September 30, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Women In The Negro Leagues

Good Morning POU!

Today’s feature is a ballplayer that hit a remarkable .368!

Connie Morgan

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Many African-American men joined the Negro Leagues in the first half of the 20th Century because it was the only way they could get a chance to play baseball, as the Major League was not yet fully integrated. 

However, being a woman was not going to stop Connie Morgan from playing baseball. Morgan was one of the first female African Americans to play in the Negro Leagues. 

Morgan was born on October 17, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pa. She attended John Bartram High School where she played basketball, softball, and baseball. Morgan later attended William Penn Business School.   

Morgan played on an all-female team, the North Philadelphia Honey Drippers, for five years from 1949-54. There she rotated between many positions and often served as a catcher. Her batting average was .368 her last year she was on the team. 

Morgan was known to be a double-threat athlete. On her offseason from baseball, she played basketball during the winter months for a well known city-wide team called the Rockettes. 

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The Indianapolis Clowns, a Negro League team, signed Toni Stone, an African-American female, to play for them in 1953. After reading a newspaper article about Stone playing for the Indianapolis Clowns, Morgan wrote the owner of the team, Syd Pollack. She asked him if she could try out for the team, and he agreed. At the age of 19, Morgan was signed to the Indianapolis Clowns with a two-year contract, replacing Toni Stone(who’d moved on to the Kansas City Monarchs) at second base and batting third in the lineup. 

The 5’4″ 135 pounds second baseman hit around .300 sharing second base duties with Ray Neil and batting third in the line-up.  

Oscar Charleston, the Indianapolis Clowns manager, called Morgan “one of the most sensational female players” he had ever seen. 

The Call wrote of her talents, “Miss Connie Morgan, Indianapolis Clowns’ rookie $10,000 female second baseman, electrified over 6,000 fans in the Negro League’s opening twin-bill, here on May 16, when she went far to her right to make a sensational stop of a scorcher labeled ‘base hit’, flipped to shortstop Bill Holder and started a lightening double play against the Birmingham Black Barons.”

One of Morgan’s fondest memories was a game she played at Connie Mack Stadium in her hometown. When Morgan walked out to second base, it was the first time in history that a female from Philadelphia had taken the field in a professional baseball uniform. 

“The men treated me like a sister,” Morgan said in a 1995 interview.  “They looked out for me, took care of me, never let anybody bother me. We were like a family.”

After her contract expired with the Indianapolis Clowns, Morgan retired from playing baseball and moved back to Philadelphia. There she worked an office job as a secretary and later drove a school bus, the school children never realizing the living history before them.

She was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. 

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  • crazycanuck

    I guess a little arm squeezing by Israel worked

    Palestine report ‏@Palestinereport 2h
    FAA Lifts Its Ban on Flights to Israel – TIME http://dlvr.it/6Q0N4t

    • TresL

      I doubt it. The FAA is not going to make this decision for consumer safety and then change it for any reason other than that and then have a plane shot down the next day. Each ban was only for 24 hours so to lift it within the second 24 hour period is in keeping with the original time-frame.

  • crazycanuck

    All this is great,but fact of the matter is, there are never any real hard consequences for Isreal EVER, that is why they continue to grab land and make life a living hell for Palestinians.

    Retweeted by msla
    Matthew Vickery ‏@MMVickery 9h
    Protesters for #Gaza in Reykjavik, #Iceland, held a die-in, in memory of Gazans killed by #Israel.

    • TresL

      I understand your cynicism where Israel is concerned but no one escapes karmic justice, not even Israel. They’ve already lost more than 30 soldeiers when the last time they did this shit, they only lost 6. Also, this is the first time since the Iraq War that flights into their airport were suspended which was a huge psychological blow to them. I’ll paraphrase the great Mandela this morning who was an avid supporter of the Palestinians which is the reason NUT and YAHOO (misspelled deliberately) couldn’t be bothered to attend his funeral when all other world leaders did, “…it always seems impossible until it is done!”

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning eveyrone. I’ll be off the grid again today. Have a good one.

    • rikyrah

      Morning, cc.

    • Joy

      Good morning, cc!

    • Alma98

      Morning cc

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Joy

      Morning!

      • Alma98

        Morning Joy!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Mornin’ Rikyrah, Joy, CC and POU!

      • Alma98

        Morning Sepia!

  • rikyrah

    Want to thank everyone for their prayers. Peanut’s Mother is doing better.

    • Joy

      So glad to hear that, rikyrah.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Good news!

    • jds09

      Hooray!

    • creolechild

      Happy to hear that she’s doing better, rikyrah.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ rikyrah. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      Sooo happy 2 hear this. :>) PRAYERS/Good WISHES- -WERKIN’. :>)

      B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • vulcan_girl

      I’m glad to hear that!

    • Alma98

      That’s good to hear rikyrah!

  • rikyrah

    TV One Gets Into Original Movies. Will Premiere ‘Girlfriends’ Getaway’ Starring Garcelle Beauvais, Terri J. Vaughn
    by Tambay A. Obenson
    July 23, 2014 12:58 PM

    TV One has announced the network’s premiere of the 2-hour original movie, “Girlfriends’ Getaway,” which stars Garcelle Beauvais, Terri J. Vaughn, Malinda Williams and Essence Atkins, in a dramedy, shot entirely on location in Trinidad, that tells the story of an innocent birthday getaway taken by 4 longtime friends that turns into a life changing adventure.

    Set to air on Saturday, August 30 at 8PM/ET – with an encore at 11PM/ET and at 11AM/ET on Sunday, August 31st – “Girlfriends’ Getaway” is directed by Roger M. Bobb (“Raising Izzie”), who also served as the film’s Executive Producer with Angi Bones serving as Producer.

    The film was written by Cas Sigers-Beedles, and is a co-production between Bobbcat Films and Siger’s and Vaughn’s Nina Holiday Entertainment.

    “As summer winds down this Labor Day weekend, we are excited to bring this hilarious and fun film to our audience to serve as a reminder to appreciate our friendships every day,” said D’Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One.

    Beauvais stars as Vicky Holmes, a successful business owner, who is outwardly hitting a stride in love and life. However, just days before a romantic birthday trip, she is blindsided by her boyfriend’s decision to relocate and end their relationship. Vicky ultimately decides to bring her best girlfriends – who are all facing turning points in their lives as well – with her, for a grown-up girls getaway in Trinidad. After their first wild night, an innocent mistake sets off a chain of events that will forever change each of their lives. When the very pregnant Sophie (played by Vaughn) is kidnapped and held for $10,000 ransom, the remaining girls have 24-hours to come together in order to get Sophie back safely or end up in jail.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/tv-one-gets-into-original-movies-will-premiere-girlfriends-getaway-starring-garcelle-beauvais-terri-j-vaughn-20140723

  • rikyrah

    Check Out Yaya DaCosta Alafia as Whitney Houston in Behind-the-Scenes Telepic Footage

    Television.
    by Tambay A. Obenson
    July 23, 2014 9:29 PM

    Above, ET Online goes behind the scenes of the production of Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, which is being directed by Angela Bassett (her debut), starring Yaya DaCosta Alafia as Houston, and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown.

    The clip features Bassett, Yaya and singer Deborah Cox (who is providing the vocal tracks for the telepic), talking about the production, using Whitney’s original music, and addressing some of the push-back the project has faced – notably from Houston’s family, and some audience reactions to Yaya’s casting.

    You’ll also find footage of both lead actors performing in character (as Whitney and Bobby), although just brief glimpses scattered throughout – mostly of Yaya as Houston.

    The telepic will chronicle the headline-making partnership between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown – from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/check-out-yaya-dacosta-alafia-as-whitney-houston-in-behind-the-scenes-telepic-footage-20140723

  • rikyrah

    Review: Dui Jarrod’s Compelling ‘Lesson Before Love’ Contests Conventional Cinematic Representations of Blacks
    by Andre Seewood
    July 23, 2014 8:02 PM

    There is an African proverb that says,” He who speaks truth has very few friends.” And as if to test the veracity of that proverb the film LESSON BEFORE LOVE (2014) tells the emotionally complex tale of ambition, love, sex and lies among a quartet of Black thirty-somethings. Although it has become rather customary to refer to such ambition and relationship films among males and females as “hetero-normative”, I don’t think the critics who are using this term are doing so out of spite, but more so out of boredom. The problem with so many bourgeois hetero-normative relationship films is that they are often too predictable. Watching many of these films as either a romantic comedy or dramedy is like watching someone recite the alphabet and having to pretend that you don’t know that the last letter is Z.

    Yet what makes the often told tale of love, sex and ambition in LESSON BEFORE LOVE so refreshingly compelling is both the complexity of its characters and the emotional intricacy of its circumstances delivered to us via a nuanced screenplay and inspired cinematography and editing.

    In a (stereo)typical Black relationship film (e.g. Tyler Perry, Tim Story, Malcolm D. Lee, etc) we usually have the presentation of everyone’s circumstances of dissatisfaction, then some major dramatic event which leads to the pursuit of a love object that is blocked by the advice or the lies of other friends or family. In the final act the lead characters get their come-uppance by having their vanities torn down and true love is finally attained. It is a plot summary that can be seen in many of Tyler Perry’s works and various other relationship films like THE BEST MAN, THINK LIKE A MAN and various other lesser known straight-to-DVD Black films.

    Yet Brooklyn based independent filmmaker Dui Jarrod has written and directed his feature length film LESSON BEFORE LOVE as if he were inspired by a declaration from French painter Auguste Renoir who said, ”I often paint bouquets from the side I haven’t arranged.”(1) That is to say, the four principal characters – Eric (Kenneth Brown Jr.), Alexis/Leslie (Shamea Morton), Cullen (Peyton Coles), and Janae (Reece Odum) – are placed in a narrative that literally reverses the plot summary of the typical relationship film that was described above. Indeed, the first twenty minutes of the film is an emotional tinderbox with each character getting their come-uppance delivered to them by the truth telling Eric character, who narrates many of the contradictions and ironies in voice-over. Everyone’s illusions and vanities are picked apart with a surgeon’s precision, saving Eric’s own seemingly fruitless pursuit of the coquettish Alexis/Leslie as the final egocentric tear down.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/review-dui-jarrods-compelling-lesson-before-love-contests-conventional-cinematic-representation-of-blacks-20140723

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Fam, we have a new Action Alert on the front page about how you can help pay the delinquent water bills of Detroit residents!

    • jds09

      Thank you. I’ll do my part.

    • goldenstar

      Thanks for this. I will be spreading the word and love.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥ – – -Thank POU FAM♥ 4 this wonderful program of PHILANTHROPY.♥ As I stated B4 – – -I will B sending MY DONATION 2 My Sista-In-Detroit’s CHURCH.
      It is major LEADER in this effort.

      COMMENDATIONS 2 POU FAM♥ 4 OUR participation.♥
      AMEN♥ :>)

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, jds!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ jds09. :>) ***BIG –Cali —HUG*** :>)

      B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • TyrenM

    Good morning POU,
    I took the day off to go observe daughters last day of “college.” STEM program at Augsburg College for grade school students. Have a good day all.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Tyren.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      What a GR8 HONOR 2 B in such an AWESOME EDUCATIONAL program. -:>) BLESS her♥ annnd U♥ :>)

      Have a BLESSED day. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan, meets Pope

    ROME/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope.

    Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.

    Soon afterwards, Ibrahim, her husband and two children had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. “The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

    The meeting, which lasted around half an hour, was intended as a “sign of closeness and solidarity for all those who suffer for their faith,” he added.

    There were no details on what led up to the 27-year-old’s departure after a month in limbo in Khartoum, but a senior Sudanese official said it had been cleared by the government.

    “The authorities did not prevent her departure that was known and approved in advance,” the senior official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    http://news.msn.com/world/death-row-christian-woman-flies-out-of-sudan

  • MsKitty

    You go Betty, with your NFTG self…

    https://twitter.com/USATODAY/status/492306334998855680

    • rikyrah

      this is too funny

    • Joy

      She is too cute!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      LOL! Queenie is a trip!

      • MsKitty

        It’s like once she hit her ’80s she was like eff it, I’m gonna enjoy myself and keep it real. What are they gonna do, fire me?

        • nellcote

          I think she did some deep self reflection after the response to Diana’s death. Her interaction with the public seems a bit more relaxed.

    • AxelFoley

      Queen trollin’ errbody.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Jobless claims drop to 284,000, lowest since 2006

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in eight years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. That’s the lowest reading since
    February 2006, nearly two years before the Great Recession began.

    The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 7,250 to 302,000. Claims for jobless aid have been falling for the past three months. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. When businesses hold onto staff, increased hiring and stronger economic growth often follows.[...]

    Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/07/24/us-unemployment-aid-applications-drop-to-284000/13086667/

    H/T AP

  • creolechild

    Study Finds Kids Prefer Healthier Lunches. School Food Lobby Refuses to Believe It.

    [....] For a study just published in the peer-reviewed journal Childhood Obesity, researchers asked administrators and food service staff at 537 public elementary schools how their students were liking the meals that conformed to the new standards. Half of those surveyed said that the students “complained about the meals at first,” but 70 percent said that the students now like the new lunches.

    Rural districts were the least enthusiastic about the new meals—there, some respondents reported that purchasing was down and that students were eating less of their meals. But respondents from
    schools with a high percentage of poor students were especially
    positive about the new standards: They found that “more students were buying lunch and that students were eating more of the meal than in the previous year.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/07/school-lunch-study-student-perceptions

    H/T Kiera Butler

    • Joy

      My daughter is an athlete and absolutely prefers healthy lunch offerings. At one point she and her teammates got frustrated with the menu, so they started bringing their own.

    • edp4bho

      Re-train those taste buds, and the body no longer wants garbage.

  • creolechild

    Obamacare Has Helped Americans Save Nearly $2 Billion On Their Insurance Premiums

    Millions of Americans can expect to get a refund from their insurance
    companies this year, at an average of about $80 dollars per family,
    thanks to a little-known Obamacare provision that’s helping people save money on their premiums. According to a new report released by the Health and Human Services Department on Thursday, Americans across the country have received a total of $1.9 billion dollars in rebates since this provision first took effect in 2011.[....]

    According to HHS’s calculations, 6.8 million Americans will save $330 million in refunds this year because of the 80/20 rule. Insurance
    companies are required to provide those reimbursements by no later than the beginning of August. Not everyone will actually receive a physical check in the mail; insurers are allowed to apply the reimbursements to future premiums, so the savings could show up that way.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/07/24/3463602/obamacare-premium-savings/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG** :>) – -HONORIN” This – –Fascinatin’ Series. IT’S A BIG HIT! :>)- —

    — – – -☻Ms. CONNIE- – -AMONG the FIRSTS – Woo! Hoo!
    — —- — —☺ Morgan was one of the first female African Americans to play in the Negro Leagues.
    — – – – — -☺ it was the first time in history that a female from Philadelphia had taken the field in a professional baseball uniform. – —AMAZING!! —FIELD TALENT. :>)

    — —☻ENJOY♥ – — http://www.tlcthai.com/backoffice/upload_images2/20090128154812.jpg
    ——- —☺http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ivj47ni7Pvw/T7_WE34YlvI/AAAAAAAAAn8/4KdbFDuwT9o/s1600/neelys-pigs-in-a-Blanket_s4x3.jpg

    ——B BLESSED♥ —:>)

    – – –INDA NEWZ:- —-☺@WestWingReport[THANK U♥] :>)

    President attends L.A. fundraiser this AM, talks jobs/economy at a technical college; returns Washington PM — -B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • creolechild

    This Kid Made an App That Exposes Sellout Politicians

    [....] Thanks to 16-year-old Nick Rubin, keeping track of just how much politicians have sold out has become a lot easier. He created Greenhouse, a new browser plug-in that operates under the motto “Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.” [....] It’s actually pretty simple and effective—it provides a breakdown of a politician’s campaign contributions when that politician’s name comes up in an article. It is currently available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and is completely free.[....]

    It uses the data from the last full election cycle which was 2012. This
    is simply because it’s just the most complete set of data that we have. But the browser does provide access to the most up to date 2014 information by just clicking the name of the politician on the top of the window or the OpenSecrets.org link in the popup. So the 2014 data is just one click away.[....]

    Read more: http://www.vice.com/read/greenhouse-app-hannah-ewens-nick-rubin-201

    H/T Tim Mak

    • jds09

      I can see it now, folks in townhalls, sitting in the audience using their smartphones, yelling questions. lol

      • creolechild

        I’d pay money to see that…

    • AxelFoley

      And lo, a child shall lead them…

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah ;)

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –Good Thursday Morntin’ Alma98. :>) —-Woo! Hoo!- –“MR. SUN” – –Has his – –BIG SMILE ON – –“SAY CHEESE”. :>)- –

      —What a GR8 greeting – -Alma. :>) – -Makes us feel – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

      THANK U. :>) B BLESSED —U♥/Family♥ :>)

      Greetings 2 –DAUGHTER-Alma♥–:>)

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH! The sun is out here but it’s supposed to rain later, my flowers could use it. Blessings to you and the family.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma — Rain is good. :>) -YES the flowers will ENJOY: — –☺http://www.pspbuddies.com/pspTutor/CSGreen/rain/Raining.gif

          – –THANK U♥ 4 the BLESSINGS – –ALWAYS. :>)

          • Alma98

            :)

    • Joy

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hey Joy!

  • Miranda

    Teachers fight back……as the republican party has demonized teachers for the last 4 years, its time to punch back.
    ————————————

    Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves.
    [...]
    While other interest groups focus on the frenzied fight for control of the Senate, teachers unions are pouring their resources into state politics. They’re pushing to flip legislative chambers in several states to Democratic control and put allies in key offices such as attorney general and secretary of state in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

    Above all, they’re out to oust incumbent Republican governors, especially Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Florida’s Rick Scott and Michigan’s Rick Snyder.

    Education rarely shows up as a top concern for voters in national polls. But it’s been a galvanizing force in recent mayoral elections in New York and Newark, and unions believe it will stir voters on the state level in a year roiling with debates about the Common Core, standardized testing and the soaring cost of college.

    All the GOP governors in the union cross hairs are considered vulnerable, their races listed as tossups by The Cook Political Report. All have moved to curb union influence, cut education funding or promote alternatives to traditional public schools — or all of the above.

    Walker stripped public-sector workers of most collective-bargaining rights (and then beat back a ferocious effort by organized labor to recall him). Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback cut job protections for teachers. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has been locked in a years-long battle with unions over school funding.

    And in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage famously advised his constituents: “If you want a good education, go to private schools.”

    The enmity many teachers feel toward these governors goes far beyond partisan politics: It’s personal. There was even a booth at the NEA convention in Denver this month that gave teachers a chance to throw darts at the Republican governor of their choice.

    “We’ve got to play real hardball in these midterm elections,” said Antonio White, a business teacher in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/unions-teachers-streets-votes-109305.html#ixzz38OkRiizI

    • edp4bho

      Morning all. So this is why I heard a commercial on radio featuring a teacher in support of Corbett. She lies, he lies. Vote 2014 midterms !!

  • Miranda

    Genocide….

    Airstrike Hits School Sheltering Gaza Civilians
    By ANNE BARNARD and ISABEL KERSHNER
    JULY 24, 2014

    GAZA CITY — An apparent Israeli strike Thursday afternoon on a school sheltering Gaza residents who evacuated their homes killed and injured “multiple” people, according to the local director of the United Nations agency that is operating the shelter.

    The Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza said 10 people had been killed and “a large number” wounded at the school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip.

    A spokesman for the Israeli military had no immediate information about the event and said he was looking into the matter.

    This was the third time that shelters set up in schools have been struck during the current conflict. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which is helping Palestinians displaced by the conflict, said that more than 140,000 residents of Gaza were now staying in 83 schools where it runs shelters.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/world/middleeast/despite-talk-of-a-cease-fire-no-lull-in-gaza-fighting.html

    • MsKitty

      And the kicker is the Red Cross told the IDF that the school was in that location, yet they bombed them anyway.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

        Exactly! They KNEW which means they intentionally target innocent civilians. This is premeditated murder, plain and simple. But watch the media not reveal this information.

        • MsKitty

          And if I hear “Hamas is using them as human shields” one more time…

          The craven hatefulness and willingness to slaughter is making me wish ill will on certain segments, and I’m gonna leave it there before I type something really ugly.

          • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

            That’s exactly what NBC’s Richard Engel is reporting via Twitter as well as that Hamas hit the school. Peep his timeline: http://twitter.com/RichardEngel

          • MsKitty

            Like someone said the other day Goebbels would be so proud. SMH.

          • Miranda

            Proud……..or jealous

          • creolechild

            I also saw on twitter where an ambulance that Engel was in shot at by Israelis. Think he’ll start telling the truth now? Wait…never mind. Then there’s this info which doesn’t appear to be widely reported, either that or I’ve lost track. This is so callous and heartbreaking…

            UN shelter in Gaza ‘struck by Israeli shells’

            [....] Thursday’s strike is the fourth time a UN facility has been hit in the 17 days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza.[....]

            Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/israeli-shells-hits-un-shelter-gaza-201472413198190287.html

            H/T Al Jazeera

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- —ACA POSITIVITY♥ –Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – -Insurers returned $9B to consumers under O-Care –:>)

    – – – –Insurance companies returned about $ 9 billion dollars from premiums since 2011 because of an ObamaCare provision to cap how much profit they can make, according to a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report released Thursday.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are required to spend at least 80 to 85 percent of the premiums they collect on patient care or to make improvements to healthcare quality.

    If companies fail to meet that threshold, also known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR), they are required to return the difference to their insurance holders either directly or by reducing future premiums. If the insurance was bought through an employer, the employer must either do the same or provide better benefits.

    HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell touted the findings of the report and said provisions like the MLR “are providing Americans with immediate savings and helping to bring transparency and accountability to the insurance market over the long-term.”

    According to the report, the average family will either get a direct refund or reduction in their premiums in the amount of $80 this year.

    A previous report by the Commonwealth Fund found that insurers returned more than $1.5 billion in rebates to consumers between 2011 and 2012.
    THERE IS MORE- – —

    – – -☺http://media.giphy.com/media/10spcFioEOY7zG/giphy.gif

    – – –THANK U SIR♥—-:>)

    Wonder “WHYCOME” — -THIS has NOT made the MAJOR NEWS??- —NEVAMIND. . .

  • creolechild

    Diner Leaves $1,000 Tip, Waiter Shares It With Entire Staff

    A diner who was celebrating his birthday at The Ginger Man in Albany,
    N.Y., last week tipped server Michael Shafts $1,000, along with the
    message, “Pay it forward. My birthday present to me!” ABC News reported. And pay it forward he did. Shafts shared his gratuity with all the staff members who had worked that night.

    The tip was 10 times the amount of the entire bill.(WATCH the short video below from ABC)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/diner-leaves-1000-tip-waiter-shares-entire-staff/

    H/T GNN and ABC News

  • Miranda

    No….this is not the Onion…but it is the makings of a very good SNL skit.

    https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/492269743551033344

    • Alma98

      SMH, It’s too early for this stupidity.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – –SAD airline news – –
    – – –Air Algerie plane with 116 on board falls off radar
    – – – – -An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar,prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline’s operator said Thursday.

    Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers’ Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.

    The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets.

    The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.
    THERE IS MORE – — –

    – – -PRAYERS — -4 the Families.♥ AMEN♥ – –

    – –P.S. –Honored –Burkina Faso. It usta B called –Upper Volta.

    • Joy

      You know, we were planning a Euro vaction for next year, but I have no desire to go anymore.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Joy. **BIG HUG** :>)–

        Acknowledgin’ your thoughts. :>) OTOH — -there R sooo many successful flights. :>) Annnd – -this was not a major airline company.

        B BLESSED – – -in your decision. ♥ :>)

  • creolechild

    Integrys to introduce new rate structure this fall

    Integrys Energy Services is switching Chicagoans to a new rate structure meant to reward customers who use less energy than others. The new pricing structure, which starts in September, will place electricity customers into one of 10 categories based on prior electricity usage, which will be used to determine which flat monthly charge those customers will pay on bills.

    Under the new rate structure, customers living in multi-family units will pay anywhere from $3.99 per month to $22.36 per month and single-family homes will pay between $19.99 and $29.99 per month depending on their usage.[....]

    Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-integrys-new-rate-structure-20140723,0,6307636.story

    H/T Julie Werneau

  • Miranda

    Ok then………..so make sure if you donate to the Detroit residents fund to help them get their water back on, that its for a “deserving” resident. The undeserving ones don’t deserve water…I know because Paul Ryan said so.
    ——————————-
    From the Wall Street Journal on Paul Ryan’s “anti-poverty” plan:

    The proposals will focus on increasing opportunities for low-income households instead of highlighting ways to cut social welfare programs, said Bob Woodson, president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise who has spent more than a year visiting poor cities with Mr. Ryan.

    “He’s coming up with a new construct and I’ve encouraged him,” Mr. Woodson said in an interview. “We cannot and should not generalize about poor people. There are the deserving poor and the undeserving poor. It used to be that way and it became politically incorrect. We are returning to some of the old values that served people very effectively until the welfare reforms of the 1960s.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/07/22/paul-ryans-new-anti-poverty-plan-includes-six-pillars/

    • creolechild

      “We are returning to some of the old, narrow-minded and exclusionary values that served white people very effectively, that is until the welfare reforms of the 1960s made it possible for people of color to benefit as well.”

      Fixed…and I agree with Alma…it’s too early in the day for this type of stupidity.

      • Miranda

        THANK YOU!

      • TresL

        My sister worked in HR for a Kentucky company and found it almost impossible to staff its plants. When my older sister, on a visit, wanted to give a few dollars to a white person who appeared to be homeless, my younger sister refused to stop the car. She said we have plenty of jobs and “these people” (poor whites) are too lazy, uneducated and meth-addicted to qualify, get and keep the jobs. She said it’s like a revolving door as quickly as they get in, they either stop coming to work after their first paycheck, quit or get fired. She got so sick of it she quit and found a job in another state. I’m sure Ryan would probably still consider these folks the deserving poor even though they clearly fit every negative stereotype that racists like him ascribe to POC.

    • MsKitty

      As someone who grew up poor (though I was blessed enough not to realize how much so until I was an adult), I cannot even say how enraging this is. Who the hell are they to judge who is deserving and who isn’t? If someone like this crossed my path in real life they would be reduced to a puddle of sobs and humiliation by the time I was done with them.

    • Town

      “He’s coming up with a new construct and I’ve encouraged him,” Mr. Woodson said in an interview. “We cannot and should not generalize about poor people. There are the deserving white poor and the undeserving black poor. It
      used to be that way and it became politically incorrect. We are
      returning to some of the old values that served people very effectively until the welfare reforms of the 1960s.”

      There. Fixed.

  • Miranda

    Alabama…..why let the other GOP states have all the fun? We can destroy what’s left of this heap of confederate shit with the best of em! Yes! Let’s take from education and give to corporations to beg them to come here with our illiterate residents that will work for cheap…..*sigh*
    —————————————
    ‘Eat what you kill': Bentley tempted to take a bite out of education to recruit industry
    By J.D. Crowe | jdcrowe@al.com
    on July 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Gov. Bentley’s hungry to lure new businesses to the table and he’s tempted to take a bite out of the Education Trust Fund to git ‘r done, apparently.

    Wednesday afternoon, Al.com’s Brendan Kirby reported Bentley plans to call a special session after the November elections to use education funds to pay for industrial recruiting.

    “Who pays for the incentives? It’s not education, but they benefit from it totally. … You ought to eat what you kill,” he said, according to Kirby’s report.

    Like a man on a slippery rock looking over a steep cliff, later in the day he backed away from some of those comments, saying his calls for a special session were “misinterpreted.”

    Earlier in the week, Kyle Whitmire wrote: Job numbers show Bentley isn’t getting the job done.

    more here: http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/07/bentleys_appetite_for_educatio.html

    • Alma98

      I see he wants to wait til after the election he ain’t slick.
      If people still vote for this turd they deserve what they get.

      • Miranda

        They’re too stupid….they want that Medicaid expansion and the GOP won’t let it happen….so Maw and Paw Kettle in Bumper Stick, AL don’t blame the GOP, they blame Obama for putting the idea in their heads in the first place.

        • Alma98

          SMDH

  • rikyrah

    What if Mitch McConnell loses?

    By MANU RAJU and JOHN BRESNAHAN | 7/23/14 5:09 AM EDT Updated: 7/23/14 7:28 AM EDT

    It’s a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that’s on many senators’ minds: What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid?

    There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now.

    In interviews and private conversations with more than half of the 45-member Senate Republican Conference, there is a split over a potential McConnell successor. His top deputy, John Cornyn of Texas, is favored to succeed him, several GOP senators said. But others ranging from John Thune of South Dakota to Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander — or a dark horse — are among those who could get serious consideration in the event of a leadership vacancy.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/gop-mitch-mcconnell-lose-senate-kentucky-109262.html#ixzz38Ou5XZWu

    • MsKitty

      I dunno, I can totally see Rafi Cruz making a power grab because he’s slimy like that.

  • creolechild

    Low-income homes, homeless programs in Knoxville get $768K in funding

    The Knoxville City Council approved six contracts Tuesday night with
    various local agencies to provide services for low-income residents and the homeless.Those agreements totaled $768,805 with more than half of that amount coming from federal grant dollars.[....] The CAC, East Tennessee Community Design Center and Neighborhood Housing Inc. will sign contracts to provide services related to home repair programs, especially for low-income families.

    Those agreements total $426,305 with funding coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. The city will also sign a contract with the Great Schools Partnership for $100,000 for the Community Schools Initiative that aims at “improving parental involvement, neighborhood health, safety, and quality of life,” according to information sheets given to council members.[....]

    Read more: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/lowincome-homes-homeless-programs-in-knoxville-get-768k-in-funding_93665648

    H/T Tony Hernandez

  • Miranda

    New Video Shows NYPD Officer Putting Suspected Subway Farebeater in Chokehold

    The arrest shown in this video was just three days before Eric Garner of Staten Island died after being put in a chokehold by an officer while being arrested
    By Michael George| Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

    A new video showing the arrest of an alleged Manhattan subway farebeater purports to show a police officer using a chokehold to subdue the suspect, a prohibited police tactic that’s sparked outrage since a Staten Island man died after being put in a similar position last week.

    The suspect was arrested at the 125th Street subway station on Lexington Avenue in East Harlem on July 14, just three days before Eric Garner of Staten Island died after being placed in a chokehold while in police custody.

    more here: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYPD-Chokehold-Video-Subway-Farebeater-Police-Custody-268379742.html

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      I saw this last night. A fare jumper? Really NYPD? REALLY?

    • creolechild

      FBI Monitoring Investigation of Eric Garner’s ‘Chokehold’ Death

      Speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon, N.Y.P.D. commissioner Bill Bratton said that the lead investigative agency at this time is the Staten Island District Attorney. He said that police investigators have spoken to the F.B.I. “to discuss their monitoring of this investigation,” and that he would “not be surprised” if they began a civil rights violation case.

      He said that “consistent policing” was of the utmost importance and refuted the idea that race was a factor in the incident.[...]

      Read more: http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/07/fbi-monitoring-investigation-of-eric-garners-chokehold-death/374852/

      H/T David Ludwig

  • Miranda

    HAHAHA….that’s right….clown their asses. I think the Dems are feeling themselves right now…they getting a lil feisty, time to take it up a notch and get that vibe we had going into the 2012 elections.
    ———————-
    Sahil Kapur @sahilkapur · 1h
    GOP just voted down a Dem amendment to require the House counsel disclose every 7 days how much $ it’s spending on lawsuit vs Obama.

    Sahil Kapur @sahilkapur · 1h
    Dems trolling hard now, offering an amendment requiring lawsuit $ come out of the Benghazi select committee fund.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      *giggles*

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- –Bank of America —-Pays UP$$ – –

    – – – -Bank of America to pay $16.6 million to resolve U.S. sanctions violations

    – – – – -Bank of America Corp’s banking unit (BAC.N) agreed to pay $16.6 million to resolve allegations that it processed several hundred transactions for drug traffickers who are subject to U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday.

    The bank processed around $91,000 in transactions for six designated narcotics traffickers between 2005 and 2009, and failed to file timely reports on accounts owned by four others, the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said.

    Bank of America spokesman Lawrence Grayson said the settlement concluded a matter the bank addressed in 2009 by improving its sanctions-related systems and controls.
    THERE IS MORE- – – —

    – – — –JU$TICE – — -$erved!- –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – –THIS is some —-ACA FUNness♥ –:>)

    —-☺@TheObamaDiary[THANK U♥] :>)

    ‘I HATE Obamacare!1!’

    ‘Honey, a rebate has arrived from our health insurer!’

    ‘I LOVE the Affordable Care Act!1!’ pic.twitter.com/5yo9opoZTa

    — – -Such – -TRUTH! :>) —:>)

  • Miranda

    You know, after reading Paul Ryan’s mean anti-poverty plan…and what the Gov of Alabama is trying to do (taking education money to give to corporations), the GOP mad because they can’t find a right wing movie via Google and wanna have hearings – leave it to a black feminist to score a win for the stupidest shit I will read today.

    Why I Will Not March for Eric Garner
    http://www.forharriet.com/2014/07/why-i-will-not-march-for-eric-garner.html

    • Alma98

      sighhh, This why we will never get anywhere.

      • Miranda

        Precisely…that kind of bullshit fuckery right there. And she has the nerve to name that damn site “For Harriet” – bitch NO.

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

          The irony is thick! Does she understand that Harriet Tubman would not have tolerated this kind of bs??

          I swear….Some of these Black feminists are just as hateful as their white counterparts that they complain about.

        • Admiral_Komack

          Harriet would have shot her stupid ass.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      I try to keep it classy, but sometimes ya gotta call a dumb bitch, “a dumb bitch”, and this is clearly a DUMB BITCH.

    • creolechild

      That article and some of the comments related to it are:

      #WhyPeopleWith2BrainCellsDontTakeWhyWeCantWaitSeriously

    • Kennymack1971

      There’s a discussion to be had about mysoginst and abusive behavior in our community once again we have someone who takes the conversation to a place it doesn’t need to go. You don’t want to march or stand up for Eric Garner? Fine. But stop pretending this is about some lofty feminist ideal or elevating anyone’s thinking. This was just being nasty for no reason other than to generate clicks. Some of these Black Feminists might want to check their sisters on this BS.

    • Tafr

      Not a word about the black woman was beaten like a dog by that CHP monster. Not a word about the black woman who was followed, spit on and called a nigger by an off duty cop, not a word.

    • Admiral_Komack

      One day she’s going to show up with a tin cup, begging for money, and I’m gonna say, “Bitch, please!”

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — –Sooo hot here – –Some DAYZ – – –IT Jus’ —B’s LIKE —DIS

    – – –☺http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/e0/f0/b8/e0f0b82b009b9518467bc57d9a1e41d4.jpg

    —ENJOY♥ :>)

    • Miranda

      It is SO that kind of day!

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL Miranda♥- — – -Glad U ENJOYED. :>)

    • Alma98

      This how I felt on Tuesday GLH, lol.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL Alma. :>) Thank U. :>)

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Let ‘em know PBO!

    In Los Angeles, Obama gives his die-hard supporters a tough-love talk

    President Obama delivered a tough-love talk to his biggest boosters
    Wednesday, telling Democratic donors gathered in Los Angeles that they need to step it up before November if he’s going to get much done in his last two years in office.

    “You thought, ‘OK, we elect Barack and that’s it,’” Obama told a crowd big-dollar donors gathered in the lush Hancock Park backyard of TV producer Shonda Rhimes. He reminded them that he’d warned that it wasn’t about electing him but about getting “our democracy to work.”

    “I have got to have a Congress that has some sense and is willing to
    work and is willing to compromise and is focused on the American people.And we don’t have that right now.”

    …“Lo and behold we’re surprised when John Boehner is speaker of the
    House! What happened to Nancy Pelosi? What happened is y’all didn’t
    vote. And that’s when all kinds of … stuff happened,” Obama said,
    pausing as if deliberating on whether to keep the rant clean. “That’s
    what it was — stuff.”

    MORE: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-los-angeles-2014-tough-talk-20140723-story.html

    • Miranda

      “I have got to have a Congress that has some sense ”

      ———————-
      STRAIGHT NO CHASER.

      • Alma98

        PBO is tired of the crazy ignorant asses being sent to congress by racist nuts.

        • nellcote

          He’s probably tired of getting beat up for ‘stuff’ congress DOESN’T do.

          • Alma98

            Yes that too.

          • MsKitty

            I wouldn’t have been mad at him if he had Shonda set up a projector in the backyard and play Schoolhouse Rock, since folks seem to have trouble with the whole 3 branches of government concept.

      • Kennymack1971

        Tell it Mr. President. Tell it.

      • isonprize

        He’s not only a member, he’s President of the
        NO FCUKS TO GIVE CLUB!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT♥ — -MR. PRESIDENT♥– :>)

    — — -Barack Obama spoke in Berlin to over 200,000 and also traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel on this date in 2008.

    — —–☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-9ry38AhbU

    – – — — – – – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj0mJ2yqaRU
    – —THEY LOVE HIM♥ :>)

    – – —-☺http://www.thewire.com/static/img/upload/2013/06/19/AP080724019718.jpg

    – – — —- – -☺http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/07/24/world/obama_600.1.jpg

    — – — -☺http://lh3.ggpht.com/-yL5-joUxkto/UoEFcy6GupI/AAAAAAABBlM/J6Spo-YkrCQ/stand%252520as%252520one%252520-%252520obama_thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

    — – -HE IS THE – — -BEST PRESIDENT — -EVA!♥ — WE annnd the WORLD – – -BLESSED♥- :>)

    • Alma98

      Most of he world was ready for a black president. But here at home we still have people holding on to racism on the left & the right. Can you imagine how much PBO could have got done if he had a decent congress.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma – – –***BIG fist bump*** :>)

        –THIS:- – - Can you imagine how much PBO could have got done if he had a decent congress.

        – –Between the RACISTS annnd the HATAS — they have tried 2 defeat him — –BUT we KNOW —

        – ——☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw

        —DAILY PRAYERS 4 HIM♥ :>)

      • nellcote

        Can you imagine how much PBO could have got done if he had a decent congress.

        ===
        I try not to go there too often, it makes me cry.

        • Alma98

          I feel ya nellcote.

  • Miranda

    SMH……are losing their DAMN MINDS!

    Minnesota man guns down teen girl after she asks him to stop riding lawnmower in her yard

    A Minnesota man who admitted shooting a 17-year-old girl multiple times because she asked him to stop trespassing on his riding lawnmower has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

    According to a criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press, 40-year-old Chad Pickering shot the 17-year-old girl in the chest, right thigh and left ankle while she was standing on the deck of her Bemidji home on Monday night.

    “The victim herself was able to describe what had happened and talk to us and tell us that she’d simply been shot when she stepped out of her house to check on her dogs,” Sheriff Phil Hodapp explained to WCCO.

    full story here: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/07/22/authorities-man-shot-17-year-old-girl-multiple-times-in-beltrami-co/

    • rikyrah

      WHAT DA PHUQ???

    • Alma98

      Madness! Just fucking madness!

    • MsKitty

      I hope he never sees the light of day again.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥- -WHA’???- —–EXPECTIN’ — -JUSTICE!!! geesh!!!
      – — — has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

      — – – – – – -☺ALL! – –OF! — -THIS!! http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa68/Batocchio/Stupid-Evil-Crazy2.jpg

      – – — -☺For the young Lady/family♥: – – -http://www.mcclouisvilleky.org/wpimages/wp7ffe6c00.gif AMEN♥

    • Kennymack1971

      They’re out of control…

    • Guns3000

      This is sad

  • creolechild

    I don’t understand this. If the DOJ found that expulsions in public schools disproportionately targeted black and Latino students, how is it that the court was unable to reach a similar conclusion? Is it too early for ice cream? :(

    School Closure Concerns Matter for Election Polls

    A federal judge sympathized with parents that link city school closures with discrimination, but ruled that election polls, not the courts, are the venue for their frustration. A group of parents whose
    children were displaced when the city closed their schools for
    underperformance sued the D.C. Chancellor of Public Schools Kaya
    Henderson, claiming that the closures smack of discrimination because of the disparate impact they have on poor and minority children, and that charter schools and teacher performance pay ultimately harm black students.

    “The core problem here is that the parents’ fight is one for the ballot box – not the courts,” wrote U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in his ruling. “Although plaintiffs dislike charter schools, performance pay, and the increasing number of D.C. school closures, there is simply no real evidence that these policies are discriminatory. As a result, federal courts have no authority to intervene in these sensitive policy choices, and judges should not be the ones to render the final verdict on charter schools, school turnarounds, and teacher evaluations.”

    The judge added: “Instead, those decisions must be made by the policymakers and experts who have, for better or worse, always controlled public education.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/07/23/69774.htm

    H/T Ryan Abbott

    • Alma98

      It’s a cop out and he knows it.

      • creolechild

        I thought so too because after all Brown vs The Board of Education was a court-rendered decision. So much fukkery, so little time…

      • Miranda

        It sure was.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MornTin’ creolechild. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

      – -WHOA! — -Lookat -chu – – -CALLIN’ HIM OUT!! – –HAH!

      –Let’s – –CONNECT – –some – –☻ – -☻

      – – — -On February 7, 2014 Chief Justice John G. Roberts announced that he would appoint Boasberg to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a term starting May 18, 2014 to a seat being vacated by Reggie Walton

      – -Yes. – –He was recommended by Mr. President♥[ On June 17, 2010, President Barack Obama formally nominated Boasberg to the District Court for the District of Columbia.] —

      -BUT he OBVIOUSLY is ACTING —OUT of his —Chief Justice Roberts–MODE!! – –geesh!!

      – — THIS:—IS! — -OBVIOUS!! – –“The core problem here is that the parents’ fight is one for the ballot box – not the courts,” wrote U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in his
      ruling.

      THEY CAIN’T DEPEND on HIM!! – – -humph!!!

      Thank U creolechild. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MornTin’ creolechild. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

      – -WHOA! — -Lookat -chu – – -CALLIN’ HIM OUT!! – –HAH!

      –Let’s – –CONNECT – –some – –☻ – -☻

      – – — -On February 7, 2014 Chief Justice John G. Roberts announced that he would appoint Boasberg to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a term starting May 18, 2014 to a seat being vacated by Reggie Walton

      – -Yes. – –He was recommended by Mr. President♥[ On June 17, 2010, President Barack Obama formally nominated Boasberg to the District Court for the District of Columbia.] —

      -BUT he OBVIOUSLY is ACTING —OUT of his —Chief Justice Roberts–MODE!! – –geesh!!

      – — THIS:—IS! — -OBVIOUS!! – –“The core problem here is that the parents’ fight is one for the ballot box – not the courts,” wrote U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in his
      ruling.

      THEY CAIN’T DEPEND on HIM!! – – -humph!!!

      Thank U creolechild. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – -“Mother Nature”- – -DISPLAYS – — -the MORNING BEAUTY♥ —:>)

    – – – -☺@_KLBarnes[THANK U♥] :>)

    For you on this beautiful Thursday morning “@drkent: Blue Butterfly by Ralf Bessoth pic.twitter.com/wzQMJjBRoM”

    ENJOY♥ :>)

  • Miranda
    • Kennymack1971

      Uh huh…Republicans are so fake.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – -“Mother Nature” — – -INTERSECTS — – -With — STREET ART♥ —-:>)

    – – – -☺http://www.demilked.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/street-art-DALeast-thumb290.jpg

    — –ENJOY♥- –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- — – -Some VISUAL – – — ACA POSITIVITY♥- -:>)

    – – – -☺ ‏@charles_gaba

    #ACASignups A closer look at the ProPublica @HealthCareGov Data: http://ow.ly/zx544 #Obamacare #HIX pic.twitter.com/IM4sTHkwKD

    —-He’s been the MASTER STATISTICIAN. :>) – -Luv his werk/SUPPORT. :>)

  • jds09

    Okay, while I’m working, I’m binge watching Chopped in the background. These grown people are crying, talking about how they want their young children to be proud of them. This was not a goal of mine (I had adult friends and family for that), I wanted his respect and to lead by example. Am I alone in this?

    • MsKitty

      Not at all. Chopped has gone so overboard with the sob stories that it’s turned into Queen for a Day with cooking utensils. It’s to the point that as soon as somebody starts gearing up with their tale of woe I hit the FF button. For once I would love it if a chef came on and said he wanted to win the $10K so he could spend it on a wild Vegas weekend with hookers and blow.

      • jds09

        LOL!

      • Admiral_Komack

        I used to like “Chopped”, until the one where the person who did not use all the ingredients in the time alloted moved past the person who did (this person’s dish was judged “OK but not good enough”). I’m like, “he didn’t use all the ingredients?-CHOPPED!”
        After that…whatever.

      • Town

        Most of the people with tales of woe can’t cook and are hoping their tales of woe will sway the judges.

      • Town

        Most of the people with tales of woe can’t cook and are hoping their tales of woe will sway the judges.

  • lamh

    Fav James Brown song too many but 1st ro mind…”Baby Baby Baby. ..Baby Baby Baby…I got that feelin” #SayItLoud

  • Miranda

    Insurers returned $9B to consumers under O-Care
    By Ferdous Al-Faruque – 07/24/14 12:06 AM EDT

    Insurance companies returned about $9 billion from premiums since 2011 because of an ObamaCare provision to cap how much profit they can make, according to a new Department of Health and Human Services report released Thursday.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are required to spend at least 80 percent to 85 percent of the premiums they collect on patient care or to make improvements to healthcare quality.

    If companies fail to meet that threshold, also known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR), they are required to return the difference to their insurance holders either directly or by reducing future premiums. If the insurance was bought through an employer, the employer must either do the same or provide better benefits.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/213205-insurers-returned-9-billion-to-consumers-under-obamacare#ixzz38PS43iKM

  • Miranda

    More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve: Washington Post
    Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:11pm EDT

    (Reuters) – More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation’s reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

    “We found that troops who operate in the occupied territories aren’t the only ones enforcing the mechanisms of control over Palestinian lives. In truth, the entire military is implicated. For that reason, we now refuse to participate in our reserve duties, and we support all those who resist being called to service,” the soldiers wrote in a petition posted online and first reported by the newspaper.

    more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-mideast-gaza-israel-reservists-idUSKBN0FS1WC20140723

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Salute!

  • Joy

    Despite some objections, plan moves forward to rename Lancaster Road as Nelson Mandela Boulevard

    A plan to rename South Lancaster Road as Nelson Mandela Boulevard is moving forward.

    That’s even though a committee of the Dallas Plan Commission voted on Thursday to recommend that the name change be denied. The panel cited opposition from some Oak Cliff property owners, including the only two people who showed up to discuss the idea.

    The proposal remains on track because it was pitched by three City Council members, most notably Dwaine Caraway. The process for renaming streets means the council will ultimately decide if the idea will be approved, though the full plan commission will also vet the plan.

    “There does seem to be a lack of support, and it doesn’t seem that this was a groundswell in the community,” said Commission Bobby Abtahi, who voted for recommending denial. “But frankly, it belongs at the City Council.”

    Caraway first pitched the idea in April to rename the prominent corridor after the late South African president and civil rights leader. As proposed, the change would apply to a six-mile stretch from Illinois Avenue on the north to the city limit south of Interstate 20.
    Caraway, who represents a large chunk of South Lancaster Road, said the change would put southern Dallas on the “global map.” Council members Scott Griggs and Tennell Atkins then joined him last month in starting the formal process to rename the road.

    Though Caraway said he wasn’t looking for a fight, some past efforts to rename streets after public figures have turned into just that. And while Mandela isn’t a very polarizing figure – committee members praised Mandela at length — some challenges remain.
    Dallas streets can’t be named for someone who hasn’t been dead for at least two years; Mandela died Dec. 5. And there’s a 14-character limit on street names. But both of those requirements can be waived by a three-fourths vote of the City Council.

    Name changes also tend to provide a hassle to local merchants and residents. Businesses owners might have to get new signs and stationary that reflect their new addresses, while longtime residents might have a harder time giving directions to visitors.

    Those seem to be the central worries of those opposed to renaming Lancaster Road.

    Of nearly 320 notices mailed to property owners in the corridor, 16 voiced opposition, while 3 voiced support. Caraway said many of those opposed are owners who don’t actually live or work in the area, but others said there are notable community concerns.

    “The residents that live in that area are more or less elderly,” said Stanford Washington, who lives on Lancaster Road. “To change all the information at a time like this would be very difficult for a lot of people.”

  • creolechild

    5 Friends Get $10K to Travel US, Spreading Kindness to Strangers

    Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Kind Snacks, five friends are hitting
    the streets this summer, spreading acts of random kindness to strangers around the country through a nonprofit organization called ARK Project Now.

    They’ve traveled 6,000 miles in an RV, left care packages for
    homeless people, bought coffee for strangers, and cooked dinner for
    families visiting sick relatives.(WATCH the video below)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/5-friends-get-10k-travel-us-spreading-kindness-strangers/

    H/T Today and GNN

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- — -WELP ! — – -HIS werk is DONE HERE. :>)

    – –☺@WestWingReport[THANK U♥] :>)

    Last fundraiser of three-day West Coast swing: 25 folks paying up to legal max $32,400; President returns Washington PM

    NOW – –I’ON’T wanna hear – –ANY NEGATIVITY —from U Dems!!! – -NONE!!! – – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – –☺@BarackObama[THANK U --SIR♥] — -WE KNOW that CONGRESS is OBSTRUCTING! – –

    The last time the federal minimum wage was raised was five years ago today. #TBT #LiveTheWage pic.twitter.com/WBxGM6PfgL

    THANK U 4 ALL that U R DOING. :>) SEVERAL STATES/Cities R FOLLOWING! — – – :>)- – -GOOD JOB♥ :>)

  • creolechild

    House Dem: Congress about to take ‘undeserved’ August recess

    Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) on Thursday said that Congress doesn’t deserve its five-week August recess. “Creating opportunity for hardworking American families and reigniting the American dream should be the top priority of this Congress,” Kildee said on the House floor. “But instead, we are about embark on a one-month legislative recess as the House Republican leadership continues to block
    action on legislation to create jobs and grow the middle class.”

    Kildee listed Democratic priorities that have been ignored by House
    Republicans, such as raising the minimum wage, renewing unemployment insurance and immigration reform. “Instead of taking those up, we’re about to leave town for a month of undeserved time off,” Kildee said.

    Both the House and Senate are expected to leave town by next Thursday, July 31. Congress is scheduled to return on Monday, Sept. 8.

    Source: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/213258-house-dem-congress-about-to-take-undeserved-august-recess

    H/T Cristina Marcos

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    • Alma98

      They always resort to you’re an anti-semite when someone criticizes Israel. I’m sorry if they don’t want to hear it, but Israel is becoming what they fought against. I want to know what do they call what Israel is doing to Africans?

      • isonprize

        I want to know what do they call what Israel is doing to Africans?

        SAY IT, Alma. SAAAY ITTT!!!

    • MsKitty

      Couldn’t let that go. Just called their hypocritical asses out.

    • Miranda

      How they figure?

      If the shoe fits………..