July 28, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Pirates


Abraham Samuel, also known as “Tolinar Rex,” born in Martinique (or possibly in Anosy, Madagascar), was a mulatto pirate of the Indian Ocean in the days of the Pirate Round in the late-1690s. Being shipwrecked on his way back to New York, he briefly led a combined pirate-Antanosy kingdom from Fort Dauphin (see Tolanaro), Madagascar, from 1697 until he died there in 1705.

Abraham was the son of a Martinique planter and a black slave, went on the account under Captain John Hoar. After cruising the Caribbean, the John and Rebecca sailed for richer prey in the Indian Ocean. At some point Samuel’s fellow pirates elected him their quartermaster. After capturing a prize near Surrat, the sea rovers put in at St. Mary’s in February 1697. Unbeknownst to them, the Malagasy had rebelled against Adam Baldridge, the retired pirate who became the go-between for the pirates and New York merchants who bought their booty. Captain Hoar and a number of pirates died in the uprising, but Samuel and others escaped. They set sail for New York, but the ship sank after hitting a reef near Fort Dauphin, an abandoned French settlement.

After the death of her husband, the chief’s wife ruled the Malagasy. One day she saw the shipwrecked men bathing in the ocean and noticed strange markings on Samuel’s body. They were the same markings her own child had had, but she hadn’t seen her son in many years. His father, a Frenchman, had taken the child with him when he fled Madagascar in 1674. The woman declared Samuel her long-lost son and made him chief of the Malagasy.

With the assistance of his fellow shipwrecked pirates, some of whom became his bodyguards, and the Malagasy, Samuel traded with slavers and pirates alike. Fort Dauphin became so popular it rivaled St. Mary’s as a trading center. In November 1699, Samuel assessed an American slaver £100 for a trading license. The following year, Captain Littleton, a member of the English Royal Navy, invited Samuel and two of his wives to dine with him aboard his ship. Littleton reported Samuel was much loved by the Malagasy.

In September 1699, a pirate named Evan Jones raided an American slave ship in the port. He gave the ship to Samuel, who sold it to four other pirates for 1,100 pieces of eight. He signed the document detailing the purchase and added “King of Fort Dauphin, Tollannare, Farrawe, Ganquest, and Founzahíra.” News of the attack and sale, and Samuel’s participation in it, spread and ships ceased to visit the port. When a Dutch slaver anchored there in December 1706, Abraham Samuel was gone and the new chief declined to discuss his fate.


**Information courtesy of http://www.cindyvallar.com/blackpirates.html and http://www.privateerdragons.com/index.html**

  • morphus

    Good Morning POU! I remember Ryan Holle’s story as if it was yesterday instead of eleven years ago. The means and methods by which souls pay with their lives after becoming trapped within the criminal justice confounds. Hopefully Ryan’s story resurfacing will help him receive relief.

    Why Is a Florida Man Facing Life in Prison For Lending a Friend His Car and Going to Sleep? Ryan Holle, who has no prior record, is currently serving his eleventh year of a life sentence.

    This could only happen in America, because we are the only country that retains the Felony Murder Rule. What the Felony Murder Rule essentially says is if anyone has anything to do with a felony in which a murder takes place, such as a robbery, that person is as guilty as the person who has committed the murder. Every other country including England, India and Canada has gotten rid of it because of its unintended consequences. In America, Michigan, Kentucky and Hawaii no longer have the law. The Canadian Supreme Court ruled, when they discarded the Felony Murder Rule, that a person should be held responsible for his own actions not the actions of others.


    • Miranda

      This is extremely sad and wrong. America’s criminal justice system is irretrievably broken.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah 🙂

  • rikyrah

    March 25, 2014, 8:13 am

    Things Go Better With Kochs

    Hey, I had to use that headline before someone else claimed it.

    David Weigel reports that Democrats are finding the Koch brothers an effective fundraising tool — emails that bash the Kochs raise three times as much as emails that don’t.

    And you can see why: the Kochs are perfect villains. It’s not just what they are — serious evildoers who use their wealth to push hard-line right-wing, anti-environmental policies that redound very much to their own benefit. It’s also what they aren’t: they’re wealthy heirs, not self-made men, they aren’t identified with innovation (which you can at least argue for Bill Gates), they haven’t made money for other people like Warren Buffett. So focusing on the Kochs is a way to personalize a vision of conservative politics as a defense of people with unearned privilege.

    And here’s the thing: that vision is basically right. Very few of the superrich are movie stars, even if the usual suspects love to pretend otherwise. Not many are innovators. A fair number are self-made wheeler-dealers, but a growing number probably were born to great wealth.


    • morphus

      Democrats’ ability to fundraise using Koch is because a legion of bloggers saturated the internet with information educating the masses. In turn, for this leg up from many uncompensated bloggers, Democrats should be doing battle in Congress to obstruct any attempt to ‘journalist’ which in my opinion a veiled attempt to shutdown bloggers.

  • rikyrah

    How Two Republican Judges Could Blow Up Obamacare Tomorrow
    By Ian Millhiser on March 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    At 9:30am on Tuesday, thirty minutes before the Supreme Court convenes to decide the closely watched Hobby Lobby case, three lesser known judges will hear a last ditch effort to blow up the Affordable Care Act masterminded by a conservative law professor and a staffer at one of the nation’s leading conservative think tanks.

    The lawsuit is unlikely to win. Then again, legal scholars from across the political spectrum said the same thing about the first round of lawsuits seeking to undermine the Affordable Care Act, and the Supreme Court came within a hair of embracing the legal theory behind that lawsuit. As two of the three judges hearing Tuesday’s case are Republicans, there is no guarantee that the panel will turn down this opportunity to carve a hole in President Obama’s leading accomplishment.

    The Affordable Care Act gives states the option to either run their own health care exchange or to allow the federal government to run an exchange for them. The theory behind Halbig v. Sebelius is that residents of the 34 states who took the second option are not allowed to receive subsidies that are intended to enable them to pay for health insurance. Should the plaintiffs succeed, an estimated 6.5 million fewer people will obtain health coverage by 2016, and many of those who do obtain it will have to pay much more to do so.

    The legal arguments in this case are almost nauseating in their complexity, but they more or less boil down to this: the plaintiffs identified two places in the Affordable Care Act’s text which, if taken out of context, suggest that Congress did not intend federally-run exchanges to offer subsidies. Specifically, they note two places which seem to tie the subsidies to “an Exchange established by the State.” Indeed, as a federal trial court that rejected their arguments acknowledges, this language when “viewed in isolation, appear to support plaintiffs’ interpretation.”


  • rikyrah

    Read This One Document To Understand What The Christian Right Hopes To Gain From Hobby Lobby
    By Ian Millhiser on March 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

    2009 was a grim year for social conservatives. Barack Obama was an ambitious and popular new president. Republicans, and their conservative philosophy, were largely discredited in the public eye by a failed war and a massive recession. And the GOP’s effort to reshape its message was still in its awkward adolescence. If the conservative movement had a mascot, it would have been a white man dressed as Paul Revere and waving a misspelled sign.

    Amidst this wreckage, more than two hundred of the nation’s leading Christian conservatives joined together in a statement expressing their dismay at the state of the nation. “Many in the present administration want to make abortions legal at any stage of fetal development,” their statement claimed, while “[m]ajorities in both houses of Congress hold pro-abortion views.” Meanwhile, they feared that the liberals who now controlled the country “are very often in the vanguard of those who would trample upon the freedom of others to express their religious and moral commitments to the sanctity of life and to the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife.”

    The signatories to this statement, which they named the “Manhattan Declaration,” included many of America’s most prominent Catholic bishops and clergy of similar prominence in other Christian sects. It included leaders of top anti-gay organizations like the National Organization for Marriage, and of more broadly focused conservative advocacy shops such as the Family Research Council. It included university presidents and deans from Christian conservative colleges. And it included the top editors from many of the Christian right’s leading publications.

    Perhaps most significantly, however, the document’s signatories includes Alan Sears, the head of one of the two conservative legal groups litigating what are likely to be the two most important cases decided by the Supreme Court this term. Indeed, the Manhattan Declaration offers a virtual roadmap to understanding what religious conservatives hope to gain from Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, two cases the justices will hear Tuesday which present the question whether a business owner’s religious objections to birth control trump their legal obligation to include it in their employee’s health plan.


    • qosine

      Hey, that’s what Jimmy Swaggart said back in the 80s.
      Look how he turned out. (happen to see DVD infomercial
      on TV last night).

  • rikyrah

    The End of Anti-Discrimination
    The stakes in Tuesday’s Hobby Lobby arguments couldn’t be higher

    This week, the Supreme Court is considering two cases that may determine whether the justices invoke the First Amendment to blow up anti-discrimination laws and the Affordable Care Act. On Monday, the Court delayed a decision about whether to hear Elane Photography v. Willock, a lawsuit filed by a photography studio in New Mexico whose owners said they had a religious objection to shooting a same sex commitment ceremony. And on Tuesday, the Court will hear 90 minutes of oral arguments in the most closely watched cases of the term, Hobby Lobby and Conestega Woods, which raise this question: Can religiously motivated employers in for-profit corporations claim an exemption from the Obamacare requirements to provide contraceptive carriers?

    Although there are technical differences between the two cases, both will force the justices to confront the future balance between the First Amendment on one hand and anti-discrimination laws on the other. In particular, the justices will have to decide whether the logic of Citizens United—that individuals who organize themselves as for-profit corporations have the same First Amendment rights as natural persons—includes rights of religious freedom as well as free speech. The justices may find narrower grounds to decide all three cases, but taken to their logical conclusion, the claims of the religious business owners in all of them would mean the end of anti-discrimination laws as we know them.


    • morphus

      If you haven’t read ‘Demeaning insult’ in John Roberts’s Voting Rights Act decision you really need to take time to read it. … “James Blacksher, an Alabama attorney with a long career in Voting Rights, paper, co-authored with Harvard law professor Lani Guinier, argues that Roberts’s opinion in the Voting Rights Act case is a descendant of what is widely regarded as the worst Supreme Court decision in American history: The 1857 Dred Scott case, in which the high court held that blacks, slave or free, could never be citizens of the United States.” http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/demeaning-insult-chief-justice-john-roberts-voting-rights-act-decision

      In short, the last SCOTUS decision which dismantles Voting Rights uses the Dred Scott case.

  • rikyrah

    Russia Is Not Exactly a Big Winner in the Crimean Dispute
    —By Kevin Drum
    Mon Mar. 24, 2014 2:36 PM PDT

    So how are things going on the anti-Russia front? A quick recap:

    Last week President Obama announced sanctions on high-ranking Russians. He also signed an executive order allowing him to impose sanctions on Russian industry. France has threatened to cancel the sale of two warships to the Russian navy. The G8 has effectively kicked Russia out of the club. Ukraine has cut off electricity to Crimea. The countries on Russia’s borders are increasingly united against their next-door neighbor. The Russian economy, hardly robust in the first place, has already begun to tank. Ukraine has agreed to sign an association agreement with the European Union, precisely the action that Vladimir Putin so desperately tried to head off last year—and which triggered the Maidan protests that brought down the Ukrainian government. Today, European leaders made it clear that further economic sanctions against Russia were likely in the near future. And that’s just so far.


  • rikyrah
    • morphus

      I read a long whine from pool reporters following the First Lady in China. Boowoo, the Chinese makes them stand behind red lines, the mean Chinese shoved them, the Chinese only allows them to take pictures … you get the drift.

      • isonprize

        Call the WWAAAAAAAAAmbulance.

      • Daltex82

        I don’t have a problem with this no problem what so ever. As a matter of fact shove them some more, move the “red” line even farther back. Making the presstitues miserable should be classified as “happy work”!

      • Mi

        Isn’t it something? The Chinese respectfully protecting our First Lady from our disrespectful and horrid American traveling press.

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    Matthew @mistabaka Follow

    More than 1.1M people visited http://healthcare.gov yesterday. 2nd highest traffic day ever – @jbendery @Breaking http://www.breakingnews.com/i/Bfs4

    8:05 PM – 25 Mar 2014

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  • Miranda

    SMH…….right wing lies, no matter how far fetched, get cited by the mainstream media. Disgusting.


    • morphus

      The Obama administration is wasting money meme is red meat that keeps their dwindling base engaged.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    Oh ok…I guess we can get ready for this talking point to take hold. Media mad they can’t badger FLOTUS and the girls.
    In China, as Michelle Obama lauds press freedoms, questions arise about media access
    By Krissah Thompson, Published: March 25

    CHENGDU, China — First lady Michelle Obama’s trip to China has garnered massive attention in this vast country over the past five days, as an aggressive pack of Chinese journalists has followed her every move and penned hundreds of stories about her visit.

    But coverage of the trip has been made more difficult by tight restrictions on reporters and photographers, who have been kept far away from many events and were not allowed to accompany the first lady, her mother and her two daughters on their flight last week from the United States. Obama has had only one written question-and-answer session with a Chinese-based independent news outlet.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-first-lady-lauds-free-press-questions-about-her-media-access/2014/03/25/349cc544-c463-4dee-8fdf-cb2c69f949e6_story.html

    • Town

      I don’t remember the American press corp wanting to question and badger Laura Bush on any trip she took overseas.

    • morphus

      Keeping the Hyenas at bay haven’t stopped them from writing veiled attacks about ‘Teenager in Chief’ Sasha Obama.

      • rikyrah

        who is attacking Sasha?

        • Town


          I’m not sure what the purpose of this article is, except to paint Sasha Obama as America’s Newest Angry Black Woman.

          • isonprize

            She obviously doesn’t know her place. She’s not supposed to look DIRECTLY at us, is she?

            With the Terracotta Warriors: How dare she look in the same direction as EVERYONE ELSE IN THE PICTURE, except the guide who knows this stuff cold.

            Pic with Mom and sister: How dare she blink when her mom does a group hug? How dare she have a LOVING family?

            How dare she concentrate on what she’s watching?

            How dare she be smart and gorgeous and tall and privileged and have things and see places that I WILL NEVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER HAVE OR SEE IN MY small ignorant stupid miserable useless life.

          • morphus

            That sums up the talking points in the ‘Teenager in Chief’ memes floating around.

          • Daltex82


          • qosine

            Commenters aren’t buying it. They get it.

            kimberlyclark • 20 hours ago
            Maybe she has jet lag. Teens need lots of sleep, medical fact. Give me a break, follow any 13 year old all day with a camera and you will get all sorts of expressions. That’s why she makes a great ambassador – because she is a real kid. Show some class! Political haters should let the child grow up the way the press let Chelsea Clinton off the hook from criticism. What makes Sasha different? Hmmm. I’m proud to have this family represent the land of the free and the home of the brave!


        • MsKitty

          I just saw in my timeline some ratchet mess from Jezebel where they get snarky about Sasha. I’m not including the link because they don’t deserve the clicks. Assholes.

          • Town

            The Jezebel article was written by a black woman.

          • MsKitty

            The coonery is starting to reach critical mass. SMH.

      • Town

        Key words from the Sasha Obama profile:



        Shoots a glance at the camera instead of Chinese president

        Side eye


        They can come for Sasha, but momma Michelle will get alla dem together.

    • And, of course, they get Krissah Thompson, a black reporter, to write this false equivalency bs.

      • rikyrah

        of course they do. ….
        uh huh

      • Town

        Krissah “I’m gonna write that Obama only has 58% black support but when questioned I’m not gonna say how I arrived at that number” Thompson

        • rikyrah

          she never DID answer that question, did she?

          • Nope.

          • Daltex82

            I guess she couldn’t come up with a dignified way to say “I pulled it out of my ass.”

      • GreenLadyHere

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        – –That’s “WHYCOME” – – -WE gotta B the MEDIA.[As WE R] :>)

        Good 2 C U Sepia♥ – -Have agood day. :>)

      • Daltex82

        “Obama has had only one written question-and-answer session with a Chinese-based independent news outlet.
        What? Was Mrs. Obama suppose to have a Q & A with the American press so they could ask her totally asinine questions like “Who is paying for this trip?” or Would a First Lady Romney have made this trip? or “Should we send troops to Russia?” Please.! This chick needs to stop. They have no real interest in covering The First Lady’s trip since more than likely nothing will arise that they can put a negative spin on.

        I don’t have a problem with reporters being kept at bay especially since the girls (and Mrs. Robinson) are with her why should they be subjected to media assholery.

        As for the person who wrote this mess..well there’s always one (or more) willing to do massa’s bidding.

    • rikyrah

      First of all,
      FLOTUS hasn’t let you muthafuckas NEAR her children since they arrived in the White House. This trip is nothing new….you don’t get near the girls.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Punk-ass media.

      • And with good reason. In the article, Krissah admits that Mama Robinson and the girls were separated from FLOTUS because the Chinese reporters were acting ratchet. FLOTUS is doing the right thing.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

    • TresL

      I’ve said this before; but, I’ll say it again. The only reason they want access is to write something negative. It’s hard to believe but the media/GOP (because they are one in the same) can’t live by lies alone so access provides them with some kernel of truth on which to base their attacks.

      For example, this morning they’re talking about drunk SS Agents instead of the substance of PBO’s trip.

      • rikyrah

        SS agents that were dismissed BEFORE POTUS even got there

      • jziglar

        I hate our media. Hate is a strong term but I can’t stand them. They’ve been kissing conservative republican ass since the 90’s. Attacking democrats and propping up that joke of a president named George W. Bush. The hatred they have for the Obama’s is off the chart, and it’s clear as day that these people are jealous because deep down they know that they are beneath them.

        • Kennymack1971

          Exactly. The media is primarily made up of people who have been told that they were special, the top of the food chain simply by virtue of their White privilege. Now here come two of “those people” who now occupy the highest office in the land and even worse in their eyes, show no deference to them whatsoever (“uppity”). It drives them insane and now they’ve just decided to drop all pretense and go for broke trying to put these people “in their place”.

          • jziglar

            I’m surprised one of the them hasn’t slipped up and made some overt racist statement. Mark Halperin came close, but I’m sure one of them is going to come close to saying something crazy.

          • Kennymack1971

            A full fledged NI-CLANG! moment is coming. As long as simps like Jamelle Bouie, MHP and Ta-Nehisi Coates are around one of these 2520s is going to try it. And why wouldn’t they? The Blacks in the media will just dismiss it.

    • Kennymack1971

      They’re so mad. This beautiful, graceful Black woman, her mother and daughters representing America on the world stage and doing it well. These 2520s have thrown everything but the kitchen sink to try and diminish this family and they continue to fail. And when their BS memes don’t work they start whining about “access”. FLOTUS is right to keep the First Daughters and Mrs. Robinson away from these media assholes. They don’t like it? Oh well….STAY MAD.

    • qosine

      LOL at the whiny USA un press. Who tried to break into the WTC?
      “. . . an aggressive pack of Chinese journalists has followed her every move and penned hundreds of stories about her visit.”

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • qosine


      • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    What the hell??

    Secret Service agents sent home after one found passed out in Amsterdam
    By Evan Perez, CNN updated 7:36 AM EDT, Wed March 26, 2014

    (CNN) — Three Secret Service agents were sent home after one of them was found passed out after a night of drinking in Amsterdam, an official familiar with the incident told CNN.

    The agents were in the Netherlands as part of a contingent preparing for President Barack Obama’s visit there this week.

    According to the official, one Secret Service agent was found intoxicated and passed out in the hallway of his hotel. Hotel staff subsequently alerted U.S. authorities.

    This agent and two other agents — who were his companions on a night out drinking in the Dutch capital — were disciplined by being sent home Sunday for not exercising better judgment.

    Confirming that three agents went home for disciplinary reasons, Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan added an investigation is underway.

    more here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/us/secret-service-amsterdam/

    • Alma98

      Just ridiculous!

  • GreenLadyHere


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    – – – -☺Abraham Samuel, also known as “Tolinar Rex,”. .

    – —–☺After the death of her husband, the chief’s wife ruled the Malagasy. One day she saw the shipwrecked men bathing in the ocean and noticed strange markings on Samuel’s body. They were the same markings her own child had had, but she hadn’t seen her son in many years. — – — – The woman declared Samuel her long-lost son and made him chief of the Malagasy. [WHOA. :>)]

    – – -Soooo —ENJOYIN’. . .THANK U PBOMB♥ :>)


    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH!
      Hope you’re having a good day, blessings to you and the family. (((HUGS)))

      • GreenLadyHere

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    • qosine


      • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    SMH…..dude gonna make his wife take the fall all by herself.
    Attorneys ask judge to try former Va. governor and his wife separately
    By Matt Zapotosky, Wednesday, March 26, 1:56 AM

    Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife want separate trials on the federal corruption charges they both are facing, saying in court filings late Tuesday that a joint proceeding would prevent Maureen McDonnell, in particular, from taking the witness stand to exonerate her husband.

    The filings — which came on the same day that the couple’s attorneys asked a judge to toss the charges against them outright — suggest that Maureen McDonnell is willing to testify that her husband was largely in the dark about her interactions with Richmond businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., and that the couple could not have engaged in a conspiracy to lend the prestige of the governor’s office to Williams’s struggling dietary supplement company, Star Scientific.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/ex-gov-mcdonnell-wife-ask-for-separate-trials/2014/03/26/2867e87a-b4aa-11e3-b899-20667de76985_story.html?hpid=z4

    • Alma98

      They’re probably thinking a judge will have sympathy for her and let her off easy. I hope it backfires on them.

    • rikyrah

      Town called it

    • Town

      I actually don’t blame him, and I think most people blame her simple ass more so than him. She whored them out to this Johnnie guy for a come up & a shopping spree. His political career is over, he will end up a convicted felon* and lose the ability to have a livlihood in the legal field (he is a lawyer).

      *He’ll end up pleading guilty to the bank fraud charges, which is what the Feds only wanted to charge him with in the first place. Feds told him, hey plead guilty to the bank fraud charge & we won’t charge your wife. Say no, we’ll hit you with a bunch of charges and your wife, too. He said nope. So he’s thrown her under the bus from the beginning.

      I see a separation in the future, if not divorce. I’m not sure if they are Catholic or just fundies but that marriage is ovah. I hope she gets those straggly ends cut before she pleads guilty.

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBIMB♥ — –SPEAKIN’ of the actions of the Secret Service –Did THIS eva make –BIG headlines? —
    – – –☺http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2006/11/us_embassy_asks/
    – – – – – –U.S. Embassy Asks Bush Twins to Leave Country
    – – — –Amid a growing barrage of front-page headlines, U.S. embassy officials “strongly suggested” President Bush’s twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, cut short their trip to Buenos Aires because of security issues, U.S. diplomatic and security sources tell ABC News. But the girls have stayed on, celebrating their 25th birthday over the weekend and producing even more headlines about their activities. Officials say the media coverage upstaged publicity plans for the new U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne, who had only recently arrived in the country.
    – – — -SNIP- —
    — –Thursday night, an ABC News producer was able to walk into their hotel unchecked and engage Barbara Bush in conversation while she checked her e-mail on a computer in the lobby. Jenna sat talking with friends on a sofa nearby. No Secret Service agents were anywhere to be seen in the lobby, according to ABC News’ Joe Goldman.

    – — —-THOUGHT NOT! – — SS — -NOT on THEIR JOB?? —


    – – –THEY soooo — —POST —-RACIST!!! geesh!

    • morphus

      The antics of the Bush Twins were legendary prior to entering the WH. Although their behaviors were ripe for new scandals by the minute the media looked away.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — –**BIG fist bump*** ABSOLUTELY! – – -They neva did have control ova them. —BUT – – -then again, did they –INHERIT shrubs genes?” — —
        – -Ohhh –LET’s BRANG – – -up HISTORY –:>)
        – – – – – – – -☺http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/laura-bush-reveals-george-stopped-drinking/story?id=10552148
        – — —-☺Laura Bush’s reportedly famous ultimatum to her husband, “It’s either Jim Beam or me,”. .

        – –Good 2 C U morphus♥ :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – – :>)

        • morphus

          Good Morning GLH! :D< and p#d

          **tears*** Could not stop laughing after reading: "I was not going to leave George and I wasn’t going to let him leave me with twins.”

          • GreenLadyHere

            morphus – —-LOL- —IT was –COMEDY 4 —ALL 8 years! :>)

      • TyrenM

        (Former) Lushes-In-Chief!

    • Daltex82

      Different strokes, for certain folks.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ Daltex82. — –***BIG HUG*** :>)-

        —YA MEAN –LIKE THIS? –:>)
        — – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0CYJNw9YJQ

        – – – -***BIG fist bump*** – –:>)

        Good 2 C U Daltex – —Woot!- –Woot!—:>)


  • WTF???

    @nycjim: 2 CNN Producers Arrested for Trying to Break Into World Trade Center. http://t.co/ucuzLAbuqZ via @mashable http://t.co/lBukuelxrb

    • morphus

      Mimics failed attempted at sensationalism.

    • Miranda

      There are absolutely no depths to which this network will sink for ratings.

      • AxelFoley

        None what so ever.

    • isonprize

      I wonder if they will get to keep their jobs? Things that make you go, HHHmmm….

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia♥ — — -Sooo THIS is HOW THEY get their –Materials –4 —Carry Negative Newz??– – – -geesh!

      – – –GOT — –GOT!!– – -HAH!

  • GreenLadyHere

    — – -Why R the RE-THUGS questioning THIS [so-called delay] action? – [It is compassionate.]

    – -THEY R the VERY ONES who PUT a BAR across the VOTING POLL DOORS—when people were –STANDING in LINE!! — [THEY R COLD!!] —
    THANK U Sir!♥ – – -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – –WHOA! – —

    – – – –☺@NewsBreaker
    BREAKING: Bin Laden son-in-law who served as al-Qaida spokesman after 9/11 convicted at NYC terror trial – @AP

    – – –☺@AP
    MORE: Bin Laden son-in-law could face life in prison for conspiracy and aiding al-Qaida: http://apne.ws/1juNo0m

  • Miranda

    Some folks bout to find out the hard way that coming for the Obama girls will get your ass planted. They really are gonna try it and it will not end well for these bastards either.


    • Hillary Crosley, a Black writer at Jezebel, wrote a similar article about Sasha Obama. This type of bs is why FLOTUS keeps the media away from her children.

    • morphus

      So there’s is a connection between the “pricey” room and the headline about a bored Sasha Obama or did I miss something?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – —ALWAYS –AMONG the FIRST/ONLY: – —:>)
    – – –☺@NewsBreaker
    Vatican press: Obama will be 9th US pres to make official visit to the Vatican. Pope John Paul II was 1st to visit WH in ’79 @CarrieNBCNews

    – – –BLESS U –SIR♥ — -PROUD of U♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —-Jus’ seein’ THIS: — –WHA’ ???– –
    – – –D.C. woman leaves ambulance when paramedics argue (Video)
    — — –A woman being taken by a D.C. ambulance to get medical treatment got out because the paramedics were having such a heated argument she says she didn’t feel safe.

    Rose Preston, a Southeast resident, thought she was suffering a stroke on a recent Saturday and called 911, she told NBC Washington.

    A D.C. ambulance came, but when the ride to a hospital began, Preston says her troubles weren’t over.

    “They’re constantly bickering back and forth with one another, to the point that I felt so uncomfortable. I didn’t feel safe being transportedby the vehicle,” Preston, an Army veteran, told NBC Washington.
    Preston says two men were arguing about something that seemed personal.


    – – —-☺http://divadeesdiscussions.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/shaking-my-head-picture.gif –[I KNOW –HUH? – –MA-AM.]

    – —-☺Annnd MA-AM’s friend] http://forum.smartcanucks.ca/attachments/game-room/128543d1342629798-things-make-you-shake-your-head-smart_guy_shaking_head_no_md_clr.gif

    • Admiral_Komack

      “Less Filling!”

      “Tastes Great!”

      “Less Filling!”

      “Tastes Great!”

  • Miranda

    OK, I see where this is going. Its 7 months or so till November. FLOTUS will be back and will be asked to hit the trail for some Dem candidates….guess its time to poison her high approval ratings, so why not start up how horrible it is in the East Wing to go along with her spending 300 quadrillion dollars in China? This is so freaking stupid. Who the hell goes to work in the White House and expects it to be a cakewalk? You don’t think its going to be extremely pressured to work for the most visible woman on EARTH? GTFOH! The job, ANY job in the East Wing will set you up for life. This is some bullshit.


    • Kennymack1971

      So what I got out of this article was:
      The First Lady leaves nothing to chance.
      She prefers to be around people she knows and trusts.
      She considers her time valuable and doesn’t want to waste it.
      I’m supposed to consider this bad because?

      STAY MAD 2520s

    • qosine

      Fortunately, FLOTUS is a far greater FLOTUS than this guy is as a writer. Lots of unnamed people, trivial complaints that make him look like he just couldn’t do the job.

      • creolechild

        I skimmed over it and it’s just a simple-minded compilation of former complaints and innuendo. How some of these people remain employed for the “work” [insert eye-roll] they produce puzzles me to no end…

  • GreenLadyHere

    — – -☺
    ‏@NerdyWonka [THANK U♥]
    First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters look at giant pandas at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu. pic.twitter.com/J6LY0DvF35

    – – – -☺First Lady Michelle Obama receives a Tibetan scarf as she and her family arrive to a Tibetan restaurant for lunch. pic.twitter.com/VwttahSJCT

    – – –☺First Lady Michelle Obama is greeted by Tibetan students at a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu in Sichuan province. pic.twitter.com/iNQeqSu64e

  • Kennymack1971

    I saw a couple of y’all talking about NBCs new show Crisis. I caught up on the first two episodes and now I am hooked!

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – —☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥] :>)
    First Lady Michelle Obama greets Tibetan students at a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province. pic.twitter.com/thllzEKESs

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – — THIS!!! – – -☺@adept2u[THANK U♥] :>)

    Trayvon Martin was a grown man Sasha Obama is a teenager, Black youth don’t get to be children White men get to be kids well into their 20s
    – —-SPEAK –TRUTH –’bout —THEIR perspective!! —

    • JB20005

      Rich white men get to be kids into their 40s.

      Look at the last POTUS, who spent about the first 2/3 of his life being an obnoxious drunk.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ JB20005 :>) — -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —-☺YEP – – -2/3 — -☺https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/1724184832/hB598768D/ From the BEGINNING :>) —–LOL

        – –Good 2 C U JB20005. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥[Continuin’ 2 PRAY 4 U♥/Family♥]

    • creolechild

      I understand what adept2u is saying but Trayvon wasn’t a grown man, he was a teenager just like Sasha and Malia.

      • Alma98

        I think he’s saying people saw Trayvon as a grown man creolechild in a sarcastic kinda way.

        • creolechild

          I know Trayvon was perceived to be a grown man but sometimes black/brown teenagers also tend to view themselves as grown men when high school days are almost over and there are many parents in the black community who feel the same way, which is why I responded the way that I did.

          • Aquagranny911

            I hear you! We do that with our boys too even if they are not ready but you have to start preparing them in a society where 18 makes them legal adults. Culturally, we just don’t believe in coddling our teens & prolonging childhood.

          • Alma98

            I see everyday to creolechild, kids aren’t allowed to be kids any more.

          • Aquagranny911

            Not our kiddos, anyway.

          • Alma98


          • creolechild

            You’re right Alma and its depressing. Babies dressed in attire similar to what teenagers are wearing and teenage girls that are dressed like grown women. Why the rush? I don’t understand it…

          • Aquagranny911

            Have you tried to shop for little chicas recently? I have 5 granddaughters, age 10 to 3 & I find some of the clothing selections just appalling in the stores. It is difficult to find clothing that isn’t slutty even for the bebe.

          • Alma98

            I used to make just about all my daughter’s clothes AG. Kids used ask her who do think you are? And she’d tell them I can’t help it if your mama can’t sew lol.

          • Aquagranny911

            LMAO! I made a lot of my girls clothes. My oldest daughter sews beautifully but has no spare time for that. I’m thinking I need to dust off my sewing machine for my granddaughters. My DIL’s Granny sews beautifully & always makes such cute dresses for her girls.

          • Alma98

            Go for it AG they’ll love it and appreciate it!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY creolechild. :>) THANK U 4 your reply.
        – – –Trayvon was 17 yo. YET SOME people “treated him” like a grown man. –
        –Miss Sasha – is only 12 yo. [as in – -what most people consider 2 B a child] –Yet – -the implication –IMHO — was –“WHYCOME” she doesn’t- -“act” like a teenager – annnd [feign a] smile.?? —-WHATEVA! :>)

        Now — – I just took another look @ that PIC. She has a HAND BRACE on her RIGHT HAND. – – -Could she B in PAIN?? – – -Iff sooo – – -PRAYIN’ 4 HER with EVEN MORE INTENSITY.♥

        Annnnd — – -I hope that they FILTERED that NEWS from her.♥ – –:>)

        – – – HERE’S the PLACE –4 those INSENSITIVE RACISTS: — -☺http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b457/MMM_CLASS/Flames/fire-animated-hot-burn.gif

        – – -Again — -THANK U♥- -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – –☺@HealthCareGov
    Near record crowds seeking coverage by 3/31. 1.2M+ visits to http://HealthCare.gov and 390k calls Tues. 5 days left to #GetCoveredNow

    ‏ – – – -☺@pfeiffer44
    The reason the GOP is so upset abt allowing people to finish signing up for health care is simple: they want fewer people to sign up
    – – —OF COURSE!!- —EVIL/VILE –RACIST – -HATAS!! – – –
    NEXT!- —

  • qosine

    PBOMB, I’m loving your series on Black Pirates! Thank you:)

    • GreenLadyHere

      La Qosine — -***BIG fist bump*** :>)

  • Miranda

    I am too Dr. Rice…I am too.
    “The notion that this is an all-male place is a joke,” Rice said, pointing out that women occupy half the seats at the senior adviser meetings. “I’m always struck by the disconnect between perception and reality.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/barack-obama-west-wing-power-trio-104971.html#ixzz2x5Vpmb6V

    • Daltex82

      “I’m always struck by the disconnect between perception and reality.”
      Me too.

    • qosine

      I just love Dr. Rice.
      “The notion that this is an all-male place is a joke,”

    • Looking at you Annie Lowry.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ — -***BIG fist bump*** -:>)

      — –LIKE THIS: — -☺http://www.thewhirlingwind.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/false_equivalence_meme.jpg

      – – —GIT! — -GIT! — -GIT ‘EM! – – -DR. RICE♥– –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –Ohhh – -OF COURSE — -WE C – -“WHYCOME” – –DEY ‘ON’T want MR. PRESIDENT 2 MAKE –SCOTUS appointments: —

    – – – -☺ ‏@AAUW
    As we protested outside the #SCOTUS, these women were fighting with us:http://nyr.kr/1jIM0mo #NotMyBossBusiness pic.twitter.com/A4GRayG9EV

    – -THANK U -LADIES.♥ :>)

    • qosine

      Love this photo, GreenLady.
      Gives me great confidence!

  • Miranda

    Barbara Boxer: Why no Viagra complaints?
    ‘What’s their next moral objection, do they then object to vaccinations?’ Boxer says.
    By TAL KOPAN | 3/25/14 11:28 AM EDT

    As the Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday about the Obamacare mandate on birth control coverage, Sen. Barbara Boxer questioned why those up in arms about the requirement have no problem with most insurance covering Viagra.

    “I have never heard Hobby Lobby or any other corporation, I could be wrong, or any other boss complain that Viagra is covered in many insurance plans, practically all of them, or other kinds of things, you know, for men, which I won’t go into,” Boxer said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/barbara-boxer-obamacare-birth-control-viagra-104990.html#ixzz2x5WgwsxF

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – –MEDIA ALERT – – -MR. PRESIDENT –Again♥– –

    — – -☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]

    LIVE NOW: Pres. Obama delivers remarks at Palais Des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels, Belgium http://www.whitehouse.gov/live http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxpJHS_OlFI
    View media

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – –MR. PRESIDENT♥ — –Sooo INSPIRING – —:>) —

    – – – – -☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]

    President Obama, EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels. pic.twitter.com/Iqtrmnyypu – – – -[-TRIUMPHANT TRIO –:>)

    – – — ☺President Obama, Herman Van Rompuy, Jose Manuel Barroso at a working lunch at the EU-US summit in Brussels, Belgium. pic.twitter.com/ywXVlanPam

    – – —WORLD annnd WORLD-CLASS LEADER♥– -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –ON HER way –back HOME –


    — –☺ ‏@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥] :>)

    First Lady Michelle Obama waves before departing Chengdu Shuangliu airport to return home to D.C. #FLOTUSInChina pic.twitter.com/sNjxjCPyCg

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Anti-Obamacare Governor Now Encouraging Residents To Enroll Under Health Law

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), an ardent Affordable Care Act
    critic, is now encouraging residents to transition into new health plans under the very reform law that he once refused to help implement. Walker told the Washington Examiner’s Philip A. Klein that he has instructed state agencies to work with individuals who are transitioning into plans offered on Wisconsin’s Obamacare marketplace.

    That includes both the previously uninsured and poor residents just above the poverty level who are being siphoned out of the state’s Medicaid program, BadgerCare, and into private ACA plans under Walker’s conservative alternative to Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/24/3418004/scott-walker-obamacare-signups/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN creoledhild :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      —HAH! – —Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), an ardent Affordable Care Act critic,
      is now encouraging residents to transition into new health plans under
      the very reform law that he once refused to help implement.

      – —KARMA- —ALWAYS gets —the “W”

      —Good 2 C U. :>)

      • creolechild

        Good morning baby doll, with hugs and kisses to you.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Creolechild – —***HUGS*** —:>)

  • JB20005

    The usual suspects have done their usual handwringing over the Hobby Lobby case, and no one really knows what the outcome will be. But here’s a couple of reasons why I think Roberts and/or Kennedy will grudgingly rule against them.

    It’s not really possible to carve out a narrow exception for Hobby Lobby on religious grounds. Plaintiff’s counsel more or less conceded that finding for his client would essentially throw open the door for the whole US Code and Code of Federal Regulations to be subject on a case by case basis to constitutional religious exemptions. And religious complaints would not be limited only to popular Christian denominations. Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientologists, Neo Pagans, etc. would be able to argue for similiar exemptions to laws they find disagreeable.

    It would also require a substantial rewrite of corporate case law on the doctrine of the corporate veil. Even in a closely held corporation, the business is a sole and separate legal entity for the purpose of shielding the principals from personal liability. If the shareholder’s religious beliefs transfer to the corporate entity, they’ve implicitly ruled that the shareholders could be subject to personal liability for any actual harm done by the corporation’s “free exercise of religion”. Essentially, they’re requesting the court to treat closely held corporations as a proprietorship for religious purposes.

    Long story short, even the most partisan Judge dislikes making extra work for himself, and a sweeping ruling for Hobby Lobby would create decades worth of reinventing the wheel for the Federal Courts.

    Just one man’s opinion.

    • Aquagranny911

      Please add one woman’s opinion to yours. I don’t think Roberts is about to open this can of worms for corporations or the courts & I believe that Kennedy will follow him. We might get a surprise if one of the other four tags along & makes it 6 to 3 against Hobby Lobby etal.

      This won’t stop the goatfiggers from trying to come at this again. They have an endless supply of caca.

      My two pesos….

      • Admiral_Komack

        One thing we do know…Clarence Thomas ain’t saying shit.

    • rikyrah

      the whole – opening up corporations to liability is the key.
      I listen every week to a lawyer who sponsors an hour on the radio and he goes at it every week –
      people set up corporations to shield themselves from PERSONAL LIABILITY.
      If they break that…
      it’s a wrap for a whole lot of evil stuff corporations do, and they then become FINANCIALLY LIABLE.

      • Aquagranny911

        No caca, Sherlock! My daughter & SIL have a small business that they set up as an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) for this very reason.

        They are small potatoes but they were told that if they ever got sued, someone could take everything they owned, including their house & personal possessions. Being incorporated limits liability to the corporation alone not to the owners personal assets.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – — ☺http://media0.giphy.com/media/11uArCoB4fkRcQ/giphy.gif

    – – —☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqMhU64HMUA

    – —WORLD annnd WORLD-CLASS LEADER♥ Woo! Hoo! :>)

    — — -THEY LOVE HIM♥ — – -:>)
    — -[Sorry –Gotta “bounce”. — -C YA as soon as.. . .♥ B BLESSED♥]

  • creolechild

    Archaeologists unveil two more colossal pharaoh statues in Egypt

    Archaeologists on Sunday unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh
    Amenhotep III in Egypt’s famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an
    existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions.The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and Egyptian archaeologists said were their original sites in the funerary temple of the king, on the west bank of the Nile.

    The temple is already famous for its existing 3,400-year-old Memnon colossi — twin statues of Amenhotep III whose reign archaeologists say marked the political and cultural zenith of ancient Egyptian civilization.[…]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/24/archaeologists-unveil-two-more-colossal-pharaoh-statues-in-egypt/

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • qosine

    PBO Gives credit to East Berliners for tearing down the wall.
    Merkel in; Ronnie out. lol

    • Aquagranny911

      Our excellent President in action! If you visit The Obama Diary that has been covering this you can see how well received PBO is & how positive this visit. The American press is not covering it & the WHPC tried to embarrass the Prez but got shot down by both him & that leader dude from the Netherlands.

      IMHO, our press should have their pass ports revoked!

  • creolechild

    Next Time You Post A Secret On Anonymous App Whisper, BuzzFeed Writers Will Decide Whether Millions Of People Should Read It

    Whisper, one of the several anonymous secret-sharing apps
    that has cropped up in the last year, just inked a partnership with
    BuzzFeed that gives the publication extended access to its content[….] The BuzzFeed writers can then turn those anonymous posts into stories.[….]

    Whether Whisper-posters want their confessions to be read by millions of people doesn’t really matter, because like Twitter, Whisper is a public platform.[….] The agreement with
    BuzzFeed isn’t exclusive, meaning that Whisper can share posts that could lead to stories with other publications, too.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/buzzfeed-whisper-partnership-2014-3

    H/T Jillian D’Onfro

    • Aquagranny911

      And yet the nutbuckets worry about the NSA…Why don’t these estupidos just go to confession? At least the priest isn’t going to tell on them to the world!

      • qosine

        Tell me about it!!! Dumbasses.

  • creolechild

    Emails Show Republican Governor Used State Budget To Boost Profits For Family Member

    On March 24, 2014, the Michigan Democratic Party released emails that show Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, along with his former budget director and current adviser, colluded to give a massive taxpayer funded subsidy to a member of the governor’s family.[….]

    George Snyder’s business partners received more than $19 million dollars, after jotting off a quick email to cousin Rick, on April 29th, 2011. Since 2011, the share of the taxpayer budget going to George Snyder’s industry has ballooned to $41 million. What is George Snyder’s industry? Office furniture.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/25/emails-show-republican-governor-used-state-budget-boost-profits-family-member/

    H/T Randa Morris

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      uh huh

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Peeps! I see that the media is doing their usual but some may regret going after Sasha. Poor child can’t even have a vacay without having every nuance of her facial expressions & body language analyzed.

    I’m also thinking that Secret Service needs to do some serious house cleaning if the stories are actually true about their advance team in Amsterdam.

  • Miranda


    Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon arrested by FBI on federal corruption charges

    Posted: Mar 26, 2014 1:43 PM EDT

    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Charlotte Mayor, Patrick DeAngelo Cannon, was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents for alleged violations of federal public corruption laws, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

    The federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, charges Cannon, 47, of Charlotte, with theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right, according to the news release from the US Attorney’s Office.

    John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, joins U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

    more here: http://www.wbtv.com/story/25080192/charlotte-mayor-patrick-cannon-arrested-by-fbi-on-federal-corruption-charges?clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypass&utm_content=buffer00d6a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  • creolechild

    School reverses decision to bar Colorado girl who shaved head to support friend with cancer

    [….] Kamryn Renfro, of Grand Junction, had shaved her head as a show of support for her friend, Delaney Clements, who lost her own hair while undergoing chemotherapy treatments.[….] Officials at Caprock Academy had told Kamryn’s mother the girl would not be allowed to attend classes until after spring break because her shaved head violated the charter school’s dress code.

    But the school board held a special meeting after her story received
    international attention and voted 3-1 to reverse the decision. The school received numerous calls and emails from people around the U.S. who were outraged by the board’s initial decision.[….]

    After the school board meeting, the girl and her mother drove to Denver, where Delaney is still undergoing chemotherapy treatment for neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve tissue that is the most common form of cancer in children and infants.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/26/school-reverses-decision-to-bar-colorado-girl-who-shaved-head-to-support-friend-with-cancer/

    H/T Travis Gettys

    • Aquagranny911

      Charter school…need we say anymore?

      • rikyrah

        folks lit their asses up

        • Aquagranny911

          You might get a laugh but my three daughters who live in CO went after this like gang busters. My oldest does cancer research & knows the Docs treating the Delaney girl. She had everyone she knew calling, emailing & burning the asses of that school board!

          • rikyrah

            YES YES YES

      • isonprize


        Charter schools are spawn of the devil.

        • Aquagranny911

          I wish I could “Like” this comment 1 million times!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Creolechild – – -GOOD NEWS – – -WHA’? — –THEY WENT 2 “OZ”??? :>)
      – — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aE-nMS9Mnk&feature=related
      — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGdqGkDjrlI

      WAITIN’ 4 their NEXT –Faux pas — –DUH!! :>)

  • creolechild

    Gov. Christie Broke The Law When Pulling New Jersey Out Of Northeast Cap-And-Trade System, Court Rules

    [….] The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that the state Department of Environmental Protection must formally repeal the membership regulations in order to withdraw from the program. To do this, the administration must seek public comment — a process which the court gave the state 60 days to initiate.

    Gov. Christie effectively ended the program three years ago by posting notice on the Department of Environmental Protection’s website that power plants would no longer be required to comply.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/25/3418873/court-christie-rggi/

    H/T Joanna M. Foster

    • Aquagranny911

      When will this pos be arrested? Inquiring minds really want to know……

      • creolechild

        If they press charges, they have to make sure there’s an air-tight case.

        • Aquagranny911

          SIGH! I know that the mills of justice do grind exceedingly slow but in this case I hope they also grind exceedingly fine!

          • creolechild

            LOL! Patience, honey bunny, patience…

          • Aquagranny911

            I so ♥ you Sweet Child! I’m not a patient woman & I’m old. I want this scumsucker to go DOWN & I WANT IT NOW! LOL!

          • creolechild

            We have deep roots and you know that I love you right back. Christie and his cohorts may not go down any time soon but when they do they’ll start falling like dominoes and turning on each other to save their own necks.

  • creolechild

    Madoff Victims Set to Get $349 Million From Trustee, Boosting Total to $6 Billion

    Bernard Madoff’s victims are set to get $349 million in a fresh round of payments by the trustee unwinding his firm, a day after five of its ex-employees were convicted of aiding the con man’s $17.5 billion Ponzi scheme.

    The distribution, which needs approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, will bring total payouts to victims to almost $6 billion, or 34 percent of the lost principal. It’s the fourth such distribution since Madoff’s 2008 arrest triggered the liquidation.[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-25/madoff-victims-set-to-get-349-million-from-trustee-boosting-total-to-6-billion.html

    H/T Erik Larson

  • Jim Brown was right about Kobe.

    Kobe Bryant Was Not Impressed by the Miami Heat’s Trayvon Martin Protest

    by Jamilah King
    Wednesday, March 26 2014, 2:07 PM EST

    …Throughout his career, Bryant’s been talking about as an outsider,
    specifically when it comes to being the most famous in the world in a
    sport that’s overwhelmingly black. It’s given him a politically moderate
    stance on things, which was on display when McGrath brought up the
    subject of LeBron James positng a photo online of the Heat players dressed in hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon Martin.

    I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” he said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

    MORE: http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/03/kobe_bryant_was_not_impressed_by_the_miami_heats_trayvon_martin_protest.html

    • Miranda


    • PBomb

      I was never a Kobe fan. Certainly won’t be now.

    • rikyrah

      says the man who was stupid enough to marry a teenager without a pre-nup

    • edp4bho

      “I won’t react to something just because….” it’s being said by assholes like Kobe, Barkley, and on and on throughout the sphere of those who really don’t identify with our collective history as black folks in this country. They have their perks to uphold. They’d sell their dead grandmom’s souls to be in their “superior’s” graces. Some black folk really, really don’t care who hung from a tree or was burned alive because of what they looked like. Moving right along !!

    • Alma98

      Does his smart ass feel the same way about black folks buying his cheaply made shoes? If he wants to go that route the same should apply to black athletes who expect black folks to buy their high priced crap. I’ve never liked Koby, ever, and people used to jump on me about it. Now maybe they’ll see what I see.

      • edp4bho

        Don’t even get me started on my extremely long list of blacks who hate black. They can twist it any way they care to, but the reticence at best, and pure denial is very obvious throughout their public histories.

      • I’ve never liked his ass either.

    • MsKitty

      TRANSLATION: Trayvon died. Them’s the breaks. What does that have to do with me?

      Hope he blows out his other achilles.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I love you MsKitty. <3
        About Kobe "What's My Motivation" Bryant…well, I always liked Shaq.

    • Town

      We will remember that the next time you’re caught up on rape charges and want some support.

      • Guns3000

        I think that’s his point exactly.

      • PBomb

        When that happened, I was not in his corner. I was never a fan and thought something was always wrong with him.

      • Admiral_Komack

        When he tries to sell something, I’ll try not to react to it.

  • creolechild

    Australian Chocolate Maker Reunites 50 Different Families Longing to Be Together

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the chocolate TimTam, Arnotts is reuniting Australian family members who are longing to be together, whether living across the country or overseas.[….] With 10 international flights and 40 within Australia being given away, one lucky winner per day since February 28 has received two nights in a hotel room along with a ticket to see their loved one. They also win a suitcase full of of Arnott Tim Tam biscuits to enjoy with their families, to help evoke memories of the old days.[….]

    Victoria also lives in Winton. Raising a family along with her
    husband is wonderful, but she is so far from her sister in England. Tim Tam surprised Victoria, not only bringing her sister, but her mom and dad and second sister too. On top of that, her husband’s best friend from Canada emerged out of the same plane — an incredible surprise for him too.(Watch the reunions below.)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/civics/tim-tim-reunites-families-over-many-miles.html

    H/T Tim Tam and GNN

    • rikyrah

      This is so sweet

      • creolechild

        Yes it was. Imagine if more corporations showed their appreciation for the business they received by doing things like this.

  • creolechild

    I usually ignore Yahoo’s comment section but the comments for the article that were visible today just made me laugh and shake my head at the need to demonize the Obama girls out of pure envy and desperation that this family has effectively demolished preconceived notions about black families and it gives me LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFE.Yes, it does.

    Sasha and Malia Obama’s Stylish Vacation Wardrobe Selling Out in Stores

    For most kids, spring break means hanging out with friends in jeans and sneakers, but when you’re the first daughters, you get dressed up and jet to Beijing to meet the president of China. This past week, Sasha Obama, 12, and Malia Obama, 15, went on a seven-day tour with their mom, first lady Michelle Obama, and their grandmother, Marian Robinson, to visit the sights and attend formal events.

    Naturally, the press followed and so did the fashion-conscious, only this time their attention turned to the Obama girls’ killer style. Clearly, having an impeccably dressed role model doesn’t hurt. Malia’s chic dress and Sasha’s trendy T-shirt have already sold out. (Remember how Sasha’s popular unicorn sweater flew off shelves?) From feminine frocks to age-appropriate minis and flats, these stylish sisters may have the same clout as their mother. Check out their excellent (and stylish) adventure.[….]

    Read more: https://shine.yahoo.com/photos/sasha-and-malia-obama-s-vacation-wardrobe-selling-out-in-stores-1395781566-slideshow/

    H/T Joanna Douglas

    • 7thangel

      obama derangement syndrome and white supremacy is a hell of a drug

    • Guns3000

      I read those comments. Those people are totally unhinged.

  • creolechild

    Jury convicts Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law on terrorism charges

    Suleiman Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden’s sons-in-law,
    was found guilty of terrorism-related charges by a federal jury in New York on Wednesday, following a three-week trial that offered an
    unusually intimate portrait of Al Qaeda’s former leader in the days
    after 9/11.

    Abu Ghaith, 48, faces life in prison after a jury convicted him of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support. The 48-year-old Kuwaiti-born preacher is the highest-profile bin Laden adviser to face trial in a US civilian court since the attacks.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/140326/jury-convicts-osama-bin-ladens-son-law-terrorism

    H/T Global Post

  • creolechild

    Hmmm…something about the number of spills that have been happening in a brief period of time has been bothering but I can’t quite put my finger on what is. Chicago fam, start stockpiling bottled water…just in case.

    BP tar sands refinery dumps crude oil into Lake Michigan just miles from Chicago

    A malfunction dumped a slug of crude oil into Lake Michigan just a few miles away from Chicago city limits. Officials aren’t sure how much oil spilled into the lake, where refinery workers reported an oil sheen about 4:30 p.m. Monday, before the leak was plugged by about 9 p.m., reported the Chicago Tribune.

    The malfunction happened less than a year after BP started up a new unit at its Whiting, Indiana, refinery to process heavy Canadian oil from the tar sands area of Alberta. A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency said there appeared to be no negative effects on Lake Michigan, which supplies drinking water for 7 million people in the Chicago area.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/26/bp-tar-sands-refinery-dumps-crude-oil-into-lake-michigan-just-miles-from-chicago/

    H/T Travis Gettys

    • TyrenM

      Yeah um, Keystone deez.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- — – –Jus’ —THINKIN” :>)

    — – –☻THIS –is HOW —“shrub” was RECEIVED on ANOTHER COUNTRY: —
    – — ———-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFX-dKpcDz8

    — — ☻THIS is HOW “rom-knee” –“presented himself” annnd was RECEIVED:

    – — — – – – -☺http://www.mediaite.com/tv/london-mayor-boris-johnson-slams-mitt-romneys-comments-before-cheering-olympic-crowd/
    – – —London Mayor Boris Johnson Slams Romney’s Comments Before Cheering Olympic Crowd — — –LOL —

    Annnnnd — -BIG FINISH♥ — –:>)


    – – –☺http://www.c-span.org/video/?318510-1/president-obama-useu-relations


    • Alma98

      Still hilarious hahahahaha!!! GWB was quick moving his head lol.