August 25, 2013 at 12:58 am #95403
As you spend this weekend with family and friends, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.August 25, 2013 at 12:59 am #95404
Good Morning, EveryoneAugust 25, 2013 at 1:07 am #95405
‘The Butler’ continues to dominate box office
by John Horn
August 24, 2013, 9:25 a.m.
Sony Pictures decided to abandon “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” placing its 2013 summer bets on “White House Down” and “After Earth.”
Think the studio wishes it now had made a different decision?
“The Butler,” whose financing was cobbled together by numerous investors and is distributed by the Weinstein Co., is continuing to dominate the box office and is certain to finish in first place in its second week of release, according to early numbers released Saturday.
The fact-based account of a black White House butler who served in eight presidential administrations is projected to gross as much as $16 million this weekend, easily surpassing the holdover “We’re the Millers” and the new releases “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “The World’s End” and “You’re Next,” none of which are performing strongly.
With an additional $16 million in sales, that would push “The Butler’s” total take past the $50-million mark. And if audience interest in the Forest Whitaker movie continues to hold, “The Butler,” made at a cost of $30 million, would surpass $100 million in domestic release.August 25, 2013 at 1:27 am #95406
The Baltimore Algebra Project
22 August 2013
★ Caroline Pressman
Ralikh Hayes was not particularly interested in math when he got involved with the Baltimore Algebra Project. Then a high school student, he heard the organization was offering math tutoring jobs that paid ten dollars an hour. Way above minimum wage – $5.15 at the time – the decision was a no-brainer: he decided to get involved. Seven years later, Ralikh is still with the organization, currently serving as its treasurer.
“Everyone was always welcoming and we are really a family,” Ralikh says of the Baltimore Algebra Project. “I can depend on them.” He’s not the only one who feels that way. Ralikh says that students like him readily fall in love with the group – some students keep coming back, even after their math scores have stabilized, just for the environment.
Ralikh and his colleagues stay involved because beyond tutoring math – as the name implies – the goal of the Baltimore Algebra Project is empowering city students who may not have otherwise been given a chance. The organization has a dual focus: increasing math literacy and advocating for student rights in the city of Baltimore. Wrapped up in a peer-to-peer tutoring program is an organization fighting daily to raise the socioeconomic status of youth in Baltimore.
Doing so starts by practicing what they preach. First, the Baltimore Algebra Project is youth-run. One hundred percent of its leadership are young people; the oldest, like Ralikh, are in college. While the non-profit has a Board of Directors with adults, the Baltimore Algebra Project – indeed, the national Algebra Project model, founded in the 1980s by civil rights activist and math educator Robert Moses – has functioned with adults working in an advisory capacity.August 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm #95407
Private lobbyists get public pensions in 20 states
Associated PressBy MICHAEL GORMLEY | Associated Press – 42 mins ago.
As a lobbyist in New York’s statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor makes, gets a Ford Explorer as his company car and is afforded another special perk:
Even though he’s not a government employee, he is entitled to a full state pension.
He’s among hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states who get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards, an Associated Press review found. Legislatures granted them access decades ago on the premise that they serve governments and the public. In many cases, such access also includes state health care benefits.
But several states have started to question whether these organizations should qualify for such benefits, since they are private entities in most respects: They face no public oversight of their activities, can pay their top executives private-sector salaries and sometimes lobby for positions in conflict with taxpayers. New Jersey and Illinois are among the states considering legislation that would end their inclusion.
“It’s a question of, ‘Why are we providing government pensions to these private organizations?’” said Illinois Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz.
Acquario, executive director and general counsel of the New York State Association of Counties, argues that his group gives local government a voice in the statehouse, and the perk of a state pension makes it easier to hire people with government expertise.
“We want the people that work in local governments to continue to be part of the solution,” he said. “We represent the same taxpayers.”August 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm #95408
Crack-addicted Lamar Odom missing for three days after Khloe Kardashian kicked him out: report
Last Updated: 4:22 PM, August
Lamar Odom has not been seen by anyone in three days and those close to him fear he’s off on a drug bender.
TMZ reported Sunday that Odom is addicted to crack cocaine and has been for the last two years. This week, his wife Khloe Kardashian kicked him out of their California home after Odom rejected an attempt at an intervention. Now no one has been able to contact the NBA player for almost 72 hours – and his friends and family are worried.
Odom, a Queens native who played last year for the Clippers, has had a drug problem for the last two years, TMZ wrote Saturday. Last August, Khloe insisted he go to rehab and Odom obliged begrudgingly, but left after just three weeks. Convinced he would bolt even sooner, Khloe had private investigators keep guard at the San Diego facility 24 hours a day.August 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm #95409
Prince Jackson cavorts with royal girlfriend Remi while rebelling against family
By STACY BROWN
Last Updated: 10:38 AM, August 25, 2013
Posted: 1:46 AM, August 25, 2013
Prince Jackson is taking a page out of his dad’s book — relatives say he’s being bad.
Some in the Jackson clan complain the King of Pop’s son is keeping late hours and ignoring the various requests of his grandma and guardian, Katherine.
Prince, 16, is now telling friends and family he wants out of the family mansion in Calabasas, Calif., and is seeking to move into his own pad.
He sounds like any teen — except he has his own money, a family insider says, an allowance of $66,000 a month.
“He’s a renegade kid. No holds barred,” a family member told The Post. “He’s up and out at all times of the night, and I’m concerned, and I think everyone around the situation has to be worried what could happen to this kid.”
Prince often exits the mansion without security and is regularly spotted by paparazzi with girlfriend and schoolmate Remi Alfalah, 17, a princess from a royal Kuwaiti family.
Prince and the princess have been stopped for speeding by police, who once cited Prince for blazing around in his Ford pickup at more than 20 mph over the speed limit.
“No one can be sure what to expect next. He claims that his dad would have allowed this,” a family insider said. “The fact is, let’s be real, Michael kept them very low-profile. Hell, they wore masks, for God’s sake.”
Prince and siblings Paris and Blanket are heirs to Michael Jackson’s fortune, estimated at more than $1 billion. When the kids turn 30, they each receive one third of their share; by 40, they get it all.
Meanwhile, Prince has even hinted at marrying Remi just to get away from his relatives.
Remi is from the Kuwaiti family line of Sheik Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The sheik provides most of his family members with a lifetime pension, and the family’s fortune is estimated to be in the high nine-figures.August 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm #95410
Michelle Obama Helps New York Gear Up for 2013 US Open; Endorses Tennis for Children
August 25, 2013 by garadf
The US Open draw is out and competition for the last major men’s and women’s trophies of the 2013 tennis season begins on Monday, August 26.
“The most exciting Grand Slam,” called so due to the energy from its uniquely raucous environment, is held every year at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY and is the most attended annual sporting event in the world.
To kick off the two-week – book ending the Labor Day holiday – tournament of “bring it or go home” professional tennis, a special address was made by First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday during Arthur Ashe Kids Day, reinforcing her appreciation for the inclusion of the sport in her Let’s Move campaign. Also contributing to the excitement of the start of the prestigious event, popular rocker and actor (“The Butler”) Lenny Kravitz will entertain the crowds during the opening night ceremony at Arthur Ashe Stadium.August 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm #95411
Rashida Jones Creating New CW Dramedy With Sister Kidada as Producer
August 25, 2013 by PJ
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the CW network has given out a script order to “Ladyballs” an hour-long dramedy from Rashida Jones and her older sister, Kidada Jones.
The project centers around two twenty-something estranged friends in search of love in New York, who are reunited after learning that they’ve been dating the same guy. They begin a plot to get even with the two-timer and endup going viral, which they take as a sign to turn helping those who have been wronged into a business.
The project is from Warner Bros. and will be executive produced by Jones and Will McCormack. Kidada Jones will produce, marking a first for the model/actress/fashion designer. Jeff Grosvenor will also produce.
The dramedy marks Rashida Jones and McCormack’s second sale so far this development season. The pair also are developing “Stuck,” a comedy with “Parks and Recreation” writer Alexandra Rushfield, that landed at Fox with a put-pilot commitment.August 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm #95412
Bobby Jindal Claims that GOP Obama Racism is Ok because Democrats Did It To Bush
By: Jason EasleyAug. 25th, 2013
On Meet The Press today, Bobby Jindal excused the race based Republican attempt to delegitimize Obama by with a bogus claim that Democrats did the same thing to Bush.
David Gregory asked Gov. Jindal about Colin Powell’s opinion that there is a dark vein of intolerance within the Republican Party. Jindal answered by comparing the Republicans’ Obama racism to Democratic treatment of George W. Bush.
Jindal said, “Well, I have a lot of respect for General Powell. I think our party at its best, its core principles looks at people and treats them as individuals, not as members of special interest groups. talk about specific examples, impeachment, for example. Look, I reject that kind of talk. The reality is I didn’t like it when the left spent eight years trying to delegitimize President Bush. I don’t think we should be doing that to President Obama. The reality is one of the great things about this country is we have a peaceful transfer of policy. I disagree this president’s policies, but instead of talking act impeachment, let’s have a legitimate debate, try to repeal his policies, repeal Obamacare, fight for school choice, fight against war and debt spending. entitlement spending. you see the disparity numbers, have the numbers from earlier about the African-American unemployment rate, the challenges in joining the middle class. It’s time for a new approach. Let’s not talk about impeachment. Let’s talk about the policies we disagree with.”
On the surface it looked like Jindal was speaking out against the Republican desire to impeach President Obama, but what he was really doing was setting up a false equivalency.
Can you image what the Republican reaction would have been if the Obama/McCain election came down to hanging chads and a recount in Florida? Picture the Republican riots in the streets if the Supreme Court would have handed the presidency to Barack Obama in 2008.
Barack Obama is has been elected to the presidency twice by large majorities, but some Republicans spend every waking moment trying to delegitimize the Obama presidency. George W. Bush was twice elected to the presidency by the margin of what many would call two questionable outcomes in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.
Bush lost the popular vote in 2000, and won the 2004 popular vote by 3 million in 2004. Obama won the popular vote by more than 5.5 million votes in 2008, and 5.5 million votes in 2012.
Republicans have no grounds on which to question President Obama’s legitimacy, but they continue to do so.
Bobby Jindal can’t admit that the Republican delegitimization of Obama is based on race, because they he would be forced to deal with reality that he is dreaming of running for the presidential nomination of racist party that will never nominate him.
This is why Jindal had to hide behind the flawed and worn Republican talking point that Democrats did the same thing to Bush that they are doing to Obama.August 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm #95413
Jim DeMint’s Argument Against Federal Healthcare Takes Aim at Medicare and TRICARE
By: Sarah Jones
Former Republican Senator Jim DeMint (S.C.) announced on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday that national health care can’t provide good health care. This is his big argument against ObamaCare.
A pause while this sinks in and fills all of the outrageous holes…
I guess he’s right: Medicare, the Military Health System and TRICARE are a big fail. Will Republicans next winning strategy be publicly admitting that their raison d’être is defunding Medicare and taking health insurance away from our troops and their families?
DeMint’s argument is that federal healthcare is bad, “I can speak for the millions of conservatives across the country that know that this is not going to help the uninsured in America, it’s going to diminish the quality of healthcare for all Americans, and we see that in every country around the world where national healthcare has been instituted.”
Certainly the former Senator takes advantage of the federal healthcare plan he gets for the rest of his life, courtesy of the taxpayers he is trying to screw over. He doesn’t seem to think that’s too shabby, and he’s not yet suggesting that we take federal healthcare away from the military (is DeMint arguing that our troops are deserving of bad healthcare?). Just the other Americans…
DeMint is pushing for a shut down of the government in order to defund healthcare for Americans, claiming Obamacare is “unfair”. Ah, so that’s why it’s okay to be against law and order. It’s unfair.
The bottom line is that Jim DeMint and the GOP think that if your kid has cancer, you shouldn’t care that you don’t have the money to pay for treatment. It’s much more important for you to help them get Obama back for winning yet another election.
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