December 21, 2014

Friday Open Thread: African-American Pioneers in Healthcare

Today’s spotlighted healthcare pioneer is Arnold Hamilton Maloney. 

Arnold Hamilton Maloney was born in Trinidad in 1888 and became a highly respected pharmacologist who discovered an antidote for barbiturate poisoning. Dr. Maloney became the first African American professor of pharmacology in the nation and only the second person of African descent to obtain both a medical degree and a doctorate of philosophy in the United States.

Dr. Maloney studied at Naparima College in Trinidad, which is affiliated with Cambridge University, England, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1909. He then immigrated to the United States and attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

In 1910, he received his master’s degree from Columbia University and a B.S. in theology from the General Theological Seminary, New York, in 1912. He began his ministry at age 23 with the distinction of being the youngest minister in the Protestant Episcopal Church.

After practicing for several years, Maloney felt that the Episcopal Church was neglecting young Black men. A suggestion he made prompted the church to establish St. Augustine in Raleigh, North Carolina, as a college for Black youth.

After leaving the ministry, Maloney became a professor of psychology at Wilberforce University in Ohio. He continued his education entering Indiana University School of Medicine in 1925, graduating with a medical degree in 1929. He then attended the University of Wisconsin, where he engaged in research in pharmacology, earning a doctorate in this field in 1931.

Upon accepting a position at Howard University in the same year, he also became the first African American professor of pharmacology in the United States.

From 1931 until 1953, Maloney worked in the Department of Pharmacology at Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. eventually becoming head of the department.

Dr. Maloney’s research involved several areas of pharmacology, but his most important work was the discovery of an antidote for barbiturate overdose. Dr. Maloney determined that administering picrotoxin (a potentially lethal poison) quickly reversed these symptoms. His first paper on this subject was published in 1931.

Dr. Maloney was a member of many societies and several medical associations, including the American Negro Academy, American Academy of Political Sciences and the National Medical Association. Maloney died in Washington, D.C., on August 8, 1955.

 

 

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  • TyrenM

    Good Morning POU. I’ve never been the 1st to speak but anyway, I hope everybody has a good weekend.

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL. GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Alrighty! Your FIRST TIME. :>) – — Woo! Hoo! :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>) Back A-tchoo. :>)

  • Miranda

    ABC’S JONATHAN KARL: T
    The President has not made a choice on his next nominee for Secretary of State yet, but Governor Deval Patrick is already making plans to fill presumptive SecState nominee John Kerry’s Senate seat. Knowledgeable sources tell me Governor Patrick has already had a discussion with one potential replacement for Senator Kerry: Vicki Kennedy. The sources say the governor talked to Kennedy, the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, about the possibility of replacing Kerry in the Senate and that she did not rule it out. But don’t count on seeing another Senator Kennedy from Massachusetts any time soon: a source close to Vicki Kennedy says she would be unlikely to accept the appointment. But again, she has not ruled it out. If Kerry is nominated and confirmed as Secretary of State, Governor Patrick would appoint somebody to replace Kerry and, under Massachusetts law, a special election would be held no later than 180 days (and no earlier than 160 days) after Kerry leaves the Senate.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/counting-their-mixed-blessings-the-note/

    • Town

      How can she accept the appointment if there is to be a special election?

      • Rhoda

        She would serve the few months and run in the special. It makes sense. Brown won’t beat her.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good MornTin’ POU FAM♥: – – –REAL FAST: – – -Jus’ hearin’ that SOS Hilary will NOT B testifying at a hearing on Benghazi. – – -“BIG — -Hmmmm. .

  • GreenLadyHere

    REAL FAST: – – —****SIGH***** – —HERE come da — “HIT SQADS!!” – —

    – – – -First Thoughts: The importance of picking your fights – –

    – — -By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Brooke Brower

    *** The importance of picking your fights: To explain why U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice pulled out of consideration for the secretary of state post, it’s important to remember this: A president only gets a finite number of fights with Congress, especially in the first year of a second term (which may be the last BIG year a president can win fights with Congress). And appointing Rice as secretary of state was going to be a fight, no doubt about it. So if you’re a White House with a big upcoming agenda (resolving the fiscal-cliff situation, passing comprehensive immigration reform, maybe tackling energy or education) and if you’re split on the top choice on the secretary of state (our reporting indicates that Rice was never the clear-cut favorite), sometimes the path of least resistance is the smart play. And Rice made that very point in her interview on “Rock Center” with NBC’s Brian Williams: “I didn’t want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged — very politicized, very distracting, and very disruptive. Because there are so many things we need to get done as a country.” Remember, Obama and his team have always been pragmatists, though that pragmatism also brings criticism like this Buzzfeed piece entitled, “Obama Shows Weakness, Again.” But make no mistake: Rice isn’t going away, and she likely gets the next big foreign-policy opening. She took one for Team Obama, and he’ll remember that down that road. And Obama meets with Rice at the White House later today…

    –SAAAAAA-LAP!!! – – – -THIS IS – -DISGUSTING!!! – – – – –

    – – – -F- 2 da -U – -chuck “toad”!!!

    • MsKitty

      I just love how the media suddenly has collective amnesia about the role they played in smearing Dr. Rice’s reputation.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        —***fist bump*** – –THEY STR8 – -got their –“ROMNESIA” – –ON!! – -:>)- – – -DANG–RETHUCKERS!!!

        Annnd they have NOT STOPPED!! – – –geesh!!

        – — -Good 2 C U MsKitty. :>) – -Have a good day. :>)

      • conlakappa

        Say what you will about Clintonistas [and I know folks do!], Madeleine Albright was really good this morning on CBS. She was on with Charlie Rose and, yeah, easy to be gracious about someone after the fact, but she wasn’t taking nonsense from Rose today. She gave him one or two, “bitch? Please!” looks, the first of which was when he called this a strong incidence of political suicide and then fumbled and said assassination.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ! MO': – – – – — -NO WAY — -SHE was GON RUN – – —EXCEPT OUT DA DOOR!- — –

    – –Sandi Jackson Changed Campaign Reports Days After Husband Quit Congress

    – – -Just five days after former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) resigned from Congress last month amid an investigation into his campaign finances, his wife, Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, filed a number of amendments to her ward committee campaign fund reports, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    The amendments detail at least $13,000 in previously undisclosed transfers from her husband’s congressional account, as well as other transactions, going back three years. A note included on some of the report explains that, “[p]er our recent conversations, I am amending this file to reflect corrections made to this report reflecting contributions and disbursements that were not included in the original report due to staff transitions and computer errors.”

    From the Sun-Times:
    THERE IS MORE

    – – -Uhh —-do they have “DOUBLE CELLS?” – – – -Jus’ axin. . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ — -***BIG HUG*** :>) – -WHEW LAWD! – – -It’s been BUSY –ALREADY. :>) –MR/ PRESIDENT annnnd —AMB. DR. SUSAN RICE WILL MEET 2-DAY. :>) – –PBOMB: — ANOTHER WINNER! :>) – —

    – – –☻ — WOW&1/2!! – – – -A DOUBLE –FIRST!!

    – — – - Dr. Maloney became the first African American professor of pharmacology in the nation and only the second person of African descent to obtain both a medical degree and a doctorate of philosophy in the United States. – — -AMAZING!! :>)

    Annnd THIS –is EXTREMELY – MEDICALLY SIGNIFICANT: – – - – – but his most important work was the discovery of an antidote for barbiturate overdose. —-WELL DONE! – – -:>)

    – – – -ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY TREAT. :>) – —

    THANK U PBOMB. – – –Have a BLESSED DAY. :>)

    P.S. Actually the 12 DAYS of Christmas BEGIN on DEC.25. BUT –I have BEEN using THEM as A –COUNTDOWN 2 – – -DEC. 25. : – — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: – – -SHOOTING ar a NEWTOWN, CONN. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. –PRAYIN’ 4 the CHILDREN. . .

  • Miranda

    Susan Rice✔@AmbassadorRice
    I don’t do this work for me. I do it because I believe in President Obama’s approach to the world, and I want to get things done.

  • Miranda

    The Hagel Haters
    Dec 13, 2012 5:09 PM EST

    Why Israel’s supporters can’t stand the man who might be the next secretary of defense. Eli Lake reports.

    Chuck Hagel, who is reportedly the frontrunner to be the next Pentagon chief, has made a lot of friends in the U.S. foreign-policy establishment and at the top levels of Obama’s inner circle. Even though he is a Republican, Hagel is co-chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. And he has often won plaudits from the elite press for his early opposition to the Iraq war.

    The former Nebraska senator has also frequently angered his own party: In 2005, as George W. Bush was beginning his second term, Hagel became the first Republican to oppose John Bolton’s nomination to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The year before, he voted with the Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to begin an investigation into the pre-Iraq war intelligence.

    But Republicans aside, Hagel’s real opposition will likely come from the pro-Israel lobby in Washington. While the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) never takes formal positions on nominees, if the group is asked by senators for its view on Hagel, it’s unlikely AIPAC will have a kind word.

    more here
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/13/the-hagel-haters.html

    • nellcote

      Well, that’s a point in his favour!

    • jds09

      Chew on that Bibi.

  • GreenLadyHere

    –PBOMB: – – –2-DAY is a SIGNIFICANT – – -LAST DAY: – —

    — — -Deadline day for states’ health exchange decisions – –

    – — -Nineteen states have turned down the Obama administration’s invitation to run the new health insurance markets that will begin serving millions of uninsured Americans less than a year from now. That puts a huge task on the feds and is a defining challenge for President Obama’s second term.

    Friday is decision day for states to notify Washington if they will set up their own insurance exchanges under the federal health care law. Monitoring by The Associated Press finds a divided nation moving ahead, despite the misgivings of some state officials. Half the states now say they will participate in some way.

    Still, drafters of the law did not anticipate that so many states would remain on the sidelines at this late stage. Federal control of the new state markets where individuals, families and small businesses will shop for taxpayer-subsidized private coverage was seen as a failsafe, not the standard for nearly half the country. Critics predict delays.

    – – – -THIS –>All of the states refusing are led by Republicans.

    On the other side of the ledger, 17 states and Washington, D.C., say they want to set up and run their own markets. The administration has already started granting approvals. Eight other states have indicated they want to pursue a partnership with Washington, and more may do so.

    Only six remain undecided.

    – –Exchanges are the gateway to the new health care law for individuals and families who buy their own health insurance, as well as for small businesses.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — – –WATCHIN’. . . . 2 C WHO CARES 4 –PEOPLE!! — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -WATCHIN’- — – –

    – – – -US to Send Missiles, 400 Troops to Turkey
    [NATO force to defend against Syrian missile threat]
    – –

    — — The Pentagon says it will send Patriot air defense missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a deployment order today en route to Turkey from Afghanistan, a rep says. The order calls for 400 US soldiers to operate two batteries of Patriots at undisclosed locations in Turkey. Turkey is a founding member of NATO and requested that the alliance provide Patriots.

    They will be sent by NATO members Germany and the Netherlands as well as the US for an undetermined period.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – –Prayin’ 4 the MILITARY PERSONNEL. AMEN. . .- – –

  • Miranda

    Virginia college student expelled for racial election night uproar

    NBC Washington – One student has been expelled and three others are being punished for their roles in a racially charged uproar on a Virginia college campus the night of President Barack Obama’s re-election, the school said Thursday.

    They were among approximately 40 students who gathered outside the Minority Student Union at Hampden-Sydney College on the night of Nov. 6 within minutes after Obama won a second term.

    Some shouted racial slurs, tossed bottles, set off fireworks and threatened physical violence. No one was injured inside the house, and some left the building to peacefully confront the crowd, as did other students.

    more here
    http://thegrio.com/2012/12/14/virginia-college-student-expelled-for-racial-election-night-uproar/

    • Town

      The president of the college is black; did they really think they would get away with screaming racial slurs and tossing bottles?

      • conlakappa

        It has a history of being less than tolerant. I was talking about it before the election, when talking about small schools in Virginia. I summoned up a long-forgotten memory of what we used to call it, “White Male U” and/or “Klan U.”

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Obama Announces He Won’t Prosecute Pot Smokers in Washington and Colorado

    In an interview with ABC News, President Obama stated that his administration won’t prosecute marijuana users in Washington, Colorado, or other states where recreational use is legal. The president told Barbara Walters, “We’ve got bigger fish to fry. It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal.” Obama said that he does not support legalization, “at this point,” but he noted that public opinion is shifting on the issue.

    President Obama said, “This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law. I head up the executive branch; we’re supposed to be carrying out laws. And so what we’re going to need to have is a conversation about, How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it’s legal?”[….]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/obama-announces-prosecute-pot-smokers-washington-colorado.html

    H/T Jason Easley

    • nellcote

      I need to hear from Holder about this.

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

        Hey, Nell…thanks for answering my question the other day in regards to PBO’s pot policy.

        I found this where PBO clarifies his position:

        “Here’s what’s up: What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana. I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana – and the reason is, because it’s against federal law. I can’t nullify congressional law. I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, “Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.” What I can say is, “Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.” As a consequence, there haven’t been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes.

        The only tension that’s come up – and this gets hyped up a lot – is a murky area where you have large-scale, commercial operations that may supply medical marijuana users, but in some cases may also be supplying recreational users. In that situation, we put the Justice Department in a very difficult place if we’re telling them, “This is supposed to be against the law, but we want you to turn the other way.” That’s not something we’re going to do. I do think it’s important and useful to have a broader debate about our drug laws. One of the things we’ve done over the past three years was to make a sensible change when it came to the disparity in sentencing between crack cocaine and powder cocaine. We’ve had a discussion about how to focus on treatment, taking a public-health approach to drugs and lessening the overwhelming emphasis on criminal laws as a tool to deal with this issue. I think that’s an appropriate debate that we should have.”
        http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/ready-for-the-fight-rolling-stone-interview-with-barack-obama-20120425?print=true

        So, like you said, the prosecutions could be a cartel situation. I’ve noticed that whenever the EmoProgs complain about the medical marijuana raids, they never investigate whether or not the suppliers are selling to rec users.

        • nellcote

          Thanks for that clarification, it helps. It will be interesting to see where they go with CO and WA. It’s just medical that’s allowed in CA and the Assistant AG has been going hard here.

  • creolechild

    House GOP Secretly Authorized $500,000 To Defend Unconstitutional Anti-Gay Law

    It has come to light that House Administration Committee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA) secretly approved a $500,000 increase to a contract with a private law firm to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court. While the increase was approved in September, neither the public nor the Democratic House minority was informed until this week, Roll Call reports.

    The contract now authorizes Bancroft PLLC and former Solicitor General Paul Clement (R) to spend up to $2 million in to defend DOMA — the second increase to what was originally a $1 million cap. The U.S. Department of Justice stopped defending the 1996 law in February 2011 after determining the law to be in conflict with the U.S. Constittuion.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/12/13/1332591/house-republicans-authorize-500000-more-to-defend-unconstitutional-marriage-inequality-law/

    H/T Josh Israel

    • nellcote

      They can start their budget cutting right there.

    • TyrenM

      Um, where was Speaker Pelosi’s staff on this? Whip Hoyer’s staff? Somebody should have known about this shit, even if they didn’t speak on it at the time.

      • creolechild

        Tyren, don’t know about the Senate but according to the article, “While the increase was approved in September, neither the public nor the Democratic House minority was informed until this week, Roll Call reports.”

        So, on top of everything else on PBO’s plate now he has to worry about shit like this happening because you know the GOP will do everything in its power to undermine him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —- ***Tears**** annnd ***smiles*** – -DR. RICE♥ is — – – –STANDING STRONG!! – —

    – — -Susan Rice: ‘I’m not a victim’ – –

    – – – – -Susan Rice said she doesn’t feel as if she was victim of bad information during the political battle with Senate Republicans that led to her withdrawal from consideration as a potential secretary of state.

    “I’m not a victim. I wasn’t set up,” she told NBC’s Brian Williams in an interview just after she submitted a letter to President Obama taking herself out of contention for the position.

    Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was considered a likely candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) promised to block her nomination, citing statements she made on Sunday talk shows that characterized the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi. Officials have said that the information came from the CIA and only later did it become clear that the attack was coordinated..

    “We’re in a sad place frankly, when national security, national security officials who are sitting in their jobs serving the American people every day — and potential candidates for secretary of state — get caught up in a political vortex,” Rice said.

    Rice also wrote a Washington Post op-ed, again saying that she gave the best information available at the time during the controversial interview and lamenting the politics surrounding her potential nomination: – —
    THERE IS MORE.

    – —-BLESS U – -AMB. DR. SUSAN E. RICE♥ — —

    – –COMMENT: – – -Universalremote
    I volunteer at a senior citizens retirement community.
    While a generalization, it seems true that the residents break into two groups – the majority put small things behind themselves and enjoy life while a much small group become ever more bitter as their minds and bodies become more feeble.

    Sadly, John McCain fits into the second group. He is a small, defeated, bitter old hate-filled man who proves daily that there’s no fool like an old fool.

    [DR.]Ms. Rice will have better days. McCain’s better days are behind him. – –TRUTH!.

    • Daltex82

      Sadly, John McCain fits into the second group. He is a small, defeated, bitter old hate-filled man who proves daily that there’s no fool like an old fool.

      THIS!

      • conlakappa

        I cannot remember what morning radio crew it was Russ Parr or Steve Harvey an’em who were saying that Rice said something about The Mack Daddy in 2008 and he’s still nursing a grudge.

        • Daltex82

          She was very critical of him in 2008.

          When you google “susan rice repeatedly criticized mccain” the first article that pops up is one from the Washington Examiner that explains what was said. I guess the truth hurts and it still hurts 4+ years later.

          • conlakappa

            You know? He is walking proof of the inverse of the axiom that with age comes wisdom. Can you imagine nursing a grudge for so long?!

        • Daltex82

          She was very critical of him in 2008.

          When you google “susan rice repeatedly criticized mccain” the first article that pops up is one from the Washington Examiner that explains what was said. I guess the truth hurts and it still hurts 4+ years later.

  • creolechild

    Senate Legislation Targets Cyberstalking Software

    [….] The bill, sponsored by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., would update laws passed years before wireless technology revolutionized communications.[….] Franken’s proposal would make companies subject to civil liability if they fail to secure permission before obtaining location information from a person’s cellphone and sharing it with anyone else. They also would be liable if they fail to tell a user no later than seven days after the service begins that the program is running on their phone. Companies would face a criminal penalty if they knowingly operate an app with the intent to facilitate stalking.[….]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/12/13/senate-legislation-targets-cyberstalking-software-franken/

  • PrescottK

    Did you guys enjoy your hissy fit yesterday? I know I did. But I do have have a question though. It seems whenever things don’t go your way, you seem to attack other Obama support site. In particularly theobamadairy.com. Why is that?

    You guys claim you’re for people speaking their mind, but apparently it’s as long as they sing the praises of Barack Obama. BlackWaterDog, who I remember as a Obama kiss ass from The Daily Kos, decided she wanted to say how she felt. What was said was far nastier than anything Glenn Greenwald said about her, and I thought he went over the line.

    And then you attack the admin at TOD for allowing BWD to speak her mind. i guess he should’ve banned her, right?….right? I mean, that’s what you would’ve done if she posted here, right?

    Too bad you don’t control what other site do…so here:

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417-D8F7IFL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

    • MsKitty

      Actually I did enjoy my hissy fit yesterday. I am much calmer, and focused to do my part in putting this country in the right direction.

      Thanks for asking, I’m dearly touched by your concern.

      • jds09

        A good hissy fit clears the sinuses doesn’t it?

        • MsKitty

          I can’t lie a healthy shot of Maker’s Mark helps too, because I’m all about the old-school remedies.

          • isonprize

            Brown liquor, baby, brown liquor!! LOLOL

    • Miranda

      ROFLMAO!! You ran to the public library to post just for us. We are so special to you! LMAO

      • dannie22

        he caught the bus to the library lol

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

      How pathetic of you to keep creating aliases and IPs to troll a site that you claim not to like. I’m sure the good folks at Houston Community College would not appreciate their internet service being used for trolling.

      • Miranda

        *snicker*

      • Daltex82

        Oh snap!

      • Alma98

        LOL!

      • Admiral_Komack

        Bust his stupid ass.

    • isonprize

      Step 1. Find a life.

      Step 2. Get in it.

      • Miranda

        ROFLMAO!!!

      • Alma98

        THIS!

      • MsKitty

        Hey isonprize. What’s the deal with all those schools being closed in Philly? Were the parents and teachers even consulted about it? Sounded like it was a unilateral move. It’s a shame.

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

        LOL!

    • Alma98

    • Ebogan63

      Do you actually work, or is your profession comming on here to spew your bullshit? Seek professional help.

    • BoomerGal

      That’s not true! I say what I think ALL OF THE TIME but I guess it’s not WHAT you say but HOW you say it! There’s a difference.

    • GN

      I don’t agree with the emo stuff, but I generally like bwd and the TOD site…yet it doesn’t ruin my day or piss me off if others simply do not.

      One thing I love love love about firebaggers: aside from the nonstop need for attention, it’s the hypocritical insistence that others tolerate your fact-free “points” even as you throw tantrums and express a profound inability to deal with other people’s valid, fact-based opinions. It’s uncanny. (and you better get outta here before Camille sees this lol)

    • Admiral_Komack

      Will someone PLEASE fuck this attention whore?

  • creolechild

    MSNBC Host On Susan Rice Withdrawal: ‘A Woman Of Color Has Been Forced Out’ Posted on 12/13/2012

    [….] Mitchell explained her perspective on MSNBC earlier today: I think that this had become sort of an impossible challenge for her to be confirmed, that she realized that, the White House realized it as well. I think they know that they are on good political solid ground, as you were just pointing out. This is not going to help Republicans at all, the fact that a woman and a woman of color has been forced out of a confirmation process even before she was nominated.[….].

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/12/13/1333071/andrea-mitchell-susan-rice/

    H/T Hamed Aleaziz

    • nellcote

      Last night on Maddow, Mitchell was going on about how if PBO had actually nominated her, she would have been protected and how some women in the administration were upset that PBO didn’t have her back. Yeah, I turned that shit off when Maddow brought fucking Dan Rather on to give his folksy opinion too.

      • creolechild

        Thanks for the background information nellcote. Wasn’t aware of that because I don’t watch cable news…

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

        Andrea Mitchell, when she wasn’t being orgasmic about Hillary running in 2016, was one of the main ones helping the GOP to attack Rice!

  • Rhoda

    Kate Zernike took a 2×4 to Cory Booker in the Times; NJ fam, how well deserved is it? Is he really all sizzle no steak, a show horse v. a work horse?

    Sounds like he has brought money in the city but hasn’t worked on fixing local government. The open about how he shoveled snow for Twitter users while his administration failed to secure a snow removal contract blew my mind. That is basic!

  • creolechild

    Department of Energy announces millions in grants to offshore wind projects

    [….] The federal government is stepping up its efforts to kick-start the offshore wind industry by awarding $28 million in grants to seven projects that are developing varying kinds of power-generation technology. The Department of Energy said Wednesday that each developer would receive up to $4 million to complete the engineering, design and permitting phases of their projects in six states.

    Three of the seven will then be selected to receive up to $47 million over four years, subject to Congressional appropriations, for construction and installation, with the aim of having them begin commercial operation by 2017. So far, no offshore wind farm is operating in American waters.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/department-of-energy-announces-millions-in-grants-to-offshore-wind-projects/

    H/T Philip Bump

  • creolechild

    Made In The USA: Are Manufacturing Jobs Coming Back? Posted 12/13/2012

    When President Barack Obama tours the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, MI this afternoon, the folks at Daimler are expected to have good news for him. According to Todd Spangler’s article in The Detroit Free Press, the company will officially announce its plans to invest $100 million to expand production in the US.

    Adam Satariano & Josh Tyrangiel from Bloomberg Business Week also reported last week that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook also plans to spend $100 million on bringing some of its manufacturing back to the US.[….] Quartz‘ Gloria Dawson writes that a handful of 21.5″ screen iMacs have already turned up on shelves with the “Assembled in the USA” label, and speculates that — although PC’s are only 15% of Apple’s market — the company may be trying to “get away from its competitors.”[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/10/made-in-the-usa-are-manufacturing-jobs-coming-back/

    H/T Elisabeth Parker

  • creolechild

    US Solar PV Installs Set Record, With More To Come

    With three months to go, 2012 was already a record year for U.S. solar photovoltaics installations – and there could be a lot more on the way. A new quarterly report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, released Tuesday, said 684 megawatts were installed in the quarter ended Sept. 30, down slightly from a huge second quarter but up 44 percent over the same period last year.

    It was the third-largest quarter ever for U.S. solar and boosted 2012′s newly installed capacity to 1,992 MW – beating the whole-year record of 1,885 MW from 2011. And it’s the fourth quarter when the installation totals typically really go crazy, the SEIA said in a statement, so look for a much bigger 2012 end-year total:[…]

    Read more: http://energy.aol.com/2012/12/11/us-solar-pv-installs-set-record-with-more-to-come/

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — LOL – —ACTUALLY – — CONTRARY 2 ona MJ’s song – – -U! – -R! – – -ALONE!! - – – -CHECK YER “colleagues”!! – — –

    – – –Bobby Jindal backs over-the-counter birth control – –

    – —In another op-ed at seems to be an attempt to position himself a reformer within the Republican Party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) argues that birth control should be sold without a prescription to anyone over 18.

    “As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health-care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control,” Jindal wrote in the Wall Street Journal.

    Keeping birth control as prescription medicine, he said, only drives up health care costs with unnecessary doctors’ visits and lines the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. He cites a recent recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that oral contraceptions should be sold over the counter. —[***ROLLS EYES!***]

    – —- HUMPH!! – — >At the same time, the pro-life Republican argued against the Obama administration mandate that most employer-based insurance cover contraception, writing that “anyone who has a religious objection to contraception should not be forced by government health-care edicts to purchase it for others.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    –HAH!! — WAYTA TRYTA GET SUPPORT from YER BASE —in 2016! – —

    – –[Sorry. Gotta “bounce”. – -MISSIN’ U/ CARRYIN’ U – –IN MY♥]

    [PRAYIN’ 4 the CHILDREN. 1 has PASSED. ***tears***.]

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: – –SADLY: – – -1 CHILD has PASSED! – —

    RIHEP – -“YOUNG ONE.” – – -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS. – -AMEN.

  • creolechild

    U.N. Posed To Endorse Universal Health Care, Affirming Insurance Access Is A Human Right

    The United Nations General Assembly, with support from the United States, appears likely to approve a resolution Wednesday calling on every country to implement universal health care systems. The resolution reaffirmed the holding in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that access to health care was a human right owed to all persons and, from that, concluded that member states should provide health care to all of their citizens:[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/12/12/1324131/un-vote-to-endorse-universal-health-care-access-underscores-need-for-insurance/

    H/T Zack Beauchamp

  • creolechild

    Avigdor Lieberman resigns

    Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, resigned on Friday, according to GlobalPost’s correspondent in Israel, Noga Tarnopolsky. Lieberman, an important coalition partner of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was charged with fraud and breach of trust on Thursday, in connection with a larger case. He was cleared of the more serious charges of bribery and money-laundering.[….]

    Tarnopolsky said that while pundits are sighing that this will only strengthen Lieberman, the reality is that he now faces serious charges, and will have to take on what the legal system has in store for him.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/121214/avigdor-lieberman-resigns

    H/T Noga Tarnopolsky and Priyanka Boghani

  • creolechild

    Walgreens ordered to pay $16 million: judge

    Drugstore chain Walgreens has paid $16.57 million to settle a lawsuit which alleged it illegally dumped hazardous waste from its 600 stores.[….]The lawsuit, filed in June by 35 California district attorneys and two city attorneys, alleged that Walgreens stores illegally disposed of items such as batteries, liquid corrosive waste, bleach, aerosol cans and pharmaceutical waste in company trash bins. The trash was then sent to local landfills rather than authorized disposal sites, it claimed. The company was also accused of unlawfully disposing of confidential customer records.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/121214/walgreens-ordered-pay-16-million-judge

    H/T Ellen Connolly

  • Alma98

    Morning all! I see the troll outed him/her self by mentioning daily kos lol.
    I feel so special. That this troll is so threatened by us that he or she trolls the site and goes through such lengths to comment lol. Telling us we don’t have lives when all it does is troll this site. This troll must have a sorry excuse of a life.

  • creolechild

    FYI–make alternate holiday travel arrangements, just in case…

    JFK Airport security officers vote to strike Dec. 20—just in time for holiday travel

    About 200 private security officers who work at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport have voted to authorize a strike on Dec. 20, just as Christmas travel ratchets up, the Wall Street Journal reported.[….] At meeting Friday, another 100 security workers employed by Garden City, NY-based Global Elite Group are planning to authorize a strike for the same day.

    The $8-an-hour security workers, who direct traffic in front of terminals and guard alarmed doors, among other jobs, are protesting low pay and unaffordable benefits. The group is also fed up with what they describe as shoddy equipment, rushed searches and not enough training, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121213/jfk-airport-security-officers-vote-strike-dec-20

    H/T Samantha Stainburn

  • Aquagranny911

    Dang! Looks like we left the door open last night & the cat dragged in a dead rat.

    • Alma98

      Apparently he/she loves us so much they went to a library to troll us. hahahaha!

  • Alma98

    GC if you’re out there please check in I just want to know if you’re ok.

    • MsKitty

      Yes, please.

    • GC

      I love you, Lady. Thanks for worrying. CT is a small state, so even though technically Newton is not near us, this story burns. My mother is back in the hospital, and i selfishly thought about ER resources. (she is still in the ER)
      I see my students faces when I shut my eyes. I was diagnosed with bipolar last week. Took two years, eight less than the usual for this complicated disorder. The meds cause a tremor, so typing has been annoying.

      Blessings to those involved in the tragedy. And on a lighter note, Joe we really knew ye and ye won’t be missed.

      Can’t proof sorry.

      • Alma98

        I love you back gc! I’m glad you’re physically ok gc. I believe it’s too late for something major to be done about guns in this country. Politicians have let the gun lobby have their way too often for too long. I hope something substantial in terms of gun-laws comes from this tragedy. On the subject of mental illness. I have people in my family who suffer from mental illness and I hope you are able to find a medication that works for you. Finding medications and good doctors for mental illness can be daunting. So please take care of yourself mind, body and soul.

        • gc

          I am so lucky. I am educated, particularly in this arena, and my husband is at a major ins co here in the wild west. Can you believe the incongruence of that???

          I am concerned about the kid’s reactions. And I’m just a sub. I feel like a big old group hug. I choose demos across the board. Some of the kids cannot go out after dark – gunplay in their “hoods”

          LEAVE THE KIDS ALONE!

          • Aquagranny911

            I’m relieved you are okay, GC. I’m sorry about your Mom & your own troubles. It sometimes takes a little time to get the meds right but Bipolar is treatable. I have two cousins who were diagnosed with it. You have the smarts to figure out what works best for you.

            My heart to yours & healing always. HUGS ♥ from a Granny who cares about you.

        • BoomerGal

          Amen on that re: gun laws. Snyder just pushed a law through in the middle of the night allowing guns to be carried anywhere in this state (church, school, you name it). It won’t be long before it happens here.

  • Miranda

    Lord have mercy.

    BREAKING NEWS: At least 24 dead, including 17 children, law enforcement official tells NBC | Live coverage

    • Alma98

      They’re saying it was a parent, lord have mercy indeed. I expect the NRA to say something stupid like the teachers and children should have had guns. SMGDH!

    • GreenLadyHere

      OMWord.- — –***TEARS*** annnnd ***PRAYERS*** Soo TRAGIC.

      – — —CONDOLENCES 2 ALL— AMEN- –

  • creolechild

    Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap…

    Judge Derek Johnson reprimanded for claiming body can ‘shut down’ rape

    Here’s news for medical science, courtesy of Judge Derek G. Johnson of California: the human body can “shut down” rape. That’s what Johnson, a judge with the Orange County Superior Court, told lawyers representing a woman who had been subject to a sustained sexual assault by her ex-boyfriend, the Associated Press reports. He has now been publicly reprimanded by the California Commission on Judicial Performance for his comments, which were made as he sentenced the perpetrator in 2008.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121214/judge-derek-johnson-body-shuts-down-rape

    H/T Jessica Phelan

  • Worldwatcher7

    Micheal Eric Dyson made excellent points just now on Alex Wagner’s program about how the society rightly pays attention to these tragedies, but ignores the dangers that Black and Brown children face every day.

    Alex Wagner also made some good points, but she has got to control her inappropriate smiling and giggling. I’ve thought this many times about her, but today was the worst example I’ve ever seen. While she’s at it, she should sit up straight when she’s on camera.

    • BoomerGal

      Dyson is on point as usual but fails to acknowledge that ignoring the dangers of black and brown children is BY DESIGN!! The more of us they can kill off the better their chances of maintaining the majority.

  • Miranda

    Our media is sick, just plain sick.

    Jamison Foser‏@jamisonfoser
    Want to know what it was like for children in school being shot up? Fucking horrible. There, now you don’t have to ask them on TV.

    • Alma98

      We don’t have a media any more Miranda they’re entertainment reporters now.

      • MsKitty

        This song is so on point as to what they’ve become.

        • Alma98

          OH yes I remember that song and that is who they are, perfect.

        • isonprize

          I make my living off the Evening News
          Just give me something-something I can use
          People love it when you lose,
          They love dirty laundry

          Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
          I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
          Come and whisper in my ear
          Give us dirty laundry

          Kick ‘em when they’re up
          Kick ‘em when they’re down
          Kick ‘em when they’re up
          Kick ‘em when they’re down
          Kick ‘em when they’re up
          Kick ‘em when they’re down
          Kick ‘em when they’re up
          Kick ‘em all around

          We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
          Comes on at five
          She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam
          In her eye
          It’s interesting when people die-
          Give us dirty laundry

          Can we film the operation?
          Is the head dead yet?
          You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
          Running bet
          Get the widow on the set!
          We need dirty laundry

          You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
          You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
          Just leave well enough love
          Eat your dirty laundry

          Dirty little secrets
          Dirty little lies
          We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
          We love to cut you down to size
          We love dirty laundry

          We can do “The Innuendo”
          We can dance and sing
          When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
          We all know that Crap is King
          Give us dirty laundry!

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

        All they care about is getting “the big scoop”.

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

      I just cannot believe these reporters are interviewing children??? WTF???

    • lamh36

      seriously, I was just saying the same damn thing. WTF. I don’t know who I’m made at more, parents who let news org interview their children or new orgs that actually did interview the children.

  • edp4bho

    Per this unspeakable horror unfolding in CT, cue Malcolm. America’s love affair with deadly weapons and the freedom to shoot on whim will be another nail in it’s coffin. So sad. As for the TROLL, it is obsessed, as obsessed as BWD is of condescension to the black President. Some folks refuse truth.

  • isonprize

    Ms. Kitty, Oooooooh, Ms. Kitty,

    Re: public school closings in Philadelphia

    DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED!!!!

    The fix is in, has BEEN in. The SRC (school district governing body) suspended rules to make the closures this quickly. Parents, teachers and community leaders were not included in any decision-making, despite repeated requests to be involved. We’ve marched, we’ve protested, we’ve testified, we’ve filed complaints, we’ve sued, to no apparent avail.

    Then, to add insult to injury, Dr. Hite, Supt. of the district, emails the announcement at 2:30 AM Thursday morning, holds the press conf. & makes the announcement on that same Thursday afternoon (12/13), and schedules 4 community meetings, STARTING THIS SATURDAY, 12/15!! I have no doubt that it’s gonna be ugly.

    Mayor Nutter is either being paid off, or is so selfish as to not care (His daughter is due to graduate from one of the best public schools, so what does he care?…) What a disappointment.

    The largest amount of school closures are in the poorest, blackest section of Philadelphia – North Philadelphia. Second comes West Phila, Germantown, and the river wards. The least, as in ZERO, is in Northeast Philadelphia, the whitest section of town.

    It appears that NO consideration was giving to transportation, program continuity, support staff allocation or neighborhood stabilization.

    The most vulnerable kids don’t want to go to school as it is — How to you encourage them to take 3 busses to get to school next year?? Or will the buildings be given over to charter school operators (as many rumors go) ?

    Charter school expansion last year was $130+ million yet these closing are supposed to save $25+ million. e.g. one public school just received a roof renovation of $2 million, yet it’s on the close list? MATH MUCH?? Or which charter operator has its eye on that school??

    The initial idea with charter schools was that they would be able to do innovative things to improve PUBLIC education, so that those innovations could be replicated and implemented in PUBLIC schools. They’ve morphed into politically connected (RE-thugs AND Democrats) making $$ off of the backs of black, brown and poor white children.

    Girl, DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED on Special Education. DON’T EVEN.

    • Alma98

      The same this is going on here. I get so mad at some parents who think all these voucher schools are the cure. I say to them you are the cure get involved with your child’s education. And the people behind them are ALEC connected.

      • isonprize

        ALEC connected DING! DING! DING! DING!

        We have a winner. The fatcat donors don’t want to be identified. They gave $$ to the “consultants” who suggested these closures.

        From the rumors (that make sense), we know that most of the donors 1. don’t live in the city, 2. don’t (and wouldn’t!) send their own children to public schools and 3. all of a sudden, seem to give a damn about public education.

        Side-eye to all, especially to #3!!

        • Alma98

          People in the burbs didn’t give a damn. Now they’re trying to make a play for suburban schools and people are having a fit. When I first came back here and heard of this choice crap I knew it was a scam. It seems as though they are systematically doing away with public education and no one is doing a damn thing about it.

    • MsKitty

      The whole process sounded very shady to me. How are you going to make a decision that’s going to have such a profound impact on people’s lives, and not include them in the process at all?

      And I can’t imagine making the remaining schools even more crowded is going to do anything but make student safety worse, just from the standpoint of turf wars (this is OUR school, we gotta teach those new kids a lesson, etc., etc.) if nothing else.

      Is there an injunction or other legal recourse that the parents/teachers can do to stop this from happening until the process gets the proper input and review?

      • Alma98

        Overcrowding is the whole purpose MsKitty, then they have an excuse to open more voucher schools.

        • isonprize

          DING! DING! DING! DING!

          We have a winner.

        • MsKitty

          Gotcha, that didn’t even occur to me.

  • dannie22

    Good afternoon everyone. i get home from the doctor and i see another tragedy has occured. America needs to wake up about gun control. I mean now. Let us place a prayer circle around the children, the familes and the victims in this senseless tragedy.

  • lamh36

    I really hate that some of these news orgs are interviewing children. I don’t know what I hate more, the parents allowing their children to be interviewed right now or the news org for even having interviews with the children

  • lamh36

    ok, there is this same dude who’s been on all the networks, saying he’s a brother of one of the students at the school. Now here what I wanna know, if my lil sister was at that school I’d be with my sister and not giving tandem interviews to the news org.

    Come on. I hate this shit.

  • lamh36

    I also hate all this information the news org are giving based on “sources” rather than waiting to hear official news. It’s all about rating and getting the scoop over other orgs. Our news media is a joke.

  • rikyrah

    Questions About Daniel Inouye
    by BooMan
    Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 09:47:06 AM EST

    There are rumblings within the Senate Democratic caucus that Daniel Inouye (D-HI) should give up his gavel as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Basically, some senators think he is too old and infirm to run the committee, and that he has delegated too much to his staff which just does the bidding of the Obama administration.
    I don’t have an opinion on the merits of this critique, but I want to point out that such a move would have big implications. If Inouye were to step down, Patrick Leahy of Vermont would take over. He would have to give his chair of Judiciary to Diane Feinstein who would have to give her gavel of Intelligence to Barbara Mikulski.

    And Daniel Inouye has enough seniority to claim the chair of Commerce (Rockefeller), Rules (Schumer), or Indian Affairs (Cantwell).

    I don’t think anything is going to happen, but Inouye was recently hospitalized with problems breathing. If he doesn’t continue his role chairing Appropriations, there could be a big reshuffling of power in the Senate.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/14/9476/0189

  • rikyrah

    The GOP Really is Being Dismantled
    by BooMan
    Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 12:37:43 PM EST

    I’m beginning to think that, simply by standing pat, the president really is going to dismantle the modern Republican Party. I agree with Jon Chait that Obama isn’t doing this out of meanness or spite, but I think he knows what he is doing and that it is part of his desire to be a transformative president. He wants new revenues because the government needs new revenues to keep its obligations, but he’s presiding over the total crack-up of the GOP and he isn’t lifting a pinkie to help them out of their dilemma.

    I think we are witnessing the end days of the Reagan Revolution, and I didn’t really see it coming, even a couple of weeks ago.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/14/123743/63

    • Town

      I thought President Obama couldn’t be a transformative president without Tavis Smiley’s assistance. I know this because Tavis told me so.

  • rikyrah

    A ‘Republican civil war’ is not Obama’s goal
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:00 AM EST.

    For decades, when Democrats and Republicans agreed to work on deficit reduction, we saw a familiar dynamic: Democrats would seek new revenues, the GOP would push for spending cuts, and the larger argument was over the ratio between the two.

    As Republicans moved sharply to the right, it became clear that their leaders were really only interested in looking at one side of the budget ledger. What’s less well known is how they perceive Democratic efforts on the revenue side — some prominent conservatives are convinced, apparently, that President Obama is just trying to be mean.

    Even as they grudgingly have come to accept that they can’t prevent the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, Republicans have increasingly started explaining this pitiable state of affairs to themselves as the product of President Obama’s unique malevolence. The operating theory here is that Obama is not demanding higher taxes on the rich because it advances his public policy goals. No, his goal, writes Karl Rove today, is to “kick off a Republican civil war.” This odd theory has likewise found expression from Charles Krauthammer (“Obama’s objective in these negotiations is not economic but political: not to solve the debt crisis but to fracture the Republican majority in the House,”) Peter Wehner, and other luminaries of the right.

    The psychology on display here is familiar to anybody who has seen a petulant teenager, who assumes that any restriction that causes them to feel anger must have been intended to produce that emotion. Republicans are feeling humiliated and divided, so Obama’s goal must have been to humiliate and divide them.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/14/15905200-a-republican-civil-war-is-not-obamas-goal?lite

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

    Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters

    FLASH: Alleged Connecticut school gunman killed mother, who was a teacher at school, along with students, others, @NYTimes reports

    • rikyrah

      just add to the sadness. depressing

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

    Day Before Connecticut Shooting Massacre, Michigan Legislature Passed Bill Allowing Guns In Classrooms

    By Scott Keyes on Dec 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    On Thursday, one day before the tragedy in Connecticut where at least 29 people were killed at an elementary school, the Republican-controlled Michigan legislature passed a bill that would allow people to bring guns into schools.

    Amidst a lameduck session that has spawned a host of right-wing legislation, including a so-called “right-to-work” law and an extreme abortion ban, a “sweeping rewrite of Michigan’s concealed handgun law” was also approved yesterday. The legislation changes Michigan’s gun laws in a number of ways, including making it easier for people to receive a gun permit and opening up “gun free zones,” including schools and elsewhere, to people carrying concealed firearms.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/14/1337551/michigan-guns-classroom/

    ——————————————————————–

    Meanwhile, folks are demanding that PBO lead the discussion on gun control.

    • edp4bho

      Of course they demand it of him because they wouldn’t know how, seeing as most are upholders of that dreaded amendment, no doubt. Meanwhile, Michigan has devolved into a cesspool of wrong legislation, all against the people’s will.

      • BoomerGal

        Not quite. The people had a chance to dump alot of this legislation on November 6 and didn’t.

    • Alma98

      Unbelievable no words.

    • BoomerGal

      I e-mailed our good governor today and congratulated him on fulfilling the right wing agenda. I included that I pray what happened in Connecticut doesn’t happen here but it’s just a matter of time.

  • rikyrah

    Stoking the Star Maker Machinery
    By mistermix
    December 14th, 2012

    If you want an indication of how low Sarah Palin’s fortunes have sunk, the first time I’ve seen anything written about her in a long time is the news that her son Track is divorcing his wife who he shotgun married when she was 6 months pregnant with his child. Bristol was on Dancing with the Stars this year, but Sarah no longer has the juice to make her rapidly-dwindling fanbase call in thousands of times, so America’s most famous single mom was voted off early in the festivities. Sarah’s reality show didn’t get picked up for another season, her buscapade is over, and even though she’s still working for Fox News, nobody’s paying attention. She’s the one-hit wonder of Republican politics.

    It didn’t have to be this way. One of our trolls likes to point out that I predicted that Palin would run for President. I only remember praying for Huckabee, but no matter. If anything is clear from Palin’s fall to obscurity, it’s that she would have been better off if she had made a run. Look at Newt and Santorum. When the Republican race started, they were both minor lights compared to Palin. Neither is much better as a debater than Sarah would have been, had she been willing to take some coaching and do some work. Yet both of them have increased their stock within the wingnut branch of the party immeasurably, while Sarah’s left wishing and hoping that Roger Ailes doesn’t cancel her contract.

    more here

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/

  • rikyrah

    States get back on their feet, fear austerity push
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:12 AM EST

    Reuters has an interesting report today on U.S. states benefiting from an economic upswing, and now reaching a level of “financial prosperity they enjoyed before the recession.” The recovery is “slow and uneven,” according to the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers, but revenue and investments are finally improving.

    The report’s caveats notwithstanding, the news is generally encouraging. It’s an economic detail that often goes overlooked, but state cutbacks have been a significant drag on the economy in recent years. The Recovery Act stemmed the tide in 2009, but when stimulus money ran out, states, which do not have the luxury of running deficits, were forced to slash spending and public-sector employment, necessarily slowing the larger recovery.

    As 2012 draws to a close, however, most states have picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and are ready for a rebound. There’s just one problem: federal austerity.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/14/15908172-states-get-back-on-their-feet-fear-austerity-push?lite

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

    **MEDIA ALERT! President Obama will speak on the CT shooting at 3:15pm EST**

    • goldenstar

      For once, the White House Press Corps was silenced as PBO read his statement with great difficulty given the depth of this event. He’s a person of great conviction and great compassion.

      • gc

        He would give his lives for those kids.

        Thank you to all who voiced support for out state. CT is a good place, really.

        I cannot write more. Nothing apt to say. And I have a tremor so I am left more empty. But I know I’m among friends.

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

    FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!!!! These mofos will never, ever be satisfied!

    GottaLaff ‏@GottaLaff
    RT @peterdaou: In response to POTUS’s statement, progressive tweeps are demanding more than words from the White House.