October 23, 2017

Friday Open Thread: African-American Opera Singers

It’s Friday, P.O.U. Fam and Lurkers! This week’s open threads are dedicated to African-American Opera Singers.

Continuing the theme is well respected and adored Marian Anderson.

Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said “Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty.” Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965. Although she was offered contracts to perform roles with many important European opera companies, Anderson declined all of these. She preferred to perform in concert and recital only. She did, however, perform opera arias within her concerts and recitals. She made many recordings that reflected her broad performance repertoire of everything from concert literature to lieder to opera to traditional American songs and spirituals.

Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid twentieth century. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. The incident placed Anderson into the spotlight of the international community on a level unusual for a classical musician. With the aid of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.. She performed before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. Anderson continued to break barriers for black artists in the United States, becoming the first black person, American or otherwise, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 7, 1955. Her performance as Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at the Met was the only time she sang an opera role on stage.

Anderson was also an important symbol of grace and beauty during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, singing at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. She also worked for several years as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a “goodwill ambassadress” for the United States Department of State. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Anderson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, theNational Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.

The DAR Incident

In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience inConstitution Hall. At the time, Washington, D.C., was a segregated city and black patrons were upset that they had to sit at the back of Constitution Hall. The District of Columbia Board of Education also declined a request to use the auditorium of a white public high school. As a result of the ensuing furor, thousands of DAR members, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, resigned.

The Roosevelts, with Walter White, then-executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Anderson’s manager, impresario Sol Hurok, then persuaded Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes to arrange an open air Marian Anderson concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The concert was performed on Easter Sunday, April 9, and Anderson was accompanied, per usual, by Vehanen. They began the performance with a dignified and stirring rendition of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”. The event attracted a crowd of more than 75,000 of all colors and was a sensation with a national radio audience of millions.

 Lincoln Memorial


On January 7, 1955, Anderson became the first African-American to perform with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. On that occasion, she sang the part of Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (opposite Zinka Milanov, then Herva Nelli, as Amelia) at the invitation of director Sir Rudolf Bing. Although she never appeared with the company again after this production, Anderson was named a permanent member of the Metropolitan Opera company. The following year she published her autobiography, My Lord, What a Morning, which became a bestseller.

In 1957, she sang for President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s inauguration and toured India and the Far East as a goodwill ambassadress through the U.S. State Department and the American National Theater and Academy. She traveled 35,000 miles (56,000 km) in 12 weeks, giving 24 concerts. After that, President Eisenhower appointed her as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The same year, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1958 she was officially designated delegate to the United Nations, a formalization of her role as “goodwill ambassadress” of the U.S. which she had played earlier.


On January 20, 1961 she sang for President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, and in 1962 she performed for President Kennedy and other dignitaries in the East Room of the White House, and also toured Australia.  She was active in supporting the civil rights movement during the 1960s, giving benefit concerts for the Congress of Racial Equality, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1963, she sang at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. That same year she was one of the original 31 recipients of the newly reinstituted Presidential Medal of Freedom (which is awarded for “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interest of the United States, World Peace or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”), and she also released her album, Snoopycat: The Adventures of Marian Anderson’s Cat Snoopy, which included short stories and songs about her beloved black cat. In 1965, she christened the nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine, USS George Washington Carver. That same year Anderson concluded her farewell tour, after which she retired from public performance. The international tour began at Constitution Hall on Saturday October 24, 1964 and ended at Carnegie Hall on April 18, 1965.


Retirement and Life After Singing

Although Anderson retired from singing in 1965, she continued to appear publicly. On several occasions she narrated Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, including a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga in 1976, conducted by the composer. Her achievements were recognized and honored with many prizes, including the UN Peace Prize in 1972, the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit in 1973, the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, the George Peabody Medal in 1981, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1991. In 1980, the United States Treasury Department coined a half-ounce gold commemorative medal with her likeness, and in 1984 she was the first recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award of the City of New York. She has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Howard University, Temple University and Smith College. She also received the Silver Buffalo Award in 1990, the highest award given to adults by the Boy Scouts of America.

In 1986, Anderson’s husband, Orpheus Fisher, died after 43 years of marriage. Anderson remained in residence at Marianna Farm until 1992, one year before her death. Although the property was sold to developers, various preservationists as well as the City of Danbury fought to protect Anderson’s studio. Their efforts proved successful and the Danbury Museum and Historical Society received a grant from the State of Connecticut, relocated the structure, restored it, and opened it to the public in 2004. In addition to seeing the studio, visitors can see photographs and memorabilia from milestones in Anderson’s career.

Marian Anderson died of congestive heart failure on April 8, 1993, at age 96. She had suffered a stroke a month earlier. She died in Portland, Oregon, at the home of her nephew, conductor James DePreist. She is interred at Eden Cemetery, in Collingdale, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.


***Information courtesy of Wikipedia.org and Marian Anderson.org***

  • dannie22

    good morning

    • crazycanuck

      Morning Dannie and everyone

      • Mornin’ Dannie, CC and POU!

        • rikyrah

          Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • edp4bho

    Good morning all. I jump in and out of here everyday. Just letting you all know. Let’s see what the stupid in DC brings today. Already heard the senate (I refuse to capitalize the body of nincompoops) shot down a bill by PBO. Have to find out what it was. Cannot stomach politicians, except for PBO.

  • Guerlain Patriarch Found Guilty
    By Joelle Diderich and Camilla Vogt

    GUERLAIN PATRIARCH FOUND GUILTY: A French court on Thursday found perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain guilty of uttering a racial slur during an interview on French television and sentenced him to a fine of 6,000 euros, or around $8,000 at current exchange.

    The criminal court in Paris also ordered Guerlain, 75, to pay combined damages and costs of 4,000 euros, or $5,370, to each of the three antiracism groups that were associated with the case as civil plaintiffs.

    In an interview with public television station France 2 in October 2010, Guerlain used a derogatory French word to describe blacks in describing how hard he worked to create the famous Samsara fragrance, prompting civil rights groups to call for a consumer boycott of Guerlain products.

    The cosmetics company issued a statement at the time, saying the perfumer’s comments were “intolerable” and went against the “culture, values and ethics practiced by the enterprise, which promotes the diversity of talents of all origins.”

    Guerlain’s statement stressed that Jean-Paul Guerlain, the fourth and last generation in a family of noses, has not been a shareholder since 1996 and retired in 2002.

    Guerlain had swiftly apologized for his “shocking statement.” At his trial, he told the court he had repeated an expression he had often heard from his grandfather as a youth.

    “These remarks were common in my day, and thankfully they no longer are,” he said, according to a court transcript of the hearing. Guerlain apologized to the black community for his remarks, saying: “I am anything but racist.”

    However, French media reported last month that Guerlain landed in hot water again after allegedly making racist remarks to three Eurostar employees who refused him access to his train because the perfumer, who uses a wheelchair, was late.

  • GN

    Worse and worse…

    George Zimmerman lost job as party security guard for being too aggressive, ex-co-worker says

    George Zimmerman was fired from his job as an under-the-table security guard for “being too aggressive,” a former co-worker told the Daily News.

    Zimmerman, at the center of a firestorm for shooting an unarmed black teenager a month ago, worked for two different agencies providing security to illegal house parties between 2001 and 2005, the former co-worker said.

    “Usually he was just a cool guy. He liked to drink and hang with the women like the rest of us,” he said. “But it was like Jekyll and Hyde. When the dude snapped, he snapped.”

    The source said Zimmerman, who made between $50 and $100 a night, was let go in 2005.

    “He had a temper and he became a liability,” the man said. “One time this woman was acting a little out of control. She was drunk. George lost his cool and totally overreacted,” he said. “It was weird, because he was such a cool guy, but he got all nuts. He picked her up and threw her. It was pure rage. She twisted her ankle. Everyone was flipping out.”



    • I wonder if the woman was Black?

      And he likes to drink which contradicts Uncle Joe.

      • GN

        That intoxication evidence was not collected that night is unbelievable.

        • Miranda

          His 911 call sure sounded like he’d been drinking to me.

  • MonieTalks

    Just caught up with some of the headlines from yesterday..

    a stank, low-down, turd, despicable, keyboard gangsta Klans member hacked into Trayvon’s social media accounts and posted lies on filthy sites like stormfront…wow, people are sick. I pray strength for his family. Keep them sane throughout this whole ordeal. I will tell you, I am a fairly laid-back non-violent person, but I won’t hold anything back if my children are hurt, degraded or ridiculed. I know it must be tremendously difficult for his parents.

    The more and more I think about the shoddiness and inept investigation that was done, another piece of the scenario does not see to add up in Zimmerman’s account. Now unless Trayvon had a zippered pocket on his hoodie, wouldn’t it have seemed like a canned or bottled iced tea and Skittles would have fallen out of his pocket during a scuffle like the one Zimmerman has described? From all accounts, it appears the items were still on his person as officers arrived at the scene.

    Also Rene Stutzman, who had her wig snatched by Lawrence O’Donnell will be doing a live chat at the Orlando Sentinel at noon..really…hmmmmm?

  • So, how did Benjamin Crump, do on Bill O’Loofa’s show last night?

    I haven’t seen it, but my initial thought is that wasn’t a smart move on Crump’s part.

    • Miranda

      It wasn’t a smart move, it was an awful move. O’Lielly is known for talking over and twisting shit and he did just that.

  • MonieTalks

    Republicans would hate for Americans to receive a rebate check from health insurance companies for premiums they did not spend completely…keep an eye on the stalling tactics from the GOP..

    Health insurers push back on consumer rebate letter

    Jay Hancock | Kaiser Health News

    WASHINGTON — Thanks to hefty profits and a requirement in the health law that takes effect this year, insurers will send subscribers hundreds of millions of dollars in rebate checks this August. But the industry and the Obama administration are at odds over proposed language in a letter that’s to go out with the checks, as well as who’s to be notified.

    The administration may require insurers to send notices about rebate rules even to customers who aren’t getting rebates. America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry lobby, called that “unnecessary and illogical.”

    It also objects to a proposed message for rebate recipients that mentions the health law in the second sentence, describing the message’s language as “inflexible and highly prescriptive.”

    “This letter is to inform you that you will receive a refund of a portion of your health insurance premiums,” the letter begins. “This refund is required by the Affordable Care Act — the health reform law.”

    Republicans say the proposal would force industry to pay for what amounts to Democratic campaign literature weeks before November’s elections.

    “The fact that many individuals receiving this advertisement won’t even be affected by this policy shows it to be merely propaganda,” Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., said in an interview. Pitts is the chairman of the Health Subcommittee on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    The 2010 health law requires insurers to make partial refunds to subscribers or employers if the companies don’t spend a certain portion of the premiums they charge — 80 to 85 percent in most cases — on medical care. The measure was intended to boost spending on treatment and reduce insurers’ administrative costs and profits.

    Because of a moderation in 2011 health-care spending and outsize industry profits, analysts expect this year’s rebates to be substantial.

    Up to 9 million Americans could get checks totaling up to $1.4 billion, Steve Larsen, the director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Health and Human Services Department, told Congress on March 21. Rebates in the individual-policy market could average $164 apiece, he said.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/03/29/143545/health-insurers-push-back-on-consumer.html#storylink=cpy

    • Miranda

      Oh I just bet the Rethugs DON’T want rebates going out. Assholes.

  • GreenLadyHere
  • rikyrah

    Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/29/2012
    Obama’s approval is now right side up
    By Jonathan Bernstein

    For the first time since June, Barack Obama is right side up: his approval this week moved slightly higher than his disapproval on Pollster’s poll-of-the-polls trend line.

    Indeed, Obama’s current 47.7% approval rate is almost a two-year high. He briefly reached as high as 48.8% last January, but never matched that during the bin Laden rally last spring. Before that, you have to go back to February 2010 to find him up to 48%. Other calculations yield similar results, such as the polling average at Real Clear Politics, which also has Obama at 47.7 but had him a bit higher earlier this month.

    The current rally is now about six months old. It began after Obama reached his all-time low on the Pollster trend line in the first week of September, hitting 42.6%. It’s maybe worth noting that there are no specific events associated with the rally. Presumably, the president is being helped by an improving economy. It’s certainly possible that his shift to talking more about jobs since September — or, perhaps, his shift away from talking about federal budget deficits — has helped.

    That suggests the president will continue to grow slowly more popular as long as the basic news environment remains the same — continued moderate-but-real economic recovery, which was reflected in today’s unemployment, GDP, and income numbers.

    It’s still too early for polling to be very meaningful, but to the extent that any of it is worth paying attention to, I would still recommend the watching the president’s approval numbers and basically nothing else. In particular, I wouldn’t pay any attention at all to Mitt Romney’s current polling doldrums. Jamelle Bouie reminds us today that Bill Clinton had similarly lackluster numbers at this point in 1992, but once he moved closer to his convention, he rapidly improved, and it turned out that his primary-stage weaknesses predicted nothing at all. Similarly, Romney’s current weakness is going to depress his totals in head-to-head polling trial heats. I’m as big a political junkie as there is, but I’m almost entirely ignoring those right now.

    The best polling hint about where the election is at right now can be found in Barack Obama’s approval numbers. And while they’re a long way from “sure thing,” it’s certainly good news for the president that he’s finally emerged from months of being upside down in those polls


  • rikyrah

    Paul Ryan’s Conspiracy Theory
    Posted on 03/29/2012 at 6:00 pm by JM Ashby
    From the Derpartment of “you can’t make this shit up.”

    Tax-cut magician Paul Ryan is accusing the Joint Chiefs of Staff of being dishonest in their budget request, and the reason is –wait for it– they’re requesting less spending than expected!

    Under normal circumstances you would assume that less spending would be music to the ears of a spending-obsessed man like Paul Ryan, but not in this case. In this case, an agreement between the Joint Chiefs and President Obama, wherein they agree to less spending, must be some kind of conspiracy.

    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., claimed Thursday that senior U.S. military officials and commanders were being dishonest in their budget requests to Congress.

    “We don’t believe the generals are giving us their true budget,” Ryan said at the National Journal Live Budget Policy summit, adding, “I think there’s a lot of budget smoke and mirrors in the Pentagon’s budget.” […]

    In his FY2013 budget, Ryan proposed dismantling the automatic sequestration of defense spending, replacing those cuts with unspecified savings from mandatory programs.

    It gets better.

    The spending levels being proposed by the Pentagon are the same levels previously agreed to, by both parties, under the Budget Control Act (the debt-ceiling deal).

    Now that the Republicans have officially abandoned the debt-ceiling framework and have, once again, voted to pass Paul Ryan’s Medicare-killing budget along party lines, they’re pretending that automatically-triggered spending cuts at the Pentagon were never agreed to, even though they were.

    By the way, I hear accusing your most senior commanders of lying and producing fraudulent budget requests is a great way to “support the troops.”


  • MonieTalks

    Just in time for all those poll numbers that show the president is beating Romney and Santorum by good margins in battleground states….funny thing is every campus that the president has visited lately have included long lines, enthusiastic young people, often waiting in inclement weather..watch this meme grow

    Obama Campus Fervor Losing to Apathy as Students Sour on 2012
    By Andrew Theen – Mar 30, 2012 12:01 AM ET

    On election night 2008, freshman Meagan Cassidy left Lake Forest College and hopped a train to Chicago to celebrate Barack Obama’s impending victory.

    “There was probably no better place to be,” Cassidy said in a phone interview. The excitement generated that evening spurred her on to become an intern and then a field organizer in three congressional contests and two human rights campaigns.

    Now a senior, Cassidy, 21, said she’s not working on a campaign this time around. She’s too busy looking for a job at a nonprofit advocacy group. She and her friends aren’t discussing the election as much as in 2008, she said.

    “There is not much talk of Obama at all,” Cassidy said of the mood on campus, which extends beyond the president. “I don’t think anyone’s satisfied.”

    read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-30/obama-campus-fervor-losing-to-apathy-as-students-sour-on-2012.html

    • Ebogan63

      These assholes in the media are skurred that Rmoney gonna get swamped in Nov.

  • rikyrah

    Their Story is Just Falling Apart
    by BooMan
    Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 11:31:46 PM EST

    FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier in the Tampa field office and Department of Justice spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa in Washington spoke to the Los Angeles Times about their investigation of the Trayvon Martin case. They made it completely clear that their investigation is not focused on the Sanford police department. And if they’re running into problems with the department, they’re keeping a tight poker face.

    So there’s no federal investigation into the local police?
    Hinojosa: When the Justice Department investigates a whole police department, like we did in New Orleans or in L.A., that is a pattern of practice investigation — that’s something different. We are not doing that here.
    What happens if, in the course of your investigation, you uncover improprieties by local police or prosecutors?

    Couvertier: If something like that did come up, that would be addressed accordingly, either by state [investigators], federal, or both. But right now we are focused on the circumstances surrounding Trayvon’s death and his civil rights. The state attorney’s office is looking at the death and how everything was handled so they would be aware of any issues and address those accordingly.

    I think we’ve been witnessing an ongoing conspiracy and cover-up, and I think the entire investigation of the Trayvon Martin case has been compromised. I think false police reports were filed. I think witnesses were mishandled. I can’t imagine that the FBI can get the facts of this case without running up against false statements and unethical behavior by police officers and their higher-ups.

    That’s also true for the Florida state investigator. But I don’t think Roscoe P. Coltrane and Enos are going to be able to keep their stories straight.


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – -Annnnd “The TRUTH CONTINUES 2 EMERGE” – – – AHA! —

    – – – – –Trayvon Martin case: Mayor says police resisted release of 911 tapes – —

    – – – –George Zimmerman’s brother spoke out for the first time Thursday night, defending his brother’s actions in the killing of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin and saying that medical records will back his account of the shooting. NBC’s Ron Allen reports.

    – -The mayor of the city where Trayvon Martin was killed says he overruled police and prosecutors who opposed the release of tapes of 911 calls, telling them: “We’re not here to hide anything.”

    – – –Jeff Triplett, who is a senior vice president at United Legacy Bank and part-time mayor of Sanford, said he took the decision after Martin’s family asked for the release of recordings of a call that shooter George Zimmerman made to police and 911 calls from neighbors who heard the confrontation.

    Police, prosecutors and the city attorney opposed releasing the calls because of the ongoing investigation, Triplett told Reuters.

    “Everyone was saying to me, no, no, no, don’t turn them over,” he said. “I just continually asked, ‘Why wouldn’t we do this?'”

    — -“I made that call to try to settle everything down a little bit, to let the family hear what transpired. We were being accused of a lot of things, or the police department was, so we can take the step to say, ‘We’re not here to hide anything,'” Triplett added.

    World is ‘watching’
    Triplett was governs a population of about 54,000, 30 percent of whom are black and have long complained bitterly about police mistreatment.

    “I ran for office to make a better Sanford. And this comes on your plate, and it’s just amazing,” 43-year-old Triplett told Reuters in an interview.

    “The decisions I’m trying to make, I could be not only held accountable for them from the city side but from the nation and the world that’s watching right now,” he added.

    – -Ooooo-weeeee — – -That – — -“TANGLED WEB” —UNRAVELLING!! :>)

    THAT “brother” – – – -SOOO WEAK — -with his WEAK-LYIN’ —TALKIN’ POINTS!! – -HAH!

    – – -RIHEP —T.M. — – – – –JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL! – – – –

    • Town

      Police, prosecutors and the city attorney opposed releasing the calls because of the ongoing investigation, Triplett told Reuters.

      But according to the police, the case was closed, right?

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ TOWN. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —YEP! :>) –THEY were playin’ — “CLOSER” –More like -“HIDDER”


        – – –UNTANGLE!!!

        ———RACIST – LIARS!! – – —IT IS Soooo ON!! —

        Good C . Town. :>)

      • Miranda

        They can not keep their stories straight.

        • rikyrah

          HELL, you need one of those white board just to put the different stories down.

        • GN

          Just lying up a storm…I can’t imagine what the parents went through.

  • rikyrah

    March 30, 2012 8:41 AM
    March of the Lemmings?
    By Ed Kilgore

    Before spending any more time bashing Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, let’s pause for a moment and gaze in wonder at the determination of House Republicans to identify themselves with this document. All but ten of them voted for it. They have zero bipartisan cover. They know for a fact that it will go nowhere in the Senate.

    Yet not only have they insisted on going on the record for this turkey, they are now going to pretend it was indeed enacted in the Senate, and go through a bizarre exercise in pretending to implement it, so that they can then pretend to have avoided the defense “sequesters” agreed to in last year’s debt limit agreement. Yes, it will have a real-life effect on the behavior of House appropriators in negotiations with the Senate late in the year, making another government shutdown very likely, but other than that, the whole thing is a petulant exercise in play-acting.


    David Rogers of Politico asks that question today, and sort of shrugs and says:

    This appears to reflect three forces. First is the relentless pressure on GOP leaders to tack to the right to appease tea party conservatives.
    Second is the entrenched power of Republican defense hawks, often reliable votes for Boehner on other issues and a bloc to which he is very responsive. The lament that the Pentagon must be protected from cuts reached the point in the Budget Committee markup last week that Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) began listing all the wars for which he felt America had been unprepared: He included “the War for Independence.”
    Third, as the debt problem has grown, the tone of the annual budget debate seems to have changed. Factions in both parties appear more likely to stake out extreme positions that have little bearing on political reality

    All in all, it appears House Republicans are so upset that they were backed into a bipartisan agreement last year (though it was basically an agreement not to agree, and to put into place a failsafe spending cut mechanism to punish them if they continued to fail to agree) that they want to put on a demonstration of what Congress would be like if there were no Democrats in it. Democrats should be very grateful.


  • rikyrah

    March 29, 2012 5:30 PM
    Saving General Ryan
    By Ed Kilgore

    Well, this item from The Hill’s Justin Sink would just make my day, if it weren’t so horrifying:

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) expressed skepticism Thursday that U.S. military leaders were being honest in their budget requests to Congress.

    “We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice,” Ryan said during a forum on the budget sponsored by the National Journal. “We don’t think the generals believe their budget is really the right budget….

    He went on to say that while there were certainly inefficiencies that could be reduced in the Pentagon’s budget, fighting wars in the Middle East and a “dangerous world” necessitated keeping defense spending level.

    The comments were in response to a question from National Journal managing editor Kristin Roberts, who asked Ryan why the committee chose “to go against the advice of the generals” in rolling back $487 billion in proposed cuts to the Pentagon’s budget over the next decade.

    Wait, it gets even better with Roberts’ follow-up question:

    After Ryan’s initial remarks, Roberts noted that the budget was something that came from the Defense Department itself, not the Obama administration.

    You don’t believe the generals?” Roberts asked.

    “What I believe is this budget does hollow out defense,” Ryan responded. “I believe this budget goes beyond where we should go to keep people safe.”

    So this “genius” budgeter, whose party is always happy to defer to the generals when the generals say what they want to hear, is putting a couple of stars on his shoulder and dictating what the Pentagon needs to “keep people safe.” That’s particularly amazing since General Ryan is under fire from every direction for failing to offer a credible plan to reach his own arbitrary deficit reduction targets.

    I hope the deficit hawks who keep defending Ryan weigh in on this determination to cram more money down the Pentagon. Or maybe GOP leaders can save him from even further mockery by letting him off the hook for sticking to the philosophy of never cutting defense spending when there’s a single dollar left to wring out of the poor.


  • Timothy Dolan: Expanding Access To Birth Control Would Undermine ‘The American Enterprise,’ Spread ‘Secularism’

    By Igor Volsky on Mar 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York took his case against the Affordable Care Act’s new rule requiring insurers and employers to provide preventive care services — including contraception — at no additional cost to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. The Catholic Church is fighting the requirement against the tide of public opinion and despite being specifically exempt from providing birth control to its members.

    Dolan pulled no punches, however, going so far as to imply that the requirement would undermine the “American enterprise” and spread “secularism” throughout the nation:

    DOLAN: You’re a better historian than I am Bill, you know that every great movement in — in American history has been driven by people of religious conviction. And if we duct tape the churches — I’m just not talking about the Catholic Church — if we duct tape the role of religion and the churches and morally convince people in the marketplace that’s going to lead to a huge deficit a huge void. And there are many people who want to fill it up, namely a new religion called secularism, ok, which — which would be as doctrinaire and would consider itself as infallible as they caricature the other religions doing.

    So to — to see — to see that morally-driven religiously-convinced people want to exercise their political responsibility, I think that is not only at the heart of biblical religion, it is at the heart of American enterprise.

  • MonieTalks

    Has any news organization discussed how when millions of gallons of crude oil was pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, gas prices did not move an inch? And they stayed that way for a long while. What happened to the supply and demand argument…the “we don’t have enough resources” spin

    Or that Jack Gerard, president of the lobbyist group, American Petroleum Institute says that the President will pay political consequences if he does not do as they wish on the Keystone project. http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/9308-xl-pipeline-oil-chief-threatens-obama

    I swear, every time I hear a new report on MSM asking what is causing the increase in gas prices, in their usual dumbfounded measure, I scream “Why won’t yall bring up that the oil industry has THREATENED to use gas prices as a political football. That as soon as they think Americans are about to rebound, they want a cut of that. These people are really criminal aided and abetted by Congress ever since the end of Clinton’s term.

    Also have you all noticed that more Black folk than ever are featured in oil company ads…have yall seen the latest one with the Black mother and baby…..you gotta love this greedy ass, speculative oil companies who know they are not about shit, but are scared to contrast themselves against the President in his message that makes sense…and use Black folks in ads to do their bidding.

    • Town

      In ’08 when the gas was $5/gallon they tried to say people in India & China were buying up more cars so they were using all the gas.

      Most of the people in India & China make $1/day so how could they afford to buy a car all of a sudden?

    • nellcote

      Also have you all noticed that more Black folk than ever are featured in oil company ads…
      Yes, I have noticed that. We get the Exxon one with the black guy touting all the wonderful things the oil company does for us a lot.

  • rikyrah

    Paul Ryan’s unbridled chutzpah on defense spending
    By Steve Benen – Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:47 AM EDT.

    The United States spends more on its military than any other nation on the planet by a large margin. Indeed, we spend nearly as much as the combined military budgets of all the world powers. Given the nation’s fiscal challenges, combined with the fact that we’ve already ended one major war and are winding down another, it’s not surprising that sensible voices believe it’s time to scale back the Pentagon budget.

    That includes, by the way, officials at the Pentagon. U.S. military leaders have proposed cuts of nearly a half-trillion dollars over the next decade, which defense officials and national security experts believe can be made without increasing the nation’s vulnerabilities or undermining our ability to fight if necessary. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, for example, has already heartily endorsed the budget cuts.

    With this in mind, it was rather striking to see Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the right-wing chairman of the House Budget Committee, suggest yesterday that U.S. military leaders are not to be trusted.

    We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice,” Ryan said during a forum on the budget sponsored by the National Journal. “We don’t think the generals believe their budget is really the right budget.” […]

    He went on to say that while there were certainly inefficiencies that could be reduced in the Pentagon’s budget, fighting wars in the Middle East and a “dangerous world” necessitated keeping defense spending level.

    Ryan was specifically asked yesterday, “You don’t believe the generals?” The congressman replied, “What I believe is this budget does hollow out defense. I believe this budget goes beyond where we should go to keep people safe.”

    Ryan added that his budget plan, unlike the plan endorsed by U.S. military leaders, counts an “honest Pentagon budget.”

    Even for Ryan, this takes an enormous amount of chutzpah.

    Let’s unpack this a bit, because it’s important to understand how ridiculous it is.


    First, Ryan is ostensibly someone who’s eager to slash every possible public investment. Indeed, he believes spending has to be brutally cut to the bone to prevent some kind of looming “debt crisis,” And yet, given the chance to cut nearly a half-trillion in spending over the next decade, the right-wing Wisconsinite has suddenly discovered he disapproves of budget cuts after all. (Ryan wants to increase defense spending, even while cutting everything else.) If the cuts don’t hurt working families, he’s apparently not interested.

    Second, let’s not forget that the Pentagon wants these budget cuts. It’s not as if there’s a dispute between the White House and the brass, and Ryan is siding with the latter. Instead, Ryan is looking for budget cuts; the Pentagon is recommending some; and the Budget Committee chairman prefers to ignore the recommendations.

    Third, notice that Ryan is effectively accusing U.S. military leaders of lying to Congress about the resources necessary to keep the nation safe. I wonder what the reaction would be if a House Democrat did that.

    And finally, there’s the biggest, most jaw-dropping angle of them all: Paul Ryan, who has never served in the military a day in his life, believes he knows better than the U.S. military leadership what funding levels are needed to “keep people safe.”

    Amazing. Just amazing.


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — – The “KKK” – – -CONTINUES 2 ATTACK — NOW “HACK” – —

    – – – –White Supremacist Boasts He Hacked Trayvon’s Email – — –

    – – – –How low can you go? A white supremacist claims to have hacked into Trayvon Martin’s email and social networking accounts, reports Gawker, which has verified that at least one of the slain teenager’s email accounts was indeed broken into. The racist, who calls himself Klankannon, posted what he says are Martin’s private Facebook messages to the 4chan message board, boasting that he changed all the account passwords to racist slurs.

    – – – -21ST CENTURY – –LYNCHING!! – –DESPICABLE!!! —

  • rikyrah

    Released: March 29, 2012

    The Gender Gap: Three Decades Old, as Wide as Ever

    The gender gap in presidential politics is not new. Democratic candidates have gotten more support from women than men for more than 30 years. Even so, Barack Obama’s advantages among women voters over his GOP rivals are striking.

    In the Pew Research Center’s most recent national survey, conducted March 7-11, Obama led Mitt Romney by 20 points (58% to 38%) among women voters. It marked the second consecutive month that Obama held such a wide advantage over Romney among women (59% to 38% in February). In both February and March, Obama ran about even with Romney among men.

    In the March survey, Obama’s overall lead over Rick Santorum was 18 points. Fully 61% of women voters said they would favor Obama in a matchup with Santorum, compared with just 35% who backed the former Pennsylvania senator.

    The gender gap – the difference in support for a candidate among women and men – is about as wide today as it was at this point in the campaign four years ago. In March 2008, both Democratic candidates, Obama and Hillary Clinton, had narrower overall leads over John McCain than Obama has today. Obama ran about even with McCain among men, but he led by 14 points among women (53% to 39%). Clinton trailed among men, yet also led by 14 points among women.

    In November 2008, Obama defeated McCain by eight points (53% to 45%). While Obama essentially broke even with McCain among men (49% Obama, 48% McCain), he held a commanding 56% to 43% over McCain among women.

    The gender gap in 2008 – the seven-point difference between women and men in support for the Democratic candidate – was comparable to the gap in most elections since 1980. Even when Democratic candidates failed to garner a majority of the women’s vote – as in 1980, 1984 and 1988 – they still drew more support from women than from men.


  • rikyrah

    Obama 2012: Built to Broadcast
    POSTED: March 28, 1:55 PM ET | By Tim Dickinson

    Our email list had reached 13 million people. We had essentially created our own television network, only better, because we communicated directly with no filter to what would amount to about 20 percent of the total number of votes we would need to win.” — David Plouffe, The Audacity to Win

    When Obama 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe likened the campaign’s email list to a television network in his campaign memoir, it was a rough analogy. But for the revamped Obama 2012 campaign, the meaning is quite literal. The YouTube and social media revolution of the last four years has given the campaign the power to produce and disseminate powerful video content that it can broadcast to a highly targeted audience of millions, effectively for free.

    The choice example is the campaign’s 17 minute Hollywood-caliber propaganda piece The Road We’ve Traveled, which lays out president Obama’s accomplishments with all the polish (but none of the skepticism) of a Frontline documentary.

    The docuganda casts Obama in heroic terms, a lone man commanding the powers of the presidency to ward off a depression, rescue the auto industry, reform health care, and take out Osama bin Laden. The film is largely in bounds on these facts, but it casts the Obama presidency as a succession of victories — with nary a nod to the administration’s laundry list of unmet objectives (cap-and-trade climate regulation, immigration reform, union “card check” voting, etc.), or to the crushing setback of the 2010 mid-terms.

    The campaign paid top dollar to produce the film — reports are it cost $354,000 to make — but effectively nothing to put this epic short in front of an audience of nearly 2 million viewers and counting, per YouTube metrics. (By contrast, during the heat of the 2008 campaign season, when the campaign wanted to push out a similar infomercial, it had to buy a half-hour of network prime time TV.) The film continues to be shown as an organizing tool at the houseparties of campaign volunteers, and even at high dollar fundraisers. And it’s had enough of an impact, evidently, that Karl Rove felt compelled to thrash it in his column for the Wall Street Journal — “Three dismal years are spun into 17 minutes of fact-challenged campaign film.”

    The Road We’ve Traveled is remarkable for its glitz and directorial pedigree — the filmmaker is Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim, who directed Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. But the same media strategy is evident throughout the 2012 campaign. The folks in Chicago have spent next to nothing on television ads. Yet the campaign’s digital team — the biggest squad by far in Obama 2012’s massive headquarters in a downtown skyscraper — is quietly churning out nearly a video a day, designed to reengage Obama supporters, activate new volunteers, or persuade fence-sitting independents.

    The campaign doesn’t put out a blast to reporters with every video. Indeed, Obama 2012 sends out few press releases at all. The point is not to leverage traditional media outlets to amplify the campaign’s message. The point appears precisely to go around the mainstream media, using social networks and more blunt tools like segments of the campaign’s email list to bring unfiltered messages directly to key consituencies.

    Check out the campaign’s YouTube channel. There’s a new video from feminist Gloria Steinem talking up the president’s record on women’s issues with more than 45,000 views in three days. There’s a video from February of the president kicking off African Americans for Obama 2012, with more than 1.5 million views.

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/obama-2012-built-to-broadcast-20120328#ixzz1qbdEyHB9

  • rikyrah

    MSNBC: …. a new NBC News/Marist poll shows President Obama holding a sizable advantage over his Republican opposition in Wisconsin, which he carried in 2008 but where Republicans made big gains in the 2010 midterms.

    Obama leads Romney in Wisconsin among registered voters, 52 percent to 35 percent, with 13 percent undecided. And he edges Santorum, 51 percent to 38 percent, with 11 percent undecided….

    Benefitting Obama is growing optimism about the state of the economy (52 percent believe the worst is behind them), as well as a more negative perception of the Republican Party (48 percent say the Democratic Party does a better job in appealing to those who aren’t hard-core supporters, while just 32 percent say that about the GOP).

    What’s more, there’s a significant gender gap: Obama leads Romney among women by 25 points (55 percent to 30 percent) and men by 12 points (50 percent to 38 percent). The president’s job-approval rating in Wisconsin stands at 50 percent.


    • itgurl_29

      So is MSNBC trashing their own poll today? LOL

  • I LOVE this idea!

    A clinic’s landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters

    By Petula Dvorak, Published: March 29


    The tactical decision to focus on a clinic’s landlord was a clever move, although Stave could handle it. He’s pretty tough after all the years in this fight.

    But his tormentors crossed the line last fall when a big group showed up at his daughter’s middle school on the first day of classes and again at back-to-school night. They had signs displaying his name and contact information as well as those gory images of the fetuses.

    “What parent wants to have that conversation with an 11-year-old on the first day of school?” he fumed.

    Soon after that, the harassing calls started coming to his home. By the dozens, at all hours. Friends asked him how they could help. He began to take down the names and phone numbers of people who made unwanted calls. And he gave the information to his friends and asked them to call these folks back.

    “In a very calm, very respectful voice, they said that the Stave family thanks you for your prayers,” he said. “They cannot terminate the lease, and they do not want to. They support women’s rights.”

    This started with a dozen or so friends, and then it grew. Soon, more than a thousand volunteers were dialing.

    If they could find the information, Stave’s supporters would ask during the callbacks how the children in the family were doing and mention their names and the names of their schools. “And then,” Stave said, “we’d tell them that we bless their home on such and such street,” giving the address.

    The family of a protester who called Stave’s home could get up to 5,000 calls in return.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-clinics-landlord-turns-the-tables-on-anti-abortion-protesters/2012/03/29/gIQAThgwiS_story.html

    • Miranda


    • PBomb

      AWESOME! Turning the tables on those assholes with their own shenanigans is very coy. Love it.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – —HAH!! – — -Another — -“TANGLED WEB” — –UNRAVELLED!!! – – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -SICK – – — TWISTED MINDS were STARTIN’ DOWN THIS – —DISGUSTIN’ ROAD!! – – –[Apologies.]

    – – –Trayvon Martin cartoon causes uproar on UNC-Chapel Hill campus – – –

    – – – – –An editorial cartoon illustrating a slain Trayvon Martin caused a stir on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill March 29.

    – – — SKIP – – —

    Shortly after the publication of the editorial cartoon, students at UNC arranged a letter-writing campaign through social media to protest the publication of the depiction of Martin’s dead body next to an open bag of Skittles. Zellner attended the meeting to listen to the grievances of concerned students and apologize for the publication of the considerably offensive cartoon.

    – —-“FREEDOM of the PRESS” – – — 2 B DESPICABLY OFFENSIVE!!!

    I’m watchin’ 4 other developments – – -LIKE IFF it will B REMOVED!! – – –


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – -AHA!! – – – -MORE DOTS CONNECTED — – – – –

    – – –Bill Lee, Sanford police chief, was dean at college that expelled George Zimmerman – – – —

    – —- –Before becoming the chief of the Sanford police department, Bill Lee, Jr. was associate dean of the School of Public Safety at Seminole State college, the same college which recently expelled George Zimmerman.

    There is no evidence they ever met. Zimmerman attended Seminole State sporadically starting in 2003. According to a story in the Orlando Sentinel, he re-enrolled in a general studies program in 2009, though previous reports have indicated he was studying “criminal justice.”

    Lee’s application for police chief in 2011 indicates he was associate dean at the school from 2009 until he accepted the job as Sanford’s top cop last spring.

    TheGrio left messages at the home, cell and email accounts of Chief Lee, requesting comment.

    Lee stepped aside temporarily more than a week ago, amid an uproar of the police department’s failure to arrest Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17.

    —TheGrio reported this week that Lee went to the scene of the February 26th shooting, and a source tells theGrio that Lee and his investigations chief, Robert O’Connor, met in person with State Attorney Norman Wolfinger before the decision to release Zimmerman was made, despite the recommendation from the lead homicide investigator that he should be charged.

    — –HAH! – – – -He “STEPPED DOWN – — -TEMPORARILY BECAUSE. . . .????? – — – – —

  • Miranda

    I remember the interview of Laura with Jenna on some talk show and Laura said she was supporting McCain, the interviewer asked Jenna…and the look on her face might as well have said BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA – but she just said “not sure yet”. It was hilarious.

    Bush Girls Fell For Obama

    George W. Bush told French President Nicolas Sarkozy that he had early intelligence that Democrat Barack Obama would be his successor in the White House: His daughters were enthusiastic supporters of the Democrat, according to an account from a top French official.

    The 43rd president backed John McCain, his fellow Republican, former rival, and uneasy ally. But Bush told his French counterpart that his twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, made no secret of their allegiance to Obama, who wielded a strong generational appeal, according to Jean-David Levitte, the former French Ambassador to the United States who was then in Paris as Sarkozy’s top foreign policy advisor.

    more here

    • And I bet Laura had her fingers crossed when she said she supported McCain.

      • Bet you their going to be voting for him again this year as well.

        • Town

          Hell, even George W. Bush will be voting for Obama this year.

      • JojoRaze

        I remember that the preacher who married Laura–the one that looks like W the most–had supported PBO. Not surprised by this at all especially since Laura and Jenna said they made sure they were there after the inauguration when Malia and Sasha moved in to show them all the secret spots in the WH.

        Also, I think at this stage of the game, like Town said, W would not vote for Romney. These candidates make W look smart!

    • itgurl_29

      I’m sure they can expect shade from a one Meghan McCain on Twitter very soon. Poor Meghan, she’ll never be a First Daughter. LOL

  • Miranda

    Tracy Martin did not just bury his child and take it. He was on the phone with the attorney within 48 hours of Trayvon’s death. These are black people that know their resources and are not hesitant to use them. The right wing want us to go back to the days when black folks would just have to go cut their father/uncle/son/brother down from the tree and grieve silently with no hope for justice. These are not those days.

    Martin family lawyer known for civil rights cases

    When Benjamin Crump got his first call from Trayvon Martin’s father last month, the attorney counseled patience.

    It had only been two days since a neighborhood watch volunteer had fatally shot the 17-year-old, and surely an arrest was imminent, thought Crump, who has pursued several civil rights cases against law enforcement agencies.

    Another day passed. Nothing.

    Two more days passed. Still nothing.

    “I believed in my heart of hearts they were going to arrest him,” Crump said Thursday in an interview. “I said, `Oh, they are going to arrest him. You don’t need me on this.'”

    More than a month later, there still has been no arrest.

    But thanks largely to Crump’s efforts, the case has stirred marches and rallies around the nation, merited comment from President Barack Obama, led to the resignation of the Sanford police chief and brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice into this Orlando suburb of 55,000 residents.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/03/30/national/a001219D40.DTL#ixzz1qbmaPn8L

    • rikyrah

      Crump was the right person for this job, IMO.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda – — He is – -TRIPLE FIERCE!! – — LUV watchin’ him WORK — -Sooo LOGICAL/ANALYTICAL!! :>)

      REV. AL said tha he has KNOWN him 4 a LONG TIME!! :>)

    • nellcote

      I like the way he sticks with the facts instead of guessing about conspiracys or whatever.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – —Scott Walker Recall: Wisconsin Officials Recommend Elections Go Forward —-

    – – – – –Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in the state, recommended on Thursday that recall elections for Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) move forward.

    – – -A memo from election officials said there were 900,938 valid signatures on the petitions to recall Walker and 808,990 for Kleefisch. Just 540,208 were needed for each.

    Of the total number of signatures submitted, 97 percent were valid in the governor’s race, and 96 percent valid in the lieutenant governor’s race.

    – –THIS – – ->On Friday, the Government Accountability Board will be voting on whether to officially order the recall elections. If the board says yes, the primary election will be held on May 8 and the general election on June 5.

    – – –BEST WISHES – – – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -GOOD NEWS from ARIZONA – – —

    – – –Arizona Senate Defeats Controversial Birth Control Coverage Bill – –

    – – – – –Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Arizona state Senate have voted down a bill that would allow employers to drop health insurance coverage for birth control if it conflicted with their moral or religious beliefs. Under the state’s current laws, only religious nonprofits are allowed to opt-out of covering contaceptive care, while the new bill would have expanded the exemption to include all employers. The rejection of the contraception bill offers a major boost in morale to women’s rights advocates who may have felt they were losing ground in the fight over the reproductive rights of women in the state of Arizona following the Senate’s 20-10 passage of a bill that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with the exception of medical emergencies.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FM – – – -Another –WITNESS???? – —-***side eye*** – —

    – – –New Trayvon Martin Witness Speaks To Anderson Cooper About Night Of

    — – – –On his show Thursday night, Anderson Cooper spoke to a new witness in the Trayvon Martin case. The witness, whose identity remains anonymous, described seeing “scuffling” and heard a “painful” scream. As many have been saying, the witness also said George Zimmerman seemed unharmed following the shooting.

    Cooper asked, “Can you tell me what you saw and what you heard the night Trayvon Martin was killed?”

    “It would have to be starting with hearing voices, but not seeing, but after the voices, opening the window, and seeing two men, or two people, on the ground. On top of each other,” he said. Asked what made him pay attention to the voices, the witness continued:

    IMMA jus’ – –leave this here. KINDA shakey.

    • Alexander2

      The new witness doesn’t appear on camera and his voice is distorted to protect his identity. Joe Oliver needs to stop!

  • What an extraordinary woman!! Class, grace and talent personified. Incredible. Thanks again for this entire series.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM — – —“FLUSH da RUSH” — WATCH – — –

    – – –Resolve Grows To Put Limbaugh And His Fellow Republicans Out Of a Job — –

    – – –Nearly every organization has a symbol and spokesman that serve as a brand identifier, and like McDonalds’ golden arches and Ronald McDonald, the Republican Party has a red-white-and-blue elephant and Rush Limbaugh. There have been numerous debates regarding whether Limbaugh controls the GOP or if he is just their mouthpiece, but one thing is certain; he is the Republican Party’s brand. It is not just Limbaugh’s remarks to the Georgetown law student that identifies him with Republicans and their assault on women’s right to choose their own reproductive health; it is everything he champions from supporting Paul Ryan’s Draconian budget to his shameless defense of the man who murdered Trayvon Martin in Florida.

    The furor over Limbaugh’s use of the words “slut” and “prostitute” prompted most of his advertisers to pull their ads from his radio program, but his employer, Clear Channel Premiere has stood by him with unwavering support. Limbaugh’s boss, Bob Pittman, claimed Limbaugh’s remarks about Fluke were “part of the normal day-to-day of talk radio” and that Rush was still the king. There is a reason Limbaugh was not summarily fired after losing advertisers and it is not necessarily that Premiere likes losing ad revenue; it is more likely that Republicans depend on Limbaugh to parrot their agenda to his audience of gun-toting sycophants, opponents of the Affordable Care Act, fiscal conservatives, and racists.

    – — -SKIP – – –

    –According to Pew Research, 76% of Limbaugh’s audience supports the NRA and it is little wonder he has defended Trayvon Martin’s killer and, in effect, the “Stand Your Ground Law” supported by the NRA and ALEC. Limbaugh has attempted to portray the killing as an “overzealous” act by a guy who “wants to be a cop” and that there “are people trying to fan the flames of this rather than cool it down at the highest levels.” Limbaugh told his audience “we know who the people trying to benefit from this are, and you would think that people would want to try to douse it, cool it off a little bit.” Limbaugh could not care less about the controversy, but he is duty-bound to parrot the NRA myth that President Obama intends to take real Americans’ guns away and it plays well during an election year which appears to be Limbaugh’s job, and invoking racially divisive rhetoric will endear him to racists.

    – – – –SKIP – – — –

    – – – – – –Americans have had enough of Limbaugh and based on the response to the StopRush movement, they are more than willing to stay the course until he is off the air for good.

  • GN

    I hope that emos like Roseanne Barr stand down from the Trayvon story. They’re too much into drama and can do more harm than good: case in point, Roseanne (and Spike Lee) RTing actual adresses, making themselves the story and not Trayvon. Again, this is why I find POTUS’ style and conduct so much preferable to those of his emo detractors who want to see cage matches and fights. He thinks things through. Thanks but no thanks, Roseanne.

    • I read that Spike personally called the couple and offered them an undisclosed amount of money for their inconvenience.

      • Miranda

        He did and I bet you anything Tonya cussed him out real good over his foolishness. I bet we won’t see Spike on twitter for bout a month.

        • And no Knicks games for month, either!

          • Miranda

            LOL! I guarantee Tonya got him on strict ass punishment. Right now he at the house hoping she’ll go out so he can sneak and watch TV.

      • GN

        I read that as well, and that the couple believed Spike’s sincerity. To his credit, he made it right.

      • Bri

        What he did was wrong, but it was nice that he tried to clear up his mistake.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – — I wish that THIS was a SURPRISE – – —-KKKoch bros. – – –ALWAYS busy SMEARIN’ MR. PRESIDENT – —SAAAA-LAP

    – —Kochs linked to $3.6M anti-Obama gas price ad campaign – —

    – – – –The group launching a $3.6 million ad campaign hitting President Barack Obama on gasoline prices has deep ties to the billionaire libertarian industrialists Charles and David Koch.

    The American Energy Alliance is the political arm of the Institute for Energy Research, and sources tell POLITICO that both groups are funded partly by the Koch brothers and their donor network.

    The groups are run by Tom Pyle, a former lobbyist for Koch Industries. Pyle regularly attends the mega-donor summits organized by the Koch brothers, including the 2012 winter summit in Indian Wells, Calif., where the Kochs raised more than $150 million to be directed to groups ahead of the general election.

    In all, the brothers’ network is aiming to steer significantly more than $200 million to conservative groups for political advertising and organizing ahead of Election Day.

    The American Energy Alliance’s ad campaign, which launches Friday in eight states, hammers Obama for his decision on the Keystone XL pipeline and recycles a 2008 quote from Energy Secretary Steven Chu about the benefits of European-level gas prices.

    The ads come after the Kochs’ primary political group, Americans for Prosperity, earlier this year launched a $6 million ad campaign calling out Obama over the now-defunct, government-subsidized maker of solar power components, Solyndra.

    — –Democrats have pounced on the Koch brothers as bogeymen representative of two favorite targets: Big Oil, which is one part of the brothers’ vast commercial business enterprise, and secret money. Neither Americans for Prosperity nor the American Energy Alliance discloses its donors.

    • Guns3000

      Just another reminder of what a disaster that Citizen United ruling has been.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        U! AIN’T! NEVA! LIED!! —

        An —EPIC FAIL!! —-Annnd THEY KNOW IT!! :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – — SPIKE LEE – – -PAYS UP! – – —

    – —Spike Lee settles for retweeting wrong address

    — — –An elderly couple has reached a settlement with Spike Lee after the pair said they had to leave their Florida home after the director help spread a Twitter posting listing their address as that of the man who shot an unarmed teen.

    The couple’s attorney, Matt Morgan, announced the settlement Thursday. Morgan says Lee called them to apologize for retweeting their address. Specifics of the settlement weren’t disclosed.

    Elaine and David McClain are in their 70s and say they have a son named William George Zimmerman, who lived in their Sanford area home in the mid-1990s. They say he is no relation to 28-year-old George Zimmerman, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26.

    The killing has touched off widespread protests around the country and expressions of outrage — including from Lee and other celebrities — because Zimmerman was not arrested. The neighborhood watch volunteer has said he acted in self-defense.

    – — -VIDEO – – –

    – – –THIS – — – ->”At this point in time, we have come to an agreement with Spike Lee and his attorneys, and at this point, the matter is fully resolved,” Morgan said. “Spike has agreed to compensate the McClains for their loss and for the disruption into their lives. He’s taken full responsibility.”

    Lee tweeted late Wednesday: “I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace.”

    — –WONDER WHAT made him tweet their address?? – –geesh!! —

    ***shakin’ my head***

  • PBO would soooooo fit in at POU!

    Video- Comic Aziz Ansari : Obama ‘talking trash, cracking jokes’: http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/03/30/video-comic-aziz-ansari-obama-talking-trash-cracking-jokes/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • Miranda

      I love PBO! LOL

    • Soccermom91

      too funny!

  • Trying to keep reporters from doing their job? What are trying to hide Sanford, FL?

    Trayvon Martin: City of Sanford says reporters won’t be arrested for asking about Trayvon Martin case

    11:10 p.m. EST, March 29, 2012
    Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel

    The city of Sanford tonight decided that reporters won’t be arrested for pursuing the Trayvon Martin story after normal business hours.

    A news release sent Wednesday warned that police would arrest reporters on stalking charges if they contacted city employees when they were off the job. The threat barred reporters from sending emails, calling or approaching workers.

    The city a little after 7 p.m. rescinded the release and wrote that it “regrets any inconvenience caused by the improvident wording of the Advisory.”

    Officials gave no reason for their change of heart, which came shortly after an attorney representing the Orlando Sentinel and WFTV-Channel 9 wrote to City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. contending that the directive was unconstitutional.

    The letter stated that constitutionally protected conduct, such as news gathering, cannot be considered stalking. It also said the city’s directive amounted to censorship.

    “Certainly, any city employee is free to decline to answer e-mail or is free to tell a reporter that he or she does not want to answer questions,” wrote Rachel E. Fugate of Thomas & Locicero.

    • Miranda

      A news release sent Wednesday warned that police would arrest reporters on stalking charges if they contacted city employees when they were off the job.

      But its not stalking if you follow a teen in the rain between townhomes, running behind him. That’s not stalking.

    • Town

      Why would they be arrested? For asking a question?

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  • Oh dear. Toure and Piers Morgan are fighting on Twitter. Toure criticized Morgan’s interview with Zimmerman’s brother, saying it was a softball interview, Piers responded with name calling and has now challenged Toure to a debate on his show:

    Piers Morgan ‏ @piersmorgan
    OK @Toure – we’re on. Get to my CNN bureau in NY between 3-5pm ET and we will do this debate on air tonight. Deal?

    Piers Morgan ‏ @piersmorgan
    Come on @Toure – everyone’s waiting. You man or mouse?

    Piers Morgan ‏ @piersmorgan
    Still waiting for an answer @Toure – you accused me of ‘choking’, so surely you won’t choke my challenge today????

    • PBomb

      I couldn’t care less about either one of these twits fighting. What a waste of airtime.

      • crazycanuck

        It’s stupid. What are they, children?

      • itgurl_29

        Yes again, two “news people” making the story about them. I can’t stand the MSM. It’s disgusting.

        • GN


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    • Miranda

      Oh just what we need…..a silly slap fight on a news network.

    • GN

      What about Trayvon? And the self-serving PR tour which his murderer is currently conducting? I don’t care about asshattical media egos. And Toure was right: Piers Morgan has lots of mouth and spirit when confronting POTUS supporters, but he let a liar present a work of fiction on his “show,” no matter that this fiction is in service of a child-killing. F- them all.

    • dannie22

      These 2 clowns should duel with pistols Hamilton Burr style. Ill take Morgan for the win lol

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • Listen to this video and tell me what you hear Rick Santorum saying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=oMqWVRzOXI4

    • itgurl_29

      He’s done. The Republican Party is done.

      • Will the media, especially Black media, at least ask him to clarify his comment?

        • Miranda

          They most certainly will not. But they’ll ask President Obama if HE thinks that’s what Rick Santorum said…just watch.

          • BINGO! I see folks are in denial on Twitter saying the focus should be on Romney and that we shouldn’t be like the right wingers.

          • Miranda

            I listened to that video…since Rev Al played it about 50 times, LMAO..and come’on….it was QUITE clear what he was saying. Hell, the person in JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN at a Santorum event – thought so and was disgusted enough to put it on youtube! Suffice to say, somebody that probably hates PBO their damn self, STILL won’t go as far as Santorum and put him on blast!

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  • Miranda

    A screenshot of Trayvon’s Gmail inbox our source provided us is heartbreaking. Martin apparently used his Gmail account for his college search, and it’s filled with emails about upcoming SAT tests and scholarship applications. (“Trayvon, now is the best time to take the SATs!”) One email included the results of a career aptitude test, our source said. It “talked about his interest in aeronautics and stuff.”

    And this is why we will not stop until justice is afforded Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. Try as they might to turn Trayvon into Caine from Menace to Society, this was Theo from the Cosby Show – and these racists can’t handle it.

    Please Lord, please somebody contact the FBI about investigating this and tracking down the monster that is attempting to smear Trayvon by hacking his email accounts and put them in prison where they belong. Please.

    • Town

      If they could put the guy in jail who hacked Sarah Palin’s account, they can find these people and put them in jail too.

      • THIS.

      • Rhoda

        Damn straight.

    • edp4bho

      My Lord, that knowledge brought me to tears today. Not that any young man deserves what happened here, but to think all his hopes were snuffed from one degenerate who got kicked out of school. Shit stinks and this country WILL pay. These people easily forget who’s really in charge.

  • Kadijo4Obama

    GA all. Does anybody know if “government ni***er” was a term used to refer to black pple who were hired under afirmitive action? If it is, then this is what Santorum let slip!!!

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    Absolutely we must do more. Much more. This piece says it all


  • Miranda

    let’s see here……*going through my bet slips*…..hmmmm

    Well, looks like MsKitty had “member of congress” down but 2010 ….let’s see here…..Town said Palin, but 2010 also…..AxelFoley said Palin too…and Sepia and Sagittarius put $5 on “Fox News Host”….ummm, GLH and rikyrah had Allan West! (niiiiice) – but sorry wasn’t him…….dannie rolled the dice on Bachmann, AdmiralKomack said “Fox News host” too!….mmm……Jojoraze and *tries to make out name on bet slip*..oh edp4bho – both had Rep Peter King for June 2010…lemme see here….Kennymack and crazycanuck didn’t pick a person but said it would be at the GOP convention during a primetime speech………Trose put a smooth $20 on Limbaugh – and that really was the safe bet…..ok here….oh wow, Alexander, Carolinagirl, GN, Ebogan, Ch555x, Rhoda and vulcan_girl ALL said Tavis! (I said Cornel)…..Lamh put $10 on “somebody from the PL” and Itgurl put ERE thang on Glen Greenwald

    Well – looks like nobody put down Rick Santorum, March 2012! If I missed your bet, please let me know because we are rolling over the pool…please place your bets for who will be the first to say “jungle bunny” or “porch monkey”! Taking bets until April 1st 5pm!!

    • I would have bet dollars to doughnuts it would have been Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich. But no. It was the Yankee!!

      • Miranda

        Oh snap…wait…wait…I think you did have down Gingrich – yeah…you have “Gingrich, after Calista says PBO is cute and a staffer who caught it on their camera phone would leak the video to National Action Network after Newt fired them cuz he had no campaign funds”.

      • Shiiiid, the Yankees are the main ones you have to watch!

    • Rhoda


      I love the whole “I’m not going to dignify this with an answer.” Statement that his press guy gave, that was almost as good as the “he said blah.”

      Well Ricky, guess the VP slot is gone. You’re going out the same way Newt “let the blacks and latinos kids clean the toilets” Gingrich.” But hey, at least the Santorum problem is now the FOURTH search that appears.

      • rikyrah

        I love the whole “I’m not going to dignify this with an answer.” Statement that his press guy gave, that was almost as good as the “he said blah.”

        I know…

        it was like…come on…

        we know what we heard

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  • rikyrah

    Report: Obama Camp Calls For Romney Tax Returns
    By Lara Seligman

    Updated: March 30, 2012 | 10:24 a.m.
    March 30, 2012 | 7:34 a.m.

    President Obama’s re-election campaign is calling on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns dating back to the 1980s, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Following a front-page Wall Street Journal article Thursday reporting that employees at Bain Capital, Romney’s former private-equity firm, were allowed to invest their retirement money in companies the firm acquired through a special share class, the Obama camp is seeking Romney’s old tax returns to see if they contain information about the investment arrangement.

    Reports indicate that the deal could have increased the value of certain investments, which may have helped swell Romney’s retirement account. The candidate’s IRA was valued at between $20.7 million and $101.6 million as of August, according to his financial disclosures.

    “Today’s report raises additional questions about Gov. Romney’s manipulation of the tax laws,” Ben LaBolt, an Obama spokesman, told The Journal, adding that Romney “may have engaged in questionable maneuvers to drive up the value of his IRA.”

    Romney released his 2010 and preliminary 2011 tax returns earlier this year.

    The Romney campaign pushed back Friday with their own request in an e-mail to National Journal: that Obama release the transcripts of all his meetings with world leaders.

    “The Obama campaign is playing politics, just as he’s doing in his conduct of foreign policy,” Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul wrote. “Obama should release the notes and transcripts of all his meetings with world leaders so the American people can be satisfied that he’s not promising to sell out the country’s interests after the election is over.”


    • Rhoda

      Mitt, welcome to the big leagues. Barack Obama and his crew are not Newt and Little Ricky; they came to win and not to just play.

      • Ebogan63

        To borrow from Rikyrah: No one is playin’ with you, Willard!
        Furthermore, as to your ‘meetings with world leaders’ nonsense, when is Willard gonna respond to the questions posed in Foreign Policy?

  • rikyrah

    Wisconsin sets recalls for Walker, GOP state senators; Republican majority at stake
    By Laura Conaway – Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:35 PM EDT.

    As expected, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board ordered recall elections for Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and three Republican state Senators. The board also ordered a recall election for a fourth Republican state senator, Pam Galloway, but she resigned earlier this month. Depending on potential primaries, the elections will happen May 8 and June 5.

    Organizers had turned in an overwhelming number of signatures for recalling Walker and Kleefisch especially, and those signatures proved to be valid at a rate of more than 95 percent. From the Wisconsin State Journal:

    The board’s staff had said in a memo Thursday that there were five fake names on Walker recall petitions, but it turned out one of those they suggested striking — Fungky Van Den Elzen — was a real person. That means they found just four fake names out of the 931,053 submitted on the Walker petitions: Adolf Hitler, Mick E. Mous, Donald L. Duck, and I Love Scott Walker Thanks.

    That last name, I Love Scott Walker Thanks, sounds more like a protest of the recall than an attempt to fake a name for the sake of having him kicked out of office.


    It’s worth noting that Wisconsin Republicans have lost what used to be a solid majority in the state Senate. As of this month, they’re down to a 16-16 tie, with an empty seat and one Republican who sides with Democrat on union issues. If they tried to pass Walker’s union-stripping bill today, they would lose. And if they fail to defend the seats they hold that are under recall, they face the loss of their majority entirely.


  • rikyrah

    Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 03/30/2012 TheWashingtonPost Romney-Ryan radicalism
    By Greg Sargent
    Let’s play connect the dots.

    * Recently, Paul Ryan introduced a budget that constitutes the GOP’s main offering in the great ideological argument over the country’s future. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, it would “likely produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history.” It would give the rich a huge tax cut, even as 62 percent of its spending cuts target low-income programs.

    * Yesterday, John Boehner described Ryan’s budget as a blueprint for the larger agenda that Republicans would enact if they seized more power in Washington.

    * Today, Paul Ryan endorsed Mitt Romney for president, arguing that he’s the best candidate to defeat Obama, which would give Republicans the power they need, as Boehner says, to enact the Ryan agenda writ large. And indeed, Romney has endorsed Ryan’s proposals, and his own plans are, in broad strokes, similar to Ryan’s.

    Romney and Ryan hold similarly radical economic worldviews. But neither of these two men is generally described as radical. The ideological makeup of politicians is often ascribed to them based on their tone and positions on social, not economic, issues. Jamelle Bouie:

    Romney wears a nice suit, doesn’t yell at people, and seems comfortable around liberals — but that doesn’t make him a moderate. If elected president, Romney would (along with every other Republican in Congress) make an unprecedented push to roll back the welfare state and transform government into a money train for the rich.
    Romney is likely to be granted the presumption of moderation by many national reporters and commentators the second he becomes the nominee. This will be partly because he will moderate his tone on contentious topics, and partly because Romney really doesn’t seem extreme on social issues. He plainly doesn’t see them as anything worth going to war about.

    But Romney really does seem to believe — sincerely and strongly — in a radical vision when it comes to the proper distribution of wealth, the priorites we should embrace in solving the country’s fiscal problems, and the rightful role of government and the safety net in guarding against the exesses of unfettered free market capitalism. Romney and Ryan share similar visions on these matters. And yet, because views on these issues rarely set the “radical” alarm bell off in reporters and commentators the way extreme social views or crazy Bachmannesque rants do, Romney will very likely escape that label, much as Ayn Rand admirer Ryan has been able to do.


  • Here’s an update on Fabrice Muamba, the soccer player who collapsed a few weeks ago:

    FOX Soccer ‏ @FOXSoccer
    Fabrice Muamba thanks fans for support by uploading this smiling photo http://on-msn.com/HqEQ2M http://yfrog.com/kg26xanj

    • Ebogan63

      Glad he’s o.k!

  • Romney Secretly Donated $10K To NOM

    Sam Stein reports at Huffington Post:

    When Romney eventually made his donation, he did so quietly, and through an unusual channel. Records filed by Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC with the Federal Election Commission did not include details of that $10,000 donation. Nor did NOM’s public 990 form. In fact, record of the payment was only uncovered Friday when the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign was sent a private IRS filing from NOM via a whistleblower. The Human Rights Campaign shared the filing with The Huffington Post. Asked for comment, an aide to Romney said that the donation was made through the Alabama chapter of the Free and Strong America PAC. State records confirm this. However, the 990 NOM filed lists the donation as having come from PO Box 79226 in Belmont, Massachusetts.


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    • rikyrah

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