October 1, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: Wayman Tisdale

Good Morning POU!

As we go into the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, I thought it would be most appropriate to feature one of the greatest college basketball players of all time who was also a fantastic jazz musician….the late great Wayman Tisdale.

Growing up, Wayman was not even interested in basketball. When older brothers Weldon and William played pickup games he usually quit before they finished, retreating to the family’s sandbox. However, Tisdale began taking to the sport in the eighth grade when he first learned to dunk.

He met his future wife Regina in April 1981 at church. They were juniors at different Tulsa high schools, and she did not know he was one of the most heavily-recruited basketball players in the country.

Tisdale called music his “first love”. Throughout his youth, and continuing through his college basketball career, he played bass guitar at his father’s church. Music and church were so important to Tisdale that after recruiting him to the University of Oklahoma, Sooners head coach Billy Tubbs changed the team’s practice schedule. He moved the team’s Sunday practice from the morning to the evening to allow Tisdale to play at morning services in his father’s church in Tulsa.

His father, Louis Tisdale, was a well-known pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving for 21 years as senior pastor of Friendship Church; After his father died in 1997, the former Osage Expressway in Tulsa was named L. L. Tisdale Parkway in his honor. Wayman’s older brother Weldon has been pastor of the church since 1997.

In March 2007 Tisdale underwent treatment for cancer in his knee (osteosarcoma), which was discovered after he fell down a flight of stairs in his home on February 8, and broke his leg. In May, Tisdale announced on his website that he was recovering from a procedure to remove the cyst, and expected to recover 100%. He and Regina agreed not to tell their children about his diagnosis until the fall of that year, when the entire family was together (their oldest daughter lives in Atlanta and their second-oldest was attending college at the time). However, the first round of chemotherapy was unsuccessful, leading to a second round.

As Tisdale recalled later, “The doctor had never given anyone chemo that was my size. They just calculated how much chemo to give me and said, ‘We hope it doesn’t mess up your kidneys. If it does, sorry.”

He drew on some of the challenges he faced during his basketball career to battle the disease, specifically recalling, “I had some coaches that literally didn’t want me to make it, and one in particular was Bobby Knight. At the time I frowned on that … I look at it today that had I not persevered through a lot of the stuff he put me through, I probably wouldn’t be here today. I thank God for that dude because he pushed me.”

In August 2008 Tisdale had part of his right leg amputated because of the bone cancer. On his web site, Tisdale said removing a portion of the leg would be the best way to ensure that the cancer would not return. In a video message at halftime of a September 28 Sooners’ football game, Tisdale affirmed he was doing well and that he was at peace following the operation. Shortly after the operation, he was fitted for a prosthesis. Scott Sabolich, the clinical director, said that in his 21-year career he had never created a prosthesis as large as the one he had to design for Tisdale. Sabolich noted that it typically takes a new amputee from three to six months to acclimate to a prosthesis, while it took Tisdale a month. He proved to be equally quick in learning to walk on his new limb; a physical therapist Tisdale worked with in Tulsa said that he was months ahead of a typical patient in that respect.

Tisdale’s experience led him to establish the Wayman Tisdale Foundation to raise funds to help amputees with the prosthetic process, which is not always covered by health insurance. In April 2009 Tisdale accepted an award from the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, then set off on a 21-date national concert tour.

Tisdale died on the morning of May 15, 2009, at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where his wife had taken him when he had trouble breathing. Tisdale’s agent described his death as a “great shock” and noted that Tisdale had been planning to go into the recording studio the following week for a project with jazz guitarist Norman Brown. Tisdale and his wife, Regina, had four children.

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  • Miranda

    SMH

    https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/450261933573537793

    New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States
    By STEVEN YACCINO and LIZETTE ALVAREZMARCH 29, 2014

    CINCINNATI — Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.

    The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.

    Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.

    Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/us/new-gop-bid-to-limit-voting-in-swing-states.html?hp&_r=1

    • crazycanuck

      How can they continue to get away with this? It’s absurd.

      • TresL

        The Republican dominated Supreme Court gave them permission. According to them, racism has been solved so there’s no need to protect voting rights anymore.

      • jds09

        They’ve gotten away with it before. This bullshit is just the reinvention of old-school poll taxes and Jim Crow laws. They’re dusted off and re-purposed some not so very old playbooks.

    • Kennymack1971

      While Ebony magazine apologizes to appease RW trolls and Melissa Harris-Perry, Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Blackademics nitpick President Obama this is what the GOP is doing. Disgusting.

      • AxelFoley

        And we ain’t heard a damn thing about this from Smiley, West and Watkins.

        • Kennymack1971

          And unless they can find a way to make this all Obama’s fault they won’t. Sorry bastards.

      • BoomerGal

        Distractions. So easy.

    • Alma98

      This is all they know if you can’t win, lie, cheat and steal your way to a win. And now with people here trying to get the minimum wage raised they’re trying to privatize certain jobs. I don’t give a shit about drones and the nsa. The republicans are trying to take us back to counting soap bubbles to vote. Walker’s lowdown ass has got to go.

      • BoomerGal

        “counting soap bubbles to vote.” LOL!! Hilarious!

      • Kennymack1971

        You’re dead on. This is why Emoprogs need to be ignored. While their privilged butts whine at Booman Tribune and Balloon Juice about the NSA and the PermaGov, the GOP is trying to stop POCs from voting. The foolishness needs to stop.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ –***BIG♥HUG** —RISING WITH A SONG of ENCOURAGEMENT AS WE APPROACH THE ACA DEADLINE. –WE CAN MAKE IT! :>) — -“GLORY GLORY!” :>)
    – –Miranda♥ –Thank U 4 Showcasing this TALENTED –“ATHLETE-ARTIST[Musician]. :>) – -He was EXCITING–BOTH ON annnd OFF the COURT. :>)
    – – -Annnd HE GAVE BACK: – –Tisdale’s experience led him to establish the Wayman Tisdale Foundation to raise funds to help amputees with the prosthetic process, which is not always covered by health insurance.-[Also FOCUSED on HEALTH INSURANCE. :>)]

    – – – – -☻ENJOY♥ — http://blog.perkos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Big-breakfast.jpg

    — — – -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — -AMEN♥

    —☺IN DA NEWZ: – -ACA POSITIVITY♥
    – ——–@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]
    For many, #ObamaCare is the difference between life and death. That’s why POTUS fought for it. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/29/ted-cruz-aca-poll-blows-up/ … pic.twitter.com/cblAb6rtd6

    • Alma98

      Morning GLH! It’s sunny here we’re supposed to get up in the 50’s, car washing time lol. I hope the earthquakes are over with for now. Blessings to you and the family, stay safe.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Alma –**BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –CAR WASHING Temperature – – – -Woo! Hoo!- – – –☺http://www.vallejosearch.com/images/vallejo_search_washing_car.gif

        – -[I'll SEND - -HIM --2 do the job. :>)]

        BLESSINGS soooo appreciated. — -Stayin’ as safe as possible. :>)
        THANK U♥ :>)

        • Alma98

          (((HUGS)))

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma – – –Back-at-chu :>)- -

  • trose1

    Saturday Night live doing their bs as usual. PBO has to kiss Justin Beiber to get people to sign up for ACA. I find this disgusting.

    Well, you can’t get much more “buzzy” than booking the President of the United States on “Between Two Ferns,” so how else can President Obama spread the word about his health care plan?

    “Saturday Night Live” explored his options in this weekend’s cold open sketch, which featured Noel Wells as an obnoxious social media expert with even more “totes viral” ideas on how get more people to sign up for Obamacare by the end of March.

    When a photo op with Pharrell’s hat, Kim Kardashian and even The Pope can’t do the trick, they’re forced to bring out the big guns: a kiss with Justin Bieber.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/29/snl-obama-bieber-kiss-healthcare-cold-open_n_5057217.html

    • Alma98

      This is why I didn’t care if they hired a black woman or not. They are not funny and haven’t been in years. Lorne Michaels is an ass.

      • trose1

        Oh yea u see this clip? Now that they have a Black woman they can do full time buffoonery. Amos and andy lives on

        SNL Throws Louis CK into Episode of Black Jeopardy!

        After the legendary set of sketches starring Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, SNL dared to revisitJeopardy! this week…by going black.

        http://www.mediaite.com/tv/snl-throws-louis-ck-into-episode-of-black-jeopardy/

        • Alma98

          I think Lorne Michaels is trying to get back at black folks for calling out the show.

          • trose1

            That is some step and fetch bs. Good point the actors should know better.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            No. That’s just Lorne Micheals being Lorne Michaels.

          • jds09

            Michaels reminds me of “the old man in the club”, that thinks he’s still a playa.

          • Alma98

            yep lol

          • Admiral_Komack

            Fuck him.
            I don’t watch the show.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Have never been a fan of SNL. And from the early days with this show there has always been that underlying racism imo.

        • jds09

          IMO, there were moments when they hit the sweet spot: Pryor and Chase, Eddie’s Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Buckwheat. That worked because of the underlying anger in Pryor’s and Murry’s performance. It was recognizable. More often than not they’ve fallen flat.

    • BoomerGal

      Don’t like the underlying message feeding into the feminization of the African male. Totally degrading.

      • trose1

        Sickening, I will wait for those who scream and cry about Tyler Perry wearing a dress jump on SNL

        • BoomerGal

          Yep!!

        • Admiral_Komack

          Get comfortable and get some snacks.
          You’ll have a long wait.

          • trose1

            But wait Tyler Perry/ Madea is going to ruin the entire Black community.However,
            when white people portray a Black man who is not gay making out with a guy, that is ok?

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Yep. The media has been on that kick for quite some time now. The big mean blackety, black Blacks scare them so what better way to make them less threatening than by turning them into harmless sissies?

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ trose1 – –***BIG HUG*** :>)
      —-“Saturday – -NIGHT – –“DEAD” —needsta B buried!!
      – – -☺http://i.imgur.com/TONDq.gif
      – – -Sooo good 2 C U♥ – – -B BLESSED♥ [on the run :>)]

      • trose1

        Yes time for the ax.
        GLH have a great day!

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY trose1 – — THANK U♥ =—Back @-chu :>)

    • jds09

      SNL hasn’t been funny since the 80’s.

      • crazycanuck

        since the 70’s

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – –SAD NEWS – –A PASSING – — —

    — — -Former Dynasty star Kate O’Mara dies aged 74 in Sussex nursing home after short illness

    — – —Former Dynasty star Kate O’Mara has died at the age of 74.
    The actress was best known for playing Alexis Colby’s scheming sister Cassandra ‘Caress’ Morrell in the US soap in the mid 1980s, along with roles in British series Doctor Who, Howards’ Way and Triangle.

    Her agent Phil Belfield said she died this morning in a Sussex nursing home after a short illness.
    THERE IS MORE —

    — – –RIHEP♥ — -With Appreciation♥– – -CONDOLENCES 2 ALL♥

    — – -☺THIS show was a MUST WATCH —Mainly because of Ms. DIANNE CARROLL
    – — – – —— -♦http://www.afrobella.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/timeline-1984-dcarroll.jpg

    • Alma98

      RIP.

      • BoomerGal

        Alma, what happened to your greeting up top? It disappeared! Can you see it?

        • Alma98

          Yeah it’s there you have to refresh to see it.
          Disqus is has been silly since the new format.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all.

  • BoomerGal

    “Inequality will most definitely bring further corruption of our political system, which will in turn lead to further deregulation and bailouts, which will eventually allow epidemics of fraud and failure.” http://www.salon.com/2014/03/30/plutocracy_without_end_why_the_1_percent_always_defeats_the_middle_class/

    • Alma98

      Morning BoomerGal, I’ll take your word for it I don’t give Salon clicks if I can help it.

    • rikyrah

      yep

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — – – -EARLY MORNTIN’ -ACA POSITIVITY♥ – -With a GLOAT — – – -LOL – –

    — –As GOP grumbles, many more now insured – —

    — – –Obamacare may have already brought the biggest increase in health coverage in this state in 50 years.
    — — – – —SNIP – – – –

    In fact, despite all the problems — the botched rollout, the computer glitches, the furor over some canceled policies — Obamacare may have already brought the biggest increase in health coverage in this state since the 1960s, when the Medicaid program for the poor first passed.

    Statewide, about 375,000 people have insurance due to this law.
    That’s the net gain, counting those who had their policies “canceled”
    last winter (most simply signed up for a new one with their same
    company).

    The Medicaid program in the state has grown 25 percent since October, from 1.2 million to 1.5 million.

    — – – – -SNIP — –

    – – –The private individual insurance market has also grown, by 19
    percent, from 272,000 plans last October to 325,000 today.
    These figures include plans sold on the state exchange and directly by companies.

    Whether that’s big enough to be stable and affordable remains to be seen. But before Obamacare it was shrinking.

    Plus the state says there are 32,000 young adults on their parents’ policies due to the new law.
    THERE IS MORE – – –

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

    – — THANK U SIR♥ – – -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda — – —ACA POSITIVITY — -“SURGE’s the WORD”–:>)
    – – — -☺http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/29/photos-what-acasurge-looks#.Uzg5093xlGU.twitter

    – — —☺@WayneCountyDems
    Tomorrow is the deadline!! Get yourself covered before its too late!! #UniteBlue #ACA #ACASurge #ACAworks https://www.healthcare.gov

    — — -☺ ‏@1ezmack[THANK U♥]
    Nothing impacts a person’s ability to generate $$$ more than a person’s health. #ACASurge #Obamacare #3/31deadline. http://healthcare.gov
    — – – –MORE L8R – –

    —[Gotta "bounce" -- -C YA as soon as♥ - --B BLESSED♥]

  • Alma98

    Alright disqus how about putting my comment back.

    • BoomerGal

      Mine, too.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    David Plouffe

    @davidplouffe

    Follow

    North of 10 million Americans now have
    health care due to ACA. Tens of millions more savings and security.
    That’s real and lasting change.

    12:02 PM – 28 Mar 2014

    • jds09

      This is the foundation for 2014. Give PBO a Congress he can work with. POTUS and FLOTUS will swing for the fences on their way out.

  • rikyrah

    Addicting Info: Ted Cruz Tries To Use Facebook To Prove No One Likes Obamacare And It Blows Up In His Face

    The Tea Party crusade against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hit a huge snag this week. On March 24, 2014, Texas Tea Party Senator, Ted Cruz, decided to put up a ‘quick poll,’ about the ACA on his facebook page. Problem? The Koch brothers don’t control the conversation on social media, the people do.

    Ask a question, get an answer. The question Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz asked on facebook was simple. Are you better off now than you were before the ACA, also called Obamacare, was signed into law, four years ago? Nearly 40,000 comments later, the resounding answer from people all across the country was YES.

    More here

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/29/ted-cruz-aca-poll-blows-up/

    • Alma98

      LOL

  • rikyrah

    how come TVOne and BET haven’t been doing the same?

    Just askin.

    Ro-Ro, got an answer?

    …………………………………………..

    Kate Nocera: Univision Works Overtime To Get Latinos Enrolled In Obamacare

    The Obama administration has been working overtime in recent months to enroll uninsured Latinos — one of the groups most likely to be uninsured — but it’s not just the White House making a concerted effort. For more than a year, the Spanish-language television network Univision has embarked on their own company-wide effort to get Latinos signed up on the exchanges, working through newscasts, special programming, advertising partnerships, and a dedicated health care website. Univision has not only been providing information to their viewers as to how to sign up but openly encouraging them to do so.

    The network’s “empowerment initiatives” team — which focuses primarily on health and educational programming — began looking for partners to help their audience find coverage last year. Univision ultimately went with the California Endowment and the Ford Foundation, launching in earnest last April. The company makes no bones about what they were trying to do. Empowerment Initiatives Director Stephen Keppel told BuzzFeed that the company thinks “it’s better to have health insurance than not to have it” and because of the high number of uninsured Latinos, it was an important initiative for them to take on.

    More here

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/univision-works-overtime-to-get-latinos-enrolled-in-obamacar

    • trose1

      U have to ask? LOL. RoRo still begging for racists to come on his show.

    • TresL

      Too busy shoe shopping, I guess.

  • rikyrah

    Katie Zezima: Just How Popular Was Michelle Obama’s Visit To China?

    According to a tally by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, photos, videos and stories about Michelle Obama’s visit to China garnered more than 1 billion page views. Yes, that’s billion with a B.It’s probably not too far-fetched of a notion, according to Cheng Li, director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. ”This is really Michelle fever in China,” he said.Cheng said Obama and her family –

    her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha, traveled with her — showed respect for Chinese traditions and deftly weaved in diplomacy with lighter moments in a way that made the Chinese want to see what she was doing and where she was going. ”Chinese do not only see this leader to leader. They see it family to family and in a broader context the respect of the two great countries,” he said. “This is why people got so excited.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/03/27/just-how-popular-was-michelle-obamas-visit-to-china/

  • rikyrah

    David Plouffe

    @davidplouffe

    Follow

    A tell to young, Latino and African-American voters that rather than compete for their votes you want to deny them. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/us/new-gop-bid-to-limit-voting-in-swing-states.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0&referrer=

    6:41 AM – 30 Mar 2014

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    HealthCare.gov ✔

    @HealthCareGov

    Follow

    High call center volume right now. System
    will now allow consumers to leave their info to be contacted later when
    we can serve them.

    11:57 AM – 30 Mar 2014

    • jds09

      It’s gonna be over 7 million. No media outlet has adequately covered OFA’s final push.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Of course they won’t.
        They are too busy regurgitating Republican/Teabagger talking points.

  • rikyrah

    SportsGirl101

    @Arianna8927

    Follow

    Yesterday I signed up a Repub for Obamacare. He was shocked his premium is only $60 with no deductible for him and his wife.

    12:06 PM – 30 Mar 2014

  • rikyrah

    John Sheppard

    @scgoodgy23

    Follow

    @Arianna8927 My 53 year old mother w/ diabetes was shocked to learn she could get coverage for $124 a month. And she loathes Obama.

    12:09 PM – 30 Mar 2014

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    Some Pete Souza Goodness:

    The President’s Trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/presidents-trip-europe-and-saudi-arabia

    • goldenstar

      These are just so darn wonderful. There is great love for peace and for PBO because he is bringing the peace.

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    Chuck Todd Asks NJ Senator What It Will Take To Accept Christie’s Side Of The Story
    By Nicole Belle March 30, 2014 9:41 am – 116 Comments

    Let’s see, NJ Governor Chris Christie had the New Jersey taxpayers pay for an investigation led by an attorney with close ties to a key ally. Said lawyer does not interview the three key players in the scandal he was appointed to investigate. Throw in a lot of slut-shaming and the hocus pocus of a “body language expert” to determine that Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer was obviously lying because she yawned and what you have is an “investigation” that “exonerates” Chris Christie without uncovering what actually happened.

    My God, Democrats, what more do you need to believe that Chris Christie is innocent and absolutely deserves the GOP presidential nomination in 2016?

    What a surprise that that is EXACTLY the framing that Chuck Todd — substituting for David Gregory on Meet the Press– took with NJ State Senator Loretta Weinberg.

    That was a perfect tee up for Weinberg to hit with a laundry list of everything that was wrong with the report, which thankfully, she did.

    But still, anyone with two braincells to rub together (which may or may not include Todd, based on his questions) can see all the red flags and laughability of how this report exonerates Christie. Rather than accept it at face value in his interview with Weinberg (or earlier, with Christie ally Rudy Giuliani), how hard would it be to operate from a place of factual analysis?

    What am I thinking? This is Chuck Todd; that’s just not in his wheelhouse.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/03/chuck-todd-asks-nj-senator-what-it-will

  • rikyrah

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA

    They are so desperate.

    …………………………………….

    Sen. Barrasso: Administration ‘Cooking The Books’ On Obamacare Enrollment
    By Heather March 30, 2014 10:56 am – 17 Comments

    From this week’s Fox News Sunday, Sen. John Barrasso accused the Obama administration of “cooking the books” on the Obamacare enrollment numbers, but as Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA pointed out, it’s more likely that he and host Chris Wallace are “trying to pass off some Republican book cooking of their own as fact, in order to portray the ACA as a total failure.”

    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/03/sen-barrasso-administration-cooking-books

    • qosine

      Cooking the books? See the law firm of Christie and Nixon.

  • qosine

    Hey, Chris Christie’s firm that presumably cleared him also
    cleared Nixon back in 1952! Must be the go to shop.
    ..
    Richard Nixon’s Checkers Speech
    September 23, 1952

    Nixon reads
    I am proud to report to you tonight that this audit and legal opinion is
    being forwarded to General Eisenhower and I would like to read to you the opinion that was prepared by Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, based on all the pertinent laws, and statutes, together with the audit report prepared by the certified public accountants.

    It is our conclusion that Senator Nixon did not obtain any financial gain from the collection and disbursement of the funds by Dana Smith; that Senator Nixon did not violate any federal or state law by reason of the operation of the fund; and that neither the portion of the fund paid by Dana Smith directly to third persons, nor the portion paid to Senator Nixon, to reimburse him for office expenses, constituted income in a sense which was either reportable or
    taxable as income under income tax laws.

    (signed)
    Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher,
    by Elmo Conley

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/eisenhower-checkers/