October 21, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: African-American Gamers

Its gonna be a hot one today so be careful in dem screets Obots!

Here’s an interesting new game device. The GameSkunk. Created by the minority-owned firm Sensory Acumen, Inc.

(Michael Coleman, Chief Creative Officer, Charlene Childers-Coleman, CEO, and Carl Childers, VP)

ORINDA, CA — The last American soldiers left Iraq just before Christmas, but for many of the 1.5 million who served, the sights and sensations they experienced will endure for a lifetime.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a malady that afflicts many veterans.  Increasingly researchers are finding that addressing the illness requires simulating the circumstances that triggered the response.

It wasn’t the market that Charlene Childers Coleman, CEO of Sensory Acumen Inc. and Michael Coleman, Chief Creative Officer and Carl Childers, Vice President, originally foresaw for their initial olfactory sensation delivery mechanism.

Game Skunk was developed to work with the more dramatically immersive world of video games.  “If you’re playing a racing game, it will give you the smell of burnt rubber,” said Michael Coleman during a segment of the documentary A Great Day in Gaming : From Queens to Silicon Valley: The Gerald A. Lawson Story.

The company showed its wares during the massive Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 10-13.

But when they saw a researcher using smell to treat wounded war veterans, they were more than willing to expand their horizons, said Charlene.

Charlene Coleman has been fascinated with technology since her father showed her a digital watch at the age of two.  Through a career in consumer electronics marketing, she’s studied the interface between people and their gadgets.

As the family of innovators choose the market to bring smell into technology to launch their own company, they’ve also made a commitment to take the development through every stage of manufacturing and distribution.

“It’s important to us to build a company, not just to develop something and spin it off,” said Charlene.


  • goldenstar

    This is a great series. Thanks for this. I would love to meet all of these inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Wow!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ goldenstar. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – — ***fist bump*** :>)—This has been CREATIVE annnd INSPIRING. :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>)

    • GN

      Yes, I second that alongside GLH. Yet another terrific weekly series highlighting some fantastic technology people; I always love to read about people of color doing the damn thing, and POU never disappoints.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ miranda. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    Been wakin’ up erry morntin’ eager 2 read annnd learn more about these BLAH GAMESTERS. :>) Soooo EXCITING!! :>)

    TODAY’s ENTRY – –made me teary. – -Using this industry 2 SERVE those who have SERVED THIS COUNTRY- – -BEYOND CREATIVE annd HUMANITARIAN. :>)

    – – – –Game Skunk was developed to work with the more dramatically immersive world of video games. – – SNIP- But when they saw a researcher using smell to treat wounded war veterans, they were more than willing to expand their horizons, said Charlene.– — BLESS HER. :>)

    THANK U 4 this AMAZING SERIES.- – — I will share this information annnd ENCOURAGE the young people that I talk with 2 consider- – -INVESTING as well as PLAYING. :>)

    Have a good day- –miranda. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –THIS “fire” is just weighin’ on me. PRAYING 4 all the VICTIMS annnd their families annnd friends- –near annnd far. AMEN.- –

    – — – Weekly Address: An All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Fighting the Colorado Wildfires – – –

    – – – – President Obama speaks to the American people from Colorado, where he toured areas impacted by the devastating Waldo Canyon fire, met with affected families, and thanked firefighters, first responders, and volunteers.


    – – THANK U – – -MR. PRESIDENT! – –BLESS U.:>)- – –

    • Aquagranny911

      Me too! I have family in Colorado, not close to the fire but air pollution is a factor in the Denver area.

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -Just basking in THIS GOOD NEWS- — –:>) – – –

    – – –No criminal prosecution of Holder for contempt– –

    – —The White House and the Justice Department made clear Friday what had been expected all along: Attorney General Eric Holder will not face criminal prosecution under the contempt of Congress citation passed by the U.S. House.

    Legal experts noted this week in the runup to Thursday’s House vote that President Barack Obama’s assertion of executive privilege in the case would prevent a criminal prosecution under a practice dating to the Reagan administration.

    The House also cited Holder for civil contempt to give it the option of filing a lawsuit compelling Holder to turn over documents sought by Oversight Committee investigators linked to the failed Operation Fast and Furious weapons crackdown. Such a case was expected to take years to complete.

    A letter Friday from the Justice Department to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, who led the investigation that brought the contempt charge against Holder, explained that “across administrations of both political parties, the longstanding position of the Department of Justice has been and remains that we will not prosecute” in such a circumstance.

    – – – —There was- – NO –EVIDENCE!!- — -NONE!!-

    Seee- – -SOMEONE ELSE can – – -SAY NO!!- -beside the –RE-THUGS!

    NOTE:- — Ms. Katherine Eban [Fortune.com] is on NOW.- –

    • GN

      How can a party claim to care so much about how tax dollars are spent while wasting such monumental resources on something this crazy, frivolous, extremist and deranged? “Conservative” indeed.

      • Aquagranny911

        They only “care” about how tax dollars are spent when the money goes to programs that really help the people.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY GN.- – ***BIG HUG**** :>)

        – – – –MELANIN!!!– – – —

        – – —Which is CAUSING- – -THIS- – ->Mitch McConnell Reaffirms His Top Priority To Limit Barack Obama To One Term– —

        —- -RACIST- – -B**TURD!!!!- – – –

        Good 2 C U –GN. :>)

  • rikyrah

    For Mitt Romney, there’s no escaping health care

    Associated Press

    So much for Mitt Romney escaping health care.

    Reminders of the Republican presidential candidate’s signature achievement as Massachusetts governor – a sweeping state health care overhaul – now are everywhere. And Democrats and liberals – from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to President Barack Obama to party faithful in Congress – are making sure everyone knows that Romney’s requirement that all people have health insurance was the basis of the federal mandate that the Supreme Court just upheld as a tax.

    “Congress followed Massachusetts’ lead,” Ginsburg wrote in the landmark decision. By design or not, she ended up giving Democrats ammunition against Romney.

    Romney has spent much of the presidential campaign shying away from talking about the law he signed as governor and that Obama used as a blueprint for his national health care plan. Both measures require individuals to have health insurance, mandate that businesses offer healthcare to their employees and provide subsidies or exemptions for people who can’t afford it. Both laws also impose penalties on people who can afford health insurance but decide not to buy coverage.

    The Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday highlighted those similarities.

    Mindful of them, Romney long has sought to justify his position: He defends the Massachusetts law but says he would repeal Obama’s national version. The Republican also has tried to explain away comparisons between the two measures by telling audiences he would have been happy to help the president write a better law.


  • rikyrah

    On Health Care Policy, Romney Favors G.O.P. Consensus


    Published: June 29, 2012

    Mitt Romney has pledged to stop “Obamacare” on Day 1 if he wins the White House. But what comes next?

    With the Supreme Court on Thursday upholding President Obama’s health care law, Mr. Romney faces increased pressure to flesh out alternatives to the law that he and other Republicans despise.

    Although Mr. Romney has repeatedly stressed his opposition to a federal mandate to buy insurance — a crucial provision of Mr. Obama’s law, modeled on a mandate Mr. Romney enacted as Massachusetts governor — he has devoted less time to describing his own health policies.

    But in speeches in the past year, he has made clear that he favors tax breaks, increased competition and devolving decisions to states to make health care more affordable, proposals that reflect a consensus on health policy that has solidified in the last decade among Republicans.

    Mr. Romney’s preferences, like those being proposed by Republicans in Congress, would put more emphasis on controlling health costs and less on reducing the ranks of the uninsured, the primary goal of the Obama plan. Conservatives say the new law does not seriously address rising health costs, a major factor in the high cost of insurance.

    One of Mr. Romney’s chief proposals could shake up how the vast majority of Americans get health care — through employers. He would give a tax break to people who buy insurance individually on the open market, so they would enjoy the same advantage as workers who get insurance as a benefit at work, which is not taxed as income.

    Aides to Mr. Romney said tax parity would introduce more consumer awareness of the costs of health insurance, and competition among insurers would drive down costs.

    A tax incentive to buy insurance “has the potential to be significant,” said Lanhee Chen, Mr. Romney’s policy director. “It can be something that really moves our health care system in a good direction.”

    Democrats warn that under such a system fewer employers will choose to offer health insurance, and older and sicker workers will be thrown into the market for individual insurance that they cannot afford.

    When Senator John McCain proposed in 2008 to offer a $5,000 tax credit to families for health insurance, independent analysts estimated that the ranks of the uninsured would rise by one million, to 21 million people.


    • nellcote

      Romney Favors G.O.P. Consensus
      that’s his whole campaign. He has no ideas of his own.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 06/29/2012
    Bobby Jindal’s big blow for states’ rights

    By Greg Sargent

    As you know, Bobby Jindal has reacted to the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare by declaring defiantly that his state won’t be implementing the law.

    “We’re not moving forward with the exchanges,” Jindal said. “Instead, we’re going to do everything we can to defeat President Obama, get rid of ObamaCare.”

    This has been greeted mostly as states’ rights bluster designed to appeal to a national conservative audience. But it’s also worth noting that in striking this great blow for Louisiana’s rights, he is basically ensuring that the federal government will come in and build the exchange in his state for him — potentially without his input on how best to tailor it to his own constituents.

    The Affordable Care Act requires states to have exchanges. A state has several options: It can build the exchange itself, or it can collaborate with the federal government to build it, or it can let the federal government run it. The state has to tell the feds what path it has decided to take by mid-November. If the state does not want to run its own exchange, or collaborate with the feds to run it, the feds will begin setting up the exchange themselves in January.

    If Jindal is serious about not implementing an exchange, the latter course is what will happen under the law, says Kathleen Stoll, the deputy executive director at the pro-Obamacare Families USA.

    “If the state hasn’t moved forward, at that point, the feds have to come in to run the exchange to protect the citizens of Lousiana,” Stoll says. “The irony is that Jindal has made a choice to waste time and available federal dollars he could have used to build a state exchange uniquely tailored to his vision and the needs of the people of Louisiana.”

    Of course, Jindal is probably banking on Obama losing the election, and Romney fulfilling his promise to repeal Obamacare on day one of his presidency. But that’s a pretty big gamble. Romney, of course, may never make it to the Oval Office. And even if he does, it’s far from clear, given the uncertainties surrounding what Congress will look like and how it will act, if he can even succeed in obliterating the law as promised. If that doesn’t happen, in come the feds.

    “He’s playing with the lives of thousands of people in Louisiana,” Stoll says. “The stakes here are high.”

    Of course, his state has the right to take this course of action if he so pleases.


    • caribbeanobserver

      I always feel soooo embarassed for Jindal. He is so not as aggressive as pretends to be.

      • nellcote

        yeah, but he’s sneaky as hell.

        • GreenLadyHere

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

          — –***MEGA- — fist bump!!***- – –BIG TIME OBSTRUCTIONIST SNEAKY!!- —

          I CAIN’T tolerate him!!- — -Trynta- -“fit in!””- – –

          Good 2 C U -nellcote. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        He reminds me of a weasel & it’s not just his physical appearance.

    • GreenLadyHere

      rikyrah- – -**BIG HUG*** :>)

      – —YA MEAN—-THIS- –MR. ROGERS- – –errr – — JINDAL??– – -LOL.

      Good 2 C U. :>)

      • gc

        He’s something that needs to be scraped off the bottom of a shoe.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -THIS says:- – -SHUT UP annnd IMPLEMENT the LAW!!- –LOL- —

    – – –Scott Walker Gets Smacked Down by the Constitution and Told to Implement Obamacare – —

    – – — Scott Walker got schooled today by the Wisconsin Republican AG. Van Hollen told Walker that actually, Governor Walker has to comply with federal law and implement Obamacares.

    Two days ago I told you how Scott Walker had announced he was going to violate federal law by not implementing the Affordable Care Act even if the Supreme Court upheld it. His plan was to just wait until the “next president” repealed it.

    After they upheld it, the cheese state cowboy who acts like Bush but is really more Nixon sans the smarts doubled down, flaunting his lawless defiance of the law:

    Walker issued a statement Thursday morning in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s upholding of ACA in which he doubled down on his promise not to implement ObamaCares and called for repealing the federal health care law. Walker said the state will not implement the law until after the November elections.

    Because, you know, laws are for Democrats.

    It turns out that even the Republican Wisconsin AG Van Hollen agrees that yes, Walker has to comply with federal law. – -SNIP-

    After the SCOTUS ruling yesterday, Van Hollen said that Walker is obligated to follow the law according to its deadlines. That gives Walker just a few months to throw together something in time for the November deadline (insert laughter here).– —

    -HAH!!- – -DOUBLE HAH!! – — –

  • rikyrah

    June 29, 2012 4:10 PM
    Can Romney Remain Absurd Until November?

    By Ed Kilgore
    If you will forgive yet another post on the implications of the Supreme Court’s ACA decision, it is important to understand that for all the “excitement” and “motivation” it may create among “base voters,” this development also makes every day on the campaign trail a tightrope for Mitt Romney. He was already going to have to navigate his way to November talking constantly about the economy and the federal budget even as he was stuck with economic and budget policies that would horrify swing voters if they were aware of them. And now there will be no escape from the subject of a national health reform initiative modeled on his own plan in a gubernatorial administration that now seems about a million years away from where he has landed ideologically in order to win his party’s presidential nomination.

    National Journal’s Michael Hirsh refers to Romney’s current positioning on health care as presenting an “Absurd Romney:”

    The difficulty of Absurd Romney’s task is pointed up by Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who helped Romney design his 2006 health insurance program in Massachusetts. He says that the then-governor used reasoning and language very similar to that of Chief Justice John Roberts in arguing for the necessity of an individual mandate. While Roberts said that Congress did not have the right to mandate behavior, it did retain the right to “tax and spend,” including penalizing people for not buying health care.

    “It’s a penalty for free riding on the system. That’s the way Gov. Romney talked about it,” says Gruber, who later became one of the key architects of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which was modeled in part on the Romney law. “Justice Roberts used similar language today.” Back in the 2000s, when Gruber demonstrated to Romney with computer models that, absent an individual mandate, one-third of Massachusetts’ poorest and sickest would remain uninsured (and drive up costs for everyone), Romney jumped on the point, instantly converted, says Gruber. Romney went at the problem “like a management consultant or an engineer” with no ideological taint, even against the advice of his conservative political advisers, Gruber says. “They were concerned about the politics of universal health care. He argued them down.”

    Today, says Gruber, Romney is being “completely disingenuous” in arguing against a law whose principles he once embraced. And somewhat absurd. Gruber says Romney’s suggestion that, as in Massachusetts when he was governor, states should be permitted to decide on their health care plans is also disingenuous. Massachusetts could devise its health care law only because it had access to a large amount of federal money, a $385 million Medicaid grant that it needed to use to extend care to the poor. “He says the states could do it but not the federal government. Well, actually the states can’t do it” because they don’t have the money, says Gruber. “What he should be saying is that he ‘ll give the states a trillion dollars to come up with their own plans, but he’s not going to do that.

    Now some readers will say Romney and most of his supporters don’t give a damn about consistency, logic, or avoiding the appearance of being Absurd, and will just brazen it out. That may be true. But the thing about lying all the time about who you are, what you’ve done, and what you intend to do is that it frequently causes even the most disciplined dissembler to screw up or at least fail to make sense to voters with even minimal discernment. That’s the risk Romney is going to have to take nearly every time he opens his mouth over the next four months.


  • rikyrah

    June 29, 2012 11:59 AM
    The ObamneyCare Tax Increase

    By Ed Kilgore

    I noted briefly yesterday that in Mitt Romney’s statement on the Supreme Court’s ACA decision, he didn’t follow the Tax! Tax! Tax! message that had already been adopted by everyone else in his party, probably right down to any parrots owned by Republicans. At the time I figured that was partly because the less-than-spontanous Mitt was using a text prepared before it became evident that the decision hinged on validating ACA as an exercise of the federal government’s taxing power, and also because Team Romney is still straining to bend the discussion back to economics, leading Mitt to stress the supposed burden imposed on businesses by health reform.

    But something else troubling may be going on in Mittland as well. As New York’s Dan Amira points out today, if “ObamaCare” imposed a tax increase via an individual mandate, then so did “RomneyCare.” That matters not just because it’s another reminder that the former was largely modeled on the latter, but because it strikes directly at one of Romney’s rationalizations for claiming he hasn’t flip-flopped by signing the Massachusetts law while promising to kill the federal law in a fluid motion immediately after his hand drops from the Bible when he’s sworn in as president.

    If you were exposed to Mitt’s few serious challenges on RomneyCare during the primaries, you’ll recall his argument that his plan didn’t “raise taxes” on anyone. That’s true, though only because the state was able to gain a big windfall from federal Medicaid funds to make ends meet. But now that Republicans are emphasizing that the individual mandate itself is not only a “tax,” but a monstrous, economy-and-liberty-destroying tax, it’s kind hard to keep that talking point from backfiring on Romney.

    That’s not to say that Mitt is incapable of ignoring facts and logic and joining in the chorus of screams about ACA’s unique evils; he’s capable of almost limitless mendacity and hypocrisy, and he’s not really in control of the conservative movement that ultimately calls the shots in terms of election-year messaging. But it’s another reason you figure he’d just as soon everyone calm down and let him get back to his bullet-headed argument that anyone unhappy with the current performance of the economy simply has to vote for him.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —Ooo-Kaaay. I’m watchin’ -mh-p- – — 2 C- –Ms. NANCY!- –:>)

    – – – –TAKE YOUR GAVEL BACK! – -:>)!!!!– –

    – -She’s explainin’ CHIEF Justice Roberts.- He had no choice.- -He HADTA VOTE 2 -UPHOLD the CONSTITUTION! :>)- — -SPEAK!! :>)

  • lamh35
    • caribbeanobserver

      Guts old boy,guts. I admire that Joe Williams. Good for you.

    • Aquagranny911

      I hope someone hires him right away. He spoke truth to power & he should be rewarded not punished.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY lamb35. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      – — -GOOD ON HIM!! :>) U STOOD STRONG- – -Mr. Williams!!- – –

      They may SILENCE your VOICE- – -BUT they CAIN’T – – -SILENCE the TRUTH- — which U SPOKE!!- – –

      Annd- – -as U MOVE FORWARD– – .. .”-he has the authority and is ready to give voice to his insights and conclusions in a new setting.”– – —-

      – – —CONTINUE- – -2 – – –SPEAK TRUTH!!– —-

      – – — — -WE R PROUD of U annd HAVE YOUR BACK!! :>)- –

      Good 2 C U lamb35.

      YES!- – –F 2 da U- – -politico. U R COWARDS!!– –

      • Aquagranny911

        How are you doing today, Lady? I gave an update on my daughter earlier. Things are looking good. Prayers are powerful & real ♥

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Aquagranny911.♥- – -***BIG HUG** :>)

          Soo happy 4 your daughter. :>) The prayers of the righteous- – availeth much.. :>)

          I’m trynta keep calm. This is such a TRYING time. THANK U 4 your prayers. :>) BLESS U. :>)

    • I hope Joe gave John Harris and nem the finger Tupac style when he left the building.

    • dannie22

      deuces politico!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – – – –The WORLD’s- – –BIGGEST- -LIAR!!– –

    – – – –Mitt Romney is a Lying Liar– – –

    – – — Steven Benen caught 21 instances of Mitt Romney lying this past week. That’s at least 21 times. Around three times a day. And these are separate lies — not counting the instances when he repeated a lie several times.

    1. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, Romney said “we are still waiting” for President Obama “to present an immigration plan.”

    No, actually, we’re not.Obama endorsed a comprehensive reform plan years ago, and presented his own detailed plan more than a year ago.

    2. At a campaign event in Salem, Virginia, Romney said Obama had “all the support he needed” in Congress to pass immigration legislation during his first two years in office.

    That’s plainly false. There were Democratic majorities in both chambers, but not enough to overcome Republican filibusters.

    – – – SNIP- – –

    Again, the lies are part of his cynical strategy. He’s counting on his idiot followers to not care.

    – — —PHLIP-PHLOPIN’- –PHOOL—-OUT-OF-TOUCH- -RACIST- – -LIAR!!>- – – -VETTED!- – – -LOSER!!- –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM.♥ Gotta “bounce” 2 do some business. C U soon. Bless U. :>)

  • Miranda

    Ya have to read the entirety of the Mississippi Tea Party’s response to the Supreme Court ruling. It is gut-busting hilarious!


    Mississippi y’all….this is the model Romney wants for the whole nation!

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    To GLH and Aquagranny: my prayers are with you and your respective families.

    To Dannie: Sending up prayers for your studies.

    To the rest of POU: be blessed and not stressed on this last Saturday in June

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola, Sag! Thanks for your good wishes.

      Update: Daughter has had no V-TAC (racing heart beat) or skips in beats for over 12 hours now. Her heart has been beating normally for the first time in over two years. My SIL said the doc was doing his own “Snoopy Dance” of joy this morning when he checked on her. They have gotten her up & walking a bit. She has to stay in the hospital one more day but the prognosis is really good. She will keep her pace maker as back up but docs think her heart will continue to work normally. This is more than we could have ever hoped for!

      Have a good Saturday where ever you are & keep cool!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thanks for sharing this happy news.

      • That’s great news, AG!!

      • edp4bho

        OMG, so happy for you all. I have had you and GLH on my mind all day today and yesterday. It’s rewarding to find how much one can care about those who one has never laid eyes on. Many blessings 🙂

        • GreenLadyHere

          Heey edp4bho-♥ – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

          THANK U sooo very much. :>) Feelin’ your prayers.:>)

          – — -Back –atchoo. :>)- –

          Good 2 C U. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola, Sag! Thanks for your good wishes.

      Update: Daughter has had no V-TAC (racing heart beat) or skips in beats for over 12 hours now. Her heart has been beating normally for the first time in over two years. My SIL said the doc was doing his own “Snoopy Dance” of joy this morning when he checked on her. They have gotten her up & walking a bit. She has to stay in the hospital one more day but the prognosis is really good. She will keep her pace maker as back up but docs think her heart will continue to work normally. This is more than we could have ever hoped for!

      Have a good Saturday where ever you are & keep cool!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY sagittarius♥- – -***BIG BIG HUG***- —:>)- –

      THANK U sooo much 4 your KINDNESS. :>)- –Your words annd sentiments R comforting.♥- -BLESS U MUCH!! :>)

      Have a BLESSED DAY. :>)

  • lamh35

    ok tweet warriors tweet this interesting video. Gov Scott and aids finding out about ACA. the first are all smiles once someone saw the initial “struck down” reporting, then those smiles disappearing once someone corrected them. check out the big azz smiles despite the facts that millions of people might be without health care.

    Bondi tells Scott about healthcare decision

    • danadevin74

      Very Very disgusting
      Happy because they think people won’t get healthcare
      But i think Rep. Jean Schmidt is worse than that one
      She was actually jumping up and crying
      There is no hope for repubs

    • isonprize

      lamh35, Yeah, I posted it yesterday. THIS IS WHO THEY ARE. Hateful, mean-spirited, selfish bastards.

      Plus, Re-thugs USED to be in favor of the individual mandate. Here is a cartoon that sums it all up…


    • rikyrah

      they are evil mofos. plain and simple.

  • lamh35

    Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. John Dingell leaned back in his plush office chair and considered the feed that scrolled over his flat-screen TV at 10:07 a.m. Thursday. The Supreme Court, it said, had upheld the health care law he had worked for his entire life — and his father for nearly a quarter-century before that. And Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, had sided with the court’s liberals on the crucial point.
    “Well, I’ll be damned,” the dean of the House said quietly. His staff erupted in hoots and then, in a few cases, tears. One aide tore up a contingency plan for what to do if the court had ruled otherwise. “Ha!” Dingell said.


    • vulcan_girl

      I remember PBO making the point that Rep Dingell has been working for HCR since before PBO was born. I can’t imagine what a relief he felt when it was upheld.

    • I bet Rep. Dingell did the dougie.

  • rikyrah


    Two Little Girls Explain The Worst Haircut Ever

    From: Jeff Cohen
    Length: 00:02:57

    My five year old cut off my three year old’s hair. A few weeks later, I decided to interview them and get their explanations. Here’s what they told me. Read the full description.


    • Alma98

      That was too cute for words.

  • gc

    I must be living on another planet. TOD poster:( Paraphrasing) “Close poll results, indicate a tough, but winnable election for Obama.” I’M thinking landslide. Am I that far off?

    Our condo offer was accepted yesterday. You are all invited to the housewarming.

    • crazycanuck

      Give them time they’ll go berserk again lol. I’ve haven’t been back there since that nonsense letter of BWD.

      I’ll be there, is there cake? loll.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY gc. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- – –

      – — – —I’m HERE. IS IT TIME??– — -LOL

      — – –U don’t hafta bother. :>)—-I brought MY OWN.– -LOL.- —-

      THANK U’ALL—–KINDLY!~ :>)

      Good 2 C U—gc. :>)

      Waitaminute- – – –CLOSE!??- — -CLOSE!!??- —


    • Ebogan63

      No you’re not far off, gc that poster needs to look at the state by state polls, and stop buying into the media hype machine.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- -The ACA[Obamacare] has POSITIVE- – INTERNATIONAL BENEFITS- – -Woo. Hoo! :>)

    – – —Obamacare Brings U.S. Closer To Policies It Has Advocated Overseas– – —

    – – –The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marked a defining moment in the decades long battle to bring affordable healthcare to the U.S. But while healthcare continues to be a divisive issue domestically, the U.S. has funded and advocated for some of the best universal health systems around the world.

    The U.S. is ranked 37th in the World Health Organization’s rankings of health systems.But the impact of U.S. health policy extends beyond U.S. borders. Laurie Garrett, a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote that the U.S. is now in line domestically with policies it has been promoting internationally:

    – – – –SNIP- –

    The ACA will provide access to health insurance for 30 million uninsured Americans and prevent insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. “[P]erhaps it will now be possible for an HIV-infected individual in Mississippi or Alabama to have access, at taxpayers’ expense, to the same level of care as the U.S. government supports for comparable individuals in Johannesburg,” writes Garrett.

  • rikyrah

    found this over at THE OBAMA DIARY in the comments:

    June 30, 2012 at 10:48 am
    If you missed Nancy Pelosi on MHP Show, you missed a LOT. She reminds of Ted Kennedy. She has the heart of a lioness. The way she beautifully compared Pres. Obama to JFK, the way she stood firm on ObamaCare, the way she refuted and challenged any negative attack on ObamaCare was beautiful. She is a champion and a fighter!

    She made ObamaCare personal. Talked about how it positively helps children, women, men, families, college students. Every freaking demographic.

    Then she closed by referencing Teddy Kennedy and how when he knew his brain tumor was getting worse, wrote a letter to Pres. Obama and asked that it be delivered to PBO when he, Teddy, died. She said that PBO told her that Teddy wrote that Pres. Obama reminds him so much of his brother JFK who brought hope to a beleaguered nation. She said that Teddy told PBO that he was just like JFK in that he and JFK are/were young dynamic leaders the nation needs/needed at a crucial time. That Teddy told PBO that though he’s dead, he has the utmost confidence that PBO would continue the fight for healthcare reform. That this is PBO’s time. That this is PBO’s moment and this moment in time has been waiting for Pres. Obama in particular. No one else. That it would be Pres. Obama and no one else who would make healthcare reform a reality. She ended by talking about how Teddy emphasized that he knew Pres. Obama would do it. That he will not be there physically but he knows that Pres. Obama will accomplish history.

    After ObamaCare was ruled constitutional, Nancy called Vicki Kennedy and told her that Teddy can now rest, that Pres. Obama has accomplished history and Teddy can breathe a sigh of relief and they both began sobbing uncontrollably.

    Her interview brought to home once again how historic ObamaCare is. 5 years….10 years….20 years from now, we will look back on this moment and smile because healthcare will finally be a right and not a privilege.


    • Gc Carlson

      Now you got ME sobbing.

  • rikyrah

    Saturday, June 30, 2012Frum on Roberts v Scalia

    The other day I speculated about how the SCOTUS ruling on health care reform may have vindicated President Obama’s strategy as much as his policy.

    Yesterday, David Frum posted a rather lengthy comment from a reader who clerked on an appellate court saying basically the same thing.

    For some background, one of the main things the Court had to decide, if they were to find the mandate unconstitutional, was whether or not it could be “severed” from the rest of the law.

    What we know from the 4 dissenters on this ruling (Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy and Alito) is that they were not willing to consider severability. They simply wanted the entire bill tossed out.

    Frum’s reader suggests that was a bridge too far for Roberts.

    The following is speculation, but plausible, and would be an interesting parallel to the conservative legislative strategy. Any objective legal observer would tell you (and I’m trying to be one here) that the dissent’s treatment of the severability issue is detached from 200 years of constitutional law. It’s unsupported legally and it’s a mess logically… In any event, rather than holding the mandate [un]constitutional and those portions of the bill inextricably linked with it (guaranteed issue/community rating), four members of the Court were primed to throw the whole bill out. That level of judicial activism, in a context like this one, would be nearly unprecedented.

    I imagine the dissenters either had Roberts’s vote or that Roberts left the post argument conference without commiting to a side and saying something to the effect of “let me see how it writes.”… And he waited to see what was written.

    What was written was not measured judicial analysis, but rather an opinion that started with a goal — throw the bill out — and then figured out how to get there, blowing by any precedent in its path…

    That dissent intended to get his vote. It might have had it only struck a portion of the law. But Roberts correctly realized that he couldn’t jump off that cliff without precedent or logic supporting him. Kennedy, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas went all in. And they lost their bet. Just like the conservatives in Congress.
    In other words, the 4 dissenters took the same “total obstruction” strategy that we’ve seen from Republicans in Congress over and over.

    Its no surprise that a conservative like Frum would recognize this as a failed strategy by the conservatives on the Court. It is exactly the same argument he made following passage of the health care bill that got him ejected from the Republican establishment.

    A huge part of the blame for today’s disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves.

    At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision:…No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama’s Waterloo – just as healthcare was Clinton’s in 1994…

    This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none…

    We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.
    So if Frum’s reader is right (and I suspect s/he is), Chief Justice Roberts just joined the few people on the right who have rejected the idea of total obstruction all the time, while justices like Scalia run ever faster off an extremist cliff.

    Asking Republicans to make that choice is part of the long game President Obama is engaging. Score a win for him on this one!


  • rikyrah

    Obama, for the Win!
    Published: June 29, 2012 514 Comments

    Republicans are apoplectic. They’ve lost again.

    The Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that largely found President Obama’s signature health care law to be constitutional left them floundering and fuming.

    The conservative chief justice, John Roberts Jr., joined the liberal wing of the court in doing so, much to the ire of Republicans.

    According to Politico, “Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence likened the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,” during a closed-door House G.O.P. meeting. He later apologized.

    Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky and the son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, issued a statement that seemed to suggest that the court doesn’t even have the authority to make the ruling. It read in part: “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional.”

    And what of the Judas chief justice? All hell rained down.

    On his online show, Glenn Beck (remember him?) called Roberts a coward and is selling a T-shirt to that effect.

    Beck’s own Web site explained, “Glenn also had radio co-host Pat Gray dress up as The Dread Pirate Roberts (a reference to Andre the Giant’s infamous scene in the classic film ‘The Princess Bride’).” That’s a quote. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

    The right-wing radio personality Michael Savage suggested that Roberts ruled the way that he did because of epilepsy medication: “Neurologists will tell you that medication used for seizure disorders, such as epilepsy, can introduce mental slowing, forgetfulness and other cognitive problems. And if you look at Roberts’s writings, you can see the cognitive dissociation in what he is saying.”

    Roberts joked on Friday that he would be spending some time on an “impregnable island fortress” now that this court session is over. Good call.

    Republicans are so upset because one of the basic pillars of the “Obama illegitimacy” canard is that he is operating outside the parameters of the constitution, that he is the point of the shiv aimed at the heart of America.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – -Things that make U go- -hmmmm. . . . . .

    – – –VIDEO: “How can you base your whole campaign for president on being against something that you DID?”– – –

    – — –WHEN your ENEMY – – -is U!!?????– – –

    Annnd- -THIS BIT of STOOPIDITY!!- — –Willard Romney surrogate and possible running mate, Marco Rubio, actually suggested, “Don’t like Romneycare? Just move!”

    Because, hey, you and I both know how easy it is to remedy a situation by trying to sell/sublet/break a contract/pick up and leave. The moving expenses alone are exorbitant, the time and effort are hugely burdensome and exhausting, and the idea that abandoning your own home, friends, family, and job is even an option is beyond absurd.

    Yet this is Mitt’s possible vice presidential pick, Marco Rubio’s solution to anyone who doesn’t like Romneycare:– – –

    – – – -The — –OUT-OF-TOUCH- -STOOPIDITY- – -ABOUNDS!!— —

    • rikyrah

      that was hilarious

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – -THIS- -RE-THUG- –EVIL/VILE- -CONTEMPTABLE!!!- – –

    – —New Hampshire tea party member: “I hope the (5 Supremes) get colon cancer.”

    – – – Hey GOP, if you think you’re the party of “family values” and “pro life”, you might want to take a harder look at yourselves and at what the Merrimack Patch is reporting about one of your New Hampshire tea bagger pals:

    Former Town Councilor Mike Malzone, the founder of the Merrimack Tea Party, said Thursday in a Facebook post reacting to the Supreme Court ruling on health care, “I hope the (5 supremes) get colon cancer.”

    A day after posting the message, Malzone said he stands by what he said. He clarified that he doesn’t want anyone to die, and the cancer reference was more to make a point that he wants them to feel the pain being inflicted on Americans being overburdened by taxes.

    “I didn’t wish for anyone to die, but I said I do wish for them to feel our pain,” he said. “No one cares about me, they all make their promises and then go do what they goddamn feel.”- —-[SAAAA-LAP!!]

    – – — – -SNIP — —

    As Think Progress notes, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who joined the majority opinion, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and had pancreatic cancer ten years later.”

    Will he apologize to Justice Ginsburg “if” he offended her? And yes, that was rhetorical.

    – — TYPICAL- — -DESPICABLE- -RE-THUG!!- -AAaaarrrg!- — –

    • gc


      • Miranda

        He will.

      • GreenLadyHere

        gc- – –HIS SOUL is THERE!- – -Jus’ waitin’ 4 the BODY!! — geesh!!!

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere


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