October 18, 2017

Friday Open Thread: Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

Today’s unsung hero is the late Clyde Kennard.


Clyde Kennard (June 12, 1927 – July 4, 1963) was an American civil rights pioneer and martyr from Mississippi. In the 1950s, he attempted several times to enroll at Mississippi Southern College (now known as University of Southern Mississippi) to complete his undergraduate degree started at University of Chicago. USM was still segregated and reserved for European Americans.

After he published a letter about integrated education, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission conspired to have him arrested on false charges. He was convicted and sentenced to seven years at Parchman Penitentiary, a high-security prison. Although he was terminally ill with cancer, the governor refused to pardon him, but released him in January 1963. After 2005 and publication of evidence that Kennard had been framed, supporters tried to secure a posthumous pardon for him, but Governor Haley Barbour refused.

Kennard was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1927; he moved to Chicago at the age of 12 to aid his injured sister, Sarah. He stayed and graduated from Wendell Phillips High School, then entered the U.S. Army.

After serving as a paratrooper during the Korean War, as a veteran he returned to Chicago and started college at the University of Chicago. In 1955, after completing his junior year, Kennard returned to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to care for his stepfather, who had become disabled and needed help.  He taught Sunday school at the Mary Magdalene Baptist Church.

On three separate occasions (1956, 1957 and 1959), Kennard sought to enroll at Mississippi Southern College, one of Mississippi’s premier institutions, which was still segregated and had an exclusively white student body. Mississippi governor James P. Coleman offered to have the state pay his tuition elsewhere in the state, but Kennard declined. He preferred that college as it was the closest to his home, a major factor given his family situation. In Brown v. Board of Education (1955), the US Supreme Court had ruled that segregation in public educational facilities was unconstitutional.

On December 6, 1958, Kennard published a letter in the Hattiesburg American newspaper. He wrote that he was a “segregationist by nature” but “integrationist by choice,” and gave a reasoned explanation as to why segregation in education was impractical and bound to be replaced by one integrated system.

Zack Van Landingham of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission urged J. H. White, the African-American president of Mississippi Vocational College, to persuade Kennard to end his quest at Mississippi Southern College. When Kennard could not be dissuaded, Van Landingham and Dudley Connor, a Hattiesburg, Mississippi lawyer, worked together to suppress his activism. Files from the Sovereignty Commission, which were opened in 1998, showed that its officials considered forcing Kennard into an accident or bombing his car.

The Sovereignty Commission conspired to have Kennard framed for a crime. On September 15, 1959, he was arrested by constables Charlie Ward and Lee Daniels for reckless driving. After he was jailed, Ward and Daniels claimed before Justice of the Peace T. C. Hobby to have found five half pints of whiskey, along with other liquor, under the seat of his car. Mississippi was a “dry” state, and possession of liquor was illegal until 1966. Kennard was convicted and fined $600. He soon became the victim of an unofficial local economic boycott (also a tactic of the Sovereignty Commission), which cut off his credit.

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    John Dingell on the 41st Repeal of Obamacare by the GOP

    ” This is obfuscation and deceit”


  • rikyrah

    House GOP like a jukebox that only plays one song
    By Steve Benen

    Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    The congressional to-do list is daunting. There’s a very real possibility of a government shutdown in two weeks, and a debt-ceiling deadline looms a few weeks after that. As if that weren’t enough, lawmakers need to tackle a farm bill, immigration reform, and a fix to the Voting Rights Act, all while a national security crisis in Syria lingers.

    Complicating matters, the House is only scheduled to be in session five times between now and the end of the month.

    So how did the Republican-led chamber spend their afternoon yesterday — the last work day before another four-day weekend they scheduled for themselves? As Rachel noted on the show last night, GOP lawmakers voted for the 41st time to gut the Affordable Care Act.

    Joan McCarter summarized the proposal nicely

    In case you care what this one would do, it would stop people from getting subsidies on the health insurance exchanges until the income verification process that is already in the law is replaced with some other income verification process that probably involves elves doing the work in the dead of night. Or maybe unicorns.

    But hey, it’s a vote that House Speaker John Boehner could be assured of “winning,” so there’s that.


  • GreenLadyHere

    – —GOOD FRIDAY the 13th –PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ — —-

    Please continue 2 PRAY 4 COLORADO annnd NEW JERSEY. AMEN

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good morning, POU.

  • Miranda

    8 years after storm, $872M in Katrina money unspent in Mississippi
    by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | September 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Eight years after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, Mississippi still hasn’t spent almost $1 billion in federal money dedicated to recovery from the storm.

    The remaining $872 million is part of $5.5 billion Congress gave the state to rebound from Katrina, which struck in August 2005, killed 238 people in Mississippi and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, most heavily in coastal counties.

    More than half of the unspent money is tied up in a hotly debated plan to expand the state-owned Port of Gulfport, and millions more are allocated for projects that have yet to materialize.

    Critics also complain that some projects are far from the Katrina strike zone and don’t seem to have a direct connection to recovery from the hurricane, while others have failed to take root or are not meeting promises of creating jobs.

    One of the projects — a parking garage in Starkville near the Mississippi State University football stadium — is more than 200 miles from Katrina’s landfall.

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/09/12/8-years-after-storm-872m-in-katrina-money-unspent-in-mississippi/

    • goldenstar

      Once again, I hope that the Holder DOJ gets a hold of the thieves before they can break ground.

    • qosine

      Criminal. This money needs to go to people like Lamh’s family.

  • GreenLadyHere



    — — — -☺ In the 1950s, he attempted several times to enroll at Mississippi Southern College (now known as University of Southern Mississippi) — [PROFOUND BRAVERY]

    — – – – – -☺FALSELY ACCUSED:After he published a letter about integrated education, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission conspired to have him arrested on false charges.

    — –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SmsJ8gVV9c —-WORTHY of OUR HONOR. THANK U PBOMB♥ —


    — —MR. PRESIDENT/VP Joe —BUSY @ WERK: – – —3:35 PM
    Obama and Biden meet with labor leaders.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -“RIDE or DIE VP JOE: – –:>) —

    — —Biden:’Neanderthal crowd’ slowed VAWA renewal —-

    —- –Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday slammed the Republicans who slowed the passage of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act as “this sort of Neanderthal crowd” in the House as he touted what he considers to be his unique understanding of how Congress works.

    “I’m going to say something outrageous,” Biden said at the Naval Observatory at an event marking the 19th anniversary of the bill. “I think I understand the Senate better than any man or woman who’s ever served in there, and I think I understand the House … I was surprised this last time … the idea we still had to fight? We had to fight to reauthorize?”

    “Did you ever think we’d be fighting over, you know, 17, 18 years later to reauthorize this?” he asked the crowd, which included people who’d worked on getting the original bill passed in 1994. “Well, you know what? The thing they didn’t like, they said we like it the way it is,” he said, without the protections for Native Americans living on
    tribal lands and LGBT people that the supporters pushed to include in the bill.

    THERE IS MORE —- —TELL IT – — VP Joe. :>)

  • Miranda

    MNsure unveils costs of health plans
    by Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio,

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Uninsured Minnesotans in the Twin Cities can expect to pay as little as $91 a month for health care coverage bought through MNsure, the state’s new online marketplace.

    State officials released cost and coverage details today, though people won’t be able to shop for insurance until Oct. 1, when the website goes live.

    “We believe that … these rates that we’re announcing today undeniably are extremely competitive,” Minnesota Commerce Department Commissioner Mike Rothman said. His department regulates insurance products.


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –SADLY — -Another INCIDENT – – —

    — –Attack on consulate in Afghanistan

    — – —The State Department announced late Thursday that the American consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, had been attacked — though it said the culprits remain “currently unidentified forces.”

    According to the Associated Press, a Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.

    “A truck carrying attackers drove to the front gate, and attackers—possibly firing Rocket Propelled Grenades and assault rifles—commenced attacking Afghan Protective forces on the exterior of
    the gates and contracted security guards,” said State Department
    spokeswoman Marie Harf. “Shortly after, the entire truck exploded,
    extensively damaging the front gate.”

    Harf said there are no American casualties, though a contract security worker may have been wounded and Afghan police likely were as well. The Associated Press reported that two members of Afghani security forces and five attackers were killed in the attack, according to the local chief of police.
    THERE IS MORE — – – -CONTINUE 2 PRAY. . . .

  • GreenLadyHere


    —-Obama to tap budget chief Zients as top economic adviser– –
    – — — –President Obama will tap former acting budget director Jeffrey Zients to replace Gene Sperling as the administration’s top economic adviser, the White House confirmed Friday.

    Sperling, the first person to serve as director of the National
    Economic Council under two separate presidents, will leave the position at the end of the year.

    Sperling has played a central role on the Obama administration’s economic team, representing the president in budget negotiations with Congress as well as designing the president’s jobs bill.

    But Sperling could be best remembered for a dustup with veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, who said during an interview on CNN that Sperling made him “very uncomfortable” when, in an email, he said the reporter would “regret” questioning the White House account of how sequestration originated.
    THERE IS MORE – – – – – WATCHIN’ –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS –in Cali —

    — –California Poised To Raise Its Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour

    — – – – –After a bill to raise California’s minimum wage to $9 per hour as of July 2014 and then $10 by January 2016 was approved by both houses of the California state legislature on Thursday, it now heads to Gov. JerryBrown’s (D) desk for signature. Brown voiced his supportearlier in the week in a press release, saying, “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”

    Other places have recently raised their minimum wages. Voters in Albuquerque, NM raised the wage from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour on election night last year, which will automatically keep pace with the cost of living. Two other cities in California also raised the wage, with Long Beach increasing it to $13 an hour as well as guaranteeing hotel workers five paid sick days a year. When voters are asked to vote on whether to raise the minimum wage, they almost always approve it with substantial majorities, as was the case in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Ohio in past years. Eighty percent of Americans support a national raise to $10.10 an hour, including two-thirds of Republicans.
    THERE IS MORE — – –WATCHIN’. . . .[Gotta “bounce” early. —Will check in as soon as :>) –MISSIN’U/CARRYIN’ U – — IN MY♥]

  • Miranda

    Charged for walking while black…smh…even the judge was like wtf is this.

    Man says he was arrested, tried for walking down the wrong side of the street
    10:48 PM, Sep 9, 2013 | 19 comments

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Walking down the road, minding his own business, one First Coast man says he was assaulted by a Police Officer and thrown in jail for no reason.

    When he was tried for the crime, a judge threw out the case half way through the trial.

    Bobby Wingate said the incident occurred on Oliver Street in Arlington.

    The last time Wingate walked down the road, he said he called 9-1-1 to protect himself from the police.

    “He parked his car right up here near this curve,” he said as he pointed.

    On a 9-1-1 recording of that night Wingate can be heard saying, “He said do I really want to fight him? I haven’t done anything wrong.”

    “The conduct that is outlined in the transcript and the 9-1-1 call is not only breathtaking, it’s outrageous, it’s disgraceful,” said Andrew Bonderud, Wingate’s civil attorney.

    Bonderud said his client was a target of racial discrimination.

    more here: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/327207/483/Man-arrested-for-walking-sues-JSO

    • Alma98

      Why would anyone of color want to live in Florida. It’s now a crime to be black. SMGDH!

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      I hope he gets a nice chunk of change for this.

      This week…. It’s been very ugly.

    • qosine

      Transcript and the 911 call on record for the judge
      to throw out the case. Smart Bobby Wingate.
      Use this against the Zs and cops.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    D.C. United Sign On To Help Promote Obamacare

    Major League Soccer’s D.C. United have signed on to help promote DC Health Link, the health care exchange that opens in just three weeks as part of Obamacare, President Obama’s major health care reform law.[….] United will promote the law through on-field activities, public address announcements, and tailgating at RFK Stadium, United’s home, during an October 4 home game[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2013/09/12/2614821/united-major-team-help-promote-obamacare/

    H/T Travis Waldron

  • Miranda

    MediaTakeout: Fear of a Black TMZ

    Oh, Dayum!! The most intimidating man in hip-hop isn’t Jay-Z, or Weezy, or some hustling exec at Interscope. It’s a former lawyer named Fred, whose comically sleazy gossip website MediaTakeout has been denounced onstage by Kanye, slapped with a cease-and-desist order by Ochocinco, and bookmarked by everyone in the world of black entertainment. Because if MediaTakeout sets its sights on you, whatever it publishes probably isn’t true, but it does mean you’ve made it in the game

    Read More http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201309/mediatakeout-fred-mwangaguhunga-la-la-anthony#ixzz2emh6Jxyb

  • JB20005

    Putin/Paul 2016!

    It’s the new “progressive” dream ticket.

  • creolechild

    Jimmy Kimmel Viral Video Prank Exposes Mainstream Media’s Lack Of Journalistic Integrity (VIDEO)

    ….] Early in September, a video called “Worst Twerk Fail EVER” was posted to YouTube.[….] The “Worst Twerk Fail EVER” video was a prank orchestrated by Kimmel and a professional stunt woman, whose real name is Daphne Avalon.[….] After being posted on YouTube, the video received more than nine million views, in less than a week’s time. It’s just a prank, right?

    Kimmel makes a point of mentioning that the show received many
    requests from the mainstream media for interviews with the mythical
    “Caitlin Heller.” None of the requests were answered. He also notes that not being granted those interviews (and obviously not being able to vet the story) did not stop hundreds of media outlets, including many so-called “news” programs, from covering the video. He presents a montage of clips that show several different Fox affiliates, MSNBC, Global News and many others, covering the fake video in “news” segments.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/09/11/jimmy-kimmel-viral-video-prank-exposes-mainstream-medias-lack-of-journalistic-integrity/

    H/T Randa Morris

  • creolechild


    The Case for Teaching Entrepreneurship in High School

    [….] New research from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) argues that the benefits of teaching young people how to launch and run a business extend beyond developing the next generation of world-changing entrepreneurs. The findings: Students who completed a NFTE program were doing better at educational achievement than the population at large:

    *99 percent of alumni over the age of 25 have a high school diploma, compared with 85 percent of the larger population.

    *The high school dropout rate for NFTE alumni between the ages of 16 and 19 was 1 percent, compared with a national average of 3.4 percent.

    *Half of NFTE alumni who graduated from college earned degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math. Forty-seven percent of NFTE grads with STEM degrees were African American, more than six times the national rate. Fifty-one percent of NFTE alumni in the survey were African American.[…]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-09/the-case-for-teaching-entrepreneurship-in-high-school#r=nav-f-blog

    H/T Patrick Clark

  • creolechild

    Stradivarius Hometown in Italy Gets Violin Museum

    A city in northern Italy especially noted for its elite stringed-instrument makers, such as Guarneri and Stradivari who began crafting there in the 16th century, will get its own museum thanks to a generous grant.[….] And now, after years of waiting, Cremona has a showcase worthy of its illustrious heritage. Next Saturday, a new museum featuring some of the most exquisite violins ever made will throw open its doors, as the Museo del Violino.

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/recreation/cremona-italy-gets-violin-museum.html

    H/T GNN

    • qosine

      I love the violin — and the music.

  • Town
    • AxelFoley

      Everything comes to light.

      • conlakappa

        How sad. Sounds like that poor child’s body will need to be exhumed and the DOJ case just got that much stronger. So not different from Emmett Till that it’s bracing to consider.

        • Tafr

          Their arrogance is going to end them. I cannot believe they fired the guy that has the goods on them. They probably thought of him as some stupid minority that did not have the guts to go after them.

      • Tafr

        I hope the runaway jury comes to light as well. Something tells me that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • creolechild

    Yes, we can…do whatever our hearts desire.

    Bledsoe Technologies, LLC

    Jaylen Bledsoe is the Chief Executive Officer & founder at Bledsoe
    Technologies, LLC in Missouri & is only 14 years of age. He has
    expertise in start-up businesses, entrepreneurship, Venture Capital
    Funding, & directing marketing platforms targeted towards small and
    mid-sized businesses. In the past 3 years, he has focused on expanding Bledsoe Technologies, LLC and growing the number of youth involved in start-up businesses.

    Under Jaylen’s leadership, Bledsoe Technologies, LLC has achieved consistent revenue & client growth, quarter over quarter, and has built a roster of hundreds of customers worldwide. Some
    typical clients include Hazelwood West Middle School, NLAthletics &
    many other private clients. He is a frequent speaker on youth entrepreneurship, youth rights and start-up financing.[….]

    Read more: http://bledsoetechnologies.com/about-us/jaylen-d-bledsoe/

    H/T Bledsoe Technologies

  • creolechild

    How Obamacare Could Revolutionize Addiction Treatment

    Obamacare’s treatment of alcoholism and other drug addiction as
    chronic diseases that must be covered by insurance plans could lead to as many as 40 million Americans entering rehabilitation programs, according to California Health Report.

    Government data shows that about 24 million Americans aged 12 and older require treatment for a substance abuse issue — but only 11 percent of them received it at a specialty facility. These facilities charge an average of $4,000 for admission, and even outpatient facilities cost an average of $1,500 per course of treatment.[….]

    The health law puts special emphasis on both treatment and prevention by forcing insurers to cover rehab and encouraging doctors to screen for potential addictions.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/12/2609501/obamacare-revolutionize-addiction-services/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

    • goldenstar

      THIS IS HUGE. Never even knew about this. This can change lives and impact countless families.

      Now, I’m beginning to understand the critique of administration not providing enough information about ACA. But, I can also see that the administration is keeping its eye on the prize: getting folks to enroll.

      • conlakappa

        We find out increasingly just how many layers there were to this bill. Too bad the Rs didn’t take the time to read the document else they might have been screeching even louder.

    • rikyrah


    • Alma98

      I see people lined up every morning when I’m passing this clinic in a rough part of town. I used see maybe 4 to 7 people now I’m seeing lines down the street.

  • Miranda

    Will Democrats haul out hookers in David Vitter fight?
    By MANU RAJU and JOHN BRESNAHAN | 9/12/13 7:39 PM EDT

    Senate Democrats have had all they can take from David Vitter and his fixation on Obamacare — and they’re dredging up his past prostitution scandal to hit back.

    Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has infuriated Democrats this week by commandeering the Senate floor, demanding a vote on his amendment repealing federal contributions to help pay for lawmakers’ health care coverage.

    But Democratic senators are preparing a legislative response targeting a sordid Vitter episode. If Vitter continues to insist on a vote on his proposal, Democrats could counter with one of their own: Lawmakers will be denied those government contributions if there is “probable cause” they solicited prostitutes.

    According to draft legislation obtained by POLITICO, Democrats are weighing whether to force a Senate vote on a plan that would effectively resurrect Vitter’s past if the conservative Republican continues to press forward with his Obamacare-bashing proposal.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/david-vitter-obamacare-democrats-secret-weapon-96744.html#ixzz2emrC6z8H

    • goldenstar

      Past is prologue.

    • conlakappa

      Dang, hard core. Risky gambit if the person going there doesn’t have a hooker-free history.

  • creolechild

    Nurse practitioners want credentialing from insurance exchanges

    [….] Despite laws in 17 states and the District of Columbia allowing them to practice independently, nurses with advanced degrees say some insurers still don’t accept them into their credentialed networks as primary care providers, while others restrict them mainly to rural areas.

    After years of fighting doctors in state legislative battles to expand their authority, nurse practitioners are taking a new tack: asking the Obama administration to require insurers to include them in the plans offered to consumers in new online marketplaces, which open for enrollment Oct. 1.[….]

    Read more: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/nurse-practitioners-want-credentialing-insurance-exchanges

    H/T Julie Appleby

  • goldenstar

    For all those who think that Obama is the weak one….

    Obama’s Magnificent Stealth Negotiation with Putin

    …The September 6 discussion between Obama and Putin, reported to have lasted 20 minutes, happened during the G-20 summit, which addressed the use of poison gas by the regime of Syria’s Bashar-al-Assad on August 21, which was in violation of the 1997 international agreement prohibiting the use of chemical weapons.

    ….However, I can’t help but wonder what really went on in those 20 minutes when Obama spoke with Putin. I have my ideas, though.The smart negotiator, in order to secure his objective, needs to make the other side envision what’s in it for him, if he gives the other side what it wants. Obama is keen on avoiding military intervention in the Middle East, and he also wants Syria to honor the international law against chemical weapons. The more international support Obama gets in favor of making Syria give up its chemical weapons of mass destruction to ward off military strikes, the better for everyone. And, as a nation with its own military might, Russia’s Putin is an important guy to be part of Obama’s support network.

    Everyone wants to be the hero, and I’m pretty sure, in those 20 minutes, Obama planted the seeds and painted a vision in Putin’s mind that the Russian leader could be exactly that. You can’t deny the timing of Putin’s announcement, so soon after he conversed with Obama….


    • Town

      In other words, it went down like this:

      PUTIN: What’s up?

      OBAMA: Look man, let’s keep it real. Syria’s got the gas. You know it, I know it.

      PUTIN: And?

      OBAMA: And…we can’t be having that. Now look, Vlad, I know you support Syria and all.

      PUTIN: Yes I do. So?

      OBAMA: Look: I got about 30 countries ready to sign on and join with me in calling out Syria. I’m not talking just France & Britain & those type countries. We got other countries having our back. We’re ready to blast that ass.

      PUTIN: I’m listening.

      OBAMA: So join with us in shutting off Syria’s gas.

      PUTIN: Oh, so YOU can take the credit?

      OBAMA: I don’t give a shit who takes the credit. In fact, YOU can take the credit.

      PUTIN: Keep talking.

      OBAMA: That’s right. I don’t need the credit. You take the credit. You can come out and say that you came up with the plan and Syria can say they listened to you. All I want is the gas to be shut off.

      PUTIN: But won’t the people in your country think you’re weak?

      OBAMA: Please. They think I’m wrong whatever I do. Look, me & Michelle are gonna play a joke on them. She’s going to come out in favor of drinking water. We both know all of a sudden people will come out AGAINST drinking water.

      PUTIN: These Americans, they are crazy.

      OBAMA: Here’s the thing, Vlad: If *I* come out in favor of this plan, half of the country will oppose the plan just cuz it came from me. So, you take the credit for the plan. Russia will look good for coming up with the plan. All I want is for the gas to be shut off.

      PUTIN: Well, ok. You got it.

      OBAMA: And next time you’re in DC, I’ll take ya to Ben’s Chili Bowl. We’ll ride over in The Beast. My treat.

      PUTIN: I’mma hold ya to that.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- –Annnd another THANG — –RE-THUGS!!—

    ——Deficit Falls To Lowest Level Since 2008, Discrediting Argument For More Cuts– – – –

    — – — –New Treasury Department figures confirm what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in the spring: the budget deficit for fiscal year 2013 will be dramatically lower than it was the past four years. The government recorded a $148 billion deficit in August, 22.5 percent smaller than in the same month of 2012,and is on track to total a $642 billion annual deficit when the fiscal year ends on September 30.
    – – — -SNIP- – –

    – –These figures reinforce a key point in the argument for resetting the fiscal policy debate: Congress can afford to invest in job creation right now. While Republicans remain committed to the idea of austerity (without being able to pass specific appropriations bills that adhere to the abstract cuts imposed by sequestration), falling deficits and debt levels undercut their argument.
    THERE IS MORE- — —


    • qosine

      The other day on local radio, I heard a piece about state
      administrators promoting regional industrial clusters vs.
      state by state. They said that the Administration supported
      them. Arrrgggggggggg. These clusters were our President’s
      IDEA!! No, you losers, you support them, cause that’s the
      only way you can get your hands on federal dollars.

  • creolechild

    Colorado flooding: Deadly rains break record set in 1919

    Unrelenting rain that swamped this city and much of the state’s
    heavily populated corridor from Wyoming to New Mexico shattered records Thursday as officials warned the storms weren’t over.In Boulder, 7.21 inches of rain fell in just more than 15 hours, from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 9:15 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service said. That was 50% more than the previous record set in 1919 – 4.8 inches within 24 hours.

    Heavy rain was forecast for Boulder and Larimer counties Thursday night, and even more was predicted for Friday.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-colorado-flooding-nightfall-20130912,0,945098.story

    H/T Jenny Deam

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU, I’m in a pissy mood this morning. Some little demon wrote graffiti on my fence & the sidewalk in permanent marker. I have spent the last couple of hours cleaning it off. I know it’s a kid from the school bus that stops next to my house. Today I’ll be waiting for his little ass. Back to cleaning.

    • qosine

      I’m sorry about the graffiti on your fence, Alma. Grrrrrrr.
      Once you’re done with him, he’ll never mark it up again!
      Sounds like he needs to do a little fence painting.

      • Alma98

        I’ve decided to tell the school that I don’t want a bus stop at my house. The kids are ruining my lawn and now they’re writing on my property. I have had enough.

        • qosine

          Sounds like a good idea, Alma. You and
          your husband don’t need this.

    • GreenLadyHere

      UH! OH. — – Dear Alma98 –***BIG- -Comforting- – -HUG**. Soo Sorry.– —

      Isn’t this the 2nd incident that U have experienced?- -Very sorry.

      Still prayin’ 4 U/Daughter.♥ —

      IMMA JOIN U -in lookin’ 4 da – –Little CRIMINAL- –

      — – http://www.ai.mit.edu/lab/olympics/04/images/binoculars.gif

      – – –B BLESSED♥.—-How’s your weather. –It’s cooler, here. :>)

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH, thank you for your blessings. The weather is cool and breezy. I plan on talking to the school about removing the bus stop. lol

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – – -***BIG fist bump*** :>)

          Good idea.
          Actually, the School District could B LIABLE 4 your property damage. —U could bring that up with them. :>)
          I’ll tryta look into it with U. :>)

          • Alma98

            Thanks GLH I’ll check that out.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma:)
      Get that little bugger

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah, I didn’t know Resolve carpet cleaner cleaned permanent marker off of wood lol. I plan on having a chat with the school, bus driver and the little demons. I was already tired as hell. And then I come home at 8:30 this morning to clean up this mess.

        • rikyrah

          I didn’t know that either, Alma.
          Will have to keep that solution in mind….
          Peanut is only 5…so, this situation could happen for me too..LOL

          • Alma98

            Oh believe it, it will happen lol. My kids use to write on everything. I used regular white bread to get crayola marker off of stuff. I used to say if bread can clean off marker why are we eating it. LOL

    • sagittarius

      Hi, Alma!

      Wow… how infuriatingly awful. Sending you positive thoughts for the removal of the bus stop.

      • Alma98

        Hey sagi, thanks, I think they’ll remove it. Someone else must have complained to have it removed from their property. Because the bus stop wasn’t by my house last year.

    • Daltex82

      “Today I’ll be waiting for his little ass”

      • Alma98


  • creolechild

    Man Loses 245 Pounds With the Three P’s

    In the third grade, Marlon Gibson was so overweight his mom had to take him to the men’s store to buy his Easter suit. “Even back then, I absolutely loved clothes,” Gibson said. “That’s what really keeps me honest with all this weight loss. I want to go to the mall to buy more than socks.”

    At its heaviest, his 5-foot-11-inch frame weighed 405 pounds. Now he weighs 160 pounds. Since January 2011, he’s lost 245 pounds, or the equivalent of a gas stove.[….]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/health/man-loses-245-pounds-with-the-three-ps.html

    H/T Jenn Christensen, Joel Arellano, and GNN

  • Miranda

    Columbus Short ‏@ColumbusShort115h
    You’ve been warned #TheStormIsComing pic.twitter.com/Kyq5lEL053


    • rikyrah

      yeah baby

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – – -PICS –in da RAIN! ***swoon**—:>)

      –LIKE THIS:–☺ -http://theobamacrat.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/obama-in-the-rain-cannes-france-600×336.jpg

      – – — –☺http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/pb-111104-obama-ps2.photoblog900.jpg
      – – – –**was that a wank?*** :>)
      – — — ☺http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multimedia/archive/00316/barackobama_316179c.jpg —

      – – – –☺http://aprildryan.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/obama_rain.jpg YEAH! —HOLD dat UMBRELLA—4 —
      MR. PRESIDENT!! –:>)

      Good 2 C U Miranda. :>)

    • Daltex82

      Aww sookie sookie now!

  • creolechild

    Spokane home care operator settles US Labor Department charges of discrimination against male job seekers

    [….] “When we tell our daughters that there are no limits to what jobs they can pursue, we should be mindful that those same aspirations apply to our sons,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “Outdated stereotypes about women being better suited to caregiving jobs than men perpetuate unlawful and unfair sex discrimination.[….]

    Under the terms of the agreement, the company will pay a total of
    $92,059 in back pay and interest to 77 rejected male applicants.
    ResCare has also agreed to hire eight members of the affected class as in-home care positions become available.[….]

    Read more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20131572.htm

    H/T Deanne Amaden and Jose A. Carnevali

    H/T U.S. Department of Labor

  • creolechild

    #Out2Enroll Campaign Will Help LGBT People Obtain Health Insurance Coverage

    [….] The centerpiece of this initiative is a website tailored to the LGBT
    community, which includes information about key issues such as coverage for same-sex partners, transgender-inclusive benefits, and
    anti-discrimination protections introduced by the health reform law. Out2Enroll will also work with partners from across the country to
    spread the word about open enrollment, and about insurance coverage options that can open the door to better health.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/09/12/2606601/out2enroll-campaign-launched-connect-lgbt-communities-health-insurance-coverage/

    H/T Andrew Cray and Kellan Baker

  • qosine

    Take ’em down, Mr. President
    This summer, Vandy Medical Center announced a targeted layoff of 1000 employees, and 200 have already taken the early retirement offer. A few weeks ago, I read the Chancellor’s excoriation of this
    Administration, while touting VMC as good, good, good.

    Vanderbilt Medical Center hit with Medicare fraud suit
    Medical center denies claims it overbilled for services

    A lawsuit unsealed this week in federal court alleges that Vanderbilt University Medical Center has engaged in widespread Medicare fraud for more than a decade.

    As a teaching hospital, Vanderbilt is eligible for Medicare payments for certain services. But Vanderbilt is eligible only for those payments if those procedures happen according to Medicare guidelines.

    One such stipulation is that an “attending physician” must attend surgeries, or at least key parts of them. According to the lawsuit, Vanderbilt double-booked attending physicians, making it impossible to meet Medicare billing standards, but VUMC billed state and federal insurers as if it had complied with regulations.


  • creolechild

    Only 2 Percent Of Those Released After California Sentencing Reform Have Been Charged With A Crime

    Ten months after Californians passed a ballot initiative to end a harsh sentencing scheme that imposed life sentences for offenses as minor as stealing socks, those released early have overwhelmingly stayed out of trouble, with just two percent charged with new offenses, most of which are misdemeanors or other minor offenses.[….]

    While the reform is still in its infancy and no individual has been out
    of prison for more than nine months, the results thus far dispel warning cries that Proposition 36 would lead to a spike in crime, and provide statistical support for the growing sentiment that being “smart” rather than “tough” on crime by jailing less of the wrong people does not sacrifice public safety.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/09/11/2603891/2-percent-released-california-sentencing-reform-charged-crime/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

    • qosine

      They need to look at health care providers who defraud
      Medicare and Medicaid — Rick Scott, Vandy, the insurance crop insurance over payments, and finance scams.

      Every month or so, I type in “fraud” under Google News, and see big headlines for food stamp fraud for a few hundred dollars.. Then next, I’ll read in small headlines about one of these “white collar” criminals defrauding the feds for millions of dollars.

      • creolechild

        Qosine, the Department of Justice IS on it and has been from the start of PBO’s tenure. I’ve posted innumerable articles about the work they’re doing in this area. But If you expect the press to cover the accomplishments of this administration, you’re in for a long wait because it’s not going to happen.

        • qosine

          Oh, Creolechild. I meant They in terms of the media. I completely agree, the DOJ, HHS, DOL, DOE have been ON it since Day 1. I go to their sites and read the ones brought to POU. I’m blown away by the incredible excellent work. All this fraud was overlooked in the last administration. Scott committed fraud
          years ago.

          2 of my fav sites:
          With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 US Attorneys Offices and state and local partners, it’s the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud. The Task Force has established Financial Fraud Coordinators in every US Attorney’s Office around the country to help make these broad mandates a reality on the ground.

          HEAT Task Force
          The joint DOJ-HHS Medicare Fraud Strike Force is a multi-agency team of federal, state, and local investigators designed to fight Medicare fraud. The Force uses Medicare data analysis techniques and an increased focus on community policing to combat fraud.

          • creolechild

            Thanks for the clarification because I was a little puzzled by your response. (:

          • qosine

            I’m glad you said something, creolechild.
            I learn very day here + it’s good for me to
            clarify. Thanks:)

          • creolechild

            What you said applies to me as well! (:

          • qosine

            We’re all good:)

      • conlakappa

        I used to get e-mails from HHS/Justice on the fraud charges. I don’t know how I got on the mailing list but have since fallen off so cannot direct you assuredly of where to find it. Or maybe the likes of Rick Scott and the whole State of Texas sued to have it removed!

        • qosine

          I clarified to creolechild. I think this Administration has been ON it from Day 1. Nashville, TN is a big dollar medical center, and the Medicare fraud task force has been reeling them in. I love it. Scott through HCA
          (owned by “I can diagnose Terry Schiavo from a videotape” Frist and family) years ago.

          When I saw him pop up in Florida as a
          Tea Party candidate with his Solaris (sp)
          med care clinics, I wanted to scream

          TN and FLA Tea Party-GOP have been
          trading anti-public education, medical, economics, and finance privateers —
          1. Laffer (of Laffer curve)
          2. Michelle Rhee’s ex-husband is our Ed Dept. Commissioner (all the superintendents want him gone – both GOP and Dem)
          3. USA Today higher up now Dean of Mass
          Comm at local university
          4. A qui tam lawsuit has just been unsealed — against Vanderbilt software
          double billing for services not performed
          by MDs vs. residents
          5. Former Gov. Leavitt (R-Utah) has unleashed his online college credit system
          on TN (been trying for years elsewhere).
          6. Locally, a mom and pop ambulance service
          was busted for years of Medicare fraud giving
          people free rides around town and billing it to
          MC (nobody around here will talk about it; must
          have been beloved go way back when folks).

          • conlakappa

            I understood what you wrote but thought you’d find it interesting that they even had such a tool of communication.

          • qosine

            Thx, conlakappa. The tool is very useful.
            Well, now you know a few of my gripes. lol

  • GreenLadyHere


    Gerald Browne
    Keep your endorsement Bloomy!! You are irrelevant!
    — -HAH!- –

    — -NOW: — Bloomberg: I won’t endorse NYC mayoral candidate– —
    – – —Michael Bloomberg says he won’t endorse anyone in the race to succeed him as New York City mayor.

    Bloomberg says he doesn’t want to do anything that “complicates it
    for the next mayor.” He says his job is to continue to govern and “then
    help the next guy.”

    The mayor made his comments Friday on WOR Radio.
    He says one of the most important things he can do after the November election is to get the next mayor up to speed “so he can hit the ground running.”
    Bloomberg says he’ll leave “the campaigning to the campaigners.”

    The Republican nominee is Joe Lhota. Democrat Bill de Blasio finished Tuesday’s primary with just above 40 percent of the vote.
    LOL — THIS is a GOOD thang. —His ENDORSEMENT would RUIN IT for the candidate.– –

    • rikyrah

      don’t nobody want your endorsement

      • qosine


      • Miranda

        I know right?? First thing I said when I read the headline was “SO”.

    • Town
      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -U! AIN’T —-NEVA! —LIED! LOL —

        – — –http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif – – – – –
        Good 2 C U. :>) [Gotta “bounce” 2 class.] —

  • Miranda

    NewsBreaker ‏@NewsBreaker53s
    BREAKING: UN report will accuse Syria of crimes against humanity and confirm the use of chemical weapons – @AFP

    BBC Breaking News ‏@BBCBreaking 47s
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “has committed many crimes against humanity” – UN secretary general http://bbc.in/1gaOUNM

    • rikyrah


      for all those who said

      ‘wait until the UN gives their report’

      what say you now?

    • qosine

      Thank you Mr. President.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda —HAH!- — -CHECKMATE -4 MR. PRESIDENT! :>)

      http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01536/GARL031209_1536085a.jpg AGAIN!! :>)

      WHEN will they eva learn??– –NO WEAPON — SHALL PROSPER! —IT! — -WON’T WERK!!– – –

      • qosine

        I love, love this editorial cartoon!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Good MornTin’ qosine. ***BIG HUG**- :>)

          It’s the GIF- –that KEEPS on GIFIN’. – – -LOL
          Good 2 C U qosine. :>) Have a good day. :>)

      • goldenstar

        Ain’t this the truth!

        • GreenLadyHere

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

          – — –http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif – – –TRUTH! :>) —

          He is TRULY – -BLESSED. :>)
          Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>)

    • sagittarius

      All I have to say to Rootin’ Pootin and his Teabag Emoprog band is…


    • I wonder what Prof. Jelani Cobb and Katrina vanden Heuval think of their hero now?

    • We need to start selling crow dinners. With the amount of money we’d make, it would cover every P.O.U.ers mortgage/rent/insurance/car note/gas/electric…etc.

      • goldenstar

        Ooowee! I can get behind that!

        • qosine

          I’m in!

  • rikyrah

    Corbett sees the light on Medicaid

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:37 AM EDT

    The issue of Medicaid expansion has divided Republican governors in a fascinating way. On the one hand we have eight GOP state chief executives who’ve run the numbers, listened to state health experts, looked at their state budgets, and accepted the fact that the policy is a no-brainer.

    On the other hand, we have the other 22 Republican governors. Some seem to be bad at math, some want to run for national office and don’t want to be seen adopting a major provision of the Affordable Care Act, and some are a willing to undermine their states to spite President Obama.

    Earlier this year, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) was in this second group. Though Medicaid expansion would bring coverage to about a half-million uninsured people in the state, the governor announced in February he would reject the policy.

    That was seven months ago. Corbett has apparently reconsidered.


  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    Have a fabulous day!

    • qosine

      You have a fabulous day, too, sagittarius. It’s nice
      to see you!

      • sagittarius

        Thanks, qosine – good to see you!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Annnd a GOD♥ MORNTIN’ 2 U. ***BIG HUG** – –
      – -Continuin’ 2 PRAY 4 U. B BLESSED 2-day. :>) –

      • sagittarius

        Thank you, GLH! **BIG HUG**

        • GreenLadyHere

          – -***smilin’ @-chu*** :>) —

    • Alma98

      The same to you sagi, I’m trying to calm downright now. lol

    • rikyrah

      Hello sag!

      • sagittarius

        Hi, rikyrah!

  • Alma98

    Finally finished, I learned that gel bleach takes out permnament marker on concrete. And Resolve carpet cleaner cleans it off of wood fences. lol

    • goldenstar

      Love the cleaning tips!

      • Alma98

        Your welcome lol.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Alma- –Please Keep your RECEIPTS — -TIME –annnd PROCEDURES that U USED. –“SHARE” them with the School District.- –

      Also these products R available:- – http://www.graffitiremovalinc.com/images/inventory/tag/big/sensitive-surface-graffiti-remover-0.jpg ——

      Best wishes.:>)

      • Alma98

        Thank you GLH you are too kind. ((((BIG HUGS))))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma- – -***HUGS*** My PLEASURE.- – -:>)
          We NOT finished —YET. :>)

  • crazycanuck

    I cant reply on my android, so to answer rikyrah, trust, they will think up something else

  • Miranda

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Quiet as a church mouse – the GOP’s golden boy! LOLOL….he has been quiet ever since Unca Joe beat him with that old man strength last fall. Paul Ryan somewhere going “keep my name out cho mouth”…he wants no part of any of this anymore. LOL

    Where Is Paul Ryan?

    • Alma98

      I haven’t heard anything here about him either. LOL

      • goldenstar

        Zerban is planning to run against him again. Any chance he could win?

        • Alma98

          He could have a chance the last time he was really close. I don’t know for sure if he’s going to run though. I think this is why Ryan is staying out of sight and away from Walker lol.

  • creolechild

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $11.9 Million TIGER 2013 Grant for I-64 Delta Frame Bridges in Virginia

    [….] TIGER funds will be used to rehabilitate the Lexington Delta Frame Bridges along I-64 in Rockbridge County, including steel and deck repairs. The existing bridges carry an estimated 9,115 vehicles per day and serve both eastbound and westbound traffic across Rockbridge County. Built in 1976, the bridges are deteriorating. If they are not repaired, deterioration will continue and repair costs will escalate, eventually forcing the bridges to close to trucks on a major freight corridor.[….]

    Read more: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/fhwa1339.cfm

    H/T Nancy Singer

  • rikyrah

    Victory has a thousand parents, but defeat is an orphan

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:38 AM EDT.

    It’s obviously too soon to say with any confidence whether the diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria will prevail, but unlike a week ago, it exists. In fact, the current plan offers enough promise — Syria filed the paperwork yesterday on formal membership in the chemical weapons treaty — that there’s been a debate of sorts over the last few days about who can rightly take credit for it.

    Syria credits Russia, a claim the Putin government clearly likes. Conservatives in the U.S. hope the Obama administration isn’t able to claim this as a foreign policy victory, while the White House is eager to do exactly that. Indeed, Rachel asked Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes last night about the timing of how the plan came together, and he noted that President Obama first engaged President Putin about this last June at a G-20 summit in Mexico. An NPR report this week raised the same point. Obama himself took some credit on Monday, saying he initiated the process with Putin last week in St. Petersburg.

    Opinions may vary, though I tend to think this is a relevant question to the extent that accountability and responsibility matter. Last week, we were on the brink of military intervention in the Middle East, which would carry untold consequences, and this week, Syria is joining the chemical weapons convention. History will document who gets the game balls if the plan holds together, and it stands to reason that all the relevant players will want one.

    But there’s also a bigger picture here. Whether or not the president gets credit for the possible diplomatic solution, Kevin Drum argues persuasively, “If you want to give Obama credit, give him credit for something he deserves: being willing to recognize an opportunity when he sees it


    • qosine

      Steve, Steve, Steve over thinking (on purpose?) again.

      President Obama made this happen. We know it (ably expressed by Miranda’s brother yesterday), PBO knows it, and Putin and Assad know it. Kudos, too, to Secretary of State John Kerry, NSA Advisor Dr. Susan Rice and the USA Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers.

      • goldenstar

        Really. And for the realz clarificaiton, The Town Breaks It Down is way below and well well worth.

        • qosine

          Yes he did. Give Putin the credit, and all
          the losers cheer, while booing our First Lady
          for encouraging drinking water. Probably hear
          from the Birchers soon, as they resurrect the
          dangers of drinking fluoridated water as a plot
          from big gov.

          • rikyrah

            while booing our First Lady
            for encouraging drinking water.

            Obama Derangement Syndrome….
            real as rain

  • creolechild

    California Domestic Worker Bill Of Rights Heads To Governor’s Desk

    On Wednesday, the California State Senate passed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights law that would extend labor protections to those who work in the home as housekeepers, nannies, and caregivers for the elderly and disabled.[….] But the last time such a bill awaited Brown’s signature he vetoed it, arguing that it would cost the state and employers too much.[….]

    Update: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that while the original bill had provisions for breaks and sleep time, those are not included in the current version. The bill also does not head directly to the governor’s desk, but first has to pass a concurrence vote in the Assembly.

    Update: The bill passed a concurrence vote in the Assembly and is headed to Gov. Brown’s desk for signature.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/09/12/2609751/california-domestic-worker-rights/

    H/T Bryce Covert

  • creolechild

    Go Humans! Returned Wallet Sparks Dozens of Similar Stories

    This picture, posted recently on Reddit.com, was photographed in New York City where someone was thrilled to have their wallet returned and desperately wanted to thank the human who was responsible. After reposting the photo on Facebook, it sparked dozens of people chiming in with stories of their own about kind strangers returning wallets, purses and iphones left behind in every situation.[….]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/wallet-returned-sparks-dozens-of-stories.html

    H/T Reddit and GNN

    • qosine

      In my town, people have been great. I’ve had my purse
      returned to me once and my wallet once. Most people
      are not like the media portrays them.

    • Aquagranny911

      I have a story. Hubby lost his cell phone at the end of PF Chang Marathon in Phoenix a few years ago, huge crowds. I was at home when my land line rang & a woman asked: “Is this & recited my #” I said “yes” then she said: “I saw a man drop a cell phone” & she described my husband. “I tried to yell & catch up with him but lost him in the crowd so I hit #1 on the speed dial, hoping someone would answer. What do you want me to do?”

      At that time Daughter is calling me on my cell phone to tell me: “Dad lost his cell phone, we are going back to look for it.” They had already left & were driving home. We had a 3 way conversation & the woman said: “Tell them to pull over & stay where they are. I can be there in 10 minutes. No one can be without a cell phone.”

      Bless this lady for going out of her way to return the phone.

  • conlakappa

    As you can see [or read], I made it back from NYC! I survived the scary hotel, which was even scarier in the daylight, and was able to leave on an earlier flight. I’m in the office because the president of the company is visiting and I’d like to meet her. Throwing in other work too!

    • Alma98

      LOL…. Glad to hear you’re in one piece.

    • qosine

      Welcome home, conlakappa. Glad sagenotsweet could keep
      you company while you were at the scary night time hotel.

      • conlakappa

        Thanks! There are some strange establishments out there, that’s for sure. And when I asked the hotel to call me a cab, they called a livery cab service. Good thing I’d hit up a credit union ATM at the airport [hey, I was frustrated while there but that doesn’t mean I’m not always thinking about saving money!]. Searching for the ATM also brings a tale of an airline employee talking to me about who the system is gamed towards in getting the benefits of mileage. Why do people get all “down with sisterhood of women of color!” with me? I’m like, lady, I’m just trying to find the ATM.

        • qosine

          “Lady, I’m just trying to find the ATM”! LOL

          I always like hearing about your travels, partly
          cause you’re from D.C. (good memories for me).
          And you tell your stories so WELL.

          Plus good to know you can connect with your family and us when you’re in scary, weird places.

          So who gets the benefits of mileage? LOL

          • conlakappa

            “White people,” according to this woman working for Delta. Her message was a benevolent one of “make sure you get yours while hooking me up too” but it was still very random and like late at night to boot. She was ethnic but I couldn’t discern from whence her accent came.

            Glad you like the travel stories–or misadventures, as they tend to be with me. I have to inject humor into them or see the humor else I’d find myself crying in a lot airports, train stations, and bus stations [I could throw in a ferry tale or two but that would be gratuitous and almost ancient history].

          • qosine

            Be gratuitous! I loved taking the ferry at
            Cape May.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY conlakappa. ***BIG HUG*** –http://image.blingee.com/images18/content/output/000/000/000/77f/759487223_1654092.gif?4 —–

      Annd – – Bless sagenotsweet♥ :>)

      What an- -ADVENTURE! . :>) Glad U♥ were KEPT SAFE. :>)
      Thank U Lord. :>)- — -Continue 2 have a good day. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Great news! I will confess that I cry to Hubby like a nina when I get stranded. It makes him loco, especially when I tell him: “Okay, I’m finished now. There is nothing you can do. I will handle it. I just needed to vent.”

      • conlakappa

        My husband asked what he could do. I said that unless he knew Puffy or Jay-Z and could call him to ask for his private jet to take me home, there was nothing.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –SAD 2 REPORT. — – BLESS her. [annd any others] – – –

    – – —Black victim of sexual assault in the military speaks out– –
    – — –When Marcel Edwards joined the Air Force in November of 1981, she was a wide-eyed 21-year-old who was proud to serve her country. Now 52, Edwards says that a sexual assault she experienced while in the military has shattered her existence.

    In late 1989 Edwards was stationed at Pope Air Force Base in
    Fayetteville, North Carolina. She was separated from a husband who she says was abusive. A male co-worker who Edwards trusted, a
    non-commissioned Air Force officer, came to her apartment under the
    premise that he had something important to tell her. After some small
    talk that quickly turned sexual, Edwards says he pinned her down and raped her while her two young children slept in the next room.

    “He saw me in a vulnerable situation and he took advantage of it,
    knowing that my husband wasn’t there, that I was separated, and there was no mistake about that,” Edwards, an African-American woman, told theGrio.

    – – – -A rape victim ignored- –
    – – -SNIP — –
    Now Edwards is an advocate for NO MORE, the new initiative created by and for a network of organizations that have united to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

    THERE IS MORE ——I jus’ cain’t. . . . .

    – – —- – –BLESS U — Ms. EDWARDS♥– – –

  • creolechild

    Nevada Gets Sued For Dumping Homeless Patients With Mental Illnesses Onto Buses

    The city of San Francisco is suing Nevada over a state psychiatric facility that allegedly dumped thousands of poor and homeless patients with mental illnesses onto buses with one-way tickets to states like California and told them to seek medical care there.

    City attorneys claim that the practice cost San Francisco $500,000 in public funds to house and treat patients who should have been receiving care at the Rawson-Neal psychiatric hospital in Nevada, and that the lawsuit (which officials hope to make a class-action one) is meant to hold the state accountable in addition to reclaiming expenses.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/11/2602391/san-francisco-sues-nevada-patient-dumping/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –TALK about —“FULL HOUSE”- -:>) –Bless ALL :>)–

    – —-Quintuplets arrive at Arizona hospital– –

    – – —A Las Vegas mother is resting Wednesday after delivering a healthy set of quintuplets in a suburban Phoenix hospital, bringing five new additions to her family’s already full house.

    Evonne Derrico, 33, gave birth to three girls and two boys after carrying the babies for eight months, about four weeks longer than the national average for quints.

    Deniko, Dariz, Deonee, Daician and Daiten were being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit. Each infant weighs less than 3 pounds, but their father, Deon Derrico (duh-REE’-koh), said that all are healthy.

    For he and his wife “to be blessed with this type of gift is just magnificent,” he said.

    The babies, born Friday morning, join the Derricos’ 7-year-old
    daughter, 3-year-old son and 1-year-old twin boys. All of the children’s names begin with the letter “D.”



    NOW- –wishing 4 them the BEST of – CARE annnd PROVISIONS 4 their WELL-BEING. –:>)

    • Town

      I like how they have pronunciation for “Derrico” but not for the other names.

      • qosine

        I wish the papers would be required to add the pronunciation. Spellings and pronunciations can
        be fairly specific from family to family.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL- – -Town —We ON OUR OWN.– -LOL

        Now think of me as a teacha. –LOL- — -U’ALL pray 4 me as I tryta pronounce soma deez names.- – – without gettin’ THIS- —http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lvtC_sG6Zj8/UXTDe6m5wWI/AAAAAAAAA6Y/01DtEBYW92k/s400/5zk3u1.gif — —-I’m tellin’ U- -IT HAPPENS. LOL

        • qosine

          Winning gifs, GreenLady. Like to see “Ma-am” and this lady in the same room. LOL

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL- — -qosine. I’ll B back. :>)

          • GreenLadyHere

            qosine —YOUR WISH —- is my command:♥ —

            — –☺-http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lvtC_sG6Zj8/UXTDe6m5wWI/AAAAAAAAA6Y/01DtEBYW92k/s400/5zk3u1.gif

            — -ENJOY♥ — –:>)

          • qosine

            LOL. GreenLady. Thx!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – — -qosine.♥ —My pleasure. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Florida bars Obamacare aides at public health centers
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:04 AM EDT

    We’ve been keeping an eye on Republican efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, including the recent focus on “navigators.” Leave it to Florida to take this to a new level.

    To briefly recap, the Obama administration has partnered with organizations nationwide to hire navigators who’ve been tasked with helping American consumers navigate the new system and sign up for benefits they’re legally entitled to. Unsure if you’re eligible for your state’s exchange marketplace? A navigator can help. Confused about how to choose the coverage plan that’s best for you? A navigator can guide you through it.

    Republican officials have determined that cracking down on navigators may help keep the uninsured from signing up for coverage. But Florida is taking this to levels unseen elsewhere.

    Florida has issued an order that will prevent residents from finding out how they can sign up for expanded subsidized health insurance at county health departments.

    The directive bans the outreach activities of “navigators,” or counselors hired under the Affordable Care Act to help low-income, uninsured residents sign up for the state’s expanded insurance program.

    “This is another blatant and shameful attempt to intimidate groups who will be working to inform Americans about their new health insurance options and help them enroll in coverage, just like Medicare counselors have been doing for years,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Fabien Levy.

    Yes, actually, it is blatant and shameful, though Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) administration doesn’t seem to care


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- — – -UH! OH! — -Chinks in the PREVIOUSLY- –“TEFLON SHIELD” —

    – – –Zimmerman Slammed by His Own Police Chief— –

    – – — –Apparently Zimmerman does not have a friend in his local police chief. Steve Bracknell, who heads the department in Lake Mary, Florida, where Zimmerman lives, agreed with some pretty intense criticisms of the acquitted killer contained in two angry emails he received Tuesday about Zimmerman’s recent altercation with his wife. “Zimmerman is a Sandy Hook, Aurora waiting to happen,” the emailer, Santiago Rodriguez, asserted, in an email posted online. “Your job is to protect the communities you serve, and you are failing big time.”

    Bracknell responded with a lengthy defense of his department, but then threw in, “Your reference to Sandy Hook…………..I agree.” (Ellipses his.) Bracknell confirmed the emails’ authenticity for Think Progress, but later backpedaled from the remarks, telling WTSP
    that he only meant that Zimmerman “seems to be involved in incidents” involving guns.
    In the followup email, Rodriguez called Zimmerman a “ticking time bomb.”

    – -LOL — -WHA’???- – – –WAS HIS – -BRIBE- — – errr-PAY – –REDUCED??- —-LOL– –
    —- [Gotta “bounce”.♥]

  • rikyrah

    September 13, 2013 9:34 AM
    Throw Him an Anvil, Not A Life Preserver

    By Ed Kilgore

    If you read Jonathan Weisman’s piece in the New York Times today about the status of fiscal talks in Washington, you hear throughout an implicit cry for help from John Boehner:

    So Boehner expects Democrats to help him out by supplying votes or other support for a “compromise” that could hold the vast majority of House Republicans, which means lower non-defense discretionary spending (offset perhaps by higher spending on defense) and some sort of substantive and/or symbolic concessions on Obamacare. All of this, of course, would be described as necessary to achieve the short-term deficit reduction goals that Boehner is virtually alone in Washington in considering central—even though Pentagon spending increases and delays in Obamacare implementation would cut in exactly the opposite direction.

    We have arrived, friends and neighbors, at a big-time teachable moment for the Republican Party, if only the White House and congressional Democrats will recognize it. They need to slowly and clearly, using hand puppets if necessary, make it clear that the pleasure of getting to deal with John Boehner is not so great that they are willing to “compromise” between sanity and insanity on the fiscal front to help him out of his jam. Boehner’s effort to distract his troops from hostage-taking on appropriations to hostage-taking on the debt limit—a vastly more dangerous gambit—should have been the final sign that he’s no better than the “wacko birds” who have mainly become a hobgoblin he can use to scare Democrats into concessions. “Help me,” he cries. “Give me spending cuts or they’ll shut down the government. Give me an Obamacare delay or they’ll destroy the economy!” No more, please. Democrats have the leverage of controlling the White House and the Senate, and won’t gain any more leverage via a phony partnership with John Boehner that just puts off the day when conservatives come to grips with the fact that losing two consecutive presidential elections means they don’t get to call the shots.

    If Boehner’s not willing to risk his position by truly standing up against the destructive habits of his conference, then don’t throw him a life preserver as he flounders; throw him an anvil. The sooner his double game comes to an end, the sooner we can have either serious fiscal negotiations or a real fight that makes everyone’s true position clear.


  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!