October 18, 2017

Friday Open Thread: African American Scientists

Dr. John Ruffin is the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). He oversees the NIMHD budget of approximately $276 million. In addition, he provides leadership for the minority health and health disparities research activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which constitutes an additional annual budget of approximately $2.8 billion.  (Under the Affordable Care Act, the new Center is considered an equal partner with the many other NIH Institutes and Centers).

As an academician and a scientist, Dr. Ruffin has devoted his professional career to improving the health status of racial and ethnic communities, and other underserved populations.  As the NIH federal official for minority health disparities research, Dr. Ruffin has planned and brought to fruition the largest biomedical research program in the nation aimed at efforts to eliminate health disparities. 

Under his leadership, the NIH convened the first annual  “Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit” in December 2008 to showcase the work, progress, and challenges of the NIH and its many federal and non-federal government partners involved in minority health and health disparities research.

Dr. Ruffin has a stellar record of professional achievement including honorary doctor of science degrees from Spelman College, Tuskegee University, University of Massachusetts in Boston, North Carolina State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Tulane University and Dillard University.

In 1997, he received the Samuel L. Kountz Award for his significant contribution to the cause of increasing access and participation in organ and tissue transplantation in minorities, the NIH Director’s Award, the National Hispanic Leadership Award, a Special Recognition Award by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Presidential Merit Award. – See more at: http://www.justgarciahill.org/biography/john-ruffin#sthash.p4R94D5M.dpuf
In 1997, he received the Samuel L. Kountz Award for his significant contribution to the cause of increasing access and participation in organ and tissue transplantation in minorities, the NIH Director’s Award, the National Hispanic Leadership Award, a Special Recognition Award by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Presidential Merit Award. – See more at: http://www.justgarciahill.org/biography/john-ruffin#sthash.p4R94D5M.dpuf
In 1997, he received the Samuel L. Kountz Award for his significant contribution to the cause of increasing access and participation in organ and tissue transplantation in minorities, the NIH Director’s Award, the National Hispanic Leadership Award, a Special Recognition Award by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Presidential Merit Award. – See more at: http://www.justgarciahill.org/biography/john-ruffin#sthash.p4R94D5M.dpuf

Dr. Ruffin received a B.S. in Biology from Dillard University, a M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University, a Ph.D. in Systematic and Developmental Biology from Kansas State University, and completed post-doctoral studies in biology at Harvard University.


The Programs Supported by the NIMDH include:

Research Centers in Minority Institutions awards strengthen biomedical research capacity in institutions with a significant enrollment of students from racial and ethnic minority groups.

Centers of Excellence conduct research on health disparities within several disease areas and conditions, such as, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, nutrition, obesity and maternal and infant health.

Research Endowment Program awards promote the education and training of underrepresented minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged individuals awarding grants to an eligible institutions endowment.

Loan Repayment Program awards promote research careers in basic, clinical, and behavioral research for young scientists from underserved communities.

Community Based Participatory Research awards engage scientists and communities in health disparities research.

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training awards support young scientists conducting scientific research abroad.

Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions grants support research and strengthen the biomedical research capability of eligible institutions

Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program makes grants to small businesses and to partnerships between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions to bring innovative technologies to market designed to empower health disparity communities to achieve health equity through health education and disease prevention.

  • Tunisia

    Good morning POU! This has been a great series. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Tunisia


    • Aquagranny911

      I love this!

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • MsKitty

      Consider this shamelessly stolen.

  • Miranda

    Snowden thinks he’s Jason Bourne and this is a game.

    Former CIA chief of staff: Snowden is “delusional” and could be “aiding our enemies”

    A former CIA chief of staff says U.S. officials are concerned that NSA leaker Edward Snowden could be “aiding our enemies” by handing over sensitive U.S. intelligence to the Chinese government.

    Jeremy Bash told Politics Confidential that Snowden had access to “very sensitive information” in his job as a government contractor and could do “tremendous damage.” He said the government’s concern goes beyond the documents that were leaked – extending to the knowledge that Snowden still stores in his head.

    “If a foreign government learned everything that was in Edward Snowden’s brain, they would have a good window into the way we collect signals intelligence,” Bash said.

    “He has information in his head, he’s making threats, he’s on the loose,” Bash added. “We don’t know what other documents he copied, and we don’t know who else he’s talking to.”

    more here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/former-cia-chief-staff-snowden-delusional-could-aiding-111926012.html

    • morphus

      IF Snowden becomes the face of the threat to national security we’ll never discuss the REAL story that by in large contractors run our intelligence agencies.

      • qosine

        morphus, you wrote this about “government” on the
        other thread. I think you really nailed it, so I hope you
        don’t mind if I re-post this here.

        morphus wrote:

        *Sigh* its as if the ENTIRE news apparatus and politicians all had a frontal lobotomy or using selective memory. GWB, our “first” CEO president, literally outsourced the federal government leaving the country in a state where “government” is actually a multi-trillion
        dollar enterprise of contractors managing contractors.”

  • Miranda

    *snicker*………..I see Peggy Noonan getting clowned on twitter….and its lines like this that justify why:

    “The surveillance state threatens Americans’ love of country.”

    bitch shut up.

    • Kennymack1971

      All the way up…damn Noonan is just an embarrassment now.

    • conlakappa

      [I’m saying this in Nooner’s voice] We must ask ourselves if this is willful amnesia, malevolence, or what happens after the DTs are done… [shrugs shoulders, throws up hand meaningfully or completely without meaning]

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah!

  • rikyrah

    Unanimous court: companies can’t patent human genes
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:02 PM EDT.

    One of the year’s most important Supreme Court cases turned out to be an easier than expected.

    The entirety of the ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics is online here (pdf).

    DNA, the ruling said, is “a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated.” On the other hand, artificial genetic material created in laboratories can be patented.

    NBC News’ Pete Williams and Erin McClam added that patient advocates expect the decision to increase competition and lower the cost of screenings for cancer risk and other genetic tests. Civil libertarians agree, with the ACLU noting that the court ruling has “lifted a major barrier to progress” in treating and preventing diseases


    • conlakappa

      And Clarence Thomas got to trace over the words written by Scalia then sign his namewrite the decision.

      • qosine

        Hilarious, conlakappa!!
        It’s awful, but you’re so right.

    • creolechild

      Black women fall into one of the groups who are at high risk of carrying this gene. Now, hopefully more can get tested and treated ASAP.

      The Supreme Court’s Gene Patent Ruling Is Already Leading To Cheaper Cancer Tests

      [….] Women who have mutations on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are at significantly higher lifetime risk for developing breast and ovarian cancers. Since Myriad had a patent on those genes for the last 17 years, the company held a complete monopoly on the genetic testing market for the cancers. Myriad’s so-called BRCAnalysis runs anywhere from $500 for the simplest gene analysis to $4000 for the most extensive ones.

      Those prices prove prohibitively expensive for many women, since there are significant insurance coverage gaps for genetic testing. But the Supreme Court’s decision allows companies other than Myriad to enter the marketplace and lower prices — and just hours after the ruling, several had already announced their intention to do so.[….]

      Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/06/14/2156781/supreme-court-gene-ruling-cheaper-cancer-tests/

      H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • vulcan_girl

    Good morning, everyone!

  • Miranda
    • trose1

      Messy Miranda back at it ………….we will come alive next game LMBAO

  • rikyrah

    Memo to Pres. Clinton: Who are you calling a “wuss”?

    By zizi2


    President Bill Clinton,

    Your recent statements about Pres. Barack Obama regarding military action in Syria have gotten my dander up. And so I break my own rule about only focusing my blogging energies on defeating Republicans.

    Just what is it, Mr. Clinton, about this President, Obama, that makes you hover around his presidency like an insufferable helicopter parent? That last word is what it is, right? You see him as a minor who requires your supervision, no? Just as in 2007/2008 you called him inexperienced , and angrily told the Late Senator Kennedy that in your “days, Obama would be fetching you coffee”, you just can’t give him space to govern in his own right, right? You see yourself as his chaperon? Armchair quarterback ?

    In the first month of the 1st term, as the economy was imploding and Pres Obama was carefully calibrating his words to both provide the unvarnished truth about the dire state of the economy but simultaneously reassure us that we would be able to make it out of the doldrums, you marched onto GMA and other stations to undercut him. You sat there and admonished the President for relaying too gloomy a picture about the economy. You wanted him to lie to us. Sugarcoat the reality of the financial crisis? Why? Because you cynically thought we couldn’t handle the truth?

    You poured cold water on the healthcare law’s chances of being upheld by the Supreme Court last year.

    You wrote a book accusing President Obama of being “weak” in the wake of the debt ceiling debacle in 2011, when he decided to focus like a laser on income inequality. You lambasted him for turning into an “occupy Wall street” class warrior.

    You two-footed Pres Obama’s campaign strategies when you inanely chastised him for pointing out the real life consequences of Bain’s business model on vulnerable working people. Your corporate coddling was bared for us all to see.

    Constructive criticism and suggestions are one thing. Welcome they are. But to endless treat this President as if he had two left feet and no clue how to lace up his shoes, is downright condescending and infantilizing of a man who has cleaned up the bulk of your messes both on the domestic and foreign policy fronts — Dismantling DADT, Weakening DOMA, Passing Financial regulation Dodd-Frank Law, Successful Healthcare law after Hillarycare fail, Rebuilding WINNING Democratic party coalition, NAFTA review & Worker protection rules for all new Trade Agreements, Osama bin Laden capture, National Security oversight,

    I lived through and closely studied your exploits during the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia and your dithering on Bosnia. Yet you have the chutzpah to accuse President Obama of risking becoming a “wuss” if he took a cautious approach to intervention in the Syrian mess?

    We remember your fatal indecisiveness during the Rwandan Genocide, the massacre in Sarajevo, and the delayed intervening in Kosovo. You cannot pull a fast one on us today. The spectacle of you and John McCain prancing around as war hawks on Syria is SICK!

    This is the result of your inaction in Rwanda in 1994


    • creolechild

      I stood up on my kitchen chair to give this commentary the biggest standing O that I possibly could. I nearly fell in the process but it was worth it.

      Okay, I’mma stop clowning now…and have a seat.

      • Admiral_Komack

        YOU can stand…Bill Clinton is the one who needs to have a seat.
        What a pitiful, attention-starved fool.

      • Aquagranny911

        Is there room on that chair?

        • conlakappa

          It’ll have to be an 8-piece sectional!

          • Aquagranny911


    • Aquagranny911

      Bravo! Tell it Zizi!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      Amen Zizi…broken all the way down.

    • Daltex82

      Reduced to screaming at the clouds with McCain how pathetic.

      It must really eat at Willie the attention whore to know that President Obama turned out to be the better President.

      • conlakappa

        And will likely approach Carter levels of being a great former President. We know he’ll be higher paid and his foundation will have an even further reach.

        • jds09

          The traffic to PBO’s library will be off the charts. I truly believe he will far surpass Carter in substance and the “Clinton Intiative” in popularity. Bubba knows this and its is driving him crazy. If he keeps going he will loose ALL his cool points with black folks and become a parody.

          • conlakappa

            I don’t want to diminish Carter’s substance though. He is one of the most intelligent men to sit in the Oval Office and is very much an empath, caring so deeply about regular folks. I think President Obama will build on a lot of what Carter has done. As for the library, you mean once Chicago and Honolulu have finished duking it out about which place will house the library? I think they are already giving each other side-eye!

    • GreenLadyHere

      BRAVO! —BRAVO! – – – -zizi2!!♥– —

      – –We can ALWAYS DEPEND on U 4 da –REALZ!! :>) —

      — — -THIS: — –Just what is it, Mr. Clinton, about this President, Obama, that makes you hover around his presidency like –an insufferable helicopter parent?—BWAHAHA. – –LOL —

    • AxelFoley

      zizi was ON POINT as she always is.

  • rikyrah

    The line Rubio will not cross
    By Steve Benen

    Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:11 PM EDT

    Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) off-again, on-again support for comprehensive immigration reform is, at least for now, on track. Despite last week’s threats, the conservative Floridian has not betrayed his allies and has not walked away from the legislation he helped write.

    There is, however, one issue that would force the Republican senator to walk away.


    His line in the sand has nothing to do with border security or tax penalties or provisions related to learning English. Rather, Rubio just can’t tolerate gay rights.

    At issue, of course, is a provision from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), who wants to allow U.S. citizens in long-term same-sex relationships to sponsor foreign partners for green cards. The measure was defeated in committee, but Leahy intends to introduce it again on the floor.

    The odds of success are poor — even Democrats who agree with Leahy fear derailing the bill — but Rubio wants to make it clear to his allies on the right that equal treatment for same-sex families would simply be a bridge too far.

    It’s always good to know where a policymaker’s true priorities lie.


  • rikyrah

    Republicans Really, Really Don’t Care About Improving Healthcare
    —By Kevin Drum

    | Thu Jun. 13, 2013 11:29 AM PDT

    Ramesh Ponnuru argues today that Republicans are foolish for hanging their hats on the likelihood that Obamacare will die a fiery death in 2014, sweeping them into control of Congress and then, two years later, into the presidency. That won’t happen, he says. Instead, Obamacare will die a slow, painful, lingering death, and Republicans need to get busy now coming up with a replacement healthcare plan for when that happens. But what should it be?

    Congressional Republicans have not reached agreement on what should replace Obamacare, let alone a strategy for enacting that replacement. The best option for replacing Obamacare would be a plan that made it possible for almost everyone in the country to purchase catastrophic insurance (and possible for most people to buy insurance that goes beyond catastrophic coverage) by removing the obstacles that government policy puts in the way of that goal.

    A plan to do that would involve six key steps….

    I’ll spare you the six steps. It’s all the usual stuff—catastrophic coverage, high-risk pools, tax reform, etc.—and I think Paul Waldman’s response pretty much says what needs to be said:

    The biggest problem with this kind of appeal is that he will never, ever get anything beyond a tiny number of Republicans to invest any effort in coming up with a health-care plan. That would involve understanding a complex topic, weighing competing values and considerations against one another, and eventually getting behind something that will be something of a compromise. And let me say it again: They. Just. Don’t. Care.

    What’s not my liberal bias talking, however, is the plain fact that conservatives don’t care about expanding access to healthcare. As Waldman says, the evidence on this score is overwhelming. They opposed Medicare. They opposed CHIP. They’ve opposed every expansion of Medicaid ever. Only brutal strongarm tactics got them to support their own president’s prescription drug plan, despite the sure knowledge that killing it would likely lose them the White House the following year. And of course, they’ve opposed every Democratic attempt to pass universal healthcare legislation in the last century.


    • creolechild

      Obamacare is not going anywhere…it’s the law of the land. You would think after 37 or 38 failed attempts to repeal it that this was understood by now. Just trifling…

      • Aquagranny911

        In a few more months people will be storming Washington with rusty pitch forks if the Repugs try to take away their Obamacare.

  • Miranda

    he still here?

    Ralph Nader Slams Obama Again: ‘Has There Ever Been A Bigger Con Man In White House?’

    • Admiral_Komack

      ‘Has There Ever Been A Bigger Con Man In White House?’
      The last time Ralph Nader visited the White House.
      Ralph, go play in traffic…during rush hour.

      • qosine

        Nader’s such a joke. He’s been mining cash since
        the 1960s from his Unsafe at any Speed Corvair
        book. Remember all those automatic college student fee
        deductions for his so-called Public Interest groups? Nader’s probably Greenwald-Hamsher’s role model.

        • MsKitty

          Oh, he’s the one behind PIRG? When I was in school all our campus chapter did was do petitions.

          • qosine

            Yep. Until the internet, I didn’t know ANY of this. I’m finding out all these connections I
            never knew existed.

    • Kennymack1971

      I’m not trying to hear a damn thing from the asshole who helped George W. Bush into the White House. Ralph Nader can go to hell.

      • qosine

        YES!! I really despise this man for basically throwing
        the election over to the GOP. Remember, “There’s not
        a dime’s difference between them [Bush and Gore].
        Really? How come Nader’s efforts always help the

        He’s also marketed his non-profit business model by roping in idealistic, young college students to do free labor, while only he, his sister, and that Mobacher (sp) guy get all the money.

        He lives to destroy companies through litigation. He rails
        about “corporatism” as if for profit is the only kind of
        “corporatism.” Case in point: Nader.org

    • gn


    • jziglar

      Ralph Nader is so old and useless. All he does is attack democrats and especially pres. Obama from a racial aspect. The guy was bought and paid for by the GOP a long time ago.

  • rikyrah

    Whither White America?

    Jamelle Bouie

    June 13, 2013

    More thoughts on the future of white people.

    “Majority-minority” is an unusual term—by definition, minorities are no longer such if they’re in the majority—but it’s a convenient shorthand for what most people expect to happen in the United States over the next few decades. A growing population of nonwhites—driven by Asian and Latino immigration—will yield a country where most Americans have nonwhite heritage, thus “majority-minority.”

    The most recent analysis from the Census Bureau seems to bear this out. Last year was the first year that whites were a minority of all newborns, and based on current rates of growth, they’ll become a minority of the under–five set by next year, if not the end of this one. Overall, the government projects that within five years, minorities will compromise a majority of all Americans under the age of eighteen, something to keep in mind when trying to project future political support for both parties.

    There’s more: For the first time in more than a century, the number of deaths among white Americans exceeds the number of births. More than ten percent of the nation’s 3,143 counties are “majority-minority,” and in 13 states and the District of Columbia, the under–five population is already “majority-minority.” By 2043, the Census projects, America’s white majority will be gone.

    One fact stands out in all of this, however. The fastest growing group of Americans—by far—fall under the “multiracial category.” If past research is any indication, these Americans are likely the product of intermarriage betweens whites and Hispanics (the most common interracial pairing) or whites and Asians (the next most common one). While we identify them as nonwhite, we don’t know how they’ll identify themselves in the future.

    My hunch is that—as (certain groups of) Latinos and Asians integrate themselves into American life—a good number will identify themselves as white, with Hispanic or Asian heritage, in the same way that many white Americans point to their Irish or Italian backgrounds.


  • rikyrah

    Six months after Newtown
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary happened six months ago today, sparking a spirited national debate about how — and whether — to take steps to reduce gun violence. As Rachel explained on the show last night, the campaign thus far has seen mixed results.

    In Nevada, for example, the state legislature recently approved a proposal to require background checks on gun purchases, including private transactions, closing the gun-show loophole. A recent statewide poll showed 86% of Nevadans supporting the measure, including 78% of self-identified conservatives.

    Perhaps this could be the kind of common-sense measure that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) could sign into law? Apparently not.


  • Miranda

    Lawd, some white folks have sure shown their asses these last 5 years…that’s for damn sure.

    But officials said Thursday that the safari had been canceled in favor of a trip to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner.

    When The Post first asked White House officials about the safari last week, they said no final decision had been made. A White House official said Thursday that the cancellation was not related to The Post’s inquiries.

    “We do not have a limitless supply of assets to support presidential missions, and we prioritized a visit to Robben Island over a two-hour safari in Tanzania,” said spokesman Josh Earnest. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t do both.”

    • TyrenM

      I’m cool with that. Show your daughters what they’re really up against.

      • Miranda

        You got a good point.

      • Aquagranny911

        I’m cool with it too. I’ve been to Robben Island & it’s a piece of history well worth the visit. I believe that the girls got to meet with Nelson Mandela briefly when they were in Africa a few years ago so this should have some meaning for them.

  • creolechild

    There Are Now Seven Times As Many Openly Gay Federal Judges As When President Obama Took Office

    On the day President Obama took office, there was only one openly gay judge with a lifetime appointment to the federal bench, Clinton appointee Deborah Batts. There are now seven. Earlier today, the Senate confirmed openly lesbian Judge Nitza I.

    Quiñones Alejandro to a federal district court in Pennsylvania. Judge Quiñones joins Judges Alison Nathan, Paul Oetken, Michael Fitzgerald, Michael McShane and Pamela Ki Mai Chen, all of whom are openly gay federal judges appointed by President Obama.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/13/2151741/there-are-now-seven-times-as-many-openly-gay-federal-judges-as-when-president-obama-took-office/?mobile=nc

    H/T Ian Millhiser

    • Kennymack1971

      Wait? What? But I thought the President was not really an ally to the LGBT community and constantly betrays them? That’s what the poutragers said

  • creolechild

    AT&T’s Deregulation Campaign

    Last November, AT&T filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting regulatory relief in order to move its traditional wireline telephone services to IP-based services.[….] It would set a dangerous policy precedent at the FCC, as IP-based telephone services do not fall under any clear regulatory framework, and could have a dramatic impact on the future of basic telephone services.

    Public interest advocates say these changes would affect low-income people, people of color and rural communities most.[….]
    Although people are increasingly moving to wireless-only telephone
    services, roughly 17.5 million Americans depend on only landline
    service, according to the most recent statistics from the FCC released in 2010.[….]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/article/174735/atts-deregulation-campaign

    H/T Leticia Miranda

    • morphus

      This is easy, ANYTHING the AT&T/ALEC robber barons are promoting is not in the average Joe’s interest and must be fought against rigorously.

      • creolechild

        There you go! The minute the focus is taken off of them they get right back to work trying to dictate policy.

  • GreenLadyHere


    — – – -☻The MAGNIFICENT –DR. JOHN RUFFIN: – -:>)
    — — – — -☺(Under the Affordable Care Act, the new Center is considered an equal partner with the many other NIH Institutes and Centers). – – [-Woo! Hoo! :>)]
    — — – — ☺SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT: — Dr. Ruffin has planned and brought to fruition the largest biomedical
    research program in the nation aimed at efforts to eliminate health
    —[Sooo PROUD of him!! :>])
    —— — ☺A FIRSTUnder his leadership, the NIH convened the first annual “Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit” in December 2008.– –[ AMAZING!! :>)]
    – – – – – -☺IN “Da STRUGGLE” -science degrees from Spelman College, Tuskegee University, University of Massachusetts in Boston, North Carolina State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Tulane University and Dillard University. :>) – –[ HBCU’s — Woo! Hoo! :>)] —

    — – ☺Awards Dr John Ruffin – –EVIDENCE of his DIVERSITY. :>) – -sooo PROUD of him!! :>)


    — -☻MR. PRESIDENT:President Obama has chosen Caroline Atkinson to replace Mike Froman as a top economic and national security adviser, according to Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Hans Nichols:

    — – –ENJOY YOUR TREAT. :>) B BLESSED 2-DAY♥ — :>) —

  • creolechild

    Meet The 17 US Senators Who Voted to Protect Rapists From Prosecution

    [….] The Senate Armed Services Committee had a chance to stand up for victims. They could have put our country on the path to joining allies Israel, Great Britain, Australia, Canada by investigating sexual assault cases outside of the military. They could have stood up the people who are victimized by sexual predators while serving their country. Seventeen senators could have, should have, but they didn’t.

    [….] In order to make sure that these 17 senators don’t vote to protect rapists again, they need to be called out by name. Here is a list of all 17 Democrats and Republicans, with their phone numbers beside their names:[….] The military shouldn’t be a safehouse for sexual predators, and these 17 senators disgraced their country when decided to put looking patriotic ahead of protecting military victims of sexual assault.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2013/06/13/meet-17-senators-voted-protect-rapists-prosecution.html

    H/T Jason Easley

    • morphus

      In order to make sure that these 17 senators don’t vote to protect rapists again, they need to be called out by name.

      • creolechild

        Ooops..that was my fault. I should have listed them. Sorry about that. Here they are:

        Kelly Ayotte (R -NH) (202) 224-3324
        Roy Blunt (R – MO) (202) 224-5721
        Saxby Chambliss (R – GA) (202) 224-3521
        Deb Fischer (R – NE) (202) 224-6551
        Lindsey Graham (R – SC) (202) 224-5972
        James Inhofe (R – OK) (202) 224-4721
        Tim Kaine (D – VA) (202) 224-4024
        Angus King (I – ME) (202) 224-5344
        Mike Lee (R – UT) (202) 224-6444
        Carl Levin (D – MI) (202) 224-6221
        Joe Manchin (D – MI) (202) 224-3954
        John McCain (R – AZ) (202) 224-2235
        Claire McCaskill (D – MO)(202) 224-6154
        Bill Nelson (D – FL) (202) 224-5274
        Jack Reed (D – RI) (202) 224-4642
        Jeff Sessions (R – AL) (202) 224-4124
        Roger Wicker (R – MS) (202) 224-6253

        • qosine

          Manchin (D-WVA)

          • creolechild

            Qosine, the stupid downvotes are mine. I clicked on the wrong arrow, tried to correct it but couldn’t erase it adding more on. Disqus is clowning with me today. Good catch on noting that Manchin is from WVA and my apologies for the mistaken downvotes. Can the moderators fix this, PLEASE?

          • Aquagranny911

            Disqus is acting up today. I had a lot of trouble signing on.

          • qosine

            creolechild, you’re ok. I only see an upvote!
            Thanks for letting me know. I really appreciate it.

          • AxelFoley

            The D for Manchin stands for douchebag.

        • Aquagranny911

          McCain, you scum sucker! I have your fax number!

        • AxelFoley

          Kaine and Levin disappoint me on this. The other Ds don’t surprise me. I know Kaine reps VA and we have a huge military presence here, but still.

          • conlakappa

            Isn’t this the near-end of Levin’s career? Why have this on his record?

          • AxelFoley

            Good question.

        • goldenstar

          Why did Claire McCaskill vote against this? There had to be a good reason.

          • TyrenM

            Huh. She been on TV for 3 months straight bsing. What’s really goin on?

  • creolechild

    Dozens injured after Miami bar deck collapses

    Dozens of people were injured, some critically, after the deck of a Miami sports bar collapsed during the NBA Finals. About 100 people had gathered on a packed deck at Shuckers Waterfront Grill in North Bay Village, near Miami Beach, to watch the Miami Heat battle the San Antonio Spurs when the structure suddenly collapsed into the ocean.

    The collapse happened around the game’s halftime at 9:45 PM. Police and fire rescue units immediately rushed to the scene, transporting fifteen people to area hospitals with injuries, and fishing others out of the water.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130614/dozens-injured-after-miami-area-bar-deck-collaps

    H/T Faine Greenwood

  • GreenLadyHere


    11:30 AM–Obama hosts a Father’s Day Luncheon.

    — .2:45 PM- –Obama welcomes the WNBA Champion Indiana Fever to the White House.

    He is BUSY “AIR”-day –with a VARIETY o f events –on BEHALF of THIS COUNTRY. – –Therefore – –I’M NOT TRYNTA hear any criticisms!! NONE!! –

  • Miranda

    “Frankly, the Obama administration was more transparent about this effort than we were in the Bush administration,” he said. “I mean, they made this metadata collection activity available to all the members of Congress. Not just all the members of the intelligence committees.” – Michael Hayden, NSA Director under Bush Administration


    Translation: sheeeeeeeit…y’all betta be glad you gettin what you gettin cuz at least O is trying to be open, under Dubya we didnt give a damn.

  • Miranda

    Darrell Issa’s IRS Investigation Is Falling Apart
    By Joshua Green
    June 13, 2013

    When Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in 2010, Representative Darrell Issa of California was supposed to become a star. Issa, who made no secret of his ambition, took over the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, vowing to use the power of his chairmanship to stage hundreds of hearingsand hold the Obama administration to account. Anticipating what he promised would be “constant battle,” the White House hired extra lawyers and braced for the onslaught.

    But Issa wasn’t the force people expected him to be. His biggest investigation, into the botched anti-gun smuggling operation that left a Border Patrol agent dead, incited right-wing talk radio listeners. Beyond that, though, it barely registered. After two years in power, Issa seemed more bark than bite.

    Then came last month’s revelation that IRS agents had singled out Tea Party groups for special scrutiny. Here was an issue that seized public attention and posed a legitimate threat to Obama. Since then, nobody in Congress has pushed harder than Issa to pin the scandal on the White House.

    more here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-13/darrell-issas-irs-investigation-is-falling-apart

    • goldenstar

      Grand Theft Auto breaks down!!!

      • qosine


  • creolechild

    POU, what do you think about this trend. I’m giving it the side-eye…

    Using Social Media to Stop Online Payment Fraud

    Now credit bureaus and payment companies Equifax (EFX), EBay’s (EBAY) PayPal, WePay, and Intuit (INTU) have begun trials to see whether social posts can help prove identities or detect whether customers are lying about their finances.[….] Intuit, the largest seller of personal-finance software and a provider of payment systems, has begun using LinkedIn to help verify the identities of users, whose profiles on the site list detailed employment history and often include endorsements and recommendations from

    Equifax is teaming up with government agencies, both state and federal, to help detect whether citizens who are receiving benefits are truly eligible. The bureau must verify identity, state of residence, the existence of a criminal record, and income level, things that social media can help check, Roy says.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-13/using-social-media-to-stop-online-payment-fraud#r=nav-r-story

    H/T Danielle Kucera

    • morphus

      Creating a new industry plus justification for more data harvesting for brokers to sell. These businesses will best serve taxpayers interest if they focused their attention on businesses fraudulent activities on government contracts.

    • Aquagranny911

      And some people are peeing themselves over NSA data mining? They should be a whole lot more worried about what the corporations are snooping into without any oversight.

      • nellcote

        Really. When was the last time someone was denied credit/housing/employment because of an NSA report?

        • qosine


    • qosine

      I hate this. It’s operating from an assumption that people are
      naturally liars and thieves. They set up these rating systems
      that work against real life, such as refusing to hire someone
      with a lower credit score. How’re you going to get the score
      up without a job?

      That was John Maynard Keynes central insight — that workers COULD be involuntarily unemployed. Up to that point, the neoclassical economic view (formed by powerful rich), was that a wage worker would VOLUNTARILY withdraw his/her work if the wages were too low.

      That’s why the Fed has a dual mandate: 1) for full employment and 2) handle the money supply. Of course, the first mandate was one of the key things *ALL economists since WII started to walk back. Milton Friedman encouraged replacing “full employment” to “the natural rate of unemployment”. That’s a huge conceptual difference.

      *I’m looking at you Paul Krugman, free trader, service sector loving Riksback Bank prize winner.

      So the “job creators” have “free will” (self-determined full menu of unlimited options), while job seekers have “free choice” (a set menu of few options).

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — –2-DAY: — FLAG DAY– -:>)

    — –Flag Day 2013: 9 Things You Never Knew About the American Flag–:>)
    —– –Whether we are singing the National Anthem at a sporting event or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Americans show loyalty and respect to the flag everyday. But June 14 is a national holiday, a day that honors the Star Spangled Banner. Here are some interesting facts about the American flag and the development of its National Day.
    — – -SNIP — – –

    – – -8. Each Year, the President Must Proclaim Flag Day
    In 1949, Congress issued a joint resolution stating that the president must issue a proclamation each year calling for the national observance of the flag, and that it must be displayed on all federal government buildings. On June 7, President Obama issued this year’s Presidential Proclamation of Flag Day and National Flag Week.

    United States Army Theme — -THANK U TROOPS/FAMILIES♥
    THERE IS MORE. – –:>) —

    • qosine

      I decided a while back, I was flying my flag every day during
      PBO’s administration(s). My neighbors/good friends are
      flying their flag, too.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday MornTin’ qosine.♥ —- -***BIG HUG*** :>) –

        — -Look @-chu/all! – — -GT8 idea! :>) –My FLAGS have been up 4 years. —NOW — I will make sure that THEY R HONORING —MR. PRESIDENT! :>) —

        – – —IN HONOR of the DAY [annnd MR. PRESIDENT. :>)]

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

  • Miranda

    oh jeb…..smh

    Michael Falcone ‏@michaelpfalcone30m
    Jeb Bush tells Faith & Freedom audience: “Immigrants are more fertile”

  • creolechild

    Such a convoluted title seeing that Medicaid expansion is a victory for thousands who were uninsured. Jan Brewer should get credit for finally doing the right thing…and btw…what took her so long?

    Arizona Passes Medicaid Expansion, Giving Jan Brewer A Victory For Obamacare

    The Arizona Senate passed legislation Thursday to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act after fierce pressure tactics by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer against her own party. The Arizona House passed the budget measure with the Medicaid expansion earlier Thursday. The bill now goes to the desk of Brewer, who has championed it. It’s expected to cover 300,000 new Arizonans and
    funded predominantly by the federal government.[….]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/arizona-passes-medicaid-expansion-giving-jan-brewer-victory

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! Wishing all a good Friday.

  • Miranda

    Torry Tru ‏@ShortWhiteNUgly
    Me: I found a job!

    Mom: That’s great! What is it?

    Me: debt collection!




    Me: I think you know why I’m calling.

    • qosine

      Mom? Mom?

    • morphus

      Oh Noes!! LOL. Took a minute or two to get it!

      • Alma98


  • Miranda

    Obama’s day: Father’s Day and basketball
    6:15 a.m. EDT June 14, 2013

    President Obama spends Friday looking forward to Father’s Day and honoring the champions of women’s pro basketball.

    At mid-day. Obama hosts a Father’s Day luncheon “to celebrate the importance of strong families and mentorship,” says the White House schedule.

    The president “will be joined by fathers and their children as well as students and leaders from the Becoming a Man (BAM) program at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago,” the White House added.

    Obama met members of the program during a visit to Chicago in February.

    Father’s Day is Sunday.

    This afternoon, Obama hosts a ceremony for the Indiana Fever, champions of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

    “This visit will also continue the tradition begun by the President of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to communities as part of their trip to Washington,” says the White House.

  • creolechild

    Throw It Out And It Powers Your Home: Puerto Rico Turns To Garbage For Renewable Energy

    [….] On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its final approval of an air permit for a 77 megawatt EfW plant, owned by Energy Answers International, a first for the U.S. island territory. The $650 million facility, which will be built in three years in the town of Arecibo, will create thousands of direct and indirect induced jobs, and turn more than 2,100 tons of garbage a day into renewable electricity for more than 76,000 homes on the island. Creating domestic renewable energy is a major necessity since Puerto Rico’s electricity is overwhelmingly derived from imported petroleum, natural gas, and coal.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/06/13/2154241/throw-it-out-and-it-powers-your-home-puerto-rico-turns-to-garbage-for-renewable-energy/

    H/T Matt Kasper

  • creolechild

    Makes you wonder just how many plants there are throughout the country that haven’t been inspected for long periods of time…

    Louisiana Chemical Plant Hasn’t Been Inspected By OSHA In Two Decades

    A petrochemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana that exploded on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 73, has not been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the past two decades, according to an analysis by ThinkProgress. The Williams Olefins plant, which produces about 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene, according to the company’s website, does not have any recorded inspections for plants producing either substance in OSHA’s database since 1993.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/14/2157181/louisiana-chemical-plant-osha/

    H/T Bryce Covert

    • Miranda

      why am I not shocked?

      • qosine

        My BF lived in New Orleans for 10 years, and he
        definitely was not surprised. He has really good
        memories living there, but he figures none of these
        plants have been inspected for who knows how long.

        • creolechild

          Nola is a hotbed of corruption and graft, always has been and probably always will be. Unfortunately, using bribes as a way of getting things done is a time-worn tradition that will not be eliminated easily–sad to say.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — –[Apologies ifff a dup] – – -Gotta –CALL! –‘EM! –OUT!!

    – – –Millionaire GOP Congressmen Are Trying to Cut $20 Billion In Food Stamps For the Poor

    —– As 26 House Democrats take the Food Stamp Challenge, prominent millionaire Republican congressmen are poised to pass a bill that would cut $20 billion from the food stamp program.

    Twenty six House Democrats are trying feed themselves on $31.50 for an entire week. Most of them realized very quickly that $1.50 per meal doesn’t go very far.

    Rep. Hank Johnson (R-GA) (D-GA) appeared on MSNBC’s Politics Nation to discuss his experience so far.

    Video: — – -THERE IS MORE

    – — —A WORD –2 the DISGUSTING -RE-THUCKERS!! — -humph!! —

  • jziglar

    I wanted to make a comment on the decline on white births info that has been spreading around. One thing I see is a false comparison to European migration a century or two ago to people coming here from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the carribean. First of all those immigrants were white so it wasn’t going to be hard for them to assimilate, while the immigrants today are of different races. So the idea of a “new white” sounds ridiculous to me. Majority of people have continued to marry and produce children within their own race, and current multiracial people (ie. Barack Obama) they don’t identify themselves as white only. I think this is wishful thinking on the part of some who can’t handle the change that America is going through.

    • morphus

      Agreed and I believe we wouldn’t be having this conversation if last census racial and ethnic categories remained the same as previous ones. Several years ago, there was a dramatic downwards shift in composition of white prisoner census after the Hispanic prisoners population numbers were reclassified. I realize what I’m about offer is anecdotal BUT during last census Hispanic family members and friends, without prompting, shared their experiences receiving calls from census workers who urged them to change their ethnic categories.

      I’ve said all of this to say, I strongly believe white census numbers have been overstated for some time. IIRC, one of the first WH czars and battles was over census. And, I believe these interracial marriage stories will be used as justification for reports of a rebound in “majority” status in the near future.

      • Alma98

        So true, they’re just repeating history.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – –2nd TIME AROUND -4 —THIS TALENTED “young one”. :>) _- –

    – – — –‘I’m just a proud American’: 11-year-old mariachi singer shrugs off racist backlash to his NBA national anthem performance.– – :>)

    — — –Sebastien De La Cruz, an 11-year-old mariachi sensation, was honored to give his rendition of the national anthem before Game 3 of the NBA final in San Antonio Tuesday, but the touching performance set off a torrent of racist comments targeting the boy online.
    – — -SNIP- –

    Mature well beyond his 11 year, the young singer also addressed the firestorm, tweeting to his followers: ‘Please do not pay attention to the negative people. I am an American living the American Dream. This is part of the American life.’

    In a brief press conference on Wednesday, De la Cruz said that those who speak ill of him known nothing about him, nor the fact that his father served in the U.S. Navy for a long time, Fox News Latino reported.

    ‘People don’t know, they just assume that I’m just Mexican. But I’m not from Mexico, I’m from San Antonio born and raised, a true San Antonio Spurs fan,’ Sebastien said.
    THERE IS MORE.- – —

    —- IGNORE —da —IG-NANTS – –They headed —
    – – – – –HERE!


    • qosine

      He’s just a stellar 11 year old. His tweet must go into
      a Tweet Hall of Fame.

      • GreenLadyHere

        qosine. – — -**fist bump***- — -NICE suggestion. :>) —

        He was TAUGHT WELL by his PARENT/FAMILY. –:>)

        Annnnd — NOW — he’s MADE a “STADIUM of SUPPORTIVE “friends.” –:>) —

  • creolechild

    I don’t think I’m venturing into tinfoil hat territory but I do believe the criminalization of our children is highly orchestrated and is accelerating. Babies in the lower grades to teenagers in high school are being targeted with this nonsense where they’re arrested for minor infractions that previously would have resulted in detention or a trip to the school by parents.

    Texas County Uses Electronic System To File Automatic Criminal Charges For Student Truancy, Complaint Alleges

    In Dallas County, Texas, students as young as 12 face criminal charges and arrest for “truancy” via an electronic system that automatically “pushes” cases to courts based on a student’s attendance record, according to a complaint filed with the Department of Justice. These students are required to represent themselves in these proceedings, and are not permitted the assistance of an attorney, advocate, or even their own parents, meaning they are “almost guaranteed a conviction and all the attendant consequences that file,” the complaint says.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/14/2156481/texas-county-uses-electronic-system-to-file-automatic-criminal-charges-for-student-truancy-complaint-alleges/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

    • jziglar

      Oh it’s no conspiracy. There is an agenda.

    • morphus

      Marian Wright Edelman saw the connections early on and addressed it with her Cradle/School to Prison Pipeline campaigns.

    • rikyrah

      so, you get rid of the Truant Officers, and now, are putting kids into a CRIMINAL DATABASE FOR NOT GOING TO SCHOOL?

    • nellcote

      are not permitted the assistance of an attorney, advocate, or even their own parents,

      That’s got to be unconstitutional!

    • qosine

      Another reason why the GOP wants AG Eric Holder to step down. But he’s not going anywhere. I’ll bet this is on his
      To Do list. This is f(*&)(* horrible.

  • gn

    I just found a back door that gives me direct access to Google’s servers. Here’s a link–check it out: http://www.google.com

    Snowden and Greenwald Beginning to Self-Destruct; ‘The Nation’ and ‘Mother Jones’ Raise Questions http://thedailybanter.com/2013/06/snowden-and-greenwald-beginning-to-self-destruct-the-nation-and-mother-jones-raise-questions/#.UbsH6OLBj7U.twitter

    “Stop trying to distract everyone by talking about Snowden, when the real issue is the greatness of Glenn Greenwald!”


    • creolechild

      GN, this came from the link in your post. Soooo many people who are supporting this kid must feel very foolish right about now after proclaiming him to be some sort of hero. Besides being a thief, it appears that he’s also a consummate liar. How embarrassing for them. Wait, why wasn’t his educational background thoroughly checked when these red flags began to pop up? Yeah, I know….never mind.

      UPDATE: Reuters is reporting that Snowden may have lied about his education in order to be hired by the CIA, etc.

      According to the sources, Snowden told employers he took
      computer classes at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, earned a certificate from the University of Maryland’s campus in Tokyo, and expected in 2013 to earn a master’s degree in computer security from the University of Liverpool in England.

      A Johns Hopkins spokeswoman said she could not find a record of Snowden’s attendance but he may have taken correspondence courses for which records are not kept. A Maryland official confirmed Snowden attended at least one summer class. A Liverpool spokeswoman said Snowden registered for an online master’s degree in computer security in 2011, but did not complete it.

      • gn

        I’ve been lmao all morning watching them on twitter.

        Wait, why wasn’t his educational background thoroughly checked when these red flags began to pop up? Yeah, I know….never mind.

        lmao! You’re such a kidder, Creole…”checked” “thoroughly”…you know GG is allergic to those words.

        • qosine

          I love watching everyone pull down Greenwald’s statue. “Ashes to ashes; dust to dust.” (figuratively only)

          • gn

            Me too. I can’t wait until Sunday when I’ll have time to fully savor the #Fail of this story. Just an epic, epic fail. Epic fail.

  • rikyrah

    Scott Walker’s enemies list
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:35 AM EDT.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), poised to become the new Gov. Ultrasound, recently appointed a college student to the state university system’s board of regents, which ordinarily wouldn’t be especially interesting.

    Except, in this case, Walker withdrew the appointment soon after making it — and that’s proving to be quite interesting, indeed.

    Gov. Scott Walker has withdrawn his appointment of a University of Wisconsin-Platteville student to the UW System’s Board of Regents — a student who signed a petition seeking to remove the governor from office in a recall two years ago.

    “His nomination has been withdrawn,” Walker’s press secretary Tom Evenson confirmed Thursday morning. Evenson did not immediately respond to questions about the reason for the withdrawal.

    It was just Monday when the Republican governor named Joshua Inglett to the UW System Board of Regents, saying in a statement, “I know he will serve the UW System and his fellow students well.” And by all appearances, that confidence made a lot of sense — Inglett is a good student, studying engineering physics at UW-Platteville, and has served as a resident assistant in a dormitory.

    But a few days later, the governor’s office discovered that the student had signed an anti-Walker recall petition two years ago. All of a sudden, the invitation was revoked.


    • Alma98

      He’s such a dick!

      • AxelFoley

        And I don’t feel sorry for WI. They had a chance to get rid of this fucker and they decided to keep him. You gets what you pays for.

        • Alma98

          Oh they’re hollering now Axel cause he coming for them now. Black folks ain’t got nothing left for him to break. lol

    • qosine

      So this elected official, he doesn’t respect the 1st Amendment?
      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma 🙂
      Is your daughter settled in?

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah! She’s packing up her stuff the movers come on the 22nd, I’m already missing her. She has a really nice apartment close to her job so she’s good to go.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD “SUNNY” -MORNTIN’ -Alma98. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – –THANK U –4 the “CUTENESS”. :>) – –A “SUN with SUN glasses”. – -LOL
      Good 2 C U Alma♥. – — Hope “things” – -R better 2-day. :>)-

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma — – -Happy 4 — “DAUGHTER– Alma. :>)- – -BLESS her/Family♥– Amen. :>)

          • Alma98

            Thank you GLH!

    • qosine

      Good morning, Alma. I’ll be your daughter will be missing
      you, too, Alma. You’re such a champion for her accomplishments. Just a phone call/email away.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine, we plan on skyping a lot too,

        • qosine

          That’s how my neighbors talk to their son, his wife, and their grandchild in Canada. They do
          alot of video, so they can watch first step,
          dinner time (!), and play together.

        • Aquagranny911

          Skype is totally awesome!

    • qosine

      Ok, I want this sun on something I wear or carry. Love it.

  • rikyrah

    ANALYSIS: Save Our Black Children From Drowning, Teach Them to Swim

    Jun 13, 2013

    By Michael H. Cottman, BlackAmericaWeb.com Black children are dying at a startling rate, not just by gunfire on the streets – but they are now six times more likely to drown in swimming pools than white children the same age.

    The statistics are deeply disturbing.

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new pool safety report, African American and Hispanic children from five the 14 years old are at greater risk of drowning in a pool.

    Here are a few sobering highlights from CPSC report:

    • Children between the ages of 1 and 3 represented 67 percent of reported fatalities and 64 percent of injuries.
    • African American children between the ages of 5 and 14 are six times more likely to drown in pools than white and Hispanic children that age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • Data from USA Swimming indicate that 70 percent of African American children and 62 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, making them more likely to drown.

    “Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 and minority children drown in pools at an alarming rate,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “The lives of countless children can be saved this summer. Take simple safety steps today—teach all children to swim, put a fence around all pools, and always watch children in and around the water.”

    In August, CPSC will host a booth for the first time at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida where CPSC representatives will distribute safety information to the community as well as work on safety outreach in the community.

    A few years ago, I wrote a column about black children drowning in pools across the country and I pleaded with black parents to teach their children how to swim. Sadly, the situation seems to be getting worse, more black children are drowning, and I find myself making the same plea again today.


    • Aquagranny911

      Unfortunately swimming lessons with a competent teacher are often beyond the means of some parents. What is offered free or low cost at some municipal pools by teenager instructors in the summer may be inadequate.

      We need free or low cost programs available to all with well qualified instructors that start “water survival” for our Kiddos as babies. There is an extensive program in Australia that starts as soon as babies can crawl & adds more water skills as the kiddo ages. I believe this program is free to all children there.

      Four of my grandchildren have been most fortunate to have had a wonderful Australian lady who lives here now teach them from babies using this program. All are good swimmers, even the 5 year old. This was not cheap but was worth every penny for the safety of my precious ones.

      I wish all children could have this.

      • nellcote

        Does the Red Cross still have a learn to swim program?

        • qosine

          Boys and Girls used to have swimming pools, but they changed the model to indoor sports.
          That was a great way to learn swimming.

        • Aquagranny911

          I don’t know. I found the woman who taught my grandkiddos through an article in a local newspaper. The Australian program is so excellent because it first focuses on survival. If a baby falls in the water & can turn himself up to float & keep his head out of the water, this gives precious time for an adult to get to him.

          Small children often don’t have the physical coordination for real ‘swimming’ but they can be taught some skills that will keep them safe in the water. The Australian program expands on this as the child gets older & more coordinated.

          I know our Y has swim lessons but it may be too pricey for a lot of people.

      • RinaX

        We were able to get my niece and nephew into a local Police Athletic League camp this summer, where they are supposed to teach them to swim. I hope the instruction is sufficient, as I really want both of them to learn, especially my niece.

        • Aquagranny911

          You can probably check out the instructors & find out their expertise & experience.

    • Alma98

      We have free swim lessons here unfortunately a lot of parents don’t take advantage of them.

      • Aquagranny911

        That’s a shame. We didn’t learn until we were adults. My baby brother didn’t tell the Gunny at boot camp that he couldn’t swim. He figured he could just “fake it” for the water training. Gunny had to jump in the pool, haul him out & shake him like a water rat, yelling in his face.
        The Gunny made Bro report every morning before wake up call where he taught him to swim.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – –WHA’???? – –SHAMEFUL/RACIST!! – –

    Monument to Michelle Obama ancestor toppled in Ga.– –
    — – — Police in Georgia are investigating after a monument dedicated to one of first lady Michelle Obama’s relatives was knocked over in suburban Atlanta.

    Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton tells WSB-TV
    that a stone monument to Michelle Obama’s great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, was pushed over and will need to be inspected for cracks. The report was aired Monday.

    Officials say Shields was born into slavery in the mid-1800s and
    later settled in Rex, Ga., — about 15 miles southeast of downtown
    Officials say the monument was installed about a year ago, and the
    county commission organized a celebration later this month to recognize Shields’ connection to the White House.

    THERE IS MORE. – – — -SAD! —HATAS!! –***tsk**

    • morphus

      More post-racial America?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ morphus.. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —LOL — -***BIG fist bump*** –

        -THIS is like livin’ in the ’60’s —-the 1860’s!! —-geesh!! — –

        Good 2 C U morphus. :>) —

  • gn

    Have we reached Peak Greenwald? The tell will be whether MSM run unquestioningly with leaks he’s promising still to come

  • gn

    I argue with him a lot, but when he’s right, he’s right:

    So #greenwald is using #snowden to scare broader public & make regular folks think gov is reading their email

  • gn

    Something else I got from twitter this morning (more info re: PRISM which isn’t an NSA program, but just a user interface system—this may have already been posted here when people debunked GG’s PRISM claims days and days ago but for the technically challenged like me, here are a few words on it):

    @GN192 @andrewtshaffer @jeremyduns Guy on ZDNET says it stands for Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization, and Management.

    @GN192 @andrewtshaffer @jeremyduns Has been in use for years,

    @WillardFoxton @GN192 @andrewtshaffer 2007, according to the presentation.

  • rikyrah

    Trent Franks laments ‘spin dryer’
    By Steve Benen

    Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:15 AM EDT

    Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has received quite a bit of attention this week, first for pushing a needlessly punitive anti-abortion bill he knows can’t pass, then again for claiming, “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

    What will he do for an encore? A couple of things, actually, starting with a round of self-pity with a group of activists who thrive on a sense of victimization.

    Rep. Trent Franks, the Arizona Republican under fire for saying the incidence of pregnancies resulting from rape is “very low,” rallied with social conservatives Thursday night in the Capitol.

    About 100 of the activists in town for the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, organized by Ralph Reed, cheered the embattled congressman when he made a surprise, unannounced appearance at a reception in a Senate meeting room.

    “Sometimes we get a little discouraged,” Franks told them. “Believe me, I’ll tell you what, I’ve been through a spin dryer here in the last 48 hours and I wish I hadn’t assisted them so much to that end. But somehow in the long run, truth and time travel the same road. And we are very blessed that the Lord that we serve will prevail in the final analysis no matter what.”

    Yes, apparently we’re supposed to feel sorry for Trent Franks. The poor guy was subjected to the “spin dryer” for a few days, but he’s convinced the “truth” will prevail. (The truth is, Franks has no idea what he’s talking about, and his claims are factually untrue.)


    • Aquagranny911

      Trent Franks is a dung eating cockroach!

      • Daltex82

        LOL! Don’t hold back tell us how you really feel!

  • rikyrah

    Brewer’s Medicaid hardball pays off in Arizona
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:15 AM EDT.

    In an unexpected turn of events, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) recently became one of the nation’s most enthusiastic proponents of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, despite opposition from her Republican allies. In an even more unexpected development, her efforts paid off.

    Last month, Brewer was so determined to get her Republican-run state legislature to accept Medicaid expansion, she vowed to veto every bill approved by lawmakers on any subject until they agreed. When they tested her, the governor followed through on the threat.

    As a result, yesterday, Brewer got what she wanted.


    • qosine

      Well it’s good for people who will now have insurance
      through Medicaid. So good.

  • rikyrah

    Bob Cesca @bobcesca_go

    Just posted a new column about the NSA story and the growing implosion of its main characters. http://thedailybanter.com/2013/06/snowden-and-greenwald-beginning-to-self-destruct-the-nation-and-mother-jones-raise-questions/

    11:20 PM – 13 Jun 2013

    Zandar @ZandarVTS

    New #ZVTS Post: Time To Change The Story Again, Glenn? http://bit.ly/16jxQ5F

    2:32 PM – 13 Jun 2013

    • conlakappa

      Its main characters–loves it! Hasn’t our dear and obsessed with the topicgn been saying it’s a [bad] play?

  • rikyrah

    Snowden and Greenwald Beginning to Self-Destruct; ‘The Nation’ and ‘Mother Jones’ Raise Questions

    By Bob Cesca · June 14,2013

    It’s now been more than a week since Glenn Greenwald reported that the National Security Agency attained “direct access” to servers owned by the various tech giants, Google, Facebook, Apple and so forth. And it’s been almost a week since other sites, now including Mother Jones, The Nation and Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish, began to notice significant issues with his reporting about PRISM.

    I should underscore once again how consequential the “direct access” line happens to be. The implication of “direct access” is clearly that, unbeknownst to the public, the NSA and, apparently, low level IT subcontractors, enjoyed back door access to proprietary server data, horked it at will and, according to Greenwald, did so potentially without a warrant. Rick Perlstein, in a post for The Nation, quoted Mark Jaquith of WordPress who observed that the “direct access” line is “the difference between a bombshell and a yawn of a story.” (I’m sure Perlstein and Jaquith have been inundated with “Obamabot apologist!” accusations for daring to aim an incredulous post in Greenwald’s direction.)

    On his Wednesday podcast, Sam Seder said in support of Greenwald and Snowden, “That guy [Snowden] revealed all of this to us.” But in terms of new news, the “direct access” description is arguably the only aspect of the PRISM item, other than the PRISM PowerPoint and the story of a guy named Edward Snowden who leaked it, that was unknown prior to last week’s reporting. And it’s not holding water under scrutiny. Furthermore, we’ve been aware of the NSA’s eavesdropping efforts, including email, for many years now. In fact, the Obama administration, only three months into its first term weeded out several instances of unwarranted NSA eavesdropping. Kurt Eichenwald covered the NSA’s counter-terrorism efforts in his bestselling book, 500 Days. But this was somehow flushed down the memory hole in lieu of hyperbole and kneejerk mass hysteria over Greenwald and others shouting “fire!” (or “Worse than Bush!”) in a virtual crowded theater.

    Indeed, Greenwald continues to shout “fire!” in the face of mounting concern (see my previous posts) over the veracity of his central scoop. Perlstein also quoted open-source expert Ken Fogel who referred to the use of “direct access” as an “epic botch.” Mother Jones‘ Kevin Drum wrote yesterday, “…the ‘direct access’ claim puzzled me from the start. Even with my modest technical background, I understood immediately that it didn’t make sense.” Wednesday night on Chris Hayes’ MSNBC show, Greenwald weaseled around the questions, saying essentially the same thing he’s said all week: that he summarized the line from the PRISM PowerPoint slide and therefore he’s didn’t botch the story.


  • rikyrah

    Bobfr @Our4thEstate

    You repealed #GlassSteagall, failed at health care reform, passed #DADT & were impeached @BillClinton. We remember -> http://theobamadiary.com/2013/06/14/memo-to-pres-clinton-who-are-you-calling-a-wuss/

    11:13 AM – 14 Jun 2013

    • conlakappa

      But he’s not a wuss, by golly! Do wusses get the blue-dress treatment? Get to redefine what the definition of is is?!

  • rikyrah

    john miller @deaconmill

    The GOP is a genuine threat to the general welfare of this country, but they wouldn’t be in a position to do harm if the media did its job.

    11:22 AM – 14 Jun 2013

    • Daltex82


  • GreenLadyHere

    — –LIVE BLOG: George Zimmerman trial in the Trayvon Martin cas – –

    – – — –UPDATE, 12:41 p.m.: Judge Nelson has called a recess for lunch until 1:40.
    UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: He said he knows that there were
    “accusations of racism”. G63 doesn’t classify himself within a racial
    group and said racism isn’t a part of his daily life.
    UPDATE, 12:29 p.m.: G63 doesn’t listen to media very
    much. He said the three things about the case that he finds significantare “self defense”, “gun laws”, and “it happened in Florida”.
    UPDATE, 12:12 p.m.: O’Mara is now questioning G63.
    UPDATE, 12:00 p.m.: G63 is having difficulty remembering details about the case. He did say that it seems like the same type of people are always protesting and that they “annoy” him. He
    also remembers someone being fired for mishandling the case.

    — —Bu — BYEEEEE! — -B**TURD!! — -geesh!!

    • morphus

      Uh huh, he’s anti-blah people.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL — – ***BIG -fist bump*** – –U betta believe that HE wanted 2 get on that jury.– —

        –THIS: –>G63 doesn’t classify himself within a racial
        group and said racism isn’t a part of his daily life.

        – — -HAH! — I GOT a “GROUP” — 4 HIM[annnd OTHERS] — -TELL HIM. . .— – — – –

  • goldenstar

    This is from the Daily Banter story that has been posted downthread.

    UPDATE: Reuters is reporting that Snowden may have lied about his education in order to be hired by the CIA, etc.

    According to the sources, Snowden told employers he took computer classes at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, earned a certificate from the University of Maryland’s campus in Tokyo, and expected in 2013 to earn a master’s degree in computer security from the University of Liverpool in England.

    A Johns Hopkins spokeswoman said she could not find a record of Snowden’s attendance but he may have taken correspondence courses for which records are not kept. A Maryland official confirmed Snowden attended at least one summer class. A Liverpool spokeswoman said Snowden registered for an online master’s degree in computer security in 2011, but did not complete it.


    • Miranda

      Are you effin kidding me? How the hell you get away with lying bout your education to the freakin CIA? Hell, a black person with a Masters Degree lie bout a juvenile truancy violation and their ass wouldn’t even get pass a first interview.

      • qosine

        morphus is so right about these private contractors
        making up our “government. This is an industry run
        amok, dangerously close to running an intel day labor

      • rikyrah

        who you tellin’

  • qosine

    People typically pay this much for parking spots in Boston?
    Boston woman pays $560K for 2 parking spots.
    “Lisa Blumenthal won the spots in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood during an on-site auction Thursday held in a steady rain by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS had seized the spots from a man who owed back taxes.”

    • Miranda

      Damn lady, you really don’t wanna walk far huh?

      • qosine

        Job creator money trumps funding for food.

    • Aquagranny911

      Parking anywhere in Boston comes at a huge premium. Most ordinary people don’t even have cars.

      • creolechild

        Sorry about the downvote Aqua, meant to hit reply. A lot of people in Boston forego owning cars due to high insurance rates (especially in black neighborhoods), lack of parking space, but more importantly because it’s such a small city that you can get from Point A to Point B by using public transportation or commuter rail. Even people who have cars usually park them in public lots and take public transportation into work because it’s faster and much cheaper option.

        • Aquagranny911

          You can take the “T” all the way to the Southshore & Cape Cod now.

          • creolechild

            They’ve just completed a new commuter rail line not to far from where I live that goes to South Station or beyond. It’s more convenient to be sure but waiting for the other shoe to drop because a lot of seniors have been selling their property and moving out-of-state. And realtors have turned everything they could buy up into condos.

        • qosine

          I asked, because in TN whether in the city, suburb, or the country, you are dead in the
          water without a car. Public transportation
          sucks, which I think is a result of Jim Crow in
          largely farmland area. I would love a bullet
          train hooked into local light commuter rail.

          • creolechild

            Same with New Orleans but here it’s a different animal. Boston is a walker-friendly city. Transportation has vastly improved over time as far as schedules being maintained and frequency of buses and trains. But it’s completely doable and less expensive and you can literally get from one end of the city to another. At the last school I attended, a group of classmates commuted from Rhode Island to Boston every week to attend classes. When they drove instead of using the commuter rail, they were always late because they ended up being tied up in traffic.

          • qosine

            That sounds wonderful, creolechild. This is the
            first place I’ve lived where you can’t operate
            without a car.

          • Town

            Yeah, if you live in Richmond, you are SOL if you don’t have a car. Because the bus line doesn’t run where a lot of the jobs are. We can’t have “those people” able to come into “our area,” you see.

            If you want to go to the grocery store, you needs a car. In certain parts of the city they don’t have any grocery stores or they have just 1. They have crappy mom & pop shops with dusty boxes & wilted produce. So, to get fresh food, you need to go to the county. Except the bus doesn’t run out to the county often so you need a car. If you don’t have a car, you’re SOL.

            If you want to go to say, Walmart, Kmart or Target, you need a car. The nearest Walmart to the east side of Richmond is 2 counties away. The bus DOES NOT run to the Walmart AT ALL (redneck county, they ain’t having it). So you need a car or you are SOL.

            Riding a bike? Forget about it. There are not bike lanes and it’s scary riding near bike riders for fear of hitting them. Plus everything is so spread out it would take you forever to get from A to B. You are SOL.

          • qosine

            This is sounds like around here.

            But, since the 2010 census, our population is over 100K, so our town has started a public bus system, since we can get fed funding. Of course elected officials never mention this. They’re just a bunch of ol’ boot strappers (roll eyes).

            The first routes were really useful — Walmart, CVS/Walgreens, Social Security Office, Public Housing 4 areas, Senior Citizens center, Water, and Electric Company.

            Recently, they’ve set up protected bench areas, a downtown central bus depot, and have added more routes. We have a university, so students can board their
            bikes, and there is wheelchair access, too.

            It’s actually become popular with minimum
            bullshit about THEM. Our former long-time
            Democratic rep did a lot with biking, walking, and water ways with money that the current Tea Party asshole can’t touch, so the projects keep rolling out.

            We have a lot of Japanese families who live here, and they are amazed at how little anyone walks around here (wonder why the Southern population has health problems).

            I’m crossing fingers. This is a surprising area
            of progress.

    • creolechild

      Boston is infamous for people putting chairs, traffic cones, and other objects in parking spots they’ve dug out after a snowstorm. It’s generally understood that you do not mess with someone’s spot but I have seen fights break out over someone removing an object and parking in that space. Police tend to side with whoever did the shoveling…too funny!

      • rikyrah

        Same in Chicago.
        Park in somebody’s spot after a snowstorm and they’ve done all the digging and left a chair.
        folks are not playing with you.

        • creolechild

          I’m trying to tell you…that’s some serious shit around here. Ain’t nobody trying to have it!

  • gn

    WARNING Libertarians: Civil Rights heroes r NOT discount coupons for media hogs who know zilch abt discrimination @ChrisLHayes @Alexwagner

    i see why “progressives” continually want to co-opt black heros. they’re HORRIBAD at picking their own.

    • qosine

      zizii’s on it! Keep these tweets coming.

    • qosine

      Who do they have? Seriously, can you think of any?

    • Aquagranny911

      Go Zizi!!!

    • rikyrah


  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — -SADLY —A DAY of REMEMBRANCE: – -***head bow*** –AMEN. —

    Day of Remembrance Marks 6 Months Since Sandy Hook Shooting— — —
    Six months ago today, 20 elementary school students and six educators were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in the close-knit Sandy Hook community in Newtown, Conn.
    Victims’ families and community members paused for a moment of silence just after 9:30 a.m. then spoke of remembrance and change.

    “We know all, of the sudden, these kids where learning in their classroom and their lives were taken within minutes,” said Jillian Soto, the sister of Newtown shooting victim Victoria Soto. “I wish that I can be half the woman that she was because she was amazing.”

    Victoria’s sister Carlee Soto said they are not forgetting loved ones and don’t want anyone else to either.

    Throughout the day, the names of more than 6,000 people killed by a firearm in the United States since the tragedy at Sandy Hook will be read outside of town hall in Newtown.
    THERE IS MUCH MORE. – – – – –