September 1, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: It’s an Issac Hayes Party

It’s Sunday POU Family and lurkers! I hope that everyone is having a great weekend. Let’s sit back and celebrate the music of Isaac Hayes.

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Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American songwriter, musician, singer, actor, and voice actor. Hayes was one of the creative influences behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as arecord producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes, Porter, Bill Withers, the Sherman Brothers, Steve Cropper, and John Fogerty were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of notable songs for themselves, the duo Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and others.

The hit song “Soul Man”, written by Hayes and Porter and first performed by Sam & Dave, has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rolling Stone magazine, and by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century.

He is well known for his musical score for the film Shaft (1971). For the “Theme from Shaft“, he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972. He became the third African-American, after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel, to win an Academy Award in any competitive field covered by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also won two Grammy Awards for that same year. Later, he was given his third Grammy for his music album Black Moses.

Hot Buttered Soul has also been deemed a classic, the album was notable for its use of innovative Bell/Hayes production and Terry Manning engineering techniques, and has deeply influenced a great deal of subsequent soul, hip hop and Motown music. Both “Walk On By” and “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic” have been sampled extensively, the former showing up on tracks by the likes of Compton’s Most Wanted, 3rd Bass, MF DOOM, Wu-Tang Clan, Hooverphonic and Notorious B.I.G., while the latter song was sampled by Public Enemy for “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”.

 Shaft – 1971

 

 Do Your Thing – 1971

Walk On By- 1969 

By the Time I Get to Phoenix – 1969 

Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic – 1969 

 

 I Stand Accused -1970

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  • Miranda

    Unbelievable how selfish and thoughtless people can be.

    Beacon Hill resisting ramps, aids for disabled
    By David Abel | GLOBE STAFF
    FEBRUARY 23, 2014

    For years, Carl Richardson has shuffled gingerly across the uneven sidewalks and poorly cut curbs of Beacon Hill, guided by a dog and the hope that a loose brick or an unexpected slope doesn’t trip him up.

    His journey would be made far easier by a city proposal to install 259 pedestrian ramps with tactile warning strips throughout the historic neighborhood, as part of a decades-long effort to bring the city’s curbs into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

    But the plan was rejected in December by officials of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission. Why? Because they believed, among other things, that the bumpy plastic strips would mar the neighborhood’s Colonial-era character.

    Long after other parts of the city, including other designated historic districts, have come into compliance with the disabilities act or have reached agreements to do so, Beacon Hill remains the lone holdout. It holds that stance despite the fact that the city stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds if a plan is not approved within the next month.

    “I understand it’s a historic neighborhood, but people with disabilities deserve access like anyone else,” said Richardson, who is blind and hard of hearing. “It’s not right that some people there are putting aesthetics above safety and accessibility.”

    When Mayor Martin J. Walsh learned of the vote, he was outraged.

    “We’re not talking about ripping down the brownstones or tearing up the brick sidewalks,” Walsh said in a telephone interview. “We’re just trying to make the streets accessible. It’s disappointing. This should be automatic.”

    more here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/02/23/holding-out-beacon-hill/bFanWDKannBjvg8jqB5zZI/story.html

    • JojoRaze

      So, there’s no one with disabilities in hoity-toity Beacon Hill? As soulless as I’ve ever heard.

      • rikyrah

        Like fixing the curbs will lower their property values.

    • rikyrah

      WHAT THE FUCK???

    • isonprize

      The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

      prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.

      http://www.ada.gov/

    • crazycanuck

      When I read stuff like this, I really have to wonder about this world we live in.

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

      This is so inhumane and selfish!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ — – –☺http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b457/MMM_CLASS/Flames/fire-animated-hot-burn.gif

      THIS is WHERE – –EVIL/VILE SOULS go.!!! – - –

      —Bu- –byeeee. . .

    • Aquagranny911

      BS on those rico snots! I’ve walked around Beacon Hill, many ago when I was an agile young thing & the footing was not easy. In winter it is impossible.

  • Miranda

    *blink*……….what a farce.
    ————————————-
    “This will be the event of the year. Think fashion runway, stage show performance. Think Avant-garde. Think nothing like you’ve ever seen. Kanye’s saying ‘This is a concept event based on a wedding,’” the insider recently dished.

    The source added, “He’s sometimes even forgetting to involve Kim in the meetings with the wedding planner. She feels like the whole thing might be spinning out of control. It’s just insane. Kanye has basically billed it as breaking the boundaries of what to expect when it comes to a wedding.”

    http://tomandlorenzobook.com/2014/02/23/be-me-or-do-me-bingo-kanye-kim-and-celebrity-wedding-planning/

    • rikyrah

      I know it is mean, but Karma remains undefeated. Kim can have a stadium full of seats, because the public was subjected to the farce that was her first ‘wedding’.

      • Admiral_Komack

        As big ass her behind is, she’d fill that stadium full of seats.

      • conlakappa

        That last farce was wedding number two. The first marriage might have been annulled but that doesn’t erase the wedding day. Common decency and/or sense would dictate something small and tasteful but we know how pimp-mama Kris rolls.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Good morning everyone!

      Groomzilla?

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

      Kim is nothing more than Kanye’s very own real-life Barbie doll, and he’s just playing dress up.

      • Miranda

        Not even the real Barbie Doll by Mattel though…a cheap Dollar Tree knockoff.

    • gn

      “concept event based on a wedding”

      Are they really getting married? Neither one is above pulling a media stunt.

    • jds09

      Kanye is gonna put Kim in some wedding coulture bullshit. You thought she looked a mess in that couch of a dress. Just watch.

    • Aquagranny911

      We need Green Lady’s tisking Granny. One of my nieces has been married three times. First wedding was a blowout, like a triple whammy Quinceanera. Marriage lasted less that two years. Second wedding was a bit more subdued but still one heck of a par-tay. That one lasted just over three years. Third wedding, the couple went to city hall & told everyone about it months later. So far that one has lasted five years & counting.

      I do realize we are talking about Kartrashions here but please!

      • GreenLadyHere

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        - —LOL —
        U RANG? —LOL

        – - – –☺http://divadeesdiscussions.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/shaking-my-head-picture.gif

        – - –Annnnd MA-AM’s Friend:>) – —
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        – —CHECK: –Saw THIS on a BILLBOARD near a church: – -
        —-NOW That You have Invited Me To The WEDDING – -May I COME To the MARRIAGE??
        —–☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zXDo4dL7SU :>)
        — — -Good 2 C U AG. :>)

        — – –B BLESSED/SAFE♥ – - -
        - – - -☺4 MR.- -AG. :>) AMEN♥ :>)
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  • Miranda
    • crazycanuck

      bullshit in the extreme

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

      So. Much. Truth.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Miranda♥ :>) ***BIG HUG**

      – — -***BIG fist bump*** – - MEGA –BS!! –☺http://mormonsoprano.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/speak-truth.jpg

      — –Good 2 C U Miranda. B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone

  • jziglar

    I watched About last Night yesterday and I liked it. There were some really funny parts. I noticed that racist white folks always have to leave comments online about how this or that movie is a “black” film if majority of the cast is black. They complain about minorities wanting more diversity and claim that there are no all white films which is not true. I find it so hilarious that these people are so insecure and they can’t stand seeing diversity. I guess there upset because white privilege doesn’t go as far as it used to.

    • Kennymack1971

      I see those comments too and what strikes me is how shocked they are that these films are doing well at the box office. They did it with The Best Man Holiday, Ride Along and now About Last Night as if films with Black casts can’t do well unless it’s a historical story. The arrogance is amazing to behold.

      • jziglar

        The arrogance is amazing. Another thing that doesn’t get talked about enough is a study that was done in 2011 where it showed that white people were less likely to see a film if it has a majority black cast where the theme is romance. Where on the other side non whites will see a film if it’s all white or not. In other words race isn’t that much of a factor when it comes to minority movie consumers.

      • rikyrah

        I also believe what bothers them is the HUMANITY of Black people in these movies. They show repeatedly that they can’t handle Black people just being in human situations,but also being Black. The Best Man Holiday was a movie full of Black people who had been friends for two decades. It took place in a mansion, and the cast was full of Black professionals. About Last Night? Black people in dating situations, but like Black people have said repeatedly when watching movies with all White casts- we could be in this movie because the themes are UNIVERSAL.

        Also, they resent the hell out of movies with US, that don’t show WHITE SAVIORS solving our problems.

        • conlakappa

          Like O’Liely’s shock that people behaved so… civilized in Sylvia’s.

    • Scopedog

      You should see the screaming and yelling about Michael B. Jordan’s casting in the FANTASTIC FOUR re-boot…some of those comments read like they were from a Klan meeting.

  • crazycanuck

    No explanation necessary

    Scott Meiklejohn ‏@ScottyTWN 4h

    Oh hey Canada — Give us a retweet when you’re awake #WeAreWinter pic.twitter.com/TLWuomKHLs

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AU-fxLOewc&quot;GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ –***BIG HUG*** :>) – –Isaaaaac Hayes [Woo! Hooo] SINGS SOME ENCOURAGING SONGS. – -:>)THEY INSPIRE – –CONTINUING ACTION. — -:>) THIS IS The MANTRA of MR. PRESIDENT — -”YEAR of ACTION”. :>)

    — – - – - -☻ENJOY♥ — -http://www.caesarsac.com/content/scaffold_pages/restaurant/caesars/cac/en/caesars_sunday_brunc/_jcr_content/cards/card/image.cetimg.p2S.jpg/1370036207350.jpg

    – - – -IN the NEWZ: —

    – - – - —☺OUR BELOVED –”IT GIRL”♥ – - -
    @Only4RM @ReignOfApril Lupita Nyong’o knocked it out of the park again. Plus the #Scandal cast http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2565860/Lupita-Nyongo-Oprah-Winfrey-duke-style-stakes-NAACP-Image-Awards-newcomer-claims-victory-Supporting-Actress-win.html … pic.twitter.com/CZStRROsdn
    – –[H/TNerdy wonka♥ ]
    – - – - – -B BLESSED♥/SAFE♥/WARM♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — EARLY MORNING —ECONOMIC POSITIVITY♥- -
    — –What the Stimulus Accomplished
    – - – — Of all the myths and falsehoods that Republicans have spread about
    President Obama, the most pernicious and long-lasting is that the $832
    billion stimulus package did not work. Since 2009, Republican lawmakers
    have inextricably linked the words “failed” and “stimulus,” and last
    week, five years after passage of the Recovery Act, they dusted off
    their old playbook again.

    – — – -SNIP – -

    It’s probably too late for the White House to persuade skeptics about its program, but its assessment echoes the views of many independent economists and the independent Congressional Budget Office. “The Recovery Act was not a failed program,” the C.B.O.’s director, Douglas Elmendorf, told annoyed Republican lawmakers in 2012. “Our position is that it created higher output and employment than would have occurred without it.”

    Government spending worked, helping millions of people who never realized it. And it can work again, whenever lawmakers agree that putting people to work is more important than winning ideological fights.
    THERE IS MORE – —
    – - –THANK U – - -MR. PRESIDENT♥ – - -

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

    Heads up Platinum Weddings fans! The Bio channel is showing a marathon right now! Tony Gwynn’s daughter’s wedding is going to air at 11:30pm EST.

    • rikyrah

      I used to be addicted to this show.

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

        Me, too. I wish they would bring it back.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -TWEETIN’ – - -TRUTH—-

    — – ☺ ‏@Eldomiche
    Reality, shameful reality pic.twitter.com/Z5uN5KuTG4

    — – -BEYOND POWERFUL.

    – - – - -☺@NancyWonderful
    ‏2014 reality … pic.twitter.com/xiuOwm8KyG

    – - — POWERFUL! —MR. PRESIDENT♥ — – — “YEAR of ACTION” :>)

    • qosine

      I hear you Mr. President!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —– -THIS PROJECT is now complete. – - –INSPIRING :>) –
    — – Photographer Eunique Jones Gibson celebrates black history through her campaign, ‘Because of Them, We Can’- -
    – — — -In February 2013, Eunique Jones Gibson set on a mission to tell a story
    about black history in a more visual and compelling way – and in just a
    year, she has completed a powerful photo series that tells this
    narrative through her campaign, Because of Them, We Can.

    – - – -SNIP —
    — -Over the past year, she continued to recruit, select and photograph
    young kids which continued to expand her captivating campaign to now include a mesmerizing coffee table book, entitled none other than Because of Them, We Can.

    “There’s a total of 375 pictures,” Gibson said. “Everyone said, we love the photos but how can we get all of these images in one place outside of the Internet and so the book was the great solution.”
    THERE IS MORE – - – —CONGRATULATIONS :>)
    — – - POWERFUL COMMEMORATION :>) – –
    — -THANK U♥ annnnd the children♥ –:>) — -

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ jds09 :>) – –***BIG —Cali – –HUG*** :>)
      – - – -Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE♥ENJOY♥- -:>)

  • Miranda

    In bridge scandal, one lawyer could topple Christie
    By Christopher Baxter/The Star-Ledger
    on February 23, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    TRENTON — In 2008, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie was on a tear. His office had won federal corruption convictions against more than 100 New Jersey public officials, and in April, he added a crown jewel with a guilty verdict against Democratic Newark Mayor Sharpe James.

    But during sentencing, the boastful Christie was handed a rare rebuke. His office was seeking nearly 20 years in prison for James, who had illegally steered land to his mistress. The federal judge, William Martini, lit into prosecutors for asking for the sentence, calling it “an extreme injustice.”

    From the front row, Christie shook his head in apparent disgust. Martini said he would not be “intimidated.” And across the room, soaking it all in from the defense table, was one of the state’s most prominent criminal lawyers: Alan Zegas.

    “We felt vindicated by the judge’s comments because it seemed politics did, to some degree, drive the case,” Zegas, 61, said in a recent interview with The Star-Ledger, noting Christie was then the favored Republican prospect for governor.

    Now six years later, Zegas is again at odds with Christie as the attorney for David Wildstein, the governor’s former ally who may hold the answer to who was behind the September lane closings at the George Washington Bridge.

    But this bout carries far higher stakes for Christie, whose poll numbers are nose-diving and prospects for the White House dimming as federal prosecutors at his former office dig into the scandal and a joint legislative committee forges ahead with its own investigation.

    And Christie will find no comfort in Zegas, who has battled him in court, accused him of playing politics with criminal prosecutions and written scathing op-eds about his attacks on judicial independence, once comparing him to King George III of England.

    “I don’t know Mr. Wildstein, but he seems wily, so it’s possible he was sending a message to the governor, that I’m going to choose someone you might not like,” said Nancy Erika Smith, an employment lawyer and friend of Zegas. “Sometimes lawyers just act and don’t think. Alan plays chess.”

    more here: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/in_bridge_scandal_one_lawyer_could_topple_chris_christie.html#incart_river_default

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -Lookin’ FOWARD – —> :>)

    — –Tune in to The Reid Report on February 24th

    — – - -Joy Reid shows her twitter followers where the set of her new show will be. The Reid Report premieres Monday, February 24th at 2PM EST. — – — WISHIN’ U♥ – –the BEST :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -WOW&1/2!! — -MR. PRESIDENT♥ –YEAR of ACTION”-

    — –DOD to lead two new manufacturing institutes- -

    — —- President Obama on Tuesday will announce two innovation institutes, leadby the Department of Defense, as part of an effort to revitalize U.S. manufacturing.

    – -The institutes are part of an administration partnership with private
    businesses to boost advanced manufacturing, strengthen defense
    capabilities and attract jobs.

    An institute near Detroit will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing while one in Chicago will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design, a White House official said.

    The new institutes will be funded by $140 million in federal
    support matched by an equal amount in non-federal resources, the
    official said.

    In his State of the Union address, the president pledged to establish three new manufacturing innovation institutes.

    In January, a Department of Energy-led Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute was announced in Raleigh, N.C.
    - – - – -SNIP – –

    — – -The White House points to statistics that show manufacturing production is growing at its fastest pace in more than a decade, adding 622,000 jobs since early 2010.
    -THERE IS MORE -

    – -JOBS! – - –JOBS! – - — -JOBS!! :>)- –Promises KEPT. :>)

    — – –☺THANK U –SIR♥ – -http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Barack-Obama-Clapping-in-Front-of-American-Flags.gif

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – - – — -ACA POSITIVITY — in the COURT- -
    — -Court: Notre Dame must adhere to ObamaCare birth control mandate- -
    — – - – -The University of Notre Dame must provide birth control to employees and students after a federal appeals court ruled Friday, a move the school says will force it to violate its religious beliefs.

    In a blow to religious colleges and universities across the country, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago denied Notre Dame’s request for an injunction to the ObamaCare birth control mandate that requires the school to provide coverage for contraception.

    THERE IS MORE — –

    – - -BTW: – - -Dear UNIVERSITY:

    Ax the STUDENTS annnd EMPLOYEES —how THEY feel about this ruling. :>)

    - – — -☺http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww149/swordylove/FuturamaApplause_zps9aec69aa.gif
    – –CASE CLOSED. LOL

    • jds09

      Seriously, if they take a dime of federal money they should adhere to federal law. See how long ND lasts with no financial aid.

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • Aquagranny911

      I like that sun! Very creative, like a jewel.

      • Alma98

        Hey AG! Thanks!

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon, Alma!
      I agree with AG re: jewel sun:)

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine!

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah, looks like we’re going back to the deep freeze.

  • Miranda

    What the Stimulus Accomplished
    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

    Of all the myths and falsehoods that Republicans have spread about President Obama, the most pernicious and long-lasting is that the $832 billion stimulus package did not work. Since 2009, Republican lawmakers have inextricably linked the words “failed” and “stimulus,” and last week, five years after passage of the Recovery Act, they dusted off their old playbook again.

    “The ‘stimulus’ has turned out to be a classic case of big promises and big spending with little results,” wrote Speaker John Boehner. “Five years and hundreds of billions of dollars later, millions of families are still asking, ‘where are the jobs?’ ”

    The stimulus could have done more good had it been bigger and more carefully constructed. But put simply, it prevented a second recession that could have turned into a depression. It created or saved an average of 1.6 million jobs a year for four years. (There are the jobs, Mr. Boehner.) It raised the nation’s economic output by 2 to 3 percent from 2009 to 2011. It prevented a significant increase in poverty — without it, 5.3 million additional people would have become poor in 2010.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/what-the-stimulus-accomplished.html?_r=0

  • Miranda

    4 Reasons to Watch VH1’sThe Tanning of America

    The four-part documentary, based on producer Steve Stoute’s book, explores hip-hop’s history and impact.
    BY: JOYCELYN A. WILSON
    Posted: Feb. 23 2014 1:00 AM

    Next week VH1 is set to air The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop, a four-part documentary series based on Steve Stoute’s similarly titled book, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy. It was a fascinating read and remix of hip-hop’s history and impact, and I turned the last page wanting to know more about how the “tanning” effect—as Stoute describes it—is mapped to spaces outside the commercial industry. I’m hoping that’s where the TV version ofTanning ventures.

    Here are four more reasons to set your DVR, starting Monday:

    To find out what “tanning” is. African-American culture is ingrained in our nation’s identity. Ways of talking, styles of dress, intellectual perspectives and other “norms of cool” get tossed into a goody bag of tools that continue to shift music-industry standards and the socio-political landscape.

    Tanning isn’t “selling out” or “assimilation.” In fact, it’s better understood as assimilation in reverse. To sell out is to promote inauthenticity in one’s identity in order to gain some sense of power, fame or money. To forget where ya came from, as my “mudear” would say. Here, I’m thinking of Vanilla Ice, who tried to boast about growing up in the hood as a way to identify with black rappers—but who was later called out for it and hung over a hotel balcony—in contrast with the rap community’s acceptance of other white rappers like the Beastie Boys and Eminem, who figured out how to be their authentic selves within the genre.

    Tanning is a psychological shift—an energetic force, according to Stoute, that “went beyond musical boundaries and into the psyche of young America, blurring cultural and demographic lines so permanently that it laid the foundation for a transformation.”

    more here: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/02/the_tanning_of_america_music_culture_politics_and_commerce.html

    • conlakappa

      Looks interesting. Black History Month seems to have reverted to Black History Week on basic cable though.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! My Hubby is one sick puppy! We were talking about the controversy over the Olympics figure skating this morning & he said:
    “Things were so much better in ancient Rome. The dead guy always lost!”

    I’m still digesting that comment but I hope everyone is enjoying Sunday where you are.

    • qosine

      I hope your husband gets well soon, AG. Your healing
      power is already working, I can tell:) Yeah, I need to
      turn his comment over in my mind for a while. lol

      • Aquagranny911

        I think he is terminal but I will keep working on it, lol.

  • Miranda

    Judge orders guns returned to blind FL man who ‘stood his ground’ against drinking buddy
    By Scott Kaufman
    Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:01 EST

    John Wayne Rogers, a blind man acquitted of killing his friend James Dewitt under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute, successfully sued the state to have his guns returned to him.

    Prosecutors had charged Rogers with first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of his house guest and drinking companion, James DeWitt. Rogers’s attorneys contended that he was a blind man defending himself from a drunken guest, but the prosecution had witnesses willing to testify that Rogers can see.

    Rogers claimed that he asked Dewitt and DeWitt’s girlfriend, Christina Ann Robertson, to leave after the trio returned from a 10 a.m. beer run. DeWitt refused, Rogers testified, so Rogers went into his bedroom and retrieved his rifle. When he returned to the living room, DeWitt charged him, and Rogers shot him in the chest.

    DeWitt’s girlfriend, Robertson, told Seminole County deputies that the two men had been “play fighting” when Rogers shot him.

    Rogers was freed from Seminole County Jails on January 9, 2014, mere hours after Circuit Judge John Galluzzo granted his “Stand Your Ground” motion.

    Rogers, who was blinded in a work-related accident in 2001, has an extensive history of violence. In 2010, following another night of drinking, Rogers shot at his cousin and roommate, Michael Rogers, 15 times with a handgun. Michael Rogers was not shot, and John Rogers eventually plead no contest to one count of unlawfully displaying a firearm, for which he was placed on probation.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/23/judge-orders-guns-returned-to-blind-fl-man-who-stood-his-ground-against-drinking-buddy/

    • Alma98

      SMH just crazy.

      • qosine

        This is CRIMINAL.
        The guy “has an extensive history of violence,”
        gets away with killing his roommate under the PROTECTION of SYG, and now get his guns
        back!!! I want to just SCREAM!!

        • Miranda

          A blind man with a temper wielding a gun…what could possibly go wrong? Oh wait….somebody gets killed, that’s what.

    • Scopedog

      I don’t…no, I can’t. I just cannot come up with anything for this.

  • qosine

    Well, we local Dems had our biggest dinner fundraiser of the year
    last night. It was a big success. All the candidates were there and
    everyone on our program was great. Our Dem women’s group was
    well represented and our Marketing Group produced a really nice program booklet. I just bought a new computer and printers, so my Publisher came in very handy:) Our Democratic candidates have done their homework (all I can say now) and are moving forward. Oh, and our Marketing Group is moving forward w/3 new projects to carry the Dem message, advocate for our policies, raise $, and help our candidates win elections!

    • goldenstar

      Congratulations!

      • qosine

        Thank you, goldenstar!!

    • TyrenM

      Geaux la qosine!

      • qosine

        Thank you, Tyren!!

    • Aquagranny911

      Brava, Chica, Brava! So proud & heartened by all you are doing. It gives me heart to keep on keeping on in AZ!

      • qosine

        Thank you, AG!

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    If this was my parent, this muthafucka would be DEAD.
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    Hermantown senior living home accused of withholding facts in rape case
    Article by: CHRIS SERRES , Star Tribune

    Administrators at a northern Minnesota senior living home may have impeded an investigation into the rape of an 89-year-old resident by withholding information from medical professionals and even suggesting that the sex was consensual, attorneys contend in recently filed court documents.

    Days after a caregiver at the Edgewood Vista facility in Hermantown, Minn., admitted to having sex with the woman, an administrator at the home told a sexual-assault nurse that the woman had flirted with her assailant and had made up the story of the assault.

    The caregiver, Andrew Scott Merzwski, 30, was sentenced last month to 53 months in prison.

    The allegations against the home’s administrators raise new questions about the state’s handling of the case, and whether the facility should have faced disciplinary action. The Department of Health investigated the rape and held the individual caregiver responsible, not the facility.

    The department, which regulates more than 2,000 licensed care facilities, has come under criticism in recent years for failing to follow up on complaints of abuse and hold facilities accountable.

    In 2011, the department received 12,262 complaints of maltreatment and self-reported incidents, but investigated only 1,023. Just less than one in five investigations resulted in findings of maltreatment.

    “The question has to be asked: Why wasn’t the facility held accountable for the neglect of care?” asked Roberta Opheim, the State Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

    Department officials point to records showing that the agency initiated an investigation on Jan. 28, 2013, 10 days after the rape. Investigators considered whether Edgewood Vista should have been held accountable for the incident, but found that the facility had policies to prevent abuse and had documentation that the employee received abuse prevention training.

    The state conducted two additional site inspections, and found that the facility violated state law by not immediately reporting abuse of a vulnerable adult. Edgewood Vista did not notify local authorities until two days after the rape.

    Edgewood Management Group, a Grand Forks, N.D., company that owns the Hermantown facility, issued a statement saying it has cooperated with local and state authorities in the “criminal matter involving Andrew Merzwski.” The company added, “The safety of our residents is of the utmost importance.”

    ‘It’s not right’

    Court documents and testimony in a lawsuit brought on behalf of the elderly woman paint a disturbing picture of her ordeal.

    more here: http://www.startribune.com/local/246633791.html?page=1&c=y

    • Alma98

      He would be dead and the nursing home would be out of business. And the administrators would be in jail. This is so disturbing on so many levels, and they put the blame on the victim smh. Accused her of flirting with the rapist just effing amazing.

    • Aquagranny911

      Just one more piece of evidence why you don’t want any of your elders in nursing homes. SICK!

      And it is time we really confront this rape culture that says the victim is always wrong & “asked for it.” Nasty pendejo rapist should be doing life for this one!

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

      Death is too good for him. I would make him suffer to the point that he’d wish he were dead.

    • qosine

      Well, the policies and training didn’t work!! If they don’t
      work, then the
      the facility had policies to prevent abuse and had documentation that the employee received abuse prevention training.”

  • Miranda

    What sick twisted people….seriously..what the hell is WRONG WITH THEM? The depravity of the GOP candidates in the last 6 years has no bounds…NONE.
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    Doctor’s X-ray postings unsettling
    By Tim Carpenter timothy.carpenter@cjonline.com

    OVERLAND PARK — U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf posted a collection of gruesome X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries to his Facebook page and participated in online commentary layered with macabre jokes and descriptions of carnage.

    Wolf, a Johnson County radiologist anchoring a campaign for the Republican nomination with calls for federal heath care reform, said in an interview the medical images were legally uploaded to public social media sites and other online venues for educational purposes. They also served, he said, to demonstrate evil lurking in the world.

    However, Wolf and others viewing these Facebook postings relentlessly poked fun at the dead or wounded. The gunshot victim, Wolf joked online, wasn’t going to complain about the awkward positioning of his head for an X-ray. In a separate Facebook comment, Wolf wrote that an X-ray of a man decapitated by gunfire resembled a wounded alien in a “Terminator” film and that the image offered evidence people “find beauty in different things.”

    Wolf declined in an interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal to clearly answer questions about whether he continued to place images of deceased people on the Internet. He asked to keep copies of the Facebook posts shown to him, but when denied, he walked away.

    “I’m not going to play these kinds of gotcha games,” he said.

    more here: http://m.cjonline.com/news/state/2014-02-22/doctors-x-ray-postings-unsettling

    • Alma98

      His license needs to be revoked and the patients should sue him into oblivion.

    • Kennymack1971

      And Republicans who have condemned this are getting dragged by their reprobate base. Depraved almost sounds too kind a word for these people.

    • Aquagranny911

      Kansas…enough said.

      • isonprize

        That really is a twisted place… Seriously.

        • Aquagranny911

          It is! I’ve driven through that state more times than I would like & it is creepy. Hubby says it was mostly settled by bitter confederates fleeing the south after the civil war. I don’t know if that is true but it sure would explain some stuff.

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

      WTF is wrong with these people??? How sick can you be??

      • goldenstar

        They recruit and attract these sociopaths and psychopaths. That’s what’s wrong.

    • Scopedog

      He’s stark raving mad. That’s all one can really say.

  • Miranda

    I thought it was against not just campaign rules, but THE LAW, for elected officials to directly ask state or federal employees under their supervision to campaign on their behalf?
    ——————————-
    Scott Walker urged county staff, campaign aides to promote him online
    Journal Sentinel Feb. 22, 2014

    Madison — In the heat of the 2010 governor’s race, Scott Walker urged both county employees and campaign aides to go to news websites and post comments promoting him and his record, newly unsealed documents show.

    It was just such anonymous posts by a county worker on campaign issues that prompted prosecutors to expand a secret “John Doe” investigation — launched to probe into missing money in a veterans fund — to also examine whether taxpayer dollars were being used illegally to finance political operations.

    In one instance in May 2010, for example, a close ally posted online a portion of a Walker email almost verbatim on a Journal Sentinel story just minutes after receiving the directive. Walker had sent the note to an inner circle that included county administrators as well as campaign operatives.

    Tapping out a message on his campaign Blackberry on the afternoon of May 4, 2010, Walker urged county aides, campaign staffers and other trusted volunteers to go to an online Journal Sentinel business story and respond to critics of his plan to privatize the airport in the comments section below the story.

    “Someone should comment on the fact that the only way for the county to benefit from that success is to contract out operations,” Walker wrote in an email. “Having a well performing airport increases the value that the county could receive.”

    A half-hour later, Brian Pierick — the boyfriend of Walker aide Timothy D. Russell — posted a comment on the story under the alias “WI_Calvin,” calling rising airport traffic “another example of Scott Walker’s outstanding leadership.”

    Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/scott-walker-urged-county-staff-campaign-aides-to-promote-him-online-b99210902z1-246713991.html#ixzz2uB6kgWmE

    • Aquagranny911

      JEEZE LOWEEZ! Half the R’s in this country should be in jail or under it!

    • Alma98

      He’s toast!

    • Alma98

      He’s toast!

  • crazycanuck

    This does look yummy but what is the yellow green stuff and they need to add cocounut to really round it out.

    Healthy Food ‏@FoodHeaIth 7m
    Yummy pic.twitter.com/fuY5z7zZpo

    • conlakappa

      The colors are pretty but overall look is skeevy. Even the banana slices look off. I do like the almonds and what appear to be pepitas.

    • Aquagranny911

      This is kind of a turn off & I love fruit. Could that greeny yellow stuff be papaya pulp with the seeds? It looks familiar somehow but I can’t place it.

      • crazycanuck

        Don’t know but to me that and the banana is throwing the whole thing off.

        • Aquagranny911

          Are you sure that’s a banana? I thought it was maybe pear slices with the core still in. I have one rule about food, well maybe two…if it’s blue or I can’t identify the origins I don’t eat it!

          • crazycanuck

            Well pear would explain the whiteness. I agree about blue food lol.

      • conlakappa

        True. It is like something you see on a buffet in an Indian restaurant. I love fruit too yet there is nothing about this bowl that suggests come hither.

  • Miranda

    This is how you support your administration peers!

    https://twitter.com/JohnKerry/status/437634018268303361

    • Aquagranny911

      I saw the clip. Ambassador Rice was amazing! BTW, that Grenell twerp on Kerry’s TL is an ass wipe!

      • Miranda

        Grenell has no self esteem. He is the one that the evangelicals told Romney to drop him from his campaign team because he is gay…and just like the Stockholm Syndrome clown that he is, he gladly accepted being kicked out the door and stepped on in the driveway.

        • Aquagranny911

          I didn’t know that. No wonder he is sniping at Kerry. Nothing more constructive to do with his time.

  • Miranda

    NC Governor really think this helps? Dude…we still see you as a thin-skinned pissant.

    McCrory writes letter to ‘set record straight’ about run-in with cook
    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/23/3648555/mccrory-writes-letter-to-set-record.html#storylink=cpy

    • Alma98

      Don’t even try it dude you’re a douche.

      • conlakappa

        Seriously. First rule of holes and being therein: stop digging.

    • Alma98

      Don’t even try it dude you’re a douche.

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!