December 20, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Women In The Negro Leagues

Happy Hump Day POU!

Today’s feature is the one of the few ballplayers ever that got a hit off Satchel Paige.

Toni Stone

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Marceni Lyle Stone (January 21, 1921  – November 2, 1996) was born in West Virginia and spent her childhood in St Paul, Minnesota.

Her married name was Marceni Lyle Stone Alberga.   Alberga, a man 40 years her senior, like her parents was not in favor of Stone playing professional baseball.   “He would have stopped me if he could,” Stone later said.  “But he couldn’t.”   

As a teenager she played with the local boys’ teams in her hometown. During World War II she moved to San Francisco, playing first with an All-American Girls Pro Baseball League (AAGPBL) American Legion team, then moving to the San Francisco Sea Lions, a Black, semi-pro barnstorming team; she drove in two runs in her first at-bat.

The AAGPBL was segregated throughout it’s 12 year existence even though their male counterparts integrated in 1947, their fifth year of play. She didn’t feel that the owner was paying her what they’d originally agreed on, so when the team played in New Orleans, she switched and joined the Black Pelicans. From there she went to the New Orleans Creoles, part of the Negro League minors, where she made $300 a month in 1949. The local Black Press reported that she made several unassisted double plays, and batted.265.

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Stone was quite proud of the fact that the male players were out to get her. She would show off the scars on her left wrist and remember the time she had been spiked by a runner trying to take out the woman standing on second base. ‘He was out,’ she recalled. 

In 1953, the Indianapolis Clowns, signed Stone to play second base, a position that had been recently vacated when the Boston Braves signed Hank Aaron. This contract made Stone the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues. The Clowns had begun as a gimmick team, much like the Harlem Globetrotters, known as much for their showmanship as their playing. But by the ’50s they had toned down their antics and were playing straight baseball. Having a woman on the team didn’t hurt revenues, which had been declining steadily since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the majors, and many young Black players left the Negro Leagues.

When Syd Pollack, the owner of The Clowns asked her to play in a skirt,  she refused!  She also would not consent to play in shorts and made it clear that she would dress in the same uniforms as her male teammates did.

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Toni had her moments, none more memorable than the exhibition game in Omaha on Easter Sunday in 1953, when the opposing pitcher strolled through the Clowns’ locker room mockingly asking the players how they would like him to pitch to them, slow, medium or fast.

”Any way you like,” Stone told him after she had dressed in the umpire’s locker room. ”Just don’t hit me.”

It was, as she never tired of recalling, a fastball he delivered that she hit over the pitcher’s head into center field. She was so excited she could barely make it to first base. No wonder.

The pitcher was Satchel Paige and hers was the only hit off him that day.

In 1954, her contract was sold to the Kansas City Monarchs, one of the stronger teams in the Negro League.

The woman who broke the sex barrier in baseball played in men’s amateur leagues until she was 60. Satchel Paige would have approved.

She was delighted in 1985 to be inducted into the Women’s Sports Foundation International Sports Hall fo Fame. 

Toni Stone died of heart failure at age 75, in Alameda California.   A baseball field in her hometown of St. Paul was dedicated in her memory in 1997.  

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • jds09

      Good Morning rikyrah and the rest of the POU Fam!

      • Alma98

        Good morning jds!

    • Joy

      Morning, rikyrah! Morning, POU!

      • Alma98

        Morning Joy!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Mornin’ Rikyrah and POU!

      • Alma98

        Morning Sepia!

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah :)

  • rikyrah

    Asking for prayers for Peanut’s mother.

    • jds09

      You have them. Take care.

    • Joy

      Done.

    • Kennymack1971

      Will do Rikyrah.

    • Miranda

      God bless.

    • MsKitty

      Consider it done.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Will do.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Done.

    • AxelFoley

      Done.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

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      – – -May the household B BLESSED♥ –AMEN♥ :>)

    • Alma98

      Will do rikyrah, sending her positive thoughts and blessings her way.

    • Daltex82

      Sending well wishes and positive thoughts your way.

    • goldenstar

      Light and Love!

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    Rula Jebreal vs. Chris Hayes from last night

    • Kennymack1971

      Tell it Rula…tell it.

    • Joy

      In those first few seconds, she was giving him the bitch please look.

    • AxelFoley

      Forgive me for being superficial, but damn she FOINE!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Why is this whiny irritating whiny irritating pipsqueak still on the air?

      And it’s always white man to the rescue to correct the little colored girl.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

        You hit the nail on the head, Woody!

        MSNBC sent Chris Hayes to put Rula Jebreal “in her place”, but she was NOT having it!

        Also, did y’all peep how he equated Hamas with Palestinians, thus proving Ms. Jebreal’s point.

        And he can miss me with that bs about networks not liking when guests trash their network and hosts. Joe Scarborough has trashed Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz on Morning Joe, but he was never punished.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          She proved his point equating Hamas with Palestine and she had to remind him that there were moderates in the Palestinian government.

          Then we she had him backpedaling he gave her one of those “It’s not me I”m just saying” garbage.

          • jds09

            Then Hayes (as the spokesperson for the MSM) took credit for this “conversation in the media being different”. Please. They’re struggling on how to spin folks not having it, and by extension them.

    • goldenstar

      He. is. one. patronizing. white. man.

      And, his deflection of Rula’s argument is sad. I don’t give a flying fou fou that he likes Rula and Rula is a friend. He is guilty and he knows it.

    • Farrod

      Ummm…she hot.

      • AxelFoley

        *fist bump*

  • Miranda

    This is a great article on Lebron:

    Total Recall: LeBron’s mighty mind
    Brian Windhorst ESPN.com
    July 22, 2014

    Playing video games with LeBron James is so annoying.

    “When we were growing up we used to play this fighting game on the Sega Genesis called Shaq Fu,” says Brandon Weems, James’ lifelong friend. “LeBron was the only one who had memorized all the moves and so he’d win every time. We all thought he definitely was cheating.”

    Memorizing all the manipulations with the joystick and the A, B and C buttons back in the days before it could be Googled — the Inferno Kick was down, toward the player, with the C button pressed, but only with the “Shaq” character, mind you — is one thing. When James started adding the pathological layers as he got older, that’s when he really started messing with his friends.

    “When you play Madden with him now you have to be careful which teams you take, because he will know what your game plans were in the past when you’ve played with him and he’ll pick the opposing team knowing what plays you want to run,” says Weems, now an assistant basketball coach at Oakland University.

    “You better save your favorite play, too, because he’ll remember what you ran before in situations and be ready for it. Your only hope is to save it until the end and try to surprise him with it.”

    It’s a midgame timeout during a 2013-14 regular-season game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, long before James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the national television broadcast means it’s longer than usual.

    Erik Spoelstra is sitting in front of his Heat players on the bench as he traces a play on his dry-erase board with a fading blue marker. The players — Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem — are draped in towels, holding cups of water, waiting for Spoelstra to present his play. James is quiet, holding clippers, working on cleaning up the nails on his left hand.

    Only he’s not.

    “No,” James says to Spoelstra, reaching his hand out and touching the board on Spoelstra’s lap, pointing to something. “He has to be here, like this.” James traces his finger along the surface. He has been in this situation before against the Pacers. The Heat have tried this play. He has an instant alteration in mind. James is animated now, having forgotten his nails, as he presents his case for why this way will work.

    more here: http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=11067098&src=desktop&rand=ref~{%22ref%22%3A%22http%3A%2F%2Fdeadspin.com%2Fa-reminder-lebron-is-a-freak-genius-with-a-photographi-1609317108%3Futm_campaign%3Dsocialflow_deadspin_twitter%26utm_source%3Ddeadspin_twitter%26utm_medium%3Dsocialflow%22}&wjb

  • Joy

    Cowboys Great Robert Newhouse Dies at 64

    Robert Newhouse, the former standout fullback who played in three Super Bowls for the Cowboys, died Tuesday after an extended battle with heart disease. He was 64.
    Newhouse died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with his immediate family by his side. Newhouse, who suffered a stroke in the summer of 2010, had been at the Mayo Clinic the last few months. Arrangements for a funeral in Dallas are pending.

    “The mental picture everyone had of Robert Newhouse of going for that last yard was absolutely everything he did. He fought until the very end,” said his son Roddrick. “He would not quit.”

    Newhouse is also survived by his wife Nancy; twin daughters Dawnyel and Shawntel; and son Reggie, who played receiver for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004-05.

    The Cowboys had no official comment late Tuesday night.

    Newhouse was born in Longview and played high school football at nearby Galilee in Hallsville. His only scholarship offer was from Houston, where he became a standout running back for the Cougars from 1969 to 1971. Newhouse finished his college career as Houston’s all-time leading rusher, breaking many of the school’s records. In 1977, he was inducted into the University of Houston Athletics Hall of Honor.

    The Cowboys drafted Newhouse in the second round in 1972 and he played 12 seasons for coach Tom Landry.

    Full story here.

    • TyrenM

      RIP Rob. He showed me what a Full Back was. Brusing for every yard and opening holes for Tony Dorsett.

    • Miranda

      RIP

    • Alma98

      RIP

    • MsKitty

      RIP

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • rikyrah

      RIP. Mr. Newhouse.

  • Joy

    Feds reviewing Perry’s border troops dispatch

    WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday that federal officials are reviewing Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.

    “The governor feels as though it’s necessary,” Johnson said Tuesday. “We’re reviewing the options just because we want to review all appropriate and lawful options when dealing with this.”
    He declined to say whether he thought the deployment was a good idea.

    Perry said Monday that the troops are intended to bolster security and fend off the surge of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. Since October, an estimated 60,000 unaccompanied minors mainly from Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador have crossed the U.S. border.

    Perry said his order would “tackle this crisis head-on.” Johnson noted that it isn’t yet clear what the National Guard’s specific function on the border will be.

    Earlier this month, the Obama administration rebuffed calls for more troops.

    At a Senate hearing July 10, Johnson said deploying the Guard was “hugely expensive.” And when President Barack Obama met with Perry in Dallas, he warned that sending troops to the border would be only a temporary solution.

    On Tuesday, Johnson said U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and immigration personnel will cooperate fully with the Guard.

    Perry’s order comes as lawmakers are considering options to address the wave of Central American migrants, including the Obama administration’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds.
    Johnson has said that border patrol agencies will run out of money if Congress does not approve that total. Most of the money would go toward Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.

    The White House said Monday that the minors picked up by Border Patrol agents has dropped to about 150 per day, down from an average of 355 per day in June.

    Still, Johnson said, solving the crisis requires a “sustained, aggressive campaign.”

    He reiterated his support for amending a 2008 law that has lengthened the removal process for unaccompanied child migrants, an approach that’s part of a bill authored by Laredo Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar and Republican Sen. John Cornyn.

    Their legislation would speed deportations for the children, by allowing them to have an asylum hearing within seven days.
    Cuellar said lawmakers should not leave for their recess, scheduled to start Aug.1, until the issue is resolved.

    “We have no option,” Cuellar said. “We cannot fail.”

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45
    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Haaaaay!

    • AxelFoley

      G’head, bruh! Get it!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ woody45. ***BIG HUG** :>)

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    • TyrenM

      Never thought I’d see that picture from mainstream media. Oh wait, PBS.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Not surprised at all…

    ‘Witch Hunt': Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate

    As Gaza body toll mounts, NBC executives crack down on criticism of Israel.

    July 22, 2014 | MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine debate into sharp focus. Punished for her act of dissent with the cancellation of all future appearances and the termination of her contract, Jebreal spoke to me about what prompted her to speak out and why MSNBC was presenting such a distorted view of the crisis.

    “I couldn’t stay silent after seeing the amount of airtime given to Israeli politicians versus Palestinians,” Jebreal told me. “They say we are balanced but their idea of balance is 90 percent Israeli guests and 10 percent Palestinians. This kind of media is what leads to the failing policies that we see in Gaza.”

    …An NBC producer speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed
    Jebreal’s account, describing to me a top-down intimidation campaign
    aimed at presenting an Israeli-centric view of the attack on the Gaza
    Strip. The NBC producer told me that MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NBC executives are micromanaging coverage of the crisis, closely
    monitoring contributors’ social media accounts and engaging in a “witch hunt” against anyone who strays from the official line.

    “Loyalties are now being openly questioned,” the producer commented.

    MORE: http://www.alternet.org/media/witch-hunt-fired-msnbc-contributor-speaks-out-networks-witch-hunt-and-suppression-israel

    • MsKitty

      This is another instance where social media is a game changer. In past years the networks would have been able to completely get away with this and American viewers would be none the wiser for the most part.

      Nowadays Joe Smith with an internet connection has instant access to foreign media and can see for himself that US news media is feeding Americans a steady diet of bullshit when it comes to Israel. Joe Smith tells/sends links to his friends, they tell/send links to their friends, and so on and so on, and the next thing you know there is a huge wave of pushback against CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, etc.

      This is the first instance I can recall that average people have wised up to this pro-Israel coverage and are continually calling it out. Today the media, tomorrow Congress, one can only hope.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        You are so right Ms Kitty. I can’t remember the official Israeli line ever getting this much push back. It’s tragic what’s happening but the days of the Beltway media being able to run cover for Israel are coming to an end.

      • rikyrah

        this is absolutely true. twitter lit their asses up and put them on blast.

      • TyrenM

        Not to change subject, you’re so on point, but another exhibit for net neutrality.

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

    • MsKitty

      Looks like the sun is suffering from heatstroke itself with the tongue hanging out LOL

      • Alma98

        LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

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      • Alma98

        LOL, Good morning GLH! That sun is how I felt yesterday. It’s much cooler today which is weird, one day it’s scorching the next it’s cool enough to wear a sweater. Have a good one and blessings to the family.

        • GreenLadyHere

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          Sorry –jus’ corrected the post RE –DAUGHTERAlma. How’s her weather?—:>)

          THANK U 4 your —ALWAYS needed BLESSINGS. :>) – – –Have a good day. :>)

          • Alma98

            Heyyy GLH! Daughter says the weather wasn’t too bad yesterday, we were hotter here lol.

          • GreenLadyHere

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    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Hello rikyrah :)
        Sorry to hear that Peanut’s mom is not doing well.
        Sending her healing light and positivity.

        • rikyrah

          Thank you, Alma.

          • Alma98

            :)

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning!

      • Alma98

        Good morning goldenstar!

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • MsKitty
    • Daltex82

      Stop it damit! Stop trying to make me a fan! MFFL!

      Seriously, that’s a nice gesture.

    • rikyrah

      yum
      yum
      yum

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    SMH….

    NYC police express anger at reaction to chokehold death
    USA TODAY10:10 a.m. EDT July 23, 2014

    Members of Internet sites that allow law enforcement to air out issues are expressing outrage and offense over public reaction to last week’s death of a New York City man after police administered a chokehold, which is against police department policy.

    Saying that Eric Garner was overweight at 350-400 pounds and battling asthma, many posters on the sites TheeRant and PoliceOne.com said the Staten Island father and husband brought his death last Thursday upon himself. They said his health contributed to his cardiac arrest, and that their interpretation of an eyewitness video of Garner’s altercation with police last Thursday was that he resisted arrest.

    more here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/23/police-eric-garner-chokehold-nyc/13032275/

    • MsKitty

      I know de Blasio wants the culture of the NYPD to change, but I don’t see how it’s possible when their attitudes towards POC are so entrenched.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Mississippi cops ain’t got nothing on NYC cops.

      • nellcote

        It won’t change overnight but not ignoring the problem is a first step.

    • Daltex82

      SMDH.

      Amazing how our death at the hands of police or anyone else for that matter is always our fault. Like we wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and say “hey I think I will go outside an breathe so that some insecure, moronic, bully cop or other jerk can take my life”. They can spin it but IMHO they are responsible for this guys death but hey, they shouldn’t (and probably won’t) lose any sleep over it because they will more than likely get away with it.

      • Town

        So because he was fat, he deserved to die in a chokehold. OK.

        • Daltex82

          Nope never said that. I’m saying our lives are so undervalued especially by law enforcement that this murder like so many others the police have committed against us will go unpunished. It seems as if they are already trying to set the ground work for justifiable.

          • AxelFoley

            I think Town was agreeing with you. That was basically what the cops and their supporters said about this man.

          • Daltex82

            Oh okay, my mistake.

      • Kennymack1971

        It’s always our fault. If only we would dress, talk or act differently these things wouldn’t happen….the NYPD needs to stop.

      • rikyrah

        Remember, they invented
        ‘shot in the back while resisting arrest’.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      The video — VIDEO — shows Garner with his hands up and the cop sneak him and put him in a chokehold! They need to stop!

  • lamh

    So rumors floating they The Carters marriage is all but kaput after the tour is over. Anybody hears any tea to spill on that?

    If true it could be that they figured let’s try one last thing to save the marriage. Most normal couples maybe go on one final vaykay. But these two (maybe) figured why not go on one big multi million dollar tour together.

    Also if this is true Bey might have been a better actress than I thought, cause from all reports they seemed “okay” on stage.

    • Town

      I personally am suspicious of anyone who is all lovey dovey and proclaiming their love for their SO. This couple didn’t even confirm they were dating, were extra private with their marriage etc.

      But all of a sudden Beyonce wants to drop this album about how she likes to drink JayZ’s watermelon, suck, roll up the partition, surfbordt etc. So we can’t know that you’re dating or what your wedding was like but now we know you like to suck & what positions you like? Ok.

      Never trust people who are all lovey dovey, scream about their sex life or show excessive amounts of PDA. They think they are fooling us but they are really trying to fool themselves.

  • MsKitty

    This is so awesome, and confirms that Adam Silver is the only commissioner in the 4 major sports that isn’t a jerk.

    Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin offered job with NBA
    after graduation

    Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin was offered a job with the NBA by commissioner Adam Silver once he graduates college, he told TMZ Sports.

    Austin’s career came to an abrupt end last month when he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. Austin, 20, was projected to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

    The NBA ceremonially selected Austin during the June draft. He said he plans to return to school in the fall to complete his degree, and he has also accepted a coaching position with the Baylor men’s basketball team.

    Austin has been working part-time with the NBA Cares program following his diagnosis.

    http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/23/isaiah-austin-job-graduation-adam-silver

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ — With — SINCERE CONDOLENCES♥- –

    Eric Garner’s funeral scheduled in Brooklyn Wednesday- –

    – – -The funeral for a Staten Island man who died in New York police custody is set for Wednesday.

    Family, friends and community leaders held a vigil Tuesday night and demanded justice for 43-year-old Eric Garner. They gathered at a park near where police attempted to arrest the man on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. They marched several blocks to a police precinct and lit candles in Garner’s memory.

    A funeral for Garner, who went by the nickname Big E, will be held at the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

    Also on Tuesday, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton ordered a review of the NYPD’s training procedures in the aftermath of the death of Garner, who was held in an apparent chokehold and died as police attempted to arrest him last week.
    THERE IS MORE – – —

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  • Miranda

    This is insane. Israel’s government is just another brutal regime.
    ——————————–
    In West Bank, Israel revives punitive home demolitions in effort to deter Hamas

    Israel’s military is demolishing the houses of relatives of Palestinians who allegedly have harmed Israeli
    By Sudarsan Raghavan July 22 at 5:52 PM

    HEBRON, West Bank — Said Kawasmeh received the order from Israel’s military last week. His two-story house was to be demolished, and his large family had 48 hours to leave.

    The reason: Kawasmeh’s son is a key suspect in the brutal kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers whose fates helped reignite the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    The son, Marwan, has disappeared. So Israel has zeroed in on his family.

    “I built this house, and I own it,” lamented Kawasmeh, seated on a chair in his empty house. Outside, the family’s possessions lay in boxes and shopping bags, or scattered on the ground. “Why do they want to punish me?”

    As Israel pummels Hamas’s infrastructure inside Gaza, it is also trying to prevent attacks originating from the West Bank and Israel — by obliterating the houses of the relatives of Palestinians who allegedly have harmed Israelis. In doing so, Israel’s military has returned to a controversial policy of punitive demolitions that has displaced thousands of Palestinians over the years.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/in-west-bank-israel-revives-home-demolitions-to-stop-hamas/2014/07/22/c8197236-1dd7-4874-a3eb-f9438065644f_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

    • Alma98

      They’re trying to crush them into nonexistence.

    • Kennymack1971

      This is ridiculous. This barbaric and inhumane treatment of the Palestinians needs to stop.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Just a nice little excuse to keep grabbing land.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      And how is this different from Nazism?

  • Miranda

    Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor infected as the worst outbreak in history continues, with no end in sight
    By Abby Phillip July 23 at 11:18 AM

    The doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has contracted the virus himself, government officials said.

    Sheik Umar Khan, 39, was on the front lines of battling the disease that has so far claimed 632 lives in three West African states, according to the World Health Organization.

    He is credited with treating more than 100 victims.

    And now he is one himself.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/07/23/sierra-leones-top-ebola-doctor-infected-as-the-worst-outbreak-in-history-continues-with-no-end-in-sight/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

    • Alma98

      How horrible, this disease scares the crap out of me.

    • rikyrah

      oh, that is so scary

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Miranda♥- –**BIG HUG** :>)
      – –THIS is soo very sad –annnd we PRAY 4 HIM♥ annnd ALL patients.♥
      –Iff I may — -THIS VIRUS is soo FAST acting – –2 B soo simple. — ☺http://www.microbiologybytes.com/virology/3035pics/Filo2.gif.pagespeed.ce.OUO8qGU3M9.gif

      – — More info:–http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/11/health/ebola-fast-facts/ —It emerged in 1976; BUT we have NOT been able 2 contain it –via a cure.–SADLY.

      MUCH THANKS 2 ALL the people who R working 2 eradicate it —annnd SPECIAL- –PRAYERS 4 DR. Sheik Umar Khan. – –AMEN♥

  • Miranda

    Oh dear gawd………………….

    TV Show Would Feature Candidates Who Can’t Win

    Longshot New York congressional candidate Nick Di Iorio (R) “has been signed to star in a proposed reality show about candidates running in ‘unwinnable’ races. In a draft opinion released Monday, the Federal Election Commission said Di Iorio can appear on the series — as long as he doesn’t get paid,” the New York Daily News reports.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/longshot-republican-signed-star-reality-show-article-1.1875185

    • Alma98

      Why? Why do we need a show like this? the dumbing down of America continues, smh.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Moranda♥/POU FAM♥- -ALWAYS a GOOD WAKE-UP CALL:- -HONORING —OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ :>)- –

    – -☺@letsmove[THANK U♥] :>)

    Tap ✓
    Filtered ✓
    Bottled ✓
    RT to join FLOTUS and encourage kids and families to drink more water. #SpreadTheWater pic.twitter.com/VMTck7B7wu

    – —-☺
    .@FLOTUS Joins @ymcadc & @NRPA_news kids to #spreadthewater on a hot summer day! Find out more:http://bit.ly/1nbyZ9w pic.twitter.com/izwhOaY9Ze

  • rikyrah

    Statement of Mike Bloomberg

    Jul 22, 2014 | MikeBloomberg.com

    “This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel. Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel.”

    http://mikebloomberg.com/index.cfm?objectid=608C5282-5056-9A3E-D0CC0931B341F2AE

    • Alma98

      ASS!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      “I will be arriving at 4:00 in the morning with the logo and plane number clearly marked so nothing accidental happens. I will get more specific on my Facebook page which the Israeli government has access to because I friended them a while back. So if there is any confusion CHECK THE PAGE. Again 4:00AM okay IDF?”

      • creolechild

        “I will be arriving at 4:00 in the morning with the logo and plane number clearly marked so nothing accidental happens.”

        Need a moment, Mike? Did you suddenly realize that you might end up becoming an “accident?”

    • Kennymack1971

      What a prick.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ – – -WHOA! – – – -**LOOKS @ Calendar*** —YEP -2014 —NOT – -1914!- – -geesh!

    – – -Cross Burning at historically black church shocks a TN community

    – – – –b,>Someone burned a cross in the front yard of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee but the congregation isn’t dwelling on what happened.

    “I couldn’t believe it, because all the years we’ve been here, we’ve never had this to happen. It was just devastating for me,” said Pastor Vernon Hooks. When Hooks takes the pulpit on Sunday, he’ll deliver a message of forgiveness. “There’s one person who’s kept me here that long, and that’s the Lord,” he said.

    Since the 1870s, he says his New Hope Missionary Baptist Church has belonged to a close-knit, friendly community. On Tuesday morning, they say they found a burning cross standing up on the gate in front of the church.
    THERE IS MORE- – –

    — –WATCHIN’ — –nnnnd PRAYIN’. . .AMEN♥

  • Miranda

    I’d heard on the radio she fell…i didn’t know that meant she bust her ass…but nice recovery there Kenya! LMAO

    Published on Jul 21, 2014
    Kenya Moore stumbles on the cat walk but recovers nicely
    The moment Kenya Moore falls strutting down the cat walk

    • Alma98

      LOL

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Good for her.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      The children taught her well!

    • AxelFoley

      Work it, boo!

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      I ain’t even mad at her. Whip that hair, Kenya.

  • MsKitty

    If this is true, especially about the who the replacement is, I will never stop laughing.

    David Gregory’s time on ‘Meet the Press’ is almost up

    David Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” sources told Page Six, and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections.

    While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings.

    Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.

    An NBC source said, “The discussion is whether to make a change before or after the midterm elections. Just after the midterms would give the new moderator time to settle in.”

    According to insiders, NBC political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd is the rightful heir to Gregory, but he has not been officially offered the job.

    http://pagesix.com/2014/07/23/meet-the-press-host-david-gregory-to-be-replaced-after-elections/?_ga=1.268026958.1527493446.1401240875

    • goldenstar

      …correspondent Chuck Todd is the rightful heir to Gregory…

      What a crock. Another loser.

    • Miranda
    • Alma98

      Why yes give the toad the show and watch it continue to sink lol.

    • jds09

      Release the #chucktoddquestions! LOL

    • Kennymack1971

      From David Gregory….to Chuck Todd? BWAH HA HA HA! Stay failing NBC News.

    • GreenLadyHere

      MsKitty- —LOL– –YA MEAN – – -THIS —“PHUQUE TOAD”??
      — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1De_zRfrKw

      – —☺http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IkVBikJlh1Y/T6QHyfIj0UI/AAAAAAAABGM/Tzl-EVRQ-ag/s1600/pointing-and-laughing.gif

      – – — ☺WE NEED a LAFF – –Soooo —->

      —**SMH*** – – -WHEW LAWD!! —LOL

    • nellcote

      Chuck Todd is the rightful heir to Gregory,

      ===
      this is NOT a compliment.

  • Miranda

    *blink*……so the guy fighting the ACA subsidies in court…is a poor West Virginian that doesn’t want to pay $21 a year for health insurance because he dont want no stinkin insurance………………

    FREEDUM!!!!!!!!!!

    ————————————————–

    Much of the case rests on the complaints of one David Klemencic, a West Virginia man who says he doesn’t want to buy health insurance, and that were it not for the government’s generous subsidies, he wouldn’t have to. Below is how the court describes his predicament:

    The district court determined that at least one of the appellants, David Klemencic, has standing. Klemencic resides in West Virginia, a state that did not establish its own Exchange, and expects to earn approximately $20,000 this year. He avers that he does not wish to purchase health insurance and that, but for federal credits, he would be exempt from the individual mandate because the unsubsidized cost of coverage would exceed eight percent of his income. The availability of credits on West Virginia’s federal Exchange therefore confronts Klemencic with a choice he’d rather avoid: purchase health insurance at a subsidized cost of less than $21 per year or pay a somewhat greater tax penalty.

    Let’s spell that out: This lawsuit has been brought by a man who, thanks to Obamacare’s subsidies, could purchase health insurance for $21 per year. That’s about the cost of a 750 of Jack Daniel’s or a hardcover novel. I guess you can’t accuse Klemencic of putting self-interest ahead of his principles.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/07/22/obamacare_subsidies_struck_down_ironically_the_ruling_is_a_great_advertisement.html

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      This is what’s commonly referred to as a useful idiot.

    • Alma98

      Sighhh….I got nothing, smh.

    • rikyrah

      Working class White.
      I told you – they are the poster children for voting against their own economic interest.

    • Kennymack1971

      Just….damn.

    • AxelFoley

      Just waiting for them to die out.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ —HE is COMPASSIONATELY –

    –PROFOUND♥ –☺@KennettDems[THANK U♥]

    Just when did America stop being America?
    #Immigration pic.twitter.com/YNvjQl0hIh

    – — A BORN LEADER♥ — – THANK U♥ :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      I wish he would run for Prez. I would walk my feet to stumps for him! I guess he has seen enough of how PBO is treated & doesn’t want any of that. He is a strong moral & compassionate force for good. We could use a lot more of that in this country.

      Just contrast Governor Patrick’s response to that of LePage in Maine who whined that taking in eight of the children would bankrupt his state. Hateful porcine bigot!

      • nellcote

        He’s said that he promised his wife not to put her through another campaign. I have to respect that though I wish she would change her mind.

        • Aquagranny911

          I can understand that & can you just imagine the racists ready to shoot us or themselves if another black man ran for Prez & got elected.

        • creolechild

          The racial animus that he and his wife experience on a daily basis, via the media and the racially intolerant folks in MA, on a much smaller scale is similar to what PBO and FLOTUS deal with. She may change her mind at some point but I doubt it, and can’t say I blame her. The mere mention of his name sends them into frenzy, which is why I hardly ever read local newspapers…

          • Aquagranny911

            Gracias for this input. I lived in MA way back in the day & at first I was a bit shocked at the racism in the so called northern “cradle of liberty.” We were there right at the tail end of the worst ugly over busing to integrate the schools. I saw plenty of racism while we lived there & suffered some small part of it. I had hoped things might have improved since that time. Sad….

      • GreenLadyHere

        ☺- –http://files.shroomery.org/files/06-19/709142654-waving-cactus.gif HEEY AQUAGRANNY911 — -***BIG HUG** :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – -Ohhhh —***BIG fist bump*** :>)–
        He has seen however –he has had his issues also. :>)
        Sooo —ifff he feeels so inclined —he needstaKNOW —that —as U have said – I would walk my feet to stumps for him!— –
        – – – -ARM–annnd – -ARM. – – -Joinin’ ALL. :>)

        Good 2 C U AG.- -:>)—Still PRAYIN’ — Sister♥/Auntie♥. –☺http://www.orkugifs.com/en/images/praying-for-you_2642.gif

        – – -B BLESSED♥ :>) –

    • qosine

      True, true, true, AG.
      “He is a strong moral & compassionate force for good. We could use a lot more of that in this country.”

  • Miranda

    Why Democrats Now Have a Shot in Georgia
    JULY 23, 2014

    In 2005 and 2006, two moderate Democratic candidates, Jim Webb and Tim Kaine, won in Virginia with large margins in the Washington suburbs. Their victories demonstrated that there was a new path to victory for Democrats, one that did not depend on winning Southern conservative Democrats, the way Mark Warner did in 2001.

    Georgia might well be moving down the same road as Virginia. No other plausibly competitive state — not Nevada or Virginia, not Colorado or North Carolina — has had a change in the racial composition of the electorate that’s as favorable for Democrats. That’s giving Georgia Democrats hope that they might win a race that they almost certainly would have viewed as a lost cause only a few years ago.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/upshot/why-democrats-now-have-a-shot-in-georgia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – –HONORING —Your SERIES.:>) —THANK U Miranda♥- –

    — –☻Ms.STONE –A Good Descriptive NAME :>)

    —————☺A –“solid as a ROCK”–PLAYER – -the Clowns’ locker room mockingly asking the players how they would like him to pitch to them, slow, medium or fast.
    ”Any way you like,” Stone told him after she had dressed in the umpire’s locker room. ”Just don’t hit me.”
    LOL

    —Annnd SHE! – – -DID! —IT! :>) – –Wpp! Hoo! :>)

    – — — —-☺…she drove in two runs in her first at-bat.

    – – — – -☺This contract made Stone the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues.

    —Sooooo — –PROUD of Her♥ :>)

    – — —☺ENJOY♥ –http://i1.wp.com/zealousmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/muffin-tin-frittatas-11.jpg

    – — – -B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —-FAA NEWZ: — –

    – –FAA extends flight ban to Israel for 24 hours- —

    – – –The Federal Aviation Administration extended its prohibition
    Wednesday against U.S. flights to Israel for a second 24 hours, a day
    after a missile fell within a mile of the Tel Aviv airport.

    “The agency is working closely with the government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible,” FAA said in a statement.
    THERE IS MORE- —

    – – – –***Looks @ Bibi***- -????

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Take that, Bloomberg!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL- –Sepia♥ – – -**BIG HUG**—-:>)

        – – — –HE betta get his –“SCURRED ON” – – -NOW!!
        ☺http://www.gifs.net/Animation11/Hobbies_and_Entertainment/Excitement/Excited_and_scared.gif

        – – –WATCHIN’. . .

        Good 2 C U Sepia. B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • AxelFoley

      But it’s safe to fly dere doe!

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL AxelFoley :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

        — LOL —YEAH RIGHT!. :>)- —
        – –☺http://www.dumpaday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/funny-picture-the-stupid-it-burns.jpg

        – –annnnd so does the ARROGANT!!- —

        Good 2 C U AxelFoley :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      This reminds me of the GOP congressmen who went to Central America recently & reported that while it was way too scary & dangerous for them to leave their fancy hotel, it was perfectly okay to return vulnerable refugee children to their countries of origin.

  • MsKitty
    • Miranda

      Kerry: Dude………….maaaaaaannnnn

      Nutinyaho: huh? wha? what Barack say?

      Kerry: shiiiittt……..You are so fucked.

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL MsKitty —Sooo –How ’bout those —YANKEES??

      – – – -What does Bronx Bombers Mean?
      A nickname used to refer to the New York Yankees,

      which came about due to the teams location in the Bronx borough and the focus on home runs as part of their offensive strategy. — — –

      – – –☺I’m –ON MY WAY – –>http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/1151255/walking-away-o.gif LOL

    • AxelFoley

      Kerry: Didn’t I tell you not to try to step to Barack?

      Nutty: Yeah, yeah…

      Kerry: Bet you won’t try it again, will ya?

  • MsKitty

    THIS is why Andrew Cuomo should not be let anywhere near the White House. I shudder to think what the State Dinners would be like.

    Here’s his main squeeze violating some poor, defenseless collard greens.

    • nellcote

      Kwanzaa Kake wasn’t proof enough?

      • MsKitty

        I know, I know.

        I don’t know what was more offensive: the (frozen) chopped onions weren’t sauteed, or that she added bacon bits (!) for “smoky flavor.”

        This just hurt my soul.

        • Aquagranny911

          She probably doesn’t know how to chop an onion or fry bacon. That takes a certain level of cooking skill beyond first grade.

          • nellcote

            I don’t understand why she has a cooking show.

          • Aquagranny911

            Skinny white blond with ‘connections’ perhaps?

          • nellcote

            but surely they could have found one that knows how to cook. her show is just depressing.

          • Aquagranny911

            I wonder if anyone actually watches it. I’ve only seen clips here & there which were enough for me. I’m surprised she actually used fresh collards. What I have seen is that everything is canned or frozen.

      • Aquagranny911

        That “Kwanzaa Kake” was a nightmare I would like to forget. Sometimes things I learn here at POU are just a little more than I can handle.

        • nellcote

          yes, if nothing else it was memorable.

    • http://twitter.com/layellderoe Layell

      I see… Ms. Kwanzaa Cake is at it again. *sigh* Wow.
      There are so many things I can’t STAND about my current Governor that Sandra has actually dropped to a low spot on the list.

    • Tafr

      Did that lady just dump a can of pinto beans on those green????? She can say delicious all she wants but that don’t make it so.

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

    When you have even silent Pete Souza calling you out, you might want to rethink:
    petesouzaVerified account‏@petesouza
    Wrong. Press were there. “@KristinnFR: @Phil44 Obama meeting w/ Apollo 11 crew, family closed to media

  • Miranda

    I can honestly say, if the judge had just crossed his hands and sat back in his chair and said to this fool “N-word please”…I would not be mad.
    —————————-
    ‘Sovereign citizen’ must face charges, even if he is Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bigbay Bagby
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Crown-Prince-Emperor-El-Bigbay-Bagby-Wikipedia-Commons.png

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/23/sovereign-citizen-must-face-charges-even-if-he-is-crown-prince-emperor-el-bey-bigbay-bagby/

    • Alma98

      GTHOOH!

    • Aquagranny911

      The tribes really do ‘frown upon’* caca like this. Even those on “Sovereign” land are still subject to all laws of the US. Dude is a nutbucket & why is he wearing a fake Plains style head dress with buzzard feathers?

      *(consider staking on ant hills or perhaps flaying)

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

        Pharell was recently criticized for wearing a headdress on the cover of ELLE UK. Someone on Twitter said that headdresses aren’t for fashion. You have to earn the feathers in a headdress. I didn’t know that.

        • Aquagranny911

          Oh yeah & only certain tribes, mostly Plains like Lakota used this although other tribes have adopted this practice of awarding a feather to honor their youth for special achievement.

          Back in the day, only a respected leader or elder would have worn a headdress like that among a few of the tribes & certainly no East coasters used this practice.

    • AxelFoley

      Wut?

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Beretta to move gun production from Maryland

    Beretta U.S.A., the American arm of the iconic Italian firearm maker,
    said Tuesday that it would move all of its U.S. manufacturing activities from Prince George’s County to Tennessee in response to the gun control law the Maryland General Assembly passed last year.[….] He said the company expects to begin moving its production lines from the facility in May, and to wind up its manufacturing in Maryland by the end of 2015.[….]

    The company’s announcement immediately became a flash point in the governor’s race between Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Republican nominee Larry Hogan. Hogan put the blame on Brown and the gun control law pushed by Gov. Martin O’Malley.[….]

    Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-beretta-moving-20140722,0,6922810.story

    H/T Michael Dresser

    • nellcote

      from a story about a gun manufacturer that moved to South Carolina:

      Earlier this year, PTR Industries opened its new headquarters operation in the Cool Springs Business Park near Aynor.

      PTR has just laid off eight employees and cut managers’ pay by 10 percent because of a lessening of demand for firearms nationally….

      Lazarus said that orders for PTR’s guns have caused its output to drop from 9,000 per month to 1,200 per month. He said that orders soared last year amid talk of laws to limit gun ownership, but that has dropped off.

      There is now a glut of unsold firearms, particularly from large manufacturers such as Remington, and they have lowered prices to reduce inventory. Companies like PTR can’t compete with the lowered prices, he said.

      Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/07/16/4356805/gun-manufacturer-apparently-not.html?sp=/99/209/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – – -“Mother Nature: - –Can GIVE U — — >

    – — -☺@planetepics[THANK U♥] :>)

    Smiles That Brighten Your Day pic.twitter.com/vqKOkc47yI

    ENJOY♥ :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Peeps! Great diary today. I wish my brother, the baseball fan, was still with us. He would have enjoyed reading this diary because Satchel Paige was one of his baseball heroes but I bet he knew nada about Toni Stone who got a hit off Satchel. I never heard him mention any women baseball players at all. Sexist, lol, sorry Bro!

    I hope everyone is having an excellent day. I’m off to read posts not.

    • goldenstar

      Good Day!

  • creolechild

    Andre Birotte Jr. confirmed for L.A. federal judgeship

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed the nomination of Andre Birotte Jr., U.S. attorney for the Central District of California,
    to serve as a district judge in Los Angeles. President Barack Obama nominated Birotte, who has served as the region’s top federal prosecutor since 2010, to the federal bench in April.[….]

    As U.S. attorney, Birotte oversaw a civil-rights and obstruction of
    justice investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s operation of county jails that resulted in charges against more than 20 deputies, as well as a public corruption probe of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon. He also reinstated a public-corruption and civil-rights section in the office that had been disbanded by his predecessor.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0723-birotte-20140722-story.html

    H/T Victoria Kim

    • nellcote

      Thank you PBO.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – –☺http://k01.kn3.net/D9BB384DF.gif WOO! HOO! —

      — –THIS is “WHYCOME”- –da DANG RE-THUGS R ALWAYS tryta B OBSTRUCTIONISTS!! – – –
      — – President Barack Obama nominated Birotte, who has served as the region’s top federal prosecutor since 2010, to the federal bench in April.[….]– -HAH!
      – — -THANK U SIR♥ :>)

      – – –GOOD — -GET!- — creolechild. :>)

      B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • creolechild

        Good morning Lady Green and big hugs back to you.

        • GreenLadyHere

          creolechild — –THANK U♥ :>)

    • goldenstar

      Hallelujah. Another judge appointed who has a judicial temperament.

  • creolechild

    Alabama Hospital System and Physician Group Agree to Pay $24.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit Alleging False Claims for Illegal Medicare Referrals

    According to the government’s complaint, in 1988, IMC purchased
    IMC-Diagnostic and Medical Clinic from DPG and agreed to pay DPG a share of the revenues the clinics collected, including Medicare revenues from diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests. After IMC acquired the IMC-Northside Clinic in 2008, the physicians practicing there joined DPG and entered into an agreement with the same key terms as the earlier agreement with IMC-Diagnostic and Medical Clinic.

    The government contended that these payments were illegal kickbacks and constituted a prohibited financial relationship under the Stark Law, and that in June 2010, an attorney for DPG warned employees of both IMC and DPG that the compensation being paid to the physicians likely violated the law. Nevertheless, the agreements allegedly were neither modified nor terminated for another 18 months.[….]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/July/14-civ-759.html

    H/T U.S. Department of Justice

  • nellcote

    US proposes new safety standards for moving crude oil by rail after explosive accidents

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for transporting crude oil and ethanol by rail, after a number of explosive accidents over the past year.

    The draft rules, which are subject to a 60-day public comment period, propose new tank-car braking systems, train-speed restrictions, more testing for volatile gases and liquids, and a two-year phase out of older tank cars that officials have said are prone to puncture and fire when derailments occur.

    The rules follow an 18-month period which saw more than a dozen derailments of trains carrying crude oil, six of which led to major fires and one of which caused the death of 47 people in the Canadian town of Lac Megantic, in Quebec province….

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/23/us-proposes-new-safety-standards-for-moving-crude-oil-by-rail-after-explosive-accidents/

  • Miranda

    Spike Lee combines Eric Garner footage with Radio Raheem scene in ‘Do The Right Thing’

    Director Spike Lee posted a video to social media earlier this week that combined footage of Eric Garner’s recent death and a scene from his 1989 film Do The Right Thing.

    Radio Raheem, one of the film’s characters, dies while in the chokehold of an NYPD officer during the scene.
    […]
    He also posted a tirbute to Garner on his Instagam with the caption, “Brother Eric Garner No Longer Breathes Courtesy Of Banned NYPD Chokehold. Rest In Power.”

    http://thegrio.com/2014/07/23/spike-lee-combines-eric-garner-footage-with-radio-raheem-scene-in-do-the-right-thing/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Black+News

    • nellcote

      disturbing and effective. good work Mr. Lee

  • AxelFoley
    • Alma98

      LOL!!!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      LMBAO!

      How did this meme start?

      • AxelFoley

        I have no clue. But these cats just run with them once they start. LOL

    • Miranda

      ROFLMAO

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

      Damn. *smh*

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    VP Biden is speaking at the NAACP convention right now, and his buddy Mouse is in the house again!

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  • rikyrah
    • goldenstar

      Yikes. The girls are grown!

    • Aquagranny911

      Riky, I’m late! I just saw your message down thread. My prayers for Peanut’s Mama are going up.

      • rikyrah

        thank you AG

    • TyrenM

      1 for Sloane. 1.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- — Woo! Hoo! — –ANOTHER —MR. PRESIDENT♥ – – –Winner♥– [So Far]-

    – -Senate committee approves VA nominee

    – – — The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved President Obama’s pick to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, sending his nomination to the full chamber.
    Senators voted 14-0 for former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald
    -to run an agency in turmoil, amid a scandal over falsified patient wait times throughout its healthcare network that critics say led to veterans’ deaths.It is unclear when the full Senate will vote on his nomination, with lawmakers facing a busy slate of work ahead of the August recess.

    Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said he planned to speak with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) immediately to determine when the nomination could be brought to the floor.

    “Obviously, we would like to get this done before the break,” he told reporters.
    McDonald is widely expected to be confirmed by the Senate.

    THERE IS MORE — –

    LOOKIN’ FORWARD 2 FULL APPROVAL – —

    — -THANK U – –MR. PRESIDENT♥ – –:>)

  • creolechild

    New Jersey reshuffles Sandy relief dollars, admits to numerous mistakes

    [….] The reshuffling comes following an investigation by the news website NJ Spotlight and WNYC/NJ Public Radio. That investigation looked at federal “hazard mitigation grants,” doled out by the state under something called the Energy Allocation Initiative. The $25 million pot of money was to be spent on backup generators and other equipment to help communities weather future storms.[….] Despite accusations of favoritism, however, media reports found nothing untoward about the way the money was distributed.

    That is, until reporter Scott Gurian with NJ Spotlight took the time to examine the scorecards the state had used to make its decisions, and found them riddled with errors. Months later, the state has finally announced that it has corrected its mistakes.[….] Under the new announcement, Atlantic City will also get the maximum $250,000, after being stiffed the first time around, and Belmar will get $100,000.

    Mayor Zimmer of Hoboken thanked NJ Spotlight. “The mistakes that were made would never have been rectified if not for the investigative journalism of NJ Spotlight,” she said in a statement.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/climate-energy/new-jersey-reshuffles-sandy-relief-dollars-admits-to-numerous-mistakes/

    H/T Greg Hanscom

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – -TWEETIN —Da CALLIN’ OUT — -TRUTH!!- –

    — – -☺@Marmel[THANK U]♥

    Look at @replouiegohmert’s idiotic smile. You’re not fishing you dimwit goober. All here, terrible humans. pic.twitter.com/sZ05kHfUXl”

    — -REPEAT:- – -All here, terrible humans.!!!- —TRUTH!!

  • lamh

    My new side eye pic

    • MsKitty

      Consider it stolen.

  • creolechild

    Montana’s top court suspends judge who blamed 14-year-old girl for being raped

    [….] Montana justices said Baugh’s actions undermined public confidence in the judiciary and that state law requires a sentence of at least four years for a defendant guilty of raping a victim under the age of 16. In April the court overturned Rambold’s prison sentence and ordered a different judge preside over resentencing set for September.

    Baugh has said he intends to retire when his term expires at the end
    of this year. He came under scrutiny again last month after he asked a fast-food worker convicted of vandalism why he could not get a “real job” in order to pay restitution to victims.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/23/montanas-top-court-suspends-judge-who-blamed-14-year-old-girl-for-being-raped/

    H/T Reuters

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Aquagranny, forgive me for this will offend you to NO END!!!!!!!!

    • Aquagranny911

      I could not even finish watching that! You really don’t like me, do you? That is awful!

      • nellcote

        from wikipedia:
        “She attended Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, Canada for one week.”

        blame it on Canada LOL

        • Aquagranny911

          I ♥ South Park!

        • creolechild

          Speaking of Canada, where’s CC? She hasn’t been around lately. Hope all is well.

          • Aquagranny911

            She has been in & out mostly on the later thread. I think RL is keeping her busy lately.

          • qosine

            RL?

          • nellcote

            real life :)

          • creolechild

            Thanks, Honey Bunny.

    • MsKitty

      She’s an equal opportunity offender.

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL!

  • nellcote

    Watch: Open Carry Activists Hold Event at Dealey Plaza, Site of Kennedy Assassination

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/video-open-carry-protest-dealey-plaza

    • Alma98

      GAHHH!!! They are just so fucking ignorant!

    • Alma98

      GAHHH!!! They are just so fucking ignorant!

    • qosine

      One big glob of dumbness.

    • Scopedog

      Damn…no shame or class at all.

  • nellcote

    Department of State @StateDept · 3h
    Palestinian Authority President Abbas and @JohnKerry met in Ramallah to discuss #Gaza. http://go.usa.gov/5XdY pic.twitter.com/tiarwPsZjJ

    • MsKitty

      Kerry: “Yeah, I don’t wanna be here again either. Haven’t slept in my own bed for weeks. Let’s just suck it up until the photographers leave.”

      Abbas: “Deal.”

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        It’s like you’re right there in the room with them.

  • creolechild

    10 foods to improve your mood

    [….] While there are many different approaches for dealing with stress, arming your body with mood-boosting food is one of the most basic places to start. Try adding the following foods to your diet — and step away from the white pasta and cake.

    1. Pumpkin seeds[….]
    2. Dark, leafy greens[….]
    3. Eggs[….]
    4. Carrots and celery[….]
    5. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like sardines, salmon, canned tuna)
    6. Flaxseed[….]
    7. Whole grains[….]
    8. Red peppers, papaya and kiwi[….]
    9. Tea[….]
    10. Dark chocolate[….]

    Read more: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/10-foods-to-improve-your-mood

    H/T Melissa Breyer

    • nellcote

      forgot ice cream :)

      • creolechild

        I know…that’s my all-time favorite “go to”…

    • Aquagranny911

      I like all those except I’m not a great fan of fish. Somebody asked me why once & I said: “Because it tastes like fish. That’s fishy & I don’t like that much.” But I do eat fish sometimes.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY – –creolechild.- – –THANK U sooo Much. :>)

      THESE R my — -“SPECIAL Friends”:

      — -5. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like sardines, salmon, canned tuna)
      6. Flaxseed[….]

      B BACK. :>)–Gotta “bounce”,- –C YA soon. :>)

  • nellcote

    Pork Lobbyist Arrested For Allegedly Trying to Bring Gun Into U.S. Capitol

    For the second time in less than a week, police arrested a man on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to bring a pistol into a building at the U.S. Capitol, according to Roll Call.

    Police found the gun at about 9:20 a.m. when the man went through a security screening at the northeast door of the Cannon House Office Building, according to Roll Call. The man was arrested and led away to a police van at about 9:35 a.m

    Roll Call reported the man is Ronald William Prestage, 59, a farm operator and president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council….

    This incident came only five days after Rep. Tom Marino’s (R-PA) press secretary, Ryan Shucard, was arrested for also allegedly trying to bring a 9mm handgun into the Cannon House Office Building.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ronald-william-prestage-capitol-handgun

    • MsKitty

      Somebody needs to made an example of, and these shenanigans will grind to a halt. That’s all I’m gonna say.

      • Aquagranny911

        Co-Sign!!!

  • creolechild

    Reid blasts Walgreens for possible move overseas

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said if Walgreens decided to move its headquarters to Switzerland it would be the definition of “exploitation.”[….] Walgreens announced this week that it will buy Swiss-based retailer and wholesaler Alliance Boots. It could then move its headquarters to Switzerland to avoid taxes, but no such announcement has been made yet.[….]

    Reid said this practice was “exploitation” because Walgreens would still enjoy the protections of the U.S. military, receive some U.S. tax breaks and it makes most of its profits from taxpayer funded Medicare and Medicaid prescriptions.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/213083-reid-blasts-walgreens-for-moving-overseas

    H/T Ramsey Cox

    • Alma98

      Cut their asses off from Medicare if they do this.
      I’m sick of these greedy mofos!

      • qosine

        Exactly.

      • Aquagranny911

        Absolutely! Tri-Care cut their sorry asses off a few years ago because they were doing some shady thing. We get our meds through the mail now, anyway but won’t go to Walgreens for anything even though they are near by. We drive a little way for CVS.

        • qosine

          Good to know!

    • TyrenM

      Wow. I’ll need a new pharmacy and photo developer…

  • Alma98

    We live in a crazy sick society if this is what is considered plus size. SMH

    Plus-Size Model Wins Praise for Posting Unretouched Bikini Photo

    https://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/plus-size-model-robyn-lawley-wins-praise-for-posting-unretouched-bikini-photo-162315511.html

    • AxelFoley

      The hell? How is that plus size?

      • Alma98

        I know right!

    • rikyrah

      da phuq?

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Only to half dead, botoxed, effeminate skeletors who believe they look good with a coke habit.

    • jds09

      When you strive to be a size zero, this is what happens.