August 27, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: African American Scientists

Erich Jarvis is an unconventional, award-winning scientist  whose career demonstrates the power of bringing open-mindedness into the lab.  Days before graduating from the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, Jarvis was invited to audition for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a renowned African American modern dance company. Instead, he chose science over dance.

As a neurobiologist, now at Duke University, Jarvis has had a productive career studying molecular pathways in the brains of songbirds—his chosen window into the larger issues of how the brain controls complex behavior. Along the way, he has proposed bold theories about the evolution of vocal production and learning in birds and how it relates to the origins of human language.

Against considerable resistance, Jarvis successfully lobbied for and helped organize a series of scientific meetings in which researchers made major revisions in the terminology used to describe avian brain organization relative to other vertebrates because he believed the old naming system was outdated and impeding progress in the field.

Jarvis’s lab is now trying to identify the evolutionary factors that permitted birds and humans to learn a variety of vocalizations.

After graduation from Hunter College in New York City with a bachelor’s degree—and six papers on bacterial molecular genetics—Jarvis did graduate and postdoctoral work in the Rockefeller University lab of Fernando Nottebohm, who pioneered research on the neurobiology of song-learning in birds as a model for understanding neural plasticity in the adult brain.

Jarvis has been recognized as a young pioneer in his field, and his research and study of songbird neurology has won him many awards. In 2002, the National Science Foundation awarded Jarvis its highest honor for a young researcher, the Alan T. Waterman Award. In 2005, he was awarded the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award. In 2008 Dr. Jarvis was selected to the prestigious position of Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Jarvis has served as the director of the Neuroscience Scholars Program for The Society of Neuroscience, a member of Duke University’s Council on Black Affairs and a founding member of the Black Collective at Duke. Jarvis and his wife, Miriam Rivas, live in Durham, North Carolina and have two children.

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  • sagittarius

    Morning, Fam!

    Still under the weather – thanks for your well wishes. Have a wonderful day!

    • rikyrah

      Good morning, sag.
      Feel better :)

    • qosine

      Get well soon, sagittarius.

    • Alma98

      Morning sag, get better.

  • rikyrah

    Myrlie Evers-Williams on Politics Nation, Part 1

    Myrlie Evers-Williams on Politics Nation, Part 2

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Morning!

  • gn

    @Kennymack1971
    Meanwhile…RT @CNBC U.S. retail sales increased 0.6% in May, led by the biggest jump in auto sales in 6 months.

  • gn

    @symmetry11
    U.S. jobless claims fall 12,000 to 334,000 http://on.mktw.net/11hRsmy

  • gn

    @lawalazu
    When a former Bush NSA director says the Obama administration is more transparent than they were, MSM goes cricket. Hear that .@NowWithAlex

    • morphus

      AND if emos need a comparison to a similar situation, GWB spying activities were ILLEGAL and an IMPEACHABLE offense.

      • gn

        The Bush WH had bona fide documented theories that the President is a “Unitary Executive.” Absolutely nothing comparable is going on, and GG & Co know it, which is why their reporting is ridding with misstatements and hyperbole.

        • conlakappa

          As well as an imperial presidency, which was its operating theory in planning for years–Spawn of the Darth One wrote a thesis about it before daddykins was in the Executive Office Building.

    • gn

      And as GG sleazily walks back his truly lousy reporting, blast from the past (GG on June 6)–see how the below comports with Bush’s NSA director (who has no reason to compliment PBO) has said:

      @ggreenwald
      The real story isn’t just the spying itself: it’s that we have this massive, ubiquitous Surillveance State, operating in total secrecy

      • JojoRaze

        So, he has a problem with the NSA existing? Um, dude, they’ve been around since the end of WWII and every nation-state worth its salt has a supersecret spy agency.

        • gn

          He’s a sleaze.

        • BoomerGal

          Absolutely.

  • gn

    @HonestToddler
    Cookie Monster just said something about “trying new foods.” You’ve changed man. You’ve changed.

    @HonestToddler
    So I guess when you said “C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me” it was just words to you.

  • gn

    @symmetry11
    U.S. CEOs a bit more optimistic on economy, hiring: survey http://reut.rs/12mvhQV

    • conlakappa

      As Orange an’em rush to the phones to beg the so-called Job Creators to not create jobs.

  • rikyrah

    Wisconsin’s Walker: ‘I don’t have any problem with ultrasound’
    By Steve Benen

    Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:58 AM EDT

    Following up on a segment from last night’s show, and a post from Laura Conaway yesterday, Wisconsin Republicans are poised to approve a rather remarkable piece of legislation. The state Senate, led by an enraged Senate President Mike Ellis, pushed through an anti-abortion measure that would, among other things, require women in Wisconsin to have an ultrasound before terminating an unwanted pregnancy.

    The proposal is on its way to the state House, where it’s expected to be approved by a Republican majority. And what of Wisconsin’s governor?

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Tuesday that he would sign a law requiring women to undergo ultrasounds before having an abortion.

    “I don’t have any problem with ultrasound,” he told reporters, according to the AP. “I think most people think ultrasounds are just fine.”

    The measure requires women to undergo either a transabdominal or the more-invasive transvaginal ultrasound without regard to medical necessity. The ultrasound would not be required to be interpreted by a physician but by any “qualified person.” That person would have to provide a description of the ultrasound to the woman, including its size, location, number of fetuses and any visible organs or body parts

    There are a few angles to this worth remembering.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/13/18934900-wisconsins-walker-i-dont-have-any-problem-with-ultrasound?lite

  • gn

    @GallupNews
    Americans’ Confidence in Congress Falls to Lowest on Record… http://bit.ly/12Iqzyo #Congress

  • rikyrah

    Jobless claims show unexpected improvement
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:40 AM EDT

    Lately, just about all of the news on initial unemployment claims has been good, and the new figures out this morning were unexpectedly encouraging.

    The number of people who applied for new regular state unemployment-insurance benefits fell 12,000 to 334,000 in the week ended June 8, reaching the lowest level since early May, pointing to a slower pace of layoffs, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a seasonally adjusted initial claims figure of 350,000, compared with 346,000 in the prior week.

    To reiterate the point I make every Thursday morning, it’s worth remembering that week-to-week results can vary widely, and it’s best not to read too much significance into any one report.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/13/18935456-jobless-claims-show-unexpected-improvement?lite

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    This is why GOP and Emoprogs hate AG Holder – DOJ prepares brief to back those who oppose NYPD’s Stop & Frisk policy. http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2013/06/12/feds-back-plaintiffs-suing-nypd-over-stop-and-frisk.html

    7:35 PM – 12 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady

    It’s INFURIATING that the media refuses to draw attention to fact that they’re changing their story. Shame on WaPo & Guardian. Just pitiful.

    7:12 PM – 12 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary

    Video – Myrlie Evers-Williams: ‘Jim Crow is alive & it’s dressed in a Brooks Brothers suit instead of a white robe’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cfpYprW1V8

    8:32 PM – 12 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary

    Hmm, no reaction from Greenwald Groupies to news of Obama Admin taking on NYPD re stop-&-frisk – guess they’ve never been stopped & frisked?

    9:45 PM – 12 Jun 2013

    • gn

      Indeed, where are all of the civil liberties warriors on stop and frisk…they’ve screaming about their concerns re privacy to the point at which they’ve formed a cult of personality around someone who stole (legal) secrets and gave them to the Chinese…so where they at?

      http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/2054482/single-tumbleweed-o.gif

    • Kennymack1971

      Well since that’s an issue that heavily impacts minorities I don’t expect anything from the hipster Greenwald groupies

  • rikyrah

    Bobfr @Our4thEstate

    @MSNBC On 50th Anniversary of Medgar Evers’ murder, punk #NEWSTAINER @chrislhayes opens your bandwidth to racist, traitor-enabler Greenwald.

    9:56 PM – 12 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    Bobfr @Our4thEstate

    In 2010 #Koch-funded #Teabaggers distracted by denigrating #ObamaCare. In 2014 We Will Crush Traitors attempting do distract. #LandslideDEMS

    10:20 PM – 12 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    Mofo, please

    ………….

    The Week ✔ @TheWeek

    Why is Edward Snowden spilling U.S. secrets to China? “To help the public of the world,” he says: http://bit.ly/13GuE1c

    6:14 AM – 13 Jun 2013

    • gn

      Okay dude. Pure speculation: this is sounding more and more like a classic spying case (China wanting info to embarrass PBO and act as if there’s an equivalence between surveillance here and what they pull in China). Only twist was spy using the shitty US national media (+ GG’s now equally shitty The Guardian) to try to turn himself into a folk hero and make it to a friendly embassy before the feds caught up with him. Truly what this is sounding like.

      • gn

        More: sounding like a damn PRC mouthpiece:

        Snowden’s answer, relayed through the South China Morning Post, is that he wants to expose “the hypocrisy of the U.S. government when it claims that it does not target civilian infrastructure, unlike its adversaries.” Snowden continues: “The reality is that I have acted at great personal risk to help the public of the world, regardless of whether that public is American, European, or Asian.”

        OMG, the hacks in the US media; they tried to sell this fool as a freaking hero! How blind are these people? How full of hate and malice would you have to be to side against your own country for a place like China which, with all due respect, despite its propaganda does a helluva lot to censor, spy on, and hack their people. GTFOH!

        • morphus

          Where was this “hero” during the Bush years?

          • gn

            Trying to sign up for the Iraq War to give Iraqis “freedom” before being discharged for injury (not joking, he bought into the “freedom” bs).

        • conlakappa

          Acted at great personal risk, eh? He really does want a parade and/or a cookie.

          • gn

            I think he’s completely full of crap, and this entire sideshow is all about China wanting to make the argument that the US is just as bad as them when it comes to surveillance (demonstrably untrue). I honestly think that the scandal-thirsty national media was taken for a ride, and that this dude sought to, and did, damage to the country.

          • BoomerGal

            The US IS just as bad as China when it comes to surveillance and “we” better be! Anyone who thinks we’re not is naive, at best.

  • rikyrah

    to my thinking, he’s been the ONLY Black Justice on the Supreme Court, but that’s just me..

    ……………….

    West Wing Reports ✔ @WestWingReport

    On This Day. 1967: Lyndon Johnson nominated Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to be the first black justice on the Supreme Court

    7:37 AM – 13 Jun 2013

    • MsKitty

      Whenever I see Clarence I always paraphrase that line from an old cough medicine commercial:

      “I’m not a Black man but I play one on TV.”

  • rikyrah

    GO BLACKHAWKS!!

    took triple overtime, but they did it!!

    • MsKitty

      That was practically 2 games in a row they played last night. Can’t even imagine how tired the players are.

  • rikyrah

    Ken Fredette’s brain
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:54 AM EDT.

    In Maine yesterday, state Rep. Linda Sanborn (D), a retired family physician, spoke out in support of her proposal to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds. It’s a measure that enjoys bipartisan support nationwide, and there’s no good reason for Maine to reject the federal resources.

    But one of Sanborn’s colleagues, state Rep. Ken Fredette (R), nevertheless rose in opposition to the policy, and made a rather unique argument.

    “As I listen to the debate today and earlier debate on this bill, I can’t help but think of a title of a book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. And it’s a book about the fact that men sort of think one way in their own brain, in their own world. And women think another way in their brain and in their own world. And it really talks about the way that men and women can do a better job at communicating.

    “Because if you listen to the debate today, in my mind — a man’s mind — I hear really two fundamental issues. From the other side of the aisle, I hear the conversation being about ‘free. This is free, we need to take it, and it’s free. And we need to do it now.’ And that’s the fundamental message that my brain receives. Now, my brain, being a man’s brain, sort of thinks differently, because I say, ‘Well, it’s not — if it’s free, is it really free? Because I say, in my brain, there’s a cost to this.’

    For the record, Fredette, the leader of Maine Republicans in the state House, did not appear to be kidding.

    After having watched it a couple of times, I’m still not sure what this state lawmaker is trying to say. Does he believe women are confused by federal-state partnerships in providing health care benefits? Does he think men necessarily oppose Medicaid expansion because of their male brains? Fredette certainly seems to be under the impression that he — with his “man’s mind” — is better able to understand health care costs that women apparently can’t see.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/13/18935682-ken-fredettes-brain?lite

    • qosine

      Unbelievably believable of this particular “male brain.”

  • rikyrah

    Bob Cesca @bobcesca_go

    In case you missed it, serious questions that demand answers on the NSA reporting. http://thedailybanter.com/2013/06/greenwald-sticks-with-his-story-in-spite-of-growing-questions/

    8:06 PM – 12 Jun 2013

  • gn

    Starting to ask the real questions:

    @MotherJones
    The case of Edward Snowden highlights America’s increasing reliance on contractors http://bit.ly/17Jp1oL (Charts) pic.twitter.com/C1thQ9tYMx

    • Miranda

      wow:

      OUR PRIVATE INTELLIGENCE APPARATUS, BY THE NUMBERS

      12,000: Number of Booz Allen Hamilton employees with top-secret clearances.

      483,263: Number of contractors with top-secret clearances.

      1.4 million: Number of public and private employees, total, with top-secret security clearances, as of FY 2012.

      7th: Where employees with top-secret clearances would rank, by population, if they were a single American city.

      http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/06/national-security-inc-our-private-intelligence-apparatus-numbers

    • morphus

      This chart is a bit misleading in the sense Snowden brings focus on contractors within intelligence agencies. Contractors are roughly 70% of the intelligence agencies.

  • rikyrah

    Obama winning on social media, could Twitter ‘blackness’ be the reason?

    by Joy-Ann Reid | December 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Barack Obama has a 69 percent approval rating, at least with people who use Twitter. And it turns out, the people who use Twitter are disproportionately black.

    The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 14 percent of African-Americans report using Twitter — double the percentage of white Americans who say they tweet, and nearly twice the 9 percent figures for Hispanics and Americans overall

    That could be part of the reason Obama has such high approval ratings among the Twitterati. The president has a 46 percent approval rating in the NBC/WSJ poll, but that figure jumps to 69 percent among Twitter users, though it ticks up to just 48 percent among social media users overall.

    The source of the president’s troubles are those who are not connected. He scores just a 43 percent approval rating among people who don’t use social media at all. And the president’s approval rating among Facebook users is 47 percent, meaning those users may be the most broadly representative of the online U.S. population.

    http://thegrio.com/2011/12/15/obama-leads-on-twitter/

    • morphus

      IIRC studies over past ten years consistently shown that the AA community are early adopters of technology and are the pioneers of its advancement.

  • rikyrah

    Arizona Senator’s Son Used Homophobic, Anti-Semitic Language On Twitter

    “He has apologized and I apologize as well,” says Senator Jeff Flake. posted on June 12, 2013 at 2:50pm EDT

    Sen. Jeff Flake’s high school–aged son Tanner used Twitter to threaten the “faggot” who stole his bike that he “will find you, and … will beat the crap out of you,” joked about an acquaintance stealing one-liners because he’s Jewish, and went by the name “n1ggerkiller” in an online game.

    “I’m very disappointed in my teenage son’s words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity. This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well,” Sen. Flake said in a statement to BuzzFeed.

    Although Tanner has since locked his Twitter account, a series of tweets from January and February show the Arizona Republican’s son repeatedly using the slurs.

    Additionally, Flake posted screenshots of scores from games on “Fun Run,” a social gaming app. The screenshots show that Flake goes by the name of “n1ggerkiller.”

    UPDATE: A source points out that Flake’s YouTube comments are also littered with offensive language. A preliminary review of the hundreds of comments shows he repeatedly called other users “nigger” and “faggot,” called Mexicans the “scum of the Earth,” and on several occasions bragged that his father is a member of Congress.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/arizona-senators-son-used-homophobic-anti-semetic-language-o

    • gn

      What a class act. A child that young learned this in the home.

      • conlakappa

        He’s also essentially asking that his “teenage son” be shown mercy because of his age/presumed callowness of youth. The kid sounds like an idiot. His father is all capped teeth, fake tan, and frosted tips.

    • MsKitty

      “I’m very disappointed in my teenage son’s words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity. This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well,” Sen. Flake said in a statement to BuzzFeed.

      TRANSLATION: Listen you stupid brat, I want to keep my job. Offline you can yell nigger, spic, and faggot to your heart’s content but when you’re online don’t act like you were raised by a pack of wolves. Carry on.

      • gn

        Exactly: “We’ve always raised you to know that you can only call a ni**er a ni**er at home. White people don’t have any rights in this country any more so you can’t speak the truth in public.”

      • Daltex82

        That pretty much sums it up.

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: House GOP stomps all over Republican rebranding

    By Greg Sargent, Published: June 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Consider what the House GOP is up to right now. House Republicans recently passed an immigration amendment, pushed by anti-reform diehard Steve King, that would effectively mandate the deportation of the “DREAMers” who were taken to the U.S. as children. House Republicans are planning a vote next week on a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, after defeating amendments that would exempt cases of rape or incest. And yesterday, House Republicans approved a version of the 2012 National Defense Reauthorization Act that contains what The Advocate calls “three controversial, antigay amendments, one of which is aimed at delaying repeal implementation of don’t ask, don’t tell.”

    What do these three things have in common? They would seem to run directly counter to the belief among some Republican strategists that the party needs to move beyond cultural battles and preoccupations that imperil the GOP’s ability to remake itself as a more tolerant, inclusive party and to better reach out to constituencies it has alienated.

    That much-ballyhooed Republican National Committee “autopsy” into what went wrong in 2012 declared that the Republican Party needs to improve its outreach to Latinos, women, and gays, and acknowledged a need to reckon with the rising embrace of gay rights among young voters. Analysts have similarly determined that the Republican Party’s failure to improve its appeal among these groups could be problematic over the long term, because they comprise key groups in the “Rising American Electorate,” i.e., groups that are increasingly important to the Democratic coalition of the future and will only be growing as a share of the vote. Yet these big-ticket items emerging from the House appear narrowly pitched to nativists and religious and social conservatives who make up the GOP base.

    Even some Republicans appear worried about this. As one unnamed strategist told National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar, the King amendment on immigration “reinforces a tone of insensitivity that is just beyond baffling.” Kraushaar concluded that recent GOP behavior — including the party’s spurning of pragmatic GOP governors like Chris Christie — suggest that the RNC’s recommendations “have been forgotten.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/06/13/the-morning-plum-house-gop-stomps-all-over-republican-rebranding/

    • morphus

      Hate, otherisim, and white male superiority, in short, ‘Angry White Guys’ strategy, is ALL they got.

  • Miranda

    US whites now losing majority in under-5 age group
    by Hope Yen, Associated Press | June 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, America’s racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group, the government said Thursday. It’s a historic shift that shows how young people are at the forefront of sweeping changes by race and class.

    The new census estimates, a snapshot of the U.S. population as of July 2012, comes a year after the Census Bureau reported that whites had fallen to a minority among babies. Fueled by immigration and high rates of birth, particularly among Hispanics, racial and ethnic minorities are now growing more rapidly in numbers than whites.

    Based on current rates of growth, whites in the under-5 group are expected to tip to a minority this year or next, Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director, said.

    The government also projects that in five years, minorities will make up more than half of children under 18. Not long after, the total U.S. white population will begin an inexorable decline in absolute numbers, due to aging baby boomers.

    The imminent tip to a white minority among young children adds a racial dimension to government spending on early-childhood education, such as President Barack Obama’s proposal to significantly expand pre-kindergarten for lower-income families. The nation’s demographic changes are already stirring discussion as to whether some civil rights-era programs, such as affirmative action in college admissions, should be retooled to focus more on income rather than race and ethnicity. The Supreme Court will rule on the issue this month.

    Studies show that gaps in achievement by both race and class begin long before college, suggesting that U.S. remedies to foster equal opportunity will need to reach earlier into a child’s life.

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/06/13/us-whites-now-losing-majority-in-under-5-age-group/

  • rikyrah

    Baltimore holds town meeting on Affordable Care Act

    By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 6/12/13 5:07 AM EDT

    BALTIMORE — All those polls on just how little Americans understand about the health law sprung to life an hour north of Washington one evening this week, as Baltimore County held one of the first public forums to try to explain the new health care options and how to sign up for them.

    About 100 people, most middle-age adults to seniors, attended the session at a temple here Monday. Their questions provided a glimpse of the public’s perceptions of Obamacare enrollment and underscored the challenge facing the law’s backers: Before people can sign up, they have to understand it.

    It’s very expensive, 2,500 pages, people were holding it up on the television saying, ‘Look at this,’” said Dr. Calvin O. Culmer, who spoke on behalf of the county, summing up the punditry people heard about the Affordable Care Act
    “But really, it’s fairly simple,” said Culmer, president and CEO of Peak Performance, a health consulting group. He framed it as a law that aims to increase insurance coverage, improve health care outcomes, streamline the delivery of health care and reduce health costs.

    Most of the questions from the audience centered on how the subsidies would work, who would help people sign up and the quality of coverage. There also were several questions about why the subsidies are tied to “silver” coverage — one of the four categories of health plans, all named for a metal — and whether other plans would be subsidized, too. (They are.)

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/town-meeting-obamacare-92604.html#ixzz2W6U4U524

  • rikyrah

    Marco Rubio crafting tougher amendment on gov’t benefits for immigrants

    June 12, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    Sen. Marco Rubio is preparing to offer an amendment to the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill he helped negotiate to strengthen provisions that would prevent former illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits.

    The Florida Republican is collaborating on this proposal with Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. Details of the amendment were not yet available. But Rubio said the measure would be designed to strengthen the principles of comprehensive reform legislation the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” authored, which included prohibiting millions of newly legalized immigrant residents from obtaining federal assistance — such as Obamacare subsidies — and burdening U.S. taxpayers.

    “I’m working with Sen. Hatch,” Rubio told The Washington Examiner Wednesday. “I think if we went to the floor and argued the benefits side of this, it’s going to be very difficult for people to oppose it.”

    Why should the American people be paying for Obamacare subsidies for people that are not permanent residents of the United States. So that has to be fixed and we’ve got to take care of that part of it,” Rubio said, adding that even legal non-citizen residents with green cards do not qualify for Medicare or Social Security during their first five years in the U.S.

    Earlier this week, Rubio proposed an amendment to the Senate immigration bill to beef up a provision that requires former illegal immigrants to demonstrate English proficiency as a condition of advancing to permanent residency, and eventually, citizenship.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/rubio-crafting-tougher-amendment-on-govt-benefits-for-immigrants/article/2531713

  • Miranda

    Whites’ deaths outnumber births for first time
    By Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik, Thursday, June 13, 12:01 AM

    More white people died in the United States last year than were born, a surprising slump coming more than a decade before the Census Bureau says that the ranks of white Americans will likely drop with every passing year.

    Population estimates for 2012 released Thursday show what’s known as a natural decrease — a straightforward calculation of births minus deaths — of about 12,400 people among the nation’s 198 million non-Hispanic whites.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/white-deaths-outnumber-births-for-first-time/2013/06/13/3bb1017c-d388-11e2-a73e-826d299ff459_story.html

  • Miranda

    Stop-and-frisk lawsuit could lead to federal oversight of New York City police -report
    NEW YORK | Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:49pm EDT

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department notified New York City officials on Wednesday that it plans to ask a federal judge for oversight of the city’s police department if she determines its controversial stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional, according to a news report.

    The New York Daily News report comes after the conclusion of a 10-week federal civil trial on the practice by New York City police of stopping people they suspect of unlawful activity and frisking those they suspect are carrying weapons.

    U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin is expected to rule in the coming weeks.

    more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/13/us-usa-newyork-nypd-idUSBRE95C04020130613

  • JB20005

    Liberal blogger John Cole of Balloon Juice minimizes racist filth from teenage son of AZ Senator Jeff Flake.

    Quote:

    Yes, by all accounts, this teen-age boy seems to be a real asshole. But guess what- that is the actual job description for teenager- “hormonal rebellious asshole with an undeveloped frontal lobe prone to testing boundaries and doing stupid and often dangerous stuff. Also too, nocturnal emissions.” That’s basically what teenage boys do.

    White privilege: when being a nasty little creep can be waved away with “he’s just a kid”.

    • qosine

      Oh, like Saxby Chambliss blamed rapes on “hormones” of
      males between 17 and 24?

      • JB20005

        In America:

        White teenager talks like junior klansman all over the internet. “Aw, give him a break.”

        Black teenager walks through white neighborhood with a pocketful of Skittles. “Call 911 and hand me my bullets, so I can stand my ground.”

    • BoomerGal

      Yep! Boys will be boys.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG*** –WOW&1/2!! – -HE TRULY HAS NERVES of STEEL! :>) –WHAT A VERSATILE SCIENTIST!! :>) -INSPIRING!! –Annnd – –MR. PRESIDENT – –”BROUGHT IT” –at the MARKEY FUNDRAISER. :>) – -

    —-☻DR.. VERSATILE NEUROBIOLOGIST. :>)
    helped organize a series of scientific meetings in which researchers made major revisions in the terminology used to describe avian brain organization –Woo! Hoo! :>)

    —- — –HONORED: –In 2002, the National Science Foundation awarded Jarvis its highest honor for a young researcher, the Alan T. Waterman Award.- –THIS is HUGE. :>)

    — – - — IN “Da STRUGGLE” –. . director of the Neuroscience Scholars Program for The Society of
    Neuroscience, -a member of Duke University’s Council on Black Affairs and a founding member of the Black Collective at Duke
    – –THANK U 4 GIVING –BACK!! :>)
    – -THANK U ALEXANDER2! – -THIS SERIES DEMONSTRATES the IMPORTANCE of MR. PRESIDENT’s EMPHASIS in S.T.E.M. :>) – –WELL DONE. :>)

    – - -☻MR. PRESIDENT:– -Obama stumps for Markey and himself – - – -WELL RECEIVED!! –:>)

    – - –ENJOY YOUR TREAT♥ — -B BLESSED 2-DAY♥

    • Alexander2

      Hey GLH:

      Jarvis said his dancing made him a better scientist. Did your drumming like Shelia E. make you a better scientist? lol

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – — -ALEXANDER2 – - -Seeee – - -:>)

        — -YA MEAN – - -LIKE THIS??- –YES! – –LOL

        - – — -A HAPPY – -SCIENTIST!! – -LOL

        THANK U. :>) ***shakin’ my head — – laffin’***

      • nellcote

        Jarvis said his dancing made him a better scientist.

        ====
        It’s why art and music classes are so important in schools.

        • Aquagranny911

          AMEN!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – -SUPREME COURT RULING IN GENETICS:
    – - -Justices rule human genes cannot be patented – –

    – - – - -Supreme Court decision is a win for women with
    genetic risk of breast and ovarian cancers, as well as geneticists and researchers who had criticized a Utah company’s exclusive patent.

    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that human genes cannot be
    patented,
    a decision with both immediate benefits for some breast and ovarian cancer patients and long-lasting repercussions for biotechnology research.

    The decision represents a victory for cancer patients, researchers and geneticists who claimed that a single company’s patent raised costs, restricted research and sometimes forced women to have breasts or ovaries removed without sufficient facts or second opinions.
    THERE IS MORE – -

    SUPPORT 4 – –MR. PRESIDENT!— —GOOD DECISION! :>) — -Woo! Hoo!

    • qosine

      Good, good news!! Relief.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ qosine. —***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — – - -***BIG fist bump*** – - – -THIS is HUGE – –in COMBATING/Countering – the —”WAR on WOMEN”. :>)
        Good 2 C U qosine. Have a good day. :>) -

        • qosine

          Have a great day, GreenLady!

          • GreenLadyHere

            - -qosine – - -***smilin’ @-chu*** :>)

    • rikyrah

      whenever I read about this case, I thought about Henrietta Lacks.

      The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

      http://www.amazon.com/The-Immortal-Life-Henrietta-Lacks/dp/1400052181/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371136907&sr=8-1&keywords=the+immortal+life+of+henrietta+lacks

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – -Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. – - -SAD. “She” is an ICON – -in GENETICS. :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>) – -

  • gn

    “…ignore our material misstatements and distortions [and potential aiding and abetting of Chinese espionage (!!!)], we wuz just tryin to start a debate…”

    @deaconmill
    How can there be an honest debate re NSA program when the biggest critics are not honest in their descriptions of it?

    • creolechild

      Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of self-important, self-serving ________!

      Agendas Are Being Outed as Ron Paul Is Using Edward Snowden’s NSA Leak To Raise Money

      Between Glenn Greenwald, Paul supporter Snowden, and now Paul himself jumping into the fray, it is becoming clear that there is a definite agenda being pushed here for profit and gain. Notice that Paul’s organization isn’t raising money in order to expose the dangers of the Patriot Act. Nope, they see this as a, “a real opportunity to reach out and bring more individuals into our Liberty Movement.”

      Snowden, Greenwald, and Paul could be shining light on the Patriot Act, but talking about the Patriot Act doesn’t generate publicity, hits, and most importantly cold hard cash.[....]

      Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2013/06/12/agendas-outed-ron-paul-edward-snowdens-nsa-leak-raise-money.html

      H/T Jason Easley

      • nellcote

        If polliticsusa was a daily newspaper I’d subscribe. I wish their work got spread around the ‘net more,

        • Aquagranny911

          Co-sign that!

      • morphus

        The pattern thus far, EACH and EVERY “scandal lust” IS a fund raising event.

        • qosine

          Bingo!

      • Aquagranny911

        I said it before & will repeat: Snowden is like a bake sale for these goatfiggers.

      • qosine

        Cash for everyone, in the name of “Liberty.”
        Like PBO said in 08 at newspaper editorial
        board, “I will reach out in good faith, but if
        you act in bad faith, I will CRUSH you.”

        Everyone laughed, but I know he meant every
        word.

        • Aquagranny911

          Those are “paypal patriots” and they will be crushed!

  • Miranda

    Need to be tortured for this heartless mess

    Using Obituaries, Burglars Target Homes During Funerals (VIDEO)

    In a trend so heartless it has stunned veteran detectives, thieves are poring through obituaries, picking out the homes of grieving relatives to target while the family members are at funerals. NBC’s Jeff Rossen investigates.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/52190135#52190135

    • Town

      Yes, this happened here. The family was out at the funeral and robbers busted in their house and stole their stuff.

    • qosine

      That almost happened to me when my father died. All of
      us were at the funeral home. The man who mowed my
      yard at the time stopped a robber from going into my
      house. He showed up with a ring of keys and said that
      [my name as listed in the newspaper obit] had given
      him permission. My mowing man told him he was a liar
      and to get the hell out. It was such an awful feeling at a
      time of deep grief.

      • Aquagranny911

        So sorry! I can’t imagine how awful you must have felt & thank Dios for the good man who mowed for you & stood up to the would be robber.

        • qosine

          I was SO grateful to him. He was a stand up guy. Angels all around, really.

    • Alma98

      Scandalous cowards!

    • Aquagranny911

      Somebody told me a while back that this is why you should not post obituaries until long after the funeral & never give real details. It is a sad commentary.

    • BoomerGal

      Well, there was a time in our community when somebody always stayed behind at the house to accept food, flowers or what have you. That was back in the days when the repass took place at the home of the deceased. Maybe we need to go back to that.

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Pres. Obama has appointed more women to federal judgeships than any other president in American history. http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2013/06/report-obama-tops-in-diversifying-federal-bench.html

    8:42 AM – 13 Jun 2013

    • Miranda

      But did he think any of them were cute? Because if he did, that negates him actually appointing them.

  • Miranda

    Commentary: On Being Young and Wanting Health Insurance

    During Men’s Health Week, Malik Hassan discusses the need for health coverage.
    By Malik Hassan
    Posted: 06/12/2013 05:57 PM EDT

    I’m a 24-year-old server and bartender in Philadelphia, an uncle, and a father figure to my sister’s three children. And I’m one of the millions of young Americans who can’t afford health insurance.

    Until recently, that never struck me as a big deal. When you’re young and healthy, you don’t really think about health insurance—or at least you don’t think about it until something goes wrong and you need it.

    Not too long ago, I hurt my foot pretty badly, and thought that I may have fractured a bone. It was the sort of injury that if I had insurance I would’ve gotten checked out, but since I wasn’t covered and couldn’t afford to go see a doctor, I ended up just working through the pain.

    That experience made me think about the consequences that a really serious accident could have on the rest of my life. Without insurance, one injury could just turn my future upside down.

    That’s why I’m looking forward to the new Health Insurance Marketplaces being created thanks to the health care law. This October, I’ll be one of the people checking out affordable health plans on HealthCare.gov. I’ll figure out which plan is the best fit for me and for my wallet, and I’ll find out if I can get additional help covering costs from the new tax credits the law is making available.

    more here: http://www.bet.com/news/health/2013/06/12/commentary-on-being-young-and-wanting-health-insurance.html

    • nellcote

      I’m glad to see the rollout of Obamacare starting. There’s so much misinformation to overcome.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — -WATCHIN’ — — -THEY R SLEAZY!! –

    – - -LIVE BLOG: George Zimmerman trial in the Trayvon Martin case — -

    — – - -UPDATE, 10:40 a.m.:81 referred to Trayvon Martin
    as a “street fighter” and said that he did not sustain the same type of injuries as Mr. Zimmerman. She said she remembers Zimmerman having a bloody nose and blood on his clothing. She said that she knows Trayvon Martin was smoking marijuana interested in guns, and was “going down the wrong path”. [WHAT!! - - -- RACIST!??]

    UPDATE, 10:37 a.m.: A new potential juror, E81, is being questioned by Bernie de la Rionda. She admits that she believes that George Zimmerman is innocent and that he acted in self defense. – - – -HAH! – — – -U KNOW that SHE won’t B a juror!!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      Going down the wrong path? And she knew this how? Boy these bigots man..

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Kennymack1971 –***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – —***fist bump*** – - -And she knew this how? Boy these bigots man.. – — – -

        — – -YEAH GIRL — -OUT!! –geesh!!

        Good 2 C U Kennymack1971. :>) –

    • gn

      She’s out.

      @TheToast2013
      Juror E81 in the Zimmerman case claims that Trayvon was a street fighter who liked marijuana & guns. So Trayvon was a Ron Paul voter, huh?

      • Aquagranny911

        Defense attorneys have so tainted the jury pool just as they planned or perhaps….

        Juror E81 did not wish to serve on this trial (Who could blame her, really) & she said what she thought would get her booted. Just speculating because that was a bit blatant but then….maybe she is a racist biscuit!

  • gn

    @AngryBlackLady
    This is HUGE. | Chief Justice Roberts Calls For Rare Formal Review Of Allegedly Racist Judge http://thkpr.gs/150a1wB #p2 #TFY #twibdocket

    • morphus

      Glad Chief Justice Roberts picked this up. In Florida judges are on the record and last check were still on the bench who had the ”NHI” (no humans involved) mentality.

    • Miranda

      Oh snap……Roberts thinking bout his legacy for real.

    • JB20005

      More than rare. This is damned near unheard of. The judiciary almost never publicly polices its own ranks.

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU.

    Brewer Scores Big Win For Medicaid Expansion In Arizona – Posted on June 13, 2013

    After a marathon session that lasted until nearly 4 in the morning on
    Thursday, the Arizona House approved a plan backed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act by providing health insurance coverage to an additional 350,000 low-income Arizonans.[....]

    The bill must now pass through the Senate, which is scheduled to vote on it Thursday morning. If it passes, and Brewer signs it into law as expected, she would become the second Republican governor to push Medicaid expansion through a GOP-controlled legislature and Arizona would become the 21st state to expand Medicaid under the ACA.[....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/brewer-scores-big-win-for-medicaid-expansion

    H/T Perry Stein

    • nellcote

      I’m still surprised she got so tough about wanting to pass this. She’s refusing to sign any bills until this is passed.

      • Aquagranny911

        She expects to get something for this. I think she has some cushy job lined up after she leaves office in 2014. Our medical lobby is pretty strong here & they wanted this medicaid expansion.

        I wonder if they will put her on the board of John C. Lincoln medical complex or something like that. Just speculating…

        • nellcote

          Can she run again? If not, it will be interesting to watch her plan for her future.

          • Aquagranny911

            She’s termed out according to our state constitution. Of course, she would like to fight that but our constitution is very specific that any part of a term that a Sec State takes over for the duly elected Gov counts as a full term & Brewer had most of half of Napolitano’s remaining term plus her second term as elected Gov.

            There is huge president because we did have one Sec State who only had a few months in office & that was considered his first term.

            Not that I put anything past the goatfiggers & $$$ gatos but her trying for another term anyway could be real big caca here, a violation of our constitution & rights.

            IMO, Janie is an opportunist & she likes the $$$. I think she will go for the cushy job.

  • creolechild

    U.S. employment commission: Some criminal background checks are racist

    The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) filed lawsuits on Tuesday alleging that automaker BMW and budget grocery store chain Family Dollar discriminated against African American employees and applicants by denying them work based upon the results of criminal background checks. The agency said in an advisory that while background checks themselves are not racist, they way they were applied — without individual consideration for each case — is.[....]

    [....] According to the National Employment Law Project, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Connecticut and Colorado — along
    with about 40 cities and counties around the nation — have adopted “ban the box” laws that prohibit employers from asking applicants before a job has been offered whether they’ve committed felony crimes.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/12/u-s-employment-commission-some-criminal-background-checks-are-racist/

    H/T Stephen C. Webster

    • Alma98

      SOME?

  • creolechild

    Paying Their Employees A Living Wage The Key To Success For One New York Restaurant

    For decades, the wages for those who served our food has remained stagnant.[....] But one restaurant in New York has tackled the problem head on and to much attention. Sushi Yasuda, a notable upscale restaurant on East 43rd Street, has chosen a different path. As you can see on their card receipts (top), their wait staff do not get tips but, instead, are paid wages above and beyond the minimum, bucking the trend so prevalent elsewhere in the industry. But how does it work for them?[....] By having a reasonable salary, with performance-based bonuses, Sushi Yasuda has gained a loyal employee base with low turnover.[....]

    Read more:http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/06/12/paying-their-employees-a-living-wage-the-key-to-success-for-one-new-york-restaurant/

    H/T Nathaniel Downes

    • Aquagranny911

      Often the wages for those who serve our food is ridiculous. Waitstaff can be totally dependent on the largess of those they serve to actually get something approaching a living wage. I considering this demeaning for people who work hard & skillfully to provide good service in restaurants.

      • conlakappa

        And those for whom they work not to steal their tips like that awful couple in Arizona.

        • qosine

          Wait, wait, conlakappa. Who was this couple?

  • creolechild

    Retail Sales in U.S. Increased More Than Forecast in May

    Retail sales in the U.S. rose more than forecast in May, showing job gains and lower borrowing costs are encouraging consumers to spend. The 0.6 percent increase was the biggest in three months and followed a 0.1 percent gain in April, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington.[....]

    “The consumer seems to be faring very well,” said Brian Jones, senior U.S. economist in New York at Societe Generale, who correctly forecast the gain in sales. “The labor market is getting better. People realize that the employment situation has improved so they feel better and are probably willing to go out and spend money.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-13/retail-sales-in-u-s-increased-more-than-forecast-in-may.html

    H/T Michelle Jamrisko

    • conlakappa

      I love that economic news is always cast as a surprising thing during this administration. The unemployment numbers were better than expected and retail is more than forecast. Feels like extra an unnecessary shade. Bloomberg Financial is making me doubt the second part of its name if it is constantly being caught unawares.

      • qosine

        I wonder what Bloomberg considers “growth”.
        Stock, commodity, futures, derivatives markets?
        Jobs for real human beings to earn, spend, save,
        and invest seem to take a back seat.

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma! I hope you & yours are having a much better day today!

      OT: I tried that footie soak you shared & it worked so great! Now I has pretty feet! Dancing feet! I can’t believe how well it worked. I go barefeet a lot because I like to feel the earth under my feet. Considering how much I like cool shoes, you might find that funny but when I’m home I am shoeless.

      Anyway, muchas gracias for that share!

      • Alma98

        Morning AG doing much better today, allergies acting up but otherwise I’m good. Also Im glad the foot solution worked for you. I liked running around with no shoes when gardening in NC and the bottom of my feet look like it. But since we moved to the city I try not to there’s no telling what’s on ground. lol

        • Aquagranny911

          I have cactus, rocks & sand on the ground but I still like to feel it under my feet, lol. I also gave myself a pedi & have purple toenails to go with my dancing feet! Now, I just need to buy myself some really cool sandals to show them off.

          • Alma98

            LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOOOD MornTin’ Alma98. —***BIG – –Wishin’ U a BETTER DAY – - -HUG*** :>) – - -

      —U certainly CHEER US – -with “SUNNY FACES”. —THANK U♥. – –Have a BLESSED day. :>)

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH!

    • qosine

      Good morning, Alma! I hope you’re feeling better today.
      Love this big ol’ smiling sun:)

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine, doing much better today.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah!

  • creolechild

    Ex-Obama Spokesmen Launch Communications Firm

    Former Obama spokesmen Robert Gibbs and Ben Labolt are launching a new communications firm, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

    Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, and Labolt, the national press secretary for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, will join with Labolt’s deputy Adam Fetcher to form The Incite Agency under the umbrella of New Partners, a full-service consulting firm.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ex-obama-spokesmen-launch-communications-firm

    H/T Katherine Thompson

    • qosine

      Hmmmm

      • TyrenM

        I’m down with LaBolt. Gibbs, who u with?

        • qosine

          Exactly, TyrenM.

  • Miranda

    Here’s more on the review that Chief Justice Roberts ordered on the Texas judge from the Houston Chronicle:

    Rare formal review ordered for federal judge

    Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court formally ordered on Wednesday that a rare public judicial misconduct complaint against 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jonesbe reviewed by officials in a different circuit — one based in the nation’s capital.

    “I have selected the Judicial Council of the District of Columbia Circuit to accept the transfer and to exercise the powers of a judicial council with respect to the identified complaint and any pending or new complaints relating to the same subject matter,” Roberts said in a letter addressed to the D.C. circuit’s chief judge that was posted on the 5th Circuit’s website.

    It is only one of a handful of times in U.S. history that a federal circuit judge has been the subject of a public judicial misconduct complaint and a formal disciplinary review. Normally such matters are secret under federal law.

    “This is a hopeful sign that (federal judges) are taking this seriously,” says a lawyer who signed the complaint, James C. Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

    more here:
    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Rare-formal-review-ordered-for-federal-judge-4597601.php

    • Daltex82

      Wow! Color me shocked.

      • BoomerGal

        Fo real. How often does something like that happen!

  • Aquagranny911

    Erich Jarvis is just incredible! This is a great share! Any neurobiological research no matter the creatures gives us more information about the human brain. Kudos to this young scientist & may he continue for many more years to grow & teach.

  • creolechild

    U.S. charges eight hackers over alleged cyber theft of at least $15 million

    Federal prosecutors in New Jersey on Wednesday unveiled criminal charges against eight people accused of trying to steal at least $15 million from U.S. customers in an international cybercrime scheme targeting accounts at 15 financial institutions and government agencies.[....] The charges come as law enforcement officials crack down on cybercrime heists.

    This has included arrests announced last week of 11 people in the United States, United Kingdom and Vietnam in a worldwide credit card fraud ring, and a May raid on Liberty Reserve, a Costa Rica company that provided a “virtual currency” system to move money without using traditional banking.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/12/u-s-charges-eight-hackers-over-alleged-cyber-theft-of-at-least-15-million/

    H/T Reuters

    • Miranda

      Where are all those libertarians and emoprogs hollering about “privacy”?

  • gn

    Extremely good read by smartypants:
    NSA story demonstrates why the media is in trouble

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/06/nsa-story-demonstrating-why-media-is-in.html

    • BoomerGal

      This is no different than when Daniel Ellsberg went to the NY Times with the Pentagon Papers.

      • gn

        Not even remotely similar. Ellsberg himself has grown silly of late (one of the handful of participants in the Manning “torture” demonstrations), but the comparison isn’t apt at all. Snowden isn’t exposing US cyber operations to the Chinese for patriotism.

        • BoomerGal

          I don’t see how making people aware of what their gov’t is doing domestically and internationally makes him any more a traitor than Ellsberg. So, yes, in that respect it is indeed similar.

          • gn

            So any spy or person who engages in an act of espionage is the same as Ellsberg according that logic…I think that people’s hubris was used against them and you guys have been taken for the ride of rides.

  • Miranda

    please proceed GOP

    Steve King✔@SteveKingIA
    20 brazen self professed illegal aliens have just invaded my DC office. Obama’s lawless order gives them de facto immunity from U.S. law.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – - – -DAILY UPDATE: — -Dear “MATIBA”♥ -
    – - -Nelson Mandela’s health: Madiba is “responding better to treatment” – 06/13/2013– – -

    -CONTINUING 2 PRAY 4 his COMFORT annnnd REST. AMEN. :>)

    – - – -2 CHEER U —Dear “MATIBA”♥ – - -

    • BoomerGal

      LOVE IT!!! THANK YOU!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY BoomerGal. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        — -Ooooh. – —My Pleasure. :>) – —I sooo admire his –PERSEVERANCE – — annnd LEADERSHIP!!-

        — -Good 2 C U BoomerGal. :>) Have a good day. :>) – -

        • BoomerGal

          You too, GLH! Luv you much!!!

          • GreenLadyHere

            – – -How KIND of U. :>) ***HUGS*** :>)

  • creolechild

    This move is profound and will have a positive impact in the lives of thousands of children. BRAVO!

    Giving a Boost to Kids of Incarcerated Parents

    This week, the beloved children’s television show “Sesame Street”
    introduced a character named Alex. Like hundreds of thousands of
    American children, Alex has a parent behind bars, and like them, he
    faces considerable challenges to his happiness, welfare, and chances of future success. Kids in Alex’s situation – and there are 1.7 million of them in the United States – are unfairly burdened with a social stigma that identifies them by a family member’s crime. Although they have done nothing wrong themselves and may not even understand what has happened, they feel responsible. They are at times anxious or depressed, and the stress of coping with this major disruption in their lives may affect their performance in school or cause them to act out in ways they know they shouldn’t.[....]

    Under White House leadership, the Department of Justice is part of an aggressive campaign to provide children of incarcerated parents the support they need. The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, along with DOJ’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is hosting a webinar on July 9 for faith-based and community leaders on improving our response to children of inmates. Our National Institute of Justice is studying the adoption of video visitation technology to give state and local governments an idea of its cost and potential impact. The Bureau of Justice Statistics will use its Survey of Prison Inmates to measure the number of minor children with an incarcerated parent and the extent their parents are involved in their lives. And our Bureau of Justice Assistance is funding the International Association of Chiefs of Police to bring together federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and child protective services experts to create a model protocol for handling arrests made in the presence of children.[....]

    Read more: http://blogs.justice.gov/main/archives/2950

    H/T Karol Mason

    • nellcote

      Little Children,Big Challenges: Incarceration

      The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. It can bring about big changes and transitions. In simple everyday ways, you can comfort your child and guide her through these tough moments. With your love and support she can get through anything that comes her way. Here are some tools to help you with the changes your child is going through.

      Sesame Street Incarceration tool kit;

      http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/incarceration#3

      • BoomerGal

        Better late than never.

  • Miranda

    Eagles WR DeSean Jackson Says Dad Had Dogs Chase Him To Increase His Speed
    by Glenn Erby | Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

    Many people wonder why DeSean Jackson spends so much time rapping and less on football, it’s probably because he had football shoved down his throat since he was a young child.

    If you are not aware of the total DeSean Jackson story, it can be deep at times. Jackson has a documentary coming out titled DeSean Jackson: Making of a Father’s Dream, which focuses on his athletic prowess from early childhood until now.

    Jackson’s father pushed him unlike any other. The documentary was shot over 17 years, and Jackson’s father unfortunately won’t be able to see it, because he passed away in 2009 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Jackson was on the Jim Rome Show today, and spoke about the times his father would tie a tennis ball to his waist, and have a dog that DeSean was scared of chase him.

    more here: http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2013/06/desean-jackson-says-dad-had-dogs-chase-him-to-increase-his-speed/

    • Alma98

      Oh lord!

    • BoomerGal

      That sounds like some Joe Jackson kinda shit.

  • creolechild

    This is the longest 100 percent recycled bridge in the country

    This is the Onion Ditch Bridge in Logan County, Ohio.[....] It’s made of 100 percent recycled materials — detergent and shampoo bottles, car bumpers, dashboards. In fact, it’s the longest recycled bridge in the country. OK, it’s still not very long — only 24.6 feet. But it’s sturdy! And it’s 80 percent post-consumer waste!

    Impervious to insect infestations and exceptionally durable, the 100
    percent recycled bridge is made of materials that will not absorb moisture or rot. The anticipated 50 year life span combined with the
    earth-friendly materials contributed to the county’s decision to contract AXION, according to engineer Scott Coleman, who added that the county has plans to achieve zero waste by 2020.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/this-is-the-longest-100-percent-recycled-bridge-in-the-country/

    H/T Sarah Laskow

    • Aquagranny911

      Too totally cool! Great share!

  • creolechild

    Ancient Cambodian statues returned by New York City art museum

    Two Khmer statues known as the “Kneeling Attendants” have been returned to Cambodia, after Cambodian officials lobbied for their return from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 10th-century art works arrived at Phnom Penh’s international airport on Tuesday, returning to their place of origin nearly 40 years after they were looted from an ancient Cambodian temple complex.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/cambodia/130612/ancient-cambodian-statues-returned-met

    H/T Faine Greenwood

  • Miranda

    ole grandstanding decrepit mule…this is complete bullshit. So these same clowns who say the federal government should be run like a private business don’t think private companies are constantly sending employees to conferences and receiving bonuses for exceptional work? make up your damn mind.

    Coburn questions DOJ on conference spending under sequestration
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/coburn-questions-doj-conference-spending-under-sequestration-215528534.html

    • nellcote

      I question trips to the Bahamas and other lovely places that congresscritters take.

      • Miranda

        Thank you! Like going to Russia to play detective with Steven Seagal – how bout we get an accounting of that mess.

        • qosine

          Yeah, and in TN, State Sen. Ketron went to Germany, to “learn about illegal immigration.”

          And later, US State Rep. Diane Black and other GOP went to Saudi Arabia. She reported proudly in The Tennessean, that there were restrooms for women, and they just toughed it out, asserting that the Saudis “weren’t used to strong, American women.” Spare me.

          • Aquagranny911

            Your Rep is lucky that the Imams didn’t stone her to death, dizzy biscuit!

          • conlakappa

            As dire the straits Tennessee is in right now economically, neither of those fools could have just used Skype?

          • qosine

            Oh, no, conlakappa, what’s important is getting
            rid of “Obamaphones” (Reagan’s project), and
            rejecting any expansion of Medicaid. Oh, and
            lowering welfare transfer payments if children
            bring home (non-approved by GOP) report card.
            Fortunately, Tennesseans, actually thought that
            last effort was heartless, and so the bill failed.

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  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • creolechild

    How hard can it be to understand that people are not living “high off the hog” on food stamp benefits–especially given the high cost of food. Hopefully, after their group “experiment” is over they’ll get back to doing what they should have done in the first place…fighting the proposed cuts to this program. Just trifling…

    26 Lawmakers Live Off Food Stamps To Protest Republican Cuts

    Twenty-six members of Congress will live off of a food stamp budget this week to draw attention to House Republicans cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program’s eligibility requirements already leave out 50 million food insecure households, but another 2 million Americans would lose access to food stamps in the proposed changes for the Farm Bill.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/13/2147141/26-democrats-live-off-food-stamps-to-protest-republican-cuts/

    H/T Rebecca Leber

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – - – -HAH! – –CALL! – - -HIM! – — OUT!! – -

    — -Republicans Like Trent Franks Shout About Liberty While Denying Freedom To Women — – – –HAH! – -
    - – -If there is one thing Republicans can be counted on to shout about regardless the issue is individual freedom and how the federal government encroaches on personal liberty. In fact, Republicans in Congress have all but brought governance to a screeching halt because the idea of acting on issues important to the American people such as creating jobs, gun safety, immigration reform, education, and infrastructure spending is in some way imposing on Republican supporters’ personal freedom. However, Republicans in Congress have demonstrated over the past two-and-a-half years that they will govern with extreme prejudice to deny personal freedom and liberty of over half the population, especially if their impetus is enforcing the religious right’s agenda targeting America’s women.
    – - – - –SNIP – -
    – –What American women have to understand is that these vile men, these vile Republican men will risk electoral defeat to condemn them to a life of second-class status as birth machines and to keep them banished at home barefoot and pregnant. Women are under vicious assault and nothing is going to stop the war on women until Republicans and their American Taliban religious supporters relegate them to little more than breeding stock, and whether it means “slut shaming” rape victims, defining “honest rape,” or passing forced-birth laws, Republicans will use any means to restrict women’s personal liberty

    THERE IS MORE — – —- A GOOD SLAM!!.