September 17, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Black Women in the Military

 

On December 20, 2013, the U.S.  senate confirmed Vice Adm. Michelle Howard for the service’s No. 2 post, making her the first female four-star admiral in the Navy’s 238-year history. Her promotion to vice chief of naval operations, expected for early 2014, will also make her the first African-American woman to attain four-star rank in Pentagon history.

The 1982 Naval Academy graduate and surface warfare officer has set many firsts in her career. She was the first black woman to command a ship — the dock landing ship Rushmore in 1999 — and went on to command Amphibious Squadron 7 and later Expeditionary Strike Group 2.

In 2009, Howard led a U.S. command warship against Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. Task Force 151 became a rescue mission for Richard Phillips, the captain of the Maersk Alabama, who was taken hostage on the ship’s lifeboat. It was up to Vice Admiral Michele Howard to save the captain before the boat hit shore. She, along with the assistance of Navy SEALS, captured the ship, killing all but one of the pirates and bringing the captain out safely. Her voice is depicted in the film “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, which relives the task force mission.

Though Howard has risen up the ranks, it wasn’t always easy. “Men have the luxury of being average,” Howard told Time in a 2000 interview. “When men walk onto a ship, on board they have the luxury of being average. When you walk in as a woman, that assumption does not come with you—you need to prove yourself.”

But according to Howard, her command of a ship surprised people more because of her race than her gender. “I literally had people coming up, wanting to have their picture taken with me—this is the first time this has happened, where a minority woman has had command of a ship,” she recalled.

Howard also had to deal with sexism. Howard, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982,  told Time of early hostility in the Navy, believing she was overlooked  for assignments that went to less qualified men. “What’s great about the Navy is that despite the few knuckleheads that exist,” she said, “there are a lot of folks who are professional, and who will grade you on your performance and not on how you look.”

Howard even recalled the sexist remarks when she took an officer’s slot on a warship with a woman also serving as second-in-command. “I was not prepared for the focus on it—`My God, there’s a warship with two women in the top positions—it’s going to sink just from their presence.’ It was hilarious.”

She  is married to Wayne Cowles, a retired U.S. Marine. Howard  is the recipient of the 2008 Women of Color Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Achievement Award, 2009 Dominion Power Strong Men and Women Excellence in Leadership Award, and the 2011 USO Military Woman of the Year. On February 1, 2013, Howard was honored with the “Chairman’s Award” at the 44th NAACP Image Awards.  

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

    This series is gon’ be good!

    • jds09

      In my heart, This is way I believe the first female president will be a woman of color. Comander-in-Chief cred without the WW baggage of needing to be protected from being “bullied”, “called bossy” or having the chore of “finding one’s voice.”

      • Town

        Most of the “first woman to…” were women of color.

      • isonprize

        Because we have take more shit by 9th grade than most white women their entire lives!!

        If white women had to put up with the crap that smart black women have dealt with, we would see them jumping off bridges on the regular….

        • conlakappa

          Nah, just lean in, my sister!

          ::ducks::

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ jds09. ***BIG -Cali — HUG*** :>)
        —Ohhh – – -***BIG fist bump*** :>)
        — -Been thinkin’ THIS 4 sooo long. – —

        Annnd “AIR”-time[few as they may B] — I C hillary with a group of -“SISTAS” – -I kept thinkin’ —U GOT sooo MANY –CHALLENGERS – -right in that room. —

        Look @ SOME of our SISTA-LEADERS — –Dr. Kamala Harris, REP. Karen Bass. – — Sooo MANY MORE.- –
        – –We should/could B “grooming’ – -US! :>)
        Good 2 C U jds09.- – -B BLESSED/SAFE♥ — -:>)
        P.S. Any effects of that EQ? –:>)

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Sepia!

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Sepia!

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine!

    • Alma98

      Morning Sepia!

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, jds!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, jds!

    • Alma98

      Good morning jds!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • qosine

      Good Morning, rikyrah:)

  • conlakappa

    Awesome that she was among the earlier women graduates from the USNA. Kudos, Admiral!

    We got the snow, the fed closed, but my meetings are still happening. Huzzah!

    • MsKitty

      Another telecommuting Monday for me. I feel weird complaining about that but I am so sick of snow. I don’t know how the upper midwest POU fam deal with it year after year, ugh.

      • conlakappa

        It does throw off the week when it starts that way. I’ll probably leave here after these meetings.

  • Admiral_Komack

    Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner, arrested for DWI

    Colts owner James Irsay was arrested by Carmel Police Sunday night on preliminary drunken-driving charges and possession of a controlled substance, police said.

    The bond for Irsay was set at $22,500, said Bryant Orem of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/03/17/indianapolis-colts-owner-arrested-for-dwi/6515285/

    • conlakappa

      That is quite a sizable bond for DWI, innit? Should we expect that Minn. legislator who talked about arrest records of the NBA? The Irsays find new ways to be menaces to the community.

    • Miranda

      THUG!

      • Admiral_Komack

        EXACTLY what I thought when I first read the article!

  • rikyrah

    GOP leaders ready to quell states’ food stamp revolt

    By BILL TOMSON | 3/14/14 12:44 PM EDT Updated: 3/15/14 6:15 PM EDT

    Republican leaders are threatening to take congressional action to stop state governors from flouting the food stamp cuts contained in the 2014 farm bill.

    The governors of at least six states — New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Montana and Oregon — have now taken measures to protect more than a combined $800 million in annual Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, and more states are expected to follow suit. Their actions threaten — over time — to wipe out the more than $8 billion in cuts over 10 years to the food stamp program that were just passed by Congress as part of the 2014 farm bill.

    But those who initially supported the food stamp cuts are warning that retaliatory actions may be coming.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/food-stamp-cuts-104672.html#ixzz2wE3JwR9y

    • morphus

      Where are the states’ rights advocates?

  • rikyrah

    Where The GOP Might Target Obamacare If It Wins The Senate
    Dylan Scott – March 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT2891

    Facing the very real possibility of a GOP-controlled Senate in 2015, health industry insiders are working up a wish list — the changes they’d like made to the Affordable Care Act under a fully Republican Congress.

    But they’re also a little unsettled by the prospect of GOP control in Congress: Nobody is sure what exactly the Republicans would do if they had the opportunity to legislate however it wanted on the health care reform law.

    It’s plausible that Republicans would simply continue their absolutist opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, especially if they view capturing the Senate as a vindication of their anti-Obamacare messaging. In that scenario, expect more symbolic repeal votes that the House has taken over the last few years. That would force Obama to pull out his veto pen again and again to defend the law.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-senate-takeover-obamacare

    • morphus

      So, the GOP plan to win the Senate so they can vote against Obamacare is based on their constituents voting for them who just happens to love the ACA as long as its not call Obamacare?

  • rikyrah

    I am officially freaked out about that missing plane. If this were a movie, folks would be complaining that it was too ‘out there’.

    • morphus

      There’s irony too. How can dudebros explain absence of empirical information if the world’s spy network knows everything about everyone?

      • conlakappa

        Gitmo!

        • morphus

          LOL. True, there seems to be a black hole of sorts attached to it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – – GOOD MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ — ***BIG HUG** :>) HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY♥
    – – – –Here R some IMAGES: – — –
    — – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA-YGKN7k_o
    — – – -☺http://michellepictures.com/files/2011/03/White-House-Fountain-Dyed-Green-for-St-Patricks-Day.jpg
    – – – — -☺http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/17/gall.play.wh.fountain.jpg
    – —- – -☺http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0uxNRZ7ow8s/UyYhM0G5zuI/AAAAAAAACBw/mqxHDI2FnSw/w960-h845/Obamas%2BJoe%2BBiden%2BKennys%2BWhite%2BHouse%2BSt%2BPatricks%2B2014.jpg
    — — – – ☺http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pu0-TcShIi0/T2mZWFrllQI/AAAAAAAAgRc/kacYz78DdMA/s400/shamrock.jpg
    —— — -☺http://theobamacrat.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/politics-o27bamapin.jpg?w=468
    —- —— ☺http://blackwaterdog.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/pat1.jpg?w=610
    — – —–☺http://media.irishcentral.com/images/MI-obama-kenny-st-patricks-day.jpg
    — – – — -☺http://hospitalesdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/green-rose.jpg?w=529
    – – — – ENJOY♥- – :>) — -B BLESSED. ♥

    • Alma98

      Good morning & Happy ST. Patrick’s Day GLH!
      I know this has got to be a favorite holiday for you lol.
      Blessings to you and the family (((HUGS))).

      • GreenLadyHere

        –☺http://static3cdn.echalk.net/www/ud00/7/7231b0051f714b379243485515b16371/Personal_Images/st_patricks_day_animated_gif_3.gif
        GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma. ***BIG HUG*** :>)– LOL- –I’m in my GREEEEEN WORLD. :>
        Thank U 4 your BLESSINGS. :>)

        – – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — -U♥/Family♥ :>)

        • Alma98

          LOL

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL Alma — -Have a good day. :>)

  • Town

    70 degrees on Saturday, sleet/ice storm on Sunday/Monday. Gotta love Virginia!

    • Lisa M

      This is crazy!!

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

    @Yo_Bookie: Kiss me. The family who owned and infiltrated my ancestors’ African blood was Irish.

    • MsKitty

      Haha, funny because it’s true. We traced one of our great-great grandfathers to Ireland. Irish-Americans never want to talk about that part of the American family tree though.

    • rikyrah

      I bought Peanut some St. Patrick’s Day stuff to wear with her school uniform.
      She was like, ‘ Auntie, what do I say if they say I’m not Irish?’
      Without missing a beat, I told her to tell them that you are part Irish – compliments of slavery. Told her to say it just like that.

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

        Tell the truth and shame them devils!

      • conlakappa

        Already Peanut’s permanent record is going to say that she’s a rebel!

      • qosine

        Perfect, rikyrah.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - GOOD MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ – –***BIG HUG*** :>) – – -Woo! Hoo! –Sooo PROUDLY Lookin’ FORWARD 2 THIS SERIES. WE HAVE DONE SOO MUCH –IN SERVICE 2 OUR COUNTRY. :>) –THIS is A GR8 RECOGNITION. :>)
    — –THANK –Sooo PROUD of THEM♥

    — – – -☻VICE ADMIRAL MICHELLE♥ —A DOUBLE FIRST:
    – – ——— -☺the first female four-star admiral in the Navy’s 238-year history.
    — – – —- –☺the first African-American woman to attain four-star rank in Pentagon history.
    — – – – —- –☺THIS: –recipient of the 2008 Women of Color Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Achievement Award,

    – – -☻ENJOY♥http://trendphotos.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/st-patrick39s-day-breakfast4.jpg

    – – – – -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ —:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — -LOL — -OUR morntin’ LAFF: – – – -LOL

    – – -RNC targets minorities, women with new ad – –

    — – – – -The Republican National Committee is out with a new ad designed to appeal to women and minorities.

    —-The ad, released as part of the one-year anniversary of a RNC report that said the party must diversify, features a slew of females and minority voters describing why they’re Republicans.

    The six-figure ad buy is running in 14 states with Senate races, a
    relatively small buy spread out across the country. But it’s running on
    cable networks like Bravo and the Food Network that have heavily female audiences, as well as on TVOne, a network targeting African American audiences, and on some local affiliates of Telemundo.

    “This ad campaign will highlight why so many million Americans vote Republican.
    It’s because we fight to empower people. It’s because we believe in the value of every person. It’s because we know that each American should have the chance to create their own American Dream,” RNC Chairman ReincePriebus said in a statement.

    THERE IS MORE – — – – -☺http://static.rcgroups.net/forums/attachments/5/7/4/8/a3340481-99-bullshit-meter-0.gif?d=1278272250

    —– -☺http://ioneglobalgrind.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/oprahlaughin.gif?w=1024&h=600

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — –MEDIA ALERT- –MR. PRESIDENT WILL MAKE a STATEMENT on CRIMEA –@ 10:45 ET — -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – — – EARTHQUAKE in SoCali —
    – —☺http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/03/17/4-7m-earthquake-strikes-socal/
    — –A 4.4-magnitude earthquake shook Southern California Monday morning.

    The tremor struck at 6:25 a.m. and was “epicentered in the Santa Monica Mountains between Westwood and Encino, closer to the Valley side,about five miles below the surface,” Dr. Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey said.

    Residents reported feeling the shaking from Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties.
    THIS is relatively mild —depending on the structures that U R in.
    – –STILL —PRAYERS. – –There may B an aftershock.

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

    I know I shouldn’t laugh, but dude’s reaction had me rollin’!

    @NewsBreaker: KTLA anchors feel the 4.4 L.A. earthquake live on the air, ducking under their desks http://t.co/zffGHWnOzZ @youtube http://t.co/OXeZUg2csF

    • Miranda

      ________________________________OMG!! He wasn’t playing around! __________________

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

        OK! Brotha was like, “Every man for hisself!”

        Homegirl was trying to play it off like nothing happen! And then she was trying to be cute ducking under the desk!

    • Daltex82

      LOL! He was like screw the news, save yourself!

    • Alma98

      LMBAO!

    • qosine

      Good for them. That’s what you do, kids.

    • jds09

      This guy is not a native Southern Californian. 4.4 pleeeasse. A native would have stood and surfed it for a few seconds to see if it was rolling (which means longevity) and was it building strength, When a native starts looking for desks and doorways then the shit is serious.

      • qosine

        Good to know, jds. I admit. I know nothing re: earthquakes. So what if it’s not rolling? Like a tremor?
        Help.

        • jds09

          If its short like this one, natives would just shrug it off, but remain aware. Cause sometimes a short one can set off several more, then people freak out. Whenever I hear of a series of earthquakes in LA that I can’t feel in SD, I call my native friends and family to check in. I simply ask them, “were you scared?”. And judge the seriousness by that, meanwhile transplants are making mental plans to move. lol

          • qosine

            Thanks, jds. Very helpful. Making mental plans not to move to CA. lol

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL- — -jds09 – –Gotta —do this – –***UP HIGH**http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif

        – — –Sometimes I KEEP doin’ LIKE THIS: —
        – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RycPnnDfr84
        —-UNTIL — something FALLS OFF a SHELF! – –LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – –Aaaaahh — -WHAT A TRIBUTE♥ – —
    – – -How Elijah Cummings helped Democrats regain their fighting spirit- —
    — – – -Is this the last we’ll hear from that witch hunter known as Rep. Darrell Issa? If so, you can thank Rep. Elijah Cummings for that. And Democrats may have gained back their mojo in the process.

    If one can trace back the beginning of the end for Issa (R-California), it all started at a March 5 hearing. Issa—chair of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the self-appointed chief inquisitor of the Obama administration—had a contentious exchange with Cummings (D-Maryland), the ranking member of the committee.
    — SNIP – — –
    – — – -“Mr. Chairman I have a statement. I have a procedural question Mr. Chairman,” said Cummings. “Mr. Chairman cannot run a committee like this. You just cannot do this. We’re better than that as a country, we’re better than that as a committee,” he added.

    And then the lawmaker from Baltimore really began to throw down, as it were, staying true to the folks who sent him to Washington.
    “I want to ask a question. What’s the big deal!” asked Cummings.
    “Let me say what I have to say! I’ve listened to you for the past 15 or 20 minutes. Let me say what I have to say!”

    – – –SNIP- – —
    – – – –Meanwhile, Issa—who is an of Lebanese descent—is also the wealthiest sitting member of Congress, with an estimated net worth of $355.4 million, according to The Hill.
    That’s a lot of money, and a lot of power. And like they say, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Rep. Issa got ahead of himself, and now Rep. Cummings has schooled him on what they don’t play in Baltimore.

    THERE IS MORE — – – -GOOD READ. :>)

    CONGRATULATIONS – –REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS♥

    U —-“STOOD YOUR GROUND” –with STRENGTH.♥

    • morphus

      The beginning of the end of Issa should be marked at the point he was on verge of creating a constitutional crisis when seeking a motion to hold AG Holder in contempt of Congress.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ morphus. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        — -***BIG fist bump*** :>)
        —WE C THAT —RACIST CRIMINAL —TARGETIN’ — –OUR – -TOP BLAH LEADERS! – –HAH!

        — YEAH – – -HE’s – —Goin’ —
        — ———— ————– – – – – – – -DOWN!!

        – –The “TEFLON” – –is WEARIN’ OFF! HAH!

        OH –annnd – – -a —FEW of his CRIMES –VIOLATED the CONSTITUTION 2. :>)
        – – -☺http://mediamatters.org/research/2011/01/11/report-media-ignore-rep-issas-alleged-criminal/174997
        – – – –Good 2 C U morphus. :>)-
        – — -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- –

        • morphus

          Morntin GLH! BIG HUGS and Fist Bump. Issa used oversight committee as a shield because DOJ had him in its sight.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Morphus – – -BEYOND IRONIC! LOL – –

            -The TEFLON is ERODING- – —–HAH.
            – –KARMA —will get the “W”!- -

    • qosine

      ” . . . now Rep. Cummings has schooled him on what they don’t play in Baltimore.”

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – —La Qosine. :>) – -***BIG fist bump*** :>)

        —Oohhh — -“issa-Criminal” –STR8 —di-int know. —HE SHOULDA —AXED somebody! LOL

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    New York City Lawmaker Wants To Give Free Lunches To All Students

    Last week, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James announced a plan to give all students in the city’s public schools free lunches, regardless of need, Gothamist reports. Her office estimates that 250,000 students are eligible for the program but aren’t participating, likely because of the bureaucracy of enrolling as well as the stigma associated with receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Making the meals available to all lifts the hurdles of stigma and paperwork.[....]

    It would cost the city $20 million to implement her plan, but the cost
    of the free lunches would be reimbursed by the federal government.
    That’s thanks to the expansion of a program from the Department of
    Agriculture that gives all students free breakfast and lunch,
    regardless of income, in high-poverty areas. It originally targeted 11
    states, but as of July, it will be expanded to 22,000 schools and reach 9 million children.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/education/2014/03/17/3410911/new-york-city-free-lunch/

    H/T Bryce Covert

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma.
      I’m running across the sand toward the water . . .

      • Alma98

        LOL…Hey qosine!

        • qosine

          Hey, Alma; there you are!
          I couldn’t see you over the dunes! LOL

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Everyone :)

      • Alma98

        Hey rikyrah!

  • creolechild

    Pretty sure he won’t be allowed to sell Tesla’s in NJ after this…

    Elon Musk Writes A Blistering Takedown Of Chris Christie And New Jersey’s Decision To Ban Tesla’s Sales Model

    [....] “On Tuesday, under pressure from the New Jersey auto dealer lobby to protect its monopoly, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, composed of political appointees of the Governor,
    ended your right to purchase vehicles at a manufacturer store within the state. Governor Christie had promised that this would be put to a vote of the elected state legislature, which is the appropriate way to change the law. When it became apparent to the auto dealer lobby that this approach would not succeed, they cut a backroom deal with the Governor to circumvent the legislative process and pass a regulation that is fundamentally contrary to the intent of the law.”

    And later, he adds: “The rationale given for the regulation change that requires auto companies to sell through dealers is that it ensures “consumer protection”. If you believe this, Gov. Christie has a bridge closure he wants to sell you! Unless they are referring to the mafia version of “protection”, this is obviously untrue. As anyone who has been through the conventional auto dealer purchase process knows, consumer protection is pretty much the furthest thing from the typical car dealer’s mind.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-blog-post-on-new-jersey-2014-3

    H/T Jay Yarow

    • qosine

      I guess the dealers see themselves as consumers?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – – – -MR. PRESIDENT♥- –

    – – –☺http://thehill.com/video/administration/200122-obama-authorizes-sanctions-on-russia
    — —–Obama authorizes sanctions on Russia

    – – -President Obama on Thursday authorized new sanctions on Russia that will restrict travel and freeze the assets of people the Obama administration identifies as being involved in the invasion of Crimea.

    Obama also criticized plans by local officials in Crimea to hold a secession vote to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, which he said would violate the Ukrainian constitution and international law.
    – – -THERE IS MORE —-COMMENDATIONS -SIR♥ :>) –

  • creolechild

    In pictures: Holi, the festival of colours

    Indians are celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colours which comes
    at the end of the winter season and marks the beginning of spring.[Click on link to view slideshow.]

    Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26607365

    H/T BBC

  • creolechild

    Manufacturing Production in U.S. Rises by Most in Six Months

    [....] The 0.8 percent gain at manufacturers followed a revised 0.9 percent slump in the prior month that was the biggest since May 2009, figures from the Federal Reserve in Washington showed today. The median forecast called for a 0.3 percent advance. Total industrial production rose 0.6 percent, more than projected.

    The advance shows output began to pick up after snowstorms in the eastern U.S. prevented some factories from receiving parts and materials in January. Stronger demand from consumers and companies would help bolster manufacturers, which are faced with a build-up in inventories.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-17/manufacturing-production-in-u-s-increases-by-most-since-august.html

    H/T Lorraine Woellert

  • creolechild

    Apps to hook boys on reading

    Do you have a little boy who loves video games but is not so keen about reading? Nosy Crow, one of the pre-eminent developers of interactive book apps for kids, designed its new storybook app “Jack and the Beanstalk” to address this issue. The app purposely blurs the distinction between a book and a game to create a new reading
    experience.[....] In Read and Play mode, the story is narrated while the words highlight and the characters appear fully animated.

    Kids can extend the story’s narrative by touching the characters to hear what they are thinking or to learn more about what they can do. They can also choose to read the story to themselves. What makes this version special – besides the lovely illustrations and lively animations – is the addition of game elements. For example, climbing up the vine becomes a mini-game of jumping between three possible vines where some stop midway up.

    The giant’s castle houses an additional nine games, each found in a
    different room. The games vary, but kids will have a blast sneaking
    gold out from under the sleeping giant, rescuing a baby dragon by
    solving a puzzle and directing a bucket as it plunges down a well to
    retrieve a gold ball for a frog prince. Near the end, the giant’s
    chasing Jack turns into a side-scrolling jumping game where kids tap Jack to make him jump over scattered barrels.[....]

    Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/gudmundsen/2014/02/02/best-app-books-for-boys/4943529/

    H/T Jenny Gudmundsen

    • qosine

      Nice.
      “Kids can extend the story’s narrative by touching the characters to hear what they are thinking or to learn more about what they can do.” Like the game elements, too.

  • creolechild

    Fraidy cat Dems should use this opening by pivoting off the GOP’s talking point to show how Affordable Health Care positively impacts people’s lives…and run hard, and unapologetically, with it.

    Koch Group Abandons Obamacare ‘Horror’ Stories After Fact-Check Backlash

    [....] Americans for Prosperity, the well-funded conservative group that has been attacking Democrats in battleground states over the health care reform law, put out TV ads Monday against Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mark Udall (D-CO). But what’s notable about the ads is what they aren’t: A personalized story of someone who’s been negatively affected by Obamacare, the kind of verifiable set of facts that can be checked — and rebutted, as happened with a recent AFP ad that led to significant backlash from the fact-checking community.[...]

    “People don’t like political ads. I don’t like them either,” a woman
    tells the camera to start AFP’s new ads, announced Monday by the group. “But health care isn’t about politics. It’s about people.” She then criticizes the law for canceled health plans, narrow provider networks and higher premiums while linking Landrieu and Udall
    to those problems — but she speaks in general talking points. The new ad buy is $1.7 million across the two states, and the spots will run for three weeks.[....]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/afp-obamacare-horror-stories-no-more

    H/T Dylan Scott

    • conlakappa

      Stamping on every ad “this is a real story.”

      • qosine

        Inspired by true events, though facts
        have been degraded to reflect our
        true talking points.

        • conlakappa

          I think the Administration is being very strategic in asking that real stories be sent. They are there at the ready, coded by State, for pols to use. But we know they’re too trifling to do that. Better to complain that he’s not the boss of them.

          • qosine

            Yes to the Admin being strategic re: real stories,
            coded by State. YES to “they’re too trifling . . . .Better to complain that he’s not the boss of them.”
            By the way, saw Fairfax Co. and DC all snowed in this morning. You mentioned big things re: your office. Off today, though?

          • conlakappa

            I am here with the client reps through the next 35 minutes, as scheduled. I’ll probably eat my lunch after that then head out.

          • creolechild

            Be careful on your way home, Conlakappa.

          • conlakappa

            Thanks, I will. It’s actually still snowing here in D.C. but I don’t know what’s happening my way. Client meetings finally over. Plenty of work to do at home when I get there.

  • Alma98

    So after all the racist rhetoric last week the GOP releases an ad aimed at minorities & women. Could these people be any more delusional. Yes I want join people who don’t think I have the right to vote and thinks my husband and sons were born lazy. gtfooh!

  • creolechild

    Restauranteur Saves Bakery Because It Employs Ex-Cons

    When San Francisco restaurateur Andrew Stoloff agreed to consult
    on the finances of an inner-city bakery in nearby Richmond, he found a failing business, a part-time staff of 14 former prison inmates, and decrepit equipment 20 to 30 years old. Over several months, as he spent time with the employees, Stoloff learned how the bakery had changed their lives.

    He fell in love with the mission and, against the advice of family and friends, he bought the bakery himself. Today, Rubicon Bakery is a moneymaking business, employing 105 full-time staff, some with only a sixth-grade education and many having served time in prison.[...]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/business/restauranteur-saves-bakery-to-employ-ex-cons.html

    H/T Marilyn Jones, Joel Arellano, and GNN

  • Miranda

    LOL….Beyonce has that ‘dont start with me right now’ look.

    Terrible Twos: Blue Ivy Pitches A Fit As She Leaves Germany With Bey & Jay (PHOTOS)
    Mar 17, 2014
    http://globalgrind.com/2014/03/17/blue-ivy-carter-crying-germany-airport-beyonce-jay-z-photos/?utm_source=Twitter

    • Alma98

      Beyonce face is saying I know you’re not trying to try me right now lol. I had a friend named blue in the fifth grade.
      I’ll never forget her passing out when we were getting vaccinated at school. She had a cast on her leg too lol.
      Yes schools used to do free vaccinations, those with the big circles on their arm know what I’m talking about. lol

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

      “If you don’t fix yo’ face right now….”

      • Miranda

        I wish there were video of that moment when Beyonce whirled around with Blue Ivy and pretty much threw her in the arms of JayZ while she said “here! get her!”..because we all know that happened. I can tell you right now that most certainly happened. LOL

  • qosine

    Hey, sagittarius, are you around?
    If feeling quiet, a few clicks to say you’re ok?

    • qosine

      Hey, gn. Good to see your click, too:)

    • qosine

      Hey, hey sagittarius. Thanks for the clicks:)

  • Miranda

    I absolutely cannot wait to hear the conspiracy theories with this one.

    Internet transition triggers GOP backlash
    By JESSICA MEYERS and ERIN MERSHON
    Updated: 3/16/14 11:24 AM EDT

    The Obama administration’s decision to relinquish oversight over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture has raised an early red flag with Republicans, who blast the move as a threat to free speech.

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has managed the Web’s domain-name system under contract with the U.S. government for more than a decade — but the Los Angeles-based nonprofit has worked to transform itself into a global organization free of U.S. ties. European Union officials backed the globalization effort, which intensified with Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s sprawling surveillance programs.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/internet-transition-triggers-gop-backlash-104698.html#ixzz2wEhEwZ2q

  • Miranda

    Yet another ACA ‘horror story’ draws scrutiny
    03/17/14 09:19 AM—UPDATED 03/17/14 10:01 AM

    After all the recent troubles conservatives have had with “Obamacare victims” in attack ads that turned out to be wrong, the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity wouldn’t push its luck with another dubious commercial, would it?

    Of course it would.
    Conservative group Americans for Prosperity launched a $700,000 ad campaign targeting Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) for his support of the Affordable Care Act. The ad, which will be broadcast statewide beginning Thursday and running for the next three weeks, brings the group’s total spending on the Senate race to more than $1.3 million.

    In the ad, a woman identified as Wanda of Marion, Ark., says Blue Cross Blue Shield notified her and her husband that their health coverage would be canceled as of December 2014. “Well now, when somebody tells you if you like it, you can keep it, you believe them,” she says, referring to remarks President Barack Obama made when he was touting the health care law. “But that’s not so in this case.”

    more here: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/yet-another-aca-horror-story-draws-scrutiny

    • qosine

      They know that PBO meant that the ACA would not affect
      people who already had insurance through their employer,
      Changes wouldn’t apply to their group insurance, unless
      their employee changed the plans (like they always do).

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      SMH

    • jds09

      Lemon has been traded already, right?

    • qosine

      “Dam”Media: Ok. One tweet asked if we would “discuss the remote possibility of something super natural.” There is no
      remote possibility of something super natural. Any other tweets?

  • creolechild

    Can’t TouchThis

    [....] The Pentagon has once more gotten a reprieve from the budget ax: Under Murray and Ryan’s congressional budget deal, the Pentagon will get an additional $32 billion, or 4.4 percent, in 2014, leaving its base budget at a higher level than in 2005 and 2006.[....] Before the budget deal, some critics of defense spending had been ready to accept sequestration as the blunt, imperfect tool that might force the military to shed some of the bulk it acquired while fighting two of the longest and most expensive wars in our history.[....]

    Not so long ago, a hawkish GOP politician called for the “bloated” defense establishment to “be pared down” and retooled for the 21st century. The new budget deal doesn’t reissue the blank check the Pentagon received during the past decade, but it may have removed the incentive to pare down. Below, a field guide to just how big the Pentagon budget is—and why it’s so hard to trim. (That GOP politician? Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, now the secretary of defense.)

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/pentagon-budget-deal-charts-cuts#big

    H/T Dave Gilson

    • morphus

      Riight. GOP looking for bloat yet fails to question how the Pentagon ‘loses’ trillions or can’t certify its annual spending.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — — -A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT♥- :>)

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    Ever since, Ashley has focused his life on the game. As a student at
    Brooklyn Technical High School, he joined the Black Bear School of
    Chess. From 1991 to 1997, Ashley was the chess director of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, at which he led teams to three national championships.
    On March 17, 1999 he became the latest of the world’s 470 grandmasters, and the first black person to reach the game’s highest rank as a result of his play in a tournament sponsored by the Manhattan Chess Club. The rank is conferred by the International Chess Federation to players who amass a set number of points in 24 official games played within a seven-year period. Of the federation’s 85,000 members, 45 are grandmasters, including 10 in the New York City area. Before winning his last points, Ashley’s rank was international master, one step below grandmaster.
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  • creolechild

    This was an interesting case…

    NJ Judge Affirms That Women Take Precedence In Pre-Birth Decisions Because They ‘Bear The Child’

    [....] Rebecca DeLuccia was in a relationship with Steven Plotnick in late 2012, and pregnant in February of the next year. He proposed marriage. They became engaged. The engagement and the relationship ended by September, 2013, with DeLuccia’s due date still to come in November. Shortly after that point, Plotnick hired a lawyer to press his requests for involvement in the pregnancy and in the child’s life. Most immediately, he wanted to require DeLuccia to notify him when she went into labor and to force her to let him, as the father, be present at the delivery.

    However, there are no laws defining such rights for a ‘putative’ (or assumed) father. But there are well-established laws about the rights of women and their pregnancies. In a refreshing turn of events for these times, Judge Mohammed made plentiful use of precedents to back up those rights.[....] Plotnick was allowed to visit the baby after her birth, though his application for an injunction from the court was denied. Brick said that the mother was always “going to provide him access to the child, as a visitor, through normal hospital procedure.”

    Also important were Plotnick’s requests to be named as the father on the birth certificate, to have his surname appear on the birth
    certificate — both denied because the mother did not consent — and to have parenting time with the child. Those issues were successfully negotiated through the attorneys of the two parties, so there will be no appeal of the November ruling.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/16/nj-judge-affirms-women-take-precedence-pre-birth-decisions-bear-child/

    H/T Deborah Montesano

    • qosine

      Judge Mohammed’s ruling and rationale is indeed “refreshing.”

      NJ Judge Affirms That Women Take Precedence In Pre-Birth Decisions Because They ‘Bear The Child’

      In a refreshing turn of events for these times, Judge Mohammed made plentiful use of precedents to back up those rights.

    • morphus

      “Women’s claims to physical autonomy and good health overruled any claims of ‘personhood’ for their fetuses, or of the rights of men to force decisions on them about the birth process.”

      Question, should “autonomy and good health” be read as the combination that must be present to trump personhood laws used to jail pregnancy women in the South?

      • qosine

        Hmm. Jail being injurious to the “autonomy and good
        health” of the “bearer of the child”?

        • morphus

          OK, I see what happening, cases filed against women are for fetal endangerment.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Bravo! RT @ryanjreilly: Yale University students, faculty press @ChrisCoons over vote on Debo Adegbile #DOJ pic.twitter.com/eHzPEKC6vX
    –THANK U – -Yale. :>) – –Fight ON. :>)

    • qosine

      I’ve been thinking that Harry Reid’s going to circle back on
      the vote for Debo Adegbile. Putting pressure on nay voters
      can help his case.

      • GreenLadyHere

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        Sooo Proud of U♥

        —B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – -:>)

        • qosine

          Thank you, for remembering. GreenLady!!!!
          O Happy Day . . . .

          • GreenLadyHere

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          • qosine

            Perfect, GreenLady. So joyous – just how I feel:)

          • GreenLadyHere

            :>) La Qosine. :>) My pleasure :>)

          • TyrenM

            I would say “tell me how you did it…” but I’m good. Congrats!

          • qosine

            Thank you Tyren! . . . “1 day . . .” lol

          • GreenLadyHere

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  • creolechild

    Resale Store Refuses to Give Homeless Man a Coat, Woman Opens Free Shop in Response

    A little store in a Hollister, Missouri shopping center is offering
    the basic needs — clothing, hygiene items and baby supplies — at
    incredible prices. They’re all free. The shop, called Selfless
    Blessings, was started by Andrea Berdine after she witnessed a thrift store turning away a man who asked if he could have one of their coats. “He wasn’t asking for money,” she told KY3 news. “He was cold, and he was wet, and he needed a coat.”

    Like many of us, Berdine was compelled to act. “I found him, gave him a coat… (and) told him how sorry we were, couldn’t believe that happened in our community,” she says. After posting her frustration on Facebook, a new group was born, wanting to do good for those in need. Now she runs a shop of her own where people throughout the community drop off their used clothes and household items so Andrea and her volunteers can give them away.

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/individuals/store-refuses-to-give-man-coat-so-lady-opens-free-shop.html

    H/T KY3.com and GNN

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — — – – –NAME: — -Bayard Rustin
    – —– -OCCUPATION: — – Civil Rights Activist
    —— — BIRTH DATE: —-March 17, 1912

    – – –☺http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4482205/bayard-rustin
    – — – — – -Bayard Rustin –Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony Nov 20, 2013

    — —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z66EZVtW_Q

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    – – — WE HONOR U on YOUR BIRTHDAY♥- – With PROFOUND APPRECIATION♥- –RIHEP♥

  • Miranda

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Mahopac’s Racist Tweets are Much of America’s Tweets
    Mar 17, 14

    Here is an extensive sampling of the racist tweets that got the mostly white Mahopac High School in Westchester County, New York in hot water and drew recent national attention.

    “That’s why you shouldn’t let monkeys out of their cages #MtVernonZoo,” @ryansarf.

    @max_Senger1. posted the extremely racist picture of a Confederate flag with the simple word: “Hello.”

    “tough loss boys, but at least we can talk to our dads about it.”

    “Guess Dad’s not buying me that Ferarri now.”

    “We still have fewer illegitimate children than those guys.”

    “Good luck in prison after your brief pro careers, MV Knights.”

    “Good thing I’m not counting on a basketball scholarship. Good luck Knights on getting into Mount Vernon Community College.”

    “Can’t wait to read about the future success of the MV Knights in the state championship. One day, they might be able to read too.”

    “Will being a Varsity Basketball State Champ impress your future cellmates?”

    “It’s nice to see the success of the SNAP program in Mount Vernon. Your ‘head start’ has really paid off.”

    “Hard loss. Going to have to blow off steam tomorrow at the Mahopec Country Club Golf Course. #whitesonly”

    The tweets were posted and sent following the near all white Mahopac basketball teams narrow loss to the predominantly black Mount Vernon High School on February 27. Now it’s true that eight Mahopac students were suspended, and the coach Kevin Downes, who is African-American, resigned. The Mt Vernon district superintendent demanded that the basketball team be placed on a one year suspension.( It didn’t happen). And that school officials warned the student body to be on good behavior.

    more here: http://www.eurweb.com/2014/03/earl-ofari-hutchinson-mahopacs-racist-tweets-are-much-of-americas-tweets/

    • Alma98

      This is the reason I don’t agree with white liberals who think the younger generation is better at diversity than their parents & grandparents. They’re raised by the same people who think poc are lazy thugs.

      • qosine

        ICAM

      • jziglar

        I agree. I believe that it has improved with my generation, but it will never go away because you will always have people who hold racist beliefs.

      • gn

        Yup, wishful thinking.

      • Aquagranny911

        I have to both agree & disagree a bit. I think you hit on the major factor here: It is how the kiddos are being raised up that really matters. The young people cited in Miranda’s link seem like over privileged brats raised by nasty racist parents. I would hope they are but a small minority rather than a total reflection of their generation.

        In a lot of my day to day life I see young people who are very tolerant & liberal. I will admit that my Fam & social circle is hardly typical so my judgement on this may be biased toward more positivity plus I’m optimistic by nature. I’ve been meeting recently with some college students who really lift me up & give me hope.

  • creolechild

    Apps encourage kids to create movies and comics

    Here are three fun apps to help unleash your child’s creative juices:

    ABCya Animate (ABCya.com, best for ages 7-14, $1.99, iPad) – This app provides kids with the tools to create their own stop-motion animated films. They can draw their own pictures, use typing and select stickers to animate. They can fill up to 99 frames to create their short film. By viewing an excellent video tutorial, kids discover that they can copy their art from previous frames into the next frame and then slightly move the objects to create a smooth animation.[...]

    Easy Studio, Animate with Shapes! (Les Trois Elles Interactive, best for age 7-14, $1.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) – [....] In the Easy mode, kids work their way through five progressively more difficult tutorials, learning to build a snowman and make a train chug across the scene. In each scene, they match shapes to outlined positions, snapping a photo in between each step to create the animation.[....]

    FriendStrip Kids (ProtoInPress, best for ages 6-12, Free, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android) – Offering 16 different categories, including such diverse topics as Creature Busters, Princesses, Pirates, BFF and Time Travelers, the app lets kids choose one comic strip from each category to download. Then, they can personalize the comic by striking a pose and snapping their photos to add into the strip.The app cleverly indicates where you should be in the photo and then transposes you into the scene along with the essential comic strip elements.[....]

    Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/

    H/T Jinny Gudmundsen

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

    @tommyxtopher: 538 is a failure! Repeal! Repeal! RT @DylanByers: FiveThirtyEight was live for me for about 20 minutes, now down again …

    • creolechild

      But did they have hold music?

      • qosine

        Ezra Klein’s voice. lol

        • Alma98

          LOL!

      • Alma98

        LOL

    • Alma98

      heehee

  • creolechild

    Oh, so Bubba’s a Putin stan now? Was he critiquing foreign policy when Bush was in office? Completely unable to restrain himself from trying to take demean PBO’s accomplishments every chance he gets. Trifling, petty, AND insecure…

    Clinton: Say What You Want About Putin, But He’s ‘Pretty Transparent’

    Former President Bill Clinton this weekend opined on Russian
    President Vladimir Putin, contending that at the very least Putin is
    clear about his motives. “The one thing I will say about him: He was always pretty transparent. He never pretended to be anyone he wasn’t,” Clinton said about the Russian leader at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, according to the Washington Post. Clinton added that Putin is “highly intelligent,” but that his patriotism hurt ordinary Russian citizens.[....]

    Read more (or not): http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-clinton-putin-transparent

    H/T Caitlin MacNeal

    • GreenLadyHere

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      Goood 2 C u creolechild. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ —

      • creolechild

        Good morning baby doll. Big hugs and glad you’re ok after the mild earthquake.

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) creolechild. :>) – –THANK U. – –I’m O.K. :>)

      • aleth

        Why did that clip remind of a scandal episode? lol lol lol lol I imagine them having to call Olivia pope

        • GreenLadyHere

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    • Kennymack1971

      Sit down and shut up Bill. I can’t stand his ass.

    • Alma98

      You had your time Bill now STFU!

      • conlakappa

        Wait, don’t you remember Carter being given a hot microphone every time Billy Jeff did something policy wise? Wait, you don’t?! Must have been something seen in Narnia.

    • MsKitty

      Jealousy and bitterness isn’t a good look, Bubba. Despite what you were led to believe, you were NOT the first Black POTUS.

      Deal with it.

      • conlakappa

        True, as much as Candidate Obama got in the way of her history and legacy, so too does he step all over the legacy of Billy Jeff. That’s gotta be a burning sensation twice. Yes, metaphor used intentionally.

    • conlakappa

      Pretty transparent? There are degrees of transparency now?! But this is the man who parsed is so what can we expect?

  • JB20005

    The most revealing aspect of Russia’s incursion into Crimea is that there still remains a reflexively pro-Russian contingent among the American left.

    But the question is, why? This is not the USSR. Putin’s Russia isn’t even nominally socialist. It’s a right-authoritarian, petro-state. It’s Saddam-era Iraq with snow.

    What left-fringe favored policy has come about during Putin’s reign?

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

      “The enemy (Putin) of my enemy (PBO) is my friend.”

    • Alma98

      What Sepia said.

  • TyrenM

    We aren’t the only ones calling bs on GiGi and Snowden.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tom-ricks-glenn-greenwald-edward-snowden

    Author asks for GG to denounce Putin invasion. Crickets.

    • Miranda

      I saw a few others on my timeline taking notice that GG hasn’t said shit bout Putin…….his shit bout to be found out and there is nothing he can do about it.

    • GreenLadyHere

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      — —Let’s HOPE that -THIS will SPREAD! :>)- —

      —Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥

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

      It’s about time!

    • qosine

      Good! Bring him down.

    • Aquagranny911

      Good one!

  • Miranda

    GG hasn’t said one word against Russia….I see quite few taking notice on my timeline.
    ————————-
    Journalist Tom Ricks ‘Beginning To Believe The Worst’ About Greenwald And Snowden

    MARCH 17, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

    Tom Ricks has a growing suspicion that Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden are up to something.

    On Saturday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter posed a question to Greenwald on Twitter.

    “Glenn, any comments from you or Edward Snowden on the recent round of media shutdowns in Russia?” Ricks asked.

    After initially referring Ricks to Snowden’s representative at the ACLU, Greenwald asked Ricks if he had any comment on “Peruvian police corruption,” “corporate waste dumping in E Africa,” or a U.S. drone strike from last year that killed 13 people en route to a wedding party in Yemen.

    Sure, Ricks said, he’d be “happy to comment,” but not before he saw Greenwald denounce Vladmir Putin “and his crackdown.”

    The next day, after he evidently didn’t get the response from Greenwald that he was looking for, Ricks took to Twitter to denounce “Peruvian police corruption and US drones that kill innocents.”

    “Now [your] turn to discuss Putin,” Ricks said to Greenwald.

    By Monday morning, the silence had distressed Ricks so much that he was ready to suggest a pretty harsh criticism of both Greenwald and Snowden.

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tom-ricks-glenn-greenwald-edward-snowden

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • conlakappa

      Awesome!

      • GreenLadyHere

        conlakappa – – –***BIG fist bump*** – –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – –☺ ‏@YeaYouRite
    BOOM: Kaiser study: early signs that ObamaCare is increasing competition & lowering premiums: http://kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/sizing-up-exchange-market-competition/ … Woo! Hoo! :>)

    • conlakappa

      That’s like econ 101, no matter how the Rs and media minders try to tell us otherwise.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY conlakappa :>) ***BIG HUG*** —-
        – – –***BIG fist bump*** – –:>) – -Maybe THEY need a “Refresher Course” –’cause THEY FAILED it the firsttime. :>) LOL
        – —Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>)

  • conlakappa

    Disqus sent a comment to moderation. It was about Green-what’sit…

    • goldenstar

      So, is Disqus acting up (as usual) or did you commit heresy?

      • Aquagranny911

        Probably both. our Conla has a wicked wit & Discus sucks. It was a twofer….

    • Aquagranny911

      Just exactly what did you say? Inquiring minds do want to know…….

      • conlakappa

        Something about him being too busy working on his part of a panel discussion about national security and media. I noted that under his name and photo [blech!] was written [via Skype] and that MIcrosoft should figure out how to get paid every time he uses it. I saw it in a 1/2 page ad in yesterday’s NY Times.

        • Aquagranny911

          Nothing wrong with that! Discus was toying with you. Maybe the reference to “green” threw off it’s little circuits because you didn’t offer it beer. Maybe Discus is Irish today?

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -ALEXANDER2♥ – – -MEDIA ALERT:- –Ms. JOY-d’ANN[ihilator]♥ – –

    — –HOT TOPICS: – – -ABOLITIONISTS; —MR. PRESIDENT♥ —Malysia. :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Alex! This is going to be a great series. Vice Adm Howard is a remarkable woman. Kudos to the Navy for recognizing that.

  • goldenstar

    Now, we’re talkin’….

    Women’s organization asks State Attorney Angela Corey to resign
    National Organization for Women calls for Angela Corey to stand down
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –

    The National Organization for Women announced Monday it is pushing for State Attorney Angela Corey’s resignation over the case of Marissa Alexander.

    Corey has arguably been right in the middle of some controversial court cases. The cases range from the George Zimmerman trial, to the Michael Dunn trial and now to the case of Alexander.

    Alexander is facing up to 60 years in prison for shooting toward her estranged husband, which supporters of Alexander said was in self-defense.

    Rod Sullivan teaches law at the Florida Coastal School of Law and doesn’t think the publicity will make Corey stand down.

    “I don’t think it will have any impact at all,” said Sullivan. “Angela Corey has been in her position for years and I think she’s immune from that sort of public pressure.”

    In a statement to Channel 4, the State Attorney’s Office said, “State Attorney Angela Corey will continue to vigorously seek justice for our two child victims and their father. We intend to seek justice in the courtroom and not in the media, where the spread of misinformation has been extensive.”

    However, the push for Corey’s resignation will not stop anytime soon. Angie Nixon is with Florida New Majority, a group that has backed Alexander’s release.

    “We feel Angela Corey lacks good judgment as well as character,” said Nixon. “From the prosecution of the Marissa Alexander case, to the botching of George Zimmerman, to Dunn, to over prosecuting juveniles in Jacksonville.”

    Florida New Majority is looking for candidates to run against Corey in 2016.

    http://www.news4jax.com/news/prominent-organization-asks-fla-state-attorney-to-resign/24908732

    • Aquagranny911

      NOW….tada, yada, yada….color me ‘Not impressed’….Crayon #43 in my box of 125.

      • conlakappa

        They are trying to get better. It’s not Friedan’s NOW any more. And, hey, gave ‘em a star sticker for even weighing in.

        • Aquagranny911

          OK, but just because you say so & I’m feeling generous today but it has to be one of those really little gold stars like the stingy Nuns gave out when I was a kiddo.

          • Aquagranny911

            Addendum:

            I got a memory & have to tell this story. When I was in third grade, Sister F left the classroom momentarily while we were all doing a worksheet. Our class bad boy got into her stash of gold stars & was busily licking them & pasting on all our work sheets when she came back & caught him.

            Of course, he ran which he always did. She grabbed one of those big soft chalk board erasers & pegged him on the back of the head. (The woman had an arm & loved baseball) That stopped him & he got the ruler but will all enjoyed it even if we couldn’t laugh out loud. I think she liked the chico because no matter what he did, she never gave him more than two whacks. She was actually a very good teacher. I had her for two years & I liked her a lot.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • Aquagranny911

    Question of the day…

    Why can’t some men go to the groceria to pick up a few things on a list without calling home at least 3 times for guidance? Plus I just know he will also buy things not on the list. ieeeee! (that is me screaming & pulling at my hair!)