August 1, 2014

Wednesday Afternoon Thread: Gladys Knight and The Pips Week

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Midnight Train To Georgia

The Nitty Gritty

Didn’t You Know (You’d Have To Cry Sometime)

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD AFTERNOON Miranda♥ POU FAM♥ — -***BIG HUG*** :>)
    - –All IN the FAMILY — – -R WINNERS — ♥ :>)
    – -

    - –GR8 TITLE —- “The EMPRESS♥” :>)

    — –-THANK U Miranda♥ — -Sooo ENJOYIN’ –FOND MEMORIES :>)

    — – -☺ENJOY♥— :>) –http://images.media-allrecipes.com/images/50737.jpg

    - —– -☺http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fv2OG1pnb6c/T75WeK1WBuI/AAAAAAAAAG0/oFgnVafTWkY/s1600/mojito.bmp

    B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- – -:>) [Gotta "bounce" :>)]

  • rikyrah

    Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws

    Grijalva cites a recent article in The American Prospect that links ALEC to bills in Utah claiming that federal ownership of Forest Service lands violates state sovereignty, and seeking to expand grazing into areas currently off-limits. Grijalva also notes that Bundy spoke at a committee hearing in March 2013 on an ALEC-backed bill in Nevada that dealt with the transfer of federal lands to state control.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/16/nevada-bundy-alec-federal_n_5160158.html

    • Alma98

      Truth be told they’re not ALEC backed laws. They are laws that ALEC drafted and teapublicans put instituted.

  • rikyrah

    More: Oligarchs United States of America The Telegraph

    Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy
    Zachary Davies Boren, The Telegraph
    Apr. 16, 2014, 8:16 AM

    The U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

    The report, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” used extensive policy data collected between 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the U.S. political system.

    After sifting through nearly 1,800 U.S. policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile), and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the U.S. is dominated by its economic elite.

    The peer-reviewed study, which will be taught at these universities in September, says: “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

    Researchers concluded that U.S. government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favour special interests and lobbying organizations: “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/major-study-finds-that-the-us-is-an-oligarchy-2014-4#ixzz2z4pmmw4t

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥– –WAY-ELL – –How – -UN-RACIST of them — -/SNARK!! —

    – - – -End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program welcomed -

    — – – Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats, but said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

    – -WHA’????? – ->The Demographics Unit, conceived with the help of a CIA agent working with the NYPD, assembled databases on where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed. Plainclothes officers infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informants in mosques, monitored sermons and catalogued Muslims in New York who adopted new, Americanized surnames. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed Tuesday that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department’s Intelligence Division.

    Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American
    Association of New York, said she was among a group of advocates at a private meeting last week with police at which the department’s new intelligence chief, John Miller, first indicated the unit — renamed the Zone Assessment Unit — wasn’t viable. She applauded the decision but said there’s still concern about the police use of informants to infiltrate mosques without specific evidence of crime.

    THERE IS MORE – — –

    WOW&-1/2 —-Was NOT aware of THIS UNIT!!– -GLAD IT is GONE!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥– –THANK U!♥- -U — -B – -U♥—:>)

    – – -Robin Roberts on backlash to her coming out: ‘You gotta live your life’- -

    — – -Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts is speaking out
    about the backlash she received after telling the world she was in a
    long-term lesbian relationship.

    In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Roberts says while the most of the reaction she got was supportive, there were a fair amount of haters as well.

    “News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what’s right for me,” Roberts told the magazine.

    “Love is love, and I’m grateful to have that. Sometimes there’s a stigma attached to how people view you if you’re living a certain way. But I don’t care — you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can’t get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter.
    You don’t go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices,” she added.

    THERE IS MORE — -

    — –B BLESSED♥- –:>)

    • MsKitty

      Facing a life-threatening illness AND losing your parent at the same time no doubt brings things into clear focus. When that happens I imagine what others might think of you is at the bottom of the list…if it’s still there at all.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY MsKitty. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        —-**BIG fist bump** — –if it’s still there at all — AMEN♥

        THIS:—☺http://mindfullthinkingblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/shoes1.jpg AMEN.♥

        Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>_
        —-[Gotta -"Hit da Road" C YA'LL soon" :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – –U GO —”Gifted — -YOUNG – - -BLACK MEN♥” – - :>)

    —-Young minority males combat stereotypes in music video: ‘Suit & Tie in the 217′
    - —–Young, black men at Central High School in Champaign, Ill., are cunning, clever and cool – and they prove it all in a new music video that aims to combat the negative stereotypes often portrayed of minority males.

    Students at the high school teamed up to produce an uplifting music video titled “Suit and Tie in the 217,” which highlights the promising potential of these successful students.

    The young, men – all dressed in dapper attire – dance along to Justin Timberlake‘s hit song “Suit and Tie” as inspiring messages are displayed on the screen, some which read: “We are not gangsters and thugs,” “We are employers and volunteers,” “We are scholars” and “We are athletes.”
    THERE IS MORE – - – -

    –U R true — ROLE MODELS♥-CONGRATULATIONS/BLESSINGS♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥– -A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT – BIRTHDAY♥

    ——☺April 16, 1947
    – –Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar born Lewis F. Alcindor, Jr. in New York City.

    ——- -☺@BlackHistoryUS[THANK U♥]
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Born April 16, 1947. “Don’t ever forget that you play w/your soul as well as your body.” #Avedon

    - —–☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwTj5w9OO5U

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

    — —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_4ukdSm6Iw

    —– ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5VxQVJM-Ds

    ——☺RE: –MR. PRESIDENT♥ –:>) — -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpMO5OoR1zQ

    –☺HAPPY BIRTHDAY – - -With EXTREME–APPRECIATION!♥
    – — —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c

  • Miranda

    I take back my congratulations to the two Towson students that won a national debate tournament. For one thing, I dont think there was any debating going on, just some ignorant shouting all off topic where the loudest bombastic bullshit won. Something tells me hipster academic judges think this shit is sooooo cute like an exhibit at a zoo of baby hyenas so they’re rewarding this mess.
    ——————————–
    Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?
    Minority participants aren’t just debating resolutions—they’re challenging the terms of the debate itself.
    excerpt:
    On March 24, 2014 at the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships at Indiana University, two Towson University students, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, became the first African-American women to win a national college debate tournament, for which the resolution asked whether the U.S. president’s war powers should be restricted. Rather than address the resolution straight on, Ruffin and Johnson, along with other teams of African-Americans, attacked its premise. The more pressing issue, they argued, is how the U.S. government is at war with poor black communities.

    In the final round, Ruffin and Johnson squared off against Rashid Campbell and George Lee from the University of Oklahoma, two highly accomplished African-American debaters with distinctive dreadlocks and dashikis. Over four hours, the two teams engaged in a heated discussion of concepts like “nigga authenticity” and performed hip-hop and spoken-word poetry in the traditional timed format. At one point during Lee’s rebuttal, the clock ran out but he refused to yield the floor. “Fuck the time!” he yelled. His partner Campbell, who won the top speaker award at the National Debate Tournament two weeks later, had been unfairly targeted by the police at the debate venue just days before, and cited this personal trauma as evidence for his case against the government’s treatment of poor African-Americans.Related Story

    This year wasn’t the first time this had happened. In the 2013 championship, two men from Emporia State University, Ryan Walsh and Elijah Smith, employed a similar style and became the first African-Americans to win two national debate tournaments. Many of their arguments, based on personal memoir and rap music, completely ignored the stated resolution, and instead asserted that the framework of collegiate debate has historically privileged straight, white, middle-class students.

    Tournament participants from all backgrounds say they have found some of these debate strategies offensive. Even so, the new style has received mainstream acceptance, sympathy, and awards.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/does-traditional-college-debate-reinforce-white-privilege/360746/

    • Alma98

      SMH

    • Town

      Maybe this new style of debate is part of why the white sponsor had a problem with the team. I’m not talking about the debate coach, but his wife, who was the sponsor or chairperson or whoever.

  • isonprize

    “Revival From the Roots: Tour of Philly’s Neighborhood Schools”

    http://www.mediamobilizing.org/revival

    • Alma98

      Sadly this is happening all over the country in urban areas.
      Scott Walker took all kinds of money from the schools here. I can’t stand the way they have made schools all-in-one. I wouldn’t be surprised if voucher schools outnumber regular public schools now. Too many parents send there kids to these schools without researching them. If you don’t have a pc to do so go the library and use theirs. Your child’s education is worth it.

      • isonprize

        Yup! And mighty funny how the public schools in wealthier (usually suburban) areas don’t have these issues.

        It’s CRIMINAL what is happening to public education in cities across the country. Folks better VOTE!!

        VOTE these bastards out of office. Yes, Tom Corbett, (PA) we are talking about you! Scott Walker (WI), John Kasich (Ohio) , Nikki Halley (SC),

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_gubernatorial_elections,_2014#Republican_incumbents_running_for_re-election_.2819.29

        • Alma98

          They sure better vote! They’re now going after suburban schools since they bled the city schools dry.

        • MsKitty

          I’ve been meaning to ask if you have seen Allyson Schwartz’s TV ad? It talks about how she was the originator of the CHIP insurance program and how it inspired Bill Clinton to do a similar program. I found it interesting that she she reached back 20+ years to invoke Bubba in her ad, but no mention of the current Dem President.

          • isonprize

            Yeah, I ‘ve seen that isht. She’s toast. She also voted to cut food stamps. I’m done with her.
            I’m for Rob McCord. Love, love, LOVE his education platform, plus he’s married to a sista, but I’ll vote for Tom Wolf if he wins. Hell, I’ll vote for Mickey the Mouse to make sure that “Cut it” Corbett will indeed be ‘ONE TERM TOM’!!

          • rikyrah

            aint that about a bytch, Ms. Kitty

          • MsKitty

            When I saw that I was like, oh yeah she’s gearing up for a cabinet position in Hillary’s administration.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —MR. PRESIDENT♥- – - -NOW I done –WARNED – –U –
    PUT[foot] – IN[mouth] — –

    – — Obama preps new anti-Russia sanctions

    ——–The White House said Wednesday it had prepared new sanctions against Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, although it stopped short of detailing what or when new penalties may be levied.

    “It is accurate to say we have additional sanctions prepared and we will impose them as appropriate,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One.

    Separately, the United States is weighing a package of non-lethal aid for Ukraine that might include medical supplies and clothing, administration officials reportedly said on Wednesday.
    –THERE IS MORE —–

    — – -WORLD Aannd WORLD-CLASS LEADER♥ :>)

  • TresL

    The reason the beltway is throwing cold water on the possibility of Sebelius running for the Senate is because the idea that she resigned for that reason, once again, reveals they don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about insisting she was forced out by PBO. They have no credibility! NONE!!! They’re mad. They stay mad because they always report what they hope is true what they desperately want to be true instead of reporting what they know to be true which is supposed to be their job.

    This situation is reminiscent of Elizabeth Warren’s departure and the reaction to it.

    • rikyrah

      you mean SENATOR Elizabeth Warren?
      hee hee hee
      SENATOR Kathleen Sebelius…
      I like the way that sounds.

      • TresL

        Indeed!

    • isonprize

      STAY MAD. tee hee….

      Plus, Kathleen Sebelius is a for real, FOR REAL
      RIDE OR DIE chick for POTUS and VPOTUS!!

    • itgurl_29

      So true. They have no idea what they’re talking about. None.

      • jds09

        And, they still think they can shape shit. That’s the part that fascinates me. They continue to think that even in the face of successive and high profile failures from ousting Harry Reid, to stomping Romney to trying to derail ACA. Crazy.

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

      THIS.

      Team OBeezy stay destroying their narratives.

  • Miranda

    Lawmakers: Kansas shootings show need for hate crime report
    By Mario Trujillo April 16, 2014, 02:57 pm

    Two Democratic lawmakers are seeking to examine the role the Internet and airwaves play in encouraging hate crime.

    Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) said Wednesday the recent shooting that killed three people at Jewish centers in Kansas brings to light the damage hate crimes can cause.

    Their legislation would commission an updated report on the role the Internet, radio, TV and electronic media have in the promotion of violent acts and hate crime in the United States.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/203703-lawmakers-push-bill-to-commission-hate-crime-report#ixzz2z58AYkYv

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -POU FAM♥ — – -CALL OUT — on some LIARS!! –

    - – - -@Smartypants60[THANK U - -very much♥]

    “Journalism” RT @Green_Footballs: A comparison of the real chart vs the fake @ggreenwald linked to. pic.twitter.com/MI6vrFHkNx

    —–WHOA! —-BIG LIES!! – - –”CAUGHT on CAMERA” — –HAH

  • Miranda

    Wasn’t this the same state where the governor signed a bill banning ANY municipality in the state from increasing the minimum wage or implementing sick leave because it would drive up prices for consumers? But I guess its ok to charge these same citizens for installing panels to help them save money?
    ——————————–
    Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels

    A bill that would allow regulated electric utilities to impose a surcharge on customers who install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.
    by Paul Monies Published: April 15, 2014

    Utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines could face extra charges on their bills after legislation passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.

    Senate Bill 1456 passed 83-5 after no debate in the House. It passed the Senate last month and now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for her approval.

    The bill was supported by the state’s major electric utilities, but drew opposition from solar advocates, environmentalists and others. It sets up a process at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to establish a separate customer class and monthly surcharge for distributed generation such as rooftop solar or small wind turbines.

    more here: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-house-passes-solar-surcharge-bill/article/3955378

    • Alma98

      These people are pieces of shit!

    • rikyrah

      sigh…
      sigh..
      they are so fucking crooked, it’s ridiculous

  • Alma98
    • rikyrah

      heifer please

      • Alma98

        The racist idiots in the comments don’t see the irony in their own racist comments.

      • MsKitty

        I think the good news is that tactic doesn’t seem to be working anymore in shutting down the conversation. Seeing how PBO and his family are disrespected have given many people of color a terminal case of NFTG-itis.

        • Alma98

          Yep that’s exactly what they’re trying to do MsKitty, shut people down. It’s obvious they all got their talking points concerning republicans being labeled as racist. I also expect all their black lackeys to be on every show spouting the same b.s.

        • Kennymack1971

          They’re going to fight this with everything they have. They’ll drag out every lawn jockey they can get to push back on the hard truth which is simply this: The GOP has used White racial resentment as a political tool for decades and the use of that tool spiked with the election of this country’s first Black President. They can yell “stop playing the race card!” all they want but Black folks have observed these 2520s behavior towards this President and his family and we are done with the bullshit…done. So shed all the butthurt tears you want Kathleen… Black folks are fresh out of fucks to give.

        • jds09

          That’s what has them shook. There was a time that simply showing their displeasure had an impact (their good ole days of Jim Crow etiquette enforcement), they ain’t got it like that anymore. Recently, I had a conversation with a white friend of mine. We’ve done cultural competency trainings together when we worked at the same agency. (yeah, I know). She was talking about how to give up white privilege, and I told her that she won’t have to give it up, its gonna slowly dissipate like fog and she will need to help her people survive without it.

    • Miranda

      I think I may actually hate her.

      • Daltex82

        I’m pretty sure I hate her.

    • itgurl_29

      This is the same crazy bitch who used a stuffed animal to lure 7 year old Sasha Obama into a conversation on Air Force One. Apparently, she saw a picture of Sasha with the stuffed animal attached to her book bag, went out and bought one, and used it to lure the child to her so she could talk to the child, surely hoping to get some dirt about her parents.

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/02/18/flying-on-air-force-one-with-the-obamas.html

      These are the kinds of people in the beltway media. This is what they so. They’re all a bunch of sickos.

      • Alma98

        Thanks for this itgurl.
        I think I’m with Miranda, that is low and scummy.

      • MsKitty

        So same principle that pervs use to lure young boys and girls.

        Stay classy, dear.

        • itgurl_29

          Exactly. If the stuffed animal didn’t work, I’m sure she would have asked Sasha to help her find a lost puppy or offer her ice cream.

      • AxelFoley

        Da fuq? She did that shit for real?

        • itgurl_29

          Yes, read the article. She said it was “strategy”.

          • AxelFoley

            She might as well said to her, “Hey, little girl. Want some candy?”

      • Daltex82

        Her feelings would have been hurt had someone smacked the paleness out of her for that evil lowdown dirty move.

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

        This type of sick isht is why FLOTUS keeps these vultures away from her children. Unbelievable!

      • Miranda

        “How does America’s first family behave at 60,000 feet? Very graciously, our columnist discovers.”

        what? oh you mean the Obamas weren’t all up on Air Force One fighting and tearing up shit? They “behaved”??

        • AxelFoley

          The probably think Air Force One with the Obamas is like Soul Plane.

  • GreenLadyHere
    • AxelFoley

      I wonder how they could pull that off. Last I knew, Tisha Campbell didn’t want to be in the same room as Martin Lawrence.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY AxelFoley :>) – —***BIG HUG***
        — —***BTG fist bump*** – - -In fact she was “suing him, etc.
        BUT — I suspect iff U —shall we say —☺http://rack.0.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEzLzA5LzEyLzAxL3Bva2Vtb25mb29kLmQ4ZjdiLmdpZgpwCXRodW1iCTg1MHg1OTA-CmUJanBn/cc536fa8/1c3/pokemon-food.jpg

        U might jus’ – — –CONSIDER — –a GIG with – - -SATAN —-ifff necessary. LOL

        — -We’ll C. :>)
        Good 2 C U AxelFoley. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥

      • Miranda

        Yep.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥– – -Focus –CLEARLY —on VPJoe♥– – -

    – - –Vice President Biden joins Instagram- –:>)

    – - —Vice President Biden launched his official Instagram account on Wednesday with a photo that zeroed in on his iconic Ray Ban aviator sunglasses. </b

    The first photo was posted before he and President Obama leave Washington for an event near Pittsburgh.

    — – –☺http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu40/krnc1960/th_smiley-bow.gif

    - – — -☺http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/images/smilies/bowing.gif

    [Gotta "Hit da Road" --C YA soon♥- --B BLESSED♥ :>)]

    • isonprize

      COOLEST VP pic ever! LOLOL RayBan must LOVE them some Uncle Joey!!! LOLOL

      • rikyrah

        Uncle Joey cracks me up!

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

      Stunna shades realness.

  • JB20005

    Turns out that Dan Clevenger, the Mayor of Marionville, Missouri (pop. 2,225) is both a personal friend and ideological sympathizer of neo-nazi accused murderer Frazier Glenn Miller.

    The television station KSPR has found a letter to the editor written by Clevenger 10-years ago:

    “I am friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warnings.”

    “The Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United State’s workforce.”

    “Jew-run government backed banking industry turned the U.S. into the world’s largest debtor nation.”

    Charming.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/frazier-glenn-miller-marionville-dan-clevenger

    • rikyrah

      they really thought all this wouldn’t come out.

    • Alma98

      Birds of a feather JB.

  • PBomb

    Bill O’Reilly is such a useless twit…

    Bill O’Reilly Tries to Enlist Kentucky’s Basketball Coach in Bashing Blacks

    The Fox News host went on another racially charged rant and tried to get John Calipari to help, but even that was too much for this ethically challenged coach.Hey Fox News, what sterling addition to the public discourse did you offer last night? Not much, just one of college basketball’s most corrupt coaches and cable’s most notorious race-baiters, chillin’ and waxin’ poetic about hip-hop.

    You guessed it. It’s Bill O’Reilly, raging against the Devil’s music. And if this tune sounds familiar, it’s probably because he has routinely pointed a crooked finger at “gangsta rap” and bellowed, “J’accuse!”.

    Sometimes he even drops the pretense of being anything but a shameless bigot, like in 2007, when O’Reilly was chatting on his radio show about his David Livingstone-esque journey into the deepest, darkest reaches of uptown Manhattan at Sylvia’s Soul Food with the Rev. Al Sharpton, saying: “I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. It was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks [and has a] primarily black patronship. There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea!’” And adding, “It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people [who] were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.

    I feel you, Billy! It’s downright nutty that the blackitty, black blacks in Harlem,Harlem, mind you, are just like the normals. And by “normal” of course, I (or rather, you) mean real Americans, aka white people.

    Read the rest here:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/15/bill-o-reilly-tries-to-enlist-kentucky-s-basketball-coach-in-bashing-blacks.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thedailybeast%2Farticles+%28The+Daily+Beast+-+Latest+Articles%29

  • creolechild

    POU, add another one to the list whose going to cash-in on PBO by publicizing their disagreements and pumping themselves up in the process. I knew this was coming because she hasn’t had anything positive to say about PBO, or his administration, since she got elected.

    Warren’s Book Portrays Tense Meeting With Obama Over CFPB Nod

    [....] Obama had asked to meet with Warren privately in September 2010. Warren at first said she did not want to help set up the agency in a conversation that she describes as lasting over an hour — interrupted twice by aides who reminded Obama he had other meetings. “He urged me not to overplay my hand,” Warren wrote in the new book. “Got it.”[....]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/elizabeth-warren-obama-tense-memoir-a-fighting-chance

    H/T Daniel Strauss

    • Alma98

      Can’t trust any of them creolechild, nobody has PBO’s back.

      • AxelFoley

        We all we got.

    • jds09

      I gotta see this in context. This smells like what happened with Gates’ book.

      • creolechild

        Maybe, maybe not, jds, but Warren’s earned her reputation as the emo darling based on her frequent and very public criticisms of PBO’s administration. That’s a fact that cannot be denied or taken out of context and I’ll just leave it at that.

      • qosine

        Same here.
        I’m watching for this meme. This weekend one of the Dem candidates for TN senator was doing a what if,
        Rand Paul got the GOP nom that could open the way
        for Elizabeth Warren. He mentioned something about
        getting Palin voters. I’m like, what? He asked me if Sarah Palin wasn’t a woman, and I FIRMLY replied,
        I wouldn’t want Palin or Paul NEAR the WH and how McCain was completely irresponsible. As for as Warren,she doesn’t have the gravitas to win. Then he mentioned something about “corporatists.”

  • creolechild

    The Harshest Abortion Ban In The Country Has Been Overturned

    A federal judge permanently struck down North Dakota’s six-week abortion ban on Wednesday. The so-called “fetal heartbeat” measure, which used to represent the harshest ban in the nation, had already been temporarily blocked from taking effect while the legal challenge against it proceeded.

    U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that the law is “invalid and
    unconstitutional” and “cannot withstand a constitutional challenge,”
    pointing out that Roe v. Wade guarantees the right to abortion up until the point of viability.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/16/3427430/north-dakota-ban-blocked/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • Miranda

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 1m
    In CBS News interview with @MajorCBS, Pres Obama says Russia “not interested in any kind of military confrontation” with the US.

    Translation: Putin KNOWS better

    • jds09

      POTUS basically tole him we would fuck them up.

    • AxelFoley

      Shorter PBO: I wish Putin would.

  • Miranda

    Another one bites the dust…and another one down and another one down…another one bites the dust…hey, its gonna get you too, another one bites the dust!
    —————————-
    The Secret Recordings of Susana Martinez

    The New Mexico governor is caught on tape denigrating teachers and cursing her opponent.
    Recordings published by Mother Jones show New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has a penchant for punishing political opponents.
    By David Catanese April 16, 2014

    If there is an eventual vice presidential vetting of Gov. Susana Martinez, R-N.M., it will begin here.

    The nation’s first female Hispanic governor has been lauded as a rising Republican star, burnishing a unique profile fit for a national ticket.

    But secret recordings obtained by the liberal magazine Mother Jones threaten to blemish her image before it’s even fully established.

    In candid conversations with her closest political aides that were published Wednesday, Martinez dubs her 2010 Democratic opponent “that little bitch,” complains that teachers “already don’t work … 2 1/2 months out of the year” and exhibits a penchant for punishing political opponents similar to the merciless retribution that landed Gov. Chris Christie’s administration in hot water.

    more here: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/run-2016/2014/04/16/the-secret-recordings-of-susana-martinez

    • Alma98

      Down goes Martinez! Downs goes Martinez!

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

      Mother Jones strikes again! First, they got Mittens on tape and now this chick. Damn!

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      DAMN, there goes their 2 for 1 deal in case Hillary got the nom.

    • qosine

      Now, all fixed.
      “. . . has been derided as
      a falling Republican star, tarnishing . . .”

  • creolechild

    Wisconsin passes law to curb private custody transfers of children

    [....] The Wisconsin law, signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, makes it illegal for anyone not licensed by the state to advertise a child over age one for adoption or any other custody transfer, both in print and online. Parents who want to transfer custody of a child to someone other than a relative must seek permission from a judge. Violators face up to nine months in jail or up to $10,000 in fines.

    “The Reuters reports outlined massive pratfalls in current law that
    allowed children to be advertised on social networks on the Internet,” said Republican state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, who sponsored the Wisconsin legislation. “With virtually no oversight, children could literally be traded from home to home. In Wisconsin, that is now against the law. Hopefully citizens of the country will follow our lead.”

    Ohio, Colorado and Florida also have introduced legislation aimed at protecting children from re-homing.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/16/wisconsin-passes-law-to-curb-private-custody-transfers-of-children/

    H/T Reuters

    • Alma98

      I have a feeling the goggled-eyed homunculus saw an opportunity for votes. Yes I’m that skeptical of their reasons for doing this.

      • qosine

        “goggled-eyed homunculus” lol
        ICAM, Alma

      • AxelFoley

        Done at “homunculus”.
        I mean, that’s a word you don’t see in everyday conversation.

  • Miranda

    I wonder if Ari Fleischer will return David Corn’s shoe to him, if Ari can ever pull it out of his ass. David been kicking him all afternoon.
    ————————
    Mother Jones Chief Goes On A Tear Against ‘Low Class’ Former Bush Press Secretary
    TOM KLUDT – APRIL 16, 2014, 5:43 PM EDT

    Republican operatives beware: If you come at Mother Jones, you might face the wrath of David Corn.

    Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, learned that lesson on Wednesday after he spoke dismissively of a tough piece on New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R).

    The piece, authored by Andy Kroll of Mother Jones, contained audio recordings, text messages and emails in which Martinez and her staffers made derisive, profane remarks.

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/david-corn-mother-jones-ari-fleischer

    • Alma98

      He went all in on Ari’s shady ass lol.

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

      Dang! David Corn was like, “Don’t come for me unless I send for you”.

      And why was John Hardwood jumping in? He better hush before Corn remind him how the NYT helped Bush sell the Iraqi War. Miiiiind ya bidness! Just miiiiiind ya bidness!

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

    These Ivory Tower inhabitants love to promote “strategies” that when they fail, won’t hurt them but will hurt the masses they claim to care about.

    @esglaude: Can we have a serious discussion about not voting in the 2016 presidential election?

    @esglaude: Shift our focus to congressional, state, and local elections, and to grassroots organizing that extends beyond election cycle.

    @esglaude: We have to do something to short-circuit the current political game. Something dramatic has to happen.

    @esglaude: I mean a political discussion about not voting. One that can’t be ended by the specious claim that “people died for the vote”

    @esglaude: When others threaten to “sit out” an election it is read as a political act, when black people engage in such talk it is viewed as impious.

    @esglaude: @oberyhendricks I am not convinced that “sitting-out” a presidential election isn’t viable.

    • Miranda

      I mean a political discussion about not voting. One that can’t be ended by the specious claim that “people died for the vote”

      ———————
      I hope somebody tells him to catch fire.

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

        I guess he forgot about Chaney, Goodwin and Schwerner.

        • itgurl_29

          Everything is an academic exercise to this privileged, out of touch, bitchass, pampered, ivory tower negros.

    • Alma98

      I can’t with these people I can only take so much bitchassness a day smh.

    • rikyrah

      Kneegrow thinks he’s slick.

      talking about not voting and 2016. Kneegrow knows he’s gonna be ‘ get out and vote for Hillary’ in 2016.

      he’s itching to tell folks to ‘ sit out’ 2014.

      dare we go back and see what he said about voting in 2010?

    • qosine

      All from his perch on Twitter.
      La La La I can’t hear you Glaude.

  • Miranda

    SMH……this is why we won’t ever overcome

    https://twitter.com/samueljcookiii/status/456564048075579392

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

      I remember this dude. He was a Dem and then switched parties. I guess he forgot about the Repubs meeting on 2009 Inauguration night when they pledged not to work with PBO.

    • GOVCHRIS1988
    • Kennymack1971

      Man….

    • qosine

      Too many little words to say I’m a sellout.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ – — -2 DA NORTH 40 with him –☺http://www.designdownloader.com/item/pngl/arrow_right_2/arrow_right_2-20110809173930-00019.png

      - – -☺http://www.lawnjock.com/images/blackjockey1.jpg

      ALL our —SKINfolk — – -AIN’T our — -KINfolk! geesh.

  • creolechild

    This State Will Offer Free College Tuition To High School Graduates

    On Tuesday, Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that will make tuition free for all high school graduates who go to a two-year college. It now heads to Gov. Bill Haslam (R)’s desk, who has made it a signature part of his campaign to improve the state’s graduation rates from 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025. Beyond graduating from high school, students who participate in the Tennessee Promise program will have to maintain a 2.0 grade point average, attend mandatory meetings, work with a mentor, and do community service.

    After they graduate two-year colleges, they can enroll in a four-year school as juniors. The program, which is expected to cost about $34 million a year, will be paid for using $300 million in excess lottery reserve funds and by creating a $47 million endowment.[....] Florida, Mississippi, and Oregon are considering similar plans.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/education/2014/04/16/3427593/tennessee-free-college-tuition/

    H/T Bryce Covert

    • trose1

      “who has made it a signature part of his campaign to improve the state’s graduation rates from 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025. ”

      WHOA!

    • qosine

      I applaud this move by Gov. Haslam.
      SO many students will benefit.
      We have a lot of good 2 year community colleges.
      I’m really excited about this.
      Now, Haslam just needs to expand Medicaid.

  • creolechild

    IAEA chief: Iran complying with nuclear scale-down commitments

    [....] In Vienna, diplomats assigned to the United Nations nuclear agency headquarters told the Associated Press that they had seen an IAEA report due out this week confirming that Iran has significantly reduced its ability to make a nuclear weapon by diluting half of its medium-enriched uranium.

    The report to IAEA member states also confirms that Iran is on track to convert the other half of its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20% purity into oxide for reactor fuel.[....] In exchange for Iran’s scaling back its nuclear capabilities, the six powers — the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany — agreed to release $4.2 billion in impounded Iranian oil revenue over the six-month period of the moratorium.[....]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-iran-nuclear-pact-iaea-20140416,0,2936523.story

    H/T Carol J. Williams

  • Worldwatcher7

    Good afternoon POU:

    I’m having such a busy day, I don’t really have much time to comment, but, once again…

    L

    • Alma98

      Evening WW7!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Worldwatcher7:>) — – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      –Ohhhh —I’m sooo STEALIN’ THIS – - –> suavicity (yeah, I say it’s a word.) – - – - -LOL — -Thanks. LOL

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

  • rikyrah

    Eric Cantor Torches Immigration Reform After Call With Obama

    Sahil Kapur – April 16, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    Updated 6:00 P.M. EST

    On Wednesday, Eric Cantor strongly suggested immigration reform won’t come up in the House of Representatives after he received a phone call from President Barack Obama.

    “House Republicans do not support Senate Democrats’ immigration bill and amnesty efforts, and it will not be considered in the House,” the Republican majority leader said in a statement after the call. He accused the president of engaging in “partisan messaging” and offered no indication that the House intends to act on the issue. His full statement is below.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/eric-cantor-immigration-reform-call-obama

  • creolechild

    Iowa Supreme Court Preserves Voting Rights For Some Former Offenders

    A case before the Iowa Supreme Court this week that could have disenfranchised as many as 50,000 Iowa voters instead opened the door to potential future expansions of the franchise. In a 5-1 splintered opinion, the court ruled that the state constitution presumptively does not bar any individuals convicted of misdemeanor offenses from voting, and may even allow some with felony convictions to vote.[....]

    In remarks calling for an end to felon disenfranchisement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder directly took on Brandstad’s policy, saying, “That’s moving backwards – not forward. It is unwise, it is unjust, and it is not in keeping with our democratic values. These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered, but repealed.”

    Read more:http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/04/16/3427200/iowa-supreme-court-preserves-voting-rights-for-some-former-offenders/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — – -LEMME do some MATH — -annnd — –SOCIOLOGY:

    - – - -☺Da Bundy family has been GRAZIN’ – - -Errrr — -I mean their —BOVINE have been. . .☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKcGCObEb28
    4 -EVA. Aannnd R bein’ charged 4 the past 20 years.

    ——-☺Historically — -there have been 6 –US Presidents since 1974 [Ford,Carter, Reagan, GWHBush, Clinton, GWBush]. NONE of THEM axed —bundy 2 STOP GRAZING!

    – – - -☺ NOW —Under MR. PRESIDENT’s watch — -the kerfuffle BEGINS – –’cause he wants 2 –”Do The Right Thang”. – -

    - — -BUT – - -HE’s gettin’ chided ’cause he di-int BAR-B-Q “hamburgers” — -THAT day.!?? – - –

    – - —LEMME CHECK! – -’cause it smellls like –THAT’S -SOME – - -BEYOND — –☺http://www.netanimations.net/Bovine-excrement-meter-animation.gif

    – - – Sooo —I’ll B —WATCHIN’. . . .:>)

    • qosine

      They’re probably hoping to stretch out the Cliven Reality Show
      over the summer. Think of the ratings, GreenLady. SIGH

      • GreenLadyHere

        - -LOL – - – -☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200

        – — -U! —AIN’T! – — NEVA! – —LIED – -LOL

        – - –UNTIL —-MR. PRESIDENT —gives some – –STRATEGIC —orders. – — -He’s —WATCHIN’. . . :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – –THESE 2 — – -A TRUE –”DYNAMIC DUO” –:>)

    – - – -☺http://www.c-span.org/video/?318917-1/president-announces-job-training-grants”>President Obama in Pennsylvania – :>)

    - — -President Obama talked about the U.S. economy and job training at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. [$600M]

    – –THANK U -SIR♥ – - – -4 – - -JOBS! – -JOBS! — –JOBS!

    Don’t THEY look GR8 — -2-gether – –on the –WORLD SCENE – –GETTIN’ THINGS —DONE – –4 OTHERS? — – –HUH hillary??? LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —-[Is this a dup?] – - –Focus on SOS Kerry♥ :>)

    — – -☺@StateDept

    @JohnKerry lands in Geneva for talks with Ukrainian, Russian & #EU officials on #Ukraine. http://go.usa.gov/kje4 pic.twitter.com/lIbw4G2q1A

    WHOA! – - -He has been —BEYOND BUSY — -since he TOOK OFFICE – —- -HUH hillary??? – –☺http://i.dlisted.com/files/images/tumblr_m40ore1A9k1qaesd9.gif – –annnd U??? LOL

    • qosine

      Seeing John Kerry in action really points out what a fine
      president he would have made in 04, GreenLady.

      • GreenLadyHere

        - –☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
        - —**BIG fist bump***- —:>)

        — -["HUH -- hillary?? ] – –LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- —BWAHAHA – - –GWB — -NEVA! — – - NEVA – - -shoulda put his BRUSHES — – 2 — -his PALLETS! LOL —IT’s Soooo ON! – — – —

    -☺ ‏@CallOut4[Thank U♥]

    Bush forgot to paint this pic.twitter.com/6njHgqu2zb @GOPMeme #Englehart

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – –WHOA! — -KEPT Sayin’ – –

    – — WORLD annnd WORLD-WIDE LEADER♥ – -:>)

    – - -☺@CallOut4[Thank U♥]

    The only country where more people preferred Romney over Obama was Pakistan. From 2012: pic.twitter.com/Lvw1jKJmQA via @joseph_arrigo

    ☺-”WHYCOME?” – - – –From another article: — – -DRONES annnnd THIS: – - In the case of the U.S., its support to Israel has created a very strong resentment in Pakistan and even huge U.S. assistance to the country has not been able to ameliorate the situation.

    – –☺What was that sayin’?? – - -http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/bite-the-hand.gif

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

    WTH Warren??? In a NYT video interview, she said she chose NOT to head the CFPB!

    @CBSPolitics: Elizabeth Warren: White House wanted me to be a “cheerleader” http://t.co/LtgsKSW53V

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

    Whelp! Columbus Short is done. I hope he gets the help he needs.

    @ReignOfApril: Don’t be surprised if Harrison is left for dead on Thursday. Shonda won’t play this mess w/ Columbus Short. http://t.co/nAVJwo9Gwa #Scandal

    • Miranda

      DAMN DAMN DAMN!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —-FIRST: — – ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CiyKeSnSxk

    – –NOW: —–WHOA! :>) –☺ ‏@BestEarthPix

    — –Blue Eyed Leopard pic.twitter.com/C8WQ1aNqIZ
    – — –”Mother Nature” – –can “PAINT” – –the UNIQUELY — -LOVELY :>)

    • qosine

      I’m LOVING your animal life photos, GreenLady.
      Nice companion to creolechild’s nature/environmental
      good news posts. Crystal blue eyes — and look at those
      massive paws.

      • GreenLadyHere

        –☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
        – - -Thank U♥– -

        Have 2 admit that these PIC R evoking sooo many emotions that I had not taken time 2 think about. – –
        Also – –I remember going 2 animal museums annnd thinking about their feelings. Sooo it’s coming back. :>)- – –The LION/CUB – -continues 2 evoke —***happy tears*** :>)
        —-YES! — –Creolechild – –”BRANGS IT”. :>)

        – —***waves @ creoldchild*** :>)

  • Miranda

    SMH….he will do anything for attention.
    ———————-
    Don Lemon to Laura Ingraham: Al Sharpton Is ‘Not My Leader’
    by Matt Wilstein | 4:04 pm, April 16th, 2014AUDIO465

    CNN’s Don Lemon opened his appearance onLaura Ingraham‘s radio show Wednesday by telling the conservative host that he had to go to an Al Sharpton meeting first “to make sure I could talk to you.”

    That joke got a good laugh out of Ingraham, who commended Lemon for having a sense of humor about himself and saying, “If you’re going to do politics, have fun with politics.” Even if you don’t agree with the person you’re talking to, Ingraham said it’s best to “laugh and have fun.”

    “Just because you disagree with me doesn’t mean your my enemy,” Lemon told Ingraham. “If you disagree with someone, you have to try to work with them even more so, because why do you want to preach to the choir all the time?”

    more here: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/don-lemon-to-laura-ingraham-al-sharpton-is-not-my-leader/

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ – - –He REMAINS — -☺http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9j79otjWn1rvmd0h.gif

      –Annnnd – - –OOPS! – –This came off his head: –☺http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/cravatteria/cabinet/product/schiefyellow.jpg – —geesh!!

    • rikyrah

      D.R.O.P. Squad…WHERE ARE YOU?

    • Kennymack1971

      Coon Train is coming…Coon Train is coming…

    • qosine

      Grovel. Pander. Kowtow. Thy name is Don Lemon.

  • rikyrah
    • qosine

      Oh, look at those 2 good looking cuties in front of
      the PRESIDENTIAL SEAL in the big ride. Ha!
      Cry bitter losers. LOL Laughs exultantly. LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT♥ – -A FIRST — -

    - – – – -☺April 16, 1973

    Lelia Smith Foley becomes the first African American woman to be elected mayor of a U.S. city (Taft, OK)

    – - -☺@BlackHistoryUS[THANK U♥]

    Leila Foley-Davis. On April 16, 1973 she was the 1st black woman to be elected mayor in the US. #oklahoma #history

  • rikyrah

    Josh Romney has 20 million reasons to write a bitter anger tweet at mean ole Harry Reid
    By TBogg
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 22:08 EDT

    …The past two presidential cycles have seen a change in 1st runner-up temperament; possibly because both of the rich white guys who lost, lost to a black dude. John McCain immediately went back to being the least popular senator in America, but he still shows up on every Sunday morning show, every Sunday pretending that he is president and that he didn’t give America a raging case of the Sarah Palin STDs.

    Mitt Romney sulked around his beach house compound – yelling at the stoners to get off of his gosh-darned sand – for a spell before coming out and saying that, sure, Barack Obama may have beaten him, but Barrack isn’t half the man that dreamy Vladamir Putin is. Shirtless and on a horse? Hubba hubba.

    On the other hand , Mitt’s wife, perpetual bitter pill Ann Romney, has taken every opportunity to purse her lips and point out that America had a chance to mount Mitt like he was a fancy dancing horse and ride him to prosperity just like she did, but noooooo, America chose poorly and now it must sleep in the bed with the low thread-count sheets that it made. Suck it, America. SUCK. IT. Loooosers. Consuela! Momma needs a Postumtini, stat…

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/15/josh-romney-has-20-million-reasons-to-write-a-bitter-anger-tweet-at-mean-ole-harry-reid/

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — —WAY-ELL – - –FOUND IT! – —The RACISM —again!! – -humph!!

    —- ☺ ‏@BlackCanseco[THANK U♥ Very MUCH - -4 this]

    #CatalinaClouser #ShaneshaTaylor RT @LuchieBlue This is so disgusting. Our legal system is a joke. pic.twitter.com/b2d09k1Y7X

    - – -I REPEAT! – - In Many cases – –YES! — –IT! — -DO!! —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpTNvUlwjFk

    Continuin’ 2 PRAY♥ –AMEN♥ -

    • rikyrah

      Heard about it….total double standard.

      • qosine

        Outrageous@!!
        Mother drives high for 12 miles, leaving her baby on the ROOF of her car, later found in the middle of the freeway. Probation.
        Mother on interview, leaves children INSIDE her car. Arrested.

      • GreenLadyHere

        rikyrah– – - –RA-CHERE – –>☺ Our legal system is a joke – - – - -**AB-SO-LUTE-LY!*** – - – -WE KNOW – - –No doubt— the comparison will B USED in Ms. Taylor’s case. :>)

  • Miranda

    When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue
    By STEPHANIE STROM APRIL 16, 2014

    General Mills, the maker of iconic cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways.

    Instead, anyone who has received anything that could be construed as a benefit and who then has a dispute with the company over its products will have to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration to seek relief, according to the new terms posted on its site.

    In language added on Tuesday after The New York Times contacted it about the changes, General Mills seemed to go even further, suggesting that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.

    “We’ve updated our Privacy Policy,” the company wrote in a thin, gray bar across the top of its home page. “Please note we also have new Legal Terms which require all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration.”

    The change in legal terms, which occurred shortly after a judge refused to dismiss a case brought against the company by consumers in California, made General Mills one of the first, if not the first, major food companies to seek to impose what legal experts call “forced arbitration” on consumers.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/business/when-liking-a-brand-online-voids-the-right-to-sue.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

    • qosine

      “Forced arbitration” is another corporate hammer.

  • Miranda

    SCOTUS will hear challenge to Ohio law banning campaign lies
    UPDATED 04/16/14 07:20 PM

    Are false statements about political candidates a criminal offense? According to an Ohio law which is the subject of an upcoming Supreme Court case, the answer is “yes.”

    The Supreme Court will consider a challenge next week to an Ohio law that prohibits an individual or group from knowingly or recklessly making false statements in political campaigns. The case, Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus,was filed last August after conservative anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List attempted to launch a billboard campaign in 2010 against former Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Democrat, who ended up losing his re-election bid.

    The billboard would have claimed that Driehaus supported taxpayer-funded abortions because of his support for the Affordable Care Act. Driehaus appealed to the Ohio Elections Commission, invoking the Ohio law that barred false campaign statements, and the advertising company that owned the billboard space refused to rent it to the Susan B. Anthony List.

    The Susan B. Anthony List then challenged the state law, but a federal judgedismissed the challenge in 2011 because “the billboards were never erected and the Ohio Election Commission never made a final ruling on whether they may have violated the law,” according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

    more here: http://www.msnbc.com/hardball/supreme-court-ohio-law-campaign-lies-susan-b-anthony-list-v-driehaus

    • qosine

      This case needs close watching.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – - -Hmmm. . .THIS did not turn out so well. . .

    —-Judge again rejects deal in NFL concussion cases- –
    ——A federal judge in Philadelphia has again declined to approve deals for some of the retired players suing the NFL over concussions.

    U.S. District Judge Anita Brody’s preliminary ruling Wednesday affects a batch of lawsuits involving lead plaintiff Kevin Turner, a former Philadelphia Eagle now battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    Brody had issued a similar ruling in January in the lead case in the
    matter, which could ultimately cover up to 20,000 retired players.

    The judge has asked lawyers for more details to support claims the proposed $765 million fund would last for 65 years. Young players with severe brain injuries would get up to $5 million under the deal, though most players would get far less.
    THERE IS MORE- — —
    –YOUNGER players- –meed 2 WATCH these rulings annnd – -KNOW– -that the NFL – –MAKIN’ their $$ —without appropriate protections.
    – –Though —I noted recently that some players were angry ’cause they were benched —due – - -”CONCUSSION WATCH”.- –
    2 the extent that U can —take care of yourselves. —-

  • rikyrah

    Archer Vice has been crazy this season.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥— –[Hope THIS is not a dup Apologies.] -
    -Been REALLY watchin’ HER. – - – -SHE is SUBTLE YET FIRM! — :>)
    – - –

    Meet the Black Female Judge Who Will Decide Oscar Pistorius’ Fate – - -

    – - -Thokozile Matilda Masipa is a former social worker turned journalist turned lawyer turned superior court judge. She’s “eloquent” and highly respected by her peers, but perpetrators should tread lightly.

    – - – -SNIP – - -

    With the world watching, Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa—and only Masipa—will decide if Pistorius intentionally killed his girlfriend or
    if he sincerely thought she was an intruder and thereby killed her by
    accident, as Pistorius claims. Unlike murder trials in the United States and most modern judicial systems, South Africa does not have trials decided by jurors because it was nearly impossible to find jurors not influenced by the racial effects of apartheid.

    Masipa has had an impressive career. Her tough background, which The Root culled from global news reports, lends credence to court watchers’ speculation that she will not be influenced by the defendant’s emotional breakdowns or the crying and vomiting in court. Here are seven things to know about the judge:

    THERE IS MORE – -

    — -LOL – –her response 2 all his BLUBBERING annnd — – - -VOMITING – - -

    – - –HERE☺ – -http://www.minilandeducational.com/usa/wp-content/gallery/29104/29104.jpg

    – –NEXT WITNESS! – —- LOL
    – — – –Wonder ifff he regrets – - -APARTHEID?? — -LOL

    STR8 WATCHIN’. . . .

    • qosine

      One night I stayed up to watch the trial. I knew nothing of Judge Masipa, but I was impressed by her calm, firm demeanor. She listened quick closely, with no sign of being moved by his histrionics. His passive-aggressive invocation of “milady” I’m sure was not lost on her.

      She is quite impressive. Nelson Mandela’s influence lives on. “Thokozile Matilda Masipa is a former social worker turned journalist turned lawyer turned superior court judge. She’s “eloquent” and highly respected by her peers, but perpetrators should tread lightly.”

      • GreenLadyHere

        –☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200
        — –***BIG fist bump*** – –:>)

        RE: —ALL that –”BLUBBERING” — –I’m SURE she remembers –THIS: -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VR5inB7IBA
        — -***tears*** – –Should not have done this. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - – - -He IS — -A — – -CLASS ACT♥: – - — -Very nice – - – - —B.B. King apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad – -

    — –Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer issued a public apology on Tuesday for what his publicists called “a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends.”

    The written statement says King, 88, and his band had returned from a four-week break before the April 4 show at the Peabody Opera House. The band drove straight to eastern Missouri from Las Vegas, a 24-hour, 1,600-mile (2,575-kilometer) trip each way. And King missed his daily dosage of diabetes medicine, which elevated his blood sugar.

    “The combination of the rigors of the very long drive and high blood sugar due to his medication error resulted in a performance that did not match Mr. King’s usual standard of excellence,” reads the statement, which was issued on behalf of King by the St. Louis venue. “Mr. King apologizes and humbly asks for the understanding of his fans.”

    THERE IS MORE- -

    —-Now he needsta REST — – -Get stabilized with meds — annnd give a FREE/Lost cost – –Mini concert. [IMHO] :>)

    PRAYIN’ 4 U :>)☺http://api.ning.com/files/4wLU1as*XG3175usMFAE0E8NpORq3rGq-aBqqHwgAWrL8d3UUwcXI4EipcS-TQsKqZYaAnu9dbnCrgfoWMqEad3PIQ6n8ugs/ButterflySendingPrayers.gif
    — – -AMEN♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – –☺Dear POU FAM♥- –WISHING U a GOOD NIGHT♥ :>) —MAY HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS.♥-♥- -

    – – - – - –☺UNTIL. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmH31jNmb5k

    –☺ –http://i.myniceprofile.com/1360/136099.jpg

    – -P.S. – –☺-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siA-6PblJCA
    —- – — — – - —Awww. . . :>)