October 20, 2017

Friday Open Thread: African American Car Designers

TGIF Obots!

Today’s featured car designer is Michael Burton!

From Atlanta Auto Reviews:

We tend to take note of the finished product, finding fault or favor in the design of new cars. Rarely, if ever, do we stop and pay homage to the person and/or the team responsible for making it all happen.

Back in September, GM brought Michael Burton to town to greet the media. Burton, a two time cancer survivor and man of the cloth, held the title of “Director, Exterior Design for Crossover Vehicles” at GM.

As a child growing up in the inner city community of Lansing, Michigan, cars were a major part of Burton’s life, as well as the lives of many of his family members who worked in the auto industry. In fact, Burton was so smitten by the ideas of cars that while in his teens, he actually crafted a letter to GM with some of his sketches. Months later and much to his surprise, GM responded, encouraging him to keep trying, which he did.

After a four-year scholarship to the Center for Creative Studies, Burton went on to grad school for his Master’s Degree, exiting with a job at Ford, prior to becoming the first African American designer at Chrysler. That led him to GM in 1999, as lead designer (exteriors) for the Cadillac SRX and STS. Moving on up, Burton became design manager of exteriors and interiors for prestige and performance platforms to include Cadillac’s XLR, SRX and STS. When we met I believe his recent accomplishments included interior designs for the Volt, Enclave, Traverse, Terrain and Equinox. Burton’s says his desire was to up the ante in terms of what GM could offer the public. He did so at a time when the average luxury seeking American had his or her eyes on foreign made brands where quality, technology, design and performance was previously unmatched by America’s legacy automobile manufacturers.

“The auto industry is about fashion,” Burton explained. “We visited Porsche, Bentley, Range Rover, Audi and Jaguar to get a feel for what was creative in order to help determine what the premium customer is looking for. I have a pretty young staff as well,” which Burton agrees helped to make brands such as Buick (formerly know as “grand-daddy’s car”)–now more relevant, all of which began with the current generation Lacrosse.

Speaking of Buick’s, GM arranged to have an Enclave on hand for the interview. The $35,615 Enclave is one of the models in which Burton lead and oversaw the interior design. And like a proud poppa, he climbed into the captain’s seat from where he pointed out a few of his team’s proudest accomplishments.

“We wanted to capture some of the heritage of the older vehicles, which had a lot of character and depth with curves, such as the air vents with a central focus. We wanted to bring some of those iconic features forward with other premium elements. Warmer colors and wood accents to make the experience intrinsically pleasant. Sport utility gives it a command of the road, with plenty of storage. Articulated armrest makes it comfortable whether the driver is tall of short. And there’s plenty of cup-holder space,” Burton explained before pointing out one of his favorite features: the fluid design and storage space. “Enclave can house a 4×8 sheet of plywood when both rear seat rows are folded.”

Burton has since been appointed the position of interior design lead for the next generation Chevrolet Volt—the model year of which is being kept totally on the hush.  Based on the outcome of Burton’s performance to date, I trust the legend of the dedicated man to continue.


  • isonprize

    Shorter Pres. Obama: Put the pressure on Congress, where it belongs. I’ll gladly sign the right bill when it gets to my desk.

    • edp4bho

      Morning Isonprize. Our governor wants us to observe a moment of silence for the tragedy in CT last week. All well. He doesn’t get he’s also a tragegy. I hope he is only a one-termer, as I’m sure you do.
      Morning POU.

      • edp4bho

        How does one edit a comment? That second “tragegy” s/b tragedy. LOL !

        • isonprize

          edp, you (and only you) have an ‘edit’ button on your posts…

      • gc

        Yo, neighbor. I really had higher hopes for him.

    • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥ –isonprize – -edp4bho. ***BIG HUG** :>)

    AT THIS TIME — – -a MOMENT of MEMORIAL annnd SILENCE is bein’ HELD 4 the NEWTOWN INCIDENT. ______________________AMEN.

    Some churches R “ringin’ 27 BELLS. – -NAMES R being READ. – -AMEN ***tears***.


  • creolechild

    Good morning POU!

    Nearly 1 Million Workers Will Receive A Pay Boost In January Due To Minimum Wage Increases

    Nearly one million workers will see their pay increase in January due to scheduled increases in the minimum wage, according to a release by the National Employment Law Project. These workers in in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington will have their hourly pay rise by between 10 and 35 cents per hour, “resulting in an extra $190 to $510 per year for the average directly-affected worker,” NELP found. This table shows the increases in each state:[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/20/1365441/workers-minimum-wage-2013/?mobile=nc

    H/T Pat Garofalo

  • creolechild

    Local Solar: Minnesota Develops Its First Community Solar Project

    […..] An innovative solar project by the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association in Minnesota highlights the opportunity of merging local ownership with locally assembled solar panels.[….] Earlier this fall, this cooperative serving communities just north and west of the Twin Cities metropolitan area announced Minnesota’s first community solar project. The 40 kilowatt (kW) solar array will be located at the cooperative’s headquarters, with members allowed to purchase individual panels in the project for $869 per 180-Watt panel. In exchange, members will receive a credit on their bill equal to the electricity production of their portion of the 40-kW array.

    Participation in the community solar project lowers the payback period for solar, as compared to individual ownership, by 7-12 years.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/20/1360501/local-solar-minnesota-develops-its-first-community-solar-project/

    H/T John Farrell

    • TyrenM

      This is good. I’ve asked Senator Amy Klobuchar why we don’t do more wind farming, especially downstate? Driving down I-35 you’ll see as soon as you enter Iowa several wind turbines. Southern MN has same landscape and we could do the same thing along I-90 corridor, but we don’t. I’m no expert but it doesn’t make sense to me why we don’t.

      Back to this, if it will give Xcel Energy some real competition, I’m all for it.

  • creolechild

    Amgen pleads guilty to improper marketing of anemia drug Aranesp

    Biotech giant Amgen Inc. pleaded guilty in federal court to improper marketing of its anemia drug Aranesp and has agreed to pay $762 million in criminal fines and civil settlements to resolve complaints from company whistle-blowers. Federal prosecutors in New York said the Thousand Oaks company was “pursuing profits at the risk of patient safety” by encouraging doctors to use its popular anemia drug for unapproved uses to boost sales and to take market share from a rival drug maker.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-amgen-plea-20121219,0,7120268.story

    H/T Chad Terhune

  • creolechild

    HIV infections drop among black women, rise in gay men

    The CDC reported today that HIV infections among black women had declined for the first time since 2006. The report said despite the decline in black women, new infections in the US stayed about the same at 50,000 cases per year. Bloomberg reported that infections among black women dropped 21 percent in 2010 compared with two years earlier.

    However, infections among gay and bisexual men increased 22 percent during that period. African Americans make up the majority of new HIV cases in the US with black females accounting for 64 percent.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/121219/hiv-infections-drop-among-black-women-rise-gay-men

    H/T Alexander Besant

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – —☻ —President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will both speak at a memorial service for the late Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye. The service will be held at Washington’s National Cathedral. [10:30 2-DAY] RIHEP. AMEN

    – – – – -☻ –“We hear you,” Obama said in a web video released Friday morning, responding to the more than 400,000 people who have signed a collection of petitions on the White House’s We the People website urging a swift response to the Dec. 14 massacre.

    – — — ☻ – –CONGRATULATIONS 2 – -Mr. Michael Burton: A —FIRST!! – –prior to becoming the first African American designer at Chrysler. – -annnd – –THIS –>in 1999, as lead designer (exteriors) for the Cadillac SRX and STS. – –Woo! Hoo! – —

    – – – – –ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS TREAT! :>) – –

    Thank U –miranda. EXCITING SERIES!! — :>)

    B BLESSED 2-DAY. ♥

    • TyrenM

      Bring on the full metal gun nut (h/t Nellcoat) noise.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday MornTin’ TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – — -LOL – — ***fist bump*** – — –

        IMMA GET my — “green -throw up bucket”!! — -:>)

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>)

  • creolechild

    Today in Poverty: An Education Wish List

    A Broader, Bolder Christmas: Top Ten “Gifts” for Under the (Education Policy) Tree

    10. A Roof Over Every Student’s Head:[….]
    9. School Breakfast and Lunch for All Eligible Students:[….]
    8. Expanded Access to Quality Pre-kindergarten:[….]
    7. Elimination of Waiting Lists for Child Care Subsidies:[….]
    6. Affordable physical, mental and dental medical care:[….]
    5. Expanded learning time that delivers enriching after-school experiences[….]
    4. Experienced, qualified teachers in appropriately sized classes:[….]
    3. Fully-resourced schools:[….]
    2. An enriching, holistic curriculum:[….]
    1. National policies that enable parents, families, and communities to provide children with what they need to thrive educationally.[….]

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171843/today-poverty-education-wish-list#

    H/T Greg Kaufmann and Elaine Weiss

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    I hope this shit goes VIRAL. Ironically, Morning Joe has provided one of the tools that will help crush these people.


    It’s the best snapshot ever of the Tea Party mentality, a smooth folksy veneer on hardcore recalcitrant crazy.

  • creolechild

    Bills Passed By The Senate Hit Fifty-Year Low |

    A report from the Brennan Center for Justice last month on the pressing need for filibuster reform found the number of bills passed by the Senate has hit a half-century low: 2.8 percent of all bills introduced were actually passed in the current session. The report also found that floor activity devoted to cloture votes has been 50 percent greater than at any time since World War II, illuminating how the filibuster chews up time that could be devoted to substantive policymaking.

    As of October 2012, Congress as a whole had enacted 196 laws, which is its lowest output since, again, World War II. Nor can the drop in output be attributed purely to a divided legislature, as party control of the House and Senate was also split from 1981 to 1987, and from 2001 to 2003.


    H/T Jeff Spross

  • GreenLadyHere


    • TyrenM

      Boehner/McConnell – they need to quit. From a TPV commenter:

      Boehner pulled his plan weeks after McConnell filibustered his; this is what Obama caving looks like. 🙂

      • GreenLadyHere

        TyeanM – – –***fist bump*** — – — this is what Obama caving looks like. 🙂 — —HAH! — —

  • creolechild

    Counterparties: 2012 — The year of bank fraud

    It’s been a relatively decent year for financial stocks: they’ve had their best performance since 2003. It’s truly been a boom year, though, in investigations, lawsuits, fines, and settlements at the world’s biggest and most important banks. There are 28 banks on the FSB’s list of systemically important financial institutions, and as Felix writes, “pretty much the whole financial sector is still trading at less than book value”.

    What follows is a list of notable accusations, admissions and settlements in 2012 alone. (It’s long, so just scroll down if you just want the links):[….]

    Read more: http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/12/19/counterparites-2012-the-year-of-bank-fraud/

    H/T Ben Walsh

  • GreenLadyHere

    – —OOOPS! – – -a DUP! — –

    miranda – – -FROM MR. PRESIDENT: – – —
    – – –Obama calls on Americans to help fight gun violence – – –


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -! MO’ ‘GAIN – – -JOE — -IZZAT U?? – – –

    — – –Morning Joe Host Goes Off On Republican Congressman For Questioning His Embrace Of Gun Safety – –

    – – —Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) accused MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and other gun safety advocates of politicizing the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to advance a “political agenda” of greater gun safety, outraging the former Florida Congressman.

    “I think it’s an issue of the Second Amendment,” Huelskamp said in response to a question abut why he opposes banning assault weapons. “It says we have a right to protect ourselves.” He added: “but Gosh, let’s step back. Let’s not build on the tragedy in Connecticut and use that to actually push a political agenda.” The charge riled Scarborough who, in the aftermath of the shooting, abandoned his opposition to gun safety and said that he would support sensible gun regulations.

    The ‘Morning Joe’ host quickly reminded Huelskamp that the nation acted swiftly after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and explained that taking sensible measures to prevent future massacres is not exploitative. But Huelskamp insisted that the government should stay out and said that parents must “take control of their children” and make sure they don’t play violent video games:

    SCARBOROUGH: To push a political agenda?

    HUELSKAMP: Oh, absolutely. This president and his folks are using this to push –

    SCARBOROUGH: What was your feeling after September 11th, Congressman? Were there some changes made in this country because of the tragedy of September 11th? Was that just using a tragedy, 3,000 deaths, to try to make Americans safer? Do you dare come on my show and say I am using the slaughter of 20 little 6 and 7-year-old children, I’m using that for political purposes, Tim?

    —YEAH — -U get TESTY when U come UNDER QUESTION! — -C HOW MR. PRESIDENT FEELS!?? – — –

    • nellcote

      I take Joe’s larger point but don’t know that the “response” to Sept 11 is the one to use here. On the other hand he was talking to a teabagger.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — –***fist bump*** – -THIS – –>On the other hand he was talking to a teabagger. – – –LOL

        Gotta speak at THEIR LEVEL [LOW!!]. LOL – —

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: In Plan B implosion, House conservatives exit the conversation

    Posted by Greg Sargent on December 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

    The spectacular implosion of John Boehner’s Plan B confirms something that should have been obvious for a long time now: House conservatives simply may not be capable of playing any role in the near-term conversation over how to move the country forward and place it on a sounder fiscal and economic footing.

    In a way, though, this last stand of sorts by conservatives — by confirming their own inability to play any meaningful or constructive part in the rest of this drama — could ultimately pave the way to a resolution.

    Much of the commentary about what happened yesterday focuses on Boehner’s miscalculation: He hoped passing his Plan B would force the White House to move in his direction, and failed to anticipate the revolt among conservatives that would ensue. This is widely being painted as an unnecessary gamble that wasted crucial time.

    But last night confirmed something that needed to be established: Thanks to the conservative wing of the GOP, House Republicans, on their own, simply cannot pass anything that raises tax rates one penny on an extremely tiny, and extremely rich, minority of Americans — no matter how small or how wealthy. This may mean the only way to a deal will be to reach a compromise that includes a sizable number of House Dems.

    At this stage, it’s hard to see any other way out, since there doesn’t appear to be any way of reaching an agreement that’s acceptable to White House and Senate Democrats on one side and House conservatives on the other. What we learned last night is that the gap cannot be bridged. And so, I’m hopeful that Obama and Boehner will begin to focus the talks on a final package that can win over a few dozen (or perhaps more) Republicans on one side and solid Democratic support on the other. It also wouldn’t be surprising if they coalesce around something that passes the House with roughly equal numbers from each party.


    • nellcote

      Pelosi needs to bring the Senate bill for a vote.

  • GreenLadyHere


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -SOME FUN NEWS – :>) – – —

    – – —Only two inaugural balls this time – –

    – — –President Obama will have only two official inaugural balls in January, a significant scaling back from 10 official balls four years ago.

    Planners wanted to downsize the celebration in light of the current economic situation and reduce the costs of security for law enforcement, according to an inaugural source.

    Both balls will be held at the Washington Convention Center on Monday, Jan. 21, the day of his swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol, a committee spokeswoman said. One, the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, will be for members of the military. The other, called simply the Inaugural Ball, will be for guests chosen by the Obamas.

    “Americans from across the country will be invited to share in the celebration at The Inaugural Ball, a unified celebration for all Americans that will span every Hall in the Convention Center,” committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said.

    In addition to the balls, a concert will be held at the Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 19.

    — – –LOOKIN’ – –FORWARD – – – -> – – —Woo! Hoo!

    • conlakappa

      That’s a bummer. I thought with the addition of corporate money, there would be more parties. That means that getting volunteer gigs just got that much tougher.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY conlakappa. LOL – – -Sorry. :>)

        I was thinkin’ – –WHEW! – – -I ONLY hafta buy 2 different GREEN dresses! LOL – —

        • conlakappa

          Got invitation to reasonably priced parties that weekend. Won’t know for a couple of weeks if/what I would be doing for official stuff so might just go ahead and pay for unofficial things.

          • GreenLadyHere

            YAAA –U! :>) –Whatcha gon wear?? — –

            ***crossin’ fangers annnd eyes*** 4 U. :>)

          • conlakappa

            I have formal dresses though nothing green! We went to one of this “party architect’s” inaugural parties last time. It was big fun.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL –conlakappa. – – -HAPPY 4 U. :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    -MEDIA ALERT: – – -Sen.Daniel Inouye’s FUNERAL –ON NOW.– -AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -A MOMENT of SILENCE from MR. PRESIDENT: —AMEN —

    – — —[President] Obama on Newtown – –

    – — —President Obama personally took to Twitter Friday morning for his own digital tribute:

    The White House


    20 beautiful children & 6 remarkable adults. Together, we will carry on & make our country worthy of their memory. -bo #MomentForSandyHook –AMEN.

  • rikyrah

    The GOP is Nuts

    by BooMan
    Fri Dec 21st, 2012 at 08:16:44 AM EST

    Randolph Linn is a 52 year old truck driver from St. Joseph, Indiana who passed by an Islamic Center somewhat often during his work. One day, in the process of drinking 45 beers in seven hours, he was convinced by watching Fox News that all Muslims are terrorists. He set off for the Islamic Center with a loaded revolver, he went inside, and he lit a fire in one of their prayer rooms. He was arrested.
    Of course, the probable Republican spin doctor’s response to this will be to blame the beer rather than the propaganda this was man was subjected to. He was drunk, which is a little like being mentally ill or having Asperger’s Syndrome.

    But how do we explain Erick Erickson’s truthful observation that last night the House Republicans proved that they are “more loyal to the Americans for Tax Reform pledge than Americans for Tax Reform itself is”? Grover Norquist gave them a pass to vote on John Boehner’s Plan B bill, and they took a pass on the pass.

    Can we safely say that the majority of the House Republican caucus has been so indoctrinated into their own propaganda that they no longer realize that it is just bullshit designed to help rich people get their way? Do they all now actually believe that raising taxes reduces revenues? Do they believe that increasing income inequality increases consumer demand and promotes economic growth? Do they actually believe that government spending doesn’t create any jobs even when the government is paying people to work?

    With the likely exception of their Speaker, the House Republicans can’t point to their blood-alcohol level as an excuse.


  • GreenLadyHere


    HAH! – — will NOT B taking QUESTIONS!! – – -COWARDS!! – –

    – — – -1. PUH-LEEZE – -“OUT of RESPECT.. . . ” —

    —– – -2. INSULTED at the “NOISE” directed at THEM!! –HAH!!
    — – — 3. CRITICIZING —errybody ELSE! – — —CONTINUIN’ 2 B INSULTING!! —



    • conlakappa

      Won’t take questions? Wow. And having a mental health database so that their gun-nutty ways cannot be infringed upon but the rights of the mentally ill can be? I’m about to go Godwin up in here so I’ll leave it alone. Wonder if the Credo folk gathered a good crowd again–the plan was to march outside the press conference/storm it/whatever the PL does these days.

      • GreenLadyHere

        conlakappa. – – –***fist bump*** – —

        YA KNOW – – – -THEY SPEAK as ifff there R no mental health issues in their families.

        Annnd ifff there R – — -WONDER HOW they treat them??

        Annnd – – –WOILD THEY REGISTER their FAMILY MEMBERS?? – — – – -HAH!

        – –BOTTOM LINE: – – -THEY R STOOPID – — IL-LOGICAL – —

        GUN ADVOCATE-$ELLER$$$$$$$$$$!! – —Whose NAME might B ELIGIBLE 4 dat LIST!!! – – -HAH! – –

    • nellcote

      But no gun owner data base. Fuck off.

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote – —***fist bump*** —

        Annnd I would wonder –HOW MANY of THEIR NAMES would B – -ON DAT LIST!? – –HAH! – – —

  • Miranda

    LMAO @ Boehner

    • conlakappa

      Eric Hairdo, is that you?

  • PBomb

    Sad news.. ladies Michael Ealy is married.

    Michael Ealy Quietly Married Longtime Girlfriend in October

    Belated congratulations!

    Actor Michael Ealy married longtime girlfriend Khatira Rafiqzada … back in October, his rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

    The former Common Law star, 39, and Khatira Rafiqzada, 31, wed in a ceremony in Los Angeles. The couple have been dating for almost four years.

    “Michael has always been a private guy, and he wanted to enjoy his time as a newlywed with his wife privately,” his rep said. “Now that some time has passed and the holidays are here, he wanted to share the news with his fans that he is married and very happy.”

    Ealy earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2007 for his work on the Showtime drama Sleeper Cell. He has also starred in a number of films and other TV series.


    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ PBOMB. ***BIG HUG*** :>)


      Good 2 c U PBOMB. :>)

    • *looks at pic of Michael and his wife*

      LSA be knowing thangs!

      • PBomb

        What did they say on that site?

        He’s cute, but I wasn’t living and breathing Michael Ealy. Some chicks are really angry over it.

      • PBomb

        Nevermind… I found it.

  • dannie22

    wayne lapierre is insane

    • nellcote

      First name in the new mental health database.

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – – -MR. PRESIDENT –SPEAKING at FUNERAL. AMEN – –[He said his last name as it should B. :>)] – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda ——SOOO MUCH TRUTH!! – – -HAH! —

    – — –House Republicans Are too Stupid to See Their Own Plan B Sabotage – —

    —–By sabotaging their own vote on Plan B, House Republicans blew up John Boehner’s attempt to provide them political cover on issue of the fiscal cliff.

    The Republican House leadership spent all of yesterday organizing an elaborate PR stunt on the floor that was designed to shift political pressure from them back to President Obama. All afternoon members of their caucus took to the floor to explain why the country should cut entitlements and give millionaires another tax cut.

    – —Speaker Boehner promised for two days that he had the votes to pass Plan B. On Wednesday Boehner said, “Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American – 99.81 percent of the American people. Then the president will have a decision to make: He can call on Senate Democrats to pass that bill, or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history.The day before the vote Majority Leader Eric Cantor was so confident that he also went before the cameras and promised that House Republicans had the votes.” They thought they had the votes for passage until the final whip counts showed that they didn’t.

    While the focus is on what happened, there is a larger point here that people are missing.

    — –A group of House Republicans have now made it certain that if the country goes off the fiscal cliff, their party will be blamed. Everyone except for a group House ideologues knew that Plan B was dead in the water. The vote was a symbolic publicity stunt that was supposed to put the heat back on the president. This was Boehner’s volley in the game of political ping pong on the fiscal cliff.
    THERE IS MUCH MORE – — – –SLAMMIN’!! — -HAH!! –

    — – –GLOAT TIME!! — – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –LOL – – -ANOTHER SLAM!! – –HAH! – – –

    Loss of Leverage and Leadership

    – — First Read: “In covering politics, you always want to resist the temptation to overstate things. After all, what’s up one day can go down the next. But it’s difficult to see what took place in Congress last night as anything other than an unmitigated disaster and embarrassing blunder for House Republicans — all over something that was viewed as a negotiating tactic or PR move.”

    – – – –THIS – – ->Rich Lowry: “If part of what President Obama was after was Republican humiliation and disarray, it’s going better than even he could have hoped.” – — -HAH!! – – –

    – –COMMENT: – – – Ritorna Vincitor
    The country may or may not go over the cliff in a few days, but one thing is for sure. The GOP already has. Can’t wait to hear the big thud!
    – -LOL!

    – — E_in_Houston_TX
    After their utter disaster with the debt ceiling, does anyone still have confidence on these people doing the right thing for the American people? I think not.
    – –HAH!

    — – -THIS IS da FUN BIZNESS! – –HAH! – –

  • rikyrah

    Rove outfit plays fast and loose with IRS
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:48 AM EST.

    Outside of Republican candidates themselves, very few political players had a worse campaign season than Karl Rove. His well-funded attack operation spent invested heavily and lost just about every race it contested, and Rove added insult to injury with an on-air tantrum that’s already become the stuff of legend.

    But as awful as Rove’s 2012 has been, there are some post-election questions that need answers, too. ProPublica uncovered fascinating evidence of dubious claims Rove’s Crossroads GPS made to the Internal Revenue Service — and misleading the IRS is generally a pretty serious no-no.

    In a confidential 2010 filing, Crossroads GPS — the dark money group that spent more than $70 million from anonymous donors on the 2012 election — told the Internal Revenue Service that its efforts would focus on public education, research and shaping legislation and policy.

    The group’s application for recognition as a social welfare nonprofit acknowledged that it would spend money to influence elections, but said “any such activity will be limited in amount, and will not constitute the organization’s primary purpose.”


  • rikyrah

    NRA’s LaPierre slips into performance art

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:07 PM EST.

    The National Rifle Association, quite conspicuously, said literally nothing in the wake of last week’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary at Newtown, Conn. Instead, the group very carefully took its time, crafted a specific message to present to the public, which would present the NRA and its vision in the best possible light.

    And this train wreck is what the group came up with.


    To call this a press conference is to mislabel what transpired. The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre decided to give a speech, and the group refused at the outset to consider questions from the reporters that had been invited to the event.

    It went downhill from there. It was hard to tell at times whether LaPierre was serious or had become a spectacular performance artist, making a dramatic statement about the absurdity of the NRA’s increasingly twisted worldview.

    Regardless, his performance is worth watching, if only to marvel at its farcical qualities, but don’t brush past the substance of his message. As LaPierre sees it, there’s a very long list of culprits that bear responsibility for gun violence — but guns have no place on that list.

    The NRA leader this morning blamed gun-free school zones, the media, the entertainment industry, video games, music he doesn’t like, existing gun-control laws, and President Obama as all sharing collective responsibility for tragic violence. Guns, however, are fine.


  • rikyrah

    The fever isn’t breaking, it’s rising
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:04 AM EST.

    Before the election, President Obama would occasionally get asked about what Americans should expect regarding the political environment if he won a second term. His response was always the same: his re-election would help break the Republican “fever.”

    As a campaign strategy, the response certainly made sense. Voters probably wouldn’t have responded well if the president had said, “Yep, Republicans are stark raving mad, there’s nothing I can do about it, and everyone should expect at least two years of brutal gridlock in which the GOP forces us to endure a series of painful crises of their own making.”

    But as a practical matter, Obama’s rhetoric, whether he believed it or not, was wrong. Kevin Drum had a compelling summation of the last six weeks, noting that Republicans have:

    * Shamefully smeared Susan Rice in order to prevent her nomination as secretary of state.

    * Shown themselves completely unwilling to compromise with President Obama over fiscal cliff legislation.

    * Begun a campaign to block the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense.

    * Almost unanimously refused to set up state healthcare exchanges to implement Obamacare.


    • Town

      Obama didn’t say the REPUBLICANS would break their fever, though. I think the man is smart enough to know they would double down.

      It’s the PEOPLE that will break the Republican fever, not the Republicans themselves.

      • goldenstar

        You’re right. Don’t understand what Benen’s point is.

        • conlakappa

          Had a space to fill before the holidays?

    • He

      • Admiral_Komack

        Under “The Professional Left”, “nig(GONG) in the White House”.

  • rikyrah

    Boehner’s precarious future

    By Steve Benen

    Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:02 AM EST

    The deadline on the political world’s mind right now is Dec. 31 at midnight — the point at which tax rates go up, automatic spending cuts kick in, extended employment benefits end, ad a series of related measures begin to undermine the economy.

    But there’s another date that’s circled on House Speaker John Boehner’s calendar: Jan. 3. That’s the day Boehner is supposed to run unopposed for a second term as Speaker. Up until fairly recently, the outcome of the vote was a foregone conclusion, but this week’s debacles have raised serious questions about the Ohio Republican’s future.

    We talked earlier about the “Plan B” fiasco, which left Boehner beaten and humiliated, looking very much like a leader without followers. But will this translate into the Speaker’s downfall in two weeks? Indeed, if the leader of the House Republicans cannot, as a practical matter, lead the House Republicans, doesn’t he necessarily have to be replaced with someone the conference will follow? If last night amounted to a vote of no confidence, how does Boehner recover?


    • gc

      I predict some vague family issues, while allowing him to remain in Congress, will prevent him from extra (eg, Speakering)responsibilities. I just read this on TPV: he apparently recited The Serenity Prayer to the reporters on leaving his failed strategy attempts. Obama recites this every night, when musing about YOU, Speaker.
      In their gib orange archives, I will guarantee you can discover embers of burnt hair in a bindle dated 2010 and marked “Terrified of Boehner – everybody panic” the author’s name will be barely legible due to the incinerating effects, but contains a S, a W, an I and and a K.

  • rikyrah

    Plan B fiasco leaves GOP lost, divided, and weak
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:05 AM EST

    The irony of last night’s drama on Capitol Hill was that the proposal at stake had far more symbolic value than substantive. House Speaker John Boehner, after having abandoned his own fiscal talks, pushed his “Plan B” knowing full well it would not, and could not, become law. Rather, Boehner hoped to use the measure to send a message.

    Oh, he sent a message, all right. It’s just not the one the Speaker intended.

    At least in theory, there was a coherent strategy underlying Boehner’s efforts. He would pass his pointless charade, demand Democrats do as he instructed, and cover his backside when the larger process fell apart. All the Speaker needed was his own allies to follow his lead, and give him some additional leverage.

    To that end, Boehner tried everything. He tried pleading with his Republican allies, threatening them, and offering them all kinds of goodies. The Speaker made appeals based on emotion, economics, loyalty, and pragmatism, at times, simultaneously.

    But in the end, despite all the bravado and faux confidence, Boehner just couldn’t deliver. The party he ostensibly leads heard his impassioned pleas, and decided not to follow him.

    Debacles of this magnitude are rare.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —- GLOAT – — – -errrrr – – –QUOTE -of the DAY –LOL –

    —- –Quote of the Day – – –

    – —“It weakens the entire Republican Party, the Republican majority. It’s the continuing dumbing-down of the Republican Party and we are going to be seen more and more as a bunch of extremists that can’t even get a majority of our own people to support policies that we’re putting forward.”

    — Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH), quoted by Roll Call, on the failure of House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” to avoid the fiscal cliff.

    – — — -“RATSSINKING SHIPS!” – – -LOL – -LUVIN’ IT! —

    • conlakappa

      Isn’t he known for being one of the idiot extremists?

      • GreenLadyHere

        — conlakappa – – – -Don’t know him. BUT he is a RE-THUCKER. :>) – —

        • conlakappa

          I looked it up–he talks smack about the First anti-obesity campaign.

  • GreenLadyHere


    • crazycanuck

      I really wished he wouldn’t have picked him. I think Rice should have stuck it out. The President went to bat for her. I almost feel like she let him down.

      • BoomerGal

        I think you have to choose your battles in politics and Rice did the right thing under the current circumstances, imo.

        • I agree. Kerry sails through confirmation and he’s got the credentials. Maybe not an exciting pick but a very strong one.

          • conlakappa

            The worry is what happens with his seat and the possibility of the return of Scotty Nekkid. With his first election we saw the weakness of the State party. The election of Warren isn’t any indicator–hers was as much a national one as it was a State one.

          • crazycanuck

            I just don’t think he is trustworthy

        • GreenLadyHere

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

          — -***DOUBLE –fist bump*** — choose your battles in politics . .

          -She’s gon B — —OoooKaaaay! :>) —

          Good 2 C U BoomerGal. :>)

          • BoomerGal

            Good 2 C U 2, GLH!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

      • Guns3000

        If Rice was nominated they would’ve needed 5-6 Republican Senate votes for confirmation. As much as I like Rice if the votes aren’t there and any effort is futile. If Senators Susan Collins and Kelly Ayotte were hesitant about voting for her than Rice was dead on arrival no matter how many on our side made as stink about it.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Guns3000. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          – – -Gotta –**fist bump*** – – –As much as I like Rice if the votes aren’t there and any effort is futile.

          Let’s continue 2 PRAY 4 her annnnd KNOW – —

          – —SHE WILL DO THIS!. :>) – –

          – – – -NOT 2 WORRY. :>) —

          Good 2 C U Guns3000. :>)

      • Camille

        Me too. I hate that Kerry gets this job by slyly standing by (or actively working behind the scenes with his supporters) and essentially enabling and participating in the systematic dismantling of Susan Rice – a woman he ironically deemed capable and smart enough to employ as his top foreign policy adviser in his failed 2004 presidential run.

        This is a peek into the character of John Kerry – and it isn’t pretty.

        Whenever craven ambition driven by delusions of grandeur and sheer vanity trumps integrity, decency and doing the right thing, then watch out!

        Karma, John Kerry, Karma.

        • conlakappa

          He is known for being quite vain. This time I think it was a bad set of circumstances and the Rs wanting to have someone sacrificed for the President’s victory.

    • Meh.

      • aleth


      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – – – -**fist bump** — –

        NOTICED that MR. PRESIDENT was NOT – –EFFUSIVE! – –He READ da SCRIPT!! – – -THAT IS ALL. :>) —

        I has a SAD! – — :>( – – – –

        BUT — -I am CONVINCED — that DR. SUSAN E RICE WILL receive a POSITION [maybe NEWLY CREATED} – – -that she WILL – – –

        – — – —BUST!!! — :>) —- Watchin. . . . . :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      That’s nice.

  • NRA: Video games are evil, so we funded one.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – –REPEATIN’ – – – -THESE PHOOLS: — – –

    — – –NRA Wants Armed Police in Every School — –

    —– The National Rifle Association called for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings,” the AP reports.

    Said NRA president Wayne LaPierre: “The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

    Mark Halperin: “Some Democratic strategists on Thursday in advance of the NRA statement thought the group might talk in a more conciliatory fashion and then work quietly over the longer term to stymie any legislative efforts. Those Democrats were wrong — and now have to try to figure out how to make Republicans who stick with the NRA pay a political price.”

    • conlakappa

      With the constant cuts to municipal funds? The NRA going to fund them? Dumbass.

      • GreenLadyHere

        ***sigh*** conlakappa – – -THEIR –STOOPIDITY — BURNS!! — -LOL – – **shakin my head***

  • creolechild

    High School DREAMers Take Advantage of Deferred Action

    Nearly 103,000 young undocumented immigrants now have temporary protection from deportation under an executive order issued by President Obama in June[….] An estimated 700,000 undocumented students, including 250,000 currently enrolled in high school, are eligible for the program, referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows young immigrants to qualify for work authorization, among other things, if they meet certain criteria.[….]

    Applicants must prove they have lived in the United States for at least five consecutive years.[….] To find free legal services, students can go to the U.S. Department of Justice website, which lists providers by state. The Immigration Advocates Network also offers a directory of free and low-cost legal services for immigrants, where users can search by state and county.[….]

    Read more: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2012/12/19/high-school-dreamers-take-advantage-of-deferred-action

    H/T Kelsey Sheehy