September 23, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Gamers

Happy Hump Day!

Today’s featured “gamer” is Joseph Saulter.

Joe Saulter is the chairman of the Game Design and Development Department at American Intercontinental University and CEO of Entertainment Arts Research (EARI), the first African-American owned 3-D video game companies in the nation. He is also a co-founder of the Urban Video Game Academy, headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Joe has collaborated with Sony, Vivendi, Warner Bro, Blizzard and software developer Softimage on numerous gaming ventures. He also serves on the steering committe of the Bill Gates Group initiative Blacks in Gaming.

Joseph launched EARI to take gaming into markets the industry has overlooked and ignored, including faith communities and the authentic urban scene. His goal: to create an industry powerhouse built on games and interactive media that serve genres, communities and people who rarely see themselves and their experiences reflected onscreen. He is also the author of a series of texbooks on Gaming Design and Development, published by McGraw-Hill.

Joe spoke to joystiq.com about the lack of diversity in the gaming industry during Microsoft’s Blacks In Gaming 200 meeting:

He says, “It’s great to see that things are happening and we are getting toward the vision, but it’s still not the reality.” He says the potential influence that diversity would bring to the industry isn’t being recognized. Explaining he’s spent his life as a black man, he half-jokingly says when he looks around the game industry he feels himself asking the question, “Why should I have to be a white man? … Meaning I bring a unique characteristic in my African-American culture. It would be nice to bring my cultural expertice into an arena. We go into this white business — and it’s not that the business is white. It’s that the culture in the business is white. I’d like to see people create what I am in games and be accepted for what I do.”

Saulter says the industry is like a “horse with blinders” on when it comes to issues of diversity. It’s not that they are outright ignoring minorities, it’s just that the focus is so straight ahead and narrow, companies don’t take the time to reach out. He says there are programs like the Urban Video Game Academy based in Atlanta, Maryland and Washington D.C., which attempt to get kids into game design and should be looked at as an opportunity by developers to find potential talent. He compared getting a job in the industry like riding a horse. He believes that minorities don’t care if they get knocked off the horse, that’s only fair — but they’d still like a chance to ride.

On March 7, 2012  TV One and EARI announced a partnership creating a  partnership formed to create the Urban Game Jam, a game design and development competition for African American game developers. Urban Game Jam is designed to promote diversity in the gaming industry and offer urban game developers a new, high profile opportunity to exhibit video games and music produced for the industry. The announcement was made  at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

“African Americans play video games in huge numbers, but represent a tiny portion of the game developing profession,” said TV One Digital Media Vice President Allison Rand. “There has been research showing that this trend may lead to the scarcity and/or stereotyping of black characters in video games. We are very excited about this contest and this partnership with Entertainment Arts Research and look forward to helping stimulate and encourage the proliferation of content by black game developers.” 

“We have an opportunity to add a symphony of innovative, creative content to the video game industry, said Joseph Saulter, CEO of Entertainment Arts Research Inc. “Technology has opened a window for diversity and African American game developers are changing the complexion of the industry with culturally sensitive video games and musical style. The Urban Game Jam is our way of introducing the video game industry to amazing African American comic book characters and science fiction stories from a universal perspective. 

“We hope this contest will generate participation from innovative content developers in game design, programmers, artists, and musicians, and bring to light both new talent within the industry, and recognition to some talented individuals who may have been working for quite some time to break through,” Saulter added.

Below is a picture of participants in the Urban Video Game Academy:

 

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  • GreenLadyHere

    - GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM:- – – – –

    REAL FAST:- – – -CONGRATULATIONS 2 REP. CHARLES RANGEL- –

    – – – -Rep. Charles Rangel wins primary election- —

    – – — -Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., survived a hard fought primary to secure his party’s nomination to seek a 22nd term this November. He is all but certain to win in his heavily Democratic Harlem-based congressional district.

    Rangel is the third most senior lawmaker serving in the U.S. House and he has faced little re-election trouble in four decades, including after he was censured in 2010 for multiple ethics violations.

    The 2012 redistricting process, however, added an influx of new Hispanic voters to create a Hispanic majority district for the first time. The new district gave state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, a Dominican American who would be the first to serve in Congress, an opportunity to mount a challenge reliant on Hispanic voters’ support.
    THERE IS MORE.

    • MonieTalks

      Good morning GLH, POU!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ MonieTalks. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- –

        Good 2 C U- – -MonieTalks. B BLESSED 2-day. :>) –U/FAM. :>)

    • rikyrah

      Champagne Charlie survives to fight another day…LOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** :>)—

        LOL.– HE is a CHARACTER. :>)- – –Gotta luv him. :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    REAL FAST:- — — – -CONTRASTS :>) – – –

    – – – -THIS:- – –

    – – – -President Barack Obama talks to a group of kids from Lenora Academy in Snellville, Ga., during a stop at the Varsity, a restaurant in Atlanta, Ga., June 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)- – – —

    – – – -V- – – – –

    – – – – -THIS.- — — LOL.

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – PERSPECTIVE:- —-AG HOLDER is a TARGET- – -NOT BASED IN REALITY!!- —

    – -The NRA’s Nightmare Claims Over Eric Holder Don’t Hold Up- – –

    – — –On paper, Thursday’s vote on a resolution finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is about a subset of internal Justice Department documents and whether such executive branch communications are subject to legislative oversight.

    In reality, as Democrats argue, and even some Republicans will admit, the vote is about much more: Targeting a top administration official who has been a long time target of the GOP’s ire.

    – – -SNIP- – —

    – -Henigan said he doesn’t believe the Obama administration’s decision to assert executive privilege had nothing to do with a worry that disclosing such documents would allow conspiracy theorist to entangle Holder’s meetings with the Brady Campaign with deliberations about the response to congressional inquiries about Fast and Furious.

    – -“I just can’t imagine that concern about these conspiracy theories have motivated anything this administration has done, because they are so divorced from reality,” Henigan said. “They’re in the same categories as the birthers, in my judgement.”
    THERE IS MORE [Some- - -negative]

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM:- —‘CAUSE- – – the RESULTS R positive.:- – – —

    – – – -Obama Clings to a Narrow Lead
    [New Poll Shows Him Doing Better Than Romney in Swing States; Both Candidates Face Challenges]
    - – –

    – – – – President Barack Obama has managed to retain a narrow lead in his race for re-election despite a spate of poor economic news and surging GOP optimism about Mitt Romney’s prospects, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

    The president outpolls Mr. Romney, his presumed Republican rival, 47% to 44%, a lead within the survey’s margin of error and similar to the advantage he enjoyed a month ago. Mr. Obama’s lead is wider in swing states, where the campaigns have battled most intensely.
    THERE IS MORE.[IGNORING the negative.]

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’- –miranda. ***BIG HUG** :>)

    THANK U 4 this series. :>) Di-ent realize OUR INVOLVEMENT in THIS INDUSTRY!! :>)

    – – –A FIRST!!- – –the first African-American owned 3-D video game companies in the nation. He is also a co-founder of the Urban Video Game Academy, headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

    – –The URBAN VIDEO GAME ACADEMY- –is an INSPIRING way 2 allow US 2 increase OUR participation in the PRODUCTION END of video games.:>)

    THANK U —-Mr. Joseph Saulter. :>)- – -GR8 SERIES- – -miranda. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — Callin’ 911 4 teh WILLARD :>) – —

    – —A Bernie Beat Down: Sen. Sanders Absolutely Shreds Mitt Romney - —

    – – –While discussing Citizens United, Bernie Sanders got on the topic of Mitt Romney and with visible disgust slammed the Republican nominee for his Koch clone ways.

    Here is the video from MSNBC:

    –.-.-. . . . .Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gutted Mitt Romney. Ed Schultz asked the Vermont senator if Romney will have to pay back these conservative billionaire donors. Sanders said, “Of course he will, Ed. But it’s not even paying them back, that is who he is. What does Romney talk about? He talks about to Wall Street he is going to deregulate Wall Street, the entity that caused this horrendous recession in which so many people are suffering. He is talking about more tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. At a time when we have lost millions of decent paying jobs because of outsourcing, Mr. Romney will take his outsourcing experience and make it even more prevalent. So it’s not that he will give them what they want, they are in the same boat together. They believe the same thing, more for the rich, and less for the middle class and working families. And by the way Ed, these guys if they get the power to do it, they’re going to go after Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, educational opportunities. They are working day and night to create the oligarchy you just talked about.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – —Ooooweee!- – -SCATHING annnd FIERCE!!- — TRUTH!!- —

  • MonieTalks

    Tagg Romney brags about dad at Scott County GOP headquarters

    …Tagg Romney also told a short family parable about when, as a boy, he lost a boat anchor at their bayside home in Massachusetts. Rather than just write off the anchor, his father went with him and they searched for it and, surprisingly to Tagg Romney, they found it. He said he learned two things about his father that day.

    “My dad is the cheapest human being alive,” he said with a laugh. “The second is there is no problem you can’t overcome with a little hard work and ingenuity, and that is what my father is about.”

    read more: http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/elections/tagg-romney-brags-about-dad-at-scott-county-gop-hq/article_c9bbd9ec-bf2a-11e1-9148-0019bb2963f4.html

    • Worldwatcher7

      If they hadn’t found that anchor, Mitt was gonna shave Tagg’s head.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – — REALLY.- — NO CONTEST- – —

    – – — – Michelle Obama vs. Ann Romney in cookie contest— —

    — -First lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney are going head to head – in a cookie contest.

    Family Circle has pitted the two political spouses against each other in its Presidential Cookie Bake-Off, a contest it’s held for the past five presidential elections.

    Obama entered a recipe for white and dark chocolate-chip cookies, while Romney went with M&M cookies. Readers can view and vote for their favorite recipe on Facebook.

    – – –SNIP–

    Read more about: Michelle Obama, Ann Romney
    THERE IS MORE.

    Uhhhh- — -PAST the cookie contest- — — I’m focusin’ on the FACES- — NO CONTEST!! LOL.- – –

    – – -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY is BEAUTIFUL!!!- –BLACK- -don’t CRACK! :>)

    • edp4bho

      Great mornig GLH, POU. I just looked at the photos of the 2, and of course I agree with you, GLH. This is my first time really seeing the other one, and must admit, she ain’t cute….at all ! With all that money, one would think she’d buy some looks, hey?

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD Wednesday MornTin’ edp4bho. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        – – **fist bump*** :>)- —LOL.- —

        – –She prolly needsta back off those M & M’s.— LOL. – –

        Good 2 C U- -edp4bho. :>)

  • MonieTalks

    Monument unveiling held for Michelle Obama ancestor

    REX, Ga. —

    Hundreds of people celebrated the unveiling of a monument that showcases ancestral ties to the first lady in Clayton County Tuesday.

    Channel 2’s Tom Jones was there as some of Michelle Obama’s relatives showed up for the unveiling.

    Residents of the town of Rex said they are proud that the first lady’s ancestors grew up there. They’re also proud that the monument can help bring races together.

    “That’s what this is about unity and bringing blacks and whites together as one,” resident Victoria Smith said.

    Hundreds of people showed up for the dedication ceremony and unveiling of a monument that recognizes the life of a former slave who grew up in Rex.

    That slave, Melvinia Shields, is the great-great-great grandmother of the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

    “Just having this tie to first lady of the United States as well as her being the first African-American first lady, this is a real source of pride for our county today,” Commissioner Sonna Singleton said.

    Many of Shield’s family members showed up for the event.

    read more: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/hundreds-attend-monument-unveiling-michelle-obama-/nPfhf/

    • GreenLadyHere

      MonieTalks- — –How SPECIAL annnd WELL-DESERVED!- -:>) – —

      – – –That slave, Melvinia Shields, is the great-great-great grandmother of the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.- –

      THIS is a “history”- – -that is SIGNIFICANT! :>)- -

  • MonieTalks

    One President’s Economic Legacy Is His Successor’s Burden

    As President Barack Obama has learned, the economic conditions left by a previous administration can be a heavy burden on a president’s record.

    As I argue in my book, “The President as Economist: Scoring Economic Performance from Harry Truman to Barack Obama,” about half of any president’s economic performance depends on how much he improved or damaged the economy he inherited (as shown by the trends in economic indicators). The other half depends on how many good economic years the president racked up while in office (based on the averages of the same indicators).

    ….Looking at Obama’s performance in the context of his inheritance, his record is respectable. Obama’s score is 79 points higher than that of Bush 43, greater than the difference in scores between second and sixth place in the presidential rankings, and comparable to the margin between Reagan and Carter.

    Under Obama, the federal budget as a share of GDP shrank by 1.1 percentage points, compared with Bush 43’s increase of 7 percentage points. Obama so far has the lowest tax revenue as a share of GDP, at 15.3 percent, and the largest reduction in real interest rates of 3.5 percentage points. He also has better stock-market growth — 5.5 percent against 1.9 percent for Bush — and a reduction in the unemployment rate of 1.2 percentage points versus the second largest increase under Bush of 4.5 percentage points.

    read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-26/one-president-s-economic-legacy-is-his-successor-s-burden.html

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – — Mr. President will B- — -ON DA ROAD AGAIN-:>) – –

    – – –Report: Obama Prepares Bus Tour In Key Swing States- – —

    – -President Obama will launch his first bus tour of the 2012 campaign on the 4th of July, reports the AP. The two-day trip will take Obama through the key swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    The bus tour is part of a larger shift in the president’s campaign, away from a focus on fundraisers to more rallies and voter interaction, the AP reports.

    The president will still headline campaign fundraisers through the fall, but the official said Obama’s schedule would start to include more of a mix of campaign rallies and other events focused on speaking directly to a wide swath of voters in the states Obama needs most in order to hold the White House.
    THERE IS MORE.

    Lookin’- – -FORWARD. :>)- – –

  • MonieTalks

    Campaign finance laws completely toothless

    You might think that the laws forbidding coordination between politicians’ own campaigns and outside advocacy groups would have prevented Karl Rove from speaking Saturday at a retreat for Mitt Romney’s biggest donors. But Rove, whose Crossroads GPS is probably the most widely known advocacy group, was unfazed. That tells you all you need to know about the toothless nature of campaign finance law.

    As one lawyer put it recently, “The scandal in Washington is what is legal, not what is illegal.”

    Rove’s appearance probably complies with the letter, if not the spirit, of campaign finance law, and the ads his group runs might, too. If you’ve seen them, you realize how absurd this is. The laws need to be tightened to do what the public expects of them.

    Rove says Crossroads GPS is a “social welfare organization,” not a political one. Under federal law, that means it doesn’t have to disclose its donors, and that it’s tax-exempt, so that in a sense, taxpayers subsidize it.

    read more: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/54378827-82/rove-campaign-laws-finance.html.csp

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – -CONTINUIN’ TRIBUTES- –

    – — – Nora Ephron ‘Gave Women a Voice’- –

    – – – –Nora Ephron, who has died at age 71, gave women a voice and opened door for them, Lisa Belkin writes in a tribute at the Huffington Post, praising the late screenwriter, director, and author’s gift for celebrating—and roasting—romance, sex, and aging. “By putting the female experience on the screen and on the page, she made it visible, and worthy, and she elevated it to the level of art,” Belkin writes. “She took ‘women’s topics’—romance, relationships, food, motherhood, clothes, hair, friendship, aging, looking young—and declared that they were not only worthy of conversation, but they could draw at the box office.”

    Ephron was an “artist of consolation,” both on the page and on the screen, writes Ariel Levy at the New Yorker. “Hers was a world where humor always trumped loss,” . . .
    THERE IS MORE.- –

    — RIHEP.- – -IN APPRECIATION-

    – – —CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS- —

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

    Mornin’ Obots!

    Orders for Durable Goods in U.S. Rise More Than Forecast
    By Shobhana Chandra – Jun 27, 2012 8:30 AM ET

    Orders for durable goods climbed more than forecast in May, easing concern that U.S. manufacturing is faltering.

    Bookings rose 1.1 percent, the first increase in three months, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 76 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a 0.5 percent gain. Excluding the volatile transportation equipment, orders for goods meant to last at least three years advanced 0.4 percent.

    “We don’t expect manufacturing will shrink, there’s still demand,” Omair Sharif, a U.S. economist at RBS Securities Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut, said before the report. “The factory sector is tracking the overall economy a bit more closely whereas earlier it was easily outpacing it.”

    MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-27/orders-for-durable-goods-in-u-s-rise-more-than-forecast.html

    • Rhoda

      Good Morning!

      Thanks for the good news.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia. – -**BIG HUG** :>)

      —- GR8 NEWS.–:>)- —

      – -2 da HATAS:- – – -WHAT was that ’bout the ECONOMY UNDER MR. PRESIDENT!?- –

      – – – -READ THIS annd LEARN!!- -Orders for durable goods climbed more than forecast in May, easing concern that U.S. manufacturing is faltering.- – –HAH!!

      – – – -SAY- – – -CONGRATULATIONS- 2- -MR. PRESIDENT! :>)- —

  • rikyrah

    PM2012

    Poll: Strengthened By Immigration Policy, Obama Leads Romney In Ohio, Pennsylvania And Florida

    Tom Kludt-June 27, 2012, 8:32 AM

    Earning high marks from voters for his new immigration policy, President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida in a new poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday.

    The president’s largest lead is in Ohio, where he tops Romney, 47 percent to 38 percent. Obama is strengthened in the Buckeye State by advantages over Romney among both women and independent voters. Women widely prefer Obama over the presumptive Republican nominee, 50 percent to 35 percent, and the president holds a solid lead with independents, 45 percent to 36 percent. Ohio voters also say that Obama would do a better job than Romney on the economy by a 5-point margin, 47 percent to 42 percent.

    more here http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/barack-obama-mitt-romney-ohio-pennsylvania-florida-poll-quinnipiac.php

    • isonprize

      And PA is one of the states with new VOTER ID laws. We are on it, but it ain’t easy…

      • Aquagranny911

        I know it isn’t easy but stay on it! Don’t let those slime sucking goatfiggers take your votes away. Stand strong, PA lots of us are in solidarity with you!

        • isonprize

          Thanks, AG. En la lucha!!

      • MsKitty

        I heard on 1060 this morning that the Dem state senators are launching a lawsuit separate from ACLU and NAACP. I think the reasoning was that the other two parties suing can’t appear partisan but as Democratic senators they can.

        • isonprize

          Thanks, Ms Kitty. I hadn’t heard that, but it sounds like good news to me. PA is a HOT MESS right now.

          Gov. “Cut it” Corbett has cut off DPW CASH ASSISTANCE — “welfare” as it is commonly called, people will still keep their Medicaid, but no $$ by July 1.

          The state is not making ANY PUBLIC NOTICE of this information. NONE.

          Basically those in the State GA (General Assistance) that will no longer get any cash are either: victims of domestic violence, pregnant woman not eligible for TANF, in drug/alcohol treatment that precludes employment, non- parental caregivers of kids under 13 or older if kids disabled, temporarily or permanently disabled,2 parent household with kids under 13, or disabled kids, kids under 21, not eligible for TANF, 18-20 year olds, in secondary school expected to graduate by age 21.

  • MonieTalks

    Dallas NAACP wants to shut down Texas lottery
    Anna M. Tinsley | The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    The Dallas NAACP chapter wants the Texas lottery to close up shop.

    Members of the nation’s oldest civil-rights group say they are frustrated by poor and minority Texans spending their money on tickets instead of necessities such as rent or health insurance, and they believe that the lottery isn’t putting enough money into public education in the state.

    So they unanimously voted this month to encourage state officials to end the lottery.

    “People with very little money are spending their money on the lottery,” said Juanita Wallace, president of the Dallas branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “This has been bothering us for a while.”

    She notes stories such as the one about a man who chose to use his limited dollars to buy lottery tickets, hoping to hit it big, rather than buy health insurance.

    “He’s dead,” she said.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/06/27/154015/dallas-naacp-wants-to-shut-down.html#storylink=cpy

    • Miranda

      I see this madness all the time. People spending $50 on various tickets hoping to become the next millionaire while its obvious they need that $50 for something else.

    • Guns3000

      What makes the Dallas NAACP believe if the lottery gets shut down the money won’t go another pipe dream?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –CONGRATULATIONS- -Ms. SERENA- – — –

    – – -Serena Williams wins in straight sets at Wimbledon - — –

    – — -Serena Williams did much better than big sister Venus at Wimbledon, defeating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-4 Tuesday in the first round.

    Playing on the same Court 2 where Venus lost in straight sets a day earlier, Williams took command by breaking her Czech opponent three times in the first set. The players then traded breaks twice in the second before Williams broke again in the 10th game, converting her second match point when the 62nd-ranked Zahlavova Strycova sent a forehand long.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – –GOOD LUCK- — -movin’ FORWARD! :>)– – –

  • MonieTalks

    Rethugs heads are exploding as we speak….watch out for the newest legislation to hit local, state and federal govt near you…H.R. 2 Ban Sendak!

    Author Maurice Sendak spoke of desire to kill Bush, Cheney
    By Kurt Schlosser

    In one of his final interviews, celebrated children’s book author Maurice Sendak said he fantasized about killing former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

    The “Where the Wild Things Are” author and illustrator, who died on May 8 at age 83, spoke with Gary Groth for an interview in The Comics Journal. A preview of the interview was published last month.

    The famously cranky Sendak spoke at length about his comics career, his life and times, and blowing up the president.
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    “Bush was president, I thought, ‘Be brave. Tie a bomb to your shirt. Insist on going to the White House,'” Sendak told Groth. “And I wanna have a big hug with the vice president, definitely. And his wife, and the president, and his wife, and anybody else that can fit into the love hug.

    “And then we’ll blow ourselves up, and I’d be a hero,” Sendak said. “To hell with the kiddie books. He killed Bush. He killed the vice president. Oh my God. … It would have been a very brave and wonderful thing. But I didn’t do it; I didn’t do it.”

    read more: http://entertainment.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/26/12419602-author-maurice-sendak-spoke-of-desire-to-kill-bush-cheney

    • isonprize

      I.LOVE.MAURICE.SENDAK. I’m sure his books will be on somebody’s ‘banned’ list. I will let my son read any of Sendak’s books. He didn’t believe that children should be shielded from the world.

      He was old and cranky, but he was REAL.

      Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak

      “Do parents sit down and tell their kids everything? I don’t know. I don’t know,” he told Gross in a 2003 conversation. “I’ve convinced myself — I hope I’m right — that children despair of you if you don’t tell them the truth.”

      Over the years, Sendak corresponded through letters with many of his readers. He called the relationship with them “intensely private.”

      “I have been with them in their bedroom, for a good part of their childhood,” he said. “They have written to me. They trust me in a way, I daresay, possibly more than they trust their parents. I’m not going to bull- – – – them. I’m just not. And if they don’t like what they hear, that’s tough bananas.”

    • nellcote

      Cue the video of PBO reading Where the Wild Things Are at the Easter Egg Roll…

  • MonieTalks

    Erica Jong lets rip at Arianna for not paying writers – and Murdoch too

    ….Here’s Jong on the refusal of Arianna Huffington to pay writers for contributing to her blog sites:

    “The idea that everybody’s writing for free is hurting writing as a profession. I wrote many articles for Arianna when she was establishing her aggregator blog and attracting all those eyeballs.

    When she got $300m from the AOL acquisition, I said, ‘OK, Arianna, we all helped you get there so now you’re going to pay writers.’ She said, ‘No, I pay my editors.’ I’ve known Arianna for years…

    I knew her when she was anti-feminist. I knew her when she was right wing. I knew her when she turned left wing. We promoted our first books together in the UK a million years ago… I admire her energy. She can be very interesting and she’s very clever.

    But ‘there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,’ as Madeleine Albright once said. Artists who turncoat and exploit other artists — I have no words.

    Arianna ditched the writers soon enough. That hurts… Now authors are blogging everywhere for free, and it’s not a good development. They are starving.

    I care about artists — the oxygen of society. Suppress them and you asphyxiate discussion and change. Arianna was a writer once… She forgot her origins… We need to be paid! We cannot barter poems for food.”

    read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/jun/27/ariannahuffington-rupert-murdoch

    • GreenLadyHere

      MonieTalks- — FINALLY!- —CALLED OUT!!!- –HAH!!

      – – – -But ‘there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,’ as Madeleine Albright once said. Artists who turncoat and exploit other artists — I have no words.

      Ohhhh- — -gonna WATCH THIS!!- – – —

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

      I knew her when she was anti-feminist. I knew her when she was right wing. I knew her when she turned left wing.

      This reminds me of the parable of the snake and the little girl: http://texeiralife.blogspot.com/2008/06/fable.html

      Erica Jong knew who Arianna was before she decided to help her, but now she’s shocked, shocked that Arianna would act like this?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – -MR. PRESIDENT- -campaigns FAR annnd WIDE- –:>)- – –

    – – –According to Honda, the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have significantly upped their efforts to court the Asian-American community, including reaching out through social media and sending out releases in multiple languages, including Vietnamese and Tagalog.- —

    – – –Overlooked Asian-American voters could tip scales in November election- – –

    – – –Politicians predict 2012 will be the “tipping point” year for Asian-Americans, as this once-marginalized demographic overtakes Hispanics as the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, and offers a cache of independent votes for the taking.

    “I think the time has come and we deserve a seat at the table,” said Manan Trivedi, an Indian-American physician and Iraq war veteran running as a Democrat in Pennsylvania’s 6th district.

    – – -SNIP- –

    Perhaps even more valuable to politicians is the ideological breakdown of the demographic. A recent Lake Research Partners study found that while 53 percent of Asian-Americans identify as Democrats and 16 percent as Republicans, a whopping 31 percent consider themselves independents.

    – – – -SNIP- –

    At the forefront of such outreach efforts is Japanese-American Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.). As vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and chairman emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Honda has acted as a surrogate on key congressional races and has rallied the Asian-American community on behalf of Democratic candidates in the last three presidential races.
    THERE IS MORE.

  • MonieTalks

    Joe Williams’ 1st Interview Since Politico Suspension:’I Gave (Breitbart.com) The Rope, They Did The Hanging’ (with video)

    …In our exclusive interview, Joe Williams talks about the challenges presented by a lack of diversity in the media, explains the “racism is the secret sauce in the Politico shitburger” tweet, and makes some great observations about journalism in the new media age. While he regrets his “inartful” language regarding Mitt Romney, he stands firmly behind the substance of those remarks, repeatedly.

    Williams also has some harsh words for the “Big Media” Breitbart.com sites, saying that “I gave them the rope, but they did the hanging,” and calling out the right-wing media over its contempt for the rules of journalism.

    read more: http://www.mediaite.com/online/joe-williams-1st-interview-since-politico-suspensioni-gave-breitbart-com-the-rope-they-did-the-hanging/

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

      I haven’t listened to the interview yet, but this part of the article annoyed me:

      “There’s no timetable for when this situation will be resolved, but Mr. Williams did say he would like to remain at Politico, if possible.”

      After all of the isht Politico put him through, he still wants to stay with them??

      • Town

        He’s got nowhere else to go?

        • lamh35

          That’s what I’m thinkin too Town. CNN ready got Ro-Ro, MSNBC has Rev Al, TamRon Hall & now Toure. FOX has step-n-fetchif Juan Williams. BET news division hasn’t been the same since ya boy was doing his thing. And print journo jobs are almost obsolete. I hope he got some money saved though cause I suspect he won’t be back at politico unless he wants to become Juan Williams of politico

      • Aquagranny911

        He needs a job? I wish someone else would offer him one. He probably can’t burn his bridges with Politico. In this economy I feel for anyone who has to suck caca to keep a job.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —-HEARING 2-day- – – —

    -POU VOTER SUPPRESSION/Anti-Voter WATCH- —

    – –Judge to hear voter purge arguments- —

    – — – -A federal judge who struck down part of a controversial state elections law will hold a hearing Wednesday morning on whether to issue a temporary restraining order in a separate case concerning a state-ordered voter purge.

    The U.S. Department of Justice has asked U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle to bar elections officials from removing any suspected non-citizens from the rolls by using an inaccurate state database at the center of the effort. The state argues that no voters are currently in danger of being pushed off and that the courts should wait to rule on the case.

    Wednesday’s arguments will mark the first major courtroom battle in a complicated legal fight over the purge. The Justice Department has sued the state over the initiative, saying it violates the National Voter Registration Act and that Florida should have sought permission from federal officials.
    THERE IS MORE.

    Good luck!!- —- – -

  • Miranda

    Pending home sales index rises in May, up 13.3% from 2011

    WASHINGTON – Americans signed more contracts to buy previously occupied homes in May, matching the fastest pace in two years.
    The increase suggests home sales will rise this summer and the modest housing recovery will continue.

    more here
    http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/story/2012-06-27/pending-home-sales-index-may/55856142/1

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda—– MORE OLYMPICS- – -Woo! Hoo!- – —

    – – – -Gabby Douglas close to an official spot on U.S. Olympic gymnastics team —-

    – —>The U.S. Olympic trials for gymnastics starts Thursday and Gabby Douglas is close to making her dream of becoming an Olympic champion a reality. Nicknamed the ‘Flying Squirrel’ for her eye-popping athleticism in the uneven bars, Douglas moved away from her Virginia Beach home at 14 to train full time in West Des Moines, Iowa. There, she is honing her skills with Liang Chow, who helped lead Shawn Johnson to gold in 2008. The Washington Post reports:

    Douglas, who prefers to be called “Gabby,” proved as much at the USA gymnastics national championships in May, winning gold on the uneven bars and getting edged by just two-tenths of a point for the all-around gold by defending champion Jordyn Wieber.

    Next comes the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials, Thursday through Sunday in San Jose, where 15 women and 15 men will vie for just five spots each on the London-bound teams. Wieber and Douglas, both 16, appear certain picks. But the stars of the 2008 Beijing Games may be missing.

    Johnson, the 2008 gold medalist on beam, retired on the eve of last month’s national championships, unable to fully recover from a catastrophic knee injury.

    Click here to read the full profile.
    THERE IS MORE.

    — –GO- -GABBY!- –:>) – -GO–GABBY!!- — :>) – —

    • vulcan_girl

      Gabby actually beat Weiber at the American Cup, but she was only participating as an exhibitionist. At Nationals, she fell off the beam, otherwise she probably beaten Wieber by eight tenths.

      She is a great gymnast!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -She is – — -A-MAZ-ING!! :>)- – -Jus’ let US in da door- – -Oooowee! :>)

        – –Good 2 Share with U- -vulcan-girl. :>)

  • Miranda

    2003? That’s not new! I guess its new to him! LOLThey couldn’t find the man a more recent truck than that? And its only a loaner? Damn, that’s cold blooded Williard. And the visual of short shorts and white knee-high socks…I really couldn’t make that up if I tried.

    Mitt Romney to present his biggest fan with a new truck

    excerpt:
    Romney will present Wilson with a new set of wheels at an event in Virginia Wednesday: a 2003 Chevy pickup that the campaign purchased and plans to loan to Wilson until November, as first reported by Michael Barbaro from the New York Times.

    Wilson’s profane humor and daily uniform of short-shorts and white knee-high socks have made him one of the more colorful members of the Romney entourage—though Wednesday’s event will mark the first time Romney has publicly acknowledged his biggest fan.

    more here
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/mitt-romney-present-biggest-fan-truck-140240369.html

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

      *dead* at the pic

    • Alma98

      OMG! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Those shorts are killing me lol.

    • Aquagranny911

      What is that hanging out of his mouth? The pic was not that clear for me & I think my eyes crossed when I saw his outfit. Dang! That guy needs those people who make you throw out all your clothes & get a make over. I forgot what the show is called but I nominate him a chance at a make over.

      • Alma98

        It’s a pipe lol.

        • Aquagranny911

          A pipe? LMAO! Does he plan to blow smoke or bubbles? How did I miss that? Still laughing…..

    • nellcote

      And its only a loaner?
      ===

      yeah, that’s just pathetic.

    • Camille

      A 2003 chevy as a loaner!?

      Lol.

      Romney is so pathetic and selfish beyond words.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -GR8- news!!- – –CALLS ‘EM! OUT!!- – -HAH- – –

    – — New York Attorney General To Investigate Chamber Of Commerce’s Lobbying Activities- — –

    —- -New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into the contributions of “tax-exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns, focusing on a case involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been one of the largest outside groups seeking to influence recent elections but is not required to disclose its donors,” the New York Times reports. Schneiderman is “seeking e-mails, bank records and other documents to determine whether the foundation illegally funneled $18 million to the chamber for political and lobbying activities.” The Chamber spent $66 million on lobbying in 2011 and has “pledged to spend at least $50 million on issue ads during the 2012 election cycle.” Recent reports have revealed that health insurers funneled at least $102.4 million through the Chamber in an effort to defeat Obamacare and undermine its implementation.

    – — – KARMA– — –does have its WAYS!!- – -HAH!!- –

    • dannie22

      Hey GLH!! Hope you and your mom are doing better!! Pray for me!! I have a math exam tomorrow and I need the spiritual support!!!

      • Aquagranny911

        ON IT!!! You will ace it!

        • Alma98

          Hey AG I wanted to let you know about my neighbor’s house that got foreclosed. It looks like a flipper has bought it, so I’ll be hoping for good neighbors smh.

          • Aquagranny911

            I will so keep positive thoughts for a good neighbor to buy that house. I know your neighborhood has struggled like mine with foreclosure but things are looking up. Keep positive!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY dannie22. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        First: THANK U 4 your KIND WORDS. :>)

        NOW:- – — The MOMENT that U MADE YOUR REQUEST- — -the “SUPPORT” was GIVEN. :>)- –

        Sooo–JOININ’ U with PRAYER 4 doin’ your BEST. ;>)

        U!. GOT!. THIS- – -dannie22. :>)- – -BLESS U. :>)

  • Miranda

    Will David Shuster have a hissy fit? Probably not

    How Fox News Edits An Obama Clip
    June 27, 2012 1:59 am ET by Todd Gregory

    People who watch Fox News closely are familiar with the fact that Fox has been misleading viewers with deceptively edited videos for years. On the June 26 edition of Special Report, Fox aired an edited clip of President Obama that is interesting because it is symbolic of the whole story Fox is trying to tell about the 2012 presidential election.

    During a report about the campaign, correspondent Ed Henry noted that some Democrats are not planning to attend this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Then, he aired an edited clip of President Obama’s speech at a June 26 campaign event in Atlanta:

    more here
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201206270002#.T-smXR_5Oc8.twitter

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

      The same week Schuster went on a tirade about MSNBC/Andrea Mitchell showing a short clip of Romney’s WaWa moment, Fox was caught editing a clip about PBO. Schuster only made ONE TWEET calling out Fox. One tweet.

      • Miranda

        Any upsetness from Politico or Buzzfeed?? I’m guessing not.

  • Town

    Hey y’all: let’s pray for the people in Colorado Springs. I have family and friends out there. I visited Co. Springs a few months back (unfortunately) and it is a beautiful place. At least 32K people have been evacuated.

    • MonieTalks

      Indeed.

      It is just a bit ironic that Romney boasts about the need to cut back government spending on firefighters a few weeks ago when this wildfire was in its earliest stages AND parts of Florida are in the midst of unfortunate flooding (with reported deaths) and Rand Paul is busy attaching a personhood amendment to a “flooding bill.” SMH

      • edp4bho

        Strange how Mother Nature makes such fools of RWNJs. Remember last year during their primary season, Texas was on fire, and Perry had already touted he wanted no federal dollars? And in Joplin, the town got demolished? Oh, but they don’t want Obama’s filthy federal dollars!! Even Christie had to praise PBO for the response to Hurricane Irene in New Jersey.

        • MonieTalks

          Exactly!

          Have you also noticed how events like Hurricane Katrina (in which its victims were largely Black and poor) and other natural disasters in foreign countries (like Haiti) are punishment from God, but when it hits good ol “Main Street USA” you get “crickets.”

          • edp4bho

            “punishment from God”

            You mean because of that dirt on our skin that doesn’t come off…..LOL! Yet, the purity of white begs our empathy? And all this time I thought God was no respector of persons.

        • MsKitty

          Don’t forget Bobby Jindal making fun of the volcano test funding in his SOTU response, and lo and behold not long after a volcano erupted in Iceland, shutting down air travel to and from Europe.

          Funny how Mother Nature always finds a way to have the last word on these yokels.

    • Alma98

      Sending prayers their way I hope your relatives and friends will be alright. The weather has been so dry we didn’t have a good snowfall in winter and so far not enough rain. I can catch the amount of rain we’ve had in a measuring cup. We’re about to have another heatwave starting today.

      • MsKitty

        We’re getting your heatwave on the East Coast starting Friday. It’s supposed to last until early next week.

        • Alma98

          I feel for people without a/c, hopefully they’ll have places for them to go if necessary.

          • Aquagranny911

            Absolutely! I don’t know how people survive without a/c especially when you get the heat like AZ. You all usually have higher humidity which makes the heat index worse. Keep people cool & safe. Extreme heat can kill!

    • MsKitty

      Done and done.

    • isonprize

      All good thoughts going UP!! and sending good vibes for you fam.

      (Anybody in Colorado who would vote for Myth “we don’t need no stinkin’ firefighters” R-money is a damn fool.)

      • Town

        A pro-Obama super PAC needs to jump all over that:

        [voiceover from local news story]: 32 thousand people evacuated from their homes…

        [voiceover from CNN] “The wildfires have consumed the canyon since Saturday and is only 5% contained”

        {picture of firefighters struggling to put out the wildfire}

        {SUPERPAC voiceover} But Mitt Romney doesn’t think you need firefighters…

        Romney: He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.

        {SUPERPAC voiceover} Who’s going to help the people of Colorado Springs? Not Mitt Romney.

        {pictures of burnt up homes and sad looking people…shot of a charred up teddy bear}

        Romney: He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

        {SUPERPAC voiceover} Tell Mitt Romney to save our firefighters…and save Colorado Springs.

        • nellcote

          PBO is going to Colorado on Friday.

      • BoomerGal

        They don’t need fire fighters for anybody else’s property, just THEIRS. Note how nothin is a problem until it reaches their doorstep.

    • edp4bho

      Already done!

    • Aquagranny911

      I hope your family is safe. I read that they evacuated the USAF academy there. I have family in the Denver area. It’s been really hot & dry. Praying for the safety of the people.

      • nellcote

        I hope the AF academy burns down and they relocate it. It’s a cesspit of fundy Christianists. As is most of Colorado Springs. The refused to raise their property taxes so they turned out the street lights and stopped maintanence (cutting grass/clearing brush) at the parks.

        • Aquagranny911

          OMG! My Hubby said that same thing! I reminded him that Karma would triumph in the end & not to wish pain on anyone.

          I do have to say that “cesspit” is an apt description. It is so hard not to wish the worst for people like that. They are evil.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Such a scary and tragic situation. Praying for your family.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Town. Joinin’ U in PRAYER- -4 your family annnd friends annnd ALL affected. WE lift them up in the the HANDS of HIS CARE. Annnd we pray 4 U that U will B comforted.

      – – –AMEN.- – -

    • Daltex82

      Done!

  • edp4bho

    Hey POU. Just wanted to share. I had an interesting meeting via the company I work for, with the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Our company has been receiving federal dollars per contractual agreements for a number of years now. However, only now has a representative of its Affirmative Action division graced us with his presence. Anyhow, I was given a questionnaire about my job—start date, requirements for employment, education, status, etc. I was told that in my category, 2 out of the three of us had been here less time ( I know), but that one makes more than I do. He gave me this info on the qt, and said that his agency will graph the 3 of us, to discern any discrepancies in my employment. I asked him if this is now being done as result of the Obama administration, and he said yes. I told him this is the reason I voted for that man….LOL. Anyhow, I will await his findings, and if proven I’ve been discriminated against, maybe I will reap due benefits. Just wanted to share a good news tidbit. Also, I mentioned a couple months ago, my lady doctor copay was zero, due to ACA. We have to get PBO re-elected.

    • Alma98

      You know they’ll probably find something. My daughter received a letter asking her to join a lawsuit against a former employer for the same reasons.

      • edp4bho

        He actually looked very interested in my situation…otherwise, I don’t think he would have divulged that information. He’s also a
        PBO supporter.

        • Alma98

          Yep her’s had to do with discrimination too, they asked her the same questions. She received another letter before she left saying they’ll be contacting her in a few weeks. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you both.

          • edp4bho

            My wish for her as well, Alma.

    • Miranda

      WOW – but yet we got silly kneegrows running around hollering about a “black agenda” and questioning PBO’s committment to ALL of us.

      thanks for sharing!!

    • isonprize

      edp4bho, THAT’S what I’m talking about… And sometimes, the qt is the only way to find out what you REALLY need to know on the job.

      Here’s my tip. Take the time (at home, of course) while it’s fresh in your mind to write out what you heard on the qt, including dates, times, names, etc. Keep a running log of the information you find out, in black ink. Info such as, when you were given the questionnaire, how long the AffAct division rep stayed in the office, etc.

      If it does turn out that you have been discriminated against, you will have documented information that will serve MUCH better than you trying to recall what happened when. Keep it on your home computer, but also put it on a flash drive.

      If you are REALLY old school, you might even update a copy to your safe deposit box every once in a while. (Do banks still have those??)

      • edp4bho

        Very good tips, isonprize. Problem is he didn’t want me to have a copy, or even write on the questionnaire I responded from, which was a copy of what he referred his questions from. He did, however, tell me to keep him informed of anything I may want to add. Also, I just found out he and I take the same train home (he’s in Delaware), so if I see him, I can grill ‘em….LOL! Also, I am recording all of his questions, and my answers, date and time. Yeah, I’m way old school :-)

        • isonprize

          ok, but still, before you forget, write down as many of the questions as you can remember. Please believe me. I’m telling you from experience.

          • edp4bho

            Done and thanks !

      • BoomerGal

        Yes they do and good idea!

    • Aquagranny911

      Thank you for sharing this here & do share it out as you can. This is what PBO is all about: Doing good quietly. I know that may not be best for politics but it sure is the mark of a good person.

      Good luck! I hope you get compensated big time for the salary discrimination!

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

      Thanks for sharing this, edp4bho. But let RoRo and Bitter Boyce and nem tell it, PBO isn’t doing anything for Black folk.

      • BoomerGal

        Don’t forget Twavis & Cornie!

    • GreenLadyHere

      edp4bho- – – GR8 NEWS!!- – -:>)

      – – -THANK U 4 bein’- – -WE DA MEDIA[co]- – -SHARIN’ da GOOD- – – PRESIDENT OBAMA — NEWS!!-- -Woo! Hoo!- –

      — – – -I asked him if this is now being done as result of the Obama administration, and he said yes. I told him this is the reason I voted for that man….LOL.- – -Annnd- – -my lady doctor copay was zero, due to ACA.- – –

      YES!! – – –HE!- – – DID!!- — –**hands in da air***

      It is sooo EXCITIN’ 2 hear of the PRAGMATIC EVENTS- -that R happenin’ with our POU FAM.!!

      – — 2 the HATAS with the – – -HE DON’T DO NOTHIN’ 4 BLAH FOLKS meme”- – -WHO R READIN’ THIS- – —

      – — NOW- –RUNTELDIS!!!- –***slams desk***

      BEST WISHES- –edp4bho! – :>) – — -

    • BoomerGal

      I know that’s right!! He is the man!!

  • Alma98

    My daughter told me to look up these stories, this is the place she’ll be interning at. My first thought was omg please keep my baby safe. She says she’s being careful and taking no chances. http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-mental-hospital-or-prison-judge-to-decide-convicted-killers-isaac-zamora-future-home-20120625,0,1438488.story

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018054692_westernstate24m.html

    • Aquagranny911

      What I did for my daughter was picture her surrounded by a clear bubble of light & then I said to myself: “She is divinely protected & no evil can touch her.” This was comforting to me & I do believe it kept her safe.

      Your daughter seems like a smart sensible person. One positive is that the violence seems to have been done on other inmates, not to staff. I know that’s a small scrap but I do tend to cling to the positive where ever I can ♥

      • Alma98

        Thanks ag, you try and keep cool it’s hot here too.

  • Miranda

    Romney’s team is just plain stupid. So you’re gonna seek a retraction from WaPo over “outsourcing” vs “offshoring” – and bring more attention to your f’d up Bain Capital mission of making money on the backs of working people whose lives you destroyed along the way….mmmkay.

    • Rhoda

      They have a huge issue if this is their best play.

      We’ll see what happens; but they were asked for comment and didn’t make their case THEN when the story was to be published. Now, they’re going to try to make a stink?

      Hah.

      Good luck with that.

    • Aquagranny911

      Robme’s so called “team” reminds me of Charlie Brown’s baseball team in Peanuts comics. Actually Charlie’s team could function on occasion. Mitty’s “team” seems asleep in the outfield!

  • Miranda

    The Right’s Health Care Principles
    by Elias Isquith on June 27, 2012

    For anyone who doubted my earlier post — in which I noted that one of the Right’s main complaints with Obamacare is its insistence on covering poor people — I’d like to present you with a bit of proof. Here’s an especially arresting quote from the widely read and respected libertarian economist Tyler Cowen. He’s outlining what he believes the Right should support rather than the Obamacare mandate:

    more here
    http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/eliasisquith/2012/06/the-rights-health-care-principles/

    • BoomerGal

      I agree that it IS basically a difference or war over “morals” and the republicans don’t have any!

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! This old granny may have to confine her OFA work to the office until it cools off. I barely got through this morning’s outdoor registration. I thought I was going to spontaneously combust! It’s hot out there. I must really be getting wimpy in my old age & I have another gig on Friday morning. Not looking forward to that at all.

    Well, there are tons of things I can do. I’m not crazy about phone banking but I can do it. There’s always plenty of office type work & I can bring food & water for the troops. I’m really dedicated to voter registration but it seems like most of our gigs are outdoors. The spirit is so willing but this old body is just letting me down.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Hi AG:

      Listen to your body! It’s telling you to take care of yourself.

      • Aquagranny911

        Listening! But I have to tell you that getting old sucks the big cactus but I suppose it beats fertilizing the daisies in some cemetery, lol.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      In your own words:- — Well, there are tons of things I can do.-

      – –Please do WHATEVA is BEST 2 keep U healthy. Kaay?? – -:>)

      Annnd its’ NOT about your age!!- — ALL ages R “sensitive” 2 heat. :>)

      KEEP UP YOUR GOOD WORK – — 4 da CAUSE- —

      – – -“CAUSE HE MUST B RE-ELECTED!! :>)- – -BLESS U. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        HUGE BIG HUGS TO YOU!!!

        How is your Mama? I am thinking of you, her & your family.

        I’m a stubborn old biddy so it’s hard for me to accept limits but it is way too hot here right now. Got to conserve my energy & I will. HE MUST BE RE-ELECTED! AMEN!!!

    • MsKitty

      Pace yourself and stay out of that heat. We need you for the long haul.

      • Aquagranny911

        Don’t worry I just got my new ‘marching orders’ from “El Jefe” what I call my OFA boss. She finished the conversation with: “Don’t think you can die on me before this is all over or I will dig up your body & smack you silly!”

        I just love her! She talks just like me & takes no prisoners!

      • Admiral_Komack

        Also, keep your body hydrated; gotta get that fluid!

  • MonieTalks

    Magic Johnson plays for keeps in business
    By Ronald Grover

    LOS ANGELES | Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:18pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Sixteen years after the last jump shot of his Hall of Fame basketball career, Earvin “Magic” Johnson is playing on a new court as a media mogul.

    He says he’s chasing the successful career of Robert Johnson, the legendary founder of Black Entertainment Television and one-time owner of the National Basketball Association’s Charlotte Bobcats.

    Since February 2011, when the former basketball player teamed with billionaire investor Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa fund to buy urban music and lifestlyle magazine “Vibe” and the fabled TV show “Soul Train,” the 52-year-old has built a media empire aimed at African-American consumers.

    “I always wondered what it would be like to be on those lists of best businessmen like Bob,” said Johnson during an interview at the Beverly Hills offices of his Magic Johnson Enterprises.

    Today, with partners, Johnson owns 20 radio stations, including WBLS, New York’s top-rated African-American station and for years a top-10 station.

    On June 27 his Aspire cable channel will begin airing in markets served by cable giant Comcast, which gave spectrum to four minority-owned channels to win federal approval of its 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal.

    read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/26/us-usa-media-magic-idUSBRE85P19K20120626

  • lamh35

    Good afternoon.

    Woo hoo! Just finished my 1st 7day “on” of my new 7on/7off schedule!  Now I’m off for 7 days!!! I think I’m gonna like this :-D

    Now time for some Indian food and gotta figure out what I’m doing for the next 7 days…lol

    • Aquagranny911

      Volunteer for OFA?

      Just asking,lol……..

    • Rhoda

      I’m glad it’s going well, lamh. My senior year, I had a job working night shift at a call center and early classes which meant I slept in the afternoon. It took a bit to adjust and thankfully it was just two semesters but it can be hard.

    • vulcan_girl

      I could eat my weight in chicken korma.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – — TRUST!!- – – -THEY R- – – -EVIL/VILE annnd – -CORRUPT!!–

    – – – -Five Things To Know About The Romney Advisor Responsible For Arizona’s Illegal Attack On Immigrants- – –

    – – – –It’s time to get to know Kris Kobach, the author of Arizona’s SB1070 law and Romney immigration advisor, whose work was largely gutted by the Supreme Court on Monday. Unfortunately the one portion upheld by the Court may still encourage racial profiling by Arizona police during traffic stops and other minor infractions. Codifying racial profiling is essential to Kobach’s long-term strategy of “attrition through enforcement”. But just who is Kris Kobach and what does he really believe?

    Here are the top five things you should really know about Kobach,

    1. He works for an arm of a racist hate group whose stated purpose is to reduce the number of people of color in the United States. Kris Kobach is of counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, which is the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which the Southern Poverty Law Center labels a hate group. Kobach’s boss at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, Michael Hethmon, openly argues that the United States’s transition to a country where the majority of its citizens are people of color will lead to violence. And the founder of Federation for American Immigration Reform, John Tanton wrote, “I‘ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority and a clear one at that.”

    2. He is virulently anti-gay. Kobach uses divisive politics and has grouped gays and lesbians together with pedophiles. During his 2004 run for Congress, Kobach accused the a leading gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, of promoting “homosexual pedophilia” in an attempt to smear his opponent.
    THERE IS MORE- – -KRAP!!

    — –OF COURSE- — teh WILLARD embraces THESE VILE- – -HATEFUL ATTITUDES annnd BELIEFS!!- – –WE KNOW.

    The REST of ERRY BODY ELSE needsta- –GET THIS!!.- – –

    HE is a – – -CORRUPT- – – -RACIST – -HATIN’- — FLIP-FLOPPIN’- -STOOPID— LIAR!!- – –

    He is NOT QUALIFIED 2 run this country!!– —

  • Alma98
    • Miranda

      wow – just a “dating service” huh? LOL

      • Admiral_Komack

        They can miss me with that “soccer mom madam” bullshit; she’s a whore and a madam.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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