October 25, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Afro-Latino Prominent People

This week’s open threads have focused on the wonderful accomplishments of Afro-Latinos. Today’s thread will highlight Felix Tito Trinidad.

Felix

Félix “Tito” Trinidad, Jr. (born January 10, 1973) is a retired Puerto Rican professional boxer, considered one of the best in Puerto Rico’s history.

Félix Trinidad was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, to Irma García and Félix Trinidad Senior. During his childhood the family moved to Cupey Alto, a subdivision of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he grew up. His future wife, Sharon Santiago, lived in Cupey and first met Trinidad in the home of her neighborhood friend, a classmate of Trinidad’s.

After winning five National Amateur Championships in Puerto Rico, he debuted as a professional when he was 17. He won his first world championship when he defeated Maurice Blocker for the International Boxing Federation’s welterweight belt. Trinidad holds the record for second most welterweight title defenses (15). However, Trinidad holds the record for longest reign as Welterweight Champion, six years, eight months and fourteen days. During his career he fought Oscar De La Hoya winning the Lineal and World Boxing Council welterweight champion, Fernando Vargas in a unification fight where he won the International Boxing Federation’s light middleweight title, and William Joppy for the World Boxing Association’s middleweight championship. He lost to Bernard Hopkins by technical knockout and retired for the first time. Trinidad returned to action in a fight against Ricardo Mayorga and, following a fight against Winky Wright, retired a second time. In 2008, he returned to the ring to fight Roy Jones, losing the contest by unanimous decision. Subsequently, Trinidad entered a five-year hiatus without clarifying the status of his career.

Trinidad is frequently mentioned among the best Puerto Rican boxers of all time by sports journalists and analysts, along with Wilfred Benítez,Wilfredo Gómez, Héctor “Macho” Camacho, and Carlos Ortíz.

Trinidad debuted as a professional on March 10, 1990, when he was 17 years old. The fight was against Angel Romero, another debuting boxer, in a contest that Trinidad won by knockout in the second round. In the beginning of his career he knocked out nine of his first 10 opponents.  He then competed against more experienced boxers like Jake Rodriguez, whom he fought on December 6, 1991. Trinidad won the fight by unanimous decision but suffered an injury on his right hand. He was then inactive for five months while recovering from the injury.

Raul Gonzalez fought Felix Trinidad on May 3, 1992 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. This fight was the main event of the night. Both Gonzalez and Trinidad weighed in at 142 pounds. Gonzalez had a record of 8-2-3 with 5 KOs, while Trinidad had a record of 13-0 with 10 KOs. Gonzalez went down three times, and Trinidad took the victory in round four by TKO. Trinidad would add another victory by KO to his record and would now make it 14-0 with 11 KOs.

Trinidad defended his title for the next three years against several opponents, ranging from Hector Comacho to Oscar De La Hoya. Trinidad’s first fight in Las Vegas was against Héctor Camacho on January 29, 1994.  He was cautious during the first rounds and received a cut over his left eye. In the third round he connected a solid combination that made Camacho change to a defensive stance. Throughout the fight Trinidad was on the offensive and won the fight by unanimous decision, in what was his first decision since he won the world championship. The scores awarded by the judges were 117–109, 116–110, and 119–106.

In 2000, Trinidad vacated the welterweight championships and moved to the junior middleweight division, in order to challenge the World Boxing Association’s champion David Reid. He spent the next year as a junior middleweight boxer and moved up  to middleweight following his fight with Vargas,  this time to participate in Don King’s middleweight unification tournament featuring IBF champion Bernard Hopkins, WBA champion William Joppy, and WBC champion Keith Holmes. After his fight with Bernard Hopkins, Trinidad announced his retirement in 2002.

In 2004 Trinidad announced his comeback and fought Richardo Mayorga and Winky Wright.  He subsequently retired temporarily due to family issues. He made his second comeback in 2008 to fight Roy Jones Jr and lost. After this fight, Trinidad was inactive for almost two years, before announcing on October 14, 2009, that he was “between 95 and 98 percent sure (that he would) not do anything more within boxing”.  During this timeframe, he made sporadic public appearances, attending boxing cards and participating in public activities, including a ceremony where Juan Manuel López and Iván Calderón received rings for five successful defenses of their world championships.  Beginning in July 2009, Trinidad became involved with the World Wrestling Council, participating as a guest referee at their anniversary show.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • gn

    ObamaCare’s medical loss ratio in action (from a press release in Senator Al Franken’s blog—*some* Dems are wisely running ON, rather than against, the President and ObamaCare—really liking this new push to educate the public, because Republicans have really dominated discussion of ObamaCare and soured people on it):

    Star Tribune: Franken boosted by study of Obamacare premium limits

    As Washington’s political class looks warily toward the implementation of Obamacare during the 2014 election year, a little-known piece of the law backed by U.S. Sen. Al Franken has saved consumers in the individual market an estimated $2.1 billion, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    The report, which was hailed by the Minnesota Democrat’s office Thursday, shows how the so-called medical loss ratio implemented in 2011 has reduced insurers’ administrative costs and profits by requiring them to issue rebates if they fail to spend a certain amount of premium dollars on health care expenses.

    The savings include some $241 million in rebates that insurers estimate they will pay to customers in the individual market this year
    based on their performance in 2012.

    The rule requires insurers to spend at least 80 cents of every premium dollar on medical care. The proportion insurers must spend goes up to 85 cents for policies sold to large employers.

    http://blog.alfranken.com/2013/06/07/star-tribune-franken-boosted-by-study-of-obamacare-premium-limits/

    • morphus

      The ratio is a great idea, it stops providers from lining their pockets with healthcare dollars. I wonder if this insurer ‘lost’ is the reason why there are reports of healthcare CEO’s exodus and turnover?

      • gn

        I think it’s great. What’s frustrating is that the GOP is really dominating discussion of the ACA. I wish that more Dems would do as Franken is doing here, which is affirmatively discussing the merits of ObamaCare. Low info voters are hearing little but the GOP’s view of things, because Dems aren’t presenting a unified front alongside the PBO.

        • morphus

          “Dems aren’t presenting a unified front alongside the PBO.”

          Agreed. I also believe if Dems weren’t sitting on the sidelines many of PBO’s policies would be implemented. Do-nothing is not an attribute which only describes inaction of GOP/TEA.

          • rikyrah

            they’re so fucking scared of their own shadow, that they’re unwilling to stand up for what is transformational legislation

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            I wish they would think back to 2010. Running away from your President and the party guarantees you are going to lose.

            And you know what? That goes for Dems south of the Mason-Dixon line especially. Running away from PBO and dressing up as a lite-Republican has not gotten them anywhere.

            I would love to see a Democrat in Mississippi run for Congress saying they fully back this President. If they lose so be it. Pretending you are not a Democrat hasn’t gotten them anywhere.

        • goldenstar

          During the summer, the GOP will be unable to overcome the media and community blitz on the upcoming health care exchanges. Community groups, local media outlets, local government agencies, and some health care organizations will be fanning out with the information. All this information will get people tuned into how the health care system will work for them.

        • jds09

          PBO gets it. The only thing worse in a fight is having an ally that doesn’t know how to fight, cracks under pressure and ultimately makes things worse for you. PBO is playing the long game (i.e. transforming OFA and not giving the DNC his list) by example and deed he is training a generation of pragmatic democrats that will have his trademark ruthless edge (i.e. not giving two fucks about dickless dems and GOP’s stale push backs). It’s a great time to be alive.

  • TresL

    Brought this over from Camille’s post in last night’s thread.

    “And she then invokes President Obama’s historic election — even though she seems to almost choke on his name –(please nobody ever tell me this woman likes our current president – and yes, Hillary’s very much party to and very much in with all this oral diarrhea Bill has been suffering lately with regard to President Obama, Syria etc.)

    ITA. You are so right about Hillary not liking PBO. I have felt that way all along. Once they realized they couldn’t push him out of the 2008 race and then had to helplessly watch his campaign become the galvanizing historic first that she clearly expected her campaign would be, it was on. Any woman who can remain with a man who cheats, lies and humiliates her throughout the entirety of their marriage is a hard, cold, bitch who is capable of doing and saying anything to get what she wants out of even the worst situations and her agreeing to work for PBO is no different. It was not about helping him or unifying the Democratic Party or the country it was a brutal calculation and all about what she could get out of it and I hope and pray it’s absolutely nothing. I just don’t get why any woman looks up to her. I cannot think of a single accomplishment she’s had in public life from Arkansas to First Lady to Senator to SOS. What is her signature achievement besides standing by that loser of a husband and parlaying her humiliation into sympathy votes. I don’t see it.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I think she does like him. Always has. The primaries were a bump in the road and then they went back to liking each other again.

      One single accomplishment. The START Treaty. State worked on that one diligently and she along with the whole department deserves credit.

      • goldenstar

        I agree. She liked working with him and worked hard.

        I think it’s difficult for Bill to share the stage with the sitting President, especially since he’s accomplishing so very much on some very tough terrain. Bill also knows that due to the racism, PBO faces much more opposition.

        All this does not preclude that there will be their minions trying to peck away at PBO in the midst of the current and upcoming political battles. Their minions have little discipline and it seems that the Clintons may not demand that.

        • jds09

          The minion’s fantasy of hanging out in the Lincoln bedroom refuses to die. I still believe Hillary is a non-factor. Once she sits down and puts her feet up while cashing 6 figure speaking fees checks she won’t be able to summon the energy to enter the race.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            I’m still not ready to say she’s running. I know there have been hints here and there but a steady check without having to do a whole lot may be too much to walk away from. Plus the health issue is still out there.

          • jds09

            That’s right, she fainted and had a head injury. Add that to the misogynist “women problems” the GOP likes to trot out, that’s a lot of baggage.

          • creolechild

            Clinton: A female president would send the right signal.

            At a conference in Toronto, Hillary Clinton says
            the US electing a woman president in her lifetime would send “exactly
            the right historic signal” to the nation.

            http://media.smh.com.au/selections/clinton-a-female-president-would-send-right-signal-4511306.html

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          It must have been a serious eye opener for her to be back in the White House and watch an administration run like clockwork without any unnecessary drama. She fell right in line and as you said enjoyed working with him.

          Agree about the minions. I jsut don’t think Hillary has the time or inclination to ride herd over them. Issuing a decree saying stop is not imo going to cut it with this bunch.

        • creolechild

          “Minions pecking away at PBO in the midst of political battles?” Well, please make sure to put Bill at the top of the list as evidenced by this nonsense. He needs to STFU because when he was in office he was all for utilizing the Clipper Chip. (Goggle it to see what it would have done.)

          Bill Clinton on NSA: Americans need to be on guard for abuses of power by U.S.

          http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/22/bill-clinton-on-nsa-americans-need-to-be-on-guard-for-abuses-of-power-by-u-s/

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            I saw a video of that interview (at least I think this is the same one). He went into a a lot more detail.

          • creolechild

            Yes, he went into a lot more detail and said that he thought surveillance was necessary and then turned right around and, imho, implied that there needs to be greater accountability and transparency because the government may be abusing its power. What government do you think he’s referring to? China? Sweden?

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            He said it may happen someday. And it may no one knows for sure. The bottom line for me is he was telling people due to the technology all the way around there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. In the end of that segment he acknowledged that what the NSA is doing is necessary and the FISA courts were doing a good job.

          • creolechild

            Google Clipper Chip and Bill Clinton.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Oh I’m not disputing that. I was just addressing this particular Q&A.

          • creolechild

            Let me clarify. My point is that Bill is making broad statements about being wary of “the government” because there’s a potential for abuses related to surveillance/intelligence issues. Fine. So, you could consider it an honest statement with no shade intended but I do not simply because he’s been very careful not to acknowledge the fact that he was all onboard with implementing a plan that would have done just that. Trying to protect his legacy at the expense of all else. They don’t call him “Slick Willie” for no reason.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Sure he could have talked about the clipper chip and the outcome but truth to tell I don’t see any President including PBO going to whatever forum and bringing up something that puts them in bad light. If someone specifically broght it up and he pulled the old dodge yeah I could see that. Willfully bringing it up himself. Not going to happen.

            In the end he cast dispension on Snowden’s story, backed the NSA, the NSA director and informed the audience that secret FISA court was actually pretty good. He didn’t hit for the cycle but there you go.

          • TresL

            You’re right. The two of them have no core, no principles. They both put their fingers in the air to see which way the wind is blowing and that’s the way they go. He’s trying to show fake solidarity with the libertarian, emoprog left because she’s going to need them to vote for her to counter those, like me, who won’t be voting for her.

        • TresL

          They don’t demand it because they feel the same way.

      • TresL

        I am not aware that she was significantly involved in START. I’m going to have to check that out. On whether or not she likes PBO we’re going to have to agree to disagree on that . I view people like her and Bill as no different than Paula Deen in their belief that black people should always defer to whites. They just do a better job of concealing it than she did. However, Bill got caught with his slip hanging during the 2008 primaries and we got to see who he really is and as Maya Angelou says (Oprah loves this quote and uses it often) “When people show you who they are, believe them.”

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          I think she likes him. She probably like everyone else was bowled over by the guy.

      • Tafr

        I do not think she liked him at all. I think Hillary tolerated BO up until she saw herself losing to him. You do not disrespect a person’s heritage, history and race if you like them. Now you can argue that she was just playing politics yea I can see that. However, playing politics with his race and religion tells me she lacks respect for him. IMO you have to respect a person you like.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          They hit it off the day he came to the Senate. PBO was supposed to pair up with Lieberman instead he gravitated to Hillary and vice versa. They always liked each other.

  • gn

    GG’s still on twitter laying it on thick, hollering like a hit dog now that Snowden has been charged with stealing and leaking intel:

    @marieann66
    @ggreenwald Snowden was ill advised by those who had their own interest in mind.

    ‏@ggreenwald
    @marieann66 You have no idea what you’re talking about – you don’t have slightest idea who “advised” him, or what their “interests” are.

    • malletgirl02

      I’m guessing GG is one of the people who advised Snowden, because it looks like @marieann66’s post hit a little to close to home.

      • gn

        I couldn’t agree more. And GG is acting like a straight PR flack. This isn’t journalism.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He’s in it up to his eyeballs. This stupid fake progressive’s racism finally caught up with him. Snowden was going to commit treason one way or another. Imagine his surprise and good fortune when he came across someone stupider and more willfully ignorant than he was,

      Greenwald got played and is finally waking up to the fact. Every tweet he makes translates into: “You think so? I ain’t know he was going do that. I ain’t have nothing to do with it. Please don’t arrest me!

      • gn

        I wonder if he and Snowden really thought that a massive propaganda and disinformation campaign would keep the feds from grabbing Snowden. The Chinese newspaper that Snowden has been leaking to just published that he’s “safe” in Hong Kong and is still leaking details of US cyber operations against China:

        http://t.co/hUaQdUIcwJ

        IMO Greenwald aided and abetted a fairly malicious attack against the US + the US intelligence community, an attack which has absolutely nothing to do with US “privacy” and everything to do with publishing details of US cyber operations. These leaks are of no whistleblower value because it’s not a secret that the US does this. But the details he is providing are definitely of intelligence and propaganda value to the Chinese.

        • morphus

          Is there’s some subtle birthday gift joke here?

          Snowden, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Friday as the US government made public their plan to indict him under the Espionage Act.

          • creolechild

            If there is, the joke’s on him because I do believe that things are turning out quite the way that he, GG, and whomever else, had planned.

        • Miranda

          GG & Snowden really thought they were the good guys in a John Grisham novel….breaking the law for the good of humanity – all they were doing was BREAKING THE LAW.

    • rikyrah

      he backed the wrong horse and will have to be forced to take responsibility because the wrong horse was a TRAITOR.

      ps- STILL nothing from him about the happenings in Brazil

      • gn

        That he’s still on twitter going back and forth says everything. This dude is crazy. And a really shitty lawyer if he sees no basis for Snowden being charged under the Espionage Act (+ people have been making the point that Snowden is not technically charged with espionage per se, but with violating provisions under the Act re: treatment of classified information).

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

      GG betta hush before the FBI knocks on his door. Snowden was working with him BEFORE he was hired by Booz Allen, plus GG is advising him. He needs to be investigated, too!

      • malletgirl02

        If I were GG I would be more afraid of Booz Allen then the FBI.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • gn

    (warning: Zimmerman trial update for people who can’t stomach it for good reason)

    Re: the tapes of neighbors calling 911—Judge Nelson is excluding testimony from two audio experts (this is a setback, I didn’t think she would), but the tapes with Trayvon screaming and testimony from his mom that it’s him, are in.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GN —Just heard the ANNOUNCEMENT. —Hmmm. .

      BUT —-We gon —KEEP the FAITH. – —JUSTICE -WILL B SERVED!! — – –RIHEP —TM- -CONDOLENCES. –

      • gn

        I’d have more of a problem if the tapes and/or Sybrina Fulton’s ability to testify that this is her son were excluded. It would have been nice to have had the testimony of the experts too though.

        • creolechild

          Remember, too, that there some of the jurors are mothers? I think her testimony related to identifying her son’s voice is going to carry a lot of weight because what mother doesn’t know the sound of their own child’s voice. The ability to distinguish the difference develops in moms shortly after babies are born.

          • gn

            Well said.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good MornTin’ creolechild. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
            – — -***fist bump*** – – -Mrs.. Fulton’s TESTIMONY will B POWERFUL. – –

            -MOTHER -2-MOTHER. :>) —BLESS her. :>)

            [Kinda]— -“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; [St. John 10:27] – —She KNOWS. . .

            Good 2 C U creoledhild. :>) – -

          • qosine

            Oh yes, GreenLady

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good Morntin’ qosine♥ – -***BIG HUG** :>) – –
            – -***fist bump*** :>) – -THANK U. – -:>)

            Gotta – –KEEP the FAITH. — -in all things. :>) –

            Good 2 C U qosine. :>) Have a good day. :>)

        • GreenLadyHere

          gn. – – -YES. – -BUT — -since there was some question about their –“expertise – -METHODS” —-the trial would B BOGGED down questionin’ their – -INTEGRITY. —
          Mist KEEP the FOCUS on THAT RACIST MURDERER!! — :>)

          • qosine

            Exactly. Witnesses that earn the trust of jurors can lead them experience those last moments through the eyes of Trayvon. This is what the opposition has fought every step of the way, using the legal system to not only save Z, but
            the save the system that denies that powerful, humanizing connection to all the Trayvons and Emmit Tills.

          • gn

            Goldie Taylor has some interesting points on this:

            @goldietaylor
            Zimmerman defense called the audio analysis ‘junk science’, but testing methodology employed was derided broadly.

            ‏@goldietaylor
            Bottom line: the state has serious work to do in order to meet standard of guilt…

            @goldietaylor
            The jury will hear the audio. Prosecution will contend: The shot silenced the screamer.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MOrnTin’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ — -***BIG HUG** – :>)

    REAL FAST: – — – THIS ANTAGONISTIC PHOOL: – – -geesh!! —

    — — -Glenn Greenwald: Snowden’s revelations ‘not espionage in any real sense of the word’ – —

    – – – -Reporter Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story about phone and internet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) thanks to information provided by former contractor Edward Snowden, criticized the federal charges brought against him in a phone interview with MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Friday.

    “I think it’s very surprising to accuse someone of espionage who hasn’t worked for a foreign government, who didn’t covertly pass information to an adversary [or] enemy of the United States, who didn’t sell any top secret information,” Greenwald told Hayes, arguing that Snowden “simply went to newspapers, asked newspapers to very carefully vet the information to make sure that the only thing being published are things that informed his fellow citizens but doesn’t harm national security. That is not espionage in any real sense of the word.”
    — — -SNIP – —

    – -But the issue, Greenwald argued, was what he described as the “extreme zealousness” exhibited by the White House regarding whistleblowers, which reflected a “vindictive mentality” toward people who try to bring transparency to government policy. — — – — WHA’!!!???????

    Spoken like a TRUE – — -COMPLICIT CRIMINAL!!!– – ,

    He needsta STAY his arse —ACROSS the POND!! — -

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Translation: I’m not an accomplice!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ woody45. ***BIG HUG** :>)–

        —–***BIG fist bump*** —–TRUTH!!. —I hope that the FNI/CIA/ ——ABC/XYZ –LOL — –is ON HIM! :>)

        Good 2 C U wody45. :>) Have a good day. :>) – -

      • jds09

        Exactly. The only protection GG thinks he has is public opinion with the vanguard being the emos. The DOJ will slice thru them like a hot knife thru butter. They have not learned that this administrations decisions are not fueled by public opinion, especially lame ass public opinion. GG may be fucked too.

    • gn

      Greenwald couldn’t be more full of shit, no seriously, he couldn’t be more dishonest. He’s using a layperson’s understanding of espionage to pretend that the government is overreaching or acting in bad faith for Snowden’s particular charges.

      Here are the statutes that Snowden is alleged to have violated and please tell me where the overreach lies GG:

      *18 USC § 641. Theft of government property.

      *18 USC § 793(d). Unauthorized communication of National Defense Information

      *18 USC § 798(a)(3) Willful communication of classified intelligence information

      Truly awful “journalist.” He spreads lies.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ GN. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        — ***fist Bump*** —He’s using a layperson’s understanding of espionage to pretend that the
        government is overreaching or acting in bad faith for Snowden’s particular charges.

        ALL this DRAMA – –so that HE can MAKE MONEY —-as he trysta HURT MR. PRESIDENT! – —

        RACIST!! – – -THY NAME is “GG”! – —

        But –I’m confident that he will B taken DOWN!! —

        — –No Weapon — -SHALL PROSPER. IT WON’T WORK! – – –

        Good 2 C U GN. Have a good day. :>) -

      • malletgirl02

        I was reading the Washington Post article about the charges do you know Snowden can apply for Asylum under the UNHCR. Hong Kong can’t formally surrender individuals who apply for asylum until their applications can be process this is going to last for a long time.

        I’m giving the Washington post the side eye by mentioning the Obama administration has the most prosecutions under the espioniage act like he is some dictator ruling a police state. The reason their have been more under Obama, because there have been more high profile leaks during his presidency.

        • gn

          Exactly, that’s another dishonest GG talking point and yet another goal post shifted.

    • morphus

      If you want to follow GG and Snowden as they attempt to move the goalpost. THIS is where they’re going –> GG: “Snowden “simply went to newspapers, asked newspapers to very carefully vet the information”.

      See? Snowden didn’t reveal the information he stole — the newspapers released the information — (G-I-A-N-T leap in reasoning here), therefore, Snowden is innocent and magically avoids espionage charges.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MornTin’ morphus. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        –LOL – –Ohhhhh – —I C. LOL- — – THANKS 4 connecting the -☺ –☻ — – ☺ – – ☻ –> LOL

        They BOTH have 4-GOTTEN: –TANGLED WEB SPINNERS – -LOSE! — -HAH!

        Good 2 C U morphus. :>) Have a good day. :>)

        • morphus

          Good MornTin GLH, ***HUGS***

          Indeed, if nothing else, watching ‘em spin is entertaining.

          Have a good day!

      • creolechild

        That line of reasoning makes no sense, but they’re trying hard. Poor thangs! First of all, how is it possible to “vet information” without disclsing what you have in your possession. Even if, and that’s a Big If, documents weren’t handed over in initial meetings he still would have had to disclose what the material was about, thereby revealing information.

    • qosine

      CYA! CYA! Can’t wait till Snowden and Greenwald turn on each other!!!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        You can see it coming can’t you?

        • Miranda

          HAHAHAHA!!! Can see it coming from miles away!

      • GreenLadyHere

        qosine – – – ***fist bump*** :>)

        -THIS GON STR8 B GOOD!!</a. — — LOL

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Retiring School Principal Gets Loving Flash-Mob Sendoff

    A retiring Massachusetts principal was tricked into going on the
    school’s roof in order to receive a very memorable going-away present. Students, parents and staff stretched across the parking lot below surprising the 36-year veteran educator with a loving flash mob of thanks.[....] The display brought Roger Boddie to tears, saying, “Unbelievable,” and “Incredible”.

    Click link to watch video: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/hingham-school-flash-mob.html

    H/T Boston Globe and GNN

    • jds09

      Okay, I’m bawling. That was so sweet, especially his humble heartfelt response.

    • GreenLadyHere

      creolechild —***tears/SMILES*** :>) — –

      THANK U 4 this INSPIRATION of GOODNESS. :>) – -***HUGS*** :>) – -

      • creolechild

        You’re welcome, Lady Green! (:

        • GreenLadyHere

          creolechild – – -***smilin’ @-chu :>)***

    • qosine

      “with a loving flash mob of thanks” — beautiful, beautiful

    • rikyrah

      Totally crying here

  • creolechild

    Snowden’s options are diminishing with each disclosure that he makes public. If he has fantasies of becoming some type of martyr, he may get his wish…

    ‘GCHQ is worse than US’, says whistleblower Edward Snowden as he claims British spies are collecting huge amounts of data from internet and phone calls British eavesdropping agency GCHQ has secretly accessed fibre-optic cables carrying huge amounts of internet and communications data, according to documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    The agency is able to tap into and store data – including phone calls and e-mails between innocent people – from the cables for up to 30 days so it can be analysed under an operation codenamed Tempora, the Guardian reported.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346310/GCHQ-worse-US-says-whistleblower-Edward-Snowden-claims-British-spies-collecting-huge-amounts-data-internet-phone-calls.html

    H/T Terry McDermott

    • jds09

      Dear Media: please, please stop calling Snowden a “whistleblower” you are ruining it for whistleblowers everywhere. He is a leaker and a thief. Thank you.

      • gn

        (more leaks today)
        ‏@lawscribe

        Breaking: #Snowden tells Chinese paper NSA hacks into Chinese mobile phone companies & SMS data. This not espionage?:scmp.com/news/china/article/12… …

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          China: Tell us something we didn’t know.

          You can tell Snowden is desperate. He’s trying so hard to convince the Chinese that he has value.

    • gn

      [dupe]

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • creolechild

    Senate Vote On Immigration Reform Locked In

    In a single procedural move, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    tweaked bipartisan immigration reform legislation to reflect a new
    amendment to heavily police the border, and locked in a vote on the
    final bill for next week.

    On the Senate floor, Reid introduced the modified bill, then did
    what’s known as “filling the amendment tree” to round out the amendment process, and filed cloture. That sets up a vote to break a GOP filibuster next week, and a final passage vote shortly thereafter.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/senate-vote-on-immigration-reform-locked-in

    H/T Brian Beutler

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      It’s going to pass and then it all falls on Boehner who whether he likes it or not has no choice but to bring it to the floor. Screw this up and Senate Republicans will make him regret the day he took the job.

  • creolechild

    Picture me rolling…

    Tupac To Get Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame!

    He’s already revered as an elder statesman of hip-hop, loved worldwide for his fiery political lyrics. He’s one of the highest selling music acts of all time. Now, Tupac Shakur (pictured) is finally receiving his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame next year, according to an announcement.[....]

    Since his fatal, unresolved shooting death in September 1996, Shakur’s legacy has continued to shine. He has sold over $75 million worth of records, with seven of his 11 platinum records released following his death. His estate took in $3.5 million in 2010 after bringing in $9 million in 2007, eclipsing what Eminem and 50 Cent earned for that year.

    The University Of California and the University Of Washington offer classes focusing on Shakur’s life and literature.[....]

    Read more: http://www.chicagodefender.com/index.php/entertainment/19776-tupac-to-get-star-on-hollywood-walk-of-fame

    H/T Chicago Defender

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

    Sharapova asking for an ass whoopin’!

    Maria Sharapova fires back at Serena Williams

    Wimbledon doesn’t start until Monday, but there already have been some heavy shots fired.

    In her pre-tournament press conference Saturday, No. 2 seed Maria
    Sharapova directed some pointed remarks at No. 1 Serena Williams in
    response to comments that appeared in a Rolling Stone article apparently criticizing Sharapova and her boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov.

    “Obviously I have a tremendous amount of respect for Serena and what
    she’s achieved on the court,” Sharapova said. “If she wants to talk
    about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship
    and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has
    kids. Talk about other things, but not draw attention to other things.”

    MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2013/06/22/wimbledon-2013-maria-sharapova-serena-williams/2448573/?sf14226720=1

    • Miranda
    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Sepia –***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      — – -LOL. –STR8 WATCHIN’- – –

      – – Ooowwwweee — – It’s gon B FIERCE on that court!! LOL

      Good 2 C U Sepia. – – –Have a good day. :>)

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

        Hey GLH! You have a good day, too!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Sepia — –***smilin’ @-chu*** :>) — Thank U. :>)

    • qosine

      Hmmm. . .what’s Rolling Stone’s role in this? They love to push the emo way, which, curiously enough seems to come back on AAs. Wonder why that is?

    • Alma98

      Whoop her ass on the court Serena, make it a double bagel in 25 minutes.

      • jds09

        LOL.. Ah…umm..Maria if I was you I wouldn’t say nuthin’.

  • creolechild

    Oooops…

    Facebook admits year-long data breach exposed 6 million users

    Facebook Inc has inadvertently exposed 6 million users’ phone numbers and email addresses to unauthorized viewers over the past year, the world’s largest social networking company disclosed late Friday. Facebook blamed the data leaks, which began in 2012, on a technical glitch in its massive archive of contact information collected from its 1.1 billion users worldwide.

    As a result of the glitch, Facebook users who downloaded contact data for their list of friends obtained additional information that they were not supposed to have.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/22/facebook-admits-year-long-data-breach-exposed-6-million-users/

    H/T Reuters

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      If people are worried so much about privacy start here because this is how most information gets accessed without authorization.

    • malletgirl02

      Someone posted on here a few days that there were Facebook employees donating to the NSA leaker’s defense fund. This data breech makes me even more pissed off.

  • creolechild

    Nutrition Programs May Be Driving A Slowdown In Obesity

    The adult obesity rate only increased by 0.2 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) —the slowest rise in a decade. That may be driven by increased awareness of obesity’s health consequences and nutritional programs aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles, according to public health experts.[....] But community grants provided by the CDC, and Obamacare funding meant to strengthen local efforts for promoting nutritional wellness and exercise, may have led to the recent slowdown in that trend.

    The Affordable Care Act allocates $15 billion over the next decade to statewide anti-obesity measures, and historical evidence in cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia have shown that aggressive nutrition efforts can engender significant public health benefits.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/06/21/2190611/nutrition-programs-obesity-slowdown/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — –Saw this yesterday — BUT was 2 overwhelmed 2 post it — –

    – — 8-year-old sells Kool-Aid to cover grandma’s funeral costs (VIDEO)

    — — He’s a little boy with a big heart. Micheal Diamond, 8, is using his Kool-Aid to raise money for his grandmother’s funeral.
    He decided to become an entrepreneur after his grandmother, Bobbi, died from cancer last Sunday.

    Micheal likes to remember her for everything she did with him and taught him.
    “We went to the park across the street and had a bunch of adventures.
    I’m going to remember… the way she taught me… have manners and say please and thank you,” he said.

    His grandmother’s lessons are still fresh in his mind. Now with his newfound business sense, he’s setting his sites on a more permanent drink store. He says he’d call it “Drinks and Snacks.”
    THERE IS MORE – – –

    – —Ohhh BLESS U YOUNG MAN. —-Your Grandmother is VERY PROUD of U♥. :>)

    IMMA follow this ’cause I’m believin’ that a BIG DONOR/DONORS will emerge. :>) -AMEN. :>)

  • creolechild

    YAAAAAY…Wait, what? The ban is only for 30 months? (sigh)

    Oil companies will curb use of air guns that torment marine mammals

    Whales, dolphins, and manatees will finally enjoy some peace and
    quiet in parts of the Gulf of Mexico following a legal settlement that
    will restrict the use of oil industry air guns. As if dodging oil spills and dead zones in the Gulf isn’t bad enough, the marine mammals there are also subjected to deafening pulses of noise fired from boats searching for new oil fields to drill.

    “These super-loud airblasts hurt whales and dolphins,” said Miyoko Sakashita of the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement.
    “The seismic surveys sound like an underwater explosion, causing
    deafness and stress that can disrupt whales’ behaviors and even lead to strandings.”[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/oil-companies-will-curb-use-of-air-guns-that-torment-marine-mammals/

    H/T John Upton

    • morphus

      Hopefully activist’s 30 months study will be able to use data from previous battles on Navy’s sonar impact on dolphins and whales.

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

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

    Oh. My. Gawd!

    Paula Deen Meet My Black Friend …If You Can See Him!

    …Deen explains how her great-grandfather was devastated when the Civil War ended … because he didn’t know how to operate his plantation
    without “help” … saying “black folk were such integral parts of our
    lives.” They weren’t “folk” … they were slaves.

    Paula goes on to say she thinks prejudice will never be completely gone, but that “black people feel the same prejudice that white people feel.”

    Then Paula does something even more ridiculous and says she has “a young man” in her life she wants everyone to meet named Hollis Johnson, who is “black as that board” (her words) while pointing to the black background behind her.

    At one point she hollers, “Come out here Hollis. We can’t see you standing against that dark board.”

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/06/22/paula-deen-interview-black-friends-racism-slavery-food-network/#ixzz2WxjN9wOv

    • Miranda
    • creolechild

      Sepia, is this authentic or someone’s idea of a joke?

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

        Sadly, this is real. Like POUers have been saying, these 2520s long for the pre-Civil War days, and this interview proves it.

        • jds09

          My first thought…this can’t be true.

    • nellcote

      OMG!!! I had to click the link to see if it was satire but there’s freaking video! I’m shocked that she’s that stupid to say that stuff out loud.

    • Alma98

      I.AM.DONE. ___________________________________

    • gn

      Sagittarius was right. This is how she was raised, this is who she is, and it is inconceivable to her that there is a world outside of Paula Deen Inc. which is genuinely appalled. Slaves=”folks” who “help” on a plantation. Man what an entitled, racist asshole. Side eye to the entire family—this kind of thinking didn’t stay with the mom.

      • Miranda

        Slave owners always believed their slaves were happy…didn’t ever see them complain so how could they not be?? Just like Jim Crow south…..white people couldn’t believe that there were black people who didn’t like it, they always seemed to be ok when THEY saw them…so what was the problem? When “the Help” and Jim the farm hand were working, they always seemed to be smiling…..so gee….you mean underneath the smile was perhaps…I don’t know…..a feeling other than euphoria at being treated like a second class citizen?? WHO KNEW??

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Yep. And when they ran away it wasn’t their fault although if caught massa sure punished them like it was their fault. It was those outside agitators coming here and messing up their wonderful way of life who were to blame.

          When Black people did tell them how did that turn out?

        • malletgirl02

          Have you ever read Invisible Man? The Scene regarding the protagonist’s father reveals the true anger and hate under the fake smile.

      • creolechild

        Maybe that attitude is responsible for her receiving a contempt citation for not showing up in court. And, oh my, what have we here…another unreported incident. (Looks like a pattern is developing.)

        Paula Deen found in contempt of court; contract won’t be renewed

        It took a judge issuing a contempt of court order for Paula Deen to turn over a Food Network blooper reel. The attorney for the woman suing Deen and her brother requested the reel in May. When she failed to hand it over, they held Deen in contempt. The reel, which reportedly contains outtakes from Deen’s program, was eventually surrendered. It reportedly included foul language and showed Deen making sexually explicit comments.[....]

        Read more: http://www.cbs42.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-found-in-contempt-of-court/

        H/T Trent Butler

    • dannie22

      Who is this negro Hollis?

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia — – -I’m “SEASONED [Old]” – – BUT — – -I KNOW BETTA!!. – –U have NO EXCUSE!!

      — – -Annnnd – – -On da REALZ:- –She has had BLAH folks AROUND her who have played — the $YCOPHANT — –annnnd have prolly —LAFFED —@ her – -“jokes-LESS!” —

      No wonder she has BEEN ENCOURAGED in her RACISM!!

      Annnd — NOW- -THEY gon B PO’ — -4 a minute!! :>) — –

      [Gotta "bounce" 2 meetin'. C YA in a "bit". ♥] – -

  • Miranda

    The king of the emoprogging fake ass liberal y’all……smh…and Bob Herbert, aint nobody forgot about your shittiness either

    Maher defends Paula Deen to black guest: The N-word is ‘just a word’

    Bill Maher was at odds with his Real Time panel on Friday, coming to the defense of now-former Food Network personality Paula Deen in the wake of revelations she used the racial slur “ni–er” freely in the past.

    “People shouldn’t have to lose their shows and go away when they do something bad,” said Maher, who was criticized himself in 2011 for referring to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a “c-nt” in his stand-up act. “It’s just a word. It’s a wrong word. She was wrong to use it. But do we always have to make people go away?”

    “If they use that word? Yeah,” journalist and Demos senior fellow Bob Herbert answered. “They gotta go away.”

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/21/maher-defends-paula-deen-to-black-guest-the-n-word-is-just-a-word/

    • nellcote

      I totally lost interest in Maher when he said that about Palin. Fuck him and the un-vaccinated horse he rode in on.

    • creolechild

      I hope you’re next, Bill…

      Bill Maher drops N-word to Larry King; nobody notices [poll] – Posted on September 16, 2010

      Bill Maher dropped the N-word during an interview Larry King’s show Tuesday, the same day he picked up his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. No, we didn’t notice either. The “Real Time With Bill Maher” host, who’d thanked George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and the pope for his star earlier in the day, said he couldn’t wait to see the GOP debates before the 2012 presidential election.

      “How are they going to out fire-breathe each other? I mean where this rhetoric has gone to at this point? It’s only 2010. And we’re having Newt Gingrich, as we were talking about before, calling [the president] an anti-colonial Luo tribesman. Luo tribesman,” Maher said.

      “That’s the new Kenyan, Larry. And Kenyan, of course, was code for [the N-word]. But that’s where they are. They can’t say it out loud. But that’s where this whole campaign is going to be.” According to the CNN transcript, King did not react specifically to Maher’s choice of words.[....]

      http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/09/bill-maher-drops-n-word-to-larry-king-nobody-notices-poll.html

      • malletgirl02

        To be fair about no one noticing, does anyone watch Larry King?

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      See you know what this is about. It’s the old “why can’t we call Black People N____ any time we want to? Like our parents and grandparents did.”

      Forget the fact that she brought that to the work environment and said it in front of Black employees. So what? They’re only N______. Oops. There’s that word again.

    • gn

      GMAFB. No one expects Maher to be anything but a foul-mouthed jerk, thus his foolishness matters not to HBO. Food Network relies on marketing their personalities as authentic and benevolent, marketing which Paula Deen just shot through. Had anyone f-ed with Paula Deen’s brand to the extent that she just damaged Food Network’s, they’d be out faster than her racist behind could say “tar baby n***er.” What a ridiculous argument from this guy.

  • qosine

    Gratifying to watch contemptuous creatures grovel on the public stage — Paule Deen and Glenn Greenwald alike in every way.
    Add on Bill Maher, Rolling Stone, and Roland Martin

    • GreenLadyHere

      qosine — -***BIG FIST BUMP*** :>) HAH!

  • creolechild

    New Colo. Law Strikes All- Online Firearms Training

    In an age where you can buy a car or get a college degree without
    ever leaving the house, Colorado lawmakers have made one thing
    impossible to obtain from comfort of the couch: A concealed weapon
    permit. A new law requires people to show a firearm instructor in person that they can safely handle a gun before they get a permit, seeking to close what lawmakers say is an Internet-era loophole they didn’t envision 10 years ago.[....]

    Some Colorado lawmakers were astonished at the ease with which people could get a concealed-carry training certificate. Democratic Rep. Jenise May, who sponsored the bill with Tochtrop, said one of her staffers found a course online and got a certificate in less than an hour after answering eight questions and skipping a training video.[....]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/new-colo-law-strikes-all-online-firearm-training.php?ref=fpb

    H/T Ivan Moreno

    • morphus

      Common sense. Florida legalized non-resident online conceal carry permit.

  • Miranda

    Flights to Paris among reasons for missing classified intel briefing
    By Alexander Bolton – 06/22/13 11:23 AM ET

    More than half of the Senate missed a recent high-level classified briefing for reasons ranging from afternoon flights to Paris to meetings at the White House. [WATCH VIDEO]

    The paltry attendance at the briefing has exasperated Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who says colleagues should have known about the surveillance activities that have provoked a public outcry.

    The Hill surveyed all 100 members of the Senate to find out who sat in on the briefing with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and other officials, and who missed it.

    Although Feinstein reported that only 47 of 100 senators attended the briefing, 50 senators said they were there.

    Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) missed the 2:30 pm briefing to catch a flight from Dulles International Airport to Paris for the Paris Air Show.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/307199-flights-to-paris-and-white-house-meetings-among-reasons-for-missing-classified-intelligence-briefing-#ixzz2WxmghXun

    • creolechild

      The Paris Air Show?!!

    • nellcote

      Well fine, they had “reasons” to miss the inter briefing. But I don’t want to hear any of them bitch about not being informed.

    • malletgirl02

      Regarding the 47 vs. 50 thing. Maybe there needs to be some type of quiz to find out who really was at the meeting.

  • Miranda

    I want you to imagine 4 black women from Watts saying the exact same thing….imagine the response.

    Beverly Hills ‘Pot Moms’ Tell Piers Morgan Why Marijuana Makes Them Better Parents
    Meet the “Pot Moms of Beverly Hills.” These are mothers who have “come out of the closet” as pot smokers in order to help bring the drug into the mainstream. Four moms sat down with CNN’sPiers Morgan tonight to explain their movement and dismissed conventional wisdom about how effective a person could be as a parent if they’ve inhaled or consumed marijuana. They explained that pot has helped alleviate their pain and it is less harmful to the human body than alcohol.

    Cheryl Shuman, a cancer survivor, explained it was important for her to “come out of the closet as a corporate woman” who smoked pot. January Thomas told Morgan that a woman who smokes pot can still take care of children, considering a lot of other parents are on prescription drugs. Glenda Gurllen described how marijuana helped reduce her pain and anxiety.

    Morgan acknowledged that a lot of mothers watching would find all this “outrageous,” but quickly pointed out that they would likely be saying so with a glass of wine in their hands. Amie Machadoaffirmed that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and easier to control in some cases. Shuman added that no one dies of overdosing on pot, and bashed the “negative stereotype” the media likes to ascribe to pot smokers.more here: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/beverly-hills-pot-moms-tell-piers-morgan-why-marijuana-makes-them-better-parents/

  • creolechild

    UK Grocer to Divert Millions of Fresh Meals to Those in Need

    1,500 tons of food that would have gone to waste will now go to UK
    charities every year thanks to an innovative plan by the British grocery chain, Asda. Teaming up with hunger charity FareShare, Asda will divert surplus refrigerated food that arrives from suppliers, ensuring it won’t end up in the trash bin.

    This pioneering change means an extra 3.6 million meals every
    year for FareShare – and the 910 charities they support – increasing the amount of their distributed food by 41%. Asda normally shipped surplus produce back to suppliers, paying the extra transportation costs, whenever it received more stock than expected.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/business/uk-grocer-to-divert-millions-of-fresh-meals-to-needy.html

    H/T GNN

  • Miranda

    Damn…this made me feel old! I know Quest was like “the hell….”Questlove Jenkins ‏@questlove9m
    On my flight listening to George Benson describe who I am to this 19 year old who has no clue he’s sitting next to friggin George Benson

    • jds09

      Other day I was trying to explain to a teenager who Grace Jones was. LOL

    • crazycanuck

      I don’t know is this age, or just stupidity?

    • goldenstar

      Kinda surprised that the 19-yo doesn’t know Questlove. Yikes!

  • creolechild

    Chipotle is now the first restaurant to label GMOs in its food

    [....] Those of us in the skeptical-of-GMOs camp may be happy to hear Chipotle is voluntarily identifying GMOs in its menu items (although only on its website, not in stores) — making it the first restaurant chain in the country to do so.

    Writes the company: Our goal is to eliminate GMOs from Chipotle’s
    ingredients, and we’re working hard to meet this challenge. For example, we recently switched our fryers from soybean oil to sunflower oil. Soybean oil is almost always made from genetically modified soybeans, while there is no commercially available GMO sunflower oil. Where our food contains currently unavoidable GM ingredients, it is only in the form of corn or soy.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/chipotle-is-now-the-first-restaurant-to-label-gmos-in-its-food/

    H/T Holly Richmond

  • creolechild

    Indianapolis to get nation’s largest EV sharing program

    Are you a fan of electric vehicles who doesn’t want to own your own car? Get thee to Indy. A company that operates electric-vehicle sharing programs in France is looking to expand, and its executives have settled on Indianapolis for their first American foray.

    Bolloré Group’s $35 million plan will provide 500 shared cars and 1,200 charging stations at 200 locations throughout Indiana’s capital. The company’s inaugural American initiative will be modeled on its French Autolib program, with sharing slated to begin next year. A press release describes the program:[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/indianapolis-to-get-nations-largest-ev-sharing-program/

    H/T John Upton

  • creolechild

    Former Workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory Plead Guilty to Atomic Energy Act Violations

    The Justice Department today announced that a scientist and his wife, who both previously worked as contractors at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, have pleaded guilty to charges under the Atomic Energy Act and other charges relating to their communication of classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official.[....]

    [....] Under the terms of the plea agreements, which are subject to court approval, Mascheroni will be sentenced to a prison term within the range of 24 to 66 months followed by ten years of supervised release, and Roxby Mascheroni will be sentenced to a prison term of 12 to 24 months followed by nine years of supervised release. The couple’s sentencing hearings have yet to be scheduled.

    The indictment in this case did not allege that the government of
    Venezuela or anyone acting on its behalf sought or was passed any
    classified information, nor did it charge any Venezuelan government
    officials or anyone acting on their behalf with wrongdoing. The
    indictment also did not allege any wrongdoing by other individuals
    working at LANL.[....]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/June/13-nsd-702.html

    H/T USDOJ

  • creolechild

    I think a very clear message is being sent to contractors of all stripes…

    Former Security Contractor CEO Sentenced for Masterminding $31 Million Disadvantaged Small Business Fraud Scheme

    The former chief executive officer of a Virginia-based security
    contracting firm was sentenced in the Eastern District of Virginia to 72 months in prison for creating a front company to obtain more than $31 million intended for disadvantaged small businesses and for bribing the former regional director for the National Capital Region of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) as part of the scheme.

    The front company obtained the contracts through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Section 8(a) program, which allows qualified small businesses to receive sole-source and competitive-bid contracts set aside for minority-owned and disadvantaged small businesses.[....]

    Read more:http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/June/13-crm-701.html

    H/T USDOJ

    • goldenstar

      Eric Holder’s DOJ just keep it comin’!

      • malletgirl02

        Holder keeps on doing these great things for the public and they keep on insisting on his resignation. It doesn’t make any sense.

        • gn

          Non-stop disinformation campaign.

    • morphus

      Eastern District of Virginia warning up for Snowden.

  • creolechild

    Macandrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. to Pay $720,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Antitrust Premerger Notification Requirements

    The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, at the request of the
    Federal Trade Commission, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today in U.S.
    District Court in Washington, D.C., against MacAndrews & Forbes for violating the notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act of 1976. At the same time, the department filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, will settle the charges.[....]

    [....] Federal courts can assess civil penalties for premerger notification violations under the HSR Act in lawsuits brought by the Department of Justice. For a party in violation of the HSR Act the maximum civil penalty is $16,000 a day.

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/June/13-at-693.html

    H/T USDOJ

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • creolechild

    Thanks for bearing with me; I got a little carried away. This is the last submission today about the activities of “The Beast,” but it’s also a very important one…

    Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the American Film Institute’s Screening of Gideon’s Army – Posted on June 21, 2013

    [....] Fifty years ago this March, this promise drove Justice Hugo Black – writing for a unanimous Supreme Court – to observe that “in our adversary system, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured of a fair trial unless counsel is provided to him.” Like each of the stories you’re about to see, the journey that led to this moment began quite humbly, with an act as simple as it was profoundly optimistic – when a poor man named Clarence Earl Gideon, who had been denied a court-appointed lawyer and convicted of a felony – took up a pencil and a sheaf of prison stationary, drafted a petition arguing that his right to due process had been violated, and addressed that petition to the Supreme Court of the United States.[....]

    Significant strides have been made in expanding access to quality representation for more of those who need it. Yet – despite the undeniable progress our nation has witnessed over the last half-century – America’s indigent defense systems continue to exist in a state of crisis. And, as this film demonstrates, a great deal of work remains before us. During my time as a judge on the Superior Court here in Washington, D.C. – and, later, as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia – I saw this reality firsthand.

    Day after day, lines of young men – most often African American young men – streamed through my courtroom. In some cases, they had committed serious crimes. In almost every case, they had had long histories of interactions with social services – and educational and juvenile justice systems – which had failed to interrupt the dangerous and potentially avoidable trajectory that led them to my
    courtroom. Although many of these defendants were fortunate enough to be represented by exceptional lawyers at the Public Defender Service, similarly situated defendants around the country are not always so effectively represented.[....]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2013/ag-speech-130621.html

    H/T USDOJ

    • creolechild

      “Gideon’s Army” trailer (HBO Documentaries)

      H/T gh5149 .

    • morphus

      Good to know about our modern day heroes … “Gideon’s Promise … formerly known as the Southern Public Defender Training Center … they’re fighting to make a difference, once case at a time. They’re working to restore and improve public defender programs that – in some places – do little more than process people in and out of our courts.”

    • Joy

      The trailer made me tear up, especially when the young man said he was scared. Will definitely get HBO just to watch this.