September 23, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Fitness Gurus

William Wayne “Billy” Blanks (born September 1, 1955) is an American fitness guru, martial artist, actor, and the creator of the Tae Bo exercise program. Blanks was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the fourth of fifteen children. Blanks began his study of the martial arts at the age of eleven, attending Karate and Taekwondo classes. He was born with an anomaly in his hip joints that impaired his movement. The resulting clumsiness caused taunts from Blank’s siblings and led his instructors to believe that he would never accomplish much. Blanks found the answer to these challenges in karate. When he saw Bruce Lee on TV, he decided he wanted to be a world martial-arts champion, which helped counter the hip anomaly.

Blanks was hired as a bodyguard for lead actress Catherine Bach during the filming of 1988’s Driving Force, which was filmed in Manila during a time of political unrest. Blanks impressed the producers and was written into the script in a supporting role. This led to Blanks’ work in several martial arts films, including King of the Kickboxers and the first Bloodfist. Perhaps his most recognizable role to mainstream audiences is in the opening scene of Tony Scott’s The Last Boy Scout, where he plays a doomed pro-football player. Blanks also appeared as the kickboxing instructor to Ashley Judd’s character in Kiss the Girls.

In the late 1980s, Blanks developed the Tae Bo workout, while running a karate studio in Quincy, Massachusetts. He used components of his martial arts and Boxing training. The name is derived from taekwondo and boxing. Blanks opened a fitness center in Los Angeles to teach his new workout. He later attracted some celebrity clients such as Paula Abdul, and the popularity of the workout quickly grew, becoming a pop culture phenomenon after Blanks began releasing mass-marketed videos. He sold over 1.5 million VHS tapes in his first year and is reported to have grossed between $80 million and $130 million in sales.

Blanks is a Christian and released a special line of Tae Bo workouts called the “Believer’s” series that includes motivational prayers and other Christian components. He has appeared on the Christian television network TBN.

In 1974 Blanks married Gayle H. Godfrey, whom he met in karate class. Shortly after the marriage, he adopted Gayle’s daughter, Shellie, who had been born in 1973. Shellie Blanks Cimarosti, a martial artist, is prominently featured in many Tae Bo videos. Shellie has also produced her own video called Tae Bo Postnatal Power, as well as hosted her father’s new infomercial Tae Bo T3 (Total Transformation Training). Gayle and Blanks also have a son, Billy Blanks, Jr., who works as a dancer, singer, and fitness instructor. Blanks Jr. produced several best-selling DVDs, including Cardioke and Fat Burning Hip Hop Mix. He has also starred in a touring production of the musical Fame and has worked as a dancer in music videos with Madonna, Quincy Jones, and Paula Abdul.

Blanks and Godfrey were divorced in 2008 after 33 years of marriage. Godfrey filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. In November 2008, Blanks became the father of a new daughter, named Angelika. The mother is Tomoko Sato, whom Blanks met in 2007 and who worked as his Japanese interpreter.[1] Blanks and Sato’s marriage was formally registered in January 2009 and their wedding ceremony was held on June 20, 2009. He relocated to Japan in 2009, where he is billed as “Chocolate Fighter.” He has also adopted Sato’s two daughters, Marriett and Erika Peterson.

  • JojoRaze

    Good morning, y’all. I’ve been binge watching “Being Mary Jane” on Netflix since Saturday night and extended my binge since I was home sick yesterday. It is such a good show with great characters and very funny as well. Y’all should’ve told me. I never expected to find a show this complex and funny about a black woman’s life on tv, especially BET.

    • rikyrah

      Morning JoJo

    • BoomerGal

      Good morning, Jojo

    • Miranda

      Hopefully BET understands this and pays Gabrielle Union her worth instead of trying to lowball her like they’ve been trying to do.

    • MsKitty

      Hey JoJoRaze.

      I have Mary Jane in my queue, but haven’t watched yet. It’s almost like watching TV is a full time job in itself these days.

      • JojoRaze

        Watch it…you’ll laugh and nod your head all and marvel how Gabrielle Union hasn’t won an Emmy for her portrayal. She really shines in the role.

        But I only watch Netflix and hulu on weekends after work.

    • sagittarius

      Good morning Jojo!

  • BoomerGal

    As Russia scandal touches his son, Trump privately rages

    Source: AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year’s presidential campaign have broadsided the White House, distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a crisis involving the president’s family.

    The public has not laid eyes on the president since his return from Europe Saturday. But in private, Trump has raged against the latest Russia development, with most of his ire directed at the media, not his son, according to people who have spoken to him in recent days. The only comment from Trump on the matter for much of the day came in a brief statement via spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said Tuesday that the president believes his son is “a high-quality person.”

    On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that his son was “open, transparent and innocent,” again referring to the investigation as “the greatest Witch Hunt in political history.” The president also questioned the sources of the media reporting on the story.

    …………………

    This new setback raises new questions about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow during the election, a charge the president has denied for months. And it points those questions more directly at the inner circle of Trump’s own family.

    As has been the pattern for Trump’s White House, the controversy has sparked a new round of recriminations among the president’s team. Nearly a dozen White House officials and outside advisers spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the mood in the West Wing.

    ………………..

    Read more: https://apnews.com/6209a3c7144143e78e435386981942cd/As-Russia-scandal-touches-his-son,-Trump-privately-rages

    • Miranda

      “the greatest Witch Hunt in political history.”
      ——————
      They are just sooooooo persecuted. LOL

      • jds09

        From a person that doesn’t read history books. LOL

    • rikyrah

      You know that they have someone with him 24/7 to keep him away from the phone

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, POU!

    • rikyrah

      Morning BoomerG

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, rikyrah

    • MsKitty

      Morning BoomerGal

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, MsKitty

    • sagittarius

      Good morning BG!

      • BoomerGal

        Good Morning, Sag!

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, rikyrah

  • BoomerGal

    This was a special election as Shortey (R) was forced to resign due to child prostitution.

    Democrat Michael Brooks Wins Senate District 44 Seat

    Source: News 9

    OKLAHOMA CITY – 8:30 p.m. UPDATE: Democrat Michael Brooks wins the state Senate seat formerly held by Ralph Shortey. Brooks won about 55 percent of the vote over Republican Joe Griffin, according to preliminary election results.

    5 p.m.: Two candidates are hoping to fill the vacant senate seat after ex-Senator Ralph Shortey resigned. On Tuesday, the special election was held in District 44, which covers much of south Oklahoma City and parts of Yukon and Mustang.

    Joe Griffin, the Republican candidate, spoke to News 9 on the phone. After several calls, he was unable to set up an interview before publication. He said it’s a big day, and a busy day. Griffin is feeling confident about the special election. According to his website, Griffin’s platform is to bring more jobs to District 44, focus on tax relief, and build safer streets.

    His democratic opponent, Michael Brooks, was going door-to-door near Southwest 71st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. He was doing some last-minute campaigning to get people to the polls.

    Read more: http://www.news9.com/story/35861718/two-candidates-run-to-replace-ex-senator-shorteys-seat

    • rikyrah

      Bravo

  • BoomerGal

    Go Dems!! It CAN be done!!

    Democrat Karen Gaddis scores surprise victory, takes state House seat held by GOP since early ’90s

    Source: Tulsa World

    Democrats scored a big special election victory Tuesday as retired school teacher Karen Gaddis won an east Tulsa County House seat that has been in Republican hands since the early 1990s.

    “I was very hopeful,” Gaddis said. “I thought it would be very close, and apparently it was.”

    Gaddis, who lost to then-Rep. Dan Kirby in last November’s general election with 40 percent of the vote, finished with 52 percent Tuesday to 48 percent for Republican Tressa Nunley.

    The final count was 1,072 to 977.

    Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/democrat-karen-gaddis-scores-surprise-victory-in-state-house-district/article_abe78955-8cb5-528a-97a4-c6cf452b2d23.html

  • Miranda

    Can’t Call It Fake News Now
    July 12, 2017 at 8:01 am EDT

    excerpt:
    Donald Trump Jr may have thought that he was devilishly clever by voluntarily releasing the email chain just ahead of a New York Times story. But by putting it out himself, he made it impossible for Republicans with any grasp of reality to denounce the bombshell as ‘Fake News.’ The best that they can now muster – and it was the underlying theme of Hannity’s fawning interview – is to shout, ‘Fake Interpretation.’

    Somehow that doesn’t have the same ring.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/12/fox-news-sean-hannity-donald-trump-jrs-republicans-russia

    • BoomerGal

      LOL!!! “Fake interpretation.”

    • Alma98

      hahahaha

  • Miranda

    I dont know where Kristol got this from, but I’m sure its probably true. They actually ARE that stupid.
    https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/884974089483505664

    • Joy

      Subpar whiteness at it’s best.

    • adept2u

      No fucking way. Jesus Chestnuts these motherfuckers are the most stupid thing on earth.

    • aleth

      Who is going to check him?

    • nellcote

      Kat V‏ @katvasquez

      Why are WH aides writing statements for a private citizen?

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU Family. I’ll get to the fuckery of the day in a minute but I’m just gonna drop this right here.
    Ryan Coogler and company about to give us a classic.
    https://twitter.com/Breznican/status/885124025470472192

    • Miranda

      Ruth Carter might as well look for the perfect spot on her mantle for that Oscar for Costume Designer. That’s a wrap.

      • Kennymack1971

        For real. This is just phenomenal work by her.

    • MsKitty

      If I wasn’t so lazy I would let my hair grow out a little more so I could rock Lupita’s style. Gorgeous.

  • Miranda

    OMG, they’ve released a bunch of new pics from Black Panther….this is going to be so epic! Already I can see an Oscar for the costumes.
    https://twitter.com/GeeksOfColor/status/885127969257082885
    https://twitter.com/MarvelousRealm/status/885124371722973184

    • Joy

      Eeeee!!! MBJ is cut as fuck and the added touch of those bumps (don’t know what else to call them) are so cool.

      Okay, this is the last time I’ma look at spoiler stuff because I want to be surprised.

    • Daaaaaayum!!!

  • Miranda

    HAHA, I love how #BringBackObama has been trending all morning.
    https://twitter.com/ReneeGalvan4/status/885135770792583168

    • Joy

      Love it!

    • BoomerGal

      You don’t miss your water til the well runs dry.

  • Miranda

    So how come black folks knew exactly how incompetent they would be? Why won’t the media ask why black voters were smarter than everybody else and marinate on THAT for a second?
    ————————
    Dysfunction Starts at the Top

    Trump dysfunction follows family from the campaign to the White House
    July 12, 2018

    Perhaps the biggest conceit of Donald Sr.’s rationale for seeking the presidency was his competence as a manager. Many voters assumed that because he is rich and once hosted a successful reality-television show, Trump could effectively lead an organization. The more details that emerge about how his campaign really operated behind the scenes — and how paralyzed his White House is now — the clearer it becomes that the president is in way over his head.

    Even more than in normal organizations, the person at the top of any campaign or White House sets the tone that everyone else follows. When the leader plays fast and loose with the rules and the truth, it creates a problematic culture.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/07/12/daily-202-trump-dysfunction-follows-family-from-the-campaign-to-the-white-house/5965112ee9b69b7071abcb0e/?utm_term=.433e5e5c24df

    • Kennymack1971

      Black folks especially Black women called it from the jump. But White folks just GOTTA be White.

    • MsKitty

      Why won’t the media ask why black voters were smarter than everybody else and marinate on THAT for a second?

      Because then the media would have to acknowledge that their collective white privilege made them vulnerable to falling for the okey doke. They will NEVER admit that Black people can be intelligent and savvy.

      • BoomerGal

        They will die first.

    • Town

      Many voters assumed that because he is rich and once hosted a successful reality-television show, Trump could effectively lead an organization.

      Most people assume if you’re rich and white, you are qualified.

      I remember after the election, my coworkers were crowing about the election of Trump, saying he’s a rich businessman and that means he knows what he’s doing because he wouldn’t be a rich businessman otherwise.

      They are quieter than flies having an orgasm right about now…

      • jds09

        My mama told me this….the rules are rigged in their favor. All they got to do is show up. That’s what their egos will not let them accept.

  • GOVCHRIS1988
    • Kennymack1971

      When the full story on this eventually comes out. Any one who aided and abetted this farce from the Republicans, the media, the alt left, all of them will hang their heads in shame.

      This is some bullshit.

    • BoomerGal

      We knew it was to lift the sanctions all along. Like you say, now we know why.

  • Joy

    Morning, fam…love ya’ll! Be blessed today!

    • Kennymack1971
      • Miranda

        September can’t get here fast enough.

        • BoomerGal

          Yes it can! Warm weather!! : )

        • MsKitty

          Indeed.

          And I’m doing my damndest to check off my bucket list item of seeing the Raiders while they’re still in Oakland. After taking into account business trips and family commitments the only game that I can do this season is the Giants on December 3. So keeping my fingers crossed.

      • Joy

        Yasss! Can’t wait! I’m all over the Mavs too, so excited about these young’uns.

    • MsKitty

      Morning Joy

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Joy Joy!

    • sagittarius

      Morning Joy!

  • BoomerGal

    Poor little penguins and polar bears. : (

    Breaking news– an iceberg the size of Delaware just broke off Antarctica The Larsen C ice shelf j

    Source: Think Progress

    By Marlene Cimons
    An iceberg the size of Delaware has broken free from an Antarctic ice shelf, leaving the rest of the shelf vulnerable to collapse and serving as a harbinger of future sea-level rise that could pose a serious threat to coastal communities.

    The break in the Larsen C ice shelf — the most northern major ice shelf in the region occurred Wednesday, according to Project MIDAS, a UK-based monitoring group.

    Ice shelves are the thick, floating ice at the edge of the continent, and they serve as buttresses, keeping onshore glaciers from sliding into the sea. Researchers have been monitoring the rift in the Larsen C shelf for years and became alarmed in December when the breach widened dramatically. At one point this spring, the rift grew by 11 miles in less than a week, leaving only eight miles left and raising fears that a complete break was imminent. More than six months later — in the middle of the Antarctic winter — the break has occurred.

    Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/larsen-c-shelf-breaking-e2b8ba088512

  • Miranda
  • Miranda

    Justin Miller‏Verified account @justinjm1 2h2 hours ago
    Russia had Dem voter files that have detailed precinct data; feds investigating precinct targeting by Trump digital
    https://twitter.com/McClatchyDC/status/885122824309833730

    • Town

      Cambridge Analytica, right?

      • Miranda

        Yup…..

      • rikyrah

        Yes

    • Joy

      Ain’t no more drip, drip, drip…shit is gushing now.

    • aleth

      color me surprised but once they confirm this FBIdirector, it is a wrap. I just don’t have faith in any of the present executive and legislative institution.

      • BoomerGal

        That won’t stop Mueller, though.

  • MsKitty

    Morning rikyrah

  • BoomerGal

    Ain’t this some schitt!!?? Hit dogs hollering!!

    House Republican threatens new Clinton investigations unless Democrats stop talking about Russia

    Source: Think Progress

    During a CNN interview Wednesday morning, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) issued a threat — if Democrats don’t move on from the enlarging scandal surrounding the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, Republicans will have no choice but to further investigate the Clintons.

    “If this continues — this immobilization of the presidency over these kind of things — it’s gonna force Congress to do an investigation, a complete and thorough investigation, and that means go back all the way to the 650,000 emails of Anthony Weiner and look at Comey and his activities,” the House Judiciary Committee members said.

    Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/steve-king-trump-russia-investigations-must-stop-or-new-clinton-ones-will-democrats-b757028e05c6

    • Miranda

      oh please do it…..please do something just that mind-numbingly stupid..please
      http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Hillary-Clinton-Smiles-Puts-Hand-on-Face.gif

    • Joy

      Bitch, please.

    • Kennymack1971

      Bring it motherfuckers.

    • The Shy Lurker

      Please proceed!!

    • Worldwatcher7

      Lindsay Graham just reiterated this in his first question to Wray.

      • Miranda

        Oh he said they would reopen unfounded accusations over the Clintons again?

        • Worldwatcher7

          He asked Wray to look into allegations that a consultant for HRC’s campaign met with rep of Ukraine.

    • adept2u

      Why do they imagine anyone would care if they investigated the Clintons? I wonder how long Steve King has enjoyed huffing glue.

    • rikyrah

      Bring it, muthaphucka

  • Miranda
    • nellcote

      Donald Trump Jr as a honest kid.
      ===
      and a cockroach! LOL

    • But 12 yr old Tamir Rice was a beastly man.

  • Worldwatcher7

    Morning all.

    • MsKitty

      Morning Worldwatcher7

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Ww7!

    • Joy

      Morning!

    • Mornin’ WW7 and POU!

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, Sepia!

  • BoomerGal

    Which tells us all we need to know.

    Mike Pences press secretary wont say if the vice president met with Russians Marc Lotter

    Source: Think Progress

    After Tuesday’s major revelations that Donald Trump, Jr. met with a Russian lawyer last July for dirt on Hillary Clinton after receiving an email describing the information as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Marc Lotter went on America’s Newsroom on Fox News on Wednesday to remind the nation that Pence was not yet part of the ticket at that time.

    But even in the friendly confines of Fox News, host Bill Hemmer repeatedly pressed Lotter to say whether Pence himself has met with representatives of Russia during the campaign. And repeatedly, Lotter did not say no.

    Hemmer first asked, “Did the vice president ever meet with representatives from Russia?” Lotter dodged this, noting that Pence’s focus “was on talking to the American people” about Trump and his agenda.

    Hemmer tried again: “Did he ever meet with representatives from the Russian government during the campaign?” Lotter oddly responded that question was “stuff that the special prosecutors and the counsels are all looking at,” before again noting that Pence’s focus was “talking to the American people, taking his case to the people, and making sure the people knew why they needed to send President Trump and Vice President Pence to Washington.”

    Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/pence-russia-meetings-non-denial-e62cfeb0ddbf

  • nellcote
    • Kennymack1971

      Damn. Just…damn.

    • OMG. This is some scary isht!

    • Miranda

      Dayum!

    • Joy

      Wow.

    • Alma98

      Wow!

    • nellcote

      Michael McFaul‏Verified account @McFaul

      I’ve been told that COngressman Rohrabacher invited her to the hearing. Someone should confirm with his office. He also is anti-sanctions.

    • adept2u

      Hahahah Shhhheeeeeeeiiiiittttttttt

    • TyrenM

      Trying to out-Melania Melania.

  • Fun Fact: Billy Blanks’ son is married to Sharon Brown, who is the daughter of actor Johnny Brown, who played Bookman on Good Times. Sharon also played “Fun Girl” on an episode of Good Times.

  • BoomerGal

    Mike Pences press secretary wont say if the vice president met with Russians Marc Lotter wouldnt

    Source: Think Progress

    After Tuesday’s major revelations that Donald Trump, Jr. met with a Russian lawyer last July for dirt on Hillary Clinton after receiving an email describing the information as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Marc Lotter went on America’s Newsroom on Fox News on Wednesday to remind the nation that Pence was not yet part of the ticket at that time.

    But even in the friendly confines of Fox News, host Bill Hemmer repeatedly pressed Lotter to say whether Pence himself has met with representatives of Russia during the campaign. And repeatedly, Lotter did not say no.

    Hemmer first asked, “Did the vice president ever meet with representatives from Russia?” Lotter dodged this, noting that Pence’s focus “was on talking to the American people” about Trump and his agenda.

    Hemmer tried again: “Did he ever meet with representatives from the Russian government during the campaign?” Lotter oddly responded that question was “stuff that the special prosecutors and the counsels are all looking at,” before again noting that Pence’s focus was “talking to the American people, taking his case to the people, and making sure the people knew why they needed to send President Trump and Vice President Pence to Washington.”

    Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/pence-russia-meetings-non-denial-e62cfeb0ddb

    • MsKitty

      If you can’t give a simple no, you’re basically admitting he did.

      • BoomerGal

        HA!! There it is!

  • lamh
  • Alma98
    • The Shy Lurker

      Sam balled out!!

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning BG

  • Alma98

    Can’t believe mug monster Querrey held it together and won lol.

    • The Shy Lurker

      lol

      Me either.

      Sam is streaky than a mug. He got hot and rarely missed.

  • BoomerGal

    Viva la France!!!

    Paris in Brexit Snatch: France to slash taxes in bid to grab British business

    Source: Daily Express

    France announced plans to loosen employment laws to try and lure big business away from London’s City.

    French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said he would use “all means” to make Paris the financial capital – stealing the crown from London, Britain’s capital.

    And HSBC’s chief executive Stuart Gulliver said: “The package of reforms suggested last week is very, very positive.”

    He warned if there is no Brexit deal and it impacts the bank’s massive operation in London the company will be forced to relocate 1,000 jobs.

    Mr Philippe said: “We want Paris to become Europe’s new number one financial hub after Brexit.”

    Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/827749/Paris-Brexit-banks-SNATCH-France-taxes-British-business
    -HSBC

    • jds09

      This is gonna leave a mark, especially considering thier histories.

    • nellcote

      is donnie still going to paris this week???

      • BoomerGal

        I doubt it. He already postponed the UK.

  • Alma98

    Morning TSL! He was flopping all over that court

    • The Shy Lurker

      His fitness ain’t up to scratch this year.
      He can’t last five sets right now.

      • Alma98

        LOL

  • lamh

    The Black Panther principle cast!!! Look at all that beautiful MELANIN y’all!!! #BlackPantherSoLit https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65749e76abdfc66fa7c1167c7e95954fa918303fa4825fd57b3e1fb89b362dd2.jpg

    • adept2u

      Soul Brother in that purple is gonna pretty much be all I’m ever gonna be for Halloween forever…

      • Miranda

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Alma98

    Hey! hahaha

  • TyrenM

    2 down. Roger/Joker in same bracket.

    • The Shy Lurker

      Yep.

      Berdych and Raonic *groan* as opponents.

      • Alma98

        Don’t say that lol.

  • BoomerGal

    Where did they find this mutha fucka??

    “What delusional A!#hole believes stripping away money from planned parenthood and the SNAP program to build a useless wall will create millions of jobs? It will actually be killing jobs. I think if Steve King wants to find someone who hasn’t worked in three generations, he should look in the mirror.”

    Steve King: Build border wall with funds from Planned Parenthood, food stamps

    Source: The Hill

    BY ROBIN EBERHARDT – 07/12/17 10:27 AM EDT

    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is calling for using federal funding for Planned Parenthood and food stamps to help pay for President Trump’s border wall with Mexico, The Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

    On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee introduced a spending bill that would allocate $1.6 billion towards building the wall separating the U.S. from Mexico. The funding is part of the total $13.8 billion for customs and border protection. King said he supports the spending measure, but he would prefer an additional $5 billion for the wall — and suggested taking the extra funding from Planned Parenthood and federal welfare programs.

    “I would find half of a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget,” he told the Examiner. “And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations.”

    “We’ve got to put America back to work, this administration will do it,” King said. He went on that he believes the border wall would create millions of new jobs and reduce the amount of public assistance people would need.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/341626-rep-steve-king-build-mexico-border-wall-with-funds-from-planned-parenthood

    • Miranda

      He is such a great example of the republican mindset.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Two Iowans, Grassley and King, showing their asses this morning.

  • lamh
  • sagittarius

    Good morning rikyrah!

    Sending positive thoughts to you!

  • lamh
  • lamh

    Good morning POU

    • sagittarius

      Good morning lamh!

    • MsKitty

      Morning lamh

  • nellcote
    • Miranda

      Kids are repeating and doing what they hear and see at home.

      • jds09

        Yep.

  • Alma98

    I’m sorry I’m not buying this sob story about Andy Murray being hurt. He’s a known flopper when things are not going his way. I always say Murray should play in the NBA the way he flops around the court lol. He’s been playing struggle tennis for a minute. But if the media wants to go along with the bullshit go ahead, but not me.

    • The Shy Lurker

      He supposedly had shingles earlier in the year.

      I suspect the run he went on last year is biting him in the ass this year.

      • Alma98

        Yep, maybe a lil burnt out.

        • The Shy Lurker

          He’s still got a shitton of points to defend.

          He has never been the dominant player ever in his career.

          • Alma98

            I know right?! I think he’s alright but I never understood the hype.

          • The Shy Lurker

            I didn’t initially.

            Yet he’s an annoying opponent to play and a matchup problem for most. *shrug*

          • Alma98

            OK lol

  • Miranda

    As we have said many times, the media is just as culpable for this horrifying administration as anything else. They hollered about trivial emails instead of the crimes right in front of their faces.
    —————————–
    Hillary Clinton Campaign Aide To Press: We Told You Russia Was A BFD
    A top aide details the many attempts to get the media to pay more attention to the election meddling.
    July 12, 2017

    Top Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri told the HuffPost that she tried to feed the Russia hacking story to reporters during the 2016 campaign but no one seemed to care.

    Said Palmieri: “It was so surreal. I felt as if I had been catapulted into another dimension where we would have these surreal conversations about the Russians and Trump and Mike Flynn and Carter Page and Donald Trump Jr. saying, ‘We’re really invested in Russia.’ And no one in the press really cared.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-campaign-russia_us_59529db3e4b05c37bb79e38e?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

    • jds09

      True. And the birther bullshit should have been completely marginalized to the fringe media. Not entertained on any level.

  • lamh

    Aww isn’t this Bobby Brown and his new baby girl

    https://twitter.com/kingbobbybrown/status/885156384471252992

    • Alma98

      Now he knows how precious time is with those you love so make it count. Blessings to to him and his family.

  • Alma98

    hahahaha

  • jds09

    Good morning POU Fam!

    • MsKitty

      Morning jds

    • sagittarius

      Good morning jds!

  • lamh
    • aleth

      because they are all in on it

  • Miranda

    Report: ‘Republican Operatives’ Close To WH Digging Up Dirt On Journalists
    July 12, 2017

    The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Republican operatives close to the White House have begun extensively researching journalists covering Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, aiming to amplify perceived bias and past mistakes.

    A handful of Republican operatives close to the White House are scrambling to Trump Jr.’s defense and have begun what could be an extensive campaign to try to discredit some of the journalists who have been reporting on the matter.

    Their plan, as one member of the team described it, is to research the reporters’ previous work, in some cases going back years, and to exploit any mistakes or perceived biases. They intend to demand corrections, trumpet errors on social media and feed them to conservative outlets, such as Fox News.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-operatives-dig-up-dirt-journalists

    • jds09

      I have mixed feelings about this.

    • nellcote

      watching msnbc last night and was struck with the thought that every one of the reporters I was watching is probably getting death threats at this point. it’s easy for me to be dismissive of that as sop these days but I’m not the one getting the threats to my family.

    • Alma98

      smh

    • Worldwatcher7

      Sounds like standard repub tit-for-tat to deflect from their Russia probs. And they shouldn’t be surprised if the journalists decide to investigate the repub operatives.

  • nellcote
  • lamh
  • sagittarius

    Morning Fam!

    I hope everyone is engaging in self-care. A sista is at home today and will be here off and on, watching for Dolt 45, the GOP, and the deplorables run around the world grabbing their asses in panic.

    Have a spectacular day!

    • The Shy Lurker

      Good morning sag!

      • sagittarius

        Good morning TSL!

    • MsKitty

      Hey Sag

      • sagittarius

        Hey MsKitty!

    • GreenLadyHere

      – –Good “Hump Day”—MornTin’ – –http://www.graphics20.com/quotes/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Sagitarius-47.gif
      **BIG HUG** :>)— – – -LOL- — . . and the deplorables run around the world grabbing their asses in panic.— :>)

      Thank U♥ 4 Your SELF CARE-Encouragement. :>)
      – – –☺https://userscontent2.emaze.com/images/7afa7859-e44f-49cb-aaa4-ee8cf5b42352/537dc4612bafae9da5fe40404f89119a.gif

      —-Have a BLESSED Day♥-U♥/Dad♥/Elders♥/Family♥- – -With PRAYERS 4 JOB annd Writing Project. – -:>)

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi!

      • sagittarius

        Morning Alma!

  • nellcote
    • Miranda

      Can’t wait for every single word in the Steele dossier to be revealed as 100% truth. That will be the day a bunch of servers crash for sure.

    • rikyrah

      Waiting for the tape

  • lamh

    Your morning funny!!!

    Off to charge my phone!

    https://www.facebook.com/1225296610850880/videos/1374072259306647/

    • Alma98

      hahahahaha!!!

  • Alma98

    Muller said fuck it in that 5th set huh lol.

    • The Shy Lurker

      He doesn’t want to go through that shit again. lol

      I forgot he beat Rosol 9-7 in a fifth set earlier in the tournament.

      • Alma98

        hahahaha! Now if anybody should be flopping it’s him lol.

        • The Shy Lurker

          Nobody likes Rosol let alone lose to him. lolol

          • Alma98

            LOL!

  • lamh

    First-look photos for Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ for Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con preview buff.ly/2teyqln

  • BoomerGal

    Well, now!

    Members of both parties are talking about a post-Trumpcare health care approach

    Source: Think Progress

    With the prospects for Trumpcare in the Senate looking grim, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have started to publicly talk about tweaking Obamacare rather than repealing it outright.

    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already threatened to work with Democrats to stabilize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if the bill does not pass. Last week, he said during a public event in his home state of Kentucky that “some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur” if Senate Republicans fail to pass their health plan. This Wednesday, Vox broke the news that House Democrats will introduce their own plan to address market stabilization this week.

    Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/senate-health-care-bipartisan-169cc87f49a0

  • GreenLadyHere

    – — Good Wednesday MornTin’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ :>) **BIG HUG** UH!- -OH!- –GUESS What Day IT Is?- –Woot! Woot!- – -Another Day 2 – -“WERK OUT”- – With Fitness Guru- -Mr. BILLY BLANKS!♥- -**Out of Breath -Already”. :>) Thank U PBOMB♥– – -:>)

    – – –☺http://ural-dnepr.net/wbb3/wcf/images/smilies/smilie_girl_352.gif

    –☻https://68.media.tumblr.com/6c488137bc6ec96c515b29c9de09df57/tumblr_mqbanfZcK01qg4w1po1_250.gif

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    – – –ENJOY♥- -http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2wt8PEs6CnA/T4WaEAW7pSI/AAAAAAAAAiA/Q68D6Z3TADs/s1600/Fruit+juice+and+Smoothies.jpg

    — – -B BLESSED♥- — – SAFE♥- -PRAYERFUL♥- -RESISTANT♥ :>)

    —-☺https://thewonkywalker.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/exercise3.gif
    [—“WERK OUT!” ]:>)

  • Alma98

    LOL…Nah it’s just that the men’s draw is all over the place this year. People that normally give up and go home are hanging in and winning. Also I didn’t enjoy the men’s matches as much either this year.

  • BoomerGal

    GOP researchers plot ethics attacks on Democrats

    Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau

    JULY 12, 2017 5:00 AM

    BY KATIE GLUECK AND ALEX ROARTY
    kglueck@mcclatchydc.com
    aroarty@mcclatchydc.com

    Democrats shouting about ethical lapses by Republicans in the Donald Trump era should be prepared for a taste of their own medicine in 2018. A major Republican organization dedicated to digging up dirt on Democrats has restructured its leadership team and is now laying down congressional- and presidential-year campaign plans, which include a bigger push in digital advertising, highlighting Democratic “hypocrisy” on ethical issues and exploiting the divide on the left between centrists and progressives.

    In an exclusive interview with McClatchy, America Rising PAC announced a new executive director: Alexandra Smith, the former chairwoman of the College Republican National Committee and the first woman to lead the group. Colin Reed, who previously held that role, is moving into a senior adviser position, where he will focus on tracking Democrats’ possible 2020 contenders – “developing a negative narrative on them early and often,” he said.

    Democrats have been dramatically at odds since at least last year’s election, split between an energized liberal base and the more moderate establishment—mirroring, in some ways, the longtime divides in the GOP. It’s a fight that spilled into the open during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, when Bernie Sanders delivered a surprisingly strong showing against Hillary Clinton.

    “The narrative has flipped from where it was with Republicans—in terms of having so many litmus tests in previous cycles, that narrative has now flipped to Democrats,” Smith said. “Where, for example, a litmus test is single payer on health care…senators in some of these more vulnerable states are going to have to answer to the left wing of the party while at the same time trying to appeal to these voters who voted overwhelmingly for Trump and congressional Republicans previously.”

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article160797144.html

    • Miranda

      The only reason they can do this is because they are assisted by the berniebots and agent provocateurs like the young turks, and phonies like “our revolution” and the like.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- — Some Congresspersons Were Firm In Their Questioning—of WRAY- – – – –

    – –☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/885141391378198528

  • lamh

    ‪Compare ’08 to ’16…almost countrywide exuberant celebration to sadness & later rage…‬
    ‪MAYO NATION U WILL NEVER BE FORGIVEN!!!‬

    https://twitter.com/alllwftopic/status/885160358071107586

    • nellcote

      the compulsion for people to come out in public to joyously share the moment…seems like a dream now.

      • sagittarius

        That’s how it will be when the first group of indictments are released against Dolt 45 and nem – people coming out in public to joyously share the moment.

        • rikyrah

          Will be hooked to the TV….

  • Miranda

    Do I see a black hand in there? These soulless demons pretending to be “holy”.
    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/885149970545999873

    • BoomerGal

      STOP!!! Just STOP!!

    • Alma98

      OMG! Everything PBO has done he copies! And whoever that hand belongs to needs to be slapped upside the head.

      • Worldwatcher7

        Great minds think alike Alma.

        • Alma98

          fist-bump

    • Worldwatcher7

      Is there anything PBO did that these people won’t copy? Honestly, next mango man will be singing Al Green!

      • Alma98

        HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    • Alma98

      People in the tl are calling it an exorcism hahahaha!
      Also this is hilarious!
      https://twitter.com/TheChrisJax/status/885151253281603585

    • adept2u

      Are they trying to raise the vibration in the room or move their bowels? Do any of them invoke God looking happy? Wait one dude is smirking…

    • Alma98

      hmmm….just had a thought, that lone black hand could belong to fake preacher Omarosa lol.

      • BoomerGal

        But she wouldn’t have a wedding ring on, would she?

        • Alma98

          She’s married and who knows what kind of ring that bubble head wears lol.

          • BoomerGal

            OH!! She got married??!! Didn’t know, thanks!

        • Town

          She just got married in April.

      • That hand looks manly tho….

        • Miranda

          What’s your point?

          • See…

          • Alma98

            hahahahaha!!!

        • Alma98

          LOL!

  • lamh
  • lamh

    ooh Wrinkle In Time trailer coming Saturday!!!

    https://twitter.com/ava/status/885165896351625217

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– –THIS- — –WORD[IMHO– -4 Now]–

    — –☺https://twitter.com/sarahcpr/status/885155241271869440

    WATCHIN’. . .

  • Miranda

    Keith Boykin‏@keithboykin 2m2 minutes ago
    Florida’s only black state attorney Aramis Ayala pulled over by Orlando police even though she had not violated any traffic laws.
    https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/885162853468000256

    • Alma98

      Saw this yesterday. They’re saying Scott is trying to get rid of her. I believe this shit is intimidation.

    • The Shy Lurker

      Yeah, we know why.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morn’tin’ miranda♥ – -:>) **BIG HUG** :>)
      HMPH!– -Is THIS ona those- – -“DRIVING WHILE BLACK”- -Law Violations?- -Thought so!—

      Let US March On – -‘TIL- -VICTORY- – -is WON!!. . .

    • jds09

      Okay, I don’t normally listen to these clips because they raise my blood pressure. But this one was worth it just to hear the cracking in the police officer’s voice.

      • Alma98

        His ass was sweating bullets hard lol.

        • MsKitty

          I could practically hear his intestines cramping up on him.

          • Miranda

            As soon as she said “state attorney”, the heart palpitations started.

      • Miranda

        He’s sweating like a backslider sitting on the first pew on 1st Sunday.

    • “The windows were really dark.”

    • Town

      Her tint was too dark.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– —RESISTANTS♥- — Keeping The FOCUS — -On “HEALTH– -NOT – -Wealth Care”. .– —

    — -☺@metaquest
    We don’t have much time left to STOP #Treasoncare
    Call Senators to SAY NO to a bill that will threaten the lives of millions 202-224-3121
    – —

  • nellcote
    • adept2u

      El
      Em
      Bee
      A
      OOOHHH

      That’s Vlad saying whose bitch are you? Get out there and get my MFing money.

      • MsKitty

        “Is Vlad gonna have to choke a bitch?”

        • Miranda

          My bitch better have my money. / through rain, sleet or snow. / My whore better have my money, / not half, not some, but all my cash. / ‘Cause if she don’t, / I’m gonna put my foot in her ass.

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA HA

  • BoomerGal

    Maverick Mouse!

    John McCain faces questions in Trump-Russia dossier case

    Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau

    JULY 11, 2017 5:00 AM

    BY KEVIN G. HALL
    khall@mcclatchydc.com

    WASHINGTON

    Sen. John McCain faces questions in a defamation lawsuit about leaks leading to publication of the now-infamous dossier that alleged Donald Trump’s campaign had connections to Russian operatives, McClatchy has learned.

    The dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and his London firm, Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd., amounted to a collection of uncorroborated reports of collusion gathered as political research for sale to Trump’s opponents. It proved explosive when published by online news site BuzzFeed on Jan. 10.

    Now, two lawsuits — one in the United States and a second in the U.K. — are being brought by lawyers for Aleksej Gubarev, a Cyprus-based Internet entrepreneur whom Steele’s Russian sources accused of cyber spying against the Democratic Party leadership.

    According to a new court document in the British lawsuit, counsel for defendants Steele and Orbis repeatedly point to McCain, R-Ariz., a vocal Trump critic, and a former State Department official as two in a handful of people known to have had copies of the full document before it circulated among journalists and was published by BuzzFeed. The court document obtained by McClatchy confirms that Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow and a Russia adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, discussed the 35-page dossier with McCain.

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article160622854.html

    • rikyrah

      Hmmmm

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –COMMENT:– – Rising sea levels cause by global warming. Someone send this tweet to POTUS.– – — WORD

    — ☺https://twitter.com/ABC/status/885166592455213056

    — — This Event Confirms the NEED 4 the “PARIS Climate Agreement.”– -:>)

  • BoomerGal

    He really is an idiot.

    Trump wanted China to deal with North Korea  its not going well

    Source: Think Progress

    President Donald Trump’s plan to have China deal with North Korea’s nuclear program so the United States won’t have to isn’t going very well.
    On Tuesday, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said as much.

    “Recently, certain people, talking about the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, have been exaggerating and giving prominence to the so-called ‘China responsibility theory,’” said Geng Shuang, a foreign ministry spokesman, alluding to the United States. “I think this either shows lack of a full, correct knowledge of the issue, or there are ulterior motives for it, trying to shift responsibility.”

    Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/trump-china-north-korea-uh-oh-2e54d65a6de2

    • adept2u

      Bro went to the G why is Trump here meeting and called them Taiwan. Guess having the world’s most stupid people in charge of diplomacy ain’t such a good idea.

    • jds09

      I can’t help but admire China’s classy way of saying, “kiss our collective asses.”

    • Miranda

      How do you say “bye Felicia” in Mandarin?

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!!

    • nellcote

      so insulting countries you need to help you isn’t a good idea. so surprised!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥— HAPPY BIRTHDAY Wishes — R – -In—ORDER♥- —— -:>)

    — -☺https://twitter.com/sonsandbros/status/885121862786854912

    — -BLESSINGS♥- –:>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      ETA:– – ☺https://twitter.com/ObamaFoundation/status/885151097148637185
      —FOND MEMORY♥- –:>)

  • lamh

    Has anyone been calling? If so what’s the reaction ur getting

    https://twitter.com/topherspiro/status/885169262033326080

    • nellcote

      my reps are all proObamaCare so mostly I just say thank you. they seem glad to get positive feedback.

    • Joy

      I called Cornyn’s office and got the standard, “I’ll pass your concerns on to the Senator.”

    • rikyrah

      Cassidy needs to be called. He is too squishy, lamh

  • Alma98

    LOL@ Raonic

    • TyrenM

      Fed ain’t bsing with it. Meanwhile Joker’s strugglin.

      • Alma98

        yep

  • nellcote
    • MsKitty

      Which was probably the plan all along when they asked for the info, knowing that people would remove themselves. SMH

  • BoomerGal

    Insurers do not like Ted Cruzs health care plan

    Source: axios.com

    Sam Baker Caitlin Owens 38 mins ago

    …………………………..
    The proposal would “lead to widespread adverse selection and unstable health insurance markets,” according to an analysis from America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s leading trade group. “Patients with pre-existing conditions … would potentially lose access to comprehensive coverage and/or have plans that were far more expensive.”

    Why it matters: Cruz has pushed back against charges that his proposal would ultimately erode the ACA’s most popular consumer protections — but that’s exactly what insurers are saying it would do. And if the insurance industry expects the proposal to lead to higher premiums for sick people, it’s a pretty good bet the Congressional Budget Office will come to the same conclusion.

    Read more: https://www.axios.com/insurers-do-not-like-ted-cruz-health-care-plan-2457969850.html

    • Miranda

      Because they know they will lose all those thousands of new customers they got since 2011.

      • BoomerGal

        He wants insurers to sell “junk insurance.”

      • rikyrah

        Yep

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- — YA—Mean- –THIS – –LIAR???– – –

    — -☺https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/885168647454511104

    No Surprise!!- – – -He’s Gotta GO!!– –

    • rikyrah

      Emoluments clause

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –From—A — RESISTANT♥- – — Keepin’ The FOCUS–

    — -☺https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/885154536419016704

    • rikyrah

      Duh

  • nellcote
    • adept2u

      Excellent it begins, Trump begins to glow radioactive even to avarice.

    • BoomerGal

      Good!!

    • Miranda

      “family issues”…as in my family said hell no we don’t need these issues.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up

  • nellcote
    • Miranda

      Not surprising.

  • Alma98

    So now Djokovic is flopping elbow style lol.

  • Alma98

    So Djokovic said see ya, smh.

  • Alma98

    Who told Raonic he was a great net player? smh

  • Alma98

    Wow hahahahaha!!

  • Alma98

    Ok hahahaha

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Oh, my Lord. I LOVE THIS!!!

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BWdRwOuD8ip/