October 18, 2017

Friday Open Thread: African-American Female Entrepreneurs and Executives

It’s Friday, POU Family and lurkers!  This week’s open threads focused on African-American female entrepreneurs and executives. 

Today I am spotlighting Majora Carter. 

Majora Carter


Majora Carter, is president of the Majora Carter Group, a private, for-profit “green” economic consulting firm.
In 2001, after successfully shifting the Giuliani administration’s plans from more municipal waste handling to positive economic development, she founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation, Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx). Her first major project was writing a $1.25M Federal Transportation planning grant for the South Bronx Greenway with 11 miles of alternative transport, local economic development, low-impact storm-water management, and recreational space. This led to the first new South Bronx water front park in over 60 years.

While needed parks are highly visible manifestations of her work, the real focus is creating intensive urban forestation, green roofing/walls, and water permeable open spaces. This robust horticultural infrastructure cleans the air, reduces urban heat island effect, efficiently manages storm water run off, calms the soul, and creates jobs – reducing poverty.

In 2003, SSBx opened the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program (BEST): one of the nation’s first urban green-collar job training and placement systems. After 5 years it boasts an 85% employment rate with 10% now in college. Many of these success stories were formerly incarcerated, and all of them were on some form of public assistance before completing the nationally recognized 10-week course. Her local and global environmental solutions rest on poverty alleviation through green economic development, because the local jobs they create can empower communities to resist bad environmental decisions.

Ms.Carter was ranked #59 on Fast Company magazine’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010. She is a 2006 MacArthur “genius” Fellow, one of Essence Magazine’s 25 most influential African-Americans, one the NY Post’s 50 Most Influential Women for the past 2 years, co-host of the Green on the Sundance Channel, a board member of the Widerness Society, SJF, and CERES, and host of a special national public radio series called The Promised Land (thepromisedland.org). She is currently president of the green-collar economic consulting company, The Majora Carter Group, LLC.

Born, raised, and continuing to live in the South Bronx, Majora believes you shouldn’t have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one, and that this notion has environmental and economic implications that span the globe.


***Information courtesy of www.blackentrepreneurprofile.com***

  • dannie22

    good morning

    • Mornin’ Dannie and POU!

  • Hmm…

    Steve Kornacki ‏@SteveKornacki
    Barney Frank says on Morning Joe that he’s told Deval Patrick he wants the interim Senate appointment

    • isonprize

      I could work with Barney as interim Senator. I like Barney. Did Deval want to appoint Deval?

  • isonprize

    As usual, a stellar series! I love that Majora brags about ‘still’ living in South Bronx.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • U.S. economy adds 155,000 jobs in December
    By Jeffry Bartash

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – The U.S. economy created 155,000 jobs in December – matching its two-year average – and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.8%, the government said Friday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected an increase of 160,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate, originally reported as 7.7% in November, was changed to 7.8% after the Labor Department’s annual revision conducted each December. The unemployment rate over the course of 2012 was little changed, however. The number of new jobs created in November, meanwhile, was revised up to 161,000 from 146,000, while October’s figure was revised down to 137,000 from 138,000. The biggest increases in hiring in December occurred in health care, bars and restaurants, construction and manufacturing. The retail sector and government reduced employment. Average hourly wages rose 7 cents, or 0.3%, to $23.73 while the average workweek edged up by 0.1 hour to 34.5 hours.


  • rikyrah

    The White House calls Utah’s Obamacare bluff

    Posted by Sarah Kliff on January 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    For months now, Utah has put the White House in a sticky spot on Obamacare.

    Unlike most Republican-governed states, Utah has been eager to run a health insurance exchange. In fact, it already has one: When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Utah was one of two states running a marketplace where consumers could compare and purchase coverage (Massachusetts was the other).

    Unlike most Democratic-governed states, though, Utah did not want to set up the kind of exchange that that the health-care law envisioned. The state has favored a bare-bones approach: It only sells to small businesses and covers 7,646 Utah residents. Where some states are hiring dozens of staff, the Utah exchange, known as Avenue H, usually has two or three employees. It does not interface with the state’s Medicaid program like the federal law envisions, nor does it provide expansive consumer assistance services.

    Utah initially told the Obama administration that this is how the Utah exchange works now, and will work in the future.

    Thursday afternoon, however, the opposite happened: The Obama administration approved Utah’s application to run an exchange. So did the White House cave? Not really. Rather, Utah decided to run its exchange more in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.


  • rikyrah

    House Republicans remain determined to ignore women

    Posted by James Downie on January 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    2012 was a rough year for the Republican Party’s relationship with women. From Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments to the party’s efforts to cut funding for preventative care (particularly important for women seeking cancer screenings and the like) to Rep. Darrell Issa’s all-male panel on contraception mandates and religious liberty — and the subsequent attacks from Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing voices on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, whom Issa had barred from the hearing — the GOP repeatedly showed a less-than-impressive concern for women’s rights. Not surprisingly, the 2012 presidential election saw the gender gap increase from 12 percentage points in 2008 to 18 percentage points, as President Obama maintained his support among women. One would think, then, that Republicans might pause before yet again insulting half of the country. But this week showed that House Republicans, at least, remain oblivious, as they let the landmark Violence Against Women Act expire.

    First passed in 1994 (and drafted by then-Sen. Joe Biden), the Violence Against Women Act has helped law enforcement investigate and prosecute domestic and sexual abuse and increased the resources available to victims of those crimes. The bill was passed (and renewed in 2000 and 2005) with bipartisan support. This past April, the Senate passed the bill 68-31; though all 31 votes against were from Republicans, a number of very conservative senators supported the bill, including Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who co-wrote the bill with liberal stalwart Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

    But House Republicans objected to the reauthorization’s expanded protections for LGBT, illegal immigrant and Native American victims of sexual assault. That the GOP would prioritize discriminating against illegal immigrants and LGBT people over fighting domestic and sexual abuse is outrageous yet, sadly, not that surprising, given the power of anti-gay and anti-immigrant voices in the party. But perhaps even more damning is their opposition to the Native American protections. The expansion would give tribal courts jurisdiction over domestic violence committed by non-Native Americans against Native American women. As The Nation’s Greg Kauffman writes:



    I said it before, and I mean it…

    there are no Black or Brown people around those reservations to do those rapes..

    so, who the hell do you think is raping those Native American women…

    and thus, why the Native American women are not being protected….

    yeah,. I said it…and I mean it.

  • rikyrah

    Come at the Speaker, you best not miss
    By Steve Benen

    Fri Jan 4, 2013 8:00 AM EST

    If you check out far-right blogs, you might have noticed the scuttlebutt this week about the attempted “coup” against House Speaker John Boehner. Several conservative sites in recent days suggested there was a meaningful, behind-the-scenes effort underway among House Republicans, and Boehner’s hold on his gavel was loosening.

    We now know, however, that those reports were wrong. There was a little drama, and Boehner won a second term as Speaker by a narrow margin, but his GOP detractors fell short of forcing his ouster.

    But before the political world moves on, it’s worth pausing to consider the merit of the rumors from recent days — was there an attempted coup or not? As it turns out, there was. It just wasn’t an especially good one


    • conlakappa

      They are even lazy at coup plotting.

  • Miranda

    Barack Obama is destroying the economy…and taking freedoms:

    “The economy is growing quite well,” said David Sloan, a New York-based senior economist at 4Cast Inc., the best ADP forecaster over the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “The labor market seems to be expanding at a fairly solid pace. Consumer spending will continue to grow, but slowly.”

    General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC posted December vehicle sales gains that exceeded analysts’ estimates in December, industry reports showed today. Auto purchases ran at a 15.3 million annual rate after 15.5 million in November, the best two months since early 2008.


    • Don’t forget the detention camps.

  • rikyrah

    Jeh Johnson’s full address to the Oxford Union
    By Will Femia

    Fri Jan 4, 2013 12:47 AM EST


    In tonight’s interview with outgoing Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson, several references were made, particularly in the first half, to Johnson’s address to the Oxford Union on November 30th. At the time there were some rights restrictions on the video, but it looks like now the Oxford Union has shared the entire address though their YouTube account, so here it is.


  • rikyrah

    Political hostage taking should never be normalized

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jan 3, 2013 4:42 PM EST.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) freely admits, without a hint of shame or regret, that he intends to hold the debt ceiling hostage until Democrats accept deep cuts in social insurance programs like Social Security and Medicare. Indeed, McConnell yesterday urged Democrats to act quickly, “rather than waiting until the last minute.”

    That’s right, Mitch McConnell isn’t just planning to hold the nation’s economy hostage, he’s already complaining about the speed with which Democrats will pay the ransom.

    It’s not just McConnell, of course. Every member of the congressional Republican leadership in both chambers is saying the same thing: President Obama may not want to negotiate over the debt ceiling, but as far as the GOP is concerned, the president doesn’t have “any choice.”

    How many Republicans are standing up to say this is wrong and that their party shouldn’t deliberately put the global economy at risk? So far, zero.

    As the process picks up and the fight grows more intense, there’s quite a bit to be afraid of, but one of the things I worry about at this stage is a false sense of routinization — much of the political world has already started to look at debt-ceiling fights as routine, which is the exact opposite of reality. It’s a manufactured crisis — and a legitimate national scandal — that was largely unthinkable before 2011, which the GOP hopes to normalize with the media’s help.


    • Chortle. Mitch is blowing smoke. He knows full well that his Wall Street overlords aren’t going to go for that. And he knows PBO knows it.

      • jds09


        And Benen needs to man-up and just say it and stop dancing around the real issue with weaksauce like this…

        “There’s nothing normal about this, and if the political establishment treats it as yet another partisan dispute, it will get this story wrong. In 2011, when Republicans created a brutal debt-ceiling, it not only damaged the country, it was the first time since the Civil War when an entire political party threatened, en masse, to do deliberate harm to the nation. And now, even after faring poorly in national elections, Republicans are poised to commit an act of political violence all over again.”

        This is about the Sons of the Confederacy trying to put the negra in check. And this my dear Benen is routine southern red state bullshit, as American as apple pie.

        • goldenstar

          Who is this guy Benen? I’m not sure that he understands nor researches his topics…

          • rikyrah

            he’s the main blogger over at The Maddow Blog. Used to write for Washington Monthly. He’s the one who wrote 41 columns about Willard’s LIES during the campaign.

      • Kennymack1971

        When the President told the Business Roundtable that he wasn’t going to negotiate with the debt ceiling that was him telling them to get their minions in the GOP in check. McConnell can STFU with his empty threats.

  • TyrenM

    Big up to Ms. Carter. Cleaning up the hood and putting brothers to work – what’s not to love!

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka@NerdyWonka

    GM tripled sales of Chevy Volt in 2012 & became the 1st American company to sell over 1M cars w/an over 30MPG rating. thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/0…

    • GN

      10, 15 years ago, it was *unheard of* that these new mileage standards would come into fruition, not just despite the protestations of Detroit, but with the cooperation, compromise, and blessings, of the US auto industry. WOW.

  • rikyrah

    The Real Saint Christie

    Posted on 01/04/2013 at 8:20 am by Bob Cesca

    Charlie Pierce on Chris Christie:

    The fact is that he’s still the same guy he always was. Somebody who would pull the wings off flies if he thought it meant 15 minutes on CNN. Someone who almost never picks on anyone his own size. Someone who kicks down, always. Someone who was OK with federal storm relief, but ostentatiously refused federal money for another tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York. He’s still the same megalomaniac who stunned the party in Tampa by giving a keynote address at the Republican National Convention in which he barely mentioned the nominee. He’s the guy who put the bully in the bully pulpit. And he has not changed, any more than Washington has. Be advised. The aurora’s rising behind him.

    As we said on the podcast, if the 2016 election was today, Christie could basically walk into the Oval Office. But before his coronation, be aware that he’ll absolutely move farther to the right during the campaign just like McCain, and he’s already far-right on reproductive rights, gun control and taxes/spending. You can absolutely expect that some of your liberal friends will fall in love with him because, well, liberals do that. Warn them that he’s not our friend, regardless of his tough talk against the Republicans recently.


    • Kennymack1971

      This x 1000. Chris Christie hasn’t changed a bit politically. Some liberals stay falling for the Okey doke.

      • Thank you, and that’s why liberals stay losing! Instead of sitting back and enjoying the Repub infighting, Polly Ann Progressives were doing the most praising Christie as if he finally seen the light.

        • Kennymack1971

          These are some of the same liberals who heard ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ and fell for it hook, line and sinker. Folks need to smarten up.

  • Were the G.O.P. Votes Against Boehner a Historic Rejection?


    “The holiday season hasn’t been kind to House Speaker John A. Boehner. He was sharply criticized by fellow Republicans for failing to pass legislation providing aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Earlier, he was sidelined in the negotiations to resolve the so-called fiscal cliff. And before that, he failed to garner enough support from his own caucus for “Plan B,” Mr. Boehner’s own bill to avert the fiscal crisis.

    The new year has not started out entirely smoothly for Mr. Boehner, either. He was re-elected as speaker of the House on Thursday, but much of the media’s coverage of the vote focused on the number of Republicans who chose not to vote for Mr. Boehner. The headline at Slate read: “Boehner Wins New Term as Speaker, in Maximally Humiliating Fashion.”

    But Mr. Boehner received 220 votes out of 232 Republicans in the House, not counting Mr. Boehner himself. (The prospective speaker traditionally does not vote, or votes “present,” although former Speaker Nancy Pelosi voted for herself in the 110th and 111th Congress). Mr. Boehner received the votes of 95 percent of his caucus. Is that really that humiliating?


    The short and sweet answer is no. As POU said if they really had the votes to unseat him they would have gone on the record. What does Boehner care that 12 dweebs out of 232 didn’t vote for him? It sends no message of any kind to anybody.

    • Miranda

      It should tell the tea party that their services to the GOP are no longer wanted, but it won’t.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – – -☻House Set to Vote on Partial Sandy Relief Bill– –
    – —– — +Cowing to bipartisan pressure, House Speaker John Boehner is bringing to the House floor Friday a measure to help fund recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that wreaked havoc in the Northeast, particularly ravaging New York and New Jersey.[ $60 billion Senate-passed bill, ]

    – – –☻Construction added 30,000 jobs — the highest number in more than a year — amid positive signs for the housing sector. Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts also bolstered construction jobs.
    Manufacturing added 25,000 jobs for the month, a positive sign for a sector that contracted in four of the past seven months but finished the year on a positive note.
    – -GOOD NEWS! —

    — — -☻AMONG the FIRST: – -In 2003, SSBx opened the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program (BEST): one of the nation’s first urban green-collar job training and placement systems. After 5 years it boasts an 85% employment rate with 10% now in college.
    WITH – –SUCCESS!! – — -Woo! HOO! – – – -THANK U –PBOMB!! :>) —

    – – – -☻LOOKIN’ FORWARD – — ->–Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will again administer the oath of office to President Barack Obama during his second inauguration this month, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Friday.
    Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will take the oath officially on Sunday, Jan. 20 and again on Jan. 21
    in a ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be the fourth woman to administer the oath when she swears in the vice president, the committee said.

    – – —ENJOY YOUR TREAT 4 the DAY. :>)

    ——-B BLESSED. ♥ :>)- —

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -AHA! – -Soooo – –Mr. BARNEY MAY NOT go QUIETLY into that goodnight?? – –:>) – – –

    — – –Frank Wants Senate Appointment– – –

    — – —- –Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told Morning Joe that he wants to be named interim senator if Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is confirmed as the next Secretary of State.

    Said Frank: “A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn’t interested. It was kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said: ‘You gotta go to summer school.’ But (the fiscal cliff deal) now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history.”

    Here’s the video: – – – –

    Watchin’. . .:>) – – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – –WHA’!? – – –WHA’!!??- —- -Usin’ an OBSOLETE LAW!!??- – —

    — —California Appeals Court Tosses Rape Conviction Because The Woman Was Unmarried – —

    – – – – –A California appeals court, relying on an outdated statute that prohibits someone from pretending to be someone’s husband but not their boyfriend in order to obtain sex, overturned a man’s conviction for rape because the woman he had sex with was unmarried. Under California law, rape occurs when a woman consents to sex “under the belief that the person committing the act is her husband, and this belief is induced by any artifice, pretense, or concealment practiced by the accused.”

    Although the facts of the case are somewhat in dispute, the man admits to having sex with the woman while she slept, and the woman accuses him of sneaking into her bedroom and pretending to be her boyfriend:
    – – – – -SNIP – – –
    – —A jury convicted the defendant of rape, although it did not make clear whether he was convicted because he impersonated Jane’s boyfriend or because he had sex with a woman who could not consent to intercourse because she was asleep. Sex with an unconscious woman is rape in California when the accused rapist knows the woman is sleeping. Under the appeals court’s decision, however, obtaining consent to sex by pretending to be someone’s boyfriend is not. As the court explained, “we reluctantly hold that a person who accomplishes sexual intercourse by impersonating someone other than a married victim’s spouse is not guilty of the crime of rape of an unconscious person.”
    . . . . . The defendant will be retried and can be reconvicted if a new trial determines that he had sex with Jane while she was sleeping


  • Miranda

    Eight years ago….. Barack Obama sworn in as senator http://wp.me/pUgO9-qzs

    • rikyrah

      loved those pics and video

    • nellcote

      I just realized PBO will have been sworn in 4 times because he’ll get an official one and a ceremonial one this time as well as the official and the “just to be sure” ones last time.

    • Daltex82

      The real star of that video is Sasha! I love her little leg kick and wave for the cameras after she shook the claw of the evil one.

      • Alma98

        She’s a ham ain’t she lol.

        • Daltex82


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -FROM the WHITE HOUSE: – – –

    – –The Employment Situation in December – –

    – – – —While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

    With the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act earlier this week, more than 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses now have certainty that their income taxes will not rise. Additionally, unemployment insurance was extended for two million Americans who are searching for a job, and companies will continue to receive tax credits for the research that they do and continue to have tax incentives to accelerate investment in their businesses. By allowing income tax cuts for the top 2 percent of earners to expire, this legislation further reduces the deficit by $737 billion over the next decade. It is important that we continue to move toward a sustainable federal budget in a responsible way that balances revenue and spending while protecting critical investments in the economy and essential support for our most vulnerable citizens.

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that private sector businesses added 168,000 jobs in December. Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 155,000 jobs last month. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 34 straight months, and a total of 5.8 million jobs have been added over that period, taking account of the preliminary benchmark revision. In 2012, private businesses added two million payroll jobs, taking account of the preliminary benchmark revision.

    – – – –C the CHART!! :>) – – -Woo! Hoo! :>) –
    – – – – – —LEADERSHIP!! – – -MR. PRESIDENT!! :>) – – – – –

  • Miranda

    Bonus Quote of the Day
    “It’s a little bit like being the head caretaker of the cemetery. There are a lot of people under you, but nobody listens.”

    — Rep. Hal Rodgers (R-KY), quoted by the New York Times, describing House Speaker John Boehner’s grip on power.

  • GreenLadyHere
    • rikyrah

      aint that about a bitch, GLH

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY rikyrah. ***BIG – -2013 – -HUG*** :>)

        —-***fist bump*** – —Annd –SOME RE-THUCKERS WILL – – – -B – -SCURRED!! – – -***shakin’ my head***

        —-Good 2 C U. :>)- – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –ON the “lighter side of the news”. – — :>) – –

    – – – –‘Golden voice’ Ted Williams reveals new gig

    – – – —Two years after Ted Williams was discovered on a street corner, the formerly homeless “man with the golden voice” is living in an apartment and doing commercial voice-overs for Kraft macaroni and cheese. He tells NBC’s Stephanie Gosk he still takes life one day at a time. – –

    – — -B BLESSED. :>) – –SUCH a TALENT. :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –Another ANGLE —on the WAR on GUN VIOLENCE: – —
    – – – – –Connecticut Town Collects Violent Video Games For Destruction

    – — –A town in Connecticut is offering a $25 gift card for those citizens willing to turn in their violent video games for destruction, as part of the response to the tragic shooting in nearby Newtown in December.

    Southington, CT will be rounding up these games, along with violent movies and other media, as part of the Violent Video Game Return Program. Due to take place on Jan. 12, it is not the hope of the organizing group, SouthingtonSOS, that the drive will lead to further censorship. Instead, according to Southington Schools superintendent Joe Erardi the goal is to encourage a conversation between parents and children on their gaming habits:

    “If this encourages one courageous conversation with a parent and their child, then it’s a success. We’re suggesting that for parents who have a child or children who play violent video games, to first of all view the games. We’re asking parents to better understand what their child is doing. Have a conversation about next steps. If parents are comfortable [with their child’s gaming habits], we’re comfortable.”

    – –BUT – — –The RESEARCH SAYS: – –-Researchers have found no correlation between playing video games and an upsurge in violent behavior.

    – – – – Hope the PARENTS R TALKIN’ 2 their CHILDREN about – –VOILENCE – -BULLYING. — –

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Morning GLH & POU

      Well, that’s just silly.

      They need to turn their attention to the gun lobby right down the street.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MornTin’ BarbinAtlSouth. ***BIG 2013- –HUG***

        — -***fist bump** – – -Sooo says the RESEARCH!!— –

        – – -Some people AVOID —REALITY! – —

        Good 2 C U -BarbinAtlSouth — -:>) – – —

      • malletgirl02

        A video game does not teach someone how to shoot a gun, just how to push a button on a controller.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -GOOD NEWS –4 this BRAVE young lady – —

    – – –Pakistani GIrl Shot By Taliban Leaves Hospital – –

    —- – – –Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school in October, was discharged from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Thursday, Reuters reported.

    Dave Rosser, the executive medical director at the hospital, said, according to The Guardian: “Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers. She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her onward care.”

    – —CONTINUE 2 PRAY 4 her. :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – –LOL – – -A FUN PIECE — —

    – – — 11 Surprisingly Endearing Pictures Of Congressmen Getting Sworn In – – –

    – – —At the start of every Congress, there’s the actual swearing in, and then the much cooler ceremonial swearing in later on (don’t ask). Members queue up and wait their turn to stand next to Speaker John Boehner with their families around them, lay their hand on the religious text of their choice, and get blinded by the flash bulbs.

    It’s a time-honored tradition, and one of the only endearing things about Congress.
    THERE IS MORE. – – – – –ENJOY. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –Oooo-Kaaay. Here’s ANOTHER cutie: – – -:>) – –

    — –May 25, 2012 – –“Luz Graham-Urquilla, 4, watches as the President signs her drawing at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.” – -[Pete Souza / The White House] – —

    – – –BIG TIME – — Awwwwww. . . ADORABLE. :>)- —

  • rikyrah

    Krauthammer (Kind of) Gets It

    by BooMan
    Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 10:22:36 AM EST

    Walter Mondale’s old speechwriter Charles Krauthammer basically gets what Obama is up to, even if he casts everything in his typically hyper-partisan way.

    Upon losing the House in 2010, the leveler took cover for the next two years. He wasn’t going to advance his real agenda through the Republican House anyway, and he needed to win reelection.
    Now he’s won. The old Obama is back. He must not be underestimated. He has deftly leveraged his class-war-themed election victory (a) to secure a source of funding (albeit still small) for the bloated welfare state, (b) to carry out an admirably candid bit of income redistribution and (c) to fracture the one remaining institutional obstacle to the rest of his ideological agenda.

    Not bad for two months’ work.


    Yet, Krauthammer is correct about what Obama accomplished. He’s right that the American people are behind Obama and that Obama is only doing what he said he would do during the campaign…which he won. He’s also wrong to focus so heavily on tax rates and revenues. Most of Obama’s upcoming agenda has nothing to do with tax rates and revenues. He wants comprehensive immigration reform and an assault weapons ban and infrastructure spending and education reform and work on climate change. Yes, tax reform in on the agenda, too, but that is only one part of what Obama hopes to accomplish. Fracturing the “one remaining institutional obstacle to the rest of his ideological agenda” was an absolute prerequisite for him if he is going to get anything done. That was the point I made repeatedly in the run-up to the fiscal cliff. It is why I saw a deal passed with mostly Democratic votes (in the House) to be worth much more than it might look like on paper. That fracture must be maintained.


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – – –VOTE – — DONE!! – —

    – – –House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy relief – – –

    – – – — –The House passed legislation on Friday that allows the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to take on $9.7 billion in new debt to help meet claims related to Hurricane Sandy.

    – — THIS RA’CHERE!! – — —>Members easily passed the bill in a 354-67 vote — the only “no” votes came from Republicans. A two-thirds majority was needed for passage.

    – -No votes included Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the House Budget Committee chairman and former vice presidential candidate. who said after the vote that Washington should not be creating new debt.

    – – — –A SONG 4 Da – – -67- RE-THUCKERS!!! – —-EVIL/VILE–COLD!!– – —

    ——BLESS the VICTIMS!!– — -AMEN.- – –

  • Miranda


    Must Be Seen to Be Believed: Kevin-Prince Boateng Kicks Soccer’s Racism in the Teeth

    In the middle of a “friendly match” against the club Pro Patria, a mini-mob in the bleachers repeatedly tossed bigoted bombs at the non-white players on AC Milan’s roster, and Boateng decided he’d had enough. He picked up the ball right in the middle of play and punted it directly into their section of the stands. Boateng then began to walk off the field in protest. Here is where, in a matter of seconds, the turn of events shifted from shock to wonder. As Boateng stormed to the nearest exit, the Pro Patria fans, instead of jeering, cheered him for his actions. Then the referees called off the rest of the game and his opponents on Pro Patria walked off with Boateng, shoulder to shoulder, in solidarity. The announcers could only utter a word in Italian easy to translate: “Incredible.”


    • They are some stone cold racists over there and they think they have the right to be.

      • JojoRaze

        I’m finally glad the players decided to do something like this. As bad as the 60s were here in the US, the experience–the Black Power Movement, etc, taught white folks that overt racism like throwing banana peels at black people was unacceptable.

        Let some Italian people try some mess like that if LeBron or even Usain Bolt was in that stadium. Folk finna see some black rage.

      • BoomerGal

        Italians never have liked Black folks, anywhere.

        • TyrenM

          Self hatred run amok.

      • BoomerGal

        Italians never have liked Black folks, anywhere.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -WOW&1/2!! – – -Mother Jones — -DROPS ANOTHER 411! – – -:>)

    – – —Powerful Tea Party Group’s Internal Docs Leak—Read Them Here – -[FreedomWorks bills itself as a grassroots outfit, but it’s bankrolled mostly by big-money donors.]

    – – —FreedomWorks, the national conservative group that helped launch the tea party movement, sells itself as a genuine grassroots operation, and for years, it has battled accusations of “astroturfing”—posing as a populist organization while doing the bidding of big-money donors. Yet internal documents obtained by Mother Jones show that FreedomWorks has indeed become dependent on wealthy individual donors to finance its growing operation.

    Last month, the Washington Post reported that Richard Stephenson, a reclusive millionaire banker and FreedomWorks board member, and members of his family in October funneled $12 million through two newly created Tennessee corporations to FreedomWorks’ super-PAC, which used these funds to support tea party candidates in November’s elections. – – -SNIP- –

    Big donations like Stephenson’s are business as usual for FreedomWorks. According to a 52-page report prepared by FreedomWorks’ top brass for a board of directors meeting held in mid-December at the Virginia office of Sands Capital Management, an investment firm run by FreedomWorks board member Frank Sands, the entire FreedomWorks organization—its 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) nonprofit arms and its super-PAC—raised nearly $41 million through mid-December. Of that total, $33 million—or 81 percent of its 2012 fundraising—came in the form of “major gifts,” the type of big donations coveted by nonprofits and super-PACs. (FreedomWorks’ nonprofit components do not have to disclose their funders.)
    THERE IS MORE- – – – -CALLED! – –‘EM! – –OUT! – – -HAH!

    • GN


      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY GN.—-***BIG – -2013 – -HUG*** :>)

        —- ***fist bump*** – — The TERMINOLOGY – – -BURNS!! – — geesh!!—
        -The WORDS—-CONNIVING LIARS – – –will do!!– -humph!—

        Good 2 C U GN. :>)

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  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -Oh! – – –Sooo – – all U hafta do is say – – -I’M SORRY! – – -humph

    – – –Crapo Sentenced for Drunk Driving– – –

    – – — –Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID) pleaded guilty to drunk driving following his arrest last month and issued a sweeping apology after a judge accepted his plea, the Washington Post reports.

    Crapo “was sentenced to 180 days in jail, all of which was suspended. His license was suspended for a year, but he’s eligible for a restricted license. Crapo must also pay a $250 fine and complete an alcohol program over the next year.”

    – –WAIT ’til I – – -runteldis 2 – – – -“Ray-Ray” — anem!! – – -LOL – —

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon everyone.

    • qosine

      I love your suns, Alma98:)

      • Alma98

        Thank you qosine and good afternoon to you. (HUGS)

  • Alma98

    OMG! From the POU twitter feed Tim Scott on MSNBC. H/T Adept@u

    • BoomerGal

      Who paid this negro?!!

  • Miranda

    Obama’s Re-Election Formally Certified By Joint Session Of Congress
    Igor Bobic – 1:32 PM EST, Friday January 4, 2013

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were formally re-elected on Thursday by a joint session of Congress with a margin of 332 electoral votes to that of 206 for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

    • Alma98

      332 to 206 He stomped Mitt Romney’s ass.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – -HOW SWEET is THIS? – – –:>) – –***tears**** annnd – ***smiles***

    – – – —Gabby Giffords Heads to Newtown [Will meet privately with shooting victims’ families]– —

    Gabrielle Giffords is planning a trip a Newtown home today, where she’ll meet privately with families of the Sandy Hook massacre victims, the AP reports. Connecticut’s lieutenant governor has also been invited to the meeting, which is “planned but not confirmed,” officials say. It’s possible the former Arizona congresswoman, who survived a mass shooting herself, will make an additional appearance. Two days ago, Giffords and husband Mark Kelly met with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg regarding gun control, NBC Connecticut notes.

    — -SHE has been BLESSED annnnd NOW —SHE is BLESSING OTHERS. – – – -BLESS her. AMEN. :>)

    • gc

      Proud to have this glorious woman in my state. Saying “I know how you feel” to trauma victims is non-sensensical. Ms Giffords DOES know.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY gc. – –***BIG —2013 — -HUG***

        — Good on U. :>)- – – – –I KNOW -HUH. :>)

        BLESS HER annnd the FAMILIES. :>). Good 2 C U Gc [Stomp] :>) – – –

  • Miranda

    I can’t believe they are charging this elderly man – Mr. Busybody running around overzealous with his psuedo parking ticket credentials probably needed the hit upside the head with the cane. Gee whiz, he’s 85 with a cane and you busy trying to write a ticket because he’s parked where he no doubt needed to be parked.

    85-year-old admits from jail to hitting man with cane

  • GreenLadyHere

    GR8 NEWS!! – – – –-THEY WON! – – – –THEY WON!! – – -Woo! Hoo!

    Ohhh – – – -waitaminute. . .. .LOL!. . . . . .

    – —Congress verifies: Obama, Biden win Electoral College vote – —

    – – — –The Congress formally confirmed on Friday, nearly two months after polls closed, that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden won the 2012 White House election. – –

    J/K – – – -LOL – — – —THIS is a – —GLOAT!! – –LOL – — –

  • Miranda

    Flashback to a May article on this endorsement for the GOP’s version of the Violence Against Women Act….surprise surprise SMDH

    National Coalition For Men Endorses GOP Version Of VAWA Bill

  • rikyrah

    The debt ceiling isn’t Obama’s problem. It’s the GOP’s problem.

    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Obama and Dems have vowed not to negotiate with the GOP over the debt ceiling. This morning, I asked what “not negotiating” would look like in the real world, and whether it’s even possible. But another question may be even more relevant: Do Republicans really have the leverage in the debt ceiling fight they think they have?

    Some Republicans are now coming out and acknowledging that the GOP may not be in a strong position in the debt ceiling battle, after all. Here’s Newt Gingrich, on Morning Joe today, telling Republicans that a debt ceiling fight is a “loser” for them:

    “They’ve got to find, in the House, a totally new strategy. Everybody’s now talking about, ‘Oh, here comes the debt ceiling.’ I think that’s, frankly, a dead loser. Because in the end, you know it’s gonna happen. The whole national financial system is going to come in to Washington and on television, and say: ‘Oh my God, this will be a gigantic heart attack, the entire economy of the world will collapse. You guys will be held responsible.’ And they’ll cave.”


  • rikyrah

    A Short-Sighted Fool

    by BooMan
    Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 11:54:47 AM EST

    It has only been sitting for one day and already the 113th Congress is a complete disaster. Citing a Republican polling firm’s December findings, Speaker Boehner told his caucus this morning that 72% of the public believes that the government should cut spending by more than whatever amount they add to the debt ceiling. In other words, Speaker Boehner committed himself to holding the debt ceiling hostage despite the president’s adamant refusal to negotiate over the issue.
    We all know that you can get a poll to tell you whatever you want it to tell you. If we asked people to cut government spending by $1.2 trillion dollars (the rough amount of the next debt ceiling hike), they would not like their choices and would determine that we need more revenue. There is no way that 72% of the people would still think it was a good idea to cut spending that much. A poll taken in December is almost meaningless because the president will have his inaugural speech and his State of the Union speech to make his case for never negotiating on the debt ceiling again. He’ll have all of Wall Street on his side. He’ll have every reputable economist on his side. He’ll have Bill Clinton on his side. He’ll have a unified Democratic Party on his side. And he already has the good will of the people.

    Speaker Boehner seems incapable of thinking more than one step ahead. He ought to ask himself how he plans on winning this showdown with the rest of the universe. He could, for example, pass a bill that raises the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion and cuts spending by more than that. And he could hand that to the Senate and dare them not to pass it. Except, he could never get his caucus to vote for the cuts to Medicare that such a bill would require. But, let’s say he could pass it. He’d be threatening everyone’s Medicare on one side and the global economy and the nation’s credit rating on the other. And he’d be doing it in the context of a simultaneous hostage situation on the sequester that threatens every powerful interest group in the country, including the Pentagon. And, all this, without the slightest whiff of a mandate from the people.


  • rikyrah

    Why The Next President Will Probably Be Black Too

    Politics is a repetitive business. And two of the best candidates are black.

    Ben Smith

    If there is anything approaching an iron law of American politics, it’s this: The next president will be a member of the same race as the current one. It’s a rule that has held through 42 of 43 transfers of power. And there’s every reason to think it will hold through the next one. The next president will, in all likelihood, be African-American, most likely one of the two African Americans who would make anybody’s list of the top 10 contenders for the Democratic nomination.

    This is, obviously, the sort of statistical bullshit with which political and sports pundits amuse themselves all day on cable TV and talk radio. It’s equally true that 43 of 44 presidents have been white men.

    But there are also strong reasons to believe that the Democratic nominee, at least, will be African-American. First, African-Americans represent a vital voting bloc in Democratic primaries, and they — like most ethnic groups — typically rally around the favorite son or daughter. Black voters represented an overwhelming 55 percent of the vote in South Carolina in 2008, and almost 20 percent in, for instance, Florida. And the liberal white Democrats who make up the primary electorate in places like Iowa obviously have no problem voting for a black candidate.

    Indeed, as Obama showed, the two great tranches of the Democratic coalition are well-educated white voters and voters of color, of whom most primary voters are still black. (That has only become clearer as the Democrats shed, and win without, working class white voters.) The candidate who can unite those two constituencies is the one who wins the primary. Without a true white liberal champion, a la Howard Dean, an African-American primary candidate has a head-start in 2016.


    • And there’s the Obama-esque outside star, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, already a national figure with a national fundraising network, and on a cruise course to the Senate in 2014.

      Like Ben LaBolt said, Buzzfeed should go back to captioning cat pictures.

      • BoomerGal

        I’m voting for Duvall Patrick if he runs and nobody else.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -THIS is soooo SAD – – — – -***tears*** – —– — –

    — – –Majority of Army casualties in 2012 likely suicides – – –

    – – –The number of active-duty Army service members who died by their own hands in 2012 potentially has surpassed the number killed in action, according to data from the Pentagon. And as the number of Americans killed in Afghanistan declined in 2012 from the previous year, the number of suspected suicides has risen.

    — -Preliminary information released by the Army in December showed that, as of November, there have been 177 suspected active-duty suicides: 113 have been confirmed as suicides, while 64 remained under investigation. Among not-on-active-duty service members (Army National Guard and Army Reserve) there have been 126 suspected suicides: 97 have been confirmed as suicides and 29 were under investigation.

    In contrast, the Department of Defense said 295 Americans were killed in Afghanistan in 2012, out of a total 394 ISAF forces killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    U.S. Army officials have been worried about the suicide rate despite the military’s efforts to increase outreach and programs aimed at recognizing troubled service members.

    – -RIHEP – — — -PRAYIN’ 4 the FAMILIES. –AMEN. – –

    Also notin’ that suicide rates were on the increase in professional football.

    – – –In doing research on the issue, I’ve found that the suicide rate of NFL players is six times the national average. Additionally, there are many issues that former players will face, and the NFL should help their retirees:

    — –The NFL Needs to Take Care of Its Players and Offer Better Suicide Prevention – –

    – – — -Soooo MUCH PRAYER NEEDED – –AMEN. – – –

  • rikyrah

    January 04, 2013 1:19 PM
    Final 2012 Results

    David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, who has been obsessively following late returns, provisional ballot rulings, and other adjustments, has issued his final tally of the 2012 presidential election popular vote: Obama 65,899,557 (51.06%), Romney 60,931,959 (47.21%).

    Obama’s 3.85% margin is a bit above half of his 2008 margin (7.2%), and well above George W. Bush’s 2.4% margin in 2004. And get this: Obama has now twice posted a higher percentage of the popular vote than any Democratic presidential nominee since Lyndon Johnson.

    Since Republican operatives and pundits spent a goodly part of the election cycle suggesting this would be a replay of 1980, it should be noted that Obama squeaked past Carter’s percentage of the vote that year by more than 10 points. His numbers were pretty close to Ronald Reagan’s in 1980 (actually exceeding St. Ronald’s 50.7%), but I don’t think that’s what GOPers had in mind in raising the analogy.


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -JUST ANNOUNCED: – — –

    – – – –Obama Expected to Pick Hagel for Defense Next Week – –

    – – — –President Obama is expected to name former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as his choice for defense secretary as early as Monday, The Cable reports, “as critics of the former Nebraska senator prepare to go to war to fight his expected nomination.”

    Meanwhile, Hagel’s detractors “are moving forward with their campaign against the nomination.”

    Watchin’. . . .- – — –

  • rikyrah

    January 04, 2013 12:53 PM
    House GOPers Fighting For Your Medicare

    So according to Sam Baker of The Hill, House GOPers paused briefly from their 24-7 campaign to insist the president and congressional Democrats propose cuts in entitlement benefits if they want the debt limit to be increased any time soon in order to throw a big monkey-wrench into the one existing effort to hold down Medicare costs:

    House Republicans signaled Thursday they will not follow rules in President Obama’s healthcare law that were designed to speed Medicare cuts through Congress.

    The House is set to vote Thursday afternoon on rules for the 113th Congress. The rules package says the House won’t comply with fast-track procedures for the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a controversial cost-cutting board Republicans have long resisted.

    The rules package signals that Republicans might not bring up Medicare cuts recommended by the IPAB — blocking part of a politically controversial law, and resisting Medicare spending cuts.

    The rules could be challenged in court, because they seek to override a law that Congress passed, but unless that happens, the House can likely abide by the rules it adopts Thursday


  • rikyrah

    Giving Jefferson A Pass

    Henry Wiencek is unimpressed with Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Jon Meacham’s latest foray into history:

    The shadow of the Peculiar Institution looms over this book and, I suspect, is the main reason why Meacham so persistently emphasizes Jefferson’s political “realism” and his refusal to move farther and faster than the law or the public mood allowed. Meacham has no problem with bold presidential moves such as the Louisiana Purchase, which as Meacham admits, was illegal (the Constitution did not provide for its acquisition) and Jefferson’s naval action against the Barbary pirates, which he pursued without Congressional approval (he secured it retroactively). But slavery is always a special case. Slavery was just one of “the complexities of life.” Sally Hemings was not enslaved by Jefferson but by “geography and culture.” When the political issue is slavery, the man who elsewhere seizes control and imposes his will, immediately gives up: “Wounded by the defeats of his progressive efforts on slavery, Jefferson was finally to retreat to a more conventional position.” Meacham does not let Jefferson entirely off the hook, but his rebuke is gentle.


    • JojoRaze

      Thank you for this. I heard about the Wiencek book on Terry Gross’ show on NPR and have it on hold at the library. I’m tired of the Meachams of the historian world whitewashing history. Jefferson was a good president and politician, but like most rich, white men of the time didn’t care much about black people. What is so hard for white historians to get about that. He can be both.

      In some ways Jefferson was worst than Washington because Washington at least freed his slaves when he died and hoped his example would spur others of the founders’ generation to do the same. White people need to stop acting like racism is cancer–something you can’t acknowledge for fear of catching it. All racism is power mixed with irrational fear. Acknowledge it and move on, but don’t pee on folks’ foot and tell them it’s rain.

      Wiencek has them shook though because he has documentation showing Lafayette basically left Jefferson money to free his slaves and he still didn’t do it. It was the same with James Madison–I just read a book about his slave who was his personal valet–and folk were on Madison about owning slaves and how it would affect his legacy, but he just Kanye shrugged.

      I don’t know how hard it is for these historians to admit that the Founders didn’t think much of black people. It’s a fact.

      • jds09

        These folks are conflicted. They’re so busy trying to make the founding fathers into apostles that they can’t wrap their pea brains around the concept, that yes…these guys had slaves and wanted to keep them.

        • rikyrah

          the same folks that did ‘ all men are created equal’

          made Black folks into 3/5ths of a human being.

          it’s not either/or

          it’s BOTH/AND

      • BoomerGal

        And Abe Lincoln’s portrait right next to Jesus on Black folk’s walls needs to stop as well.

        • JojoRaze

          I don’t mind Abe Lincoln. I’ve read Lerone’s Bennett book on Lincoln, and I don’t think he deserves the flack he gets from some black centric sites. Lincoln was the best out of a bad situation. He was a politician trying to reconcile the racist and progressive aspects of his party and America.

          I just want people to instead of trying to saint-ify or villify presidents and founders to list all their pros and cons and say “What can we today learn from this how to conduct ourselves in a democracy?

          • BoomerGal

            “While it is true that Lincoln regarded slavery as an evil and harmful institution, it is also true that he shared the convictions of most americans of his time………that blacks could not be assimilated into white society. He rejected the notion of social equality of the races and held the view that blacks should be resettled abroad. As President, he supported projects to remove blacks from the United States.” I wish he had succeeded.


        • JojoRaze

          I don’t mind Abe Lincoln. I’ve read Lerone’s Bennett book on Lincoln, and I don’t think he deserves the flack he gets from some black centric sites. Lincoln was the best out of a bad situation. He was a politician trying to reconcile the racist and progressive aspects of his party and America.

          I just want people to instead of trying to saint-ify or villify presidents and founders to list all their pros and cons and say “What can we today learn from this how to conduct ourselves in a democracy?

    • BoomerGal

      Barf bag, please.

    • malletgirl02

      Wasn’t Sally Hemings a relative of his wife? I think she was the daughter of Martha’s father and a slave woman.

      • Alma98

        She was his wife’s half sister.

  • rikyrah

    Obama’s popular vote totals put him in small club
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jan 4, 2013 1:18 PM EST.

    The 2012 presidential election has obviously come and gone, but before we move on entirely, there’s a little tidbit of statistical trivia that struck me as interesting — and chart worthy.

    Bloomberg reports today that, thanks to some provisional ballots that have now been counted in New York City, President Obama’s popular-vote total is up to 51.06%. That wouldn’t be especially interesting, were it not for the fact that Obama is the first presidential candidate since Dwight Eisenhower to top 51% twice.

    In fact, in American history, this is a feat that’s only been pulled off by six presidents: Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and now, Barack Obama


  • Miranda

    Who’s surprised?

    22 Attacks On Obama And The Left From BuzzFeed’s Newest Editor
    BuzzFeed Turns To Glenn Beck’s The Blaze For New Hire

    Newly hired BuzzFeed D.C. editor Benny Johnson described President Obama as a “truly committed statist” with a “seedy past” and “extremist ideas” who believes “there is no God above the state” and who acts as “a celebrity-in-chief.”

    On December 18, 2012, BuzzFeed announced that they had hired Johnson as “associate editor in BuzzFeed’s Washington, D.C. Bureau focusing on viral content and its intersection with DC politics” and that he would be starting on January 3. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said Johnson is “perfectly positioned” to “make the sort of smart, entertaining, and compelling political content people want to share.”

    more here

    • Not surprised at all. We peeped Ben Smith and Buzzfeed’s right wing, frat boy game a long time ago.

      • jds09

        Since POC are over-represented on Twitter I can’t wait for his ass to be taken down.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -THIS is an ACTION ITEM! – –Woo! Hoo! – – –

    – – – –Harry Reid Wants Input on Filibuster; let’s give it to him – –

    – – — –(Update: Senators Reid and McConnell have agreed to postpone action on the filibuster until later this month. This not only gives us some time but makes it more imperative that we keep up the pressure. McConnell is a shrewd negotiator; he is also a snake. Reid and McConnell reached a gentlemen’s agreement on the filibuster in 2011 but McConnell did not keep his end of the deal. Remind Reid of this again and again and let him know we want reform.)

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who sounded a few weeks ago as though he was ready to do something about Congressional gridlock at least in his own domain, now appears to be wavering. A caller to the Stephanie Miller Show said he had spoken to Reid’s office this morning and was told that the Senator was not sure about bringing any of the suggested filibuster reform measures to the floor for a vote. The caller said he had the impression that more input from the public might make the difference in Reid’s decision.

    I attempted to verify this but was repeatedly cut off when I opted to speak to a legislative aid. Apparently the phone lines are overloaded. I was however, able to leave a phone message urging an attempt to change the system.
    – — -SNIP – – –

    If Senator Reid needs more input, let’s give it to him. There are only a few hours to act as any changes to Senate rules must be done in the opening hours of a new session. Senator Reid’s Washington office number is 202-224-3542 and option 2 will take you to voice mail. Option 1 leads to dead silence and ultimately a disconnect. He can be emailed from a page on his website at http://www.reid.senate.gov/contact/index.c…. You can also contact your own Senator, if unlike me, you are fortunate enough to have a reasonable Democratic one. –[A correction was made: – -“Senator Reid’s Washington office number is 202-224-3541″.]

    – – — We got WORK 2 do, :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -“The — RIDE orr DIE JOE -SHOW” – – -LOL – —

    – – —WATCH: Joe Biden’s wackiest one-liners from swearing in the 113th Congress – –

    – – —The vice president clearly loved holding court in the Senate, making hilarious and vaguely inappropriate comments to lawmakers and their families – —

    GRAB ya –POU FAM♥ – -“popcorn” – —annnd ENJOY. :>) – –

  • Obama signs legislation to deliver more government contracts to small businesses

    By J.D. Harrison, Updated: Friday, January 4, 8:30 AM

    Washington’s elected officials are taking new steps to direct more government work to small businesses, just as contractors are bracing for the threat of sequestration.

    President Obama on Tuesday signed as part of the military spending budget a series of provisions to help small firms compete for more federal contracts and ensure that agencies take their annual small business contracting goals more seriously. Most notably, the law requires that small business contracting performance be part of employee reviews for senior agency officials, which factor into their consideration for bonuses and promotions.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/obama-signs-law-intended-to-deliver-more-government-contracts-to-small-businesses/2013/01/04/eb452e10-55f7-11e2-bf3e-76c0a789346f_story.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – —THIS DERANGED – -RACIST!! – – – –

    – – – –Former NRA President: Banning Assault Weapons Is Like Banning People of Color – –

    – —The National Rifle Association has repeatedly thumbed its nose at calls for stronger gun safety measures after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Current NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre shocked many by attacking these efforts and calling instead for armed guards in every school. Still, on Wednesday, past NRA President Marion Hammer took the lobbying organization’s pro-gun radicalism to new heights.[Orrr –LOWS!!]

    On NRA’s news show, Hammer warned that gun owners are “in for a massive fight like we’ve probably never seen before,” in which the government will take guns away “in order to control the masses.”

    When asked about proposals to ban certain kinds of assault weapons, Hammer also charged that guns are suffering discrimination similar to racism against people of color:

    HOST: And they even admit it’s about banning the ugliest guns. They admit it.

    HAMMER: Banning people and things because of the way they look because of the way they look, but here they are again. The color of a gun, the way it looks. It’s just bad politics.

    Watch it:

    – – –***lookin’ around – –NOW WHERE did I PUT IT!!???*** –

    –IT! – –IS! – –SOOO! ON!!! – – geesh.

    [Gotta “bounce”. Care-takin’ activities. Back as soon as. ♥]

    • Alma98

      Hey GLH ***HUGS*** So now guns are akin to poc being oppressed? If I could get near this imbecile I would punch him in his neck. I’m tired of white folks using poc struggles to justify their b.s..

      • gc

        They did it on DKOS. And then I blew up and quit.

        • Alma98

          Hey gc how have you been doing? I haven’t forgotten about DKOS using poc for their benefit either.

          • BoomerGal

            The LBGT group is real good for that, too.

          • gc

            I supported them…until that. I told one of the major players that although Matthew Shepard was a tragedy it was blasphemous to compare gays not being allowed in the military with lynchingings across the south civil war era. Then I defriended him and his posse.

          • gc

            Hi Alma – I’m better. More suitable meds and I joined a fitness center. Thanks! Newtown will always be present. There is press and tributes daily.

          • Alma98

            I’m glad your’e doing better and working out will definitely help. I think the press should leave people to grieve and put the spotlight on the NRA.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Very good.
            Fitness center: Pace yourself.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Why am I not surprised?

    • jds09

      What is wrong with these people? First PETA and now this bullshit.

      • lamh36

        wait, what did PETA say now?

        • jds09

          Equating civil rights with animal rights. SMH

  • Miranda

    (I can’t be the only one that wishes this coin thing would happen…and let it be a coin with President Obama’s face on it – please let this happen. The sheer horror in the minds of teanutty right wingers would be like sunshine to me!)

    The 14th Amendment states that “the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law … shall not be questioned.” Last month, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that “[t]his administration does not believe that the 14th Amendment gives the president the power to ignore the debt ceiling — period.”

    It would be possible, however, for that statement to be true and for the president to pay the debts by citing 14th Amendment powers. If the president went the route of the so-called “platinum coin,” he could use the 14th Amendment to tell Congress that the constitution gives him no choice but to find all legal ways to honor the “validity of the public debt.” The Treasury could legally mint a coin worth enough to cover debts for several years and deposit that coin with the Federal Reserve. The funds would not be used for spending that isn’t authorized and appropriated by Congress, but only to pay debts. There president, therefore, would not be ignoring the debt ceiling, because there would be no new debt subject to the limit.

  • Miranda

    ‘Disciplinary fees’ show the trouble with charter schools and privatization

    Our neighbors at MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry report that Chicago’s Noble Network of Charter Schools is making some cash on the side by charging “disciplinary fees” to unruly students. The parents of one teenager, writes Traci Lee, had to pay close to $2,000 in fines for infractions including “an unkempt appearance and not making eye contact.”

    Unreasonable, perhaps, but not unprofitable. Writes Lee: “According to the Chicago Tribune, Noble raked in approximately $200,000 in disciplinary fees in 2011 and almost $400,000 since the 2008-09 school year.”

    more here

    • Alma98


  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

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