April 20, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Saluting Scout Troop 914

OK, so we’re late with the congratulations, but its never too late to recognize great achievements! While googling for African-American Anglers, I came across an article on outdoor sporting achievments of teens and there was a reference to this Boy Scout Troop’s history making year in 2010.

Dallas Boy Scout Troop 914 makes history with 12 new Eagle Scouts

Dallas’s own Boy Scout Troop 914 honored a whopping 12 Eagle Scouts on Nov. 6, 2010.

While 12 is already an unheard-of number to achieve as the highestest rank in Scouting at one time from one troop, these boys made history for yet another reason.

All 12 2010 Eagle Scout graduates in Troop 914 are African-American.

According to Boy Scouts of America National Council, this is the second time in history this many African-American Scouts have earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout at one time. 

Inspired by retired SMU professor Dr. Emeritus Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. of the Perkins School of Theology, former Scout Master Allen Avery and current Assistant Scout Master San Salvador Edwards started Cub Scout Pack 914 in 1996.

At the time, the troop had four members, all aged around five or six years old. Since then, the troop has produced nearly 40 Eagle Scouts.

“We couldn’t let our boys go by the wayside,” Edwards said. “I got involved because my son wanted to get involved.”

Edwards, an active member of the community and Scout representative for the New St. Luke Eagle Scouts based in St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, is a role model and father figure to many of the boys in Troop 914.

Xavier Barkwell, one of the original four members of Troop 914, is now finishing up his first semester at the Naval Academy.

“My grandmother coerced me into doing [Boy Scouts],” Barkwell said. “She thought it would be a good thing for me to do.”

Though he confesses that he didn’t really like Scouting at first, he said that the experiences he had and the relationships he built have helped get him to where he is now. Avery and particularly Edwards are both like fathers to him.

“Mr. San… I would assume that he considers me like another son,” Barkwell said. “If I ever need anything, he’s there for me. He’s always looking out for me. His son is like my brother. Actually, I call him my brother when I introduce him to people. They’re like another family to me.”

Troop 914 claims that it is unique for several reasons, but the one to which Barkwell credits its success is that the troop is all-inclusive; whereas, other troops seem to be exclusive to a certain group or type of people.

Historically, when they were founded in 1910, Boy Scouts were segregated into white troops and ‘colored troops.’ There were still troops in the south that remained segregated until 1970. According to Barkwell, many troops still tend to be all, or basically all, one race.

“We’re a very diverse troop,” he said. “Other troops may be a little more conservative or centered around one or maybe two races. But it looks good to see a troop that’s not centered around one thing.”

Scouts in Troop 914 are black, white, all types of Hispanic and Asian.

“We are mostly an African-American troop, but we welcome everybody,” Edwards said. “We are the most diverse troop in the area.”

He and current Scout Master Keith Kennedy attribute the diversity to Troop 914′s uniqueness as a whole.

“We took the Boy Scouts program and tweaked it a little bit to make sure our boys understand life lessons,” Edwards said.

Life lessons include skills like how to treat people, particularly women, with respect, proper courtesy and manners for various occasions and even how to change a tire.

“I mean, why would you want to go on a date and the guy doesn’t know how to change a tire?” Edwards said.

Scoutmaster Keith Kennedy underscored the group’s community service projects.

His son Dillon, at age 13 a precocious Eagle Scout, registered 70 people as bone marrow and organ donors. Jordan McRae, 16, collected more than 500 books for the library at East Dallas Community School.

Jordan wrote famous Eagle Scouts asking for help, and received from Ross Perot about 300 books and a personal interview.

“His Eagle project came off without a hitch,” said Velena McRae, his mother.

The ceremony included remarks from dignitaries, including Dallas Police Chief David Brown. William Edwards, 16, got the biggest laugh in speaking for the Eagle Scout group.

“Yes, we’ve been camping a lot,” he said. “A little too much, if you ask me.”

Earnest Lloyd places the Eagle pin on the pocket of his son, Matthew Lloyd.

 

  • dannie22

    Good morning all! Last night was the night from HELLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! My job sucks!!! Everyone hates me!!!! I need vodka for breakfast!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Dare I say- – -GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ dannie22.♥- –***BIG- – - there- – there–HUG** :>)

      - –THESE R 4 U. :>)- — -

      Feel betta- -’kay? :>).- -

      • dannie22

        thank you GLH!!

        • GreenLadyHere

          dannie22- – - -MY PLEASURE. :>)

    • rikyrah

      well dannie, you made it through last night and today is a new day.

    • Aquagranny911

      LOL! Sorry this made me laugh but on one job I had, one of my co-workers would say after we had a rough day: “just fix me a margarita in a bathtub & give me a long straw.”

      Try to get some rest ♥

    • Gc

      We love you, and we’ve all had sucky jobs. One I had in my twenties was so soul killing, the first time I saw Mad Men, I totally related to their “liquid lunches.”

  • Aquagranny911

    This is so very cool. Thanks for sharing this here. I know some people have issues with BSA & I do as well but scouting was good for my son & oldest grandson. It does matter which troop your kiddo joins, especially who are the leaders.

    I got a laugh from that one boy’s comment about camping. My son never got enough camping & back packing. He loves it! He still does as much as he can & takes his children, teaching them all about the outdoors.

    It’s 5AM & all is quiet so I have had time to catch up with posts here. The series on fishermen has been most interesting. Who knew that people could compete & actually earn money catching fish! Dang! I missed a chance at a different career path. I like to fish. It’s very relaxing & often provides a good dinner.

    Mitty is in deep caca & I’m so enjoying that! Kudos to all our creative commenters & their “songs” about Bain. Bain is hanging around Robme’s neck like a rotting chicken on a dog. Looooooooove it!!!

    I also read the Zimmerman is whining “that judge doesn’t like me.” No shit, Sherlock! Your papi can’t buy you out of this one! I really wish that the disgusting baby killing ass wipe had not gotten bail because I consider him a huge flight risk.

    Weather report: I’m thanking all the rain gods because we have been getting our monsoons. We let the grandkiddos grub in the mud of a fallow garden bed yesterday. They were like three little pigs covered in mud from head to toe. They had the best time! We don’t get that opportunity often here. I’m really enjoying them. They make me laugh but they do wear me out.

    Have a good weekend POU. I will try to check in later if I can ♥

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ Aquagranny91♥- — -***BIG HUG** :>)

      - —U GOT IT! :>) It’s been QUITE a WEEK! :>) I’m luvin’ teh WILLARD’s- – –”take down”!!! LOL.

      Missin’ U♥— -Good 2 C U. :>) – - -B Blessed- -U/kiddos

      • Aquagranny911

        ♥ & big HUGS to you too!!!

        • GreenLadyHere

          THANK U- – -Aquagrannyy911. ♥- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    moved

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ Aquagranny91♥- — -***BIG HUG** :>)

    - —U GOT IT! :>) It’s been QUITE a WEEK! :>) I’m luvin’ teh WILLARD’s- – –”take down”!!! LOL.

    Missin’ U♥— -Good 2 C U. :>) – - -B Blessed- -U/kiddos

  • rikyrah

    Good Mornig, Everyone :))

  • rikyrah

    this article is just a wonderful way to begin the day. Congratulations to these accomplished young men.

    • GN

      I couldn’t agree more. I really enjoyed today’s feature (and props to Ross Perot–I don’t agree with him politically, but good of him to answer that kid’s letter with a book donation).

      These weekly series are terrific; love them.

  • GreenLadyHere
  • rikyrah

    I Want It Today

    How Amazon’s ambitious new push for same-day delivery will destroy local retail.

    By Farhad Manjoo|Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 5:53 PM ET

    Amazon has long enjoyed an unbeatable price advantage over its physical rivals. When I buy a $1,000 laptop from Wal-Mart, the company is required to collect local sales tax from me, so I pay almost $1,100 at checkout. In most states, Amazon is exempt from that rule. According to a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, only firms with a physical presence in a state are required to collect taxes from residents. Technically, when I buy a $1,000 laptop from Amazon, I’m supposed to pay a $100 “use tax” when I file my annual return with my home state of California. But nobody does that. For most people, then, most items at Amazon are significantly cheaper than the same, identically priced items at other stores.

    In response to pressure from local businesses, many states have passed laws that aim to force Amazon to collect sales taxes (the laws do so by broadening what it means for a company to have a physical presence in the state). Amazon hasn’t taken kindly to these efforts. It has filed numerous legal challenges, and fired all of its marketing affiliates in Colorado, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and California. It also launched a $5 million political campaign to get voters to turn back the California law. And when Texas’ comptroller presented Amazon with a $269 million sales tax bill last year, the company shut down its distribution center in Dallas.

    But suddenly, Amazon has stopped fighting the sales-tax war. Last fall it dropped its repeal campaign in California and instead signed a deal with lawmakers to begin collecting sales taxes later this year. That was followed by several more tax deals—over the course of the next couple years, Amazon will begin collecting sales tax from residents of Nevada, New Jersey, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, and on July 1, it began collecting taxes from Texans. It also currently collects taxes from residents of Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, and its home state of Washington. After all the tax deals go into effect, the company will be collecting taxes from the majority of its American customers.

    Why would Amazon give up its precious tax advantage? This week, as part of an excellent investigative series on the firm, the Financial Times’ Barney Jopson reports that Amazon’s tax capitulation is part of a major shift in the company’s operations. Amazon’s grand strategy has been to set up distribution centers in faraway, low-cost states and then ship stuff to people in more populous, high-cost states. When I order stuff from Amazon, for instance, it gets shipped to California from one of the company’s massive warehouses in Kentucky or Nevada.

    But now Amazon has a new game. Now that it has agreed to collect sales taxes, the company can legally set up warehouses right inside some of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation. Why would it want to do that? Because Amazon’s new goal is to get stuff to you immediately—as soon as a few hours after you hit Buy. (Disclosure: Slate participates in Amazon Associates, an “affiliate” advertising plan that rewards websites for sending customers to the online store. This means that if you click on an Amazon link from Slate—including a link in this story—and you end up buying something, Amazon will send Slate a percentage of your final purchase price.)

    It’s hard to overstate how thoroughly this move will shake up the retail industry. Same-day delivery has long been the holy grail of Internet retailers, something that dozens of startups have tried and failed to accomplish. (Remember Kozmo.com?) But Amazon is investing billions to make next-day delivery standard, and same-day delivery an option for lots of customers. If it can pull that off, the company will permanently alter how we shop. To put it more bluntly: Physical retailers will be hosed.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/small_business/2012/07/amazon_same_day_delivery_how_the_e_commerce_giant_will_destroy_local_retail_.html?tid=sm_tw_button_toolbar

    • nellcote

      It’s a total rip off to the states they don’t collect sales tax for.

    • Alma98

      I have to admit I love my fast delivery from Amazon. Also Wal-Mart has a nerve, they won’t even insure they’re workers; the cost is passed on to us. And a lot of local stores prices are so high, that I like a lot of people go to Amazon or Ebay looking for a deal.

    • Town

      We now have to pay VA sales tax for Amazon purchases, and they are building 2 distribution centers here in VA.

  • MonieTalks

    Interview with Ricki Thompson, former sailor and military spouse who introduced PBO in Va Beach.

    http://wtkr.com/2012/07/13/local-navy-wife-introduced-president-obama-at-virginia-beach-event/

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s Bain story unraveling quickly
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:59 PM EDT.

    One of the worst things that can happen to a politician burdened by a controversy is generally captured by a sound: drip, drip, drip. Instead of making a full disclosure from the outset, the politician allows revelations to come slowly, one at a time, dragging out the issue while creating a longer series of damaging headlines.

    When it comes to Mitt Romney and his Bain Capital, the drips just keep coming.

    Back in 2002 when he was running for Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney and his aides had no problem admitting he retained his position as CEO of Bain Capital after 1999. Press articles from the time describe how Mr. Romney was on a “leave of absence” after 1999 and had not fully cut ties with the private equity firm. [...]

    Mr. Romney being on a “leave of absence” would explain the discrepancy and it doesn’t mean he played any role in managing the company, however, according to at least one former Bain Capital executive, during a prior leave of absence, Mr. Romney still remained in a very active role with the company.

    In 2002, a Boston Globe article quoted a former Bain Capital executive named Marc B. Wolpow who said Mr. Romney remained in a very active role at Bain Capital while he was supposedly on a leave of absence for his Senate race. Wolpow specifically said of Romney’s role, “I reported directly to Mitt Romney…. You can’t be CEO of Bain Capital and say, ‘I really don’t know what my guys were doing,’”

    Daily Kos’ Jed Lewison, meanwhile, highlights a Bain press release from July 1999 — several months after Romney claims to have given up his role at the firm — that describes Romney as being on “a part-time leave of absence” to work on the Olympics. What’s more, Dave Weigel notes Bain materials that said Romney would continue to have “input on investment and key personnel decisions” after his alleged departure.

    Making matters slightly worse, the Huffington Post has a report this afternoon, noting a federal disclosure form Romney filed in August 2011 that said Romney, after February 1999, “has not had any active role with any Bain Capital entity and has not been involved in the operations of any Bain Capital entity in any way.” The article added, “That is false.”

    And making matters worse still, BuzzFeed has published a 2000 document, uncovered by our pal James Carter, that identifies Romney as being “principally engaged in the business of serving as sole stockholder of BCI VI, Inc. (Bain Capital Investors VI)” — materials signed by Romney that clearly contradict other disclosure forms filed with the FEC.

    The challenge, then, becomes figuring out which entity Romney was lying to: the SEC, the FEC, voters, or some combination thereof? Given the contradictions, and the fact that Romney’s version of events clearly don’t add up, his stories can’t all be truthful.

    Romney still has his defenders — most notably the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, whose defense strains credulity — but the Republican’s story appears to be unraveling quickly.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/13/12727677-romneys-bain-story-unraveling-quickly?lite

  • MonieTalks

    Wow…
    California City Under Investigation Drained Reserve Funds

    Law enforcement officials are investigating possible crimes in San Bernardino’s city government, which almost drained special funds to prop up its budget.

    The near-bankrupt state of the community of 209,000 east of Los Angeles came to light when a new finance director discovered that previous officials shifted money for workers-compensation and liability insurance to the general fund, said Andrea Travis- Miller, interim city manager.

    “The city has relied on a whole variety of one-time measures to balance its budget,” Travis-Miller, who began her job in May, said yesterday. “There have been transfers to the general fund with the expectation that they would be repaid. That became difficult.”

    read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-12/california-city-facing-bankruptcy-depleted-reserve-funds.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —- -GR8- – ACA – - -POSITIVE EFFECTS. :>)- – —

    - —STUDY: Obamacare Will Help The 43 Percent Of Women Who Skipped Health Care Because Of High Costs- -

    - – -Women tend to have higher medical expenses and lower incomes, leading them to often forego expensive medical needs that might be a drain on their insurance policies. A new study from the Commonwealth Fund reveals that 18.7 million women in the United States between the ages of 19 and 64 were uninsured in 2010. That’s an increase of nearly six million women in just ten years.

    Of those who were uninsured, 77 percent said they actually skipped care because of the cost. Tragically, 26 percent of women found themselves in recent medical debt because of high premiums and copays.

    –THIS- –But relief is on its way. The Commonwealth Fund report shows that Obamacare will dramatically decrease (PDF) the cost of care for women, and thus drastically lower the rate of women who skip the doctor or don’t have insurance:- – –GR8 CHART!! :>)
    THERE IS MORE.

    - – — -THANK U- — MR. PRESIDENT!! :>) B BLESSED. :>)- -

  • MonieTalks

    Does Ron Paul have a divine right to the Oval Office? One pastor says yes.

    If divine intervention was as weighty as the electoral college, one pastor says Ron Paul would be president.

    The Texas libertarian received the endorsement of USA Christian Ministries for president yesterday, The Capitol Column reported. Pastor Steven Andrew, the president of the group, released a statement that, in part, read “God wants Ron Paul to be President.”

    ….“Comparing Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, we see Paul will cut the deficit $1 trillion in year one, but Obama and Romney would increase the deficit. Americans will have more jobs with Paul,” Andrew said.

    The pastor continued to attack both mainstream candidates, calling Mormonism, Romney’s religion, “Satanic,” and adding that Obama’s actions while in office go against Christian beliefs.

    “Obama says to leave living babies to die who survive botched abortions, covers Jesus’ name and cross at Georgetown, fights unjust wars that result in Muslims persecuting Christians, and mocks God and our Founding Fathers’ Christian laws,” Andrew said.

    read more: http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/07/does-ron-paul-have-a-divine-right-to-the-oval-office-one-pastor-says-yes/

    • nellcote

      Rmoney’s gonna have to work a little harder on that secret plan to win over the Christianists.

    • Town

      Obviously God did NOT want Ron Paul to be president, since he only got about 4% of the vote.

  • rikyrah

    Bain Aside, Romney Trails On Nearly Every Issue

    Posted on 07/13/2012 at 5:30 pm by JM Ashby

    From Pew Research Center’s latest poll

    The significant lead Romney has over the president on reducing the federal deficit is a great example of just how bad the media coverage of the federal deficit has been. Particularly during the summer of last year leading up to the debt ceiling hostage crisis.

    President Obama has lowered the deficit since taking office and has passed legislation that will eliminate the deficit within this decade.

    The federal deficit was $1.4 trillion in fiscal year 2009. The fiscal 2009 budget was the last budget passed by George W. Bush. The projected federal deficit for fiscal 2012 is $937 billion according to the Congressional Budget Office.

    With the elimination of the Bush Tax Cuts included in the Budget Control Act (the debt ceiling deal) the federal deficit may entirely vanish by 2018.

    Alternatively, the limited proposals Mitt Romney has debuted during his time running for president would balloon the deficit and add as much as $10 trillion to the national debt.

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/07/bain-aside-romney-trails-on-nearly-every-issue.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - — Contrary 2 my last post- — LOOK at the RE-THUGS!!– -Their- -

    - – WAR ON WOMEN- – –CONTINUES- – –

    – –The GOP’s Effort To Pull Out Of Medicaid Is Part Of Its War On Women- – -

    - – - Medicaid expansion is just the latest battlefield in the Republicans’ ongoing war against women. Republican governors turning down health care funds are making a political statement, but in the process are hurting, not helping, the women their states.

    In fact, the two states with the highest number of uninsured women — Florida, where 30.3 percent are uninsured, and Texas, where 26.2 percent are — have been most vocal in opposing the expansion. Here is why turning down the Medicaid expansion is a war on women:

    – Women are far more than half of Medicaid recipients. In fact, they make up 68 percent of the programs participants. That’s because women tend to live longer and meet more of the eligibility guidelines (often because they have children):
    THERE IS MORE.

    Annnnd- – -SOME PEOPLE THINK that- – -teh WILLARD is an ALTERNATIVE????- – -
    - -YOU LOSE!!- – -

  • Alexander2

    Melissa Harris-Perry ‏@MHarrisPerry

    Today on @MHPShow we ask, why does Mitt Romney hate Big Bird? ‪#nerdland

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      - –**furrowed brow***- – -***head hits desk***- geesh!!- -

      - – –CAN we get that AIR TIME BACK!!??- -LOL.– -

      Good 2 C U- – -ALEXANDER2. Have a good day. :>)

      • Alexander2

        Good Morning GreenLadyHere:

        I watched out of curiosity. Turned it off after about 5 minutes. No time for games and cuteness.

        Have a great day!

        • GreenLadyHere

          ALEXANDER2— — LOL. I KNOW – -HUH!!? :>)

          Actually —I think that it is a wise thing 2 “peep in” on her- – –in order 2 confirm[or refute] our opinion of her.
          Soooo- -THIS is HELPFUL info. THANK U. :>)- –

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

      I can’t. *smh*

    • creolechild

      What’s next?

      This is Jane. This is Dick. This is Sally. Do you have a red ball? Where is Puff? Run, Spot, run!

      Yeeesssshhhhhhhhhhh…….

      • Admiral_Komack

        I’m sorry, Sally.
        Puff was last seen on the roof of Mitt’s car.
        Sob, sob, sob.

        • creolechild

          Nnnnnoooooooooooooo….Run, Spot, Run!

          See, Spot, Run!

  • rikyrah

    Obama Unrelenting On Bashing Romney’s Job Record
    by The Associated Press
    WOLFEBORO, N.H. July 14, 2012, 09:10 am ET

    WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney insists that he stepped down from his private equity firm years earlier than federal records indicate, but President Barack Obama is more than a little skeptical and says his Republican rival has much to explain.

    Obama campaign advisers said the president, during a second straight day in tightly contested Virginia, planned to remind voters on Saturday of the discrepancies between Securities and Exchange Commission filings and Romney’s recollection of his role at Boston-based Bain Capital.

    Obama was focusing on a state that he won in 2008, a first for a Democratic nominee since 1964, and on an issue that Romney says diverts attention from struggling economy.
    ………………………….

    In a round of interviews, the Republican candidate defended his account of his role at Bain, and said Obama owed him an apology for an aide’s suggestion that the Security and Exchange Commission filings, if false, could bring a felony charge.

    “This is simply beneath the dignity of the presidency of the United States,” Romney told ABC.

    It wasn’t just Obama, though, pressuring Romney.

    “There is no whining in politics,” chided John Weaver, a veteran Republican strategist. “Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.”

    Romney seemed unlikely to find any contrition from the Obama campaign, where a spokesman said there would be no apology, as the president’s aides dug in on an issue they see as a winner for them.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=156767593

    • nellcote

      “There is no whining in politics,” chided John Weaver,
      ===
      This guy is well respected in gooper circles. I remember him from early in McCain’s campaign.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - -SPEAK- – MR. PRESIDENT- –

    - — -Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress to Pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Extension - –

    - –President Obama calls on Congress to act now to extend tax cuts for the 98 percent of Americans making less than $250,000 for another year.

    - – - -LEADERSHIP- –:>) – - -

  • rikyrah

    The Bain Question We Are Asking Is the Wrong Question

    By Charles P. Pierce

    at 12:00PM

    As entertaining as all the When-Did-Willard-Leave-Bain-And-How-Thoroughly-Did-He-Leave-It? whoop-de-doo is, doesn’t fighting over the subject imply that you’re accepting the notion that Bain only went all predatory and pirate-ish as a result of Thoroughly Moral Mitt’s departure? And isn’t that really the wrong question to be asking, and doesn’t that really make you sort of a sap? Discuss.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/romney-bain-question-10621513#ixzz20bZT2TJx

    • GN

      He has a point, but all of these questions are the right questions. I’d love to hear more about how and why Mitt Romney was listed as ultra-senior management on regulatory filings of a company which he claims now that he had nothing to do with during that time period. Certainly not accepting any moral Mitt premise by asking that question though, but I’m glad that Pierce has raised the issue.

      • Miranda

        Funny but didnt Ken Lay claim he didn’t know what was going on at Enron? He was just the CEO – so how could he possibly know?

        Yeah……the entire Sarbanes-Oxley compliance law was created so that senior executives could not get away with claiming they didn’t know wrongdoing was going on when they sign their names to official financials and disclosures on behalf of their corporations. That was the whole point. For Mitt to pretend like his signature was “just for trivial documents” is complete and utter bullshit…and he wasn’t just signing as some insiginificant VP of Marketing or Director of Claims…this man was signing as the SOLE SHAREHOLDER – the CEO AND PRESIDENT….but he didn’t make any decisions. Bitch please.

        • GN

          Exactly; this is not the bodega down the street with funny papers. This is a multi-billion dollar investment fund which Romney is now saying has made serious misrepresentations in multiple regulatory filings about the fund’s management. People are chalking this up to politics, but this is actually really crazy.

          • Miranda

            Exactly!! This is INSANE. I cant believe the SEC isn’t already investigating! Hell, if this were Barack Obama, he would have been perp walked a month ago!

            I bet you right now the entire board of directors for the parent company of Bain are in an emergency meeting RIGHT NOW to discuss what to do because bottom line, are they gonna take the fall for Mitt or what? It has come down to that. There is no OUT. He can’t claim to not have made decision for the company when the very disclosures he signed, said he did. It doesn’t take longer than a month tops to have a proxy put in place – like oh…one of the numerous Senior Vice Presidents? Maybe the General Counsel for Bain?? Somebody?? Hell, Ann??

          • rikyrah

            This is what I was told as a child:

            ‘ain’t nobody going to jail for you, except for your Mama…..and, she’s not gonna do it either.’

          • GN

            The whole signatory authority argument is just absurd.

            Let you or I set up an investment fund, collect billions of dollars to capitalize it, and then play games with the securities regulatory filings. If this were PBO, he’d be getting slaughtered right now. And I actually would be unsurprised if the SEC hasn’t already sent a little letter to Bain asking to see the receipts.

          • Town

            We don’t know that the SEC isn’t investigating as we speak…

          • nellcote

            There may be a question of the statute of limitations running out.

          • creolechild

            To the best of my knowledge, there is a statute of limitations that hinges on when said fraud was discovered, not committed.( I could be mistaken about this though.) But charges related to conspiracy is a whole different ball game because, from what I’ve read, it doesn’t have a statute of limitations attached to it.

    • isonprize

      All of the questions are “good” questions to ask. Charles Pierce just adds another one to the mix.

      Of COURSE, R-money did some rank stuff before 1999. It’s a good question, but it’s secondary to proving, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Myth R-money is liar. Using his own words and signature to prove it is just GOLDEN!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- ——Bu——bu———–BUT ———–I was GONE;-

    —UH——SHOW US YOUR TAXES—–

    - – -Romney paid as a do-nothing president at Bain?

    - – - — Shannon O’Brien, 2002 Democratic Massachusetts gubernatorial nominee who ran against Mitt Romney, talks with Rachel Maddow about Mitt Romney’s conflicting claims about his role at Bain Capital in the years that he worked on the Olympics, including why he was paid a hundred thousand dollar salary if he wasn’t doing anything.

    - -GOTTA DESTROY HIM- –B4 HIS NOMINATION!- – -HAH!

    • Gc

      Good Morning Lovely Lady
      Question: I noticed you sign off with “destroying him before the nom” What would that accomplish? One of the nervous types on another blog was frightened this WOULD happen, so that another nom could replace him, one with better creds. What is your thinking? Thx.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        THANK U.- — :>)

        —–1. Already he is an EMBARRASSMENT 2 his POTTY. He has disagreed with the POTTY LINE on occasion[IN his MOMENTS of FLIP-FLOP.]- -
        Therefore —WHO is gonnna PROUDLY announce- – –his NOMINATION- –without CHOKIN’?- – -LOL

        - –2.- -At this point in time- -I ‘ON’T think that THEY R considerin’ – –an ALTERNATIVE.[Though I believe that MANY R wishin' 4 one. LOL]- –NOT enuff time. :>)- – -Betta Creds or NOT. :>)

        - –3. — -Sooo —my thought is that he could B WEAKENED [as one with FEW CREDS] durin’ THIS TIME – –PRECEDING his NOMINATION. THAT should make him – -a less DESIRABLE CANDIDATE- – -DURIN’ the REMAINING-campaign time.- -

        ‘Course – - -the – -EVIL/VILE – -BASE-less doesn’t seem 2 care about his CREDENTIALS- –JUST his WYTNESS!

        I realize that THIS is VOTE AGAINST MR. PRESIDENT – –NOT as MUCH 4 HIS – –FLIP-FLOPPIN’ – -LYIN’ – -STOOPID[sociopathic]–RACIST- -self.- – -

        Hope this helps. :>)- —Good 2 C U. Gc. :>)

        • Gc

          Thanks so much. I guess I wonder about him nadiring too early. Timing is all, but then the master of timing is ALSO running for POTUS :)

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good thought – –Gc.. I hadn’t thought about that. :>)

            Speaking of TIMING: —

            — -The 2012 Republican National Convention will take place in Tampa Bay, Florida
            from August 27 – 30, 2012,

            - He should B continuin’ 2 look LESS CREDITABLE—durin THIS TIME.

            Annnnnd- -as long as WE keep – -MOVING FORWARD- – -with the GOOD NEWS about our BELOVED PRESIDENT- – HE should continue 2 B in GOOD STEAD!- – - – -

            Again- – -THANK U. :>)

          • Gc

            “We Da Media” Thank YOU, GLH, for…everything.

            The latest (I think Bloomberg) poll has Obama pulling decently in front of Senior Weirdo on economic issues.

          • creolechild

            Hey GC, it’s good to *see!* You have to remember too that PBO is a “long-term strategist,” and fully contemplates the pros and cons before making any decisions. Case in point, look at how health care reform was rolled out. Some were complaining because everything didn’t go into effect immediately. But it’s complicated legislation which required all the moving parts to be in place. Now, think about the mechanisms that were embedded in the law that its opponents hadn’t anticipated.

            I think PBO got it just right. The timeframe allowed the “noise” surrounding the bill to diminish as it slowly gained steam with its implementation and although some people still claim not to like or want it…it’s becoming more and more popular. Like you said, “Timing is all, but then the master of timing is ALSO running for POTUS.” :)

          • creolechild

            GC, I apologize if I came off as trying to lecture you about the merits of PBO because I know that you know! On my part, too many thought processes colliding and not enough attention being paid to re-reading what I’ve written before posting.

          • gc

            I never read it that way, my friend :) I see a David and Goliath thing happening. A Goliath who outsources, goes yachting, and gives animals rides on his car roof.

            The post I referred to got my curiosity aroused, not my worry. That blog is quite wonderful, but they worry. A lot.

          • creolechild

            Sending kisses and hugs back at ‘cha my old friend.

      • Town

        If there was such a person with better credentials, THEY would be the 2012 nominee, not Romney. All the people with better credentials are waiting for 2016.

        Nor will the Obama campaign want another nominee, they want to CRUSH Romney’s ass in November. I am fairly certain the Obama campaign is just getting winded up on Romney and have some bombshells to drop on him in October.

        • rikyrah

          they want to beat Willard’s ass like he stole something.

        • gc

          I get the feeling some Reps as well will toast to his losing. Ambivalent toast.

          I don’t give a shit about 2016…because….My scenario is that the next fours years, assuming a Dem Congress will be so brilliant for America, Dem rule will ensue.

        • Miranda

          Unfortunately for the GOP, the only people that actually have the credentials – their base doesn’t like. And the ones the GOP leadership THINK ought to have run, well sane independents don’t like them. None of the GOP Governors that are propped up on our TVs every 5 minutes stand a chance in a national election. The teavangelicals won’t go for anyone that’s not a nut and sane white independents wouldn’t vote for a rabid pro-life, deport all “illegals”, bring back debtors prison idiot that the teavangelicals want.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -’CAUSE- – -Mr. Martin is sooo — -LOGICAL annnd FIERCE- –:>)-

    - –Martin Bashir Reminds Mitt’s Angry ‘Minions’ What Bush Sounded Like - -

    - – -Tonight on MSNBC, Martin Bashir took the criticism of “Mitt’s minions” against President Obama’s moment of honesty to draw a clear contrast between the way President Obama handled the question, “Have you made any mistakes?” and the way former President Bush handled the same question.

    Joining Bashir were Joy Reid of the Grio and Ari Melber of the Nation. Watch here:

    - — -Bashir, likening the reaction of Mitt’s minions to acting like a pack of starved jackals, was confused as to why the Right wing was criticizing Obama’s self-reflective response, while championing a man like George W Bush who could not answer the question.

    - –THIS- – — >LOL– ->Bush ended up saying “You know I just ah…. ” looks down, blows air out of his mouth, “I’m sure something will pop into my head in the midst of this press conference with all of this pressure of trying to come up with an answer.” Trademark W smirk. “But…. hadn’t yet.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    — -MY HERO! :>) – – — Ms JOY-Ann- – –MY SHE-ro. :>)- – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- –FOCUS- –on OUR LOVELY- -CLASSY– INTELLIGENT–FIRST LADY♥—

    — -This week in photos 7/13- – -

    - — PIC #1:– -
    Michelle Obama made the fundraising rounds

    The First Lady helped bridge the gap to the middle class for the Obama campaign by telling her story of growing up in Chicago’s South Side at events in Florida Tuesday. Full story here.

    WE LOVE♥ U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — —SAD FOLLOW-UP-

    —– Stallone’s Son Sage, 36, Dead of Overdose- —

    - – - -Sage Stallone, eldest son of Sylvester Stallone, was found dead in his Hollywood home of an apparent drug overdose yesterday, reports TMZ. Details are still coming in, but it appears that Sage was found by his maid or girlfriend yesterday afternoon with “numerous empty pill bottles” around him. Investigators say his death does not appear to be a suicide as there was no note at the scene.

    Sage, 36, acted in several films, his debut coming as a kid in Rocky V, but later turned his focus to the business side of cinema, founding the distributor Grindhouse Releasing.
    THERE IS MORE

    RIHEP— –Sage:- – — CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS. –

    • Worldwatcher7

      So very sad. I hope the authorities probe deeper; people who commit suicide don’t always leave a note.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Worldwatcher7. –***BIG HUG*** :>)

        I agree. There is more 2 this. BUT- —it needsta go slowly. The shock has been Gr8 4 the family.AMEN.

        Good 2 C U- -Worldwatcher7. :>)

  • creolechild

    Thank you, President Obama!

    US Department of Labor awards nearly $50 million to provide training and employment services to formerly incarcerated juveniles and young adults

    Four grants totaling approximately $19.5 million will serve formerly incarcerated youth, ages 14 and above, in high-poverty, high-crime communities who have been involved with the juvenile justice system within the past 12 months and never have been involved in the adult criminal system.

    Grantees will provide education and training leading to high school diplomas and/or industry-recognized credentials for the individuals served with an emphasis on in-demand industries and occupations available within their local communities. Additionally, grantees will be required to competitively select local subgrantees to operate the program in a minimum of five high-poverty, high-crime communities across at least two states.

    The remaining 21 grants total nearly $30 million and will serve individuals ages 18-21 who were involved in the juvenile justice system from the age of 14 or older but were never convicted as adults under federal or state law.

    Read more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121275.htm

    • Miranda

      File this under “Things the Professional Left and Blackety-Black Power to the People Fakes will not trumpet”

      • creolechild

        This is HUGE! We know that people of color were targeted and disproportionally effected by the sub-prime mortgage fiasco so this will go a long way to help those who may be facing foreclosure.

        Mortgage Help

        We can help you get connected to a HUD-approved housing counselor. At no cost to you, the counselor can help you work with your mortgage company to try to avoid foreclosure. A housing counselor can help you organize your finances, understand your mortgage options, and find a solution that works for you.

        Here’s what to do:

        Read more: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/mortgagehelp/

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      - – –FANTASTIC!!!- — – Woo! Hoo!–

      – -***Click***- – -NOPE- —***Click*** – — -NOPE- —-***Click**–NOPE!

      Oh.. Just lookin’ 4 THIS POWERFUL NEWS on ANY CHANNEL – -or BLAH MEDIA/BLOG!!- —

      - — -I THOUGHT NOT!!- – -

      - — -WE–GOTTA B DA MEDIA[co]!!- —-

      Promises MADE!!- — -PROMISES KEPT!! :>) – –

      Thank U- -creolechild! – -Good 2 C U. :>)

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

      • creolechild

        Good morning, GLH! (((Sending hugs for you.))))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Smiles atchoo- – — creolechiild :>)

  • creolechild

    Oops! George W. Bush’s name on list of Texas residents who would be ineligible to vote

    Attorneys for Texas on Thursday cited the appearance of former President George W. Bush’s name on a list of Texas residents who would supposedly be ineligible to vote in the state under a law requiring voters to show photo identification as evidence a Harvard University study of the measure was deeply flawed.

    ~snip~

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/07/13/oops-george-w-bushs-name-on-list-of-texas-residents-who-would-be-ineligible-to-vote/

    H/T GottaLaff

    • Miranda

      HA!

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL. creolechild- – –***fist bump***- – -”GOTTA-LAFF”- –HAH! :>)

  • creolechild

    Save the date, Detroit, Michigan!

    We invite you to participate in a field hearing in Detroit, Michigan on credit reporting. The field hearing will take place on Monday, July 16, 2012, at 11:00 am in the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.

    The field hearing will feature remarks from Richard Cordray, CFPB Director as well as testimony from consumer groups, academics, industry representatives, and members of the public.

    This event is open to the public and requires an RSVP. To RSVP, email your full name and your organizational affiliation (if any) to cfpb.events@cfpb.gov.

    http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/save-the-date-detroit-michigan/

    • Miranda

      I really hope the community turns out for this.

    • GreenLadyHere

      creolechild- – -GOOD info. Sadly- – my sister is on her way here.

      Otherwise- -she is an ACTIVIST. :>) Thank U. :>)

  • creolechild

    A recent rash of posts and videos have appeared in recent months proclaiming that the 2012 election is being rigged by electronic voting machines which are now in widespread use. Despite the concerns of these machines being raised over the years by Black Box Voting, the right-wing pundits were eerily silent despite issue after issue with these unaccountable machines. I suppose it is all ok with them so long as the vote tally companies are for their candidate.

    But the recent acquisition of one of the larger voting machine tally companies, SOE, by Spanish private investment firm, SCYTL has caused the right-wing blogosphere to explode in a panic. Now it was not their side counting the votes, it was some foreign company….Now the shoe is on the other foot, they no longer control the machines, and are only now realizing the concerns that those of us on the left have said for years.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/07/13/now-the-right-wing-is-afraid-of-voting-machines/

    H/T Nathaniel Downes

    • Gc

      YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Alma98

      I’ve made complaints to local officials about our precinct machines. They’re always 2 votes off, example when I voted the # was 141. And then 2 people and my son voted after me so it should have said #144, but it said 142.

      • creolechild

        This infographic about early voting may come in handy. According to the graph it’s permitted in many states throughout the Southwest, as well as Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina. Not sure what effect voter suppression laws will have on early voting though.

        Absentee and Early Voting

        http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/absentee-and-early-voting.aspx

        • nellcote

          In some of the states the new laws eliminate or shorten early voting days.

        • Alma98

          I know about early voting that’s why we fought and won to keep our local post office open. Walker and his cronies were trying to shut down post offices in black areas, it’s were we get our absentee ballots from. They have been trying to close the DMV’s too. They’re doing everything they can to keep us from voting.

          • creolechild

            Alma, would you be willing to perform a test run on this site to see if it provides accurate information for Wisconsin? Here’s the link:

            http://www.canivote.org/

          • Alma98

            It worked creolechild I’m listed.

          • creolechild

            YIPPEEEE! Now, we can blast this out as a way for people to be sure all their ducks are in a row and they’re prepared to vote.

            Thank you, Alma!

          • Alma98

            You’re welcome.

  • nellcote

    The Boston Globe is still gathering nuggets:

    On the day after Romney took over the Winter Olympics, the Boston Herald reported that “Romney said he will stay on as a part-timer with Bain, providing input on investment and key personnel decisions.”

    On July 19, 1999, a news release about the resignation of two Bain Capital managing directors describes Romney as CEO and “currently on a part-time leave of absence to head the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee.”

    Romney is quoted in the release from Regan Communications of Boston as saying, “While we will miss them, we wish them well and look forward to working with them as they build their firm,” language that suggests he was still involved in Bain personnel matters.

    A Harvard Business School bulletin from October 1999 reported that “Romney is currently on leave as CEO of Bain Capital” and not that he had “retired” from Bain. In a November 2000 interview with the Globe, Romney’s wife, Ann, said he had been forced to lessen, but not end entirely, his involvement with Bain Capital.

    … Romney’s lawyer at the [Ballot Law Commission on June 17, 2002] hearing said that Romney’s work in the private sector continued unbroken while he ran the Olympics.

    “He succeeded in that three-year period in restoring confidence in the Olympic Games, closing that disastrous deficit and staging one of the most successful Olympic Games ever to occur on US soil,” said Peter L. Ebb from Ropes & Gray.

    “Now while all that was going on, very much in the public eye, what happened to his private and public ties to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? And the answer is they continued unabated just as they had.”

    http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/07/13/evidence-mounts-mitt-romney-continuing-ties-bain-after/w9vGMpkCKg1GaYdaU8l8GL/story.html

    • Miranda

      Those Boston Globe reporters are working the interns to death…but its all good, cuz when the reporters get their national deals and write their books, it will open the door for those interns to get their feet in the door as junior reporters!

      See…Mitt’s a job creator afterall!

      • nellcote

        Considering how unloved Rmoney was as MA governor, they’re probably just sitting around the breakroom googling their archives ;)

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>) WHEW LAWD!!- – -

      The MORE – –the MERRIER!! HAH!!- –

      - — RA’CHERE:- — –>In a November 2000 interview with the Globe, Romney’s wife, Ann, said he had been forced to lessen, but not end entirely, his involvement with Bain Capital.

      HE- – -SAID IT!- – - – -SHE- – - -SAID IT.-

      - – - — Annnd NOW THEY- -TRYNTA —LIE!!- –HAH! –

      - –Ba- — ba- -b —ba-baaa- — “In’m LUVIN’ IT!! HAH- -

      —-GOTTA —BRANG HIM DOWN- – -B4 da- -NOMINATION!!- – -

      Thank U nellcote. :>)- — – Good 2 C U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - –MR. PRESIDENT – — MOVIN’ FORWARD- – -with – - – — – — – - -THIS:- -

    - — -Obama Ad Continues Effort to Tie Romney to Outsourcing- – -

    - — – -President Obama’s campaign continued on Saturday to prosecute its case against Mitt Romney for holding offshore accounts, releasing a new television ad that mockingly shows Mr. Romney, the Republican candidate, singing “America the Beautiful.”

    The president’s campaign has spent more than a week hammering Mr. Romney’s personal wealth and calling on him to disclose more information about his personal finances by releasing his tax returns.

    - – -The new ad — which the campaign said was running in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia — reminds viewers of those issues even as it shows a clip of Mr. Romney singing at a campaign event in Florida earlier this year.

    It says Mr. Romney shipped jobs to Mexico, China and India — accusations that Mr. Romney’s campaign vehemently denies. And it notes that Mr. Romney had “millions” in a Swiss bank account and “tax havens” in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

    “Mitt Romney’s not the solution,” the ad states. “He’s the problem.”
    THERE IS MORE.- — -

    - – – –V- —

    - – –THIS!!- –Woo! Hoo!- – -

    - – — -4!- — -MORE!- —YEARS!!- – -

    • Town

      I haven’t see this one on TV here in VA yet…This commercial needs to go nationwide for real! They need to loop it in Michigan, Ohio, all the states!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –BEYOND- -teh –CUTENESS!- -Awwww. :>)

    - — -V- —

    ——–THIS.- -BWAHAHA!- -

    ——BABIES KNOW! —–GROWN RE-THUGS—-needta LEARN!! – HE-’s—–
    OFFENSIVE!!——Eeeewwwww! LOL.

  • Town

    Obama ain’t playing and this commercial needs to be on loop 24-7!

    • rikyrah

      they were just waiting for his interviews yesterday.

      say it with me ladies and gentleman:

      NOBODY IS PLAYING WITH YOU, WILLARD.

  • rikyrah

    Willard could clear all of this up…

    if he wasn’t the CEO from 99-2002, then put forth the person who was..

    oh yeah….if that happens, then that means he LIED TO SEC – A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    • Miranda

      They’re still trying to get one of those Senior VPs from that time to go ahead and take the fall…apparently no one will.

    • isonprize

      Yup, that would solve the issue wouldn’t it?

      Like over at Balloon Juice, if R-money wasn’t the CEO, just tell us who was so we can be done with this mess. LOLOLOLOL

      Wait? What? You say it’s complicated?

      See, what had happened was…..

  • creolechild

    Unh hun….no wonder he’s been so quiet lately.~

    The Shocking Truth About Joe Paterno, Penn State and Governor Tom Corbett

    ~snip~

    The Governor is far from an innocent bystander. As the state’s attorney general in 2009, Corbett headed a state investigation into accusations against the revered former coach. Although his office denies it, there are multiple confirmations that Corbett assigned no one from his office to follow up on the charges: just one state trooper, a state trooper “not authorized to bring charges against Sandusky.”

    In addition, when Corbett was sworn in as governor in 2011, he still had not informed Thae Second Mile Foundation that their founder was under investigation. Instead, as a candidate for governor, he took $650,000 in donations from members of the Second Mile’s unknowing board, even allowing their chairman to hold a fundraiser for his campaign.

    Upon being elected, Corbett then moved deftly from doing nothing to immediately try to deflect the entire weight of the scandal onto Joe Paterno and Penn State itself, using his recently appointed position as a member of the school’s Board of Trustees (an automatic appointment for all Pennsylvania Governors) to do so.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/168853/shocking-truth-about-joe-paterno-penn-state-and-governor-tom-corbett#

    H/T David Zirin

    • isonprize

      ooooh, creolechild. DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED.

      Gov. Tom “Cut It” Corbett was SO MUCH a part of this Penn State mess. He was state AG at the time an investigation was STALLED by his office on the child molestations and rapes that were happening at Penn State.

      Blood on his hands is a severe understatement. Bastard…

  • rikyrah

    When did Willard leave Bain?

    • Miranda

      My money is on he hasn’t left YET.

    • GN

      I guess the investors are just on their own in terms of trying to understand who is even running the damn fund that has their money in it. I mean, investors can’t trust the securities filings if I’m understanding Mittens correctly, Bain just said “whatever,” and put names down for “signatory” reasons yet any Tom Dick or Harry actually had authority over people’s money unbeknownst to them or to the SEC. Be glad I’m not a regulator, because I would lose my shit over this story. Okay, I guess this story is just politics or something, but my black ass would absolutely NEVER get away with running an investment fund in this manner. Ever.

  • jds09

    Seriously, the IRS needs to be knocking on this “Pastor’s” door to yank his tax status.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - — – -JUST PRICELESS!–:>)-

    • isonprize

      OMG, he is such a cutie!!!

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