October 23, 2017

Friday Open Thread: African Americans in Oceanography/Marine Biology

TGIF Obots!

Today’s Scientist of the Sea is Samuel Milton Nabrit.

A marine biologist, academic, and administrator, Samuel Milton Nabrit was born in Macon, Georgia, to James Madison Nabrit and Gertrude West in 1905.  Upon completing his elementary and high school education, he entered Morehouse College in 1921.  There he earned the B.S. degree in Biology in May 1925 and spent the summer teaching at his alma mater.  His stay at Morehouse was short lived because in September, 1925, he entered the University of Chicago where he pursued a master’s degree.  Five years after completing his M.A. in 1927, Nabrit became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences when he graduated from Brown University in 1932. The next four African-American Ph.D. candidates at Brown University were students whom Nabrit taught at Morehouse.

Dr. Nabrit studied tail fin regeneration in fish at the Marine Biological Laboratories in Wood’s Hole and subsequent to obtaining his PhD he took up more administrative duties at several southern universities and contributed to the literature on desegregation in sciences and higher education for African Americans.

Nabrit served in two administrative posts at Atlanta University, as chair of the Biology Department and dean of the Graduate School.   In 1955 he was appointed the second president of Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas.  Nabrit served TSU for ten years (1955-1966) during the civil rights movement.  Nabrit felt particularly close to civil rights activists partly because his brother, noted civil rights lawyer James Nabrit, was one of the three attorneys who successfully argued the Brown v. Board of Education decision before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954.  Years later Samuel Nabrit proudly recalled that during his tenure no students were expelled from Texas Southern University for participation in civil rights demonstrations.   

While president of Texas Southern University, Nabrit was appointed a member of President Dwight Eisenhower’s National Science Board (1956).  Ten years later President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him the first black to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission in 1966.  Shortly after leaving TSU, Nabrit became the first black member of the board of trustees of Brown University in 1967.

  • isonprize

    Mornin’ POU!!!

    • Miranda


  • TresL

    From last night’s thread:


    Karen Finney on LOD floatin trial balloon – Joe lay down for Hillary.
    Karen, I know Hils put u on but you’re losing me…and fast.

    Thank you! Please tell me if HRC is so great, popular and qualified, why are her minions always trying to get other potential opponents to not run against her? Why can’t she compete against all comers and win fair and square? I seem to recall folks like Vernon Jordan trying to get PBO not to run or to wait his turn, whatever the f*ck that meant . I would think the first woman president would want to earn it, just like PBO did as the first AA president, and not expect it to be handed to her.

    Run Joe, run! For your loyalty to PBO, your tireless work on behalf of the American people and because you’re a good guy and a nice person, you have earned my vote and support!

    • Kennymack1971

      These Clinton loyalists need to realize that they’re not helping her with these tactics at all. This attempt to clear the field for Hillary is pissing people off. It’s alienating people who they are going to need.

      • jds09

        I wonder if this is a bit about the old democratic machine trying to reassert itself. The nostalgia for the Clinton v Bush wars must be compelling. The cold hard truth is, PBO is the new kingmaker. Period.

        • rikyrah


      • JojoRaze

        It is alienating. For one thing Hill’s hype-men are annoying, two, the don’t acknowledge the man, PBO, who beat them. Three, they are condescending. If she’s so great why must everyone bow out. That’s some authoritarian tendencies right there.

      • Daltex82

        So true. I know I cannot envision myself ever pulling the lever for her.

      • edp4bho

        Is it me or has anyone else noticed that HRC never seemed contented in her role as SOS? There is just no real exuberance shown in her appearances in that position. She still, to me, maintains a detachment from where she is, unlike her staunch determination when as a candidate for president. Compare her previous primary attacks on PBO and her feigned disillusion that won her the NH primary. She was up when winning, forlorn when PBO was kicking her ass. She is stuck in that mode. The woman was/is biding her time, but she may have struck out with those health issues. IOW, the presidency for her may not be in nature’s plan.

    • dannie22

      and i want PBO to be VP!!!

      • isonprize

        ooooh, Dannie!!

        That would make for some more RWNJ head explosions.
        Me likeee!!

    • rikyrah

      tell it.

      Go Ride or Die Joe.


    • Town

      The attacks from the left on Joe Biden will grow more and more. This “diversity” brouhaha isn’t about women. They don’t care about “women”. Barack Obama is setting Joe Biden up for a run in 2016 (which is what most presidents do for their VPs) and the PUMAs know it and don’t like it. Peep it: in almost every attack on Obama/women, Hillary Clinton’s name falls off of somebody’s lips.

      • rikyrah

        tell it Town

      • conlakappa

        Joe B. was the initial author of the VAWA. Good luck with that sell, PUMAs.

        Stephen Colbert had a nice handling of the whole Obama Hatez De Wimmins nonsense: he showed the Sheriff Bart, “where all the white women at?!” clip.

      • TyrenM

        OK.Speaking of PUMA’s. Again back to yesterday. Ana Marie Cox – Don Imus Flunkie. The lady who worked with and got paid from mr. “nappy headed hoes,” That lady v. Lilly Ledbetter, HAVA, 2 Justices etc. Need to stop. Just stop.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — – -***BIG fist bump*** – –THIS: — >This “diversity” brouhaha isn’t about women. —TRUTH

        Annnd – –SOS Hillary – -trynta B —“coy BY HALF” — -as she


        WE KNOW!! – — Good 2 C U Town. :>)

        • TyrenM

          Loved me some Bernadette back in the day. Somebody slap me. 🙂

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            – – -LOL – -U jus’ DO U. :>) – –

            Good 2 C U. :>) – –

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Friday MornTin’ Tresl. ***BIG HUG** :>) – —

      —*** BIG fist bump*** on THIS – –Run Joe, run! For your loyalty to PBO, your tireless work on behalf of the American people . .. YES>

      –It is sooo OBVIOUS that “Ride oe Die Joe” – –is PEOPLE PERSON!! — He has a kind word –joke, etc. when he ENCOUNTERS them. :>)

      Compare that 2 –SOS Hillary. – –VERY DISTANT!! –Her laffs R 2 herself. –
      —Annnd BTW U don’t C her with a – –AHEM —-DIVERSITY of PEOPLE!! — -NOPE!! – – –

      Good pick-up on THIS POST[TyrenM]. —Good 2 C U. :>) – –

    • jziglar

      I agree. Biden is a good Democrat and a loyal friend of the president and a strong candidate. I really think he is a better candidate than Hillary and can connect to people in a way she can’t.

      Also I’m sick and tired of the Clintons and the Clintonites. The Clinton years were a failure for Democratic politics and we now live in the Obama era. The Clintonites need to move on.

      • TyrenM

        Agree. I’m watching Oliver Stone on Showtime this week. I’m not with him on everything either.
        The Clinton years were a failure for Democratic politics. Clintons: NAFTA, Glass-Stegal Repeal, End Welfare as we know it. 3 Strikes. Fail at HCR. Sista Soulja. Lani Guinier. Monica. So much more.

    • Here’s the video. Her comment is around the 4:00 mark: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/49263362#50428703

      She was real slick with it saying, “Well, maybe Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo will all get in the room and say, ‘You go!'”. And we all know she means Biden and Cuomo would tell Hillary to be the nominee.

      That’s why I’m glad PBO didn’t choose her to replace Robert Gibbs.

      • nellcote

        Not understanding all the love for Andrew Cuomo. I admired his father tremendously but he’s not his father.

      • creolechild

        Might I add that something which seems to get lost in translation on this particular top is that this isn’t a matter of whose turn it is, or isn’t, but who is the most qualified individual for the position and has the best vision for the direction this country should take. In other words, presidential candidates will have to make their cases to the public and EARN their votes. The Clintonistas should let the process play out and allow voters make up their own damn minds without trying to stack the deck before an announcement is made by Hillary, one way or the other. It’s not a good look…

  • dannie22

    good morning!

    • Mornin’!

    • rikyrah

      Good morning, dannie and Everyone 🙂

  • isonprize

    Even if you are not going to be involved, at least don’t be
    ungrateful. ~Al Sharpton

    • rikyrah

      tell it Rev. Al!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ isonprize. —***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

      — –THANK U – — REV AL.! – – –I soooo ADMIRE his
      WIT annnd WISDOM. –:>)

      Thank U isonprize. :>) Good 2 C U. :>) – — -[PA RAWKS♥] —

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU! Stephen Colbert makes fun of the non-controversy about the “lack of diversity” in PBO’s appointments…

    Colbert: It’s never too early to declare Obama’s second term a failure

    [….] The thing that disturbs him (and other pundits with air time to fill), he said, is not so much the people who are leaving, but the people Obama is appointing to replace them. Suddenly, pundits on the right have discovered diversity. “Where are the women?” in the Obama cabinet, they’re asking. Those white male pundits are right, Colbert said. “This is the 21st century. When filling his cabinet posts, there has to be only one question Obama should be asking.”

    He then rolled the famous clip from Mel Brooks’ comedy western “Blazing Saddles,” in which actor Cleavon Little asks, “Hey, where are the white women at?” This is important and needs to be addressed, Colbert said, never mind that 43 percent of Obama’s appointees have been women, they’re not in that one photo of men in the Oval Office that right-leaning talkers from Fox’s Bill Hemmer to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough spent all of Thursday flogging. And that’s what’s important.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/11/colbert-its-never-too-early-to-declare-obamas-second-term-a-failure/

    H/T David Ferguson

    • JojoRaze

      Colbert must read POU. He knows the deal that this is about white women. I think Essence did an entire issue about the boatloads of black women in the afminstration, but since they aren’t white their womanhood doesn’t count.

      • conlakappa

        Afministration? Racist! /cheesy grin

  • creolechild

    Hmmm…I wonder if there’s going to be an announcement about the pending withdrawal of U.S. troops?

    Obama, Afghan President To Hold Press Conference At 1:15 PM ET

    After a morning of meetings, President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will hold a press conference at 1:15 p.m. ET at the White House. Obama and Karzai are scheduled begin meeting at 10 a.m. ET. Vice President Joe Biden will attend the meeting, and the three leaders will also have lunch at the White House.


    • goldenstar

      Interesting that it’s just the 3 of them and not the SOS….

      • TyrenM

        Haha. Let Hillary rest.

  • rikyrah

    If Andrew Sullivan Is The Future of Journalism Then Journalism Is Fucked

    Las Vegas, NV: Andrew Sullivan is all over the news after announcing he’s going solo, parting ways with Tina Brown shortly after she put a pillow over Newsweek’s face.

    But in all the media excitement over Sullivan’s decision to rely on the much-maligned subscription model for his revenues (“bold experiment!”… “A thrill!”… “a flag of hope for every writer!”… “a dramatic stand!”…) no one raised the most obvious question of all: Why would subscribers pay to support one of the most colossal serial-failures in American journalism of the past two decades?

    Reports claim that Sullivan has already raised $400,000 from his readers. If Sullivan really has raised this much money, and if his subscription model genuinely succeeds thanks to tens of thousands of subscribers supporting his work, it means we’re witnessing something new and deeply disturbing: “mutualised” unaccountability (to use one of their idiotic neologisms); the democratization of rewarding media failure and fraud.


    • MsKitty

      PT Barnum was right.

  • rikyrah

    The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Guy With a Gun

    By mistermix January 11th, 2013

    Is a brave teacher:

    A 16-year-old was in critical condition Thursday night after a fellow student interrupted a first-period class at Taft Union High School southwest of Bakersfield, confronted him by name and fired a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into his upper body.

    The assailant, also 16, tried to shoot a second student and missed before a science teacher was able to talk him down, apparently taking the shotgun as the other students fled from the classroom through a door.

    Police officers arrived after the teacher had disarmed the assailant and took the teenager into custody. They seized the shotgun.

    The teacher, Ryan Heber, was struck in the head by a pellet but was not seriously injured and refused treatment, authorities said.

    “If it weren’t for this teacher and his quick response, we don’t know what would have happened,” Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.

    Other reports I saw said that the kid had pockets full of shells so who knows how many lives Heber saved.


  • rikyrah

    Why Biden’s interest in gun research matters

    By Steve Benen

    Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:40 AM EST.

    As Rachel explained last night, Vice President Biden and his task force on gun violence met yesterday with opponents of gun control, including officials from the National Rifle Association, and the meeting was not exactly productive. It appears the Obama administration and the NRA are not on the same page. Try to contain your surprise.

    But that doesn’t mean the day lacked newsworthy developments


    The vice president noted that his panel is moving forward with a series of recommendations, which will be ready ahead of schedule, and if you watch the clip, you’ll notice he referenced a part of the gun debate that’s generally overlooked: federally-funded research.

    In fact, Biden specifically said his Gun Violence Commission is exploring “the ability of any agency to do research on the issue of gun violence.”

    When policymakers look for “common sense” reforms on gun policy that enjoy “consensus” support in the American mainstream, they generally talk about measures like restricting high-capacity clips and background checks to prevent suspected terrorists of purchasing firearms.


    • nellcote

      It’s been pretty shocking to me all the ways the NRA has infiltrated bills even aside for their guns for eveyone always policy.

  • creolechild

    US: Brooklyn Dad starts new Boy Scout troop which allows gay members and girls

    A father of two from Brooklyn, New York, has started his own Boy Scouts troop, to allow his son to be a member without having to accept the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy.[….] The new troop has reportedly had the parents of 40 children interested in allowing them to join, and Mr Schweikert, 33, said he was excited to introduce scouting to a new generation.

    [….] He has named his new scouting troop the Fifth Brooklyn Scouts, and chose the Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) as the parent organisation for his troop. The BPSA allows both boys and girls, and does not have as strong a leaning towards religious teaching as the BSA [Boys Scouts of America].

    The BSA has already lost funding from several large corporate donors, including UPS, back in November, who had given over $150,000, Intel, another of the scouts’ largest donors, ceased funding back in September, and the Merck Foundation in December.[….]

    Read more: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/11/us-brooklyn-dad-starts-new-boy-scout-troop-which-allows-gay-members-and-girls/

    H/T Joseph Patrick McCormick

  • GreenLadyHere


    —- -☻GUN CONTROL COMMISSION: – –Biden pledges gun recommendations by Tuesday; -“The entertainment community appreciates being included in the dialogue around the administration’s efforts to confront the complex challenge of gun violence in America,”; —Naturally -the DREADED nra annnd “wally world” –COMPLAINED, HAH!

    – – – -☻The Taft High School Shooter: – – The 16-year-old unnamed shooter allegedly composed a list of students he wanted to kill last year, and told authorities he had been bullied for more than a year,. . PROFILE: – -YOUNG –YT; –TROUBLED –BULLIED.

    — – -☻INAUGURATION PLANS: –Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley are among the stars planning to sing at Obama’s inaugural galas Jan. 21 Also signed up are Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and the cast of “Glee.”; rapper Nick Cannon and youth gospel choir Soul Children of Chicago.
    – – – – –Soul Children of Chicago singing Joyful, Joyful —AMEN CHIL’REN! :>)

    — – -☻Dr. Samuel Milton Nabrit. Many — FIRSTS! -Nabrit became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences when he graduated from Brown University in 1932.; – – the first black to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission in 1966.; -Nabrit became the first black member of the board of trustees of Brown University in 1967. – -Woo! Hoo! – -I USED his ACCOMPLISHMENTS in my TEACHING CURRICULUM. :>)

    – – –ENJOY YOUR — TREAT!! :>) – –

    THANK U miranda! — -LEARNED so MUCH from this INSPIRING SERIES. :>)

    – — B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —YESTERDAY –da PHOOL Walsh –urged people 2 BREAK da LAW! – –2-day – –Hobby Lobby PHOOLS THREATEN 2 –BREAK da LAW!!

    — – —Hobby Lobby Manipulating Employees’ Health Care Plans To Deny Them Access To Birth Control

    — – —The craft store Hobby Lobby has been embroiled in a legal fight against Obamacare’s contraception mandate since September, when the chain’s conservative evangelical owners first sued for the right to deny their employees access to affordable contraceptives. Even though a federal judge ruled last month that Hobby Lobby must follow federal law and provide birth control coverage for its estimated 13,000 employees, the company’s owners announced that they will break the law rather than provide contraception — and now they’re also hoping to dodge the consequences for that decision.

    -Hobby Lobby may be subject to penalties of up to $1.3 million per day if the business doesn’t comply with Obamacare, which requires employers to cover contraceptive services without a co-pay to help eliminate the gender imbalance in health care costs. To avoid paying those fees, however, Hobby Lobby has announced it will now attempt to shift the beginning of its employees’ health plans:
    – — -SNIP — –
    In fact, Obamacare’s contraception mandate doesn’t require Hobby Lobby to provide coverage for any of the “abortion-inducing drugs” that its owners so vehemently oppose. Under the health reform law, employees are guaranteed coverage for emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, which does not actually induce abortion.


    – – — FACTS!! – –Dey won’t let THEM get in the way of their – -EVIL/VILE DELUSIONS!! — -geesh!!

  • creolechild

    Ford Plans 2,200 Salaried Hires, Biggest Boost Since ’01

    Ford Motor Co. plans to hire 2,200 salaried employees in the U.S. this year, the most in more than a decade, in an expansion that shows the strength of the recovery in the second-largest U.S. automaker’s home market.

    The plan follows the addition of more than 8,100 hourly and salaried jobs last year, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said today in an e-mailed statement. The company’s target for salaried employee hiring would be the biggest increase since Ford added 3,300 such workers in 2001.[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-11/ford-plans-2-200-salaried-hires-in-biggest-increase-since-2001.html

    H/T Craig Trudell

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – -***fist bump** – -Jus’ comin’ 2 post!! :>) —

      — — –JOBS! –JOBS! –JOBS!!

      — –Obama Touts Auto Bailout In Weekly Address: “I Bet On American Workers” —Woo! Hoo! —

      THANK U MR. PRESIDENT!! :>) – – –

      —[Uhhh –what was dat –“twitt”?? –Romney: “Let Detroit go bankrupt” — – HAH! – –LOSER!!]

      Good 2 C U creolechild. :>) – —

      • creolechild

        Good Friday morning to you as well, Lovely Lady Green! (:

        • GreenLadyHere

          creolechild – –**SMILES*** —@ U. :>) —

  • creolechild

    RE-volv is making a community pot of solar gold

    What if every dollar you donated to a worthy cause generated two, three, or more dollars? That’s the idea behind the RE-volv community solar fund project, currently closing in on the end of its first stage of fundraising. Like Mosaic, RE-volv is tapping the collective for funding to back solar projects. But instead of individuals investing for their own individual good, RE-volv envisions a big pot-o-gold seed fund that would be invested and reinvested in community solar infrastructure.[….]

    Here’s how RE-volv explains it: The Solar Seed Fund will use the donations to finance solar installations on community-serving organizations such as schools, universities, hospitals, and places of worship. RE-volv recoups the solar installation cost and earns a return on the investment through a 20-year solar lease agreement. The lease payments go back into the Solar Seed Fund allowing the fund to continuously grow, and finance an expanding number of solar installations.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/re-volv-is-making-a-community-pot-of-solar-gold/

    H/T Susie Cagle

  • creolechild

    As Justice Louis Brandeis once stated, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

    Boardroom Politics: Shareholders Suing to Learn Truth About Corporate Donations

    The Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision in 2010 frustrated many who sought more transparency regarding political donations. It was a sharply divided 5-to-4 ruling, but in the end it gave corporations First Amendment rights allowing them to anonymously donate unlimited funds to political action committees.[….] For investors, there was no legal way, it seemed, to know how much money and to which candidate or political cause a company was donating.[….] An end run around the “Citizens United” wall of secrecy is taking shape in the form of lawsuits filed by institutional investors against companies they have holdings in to try to force disclosures of those companies’ political spending.

    One of the latest of those lawsuits — with one of the highest profiles — has been filed against computer-chip maker Qualcomm by the New York state comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli. DiNapoli is the sole trustee of the New York state pension fund, which is the largest public pension investor in Qualcomm shares ($378 million worth), and the country’s third-largest public pension fund ($150 billion in assets). He filed the lawsuit on Jan. 2 in Delaware, where Qualcomm is registered, after the company rebuffed his attempts to view its records of political contributions.[….]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/01/10/political-donations-corporate-shareholders-sue/

    H/T Dan Radovsky

    • nellcote

      . DiNapoli is the sole trustee of the New York state pension fund,
      so he’s the guy to pressure to divest from gun manufacturers.

  • creolechild

    I applaud Zambia’s decision on the preservation of its wildlife.

    Zambia bans game hunting of lions and leopards as populations fall

    The Zambian government has decided to ban the big-game hunting of lions and leopards within its borders, a considerable turn around for a country popular with trophy-seekers.[….] A press-release on the move, uploaded to a hunting website, notes that hunts will be banned only for 2013 while the government moves to “establish animal species baseline which will form the basis for future policy decisions.” The release added that the hunting of the two big cat species will be permitted on private game-ranches holding valid operating permits.[….]

    Zambia pulled in $125 million from tourism in 2010 and hopes to push those numbers up in the future by emphasizing wildlife conservation and management, according to a September Times of Zambia editorial on the wildlife tourism trade.[….] Nearby Botswana plans to phase out hunting by 2014 over concerns about wildlife depopulation, wrote the BBC in November.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/wildlife-news/130111/zambia-bans-game-hunting-lions-and-leopards-populations-f

    H/T Faine Greenwood

    • Miranda

      That’s great news.

  • creolechild

    Flu epidemic spreads through Canada, 44 states in US (UPDATE)

    The flu epidemic has continued to spread rapidly throughout Canada and the United States, where the number of affected states has increased to 44.[….] Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said that this is one of the worst flu seasons in at least 10 years, WTOP.com reported.[….] H3N2 has stronger symptoms than the usual flu, and stays in your system longer, the Atlantic Wire reported.[….]

    Joslin B. Leasca, a family nurse practitioner, and Dr. Monica L. Gross from the South County Walk-In and Primary Care clinic gave GlobalPost these 5 tips to prevent getting the flu.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130110/us-flu-epidemic-spreads

    H/T Talia Ralph

    • Normally I ignore the flu warnings and I haven’t gotten a flu shot is YEARS. But now, I’m wondering if I should get one. Have you all gotten a flu shot?

      • Admiral_Komack

        I got mine back in September, 2012.

      • MsKitty

        I haven’t yet. I’ve been hearing it’s not too late, that worse case scenario the vaccine will lessen the symptoms if you get the flu while waiting for the vaccine to kick in (which is a couple of weeks). I have to go to the doc for a checkup in a couple of weeks anyway so I’ll play it by ear (I know, worst patient ever).

      • Tafr

        I have not gotten a flu shot in over four years. If I were you I would get one because as MsKitty said it is not too late. I got the flu in December I was so miserable. I had not been that sick since I was a teenager. I was in bed for at least two weeks, sick for a good month, lost my voice, a dry cough that hurt like hell. After I got over the fllu I started taking olive leaf oil complex. That shit is nasty as hell but it will keep your immune system running top notch and if you ever do get sick it will not take forever to get over it. My husband started taking it as soon as I got sick he did not get as much as a sniffle.

        • I never heard of olive leaf complex. I’ll have to check that out. Thanks!

          • Tafr

            The brand I use is called Barlean’s olive leaf complex. You can check the reviews and testimonials on Amazon. As I said this stuff is nasty but it works to build the immune system.

      • PBomb

        I did and shortly after, everyone in the office got sick and the spousal unit suffered from a mild flu. I am have been virtually unscathed.

        • Aquagranny911

          I read that a while ago about the Flu shot & heart attacks which I found real interesting.

          Back in ’92 when I got my first Flu shot just on a whim, practically everyone I worked with came down with a bad strain of Flu. My boss was out for 6 weeks. I was the only one who stayed well. The only down side was me running around trying to do everybody’s jobs as well as my own!

          I’ve gotten a Flu shot every year since & never regretted it.

      • creolechild

        I’m just getting over the flu. It’s been about two weeks but it’s taking longer than usual for it to go away completely. My suggestion would be to do anything you have to not to get it because I felt so sick at one point that in addition to my entire body aching I felt like even having hair on my head was painful. (I’m serious!) Four people in my family have had it so far…and we fell like dominoes….one after the other. This flu that’s going around is no joke…

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        YES! – –Left arm. :>) Annnd it di-ent have a negative reaction. – –

        – – – –I Feel Good –LOL —

        Good 2 C U Sepia. :>) —

        • Aquagranny911

          Right arm for me, I’m a leftie, lol!

          Good suggestion I got from a nurse is to move your shot arm as much as possible right after the shot so you don’t get sore. I usually get mine at the grocery store right before I shop so I make sure that I am lifting & toting with that arm. It works!

        • See, that’s what I was concerned about…having a negative reaction.

          Thanks for the feedback ya’ll!

      • TyrenM

        For all the good it did. I suppose my 3 day flu beat what others are dealing with. So like AG, no regrets.

      • qosine

        Sepia, this is from CDC:

        “Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States and most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI), according to CDC’s latest FluView report. CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for people who have not yet been vaccinated this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are at high risk of flu complications.”


    • Aquagranny911

      We got ours in October. I think you can still get one. This is a bad scary Flu. I’ve been getting a Flu shot every year since ’92 & I don’t regret it one bit.

      Another thing is hand washing! Soap & water is a powerful prevention for all kinds of disease.

  • rikyrah

    Lew’s detractors struggling with coherence
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:58 AM EST.

    Before White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew had even been nominated to President Obama’s cabinet, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said Lew “must never be secretary of Treasury.” Yesterday on CNBC, the far-right Alabama senator went even further

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Sessions specifically said, “I intend to oppose this nomination.” Asked if he would filibuster Lew’s nomination, Sessions added, “We’ll just see what happens.”

    I tend to think most of this is pointless chest-thumping that won’t amount to anything. Even if Sessions were to launch the first-ever filibuster of a Treasury secretary nominee, he’d almost certainly have trouble finding 40 friends to help him prevent an up-or-down vote.

    But let’s not overlook Sessions’ stated rationale: “I don’t think [Lew] brings to — certainly doesn’t bring the gravitas of former New York Fed chairmen like Secretary Geithner and other very prominent people we’ve had as secretary of Treasury.”

    Wait, what? The ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee is preparing to go to political war over a perceived sense of gravitas?


    • nellcote

      Lew’s detractors struggling with coherence
      Looking at you Bernie Sanders.

  • creolechild

    LOL! You mad ‘bro?

    Treasury Earns $7.6 Billion From Sale of Last Shares in A.I.G.

    The Treasury Department said on Tuesday that it had sold its remaining stake in the American International Group, earning about $7.6 billion from the sale. The government sold the 234.2 million shares at $32.50 each, a small discount from the closing price of $33.36 on Monday. The block of shares represented a 15.9 percent stake in the insurer.

    With the latest sale, taxpayers have gained about $22.7 billion from a bailout that many predicted would prompt a staggering loss. In an effort to stabilize the global banking system, the government rescued A.I.G. just days after the failure of Lehman Brothers.[….]

    Read more: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/treasury-earns-7-6-billion-from-sale-of-last-shares-in-a-i-g/

    H/T Michael J. De La Merced and WhatISWorking

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —OOOOweeee – –THIS —RACIST – -STOOPID – –IL-LOGICAL — PHOOL!! – – —

    – –Gun Appreciation Day Leader: If Blacks Had Guns, They Would Not Have Been Slaves

    – — –Larry Ward, chairman of the national Gun Appreciation Day gun rights advocates have planned for the weekend of President Obama’s second inauguration, told CNN Friday that there never would have been slaves in America if black people had guns.

    “I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history,” Ward said.
    VIDEO – —

    Look how DUMB his FACE looks. — -Annnd his –FLAT-LINE AFFECT. – —

    I’d like 2 C da BRUISES on his –DRAGGIN’ KNUCLES!! — LOL – – –

    — COMMENTS: – – Shakezula
    Yes. If Africans brought to America had been granted the rights of free citizens they wouldn’t have been slaves. Funny how it didn’t work out like that.
    We need to find and cap the bottomless well of dumbfuckery these morons keep drinking from.
    -[-Good 1. :>)]

    – – — jsfox
    Holy f-ing crap!! This clown just did not say what I heard him say. You know every time these idiots open their mouths it is another ad for gun control
    – -[TRUTH!!]

    • MsKitty

      You know what? I want these folks to keep running their mouths, early and often. They know they’re on the losing end of this but they keep having to justify themselves, and in doing so their logic is becoming more and more comical and nonsensical. Let them marginalize themselves.

      • Miranda

        They’re starting to sound like me and my cousins when we were 5 and 6 and trying to explain to my Grandmama why we did what she told us not to do…..that scene never ended well for us and it won’t for them.

        • edp4bho

          LOL! Oh boy, thanks for my first belly laugh today ! Reminds me of Richard Pryor going “..see, and, and I, and, you know what?, and……” .

        • Aquagranny911

          LMAO! Reminds me of my 6 year old Grandson trying to justify his caca. Doesn’t work any better with me than it did for us kiddos with my Granny!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ MsKitty. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – – –

        – –***fit bump*** —–Ohh YES!! – —THEY Keep REVEALIN’ their STOOPIDITY 2 da WORLD as they TALK!! –LOL

        Soooo we don’t have 2 say a WORD. –

        –That’s the way that piers morgan [not necessarily supportin’ – – -BUT luv the technique] —has been HANDLIN’ —his RACIST – — GUN -SUPPORTIN’ FREAKS! – –LOL

        THEN all we hafta do is — -B —“WE DA MEDIA [co]”

        – –CALL! –‘EM! – –OUT’ – – LOL – –

        Good 2 c U MsKitty. :>)

    • nellcote

      Well, Raygun signed off on gun control in CA when the Black Panthers started showing up with big guns.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –THANK U. Had 4-gotten that, :>) —

        Sooo – – –He was SCURRED of
        THIS? — -LOL – – –

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —He’s followin’ protocol – — -THAT IS ALL. . . .

    — –Speaker Boehner INVITES –MR. PRESIDENT 2 Give — – The STATE of the UNION ADDRESS.

    – –, , ,Stilll drippin’ with -SARCASM. humph! – –

    Annnd — I woulda had 3 paragraphs. —Just’ sayin’… :>) —

    NOW –U JUS” — -GIVE IT 2 ’em annnnd —LEAD US – – -MR. PRESIDENT.

    –Soooo -Lookin’ – – –FORWARD – – –> –:>)

  • Govt probe links DEA agent to prostitute scandal
    By ALICIA A. CALDWEL — Jan. 10 7:23 PM EST

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Drug Enforcement Administration agent arranged to hire a prostitute for a Secret Service agent in Colombia in advance of a presidential visit last year, according to a Justice Department report made public Thursday.

    The DEA agent stationed in Cartagena, Colombia, arranged for a prostitute to give a visiting Secret Service supervisory special agent a massage at the DEA agent’s residence, a one-page summary of the Justice Department investigation stated.

    The pair later had a sexual encounter and the drug agent arranged to pay the woman, the summary stated. The Justice Department’s inspector general produced the summary, which was dated Dec. 20.

    The Justice Department probe was part of a broad investigation into the hiring of prostitutes by Secret Service employees who were visiting Colombia last year in advance of President Barack Obama’s arrival for a South American summit.

    MORE: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dea-agent-got-prostitute-secret-service-agent

    • TyrenM

      I love this blog! DEA and hoes in the same 2 minutes of reading while listening to JB “Hot Pants” at work!
      Lets get this weekend started right!

  • Miranda

    Perfect definition!

    Scott Finley‏@TheScottFinley
    @ChristyRidTram @AngryBlackLady @Kyrondo @D_v_E An Ivory Soap liberal is someone who can get 99.44% of what they want and still be pissy

    • *tears*

    • qosine


    • TyrenM

      And yes, throw some Marilyn Chambers shade their way while you’re at it.

  • creolechild

    This is a good read about an issue that needs to be addressed–sooner rather than later. It’s a long article, but it examines the origins of current disciplinary and detention practices–which are applied disproportionately to black and Latino students–and compares it with alternatives methods that are being used which maintains the safety and well-being of the entire school population without being overly punitive and manages to keep disruptive students in school so that they’re able to continue their education.

    Discipline Policies Shift With Views on What Works

    [….] A watershed arrived with Congress’ passage of the Gun-Free Schools Act, an initiative of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and then-Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, both Democrats. President Bill Clinton signed the measure into law. The law requires all schools that receive federal money to expel for a year students caught with firearms on campus. It echoed and amplified local school board policies that had cropped up in pockets, and the law is believed to be the catalyst for current practice: dismissal from school for much-lower-level misbehavior. Since the law’s 1994 passage, it has led to the expulsion of more than 25,000 students, federal Education Department records show.[….]

    [….] Schools in New Mexico and several other states are using a program called Elev8, which is tapped the moment a situation arises that might typically result in a suspension or other disciplinary consequence. The Elev8 model uses school-based health centers to provide mental-health and behavioral support for students, says Frank Mirabal, the director of the program in New Mexico. The program also provides after-school activities for students, can connect families with medical and social services, and in some cases offers academic support. Suspensions in one Chicago Elev8 school dropped 80 percent in the 2009-10 school year, the organization says.[….]

    “Too many times, the solution is to remove the child from the [school] environment. That does not mean you’ve removed them from a learning environment,” says Taylor. “They’re just, instead, learning what the streets have to teach them.”

    Read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/01/10/16policies.h32.html?intc=mvs

    H/T Nirvi Shah and Michele McNeil

    • morphus

      Good read and covers a range of issues except why Ruby Payne got rich building her multi-million dollar industry.

    • Worldwatcher7

      This topic is long overdue for a national discourse. That sentence about how removing a child from school doesn’t stop them from learning on the streets should be a placard in principals’ offices everywhere.

    • Aquagranny911

      Excellent share!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –LOL – – -THIS is 4 da —CALCULATOR MINIONS” — -who need sump-in ta do –2-day. LOL – –

    — – January 2013: Photo of the Day – –

    — —President Barack Obama talks with Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Director for Immigration, left, and Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, at the end of a meeting with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. Pictured in the background are: Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Nancy-Ann DeParle; Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jeffrey Zients; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; and Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) – —

  • Shorter HuffPo: Rachel Maddow is doing what we told her to!

    Rachel Maddow Holds Obama Accountable On Drone Secrecy
    Posted: 01/11/2013 12:08 pm

    A couple weeks after President Obama won re-election, I asked whether MSNBC hosts would challenge the administration more from a progressive standpoint than during the campaign.

    …Well, Obama hasn’t yet started his second term yet, but Rachel Maddow may have already answered that question last night, as my colleague Jack Mirkinson caught earlier.

    …Maddow has talked before about the Obama administration having “triple-downed” on the drone war from the Bush years, but she took a tougher line on drone secrecy in Thursday night’s 18-minute segment than I’ve seen in recent months.

    MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-calderone/rachel-maddow-holds-obama-accountable-on-drones_b_2456910.html?utm_hp_ref=the-backstory

    • MsKitty

      Mind you these are the same exact folks who, if one of the drone targets managed to make their way here for a terrorist attack, would be the first ones complaining that PBO didn’t do all he could to keep us safe.

      Rachel can go sit on a whole chairful of tacks.

      • jziglar

        Right ! And really want to know why these “progressives” are so worried about drones when they are more effective at hitting precise targets than other conventional weapons ? Do they want Obama to not go after Al Qaeda because that is a ridiculous argument.

        • jziglar

          Also I love how they care more about terrorists than citizens dealing with gun violence and poverty in poor neighborhoods.

    • GN

      blah blah blah “pay attention to us” yada yada yada “we will NOT be ignored” blah blah blah “just like BUSH; worse than BUSH”

      lol, whatever.

    • rikyrah

      said it before, will say it again..

      I don’t give two shyts about drones.


    • qosine

      Does Rachel have any policies to recommend? Shut down the military program, or just the drone program? Send in troops
      instead of unmanned drones? Sign up for service herself to
      serve on the ground? Ignore dangers presented by Al Q and hope they all just go away? Ignore the AUMF of 2001 (not the Iraq one)
      to go after Bin Laden et al? Run for elected office? Delineate international politics as it is not as you wish it to be?

      Seeeecrecy, whistleblowers, dronzzzz . . . . now what, Rachel?

    • Miranda

      *eye roll* to Maddow

  • qosine

    Great series this week. I love Oceanography/Marine Biology – would live on the beach if I could. These AA “Scientists of the Sea” are impressive. And finally, the sun came out this week! Oh, and the underwater photos are stunning – can’t look away . . . .

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    I don’t know if anyone here visits Norbrook’s Blog. It’s not on our blog roll but he has announced he is shutting down his blog for an indefinite time. I’m sad. I have long enjoyed his quirky diaries & pithy political analysis. I will miss him.

    • GN

      He’s great! I don’t blame him or anyone else for shutting away from politics now that the reelection is over and the thirsty professional left are back to their attention-seeking bullshit. But he’s been beyond terrific during these past years; will definitely be missed. I don’t read his blog regularly, but I have loved his comments at thepeoplesview.

      • Aquagranny911

        He did say he will still be around commenting on other blogs, he’s just not going to blog anymore on his own for a while.

        I really enjoyed his blog because besides the politics, he shared his experience of his environment as a park supervisor. He also blogged about interesting science, music, art, animals, all kinds of interesting stuff. His humor blogs were always enjoyable. I will miss him.

    • MsKitty

      I hadn’t stopped by in awhile but sad to hear Norbrook’s closing shop. Hope he won’t disappear completely.

    • creolechild

      GAH! I’m going to miss Norbrook’s blog but I’m happy that he’ll still be around.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –BIG MEETING 2-DAY: – – —

    Karzai meets Obama to discuss U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan

    — – –President Obama welcomed Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the White House on Friday to discuss the future of U.S. military involvement in the Central Asian nation after most American troops withdraw by the end of 2014.

    The two leaders are scheduled to hold two formal meetings, including one with extended staff, followed by a working lunch and a joint news conference at 1:15 p.m., officials said.
    White House aides said Obama and Karzai will focus on the broader guidelines for the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, in an effort to come to a general agreement over the role troops would play to train and support Afghan forces once they take over control of the war-torn nation’s security.

    Within the White House, some officials are pushing to keep a force as small as 2,500 past 2014, far lower than the 10,000 to 30,000 that some U.S. officials and NATO allies were discussing as recently as a year ago. And this week, senior aides did not rule out withdrawing all troops from the country in 2015.

    Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said the president will not make any decisions on troop levels this week. Rather, Obama’s aim after the meeting with Karzai is to give guidance to U.S. negotiators who will hammer out the details in the months to come.


  • nellcote

    And the CBC weighs in:

    Mr. President,
    As you consider candidates for your cabinet, it is with great privilege that I recommend Congressman Melvin Watt of North Carolina for the position of Secretary of Commerce and Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California for the position of Secretary of Labor. Both Melvin Watt and Barbara Lee have served the American people in the United States House of Representatives and the citizens of their respective Congressional districts with distinction.
    Congressman Watt and Congresswoman Lee are exceptionally well-qualified, proven candidates. It is without reservation that I urge you to strongly consider this recommendation. I am available at your convenience should you desire further information.

    Marcia Fudge


    • creolechild

      Question: Has the CBC ever recommended potential candidates for cabinet positions to any of the presidents who preceded PBO? And why do people suddenly believe that he has to defer to “their” choices?

      Oh wait! Never mind…I already know the answers to these questions. The BS from these folks is just neverending…

    • nellcote

      Barbra Lee, the most progressive member of the house, for Labor would guarantee a fillibuster. And I like Barbra Lee a lot.

      • rikyrah

        they couldn’t handle Barbara Lee. I mean, watch the heads explode.

      • conlakappa

        She has hard-snatched some wigs in the past. Nope, they couldn’t see past that. I like her as well. She has a great, “fool, what?” face.

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • qosine

      Now, I’m just loving this sun, alma98.

      • Alma98

        LOL Thanks .

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -Good NEWS — 4 some families re – -RUSSIAN ADOPTIONS – —

    Russia’s ban on American adoptions won’t go into effect until next year – –

    – —The Kremlin suddenly announced Thursday evening that a new law banning adoptions by Americans would not go into effect for another year, as criticism of the measure galvanizes the flagging opposition here.

    The move brings hope to Americans whose efforts to adopt Russian children were cut short by the enactment of the law in late December, but it is not clear what practical effect the delay will have. A protest against the law is planned for Sunday in Moscow.

    – – –An adoption agreement between Russia and the United States reached last year remains in force, Dmitri Peskov, the main Kremlin spokesman, told the RIA Novosti news agency Thursday. He pointed out that the agreement requires 12 months’ notice for either side to withdraw. Russia, he said, delivered that notice to the U.S. Embassy on Jan. 1, although until now it has been portrayed as an immediate cancellation.

    — -BLESS THEM. :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT! – – – -President Obama/President Karzai MEETIN’ – –ON SOON. – —

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –Annnd – –THIS is HELPED by the FACT that —“DEY SOOOO DUMB!!”– -geesh!!

    – – –It’s So Easy to Outsmart the GOP – –

    – – – –The so-called sequester is designed to be highly unattractive to both sides of the aisle. But it is structured in a way that makes it significantly more unattractive to the Republicans. The problem is the cuts to the Defense Department. The Republicans who serve on the Armed Services committees are desperate to avoid those cuts and they are willing to cut a deal favorable to the president to avoid them. The progressives don’t like the across the board cuts to the discretionary budget, which will take a bite out of nearly everything, but they prefer them to making a deal that makes significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid.

    –What this means is that the Democrats will probably hold together and let sequestration take effect rather than agree to a deal that the House Republicans can accept. However, the Republicans will split apart, with defense hawks clamoring for concessions.

    The upshot is that Speaker Boehner is in a real bind. He knows his party will lose the support of business leaders if they dick around with the debt ceiling, so his threats there are all bluff. But he’d like to think that he can force concessions on the sequester. He can get a little bit, but not as much as he probably needs to sell it to his caucus.
    —-SNIP – –
    — You can call this 11-dimensional chess or just a very nice flanking maneuver, but the Republicans are in a real bind of the president’s making.

    – – – -SNIP – —
    but I want to make a point about the Republicans’ negotiating skills. Their greatest weakness is their ideological inflexibility. It makes then so predictable that the administration is able to plot things out months and years in advance without much fear that they’ll be surprised. It’s a huge weakness to let your opponent know that you can’t take yes for an answer if there is one penny of tax increases. – -SNIP

    – –The Republicans were set up by their own predictability. And their predictability is founded on their ideological rigidity. They are getting played like a fiddle.

    — -Uhhhh —an objection: — -NO DEBATE on MR. PRESIDENT’s NEGOTIATING SKILZ!! :>) – – -HE’s GOT ‘EM!! :>)

  • rikyrah

    What feminism isn’t about: Cabinet headcounts.

    Feminism is the radical notion that women are people and as such, have an innate right to the same human and civil rights enjoyed by other people.

    To the extent that we have mostly failed to incorporate that fact into the norms, mores, culture and laws of humanity over the vast sweep of our shared history, it’s good to practice a kind of affirmative action that seeks out and advances women of skill. When conditions beyond your control mean that you start the race a mile behind everyone else, at a certain point, it’s only fair that you be given help in making up the difference.

    But that help is not, unto itself, the realization of feminism, nor is it the only thing necessary to realize feminism in human society.

    I say this because there is a flap being made about the fact that President Obama’s second Cabinet is shaping up to be a very male (and very white, it should be noted) group.

    Some Democrats are behaving as if the President has betrayed us, and some Republicans are suggesting that the whole “Obama is better for women” thing was so much mendacious diversion, because look! It’s a sausage fest up in the Oval Office! Joe Scarborough went so far this morning as to yell the following at his Democratic co-host Mika Brzezinski (and then later snap his fingers at her! [Yes, really! Video below]):