December 20, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: P.O.U. Sunday Jazz Brunch

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.! 

As you get your Sunday breakfast/brunch on, enjoy the sounds of Count Basie performing at Carnegie Hall in 1981.

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  • Miranda

    Good Morning POU!

    Well somebody waking up with a bad headache this morning.

    Gas station clerk with MMA training surprises thieves

    Score one for the good guys.

    A southside convenience store clerk turned the tables on a pair of accused robbers on July 10 on South Wayside near Interstate 45.
    Mayura Dissanyake works at a Fuel Depot, but he’s also a semi-professional mixed martial arts fighter.

    He was behind the counter when he noticed his co-worker returning to the store after a run to the bank.
    Dissanyake saw two men jump out of an SUV and attack his co-worker. They were trying to grab the bank bag he was carrying.

    He saw two men jump out of an SUV and attack his co-worker, trying to grab the bank bag he was carrying.

    The stores surveillance cameras were recording as Dissanayake ran outside and kicked one of the alleged robbers in the face.

    “The first guy I saw, I just kicked him in the face,” he said. “Then I punched the other guy.”

    They were moves he learned from cage matches. Dissanyake has been involved with mixed martial arts for more than a decade. He says he was the national champion for five consecutive years in his native Sri Lanka.

    more here: http://www.click2houston.com/news/gas-station-clerk-with-mma-training-surprises-thieves/27155936

    • jds09

      Good Morning Miranda and the rest of the POU Fam! On another note, the clerk’s hair is fab.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Ain’t it laid?

      • isonprize

        Um, Sri Lankan could get it.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Odell gonna snitch on them brothers man. “Why’d y’all leave me to get my ass whupped by a Sri Lankan version of Big Red!!!!”

  • Miranda

    Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions

    More than 15,000 households have had their taps turned off for being past due. Yet the bankrupt city hasn’t touched 40 businesses who owe $9.5 million in total.
    July.26.14

    DETROIT — In Detroit, even the most basic necessity cannot be taken for granted.

    Some 15,000 residential customers have lost water service, and tens of thousands more are in danger of losing it, thanks to past due bills. But businesses owing hundreds of thousands of dollars have not been disconnected, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department records show.

    According to a department list, the top 40 commercial and industrial accounts have past-due accounts totaling $9.5 million. That list includes apartment complexes, the Chrysler Group, real estate agencies, a laundromat and even a cemetery.

    Meanwhile, stories of residential shutoffs abound. Tangela Harris been doing her best to keep up, but when she was no longer able to work she had trouble stretching her monthly $780 in disability benefits to pay the water bill. So her water service was disconnected. Harris has since come up with $1,100 to have services restored but is having trouble keeping her $180 monthly payment to the water department. On top of that, her home has entered foreclosure because Detroit water bills are rolled into property taxes.

    “They can say my house is condemned and take it,” said Harris, 38, a community organizer. “People think we’re not prioritizing, but it’s not that simple when you’re under the poverty level. It’s a different mindset.”

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/26/detroit-shuts-off-water-to-residents-but-not-to-businesses-who-owe-millions.html

    • nellcote

      her home has entered foreclosure because Detroit water bills are rolled into property taxes.

      ===
      the plot thickens…is this the real end game?

      • rikyrah

        Did not know this about the property taxes. This is a good point.

        • Town

          I was reading about the histories of Georgetown, DC and Old Town Alexandria, VA. Both places started out as black neighborhoods but once the white people decided they wanted to live there, they jacked up the property taxes to drive the black people out. Once you owe property taxes they can either snatch your home or force you to sell.

          They can’t move forward with their plans until the completely sweep the black folks out.

          • goldenstar

            That would also include Hilton Head and many other coastal areas in. this. country.

      • Miranda

        I noted that too and my spidey senses began tingling.

      • Kennymack1971

        This is beyond shady.

      • isonprize

        Property is ALWAYS the end game.

  • Miranda

    Now THAT is chillin…………

    Chris Bosh ‏@chrisbosh
    He thinks he has it rough… http://say.ly/jMq6luc
    http://media2.whosaystatic.com/384327/384327_640x640wc.jpg

  • Miranda

    now THAT is how you chill…..

    Chris Bosh‏@chrisbosh
    He thinks he has it rough… http://say.ly/jMq6luc
    http://media2.whosaystatic.com/384327/384327_640x640wc.jpg

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia♥ /POU FAM♥ – -***BIG HUG** :>) EVEN SINGIN’ the BLUES- –The COUNT MAKES – –HAPPY MUSIC> :>)- –

    — -THIS SONG:- -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEua4jhCBRo

    Daddy usta sing it 2 us–on sooo many morntings♥ :>) —FOND MEMORIES.♥- —

    ——-☺http://www.glitters20.com/funny/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Sunday-Glitters-46.gif

    — – – – – –☺http://www.vfwpost3448.com/images/brkfst.gif
    [Gonna B a looooong day –away from the Board :>(. Sorry.]

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ – – —UPDATE? – — [I think – —things change so fast]

    – – – -After Rejecting a Cease-Fire, Hamas Proposes a New One- –

    – – – – -Israel and Hamas went back and forth on Sunday over proposals for a humanitarian lull in the fighting in Gaza, underscoring the external and internal pressures on both sides.

    By afternoon Hamas, the militant group that dominates Gaza, had called for a new 24-hour lull, hours after Israel declared an earlier one over in response to a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza into its territory.

    The Israeli military said in a statement shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday that it was resuming its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip “following Hamas’s incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window” that had been meant to last from midnight Saturday through midnight Sunday.
    THERE IS MORE— – –???

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥—- —TWEETIN’- – —TRUTH – —

    — –☺ ‏@Marmel[THANK U♥]

    This from @AgainstTeaParty. RT it, and maybe somebody who should feel stupid will… and do something about it. pic.twitter.com/tg6KUsYsMm

    WAITIN’ – — -4 an answer. . . .

  • Miranda

    I saw something about this posted yesterday but didn’t bother to read it because I was certain it was the same ole same ole bullshit. Finally peeped at it today….Its a given that Dems will attempt to commit suicide right when victory is at their doorstep. The GOP is literally in disarray, the media is giving it all to try and help them, and the Dems just want stomp on them while they’re on the ground. SMH…instead, there is assistance with this dumbass “aloof” meme again. So sick of this shit. Grown ass folks whining cuz Daddy Obama won’t intervene to make them do THEIR job SMH.
    —————————
    Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress
    SUN, 07/27/2014 – 8:52AM

    President Barack Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House — six years in — still doesn’t get it when it comes to working with Congress.

    more here: http://politics.suntimes.com/article/washington/lawmakers-complain-obama-too-aloof-congress/sun-07272014-852am

    • goldenstar

      I would not trust the information in this piece. Much of it is a bunch of quotes strung together along with what transpired in private meetings.

      Just doesn’t add up.

      • Miranda

        True……and many quotes were actually quotes from other interviews/columns previously done for other subjects.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Ain’t it suspect. Reminds me of pieces done in the run up to the 2012 election.

    • rikyrah

      he ain’t your Daddy.

      And it’s not his job to convince you TO DO YOUR FUCKING JOB.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – Sepia♥/POU FAM♥—–A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT♥ A DEBUT♥ – –JULY 27, 1984♥ —-Woo! Hoo! :>)
    —– —☺http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/1299200/prince-o.gif

    – – — -This Day in Black History: July 27, 1984 - –
    Musical film Purple Rain, starring Prince, makes its box-office debut. – – –

    – – -Prince reached astronomical heights of stardom in his film debut in Purple Rain, a rock musical drama that hit box offices on July 27, 1984.

    The movie centers on a young Black Minneapolis native called “The Kid,” whose talented skills are rivaled only by a growing arrogance. As he spirals to fame, the singer deals with an abusive father, played by actor Clarence Williams III, and a love interest played by Apollonia
    Kotero. Musical duo Wendy & Lisa and The Time also featured in the
    film.

    Purple Rain grossed more than $80 million and garnered a huge cult following. While some critics pegged the film as misogynistic, young women seemed to be its biggest fans. Prince’s musical talents were also showcased throughout the movie in a number of prolonged concert scenes.In addition to breaking the mold cinematically with its non-commercial aesthetics, Purple Rain also spawned several monster chart hits, including “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain” and the Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning “Let’s Go Crazy.” Both critics and audiences heralded the unique soundtrack, which sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. and 20 million worldwide.
    THERE IS MORE —–Woo! Hoo! :>)

    — –CONGRATULATIONS- –PROUD of U♥ –:>)

  • Miranda

    Black people will not fall for this okey doke bullshit.
    ————-
    Republicans, meanwhile, are engaged in a more long-term project. Priebus has set up GOP black outreach offices in cities like Detroit and had numerous meetings with black figures like Marc Morial, the Urban League’s president.

    The Republican chairman has two aims: to get the GOP into the double digits among African-Americans in 2016 and to rebrand the party to voters of all colors as one that is diverse and inclusive.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/fighting-you-both-parties-vie-motivate-black-voters-n165121

    • Alma98

      I’m sure they’ll catch a few coons in their net Miranda.
      The majority of black folks who have watched republicans show their ass for over 6yrs ain’t voting republican. Talking out of both sides of their mouths will not get you votes.

      • rikyrah

        they get the same coons they always did.

        • Alma98

          Yep

    • goldenstar

      The first agenda item for the Detroit GOP outreach office should be fixing the water bill situation in the city.

  • crazycanuck

    Wait, what? the only thing dumb is this mofo

    @rolandsmartin

    If Blacks reject any attempt by Republicans to reach out to us & work on specific policy issues, we are playing #dumbpolitics.

    • Miranda

      The same night Barack Obama was sworn in as President of these United States, the GOP leadership made an oath to not do one damn thing but work to make him a one-term president…PERIOD.

      But we supposed to work with these muthafuckas? Roland can sit his blockhead ass down somewhere for real.

      • Alma98

        Republicans think we’re idiots. They want blacks to be like white voters who vote against their own best interests, once again it ain’t gonna happen. And Roland looking to get paid, he knows damn well republicans don’t give two shits about poc. They know that poc especially blacks are the backbone of the democratic party. And their base is dwindling so they’re trying to siphon off dems of color. As long as they have idiots like Ryan, Rand and others calling black folks lazy everyday they’ll fail.

        • MonieTalks

          I had a conversation with a white co-worker of mine about politics a couple of months ago. She had your usual GOP/Fox News talking points. But I hit her upside the head with so many facts…she had to write it all day and I was giving her links and everything.

          Then she asked why do Blacks vote largely for Democrats. So I gave her the history….and then I said think about this for a minute.

          Remember the GOP 2012 convention…..who the hell does she think will align themselves with a party whose national showing on TV looked like a Klan meeting with a sea of white folks saying “We want our country back.” The GOP was so damn tone-deaf that they did not realize the optics of that……ain’t no sane POC have time for that period. You should have seen the look on her face….I swear her whole face illuminated when the lightbulb went off in her head. She still despises PBO…but after that convo..she was like..damn, you’re right.

          • Alma98

            Nothing but the truth Monie!

          • lamh

            You are better than me.

            I refuse to even get into convos like that with my white coworkers. I might be too tempted to cuss them out and then I’ll become the crazy Black chick

          • crazycanuck

            Is that a bad thing? lol

    • Alma98

      Roland and these other folks like MHP above in Miranda’s comment have no influence in the black community. Hell most folks don’t know who they are, and that’s alright with me.

    • Joy

      Fuck that punk ass bitch. Who’s got him in their pocket?

    • MonieTalks

      Roland Martin was a huge GWBush supporter so nothing surprises me when it comes to his GOP shilling…that party is his first love.

      He has also been known to tout the GOP “school-choice” agenda. But so much with school choice when those heathens can vote to kill school lunch program funding is urban schools but not elsewhere. The ascot bandit won’t move his lips and say shit about that.

      • Alma98

        I think they’re also trying to make black folks look ungrateful. You see we tried to meet them half way but they rejected us. They ain’t slick at all!

      • rikyrah

        he voted for Shrub TWICE!

        that alone should forever disqualify him until the end of time.

    • rikyrah

      Kneegrow, Please.

    • isonprize

      Man, just go sell them uglyazz ascots and STFU!!!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      See, he’s acting like Tavis with that, “I must educate you lowly negroes about politics” attitude and he’s gonna get his feelings hurt.

  • crazycanuck

    Seriously it’s Sunday, can’t these idiots like roland stop their dumb stupid sh!t for one day?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ – — THAT “wanch” is such a HATA! —
    – –BUT — –☺http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Luphrecio/Haters_gonna_hate_black.jpg

    Annnd WE JOIN U –SIR♥ – — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7mH1SOlsfk

    —NO HOODWINKED — – BAMBOOZLED – –or – – -OKEY DOKE!!!! —

    – –THANK U 4 BEING — the BEST PRESIDENT♥- –EVA!!♥

  • Miranda

    Folks like MHP and Roland got whipped in public, made to apologize and cry for making white folks mad…both out here defending “good Mr. Charlie” this Sunday Morning like good little Stephens.

    But Cher out here calling it like it is.
    https://twitter.com/cher/status/492855000574328832

    • rikyrah

      Cher did it all in caps too..Just in case you didn’t get the words themselves..LOL

      • Admiral_Komack

        The sad part is that she yelled it, yet the fools won’t hear it.

        GO CHER!

      • isonprize

        AND put a little mad face on it. Grittin’!! LOLOLOL

    • qosine

      BEWARE says Cher. Exactly!!!

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good SUNDAY MornTin’ Alma. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      —THANK U 4 OUR –“HAPPY MR. SUN” :>)

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

      – -B BLESSED – -U♥/Family♥/***HUGS** 2 DAUGHTER-Alma. >)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH, I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday :) Blessings to you and yours (((HUGS))).

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma :)

      How’s Mini-Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Hi rikyrah, she’s doing good.
        She went to the farmer’s market yesterday and checked out some other local sights.

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon, Alma!
      Now, that’s a Tennessean sun!

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL!

      • Alma98

        Good afternoon qosine!
        Do you know any Crenshaws in Tennessee?

    • Aquagranny911

      We have a quiet sun today…big storm last night & our sun is “not sure” but I read that the storm has moved on. We had some big winds, a lot of rain, thunder & lightening, chickens are still clucking & fluffling their feathers, looking for bugs & generally happy. They love the rain but only when it is over, lol.

      • Alma98

        Hola AG! we just had a quick thunderstorm with more to come. My dog hates storms, he sits under us when it’s storming. My flowers are loving it though lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥- – -May I say that – – -WE STAND with MR. PRESIDENT♥ —

    –Annnd WE will NOT FALL 4: –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7mH1SOlsfk

    — —No: — HOODWINK – –BAMBOOSLE – – -or – -OKEY DOKE. :>)

    THANK U4 BEING the BEST PRESIDENT♥ – – – -EVA!!!♥- -:>)

    • nellcote

      Kasai™ @Kahsai · 16h
      America stood behind Bush..in moments of conflicts.

      We need to stand behind him as well.
      #UnitedWeStand pic.twitter.com/EUKQZQ2O4N

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ nellcote. — -***BIG – –Cali- —HUG***
        –AMEN♥ annd —AMEN♥
        — –☺https://act.dscc.org/Uploads/100/images/stand_with_obama-pt.jpg

        B BLESSED♥ – -:>) – – –
        — –[Gotta “bounce” – – -:>)]

  • nellcote

    Flip Benham’s group Operation Save America disrupted the services of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans on Sunday while the congregation was honoring a member who had died. The organization framed their action as simply an effort to “present the truth of the Gospel in this synagogue of Satan” as part of their efforts “to defeat the culture of death.”

    Apparently, hundreds of activists who oppose abortion rights gathered in New Orleans this week to hold a series of protests, but Operation Save America members took it upon themselves to interrupt this church’s worship service, telling members of the congregation they don’t have the “true faith,” presumably because Unitarian Universalist churches are pro-choice.

    Operation Save America’s name may not sound familiar, so it’s worth noting the group used to be called Operation Rescue National, an organization that developed a reputation for extremist, sometimes violent, activism.

    In this case, members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, no longer able to hold a moment of silence to honor a congregant who recently died, sang while the anti-abortion activists disrupted their services.

    The Rev. Deanna Vandiver, the UU speaker during Sunday’s service, later argued, “No one should invade the sanctuary of another’s faith to terrorize people as they worship.”

    It would appear Operation Save America disagrees.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/week-god-72614

    • Alma98

      They need to try that at a Mt.Carmel Holy Baptist church in the hood. Service or not they would have gotten a beat down. How are you gonna claim to be christians and then do this, smh.

      • Aquagranny911

        FIST BUMPS!!!

    • Miranda

      Extremist fools. They deserved to have gotten their asses whupped.

    • Aquagranny911

      Too bad I was not there! I attended services in that church when I lived in the south some years gone by. I would have done a beat down of that scum, probably joined by our minister then and a few others in the congregation!

    • edp4bho

      Should have taken their asses to the parking lot and gave ‘em a holy ass-kicking. How do you go up in somebody else’s place of worship and impose your ideas? You’re right, AG, they are scum.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ – – -LOL — – Jus’ gota call from my Sista. She was HERE:

    – – – -SOME DAYZ – — -IT — JUS’ – –B’s – -LIKE – -DIS – —
    — -☺http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t28/skytiss/puppy.jpg

    WHEW LAWD♥ – –:>)

    • rikyrah

      Morning GLH…I’m relating to this puppy too

  • TyrenM

    Good morning POU,
    One month of office “Biggest Loser” and 14 lbs lost… GONE. After family reunion yesterday I gained 5 back. I think I’ll be paying in on Wednesday’s weigh-in.

    Now for drive home. Have a good day all.

    • Alma98

      Morning Tyren, I’m sure once you get back to your regular routine you’ll lose it. You did it once you can do it again. Just don’t keep gaining and losing it’s not healthy.

    • rikyrah

      Morning, Tyren. Get back on it. It’s a marathon…not a sprint.

    • Admiral_Komack

      You lost the weight.
      That’s the positive from this.
      Focus on that.
      Congratulations and keep up the good work!

    • Aquagranny911

      LOL! Familiy reunions are the best! Eat some prunes & all your excess will be ‘eliminated’ by Wednesday!

  • MonieTalks

    The only question I want to ask any Black person touting Rand Paul is this?

    If Rand Paul was Black professional, would he have been about to start his OWN medical association and certify himself. I don’t need no long drawn out answer, just a simple yes or no.

    Just like Rick Perry, this folks get to tout anti-goverment and secessionist views and yet we are supposed to trust them with being law-abiding and fair, and not pure agenda drive….GTFOH

    • rikyrah

      hell no.

      my only comment to those who support Paul is…

      he SAID..just like his Racist Daddy…

      that he doesn’t believe in the VRA and CRA.

      he said that.

      he didn’t believe in the legal laws that finally, put Black people – at least in the laws – as 1st Class Citizens in this country.,

      And, as recently as 2 months ago, he defended the Voter ID Suppression Laws under STATES RIGHTS.

      what part of that does your Black Ass not understand about that?

  • lamh

    Morning POU.

    Read this yesterday and thought um hmm. I always did believe Kenya on this. It funny though people hate Kenya so much though that they STILL trying to lay blame at Kenya feet. Talking about “Kenya shoulda told Phaedra” or “Kenya shouldn’t have been enticing a married man”. Um who among us believe Phaedra would have even believed Kenya? And last I looked it was Apollo who was the married individual.

    Phaedra Parks Takes ‘Leave of Absence’ from RHOA After Apollo Nida Admits He Lied About Kenya Moore Texts

    http://www.lovebscott.com/news/phaedra-parks-takes-leave-absence-rhoa-apollo-nida-admits-lied-kenya-moore-texts

    • Joy

      Kenya still went out of her way to dip a cigar in Apollo’s drink. Her antics scream “notice me…get back at Phaedra”. She ain’t innocent.

  • Miranda

    North Carolina GOP mayor breaks from party, marches 273 miles to DC for healthcare reform
    By Scott Kaufman
    Sunday, July 27, 2014 11:33 EDT

    The Republican mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina embarked on a 273-mile walk to support health care, rural hospitals, and Medicaid expansion, Blue Virginia reported.

    When he arrived in Woodbridge, Virginia yesterday, Mayor Adam O’Neal (R) spoke on behalf ofSave Our Hospital, a group dedicated to preserving the Pungo District Hospital, which once serviced over 20,000 patients in Beaufort and Hyde counties.

    The hospital had been purchased in 2011 by Vidant Health, who promised to expand it. Instead, the group gutted the hospital of vital equipment and, in 2014, shuttered it for good. In Woodbridge, Mayor O’Neal attacked Vidant, saying they made over $109 million in 2013 and closed the critical care hospital anyway.

    “It’s immoral for a company to take health care away from people and keep your non-profit designation,” the mayor argued. “We’re also walking to see a bill introduced that HHS has to sign off in order to close a critical-access hospital.”

    “We’ve had our health care stolen,” he said, adding that the Republican establishment in North Carolina’s reluctance to accept Medicaid expansion contributed to Vidant’s decision to close the hospital. “Not a person in power has sent a letter to Vidant telling them to get their act together,” he said, and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory “won’t meet with us.”

    “We need to stop playing politics with this,” the mayor said. “I’m afraid that my Republican colleagues in NC are going to get killed this fall because of Medicaid expansion. There’s 500,000 people in NC that could have insurance coverage the next 2 years and not cost the state a dime, and the state’s not accepting that. Now, if you’re representing the citizens, how can you not do that?”

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/27/north-carolina-gop-mayor-breaks-from-party-marches-273-miles-to-dc-for-healthcare-reform/

    • rikyrah

      He shouldn’t be the only one- period.

      He’s the only GOP Mayor whose community has been hurt by non-taking of Medicaid?

      No.

      But, he’s the only one fighting for this constituents.

  • Miranda

    Oh this trial starts tomorrow?? Remember the GOP golden boy just what….4 years ago?
    ————————-

    Robert McDonnell trial to cast unflinching light on Virginia couple’s friends, marriage
    July 26, 2014

    The star witness is a flashy dietary supplement executive who boasted of friendships with Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. A manicurist, a party planner and a yet-to-be-named public official from another state also could take the stand.

    In their much-anticipated federal corruption trial set to begin Monday, former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will seek to win acquittal on multiple charges and restore their honor in the eyes of the law.

    But over the course of the trial in a Richmond courtroom, expected to last five weeks, the McDonnells also will submit themselves to a potentially humiliating spectacle that will showcase an intimate view of their frayed marriage and odd personal relationships.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/robert-mcdonnell-trial-to-cast-unflinching-light-on-virginia-couples-friends-marriage/2014/07/26/7499feee-1347-11e4-8936-26932bcfd6ed_story.html

    • rikyrah

      hope they have someone covering the trial…should be entertaining.

  • rikyrah

    reading the POU twitter feed right now, and it’s hilarious and on point!

  • Miranda

    huh? The President has frequently mentioned anecdotes about his daughters in speeches and talks throughout his years in office…what the hell are they talking about?

    https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/493436430937767936

    • rikyrah

      HUH?
      HUH?

    • Alma98

      Oh stfu!

    • jziglar

      I guess they’re tired of recycling the same old articles about President Obama not showing leadership, or this or that random person complaining about the President, or bogus polls. So now they want to bring up the President’s daughters because they have nothing else to denigrate this man.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Edward R. Murrow weeps in heaven.

    • Kennymack1971

      They’re tapped out. They’ve really got nothing.

  • Alma98

    Sagi I see you’re lurking today.
    I just wanted you to know I’ve been keeping you and your family in my thoughts. Much love (((HUGS))).

    • EpiphanySweet

      I 2nd this Sagi!! Hey Alma!!

      • Alma98

        Hey Epiphany!

    • rikyrah

      Sag,

      as always, positive thoughts being sent your way.

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m late but I add my third its to this! Sag, you are in my thoughts as well & your familia. My heart to your heart. I hope you see this post ♥

  • rikyrah

    As TOD Reminds us, today, 10 years ago, State Senator made this speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention:

  • rikyrah

    Woman battling late-stage cancer gets dream wedding wish fulfilled
    Jul 26th 2014 8:00PM

    The couple tells KTLA reporters that they would not have been able to afford a ceremony like so lavish on their own, but after they shared their story volunteers jumped into action.

    “They gave me the most gorgeous, spectacular wedding ever,” bride Iran Williams said.

    For at least one day, it is not about hospitals or treatments or being sick. In this moment, cancer loses.

    “Honestly, I can tell you this is the happiest day of my life” Williams added.

    What Iran, Raymond, and their children will remember will be a dress that made mom feel like a princess, luxurious flowers, food, cake, and a breathtaking venue in the Pacific Palisades.

    “This really made her happy and made her not think about [cancer] for a day” daughter Yvette Williams said.

    The fairy-tale event was granted by the non-profit Wish Upon a Wedding and roughly a dozen vendors who volunteered their time and services.

    “She was diagnosed again and they gave her the option to have the surgery and she chose not to because it was going to ruin the quality of her life,” Jeannie Ward, Wish Upon a Wedding board member, told KTLA. “So basically her prognosis is less than a year and we felt like we needed to do this for her”.

    The biggest gift was being able to share this moment with her children.

    “It was amazing because I do everything for my children and I love them so much” said the bride.

    The couple does not know what lies ahead.

    “This is my third time getting stage IV thyroid cancer, but I believe in miracles” said Williams.

    http://www.aol.com/article/2014/07/26/woman-battling-late-stage-cancer-gets-dream-wedding-wish-fulfill/20937433/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl6|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D507437

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. This is a dated article, but it seems appropriate given the current state of “journalism” that we’re saddled with…

    Dr. Adlib Diagnoses Your Cable News As Having Alzheimers – Posted on April 3, 2014

    Thanks for coming, have a seat. I wanted to talk to you about your
    cable news stations. I’ve just had them in for an examination and I have something difficult to tell you so please prepare yourselves. Your cable news stations are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. You may or may not have noticed some of the symptoms, telling the same stories hour after hour, day after day as if they’ve never told them before. They become fixated on small things, have bouts of fantasy about what might be happening at a given time or in the future and seem incapable of being a part of a rational conversation. I know you care about your news. Sometimes when you’re really close to something, you find ways of rationalizing away the signs of decline. You might have told yourself, my tv news is just a little confused or it’s just having a bad day. However, when you look at the big picture of its behavior over a long period of time, putting aside your desire for tv news to remain competent year after year, the sad truth becomes quite plain.

    While I was examining CNN, it became caught in this conversational loop, talking about a Malaysian plane and how it was missing. No matter what questions or comments I made about things that were actually happening today, it just kept repeating and embellishing on stories about a plane being missing. One moment it was talking about the cause being terrorists, aliens or black holes swallowing the plane up, next it was having a running conversation with itself, asking itself what it thought about the thoughts it had about the plane. [….] It was a convoluted and confusing discussion with no real purpose but it seemed to make perfect sense to itself.[….]

    When I walked into the examination room Fox News was waiting in, it was facing the smallest corner of the room with a distant, angry look in its eyes while chanting “Benghazi!”. I attempted to engage it in a conversation but it kept shutting me off with exclamations of “Pinhead!”, instead espousing one paranoia-based conspiracy theory after another, often blaming “females” “heathens” and coloreds” for plotting against them and causing all the ills of the world throughout history. Fox would exhibit flashes of hostility when anything it said was challenged. It began hording whatever supplies it could find in the drawers and cabinets, claiming, “That’s mine!” and “You can’t take this away from me!”.[….]

    While I was in Fox’s examination room, I could hear MSNBC pounding on the connecting wall and by the time I actually got in there, its face was flushed and it had worked itself into a lather, with an actual froth around its mouth. It kept repeating all of the angry exclamations that it heard Fox making and was furiously shaking its head, “It’s a lie! They’re liars! They lie!”.[….] MSNBC would have almost identical lengths of lucid periods in which it could express cogent thoughts but they were immediately followed by 30 second statements that came off as devious and dishonest, stating just the opposite of what they were stating at length just moments before.There was disorientation as well, it would present it’s right hand but would call it “Left”. As I was leaving the room, MSNBC looked up at the ceiling and started smiling and waving. I asked it who it was waving to and it said, “My shareholders!”[….]

    Read more: http://planetpov.com/2014/04/03/dr-adlib-diagnoses-your-cable-news-as-having-alzheimers-disease/

    H/T Adlib

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    I must admit, I want to try them. Don’t judge me.

    http://twitter.com/missangeladavis/status/493452019748061184

    • rikyrah

      maybe the mac and cheese one

    • Aquagranny911

      LOL! No judgement! I would try the Bacon, Mac & Cheese even though I am not a great potato chip eater. I do love bacon & mac & cheese! Probably tastes like caca but worth a small try.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

        I tried the Chicken and Waffle ones and they were OK. They tasted like maple syrup.

        • Aquagranny911

          Yuck on that one! When I eat salty I don’t want to taste sweet. I know I have some bad food habits but sugar is not really one of them. I’m a much bigger fan of sour & salty than I am of sweets. Not to say I am going to turn down a bowl of ice cream or a piece of pie, lol!

          Gracias for taking the hit on this one for me!

  • rikyrah

    Sunday, July 27, 2014
    Ryan Plan 3.0 Versus Reality
    Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer calls out Rep. Paul Ryan’s poverty plan for what it is: a massive scam that’s impossible and prohibitively expensive to implement.

    Consider, as a hypothetical, the food stamp program, which Ryan thinks should require people to work as a condition of receiving the benefit (ignoring, for the moment, that nearly 60 percent of working-age adults getting food stamps already work). More than 40 million Americans get food stamps. Providing all them with a hand-holding caseworker with whom, under Ryan’s plan, they’d draft long-term plans and contracts outlining their responsibilities and goals before they’d be allowed to eat, would require a fleet of roughly more than 700,000 social workers, assuming a reasonable caseload of about 55 clients per caseworker. Social workers don’t make much money, with a median salary of about $44,000 a year. Even so, 700,000 of them would cost more than $30 billion a year, not including benefits. That’s nearly 40 percent of what the country currently spends on food stamps and nearly twice the entire federal welfare budget. By comparison, the current food stamp program delivers 92 percent of its funding directly to people in need; only 5 percent goes to administrative costs.

    Somehow, I’m doubting that conservatives are going to be super excited to pay for 700,000 new government employees. But wait, what if these are all private sector or non-profit organization hires? Surely somebody has tried the Ryan Plan 3.0 before, right?

    Turns out the state of Nebraska did just that.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/07/ryan-plan-30-versus-reality.html

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! I know it is Sunday but I have a rant!

    I have been so disturbed by this Detroit water shut off. I was raised in the desert where water is practically sacred. We actually still have old laws on the books that discuss the rights to water & that no one can shut off a person’s access to water for any reason.

    That Detroit could allow over 40 corporations & businesses to owe over $9 million in water bills & not shut them off when they are shutting off the water to thousands of individual customers is unconscionable! What I saw that Detroit was charging individual customers for monthly water rates made me see red! We pay here, a fraction of that & our water is way more fragile & scarce.

    From what I understand, rates have more than tripled recently in Detroit & can be tied as a lien to the property taxes which could result in foreclosure for home owners. I would love to see a real analysis of just which customers were targeted because this looks to me like a “land grab” of major proportions.

    Cui bono! GOP are evil! Follow the money!

    My two pesos!

    • rikyrah

      you are on point, AG.

      On point.

    • isonprize

      …rates have more than tripled recently in Detroit & can be tied as a
      lien to the property taxes which could result in foreclosure for home
      owners.

      THIS. THIS.RIGHT.HERE.

  • rikyrah

    Saturday, July 26, 2014
    Last Call For Working Class Blues
    Molly Ball at The Atlantic wades through election data and comes up with the fact that Democrats have recently done very well when they win the working class vote big. When they win it by a smaller margin, Republicans are able to make up the difference with wealthier voters.

    Republicans consistently win voters making $50,000 or more, approximately the U.S. median income. The margin doesn’t vary too much: In 2012, Mitt Romney got 53 percent of this group’s vote; in 2010, Republican House candidates got 55 percent. And Democrats consistently win voters making less than the median—but the margin varies widely. In fact, whether Democrats win these voters by a 10-point or a 20-point margin tells you who won every national election for the past decade.

    In 2004, Democrats won the working-class vote by 11 points; George W. Bush was reelected. In 2006, Democrats won the working-class vote by 22 points and took the House and Senate. In 2008, Democrats won by 22 points again, and President Obama was elected. In 2010, the margin narrowed to 11 points, and Republicans took the House back. In 2012, Obama was reelected—on the strength of another 22-point margin among voters making under $50,000.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/07/last-call-for-working-class-blues.html

  • creolechild

    ‘Musicians On Call’ bring music for the soul to patients’ beds

    [….] For more than a decade, volunteer artists with Musicians On Call have given bedside performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their hospital beds.[….] Since 1999, Musician On Call volunteers have performed for more than
    415,000 patients in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices – but only in a handful of states.

    Griffin said the organization hopes to aggressively grow throughout
    2015 and expand beyond its seven “hubs” where most Music On Call programs are located: New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Miami, Nashville and Los Angeles. For hospitals without the bedside concert program, Musicians On Call provides a collection of albums.[….] Nearly 800 hospitals have requested them.

    Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/Musicians_On_Call_bring_music_for_the_soul_to_patients_beds.html

    H/T Daniel Gaitan

  • rikyrah

    More GOP Minority Outreach, Rand Paul Edition
    This weekend is the National Urban League’s annual conference here in Cincinnati, and of course this close to Kentucky, GOP Sen. Rand Paul just couldn’t resist showing up to Randsplain to us black folk why Republicans are the bomb diggety. Or something. Very few people wanted to hear what he had to say.

    So when Republicans ask blacks to give their party a second look, they have a hard time finding an audience. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky confronted this on Friday when he appeared at a highly publicized speech to the National Urban League Conference to see row after row of empty chairs. The space did not look much fuller after one of the organizers urged people seated near the back to fill in the front rows.

    He pushed forward, quoting Malcolm X: “Nobody can give you equality or justice. If you’re a man, you take it.” And he sounded empathetic as he described the arrests of three young black men as they waited for a bus. Their apparent crime, he said, was “waiting while black.” And he delicately acknowledged what was perhaps the biggest cloud hanging over his visit: hiscomments in 2010 in which he suggested that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 encroached on individual liberties. He told the crowd he supported the law unequivocally.

    The speech in Cincinnati was his latest before a mostly black crowd, and it was a demonstration of how Mr. Paul — however improbably — has become the only major figure in his party who seems eager to keep going back to African-Americans to appeal for support even if his approach unsettles some fellow Republicans.

    That Malcom X quote rings pretty hollow when Paul has attacked President Obama and Attorney General Holder for “overstepping their Constitutional authority”. It rings even more hollow given the fact that Paul has voted against Democratic jobs bills, immigration bills, climate change legislation, the Paycheck Fairness Act and efforts to increase the minimum wage, all things that would help African-Americans…and all Americans for that matter. It’s great that he wants to do something about sentencing laws for drugs, but even if he actually had a change of heart on the Civil Rights Act, he’s still publicly come out against the Voting Rights Act.

    He wants to court the black vote. He just doesn’t want too many of us to be able to vote.

    Rand Paul isn’t interested in justice or equality. Rand Paul is interested in Rand Paul.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/07/more-gop-minority-outreach-rand-paul.html

    • Aquagranny911

      Grifters got to grift. Rand Paul is just really looking for the $$$. His Papi has run this grift for years. The rotten apple fell right from the decaying tree!

  • creolechild

    Hoop Sistas: Transforming an Entire Generation in Ghana

    In Ghana, basketball is just another sport. Brigitte Dzogbenuku
    intends to change that and make it a means to transform an entire
    generation of disaffected Ghanaian youth through mentorship. Hoop Sistas is Brigitte’s solution for young women searching for a
    sense of purpose and better options. She believes that the lessons
    learned on the court are the same ones girls can apply to life.
    Self-confidence, discipline, collaboration and ambition all flow
    naturally during basketball club sessions.

    The clubs combine sport with educational workshops on career
    development and women’s health. They also tackle bigger issues — the local and global challenges that threaten women’s progress overall. “I want these women to be empowered to be able to stand their ground, to hold their own, to help other people. Women in Africa need to realize how empowered they are.”

    Source: http://truthatlas.com/hoop-sistas-transforming-entire-generation-ghana/

    H/T Truth Atlas and Vital Voices

  • creolechild

    Comcast cancels event at state senator’s home – July 26, 2014

    Comcast has canceled a promotional event at the home of a Kansas state senator. The cable company announced the open house in a recent news release that paired Republican Sen. Julia Lynn of Olathe and promotional language about its home security service. After queries from The Kansas City Star about an elected official endorsing a commercial service, Comcast moved the event to another home.

    Comcast spokeswoman Mary Beth Schubert says Comcast didn’t provide Lynn with any free products, equipment or services. Earlier this year, a Senate committee that Lynn chairs introduced a bill to keep cities from starting their own TV or broadband services. The measure died in the committee. Lynn says she thought the Comcast demonstration would give her a better understanding of how security technology works.[….]

    Read more: http://cjonline.com/news/2014-07-26/comcast-cancels-event-state-senators-home

    H/T AP

    • Alma98

      SMH

      • rikyrah

        the bribery was too obvious

        • Alma98

          uh huh, not fooling nobody.

    • isonprize

      What does Rikyrah say?

      uh huh, uh huh….

  • creolechild

    Google and the Environmental Defense Fund entered a partnership to track pipe leak risks with innovative online maps.

    The maps are part of a pilot project that uses specially equipped Google Street View mapping cars in hopes of gauging the potential of new sensing and analytical technologies to measure environmental indicators in ways that previously too difficult or impossible.[….]

    The EDF and researchers at Colorado State University developed and tested the system for two years to the point that it could assess the amount of gas escaping from leaks of all sizes detected amid 15 million individual readings that were collected under thousands of miles of roads. The two entities believe natural gas companies fail to do such monitoring themselves, putting the public at risk.[….]

    Read more: http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/16/google-edf-map-natural-gas-leaks/

    H/T Brandon Baker

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  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — -HONORING the — -Literary Artists – – — From the —“MOTHERLAND” :>)

    – – –New Wave of African Writers With an Internationalist Bent-

    – – —–More than a decade ago, when the young Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was struggling to get her first novel, “Purple Hibiscus,” published, an agent told her that things would be easier “if only you were Indian,” because Indian writers were in vogue. Another suggested changing the setting from Nigeria to America. Ms. Adichie didn’t take this as commentary on her work, she said, but on the timidity of the publishing world when it came to unknown writers and unfamiliar cultures, especially African ones.

    – – –These days she wouldn’t receive that kind of advice. Black literary writers with African roots (though some grew up elsewhere), mostly young cosmopolitans who write in English, are making a splash in the book world, especially in the United States. They are on best-seller lists, garner high profile reviews and win major awards, in America and in Britain. Ms. Adichie, 36, the author of “Americanah,” which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction this year, is a prominent member of an expanding group that includes Dinaw Mengestu, Helen Oyeyemi, NoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Taiye Selasi, among others.
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  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – – -PROMOTING — –“MINORITY BUSINESSES” —:>)

    — -20 Black Angels Worth Knowing For Minority Startups
    – — -The number of black investors funding startups is small but growing – –

    – – – –Daymond John helped revolutionize urban fashion in the 1990s as founder, president, and CEO of FUBU (“For Us, By Us”). He guided the iconic brand into a multimillion-dollar business, placing it at the sametable with such designer sportswear labels as Donna Karan New York and Tommy Hilfiger.

    These days, John is known for being a “shark” on the hit reality
    series “Shark Tank”. Every Friday night, some seven million viewers tune in to the ABC show that features a panel of investors, or “sharks,” that consider offers from aspiring entrepreneurs seeking capital. John, a member of the cast since the show’s premiere in 2009, along with four other prominent chief executives listens to business pitches (a contestant’s one-hour pitch is edited down to a 10-minute segment) from everyday people hoping to take their company or product to new heights.
    Using their own money, the sharks have invested more than $20 million, having completed more than 30 deals with an average valuation of $250,000. John is the show’s second leading investor
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    – – – -“Angel investing is important to the entrepreneurial and investment ecosystem, particularly as it relates to job creation, disrupting poverty and closing the wealth gap in America,” says Rodney Sampson, angel investor and executive in charge of diversity and inclusion for “Shark Tank” and One Three Media (A Hearst/Mark Burnett Production JV). Sampson encourages black accredited investors to become angels and to learn how to invest or co-invest (via seed and venture funds). He recently created blackangels.US as an extension of his Opportunity.UP: Unleashing Private Equity conference program.

    “Investing is the ultimate way to give back. It offers the greatest opportunity to create generational wealth and opportunities for sustainability for generations to come,” adds Sampson who wrote “Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies for Transforming Your Business and Life Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
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