October 20, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: Women In The Negro Leagues

Good Morning POU!

Today’s feature in our Women In The Negro Leagues series should have a movie made of her life! A mini-series even!

Effa Manley


Business woman. Community leader. Socialite. Baseball executive par excellence. Keeper of the Negro Leagues’ flame. Hall of Famer. Throughout her lifetime Effa Manley wore all these hats and more, but none more proudly than that of her beloved Newark Eagles, the Negro National League franchise that she and husband Abe Manley owned and operated from 1934 until 1948. The Most Famous Woman in Baseball, Bob Luke’s biography of her, shows us how Effa left her indelible mark on the Eagles, the community of Newark, and the game of baseball.

Manley’s racial background is not completely known. It has been written her biological parents may have been white, but she was raised by her black stepfather and white mother, leading most to assume her stepfather was her biological father and therefore to classify her as black. Daryl Russell Grigsby wrote, “…some insist she was a white woman exposed to black culture, who identified as black.  Regardless of her ethnic origins, Effa Manley thought of herself as a black woman and was perceived by all who knew her as just that.” Author Ted Schwarz wrote, “She was a white woman who passed as a black…She could stay in any hotel she desired.”

According to the book The Most Famous Woman in Baseball by Bob Luke, Effie was born through an extramarital union between her African American seamstress mother, Bertha Ford Brooks, and Bertha’s white employer, Philadelphia stockbroker John Marcus Bishop; therefore she may actually have been of mixed heritage.

In an interview she gave, she seemed to enjoy the confusion her skin color created. She related a story of when her husband, Abe Manley took her to Tiffany’s in New York for an engagement ring. She picked out a huge five-carat stone. She remarked at how every salesgirl in the store was on hand to get a glimpse of this “old Negro man buying this young white girl a five-carat ring” and how she got a kick out it.

Following this extramarital union, Effa’s mother and her first husband divorced, and she soon remarried an African-American man. Effa was thus raised in an African-American family alongside five black step-siblings.

Early in her life she identified as white, sometimes using it to her advantage to gain employment in shops that didn’t hire African-Americans. That said, she was still thoroughly a member of the black community in her social and family life, and would later become active in racial causes in the city of Newark.

abe and effa

Abe Manley, Effa’s future husband, hailed from Hertford, North Carolina. As a young man he made his way up the Eastern seaboard working a variety of jobs before settling in Camden, New Jersey, where he began making serious money running numbers. He became treasurer of the Rest-A-Way Club, Camden’s all-purpose social club for the city’s Negro elite, an establishment with an $8,000 piano and poker pots worth twice that much. In 1932 a bombing of the club led Abe to relocate to Harlem where he began courting Effa. In the summer of 1933 they were married, Abe lavishing his new bride with a five-carat ring, mink coats, and other luxuries.

Both Abe and Effa grew up loving baseball, and Abe had briefly owned a ballclub, the Camden Leafs, for part of the 1929 season. With his large bankroll and an enthusiastic business partner in Effa, Abe applied for and won a franchise in the Negro National League in late 1934. He and Effa became owners of the NNL’s Brooklyn Eagles, but before getting to work building the team, they turned their attention to league matters at the owners’ meeting of January 1935.

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In the biography, of Effa, Bob Luke describes in detail the pressing financial and organizational issues that faced the owners: adopting a constitution, preventing players from breaking their contracts for better offers overseas, protecting umpires from abuse, and establishing a central league office. As would become a theme of NNL owners’ meetings though the years, the proceedings were acrimonious and not always productive. The strong-headed Effa frequently found herself at odds with fellow owners like Cum Posey of the Homestead Grays and Tom Wilson of the Baltimore Elite Giants, particularly with regard to the the appointment of an impartial, outside party as commissioner.

Effa and Abe worked out distinct roles in managing the Eagles, their division of labor reflecting their personalities. Effa, the more vociferous partner, handled much of the player negotiations and was the primary public face of the team. Abe was quieter, more reserved, and concerned himself with player evaluation and trades. As the financier behind the operation, Abe also exerted more influence over big-picture financial decisions, like departing the crowded New York City baseball market for neighboring Newark, New Jersey following the 1935 season. Abe bought the Newark Dodgers and combined their roster with that of his Brooklyn Eagles. They were christened the Newark Eagles, and in the spring of 1936 they began play at Newark’s lighted Ruppert Stadium.

“The Manleys were a very unusual combination,” says Monte Irvin. “Mrs. Manley was a very astute businesswoman and she became very knowledgeable about baseball affairs.”

She took over day-to-day business operations of the team, arranged playing schedules, planned the team’s travel, managed and met the payroll, bought the equipment, negotiated contracts, and handled publicity and promotions.

Fellow owner Cumberland Posey of the Homestead Grays once wrote that “Negro baseball owners can take a few tips from the lady member of the league when it comes to advertising.”

Thanks to her rallying efforts, more than 185 VIPs — including New York Mayor Fiorello LeGuardia, who threw out the first pitch, and Charles C. Lockwood, justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York — were on hand to watch the Eagles’ inaugural game in 1935. But the Eagles proved unable to rise to the occasion, and dropped the opener to the Homestead Grays, 21-7.

George Giles, the Eagles first baseman at the time, recalled that Manley did not take the loss well.

“The Homestead Grays near killed us! … Mrs. Manley left (the ballpark),”said Giles. “When she was displeased, the world came to an end. She’d stop traffic. …

“Mrs. Manley loved baseball, but she couldn’t stand to lose. I was a pretty hard loser myself, but I think she’d take it more seriously than anybody.”

So seriously that she was unwilling to suffer it for long. When the Eagles finished with a losing record that first season, Manley insisted that manager Ben Taylor be fired and replaced with Giles. Giles said Abe Manley approached him and told him, “My wife wants you to manage the ballclub.”


Luke explores every aspect of Effa’s role with the team, including her romantic involvement with several Eagles players. Although she loved Abe, and remained married to him until his death in 1952, that didn‘t stop her from having relationships with ball- players. Terrie McDuffie, a young hurler with a wide array of pitches, was one of Effa’s lovers, and Luke notes that “she ordered [Eagles’ manager George] Giles to start McDuffie for games when she wanted to show him off to her lady friends.”  About a decade later, when trying to recruit Monte Irvin to return for the 1946 season, Effa met him at home wearing just a negligee and invited him in, saying, “Abe won’t be back until tomorrow.”  To his credit, Luke doesn’t sensationalize this aspect of Effa, and makes note of other times when she showed concern for players in completely non-romantic ways. She helped former Negro Leaguers like George Crowe break into Major League Baseball, served as godmother to Larry Doby’s first child, and helped other former players land jobs or make down payments on a first home.

As busy as Effa was with the Eagles, she was passionate about social issues, the nascent civil rights movement, and supporting the war effort. While living in New York in the early 1930s, she led boycotts of Harlem businesses which served mostly black customers without employing any African-American employees. After six weeks, the owners of the store (Blumstein’s Department Store) gave in, and by the end of 1935 some 300 stores on 125th Street employed blacks. Manley was the treasurer of the Newark chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and often used Eagles games to promote civic causes. In 1939 she held an “Anti-Lynching Day” at Ruppert Stadium.  In Newark, Effa continued to push for reform of Jim Crow segregation, while also creating a haven for African-Americans at the ballpark. As she wrote in a letter to sportswriter Wendell Smith, “The important thing is large crowds of Negroes have somewhere to go for healthy entertainment.”

At this time most blacks were barred from practicing medicine. The Booker T. Washington Community Hospital, which offered training for colored doctors and nurses, opened due in a large part to money raised from the Newark Eagles. They played numerous benefit games to raise money for new medical equipment. They also raised money for black Elks lodges, a major part of urban black social life. The Eagles worked especially hard for groups that promoted the welfare of Newark’s black population. In an exhibit honoring the Negro leagues at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, there is a banner given to the team by the Newark Student Camp Fund in recognition of their efforts to help the community. Another example of the relationship Effa helped forge with the community was copying a practice of another team which allowed the city’s youth to attend games for free. Some children could afford the ten cent fare for the bus ride while others jump on the back of a moving bus to take advantage of the free ballgames. Because of Effa Manley, the Newark Eagles were as important to black Newark as the Dodgers were to Brooklyn.

Luke paints Effa as a reformer in all areas of her life. She was someone who saw possibility and then set out to achieve it, whether that meant creating better professional opportunities for blacks in Newark, ensuring that the Negro National League operated in a more transparent manner, or creating a better performing and more profitable ballclub within the confines of Ruppert Stadium. In the offseason of 1945–46, after years of playing second fiddle to the Homestead Grays, Abe and Effa redoubled their efforts to bring a championship to Newark.

The ’46 season began auspiciously with an opening day no-hitter from Leon Day, who was making his first start after three years in the Army. The war years had been hard on the Eagles’ line-up, as they lost about a dozen players to the draft, but at the gate it was a different story, with the war-time economic boom producing healthy attendance figures. Effa knew the team would be poised for a pennant run, with its coffers well stocked from the last few years and its roster augmented by returning stars like Day. Sure enough, the Eagles took the NNL by storm, capturing the first-half pennant, and after a brief June swoon, rebounding to take the second-half crown as well. Monte Irvin paced the club with a .389 average, and they advanced to face the Kansas City Monarchs, champions of the Negro American League, in the World Series.


The series went the distance and was contested in not two but four different ballparks: Ruppert Stadium for games two, six, and seven, the Polo Grounds for game one, Kansas City’s Blues Stadium for games three and four, and Chicago’s Comiskey Park for game five. The Eagles emerged victorious in the seventh game, helped by home-field advantage but also by the absence of Monarchs’ stars Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith, who had left the team before game seven to join a barnstorming tour. Abe and Effa rewarded their championship ballclub with diamond rings and a new $15,000 luxury bus. Meanwhile, the Satchel Paige All-Stars held their own against the Bob Feller All-Stars (a team made of MLB’s best), a surprising achievement since Paige’s team lacked such stars as Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Irvin, and Doby. To open-minded baseball observers, it was becoming abundantly clear that the stars of Negro ball could hold their own against major league competition.

Effa achieved another goal during the following offseason, when a non-owner commissioner, the Rev. John H. Johnson, was finally appointed to oversee the Negro Leagues. He drafted a new constitution that limited World Series venues to the two cities competing, included more protections for players and umpires, and re-affirmed a five-year ban on players who jumped their contracts to play abroad. But just as the Negro Leagues were becoming better organized, the foundation of the league, its most talented players, was starting to slip away. First went Jackie Robinson to Branch Rickey’s Brooklyn Dodgers. Then an Eagles’ star, Larry Doby, followed suit by signing with Bill Veeck’s Cleveland Indians. While Veeck compensated the Eagles to the tune of $15,000 (a figure Effa negotiated), many other Negro League stars would be signed away to the majors without their old clubs getting any compensation. In any case, money couldn’t buy players of the same skill level or cachet as those departing to MLB. As Luke keenly observes, these were times of mixed emotion for Effa and others who loved Negro League baseball and made it their life’s work. While it was rewarding to see black players finally integrate, and thrive in, the major leagues, it was equally painful to witness the decline of the Negro Leagues.

It all happened relatively quickly. Following the 1948 season, Effa and Abe’s Eagles, along with the Grays and the New York Black Yankees, opted to disband. They sold the team for the paltry sum of $15,000 (the same amount Abe had ponied up for the team’s new bus just two years earlier), and the new owner relocated the club to Houston. Without the Eagles in her life, Effa stepped up her involvement in the local Newark NAACP chapter, becoming its treasurer. Baseball was still at her core though, and she remained as outspoken as ever. Effa condemned the way major league teams had raided the Negro Leagues of their top talent and did what she could to keep the collective memory of Negro baseball alive. As journalist Wendell Smith, her sometimes adversary, noted, she was “trying to fight off the inevitable and cling to the great days.”

Unfortunately for Effa, while integration came to MLB’s clubhouses in 1947, it would be decades before African-Americans had any real positions of influence within its executive halls. Some great baseball minds, like Effa and Abe, or John and Billie Harden of the Atlanta Black Crackers, were left on the outside looking in, with no role available to them in organized baseball.

In 1977, Manley was interviewed for an oral history project which is archived at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries and is available online.

In the spring of 1981, her health had deteriorated to the point that she could no longer live in her apartment. She moved into a rest home run by former Negro league player Quincy Trouppe. She told Trouppe that she would go to the hospital to get checked out, even though the ambulance drivers did not think she was ill enough to go to the hospital. She had cancer of the colon, which progressed into peritonitis after surgery. She had a heart attack and died on April 16, 1981, having never returned to the rest home. She died just four days after the boxer, Joe Louis, her sports idol, who had been one of the most influential black athletes of that time. 


In 2001, the Baseball Hall of Fame formed a special committee of Negro Leagues scholars to examine the records of former players and the contributions of influential owners. Effa Manley was among the select group of past executives chosen for induction. In 2006, twenty-five years after her passing, she was enshrined in Cooperstown, the Hall’s first female inductee.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • Miranda

      Good Tuesday Morning!

  • rikyrah
    • Town

      Obama & ’em were supposed to have bought a house in Asheville, NC too.

      • AxelFoley

        Obeezy keep ’em guessin’.

        • itgurl_29

          I think they are in the process of looking at homes and I think all these real estate folks in the respective towns are leaking this to the press so as to drum up interest in their towns.

    • nellcote

      why in the fuck would they want to live there?

  • rikyrah


    MSNBC Guest Who Slammed Israel Coverage Claims Upcoming TV Appearances Cancelled http://bit.ly/WzkouG

    7:43 PM – 21 Jul 2014

  • rikyrah

    Wagging the Dog: Gaza & MH17 Plane Deaths Stem from Netanyahu, Putin, Search for Popularity
    By Martin Shaw

    Russia-Israel: domestic politics and serious blowback

    The Ukraine and Gaza crises alike demonstrate the risks of aggressive policy based on short-term calculations. Vladimir Putin and Binyamin Netanyahu’s war-as-politics invites damaging long-term consequences.

    The slaughters in Ukraine and Gaza have one thing in common. Both result from governments authorising violence which is overwhelmingly motivated by domestic politics and appears almost gratuitous from a strategic point of view. Such policies promise short-term domestic popularity, but risk losing international credibility and producing serious blowback. Vladimir Putin is now finding this out. Binyamin Netanyahu should take note: the blowback for Israel could be far more serious.

    Putin’s nemesis

    Putin began his capricious military intervention in Ukraine to offset the humiliation of the Maidan protestors’ overthrow of the kleptocratic president Viktor Yanukovych, the day after Russia had endorsed the European Union foreign ministers’ deal for a gradual transition. Putin’s initial intervention secured total control over Crimea with its Russian naval bases, though these (like Russian speakers in Crimea) had never seriously been threatened. Putin, emboldened by a success which played to the nationalist gallery, then promoted the transformation of eastern Ukrainians’ political opposition to the new Kiev regime into armed rebellion, and followed up by sending Russian officers and weapons and encouraging Russian as well as local activists.

    The strategy had the domestic effect of boosting Putin’s popularity. But it imposed a high cost in life and disruption on the people he claimed to be helping, provoked great western hostility, and did not stop Kiev gradually reasserting some control.


    • Miranda

      Putin and Netanyahu have truly shown their asses…they are just the Russian and Israeli versions of Cheney. Sociopaths with way too much power. They would kill millions at the drop of a hat with absolutely no feeling whatsoever. Satan is alive and well folks….alive and well.

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah


    In 1964, James Garner, with Steve McQueen, approached councilman and said ‘Remember, we are the people.’

    10:41 PM – 21 Jul 2014

    • AxelFoley

      Mr. Garner was just the coolest dude ever.

      Was watching The Rockford Files on Netflix last night. I watched the show when I was real little, but of course the only thing I remember was the theme song.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Thanks Jim! Just another way you helped make the world a better place.

  • YES! A movie about Effa Manley would be off the hook! Jennifer Beals could play her, and Wendell Pierce can play her husband.

    • rikyrah

      those are good casting choices!

    • Miranda

      Perfect choices! I love it!

      Somebody tell OWN to get on this!

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, good picks, Sepia

  • rikyrah
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  • Whoa!

    Greg Mitchell @GregMitch 4m
    Arabic reporter for BBC physically attacked on-air in Israel, watch: http://bit.ly/1nQu9df

    • rikyrah

      uh uh uh

  • rikyrah

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Last Call For The Rainbow Kynect-tion

    Nowhere is Obamacare working better than here in Kentucky, and it’s making news overseas as the BBC reports on Kentucky’s healthcare exchange, Kynect.


    But she’ll stay in the program because it’s helping her family. And Obamacare will help people who flat out dislike President Obama, too.

    Benita Adams may be one of the people the Governor has in mind. The 62-year-old grandmother lives on the edge of the rolling Appalachian Mountains in eastern Kentucky. She owns her home but works two jobs as a dental assistant to make ends meet. She did not vote for President Obama.

    Adams has had no health insurance since her divorce 30 years ago. A recent heart operation left her with a $67,000 bill. Although the hospital waived around half of that, she still pays $50 a month to clear the rest.

    “I used to say, if I get hurt just let me be killed because I can’t afford to pay any more hospital bills,” she says.

    But Adams no longer has to worry. Under Obamacare, she qualifies for a private insurance plan with a hefty government subsidy that covers the monthly payments in full.

    “Everyone was mad over Obamacare but it’s just wonderful, it’s really helping people,” Adams says as she lists the medical appointments she has been to since getting insured.

    Of course, Mr Obama cannot run for the presidency again. But if he could, would Adams vote for him? “I’d sure think about it” she says, “It’s the best thing he’s done.”


    • Miranda

      The woman had no health insurance for 3 decades…3 damn decades – now she is grateful for Obamacare but would only “think about” voting for PBO if she could??

      OK ma’am…..ok.

      • rikyrah

        clinging to the Whiteness, Miranda.
        clinging to the Whiteness.

    • Kennymack1971

      Benita Adams is exhibit A as to why we can’t move forward. She admits Obamacare…oh I’m sorry Kynect is helping her but she still isn’t sure about the President. As Rikyrah said these mofos cling to that Whiteness tighter than Linus clings to his blanket.

    • Damn, white people. Just…damn!

  • rikyrah

    Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, and lessons in reform and pragmatism

    Spandan Chakrabarti | July 21, 2014

    This will be a little hard to hear for the fashionable Lefty detractors of the president’s: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is openly celebrating President Obama’s financial reform law.

    There have always been detractors who routinely bemoan the Barack Obama’s “capitulation” and “friendliness” to big banks, presenting as evidence what they call a meaningless banking reform bill – Dodd-Frank – the president’s key financial reform accomplishment. In the next breath, they lament why Barack Obama could not “fight” the banks like Elizabeth Warren – with no hint of irony that a key part of President Obama’s financial reform is Warren’s brainchild: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Even when acknowledged, the moaning crowd is still upset that Warren is now a United States Senator rather than the head of CFPB.

    And of course… no perpwalks on Wall Street! Because, what good is reform without theater?

    Today is the fourth anniversary of the most significant financial reform law since the 1930s, which among other things created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This is a fact not often noticed by those who see Warren as salvation from the “compromiser in chief” Obama, but the gravity of the achievement certainly did not escape Warren herself. On her Facebook page and in an email sent to supporters, Warren has two words for Dodd-Frank and the CFPB: It worked.


    • creolechild

      Hmmm….does this sound like the framework for the CFPB? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that these elements were incorporated into PBO/Biden’s platform during the campaign. Elizabeth Warren was on the same page, for which she deserves credit, and probably made it a no-brainer for her to become the public face of these efforts on a wider scale (i. e., CFPB) but she was by no means the SOLE brainchild of the idea itself. And I’m going to just leave it right there..but before I do it’s interesting that those who denigrate PBO for being a so-called “compromiser-in-chief” have no criticisms for a woman who, like Hillary, was once a Republican and also claimed that SHE created the intellectual foundation for what the Occupy Movement was doing…until her statement came under fire from Republicans.

      The Obama-Biden Transition Plan – January 2009

      [….] *Credit Cards and Lending: Obama and Biden will establish a five-star rating system so that every consumer knows the risk involved in every credit card.

      *They also will establish a Credit Card Bill of Rights to stop credit card companies from exploiting consumers with unfair practices.

      *Establish a Credit Card Bill of Rights to protect consumers:

      Ban Unilateral Changes
      Apply Interest Rate Increases Only to Future Debt
      Prohibit Interest on Fees
      Prohibit “Universal Defaults”
      Require Prompt and Fair Crediting of Cardholder Payments

      *Cap outlandish interest rates on payday loans and improve disclosure:[….]

      Read more: http://change.gov/agenda/economy_agenda/

  • rikyrah

    There’s nothing wrong with Malia Obama using ‘connections’ for her ‘job’


    by Luvvie | June 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Malia Obama got her first job.

    She was a production assistant for one day on the set of Steven Spielberg’s new TV series called Extant starring Halle Berry.

    My first job was at a Presbyterian church’s summer camp, dealing with snot-nosed 6 and 7 year olds. But my parents weren’t the President and the First Lady of the United States. If they were, you better believe I’d be working as a professional side-eye giver at the Oprah Winfrey show. MAKE THAT CALL, IMPORTANT MOM!

    I am not mad at the fact that Malia’s first gig is way doper than most of ours, but some people are crying “nepotism” and criticizing the way she probably got the job. I’m here to say a hearty “AND SO WHAT?!”

    HELL YEAH, NEPOTISM (aka family hookups)! I am here for it, especially in this instance.

    Why shouldn’t POTUS and FLOTUS help their daughter get a cool job? Surely we don’t think Malia’s going to have that last name and still have to apply for stuff via LinkedIn like the rest of us regular people whose parents don’t rule the free world, right?

    Let’s talk about how white folks have been prospering for centuries off of family hookups You want to be upset at nepotism getting people into positions they might not have, then you better be pissed at the legacies of powerful families like the Kennedys and Bushes. You’re mad at Malia getting some one-day gig, but you’re not that upset at someone handing their brother a governorship or senator seat or whole companies. Ralph Lauren’s granddaughter is one of the faces of his brand as a model, Chelsea Clinton is running her family’s foundation (and getting paid $600,000 by MSNBC), and Jenna Bush Hager has no formal journalism training but has a job on the Today Show.

    The 1% is mostly full of old money because they kept the connections going. We need to stop thinking having to struggle does us any favors.

    It is time that we start elevating our children and placing them in positions that make excellence easier to achieve. It is not about handing our kids life on a silver platter and spoiling them. We can still teach them the value of hard work while making their paths easier than ours was. What is the point of me working to the bone if my kids have to start at the point I did? Part of the reason I work so hard is so that my inheritance to my coming kinfolk is a life that isn’t so full of bumps in the road.

    There’s nothing sexy or fun about this working twice as hard to get half as far life. Does it teach you hard lessons that are really important? Yes. Does it make you an incredibly hard worker walking around with an invisible “persistence” boy and girls scout badge? Absolutely. But it also makes you tired.

    Hookups make the world go round. Who you know is often more important with how talented you are. You could be the best singer this side of the Equator, but if you don’t know someone who knows a music executive, you might end up singing tunes in the subway for years.


  • rikyrah

    Dad’s bun-making skills make him a YouTube hit

    by Lisa Flam, TODAY | July 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    e brushes his 7-year-old daughter’s hair upward, gets a good, tight grip and instructs his little girl to spin around, wrapping her hair into a quick, tidy bun, perfect for her gymnastics or dance classes.

    It’s something that Earl Hayes Raglin Jr. does all the time, so he was surprised at how much attention his 30-second clip of the technique received online. He posted it on several social sites at his daughter’s request to be in a YouTube video.

    “That’s just me being me,” said Raglin, 35, of Lexington, Kentucky. “That’s just stuff we do every day.”



  • Miranda

    Our White House Press Corp folks…….

    Jon Karl Grills Earnest: ‘Mistake’ for Obama to Eat Cheeseburgers During World Crises?
    3:15 pm, July 21st, 2014

    Late last week, as news began to break about thedowned Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine andIsrael’s ground offensive into Gaza, PresidentBarack Obama started taking heat — mostly from conservative media — for continuing his fundraising schedule in Delaware. And even worse than that, he stopped by a local burger joint for lunch.

    “As Ukraine Crisis Unfolds, Obama Presses Ahead with Burger Photo Op, Infrastructure Speech, Dem Fundraiser,” Town Hall’s headline read. “Obama Literally Out to Lunch During Ukraine Downed Passenger Plane Crisis,” Breitbart’s declared.

    During Monday’s White House Press Briefing, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest if it was a “mistake” for President Obama to continue on with “what looked like a campaign schedule” and proceed with “ordering cheeseburgers” before making his initial statementabout passenger jet crash.

    “It was not,” Earnest said, outlining the behind-the-scenes calls Obama made to the Ukrainian president and Malaysian prime minister and the Dutch prime minister throughout the day. “What the president’s focused on is his ability to do his job,” he said.

    more here: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-karl-grills-earnest-mistake-for-obama-to-eat-cheeseburgers-during-world-crises/

    • MsKitty

      President Obama should go on a hunger strike until all the worlds ills are solved, from family fall-outs to geopolitical conflicts. Only then will we know he’s being serious about his job.

    • Kennymack1971

      So conservative media has a hissy fit over the President eating a cheeseburger and the MSM picks this up as a legit talking point. Someone please slap Jon Karl….Immediately.

      • AxelFoley

        If only that CAC was in my presence…

    • AxelFoley

      Wait, so PBO can’t eat now during world crises?

    • This mofo act like the crash happened on American soil!

    • Worldwatcher7

      Someone please ask what is the proper menu for world crises? How about oatmeal? Is oatmeal okay? Jon Karl needs a nap.

      • MsKitty

        Day-old stale bread and tap water in a dirty glass.

    • Scopedog

      Head, meet desk….

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU FAM! I love this series and the last quote in the video. They quoted Effa Manley “if we are going to do this thing, we will do it right.” This is the black women’s professional anthem. Thank you Effa.

    • rikyrah

      Morning jds!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – –**BIG fist bump*** on Ms. EFFA. :>)

  • MsKitty

    Today’s bio had me on the edge of my seat.

    She took over day-to-day business operations of the team, arranged playing schedules, planned the team’s travel, managed and met the payroll, bought the equipment, negotiated contracts, and handled publicity and promotions.

    THAT is some serious multitasking. Makes me tired just reading it.

    • Miranda

      And still had time to ..umm….”recruit” players. LOL

      • MsKitty

        She was a very hands-on executive.

        • AxelFoley

          I see what bofe ya’ll did there.

          • rikyrah


          • AxelFoley

            It’s like she was juggling balls. Literally.

            I couldn’t help it. I’m still a work in progress.

          • MsKitty

            And knew how to grip the bat just right.

            (no need for directions. I know my way to the Lounge)

          • AxelFoley

            Bring me back some chips. 😉

          • PBomb

            In my best Charles Barkley voice:

            “That’s just turrible…”

          • Lawd! LOL!

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  • Miranda

    You poor unwashed heathens should be grateful…I mean on your needs thanking us beautiful people that we allow your mangy asses to even THINK about living in the same building as us. How dare you even look me in the eyes if I should peep out my window and see your dirty poor existence.
    NYC Lets Developer Build Apartment Complex With Separate ‘Poor Door’

    excerpt: “No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations,” David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers, said. “So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood.”

    read more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nyc-apartment-building-poor-door?utm_content=buffer8a676&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    • rikyrah

      there are no words.
      no words.

      • crazycanuck

        actually, there are a lot of words, just not fit for the site.

        • AxelFoley

          After the way some of ya’ll curse around here?

          *runs away*

    • Kennymack1971

      Well damn. The arrogance is just…man.

    • edp4bho

      Burn the sucker down !!

    • Let’s dig deeper….

      De Blasio Administration Vows to End the “Poor Door”
      By Ariella Cohen | Next City | July 22, 2014

      “The previous administration changed the law to enable this kind of development,” wrote City Hall spokesman Wiley Norvell in an emailed statement. “We fundamentally disagree with that approach, and we are in the process of changing it to reflect our values and priorities. We want to make sure future affordable housing projects treat all families equitably.”

      …Norvell said the de Blasio administration’s hands were tied on the project because the developer, Extell, had gotten all the necessary approvals before the new mayor took office in January.

      “This specific project was given a green light by the previous administration and had multiple stories already built by the time we walked in the door,” Norvell wrote.


      …”A Daily News review of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s official schedule reveals dozens of undisclosed sitdowns with lobbyists, including deep-pocketed real estate developers.

      Of the 47 undisclosed lobbyists who de Blasio met with from January 2010 to February 2013, at least 10 later donated to his campaign — a windfall worth more than $10,000 to de Blasio’s war chest.

      The cash included money from lobbyists for Related, a real estate giant building the Hudson Yards Project, and Extell, the developer behind the controversial One57 luxury high-rise tower on 57th St.


      And by the way….

      …”But de Blasio’s support paid off for the future mayoral candidate in other ways; Von Spreckelsen hosted a fundraiser for de Blasio at his Wall Street office in March, after getting a call from a fellow real-estate developer and de Blasio supporter.”

  • Miranda

    How did y’all not know about this fool? I keep forgetting that a whole swath of America really doesn’t pay any attention to news outside of their immediate surroundings.
    Idaho tribe cancels Ted Nugent casino concert over rocker’s racist comments
    By Travis Gettys Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:48 EDT

    A Native American tribe called off a scheduled performance by Ted Nugent over concerns about the rocker’s history of racist and hateful statements.

    Nugent had been slated to perform Aug. 4 at the Couer D’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, until the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch called Monday to ask about the concert.

    The Hatewatch blog reported that tribal officials “sounded completely caught off-guard” by the request for comment, but the tribe abruptly cancelled the performance later that day.

    “The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has always been about human rights – for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity,” the tribe said in a statement.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/22/tribe-cancels-ted-nugent-casino-concert-over-rockers-racist-comments/

  • Miranda

    LOL…the judge told this idiot…BOYBYE!

    Federal judge throws out Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit
    By Patrick Marley July 22, 2014

    Madison — A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Monday brought by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and one of his aides attempting to force members of Congress and their staffs to stop getting subsidies for their health insurance under Obamacare.

    Johnson, a Republican from Oshkosh, argued that members of Congress and their staffs were required to get insurance on their own under the Affordable Care Act, also widely known as Obamacare. But U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Green Bay ruled Monday that Johnson and his aide, Brooke Ericson, didn’t have legal standing to bring their case because they hadn’t been injured.

    “Given that the plaintiffs receive, at worst, a benefit, they cannot claim to be injured under an equal protection theory,” Griesbach wrote in his 20-page decision.

    more here: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/federal-judge-throws-out-health-care-lawsuit-filed-by-ron-johnson-b99315486z1-268002681.html

  • Lauren Victoria @Crewof42
    There is a win today. NUL’s Urban Jobs Act (Workforce innovation) POTUS will sign today #NewsOneNow @rolandsmartin @chakafattah @MARCMORIAL

    Here’s what she’s referring to:

    House of Representatives Passes Bi-Partisan Workforce Bill Including Crucial Components of Urban Jobs Act; Bill Now Goes to President Obama For His Signature

    July 09 2014

    National Urban League Statement on Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

    National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial, today
    issued the following statement on the passage in the House of
    Representatives the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the pre-eminent job training legislation, by an overwhelming vote of 415 to 6. The bill can now go to President Barack Obama for signing.

    “With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by the House of Representatives, millions of unemployed and
    under-employed workers and urban youth and youth of color can now
    receive the job and skills training and support services they need to
    chart a path to a better future.

    “The decade-plus wait for congressional renewal of the nation’s preeminent job training legislation was a long time coming, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Chaka Fattah are to be commended for their tenacity, commitment and leadership in creating a bi-partisan bill, which incorporates crucial components of the Urban Jobs Act, that will create a better life for urban youth and youth of color, and shepherding it through to passage.”

    “The National Urban League and our affiliates look forward to continuing our important on-the-ground work to serve the communities most in need through our programmatic work and to give them the
    training, skills, resources and hope for the future that will help lead to a better life.”


    • nellcote

      I shocked that something useful actually made it through congress.

  • AxelFoley

    Interesting lady, this Effa Manley.

    • Miranda

      The lady did love her some baseball now didn’t she? LOL

      • AxelFoley

        She sho’ did. LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ – – – -***BIG HUG** :>)- -WOW&1/2! — – -Ms. EFFA annnd Mr. Abe were a DYNAMIC FORCE –ON annnd OFF the “DIAMOND”. :>) –A WONDERFUL LIFE!. :>) – –

    – – THANK U Miranda♥ This series is –Da BIZNESS. — -MADE 4 A MOVIE. :>) :>)

    – — -☻Ms. EFFA – – -PLAYER annd OWNER :>)

    – — – —- ☺. . but none more proudly than that of her beloved Newark Eagles, the Negro National League franchise that she and husband Abe Manley owned and operated from 1934 until 1948.– – –

  • Miranda

    WaPo ought to be shame of this ridiculously soft piece on Rick Perry…seriously? Our media aint worth a damn.


    • AxelFoley

      WE are the media in this country. WaPo, NYT and their ilk are on the way out.

    • jds09

      WaPo should have put a “paid advertisement” disclaimer on this. Seriously.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- –SCOTUS– -WHA’?? –

    – –☺@AP
    BREAKING: Federal appeals court delivers serious setback to Obama health care law.

    • Miranda

      It will probably be overturned.

      Jeffrey Toobin ‏@JeffreyToobin 6m
      7 to 4 Dem majority on DC Circuit (due to Reid’s nuke option) means likely en banc overturning of #Obamacare ruling. http://ow.ly/zrTg8

      • rikyrah

        going to the entire court of Appeals

      • GreenLadyHere

        Miranda♥- – -Mr. Earnest did NOT seem 2 B shaken. Good. :>)

        WHEN will they EVA learn? — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw&index=1&list=PL95D8F6C3D709D730

        — -NO —-NONE — – -NADA — –

      • GreenLadyHere

        Miranda♥- – -Mr. Earnest did NOT seem 2 B shaken. Good. :>)

        WHEN will they EVA learn? — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw&index=1&list=PL95D8F6C3D709D730

        — -NO —-NONE — – -NADA — –

  • Miranda

    Appeals court throws out IRS rule on Obamacare subsidies
    WASHINGTON Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:36am EDT

    (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit accepted one of the main legal challenges to the policy by conservatives opposed to an expansion of the federal government.

    A three-judge panel returned the case to a lower court with instructions to rule in favor of appellants who had sued to overturn the rule.

    The ruling has the potential to cripple the implementation of the law by making health insurance unaffordable for many people.If the Obama administration appeals, the case could yet end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The subsidies, in the form of tax credits, are available to people with annual incomes of up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, or $94,200 for a family of four.


  • Alma98

    Morning all

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      It’s gonna be a scorcher here today 🙁
      How’s Mini-Alma in Virginia?

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah.
        The weather is the same here;(

        She’s doing good but was pissed at the woman who was supposed to train her for 4hrs.
        She only trained her for less than half that then disappeared. She also forgot to put my daughter’s signature in the system so she had to write every patient’s info by hand. So she had to figure out stuff on her own til a nice guy helped her out. He’s the only Asian and she’s the only black person working there. She ended up working for 11hrs, she said they better get their ish together.

    • GreenLadyHere

      — –GOOD Tuesday MORNTIN’ Alma98. — — -***BIG HUG** :>)—“MR. SUN” Seems 2 Have – “ARMS”- -LIKE – –THIS – —– –
      — – – -☺This is what a Blue Glowing Coconut Octopus looks like! pic.twitter.com/hyAAJBxbSi

      ——-Good 2 C U. :>) Did U get a chance 2 talk 2 – —DAUGHTER-Alma? — – :>) BEST WISHES —DAY 2 on the job. :>)

      — -It is Rather HOT here.- – –Like U kinda predicted. :>)

      —B BLESSED – -U♥/Family♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH! I have never seen a octopus like that, too cool. I hope you’re enjoying your day, I’m trying to stay cool in this mini heatwave. Blessings to you and family.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma —He’s the “scoop”: — –That Is A Blue Ringed Octopus One Of The Most Poison Type Of Octopus – Vampire Octopus

          – – -☺SHARING: –http://www.netanimations.net/animated_fan_animation.gif

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

          • Alma98

            LOL Thanks for info and the fan lol.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL Alma — – -My Pleasure. :>)

            Good on DAUGHTER-Alma. :>) Woo! Hoo! – – -DEY betta – – -RECOGNIZE. :>)

  • Jill Filipovic @JillFilipovic 9m
    So the Israeli army is shooting at journalists now. Ok. http://live.aljazeera.com/Event/Gaza_Blog/122255865

    • rikyrah

      no shock

    • Maybe MSNBC wasn’t kidding about Mohyeldin. They know IDF’s history.

    • Miranda

      How is this different from the Gestapo again?

    • creolechild

      Probably why it requires journalists to sign waivers that won’t hold Israel responsible for deaths/injuries related to being in close proximity to the battlefield. You know, just in case. [smirk]

  • Miranda
    • rikyrah

      well well well

    • AxelFoley


      Slowly but surely, Israel gon’ learn.

    • Alma98


      Where’s Sepia? She was right about Tony Dungy. While looking at Miranda’s link I saw A Dungy article. It took less than 24hrs for them to go after him about his Michael Sam comment.
      He didn’t say anything horrible only that he wouldn’t want to deal with the drama that comes along with Sam.

      • Town

        Sam is a drama queen and a headache. That has nothing to do with him being gay.

        • Alma98

          I know.

      • When I read his comment, the first thing that came to mind was Sam’s celebration when he was drafted that we later learned was orchestrated for his reality show for OWN. I believe, at that time, we talked about how Sam seemed more interested in fame than football. So, when Dungy talked about not wanting to deal with distractions, I don’t think he was talking about not wanting to deal with the homophobia towards Sam, but the Hollywood bs.

        • itgurl_29

          Exactly. What coach on that level wants to deal with a bunch of reality show cameras following around one of his players all day. It’s ridiculous. I don’t even agree with Tony Dungy on social issues, but this backlash he’s receiving is ridiculous.

          • Waymint…what are Dungy views on social issues?

          • itgurl_29

            He’s very conservative.

          • PBomb

            He’s pretty conservative Sep..

            Here’s an entry from WIki…

            In August 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dungy a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.[35] The 25-member council represents leaders from government, business, entertainment, athletics and non-profit organizations committed to growing the spirit of service and civic participation. The two-year appointment requires attendance at two in-person meetings per year and quarterly phone conversations with assigned committees. After receiving the call from President Bush, Dungy remarked “It was something that was really hard to believe. Certainly, when you go into football coaching, you’re not expecting to get presidential appointments to anything.”[35]

            In March 2009 President Barack Obama invited Dungy to join the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.[36] He declined the invitation to join the council because of scheduling conflicts, as he could make only two of 2009’s four council meetings, but agreed to be an informal adviser on fatherhood issues.[37]


            Dungy aligned himself with a socially conservative organization, the Indiana Family Institute, and openly supported an amendment to the Indiana constitution which would have defined marriage as solely between one man and one woman

          • WOW! I had no idea he was so conservative!

          • PBomb

            He’s pretty conservative Sep..

            Here’s an entry from WIki…

            In August 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dungy a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.[35] The 25-member council represents leaders from government, business, entertainment, athletics and non-profit organizations committed to growing the spirit of service and civic participation. The two-year appointment requires attendance at two in-person meetings per year and quarterly phone conversations with assigned committees. After receiving the call from President Bush, Dungy remarked “It was something that was really hard to believe. Certainly, when you go into football coaching, you’re not expecting to get presidential appointments to anything.”[35]

            In March 2009 President Barack Obama invited Dungy to join the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.[36] He declined the invitation to join the council because of scheduling conflicts, as he could make only two of 2009’s four council meetings, but agreed to be an informal adviser on fatherhood issues.[37]


            Dungy aligned himself with a socially conservative organization, the Indiana Family Institute, and openly supported an amendment to the Indiana constitution which would have defined marriage as solely between one man and one woman

          • Waymint…what are Dungy views on social issues?

        • Alma98

          I don’t think he was talking about homophobia either Sepia. Who wants a camera in their face 24/7. But that’s not how folks are gonna read it and they’ll go after him. But stayed silent about Joan Rivers nasty comments.

          • AxelFoley

            But stayed silent about Joan Rivers nasty comments.

            Ain’t that something?

          • The double standard is glaring.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥- –THIS is HUGE. – –Wonder iff OTHERS will follow?

      —THIS may serve as a “WAKE-UP” call. . . .

      WATCHIN’. . . .

    • I want to meet the geniuses who decided that this would be a great time to vacay in Israel.

  • MsKitty
    • AxelFoley

      Dat shade.

    • Miranda
    • PBomb


    • *tears*

    • itgurl_29

      The idea that John Dingell probably also asked “now what exactly is a Ray J” also cracks me up.

      • Miranda


        • itgurl_29

          “Ok, so now that I know what a Kardashian and a Ray J is, could you please explain ‘golden shower’? Cause I don’t know what one either.”

        • itgurl_29

          “Ok, so now that I know what a Kardashian and a Ray J is, could you please explain ‘golden shower’? Cause I don’t know what one either.”

          • creolechild

            Think about R Kelly’s infamous video that captured what he did to a young girl.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- — Aaaaahh–“Mother Nature” – –has a TENDER THEME 2-day”-
    — — -☺@planetepics[THANK U♥]

    Mother and Baby Tortoise pic.twitter.com/K4VukxxvrU

    — -☺Mother Fox and cub. pic.twitter.com/Zzw3UIWFdO

    – – -☺Baby polar bear is hitching a ride on his mom. pic.twitter.com/vH06GZEEzw

    – — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbMh3Sn7huY

    ENJOY♥ :>)

  • “Regardless of her ethnic origins, Effa Manley thought of herself as a
    black woman and was perceived by all who knew her as just that.”

    Black Pride Baby!!

  • Miranda

    Border sheriffs pan Perry’s plan to send National Guardsmen

    Sheriffs and others along the border said they had not been consulted. They questioned the wisdom of sending military personnel who are not authorized to stop anyone.

    “At this time, a lot of people do things for political reasons. I don’t know that it helps,” said Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio.

    He and other sheriffs said spending money to hire more deputies and police makes more sense. Lucio said deputies, police and the U.S. Border Patrol work well together and that they have been able to handle the small uptick in crime along the border.

    “I don’t know what good they can do,” Lucio said of military personnel. “You just can’t come out here and be a police officer.”

    Adj. Gen. John Nichols, commander of the Texas National Guard, said his troops have supported Department of Public Safety operations during weather-related and other disasters.

    more here: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20140721-border-sheriffs-pan-perrys-plan-to-send-national-guardsmen.ece

    • AxelFoley

      Shorter border sheriffs: GTFOHWTBS, Rick

    • PBomb

      Now, do you get why I have such a visceral hate for the man. He is waste of brain cells.He is planning on getting the federal gov’t to pay for all of this and if the Obama Admin doesn’t then the idiot plans on suing the FEDERAL GOV’T for his incompetency.

      Who does that? He is also trying to say that it is members from the drug cartel trying to cross the border… WTF?! I didn’t know 8 year old girls were members of the drug cartel.

      • nellcote

        Perry also reduced money for border security in his state budger.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – -TWEETIN’ – — A CALL OUT!! – – —

    — – -☺@RonHall46[THANK U♥]–:>)

    I don’t think America can take much more of
    Koch Bros. to-do list…
    Vote Blue 2014

    #UniteBlue #LibCrib #GOP #tcot pic.twitter.com/GaSTvJZaPb

    — – -GOTV :>)

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. I suppose this is what could be called unintended consequences…

    Gaza resident: We’re being ‘collectively punished’

    As Israeli forces continued their air, land and sea offensive against
    Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, hitting about 70 targets including five mosques, outrage among Palestinians caught in the crossfire grows with the mounting death toll. More than 583 Palestinians have died and more than 3,300 people injured in the offensive, The Palestinian Health Ministry said.[….]

    “We faced two Israeli wars before but this one is the most bloodiest and most cruel,” said Abu Awni, 38, of Gaza City. “Civilians are attacked in their homes. I’m against Hamas, but when Israel is killing my family, then I will join Hamas.”[….] “More than half of the population in Gaza is not affiliated with Hamas. But we have been collectively punished.”[….]

    Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/22/gaza-israel-palestinian-hamas/12983701/

    H/T Yousef Alhelou

    • AxelFoley

      Israel doing Hamas’ recruiting for them.

  • Miranda

    HAHA! Alright Josh! I think he will be able to hold his own with these idiots.

    White House Press Secretary Faces Reporter Revolt After Criticizing Media At Briefing
    JUL. 21, 2014, 3:22 PM

    The White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, faced a minor media revolt at his daily press briefing Monday after he criticized a Washington Post story for its reliance on anonymous sources.

    Several reporters at the briefing challenged Earnest’s critique by pointing out White House officials regularly insist information be anonymously attributed to members of the administration in conference calls and other communications.

    “You criticize anonymous sources but we have anonymous sources from you every day,” one reporter said. “How can you criticize that when that’s what you basically give us every day, except for the briefing?”

    Earnest responded sarcastically.

    “Except for the briefing? Except for the fact that I’ve been standing here for over an hour answering all of your questions?” he said.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/white-press-secretary-faces-reporter-revolt-2014-7#ixzz38DEqRKXe

    • AxelFoley

      They got their asses kicked by Clark Kent (Jay Carney) now they’re gonna get beat down by Bruce Wayne (Josh Earnest).

      • itgurl_29

        I like this dude!

  • creolechild

    Detroit workers, retirees vote in favor of city’s debt plan

    [….] Documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court show the city’s current and retired police and fire employees, along with other active and retired city workers, will accept pension reductions to help adjust $18 billion in debt in the largest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy case. Most bondholders rejected the plan, along with insurers backing some of the debt.

    The city declared that the “overwhelming” vote by members of its two retirement systems to accept changes to their pensions puts it on track for a coming trial to determine whether the plan is fair and feasible. That phase is scheduled to begin on Aug. 14, overseen by Judge Steven Rhodes.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/22/detroit-workers-retirees-vote-in-favor-of-citys-debt-plan/

    H/T Reuters

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – – -ACTIVISM in DETROIT —YES!!

    – – –☺ ‏@TheRavenxx[THANK U♥] :>)

    Thousands March for Water Rights in Detroit http://bit.ly/1p91V1u pic.twitter.com/daKKUBuBA8

    – –WATCHIN’. . .

  • Miranda

    Hell…even Frum knows the Dems can totally own this narrative – its a gift basket.

    David Frum ‏@davidfrum 1h
    If I’m a Dem running for Senate in 1 of 37 Halbig states, I’ve just been handed my top 2014 campaign issue.

    Matt O’Brien @ObsoleteDogma · 1h
    If Halbig is upheld, average premiums would increase 76% for people getting them on the federal exchange http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/22/the-potentially-huge-cost-of-todays-obamacare-decision/

  • GreenLadyHere

    MIranda♥- –PRAYERS — -R NEEDED♥- —
    – – —Michael Cooper diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer– –
    – – – — Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team.

    He will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday.
    THERE IS MORE – — –

    — – -He had some GOOD COURT MOMENTS- –☺Michael Cooper’s Top 5 Moments In Lakers History (VIDEO)– –

    – – -B BLESSED – – -Mr. COOPER♥/Family♥ AMEN♥

    • Miranda

      Get well soon Coop.

  • creolechild

    Putin Misses Global Rally as Micex Erases $28 Billion

    [….] With the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, the toll is only getting worse. The price to protect Russian bonds against default has surged since the July 17 tragedy in eastern Ukraine. The Micex Index resumed its decline, putting the losses since Putin began his push into Crimea in late February at 4.2 percent through yesterday and wiping out about $28 billion in market value, even as stock gauges from the U.S. to India jumped to all-time highs.

    Russia’s market slump is exacerbating an economic slowdown, the opposite effect of the wealth generation from stock rallies that are helping underpin growth across the globe. Russian Deputy Economy Minister Andrey Klepach said this month the $2 trillion economy posted zero growth in the second quarter when compared with the first. That follows a 0.5 percent contraction in the January-to-March period.[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-22/putin-misses-global-rally-as-micex-erases-28-billion.html

    H/T Boris Korby, Ye Xie and Ksenia Galouchko

    • rikyrah

      He’s messing with folks’ money. The oligarchs cannot be happy

  • “Canes? I don’t need no stinking canes!”

    SueBee @PhattyF 7m
    Dis gon be me if a doctor ever tells me to stop dancing..@ReignOfApril @MsFlowersTweets @ArykanotErika http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxnhk45Jcjs

    • Alma98

      Get it grandpa!

    • Daltex82

      Go grandpa, go grandpa! get it uh, uh!

    • Miranda


      Git it PawPaw!! Git it Git it!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL Sepia♥- – -GIT! — – GIT! – –GIT —DOWN! – – –PaPa!!

    • edp4bho

      He is awesome !!

    • rikyrah

      Go Go Go!!!

    • gn

      Hahaha, love it!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – — -THIS DESPICABLE MURDER!! – –

    – –‘Thousands displaced’ by Boko Haram assault– –

    — — –A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa has displaced more than 15,000 people, according to an official.

    Monday’s statement came as security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the fighters.

    The attack on Damboa began late on Thursday but continued through the weekend, with witnesses saying that civilians were left defenceless by the security forces who withdrew from the area earlier this month.

    Boko Haram, which roughly means “Western education is forbidden”, is an armed group that is fighting to form an Islamic state in northern

    Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were struggling to establish a death toll amid multiple reports that Boko Haram fighters were still occupying the town, having hoisted their flag above a public building.

    ALL THIS happens –while president jonathan i WRITING NEWS ARTICLES! – —geesh!!

  • Alma98


    NC pastor kills self in front of deputies as they try to arrest him on child sex chargeshttp://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/22/nc-pastor-kills-self-in-front-of-deputies-as-they-try-to-arrest-him-on-child-sex-charges/

    • AxelFoley


    • Miranda


    • rikyrah

      well, at least he didn’t kill anyone else.

  • AxelFoley

    They eating each other over at DKos because Markos refused to go to NN in AZ:


    Injuries, I’m hoping for them. LOL

    • Alma98


    • Miranda

      Emoprog cannibalism is the best!

    • gn

      Can’t the people who want to go just go and have fun and agree to disagree with those who don’t? Emos are just addicted to fighting and drama. God bless sane people who still post over there.

      • AxelFoley

        Exactly. I actually don’t blame Markos for not going. It’s just funny seeing them rip into each other. This is why “progressives” fail over and over again.

        • gn

          Right lol, they can’t enjoy their get-together until they fight about who’s more pure. Gawd.

        • Aquagranny911

          I do blame Markos. Fuck him! Self-important, self-righteous, holier than thou, sneering, emufrog bigot!

    • Aquagranny911

      I went to your link…vicious in fighting. DK managed to purge most AAs so getting rid of the few Latinos ought to be easy peasy now. From some of the comments I read, AZ peeps seem to be really pissed about this.

      I’ve read that Nutroots this year was a dud, except for Rev Barber, taken over by the “professional left.” I wonder what grift Markos plans now. Maybe he is bored with DK.

  • Miranda

    US Air joins Delta in cancelling flights to Israel

    Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

    Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said Tuesday they are suspending service between the U.S. and Israel indefinitely. US Airways scrapped its Tel Aviv service Tuesday and said it is monitoring the situation in regards to future flights.

    Delta Air Lines’ one daily flight was already in the air. Delta said a Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.
    more here: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/travel/268116892.html

    • AxelFoley

      Drip, drip, drip…

    • Alma98

      Keep’em coming!

  • Alma98

    WTF! Is wrong with people?

    Right-wing professor: Raping Arab women is ‘the only thing that deters suicide bombers’

    • AxelFoley

      Da hell?

    • edp4bho

      This just shows the actual no-thought construct of the racist mind. If you’re not seen as human, it requires no discernment of how life affects you. You are only an object.

    • Miranda

      Another thing that deters suicide bombers is not killing their whole family so that they have nothing to live for.

    • rikyrah

      what da phuq?

    • Daltex82

      Sick, just plain sick.

  • creolechild

    The mighty avocado: 10 recipes featuring this miracle fruit

    [….] Did you know that an avocado is not only a fruit, but it is a berry? Yep, technically it’s a big berry, but like tomatoes it is used as a vegetable in the kitchen.[….] Avocados are known for being high in fat but this fruit has fat you want to consume. Avocado oil falls into the category of “good fat” because it is rich in phytosterols and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs) that support the inflammatory system and lower the risk of illnesses caused by inflammation, such as arthritis.[….] Avocados boast high levels of vitamin B-6 and folic acid, both of which help support a healthy heart. [….]

    They’re also rich in potassium — in fact they’re a better source of potassium than bananas — which helps control blood pressure. And, the fruit is low in carbohydrates and low in sugar, but high in dietary fibers, which means it’s great for regulating blood sugar levels. We can’t forget how great avocados are for our skin. The mono saturated fats help keep skin moisturized, and the omega-9 fats reduce skin redness and irritation. The vitamin E found in it guards against sun damage and the vitamin C helps protect against wrinkles.[….]

    Read more: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-mighty-avocado-10-recipes-featuring-this-miracle-fruit

    H/T Jaymi Heimbuch

    • rikyrah

      the avacado has grown on me. five years ago, I wouldn’t have put it near my mouth…but, now, I like them.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Gppd MornTin’ creolechild. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)
      – –WOW&1/2!! – – -Here U go again – – -BRANGIN’ — the HEALTHY KNOWLEDGE. :>)

      – – –ALL of THIS! — —Avocado oil falls into the category of “good fat” because it is rich
      in phytosterols and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs) that support the inflammatory system and lower the risk of illnesses caused by inflammation, such as arthritis.[….] Avocados boast high levels of vitamin B-6 and folic acid, both of which help support a healthy heart.
      [….]They’re also rich in potassium. . .
      – – – –

      Gonna get some MORE 2-day. :>) — –

      Here’s what I do with the students: —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5URnKrTEqY

      THEY have such FUN. :>) Annnd some reportontheir –TREES in subsequent years – – -PIC annnd all :>)

      Again, THANK U 4 these shares. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • creolechild

        Hey Baby Doll. Hugs and kisses to you. Looking forward to reading any additional information that you post on the subject.

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) creolechild. :>) Thank U 4 your KINDNESS. :>)

          – — – – Thank U – – -Nothing 2 add. –:>) I PLAN 2 SHARE this with as many people as I can. :>)

  • jziglar

    I can’t stand people who fret over one decision by two judges who are known for writing opinions that get overturned by the full D.C circuit and the Supreme Court. I said that this decision would happen, and then the full D.C circuit would reverse it. I doubt Roberts would want to go down this route because of previous decisions even during his term which have said that a court can’t rule based on a typo in one section of a piece of legislation. A decision has to take into account all of the provisions and the intent. If Roberts wanted to destroy the ACA the best time to do it was during the original case where millions of people didn’t have the chance to sign up because all of the provisions were not fully implemented.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ jziglar. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      —THIS: —☺If Roberts wanted to destroy the ACA the best time to do it was during
      the original case where millions of people didn’t have the chance to
      sign up because all of the provisions were not fully implemented. — -TRUTH!

      – – -Good POINT!! :>)

      – Usually — –Goin’ — BACKWARDS —RESULTS in — –FAILURES – — Goin’ FORWARD. :>)- – -As in this case. :>)

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

  • Alexander2

    Whipsaw: 4th Circuit upholds Obamacare federal exchange subsidy after D.C. Circuit rejects
    Posted by William A. Jacobson
    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:21pm

    Contrary to the D.C. Circuit decision today, the 4th Circuit upholds the Obamacare federal exchange subsidy. Maybe the Obama admin knew about the opinion, which would explain why it was so confident subsidies would flow pending court cases.


    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥- — -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – -HAH! – – – -NO WEAPON! – — -:>)

      Betcha – – -MR. PRESIDENT di-int miss a beat in his activities 2-day. – – – -HE KNEW! — –Woo! Hoo! :>)

      – – -THIS:- –Maybe the Obama admin knew about the opinion, which would explain why it
      was so confident subsidies would flow pending court cases.
      TRUTH!! :>)

      Thanks 4 this UPDATE. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • edp4bho

    Well, I just walked into an interesting topic in the lunch room here at work. Somebody exclaimed “Paula Deen, she’s got her own show; they said it would be one year before she’s back on. One year. See. “. Then, “Cathy will be all over that one”. Cathy is a big fan.
    These are the folks we work with, POU. Yet, they will grin in your face and tell you all about their life, but they don’t give a shit about you. For one, I never eat lunch with anyone, certainly not them. Secondly, I give them no merit on being progressive. Lastly, I don’t give a shit about your life, which I’m sure I well display daily.

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      giving them the side eye

  • Miranda

    Feds: Police misconduct rampant in Newark, N.J., city OKs monitor
    Jul 22, 2014 12:08pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Federal investigators found police repeatedly violated civil rights in New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, and recommended an independent monitor to oversee changes, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

    The city has agreed to accept the findings of the DOJ probe, which has been under way since 2011 and suggested ways to stop the “pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement.

    more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/22/us-usa-newark-police-idUSKBN0FR1TH20140722

  • creolechild

    Newark police to get federal monitor after civil rights violations

    [….] The federal investigation was launched in 2011, less than a year after a scathing report from the American Civil Liberties Union said the police department was incapable of policing itself. The investigation found that city police officers had no constitutional basis for 75% of the pedestrian stops they conducted in recent years. It also determined that officers often used excessive force during arrests but underreported the level of force used.[….]

    The federal investigation detailed longstanding and institutional
    misconduct, including retaliatory arrests “for behavior perceived as
    insubordinate or disrespectful to officers,” according to the documents. Officers also routinely stole from suspects, the
    investigation found. The investigation found that 20% of the city’s officers reported uses of force that were either unconstitutional or unnecessary, while internal affairs inquiries into use-of-force incidents were often lacking.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-newark-federal-monitor-20140722-story.html

    H/T James Queally

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – — –1 Mo’ ‘gain: – – –ALL U.S. AIRLINES have HALTED FLIGHTS 2 ISRAEL.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – –WHA’??- – -AGAIN??? — —***SMH —Vigorously***

  • Miranda
    • That heffa done lost her gotdamn mind! I’m so glad @EmoNegro1 dragged her ass!

      • Town

        Go to EmoNegro1’s timeline to see it all unfold.

          • Alma98


          • EpiphanySweet

            Hmmm Betty Rubble wig. Did one of the POU fam confess that they are behind this Twitter acct. I LOVE IT!!! and I KNOW it’s one of you…#wink

          • Alma98

            I noticed in that GGE NCY twitter TL a lot of self promotion.They them seem to write for white sites like Huff-n-Puff.

          • Town

            I think that twitter handle came in with personal attacks and quickly exited when the EmoNegro attacked them back.

          • Alma98

            mmmm…I see, I was wondering who they were.

    • Alma98

      ??? I don’t see anything.

      • AxelFoley

        Grimmace–er, Brittney Cooper is asking that “PBO not screw over black girls”.

        I’m done with this chick.

        • creolechild

          Interesting too is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of people stepping up in her defense and/or agreeing with her like the last time. But the day is young…

          • Lisa M

            That was some crazy ish!! You just don’t disrespect FLOTUS like that!

      • Miranda
        • Alma98

          This bish is crazy! She’s looking for attention and clicks. And she seems to have issues with black men. Has she been on Elon’s show before? I know her from somewhere, I can’t remember though.

          • AxelFoley

            I know her from somewhere, I can’t remember though.

            Old McDonald’s commercials.

          • Alma98

            FOOL! LMBAO!!!

          • PBomb

            You are sooo bad….

          • Daltex82


          • jziglar

            The woman is deranged. Clearly she hates black men.

          • Alma98

            That’s my take on her too jziglar.

    • creolechild

      The exchange between EmoNegro1 and Crunk was a thing of beauty. He isolated her grift with precision, layer by layer, and didn’t allow her to twist his words or change the topic. Like he said, she wasn’t interested in black girls just using her “advocacy” as click bait in hopes of securing federal dollars after PBO had done all the heavy lifting.

  • creolechild


    The Fed Didn’t Invite Wall Street To The Hottest Economic Conference Of The Year

    [….] On August 21, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is set to begin its popular annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And this year, Wall Street economists won’t be there.[….] The jilted sell-side economists include Vincent Reinhart of Morgan
    Stanley, Jan Hatzius of Goldman Sachs, and Ethan Harris of Bank of
    America Merrill Lynch. Meredith Whitney, who has attended in the past, also didn’t get the invite.[….]

    This year’s symposium is taking place under the title, “Re-Evaluating Labor Market Dynamics,” and citing Federal Reserve spokeswoman Diane Raley, Bloomberg said the audience for this year’s conference, “is designed to be a complement” to the focus on labor markets.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/wall-street-not-invited-to-jackson-hole-2014-7

    H/T Myles Udland

    • Scopedog

      But I thought Obama was a tool of Wall Street…:)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – –WHOA! – – -TEMPLE U♥ – – –:>)
    – – –Temple University successfully eliminated HIV virus from human cells — – —

    Temple University researchers announced Monday that they have successfully eliminated the HIV virus from cultured human cells.

    The research team is lead by Kamel Khalili, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple and Wenhui Hu, MD, PHD, the Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Temple, according to NBC Philadelphia.

    “This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,” Dr. Khalili told NBC. “It’s an exciting discovery, but it’s not
    yet ready to go into the clinic. It’s a proof of concept that we’re
    moving in the right direction.”

    Khalili, Hu and their team worked to delete the HIV-1 proviral DNA.
    They used DNA-snipping enzyme (nuclease) and a targeting strand of RNA (guide RNA or gRNA) to find the viral genome and remove the HIV-1 DNA.

    Once the HIV-1 DNA is removed, the cell’s gene repairs itself, creating a virus-free cell.

    – – –THIS! – – –IS! — – -BEYOND –HUGE!!– – :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — -WHOA! – – – -BARBERSHOPS – —-Doin’ — -the — “DANG THANG”.-

    –First —they did a “NOVEL” THANG —Provided REAL READING materials .—Sounds like a – – -“MBK” ACTIVITY” Woo! Hoo!

    NOW: —-Harlem barbershop offers fresh cuts, health screenings for charity– –

    – – – Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop in Harlem offers its clients more than the traditional clean shave and nice haircut over the weekend. The popular neighborhood establishment takes its commitment to the community to the next level to focus on better health with “Cutting For A Cure.”

    The bi-annual charity event brings barbers from across the country
    (and one from Paris) to participate in a 48-hour haircutting marathon alongside health care professionals who provide information and free screenings to residents.

    Barbershop owner Dennis Mitchell, also known as Denny Moe, says
    personal tragedy in 2008 inspired his original vision of a haircutting
    marathon to include a health fair component. “My father at the same time was struggling from pancreatic cancer, so I decided to put a cause on the back of the marathon.”

    Health care providers on the premises and just outside the door
    address health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS and other illnesses.
    — – – -SNIP – – –

    “Right now our focus is Hepatisis C because Hep C is disproportionately impacting the African-American community,” says Leatrice Wactor from the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. “There’s estimated over 3.2 million people who are infected by Hep C.”
    – – – –SNIP- – –

    “We gonna really make that happen,” said Denny Moe. “At least five barber shops in each city is gonna be representing ‘Cutting For A Cure.’Giving back to the community.”
    THERE IS MORE- – —

    – —-BLESS U ALL♥. :>) AMEN♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- — – –“Mother Nature” – – CREATIN’ annnd – -SHARIN’ the LOVELY♥ :>)

    – – – – ☺@Cynthiapoet[THANK U♥] :>)

    Stunning Humming Bird pic.twitter.com/Flun7AOvZa

    ENJOY♥ :>)

    OLD QUESTION: — -“WHYCOME” Humming Birds —HUM??

    ——-ANSWER: — –’cause —THEY DON’T KNOW the WORDS.

    — -☺ON MY WAY – ->http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/1151255/walking-away-o.gif LOL

    • qosine

      My BF loves hummingbirds, GLH. He’s hung feeders from the eaves overlooking our deck. Yesterday, he was making a nectar mix for them. LOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        – -Good MornTin’ —☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200

        — -Thank U 4 sharin’ :>) —How VERY NICE. – –“BF” —is a “Winner” :>) – —

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

        – –[P.S. -Posted another 1 — – – – 2-day. :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- — -BIG Doings @ the WHITE HOUSE♥- – –


    —— – -1. White House Champions of Change for Raise the Wage

    – – – —2. Drink Up! with First Lady Michelle Obama [H2O :>)]

    – – ——Subject: First lady Michelle Obama holds an event with Partnership for a Healthier America to announce several new supporters who have joined “Drink Up,” an effort to encourage everyone to drink more water to stay healthy.

    Lookin’ FORWARD — -> :>)