April 16, 2014

Friday Afternoon Thread: Winter Wonderland

A Ray Charles classic!

 

  • TyrenM

    As people spread out for the holidayz, I wish you all a Happy and safe Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years. I’ll be here, I just wanted to put it out there.

  • crazycanuck

    Have I said how much I HATE SHOPPING, well i have it needs to be said over and over again. Yuck!

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Awww – - -We receive YA. :>) – —B BRAVE. :>)- – -Conquer da enemy! LOL – - -

      Good 2 C U. cc. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda/POU FM♥ – - -***BIG HUG*** :>) – - —

    -SAAAAAANG – –BRUTHA RAY! :>) – –BEYOND SOULFUL. :>) –Ahhhh :>)

    —–Niiiiiice!! – -THANK U. :>) – — HAVE A GOOD AFTERNOON/EVENING!! :>)

    – — -DR. MED is on 4 Mr. Martin Bashir. :>)

    U KNOW he’s gon – –SHOOT da nra DOWN!! :>) – –

    “A DIATRIBE – - – -DRESSED UP as A PRESS CONFERENCE!”. LOL – –

    — – -NOW HE’S ON ‘EM!! – -HAH!! – —

    — Personally, – -I ENJOYED the PROTESTS!! LOL – - -

    [Gon hafta "bounce" soon. :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — –RE — -DAT PHOOL —Lapierre – –

    – - -COMMENT: – - -Bruce Foster
    I do hope that someday and soon, enough Americans will come to the realization that the NRA is a large part of the problem of weapons-related violence and killing in their country, and is in no way part of the solution.
    Including the NRA and any similar organization in on the national discussion of America’s steady descent into utter barbarism is like seeking the advice of the Taliban on women’s rights.
    – — -WE BEEN KNOWIN’!! – —

    — – -Everything You Need To Know About The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre – –

    – —- -The National Rifle Association’s CEO and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre finally broke the organization’s silence about the Newtown, Connecticut shooting at a press conference today, delivering a long indictment of the media violence and its demonization of gun owners. LaPierre will also appear on NBC’s Meet the Press this Sunday.

    – -SNIP —- — in addition to his most recent comments following the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Here are some of LaPierre’s more stunning statements:

    1. Law enforcement are “Jack-Booted Thugs.” In March 1995, LaPierre sent a fundraising letter to 3.5 million NRA members calling federal law enforcement agents “jack-booted government thugs” and arguing that “in Clinton’s administration, if you have a badge, you have the government’s go-ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law-abiding citizens.” President George H.W. Bush resigned his membership in protest and LaPierre was forced to apology.

    2. Bill Clinton purposely tolerated violence in order to ban guns. -SNIP –

    3. Gun-Free zones are killing people. After the January 2011 Tucson shootings, LaPierre claimed “gun-free zones and anti-self defense laws that protected the safety of no one except the killers,” and said that “by its lies and laws and lack of enforcement, government polices are getting us killed, and imprisoning us in a society of terrifying violence.” — SNIP –

    4. Obama spent a lifetime destroying the Second Amendment. LaPierre refused to take part in discussions with President Obama’s administration after Tucson shootings to discuss possible ways to avoid future mass shootings. “Why should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States,” he asked. – –LOL! – --RACIST PHOOL!!
    THERE IS MORE – — – – —GET a “BUCKET!! LOL – -

  • creolechild

    PBO…long-term strategist.

    Transport Bill Lifts Engineering Stocks as Cuts Loom

    Shares of companies such as Granite Construction Inc. and Aecom Technology Corp. have outperformed the broader market since June as a $105 billion transportation bill is boosting the industry.

    While Congress and President Barack Obama have yet to agree on how to avert more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts set to take place next month, a 27-month deal they reached this summer to keep road, bridge and transit spending at current levels through September 2014 will serve as a catalyst for businesses involved in rebuilding U.S. infrastructure[....]

    The bill underscores Obama’s pledge to reinvigorate the economy and boost employment through investment in transportation programs. It has provided some certainty for companies, reflected by sentiment that “continues to improve” among executives at Fluor Corp. and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC), even as possible austerity measures could be a drag on other industries, Wittmann said.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-21/transport-bill-lifts-engineering-stocks-as-cuts-loom.html

    H/T Anna-Louise Jackson & Anthony Feld

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

    MEDIA ALERT! PBO will speak about the fiscal cliff at 5pm EST!

  • creolechild

    Federal Court Rules That Hobby Lobby Is Not Exempt From Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate

    A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Hobby Lobby’s appeal that the company be exempt from an Obamacare regulation requiring the arts-and-crafts company to provide contraception coverage to its employees without a co-pay. The family-owned company claims the mandate violates the owners’ religious beliefs, but the Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that the owners’ personal beliefs do not relieve them from having to offer the coverage to their employees.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/12/21/1370311/federal-court-rules-that-hobby-lobby-is-not-exempt-from-obamacares-contraception-mandate/

    H/T Amanda Peterson Beadle

  • creolechild

    Madoff Brother Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

    Peter Madoff, the younger brother of Bernie Madoff, was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court to 10 years in prison for his role in his brother’s massive Ponzi scheme. In June, Peter Madoff pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit securities fraud, tax fraud, and mail fraud.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/madoff-brother-sentenced-to-10-years-in-prison

    H/T Eric Lach

  • creolechild

    Ten-year-old invents light-up crosswalks, IBM makes them real

    OK, IBM, when it comes to making a video you want people to share, asking cute kids for road safety ideas and then making them real is basically cheating. But adorable Aurora, 10, had a really good concept — crosswalks where the stripes glow and flash! — and then you built it and it was cool and she was happy. So we’ll give you this one.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/ten-year-old-invents-light-up-crosswalks-ibm-makes-them-real/

    H/T Sarah Laskow

    • conlakappa

      Good on her! Future scientist/civil engineer/transportation expert.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      THIS is – –”ENLIGHTENING!!” — -:>) – –GR8 INVENTION!! – - -FUN! :>)

      Bless her!! —:>) — KEEP UP the GOOD WORK!! —:>)

  • creolechild

    Harry Reid: I think you got some ‘splainin’ to do…

    How The Pro-Gun Lobby Snuck Extra Protections For Gun Owners Into Obamacare

    This month’s deadly rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked a national conversation about improving gun control laws and the woeful state of America’s mental health care system. Fortunately, Obamacare will address the latter by increasing access to mental health services through its Medicaid expansion and state-wide health exchanges — but Kaiser Health News reports that a little known NRA-backed provision in the health law may undermine the former.

    Inserted into the Affordable Care Act at the request of pro-gun, NRA-backed Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Obamacare subsection titled “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights” makes it illegal for wellness and better-living programs to require “the disclosure or collection of any information relating to… the presence or storage of a lawfully-possessed firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property of an individual; or… the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm or ammunition by an individual.” The provision also prohibits insurers from using a patient’s gun possession status in order to determine premium rates.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/12/20/1366601/pro-gun-lobby-obamacare-provision-gun-owners/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • creolechild

    This needs to be fixed as well!

    Retired Military Officials Call On Congress To Help Prevent Military Suicides Posted on 12/03/2012

    A group of retired high level U.S. military officers are calling on Congress to repeal an amendment to the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that they say interferes with efforts to prevent military suicides.

    USA Today reported last month that 2012 was the worst year for military suicides since careful tracking began in 2001. A military suicide occurs about once every 80 minutes and most of these suicides are a spontaneous act committed with a private firearm. But medical professionals and commanding officers can’t even ask at-risk service members about concerns about suicide or whether a suicidal service member has a gun at home.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/12/03/1272481/former-military-officials-call-on-congress-to-help-prevent-military-suicides/

    H/T Danielle Baussan

    • conlakappa

      All under the rubric of addressing mental health better and more robustly [no, NRA, I am not talking about a database]. We should all write our members of Congress to tackle it. It was one of the items listed on the D survey of where to focus in the next session.

  • creolechild

    Small Is Big: Bangladesh Installs One Million Solar Home Systems

    A few months back, Nancy Wimmer told us about Bangladesh’s solar success. In one of the poorest countries on earth, a renewable energy company, Grameen Shakti, is busy installing nearly 1,000 solar home systems each day. It turns out all that small-scale solar has achieved something quite big.

    In November, Grameen Shakti hit one million Solar Home Systems installed. The company’s milestone reinforces a lesson that is increasingly clear: Whether it’s Germany, the U.S., or even China, distributed solar installations are driving the solar revolution.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/18/1353791/small-is-big-bangladesh-installs-one-million-solar-home-systems/

    H/T Justin Guay

  • lamh36

    Alright, POU resident dance gurus, I figured ya’ll love this.

    I’m gonna ask my mom if I can go to Urban Dance Camp for the summer…LOL.

    • TyrenM

      Better Dance Camp than Band Camp.

  • lamh36

    One of my fav Christmas Songs ever and my fav version of it I think. Seriously, someone needs to tell me what the heck happened to Tevin Campbell.

    Tevin Campbell – O Holy Night

    • isonprize

      I got introduced to this version from ABL’s website. sublime….

      Trombone Shorty (on trumpet! LOLOL)

  • rikyrah

    December 21, 2012

    A ‘for show’ news conference?

    Maybe that was just for show. One can hope. But if not for show, there were two disturbing lines from President Obama in his late afternoon news conference.

    In any negotiation the parties must meet halfway, he said, yet he added that he had met Republicans “halfway on taxes and more than halfway on spending.” Why the latter offer? Why would the chief victor of a national election ever concede more than 50 percent of anything in any negotiation? And for heaven’s sake why would the losers receive, in toto, 51 percent?

    Second, as the president indirectly lectured his base that no party ever gets 100 percent of what it wants, he was speaking over the heads of a party that indeed insists on 100 percent of whatever it wants–even subsequent to an electoral thrashing–or the country gets it, so to speak.

    But, as noted, perhaps this was all just for show. One can hope. The quite possible alternative is too frightening

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/

    • Rhoda

      This dude is fucking with me right? As emoprogs like to say elections have consequences and republicans control the house! That is the most powerful branch that sets the legislative agenda since all bills dealing with cold hard cash HAVE to start here. No matter what, shit goes through the tea party.

      • Ebogan63

        PM Carpenter, repeat after me: In order for gov’t to work there needs to be COMPROMISE. This is not a football game, its called GOVERNING. This ain’t like buying a car
        A president is constitutionally obligated to deal with what he’s got, not what he WISHES he had.

  • rikyrah

    Simply oblivious

    This is fascinating.

    The GOP has now unleashed its own PPP–a statistical creature called Harper Polling, “with the goal,” reports Politico, “of putting the party on parity with Democrats in the field of IVR polling — a term that stands for interactive voice response polling, commonly known as ‘robo-polling’”–and idiomatically known as a relative piece of shit.

    Anyway, assuming you’re interested in such results, Harper is out with its first collection, part of which asks about the GOP 2016 presidential primary (no hissing, please). And the winner–by a plurality of roughly 100 percent–is … senator and theo-geologist Marco Rubio.

    Do you still care? Put any stock in Harper and IVR polling? OK then, if so, let’s proceed.

    “[T]he TEA party … is the foundation of Rubio’s support,” writes Harper’s founder, Brock McCleary. “Approaching half of all TEA supporters (43%) are voting for him”–that stat from a GOP sampled universe in which 58 percent “support the goals of the TEA party movement” (and 80 percent watch Fox News).

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/

  • rikyrah

    This is no time for a Grand Bargain’–or anything like one

    I’m with Krugman:

    This is no time for a Grand Bargain, because the Republican Party, as now constituted, is just not an entity with which the president can make a serious deal. If we’re going to get a grip on our nation’s problems — of which the budget deficit is a minor part — the power of the G.O.P.’s extremists, and their willingness to hold the economy hostage if they don’t get their way, needs to be broken.

    And I’d go even farther. This is no time for a bargain–period–whether grand or petite. GOP extremism has become tantamount to political gangsterism, and one should never bargain with gangsters. There’s no honor among them, they’ll double-cross you at the smallest drop of self-advantage, and, in sum, only an unspeakable fool would place any trust in them. At all.

    If we don’t break their strangling power, then we can kiss this potential city on a hill goodbye, and one of the globe’s still-leading hopes will descend into permanent dysfunction and chronic impuissance.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/

  • rikyrah

    The GOP is dead, long live the Conservative Party

    Ezra Klein writes that “it’s clear now what Plan C is going to have to be: Boehner is going to need to accept the simple reality that if he’s to be a successful speaker, he’s going to need to begin passing legislation with Democratic votes.” That, however, portends a vanishing post-Jan. 3 scenario for the speaker-cum-speaker, for “a conservative spoiler … could very possibly deny Boehner the 218 votes he needs to become speaker, clearing the way for a more moderate candidate like Eric Cantor to unite the party.”

    After choking down the deployment of both “moderate” and “Eric Cantor” in the same sentence, let’s entertain another, longer-range and fundamentally deeper possibility–that of a Plan D.

    For starters, whoever the next speaker is–Boehner, Cantor, Kevin McCarthy or any other compromise candidate–his reign will come pre-packaged as a political catastrophe. If on any piece of House legislation he’s able to rally the radicals to vote with the moderates, the legislation must by inexorable definition be unacceptably radical to the Democratic Senate and president–for otherwise the radicals would have been un-rallyable. Hence any “successful” Republican speakership of the 113th Congress is almost certainly doomed: no sober, sane legislation will ever make it out of the House, while all the wacko tea-party stuff will never make it through the Senate or to the president’s desk for veto.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/

    • nellcote

      In what world is Cantor more moderate than Boner?

      • rikyrah

        yeah, tell me about it

        • conlakappa

          Ezra writes at the WashPost. I mentioned the article in that, my local rag, talking about Orange having Hairdo’s full support. I am seeing a trend. Whatever he is paying his press person isn’t enough.

  • rikyrah

    John Boehner tries to save face

    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on December 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

    This morning, during a Capitol Hill press conference, John Boehner attempted to save face after last night’s rejection of “Plan B” by House conservatives. But rather than directly addressed the failed vote, he shifted blame to Senate Democrats — and the White House — for not acting. “We’ve already passed bills addressing the fiscal cliff,” said Boehner, “We passed a bill to stop all tax hikes on the American people scheduled to take effect on January 1st, and we did that on August 1st.”

    Ultimately, Boehner said, Republicans “only run the House.” It’s Democrats that “control Washington,” and thus, it’s up to them to either accept Republican proposals, or craft solutions that will pass muster with congressional conservatives.

    The problem, as we saw last night, is that there is a wing of House Republicans who refuse to accept any tax increases on the rich, even if they’re small, and even if they only apply to the wealthiest people in America. Indeed, in trying to explain away the Plan B debacle, Boehner acknowledges this fact. “We had a number of our members who just didn’t want to be perceived as raising taxes,” he said.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2012/12/21/john-boehner-tries-to-save-face/

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — — CONGRATULATIONS — –2 OUR BELOVED – -”GOLDEN GIRL – -AIR GABBY” - – –

    - – - —Gabby Douglas wins AP female athlete of the year honors – -Woo! –Hoo! :>) —

    – — -When gymnast Gabby Douglas allowed herself to dream of being an Olympic champion, she imagined having a nice little dinner with family and friends to celebrate.

    Maybe she’d make an appearance here and there.

    She says it’s gotten far crazier than she ever thought it would.

    – -And now the teenager who became the first African-American gymnast to claim gymnastics’ biggest prize — the all-around Olympic title — has a new honor. She is The Associated Press’ 2012 female athlete of the year, edging out swimmer Missy Franklin in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors.

    –She is the fourth gymnast to win the award, and first since Mary Lou Retton in 1984. — -

    - — —REPEAT: – - -She is The Associated Press’ 2012 female athlete of the year!! – -

    – -BLESS U – - -”DEAR “GABBY”. – -:>) – –WE R soooo – -PROUD of U. :>)

    • Worldwatcher7

      Yay! A well-deserved honor. thanks GLH.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Worldwatcher7. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        - – -***fist bump*** – —-She has WORKED HARD — -ALL HER –YOUNG LIFE :>) – - -:>)

        Good 2 C U. Worldwatcher7 —My pleasure. :>)

    • TyrenM

      All good! It had to be her or Serena. Congrats Air Gabby!

      • GreenLadyHere

        – - –YES!! — :>) – - -TyrenM. – —

        Isn’t it GR8 2 B in the POSITION where —
        – - —WE HAVE SEVERAL — VIABLE CANDIDATES!? – - -Woo! Hoo! – —

        • TyrenM

          True. I left off Sandra, Allyson, my Lynx, Tamika…what u said, several candidates.

          • GreenLadyHere

            TyrenM — – –Good adds. :>)

            There were sooo MANY BLAHS in the OLYMPICS – -THIS YEAR. :>) – -

            YEP! WE had CANDIDATES. :>) – –

  • rikyrah

    Don’t worry too much about John Kerry’s Senate seat

    Posted by Jonathan Bernstein on December 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Barack Obama today announced that he will nominate John Kerry for Secretary of State. Is it foolish for the president to risk a Senate seat?

    Obama has been aggressive in selecting currently elected Democrats for his administration, including then-governors Janet Napolitano and Kathleen Sebelius and then-Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Both Senate seats remained in Democratic hands, but Republicans picked up both governor seats. There’s at least a fair chance that Scott Brown will wind up as the new Senator from Massachusetts; a special election will be called this summer, with a temporary appointee serving until then, unless of course Massachusetts changes their law again.

    While it’s certainly the case that every Senator counts, I don’t think the risk that Obama is taking here is all that strong. He’s not risking the 60th Senator or the 51st Senator, certainly not during the coming Congress. Even with a strong potential Republican contender, Massachusetts remains an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and it’s hard to see Brown as a real favorite to take the seat. If he did win, he would have to do it again, with the special election only filling the seat until the 2014 regular election. Indeed, many have speculated that Brown would have a safer path if he ran for governor in 2014.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2012/12/21/dont-worry-too-much-about-john-kerrys-senate-seat/

    • angee

      Ummmm didn’t they say that about Ted’s seat? They betta not get too cocky in MA cause they know what happened last time.

      • Town

        That’s because the fool they chose acted like she was too good to campaign. Like she would just step on the scene, declare “I’m Here” and let the votes roll in. I think whoever they choose to run to replace Kerry will not make that same mistake.

    • nellcote

      I hope Patrick decides to run in ’14.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -I MISSED THIS. – –Sharin’: – - –

    – - -
    President Obama Delivers Statement on the ‘Fiscal Cliff’
    — -

    — – - Washington, DC
    Friday, December 21, 2012

    President Obama delivered a statement on the “fiscal cliff” negotiations at the White House before the start of the holiday weekend.

    The House of Representatives finished their legislative business for the week Thursday night without passing House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B.”

    The Senate is wrapping up its business and will adjourn without passing any “fiscal cliff” legislation. Both houses are expected back in on December 27 to continue work on legislation to prevent the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that economists say would send the country back into a recession

    - – -LEADERSHIP!! — – -THANK U – MR. PRESIDENT. :>) – -

  • lamh36

    Man CeCe Winans could sing the damn phone book and make it fabulous. Shit, she didn’t even need BeBe to sing the damn chorus on this one…lol

    Fav Christmas Songs:

    BeBe and CeCe Winans – Silver Bells

  • lamh36

    It’s funny, the NRA and GOP gun-nuts all say we should put more armed guards in every school in America. Who’s gonna pay for that? GOP won’t even pay for more teachers in schools, but they are gonna pay for armed security. Come on man
    I think it’s real interesting that certain people enroll their kids in private schools to cause public schools aren’t “safe” and now the NRA recommending armed guards in every school in America!!!! Anyone who thinks more teachers should be armed in schools with little children are nucking futs!

    Metal detectors and security guards are nothing new to most urban public schools, so what the NRA wants to do is add more guns to the mix along with having the private schools also have more guns too?

    • rikyrah

      bravo, lamh

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - — -UP! – –UP! and AWAAAAAAY! -:>) – — – –

    – - -First Family Heading To Hawaii For Christmas Tonight – — –

    — – President Barack Obama and his family on Friday night will travel to Hawaii to celebrate Christmas, according to a White House pool report.

    They will depart Andrews Air Force Base at 7:15 p.m. EST and are expected to arrive in Honolulu at 12:45 a.m. HST.

    - –Watchin’ 4 da CRITICAL HEADLINES – —IN 5 – -4 —3 – - -2 – –1. – –:>)

    - —-The USUAL: – — Usin’ da TAX PAYER’S $$; – – —-the HOUSIN’ is 2 EXPENSIVE —YADA – -YADA – –BLAH —BLAH — BLAH – - –

    • Camille

      Good for them!!!!! I am so glad they got to go. Damn right!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — – ***fist bump*** – -:>) – –Go LONG! :>) – -ENJOY! :>)

        Good 2 C U. SisCamille. :>)

  • rikyrah

    John Boehner’s Career Sank Last Night

    By Charles P. Pierce

    at 8:30AM

    What happened to John Boehner last night, when the feral children put Boehner’s balls inside a Christmas pinata and invited themselves to take a whack, couldn’t have happened to a nicer fellow. Boehner himself chose to be king of the dipwads. He offered himself up as Speaker knowing full well that, in 2010, the country had elected itself a Congress straight out of the more fantastical chapters of Gulliver’s Travels. He had to have watched what happened thereafter, when the president put a deal on the table in 2011 that made him look like Dwight Eisenhower on a bad day, and Boehner couldn’t sell it to the vandals in his caucus. He had to have watched as a vulnerable Democratic president got re-elected with ease, and brought a more liberal Democratic senatorial majority along with him, largely because the Republican presidential primary field was such a carnival of the politically insane that it even made an useless windsock like Willard Romney look like the wildest hair across Barry Goldwater’s ass. Boehner had to know that there is no deal he could have brought back to his caucus — no bargain, grand or otherwise, that he could sell — because he no longer even is the putative leader of an actual political party. He is Speaker because somebody has to be, and he may not be Speaker for long, because it doesn’t matter who is.

    You could see it coming during the campaign. Movement conservative politics — without which, the Republicans are the Whigs — is now made up of a series of independent power bases. That’s how hopeless cases like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were able to stay “viable” for as long as they did, even though everyone in the country knew that their campaigns were at best glorified exercises in pumping up book sales and honoraria. There was no party structure in place to tell those people that it was time to fold the tents. There is no party structure to weed out the crazoids from their safely gerrymandered districts. They all are independently financed actors responding to private constituencies that are rich enough and strong enough within the party to withstand any attempt at discipline. It’s a little unrealistic to expect John Boehner to wrangle them once they get to Congress.

    Last night, he couldn’t get the votes to pass a truly horrid plutocrat’s wet dream. He couldn’t get the votes to gut Obamacare or Wall Street reform. He couldn’t get the votes to throw children off food stamps and he couldn’t get the votes to throw the elderly off meals-on-wheels. He couldn’t get the votes for a simple, vicious stunt. He couldn’t get the votes because he couldn’t budge enough Republicans to support a tax increase in the upper .01 percent of taxpayers. He couldn’t do it because he had nothing with which to threaten people who look on governing the country as though they are running an evening-drive talk-radio program in Bugtussle. He couldn’t do it because he is a Republican pretending to be a fanatic who went hat in hand to a bunch of fanatics pretending to be Republicans.

    Read more: John Boehner Over The Fiscal Cliff – Wherein Democracy Mocks Itself – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/john-boehner-over-the-fiscal-cliff-122112#ixzz2FjkfQbGV

  • rikyrah

    daveweigel ✔@daveweigel RT @HelenLOHara:

    British news is covering the NRA response to Newtown and has had to clarify twice that what they’re showing is not a spoof.

  • rikyrah

    Charles Pierce: The National Rifle Association held a press conference today at which it was determined that there would be no questions asked or answered, but the organization made it quite clear that they would be open to media questions next week, between Christmas and New Year’s. Then they trotted out Wayne LaPierre, who had bats flying out of both ears.

    ….. For all the hopeful rhetoric expended over the past week about how this might actually be a “tipping point” for the NRA, the organization is as dead set against rational gun laws as it was a week ago Friday.

    … They have their plan, and its about more guns, period … Now we know where everybody stands. Clarity is a wonderful thing … [they] made it implicitly clear that they will fight any legislation that comes before the Congress as regards gun control, and that it will work (as always) to undermine the enforcement of that legislation should it become law. The country should realize all of that and move on ahead without them.

    • jds09

      Just think….healthcare and gun control. That is a legacy.

    • goldenstar

      truth can be surreal

      Then they trotted out Wayne LaPierre, who had bats flying out of both ears.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL — -GOLDenstar. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        Since NOTHING was occupying his cranium – - – —there was ROOM 4 da BATS!! :>) – -

        FUNNY! – - -:>) – - -THANKS 4 da laff! :>) –

        Good 2 C U. GOLDenstar. :>) – - -

  • GreenLadyHere
  • Camille

    Is Karen Finney serious? President Obama has been working non stop without a freaking break and this woman wants to yoke the President together with John Boehner’s forever vacationing congress.

    They are mad that Michelle has taken her man and gotten the hell out of that rat hole that is D.C for a long overdue and well-deserved break from the madness.

    They were determined to deny him this time away with his family in Hawaii, but they failed – and now we have fucking Ed Schultz and Karen Finney mad about “the optics” of a husband and father taking his family away to spend Christmas in their fathers hometown where family still lives.

    Nobody has said a peep about John Boehner and his perpetually vacationing Congress, but President Obama can’t leave the White House even though everyone in D.C is gone..???

    Fuck Ed Schultz and Karen Finney – DNC spokesperson my arse. She sucks big time. Can’t even see how she ever got that gig in the first place.

    Jealous assholes.

    • rikyrah

      yeah,

      what Camille said.

      I don’t know who it is on the blogs, but they kept track of the days that Congress ACTUALLY WORKS..

      and, of course, it’s a damn joke.

      Orange Julius was the one who sent his people HOME.

      WHY should the President be forced to stay in DC.

      oh, that’s right….he shouldn’t.

      dammit, I wish I had that vacation graphic about Presidents, because it was obvious – this President doesn’t take nearly enough vacations.

      HELL YEAH, he should be on his way to Hawaii.

      Aloha, First Family.

    • Kennymack1971

      Per Mark Knoller the President hasn’t taken an actual vacation since last Christmas. These idiots can all STFU.

    • angee

      Plus he’s going to Sen Inoye’s funeral Amazing how karen’s inner clintonista leaks out sometimes.
      Try to remember she is use to working with a couple who only dealt with each other when a camera was around lol.

    • TyrenM

      Man, Karen. WTF. I know you’re a Clintonite but damn, now that this election is over u gonna start co=signing bullshit? Ugh. Ed – par for the course but this bugs me. Joy already on vacation tonite huh?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – —Photo of the day: Moment of Silence — -***tears***- — AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – —miranda – - – -OH! – –So NOW HE –ALL RELIGIOUS??? – - -LOL

    – –Bonus Quote of the Day – –

    – —- “God only knows.”

    – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by ABC News, on how Congress will avoid the fiscal cliff.

    — -HE JUS’ — -COPYIN’ — LOL — –

    - -God only knows [The BEACH BOYS]

    – -P.S. —Found out after I was hired that THEY –”attended” that high school – -10 years earlier. :>) — – THEY di-ent quite graduate, however.- – Guess the $$$ was 2 good. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — — HAH! — -He’s a COLD-BLOODED MURDERER annnnd a DEBTOR!! –[Not gon give this -- much time. Jus' enuff - 2 GLOAT!] – –

    – — -Security company sues George Zimmerman, his wife and his attorney for $27,000 in unpaid fees – -

    - – - –SNIP —- -IT ALL!! — -

    – - -THIS – - ->Last month, Zimmerman announced through O’Mara that he would be revamping his online fundraising efforts due to a slow-down in donations. – - – -

    – –SICK — RACISTS – - –donations!! – -humph!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - –[Was this posted?] – - – –FROM OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY? – -:>) – -

    — – - -Michelle Obama writes open letter to Sandy Hook victims – –:>)

    – — First lady Michelle Obama wrote an open letter entitled “Holding You in Our Hearts” to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, published in the Hartford Courant yesterday.

    The letter reads as follows:

    “Over the past week, we as Americans have been united in our grief as Newtown has laid to rest so many beautiful, innocent children, along with the heroic educators who worked every day to help them achieve their dreams.

    As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something — anything — I could do or say to ease your anguish.

    But I know that I cannot begin to imagine the depths of your grief. I know that for many of you, the pain you are enduring right now seems unbearable; and many of you may be asking yourselves, how can we go on — as families and as a community?
    THERE IS MORE. — – -

    -SUCH LOVE /COMPASSION- – - -AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -HUMPH! – - –The SCOTUS – –will hear THIS — -naturally —

    – - -Petition against Obama birth control rules reaches the Supreme Court – -

    – — –A Christian-run arts and crafts chain has filed for an emergency injunction with the Supreme Court to block President Obama’s birth control coverage rules.

    Hobby Lobby and its founders, the Green family, filed the petition Friday after an appeals court rejected their motion for relief this week.

    “Petitioners have been driven to seek such extraordinary relief three days before Christmas because the federal government has refused to acknowledge [their] sincerely held religious beliefs,” the petition reads.

    At issue is the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most employers cover a full range of birth control methods in their health plans without copay.

    The list includes emergency contraception, which abortion-rights opponents say can terminate a pregnancy. Medical authorities challenge this view.

    - -The Obama policy exempts churches and houses of worship, and employees of religiously affiliated organizations will be able to receive birth control directly from their insurance company, still without a copay.
    THERE IS MORE – - -FROM da WHINERS!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - — -Ooooooweeeeee! — – -Lawrence “O” – - -is teariin’ Lapierre a – - -”brand new one”.!!!! — – — Waitin’ 4 it 2 B posted :>) – - –

    I believe that – -SURGERY is INDICATED! – - – -LOL —HAH!

  • rikyrah

    saw these in the comments at TPM about Nancy Smash.

    comment 1:

    austin_dave
    Ovaries of steel.

    comment 2:
    aalex> austin_dave•

    I think she has Boehner’s balls hanging from the rearview mirror of her car.

    comment 3:
    Ivee> aalex•

    Which gives a whole new meaning to “fuzzy dice,” and one that I will enjoy.

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA AH AH AH AHA

  • GreenLadyHere

    mieanda – — – - – - — LOL! — -KARMA – #1, — #2, – - — #3 – — -do a “HAPPY DANCE”

    – - – -Revenge of the Purged – —

    — – -Politico: “Reps. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Justin Amash (R-MI) and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), all stripped of prized committee assignments earlier this month because of perceived sins against the party, did a three-amigos end zone dance as GOP leaders struggled and failed to get the votes for a tax-cut bill designed to empower Speaker John Boehner in negotiating the so-called fiscal cliff.”

    “The whole episode gave Boehner the feel of a substitute teacher who is accountable for what happens in the classroom but isn’t really in control of the kids. He’s already used the tools at his disposal to bring Huelskamp, Amash and Schweikert into line — and that didn’t work.” – - – -LOL – –

    – –It’s like — -THEY GOT da “W”!! – - – -HAH!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — – FOUND IT! – - – - -ENJOY!! – —

    – - -O’Donnell Tears Apart NRA Presser: ‘Lobbyist For Mass Murderers’ Wayne LaPierre Is A ‘Desperate, Cornered Rat’ — –

    — – - -Lawrence O’Donnell took on the widely-panned NRA press conference earlier today, completely unsurprised that Wayne LaPierre, the nation’s top gun lobbyist, stubbornly refused to acknowledge that guns were at fault in last Friday’s tragic Connecticut elementary school shooting, and basically ranked video games and violent movies as more dangerous than guns.O’Donnell methodically deconstructed and tore into every single one of LaPierre’s points, calling him a “lobbyist for mass murderers” and a “desperate, cornered rat.”

    O’Donnell was, first of all, stunned that Washington practically came to a screeching halt to cover the speech of a man who claims to represent four million dues-paying members (many of whom disagree with him, as O’Donnell pointed out), saying that leaders of much larger organizations would not get the kind of attention LaPierre did.And as for LaPierre’s recommendation of armed guards at every school, O’Donnell explained that the money for such security simply isn’t there for many towns.

    How convenient, O’Donnell noted, that the solution to the problem is something that would not inconvenience the NRA at all. LaPierre blamed Natural Born Killers and American Psycho for being part of a disturbing trend in the mainstreaming of entertainment violence, but it was his attacking Hollywood for being “complicit co-conspirators” in mass murder that really set O’Donnell off.

    “Here is the lobbyist for mass murderers, the only lobbyist that mass murderers have, calling actors, actresses, people whose pensions might be invested in mutual funds… complicit co-conspirators in these murders.”
    U GOTTA READ -ON!! —:>)

    — BEYOND!!- -BRUTAL!! – — -HAH! – — -THANK U. :>) – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –HAH! – - –THEY GOT YER CELEBRITY — REACTION!!- — -

    – –
    Celebs’ Twitter reactions to NRA press conference
    – –

    – - – - -Delusional, Murderous, Deranged Shilling – -Unhappy celebrities tweet their horror and distaste.
    Michael Ian Black shared his idea of a “Great holiday diet” on Twitter today: “watch Wayne LaPierre conduct his NRA press conference.”

    Fed up after a live address by National Rifle Administration lobbyist Wayne LaPierre in which he blamed everything from the media to violent video games to Sandy Hook Elementary School’s lack of armed guards, celebs took to Twitter in droves to condemn LaPierre’s remarks.

    Actor and comedian Seth Meyers said, “NRA: If we banned schools there would never be another school shooting.”

    Bette Midler said, “NRA says we need armed guards at every school. Well, since NRA IS SHILLING FOR THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY, this makes good sense for them.”

    CNN’s Piers Morgan pointed out that the NRA membership is actually relatively puny: “This is your moment, America: The #NRA has 4 million members, your population is 311 million. Don’t stand for this murderous crap any more.”

    Rabble-rousing filmmaker Michael Moore summed up the NRA’s stance: “NRA head says everyone is to blame but them. The most deranged, delusional ‘press conference’ I’ve ever seen.”

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban connected the conference to the supposed end of the world predicted today, Dec. 21, on the Mayan calendar “I think the NRA press conference is what the Mayans had in mind when they said the world would come to an end today.”
    WHEW LAWD! – - – - -

    B CAREFUL – — -when U GO IN that ROOM! – –LOL – — –

    — – — IT”s — -BRUTAL/FIRCE in dere! :>) – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -THIS article shows the PROTESTORS annnd THEIR SIGNS —

    — – ‘The most revolting, tone deaf statement I’ve ever seen.’: NRA condemned after its astonishing response to Sandy Hook massacre calling for schools to arm themselves – –

    – — -SUMMARY: —

    – — –☻Republicans and Democrats unite in their criticism of the National Rifle Association after the powerful group claimed that school should have armed guards to protect against a Sandy Hook style attack

    ☻New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg weigh in with their opposition to the NRA’s proposals

    ☻The statement made by the NRA’s chief executive Wayne LaPierre has been called ‘haunting and disturbing’

    – –☻Divided: Wayne LaPierre’s statement was interrupted twice by protests blaming the NRA for a culture of violence

    - -☻Hijacked: The NRA broke its silence today but it was a protestor who stole much of the limelight

    – –☻U.S. President Barack Obama preempted the NRA’s statement with a video release this morning, asking for public support for new legislation.
    VERY COMPREHENSIVE.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – — Dear POU FAM♥ G’NIGHT. :>) – –MAY U HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS ♥ – -♥ :>) – - -

    – - – -UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT —B BLESSED♥ :>) – -