July 24, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: Dr. John H. Clarke Debates Dr. Cornel West

GOOD MORNING PRAGOBOTS!

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We continue our look at the debate between Dr. John Henrik Clarke and Dr. Cornel West…

PART IV:

PART V:

  • isonprize

    Okay, dude gets the award for the LONGEST QUESTION EVAH!!!!!

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

      LOL!

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA HA HA

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. Have a great day. Hope this works

    “What’s your favorite thing about your dad?”
    “He works really hard outside. But after that, he still rides bikes with me.”

    https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/photos/a.102107073196735.4429.102099916530784/482717755135663/?type=1&theater

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

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

    Feds: DC mayor knew of illegal shadow campaign
    By BEN NUCKOLS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray was aware of an off-the-books “shadow campaign” to support his 2010 bid and personally requested the funds from an influential district businessman, federal prosecutors said Monday.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Atkinson disclosed the details in court when reading a document that described the activities of Jeffrey Thompson, the multimillionaire former owner of a well-connected accounting firm who pleaded guilty Monday to two conspiracy charges.

    …Atkinson said “Gray presented Mr. Thompson with a 1-page budget for $425,000. He asked Mr. Thompson to pay for a get-out-the-vote campaign. Mr. Thompson agreed.” Gray agreed to let Thompson fund his campaign while concealing the source of those funds, prosecutors said.

    …According to a criminal information filed in the case, Thompson funded illicit campaign activity for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gray and seven other candidates for local office in the district. All told, the
    efforts, described previously by prosecutors as “shadow campaigns,” were valued at more than $2 million.

    MORE: http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/89ae8247abe8493fae24405546e9a1aa/Article_2014-03-10-DC%20Mayor-Investigation/id-c2144287f683446ba41e0efa414c754d

    • morphus

      Many, many, moons ago (during Barry’s admin), I followed several investigative reports about the “shadow governing bodies” which actually controls D.C. day-to-day operations on so many levels and thought to myself “why would anyone want the Mayor’s job in D.C.”

    • goldenstar

      So, this Jeffrey Thompson also sponsored the 2008 Clinton DC work. Either he got paid good or he was betting against the Presidential “upstart.”

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

    LOL!

    Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama http://linkis.com/FunnyOrDie.com/m/4mu68#

    Noah C. Rothman, the resident right wing columnist at Mediaite, is trying to pass off this interview as a serious interview, saying PBO was “grilled”.

    • jziglar

      That guy is such a right wing shill. Obama’s election has driven these people mad.

      • rikyrah

        absolutely crazy

      • creolechild

        I don’t know about the interviewer’s political affiliations but Funny or Die is partly owned by Will Ferrell, who is not shy about his support of PBO and the Affordable Healthcare Act. In fact, Funny or Die has been promoting Affordable Healthcare for some time now using various celebrities. The host is always obnoxious no matter who he’s interviewing but PBO held his own while plugging the health care law that is the stuff of legends.

        • Alma98

          I think jziglar is talking about the Mediate nut creolechild .

          • creolechild

            Oh, Mediaite…you need a hazmat suit to venture over there. Thanks for the clarification Alma.

          • Alma98

            No problem.

        • jziglar

          Sorry I should have clarified. I was taking about that GOP shill Noah Rothman.

          • creolechild

            No, Jzig, it was my fault. I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have been to the lede that Sepia posted and you responded to. That’s what happens when you’re trying to post articles and finish a class assignment at the same time. My apologies to you…

    • jds09

      That was hilarious. PBO giving him the business about the Hangover movies was too funny.

    • qosine

      That clip was hilarious!

    • Alma98

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!

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

    I gots ta see this!

    ‘Boondocks’ Creator Brings ‘Black Jesus’ to Adult Swim (Exclusive)
    3:00 PM PDT 3/10/2014 by Lesley Goldberg

    The Boondocks creator is bringing Black Jesus to Adult Swim.

    The Turner-owned network has picked up a new half-hour live-action comedy series called Black Jesus from Aaron McGruder, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

    The new half-hour live-action scripted comedy finds Jesus living in
    present-day Compton, Calif., on a daily mission to spread love and
    kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but
    loyal group of downtrodden followers. Newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson (Grand Theft Auto V) stars as Black Jesus. Charlie Murphy (Are We There Yet?), Corey Holcomb (The Cleveland Show), Kali Hawk (Couples Retreat), Andra Fuller (L.A. Complex) and The Boondocks’ John Witherspoon round out the cast.

    MORE: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/boondocks-creator-brings-black-jesus-687190

  • jds09

    Good Morning Everybody!

    • rikyrah

      Morning, jds!

    • Alma98

      Good morning jds!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Lisa M

      Good morning, rikyrah and the rest of the POU family!!

      • Alma98

        Morning Lisa M!

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah :)

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

    Can someone get a vacuum to clean up the pieces of Mark Knoller’s cracked face?

    http://twitter.com/shearm/status/443365285492711424

    • MsKitty

      They never learn. Ha ha.

    • Lisa M

      That’s gotta hurt! LOL!! You know it’s killing Travesty and Corny!! Luvs it!!

  • rikyrah

    Another Obamacare Horror Story that is a lie.
    She is faced with THE TRUTH that the BLACK MAN in the White House created something that saves her money…but, who needs FACTS when you have ODS.

    ………….

    Dexter cancer patient who called health care
    ‘unaffordable’ will save more than $1K

    Marisa Schultz
    Detroit News Washington Bureau

    A Dexter cancer patient featured in a conservative group’s TV ad campaign
    denouncing her new health care
    coverage as “unaffordable” will save more than $1,000 this year.

    Julie Boonstra, 49, starred last month in an emotional television ad sponsored by Americans for Prosperity that implied Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters’ vote for the Affordable Care Act made her medication so “unaffordable” she could die. Peters of Bloomfield Township is running for an open U.S. Senate seat against Republican Terri Lynn Land.

    The Detroit News and
    fact checkers last month cast doubt on the accuracy of the TV ad. On Monday, Boonstra acknowledged which health plan she chose, offering the first evidence of cost savings

    When advised of the details of her Blues’ plan, Boonstra said the idea that it would be cheaper “can’t be true.”

    “I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140310/LIFESTYLE03/303100100#ixzz2veuC5JJJ

  • rikyrah

    Thank God for the Kochs Because Disney is Turning Our Kids Gay
    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Tuesday, March, 11th, 2014, 6:48 am

    We have seen repeatedly how obsessed the Religious Right is with ideas of demons and Satan. Satan especially is a handy crutch for them: if you don’t like something, just say Satan is behind it. I well remember born-again Christians, whom I otherwise liked very much as people, telling me that Satan was behind my own religion. When I would tell them Satan was their problem, that Pagans did not believe in Satan, they would answer that by denying Satan I was doing his work.

    I will return to this point about being a Heathen and dealing with the problem of aberrant Christianity. For now let me remark that this is coming from people who, like Michele Bachmann, while pretending to follow the anti-rich teachings of Jesus, are probably now thanking God for the ultra-rich people Koch brothers for funding their “moral” crusade against poor people and the other social misfits Jesus liked to pal around with and minister to.

    Speaking of doing Satan’s work, what was that Michele Bachmann was saying at CPAC?

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/11/god-kochs-disney-turning-kids-gay.html

  • rikyrah

    GOP’s New Plan: Pay Cuts For Doctors If Obamacare Isn’t Chopped

    Sahil Kapur – March 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    House Republicans have a bold new strategy to attack Obamacare, which involves huge pay cuts for physicians unless Democrats agree to delay the law’s individual mandate to buy insurance.

    GOP leaders intend to vote on legislation this week, aides say, to delay the individual mandate in order to fund a “doc fix” that avoids a 24 percent pay cut to physicians under Medicare — which will automatically take effect on April 1 unless Congress acts. Inaction would disrupt the health care system, in part by causing many doctors to stop accepting Medicare patients.

    The strategy is unlikely to succeed and could backfire on Republicans. Delaying the individual mandate is a nonstarter for the Democratic-led Senate and White House. By demanding a largely partisan unraveling of Obamacare in exchange for must-pass bipartisan legislation, they risk being blamed by seniors and the health care industry if the doctor pay cuts go into effect. When Republicans insisted on such an approach for federal funding last fall, the government shut down and they took most of the blame.

    “This bill represents a new low, even for House Republicans,” fumed Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who decried the plan as “irresponsible and dangerous” and promised it’d be a “legislative dead-end.”

    But Republican leaders believe they have an ace up their sleeve. Many of them expect Obama to delay the individual mandate unilaterally before the first penalties come due (as he has delayed other provisions of the law). So they argue that this proposal puts Democrats in a tough position, particularly given the unpopularity of the federal requirement to buy insurance. A full “doc fix” could be funded by putting it off for several years, an aide said.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-bill-doc-fix-obamacare-mandate-delay

  • rikyrah

    Cruz Still Thinks GOP Can Repeal Obamacare In 2015: ‘Every Single Word’ (VIDEO)
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    Caitlin MacNeal – March 9, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday insisted that Republicans still have a chance of repealing Obamacare in 2015.

    “If there’s one things that unifies politicians of both parties, you know, their top priority is preserving their own hide,” Cruz said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked if the GOP could repeal the health care law while President Obama remains in office. “And if enough Congressional Democrats realize they either stand with ObamaCare and lose, or they listen to the American people and have a chance at staying in office, that’s the one scenario we could do it in 2015. If not, we’ll do it in 2017.”

    Cruz reiterated that he can repeal “every single word” of the law.

    When host Jonathan Karl asked if Cruz was positive a repeal was possible with Obama in the White House, the senator indicated it wasn’t a large factor.

    “You know, what’s funny, Jon, is the media treats that as a bizarre proposition,” Cruz said.

    “Well, it is,” Karl responded. “It is a bizarre proposition.”

    Cruz then said that pushing for a full repeal was the best way for the GOP to win elections in 2014.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cruz-interview-obamacare

    • morphus

      As proven from past antics, each and every time these GOP cretins take a stand on their “principles”, its a fundraiser. A few days back I read an article which described how GOPTEA constituents are finally showing exhaustion from all of their “cry wolf” scenarios. That’s good news going into election cycle.

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    Putin’s Man in Crimea Is Ukraine’s Worst Nightmare
    Simon Shuster / Simferopol @shustry

    Little is known about Sergei Aksyonov, the pro-Russia Crimean leader, who rose from obscurity in a month and who is driving the region toward secession

    A month ago, when Ukraine’s old regime was just starting to crack under the pressure of a revolution, few people in the country had ever heard of Sergei Aksyonov. He was then a marginal figure even in the local politics of the region of Crimea. His Russian Unity party had only three seats in the regional legislature and no representation anywhere else. But that has not stopped him from taking charge. In late January, as the protesters in Kiev began seizing government buildings, Aksyonov started to form an army on the Crimean peninsula. Now he is the de facto leader of the entire region, a post that has thrust him into the center of the most dire political crisis Europe has confronted in years.

    http://time.com/19097/putin-crimea-russia-ukraine-aksyonov/

  • rikyrah

    Watch as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Brian Deese, sketches out the nuts and bolts of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

    • jds09

      “Opportunity, Growth and Security” is a democratic party value now, OMG. PBO has put a dagger in the Southern Strategy, has a muscular approach to fighting terrorism and now is killing the meme of the “free spending liberal”. I understand why the GOP hates him with the intensity of 1,000 white hot suns. He’s taking away the policy positions that they just talked about and never delivered on. Beautiful.

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    President Obama hosts the 2012-2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions at the White House to congratulate student athletes from schools across the country on their accomplishments in the classroom and on the playing field.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – GOOD MORNTIN’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ –***BIG HUG** —WAY-ELL —The GR8 DEBATE CONTINUES — -Dr. “Cornrow” Is “TALKIN’ —LOL —-
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    – — -☺MR. PRESIDENT: – - -@NewsBreaker
    ICYMI: Obama Spars With Zach Galifianakis in hilarious “Between Two Ferns” segment (watch) http://bit.ly/1fmFVrQ pic.twitter.com/14p72Ta1Nq

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Senate Passes Military Sexual Assault Bill Scrapping ‘Good Soldier Defense’

    [....] The new legislation would change the military rules of evidence to prohibit the accused from using good military character as an element of his defense in court-martial proceedings unless it was directly relevant to the alleged crime. The “good soldier defense” could encompass a defendant’s military record of reliability, dependability, professionalism and reputation as an individual who could be counted on in war and peacetime.[....]

    The measure also would give accusers a greater say in whether their cases are litigated in the military system or civilian and would
    establish a confidential process to allow alleged victims to challenge
    their separation or discharge from the military. In addition, it would
    increase the accountability of commanders and extend all changes related to sexual assault cases to the service academies.[....]

    Some changes already have been made in the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Outraged lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — rewrote parts last year, stripping commanders of their ability to overturn military jury convictions. That law also requires a civilian review if a commander declines to prosecute a case and requires that any individual convicted of sexual assault face a dishonorable discharge or dismissal. The law also provides alleged victims with legal counsel, eliminates the statute of limitations for courts-martial in rape and sexual assault cases and criminalizes retaliation against victims who report a sexual assault.[....]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/senate-military-sexual-assault-passes

    H/T Donna Cassata and Lolita C. Baldor

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – -SEEKING JUSTICE — AGAIN- -
    – - -Trial set in Pittsburgh police beating of black performing arts student- –
    – —-Opening statements were scheduled Tuesday in the retrial of three Pittsburgh police officers — one who has since quit the force — on civil rights claims that they wrongly arrested and beat a young black
    performing arts student in January 2010.

    A federal jury ruled in August 2012 that the officers didn’t maliciously prosecute Jordan Miles, but it deadlocked on whether the officers used excessive force or wrongfully arrested Miles, then an 18-year-old honors student.

    LOOK!!!!!! –>A jury of four white men and four white women will now hear evidence in hopes of arriving at a verdict on the two deadlocked claims. – –[WHA'?? - - -NO BLAH FOLKS in Pittsburgh??]

    – - – -WATCHIN’. . .
    – - -PRAYERS 4 the FAMILY♥ –AMEN♥

  • Joy

    Morning, POU! On vacation this week…relaxation is a wonderful thing!

  • creolechild

    Why the GOP Cares About Poverty Now: Poor People Are Looking More White

    [....] Maybe the war-on-the-war-on-poverty message has less to do with faulty data and midterm chances than something a lot simpler: the GOP’s favorite all-purpose boogeyman – the Welfare Queen – has been replaced with a poor population that looks a lot more, well, white.[....] None of which is really all that surprising, but some of which is: politicians have long manipulated facts to their advantage, and there hasn’t, sadly, been a lot of political advantage to be had from Republicans helping the poor.

    But as the middle class has eroded, the maker-taker divide that conservatives have so exploited over the past 30 years, well, it’s eroded along with it. Lower-middle class whites who once viewed themselves as middle or upper-middle class are now struggling to find work and filing for government assistance, just like those mythical Welfare Queens they were brought up to disdain.[....]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/why-gop-cares-about-poverty-now?page=0%2C1

    H/T Steve Patrick Ercolani

    • morphus

      I’m cynical about GOP’s sudden ‘concern’ about poor people. Even in the old days of welfare the system was ‘gerrymandered’ e.g. A single parent in the urban centers received for instance $75 for one child while a single parent in the then primarily white suburbs received $300. What was the justification of this practice? The mom in suburbs had a grown to expect a higher standard of living. At the end of day, they will always find a way to distribute dollars to their targeted demographics.

      • creolechild

        Interesting fact about welfare benefits being gerrymandered but it makes sense because their worldview encompasses the belief that it’s perfectly acceptable for white women to be stay-at-home moms–but black women with children should work. The GOP’s primary concern isn’t necessarily about everyone, just the increasing number of whites who find themselves among the ranks of the working poor. Can’t have that now, can we? They’ll take some type of action to ensure that they don’t receive the backlash that’s sure to ensue for not acting quickly to assist “their own.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – -TWEETIN’ – - – -TRUTH – — :>)

    – – -☺@amk4obama [THANK U♥]
    The forked tongues of pox news.
    And they both lie.
    pic.twitter.com/4pn7QIeVls

  • creolechild

    States Veto Food Stamp Cuts as $8.6 Billion Deal Fades

    Congress last month passed a revamp of agriculture and food policy that was supposed to save the U.S. government $8.6 billion in food-stamp costs over a decade. That may not happen now that some states are finding a way to avoid the cuts. New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are triggering extra nutrition spending by adding money to a home-heating subsidy tied to increased food-stamp aid.

    The move feeds needy families while thwarting spending-reduction goals. Deficit watchers say they’re disappointed, while anti-hunger activists are lobbying other states to do the same. If more follow, the federal government would have to spend much of the $8.6 billion it planned to save, as states reduce spending on other programs to meet the new mandate.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-07/states-veto-food-stamp-cuts-as-8-6-billion-deal-fades.html

    H/T Derek Wallbank and Alan Bjerga

  • creolechild

    Five More Duke Energy Power Plants Cited For Storing Coal Waste Improperly – Posted March 4, 2014

    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday cited five more Duke Energy power plants for not having storm water permits. These citations follow two others issued Friday against the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, where, on February 2, 39,000 tons of coal ash were funneled through a broken storm water pipe under a coal ash pond and into the Dan River.

    Duke Energy faces potential fines of $25,000 per day, per violation.
    Regulators say they are still in the process of assessing how coal ash is stored at all 14 of Duke’s sites in North Carolina.[....] Duke has 30 days from the issuance of the violation notices to make its case to the DENR before fines are set.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/04/3359261/stormwater-violations-duke-energy/

    H/T Joanna M. Foster

  • creolechild

    Five More Duke Energy Power Plants Cited For Storing Coal Waste Improperly – Posted March 4, 2014

    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday cited five more Duke Energy power plants for not having storm water permits. These citations follow two others issued Friday against the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, where, on February 2, 39,000 tons of coal ash were funneled through a broken storm water pipe under a coal ash pond and into the Dan River.

    Duke Energy faces potential fines of $25,000 per day, per violation.
    Regulators say they are still in the process of assessing how coal ash is stored at all 14 of Duke’s sites in North Carolina.[....] Duke has 30 days from the issuance of the violation notices to make its case to the DENR before fines are set.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/04/3359261/stormwater-violations-duke-energy/

    H/T Joanna M. Foster

  • creolechild

    City Council To Honor Hip Hop Pioneers – Posted March 10, 2014

    Hip hop legends like Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, and Grandmaster Melle Mel will be officially honored at the City Council on Wednesday. Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera said he’d present proclamations to a group of the musical genre’s founding fathers.[....] Also on the list for honors are Joe Conzo, Grand Wizard Theodore, Cutman LG, Rocky Bucano, Grandmaster Caz, and Jorge Fabel Pabon.

    Cabrera also plans to give a posthumous proclamation to Pete “DJ” Jones, who died in January. “Pete gave many of the pioneers of Hip-Hop Culture a platform to showcase their talent,” Cabrera’s office said in an announcement of the event.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2014/03/city-council-to-honor-hip-hop-pioneers

    H/T Erin Durkin

    • http://www.dlancystreet.com reginahny

      Rock it, don’t stop it…. (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -In the NEWS—A passing – - –
    – - – -Joe McGinnis, reporter whose work made Nixon hate the press and enraged Sarah Palin when he moved next door to write her unauthorized biography, is dead- – -
    – - – — SUMMARY:- -
    McGinnis skewered the Nixon campaign’s use of corporate-like marketing to sell the candidate like a consumer product
    ☺He infamously befriended a Green Beret accused of murdering his wife and child to write best-selling Fatal Vision before deciding the maIn 2010 he infuriated the Palins when he moved into a home extremely close to theirs in Wasilla, Alaska to write a book about Sarah

    – - – -He did GOOD WERK – - -AGAINST EVIL.
    — – - – — RIHEP♥ – - -CONDOLENCES 2 ALL.♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – — – PRESIDENTIAL POSITIVITY♥–:>)

    – - -President Obama Makes a Fool of Rupert Murdoch by Being a Real Leader

    – - —Rupert Murdoch is so used to running the White House during the good old days under the Bush administration, when a Bush administration fax would be read verbatim on his airwaves without acknowledging that it came from the White House, that he can’t help but try to order President Obama around.

    So it was that Sunday morning, Rupert Murdoch tried to dictate foreign policy to President Obama.
    Naturally, because he’s a conservative, this involved jumping the gun
    on the missing Malaysian airliner and claiming that for sure terrorists
    did it, and then merging that event together with Russia’s actions in a
    general jihad against terrorism (sound familiar?). “777crash confirms
    jihadists turning to make trouble for China. Chance for US to make
    common cause, befriend China while Russia bullies.”

    – —His alleged goal? To get the US and China to come together against Russia. (In actuality, his goal was clearly to reignite the “war on terrorism” or else why would he have brought up the plane crash and terrorism at all.)

    — –SNIP — -

    — – – - – -Guess which one your President chose? Yes, that’s right. He did the sane, reality based thing. The President spoke to the Chinese President Sunday evening regarding the situation in Ukraine, according to the Office of the Press Secretary. And without any made up stories or fear mongering, they agreed to focus on common interests and cooperation. HUH.
    ——THERE IS MORE — – –

    - —WORLD annnd WORLD-CLASS LEADER—:>)

  • creolechild

    Border Patrol Issues New Use Of Deadly Force Policy For Border Crossers

    [....] The U.S. Border Patrol released a directive — effective immediately — stating that agents “shall not discharge their firearms at a moving vehicle unless the agent has a reasonable belief, based on the totality of the circumstances that deadly force is being used against an agent or another person present.” Agents can only use deadly force when a moving vehicle is driving at them, but the use of deadly force does not extend to “moving vehicles merely fleeing from agents.”

    The directive also prohibits agents from placing themselves “in the path of a moving vehicle or [using] their body to block a vehicle’s path” — significant given that the leaked review found that agents deliberately blocked vehicles in order to justify shooting the driver. [....] Since 2005, border agents have killed at least 42 people, including 13 Americans, according to the Arizona Republic. And since 2010, border agents have been assaulted with rocks 1,713 times “and responded with deadly force 43 times, resulting in 10 deaths,”[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2014/03/08/3380111/border-patrol-deadly-force-directive/

    H/T Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — — -TWEETIN’ — – –TRUTH — -[About THEIR LIES] HAH!

    — -☺ ‏@TPM
    Another Obamacare “horror story” flops: http://bit.ly/1g4VTqD pic.twitter.com/urYar0XHM1

  • itgurl_29

    I’m really sick of some of these black folk in the media calling Lupita a “fetish” and their concern trolling about her career. So sick of it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/07/w-kamau-bell-danger-the-white-obsession-lupita-nyongo_n_4920624.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000051

    Screw Marc Lamont Hill. And how dare Kamau Bell talk about Lupita being a fetish. This man’s whole stand-up routine revolves around calling black women scary harridans who aren’t dating or marriage worthy.

    • jziglar

      Yeah it’s really petty. These people are bitter and jealous. They also won’t admit that they have an inferiority complex.

      • conlakappa

        They are also just gross. It’s too sadly reminiscent of the reaction to Alex Wek being a cover model yet equally twisted as the reaction to Vanessa Williams being crowned People really need to look inward and help themselves before uttering a word about something so historically toxic.

    • MsKitty

      Crabs in a barrel. Sickening.

    • rikyrah

      Marc Lamont Hill let Bill O’Reilley compare him to a drug dealer on tv, and didn’t:
      a) tell him off
      b) walk off the set
      So, no, that disqualifies him for forever and a day.

      • TyrenM

        c) go upside his mf head.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - -Luvin’ – –Lookin’ BACK♥)
    – - -@NerdyWonka [Thank U♥ :>)]

    –☺Today In 2011: FLOTUS participates in a “Let’s Move!” event with Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals players. pic.twitter.com/JOWhCXihw2

    – –☺Today In 2012: President Obama expresses his condolences to President Hamid Karzai on the killing of Afghan civilians pic.twitter.com/LQduGQmT81

    – –☺Today In 2013: First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” Twitter Office Hour in her East Wing Office. pic.twitter.com/0OobRcP9nv

    — -☺Today In 2010: President Obama meets with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss health care reform. pic.twitter.com/xFshmhWlu7 [Annnd WHAT have THEY DONE --L8ly?]
    —More :8R. :>)

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      We’re going to get 4-6 inches of snow tonight.
      Sigh…
      I’m SO OVER WINTER.

      • Alma98

        Morning, we’re supposed to get rain & then snow.
        It’s looking pretty gloomy outside right now. I guess washing my car was a waste of money.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNING Alma98 — –***BIG HUG*** :>) — -OMWORD! —WHAT a UNIQUE DISPLAY of –Mr. SUN. :>)
      – — —THANK U Alma. :>) – –Always Lookin FORWARD 2 our — DAILY JOY – -:>)

      — B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥– -U♥/Family♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH!
        I used to bike eons ago, now I’m scared I’d be run over, people drive so crazy here lol. You have a good one we’re getting rain & snow. Blessings to you & the family. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL Alma —I KNOW —HUH? –
          — – –WAY-ELL –Ifff U need –HIM:
          – –☺http://www.netanimations.net/Man-using-snowblower.gif

          THANK U 4 the BLESSINGS. :>)

          • Alma98

            LOL Thanks.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – –My Pleasure –always. :>)

  • creolechild

    Separated by War, 9-yo Speaks to Mom for First Time in a Year

    [....] Thanks to the humanitarian effort facilitated by Vodafone,
    nine-year-old Nirere was able to speak to her mother for the first time since they were separated 15 months ago. Minani manages four free humanitarian calling booths at the Mugunga Refuge Camp in Goma as part of the Instant Network program run by the Vodafone Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. 17,000 displaced people in the camp have connected with friends and family with the free mobile calls.[....]

    The moments of reunion, along with little Nirere’s, are both featured in the film launched today on Firsts.com.[....] People living at the Mugunga camp are given five minutes of free calls a week. Since
    the project opened in the camp in October 2013, more than two thousand calls each week have eased the burdens of the refugees there.(WATCH the video below)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/civics/9yo-refuge-speaks-to-mom-for-first-time-in-a-year.html

    H/T GNN

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – -LOL – –TWEETIN’ — –TRUTH :>) – -["ACA Positivity"]

    - – - -☺ ‏@TheObamaDiary [Thank U♥] – -

    Ah, at last, a true #Obamacare horror story – send your best wishes to the victim pic.twitter.com/81R08MqR21
    - —-The FUN-ness! :>) –

  • creolechild

    Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel, researchers report

    [....] The conversion produces significantly more energy than it requires and results in transportation fuels – diesel, for example – that can be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels. Other products, such as natural gas, naphtha (a solvent), gasoline, waxes and lubricating oils such as engine oil and hydraulic oil also can be obtained from shopping bags. A report of the new study appears in the journal Fuel Processing Technology.[...]

    Americans throw away about 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year, according to the Worldwatch Institute. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that only about 13 percent are recycled. The rest of the bags end up in landfills or escape to the wild, blowing across the landscape and entering waterways. Plastic bags make up a sizeable portion of the plastic debris in giant ocean garbage patches that are killing wildlife and littering beaches. Plastic bags “have been detected as far north and south as the poles,” the researchers wrote.[....]

    Read more: http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/0212bags_oil_BrajendraKumarSharma.html

    H/T Dianna Yates

  • creolechild

    Obama to Israel: “If not now, when?”

    In a far-reaching interview with Jeffrey Goldberg on Sunday, President Obama made clear, perhaps for the first time in his presidency, that his administration will primarily fault Israel if the current U.S.-brokered peace negotiations fail, as expected.[....]

    Perhaps even more striking are Obama’s blunt words with regard to his view of Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and his
    administration’s record settlement expansions:[....] ….”If Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited. The condemnation of the international community can translate into a
    lack of cooperation when it comes to key security interests. It means reduced influence for us, the United States, in issues that are of interest to Israel. It’s survivable, but it is not preferable.”

    These words are more than just warning shots, they are a prediction. If the Kerry-led peace talks fail, Obama is reiterating what Kerry has already said: that the international movement to boycott and isolate Israel will simply intensify.[....] And how did Netanyahu react to Obama’s words? In his AIPAC speech, Netanyahu strangely echoed leftist talking points, expressing the fruits that peace could bring to Israel.[....]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/tikkundaily/obama-israel-if-not-now-when

    H/T David Harris-Gershon

    • Guns3000

      I think the Americans need to go ahead and finally acknowledge that the Israelis are not negotiating in good faith. This whole current peace process is merely a facade. The Israelis control the economies, borders, airspace of Gaza and the West Bank. They continue with settlement expansion with impunity. Any serious deal will curb some of this control. Have they shown any willingness to want to do that?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥— -☺http://mizparkermuses.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/teadrinker.gif – –[LOL]
    — – - -☺Oscar Pistorius trial: Runner ‘loved weapons,’ former friend testifies
    — – – In court testimony during the athlete’s murder trial Tuesday, a friend of South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius offered a portrait of a young man who “loved weapons” and shouted angrily at a policeman who picked up his gun and ejected a bullet from it.
    The friend, Darren Fresco, recounted Pistorius’ angry reaction when questioned about his gun by police who had stopped Fresco for speeding. Pistorius and the athlete’s then-girlfriend were passengers.

    THERE IS MORE ——-[SEEKING JUSTICE]—
    – –PRAYERS 4 the Family♥ –AMEN♥ –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – -Waited 4 a RESPONSE from the CIA – –B4 posting; —
    - – - -Senate Intelligence chair: CIA snooped on Senate staff-
    — – - –Updated with response from CIA Director John Brennan at 11:33 a.m. ET

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday went to the Senate floor to charge that the CIA was spying on committee staff members who were conducting oversight of the intelligence agency. The CIA’s actions, which Feinstein said have serious “legal and constitutional implications,” have been referred to
    the Justice Department.
    – – - SNIP — -

    — — –About an hour later at a Washington event, CIA Director John Brennan categorically denied the allegation that the CIA improperly monitored Senate staff computers.”Nothing could be further from the truth — we wouldn’t do that,” Brennan said. “That’s beyond the scope of reason.”
    THERE IS MORE- – - – –WATCHIN’. . . .

    • morphus

      Sen. Feinstein complaint is odd. So far, my understanding is the CIA furnished a CIA computer connected only to the CIA network for intelligence committee’s access and for whatever reason a CIA inspector general filed a criminal report to DOJ. What am I missing?

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        - – - -***BIG fist bump*** – - -VERY CURIOUS. -
        – - –HOWEVA —her –”ENDORSEMENT” –of him was — –RATHER RESERVED: – –[Which might explain something]
        – - – -☺http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=ed17967f-8497-468f-aeab-29c013668401
        — –“I will be discussing with Mr. Brennan the Intelligence Committee’s
        recently completed report on CIA detention and interrogation operations
        from 2001 to 2009 and will ask how he would respond to the report’s
        findings and conclusions if confirmed.
        –???
        – — -THAT – -FAR BACK??? – –Hmmmm. . .
        I’ll keep —WATCHIN’. . . :>)

        – - -Good 2 C U morphus. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – -

        • morphus

          Good Morning GLH. BIG HUGS. If the computer is connected to the CIA network, why are they accused of snooping on their own computer? Curious indeed. Have a great day!

          • GreenLadyHere

            morphus – –SOMETHIN’ is missing. —-Once that —☻ – –is connected —THIS will all make sense. – –I HOPE!! :>)

            Though –I’m waitin’ 4 the RE-THUGS 2 enter the FRAY annnd BLAME —MR. PRESIDENT, LOL

      • conlakappa

        She or her husband being investigated again? Trying to distract and divert? It’s time for her to retire?

  • creolechild

    These 9 countries pay a higher minimum wage than the US – Posted March 5, 2014

    US President Barack Obama is slated to push his proposal for a minimum wage increase again Wednesday, this time before a group of governors meeting in Connecticut. Obama and other Democrats want the federal wage raised from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, but most Republicans are opposed, saying it will cost too many jobs and hurt the still-fragile economy. Some conservatives even want the concept eliminated entirely.

    However, compared to other countries, America really isn’t paying its poorest workers all that much. These nine countries pay a higher minimum wage than the United States[....] Wages were adjusted for purchasing power parity and used 2012 US dollars as the base year:

    1. Luxembourg ($10.66/hour)
    2. France ($10.60/hour)
    3. Australia ($10.21/hour)
    4. Belgium ($9.97/hour)
    5. The Netherlands ($9.48/hour)
    6. Ireland ($9.01/hour)
    7. New Zealand ($8.62/hour)
    8. United Kingdom ($7.88/hour)
    9. Canada ($7.85/hour)

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/140227/countries-pay-higher-minimum-wage-united-states

    H/T Sarah Wolfe

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      –READING these – –WORLD-WIDE DATA – –convinces me EVEN MORE –that MR. PRESIDENT’s STRATEGIES/PLANS –includes DATA that he has taken into consideration. :>)

      THIS is –”WHYCOME” —I TRUST HIM. :>) —
      - —☺https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYGok_gHfY0
      — –TEN – –TEN – -[$10.10] — YES!! :>)

      —Good 2 C U creolechild. :>) —B BLESSED.SAFE/WARM♥

      • creolechild

        Good afternoon baby doll. Sending big hugs your way too. Be safe.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – — creoldchild. THANK U. :>) – -Have a good day. :>)

    • conlakappa

      And paid vacation days are required, at least in the European countries.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — –ACA POSITIVITY♥- –

    — – - –☺Total as of March 9, 2014: (10.7 M – 13.1 M)

    – - -☺Nevada: Paid QHPs up 1,090, Unpaid up 390 since 3/01

    – - -☺Gallup Poll: U.S. Uninsured Rate Down 1.2% since end of 2013 – -

    – - – - -The percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall, measuring 15.9% so far in 2014 compared with 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013.

    These data are based on more than 28,000 interviews with Americans from Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2014, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. With only a few weeks remaining in the first quarter, the uninsured rate is on track to be the lowest quarterly level that Gallup and Healthways have measured since 2008.
    THERE IS MORE — –GOOD NEWS :>)

    – –***Waves @ MR. PRESIDENT♥ ***- – -

  • rikyrah

    Detroit Doesn’t Need Hipsters To Survive, It Needs Black People

    Posted: 03/10/2014 1:12 pm EDT Updated: 03/10/2014 2:59 pm EDT
    Print Article

    Last month, Thomas Sugrue, the scholar who literally wrote the book on Detroit, traveled to the Motor City to deliver a tough message to business and political leaders. Detroit’s comeback, he said, depends on whether the city can improve the lives of working-class African-Americans.

    “Revitalization” is a buzzword in the city, which filed for bankruptcy last year and grapples with widespread blight and high unemployment and poverty rates. In spite of all this, Detroit is often celebrated as a hipster paradise and tourist destination by national media outlets.

    But Sugrue said Detroit’s recent successes in its downtown area and in Midtown, the city’s cultural center, aren’t benefiting the majority of residents.
    …………………….

    With a population that is 83 percent African American, Detroit is blacker than any big city in America. But black people might not be the ones whom revitalization is helping. Urban theorists like Richard Florida have long maintained that the key to rejuvenating a city is to attract young, creative professionals who will bring about economic transformation. But Sugrue says that in practice, this strategy only helps a select few, while leaving everybody else no better off than before — a phenomenon he calls “trickle-down urbanism.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/10/saving-detroit-thomas-sugrue-hipsters_n_4905125.html

    • Town

      Hipsters buy into the neighborhoods when they’re young and childfree but leave when their kids hit school age.

      • rikyrah

        That would take investing in the community, and they aren’t interested in investing in the community. Spike had that right – they don’t think that there was a worthwhile community already there.

      • conlakappa

        The trend in D.C. and NYC the past 5 years has been for them to stay. I don’t know what that will look like in 5 years.

  • creolechild

    Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

    Health care experts estimate that up to 35 percent of those newly
    eligible for Medicaid under Mr. Obama’s health care law are people with histories of criminal justice system involvement, including jail and prison inmates and those on parole or probation.[....] In Chicago, inmates at the Cook County Jail are being enrolled in Medicaid under the health care law as part of the intake process after they are arrested; the county has submitted more than 4,000 applications for inmates since Jan. 1.

    In Colorado, state prisoners are being signed up when they need extended hospitalization; 93 applications for inmates and 149 for parolees have been submitted so far. In the Portland area, more than 1,200 inmates have been enrolled through the state exchange, Cover Oregon, while Delaware and Illinois expect to start soon.[....]

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/us/little-known-health-act-fact-prison-inmates-are-signing-up.html?hpw&rref=politics&_r=0

    H/T Erica Goode

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – –GOOD ARTISTIC annnd ECONOMIC NEW$ :>)
    — -’12 Years a Slave’ benefits from post-Oscar box office boost – -
    – - – -Prior to the Academy Awards, 12 Years a Slave was a modest success at the box office, but its earnings lagged behind its fellow nominees Gravity, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street.
    Now that the slavery-themed epic has taken home the coveted best picture Oscar it’s starting to see a significant bump in its ticket sales.

    According to Entertainment Weekly, although 12 Years a Slave
    is already available on DVD and video-on-demand, it “earned $2.1 million from 1,065 theaters, bumping its domestic total to $53 million.”
    That’s the best showing of all the best picture nominees since the awards were given out over a week ago.

    THERE IS MORE — –Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – —CONGRATULATIONS —2 ALL♥ — – -PROUD of U♥:>)

  • creolechild

    Court to Kansas: Spend More on Schools

    The Kansas Supreme Court today found the state’s funding for K-12
    education unconstitutional, saying budget cuts unfairly affect students
    in poorer districts.[....] States across the country slashed their school
    budgets during the Great Recession, and the rise of states run by
    Republican governors and legislators who favor tax cuts over spending
    has slowed the funding rebound as the economy has recovered.

    Almost a dozen other states now face lawsuits over equitable and adequate funding, so the Kansas ruling was closely watched among both student advocates and state legislators.[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-07/court-to-kansas-spend-more-on-schools#r=nav-fs

    H/T Karen Weise

    • conlakappa

      It’s been 60 years since Brown, Kansas. Really, get over it!

  • rikyrah

    NYT: Little Know Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

    In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population. State and counties are enrolling inmates for two main reasons. Although Medicaid does not cover standard health care for inmates, it can pay for their hospital stays beyond 24 hours — meaning states can transfer millions of dollars of obligations to the federal government. But the most important benefit of the program, corrections officials say, is that inmates who are enrolled in Medicaid while in jail or prison can have coverage after they get out.

    People coming out of jail or prison have disproportionately high rates of chronic diseases, especially mental illness and addictive disorders. Few, however, have insurance, and many would qualify for Medicaid under the income test for the program — 138 percent of the poverty line — in the 25 states that have elected to expand their programs. Health care experts estimate that up to 35 percent of those newly eligible for Medicaid under Mr. Obama’s health care law are people with histories of criminal justice system involvement, including jail and prison inmates and those on parole or probation. “For those newly covered, it will open up treatment doors for them” and potentially save money in the long run by reducing recidivism, said Dr. Fred Osher, director of health systems and services policy for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. He added that a 2009 study in Washington State found that low-income adults who received treatment for addiction had significantly fewer arrests than those who were untreated.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/us/little-known-health-act-fact-prison-inmates-are-signing-up.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

  • Miranda

    This obsession with “Black Twitter” concerns me.
    ——————————
    BLACK TWITTER FLEXING MUSCLES ON AND OFFLINE

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Dunn’s conviction of attempted murder — but not actual murder — in the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis prompted the creation of hashtag #dangerousblackkids on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before opening fire on a car full of teens at a convenience store.

    That was the calling card of Black Twitter, a small corner of the social media giant where an unabashedly black spin on life gets served up 140 characters at a time.

    Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But Black Twitter can also turn activist quickly. When it does, things happen — like the cancellation of a book deal for a juror in the George Zimmerman trial, or the demise of Zimmerman’s subsequent attempt to star at celebrity boxing.

    Catchy hashtags give clues that the tweeting in question is a Black Twitter thing.

    more here: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/black-twitter-growing-online-force

    • morphus

      I like this part …

      Black Twitter brings the fullness of black humanity into the social network and that is why it has become so fascinating,” said Kimberly C. Ellis, who has a doctorate in American and Africana Studies, tweets as @drgoddess and is studying Black Twitter for her upcoming book, “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter.”

      • Alma98

        I see people are starting to write books now and cashing in. Nobody gave a damn about what black people thought until PBO became president. We were invisible to them and now everybody and their mama want to study us like we’re another species.

    • rikyrah

      someone commented on this yesterday –
      they want to find a ‘LEADER’ of Black Twitter, so that they can:
      a) co-opt
      b) then, destroy
      that they can’t find one kills them.

      • conlakappa

        I would insert demean/belittle in there, which can often pre-date the destruction.

      • trose1

        Me, they cant believe Black twitter is REAL grassroots

  • creolechild

    Abandoned boats get new life as gorgeous winery buildings

    Boats make excellent (and unexpected) roofs — they’re sturdy and
    waterproof by definition. And in Baja’s Guadalupe Valley, one of
    Mexico’s major wine regions, they shelter Vena Cava Winery. The winery is the creation of married architects Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent, who run a design studio in Baja.[....]

    At Vena Cava, the duo salvaged a handful of discarded boats from a nearby port and turned them into vaulted ceilings for the winery’s essential functions. The old boats make for gorgeous barrel vaults, and we’d imagine they keep the interior nice and cool.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/abandoned-boats-get-new-life-as-gorgeous-winery-buildings/

    H/T Holly Richmond

  • Miranda

    The Democrats Stand Up to the Kochs

    Democrats have for too long been passive in the face of the vast amounts of corporate money, most of it secret, that are being spent to evict them from office and dismantle their policies. By far the largest voice in many of this year’s political races, for example, has been that of the Koch brothers, who have spent tens of millions of dollarspeddling phony stories about the impact of health care reform, all in order to put Republicans in control of the Senate after the November elections.

    Now Democrats are starting to fight back, deciding they should at least try to counter the tycoons with some low-cost speech of their own. Democrats may never have the same resources at their disposal — no party should — but they can use their political pulpits to stand up for a few basic principles, including the importance of widespread health-insurance coverage, environmental protection and safety-net programs.

    The leader of this effort has been Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, who has delivered a series of blistering attacks against the Kochs and their ads on the Senate floor over the last few weeks. In addition, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has set up a website, http://www.kochaddiction.com, to remind voters of just what the Kochs stand for, and why they raised $407 million in the 2012 election. And individual candidates are making sure voters know who is paying for the ad blitz.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/11/opinion/the-democrats-stand-up-to-the-kochs.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&_r=0

  • Miranda

    Remember the black journo that worked for Politico and was fired for speaking the truth about Romney?
    ———————-
    My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Cheap

    After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he could only find employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day.
    JOSEPH WILLIAMS MAR 11 2014, 11:50 AM ET

    My plunge into poverty happened in an instant. I never saw it coming.

    Then again, there was no reason to feel particularly vulnerable. Two years ago, I was a political reporter at Politico, and I spent my days covering the back-and-forth of presidential politics. I had access to the White House because of my reporting beat, and I was a regular commentator on MSNBC. My career had been on an upward trajectory for 30 years, and at age 50 I still anticipated a long career.

    On June 21, 2012, I was invited to discuss race, Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and the 2012 presidential election on MSNBC. I said this:

    “Romney is very, very comfortable, it seems, with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in town hall settings … But when he comes on ‘Fox and Friends,’ they’re like him. They’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.”

    The political Internet exploded. Because I’m an African American, enraged conservative bloggers branded me an anti-white racist. Others on the right, like Andrew Breitbart’s Big Media, mined my personal Twitter account and unearthed a crude Romney joke I’d carelessly retweeted a month before. The Romney campaign cried foul. In less than two weeks I was out of a job.

    more here: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/my-life-as-a-retail-worker-nasty-brutish-and-cheap/284332/

    • MsKitty

      We always talk about the “wake up call.” That was a serious one.

      A definite cautionary tale, especially for those “special ones” (looking at you Lemon Drop).

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ MsKitty. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        – –Uhhh —U RANG? –LOL

        - — -☺HE REMAINS — -http://chrispasley.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/lemon1.gif

        – - -SPEAK TRUTH — – - —He WILL GET HIS.:>) –

        –Good 2 C U MsKitty. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥

        • MsKitty

          Hey GLH {{{{{big hug}}}}}

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY MsKitty. Thank U. :>)

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

        Exactly. Black journos better recoginize that they will never, ever be one of them.

    • Alma98

      Number one lesson with the white media is this you’re only allowed to speak your mind when denigrating other blacks.

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

      Damn. Not even the NABJ tried to help him out?

      It’s seems like the final straw that broke the camel’s back was the article Betsy Rothstein (who now works at The Daily Caller) wrote about his plea deal.

      • rikyrah

        Damn. Not even the NABJ tried to help him out?
        they were all too busy trying to get his job.

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

          Truth!

  • creolechild

    WUH?!!

    Spraying Toxic Coal Ash Is A Cheap And Popular Way To De-Ice Roads

    The months of relentless winter weather that have pummeled much of the nation have forced many communities to get creative when it comes to de-icing roads. With salt for roads in short supply, everything from beet juice to cheese brine is being used to help drivers stay in control on slippery streets — including coal ash.

    That’s right, for years, cities and towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New
    Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, and Colorado have sprayed the toxic waste on roads to combat winter ice and snow. Municipalities often get it for free from power plants who are eager to dispose of it somehow and it never seems to be in short supply.[....] According to the American Coal Ash Association, 256,000 tons of coal ash were distributed for use on roads in 2012.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/10/3383511/coal-ash-de-ice-roads/

    H/T Joanna M. Foster

    • Alma98

      I wonder about the health of people in these communities.

      • conlakappa

        Black lung-schmack lung, I need to get my SVU on the road, woman!

    • rikyrah

      uh uh uh

  • Miranda

    This woman is so hateful that after they showed her she would actually save all she would say is she doesn’t believe it.
    ——————————
    Dexter cancer patient who called health care ‘unaffordable’ will save more than $1K

    Washington— A Dexter cancer patient featured in a conservative group’s TV ad campaign denouncing her new health care coverage as “unaffordable” will save more than $1,000 this year.

    Julie Boonstra, 49, starred last month in an emotional television ad sponsored by Americans for Prosperity that implied Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters’ vote for the Affordable Care Act made her medication so “unaffordable” she could die. Peters of Bloomfield Township is running for an open U.S. Senate seat against Republican Terri Lynn Land.

    The Detroit News and fact checkers last month cast doubt on the accuracy of the TV ad. On Monday, Boonstra acknowledged which health plan she chose, offering the first evidence of cost savings..

    Boonstra said Monday her new plan she dislikes is the Blue Cross Premier Gold health care plan, which caps patient responsibility for out-of-pocket costs at $5,100 a year, lower than the federal law’s maximum of $6,350 a year. It means the new plan will save her at least $1,200 compared with her former insurance plan she preferred that was ended under Obamacare’s coverage requirements.

    more here: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140310/LIFESTYLE03/303100100#ixzz2vfqugkrK

    • Alma98

      Hateful and she knows this is a better policy but she can’t admit it. She doesn’t want to give that black man the satisfaction of being right smh.

      • rikyrah

        I know….they show her that she saves money..
        ” I don’t believe it.”
        2520′s are somethin’.

      • conlakappa

        For her, facts are part of a belief system, which just boggles the mind and makes the head bobble from the mindlessness of it all.

  • creolechild

    MAP: This Is What The Internet Looks Like

    Here’s a map from telecom data company TeleGeography that shows how the Internet works around the world. The map charts out all the undersea fiber optic cables that send Internet communication from country to country. There are more fiber optic cables that are land based, but they’re not charted here. Paul Brodsky, an analyst at Telegeography explained the map to us, saying, “The vast majority of Internet traffic travels on fiber optic cables.” Many people think Internet connections go through satellites, says Brodsky, but that’s not the case.

    They run through these undersea cables. The companies that lay these cables have fiber optic cables on a giant spool on their ships. “The ship goes from country A to country B,” says Brodsky, “They literally just lay it on the bottom of the ocean. Close to the shore, they trench it out, but at a certain distance from the coast it just lays on the bottom of the ocean.” A fiber optic cable is about the size of a human hair and it sends laser light pulses that deliver messages in milliseconds from New York to London.[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/map-this-is-what-what-internet-looks-like-2014-3

    H/T Jay Yarow

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – -OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT — -KNOWS —How 2 WERK – -The HUMOR —-:>)
    - – -☺@NerdyWonka [THANK U♥]

    @FunnyOrDie is now the #1 source of referrals to http://Healthcare.gov https://twitter.com/HealthCareTara/status/443421401903820800

    Bravo, President Obama. #BetweenTwoFerns

    — -THANK U – SIR♥- –:>)

  • creolechild

    Stock up on the popcorn…

    Diversity reaches new levels in Honey Maid ads

    [....] On Monday, Honey Maid will jump on the diversity bandwagon with a far-reaching campaign by the 90-year-old graham cracker brand that raises the use of diversity in mainstream ads to a whole new level. In one 30-second Honey Maid ad, viewers will see everything from a same-sex couple bottle-feeding their son to an interracial couple and their three kids holding hands. The ad also features a Hispanic mother and an African-American father with their three mixed-race children. And there’s even a father covered in body tattoos.

    This is not some shockvertisement for Benetton. It’s an ad for one of America’s oldest and most familiar brands. The people in it are not actors, but real families. The message of the ad: These are wholesome families enjoying wholesome snacks.It’s a brand new, multicolored, multisexual world of advertising. Major mainstream brands are plowing ahead and all but ignoring the expected social media blow-back, with one eye on demographics and another on survival.[....]

    H/T Bruce Horovitz and Viral Ads

    • MsKitty

      Tea Partier Shopping List:

      Milk
      Eggs
      Cheerios
      Velveeta
      Coca-Cola
      Bacon
      Jello
      Wonder Bread
      Honey Maid Crackers
      Miracle Whip

      • Alma98

        LOL

      • isonprize

        LOLOLOLOL!!!

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

        LOL!

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL —MsKitty. Good 1. :>)

        — Ifff I may: – –
        Chocolate Milk — – :>) Jus’ sayin’.>..

    • rikyrah

      I liked the ad. What could be more all-American than smores?

      Everyone eats them.

    • GreenLadyHere

      THANKS creolechild. :>) — -NOW –I’ll increase my CONSUMPTION -of – - –☺https://breezyk.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/foodgif4.gif?w=562

      – - -SHARIN’. :>) — – -YUMMY! :>)

      • conlakappa

        Unless they are grilled to a faretheewell, marshmallows to me are the devil’s pillows!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – -ECONOMIC POSITIVITY♥ —:>)

    — – — ☺@LOLGOP
    America has had the best recovery in the world besides the GOP who used a crisis they helped create to win the House. pic.twitter.com/q56L27QfTW [LOL -- -Woo! Hoo!]

  • rikyrah

    Philly Mag: NYT: Christie Turned Twin Towers Wreckage Into “Politically Motivated Gifts”

    The New York Times reports this morning that Chris Christie’s administration used wreckage from 9/11 as “politically motivated gifts,” part of a politicization of the Port Authority that is coming under increasing scrutiny from federal prosecutors in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal. For a state that lost hundreds of lives on Sept. 11, the gifts were emotionally resonant: pieces of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center. They were presented by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to 20 carefully chosen New Jersey mayors who sat atop a list of 100 whose endorsements Gov. Chris Christie hoped to win. At photo opportunities around the mangled pieces of steel, Bill Baroni, Mr. Christie’s top staff appointee at the Port Authority, told audiences how many people wanted a similar remnant of the destroyed buildings, and how special these mayors were.

    Mayors lower on the list of 100 — such as Mark Sokolich, of Fort Lee, at No. 45 — received other Port Authority perquisites: an intimate tour of the National September 11 Memorial, or the new World Trade Center construction site, or Port Authority money for jobs programs or new firefighting equipment, even in towns far from the port. Turning wreckage of the twin towers into politically motivated gifts before Mr. Christie’s 2013 re-election was only one example. The authority became a means to reward friends (or hire them) and punish adversaries, and a bank to be used when Mr. Christie sought to avoid raising taxes. Major policy initiatives, such as instituting a large toll and fare increase in 2011, were treated like political campaigns to burnish the governor’s image.

    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/03/11/nyt-christie-turned-twin-towers-wreckage-politically-motivated-gifts/

    • MsKitty

      He’s crass enough to do that too.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - – - -Brigette KELLEY – - -just left the adjourned Hearing. — -
    — – –JUDGE: —It will take me a while 2 REVIEW.”

    CONTINUIN’ 2 WATCH. . .

  • rikyrah

    Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady Follow

    Wasn’t Snowden saying how future generations will grow up without having any right to privacy? My point is WOMEN DON’T HAVE THAT RIGHT NOW.

    9:33 AM – 11 Mar 2014

    • Alma98

      Snowden’s a naive idiot, there has never been total privacy in the US or any country.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – — Lookin’ AHEAD. — How creative is THIS? – - -:>)
    – - -‘Boondocks’ creator Aaron McGruder preps ‘Black Jesus’ for Adult Swim – -

    — -Aaron McGruder, the politically incorrect mind behind the cult cartoon hit The Boondocks, has even more irreverent premise up his sleeve.
    McGruder has inked a deal with Adult Swim for a live action show called Black Jesus, which will co-star comic actors John Witherspoon and Charlie Murphy.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, “the new half-hour live-action scripted comedy finds Jesus living in present-day Compton, Calif., on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.”

    Largely unknown actor Gerald “Slink” Johnson will take on the lead role and the series is expected to debut sometime this year.
    – -THERE IS MORE —-WATCHIN’. . . :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —MEDIA ALERT: – -Ms. JOY-ANN –is REVIEWING the FEINSTEIN-BRENNEN ISSUE –

    —Mr. Carney said that PRESIDENT OBAMA has complete confidence in Mr. BRENNEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - – -WHOA. —-The Senate is WERKIN’?- -:>)
    – –Senate votes to end taxpayer funding of political conventions – -
    – - – -The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would end the use of taxpayer money for presidential nominating conventions.
    The legislation, which is now headed to President Obama’s desk, would take the $126 million that is used to fund the annual convention parties and instead designate it for pediatric medical research.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asked and received
    unanimous consent to pass H.R. 2019, the Gabriella Miller Kids First
    Research Act, on Tuesday morning. The House passed the same bill late last year in a 295-103 vote.

    “It’s hard to imagine that there would be any objection to moving these funds to something we can all agree is a high priority — pediatric research,”McConnell said.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) praised the Senate for passing the bill, which he championed in the House. The bill is named after Gabriella Miller, a 10-year-old girl from Virginia who died in October from a brain tumor after making a public push for increased funding for cancer research.
    - —SNIP- – -
    – - -Reid pointed out it was only an authorization bill, not an appropriations bill. “It will not happen until we appropriate money for this,” Reid said.

    THERE IS MORE – —

    NICE —BUT — -could OTHER RESEARCH B considered? – -

    –Jus’ axin’. . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – — –TWITTER done TWEETED OUT – - – -IN MAINTENANCE MODE [At this time. :>) — –:>)
    – - – -☺http://blogs.knoxnews.com/woodbery/twitter-logo-bird.gif :>)

    • morphus

      Thanks. Thought it was just me.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – –morphus; — -Ohhh. HERE U R. :>)

        -IT’S – - -MAGIC♥ —:>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY morphus. Got your REPLY. – - -It keeps disappearing. –SORRY. :>) – - -***HUG*** :>)

      msnbc is talkin”bout TWITTER down – –also. LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -A DEFINITE — WATCH —:>)
    – - -Drama-filled Florida race is 2014 bellwether – - -
    - – - –Lackluster candidates, millions spent, a third-party candidate: Every detail of Tuesday’s special election in Florida’s 13th District makes it unusual, but the bellwether district is still the first indication of the 2014 electoral mood.

    Regardless of outside factors in the critical region, the winning party will try to spin the results of the first midterm test as a harbinger for their party’s messages this fall.
    - – –SNIP – - -

    – - – -Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) argued in an email that if Sink wins, despite an expected GOP turnout advantage, it’s a clear signal that Democrats have a chance in even tougher races this cycle.
    THERE IS MORE —WATCHIN’ — -with EXPECTATIONS :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – -The CUTE-ness :>) – -
    – - -☺ ‏@NewsBreaker
    Today’s LOL: 3-year old argues a compelling case for cupcakes http://wp.me/p3W1JR-l2 pic.twitter.com/RQwVn6gRYP :>)

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ – –ON MY WAY – –☺https://gcps.desire2learn.com/d2l/lor/viewer/viewFile.d2lfile/6605/6595/native_american_woman_riding_horse_hg_clr.gif

      THANK U. :>)