December 22, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Leaders of Charitable Organizations

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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a position she has held since 2003. With more than 30 years of personal experience as a medical practitioner, policy-maker, professor and nonprofit executive, Lavizzo-Mourey combines the scientific and ethical values she learned as a doctor with an enduring conviction that meaningful philanthropy must achieve lasting social change.

Under her leadership, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has researched, evaluated, and implemented transformative programs tackling the nation’s most pressing health issues, with the goal of creating a national culture of health.  Risa is the first woman and the first African-American to head the Foundation, which has an endowment of about $9  billion (it is the nation’s fourth largest).

Convinced that in America good health should be a fundamental expectation enjoyed by all and not an accident of geography or socioeconomic status, Lavizzo-Mourey has built on the Foundation’s  40-year history of addressing key public health issues,by adopting bold, forward-looking priorities that include:  Reversing the childhood obesity epidemic; creating a health care system that provides the best possible care at a reasonable cost; expanding the role of highly-trained nurses; and, addressing the social factors that impact health, especially among the most vulnerable.

A specialist in geriatrics, Lavizzo-Mourey came to the Foundation from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems. She also directed Penn’s Institute on Aging and was chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.

At the federal level, Lavizzo-Mourey served as deputy administrator of  the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and worked on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force, co-chairing the working group on Quality of Care. She also has served on numerous federal advisory committees, including the Task Force on Aging Research, the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics and the President’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.

Additionally, she co-chaired a congressionally requested Institute of Medicine study on racial and ethnic disparities in health care (Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care (2002)).

She did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington and the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  She trained in geriatrics at Penn, then earned an MBA from the Wharton School.

Lavizzo-Mourey is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and several boards of directors. She is also a frequent blogger at Whitehouse.gov.

She is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and other awards, including commendations for her work from the Harvard School of Public Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American College of Physicians, the National Library of Medicine, the American Medical Women’s Association, the National Medical Association and the University of Pennsylvania.

She and her husband of nearly 40 years have two adult children and one grandchild.

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • jds09

      Good Morning rikyrah and the rest of the POU Fam. I’m loving this series. Thanks.

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

      Mornin’!

    • TrumpDog

      Good morning!

      • Alma98

        Morning TrumpDog!

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah :)

  • AxelFoley

    Mornin’, ya’ll. Still trippin’ from all this Jay-Z/Solange stuff from yesterday.

    • rikyrah

      LOL, Axel

    • jds09

      It tripped me out too.

      My Mama used to tell me, “if you hit a man expect to get hit back. Keep your hands to yourself.” I know that’s not fashionable, but its an effective and efficient rule to live by. She also told me, “if he’s hit another woman he will eventually hit you, you’re not that special.”

      IMO, Solange needs charges and Jay Z showed restraint.

      • TrumpDog

        I teach mine to NOT hit back. Because no matter what, they will end up looking like the aggressor and punk. Had Jay Z hit her back, we’d be discussing why he felt it necessary to hit her when there was bodyguard there to restrain. We’d also be calling him an abuser who probably hits his wife too. I mean if he could easily hit his own SIL…?
        Whether it was fair or not, Jay Z was right to hold back because it would have been a no-win situation. He did the right thing.
        My question is why Beyonce just stood there. If my sister attacked my husband, she would have had to get through me after the first blow. Same with if my husband attacked my sister. I just couldn’t allow someone to be so aggressive against another with me just standing there.
        I like Beyonce but I am disappointed in her reaction.

        • Guns3000

          LOCK HER UP

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

            That ain’t gonna happen because Jay and Bey don’t want Solange to spill the tea on WHY she went H.A.M. on Jigga man.

          • Guns3000

            It’s going to come out anyway. Lol The crack in the damn is getting bigger by the day. Keep your hands to yourself. Lock her wild ass up. I jus noticed my girlfriend has an Essence mag with guess who on the cover? Destination: circular file

          • Alma98

            LOL

          • Admiral_Komack

            Leave the mag alone.
            You’ll have to be in a elevator with your girlfriend sometime…somewhere…:-)

          • Admiral_Komack

            NOT.
            GONNA.
            HAPPEN.

        • Town

          Beyonce was more concerned with her dress getting messed up than the fight.

          • Guns3000

            She’s smart enough not to mess up the money.

          • Admiral_Komack

            She’s smart enough to not be hit by a stray leg or fist.

          • AxelFoley

            LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

      • Admiral_Komack

        Solange is going to run up against the wrong person one day.

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

        Black Twittet has no chill!

        • rikyrah

          Black Twitter skewers without mercy

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

            And I’m totally here for it!

      • MsKitty

        Wow. Wasn’t ready for that one. LOL

      • Alma98

        LOL!

      • AxelFoley

        *tears*

    • Alma98

      Morning Axel, hubby said she wouldn’t set foot in his house again after cuttin’ up like that lol.

  • rikyrah

    The SEC Has Revealed Astounding Corruption in Private Equity And, for once, the commission is not letting them get away with it

    By Mike Konczal

    When liberals talk about economic regulation, they often use eye-rolling abstractions like “accountability” and “transparency.” What do those things even mean? How are those objectives enforced, and what would this enforcement even look like? Luckily we have a real-time example of what it all means, courtesy of Dodd-Frank and the SEC. It involves one of the more controversial parts of the financial markets, and it gives us a view into how reform happens.

    As a result of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, private equity firms must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This, in turn, allows the SEC to examine the behavior of private equity firms on behalf of investors. The SEC just completed an initial wave of 150 firms, and what it found is shocking.

    These results were unveiled last week when Andrew Bowden, the director of the SEC’s examinations office, gave a speech titled “Spreading Sunshine in Private Equity.” The big takeaway: Half of the SEC’s exams find corruption in the way fees and expenses are handled. Or as Bowden forcefully describes it: “When we have examined how fees and expenses are handled by advisers to private equity funds, we have identified what we believe are violations of law or material weaknesses in controls over 50 percent of the time.”

    As Bowden notes, the business model of private equity, which manages almost $3.5 trillion dollars of our nation’s assets, has unique conflicts of interest built into the structure. Private equity firms use their client’s money to do leveraged buyouts of companies. Since this gives them major operating control of both the investment and a pool of other’s investment money, there are significant opportunities to shift costs and otherwise skim off their investors.

    Bowden’s speech has numerous examples. One scam is to fire employees of the private equity firm and rehire them immediately as “consultants.” The investors are responsible for consultants’ salaries, where private equity employees are paid out of their own pockets. Another is taking what most private equity investors believe to be part of management fees, things like legal and compliance costs, and billing their investors for them without the investors properly knowing it. A third is private equity firms lying about the valuation methods they use to tell investors about the returns they make each year. All of these are ways for private equity firms to take money from their investors for themselves.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117735/private-equity-fraud-how-firms-are-ripping-their-investors

    • goldenstar

      YASS.

  • rikyrah

    Let this muthafucka get sick and bankrupt himself. I have no sympathy for folks willing to be this goddamned stupid.

    ……………………………………………………………

    Monday, May 12, 2014
    What The Democrats Are Up Against in 2014

    They are up against people who have been convinced to destroy their own self-interest in the name of greed and power, people like 33-year-old New Hampshire auto mechanic Derek Gagnon.

    He has no health insurance, but he also says he has no intention of signing up for the private insurance offered through the government-run website, HealthCare.gov.

    “I shouldn’t be forced to do something like that in a free country,” said Gagnon, referring to the law’s requirement, known as the “individual mandate,” that almost all legal U.S. residents buy health insurance or pay a fine..

    Darek Gagnon is exactly the type of person the Affordable Care Act is supposed to be helping: uninsured, working class Americans who if they ever got truly sick or hurt would be in a world of financial pain.

    But the Right Wing Noise Machine has made sure of two things: that Derek Gagnon is acting against his own self-interest and will continue to do so, and that he will vote in order to perpetuate this situation. The first is Derek’s problem. The second problem affects all of us, because he will vote to put someone like Scott Brown in the Senate rather than Democrat Jeanne Shaheen to make laws for all 315 million of us.

    Derek Gagnon will vote. For whatever reasons he has for voting, his vote counts the same as yours.

    Will you vote? People like Derek will. And if you don’t vote, he’ll get to choose who runs this country

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/05/what-democrats-are-up-against-in-2014.html

    • Guns3000

      So he’s saying if he gets sick the tax payers have to pay for it.

      • Alma98

        Yep

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      For his sake I hope he stays healthy to a ripe old age otherwise I might as well give him my name and address so he can send me the bill.

  • rikyrah

    EJ Dionne: The Democrats’ strategic ambiguity
    By E.J. Dionne Jr., Published: May 11

    It’s a lot of good news. But note that word “significant.” It’s less buoyant than, say, “fantastic” or “wonderful.” The understatement reflected what Obama said a moment later: “What we also know is that the American public is anxious.”

    The president listed the many sources of that anxiety, concluding with a central Democratic theme: that “for a couple of decades now, even when we’re growing, even when corporate profits are soaring, incomes, wages have not gone up.” For “ordinary Americans,” he said, the improvement “hasn’t translated into greater financial security.”

    Obama’s be-happy-but-worry theme is justified by the facts, but it leads to a peculiar imbalance in the campaign dialogue. Republicans rail against everything Obama has done. Their agenda may look like a catalog of Fox News obsessions — last month it was Obamacare, currently it’s Benghazi. But they will not stop blaming Obama and his party for all the country’s shortcomings. Democrats, by contrast, feel constrained from offering an unambiguously sunny rebuttal.

    The long-term stall in middle-class incomes Obama described is one reason they can’t. Most Democrats also have a philosophical commitment to reducing inequalities. They may hold the White House but they are not championing the status quo.

    The party’s candidates fear that if they are too upbeat, they’ll look out of touch with a country whose spirits aren’t very high. The RealClearPolitics polling averages show that over the last month, only 28 percent of Americans saw the country as being on the right track; 63 percent said it was moving in the wrong direction.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-the-democrats-strategic-ambiguity/2014/05/11/8cafc8fe-d799-11e3-95d3-3bcd77cd4e11_story.html

  • rikyrah

    The Politics of Polarization: Not as Simple as They Seem

    Paul Waldman

    May 12, 2014

    Too often, journalists talk about this phenomenon as though it were symmetrical, with Republicans and Democrats moving away from the center at roughly the same rate. But that’s just not true.

    Polarization is everywhere these days. Voters are polarized, legislators are polarized, the courts are polarized, all perhaps to different degrees at different moments, but the movement of the parties—and those who represent them—away from each other is evident in one realm after another.

    But too often, journalists talk about this phenomenon as though it were symmetrical, with Republicans and Democrats moving away from the center at roughly the same rate, even though that’s not true. For instance, Congress has seen asymmetrical polarization in recent years, with Democrats growing slightly more liberal and Republicans growing much, much more conservative. There are a lot of reasons that has happened, but what I want to focus on at the moment is the differing internal dynamics of the two parties that help produce it.

    http://prospect.org/article/politics-polarization-not-simple-they-seem

  • rikyrah

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    Last Call To Mind That Gap Again

    The good news for Democrats: the enthusiasm gap among Republicans is the worst recorded. The bad news: Democrats are even less enthusiastic about voting in 2014.

    Among registered voters, 42% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents currently say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, while 50% are less enthusiastic, resulting in an eight-point enthusiasm deficit. But Democrats are even less enthusiastic, with a 23-point deficit (32% more enthusiastic vs. 55% less enthusiastic).

    Typically, the party whose supporters have an advantage in enthusiasm has done better in midterm elections. Republicans had decided advantages in enthusiasm in 1994, 2002, and especially 2010 — years in which they won control of the House of Representatives or expanded on their existing majority. Democrats had the advantage in 2006, the year they won control of the House. Neither party had a decided advantage in 1998, a year Democrats posted minimal gains in House seats.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/05/last-call-to-mind-that-gap-again.html

  • rikyrah

    Anderson Cooper 360° ✔@AC360Follow

    “He’s messing with the wrong brother. Magic is loved around the world” @SpikeLee on #DonaldSterling’s #AC360 interview.

    7:42 PM – 12 May 2014

  • rikyrah

    Chris Connelly ✔@ChrisConnellyFollow

    Solange waiting at CNN elevator bank for Donald Sterling

    7:45 PM – 12 May 2014

    • goldenstar

      LOL.

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

      Ha! I love it!

    • qosine

      LOL

  • rikyrah

    John Boehner says he is encouraging Jeb Bush to run for president

    By Susan Ferrechio | MAY 12, 2014 AT 2:15 PM

    House Speaker John Boehner said he is “nudging” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run for president and he wants to take up immigration reform legislation in small pieces, starting first with border security.

    Boehner made the remarks at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce during a question-and-answer session with the editor of Texas Monthly.

    Boehner, when asked whether the House would take up immigration reform this year, said it would depend on whether he can “bring my members along,” and he acknowledged that one group of GOP lawmakers has no interest in taking up the issue during an election year.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/john-boehner-says-he-is-encouraging-jeb-bush-to-run-for-president/article/2548330

    • Guns3000

      He won’t make it out of the primaries.

  • rikyrah
    • qosine

      Amazing photo of bison.

  • rikyrah

    Meet the Preacher Behind Moral Mondays

    The Reverend William Barber is charting a new path for protesting Republican overreach in the South—and maybe beyond.

    —By Lisa Rab

    | Mon Apr. 14, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    On a recent Sunday afternoon, the Reverend William Barber II reclined uncomfortably in a chair in his office, sipping bottled water as he recovered from two hours of strenuous preaching. When he was in his early 20s, Barber was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful arthritic condition affecting the spine. Still wearing his long black robes, the 50-year-old minister recounted how, as he’d proclaimed in a rolling baritone from the pulpit that morning, “a crippled preacher has found his legs.”

    It began a few days before Easter 2013, recalled Barber, pastor at the Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and president of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). “On Maundy Thursday, they chose to crucify voting rights,” he said.

    “They” are North Carolina Republicans, who in November 2012 took control of the state Legislature and the governor’s mansion for the first time in more than a century. Among their top priorities—along with blocking Medicaid expansion and cutting unemployment benefits and higher-education spending—was pushing through a raft of changes to election laws, including reducing the number of early voting days, ending same-day voter registration, and requiring ID at the polls. “That’s when a group of us said, ‘Wait a minute, this has just gone too far,'” Barber said.

    On the last Monday of April 2013, Barber led a modest group of clergy and activists into the state legislative building in Raleigh. They sang “We Shall Overcome,” quoted the Bible, and blocked the doors to the Senate chambers. Barber leaned on his cane as capitol police led him away in handcuffs.

    That might have been the end of just another symbolic protest, but then something happened: The following Monday, more than 100 protesters showed up at the capitol. Over the next few months, the weekly crowds at the “Moral Mondays” protests grew to include hundreds, and then thousands, not just in Raleigh but also in towns around the state. The largest gathering, in February, drew tens of thousands of people. More than 900 protesters have been arrested for civil disobedience over the past year. Copycat movements have started in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama in response to GOP legislation regarding Medicaid and gun control.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/william-barber-moral-monday-north-carolina

  • rikyrah
    • qosine

      Oh, I wish I were doing that now.

  • rikyrah
    • Alma98

      My oldest son’s art teacher from HS entered him in a beach art contest when we lived in FL. He won for his age group, it was really cool.

      • qosine

        That’s really cool, Alma.

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

    TVnistas! I need more info on this show!

    @Hieroglyph_News: Condola Rashad (@phloella) as Nefertari Kanahkt. #Hieroglyph #Promo http://t.co/EkmjIJm97u

    • 7thangel

      i believe it follows a thief (a white guy) who ends up wotking for a pharaoh.

      here’s a trailer

      • AxelFoley

        Ah, Game of Pyramids, huh?

    • rikyrah

      what show is this?!!!
      do tell!!

    • qosine

      Wow. Gorgeous. I even like the asp band.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD TUESDAY MOrntin’ ALEXANDER2♥/POUFAM♥ — -**BIG HUG*** :>) – – -YES! – SHE’s GIVING BACK —at the HIGHEST LEVEL –From the WHITE HOUSE. :>) – —

    —- –☻DR RISA –Here’s 2 YOUR HEALTH- —
    — —— – -☺Under her leadership, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has researched,evaluated, and implemented transformative programs tackling the nation’s most pressing health issues, with the goal of creating a national culture of health.

    – – – — — -☺A FIRST – – - Risa is the first woman and the first African-American to head the Foundation, which has an endowment of about $9 billion (it is the nation’s fourth largest). – – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    — –THANK U ALEXANDER2♥ – –4 PRESENTING – –SUCH a GR8 HUMAN CHARACTERISTIC — CHARITY.♥ – -:>)

    – – — -☺ENJOY♥ — -YOUR CHOICE: – – -http://how2becool.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/smoothies.jpg

    – – – – –B BLESSED /SAFE/WARM♥ – – -:>) – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — – -Uhhh — -THOUGHT THIS was – –sooooo IMPORTANT? — –HAH!

    – – —-Benghazi panel in recess limbo – — – –

    – – – –A special panel to investigate the deadly Benghazi attack is in limbo during the House recess, with Democrats weighing whether to participate and Republicans vowing to proceed alone, if necessary.

    The two parties are at odds over the rules governing the select committee, but agree on one thing: No major breakthroughs are expected while House lawmakers are out of town for the week.

    “With members home, there’s just not a lot of conversation,” a House leadership aide said Monday.
    — – –SNIP – – –

    “The ball is in their court,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office said on Friday.

    Democrats, though, remain divided over whether to boycott the process entirely or participate. But they have avoided pressure to make a quick decision as GOP leaders have yet to announce a timeline for the committee’s activities.

    – –The panel’s Republican members met Friday afternoon for a preliminary meeting in Boehner’s office, but there’s been no indication when they’ll schedule the first official hearing.
    THERE IS MORE – – – —USUAL – – – -RE-THUG — – -KRAP!! – -

    • qosine

      They were counting on leveraging Hearing Benghazi into
      money and support this week. Not happening. People are
      concerned about rescuing more than 200 school girls.

  • rikyrah

    Whistleblower Suit Alleges Corruption, Cronyism, and Affairs in Gov. Susana Martinez’s Administration

    Two former appointees of the governor’s level a series of explosive allegations against a Martinez appointee and his deputy.

    —By Andy Kroll

    | Thu May 8, 2014 2:20 PM EDT

    A recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit filed in New Mexico state court makes a series of explosive allegations against appointees of rising GOP star Gov. Susana Martinez, accusing high-ranking officials in her administration of public corruption, mismanagement, and intimidation. It claims that officials at the state’s economic development agency engaged in extramarital affairs that could expose the state to sexual harassment charges and that officials tried to silence employees who reported contracting violations and other wrongdoing.

    The 22-page complaint—filed February 10 on behalf of two former state employees—claims that a company co-founded by Martinez appointee Jon Barela, secretary of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, secretly benefited from a state tax credit program. The complaint also alleges that aides to Martinez instructed a state employee to use his personal email for sensitive government work to avoid being subject to public records requests; that Barela and his deputy, Barbara Brazil, ignored waste and mismanagement at the state’s Spaceport project in southern New Mexico; and that Brazil ran several Dairy Queen franchises she had an interest in “while simultaneously being paid by the State of New Mexico.”

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/susana-martinez-new-mexico-whistleblower-suit-jon-barela

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ —- -UPDATE in NIGERIA – – – -PRAYING♥ – –
    — –Nigeria kidnapping: How can foreign teams help? — –
    – – – – — -SNIP – —

    — – The US team, and possibly others, include highly experienced hostage negotiators.

    It is clear from the hostage video released by Boko Haram on Monday that the group wants to negotiate, even if their initial demand – the release of their own prisoners from Nigerian prisons – is unacceptable to the government in Abuja.

    Any negotiations are likely to be conducted by the Nigerian
    authorities, not foreigners. But amongst the advice given by the latter to Nigeria will be to avoid doing anything that precipitates Boko Haram into harming the girls.

    A military rescue, even by special forces, would be extremely risky and there is an unfortunate precedent here.
    THERE IS MORE—-

    – – -WATCHIN’ annnd PRAYIN’. – – – -AMEN♥—

    • qosine

      I have confidence in our Commander in Chief and
      all who are involved in this rescue mission and then
      the take down of Boko Harum. The fact I have no clue
      to how this will happen, as with Bin Laden, works for me.

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

    There’s a big election here in Newark today. My biggest fear is that the old Sharpe James regime, which literally sold Newark to wealthy white elites for pennies on the dollar, will ride back into power on Ras Baraka’s coat tails.

    • goldenstar

      I’m sending Light!!!!!

    • AxelFoley

      I wonder if I’m related to Sharpe. Got some family up in NJ.

      I hope not, though.

  • rikyrah

    Never forget this:

    Obamacare is the first expansion of the American Social Safety Net that did NOT include in its design, the exclusion of swaths of the American people. Remember Social Security was allowed to begin with the exclusion of huge swaths of certain types of jobs, that ‘coincidentally’ just ‘happened’ to exclude BLACKS. ANd that design has repercussions to this day, with Black Seniors on the receiving end of far lower SS checks that they should’ve received. The reason why Medicare’s age was set at 65, was because Black folk didn’t live long enough to get it. OBAMACARE in it’s design, did not exclude anyone. It took the Roberts Court to do that. And NOBODY will convince me that the main reason for non-expansion of Medicaid isn’t wrapped up in denying access to healthcare to all those Black people.

    • isonprize

      Ding ding ding ding ding ding!!

      THIS.RIGHT.HERE.

      And NOBODY will convince me that the main reason for non-expansion of Medicaid isn’t wrapped up in denying access to healthcare to all those Black people.

      • qosine

        Definitely.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – -A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT♥

    – – – –☺May 13, 1950
    Singer Stevie Wonder born Steveland Judkins
    in Saginaw,Michigan.

    – – – – -☺IN The BEGINNING: — -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GfeEUX3KFE

    – – — -☺FROM THEN ON – – – :>)Woo! Hoo! :>)

    — – – – —-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmKshpLXnxE

    — – – – —http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2012/05/21/stevie-wonder-performs-alfie-gershwin-prize-hal-david-and-burt-bac
    – — [Gotta “bounce” – – -MoreL8R C YA as soon as – – -B BLESSED♥]

  • rikyrah

    from TOD:

    57andfemale
    May 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I think Illinois is headed in this direction, and Rauner will make the RW governors of 2010 look like liberals.

    A new ad I just saw this morning (Please sit down before you read this). The past head of ‘Latinos of Obama’ in Illinois just made an ad for Rauner. How IL is going in the ‘wrong direction’ and we need ‘fresh’ leadership and someone who will ‘tell us the truth even if we don’t like it.’

    Latinos for Obama. Now, I believe the Latinos of IL are smarter than that but this kind of power and money chips away at the truth. Quinn has many issues and is just not liked that much.

    Rauner is pushing for term limits but the referendum on the 2014 ballot is a Trojan horse. First of all term limits don’t kick in for another 10 years so all the current politicians are safe. But it also takes away state Senate seats, beefs up the House, and changes redistricting rules. The balance of power will permanently shift to downstate RWNJ’s. The population centers will lose all power.

    What people have to realize is it’s not about one governor – it’s about how power shifts and can have serious long term consequences. We are dealing with GOP redistricting right now.

    The real stupid of American politics is “I want something new”. We get more and more ignorant, more susceptible to fantasy as fact. It’s terrifying.

    Starting with my next paycheck I will send money to Quinn and maybe work for his campaign. This shit is getting serious.

    • goldenstar

      ITA. Then there’s the ad with Lula Ford urging folks to vote for him. I can’t stand it@!!

  • Miranda

    Insurers give $1.5B in rebates under O-Care
    By Ferdous Al-Faruque – 05/13/14 12:01 AM EDT

    Insurance companies returned over $1.5 billion in rebates to consumers between 2011 and 2012, according to a report issued on Tuesday.

    The reason is an ObamaCare requirement meant to force companies to spend a higher proportion of premiums on medical costs or quality improvements.

    The new law states that 80-85 percent of premiums must be used by companies to pay for treatment and medical costs. Companies that fail to meet that ratio must pay rebates.

    Critics of the provision, known as the medical loss ratio (MLR), have called it a price control mechanism that will push small and medium-sized insurance providers out of business.

    They argue those companies won’t be able to handle administrative costs, and the law as a result will reduce competition in the insurance market.

    The report from the Commonwealth Fund says that hasn’t been the case, and that any loss of smaller insurance providers was simply a continuation of existing trends.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/205891-o-care-rule-leads-insurers-to-give-15b-in-rebates#ixzz31bZfT6tE

  • lamh36

    Wow Solange deleted almost all her Bey pics from her Instagram. Hmm the plot thickens.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Maybe she is pissed because Bey didn’t join in on beating up on Jay-Z.

      • TrumpDog

        If Solange was defending her sister, I can understand why she’s pissed. Buuut….
        I learned a long time ago to not get physically involved in your relatives affairs. Offer a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen but don’t get too emotionally invested in their marriage/relationship issues . Too many times I’ve seen where you end up being the enemy while the couple involved are lovey-dovey.

    • itgurl_29

      I don’t think the Beyonce Inc. is gonna be able to get away with pinning this all on Solange. It looks like she’s not gonna take the fall. Because you just know they’re gonna label her all kinds of mentally unstable and drug addicted, send her off to some kind of rehab facility, and then paint Beyonce as the brave and long suffering sister of a bipolar drug addict nutcase. Solange looks like she won’t play along. Good for her.

      • Town

        And she shouldn’t.

        She should open her eyes to Beyonce Inc, and realize (IMO) her sister is all too willing to let the bus ride over and over her to protect her brand.

  • rikyrah

    SO…

    For all you Kneegrows Caping for Rand Paul because he’s become so ‘enlightened’.

    ……………………..
    From Rand Paul’s Spokesman

    Senator Paul was having a larger discussion about criminal justice reform and restoration of voting rights, two issues he has been speaking about around the country and pushing for in state and federal legislation.

    In the course of that discussion, he reiterated a point he has made before that while there may be some instances of voter fraud, it should not be a defining issue of the Republican Party, as it is an issue that is perhaps perceived in a way it is not intended. At no point did Senator Paul come out against voter ID laws. In terms of the specifics of voter ID laws, Senator Paul believes it’s up to each state to decide that type of issue.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2014/05/12/the_convenient_end_of_voter_id_politics.html

    So, in case the Kneegrows, missed it..

    Mr. ” I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act” is STILL supporting STATES RIGHTS.

    • TrumpDog

      I don';t know why some people are so fooled by him; his doublespeak is SO obvious.

    • Alma98

      Like I said yesterday it’s all about getting his grift on.
      He really thinks he can get a large swath of black folks to vote for him as president. And we know it ain’t gonna happen, I’ll eat dirt before I vote for this racist jackass.

    • Kennymack1971

      But this is good enough for simpletons like the Ascot who will start stanning for Rand.

      • Miranda

        Believe it.

        I dont think its too soon to start forming disgust at the number of black folks who will fall for the cheap tactics of Rand Paul and his “i luvs da nigra” tour.

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

    • rikyrah

      Alma,
      that’s such a cute sun.
      Good Morning.
      It’s Tuesday…sigh

      • Alma98

        Hi rikyrah, I’m waiting on the repair man.
        I should known he wouldn’t show up at 9:00 when they said between 9-1 lol. I just know he’ll pop up right before 1:00pm.

    • GreenLadyHere

      —-Good Tuesday MornTin’ Alma98 – -***BIG HUG** :>) –“Mr. SUN”–Gettin “AIR”body -UP annnd At IT!! LOL
      – — -[Did “Mr. SUN” –take LESSONS from her? :>)] — –

      — -Good 2 C U Alma. B BLESSED – -U♥/Family♥ :>)–

      • Alma98

        LOL…Good morning GLH I y’all could use a musical sun lol. Blessings to you and yours. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL Alma —-IT’s WERKIN’ that TAMBOURINE! :>) — -Thank U 4 the BLESSINGS. :>) Needed/Appreciated. :>)

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma!
      Awww:)

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine!

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU. So apparently Karl Rove spouted off about Hillary Clinton this morning and there are no shortage of White liberals running to the mic to condemn Rove/defend Hillary. So I guess until a RWer says something bad about a White woman it’s all good. Because lord knows they weren’t this quick to stand up for Susan Rice or FLOTUS.

    • Alma98

      Morning Kennymack. You know they will defend Hillary til the end of time, she can do no wrong.

      • jziglar

        It will be funny to see their reactions if and when she betrays purity liberal orthodoxy if she becomes president. They’re always quick to attack Obama when he doesn’t do what they want.

        • Alma98

          They’ll make excuses like they always do.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Exactly because she like PBO is not an ideologue.

    • Miranda

      This is why I will not give feminist organizations the time, money or respect.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Yeah but it’s Karl Rove. I would defend Major Wolfgang Hochstetter against Karl Rove.

      • Kennymack1971

        Well I’ll let the PUMAs and White feminists handle this. I’ll show the same enthusiasm for defending Hillary that they’ve shown for standing up for Susan Rice and FLOTUS. They got this.

        • itgurl_29

          Exactly. I won’t be wasting my time defending Hillary. In fact, I’ve never heard Hillary utter a word in defense of Michelle Obama. Even Laura and Barbara Bush have. But not Hillary.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            I haven’t heard Tom Vilisak, Hilda Solis or truth to tell any other cabinet Secretary defend Michelle Obama either. Then again what are they defending her from? Has Michelle defended Hillary against the Bengzhai attacks? Not as I know of. And that’s okay. Sometimes when these Republicans are spouting it’s best to let it roll on by.

          • Ellie Hass

            “I haven’t heard Tom Vilisak, Hilda Solis or truth to tell any other cabinet Secretary defend Michelle Obama either. Then again what are they defending her from?”

            What are they defending her from???!!!
            Sigh. And that my friends is the sad reality of what Mrs Obama has been up against. That anyone would write this with a straight face. Particularly when that person is trying to defend and make a case for Hillary. She may not have had the occasion to defend Hillary specifically against Benghazi attacks, but Mrs Obama has been plenty complimentary of Hillary. So much more than can be said of Hillary Clinton towards her. There have been too many opportunities for Hillary to defend Mrs Obama from far too many attacks that have been personal and vile in nature, and not a peep out of Hillary. Not once. Tom Vilsack and Hilda Solis are not former first ladies and to try to give Hillary a pass with this weak cabinet members argument, says a lot about you Woody and exposes some of that dismissive mindset Michelle Obama continues to encounter.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Your response says a lot about you as well. So we’re even.

          • Ellie Hass

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            ….

          • Ellie Hass

            Thank you. I can’t believe woody asks what Michelle Obama has to be defended against. Wow. Just wow.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Susan Rice, FLOTUS and Major Hochstetter.

        • AxelFoley

          Right with you, bruh.

    • jds09

      The cold hard truth is that we are not considered women.

    • Town

      Susan Rice and Michelle Obama aren’t women.

    • AxelFoley

      That’s why I’m just gonna sit back and enjoy the GOP going after Hillary and her stans running to defend her from every attack, and them looking to us for help. They can call that shit a loss, though. I ain’t lifting a hand for them.

  • rikyrah

    V. Hussein Savage @Kennymack1971:disqus

    Well… I’ll show the same level of interest in defending Hillary that she and White feminists showed in defending Susan Rice and FLOTUS.

  • Miranda

    Make no mistake, this mofo is trying diligently to screw the Dems over for 2014. I wouldn’t be surprised if he just outright lied and made up some shit to put out there.
    ————————
    Greenwald to Colbert: Next NSA story will make ‘biggest impact’
    BY ERIK WEMPLE May 13 at 10:52 am

    In an interview last night with Stephen Colbert, Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept said that he’s working on a story that will have the “biggest impact” of his various pieces on the modern U.S. surveillance state. “I genuinely believe that the story that’s the biggest one, that will make the biggest impact and will shape how the events of the last 10 months will be viewed by history is the story on which we’re currently working that hopefully will be ready in four to eight weeks,” Greenwald told Colbert.

    And just what would that be?

    The targets of spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) in America, said Greenwald. “Who are they targeting, for what purposes? Who are these people that they are declaring to be sufficient threats that it warrants reading their e-mails? And what is the pattern of people that they’ve targeted? Are these political dissidents, are they critics of U.S. foreign policy, are they actual terrorists? And that’s the reporting that needs to be done?”

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/05/13/greenwald-to-colbert-next-nsa-story-will-make-biggest-impact/

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Zzzzzz. Oh I’m sorry I thought he had released all those bombshells.

      Did we call it? This dweeb doesn’t have anything else in his bag of tricks. He doesn’t even have a bag. This is about refusing to admit his 15 minutes are up.

    • Kennymack1971

      Uh huh the GOP is on the run re: Obamacare, BENGHAZI! The Sequel is shaping up to be a massive faceplant so of course here comes this clown with his NSA bullshit. And plenty of dim ass Liberals will fall for it.

    • jds09

      Ruh roh….Greenwald has entered the “Geraldo and Capone’s Vault” territory.

      • TrumpDog

        Don’t go over to DKos; they are salivating over new conspiracies involving the NSA. They love them some Greenwald. /eye roll

        • AxelFoley

          Everyday with them emos. GiGi is a diety to them.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        LOL!!

    • MsKitty

      Some more Boy Who Cried Wolf bullshit. If Gigi really had some Earth shattering revelations he would have announced them a long time ago because he hates PBO so much he wouldn’t have been able to help himself.

      • AxelFoley

        Exactly.

  • Miranda

    This is damn ridiculous…and please read the link to “pasta in excess” too…this is how damn stupid the NCAA has made college sports, especially the bigtime football and basketball programs.
    ———————
    Sooner’s Girlfriend Had To Sign Affidavit Confirming Their Relationship

    Former Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard signed as an undrafted free agent with the Titans this weekend, and it sounds like he’s ready to get out of college. On a radio show last week, Ikard revealed that OU made both him and his girlfriend sign affidavits declaring that their love is real and not an impermissible benefit.

    Ikard is a familiar face at OKC Thunder games, sitting courtside with his girlfriend. She owns those seats, so Oklahoma’s compliance office decided to start snooping around to confirm everything was on the up-and-up. “We had to sign a signed affidavit that she was not dating me just because I was a football player,” Ikard said, via SoonerScoop. The implication is clear: Oklahoma was just making sure the entire relationship wasn’t just a sham to get Ikard Thunder tickets.

    more here: http://deadspin.com/sooners-girlfriend-had-to-sign-affidavit-confirming-the-1575641837

    • rikyrah

      HUH?
      HUH?
      HUH?

    • jds09

      Seriously somebody needs to sue the pants off the NCAA. They have too much money and time on their hands.

      • goldenstar

        They may have too much money and none of it is reaching the athletes when and where they need it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥–:>) A Little Perspective? :>)
    – —5 lessons from Solange attack video
    — —If this news were tea, the Lipton factory would be sending us all a bill. —LOL — -LOL–:>)

    Solange Knowles tried to fight Jay-Z in an elevator at the Met Gala as Julius (the BAWDYguard) tried to hold her back and Beyonce stood out the way. Mama Tina’s youngest was out for blood because she lunged at Jay with such ferocity that honey badgers everywhere are like “she stole my move.”

    This is all super messy, and the internet has basically lost its
    collective mind over it. We’re not used to this type of scandal in the
    Knowles camp, so we don’t know how to behave.

    THERE IS MORE – – — -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥– -TWEET — -TWEET—GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS —:>)
    – – – – -☺ ‏@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]

    Budget deficit on track for a 6 year low and has shrunk by $900B since Pres. Obama took office http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/budget-deficit-track-six-year-low … pic.twitter.com/HZ5zHbqdUC

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

    – – – – –WELL DONE- –MR. PRESIDENT♥– -THANK U♥ :>)

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Somewhere in Washington right now Paul Ryan is curled up in the fetal position.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ woody45 LOL ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — –YA MEAN –LIKE THIS?- – -☺http://geekspodcast.com/geekpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/creis.jpg

        –LOL—
        – –Good 2 C U woody45. B BLESSED♥ :>)

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          LOL!!! Amazing how you do that.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL —woody45- – Thank U♥ :>)
            -They should NEVA have invented- – GIFs –annnd — exposed them 2 a —VISUAL LEARNER. :>)

          • qosine

            Yay, Visual Learners, GLH! LOL
            Show me a fish, and I can fish? LOL

          • GreenLadyHere

            - -LOL – -☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
            Good AFTERNOON ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            — -***BIG fist bump*** :>) — -WE –***eye-2-eye*** :>)

            Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥- – —Ohh – –Ms. Kathleen —STILL involved: —
    — –☺@Sebelius[THANK U♥]

    TODAY at 2 ET: In celebration of #NWHW, join us for a #WomenAndACA chat to learn more about using your new health insurance! — —
    —Lookin’ FORWARD.—:>)

  • Miranda

    And just when you think you’ve heard it all….nope! The rethugs think Lindsey Graham……IS NOT REPUBLICAN ENOUGH
    ——————————
    Graham Censured by Local Republicans

    Republicans in Charleston County, South Carolina fought among themselves Monday night before deciding to issue a “censure” of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for not being Republican enough.

    “The censure document, running to about 30 points taken from Graham’s two terms in the Senate, covered a variety of Graham criticisms, ranging from supporting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees to cooperating with Democrats. Similar censure votes have been considered in other counties around the state, pressed by Graham opponents. Still, they have no weight of force and are more considered to be debated statements of disapproval.

    read full story here: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140512/PC1603/140519817/1177/charleston-county-republicans-censure-us-sen-lindsey-graham

    • TrumpDog

      LOL
      Delicious.

    • rikyrah

      When they said that Bob Bennett, a Republican from UTAH wasn’t Republican enough….it was game over – their insanity was on full display for the world.

    • MsKitty

      Hence the shouting of “BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!” from the rooftops 24/7.

    • rikyrah

      Not Senator Pittypat!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        You have come across the absolute perfect name. I’m proud that I was here to witness it.

        • rikyrah

          Can’t take credit…credit must be given to Charles Pierce at Esquire

    • Kennymack1971

      All that BENGHAZI! pimping..and they still don’t respect you..Lindsey Graham…you stupid.

    • jds09

      They’ve fallen over the edge and are in mid-air. lol

  • Miranda

    Bonus Quote of the Day

    “If you bastards want a fight, you damn well will get one.”

    — Bill Clinton, as recounted by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) in his new memoir, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black, after Hillary Clinton lost the 2008 South Carolina Democratic primary to Barack Obama.
    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/05/12/bonus_quote_of_the_day.html

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      There goes Clinton with a left, there goes Clinton with an uppercut, there goes Clinton with a left hook.

      CRAAAACCK!….8, 9, 10…There goes Clinton.

      Politics is not for the squeamish but I gotta tell you 2008 was zilcho next to Gore-Bradley in 2000. I think they still have restraining orders on each other.

      • Miranda

        LOL!

    • rikyrah

      UH HUH
      UH HUH

    • AxelFoley

      Be careful what you wish for, Bill.

      Oops, too late.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥—-PROFOUND — –ENCOURAGEMENT – –:>)

    – – —☺ ‏@MsRock4Ever[THANK U♥]

    Please don’t let these efforts have been made in vain. VOTE because we STILL need Civil Rights and Fairness in USA! pic.twitter.com/OPezvaD5n4

    —-AMEN!♥ — – -☺http://blog.lib.umn.edu/pnlc/pubtalk/images/voting_booth%20image.gif

  • Miranda

    New Orleans Teachers and Students Wrestle With Racial Tension

    Students protest the absence of African-American teachers, many of whom were fired after Hurricane Katrina.
    BY: JORDAN FLAHERTY Posted: May 13 2014 3:00 AM

    Every year hundreds of young, idealistic recent college graduates flood into New Orleans to teach at the city’s public schools. But in a school system where the vast majority of students are African American, the mostly white influx of new teachers has brought complaints of racism and cultural insensitivity, and helped birth a new student-led protest movement.

    African Americans are about 60 percent of New Orleans’ population (down from 67 percent before Hurricane Katrina) but make up 88 percent of the city’s public school system. White students are clustered at a handful of high-performing schools, and other ethnicities make up only small portions of the system, so most schools are almost entirely African American. Before Hurricane Katrina, most teachers were black women, mostly from New Orleans and often from the neighborhoods of the schools in which they worked.

    But in the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the entire staff of the school system—about 7,000 teachersand other employees—was laid off, their contract was ignored and their union was powerless to help. Katrena Ndang, who worked for 17 years as a teacher in New Orleans, found out she’d been fired while watching the news after being evacuated. “Even though we had given them forwarding addresses, they never sent us notice,” she says.

    This January the Louisiana Court of Appeal affirmed an earlier ruling that found the teachers were wrongly terminated. But the school system, now almost entirely charter, looks very different from the one from which the teachers were dismissed. And one of the major changes was the entry of thousands of new teachers, many drawn from elite colleges and universities.

    more here: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/05/new_orleans_schools_plagued_by_racial_tension.html

  • JB20005

    Rand Paul’s PAC director clarifies his position on voting rights:

    Senator Paul was having a larger discussion about criminal justice reform and restoration of voting rights, two issues he has been speaking about around the country and pushing for in state and federal legislation.

    In the course of that discussion, he reiterated a point he has made before that while there may be some instances of voter fraud, it should not be a defining issue of the Republican Party, as it is an issue that is perhaps perceived in a way it is not intended. At no point did Senator Paul come out against voter ID laws. In terms of the specifics of voter ID laws, Senator Paul believes it’s up to each state to decide that type of issue.

    And there you have it. The dudebro messiah thinks the extent of your voting rights should be up to your individual State.

    As always “States rights” are the fig leaf covering the white supremacist agenda.

    • rikyrah

      Hey,
      that’s what I’ve been saying.
      he is who he is..
      a racist grifter, just like his Daddy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥– — -Aaaaahhhh–“Mother Nature” —teaches a RELAXATION TECHNIQUE–:>)

    – —☺ ‏@Earth_Pics[THANK U♥]

    When polar bears are in a good mood, they like to float on the surface of water pic.twitter.com/irYNMBmGdE
    —-:>)

  • lamh36

    Welp I see the Beygency going in in the unstable drunk Solange angle with this thing huh

    • rikyrah

      uh huh

    • Town

      The sad thing is, Beyonce will be all too willing to go with the drunk, mentally ill Solange angle to protect her brand. Solange better wake up and break free from the Knowles machine.

      The group was called Destiny’s CHILD for a reason.

  • rikyrah

    ABC FALL 2014 SCHEDULE

    MONDAY
    8 pm Dancing With the Stars
    10 pm Castle

    TUESDAY
    8 pm SELFIE
    8:30 pm MANHATTAN LOVE STORY
    9 pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    10 pm FOREVER

    WEDNESDAY
    8 pm The Middle
    8:30 pm The Goldbergs
    9 pm Modern Family
    9:30 pm BLACK-ISH
    10 pm Nashville

    THURSDAY
    8 pm Grey’s Anatomy
    9 pm Scandal
    10 pm HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

    FRIDAY
    8 pm Last Man Standing
    8:30 pm CRISTELA
    9 pm Shark Tank
    10 pm 20/20

    SATURDAY
    Saturday Night Football

    SUNDAY
    7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
    8 pm Once Upon a Time
    9 pm Resurrection
    10 pm Revenge

    Shonda Rhimes owns Thursdays on ABC this fall.
    ABC unveiled its schedule for the 2014-15 TV season on Tuesday, and Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are moving up an hour to make room for Rhimes’ new drama How to Get Away With Murder at 10/9c.

    http://tvline.com/2014/05/13/abc-fall-tv-lineup-2014-greys-scandal/#

    • TyrenM

      I’m down with Marvel, Shonda and football. Black-ish? What is that?

      • Daltex82

        Black-ish

        • isonprize

          meh…

          • rikyrah

            I’m gonna give it 3 episodes

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Ummm…

        • qosine

          Well, Laurence Fishburne eyes made the scene.
          Others were talking about something. lol

        • Alma98

          I hate the name. Blackish, really?

          • qosine

            Thank you

          • goldenstar

            Since this is about a battle for cultural identity, blackish makes sense.

          • Alma98

            I still don’t like it, they could have come up with a better name lol.

      • Daltex82

        Black-ish

  • Miranda

    *snicker*……oh so now you ready to come back home?? Naw…stay outside a little while longer….you wanted to be over there with “them” stay on over there and let them use you a little bit more. Bent over to be Romney’s black mascot when he spoke in front of the NAACP…naw…you can’t come crawling back like its all good.
    ————————
    Ex-Lt. Gov. Carroll says working for Scott was ‘bad’ for minorities
    Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:21am

    Jennifer Carroll appeared Monday on the “Seeta and Friends” program with host Seeta Begui on WMEL, 1300 AM, in Cocoa Beach. “The same people you think you can trust are the ones that are stabbing you in the back.” (May 13, 2014) [Source: AM1300]

    Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll continues to make noise about her rocky tenure as Gov. Rick Scott’s No. 2, including new references to Scott having had “issues with HCA and Medicaid fraud.”

    Carroll was on a Cocoa Beach radio station Monday where she cited “wrongdoing” by Scott’s chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, and a “good ol’ boy system” where it was difficult for minorities to work. She appeared on WMEL’s “Seeta and Friends” program, hosted by a fellow native of Trinidad, Seeta Begui.

    “I gave him 100 percent of my loyalty, even though we didn’t know each other prior to running, and he had his issues with HCA and Medicaid fraud. I never asked him a question about that. Never,” Carroll said. “I still followed their rules and so forth, and when it came time that I would have expected him to give me the common courtesy that he gave to his male counterparts there, his chief of staff, who had wrongdoing, he supported and defended them. Me, with no wrongdoing, (he) utilized an excuse and asked me to leave office for no reason.”

    Hollingsworth acknowledged in December that while in private employment, he falsely claimed a degree from the University of Alabama before he obtained it. Scott publicly supported Hollingsworth at the time. Hollingsworth helped to force Carroll from office on March 12, 2013.

    more here: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/ex-lt-gov-carroll-says-working-for-scott-was-bad-for-minorities/2179531

    • qosine

      She’s really trying isn’t she, Miranda? lol
      Why wouldn’t that crook cover me?

      • Miranda

        She’s all shocked because she found out she wasn’t a real member of the club…just in there on a temporary guest pass.

    • rikyrah

      she chose to be with those dogs…let her stay with them.

      • qosine

        Yep

    • AxelFoley

      Nah, boo. Stay in your lane.

  • rikyrah

    Hospitals see blue-red divide early into Obamacare’s coverage
    expansion

    A few months into Obamacare’s coverage expansion, there’s been plenty of debate about where the millions of newly insured have obtained coverage — whether through the law’s exchanges, directly from an insurer, through expanded Medicaid or through an employer. The health-care law’s immediate impact is a little more clear in hospitals, which are starting to report who’s coming through their doors during the first months of expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

    I went through the last couple of weeks of earnings calls for publicly traded hospitals, who are reporting their first full quarter of results since the ACA took full effect. One thing that stood out: They’re reporting a blue state-red state divide in the kinds of patients they’re seeing.

    The blue-red divide in Medicaid expansion

    The Hospital Corporation of America, which has facilities in 20 states, reported a big gap in Medicaid and uninsured admissions between expansion and non-expansion states. In the four states it operates where Medicaid expanded under the ACA, the company saw a 22.3 percent growth in Medicaid admissions, compared to a 1.3 percent decline in non-expansion states. The company also had a 29 percent decline in uninsured admissions in the expansion states, while non-expansion states experienced 5.9 percent growth in uninsured admissions, chief financial officer William Rutherford said.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/12/hospitals-see-blue-red-divide-early-into-obamacares-coverage-expansion/

    • qosine

      The reports are coming in. Better get to it,
      Uninsured States of the South. Money
      people want their money.

      • jds09

        The blackademics should be writing historical thinkpieces about how this differs from the social security roll out when black folks were carved out of benefits by racist southern dem legislators. My hope springs eternal….

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ —-OMWORD!– –MISSING PERSON–

    – —-☺http://www.ora.tv/newsbreaker/casey-kasem-reported-missing-by-family-saying-only-one-person-knows-whereabouts-0_x6fjphnu81f

    —–Casey Kasem Reported Missing by Family Saying Only One Person Knows Whereabouts –NewsBreaker May 13 ’14

    — -Casey Kasem, original host of American Top 40, reportedly missing after his children and attorney told a judge they have “no idea” where he is. Kasem, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, is currently in the legal custody of his wife.- —
    – – – -PRAYING 4 his safe RETURN. –AMEN♥—

    –Enjoyed his former show:–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWRd06ekJ0s

    • Alma98

      Daughter and I were talking about this yesterday.
      I believe it’s all about the money, I feel sorry for Mr. Kasem.
      I hope he is found and the court figures out what’s going on in his family.