April 18, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: African-Americans In Martial Arts

Happy Hump Day POU!

Today we pay tribute to a pioneer for African-American Martial Artist. A man referred to as “the one who beat them all.”

Victor Moore

When Victor initially began pursuing Judo in the 1950s, there were no commercial schools. When he did find some help learning, he had to walk through white neighborhoods for instructions, very dangerous at the time for a young black man in Cincinnati, Ohio.

While attending Central State University, he was accepted into the Karate program headed by a Japanese instructor, but he was not allowed to join the national organization because he was black.  As Victor became more and more talented and formidable, competition became a problem. 

How do you keep a black man from competing and getting to the top? Simple. Just hold the competition at a “whites only” hotel. That way no one had to actually say, “You can’t compete because you’re a black man.” Other times, the men Vic traveled with would be at one hotel, he’d be at another. He was literally, at the back of the bus. His buddies would have to bring him food from restaurants he couldn’t go in. A lot of times Victor would get placed 2nd or 3rd because the judges just wouldn’t score him. The early ’60′s were rough for Victor Moore.

During his career, one of his accomplishments was placing 3rd at a tournament held by Jhoon Rhee. Instead of a “round robin” the way they are usually run, after Victor got to 3rd place, that was it. They didn’t want him beating the Korean delegate. In 1965, he went to the Grand National Championships in Florida and beat the champ, Mike Foster. In Richmond, Va., he beat the All Hawaiian Champ. In 1967, there was an International Tour put on by Ed Parker.

Victor Moore beat everyone and then the bets started. Ed Parker said, Bruce Lee is so fast your man can’t block him. Dr. Robert Trias, Victor’s mentor, said he could.

So the competition was on. This speed drill was to be a tap to the chest by hand. Victor blocked Bruce’s first punch, then he blocked the second. Then Bruce flashed at his face, and Victor glanced off. Victor laughed. Then Victor said, “Ok, you block my punch.” Bruce couldn’t stop it, missed two, the third he blocked.

There is footage of the complete encounter held by Ed Parker, Jr., however it hasn’t been released. Bruce Lee said to Victor Moore, “You’re the fastest American I’ve ever seen.”

At this same tournament, Victor Moore knocked down Chuck Norris. Chuck said, “You got me, Vic.” But the officials didn’t award it that way. They gave the match to Chuck Norris. Victor Moore still has the program from the fight. Chuck Norris wrote on it, “To the guy that beat me.”

In 1969, Victor Moore defeated Mike Stone, who had 91 wins and never placed anything but first place. His only defeat was by Victor Moore. 

Vic Moore and Joe Lewis also introduced kick boxing to America on the Merv Griffin TV show in 1973. 

A few highlights of Vic’s competition record:

  1. 1966 Defeating the all Hawaiian champion in Richmond Virginia.
  2. 1968 Defeating Joe Lewis at the World’s Fair Karate Championships.
     (August 1968 San Antonio Official Karate Mag Feb 1970 Page 24)
  3. 1969 Defeating Mike Stone in Pasadena California for the light 
     heavyweight championship at the world teams championship.
     (Black Belt Magazine Sept 1990 Page 20)
  4. 1970 Defeated the legendary Bill “Superfoot” Wallace in for the 
     USKA first professional world championship.
  5. Vic placed in every tournament he competed in from 1965 to 1975 
     when he retire

Victor was the first black man to join the first Karate Association in the USA (USKA).

Victor Moore discusses the challenges and racism within martial arts during this years of competition:

Vic talks about the racism within the media of the sport: 

  • rigoletta

    Good Morning!

    Loving this week’s series.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • gn

    Get well soon:

    @NewsBreaker
    NEW DETAILS: VP Biden’s son Beau Biden has a mass in his brain, resulting in an overnight stay at a Houston, TX hospital – @KPRCmboyle

    • rigoletta

      OMG. Prayers to the Biden family.

      A friend of mine’s brother had a stroke last year and when they checked him out it was because of a brain tumor. He’s been undergoing chemo and it’s been rough.

    • rikyrah

      Prayers for the family

    • Alma98

      Sending good wishes and healing light to the Biden family.

  • gn

    Well gosh:

    @lawalazu
    This one is Cut Your Nose to Spite Your Face-Worthy: Business Community Finally Realizes GOP Screwing Them Over. http://www.politicususa.com/2013/08/20/business-community-reaps-sowed-bed-tea-party.html

    • morphus

      No surprise. “Bizness” aka crony capitalism community still = “angry white men”.

  • gn

    Thank God for her!
    Elementary School Clerk Convinced Gunman to Put His Weapons Down and Surrender http://gma.yahoo.com/elementary-school-clerk-says-she-convinced-gunman-put-232205885–abc-news-topstories.html

    • Alma98

      I notice Yahoo doesn’t have his picture with the story like they do when it’s someone black.

  • gn

    @marieann66
    Obama to Offer Plans to Ease Burden of Paying for College http://nyti.ms/1736XnE

    • Alma98

      My daughter could use it.

  • gn

    Excellent news for #ObamaCare!
    h/t @lawalazu States predict more insurance customers
    http://usat.ly/13zVflB via @USATODAY

  • rikyrah

    Flipping the August script

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    There were some subtle ironies surrounding Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) anti-healthcare event in Dallas last night. For one thing, it was held in a city where local officials are eager to help citizens participate in “Obamacare” and use the law to get coverage for themselves and their families. For another, the event was hosted by the Heritage Foundation’s activist arm — and the Heritage Foundation helped write the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act just 20 years ago.

    Regardless, how did last night’s event go? It was probably a little rowdier than organizers expected.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, this video shows only a brief excerpt from DeMint’s speech, which was interrupted several times by protesters, some of whom chanted, “You have health care, we should too!”

    The right-wing senator responded by mocking Organizing for America for relying on “fake grassroots” activists to show up at events like this one.

    And with this, the flipping of the script is complete. In 2009, Democrats hosted raucous town-hall meetings on health care; in 2013, Republicans are hosting raucous town-hall meetings on health care. In 2009, conservative activists shouted at politicians, demanding that policymakers make it harder for Americans to get affordable coverage; in 2013, progressive activists are shouting at politicians, demanding that policymakers not take Americans’ affordable coverage away.

    ——————————————————————————–

    As for Cruz, after one of the interruptions, the Texan told the audience, “I agree with them. They should have health care and Obamacare is causing more and more people struggling to climb the economic ladder to lose their health care.”

    I suppose that’s the one remaining difference between this August and the one four years ago: in 2009, Democratic talking points were rooted in reality; in 2013, Cruz is spouting gibberish.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/08/21/20117965-flipping-the-august-script?lite

  • rikyrah

    The company Corbett keeps
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:35 AM EDT.

    Ordinarily, the staffers chosen by prominent policymakers don’t generate much attention, and are largely invisible to the public. But once in a while — when, say, a senator with a fringe ideology hires a neo-Confederate, pro-secessionist activist to work on Capitol Hill — there are exceptions.

    A classic example emerged this week in Pennsylvania, where Gov. Tom Corbett’s (R) administration hired Ana Puig to prominent post in the state Department of Revenue. The ideological inconsistency was hard to miss — Puig is a prominent right-wing activist and Tea Party spokesperson who made a name for herself railing against government and taxes. Now, as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Thomas Fitzgerald reported, Puig “not only went to work for state government, she represents the people who collect the taxes to keep the beast purring along.”

    But there’s more to this story than irony. Josh Israel fleshed out some additional details.

    Speaking at numerous rallies, [Puig] became co-chair of and registered lobbyist for a local group called the Kitchen Table Patriots. At a 2009 rally, she argued that Obama was a Communist, in the mold of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. [...]

    According to Keystone Politics, she defended Nazi memorabilia enthusiast in her organization as “a historian” and “an extremely smart person,” featured a blog promoting birther conspiracy theories and identifying the president as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood on her group’s website, and promoted events warning of the creeping threat of Sharia law in the United States.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/08/21/20118303-the-company-corbett-keeps?lite

  • rikyrah

    Terrorism Masquerading as Journalism is Still Terrorism (@Maddow)

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 2:04 PM

    Last night, Rachel Maddow used the first part of her show on MSNBC to go on an insane rant about Glenn Greenwald’s boyfriend (as well as partner in crime) being detained by the British authorities at London’s Heathrow airport. Maddow incessantly bellyached that Britain was abusing its anti-terrorism law to try to stop journalistic activity by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras in reporting on NSA activities – which, if Rachel believes is unconstitutional, she needs a crash course in the fourth amendment – disclosed to them by the American fugitive and Russian guest Edward Snowden. “Journalism is not terrorism,” Rachel lamented over and over, in the process chiding the United States for not objecting to Miranda’s interrogation despite having advanced knowledge of it.

    In addition the hilarious juxtaposition of someone who generally despises the US government telling other countries what to do suddenly getting bent out of shape because the Americans didn’t tell Great Britain what to do, in her cult-like worship of Glenn Greenwald, Maddow also decided to patently ignore the essential cornerstone of journalism herself – namely the idea that before going on righteous talk-radio style rants, one ought to wait for all the facts. All the facts about why Miranda may have been detained – that, as I pointed out, his activities of transporting stolen property (US and UK classified documents) may well have been a part of instigation of espionage by his partner and Poitras – and the facts about what terrorism is under UK and US laws.

    Maddow said last night that terrorism is a real thing, immediately thereafter proving that she had no idea what that thing was in law. Let me educate Maddow on this, since she doesn’t seem to either know or care. Under US law, this is how terrorism is defined – 18 USC § 2331:

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/08/dear-rachel-maddow-terrorism-under-veil.html

    • Admiral_Komack

      She’s sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo smart! (SNARK)

      • AxelFoley

        LOL, I remember fools at Dkos falling all over themselves to tell everyone how smart Rachel was.

        She’s so smart, she’s stupid.

    • rigoletta

      Why is it so hard for people to understand that if you are involved in the theft of govt. property you aren’t going to be able to run around like nothing happened and that the govt. will investigate you?

      • gn

        They believe that they should be above any rules or laws.

    • AxelFoley

      Spandan got in her ass.

    • goldenstar

      FABULOSO!!!

      A friend just asked about the Sirota article on the Grunwald tweet dissing Assange. I wrote a whole bunch (thanks to the informative commenters @ POU) and also included the Spandan post.

  • rikyrah

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    For Conservatives, “The Butler” is a Great Lesson in the Virtues of Being a “House Negro”

    Some conservatives are not too happy with the new movie The Butler. As I wrote here, The Butler is an extremely “conservative” and “American” movie that the Right should love. Nonetheless, their complaints are expected.

    The Butler features a predominantly African-American cast. The docudrama’s storyline also dares to culminate with the election of Barack Obama. These are two immediate strikes against its popularity among white conservatives.

    Given that Barack Obama is the Right’s version of Satan, The Butler is a logical focal point for Obama Derangement Syndrome.

    Moreover, as Fox News guest Erik Rush suggested last week Obama is apparently organizing gangs of black people to attack whites with the movie being a pretext that is:

    http://www.chaunceydevega.com/2013/08/for-conservatives-butler-is-great.html

  • rikyrah

    August 20, 2013, 2:40 pm

    They Can’t Handle The Health Care Truth

    Aaron Carroll talks about the Republican health care dilemma, and makes a good point: it runs deeper than the specific fact that Obamacare looks the way it does because it has to. At the most fundamental level, you can’t guarantee adequate health care to everyone unless the people who don’t need help right now — the young, healthy, and affluent — are induced, one way or another, to contribute to the care of those who do need help. You can do this purely with taxes, via a single-payer system (and maybe even by having the government act as provider), or you can do it, Swiss or Massachusetts style, via a combination of regulation, taxes, and subsidies. But some way of corralling the lucky healthy into contributing is necessary.

    For the vast majority of this group, this is still a good deal — as Ezra Klein says, nobody stays young and healthy forever, and only a very small number of people are so rich that they are better off on a lifetime basis with no guarantee of insurance at all. But conservatives balk at the notion of any kind of redistribution, even if it makes almost everyone better off. So they are unable to come up with an alternative.

    What they have are fantasies — claims that somehow unleashing the magic of the marketplace can make health care so cheap that everyone can afford it. There is absolutely no reason to believe that this is true.

    And this also means that their only chance of defeating Obamacare was to stop it before it went into effect. Once it’s in place, most people will see real benefits — and Republicans will have nothing to offer instead.

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/they-cant-handle-the-health-care-truth/?_r=1&

    • rigoletta

      Obamacare is going to bury the GOP hopefully permanently.

  • gn

    Why is privileged in quotes?

    @blogdiva
    @GN192 there is no reverse racism, and yeah, you got a problem with these “privileged” white men. and yes, because they’re white.

    “There’s no reverse racism but you’re a reverse racist/prejudiced person.” Okay.

    And to the end, she refused to answer this simple question: if our failure to salute GG/Snowden/Manning is “because they’re white,” then why has the black community come down like a ton of bricks on Tavis and Cornel for similar vendetta-based reporting full of innuendo, hyperbole, hidden agendas, outright lies, and errors?

    She has simply conflated observations that GG/Snowden/Manning are exhibiting behavior rife with white privilege with a so-called blanket disdain of all white men. She has a right to her opinion, but this “sister” sure as hell doesn’t speak for me in any way shape or form. It’s one thing to cape for GG but to attack black and brown communities as supposedly prejudiced against white men is the height of sophistry and victim-blaming, and that ridiculous claim is also as old as slavery. Scratch an emo and a genuine resentment/disdain for people of color almost always seems to emerge. She can go fly a kite.

    • Kennymack1971

      She really needs to stop but I believe this is an example of EmoProgs having a hard time accepting that a growing number of people have had it up to here with their BS and have no problem telling these jackasses just that. Libertarians and Anarchists do not represent my interests and they never will.

      • Miranda

        Libertarians and Anarchists are just privileged white folks with entirely too much time on their hands…that’s all they are. Spoiled ass privileged white folks who are so freaking divorced from basic reality that the only way to get their jollies off is to create their own oppression. Then, they get mad when we who DON’T have the luxury of living in fantasy land, refuse to buy that BS. Notice how they are constantly beating the drum about the erosion of civil liberties and hollering about “Big Brother” and the big bad gubmint reading their emails and listening to their phone calls…nevermind the black folks being cavity searched on the side of the highway. I’m telling you, it fascinates me to watch them go on these screeds about the NSA surveillance but not one word bout black folks being randomly stopped and felt up in public by law enforcement.

    • Alma98

      Since no one is going to say it, I will. This Blog Diva person has a Clarence Thomas vibe about her.

  • gn

    Yesterday or the day before I had an emo tell me on twitter that “they” [NSA etc] have the ability to secretly monitor *all* of our twitter and facebook posts. Without even a hint of irony lol.

    @fleetadmiralj
    did you know that the FBI has the capacity to tap ONE HUNDRED PRECENT of phone lines in the united states? OH THE HUGEMANITY

    • morphus

      Its amazing how “concern trolls” manage to IGNORE … the Pentagon’s call for 4,000+ hackers to “protect us” by monitoring the intertubes; the Pentagon’s announcement that its “standing up” a cyber warrior force; AND, the fact that one of the loons with stars on its shoulder claims its weighing a nuclear response to cyber attacks.

    • Miranda

      Why are emoprogs and teabaggers so invested in creating an oppression for themselves? Did BET or TVOne run a marathon of blaxploitation flicks recently or something? Why are white folks desperately trying to force “the man” on themselves? It is bizarre how they want to actually create an illusion of being in some oppressed society. Are they actually jealous of the North Koreans now? They are pretending to be oppressed so they can then pretend they are warriors of freedom and fighting it off. Its like kids playing cops and robbers. The reason they keep trying to snatch civil rights leaders is because they have romanticized the movement and want to create that Hollywood story for themselves. Gee, why should us Negros have all the fun? But they don’t really want the actual indignity of say stop and frisk……they want the fantasy of the NSA listening to them and then pretending like they’re being a rebel by being upset over it. It is really fascinating to me.

      • gn

        Privileged people romanticizing oppression and attempting to colonize even the experience of fighting oppressive systems. It really is completely nuts. It’s also a way of denying that white privilege exists while simultaneously reinforcing that privilege.

  • gn

    @lawalazu
    The Rank Hypocrisy Of GOP. Now Perry Wants #Obamacare Money. Hello! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/rick-perry-obamacare-funding_n_3787510.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

    • morphus

      If one takes the time to follow the money trail, Texas is one of the largest recipients of federal dollars.

    • Daltex82

      Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Anybody, anybody?

    • AxelFoley

      Muhfucka can go kick rocks.

  • gn

    I know I already mentioned her downthread, but she deserves a second mention. God was working through this woman:

    The school clerk said she tried to keep the assailant calm by asking him his name but, she said, at first he wouldn’t tell it to her.

    Then, he began listening to her tell her life story. She said she told him about how her marriage fell apart after 33 years and the “roller coaster” of opening her own business.

    “I told him, ‘OK, we all have situations in our lives. I went through a tragedy myself,’” she said. “It was going to be OK. If I could recover, he could too.”

    Then Tuff made the request that she said helped end the standoff. She said she asked the suspect to put his weapons down, empty his pockets and backpack and lay on the floor.

    “I told the police he was giving himself up. I just talked him through it,” she said.

    Despite her efforts, Tuff said she’s not the hero.

    “I give it all to God,” she said. “I’m not the hero. I was terrified.”

    That was God but she is also a HERO. 800 kids at that school.
    http://media.10news.com/photo/2013/08/21/Antoinette-Tuff_1377087343388_778178_ver1.0_320_240.jpg

    • rikyrah

      she is a true American Hero

    • Town

      Wow she subdued a mad gunman without a GUN!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ GN. —***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Sooo PROUD of her. – –God was working through this woman:- - —-

      — --She extended HERSELF —–2 SAVE OTHERS! - —–***tears/SMILES*** – –AMEN —

      —-A TRUE HERO – —BLESS U♥ – - – AMEN. –

      —-Any word from???—[Name any YT organization???] ——-saaaaay —the NRA???—

      Good 2 C U GN. :>)

  • gn

    Wow. Just wow:

    @sfpelosi
    How many hackers know who US gun owners are thanks to NRA’s massive secret gun registry? How many in #NRA consented to this data collection?

    So it’s wrong and tyranny and the third reich and Hitler to have a national gun registry. Yet the NRA compiled a secret registry of gun owners for their own marketing purposes. Just speaks volumes.

    • rigoletta

      The NRA is run by white guys that’s why it’s ok for them.

      It’s only tyranny when the President, the Attorney General and the head of the ATF are black men.

      • rikyrah

        love this gif
        consider it stolen

        • rigoletta

          You’re welcome. :)

  • Miranda

    And this is why you’ll be remembered for being the mayor throwing a fit and going into hysterics because a judge ruled your cherished law unconstitutional.
    ———————————-
    “I am sympathetic that he has a Congress that is partisan,” Bloomberg told me, speaking of Obama. “In the past two hundred and thirty-five years, we’ve probably had lots of partisan Congresses. His job is to try to bring the parties together. And when he works at it he has actually done some pretty good things.” But he faults Obama for failing to invite members of Congress to join him on his regular rounds of golf, for instance, and for delegating to Congress the drafting of important regulatory legislation, such as the Dodd-Frank bill and the health-care law. “His job is to lead,” Bloomberg said. “He is the Chief Executive. It’s a separate but not an equal branch of government.”

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/08/26/130826fa_fact_auletta?printable=true&currentPage=all#ixzz2cbtWoRqs

    • gn

      He can have a seat.

      • AxelFoley

        He can go get bent. Never liked that smarmy bastard.

    • rigoletta

      When is this idiot’s last day in office again?

    • Kennymack1971

      It’s time for this stupid ass talking point to die. All it has ever been is code for “This Negro is not kissing the White man’s ass enough”. The President has reached out to members of Congress only to still have them act a fool…fuck Bloomberg

    • Town

      But he faults Obama for failing to invite members of Congress to join him on his regular rounds of golf,

      ————————————————–

      Aw, Obama left you and the rest of the racist GOPTparty on the sidelines? U mad?

    • MsKitty

      But he faults Obama for failing to invite members of Congress to join him on his regular rounds of golf, for instance, and for delegating to Congress the drafting of important regulatory legislation, such as the Dodd-Frank bill and the health-care law.

      The Legislative Branch of government exists to make laws. In other words THAT IS THEIR FUCKING JOB.

      If I ever win Powerball I’m buying a TV network for the sole purpose of running Schoolhouse Rock on a continuous loop.

    • goldenstar

      Did Bloomberg invite folks to golf with him? Does he even golf?

      Does Bloomberg talk to his constituents on a regular basis? Does he make tours throughout New York City?

      Oh, what’s good for the goose ain’t good for the gander.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      I’ve always been wary of this asshole from day one. The whole “independent” move was nothing but a political ploy to run away from Bush and keep the office. Then his “support” for Barack Obama was just to get himself a third term. Bloomberg is all about Bloomberg. The man is nothing but a dictator. And a dumbass one at that. The U.S. Constitution lists the Executive Branch as a CO-EQUAL Branch of Government. Seems that free market education doesn’t really educate well, now does it?

  • rikyrah

    Anti-Obamacare Rage, Once a GOP Hit, Fizzles Despite Town Halls

    Heritage Action may be launching town halls against the health-care law, but the rage that fueled the Tea Party wave has died down—and even Republicans are starting to walk away, says Jamelle Bouie.

    by Jamelle Bouie Aug 20, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    Tea Party Republicans had a huge hit with their rage against Obamacare. It gave them control of the House of Representatives in 2010, fueled their anti-spending crusade in 2011, inspired the most vocal of the GOP presidential candidates, and elevated a host of right-wing politicians to the Senate, providing a national platform for the crusade against the so-called government takeover of health care.

    Hits aren’t built to last, however, and after a while, this one began to fizzle. Mitt Romney’s constant attacks on Obamacare did little to help his White House campaign, and few Republican Senate candidates gained from their pledge to kill it. Those who did, like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, were playing to a small audience of devoted fans who just wanted more of the same.

    The magic has fizzled so much that some Republicans have begun to walk away from the project altogether, even as others work to turn Obamacare funding into cause for a government shutdown.

    “Next to impossible,” said Tea Party favorite Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), when asked about the odds of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said much the same thing last month: “Listen, as long as Barack Obama is president, the Affordable Care Act is going to be law.” And even Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the closest thing to a Tea Party avatar, has voiced skepticism that the law can be stopped. Asked by Fox News’s Sean Hannity about his support for the “defunding” strategy proposed by Senate conservatives, Paul said that while he supports it, he “may not be able to guarantee victory.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/20/anti-obamacare-rage-once-a-gop-hit-fizzles-despite-town-halls.html

    • gn

      @bdomenech
      Higher percentage of Republicans utilized Obamacare’s option to stay on your parents’ plan than Democrats. http://vlt.tc/10st

      • rikyrah

        UH HUH

      • conlakappa

        Duh, deserving!!!1 of privilege mixed with anger!!!

  • GreenLadyHere
    • Daltex82

      Woot, Woot!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ Daltex82. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —Back @-chu :>) Have a good day. :>) –

  • rikyrah

    Bentivolio’s idea of a ‘dream come true’

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:11 AM EDT.

    We here at The Rachel Maddow Show have been fascinated by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) for a while, because even in a Congress filled with colorful characters, the Michigan Republicans stands out as … unique.

    As Rachel noted a couple of weeks ago, Bentivolio was elected to Congress last year in a bit of a fluke — the GOP incumbent in a deep-red district resigned just four months before Election Day, leaving Bentivolio, a wacky perennial candidate, as the only Republican running. Bentivolio’s day job is working as a professional Santa Claus re-enactor and reindeer herder. He also played a doctor in a 9/11 truther movie, and took shirtless photos of himself kissing a reindeer.

    Now Kerry Bentivolio is an actual member of Congress, hosting town-hall meetings like this one earlier this week. As Andrew Kaczynski noted, Bentivolio told his constituents on Monday that he wants to write and submit articles of impeachment against President Obama, which the congressman would consider “a dream come true.”

    He added that after standing near the president for a speech, “I went back to my office and I’ve had lawyers come in. These are lawyers, Ph.Ds in history, and I said, ‘Tell me how I can impeach the President of the United States.’”

    Bentivolio conceded that he’d have to find some “evidence” to avoid becoming “a laughing stock.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/08/21/20118623-bentivolios-idea-of-a-dream-come-true?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –POU FAM♥ – -REAL FAST:– – -Manning being SENTENCED NOW!! —WATCHIN’. .

  • MsKitty

    Yet another entry that would make a great movie. At any rate, I’m thankful that these stories are being told here.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -GOOD MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ –***BIG HUG** :>) –

    Woo! Hoo! CHAMPION VICTOR MOORE! :>) —A FIRST in Soo MANY WAYS!!. :>) — -

    – - – -[OTHER NEWS: - --Barry Manning: Sentencing SOON. - --FILNER WATCH: - -YA NEEDTA GO. LOL]

    – –☻2 the “VICTOR” –goes –MANY AWARDS: :>)
    - — – - – — ☺A man referred to as “the one who beat them all.”

    — – — —☺YET: –He was –In Da STRUGGLE”

    —- – — – -☺Victor Moore knocked down Chuck Norris. –WOW&1/2!!

    — – - – –☺A FIRST! — Victor was the first black man to join the first Karate Association in the USA (USKA).

    THANK U Miranda♥. :>) He is —A- MAZ -ING!! —Sooo PROUD of him!! :>)

    — -POU FAM♥ – –ENJOY YOUR TREAT♥ :>) —B BLESSED 2-DAY♥ :>) — -

    • TyrenM

      Why Chuck Norris is the hater he is. Arse whooped by Victor, Jim Kelly and Bruce Lee.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ TyrenM. :>)- -***BIG HUG***

        – –LOL — I KNOW-HUH.?—LOL —THAT’s “WHYCOME” —he a racist RE-THUG!! — LOL

        BLACKS/POC —done – -BEAT HIM! LOL —

        HE MAD!! – - -LOL —Good 2 C U TyrenM :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        I didn’t know this! I just thought he is a racist dickwad but this does explain his hate.

      • AxelFoley

        And Barack Obama.

  • Miranda

    This is the kind of irrational stupid PBO has to deal with….smh

    GOP Congressman: Would Be “Dream Come True” To Submit Obama Impeachment Bill
    posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:34pm EDT

    Michigan Republican Rep. Kerry Bentivolio said Monday it would be a “dream come true” to submit a bill to impeach President Obama. Bentivolio also said he had meetings with lawyers asking them to “tell me how I can impeach” the President of the United States. Bentivolio was speaking at the August 2013 Birmingham Bloomfield Republican Club Meeting.

    “If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” Bentivolio said. “I stood twelve feet away from the guy and listened to him. I couldn’t stand being there, but because he is president I have to respect the office. That’s my job, as a Congressman, I respect the office.”

    “I went back to my office and I’ve had lawyers come in” the Congressman continued. “These are lawyers, Ph.Ds in history, and I said ‘tell me how I can impeach the President of the United States.’”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/gop-congressman-would-be-dream-come-true-to-submit-obama-imp

    • AxelFoley

      Don’t speak about it, be about it.

    • MsKitty

      I want them to actually follow though and do it. Impeachment and stonewalling immigration reform would be the final nails in the GOP coffin for sure.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      If you feelin froggy muthafucka, then JUMP!!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      Go for it asshole… Try to impeach the President.. * In my Sgt. Waters voice* PLEASE.

  • gn

    Manning got 35 years and dishonorable discharge.

    eta, specifics:
    @carwinb
    Pfc. Bradley #Manning sentenced to 35 yrs (w 1294 days credit) . Reduced E-1. Forfeit of all pay & allowances. Dishonorably discharged.

    With time served, that’s ~31 years. That’s his all of his young adult and most of his middle age life, senselessly tossed away. People need to stay away from wikileaks, GG, etc.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Since they weren’t going to execute him, they should have given him MORE time.
      Fuck the traitorous bitch.

      • Aquagranny911

        Agreed! I really thought he would get at least 50 years.

  • gn

    @ReutersBiz
    U.S. existing home sales jump to three-year high http://reut.rs/16LFdG1

  • GreenLadyHere

    MANNING: – —-35 YEARS of PRISON

    – — – – — —— – - – – -DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE
    - – - – — – - —- – - – - – -FORFEITS ALL PAYMENTS and BENEFITS

    • goldenstar

      NOT. PLAYING.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ GOLDenstar. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) — -***fist bump*** —Movin’ forward – —>

        — -SNOWbored/gg/miranda, anem?? —-

        Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>) –

    • AxelFoley

      Justice is served.

      Snowden, you next, son.

      • rigoletta

        Nah. Let him stay in Russia for the rest of his life.

        Besides GG’s attempt to pimp him, you notice Snowden hasn’t given the exclusive interview they said he would when he got there.

        He’s in a prison of his own making.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        —****-2 BIG fist bumps*** :>)

        Maybe —-gg/miranda could —JOIN him.??

        WATCHIN’ – —

        Good 2 C U AxelFoley. :>) –

  • Miranda

    yeah….thanks for admitting what your fear really is there Rafael.

    Cruz: Americans Could Get “Addicted” to Obamacare

    KINGWOOD, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has come home to Texas to promote his long-shot bid to defund “Obamacare,” warning Tea Party activists Monday that they have only a few months to stop the health care reform law before people get “addicted” to it.

    Cruz, who has thrilled his conservative base with his promise to shake up business as usual in Washington, says that once the insurance subsidies kick in at the beginning of 2014, it will be too late to undo the Affordable Care Act.

    He said that is precisely President Obama’s goal.

    “His strategy is to get as many Americans as possible hooked on the subsidies, addicted to the sugar,” Cruz told a Kingwood Tea Party gathering. “If we get to Jan. 1, this thing is here forever.”

    http://www.texastribune.org/2013/08/19/cruz-warns-americans-could-get-addicted-obamacare/

    • MsKitty

      Like vampires fighting the inevitable sunrise. Desperation smells so sweet.

  • Miranda

    Emoprog heads exploding everywhere

    http://www.kindapush.com/images/ExplodingHead.gif

    • AxelFoley

      Dudebros losin’ they shit.

    • rigoletta

      Many of them thought he would be let go. Instead he got off easy.

      White privilege is a hell of a drug.

      • JB20005

        I kept hearing predictions of 5-7 years, or maybe even time served because he was “tortured” by the conditions of his pretrial confinement.

        Delusion, it’s what’s for dinner.

        • goldenstar

          from the NYTimes:

          A little more than three years will be deducted from Private Manning’s sentence for the time he has already spent in custody. He also will be credited with 112 days for the treatment he endured at a military jail that the judge ruled was unlawful.

          • rigoletta

            There are black prisoners who have spent DECADES in the kind of conditions Manning was held in.

            When do they get released?

            GTFOH!

          • AxelFoley

            This.

          • rikyrah

            one name
            JON BURGE

          • JB20005

            I’ve practiced criminal law in Maricopa County, AZ, home of the biggest peckerwood Sheriff in the entire country.

            Manning’s confinement conditions are things that happen on a daily basis in Shurf Joe’s jails.

          • Aquagranny911

            Smurf Joe is a scum sucking goatfigger! There are regular, ongoing abuses & even death in his jails for which the tax payers have footed the bill, paying off the law suits.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – — -HAH! – - – -LOSERS —AGAIN!! – –

    — -The Republicans again fail to defeat Obamacar – -

    – - –Before Congress left for its summer recess, a bloc of Senate Republicans, led by Tea Party senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) started a petition calling for defunding the federal government unless Congress repealed Obamacare.

    A dozen senators immediately signed the document, and it was expected more would after being confronted by conservative activists in their home states.

    It didn’t happen. Only 13 of the 46 Republicans in the Senate have joined this latest attempt to repeal the president’s health care law.
    THERE IS MORE – —LOL!! –

    – — BWAHAHA! – - -

  • JB20005

    What has happened to Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, and David Miranda should be a cautionary tale to any idealistic naif considering working with Julian Assange or Glenn Greenwald.

    If someone gets caught holding the bag, it’s going to be you.

    • AxelFoley

      That’s how it always is.

    • rigoletta

      While Assange is stuck in Ecuador by the Thames, I think the Brits are getting things in order to make sure Greenwald suffers the same fate.

      • AxelFoley

        Man, I hope so.

      • Aquagranny911

        I think that Britain & the US have been making a quite joint effort to gather evidence against the whole bunch. Snowbum is really the little fish.

        I would love to see Greenscum perp walked which won’t happen but having him thoroughly discredited & stuck forever in his compound in Brazil will work for me.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Nine Term North Carolina Senator Resigns To Fight New Voter Suppression Law

    [....] In a message posted on her website, Kinnaird wrote that a major focus of her post-legislative work will be “a grass-roots project to make sure everyone in the state has a proper voter ID so that no votes are denied, even though” a recently enacted voter suppression law “is aimed at exactly that – repressing the vote.” Kinnaird’s replacement will effectively be chosen by Democratic officials.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/19/2491081/nine-term-north-carolina-senator-resigns-to-right-new-voter-suppression-law/

    H/T Ian Millhiser

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —–HE MAD – —LOL –

    —-Mark O’Mara responds to new ‘Stand Your Ground’ PSA – - -
    - – — -Mark O’Mara has responded via his blog to a new PSA from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence that calls on lawmakers to oppose Stand Your Ground Laws by using a dramatization of the night Trayvon Martin was fatally shot

    – — – SNIP – - – -

    The George Zimmerman case was not a ‘stand your ground’ case; it was clearly traditional self-defense, and therefore any campaign for the repeal of ‘stand your ground’ laws predicated on the facts of the
    Zimmerman case is a non-starter, and any campaign that relies on
    misrepresentations and misinformation is doomed to fail. Those who wish to effect a valid, rational modification of these principles of
    self-defense must do so with logic and fact on their side. If we are
    going to have a conversation about ‘stand your ground’ that will have
    results, we must have an honest conversation.

    – - -SNIP – - – -

    Trayvon Martin’s parents are expected to make a statement today in regards to the new “Stand Up to ‘Stand Your Ground’” PSA.
    THERE IS MORE —–
    – —-JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON —annd OTHERS!
    –CONDOLENCES 2 ALL. AMEN. –

    • Town

      O’Mara doesn’t want an “honest conversation” about Stand Your Ground/Self Defense/Zimmerman because that would just bring up the fact that Zimmerman wouldn’t have had to defend himself if he had stayed his fat ass in the car like 911 told him to.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        ***fist bump*** – –He ain’t slick!! —WE KNEW — -his “defense strategy”.!! —–

        -Wonder ifff he’s been PAID?? – —He alleged that this was a pro bono case – - –HAH! – -Another LIE!! – -
        Good 2 C U Town. — —

        – –JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON annnd OTHERS

  • creolechild

    SEC investigates JP Morgan’s hiring ‘princelings’ in China

    This weekend reports surfaced that the SEC is investigating JPMorgan for hiring Chinese ‘princelings’ (the privileged children of ruling Communist Party leaders) in order to land business in the country. The bank has yet to be accused of any wrong-doing, and the SEC isn’t accusing these hires of being unqualified people either.[....]

    The problem isn’t who JPMorgan is hiring, it’s why — and if JPMorgan is hiring these people in order to land business deals, that’s a violation
    of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and there is legal precedent for
    the government to take action.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/global-economy/130819/sec-investigation-jp-morgan-hiring-princelings-china

    H/T Linnette Lopez

    • goldenstar

      Clearly, SEC is looking at the DOJ benchmark when it comes to protecting the public trust. Ms. Mary Jo White has joined the ranks with Mr. Eric Holder. Yowza!

      No. Play.

    • Aquagranny911

      I was told by someone who knows about stuff like this that such things are common practice by a lot of US corporations who operate in foreign countries.

      • goldenstar

        Yep. The difference is that the SEC has just given everybody fair notice that they’re ready.

  • creolechild

    Court Blocks Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, As Six Other States Revive Their Own

    For the third consecutive election, Pennsylvania’s controversial law requiring photo identification to vote will likely not apply, after a state court blocked the law again Friday. The court held once again that the law is arguably unconstitutional, and cannot be applied until a trial determines once and for all if the law is valid.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/19/2487241/court-blocks-pennsylvania-voter-id-law-again-as-six-other-states-revive-their-own/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU.

    So, Manning gets 35 years minus time already served. I consider that lenient but I suppose that the emufrogs will have a melt down.

    • creolechild

      I don’t know why they’re having a meltdown. If this article is correct, he’ll serve less than 10 years before he’s eligible for parole.

      [....] Manning is required to serve one-third of the sentence, minus three and half years of time served, before he is eligible for parole. That will be in eight years when he is 33.[....]

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/judge-to-sentence-bradley-manning-today/2013/08/20/85bee184-09d0-11e3-b87c-476db8ac34cd_story.html

      • Aquagranny911

        Parole will be subject to his behavior & a thorough review. It is not necessarily a given. But it is a very lenient sentence, imo.

        The emufrogs wanted him to get a hero medal & a ticker tape parade so they will moan & whine.

      • goldenstar

        Meltdowns are for the indulged, brats, spoiled, and privileged. And, as long as they think that they are special, meltdowns will continue.

        This whole issue of Manning’s questioning his gender identity is interesting. So, maybe he will get time to reflect and contemplate in prison and be able to complete his identity circle.

  • creolechild

    Shands Healthcare to Pay $26 Million to Resolve Allegations
    Related to Inpatient Stays at Six Florida Hospitals – 08/19/2013

    Shands Teaching Hospital & Clinics Inc., Shands Jacksonville Medical
    Center Inc. and Shands Jacksonville Healthcare Inc. (collectively,
    Shands Healthcare), which operates a network of health care providers in Florida, will pay the government and the state of Florida a total of $26 million to settle allegations that six of its health care facilities submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs for inpatient procedures that should have been billed as outpatient services, the Justice Department announced today.[....]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/August/13-civ-936.html

    H/T US Department of Justice

    • Aquagranny911

      I have some mixed feelings about this. If this is truly fraud then they need to pay. However, I have been hearing about cases where people are listed as outpatient for medicare but end up paying out of pocket for inpatient care.

      This happened to a friend of ours who went in for minor day surgery, had complications & ended up staying 3 days in the hospital. She’s gotten billed for the inpatient part. She is fighting it out with Medicare & her Doc is helping but the outcome is iffy right now.

      • creolechild

        Not well-versed about Medicare benefits, Aqua, but I found information that may help to answer the concerns you’ve raised. (Welcome back, honey bunny!)

        Your Medicare Coverage: Is my test, item, or service covered?

        http://www.medicare.gov/coverage/hospital-care-inpatient.html

        • Aquagranny911

          Gracias, Chica! I will pass this on but from what I understand, things can get complicated if the hospital or Docs don’t code the procedures properly or the person has complications like my friend.

          Having a good supplement to your Medicare helps a lot. We are so fortunate to have Tri-Care as our supplement. They payed everything Medicare didn’t when I had to visit the ER in Colorado when I hurt my knee.

          • creolechild

            If the docs intervene, there’s a chance that corrections will be made to the bill and your friend won’t have to pay as much out of pocket.

  • creolechild

    Generous donor pays for shopping spree for more than 90 kids

    More than 90 low-income students from White Center will be able to
    shop for back-to-school clothes because of the generosity of a Seattle
    woman. For a decade, Mrs. Jean Renny has been donating money to the Salvation Army so that kids could buy what they need for the new school year. This year she is giving $20,000 to the Salvation Army for the shopping spree. The kids will receive $200 each to spend at JCPenney Tuesday morning.[....]

    Read more: http://www.king5.com/news/local/Elderly-woman-pays-for-shopping-spree-for-kids-220288861.html

    H/T Natalie Swaby and King 5 News

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ —HAH — –NOW – –Mums da word –huh?? – —-LOL –

    Greenwald declines to say if partner was carrying classified data
    – – - -The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald declined to say whether his partner, David Miranda, was carrying classified information when he was detained for nine hours by U.K. authorities this week.

    Speaking Tuesday on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Greenwald, who first reported on Edward Snowden’s leaks, was asked whether Miranda was transporting classified government information on the laptop, memory sticks, external hard drive, and cell phone that U.K. officials confiscated from him.

    “I’m not going to talk about what he was carrying because that’s our product as journalists,” Greenwald said.

    Miranda also declined to answer, saying he was just taking the materials back to Greenwald and didn’t know what was on them.

    “I don’t know that,” he said. “I mean I was just taking the file – those materials back to Glenn. I mean, you know, Glenn, being working with a lot of stories along the years, I didn’t quite follow everything that he writes every day. I can’t follow him, because I have to have a life.”
    THERE IS MORE — – — -DIS IS FUN! LOL –

    • gn

      Please, that horse is already out of the barn. NYT has already obtained verification that he was couriering stolen intel:

      Mr. Miranda was in Berlin to deliver documents related to Mr. Greenwald’s investigation into government surveillance to Ms. Poitras, Mr. Greenwald said. Ms. Poitras, in turn, gave Mr. Miranda different documents to pass to Mr. Greenwald. Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden. The British authorities seized all of his electronic media — including video games, DVDs and data storage devices — and did not return them, Mr. Greenwald said.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/world/europe/britain-detains-partner-of-reporter-tied-to-leaks.html?_r=0

      The Snowden ring already admitted that Miranda was carrying stolen intel; how sleazy to try to backtrack that.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GN – - -I KNOW –HUH! –LOL –

        He STILL wouldn’t want FACT 2 get in the way of his –

        – –ACTIONS – – -HAH!- –

        • gn

          His dishonesty knows no limit. His behavior is so unethical that it’s a story in itself. Some in the beltway think that GG is just being picked on; that’s not the case. He’s a terrible journalist.

          • GreenLadyHere

            GN- – –***BIG fist bump*** –He’s a terrible journalist.

            –He’s GOIN’ DOWN —-with the —SHEET!! :>)–

            WATCHIN’ – –with GLEE :>) – –

      • creolechild

        Smartypants raises some interesting questions about several well-known bloggers and their lack of scrutiny related to Gigi’s assertions. Here’s a brief excerpt:

        [....] Ultimately what it comes down to is that I’m a bit depressed about how our so-called “liberal” media is handling this issue. I’m not just talking about the MSM. I’m talking about people I’ve looked to for guidance on understanding important stories…like Steve Benen and Greg Sargent and Ezra Klein and Kevin Drum and – to a certain extent – BooMan. I’ve occasionally disagreed with all of those writers. That’s not what bothers me.[...]

        What all of those writers have failed to do is ask any real substantive questions about Greenwald and The Guardian’s reporting. They’re more than happy to question the Obama administration, but don’t see any reason to question the hysterical claims in the reporting on Snowden’s leaks, even after – as Bob Cesca documents here – so many of those claims have been proven to be false.[....]

        Read more: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-little-soul-searching.html

        H/T Smartypants

  • Miranda

    *facepalm*…see what “Scandal” has wrought?

    Jason Gore ‏@sonicdork2m
    The NSA is honestly laughing at every single Bradley Manning joke… while hog tying your loved ones and putting them in “The Hole.”

  • creolechild

    US Labor Department lawsuit leads to restoration of more than $2.3 million to annuity, vacation and hiring hall funds of IATSE Local 829 in New York

    The trustees of the pension plan, annuity fund and vacation fund of
    Exhibition Employees Local 829 of the International Association of
    Theatrical Stage Employees in New York repaid a total of $2,256,817, with an additional $50,000 scheduled to be paid, to the funds following a consent judgment, which came after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation revealed numerous violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

    The trustees have also agreed to make additional payments and forfeitures of their own annuity plan accounts, resign and take other corrective action.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ebsa/EBSA20131634.htm

    H/T Ted Fitzgerald and Andre J. Bowser

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –While I have sympathies 4 this case —THIS is gettin’ curiouser annnd curiouser! – -

    – –Family of Hannah Anderson’s kidnapper want DNA test for teen and her murdered brother because they think he may be their father

    — –The family of the man who kidnapped Hannah Anderson after killing her mother and brother are asking for a DNA test because they believe he is her father.

    A spokesman for James DiMaggio’s family made the request after it was revealed he left $112,000 to Hannah’s grandmother, who he named as the sole beneficiary of his life insurance policy.
    THERE IS MORE — —-WATCHIN’ – - –CURIOUSLY! – –

    • Town

      I personally believe DiMaggio was Hannah’s lover but you ain’t heard that from me.

    • Miranda

      WHOA

      • Alma98

        I liked this comment but disqus chose dislike. lol

      • GreenLadyHere

        Miranda – - —I KNOW –HUH? – - -***shakin’ my head***

  • Miranda

    *side eye*……look we all know good and damn well Blurred Lines is Got To Give It Up
    —————————–
    “In copyright infringement [involving music],” Hayes explained, “you have to consider three things: cadence, melody and lyrics, and you have to take two of the three in order for it to be infringement.” If neither is used in their identical form, then the producer isn’t required to cut a check to the publisher of the original version. “In the case of “Blurred Lines,” he continued, “they take none of the three.”

    But what did they take? Surely, I wasn’t the only one scratching her head trying to understand the legal and ethical precedence set when their lawsuit was filed.

    Toomp weighed in, saying that Williams sampled the “vibe” of “Got to Give it Up.” While laughing, he insisted, “You can’t tell me no one in the studio during the time of production didn’t listen and say, ‘Y’all flipped that Marvin Gaye’. You can’t hide that sound,” Toomp claimed. “When we produced ‘Good Life’, we time-stretched the melody so that it [the original 'PYT'] fit with the key of the song and we then put the music on top of it. We sampled all three elements,” he admitted. “And we had to pay Michael Jackson for it.”

    All three agree that “Blurred Lines” is not copyright infringement. It’s not a sample, and it isn’t an interpolation. Rather, it is a genius recreation of a vibe that is careful not to infringe upon the song’s original master. From the Williams-Thicke perspective, the song evokes an era, and an era isn’t copyrightable. So why shoot first?

    http://www.theroot.com/views/robin-thicke-and-art-jacking-beats?page=0,1

    • Town

      If you take elements of the melody, but change the melody, is it still copyright infringement?
      I ask because while you can listen to Blurred Lines and hear the Marvin Gaye influences in it, the Pharrell/Neptunes influence is strong in it to. I listen to Blurred Lines and I know Pharrell is behind it, because all of the Pharrell/Neptunes songs outside of NERD have the same melodic fingerprint on them. Blurred Lines sounds like a Pharrell song.

      Since the lyrics aren’t the same but the cadence & melody are similar (although the melody has the Pharrell fingerprint), is it still copyright infringement? They are only but so many chords/melody combinations you can make.

  • creolechild

    Secretariat’s grandson, Virginia inmate find a common bond in Greener Pastures program

    [....] Six years ago, Holmes and Covert Action each found their way to the James River Work Center, a prison farm in rural Goochland County. Holmes was an inmate passing a long sentence, and Covert Action, a grandson of Secretariat, was here because that knee had made him worthless to those who expected him to win races. Now a free man, Holmes returns to the farm every few weeks, teaching other inmates the farrier skills he learned here — and talking about how life can bring you to unexpected places.[....]

    On these 100 acres, outlined by razor wire and patrolled by guards, eight inmates and 22 retired thoroughbred racehorses coexist in the Greener Pastures program. For now, each man’s life is defined by crime and a countdown toward freedom; each horse was bred and
    trained to thunder around a track, before age or health or cost made them irrelevant. “These animals, too, were cast away,” said Harris Diggs, warden at Deep Meadow Correctional Center, which oversees the farm.[....]

    Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/othersports/secretariats-grandson-virginia-inmate-find-a-common-bond-in-greener-pastures-program/2013/08/16/17657b3e-043b-11e3-88d6-d5795fab4637_story.html

    H/T Kent Babb

  • Miranda

    niiiiiiice…..

    petesouza ‏@petesouza15h
    Instagram of jersey given to Pres Obama from the 1972 Miami Dolphins pic.twitter.com/MLltQkMNwc

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BSJydSHIEAEVwJN.jpg

  • creolechild

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Celebrates Opening of Draper Light Rail Line in Utah – August 16, 2013

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today attended the grand opening of the new Draper TRAX light rail line, which significantly expands transit options for thousands of residents and commuters in the Salt Lake City area.[....] The project includes three new stations with park-and-ride-facilities.

    The TRAX extension to Draper is the final project in UTA’s Frontlines
    2015 Program, a $2.9 billion program to build 70 miles of rail in seven years. Four new light rail lines and one new commuter rail line have more than doubled UTA’s rail system. FTA committed approximately $545 million in total to the Frontlines 2015 Program, which includes $90 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    Read more: http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/fastlane/us-transportation-secretary-foxx-celebrates-opening-draper-light-rail-line

    H/T US Department of Transportation

  • creolechild

    Blue Cross reaches out over insurance law changes – 08/10/2013

    [....] North Carolina’s largest health insurer opened its first retail store.[....] For now, its main product is providing in-person information about changes coming in October with the health insurance overhaul law. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is opening half a dozen of these offices in strip malls statewide to first educate and then, starting in October, enroll consumers shopping for coverage because of the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”[....]

    The North Carolina company also hauls an air-conditioned showroom trailer to fairs and farmers markets to reach out to the estimated 600,000 people who will be newly shopping for individual policies — some of them subsidized by the government for consumers who might have trouble affording a policy. Many of the individual policies will be sold on a statewide Internet marketplace designed to make buying coverage comparable to finding a hotel room or rental car.[....]

    Read more: http://bostonherald.com/business/healthcare/2013/08/blue_cross_reaches_out_over_insurance_law_changes

    H/T Emery Dalesio

  • Alma98

    Good morning all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Goood Wednesday MornTin’ Alma. :>) ***BIG —SUNNY –HUG*** :>) — – -

      Thank U 4 THIS — UNIQUE CUTIE. —Luvin’ the —RAYS. :>) – –**OUR –DAILY JOY! :>) — – **HUG*** – - 2 DAUGHTER. :>)

      Have a good day. :>) – -

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma:)
      Com Ed is getting paid today :(

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma!

      I finally got somewhat caught up with what I missed here. It really sucks about your daughter’s job going south. I’m sending good vibes that she soon gets something even better & closer to home, as well!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — —TWEETIN’ – — -TRUTH :>) —

    – - —☺@keithboykin
    Conservatives love to say they don’t see race, then @DavidWebbShow @BreitbartNews run a headline like this. http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/08/21/Charles-Lane-White-Hunted-Down-And-Killed-Like-A-Dog-By-3-Black-Youths

    — –☺ ‏@keithboykin
    The difference between these black-on-white shootings and the Zimmerman shooting is the suspects were promptly arrested and charged.

    — — -☺@keithboykin
    ‏When a young white guy tried to shoot up a school in Georgia, liberals didn’t try to start profiling all white men.
    http://youtu.be/SG4TPXbgBn8
    View media
    – —-MORE L8R – - – - –

    • malletgirl02

      Thanks Greenlady always keeping us informed.

  • creolechild

    Rutgers experiment draws national attention by helping 163 urban kids get to college – Posted 08/04/2013

    Five years ago, Rutgers University began a grand experiment. What would happen if the university put nearly 200 low-income kids in
    an intensive multiyear program to get them ready for college and
    offered them free tuition to Rutgers if they stuck with it? The results of the program, called Rutgers Future Scholars, are better than anyone at the university expected.

    Out of the 183 students who started the program as seventh-graders, 163 are headed to college this fall — including 98 to Rutgers on full scholarships, school officials said. Nearly all will be among the first in their families to attend college. “I’m very excited — it even beats the state graduation rate,” said Courtney McAnuff, Rutgers’ vice president for enrollment management. “It’s just been phenomenal.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/experimental_rutgers_program_helps_163_urban_kids_get_to_college
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    H/T Kelly Heyboer

    • gn

      Absolutely amazing. All the kids need is a chance, there’s no such thing as inherent inferiority. Great program!

    • Daltex82

      Yes they can and yes they did!!

      I love reading stories like this.

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  • creolechild

    Democratic Push For Voting Reform In All 50 States Has GOP Frothing At The Mouth

    [....] Last week, a 50-state initiative was rolled out by a new nonprofit organization run by Michael Sargeant, the executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. The group takes back language co-opted by conservatives, naming itself American Values First. The intent of the group is to push voting reforms that will make it a whole lot easier for all who are eligible to vote.

    First of all, Democrats will push states to adopt legislation that requires all elections to be conducted by mail.[....] Secondly, Dems will push for states to enact universal registration, putting the responsibility for registration on state governments — for instance, by tying automatic registration of eligible voters to issuing drivers’ licenses. Such a bill failed by just one vote in Oregon last year. Rep. Lew Frederick, D-Portland, will reintroduce it in January, 2014.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/08/21/democrats-take-charge-push-in-50-states-for-voting-reforms/

    H/T Deborah Montesanto

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • goldenstar

    Why is that Henry guy asking the WH Dep Press Secy about his reaction to the Australian killed by the black kids and hy hasn’t PBO spoken about this? He spoke about Trayvon?

    Jeeesh

    • conlakappa

      I hope his idiocy was met with a:

      ::blinks::

      Followed by a My Cousin Vinny-esque, “oh, you were serious?”