September 20, 2014

Friday Open Thread: African-American Playwrights

This whole week has highlighted the works of African-American Playwrights. 

Douglas Turner Ward (b. 1930) is dramatist, actor, director, and producer. Since the 1960s, the African American dramatic literature and aesthetic philosophy of Douglas Turner Ward have been highly influential. Guided by a burning desire to continue the legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois, Ward was determined to create theater that was primarily written by, performed for, and representative of African American people. In his plays, Ward examines a mixed bag of attitudes and stereotypes that permeate the environment both within and outside the African American community. He uses various comic conventions such as satire, farce, absurdism, and irony to attack widely divergent cultural philosophies, politics, and ethics as well as social, moral, and racial biases.

Douglas Turner Ward was born on May 5, 1930 in Burnside, Louisiana, to Roosevelt Ward and Dorothy Short. Ward spent his formative years on a plantation in this rural town. He was later sent to live with relations in New Orleans in order to attend public school, from which he graduated at the age of fifteen. Dissatisfaction with prevailing racist attitudes among many Southerners influenced Ward’s decision to attend college in the North at Wilberforce University in Xenia, Ohio. In 1947 he transferred to the University of Michigan, where he played football on the junior varsity squad. A knee injury at the age of eighteen abruptly ended his career, so he headed for New York City at the end of the school year.

Ward had been involved in left-wing political activities during his undergraduate days, which he continued to practice as a writer for the Daily Worker in New York. Interestingly, his association with various political entities provided the desire to write satirical sketches. His newfound avocation was put on hold while he spent three months in jail for draft evasion before being released on appeal; he was then forced to spend two years in Louisiana until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction. Ward returned to New York City resolved to write plays solely. In order to understand the craft better, he enrolled in acting classes at the prestigious Paul Mann’s Actor’s Workshop.

Mel Gussow, reviewer for the New York Times, wrote that Ward “… as actor, playwright, journalist, director, artistic director of the Negro Ensemble Company—is a man of great force, dedication, and verbosity.” Ward used these strong character traits to expound his sociocultural and political ideas, which he expressed in perhaps the most influential piece of writing of his career. In an article entitled “American Theatre: For Whites Only?” that appeared in the New York Times on  August 14, 1966, Ward denounced the racist practices in professional theaters and called for the establishment of a permanent African American theater for playwrights, actors, technicians, and administrators. This article was instrumental in gaining the attention of the Ford Foundation, which ultimately funded the formation of the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) in 1965 with a $434,000 grant. Ward was cofounder along with actor-director Robert Hooks and Off-Broadway producer Gerald A. Krone.

Throughout his theatrical career, and in the choice of plays and styles of production, Ward has created a repertory that presents world-class drama primarily focused on African American themes. Nonetheless he has never supported the concept of a separatist theater. The NEC has been criticized from the start by some African Americans for selecting plays by nonwhite playwrights, including Peter Weiss, Ray Lawler, and Jean Genet, and for the location of its first theater in lower Manhattan.

As a playwright, Ward is perhaps best known for his controversial one-act plays, Happy Ending and Day of Absence, both written in 1966. Both comedies examine black-white relations in dramatizing the interdependence between the races. White critics were generally in agreement that although the theme of racial interdependency was topical, the acting style and colloquial language were often exaggerated to the point of being difficult to understand. In spite of such occasional negative reactions and controversial dramatizations of topical subjects, the NEC continued to produce theatrical events of quality and substance with a list of Black artists that represented the elite of contemporary African American theater.

The right-wing shift in the American political climate during the 1980s severely curtailed the availability of government-sponsored arts program funds and private sector fellowships and grants. In order to address a deficit of $500,000, the NEC did not mount any productions during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. In April 1993, the NEC reopened its doors, this time at the La Guardia Performing Arts Center, with a production of Kenneth Franklin-Hoke Witherspoon’s Last Night at Ace High directed by Ward, who is also president of the company. Although the NEC remains in debt, Susan Watson Turner, producing director, stated in a profile that appeared in New York Newsday on May 11, 1993, that it continues to be “a company run by and for African-American artists.

 

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone :)

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good Morning POU

    Happy Friday everybody!

  • rikyrah

    The Republicans still don’t get it
    By Eugene Robinson,
    Nov 16, 2012 01:10 AM EST

    I know it’s early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week’s election. Short term, that’s a boon for Democrats. Long term, it’s a problem for the country.

    The GOP should be listening to reasonable voices such as that of Newt Gingrich. Yes, I used the words “reasonable” and “Gingrich” in the same sentence. He has occasional moments of lucidity, and one came on the “Today” show when he said Republicans “need to stop, take a deep breath and learn.”

    I was wrong last week, as was virtually every major Republican analyst,” Gingrich said. “And so, you have to stop and say to yourself, ‘If I was that far off, what do I need to learn to better understand America?’”

    The voices the party should ignore include those claiming that House Republicans, by retaining their majority, won some sort of mandate to continue pushing a radical conservative agenda. And yes, Gingrich has made this argument as well. The fog lifts, the fog descends.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-republicans-dont-heed-lessons-of-the-election/2012/11/15/09dbf1a0-2f5c-11e2-9f50-0308e1e75445_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – -GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM!!♥ – — Oooooweeee! – – -“The HILL” is gon B –“ON annnd POPPIN”! -Movin’ FORWARD!! – –> – —

    – —Petraeus arrives on Capitol Hill

    – – -NOW we will get those- — AFFAIRS DETAILS – – – – -errrr – –BENGHAZI DETAILS! LOL —

    Annnnd: – — -Obama to meet with civic leaders after Hill huddle – —

    – – —President Obama will follow up his Friday morning meeting about the fiscal cliff with an afternoon session with leaders from civic groups, following up on meetings he had earlier in the week with leaders of business and liberal-leaning groups.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are set to meet with the president and Vice President Joe Biden at 10:15 a.m. in the Roosevelt Room. They’re to speak to cameras at the start of the meeting.

    In the afternoon, Obama and Biden will meet with leaders from a range of organizations representing special interest groups including the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP, AARP and National Council of La Raza, a White House official said.

    At both meetings, Obama will continue to reiterate his message “that he wants to work together with members of Congress in both parties to find common ground to address the challenges facing our nation at the end of the year,” the official said.

    – – – -ENJOY YOUR ENERGY DRANK!! :>) – —

    B BLESSED – -2-DAY!! :>)

  • rikyrah

    Evening “I mostly love my job” Open Thread

    By Soonergrunt November 15th, 2012

    I just haven’t had much to say the last few days. I’ve been Acting PC-Support Lead-my supervisor’s job-while he steps up to Acting Facility CIO while the FCIO is detailed up to Region.

    My boss’ job sucks. It sucks even more without the his pay. I spend a tremendous amount of time on the phone dealing with vendors, some of whom are trying very hard to weasel out of their responsibilities, dealing with irate users, who usually have no legitimate reason to be irate, and with other leads and managers, as well as my coworkers whom I am ostensibly leading. I could probably grow into the position and I think I would be pretty decent at it if it ever opens for advancement, but I gotta say that the likelihood that I would strangle myself with a mouse cord is probably about 50/50 in the first year. On the other hand, I went to a staff meeting and it was an eye opener. EVERYTHING was about “how can we improve our service to our Veterans and improve our value to the Taxpayer?” And “what is your department doing to improve our service to our Veterans?” After many years of going to various meetings as a Soldier and as a civilian, in private sector, in contracting, and now as a civil servant, I never thought I’d say this about a staff meeting, but I left that meeting with a better feeling about my organization and my place in it.

    I still get up every morning and say to myself “hey, I get to go to work today!” It’s a damn site better than my last job where I would lie in bed in the mornings and say “oh, I have to go to work today.” And when you consider that the only things Rmoney ever said about the VA was that he wanted to privatize it and put Vets on vouchers, back before he realized that nobody liked his policy positions, I was a little nervous about the potential for a Rmoney presidency. Yes, I said here on multiple occasions that I thought President Obama was going to win and win big, but I’ve never lost money underestimating my fellow human beings capability and especially, my fellow Americans’ capability to do the exactly dumbest thing they could do to themselves given the chance. So I am gratified that I’m going to have a job for a while, and especially that I and other Vets will get the proper care and service that is the VA’s mission to provide.

    Thank you all, so much, for being such great bosses.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/11/15/evening-open-thread-3/

  • rikyrah

    hey crazycanuck,

    how are you enjoying Person of Interest this season?

  • rikyrah

    What Benghazi Is about: Scandal Envy

    Paul Waldman

    November 15, 2012

    Republicans are livid that Obama hasn’t had his major scandal yet.

    If you’re looking at the Republican harumphing over Benghazi and asking yourself, “Why are we supposed to be so mad about this again?” you’re not alone. Let’s review: There was an attack on our consulate that killed four Americans, including our ambassador. Amid confusing and contradictory reports from the ground, President Obama waited too long to utter the magic incantation, “Terrorism, terrorists, terror!” that would have … well, it would have done something, but it turns out that he did say “terror,” so never mind that. But that’s not the real scandal! The real scandal is that Susan Rice went on television soon after and amid all kinds of “based on the best information we have”s and “we’ll have to see”s, said one thing that turned out not to be the case: that after the protests in Cairo, there was some kind of copycat protest in Benghazi, which was then “hijacked” by extremist elements using heavy weapons to stage an attack.

    ………………………………………………..

    But now, some Republicans, particularly John McCain and Lindsay Graham, are essentially saying that this horrifying cover-up was quite possibly the greatest crime in the history of the United States government, and if we’re going to get to the bottom of it nothing short of a select committee—a “Watergate-style committee,” as it is being referred to by reporters—will do. Who knows what it might uncover? Were there CIA whistleblowers whose bodies are now lying at the bottom of the Potomac? Was David Petraeus being blackmailed? Are William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright involved? Did Susan Rice fly to Tripoli, have a steamy liaison with a clone of Ayman al-Zawahiri created in a secret underground laboratory, then go to Benghazi where she personally killed Ambassador Chris Stevens with a hat pin? We won’t know unless we spin this out into a multi-week story!

    So what’s going on here? I can sum it up in two words: scandal envy. Republicans are indescribably frustrated by the fact that Barack Obama, whom they regard as both illegitimate and corrupt, went through an entire term without a major scandal. They tried with “Fast and Furious,” but that turned out to be small potatoes. They tried with Solyndra, but that didn’t produce the criminality they hoped for either. Obama even managed to dole out three-quarters of a trillion dollars in stimulus money without any graft or double-dealing to be found. Nixon had Watergate, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Clinton had Lewinsky, and Barack Obama has gotten off scott-free. This is making them absolutely livid, and they’re going to keep trying to gin up a scandal, even if there’s no there there. Benghazi may not be an actual scandal, but it’s all they have handy.

    http://prospect.org/article/what-benghazi-about-scandal-envy

    • ch555x

      The GOPTea is looking pretty desperate in trying to project trashy behavior (i.e. scooping for scandals) onto someone. It makes you wonder what other stuff they have hiding…O_o

      • conlakappa

        Binders of dead girls and live boys?

  • rikyrah

    November 15, 2012

    Romney Gets the Last Gaffe

    Posted by Alex Koppelman

    In his defense, it must be incredibly difficult for someone like Mitt Romney to fail.

    He has, really, only ever done it twice before: once in 1994, when he challenged Ted Kennedy—and no matter how tough someone finds defeat, surely he can forgive himself for losing to the brother of J.F.K. and R.F.K.—and once in 2008. Now, having lost in what he knows must be his final shot at the ultimate achievement, he has to find a reason why. And surely he can’t blame himself, or the campaign he ran and the staff members he hired, despite its and their obvious deficiencies: who could, looking back at that record of success? So he casts about, looking for some other explanation, and he lands on one: “gifts” that, to sway voters, the Obama Administration handed out to the President’s key demographic groups—“especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community, and young people.”

    “With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college-loan interest, was a big gift,” he reportedly said during a conference call with his campaign’s national finance committee held this Wednesday afternoon. According to the New York Times’s Ashley Parker, he went on to explain:

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/11/romney-blames-obama-gifts-for-loss.html#ixzz2COXgiTye

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s inadvertent, insincere good idea
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:00 AM EST.

    Failed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney caused a bit of a stir this week when he told donors President Obama won re-election because he bribed women and minorities with “big gifts,” such as health care and education. As Rachel noted on the show last night, even many on the right found his comments unhelpful.

    As it turns out, that’s not all Romney said.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, the Republican went on to tell supporters: “What I would do if I were a Democrat running four years from now, I’d say, ‘You know what, dental care will be included in Obamcare.’ … And Republicans will say, ‘No, that’s going to cost a trillion dollars,’ and the Democrats will say, ‘That’s fine, you know, we’ll pay it.'”

    Putting aside the fact that access to affordable dental care wouldn’t cost $1 trillion, Romney’s suggestions actually sounds quite reasonable. Sure, he meant it sarcastically, and this was hardly a sincere policy idea, but if we ignore motivations, what’s wrong with the idea of including dental care in a national health care system in which Americans have access to medical attention they need?

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/16/15215510-romneys-inadvertent-insincere-good-idea?lite

  • rikyrah

    ‘Spontaneously inspired’
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:09 AM EST.

    Five days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Susan Rice appeared on “Face the Nation” to give the public an update on the available information. She explained that it was too early to draw “definitive conclusions,” but the “best information we have to date” suggested the violence “began spontaneously … as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo” in response to the anti-Islam internet video.

    The ambassador then added, “But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons.” Asked about a possible al Qaeda role, Rice said this was unclear, explaining, “I think this is one of the things we’ll have to determine.”

    For John McCain and other increasingly-hysterical Obama administration critics, Rice was lying and her use of the word “spontaneous” is itself an outrageous scandal. It’s not altogether clear why this is causing far-right apoplexy, but this is where we find ourselves at this point.

    In an interesting twist, CBS News obtained the CIA talking points given to Rice in preparation of her interview

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/16/15216929-spontaneously-inspired?lite

    • nellcote

      It’s not altogether clear why this is causing far-right apoplexy
      ===
      Because Rush Limbaugh and Roger Ailes are the true heads of the GOP and they’re the ones driving this bullshit. As always with the goopers, follow the money.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – —WAY-ELL – – -He has testified B4 the Senate. — -Accoording 2 Sen. peter king [UG!!!] – –there was only 1 question on the “affair” – – -did it influence U annnd your work. NO – -HAH!

    Now he goes 2 –“the House”. – — -Waitin’. . . .

  • rikyrah

    Michael Tomasky:

    What is going on with John McCain? Maybe he just despises Barack Obama so completely that he almost can’t help himself. That’s one option. Another is that he has decided for whatever reason to finish his Senate career as a full-out tea partier. A third is that he’s just a nasty man, which is pretty widely known to be true in Washington.

    Hard to say. But this jihad of his against Susan Rice really is about the nastiest thing we’ve ever seen him do. Rice had nothing to do with security at the Benghazi consulate. Nothing….

    …. in 2005, McCain and Graham fiercely defended Condi Rice from Democratic attacks of “lying,” arguing she had been misled by intelligence. “I can only conclude we’re doing this for no other reason than because of lingering bitterness at the outcome of the elections,” McCain complained when Condi Rice’s nomination came to a vote.

    Amazing. The man needs an intervention. Isn’t there anyone who loves him who can tell him what he’s doing to what remains of his reputation?

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/15/mccain-and-the-two-rices.html

  • rikyrah

    When the Nerds Go Marching In
    By Alexis C. Madrigal
    .Nov 16 2012, 7:00 AM

    President Obama’s reelection campaign brought 40 engineers into their ranks to build the technology they needed to get the president reelected. This is the very human story of how they helped out, even if they never fit in.

    ………………………

    The Obama campaign’s technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong.

    Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that they’d lost another one of the services powering their software. That was bad: Narwhal was the code name for the data platform that underpinned the campaign and let it track voters and volunteers. If it broke, so would everything else.

    They were talking with people at Amazon Web Services, but all they knew was that they had packet loss. Earlier that day, they lost their databases, their East Coast servers, and their memcache clusters. Thayer was ready to kill Nick Hatch, a DevOps engineer who was the official bearer of bad news. Another of their vendors, StallionDB, was fixing databases, but needed to rebuild the replicas. It was going to take time, Hatch said. They didn’t have time.

    They’d been working 14-hour days, six or seven days a week, trying to reelect the president, and now everything had been broken at just the wrong time. It was like someone had written a Murphy’s Law algorithm and deployed it at scale.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/11/when-the-nerds-go-marching-in/265325/

    • conlakappa

      We were told that they were a bunch of 14-year-olds sitting in a big room in Chicago!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -[Having a "slow" time connecting. Sorry. :>)]

    – – -Da RE-THUCKERS – – -CONTINUE 2 LOSE!! – -HAH! —

    – – -Republican Desperation Grows as Benghazi Backfires and Scandal Talk Fizzles – –

    – — –Benghazi gate is not going as Republicans planned, and in fact, the failure to gain traction on their narrative is further compelling Republicans to hysterics. Since they drew so much attention to this issue, courtesy of the need to defend Romney’s Libya debacle just hours after the attack, the media is now paying attention just in time to catch the GOP crazy in full bloom.

    It was impossible to miss John McCain’s growing desperation yesterday, as his plans to bring down Obama backfired and the narrative of the day became him skipping the very briefing that would have answered his questions. Trending on Yahoo all day was “John McCain Missed Briefing While Slamming Obama Over Benghazi Attack”. Alexa treated him no better.

    Embarrassed and humiliated, the Senator screamed at a CNN for pointing out that while he appeared on TV to talk about how he needed more information about Benghazi, he missed his own committee briefing on Benghazi. – – -LOL
    – – – –SNIP — –

    The problem is that as Republicans have escalated the charges, the facts aren’t backing them up. Suggesting that this “cover up” (not proven, there is not even any factual reason to suggest this other than political dreams of a deeply embarrassed party) is worse than a Watergate demonstrates how far Republicans have gone off the rails in their attempt to get one good smear on this President.

    – — SNIP- — –

    Also, Petraeus killed their conspiracy meme yesterday. That’s dead in the water.
    THERE IS MORE

    • Kennymack1971

      The GOP. So afflicted with Obama Derangement Syndrome that they keep making fools of themselves at every opportunity.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ Kennymack1971. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – – – -***fist bump**** – – – -“LOL – – -THAT ELECTION – – — -got ‘em – –DAZED annnd CONFUSED! – –GOOD! — — LOL– –

        Good 2 C U Kennymack1971. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -MR. PRESIDENT – – — ADDRESSES the “STORM”: —

    — –Obama: HUD Secretary to head post-Sandy rebuilding efforts – —

    – — -President Obama announced Thursday he was appointing Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as the administration’s point person for rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy after a tour of some of the areas in Staten Island devastated by the violent storm.

    “He’s going to be working with the mayor, the governor, the borough presidents, the county officials to make sure that we come up with a strong, effective plan, and then I’ll be working with the members of Congress to do everything we can to get the resources needed to rebuild,” Obama said at a press conference. “And I have every confidence that Shaun is going to be doing a great job and people should feel some confidence about that.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – –THANK U — MR. PRESIDENT! – – –PRAYIN’ 4 s VICTIMS. -AMEN. – –

  • lamh36

    not for nothing, but Joe Bidens cameo on Parks & Recreations last night was too cute.

    Biden Makes Cameo on NBC’s Parks & Reacreation

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

      “He is precious cargo!” LOL!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -SCRATCH — -Denny’s – — from my “EATING” – — list – —

    – – — -Denny’s Franchise Owner To Add Surcharge, Cut Employees’ Hours To Pay For ‘Obamacare’

    —- -The owner of more than 40 Denny’s restaurants throughout the southern region said Thursday that he will levy a 5 percent surcharge and cut employees’ hours in order to offset costs imposed by the Affordable Care Act, widely known as ‘Obamacare.’

    John Metz of West Palm Beach, Fla. told Fox News that most of his roughly 1,200 employees will see their hours trimmed to less than 30 per week in order to eschew laws that would otherwise require him to provide them with health insurance.
    THERE IS MORE

    – —–“VULTURE CAPITALIST!!” – – – -geesh!!

    • TyrenM

      Denny’s stay fucking up. Lookem up.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        THANK U.- — :>) – – – – -LOL – – -Waitaminute. . . I haven’t eaten there since – -1994! LOL – —

        – – -Denny’s Restaurants to Pay $54 Million in Race Bias Suits- —

        —-Denny’s, a national restaurant chain, agreed today to pay more than $54 million to settle lawsuits filed by thousands of black customers who had been refused service or had been forced to wait longer or pay more than white customers.

        The new head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department, Deval L. Patrick, said it was the largest and broadest settlement under the Federal public-accommodation laws. Those laws were adopted more than 30 years ago to end segregation in restaurants and other places that serve the public.

        – – – –SNIP — –
        In one instance, a black Federal judge from Houston and his wife who had been traveling for 18 hours said they were forced to wait at a Denny’s in Yreka, Calif., for almost an hour as white teen-agers taunted them and referred to them as “niggers.”

        THERE IS MORE.

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>)

        • TyrenM

          That Deval Patrick, as in Governor?

          • GreenLadyHere

            TyrenM – – – -CHECK IT OUT – –

            — -Deval Laurdine Patrick – –

            – – – In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Patrick Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where he worked on issues including racial profiling and police misconduct.

            DENNY TIME. :>) – – –

          • isonprize

            yup, yup!!

      • isonprize

        Haven’t visited a Denny’s since they were outed for not serving black customers (or making them wait longer and bs like that…)

        Whatever, Denny’s, whatever….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

      Denny’s is nasty as heck. They can keep that mess. I take my money elsewhere.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

      Denny’s is nasty as heck. They can keep that mess. I take my money elsewhere.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -Uhh – –WAITIN’ 4 da ARTICLE that BLAMES MR. PRESIDENT 4 THIS CONFLICT – – -LOL – —

    – – –Israel and Gaza conflict: Air raid sirens sound in Jerusalem as rockets continue to fall- —

    – – – -Egypt tried to open a window to emergency peace diplomacy in Gaza, but even an attempted three-hour ceasefire failed to hold while its prime minister was inside the bombarded enclave to talk to leaders of Hamas.

    Prime Minister Hisham Kandil visited the Gaza Strip on Friday officially to show solidarity with the Palestinian people after two days of relentless attacks by Israeli warplanes determined to end militant rocket fire at Israel.

    Mr Kandil said: “Egypt will spare no effort … to stop the aggression and to achieve a truce.” But he condemned the Israeli attacks as a “disaster” and said Israel’s aggression must stop. The Israeli military struck at 130 targets in Gaza overnight.

    Israel undertook to cease fire during the visit if Hamas stopped rocket fire on southern Israel. But the Israeli Defence Force said rockets fired from Gaza had hit several sites in southern Israel even as the Egyptian prime minister was in the enclave.
    THERE IS MORE – — –Sooo SAD!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM —–LOL – – — MR. PRESIDENT’s — – “BOI” – –WEIGHS [literally] — -IN.- – –

    — – –Christie agrees Romney comments were ‘wrong’, calls on GOP to pivot – –

    — —New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Friday that Mitt Romney’s comments that President Obama won the election by giving groups “gifts” were wrong.

    Romney said he agreed with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who said the comments were “absolutely wrong,” but avoided directly criticizing Romney. He also said it was time to pivot from the election and move on.

    “I always hate this kind of scapegoating after the election. When you lose, you lost. Someone asked me, ‘Why did Mitt Romney lose?’ I said because he got less votes than Barack Obama. That’s why,” Christie said on MSNBC. “And the fact of the matter is that more people in the country decided that President Obama was the right way to go. I voted for Mitt Romney.

    “But the bottom line is we lost, and so now what we need to do as leaders of our party is pivot and do our jobs. If we do our jobs well, people will put us back into office.”
    THERE IS MORE

    Guess he’s really tryin’ – — hard 4 — -2016! LOL– –

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

      He’s up for re-election next year.

    • nellcote

      There’s no upside for him to criticize PBO when he needs his help to rebuild.

      • conlakappa

        Especially when asking for “gifts” for his constituency.

      • conlakappa

        Especially when asking for “gifts” for his constituency.

    • Town

      “I always hate this kind of scapegoating after the election. When you lose, you lost. Someone asked me, ‘Why did Mitt Romney lose?’ I said because he got less votes than Barack Obama. That’s why,” Christie said on MSNBC.

      ——-

      WELP. THERE IT IS.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM —“Chris christie” – —HAZ a SAD – —-

    — -No more Twinkies? Strike may do in Hostess – –

    —–Hostess Brands – the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and other household-name products – said it would seek this week to liquidate the company unless enough workers stopped striking by the end of the workday on Thursday to allow the company to resume normal operations.

    Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike Nov. 9 in response to court-approved pay cuts. The company, which has about 18,000 employees, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January.

    Hostess said it would file a motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y., Friday to close shop and sell its assets if enough employees do not return to work by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday. If the motion is granted, Hostess would begin to close its operations as soon as Nov. 20.
    THERE IS MORE.

    — -How ’bout – -bargainin’ —in GOOD FAITH?- —

    • TyrenM

      Sorry for the employees but Congrats to all the diabetes and heart patients who will be spared. This from a guy who grew up on Suzy Q’s.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM– – – -MR. PRESIDENT – –Just SPOKE: – —

    – — – -Obama On Fiscal Cliff: There Is ‘Urgent Business To Do’ — –

    – — – -President Obama said Friday that he and congressional leaders are aware “we have some urgent business to do” on the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

    “Our challenge is to make sure we are able to cooperate together, work together, find some common ground, make some tough compromises, build some consensus, to do the people’s business,” Obama said at the White House with congressional leaders.

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

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – —TRUTH!! — —

    – – –☻Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS
    Stop dancing around it: Romney’s “gift” comment reflects the actual GOP position on gov’t: http://wapo.st/RHjl4H via @jbouie
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
    View summary
    - – —-

    WE KNOW!!- —-

  • GreenLadyHere

    Deat PBOMB. – – -GOOD MORNTIN’ —***BIG HUG*** :>)

    THANK U 4 THIS SERIES.- —

    Appreciatin’ his SOCIAL ACTVISM –annnd PARTICIPATION in — –Da STRUGGLE” — –

    — -In his plays, Ward examines a mixed bag of attitudes and stereotypes that permeate the environment both within and outside the African American community. He uses various comic conventions such as satire, farce, absurdism, and irony to attack widely divergent cultural philosophies, politics, and ethics as well as social, moral, and racial biases.

    THIS INSPIRES!! – –:>)

    Have a BLESSED DAY. – –THIS SERIES has BEEN – – -DA BOMB!! :>)

    [Gotta "bounce". MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U --IN MY ♥. :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — –SEN. KENT CONRAD –is ON NOW —

    – GIVING a — VIGOROUS DEFENSE of AMB. Susan RICE!! — – -Woo! Hoo!

  • rikyrah

    The desperate search for a legitimate Obama scandal
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:23 AM EST.

    There are very few developments the political world cherishes more than a White House scandal. They invariably include months of endless drama and intrigue. Congressional scandals are nice, as far as they go, but they’re a poor substitute.

    And as Paul Waldman explained well yesterday, the bizarre Republican rhetoric surrounding the politics of the Benghazi attack reinforce a larger truth: President Obama hasn’t had a legitimate scandal yet, and it’s making his detractors antsy

    If you’re looking at the Republican harumphing over Benghazi and asking yourself, “Why are we supposed to be so mad about this again?” you’re not alone. Let’s review: There was an attack on our consulate that killed four Americans, including our ambassador. Amid confusing and contradictory reports from the ground, President Obama waited too long to utter the magic incantation, “Terrorism, terrorists, terror!” that would have … well, it would have done something, but it turns out that he did say “terror,” so never mind that. But that’s not the real scandal! The real scandal is that Susan Rice went on television soon after and amid all kinds of “based on the best information we have”s and “we’ll have to see”s, said one thing that turned out not to be the case: that after the protests in Cairo, there was some kind of copycat protest in Benghazi, which was then “hijacked” by extremist elements using heavy weapons to stage an attack.

    A sane person might say, OK, she was obviously given some incorrect information at that time, but it’s not a particularly meaningful deception. As people have been pointing out for weeks now, it’s not as though not using the word “terror” or saying there was a protest before the attack gave the White House some enormous political advantage. If you’re going to have a cover-up, there has to be something you’re covering up.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/16/15219142-the-desperate-search-for-a-legitimate-obama-scandal?lite

  • nellcote

    Obama Nominates Out Gay Black Judge To Federal Bench

    The White House announced on Wednesday that President Obama has nominated Judge William Thomas, an out gay man, to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Thomas would be the first out LGBT black man to serve as a lifetime-tenured federal judge.

    In a statement, Obama noted the diversity of Thomas and six other nominees, saying, “They … represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves.”

    He added, “These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity. Too many of our courtrooms stand empty. I hope the Senate will promptly consider all of my nominees and ensure justice for everyday Americans.”
    [...]
    It is unlikely, due to the time nominations take to proceed in the current Congress, that Thomas, currently a state-court judge in Florida, would see a vote on his nomination in this Congress.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/obama-nominates-out-gay-black-judge-to-federal-ben

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Seriously… President Obama is just walking around DC, middle fingers up (metaphorically) saying, “What?”

      • conlakappa

        Ha! I more visualize him going, “say what again!”

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

    So, according to Rep. Peter King, Petraeus testified that he always said the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack. But King told Petraeus that the initial notes the CIA presented said it wasn’t a terrorist attack.

    Petraeus is trying to cover his ass.

    http://www.politico.com/multimedia/video/2012/11/king-petraeus-believes-clear-terrorist-involvement.html

    • Miranda

      It won’t work Petraeus. It would behoove you to realize this very quickly. He’s really gonna f up.

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

        He needs to ask Gov. Christie what happens when you try to blame PBO for your own failures.

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

      BOOM!

      “The attack that killed four Americans in the Libyan consulate began as a spontaneous protest against the film “The Innocence of Muslims,” but Islamic militants who may have links to Al Qaeda used the opportunity to launch an attack, CIA Director David Petreaus told the House Intelligence Committee today according to one lawmaker who attended a closed-door briefing.”

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/al-qaeda-took-advantage-of-libyan-protest-cia-chief-says/

    • Miranda

      So hold up..even Peter King not trying to let Petraeus off the hook over this?

  • Miranda

    Haha

    Marlene Wagner‏@MamamarMarlene
    “@amk4obama: Dad Obama with Sasha’s date. Poor guy. You figure it out which one. :) pic.twitter.com/u16hW4kg” Too funny!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A70x7lrCAAANMLD.jpg

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

      LOL! Cute!

  • Miranda

    This is a President who CARES

    President Obama in New York City to survey Hurricane Sandy damaged areas

    excerpt:
    Flanked by Mayor Bloomberg, Cuomo and both New York senators, Obama walked through a temporary city of white tents that is being used to house those displaced by Sandy, and spoke to every person there who is seeking help from the government.

    “He told us to stick with it, that he’s going to see it through,” said Jackie Srebrenick, whose home was flooded. “It means a lot to the people that we have a leader who cares.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/obama-arrives-nyc-survey-sandy-damage-article-1.1202563?pgno=1#ixzz2CPFRxxXv

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

    michaelscherer ‏@michaelscherer

    RT @ZekeJMiller: RT @Brendan_Buck: Obama birthday gift to Boehner http://yfrog.com/odun7rggj

    • Miranda

      I hope they switched the good wine with Cisco.

      • TyrenM

        Nah, give him Boones Farm.

  • nellcote

    Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail transportation system said Thursday that it has sold 1,500 commemorative fare cards this week for President Obama’s second inauguration.

    The organization that runs subway trains in the capital, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), said earlier this week that it was accepting pre-sale payments for a special version of its SmarTrip fare cards that will mark Obama being sworn in again on Jan. 21, 2013.

    WMATA tweeted Thursday that 1,500 of the cards, which feature Obama’s picture and include the phrase “America Makes History Again,” have already been sold.

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/11/16/dc-metro-says-1500-commemorative-obama-inauguration-smarttrip-cards-sold/

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/obama-smarttrip-300×191.jpg

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

    S.E. Cupp wrongly tells a nun welfare increases poverty
    By Stephen C. Webster
    Friday, November 16, 2012 10:08 EST

    [...]“I think everyone can agree that we’d like to decrease poverty,” Cupp said. “Even though conservatives have been maligned for quote unquote wanting to cut social safety programs and the social safety net, expanding welfare hasn’t reduced poverty. In fact, adding millions to the ranks of welfare has seen poverty explode over the past four years. So, what’s the balanced response here?”

    “Excuse me, but that data is really wrong,” Campbell said.

    “Poverty has not exploded in the past four years?” Cupp asked.

    “Poverty has increased, but quote welfare has not,” Campbell said. “The real culprit here is minimum wage. Minimum wage has stayed below the poverty level. What we have to be keenly aware of is in 1970, if you worked for minimum wage it kept you out of poverty. If we were going to go back to a wage that would keep families out of poverty, minimum wage would have to be about $12.50 an hour, instead of its current $7.25. So, let’s talk about the working poor. People don’t realize that a big percentage of those in poverty are people who are working.”

    MORE: (http://s.tt/1tK0R)

    • Daltex82

      Taken down by a Nun, I love it!

    • jds09

      The video is priceless. Do not mess with Nuns. Cupp took a knife to a gunfight. lol (Sorry Sister for the violent imagery.)

    • dannie22

      this po’ chile is just dumb

    • BoomerGal

      Tell it, Sister Campbell!!

      • conlakappa

        One of my calls while a campaign volunteer was to a woman who was a nun (Sisters of Mercy), something I didn’t know until I got her voicemail! She too had made calls for the President’s re-election. All kinds of folks were on the case.

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

    Here’s a more thorough article about Petraeus’ testimony. He didn’t blame the WH. I stand corrected:

    Lawmakers said Petraeus testified that the CIA’s talking points written in response to the assault on the diplomat post in Benghazi that killed four Americans referred to it as a terrorist attack. But Petraeus told the lawmakers it was removed by other federal agencies who made changes to the CIA’s draft.

    [...] Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Petraeus disputed Republican suggestions that the White House misled the public on what led to the violence in the midst of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

    ‘‘There was an interagency process to draft it, not a political process,’’ Schiff said after the hearing. ‘‘They came up with the best assessment without compromising classified information or source or methods. So changes were made to protect classified information.

    ‘‘The general was adamant there was no politicization of the process, no White House interference or political agenda,’’ Schiff said. ‘‘He completely debunked that idea.’’

    Schiff said Petraeus said Rice’s comments in the television interviews ‘‘reflected the best intelligence at the time that could be released publicly.’’

    MORE: http://bostonglobe.com/news/world/2012/11/16/petraeus-testifies-that-believed-terrorists-were-behind-libya-attack-petraeus-believed-terrorists-were-behind-libya-attack/KaCIpWPac47a9HmgBEkCeL/story.html

    • Miranda

      Petraeus just cut deep into McCain and Graham.

      I hope it hurts.

    • BoomerGal

      Well McCain, back to the drawing board!

  • Miranda

    What Benghazi Is about: Scandal Envy
    Paul Waldman

    Republicans are livid that Obama hasn’t had his major scandal yet.

    If you’re looking at the Republican harumphing over Benghazi and asking yourself, “Why are we supposed to be so mad about this again?” you’re not alone. Let’s review: There was an attack on our consulate that killed four Americans, including our ambassador. Amid confusing and contradictory reports from the ground, President Obama waited too long to utter the magic incantation, “Terrorism, terrorists, terror!” that would have … well, it would have done something, but it turns out that he did say “terror,” so never mind that. But that’s not the real scandal! The real scandal is that Susan Rice went on television soon after and amid all kinds of “based on the best information we have”s and “we’ll have to see”s, said one thing that turned out not to be the case: that after the protests in Cairo, there was some kind of copycat protest in Benghazi, which was then “hijacked” by extremist elements using heavy weapons to stage an attack.

    A sane person might say, OK, she was obviously given some incorrect information at that time, but it’s not a particularly meaningful deception. As people have been pointing out for weeks now, it’s not as though not using the word “terror” or saying there was a protest before the attack gave the White House some enormous political advantage. If you’re going to have a cover-up, there has to be something you’re covering up.

    more here: http://prospect.org/article/what-benghazi-about-scandal-envy#.UKV5R0VqPC8.twitter

  • Miranda
    • Worldwatcher7

      Awww, that little butthurt elephant is adorable.

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

    In today’s episode of “Where All Dem Nigras Come From??”….

    Republican Poll Worker Complains About High Turnout Among ‘People Of Color’
    By Adam Peck on Nov 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    [...] Such faulty logic is more widespread throughout the Republican party, it seems. Racial justice news site ColorLines published a video the day after the election of a self-identified Republican poll worker in Colorado who can be heard phoning in his concerns that “a very high concentration of people of color” were turning out in his precinct, and that such turnout was suspicious because he normally sees fewer minorities “at the mall”:

    “Yeah, a very high concentration of people of color. It’s not a problem, but, you know, when I go to the mall I see, you know this amount. Well I’m seeing at least double or triple that amount here. So what I’m saying is, it looks to me like this voting location was selected as the place they told everyone to come.”

    Watch it: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/11/16/1204561/republican-poll-worker-complains-about-high-turnout-among-people-of-color/

    • MsKitty

      I am enjoying the hell out of all these folks losing their minds. I know we always joke around here about Obama Derangement Syndrome, but it seems to be happening for real.

    • rikyrah

      1. they seriously thought Black folks weren’t gonna show up for the POTUS.
      2. They also thought that we’d just shrug our shoulders at their attempts to take away THE RIGHT TO VOTE FROM 5 MILLION AMERICANS.

    • isonprize

      DAMN. Where did all dem darkies come from?

      WHERE??!!!??? …clutching pearls and sounding scared.

      • conlakappa

        I cannot remember which MSNBC black woman said, “we know all our negroes!”

    • Kennymack1971

      Dem Nigras done invaded our polling places! LMBO at these people.

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

    Really, GOPolitico? Ya’ll really that desperate to show any connection to the WH?

    Jill Kelley has visited White House three times
    By DONOVAN SLACK |
    11/16/12 1:38 PM EST

    The Tampa socialite at the heart of the Petraeus scandal has repeatedly visited the White House and dined with an unnamed staffer in recent months, a White House official confirmed to POLITICO.

    “Jill Kelley visited the White House complex three times, once for a tour with her family and children and twice for courtesy meals at the White House mess with her sister and a White House staffer who met the Kelley family while visiting MacDill Air Force Base,” the official said.

    She had breakfast at the White House staff dining hall on September 28 and again on October 24. She took the tour on Sunday, Nov. 4 — just five days before former Gen. David Petraeus resigned. Kelley was joined on the tour by her husband, sister, sister’s child, and three children.

    MORE: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/11/jill-kelley-has-visited-white-house-three-times-149785.html

    Here’s the author’s twitter: http://twitter.com/DonovanSlack

    • Kadijo

      As Cyrus would say: All roads lead to Barack Hussain Obama. Nice try news people, but it won’t work.

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

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    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Thanks – I’d been wondering about that.

    • MsKitty

      It worked. Thanks.

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

    DAMN! Roger Ailes is responsible for the delicious footage of Rove’s on-air breakdown!

    “I turn on the TV and the first thing I see is Rove saying something like ‘you called Ohio too early.’ And I thought, ‘What the? What is this?’”

    Ailes watched as his highly-paid pundit was challenging his decision desk’s call which would give the election to Pres. Obama.

    “So I quickly called [EVP of News] Michael Clemente and I said, ‘Michael whatever you do, don’t go to commercial. Don’t leave the screen.’”

    Ailes instructed Clemente to have Megyn Kelly, “go confront the decision team. If you have to, make the decision team confront Rove.” Confrontation is Roger Ailes’ middle name. (Actually it’s Eugene)

    MORE: http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/roger-ailes-on-election-night-rove-was-wrong-he-backed-down-our-guys-were-right_b155209

    • isonprize

      Ailes no likey Rove? LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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

    (h/t @symmetry11)

    JPMorgan, Credit Suisse to pay $400 million to settle SEC case
    WASHINGTON | Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:35pm EST

    (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and Credit Suisse Group (CSGN.VX) will together pay $400 million to settle civil charges that they misled investors in residential mortgage-backed securities offerings, securities regulators said on Friday.

    MORE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-jpmorgan-creditsuisse-sec-idUSBRE8AF18C20121116

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- – –PETER- –king- – -IZZZAT U??_ – —

    – -GOP Rep Admits CIA Approved U.N. Ambassador’s Talking Points On Libya- –

    – – – -Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has admitted that the CIA and intelligence community approved U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice’s talking points before she made her much-derided Sept. 16 appearance on several Sunday news shows to discuss the attacks in Benghazi. King, one of the most outspoken critics of the Obama administration’s response to the attack, came to his conclusion following testimony from former CIA Director David Petraeus.

    After leaving the closed-door hearing, King spoke with reporters for several minutes about Petraeus’ statements. Rice’s television appearances were among the topics discussed, leading King to indicate that while Petraeus did not personally write Rice’s talking points, the CIA did approve them:- –

    – -***SLAMS DESK/PODIUM/KEYBOARD/TABLE- – -CASE CLOSED!!****- – -HAH!!

    • TyrenM

      And…If anybody else got shit to say, send em here. Drops mic and walk on out.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL — – TyrenM – – -***MEGA FIST BUMP!!!****- – –

        U betta KNOW IT!! LOL- — – — WHEW LAWD!!! LOL

  • rikyrah

    The Violence Against Women Act’s uncertain fate
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:35 PM EST.

    Back in April, the Senate approved the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act fairly easily, with a 68 to 31 vote. Though all 31 opponents were Republican men, the measure enjoyed at least some bipartisan support, and hopes were high that VAWA would be extended before it expires at the end of the year.

    Sahil Kapur reports that there’s far less reason for optimism now.

    House GOP leaders aren’t yielding to a bipartisan coalition of Senate leaders demanding they extend the protections of the Violence Against Women Act — an anti-domestic abuse bill that was first passed with broad support in 1994 but hit a brick wall of Republican opposition earlier this year.

    “Nothing has changed,” a senior GOP aide told TPM.

    Republicans lost badly in the 2012 elections, thanks in large part to the largest gender gap in modern times, but if that changed GOP attitudes towards legislation affecting women, the party is hiding it well.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/16/15221839-the-violence-against-women-acts-uncertain-fate?lite

  • rikyrah

    Political Animal

    Blog

    November 16, 2012 9:59 AM
    Two Signs 2012 Mattered To the Fiscal Negotiations

    By Ed Kilgore

    There’s been an awful lot of talk about the impact of the 2012 elections on the ongoing fiscal negotiations in Washington in terms of the additional leverage the president either has or doesn’t have, or in the enhanced ability congressional Republicans either have or don’t have to depart from hard-core conservative ideology, particularly on taxes.

    But it’s sometimes forgotten that the election—not just the outcome, but the experience of contesting it, and the resources built up to win it—had an effect on other political forces with a deep interest in the fiscal negotiations, and we’re already seeing them mobilize, viz. this report from HuffPost’s Sam Stein:

    A coalition of top labor organizations is launching a major ad campaign targeting House Republicans and a group of Senate Democrats centered on pushing them toward a progressive resolution to the so-called fiscal cliff, The Huffington Post has learned.

    The American Federation Of State, County and Municipal Employees, the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union are teaming up on the project. It will include a “six-figure buy” with an “opening salvo of ads” focused on protecting health care, education and Social Security in any deficit or debt reduction deal, according to a labor source. The unions have argued that any final deal should instead lean more on higher tax rates for the wealthiest Americans.

    Copies of the ads were not immediately available. But a source familiar with the campaign says they will air in Virginia, Missouri and Colorado, among other states. The Democratic senators in those states — Mark Warner of Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado — have all already voted to extend the Bush-era tax cuts only for income below $250,000. But they also considered to be among the likelier suspects to cut a deal with Republican lawmakers on a measure that would include more dramatic entitlement reforms.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_11/two_signs_2012_mattered_to_the041242.php

  • rikyrah

    GOP governors invite more federal control over health care

    By Steve Benen

    Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:18 PM EST.

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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced today he won’t create a state-based health care exchange.

    In the timeline for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, today is a fairly important day.

    After two years of political battles and a Supreme Court case, many if not most states are expected to tell the federal government Friday if they’re willing carry out a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

    At issue is the creation of new health insurance markets, where millions of middle-class households and small businesses will shop for private coverage. The so-called exchanges will open for business Jan. 1, 2014, and most of their customers will be eligible for government subsidies to help pay premiums. The exchanges will also steer low-income people into expanded Medicaid programs, if states choose to broaden their safety net coverage.

    In some cases, governors decided to gamble that President Obama would lose his re-election bid, and when he didn’t, they sought an extension on the deadline. The White House has been happy to accommodate, handing out extensions on today’s deadline to any state that asks for one.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/16/15219929-gop-governors-invite-more-federal-control-over-health-care?lite

  • Miranda

    Scott Keyes‏@smkeyes
    Sen.-elect Ted Cruz said he’s “pretty sure Mitt Romney almost french-kissed Obama in the third debate.”

  • Miranda

    Texas Democrat calls for Rick Perry to be drug tested

    A Texas Democratic state senator has suggested that if Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wants to follow through with his plan to drug test his state’s unemployed, then the governor himself should also be tested. According to Huffington Post, State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) said that as the largest recipient of government funds in the state of Texas, Perry should be held accountable alongside his fellow Texans.

    Martinez Fischer said this his plan’s inspiration comes from the Bible.

    “The Bible talks about not judging others,” he said, “If the governor wants to sit in judgment, then we’re going to judge everybody by the same standard.”

    Raw Story (http://s.tt/1tM8S)

    this part is priceless: The state legislator also believes that the public is due some explanation of Perry’s “Oops”-moments during the Republican primary. The governor, he said, “has yet to come clean with his association with painkillers during the presidential campaign.”
    Raw Story (http://s.tt/1tM8S)

  • creolechild

    Filibuster Reform Now Official – Reid Presents New Filibuster Rule

    Talk about filibuster reform has finally come to a head on capital hill. Yesterday the details on what Harry Reid is planning finally came out.[....] After Mitch McConnell lied to Harry Reid’s face, violating the agreement, the Senate Majority Leader will use the transition in January to the next congress as an opportunity to fix the rules so blatantly abused by the Republicans. The new rule would change this simple bit.

    When the rule of cloture is invoked, a vote is taken on the measure and should it not pass a simple majority, the bill is killed. If, however, a Senator invokes the rule of cloture, and when the vote is taken it does not pass on the 3/5′s majority, but does on simple majority, the floor is immediately opened up for debate. Four calls for debate will go out, and if nobody steps up to debate, the cloture would be voted on again, this time only needing a simple majority to pass. This now ties cloture to the very system it was developed originally for, it ties it to endless debate. Now once the speaker ends, the next call goes out, again up to four times. Each time someone speaks, it resets the calls for debate.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/11/16/filibuster-reform-now-official-reid-presents-new-filibuster-rule-video/

    H/T Nathaniel Downes

  • creolechild

    Business Leaders to Washington: Tax The Rich!

    Not to be outdone by the pack of millionaires who swept through the nation’s capital this week demanding higher taxes on the rich, two groups of business leaders are asking lawmakers for the same[....] The American Sustainable Business Council and Business for Shared Prosperity, which represent hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, and managers—people John Boehner had claimed would be hurt by higher individual tax rates—made their case to Congress in a letter.

    They are urging Congress to let the Bush tax cuts expire on incomes exceeding $250,000 and to “put that money toward programs that help the economy and business.” Signed by some 600 business owners and executives, the letter explains that it’s not pretty when you starve the beast[....]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/11/business-leaders-letter-congress-tax-rich-fiscal-cliff

    H/T Erika Eichelberger

  • creolechild

    Major coal company agrees to stop mountaintop-removal mining

    Mountaintop-removal mining (MTR) is a devastating method of coal extraction, literally blowing apart hilltops to make it easier to access smaller, hard-to-reach seams. The detritus from the explosions isn’t all captured, and is one of the reasons a recent report suggested that MTR polluted one-fifth of streams in a section of southern West Virginia. Today, one coal company made a dramatic announcement about the practice. From The Charleston Gazette:

    Patriot Coal has agreed to phase out mountaintop removal and other forms of strip mining in a move Patriot officials say is in the best interests of the company and the communities where it operates. In a deal with citizen groups, Patriot said it would never seek new permits for large-scale surface mining operations, according to details of the settlement revealed during a federal court hearing here this afternoon. …[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/patriot-coal-agrees-to-curtail-mountaintop-removal-mining/

    H/T Philip Bump

  • creolechild

    Expect more farm-fresh food in school cafeterias, thanks to $4.5 million from USDA

    Yesterday, the Department of Agriculture announced $4.5 million in grants to connect local agricultural producers with more than 3,200 school cafeterias across the country, many of them in rural areas. The “Farm to School” program was originally established by the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.[....]

    The grants are all for $100,000 or less [PDF], but they stand to fertilize some serious innovation, not to mention some tasty meals. Grant money will be used to support a broad range of school food efforts, from gardens and field trips to cooking classes for kids and education for farmers new to the specific demands of school food. One Milwaukee program will even create a new curriculum around urban farming.

    Here’s to school gardens that grow more than half-dead sunflowers!

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/expect-more-farm-fresh-food-in-school-cafeterias-thanks-to-4-5-million-from-usda/

    H/T Susie Cagle

  • Miranda

    Judge Rejects West’s Request For Recount

    FORT PIERCE (CBSMiami) – Congressman Allen West is quickly running out of options to try and save the Congressional seat he lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy on November 6.

    A Port St. Lucie judge rejected a request from West and his attorney’s for a recount of the votes from last Tuesday’s election.

    The one-term Republican has been rejected in court in both Palm Beach County and St. Lucie County in the last week.

    more here
    http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/11/16/west-tries-for-2nd-time-in-court-to-keep-congressional-seat/

    • isonprize

      Allen West. GO SIT DOWN SOMEWHERE.

    • isonprize

      Allen West. GO SIT DOWN SOMEWHERE.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – —Soo — SAD!- —

    – — -☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    Children Casualties of war in Gaza pic.twitter.com/88qDPTmi pic.twitter.com/HE6U3l6F pic.twitter.com/pPBSACyu pic.twitter.com/O5E3KBi6 pic.twitter.com/P3CMT7MO
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    – – – – -PRAYING 4 this situation. AMEN.-

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

    Russia’s PR Firm Is Planting Propaganda on Your Favorite Websites
    Hamilton Nolan

    Justin Elliott reports that massive evil multinational PR firm Ketchum, which is paid tens of millions of dollars to do reputational whitewashing PR work for Vladimir Putin’s Russia, placed several pro-Russia op-ed columns in the Huffington Post and CNBC.com, all without any pesky disclosure (like, for example, “What you are reading is propaganda”). Perhaps the most enjoyable portion of Elliott’s story is this statement from HuffPo spokesman Rhodes Alderson, explaining why the professional editors at the (liberal! Pro-human-rights!) site were able to make the tough call of running this Russian PR without even an accompanying explanatory note:

    “The job of our blog editors is to make sure all of our posts add value for our readers,” Alderson said in a statement. “Part of that is making judgment calls about the transparency of each blogger’s motive, even in cases when there is no technical violation of the disclosure policy. A submission by a PR firm raises flags but is not automatically disqualified if the blog adds value and is in keeping with our guidelines.”

    MORE: http://gawker.com/5961270/russias-pr-firm-is-planting-propaganda-on-your-favorite-websites?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_twitter&utm_source=gawker_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

    • Miranda

      Can’t even pretend I’m surprised.

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

    Russia’s PR Firm Is Planting Propaganda on Your Favorite Websites
    Hamilton Nolan

    Justin Elliott reports that massive evil multinational PR firm Ketchum, which is paid tens of millions of dollars to do reputational whitewashing PR work for Vladimir Putin’s Russia, placed several pro-Russia op-ed columns in the Huffington Post and CNBC.com, all without any pesky disclosure (like, for example, “What you are reading is propaganda”). Perhaps the most enjoyable portion of Elliott’s story is this statement from HuffPo spokesman Rhodes Alderson, explaining why the professional editors at the (liberal! Pro-human-rights!) site were able to make the tough call of running this Russian PR without even an accompanying explanatory note:

    “The job of our blog editors is to make sure all of our posts add value for our readers,” Alderson said in a statement. “Part of that is making judgment calls about the transparency of each blogger’s motive, even in cases when there is no technical violation of the disclosure policy. A submission by a PR firm raises flags but is not automatically disqualified if the blog adds value and is in keeping with our guidelines.”

    MORE: http://gawker.com/5961270/russias-pr-firm-is-planting-propaganda-on-your-favorite-websites?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_twitter&utm_source=gawker_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

  • creolechild

    Hurricane Sandy First Responders Win Health Benefits After Viral Online Campaign

    Last week, Dena Patrick of Wishadoo! — an online charitable organization — posted a Change.org petition calling for the federal government to provide Hurricane Sandy first responders with health benefits, since thousands of disaster relief workers do not currently qualify for coverage. Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) granted her request, announcing that it will immediately begin providing permanent health benefits to more than 8,000 disaster assistance employees who work on intermittent or temporary schedules.[....]

    About 70 percent of the FEMA workforce serves on a part-time basis through the Reservist Program, meaning that they did not qualify for employer-based health coverage before today’s announcement — despite the dangerous nature of their work and the long hours comparable to full-time employees’ schedules. OPM’s decision to act in response Patrick’s petition is a swift move to correct this coverage gap for the disaster relief workers who are critical to the country’s clean-up efforts.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/13/1180321/hurricane-sandy-first-responders-win-health-benefits-after-viral-online-campaign/?mobile=nc

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

    • nellcote

      Third GOOD NEWS story in a row, you’re on a roll! Thank You! :)

  • creolechild

    Hurricane Sandy First Responders Win Health Benefits After Viral Online Campaign

    Last week, Dena Patrick of Wishadoo! — an online charitable organization — posted a Change.org petition calling for the federal government to provide Hurricane Sandy first responders with health benefits, since thousands of disaster relief workers do not currently qualify for coverage. Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) granted her request, announcing that it will immediately begin providing permanent health benefits to more than 8,000 disaster assistance employees who work on intermittent or temporary schedules.[....]

    About 70 percent of the FEMA workforce serves on a part-time basis through the Reservist Program, meaning that they did not qualify for employer-based health coverage before today’s announcement — despite the dangerous nature of their work and the long hours comparable to full-time employees’ schedules. OPM’s decision to act in response Patrick’s petition is a swift move to correct this coverage gap for the disaster relief workers who are critical to the country’s clean-up efforts.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/13/1180321/hurricane-sandy-first-responders-win-health-benefits-after-viral-online-campaign/?mobile=nc

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • PBomb

    Sorry for the long post, and normally I don’t read Conor Friedersdorf, but as I wondering around on The Atlantic, I ran across this. Sorry for the long post.
    __________________________________________________________

    Why a Rush Limbaugh Listener Thinks Calling Obama a ‘Magic Negro’ Is Okay

    After writing an item titled “The GOP Must Choose: Rush Limbaugh or Minority Voters,” which listed numerous indefensible, racially tinged statements from movement conservatism’s most popular entertainer, I received numerous expletive-filled responses and one that attempted a counterargument.

    I can’t say it’s a very pleasant counterargument. But I’ve heard it before from Limbaugh’s fans, so I think it merits wider exposure, both as interesting information — this is how many (though not all or even most) of his fans think — and as an opportunity to push back against the central conceit.

    Mr. Friedersdorf: I read your article posted this morning and must say I think you are missing the point. The GOP is not going to choose between Rush listeners and Minority voters. They have never decided to follow or promote Rush. They see Rush as you do, a side-show carnival where they can get free press with the right wing whack-os that listen to him.

    But wait, and listen. I am one of those right-wing whack-os. While what you put in your article may be clips and statements that show a side of Rush and his audience, you forgot one thing… He is an entertainer unbound by the political correctness that abounds in our society. If you can’t take a joke, don’t listen. If you are supposing that we should not make jokes about Obama being the “magic negro”, get a life… I have had too many years listening to other races putting down the hard working white middle class Americans in a more derogatory and inflammatory manner.

    All that aside, it appears that you are attempting to paint Rush with the racial-hatred that has been done and tried. I’m sad that you agree that Condeleeza and others “don’t count”. Yet you offer no explanation. Here is the explanation. Minorities by and large do not seem to care about thinking past “what’s in it for me”. I have never heard anyone tell me why Condee, Rubio, Watts, Cruz, and other minority leaders don’t count, unless once again it is because they were born into a family of means or they married a white. The real excuse is they do not want to acknowledge their own fears of success under their inspiration and leadership.

    No, in the end the GOP will pander to the left, make stupid choices and carry less and less of the republican vote. They will not side with Rush or any conservative group. If you want us as conservatives to stop saying things that offend minorities, then how about asking the minorities how they would create jobs, heal the sick, create new technologies, and keep our country secure without taxing the rich excessively. We are tired of paying for their families to limp along and rape the SSA, USDA, and other hand-out organizations funded by my hard work. I would be curious to hear the racially balanced rhetoric that exudes from that conversation.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my response, have a great day.

    Read the rest here: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/why-a-rush-limbaugh-listener-thinks-calling-obama-a-magic-negro-is-okay/265335/

  • PBomb

    Sorry for the long post, and normally I don’t read Conor Friedersdorf, but as I wondering around on The Atlantic, I ran across this. Sorry for the long post.
    __________________________________________________________

    Why a Rush Limbaugh Listener Thinks Calling Obama a ‘Magic Negro’ Is Okay

    After writing an item titled “The GOP Must Choose: Rush Limbaugh or Minority Voters,” which listed numerous indefensible, racially tinged statements from movement conservatism’s most popular entertainer, I received numerous expletive-filled responses and one that attempted a counterargument.

    I can’t say it’s a very pleasant counterargument. But I’ve heard it before from Limbaugh’s fans, so I think it merits wider exposure, both as interesting information — this is how many (though not all or even most) of his fans think — and as an opportunity to push back against the central conceit.

    Mr. Friedersdorf: I read your article posted this morning and must say I think you are missing the point. The GOP is not going to choose between Rush listeners and Minority voters. They have never decided to follow or promote Rush. They see Rush as you do, a side-show carnival where they can get free press with the right wing whack-os that listen to him.

    But wait, and listen. I am one of those right-wing whack-os. While what you put in your article may be clips and statements that show a side of Rush and his audience, you forgot one thing… He is an entertainer unbound by the political correctness that abounds in our society. If you can’t take a joke, don’t listen. If you are supposing that we should not make jokes about Obama being the “magic negro”, get a life… I have had too many years listening to other races putting down the hard working white middle class Americans in a more derogatory and inflammatory manner.

    All that aside, it appears that you are attempting to paint Rush with the racial-hatred that has been done and tried. I’m sad that you agree that Condeleeza and others “don’t count”. Yet you offer no explanation. Here is the explanation. Minorities by and large do not seem to care about thinking past “what’s in it for me”. I have never heard anyone tell me why Condee, Rubio, Watts, Cruz, and other minority leaders don’t count, unless once again it is because they were born into a family of means or they married a white. The real excuse is they do not want to acknowledge their own fears of success under their inspiration and leadership.

    No, in the end the GOP will pander to the left, make stupid choices and carry less and less of the republican vote. They will not side with Rush or any conservative group. If you want us as conservatives to stop saying things that offend minorities, then how about asking the minorities how they would create jobs, heal the sick, create new technologies, and keep our country secure without taxing the rich excessively. We are tired of paying for their families to limp along and rape the SSA, USDA, and other hand-out organizations funded by my hard work. I would be curious to hear the racially balanced rhetoric that exudes from that conversation.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my response, have a great day.

    Read the rest here: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/why-a-rush-limbaugh-listener-thinks-calling-obama-a-magic-negro-is-okay/265335/

    • Miranda

      If you want us as conservatives to stop saying things that offend minorities, then how about asking the minorities how they would create jobs, heal the sick, create new technologies, and keep our country secure without taxing the rich excessively.
      ________________________________

      SMH…why even bother with these clowns?

    • malletgirl02

      Conservatives can have a whole stadium full of seats.

  • Miranda

    Unions to unveil pro-Obama fiscal cliff ads

    Campaign ads are back already.

    Three of the nation’s largest public sector labor unions are joining forces to air television advertisements targeting moderate Senate Democrats and House Republicans to back President Barack Obama in the negotiations about the fiscal cliff.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83986.html#ixzz2CQBAoc00

  • Miranda

    LeftCoastLean‏@LCL2012
    PBO now has the two highest vote totals in the history of American politics: Obama 63,289,601 Romney 59,565,450. +3.72 million

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!