April 16, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: African American Car Designers

Happy Hump Day Obots!

Today’s featured designer is the first African American female designer for General Motors!

Crystal Windham

Crystal Windham, GM’s and the industry’s highest ranking African American female car designer, has managed to squeeze her way through the door of today’s design studios, holding her own and bringing a perspective that men just don’t have.

In fact, while researching new trends in luxury purses such as Louis Vuitton several years ago, Windham came up with the award-winning two-tone upscale interior for Chevy’s hot-selling Malibu, which has been praised by the industry and customers alike.

Windham, who has a bachelor’s in industrial design from the Center for Creative Studies and a master’s in business administration from the University of Detroit Mercy, has been pivotal in GM’s turnaround.

Among the accolades that punctuate her illustrious career portfolio, Windham boasts awards for helping to construct the 2008 Car of the Year with the Chevrolet Malibu and the 2007 Car of the Year for the Saturn Aura (just before GM consolidated its automotive lineup). Her acute ability to inaugurate dynamic designs that create lasting emotional connections with car consumers led to Windham being named the first African American female director of GM’s North American Passenger Car Design.

  • Miranda

    The Associated Press ‏@AP
    BREAKING: Russian parliament gives preliminary approval to ban adoption of Russian children by Americans.

    • isonprize

      wow…. in the adoption world, that will be huge.

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

        So.wrong!

        It was actually her attempt at adopting a Russian child that marked the changing attitude about adoption there. She allegedly went to an orphanage and basically pointed to him and said, “I want that one,” running counter to adoption practices. I knew a couple whose wait was made longer by that first hiccup in the system.

      • Miranda

        *DEAD*

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Now you know you wrong .

  • GreenLadyHere

    – - Time Person of the Year 2012: Barack Obama

    • isonprize

      Congrats to PBO! Of course, he really was the only choice. Plus, if TIME didn’t choose him, they know they would be toast. F’real…

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Wednesday MornTin. isonprize. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – - – -***fist bump*** :>) —OF COURSE! :>) – - – -

        Good 2 C U. [PA. RAWKS :>)] – -

    • GN

      So utterly well-deserved. Best POTUS of my lifetime.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Wednesday MornTin’ GN. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – - – -***fist bump*** — -THIS – ->Best POTUS of my lifetime. – - -Woo! Hoo! – —

        Good 2 C U GN. :>)

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

      Mornin GLH and POU!

      Here’s the Time article and magazine cover: http://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/person-of-the-year-barack-obama/

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD Wednesday MornTin Sepia. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – -

        – - – -Owwweeee – - THAT PIC! – –:>) —-***add 2 collection*** :>) – - -

        Thank U. Good 2 C U. :>) – -

      • isonprize

        It’s like that photographer worked REALLY hard to take a horrible photo of Pres. Obama. IMO, that TIME cover photo is the worst!! As good looking as PBO is, that’s a damn shame…

        • conlakappa

          I agree. He looks very weathered. Like the photo editor worked to have more lines in the cheek. They couldn’t do much with the brow, because that would be obvious, but it looks like striations on the cheeks. Also, that choice of background/tone works for no one.

        • jds09

          I don’t know…I kinda like it. It reminds me of granite. It captures a truth about him, that PBO is a very,very, very tough man.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good MornTin’ jds09. ***BIG HUG** :>)

            – - -^^fist bump*** – - –

            -***Goin’ 2 – -dust off- that SPECIAL PLACE –on- -RA’ CHERE! :>)—–

            —–Good 2 C -jds09 :>)

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

            It would be perfect on a coin.

          • edp4bho

            That’s the way I see it. as almost carved in stone. Morning POU.

        • rikyrah

          I didn’t like it at first, but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me. Shows that the job of President gets to everyone who has it. The burdens placed upon that person..a job that never ever gets to be turned off or left behind.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          I’m okay with it. That’s the nature of the job. My guess is it wouldn’t bother PBO one way or the other.

          • isonprize

            woody & rikyrah, I’mma have to sleep on that. But you’re absolutely right, PBO probably doesn’t give a flip about it! LOLOLOL

        • Town

          I thought it looked like the side of a coin (that’s not a bad thing).

          • isonprize

            well, except you have to be deceased to be on US currency.

      • isonprize

        It’s like that photographer worked REALLY hard to take a horrible photo of Pres. Obama. IMO, that TIME cover photo is the worst!! As good looking as PBO is, that’s a damn shame…

    • Daltex82

      Congrats Mr. President it is well deserved!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Daltex82. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – - -**fist bump*** :>) ABSOLUTELY!! :>)

        I was gon add all his “ACCOMPLISHMENTS!” :>) – - -BUT I would jus’ B duplicatin’ – —”The WHITE HOUSE” — site. :>) – -

        Good 2 C U Daltex82. :>) — -

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Obama To Deliver Gun Control Statement At 11:45 AM ET

    President Obama will make a statement on the administration’s path forward on gun control at 11:45 a.m. ET in the White House briefing room. Vice President Joe Biden will also attend, according to the White House. Obama is expected to tap Biden to oversee the administration’s gun-control efforts in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-to-deliver-gun-control-statement-at-11

    H/T David Taintor

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - -REAL FAST: – — –Obama to announce gun violence task force headed by Biden

    — – — -President Obama plans to formally announce on Wednesday a White House working group tasked with finding solutions to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shootings.

    The task force will be headed by Vice President Joe Biden, and is expected to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce gun crime. Obama and Biden are both expected to attend the announcement, slated for late Wednesday morning in the White House briefing room.

    On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the group would “engage with the American people; engage with lawmakers, with members of his administration, with mental health professionals, with law enforcement officials, with parents, communities, to try to find answers to this problem.”

    “And that includes [the president’s] support for legislation that, like the assault weapons ban, that addresses issues of access to guns,” Carney continued. “It will include other issues that he thinks are part of the scourge of gun violence.”

    Earlier in the week, Obama conferred with Biden and other top Cabinet officials, including Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    “Their participation underscores the comprehensive way in which the president views this problem,” Carney said.
    THERE IS MORE

    — – - -THEY R – - -ON IT – - – -AS PROMISED! :>) – –

    • Admiral_Komack

      This is a big fucking deal.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Admiral – - -***BIG HUG** :>)

        – - -***fist bump*** :>) Good 2 C U. :>) – -

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

    Et tu, Tha Cawta? Et tu??

    James Carter ‏@JECarter4
    I love President Obama but he is a boring pick for Time’s Person of the Year. It could be the US President every year.

    • conlakappa

      He’s part of the overstimulated generation. Maybe his new microwave and edition of Madden haven’t arrived?

    • conlakappa

      He’s part of the overstimulated generation. Maybe his new microwave and edition of Madden haven’t arrived?

    • TyrenM

      Da Carter 4 should have at least made the list. That tape was gangsta. That’s the only reason (this one time only) I’ll cut him some slack. Now, say something else and I’ll hand U the machete.

      • Miranda

        I’m mad that Trayvon Martin didn’t make the list – or at least his parents for refusing to accept that their child would just be gunned down and no one would suffer consequences for his death. They sparked worldwide demonstrations and that photo of Trayvon is iconic.

        • edp4bho

          I would like to leave that to Ebony magazine, you know, the one that’s supposed to be “relevant” to the black community. It would be fitting for them to again feature a cover without a Hollywood celebrity.

          • GN

            They’re off in lalaland–they don’t really have anything to do with a positive black agenda anymore. a twitter exchange with that magazine’s account outright confirmed it (they said they were looking for “balance” rather than positivity and we all know what that means). Just PL in blackface now; nothing really positive or constructive for us in terms of their new editorial point of view. It’s a shame considering how and why that magazine was started.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • GreenLadyHere
  • Miranda

    Jesus, PLEASE take the wheel!

    ‘Stand your ground’ cited in shooting of whiny Little Caesars Pizza customer

    A Florida man is using the state’s “stand your ground” law as a defense after he shot a customer who was complaining about slow service at a St. Petersburg Little Caesars Pizza restaurant.

    Randall White, 49, was in line waiting for his pizza on Sunday when he began complaining that he wasn’t being served fast enough. According to the Tampa Bay Times, 52-year-old Michael Jock was also in line and scolded White for whining.
    The two began arguing and it eventually “became a shoving match,” police spokesperson Mike Puetz said.

    After White allegedly raised his fist, Jock pulled out a .38 Taurus Ultralight Special Revolver and fired a shot into the man’s torso. A second shot also hit White in the torso. One round became lodged in the restaurant wall.
    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/18/stand-your-ground-cited-in-shooting-of-whiny-little-caesars-pizza-customer/

    • Town

      According to the Tampa Bay Times, 52-year-old Michael Jock was also in line and scolded White for whining.
      —————-

      This is the problem with “Stand Your Ground” and all these guns floating around: weak punks become BOLD when they have that gun on them. Michael Jock should have shut his ass instead of saying something to Randall White. If the man was told his pizza would be ready in 10 minutes but it took 20 minutes, he had a right to complain.

      Now I’m hearing my stupid governor McDonnell wants teachers to be armed in the classroom. Yes, let’s give white teachers guns so they can mow down black & hispanic students and claim to be “scared”. SMH.

      • nellcote

        Are teachers expected to shoot 6 year olds that aim their guns at classmates like that one did yesterday?

        • Admiral_Komack

          Q: What if the teacher, shooting at the assailant, kills a kid, instead?

          A: For one thing, the school district is FUCKED.

          • vulcan_girl

            Or what if a student overpowers the teacher and starts shooting. Or a bunch of students decide to do it in multiple classes at the same time?

    • Admiral_Komack

      …and they want teachers packing heat in class…

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - -WHA’!!!???? – - – -WHA’ DA FLIP!!?? _ – - -

    - – - -EPA Administrator Audited Over Email Address – -

    – - -The Washington Post reports that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is being investigated for using a less-than-obvious personal email identity — “Richard Windsor” — that combines the name of her dog and her hometown, East Windsor, New Jersey.

    O.K. — -WHICH STOOPID “numnut” is goin’ AFTA MR. PRESIDENT -NOW???- -[via Ms. Jackson?] – –[Lemme look at the original article.]

    • conlakappa

      Stupid investigation/attempt at smearing another black woman, to be clear. They really need to get over their fixation. How many women named Lisa Jackson are there in this world? I have personally known at least 3 or 4 in my lifetime. Just maybe the administrator didn’t want the handle “LisaJackson12345672.”

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -***fist bump*** – — -DA -WAR ON BLAH WOMEN – –CONTINUES!!! — – DANG RE-THUCKERS!!! -

    • Kennymack1971

      If this becomes a thing… Man these wingnuts are pathetic.

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

      Pattern.

  • creolechild

    GM Buying 200 Million Shares as U.S. Seeks Exit

    General Motors Co. will purchase 200 million shares of its stock from the U.S. Treasury as part of the department’s plan to sell its entire holding of GM stock within 15 months. The $5.5 billion transaction, at $27.50 a share, represents a 7.9 percent premium and will close by the end of the year, GM said.

    Treasury plans to begin selling its remaining shares as soon as January, the company said. The sale represents 40 percent of the government’s remaining stake after the 2009 bailout and 2010 initial public offering.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-19/gm-buying-200-million-shares-as-u-s-seeks-exit.html

    H/T Tim Higgins

  • creolechild

    Appeals Court Rules University Had Grounds To Fire Anti-Gay Diversity Officer

    Crystal Dixon was the associate vice president for human resources at the University of Toledo, until she was fired in 2008. She had written an editorial in the local paper claiming that LGBT people did not warrant the same civil rights as people of color, and the university felt her perspective violated her capacity to enforce its diversity initiatives.

    Dixon sued, claiming her rights to free speech and equality protection were violated, but a federal district court dismissed her suit in February of this year. She appealed, and now a three-judge panel from the Six Circuit has similarly ruled that the university had grounds to terminate her:[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/12/17/1348741/appeals-court-rules-university-had-grounds-to-fire-anti-gay-diversity-officer/

    H/T Zack Ford

    • Town

      B/c of the nature of her job, she had to go. If she were just an instructor or something, then maybe…but as associate VP for human resources you can’t go around saying X group of people don’t deserve the same rights as Y group of people. That brings your objectivity to do your job in question, like did she not hire Mr. ABC b/c he was gay or did she fire Ms. JKL b/c she was gay?

  • creolechild

    We need MORE of this…

    Rep. Yarmuth: Wouldn’t regret losing my seat over gun control

    Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said Tuesday that he wouldn’t regretting losing his seat over tighter regulations on guns and invited the NRA to spend money to oppose his reelection. Yarmuth told The Washington Post that the power of the NRA was greatly overstated. He asked the gun lobby to “please spend their money” to oppose him, because “it would be wasted.”[....]

    Yarmuth told The Washington Post he was previously unwilling to talk about gun control because the issue was so quickly passed over by the national media. Though there was an initial furor after mass shooting incidents like the one in Colorado earlier this year, nobody continued to talk about the issue, he said.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/18/rep-yarmuth-wouldnt-regret-losing-my-seat-over-gun-control/

    H/T Eric W. Dolan

    • Aquagranny911

      Blessings on the head of this decent man & the house that raised him up.

    • nellcote

      Good for him. Manchin’s already back to kissing NRA ass.

  • creolechild

    3 Surprising Findings From the Latest Study on Credit Reporting Agencies

    We’re still at least a year away from laying eyes on the FTC’s decade-long review of credit reporting agencies, but a new study from a consumer watchdog gives an interesting preview at what we might be in for. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau analyzed data from the three largest CRAs –– Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion –– over the last year. We pored over the 38-page report. Here are a few of the most staggering findings we came across:

    1) Credit agencies are letting an automated system pass off 85 percent of all consumer disputes.[....]
    2) More than half of the information in the credit bureau databases are supplied by the credit card industry.[....]
    3) Fewer than one in five people get copies of their credit report each year.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/12/18/surprising-findings-study-credit-reporting-agencies/

    H/T Mandi Woodruff

  • creolechild

    Housing Starts in U.S. Post Best Three Months in Four Years

    Builders in November capped the strongest three months for residential construction in four years and permits climbed as record-low borrowing costs buoyed the U.S. housing market. Starts fell 3 percent to a 861,000 annual rate from a revised 888,000 annual pace in October, the Commerce Department reported today. The median estimate of 85 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a drop to 872,000. Building permits, a proxy for future construction, advanced to a four-year high.[....]

    So far this year, housing starts are up 27.1 percent from the first 11 months of 2011.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-19/housing-starts-in-u-s-cap-strongest-three-months-in-four-years.html

    H/T Lorraine Woellert

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -SAD NEWS – - – -

    – - -Robert Bork Dead: Former Solicitor General And Supreme Court Nominee Dies At 84 – - – –[SCA-USE da SOURCE.]

    – — -Robert Bork, a former solicitor general perhaps best known for his controversial Supreme Court nomination which failed in 1987, died Wednesday due to heart complications, PJ Media and National Review report. He was 84.

    Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, only to be eventually rejected by the Senate after contentious debate.

    This story is developing. Check back for more updates…

    – - -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS. AMEN. – -

    ON DA REALZ: –YEAH!! – -WE REMEMBER! – -

    – - -☻ Romney’s Chief Legal Adviser: Robert Bork
    Yikes

    — -☻- - The Federalist Society was formed in 1982 by law students whose primary motivation was overturning, limiting and obstructing enforcement of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts. Their mentors were former Chief Justice William Rehnquist, for whom Roberts clerked, Robert Bork, an outright racist whose nomination for the Supreme Court was rejected by the Senate in 1987, and Ed Meese, Ronald Reagan’s attorney general. In his early years as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Rehnquist wrote a memo urging Jackson to vote against what became the Brown desegregation decision, declaring, “It is about time the Court faced the fact that white people in the South don’t like the colored people.”

    Bork was the Federalist Society’s chief “theoretician.” He opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act as “an unwanted intrusion on the right of individuals to choose with whom to associate.” (George W. Bush’s father campaigned against the Civil Rights Act in his unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate in 1964.)

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

      Watch the media deify him.

      • conlakappa

        And the Rs talk about another example of librual meanness. Scalia will be given a microphone and a platform again, lamenting that they didn’t get to serve together… An unforeseeable benefit to his Borking for Clarence Thomas: people’s video rentals were suddenly given privacy protections after Bork’s rentals were written about in the Washington City Paper.* We might have found out if Thomas had indeed rented/bought Long Dong Silver.

        *That’s the rag that went on to birth Jake Tapper.

    • Miranda

    • TyrenM

      I don’t wish death on anyone but…DEUCES.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He was a stone cold racist just like Rehnquist and the rest. And like them he was very clever when it came to couching the language in leglalese.

    • Town

      BUH-BYE!

    • nellcote

      sorry but this isn’t sad news. more like overdue.

    • MsKitty

      My usual statement for these types of individuals:

      I hope he got right with his Maker.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – - BWAHAHA!! — -FROM —HE WHO is WITHOUT SIN! – - -LOL – -

    – - –Newt Gingrich Blames ‘Anti Religious’ Secular Government For Newtown Shooting

    – – -During a local talk radio show early Wednesday morning, former Speaker Newt Gingrich cast his lot with the religious right by blaming last week’s tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on secularism and immoral video games.

    Gingrich joined host Brian Thomas of 55KRC in Cincinnati to discuss his latest book, but the conversation quickly pivoted towards gun control and why godlessness in our schools is really to blame:

    When you have an anti-religious, secular bureaucracy and secular judiciary seeking to drive God out of public life, something fills the vacuum. And that something, you know, I don’t know that going from communion to playing war games in which you practice killing people is necessarily an improvement.

    Listen to the remarks:

    — –SNIP – -
    – -Conservatives have been eager to turn elsewhere in search of a cause for such tragedies, unwilling to have a serious discussion over gun control. But studies have shown that school shootings are occurring with more frequency than ever before, curiously mirroring the expansion of gun rights across the country.
    – —

    – - – -CAIN’T FACE -REALITY!!—HAH!!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Will Callista please give this guy a blow job?

      • creolechild

        Miss being in the Bad Lounge?

        • Aquagranny911

          I’ll try to order up some supplies before I leave for Christmas in CO. I would be sad if the Admiral had to spend his time there without adequate food & drink.

      • GreenLadyHere

        ADMIRAL - – — – — – – - — – —-> – -

        • conlakappa

          Please, like he hasn’t worn the carpet in his multiple trips there!

      • Aquagranny911

        Dang Admiral, she has so much plastic in her face I’m not sure she can part her lips that far.

        • conlakappa

          What far? I doubt he’s packing. I’ll say it again: that woman was born in the late 1960s yet looks that to’ up. If people are going to spend money getting redone, head to Park Ave. where the docs have been doing it for years. Or Brazil, where it’s an art form.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! You also know wherefore the Lounge is. Do you have any drinks preference? I try to keep the bar fully stocked at all times but sometimes I get busy with other stuff.

            I can’t help it but that hair of hers makes me think of the Lego people my grandkiddos play with & I’m not sure her mouth actually moves. She doesn’t seem to have any lips….Okay, I’m done…

            I can’t afford to be in the Lounge too long. I have big plans for Christmas

  • creolechild

    Media Must Now Focus on Other Kids Killed by Guns

    Tens of thousands of Americans are shot and killed by gunfire every year but clearly it took the deaths of just a very small number of them, ages 6 and 7, last Friday to finally galvanize sentiment and (who knows) maybe even federal action, against weapons proliferation in our country. But kids have been getting killed by guns in massive numbers for years without much attention from the media, or calls for action in columns or editorials.[....]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171841/media-must-now-focus-other-kids-killed-guns

    H/T Greg Mitchell

    • Town

      Media Must Now Focus on Other Black & Hispanic Kids Killed by Guns

      ———

      There. Fixed.

      • creolechild

        Exactly!

    • Admiral_Komack

      They won’t.

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

    The Associated Press ‏@AP
    BREAKING: White House issues veto threat on House Speaker John Boehner’s `Plan B’ fiscal cliff proposal:

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      And emoprogs are furious because once more they have to move the goal post in their never ending loyalty to Obama Derangement Syndrome.

  • Miranda

    This is like a movie! Talk about a come up!

    Substitute teacher becomes heir to fortune after wheel barrows of gold pulled from home

    CARSON CITY, Nevada — A substitute teacher from California was found to be the only heir to a fortune of gold coins discovered by a cleaning crew in the home of a reclusive cousin who quietly stashed away a treasure of more than $7 million before he died this year.

    A court hearing in Carson City is scheduled Tuesday, when a judge is expected to certify first cousin Arlene Magdanz as the lone heir to the treasure valued at $7.4 million found in the home of Walter Samaszko Jr., Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover told the Nevada Appeal.

    more here
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/substitute-teacher-becomes-heir-to-fortune-after-wheel-barrows-of-gold-pulled-from-home/2012/12/14/0cb018c2-464d-11e2-8c8f-fbebf7ccab4e_singlePage.html?tid=obinsite

    • ch555x

      Right place/Right time…:)

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang! I will have to start speaking more kindly to all my cousins.

  • creolechild

    This needs to go viral! Just trifling…

    Don’t Be Fooled: Walmart Hasn’t Changed Anything

    In this week’s issue, we describe how Walmart has expanded gun sales—including military-style assault weapons—to half of its stores nationwide, and is the country’s biggest retailer of guns and ammunition in the country. As our story was about to be published, Walmart removed a Bushmaster AR-15 style assault rifle from its website. All of the other assault weapons remain. (See other examples here).

    This is one of the most transparent public relations moves in relation to a dangerous product that I can recall—it was literally the least Walmart could do. To be clear, the store never actually sold the guns online. Rather, you can peruse Walmart’s gun inventory on its website, read customer reviews and product specifications, and then find a Walmart near you that carries the item.

    All Walmart did was remove that one gun, the one most likely to create a public relations problem, from a website where you couldn’t buy it anyway. But the Bushmaster remains on Walmart shelves—something the retail giant confirmed to MSNBC this afternoon, saying there is “no change” to its firearm sales.[....]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171834/dont-be-fooled-walmart-hasnt-changed-anything

    H/T George Zornick

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

    Wow. So PBO might choose Kenneth Chenault as his new Treasury Secretary? I bet Repubs are shatting on themselves! Of course, the media vetting process has begun…

    Kenneth Chenault’s Crisis Years
    By PETER EAVIS

    … So how might Mr. Chenault’s actions be assessed? Pretty favorably, actually.

    As with many other banks, the government took an equity stake in American Express under the Troubled Assets Relief Program. While it received $3.4 billion under the program in January 2009, the company paid the money back six months later.

    American Express participated in other types of bailouts, but, again, its participation was small compared to others. In one particularly advantageous program, the government guaranteed the bonds that financial companies issued. American Express tapped the program briefly at the end of 2008, raising $5.9 billion. That’s nothing compared to General Electric’s financial arm, which issued over $50 billion of the guaranteed debt, and used the program for many months.

    Then there was the alphabet soup of bailouts provided by the Federal Reserve. American Express participated in two of these. Under one of the programs, the Federal Reserve set up a special fund to buy short-term corporate debt called commercial paper. It bought $4.5 billion of American Express, far less than the $16 billion sold by General Electric’s financial arm.

    MORE: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/kenneth-chenaults-crisis-years/

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

      According to Bloomberg news, Ursula Burns is also under consideration for Treasury Secretary: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-18/amex-s-chenault-said-to-be-discussed-for-treasury-post.html

      • MonieTalks

        I say make the whole damn cabinet, Black, Brown or Asian. Ride or Die Joe already has an honorary Black Card.

        • conlakappa

          And the emoprogs would claim credit for pushing yet another thing onto the President. They talked cash-trash last year about not being able to think of any high-profile blacks in his inner circle.

    • Miranda

      I would truly be tickled if Chenault is named Treasury Secretary. That would be priceless.

      • conlakappa

        Nah, that’s the MasterCard motto!

    • rikyrah

      I would LMAO if this is true

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

    TV One’s “Unsung” updates January, 2013 schedule with Johnny Gill, Disco special

    (December 17, 2012) Great news for SoulTrackers and other lovers of the greatest show on television, TV One’s “Unsung.” TV One gave more information today on the sixth season of the show that will begin on January 21, 2013. It promises to be another great season.

    This time around, artists who will be Unsung’ed will include Eddie Kendricks, The Whispers, EPMD, Lou Rawls, Midnight Star, Johnny Gill and Isaac Hayes. In addition, TV One just announced that there will be an Unsung two hour special on Disco, telling the definitive tale of an American phenomenon, featuring two dozen musical performances and commentary by legendary Disco survivors Gloria Gaynor, Nile Rodgers, Thelma Houston, The Village People, KC of the Sunshine Band. As always the shows will be narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams.

    MORE: http://www.soultracks.com/unsung-6th-season

    • Worldwatcher7

      Cannot wait for EPMD.

    • MsKitty

      Cool. Still wish they would do an episode on Jackie Wilson though. He paved the way for so many, including Michael Jackson, but he’s never gotten the props he deserved.

  • creolechild

    YOUCH! Travis was publicly outed regarding his role in steering black and Latino families to Wells Fargo’s mortage fraud scheme by….Melissa Harris-Perry. Too early for popcorn?

    Melissa Harris-Perry compares Tavis Smiley to Tuskegee syphilis study’s black nurse Posted on 12/16/2012

    [....] The problem Dr. Harris-Perry has with Tavis Smiley involves his contracting with Wells Fargo — for a reported $4 million — to organize and orchestrate putative “wealth building” seminars in black neighborhoods nationwide starting in 2005. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan demurred and called these seminars nothing more than sales pitches for high-rate subprime loans through Wells Fargo.

    Since the settlement, however, Richard Prince has reported in his “Journal-isms” column that Smiley has promised to sever all ties with Wells Fargo. Interestingly, until recently Wells Fargo sponsored Smiley’s radio show on Public Radio International (now canceled), and underwrote the annual C-SPAN-televised “State of the Black Union” conference that Smiley organizes (now defunct). Smiley’s foundation also distributed Wells Fargo materials to young people at foundation events.[....]

    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13622125-melissa-harrisperry-compares-tavis-smiley-to-tuskegee-syphilis-studys-black-nurse

    H/T Herbert Dyer Jr.

    • Miranda

      DAMN! MHP went H.A.M. on ole Tavis!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY creolechild. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      - – - -***STR8 hands out –BAND AIDS *** LOL — —

      U realize that he’s gon have a – –MAJOR SAD – — LOL – - –

      - – - -Good 2 C U creolechild. :>) – –

      • creolechild

        (((Big Hugs back to you GLH!)))

    • Daltex82

      Oh Damn! Popcorn, I’m gonna need some popcorn!

    • edp4bho

      Heard about this yesterday, waiting for POU to post. Hey, Corny started with her, so you know Tavis agreed with “His Highness” as he hasn’t a brain cell to match.

    • Aquagranny911

      Just hateful! A young couple in our family nearly got caught up in all that. They signed some papers & even paid a “deposit.” Fortunately they had the good sense to sit down & discuss this with some of us elders before it went further.

      The result was they lost $500 & a bit of their dream of owning a “fabulous home” which was painful but not as painful as it would have been when the balloon payment kicked in & they lost everything!

    • nellcote

      FINALLY! The silence on his association with WellsFargo has been irritating.

  • creolechild

    Background story is that these students were fighting for better contracts for campus workers and for themselves. Additional information can be found on their website…

    After Strike Threat, Illinois Grad Student Workers Win Strong Contract

    [....] Since last April, the Graduate Employees’ Organization has been bargaining with the University of Illinois administration in hopes of negotiating a fair contract. The administration has been toying around with our graduate students by threatening to take away their health care and tuition waivers that they depend on to get by. This is a huge victory for us because it really gives USAS members here at the University of Illinois hope that together we can make real change on our campus.[....]

    [....] Nevertheless, this does not mean that this battle is over. Right now, service workers represented by SEIU are in contract negotiations, and next semester we will campaign to support their fight. Food service workers at UIUC are laid off four times a year, and do not receive unemployment benefits. The administration is currently trying to take away multiple holidays for some workers, including Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. We believe our workers deserve fair wages and respect, and will stand with them until they win a fair contract!

    When we fight, we win!

    Read more: http://usas.org/2012/12/10/after-strike-threat-illinois-grad-students-win-strong-contract/

    H/T Rigoberto Campos

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -A – -BLACK HISTORY-IN-THE-MAKING MOMENT – –

    - – –Amor Lilman – Stop Da Violence (Official Music Video)

    – - -9-Year-Old Dedicates Anti-Gun Song To Connecticut School Shooting Victims – -

    - —-A 9-year-old Brooklyn boy has dedicated a song and music video dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting titled, “Stop Da Violence.”

    Amor “Lilman’ Arteaga of Flatbush, Brooklyn had been working on the song and the video most of the fall. But, in the wake of the shooting, he and his father, Juan Arteaga, worked with the production company to get the video posted as soon as possible and to include a photo of the school.

    – –He also made THIS: – –Amor Lilman and The BIG LIVE: “Pull Ya Pants Up” Live Performance –***BIG SMILE** ♥

    – - -OUT of da MOUTHS of “BABES”. – - -Annnd a “little CHILD” – -shall LEAD THEM. :>)- – –BLESS U♥ :>)

  • creolechild

    Massachusetts Fines Morgan Stanley Over Facebook Research

    Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter for Facebook Inc’s initial public offering, will pay a $5 million fine to Massachusetts to settle charges that its bankers improperly influenced its research analysts when the Internet company went public.[....] Galvin, who has been aggressive in policing how research is distributed on Wall Street ever since investment banks reached a global settlement in 2003, said the bank violated that settlement. He fined Citigroup $2 million over similar charges in late October.

    Massachusetts says that a senior Morgan Stanley banker helped a Facebook executive release new information and then guided the executive on how to speak with Wall Street analysts about it. The banker, Galvin’s office said, rehearsed with Facebook’s Treasurer and wrote the bulk of the script Facebook’s Treasurer used when calling the research analysts.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/12/17/massachusetts-fines-morgan-stanley-over-facebook-research/

    • Aquagranny911

      Face Book is evil! That is all!

  • creolechild

    LOL! As always, PBI exhibits his multi-tasking expertise….

    PHOTO: Obama Pretends To Be Caught In Spider-Man’s Web

    President Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man’s web while greeting a White House staffer’s son. This official White House photo was made available to TIME magazine as part of its “Person of the Year” feature on the President.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/photo-obama-pretends-to-be-caught-in-spider

    H/T David Taintor

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share! One of my little grandsons was Spider Man for Halloween & my daughter in one of those moments of parental madness considered letting him have some of that canned string as a more “realistic prop.”

      I asked her: “Do you really want to let a 4 year old have hands on something like that?” Her sanity was restored & he used his imagination for “web magic” instead, lol.

      • conlakappa

        Aw, imagination takes little ones so much farther than props. Hugs to all of you!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —–ANOTHER TARGET: – - – -BULLS-EYE!! – - – –>2 BULLS**T! – - -

    – - -CNN Anchor Blasts Florida Governor For Ducking Gun Control, Demands Action Before ‘I Cover Another Tragedy’ – –

    - —Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who has an A rating from the National Rifle Association, refused to say if he would support stronger gun safety measures in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Appearing on CNN’s Starting Point on Wednesday, Scott repeatedly dodged host Soledad O’Brien’s specific questions about which reforms, if any, he would support, at one point responding to a query about limiting assault rifles with a trite, “I support the Second Amendment.” O’Brien repeatedly pressed Scott for a more detailed reply, but the Florida governor claimed that the nation must “respect the families, mourn their losses” but avoid a detailed conversation about what can be done to prevent such tragedies in the future:

    – - -SBIP – –

    O’BRIEN: Okay. I think with all due respect, are you not going to answer my question, because I guess — I just want you to tell me what you would be comfortable to support, and I get it, it will be part of a conversation, but I think there have been a number of things on the table and I don’t feel like you’re telling me, you know, should people not be able to buy high-capacity magazines? What are you willing to say would be a good start, that would you bring to the table in control? Any conversation about guns?

    - – —scoot: – –BA-SICK-LY – - -***crickets*** – - -SAAAA-LAP! – –

    • Daltex82

      O’Brien repeatedly pressed Scott for a more detailed reply, but the Florida governor claimed that the nation must “respect the families, mourn their losses” but avoid a detailed conversation about what can be done to prevent such tragedies in the future:”

      Translation: I do not support a ban on assault rifles, I’m just to chicken shit to say so. I’m just trying to lay low until this passes and no one asks me about it again, so I can continue to get my grift on from the NRA.

      In the minds of these grifters, there will never be a good time to have this conversation, because they don’t want to loose the support of the NRA.

      • conlakappa

        He also is/was the head of a health-insurance provider. Bullets are good business for that business.

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – - -MR. PRESIDENT –”PRESON of the YEAR” –is ON NOW – - -Woo! Hoo!

  • creolechild

    Nancy Smash is entitled to her own opinion, but this is not a good look. Not a good look at all. How about focusing on the next four years of GOP obstruction and helping PBO get his policies enacted? There have been substantial improvements made and increased diversity at all levels of government thanks to PBO. What does Hillary have to offer…except the drama and retreads from her husband’s past administration. Sorry, that’s not what this country needs to move forward…

    Pelosi: I Hope Hillary Clinton Runs In 2016

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gushed about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, telling MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that she expects Clinton would win handily should she choose to run for president in 2016. “I hope she goes,” Pelosi said, enthusiastically. “Wouldn’t that be exciting! Why shouldn’t she?”

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/pelosi-i-hope-hillary-clinton-runs-in-2016

    H/T Igor Bobic

    • Aquagranny911

      If we have to keep listening to this BS from MSM I will avoid them like a bed of poison ivy & watch Amish Mafia & re-runs of Far Scape, Thank you very much!

      And Nancy, por favor…if you still want some respect in the morning do not bed with Clintons!

    • conlakappa

      Was it in response to a push question? It’s not clear to me but we know that Andrea is fully engaged in a slow-low-drumbeat of the President isn’t leading his part/have control of his caucus.

      • creolechild

        Conlakappa, whether Adrea was engaged in the “slow-low drumbeat” or not, it’s clear to me that current elected officials on the Democratic side of the aisle have NOT had PBO’s back when he needed them the most to help push legislation. This is where their focus should be…not on 2016. Something that I think Nancy Smash could have at least prefaced in her comments about Hillary.

      • Miranda

        probably was, and worth noting that “hoping Hillary runs” is definitely not “hoping Hillary wins” LOL

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

    • Aquagranny911

      Good morning to you too!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - –LOL – - -GUESS HE INHERITED — THESE – –FROM da TWITT! – -LOL – –

    — -EXCLUSIVE: The GOP’s New ‘Anti-Stimulus’ Senator Sought Stimulus Funds – -

    - – –On Wednesday, ThinkProgress exclusively reported that Senator-Designate Tim Scott (R-SC) used a controversial method of securing federal contracts and grants for his district known as “lettermarking,” despite his supposed opposition to earmarks. A ThinkProgress review of newly obtained documents reveals that Scott also used the process to request stimulus funds for a pet South Carolina project — despite his public opposition to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and federal stimulus in general.

    During his first campaign, he said that the 2009 stimulus had “failed Americans.”Shortly after becoming a Congressman in 2011, he endorsed “elimination of any unobligated ‘stimulus’ funding.” And in a September 2012 statement, Scott said, “It is clear that the current path is unsustainable – stimulus spending doesn’t work and will not work.”

    But, while he publicly attacked the stimulus, he wrote a May 2012 letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood requesting almost $22 million in stimulus funding for renovation of railroad tracks in North and South Carolina:
    — –SNIP — -

    Read the letter:

    – -COMMENT: – - -Deena Casey Nissley
    I’m shocked. Another GOP hypocrite...
    — – LOL.
    [Gotta "bounce" 2 do some --care-taking; MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U--IN MY♥]

    • conlakappa

      Great, now that he represents all of the State, he should be pressed to ask for stimulus money for the public school. I hope that Ty’Sheoma Bethea has started her letter-writing campaign on it.

  • Aquagranny911

    I have read about Crystal Windham before. I think it was in some car magazine in an article about the Malibu, a vehicle I have lusted after since being given one as a rental some years ago. The youngest got in an accident that totally trashed our 16 year old Chevy & somehow, surely by some angelic blessing, I was given a brand new Malibu to drive for a few weeks.

    I knew that this was the car for me! Until I found out how much it cost. We settled for a used Ford which was more in our budget, lol. I still love the Malibu…someday, SIGH…when I win the lotto….

  • Alma98

    OMG! Ok I have seen it all now. lol

    • Miranda

      OK…I’m done.

      • Alma98

        LOL! I love that they were leaning and everything hahaha.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Sure, this is amazing, but look at the state of that steering wheel.

      • Alma98

        LOL!

    • Aquagranny911

      That dog drives better than a lot of people I know! He kept his eyes on the road, wasn’t quacking on a cell phone or texting…WooHoo!

      • Alma98

        HA!

  • TyrenM

    To the copy/pasters here, please add Samuel Jackson and Anne Hathaway “Sad Off” by Funny or Die.

  • creolechild

    Final Member Of Captured NBC News Team Now Out Of Syria

    NBC News said Wednesday that the final member of the news crew that was held captive in Syria for five days is safely out of the country and will be evaluated in Turkey. Ian Rivers, part of NBC News’ technical support staff, was separated from chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel’s production crew during the firefight that resulted in their freedom, according to NBC.[....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/final-member-of-captured-nbc-news-team-now

    H/T David Taintor

  • creolechild

    Panetta Orders Review of Child Care Hiring Practices

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered a review of hiring practices at Defense Department child development centers. Army officials yesterday announced an immediate investigation into hiring procedures at its child development centers nationwide after identifying potential problems with security background investigations for some CDC employees at Fort Myer, Va.

    [....] Following the initial findings at Fort Myer, Army Secretary John M. McHugh directed a review of management and procedures at all Army child care centers and a review of compliance with those policies and procedures. “It’s a fundamental responsibility to ensure the highest quality of care for the children of our men and women in uniform, many of whom rely on us to care for their children while deployed,” he said. “These initial findings are not only troubling, they are unacceptable, and we will make certain that adequate policies and procedures are in place, and that they are strictly followed and fully enforced.”

    Read more: http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=118830

    H/T American Forces Press Service

    • Alma98

      We need this soooo bad we had so many people running daycare scams here.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –GOOD EVENIN’ POU FAM♥ — -Missed U.♥ – - Got many things done. Thank goodness. :>)

    — – –RATHER than my head hittin’ the keyboard — –IMMA HIT HIS HEAD!! — — geesh!!!-

    — – -Michigan Lawmaker Didn’t Read The Anti-Abortion Bill He Voted For, But He’s Confident It’s Not About Women – -

    — -Michigan lawmakers moved quickly to push an omnibus abortion bill through their lame duck session last week. Despite the massive undertaking that House Bill 5711 represents — the measure combines several of the worst attacks on women’s reproductive freedom into one 45-page piece of legislation — some GOP legislators may not have even bothered to read its full contents before making up their minds about it.

    RH Reality Check flags an account from Emily Magner, who brought a group of her social work students to Lansing to discuss HB 5711 with their state legislators in late November. Magner recounts the conversation she had with state Sen. Howard Walker (R) — who ended up voting for the measure in early December — in which he admitted he initially threw his support behind the bill without reading it first:

    – - -THEN he GOT INDIGNANT annnnd RUDE —endin’ in THIS: – –

    — -Before I could finish my sentence, he waved his hand dismissively and interrupted, “THIS ISN’T ABOUT WOMEN! THIS IS ABOUT PROTECTING FETUSES!”

    - — – It’s unclear whether or not Walker did have a chance to read the bill in between his November meeting with Magner and his December vote — but if he had delved a bit deeper into the legislation, he would have discovered that enacting HB 5711 would have several detrimental effects on the women in Michigan.
    THERE IS MORE! – – —***BIG SIGH!!*****

    — –COMMENT: –LOL! – - Mike Irwin · Top Commenter · Decatur, Illinois
    I’ve come to the sad conclusion that there’s only one way to stop this anti-woman crap from these boneheads. SHUT ‘EM OFF, LADIES! Absolutely no sex of any sort. If you catch them taking matters into their own hands, whack their peepees! If they try to outsource their needs, expose them to the public for their infidelity. Teach them that, until they grow a uterus, they have no business in yours.
    – - -***BANDAIDS????**** — – -LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    Moved