September 23, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: African Americans in Oceanography/Marine Biology

Enjoy the weekend Obots!

Our final Scientist of the Sea for the week is Roger Arliner Young.

Roger Arliner Young, grew up in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania in 1889.  She was the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in zoology and to conduct research at the prestigious Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Young conducted research on the anatomy of paramecium and the effects of radiation on sea urchin eggs.

Young enrolled at Howard University at the age of twenty-seven, intending to major in music.  After struggling through a biology course with African American biologist, Ernest Everett Just, she changed her major to that subject, earning a B.S. in 1923.  Just hired her as an assistant professor at Howard while she attended graduate school.  The next year, Young enrolled at the University of Chicago part-time and published her first article on paramecium which achieved international recognition. She received her M.S in Zoology in 1926 and was elected to the honor society Sigma Xi. 

Between 1927 and 1936 Young and Just worked together at Howard University and during the summers they conducted research at Woods Hole.  While Just was in Europe, Young served as the substitute chair for Howard’s biology department.  Upon his return to Howard in 1929, Young entered the Ph.D. program in biology at the University of Chicago.  However, the pressures of her duties at Howard and her responsibilities to care for her invalid mother were counterproductive to her success.  She failed the qualifying exam and returned to Howard where rumors of a romance with Just led to her dismissal in 1936.  Various accusations were exchanged. They had a confrontation in 1935, and in 1936 she was fired.  Young recovered from this low point to publish four articles between 1935 and 1938. 

After leaving Howard, Young maintained ties with scientists she met at Woods Hole. One, V.L. Heilbrunn, recruited her to the University of Pennsylvania were she completed her Ph.D. in 1940.  Between 1940 and 1953 she taught at North Carolina College and Shaw University, where she served as the Biology Department Chair. Young, affected by her mother’s death in 1953 and still under intense pressure as a solitary black female scientist, had difficulty holding a job.  She worked at various black colleges until the late 1950s when she voluntarily committed herself to the Mississippi State Mental Asylum.  After her release in 1962, Young lectured at Southern University until she died in 1964.

(Giving the side eye to Ernest Just over this relationship!)

  • dannie22

    good morning!!

    • Kennymack1971

      Good morning Dannie! Good morning POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD Saturday MornTin’ dannie22♥./POU FAM♥ ***BIG HUG*** – :>)

      – – -B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

  • isonprize

    Wow, what a compelling story! How strong and smart she must have been! If ever there was a woman ‘before her time’ it was definitely Dr. Roger Arliner Young. All that pressure had her thinking that she was crazy.

    Not only a side eye to Ernest Just, but also a “Really?” to her parents for naming her Roger! What the hell?

    • crazycanuck

      At first I thought POU made a mistake. Kept looking at the name then at pic. Good Morning everyone.

    • Worldwatcher7

      I found her mental health challenges very sad but understandable given the racism and misogyny she faced. She was dismissed for the alleged affair, but what about Just? Sounds like a double standard.

      • isonprize

        GIHUGENORMOUS double standards, in both education and social settings.

    • Her story would make a good movie! Kimberly Elise could play Ms. Young.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU! I thought you would like to hear about this development. It’s not a done deal ,yet, but hopefully the measure will be enacted in the very near future.

    Republican Virginia Governor Backs Automatic Restoration Of Voting Rights For Non-Violent Felons

    In his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) endorsed the automatic the restoration of civil rights for non-violent felons who have completed their sentences. Virginia is one of a handful of states that prohibits all citizens convicted of felonies from voting, even after they serve their terms, unless they are granted clemency by the governor.

    The conservative McDonnell, who has earned praise from progressive leaders for using his clemency power to restore voting rights to a record number of Virginians, used his final State of the Commonwealth speech to endorse legislative efforts to amend the Virginia Constitution to restore voting rights automatically. While a variety of proposals have been filed, McDonnell mentioned by name two: one which would make restoration automatic for all felons after completing their sentences and one which would change the system for only non-violent felons.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Josh Israel

    • GN

      That’s great news. IMO, if someone has done their time, that should be it in terms of voting rights. I can’t see any real moral, legal, or practical justification otherwise.

    • Town

      Can’t truss it. Don’t truss it.

      • creolechild

        I know it’s hard to believe, Town, but I do remember reading about the efforts of the Advancement Project and other groups who were working with the State of Virginia to restore voting rights for nonviolent offenders in time for the election. This is the article that I posted here at POU.

        Secretary of Commonwealth Updates Ongoing Efforts To Restore Voting Rights of More Virginia Citizens – Posted on September 26, 2012

        RICHMOND –At a recent meeting with the Advancement Project, Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Kelly announced that her office committed additional staff and resources earlier this year to ensure the efficient processing of voting rights restoration applications. Secretary Kelly also reiterated that her office is continuing to process completed applications in time for the October 15, 2012 voter registration deadline. Complete applications that were received by August 15 will receive priority.[….]

        Governor McDonnell is restoring voting rights to individuals at a faster rate than any governor in the history of the Commonwealth. The state has approved 3,633 applications to-date, including 90 percent of those received from nonviolent offenders and 80 percent received from people convicted of violent offenses.[….] Those who wish to apply to have their rights restored can find information and applications at

        Edgardo Cortés, Director of the Virginia Voting Rights Restoration Campaign, explained, “Many people who have lost their voting rights have been discouraged from applying in the past because of the small likelihood of success, but the high application approval rates announced by the Secretary of the Commonwealth today show the governor’s commitment to this issue, gives applicants hope, and will encourage others to apply.”[….]

        Read more:

        H/T Advancement Project

    • TyrenM

      I like this. But what’s Gov Vaginal Probe raising voter eligibility when all other Taliban Governors doing all they can to lower voter turnout?

      • nellcote

        Lots of white ex-felons in VA.

  • creolechild

    Increase in U.S. Imports, Exports Signal Global Pickup

    The trade deficit unexpectedly widened in November as U.S. imports jumped almost four times more than exports, gains that signal a rebound in global growth. The gap swelled 15.8 percent to $48.7 billion, the largest since April, Commerce Department data showed today in Washington. The shortfall exceeded all projections in a Bloomberg survey of economists. Imports reflected record demand for consumer goods, while U.S. companies benefitted from more overseas sales of equipment such as telecommunications gear.[….]

    [….] Imports increased 3.8 percent to $231.3 billion, the most since April. Purchases of foreign-made autos and parts climbed by $1.51 billion and demand for mobile phones jumped by $1.81 billion, the report showed. Exports increased 1 percent in November to $182.6 billion, the report showed. The gain was also led by sales of automobiles and parts and telecommunications equipment.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Michelle Jamrisko

  • creolechild

    Green car sales were up in 2012, and should be even more up in 2013

    Green cars account for just a teeny, tiny fraction of U.S. auto sales — 3.3 percent in 2012. But that teeny, tiny fraction is growing fast! BusinessGreen reports: Analyst firm Mintel estimated last month that sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars in the US will exceed 535,000 units in 2013, a sizable increase on the 440,000 sold last year. Sales of hybrids and electric cars rose 73 per cent in 2012, making it the fastest growing segment in the US auto market.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Lisa Hymas

  • creolechild

    Cuba opens the gates, hoping for a trickle, not a flood

    When new travel rules go into effect Monday allowing Cubans to leave the island without an “exit permit,” many here will be watching airline offices and foreign embassies for signs of a surge in emigration. The Castro government has controlled the comings and goings of its citizenry for the past half-century with a maddening array of costly permits, fees and other bureaucratic obstacles.

    Most Cubans wanting to travel or emigrate had to spend hundreds of dollars and hours in lines to petition (and pay) their own government for the chance to get on a plane. Not anymore. In October, Raul Castro’s government announced that travelers will need only a valid passport to depart. It has slashed fees and decreed additional measures to make it easier for Cubans who live or work abroad to maintain their residency status on the island.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Nick Miroff

  • creolechild

    President Obama’s Clean Energy Progress: How the Top 10 Energy Priorities Fared During His First Term

    [….] In December 2008, during President-elect Obama’s transition, the Center for American Progress proposed the “Top 10 Energy and Environment Priorities for the Obama Administration and 111th Congress.” This progressive agenda was designed to protect public health from carbon and mercury air pollution, reduce oil consumption, and simultaneously boost the economic recovery. Four years later the administration accomplished nearly all of these goals despite the worst economy in nearly 80 years and strong opposition from Big Oil, coal, and other energy interests. Unfortunately, the priorities that required congressional action did not occur, though some progress was still made in each of these areas. Here are brief descriptions of these top 10 energy and environment priorities outlined by CAP in 2008, and their status at the end of President Obama’s first term.[….]

    Cleaner cars[….]
    Take first step to limit carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act[….]
    Invest in clean energy as part of economic recovery plan[….]
    Slash mercury pollution from power plants[….]
    Reduce carbon pollution with cap and trade program[….]
    Establish national renewable electricity program[….]
    Bridge loans to auto companies to prevent bankruptcy and produce more fuel-efficient cars[….]
    Establish federal energy-efficiency resources standard[….]
    Adopt reforms to ease rehabilitation and siting of transmission lines[….]
    Invest in clean energy research, development, and deployment[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Daniel J. Weiss

  • GreenLadyHere

    GooD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ miranda/POU FAM♥ – —***BIG HUG*** :>) – -YESTERDAY WAS A FRUITFUL DAY 4 BOTH MR. PRESIDENT[Meeting With President Karzai] annnd VP JOE[Gun Control Meetings]; – -THEY CONTINUE 2 MOVE FORWARD — -Showing LEADERSHIP! :>) —DAY’S OCEANOGRAPHER is SIMPLY AMAZING!! Annnnd SHE IS A FIRST! Woo! Hoo!

    —☻The president said the United States will shift to a support role in Afghanistan in the spring, a slightly accelerated timetable, and withdraw most if not all of its troops by 2014. He did not specify how many troops could remain.
    – —-SNIP —-
    “Did we achieve our central goals and have we been able to shape a strong relationship with a responsible Afghan government that is willing to cooperate with us to make sure that it is not a launching pad for future attacks against the United States? We have achieved that goal, we’re in the process of achieving that goal.”
    – — [BASICALLY – -“WE OUTEE!” – –:>)]

    —☻Vice President Biden called his meeting with the NRA and other gun owner groups “productive,” but indicated the nation’s gun groups don’t all agree on a solution to recent violence, during a Friday sit-down with entertainment industry executives. [The entertainment industry was grateful 4 being included. :>)]

    –☻Dr. Roger Arliner Young. is a FIRST!!She was the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in zoology and to conduct research at the prestigious Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. [THIS WAS HUGE!! –Woods Hole is a MAJOR RESEARCH AREA. :>)]

    —- — -Annnd THESE 2 WORKIN’ 2-gether: A DYNAMIC SCIENTIFIC DUO!! :>) – — -[Thank U miranda. GR8 SERIES. :>)]


    — – – -B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) — – –

  • GN

    OT–I’ve been watching Sister Wives on netflix and it’s blowing my mind that people would raise kids like this. I have to give them one point: they are unabashed and vocal condemners of polygamists like Warren Jeffs who like to take 12, 15 and 16 year old brides in the name of “religious freedom” when in fact that is nothing more than brainwashing and child molestation. But I just don’t get it and am glad that polygamy never caught on as a big thing in American culture (although that 10 baby mama bs comes close and is just as problematic). There is no way that you can have four spouses and sixteen kids and take care of all of their needs; I don’t see how that can really work.

    • morphus

      Several articles written about polygamy in U.S. points out their communities live off of taxpayers’ dime (welfare).

      • Aquagranny911

        Exactly! Only the first wife is the legal wife. Subsequent wives are basically “unwed mothers” so they can get food stamps & so forth.

        Don’t you just love how some can game the system at our expense to support their personal life styles?

      • GN

        Even though polygamy is viewed unfavorably in most of the country, it’s highly ironic that mainly white and conservative polygamous welfare households are not nearly the fodder for pop culture condemnation as welfare households of color…

    • Worldwatcher7

      “There is no way that you can have four spouses and sixteen kids and take care of all of their needs; I don’t see how that can really work.”

      It only works if the women accept that their needs, thoughts, and desires are subordinate to the man’s, and they make serving and pleasing him their #1 job. If they consider themselves his equal, it could never work.

      You just gotta eliminate that pesky equality thing.

      • GN

        One of the sister wives asked the husband how he would feel if she took another husband. He was like, oh everyone knows that’s an unnatural abomination to our faith blah blah blah. GTFOH, he just has a harem plain and simple. I do applaud their stance against child brides, but I couldn’t agree more that this arrangement is reliant upon lack of equality.

        • Aquagranny911

          These women are brainwashed from childhood & even before in the FLDS church. I saw a bit of an episode where the families traveled back to their “roots” in the midwest to the town where Joseph Smith began.

          Two of the women said they had ancestors who were part of Smith’s entourage. This is a generational thing for them.

    • Aquagranny911

      I’ve seen bits & pieces of that a couple of times & it gave me the creeps just like that show about those Duggar people with their “quiver full” of children.

    • Aquagranny911

      Just had one more thing to add to this discussion here. AZ got an up close & personal view of Warren Jeffs & his FLDS church.

      We have a group of “lost boys” some as young as 12 who were run out of Jeffs’ towns so they would not compete for the young women there. We had girls & women who ran away with no where to go & no clue what to do but they knew they just had to RUN!

      It took a long time & a lot of work to finally bring these creepy guys to some kind of justice. The only way the states’ attorneys were able to go in & get a handle on this was through “malfeasance”

      These towns were receiving states aid for schools & other municiple needs that was going into the pockets of Jeffs & his cohort. You can bet your last 2 pesos that the girls were not being schooled except in obedience to the men & the boys were being cut off at about 6th grade.

      This finally gave the authority to go in & do something about this rats nest that would not violate their freedom to practice “their religious belief.”

      It was a royal mess & still not sorted out. It does sicken me on some level that shows like “Big Love” & “Sister Wives” get so much attention. Maybe they are all not as corrupt as Jeffs & Co but they still stink of a sick life style.

  • Miranda

    Exactly..that’s why Rev Al is such a breath of fresh air. I noticed that last night in the 10pm hour they replayed Politicsnation instead of a prison drama!

    Bill ‏@Hokibil
    The problem with most MSNBC hosts is they have limited perspectives. They graduated, hung out in NY or DC and then got a show. @chrislhayes

    • GN

      And beyond the limited perspectives, there’s an arrogance in terms of not appreciating how those perspectives prevent them from having all the answers. Thank God for Rev Al indeed. He’s been around long enough and been through enough, including mistakes of his own, to bring humility to his analysis. That’s why his show is so much better.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -NO KIDDIN’ – — The nra — LIES? – — -HAH! – – –

    – –Three Things The NRA Wants You To Believe About Biden’s Gun Safety Task Force That Aren’t True

    — – –On Thursday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) blasted the Obama administration for undermining Americans’ Second Amendment rights just moments after its representatives met with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House task force to reduce gun violence. – – -SNIP — –

    In a statement following Thursday’s meeting, the group demonstrated that it’s still not interested in reducing gun crimes, offering three misleading claims about its intentions:

    1. The NRA was “prepared to have a meaningful conversation.” The NRA claimed that it’s willing to consider “school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.” The glaring omission in that list is any action involves the sale of guns and ammunition. It’s the same tactic they tried in their widely-panned press conference where they went so far as to blame hurricanes, but not guns. The resistance to any gun violence prevention measures that involve actual firearms shows that the NRA really wasn’t interested in a “meaningful conversation” where all options were on the table.

    – –2. The White House has “an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.” Despite LaPierre’s paranoid insistence that the White House was lulling gun owners into a false sense of security by not passing any gun laws during his first four years, the Obama administration actually expanded gun rights in its first four years . . . – -SNIP —

    – – 3. The “Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions.” There’s really no proof that universal background checks, restrictions on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and expanded mental health services are “failed solutions.”
    THERE IS MORE. — – – –

    – – – -Annnd – – -THEY R continuin’ 2 DEMONSTRATE THEIR —INSANITY. Annnd THEY have GUNS. – – -SCURRY!! —

  • GN

    President Obama: “By the end of next year, America’s war in Afghanistan will be over.” http://OFA.BO/PfK8Qg

  • GN

    Speaks volumes:

    You learn all you need about DC liberals by seeing how NOW has failed to respond to State anti-choice actions while whining about PBO appts.

  • GN

    Someone please tell me I’m dreaming and that the far right isn’t serious with the argument that if slaves had guns, there would not have been slavery:

    Because “If only blacks had gun they wouldn’thave been enslaved” is so much better than “We shouldn’t have enslaved anyone period.”

    • nellcote

      If only the Cherokees had guns they’d still own South Carolina.

      • Miranda


    • morphus

      And …. Ted Nugent, NRA Board Member, compares himself to Rosa Parks!!!

      • GN

        That’s the type of bullshit which drives me absolutely crazy. Everyone and everything is comparable to civil rights. So now the NRA is comparable to civil rights icons…sure…

        • morphus

          More than icons … Google Gun Rights Are Civil Rights

      • And not a peep from the Sole Patrol.

        • Miranda

          not one. damn. peep.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda –YES. I’m TIRED of this discussion – –BUT – – -1 mo’ time – —

    – –Armstrong Will Admit Doping to Oprah: Report – –

    – – – –Lance Armstrong will make his expected doping admission on Monday during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, reports USA Today. An anonymous insider says Armstrong will not discuss specific events but will confess that he took illegal drugs to boost his performance throughout his cycling career, despite years of denials and attacks on his accusers. The interview gets taped Monday and airs Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    — – -THEN WHAT? – —–

  • GN

    Well would you look at that:

    Obama Appoints Female Judges At Twice The Rate Of Bush via @thinkprogress #fem2 #p2

    • nellcote

      During his first term in office, the president appointed a record 72 women to the federal bench, and in six separate instances, he appointed the first woman to a specific post.

      President Obama is the first to not select a majority of white males for lifetime appointments on the federal bench. And he has also appointed three openly gay judges, surpassing the Bush record of appointing zero.

      • GN

        Amazing that the reportage says the complete opposite of this reality. I wonder when people are going to get tired of being played for fools by the beltway media.

        • gc

          WE need a poll. “Do you believe 10, 20. etc % of the media reprtage?” I’ll bet it’s very little, which is why for ME and I only speak for myself, I don’t sweat it. I’ll take action when appropriate, but I don’t burn up my brain cells stressing about it. The anger that these people are even allowed to breathe I feel, but a deep breath usually takes care of that. I believe living without a moral compass feels lousy. That is their “reinforcement”. Or more accurately – punishment.

  • creolechild

    FCC earmarks $400M annually for rural telehealth

    The Federal Communications Commission will make $400 million available annually to healthcare providers to expand the development of broadband telehealth networks from a pilot to a permanent program.
The pilot program has supported 50 provider healthcare networks in 38 states.[….] For years, the FCC’s primary healthcare program has made it difficult for hospitals serving rural patients to get high bandwidth connections needed for modern telemedicine by limiting the services eligible for funding and by making it hard for groups to effectively bargain for the lowest cost service, the agency said.

    The fund will enable patients at hospitals and clinics around the country to access specialists at major health centers through telemedicine and support the exchange of electronic health records, which can lead to better coordination of care and lower costs. The program will also encourage formation of state and regional health care consortia to save costs and expand access to health care.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Mary Mosquera

    • Aquagranny911

      The county health clinic that serves some of my relatives has had this program in place for about 3 years. It has been a real boon to patients not to have to travel to Tucson or Phoenix to consult with specialists. They can have their consults right there at the clinic via computer with their primary care Doc present. It’s been a great success & cost saver for the clinic, the Docs & the patients.

  • rikyrah

    Lawmakers Gone Wild

    Four-star dining! Luxury cars! European getaways! An exclusive investigation reveals how Illinois politicians are living large on their campaigns’ dime.

    By David Bernstein and the Better Government Association

    In the spring of 1993, Robert LeFlore Jr., 62, a Democratic state representative from the West Side, died in office after a long illness. The costs of his funeral ($4,400) and his burial plot ($3,200) were paid not by his family but by his still-active campaign fund. Recalls Kent Redfield, a political scientist at the University of Illinois at Springfield and a campaign finance specialist: “The joke at the time was that if people were told that the money they were giving politicians was being used to bury them, they’d be much more willing to contribute to their campaigns.”

    The bigger joke was the fact that using campaign funds to pay for your own funeral—could there be a more patently nonelection-related expense?—wasn’t illegal. Before 1998, Illinois imposed no restrictions on how political candidates and officeholders could spend campaign money they raised. None. “It was the Wild West,” says Michaelson. “Fur coats for the wife, country club dues, new cars, college tuition”—using political war chests to cover such expenses was all perfectly legit.

    Thus, when he was governor from 1977 to 1991, James Thompson, a Republican, was able to use thousands of dollars in campaign funds to pay his family’s babysitters. Jane Byrne, the Democratic mayor of Chicago from 1979 to 1983, used her campaign fund to buy her daughter a new $14,000 Mustang.

    Democratic state senator John D’Arco Jr. took $45,000 to pay legal bills during his 1991 federal trial on bribe-taking and influence-peddling charges. A year later, Democratic alderman Fred Roti withdrew triple that amount for his own legal defense.

    • sagittarius

      The recent desperate attempt to amend her campaign finance report is the reason Sandi Jackson resigned as alderman and why her husband remains under investigation. The Feds have evidence they both used campaign funds for personal purposes.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • malletgirl02

    Good morning Pragmatic Obots. For anyone who has seen the film. Django Unchained, yea or nay?

    • Miranda

      I say yea. Its Tarantino so gratuitous violence is a given. Its a classic revenge fantasy flick, nothing more, nothing less.

      • isonprize

        gratuitous violence

        which is why I won’t be seeing it.

    • Admiral_Komack


    • BoomerGal

      Listen to the word “nigga” 176 times, no thanks. Too much artistic license and not enough facts. No way.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –SAD that THESE nra-types R grabbin’ the headlines –WITH STOOPID IDEAS!! — –

    – –Texas Lt. Governor Wants to Arm School Teachers – –

    — –Yes, another one of these yayhoos wants to turn our schools into Deadwood, with children in the crossfire.

    Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called Friday for state-funded, specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings. […]
    – —-SNIP – —

    I can’t emphasize enough how these efforts to add more guns in schools is possibly the worst idea since transvaginal ultrasounds.

    – -[Sorry. Gotta “bounce” –BUT —it’s 4 a “EARLY VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY” –per MR. PRESIDENT. :>) — -Will tryta post durin’ “breaks”. :>)]

    B BLESSED 2-day. Good luck on NFL picks. :>)] —

  • nellcote

    Huffington Post Publishes Photo of Pakistani Terrorist Bombing with Article Titled “US Ramps Up Pakistan Drone Strikes”

    HuffWatch forwarded to CAMERA an example of gross journalistic malfeasance on the part of the Huffington Post. An article titled, “US Ramps Up Pakistan Drone Strikes” is accompanied by the above AP photograph from a sectarian bombing in Pakistan.

    The article briefly mentions an unspecified explosion and a terrorist bombing along with the U.S. drone strikes, but the piece is mostly about the U.S. drone strikes. The confusing presentation is evidenced by the main thrust of the talkback commenters, who conflate the mass casualties shown in the photograph with U.S. actions.

    Huffwatch, a web site that monitors and exposes the Huffington Post ‘s bias, confirmed that AP had correctly labeled the photograph and the scene shown in it. This suggests that the Huffington Post either intentionally misled its readers by failing to label the photograph and attaching it to a story on U.S. drone strikes or that it is guilty of negligence.

    • Miranda

      They intentionally did it, we know how Scarianna rolls.

      • GN

        Okay? The POU fam has been saying this about Huffin Puffin and other sensationalists “on the left” for years.

    • It makes you wonder what else Scarianna and HuffPo has lied about.

    • GN

      Most of the drone reportage and the Bradley Manning reportage has been yellow journalism. “Intentionally misleading” is a completely apt description.

      • malletgirl02

        Yes William Randolph Hearst would be proud of today’s media.

  • Miranda

    This makes me want to throw up. This sick demented woman deserves to be tortured for the rest of her days on this earth.Anti-gay activist guilty of child pornography after videotaping daughter
    Anti-gay activist guilty of child pornography after videotaping daughter

    • rikyrah

      this hurts my heart

  • creolechild

    U.S. Monthly Budget Deficit Nearly Disappeared In December

    According to data from the Treasury Department, the U.S.’s monthly budget deficit all but vanished in December, coming in at just $260 million. Analysts had expected a $1 billion deficit for the month:[….] The shortfall last month shrank almost completely to $260 million from $86 billion in December 2011. The gap was smaller than the $1 billion median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists. Through the first three months of this fiscal year, the deficit was 9.1 percent smaller than the same period last year.

    This was the best December result since 2007, before the financial crisis began. Monthly deficits can be a bit volatile, to be sure, but the low number is still a sign that the nation’s finances are moving in the right direction.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Pat Garofalo

  • Miranda

    GOP Tea Party Traitors to the Constitution Must Be Prosecuted to the Fullest Extent of the Law

    What is ultimately hypocritical is that these “patriotic” Republicans have embraced the idea that “having a revolution every now and then is a good thing, and the people – we the people – are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.” The reality is that Americans, real Americans, follow the constitutional law of the land regardless who, or what race, the President of the United States is, and they certainly do not threaten to shed blood or incite a revolution that is by definition sedition.

    There have always been extremists in the population that form militias, plot to overthrow the government, and incite criminal activity, but it has only been since an African American man was elected and re-elected as President that state and federal elected officials have openly called for breaking the law or violence against the government.

  • creolechild

    Texas wind farm gets $200 million from Google

    Google bought a $200 million stake in a West Texas wind farm it says produces enough electricity to light up 60,000 homes. Spinning Spur Wind Project, in the Texas Panhandle, is a 161-megawatt facility built by EDF Renewable Energy, reports Bloomberg.

    The farms 70 turbines began spinning full time at the end of 2012 and the power is distributed through SPS, a utility company that serves mainly Texas and New Mexico, reports CNET.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Kaitlin Funaro

  • creolechild

    Colleges help students scrub online footprints

    [….] Syracuse, Rochester and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore are among the universities that offer such online tools to their students free of charge, realizing ill-considered Web profiles of drunken frat parties, prank videos and worse can doom graduates to a lifetime of unemployment — even if the pages are somebody else’s with the same name.[….] The online tools don’t eliminate the embarrassing material; they just put the graduate’s most flattering, professional profile front and center.[….]

    An April survey of 2,000 hiring managers from CareerBuilder found nearly two in five companies use social networking sites to research job candidates, and 11 percent said they planned to start. A third of the hiring managers who said they research candidates reported finding something like a provocative photo or evidence of drinking or drug use that cost the candidate a job.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Carolyn Thompson

  • Aquagranny911
  • creolechild

    O’Malley’s push to repeal Maryland death penalty could be within one vote
    Posted on January 8, 2013

    With Maryland lawmakers set to reconvene Wednesday, the powerful Senate president has offered Gov. Martin O’Malley an unusual bargain on legislation to repeal the death penalty, which has remained bottled up in a committee for years. If O’Malley can show that he has the 24 votes needed to pass the bill on the floor, Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) has promised to spring it from the committee.[….]

    The Post identified 23 likely Senate votes for a repeal bill, one short of passage. But an additional four members have said they would consider supporting O’Malley-backed legislation, which is also a priority this session for the NAACP and the Catholic Church.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T John Wagner

  • creolechild

    Obama administration begins major overhaul of food safety rules
    Posted on 01/04/2013

    The Obama administration on Friday began the biggest overhaul of food safety rules in more than 70 years. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two major regulations aimed at preventing contamination of the food supply. The long-delayed rules implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, a 2010 law that “[shifts] the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.”[….]

    The two rules proposed by the FDA would require food producers to develop and enact comprehensive plans to prevent contamination of their products. Those plans would be submitted to the FDA for approval and enforcement.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Megan R. Wilson, Elise Viebeck, and WhatISWorking

    • Aquagranny911

      WooHoo! Maybe no more Salmonella infested peanut butter to make our kiddos sick. I had Salmonella some years ago & I have never been so ill in my life. Some days I thought I was gonna die. Some days I wanted to. It was months before I felt really well again.

      I can’t imagine children suffering through what I did.

  • nellcote

    Inaugural Fundraising Lags
    President Obama’s inaugural committee “is at least $10 million short of its $50 million fund-raising goal, officials have told top donors, with just over a week before Mr. Obama is sworn in for his second term,” the New York Times reports.

    “The committee is particularly struggling to bring in corporate money after Mr. Obama’s announcement last month that he would accept contributions from businesses, a change from his position in 2009… Even more striking, those involved in the planning said, was the absence of the vast majority of top fund-raisers for Mr. Obama’s campaign, which raised over a billion dollars.”

    Help out with your purchase at the Inagural Store 🙂

    • TyrenM

      Thanks for the link. I’m getting keepsakes for me and daughter. She likes the Michelle Buttons.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — –[Got a break :>)] — –GR8 ECONOMIC NEWS- — A BLACK HISTORY-MAKIN’ MOMENT– –

    – — –Hope for US economy: Young black men as entrepreneurs – – —

    – – —Young African American men, especially ex-offenders, face high obstacles to employment. That’s where entrepreneurship training comes in. If just 1 in 3 small businesses hired one employee, the US would be at full employment. Young men of color can be crucial to this progress.

    – – -Lawrence Carpenter knew he always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but he was in the wrong business – the business of selling drugs.

    – — After his second stint in prison, it became clear to him: “I made mistakes in my life, and I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in poverty because of those mistakes. I also knew that I had a criminal record, and looking at things realistically, it was going to be pretty difficult finding a job anywhere. I didn’t want to use that as an excuse. I knew that in order for me to realize the goals I had financially, my only option was to start my own business and create my own market.”

    – -The Durham, N.C. native set about the task of starting Super Clean Professional Janitorial Services, a commercial cleaning service. “I wanted something that would get me as far away from the streets as possible, but where there wouldn’t be a limit or a cap on how much money I could make.” Now the sky seems to be the limit for Mr. Carpenter, as Super Clean is generating more than $2.5 million in sales per year and employs more than 70 full and part-time employees.


  • creolechild

    Small Banks Succeed Courting Immigrant Business Owners

    [….] Noah Bank, with assets of $228 million, is tiny compared with megabanks like JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. Yet in 2011, its first year of operations, Noah topped every other bank in the Small Business Administration’s New York district in SBA-guaranteed 7(a) loans, lending more than $88 million to 68 entrepreneurs, according to data from the agency. Most of its loans are to small, immigrant-owned ventures, says Doug Smith, the bank’s chief credit officer.

    At least five of the top 25 SBA lenders nationally are banks with deep roots in immigrant communities, including Noah. Especially since larger banks have backed off small business loans following the financial crisis of 2008, these smaller lenders court immigrant entrepreneurs by looking beyond credit scores and cash-flow projections. Small lenders in immigrant enclaves require most employees to be bilingual, and they understand how culture influences borrowers’ financial priorities and business sensibilities. Noah’s chief executive officer, Edward Shin, establishes personal relationships with entrepreneurs, visiting their companies and getting to know them.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Karen E. Klein

  • gc

    I believe your “binder full of” Series should win a Pulitzer.

  • Aquagranny911

    I am so sick of people trying to sell me caca!

    I want a sign for my front door that says:


    I use to just ignore knocks at my door by people I don’t know. With Hubby home & retired, he can’t bear not to answer the door so I have to beat him to it & get rid of the pests myself. Otherwise it is 10 minutes of him listening to their spiel & maybe actually agreeing to some piece of caca because he is too polite to tell them: “Get Lost!”

    rant over!

  • qosine

    Happy Birthday

    To Alma98! Saturday, 1/12

    To conlappa! Tuesday, 1/8

    • edp4bho

      Allow me to chime in with my birthday wishes for them both !! Happy happy !!

      • Alma98

        Thank you

    • GC Carlson

      Hi happy birdayed Alma yesterday, but missed conlappa. So, conlappa….

    • Alma98

      Thank you qosine!

  • creolechild

    Wanna know why Republicans, in particular, are throwing a hissy fit over PBO’s selection of Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary? Here goes:

    10 Jan 2013: Scary Jack Lew

    [….] Beneath his nerdy exterior, Lew is a passionate progressive on the issue of wealth disparity and programs for the poor. In the original Gramm-Rudman-Hollings “sequestration” talks in the mid-1980s, Lew negotiated the exemptions from automatic budget cuts for Medicaid and other low-income programs. In the 1990s, he again defended Medicaid from the budget ax as President Clinton tacked to the center. And his speakerphone outburst in 2011 was in response to the Republican staffer’s suggestion that Medicaid cuts be added to the revivified sequestration process to avoid debt default.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Frank Moraes

    • GN

      Wow; he sounds like a terrific choice!

      • Aquagranny911

        Co-sign that thought! Our Prez does know how to pick some great people.

    • Town

      Beneath his nerdy exterior, Lew is a passionate progressive on the issue of wealth disparity and programs for the poor.

      But I thought Obama and ’em didn’t care about #poverty. /tavis

    • JojoRaze

      I heard about this from ThinkProgress. From I heard he was a stan for Medicaid, I was like “Love him”. But now I’m like I want him to stay on as COS to keep the Repubs from acting a fool.

      • isonprize

        I want him to stay on as COS to keep the Repubs from acting a fool.

        JoJo, listening to PBOs comments, so did he! LOLOL But PBO knew that Lew would be in a better position as Treasury Secretary.

        Any word on who may be chosen as Chief of Staff?

  • creolechild

    Survivor meets civil rights commission on military sexual assault with ‘cautious optimism’

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a day-long briefing in Washington, D.C. on Friday that examined the progress the military has made in addressing sexual assault within its ranks. All branches of the military were asked to testify about what they are doing to address the problem, and though the briefing highlighted that the military has made major progress toward addressing issues of sexual assault, it also indicated that it still faces numerous challenges.[….]

    The Office on Civil Rights on Friday asked the military commanders to consider re-evaluating old cases because they had received “thousands if not tens of thousands” of such complaints indicating victims had been dishonorably discharged or less than honorably discharged. In September, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued new orders increasing the rank of the officer to which sexual assaults needed to be reported. But McClendon had doubts how effective this might be. “Increasing the rank’s not going to help. If you’re a sexist at 05, you’re still going to be a sexist at 06. Changing your rank doesn’t fix that.”

    Many say that the only real hope is an independent commission that has authority over sexual assault claims. Such an independent body has been proposed by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) with the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act, or the STOP Act. Though the bill had, at last count, 133 co-sponsors, it has not yet been voted on in committee.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Kay Steiger

  • creolechild

    Gallaudet reinstates administrator who signed petition supporting same-sex marriage vote

    Gallaudet University has reinstated the administrator who was suspended last year after she signed a petition calling for a referendum on same-sex marriage legislation in Maryland. The suspension in October of Angela McCaskill, the chief diversity officer at the federally chartered university for the deaf and hard of hearing, provoked a wave of controversy. An online petition supporting her quickly drew thousands of signatures.[….]

    [….] McCaskill was among more than 200,000 Maryland residents who signed the petition for a vote on the marriage measure. Passed by the legislature, the measure was approved at the polls.

    Read more:

    H/T Martin Weil

    • TyrenM

      Good for McCaskill. I hope she receives back pay for that bs.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –Here’s a FUN PIECE. :>) — -MR. PRESIDENT follows up on the PETITIONS :>) – – –

    – – — No Death Star, ‘The Administration does not support blowing up planets’ – – –

    – – —That’s a “no” to the Star Wars Death Star petition to the White House. “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For,” they warn in response. Apparently the super serious people at the White House do not support blowing up planets. So dies another American dream.

    The White House has responded, as they do to all petitions that get over 25,000 signatures, to the call for the U.S. to build a Death Star. The Star Wars petition got over 34,000 signatures. This is the cost of open initiatives in the age of the Internet.

    “The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon,” writes Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget. After all, he notes dryly, “The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.”

    – —Also, just in case the White House’s policy is not clear, “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.”

    But even more importantly, Shawcross asks, “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?” Doh!

    He mitigates the great letdown with a picture of Obama using a light saber and a shooting marshmallow cannon, “We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon.”

    Watch the President using 14-year-old inventor Joey Hudy’s “Extreme Marshmallow Cannon:,/i>
    THERE IS MORE — —- –

    • Aquagranny911

      Great minds! I don’t usually get ahead of you, GLH but I posted the link to this one earlier. I loved it! I’m such a scifi geek. The first & original Star Wars movie was the best!

      Here’s a laugh! Hubby & I managed to get free tickets to a premiere of Star Wars but we still had to wait in quite a long line to get into the movie theater. Hubby, who is no fan of scifi was mumbling & grumbling about waiting in line, which he despises, to see “some science fiction dreck.”

      Outcome: He loved the movie!

      BIG HUGS! Hope you are having a great day ♥!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -***slap – -slap*** –>my hand. :>) — BIG APOLOGIES AG.

        LOVED your story. LOL – – -THANK U 4 sharin’. HUBBY has a –“Good ONE” – -in U♥!! – —

        Good 2 C U Aquagranny. :>) – – –

        • Aquagranny911

          No apologies are EVER necessary! I have more…

          When we came out to our truck after the movie, the guy parked next to us couldn’t get his car started. He & Hubby looked under the hood & realized the guy’s entire engine was missing. For real, someone actually came in & stole the guy’s engine while we were all watching the movie.

          Hubby was: “Whoa! The Force was really not with you tonight, dude.”

    • nellcote

      Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
      I was wondering who wrote that BRILLIANT response. I loved the way he ended it encouraging people to be part of the future by studying engineering and the sciences. I hope he had as much fun writing it as I did reading it.

  • creolechild

    Special IG for Afghan reconstruction cites rampant fraud, waste

    Much of the $28 million the United States spends daily to build up Afghanistan is thrown at projects without planning, and little attention is paid to whether the work ever gets done right, the U.S. official in charge of oversight of Afghan reconstruction said Thursday. Meanwhile, security is so bad in many areas that keeping watch over projects is nearly impossible, while bribes and corruption continue to flourish, said John Sopko, who in July took over the job of Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR.[….]

    [….] In order to wisely use U.S. taxpayer money to reconstruct Afghanistan, U.S. military and civilian officials need to start asking tough but simple questions, Sopko told an audience at the Stimson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on global security issues. “Are these programs and buildings needed? Have you asked the Afghans if they want them?” he said. “Have we designed them to meet any specific needs that the Afghans have? And have we designed them in such a way that they can be sustainable in the future?” Frequently the answer is no, Sopko said.[….]

    Sopko said his office has 60 of its investigators on the ground in Afghanistan, out of a total staff of 200, making it the largest U.S. oversight agency in country. They are assisted by U.S. military units they frequently embed with, and Sopko praised U.S. commanding general in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, for facilitating SIGAR investigations.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Chris Carroll

    • nellcote

      Was this yet another Petraeus mission gone bad? Whatever happened to him anyway, no ever talks about him any more.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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