October 21, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: Black Firsts and Innovations


More from this week’s theme,  black firsts and innovation…


David Jones Peck was the first black man to graduate from an American medical school. He was born to John C. and Sarah Peck in Carlisle, Pennsylvania around 1826. John Peck was a prominent abolitionist and minister who founded the local African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Carlisle. Peck was also a barber and wigmaker.

John and Sarah Peck moved to Pittsburgh in the early 1830s where they established the first school for black children in the area.  David was one of their first students.  Between 1844 and 1846 David Peck studied medicine under Dr. Joseph P. Gaszzam, an anti-slavery white doctor in Pittsburgh.  He then entered Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1846, three years after the institution opened.  After he graduated in 1847, Peck toured the state of Ohio with William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass promoting abolitionist ideals.  His status as the first black graduate of a medical college was used by abolitionists to promote the idea of full black citizenship and was implicitly an attack on slavery.

In 1849 Peck established his practice in Philadelphia. He lived in and worked from a red brick row house with his wife, Mary E. Peck, whom he married on July 24, 1849.  Peck’s medical practice, however, was not successful.  Few doctors recognized his status, referred patients to him, or consulted with him.  

Peck closed his medical practice in Philadelphia in 1851 and was preparing to travel to California when Martin Delany, an old friend and fellow Pittsburgh abolitionist, persuaded him instead to participate in an emigration project that would resettle U.S. free blacks in Central America.  

Delany, Peck, and other black emigrants moved to Nicaragua in 1852, settling on the east coast of the nation.  The emigrants established San Juan Del Norte with Delaney as the mayor and commander of the militia.  Peck practiced medicine and became the town physician.  In 1854 he joined the Liberal side in the Nicaraguan Civil War and was killed by cannon fire in the town of Granada in January 1855.  Dr. Peck was buried in the town square of the city of Granada.    


Daniel_Hale_WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams was a pioneer surgeon best known for performing one of the first successful open heart surgeries in 1893. Williams was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. His medical career began in 1878 during a two-year apprenticeship in the office of physician, Henry Palmer, in Wisconsin. From 1880 to 1883 Williams attended Chicago Medical College, Northwestern Medical School, and received his M.D. 

Immediately after graduation Williams opened his own practice in Chicago. Prior to successfully operating on the pericardium (the sac surrounding the heart), Williams in the 1880s became a trailblazer setting high standards in medical procedures and sanitary conditions. In 1891, he co-founded Provident Hospital and Training School Association, which served Chicago’s South Side community and became the first training facility for African American nurses in the U.S. During Williams’ tenure as physician (1891-1912) the hospital grew, largely due to its extremely high success rate in patient recovery (87%). In 1893, Williams’ legend grew as he daringly performed an open heart surgery on a young black man named James Cornish. Williams incredibly opened Cornish’s chest cavity and operated on his heart without the patient dying from infection. At the time this was unheard of. Miraculously, Cornish recovered within 51 days and went on to live for fifty more years. 

Nationally recognized, in 1894 Williams was appointed Chief Surgeon at the Freedmen’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. As Chief Surgeon, Williams set visible standards for doctors from all over the world, who came to witness his surgeries and tour the Freedman’s Hospital, which Williams reorganized with a training school for black nurses. Among the numerous honors and awards bestowed to Williams, perhaps the most groundbreaking was his becoming the first Black member of the exclusive American College of Surgeons in 1913.        

  • isonprize

    Wow, I know life was rough (still is, in different ways) but Dr. Peck was 29 when he was killed. That picture of him looks like he’s 79…

  • Mornin’ POU!

    I see Politico is trying to help Bob Woodward push the talking point that the WH is a bunch of thugs who threaten reporters.

    maggie haberman ‏@maggiepolitico
    Indeed “@aburnspolitico: That’s certainly not the most aggressive email I’ve seen out of the White House communications shop.”

    • GN

      Grasping at straws. Happy to see Woodward confirm that he is now utterly and truly full of shit.

      • conlakappa

        I thought his writing the alleged last words of the dying Bill Casey was dispositive of that. His shit-full-ness dates back nearly 30 years.

    • MonieTalks

      Ain’t it funny that when public opinion shows that the majority of Americans blame the GOP for their intransigence on the sequester, this becomes the story?

  • Miranda

    Very inspiring story to start the day!

    Rising Son: The Story of Jake Simmons

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — Darkness has a way of looming over Jake Simmons. The weight of the world lifted only by his night-light. Basketball.

    “Without basketball, I don’t know what I’d be doing with myself,” says Buffalo State senior Jake Simmons.

    “I could’ve been dead.”

    Entering his senior year at Buffalo State College, the NCAA ruled Jake ineligible. Ultimately, his entire past reversed the ruling.

    Growing up in Rochester, Jake handled adversity at a young age. With his father in prison, Jake’s mother was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, which is a debilitating, incurable disease. To make matters worse, Jake’s step dad abused him, mentally and physically.
    more here: http://www.wgrz.com/sports/article/202771/4/Rising-Son-The-Story-of-Jake-Simmons

    • GN

      Wow, what he overcame is just unbelievable…and saving his mom from a burning house! What an amazing kid.

  • This dumb mofo right chere.

    We should be angrier at Scalia than we were at the Onion. Their attack was horrible but Antonin’s ignorant and has power.— Touré (@Toure) February 28, 2013

    • GN

      Sophistry like this is why I don’t accept Toure as a black thought leader.

      • Same here. That’s why I don’t get too upset about the lack of Black faces on these cable news shows. What’s the point of having them if they’re gonna just toe the line?

        • Admiral_Komack

          What’s the point of having them if they’re gonna spew bullshit?

      • nellcote

        Toure and thought leader in the same sentence? Thanks for the laugh!

        • GN

          lol, I know, I should be a comedian.

    • goldenstar


      Did you challenge his presumptuous comparison?

      Toure is not a journalist. He’s a commentator. And, not too deep.

      • MsKitty

        Toure is an intellectual lightweight, period. Anybody on this site could outwit him without even breaking a sweat.

      • Yep…Check the POU timeline. More people need to challenge his bs. There’s strength in numbers.

    • MonieTalks

      Now I am not certain of Toure’s reaction to the the misguided outrage over PBO’s “Black father” advocacy. But he is bringing up a half point. Problem is, he and so many others like him are part of the bigger issue.

      If he wants to start somewhere..start at MSNBC with your fellow pundits. MHP and others made a huge (albeit, misleading) campaign against PBO encouraging stronger families and turned it into some some anti-single mother movement.

      And yet Scalia is unabashedly giving us the middle finger, purposely

      There is room to get angry and criticize the Onion because their action is STILL inexcusable. There is no time to parse and dissect and pretend that PBO is attacking a population of people he has gone on record praising (moms and women, in general).

      See this is what happens when Black pundits take up the ways of their fellow so-called liberal White pundits who like Republicans are obsessed with finding fault with every issue on PBO while OUR issues get defecated on. Toure and others like him have been a distraction in general, especially in light of their track record. We don’t need his advice…he needs to listen to his own.

      • His tweet is nothing but projection. Just because his media colleagues are ignoring Scalia doesn’t mean we are.

  • Miranda

    Toure can go F himself.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – -REAL FAST: :>) —

    New U.S. jobless claims drop 22,000 to 344,000 — –

    – — The number of people who applied for regular state unemployment-insurance benefits dropped 22,000 to 344,000 in the week ended Feb. 23, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. Even as large federal spending cuts are set to kick in soon through sequestration, the data signal continuing improvement in the labor market, – though claims levels could jump going forward as workers are cut. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected an initial-claims level of 362,000 for the most recent weekly data. The government revised claims for the week ended Feb. 16 to 366,000 from a prior estimate of 362,000. The average of new claims over the past month, which smoothes out weekly volatility, fell 6,750 to 355,000. The government also reported that continuing claims dropped 91,000 to 3.07 million in the week ended Feb. 16, hitting the lowest level since June 2008. The four-week average of these continuing claims fell 35,500 to 3.16 million, the lowest level since July 2008. Continuing claims reflect the number of people already receiving benefits. — – Good news!! – -:>) – –

  • MonieTalks

    Joan Rivers blasted by Anti-Defamation League for ‘vulgar and offensive’ joke relating Holocaust to Heidi Klum’s backside

    Only Joan Rivers could get in trouble with the Anti-Defamation League for making a crack about a German’s backside.

    The tart-tongued comedian sparked outrage for making a Holocaust joke in reference to the rear end of Teutonic temptress Heidi Klum in the booty-hugging gold dress she wore to the Oscars.

    “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens,” Rivers said on her dishy show Monday.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/holocaust-joke-puts-joan-rivers-hot-water-article-1.1275291#ixzz2MCbwawZ7

    • TyrenM

      Joan can’t speak on Heidi’s arse, but calling a 9 yo “the C word” just fine. Fuckem.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Ain’t that just amazing?

    • Admiral_Komack

      I wonder how The Onion will handle it.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY MonieTalks. ***BIG HUG*** :>) — —

      – – -YA MEAN- – -THIS “FACELIFTED ONE”?? LOL- – –
      – —Joan Rivers Plastic Surgery Procedures Number 739? (UPDATED) – – -LOL

      – – – -She cain’t EVEN TALK anymore. LOL- —

      Good 2 C U MonieTalks. B Blessed U/FAM :>) – –

      • nellcote

        She cain’t EVEN TALK anymore.
        How I wish that were true. That is one nasty unfunny bitch trading on her past.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          – -LOL- – -**fist bump** —- -But — her skin is sooo tight that SHE HAS ONLY 1 FACIAL EXPRESSION-
          – —–O_O- — — LOL.

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

        • Aquagranny911

          Wish we had a 1000 “Like” button. I cannot stand that woman!

        • malletgirl02

          I agree I can’t stand her. I especially can’t stand how she always makes fun of Adele’s weight.

    • lamh36

      Joan Rivers has been doing German jokes on Heidi Klum since forever. I watch Fashion Police and I’m sorry, but I enjoy watching it. Also, I’ve seen. Joan Rivers documentary and watched her comedy specials on occasion, from the past & the recent one from England, and I’m sorry she is funny and acerbic.

      can she go into wince worthy territory? yes, but a lot of real good comedians do. there are any number of Dave Chappelle skits, or Martin Lawrence or Chris Rock standup bits that have made me cringe, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy their work

    • PBomb

      The only quibble I have is that Gisele doesn’t have a backside, so did that get burned off in the oven?

  • GN

    I know I keep harping on this, but I can’t emphasize strongly enough that the left’s co-signing of bs like the below is a really bad idea:

    Complaint filed in case of 6-year-old transgender girl

    …Coy was identified as a male at birth, but since age 18 months has insisted she is a girl, and has attended school as a girl since December, 2011 [means the kid was like 4 yrs old when they did this–gn]. Her teachers referred to her as a girl, and she dressed like one and used the girls bathroom, her mother says.

    But in December, administrators said Coy could no longer use the girls’ bathrooms, Mathis said.

    The transgender defense fund provided The Gazette with a letter it said was from the school district that said, “The district’s decision took into account not only Coy but other students in the building, their parents and the future impact a boy with male genitals using a girls’ bathroom would have as Coy grew older.”

    Kathryn Mathis said she is telling her child’s story publicly because, “The more transgender issues are talked about the better it is. With awareness comes acceptance.”

    She added, “The district is missing a great opportunity to teach acceptance and love and embracing those who are different, instead of teaching them to single people out as different.”



    An 18 month old transgender.

    Suing an school district to force an elementary school to let a little 6 year old boy dressed as a girl use the girl’s bathroom (what is with the fixation on the f-ing bathroom! using the nurse’s bathroom is the least of this poor kid’s worries).

    People may call my opinion “bigotry” but this shit is crazy. I had an exchange with an adult transgender who defended the use of puberty-delaying drugs on 11-13 year old kids and cross-sex drugs on 15 year old kids. As a liberal, I don’t want anything to do with people who would allow a 4 or 6 year old to make as momentous a decision as changing a gender, or who think it’s fine to dose kids with those types of hormones, or who can’t see a problem with kids so young consenting to adult decisions that they are simply too young to make. And something like this has nothing to do with civil rights IMO.

    • Miranda

      Its child abuse, plain and simple.

      • GN

        Miranda, who lets a 4 year old child decide he’s the opposite gender and rather than letting that play itself out as a child’s imagination and likely a phase, they tell him he *is* a girl and raise a big kerfuffle telling him that he’s being oppressed b/c of the damn bathroom. What in the everlasting heck is wrong with people? Strong side eye to this mother, something is not right.

        • Miranda

          If you check into the backgrounds of these “parents”..and I use that term loosely…you will find that they have serious psychological issues.

          • GN

            I’ve been trying to figure out what these parents do for a living because they have 5 kids, one of whom is severely disabled…the most I’m seeing is an interview from 2 1/2 yrs ago which said the dad is a full time student and the mom is a home nurse for one of the kids and wants to break into photography. I would be interested in knowing whether there is compensation or financial benefit derived from what is nothing less than a media tour publicizing the transgenderism of a 6 year old (while the parents claim to not want him to be singled out?!–they don’t want him stigmatized yet they’re on a national press tour!).

            “Transgender rights are America’s next great civil rights struggle,” Silverman said [Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund].

            Sorry, gotta call bs.

          • *sigh* I am so tired of everybody trying to steal our movement and history.

    • Town

      I do not believe a child can make a decision on whether they are transgender or not until they’re at least puberty age. An 18 month old? They don’t even know where their parts and bits are or how to pee in the pamper, to know if they are transgender or not. That’s hipster/liberal white parents’ issues

      • GN

        The parents are suing because they say their child not being able to use the girls’ bathroom will stigmatize him and open him to bullying…yet they are all over the national news with many pictures of this child. Their complaint doesn’t even add up.

    • I agree with you, GN. I’ve read that adults who want to change their gender have to go through serious counseling before they make a final decision, so how can they think a child has the mentality to make such a drastic change?

      • GN

        Exactly—for this same reason, we don’t let an 18 month old get a permanent tattoo either. The adults in this story are either seeking attention or got caught up in media nonsense IMO. Poor kid.

        • conlakappa

          We’ve crossed swords over this before though I’d never classify your words as bigotry. I’ve read a lot about this issue from the other side. I don’t think it will change any minds and I’m still not convinced by it being right or wrong but it did give me cause for pause. 18 months seems rather extreme but I don’t think any drugging is going on but dressing as the child wants to. Ever seen decidedly butch little boys or princessy little girls? They demonstrate thus characteristics pretty young so who’s to say a transgendered child doesn’t as well?

          • GN

            It really is extreme. I definitely wasn’t referring to you in any way…I had this exchange with this person who brought up drugging as early as 11 and 13 because of a concern that the child naturally hitting puberty would cause irreversible harm. I was like wut?! lol. I just feel like kids should be left entirely out of this. I don’t care about children dressing and playing outside of what can be very narrow concepts of “gender,” but to diagnose infant/child transgenderism is doing too much to me, and I don’t like the impact on the notion of kids being too young to consent to adult decisions. It feels like it’s more about adults wanting to affirm themselves and their feelings than really protecting children. Highest respect for you as always, no matter any disagreement on this topic!

          • isonprize

            It feels like it’s more about adults wanting to affirm themselves and their feelings than really protecting children.

            On both sides of the issue. They are little kids. As adults, if we all were more comfortable about sexuality issues, I think we wouldn’t get so bent out of shape with where kids go to the bathroom.

            GN, I get your point also. It seems, though, that your point is different from what’s going on in this story.

            There is something a bit twisted about this particular story and this family. I’ve handled way more sensitive and complicated issues without soliciting any media coverage or going on national “tours.”

          • conlakappa

            I didn’t figure you were but I was giving context to anyone I might ask to hold my purse. It is a very difficult issue and probably not one that has an answer that neatly fits every situation. Respect is mutual, online play-cousin.

          • GN

            haha, I’ll hold your purse; I got bills to pay! Point taken though.

          • PBomb

            This family’s situation is a little strange.

            I know someone who did have take hormones when they were 13 to help with puberty. She informed me that she always felt trapped in a male’s body. She started taking hormones to help become a woman. She developed a woman’s body and everything, except she hasn’t had the full-blown surgery yet. She looks like a woman. I would have never guessed that she was once a male. She claims that she doesn’t regret the decision.

            I asked her how her parents felt about it, and she stated that they were supportive. She comes from a upper middle class African-American family.

            I agree that infants and young kids are too young to fully understand their feelings, but how do you react to someone who states “I have felt this way since I was…6”. It is a very complicated issue.

          • GN

            It’s good that things worked out for your friend, but I disagree with allowing a 13 year old to take hormone drugs to transition to another gender. That’s way too young. And stories like the present one, with a parent claiming that the child showed hints of transgenderism at five months and definitive signs at eighteen months make me think that society needs to take a step back, slow down, and think about the full implications of some of this. I’m a thousand times more skeptical than I was even three or four years ago because of stories like the “six year old transgender” one. Parents need to be more affirmative in protecting their kids from choices which they can’t possibly understand. Just my opinion.

    • isonprize

      If I were the school, (and believe me, I’m not in the business of defending some of the dumb shit that public schools do) but if I were the school, I’d solve this nonsense real quick.

      Put a “slider” male/female/unisex sign on all the bathroom stall, ALL OF THEM.

      Since when does where you pee determine what your gender is??

      IMO, the real issue here is what parent requests and what doctor approves these kind of hormone shots for such an important issue on a child that young?

      Phrases like: ‘child abuse’, ‘medically unethical’ and ‘parents file bullshit claim looking for reality show $” come to mind.

      • GN

        IMO those parents are so wrong, it’s beyond description. Where this kid uses the bathroom is to me the least of his concerns. They have broadcast a 6 year old to the nation as transgender. He’s only 6. And they started this when he was not even 2 years old. I just can’t even begin to comprehend being allowed as an infant to make choices which would affect the rest of my life. Children can’t even fully discern imagination from reality yet. Couldn’t agree more with your last paragraph.

  • Miranda

    Oh so Gene “G-Dawg” Sperling was the one who threatened poor lil Bob Woodward?? Using such strong language in that email like “As a Friend”….we all know what that means! It means sleep with one eye open mutha******a!!! I can’t believe Bob Woodward hasn’t been put in a witness protection program while the FBI and CIA bring down the Obama mafioso! And when Woodward wrote this: “Gene: You do not ever have to apologize to me.” He clearly did so under extreme duress!

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/exclusive-the-woodward-sperling-emails-revealed-88226.html#ixzz2MCezrL3F

    Thoughts and prayers with Bob Woodward tonight during this difficult, frightening time. pic.twitter.com/DLhPV3V0sB

    • jziglar

      It’s just more of the Chicago style politics. Also Jennifer Rubin said Obama is the Democratic Nixon.

      The Village will now compare Obama to Nixon since I guess calling him Black Jimmy Carter (since he won re-election) did not work.

      • MonieTalks

        This shit is a bad Hollywood script.

        Woodward outed Nixon…became the esteemed Washington journo.
        Now he’s exposing Obama’s gangster ways and pushing sequester down America’s throat. See the connection. Obama=Nixon. Woodward saves the day!!

        Meanwhile Boehner gave some interview where he said the sequester is out of his hands..there is nothing he can do.
        Funny how we kept getting all those repeal Obamacare votes…yet the Budget Control Act that the Republican led House passed (and Boehner BRAGGED about) is now sadly the law of the land and so foregone that he can’t even convene a vote. To do so would be as hard as placing an astronaut on Jupiter.

        And the media gives a platform to this bullshit every time. Pathetic.

        • “Woodward outed Nixon”

          More like Bernstein outed Nixon. Woodward has just been cashing in ever since.

          • Aquagranny911

            Bernstein was the really smart beagle behind sniffing out the corruption but Woodward was the MOUTH!

          • I remember reading the Haldeman Diaries and the person the Nixon
            White House feared was neither Woodward or Bernstein. It was Jack Anderson.

    • LOL!

      Does Woodward realize these emails make him look like a punk biotch?

      ETA: Damn Plouffe!

      Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) February 28, 2013

    • nellcote

      Woodward’s getting seriously clowned this morning. Politico showing the emails is not doing him any favors.

      • Advanced book sales must be slow so Woodward had to gin things up a bit.

        • conlakappa

          Second kid is now 16 (first is 35; ima figure they are from different households) and daddy needs to get some tuition money.

        • Aquagranny911

          Those books ought to wind up on the 50 cent table to local swap meets.

          • conlakappa

            Pulping. Hmmm, maybe that’s why the Beltway set is so willing to do the Koch Bros bidding: they know their unbought books will be used to make Quilted Northern!

          • Aquagranny911

            STOP! I just spewed & choked______

          • conlakappa

            But it is totally, notoriously, and humorously true. I first learned about it when it came to one of The Newter’s books. It’s probably not even Quilted Northern but Scott’s/Dollar Store TP…

          • Aquagranny911

            So happy I only use Scott 1000, maybe not so “easy on the ass” as Hubby would say but won’t clog up your septic tank, lol!

            Pumping out the old septic tank costs some $$$$.

    • Aquagranny911

      LMAO! Woodward really stepped on a blivit* this time!

      *blivit= 2lbs of shit in a one pound bag.

  • GreenLadyHere


    ——☻David Jones Peck was the first black man to graduate from an American medical school. — -GR8 PIONEER!! —:>) —
    — — ☻He had PARENTS who were –“In DA STRUGGLE”: –John and Sarah Peck moved to Pittsburgh in the early 1830s where they established the first school for black children in the area. – –Woo! Hoo! – –
    – — – -☻VERY INTERESTING: – –participate in – an emigration project that would resettle U.S. free blacks in Central America. –WOW&1/2!

    – – — – I have USED HIS WORKS in my CURRICULUM: – -:>) – –

    — — -☻Daniel Hale Williams was a pioneer surgeon best known for performing one of the first successful open heart surgeries in 1893.

    —- – -☻Among the numerous honors and awards bestowed to Williams, perhaps the most groundbreaking was his becoming the first Black member of the exclusive American College of Surgeons in 1913.

    — -I get such a SENSE of PRIDE when I USED his WORKS while discussing the HEART! :>) Woo! Hoo! :>)

    THANK U PBOMB! – – -THIS has been a GR8 SERIES. :>) —

    — —ENJOY YOUR TREAT. –[Brrrr. :>)] – -B BLESSED 2-DAY. – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —-LOL – – —Bonus Quote of the Day – –

    —– –“Watching Woodward last two days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.”

    — Former Obama adviser David Plouffe, quoted by ABC News. – — LOL – –

    [Gotta “bounce” EARLY. MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY♥ :>)]

  • MonieTalks

    Grammy nominee Michael Winans Jr. gets 13 years in $8M fraud scheme
    By Niraj Warikoo

    A member of a well-known gospel music family was sentenced today to nearly 14 years in prison for financially defrauding more than 1,200 investors in an $8 million pyramid scheme.

    During today’s sentencing hearing in Detroit, a federal prosecutor and the judge both blasted Michael Winans Jr., 30, of Maryland, for using his Christian faith and family’s reputation in a financial scam that ruined the lives of numerous churchgoers.

    …Winans took advantage of “good, decent, church-going people,” said Judge Cox in U.S. District Court before sentencing him. “That is very, very troubling to me…You used…churches to perpetuate this fraud.”

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Abed Hammoud said of Winans: “He used religion. He used the church, the good reputation of the family,” to rob victims.

    Winans pled guilty in October to wire fraud.

    read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20130227/NEWS01/130227074/Grammy-nominee-Michael-Winans-Jr-gets-13-years-in-8M-fraud?odyssey=nav|head

    • Miranda

      There’s a whole lotta need to worry…its not gonna be ova in the morning Michael!

      • Admiral_Komack

        Will he find religion before he goes to jail?
        Probably not.

        “Mr. Winans, Mr. Religion is here and he says he says “he wants his fucking money, NOW!”

      • MsKitty

        You really need to warn somebody before you do that. Some good hazelnut vanilla on the keyboard now.

        • JojoRaze

          Co-sign. I was reading this on the subway and nearly did a spit take. It is the visual of one of the Winans brothers singing the lyric like a Christian Gerald Lavert that has me flatlined..I’m more of a ‘Tomorrow’ girl myself.

    • Aquagranny911

      “…You used…churches to perpetuate this fraud” Winans is not alone in this particularly evil piece of caca. I wish half the preachers on TBN could be brought up on charges, along with that network’s brass!

      • JojoRaze

        TBN is a blantant offender in the prosperity gospel racket.. If you Google articles about them its eye-opening how shady they are.

      • malletgirl02

        I loved how my grandmother always had snark for the TBN people. I remember her calling Benny Hinn Gumby, lol.

  • Report: Obama to name Edith Ramirez to be next FTC chairman
    By Jonathan Easley – 02/28/13 08:24 AM ET

    President Obama will promote Edith Ramirez to the top spot of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), according to a report Thursday.

    Ramirez has been an FTC commissioner since April 2010, and was a lawyer before joining the agency.

    The agency has a central role in enforcing competition laws and protecting consumers.

    MORE: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/285447-report-obama-to-name-edith-ramirez-ftc-head-?utm_campaign=briefingroom&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterfeed

  • Miranda

    As much as I despise Dana Milbank I did enjoy reading this. I bet Scalia mad as hell at these two “broads” talking back to him. LOL

    Sotomayor, Kagan ready for battles

    For a quarter-century, Antonin Scalia has been the reigning bully of the Supreme Court, but finally a couple of justices are willing to face him down.
    As it happens, the two manning up to take on Nino the Terrible are women: the court’s newest members, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

    The acerbic Scalia, the court’s longest-serving justice, got his latest comeuppance Wednesday morning, as he tried to make the absurd argument that Congress’s renewal of the Voting Rights Act in 2006 by votes of 98 to 0 in the Senate and 390 to 33 in the House did not mean that Congress actually supported the act. Scalia, assuming powers of clairvoyance, argued that the lawmakers were secretly afraid to vote against this “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

    Kagan wasn’t about to let him get away with that. In a breach of decorum, she interrupted his questioning of counsel to argue with him directly. “Well, that sounds like a good argument to me, Justice Scalia,” she said. “It was clear to 98 senators, including every senator from a covered state, who decided that there was a continuing need for this piece of legislation.”

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-sotomayor-kagan-ready-for-battles/2013/02/27/ee1fa09e-812f-11e2-a350-49866afab584_story.html

    • Town

      Boogie down Bronx…Scalia ain’t about that life.

      • Alright! And she let Alito’s Captain Save-A-Scalia’s ass know he could get some too.

        Don’t be fool by the gavel that I got…
        I’m still, I’m still Sonia from The Block…

        • GN

          Don’t be fool by the gavel that I got…
          I’m still, I’m still Sonia from The Block…


      • JojoRaze

        As a Bronx chick I am so proud of Justice Sonia Sotomayor I could burst. I pass her high school at least once a month. Sonia grew up in the BX during the Bronx is burning days, when the BX was really grimy. She is gully if she needs to be. Scalia better sit all the way down.

        And I had my first woo-sah moment yesterday reading about hanky head Clarence Thomas. That negro would really send us back to the cotton fields and be the head overseer. And the Quevanzhane Walls c-word thing has me heated. I had to dig deep and find the Holy Spirit in me this last week because some white folks and a whole lot of black pundits have me so upset.

        • Ebogan63

          Sonia brought that isht from tha Boogie Boogie Down on Nino’s fat azz!

        • Aquagranny911

          Have you read her book? I loved it! She is one strong chica from barely 8 years old. I admire her even more after reading her book. One sad but understandable thing to me was her decision never to have children so she would not pass on the chance that they would get juvenile diabetes like she suffered. She really is a brave, good & valiant woman.

          If you find some of that Holy Spirit to share with me I would admire that. I have found it impossible to even comment on some issues like Quvenzhane. It cut me just too close to the bone this week.

          • Town

            I actually want to read her book. I will see if the library has a copy. If not, I’ll just log on Amazon and get a paperback copy.

            I don’t like buying books because I read it once then it sits around collecting dust.

    • GN

      Indeed, Justices Sotomayor and Kagan are not only inspired choices by the President ideologically, they have wonderful temperaments and are amazing additions to the S. Ct. in that respect too.

      • After awhile Fat Tony is going to start running in the other direction whenever he sees these two coming.

        • Miranda


        • GN

          lol, he’s probably already there. Justices Sotomayor and Kagan don’t look like they give a single solitary f-.

        • Aquagranny911

          I’m sure that evil little nebish hates their guts with the passion of 1000 suns, especially after this. I expect him to double down not crawl away. He’s too full of himself. (no real pun intended, lol)

          • Oh he’s going to double down you are right about that. After awhile though he’s going to realize that he best mind his manners before Sotomayor and Kagen give him the cloakroom tag team. It’s going to eventually dawn on Fat Tony that he wants no parts of that. Bullies get scared judgeless when confronted by people who won’t back down.

      • Rhoda

        I appreciate having MY voice up there in arguments; I feel like there is a justice I can trust again. I haven’t felt that since Justice Marshall, God rest his soul.

    • Aquagranny911

      I have been loving this…Chica Power! We have it! Dang, Ladies, you make me proud to be a woman! Keep it up!

    • JojoRaze

      I would pay good money to be inside the heads of Clarence and Sonia during these arguments.

      • Miranda

        You’d be wondering around aimlessly in Clarence head.

      • Aquagranny911

        Forget Clarence! I would just love to have one of those chica lunches with Sonia & Elena where you can dish it like it is, lol!

      • creolechild

        Inside Clarence’s head? > Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Miranda

    What the……

    Yo this bloomberg businessweek cover is disgusting. http://www.poynter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/bw-cover-22113.jpg … via @mattyglesias


    • Town

      A bunch of blacks & hispanics grabbing money in a house with the caption of “What Can Go Wrong” underneath. Nice.

      • jds09

        They have lost their minds.

        I really believe that PBO’s political genius (and his diverse staff in key positions) has short-circuited their bone-deep DNA ridden belief in white supremacy.

        Just wait until B. Todd Jones’ (a black man) confirmation hearings for ATF head. I predict complete meltdowns all around.

      • Rhoda

        They are beyond help with the re-election of Barack Obama. They’re letting the Klan Flag fly now.

    • Aquagranny911

      This pisses me off so much that I’m at a loss for words which seldom happens to me…goatfigging caca eaters!

    • Presenting….White Privilege!

      David Dayen ‏@ddayen
      The Businessweek cover is horrible. http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/businessweeks_cover_crosses_th.php … but the content is spot-on – unsustainable, bubble-like market in some cities

      David Dayen ‏@ddayen
      Try to look past the stupid cover & read the @BW article itself, which details dangerous, housing-bubble-like trends http://buswk.co/Yc0xy5

      • creolechild

        The old three-card Monty trick, eh? GTFOBS!

  • GG and the EmoProg blogosphere are about to explode!

    Los Angeles Times ‏@latimes
    BREAKING: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to leaking secret government documents http://lat.ms/Xd8sMb

    • Miranda

      I can’t wait to go on dailykos later today…imma wait until they are good and apocalyptic. LOL can’t wait to hear the vast conspiracies on this.

      • He’s hoping and praying that his lawyers can get him off of the more serious charges which if found guilty means he spends the rest of his life in Leavenworth.

        Going to be a lot of knot twisting going on today considering the EmoProg hero just threw his supporters under the mobile transport vehicle.

      • Aquagranny911

        Oh do come back & share! I don’t go there anymore & I need all the humor I can get in my life right now.

      • creolechild

        The Borg?

        • Aquagranny911


    • Admiral_Komack

      “Captain, scanners reveal goalpost movement on the planet below.”

      “Again, Spock?”

      “Again, Captain.”

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! Scotty better get those dilithium crystals recharged so we can use those warp engines now, declaring this planet “closed” to further exploration.

        • GN

          I love this site. Just had to say that.

  • FLOTUS’ op-ed in the WSJ:

    Michelle Obama: The Business Case for Healthier Food Options

    For years, America’s childhood obesity crisis was viewed as an insurmountable problem, one that was too complicated and too entrenched to ever really solve. According to the conventional wisdom, healthy food simply didn’t sell—the demand wasn’t there and higher profits were found elsewhere—so it just wasn’t worth the investment.

    But thanks to businesses across the country, today we are proving the conventional wisdom wrong. Every day, great American companies are achieving greater and greater success by creating and selling healthy products. In doing so, they are showing that what’s good for kids and good for family budgets can also be good for business.

    MORE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323884304578328682206937380.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

    • Rhoda

      FLOTUS has been doing God’s work with this anti-obesity initiative. Read this story: The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food I think in a decade we will be seeing law suites like those against Big Tobacco and against Monstanto and the like. There is so much going on with the food we eat; I’m talking about middle class and upper middle class people who can afford to go to the grocery store and don’t live in a food desert.

      She’s started the ball rolling on dealing with our food habits, culture, and growth process.

      • What’s the deal with Monstanto?

        • Aquagranny911

          Monsanto is evil & should be destroyed!

          They are hugely maybe really totally involved in the gene manipulation of seeds. They are creating real bad caca in Africa (Mali for example) & other really needy places with their “super seeds” that require large expenditures of chemical fertilizers & pesticides.
          This is bad for ecology & bad for the economies because farmers become nothing more than indentured servants for Monsanto & stronger native strains of plants are starved out.

          Farmers can’t save seeds from year to year because of patents (US is having trouble with this big time) so Monsanto has a choke hold on the farmers. Big. big $$$$$$$$ in all of this.

          I’ve been following this for quite a while. I can dig out links if you wish but just google Monsanto & Africa & you will get an eye full. There is tons more if you google gene manipulated seeds.

          • Thanks for the info, AQ!

          • nellcote

            Our poor little county voted to NOT let genetically modified (Monsanto) crops be grown here. It was shocking how much money Monsanto dumped into the campaign.

  • What did Bob Woodward actually claim about the White House?
    Posted by Greg Sargent on February 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

    In my view, Bob Woodward’s weekend article claiming Obama moved “the goal posts” by demanding new revenues to avert the sequester is just wrong on the basic facts and history, as Brian Beutler has detailed. But today’s dust up of the moment — which holds that Bob Woodward falsely suggested the White House threatened him over that op ed — strikes me as a good deal less clear cut.

    The claim is that Woodward suggested that an email to him from the White House made him feel like he’d been threatened with White House retribution for telling a story the White House didn’t like — a suggestion that was revealed as bogus when the actual email exchange was released.

    But it’s not clear to me that Woodward actually said what everyone is claiming he said.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/28/what-did-bob-woodward-actually-claim-about-the-white-house/

    Greg’s twisting himself into a pretzel here to help Woodward save face. If Woodward didn’t feel threatened, then he should’ve have corrected Politico. He didn’t and now he’s going on all the cable news shows trying to paint the WH as the second coming of Death Row records.

    • Aww…Greg mad, y’all:

      @pragobots that’s silly. read the goddamn post.— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 28, 2013

      • Miranda

        Seriously Sargent?? A 12 yr old could read the emails and determine that Woodward was full of hyperbolic shit.

        • Greg needs to have a seat and let the S.S. Woodward go down all by itself. He look mad dumb getting all in his feelings over Woodward’s shady ass.

          • creolechild

            Sargeant should be doubly embarrassed now that the actions of all parties concerned–who were clearly attempting to manufacture an issue when none existed–has been revealed. Why you mad ‘bro? LOL!

            [….] Woodward summoned DC lap dogs from Politico, Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen, to his home to show them an e-mail from an unnamed top Obama official issuing what he called a “threat” to him (of the “or else” variety), which his visitors appeared to swallow whole.

            [….] Politico has released the full e-mails and they give lie to Woodward’s claim of feeling “threatened,” as you’ll see in Woodward’s reply and Sperling calling him “a friend.”

            Now we learn that Vandehei and Allen deliberately left out the key “as a friend” lead-in to the alleged “threat.” Sperling also wrote, “my bad,” and closed with: “My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.” [….]

            Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/173129/legend-laughing-stock-bob-woodward-cites-bogus-threat-calls-obama-nixonian

            H/T Greg Mitchell

      • Rhoda

        He was carrying water for his bosss; the WashPo can’t have Woodward being mocked like that. Bad for the brand.

        He should be called out.

        • nellcote

          That was my first reaction to reading that silly post.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I tweeted that he was a crybaby.

    • GN

      hahahaha; people tried the same thing when MHP got caught out there throwing a hissy fit over a misinterpretation of a POTUS speech…”you all didn’t really hear what she said though.” Um, yes we did. Woodward made a complete ass of himself, nice try flipping the script and trying to indict those who called him out.

  • Miranda

    Karma collecting before the 1st….its way past time for this man to be dealt with.

    The Associated Press ‏@AP
    BREAKING: Ex-Massey executive implicates former CEO in safety violations case tied to fatal West Virginia mine blast. -MM

  • Miranda

    ______________________________________y’all I can’t take it…these folks are straight being Stooges with it now.

    Lanny Davis Claims White House Threatened Him, Too (AUDIO)

    First Bob Woodward, now Lanny Davis. The former special counsel to President Clinton came forward Thursday with a claim that he, too, received a threatening message from the Obama administration.

    “That exact thing happened to me,” Davis told WMAL in Washington. “And I haven’t spoken of this before.”

    Davis said his editor at the paper, John Solomon, received a call from a White House official who threatened to revoke the paper’s White House credentials if he continued to publish Davis’ columns.

    “Now that is unfortunate,” Davis said. “It is an intemperate person. I think it’s the same person — I’m not gonna mention names — who must have called Woodward, because it sounded like the same language.”

    more here

    • Aquagranny911

      Termites gnawing at their own wooden heads!

    • GN

      If they don’t stfu with this…no1curr about this inside baseball bullshit.

    • If by threatening Davis mean they wouldn’t give him the time of day then I believe it. If Woodward’s story hadn’t already blown up in his face Davis just tripped over the detonator.

    • MonieTalks

      Y’all talking bitter Clintonista Lanny Davis?

      The same one who is bitter that he was never been consulted by PBO.

      And then joined forces with Michael Steele on some “Purple Nation” consulting firm bullshit…masquerading as a bipartisan political firm championing civility, but is really all about that $$$$$$.

      Folks are livid that their hustle dried up and Obama is not partying and grinning in their faces.

    • Oh, the irony of a Clintonista talking about threats. *cough*VinceFoster*cough

  • Miranda

    With all the whining and tantrums today, the honest toddler seems like the mature one! LOL

    Honest Toddler ‏@HonestToddler
    The Wiggles have to a lot to say about being yourself but those fair-weather friends get real quiet once you end up in time out.

    Honest Toddler ‏@HonestToddler
    “Why did you take your clothes off?” Is she allowed to question me without an attorney?

    Honest Toddler ‏@HonestToddler
    Hope no one wasted tax dollars rescuing the itsy bitsy spider. Going up that spout again was his choice. Dummy.

    Honest Toddler ‏@HonestToddler
    Just heard Cookie Monster say something about trying new foods. They got to him.

    • MsKitty

      I love Honest Toddler

    • Aquagranny911

      LMAO!!! Especially that first one. I was on toddler duty while oldest daughter was in labor with her second child. Grandson was a huge Wiggles fan. I saw enough Wiggles on that day to last me a lifetime.
      I can still sing all the songs with dancing!

      It’s like some kind of evil curse. Just the reference to Wiggles makes that music start going through my head…noooooooo!

      • Miranda

        That’s how I am now about The Fresh Beat Band..my 2 yr old neice loves them (a Nick Jr. show) – one day one of their songs came on over the loudspeaker in Dilliard’s where I was shopping and I didn’t even realize I was singing right along with “I Been Looking For A Friend Like You” – knew every single word.

        • Aquagranny911

          LOL! It’s an evil curse, I tell you! Insidious, like some alien worm eating on our brains!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- – — LOL — -FROM the DELUSIONAL annnnnd OUT OF TOUCH- –

    – — —Congresswoman Attributes Adam Lanza’s Killing Spree To ‘Unprecedented Levels Of Violent Games, Music’
    – —– –Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) attributed Adam Lanza’s deadly killing spree in Newton, Connecticut to “violent games, music” and a “broken family” during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday.– –[***shakin’ my head***]

    – – -Ignoring, the shooter’s use of an assault weapon to rapidly kill 20 children and six staff members, Black accused the media of ignoring the cultural causes of gun violence and argued that lawmakers should shift their focus from regulating guns to expanding access to mental health. “We have heard a little bit about mental health,” she complained. “[T]here’s not any laws that are being proposed on that.” Black argued that addressing violent culture was the “biggest” message from Newtown:
    – — — SNIP- —
    While there is no evidence that violent media cause gun violence, lawmakers have sought to prevent mentally ill people from obtaining firearms and expand access to mental health. For instance, just yesterday, Democrats in the House introduced H.R. 848, the Armed Prohibited Persons Ac, to “help states launch initiatives to remove guns from the hands of convicted criminals and the dangerously mentally ill.” President Obama issued a presidential memorandum ensuring that federal agencies are reporting data about mentally ill individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) of people who should not have access to guns. He also pledged to enforce “mental health parity” — the idea that mental health should be treated as a priority as important as physical health — in the Medicaid program.

    THERE IS MORE.- —- — — —
    – — – Psychological FACTS make her NO DIFFERENCE!!- –geesh!!

    • nellcote

      But will she vote for more money for mental health clinics?

  • Admiral_Komack

    Just goes to show you that a twelve year old is smarter than Greg Sargent.

  • MsKitty

    Presented without further comment (mostly because I’m winded from 10 minutes of nonstop laughter):

    Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd
    This Woodward-WH story is proving a media stereotype that I hate but can’t disprove: that we’re too self-absorbed. It’s not about us!!!!!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- — – -OMWord!!- – – -So SAD- – –

    – – — Mayoral Candidate’s Murder Rocks Mississippi Town- -[Body of 34-year-old Democrat Marco McMillian found yesterday]– —

    – ——Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his conservative hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was widely considered to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found. The discovery of the openly gay candidate’s body near a Mississippi River levee yesterday stunned residents of Clarksdale, a Blues mecca in the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta.

    – -Authorities had been looking for the 34-year-old since Tuesday morning when a man crashed the candidate’s SUV into another vehicle on US Highway 49. McMillian was not in the car. Authorities are now investigating McMillian’s death as a homicide, and said a person of interest was in custody, but released few other details.– – -SNIP- –


  • Rhoda

    So, who trotted out Woodward?

    The POLITICO story makes clear he is tight with Cantor and his aides; I’m wondering if they thought to use him to rally the village against President Obama to counteract the very successful local media strategy the White House has been running on the sequester?

    Or Wall Street types worried about their loopholes being shut down?

    Because Woodward is always carrying water for someone; I’m just not sure who in this case beyond the generic Republican help.

    • goldenstar

      What a POW!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- —KUDOS from MR. PRESIDENT — -Woo! Hoo!- —

    —– —Obama ‘Pleased’ With Final Passage Of VAWA– —

    — —– –President Obama issued a statement Thursday praising final passage of the Violence Against Women Act, which cleared the House 286-138.

    I was pleased to see the House of Representatives come together and vote to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act. Over more than two decades, this law has saved countless lives and transformed the way we treat victims of abuse. Today’s vote will go even further by continuing to reduce domestic violence, improving how we treat victims of rape, and extending protections to Native American women and members of the LGBT community. The bill also reauthorizes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, providing critical support for both international and domestic victims of trafficking and helping ensure traffickers are brought to justice. I want to thank leaders from both parties– especially Leader Pelosi, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Senator Leahy – for everything they’ve done to make this happen. Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk.
    THERE IS MORE.- —- — — ————— —GR8 NEWS!!!!

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon everyone.

    • qosine

      Alma — my favorite sun ever!

      • Alma98


  • creolechild

    Don’t look now, but you’re being assimilated into…The Borg…at this very minute!

    • conlakappa

      Are you and your dolphin masters trying to distract us?!!!

      • creolechild

        LOL! You’re quick…

      • Aquagranny911

        You seem to have some fixation with dolphins. Is this something I should be concerned about or are you just trying to distract us yourself?

        • conlakappa

          She originally had posted that “the BORG” was watching us/becoming us/some such. She’s since switched the story. You see why I give her side-eye and a wide berth on this?

          • creolechild

            [*cough*] Ahem…I CAN hear y’all. You know that, right? And I unreservedly stand by my dolphins.

            However, in my own defense, “the Borg” comment was referring to “that other site which shall not be named but excludes a small percentage of people that we know who actively post there.

          • conlakappa

            Oh, ‘child, you know my policy is never to say behind your back what I wouldn’t say to your face. How else would I know your reaction? I knew you’d get that I wasn’t trashing you [if I were, sister, you’d know it; this is a Miller’s Crossing reference, not a jumping for bad] but playfully giving you the business.

          • creolechild

            The disclaimers aren’t necessary because I know that we’re just clownin’ around. It was fun! Just like I know that all three of us are more than capable of holding our own and saying whatever we have to say, to whomever we have to say it to…if need be. There’s no doubt about that at all.

          • Aquagranny911

            I saw that. However, being one of those who have watched “the Borge” very carefully for a number of years, I’m happy she has been brave enough to call this right out.

            If she is truly working undercover for the Dolphin overlord take over, I can deal with that in my own time. I do have a fax machine & free long distance…..

          • conlakappa

            Big hugs backatacha! You’re welcome. We have to keep laughing to hold back the tears although an ad I saw about medications for PBA has me doubting the wisdom of such.

          • creolechild

            I concur, Aqua,(on everything ‘cept the “dealing with in your own time” we’re gonna have to work on that one!) Occasionally after having a really bad day reading comments on POU has me either putting my hand over my mouth to kill the noise so my fam doesn’t think I’ve lost my mind or picking myself up off the floor.

            Allowing humor, in all forms, to be displayed is one of the things that makes it fun here at POU, and I appreciate that.

          • Aquagranny911

            Hah! I will continue to deal with anything I choose in my very own time! That is the privilege of age, Chica!

            Run tell that to those Dolphins! I’m ready for them & they better not disappoint!

          • creolechild

            Aaaah ‘ight….my feisty little Boriquan! Imma give you that..because of the age thing and all!
            My peoples raised me right! (:

        • creolechild

          Unh hun…

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- ——Annnd KUDOS from VP Joe:- — :>) —

    – —Biden Thanks Congress For VAWA Passage: ‘Beyond Politics’– – – –

    – – —–Vice President Joe Biden, the original author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, on Thursday praised congressional leaders for putting aside politics and giving final passage to an expanded, inclusive reauthorization.

    Biden said in a statement:

    Today Congress put politics aside and voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Eighteen years ago, I envisioned a world where women could live free from violence and abuse. Since VAWA first passed in 1994, we have seen a 64% reduction in domestic violence. I am pleased that this progress will continue, with new tools for cops and prosecutors to hold abusers and rapists accountable, and more support for all victims of these crimes.
    – – — SNIP- —
    – — —This morning I met with several parents whose beautiful young daughters were killed by abusive boyfriends. Nothing puts this legislation in to perspective more than their stories. This issue should be beyond politics—and I want to thank the leaders from both parties—Patrick Leahy, Mike Crapo, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Gwen Moore—and the bipartisan majorities in both the House and the Senate who have made that clear once again.

    THERE IS MORE- – – —

    KUDOS 2 VP Joe–Original Author. :>)– —

  • creolechild

    Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Labor Market

    The number of Americans filing jobless claims fell more than expected last week, suggesting some traction in the labor market recovery. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week’s claims figure was revised to show 4,000 more applications received than previously reported. [….]

    Read more: http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/02/28/weekly-jobless-claims-labor-market/

    H/T Reuters

  • creolechild

    Shell suspends Arctic drilling for 2013

    Royal Dutch Shell announced today that it will not drill in the Arctic Ocean this year. Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said the decision to suspend drilling in 2013 is just a “pause,” the Washington Post reported. Shell has spent $5 billion and eight years to secure permits to drill two exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. But the “pause” comes after a series of embarrassing incidents that called Shell’s ethics into question.[….]

    Environmental groups say that not enough is known about how the drilling will affect the endangered whales, polar bears, walrus and ice seals in the Arctic. The delicate ecosystem in the Arctic is already dealing with the effects of climate change, and environmental groups say that oil companies have not yet proven that they are capable of cleaning up any potential oil spills in ice-laden waters[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/wildlife-news/130227/shell-suspends-arctic-drilling-2013

    H/T Amy Silverstein

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- – —-MR. PRESIDENT/VP Joe were KIND 2 give KUDOS.- –THIS is another PERSPECTIVE [whi8ch they couldn’t say.] :>) —

    – ——The Good and Bad of VAWA Vote

    – —–To say that I am concerned and alarmed at what I see happening to the Republican Party in DC would be a gross understatement. You might be welcoming the news that the House of Representatives finally reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, but the details are scary. Speaker Boehner had to, once again, violate the so-called Hastert Rule which holds that no vote will be allowed that the majority of the majority doesn’t support. The final roll call in the House ended with the majority of Republicans (138-87) opposing the reauthorization.

    Now, on the one hand, that the Republican leadership is growing increasingly comfortable governing with a reliance on the Democratic minority is a positive development and something that I felt was absolutely necessary if we are not going to implode politically in this country.

    On the other hand, the House Republicans are dangerously radicalized. I’d also note that Eric Cantor stood with the radicals today and throughout the battle over reauthorization.

    Cantor’s main objection is that the new version of the law empowers Native American tribal courts to prosecute people who come on their reservations and rape women. Irin Carmon wrote about this problem last year in Salon.
    – – — -SNIP- —

    This is this situation that Eric Cantor fought so hard to perpetuate. I mean, this is crazy. Before the House passed a bill that addresses this issue today, they voted for a version of the bill that would not address it. It actually got 166 votes, only two of which were cast by Democrats (Dan Lipinksi of Illinois and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina).
    THERE IS MORE- – – – –

    • nellcote

      Fuck the Hastert Rule. Hastert was an asshole. It’s only a gooper rule it isn’t a law.