December 20, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Women In The Negro Leagues

Welcome to the weekend POU!

The last feature in our series was an owner AND a player in the league for a short time. Though there isn’t much written about her time during the actual league’s time – she has lived to see the first black President of the United States pay tribute to the league she so cherished.

Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

Minnie Forbes never imagined she’d get the chance to see the White House, let alone meet a U.S. President.

And yet, on Aug. 5, 2013, the 81-year-old Grand Rapids resident did just that. Because of her unique position in history — she’s the last living owner of a Negro League baseball team — Forbes joined about a dozen former baseball players invited to meet President Barack Obama, who honored them for their contributions to athletics and civil rights.

From 1956 to 1958, Forbes was the owner of the Detroit Stars, the only Michigan team in Negro League baseball. The league offered many black and Latino athletes the chance to play professional baseball in the first half of the 20th century, and disbanded in the early 1960s. 

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After 1958, Forbes went on to play baseball as a third basemen for the Kansas City Monarchs making her the fourth woman to play baseball in a Negro League.

Forbes said she initially purchased the Detroit Stars from her uncle, Ted Rasberry, after a conflict of interest prevented him from owning both the Stars and the Kansas City Monarchs, another team in the Negro League.

She said she sold the team after a few years and pursued another career path when it became clear the Negro Leagues were fading out of existence. For many years, her connection to the Negro League was little more than a distant memory.

Renewed interest in the league’s history a few years ago brought Forbes back into the limelight, eventually leading to her meeting with the president.

“There’s really not a word that’s big enough to describe how thankful I am,” she said. “I never would have dreamed there would be an African American president, and to be able to meet him was such an honor.”

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Forbes said Obama spoke with the group and told attendees how proud he was of the Negro League and its unique position in history. Later in the meeting, Forbes said he gave her a kiss on the cheek.

“I got kissed by the president,” she said with delight. “I’ve been telling everybody. This all happened because of the Negro League.”

Baseball has changed so much since she was personally involved with it, Forbes said. She recalled many instances of racism the players were forced to endure, including having to sleep on buses and go to the back of gas stations because of their race.

They endured difficult circumstances and sometimes played up to three games a day for only $300-350 a month, Forbes said, but did it for the love of the game.

“They couldn’t play in the white leagues, because white players didn’t want to be near us or have anything to do with us,” she said. “So we formed our own teams. They went through so many hardships, and yet they still played. The Negro League had some of the best baseball players ever, and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of it.”

When she was younger, Forbes played softball herself, playing third base for local teams. After she began talking about her role in the Negro Leagues, she was invited to throw the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game in 2011.

Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

Forbes said she’s glad the players who formed the Negro League are finally getting recognition for their part in history. In part because of people who played in the leagues, talent is now the driving factor for who gets to play major league baseball instead of race, she said.

“Now, players can play for any team as long as they have the ability and talent to play,” she said. “They can stay anywhere and eat anywhere. To me, that’s the greatest thing.”

(from Former Negro League Owner honored by President, August 2013)

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  • Miranda

    Good Morning POU!

    Alright Nicki, you do make a point that can’t be denied. I aint mad at cha.

    YOU TELL ‘EM! Nicki Minaj Responds To “Anaconda” Cover Art Criticism (PHOTOS)
    http://globalgrind.com/2014/07/25/nicki-minaj-responds-anaconda-cover-art-criticism-photos/.U9OKyrq6_ro.twitter

    • isonprize

      bad link. Wassup?

      • Miranda

        I fixed the link!

    • rikyrah

      Morning Miranda

    • goldenstar

      Good morning!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Miranda♥ :>)

    • Alma98

      Morning Miranda!
      She’s right, but those photoshops at bottom of the page are hilarious!

  • crazycanuck

    Morning POU, got my java, feeling good.

    • rikyrah

      Morning cc. Good to see you back.

    • goldenstar

      Good morning.

      • Alma98

        Good morning goldenstar!

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

  • crazycanuck

    Good lord, now it’s Libya.

    • isonprize

      uh oh… Wassup? I haven’t surfed yet…

      • crazycanuck

        CNN International ‏@cnni 46m
        BREAKING: U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel due to ongoing militia violence in Tripoli, State Department says.

  • isonprize

    Congrats, Minnie Forbes!! I’m sure that she was ridiculously proud to represent not only the players and owners, but the sport she obviously loved.

    And, might I add, she is yet another example of “Black don’t crack!” I want her complexion!! 81? Minnie is looking fabulous!!!

    • AxelFoley

      She do look good. I honestly woulda pegged her for 20 years younger.

  • crazycanuck

    Retweeted by Amarlie
    Ben White ‏@benabyad 16m
    Israel’s IDF: the kind of army that kills 11 children, 4 women & 5 men from the same family, minutes before a pause in hostilities. #Gaza

    • nellcote

      Nancy LeTourneau @Smartypants60 · 22h
      So Bibi used the kidnapping and killing of 3 Israeli teenagers to lie his country into a war on Hamas. Remind you of anyone?

      • AxelFoley

        Whoop, there it s.

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU FAM!

    • rikyrah

      Morning jds.

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ jds09. :>) ***BIG —Cali —HUG*** :>)

      B BLESSED. >)

  • crazycanuck

    Rikyrah, the tea was not decaf

    • rikyrah

      Thanks cc for the info.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone

    • goldenstar

      Good morning to you.

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah.

  • goldenstar

    This is so wrong. And, most folks don’t know about the role of these organizations are playing.

    Leading Civil Rights Groups Just Sold Out on Net Neutrality –

    Last Friday, just before the Federal Communication Commission closed its comment period for its upcoming rule on “network neutrality,” a massive coalition of Asian, Latino and Black civil rights group filed letters arguing that regulators should lay off of Internet Service Providers regarding Title II reclassification and accept FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s original plan. In other words, something close to half of the entire civil rights establishment just sold out the Internet.

    The civil rights group letters argue that Title II reclassification of broadband services as a public utility — the only path forward for real net neutrality after a federal court ruling in January — would somehow “harm communities of color.” The groups wrote to the FCC to tell them that “we do not believe that the door to Title II should be opened.” Simply put, these groups, many of which claim to carry the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr., are saying that Comcast and Verizon should be able to create Internet slow lanes and fast lanes, and such a change would magically improve the lives of non-white Americans.

    The filings reveal a who’s who of civil rights groups willing to shill on behalf of the telecom industry. One filing lists prominent civil rights groups NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Urban League, the National Council on Black Civil Participation and the National Action Network. The other features the Council of Korean Americans, the Japanese American Citizens League, the National Black Farmers Association, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Coalition, and many more.

    Of course, the groups listed on these filings do not speak for all communities of color on telecom policy, and there are civil rights groups out there that actually support net neutrality, including Color of Change and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Joseph Torres with Free Press told VICE that communities of color believe a free and open Internet is essential in the digital age, especially when most non-whites do not own radio stations, broadcast outlets or other forms of mass media. “Protecting real net neutrality is critical for people of color because an open Internet gives us the opportunity to speak for ourselves without having to ask corporate gatekeepers for permission,” Torres says.

    A number of K Street consultants have helped make this epic sell-out possible.

    The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) coordinated many of the participants in the anti-net neutrality filings sent to the FCC last week. Last year, the Center for Public Integrity published an investigation of MMTC, showing that the group has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from Verizon, Comcast, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and other telecom sources while reliably peddling the pro-telecom industry positions. For instance, the group attacked the Obama administration’s first attempt at net neutrality, while celebrating the proposed (and eventually successful) merger between Comcast and NBC.

    Martin Chavez, the former Mayor of Albuquerque, now works with a group called the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) to corral Latino civil rights groups into opposing net neutrality. Last month, Chavez hosted a net neutrality event on Capitol Hill to call on legislators to oppose Title II reclassification. As TIME recently reported, Chavez is on staff with one of Verizon’s lobbying firms, the Ibarra Strategy Group.

    “HTTP is nothing more than an industry front-group that is at best misinformed and at worst intentionally distorting facts as it actively opposes efforts to better serve the communications needs of Latinos,” says Alex Nogales of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, which strongly supports net neutrality. His group has filed its own letter to the FCC.

    Still, telecom cash has become a vital source of funding for cash-starved nonprofits. OCA, the Asian American civil rights nonprofit formerly known as the Organization of Chinese Americans, counts Comcast as a major donor and sponsor for its events and galas. Not only did OCA go on to sign the anti-net neutrality letter last Friday, the group wrote a similar filing to the FCC in 2010, claiming absurdly that Asian American entrepreneurs would benefit from having ISPs able to discriminate based on content. Similarly, League of United Latin American Citizens, better known simply as LULAC, has been a dependable ally of the telecom industry while partnering with Comcast for a $5 million civic engagement campaign. Here’s a picture of LULAC proudly accepting a jumbo-sized check from AT&T.

    As VICE first reported, telecoms are desperate for third party approval, and have even resorted to fabricating community support for their anti-net neutrality lobbying campaign.

    Perhaps the bigger picture here is how so many of the old civil rights establishment have become comfortable with trading endorsements for cash. Verizon, Comcast, AT&T and other telecom companies have donated, either directly or through a company foundation, to nearly every group listed on the anti-net neutrality letters filed last week. We saw a similar dynamic play out with Wal-Mart when the retailer handed out cash to civil rights groups in order to buy support for opening stores in urban areas.

    Times have changed. Just as Martin Luther King Jr.’s children have embarrassingly descended into fighting bitterly over what’s left of his estate, the civil rights groups formed to advance Dr. King’s legacy seem willing to sell out their own members for a buck.- See more at: http://www.republicreport.org/2014/leading-civil-rights-groups-just-sold-out-on-net-neutrality/#sthash.fNqxCcox.dpuf

    See more at: http://www.republicreport.org/2014/leading-civil-rights-groups-just-sold-out-on-net-neutrality/#sthash.fNqxCcox.dpuf

    • Miranda

      This is disgraceful.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –☺http://www.zingerbug.com/Comments/glitter_graphics/large_golden_glitter_star_with_silver_outline.gif Good MornTin’ :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

      —WHA!? — -THIS:Simply put, these groups, many of which claim to carry the mantle of
      Martin Luther King Jr., are saying that Comcast and Verizon should be
      able to create Internet slow lanes and fast lanes, and such a change
      would magically improve the lives of non-white Americans.

      – –“Simply put” – –Sooo – -Since WHEN did — -“SEPARATE –BUT EQUAL” – – -EVA WERK!!!?? – —
      [On the run] – – -BUT — -VERY —VERY –DISAPPOINTED!!

      Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>) B BLESSED♥. :>)

    • Alma98

      Something very shady is going on here

      • creolechild

        Digging deeper, this article was published in October 26, 2009. This shady behavior has been going on for a long time and probably explains to some degree why civil rights organizations appear to have lost their way over the past decade, if not longer…

        [….]In 2004, the Center for Public Integrity issued a report contending that many of the civil rights and women’s advocacy groups who signed statements against “a la carte” cable programming, then supported by then FCC Chair Kevin Martin, eceived donations from the cable industry. The mentioned groups were quite upset with the report (especially when Martin cited it at an Aspen Institute Forum) because regardless of who they took money from, they sincerely thought that a la carte would make it harder for minority programmers to generate advertising revenue on cable platforms[….]

        A recent commentary by Art Brodsky of Public Knowldge didn’t mention the HTTP group, but it
        did note that on the net neutrality question, many minority advocates, “for whatever reason—whether they believe what the Big Telecom companies tell them or not,” appear to “land on policies that hurt their constituencies.” [….]

        Read more: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2009/10/the-anti-net-neutrality-movement-is-it-just-about-att-money/

        H/T Matthew Lasar

        • Alma98

          Just shameful, thanks for the link creolechild.
          I’ll pass this around.

          • creolechild

            You’re welcome Alma.

    • nellcote

      the comments below this article are interesting.

  • GreenLadyHere
    • Alma98

      Morning GLH! Look at all the goodies you brought this morning lol. Blessings to you and yours. (((HUGS)))

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma – – -ENJOY. :>) Annnd THANK U 4 the BLESSINGS – –ALWAYS. :>)

  • creolechild

    How The U.S. Government Just Pulled Off The Equivalent Of Retiring 1.8 Million Cars – July 25, 2014

    The White House announced today that federal agencies have cut their greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent since 2008 — roughly equivalent to permanently taking 1.8 million cars off the road.[….] The current 2020 goal is for the entire government to reduce collective GHG emissions from fuels and building energy use 28 percent from their 2008 levels.[….]

    Federal agencies are also tasked with getting 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, a goal that triple government use of renewables from where it was at in 2013. Today’s announcement showed the agencies reached nine percent renewable use by the end of fiscal year 2013. The target for that deadline had been 7.5 percent, putting the agencies ahead of schedule.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/25/3464450/government-ghg-cuts/

    H/T Jeff Spross

  • creolechild

    Fruit recall over Listeria scare widens to include Ralphs, Food 4 Less

    A California packing company has voluntarily recalled fruit sold at Trader Joe’s, Costco, Food 4 Less, Foods Co. and Ralphs stores due to the possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.The fruit has not been linked to any illnesses at this time. Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, Calif., has recalled specific lots of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots.

    The products were packaged between June 1 and July 12. A full
    list of the products can be found online. The company has listed specific packages as being affected, but does not know exactly where in the country the fruit was shipped, resulting in a nationwide recall, the company said in a statement.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-fruit-trader-joes-costco-recalled-listeria-20140722-story.html

    H/T Jenn Harris

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY creolechild.- – —Listeria infection has not been mentioned recently.- -So – – -THANK U 4 this notification. :>)

      – – -☺http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/

      – – -Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes,
      is an important public health problem in the United States.
      The
      disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and
      adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without
      these risk factors can also be affected. The risk may be reduced by
      recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage.

      — -☺CONNECTING some DOTS:- :>)

      — — —☻ -Listeria monocytogenes is a Gram-positive bacterium, in the division Firmicutes, named after Joseph Lister.

      — —- –☻Listerine is a brand of antiseptic mouthwash product. It is promoted with the slogan “Kills germs that cause bad breath”, and was named after Joseph Lister who advocated the idea of sterile surgery by sterilizing instruments.

      – – — – -Again, thank U creolechild. :>)

  • creolechild

    Darrell Issa’s Crushing Defeat: Investigators Find Obama Adviser Didn’t Violate Law

    [….] “A special investigator’s office says it has found no evidence that David Simas, a top political aide to the president, violated a law that prohibits federal workers from engaging in partisan political activities “appears to be operating in a manner that is consistent with the Hatch Act,” said Carolyn Lerner, a lawyer at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, whose job is to enforce that law and protect whistle-blowers.”[….]

    It was fine when George W. Bush used Air Force One to attend fundraisers in 2004. It was equally okay when Ronald Reagan did the same thing in 1984, but it was a crime when Democratic President Barack Obama did it in 2014. Issa’s accusations are typical of the Obama rules that Republicans have devised that only apply to this president. The Obama administration refused to make Simas available to testify because Issa had no evidence of wrongdoing.[….]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/07/25/darrell-issa-suffers-crushing-defeat-investigators-find-obama-adviser-violate-law.html

    H/T Jason Easley

    • GreenLadyHere

      - ☺http://www.glitters123.com/glitter_graphics/Day_Glitters/Saturday/Saturday-Glitters-6.gif – -creolechild :>) – – — ***BIG HUG** :>) —

      HAH!! – –ISSA-criminal –LOSES a little of his “Teflon”!! – -YES!!

      — – —Cain’t GLOAT ENUFF! Woo! Hoo! :>)

      THANK U 4 this – –GOOD NEWS!! :>)[Like U always BRANG.] :>)

      – –B BLESSED♥ :>) – – -

      • creolechild

        Good morning GLH. Hope you have a great day and are able to withstand the heat. Sending kisses and hugs.

        • GreenLadyHere

          –creolechild –:>) – – –WHEW LAWD! – – – :>)

          Lemme share —☺http://eblogfa.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Pomegranate-Juice.jpg

          ENJOY♥ :>)

          Annnd THANK U♥ :>)

          • creolechild

            Thank you much!

          • GreenLadyHere

            creolechild –My Pleasure. :>)

  • creolechild

    Formed Fiber Technologies provides false abatement documentation,
    continues to expose workers to serious hazards resulting in $816,500 fine

    After providing false documentation and making false representations
    claiming that previously cited hazards related to hydraulic presses
    had been corrected, Formed Fiber Technologies LLC has been issued 14 safety citations, including willful and repeat citations, as well as a notice of failure to abate with proposed fines totaling $816,500.[….]

    The Sidney plant, which produces motor vehicle interior trimmings
    for automotive manufacturers, including Toyota and General Motors, was issued one failure to abate, nine willful and four repeat safety
    violations for continuously exposing employees to amputations and other hazards.[….]

    Read more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/osha20141234.htm

    H/T U.S. Department of Labor

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥- – ***BIG HUG** —-HONORING YOUR SERIES. :>) — -Ms. MINNIE FORBES – –HIT a HOMER!! Woo! Hoo!- –

    —☺Ms. MINNIE- As a LAST♥ –She got 2 C —A FIRST♥ -:>)

    – – – ——-THIS: ->“I got kissed by the president,” she said with delight. “I’ve been telling everybody. This all happened because of the Negro League.”
    — – ——INDA “STRUGGLE”:-- – They went through so many hardships, and yet they still played.
    — – – – -A True “STAR”: - -Forbes said she initially purchased the Detroit Stars from her uncle, Ted Rasberry, after a conflict of interest prevented him from owning both the Stars and the Kansas City Monarchs,. . . — —

    —-☺ENJOY♥ — – -http://media.mensxp.com/media/content/2013/May/1369380958_92149.jpg

    – – – – -B BLESSED♥ :>)

    — –INDA NEWZ:- —@TheDemocrats[THANK U♥] :>)

    The President’s birthday is coming up – sign his card: http://bit.ly/1norXhO pic.twitter.com/mo8YkiacO9
    —Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • Alma98

    Morning sll.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ Alma98 —***BIG HUG** :>)–We C -“MR. SUN” –Wishin’ Us a –“THUMBS UP Day” :>) —Annnnd —BACK-@-chu :>) –☺http://www.animateit.net/data/media/feb2013/happy%20sun.gif

      Good 2 C U Alma. :>) B BLESSED♥ U♥/Family♥ :>)
      Wishin’ DAUGHTERAlma –a restful first werk week weekend. :>) — -

      • Alma98

        Hey GLH! We’re supposed to have another hot one today. I’ve already watered my plants since the rain was all of 2 minutes yesterday lol. Have a good one!

        • GreenLadyHere

          UH! OH Alma :>)- – -Lemme SHARE:
          — — -☺http://cur.glitter-graphics.net/pub/3275/3275807duzxd8p6iv.gif

          – – -2 min rain — — -That’s what we get also. LOL

          —THANK U 4 OUR DAILY JOY :>)

          • Alma98

            That looks so refreshing, thanks GLH.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma — -My Pleasure. :>)

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah!

  • creolechild

    Israel Labelled These Little Girls Terrorists, Their

    Beautiful Response Made Me Cry

    In recent weeks Israeli Lawmaker Ayalet Shaked called for the murder of Palestinian women and children, while Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Moshe Feiglin called for the ‘elimination‘ of Gaza. Both speak from the Israeli position that there is no such thing as a Palestinian civilian – they are terrorists, or terrorists-in-waiting.

    These two little Palestinian-Canadian girls had something to say
    about that. They took to the streets of Canada and offered passersby
    the chance to ‘Hug a Terrorist’. Not only do such acts make vivid the
    girls’ own humanity, but by us recognizing it we rekindle our own.[….]

    H/T Kerry-Anne and Ibrahim Alrubaye

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      That wiped me out.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Ohhhh —-creolechild – – -“GIVING HUGS”- – :>) YA MEAN- -LIKE THIS? :>)

      -http://i481.photobucket.com/albums/rr178/mcclurg68/BigHug.gif

      YES! – –Luv’ ‘em. :>)

      — –THIS: – - Not only do such acts make vivid the girls’ own humanity, but by us recognizing it we rekindle our own.[….]
      AMEN♥ :>)

      Thanks creolchild. –***BIG HUG** :>)

    • Worldwatcher7

      Creative and touching response.

  • creolechild

    Dept. of Ed Probes Complaint That Newark School Closures Racially Discriminate – July 24, 2014

    On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Education confirmed that it has opened an investigation into whether Newark, New Jersey’s school reform plans violate the civil rights of the city’s black students.

    Civil rights groups, including the Journey for Justice Alliance and the Advancement Project, filed a complaint in May with the Department of Education alleging that school closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago have a unique and disparate impact on black and Latino students, who are vastly overrepresented among those who attend schools targeted with school closures plans in all three cities.[….]

    The civil rights complaint was filed on the same week as the 60th
    anniversary of the landmark school desegregation Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.[….]

    Read more: http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/07/dept_of_ed_probes_complaint_that_newark_school_closures_racially_discriminate.html

    H/T Julianne Hing

    • goldenstar

      Am elated & excited that DOJ is investigating Chicago!!!!!!!!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – Already -LOL- —Some DAYZ- – – -It Jus’ — B’s — —LIKE –DIS :>)

    – – – – –☺https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BbttEoJIQAAiXfP.jpg:large

    —-Still —ENJOY your day. :>)

  • creolechild

    San Jose: Homeless cleaning up downtown as part of new program

    [….] McDonald’s trash collection is so much more than that. The former high school peer counselor who has been living on the streets for months is part of a new program that puts the homeless to work picking up litter and sweeping leaves in downtown five days a week. In return, the program gives them access to a host of benefits including housing and job placement, food and even background checks. The teams of homeless pick up trash once in the morning and once in the afternoon for a total of eight hours each weekday.[…]

    McDonald said the regularity of the job, coupled with his ability to bond with others in similar situations, has become a highlight in his struggle to regain his footing in his personal life. Recently hired at Levi’s Stadium, McDonald beamed as he talked about how excited he was to finally get back on track with a job, as well as to have a better outlook on life.[….]

    Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_26126178/san-jose-homeless-cleaning-up-downtown-part-new

    H/T Katie Nelson

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – – –MR. PRESIDENT♥- – -What’s da WORD? – –INVERSION. :>)

    – – – – –

    Weekly Address: Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

    – – – -In this week’s address, the President continued his call
    for our nation to rally around an economic patriotism that says rather
    than protecting wasteful tax loopholes for a few at the top, we should
    be investing in things like education and job training that grow the
    economy for everybody.

    The President highlighted the need to close one of the most unfair tax loopholes that allows companies to avoid paying taxes here at home by shifting their residence for tax purposes out of the country. The President has put forth a budget that does just that, and he has called for business tax reform that makes investment in the United States attractive, and creates incentives for companies to invest and create jobs here at home. And while he will continue to make the case for tax reform, the President is calling on Congress to take action and close this loophole now.

    THANK U♥ –SIR♥ :>)

  • crazycanuck

    Matthew Vickery ‏@MMVickery 29m
    Al-Shajayeeh Neighborhood in #Gaza before & after. 12 hours of cease fire 85 bodies found so far. #GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/qDV4j3pY8L

    • Miranda

      Disgusting.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Dangit! I just found out that my favorite crackers, Kashi Heart to Heart Whole Grain Crackers, have been discontinued!! >:-( They were soooo good! They were like a healthier alternative to Triscuits, with lower fat, sodium and more fiber.

    • crazycanuck

      I feel your pain. That happened to me with a Dove product I loved.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

        Don’t you hate when that happens? You find a good product and they discontinue it. *smh*

        • crazycanuck

          I wrote to them and told them it was a big mistake lol. I was that upset

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ Sepia♥ – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Wha’??- – –Ona my FAVs.- –:>)

      Let’s – –STOCK UP — -LOL -☺https://www.kashi.com/image/pim/desktop/535_PackShot.png
      – – –☺http://images.iherb.com/l/KSH-44676-2.jpg

      – – -Bon apetit :>)

      Good 2 C U Sepia♥-:>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

        Hey GLH! Good to see you, too!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Sepia♥- — -Thank U. :>) – -Have a BLESSED day. :>)

    • goldenstar

      I think that there are substitutes that you can bake.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- —Lybia:- –
    – –US evacuates embassy staff from Libya due to militia clashes

    – –The US says it has temporarily evacuated its staff from the Libyan capital Tripoli over security concerns.

    Staff, including marine guards providing security to the embassy, have been transferred to Tunisia “due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias,” it adds.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said there was a “real risk” to staff.

    It comes amid fierce clashes between rival militias in the capital, with intense fighting at Tripoli airport.

    Libya has been gripped by instability since the 2011 uprising, with swathes of the country controlled by militias.

    With no army, Libya’s central government has increasingly
    lost control over the country to rogue and powerful militias in the last
    two years, says the BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli.

    THERE IS MORE – —

    – -THANK U – –MR. PRESIDENT♥/SOS Kerry♥ – 4 your —CONCERN annnnd ACTIONS — -re STAFF –SECURITY. :>)

    Interesting – – -the —scandalizing– – – -errrr — article by – –FAUX-noise – – – – -included — -YA KNOW—“Benghazi”- -geesh!!! – – –

    – – –4 us – -VISUALS :>) –http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/x/libya-map-14306310.jpg

  • creolechild

    Poor Parents Need Work-Life Balance Too

    The recent reports of moms getting arrested for leaving their kids unattended while they work or go to a job interview shows the reality of “work-life balance” when you’re living paycheck to paycheck.[….] Millions of workers have nonstandard schedules, irregular shifts or on-call jobs without set hours, so they scramble from shift to shift, from daycare to night classes, or anxiously call in each day in hopes of getting a few hours of work. Having no control over your work schedule means your boss controls not only how much you’re paid but how much time you spend with your kids.

    Labor advocates are calling for workplace policies that give workers more stable schedules and more control over their hours.[….] The “Schedules that Work” bill is the proletarian answer to the workplace “flex” policies that are common in corporate offices.[….] The bill provides workers a so-called “right to request,” or the ability to engage in a dialogue with their boss about a schedule change ahead of time, without fear of retaliation. In some cases, the employer would be mandated to accommodate a family or medical issue. Shift and on-call workers in some low-wage industries would also gain protections against arbitrary schedule changes.[….]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/180780/poor-parents-need-work-life-balance-too

    H/T Michelle Chen

  • creolechild

    Solar-Powered Park Bench Charges Phones

    “Go outside and play,” may have a whole new meaning. And soon, we may have a new term—”Soofa potato”—for the people who loiter on solar-powered park benches freely recharging their telephones and tablets. The Soofa not only powers our toys but also shares location-based information like air quality and noise levels with its built-in sensors.[….]

    Three women—Jutta Friedrichs, Sandra Richter and Nan Zhao (shown above, left to right)—founded Changing Environments, a MIT Media Lab spin-off, that develops what they call urban furniture.[….] The first benches have been installed in and around Boston. Cisco funded the first benches.[….]

    Read more: http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/news/solar-powered-park-bench-charges-phones

    H/T Christina B. Farnsworth

  • creolechild

    More Than 1,000 New York City Residents Claim to be Victims of Banned NYPD Chokeholds

    According to the New York Daily News, numbers from the Civilian Complaint Review Board reveal that more than 1,000 New York City residents claimed to be victims of NYPD chokeholds in the past five years. The numbers were unveiled as the Board prepares to conduct a study of the allegations.[….] Out of the 1,022 chokehold allegations reported between 2009 and 2013, only 462 of the complaints were investigated. Out of that number, just nine were substantiated, according to the CCRB.[….] Malinowski said the group also demands a federal investigation into NYPD’s culture of brutality, especially as the city’s promises of investigations, reviews and retraining often amount to empty rhetoric.

    “Bratton, when he first came in, said that they were doing a unit by unit review of every aspect of the NYPD and they had this new guy they brought in to do the training,” Malinowski said. “Somehow they didn’t uncover all these issues and have to do another review of the department. So I don’t quite understand.… You would think that use of force, which has been an issue with the NYPD forever, would have been something they identified as a problem in a training initiative in the first review of the department.”[….]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/more-1000-new-york-city-residents-claim-be-victims-banned-nypd-chokeholds?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark

    H/T Alyssa Figueroa

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – –SOS KERRY♥ – — -REPPIN’ WELL – –:>)

    — – -☺ ‏@StateDept[THANK U♥] :>)

    .@JohnKerry, Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu and Qatari FM Khalid Al Attiyah met in Paris. Photos: https://flic.kr/p/obSpwk

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – –SOS KERRY♥- – -AT WERK :>) – –

    — -☺@StateDept[THANK U♥]

    Secretary @JohnKerry discusses #Gaza with @MFATurkey’s @A_Davutoglu_eng in Paris. Photos: https://flic.kr/p/othBZ7

    THANK U – –SOS KERRY♥ :>)

  • JB20005

    From Ayman Mohyeldin:

    aymanm
    4 hours ago · Shejaiya

    July 26, 2014 | Shejaiya Cemetery, Gaza. Relatives frantically digging graves in an open lot being used as a cemetery. The stream of bodies was too fast for gravediggers to keep up with number of bodies being brought from nearby hospitals. The graves were being marked with cinder blocks from the rubble of nearby buildings destroyed by Israeli shelling. All that identifies where the dead are buried are the pieces of hand-written cardboard.

    Horrid.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — – -THIS – —

    – – -Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice receives 2-game suspension from NFL- —

    — – – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his off season arrest for domestic violence.

    Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.
    – – – — -SNIP- – –

    – – – -The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.

    Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check “for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”
    THERE IS MORE —

    – – — -2 GAMES?????– -without pay -Diversion program – -Additional game check??

    WAY-ELL — THAT oughtta — -FIX THANGS annnnnd REHABILITATE him. —/SNARK
    [POU FAM? –:>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — – -THIS – —

    – – -Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice receives 2-game suspension from NFL- —

    — – – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his off season arrest for domestic violence.

    Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.
    – – – — -SNIP- – –

    – – – -The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.

    Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check “for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”
    THERE IS MORE —

    – – — -2 GAMES?????– -without pay -Diversion program – -Additional game check??

    WAY-ELL — THAT oughtta — -FIX THANGS annnnnd REHABILITATE him. —/SNARK
    [POU FAM? –:>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – –A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT –BASEBALL HONOR♥ a SECOND♥– –:>)

    – – – -☺JULY 26, 1998 -Larry Doby and “Bullet” Joe Rogan, Negro League pitchers, were inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. . .

    — — — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ev52f2MAKw
    — –Larry Doby became the second African-American major league baseball player of the modern era.

    — – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tUa9aWZVjk

    — – -On April 24-26, 2001, Kenyon College, Gambier Ohio was the setting for an extraordinary conference on “The Integration of Baseball” featuring Larry Doby, Slick Surratt, Joe Black and Commissioner Fay Vincent. This vignette of the conference covers an interview with Hall of Famer Larry Doby who broke the color barrier in the American league when the Cleveland Indians hired him in 1947, four months after Jackie Robinson was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. . .

    – — – – – ☻http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y649l8dDpls
    Metropolitan Library System: Oklahoma Moments - Bullet Joe Rogan

    — – — – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVbZtNq-aQs
    – – –Negro Leagues star “Bullet” Joe Rogan is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by his son Wilber Rogan Jr. in 1998

    – – — -CONGRATULATIONS — -With Soo Much –PRIDE♥

  • creolechild

    Love For the Elderly: Teen Boy Sends Letters to Seniors

    13-year old Jacob Cramer wants to cheer up lonely elderly people and he’s chosen an old-fashioned way of doing it. He is writing letters. Since July 2013, Jacob has recruited friends, and even organizations, to help compose personal letters for delivery to senior centers. So far, strangers have reached out in friendship from all over the world; some close to the Cleveland suburbs where the effort began and some as far away as Europe and Asia.

    The enthusiastic response for his nonprofit group, Love For The Elderly, inspired him to launch a website and social media campaign to spur more letter writing.[….] To help out, you can send a letter or card to the postal address below. They also have an online submission form.[….]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/teen-boy-sends-love-for-the-elderly/

    H/T GNN

    • rikyrah

      good child. good heart.

    • GreenLadyHere

      creolechild – – -Aaaahhhh- –A breath of –Fresh Air :>)

      – – – -***Sniff — -Sniff – —ALLERGIES :>)

      This is one result of -treating — -CHILDREN WELL. – -:>)

      — -THEY – – WILL – – -GIVE BACK♥- – -BLESS HIM♥ annnnd his Family♥ —-Annnnd THOSE – -whom he BLESSES. :>)

      – – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBxlomAHfSc

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥– –CEASE-FIRE UPDATE: – —
    — –Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Extended for 4 Hours
    — – -A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has been extended for four more hours. The cease-fire is set to end at 5p ET.

    Conor Powell reported from Gaza City that the cease-fire has held all day. Streets have been filled with Palestinians coming in to collect what’s left of their belongings, like personal items and animals.
    THERE IS MORE—-
    [Excuse the source] — —WATCHIN’. . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – – -SOS KERRY–MOVIN’ FORWARD – –>

    – – -☺@StateDept[THANK U♥]:>)

    .@JohnKerry: I express appreciation for Foreign Ministers Attiyah, Davutolgu’s work on #Gaza. http://go.usa.gov/575Y pic.twitter.com/iLfTORs3TL

    THANK U 4 YOUE EFFORTS in this DIFFICULT — -INTERNATIONAL situation. :>)

    MR. PRESIDENT♥ – – – -made a GOOD CHOICE. :>)

    HUH -hil?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- —Aaaahhh – -“Mother Nature”- –LOVELY — — –In FLIGHT — – -:>)- – –

    — -☺@Cynthiapoet[THANK U♥] >)

    Haciendo el angel by Jose Luis Martin – Pepelu10 pic.twitter.com/S7WXgEsZpB — – – Making the angel . . .

    — –[The most common hawk in North America, red-tails can often be seen atop utility poles and other lofty perches, on the lookout for potential prey. . . THIS is a NON-Red variation.] :>)

    – – – – -ENJOY♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥– – -GOTV – – -Encouragement – –:>)

    — ☺@bjs5555[THANK U] :>)

    Let’s send President Obama @barackobama a BLUE CONGRESS he can WORK with in 2014! pic.twitter.com/aglW3KAp7p

    WE!- – -CAN! – —DO! —- THIS! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – -LOL- – A PIC – – -Worth- –1000+ words – – :>)

    –☺@JeffersonObama[THANK U♥] :>)

    Angry impeachment crowd gathering outside of White House pic.twitter.com/whhvZx8BGd

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Is Jemele Hill really saying Rothlisberger received the same outrage as Ray Rice??

    @jemelehill: The sad thing is, you’re serious RT @truthrose1: @INDIGOSKYY @jemelehill @msnbc where was this outrage over Rothlisberger ?

    @jemelehill: @truthrose1 @INDIGOSKYY @MrDontPlay23 it’s not disproportionate. again, we’re just creating strawman and deflecting

    • AxelFoley

      She loves playing the contrarian.

      • Miranda

        I’ll agree with Jemele on this but see my reason why in my response to Sepia.

    • Miranda

      HaHa…..ok, she’s right about Rothlisberger receiving a helluva lot of outrage…but it damn sure wasn’t from women’s groups. It was from a lot of black people who started noticing the disparity in how black athletes were treated in the media vs white athletes. The outrage was over the media,, specifically ESPN not bashing Rothlisberger the way they had done black athletes, even if they hadn’t done anything (i.e. T.O., Chad Johnson at the time). ESPN stood for Every Suspect Probably Negro – and so when Rothlisberger happened, black folks blew a fuse until shit had to happen in terms of an investigation and media coverage- but women’s groups and feminists?? Just a few “harsh” words and that was it.

      • trose1

        She knows exactly what we meant. She responded because she got called out.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – – -DANG!! – –NEWS CHANGE – – –

    – -Hamas rejects 4-hour cease-fire extension in Gaza- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — Watchin’ the “Special” on -HBCU’s —CHANGING Demographics.-[msnbc]– Very interesting. :>)

  • crazycanuck

    I think it’s the cat. I haven’t had a single problem today. Will test on monday to know for sure.

    • rikyrah

      I’m allergic to cats too.

  • crazycanuck

    TriniPrincess ‏@TriniPrincess 6m
    69 years young, leaving industry ‘it’ gals in her dust. Helen Mirren can make an Anglophile of anyone. I’m convinced. pic.twitter.com/vyeYb0FhS8

    • rikyrah

      saw Helen Mirren in a bikini within the last year and I was like, what?

      • crazycanuck

        the red one? I know she amazes me

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY TriniPrincess. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- —

      – — -Age- – – is jus’ a number – –:>)

      – – –How R U? :>)

      Good 2 C U TriniPrincess. :>) – – -B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • AxelFoley

      I’d hit that so hard, whoever pulled me out would be declared the King of England.