July 29, 2013 at 8:46 am #93727
President Obama Honors the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War
As you begin a new week, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate.
Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.July 29, 2013 at 8:46 am #93728
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 29, 2013 at 8:55 am #93729
Child Prodigy Adam Kirby, 2, becomes Youngest Ever to Join Genius Club Mensa
Posted in News by goodblacknews
A TWO-YEAR-OLD child prodigy has become the youngest ever member of Mensa – after an IQ test ranked him smarter than President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Little Adam Kirby has read Shakespeare and learned Japanese, Spanish and French. The super-intelligent tot notched up an IQ of 141 – 10 points higher than two of the most powerful world leaders. His parents Dean, 33, and Kerry-Ann, 31, immediately knew their son was different when he toilet trained HIMSELF – after reading a book on the subject aged just one.
Adam’s other impressive abilities include being able to spell 100 words, reciting most of his times tables up to 10, learning the periodic table and mastering a map-of-the-world puzzle designed to challenge adults. After receiving his IQ test results, he was invited to join the world’s oldest and most prestigious genius society Mensa.
Dad Dean, an IT consultant from Mitcham, London, said: “Adam’s abilities are outstanding and we’ve been actively developing his intelligence since he was 10 weeks old. We’re certainly delighted for him. “While most children are just learning to stand up or crawl, Adam was reading books. His development was just mind-blowingly quick.”
Adam’s score of 141 – just four shy of the ’Genius’ category – puts him head and shoulders above the average score of 100. The Stanford-Binet exam, originally developed by French psychologist Alfred Binet, has become renowned for being able to accurately determine a child’s intelligence levels and predict future grades.July 29, 2013 at 8:58 am #93730
REVIEW: Why “Fruitvale Station” Is The Must-See Movie of the Year
Review by Lori Lakin Hutcherson
I intended to write this review two weeks ago, when I saw Fruitvale Station in limited release. Two things occurred to prevent that – one ordinary: my babysitter cancelled, so bye bye writing time – and one extraordinary: George Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin the very next day.
In the wake of the national outrage and protests and vigils, I thought my review of Fruitvale Station couldn’t help but be greatly affected. But as the film goes into wide release on 1,064 screens today, I realize I feel exactly the same about the film as I did two Fridays ago. Put plainly, Fruitvale Station is the most riveting, artfully-told, written, directed and acted movie of the year, it should win 2013 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director, and every adult living should immediately make all efforts to see this movie and receive a mind-and-heart-altering reminder that every single person alive, no matter what sex, creed, color or age, has humanity that deserves recognition and respect.
The basics of the story are probably already known to most: Bay Area-based writer/director Ryan Coogler was deeply moved by the tragic shooting of fellow Bay Area native Oscar Grant, a 22 year-old black man who was killed at the Fruitvale BART Station by police on New Year’s Day 2009. Coogler wanted to show what Grant’s last day of life was like, so people would see not just a victim or a thug, but who and how Oscar really was. And not just the good or misunderstood parts of Oscar, but also the bad, the funny, the sweet and the ugly – and know he was a vibrant, complex being who in no way deserved the callous and all-too-common fate he received.
The movie opens stunningly with real cellphone footage of Oscar Grant’s murder. If you’ve never seen it before (which I hadn’t), it is gutting. I involuntarily burst into tears – I was just so sad and angry and shocked at the injustice – it took a lot to pull myself back into the movie and get to know Oscar in life as viscerally as I did in death. As much as it smarts, Coogler’s choice to start the film this way is brilliant, because it communicates powerfully the underlying truth of what’s to unfold – you may be watching a movie, but do not ever forget – THIS WAS REAL.July 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm #93753
Why The GOP Won’t Let Congress Fix The Voting Rights Act
SAHIL KAPUR JULY 29, 2013, 9:05 AM
Ever since the Supreme Court gutted a centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act and threw it back in Congress’s lap, lawmakers in both parties have engaged in happy talk about the prospects of patching the provision used to proactively snuff out voter discrimination against minorities in the state and local governments where it’s most prevalent.
But it’s looking less and less likely that a fix will be agreed to because Republicans have little to gain and a lot to lose politically if they cooperate.
“Ain’t gonna happen,” Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) said late last week, according to Roll Call.July 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm #93760
Dream Defenders plan “People’s Session”
The Dream Defenders are now planning their own special session.
The protesters say they are responding to Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to call a special legislative session on Florida’s controversial stand your ground law.
The Dream Defenders say they are gearing up for the first day of their “People’s Session” that begins Tuesday at the old Capitol building at one p.m.
Organizers tell us the issues they plan to discuss include the stand your ground law and racial profiling.
They say professors from Florida A&M University and Florida State University will be participating and the public is invited to attend. The Dream Defenders have been camping out at the Capitol for 13 days. This comes after the jury handed down a not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the protests are costing thousands of dollars in additional security each day at the Capitol.July 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm #93762
From Town about Governor Transvaginal Ultrasound’s Grifting Wife:
Thinking more on this Bob McDonnell’s wife spending all this money to upgrade herself thing:
Money can’t buy style. Her, Sarah Palin & Ann Romney have no senseof style because they don’t know who they are besides being Bob McDonnell’s wife, a Starburst or Mitt Romney’s wife. That’s why they think spending $10,000 on a jacket or $150K Neiman Marcus spending sprees or $1000 on a T-shirt makes them stylish. It doesn’t. It makes you look like a fool who spent $1000 on a T-shirt.
1a) If you have style, you can go to Goodwill or the consignment shops and make a good outfit. Sarah Palin only looked good at the Republican Convention because she had fancy clothes and a stylist. Once the Neiman Marcus went back to the store, she went right back to looking like the bargain basement bitch she always was!
2) But, but, Michelle Obama spent $7000 on a jacket! And Michelle Obama looked great in her $7000 jacket and she would look great in a $7 jacket because she knows what works for her and who she is and what she wants to project. McDonnell, Romney & Palin all want to project “Socialite Bitch” and it’s not working for them because at least 2 of the 3 would never be accepted by the socialite set.
2a) The reason Michelle Obama’s style is admired by so many people is she actually will wear a $30 dress from Target, take chances on unknown designers (Wu), mixes J.Crew & other
mall stores with higher end designers and makes the look her own. She will say “Hey, I think I’ll try gray nail polish today” and everyone is scouring the Net trying to figure out what color polish she had on.
Contrast that with Mrs. Me Too Ann Romney, who claimed that she wears “edgy” nail polish all the time, but you KNOW she only wears Essie Ballet Slippers, PERIOD. Coming on Jay Leno 2 days after Michelle Obama had on HER gray nail polish, wearing gray nail polish & a leather doily, like she’s so “edgy” but you know the most edgy thing she ever wore was a black sweater set 15 years ago. Have a seat!
If McDonnell had to spend all this money upgrading her wardrobe, she didn’t spend it in Virginia. If she didn’t like what the stores in
Richmond had to offer (we have Saks, we have Nordstroms, we have the fancy boutiques in the rich parts of town), she could’ve jetted up 95 and gone to Tyson’s Corner-Galleria or Pentagon City & kept that $ in Virginia.
4) She wasn’t trying to upgrade herself for Virginia. Nobody gives a crap what the First Lady of Virginia wears. Nobody gave a crap what Tim Kaine’s wife wore (she probably didn’t give a crap b/c she was a judge…she was about something). Nobody gave a crap what Mark Warner’s wife wore. I don’t even know Mark Warner’s wife’s name. Nobody gave a crap what Jim Gilmore or George Allen’s wives wore.
Bob McDonnell’s wife wasn’t doing this for Viriginia. She was doing this for 2016. She had the decorators on standby to wash the Obamas’ stench away from the White House. She had the curtains measured and the paint swatches picked out. Ironically, her greed has cost McDonnell his chance for the White House. The reason
disclosure laws are so lax in VA is because nobody else in VA has done this (that we know of)! The only way either one of them will step foot in the White House is with a guided tour. His political career in VA is done.
Ho, have a seat! And yeah I called you a HO because no respectable married woman accepts 10 and 20 thousand dollars worth of clothes from some man that’s not her husband, father or sonJuly 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm #93763
House GOP shrugs off pressure from Latinos
The simple political math is that while Republicans on a national scale want to court Latinos, members of the House GOP represent few of those Latino voters.
Across Capitol Hill, U.S. senators serve entire states, many of which have large Hispanic populations. And with Latinos one of the fastest growing demographics in the country, senators foresee an increasing number of potential voters in their ranks.
In the House, by contrast, Republicans represent only one-third of the country’s 33 million voting-age Hispanics, according to an Arizona Republic analysis of census data. And more than 70 percent of Republicans, or 169 out of 234 GOP members, represent districts where voting-age Hispanics make up less than 10 percent of the population.
It’s no wonder then, some observers say, that comprehensive immigration reform, which sailed out of the Senate on a bipartisan vote last month, is facing a tougher time in the House.July 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm #93766
Lautenberg and Booker’s tortured history shows up in campaign
By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger
on July 29, 2013 at 6:30 AM, updated July 29, 2013 at 7:33 AM
Days before Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced he wanted to run for
the U.S. Senate seat held by Frank Lautenberg in December, the two men’s top aides tried to negotiate over the phone.
Lautenberg Chief of Staff Dan Katz told Booker adviser Mark Matzen
the 88-year-old senator likely would retire, according to two former
Lautenberg staffers who recounted the conversation on the condition of
He had one request: Could Booker say he would not challenge Lautenberg and let him bow out on his own terms?
The answer was no. And on Dec. 20, Booker all but declared his
candidacy for the seat. Although neither Katz nor Matzen would comment, Lautenberg’s son, Josh, confirmed the conversation.
…In 2011, new legislation making its way through Congress called the
America Invents Act required the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to
open three satellite offices around the country. Lautenberg, who had
consulted with New Jersey intellectual property lawyers, thought Newark
would be an ideal location. His staff met with Booker’s staff and
requested that the mayor advocate for his city once the bill was signed
into law by writing to the Patent and Trademark Office, which had
requested input from the public and local officials on new locations,
according to the former staffers.
From his seat on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Lautenberg
quietly inserted language into a report accompanying an appropriations
bill that would fund the act. It specified that “the committee directs
USPTO, when selecting locations for additional satellite offices, to
factor in the volume of patent activity, access to transportation
options and proximity to a high concentration of universities.” Without
naming Newark, the language pointed directly at it.
But neither Booker nor anyone else in Newark sent a letter to the
patent office. The staff members said Lautenberg was upset, feeling he
took on the hard work and Booker’s role would’ve been easy. Denver,
Dallas and Silicon Valley were selected for the satellite offices, in
addition to Detroit, which automatically got one.July 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm #93767
one of the things that bothers me most when people criticize POTUS is when they call him lazy.
it doesn’t just burn me up because it’s racial
it pisses me off because it’s not true.
I don’t know of any politician that started from the bottom – EVERY FUCKING TIME THEY RAN
and built the apparatus with which to win.
when he ran for State Senate…
when he ran for Senate—who the hell knows a Chicago-based State Senator in downstate Illinois?
Barack Obama got in the van and visited all those small-town hellholes all around Illinois when he was running for Senator. Built it, small gathering by small gathering.
And, do we even have to recount what he began with when running for President?
Yet, every step of the way, he DID THE WORK.
DID THE SMALL STUFF.
DID THE GRUNT STUFF that you have to do in order to build a campaign FROM SCRATCH.
Booker is an entitled mofo who thought it should be handed to him.
DAMN, I wish the situation was reversed between Booker and Kendrick Meeks – who ALSO did all the work for his Senate Campaign, but even as a Congressman, he got the leg up because of his mother. MEEKS did the work like Barack Obama…Booker wants to coast.
Cannot stand Booker.
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