September 2, 2014

Friday Open Thread: African-American Stuntmen and Stuntwomen

This week’s open threads have highlighted the background of  several African-American stuntmen and stuntwomen.

Alex  A. Brown

Alex A. Brown was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and is a product of the Duval County School System. He was a member of the FAMU Marching 100 Rattlers Band while attending Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Following a brief stay in the Big Apple, Mr. Brown moved to Los Angeles, California in 1963. As the city regrouped from the upheaval of the 1965 Watts Riots, Alex found himself working as a “Movie Extra” from time to time.

 

He was soon bitten by the “Movie Business Bug” and it became his life’s work. He joined a group of guys known as the “Buffalo Soldiers Parade Unit” that was being personally trained to be cowboys by the great Woody Strode and John Russell. The 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers appeared in the Tournament of Roses, Hollywood Santa Claus Lane and Watts Parades as well as the parade scene in the movie “Hello Dolly”. In 1967, Alex Brown became one of the original members of the Black Stuntmen Association (BSA) founded by Eddie Smith and served as the first Secretary of the group. The BSA was to the Movie Industry what the NAACP was to Integration. The early work of the Black Stuntmen afforded him an active career as an Actor-Stuntman for over 40 years.

He has appeared in numerous movies, television shows and commercial advertisements like, Cleopatra Jones, Dirty Harry, Blazing Saddles, Coming to America, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, and plenty others. Other professional affiliations have included Screen Actors Guild, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Stunts Peer Group and the Tom Anthony and Rawn Hutchinson Stunt Driving Teams. Alex resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 44 years, Karen, and continues to work in the Business. He is enjoying his family, one son, two daughters and five grandsons.

 

***Information courtesy of  Black Stuntmens Association***

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

    Mornin’ POU!

    This story gets stranger by the minute…

    James Henry Brooks Sr., Georgia city official, arrested in slain baby case
    By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press

    ATLANTA (AP) — A city official in Georgia has been arrested on charges of willfully obstructing law enforcement and influencing a witness in the case involving a 13-month-old boy who was fatally shot last week.

    AlanDavid Tucker, an attorney representing Brunswick city commissioner and mayor pro tem James Henry Brooks Sr., tells WTLF-TV (http://fcnews.tv/161O2Gc ) Brooks was arrested for stepping between police and the mother of 17-year-old suspect De’Marquise Elkins when police tried speaking with her during a court appearance Monday.

    MORE: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/james-henry-brooks-sr-georgia-city-official-arrested-in-slain-baby-case#ixzz2OvrLSUSn

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    There’s a Snake in the Garden: Scandal Episode 17 Recap

    [ 7 ] March 29, 2013 | Luvvie

    The fact that the last episode of Scandal ended without me rolling on carpet shoulda let me know that Shonda was preparing to slay all our feelings this week. I shoulda been ready, but I wasn’t. Let’s just get right into it.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2013/03/snake-in-the-garden-scandal-217-recap.html#comment-127951

    • crazycanuck

      I was on the floor myself lol. I agree with her about Liv’s place, that is ridiculous that he can just go into her place and bug it. Shonda better make that believable.

      • isonprize

        I’ve been saying that since they snatched chick from Liv’s apartment. Huck should be all over her place!

  • rikyrah

    GOP congressman uses anti-Latino racial slur

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    In the wake of Republican defeats in the 2012 elections, party leaders came to a few specific conclusions. They wouldn’t change the party’s policy agenda, but they would focus on rhetoric and choosing better words to communicate the GOP’s vision, while also making minority outreach a priority.

    Of course, the two goals are sometimes intertwined. Perhaps, the theory goes, the GOP would have more success with minority communities if the party communicated with these voters more effectively.

    But at this point, Republicans actually seem to be going backwards.

    Rep. Don Young’s use of an ethnic slur to describe the California farmworkers who picked tomatoes for his father threatens to become an embarrassment for a Republican Party trying to court Latino voters.

    In a radio interview in Ketchikan Tuesday, Young, R-Alaska, called the workers “wetbacks.” [...] “I used to own – my father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes. You know it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/29/17515566-gop-congressman-uses-anti-latino-racial-slur?lite

    • Miranda

      (CNN) – Longtime Alaska Rep. Don Young, 79, attempted to clarify Thursday his use of the derogatory term “wetbacks” to describe immigrant workers in an interview earlier this week.

      “I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California,” the Republican congressman said in astatement issued to a local television station in Anchorage. “I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.”
      http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/29/alaska-congressman-walks-back-wetbacks/comment-page-1/
      ______________________________

      *facepalm*…….I don’t think it was a term of endearment during your days growing up sir.

      • conlakappa

        Whatever happened to the corruption charges he was facing? My encounter with his office is that during the post-Trent Lott “really, we likes the Negros” hiring extravaganza by the Rs on the Hill, the man who was his driver became an issues person. He kept not meeting with me because he had to pick up Mrs. Young from the airport, the congressman’s dry-cleaning, etc. Nice enough guy but hardly familiar with what we were supposed to discuss.

  • conlakappa

    So yesterday wasn’t all that great of a day, with funky news, nearly being run over, and having to sit through a performance review [this is the first time I've had one in years and this job has quite a different approach of not just paper but live feedback] but the ending of the workday at least had the perfect amount of bathos: I saw a guy who looked like a mashup of Chuck Berry and Christopher Lloyd as Jim Ignatowski. He looked “off,” was wearing a camo jacket but light-colored pants; a skull cap with his conkolene poking out from underneath it; and was carrying not one but two chainsaws. He was holding them at his sides and facing backwards, as if that made a difference. I could barely drive for laughing like a loon.

    • isonprize

      Calgon, take me away….

      • conlakappa

        Ha! That might have been a good idea but I had a 7:00 call for work so no such refreshment right after work. Chainsaw guy did help break the mood though.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB/POU FAM♥ – -***BIG HUG** —What an EXCITIN’ CAREER – -WORKIN’ UNDER the INFLUENCE of the “BUFFALO SOLDIERS.” :>) Annnd –MR.PRESIDENT WILL TRAVEL 2 “HOSTILE TERRITORY”—EVIL/VILE-Gov Rick Scott. -humph!!

    – - —☻He RODE LIKE a “BUFFALO SOLDIER” – –Woo! Hoo!
    - — – - – ☺-He joined a group of guys known as the “Buffalo Soldiers Parade Unit” that was being personally trained to be cowboys by the great Woody Strode and John Russell. The 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers appeared in the Tournament of Roses,
    - — – - -☺A FIRST – -Alex Brown became one of the original members of the Black Stuntmen Association (BSA) founded by Eddie Smith and served as the first Secretary of the group.

    — –☻BEST WISHES –MR. PRESIDENT: –
    Fla. Gov. Rick Scott blasts Obama on eve of Miami visit

    - – - -He BETTA —”FALL BACK!! – –annnd —STEP OFF!” -

    –☻ENJOY YOUR TREAT –[Brrr. .:>)] — THANK U PBOMB! :>) –B BLESSED 2-DAY. – :>)


    Buffalo Soldier
    -[A "Buffalo Soldier" was an associate Minister in my church. :>) Loved listinin' 2 his stories. :>)] – –

  • rikyrah

    NRSC uses Gore smear to attack Markey

    By Steve Benen

    Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:22 AM EDT

    As Massachusetts’ Senate special election approaches, Republicans are becoming increasingly aggressive in their attacks on the Democratic frontrunner, Rep. Ed Markey (D). But yesterday’s criticisms of the congressman were a little more interesting than most.

    The National Republican Senate Committee accused Markey yesterday of claiming he “invented the satellite dish, low-cost mobile phone calls, and the ability for cable companies to provide long distance service.” The NRSC added, “Perhaps Markey can use the technology he invented to call, tweet, or message his friend Al Gore, inventor of the internet.”

    ……………………………………

    The problem, of course, is that the National Republican Senate Committee is lying. For one thing, Al Gore never claimed to be the inventor of the Internet. It just never happened — Republicans distorted a Gore comment, the media uncritically ran with it, and a ridiculous smear quickly entered the public consciousness.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/29/17516477-nrsc-uses-gore-smear-to-attack-markey?lite

  • rikyrah

    Obama follows through on voting commission

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:47 AM EDT

    On Election Night 2012, President Obama added a line to his speech that wasn’t in the original text: referencing election reform, he said, “By the way, we have to fix that.”

    In January, Obama referenced the issue again in his inaugural address: “Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.” And in February’s State of the Union address, the president went a step further, not only emphasizing the need for election reforms, but vowing to create “a nonpartisan commission to improve the voting experience in America — and it definitely needs improvement.”

    The good news for reform proponents is, Obama followed through yesterday, signing an executive order to establish the commission. The bad news is, the commission faces an uphill climb.

    The commission will be headed by the lawyers for last year’s presidential campaigns: Robert Bauer, who represented Mr. Obama, and Benjamin Ginsberg, who represented his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. Mr. Bauer has long been Mr. Obama’s legal adviser and served a stint as his White House counsel. In addition to Mr. Romney, Mr. Ginsberg represented former President George W. Bush during both of his campaigns and the 2000 recount.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/29/17516129-obama-follows-through-on-voting-commission?lite

  • rikyrah

    Martin O’Malley ✔ @GovernorOMalley

    BREAKING: Maryland added 10,500 jobs in February. We’ve now recovered over 94% of the jobs lost during the recession.

    2:01 PM – 29 Mar 13

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: —UPDATE on “Madiba” Mandela: :>) [Scuse the PIC. There R Many MORE - -#2! --Woo! Hoo!] —

    – - -South Africa: Nelson Mandela making progress in hospita-

    — -South Africa’s presidency says Nelson Mandela is in good spirits and is making steady progress during hospital treatment for a recurring lung infection.
    The office of President Jacob Zuma also says in a statement that the 94-year-old former president enjoyed a full breakfason Friday morning.

    Soweto Gospel Choir – Avulekile Amasango/One Love – :>)- –PRAYING 4 him. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —O,K. – - -The INSURANCE was posted yesterday. Here’s YET ANOTHER LAYER of the “ONION”[NOT that 1. :>)] –

    Daughter Of Georgia Mom Whose Baby Was Killed Claims Mom May Have Killed Him For Insurance Money -

    – - -Ashley Glassey, 21, daughter of Sherry West, the mother of a 13-month old baby who was allegedly shot by De’Marquise Elkins while they were out for a morning stroll, believes that her mother may have killed the baby for the insurance money, reports First Coast News.

    Glassy says that her mother lost custody of her when she was 8-years-old but they have spoken regularly since 13-month old Antonio Santiago was fatally shot in the face. According to Glassy, her mother’s story has changed several times.
    - –SNIP – -
    -Glassey says her mother is bipolar and has schizophrenic tendencies. Shebelieves her mother is on medication but could not tell me any
    prescriptions specifically.

    THERE IS MORE. – — RIHEP♥

    –CURIOUSER –annnnd – -CURIOUSER! —WATCHIN’ – - – - -

    • rikyrah

      folks been saying all along that something smells in this case.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** :>) – -
        –**fist bump** —SLOWLY but –SURELY. . . . .:>)
        Good 2 C Urikyrah. :>)

    • TyrenM

      So…she doesn’t comprehend that she won’t get paid when (yes when) she’s found guilty of murder?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ TyrenM. ***BIG HUG** :>)
        - —***fist bump***- — –Cain’t WAIT 2 get 2 the END of this INCIDENT! —***sigh*** :>) -

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Why Mike Kelly ‘got distracted’

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:34 AM EDT.

    If you’ve ever had the impression that congressional Republicans just don’t take public policy seriously enough, it’s not your imagination.

    Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) was assigned to write legislation that would cut $380 million in loan guarantees to clean-energy companies. But nothing happened with that idea, because Kelly never wrote a bill. He got distracted.

    “It was a priority, and it remains an issue of interest. But Mike’s efforts shifted when he chose to focus more on holding the administration accountable with regards to [Operation] Fast and Furious. And then when the Benghazi tragedy occurred, that took the cake,” said Kelly’s spokesman, Tom Qualtere.

    It’s worth noting that cutting $380 million in loan guarantees to clean-energy companies is a truly awful idea. The United States should be expanding these investments, which are not only good for the economy, but also improve innovation and international competition, while positioning the country well for a changing energy-policy landscape.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/29/17517191-why-mike-kelly-got-distracted?lite

    • conlakappa

      Sigh. Everything is now noun-verb-Benghazi with these people.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —DANG —RACIST RE-THUCKERS!! –Open mouth – –INSERT RACIST FOOT!! —-THEN — Offer a –FAUX-pology! -geesh!
    — -North Dakota Republican Apologizes For Alleged Indian Reservation Remark -[Rep. Kevin Cramer denies say he felt unsafe, but apologized for his “tone” at meeting with Native Americans] – -
    – – Rep. Kevin Cramer apologized Thursday after an advocate for Native American victims of domestic violence wrote Cramer said he felt unsafe on Indian reservations thanks to the Violence Against Women Act.
    The advocate, Melissa Merrick, said Cramer told her, “as a non-Native man, I do not feel secure stepping onto the reservation now.” By “now,” Cramer meant after the passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

    – –SNIP –
    On Thursday, Merrick posted her version of a recent meeting between Cramer, Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and the North Dakota Council on Abused women Services to the blog Last Real Indians.
    Many Republicans on Capitol Hill opposed the legislation on Capitol Hill because they said provisions in the law would make non-Native men accused of assaulting women on reservation subject to the tribal legal system. Though Cramer voted for VAWA,he expressed concerns over the tribal provisions.
    – -SNIP – –
    Cramer disputed Merrick’s recollection of the meeting in an interview with the Grand Forks Herald, but apologized for how he came off in the discussion.

    THERE IS MORE ——-KRAP!! — –From the Racist YT! –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: – -Soledad’s LAST DAY: —

    – - – -Soledad O’Brien Bids Farewell to ‘Starting Point’ (Watch)- -
    – - – -Today was Soledad O’Brien‘s last day hosting CNN’s “Starting Point,” and the veteran journalist took a trip down memory lane with her panel during the show’s “End Point” segment.

    Will Cain and Roland Martin spoke of their good relationship with
    O’Brien, both personally and professionally, while Ryan Lizza gave “a
    shout-out to a year’s worth of some of the best interviews with
    politicians.” John Berman lamented that “John Sununu could not be here this morning” — and thanked O’Brien for an “interesting, fantastic year.”

    O’Brien herself spoke of the chance CNN has given her “to cover some of the biggest stories” of our time. Specifically, she told an anecdote about Hurricane Katrina coverage, recalling the standing ovation the team received “because we had covered the story so well.”
    – -SNIP – - -
    O’Brien will still be producing specials/documentaries for CNN and will be working with her production company on those projects going
    forward. CNN’s new, still-unnamed morning show — co-hosted by Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan — will premiere later this spring
    [THIS - -ANY People of COLOR bein' considered??]
    Watch O’Brien’s farewell below.

    THERE IS MORE. – — – - — BEST WISHES. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: —PRESIDENT Obama To Deliver Economic Speech At 2 PM ET In Miami – –

    – –President Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech on the economy at 2
    p.m. ET Friday in Miami, the White House said. Obama’s speech is
    scheduled after the President tours a tunnel project at Port Miami.

    — -Lookin’ FORWARD – - -> :>) – -

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Keep talking about jobs, Mr. President

    Posted by Greg Sargent on March 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

    With the country mired in extended sequestration, and Congress trapped in a stalemate over how much austerity to impose, it’s good to see that President Obama today plans to renew his push for infrastructure investment to create jobs and get the economy going. The Associated Press reports that Obama will today unveil a plan to create jobs by encouraging more private investment in highways and other infrastructure projects — and with billions in new federal spending on infrastructure, partly via a national “infrastructure bank” that was originally proposed during Obama’s first term.

    It appears Obama will propose new spending in his forthcoming budget, which will call for a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. The White House is likely to argue that deficit reduction measures can co-exist with new spending on infrastructure, research, and early-childhood education, which will be offset by other unspecified budget changes.

    Obviously new spending is a nonstarter among Republicans, as the President’s partial emphasis on private infrastructure investment makes clear. But Obama should continue pushing infrastructure spending, anyway. For one thing, it’s highly popular: A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans — and even 53 percent of Republicans — support new federal spending to put people to work on infrastructure repairs. For another, the notion that we should prioritize spending to get the economy going over deficit reduction in the short term has been entirely marginalized from the Washington conversation, which remains trapped in a dialog between “balanced” austerity (the Dem push for a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes) and extreme austerity (the Paul Ryan budget).

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/03/29/the-morning-plum-keep-talking-about-jobs-mr-president/

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — – Promise MADE: – — Promise –CARRIED OUT: – –:>)

    – - -[President] Obama Establishes Commission On Voting–:>) -
    - — Following up on a promise made in his State of the Union speech, President Obama signed an executive order Thursday creating the Presidential Commission of Election Administration to address problems voters faced at the polls last November, according to the Associated Press.

    The top lawyer for Obama’s re-election campaign, Bob Bauer, will
    co-chair the commission with the top lawyer for Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign, Ben Ginsburg.

    The commission will have six months after its first meeting to send areport to the president on how to address voting issues, including longlines at the polls, voter registration and voter access.
    Lookin’ FORWARD – –>. . . .

  • Miranda

    Malicious Obstruction in the Senate
    The Editorial Board

    Earlier this month, during one of his new across-the-aisle good-will tours, President Obama pleaded with Senate Republicans to ease up on their record number of filibusters of his nominees. He might as well have been talking to one of the statues in the Capitol. Republicans have made it clear that erecting hurdles for Mr. Obama is, if anything, their overriding legislative goal.

    There is no historical precedent for the number of cabinet-level nominees that Republicans have blocked or delayed in the Obama administration. Chuck Hagel became the first defense secretary nominee ever filibustered. John Brennan, the C.I.A. director, was the subject of an epic filibuster by Senator Rand Paul. Kathleen Sebelius and John Bryson, the secretaries of health and human services and commerce, were subjected to 60-vote confirmation margins instead of simple majorities. Susan Rice surely would have been filibustered and thus was not nominated to be secretary of state.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/opinion/malicious-obstruction-in-the-senate.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

  • Miranda

    For federal workforce, the furlough terrain is uneven

    Every U.S. Park Police officer will be off the job for 14 days — but the national parks they patrol will be staffed. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will shut down for seven days starting in May, after concluding that staggering furloughs for 9,000 employees would create too much paperwork.

    Customs and Border Protection agents are waiting to hear whether the 14 unpaid days they were told to expect will disappear as they did for meat inspectors and federal prison staff. And the Pentagon announced Thursday that it would cut its planned furlough days from 22 to 14.

    This is the uncertain and uneven landscape of the furloughs that in less than three weeks will begin to affect more than half of the nation’s 2 million federal employees.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-federal-workforce-the-furlough-terrain-is-uneven/2013/03/28/056c0c2a-96f6-11e2-814b-063623d80a60_story.html?hpid=z1

    • conlakappa

      Only at the end of the article, when on-base library and daycare are mentioned does it get real and diverge from all other reporting about the sorts of extras that have been put on hold. This morning on CBS is talk about Navy and Air Force air shows.

      • Miranda

        I’ve noticed the media likes to concentrate on air shows and WH tours and limited hours at museums and such. Its disgraceful the way the media is trying to pretend like its just all fun and trivialness that’s being affected and not people’s damn jobs and livelihood.

        • conlakappa

          Which is what I was going to say about the Wash Post article until it got the very end and the woman is complaining about losing her job and childcare. It’s my hometown rag so I’m used to it never getting it right. Next will we read that generals cannot maintain their second families?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - – - -POSITIVE –ECONOMIC NEWS: – - -

    – -S&P Rocks, Hits All-Time High
    – - The S&P 500 got over the mountain Thursday, reaching a record closing high on the final trading day of the quarter.

    The U.S. stock market benchmark passed its previous record set in 2007, hitting a new high some five years after a mortgage-backed security crisis sent the world’s largest economy into its worst recession in more than 70 years. The S&P 500 climbed 0.4% to close at 1569.19, trumping its former record of 1,565.15 reached on October 9, 2007. – —

    – - —EXCEPT 4 criticisms —the RIGHT-LEANING MSM- –hasn’t said MUCH — -as it relates 2 MR. PRESIDENT. — – –***sigh*** –

    • Guns3000

      President Obama is destroying the economy.

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

    Gov. Christie caught in another lie. I wonder who he’ll blame this time?

    FEMA warned Christie administration that AshBritt contract could jeopardize federal funding
    By Jarrett Renshaw/The Star-Ledger

    TRENTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned the Christie administration just days after Hurricane Sandy that its decision to award a no-bid contract to a politically connected firm to haul away debris could jeopardize maximum
    federal reimbursement for towns, The Star-Ledger has learned.

    For months, Gov. Chris Christie has dismissed critics who said his
    decision to give the Florida-based AshBritt Inc. a contract could add
    costs for taxpayers in 53 New Jersey towns that employed the firm.

    Christie and his staff also say FEMA all but endorsed the contract,
    which was “piggybacked,” or taken word for word, from a 2008 contract
    AshBritt had signed with Connecticut.

    But a letter sent to Christie by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
    last month discloses the state was warned reimbursments could be at risk because of the contract.

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/fema_warned_christie_administr.html

    • conlakappa

      Let his wife’s non-dispensing charity bear the cost. That way she’ll know that it was all legitimate. /stinkeye

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: – — -POSITIVE BLACK YOUTH NEWS – —:>) – -

    – —Camden Sophisticated Sisters step to success-
    - – -Tawanda “Wa-Wa” Jones, leader of the Camden Sophisticated Sisters drill team, coaches youth about the meaning of sophistication and discipline. She runs her step and dance program out of a space in the ground floor of the water tower in Camden, New Jersey.- –

    BEST WISHES – - – -BLESS U♥/the YOUTH♥- —-

    —[ Just saw THIS covered on cnn. --I KNOW -HUH? :>)] —

    - —Michael Jackson Heal the World — AMEN. –RIHEP -MJ♥

  • Miranda

    Assault Rifle Stolen from Primary Source for Utah GOP on Gun Issues

    Police in Utah are searching for an AR-15 stolen from the vehicle of Clark Aposhian, a prominent gun lobbyist and instructor. This is no accidental relationship. He drives “a red car with a yellow bumper sticker announcing: ‘I am the gun lobby.’” A Utah paper describes his relationship with legislators, “Utah legislators fire off questions to ‘primary source’ Clark Aposhian; they respect his steady grip on firearms issues.”

    Not such a steady grip, apparently.

    more here: http://www.politicususa.com/utah-gop-primary-source-gun-issues-assault-weapon-stolen-vehicle.html

  • Miranda

    Obama administration moves ahead with sweeping rules requiring cleaner gasoline

    The Environmental Protection Agency will move ahead Friday with a rule requiring cleaner gasoline and lower-pollution vehicles nationwide, amounting to one of President Obama’s most significant air pollution initiatives, according to people briefed on the decision.

    The proposed standards would add less than a penny a gallon to the cost of gasoline while delivering an environmental benefit akin to taking 33 million cars off the road, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made yet.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-administration-moves-ahead-with-sweeping-rules-requiring-cleaner-gasoline/2013/03/28/4ea2e01c-97cd-11e2-814b-063623d80a60_story.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - – -Meanwhile —In Wisconsin —WALKER is CONTINUING 2 RUIN the STATE – — Annnd LIE!! —-geesh!! – –
    – -Walker Wrecks Wisconsin as State Plunges to 44th in Private Sector Job Growth

    — -How’s that union busting for job creation thingie working out? Oh, a nice, slow, painful race to the bottom.
    Remember when Scott Walker promised 250,000 additional private sector jobs if only the voters would elect him Governor of Wisconsin? Well, they did but he hasn’t delivered. Wisconsin has fallen again, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics report. They are now at 44 out of 50 states for private sector job growth from September 2011 to September2012.

    For years, Walker has been manipulating numbers in order to hide the truth, but today’s report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the final nail in his job creation shell game.

    From September 2011 to September 2012, employment increased in 276 of the 328 largest U.S. counties, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. But in Wisconsin, private sector job growth trails the nation.

    – - – -COMMENT: – j
    Walker is nothing but a paid slave of the Koch brothers, he was
    crooked before he became governor and is crooked now, he appears to continually be raising money for lawyers to keep him out of prison for his prior crooked deals.

    YET – –he was VOTED BACK INTO OFFICE!! —geesh!! – -

    • Alma98

      Yes he’s a disaster GLH, he has got to go. We’ll see if people choose racism over there best interests. And the democrats have to get out the vote.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Alma98. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        – –**fist bump*** – –Pardon me 4 not checkin’ with OUR RESIDENT EXPERT. :>) –
        THANK U 4 this information. :>) GOTV! — -:>)

        Good 2 C U Alma. :>) –

      • conlakappa

        The State party communications apparatus needs to be working on its messaging now, as it should have learned during the failed recall that was as much centered on spin as anything. The racism being at the heart and lungs of it but certainly given blood and oxygen with the KochBros. message of, “let’s stick with what we’ve got…” It gave them cover for their racism while allowing them to think they were clinging to values.

        • Alma98

          Believe it or not so called democrats helped to reelect this cretin. They said he shouldn’t be recalled over his policies, he didn’t do anything illegal. Maybe now that we’re 44th in nation in job creation they’ll get off their asses. As you can tell I’m still pissed.

          • conlakappa

            As well you should be! From where I sit many miles away, the State party did not have it’s act together, hoping the unions would do the heavy work and finally hoping the President and lower-rung though big ticket Ds [yes, Bill, I'm looking at you, Bill C.] would ride in and take care of things. But the Rs/Koch money was very targeted with going along with the devil you know.

          • Alma98

            Yep.

  • GreenLadyHere

    1918 – Singer Pearl Bailey was born in Newport News, Virginia. -:>)

    – -Pearl Bailey – Hello Dolly – FUN TIMES. :>)

    – - -Pearl Bailey Tribute – -[Usta like her TV SHOW] :>)

    – - –Pearl Mae Bailey (1918 — 1990) was an American singer and actress. She made her Broadway debut in “St. Louis Woman” in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in “Hello, Dolly!” in 1968. Her rendition of “Takes Two to Tango” hit the top ten in 1952. In 1954, she took the role of Frankie in the film version of “Carmen Jones”, and her rendition of “Beat Out That Rhythm on the Drum” is one of the highlights of the film. She also starred in the Broadway musical “House of Flowers”. In 1959, she played the role of Maria in the film version of “Porgy and Bess”, starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. Also that year she played the role of “Aunt Hagar” in the movie “St. Louis Blues” alongside Mahalia Jackson, Eartha Kitt and Nat King Cole. During the 1970′s she had her own television show, and she also provided voices for animations such as “Tubby the Tuba” (1976) and Disney’s “The Fox and the Hound” (1981). Later in life, she earned a B.A. in Theology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 1985. She was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom on October 17, 1988. – –

    – - – -HAPPY BIRTHDAY –2 the L8 – -GR8 –”PEARL” –:>) – -

    • Alma98

      Thanks for this GLH I love, love, love Pearl Bailey. She was a take no b.s. kind of woman.

      • GreenLadyHere

        THANK U Alma. :>) – –**fist bump** – -LOL. —That was her. :>) —ENJOY. – –I’ll post more. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - -MORE – –POSITIVE ECONOMIC NEWS – - -

    – –Unemployment Fell in February in 22 US States- -

    Unemployment rates fell in 22 U.S. states in February from January, a sign that hiring gains are benefiting many parts of the country.
    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in 12 states and were unchanged in 16.

    Nationally, the unemployment rate slid to a four-year low of 7.7
    percent in February, down from 7.9 percent in January. Since November, employers across the country have added an average of 200,000 jobs a month, nearly double the average from last spring.

    States hit hardest during the recession are showing improvement.

    In Nevada, unemployment dropped to 9.6 percent last month, down from 11.8 percent a year ago. That’s the biggest year-over-year decrease among states. –Woo! Hoo! –

    — -***waves @ –MR. PRESIDENT!***- – -Woo! Hoo! – –
    P.S. –Di-ent C the -HEADLINES – –in the –RIGHT-LEANING MSM! — geesh!!- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT!! — -MR. PRESIDENT is ON NOW! 1:44EST– -[C-SPAN; msnbc] —He’s ON FI-YAH! :>) – -

    • GreenLadyHere

      - -HIS PLAN: – - -A Partnership 2 Rebuild America” —- 2 ATTRACT PRIVATE INVESTORS. :>) —-[SCA-USE msnbc - --Went 2 OTHER THANGS!! - - -WHA'?? --geesh!!]

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

    Bob Teague, WNBC Reporter Who Helped Integrate TV News, Is Dead at 84
    By DOUGLAS MARTIN Published: March 28, 2013

    Bob Teague, who joined WNBC-TV in New York in 1963 as one of the city’s first black television journalists and went on to work as a reporter,
    anchorman and producer for more than three decades, died on Thursday in New Brunswick, N.J. He was 84.

    The cause was T-cell lymphoma, his wife, Jan, said.

    Mr. Teague, who lived in Monmouth Junction, N.J., established a
    reputation for finding smart, topical stories and delivering them in a
    sophisticated manner. Though he later criticized TV news as superficial
    and too focused on the appearance of reporters and anchors, his own good looks and modulated voice were believed to have helped his longevity.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/business/media/bob-teague-wnbc-reporter-who-helped-integrate-tv-news-dead-at-84.html?hpw&_r=0

    • Alma98

      RIP.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – - — THANK U. – –A TRUE BLAH JOURNALIST! -:>)

      -RIHEP — -with our — -THANKS. :>)

    • morphus

      RIP Mr. Teague

    • Miranda

      RIP

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

    In today’s “That’s Mighty White of You..” headlines….

    Re: Don Young, look, old people sometimes use outdated racist terms. I’ve met old people who voted for Obama and called him “colored.”— daveweigel (@daveweigel) March 29, 2013

    Uh, “colored” is NOT in the same class as “wetback”.

    • Alma98

      Idiot!

    • Miranda

      Damn….just damn…….this be-not-knowing-muthasucka right here.

    • rikyrah

      Not Dave ” I didn’t know there were so many BLACK PEOPLE in Charlotte, NC” Wiegel

      • Town

        Charlotte NC was CHOCK A BLOCK full of black people. They were everywhere and loud on the plane and in the airport. There were Obama T-shirts being sold on every corner. I scared. —Dave Weigel, September 2012.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Imagine that. Being boisterous at a national convention.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥—GOTTA “bounce” soon – “-GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE”. :>) - –

    – –[MISSIN' U/CARRYIN'U --IN MY♥ --Back as soon as. . :>)♥]

  • rikyrah

    FYI, Dr. Reddix is a Brotha.
    A Black man, with those kinds of credentials, that chose to go back to Mississippi and practice medicine.
    ………………………….
    A misguided approach to public health

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:07 PM EDT.

    By any fair standard, Mississippi has some serious public issues. It’s the worst state in the nation for heart disease, worst for infant mortality, and nearly the worst for diabetes. Given this, it stands to reason the state would take its public board of health quite seriously.

    …………………………………

    Gov. Phil Bryant has nominated staunch pro-life activist Terri Herring, national director for the Pro-Life America Network, to sit on the Mississippi Board of Public Health.

    The 11-member board, according to its website, provides policy direction for the Mississippi Department of Health, appoints a state health officer to operate the agency; approves the state health plan; and approves all rules and regulations of the agency.
    ……………………………………………

    Wait, it gets worse. The vacancy on the Mississippi Board of Public Health was going to be filled by Dr. Carl Reddix — a Tufts-education physician with a public health background, including getting a master’s degree in public health from Harvard, and doing his residency at Johns Hopkins.

    This guy was deemed unacceptable, and his slot on the Mississippi Board of Public Health is now going to an anti-abortion lobbyist who has no background in medicine.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/29/17518953-a-misguided-approach-to-public-health?lite

    • morphus

      Unbelievable and with their dying breath they will be saying its Obama’s fault.

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

    WHAT???????

    North Carolina Is Just Now Considering Repeal Of Jim Crow Voter Restriction
    By Ian Millhiser on Mar 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

    …Literacy tests were eventually rendered illegal under the Voting Rights Act, but North Carolina’s state constitution still calls for one. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to fix that:

    Earlier this month, two African-American Democrats, Reps. Kelly
    Alexander of Charlotte and Mickey Michaux of Durham, joined with two
    white Republicans, Reps. Charles Jeter of Huntersville and Harry Warren of Salisbury, to introduce House Bill 311, which would put
    before voters an amendment to eliminate Article VI, Section 4 of the
    state constitution that says, “Every person presenting himself for
    registration shall be able to read and write any section of the
    Constitution in the English language.”

    …Although this repeal effort is largely symbolic so long as the Voting
    Right Act prevents North Carolina’s literacy test requirement from being enforced, repealing it is nonetheless important because there is no guarantee that the Roberts Court won’t someday strip away the federal government’s power to protect against literacy tests and similar devices intended to disenfranchise voters, just as they appear poised to cut back another part of the landmark voting law this term.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/29/1789121/north-carolina-is-just-now-considering-repeal-of-jim-crow-voter-restriction/

    • Alma98

      WOW! No words, none.

    • rikyrah

      they are who we thought they were.

    • rikyrah

      didn’t Mississippi JUST ratify the 13th Amendment?

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

        Yep.

        Heck, are we sure slavery has been outlawed? Them mofos be done find a loophole and swoop down on a sista while grocery shopping.

        • Alma98

          LOL!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – —LOL – –HIS ACTIONS HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUIENCES –

    – - -The Wit And Wisdom Of Congressman Don Young – –HAH — -LOSER!!

    – -Rep. Don Young (R-AK) on Thursday invited a wave of criticism after using a racial slur to characterize Latinos, saying that he and his father, “used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.” Young refused to apologize outright for the slur, and several GOP leaders have since called on him to do so.

    But it’s not new for Young, one of the most senior Republicans in the
    House, to go off the rails. He has said a long string of crazy,
    offensive, or outright bizarre things during his 40-year tenure as a
    member of Congress. Here’s a look back at just a few of his most
    outrageous comments:
    1. Drink alone to avoid domestic violence.
    – - -LOSER!

  • Miranda

    And corn isn’t potatoes and green beans not black-eyed peas…

    Domenico Montanaro ‏@DomenicoNBC5m
    Ben Carson on @mitchellreports confirms that apples are not oranges nor peaches nor bananas. http://on.msnbc.com/YIGIiw

    • Alma98

      What the hell!

      • Miranda

        Does he really think he can go anywhere and give a commencement address other than Oral Roberts University?

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

      *smh*

  • rikyrah

    From The Maddow Blog:

    Three months, 30 states, 55 new voting restrictions
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:33 PM EDT

    In North Carolina this week, some Republican lawmakers unveiled some new ideas. Are they related to jobs, jobs, jobs? I’m afraid not — GOP legislators in the state hope to cut the early-voting window in half, eliminate same-day voter registration, and end Sunday voting.

    If this seems rather familiar, there’s a good reason. In 2011 and 2012, Republican policymakers at the state level invested all kinds of time and energy into approving the most sweeping voting restrictions since the Jim Crow era, and as Ari Berman reported yesterday, in 2013, they’re picking up where they left off.

    In 2011 and 2012, 180 new voting restrictions were introduced in forty-one states. Ultimately, twenty-five laws and two executive actions were passed in nineteen states following the 2010 election to make it harder to vote. In many cases, these laws backfired on their Republican sponsors. The courts blocked ten of them, and young and minority voters—the prime target of the restrictions—formed a larger share of the electorate in 2012 than in 2008.

    Despite the GOP’s avowal to reach out to new constituencies following the 2012 election, Republican state legislators have continued to support new voting restrictions in 2013.

    We’re just three months into the year, but Berman reports that we’ve already seen 55 new voting restrictions proposed in 30 states. It is, as Project Vote’s Erin Ferns Lee put it, “an onslaught.”

    It’s worth noting that different states are considering different voting restrictions. Some are pushing voter-ID laws, while others are considering banning election-day voter registration. Some want proof-of-citizenship requirements, while others intend to reduce early voting. Some are pushing efforts to purge voter rolls, while at least one state (Virginia) is eyeing a bill to disenfranchise ex-felons.

    Many of these efforts are in the South, and may run into Voting Rights Act troubles if approved, but let’s also not forget that Supreme Court conservatives may very well be poised to destroy the Voting Rights Act altogether.

  • Alma98
    • isonprize

      I love me some Prince, but sorry, your purpleness. This young lady sounds and looks like Corinne Bailey Rae. I hope Prince isn’t losing his special sauce.

      • Alma98

        I thought she was too much like Esperanza Spaulding myself.

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

    This looks like it’s gonna be good!

    Walk This Way Trailer | Starring Michael K. Williams | AlrightTV

    Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire, The Wire) stars in this
    Alright TV webcomedy as an offbeat pastor of a mega church who counsels his parishioners with their unusual problems. Tune in for surprise guest stars!

    • Alma98

      Hilarious! Must watch.

  • Miranda

    UPS PAYS $40M TO END ONLINE PHARMACIES PROBE

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shipping company UPS has agreed to pay $40 million to end a federal criminal probe connected to its work for online pharmacies.

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that the Atlanta-based company would also “take steps” to block illicit online drug dealers from using their delivery service.

    The DOJ says the fine amount is the money UPS collected from suspect online pharmacies.

    UPS won’t be charged with any crimes. Its biggest rival, FedEx Corp., has also been a target of the federal investigation.

    more here: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ups-pays-40m-end-online-pharmacies-probe-0

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Do people realize stuff like this is happening just about every week? Holder’s Justice Department is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

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

    *smh* They’re desperately trying to make a hero out of Rand Paul:

    http://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/317724600400240641

    • Alma98

      He’s white so he’ll get the benefit of the doubt. smh

    • Miranda

      SMH….for real…all we got is us.

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

    Don Young Apologizes For His ‘Poor Choice Of Words’

    Igor Bobic

    3:59 PM EDT, Friday March 29, 2013

    Rep. Don Young (R-AK) apologized for describing migrant workers as “wetbacks” in a statement on Friday.

    “I apologize for the insensitive term I used during an interview in
    Ketchikan, Alaska,” he said. “There was no malice in my heart or intent
    to offend; it was a poor choice of words. That word, and the negative
    attitudes that come with it, should be left in the 20th century, and I’m
    sorry that this has shifted our focus away from comprehensive
    immigration reform.”

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/don-young-apologizes-for-his-poor-choice-of

    • Alma98

      It wasn’t a poor choice of words it was racist and he meant it. I’mma need for the media to stop excusing this ish.

    • Miranda

      what was the other word he meant to us? Spics?

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!