April 24, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: African-American Gamers

Good Morning Obots!

Today’s featured “gamer” is not only a minority in terms of race in this industry, but as a female of color, she is truly a pioneer.

Karisma Williams

From Black Enterprise magazine:

Some people like to play games while others choose to build them. Then there’s Karisma Williams, who does both. In addition to serving as creative director of Matimeo.com, the Bradley University graduate works at Microsoft as a Senior Experience Developer/Designer for Xbox Kinect, which lets players interact with video games without the use of a controller. With Williams being one of the tech leaders in her industry, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with her to discuss the hurdles she faces as a double minority—a person of color and a woman—in the gaming world and how she excels in her craft.

What are your day-to-day duties at Microsoft?

I design and develop the various onscreen interfaces, which include menus, interaction models and onscreen elements. I work with various disciplines including artists and developers during the development process. Part of my job is looking at the overall interaction models and user experience. With the launch of Kinect we focused on removing the barrier of entry for people who don’t play games—something kids could use as well as grandparents. There’s an article where a guy who had an autistic son was able to go through the menus. My job is to interpret the creative vision and ensure the user experience is geared toward our target audience and highlights the benefits of new tech.

How long have you been in the gaming industry?

I’ve been in the game industry for six years and working on Kinect for over a year. My expertise has given me great opportunities to lead implementation wise. I enjoy the problem solving involved in implementing a high level design while remaining within given technical constraints such as memory restrictions.

How do you come up with your designs?

A lot of my design ideas come from my experience playing lots of games, observing user research sections, and observing how others interact with various technologies. My talents for design are largely intuitive but I do like to supplement that gift with various research and experimentations.

How did you gain that knowledge?

[Coming in to the industry] I don’t know if I knew what UI [user interface] design was, but all I wanted to do was make video games—the end product. You don’t know what goes into getting the product on the shelf you just know you want to be a part of it. I go back to a lot of my design sense being very intuitive, the first interface team I got hired on in the games industry was an easy fit for me. The rest of my knowledge came from experience; this is a fast paced industry where you learn a bit everyday.

Have you come across many minorities in your field?

There aren’t many minorities [within the industry]. We are a big part of the consumer group. There are games targeted to us. I don’t know if we don’t know about opportunities in the game industry, but there is a huge need for different point of views in the industry. The only way the industry can continue to grow and reach new audiences is to grow its source of ideas.

How would you suggest other minorities break into the gaming industry?

There are lower barriers to get into the game industry and then you move yourself around. A lot of people get in through engineering positions, but you don’t have to be technical to get in. There are entry-level tests, and management positions. If you want to get in through art, I’d say try learning proprietary art programs and you can always work your way around to other creative positions.

The best advice I can give is to network. There are various websites and groups where you can connect with those already in the industry. There are even organizations such as Blacks In Gaming.  Most in the industry are nice and willing to help someone who is looking to break in. Use LinkedIn and if you see someone with your dream job send them a note and ask them how they got in. I did this when I was first looking to get in myself and it was very helpful.

Have you found that there are less women in the gaming industry?

I think there are not a lot of women in the industry. Having a female insight is important. The more perspectives on the team [the better], which is what the game industry needs to do to continue to grow. Sony has a Women in Games scholarship. There are groups and people who are about diversifying the game industry. We’ve come a long way. My current Studio GM is a woman; women are infiltrating and influencing the industry more and more. I want to see more female developers in the future.

As a woman of color in gaming, do you mentor?

I’ve done mentoring for people who send me emails and ask for advice. I have mentors myself. You have to really be passionate and constantly want to improve. It’s a highly sought after industry. It’s right underneath movies. You have to work hard and expect to work harder.

What tips or words of advice would you offer someone trying to break into the industry?

Networking is huge. A lot of the chances and opportunities I’ve gotten have been through networking. Also, stay focused and do what you believe in doing. If you make sure you stay focused you’ll essentially get a chance to act on it. Always ramp up on technical skills, the industry rapidly changes and it’s important to understand the latest technology advances. Lastly, learn about the game engines, development processes and the programs. Learning how to talk to the various disciplines you will encounter in the industry is important. Remember ideas are good and a lot of people have them, the real question will be can you execute them—whether it be with a team or yourself. Continue to look for opportunities to execute on your ideas. Nothing can stop you from getting into the industry these days, the tools and the marketplace is wide open.

 

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – - -GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥- –***BIG HUG***. – -WHAT a BIG JUDICIAL DAY- 2-day. KEEPIN’ WATCH.- -

    – - -OPENING 2-DAY WITH PRAYER 4:- – -The FOLLOWING: – -

    - – –☻- – The SCOTUS Decision on the ACA ;- – MR. PRESIDENT
    - – –☻—The HOUSE Vote on AG HOLDER
    - – - ☻- -The FIRE annnd HURRICANE VICTIMS
    - — -☻- -The FIREFIGHTERS
    - – - ☻- -OUR POU FAM♥- – – — –AMEN.

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

      Mornin’ GLH & POU!

      And AMEN.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Thursday Morntin’ Sepia. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        Thank U. :>)- —B Blessed 2-day/ :>)

    • edp4bho

      Good morning to you GLH and POU. Fist bump to Aleth for hope :-)
      I’ve been praying and watching the meaning in my dreams. In one sense, God wants us all to mind the peace He alone sends us in all of our concerns for mankind. In another sense, the old way of doing things is dying off. I can only relay what I can determine from them. I also can hope that I am on the mark. God bless PBO and AG Holder, and all of us who believe good can/will override evil.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ miranda. ***BIG HUG** :>)

    - – -WOW&1/21 – - –ANOTHER WINNER! :>)- –SHE is a FORMIDABLE PIONEER 4 WOMEN in THIS AREA. :>)

    THIS is ENCOURAGIN’ 4 the young people:- — Nothing can stop you from getting into the industry these days, the tools and the marketplace is wide open.- –

    - – –Annd – -the B.I.G. is a POWERFUL and HELPFUL organization. :>)
    I have learned soooo much annnd will share with nieces/nephews in my family who LUV 2 play the games. :>)

    THANK U miranda.:>)- — Have a good day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda:- – –UPDATE: – - -TRANSPORTATION annd – STUDENT LOANS- – -

    - – -House, Senate strike deal on transportation bill, student loans– -

    - — -Senate and House negotiators have struck a deal to combine the transportation reauthorization, student loan bill and flood insurance legislation in a package expected to pass by the end of the week, according to congressional sources.
    The package likely represents the last significant burst of legislating before the election, as lawmakers will become increasingly preoccupied by message votes and electioneering in the weeks ahead.
    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters on Wednesday afternoon details of the deal would emerge later in the evening, just in time to meet a deadline to allow House lawmakers to vote on it Friday before leaving for the July 4th recess.

    - – -SNIP- – –

    - -A senior aide familiar with the negotiations said the bill would be posted sometime after 1 a.m. Thursday and lawmakers on the conference committee would sign it later in the morning.

    The legislation would maintain transportation funding at current levels through the end of fiscal year 2014. It would also extend federal subsidies for college student loans. Rates for Stafford loans were due to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent at the end of the month without congressional action.- – -
    THERE IS MORE.- – -GOOD NEWS. WAITING 4 FINAL WORD.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - -FROM the CONGRESSIONAL PICNIC:- – [The Political Carnival]

    - – - -Videos- White House Congressional Picnic- –

    - – –FIRST LADY- – –ALWAYS RADIANT! :>)

    - – -AG HOLDER greets- – -RACIST King.- – OOPS. :>)

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

    News Corp. to Split Into Two After Board Approves Separation
    By Edmund Lee, Andy Fixmer and Amy Thomson – Jun 28, 2012 7:43 AM ET

    News Corp. (NWS), the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, said it plans to split into two after its board approved the move separating publishing assets from entertainment businesses.

    The publishing business consists of newspapers in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, as well as book, education and marketing assets, according to a statement from the company today. The media and entertainment company includes film and TV assets. Murdoch will be chairman of both companies and Chief executive officer of the media business.

    With the action, Murdoch, 81, is bowing to shareholder demands after a costly yearlong scandal at his treasured newspaper operation, which is seen as a drag on the larger and growing film, broadcast and pay-television units. The phone- hacking probe at the U.K. newspapers has led to arrests and parliamentary hearings, costing News Corp. millions.

    MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-28/news-corp-board-said-to-approve-plan-to-split-company.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -”All In DA Family”- – —

    - – -Madoff’s Brother to Plead Guilty, Get 10 Years- –

    - – -Bernie Madoff’s brother is heading to prison for 10 years. Peter Madoff made an agreement with prosecutors and will plead guilty on Friday to two charges: falsifying the records of an investment adviser and conspiracy to commit securities fraud and other crimes, reports the Wall Street Journal. Peter served as the chief compliance officer and senior managing director at his brother’s hedge fund, which was exposed as a gigantic Ponzi scheme as it unraveled in 2009. Brother Bernie is serving a 150-year sentence.

  • aleth

    Oh let’s hope Kennedy and Roberts do the right thing for once

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Thursday MornTin’ aleth. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      - – ***-MEGA- -fist bump***- – - THEY KNOW- – — -THIS is ABOUT PEOPLE!!- –

      Good 2 C U- -aleth. :>)- – - KEEPIN’ HOPE ALIVE. . . . .

    • AxelFoley

      One outta two ain’t bad. I’m just surprised at which one voted nay and which one voted yea.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - -Rep. Cleaver is ON NOW. He said that “There will B some DRAMATIC ACTION 2-day.”- – — -Hmmmm. . . . WATCHIN’. .

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

      I know this won’t happen but if all of the Dems walked out and refused to vote, then they can’t have a vote, correct?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia- – -***fist bump** :>)- – - -

        Rep. Cleaver was still hedgin’ annnnd was only speakin’ 4 the CBC. MAYBE- – -he was trynta keep the PLANS secret until the ACTION happens. We’ll C. :>)

      • Miranda

        The congressional Dems simply don’t have the guts to come together and make a stand. I will forever respect the WI state senate Dems for basically telling Scott Walker and the rethugs to go f themselves while they chilled in Illinois. They stood together and wouldn’t break. Now you have what can only be described as an absolute SHAM being played out for the world to see in the US Congress and the Dems can’t come together and stand on the Capitol steps and tell the world “the GOP has lost their freaking mind and we aren’t putting up with this another damn day.” There is nothing written that they must adhere to this shit, nothing. They don’t have to vote, let the GOP act a fool by itself…in fact, I wish they would actually taunt the GOP with how this means not a damn thing and for all their stunting, Eric Holder gonna be Attorney General regardless.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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

    Last night on Ed’s show, progress snake Adam Green was talking about pushing for single-payer of SCOTUS overturns ACA. What part of “There are not enough votes for single-payer” don’t these mofos understand??

    • GN

      He understands that the votes aren’t there, and he and other media purveyors of the “disappointed progressive” meme have done a lot over the years to make that even moreso true. The *business* of “progressive” politics has unattainable demands for purity as its model. That’s where all of these people’s bread is buttered. I’ll never forget this guy spreading blatant falsehoods about PBO and social security, absolutely no better than the worst wingnuts.

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

    U.S. Economy Grew 1.9% in First Quarter on Consumer Spending
    By Shobhana Chandra – Jun 28, 2012 8:30 AM ET

    The U.S. economy grew 1.9 percent in the first quarter, reflecting a gain in consumer spending that now shows signs of cooling as the labor market weakens.

    The revised gross domestic product reading matched the increase previously calculated by the government, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Corporate profits were revised to show a drop, the first in more than three years.

    [...]

    Jobless claims decreased by 6,000 to 386,000 in the week ended June 23, in line with the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, according to data from the Labor Department. The prior week’s reading was revised up to 392,000 from 387,000, matching an April figure as the steepest of 2012.

    MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-28/u-s-economy-grew-1-9-in-first-quarter-on-consumer-spending.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - -UGGH!- — -THESE LYIN’ HYPOCRITES!!- – - – –

    - – –Republicans Drop Talk Of Health Care ‘Replace’ — For Now- –

    - – - -On the verge of an expected Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare, Republicans have removed “replace” from their mantra of “repeal and replace,” signaling that they may do nothing this year if some or all of the law is declared unconstitutional.

    Congressional Republicans had vowed not to return to the pre-Affordable Care Act status quo, which was widely seen as broken. They’ve since voted unanimously to roll back the law. And while they’ve flirted recently with reinstating some of the more popular benefits of ‘Obamacare’ in a replacement plan, they still haven’t coalesced around a proposal.

    - – -SNIP- -

    No mention of replacing the law.- –

    - – - -SNIP- – –
    - -LOOK AT THIS!!- –

    - – -“I got a call from Speaker Boehner last Friday,” said Rush Limbaugh on his radio show Wednesday. “He called a lot of people and he was telling us what the Republican plan is. And it was repeal, repeal, repeal. Regardless of what happens. … He made it clear that repeal — and not repeal and replace, but repeal — was going to be the focal point for the House Republicans.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    - – - – -The GOParty of- – NO!- – — NO PLANS!!- -geesh!!!- – -

  • MonieTalks

    The media is out twisting and turning over the Bain Capital outsourcing TRUTHTELLING expose.

    NPR actually has a blog post titled “Bain gets no relief on outsourcing.”

    Relief?

    Folks acting like he has been hit by a natural disaster.

    Romney has declared that his time at Bain alone qualifies him to be President, and yet the media and Republican thinks he is being unfairly punished for his record. GTFOH. Not to mention that Romney is skurred as a mug to release his income tax records…..and has a known history for dodging taxes in Swiss and other offshore accounts.

    Truth is , Romney like so many of his Republican colleagues know how to do two things well…..dodge wars and dodge taxes, all while cloaked in an American flag.

    • rikyrah

      This is it.

      He says he’s qualified to be President

      NOT because of his Executive Experience as a Governor – he pretends that never happened.

      BUT, Because of his ‘ private sector’ experience.

      so, whatever he did in that PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERIENCE -is up for discussion.

      • goldenstar

        On. point.

        These folks are depending upon obfuscating the truth by moving the target so their argument is always changing. But this strategy depends upon intellectual laziness and lack of interest.

        And, those are two qualities that this President, his staff, and his campaign DO. NOT. LACK.

      • AxelFoley

        This rightchere.

    • GN

      That’s what slays me. Romney’s plan was to run on the economy, using his business expertise at Bain as a dodge against discussing his lousy job creation record as MA governor. All PBO has done is broaden that Bain discussion. The media can fuss and carry on all they’d like; the point is simple and true: Romney’s record at Bain reflects someone who is very good at making himself and other investors wealthy, while much less so concerned with the fortunes of the middle and working classes. This priority is mirrored in Romney’s budget proposals and agreement with people like Rep. Ryan. Simple statements of fact; nobody is demonizing Mittens, this is simple reality.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ MonieTalks. **BIG HUG** :>)

      — – -LOL. The WORD- – TRUTH — – annnd –RIGHT-LEANING MEDIA – — cain’t B in the same sentence. That’s – -”WHYCOME” they SCURRED -of IT!! HAH!!

      – - -THEY been – - -CALLED OUT 4 supportin’ that LYIN’ RACIST- – -annnd they have – -NOWHERE 2 RUN annnd NOWHERE 2 HIDE –HAH!!- -

      Annnnd while they tryta make erry issue- – — a SINGLE AGENDA ELECTION ITEM- –4 MR. PRESIDENT —

      teh WILLARD — -GOT- – - —GOT –in his – - -SINGLE AGENDA ELECTION ITEM- –teh BAIN CAPITAL!! —HAH!

      - – –KARMA – — -IS AN- –EXACTING- — – MUTHA!!- –

      - – - — -***slams desk*** – - —HAH!

      Good 2 C U MonieTalks. B BLESSED- – -U/FAM.

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

    JPMorgan Trading Loss May Reach $9 Billion
    By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and SUSANNE CRAIG

    Losses on JPMorgan Chase’s bungled trade could total as much as $9 billion, far exceeding earlier public estimates, according to people who have been briefed on the situation.

    When Jamie Dimon, the bank’s chief executive, announced in May that the bank had lost $2 billion in a bet on credit derivatives, he estimated that losses could double within the next few quarters. But the red ink has been mounting in recent weeks, as the bank has been unwinding its positions, according to interviews with current and former traders and executives at the bank who asked not to be named because of investigations into the bank.

    MORE: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/jpmorgan-trading-loss-may-reach-9-billion/?smid=tw-share

    • Miranda

      Well well well….

    • rikyrah

      uh huh

      uh huh

    • MonieTalks

      Only fitting for one of the biggest critics of the Dodd-Frank act, who was practically stroked and cuddled by the Rethugs a few weeks ago.

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

      You can tell that they’re all trying to make up for not being amongst the cool kids in high school.

  • rikyrah

    Here is the link to the FORTUNE story on Fast and Furious, and how this is nothing but BS.

    …………………………

    The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal
    June 27, 2012: 5:00 AM ET

    In the annals of impossible assignments, Dave Voth’s ranked high. In 2009 the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives promoted Voth to lead Phoenix Group VII, one of seven new ATF groups along the Southwest border tasked with stopping guns from being trafficked into Mexico’s vicious drug war.

    Some call it the “parade of ants”; others the “river of iron.” The Mexican government has estimated that 2,000 weapons are smuggled daily from the U.S. into Mexico. The ATF is hobbled in its effort to stop this flow. No federal statute outlaws firearms trafficking, so agents must build cases using a patchwork of often toothless laws. For six years, due to Beltway politics, the bureau has gone without permanent leadership, neutered in its fight for funding and authority. The National Rifle Association has so successfully opposed a comprehensive electronic database of gun sales that the ATF’s congressional appropriation explicitly prohibits establishing one.

    Voth, 39, was a good choice for a Sisyphean task. Strapping and sandy-haired, the former Marine is cool-headed and punctilious to a fault. In 2009 the ATF named him outstanding law-enforcement employee of the year for dismantling two violent street gangs in Minneapolis. He was the “hardest working federal agent I’ve come across,” says John Biederman, a sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department. But as Voth left to become the group supervisor of Phoenix Group VII, a friend warned him: “You’re destined to fail.”

    Voth’s mandate was to stop gun traffickers in Arizona, the state ranked by the gun-control advocacy group Legal Community Against Violence as having the nation’s “weakest gun violence prevention laws.” Just 200 miles from Mexico, which prohibits gun sales, the Phoenix area is home to 853 federally licensed firearms dealers. Billboards advertise volume discounts for multiple purchases.

    Customers can legally buy as many weapons as they want in Arizona as long as they’re 18 or older and pass a criminal background check. There are no waiting periods and no need for permits, and buyers are allowed to resell the guns. “In Arizona,” says Voth, “someone buying three guns is like someone buying a sandwich.”

    By 2009 the Sinaloa drug cartel had made Phoenix its gun supermarket and recruited young Americans as its designated shoppers or straw purchasers. Voth and his agents began investigating a group of buyers, some not even old enough to buy beer, whose members were plunking down as much as $20,000 in cash to purchase up to 20 semiautomatics at a time, and then delivering the weapons to others.

    http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/fast-and-furious-truth/

  • Miranda

    Well well well.

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

    Bain acquisition sent Holland jobs out of state
    Williamhouse closing ended 136 years in Western New York

    Updated: June 28, 2012, 2:01 AM

    WASHINGTON – The workers at the Williamhouse envelope plant in the Town of Holland most likely never heard Mitt Romney’s name. They just knew that an out-of-town owner bought the company and, within a few years, their jobs were shipped to Pennsylvania.

    “The company was doing just fine,” said Carolyn Gibbon, of West Seneca, who, with her husband, Thomas, worked at Niagara Envelope for 10 years that she now calls wasted. “Then, the following summer, we were being shut down.”

    Some 185 workers lost their jobs in that 1999 closing of a venerable local company previously known as Niagara Envelope. That happened two years after the company’s new owner, American Pad and Paper, or “Ampad,” closed the local firm’s downtown Buffalo headquarters as well as the main office of a sister company in New York, eliminating 250 jobs.

    MORE: http://www.buffalonews.com/business/article924536.ece

    • Miranda

      Good luck running on that Bain record Mitt.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -THIS continues 2 B soooo DISGUSTING!!- – -THAT- — CORRUPT- – -RACIST- –is MOVIN’ AHEAD — -with NO EVIDENCE!!- – - -

    —-House To Vote On Holder Contempt As ‘Fast And Furious’ Probe Is Undermined- – -

    - – -The House of Representatives is set, for the first time in its history, to find a sitting attorney general in contempt of Congress on Thursday.

    While the highly unusual proceeding will likely be overshadowed by the Supreme Court’s decision on the health care reform law, the Thursday vote will also see the peak of a scandal that has for years been the fever dream of conservative media outlets, but that only went fully national when House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) started down the path towards contempt.

    - – - – -SNIP- – -

    Tuesday brought two key developments in the Fast and Furious saga, which first came under major public scrutiny in March 2011, just after Holder ordered DOJ’s inspector general to investigate the matter.

    First, Fortune magazine published the results of an extensive investigation that undermined the central component of the Fast and Furious scandal: that ATF agents purposefully allowed guns to “walk.” Second, Issa admitted that he had no evidence, nor did he strongly believe, that Holder knew guns had “walked” during the operation.
    THERE IS MORE.- – –DRIVEL!- —
    -DISGUSTING- – -RACISM!!- -annd an attempt 2 DISPARAGE – –MR. PRESIDENT!!- -

    • goldenstar

      Rachel Maddow had the journalist on the show last night. Very good segment.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Thursday MornTin goldenstar. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        THANK U. :>) IT WAS!!- –She- — STOOD STRONG. :>)

        - — -Good 2 C U goldenstar. :>)- – -

  • creolechild

    Obama Email Sets DCCC Single-Day Fundraising Record Evan McMorris-Santoro June 26, 2012, 6:38 PM

    Vulnerable Democrats in tight races — like Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill — might be downplaying their enthusiasm for President Obama, but a fundraising email sent Monday shows Democratic donors are still excited by the president.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reports that a fundraising email from Obama raised $580,000, the largest single-day online fundraising haul in DCCC history.

    ~snip~

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/obama-fundraising-email-sets-record-at-dccc.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    • Miranda

    • nellcote

      I’m really torn about donating to the DCCC. I donate to individual candidates and I know that blue dogs are our burden to bear but I just can’t make the donation leap yet.

      • TyrenM

        I feel that. Especially with so many hiding from the Convention instead of celebrating and fighting. Claire, Tester and company should be standing with Obama instead of ducking.

  • creolechild

    Chicago OKs pot tickets By Kristen Mack, June 28, 2012

    The Chicago City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana possession, joining a wave of states and big cities that have opted for fines instead of arrests for small amounts of the drug.

    Starting Aug. 4, police can issue tickets of $250 to $500 for someone caught with 15 grams or less of pot — the equivalent of about 25 cigarette-sized joints. Given that more than 18,000 people are arrested for pot possession in Chicago each year, the new law could generate millions of dollars for the city.

    ~snip~

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-city-council-0628-20120628,0,5631412.story

  • MonieTalks

    This happened about 3 weeks ago…

    The NYPD may enforce the law, but they’re also a law unto themselves
    News that an officer karate chopped a supreme court judge is in the headlines, but what about the other countless incidents?

    When a New York police officer karate chopped Thomas Raffaele in the throat as the 69-year-old watched the arrest of a man in Queens, he probably did not think too much about it.

    Certainly his fellow officers did not seem bothered. As revealed in the New York Times, Raffaele immediately sought to complain about being randomly assaulted by a man sworn to protect citizens, not abuse them. But the sergeant at the scene basically ignored him and Rafaelle went to hospital to check out his injuries.

    Unfortunately for the New York police department, Raffaele was not your average bystander. He is a judge on the New York state supreme court. Not surprisingly, the NYPD is now taking the assault on him a bit more seriously and has begun an internal investigation.

    read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/jun/06/nypd-enforce-law-unto-themselves

    • Miranda

      oops

    • goldenstar

      Oh, oh, popo….

  • creolechild

    Airbus to build first U.S. aircraft plant: report By Agence France-Presse
    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 18:50 EDT

    European aircraft maker Airbus plans to build its first plant in the United States, moving into the world’s largest market for single-aisle planes.
    Airbus plans to invest several hundred million dollars a plant in Mobile, Alabama, said the Times, citing people with knowledge of the plan. The Mobile plant could eventually assemble dozens of Airbus’s popular 150-seat A320 jets each year, challenging the home market of its arch-rival Boeing, the newspaper said.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/06/27/airbus-to-build-first-u-s-aircraft-plant-report/

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – -TP has the 411 on the ACA- – -

    - – –Everything You Need To Understand Today’s Health Care Decision- –

    - – –At this point, everything useful that could possibly be said about the Affordable Care Act has already been said — not to mention all that blather about broccoli. Rather than pretend that there is something more to say before the Supreme Court hands down its opinion today, here is a list of resources to help you understand the significance of today’s decision — and don’t forget to also check out Igor Volsky’s “10 Things You Would Miss About Obamacare“:

    Why The Law Is Constitutional

    The Individual Mandate Is Constitutional. In the words of a leading conservative judge who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, the case against Obamacare has no basis “in either the text of the Constitution or Supreme Court precedent.” Learn the three reasons why the individual mandate is constitutional here.
    So Is Medicaid. Learn how the health care plaintiffs’ attack on the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion is both incorrect and an attack on America’s entire social safety net here.

    THERE IS MORE.- — – –

    – -SCOTUS- – - -Do the CONSTITUTIONAL THANG! – - — UPHOLD IT!!- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – — UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES- -6-28-12– -

    - —UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT- -

    SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

    In the week ending June 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 386,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 392,000. The 4-week moving average was 386,750, a decrease of 750 from the previous week’s revised average of 387,500.

    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending June 16, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate.

    The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 16 was 3,296,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,311,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,306,000, an increase of 9,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,296,750.
    THERE IS MORE.

    —NOTICE how THIS HAS NOT gotten MUCH – — ATTENTION.- – - geesh!!

    We C the WORD- – — DECREASE!!- –

    - – –***nods @ – –MR. PRESIDENT!*** :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -The HEALTH CARE LAW –4 us- –”visual learners” :>)- – -

    – — -Health Reform Explained Video: “Health Reform Hits Main Street” - – -

    - – - –Health care reform explained in “Health Reform Hits Main Street.”
    Confused about how the new health care reform law really works? This short, animated movie — featuring the “YouToons” — explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, a news commentator for ABC News and NPR and a member of Kaiser’s Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.
    Also let the YouToons illustrate how health insurance coverage will work under reform. Visit: http://healthreform.kff.org/profiles.aspx

    Lookin’ 4 “bias” – - -given that this was produced by an “insurance company. – - —

  • GreenLadyHere

    SCOTUS UPHOLDS – –INDIVIDUAL MANDATE!!- -

    • nellcote

      YAY!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote- — ***MEGA — -FIST BUMP!!****- -

        5- – -4- –ROBERTS CAME THROUGH- -UNDER- –TAXING POWER!- —

  • vulcan_girl

    Upheld under taxing authority but not Commerce clause!

  • edp4bho

    Ding ding ding….HAHAHA ! I had to take a walk outside, after much prayer, and trembling…..We and PBO have survived. They’re touting “Big win for PBO”. LHM, I want to hang from the rafters, I was so nervous. Yes, Lord, you are good !! Hate to be conversely ungodly, but take that Mitch who stated “I want the whole of Obamacare to die”. Watch out for that Karma, Mitch !! LOL!!

    • crazycanuck

      So glad for everyone.

  • MonieTalks

    Where’s Jeffrey Toobin?

    Is he crying somewhere?

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL- –BOTH!! LOL- — -Annnd – - — WAILING!!- – -LOL- — -

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      Yes.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — –Supreme Court Health Care ruling: Decision & Reaction (LIVE BLOG)- –

    - – - Get the latest breaking news on the health care ruling right here. We’ll be updating this page with highlights of all of POLITICO’s coverage throughout the day. Check out the live blog below for the latest developments.

    Auto refresh every 60 seconds: Disable
    10:17 AM – Breaking News: Individual Mandate upheld by Supreme Court
    By POLITICO STAFF |
    6/28/12 10:17 AM EDT

    The Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate.

    - —- Woo! Hoo!!- – –****cabbage patch- — -Dougie- –*** LOL

  • edp4bho

    Stocks for hospital companies sharply higher upon the SCOTUS news.

  • crazycanuck

    Twitter is blowing up with the SCOTUS RULING

  • PBomb

    Awesome news Obots! I knew that ACA wouldn’t be overturned.

  • Town

    CNN SCREENCAP:

    http://yfrog.com/obzehpp

    • crazycanuck

      I was just about to post that lol.

      • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

        Any wonder their ratings are dropping like a boulder? Why on earth would they telegraph their bias like that?

        • Miranda

          Its absolutely bizarre….and hilarious.

  • Rhoda

    First of all: Good Morning, POU.

    Second: LMAO at CNN, I turned to them and they were gloating the Court struck down the law, turn to MSNBC and the law is upheld and CNN has egg on its face.

    • edp4bho

      My son is watching FOX because he’s a sadist….lol. He said they were spinning it as “PBO said he wasn’t going to raise taxes, blah blah blah”.They of course singling out the taxation opinion. Poor them !!

      • MonieTalks

        Yep. CNN is following suit.

        Now the new spin is “it’s a tax…it’s a tax!’

    • MonieTalks

      Andrea Mitchell just said…..Chief Roberts is the most important figure in Washington..even more so than the President or Congress.

      It is so amusing to watch this people who yesterday said PBO is toast, his presidency was for naught. And now, Chief Justice Roberts is the hero, and once again like everything else, PBO is a footnote.

      • Miranda

        The media is making such a fool of themselves right now that you’d think there was a prize.

      • TyrenM

        Alrighty then, PUMA Mrs. Greenspan has spoken. Next.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - -AIN T STOPPIN US NOW!!- —

    - — -NOW we await the AG HOLDER decision. – - -PRAYIN’ 4 a 2-fer!!! :>)

  • itgurl_29

    For those who aren’t blocked by Roland Martin, please tweet him taunt after taunt about CNN failing epically this morning.

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      It’s Wolf Blitzer who really deserves the taunting. Not even Fox News got caught like that.

      • Town

        Roland Martin was proclaiming this a “major blow” for Obama on his time line: http://chirpstory.com/li/11986

        • Miranda

          ______________________and you busy making sure he never forgets it huh? LMAO

          • Town

            And you know this!

        • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

          You’re right Town. Why would they put themselves out on the limb like that?

        • GreenLadyHere

          Town- –NOW IMMA RE-tighten my GRIP on his – -ASCOT!!- – -

          - — -HE is 4-eva – –persona non grata- – - -Roro –who???- – –

          GLAD he- – - GOT- – - -CAUGHT!!- – - -

          - – - -Here’s YER LETTER- – -R- -4 — -RE-THUG!!- – -

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MOrnTin’ woody. 8**BIG HUG** :>)

        ***fist bump***- — -I CAIN’T STAND – –that RACIST!!- -

        He- – -GOT- – -CAUGHT!!- —SAD FACE!! LOL- -

        Good 2 C U – -woody45. :>)

  • Miranda

    *Miranda does the dougie in the stairwell with 3 co-workers*

    • itgurl_29

      [IMG]http://i790.photobucket.com/albums/yy186/TheyCallMePrince9/Gif/BreezyDougie.gif[/IMG]

    • Daltex82

      I made a quick trip to my car so no one would hear me screaming YES, YES at the top of my lungs!

    • rikyrah

      Miranda,

      I was like ‘ fuck it’.

      I checked SCOTUSblog with my boss in the room. I was like, I’m so not waiting to find out.

    • rikyrah

      Miranda,

      I was like ‘ fuck it’.

      I checked SCOTUSblog with my boss in the room. I was like, I’m so not waiting to find out.

  • crazycanuck

    Dam disqus, why today of all days? Why?

    • Aquagranny911

      It’s the end of the month & Disqus pantry is empty so the Guinea Pigs that power this site have to row that boat hungry & low on energy.

      I had problems here too. Usually I take that personally, but I notice that others do as well so I feel not so alone.

  • rikyrah

    thank you, those who answered our prayers.

  • GN

    Long Live Obama! I thank this person and his staff from the bottom of my heart for ObamaCares and how many people have already been helped and what a start this is for health care as a right rather than a privilege in this country–I feel strangely emotional. What a well-deserved nod, and what an absolutely great POTUS for the record books.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – -Annnd – - -Since HE won’t do THIS- — -LET’s DO IT 4 him- -

    — — SPIKES DA BALL –IN DA- -ENDZONE!! – — HAH!

    Tweety is reminding- — -The ROBERTS’ COURT- – -SUPPORTED MR. PRESIDENT!!- —

    -LET the – –FUTURE HISTORY BOOKS- -READ!!- – -Lookin’- -FORWARD- – –>- —

    • TyrenM

      Roberts? Verdict still out on him. While arguments can be made for his “jurisprudence,” this week. Montana “Citizen’s United,” no death penalty for children and now ACA – I think this was a Corporate decision. Keep the money flowing to insurance companies. So far, not a total “rubber stamp.” I’m still watching… and reading him. Now FORWARD we go.

    • Ebogan63

      Three-sixty dunk the football over the goal posts!

      I knew Roberts was gonna uphold the law, he tipped his hand in the arguements.

  • Rhoda

    David Gregory is making Mitt Romney’s argument for him; lol.

    • Daltex82

      Somebody’s got to do it, since Mittens can’t!

  • MonieTalks

    Paranoia is so funny…

    Why I’m afraid of the Supreme Court’s ruling on ObamaCare
    By John Stossel

    Published June 27, 2012

    FoxNews.com

    I’m scared.

    I fear that even if the Supreme Court overrules most of ObamaCare, Republicans will join Democrats in restoring “good” parts of the law, like the requirement that insurance companies cover kids up to age 26 and every American with a pre-existing condition.

    Those parts of ObamaCare are popular. People like getting what they think is free stuff. But requiring coverage to age 26 makes policies cost more.

    Even “Factor” host Bill O’Reilly lectures me that government should ban discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions. Most Americans agree with him.

    Who likes discrimination?

    Racial discrimination was one of the ugliest parts of American history. None of us wants to be discriminated against. But discrimination is part of freedom. We discriminate when we choose our friends or our spouse, or when we choose what we do with our time.

    Above all, discrimination is what makes insurance work.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/06/27/why-im-afraid-supreme-court-ruling-on-obamacare/#ixzz1z6JIqmDB

    • Miranda

      But discrimination is part of freedom.
      __________________________

      SMH….I wish the boogeyman would come snatch up these mofos.

      • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

        I figured Stossel would be happy. Now he can get covered for this preexisting condition which has obviously never healed.

        • MsKitty

          That will never get old

          • AxelFoley

            Never. LOLOLOLOL

    • MsKitty

      But discrimination is part of freedom. We discriminate when we choose our friends or our spouse, or when we choose what we do with our time.

      Tell that to my ancestors, you stupid motherfucker.

  • TyrenM

    Good Morning All. A few thoughts. It’s fun watching heads explode in rw blogosphere! Glad Kagan didn’t sit this one out since Thomas didn’t. On to the Issa pony show. Go Holder!

    • Daltex82

      Knowing that they are throwing hissy fits right now makes the decision all the more enjoyable!

      • crazycanuck

        That is what I’m enjoying lol. They are absoultely apoplectic

    • Aquagranny911

      LOL! Holder is off speaking to a Latino conference today. He can’t be bothered with Congress caca. He has way better things to do!

  • AxelFoley

    When will they learn–they can’t fuck with PBO.

    • itgurl_29

      I don’t care how it sounds, but I truly believe he is anointed. And I’m not at all religious.

      • goldenstar

        itgurl,

        Funny. i have always thought that, too! Starting from his Senate run b/c there were too many events that pushed some of the other candidates out of the race to so much about his political life.

        He is always seeking the correct course and searching for the resolutions from all mortals but there is deep, deep consultation with those immortal.

      • MsKitty

        I’ve been saying that since 2008. There’s really no other way to explain how when folks come after him hard they end up not just falling, but doing it in a really public and spectacular way. It has happened too many times for it to be coincidental.

        • Aquagranny911

          Just like our GLH keeps on saying…

          “No evil formed against him will prevail.”

          I remember when PBO first got elected Sis & I worried at first for his safety & that of his family. Then we decided to pray & visualize him in Divine Protection. I seriously doubt we were the only two in this country sending protection, praying for this President or wishing him Divine guidance in all his decisions & his works. He has millions doing this every day.

          He is not only in Divine Hands but also in the minds & hearts of all the people who respect him & send him positive thought & love every day.

      • edp4bho

        Many feel this way. I have learned to trust my instincts, never mind any doubters. He is divinely protected, for sure.

      • PBomb

        I have always felt this way too. For some reason, this whole silly season about the overturning or not overturning didn’t faze me. I just knew it wouldn’t get overturned. It is like PBO is protected.

      • dannie22

        I believe he is as well.

      • Aquagranny911

        I agree!

    • BoomerGal

      That’s what I’m sayin! Didn’t they realize that this man (being a constitutional attorney HIMSELF) would have considered the constitutionality of this legislation BEFORE HE EVEN BROUGHT IT UP!!! Stupid DOES burn.

    • AxelFoley

      What all ya’ll said. The man has to have been anointed. God is watching him, I believe it.

      And for the folks who keep doubting PBO:

      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151002966818491&set=a.382348658490.160093.298520143490&type=1&ref=nf

  • Aquagranny911

    GOOD MORNING POU!!!

    A little James Brown to celebrate….

    I had faith that ACA would be upheld & the mandate but I was just a tad nervous. My daughter & millions of others will keep their insurance! I FEEL GOOD!!!

  • rikyrah

    I’ll be a mofo….ROBERTS siding 5-4

    • Miranda

      I don’t know why, but I always thought it would be Chief Justice Roberts that would side with righteousness. I really thought it would be 6-3. But of all the conservative justices, Roberts and even Kennedy just don’t seem “mean”…..Scalia and Alito – they azzes just MEAN, Mean to the infinite power. Mean as a rattlesnake mean. Unca Clarence has no emotions, Ginni castrated him long ago – but that damn Alito and Lord knows Scalia..they are just MEAN.

      • edp4bho

        According to some RWNJ I just heard on radio, Kennedy, the moderate, was willing to scrap the entire ACA. I have to do a bit of research to find if this is true. The host is pissed as shyte, but will live to fight another day……HA!

        • Town

          Kennedy, Alito, Scalia & Thomas all wanted to throw out the entire ACA.

    • Worldwatcher7

      I think Roberts is worried about the tarnished legacy of “the Roberts court.”

      • BoomerGal

        Exactly. He did NOT do this out of the “goodness” of his heart.

  • gc

    BHO DESERVES this, as well as do the voters. Roberts has a “good angel.”

    • crazycanuck

      It’s great isn’t it? I’m so glad for all Americans. Great day for you all.

      • Gc

        Downside is I was planning to move to Canada and hang out with you if the reverse went down :)

        • crazycanuck

          LOL, Rest assured I was making space for all of you.

        • Aquagranny911

          LOL, GC! I was not planning to let you move to Canada without me & mine. What would you have ever done with about 300 extra “relatives?”

          Good to see you! It is a GREAT DAY for all of us!

  • Miranda

    I don’t know why, but I always thought it would be Chief Justice Roberts that would side with righteousness. I really thought it would be 6-3. But of all the conservative justices, Roberts and even Kennedy just don’t seem “mean”…..Scalia and Alito – they azzes just MEAN, Mean to the infinite power. Mean as a rattlesnake mean. Unca Clarence has no emotions, Ginni castrated him long ago – but that damn Alito and Lord knows Scalia..they are just MEAN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – — The LOSERS will B on first- – - -teh B annnd teh WILLARD!!- – - -

    THEN- – - -MR. PRESIDENT- –”HEALTH CARE- – IN – CHIEF!!!”[12:!5 am] – –Woo! Hoo!-

  • GreenLadyHere

    WHA’?- – - -WHA’?- – — WILLARD!- — -U SUPPORT — -THIS!! – - -

    – — -Romney pushed for individual mandate in Massachusetts health care law, emails show- –

    – - – -Mitt Romney has distanced himself from the health care reform bill he signed as governor of Massachusetts amid criticism the law bears more than a passing resemblance to Obamacare, which he’s repeatedly pledged to repeal if elected in November.

    But a series of emails obtained by the Wall Street Journal reveals Romney was actively engaged in negotiating the specifics of the 2006 Massachusetts bill and that he and his top aides championed a provision identical to one in President Obama’s law requiring individuals to have or buy health insurance.

    The so-called individual mandate is at the heart of most conservative criticism of Obama’s health care law, with many Republicans calling the provision unconstitutional. But in 2006, emails obtained by the Journal under a public records request show, Romney and his top aides pressed for an individual mandate even when Massachusetts Democrats weren’t yet embracing such a proposal.

    According to the emails, Romney personally drafted a Wall Street Journal op-ed that defended the individual mandate. Romney’s draft, slightly different from the final version that was ultimately published, insisted taxpayers ultimately foot the bill when the uninsured seek health care—an argument that has been echoed by the White House in defending Obama’s bill.
    THERE IS MORE..

    - – -PHLIP- –PHLOP- RACIST—PHOOL!- – - –HAH!!

    • Daltex82

      No heart + No soul + No core = No chance of being President.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Teh WILLARD[speakin' NOW] just doesn’t KNOW how 2 LOSE. LOL

    Sooo we will SHOW HIM – –in NOVEMBER!!- – -HAH!

  • Texas_Girl_in_LA

    Wow!

  • Rhoda

    Mittens thinks he can get the tea party to come out b/c of healthcare and run a 2010 election; he’s such a failure. He is going to get destroyed in the debates. When Ed Schultz can take you apart in a minute; you got NOTHING.

  • Alma98

    Congrats to the president and thank you Chief Justice Roberts.
    PBO to Mitt & the Republicans.

  • rikyrah

    REMEMBER,

    Willard tried the duck and dodge with immigration, because they were gonna go ‘ all in’ with the healthcare ruling, hoping that the immigration case would get lost in the shuffle. So, anyone go ask Team Willard their opinion on this?

    BWA HA HA HAA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  • MonieTalks

    Such a bizarro world.

    I have noticed that since PBO was elected, the Republican party truly fantasizes that they are enslaved. Which is so ironic because these same mofos hoist up a Confederate flag and dream blissfully about antebellum America.

    Some conservaprick named Ben Shapiro had the nerve to tweet:

    This is the greatest destruction of liberty since Dred Scott. This is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.

    Really,you square head punk?!

    That Orly bitch claimed she was Nelson Mandela and Thurgood Marshall earlier this week and this folks (of all political persuasions, cause a lot of liberals play this dumb game as well) keep using my ancestor’s history as trivial hyperbole.

    Folks think we playing…I’m growing real tired of it myself.

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      So he’s saying the individual mandate which is part and parcel a conservative idea is a bad thing?

      Wow. They sure do hate it anytime the Black Guy wins something.

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      So he’s saying the individual mandate which is part and parcel a conservative idea is a bad thing?

      Wow. They sure do hate it anytime the Black Guy wins something.

    • dannie22

      Tell ben im moving to his neighborhood lol

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • BoomerGal

    Thankyou Chief Justice Roberts for INTERPRETING THE LAW!! Now, on what grounds is the demon Eric Cantor going to bring it up for a vote in Congress on July 11, 2012??!!

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