September 25, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: African Americans in Martial Arts

Good Morning POU!

Today’s featured martial artist:  Earnest Hart Jr.

Earnest Hart, Jr. is a world class martial artist champion, physical fitness trainer, actor and seminar specialist. In the ring Mr. Hart earned a reputation as the man to beat, and during his days as a competitor was considered one of the most formidable competitors of the day.

As a teenager he trained in judo, karate and jiu-jitsu. At 19 these skills were put to task as he shot onto the kickboxing scene, and at age 21 Mr. Hart won his first World PKA Kickboxing title. Among his many other accomplishments Mr. Hart is the only man ever to win four kickboxing titles in the welterweight class.

A multi talented martial artist, Mr. Hart holds a black belt in 15 different styles of martial arts. They include, Yoshan Kai Karate, Shorin Ryu Karate, Kage Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, and Savate to name a few. Mr. Hart is also the highest-ranking teacher at 10th Degree, in the America Fighting Arts School of Martial Arts. Named on the “Top Ten Kickboxers of All Time” by Inside Karate magazine.

In 1992 the martial arts champion was invited by His Imperial Highness, the Emperor of Japan to teach His Majesty’s Imperial Guard his brand of self-defense. Mr. Hart is the only non-Japanese ever to be so honored.

A WorldBlackBelt Founding Member, Hart admits that he even surprised himself when he handed his business card to NFL All-Pro D’Marco Farr of the St. Louis Rams in 1997 and boldly told him to give a call when he got serious about winning. At the time, the Rams were coming off one more losing season, and a year later, following yet another losing season, Farr got serious and placed the call to Hart right after their last game and simply said “I’m ready.” Two years later, the St. Louis Rams were sitting on top of the NFL world as Super Bowl Champions and Earnest Hart, Jr. was being featured on ESPN and the Fox Sports Network.

Farr took Hart, who was not even a football fan at the time, in to meet with the then Head Coach of the Rams Dick Vermeil. “Coach Vermeil had previously hired a Cardio Kickboxing Instructor and did not get very good results, so I had to sell him on myself,” recalled Hart. “I sold him on speed, I told him that I could make his guys quicker and faster, and although I don’t think he was entirely convinced, Coach Vermeil decided to give me a chance.”

Next, Hart had to prove himself to the players and earn their respect. Farr, already a believer, started offering $1,000 to any player who could block one of Hart’s still lightning quick kicks…he never had to pay up. “I used to do the Kung Fu thing by snatching pennies from their hands, because even though I was older I was faster,” said Hart.

As for the coaches, Hart soon realized how important it was to not alienate himself from the strength and conditioning coaches so that they would see him as a threat. Hart made sure not to exclude them and wisely offered them free private lessons so that they could understand what he was teaching.The coaches soon became believers too.

“Basically, I taught the players quickness through explosive drills and told them to always stay relaxed, be ready but don’t be tense,” explained Hart, who put on four classes a day three times a week for the Rams, as well as giving private lessons. “The guys really responded well and the year before they won the Super Bowl I could see it coming because they were hungry,” said Hart.

During their Super Bowl run in 1999, Hart became a national celebrity. “All of the TV announcers wanted to talk to me, guys like James Brown from CBS and John Madden and Howie Long from Fox. The only TV personality Hart would not talk to was Dennis Miller from ABC’s Monday Night Football. “There was no way I was going to talk to him (Miller), if things didn’t go well with the team that night I knew he would rim me, and then I would have had to kick his butt because I’m from the old school,” joked Hart.

 Here is ESPN’s profile of Hart and his work with the Rams:

  • gn

    I have to share more of the exchange I had last night with this woman of color “blog diva” on twitter about GG. She matched his intellectual dishonesty (and quite frankly, race-based disdain for his detractors) precisely. Just a perfect example of everything wrong with the nutroots:

    A LOT OF BLACK & BROWN LIBERALS ARE PISSED THESE LEAKERS ARE WHITE MEN call a spade a spade: under a white GOP POTUS, they wouldnt bother

    @GN192 @laloalcaraz and it’s not an acussation, it’s an observation. same thing happened during height of Occupy Wall Street.

    @GN192 @laloalcaraz if you truly care about civil rights (and not just the politics of it) dismissing his [Greenwald’s] work is MINDBOGGLINGLY ILLOGICAL


    So she’s not merely trying to sell GG as a civil rights worker (which is just fucking ludicrous), she’s claiming that black and brown people have failed to embrace him because we’re the real racists against white men, parroting a far right canard like an imbecile due to her resentment of people who refused to join ows. This person is a perfect example of why I’m glad that the blogosphere has extended past the control of a small clique of people who are more like Archie Bunker and Rand Paul than anything else. Who the hell would want such grotesque mindsets as leaders?

    • rigoletta

      People are pissed at the privilege exhibited by all the people involved in these leaks and the fact that amongst many they get a free pass on things that if they were people of color they would be called out on.

      Like everyone has said if any of these people were people of color they’d be UNDER THE JAIL from the jump and none of these right wing libertarian cheerleaders would be supporting them.

      Our security is compromised because racism allows white people to say and do things that others would never get away with.

      If you want to commit real crime don’t go to DeJuan or Pablo check out Chad in IT or Accounting or some crap.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Sane Niggas wouldn’t have done this shit in the first place. What Negro you know gonna turn down a $200,000 a year job, a girlfriend that knows how to use a stripper pole and life in the state of Hawaii? Not many. And two, ONCE a Negro does shit like this, someone will mess this dude up. Some Jimmy Hoffa shit will happen.

        • rigoletta

          Ha! True but there’s always one isn’t there.

          You have all that and the fact that a black or brown person know damn well what would happen to them if they did something like this.

          Only white folks get to harbor these spy movie fantasies about what they are really doing.

        • rikyrah

          I said this when it first came out.
          Talking with a Sistafriend and she was like…
          You give a BLACK high school dropout a 200K job with benefits in Hawaii…
          give secrets to GIGI?
          fuck that.
          he’d be wearing an American Flag Lapel pin not only on the suits to work..
          but, his shorts when he played b-ball
          and even on his pajamas

        • AxelFoley

          This, this, muthafucka THIS.

          Turn down that set up? No suh, not the kid.

      • gn

        Real talk. The far right has been trying to flip the script and label this recognition of the white privilege which underlies Snowden’s behavior as some sort of racism against white men. To be frank, this person sounds like she co-signed that foolishness simply because she has her own ax to grind due to black and brown bloggers eschewing ows.

        • I think you’re right. I remember her having a hissy fit because Black and Brown progressives wouldn’t support OWS. She’s one of those, “Is we sick, Massa? Is we hungry, Massa” type of kneegrows.

          • gn

            She even mentioned ows during the exchange and her belief that GG is getting the same treatment that ows did. Which is true. A media hype of no discernible positive purpose, loaded with ratfuckers and earnest liberals too full of hubris to avoid getting played. No I’m not here for that.

      • THIS. If anything Blog Diva (aka Liza Sabater) should be pissed as GG for using his Brown boo to do his dirty work for him.

    • Kennymack1971

      I saw this exchange and Blogdiva is welcome to have a stadium full of seats. I’m not making common cause with anarchists and Libertarians no matter how much you try that “Reverse Racism” BS. As far as I’m concerned the Greenwalds, Assanges and Sirotas are no different than the RW and need to be shunned. If Blogdiva doesn’t like it that POCs are calling shenanigans on GG and his fellow dudebros…tough shit.

      • gn

        That she would even go there with the reverse racism accusation tells me everything I need to know.

    • goldenstar

      You have brought back memories. I remember the blog and the time in my life when I would go there on a regular basis. It’s funny these former bloggers used to occupy positions of privilege because they held the keys to the gates of colored sections. Now, not so much and the members of the colored sections constructed their own seats and benches without their help.

      • gn

        Bingo! And now to try to shame us into cosigning a lunatic like GG? Using an accusation of prejudice against white men? GTFOH. I have no respect for that.

      • Miranda

        HA!! You nailed it!

      • WHOOP! There it is!

    • jds09

      I wonder if folks like this offer a valuable singular service to dudebros…prop up the lie that’s its an even playing field, there is no privilege that they are indeed the man. Simply creative variations of “yes, massa.”

    • Oh, HER. Yes, Blog Diva is a notorious defender of white EmoProg bitchassness.

      • gn

        I asked her if we supposedly hate white men, why do Tavis Smiley and Cornel West have reputations on par with Greenwald. When what all three really have in common is intellectual dishonesty and misleading reporting. She simply skipped answering that. IMO her arguments were manipulative, incoherent, and cheap.

        • OK! Amongst Black progressives, Crabis and Cornpone get more grief than GG and OWS, so she’s FOS.

          • gn

            Way more, and it’s for the same reason: not merely being critics of the admin but for being dishonest with their claims, exaggerating their grievances, and using their media platforms to pursue a vendetta while trying to dress it up as principle. Obamabots. are. not. stupid. And GG/Smiley/West are not that difficult to see through.

      • conlakappa

        She looks like someone who should be old enough to know better.

        • Miranda

          She refuses to use the good sense I know God gave her.

        • gn

          She really does. She looks like a nice person, but her politics are not my type of hype whatsoever. That exchange was just ridiculous.

  • rigoletta

    Good morning everyone.

  • gn

    This is why some in the national media are so mad lol:

    People lining up for tickets to see Pres. Obama Thurs. at UB. Free tickets available today at 5PM. #POTUSBuffalo

    They’ve created a really toxic media environment from all angles towards PBO…and no one curr but the same libertarians and emos who can’t stand him anyway.

    • jds09

      I can’t remember a president in my lifetime getting this kind of love in their second term.

      • gn

        Nope. And it’s not just the POTUS. His coalition is amazing. I’m not the biggest volunteer but I did help a little; my favorite experience was door knocking in upstate NY for 2010. I was so impressed with just about every single volunteer I had the pleasure of canvassing with. The energy of people who kept fighting during a difficult time politically for Dems was just incredible. It’s the energy and positivity of the people in that picture. There are a lot of people who would like to see that replaced with resentment, paranoia, and fear. The President deserves to be one of the most popular people in the world for what he has accomplished. He just can’t be diminished, and there are people who loathe that. Too bad!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • Miranda

    Funny how a little thing like cancer can give one some perspective isn’t it?
    A Republican conversion to Obamacare

    But Clint Murphy’s take on Obamacare might matter more.

    If Gingrich sits near the top of the Republican food chain, Murphy was one of those underpaid GOP soldiers who slogged through muddy grassroots in campaign after campaign.

    U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell’s patronage took Murphy to Washington in the 1990s. He volunteered in Casey Cagle’s successful effort to become lieutenant governor in 2006, took a paid position in John McCain’s 2008 presidential effort in Florida, and served as a salaried staffer during Karen Handel’s gubernatorial push in 2010.

    And so Murphy’s Facebook post on Obamacare last week, addressed to his Republican friends, was something of a surprise: “When you say you’re against it, you’re saying that you don’t want people like me to have health insurance.”

    There is nothing like a bout with testicular cancer to bring focus to your life, Murphy explained over the phone.

    • rikyrah

      not too much of a conversion..
      he’s on record saying he’s gonna vote for the GOP muthafucka who has vowed to repeal Obamacare.
      so, he hasn’t learned shyt

      • jds09

        Reminds me of that Chris Rock joke….he’s asking a white one-legged beggar if he wanted to trade places with him cause he’s young, rich and famous, the beggar says no…he wants to see how “this white thing works out.”

  • rikyrah

    McCrory office on $ 22,000 DHHS raises: No comment (to us), defends salaries to TV station (with update)

    Young Republicans who helped elect North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory have been rewarded with big salaries in his new administration. Matthew McKillip was named this week as chief policy adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos. Records show the 24-year-old received a $22,500 raise in April, bringing his salary to $87,500. Before joining state government in January, McKillip worked for McCrory’s 2012 campaign and spent 11 months as a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Records show 24-year-old DHHS Communications Director Ricky Diaz got an even bigger raise in April, boosting his state salary to $85,000. Diaz campaigned for McCrory after working for one year in the office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Gov. Pat McCrory gave his cabinet secretaries pay hikes as large as $13,200, far more than anything afforded to typical state employees in recent years. The Republican’s cabinet makes a combined $1.1 million – an 8 percent increase from his Democratic predecessor.

    “I’m trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multibillion-dollar departments,” McCrory said in an interview. GOP lawmakers changed state law last year to give the governor the power to determine cabinet salaries, a change from the previous year when all eight secretaries made $121,807, as set in state law. The additional money will come from other areas in the agency budgets.

    • Miranda

      But a teacher with a master’s degree and 10 yrs experience in NC making MAYBE $40,000.

    • conlakappa

      You need that much money to live… in Raleigh? No doubt, in the next breath, any and all of these jokers would complain about fed and other state workers. No matter the wunderkind, no 20something political hack in state government should be paid like that. I bet those researchers found dirt on their boss.

      • malletgirl02

        Good point $85,000 is a lot of money in Raleigh. It is probably has the spending power of $100,000 in northern Virginia for instance.

  • gn


    Sequestration Leaves 57,000 Children Out of Head Start

    • Republicans Built That.

      • gn

        ABC News characterizes Head Start sequester cuts as Obama’s “bruising blow,” ignores role of GOP obstructionism.

        • conlakappa

          Just like obstruction to Obamacare, the sequester was born and lives in a vacuum.

  • GreenLadyHere

    — –GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ — ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —WOW&1/2 –HE’s -MULTI-TALENTED!! :>) –GR8 LEARNING!:>)

    —-Miranda –Luvin’ THIS SERIES. —NEW INFORMATION. :>)THANK U. :>)

    ————-☺- Among his many other accomplishments Mr. Hart is the only man ever to win four kickboxing titles in the welterweight class.
    ————☺ Mr. Hart holds a black belt in 15 different styles of martial arts.–Annd: -Named on the “Top Ten Kickboxers of All Time” by Inside Karate magazine.; – — Mr. Hart is the only non-Japanese ever to be so honored.
    ——– –☺“Basically, I taught the players quickness through explosive drills and told them to always stay relaxed, be ready but don’t be tense,” explained Hart, who put on four classes a day three times a week for the Rams,. . [AS FAST AS LIGHTNING :>)] – —

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

  • Miranda

    Kerry Reinstates Benghazi Officials Clinton Punished
    by Josh Rogin Aug 19, 2013 10:04 PM EDT

    Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday.

    more here:

    • gn

      CNN’s spin on this in their early morning tweets was so teapartyish. Nice to see this reported accurately. I’m really liking John Kerry as SoS. I think he’s doing a fantastic job.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda – – –LOL —I GUESS! —THEY MAD. :>) – – –

    —- Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda to take legal action — –

    ——-David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, is taking legal action against the British government after he was detained and searched at Heathrow airport over the weekend, his lawyers said Tuesday.

    Miranda argues it was illegal for police to seize data from him and wants to ensure that they do not do anything with the material until a judge has heard his claim.

    “We are most concerned about the unlawful way in which these powers were used and the chilling effect this will have on freedom of expression,” said Kate Goold, of the law firm Bindmans, which is representing Miranda. – – —

    THERE IS MORE —–Whiiiiiinin’. . . . LOL — — -WATCHIN’. . .

    • JB20005

      Yeah, I’m thinking the horse has already left the barn on that one.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ JB20005 ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ***BIG fist bump*** — -ILLEGAL IS —–as ILLEGAL DOES! —–
        Dey DID! — – —-Dey IS. LOL — DEY LOSE. :>) —
        Good 2 C U. JB20005. :>) —

    • rigoletta

      It’s not illegal for them to seize data that was obtained illegally.

      It’s called doing their job theif.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – –**BIG fist bump*** —TWISTED MINDS annnd TANGLED WEBS! — —BOTH —Gonna B the END of THEM!! – – -TRUST :>) —

        Good 2 C U rigoletta. :>)

        • rigoletta

          Good morning!

    • gn

      Nothing but trying to extend the story and stay in the news, trying to make themselves look like victims of a conspiracy when they are an aggressive ring of people who are dealing in stolen intel.

      I believe that there was a great deal of collusion:
      @marieann66 @MsZanni Poitras and hacker Jacob Applebaum interviewed Snowden before he left HI per Der Spiegel

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ GN. —***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —-LOL — annnd they WILL B in the NEWS –’cause HE/THEY criminals! HAH! —-I saw her last night. – —“WORD SALAD” – –LOL

        Good 2 C U GN. :>)

    • Town

      Good luck with that.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Town. ***BIG HUG** :>)
        – – – — -***BIG fist bump**** —-LOL —I KNOW-HUH! – —It’s an INTERNATIONAL – -circus. :>) —

        ENJOYIN’ da show. LOL —

    • conlakappa

      What, is he taking this to The Hague or something? The UK has had pretty restrictive pass-through laws for decades. Privilege cannot always convey in travel.

      • gn

        It’s attention-seeking and it’s also trying to paint a group of malicious, aggressive people as victims.

        • conlakappa

          I know what is at the root but just how far is he willing to play this out?

          • rigoletta

            As crazy as he is I would say pretty far.

            Somebody yesterday mentioned suicide bombers and jihad in the context of these people. And that is exactly what they are seeking.

            In their own way they want matyrdom.

            I’m suprised GG hasn’t set up a cross yet outside the US embassy in Brazil.

          • gn

            I’m with rigoletta, GG’s not sane and he’s willing to take this very far. I even suspect that he was hoping that his partner would have been outright arrested. This is a massive propaganda and power game between a really aggressive and nasty group of people and a beltway press which is eager to see a scandal damage the President. There’s not much I would put past GG. He’s a megalomaniac.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin. conlakappa. ***BIG HUG** :>) — –

        —***fist bump*** — -HE/THEY KNEW! — —Dey –jus’ — GOT —CAUGHT!! HAH!
        Good 2 C U. :>) — –

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, good luck with that, son.

    • Aquagranny911

      Sweet blushing baby Jesus! These people have gone completely loony tunes! Miranda wants to sue the British Gov for seizing stolen goods? Uh…I think that will be a wash.

      Hola Peeps! Sorry I forgot to greet you all before I made my comment.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Aquagranny911. :>) — -***BIG HUG*** :>)
        – — – –LOL – — -***fist bump*** — -Guess gg is WRITING the CARTOON SECTION of the Guardian. LOL — –‘BUT —we NOT laffin’. . . –
        -Good 2 C U Aquagranny. :>)

  • Miranda

    Prosecutors: Green Lake assault was hate crime
    Published 7:56 pm, Monday, August 19, 2013

    A Seattle man accused of holding a stranger at gunpoint during a chance encounter at Green Lake now faces hate crime and assault charges.

    King County prosecutors claim Chikwanha E. Nyashanu pointed a pistol at a passerby near the Green Lake Community Center and demanded the other man “apologize for all the things white people did to black people.” Prosecutors say Nyashanu, 35, may have pointed a pistol at several others in the park before the race-based assault.

    According to charging papers, the other man was walking near the east Green Lake center at 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 11 when Nyashanu approached him and pointed a pistol at him.

    Nyashanu then demanded that the man apologize for “all the things white people did to black people,” a Seattle detective told the court.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda — -Annnd on FILNER [the CRIMINAL] -WATCH: – —-

    – – —San Diego mayor Bob Filner recall effort gains steam — –
    – — — –Bob Filner, the Democratic mayor accused of sexually harassing more than a dozen women, spent the day meeting with attorneys for the city and his accusers, as a recall drive gained steam. Bill Whitaker reports on the petition drive for signatures and those standing by the mayor through the scandal.

    —***EYE roll*** 2 the supporters!!- –geesh!! –What ifff one of the women was THEIR relative?? – –geesh!

    HE’S —GOTTA GO — – ->

  • rigoletta

    Al Jazeera America launches today.

    Fingers crossed that it will be a refuge from the idiocy of the news channels we have now.

    • jds09

      I hope so too. I followed them on twitter for awhile and I thought they were CNN-lite.

      • rigoletta

        Like I said I have my fingers crossed.

        I like the concept and I like the fact that they have so many poc in that newsroom. I’m hoping that will be reflected in their coverage.

        I know many people like to get their news from sources outside the US. Personally I have a problem with how the diversity of the US is ignored in many international news reports. I know why they do that because it perpetuates a certain view of the US which audiences outside eat up but that doesn’t make it accurate.

        POC in America make up a larger population than what you find in most countries. These international outlets only talk to poc when something has gone wrong. The idea that we can contribute to debate not just on racism, inequality, etc. but on topics that also matter to us like foreign policy and economics too.

        Maybe I’m expecting too much but I’m just hoping we get a fair shake on this one by having our own doing the reporting.

        • jds09

          Good point. If I remember correctly Soladad’ is over there.

  • JB20005

    Ronald Reagan biographers bent out of shape at his portrayal in the Butler.

    Oh boo hoo hoo. Reagan was a nasty old racist with a Hollywood smile, that is remembered with revulsion by people of color at home and abroad.

    -Philadelphia Mississippi speech: “I believe in states’ rights”

    -Support of South African apartheid

    -Funding of murderous military juntas in Latin America

    -Allowing the same juntas to traffic cocaine into the American inner cities

    -Demonizing public assistance recipients and inventing stories about them driving cadillacs to stoke white resentment

    The man was scum. If anything, he got off lightly in The Butler.

    • conlakappa

      Peggy Noonan must be in deep pearl-clutching mode, has worn a hole in her fainting coach, and has depleted her supply of smelling salts and Jamesons. Countdown to when she starts trashing the man on whose life the film was based. 5…4…

      • rigoletta

        Don’t worry about ol’ Peggy. There isn’t a trouble in this world that she can’t drown out with a bottle of vodka.

        She’ll be drunk writing in response in no time.

    • Miranda
    • GreenLadyHere

      JB20005 —–***head hits desk*** — –

      — –GR8 POINTS!! —:>)

      — –DANG! – –From the LOOKS of THIS —they di-int make a DENT in tellin’ da – –F’REALZ! —

      Ronald Reagan: Racism and Racial Politics— —geesh!!

      – —-Was he actin’? —NO! —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — PRAYIN’ 4 the BIDENS: — –

    – —Vice president with son in Texas for medical tests — –

    — –Vice President Joe Biden is in Houston while his son undergoes medical tests after experiencing weakness and disorientation last week.
    Beau Biden, the Delaware attorney general, is undergoing tests Tuesday to determine what caused his symptoms.

    A Delaware Department of Justice spokesman says the younger Biden, who suffered a mild stroke in 2010, began experiencing the new symptoms after driving to Indiana for a family vacation. The 44-year-old was admitted to a Chicago hospital then traveled to Philadelphia to consult with his doctor.

    The White House says the vice president had been home in Delaware and accompanied his son to Houston. It’s not clear how long the vice president will remain in Texas, but he’s still scheduled to join the president in Scranton, Pa., later this week.
    THERE IS MORE. – – – —BLESS him/family. AMEN.

  • Miranda

    Heh… does the ass of the tea party taste now Rubio?

    Rubio takes low profile on immigration
    By Alexander Bolton – 08/20/13 05:00 AM ET

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has kept a low profile on the subject of immigration reform this month even while others in the Senate Gang of Eight pressure the House to act.

    Rubio has taken a hit in the polls and his aspirations to run for president in 2016 may be in danger because of his outspoken support for the controversial Senate immigration bill.

    Rubio was crucial to convincing Republican senators to vote for the bill but he does not want to take part in building pressure on House lawmakers to act after receiving a stinging backlash from conservatives.

    Read more:

    • TyrenM

      Offer Senator Stay Thirsty some tea.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – -CONCERNED 4 the STUDENTS — –

    – – –Philly schools borrow just to begin on time– –
    — — –It is a specific case that speaks to the problems facing urban school districts across the nation. Some of it is by design, and the rest is part of the realities of life in the big city. Welcome to the future of public education in America.

    This decision by the city to borrow $50 million comes in the wake of a more than $304 million budget shortfall for the city schools.

    In the doomsday budget it approved, the district laid off 3,783 employees—19 percent of the school workforce—including teachers, aides, support staff and all of the assistant principals, and closed 24 schools. Think of all of the music, art, libraries and athletic programs that will fall by the wayside.

    Meanwhile, the shortfall is the result of $1 billion in cuts to state education by Gov. Tom Corbett—a darling of the Tea Party—and conservatives who control the state legislature. One-third of the cuts targeted Philadelphia’s predominantly black and brown school system, a move which certainly pleased Corbett’s supporters, particularly in the middle region between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia that James Carville once called Alabama.

    —-THESE RACISTS!!! — —-C’mon KARMA!!– –

  • gn

    Two days til NY city council vote to override Bloomberg’s veto & pass Community Safety Act #endstopandfrisk

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – -I avoided this yesterday. —Just 2 painful —

    WATCH: A PSA opposing ‘stand your ground’ laws reenacts Trayvon Martin’s death — –

    – –YES! Stop the gun violence.! —


  • Miranda

    SMH……just heartless

    Nevada could face suit for dumping patients in S.F.

    San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is demanding that Nevada reimburse California cities and counties for treatment of about 500 indigent psychiatric patients who were given one-way bus tickets to the Golden State in recent years.

    Those costs include about $500,000 that Herrera says San Francisco spent on medical care, housing and other aid for 20 people shipped here in a practice sometimes called Greyhound therapy.

    more here:

    • jds09

      That is so very wrong.

    • rigoletta

      Compassionate conservatism strikes again.

    • Hospitals dumping psych patients in urban cities has been going on for years. I was shocked when I first heard about the practice.

      • conlakappa

        Remember the scandal about it in Chicago some years back?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – —WHA’!!??? – – – —

    – —Raz-B Duped TMZ and Media; He was NEVER in a Coma Reports CNN

    – – – – –*Why are we so NOT surprised to find out that TMZ‘s report of Raz-B being in a coma was a hoax, according to a CNN report.
    Yes the singer whose real name is De’Mario Thornton, was injured in a brawl in a nightclub in China last week, but his manager, Elayne
    Rivers, says they were not serious.

    “The comments about Raz being in a coma did not come from his official representative,” Rivers said.

    The singer’s brother, who performs under the name Ricky Romance, said in a statement sent to CNN Monday afternoon that he had been “misled by unknown reasons.”

    “I was unfortunately unable to contact my brother at the time and
    then panicked,” Romance said. “I then alerted as many people of this
    information hoping to gather facts… Since the source that gave me this information was what I thought to be legitimately reliable I didn’t
    question I just believed. I apologize if I seem like I jumped to conclusions but a coma is a serious situation and it was concerning my brother whom is my best friend as well. I sincerely apologize for the confusion I caused if that is the case.”

    THERE IS MORE – – – —humph!! – – —

    • gn

      Wasn’t there a follow-up story even, saying Raz B was recovering, talking and smiling? It’s one thing to get the initial story wrong in the fog of panic and confusion, but there were two parts to the story—how did that happen?

    • Town

      Well the story didn’t sound right to begin with. He was busted in the lip with a bottle, now he’s on life support? Yeah, right.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Town — ***fist bump***-
        -Sounds like the gz SAGA.:- –
        -He was transitioned from – “NO need 4 treatment THAT night” —-2 – —at least 25 head poundings with almost concussion-level injuries — – —weeks L8R!! —geesh!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — —DUPLICITOUS — -Right out da gate!! – —

    — —COMMENT: – -Michael J. Olah
    So, riddle me this, Batman – if Cruz is a U.S. citizen without any doubt
    simply because his MOTHER was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth, why don’t the BIRTHERS accept President Obama as a U.S. citizen (regardless of where he was born) – given that is is clear that HIS MOTHER was a U.S. citizen (Kansas born and raised) at the time of his birth?
    Oh yea, maybe it’s because of the color of his skin?

    -YA THINK???- — HAH!

    – — In Renouncing Canadian Citizenship, Ted Cruz Sounds Like A DREAMer– –

    – – —Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will renounce his Canadian citizenship because he was unaware that he is still a Canadian citizen, according to a statement released by the Washington Post on Monday evening. Cruz said he didn’t find out about his Canadian status until recently, echoing an argument made by many undocumented youths, who come to the United States as young children and frequently do not find about their immigration status until they apply for a driver’s license or other identification —[smh].

    Cruz is a Canadian citizen by birthright, but also an American because of his U.S. citizen mother. His office claimed
    that he “never had to go through a naturalization process after birth
    to become a U.S. citizen.” He defended his assumption saying:
    – – -SNIP —-

    – —Because – I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was four and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter.

    —-BECAUSE. . .BECAUSE. . . – —U LYIN’!!

    — THAT’s “WHYCOME” we KNOW —U a RE-THUG!!; — –geesh!!

    • conlakappa

      Didn’t find out until recently? Fool? Please.

  • Miranda
    • Alma98


  • Miranda

    Keith Boykin ‏@keithboykin13m
    Obamacare more popular than expected. Estimates show 8.5 million will sign up for exchanges, far more than forecast.
    States predict more insurance customers
    Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY6:58 p.m. EDT August 19, 2013

    WASHINGTON — Estimates from 19 states operating health insurance exchanges to help the uninsured find coverage show that at least 8.5 million will use the exchanges to buy insurance, a USA TODAY survey shows. That would far outstrip the federal government’s estimate of 7 million new customers for all 50 states under the 2010 health care law.

    USA TODAY contacted the 50 states, and 19 had estimates for how many of their uninsured residents they expect will buy through the exchanges. About 48 million Americans were uninsured in 2011, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    “For the most part, that’s a very good thing,” said Paul Ginsburg, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School who supported the requirement to buy health insurance while serving in the George H.W. Bush administration. “First, these are people who need health insurance. And second, the scenario that only sick people will enroll is less likely.”

    • Kennymack1971

      Uh huh. So even with the RW/MSM misinforming and flat out lying to people regarding Obamacare the facts are getting out and people are liking what this health care law has to offer. Once Obamacare is fully implemented good luck to people trying to sell repealing or defunding it.

    • rikyrah


    • GreenLadyHere

      –Miranda – — - –


  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: —Ms. JOY-ANN —on “NOW” –GOIN IN ON Cruz annnd da TRUMP

    • goldenstar

      I love her!!!! Now, she’s breaking it down on profiling young white males since they’re the main perpetrators of mass shootings. HELLOW!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        —***BIG fist bump*** —LOL – –

        -She’s gettin’ sooo BOLD!! —:>) —I HOPE it’s ’cause she’s gon announce —HER SHOW!! — – :>)- –

        Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. —:>)

        —PS. – —TEA?? – – –:>)

  • Miranda

    But our media refused to do their jobs and let the rethugs run around for weeks on end pretending the IRS was on a hunt after the Tea Party by order of his majesty Obama….
    New Documents Highlight IRS Scrutiny of Progressive Groups
    AUG 20, 2013

    WASHINGTON – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today released new information from the IRS that provides further evidence that progressive groups were singled out for scrutiny in the same manner as conservative groups. The documents include an IRS training presentation that instructs IRS employees to screen tax-exemption applications for “Emerge” organizations alongside “progressive” and “tea party” organizations. The term “emerge” was redacted in the presentation when it was originally released by the IRS in early July. Three organizations tied to the national Emerge America organization – Emerge Nevada, Emerge Maine and Emerge Massachusetts – were all denied 501 (c)(4) status in 2011, according to a New York Times report. The new documents also include more unredacted information on the “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) lists showing that screeners were instructed to give heightened scrutiny to “ACORN successor” organizations. The IRS has since eliminated the use of the BOLO lists.

    Ranking Member Levin and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings have long requested that the IRS and TIGTA disclose the documents released today publicly.

    more here:

    • JB20005

      The media have been all-in on trying to bring down this POTUS since he won a second term.

      • Kennymack1971

        They want him to be as unpopular during his second term as GWB was during his. Sorry but that is not gonna happen.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda – – – –YA MEAN –LIKE THIS BIT of NEGATIVITY —in January 9, 2009?– –

      Annnd it NEVA STOPPED!! —-Soooo – –I’m beliein’ – –

      WE NOT –errr – – – -Post-Racial! /SNARK!! – – –

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma ***BIG —SUNNY –HUG**** :>)
      -THANK U –4 the DAILY – JOY. :>) -Luvin’ it’s uniqueness! :>) –***HUG* 2 “Daughter”. :>) BLESS ALL! :>)

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH! (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – 4 U. :>)—-

          • Alma98

            Thanks GLH!

          • GreenLadyHere

            :>) Alma – – -My Pleasure. :>)

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah, hows the weather there? It’s not even 12:00 and it’s hot here.

        • rikyrah

          hot Alma..
          Com Ed’s getting paid today 🙁

          • Alma98

            I here ya lol!

    • crazycanuck

      Morning Alma, how is everything going with your daughter?

      • Alma98

        Hey cc, she’s put in applications at several places. Also someone is helping her look for jobs. She’s not trusting the people who hired her to help her out.

  • I Love This!

    “Black Twitter Is Real”

    • rikyrah

      shoulda given you photoshop

  • JB20005

    Obama admin has halted the transfer of military aid to Egypt.

  • Miranda

    Jim Demint is clearly not getting enough oxygen to his brain.

    Jim DeMint: ‘We Don’t Know’ If Obama Will Sign Bill To Defund Obamacare (AUDIO)

    10:08 AM EDT, TUESDAY AUGUST 20, 2013

    Heritage Foundation president and former Republican senator Jim DeMint suggested Monday that President Barack Obama may actually sign a bill that would defund his signature piece of legislation.

    Participating in a town hall in Fayetteville, Ark., the first stop of Heritage Action’s planned nine-city tour to promote the effort to defund Obamacare, DeMint was asked why Republicans should push legislation to gut the new federal health care law “when we know that President Obama won’t sign it.”

    “Well, we don’t know that, do we?” DeMint replied.

    The former South Carolina senator told NPR, which aired audio from the town hall, that Republicans who fear a showdown with Obama over the new health care law should be voted out.

    “I think [Obama] knows that Republicans are afraid and if they are they need to be replaced,” DeMint said.

    more here:

    • jds09

      I’m eating my popcorn watching to see if there will be any kind of reaction if or when these folks realize that their leadership has been lying to them.

    • conlakappa

      There is a reason I call him DeMented. As I’ve noted here before, I met the man. He was strutting anger while in the House. Think constipated Yosemite Sam…

  • rikyrah

    ‘Why don’t we impeach him?’

    By Steve Benen

    Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:10 AM EDT

    Borrowing a page from Bill Maher, I’d like to establish a new rule: those who propose presidential impeachment should come up with some sort of coherent rationale for doing so. And before conservatives ask, no, “I don’t like Obama” is not an actual reason.

    Last week, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) not only expressed an interest in impeaching President Obama, he said proponents “could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it.” On what grounds? Farenthold didn’t get around to explaining why the president would be impeached, though in context, it apparently had something to do with what the Texas Republican described as “the whole birth certificate issue.”

    And then last night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said something similar.

    In a question and answer session following a speech he gave at a Montgomery County GOP dinner last night, an audience member asked Cruz, “Why don’t we impeach him [Obama]?”

    “It’s a good question,” Cruz responded, “and I’ll tell you the simplest answer: To successfully impeach a president you need the votes in the U.S. Senate.”

    Actually, it’s not a good question, and to successfully impeach a president you need the votes in the U.S. House. But other than that, the right-wing senator clearly knows what he’s talking about.

    National Review posted an audio clip of the Cruz event, and listeners will notice that neither the senator nor his audience actually bothered mentioning a rationale for impeachment; they just seemed to think it was a good idea. Cruz said something about his belief that Obama has acted outside the law, but he offered no details or specifics.

    • Miranda

      I’m sure they will vow to impeach over the new puppy. Did Congress authorize that??

    • conlakappa

      That, you know, hews to the Constitution and stuff.

  • rikyrah

    Republican Vote Suppression Hitches Ride on Detroit’s Woes

    By Francis Wilkinson Aug 20, 2013 8:54 AM CT

    According to a study released this month by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, only 54 percent of Americans have a driver’s license before their 18th birthday. One survey found that 46 percent of people in the U.S. ages 18 to 24 would choose access to the Internet over access to their own car.

    Auto companies are in a panic over teens’ declining interest in their product. The AAA report cites a precipitous “downward trend” in licensing rates among high school seniors, with 85 percent reporting that they had a license in 1996, but only 73 percent reporting that in 2010.

    The decline increasingly has implications for voting behavior, as well. At least 22 states have introduced Voter ID laws, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. North Carolina just enacted a whirlwind of vote-suppression tactics that, as Rick Hasen writes here, has already made a mockery of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder ruling, which claimed it could curtail the Voting Rights Act without significant impact.

    A valid driver’s ID, the standard photo identification issued by states, is accepted for purposes of voting. But as fewer young people obtain driver’s licenses, the routine connection between adulthood and a photo ID is increasingly broken. Other forms of government ID — military identification, for example — are either limited to a small subset of youth or require specific efforts, and sometimes money, to obtain.

    The partisan implications are clear: In 2012, President Barack Obama captured 60 percent of votes cast by Americans ages 18 to 29. And when it comes to driver’s licenses, there is a wide disparity between poor and minority teens, who are even more likely to vote Democratic, and wealthy and white teens.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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