July 28, 2017

Monday Open Thread: Black Firsts, Inventors and Scientists

I am starting Black History Month about 5 days early.  This thread is going to focus on Black Firsts, Inventors and Scientists.

First up, Henry Brown who created the Safebox or strongbox.

Prior to the invention, people often kept personal and valuable papers in simple wooden boxes in their homes or at local banks. These boxes provided no deterrent against burglars or bank staff reading them.

He developed a lockable, forged-metal container, divided into compartments, and patented his invention (number 352,036) on November 2, 1886.

This was a fire and accident safe container made of forged metal, which could be sealed with a lock and key. It was special in that it kept the papers separated.


brown safebox


Inventors often toil for their entire lifetimes creating devices which have beneficial effects on society for years – yet that inventor might gain recognition only after he or she has passed away. For others, even after they have gone, recognition is slow in coming despite their great contributions. Richard Spikes is such a person.

Little has been written about Richard Spikes in terms of his childhood, education and personal life. What is known is that he was an incredible inventor and the proof of this is in the incredibly diverse number of creations that have had a major impact on the lives of everyday citizens.

Over the course of his lifetime, Spikes developed the following inventions or innovations:richard-spikes

  • railroad semaphore (1906)
  • automatic car washer (1913)
  • automobile directional signals (1913)
  • beer keg tap (1910)
  • self-locking rack for billiard cues (1910)
  • continuous contact trolley pole (1919)
  • combination milk bottle opener and cover (1926)
  • method and apparatus for obtaining average samples and temperature of tank liquids (1931)
  • automatic gear shift (1932)
  • transmission and shifting thereof (1933)
  • automatic shoe shine chair (1939)
  • multiple barrel machine gun (1940)
  • horizontally swinging barber chair (1950)
  • automatic safety brake (1962)


Spikes inventions were welcome to major companies. His beer keg tap was purchased by Milwaukee Brewing Company and the automobile directional signals which were first introduced in the Pierce Arrow, soon became standard in all automobiles. For his innovative designs of transmission and gear-shifting devices, Spikes received over $100,000.00 – an enormous sum for a Black man in the 1930s.

By the time he was creating the automatic safety brake in 1962, Spikes was losing his vision. In order to complete the device, he first created a drafting machine for blind designers – by the time his braking device was completed, he was deemed legally blind. The device would soon be found in almost every school bus in the nation.

Richard Spikes died in 1962 but left behind a lifetime of achievement that few could parallel.


***Information courtesy of Wikipedia and About.com***

  • JojoRaze

    Thank Bomb for dropping knowledge this morning. Great series and Good day to all!

    • Mornin’ Jojo and POU!

      Wow! A brotha invented the beer keg tap!

      • TyrenM

        Yes…we built that.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ JojoRaze; ***BIG HUG** :>) -***fist bump***

      Lookin FORWARD – -> – — Have a good day. :>) – –

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    This series looks to be superb…thank you

  • rikyrah

    What’s So Hard to Understand?

    by BooMan
    Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 12:28:35 AM EST

    Quite often I feel like I am one of the few people in the country for whom the President of the United States is not an inscrutable personality. I never feel like I don’t know where he stands. He almost never surprises me. I almost always feel like I know what he is up to. Maybe it is because I share some common history with him, but I always find it strange when I see people say that they think the president is some kind of cipher.

    The paranoia is easy to dismiss when it comes from the right, but it is often baffling to me when it comes from the left. Why do people underestimate this man? Did any prominent pundits predict that he would defeat Hillary Clinton and win the nomination? When Scott Brown won Teddy Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, who thought that health care reform would still pass? The day he died, does anyone think Usama bin-Laden had even the slightest premonition that he was about to die? How was it that Team Romney convinced themselves that they were anything other than doomed?

    Obama crushes his opponents and, in my experience, his opponents rarely even see their defeat coming. Whether it is Somali pirates or Gaddafi or some stupid warlord making trouble in Mali, or the inebriated Speaker of the House, there never seems to be any profit in pissing off the president.


  • rikyrah

    Bipartisan group of senators complete immigration reform package

    By Steve Benen

    Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:00 AM EST
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) conceded last week that it is “time to deal” with immigration, and that there’s reason for optimism. The GOP leader added there’s a “bipartisan group” that’s been working on this, and “they basically have an agreement.”

    As it turns out, Boehner was right.

    A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders and ensuring that foreigners leave the country when their visas expire.

    The senators were able to reach a deal by incorporating the Democrats’ insistence on a single comprehensive bill that would not deny eventual citizenship to illegal immigrants, with Republican demands that strong border and interior enforcement had to be clearly in place before Congress could consider legal status for illegal immigrants.

    The group was made up of eight senators, four from each party: Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Rubio, of course, was reportedly working on his own plan, which mirrored President Obama’s 2011 proposal.


  • GreenLadyHere


    – — – -☻Report: Obama, Biden to meet police chiefs from Aurora, Newtown
    – – —President Obama and Vice President Biden on Monday will meet with police chiefs and sheriffs from towns affected by mass shootings to discuss the administration’s proposals to stem gun violence, according to reports.

    The meeting is the latest in a series of discussions between the White House and stakeholders as the administration looks to build support for its ambitious package of gun reforms.

    – – -☻The new man behind Nancy Pelosi: Nadeam Elshami – —
    — – – –Twenty-one years ago, Nadeam Elshami got his first job on Capitol Hill, working in the Senate mailroom.

    Today, he’s the chief of staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California after serving as her communications director for the past several years. And a lot has changed since: Now, the speaker is Republican John Boehner, and Elshami’s boss, Pelosi, has come and gone as the first female speaker. But Pelosi still wields plenty of power as the leader of the Democratic opposition and that gives her chief staffer plenty of clout.

    – – -PBOMB: – – – -Yaaaa!! — – -WHAT a GR8 SERIES!! – – – –FIRSTS — -Woo! Hoo! – – –THANK U. :>) Lookin’ FORWARD — >
    –THIS – – – -Besides the BEER KEG TAP:– >For his innovative designs of transmission and gear-shifting devices, Spikes received over $100,000.00 – an enormous sum for a Black man in the 1930s.WOW&1/2!! — -Annnd THESE –>automatic car washer (1913) —automobile directional signals (1913)
    IMMA STR8 –THINK BLACK- -when I’m usin’ these. :>) —

    —-POU FAM♥ – -ENJOY YOUR TREAT – -[Brrrr. . ] – –

    – – -B BLESSED. :>) – –

  • rikyrah

    Bullpucky Alert proves effective
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:40 AM EST.

    A new attack ad popped up last week on several television networks, including MSNBC, criticizing Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Secretary of Defense. What made the spot interesting was not the attacks themselves, which were predictable, but rather the unnamed people behind the attacks: they claimed to be liberal allies of the Obama White House who support gay rights.

    On the show on Friday, Rachel declared, “I call bullpucky.” She did so alongside a trusted Bullpucky Alert siren.

    The problem, of course, is that it’s hard to know for sure who, exactly, is behind the ads. Sure, the folks behind the Use Your Mandate campaign claim to be lefty allies of President Obama, but they refuse to identify themselves. And under current campaign-finance law, there’s nothing stopping anonymous donors from investing millions in a secretive smear campaign, making claims about their ideology that are nearly impossible to substantiate


  • rikyrah

    Taylor Branch

    By mistermix January 28th, 2013


    If you have some time today, I found James Fallows’ interview of Taylor Branch, Martin Luther King’s biographer, fascinating. He’s just released a book that picks out 18 key moments from his three-volume King biography, and it’s also been released in an e-book edition that includes audio and video content for each of those events. He traces the current Tea Party anti-government rhetoric back to the segregationist politicians of King’s era, talks about LBJ getting short shrift, especially about his reformation of the Democratic party and the kind of political courage it took to do that, and also a bit about college sports


  • rikyrah

    from TOD:

    January 28, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonald, tells his RNC that the Repubs should focus on being community organizers. He acknowledged to them that being a community organizer doesn’t sound so bad now, they know how to win elections. How could anyone in their right mind ever think that having your community behind you would be a bad thing in politics?

  • rikyrah

    President of the Whole Country

    By Charles P. Pierce

    at 7:00AM

    Barack Obama begins his second term as president of the United States surrounded by an entertaining universe of prefabricated paranoia. Almost ever since his hand left the Bible the first time, when Chief Justice John Roberts bumbled his way through the ceremony like a new maid dusting the fine crystal for the first time, the irreconcilable political Right hummed and buzzed with warnings about what Obama planned to do if he got reelected. It all fed on itself. For example, the longer he went without proposing any meaningful gun control, the more deeply convinced the gun-giddy conservatives became that it was all a plot to grab their guns in 2014. The more people he killed in drone strikes, the more deeply convinced the wilder neoconservative Right became that it was all an elaborate charade to disguise his ongoing effort to hand over U. S. “sovereignty” to some unholy combination of United Nations bureaucrats and Middle Eastern mullahs. The more he sought to compromise on taxes, and on what have become known as “entitlements,” even though most of them are nothing of the sort, the more deeply convinced the supply-side fundamentalists became that, come a second term, the true redistribution of wealth would sweep away economic liberty. In short, the more things that Barack Obama did that angered his liberal base, the more the conservatives convinced themselves that he was setting up an elaborate plot to cater to that same base over his second four years in office.

    For example, on December 3, Sarah Palin, whom the Republicans once wanted to be vice-president, took to the airwaves on Fox News to tell Sean Hannity how truly terrified she was about what might be coming next:

    “He believes in socialism, in redistributing wealth, in confiscating hard-earned dollars of our small-businessmen and -women so that they cannot reinvest their dollars and hire more people and grow and expand. Instead he believes in these failed socialist policies. And I say that not to personally condemn our president, but I say it because I face reality, and I see what’s going on, and I see the path that we are on and the fact that Barack Obama has not had a budget in the four years that he’s been in office and not been worried about it and continues to spend recklessly other people’s money. And that is a sign of that idea of loving socialism….”

    “What goes beyond socialism, Sean, is communism. And I know, you know, I’m going to get slammed for speaking so bluntly about what’s going on here, but that is exactly what is going on.”

    You couldn’t convince an actual liberal of any of this even under slow torture, but the subtext of the entire Republican campaign to unseat the president depended vitally on the subtext that a second term would devolve into Alinsky Unchained. It is entirely possible that the two most disappointed subsets of humanity walking the planet are the people who awoke on December 22 and realized that the Mayans were wrong, and the people who awaken the day after Inauguration Day and discover that they have not been hauled off to a FEMA camp on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And, in a way, it’s hard not to sympathize with them a little. After all, in their own little prefabricated universe, with its own media and its own facts and its own history and its own science, and its own political candidates who subject themselves to all those uniquely designed physical laws, a second term for Barack Obama can lead only to the horrors they have been anticipating for five years. If this universe has a polestar to guide it, it has to be Hale-Bopp.

    Read more: President of the Whole Country – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/barack-obama-president-whole-country-0213#ixzz2JHSlLIs6

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    From A Dream to Racial Justice: Seattle’s Racial Justice Initiative [VIDEO]

    [….] As a first of its kind in the nation, the Race and Social Justice Initiative holds all elected officials in the City of Seattle accountable; from urban planning to garbage collection, the city’s decisions and potential decisions have to be assessed for their impact on racial justice, just as they would be assessed for say, environmental impact. Are the policies your city is pursuing today helpful or hurtful to racial justice? Building on the ground work done by grassroots organizations and activists, Harris says RSJI works within city government and with community leaders to get to the root cause of racial inequity: institutional racism.

    In this conversation, recorded at Facing Race 2012, Harris explains how centering race in discussions about urban planning makes our cities better for everyone and he has advice for those planning New York’s recovery after Storm Sandy.

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/172462/dream-racial-justice-seattles-racial-justice-initiative-video

    H/T Laura Flanders

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    From A Dream to Racial Justice: Seattle’s Racial Justice Initiative [VIDEO]

    [….] As a first of its kind in the nation, the Race and Social Justice Initiative holds all elected officials in the City of Seattle accountable; from urban planning to garbage collection, the city’s decisions and potential decisions have to be assessed for their impact on racial justice, just as they would be assessed for say, environmental impact. Are the policies your city is pursuing today helpful or hurtful to racial justice? Building on the ground work done by grassroots organizations and activists, Harris says RSJI works within city government and with community leaders to get to the root cause of racial inequity: institutional racism.

    In this conversation, recorded at Facing Race 2012, Harris explains how centering race in discussions about urban planning makes our cities better for everyone and he has advice for those planning New York’s recovery after Storm Sandy.

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/172462/dream-racial-justice-seattles-racial-justice-initiative-video

    H/T Laura Flanders

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -‘CAUSE – -IT’S POSITIVE – –:>) – –

    – – – –Poll: Obama highest rated in DC, Hawaii last year – –

    – – – – –President Barack Obama enjoyed his highest approval ratings in Washington, D.C., and Hawaii in 2012, according to a new Gallup poll, but clocked in with popularity under 30 percent in Utah and Wyoming.

    Obama’s top approval rating for last year was in D.C., at 82.4 percent, followed by Hawaii at 64.2 percent and Vermont at 59.1 percent, according to the survey released Monday. He was least popular in Utah, where he has a 27.9 percent approval rating; in Wyoming, at 28.5 percent and in Alaska, at 31.4 percent.

    Gallup indicated that his overall approval rating is an average of 48 percent for 2012, up from 44 percent the previous year. – – —

    – – -Still ***side-eye*** 2 Gallup. :>) – -BUT – — –:>) – –

    • nellcote

      The other 17% in DC was the village media.

      • conlakappa

        Those types tend to live in expensive suburbs. They probably did the polling in a Marriott lobby during a meeting of LDS ministry participants!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -‘CAUSE – -IT’S POSITIVE – –:>) – –

    – – – –Poll: Obama highest rated in DC, Hawaii last year – –

    – – – – –President Barack Obama enjoyed his highest approval ratings in Washington, D.C., and Hawaii in 2012, according to a new Gallup poll, but clocked in with popularity under 30 percent in Utah and Wyoming.

    Obama’s top approval rating for last year was in D.C., at 82.4 percent, followed by Hawaii at 64.2 percent and Vermont at 59.1 percent, according to the survey released Monday. He was least popular in Utah, where he has a 27.9 percent approval rating; in Wyoming, at 28.5 percent and in Alaska, at 31.4 percent.

    Gallup indicated that his overall approval rating is an average of 48 percent for 2012, up from 44 percent the previous year. – – —

    – – -Still ***side-eye*** 2 Gallup. :>) – -BUT – — –:>) – –

  • creolechild

    Fannie Adds Bailout For Underwaters Walkaways: Mortgages

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will let some borrowers who kept up payments as their homes lost value erase their debts by giving up the properties, helping Americans escape underwater loans while adding to losses at the mortgage giants bailed out with $190 billion of taxpayer money. Non-delinquent borrowers with illness, job changes or other reasons they need to move will become eligible in March to apply for a so-called deed-in-lieu transaction that erases the shortfall between a property’s value and the size of its mortgage.

    It follows a change in November that lets on-time borrowers sell properties for less than they owe, known as short sales, wiping out the remaining mortgage debt. Normally, the lenders could pursue people to recoup their losses. [….] Previous foreclosure-prevention programs were designed to help only borrowers on the verge of losing their homes, in effect penalizing those who kept paying. In some cases, servicers have advised borrowers to stop making their mortgage payments to qualify for help, leading to evictions if their applications are denied, Gordon said.[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-28/fannie-adds-bailout-for-underwaters-walkaways-mortgages.html

    H/T Kathleen M. Howley

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -WATCH OUT! – –He’s Movin’ -FORWARD! – – –> – —

    – –Washington and business brace for an Obama wave of regulations

    – – —President Obama has begun to wield the power of the executive to press forward with a second-term agenda that delights the left and terrifies the right.

    When he said “we must act” in his inaugural address last week, liberals cheered him on and conservatives saw that the electoral earthquake of November is likely to be followed by a tsunami of executive orders and regulations.

    Lawmakers, lobbyists and policy groups say they are expecting a deluge of new rules from agencies across the federal government.
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    – — –AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ HIM -NOW ! :>) – – -Woo! Hoo! :>) – –

    • They’re late:

      The Quiet Revolution

      FEBRUARY 1, 2010

      These days, liberals don’t know whether to feel betrayed by or merely disappointed with Barack Obama. They have gone from decrying his willingness to remove the public option from his health care plan to worrying that, in the wake of Democrat Martha Coakley’s defeat in Massachusetts, he won’t get any plan through Congress. On other subjects, too, from Afghanistan to Wall Street, Obama has thoroughly let down his party’s left flank.

      Yet there is one extremely consequential area where Obama has done just about everything a liberal could ask for–but done it so quietly that almost no one, including most liberals, has noticed. Obama’s three Republican predecessors were all committed to weakening or even destroying the country’s regulatory apparatus: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the other agencies that are supposed to protect workers and consumers by regulating business practices. Now Obama is seeking to rebuild these battered institutions. In doing so, he isn’t simply improving the effectiveness of various government offices or making scattered progress on a few issues; he is resuscitating an entire philosophy of government with roots in the Progressive era of the early twentieth century. Taken as a whole, Obama’s revival of these agencies is arguably the most significant accomplishment of his first year in office.


      And this was almost 3 years ago! They’re gearing for a battle and the war is over. What’s happening now is merely PBO building on the foundations he’s already laid. There’s nothing they can do about it. The band has already gone home.

  • creolechild

    Ex-felon and Waynesboro resident gets his vote back, wants it for others like him – Posted on January 22, 2013

    [….] Last week, a GOP-dominated House subcommittee killed legislation to restore civil rights to nonviolent felons, rebuking McDonnell who surprised lawmakers by urging them to support the legislation, according to the Associated Press. Democrats have championed automatic restoration of rights for years.[….] On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia sent a letter to McDonnell urging him to issue an executive order to restore voting rights to those with felony convictions.

    Under the Virginia Constitution, the ACLU said the governor, not the General Assembly, has control over the process for restoring voting rights to felons. The ACLU said the General Assembly can put a constitutional amendment to the voters. A constitutional amendment requires approval by two separate legislative sessions, including a House of Delegates election in between, before it can be put to a referendum by Virginia voters. If the legislature approves the change this year and in 2014, the ACLU said the amendment can be voted on in November 2014. If the Legislature doesn’t act this year, the earliest the amendment could be put to a vote would be November 2016, according to the ACLU.[….]

    Read more: http://www.advancementproject.org/news/entry/ex-felon-and-waynesboro-resident-gets-his-vote-back-wants-it-for-others-lik

    • Another issue the Sole Patrol and Blacker Than Thou, Inc. should be tackling.

      • creolechild

        But they’re not…because…they…can’t… find… a… way… to inject… an… anti-Obama… meme… into…the…issue. Though I’m sure some phool will try.

        • conlakappa

          Whether he has spoken voluminously or not, they will claim he has said nothing.

  • Miranda

    Barack Obama’s historic transformation of the American military

    This past week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the Pentagon will drop its ban on women serving in combat. With this historic announcement, coming just a year and a half after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Obama administration has once again sent a clear message that the United States is committed to fielding a military that reflects the fundamental American values of fairness and equal opportunity.

    And just days into his second term, President Obama has reinforced his legacy; he will be remembered for transforming our armed forces more profoundly than any president since Harry Truman, who desegregated the U.S. military and provided a permanent place in the military for women.

    more here

    • TyrenM

      But but President Obama didn’t do this soon enough. Now all the women in the war need retroactive designation as combatants to get paid the right way. Never mind Iraq and Afghanistan began under GW Bush, it’s PBO’s fault and women soldiers should all sue Him.

      Another group about to get reparations…Let me quit.

      Good morning all.

      • Admiral_Komack

        …and I want my unicorn that shits sparkles…with a side order of public option…until I get that Obama is a tool of Wall Street and the oligarchy…

        • Admiral I’ve been meaning to ask you didn’t you used to visit Steve Soto’s old blog Left Coaster?

          • Admiral_Komack

            Hmmm…I may have seen the blog, but I don’t think I ever posted there.

  • creolechild

    What’s wrong with this picture? And where will this technology be used? On tourists? On Wall Street? Or on communities comprising POC whom Kelly is no longer “legally” allowed to stop and frisk? Ummm…no…just NO!

    NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly: Police to use Tera-Hertz scanners within six months

    The New York Police Department will begin using scanner technology that can see through a person’s clothes within the year, according to Commissioner Ray Kelly. “We’ve been looking at it for several years, looking at it with the Department of Defense, and also Metropolitan Police in London,” he said on CBS News’ Face the Nation.

    New technology called Tera-Hertz scanners or T-Ray machines can be used to detect whether a person is carrying a concealed firearm. The new device utilizes T-rays, which pass through fabric and paper, but not cannot pass through metals.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/27/nypd-comissioner-ray-kelly-police-to-use-tera-hertz-scanners-within-six-months/

    H/T Eric W. Dolan

    • nellcote

      I think the Homeland Security budget could use some trimming.

    • conlakappa

      Chilling. A bonus to or substitute for Stop and Frisk?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –IMHO – – — VP Joe has NOTHIN’ 2 WORRY about! – — –

    — -☻ 4 the NEXT 4 YEARS –HE will SHOWCASE his LEADERSHIP SKILZ. :>)
    — -☻Mr. PRESIDENT SEARCHED hard annnd WAS SUCCESSFUL in findin’ complimentary — BUT NOT – -ENDORSIN’ adjectives! –He DID WELL!

    – – –HE KNEW!! :>) – —NOW SAY – –BU- byeeee — SOS Hillary!! – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — – -McAncient – –continues 2 B DELUSIONAL —LOL–

    – – –John McCain Thinks Republicans Should Own the Hispanic Vote– —

    [Sorry. Gotta “bounce” early. MSISIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U – -IN MY ♥ :>)’

    • Town

      Just like Republicans would like to “own” the blacks?

    • nellcote

      John McCain Thinks Republicans Should Own the Hispanic Vote-
      The only thing stopping them is the republican party.

  • Miranda

    In the Future, Everyone Will Have a Super-PAC

    Nastier campaigns, “laundered” donations, untold millions: Welcome to the 2014 elections.


  • creolechild

    California Restaurant Owners Pocketed The Money Intended To Fund Their Employees’ Health Care

    Over 50 San Francisco-based restaurant owners are under fire for prioritizing their own profits over their workers’ health care coverage. A city-wide investigation revealed that, after the restaurant industry collected a total of $14 million in worker health care surcharges in 2011, just a third of that money actually went toward providing low-wage workers with insurance.[….]

    [….] Obamacare will help address some of these issues in a similar way as San Francisco began doing in 2008. Starting in 2014, the health reform law will help ensure that employers can’t deny their workers health care simply to protect their own profits, and require businesses with more than 50 employees to offer basic health benefits. Nonetheless, profitable members of the restaurant industry like Olive Garden, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s are already using Obamacare as a convenient excuse to keep perpetrating their anti-worker labor practices and avoid giving their workers any benefits.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/25/1497291/restaurant-pocketed-health-care-money/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • Miranda


    Bill would require hospitals to check immigration status

    PHOENIX — A state legislator is moving to put Arizona’s hospitals on the front line in the fight against illegal immigration.
    The proposal by Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, would require hospitals to “reasonably confirm” that those who show up at their doors are in the country legally if they do not produce proof of valid health insurance. HB2293 lists methods that hospital officials and employees can use to make that determination.

    But the measure also says if legal status cannot be verified, someone from the hospital “must immediately contact the local federal immigration office or a local law enforcement agency to report the incident.”

    The legislation is drawing alarm from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.
    “When does this begin or end?” asked Pete Wertheim, the organization’s vice president of strategic communication. “What other industry should be screening their customers for citizenship verification?”

    more here: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/state-and-regional/bill-would-require-hospitals-to-check-immigration-status/article_a9ad6973-3227-552d-9816-82870b8fcf4e.html

    • Such heartless and cruel people. *smh*

    • conlakappa

      Didn’t Texas try this about 10 years ago?

  • creolechild

    Here’s some background information on Mary Jo White.

    Obama Puts Wall Street’s Worst Nightmare In Charge Of SEC

    Mary Jo White served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 2002. Originally appointed by George HW Bush in 1992 as acting Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, President Clinton made her the permanent Attorney shortly after taking office. Since then she has taken on crime and corruption, tackling cases such as the John Gotti trial. There, she helped form the case which took the boss of the Gambino crime family off of the streets, where he served the remainder of his life behind bars. But more importantly, she handled the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case, convicting mastermind Ramzi Yousef of numerous counts of terror. He’s now serving life without possibility of parole in the federal penitentiary.

    She has experience in white-collar crimes as well, leading major busts of penny stock manipulation schemes in 2000 which resulted in the arrest and convictions of over 100 people, one of the largest crackdowns on white-collar crime in US history. White’s office has won billions in restitution from major banking institutions for defrauding investors. When she retired from the US Attorney’s office in 2002, it was a major sigh of relief from the business worlds more corrupt elements. She is someone who knows how to root out corruption, to find the information needed, and to get results.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/01/24/obama-puts-wall-streets-worst-nightmare-in-charge-of-sec/

    H/T Nathaniel Downes

    • Originally appointed by George HW Bush in 1992 as acting Attorney for the Eastern District of New York..

      Strike one! /EmoProg Logic

      • creolechild

        You know how it goes; same as it always does. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

  • creolechild

    Goods Orders Exceed Forecast in Sign of U.S. Factory Rebound

    Orders for durable goods climbed more than forecast in December, showing U.S. manufacturing rebounded following a mid-year slump. Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years rose 4.6 percent, exceeding the highest forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, after a 0.7 percent gain in November, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington.[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-28/orders-for-durable-goods-in-u-s-rose-4-6-ex-transport-up-1-3-.html

    H/T Shobhanna Chandra

  • creolechild


    Michigan Republican: GOP Killed Election-Rigging Plan in 2012 Because They Thought It Would Hurt Romney

    [….] Although the Republican Plan is picking up steam among GOP lawmakers right now, several of them backed the plan during the 2012 election cycle in an attempt to rig that race for Mitt Romney. According to Michigan Rep. Pete Lund (R), however, Republicans in Michigan decided not to back the plan largely because they misjudged Romney’s chances of winning Michigan:

    Rep. Pete Lund, R-Shelby Township, confirmed this week he plans to reintroduce legislation that would award all but two of Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes according to congressional district results. The remaining two would go to the candidate winning the statewide majority.

    “I believe it’s more representative of the people — closer to the actual vote,” said Lund, who proposed a similar bill in 2012. “It got no traction last year. There were people convinced Romney was going to win and this might take (electoral) votes from him.”[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/25/1495411/michigan-republican-gop-killed-election-rigging-plan-in-2012-because-they-thought-it-would-hurt-romney/

    H/T Ian Millhiser

    • conlakappa

      Right, right that must have been it… or, they tried it and he still lost. Gosh, for how much longer would they like to keep reliving their worst nightmare?

  • creolechild

    Small Biz Suffers From State Budget Cuts for Courts
    Posted on November 29, 2012

    [….] State governments cut fiscal 2012 court budgets by a cumulative $600 million, or 5 percent, and 34 states left judicial vacancies unfilled and furloughed or laid off court workers. California this year sliced $300 million from its $3.9 billion court budget. The state is planning a 15.2 percent cut for the coming year. South Carolina, which has the fewest judges per citizen of any state and nearly three times as many filings per judge, has slashed its state funding for courts by 40 percent over the past decade. In Alabama, state courts are closed on Fridays to save money, while New York canceled a program to use retired judges to hear cases and reduce a backlog.[….]

    In Los Angeles, where courtrooms in 10 out of 46 courthouses are scheduled to close by June 30, a case that once took 15 months from filing to adjudication now can take five years, Weinstein says. A study conducted by his firm showed that from 2009 through 2013, delays in dispute resolution may cost the U.S. $52.2 billion in lost economic output.[….]

    It may take courts until 2020 before services return to their levels before the 2008 financial crisis, according to Dan Hall, vice president of court consulting services for the NCSC. Hall warns that the effects of the funding constraints may be felt long-term. Keep cutting and “you start hollowing out the judiciary,” he says.

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-29/small-biz-suffers-from-state-budget-cuts-for-courts#r=lr-fs

    H/T Peter S. Green

  • Yesterday, Cory Booker got into a twitter fight with Star-Ledger reporter David Giambusso over an article Giambusso wrote about Booker changing his position on gun control to a more centrist one. You can read about their twitter fight here: http://storify.com/lisafleisher/david-giambusso-vs-cory-booker

    And here’s Giambusso’s article here: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/01/cory_bookers_position_on_guns.html

    Booker claimed that Giambusso mischaracterized his position, and pointed to this Dec. 2012 editorial on gun reform he wrote for HuffinPuffin: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cory-booker/gun-law-reform_b_2346911.html

    After reading both articles and checking the C-SPAN interview he did in 2000 and the WBGO interview he did last week, I really don’t see what Booker’s issue is. Giambusso didn’t lie; Booker DID move from a left absolutist position (ban all guns…PERIOD) to a more centrist position which allows for legal gun owners to keep their guns and looking at other causes of gun violence besides guns. My only quibble with the article is that while Booker did tell the WBGO caller that gun safety wasn’t his top priority, he also said it was because the data showed that gun violence in Newark wasn’t coming from legal gun owners. However, gun safety is part of PBO’s plan, which Booker says he supports, so I don’t think he should’ve been so dismissive towards the caller.

    I also found it interesting that Booker (and his twitter supporters) never stated what was factually wrong with the article. If someone wrote an article about me that I felt mischaracterized me, I’m gonna point out each and every lie and distortion. That didn’t happen.

    • Daltex82

      Between twitter/internet wars, playing captain save-a-anything to get publicity, challenging rich people to live on food stamps and tooting his own horn whenever the opportunity presents itself, how could he possibly have anytime left to govern.

      • Miranda

        playing captain save-a-anything to get publicity

        *LMAO cuz its true*

  • creolechild

    There’s good news and bad news from the US Postal Service.

    US Postal Service introduces Global Forever stamp, raises prices

    [….] USPS has introduced a new stamp that allows customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for $1.10, even if the cost of stamps goes up in the future, the Associated Press reported. The stamp can be used on letters weighing one ounce or less.[….]

    [….] USPS also increased domestic stamp prices, the AP reported. As of Jan. 27, regular domestic letters weighing one ounce or less now cost 46 cents to mail, a one-cent increase. Each additional ounce costs another 20 cents. A domestic postcard stamp has risen to 33 cents. International mailing costs are also going up. It currently costs $1.10 to send a letter weighing one ounce or less to any international address.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130127/us-postal-service-introduces-global-forever-stam

    H/T Samantha Stainburn

  • Miranda

    WOW!! Wonderful!

    African-American science fair attracts record numbers of students to buck the odds in Silicon Valley

    At California’s only African-American student science fair, the presentations on cardboard poster boards had a lofty mission:

    High school sophomore Daniel Tekle compared germs on the euro and American dollar; ninth-grader Saron Tedla’s achieved neutral buoyancy with a homemade submarine, and 14-year-old Galila Amedie’s deciphered the effect of temperature on DNA extraction.

    For the 80 kids — a record number — who participated Saturday in the annual fair sponsored by the Frank S. Greene Scholars Program, though, the science may be the easy part. Upending long-standing societal trends will be their real conquest.

    Many of the students showing their projects at Cypress Semiconductor’s San Jose headquarters will head back to classrooms where they often feel pushed more toward sports and music than neuroscience and cell biology.

    “A lot of people consider African-Americans not as smart, and I think showing somebody that, yes, we can do all these things, is important,” said Natania JonesMitchell, hoarse after explaining her absorption of light experiment in both Spanish and English.

    more here


    • rikyrah


    • TyrenM

      Here’s your afternoon thread lol. It goes with this mornings.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Woo! Hoo!—-DA BOMB!!- –ONE ofa KIND:- —At California’s only African-American student science fair, the presentations on cardboard poster boards had a lofty mission:— –

      —-Show-casin’ OUR —Young Gifted and Black –

      – – — CONGRATULATIONS 2 ALL ! :>) —

  • creolechild

    Britain offers fresh humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees

    Britain has pledged $28 million in fresh aid for Syria’s refugees, bringing their total contribution to the war-torn country to over $120 million. The flow of refugees from Syria to neighboring countries has been staggering, with 6,400 Syrians arriving in Jordan in the past 24 hours alone, BBC News reported.[….] The funds will go towards winter clothing, food, and medicine for the influx of Syrians fleeing a brutal civil war between dictator Bashar Al-Assad and rebel fighters.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130126/britain-offers-fresh-humanitarian-aid-syria-refugees-jordan

    H/T Talia Ralph

  • creolechild

    Bibi, Bibi, Bibi…enough already with the perpetual saber-rattling.

    Israel has vowed military intervention in Syria should the country’s chemical weapons change hands. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that the chemical weapons could fall into Hezbollah’s possession, which will require Israel to prepare to fight in Syria if need be, Ha’aretz reported.[….] On Thursday, a top Iranian official said that any attack on Syria would be considered an attack on Iran as well.[….]

    [….] On Sunday, Israeli officials admitted to deploying two so-called Iron Dome missile batteries along the Syrian border. The defensive missiles were placed in the Krayot area, and the other placed in the Galilee region, said YNet News.
    The Iron Dome had an 85 percent success rate during the recent Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/130127/israel-vows-military-intervention-syria-chemical-weapons

    H/T Talia Ralph

    • conlakappa

      Feeling like Bibi is trying to distract… dunno, I feel an emerging bimbo eruption.

  • jds09

    I love this series already. Cool stuff, very cool.

  • creolechild

    POU, do you remember this story?

    Sgt. Reunited With Baby Given Up for Adoption

    An army drill sergeant whose estranged wife put his daughter up for adoption without his knowledge or permission while he was stationed in another state, has been reunited with the little girl, following a nearly two-year battle to get her back. “I’m just happy right now. I’m with my daughter,” Sgt. Terry Achane said. “It’s about time.”

    The Utah Supreme Court earlier this month overturned a request by the toddler’s adoptive parents to stay a lower court’s December order that the child be returned to Achane, her father. On Friday the original trial judge, Darold McDade who ruled in Achane’s favor, held a transfer hearing that resulted in the little girl and her father being united this weekend for the first time since she was born 22 months ago.[….]

    Read more: http://gma.yahoo.com/sgt-reunited-baby-given-adoption-181449034–abc-news-topstories.html

    H/T Russell Goldman and Dean Schabner

    • isonprize

      I read the whole thing yesterday. So many levels of wrong!!! I am so glad this man got his daughter back. What in the WORLD is wrong with people?

      Is it over? Does she get to stay with her Daddy?

      • creolechild

        Yes she does. The judge ruled against the adoptive parents, a first ever in the state of Utah.

        • isonprize

          first ever *blink*

          You mean this has happened before??

          That is totally insane. So, in Utah, you can just straight buy a baby? Wow…

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU! I love this series. When I was a kid I went to the black history museum every chance I got. One of my favorite exhibits was black inventions.

  • Alma98

    Forgot sun lol.

    • crazycanuck

      Ahh, sun, I remember that

      • Alma98


  • Mayor Bloomberg to Journalist: ‘Look at the Ass On Her’
    Cord Jefferson

    …Here we go (emphasis ours):

    Later in the evening, the host interrupted me to point out that the mayor himself had just arrived. Did I want to meet him? Sure. My friend and I followed the host over, shook Bloomberg’s hand, and my friend thanked him for his position on gun control. Without even acknowledging the comment, Bloomberg gestured toward a woman in a very tight floor-length gown standing nearby and said, “Look at the ass on her.”

    MORE: http://gawker.com/5979472/mayor-bloomberg-to-journalist-look-at-the-ass-on-her

    • Miranda

      WAIT! I saw this on twitter and assumed it was some type of satire!!!

      • crazycanuck

        Me too lol

    • Alma98

      They’ll let it go cause he’s their guy but if PBO said the same thing he’d be eviscerated. We know he wouldn’t he has too much class for that.

      • Remember that pic of PBO and Sarkozy where it looked like PBO was looking at a young girl’s butt? The media tried their best to paint him as some perv until video showed PBO was helping another girl down the steps, not checking out the girl.

        • Alma98

          I remember that, they went crazy. Like we always say complexion protection.

        • conlakappa

          And the video also showed that Sarkozy was checking her out but, yuck yuck, you know the French…

    • Daltex82

      An ass acknowledging an ass. LOL!

  • Miranda

    Report: Obama, Biden to meet police chiefs from Aurora, Newtown

    President Obama and Vice President Biden on Monday will meet with police chiefs and sheriffs from towns affected by mass shootings to discuss the administration’s proposals to stem gun violence, according to reports.

    The meeting is the latest in a series of discussions between the White House and stakeholders as the administration looks to build support for its ambitious package of gun reforms.

    Obama and Biden are scheduled to hold the private talks in the Roosevelt Room with representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association and Major County Sheriffs Association, according to CNN, which first reported the meeting. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will join the president.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/279543-report-obama-to-meet-police-chiefs-from-towns-affected-by-shootings#ixzz2JI8Zthv6

    • TyrenM

      According to Minneapolis StarTribune, He is meeting my local law enforcement people also. I didn’t see if this is the same meeting or not, just thought it interesting.

  • rikyrah

    Prospects for Immigration Reform

    by BooMan
    Mon Jan 28th, 2013 at 09:48:15 AM EST

    Although the legislation is still in a nascent form, it is beginning to look like the Senate is going to he able to introduce and pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The outline provides for an onerous pathway to citizenship, and it should be noted that John McCain and Jeff Flake, Arizona’s Republican senators, are going to be key co-sponsors of the bill.
    The next question, however, is whether the House of Representatives will be able to follow suit and pass a bill that can be reconciled with the Senate bill. I have little doubt that the votes are going to be there, but I do not think it is likely that Speaker Boehner can pass a bill if he intends to honor the Hastert Rule. The Hastert Rule is named after former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, and it states that the Speaker will not allow votes on any bills that the majority of House Republicans do not support. Mr. Boehner has already violated the rule twice since November’s election. The first time was on New Year’s Eve when he averted the Fiscal Cliff, and the second time was when he passed disaster relief for the Mid-Atlantic’s efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy. However, there is a limit to how often Boehner can dismiss the will of his caucus and still remain their leader.

    I predict that Speaker Boehner will initially seek to pass an immigration reform bill that has the support of the majority of his caucus. He probably will succeed, but it won’t have any pathway to citizenship and it will probably have a few other poison pills, like mandatory biannual cavity searches of all people who register with the government as undocumented workers.


    • He’ll have enough Republicans to go to Nancy and get the other votes. That will give cover for other House Republicans to vote against then go out and dog whistle to their base.

  • GN

    Chris Christie, after complaining about $$ for Sandy aid to benefit people in need, vetoes a minimum wage hike. http://bit.ly/112W6cT

    • Alma98

      But he screamed at republicans and he’ll make a great president. lol

    • But, but…I don’t understand! He cussed out Boehner and Republicans! /EmoProg Logic

      • Alma98

        We’re on the same wavelength Sepia >>here<<.

  • Imma need for Crabis and Cornpone fans to step up their vocab and come up with something more substantive than “Y’all betta leb Tavis and Cornel alone” defenses.

    RiPPa ‏@RippDemUp
    I assume the people bashing @cornelwest & @tavissmiley never heard of or read anything by Chomsky, Zinn, or Martin Luther King Jr.

    RiPPa ‏@RippDemUp
    After Obama leaves office, I don’t wanna hear any of you Negroes complain about economic inequality and how black folk are suffering, ever!

    RiPPa ‏@RippDemUp
    I don’t wanna hear shit from anyone w/ melanin who disagreed w/ Dr. West on anything he said concerning this administration and po’ folk.

    • Ebogan63

      I have forgotten more stuff by Chomsky, etal that @rippdemup has ever fucking HEARD about, and I can assure those here: None of West of Smiley’s bullshit rises to the level of ANY of those folks.

      He needs to take the loss and move the fuck on.

      • GN

        Exactly; West and Smiley are not the gold standard in terms of advocacy either for black people or for the impoverished. When it comes to the former, my eldest brother runs circles around those two, articulates ideas in a non-hysterical fashion, and is a big critic of the WH without being hateful or understating the metric ton of good they’ve done. West and Smiley get a lot of media attention and I’m sorry that anyone is mistaking that media attention for quality leadership.

      • isonprize

        That arrogance really is contagious. DAMN.

        Hey Rippa. You should learn what happens when you ASSUME things…

    • Alma98

      Before PBO we never heard from frick or frack except for their grifitng seminars. They let Clinton & GWB slide, both continued Reagan’s war on poc. Now that a black man is in office they all of a sudden care, GTFOOHWTBS. I’d like to know if Rippa ever calls out Clinton for the damage he did to black families particularly black men.

    • GN

      To RiPPa: So either we co-sign bogus “critiques” or we forfeit the right to advocate for black issues. That’s one, and two, racism and income inequality are not the same thing. There’s correlation of course due to the effects of racism and some other issues, but I’ve never bought into these arguments that all that ails the country can be reduced to class.

      • conlakappa

        The prose seems too ebonical in its attempt. I smell Cornflkes white fanboy.

        • GN

          conlakappa, what’s ironic to me is that the main thing which West and Smiley bring to the table is a media following. They both know how to play the game of staying relevant to the sensationalist national media and keeping their names circulated. RiPPa may be a well-meaning individual but I side-eye anyone who can’t see through blacker-than-thou inc. and the professional left.

          • conlakappa

            And that Corney cultivates a messianic vibe and fanboy following as well. Esteemed Dr. Brother Malcontent 42.5 X has gotten more oxygen from that crowd than anyone else in recent years.

            Work will require me to visit Columbia at least twice over the next few months–thanks to whoever reminded us that it’s where Corney currently nests, I have to keep it together should I run into the linty-scarved one.

          • GN

            Indeed; I’m sick of them both. And don’t let me catch you on the news walking around with a snatched afro wig in your hand…

          • conlakappa

            And join the unwashed black unemployed for whom the President has no time or programs in place?? Perish the thought! My eye may twitch and/or my fool-slapping hand itch but I would ably try to keep it together (if you still haven’t seen Bowfinger, please hie thee get your hands on it)…

          • Aquagranny911

            “Eye twitches?” When I start having eye twitches I pray to pass out before I do some kind of irreparable damage on a person!

            I will light a candle & ask the Santos to protect you!

          • conlakappa

            Ha! For me, there is still one more stage: the jaw sets. After that, clear out because it’s all over but the shouting and the wig-snatching.

          • Yep. Union Theological Seminary is affiliated with Columbia University, and as the commenter pointed out, Columbia is gentrifying Harlem and displacing long time residents. Has Cornel spoken out about that?

          • conlakappa

            That is where he is now? Hmmm, seems like he is moving farther away from the ivory tower. I don’t think my travels will take me near him. Let us hope upon hope. I have neither time or truck for him.

          • nellcote

            Esteemed Dr. Brother Malcontent 42.5 X

        • Alma98

          heh… I saw that while lurking on DK, I also think some of these people are white pretenders.

          • conlakappa

            It’s the use of “you Negroes” without an established familiarity and mutually agreed-upon use. You know what I mean–no contract is involved or implied but it feels presumptuous.

            As you might recall, the campaign claimer never was able to give me specifics! Troll or mole, either way, it was pathetic.

          • Alma98

            I get ya!

          • QOakaJP

            you—–><—–me, re language. Not that it can always be assumed that someone who posts ethnically heavy-handed messages as part of their argument is just a poser-troll, but it's pretty easy (for me, anyway) to catch something that seems *off* in an online commenter's "voice". Reminds me of something I saw once while lurking on a so-called progressive, so-called Democratic message board. I don't even remember what the topic was about, but the point was to make it clear that AA's didn't like whatever Obama action was being criticized at the time. So the title of the thread read something like, "hole up, brah! Whededothatat?" I mean, it was SO obvious (except to the majority of the posters there who where, uh, not of that demographic).

        • Nah, Rippa is a brotha. He used to post at the other site, especially when we would call out Smiley, West and Harold Ford, Jr..

        • isonprize

          too ebonical

          why you gotta be like that? LOLOL

          • conlakappa

            Language and usage are a passion for me and was part of my study. There are certain cues that really stand out–the old appropriation without education.

      • The irony is that Smiley/West defenders are doing exactly what they accuse PBO supporters of doing — saying Smiley/West are above criticism.

        As far as income inequality and Black suffering, that has been going on LOOOOOOOONG before we ever heard of PBO. And what have either Tavis or Cornel done about it? I’ve posed that question to their supporters and they couldn’t list anything.

        • They write books.

          • conlakappa

            Juicymoufdedness even admitted last year that he hasn’t done anything but write books and make money. The both see the looming expiration date for their hustle (another fanboy said I was being stereotypical and racist for using hustle/pimping in reference to him; fanboy labored under the delusion that only black people are pimps. No, not kidding).

          • Admiral_Komack

            You mean expensive paperweights.

      • isonprize

        GN, stop. You are going to make Rippa’s head hurt. LOLOL

    • Miranda

      Did you tweet to Rippa about Tavis going into his Cover 2 Defense to protect Walmart? He was not about to let anybody score on Walmart! Bitch totally made sure nobody could get past him! Rippa got some damn nerve.

      • That’s the thing tho….whenever you point out Tavis’ affiliation with Wells Fargo and Walmart, they dismiss it just like Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez did!

        • Aquagranny911

          Boy oh boy do I have something to say about Walmart today!

          My son told me yesterday that when he went to Walmart to fill a prescription for his wife’s BC meds, a pharmacist tried to give him the 3rd degree about why she needed these meds. Son told the guy: “Because the doctor prescribed it.”

          When the pharmacist persisted, Son grabbed the prescription back & told the guy, FU!

          I’ve been trying to get Son & DIL to stay out of Walmart but their money is very tight & they fill prescriptions there because it is cheaper. Even saving a couple of dollars means a lot to them.

          This was the very last straw for them I think because Son was so pissed off! The irony of all this is that DIL needs these meds for hormonal reasons not BC but Son considered that none of the pharmacist’s business.

          • conlakappa

            And that’s what Sandra Fluke was trying to say but it didn’t matter. Who the hell is the pharmacist to be in your son’s business?

          • Aquagranny911

            Exactly! My son was really pissed!

          • rikyrah

            if you can’t do your JOB, you need to get a new one.

          • Aquagranny911


          • nellcote

            AG, check around most of the big boxes w/pharmacies (Costco, CVS etc) have some sort of discount meds program.

          • Aquagranny911

            We don’t have CVS, just Walgreens & Osco which are almost as bad. I told Son yesterday that we would buy them a Costco membership if they would stop shopping at Walmart.

            They have cut off most of their shopping there but their money is so tight & they have regular meds to fill that they continued to use Walmart for that. But no more!

            I understand that Costco’s pharmacy is really good.

    • Aquagranny911

      Anyone who brings up Chomsky has cooked it for me! He may be stellar at linguistics but I think he sucks otherwise. I admit to bias because I had a relative who knew him & described how rude, dismissive & denigrating he was to his wife in public.

      I have read some of his philosophical & political caca. All I can say is, Noam you should have stuck with language!

      • conlakappa

        That was another argument I had on DK when I talked about linguistics being a subset of anthropology. I was told it wasn’t. Quick, someone tell the department where I studied anthro! But, yeah, Noam is the go-to validator. When it’s a negrologist, count the seconds until Frantz Fanon will be brought up!

        • Aquagranny911

          I won’t even go there since this relative got her PHD in anthro when that was really hard & knew the great white Noam before he became the great white mouth of the PL lefties.

      • nellcote

        Chomsky has his story and he’s sticking to it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- – — -AHA!- – –Here’s da 411 – –on their —— bi-partisan summit:- – — –

    – — –Everything You Need To Know About The Bipartisan Immigration Reform Framework– – –

    – – – –One day before President Obama kicks off his push for immigration reform in Las Vegas, a bipartisan group of eight senators announced their own deal. In a press conference on Monday, Sens. John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), Marco Rubio (FL), Jeff Flake (AZ), Chuck Schumer (NY), Dick Durbin (IL), Robert Menendez (NJ), and Michael Bennet (CO) will unveil a set of principles that will guide legislation introduced in the Senate.

    The principles lay out a “a tough but fair path to citizenship” for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. that will be “contingent upon securing our borders” and “tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required.” DREAMers and seasonal agriculture industry workers would be given a faster path to citizenship, according to the agreement.

    – —— -SNIP – – –

    Yesterday, many of these senators took to Sunday shows to explain the necessity that reform include a road map for legal status.

    – -Ummmmm— – -seeee — -THANK U 4 your — -CONSIDERED INPUT. NOW we’ll wait 4 – -MR. PRESIDENT’s PLAN.- —- —Jus’ sayin. . .

    • nellcote

      Their plan is basically PBO’s plan. If he supports it the goopers will probably turn away from it. So let other dems get it thru congress. PBO will get the credit in the long run.

  • conlakappa

    Wonderful topic and before February and e’erything.

    • nellcote

      Every month is Black History Month at POU. One of my favorite features and I’ve learned so much!

  • rikyrah

    It’s ‘not a viable pathway,’ but it may happen anyway
    By Steve Benen

    Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:55 AM EST

    Mike Duncan, the chairman of the Republican National Committee under George W. Bush, has heard about his party’s election-rigging scheme, but he’s unimpressed. “This is not a viable pathway for the party to win nationally,” he said over the weekend.

    The same day, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), his party’s gubernatorial nominee this year, also balked at the Republican effort. “I don’t like breaking up states,” Cuccinelli told Dave Weigel. “I think winner-take-all is part of how a state matters as a sovereign entity…. It makes the state, as a state, matter more.”

    So, the entire scheme is falling apart? Alas, no.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) said on Saturday that his state may join an RNC-backed plan currently being contemplated in four other states that voted for President Obama in 2012 to rig blue state electoral votes in favor of future Republican presidential candidates.

    “It’s an interesting idea,” Walker said at the National Review Summit in Washington. “I haven’t committed one way or another.”


    • Town

      Ken Cuccinelli would be all for it if he weren’t running for Governor.

      • rikyrah

        tell the truth

    • Alma98

      Walker better get ready to fight people are sick of this Koch bros, ALEC shit.

      • Aquagranny911

        ALEC is the pure evil. Their tentacles are so far into AZ politics & law making that I’m not sure we can ever get them out. It is so frustrating.

        Fight ALEC with all you got!!!

        • nellcote

          If ALEC wasn’t so evil, I could admire their long term strategy. But they’re sooooo EVIL!

  • rikyrah

    The Pity Party gets some new members
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:30 AM EST.

    Last week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) complained that the Obama administration intends to “annihilate the Republican Party. And let me tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us in the dustbin of history.”

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) joined the pity party over the weekend.

    On “Meet the Press” yesterday, Ryan told David Gregory that he believes President Obama is “thinking more of a political conquest than political compromise.”

    And on Saturday, Paul spoke at the National Review Institute Summit in Washington and told attendees that the president is committed to trying to “delegitimize the Republican Party — and House Republicans, in particular.”

    It may be a coincidence, but the fact that prominent Republican leaders are stressing this same point at the same time suggests it may be a new GOP talking point, which wasn’t heard much at all in Obama’s first term: the president the right sees as weak and lacking in fundamental toughness is now a brute intent on defeating and destroying entire Republican Party.

    And the more I hear prominent GOP voices saying this, the less sense it makes.


    • conlakappa

      What a bunch of whiners. Sheesh, try doing your jobs and it won’t matter what the President’s intent is.

  • rikyrah

    Voter fraud seemed like a good idea at the time
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:40 PM EST.

    In order to rationalize voter-suppression tactics, Republicans have to believe that voter fraud — which is incredibly rare — is rampant in the United States, tearing at the fabric of American democracy. They’re wrong, but to acknowledge the truth would be to admit that GOP efforts like voter-ID laws are wholly unnecessary.

    The trouble comes when Republican activists try to test their theories.

    A Nevada Republican arrested for voter fraud in the 2012 election, after claiming she was trying to test the system’s integrity, pled guilty and accepted a plea deal Thursday, forcing her to pay almost $2,500 and promise to stay out of trouble.

    Roxanne Rubin, 56, a casino worker on the Las Vegas Strip, was arrested on Nov. 3, 2012 after trying to vote twice, once at her poling site in Henderson and then at a second site in Las Vegas. The poll workers at the second site said that she had already voted, but Rubin said that she hadn’t and insisted on casting a ballot, which the poll workers refused to allow her to do.

    According to Rubin’s story, she wasn’t trying to commit fraud to benefit her preferred candidates; she was trying to commit fraud to prove a point.


  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: The ground shifts on immigration

    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Today a bipartisan group of Senators will unveil the framework for a major new immigration reform bill. You can read the framework right here. The most important fact about the plan is that it articulates as a policy goal the need to provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. That was the bottom line for Senate Democrats and immigration reform advocates, and they got four Republican Senators to agree to it.

    It’s the price Democrats paid for this concession that could be the problem. It’s a cliche to say at such moments that the “Devil is in the details,” but in this case, boy is the Devil ever in the details.

    The rub is that the process for putting undocumented immigrants — who will be granted probationary legal status — on a path to citizenship is contingent on a commission deciding that the border is secure. The framework describes that commission this way:


  • rikyrah

    I’ll be in my basement room

    By Doug Galt January 28th, 2013

    Like Jay Rosen, I wonder if the New Jack Republican will keep up the facile contrarianism that the old New Republic was known for, but this piece by Alec MacGillis, “Scenes from the Conservative Bunker” is an instant classic. Here was my favorite part:

    This one was a doozy: Scarborough recalled just how wrong Republicans, and many mainstream pundits, had been about the outcome of the election. He, too, he said, fell for the conventional wisdom in the final weeks, that Mitt Romney was riding a wave of momentum, with his big campaign crowds as ultimate proof. His source for this judgment? “[Uber-pundit] Mark Halperin called me and said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it!’”

    One conservative journalist decided the polls were wrong because another conservative journalist called and told him Romney was drawing big crowds.


  • rikyrah

    What did Republicans win in the immigration deal?

    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    It’s has been widely assumed this morning by some immigration advocates (and by yours truly, too) that the new immigration reform plan’s process of citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is contingent on a commission of Southwestern officials declaring the border secure.

    Not true. I’ve now got clarification from Senate staff working on the bill, and it turns out that the enforcement commission’s judgments will only be advisory, and are entirely nonbinding. Congress’ actions will not be dictated by what this commission concludes; neither will actions taken by the Department of Homeland Security. The citizenship process will be triggered by other means (more on this soon).

    This is central to the debate. If this commission had the power to dictate when the citizenship process begins, it could endanger the entire enterprise by giving people like Jan Brewer veto power. Second, this enforcement commission is being seen as a major concession Republicans won in exchange for agreeing to grant citizenship to the 11 million.

    But the commission isn’t, for all practical purposes, really a major concession at all. If you look at the framework released by the bipartisan group of eight Senators today, it never quite says directly that the citizenship process can’t move forward until the commission reaches its findings. Rather, it says the plan creates a commission that will make a “recommendation” on when border security has been achieved, and doesn’t specify that this recommendation is what triggers the citizenship process.


  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    Cool series this week. The beer tap thing made me laugh because I will have to share this with SIL #2. When they have a party it usually includes at least 100 of their closest friends & relatives plus beer kegs.

    SIL once said: “Who ever invented the beer tap deserves a humanitarian prize!”

  • rikyrah

    Things Change Slowly

    By John Cole January 28th, 2013

    This came out of the blue:

    The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.

    If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial — one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts.

    “The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs,” according to Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts’ national organization.

    I guess if the military can have openly gay members, so can a youth program and the country will survive.


    • Aquagranny911

      $$$$, $$$$$, $$$$$$$$, makes the world go round!!! The BSA has taken a real beating recently for their stance on gays & their RW ‘god loving’ Christianista caca. They survive on dollars & they have been loosing them fast.

      Money talks while bullshit walks!

  • rikyrah

    John McCain Thinks Republicans Should Own the Hispanic Vote

    By: Sarah JonesJan. 28th, 2013
    While discussing immigration reform on ABC’s This Week, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said, “We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons.”

    Immigration reform is allegedly on the docket this week. Sen. Richard Durbin (D- Ill), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) are working on it. Republicans Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Marco Rubio (R-FLA) joined them in the effort. So far so good. Durbin said that the bill will include the DREAM Act.

    McCain, who in 2010 said he wanted “certainly no amnesty” in immigration reform, said on ABC’s This Week that he thinks immigration reform has a chance this time because Republicans will be willing to pass it.

    McCain then bizarrely revealed that Republicans should own the Hispanic vote:

    MCCAIN: Well, look, I’ll give you a little straight talk. Look at the last election. Look at the last election. We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we’ve got to understand that.
    See, it’s moments like this when immigration reform seems further away rather than nearer. Republicans must stop talking about Hispanics, African Americans and women as if they are something that can be owned. The proper way to say what the Senator meant is to say that Republicans think there are many issues on which their party is in agreement with the top concerns of Hispanics.


    • BoomerGal

      I’m curious about those “variety of reasons.” What on earth could they be?

      • Aquagranny911

        The “variety of reasons” are the twitterings from the bridge work in his ugly racist mouth! Like so many Repugs he despises Latinos and has pitch forked us in AZ every chance he got.

        If he lasts that long, he has to run again in 2016 for his Senate seat & now he wants to make nice. FUCK HIM!

    • Aquagranny911

      John McCain can BITE THE BIG CACTUS!!!

      That is all!

  • rikyrah

    One of the clips that Fox used was of President Obama at a 2011 University of Maryland town hall saying, “If you are on the right, then you’re only reading the Wall Street Journal editorial page and watching FOX News.”

    The edited clips gave the impression that the president was singling out Fox News.

    What Fox and Friends didn’t play was the entire quote. What What Obama said in full was, “You’ve got a media that has become much more splintered. So those of you who are of a Democratic persuasion are only reading The New York Times and watching MSNBC — (laughter) — and if you are on the right, then you’re only reading the Wall Street Journal editorial page and watching FOX News. (Laughter.) And if that’s where you get your information, just from one side, if you never even have to hear another argument, then over time you start getting more dug in into your positions.”


  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – -Hmmmm . . . -Heard that THIS was PROTOCOL- -BUT:– –
    – -☻She di-ent mention it when she made her BIG ANNOUNCEMENT annnd- – -☻ –Shrub di-ent do this 4 — MR. PRESIDENT — as far as I KNOW. – -humph!

    – – — Obama’s Parting Gift to Hillary– –
    —–Josh Green reports that a team of top Obama donors decided to surprise Hillary Clinton — “and thank her for her loyal service” — by raising enough money to pay off her 2008 campaign bills.

    “The challenge was tougher than it may appear, since it required a particular kind of donor. In order not to run afoul of campaign finance laws, the Obama team had to find people who had not already given Clinton the 2008 maximum primary donation of $2,300 or maxed out their total federal candidate donations during the 2012 cycle ($46,200). And of course, those people also had to be warmly disposed toward Clinton and still have plenty of free cash on hand.”

    “In the end, it took the checkbooks of about 120 people and several months to retire the debt… And as it turned out, the Obama folks substantially overshot the mark. Clinton’s campaign, which has not yet formally been shut down, now shows a surplus of about $205,000.” – —

    – –Geesh!!- – –ALL KINDS of CONFLICTIN’ INFO.- — humph.- —

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m sure the Bill & Hill didn’t want to really make this known but I remember reading somewhere (sorry no link) a long time ago that PBO called on some of his big supporters to raise some money to help Hillary out of her campaign hole from 2007-2008.

      PBO just seems to never get recognized for his kindness.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        —-***fist bump*** – —THANK U! —

        — –Obama Campaign Raises Money for Hillary Clinton
        – — – –Four years ago, the Obama fund-raising machine worked to bury Hillary Rodham Clinton. Now his contributors are opening their wallets for her.

        Obama campaign officials have asked the president’s elite donors and fund-raisers to donate to Mrs. Clinton’s defunct presidential campaign committee, with the goal of retiring $245,000 in debt left over from her 2008 White House bid. As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton is barred from engaging in political activity or actively fund-raising for herself.
        – – — SNIP — –
        “We are helping to retire the remainder of the debt from the Clinton campaign in 2008,” said Matthew Barzun, the Obama campaign’s national finance chairman, in a statement. “All of our Democratic allies are working together to help re-elect President Obama for another four years.”

        It is not unusual for victors to help their former opponents pay down campaign debts: Mitt Romney and his family made contributions this year to the campaign committee of Tim Pawlenty, for example, after Mr. Pawlenty dropped out and endorsed Mr. Romney.
        THERE IS MORE.- – –

        – —–THIS!- –>PBO just seems to never get recognized for his kindness.– —U! AIN’T! — -NEVA!- – -LIED!! :>)

        JUST!- – –US!!♥- – Good 2 C U AG.- -:>)

        [Gotta “hit da road!”- -C YA SOON :>)♥]

        • Aquagranny911

          Thanks!!! I knew I had read that somewhere.

          LOL, Don’t “hit da road” too hard we like you all in one piece here ♥

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – – — -Aquagranny♥ – —-In my “bestest – -Gloria Gaynor voice – – –

            – –I WILL SURVIVE. — LOL – —
            THANK U 4 your KIND WORDS. :>) – —