October 24, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: African Americans in Oceanography/Marine Biology

Good Morning to ya Obots!

Today’s pioneer is the first African American to receive a degree in oceanography.

Roy Overstreet

Roy Overstreet was the first African American to graduate from the University of California at Riverside, earning a degree in Physics over 53 years ago.  After obtaining a master’s degree, he became the country’s first Black oceanographer, working for nearly 30 years with the NOAA tracking oil spills and nuclear material in oceans.

When asked how he chose UC-Riverside, his answer was:

“I was a very poor student, we had no money at all. I had lost my mother to a long battle with cancer. I went to Valley College in San Bernardino and it was there that I met a physics professor from UCR who told me that UCR would be the best place for me. I decided he was right and for $52 a semester, I enrolled as a junior and went on to graduate.”

During the 2011 Commencement ceremonies for UC-Riverside, Mr. Overstreet was the guest speaker at the annual Black Graduates ceremony and spoke these words of wisdom to the class of 2011:

“Back then, I was the only Black student on campus. I didn’t feel welcome. I spent a lot of time alone, studying in my dorm room way up there on the hill,” he said. “A lot has changed. Looking out there, I see a diverse village of many cultures and ethnicities. I see hope, perseverance and
achievement under those mortarboards.”

Overstreet urged the graduates not to fear the future. “When I received my degree in 1958 the unemployment rate was six percent. Today it’s more than double for African Americans.
At a time when many workplaces are filled not just with glass ceilings, but brick walls, you can’t allow fear to eat away at the confidence it takes to take on new challenges. You’ve got to be fearless.”

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  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Oh, I love this.

    Bibles used by King, Lincoln to be part of Obama’s second inauguration

    By Michelle Boorstein, Published: January 9 | Updated: Thursday, January 10, 12:01 AM

    Martin Luther King Jr. carried a black leather King James Bible on his journeys as a young pastor starting out in Montgomery, Ala. He turned to this “traveling Bible” for inspiration, his family says, as he fought for freedom and equality.

    President Obama will put his hand over King’s well-worn Bible at his public swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21, the holiday celebrating the birthday of the slain civil rights leader. King’s Bible will be stacked with the burgundy velvet and gilded Bible used by President Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration.

    Obama chose the Lincoln Bible for his inauguration in 2009, making him the first president to do so since it was initially used in 1861. President Harry S. Truman also used two Bibles, as did Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/inauguration/obama-to-take-oath-on-bibles-used-by-martin-luther-king-jr-lincoln/2013/01/09/b9e7d3be-5aa1-11e2-88d0-c4cf65c3ad15_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

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

      Tavis and Cornel just shat on themselves.

      • rikyrah

        LOL

    • Admiral_Komack

      The Professional Left:

      “Obama’s using the same Bibles that Ike and Tricky Dick used!”

      “That clinches it; he’s preparing to betray us all!”

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ GOVCHRIS1988. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      GR8 NEWS!! – -:>) – —

      – –FROM SOME HATAS: — – –YEAH but – – -Betcha his mooslim Bible will B snuck in between. — – LOL

      Good 2 C U GOVCHRIS1988. :>) – – -

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

    I had a lot of respect for Lisa Ling, so it’s really disappointing to see her tweet this ignorant bullshit:

    Dear Mr.President, do you need some binders of women?— lisaling (@lisaling) January 10, 2013

    • dannie22

      if i were the President…

      President Obama: No bitch! But thanks anyway!
      Love, #44

      • BluMilw

        And, right on cue this bull was the 2nd lead story on GMA this morning. The reporter did say that 43% of top level positions are held by women & mentioned PBO’s Supreme Court appointment but I guess it’s not good enough. They kill me!

        • MsKitty

          And I heard it on the news on the radio this morning. This will go on for a day or two until the media gets called out enough or bored, whichever comes first. Then next week it will be something else. The media is so predictable.

          • conlakappa

            Or is told repeatedly that his Cabinet picks aren’t completed yet? It’s like giving a child a piece of yarn, one crayon, and the tube from the paper towel roll…

      • rikyrah

        dannie…LOL

    • Kennymack1971

      RW starts a concern troll meme. The ‘left’ picks it up and runs with it. Guillible asses.

      • jziglar

        Exactly ! I said something to that effect to an idiotic blogger on balloon juice who complains about Obama and Dems all the time. I said that the left wing idiots are always going along and co-signing the right wing’s attacks and meme. These people have a burning hatred for Obama.

      • GN

        The Professional Left ALWAYS co-signs the right; every single time. The far right sets the topic, and they run with it, making the same bullshit complaints and expressing the same Obama Derangement Syndrome, just dressed up to seem like it’s “from the left.” They couldn’t be more full of shit! I’m so proud of my POTUS; the complaints from these idiots don’t matter to me at all.

    • isonprize

      Twitterati. HANDLE. YOUR. BUSINESS.

    • TyrenM

      Lisa, don’t go getting lost in Korea again anytime soon.

      Sorry for that. I watched Paul Mooney “Godfather of Comedy” again last night. He mentioned Bill coming to her rescue and the fact that we know how Bill gets down. “There was a whole lot of ….sucking on that plane ride home.”

      Bill went there. Barrack…ain’t goin. So Binder Deez.

    • Daltex82

      I wish I could be amazed at how quick folks are to jump on the bandwagon of nonsense and lies when it comes to President Obama. Now I know this heifer knows better, but she couldn’t help herself.

    • conlakappa

      So you tweeted her about it? I don’t have much respect for Ling. It feels like she’s always trying to convince me that she’s smarter/more interesting than she is. I do think her husband is fine.

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

    Ezra Klein tries to defend his wife’s bs “Obama Hates Womminz!” NYT article and gets flicked like the flea off my cat’s ass:

    http://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/289361713273384960

    • Kennymack1971

      Ezra sounds silly. I have no use for Dave Weigel but he nailed the sheer ridiculous nature of this meme.

    • rikyrah

      you twitter-ites are a balm….

      reading your takedowns sometimes just makes me smile.

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

    This is so disturbing! Joe Scarborough throws a sexist and racist-filled tantrum, belittling Mika because she dared to disagree with him, but SHE apologizes???

    Joe Scarborough Goes Off On Mika Brzezinski After She Asserts He’s ‘Being Chauvinistic’
    by Meenal Vamburkar | 7:09 am, January 10th, 2013

    The Morning Joe family got heated and a bit awkward this morning during a discussion about the lack of diversity in President Obama‘s inner circle. As Joe Scarborough pointed to the lack of outrage and the Republican/Democrat double standard, Mika Brzezinski vehemently disagreed — and told him he was being “chauvinistic.” Scarborough… didn’t take it well. At one literally snapping his fingers at his co-host.

    MORE/VIDEO: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/joe-scarborough-goes-off-on-mika-brzezinski-after-she-asserts-hes-being-chauvinistic/

    • rikyrah

      that’s why Mika deserves all the contempt that is thrown her way.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Word.

    • isonprize

      I get it now.

      Pres. Obama hasn’t appointment enough DUMB WHITE WOMEN.

      • Daltex82

        LOL!

    • rikyrah

      Remember, Joey S couldn’t even handle Maddow talking back to him and walked off the set. .

      that is straight up whiny ass titty baby behavior there.

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

        Oh, I remember that! He scurried away like a little roach!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – – – -UH! OH! – -She gon runtelher-DADDY! – – –

      Annnd he’s been RECENTLY takin’ on the RE-THUCKERS! – –FAKER.!!! — – ‘CAUSE he OBVIOUSLY SUPPORTS their – –WAR ON WOMEN – – –

      – – -KARMA — -Do yer thang! :>) —

      Good 2 C U Sepia. :>)

    • Miranda

      Watch ya self Mika, you don’t wanna be another “unsolved mystery” in the Scarborough files.

      just sayin

      • dannie22

        thats why she apologized. didnt wanna be victim number 2

        • Admiral_Komack

          …as far as we know…

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

        See….

    • GN

      One day, he’s going to “go off” on the wrong one and get told…

    • Alma98

      Not to worry Miranda NOW and other white feminists will come to her rescue.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Don’t worry, Rachel will get right on this! She’s such a fearless warrior for (white) women’s equality, there’s no way she’ll let this go.

      Maybe I’ll go on a hunger strike of solidarity until Rachel mentions this. That’s a good idea, right? (Stomach growls…)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ – -POU FAM♥ – — ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – -REAL FAST: – – -U.S. jobless claims rise 4,000 to 371,000 – – —

    – – -New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 371,000 in the week ended Jan. 5, the Labor Department said Thursday.That’s the highest rate in one month. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected claims to total 365,000. Initial claims from two weeks ago were revised down to 367,000 from an original reading of 372,000. The average of new claims over the past month, meanwhile, climbed by 6,750 to 365,750. The four-week average reduces seasonal volatility in the weekly data and is seen as a more accurate barometer of labor-market trends. Also, Labor said continuing claims sank by 127,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.1 million in the week ended Dec. 29. Continuing claims reflect the number of people already receiving benefits.

    – — – – –FROM ANOTHER REPORT: — - At the same time, employers added an average of 153,000 jobs a month in 2012, the same as in 2011.

  • rikyrah

    this is a series that I had no clue about – thank you for the education

  • rikyrah

    OK…

    I can’t be the only one here who watched Best Funerals Ever. to be honest, my mouth was open most of the episode…I couldn’t stop shaking my head…

    and for all the publicity about the Chili’s guy, that wasn’t even the craziest thing that was done for a funeral in the episode. Taking the urn to the State Fair was to me.

  • rikyrah

    NYT: With the selection of a new national security team deeply suspicious of the wisdom of American military interventions around the world, President Obama appears to have ended, at least for the moment, many of the internal administration debates that played out in the Situation Room over the past four years.

    He has sided, without quite saying so, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s view – argued, for the most part, in the confines of the White House — that caution, covert action and a modest American military footprint around the world fit the geopolitical moment….

    Gone for the second term are the powerful personalities, and more hawkish voices, that pressed Mr. Obama to pursue the surge in Afghanistan in 2009… The new team will include two Vietnam veterans, Senator John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, who bear the scars of a war that ended when the president was a teenager

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/us/politics/obama-nominees-in-step-on-light-footprint.html?ref=politics&_r=0

  • rikyrah

    NRA’s public standing takes a hit
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jan 9, 2013 2:49 PM EST.

    Following up on Laura’s piece, the National Rifle Association isn’t just sending creepy fundraising appeals; it’s also alienating more and more of the American mainstream. A new survey from Public Policy Polling offers some bad news for the conservative group.

    PPP found that the organization now has a negative favorability rating, which is a reversal from a poll conducted the week before Wayne LaPierre’s bizarre press conference on the massacre in Newtown, Conn.

    The NRA’s agenda isn’t exactly winning people over, either — 41% of poll respondents support the effort to deploy armed guards to schools nationwide, while 50% oppose the idea. (Most Democrats and independents reject the proposal, while most Republicans endorse it.) The notion of arming school teachers is backed by only 27% of the public, and even most gun owners do not favor the idea.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/09/16433296-nras-public-standing-takes-a-hit?lite

  • rikyrah

    New Mexico to expand Medicaid program

    By By Barry Massey on January 09, 2013

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico will follow provisions of a federal health care law to expand the state’s Medicaid program to potentially provide medical services to 170,000 low-income adults.

    New Mexico will join at least 15 other states and the District of Columbia in broadening eligibility for the health care program under terms of a health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama.

    Martinez made the announcement Wednesday during a speech in Albuquerque.

    About a fourth of New Mexico’s population currently receives health care through Medicaid, but the program mostly covers uninsured children in low-income families along with the disabled and some extremely low-income adults.

    The expansion in 2014 will make adults eligible with incomes of about $26,000 for a family of three or $15,400 for an individual.

    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-01-09/new-mexico-to-expand-medicaid-program

    • TyrenM

      Good for NM. There goes that speaking gig at ’16 RNC.

      • conlakappa

        Dunno. They will have all slinked to the dark side and set up the exchanges like they are ‘posed to by then. They claim they were always for their citizens, blah, blah.

  • Miranda

    Glen Johnson‏@globeglen
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Will use wife’s family Bible for private swearing-in on Jan. 20 at the White House…

    • GN

      I love that.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda – — -THIS is sooo TENDER. :>) ***tears*** annnd ***smiles*** – – –
      -BLESS HIM 4 –HONORING – –OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY/FAMILY. -

    • Worldwatcher7

      Very sweet. Does this mean their family Bible would become a historically significant heirloom headed for the Smithsonian?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — -OSCAR NOMINEES: – – -Oscar Nominations 2013: Full List – – –

    – — - “Lincoln” is leading the way to the 2013 Oscars. This morning, the bio pic about the 16th president picked up 12 Academy Award nominations, including best director for Steven Spielberg and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.

    Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” followed close behind with 11 nominations. “Les Miserables” and “Silver Linings Playbook” tied for third place, with eight nominations each.

    The Academy also named its eldest and youngest nominees ever. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhané Wallis, 9, is up for best actress along with Amour lead Emmanuelle Riva, 85.

    See who made the cut below, and watch who goes home with the gold on Feb. 24:

    FULL COVERAGE: The 85th Annual Academy Awards

    Best Supporting Actor:

    Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

    Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”

    Alan Arkin, “Argo”

    Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
    – – –SNIP – – –

    Best Actor
    Denzel Washington, “Flight”

    ANND MUCH MORE. – – -:>)

    • PBomb

      Denzel isn’t going win. They never give black folks awards for playing against type.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        I KNOW. — -Actually, I haven’t watched the awards program in years. –It’s is designed 2 HONOR — THEM!!. — –

        Sooo – –IMMA waot 4 the IMAGE AWARDS. – – -[I hope they do da right thang.] — :>) —

        Good 2 C U PBOMB! :>) – –

  • Miranda

    dayum! He goes IN

    Live By the Shuck, Die by the Jive!
    An ESPN Mouse gets caught by his own trap

    PHILADELPHIA (BASN/STR – ITR): Back In the Day, one of the coolest things (for me, anyway) about collecting record albums was some of the great titles that went with the great music. Like “Composite Truth,” “Psychedelic Shack,” “Last Days and Time” and “The World Is A Ghetto.”

    But when former ESPN Mouseketeer Rob Parker got fired for attempting to one – up resident jackass Skip Bayless, the title that immediately came to mind was Funkadelic’s “America Eats Its Young.”

    more here
    http://blackathlete.net/2013/01/live-shuck-die-jive/

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

      Well dayum!

    • MsKitty

      Resident anal wart Stephen A. Smith

      If I bust out laughing for no reason for the next few days, this will be why.

      Excellent point about Playmakers too. I don’t even think it’s available on DVD anymore.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –A FORMAL –GOOD MORNTIN’ miranda/POU FAM♥ :>) —Another BUSY DAY: – –MR. PRESIDENT -WILL MAKE a PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENT; –VP Joe will MEET with — the nra annnd wal-mart[ DOUBLE uh!] — SPRCIAL THANKS 4 2-DAY’s SERIES FEATURE. Woo! Hoo! – – –

    — – ☻1:30 PM
    Obama makes a personnel announcement.

    — — –Biden Meets with the NRA and Walmart Today on Gun Control – -

    – – – ALSO: – –FROM YESTERDAY: – -The Labor Secretary is stepping down after four years. President Obama hailed her service in a statement.
    “I am grateful to Secretary Solis for her steadfast commitment and service not only to the Administration, but on behalf of the American people. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

    — -☻ — -A BIG DOUBLE FIRST!!: –Roy Overstreet was thefirst African American to graduate from the University of California at Riverside, earning a degree in Physics over 53 years ago. After obtaining a master’s degree, he became the country’s first Black oceanographer, [He has spoken at our church -BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM]. –
    Soo PROUD of him!! :>)

    – – -ENJOY YOUR — TREAT. :>) – – —

    B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – -Oooo-kaaay. I’ll BRANG it: – — —

    – -Baseball Elects Nobody to Hall of Fame This Year – -[Bonds, Clemens, and Sosa among those shut out] – –

    – – — -Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa have been denied entry to baseball’s Hall of Fame, with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades. Bonds received just 36.2% of the vote, Clemens 37.6, and Sosa 12.5 in totals announced today by the Hall and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They were appearing on the ballot for the first time and have up to 14 more years to make it to Cooperstown.
    THERE IS MORE

    – – -Certain actions have — certain – -consequences. – – –

    • TyrenM

      How did Clemens get more votes than Bonds? Nevamind.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Thursday MornTin’ –TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – -LOL – – -Ummm – -Lemme guess – — -MELANIN — vs – -NON-MELANIN?? – —

        – – — RESPECTFULLY: — – -IT DO –in many cases.

        Good 2 C U TyrenM :>)

        • TyrenM

          From you…and Tommy Davidson :)

      • rikyrah

        Clemens has the protection of complexion

    • PBomb

      I believe they did Craig Biggio wrong.

      Completely wrong.

      • GreenLadyHere

        PBOMB> – — –THANK U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —THIS is sooo SAD – – –

    – -Junior Seau Had Brain Disease CTE –[Doctors find NFL great's brain had signs of 'repetitive head injury'] – –

    – – – -NFL great Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told the AP today. Results of an NIH study of Seau’s brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The NIH conducted a study of three unidentified brains, one of which was Seau’s. It said the findings were similar to autopsies of people “with exposure to repetitive head injury.”

    –Seau was an outstanding linebacker for 20 NFL seasons before retiring in 2009. He died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound. Seau joins a list of several dozen American football players who had CTE.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – – —CONTINUIN’ CONDOLENCES – – –

  • Miranda

    TheObamaDiaryTheObamaDiary.com2m
    Politico: President’s “boys’ club”! Meanwhile, here’s a 2010 pic of a Politico editorial meeting (http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/180097/where-joe-williams-departure-leaves-politicos-newsroom-diversity/ …) pic.twitter.com/w1KmxnZ1

    • conlakappa

      It must be a challenge living in a world without irony, shame, or mirrors. But they soldier on…

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —NOTED THIS OMISSION —–BIG TIME- —

    – – -Black stars of ‘Django Unchained’ snubbed by Oscars — —

    – – -Quentin Tarantino’s controversial slavery-themed blockbuster Django Unchained made a decent showing in this morning’s Oscar nominations, but came up short when it came to recognition of its black stars.

    The film was nominated for best picture, original screenplay and best supporting actor for Christoph Waltz.

    However, the African-American stars of the film — Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson — will all be watching the Academy Awards from the sidelines.

    While Foxx and Washington were considered huge long shots in their potential categories (lead actor, supporting), there were high hopes that Jackson would score only his second ever nomination for his unforgettable performance as Stephen, the self-hating house slave.
    – – -SNIP —

    -But what about the black actors?
    In a video interview with theGrio, Jamie Foxx spoke candidly about how Hollywood often is quick to neglect the quality work of black actors.

    “A lot of times we’re not nominated when we do honorable work. Because with the slave she [Washington] plays there is dignity in everything she played,” Foxx said. “It wasn’t subservient; she wasn’t giving up to anything. So a lot of times they do overlook that, they may not want to reward that.”
    THERE IS MORE. —

    – — –OSCARs – -Goin’ BACKWARDS. . . .

  • Miranda

    Gotta love twitter:

    woodhouseb 49 mins 44 secs ago Twitter
    Check out the rainbow coalition of journalists questioning the White House about diversity yesterday
    http://twitter.yfrog.com/ke637thj

    http://yfrog.com/scaled/landing/734/637th.jpg

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

      BOOM! Not let’s see Annie Lowrery, Ruth Marcus, Shelby Knox and Ling Ling runteldat!

      • Miranda

        ________________________ok, I dont know if you meant to type “Ling Ling” or was just typing fast and didn’t type Lisa, but I can’t stop laughing.

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

          OH NO! I didn’t mean to type Ling Ling! I apologize, ya’ll!

          *marches my red-faced behind to The Bad Lounge*

          • conlakappa

            Now Ling Ling I had respect for, bless his panda heart!

      • conlakappa

        Forward it to all of them with an “I look forward to your response and/or word that you’re trashing their places of employment as well. Please keep me informed!”

  • aleth

    The media is so manipulative!!! Oh my gosh… so just wanted to look for myself on the visible not behind the scenes people to see where this women shit comes from. It appears the problem is no Hillary Clinton type white woman period. I just don’t get this people. The double standard from an ALL WHITE MALE media body is astounding. The critic of the first administration appoint is that there were too many women and white males need not apply. Now, it is not enough women or should i say “white women.” The fact does not add up, given only four positions have been re-assigned and many more to filled. I agree with President Obama’s statment to Micheal Lewis.. he made mistakes in his first term appointing “star athlete who did not work well with the team, thus this time he will be appointing team players.”
    2009: 7 women at least in the “department head”
    2012: 4 women because 3 are leaving; Only 4 positions filled with about 5 or more positions yet to be occupied. So the outrage is he filled 4 positions [CIA, Defense, Secetary of State and Tresury with competent people that share his view as suppose to just filling it with what]
    Department of State –Secretary of State John Kerry

    Department of Treasury—Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew.

    Department of Justice- Attorney General Eric Holder

    Department of Interior –Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar

    Department of Commerce- Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank [I know she took over from Bryson when he resigned—not sure if she is staying].

    Department of Labor—Secretary of Labor [Empty- Hilda Solis is leaving]

    Department of Health and Human Services – Secretary of HHS – Kathleen Sebelius

    Department of Housing and Urban Development – Secretary HUD – Shaun Donovan [Not sure if he stays]

    Department of Transportation- Secretary of Transportation – Ray LaHood

    Department of Energy – Secretary of Energy –Steven Chu

    Department of Education- Secretary of Education- Arne Duncan

    Department of Agriculture – Tom Vilasack

    Department of Veterans Affairs: Shinseki

    Department of Homeland Security—Secretary of Homeland Security – Janet Napolitano

    OTHER DEPARTMENTS

    CIA: John Brennan

    Department of Defense — Secretary of Defense- Chuck Hagel

    Other Cabinet level

    White House Chief of Staff — [Empty-Jack Lew gone] but Nancy-Ann DeParle is deputy with Alyssa Mastromonaco. One of them gets it. [You have Valerie Jarret; Plouffe and Rouse here too]

    Director of Office of Management and Budget – [Someone to be appointed since Jeffrey Zients will be gone]

    Environment Protection Agency – [Empty Lisa Jackson gone]

    Office of Trade Representation—Ron Kirk

    United States Mission to the UN – Ambassador to the UN- Susan Rice

    Counsel of Economic Advisors- Chairman is Alan Krueger

    Small Business Administration- Karen Mills

    This list does not include other administrative offices in the executive branch like—office of National drug control policy; office of intergovernmental affairs; council on women and girls; domestic policy counsel etc.

    • GN

      Their only point is to keep up a running complaint about President Obama; that’s truly the long and short of it. PBO has been enveloped in the most toxic media environment I’ve ever seen.

    • nellcote

      I hope this fucking “controversy” goes away soon. It’s making me more furious by the day. Apparently I have a lot of unresolved bitterness from 70s era feminism to work through and this bullshit is just dredging it all up again.

      • gc

        It’s not truly about feminist issues (I was not involved in that movement. I’m a humanist) It is about finding the next shiny object to use as a grenade against Obama. If this were a white president making these choices, he would be applauded except for the most rabid feminists (who I have been in meetings with)and are forever negative. A lot of good came out of the 70’s era feminism, but the fool movement created strong rifts between women, a probably unintended and obnoxious result.

      • TyrenM

        From everything my mother told me of “70s era feminism,” those issues followed into the 90’s (and it appears beyond.) Help me out if I miss anything or overstate anything.

        White women biggest recipients of Affirmative Action.
        They think because they fuck or got fucked by a Black Man/have Black nephews/nieces – they understand Black issues.
        Give Black and Brown women as much (if not more) hell in the workplace than their male bosses.
        Talk bad and sabotage Black women to try to get one of their own in a given position.

        As GLH would say – there is more…

  • aleth

    Seriously, I never understood the big deal about the Oscars. They only give the award when the actor plays stereotypical roles

  • Miranda

    I would be remiss if I didn’t link this. Really, it would be total negligence on my part to not let y’all take part in the sheer comical delight in this latest diatribe from none other than the “turn those machines back on!” nut that is Karl Rove.
    ______________________________________

    Rove: A GOP Strategy for the Debt-Ceiling Fight
    The House should pass a bill pairing spending cuts with a dollar-for-dollar debt-ceiling increase.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324581504578231672194516556.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

  • rikyrah

    This Diversity Charge is Bunk

    by BooMan
    Thu Jan 10th, 2013 at 09:51:39 AM EST

    This is just wankilicious (from Chuck Todd’s shop):

    The second-term cabinet shuffle has been an unforced error so far. (The reason why the White House is receiving criticism for a lack of diversity is that it has nominated three consecutive white men for cabinet posts — John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and today Jack Lew — but without a high-profile woman or minority thrown into the mix. And that doesn’t include John Brennan at CIA and a likely white male to be the next White House chief of staff.) Indeed, you could argue that the Romney folks thought a lot more about staffing a Romney administration over the next four years than Team Obama did about a second-term administration. In fairness to the White House, its top officials were so focused on the fiscal-cliff talks in the past two months. What’s more, this kind of disorganization isn’t unusual for a second term, especially after winning a hard-fought race for re-election. And finally, it’s a process story. At the end of the day, it’s likely that Obama’s second-term cabinet will have plenty of diversity and top-notch names. But the process hasn’t been pretty. Question for the White House: Why didn’t it have a second-term transition director? Someone whose full-time job was to keep an eye on the optics of how and when to announce, on the leaks etc.

    I’ll concede that there has been so sloppiness surrounding the announcement of nominees for the new cabinet, but let’s look at this diversity charge. So far, the administration has replaced a white man at Defense with a white man at defense. They’ve replaced a white Christian man at Treasury with an Orthodox Jew who faithfully observes the Sabbath (he sure as shit don’t fucking roll). He’s (for now) retained Eric Holder, a black man, as his Attorney General. He’s retained Eric Shinseki, of Japanese ancestry, as head of Veteran’s Affairs. He’s retained Kathleen Sebelius as head of Health & Human Services. The single appointment that can be described as getting less diverse is John Kerry’s replacement of Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Yet, if you think about it, Kerry and Clinton share something different in common. They are the two most prominent members of the Democratic Party who have never been president. Kerry, like Clinton, was selected for his stature, not his gender or race.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/1/10/95139/7638

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

      It could wind up that Obama’s second term cabinet is less diverse than his first.

      But even during PBO’s first term, journalists accused his cabinet of “lacking diversity” and being “a boys club”.

      Let’s be honest. This whole discussion isn’t about wanting more diversity. It’s about him taking the job of President of the United States away from Hillary Rodham Clinton AND not making amends by appointing more WHITE WOMEN to his administration. Look at WHO is writing these “Obama Is The President of the He-Man Woman Haters Club” articles, blog posts and tweets: WHITE WOMEN. Look WHO is complaining about the “lack of diversity” in his administration: WHITE WOMEN. And, sadly, a few women of color, like Lisa Ling, are being sucked into Miss Ann’s War under the guise of fighting for the rights of all women.

      Ya’ll better learn about the white woman.

      • Miranda

        Cora, say goodbye to Miss Laura.

        Bye Miss Laura.

        #DjangoUnchained

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          Oh, God, that scene just replays in my mind every time.

      • PBomb

        I gotta find this clip from George Carlin where he talks about white feminists something fierce. He completely calls them out about their selfishness. It’s one of his old stand-up from the 90’s I believe. He was on fiyah!

        • rikyrah

          George Carlin on ‘The Left Wing’

          • PBomb

            Thanks!

      • rikyrah

        we have had this discussion before. …they mad at all the non-White WOMEN the President has around him.

        yeah I said it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: – –WALMART SAYS that it will MEET ONLY WITH AG HOLDER. [NOT VP Biden]

    – – – -Uhhhh – —who told them that this was a “Burger King –SESSION” — THEY wanna – -HAVE IT THEIR WAY!?? – – –***raised eyebrows***

    Watchin’… . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -BTW: — -I’m luvin’ THIS: – – — DEY SCURRED!! – — -LOL – –

    – -Attorney General Holder back at the table for Obama’s gun-control push – –

    – – –Gun-rights groups are suspicious of the attorney general’s involvement in the task force being led by Vice President Biden.

    Attorney General Eric Holder will be the nation’s top law enforcement official as the administration tackles new restrictions on guns in a major initiative of President Obama’s second term.

    The administration announced Wednesday that Holder, a longtime foe of the National Rifle Association (NRA), would remain with Obama for a second term.

    The announcement came the same day Holder sat shoulder to shoulder with Vice President Biden and gun-control advocates in a meeting at the White House.

    Holder’s attendance at the talks suggests he will have a major role in the gun violence task force established by Obama in the wake of the killing of 26 people — including 20 6- and 7-year-olds — at an elementary school in Connecticut last month.

    He is expected to attend more gun-related meetings on Thursday and Friday, according to a senior administration official, including the session with a representative from the NRA.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — – -nra idiots screamin’ – — Hide -YER GUNS!! – –Hide -YER WIFE’S GUNS!! – –Hide -YER CHIL’REN’S GUNS!! LOL

    • TyrenM

      Cry somemore while you don’t allow an ATF Director to be confirmed. Next.

      • GreenLadyHere

        – – – — -***fist bump*** – –TyrenM. – —HYPOCRITES ! – – -

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. Here’s some information for the concern trolls and their sudden case of the vapors about PBO’s lack of “diversity” in high-ranking positions…

    Let’s Stop Counting: A Word on Women at the Treasury Department
    Posted by Kate Harris on March 15, 2012 at 04:00 PM EST

    While the fields of economics and finance continue to be heavily represented by men, Treasury’s history reminds us that women have been, and continue to be, important leaders in shaping economic policy.[....] President Obama’s Administration has set the record for the most women serving in Senate-confirmed positions at the Treasury Department since its establishment in 1789.

    Today, seven key positions at Treasury are held by women, including:

    Lael Brainard, the Under Secretary for International Affairs, and the first woman in Treasury’s history to hold this position.[....] At Secretary Geithner’s direction, Brainard has been leading U.S. efforts to encourage Europe to strengthen its crisis response.

    Mary Miller, the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets[....]currently manages the world’s largest securities market and oversees all U.S. borrowing.

    Janice Eberly, the Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, and only the second woman to serve in this role.[....] is responsible for assisting in the determination of appropriate economic policies and has played an important role in reframing the debate around economic uncertainty.

    Leslie Ireland, the Assistant Secretary for Intelligence & Analysis….is responsible for the analysis of intelligence used to safeguard the international financial system from abuse and to combat threats to U.S. national security.[....]

    Marisa Lago, the Assistant Secretary for International Markets & Development… represents the U.S. in a number of international fora that oversee global financial regulatory reform and multilateral development.

    Jenni LeCompte, the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs….has been advising the Secretary and the Department on how to communicate with, and engage the public on, issues that include fiscal policy, the global recovery from the crisis and the drive for financial reform.

    Rosie Rios, the Treasurer of the United States, a position which has been held by a woman since 1949. Rios has direct oversight over currency and coin production and advises the Secretary on issues of community development and public engagement.[....]

    Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/15/let-s-stop-counting-word-women-treasury-department

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -FIRST: – –COMMENT: –Laurie Mann
    In addition, Congress in recent years has done more to protect rapists than help raped women get justice. They just voted down the money to process thousands of unprocessed rape kits (containing DNA evidence from the rapist). And they say there’s no war against women…

    – –NOW: – – -DOTS – -CONNECTED!- – – –

    – -Defenders of the Steubenville Rape Crew Embrace the GOP’s Protect the Rapist Mindset – —

    —- -In a nation as large and diverse as America, it is difficult to encapsulate society in one snapshot, although there are some broad generalizations that could be made about the nature of what it means to be American. There is, though, a particular aspect of American society that stands out as noteworthy and remains a blemish on the national character that remains unchanged over the past century, and became an overriding issue in the 112th Congress. The horrendous events surrounding the vicious assault and dehumanizing treatment of a 16-year old girl in Steubenville Ohio have shocked decent human beings around the world, but Americans should not be the least bit surprised because the patriarchal mindset of the rapists, and their supporters, are a microcosm of conservative Christians and their legislative arm – the Republican Party.

    –Americans joined citizens of other countries who were outraged after a young Indian woman died from her injuries after being gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi by six men, and despite the opinion that “it could never happen in America,” a young woman was gang-raped in a similar situation by well-respected football stars. The only difference was the 16-year old in Ohio was not beaten to death, but she was brutalized and certainly the victim of violence at the hands of a group of young men. The violence against the young woman, and yes, rape is the worst act of violence possible against a woman, is beyond the pale, but the response and support the savages guilty of the crime are receiving is typical given the recent attacks on all American women at the hands of Republicans.
    THERE IS MORE

    – –PRAYIN’ 4 ALL VICTIMS. AMEN. – – –

  • rikyrah

    Business leaders back Obama, not GOP, on debt ceiling
    By Steve Benen

    Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:09 AM EST

    If you only listen to rhetoric out of DC, you might think Republicans and the business community are the closest of allies. It’s the GOP, the argument goes, standing up for America’s private sector against those rascally Democrats and their big government, “anti-business” agenda.

    But when it comes to Republicans holding the debt ceiling hostage, the caricature is turned on its head. In this crisis, GOP leaders couldn’t care less what the nation’s “job creators” want or believe, and it’s the business community rallying behind President Obama.

    Greg Sargent flagged a terrific example yesterday.

    The powerful Financial Services Roundtable — which is headed by former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and represents nearly 100 of the largest financial service firms in the country — is set to increase pressure on Congress to raise the debt limit, warning that failure to do so will make the markets go “haywire.”

    “We are in favor of raising it, and we will be encouraging policy makers to increase it,” Scott Talbott, the senior vice president for public policy for the Financial Services Roundtable, told me today. He added that the group was gearing up to communicate the demand for action to Congress, an effort that could include sending letters to every member.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/10/16448014-business-leaders-back-obama-not-gop-on-debt-ceiling?lite

  • creolechild

    Americans Keep Fleeing Banks, Flock to Credit Unions Instead

    According to the Credit Union National Association, credit union membership hit a record high in 2011. It did it again in 2012, with the National Credit Union Administration saying membership in credit unions surpassed 93 million in the second quarter, the largest quarterly increase in membership since autumn of 2008.[....]

    In the third quarter of 2012, credit card loans to consumers from credit unions topped $38 billion, rising by almost $2 billion over third-quarter 2011 levels — about a 5 percent increase.[....] A survey conducted by Bankrate.com in 2011 showed that out of the 50 largest credit unions in the nation, 38 of them, including such names as Navy Federal, Teachers Federal, and Virginia Credit Union, still offer free checking to their members.[....]

    According to SNL Financial, the average rate of interest charged by U.S. commercial banks on “platinum” tier cards is currently 9.9 percent. Credit unions, in contrast, can be found offering rates as low as 6 percent, 5 percent, or even 3.25 percent on such cards.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/01/09/credit-union-growth-bank-transfer/

    H/T Rich Smith

    • isonprize

      LOVE my credit union.

      I will never forget the day a rep. from my credit union called me to say that I needed to transfer $$ to keep a check from bouncing and suggested(!) their free(!) overdraft protection.

  • creolechild

    U.S. coal continues its slow fade to black

    As I’ve been writing about with some frequency, the U.S. coal industry is on the decline. The reasons are familiar by now: the low price of natural gas, new EPA regulations, the relentless grassroots anti-coal movement, the rising costs of production, flat or falling electricity demand, the recession, and, this past year, an unseasonably warm winter.

    The result is unfolding before us: U.S. coal production is down 9 percent from 2011, according to preliminary numbers from the EIA. And coal folks are not particularly optimistic about next year either:[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/article/u-s-coal-continues-its-slow-fade-to-black/

    H/T David Roberts

    • TyrenM

      I feel for my friends in northern MN who’s livelihoods depend on coal. That said, I hope our state gov’t can direct Green jobs their way. Me, I like clean air.

      • GN

        Yup, the stimulus has directed lots of $$ investment in the green economy. While I definitely feel for those whose jobs are going to be disrupted, seems like there are alternatives on the horizon.

    • nellcote

      I wish there was a way to get some other industries going in coal country so these communities have alternatives.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –FIRST: – -CREDIT to MR. PRESIDENT:

    – – – -Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 101: Why We Need a Consumer Watchdog – –
    – — — –The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a central part of President Obama’s historic Wall Street Reforms. Their job is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products. Many people have expressed confusion about this agency, so we put together answers to some of the questions we’ve been asked.

    – -NOW – -A POSITIVE -RESULT: – – -New rules aim to make mortgages safer – –

    – – — – – -Federal officials unveiled new mortgage rules on Thursday meant to reduce risky lending and make it easier for borrowers to know exactly what they are getting into.

    The aim is to keep lenders from issuing loans to borrowers who can’t afford to pay them off.
    THERE IS MORE. – – – – – – -THANK U MR. PRESIDENT> :>)

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

    That didn’t take long…

    Anti-Gay Pastor Removed From Inaugural Program
    By Josh Israel on Jan 10, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Louis Giglio, the anti-LGBT pastor who had been announced to perform the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration, has been removed from the program, ABC News’s Jonathan Karl reported Thursday.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/01/10/1429501/anti-gay-pastor-removed-from-inaugural-program/

    • Miranda

      DAYUM!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Awwww man!
      Now Rachel & the rest of The Professional Left won’t have anything to bitch about…silly me, they will blame Obama for having him on the program in the first place.

      • Daltex82

        Now Rachel & the rest of The Professional Left won’t have anything to bitch about

        No, they’ll just refer to their “Binder full of bitchiness” for the next faux outrage.

      • conlakappa

        Yep, reminding us that the President oversees every detail of the inaugural program. Not a committee or anything.

      • GN

        I’m sure another inauguration program participant said something 20 years ago which is offensive to somebody. Me, I’m just planning to enjoy the inaugural program without feeling the need to co-sign every single participant’s every belief or utterance.

    • GN

      I don’t know how I feel about this. The same thing was done to Hagel. He’s being labeled “anti-gay” because of ignorant remarks which he made in the 90s? Meh.

  • creolechild

    Medicare discloses hospitals’ bonuses, penalties based on quality
    Posted on December 31, 2012

    Medicare on Dec. 20 disclosed bonuses and penalties for nearly 3,000 hospitals as it ties almost $1 billion in payments to the quality of care provided to patients. The revised payments, which will begin in January, mark the federal government’s most extensive effort yet to hold hospitals financially accountable for what happens to patients. In what amounts to a nationwide competition, Medicare compared hospitals on how faithfully they followed rudimentary standards of care and how patients rated their experiences.[....]

    The payment change was created by the federal health law and is known as the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program. It is part of the government’s effort to shift away from paying hospitals and doctors based on the quantity of care they provide with no regard for how good a job they did. “To me, it’s the tip of the iceberg for where we are going,” said Dr. Michael Henderson, chief of quality at the Cleveland Clinic. “We’ve been working on this for two or three years, and it really made us strive for excellent performance.”[....]

    Read more:http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/medicare-discloses-hospitals-bonuses-penalties-based-quality

    H/T Jordan Rau

  • rikyrah

    In a city with no sick leave

    By Laura Conaway
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:49 AM EST

    Remember when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a law overturning Milwaukee’s mandatory sick leave? That was 2011. This is report now from that city, where they are suffering through a severe flu epidemic:

    Emergency departments at Milwaukee-area hospitals have been forced at times over the last 10 days to divert ambulances elsewhere because a surge in patients with flu-like illnesses is approaching the 2009 swine flu pandemic, health officials said Wednesday

    Milwaukee voters passed the sick-leave ordinance with a referendum in 2008. It required companies to give their workers five to 10 paid sick days, depending on the size of the company. The federal government recommends staying home if you’ve got the flu, both for your own sake and for that of your co-workers. That’s now a harder to do in Milwaukee than city voters wanted it to be. For the low-wage workers who are less likely to get benefits like sick time, it could mean a choice between public health and keeping their families afloat.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/10/16448203-in-a-city-with-no-sick-leave?lite

    • Alma98

      Yep, my mother is ill she’s on antibiotics. She got it from my sister who works for the city and couldn’t take time off.

  • creolechild

    Here are “Binders Full of Women” who represent the Obama administration:

    One of the goals of the Council on Women and Girls is to call attention to the inspirational women working in the Federal Government and to learn more about their paths to their current positions:

    We asked Dr. Rebecca Blank to reflect on how she developed an interest and expertise in economics and to weigh in on how she balances work and family.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/18/meet-women-administration-dr-rebecca-blank

    Latifa Lyles is the Deputy Director of the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/25/meet-women-administration-latifa-lyles

    Taryn Benarroch serves as Confidential Assistant in the Office of the
    Secretary of the Department of Education.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/15/meet-women-administration-taryn-benarroch

    Ambassador Miriam Sapiro from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/01/14/meet-women-administration-miriam-sapiro

    Lori Garver from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the Deputy Administrator at NASA.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/17/meet-women-administration-lori-garver

    Claudia Gordon is a Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). At OFCCP Claudia works on ensuring that contractors doing business with the Federal government do not discriminate and take affirmative action.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/08/30/meet-women-administration-claudia-gordon

    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathleen Martinez. Read on to learn more about her path to becoming a disability rights leader and an inspirational member of the Administration!
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/04/22/meet-women-administration-kathleen-martinez

  • creolechild

    Giffords Anti-Gun Group Gets $1 Million Texas Donation

    Steve and Amber Mostyn, wealthy Texas trial attorneys, said today that they are giving $1 million to help start the gun-control advocacy group formed by former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Steve Mostyn, one of the top contributors to a super political action committee that assisted in President Barack Obama’s re-election effort, is listed as treasurer of Giffords’s new super-PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions.

    Mostyn said the group will have a nonprofit wing, which will be used to conduct a public education campaign. Mostyn said the super-PAC will counter the political contributions of the National Rifle Association, which is how he’s pitching it to other big Democratic donors.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-09/giffords-anti-gun-group-gets-1-million-texas-donation.html

    H/T Julie Bykowicz

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -PLEASE B CAREFUL. The INFLUENZA situation is serious. – – – -B BLESSED.♥

  • rikyrah

    Ryan picks up where he left off
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:30 AM EST

    For much of the political establishment, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is a fiscal wonk preoccupied with lowering the deficit he helped increase during the Bush/Cheney era.

    But for those more familiar with his record, Ryan is, and has always been, a fierce culture warrior.

    In recent years, Ryan fought against contraception access; he worked with Todd Akin to redefine rape; he said the government should force women impregnated by rape or incest to carry their pregnancies to term; he co-sponsored a “Personhood” measure that would ban in-vitro fertilization and some forms of birth control; and he twice voted for a constitutional amendment to prevent marriage equality.

    As the new Congress gets underway, the far-right Wisconsinite appears to be picking up where he left off.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/10/16448528-ryan-picks-up-where-he-left-off?lite

    • conlakappa

      I cannot see past “… is a fiscal wonk…” What constitutes the political establishment? He’s a propped-up alleged pretty boy who was told to say wonk in a lather-rinse-repeat sort of way. He’s an unkind person with power. But it’s good to see he’s working on things that really matter.

  • creolechild

    EcoATM, the Automated iPhone Pawn Shop
    Posted on September 27, 2012

    Millions of people are ditching their phones and upgrading to the new iPhone 5. And Mark Bowles is expecting a lot of business for his company’s EcoATMs. The automated kiosks, parked in malls and grocery stores, allow people to exchange their used or broken electronics for cash. “It’s immediate gratification,” says Bowles. “There’s no 30-day wait for a check in the mail.” About 150 EcoATMs are in operation in 10 U.S. states, and Bowles’s San Diego company, also called EcoATM, is installing two or three more per day, he says.[....]

    The average going rate for a slightly damaged iPhone 4 or 4S is $175; a beat-up Samsung Galaxy S generally fetches about $60.[....] Roughly 25 percent of the phone models recycled through EcoATMs are too outdated or damaged to reuse. The kiosks accept them anyway, paying a few dollars per device. The company then sells them to certified recyclers who smelt them down and reclaim the metals inside. To date, EcoATM has collected about 500,000 devices, and it aims to recycle 20 million by 2014.[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-27/ecoatm-the-automated-iphone-pawn-shop

    H/T Caroline Winter

    • TyrenM

      Sounds good. What are they doing with leftover information? I’m no expert but don’t phones, even when dumped onto computer or flash drives still carry lots of personal information? Just curious.

      • creolechild

        Tyren, good question. This is what I found on ecoATM’s website:

        What happens to the data on my phone?

        Whether selling a device to ecoATM or anyone else, ecoATM encourages you to erase all personal data in advance. Consult the device’s manual or the Internet to find out the best method for fully erasing your device’s memory. ecoATM only partners with a select group of reputable, worldwide, secondary market buyers. Before we form these partnerships we ensure these buyers have the appropriate facilities and technology to erase personal data from all devices destined for secondary use. ecoATM then requires each buyer to enter a contract which legally binds these buyers to erase personal data from all devices and/or destroy the devices (and data) in the materials reclamation process.

        Phones that are bound for secondary markets are erased as part of the refurbishment process under these contracts. Phones that are sent to materials reclamation are generally shredded into small chips and smelted at high temperature so any data is destroyed in the process.[....] Please erase any personal data on your devices in advance of selling it to ecoATM or anyone else.

        http://ecoatm.com/faq.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -LOOK who JOINED da – – -DARK SIDE: – —

    – -Congressional Black Caucus Member Savages Obama’s White, Male Cabinet Picks: It’s ‘Embarrassing As Hell’ – –

    – – – — Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) savaged President Barack Obama on MSNBC on Thursday over the lack of diversity among his inner circle of advisors. He said that the Democratic Party was “very hard” on a former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney over his “binders full of women” comment because it suggested that the GOP cannot promote from a pool of qualified minorities and women to promote without assistance. This, Rangel said, is why there is “no excuse” for Obama’s “embarrassing as hell” Cabinet picks.
    ENUFF!!!! — – –

    – -BUT – – -WE GET IT: – – -Lack Of Endorsement Doesn’t Stop Rangel From Using President Obama For Last Minute Appeal To Voters

    – – – -BACKSTABBER!! – — geesh! – – –

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

      Enough of this bullshit!

      Here’s Rangel’s contact info:

      D.C. Office: 202-225-4365

      Harlem Office: 212-663-3900

      Communications Director, Hannah Kim at hannah.kim@mail.house.gov

      And let Marcia Fudge know that she needs to reign in her CBC members ASAP:

      DC: Phone: (202) 225-7032
      Fax: (202) 225-1339

      OH: Phone: (216) 522-4900
      Fax: (216) 522-4908

      • MsKitty

        Also @cbrangel on twitter if you’re so inclined.

    • nellcote

      Expect the whole cbc to be along soon.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Geez he’s an idiot!

    • isonprize

      Charlie? Go sit down, PLEASE.

      • GreenLadyHere

        – -isonprize – —***BIG FIST BUMP*** — HE — EVIL/VILE — -JEALOUS!! – -MAD!! — -geesh!!

  • creolechild

    Swiss bank Wegelin to close after guilty plea

    Wegelin & Co, the oldest Swiss private bank, said on Thursday it would shut its doors permanently after more than 2 1/2 centuries, following its guilty plea to charges of helping wealthy Americans evade taxes through secret accounts. The plea, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, marks the death knell for one of Switzerland’s most storied banks, whose original European clients pre-date the American Revolution.

    It is also potentially a major turning point in a battle by U.S. authorities against Swiss bank secrecy. A major question was left hanging by the plea: Has the bank turned over, or does it plan to disclose, names of American clients to U.S. authorities? That is a key demand in a broad U.S. investigation of tax evasion through Swiss banks.[....]

    Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/04/us-swissbank-wegelin-idUSBRE9020O020130104

    H/T Nate Raymond and Lynnley Browning

  • creolechild

    PBO is always far ahead of his detractors on policy issues that matter. But by all means, emos/PL, please proceed on your steady march toward irrelevance!

    President Obama Adds Historic Focus on Women’s Rights at G-8 and NATO Summits – Posted on May 24, 2012

    This week, under President Obama’s leadership, the Group of 8 (G-8) and NATO each made history by placing women’s rights squarely on the agenda. Recognizing women as drivers of economic growth and as essential actors for strengthening global peace and security, G-8 and NATO leaders not only put efforts to protect women’s rights and advance women’s participation front and center, but also recognized women as agents of change, and committed their countries to expanding efforts to empower women worldwide.[....]

    The G-8 leader’s declaration affirmed the President’s message:

    We recognize that according women full and equal rights and opportunities is crucial for all countries’ political stability, democratic governance, and economic growth. We reaffirm our commitment to advance human rights of and opportunities for women, leading to more development, poverty reduction, conflict prevention and resolution, and improved maternal health and reduced child mortality. We also commit to supporting the right of all people, including women, to freedom of religion in safety and security. We are concerned about the reduction of women’s political participation and the placing at risk of their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including in Middle East and North Africa countries emerging from conflict or undergoing political transitions. We condemn and avow to stop violence directed against, including the trafficking of, women and girls. We call upon all states to protect human rights of women and to promote women’s roles in economic development and in strengthening international peace and security.[....]

    Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/05/24/president-obama-adds-historic-focus-women-s-rights-g-8-and-nato-summits

    H/T Tina Tchen

    • Kennymack1971

      Thanks for this. People get distracted by the BS and miss the substance.

  • creolechild

    Companies Keep People to Be Fired With State Work Share

    Some states are adding a new twist to the old concept of unemployment insurance: Paying to keep Americans in their jobs rather than giving them cash when they lose them. Washington state has subsidized incomes for dental technicians and plumbers while Rhode Island paid factory and health care workers when their employers couldn’t. Almost 460,000 jobs have been saved through such arrangements since 2008, the Labor Department estimates, and federal funding approved last year has more states signing on.[....]

    Instead of dismissal notices, employees get a shortened work week, with unemployment benefits partially compensating for lost wages. Popularly known as work sharing, the program holds out the promise of fewer layoffs and less painful economic downturns. For businesses, which get to retain experienced workers, it could mean the difference between success and failure.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-10/companies-keep-people-to-be-fired-with-state-work-share.html

    H/T Lorraine Woellert

    • Aquagranny911

      I like this! I wish my son could have had this kind of help in 2010 when the company he worked for 12 years “laid off” (basically fired, with 2 weeks severance pay) a whole bunch of their higher paid employees.

      It took him almost two years to get another job in his field at 1/3 less pay but he is making it okay & really likes the people he is working for now. He’s even gotten a raise recently. It will take a while to build himself back up but I believe he will do that.

      You want to know some real irony? The company he used to work for recently put out feelers to him to come back for less pay. He told them: “Bite me!”

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – – – –LEST WE 4-GET: — – -PERSPECTIVE!! – —

    – — -☻ — Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 – –
    — -The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (Pub.L. 111-2, S. 181) is a federal statute in the United States that was the first bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The new act states that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck affected by that discriminatory action.

    – – ☻-The Affordable Care Act Helps Women Stay Healthy – –
    — — – – - In addition to the benefits for women already included in the Affordable Care Act, such as coverage of maternity benefits, the new guidelines will help women meet their unique health needs. Beginning August 1, 2012, additional women’s preventive services that will be covered with no cost sharing in new health plans include:
    – — – -SNIP – – –
    These preventive services help women stay healthy, and because they enhance long-term detection and treatment, they also reduce long-term health costs.

    — —☻ –Advancing the Lives of Young Women Through Mentorship – —
    – – — – –SNIP – – – In 2009, President Obama created the Council on Women & Girls. The purpose of the Council is “to ensure that each of the agencies in which they’re charged takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies they draft, the programs they create, the legislation they support” and that the true purpose of our government is “to ensure that in America, all things are still possible for all people.” As leaders, we can ensure the needs of women and girls are met by supporting America’s greatest natural resource, our youth.
    THERE IS Sooooooo MUCH MORE>

    – – -NOW – — WHAT was that ’bout MR. PRESIDENT –not SUPPORTIN’ WOMEN!!!??? — — — STUFF IT!! – – –

  • Alma98

    Good morning all, I love this series.

    • sagenotsweet

      Me, too!

  • rikyrah

    January 10, 2013 9:43 AM
    Defense Hawks Swoop
    John Boehner should probably stop doing interviews.

    His reported talk with the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore that was published Monday under the provocative title “The Education of John Boehner” (an illusion, I am confident, to William Greider’s famous “The Education of David Stockman” piece in late 1981 that nearly got Stockman fired as Reagan’s budget director) is continuing to cause him problems. Intended, presumably, to convey a sadder-but-wiser-and-tougher sense of his negotiating posture on fiscal issues after the “fiscal cliff” deal, the story got lots of attention for Boehner’s assertion that “the tax issue is resolved,” and some for his depiction of the stark differences between himself and the president on every basic fiscal and economic issue.

    But the part of the story that’s biting him in the butt right now involves the spending sequestration that was recently delayed for two months, and that had been widely considered a leverage point for the White House with Republicans, given their frantic desire to spare the Pentagon any cuts. The Hill’s Russell Berman and Jeremy Herb explain:

    ……………………………………….

    Negotiating 101 tells you that you don’t make that kind of assertion unless you’ve got your ducks in a row and know you won’t be undercut by the people you claim to be speaking for. It seems Boehner did not do any of those things

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/

  • rikyrah

    January 09, 2013 5:12 PM

    Splits in the Gun Club

    Why is the White House apparently so bullish on actually making progress on gun regulation? Aroused citizens not willing to let the gun lobby push them around any more are part of the new picture. But a more tangible factor is the prospect of splitting the Second Amendment club between the people who just want firearms for hunting or home security, and those who want assault rifles (often, according to their own rhetoric, in case violent insurrection against the U.S. government becomes necessary).

    This split might, morever, be manifested in the defection of gun retailers from the gun lobby, as TNR’s Bill Scher explains:

    [T]he White House’s emerging strategy, according to the Washington Post, includes this possible gambit: “rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses….”

    Would Walmart go for it? It’s plausible. Unlike edgy gun shows that serve niche markets, Walmart needs to maintain an image with broad appeal, beyond those who dream of assembling a militia in their backyard. This is why Walmart previously partnered with Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns to establish security guidelines for hiring, training staff, and conducting sales that goes beyond what’s required by law. It’s also why Walmart will participate in Thursday’s session of Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control task force, a decision the company made just hours after suffering criticism for saying it had a scheduling conflict. If the choice today is between Barack Obama or Wayne LaPierre, it’s no contest

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/

    • gc

      I loathe killing animals for “sport” and “home security” kills the homeowners and their kids. They have nothing. Oh, “our forefathers”? That was 300 damned years ago. There were LITERALLY wolves at the door. There is no reason to own as assualt weapons other than militantism, neurotic gender issues and/or racism, especially with our darker than than they would like – President. Haters.

      • Aquagranny911

        I feel you! But there are still a lot of rural poor who depend on hunting for food. We would have gone pretty hungry when I was a kiddo, time to time, if it was not for the hunting. Rural people also need some protection from predators, rabid animals & feral dogs. (Dumping unwanted animals in the country is a common practice in some places)

        However, people living in cities & suburbia DO NOT need to be armed to the teeth! Assault weapons & extended ammo clips are only used for one thing, killing lots of people. Anyone who tells you that these weapons are used for hunting game is full of caca!

        We will never get complete gun control in our life time but we can achieve some control over those weapons & large capacity clips that have only one purpose & that is killing a large number of people in a short time.

        We also need to get a grip on these gun shows, a nation wide very profitable enterprise, ( Crossroads, I’m coming for your ass!) where sales can often be made no questions asked. Also I understand that buying ammo on line in large quantities is also largely unregulated.

        Some of the things I have mentioned here are mostly doable without sending the shootzenfiggers into total melt down. We are progressives so we take this one small step at a time until we get the guns under some kind of rational control in this country.

        Just my two pesos….

        • Aquagranny911

          I think I should have used the word “pragmatists” rather than “progressives” but I think you know what I meant.

        • gc

          Oh I totally agree with you, and should have been more consise. Also belonging to a NA group here, I understand and appreciate their traditional philosophy toward game.

    • morphus

      Currently in the U.S. there are literally MORE guns (approx. 400M) than there are people (305M). The 400M is not an accounting of weapons such as rocket launchers that were turn in at recent buy back. How many guns and weapons of destruction are enough?

  • rikyrah

    January 09, 2013 4:22 PM

    Return of the Town Hall Wars
    TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro files a report on a town hall meeting on gun violence held by California’s centrist Democratic congressman Mike Thompson:

    On Tuesday night, Thompson hosted the first of three gun violence town halls in his northern California district. As they vowed to do, gun control opponents showed up in force to make their case against new regulations. But, according to local reports of the meeting, they were met with equally impassioned gun control proponents. It’s a preview of what might happen after the White House and Thompson reveal their post-Newtown legislative proposals: opposition to gun control is likely to be met by vocal support for new gun regulations that is just as loud.

    McMorris-Santoro notes this brings back memories of the equally impassioned by largely one-sided participation in town hall meetings during congressional consideration of the Affordable Care Act.

    I’m not sure if it’s safe to assume citizens favoring gun regulations will be as well-represented in town halls in North Georgia as opposed to Northern California. But there’s a difference in context that should make progressives welcome rather than fear such events.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – —VP Biden givin’ an UPDATE on cnn. [9:30/12:30] – -

  • conlakappa

    Rangel is embarrassed? I didn’t think he had the capacity.

  • creolechild

    FCC Will Open More 5Ghz Spectrum For WiFi

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will allow more of the 5 gigahertz radio spectrum to be used for WiFi networks, increasing the availability and speed of WiFi across the country[....] The FCC regulates the rights to use spectrum blocks via licenses, and has already made some of this band of spectrum open to WiFi. But now, 195 megahertz of new spectrum in the 5GhZ block will be opened up, the largest to be freed for WiFi since 2003, which should allow speed increases up to 35 percent, the FCC noted.[....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/fcc-will-open-more-5ghz-spectrum-for-wifi

    H/T Carl Franzen

    • conlakappa

      Yes, but is there diversity among the commissioners?! Forget access and speed, I need the very important question of the day answered!!!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        This is huge but just like the Community Radio Act it will be ignored. I vow it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: – –2 STUDENTS SHOT @ TAFT High School – – -Taft, CA. – –SHOOTER in CUSTODY. – – –

    OVA 2 U – –NRA!! – -WHA’!????- –

  • crazycanuck

    The CBC has got some effing nerve.WTH Is wrong with that organization?

    • Miranda

      SMH…….once again, forgetting who they’re representing and just trying to get facetime. I think its mostly Rangel right now who clearly has bumped his head and forgotten how he OUGHT to be somewhere retired right now.

      • conlakappa

        Somewhere like an not-declared-on-hisj-taxes beach house? Yeah, I said.

        • Aquagranny911

          How do people get these “undeclared” beach houses? I’d like to have one.

          • conlakappa

            Right? Wouldn’t we all. I think we erred and should have made a left turn at Albuquerque… they’re just giving them away.

          • Aquagranny911

            Yeah, they do that in AZ too, in hopes that CA will finally have The Big One & we will be buried by a tsuname. (spelling, whatever!) You know, a big ass wave! Whoever is left gets the beach house, woohoo!

  • creolechild

    The Fox News of the left: Pundits who forgot their concern for Social Security and Medicare after Obama strengthened both

    Since Obama took office, I’ve been disappointed to observe that a significant segment of left punditry prizes their ideological hang ups over accuracy. The third party left, whether Green, Libertarian or Socialist, campaign for their party by ignoring anything positive Obama does and exaggerating every negative.[....] It has become clear that we can’t rely on many of these pundits for honest commentary or an accurate picture of what’s really going on. They always push the same message of disappointment and cynicism, even when there’s reason to celebrate a victory. It’s the same pattern of placing ideology over reality that we see from Fox News.[....] It’s important that we call out and rebut those voices on the left who engage in the same behavior, lest we mirror the echo-chamber in a bubble that the talk-radio cult of the right has become.[....]

    [....] We were told the Simpson-Bowles “cat food commission” was proof that Obama was leading the assault on Social Security. That turned out to be a false alarm. The cuts they proposed were not large, and would have made the system more progressive by increasing benefits to low-income retirees. They even proposed lifting the income cap on paying into the system, which is the only change Social Security really needs. But, Obama refused to support even those minor changes because the recommended cuts were too deep. To my knowledge, none of the pundits who predicted the deficit commission was part of Obama’s secret plot to destroy Social Security admitted to their error. They readied for the next scare.[....]

    It’s worth calling out the manipulation of the left’s fears and cynicism, because there’s a lot of work to do during the next four years and the negative, defeatist, counter-productive bullshit isn’t helping.

    Read more: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2013/01/09/the-fox-news-of-the-left-pundits-who-forgot-their-concern-for-social-security-and-medicare-after-obama-strengthened-both/

    H/T Willinois

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Finally more people are waking up to what the POU Community has known for way too long. These people are con artists who have been fleecing their audiences for sport and profit.

  • creolechild

    Grassroots Campaign Seeks To Counter Anti-Muslim Subway Ads

    A new campaign is seeking to raise money through the internet to push a message of tolerance to counter the slew of anti-Muslim ads that have been posted in public transit systems throughout the U.S. The campaign, called Talk Back to Hate, is seeking to raise enough money to place advertisements in ten subway stations throughout the New York transit system — at a cost of $7,500. [....]

    The timing of the campaign comes right as a new wave of Islamophobic advertisements are descending upon New York’s subways. Funded by Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, the posters feature a picture of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, with a quote attributed to the Quran saying “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” A similar design ran in the Washington, DC Metro system in October.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/01/10/1425991/grassroots-campaign-counter-anti-muslim-ads/

    H/T Hayes Brown

  • gc

    Two small notes: that underwater phto is GORGEOUS.
    for those who hold bitterness toward DKOS, as I do, it is in serious financial trouble. How the might have slid in shit and fallen. Good..

    • Miranda

      I forgot I was registered over there until I started getting all these emails about donating.

    • crazycanuck

      I’ve been staring at that foot all day. about dkos, good

      • Aquagranny911

        That photo is a beauty! I love under sea photos. My avatar is a sea turtle.

    • MsKitty

      Karma is a bitch and remains undefeated, part 235.

    • Aquagranny911

      I don’t really have bitterness, just contempt for that place.

      A bunch of old timers & some others have left there recently. I found this out over at Motley Moose Blog where some have now congregated.

      Apparently quite a few people are fed up with the ugly BS & trolling that passes for politics at DK.

      • conlakappa

        Did you bite your tongue or actually ask them, “what took you so long?” I’m sure the orange is knee deep on the so-called lack of diversity while leaving unexamined the nabobs putting together a purge list that was 2/3 black.

        • Aquagranny911

          I left DK with the “purge list” so I really don’t figging care about those who hung on this long. I only lurk at the Moose because Adept2U sometimes posts diaries there & I like to read his stuff. I don’t have an account or comment.

          • trose1

            I would really like to know what was the deal with “the purge.”

          • Aquagranny911

            The “deal” was that there are a bunch of Leftie racists over there who did not want any push back or real discussion about race issues or the constant Obama bashing. A lot of people (mostly POC) were getting slammed & ultimately banned for calling it out. I took my little bag of marbles & I left!

            There are probably some here who could tell you more about all the BS politics involved with that site. I don’t really know & I don’t really care.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Tee hee. Normally I wouldn’t even go there but fast Eddie has been playing both sides of the fence for too long. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving grifter.

  • creolechild

    Marines Demand Spouses’ Clubs Admit Same-Sex Spouses

    The Marine Corps has taken a bold step towards inclusion by advising that any military spouse club operating on a Marine installation must admit same-sex spouses if it wishes to continue operating. A legal memo circulated this week advises that refusing to admit a same-sex spouse constitutes discrimination based on sex, even though the nondiscrimination statement does not include sexual orientation. The Marine Corps is so far the first and only branch of the military to take this step.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/01/10/1427681/marines-demand-spouses-clubs-admit-same-sex-spouses/

    H/T Zack Ford

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!