together since losing in the 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinals, with both having struggled with injuries and illness, but are looking for their 13th Grand Slam doubles trophy.

    The only official doubles match either Williams has played since 2010 was in the Fed Cup in February, when Venus teamed with Liezel Huber to help the United States to beat Belarus.

    The Williams sisters broke their opponents four times and never lost their serve.

    – – – -V.Williams/S.Williams vs V.Razzano/A.Rezai | 2009 Wimbledon Open Doubles- – –

    – –CONGRATULATIONS!!–:>) – – —U GO – –SISTAGURLS!! :>)- – –

    • BoomerGal

      Good! Glad to hear it!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY BoomerGal.- ***BIG HUG** :>)

        – – ***fist bump***- –I KNOW- –RIGHT!?- – -THEY played through all pain annnd – – -JUS’ DID IT!!- – — -WooHooo! :>)

        Good 2 CU BoomerGal. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    moved.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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