October 25, 2014

Monday Afternoon Thread: Cameron Clarke, Whiz Kid!

(h/t BlackAthlete.net)

Perfect SATs!

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While we marvel at Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point performance on March 2, 1962 against the New York Knicks, cheer Barry Bonds 762 home runs and applaud Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson’s 199 yard effort against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, in which he fell  nine yards short of breaking Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s NFL regular season rushing record of 2,105 yards, we have failed to recognize Philadelphia’s Germantown Academy’s cross country runner, Cameron Clarke.

Who is Cameron Clarke, you ask?

And, why should we recognize him?

Well, here’s the answer.

Cameron Clarke is an African-American teenager from the “City of Brotherly Love”, who attained a perfect score on last year’s Scholastic Aptitude Test.

That’s right, he scored a perfect score on the S.A.T.

Clarke, in fact, is now part of an exclusive group of only 360 students in the United States, who have accomplished this incredible feat.

Clarke, who is now a Germantown Academy senior, plans on attending Princeton upon graduation after scoring the perfect 2,400 on the college preparatory test.

“He really didn’t want anyone to know about his score, so he didn’t tell anyone at Germantown Academy about it when he got the result in June,” Clarke’s father told BlackAmericaWeb.com,

Despite Clarke’s humility,  we, at Blackathlete.com, however, felt that his perfect score should be celebrated and highlighted just like Kobe Bryant’s 81 point performance against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 or Grinnell College’s James Taylor NCAA -record 138 points against Faith Baptist Bible, especially with so much negative press about Black boys underachieving in school on the news.

“I put in a lot of work,”Clarke said. “I took a prep class with some of my friends, and I did a lot of practice tests from a book.

“But that only prepares you so much,”he added. “The difference between getting, like, a 2,400 and a couple of points lower is just focus. “You can screw up or mess up on the smallest of things. And I just feel like on that particular day, I was focused and I got kind of lucky, I guess, that I didn’t make any mistakes.”

If this was an athletic competition, we would simply say Clarke was in a zone.

A test-taking zone.

Clarke’s brilliant test taking skills, however, should inspire other black students, male and female to strive for excellence in everything they do, whether it’s sports or academics.

For the record, Clarke is also the first cellist in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra to attend Germantown Academy. Plus, he is a member of the school’s Math Club and writes for the school’s newspaper.

Congrats to Cameron!

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  • Miranda

    Oh Lawd…….___________________why?? WHYYYYYYYYYYYY

    Scene from “Best Funeral Ever” reality show on TLC
    http://ionenewsone.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/goldengate.png?w=632&h=358

    • MsKitty

      Since Amish Mafia is wrapping up this week I might have to check this out to get my daily allowance of reality show cray cray.

    • Alma98

      My mama is so pissed about this show it’s a hot mess.

      • Daltex82

        My mom called she wanted me to watch the BBQ home going service they had for the guy who sang the Chilli’s Baby Back Ribs jingle! The service included a fondue fountain filled with barbecue sauce so you could dip your ribs in remembrance of Willie, who by the way was in a casket in the shape of a barbecue pit! pallbearers were dressed as cooks! My head still hurts!

      • Daltex82

        My mom called she wanted me to watch the BBQ home going service they had for the guy who sang the Chilli’s Baby Back Ribs jingle! The service included a fondue fountain filled with barbecue sauce so you could dip your ribs in remembrance of Willie, who by the way was in a casket in the shape of a barbecue pit! pallbearers were dressed as cooks! My head still hurts!

        • Alma98

          OMG! I turned the TV after they started talking about the Christmas themed funeral. My daughter asked why do they have to make black folks reality shows buffoonish. TLC has gone down the tubes every since Disney bought it.

          • Daltex82

            TLC has gone down the tubes every since Disney bought it.

            I cannot believe they still bill themselves as “The Learning Channel”.

            Note to self: remind love ones that my love of Prince does not mean I want a purple casket and my pallbearers in ass-less pants!

          • Alma98

            LOL!

          • isonprize

            Note to self: remind love ones that my love of Prince does not mean I want a purple casket and my pallbearers in ass-less pants!

            Daltex. YOU STOOOPID!!

          • Alma98

            Here ya go Daltex.

          • MsKitty

            I remember seeing a picture of this guy who was a Steelers fan and the funeral home had him decked on a couch in a den filled with Steelers gear, with a widescreen TV playing highlights. The beer can in his hand took it over the edge though.

          • Alma98

            Just bury me in a nice outfit and great makeup. lol

          • qosine

            Alma98 – these people — are not — alive?

          • Alma98

            It’s their funerals qosine.

          • Daltex82

            Wow. Umm, umm well, I…Okay!

            I have to admit I’m sorta squeamish so if I went in to view the body and they looked that life-like it would totally freak me out.

          • Alma98

            Creepy as hell. lol

          • GreenLadyHere

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

            – –<a href="http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/princeass.jpg&quot;YA MEAN — –LIKE THIS?? –LOL – – –

            Good 2 C U Daltex. :>)

          • Daltex82

            No U didn’t GLH!

            Now, that ass looks so tiny, but I swear back in the day I want to beat those cheeks like Shelia E. playing the congo drums! **blushes**

          • Alma98

            hahahahahaha! Good one GLH!

          • crazycanuck

            And why not? lol.

    • rikyrah

      funerals are big business

      • conlakappa

        And always have been. The undertaker has historically been among the most prosperous members of the community.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY conlakappa. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

          – – -DOCTORS annnd UNDERTAKERS will ALWAYS B EMPLOYED. :>) – –Jus’ sayin’. . .

          Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>)

  • GN

    You go, Cameron! What an amazing, amazing accomplishment.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon POU FAM♥ – –***BIG HUG*** :>) – – – — –

    Ooooooweee! – –CONGRATULATION: —YOUNG – -GIFTED – -annd –BLACK. :>) – –

    -Sooooo –PROUD of U –Mr. Cameron Clarke. – U R BLESSED. :>)

  • MsKitty

    Age of the Geek, baby.

  • Aquagranny911

    Live long & prosper, Cameron Clarke!

    So happy to see that scholarship is being recognized & celebrated. It seems that this young man is also a well-rounded scholar with interests in music, writing & sports.

    • isonprize

      That’s because music IS math and math is music. My music teacher used to say it all the time. Plus, he used math to teach music. School house rock knew how to use music to teach math.

      • Aquagranny911

        Two people in my family who have advanced degrees in math are both accomplished semi-professional musicians so this makes a lot of sense. My Sis has a beautiful voice & plays three musical instruments. She made extra money in college by performing & still plays once in a while professionally. She has a master’s degree in math.

      • conlakappa

        Yep, it is what I always tell young folks who have an interest in music.

  • Alma98

    Bravo young Mr. Clarke bravo!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – — Alrighty! — — -ALL! – –‘EM! – – –STR8! – – -OUT!! — –

    – -Republicans Around the Country Introduce a Wave of Unconstitutional Legislation – –

    – – – –Ever since the election of Barack Obama as President in 2008, a segment of the population pursued an agenda to force their ideas, goals, and expectations on the entire nation that purports their comprehensive vision and philosophical tendencies are exclusively American and unquestionable. Conservative ideologues belief that their system of abstract thought is intrinsically superior to any other is central to their political inclinations that lead to the divisiveness and intransigence preventing governance in Washington as well as the notion of America as a collection of United States. By definition, conservatism is resistant to change whether gradual or rapid, and it is a regressive mindset that provokes its adherents to harken back to an era based in fantasy and wishful thinking.

    – –It is true there has always been an idealized, albeit fallacious, vision of an idyllic conservative America that never existed, and dreaming of a personal utopia is not in-and-of-itself a bad thing, but the notion that a contrary worldview is anathema and worthy of violent opposition is a new development borne of fear, racism, and xenophobia. In order to advance their vision of America, conservatives are proposing legislation that subverts the Constitution in their drive to transform this nation into a white Christian theocracy, and if that fails there are calls to break the nation apart.
    – – -SNIP- – – –

    It is entirely plausible that as the nation moves forward as a multi-cultural population with varying, or no, religious views, conservatives are making their last-ditch, injured beast effort to drag this country into Puritan-era, pre-colonial America, because their vision does not comport with the Constitution or a United States of America.
    THERE IS MORE

    – –RE-THUCKERS- – –Go take a CIVICS COURSE –annnnd FIND OUT

    about the REAL AMERICA/WORLD!! – -geesh! – – —

    • TyrenM

      I heard Harry got some Recess Appointments in. I hope he threw some Judges on that list.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TyrenM. ***BIG HUG** :>) – – – [1st: sca-use da source. LOL]

        — -FOUND THIS: – -Harry Reid Will Ask Obama To Recess Appoint All Nominees If GOP Delays Continue – –

        – — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fired a warning shot to Republicans on Friday: Stop blocking President Barack Obama’s executive branch nominees or I’ll ask him to bypass the Senate and recess appoint all of them.

        “If something doesn’t break here, I am going to recommend to the president he recess appoint all these people, every one of them. It’s not unique. The power to recess appoint is in our Constitution,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “These are the president’s nominations and he should have the right to have these people working in his administration.”

        Reid then proceeded to read through a list of stalled executive branch nominees and, just to make the point that Republicans have no intention of letting them advance, he objected to all of them himself.

        “Every one of these I’m going to reject on behalf of the Republicans,” he said. “How do you like that?”
        THERE IS MORE
        – – -LOL – — HIT ‘EM HARD HARRY!! – –LOL — —

        Was this what u were referin’ 2– TyrenM? – –:>)
        — – Good 2 C U. :>) – —

  • Miranda

    Obama Viewed as Fiscal Cliff Victor; Legislation Gets Lukewarm Reception

    Barack Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the fiscal cliff negotiations, but the legislation itself gets only a lukewarm reception from the public: As many disapprove as approve of the new tax legislation, and more say it will have a negative than positive impact on the federal budget deficit, the national economy and people like themselves.

    The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 3-6 among 1,003 adults, finds that 57% say that Obama got more of what he wanted from the tax legislation while just 20% say Republican leaders got more of what they wanted. And while 48% approve of the way Obama handled the fiscal cliff negotiations only 19% approve of the way GOP leaders handled the negotiations.

    more here
    http://www.people-press.org/2013/01/07/obama-viewed-as-fiscal-cliff-victor-legislation-gets-lukewarm-reception/

  • Miranda

    Hagel Gets Key Endorsements After Nomination |

    Soon after President Obama announced this afternoon that he nominated former Republican senator Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, both Republicans themselves, offered support for he move. “The country and our men and women in uniform would be well-served by his swift confirmation,” Gates said. “Chuck displays his courage in many ways,” Powell said in a statement.”You can always count on him to analyze a difficult situation and take a position that reflects his best judgment.” Hagel also received the support from two top Senate Democrats, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin. “Senator Hagel is well qualified to serve as secretary of defense with his broad experience in national security affairs,” Levin said in a statement.
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/01/07/1409831/hagel-key-endorsements-powell-gates-feinstein-levin/?mobile=nc

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Smelling salts for defense contractors stat!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -DING! – –DING! – – -DING! — -HE – –CONTINUES 2 B a –WINNER!! – – –

    Obama Seen as Clear Winner in Fiscal Cliff Fight
    – –

    – – — -A new Pew Research survey finds President Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the fiscal cliff negotiations, 57% to 20%, – “but the legislation itself gets only a lukewarm reception from the public: As many disapprove as approve of the new tax legislation, and more say it will have a negative than positive impact on the federal budget deficit, the national economy and people like themselves.” – —

    – – – –THIS is CLEARLY – –a –GLOAT! – – -LOL –

  • Daltex82

    Way to go young Mr. Clarke!

  • Daltex82

    Way to go young Mr. Clarke!

  • qosine

    Go, Cameron Clarke!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – – -BARNEY! – – – -BARNEY!! –Doin’ the – – -“MOONWALK!”?? —:>

    – — —Still a potent gay rights voice, Barney Frank dials back opposition to Chuck Hagel nomination-

    – — -Former representative Barney Frank is dialing back his opposition to the pending nomination of former senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, saying he is willing to look past the Nebraska Republican’s comments about gays because it is more important that his views prevail on drawing down the war in Afghanistan and reducing wasteful defense spending.

    “I was hoping the president wouldn’t nominate him,” Frank told the Globe today.

    “As much as I regret what Hagel said, and resent what he said, the question now is going to be Afghanistan and scaling back the military,” Frank said. “In terms of the policy stuff, if he would be rejected [by the Senate], it would be a setback for those things.”

    Although he retired from the House last week after 32 years, Frank remains a prominent gay rights spokesman and has also publicly asked Governor Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim successor should Senator John F. Kerry resign to become secretary of state.
    THERE IS MORE.

    — -Soooo — -IT SEEMS as ifff —THIS TRUMPS your PREVIOUS REMARK: –

    - has also publicly asked Governor Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim successor should Senator John F. Kerry resign to become secretary of state. – -Ooo-kaay!??

  • qosine

    Oh, Luke Russert – yes, GOP “objections” to Chuck Hagel is JUST LIKE the Democratic objections to the unqualified Albert Gonzalez and volatile John Bolton — Russert’s such a tool.

    Chuck Hagel: “DOD is not a jobs program. It’s not an Economic Development Program.” I love it!! He’s not talking about soldiers, he’s talking about all the GOP “rugged individualists” whose businesses often solely depend on Fed contracting largess

    • goldenstar

      What was so cute is that Martin Bashir interrupted his comatose commentary!

    • rikyrah

      Hagel doesn’t bow down to the 51st state.

      to be honest…that’s about enough for me…the rest is just gravy

    • GreenLadyHere

      qosine – – –**fist bump*** – -ALL! OF! THIS!! —

      Annnd — -another THANG: – —

      MR. PRESIDENT made the NOMINATION. – –CASE – –sooo CLOSED!! — – –

      —HATAS includin’ RE-THUCKERS: – –

      – — – -TAKE ONE!!! – -LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –Annnnd — the HYPOCRITE AWARD — GOES 2 – -> – –

    – – -37 Congressional Republicans Opposed Sandy Relief After Supporting Disaster Aid For Home States – –

    – –After Republicans from Rep. Peter King (R-NY) to Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) lit into Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) for cancelling a promised end-of-session vote on Hurricane Sandy relief, the House overwhelmingly approved a small portion of the needed funds on Friday. While the first vote provided just $9 billion in funds — compared to the $60 billion total requested — 67 Republicans still voted against even this bare-bones package. The majority of those Representatives had, however, supported emergency aid efforts following disasters in their own states.

    The House is set to vote on the remaining $50 billion requested for the Sandy relief next week.

    Eighteen of the 67 dissenters are first-term members, sworn in just a day earlier. But of the 49 Representatives with a prior House record who opposed Sandy aid, at least 37 had previously advocated for or touted emergency aid services following other disasters that affected their own constituents.

    The “hypocritical” list includes:

    1. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI): Endorsed emergency crop relief assistance after spring freezes.
    2. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): Asked for disaster relief after flooding.
    3. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL): Promoted relief funds after a tornado.
    4. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): applauded FEMA flooding relief.
    5. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH): Asked for disaster relief after storms.
    6. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX): Asked President George W. Bush to approve disaster relief after storms caused flooding.

    7. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN): Endorsed disaster funding after storms.
    8. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI): Backed disaster funding after storms.
    9. Rep. John Duncan (R-TN): Asked for a disaster declaration after storms caused flooding.
    10. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN): Endorsed disaster tax relief and touted available disaster relief funds.

    THERE R MORE — – – – – – — HAH!

    – – -THIS is a – -SPECIAL -GLOAT —HAH!

    • qosine

      Oh, yes – 4 of these reps are from TN. They were all lined up to
      get their share of the Romney largess. Oh, he lost – ha, ha, ha!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY qosine. ***BIG HUG*** :>) — –

        — -***fist bump*** – – -2 U! LOL — —

        How they think that they not gon —GIT – – -GOT!! – -LOL

        Anyhoo – – -HAPPY 4 U. :>) – – – -Good 2 C U qosine. :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    This is totally OT but I need a rant…

    Back in 2009, Sis & I gathered here for a town hall meeting for the health care bill. We were standing in our appointed space for supporters of the bill. Crazy teappotty people came on our side of the street and marched around behind us carrying assault rifles. One guy even stopped & stood right behind Sis until the cops moved him on.

    The dude was exercising his rights “of free assembly” and “freedom to carry guns” in a public place so we were told. But what about our rights to feel safe & not be shot by some nut?

    I still feel so angry about that. How could those nuts have been stopped if they decided to open fire on the crowd? Even with the cops around, a lot of people would have been shot & killed before the carnage was over.

    I have just so had it with the gun freaks in AZ! I’m angry!

    Rant over, sorry for the OT.

    • qosine

      I totally understand, AG.

      I live in TN, which over time, has developed norms for gun ownership and use. No guns in restaurants that serve alcohol, bars, churches/mosques/synagogues/temples, K-12 schools, universities and colleges.

      Most people around here like to target shoot, go hunting, and that kind of thing.; My house came with a gun case, which (I’m a nerd), converted into bookshelves. I never paid attention and have always felt safe.

      BUT in 2010, everyone went Y^(I*(&*( crazy. Suddenly, tea party/GOP people wanted guns on campuses, bars, restaurants, — everywhere that had been off limits. One day, while walking into Krogers, I see a guy wearing a gun – what?

      This is a town of 100K, not very big, but not rural. Then I started feeling afraid, because now they DEMAND that they have the RIGHT to carry everywhere “for my protection.”

      Now, our legislators are suggesting arming teachers — which Thank God, is getting little traction in law enforcement and school superintendent circles.

      Oh, we have a gun manufacturer in town – really built up his business in the past 15 years, so last weekend, they held a gun rally. 400 showed up, which is really not that many people.

      But money can work. One major high school tournament event held at the university down the street threatened to pull out (big dollars) if the they allowed guns at the event. The gun people lost.

      This must change.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –SCOTUS – – -IZZAT-CHU??? – – –

    – – –Supreme Court ruling allows stem-cell research to proceed

    – – -The Supreme Court will not review a challenge to federal funding of human embryonic stem-cell research, allowing the controversial studies to proceed.

    The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from two scientists who said stem-cell research violates federal law banning the creation and destruction of human embryos for scientific purposes.

    The decision is a boon to supporters of stem-cell research, who believe it will yield treatments and cures for diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) applauded the court’s decision not to review lower-court rulings that allow research to proceed at the National Institutes of Health.

    “This is good news for patients. Research using hESCs conducted under rigorous ethical standards continues to offer great promise in the search for cures and treatments for a variety of intractable diseases,” the AAMC said in a statement. “With the legislative, regulatory, and legal barriers cleared, we hope the promise of hESC research can now be realized.”

    – – – –LOL! HAH! – – ->Abortion-rights opponents, who equate research involving embryonic stem cells with murder, criticized the court’s decision. – – – -[DEY MAD! - -LOL!]
    THERE Is MORE.

  • qosine

    OT Trivia Question
    What’s with all these green ties?

    • Alma98

      ??

      • qosine

        You know when you buy another car, suddenly you see all the other cars like yours? Today, I noticed that several men were wearing green ties. Sen. McConnell, among others who appear on TV. I don’t like McConnell, so maybe that’s why I noticed.

        • Alma98

          LOL! OK

        • conlakappa

          They have their own Mean Girls “wear [specific color] on [specific day]” thing going on?

          • qosine

            That’s what I was thinking. LOL

    • isonprize

      Clearly,

      People are beginning to understand the importance of our very own Green Lady Here and her influence here at POU.

      Notice we have green links? Hhmmm? Did you ever stop to wonder why? It’s the power of GLH, of course!

      • qosine

        Why, you’re right, isonprize!

        It’s “the power of GLH”!

        • GreenLadyHere

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

          – –***blushin’**** – -U R very KIND – -but I have no power. :>) – —

          Just luv – -GREEN annnnd MY POU FAM♥ – –

          Good 2 C U qosine♥ – –

          • qosine

            I don’t know about that, GreenLady.
            You kept saying, “No weapon shall prosper
            against him. It won’t work” (paraphrase).
            Annnnnd look what happened!

          • Aquagranny911

            Sure you do! My granddaughter says this all the time:

            “Girl ones got the POWER, yeah!”

            You are a “girl one” & what is more you got the “green” also ergo:

            YOU GOT THE POWER!!!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – – -Aquagrannny911. – –***BIG HUG*** – – -2 your “WEE ONE.”♥ — –

            That – –GREEEEEEN” – –is da – -BIZNESS! :>) – – –

            U♥ R 2 KIND! :>) – – -***HUGS*** :>)

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — U R KIND. :>) –I promise that I have no power. :>) – –

        I just LOVE my POU FAM♥ –:>) —BLESS U♥. :>)
        [PA RAWKS♥]

  • GN

    Farrakhan: I’m Grateful To ‘Brilliant’ Tyler Perry For Creating ‘Madea’ [VIDEO]

    “I have never seen his portrayal of ‘Madea’ as a man cross-dressing. I saw his wonderful portrayal of Madea as bringing to the forefront the strongest person in the history of our sojourn in America, and that is Madea. That strong, Black woman who was the cornerstone of her family. She always was that figure that guidance [of] correction, reprimand, discipline, and Tyler Perry brought her to the screen in funny ways, but what I was seeing was the greatness of the strong, Black woman who saw us through, from yesterday until today.”

    http://newsone.com/2124787/farrakhan-madea-tyler-perry/

    These remarks are very provocative. I have issues with Hollywood’s inclination to want to see black women caricatured by men. Major issues. Yet, does Minister Farrakhan have a point about black women as central to the development of a people who went from picking cotton to a family of our own in the WH in less than 200 years?

    • goldenstar

      And, when did Louis Farrhakan become an arbiter of justice and fairness for black women?

      just askin’…

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        There is that.

    • trose1

      Minister Farrakhan’s statements during that inrterview were interesting. He talked abt Django and Tom’s. His statements abt Black people doing for themselves cannot be spoken enuff.

      • GN

        I found the statements interest too.

  • Miranda

    And we know how the GOP hates da smarty-arts wit all dat book learnin

    The Washington Post ‏@washingtonpost
    #Brennan is fluent in Arabic. http://wapo.st/UDztW2

    • isonprize

      Brennan is fluent in Arabic.

      Yeah, I saw that. I hoped that a few more RWNJ heads exploded when they found out.

      • Miranda

        I’m sure before midnight, the nutters will swear he is a secret member of the Muslim Brotherhood LOL

        • isonprize

          ooooh, yeah. You know they will!! LOLOL GOOD, I hope they do!! Show even MORE folks how crazy they are.

          Go ‘head, PLEASE try to ‘swiftboat’ Chuck Hagel. PRETTY PLEASE!! Really, please proceed.

  • lamh36

    Alright Fashionistas, ya’ll better get on it before they are sold out.

    FLOTUS DNC Convention Tracey Reese dress is now on sale!

    http://www.essence.com/2013/01/07/first-lady-style-get-look

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -.The HEADLINE – -SPEAKS 4 ITSELF – – —

    – -America’s Craziest Sheriff Sends Vigilantes To Arizona Schools – –

    – —Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will begin sending armed “posses” to patrol around Arizona schools today, in response to the shooting less than a month ago at Sandy Hook elementary school.

    Arpaio made a name for himself by abusing the civil rights of undocumented immigrants — and for detaining a six year old undocumented child. Now he’s heeding the NRA’s advice that every school needs a “guy with a gun” and is sending out volunteers “with questionable pasts” to guard students:

    Arizona’s 3TV reports that Arpaio’s volunteer force is comprised of around 3,000 members, some of which have criminal pasts.
    – –SNIP – –

    – –Arpaio has thought of less friendly uses for firearms in his recent past. Back in November, the sheriff decided to arm his deputies with automatic weapons to stop “illegal aliens” “attempting to escape” his county.
    THERE IS MORE – —

    – – – -GUN-SLANGIN’ – – –CRAZY – – -RACIST!! – – –geesh

    • Alma98

      Someone is going to get hurt, this man is an idiot of gigantic proportions. Evening GLH!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Evenin’ — -Alma – — ***fist bump*** –

        — – – – – – Waitin’ 4 —KARMA!!! —HAH! – –

        • Aquagranny911

          Keep praying! Karma is way over due for that old goatfigger, imo!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL — -Aquagranny – -AMaaaaaaaaN!!

            — -***fist bump*** — :>) – –

          • Aquagranny911

            Double AMEN & Fist Bump right back at ya ♥

    • Aquagranny911

      This will not end well. The sheriff only has jurisdiction in the county not in the cities & towns. School officials & city police do not want this. If any of his volunteer nutbuckets come on school property or cause trouble they will be arrested. A lot of his so called “posse” are a bunch of old geezers from Sun City who like to play cowboy.

      This is just one more of Arpiggo’s publicity stunts. A lot of people including law enforcement are really pissed about this. I predict this will be nothing more than a piss in the boot to get face time on TV. It will be over soon. Hopefully no one get’s hurt in the process.

      • qosine

        Arpaio never, never, never, quits. AG, you know, I live in TN,
        but you have to deal with this OI&^&%.

    • qosine

      Arpaio never, never, never, quits. AG, you know, I live in TN, but
      you have to deal with this OI&^&%.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -REV AL is – –ALL OVA – – ALL the HOT BUTTON TOPICS!! – – –

    Such a PLEASURE 2 WATCH!! :>) – –Goooo REV AL!! :>)

  • isonprize

    Congrats to Cameron Clarke for his stellar achievement on the SATs.

    Also, a big congrats to his family for raising such a likeable young man. Lastly, thank you to BlackAthlete.com for understanding that they needed to feature this young man along with the other successful folks who are usually in their world.

    Congrats all around!! (and of course, a shout out to PHILADELPHIA!!)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – – Yaaaaaaa! — – –

    -Chicagoans gear up for Obama’s second inauguration- – –

    – – – –WAITAMINUTE!!- – — WHO is this writer?? – – – —MOST of THIS is LESS-THAN-ENTHUSIASTIC – ->NEGATIVE!! — –

    FAUX-HEADLINE!! — -SORRY!! – – –

    I’ll let U’aLL chime in. :>) – – -

    • goldenstar

      Where does Renita hang out? Cannot figure where she finds all these skeptical folks in Chicago. She needs to find a new corner.

      I can barely find a bus stop without finding an Obama supporter.

  • GN

    We’re still debating this statement from NAACP head Ben Jealous on twitter (I brought this up this weekend too; bringing it up again):

    ‏@BenJealous:
    We’re not a national security group, but we are a freedom group. The violations of civil liberties in FISA, NDAA are not OK #uppers

    To me, this reads that the age-old civil rights legitimacy of the NAACP is being misused to co-sign PL obsessions like NDAA which feature hyperbole and grossly distorted reporting. In my opinion, the PL’s NDAA screamings have nothing to do with black people or civil rights, everything to do with their ongoing diminishing of the POTUS, hyping up areas of disagreement while ignoring accomplishments, and I think that this is piss-poor leadership on the part of Jealous. This guy does not speak for black people. Sorry to be ranting, but this is really f-ing with me.

    • Miranda

      I’m telling you…the NAACP just tryna get some limousine liberal money, that is all.

      • GN

        Yup, or maybe some folks are trying to establish a media profile which will have a longer duration than a tenure at one organization, just speculating. Thank God for the Kasim Reeds of the world, because there’s so much bs going on right now. Ultra-toxic media environment has greeted the first black POTUS and I’ll never forget who participated in it.

        • goldenstar

          I love Mr. Kasim truth-telling Reed. Always always on point. He and Joy Ann Reid could have a show: Reid and Reed and I would watch it religously.

    • trose1

      NAACP, IMO opinion has become MIA the past four years when it comes to AA issues. Why was Rev Al, with his under funded org LEADING the fight for voting rights?
      The NAACP has lost its way. They were scared to call the tea party racist. They seem afraid to lead on anything of relevant affecting the AA community I have heard more about their “fight ” for gay rights than I heard about voting rights. They barely do anything for AA rights so I think it strange they are going to take up advocating for gay rights.
      Unfortuately, the NAACP cares more about the Image Awards than anything else.
      btw I am a member of the NAACP and my contributions stopped 2 years ago. My membership is pre paid.

    • Jeremy

      Yep. The pl and emo left hate Obama and they will use anything to attack including the drone program. And if you noticed the emo left are now critizing obama’s national security picks and on balloon juice posters are attacking obama’s foreign policy. The emo left hate Obama as much as the right.

      • rikyrah

        I don’t give two shyts about drones.

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

      Ben Jealous needs to go ASAP.

  • lamh36

    Man, if I had a franchise with Wendy’s I’d be pissed. I’m telling ya’ll if you decide to franchise with a company pay attention who you franchise with. Cause one member of the franchise can fuck it up for all the other franchisees. Now this person is gonna mess with someone else money. There has got to be rules when it comes to franchising on doing shit like this that may affect other members.

    Wendy’s Franchise Cuts Employee Hours To Part-Time To Avoid Obamacare

  • TyrenM

    Rev. Al playing “The Big Payback” while cuing Hillary story. REVENGE!

  • Miranda

    This young man should not have taken a snap that second half…SMHRobert Griffin III has partial tears of ACL and LCL, MRI suggests
    The MRI exam of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s right knee suggests that he suffered partial tears of his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, according to several people with knowledge of the test results.

    Read more at:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2013/01/07/robert-griffin-iii-has-partial-tears-of-acl-and-lcl-mri-suggests/

    • trose1

      errr what does that mean? sounds like he is just F upped?

      • Miranda

        Its not good – his knee could be totally jacked up.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda — -2 thangs: – – – –

      – – ☻ -RG III On Injury – —

      – — – –Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and coach Mike Shanahan talk about Griffin’s knee injury following the Redskins’ loss. – –BLESS U. :>)

      – -☻ – -I’m such a visual learner. :>) – –

      THIS is serious because of it’s location. Despite that presser – –he should NEVA had gotten off da bench durin’ the second half.
      NOT 2 mention that the opposition KNOWS where the injury exists. – –

      PRAYIN’ 4 him. AMEN. – —

    • Admiral_Komack

      Can someone PLEASE pull Mile Shanahan’s “offensive guru” card and tear it up?

    • nathkatun7

      This is very sad! RGIII had such a promising future for being a super star in the NFL. I hope this won’t permanently affect his future.

      Wishing him a speedy recovery!

  • Alma98
    • Miranda

      That’s a gorgeous photo!

    • qosine

      She’s like a beautiful ice sculpture.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Caption:
      “Mama gonna knock you out!”
      (and she’ll look good while she’s doing it, by Crom!)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -FIRST: – – -COMMENT: – –

    NCSteve Says:
    Because he’s an antibiotic resistant strain.
    I was unaware, however, that he’d been appointed King of the Jews. I don’t know how I missed the election. I would have expected it to have gotten more publicity.
    — – – -LOL — –

    – – -NOW: – – -Our Moral Betters Have Spoken

    – – —Lanny Davis, one of the most disgusting human beings to walk the earth, weighs in on the Hagel nomination:

    But: Hagel owes it to all Americans, not just to American Jews, to do more than apologize for use of the expression “Jewish lobby” in communicating his concern about its power.

    He must understand, first, that there is a difference between Jews who support Israel and the “Israel lobby.”

    To suggest that there is a “Jewish lobby” is not only inaccurate, it is highly offensive to the American Jewish community.

    Fred Kaplan prefuted (yes I just made that up) him earlier:

    But the bugaboo issue—the third rail when it comes to foreign policy—is Israel. As a senator, Hagel once complained to a reporter that “the Jewish lobby” intimidates many lawmakers on Capitol Hill. And he once intoned that he was a senator from Nebraska, not a senator from Israel. These may have been impolitic remarks, but they weren’t false—either in strict substance or in spirit.
    – – – -SNIP – – –

    To accuse him of anti-Semitism on these grounds is to reveal a staggeringly deep paranoia—or a sensitivity far too acute to be allowed any role in American politics.

    Why won’t Lanny Davis just go away?
    THERE IS MORE. – – –

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Jesus TAKE. THE. WHEEL!!!!!!!

    • isonprize

      STOP. just STOP.

    • Miranda

      ___________________________________Lawd have mercy

    • qosine

      OMG

    • rikyrah

      my people…my people…

    • Alma98

      Please let this be a fake show, I can’t take any more.

    • morphus

      New series on The LEARNING Channel. TLC is misnomer same as Discovery and History Channels.

    • MsKitty

      Stick a fork in me because I’m done.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -A CORRECTION made – —

    — -‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ dischargees to receive full back pay from DOD

    — – — -In a landmark settlement, the Pentagon has agreed to give full back pay to U.S. service members who were discharged due to their sexual orientation under the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

    The payouts will be granted to service members dismissed from the military under the now-repealed policy on or after November 2004.

    “This means so much to those of us who dedicated ourselves to the military, only to be forced out against our will for being who we are,” former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins said in a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit.

    Under “Don’t ask,” service members who were honorably discharged automatically had their separation pay cut in half.

    The ACLU of New Mexico sued the Pentagon on behalf of 181 service members who were dismissed under the policy to recover their full pay. Each solider, sailor, airman and Marine in the case will receive, on average, a payout of $13,000, the ACLU said.

    The Defense Department will pay a total of $2.4 million to the plaintiffs.

    Federal law entitles service members to separation pay if they have been involuntarily and honorably discharged after completing at least six years of service, the ACLU said.
    THERE IS MORE.

  • trose1

    MSNBC’s Phil Griffin On 60% Black Audience Gain In 2012: ‘People Want To Know That We Reflect Their World’
    In that same time period, CNN grew its black audience by 23.7%(from 131,000 in 2011 to 162,000 in 2012, 23.9% of their total audience) , while Fox News’ declined by 23.7% (38,000 in 2011 to 29,000 in 2012, 1.4% of their total audience), but MSNBC had more black viewers than both of those nets combined (from 177,000 in 2011 to 284,000 in 2012, 31.4% of their total audience). What’s more impressive is that MSNBC attained 60% growth after being number one in that demographic last year, and the year before.

    31% of MSNBC’s audience is Black!
    Black people have power we refuse to use it any meaningful way, smdh

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbcs-phil-griffin-on-60-black-audience-gain-in-2012-people-want-to-know-that-we-reflect-their-world/

    • Miranda

      And that audience grew because of Rev Al’s show – more people tuned in to him and as a result would start to watch more and more of the other msnbc shows.This is why BET and TVOne need to be slapped for not capitalizing on the wavelength in their own way. That sad show of TJ Holmes could have easily been placed right at 7pm and promoted specifically for people to tune in after Rev’s show. It should have been a political show in similar foremat and TJ could have hosted an hour long show and have panels that included legitimate analysts – and not every one of them had to be blackety black for us to watch. We want genuine political talk and not every subject has to be from the Cornel West/Tavis Smiley po foke menu. We wanna get analysis on everything and that’s why MSNBC has grown so much.

      • trose1

        Rev Al brought those veiwers to MSNBC. I think MSM is surprised Black people watch the news. I wonder if CNN will copy MSNBC.

        • lamh36

          Actually, I would say that President Obama brought people to MSNBXC. I remember people I know watching Hardball and MSNBC before Rev Al started his show. MSNBC of all the networks seemed the most supportive of POTUS. Also during the first campaign, MSNBC was one of the only nets that had coverage of the effect Obama candidacy had on urban radio and punditry.

          Rev Al def kept the support for MSNBC going though

          • angee

            And Rev Al increased that AA viewership.
            Yeah black folks choose msnbc over fox & cnn most of that was because of KO but bringing Rev in took it to another level cause of his solid radio base and all the FREE advertising msnbc got on urban radio from Rev and we just hung around for the other shows

        • angee

          Notice the lil “it wasn’t just one show but across the board” dig phil made? Yeah it may have been across the board but the board started w Rev Al and politicsnation.
          Also curious no mention of tweety or chris hayes ummmm.

          • TyrenM

            Saw that. We watched Ed for Nina Turner and Lawrence O for Joy Ann (maybe Karen too.) Yeah, ixne Tweety, Hayes or Ezra…

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –WENDY – — -NEXT. . . .

    – – Wendy’s Franchise Cuts Employee Hours To Part-Time To Avoid Obamacare — –

    —-Not long after the owner of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains admitted their anti-Obamacare campaigns hurt more than helped, the owner of a Wendy’s franchise in Omaha, Nebraska plans to cut 300 employees’ hours to part-time to avoid providing them health care coverage.

    By moving workers to part-time status in order to avoid paying for their health benefits, the Wendy’s franchise would shift the costs of insurance coverage onto hundreds of employees:

    The company has announced that all non-management positions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. Gary Burdette, vice president of operations for the local franchise, says the cuts are coming because the new Affordable Health Care Act requires employers to offer health insurance to employees working 32-38 hours a week. Under the current law they are not considered full time and that as a small business owner, he can’t afford to stay in operation and pay for everyone’s health insurance.

    But anecdotal evidence suggests this strategy may backfire on the Omaha Wendy’s operations. This fall, Denny’s quickly distanced itself from a franchisee’s similar ploy, while Darden Restaurants saw a sharp 37 percent drop in profit after threatening to cut workers to part-time.
    THERE IS MORE.

    — -Bu BYEEEE – – – -POU FAM♥/FRIENDS – – –Let’s try 4 a — saaaay — -50% DROP IN PROFIT – – – -HAH!

    [Gotta "bounce" 4 a "bit". BACK soon.GLH♥]

    • Admiral_Komack

      Goodbye, Wendy’s.
      Cook Out & Hardee’s, here I come!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — -***fist bump*** – -LOL. –

        –Their hamburgers –
        -R – -SQUARE — —ANYHOW! – —LOL —

        Good 2 C U – –OUT annnd ABOUT —Admiral. LOL.

  • rikyrah

    RINO Hunters Fire Warning Shots At Republican Senate Candidates

    After two disappointing election cycles, Republican leaders demanded that conservative groups end their war on electable primary candidates or risk handing the Senate to the Democrats in 2014. This week, the groups delivered their reply: “Nuts!”

    Activists on the right launched a volley of criticism at 2014’s first major Senate hopeful on Monday, Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV). Capito is considered a strong contender for the seat held by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), especially if he decides to retire, but her conservative detractors are demanding a purer candidate.

    It’s all very reminiscent of the kind of primary fight a lot of Republicans are desperate to avoid after 2012’s Senate shellacking. But the groups who helped get candidates like Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin on the ballot this year say they’re ready to fight it out with the establishment again in 2014. West Virginia is just the first battlefield of what could be many.

    “Congresswoman Capito has a long record of support of bailouts, pork, and bigger government,” Club For Growth president Chris Chocola wrote in a press release. “She voted to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, for massive expansions of government-run health insurance, giveaways to big labor, and repeatedly voted to continue funding for wasteful earmarks like an Exploratorium in San Francisco and an Aquarium in South Carolina. That’s not the formula for GOP success in U.S. Senate races.”

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/11/shelly-moore-capito-west-virginia-club-for-growth-rino.php

  • rikyrah

    anyone have this on tape?

    utaustinliberal
    January 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Jay Carney had finished the press briefing and was walking off the podium when Mark Knoller began spewing nonsense about how Pres. Obama had racked up huge spending, had authorized multiple spending bills and then he began spewing nonsense about the debt ceiling. Carney turned around walked back to the podium (his expression was “Motherfucker what did you just say about Pres. Obama?”) he looked Knoller dead in the eye and began responding to Knoller’s nonsense. He pretty much told Knoller that it was a lie regarding what he said about Pres. Obama and spending. He told Knoller that it’s disingenuous for him to ascribe spending bills that were passed in the Bush Admin to Pres. Obama. He told Knoller that everyone knows who turned a surplus into a deficit so let’s not pretend that Pres. Obama is at fault.

    Knoller kept trying to interrupt him and Carney cut him off and gave a rundown of spending bills, how Bush turned a huge surplus into a deficit, how the debt ceiling doesn’t mean Pres. Obama spent recklessly but it means congress spent the money and should now pay its bills. Knoller muttered something and Carney told Knoller point blank that Pres. Obama will not negotiate with a congress that threatens to abdicate its obligations.

    Then Carney did the equivalent of “Good Day Sir” and walked away.

    • Miranda

      This sounds wonderfully epic. I hope somebody out there has video.

      • Aquagranny911

        The Obama Diary posted the whole clip on one of their diaries today. I saw it & it was stellar!

      • Aquagranny911

        Here’s the link I hope this works….

        The put down comes near the end of this clip. Jay was so on top of it.

  • Miranda

    Anti-Defamation League won’t oppose HagelIn a major boost for Chuck Hagel, the Anti-Defamation League announced Monday that it will not oppose him for the position of defense secretary.

    “Senator Hagel would not have been my first choice, but I respect the president’s prerogative,” Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the ADL, said.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/anti-defamation-league-wont-oppose-hagel-85843.html#ixzz2HLd7q5TL

  • rikyrah

    From The Daily Dish

    Why Hagel Matters

    According to various reports, Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Beinart puts the nomination in context:

    What makes Hagel so important, and so threatening to the Republican foreign-policy elite, is that he is one of the few prominent Republican-aligned politicians and commentators (George Will and Francis Fukuyama are others, but such voices are rare) who was intellectually changed by Iraq. And Hagel was changed, in large measure, because he bore within him intellectual (and physical) scar tissue from Vietnam. As my former colleague John Judis captured brilliantly in a 2007 New Republic profile, the Iraq War sparked something visceral in Hagel, as the former Vietnam rifleman realized that, once again, detached and self-interested elites were sending working-class kids like himself to die in a war they couldn’t honestly defend.

    To my mind, this is his core qualification. Unlike so many of the lemmings and partisans of Washington DC, Hagel actually called out the catastrophe of the Iraq War as it happened. The neocons cannot forgive him for exposing what they wrought on the nation and the world. For good measure, he has a Purple Heart and has served in combat. Not easy to say about most of the Iraq War armchair warriors and war criminals.

    Which is to say, as Chuck Todd said this morning, this nomination is about accountability for the Iraq War. All those ducking responsibility for the calamity – Abrams, Kristol, Stephens – are determined that those of us honest enough to resist, having supported in the first place, be erased from history. Or smeared as anti-Semites. Or given that epithet which impresses them but baffles me: “outside the mainstream”. Rephrase that as – after initial support – being “outside the Iraq War mainstream” in DC – and you have a major reason to back him. Ambers explains the personal background:

    Why isn’t Obama replacing Panetta with a Democrat? Simple: Of all the possible candidates, he trusts Hagel. Hagel was the head of Obama’s intelligence advisory board, and was a frequent informal “red cell” brain that Obama privately turned to when he wanted a second opinion. He has been picking Hagel’s brain on subjects as diverse as Afghanistan, China, special operations force posture, and intelligence for several years now. (Hagel has all the required clearances.

  • lamh36

    See, now this is what I was talking about the other day.

    Patrick Aide Says Frank Not Best Choice For Senate Appointment, Frank Disagrees

    I suspect that Frank was never Patrick’s first choice and probably wasn’t even on his list (I’m guessing he’s been compiling a list since Obama won re-election or before besides the Susan Rice stuff, the CW was the Kerry would be SoS after HRC). So the “push” by Frank and now his liberal allies are such that now the Guv can’t even go with his first choice which probably wasn’t Barney Frank to begin with. Now whover Patrick picks, unless it is Frank, which pale in comparison.

    The aide should just shut it, but still I understand the frustration for Guv Patrick’s camp.

    • aleth

      Good…I am tired of the disrespect. You don’t get to demand yourself appointed

  • lamh36

    don’t know why, but Disqus is not letting me post from my IPhone?

    Man I’m tired. Can barely keep my eyes open.
    4 more days before my big move! Wanted to share a pic before I go to bed that a former colleague sent to me from my last job, the first & only “real” job I ever had in DFW. I spent 7 years there and prob would been longer if circumstances had allowed.

    lamh36 hard at work in 2010

    Good night guys

    • GreenLadyHere

      Awwww – –lamh36. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      U jus’ – –do yo LAB THANG! – -Kaaay? :>) – —PROUDa U. :>)

      Good 2 –SEE U. –On da REALZ. :>) – – -