September 23, 2014

Friday Afternoon Thread: The DNC DELIVERS – Some Recaps

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia makes powerful speech on forgiveness

Gabby Giffords leads the Pledge of Allegiance

Marc Anthony sings the National Anthem

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  • Miranda

    ______________________________________Oh *tears*_______________Y’all know who he aimed this one at!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ThinkProgress‏@thinkprogress
    Obama jokes about appointing Bill Clinton “Secretary of ‘Splaining Stuff”

    • GN

      I love it that President Obama gave President Clinton big ups for that speech. Bill deserves it. I almost got popped for squirming through the end of Pastor Bill’s sermon in live chat, but to be serious, he did a tremendous job, and a tremendous service to the country. He really does explain things well. Not even sure if he was shading Sister Sarah. As she herself noted, she’s irrelevant, nobody should even know her name at this point, lol.

      • Miranda

        PBO aimed that comment right at all those pundits who swear he can’t “connect” with the vaunted working class WHITE voters. What PBO really wanted to say to all these media nuts is “since I obviously can’t speak fluent Crackanese, Bill Clinton shall serve as my translator.”

        • GN

          Crackanese…

          /slowly rolling into my coffin, please don’t forget to shut the lid

        • Aquagranny911

          “Crackanese?” Muerte_________________________

        • AxelFoley

          Just checking in, and I’m done already.

        • Daltex82

          Crackanese
          LOL at both you and GN

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL mirnda – —@ “crackanese” – —-B4 I ax U’ALL 2 sang – — -“LAWD I’M COMIN’ HOME!”

          — –IMMA – – –ORDER -THIS!!- -LOL

  • Miranda

    R.E.M. Slams Fox For Using Their Song During DNC Coverage: ‘Our Music Does Not Belong There’

    Recently-disbanded alt-rock legends R.E.M. are quite unhappy with Fox News for using their 1991 hit single “Losing My Religion” during the network’s Wednesday night coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

    After learning of the network’s musical selection, the band posted a statement on their website: “R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song.”

    The post also quoted frontman Michael Stipe, who took a swipe at the network: “We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there.”

    more here
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/r-e-m-slams-fox-for-using-their-song-during-dnc-coverage-our-music-does-not-belong-there/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

    • GN

      lol, the GOP *stays* in the news with artists not wanting any of their work associated with these people. They could wallpaper a castle with the cease-and-desist letters. I really do laugh out loud at these stories of artists getting pissed at Republicans/Fox for even a second of unauthorized music use. Meanwhile, the DNC was rocking Prince. 2012.

      • Tafr

        LOL Obama got Brooks and Dunn as well. I am not a country fan but that song is kind catchy.

      • Daltex82

        Meanwhile, the DNC was rocking Prince. 2012.

        When I heard Prince, I was like GTFOH no way!

        • TyrenM

          Prince, Michael, Stevie, Earth Wind and Fire! Me thinks PBO laid out the whole playlist for the week. The DJ did the damn thang!

  • lamh35

    DKOS has a diary up with the video from FoxNews. This needs to go viral guys.

    When asked why he didn’t mention the troops in his speech Romney said: “When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things you think are important.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/07/1128977/-Shocking-no-one-Mitt-Romney-is-a-dick-to-our-troops

    • Kennymack1971

      When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things you think are important.”

      Once again…Willard you STAY f’n up.

      • GN

        He’s not fast on his feet. The media pinning their hopes that Mittens is going to have a debate upset–that’s just delusional. I believe him that he *can’t* campaign right now, and needs extra extra time to try to prepare himself to face President Obama one on one. He doesn’t have the wit to play the dozens with President Obama. Just no there, there.

        • Kennymack1971

          I believe President Obama is looking to use the debates as the moment he completely buries Mitt Romney once and for all. Even with the media doing everything they can to stack the deck in Mitt’s favor the President will own his ass in all three debates. Romney will finally have to face the President, not the RW caricature he’s tried(and failed) to create and he is not up to the job.

          • BarbinAtlSouth

            I briefly watched Mornin’ Murderer (is that declasse now?) and somebody, mighta’ been Joe was saying that Robme is such a better debater.

            How the hell can the Baltimore Massacre be forgotten? It was FANTASTIC!

            If the President can smack around the entire republican caucus, do you really think he’s giving Robme a second thought?

          • Aquagranny911

            When the debates are over Robme will be like dead meat for the vultures.

          • nellcote

            Oh yeah, keep talking up Rmoney’s debate “skills”. Best ever I’m sure…
            the harder they come, the harder they fall LOL

          • conlakappa

            When has he even been tested in debating?

          • rikyrah

            the problem with Willard is that he has to keep track of all his lies….

            and, moderators or not…he doesn’t do well when challenged by someone who doesn’t give a shyt about him.

    • Tafr

      OMG! keep staying a douche Mitten.

    • http://themidnightsolution.blogspot.com LTMidnight

      The ads write themselves don’t they?

    • rikyrah

      You can’t see me, but I’m sitting at my desk at work with my mouth open

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

      So Romney doesn’t think the American troops are important?

      I predict a new Priorities USA ad in 5…4…3…2..

      • Miranda

        They might have it out before nightfall. LMAO

      • Gc

        They need to Crazy Glue his mouth shut – for his OWN good.

    • Aquagranny911

      Typical! Repugnants only think talking about the troops is “important” when they are waving their flags & sending our military to war. Any other time the troops are less than chopped liver to them especially when they return from war wounded in body, mind & spirit.

      I despise the GOP for many things but I especially hate them for their crass use and then subsequent disposal of our military.

      • conlakappa

        Rmember Lyin’ bragging about voting to send people to war?

    • AxelFoley

      “When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things you think are important.”

      OH. SHIT.

    • malletgirl02

      Unbelievable he could have just apologized for not mentioning the troops, but he says that. Romney. doesn’t care about anyone, but himself. Anyone who is in the military who votes for Romney is making a terrible choice.

  • gc

    Gabby is an inspiration. I love her.

    • nellcote

      I think my eyes leaked more during this convention even more than in 08. So many outstanding speakers especially women I’d never seen speak before. I can’t get over how awesome the Nun On the Bus Was.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda/POU FAM♥ – – – – -SUCH GR8 REMEMBRANCES. :>) ***tears** annnd ***smiles*** :>)

    – – – ☻RE. —MY HERO – – -REP. JOhn Lewis: —-

    – — –He’s FOUGHT the VOTER RIGHTS battle B4. — -NOW he hasta DO IT AGAIN!! —WHEW LAWD!!

    – – – – HE IS A TIRELESS WARRIOR! — BLESS HIM — :>)

    — ☻DEAR DEAR Gabby♥: – — – -U R a WALKIN’ MIRACLE!! :>) – -U INSPIRE!! - – – -BLESS U. :>) – —

    – — – -☻SAAAAAAANG – – -Marc Anthony! :>) – – — U done good! :>)

    Have a good afternoon – -POU FAM♥ – – —

    • nellcote

      I think my only regret about the DNC was that they weren’t able to put John Lewis in prime time.

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote. I KNOW –HUH? —–BUT – –iff – –WE DA PEOPLE[co]—SHARE it — —at least we will have done our part. :>)

        Annnd maybe he will get another chance –on another platform. >)

  • gc

    I bet Casper can’t sing.

  • GN

    This guy’s a real piece of work:

    @pollbuster:
    Romney thanks his 5 adult sons, who never served, for their service in his campaign, but our troops are not even on his laundry list.
    **************
    Cray.

    • Alma98

      SMH what a loon.

    • Aquagranny911

      and…”Jesus wept”…

    • Camilke

      That was what was also particularly striking about Joe Biden’s narrative: his adult son Beau saw it fit to serve and answered the call and put himself in harms way in Iraq.

      That is patriotism.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — the OFA has ADS —-directed toward t he YOUTH – – –

    – – -Obama campaign launches new ad aimed at young people – —

    – – – –The Obama campaign is going up with a new television ad aimed at encouraging young people to register and turn out to vote.

    The ad points young people towards the campaign’s GottaVote website, which has information on registration and voter deadlines.

    – – – -FIRED UP! – – –GOTV – -2012!!! — –

  • GN

    Joy Reid:

    DNC vs. RNC: A tale of two 2012 conventions
    Republicans and Democrats have wrapped their presidential nominating conventions, and they couldn’t have been more different.

    From the staging, to the messaging, and even the entertainment, the Democrats and Republicans put on display two very different visions of America. In fact, the one thing the two confabs had in common was that both were focused squarely on President Barack Obama.

    One of the conventions was animated by anti-Obama fervor, and an almost angry rallying cry to turn him out of the White House at all costs. The other was more festive, and the delegates were united around Obama, and his call to keep the country moving forward, even if the pace of change is slower than everyone, including the president and his administration, hoped.

    http://thegrio.com/2012/09/07/dnc-vs-rnc-a-tale-of-two-conventions/

    It’s a really good read!

    • nellcote

      I love her on teevee. As pissed as I often am at msnbc I really appreciate that they’ve elevated her there.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – – -Tweet! – – Tweet! – — :>) — –

    —–Obama DNC speech triggers record 52,757 tweets per minute

    – – – -President Barack Obama has set a new record, at least on Twitter.

    The president’s speech at the Democratic National Convention yesterday lit up the Twittersphere with 52,757 tweets per minute, a new record for the micro-blogging site, Twitter has revealed.

    Overall, the DNC has generated heavy traffic on Twitter. From the starting festivities on Tuesday to the closing events last night, more than 9.5 million tweets about the convention have made the rounds. The final day saw around 4 million tweets alone, according to Twitter, many of them sent during Obama’s speech.

    The 4 million one-day mark also equaled about the total number of tweets sent out about the Republican National Convention last week. —LOL! — —
    – – – – – SNIP – – – –

    “I’m no longer just the candidate, I’m the president.” – 43,646 tweets

    “I will never turn medicare into a voucher.” – 39,002 tweets
    – – – – -SNIP – – –

    [Annnnd - - -VP JOe ---Held it down! :>) - -Annnd Dear Gabby --scored :>)]

    — — — --Biden’s speech peaked at 17,932 tweets per minute, according to Twitter. Also popular was the Pledge of Allegiance delivered by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, which led to 3,278 tweets per minute.
    THERE IS MORE.

    • conlakappa

      Yes but did Honey BooBoo beat Mittens in that medium as well?

      • GreenLadyHere

        conlakappa —-LOL — –Good question. LOL — –“course he’s a bigger — -“BOO BOO” – —from birth!!! :>)

  • http://themidnightsolution.blogspot.com LTMidnight

    There are some people out there saying that it wasn’t Obama’s best speech.

    It didn’t need to be. It just had to do the job. And it did.

    People remember Michael Jordan as great not because he himself was a great basketball player, but because he brought out the best in every other player on the team. Jordan made everyone else play better.

    And that’s exactly what happened at this week’s DNC. Obama didn’t have to “carry the team” because everyone brought their A-game.

    People are asking “did PBO’s surrogates over-shadow him”? A great team captain always make sure every other team member does its best, so I believe the PBO actually hopes they did.

    • GN

      I honestly don’t get what they’re talking about. I thought it was a fantastic speech, full of zingers, and my favorite, absolutely favorite, part of all was when he said, “I’m the President.” The concern trolling relates to the fact that this was the most successful convention in modern memory, and people are trying to throw shade (and of course, the PL is trying to find a defeat in such victory, as they always do).

      • http://themidnightsolution.blogspot.com LTMidnight

        Well, we know the PL moonbats always need people to make them feel good about being moonbats. PBO has never felt that that was his job.

        • Aquagranny911

          “moonbats?” I call them petty slime sucking, fungus eaters, myself, but that’s just me.

        • GN

          To be frank, they’re pissed because they’ve been lying about the mass of PBO’s supporters as unhappy, depressed, and disappointed. That convention shows that particular conventional wisdom to be bullshit, and they’re scrambling: “well it wasn’t PBO, he just got good surrogates.” Fauxgressives need to stay in their world of misery and leave the base alone.

      • Aquagranny911

        Co-Sign that “I am the President!” but I also enjoyed “If you feel the cold coming on, take two tax breaks, suspend some regulations & call us in the morning…”

        I so ♥ my President!!!

      • rikyrah

        ” I am the President.”

        that line was so simple, yet so powerful. it stung me, because I thought of all the disrespect this man and his entire family have been subject to since, well, forever.

    • Miranda

      I noticed that “fire” in a lot of the speakers too. They got HYPED. LOL, who thought Kerry would go HARD in the paint like that? I think Jennifer Granholm was chest bumping folks in the back before she came out. They all came WITH IT. It really was a helluva line up and they put everybody in just the right spot to speak.

      • Aquagranny911

        Kerry blew me away. I didn’t think he had it in him. When Granholm spoke I was yelling “Tell it!”

        • rikyrah

          loved her taking it to Willard, and calling out, state by state, the number of jobs created by the auto industry

          • Aquagranny911

            That was stellar!

    • Tafr

      “It didn’t need to be. It just had to do the job. And it did.”

      Thank you! As he said he is the president. This was not a speech about hope this was a speech about moving the change forward. There were some hard truths in that speech. The president had to stand in front of Americans and tell what the media refused to tell. I thought it was a great speech but then again I am not the PL or the media.

      • edp4bho

        “This was not a speech about hope this was a speech about moving the change forward”

        And that is what makes it a very masterful speech. Telling is the crowd in New Hampshire earlier today. And all the exuberance we, his SUPPORTERS, feel even now.

    • Aquagranny911

      FUCK YOU to “some people!” BITE THE BIG CACTUS, you asswipes!

      PBO’s “surrogates” stood strong on the message & PBO brought the whole team home!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY LTMidnight. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – –THIS: – – – >There are some people out there saying that it wasn’t Obama’s best speech.

      – – -☻ — From the JUMP — HE SAID: – – -I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.

      — – -☻WHAT did THEY want 2 HEAR?? – – -THEY ‘ON’T KNOW! —
      IFF THEY wanted MORE FI-YAH — – -THAT’s what his surrogates did. HIS JOB was 2 EDUCATE annnd THAT’S WHAT HE DID!

      Do THEY KNOW 1 REASON why he said that it was – – CHOICE TIME??? — – –
      — -[It will require common effort, shared responsibility,...WHAT will THEY do??]

      THEY can —MISS ME —with the FAUX-outrage.- – –

      Thanks 4 this. :>) Good 2 C U -LTMidnight. :>)

    • Camille

      I have no idea what speech those people listened to, but the speech I heard, the one my friends and family, colleagues and complete strangers heard, moved and thrilled us all to bits.

      It reminded us all just how truly blessed we are to have this phenomenal, infinitely superior, powerful, calm, incredibly brilliant, dignified, thoughtful, focused, empathetic, evolved, truly gifted, once in a generation leader, who will always be head and shoulders above, and light years ahead of, the rest.

      And no amount of chatter or hit pieces by the envious, petty little clowns masquerading as “journalists” will change that fact.

      Try as they may, these small, painfully mediocre media creatures with equally inferior minds, couldn’t ever possibly begin to wrap their stupendously inferior minds around the spectacular awesomeness that is Barack Obama.

      And it is killing them all.

    • AxelFoley

      As a Jordan stan and Obot supreme, you know I love this comparison.

    • Lisa M

      I still think his 2004 keynote speech was my favorite. He was great as he always is but that 2004 speech resonated with me much more than this one.

      And that is bull honkey that his surrogates over-shadowed him. After all, he IS the President. I still get the shivers from that line.

      Obama/Biden 2012!! I’m all in!!!!!!!

  • Alma98

    Thank you Miranda.

    • Aquagranny911

      Thank you so much for sharing this Alma. This is a powerful personal story. I hope you have recorded it somewhere for all the generations of your family to come so they will never forget how people like your Mom, Grandmother & other family members stood with courage.

      • Alma98

        Thank you AG I do try and record these stories she tells me and so does my daughter. As she gets older she tells us more and more about her life under Jim Crow. I think a lot of it is so painful they didn’t want to talk about it. I’m glad she’s opening up now.

        • Aquagranny911

          I know from the elders in my own family that even though the memories are painful, sharing the stories is not only validation but helps to reduce the pain.

          I think it is so important for our young people to realize that their elders actually lived the history that may not be adequately taught in history books.

          This is a precious heritage that should never be lost.

          • MsKitty

            Absolutely, I learned this the hard way. I knew bits and pieces of the family history, but didn’t really start thinking about it seriously until my Mom died 17 years ago. Her passing left my aunt on my Dad’s side as the oldest living relative on either side of my family. It was always in the back of my mind to sit down with her to get the stories recorded, but I would always get sidetracked and say I’ll get around to it. Long story short I never quite got around to it; and while my Aunt is still here she now has advanced Alzheimer’s, so that chance is lost forever.

            Fam, sit down with your elders and get their thoughts on paper, tape or film. Don’t put it off.

          • TyrenM

            Agreed. I lament the loss of wisdom (the passing of my mother and grandmother) for my daughter.

          • Aquagranny911

            Gift you daughter with your own memories of these women so they won’t be lost. Make their lives real for her through your eyes. It really is a precious gift.

          • TyrenM

            Thanks AG. Workin on it.

          • AxelFoley

            See, things like this are why I love ya’ll.

          • Aquagranny911

            AMEN to that! Doubled, squared & cubed!

            In my old days before TV & all the stuff we have now I remember gathering on the patio while the old folks would talk about…remember when…& tell their stories.

            Those days are precious to me & I try to preserve them for my own grandchildren so they can know their heritage.

    • cosine

      Your mother’s recollections are very moving. “She said they were so young and baby faced but they were also strong and resolute in their beliefs.” Thank you.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Dear Alma98 – —-***BIG HUG** —

      – -HOW IMPORTANT is is 2 PRESERVE THIS SPECIAL ORAL annnd NOW —-U can do VISUAL — HISTORY. :>)

      THANK YOUR mom. SHE will B the –STAR of a VERY IMPORTANT CHAPTER in “BLACK HISTORY!”> – —

      ***HUGS** 2 her. :>)

      HUGS 2 U. :>) – – -BLESS U both. :>)

      • Alma98

        ***HUGS*** GLH Thank you!

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! What a night! Tears, cheers & laughter. John Lewis, what can I even add to the accolades so richly deserved by that great Statesman & Civil Rights leader? May he live long & continue to prosper because we do need him so much for his testimony to the evils of the past & his steadfast loyalty to making a better future.

    Tears for our so very dear Gabby Giffords as she made her painful way to the podium for the pledge of allegiance. I remember when she could literally bounce forward to give a speech or engage with her constituents. We love you Gabby, we do. You are ever in our hearts & prayers.

    Governor Granholm, dear Lady you rocked! I was screaming: “Tell it! Tell it!” all the way through your speech. Now, when are you going to run for Congress?

    John Kerry got his own back last night. I don’t think I have ever heard him give such a powerful speech. Thank you John Kerry! I read rumors he could be our next SOS. He would do a great job but MA would be losing one more strong voice in the Senate.

    The Bidens….Jill, you are just amazing. You are the kind of teacher everyone wishes they had. I bet the waiting list for your classes is a mile long. Joe Biden, you have been blessed in your wife & family even though you suffered great loss, you have also been given a great gift.

    “Ride or Die” Joe Biden brought us home to the greatness of our President to the pain of making the tough decisions and the courage of PBO to make them.
    I ♥ Joe Biden! He done us proud. BIG HUGS!!! For the love, loyalty & steadfast support He gives our Prez every day.

    President Barack Obama….”I am the President!” Yes, you are & you will continue in that job for four more years! We’ve got your back we understand “citizenship” We know what’s at stake. Thank you, Sir, for all you do and endure for the good of the American people. WE WILL STAND FOR YOU!

    My final thoughts contain thanks to DWS & all the people who worked to make this convention a powerful success & especially to all the ‘ordinary’ people who stood and told their personal stories to such a huge audience, we salute you.

    • GN

      My final thoughts contain thanks to DWS & all the people who worked to make this convention a powerful success

      YES! And I thank the conventiongoers so much for really representing for the base of Dems/Dem supporters who ordinarily go voiceless and replaced with PL stankness. *THIS* was PBO’s crowd, and we’re enthusiastic, and we never stopped believing in the vision he articulated, and have always appreciated the reforms he’s ushered in. For three days, that voice was actually prominent rather than the usual sour emoprogs claiming to be “the voice of the base.” That was convention was absolutely SUPERLATIVE. Too many wonderful moments to count.

      • Aquagranny911

        This member of the choir says…AMEN!!!

    • cosine

      Great report, AG!

  • rikyrah

    Why Michelle Obama resonates with America

    Opinion

    by Joy-Ann Reid | September 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Michelle Obama’s speech on the opening night of the Democratic convention was a seminal moment in her time as first lady, but it was not the first time the wife of the first black president of the United States proved why she is such an asset to him.

    Mrs. Obama is in many respects the idyllic modern first lady — smart and accomplished in her own right (before he became a United States Senator, Michelle made more money than her husband), but with an easy glamor that pops off the small screen. (I’m sure news anchors across America never thought they’d be wearing sleeveless, but thanks to Michelle, it’s a fashion staple for women of all ages.)

    For black women in particular, Mrs. Obama is an object of particular pride; someone you never dreamed you’d see living in the White House, but who makes it look so effortless, you wonder why it took so long. Still, her fundamental appeal goes well beyond race. As one approving viewer stated on Twitter after the speech: “I want to go hang out with the Obama’s [sic] at their house and play Scrabble!”

    And therein lies Michelle Obama’s secret: that while filling the ceremonial role of first lady, and the confidante of the nation’s commander in chief, she manages to also be the prototypical woman next door. No matter what the age, race or political affect of the listener, hearing Michelle Obama is like listening to a sister, a friend, a coworker, or a fellow mom at the PTA. She just sounds like someone you know.

    http://thegrio.com/2012/09/05/why-michelle-obama-resonates-with-black-america/#48908998

    • Aquagranny911

      Nailed that! Sis & I got to shake her hand when she spoke for PBO during the primary. She was amazing, down to earth just like that neighbor next door or down the block. I could so imagine sitting with her at my kitchen table for coffee, cake & a good talk. Being in the WH has not changed her a bit.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —-HAH! — –FAUX-noise —–IZZAT –U?? – – —

    – – -Even Fox News Is Fed Up With Romney Failing To Provide Details Of His Tax Plan – – –

    – – — -The Romney campaign has so far refused to clarify which tax deductions and loopholes it would eliminate in order to make its huge proposed tax cut for the rich revenue neutral. Despite repeated requests, the campaign and candidate have refused to budge, content to say that the tax plan “can’t be scored” due to its lack of detail.

    And even Fox News has apparently had it with the campaign’s consistent dodging of this question, as Fox’s Gregg Jarrett repeatedly asked Romney policy director Lanhee Chen about it during an interview on Friday:

    JARRETT:He’s not saying which of the loopholes and deductions and credits and exemptions he wants to close. That is huge. That’s significant. How can he not tell the American people those facts?
    – – – – -SNIP – – —

    — — –According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, even assuming that Romney eliminates all deductions and exemptions for high-income individuals, he would still have to raise middle-class taxes in order to pay for his tax plan. Romney, of course, is not going to completely eliminate all tax preferences enjoyed by the wealthy, so his plan will either raise middle-class taxes or bust the budget. And even Fox News, it seems, wants Romney to divulge the details sooner rather than later.

    – – — MITT-TWIT – – -SHOW US YOUR TAXES!! – – – –

  • rikyrah

    John Lewis spoke so much truth he made me tear up

    • Aquagranny911

      You were not alone in your tears.

  • rikyrah

    The Twitterati have spoken!

    The Internet has a lot of feelings about President Obama. So many, in fact, that its citizens set a new record last night: Twitter reports that about 52,756 Tweets per minute were written about Obama’s convention speech just after its conclusion. That’s a record for a political event, Twitter spokesperson Elaine Filadelfo told Politico. Mitt Romney’s convention speech, by contrast, drove 14,289 tweets per minute at its peak.

    All in all, users sent over 9.5 million tweets about the DNC, crushing the 4 million tweets written about the RNC. Twitter users wrote 4 million messages about the Democratic convention on Day 3 alone. Thanks a lot, #sexyface!

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/

    • MsKitty

      It was taking forever to auto refresh during the speech so I figured that’s what was going on.

      • nellcote

        They need to hook up more hampster wheels for election night not to mention the debates.

    • AxelFoley

      The RNC got ethered.

  • GN

    still can’t get over PBO’s convention bounce:

    Per gallup, he’s now at 52% approval, 43% disapproval, up 3 over Romney for national presidential polling. I love the guy, and it makes me so happy to see him getting a well-deserved boost from thousands of people coming together to celebrate his and Dems’ achievements. Now THAT’s a convention bounce. Fired up, ready to go.

    • Aquagranny911

      I knew it! And it will probably go up even more in the days ahead. I’m also FIRED UP! READY TO GO!

    • GN

      and link to gallup (the site’s been slow today, probably because of these numbers lol).

      http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

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

      Last night on Charlie Rose’s PBS show, Mark Halperin said if PBO gets 50% that’s a good thing. PBO’s at 52%, so will he backtrack?

      • nellcote

        post convention coverage on Charlie Rose was msm villager hell. one of those times I’m glad I don’t keep a gun or I’d be buying a new teevee today LOL

    • Ebogan63

      So much for the ‘mixed reviews’ on PBOs speech!

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

    When it comes to Obamacare, Paul Ryan is on the down-low…

    Paul Ryan Acknowledges Requesting Federal Money From Program Funded By Obamacare

    By Tara Culp-Ressler on Sep 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Earlier this week, the Nation uncovered the fact that Paul Ryan — who has voted with his party to repeal President Obama’s health care law over 30 times — requested Obamacare funds for his Wisconsin district in 2010. However, after the news broke that Ryan sought to fund a new community health center with federal money provided through health care reform, his campaign was quick to retort that grant program has nothing to do with supporting Obamacare because it was created under former President George W. Bush.

    Bush did support federal grant programs for community health centers during his presidency. But the specific grant requested by Ryan is funded through Obamacare, which provides $11 billion to expand community health centers. When Ryan requested the funds in 2010, they represented money that Obama approved — under a law that Ryan has referred to as “Washington’s reckless spending spree.”

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/09/07/811241/paul-ryan-bush-obamacare/?mobile=nc

    • GN

      Super-trifling. Lyin Ryan strikes again.

    • TyrenM

      DL lol. Tell Paul it’s safe out of the closet.

    • nellcote

      Just a tidbit Joey can drop during the debate. :)

  • rikyrah

    Dish-Heads vs The Pundits

    Some reader thoughts on the reaction to Obama’s speech:

    I wish that the pundits would watch these speeches with ordinary people. Last night I watched the speech with a gathering of about 50 people, from junior-high age to seniors. Everyone loved the speech. The most important thing for me from his speech was that he was challenging us to be grown ups and offering a vision of a people who are united and proud of the contributions they make to each other. Success is something to be celebrated and shared – not hoarded. We have been treated like children for decades now but especially during the Bush years. We were told that we would be kept safe, didn’t need to sacrifice or join the effort. We should simply go shopping. The current Republican party is pushing a fairy tale agenda of pay as little as possible in taxes, invest nothing in the people and infrastructure, and live happily ever after.

    Last night you heard a President tell a nation that they must be tough, work hard, and contribute to something greater than themselves. You heard a President tell us that our founding values and the sacrifices of generations demanded that we be good citizens. You heard a President express his love for his people regardless of party or ideology. As always he has been leading by example and he gave us some insight into the feelings and emotions and some of the actual people who deepen his commitment to and love for our country.

    My middle son watched the speech with me and was cheering because he sees in our President a person who is a role model and that gives him hope. He signed up to phone bank. My oldest son texted me to say that the speech was incredible and that he was moved by the way that he brought us back to hope – a mature hope that is grounded in service to others. But the best endorsement of the speech I found on my Facebook newsfeed after. It was a post by a former student of mine who wrote that she has never been interested in politics or voting before but that after watching the speech she couldn’t wait to vote and to do her part as a citizen. I got tears in my eyes when I read that.

    And then there is his family. Well they are beautiful – not just physically but in the way they love and enjoy each other. Yes he has family values – the real values that are based in love and respect and self sacrifice. You can tell that he puts his family first. He challenged all of us to view our nation as family and to put it first before our own desires. That this message and example of adult love and responsibility is inspiring to so many of us gives me hope.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/09/america-isnt-a-fairy-tale.html

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s Playing Field Narrows
    By Jonathan Chait

    Mitt Romney’s team announced last night, in the immediate wake of the Democratic convention, that it was unleashing a massive swing-state ad blitz. Since the announcement came well before the lousy jobs report, and even before the mixed reviews for Obama’s speech, it ought to be seen as an attempt to give Republicans a reason for enthusiasm. A closer look suggests more reason for GOP concern.

    Romney is targeting eight states: Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Hampshire. No Wisconsin, Michigan, or Pennsylvania. This is surely not because Romney is husbanding scarce cash. Campaign aides also told Fox News yesterday that they basically have so much money they have to come up with ways to get it out the door, Brewster’s Millions–style, before election day. (“We have $100 million we’ve just raised. If you look at our burn rate to date and our cash on hand, there’s not much more we can spend on infrastructure. So we’ve got to start spending our general election funds in a big way, because you know what the value of that money is on the day after the election? Zero.”) And it’s probably not because they want outside super-PACs to spend in those states, either — they can’t legally coordinate, and the super-PACs will take their cues from the Romney campaign about where to fight. (The GOP super-PACs have already pulled out of Michigan and Pennsylvania.)

    The reason this looks worrisome for Romney is that he’s pursuing an electoral-college strategy that requires him nearly to run the table of competitive states. The states where Romney is not competing (and which aren’t obviously Republican, either) add up to 247 electoral votes. The eight states where Romney is competing add up to a neat 100 electoral votes, of which Romney needs 79 and Obama just 23. If you play with the electoral possibilities, you can see that this would mean Obama could win with Florida alone or Ohio plus a small state or Virginia plus a couple small states, and so on.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/09/romneys-playing-field-narrows.html

    • Gc

      Mr Chait It was NOT a lousy jobs report and any negative reviews came from the haters. “You people” lie about everything. But, guess what schmuck? We in the RW see our friends and relatives and neighbors slowly but surely getting jobs. We have eyes that see and ears that hear (and hearts that feel) and we saw a brilliant convention and a PRESIDENTIAL leader. He was not emoting like Biden or preaching like Clinton or even in “HELLO CT” rally mode. He was PRE-SI-DEN-TIAL: thoughtful and incredibly smart and capable beyond your wildest dreams. He clearly adores his family and has utmost respect for his VP. He has a steel ramrod of a spine, confidence to spare, and was still mature enough to let all the speakers have their moments to shine, WHILE contributing pieces to a quintessential picture of an American President.

      Bite me.

      • Aquagranny911

        Don’t let them “bite” you! Some may have diseases you really don’t want to think about, lol. I’ll loan you a cactus for them to bite.

      • Camille

        Thank you GC!

      • cosine

        “. . . mature enough to let all the speakers have their moments to shine, . . .” Mr. President is so wonderfully confident in himself that he never has to tear down others to raise himself up.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Okay – I don’t get it. They are dripping cash – $100M just raised – and they aren’t putting up ads everywhere? Aren’t HIRING campaign staff? With $100M, they set up at least 10 campaign offices, fully staffed until election day.

      Something isn’t right. Either they are lying about the money or they are the dumbest Muh fukkas ever.

      • TyrenM

        Barbin, that money is chillin in the Caymans.

        • TyrenM

          Oh yeah, Eric and Andrea linin their shoe boxes. They know this won’t last forever and they’ll never get this job again.

      • creolechild

        Ain’t nobody interested in campaigning for Willard, so he may as well save his money.

    • Lisa M

      I was hoping he would have pulled out of Virginia. I am so sick of seeing his lyin’-ass racist ads.

      • nellcote

        Virgil Goode is on the ballot in Virgina now. Supposedly he’ll pull votes from Rmoney.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 09/07/2012
    Five questions David Gregory should ask Mitt Romney
    By Jonathan Bernstein

    Mitt Romney is going to be on Meet the Press on Sunday. As I mentioned the other day, what I hope is that he’ll be asked serious policy questions, and not about politics or the campaign. Here are five questions that would be a good start:

    1. You’ve pledged tax reform to drop tax rates, protect current tax treatment of investment and certain other income, keep middle class taxes unchanged, and not increase the deficit. Independent analysts say that it just can’t be done, and you have refused to release a detailed plan to show how your math works, so therefore: if the outside experts turn out to be right, which part of this would you give up first? Would you go for somewhat higher rates? Allow middle class taxes to go up? Or allow the deficit to rise? What are your priorities on this?

    2. You’ve made it clear you oppose same-sex marriage. Do you believe that the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell has been a success or a failure, and would you re-instate it? Do you support or oppose a law that would make it illegal for private employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation?

    more here

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

    • nellcote

      I’m actually tempted to watch this just to see the major FAIL.

  • rikyrah

    GOP hatred of student loans intensifies
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 7, 2012 11:26 AM EDT.

    Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) of Maryland was asked this week whether he supports public investments in student loans. His response didn’t go well.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Bartlett began with a meandering answer, before eventually arguing that he believes it’s unconstitutional for Congress to help students afford college tuition. In fact, the very idea reminded him of Nazis. Seriously.

    “Not that it’s not a good idea to give students loans, it certainly is a good idea to give them loans,” the congressman said. “But if you can ignore the Constitution to do something good today, tomorrow you will be ignoring the Constitution to do something bad. You could. There are more people in our, in America today of German ancestry than any other [inaudible]. The Holocaust that occurred in Germany — how in the heck could that happen? And when you start down the wrong road, it can be a very slippery slope.”

    …………………………….

    The rhetoric used by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is far less inflammatory, put their policy agenda is unambiguous: slash Pell Grants, cut college tax credits, and reintroduce the loan-system middleman so that banks are rewarded instead of students. What about young people who can’t afford tuition at the college of their choice? According to the GOP ticket, they should either choose wealthy parents or “shop around” for some other school that charges less, because a Romney/Ryan administration doesn’t intend to help.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/07/13728783-gop-hatred-of-student-loans-intensifies?lite

    • conlakappa

      That is nice that he took a break from insulting women to go Godwin.

  • rikyrah

    ‘A staggering shift’ on the politics of foreign policy
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 7, 2012 12:43 PM EDT.

    If you watched the third and final night of the Democratic convention, it was hard to miss the emphasis on foreign policy, national security, military policy, and international affairs. These issues represented more than a fifth of President Obama’s address, and speaker after speaker emphasized Democratic credibility on the subject.

    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), in particular, seemed to be having a terrific time going after Mitt Romney’s foreign policy ignorance, inexperience, and general confusion.

    But in the bigger picture, the Democratic message, especially when compared to what Americans heard in Tampa, reinforced what Fred Kaplan called “a staggering shift”: it’s Democrats who’ve become “the dominant foreign-policy party.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/07/13729999-a-staggering-shift-on-the-politics-of-foreign-policy?lite

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

    YASSSSSSSSS!!

    BREAKING: Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Down, Allows Local Officials To Set Early Voting Hours

    By Scott Keyes on Sep 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    After previously trying to restrict early voting, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) today reversed course on his decision to block county boards of elections from setting their own early voting hours in the days leading up to the November election.

    Last month, Husted and Ohio Republicans led an effort to limit early voting hours in Democratic counties, including those with major cities like Columbus and Cleveland, while expanding early voting in Republican counties. After the ensuing uproar, Husted moved to restrict voting hours across the state, only to have his cuts to early voting restored by a federal court.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/09/07/814821/jon-husted-backs-down/

    • Alma98

      Of course he backed down bullies always do.

    • rikyrah

      YEAH BABY!!!!

      it was that judge saying, you better have yo’ ass in my court..

      just try me and see what happens…

      YEAH BABY!!

    • Tafr

      I see that he apologized as well. I guess he thought the judge was playing with him.

  • creolechild

    House Dems File Brief Against DOMA

    Led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, 145 House Democrats filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit opposing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The law, which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marrige, is being defended by House Republicans.[....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/house-dems-file-brief-against-doma

    H/T Ryan J. Reilly

  • creolechild

    Obama: Jobs Report Good, But ‘We Know It’s Not Good Enough’

    President Obama addressed Friday’s jobs report, which showed that only 96,000 jobs were created in August, by saying that it showed continued progress recovering from the recession. Obama hastened to add that it is still not good enough — and shifted responsibility to Republicans and Congressional gridlock.[....]

    “And there’s a lot more that we can do. You know, when Congress gets back to town next week, you need to send them a message: Go ahead and give middle-class families and small businesses the confidence of knowing that their taxes, your taxes, will not go up next year. Everybody agrees we should not raise taxes on the middle class. Let’s go ahead and get that done, let’s get that done now. And by the way, if the Republicans are serious about being concerned about joblessness, we could create a million new jobs, right now, if Congress would pass the jobs plan that I sent to them a year ago.[....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-jobs-report-good-but-we-know-its

    H/T Eric Kleefeld

    • GN

      The national media is always in histrionics but what he said is spot on: progress, but we need to do better. Only thing missing was to throw the do-nothing bums out of Congress if they don’t want to pass the AJA.

    • nellcote

      I want to see the dems on the stump pushing the AJA. It’s a threefer. Promote PBO, promote a good bill and highlight the goopers obstruction.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – – –Tweet! – –Tweet! – – –

    — -☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama

    I really can’t understand why Romney is losing to that Obama Maoist-Kenyan-Manchurian-Stalinist-BlackPanther Guy? Lech Walesa endorsed Mitt!

    — — -☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    Oh My! RT @kasie: Ann Romney pressed on gay unions, contraception;”You’re asking me qs that are not about what this election is..about.”

    – – – -☻Rock Mollica ‏@RockMollica
    @JeffersonObama @kasie It’s obvious that Romneys are befuddled by what this election is about. Let’s start with truth, jobs, equal rights.

    – — ☻judith ‏@judemcdonald
    @JeffersonObama @kasie No Ann Romney ??? we ask R about election.Show us 10 yrs. #Taxs returns also! Stop pointing your finger too! LOL
    - – – – –

    MORE L8R – – – -LOL THEY sooo OUT-of-TOUCH!! —

    • creolechild

      Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
      Oh My! RT @kasie: Ann Romney pressed on gay unions, contraception;”You’re asking me qs that are not about what this election is..about.”

      Not surprising given this incident: Romney campaign chair John Sununu sat down for a radio interview with Michelangelo Signorile yesterday, but was apparently unprepared to discuss the Republican Party’s platform. When he was informed that it called for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — which Mitt Romney supports — Sununu was at a loss for words, explaining the issue is “much more complicated” than a “two-sentence” answer could encompass. Instead, he offered to share two cases of beer and talk about it in a different setting, presumably not while being recorded.[IN A QUIET ROOM, PERHAPS? LOL!]

      http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/08/30/777161/romney-campaign-chair-same-sex-marriage-too-complicated-to-discuss/

      H/T Zack Ford

      • cosine

        Quiet rooms, Cracker Bay yachts w/Cayman flags, private verandas, boardrooms, mountain top resorts . . .

  • GN

    That Gabby Giffords moment is one of my favorites. Something about the way that she came out, huge smile on her face, blew a kiss to the crowd…her determination and courage and positivity…this truly was an epic, epic convention. Such a breathtakingly beautiful moment, and such a heroic woman.

    • Aquagranny911

      AZ’s Sweetheart! I cried. What courage, perseverance & determination. Despite her painful walk to that podium, she looked so good. It was one of my favorite moments too.

      • nellcote

        Did it get any play in the AZ papers?

        • Aquagranny911

          I checked on line & they did. Local news stations also covered it. So many people want her to come back to represent us again but watching her last night I don’t think it will happen. It’s a miracle she has come as far as she has so I rule nothing out.

          She was a very popular Rep before she was shot & everything that has happened since has made her that much more beloved here.

  • creolechild

    WEAK! Is this the best you got, Mitt? Really? Hmmm…let me see PBO saved the auto industry, repealed DADT, enacted health care reform, ended the war in Iraq, set up an agency to protect consumers (CFPB), is decreasing America’s dependency on foreign oil, pushing the widespread utilization of alternative energy sources, strengthened Medicare, and completely revamped FEMA, for starters….

    Romney: ‘Can You Think Of Any’ Promises Obama Has Met?

    Mitt Romney responded to the lackluster August jobs report Friday morning, and President Obama’s Democratic convention speech the night before, by accusing Obama of not having kept any of his promises at all.

    “And all he said last night was the same as what he said four years ago which — by the way, he made a lot of promises four years ago,” Romney told reporters on an airport tarmac in Sioux City, Iowa. “Can you think of any of those promises that was met?”[....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/romney-can-you-think-of-any-promises-obama

    H/T Eric Kleefeld

    • Kennymack1971

      ‘Can You Think Of Any’ Promises Obama Has Met?

      Just keep throwing those fastballs Willard…you idiot.

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

    For the past 3+ years, POUers have been saying the Black Agenda Report were a bunch of shady ratfuckers possibly funded by the Repubs. Glad to see folks catching up. :-)

    Don’t Surrender to Cynicism and Apathy! Vote for President Obama!
    Posted by Anson C. Asaka at 8:30 AM

    [...]

    There are a lot of naysayers and downright player haters out there. I’m not talking about those stinking Republicans either. I’m talking about those stuck in the 1960s, ultra “militant”, self-appointed guardians of blackness over at Black Agenda Report (“BAR”). Instead of criticizing the reactionary, racist, right wing Republican Party, BAR spends over 90 percent of its time criticizing the first African American President, Barack Obama. In one of their articles, they acknowledge that Democrats are their primary target. For that reason, I question BAR’s sincerity and commitment to the people. No president is above criticism. However, BAR has an insane fixation on President Obama.

    Frankly, I would not be surprised if those haters are being funded by the Republican Party to suppress the black vote. BAR posted an old article by a prominent African American intellectual essentially encouraging people not to vote. Such articles promote voter apathy by arguing that the two parties are essentially the same.

    MORE: http://new-possibilities.blogspot.com/2012/09/dont-surrender-to-cynicism-and-apathy.html

    Check out the video of a debate between MED and Glen Ford at the above link.

    • http://themidnightsolution.blogspot.com LTMidnight

      Don’t get me started on Colossal Fossil Ford and the batshit crew at BAR.

      To me, it’s the greatest of insults to call your site the “Black Agenda Report” when you make it perfectly clear that the only black people you give a shit about are those that share the same far left ideology that you do.

      While I don’t think he’s a republican ratfucker, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if it turns out to be true.

      I just think they’re a bunch of washed up hippies still stuck in the 1960’s.

      And yeah, Brucey D’s “reason” for going after Democrats more than republicans just oozes weak sauce. If the republicans have their way, Brucey D won’t even be able to vote for those third party losers they like so much.

      • goldenstar

        Oh, no. Don’t insult hippies and the 1960s by naming BAR in the same breath.

        They are truly modern-day hatas.

        • http://themidnightsolution.blogspot.com LTMidnight

          They’re stuck with a 1960’s mindset. If you can stomach it, read some of the articles they wrote on OWS. Brucey D actually acknowledges wanting to see young white kids getting beat up by police since it will get media attention.

          • Miranda

            He is an idiot. I’m sorry but his schtick is so pathetic and tired. Mofo think he about all things BLAAAA-AAACK, and I could point to poor black folks all up and down the “cotton” states that he could give less than a damn about. He and his dumbass cohorts love to holler about what’s going on in Libya, Syria and everywhere else and haven’t thought one nano-second bout the black folks in the Mississippi Delta or the Louisiana Bayou that barely got pot to piss in.

          • http://themidnightsolution.blogspot.com LTMidnight

            Isn’t Brucey D stationed in ATL with you? What exactly does he do for a living?

          • Miranda

            He lives here? If he does then that confirms he does nothing but talk a poor game on internet radio.

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

            I bet they, like their buddy Cornel, think they are better than them. Truth be told, they’re just as arrogant and condescending as the Romneys.

    • Alma98

      He looks like corny with a pony-tail.

    • GN

      I can’t stand BAR and have disliked them for 3+ years. They are the go-to site for fauxgressives and emoprogs looking for anti-PBO trash in blackface. And aren’t they allied with Jane Hamsher/FDL? If so, Hamsher is ON RECORD, and ON TAPE plotting with the teabaggers to disrupt HCR, so concerns about collusions with the far right or libertarians are on point.

      Receipts, re: Hamsher and the teaparties on HCR: http://theobamadiary.com/2011/07/09/the-professional-lefts-heroine/

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

        Yep. BAR is a member of Hamsher’s Common Sense Media. There used to be a list of blogs affliliated with CSM on their website, but they removed it. Hmm…

        This is the target audience of blogs associated with CSM:

        82% of our readers are between 35 and 65 years of age
        58% have household income over $75,000
        49% have at least some post graduate level education
        Most frequently listed professions: arts/entertainment/broadcasting, law/legal, and computer software/programming
        http://csmads.com/audience.html

        Sounds like a bunch of elitists to me.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —–Uhhhh – –THIS di-ent quite [actually --NOT at all] —make the Politico like that “statement about Romney”- – —

    – – -What Do You Do With a 16-Year-Old Who Calls for the Assassination of Obama? – –

    – – — – -Last night, a 16 year old Caucasian girl tweeted, “Someone needs to assassinate Obama… like ASAP #DieYouPieceOfShit”.

    For this, according to the Daily Kos, she gained a lot of new followers and 300 retweets before her account was closed today. She also got her fair share of hate directed back at her.

    – -Alyssa’s tweet is but a microcosm of what’s wrong with the modern day conservative movement. It’s indicative of what President Clinton said in his DNC speech, “I may often disagree with Republicans, but I never hated them, unlike the hatred displayed by extreme right wing activists towards President Obama.” The relentless hate directed at this President has been out of control from the beginning, led by Sarah Palin during the 2008 election and now being carried out by birther adjacent Mitt Romney, whose constant lies about Obama are meant to drive exactly the kind of racial animus displayed in Alyssa’s tweet.

    After all, what reason could a 16 year old have for wanting a man she doesn’t know and whose policies she surely doesn’t know anything about to die? Yes, I can say with some confidence that she knows nothing of his policies, because I have yet to talk to any conservative – not one – who can accurately portray Obama’s policy stances
    – – —- -SNIP – – —
    The problems here are manifest. We have conservative Republicans who are out of control with their hate speech as a regular course of business.[Annnd THEY R TEACHING the YOUTH!]

    – – – –SNIP – –
    — -I’m reminded of Representative John Lewis’ message from his speech yesterday. He responded to hate with love.
    — —SNIP – – —

    Alyssa will forever be known as “that girl”; the girl who tweeted a demand for the assassination of the President of her country. If we get past the horror, she is stuck wearing the mantle of the young fool who knew nothing and talked too much.
    THERE IS MORE

    • TyrenM

      Sad thing. She has a career waiting on her – Coutlergeist heir apparent.

      • GreenLadyHere

        TyrenM – – —LOL – —PREFECT!! — ***fist bump*** :>)

        Good 1. :>) — – – -***laffin’***

    • Town

      Alyssa needs to go to jail with a cellmate named Rakeesha “Michelle Obama” Jenkins.

      • GN

        Thank you; she’s only 16. She’s repeating what she hears at home.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL. Town! Town – – -Town!- — – ***BIG HUG*** —

        U KNOW –U SPEAK TRUTH!! LOL – – –

        Annd she is OBVIOUSLY NOT controlled on her electonic devices.

        Hope SHE/FAMILY got a – -VISIT by SOME BADGES!- – –

        Good 2 C U. Town! :>)

    • Tafr

      Her parents must be so proud. No need to do anything because the little idiot just made life a little harder for herself. You can count that double if the secret service decides to pay her a visit.

    • conlakappa

      It’s a good thing Prussian Blue has found an alternative career to the music thing.

  • lamh35

    So is this another part of the Romney camp’s “series of Obama mistakes” strategy?

    Romney Endorses Ultraconservative Congressman
    Rep. Steve King takes a hard line on issues like ab**ortion and Islam. The Obama campaign seizes opportunity to cast Romney as extreme on social issues
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/romney-endorses-ultraconservative-congressman

    Within an hour, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith issued a statement decrying the endorsement.

    “And, if his speech today praising Rep. Steve King—who has questioned whether women get pregnant from ra*pe and inc*est and said hateful things about immigrants—is any indication, we know he wouldn’t stand up to the most strident voices in his party,” Smith wrote. “Bringing back the failed policies that crashed the economy and pandering to the most extreme voices in his party isn’t a recipe for strength and it won’t move us forward.

    • GN

      One nit: he’s not ultraconservative; he’s nuts. A far right nut. Nothing which “questions” whether women should be able to decline to carry a rapist’s child to term is “conservative” anything–that’s a nutjob. And indeed, Mittens is tripping over his feet.

    • TyrenM

      When bitch ass Chuck T. throws up his hands and yells “damn, damn, damn,” – its been one.

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

    I hope there’s video of this exchange. I can imagine the haughty tone Miss Ann took when the reporter dared to ask her a question…

    Ann Romney: Birth Control Is ‘Off Message’ Because ‘This Election Is Going To Be About The Economy’

    By Tara Culp-Ressler on Sep 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    [...]

    KWQC TV6: Do you believe that employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control?

    ANN ROMNEY: Again, you’re asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about. This election is going to be about the economy and jobs.

    KWQC TV6: Well, a Pew research poll shows those issues are very important to women, ranking them either “important” or “very important.

    ANN ROMNEY: [...] Listen, I’ve been across this country, I’ve been for a year-and-a-half on the campaign trail. I’ve spoken with thousands of women and they are telling me, they’re telling me a couple of things, one they say they’re praying for me which is really wonderful, and then they’re saying, ‘please help, please help. We are so worried about our jobs.’ So really if you want to try to pull me off of the other messages it’s not going to work because I know because I’ve been out there. [...]

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/09/07/814841/ann-romney-birth-control-economy/

    • cosine

      Ann: I’LL tell you what women think. YOU PEOPLE better get back to MY talking points, NOW.

    • MsKitty

      Somebody’s just a wee bit defensive.

      It may be time to start a pool to predict who snaps first, Willard or Miss Ann.

      • Aquagranny911

        She’s already a goner. They better send her home to whine about her MS because she is a big liability.

      • conlakappa

        Simultaneous. Someone nonwhite will wander into an event and they’ll both scream, “Macaca!”

    • http://twitter.com/symmetry11 symmetry11

      Here’s the thing, “employer-provided health insurance” and what is offered under that plan is about the economy. Everytime I have to pay $60 for my birth control, it takes away from buying groceries, putting gas in my car etc. Ms Ann wouldn’t know about that b/c she has never had to worry about how she was going to pay for things.

      • Aquagranny911

        Lilly Ledbetter: “23 cents may not be much to people with a Swiss bank account but it means a lot to us….”

    • creolechild

      What makes her think that jobs and the economy are the ONLY problems that the people of this country are concerned about? She just looooooves women but can’t be bothered to address an issue that concerns us? Funny that…

      What’s even more telling is that one of the very first things she “shares” about the “thousands of women” that she’s talked to isn’t about them, it’s about HER!

      Never a dull moment with Cruella De Vil….

    • Miranda

      Silly heifer, healthcare IS about the economy. Stupid silly bish.

    • Kennymack1971

      Ann and Mitt Romney are perfect for each other..both can’t help but address reporters as the Help. Even Mitt’s interview with Bret Baier where he dissed the troops had a “Silly little man how dare you question me?” vibe to it. The arrogance and sense of entitlement with these people is off the damn charts.

    • GN

      She thinks stripping us of the ability to engage in family planning has nothing to do with economics? So sayeth the person so rich even her cars have garages. She is so out of touch with the average person, and is clueless about it.

    • rikyrah

      bitch, a woman being able to PLAN when she has children is an ECONOMIC ISSUE FOR 99.9999% of the women in the world. being in control of our REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES is an ECONOMIC ISSUE.

    • Aquagranny911

      I despise this person so much. To call her a “woman” is to insult women everywhere. She needs prayers because that is all that will save her from her ugly nasty self.

    • 7thangel

      doesn’t matter how many times i see y’all using “Miss Anne” it always cracks me up.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – – -Posted THIS EVENING. – – – -She’s a – -HOT ARROGANT MESS! -geesh!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — –The OBAMA/BIDENS["FAB 4 --:>)] — in NEW HAMPSHIRE: – –

    – — Pres. Obama, VP Biden Travel to NH and Iowa – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — —Looks like a “BUMP” – – — :>) – —

    — -Poll: Obama Approval Up 7 Points After DNC — –

    — - President Obama’s approval rating climbed to 52 percent, his highest rating in many months, according to Gallup’s latest poll. The last three days of the Democratic National Convention gave him a 7 percent bump in approval over three days, with a 3 percent hike in just the past 24 hours.Mitt Romney received no bump in the polls from the RNC, dropping from 47 percent before the convention to 46 percent. The DNC also surpassed the RNC in ratings; even competing with the opening night of NFL football, more people tuned in to Bill Clinton’s DNC speech than the second half of the Cowboys-Giants game.

    – – –Woo! Hoo! — –

    • nellcote

      It gives me a little hope that Clinton beat out football.

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote. LOL —–KEEP HOPE ALIVE. :>) — -

  • GN

    Those POUers who said that Clint Eastwood is a bona fide right wing nutjob and birther, not merely presenting performance art with the empty chair speech, you won the bet:

    CLINT EASTWOOD: ‘President Obama Is The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated On The American People’


    Among other things, Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone:

    “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/clint-eastwood-president-obama-hoax-2012-9#ixzz25onQMlmM

    I don’t want to hear SHIT from Mittens and these birther freaks about “civility.”

    • gc

      “Hoax” says the man who talked to a chair.

      • GN

        lol, okay? And he lost that argument with the empty chair to boot. Fringe far right loon.

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

      It just dawned on me that Eastwood is doing the remake of “A Star Is Born” with Beyonce. I know this won’t happen, but since she’s such a big supporter of PBO and FLOTUS, she should drop out of the movie.

    • Alma98

      He’s always been a RWNJ I remember him running for mayor of Carmel,Ca as a republican. Isn’t it amazing how many poc stories he used for film material, but think we’re not good enough to run this country.

    • creolechild

      Seems to me that the person who perpetrated “the greatest hoax ever on the American people” was the one who appeared at a political convention as a keynote speaker/surprise guest, proceeded to have a conversation with a chair, AND bombed!

      NEXT!

    • Camille

      That same Clint Eastwood who endorsed and full on supported George W. Bush before and through 8 destructive years that brought this country to its knees, wants Americans to trust his “judgement” and intuitions about Presidents!

      We are supposed to trust the instincts of the man who supported George W. bush but gives a hateful and negative assessment of Barack Obama?

      Really, asshole Clint?! Really?!

      Said it before and I’ll say it again:

      Clint Eastwood is a first rate racist asshole and acting in and directing box office movies, will never change that.

      A man whose life outside movies is littered with ubiquitous evidence of warp, rot, decay and a stunning lack of discipline and control that clearly betrays the fact that besides a successful career in the movies and only by virtue of his skin color, this incredibly bigotted and small-minded man at his very core is rubbish.

      The undeserved respect bestowed upon this relic of the Jim Crow era and the constant use of the word “icon” to describe this asshole, is actually the biggest hoax perpetrated upon the American people.

      Fuck Clint Eastwood and his bitter, envious, racist arse.

      • TyrenM

        Camille, is that you? Let em know!

        • Camille

          It is me.

          I’m typing on my iPad and it sometimes messes up my name and instead of Camille, it does Camikke.

          • Camille

            It just happened again. Ugh.

  • GreenLadyHere

    mianda – – –IS Mr. Martin – -CLOWNIN’ —missy RAFALCA — –

    I LOVE U WIMMIN! — -LOL – – —He’s dealin’ with her

    INCREDIBLE LACK of PREPARATION 2 B a effective surrogate. – —

    She ‘ON’T KNOW — -da ISSUES! — —

    – – -Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    Oh My! RT @kasie: Ann Romney pressed on gay unions, contraception;“You’re asking me qs that are not about what this election is..about.”
    – — –BWAHAHA!! — – –

    • gc

      Then we should give her what she desires…”so, Mrs Romney, how many jobs was your husband responsible for having REAL people fired from?”

      If this is too tough for her, she could have Ralfaca stomp out the number.

      • cosine

        “Ralfaca stomp out the number”- LMAO

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Gc. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – -LOL — -STOMP — –LOL

        Annnd when he/she got finished – – -THIS — -IS WHAT U WOULD SEE. – -LOL

        – — Good question. LOL :>) Good 2 C U. :>) Gc.

    • goldenstar

      POU needs to get that video ‘cuz he was really really good doing the Miss Anne.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY GOLDenstar. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – – -Posted the MartinBashir Show.[Evening Thread.] :>) TNJOY. :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>)

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

    Lawd, I think Lindsey Lohan is on that stuff again. Look what she tweeted PBO:
    http://i47.tinypic.com/15h08jn.jpg

    • Miranda

      She must be sniffing glue.

      • GN

        or going broke.

    • cosine

      Well sure, Lindsey, right away. rolls eyes

    • Camikke

      And this is exactly why President Obama keeps emphasizing EDUCATION and sounding the warning on what will happen if we do not refocus on getting our kids a good education.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -DANG! —-HOW MANY TIMES do we hafta – –CALL ‘EM OUT on — – -THIS!!???- – —

    – – -Voter Purges in Florida and Colorado Find Almost ‘No Confirmed Noncitizens’ – —

    – — – – -GOP efforts to purge the voter rolls in Florida and Colorado have so far come up with almost no noncitzens, NPR reports. The two states fought to gain access to an immigration database compiled by the Department of Homeland Security to compare against their voter rolls. Armed with this federal database, Florida claims the purge has identified “several” noncitizens out of 2,600 names, while Colorado admits they have “no confirmed noncitizens”:

    Colorado, which along with Florida was initially denied access to the database, says that an automated check of more than 1,400 names has flagged 177 people as possible noncitizens. Colorado has asked the Department of Homeland Security, which maintains the database, to assign a person to verify their status.
    – — —SNIP – —

    — – Nearly 60 percent of Florida’s list of suspected noncitizens are Latinos. The state’s past voter purge lists have been riddled with errors, including hundreds of citizens who were given just 30 days to prove their citizenship or be barred from voting.
    THERE IS MORE

    — – -DESPICABLE! — — -EVIL/VILE – – -RACISTS!! — —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – –GALLUP – —IZZAT U? — — -A BUMP! -—Woo! Hoo!-

    – – – -Gallup poll reflects post-convention bounce for Obama

    ——-Pundits and viewers overwhelmingly deemed the Democratic National Convention a success, and now President Obama has the poll numbers to prove it. The Gallup daily tracking poll, which has been accused of generally skewing towards the right, shows the president with a 52 percent approval rating, his highest showing since he gave the order to kill Osama bin Laden back in May of 2011. The Huffington Post reports:

    Those looking for a convention bump may find what they are looking for in the Gallup daily tracking poll, which produced good news on Friday for President Barack Obama.

    Gallup’s last three nights of interviewing of adults, conducted Sept. 4 to 6, shows Obama with a 52 percent approval rating, the highest approval percentage reported for Obama on the Gallup tracking poll since May 2011, just after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    The latest results represent a seven percentage point increase in Obama’s approval rating, from 45 percent, from Gallup’s previous three-day sample, conducted Sept. 1 to 3. Each sample is based on interviews with roughly 1,500 adults and has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percent.

    Click here to read more.

    • TyrenM

      Bump? Check. Unemployment down? Check. Hiring up? Check. Stock Market up? Check.
      Have a good weekend all. Headed home to watch Serena!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TyrenM —-LOL —-ALL! OF! THIS!

        —2-Day WAS a GOOD DAY. –[I'll get the VIDEO L8R. LOL]

        U have a good weekend. - &#8730 — – LOL. Rootin’ 4 MS. Serena !! — -:>)

  • Miranda

    SMH….I wrote this in the early thread:

    The best thing about the Plouffe-Axelrod strategy is that all Mitt has is September to not fuck up his campaign anymore than he already has. Because in October..every single week is a debate – a live debate that 60 million people will watch and will dwarf any ad that can possibly be created EVER. The summer strategy of killing Mitt worked to perfection, ending with a triumphant strong Dem convention. All Mitt has is one month to at least not shoot himself in the face like Yosemite Sam – trip up PBO? not gonna happen. The best Mitt can hope for is to at least get through the next 30 days without insulting people to their face at one of his fake rallies.
    __________________________________

    And before I ever wrote that, Mitt already went and insulted the troops THIS MORNING.

    • sagittarius

      Where is Kennymack with my second favorite saying of this election year?

  • creolechild

    Bibi…tell the truth…you thought you could put pressure on PBO, thereby allowing you, and Israel, to dictate US foreign policy about Iran, right? Who do you think you’re dealing with–Mitt Romney? LOL!

    President Obama Calls Israel’s Bluff

    For months, Israel’s leadership has made it appear as though a military strike against Iran may be imminent. However, some (including myself) have viewed such sabre rattling as nothing more than a bluff – a bluff intended to politically scare up U.S. support for a military strike in an election year.[....]

    However, it appears President Obama hasn’t been moved. This much has been made clear by the host of Israeli figures who have been publicly whining recently about the fact that Obama hasn’t been puffing out his chest enough and threatening Iran with our military might.[....]

    “The point is not to convince Israel, but to convince the Iranians, that we, the United States, mean business.” The unintended meaning of the official’s words belies a current truth: the U.S. has made clear to Israel that it means business — it will not support a military strike in the present environment. Full stop. As Netanyahu continues to bark, Israeli leaders are begging our President to bite. However, Obama seems intent on not allowing this tail to wag the dog.

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/tikkundaily/president-obama-calls-israels-bluff

    H/T David Harris-Gershon

    • conlakappa

      Anything Bibi says must run through the filter that he has been besties with Mittens for 30+ years. They got their starts in business together.

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

    Evening thread is up!

  • creolechild

    WUH?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —-Woo! Hoo! -REV. AL is – — -ON IT!! — –

    MR. PRESIDENT’s OPERATING CONCEPT: — – -WE DA PEOPLE

    – –CITIZENSHIP = SHARED RESPONSIBILITY.[NOT U sitting around waiting 4 me 2 do something 4 U.] – -Ooooooweeee! :>)

    – – –THIS – –is your –CHOICE. -