October 21, 2017

Friday Open Thread: Black Firsts, Scientists and Inventors



African American inventor, Joseph Lee (1849 – 1905) invented new and useful improvements to the dough-kneading machine (U.S. patent #524,042  8/7/1894). His machine was intended for use in large houses or hotels. Lee also patented a machine for making bread crumbs (U.S. patent #540,553 6/4/1895).

Joseph Lee grew up in the food service industry. He worked as a baker, cook, waiter, and hotel manager, to eventually become the owner of two restaurants and his own catering service called the Lee Catering Company. He sold the patent for his bread crumbling machine to the Royal Worcester Bread Crumb Company of Boston.


aliceparker-470x350Alice H. Parker, an African-American woman from Morristown, NJ invented the Gas Heating Furnace that provided central heating on December 23rd 1919. Parker created a mechanism that regulated the heat, and homes to live with Central heat; this invention made it possible for heat to be carried throughout various rooms by just a click of an on/off button. This invention had everyone spending money to buy central heat for their homes. Central heat changed the world drastically; people did not have to cut down trees for their fireplaces. It was also extremely dangerous leaving the fireplace on overnight, so people were forced to put out the fireplace during the night. Families usually went to bed warm, but cold during the night. Thankfully Parkers central heating system helped millions of people stay warm during the night, and they were also able to control how hot they wanted a specific room to suit. So remember when it is only 10 degrees outside, and you are nice and warm in your home, think about Parker. She made it possible for everyone in several rooms to enjoy the heat on cold winter nights.


***Information courtesyof About.com, Boston Urban News***

  • U.S. economy adds 157,000 jobs in January

    By Jeffry Bartash

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – The U.S. created a less-than expected 157,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%, but the economy added more jobs in 2012 than previously estimated, with a large chunk coming in the final months of the year.

    Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected an increase of 170,000 jobs last month, with unemployment dipping to 7.7% from 7.8%. Employment gains for December and November were revised sharply higher, according to new Labor Department figures released Friday. The number of new jobs created in December was revised to 196,000 from 155,000. November’s figure was revised to 247,000 – the biggest increase in 10 months – from 161,000. The large gains in hiring in January took place in retail, construction, health care and wholesale trade.

    MORE: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-economy-adds-157000-jobs-in-january-2013-02-01-8913015?link=MW_home_latest_news

    Total Black unemployment rate dropped from 14% to 13.8%

    Black male unemployment dropped from 14% to 13.4%

    Black women unemployment rose from 12.2% to 12.3%

    Black teen unemployment dropped from 40.5% to 37.8%

    • Miranda

      Propaganda…this can’t be true! I wanna go back to the glory years of Bush!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      — -WAITIN’ 4 –all THOSE WORDS of CONGRATULATIONS FROM: – – -The –“CREW of BLATANT CRITICS”[CBC]- —EmoProg/PL’s — T(r)avesty/cornrow/Bitter Boyce;- —ALL OTHER HATAS!! —With the –“HE HASN’T DONE ANYTHANG 4 BLAH FOLKS MEME”!!! —HAH! —

      Good 2 C U Sepia :>) – –

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Person of Interest was intense at the end last night.

    • crazycanuck

      Hey rikyrah, the whole show was intense. Love those exchanges also.

    • nellcote

      Finch’s name on the piece of paper makes me want to go back and watch the first season all over! Do you think it’s really case closed on “the man in the suit”?

      • crazycanuck

        Noway,not for a minute do I think that.

      • rikyrah

        I think it’s ‘case closed’, but no way do I think crazy woman #2 died last night.

    • Daltex82

      I love Person of Interest.

      I know people like Scandal’s Pres. Fitzgerald Grant (as do I), but I swear I would step over Fitz’s bullet riddled body and not call 911 for Mr. Reese! LOL!

      • rikyrah


  • GN

    Ed Koch passed away; RIP.

    • GN

      Rev Al released a very classy statement on his passing:

      New York, NY (February 1, 2013)— “I am saddened to hear of the passing of former Mayor Ed Koch. Throughout his twelve-years of being Mayor I was one of his most vociferous critics. In fact, my first arrest was leading a sit-in on him about summer jobs for youth in 1978. We later united and worked together around the country in a national campaign for non-violent drug offenders to give them a second chance in life and we ended up getting to know and understand each other. Although we argued about everything from my marching in Bensonhurst, to Florida and Trayvon Martin, and although we disagreed on politics from his views on President Obama to other matters, I have found that he was never a phony or a hypocrite. He would not patronize or deceive you. He said what he meant. He meant what he said. He fought for what he believed. May he rest in peace.”

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Well put Rev. Al. Well put. May he rest in peace.

      • Miranda

        Very nice and respectful.

        RIP Mayor Koch

      • GreenLadyHere

        GN — – -REV AL – –KNOWS annnd RESPECTS – — REAL PEOPLE: – –Although we argued about everything from my marching in Bensonhurst, to Florida and Trayvon Martin, and although we disagreed on politics from his views on President Obama to other matters, I have found that he was never a phony or a hypocrite. He would not patronize or deceive you. He said what he meant. He meant what he said. He fought for what he believed. May he rest in peace.”

        – – — ***Joinin’ U – -REV. AL. . . *** —BLESS U. :>) — –

      • Well said.

        RIP Mayor Koch.

  • GN

    b/c Chuck was messing around w/the black guy RT @lizzwinstead: The divorce between Hagel and McCain seems really messy.

    • Miranda

      McCain was so bitter yesterday! LOL, he really was like a scorned bish.

    • JojoRaze

      That’s all that this is about. Hagel made a new friend in PBO in the Senate. McCain got mad because the friendship was genuine and Hagel was styling and profiling with PBO when PBO went on the Europe and Middle Eastern tour with Hagel as side-kick. Meanwhile McCain was in some Podunk town with other old melanin-deficient folks trying to be relevant. McCain would’ve been a horrible prez. He’s still tart over losing to the black Guy and Hagel dropping him like a bad habit. You would think Cindy’s millions would comfort him.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        I was wondering why McCain’s line of questioning seemed to come from the 2008 Presidential foreign policy debate. I mean, the questions lobbed on Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry were proxy fights on the President. This however, was a personal attack on Hagel for betraying the conservatives he was supposed to be a part of and going for the young upstart that he only knew four short years instead of John McCain, who had been there longer and as he probably feels, guided Hagel to success in the U.S. Senate. I mean, I never thought I would see a Republican pilloried like this from his own. Hell, I don’t think former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen was done like this when Clinton nominated him. This was payback. Plain and simple.

      • AxelFoley

        “Hagel was styling and profiling with PBO”

        See, now you got me seeing Hagel as Ric Flair.

        • JojoRaze

          Since I watch WWE and TNA, I resemble that remark.

      • BoomerGal

        True dat, Jojo! Pure jealousy! LOL! McCain tickled me gettin pissed b/c Hagel wouldn’t say that the surge was a success! LOL!! The whole Afghan/Iraq debacle was a disaster and everybody knows it!!

  • GN

    More good overall economic news:


  • GN

    Jan. Jobs Report: Average hourly early earnings rose 2.1% in the 12 months through January. Good news for consumers.

  • rikyrah


    I was reminded of a few key things today. The first is that the Republican party in Washington has no regrets about the Iraq War. McCain and Butters reveled in the same utter certainty of their moral and strategic high ground today as they did in the run-up to the worst foreign policy mistake since Vietnam, after the worst national security lapse since Pearl Harbor. Sure, we were so negligent we allowed more than 3,000 innocents to be mass-murdered not far from where I am typing this; yes, we reacted to the atrocity by bungling the search for the actual culprits, brutally torturing countless suspects (some to death), and then starting a second war on false grounds that cost a trillion dollars and tens of thousands of American and Iraqi lives. But you, Mr Hagel, were wrong about the surge!

    He wasn’t, as I have long argued. The promise of the surge was to buy enough time and peace to get the sectarian mess of post-Saddam Iraq to resolve itself peacefully and form a viable non-sectarian polity. That hasn’t happened. What we have is a Shiite authoritarian government in open conflict with both the Sunnis and the Kurds – and greater Iranian influence in the country. The surge did dampen some violence, but the collapse in mass murder was more a result of a political decision by the Anbar tribes to turn against the Sunni extremists, exhaustion after a long period of ethnic cleansing and segregation, and American money to bribe away the rest. It was a face-saver for a war that had manifestly failed.

    Then there is Hagel’s heresy on the question of Israel. Although he is, like most of us, a supporter of the Jewish state, he recoiled in the Senate at the way in which the Greater Israel Lobby choreographs the voting. He just refused to do the necessary grand plié whenever AIPAC’s emissaries came with their bills and resolutions to be rubber-stamped by the Senate. He dared to think outside the box of American foreign policy options called “What The Israeli Far Right Wants”.


    • BoomerGal

      I don’t agree that “most of us are supporters of the Jewish state.” Mr. Sullivan must be referring to one demographic. White folks.

  • GreenLadyHere


    REAL FAST: – —Ex-NYC Mayor Ed Koch dead at 88 – –
    – – –Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died at the age of 88 of congestive heart failure, according to his spokesperson. Norah O’Donnell reports.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Chrysler Has Come All The Way Back From Bankruptcy, And Workers Will Reap The Benefits

    U.S. automaker Chrysler, which just three years ago received a rescue from the federal government, made $1.7 billion last year, and anticipates making more than $2 billion this year due to strengthening American demand for autos, according to information released today by the company. And workers will be receiving some of the spoils:

    All eligible Chrysler Group LLC’s salaried and hourly workers will receive either a performance bonus or a profit-sharing check, according to CEO and chairman Sergio Marchionne. […] In the email, Marchionne did not release how much the employees would receive. But based on Chrysler’s current contract with the United Auto Workers, eligible union members should receive profit sharing checks of about $2,250.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/01/30/1517961/chrysler-bankruptcy-workers/

    H/T Pat Garofalo

    • AxelFoley

      All Obama’s fault.

  • Miranda

    Someone here called it!

    Kerry Says Obama Offered Him State Dept. Job A Week Before Rice Withdrew

    In an interview with the Boston Globe published Friday, newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry said that President Barack Obama offered him the post a week before United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration — contradicting the widely held assumption that the longtime Massachusetts senator and one-time Democratic presidential nominee was the administration’s second choice for the job.

    “He called me, actually a week before Susan got out of the thing,” Kerry said. “He called me and said, ‘You’re my choice. I want you to do this.’ He asked me to keep it quiet. I did. I sat on it.”

    • creolechild

      LOL! Rubbing salt into the wound, Kerry has also hired the Boston Globe journalist who wrote several unflattering articles about Mitt Romney–before and during the election.

      Veteran journalist Glen Johnson, who is currently Boston.com’s political editor, is leaving the news site to become a senior adviser at the State Department.[….]


      H/T David Taintor

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Yep. I always knew John Kerry was gonna be the choice. Nothing against Susan Rice, because she would have been a great Secretary of State, but John Kerry was even my first thought. She was nothing but a proxy fight drummed up by the sore loser Republicans after that thrashing November 6th.

    • GN

      So basically President Obama never abandoned Susan Rice at all—he had already chosen Kerry. I’m not surprised. I think that he got genuinely pissed seeing the pile-on against her when her name was being floated though; I had wanted her to keep her name in contention just out of spite lol. But IMO Kerry’s going to be an excellent SoS.

      • BoomerGal

        I haven’t trusted John Kerry since 2004. I’m keeping my eye on him.

    • edp4bho

      Morning POU. I will say that while I didn’t actually call it, I did say that wouldn’t it be sweet if she was not his first choice all along? Think PBO was throwing ’em off the scent, so to speak….lol !

      • BoomerGal

        I don’t see why. Kerry is liked on both sides of the aisle.

  • creolechild


    NYPD Will Implant GPS Chips Into Pill Bottles To Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

    In an effort to curb the growing epidemic of Americans abusing prescription drugs, the NYPD will begin asking pharmacies in the city to mix in so-called “bait bottles” containing GPS locator chips into their stocks of prescription drug medications, CBS News reports.

    According to NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, prescription drug abuse has become an unsustainable public health problem for the city. Police hope that putting locator chips in some medication bottles will allow them to effectively track stolen bottles and uncover large-scale prescription drug stash houses:[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/15/1448561/prescription-drug-gps-chips/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • conlakappa

    I saw an ad for this program while riding the Metro this morning: http://www.c-span.org/firstladies/ What’s curious is that though the First Lady’s official photograph from the first term is used in the ad, if you look at the program schedule, she doesn’t appear to be on it. It appears to be in chrono order and will have another season. They even have her on the front page, the photo from the ad, and video clips of her. Nice marketing, CSPAN.

    • Miranda

      hahaha…….their being slick with it huh?

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      You know what they always do. Fish her out to get people hooked on something.

    • isonprize

      I thought it wasn’t cool to use the sitting Pres (or his family) to advertise stuff?

  • creolechild

    Big-business lobby enters fray on criminal justice reforms

    In a significant shift in lobbying clout, Texas’ most powerful business group has decided to make criminal-justice reforms a key focus of its priorities for legislative action, seeking ways to spend taxpayer money more efficiently and to improve the state’s economic future.

    Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business, said the group plans to push to expand successful rehabilitation and community-based corrections programs; to change Texas’ drug-sentencing laws to put more low-level offenders in local treatment programs and reduce penalties for small amounts of drugs; and to modify state licensing laws that keep some ex-convicts from ever becoming certified for various trades.[….]

    Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/big-business-lobby-enters-fray-on-criminal-justice/nTxrJ/

    H/T Mike Ward

  • GreenLadyHere


    —- -☻Obama awards the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation.
    – – –☻And looks as though Michelle Obama will be on the cover of Vogue, photographed by Annie Leibovitz
    – — -☻On days like these –THIS INVENTION is HELPFUL: – –“Alice H. Parker, an African-American woman from Morristown, NJ invented the Gas Heating Furnace that provided central heating on December 23rd 1919.”

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

  • creolechild

    Astia Angel, a New Funding Source for Women Entrepreneurs

    Nonprofit Astia has for 14 years been trying to increase the number of women who lead fast-growing companies. Helping women-led startups raise capital by connecting companies with investors has always been part of the deal. Last week, the group started its own network of angel investors, called Astia Angel, to invest directly in companies that feature women in top jobs.

    The idea is to tap Astia’s network of 4,000 advisers, investors, and entrepreneurs to find opportunities overlooked by other investors, says Sharon Vosmek, Astia’s chief executive officer. “We’re often seeing deals who should be venture-backed, but for lack of access to that network that tells you how to do it,” Vosmek says. Taking advantage of the group’s connections, “means we have fewer blind spots,” she says.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-29/astia-angel-a-new-funding-source-for-women-entrepreneurs#r=nav-fs

    H/T John Tozzi

  • Miranda

    I saw this tweet and had to read the column…Oh.My.God.

    These folks are absolutely insane y’all. ABSOLUTELY INSANE!

    Simon Maloy‏@SimonMaloy
    Obama: The Nazis committed senseless violence. National Review: WRONG! The Nazis did have “sense.” IN YOUR FACE!

    • jds09

      They are living in Crazytown. I can’t believe this got through all their editorial checkpoints. Wow.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Did they fire all the halfway sane motherfuckers in that magazine?! Really?

    • Obama Derangement Syndrome is real!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -The REAL WORLD — v — -DELUSION WORLD — –HAH – —

    — –America Moves Forward with Obama as Republicans Double Their Attacks on Gays and Women – –
    —– –It is important for a nation’s leaders to prioritize their agenda for the coming year, and it is expected they would assign importance to issues regarding their country’s economic health, national security, and benefits for its people. In his Inauguration Address, President Obama’s priorities for his second term were immigration reform, global climate change, sane gun controls, growing the economy, and he stressed the importance of the nation coming together to assure the Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights is extended to every citizen regardless of gender, sexual preference, or economic station. It has taken a little over a week, but finally as Republicans floundered to find a specific priority besides obstruction, corporatism, austerity, and gun proliferation, they picked up where they left off from the last session of Congress and officially announced their highest priority is imposing policy shaped by right wing Christianity on Americans.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner made the announcement to an anti-choice group he addressed at a National Right to Life rally, and he did not have to make it official after Republicans in Congress began the 113th session with a personhood bill, opposition to the VAWA, and balking at immigration reform that includes same-sex couples. Boehner said Republicans were focusing on “working to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” and that it was the GOP’s “most fundamental goal this year” to “commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect the sanctity of life” and pledged to make legal abortion a “relic of the past.”
    THERE IS MORE. – – — LOSERS!! –

    • GN

      The teaparty house is a national embarrassment.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday Morntin’ GN. ***BIG HUG** :>) —

        —***fist bump*** — –U! –AIN’T! – -NEVA! —LIED! —

        YET they KEEP trynta PUSH themselves onto – –RATIONAL people!! – —Sooo DELUSIONAL!! –geesh!

        — -Good 2 C U GN. :>) – –

  • creolechild

    Charter Schools Lack Of Oversight Resulting In Abuse, Violence (VIDEO)

    Despite the claims by right-wing think tanks that charter schools were some miracle-working machine able to resolve any and all school issues, the real world is finding a very different story. The promise of the charter school is that it would be free of traditional school structure and methodology, allowing it to innovate and develop new and exciting methods of teaching. While some do accomplish that, others are developed not to help the student, but to siphon public money into private hands. And still others are founded to push a doctrine onto their students[….] typically religious in nature. However, the real concern is that in the drive to cut corners, those who are being victimized are the students themselves.

    The problem comes in that the charter school model eliminates oversight. In order to innovate, they are separate, removed from the traditional schools model, which includes voter oversight through their elected representatives on the school board.[….] Despite claims that charter schools would not inherit the issues of public schools, one finds them, in fact, suffering from many of the same issues, some rife with fraud, cheating the government out of millions each year. As for the students, tales of abuse are growing ever more each year, such as this one from Miami Florida (see video):[….]

    [….] Charter schools ultimately are not a bad thing, nor a good thing. What they are is an experiment; one which, in some cases, is going horribly wrong. When our students are the guinea pigs, it is our future we are risking.

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/01/30/charter-schools-lack-of-oversight-resulting-in-abuse-violence-video/

    H/T Nathaniel Downes

    • morphus

      Again, broken window theory to address potential super predators.

    • isonprize

      I have been saying this since charter schools started getting more popular. sigh….

  • Miranda

    Phil LeBeau‏@Lebeaucarnews
    BREAKING: @GM Jan. sales, @Chevrolet up 10.9%, @GMC up 23.4%, @Cadillac up 47%

  • creolechild

    Campaign to label frankenfoods goes viral

    Want to be able to tell the difference between a natural fish and a genetically engineered frankensalmon in the dystopian food future?[….] After California’s GMO-labeling Proposition 37 failed to pass last fall, bills that would require labels for genetically modified food are rolling in Oregon and Washington, and similar initiatives are picking up steam in Minnesota, Missouri, and New Mexico, as well as in Connecticut and Vermont, where GMO-labeling legislation failed to pass last year amid threats of legal action from Monsanto.

    Minnesota is home to the headquarters of General Mills, Hormel, Cargill, and Land-O-Lakes, which were all big contributors to the fight against Prop 37, but citizens groups are pushing legislators to pass a label law there too[….]. Meanwhile, Missouri’s legislation would just target genetically modified meat and fish.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/campaign-to-label-frankenfoods-goes-viral/

    H/T Susie Cagle

    • Worldwatcher7

      So glad to see this movement gaining approval.

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: – –DOW HITS 14,000!! – -FIRST TIME since October 2007! — –The JOBS REPORT HELPED!! –Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • creolechild

    Triaminic, Theraflu Recalled After Children Accidentally Ingested the Medication

    The pharmaceutical company that makes Triaminic and Theraflu recalled 2.3 million units of cold and cough syrups after four children opened the child-resistant caps and accidentally ingested the medication themselves. The child-resistant caps don’t work in some cases, and a child can remove them even with the tamper-evident plastic seal still in place[….]

    Novartis Consumer Health Inc., the pharmaceutical company, recalled six kinds of Theraflu Warming Relief syrups and 18 kinds of Triaminic syrups. For a full list, click here.[….]

    The recalled syrups contain acetaminophen — a fever reducer that can cause liver injury or liver failure if ingested in large amounts, said Henry Spiller, a toxicologist and director of the Central Ohio Poison Center. Some of the syrups also contain diphenhydramine, an antihistamine that can cause seizures or cardiac arrhythmias after an overdose.[….]

    Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/triaminic-theraflu-recalled-children-poisoned/story?id=18368953

    H/T Sydney Lupkin

  • GreenLadyHere


    — —African-American selected to be Miami-Dade’s most senior police officer
    – – – –An African-American has been selected to lead the Miami-Dade Police Department. County Mayor Carlos Gimenez made a formal announcement Friday morning during a press conference.

    The new director, J.D. Patterson Jr., was one of six candidates in the running for the county’s most senior cop. He has been the department’s acting head since November.

    The mayor had whittled down the applicants to six possible successors following the early retirement of director Jim Loftus last October. All of the finalists came from within the department.

    Patterson, a 28 year veteran of the department, has risen through the ranks from patrolman to assistant director and now this latest post as director. The 52-year-old has overseen a variety of units including auto theft, sexual batteries, and internal affairs.

    It is only the second time a African-American has secured the director’s post in the departments 56 year history. His counterpart, Robert Parker was director from 2004 to 2009.

    –“His appointment shows that we are in the right direction, or right path, to further diversity,” said Miami-Dade police sergeant James Dixon. The other hopefuls who’d been vying for the job were two African-American women, two Hispanic men and a white police chief.

    – – – – -CONGRATULATIONS! – –PROUD of U! :>) —- –

  • creolechild

    FTC Fines Path App $800,000 For Kids Privacy Violations

    The Federal Trade Commission on Friday announced it had reached a settlement with the mobile social networking app Path over alleged privacy violations, including collecting users’ address book contacts without their knowledge and collecting children’s information without their parents consent. Path has agreed to pay a fine of $800,000 to settle the latter charges and has also agreed to undergo regular independent privacy audits over the next 20-years (similar to FTC settlements reached with Google and Facebook).[….]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ftc-fines-path-app-800-000-for-kids

    H/T Carl Franzen

  • creolechild

    On the Routine Criminalization of America’s Black and Brown Youth

    [….] Well, it starts with putting a 7-year-old brown kid in handcuffs over five dollars he didn’t steal. Perhaps it’s still a foreign concept to most people, but the criminalization of black and brown youth is a daily routine. Reyes’s situation isn’t unlike that of 6-year-old Salecia Johnson, who in April of last year was arrested and handcuffed in school, after what was described as “temper tantrum.” Before her, there was 5-year-old Michael Davis, whose hands and feet with restrained with zip ties when his school called the police in to scare away his behavioral problems. The kids get the message at a very young age, and the rest the world does as well, that they are potential menaces to society and will be treated as such.[….]

    That’s why, in the Washington, DC, area, black kids are two to five times more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their white classmates, and why in New York City, over the course of a four-month period in the summer and fall of 2011, all but four of the sixty-three students arrested in school were black or Latino. They aren’t disproportionately more disruptive, but their behavior is interpreted as such. This is how you end up with Trayvon Martins and Jordan Davises. We create these images of monsters and then wonder why people go out slaying them.

    This is part of the reason why the current gun control debate is so disingenuous. We want universal background checks to ensure criminals don’t have access to guns, but then don’t look at the ways in which we create criminals. We want mental health checks, but show little-to-no concern for the trauma visited upon black and brown youths caught in the crosshairs of violence and racism. But none of this is surprising.[….]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/172559/routine-criminalization-americas-black-and-brown-youth#

    H/T Mychal Denzel Smith

    • AxelFoley

      Yet, it’s white kids shooting up schools. Perhaps they should be cuffing them mofos instead.

    • morphus

      Directly related to “broken windows theory”, a criminological theory, that is basis for schools zero tolerance policies. Broken windows premise is minority children will grow up to become superpredators if not stopped at early age.

  • creolechild

    Equifax selling private information to debt collectors

    Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, has accumulated the salary and employment records of more than one-third of US adults, in one of the most expansive private databases of information, NBC News reported.
    Some of this information is being sold to debt collectors, financial service companies and other organizations, NBC reported. The worst part? Equifax doesn’t need to notify the individual whose information is being sold, and the entire thing is legal under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/companies/130131/equifax-selling-private-information-debt-collectors

    H/T Mariya Karimjee

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: – –ALRIGHTY —Ms. NANCY!! —-:>) – –

    – – – –Pelosi guest-stars on finale of ’30 Rock’
    – — – —House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) showed off her acting chops Thursday night during the series finale of the long-running NBC comedy “30 Rock.”

    The California lawmaker, who played herself, blasts Alec Baldwin’s TV character, Jack Donaghy, as an “economic war criminal” in a mock MSNBC interview as Donaghy watches from his Manhattan office.

    Pelosi also pokes fun at Congress during the 10-second cameo.

    “Jack Donaghy is an economic war criminal. If the Democratic Party controlled Congress, I would see that he was punished in the worst way possible, by having to come down here and listen to us,” Pelosi said.

    Last night’s episode also featured guest stars Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek and Conan O’Brien, as well as Ice-T and Richard Belzer from “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” but Pelosi was the only elected official in sight.

    The Emmy-award winning “30 Rock,” which went off the air after seven seasons, has had its share of high-profile political guests, including former Vice President Al Gore and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
    THERE IS MORE. – – – — – –FUN TIMES —Ms. Nancy. :>) —

  • GN


    Joe Scarborough Calls John McCain And Ted Cruz ‘Embarrassing’ In Questioning Chuck Hagel http://read.bi/XsQkLe

    • Miranda

      The more the nation sees of the GOP, the more marginalized they are becoming. Its really something.

    • isonprize

      Joe Scarborough Calls John McCain And Ted Cruz ‘Embarrassing’

      well, THAT’S the sheet calling the pillowcase white.

      • Miranda


      • BoomerGal

        But for once he got it right!

  • Daltex82

    This has been an informative and enjoyable series.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – — THESE — -DANG — –RE-THUCKERS!! – – –

    – — —Alabama Does Gun Manufacturers’ Bidding By Seeking To Nullify Federal Gun Laws

    – — — –The Alabama legislature is considering an unconstitutional bill that would make it a felony for federal law officers to enforce any bans on semi-automatic weapons or high-capacity magazines in the state — a measure that, its author insists, would be good for the state’s economy, or at least its gun manufacturers.

    State Sen. Shadrack McGill’s (R) legislation would specifically exempt guns that were manufactured, sold, and owned within Alabama’s borders from federal laws. It would also classify anyone who did try to enforce federal laws as a Class C Felon. McGill thinks that such a law amounts to state stimulus, since creates an impetus for manufacturers to reap profit in the state:
    – – -SNIP – —

    FACT:– ->The U.S. Constitution dictates that federal law “shall be the supreme law of the land.” But the irony is apparently lost on McGill and other state legislators that in their effort to protect their constitutional right to own a firearm, they are trying to supersede the constitutional requirement that states follow federal laws.

  • GreenLadyHere


    —–6 Key Facts About The State Of The American Jobs Market In 2012 – – –

    – – —The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that the economy created 157,000 jobs last month. With significant upward revisions to previous months (including revising November up to nearly 250,000 jobs created), the jobs picture for 2012 is much clearer. Here’s where things stand:

    1) 181,00 jobs per month were created in 2012. In 2011, it was 175,000 per month. Calculated Risk charts the improvement:

    2) 2.17 million jobs were created in 2012. As Steve Benen noted, this “is the best annual total since 2005, and tops seven of the eight years Bush/Cheney was in office.”

    3) The so-called “fiscal cliff” didn’t create “uncertainty.” During the fourth quarter of last year, with the “fiscal cliff” looming, 201,000 jobs were created per month. “All these concerns that the fiscal uncertainty deterred businesses from hiring, they certainly haven’t materialized,” said UniCredit economist Harm Bandholz.
    – – – -SNIP- —

    6) About 100,000 construction jobs were created in the last four months. In a sign that the housing market is rebounding, the economy has added 296,000 construction jobs since January 2011, and a third of those gains occurred in the final four months of 2012. Still, construction employment is 2 million jobs below its 2006 peak.


    – -[Gotta “bounce”. MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY ♥. C U as soon as. . . ]

  • TyrenM

    Duck Todd (Jones,) they’re coming for you.
    In another edition of “with friends like these,” we have former Minneapolis FBI head coming after B. Todd Jones nomination for ATF Director.


    Former FBI special agent Don Oswald sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee describing his concerns with Jones. Oswald says Jones has a reputation for being uncooperative, not a team player and too political.
    Oswald cited several cases where he says Jones was an obstacle to investigations.

    “I just needed to make a point that Mr. Jones was an impediment to federal law enforcement in the arenas of violent crime, drugs and guns, still is, has a very poor reputation among law enforcement in Minnesota.” Oswald said he hopes Jones gets a fair hearing but felt compelled to make his concerns public.

    Jones could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Oswald’s characterization of Jones is disputed by Ralph Boelter, the former special agent in charge who preceded Oswald. Boelter headed the Minneapolis division of the FBI and was the bureau’s assistant director over counterterrorism in Minneapolis from 2007 to 2011.

    “I’ve never seen him act in the way that Don characterized him, never,” Boelter said. He recalls working closely with Jones in a partnership between the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI, including on a number of high profile cases.

    • Miranda

      Oswald says Jones has a reputation for being uncooperative, not a team player and too political.

      yeah…sure….what he meant was “this uppity kneegrow just like that Obama and Holder”.

      • crazycanuck

        yeah, I think you read that bs very well Miranda

      • rikyrah

        Oswald says Jones has a reputation for being uncooperative, not a team player and too political.

        Too political….doesn’t go with not a team player, IMO.

    • jds09

      What I’ve heard about Todd Jones (ex-Marine JAG lawyer) is that he is the Real Deal. They have picked the wrong negro to fuck with.

  • GN

    Where’s Blacker Than Thou, Inc. CBC and their Crewof42 twitter person, Crabis, Corny, et. al. on the spectacle of fauxgressives throwing low-key shade on Governor Patrick and Senate appointee Cowan? Especially Rep. Frank’s disappointing remarks which completely failed to capture how unfair society is still constructed towards African Americans as opposed to more privileged groups. I hear nothing but crickets.

  • GN

    2. Study shows blacks “moderately more supportive of gay civil liberties.” http://poq.oxfordjournals.org/content/67/1/59.short

    Finally, people are starting to tell the truth.

    Yet evidence that blacks are more homophobic than whites is quite limited. This article uses responses from almost seven thousand blacks and forty-three thousand whites in 31 surveys conducted since 1973 to give more definitive answers on black-white attitudinal differences and their demographic roots. Despite their greater disapproval of homosexuality, blacks’ opinions on sodomy laws, gay civil liberties, and employment discrimination are quite similar to whites’ opinions, and African Americans are more likely to support laws prohibiting antigay discrimination.

    Given this data, what justification is there be for the repeated obsession and focus upon black people re: GLBT rights? The left doesn’t have to like or accept black people, I couldn’t care less at this point, but I appreciate every effort to set the record straight about us.

    • crazycanuck

      Didn’t need a study to tell me that, yet some in the LGBT communtiy will continue to perpetuate the stereotype that all black people are homophobic.

      • jds09

        I remember the flame war after Prop 8 passed in CA. What’s not talked about is the racism of gay and lesbian whites. Many of the older black generation were sharing stories of gay and lesbian whites partaking in the privileges of Jim Crow. I’ll never forget the pain in those stories and the rage at the expectation of unqualified support of GLBT issues.

        • crazycanuck

          I remember that so well. It was totally disgusting. Here is a recent statement by someone from the LGBT community.

          A great many people in this country are not happy about Obama or about anything he says or does, especially when it touches on “our kind.”

          the person went on to give some credit to the President mentioning of Stonewall, but to make that statement beforehand?

          I would really like them to name a President that has fought so hard for so many of their issues.

          Clinton of course they love.

        • conlakappa

          Or why in many cities there was a need for black pride parades because they were given short shrift. Or groups that got together and held big events to raise money for people living with AIDS leaving depleted legacies once AIDS became an increasingly black and brown disease.

    • Tafr

      Nope the left does not have to accept us however they should know it works both ways. All this talk about black folks hating gays is just an excuse for them to be ugly towards this president. These assholes were not very vocal about DADT but had kittens because the president was on the fence about gay marriage. Never mind that the president has done more for the gay community than pimp in chief Clinton.

      They want to say that black folks can be bigots well I agree some black folks can be. However, white liberals, white gays, can be just as racist and as ugly as the tea party. Nope they do not get an out because they believe they are being “victimize” because the president did not automatically support gay marriage. I swear these mofo’s would not last a day as a black person.

      • BoomerGal

        “these mofos would not last a day as a black person.” And there’s the rub. They can stay in the closet and reap the benefits of being white.

    • BoomerGal

      I don’t appreciate the gay community equating their cause with the civil rights movement. I’ve always had a problem with that. They remind me so much of the Jewish community, in that, the slightly thing you say is regarded as homophobic and in the later case, anti-semitic.

  • crazycanuck

    Energy secretary Steven Chiu is resigning. Dam, I know this usually happens in second terms, but it’s annoying lol.

    • GN

      He was amazing!

    • creolechild

      Also. Too.

      Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz announced his resignation on Thursday in an interview in The New York Times, and the FTC on Friday morning confirmed his departure date of February 15, 2013. As Leibowitz said in a statement published by the FTC Friday:[….]

      Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ftc-chairman-jon-leibowitz-resigns

      H/T Carl Franzen

  • nellcote

    Steven Chu announced he’s resigning. Really bummed about this one.

    • Miranda

      DANGIT! I really liked him, he did an awesome job.

    • MsKitty

      This one really hurts to hear. A lot of my clients are with DOE and he has done an awesome job with that agency. He’s a very nice, unpretentious guy too. I wish him the best of luck in whatever he does next.

  • Miranda

    Buh…but……the evil wimmens can still get da birth control!

    Obama administration offers faith groups new opt-out of contraception mandate

    The Obama administration on Friday announced a broader opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control.

    The administration is allowing religious nonprofits to offer coverage that does not include contraception. In such a case, a third-party issuer will handle all business related to providing birth-control coverage for women.

    Religious groups had said the old birth-control coverage rule violated their religious beliefs. Many filed lawsuits or said they would simply not comply.

    Read more at:

    • GN

      WaPo health policy reporter:

      Story coming, but general take on WH birth control proposal: Pretty much guarantees contraceptive coverage everywhere that isn’t a church.

  • creolechild

    On top of being disturbing, this explains why the NRA can brag about how much their membership rolls have increased…

    To Recruit Cops, the NRA Dangles Freebies Paid for by Gun Companies

    [….] In 2011, the gun group launched a slick recruiting program called NRA Life of Duty, which offers complimentary memberships and insurance benefits, training opportunities, and steep product discounts to public safety officers and members of the military. The cost of these premium memberships are covered by individual and corporate sponsors such as the gun maker Colt’s Manufacturing, firearms supply house Brownells, and the weapons training company Tactical Response—whose CEO, James Yeager, recently went ballistic on YouTube.

    In addition to free subscriptions to all of the NRA’s magazines and the standard benefits offered to civilian members, Life of Duty members receive $27,500 in free accident insurance coverage and steeper product discounts than civilians are offered—45 percent off hunting and camping products from Browning and Alps Mountaineering, for instance, and big savings on gear at Brownells’ PoliceStore.com. The bennies don’t end there: If a law enforcement Life of Duty member is killed on duty, the widow or widower gets a $25,000 life insurance payout, and the children qualify for college scholarships worth up to $8,000. For $50 a year, retired cops can purchase insurance through the NRA that covers up to $25,000 in legal costs should they be sued after shooting someone in “self defense.”[….]

    The NRA’s police recruitment efforts date back decades. In 1960, the NRA launched a Law Enforcement Division that has managed to integrate itself into police operations and culture at federal, state, and local levels. A so-called “agency affiliation” qualifies police agencies to receive technical and legal advice on their firearm-training curriculums, and help from the NRA’s “Range Development Department” in designing their firing ranges—a tax-exempt NRA foundation even helps pay for such things.[….]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/nra-life-duty-police-assault-rifle-gun-control

    H/T Josh Harkinson

  • GN

    Planned Parenthood ‏@PPact:
    Big news! #Obama reaffirms his promise: ensuring women can access no co-pay #birthcontrol no matter where they work: http://bit.ly/WYOr9i

  • creolechild

    Before Wayne LaPierre There Was Karl Frederick – An NRA Leader Who Seldom Carried A Gun

    “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one. … I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.” [Source] Anyone reading that statement in the year 2013 would assume it was uttered by a liberal. A Democrat. A safety advocate. A lily-livered tree-hugging pacifist. Somebody who wants to severely limit, even take away, the guns of law-abiding citizens.

    Anyone would be wrong. The person who made that statement was the President of the NRA. In 1934. His name was Karl Frederick. And he, like many of the other members of the NRA at that time, was reasonable about the issue of guns and clear about the need to implement rational firearms regulations to better control, for the sake of public safety, the sale and use of guns. Can you imagine?[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/02/01/before-wayne-lapierre-there-was-karl-frederick-an-nra-leader-who-seldom-carried-a-gun/

    H/T Lorraine Devon Wilke

  • creolechild

    This guy is babysitting 27 orphaned bear cubs, and he could use your help

    Every year Ben Kilham of Lyme, N.H. — the state’s only bear rehabilitator — looks after a handful of orphaned bears. This winter, because food was so scarce, and so many mothers were shot foraging for food, he has 27 orphaned bears to contend with.[….] It’s going to take a lot of both to keep these poor critters alive until they’re ready to take care of themselves — Kilham has already spent a $2,500 grant on dog food and corn.

    Besides that grant, from the New Hampshire Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Kilham has received other donations from individuals — but he could use more, as his estimate for keeping the bears alive and healthy is about $1,000 per bear.[….] If you are, additionally, a concerned, bear-loving citizen, please send money to the Bear Hill Conservancy.

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/this-guy-is-babysitting-27-orphaned-bear-cubs-and-he-could-use-your-help/

    H/T Sarah Miller

  • creolechild

    California levies record $1 million fine against Chevron for refinery fire

    Nearly six months after a Chevron refinery erupted in flames in Richmond, Cailf., there’s a tiny bit of charred justice for residents of the San Francisco East Bay area. In an announcement Wednesday, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) said it would be fining Chevron $963,200 for the fire — the biggest fine ever levied by the agency, and the biggest fine Cal/OSHA was even legally able to levy.[….]

    Chevron wasn’t the only passive-aggressive problem at this party. Cal/OSHA itself was criticized after the fire when it was discovered the agency had not fined a major oil company in 10 years, and had been inspecting refineries in about 50 hours each, compared to 1,000 hours spent on average by federal officials.

    As for members of the general public who also suffered from Chevron’s black plumes — about 15,000 of whom sought medical attention at local hospitals — Chevron says it’s paid $10 million to area medical centers in compensation.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/california-levies-record-1-million-fine-against-chevron-for-refinery-fire/

    H/T Susie Cagle

  • Aquagranny911

    POU, please pray for us. My daughter with the heart condition is in a coma on a ventilator we are heading for colorado now Pray please. I will update when I can. Thankyou

    • Oh no! Sending prayers and positives thoughts to you and your daughter.

    • Alma98

      Oh! AG I’m so sorry, will be sending healing thoughts and light to your family.

    • Miranda

      Praying for your daughter and entire family.

    • Tafr

      Oh AG all my prayers to you and your family.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Safe journey AG; sending prayers and love to your entire family.

    • Town

      Prayers. {{{Aquagranny911}}}

    • GN

      OMG, deepest prayers.

    • crazycanuck

      AG, you, your daughter and your family are in my thoughts.

    • Daltex82

      My prayers and well wishes are with you AG.

    • qosine

      Oh, AG – praying for your daughter, you, and your family

    • jds09

      Most definitely. Take care.

    • Rhoda

      You and yours are in my prayers, God bless you all.

    • JojoRaze

      Godspeed AQ and will pray for your daughter.

    • morphus

      Sending prayers and healing to you and family.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Dear Aquagranny911:♥- – – – -***BIG – — COMFORTING – —-HUG*** AMEN.- – –

      – —“The Lord Bless You and Keep You”– – –

      – — -Dear Lord:- –We pray for Your HEALING HAND on Ag/hubby’s♥ – -beloved DAUGHTER. We pray for YOUR COMFORT for the family. We pray for Your travelling Grace and Mercy. THANK U in advance. AMEN.

      • creolechild

        Aqua, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • isonprize

      Oh, AG, I’m so sorry to read about your daughter. Prayers going up. Take care of yourself.

    • vulcan_girl

      Keeping you in my thoughts.

    • rikyrah

      your daughter and family are in my prayers.

    • MonieTalks

      Praying for healing and deliverance. Godspeed!

    • dannie22

      praying for the healing and health of your daughter and for your strength AQ

    • sagittarius

      Aquagranny, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    • Shilohsmama

      Prayers to you and yours. I’m so sorry I hit the wrong button. Peace be with you.

    • MsKitty

      AG, sending prayers and healing thoughts. Please keep us posted when you can.

    • TyrenM

      Praying for u and yours.

    • BoomerGal

      Prayers going up.

  • Miranda

    Video surfaces of young Hadiya Pendleton in PSA about gang violence

    NBC confirms that a young Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl whose life was suddenly cut short due to a gang-related shooting in Chicago yesterday, appeared in a public service announcement against gang violence, which has recently surfaced on YouTube.

    The video, produced by the Digital Youth Network and posted to YouTube in November of 2008, features young Pendleton and a friend speaking out against gang violence.

    The minute-long clip shows two young girls, one who identifies herself as Hadiya along with another female student named Amari.

    more here

    • TyrenM

      THIS right here, should be played as often as Newtown video.

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

  • Miranda

    Koch’s Last Message for Cuomo

    In a fascinating interview with the New York Times that was not to be made public until his death, former New York City mayor Ed Koch had final words for his 1977 mayoral opponent Mario Cuomo and called him a “prick.”
    Said Koch: “Even though social relationships when we meet in public are good, underneath, he knows that I know what I’m thinking–‘you prick.'”


    • nellcote

      Yup, that’s the Koch I remember.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • isonprize

    Things that make you go hmmmm….

    I wonder if Alice Parker was a millionaire as a result of her invention?