October 18, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Pioneers in Healthcare

Dr. Keith Lanier Black is the healthcare pioneer that will be highlighted today.

Born in 1957 in Tuskegee, Alabama, Dr. Keith Lanier Black is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon who is well known and respected for successfully operating on brain tumors that many other neurosurgeons deem inoperable. Dr. Black performs more than 200 brain tumor operations annually.

Dr. Black’s father was principal of a segregated elementary school in Auburn, Alabama, who encouraged his son’s interest in science. Dr. Black credits his father with giving him and his siblings an attitude that they can accomplish anything. By the time Dr. Black reached high-school age, he was performing organ transplants and heart-valve replacements on dogs. At age 17, Dr. Black earned the Westinghouse Science Award for publishing his first scientific paper, a paper on the damage done to red blood cells in patients with heart-valve replacements.

Dr. Black earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in six years. He completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Black is also a researcher and teacher and is well known for his groundbreaking research. He has been a pioneer in research related to techniques that allow chemotherapeutic drugs to be delivered directly into cancerous brain tumors.

Another innovative method based on Dr. Black’s research is geared towards strengthening the body’s own immune response to brain tumors. The method involves extracting the tumor cells during surgery; culturing the cells in the laboratory; genetically modifying the culture cells; and injecting the genetically engineered product into the patient as a vaccine. Dr. Black explains: “In order for the cancer to survive one of the things it has to do is make itself invisible to the immune system, the first step is to get the immune system to recognize the tumor.” After the tumor cells are removed, genetically engineered and re-injected into the patient, “the immune system can now recognize the tumor, identify it, and mount an immune response against it, and develop millions of immune cells to go out throughout the body, find these cancer cells and eradicate them

In 1997, Dr. Black joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as director of the Neurosurgical Institute. He continues to work toward his long-term goal of finding a true cure for brain cancer.

  • GreenLadyHere



    – – – – –Legendary Indian sitarist, composer Ravi Shankar dead at 92 – –

    – – – – –Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, who helped introduce the sitar to the Western world through his collaborations with The Beatles, died in Southern California on Tuesday, his family said. He was 92.

    Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and at Woodstock, had been in fragile health for several years and last Thursday underwent surgery, his family said in a statement.

    “Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives,” the family said. “He will live forever in our hearts and in his music.”

    In India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office posted a Twitter message calling Shankar a “national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage.”

    “An era has passed away with … Ravi Shankar. The nation joins me to pay tributes to his unsurpassable genius, his art and his humility,” the Indian premier added.

    Shankar had suffered from upper respiratory and heart issues over the past year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery last week at a hospital in San Diego, south of Los Angeles.

    The surgery was successful but he was unable to recover.

    ALWAYS ENJOYED his music. He will B missed. .
    – – — –Pandit Ravi Shankar – Ind Day Celebrations – —

    – – – – -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS – – -***raises hand*** — AMEN.

    • GreenLadyHere

      OOPS! — –:>) Sorry.:>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —UPDATE on the SAD TRAGEDY in OREGON: – —

    – — –3 dead in Oregon mall shooting – —

    – – – –Panicked customers rushed to the exits when a gunman opened fire Tuesday at a mall outside Portland, Oregon. Some people huddled behind store counters and hid behind racks of clothing. The mall’s Santa dropped to the ground.

    Three people were killed, including the shooter, said Lt. James Rhodes of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot, he said. One person suffered a traumatic injury.

    A witness told CNN he tried to help a wounded woman who was lying on the ground by a cell phone store.

    “She had apparently been shot in the chest, and I couldn’t get her turned over to help her,” said Antonio Charro, who had been shopping at the mall with his daughters. “There was no one around. She wasn’t breathing.”

    Witnesses said a masked man with a gun headed toward the food court at the two-story Clackamas Town Center mall, located about 11 miles southeast of downtown Portland.

    – – –SNIP- – — — –

    — –A spokesman for General Growth Properties, which owns the mall, referred questions about the shooting to the sheriff’s office.

    “Our hearts and prayers are with everyone who was in the mall at the time of this incident,” said David Keating, vice president of corporate communications. “Our priority is always for their safety and well-being.”

    – – – -RIHEP – – -VICTIMS. – – –


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –NEW AD — FROM the WHITE HOUSE: – – -:>) – – –

    – – – –Obama administration launches housing PSA – –

    – – – –The Obama administration is launching a new public service announcement campaign aimed at struggling homeowners.

    “While communities across the country are beginning to recover from an unprecedented housing crisis, too many families are still struggling with their mortgage payments and are unsure of where to turn for help,” said Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance Mary Miller in a statement. “Millions of homeowners have gotten help to avoid foreclosure since 2009. We want to make sure struggling homeowners know today that there are free government resources available to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.”

    It’s the administration’s latest attempt to deal with housing —the sector of the U.S. economy that helped usher in the 2009 recession and global credit crunch.

    The ad emphasizes an Obama administration housing initiative called the Making Home Affordable Program that allows homeowners a way to lower their monthly payments, avoid foreclosure or temporarily suspend their mortgage payments.

    – — -MR. PRESIDENT CONTINUES 2 AMAZE –as he MULTITASKS during this difficult time. :>) — –

  • GreenLadyHere


    – — –Dr. Black’s father was as ENCOURAGING: – —Dr. Black’s father was principal of a segregated elementary school in Auburn, Alabama, who encouraged his son’s interest in science. Dr. Black credits his father with giving him and his siblings an attitude that they can accomplish anything.

    – -Annnd THIS – -RE: his FIRST publication: — At age 17, Dr. Black earned the Westinghouse Science Award for publishing his first scientific paper, a paper on the damage done to red blood cells in patients with heart-valve replacements.

    – –2-DAY — MR. PRESIDENT is takin’ his ECONOMIC MESSAGE 2 MAYORS: – —President Obama is scheduled to host a conference call with the nation’s mayors and community leaders to talk about the pending fiscal cliff. :>) GOOD PLAN –as USUAL :>)

    – — —ENJOY YOUR – -SPECIAL DRANK. :>) Brrrrr. . .:>) – –

    – – – -B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>)

  • Mornin’ GLH and POU!

    Someone needs to slap the taste out of Matt Drudge’s mouth.

    AdamSerwer ‏@AdamSerwer
    Civil Rights Activist Matt Drudge splashes “nigger” all over his front page, ostensibly as a critique of Tarantino http://twitpic.com/blbuph

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Breitbart.com Would Like Black People And CNN To Please Shut Up About Being Black
    by Tommy Christopher | 6:17 pm, December 11th, 2012

    CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien recently premiered the fifth installment in her “Black In America” documentary series, an examination of the issue of “colorism” that asked the question “Who is black in America?”

    The provocative program has stirred thoughtful reaction from the folks at Breitbart.com, who were so moved by the stirring, poetically-expressed experiences of 17 year-old Kai Davis, 16 year-old Hiwot Adilow, and 18 year-old Teila Allmond that they would like them to please stop appearing on CNN to silence opposition to the Obama agenda. Huh?

    Breitbart.com Chief Black Menace Correspondent Ben Shapiro has moved on from attacking deceased pioneering black college professors to attacking living black teenage girls, who are pushing the notion that “being black is largely about experiencing racism from whites” because they recited some slam poetry (while “Standing on a dark stage”) about their own experiences occupying the “light-skinned” strata of America’s black experience:


  • rikyrah

    To Save His Second Term, Obama Must Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

    Noam Scheiber

    December 10, 2012 | 10:54 pm

    The standard line on Barack Obama’s fiscal-cliff dilemma is that tactical considerations (i.e., how to get the best deal) recommend jumping over the edge, while strategic considerations (i.e., how to have the most successful presidency) recommend striking a deal. When it comes to tactics, after all, there’s no point in compromising with the GOP in order to raise tax rates below their Clinton-era levels, at least not when simply waiting until January 1 will restore them entirely, no concessions required. On the other hand, doing so could trigger a recession that derails Obama’s agenda. As Major Garrett of the National Journal put it a few weeks ago: “President Obama … has no hope of a second-term legacy of immigration reform, tax reform, or climate-change legislation (if he even wants it) if he drives the nation off the cliff. No one will follow Obama back out of the recessionary wilderness.”

    There is plenty to be said for this argument—president’s don’t normally find it easier to govern during a recession, of course. But as the fiscal cliff negotiations play out, it’s increasingly proving to be wrong. At this point, both tactical and strategic considerations point toward the necessity of taking the plunge.

    Simply put: The biggest threat to Barack Obama’s second-term agenda isn’t the economy. It’s the mania that has yet to loosen its grip on congressional Republicans, even after they lost seats in both houses and watched Obama roll to a comfortable re-election. To see this, look no further than the party’s internal discussions over its own fiscal-cliff positioning. The current debate within the GOP is between those who see that Obama has all the leverage in this particular episode and urge a quick deal on tax rates so the party can regroup for a bigger victory on entitlements, and those who still refuse to budge in any way on tax rates. Which is to say, it’s a debate between the moderately delusional and the utterly, irreconcilably delusional.


  • rikyrah

    Holder slams voting restrictions, suggests reforms

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:59 AM EST

    There was a widely held fear after Election Day that systemic voting restrictions would soon be forgotten. The outrage over voter-suppression tactics was real — unnecessary voter-ID laws, closed early voting windows, ridiculously long lines and waiting times — but once the election came and went, would the political world’s short attention span forget the fiascos?

    Fortunately, no — or at least, not yet. Several Democratic members of Congress have already unveiled modest-but-helpful election reforms, and in the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder continues to take the issue very seriously.

    In a speech at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Holder slammed “our antiquated registration system” as the “single largest barrier” to American voters, specifically criticizing long voting lines and complicated registration rules during the 2012 election.

    Holder suggested an “automatic, portable” registration system that allows election officials to use government databases to register voters automatically and keep their registration current when they move. He also said reforms could include longer voting hours and weekend voting, same-day registration and a new method of redistricting “that can’t be abused to protect incumbents and undercut electoral competition.”


    Over the last two years, Republicans imposed the most sweeping voting restrictions since the Jim Crow era, and though the tactics failed to produce the electoral results they wanted, the GOP’s efforts made it more difficult for many Americans to participate in their own democracy. Indeed, looking ahead, many Republican officials still hope to make matters worse, as we’ll discuss in more detail a little later this morning.

    It’s why it’s heartening for the Attorney General to keep the issue on the front burner — the more attention this gets, the better.


  • Miranda

    crazy goat.

    Former Texas GOP Chair on President Obama: ‘…He Fried His Brains On Drugs’

    It appears as if the GOP is trying to find any reason to insult President Obama. Former Texas GOP Chair Cathie Adams is the latest Republican to make a ridiculous statement about the president.

    During a pre-election speech at a Grassroots America We The People “Call to Action” event, Adams fed her audience with conspiracy theories about President Obama, referring to him as a “Marxist” and discussing the effects of his past drug usage on his brain.

    In a desperate attempt to make her audience agree with her, she referenced Colorado’s legalization and taxation of marijuana to support her claim of President Obama’s Marxism.

    more here

  • isonprize

    h/t TOD

    This Ed Show clip is appropriate, especially given our week’s theme of African-American Pioneers in Healthcare. Former HHS official breaks it down.

    Healthcare Exchanges: ‘Obamacare’ Implementation Driving GOP Governors Crazy

    • rikyrah

      I’ve written about my dream. My dream for all those in states with crazy ass GOP Governors is to have one big regional exchange, full of the states where those Southern GOvernors have refused to set up the exchange. Just have the FEDS not only implement it but implement it across state lines, gathering all those folks into one powerful exchange where the FEDS would just bumrush those Governors.

      yes…this is my dream for those stuck in Southern states with GOP Governors that would let them die rather than get them healthcare.

  • Miranda

    This conversation with Ron Christie and Michael Fauntroy is funny to me. Not because of what they said…but just listening to Christie’s nasal, whiny “you know he was a tattletale” voice versus Fauntroy’s “BRUTHA” bass – just cracks me up. The stark contrast is amazing.

    Audio and transcript: Are ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Conversations Going Anywhere?

    President Obama is on the road, promoting his solution to the so-called “fiscal cliff.” He’s also in negotiations over the issue with House Speaker John Boehner. But can they come to an agreement in time? Host Michel Martin talks with Ron Christie, a Republican strategist, and Michael Fauntroy, an associate professor at George Mason University.

    • rikyrah

      I just can’t stand Chrstie. There was a talk on MSNBC with him, Goldie Taylor and that professor that’s usually on with Ed Schultz. I just can’t stomach watching Christie shin and grin…he sickens me.

  • rikyrah

    Killing Medicare By Pretending to Save It

    Posted on 12/12/2012 at 7:18 am by Bob Cesca

    My Wednesday column:

    Here’s precisely why raising the Medicare eligibility age appears to be the only solution to keeping the program solvent: the Republican Party, which hates Medicare and always has, and the compliant DC news media, which self-consciously dittos the Republicans so as to not appear too “liberal,” say so.

    And so it is.

    But I probably don’t need to tell you that it’s really, really flipping stupid — times a thousand. And it’s simply designed to sabotage Medicare and the broader healthcare system.

    During election campaigns the Republicans invariably pretend to be in love with Medicare, as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan reminded us this year by turning the Affordable Care Act’s Medicare savings into a cudgel to flog the president and the Democrats as enemies of the program when in fact the opposite is true in nearly every way. Not only did Romney inject the $700 billion savings into the discourse as a campaign issue, it practically became a centerpiece of his campaign — not to mention one of his biggest lies. And now the same Republicans who joined Romney in this line of attack are insisting that Medicare be one of the programs on the fiscal cliff chopping block.

    The idea is a familiar one. They want to raise the eligibility age from 65 to 67, and they’re receiving hearty endorsements from the cynical, nearsighted and compliant DC press.


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: – –OK —2-day I got upset with the attitude of Ms. Soledad: –Iff Ms. Serena declares that wanch’s actions as OFFENSIVE – -THEN she will [kinda] B offended. “Serena is the ONLY opinion that I think matters.”

    WAY-ELL – -HOW GENEROUS annnd “analytical” of her. humph!! —

    – –Let’s try this: – —WAS THIS CONSIDERED –OFFENSIVE annnd RACIST?? – – — –Uhhh YES! – -BY US. [Annnd maybe SOME others.]


    –OFFENSIVE annnd RACIST – –BUT – —SOME PEOPLE find the NEED 2

    –ANALYZE whether the – —“NEW -2012 -WHOLE BODY BLACK

    IMITATION”—is –(1) . -OFFENSIVE –annnd/orrr -(2.) RACIST!! –WHA’!!?? – – —

    – – — -In My Humble Opinion: – —I’m NOT waitin’ 4 Ms. Serena’s opinion. That RACIST WANCH – –performed -in “BLACK BODY” – -B4 annnnd amidst the SUPPORTIVE annd LAFFIN’ CROWD of YT folks as she CLEARLY “MOCKED” a BLACK female —one of the GREATEST PLAYERS in the HISTORY of TENNIS.!! – —

    IMMEDIATELY — THEY KNEW WHAT she was doin’ annnd their RACIST RESPONSES SUPPORTED her. – -Had I been the audience – –I would have IMMEDIATELY been OFFENDED!! – –IMMEDIATELY!! —

    YET – –NO “sandman Sam” – –rushed in 2 take her – -off stage!! — -THEY LAFFED!! – —LAFFED!! —

    As I stated B4 – –she would NEVA had done that – – ifff that match was played in – –SaaaaaaY –COMPTON!! — -IMMA suggest that “sandman sam” – – -woulda -SHOWN UP annnd SHOWED OUT!! – —

    I’m watin’ 4 the WTA or some other governing body 2 administer some SANCTIONS: – –APOLOGY —1st!!; – –FINE — -some other PUNITIVE/CORRECTIVE/PREVENTATIVE ACTION!! – — –

    THIS part of the AUDIENCE has REACTED – –annnnd I am OFFENDED annnnd many others of US R also!- – –

    /The BEGINNING!!! —-

    • qosine


      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ qosine. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

        – – – -I KNOW – -HUH? – –:>) —-

        “WHYCOME” –she di-ent IMITATE Ms. Serena’s – -SERVE?? – –

        Oh — waitaminute. . . . . SHE CAIN’T!! – -HAH! —

        Good 2 C U qosine. :>) Have a good day. :>)

  • Welp! I guess this means Booker’s not running.

    N.J. Sen. Barbara Buono is first Democrat to challenge Christie for governor
    By Jarrett Renshaw/Statehouse Bureau
    on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM, updated December 12, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    TRENTON — State Sen. Barbara Buono today announced she’s running for governor, becoming the first high-profile Democrat to launch a campaign aimed at toppling popular Republican incumbent Chris Christie next year.

    “It’s time for a leader in Trenton who will put the middle class first — lifting our schools instead of scapegoating our teachers; protecting property taxpayers rather than pushing income tax cuts for millionaires,” Buono (D-Middlesex) said in a email message to supporters.

    Buono’s announcement comes as New Jersey’s political world awaits word from the Democratic Party’s biggest name: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who said he will decide whether he’s running for governor within the next two weeks.

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/sen_barbara_buono_files_paperw.html

    • dannie22

      why y’all trying to steal my boos legacy?

      • Your boo gave his legacy away when he decided to stab PBO in the back.

        • dannie22

          are u trying to tell me ill never be first lady!?!? i wont accept that!! you hear me!! I wont accept that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • conlakappa

            ::Gentle strains of music are heard… And I am telling you…::

      • aleth

        I wish your boo would just leave the brick city already… just go Booker

        Go somewhere else, I will pay for the cab fare. Tired of his ass

  • rikyrah

    December 11, 2012

    Yet more evidence that the right is never wrong

    Absolutely. Let us revel in the right’s unabridged Second Amendment freedoms. Should one or two citizens suffer the lethal consequences of Wayne LaPierre’s stiff-rodded righteousness, well, so be it. The cost of liberty.

    And absolutely, let’s delight in the right’s wreckage of America’s state cradle of organized labor. Should wages plunge and employers profit even more, well, so be it. The cost of liberty.

    And, of course, absolutely, let us pray that the right’s indefatigable defense of the plutocracy’s bargain-basement tax bill in fact never tires. Should certain social guarantees for the elderly and disabled go the way of the dodo, well, so be it. The cost of liberty.

    And absolutely, needless to add, let us salute the right’s celebration of general ignorance, its rugged allegiance to white-male superiority, its tolerance of that silly half, its noble indulgence of the colored lessers, its undying attempts to limit the reckless franchise, its finer appreciation of women’s medical needs, its religious devotion often mistaken for Tartuffean hypocrisy, its sage definitions of “valid” love and marriage, its tough-minded suppression of scientific hubris, its undermining of socialistic education, its happy refusal to concede strangely modern and empirical economics–just a few of the many costs, nay, benefits, of right-wing liberty.

    Isn’t it grand? The right is just too goddamn good to us.


  • rikyrah

    A cliff, an abyss, known knowns, and a bit of confusion

    CNN Politics reports that “top congressional Republicans called Tuesday for Obama to make public the specific spending cuts he will offer in a deficit reduction deal,” which is just peachy, except, as Matthew Yglesias notes, “the White House has already done this in both their FY 2013 budget request and their initial memo on the fiscal cliff,” all of which shows us just how serious those top congressional Republicans are.

    I like the CNN story, though, which is headlined less as news than as a comment on the right’s chronically depraved psychological condition: “Angry with Obama, GOP threatens political war next year.”

    more here


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – – -THIS!!! – – – – ->HAH! — –

    – – –Dumb White Tennis Player Thinks It’s a Great Idea to Mock Serena Williams’ Body – –

    – — —During a recent match against Maria Sharapova, 22-year-old Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki decided to break out a hilarious impression of Serena Williams in which she stuffed the bust and butt of her uniform with towels to mimic Williams’ body shape. Even better, this was a repeat performance. Wozniacki has already mocked Williams with the same costume routine in December of last year when she came on the court dancing to Rihanna. HAHAHAHA. That is so funn — wait, why aren’t you laughing? OH, probably because it’s not funny and maybe even a little bit racist. Well, I guess that makes sense.

    — –SNIP – —
    What’s even more depressing is that her peers — players like Wozniacki and Andy Roddick — are the ones doing the mocking. While the whole “she’s just jealous” excuse is tired and overused, throw in a dash of racism and it might apply here. People who look like Wozniacki (white, blonde, thin) aren’t exactly used to losing, but then here comes Serena Williams (black, curvy and strong) and all of that — at least on the tennis court — starts to change.


    –☻ Was NOT AWARE that she had done THIS B4!!. – –Perhaps iff she had been – -“chin checked” then – –#2 would not have occurred. BUT – -I’ ON’T KNOW – –NOW!

    – -☻ — ET TU —Andy??- — -HAH! – – -YOU’RE OUTTA –da GAME NOW – -HUH? – –LOL

    KARMA – –GAME – – -SET — -WIN!! – – -LOL – – –

    • MsKitty

      I wanna smack 95 percent of the commenters of the article, just because.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ MsKitty. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

        – – – -I KNOW — HUH!.?? – – -Wonder how THEY feel ’bout – –“BLACK FACE” – -minstrels?? – – -NEVAMIND!!. . .

        Good 2 C U – -MsKitty. :>) Have a good day. :>)

        • MsKitty

          With this crowd it ain’t racism unless there’s a burning cross or noose involved, and even then they would say that the cross was decoration and the noose was a fashion accessory.

          • conlakappa

            Or a black man being dragged behind a truck, as Chris Rock once pointed out.

    • conlakappa

      Andy Roddick? Has he even been relevant in years? Anything to get one’s name in the papers, I guess.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU!

    Americans for Prosperity Lures Michigan Right-to-Work Fans With Gas Cards, Free Food

    [….] The conservative group Americans for Prosperity is enticing supporters to rally at the Michigan state capitol in support of right-to-work legislation with $25 gas cards and free food and drinks, according to a staffer for the organization’s Michigan chapter.

    AFP’s Michigan chapter also used gas cards and free lunches to lure supporters to a lobby day on December 6, the day GOP Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers abruptly unveiled their right-to-work bills. Greg George, a government affairs associate with AFP-Michigan, says no one has taken the group up on its most recent gas card offer, but that the offer remains. “We’ve offered to gladly give them out,” he says.[….]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/12/americans-for-prosperity-michigan-right-to-work-gas-cards-free-food

    H/T Andy Kroll

    • jds09

      The tea partiers are a cheap (and easy) date. lol

      • creolechild

        But the question is: will Americans respect them the next morning? LOL!

        • conlakappa

          Given that date is used in ho terms here, likely not.

    • Tyren M.

      Where’s the people taking their shit and protesting them anyway?

  • creolechild

    Federal Government Will Expand Health Benefits For Veterans Suffering From Brain Injuries

    The New York Times reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs today will propose new rules and regulations aimed at expanding health care benefits for current and former service members suffering from a traumatic brain injury.

    The new regulations will include certain forms of “Parkinsonism, unprovoked seizures, certain dementias, depression, and hormone deficiency diseases related to the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands” as medical conditions eligible for benefits to any veteran with a brain injury — without burdening veterans to prove that their condition is directly caused by military service:[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/12/07/1300561/veterans-health-benefits-to-be-expanded/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • rattler

    PLEASE tell me what PBOMB stands for.
    From a long time lurker

  • creolechild

    The NFL Will Support Jovan Belcher’s Daughter Through College

    The dark story of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher finally got its first piece of even slightly good news. Less than a week after Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins, then himself, it’s been reported that the couple’s 3-month-old daughter Zoey will be financially supported by the NFL through her 18th birthday, or if she decides to go to college, her 23rd birthday.

    NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport reports that due to a clause in the new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, Zoey and her guardian can expect payments from the league that break down as follows:[….]

    Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jpmoore/the-nfl-will-support-jovan-belchers-daughter-thro

    H/T Jack Moore

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      ***tears*** annnd ***smiles*** – – -THIS is sooo NICE. :>) –BLESS them.. :>)

      BLESS — “wee Zoey”. AMEN. – – –

      Good NEWS. :>) – – — Good 2 C U creolechild. :>)

      • creolechild

        Good morning Baby Doll. It’s always a pleasure to be in this space. Sending Big Hugs right back to you! (:

  • rikyrah

    Public rejects Boehner in fiscal fight

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:31 AM EST.

    What House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is selling, the public isn’t buying. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that most Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of the ongoing fiscal talks, but the same cannot be said of the nation’s most powerful Republican.

    Oddly enough, part of the Speaker’s trouble comes from his own party. While Obama enjoys overwhelming support from Democrats, only 39% of Republicans endorse Boehner’s handling of the debt-reduction talks. Those who identify as “very conservative” approve of the Speaker’s efforts, but self-described “moderates” and those who are “somewhat conservative” do not.

    It reinforces the larger perception that Boehner has impressed his base — and no one else.

    Making matters slightly worse, for the House Republican leader, a new Bloomberg National Poll shows Obama’s approval rating reaching a three-year high, majorities of about 2-to-1 see the election results as a mandate to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits from GOP cuts, and nearly half of Republican voters agree that the president’s re-election serves as an endorsement to raise tax rates on income above $250,000.

    It’s hard to say how much public pressure sways GOP leaders, but if the mainstream’s attitudes matter at all, it’s clear Republican arguments have failed spectacularly to persuade most of the country.


  • creolechild

    Estate Tax Teleconference – December 2012

    On Tuesday, December 11th, 2012, UFE’s Responsible Wealth project hosted a national press teleconference to announce the first 36 prominent signers of the Responsible Estate Tax Proposal including Warren Buffett, President Jimmy Carter, and George Soros. The Responsible Estate Tax Proposal calls for setting the estate tax exemption level at $4 million per couple, with a graduated rate starting at 45% in order to raise important revenue to avoid the fiscal slope. Our featured speakers:

    Robert Rubin, U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton, currently co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations

    John C. Bogle, Founder and Former CEO of The Vanguard Group in 1974, which became the country’s second largest mutual fund

    Abigail Disney, grandniece of Walt Disney, filmmaker and philanthropist

    Richard Rockefeller, son of David Rockefeller and currently serves on the board of the Rockefeller Family Fund and Doctors Without Borders.

    Mike Lapham, director of the Responsible Wealth project

    After sharing their powerful personal statements in support of a robust estate tax, the speakers addressed questions from members of the media. Click below to listen the event.[….]

    Read more: http://faireconomy.org/enews/estate_tax_teleconference_december_2012

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — –Da “B” – -is ON NOW – —ANNOYED. – –Annnnd – -???

    NOT hopeful after the telephone call with MR. PRESIDENT.

    TRANSLATION: – —THAT ninja is INSISTENT on RAISIN’ OUR TAXES annnd HELPIN’ that 47% – – –errrr – – – – -MIDDLE CLASS!!

    HE’s NOT da boss of me!! — –Oh — waitaminute. . .. . –LOL

    • dannie22

      rev needs to break out in a work out video lol

    • MsKitty

      That’s so awesome, yet sounds like it could be a SNL skit.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – –Awwww — -REV. AL. – – –U JUS’ DO U!! – – -:>)

      Luvin’ your – –VERSATILITY! :>)

      – – – -***goin’ 2 get a NEW –GREEN – -WORKOUT outfit*** – –Woo! Hoo! :>)

      – –He fits right in with OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY’s PROGRAM – — -“LET’s MOVE”. – – -:>) – –

      — GOOD! ON! – -U! – -REV. AL. :>) B FIT annnd –BLESSED. :>)

    • nellcote

      I’m glad Rev Al is doing a more public push for fitness. He’s lost so much weight I was starting to get worried about him.

      • Aquagranny911

        Me too! I was worried he might be sick. Fitness is good but I hope he doesn’t lose any more weight.

  • creolechild

    Cyber Terrorists Attack Bank Of America, Website Down Entire Day

    On late Monday, December 10, 2012, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, a group claiming allegiance to Islamic terrorism, posted on a popular message board a credible threat against major U.S. banks, inclusive of Chase, Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp, and others:[….]

    On Tuesday, 12.11.12, customers of the Bank of America, the fifth largest company in the United States and third biggest company in the world (per Forbes), were unable to access their accounts online throughout the entire day. The Bank of America website was down.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/11/cyber-terrorist-attack-on-bank-of-america-website-down-entire-day/

    H/T Lorraine Devon Wilke

  • Black male blogger explains why Caroline Wozniacki impersonation of Serena Williams isn’t racist:

    Most importantly, in her impersonating Serena’s physique over the weekend in her exhibition match with Sharapova, are three key points:

    1) Serena Williams really likes and gets alone quite well with Caroline Wozniacki, something these black websites who only know Serena and Venus Williams and don’t have a competent sports reporter or tennis reporter fail to realize before babbling “Oh, white racial ignorance again!”

    2) Caroline Wozniacki impersonated Serena Williams before, during last year’s exhibition season in Slovakia, after she was impersonating Dominika Cibulkova too!

    3) Caroline Wozniacki is not the only top player and friend to imitate Serena before. Andy Roddick, a long time friend of Serena for those not fans of tennis, imitates Serena too in exhibitions as well!

    […] I mean, goodness gracious, Wozniacki was the only female player to visit Serena in the hospital last year when she had her major pulmonary embolism, as well as go to Miami Heat games with Serena in the past! She’s not stereotyping black women, she is impersonating just Serena Williams!

    MORE: http://www.twd4u.com/2012/12/the-s-thread-thread-for-121112-when.html


    WHEW! I feel so much better now! /snark

    • MsKitty

      And some of her best friends are Black, too.

    • rikyrah

      who is this jiggling clown?

      • Andrew Jones…he goes by @sluggahjells on Twitter. He was the one who chastized ABL for criticizing Glenn Greenwald.

        • Miranda

          SMH – Not surprised at all.

        • qosine

          They remind me of Clockwork Orange.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ Sepia – – – –***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

      – – –***shakin’ my head*** — slowly annnd delibereately!!! – – – –

      – — -☻THANK U — Black male blogger. IMMEDIATELY I embrace him as a “brotha” —-UNLESS he SHOWS himself 2 B —otherwise. THIS is how I embrace Ms. Serena —as a SISTA. –THAT’s “WHYCOME” that antic was IMMEDIATELY OFFENSIVE annnd RACIST –IMHO.
      Guess U R entitled 2 your HO.[Humble Opinion.]

      – —☻ – -Just now findin’ out that she did this B4. — -What U wanna BET that SHE will NOT do it a 3rd time??

      – –☻ —YA MEAN – – -andy roddick –the EX-TENNIS PLAYER.??- – – – Jus’ CLARIFYIN’ – —LOL

      – – ☻ I mean, goodness gracious, Wozniacki was the only female player to visit Serena in the hospital last year when she had her major pulmonary embolism, – – – – -Ummm. . . – -“WHYCOME” –no other YT player visited?? – — I believe that da “britha” got –“tangled in his weave.” — -THIS is VERY TELLIN’. . .as 2 “WHYCOME” they LAFFED!!

      – – -***Please — scoot ova – — -sittin right next 2 U as U ***snark**

      ***fist bump*** —:>) Good 2 C U Sepia. :>)

    • Miranda

      So predictable…stepping all over the plate to defend Wozniacki. I searched the blog looking for those posts that defended Serena against the “crip walk” controversy of foolishness – couldn’t find it. Couldn’t find any defending her against attacks from Jason Shitlock or David Whitey (yeah, he’s not Whitley to me) – couldn’t find a word.

      Wonder why?

      • I was reading the exchange between him and Marc Lamont Hill, and the only thing dude was pushing for was an invite to HuffPuff Live to defend Miss Ann.

    • aleth

      I called it yesterday— moving on.. .some of the males in our community — whateva… done

  • rikyrah

    Virginia GOP eyes electoral-vote scheme
    By Steve Benen

    Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST.

    We talked last week about Republican officials in Pennsylvania who want to change the way the state allocates electoral votes in presidential elections — instead of a winner-take-all system, used by nearly every state, GOP officials in the Keystone State would apportion electoral votes by congressional district.

    It’s a horrible idea, crafted by partisans who want to rig elections in Republicans’ favor, and apparently, it’s spreading. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) wants this on the table in the Buckeye State, and it’s been raised in Virginia, too

    Virginia State Senator Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr. (R) has become the latest swing state-Republican to propose a scheme to rig presidential elections for future Republican candidates. Blue Virginia reports his proposed SB 723 would award the state’s electors based on which candidate gets the majority of votes in each gerrymandered Congressional district — rather than based on who gets the most votes statewide. […]

    With a Republican-controlled redistricting passed earlier this year, Virginia Democrats were heavily packed into three districts. Under these maps, Obama won Virginia by almost a 4 point margin, yet he carried just four Virginia Congressional Districts. Were Carrico’s scheme in place, Mitt Romney would have received seven of Virginia’s 11 electoral votes despite receiving just 47.28% of the vote statewide.

    Others, including John Putnam and Jonathan Bernstein, have explained in detail why the approach is so deeply flawed, but there’s another angle to this that stands out for me: Republicans must be really worried about Virginia’s partisan future.


    • nellcote

      Sounds like ALEC is alive and moving on to phase 2.

  • creolechild

    Yeah, yeah…we know. You don’t like the black guy’s that’s currently occupying the Oval Office, but it’s not about you. So, just quit your bitchin’ and whining and get it done. NEXT!

    Idaho Guv Opts To Build Obamacare Insurance Exchange

    Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (R) announced Tuesday that, pending approval of the state legislature, Idaho will build a health insurance exchange as stipulated by Obamcare. Otter made clear that the decision is not an endorsement of the law, arguing in a press release that the decision would mean Idaho would create the exchange rather than having the federal government do it for the state.[….]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/idaho-guv-opts-to-build-obamacare-insurance-exchange

    H/T Pema Levy

    • Miranda

      Yeah whatever, you still gonna do it.

      These nuts realize they gots NUTHIN. Just create the exchange and stop whining.

      • qosine

        I’m loving it. Obamacares. Yes he does.

    • nellcote

      I think the Dec 14th is the extended deadline for these governors to get on board or the Feds go ahead and form the exchanges.

  • creolechild

    Oh, another one! Rinse, lather, repeat…kindly move along sir.

    Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said Nevada will accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, which many GOP governors have turned down. He said in a statement via The Associated Press:

    “Though I have never liked the Affordable Care Act because of the individual mandate it places on citizens, the increased burden on businesses and concerns about access to health care, the law has been upheld by the Supreme Court. As such, I am forced to accept it as today’s reality and I have decided to expand Nevada’s Medicaid coverage.[….]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/nevada-to-accept-obamacares-medicaid-expansion

    H/T Sahil Kapu

  • I see Van Jones is back oh his environmental hustle.

    Van Jones: In 20 Years, ‘People Are Going To Be Asking This President Why He Didn’t Do Something On Climate’

    By Stephen Lacey on Dec 12, 2012 at 10:20 am


    Van Jones, the former White House “Green Jobs Czar” and a progressive moment builder, is warning the President that he needs to find the “courage” to stand up and deal with these issues in a climate context. In an interview with science writer Chris Mooney for Mother Jones Magazine, Jones says he believes that climate will be “the issue he’s judged on”:

    Mother Jones: What would real climate leadership look like? You gave President Obama a “B” or “B-” on the environment in his first term, what would he have to do to earn an “A” in the second one?

    Van Jones: An “A” would be a major energy and climate bill as a centerpiece of his legacy. He obviously has to deal with the economy and the budget issues that the Tea Party keeps trying to politicize. And there’s a question of immigration reform, which is critical as a major part of the progressive coalition. But, ten years from now, twenty years from now, the only thing people are going to be asking of this president is either, why he didn’t find the courage to do something on climate change, or they’re going to be asking how he found the courage. I think from the viewpoint of history, this is going to be the issue that he’s judged on. We’ve seen a lot of conversation about this fiscal cliff, which is an invented, manufactured crisis, but very little talk about the climate cliff, which is a real, unavoidable crisis.

    So if we can have the president of the United States on TV every day talking about the manufactured fiscal cliff, then he can use all of those resources to put pressure on Congress to do something about the real climate cliff.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/12/1320981/van-jones-in-20-years-people-are-going-to-be-asking-this-president-why-he-didnt-do-something-on-climate/


    No, Van. The only ones who will asking about climate change are your fellow entitled, privileged, financially secure progressives.

    • MsKitty


    • creolechild

      Nooooooo…20 years from now people are going to be asking, Van who?

      • Miranda


      • Preach!

      • Aquagranny911


      • GN

        Shit, I’m asking that *now.*

    • nellcote

      and a progressive moment builder
      he’s had his moment…next

      • GN

        What movement did he build? I’m not talking about books or media appearances or careers or panels at nutroots nation; what movement does this guy commandeer? I’m with you, nellcote—-> next.

    • qosine

      Sure, Van. Whatever.

    • GN

      What infuriates me about people like this is that they can’t simply advocate for more reforms; no, they need to lie about what’s already been done. No so-called environmentalist or green jobs enthusiast could have missed how green the stimulus was, and I don’t believe that Van Jones did miss it. Pure self-promotion at the direct expense of truth and progress.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – –NOT that THEY count – — BUT – –It’s the GLOAT –that COUNTS – –LOL – –

    – —Lie of the Year – —

    – — –Politifact gives the award to Mitt Romney.
    “It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign — that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China. It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted an accurate news story into a falsehood. Then it picked up steam when the Drudge Report ran with it. Even though Jeep’s parent company gave a quick and clear denial, Mitt Romney repeated it and his campaign turned it into a TV ad.”

    “And they stood by the claim, even as the media and the public expressed collective outrage against something so obviously false.”

    – – –Annnd the CLOSE second prolly was – –“Lyin-Ryan” –LOL – – –

    • Tyren M.

      F “politifact.” (They don’t deserve capitalizaiton.) The bs they allowed as “truth, partial truth, part lie etc.) They’re burnt up.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ TyrenM. ***BIG HUG** :>)-:>)

        —- I KNOW — HUH.? LOL — Actually – -the first time I prepared the post —I LEFT them OUT! LOL – – —

        TRULY –they R – —persona non grata – — HAH! – —

        Good 2 C U -TyrenM. :>) —

      • nellcote

        Didn’t the just the other day blame PBO for the defeat of the UN treaty? Fuck them.

      • Aquagranny911

        “politifact” can BITE THE BIG CACTUS! They are nothing more than useless tools of the PL & goatfiggers.

  • creolechild

    Senate panel advances lesbian judicial nominee Posted on 12/06/2012

    A Senate panel approved on Thursday the appointment of lesbian judicial nominee who would be the first out Asian-American judge to be seated on the federal bench. The Senate Judiciary Committee reported out by voice vote the nomination of Pamela Ki Mai Chen, whom President Obama nominated in August for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    The panel reported out her nomination in an en banc vote as part of a group of seven nominees. No discussion on any the nominees took place before the vote.[….] A total of 20 judicial nominees remain pending before the Senate. If the chamber doesn’t act before the end of this Congress, the nominations will expire and President Obama will have to renominate them after the start of next year.[….]

    Read more: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/12/06/senate-panel-advances-lesbian-judicial-nominee/

    H/T Chris Johnson

    • nellcote

      I hope PBO gets tougher about recess appointments next term.

      • Aquagranny911

        Me too but I thought that one of the problems was that the House played some game where they kept some one on call so that there was seldom actually a full recess. This was part of their “block the black Prez at all costs” caca.

        2014 we really need to show these goatfiggers the door. Actually I would like to kick their asses so hard that they go into orbit!

  • ShelbyKnox ‏@ShelbyKnox

    Demanding racist @KTBS reinstate badass meteorologist they fired for confronting racism? There’s a petition for that: http://chn.ge/TUsPfB

    • Miranda

      Did everyone tweet that story to RevAl, Randi Rhodes, TheReidReport, etc??? If not, do so!

    • Aquagranny911

      Thanks! Signed!

  • LMBAO!

    Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    If you ever wanted to dance like Charlie Brown or the Peanuts Gang, this is for you. http://youtu.be/-2SGwdHTKr8

    • Alma98

      That’s hilarious!

    • Aquagranny911

      Love it! I’m a total Peanuts fan & my personal “Snoopy Dance of Joy” fits right in.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Love it!

    • Daltex82

      Too funny! I love it.

  • creolechild

    Look at the individuals who fall into the “wavering” category….very interesting.

    Exclusive: Liberal Groups Whip Democratic Senators Against Cuts To Entitlement Benefits

    A coalition of liberal advocacy groups is mobilizing its members to whip Democratic senators against voting for any deficit-reduction deal that cuts safety-net benefits. The groups divide the caucus up into three categories — the “weak-kneed,” who they fear may agree to benefit cuts; the “wavering,” who have signaled discomfort with the idea but haven’t committed; and the “champions” whose support they’re confident of.

    Via petition, they are urging their supporters to call their senators and ask for and record their positions on benefit cuts, with the dual goals of pressuring Democrats to oppose reducing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits and of providing their supporters continually updated information on where key members stand on the issue.[….]

    Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/liberal-groups-whip-democratic-senators-against-entitlement-benefit-cuts.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    H/T Sahil Kapur

    • Tyren M.

      I saw my newly re-elected Senator (Klobuchar) but more importantly ALL the leadership (small d): Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray. Wow. Yet ALL have stated their will be no benefit cuts. So, as Aretha would say: Who’s Zoomin Who?

      • creolechild

        It’s certainly worth keeping an eye on who does what…

      • So despite the leadership and PBO saying there will no benefit cuts, these “progressive activists” keep telling their followers that they will cave? What are these “activists” basing their info on?

        • creolechild

          I haven’t been keeping track with the “narratives” of progressive activists, per se, but the categories caught my attention because I do remember blasting Kerry via email because he was hemming and hawing about whether or not he was going to support certain bills that were proposed by PBO. Also. too. his explanations didn’t make any sense to me. Kerry was, for the most part, silent when PBO was being disrespected left and right–another fact that was pointed out in my email to him. I know he came out of the box strong for PBO near the end of the election cycle, but in my opinion prior to that his support of PBO was lukewarm, which puzzled me because MA is not a Republican stronghold, even though Brown was elected.

          Some of the [cough] “progressive” groups on the list are suspect given their past actions, and I do hope the Dem’s leadership has potential defectors in check, but I’m still uneasy about Kerry for the reasons that I mentioned above. Time will tell…

    Office of the Press Secretary


    In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

    In the afternoon, the President will hold a conference call with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing, prevent an income tax increase on middle class families and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit. This event is closed press.

    • Miranda

      I love it when the press gets snubbed. Is that just me?

      • qosine

        Me, too. While Chuckie Todd blathers, PBO talks to those who matter:)

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL qosine! :>) U -JUS” – —BUSTARHYME!! – – -Kaaay? – –LOL

          • qosine

            I just double looked — you’re right, GLH!

        • Aquagranny911

          LOL! I would just love for magic to turn Chuckie into the real toad he is so he would have to spend his days wandering & begging for some ‘princess’ to kiss him.

          He’s a sorry goatfigging clump of worm food!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Miranda — —NO. — LOL – —

        – –***fist bump*** :>) – – –

      • Aquagranny911

        Not at all!!! I love it too!

  • creolechild

    I LOVE this photo!

    Photo of the Day: Maasai Warriors

    Members of the Maasai Warriors cricket team take part in a practice session on the beach in Mombasa, on March 6, 2012. The group of young Maasai warriors from the Laikipia region formed a cricket team with big hopes: to promote healthy living, to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and women’s issues. On the right is team captain Nissan Jonathan Ole Meshami.

    Read more: http://www.immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/12/photo-of-day-maasai-warriors.html

    H/T Carl De Souza and Smartypants

  • creolechild

    Same as it’s always been: Urban renewal is just another name for “knee-grow” removal…

    Different breeds of urban agriculture duke it out in Detroit

    On Tuesday, the Detroit City Council voted to sell about 1,500 city-owned lots to the Hantz Woodlands project to plant trees as a beautification effort. Supporters say it’s just what Detroit needs: large-scale blight removal and reforestation to reinvigorate the post-industrial wasteland with urban innovation. Detractors say it’s a land grab that jeopardizes a local fast-growing urban farming movement and stands to displace low-income residents of color.[….]

    Multi-millionaire money manager John Hantz now has a deal to purchase the lots from the city for $300 each — about eight cents a square foot, which is very, very cheap, even for beleaguered Detroit.[….] But In These Times reports that about 100 people still live in the areas that Hantz plans to demolish, clean, and plant full of trees by next spring. And some Detroiters object to the plan for other reasons:[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/different-breeds-of-urban-agriculture-duke-it-out-in-detroit/

    H/T Susie Cagle

  • creolechild

    What Martin Luther King Had To Say About ‘Right To Work’

    Unions and progressives in several states have had to battle legislation about this for a long time. Michigan is the latest, where the lame-duck Republican legislature just stuck it to the working people as hard as possible before the new legislature takes over, and before the Republican Party tears itself to pieces.

    Groups such as “Americans For Prosperity” and “The Mackinac Center” have spent millions in Michigan to get it passed, and due to severe pressure from these anti-worker groups, Republican Governor Rick Snyder did an about-face from his official public position on this legislation, and will sign it into law, possibly as soon as Tuesday.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. saw these efforts for just what they were back in 1961, and he was strongly opposed to so-called “Right To Work” even then.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/09/what-martin-luther-king-had-to-say-about-right-to-work/

    H/T Brandon Weber

  • But Schneiderman didn’t attend David Dayden’s firebagger whinefest so this doesn’t mean anything.

    Attorney General Seeks to Force Disclosure of More Political Donors

    The New York attorney general issued a far-reaching draft regulation on Tuesday that would force broad public disclosure of millions of dollars in loosely regulated spending on elections and ballot measures in New York.

    The proposal by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, takes direct aim at tax-exempt organizations that spend heavily on political advertising but have not been required to reveal the donors behind their spending.

    The new rules are likely to have a major political impact after they are finalized next spring. Business interests contemplating spending millions to influence next year’s New York City mayoral race would be subject to broader disclosure. The rules would also affect any tax-exempt groups that join expected battles over a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand casino gambling, a top priority of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo; another constitutional amendment that would alter the state’s redistricting process; and any local ballot measures regarding hydraulic fracturing.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/nyregion/new-york-attorney-general-seeks-to-expose-more-political-donors.html

  • creolechild

    Outside of the obligatory comment regarding what PBO “failed to deliver,” the article provides clear proof as to why Vanity Jones stays getting shit wrong on this particular topic. Seems to me that he’s still dressed up with no place to go…

    Obama laying groundwork for climate-change treaty Posted on 12/03/2012

    As leaders in Washington obsess about the fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama is putting in place the building blocks for a climate treaty requiring the first fossil-fuel emissions cuts from both the U.S. and China. State Department envoy Todd Stern is in Doha, Qatar, this week working to clear the path for an international agreement by 2015. Though Obama failed to deliver on his promise to start a cap-and-trade program in his first term, he is working on policies that may help cut greenhouse gases 17% in 2020 in the U.S., historically the world’s biggest polluter.

    Obama has moved forward with greenhouse-gas rules for vehicles and new power plants, appliance standards and investment in low-emitting energy sources. He also has called for 80% of U.S. electricity to come from clean energy sources, including nuclear and natural gas, by 2035.[….]

    Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20121203/NEWS07/312030143/Obama-laying-groundwork-for-climate-change-treaty

    H/T Kim Chipman

  • creolechild

    Global Financial Giant HSBC Fined $1.9 Billion

    In a settlement over its weak controls of money-laundering, the banking giant, HSBC is expected to pay a fine of almost $2 billion dollars.[….] The Senate’s subcommittee on Investigations says that HSBC failed to review thousands of suspicious transactions over the past several years. One of the issues examined involved a $7 billion cash transaction from the Mexican branch of HSBC to the bank’s U.S. affiliate. Law enforcement officials say that such a huge transaction had to include illegal drug proceeds. HSBC Mexico also delayed the closing of accounts that were to be closed due to suspicious activity.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/10/global-financial-giant-hsbc-fined-1-9-billion/

    H/T T. Steelman

  • rikyrah

    It’s not just Michigan

    By Laura Conaway
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:35 AM EST.

    Now that Michigan’s anti-union laws are on their way to the books, organized labor faces a couple of questions. First, locally in Michigan, whether to take on a statewide initiative to get union rights back, or whether to focus instead of trying to win back control of the legislature and the governorship, or both. Any one of those items would be a challenge. Second, at the national level, there’s the question of whether any states might try to follow Michigan in stripping union rights, the way Michigan followed Indiana. Wisconsin, maybe? Kentucky? Or Ohio?

    Reporters in Ohio asked Republican Governor John Kasich this week whether he had been following the developments in Michigan. I’ll put the transcript after the jump. You can decide for yourself whether this is a “no” as in “no,” or as in Rick Snyder. The video’s from Ohio Capital Blog:


    You might remember Governor Kasich in January warning his party off Right to Work, fresh from a citizens’ repeal of bill to take union rights away from public workers. “Once in a while the shark eats you, OK?” Kasich said.

    If Kasich sounds a tad cautious still, that might be because his governorship is one of six that the AFL-CIO intends to contest over the next couple of years. The list is: Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — all states won by President Obama in 2012, but, except for Nevada, with Republican governance. At stake is whether labor claws back some power, or whether Republicans have a broad mandate in the states for anti-union economic policy designed to weaken their main political opponents. (H/t Tricia McKinney)


  • GreenLadyHere

    — –BREAKING NEWS: – – -Jenna Bush[Daughter annnd granddaughter] — is pregnant – – -Congratulations. :>) – —

    • Aquagranny911

      Sweet! Positive thoughts going out! Grandchildren are one of life’s greatest blessings!

  • NYT Breaking News11:56 AM ET
    Syrian Forces Have Fired Scud Missiles at Insurgents, U.S. Says

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia —- Jus’ heard. – – -Annnnd THEY gon —GET – – -GOT

      – —They betta KNOW!! – – — -geesh!- —

    • Miranda

      Assad just signed his own death warrant huh?

  • Aquagranny911

    Is anyone else here having trouble with the “like” button again? Mine does not seem to be working.

    Consider all yourselves not only “liked” but ♥ & big HUGS from me!

    • qosine

      Yes, me, too. Just want everyone to know, like AG, you are “Liked”!

  • Miranda
  • GreenLadyHere


    – — —Nelson Mandela’s doctors ‘satisfied’ with his recovery – –

    – — –Former South African President Nelson Mandela is recovering from a lung infection that has kept the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in hospital for the last five days, the government said on Wednesday.

    “Doctors attending to former President Mandela have reported that he has made progress during the past 24 hours and they are satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment,” President Jacob Zuma’s office said a statement.

    South Africa’s first black president, who came to power in historic all-race elections in 1994, remains a hero to many of its 52 million people.

    – – –PRAISE the LORD!! – – -:>) – -Continuin’ 2 PRAY. :>) – —

    – – —Soweto Gospel Choir – Tshepa Thapelo – –

    – —When you wake up in the morning
    When you sleep at night
    Put your trust in prayer
    Even if you’re in trouble, walking in darkness
    Put your trust in prayer Even if you are happy – pray
    Even if you are joyful – pray
    Wherever you are, at any time Trust in prayer

    – – -Trust in prayer of the Lord –AMEN. – –

    • Aquagranny911

      Amen! Thank you for sharing this news here ♥

  • rikyrah

    Jindal’s selective concern for the poor
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:36 AM EST.

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) school voucher scheme has been plagued by a series of problems, culminating in a legal defeat in a state court two weeks ago. But in a Brookings speech yesterday, the Republican governor said he still sees his plan as a national model.

    “I think there is a moral imperative that it’s not right that only wealthy parents get to decide where their kids go to school,” Jindal told an audience at Washington’s Brookings Institution. […]

    “To oppose school choice is to oppose equal opportunity for poor and disadvantaged students in America,” he said. “What we are putting in motion in Louisiana can be done across the country.”

    This is certainly standard rhetoric from the right. They’re not trying to privatize public schools out of existence, the argument goes, they’re simply trying to use tax dollars to provide new opportunities to “poor and disadvantaged” children.

    There’s always been one part of this argument that bugs me: why does the principle apply solely to education?

    For Jindal, poor and disadvantaged kids should have the same educational opportunities as kids from wealthy families. Fine. There’s ample evidence that vouchers don’t work, but let’s stick to the larger principle. The next question is pretty straightforward: can poor and disadvantaged kids have same access to quality health care as kids from wealthy families? How about the same access to safe and affordable housing? How about nutrition? And transportation? And political influence?


    • qosine

      Jindal: the guy who opposes Obamacare, expansion of Medicaid, funneling fed cash into private schools with less scrutiny, and whose “moral imperative” means cashing in on poor kids. He wouldn’t know morality if it came up and punched him in the face. “Morality” knows what’s up.

      • Aquagranny911

        This so called “moral imperative” of the goatfiggers for school vouchers means for profit corporations make money from charter schools. This is not about helping the disadvantaged kiddos or for improving education. This is all about making more $$$$$$$$$ for the 1%.

        I’ve researched this caca. For profit education from K through college is a multi-billion dollar industry with minimal over-sight. And this does not even touch on the text book industry & the standardized testing industry which is a whole nother racket.

        Make no mistake, the lobbies who support these Corporations are strong & they have huge tentacles into the GOP.

        Just follow the money…..

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    Boehner not budging on tax breaks for wealthy
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:39 PM EST.

    They’re nowhere near close.

    After several days of silence in the ongoing fiscal talks, there was a flurry of activity yesterday, with President Obama and House Speaker Boehner not only speaking to one another, but even trading new offers in the hopes of moving closer to a resolution. So, is this evidence of process? Not really.

    For his part, the president is making new concessions, telling the Republican leader he would accept $1.4 trillion in new revenue — down from $1.6 trillion in his previous proposal — and Obama is prepared to take a package that includes $600 billion in spending cuts, which is $200 billion more than the president originally planned.

    But if there were hopes that Boehner would reciprocate in kind, those hopes were soon dashed.

    Two sources familiar with the Obama-Boehner call yesterday described it to NBC News as a “tense” conversation. Amid dueling, new proposals, Boehner proposed a permanent extension of existing tax rates for the wealthy, a Democratic source familiar with the call told NBC’s Kristen Welker.

    Several other news organizations have reported the same thing.

    In other words, with time running out, Boehner’s first offer made no concessions whatsoever. His second offer seeks to permanently lock in lower rates on income above $250,000 — the one thing the president has said cannot be included in any deal.

    It’s almost as if the Speaker isn’t serious about working towards a resolution to the standoff he and his party chose to create.


  • rikyrah

    No Deal is Better Than a Bad Deal

    by BooMan
    Wed Dec 12th, 2012 at 10:45:09 AM EST

    While I can envision a deal that I would find acceptable that might ding Medicare benefits modestly, that’s highly theoretical and certainly not desirable. We would have to get a LOT of goodies in exchange for that, and the damage to actual Medicare recipients would have to almost non-existent for it to work for me. Basically, I’m talking about window-dressing here, just so the Republicans can save enough face to vote for the damn thing. Overall, there is no question that no deal is better than a bad deal. You can sign this petition that says that you will not support any deal that doesn’t increase taxes on the wealthy or that makes cuts to vital programs like Medicare or Social Security. That’s the position that Democracy for America is taking, and it’s the correct position. No one wants to go over the fiscal cliff, but there is no reason to make cuts to entitlements just to avoid it. If you think no deal is better than a bad deal, sign the petition.

    Personally, I still doubt that John Boehner can get the votes for a good deal.