October 22, 2017

Monday Open Thread: Black Health and Fitness Pros

Heading into his fifth season on the hit NBC show “The Biggest Loser,” Dolvett Quince is proving that his passion, regimen and dramatic transformational results are making him one of the most in-demand fitness specialists in the country.

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Quince and his three siblings were adopted by a Jamaican couple and later moved to Florida, where he finished high school. He then moved to Atlanta to pursue his passion for fitness and established himself as a leader in his field of health and fitness.

In 2004, Quince opened Body Sculptor, a private personal training studio in Atlanta with a commitment to “changing lives one rep at a time.” His business had a solid following, but it wasn’t until a local radio personality started talking about it on his show that Quince and his business really took off.

He then widened his business to training other trainers, which then led to training celebrities like actors Angela Bassett, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, Baltimore Ravens tight end Daniel Wilcox and singer-songwriter JoJo, among others.

Within the studio, he created Pure Energy, a high-intensity circuit-training class with a live DJ. The popularity of Dolvett’s fitness methods inspired the launch of his own DVD “Me and My Chair: The No Excuses Workout,” a low-impact, high-intensity 30-minute workout system that helps users tone up and slim down while only using a household chair.

Soon after, Quince was cast on “The Biggest Loser.” His connection with the audience garnered the attention of Mark Burnett, who cast him on the NBC series “Stars Earn Stripes,” which followed a group of celebrities accompanied by members of the military and law enforcement, competing in various challenges for their favorite charities. He has also guest starred on the hit BET series “The Real Husbands of Hollywood.”

Quince is also a New York Times best-selling author. His first book, “The 3-1-2-1 Diet: Eat and Cheat Your Way to Weight Loss – Up to 10 Pounds in 21 Days,” published by Grand Central Publishing, came out in November, 2013.

He currently lives in Los Angeles and enjoys time with his son, Isiah.

  • Mornin’ POU!

    • rikyrah

      Morning, Sepia!

    • qosine

      Morning, Sepia!

    • qosine

      Morning, Sepia!

    • Alma98

      Mornin’ Sepia!

  • Blackademics are quick to call out PBO for every perceived slight against the Black community. Let’s see if they call out Rudy Giuliani for doubling-down on his racist tirade against Black people and for saying he’s saved more Black lives than Michael Eric Dyson.

    Giuliani Hits Back at Eric Dyson: I’ve Saved More Lives in His Community Than He Has http://www.mediaite.com/tv/giuliani-doubles-down-on-black-crime-remarks-danger-to-black-child-not-a-white-police-officer/

    • rikyrah

      quiet as church mice pissing on cotton.

    • jziglar

      They have no problem calling out President Obama but they won’t say shit to Giuliani.

    • Miranda

      They won’t say a word, just a few tweets and that will be that….meanwhile I see some that have spent the last 5 days nonstop on Cosby. SMH

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • qosine

      Good Morning, rikyrah!

      • rikyrah

        Morning qosine

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, rikyrah!

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah 🙂

  • rikyrah

    So you mean all that oil isn’t that panacea you thought it was?

    ……………

    In North Dakota, Rising Unease Over Oil’s Effects

    The New York Times

    In early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally taciturn farmer who rents her family land in Billings County, N.D. There had been an accident at the Skurupey 1-9H oil well. “Oh, my gosh, the gold is blowing,” she said he told her. “Bakken gold.”

    It was the 11th blowout since 2006 at a North Dakota well operated by Continental Resources, the most prolific producer in the booming Bakken oil patch. Spewing some 173,250 gallons of potential pollutants, the eruption, undisclosed at the time, was serious enough to bring the Oklahoma-based company’s chairman and chief executive, Harold G. Hamm, to the remote scene.

    It was not the first or most catastrophic blowout visited by Mr. Hamm, a sharecropper’s son who became the wealthiest oilman in America and energy adviser to Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign. Two years earlier, a towering derrick in Golden Valley County had erupted into flames and toppled, leaving three workers badly burned. “I was a human torch,” said the driller, Andrew J. Rohr.

    Blowouts represent the riskiest failure in the oil business. Yet, despite these serious injuries and some 115,000 gallons spilled in those first 10 blowouts, the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which regulates the drilling and production of oil and gas, did not penalize Continental until the 11th.

    The commission — the governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner — imposed a $75,000 penalty. Earlier this year, though, the commission, as it often does, suspended 90 percent of the fine, settling for $7,500 after Continental blamed “an irresponsible supervisor” — just as it had blamed Mr. Rohr and his crew, contract workers, for the blowout that left them traumatized.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/in-north-dakota-rising-unease-over-oil%e2%80%99s-effects/ar-BBfvuJ0?ocid=HPCDHP

  • rikyrah

    Reporting what you actually said is character assassination…

    uh huh

    uh huh

    …………………………

    Hansen: I’m a victim of “character assassination”by Jon Ralston Sat, 11/22/2014 – 13:23

    Yeah, that’s it: Ira Hansen is being bullied and his character impugned by, you know, anyone who has read his horrific columns, terrible letter about gays and words during the session.

    Looks like he’s going the circle-the-wagons route to solidfy support: This went out today from the speaker-to-be-maybe (I removed his phone number) — who is this “they” of which he speaks (they sound bad):

    Hey everybody – thanks for hanging in there. Your support has been truly a blessing. Thought you might enjoy some positive press. I have gotten an overwhelming amount of emails and phone calls to my cell and business phone asking me to not give up because in doing so the politics of character assassination win.

    Sincerely,

    Ira

    https://www.ralstonreports.com/blog/hansen-im-victim-character-assassination

  • rikyrah

    Reporting what you actually said is character assassination…

    uh huh

    uh huh

    …………………………

    Hansen: I’m a victim of “character assassination”by Jon Ralston Sat, 11/22/2014 – 13:23

    Yeah, that’s it: Ira Hansen is being bullied and his character impugned by, you know, anyone who has read his horrific columns, terrible letter about gays and words during the session.

    Looks like he’s going the circle-the-wagons route to solidfy support: This went out today from the speaker-to-be-maybe (I removed his phone number) — who is this “they” of which he speaks (they sound bad):

    Hey everybody – thanks for hanging in there. Your support has been truly a blessing. Thought you might enjoy some positive press. I have gotten an overwhelming amount of emails and phone calls to my cell and business phone asking me to not give up because in doing so the politics of character assassination win.

    Sincerely,

    Ira

    https://www.ralstonreports.com/blog/hansen-im-victim-character-assassination

  • rikyrah
    • qosine

      Wow

    • qosine

      Wow

    • That’s talent!

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    they really just have nothing better to do

    ………………..

    Republicans have found a new part of Obamacare they think is illegal

    Updated by Sarah Kliff on November 21, 2014, 12:20 p.m. ET 

    House Republicans filed a lawsuit today challenging the legality of how the White House has implemented Obamacare. This is not a surprise: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has been pursuing this case for months now.

    But there is at least one unexpected feature of the House Republicans’ suit against Obamacare, which you can read here: alongside the challenge to the employer mandate, it also argues that the White House is also breaking the law by giving insurance companies money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress.

    The government makes these payments to insurance companies for a little-known program called “cost-sharing reductions.” These are subsidies that low-income people get to help cover the out-of-pocket costs above and beyond monthly premiums. Cost-sharing subsidies essentially cap how much Obamacare enrollees have to pay for co-payments, co-insurance, and other forms of cost-sharing.

    The limit is on a sliding scale by income, so someone right at the poverty line would be expected to spend no more than $2,250 on out-of-pocket insurance costs. The cost-sharing reduction would kick in to cover anything above and beyond this. You can see how the cost-sharing limit goes up with income in this chart from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    http://www.vox.com/2014/11/21/7259947/republican-lawsuit-obamacare-illegal

  • rikyrah

    they really just have nothing better to do

    ………………..

    Republicans have found a new part of Obamacare they think is illegal

    Updated by Sarah Kliff on November 21, 2014, 12:20 p.m. ET 

    House Republicans filed a lawsuit today challenging the legality of how the White House has implemented Obamacare. This is not a surprise: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has been pursuing this case for months now.

    But there is at least one unexpected feature of the House Republicans’ suit against Obamacare, which you can read here: alongside the challenge to the employer mandate, it also argues that the White House is also breaking the law by giving insurance companies money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress.

    The government makes these payments to insurance companies for a little-known program called “cost-sharing reductions.” These are subsidies that low-income people get to help cover the out-of-pocket costs above and beyond monthly premiums. Cost-sharing subsidies essentially cap how much Obamacare enrollees have to pay for co-payments, co-insurance, and other forms of cost-sharing.

    The limit is on a sliding scale by income, so someone right at the poverty line would be expected to spend no more than $2,250 on out-of-pocket insurance costs. The cost-sharing reduction would kick in to cover anything above and beyond this. You can see how the cost-sharing limit goes up with income in this chart from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    http://www.vox.com/2014/11/21/7259947/republican-lawsuit-obamacare-illegal

  • rikyrah

    Pray for the folks of Buffalo. Seven FEET of snow melting fast…this can’t end well 🙁

    • Alma98

      I was just talking about that yesterday to my husband.
      It’s going to be terrible.

  • rikyrah

    MSNBC Rachel Maddow reports on how the Heritage Foundation is pushing Republicans to retaliate against President Obama’s immigration plan with a government shutdown just like the one Heritage helped orchestrate in 2013.

    http://youtu.be/3IFkvPVbpXQ

  • Tunisia

    Love me some Dolvett!!

    • MsKitty

      He’s basically the only reason why I still watch TBL. A good motivator and easy on the eyes.

      • Tunisia

        Right….I am not feeling the two new trainers.

  • qosine

    This article is 90% negativity — of course — but it’s all over the place
    w/a lot of “yeah, but” “whatever the case,” and “for his part.”

    Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure
    By HELENE COOPERNOV. 24, 2014
    ..
    But now “the next couple of years will demand a different kind of focus,” one administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. He insisted that Mr. Hagel was not fired, saying that he initiated discussions about his future two weeks ago with the president, and that the two men mutually agreed that it was time for him to leave..
    ..
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/us/hagel-said-to-be-stepping-down-as-defense-chief-under-pressure.html?emc=edit_na_20141124&nlid=28112050

    • edp4bho

      Morning POU ! Book coming……….?!

    • goldenstar

      She’s a WH correspondent. They like to be first.

    • Miranda

      I see the beltway media is giddy with delight to try and stir up some controversy where there is none.

    • Do y’all think a health issue is the reason he’s resigning? I’ve a read a couple of articles saying he had issues getting his point across during press conferences.

  • TyrenM

    Good Morning all,
    I didn’t watch the AMA’s (Da Boyz were on!) and I’m ok with that. With Iggy winning all the rap awards, I may be skipping award season this winter. I can only deal with so much. Diana giving Merit awards to Taylor? Really?

    • rikyrah

      I know…really?

    • I blame T.I. and Kanye.

      • lamh

        Don’t forget Usher and Biebs.

    • Alma98

      Morning Tyren I haven’t watched the AMA’s in eons.

  • MsKitty

    Wow, based on your twitter TL I’m glad I was unplugged most of this weekend. I can’t even with all the fuckery on display. SMH.

    On the other hand I didn’t know about Marion Barry. May he RIP, and a nice middle finger salute to the media for downplaying his accomplishments and what he meant to his constituents.

    • isonprize

      On the other hand I didn’t know about Marion Barry.

      I know…. Sometimes Tom Joyner’s show can get on my nerves, but I happened to be listening this morning when Huggy Lowdown gave a heartfelt tribute to Mayor Marion Barry. Huggy got his first job thru Barry’s youth program. He broke it down as to why Barry got re-elected and how he was down for the cause. I wasn’t as tuned in then as I am now. I learned alot. RIP Marion Barry.

  • Alma98

    Morning all, ughhh Monday.
    Time is flying by too fast!

    • qosine

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hey!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning Alma.
      It’s Monday…but it’s my last work day for the week 🙂

      • Alma98

        Hey rikyrah.
        I’m glad you’re getting some time off 🙂

    • GreenLadyHere

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      — -Good 2 C U Alma. :>) – -How is your weather? :>)

      B BLESSED♥ – -During this SPECIAL WEEK. :>) – – -U♥/MOM♥/Family♥/DAUGHTER♥ **HUGS** :>) – –

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH! It’s still raining here lol.
        Daughter will be home for thanksgiving weekend.
        I’ve got everything I need to make thanksgiving dinner and am ready to go. You have a great day.
        Blessings to you and the family. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

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  • Alma98

    Someone needs to send these stories to Gooliani.

    Anti-government extremist guns down Florida deputy after setting fire: ‘It was a 100 percent ambush’

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/anti-government-extremist-guns-down-florida-deputy-after-setting-fire-it-was-a-100-percent-ambush/comments/#disqus

    Violent killings by Utah police outpace deaths by gangs, drug dealers and child abusers

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/violent-killings-by-utah-police-outpace-deaths-by-gangs-drug-dealers-and-child-abusers/

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      uh huh

  • Miranda

    Spouses cannot be compelled to provide testimony before a grand jury too right?

    A Quiet Wedding for Police Officer in Shooting

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, has been out of public sight ever since. Yet last month, he stepped into a St. Louis County office building, gave his name and applied for a marriage license.

    Several days later, Officer Wilson married Barbara Spradling, a fellow officer in the Ferguson Police Department, public records show.

    The couple obtained their marriage license in Clayton, Mo., outside St. Louis, in the recorder of deeds office on the fourth floor of the Lawrence K. Roos administrative building, steps away from the courthouse where the grand jury has been meeting.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/news/ferguson/2014/11/24/a-quiet-wedding-for-police-officer-in-shooting/?_r=0

    • MsKitty

      How convenient

    • Alma98

      mmmm……

      • rikyrah

        double hmmmmmmmmm…….

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ Miranda♥ — -***BIG HUG** :>)

      Looks as ifff MORE ACTIVITIES R goin’ on – – -BESIDE those of the Grand Jury.
      – – – -☺HIS PLANNED RESIGNATION —
      – – – ☺Now – – -THIS – -WEDDING!! [prolly 2 a “close witness” of his activities! — -Who now doesn’t hafta “testify against him”.]

      What’s NEXT?? – —mcCulloch?? – -A PAID SEVERANCE VAKAY?? geesh!!
      NOW – – -can we say that this case is – – -TAINTED with RACISM??[that mcculloch brangs] geesh!!

      — —SEEKING/DEMANDING — -JUSTICE!!– –

    • Town

      I thought he was already married?

      • He was but divorced last year.

    • I was thinking the same thing, too but someone on out timeline tweeted this:

      Mad Yellow Dog @MadYellowDog 16m16 minutes ago
      @pragobots @mediaite she can still be req 2 testify re conversations previous to marriage.

    • qosine

      Darren Wilson = Zimmerman

  • GreenLadyHere
    • TyrenM

      Is this about Hagel resigning?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Tyren. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)
        YES. :>) —It’s ON NOW. :>)

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    Tamir Rice: Not a boy with a toy in a park, but a black male with a gun
    November 24, 2014 – 11:50PM

    Tamir Rice, 12, was with his sister and a friend in a gazebo in a Cleveland park on Saturday when a rookie cop shot him in the chest. He was playing with a gun that fired plastic pellets, but looked dangerously real.

    Someone had called local police and reported seeing “a guy with a pistol, and it’s probably fake … but he’s pointing it everybody.”

    According to early reports the two officers who responded – the rookie and a veteran – were not told that the caller had twice said he believed the gun to be a fake.

    In the last minutes before he was shot Tamir could not have known that he was now in grave danger. As though by magic a stranger had reached out and transformed him.

    He was no longer a boy with toy in a park but a black male with a gun.

    more here: http://www.theage.com.au/world/tamir-rice-not-a-boy-with-a-toy-in-a-park-but-a-black-male-with-a-gun-20141124-11sjut.html

    • gn

      So the caller knew the gun was fake, but the trained officers didn’t. And chose to end the life of a twelve year old rather than risk their own. And there are people excusing it as well. This is just beyond words at this point.

      • MsKitty

        Black males come straight out of the womb with a bullseye on their backs, to be snuffed out at will. Period.

      • MonieTalks

        If Tamir was pointing it at people…were they running away in fear? Were his friends still hanging around him after he allegedly pointed the toy? I know things can be deceiving and unfair from a distance. But you can tell when people are running away out of fear.

        That is what pisses me off about this caller…who admitted it was probably a fake, but was supposedly scared as hell.

        No type of discretion by the police.

        Tamir still had a handsome boyish face…they knew he was a child.

        • rikyrah

          if you thought it was fake, why the phuck did you CALL THE POLICE?

          • Tafr

            THIS!

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • Damn! These cats are like “No1Curr!”

    Cats welcoming soldiers home….http://imgur.com/gallery/3UHGV

    • MsKitty

      Yep, that’s about right. I get the silent treatment if I’m only gone a few days, so I can only imagine how much the critters are up in their feels after a months-long deployment.

    • Aquagranny911

      Our cats were never like that! Always a lot of whine, especially from some & very needy for days but never the total cold shoulder!

  • Miranda

    I was wondering when they’d clamor for the head of the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO has consistently published reports that defeated every GOP talking point when it came to the ACA.
    —————————————-
    Wait! The right wants a new CBO director after all.
    By Lori Montgomery November 21

    Well, that didn’t take long.

    After a series of highly-regarded conservatives voiced their support for Doug Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office whose term is up in January, Elmendorf haters fired back on Friday, urging Republicans to jettison the Democratic appointee as soon as possible.

    Why? Because he is not a “superb economist” or a scrupulously impartial arbiter of national economic policy, as Harvard’s Greg Mankiw and Stanford’s Keith Hennessey have made him out to be. No, they argue, Elmendorf is a shill for liberal Democrats and CBO has had a lefty tilt ever since he got there six years ago.

    This argument is advanced most forcefully in an open letter to GOP congressional leaders by Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, who works primarily as a political strategist. (Though, to be fair, he does have an MBA and a bachelors in economics from Harvard). Norquist, you may recall, is most famous as the author of the anti-tax pledge that binds virtually every Republican in Congress never to vote to raise taxes.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/21/wait-the-right-wants-a-new-cbo-director-after-all/

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – — — –President Obama opens Thanksgiving week on Monday by paying tribute to the humanities, and keeping an eye on talks with Iran.

    In addition to presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 19
    individuals, Obama will be following negotiations over Iran’s nuclear
    program that have a Monday deadline.

    The nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” says the White House schedule.

    Posthumous recipients this year include three martyrs of the civil rights movement of the 1960s: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, all murdered during a 1964 voter registration drive in Mississippi.
    THERE IS MORE – – —PICS :>)

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  • GreenLadyHere

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  • lamh

    Hmm wasn’t it the prosecutor’s office that said in the interest of “transparency ” and to show “fairness ” of grad jury that ALL evidence would be revealed to public? Now circuit jidhe saying evidence may not be revealed if no indictment …hmm if one was a conspiracy theorist one would ponder if McCullough made a “promise” he knew he wouldn’t be able to keep. But naw why would he do that? .

    We may not see Ferguson grand jury evidence after all http://t.co/oEy05eTVtz via @joshsanburn

  • lamh

    Did yall catch this…Mike Huckabee compares Ferguson Protestors to Southern lynchers!

    • MsKitty

      Smells like somebody’s gearing up for yet another presidential run.

      If at first you don’t succeed…

    • gn

      He knows exactly what he’s doing. “Not only is this not like Selma, but Teh Blacks are the real racists; they lynched us!” Inverting victim and aggressor is nothing new for the Confederacy.

    • qosine

      Well, if he’s talking about the KKK seen in Ferguson once unhooded by Anonymous, he’d be right.

    • rikyrah

      UH HUH
      UH HUH

  • lamh

    NEWS ALERT! !

    Grand jury decision expected to be announced today in Darren Wilson case, @evanperez and @ShimonPro report. #TheLead is live in Missouri @4

    • GreenLadyHere

      WHOA! ——THEY – — – BETTA — -Come –CORRECTLY!! —

      Thank U lamh. :>)

  • JB20005

    Republican speaker-elect of Nevada state assembly steps down after his long-held racist and homophobic views become national news.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/nevada-gop-speaker-elect-steps-down-after-racist-homophobic-views-exposed/

    Pretty telling that after gaining their first majority in the Nevada legislature since 1985, the GOPers chose the most hateful jerk they could find to be their public face.

    • jziglar

      I have a gut feeling that their majority will disappear after the 2016 elections. Especially after this incident, and the recent immigration order. On top of that more people will turn out and the Dems have a registration advantage in the state.

      • JB20005

        I have the same feeling.

        For the last 2-years of the Obama Presidency, they’re really going to let their freak flags fly. Especially now that the POTUS has shown them that he’s tired of their sh** and ready to flip them the bird whenever Executive authority permits it.

      • TyrenM

        + Harry will be up for re-election and you know they’ll nominate another loon who will try to out-Sharon Sharon Angle.

        • Lisa M

          Hopefully, he will go all in on whoever they put up against him. The GOP candidate will go through the extensive media training the 2014 candidates went through. It seems the GOP can learn to adapt to the changing environment. Too bad Dems have yet to figure it out. They’ll still be trying to run on the same issues and running away from POTUS as fast as they can.

        • Lisa M

          Hopefully, he will go all in on whoever they put up against him. The GOP candidate will go through the extensive media training the 2014 candidates went through. It seems the GOP can learn to adapt to the changing environment. Too bad Dems have yet to figure it out. They’ll still be trying to run on the same issues and running away from POTUS as fast as they can.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – -WHOA! – –Ms. Kathy — -SPOKE!! – –TRUTH!! – –

    — -☺http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/225163-sebelius-grubers-comments-really-ludicrous
    – – —-Sebelius: Gruber’s comments ‘really ludicrous’– – –

    Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made her first public remarks Monday about former adviser Jonathan Gruber, condemning his comments that a “lack of transparency” helped pass ObamaCare.

    “I think Jonathan Gruber’s comments are just offensive and flat-out wrong. There couldn’t have been more open discussions,” Sebelius said in a rare appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”

    She pointed to the dozens of markups and hearings by five congressional committees and said the idea that the administration was trying to obscure the law in order to assure its passage “is really ludicrous.”

    – – –HAH!! – – -STILL – –Fightin’!! – – -GOOD ON U♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – —Hmmm. . . . .
    – — ☺http://thehill.com/policy/defense/225193-five-candidates-to-replace-hagel
    Five candidates to replace Hagel
    ——The surprise resignation Monday of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stirring rampant speculation about who might take his place in President Obama’s Cabinet.

    While Obama has several possible candidates, the choice is complicated by the fact that he will have to get his nominee past a Republican-controlled Senate next year.Twoof Obama’s three Department of Defense (DOD) secretaries — Hagel and Robert Gates — have come from the GOP, raising the possibility that the president will seek yet another nominee from the opposing party to ease the path to confirmation. — -[HE –ain’t SCURRED of ‘EM!!]

    But the president hasn’t shied away from confrontation with the GOP in the wake of his party’s midterm election defeats, and could seek to make a statement with his Defense pick.

    One lawmaker seen as a prime candidate to run the DOD, Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), quickly took himself out of the running Monday morning, with his office stating he “does not wish to be considered for secretary of Defense or any other Cabinet position.”[TRAITOR!!]

    WATCHIN’. . . .The MASTER STRATEGIST♥- — WERK — – -:>)

    — —☺http://www.blue-point-trading.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/obama-chess.gif

    • qosine

      Well, just like AG Holder, if they fight PBO’s nominations, then Chuck Hegel stays and everyone can watch as they fight NOT to solve the 3 Scares: Ebola, ISIS, Immigration, after Benghazi, IRS, and Fast and Furious died on the vine.

      IMHO, Hegel’s departure is related to PBO’s stated view at the G20 when he “shirt fronted” PM Abbott, that the Pacific was critical to our security plans. Plus the climate deal w/China + the recognition of the Rohingya people (Muslims) in Myanmar + the Iran deal coming up for negotations today.

      Waiting in the wings is nominee Loretta Lynch who will target public corruption, organized crime, which certainly includes Voting Rights (I noticed Nancy Pelosi and John Lewis bringing that up again).

      • jziglar

        Blocking a Secretary of Defense would be really stupid. Even low information voters would find that ridiculous.

        • qosine

          Exactly.

        • Town

          So was shutting down the government but they did it anyway.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ – -http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/attachments/rebuildable-atomizer-systems/208695d1368281771-fc-2000-porous-ceramic-wick-smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten2.gif

        – — -**BIG HUG*** :>) – – – -POINTS! :>) – –

        – – – -Annnnd —4 some – – –MR. President –NEEDS an ALLY —- NOT – -a FOE!! — :>)

        – — -RE-THUGS annnd Dems — -betta – – -Come –CORRECTLY!!!- – -Even ifff – — -their — –heads B doin’ THIS – – ->http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs40/f/2009/032/2/2/Exploding_Head_Animation_by_Vaneetra.gif

        • qosine

          Absolutely, GreenLady.

          • GreenLadyHere

            La Qosine – – – -**BIG fist bump*** :>)

          • qosine

            **BIG fist bump** GreenLady

          • GreenLadyHere

            La Qosine – – – -**BIG fist bump*** :>)

          • GreenLadyHere

            La Qosine – – – -**BIG fist bump*** :>)

  • Miranda

    Marissa Alexander agrees to plea deal
    First Coast News1:34 p.m. EST November 24, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Facing a possible 60 years in prison for firing a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons, Marissa Alexander agreed Monday to a plea deal that effectively ends the four-year old criminal case against her.

    According to the terms of the plea, Alexander was ordered to serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to all three counts against her. The Florida Times-Union reports the Alexander will get credit for the 1,030 days she’s already spent in jail.

    That means she’ll have to spend 65 days in jail. Alexander will return to Duval County Jail following Monday’s hearing. She’ll be released on Jan. 27.

    Because the second count against Alexander is considered an ‘open plea,’ she could still be sentenced to five years in prison at the hearing on Jan. 27.

    The case has drawn national attention, in part because Alexander unsuccessfully tried to invoke a Stand Your Ground defense, and later because, when she was convicted, Florida’s 10-20-Life laws mandated a stringent 20-year prison sentence — despite the fact that her shot didn’t injure or even hit anyone.

    more here: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/crime/2014/11/24/marissa-alexander-agrees-to-plea-deal/19483503/

    • rikyrah

      MAD about this, but I understand.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ – – – -GOOD on HER♥ 4 the FIRST point. – –

      – -BUT THIS!! – – ->Because the second count against Alexander is considered an ‘open plea,’ she could still be sentenced to five years in prison at the hearing on
      Jan. 27.

      This poor woman has SUFFERED – – -SUCH — -INJUSTICE!! – -As a VICTIM!!!

      Callin’ OUT – – – -ANGELA COREY!! – –U NEEDTA – – -GO!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – — -HAH! /SADLY — – CALL! – – -‘EM – -OUT!! – — -with — -FACTS!! – – –
    – – –☺http://www.sltrib.com/news/1842489-155/killings-by-utah-police-outpacing-gang
    — — – –Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides– —
    — Over a five-year period, data show that fatal shootings by police officers in Utah ranked second only to homicides of intimate partners.
    — —In the past five years, more Utahns have been killed by police than by gang members.
    Or drug dealers. Or from child abuse.

    And so far this year, deadly force by police has claimed more lives — 13, including a Saturday shooting in South Jordan — than has violence between spouses and dating partners.

    As the tally of fatal police shootings rises, law enforcement watchdogs say it is time to treat deadly force as a
    potentially serious public safety problem.- – -[YA THINK!??]

    “The numbers reflect that there could be an issue, and it’s going to take a deeper understanding of these shootings,” said Chris Gebhardt, a former police lieutenant and sergeant who served in Washington, D.C., and in Utah, including six years on SWAT teams and several training duties. “It definitely can’t be written off as citizen groups being upset with law enforcement.”

    NOW – – – -WHATCHU — -gon DO???- —

    –“SRYSLY”- – WATCHIN’. . .

    – – -Would luv 2 C STATS – – -from other cities!!!- —as EVIDENCE – -that – –THERE IS A WAR ion BLAH Folks!! – —

  • rikyrah

    twitter for the truth

    William K. Wolfrum@Wolfrum

    Black on Black Crime is one of those important issues for White people that somehow only comes up when a White person kills a Black person.

  • aleth

    Why all these suspense for what we all know… he will not be indicted. This is a water is wet moment

    If I’m wrong message me.

    • rikyrah

      you can sit by me, because I feel the same thing.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      — -That RACIST – -mcculloch!! – – – -KNEW –HIS/THE — -DECISION — – – -WHEN he made the decision 2 convene a GJ – – – -rather than – -GO 2 TRIAL!! – – –

      Still PRAYIN’ – – -SEEKING/DEMANDING – – – -JUSTICE!! – –

      Good 2 C U aleth. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • aleth

        Yep it was rigged from the get go– Ain’t nothing changing. Pre- thanksgiving timeline.

        The DA works for the police department pretty much, the governor protecting the good boys network. 9 whites and 3 blacks will find they can’t indict. Color be surprised if this is not the result.

        Insulting my intelligence… How appropriate to have this farce going on at the same time civil rights activist are sentenced.

        • GreenLadyHere

          aleth – – – -**UP HIGH** ☺http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif

          — –. . .The DA works for the police department pretty much, the governor protecting the good boys network.

          – – – -☺CRAYONS — – -READY. LOL –https://gcps.desire2learn.com/d2l/lor/viewer/viewFile.d2lfile/6605/7550/crayon_drawing_hg_clr.gif

    • Tafr

      I will be shocked if he is indicted.

    • MsKitty

      The POU family knew weeks ago. Just like this Cleveland grand jury is gonna be another waste of time.

      There’s justice, then there’s just us. Never forget.

  • rikyrah

    Please proceed, GOP

    ………………..

    Poll: Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama’s Immigration Actions

    The first poll of Latino voters since Obama’s executive actions, first given to BuzzFeed News, shows that nearly 90% support his move, while 80% think it would be a mistake for the GOP to oppose them.posted on Nov. 24, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/poll-latino-voters-overwhelmingly-support-obamas-immigration

  • rikyrah

    This sounds like a con….like bitcoin

    ..

    Understanding the Economics of Uber

    ByJosh Marshall
    PublishedNovember 23, 2014, 11:33 PM EST 8484 views

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    Tonight I got TPM Reader HH’s deep, deep dive into the economics of Uber and some interesting questions about whether it’s current valuation makes sense in anything that looks like established transportation economics. There’s a lot here that gave me food for thought. One point I’ll add first is to say that a basic question I’ve long had about Uber (and its competitors, for that matter) is that the one thing that seems really new and different about it is the addition of geolocation and ride ordering made possible by the app. That’s a big thing, especially if you’re outside of the pretty small number of highly concentrated urban areas where taxis are ubiquitous. But it’s something local cab companies or whole industries could duplicate if they set their minds to it. In any case, over to TPM Reader HH …


    Longtime reader and early Prime member. You seemed to be looking for some help understanding the Uber debate, so I thought some background notes might be useful. I have no relationship with Uber or any Uber competitors, but have spent a lifetime in transportation (aviation mostly, also railroads and transit) and think I have a pretty solid grounding in the economics and competitive dynamics at play here. The thoughts here are based on Uber debates on an airline listserv, that quickly degenerated into partisan/ideological flamethrowing that overwhelmed all efforts to apply basic MBA-type analysis to actual industry evidence. I don’t think you (or most other Uber observers) are all that interested in detailed discussions of taxicab economics. But I think there are hugely important questions that you and your readers would consider important. How did a new entrant in a small industry manage to generate such enormous, mostly favorable press coverage? Why is it that this huge public discussion of taxi industry competition never includes any information that might actually be helpful to one’s understanding of taxi industry competition? (are current companies wasteful or inefficient? Would Uber actually be significantly more efficient? What is the economic basis for capital markets thinking Uber could achieve $18 billion in an industry where no one else has ever made much money?)

    Why do Uber debates sound just like partisan debates in Washington? Is this a case where investors have found sharp mangers with innovative ideas who will create clear value to society if they succeed, is this another parasitic attempt to become rich by screwing workers, consumers and eliminating competition, or is this like all those ultra-hyped dot-com bubble startups based totally on hot air that will go away before too long?

    Again, this is just intended as an rough outline of some of the things to think about as you continue to cover the story, but please let me know if you have any questions

    1. The issue is tomorrow’s Uber, not today’s Uber. Uber’s current consumer reputation is based on serving niche markets in a limited number of large, wealthy urban markets. It has a tiny share of the overall taxi/livery/limo market in those cities, which (based on its publicity) seems much stronger in certain demographics than others (e.g. Silicon Valley, not East Bay; weekend clubbing, not conventioneers). Uber publicity often features quotes from users in wealthy cities (Manhattan, Washington) talking about how much they prefer the nice Uber cars and drivers to regular cabs. But the growing public debate about Uber would not be taking place if its corporate ambition was limited to providing a premium taxicab alternative for wealthy urbanites. That debate is occurring because Uber claims it is currently valued at $18 billion, well into the stratosphere of start-up valuations, and Uber has recently raised the prospect of new investments that could push its valuation above $30 billion. Uber’s financial ambitions could only be achieved with many years of staggering growth, which means becoming wildly different from the company its Santa Clara/Brooklyn customers are familiar with. The question is what does Uber need to do to achieve the massive growth needed to justify an $18 billion valuation, and what kind of company would that be?

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/understanding-the-economics-of-uber

  • rikyrah

    of course it was all illegal

    ………………

    Emails Reveal How GOP Consultants Secretly Gerrymandered Florida

    ByCatherine ThompsonPublishedNovember 24, 2014, 12:57 PM EST 3328 views

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    Last summer, a Florida judge ruled that the state’s legislature illegally redrew congressional districts in 2012 to benefit Republicans. In his ruling, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ripped into political consultants who he said “made a mockery of the Legislature’s transparent and open process of redistricting” while “going to great lengths to conceal from the public their plan and their participation in it.”

    Now, newly released emails published Sunday shed light on the lengths those political consultants went to tweak the state’s congressional districts in favor of the GOP despite a gerrymandering ban.

    The emails, which were obtained by the Naples Daily News and the Miami Herald, detail how “paranoid” consultants with the GOP consulting firm Data Targeting kept their efforts to redraw some of the state’s congressional maps under wraps. Earlier this month the Florida Supreme Court ordered that the documents, which were a part of the original lawsuit accused Republicans of manipulating Florida’s political map, must be unsealed. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas upheld that order on Friday, according to the Naples Daily News.

    ………..
    Another email thread shows Pat Bainter, Data Targeting’s founder, acknowledging that former state Sen. John Thrasher (R) did not live in his district centered around St. John’s County. Thrasher’s residency had been a sticking point when he ran for the seat in a 2009 special election, according to the Naples Daily News.

    “He actually lives in Clay County and would hope to end up there,” Bainter wrote to another West Palm Beach-based consultant, as quoted by the newspaper.

    The emails also show that consultants discussed “packing” Democratic-leaning minority voters into a single district in order to bolster the Republican vote in surrounding districts. Bainter and Pedicini had approached lawyers with a strategy to shift some of the population in GOP-leaning state Senate districts in the Panhandle region into Democratic-leaning minority districts, according to the Naples Daily News.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/emails-detail-florida-gop-gerrymandering-effort

  • rikyrah

    he’s a piece of sleaze. he could care less about what he did.

    …………….

    Terry McAuliffe To Dem Who Tanked Medicaid Expansion: ‘I Hope You Sleep Easy Tonight, Buddy’

    BySahil Kapur
    PublishedNovember 24, 2014, 10:25 AM EST 15460 views

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called to leave a scathing message earlier this year with the Democratic state senator who sealed the demise of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, according to the Washington Post.

    Phillip Puckett had resigned abruptly in June amid private talks with Virginia Republicans about a state job, swinging control of the closely divided chamber to the GOP, which was fighting the expansion for some 400,000 residents.

    “Hey, Phil? Terry McAuliffe,” the governor said in what the Post described as a “seething voice message” to Puckett. “I want you to know we just lost the vote, 20 to 19, in the Senate. Medicaid is done. I hope you sleep easy tonight, buddy.”

    Medicaid expansion was a high priority for McAuliffe, who had looked for legal avenues to end-run the legislature and establish it on his own, but came up empty.

    Puckett landed in hot water after the Post reported in late June, weeks after he resigned, on secret talks he had with the Republican-led state tobacco commission about a job on the panel for the lawmaker. The position was to include a cell phone and a car, along with a judgeship for Puckett’s daughter, according to leaked emails.

    Puckett subsequently took himself out of the running for the job.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/terry-mcauliffe-phillip-puckett-medicaid-expansion

    • Town

      And Puckett’s response is “U Mad?”

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – – -Hmmm. . . As I hear people give KUDOS 2 the —ORGANIZERS of RALLEYS, Protests, TRAINING Activities, VOTING REGISTRATION. -etc –

    my mind reflects on- – — -The ULTIMATE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER♥ – – – –☺http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/obama-community-organizer.jpg

    – — -☺http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/05/11/us/thekids600.jpg

    WATCHIN’ – —PRAYIN’ – –SEEKING/DEMANDING – – – -JUSTICE♥ – – -AMEN♥

  • rikyrah

    And they need to go back to those idiots that benefitted from Obamacare and votedfor the GOP and ask how it would feel to be withouth healthcare again
    ……….
    SundayReview| Editorial

    The Piecemeal Assault on Health Care

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    NOV. 22, 2014

    Now that they will dominate both houses of Congress, Republicans are planning to dismantle the Affordable Care Act piece by piece instead of trying to repeal it entirely.

    They are expected to hold at least one symbolic vote for repeal in the next session so that newly elected Republicans who campaigned against the law can honor their pledges to repeal it. But Republican leaders know they don’t have the supermajorities needed to override a presidential veto, so they will try to inflict death by multiple cuts.

    All of the provisions they are targeting should be retained — they were put in the reform law for good reasons. Some may need adjustments now that they are in effect. But the Republicans are not interested in improving any provisions. They are bent on destruction.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/23/opinion/sunday/the-piecemeal-assault-on-health-care.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

    • qosine

      With you helping all along the way, NYT.
      “All the news that’s unfit to print.”

    • qosine

      With you helping all along the way, NYT.
      “All the news that’s unfit to print.”

    • qosine

      With you helping all along the way, NYT.
      “All the news that’s unfit to print.”

  • qosine

    Ferguson Grand Jury Reaches Decision, to Be Revealed Today

    A grand jury that has been deliberating the fate of Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., has reached a decision in the case, according to a spokesman for the lawyers for the family of the teenager, Michael Brown.
    ww.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/us/ferguson-darren-wilson-shooting-michael-brown-grand-jury.html?emc=edit_na_20141124&nlid=28112050

  • gn

    Interesting…with the far right spin machine going at full blast, only 21% of the country thinks that Wilson shouldn’t face some type of criminal charge. A third think he should be charged with murder and another 25% think he should get a lesser charge like manslaughter. I’m jaded at this point and my expectations are super-low, but I’m surprised that there are not more people calling for Wilson to not face charges. http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/24/politics/ferguson-wilson-cnn-poll/index.html

  • edp4bho

    MLH, on radio says because of lengthy deliberations, gj may come up with indictment on lesser charges- who knows. He is MLH, after all. He thinks if there is none, there would/should be more police out. No NG in sight right now. We shall see.

  • gn

    So I see that a few people are still wilding out re: President Obama asking for peace. To me this was hardly a nod to Ferguson PD or racist reactionaries in Missouri. This is common sense. The most compelling protest tactics both now, and during the 50s and 60s were what: peaceful protesters standing up for basic rights amidst bona fide law enforcement riots. Then and now, those images are what caused movement. It sounds like the actual organizers and Mike Brown’s family are calling for peace as well. I don’t completely agree with PBO’s remarks re: Selma, but I’ve never seen people so willing to just go HAM on an ally like this.

  • gn