September 17, 2014

Friday Afternoon Thread | President Obama Speaks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy

President Obama speaks about the women who have shaped his life, and explains why his Administration has worked to consider the needs of women and girls in every decision it makes.

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  • rikyrah

    Walker’s new front in the GOP’s ‘war on women’
    By Steve Benen – Fri Apr 6, 2012 4:23 PM EDT.

    In recent months, when the Republicans’ “war on women” comes to mind, we generally think of issues related to health care and reproductive rights: contraception access; Planned Parenthood funding; “Personhood” amendments; state-mandated, medically-unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds; etc.

    But as we saw in Wisconsin yesterday, these attacks on women’s interests are even broader in scope.


    A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.

    The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.

    Walker and Republican state lawmakers decided to roll back the equal-pay law, with the governor quietly signing this into law yesterday. (There were no public remarks, no media acknowledgement of the bill being signed, and no announcement about what had happened until the next day.)

    This, not surprisingly, isn’t going over well among Wisconsin progressives, and it’s bound to play a role in this summer’s recall election, but given the larger political circumstances, it’s also the kind of development that captures national attention.

    Indeed, Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith told Greg Sargent that Walker has been joined at the hip by none other than Mitt Romney, who, Smith argued, should have an opinion on the Wisconsin governor’s efforts. “Does Romney think women should have ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers?” she asked. “Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?”

    Had Romney not gone to such lengths to connect himself to Walker — the likely Republican nominee called the Wisconsin governor a “hero” and a “man of courage” — it might be easier for Romney to distance himself from Walker’s right-wing agenda.

    But since the two are such good pals, and since Romney and his party have already alienated women so severely, it’s not unreasonable to press the GOP frontrunner on his “hero’s” indifference to women who face wage discrimination.
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/06/11059737-walkers-new-front-in-the-gops-war-on-women?lite

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 04/06/2012
    TheWashingtonPost
    Why Mitt Romney may never let go of Paul Ryan
    By Greg Sargent

    As I’ve been noting here, one of the interesting things about the battle over the Paul Ryan budget — and the larger vision it represents — is that both sides are acting as if they’re utterly convinced it plays in their favor. While Dems are salivating at using the architect of the GOP plan to end Medicare as we know it to drag Mitt Romney down, the likely GOP nominee has only intensified his embrace of the GOP budget chairman.

    Why is Romney doing this? Noam Scheiber offers an intriguing explanation: Romney has no choice. Romney, like John McCain and Bob Dole, has suspect conservative credentials, and both previous GOP nominees were dogged in the general election by suspicions on the right:

    Romney, if anything, suffers even more acutely from this problem. McCain and Dole were war heroes, at least, which counts for something in conservative circles. They also hailed from conservative states. In the eyes of right-wingers, Romney’s résumé offers nothing remotely as redeeming. No surprise, then, that having effectively bagged the nomination, a time when you’d expect him to lunge for the middle, Romney is moving rightward.

    How else to explain his strange embrace of Paul Ryan and Ryan’s Medicare-gutting, upper-income-tax-refunding budget in recent days? Given that the country is pretty down on Republicans, Romney’s only hope of winning the presidency is to distance himself from the party. And yet, over the last week, he’s done nothing but tie himself to the GOP’s most polarizing elements. He spent five days as Ryan’s wingman in Wisconsin and then explicitly defended the Ryan plan in Washington on Wednesday.

    Were Romney remotely confident of his right-wing résumé, he wouldn’t be auditioning Ryan for vice president, as he appears to be, but dismissing him as a cold-hearted pipsqueak.

    It has been widely assumed that Romney will at some point have to achieve separation from Ryan and the unpopular House GOP, in order to avoid alienating swing constituencies. But if Scheiber is right, this may not be an option.

    Recall that many on the right saw the Etch-A-Sketch tale as confirmation that Romney will inevitably ditch the conservative positions he mouthed to get through the primary. They will be watching for any signs of deviation from those positions in the general.

    Of course, it’s also possible that Romney is embracing Ryan because he agrees with his vision. While Romney really doesn’t seem to see social issues as worth going to war over, he seems to genuinely hold views that are as radical as Ryan’s when it comes to the distribution of wealth, the role of government and the safety net, the priorities that should dictate how we fix our fiscal mess, and the cure-all powers of an unfettered free market. Or maybe Romney is convinced Ryan is a political winner even among swing voters. Maybe he thinks they will reward Republicans for claiming to be willing to tackle the deficit and entitlements, and won’t pay close attention to niggling details such as who would get stuck with the bill under their plans.

    Whatever the reason, it does look like Romney isn’t letting go of Ryan anytime soon.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/why-mitt-romney-may-never-let-go-of-paul-ryan/2012/04/06/gIQAiPcB0S_blog.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD AFTERNOON ALEXANDER2. ***BIG HUG** :>)

    —– – -OoooWeeeee! :>) MR. PRESIDENT HIT on ALL CYLINDERS – -2-day. :>)

    – – —☻ Good words about WOMEN —in GENERAL. :>)
    —- –☻ GOT 2 “RECOGNIZE the GOOD ECONOMIC STATS!! — -8.2% –WHA’. :>)

    – – – -☻GR8 WORDS of HONOR 4 HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW annnnd HIS DEAR MOTHER. –Annnnnd –HIS LADIES. :>)

    – – — -☻ –HIS FIRST LEG. ACT. – –LILY LEDBETTER. Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – – —☻ His –COUNCIL on WOMEN annnd GIRLS ISSUES. :>)

    ALLL CYLINDERS – –I TELL U. :>)

    – – – -THANK U MR. PRESIDENT. U have CONSISTENTLY – – -SUPPORT WOMEN’s ISSUES!! :>)

    B BLESSED. :>)

    THANK U ALEXANDER2 – –4 THIS VIDEO. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – — [Apologies ifff a dup --Jus' gettin back :>)] —

    – – – — ALEC TAKE DOWN WATCH!! – —

    – —#4!!! Woo! Hoo! – —-

    – — -Intuit Is Now The Fourth Company To Drop Voter Suppression Group ALEC – – –

    – – – -Software company Intuit, the makers of programs such as Turbo Tax and Quicken, announced today that they will join Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Kraft as the fourth company to end their partnership with the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council this week

    The Center for Media & Democracy, which launched ALECexposed.com last year, broke the news:

    THIS – – –>A stampede seems to be on the way as more and more groups break ties and dump ALEC. Intuit, Inc. (maker of Quicken and QuickBooks accounting software) told the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) that Intuit also decided not to renew its membership after it expired in 2011. That comment came from Bernie McKay, Vice President of Government Affairs. He gave this response when CMD identified that Intuit was no longer listed on the board and contacted the company. CMD began its effort to spotlight Intuit and other corporate funders and tie these corporations to the ALEC agenda when it launched ALECexposed.org in July 2011. … Intuit’s McKay explained to CMD that the company doesn’t “usually issue statements about membership in any organization” and declined to comment further.

    Although Pepsi quietly left ALEC as recently as last January, the growing exodus of companies’ from ALEC’s began earlier this week when the progressive group Color of Change announced a petition and boycott campaign targeting ALEC’s corporate supporters. Other corporations that have not yet publicly renounced their support of ALEC include Koch Industries, Wal-Mart, Pfizer, Reynolds American, Altria/Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Exxon Mobil and British alcohol firm Diageo (makers of Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker).
    THERE IS MORE.

    — – – —-C’MON – — KARMA!!! :>) – -GET THAT – –“W”!! – — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – – -I KNEW IT!! – -:>) – – —We ain’t – – -POST-RACIAL!! :>)

    – — – – – – —SAAAAAAA-LAP!! — – –

    – — – -National Review Writer Pens Racist Screed: ‘Avoid Concentrations Of Blacks,’ ‘Stay Out Of’ Their Neighborhoods – —

    – —–Popular conservative columnist and National Review writer John Derbyshire topped all of his previous racist screeds (and sexist rants) today by posting a long breakdown of all of the important lessons he has taught his children about race — and he’s outdone his own racism with this one.

    Derbyshire wrote the column in the third person, as a list of lessons to his kids about race. The lessons are his response to “the talk” that black parents have with their children — conversations they are forced to have because of real, persistent racism. After spending a few minutes bemoaning that he can’t say a racist slur (“What you must call ‘the ‘N’ word’ is used freely among blacks but is taboo to nonblacks”) and opining on the hostility he believes all black people feel toward white people like himself (though he says he isn’t white before calling himself white several times), he cuts to the heart of his lessons for his children:

    (10a) Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.

    (10b) Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods.

    (10c) If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date (neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot).

    (10d) Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.

    (10e) If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.
    THERE IS MORE – —-BOVINE EXCREMENT!!!

    HIS PARENTS MUST B PROUD of HIM!! – – –His POOR KIDS!! – – –geesh

    • MsKitty

      Perhaps he should consider moving his family to Scandinavia, otherwise those kids will never see the light of day. Their loss.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – –MsKity. – – —Uhhhhh —-

        – –HERE is a – —-BLACK NORWEGIAN! – – —

        —-WE THERE 2! LOL – —

        I’ll look around —–ANTARCTICA!!! LOL.

        • MsKitty

          So true. In my travels I’ve seen us living in places I didn’t expect, like Hong Kong. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a brotha speak fluent Mandarin
          :-)

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL. MsKitty — -I KNOW – –HUH. :>)

            Oh – – ‘member how I played this: — —

            I Need You To Survive – – – – — SAAAANG :>)

  • lamh35

    OMFuckin’G!!!!

    I’m not linking to the actual article, but I will link to ABL’s post on it. I actually read about the article on Think Progress.

    NRO’s John Derbyshire Warns His Kids to Stay Away From ‘Blacks’

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY lamh35; ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      OOOP! **eye -2 – -eye*** :>) – –Sorry.

      I posted it. Annnnd I SAAAA-LAPED HIM! :>) – —

      “BOVINE EXCREMENT —BRAIN!!” – —

      Good 2 C U- -lamh35. :>)

  • GN

    Bigots becoming unhinged:

    National Review Writer Pens Racist Screed: ‘Avoid Concentrations Of Blacks,’ ‘Stay Out Of’ Their Neighborhoods

    Popular conservative columnist and National Review writer John Derbyshire topped all of his previous racist screeds (and sexist rants) today by posting a long breakdown of all of the important lessons he has taught his children about race — and he’s outdone his own racism with this one.

    Derbyshire wrote the column in the third person, as a list of lessons to his kids about race. The lessons are his response to “the talk” that black parents have with their children — conversations they are forced to have because of real, persistent racism. After spending a few minutes bemoaning that he can’t say a racist slur (“What you must call ‘the ‘N’ word’ is used freely among blacks but is taboo to nonblacks”) and opining on the hostility he believes all black people feel toward white people like himself (though he says he isn’t white before calling himself white several times), he cuts to the heart of his lessons for his children:

    (10a) Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.

    (10b) Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods.

    (10c) If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date (neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot).

    (10d) Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.

    (10e) If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.

    (10f) Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.

    (10g) Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.

    (10h) Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.

    (10i) If accosted by a strange black in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/06/459961/derbyshire-avoid-concentrations-of-blacks/

    The whole thing is just ridiculous; Jonah Goldberg, another prominent National Review conservative, took to twitter to condemn the piece. But I say, bravo to this guy for telling the truth. Ever since Trayvon’s shooting gained national prominence, I have seen many a bigot accuse others of “racism” while spouting hateful remarks and stereotypes. This guy is not going to play those games, and wrote an honest piece about his thought processes and signed his name to it. I wish that every racist whose cage has been rattled and who is in a froth of excitement that someone almost got away with killing an innocent, unarmed black child–I wish that all of them would leave their cowardice long enough to announce to the world that they fear and loathe black people. At least then, we know where we stand and who to avoid.

    • Ebogan63

      Just another asshole takin’ off his white hood.

      • GN

        Racists are having an out and out field day right now. Because Zimmerman & Co. are using a strategy of demonizing the victim based upon common stereotypes of black people, there’s been an increasing amount of race-based hatred and bigotry in the air (and this is including that which comes from people of color like Geraldo Rivera, Shelby Steele, and Juan Williams). We’ve spent weeks now debating the supposed inherent pathology of black culture: clothing, twitter accounts, gold teeth, you name it. And racists are keyed up.

        • trose1

          I have a feeling this may not end well.

        • GreenLadyHere

          GN. – — -***fist bump*** – — GR8 POINTS!!! :>)

          – – -ESPECIALLY: —We’ve spent weeks now debating the supposed inherent pathology of black culture: clothing, twitter accounts, gold teeth, you name it. And racists are keyed up. – —

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Well, at least he was honest. He couldn’t bullshit with himself anymore. He knew where his hatred laid, and he unleashed it. Now we know that no matter the crime committed, he will always defend a guilty white person while rebuking an innocent minority. He better hope his kids aren’t dating any minority kids though.

      • GN

        He’s only a slight step past Shelby Steele and plenty of other people who’ve popped up recently to take jabs at black people. He was like what the hell, “yeah I can’t stand black people, and what.” Hopefully this will shake some of the people up who have been allowing some vicious and hateful content into their media: “black thug teens deserve what they get…”

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY GOVCHRIS1988 — –***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –THIS – – ->He better hope his kids aren’t dating any minority kids though. – – -HAH!

        DOUBT IT. HE’S BEEN brainwashing THEM!! :>)

        THIS fits right into that STUDY ON RACE –WITH the CHILDREN. :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>)

      • dannie22

        the racist writers wife is chinese

        • aleth

          He is one of those racist who view it from a social level…I.e asians, whites are better than black…

          I said it on WSY I love the election of Obama and the advent of the internet…the myth and lies are gone…

          There is no white superiority, it is an inferiority complex..

          Racism is a white problem period

          • dannie22

            yep. I agree

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY aleth: ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            – – -**fist bump*** – —There is no white superiority, it is an inferiority complex.. – —

            – —THAT’S IT! :>)

            Good 2 C U -aleth. :>)

    • trose1

      His musings or thoughts are those of many whites. I do know White people get uneasy when Black people congregate.
      He is a racist.

    • rikyrah

      not a shock. longtime racist mofo…it’s who he is.

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    OH SHIT!!!!!!!! DICKHEADS NOW GOING AFTER ASSHOLE NOW!!!!!!!!!

    On Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks”:

    “Olbermann told them he did not believe Uygur would be a good choice. Olbermann opined to Bohrman that Uygur had difficulty separating facts from things he wanted to be true…Of course, Current ignored the advice of Olbermann and hired Uygur to host a program that aired immediately before Olbermann’s Program.”
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/the-10-most-cutting-lines-from-keith-olbermanns-c

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

      So, why was KO helping Cenk spread lies about PBO and Rev. Al?

    • trose1

      KO seems like he has mental issues. He is right in his criticism of Cenk.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Project much, Keith?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — —-THIS is NOT GOOD NEWS – —

    – – -What Could Go Wrong? – – —

    – – -This is one of those instances where I end up shaking my head and saying to myself “only in America.”

    According to a report from the Miami New Times, corroborated by the leader of the group, a Neo-Nazi white nationalist group is now patrolling the streets of Sanford, Florida in the event that a race riot breaks out.

    Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are “prepared” for violence in the case of a race riot. The patrols are to protect “white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety” in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement. “We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody, but we are prepared for it,” he says. “We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over.” [...]

    Schoep, whose neo-Nazi group is based in Detroit, tells Riptide the patrols are a response to white residents’ fears of a race riot.

    The patrols are comprised of between 10 and 20 locals and “volunteers” from across the state, including some from Miami, he added. He couldn’t go into specifics on what kind of firepower, exactly, the patrols had with them.

    Only in America does a white man shoot a black man, and then somehow it’s white people who end up concerned about their safety.
    THERE IS MORE. –

    U–GOTTA C the GRAPHIC! LOL.

    — –THIS is SERIOUS. STATE TROOPERS BETTA B ON PATROL!! – – -

    • crazycanuck

      GLH, I’m not understanding this. Are you telling me that the authorities are allowing a Neo Nazi group to walk around OPENLY with weapons to patrol the streets?

      • GreenLadyHere

        crazycanuck — - -FLA. = NRA — –2nd AMENDMENT -STATE! —–

        – –I ‘ON’T KNOW anyMORE. -Sorry. —

        BUT – –the WAY they’ve been BUNGLIN’ – –COVERIN’ UP — LYIN’ ABOUT the TRAYVON MARTIN CASE – – —

        NOTHING SURPRIZES me. :>)

        Waitin’ 4 MORE details. :>)

  • crazycanuck

    Seriously where is the DOJ? Why are they so quiet. This nonsense HAS to stop.

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

      The DOJ is in Florida investigating the case.

      • crazycanuck

        why is it taking so long. I mean seriousy neo nazis patrolling street with guns? It’s gettin out of hand.

        • Admiral_Komack

          My opinion:
          I think the DOJ wants to dot all “I”s and cross all “T”s before going forward, especially with the pro-Zimmerman spin (I expect them to dust off the “Twinkle defense” shortly).

        • rikyrah

          ccanuck,

          there is a reason why federal prosecutors have obscenely high conviction rates.

          it’s because they don’t go forward until they have all their ducks in a row.

          • isonprize

            Yeah, cuz when the US Marshal comes for yo’ azz, just shut and get in the car.

            They have covered all bases, dotted all i’s, crossed all t’s, knotted up any and all loopholes, plugged all leaks and got answers for any alibi you might even try to use.

            Once they get involved, they do take that ‘high conviction rate” as a point of pride.

            This, and only this, is my last best hope in this case. Otherwise, this is going to be a long, hot summer…

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

    But how many years did it take before Pat Buchanan’s racist ass was fired?

    NBC Fires Producer of Misleading Zimmerman Tape

    By BRIAN STELTER

    NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

    The person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action who declined to be identified discussing internal company matters. They also declined to name the fired producer. A spokeswoman for NBC News declined to comment.

    The action came in the wake of an internal investigation by NBC News into the production of the segment, which strung together audio clips in such a way that made George Zimmerman’s shooting of Mr. Martin sound racially motivated. Ever since the Feb. 26 shooting, there has been a continuing debate about whether race was a factor in the incident.

    MORE: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/nbc-fires-producer-of-misleading-zimmerman-tape/?hp&

  • rikyrah

    TPM2012
    Obama, Ann Romney Paint Dueling Family Portraits
    Sara Libby April 6, 2012, 4:22 PM 16989

    Mitt Romney’s latest campaign video, simply titled “Family,” has a decidedly retro feel — and not just because it consists mostly of silent Super 8 footage and old yellowing family photographs featuring some spectacular ’70s fashions.

    The whole image projected in the video by narrator Ann Romney, Mitt’s official Female Ambassador, is evocative of a different era — she describes waiting at home with her sons for Mitt to return from work, at which point he’d become child-like himself — wrestling, throwing balls and pulling pranks.

    The video was released just as President Obama wrapped a speech kicking off the White House Forum on Women and the Economy, in which he too talked extensively about family. Both Obama’s speech and Romney’s video painted a picture of two candidates with unquestionable devotion to their families — but the dynamics, and the messengers, were starkly different.

    Ann Romney didn’t discuss her own life in the video beyond describing how she cherished the moments spent with her sons and husband.

    Obama, on the other hand, introduced Michelle as “the woman who once advised me at the law firm in Chicago where we met;” his mother, he said, was someone “who struggled to put herself through school and make ends meet” and his grandmother “started out on an assembly line” and “rose from being a secretary to being vice president at [a] bank.”

    He also may have made a subtle nod to the Romneys’ wealth when he said that Michelle was not only dedicated to her career, but “we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work.”

    Obama, notably, spoke to women directly in his speech — using phrases like “you shouldn’t be treated that way” and “like many of you, we both wished there was a machine that could let us be in two places at once.” Romney, as the “Family” video shows, continues to rely on Ann to speak to women on his behalf, rather than engaging with them directly.

    Obama and Ann Romney even joked about being outnumbered in their own homes. Ann Romney speaks as the words “Ann and her ‘6 boys’” — five sons, and Mitt — flash across the screen in the video; Obama pointed out that he was raised by “the women who’ve shaped my life” and now lives in a household that is “80 percent women.”

    Both candidates are trying to hone their pitches to women in the face of polls that show Obama benefiting from an enormous gender gap.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/mitt-romneys-latest-campaign-video.php?m=1