August 29, 2014

Friday Open Thread: African-American Real Estate Moguls

HAPPY FRIDAY P.O.U.!!

We conclude our series on African-American Real Estate Moguls with….

ALICE F. MASON
“The Doyenne of the Carriage-Trade Brokers”

(Photo Credit: TheRealDeal.com)

Alice F. Mason is LEGENDARY in the NYC real estate game. Considered the “doyenne of Upper East Side Private Residential Real Estate“, Ms. Mason’s claim to fame was helping those who weren’t to the manor born gain entry into the most exclusive co-ops in New York City:

It was a stunning discovery for Mason to learn that inclusion in the Social Register could hold absolute sway over who was able to live where in New York. “All of these buildings had managing agents,” she said, “and all the managing agents were in the Social Register themselves, and they only hired brokers who were also in the Social Register, and they weren’t allowed to sell to anyone who wasn’t in the Social Register. Mason eventually got Alfred Vanderbilt into 31 East Seventy-ninth Street, “and he had to give all his relatives as references,” she said.

The Social Register turned out to be only one of Mason’s many frustrations. She discovered that New York co-operative housing was a morass of prejudices and shibboleths. A 1959 survey conducted by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith reported that of 175 luxury co-ops in New York, one-third had no Jewish residents, achieved by a “gentleman’s agreement” that owners sell only to their own kind. “It wasn’t just Jews that certain buildings didn’t want,” Mason said, the frustration of those days creeping back into her voice. “They wouldn’t take anybody. They didn’t want big-time WASPs from California, or the Midwest, or Texas. They didn’t want people with vowels in their names, like Italians or Greeks — no matter how rich they were — or people who came from countries whose names had too many vowels, like Scandinavians. The “Our Crowd” Jews had their own building anyway. The Straus family — one s,” she pointed out, “who owned Macy’s department stores built Seven-twenty Park Avenue for themselves, and they lived there until they died and kept everybody out. Eight ninety-five Park and Seven-thirty Park were also for “Our Crowd” Jews. Six-fifty Park was built for the rich Irish.”

Mason shrugged. “I thought, ‘What is this all about, this separation of everybody? It’s so amazing. I’d really like to learn something about this.’”

But while Ms. Mason (nee Christmas) was breaking down barriers for folks like Marilyn Monroe and Tommy Hilfiger, she built a barrier between herself and her own people. That’s right, folks. Alice F. Mason was “passing” — until Lawrence Otis Graham “outed” her in his book, Our Kind Of People:

ALICE MASON’S PHILADELPHIA STORY
The surprising background of one of New York’s most celebrated party-givers is revealed in Lawrence Otis Graham’s new book, Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class. Graham reports that Alice Mason, the exclusive real-estate broker whose fund-raising helped put Jimmy Carter in the White House, was born into a prominent black family in Philadelphia. “Her father, Dr. Lawrence Christmas, was a successful dentist and one of the founders of the Philadelphia chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest and most prestigious black college fraternity in the country,” writes Graham. Mason has been at least as successful in the world of high-end Manhattan real estate, tossing famous black-tie dinner parties with the likes of Barbara Walters, Dominick Dunne, Mike Wallace, and Woody Allen. Although she’s always been in touch with her sister, who lives on Manhattan’s West Side, she hasn’t kept up with her sister’s daughter, Elektra Records president Sylvia Rhone. “I just met her about three weeks ago,” says Mason. “I had actually seen her when she was 4 or 5 years old, and I haven’t seen her since. But she’s a great success, and I’m proud of her.” The real-estate doyenne explains, “There are many people with family members who live on both sides. I’ve led this life for over 45 years, and it’s all a state of mind.”

In the 1970s and 1980s, Ms. Mason ruled the NYC socialite world with her infamous dinner parties:

Mason with daughter, Dominique Richard (Photo Credit: NewYorkSocialDiary.com)

By the time she moved into her current apartment, word had spread, and by the mid ‘70s, Mason’s parties took on another dimension when she entered the political arena. Ted Sorenson’s wife, Gillian, worked for Mason, and in 1975 asked if they could hold an intimate fundraising party for the governor of Georgia. Jimmy Carter was seated next to Mason, and it was a symbiotic match made in heaven: she brought her considerable influence to his campaign, and he leant additional gravitas to her sphere. “He asked me to help him, and I didn’t really know what that meant,” she smiles. She figured it out quickly. Her tactics involved using the reverse directory and sending letters to residents of every building she had sold in—a helpful demographic to be sure. “Even a lot of them who called back and said they were Republicans sent a check; I was a well known persona,” she explains. She wound up raising more money for the future president than any other single citizen, a feat that she considers one of her biggest triumphs. The next year, she threw a $500-per-head fundraising dinner for Jay Rockefeller. “His parents were friends but when I asked his mother if they would like to come and pay, she said ‘I have to speak to Mr. Rockefeller.’ They wound up getting their friend Louis Marx to spend $5,000, which covered them and some of my media pals like Tom Brokaw.” Later, a single dinner she held for Bill Clinton raised $1.5 million. Carter and the Clintons became guests at her personal dinners, along with the likes of Alexander Haig, Peter Jennings, Mike Wallace, Diane Sawyer, and clients such as Steve Ross and Alfred Taubman—all fodder for society columns.

“An invitation to one of Alice’s dinners was one of the hottest tickets in town,” recalls Renée Morrison, a socialite of that time. “I was young and it was an honor to be invited. I remember the art on her walls was as colorful as her guests. There was quite a potpourri of diplomats, CEOs and socialites. It was like a think tank. The conversation was incredible to say the least. One night I spoke with Ken Auletta, another evening I sat next to Carl Bernstein.”

Ms. Mason no longer hosts dinner parties, and in 2008, closed her boutique brokerage, Alice F. Mason Ltd. Nowadays, she spends her time relaxing:

What made you decide last year to stop hosting them?
Oh, because I’m tired and I’m old. I stopped giving them every month around 2000. And then I gave them only twice a year.

Are you going to take up a new hobby?
No, not really, I’m just going to relax the rest of my life. When I turned 40 I made a list of everything that I didn’t like, and decided I would never do it again. Exercise was on the top of the list.

For more info on Alice F. Mason, check out The Sky’s The Limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan by Steven S. Gaines and this 1984 New York Magazine article “Alice Mason’s Big-Deal Dinners”.

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  • Rhoda

    Good Morning everyone!

    So, I’m going to work but I watched Morning Joe this morning and turned the tv on and here’s what happened. They talked Olympics until they couldn’t any more; jumped to the polls and had Harold Ford and Ed Rendell say that people could change their minds and this isn’t over and what about the convention speech and Joe himself (LMAO) had to say it’s going to take more than a speech and he needs to build up to the convention.

    Then they started talking VP and still are; it’s hilarious. In the last couple polls POTUS has led between 6 and 13 points respectively. Mitt Romney is being defined as an out of touch rich guy. And even Scarborough had to admit that with all that money, people know POTUS so it’s going to be harder to break him down.

    Then someone mentioned the economy, and that is really the only hope Mittens has, the economy collapsing as it did in ’08 and people throwing POTUS out. That says it all right there.

    • rikyrah

      they never had a Plan B.

      The only thing they had was the economy and Mitt Romney was the rich, White Man were going to save the economy. that this election was going to be a referendum on the President…even though every election always winds up being about a CHOICE.

      That Willard’s been running for President officially for five years and hasn’t defined himself isn’t the Prudential Building’s problem. Since he didn’t do it, those in the Obama Campaign had no problem doing it for them.

    • GN

      This is why I’m so thrilled that PBO seems to be completely ignoring the concern trolling, purity trolling and “advice” coming from the national media. Those on the right like Morning Joe are openly hoping that a completely unqualified, unskilled, untalented, terrible politician makes it into the WH despite the delicate economic and international situation. Those on the left are complete fairweather friends, happy to party and claim credit when times are good–ready to co-sign the right’s character attacks and run for cover when times are bad, and always ready to misrepresent themselves as the Democratic base and thus encourage fumbles.

      OFA is doing a really excellent job, and key to that is totally ignoring any and all media, including the new media, as they are out of touch.

      • BoomerGal

        Lets just hope us hypocrites get out and vote.

        • GN

          What do you mean? I don’t think we’re hypocrites. I don’t see this blog as a lefty media venue, and we don’t have the problems with sensationalism, profiteers, concern trolling, etc.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    This series has been very informative. thank you so much

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

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

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

    I’m sure the Emoprog/PL blogosphere will be saturated with fifty-leven blog posts about the DOJ not prosecuting Goldman Sachs. But here’s what none of those posts will mention:

    The frustration, in part, has been because such charges involve securing evidence that shows beyond a reasonable doubt a defendant intended to break the law.

    For example, a federal jury in 2009 acquitted two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers accused of continuing to push souring investments as sound.

    Jurors said prosecutors did not prove the case, which relied on e-mail evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt. Since then, the Justice Department has brought few major prosecutions tied to the subprime crisis.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/10/usa-goldman-no-charges-idUSL2E8J9KDR20120810

    • GN

      Small nit: the DOJ has been aggressively pursuing mortgage fraud cases where they could prove that the behavior was illegal (ex.: http://www.justice.gov/usao/nye/pr/2012/2012jul30.html). Problem is that with regards to the financial houses, some of the most impactful behavior wasn’t illegal.

      • ch555x

        Yeah, it’s tricky to prosecute ethical violations. One way is for investors to do their homework. Lack of funds can easily bring down these financiers.

    • Ebogan63

      “….such charges involve securing evidence that shows beyond a reasonable doubt a defendant intended to break the law.”

      This is why I will continue to have no patience with folks screaming about perp walks. You must have EVIDENCE, not some hearsay about what one THINKS should happen.

  • GN

    A journalist at The Economist took President Obama’s media critique to heart:

    The balance trap

    by N.L.

    FOR all the scrutiny journalists heap upon others, it is remarkable how little attention we pay to our own craft…

    One of those external critics is Barack Obama. Unsurprisingly, the New York Times reports that the president is frustrated by the fourth estate. But Mr Obama has a point. According to the Times, he has complained about the press’s focus on political point-scoring and, more interestingly, of “false balance”, or how reporters give equal weight to both sides of an argument even when one side is factually incorrect.


    The problem of balance is neatly explained by a British hack, Nick Davies, who wrote a seminal (and underrated) book on falsehood, distortion and propaganda in journalism called “Flat Earth News”. Mr Davies does a bit of teaching, and he has his students imagine that they are asked to write a report on what the weather will be like tomorrow. They interview a woman in one room who says it will be sunny. Then they interview a man in another room who says it’s going to rain. Your job, as a journalist, is not to simply write up what you have been told, he says. Your job is to look out the window.

    Writing a “balanced” version of this story would produce an article that reads “he says it will rain” but “she says it won’t”. You have all these quotes fluttering around like “butterflies in a jar”, going nowhere. But there is a bigger danger lurking. What if the man who says it is going to rain is lying? What if he is an umbrella salesman? Your options are to either make a judgment about the truth, or print what you have been told. But if you balance an article when you know that all the evidence points to a sunny day tomorrow, then you are participating in a denial of truth.

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/08/press-criticism?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/balancetrap

    Round of applause. If PBO’s remarks elicit a round of contemplation like this amongst even a fraction of journalists, he’s done this country a tremendous world of good.

    • nellcote

      Your job, as a journalist, is not to simply write up what you have been told, he says. Your job is to look out the window.
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      A thousand “likes”.

      • conlakappa

        But that’s, like, work and stuff!!! And might get them uninvited to parties held by people they report on. The D.C. social circuit is a very small–one false move and you’re out of the salons [pronounced Frenchily!].

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

    U.S. Consumer Bureau Proposes New Rules on Mortgage Servicing
    By Carter Dougherty – Aug 10, 2012 12:01 AM ET

    The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today proposed new regulations that would revamp how American homeowners interact with mortgage servicers.

    One set of rules aims to provide homeowners with clearer, timelier information about changes to interest rates and options for avoiding foreclosure. A second set of rules requires servicers to credit payments promptly, correct errors, stay accessible and limit foreclosures if homeowners are working on loan modifications.

    [...]

    The new regulations go beyond the standards for mortgage servicing that state attorneys general wrote into a court settlement reached with major banks on March 12, according to a senior CFPB official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. For example, the CFPB proposal requires servicers to acknowledge receipt of complaints or information requests within 5 days, and respond to the borrower about the inquiry within 30 to 45 days.

    MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-10/u-s-consumer-bureau-proposes-new-rules-on-mortgage-servicing.html

  • GN

    This morning, the NYT published an article describing one of Bain’s investments in glowing terms: a small mortgage fund which allowed people unable to obtain traditional mortgages to obtain homes via what looks to be some type of rent-to-own mechanism.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/10/us/politics/in-real-estate-deal-romney-made-his-loss-a-couples-gain.html#commentsContainer

    The article is entitled: “In Real Estate Deal, Romney Made His Loss a Couple’s Gain” and is a love letter to Romney, attempting to show “another side” of the candidate–rather than a ruthless corporate raider, he is depicted here as a societal do-gooder…

    …until the comments section pulled the NYT’s ho card:

    Let me understand this – the couple paid $600 monthly payments on a $50,000 mortgage and we should congratulate Romney on his generosity. I would say that payment reflects usury. Any mortgage calculator would tell you that the couple has been paying a mortgage with a 13% interest rate. I would call that robbery.

    *************

    Let me get this straight. Mitt bought five houses according to the article, including the Stamps’s, “without putting up any of his own money.” For 15 years, the Stamps have been paying him $600 per month, $7,200 per year. So in return for putting up none of his own money, the saintly Mitt has received in return $108,000 from some grateful couple in Texas.

    Excuse me, but if THAT is being saintly, then please give me a sinner instead.

    *************

    This story is obviously a result of the Romney campaign PR department. The only real question is whether the new loan bought the glowing comments from the borrowers.

    Moreover, the numbers don’t dd up. If the original loan of $50,500 was a 30 year loan, then this couple’s $600 per month payment meant an interest rate over 12%. And if it was a 15 year loan, the loan would be paid off by now. What is really strange is that Romney claims he only received $2500 in interest.

    Of course questions like that would only upset the PR guy who planted this story and brand the reporter as someone who couldn’t be counted on not to turn on his sources. Not good for a profession where someone is “only as good as their sources”.

    *************

    Love waking up to such a huge propaganda fail this morning. They should have never given yall the Internet.

    • Miranda

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…….looks like in addition to the Romney PR Dept forgetting about these new fangled mechanisms to call them out – they also forget we have calculators too! We can multiply fools.

      • JojoRaze

        They really do think people are stupid. I know politicians have egos and such but Mittens really thinks people are stupid. That ex-Mormon lady’s explanation of him in the Daily Beast is so spot on. He has that entitled Mormon man thing going on and he is never questioned so people checking receipts upsets him.

    • jds09

      I also loved that the comment section consistently demanded the tax returns. Folks will not be distracted.

      • GN

        Indeed; and the NYT deserved that asswhoopin for publishing this “article.” Why were commenters able to detect that the numbers didn’t add up yet the reporters, who are paid to check the receipts, were somehow unable to figure that out? This is exactly what PBO is talking about when he discussed the deteriorating quality of political journalism.

      • rikyrah

        folks are not leaving the tax returns alone

    • edp4bho

      Since there are not enough details in the story, this comment makes the most sense:

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      @rlk – You clearly don’t understand mortgage terms in this sort of situation, you only understand mortgages as held by banks. Romney is not a bank. I can tell you with near 100% certainty that the payment does NOT include taxes, insurance, etc. There is no way Romney is doing an escrow for them on this situation.

      The stated number is most certainly P + I only, which is probably the reason Romney and his spokesperson didn’t want to talk any further about it. They got credit for a positive human interest/financial transaction story, and want to leave it at that before the details show it to be the ugly thing it likely is.

      I don’t think the guy is Satan, but I guarantee you he was desperate to find someone to take the house off his hands, and who better than the people who already live there, especially if you can squeeze a high interest rate from them.

      Besides, this transaction could be even more convoluted than anyone except Romney realizes. He could have formed a corp to sell off the mortgage to, and be working over the tax code on that one too.

      Not that I blame him, I’d do the same. But I haven’t been running for president for 6 years, and I guarantee you, if I was, my money would stop at the waters edge. For him to do offshore tax avoidance, legal or not, just looks REALLY BAD.

    • conlakappa

      Niiiice. Clearly, the head of the online troll patrol sent out the squadron of flying monkeys: they’re also on there doing their usual mouth- and fire-breathing at the same time.

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

    Exclusive: U.S. banks told to make plans for preventing collapse
    By Rick Rothacker
    Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:04am EDT

    (Reuters) – U.S. regulators directed five of the country’s biggest banks, including Bank of America Corp and Goldman Sachs Group Inc, to develop plans for staving off collapse if they faced serious problems, emphasizing that the banks could not count on government help.

    [...]

    According to documents obtained by Reuters, the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency first directed five banks – which also include Citigroup Inc,, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co – to come up with these “recovery plans” in May 2010.

    They told banks to consider drastic efforts to prevent failure in times of distress, including selling off businesses, finding other funding sources if regular borrowing markets shut them out, and reducing risk. The plans must be feasible to execute within three to six months, and banks were to “make no assumption of extraordinary support from the public sector,” according to the documents.

    MORE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/10/us-banks-recoveryplans-idUSBRE87905N20120810

  • MonieTalks

    Peep the entire interview at link:

    Ry Cooder: ‘Mitt Romney is a dangerous man, a cruel man’
    The veteran guitarist on his new album of protest songs, Election Special, and how the Republican party is out to destroy America and Barack Obama’s presidency

    …… Question: Is Mitt Romney the least worst candidate to have emerged from the Republican ranks?

    I don’t agree with that. Romney is as bad as anyone can be. He’s a dangerous man. He’s a cruel man. He’s a perfect creation for what the Republican party is all about. And that is to say, a rapacious capitalist. Anyone who ran Bain Capital is not your friend. All they’re going to do is rape and pillage the land. That’s what he did at Bain Capital and that’s what he’s going to continue to do. Plus he can go around and in this guise of being a good buisnessman, which he’s not …. and this face – with the big grin and everything – is jovial, but hollow. And it’s outrageous if you analyse what he’s saying, because he’ll say one thing and do the opposite. And the media gives him a lot of attention. You know the story of the Olympics at Salt Lake City? Then he goes over to Great Britain and bad mouths the Olympics over there … But he’s carrying an entourage of donors and he’s putting on a dog and pony show for them. It takes a bit of study. People are so desperate over here now. They don’t have the time to research and go back over the history of this guy. And everybody knows that. So what I’m trying to do with these little songs I write is say: let’s look at this a different way. I don’t write books and give speeches but with a four-minute song you can use allegory and other means to suggest a different point of view.

    It’s like looking around the corner, and that’s what songs are good at sometimes. They hit you with a new thought – assuming that people will listen. For instance, I like that idea that the Koch brothers made a deal with Satan down at the crossroads. And that’s useful because everyone understands what crossroads are all about – some of these songs call up and quote other songs. You’ve heard some of this material before, some of these lyric ideas, little inserts.

    read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/aug/09/ry-cooder-mitt-romney-dangerous-cruel

    • Tafr

      Great article Monie. I think more and more people are getting a good idea about Romney. Truth be told he is a cruel nasty individual. Before all this bain drama started I simply disliked him because he seems like a prick and a bully.

      When a multi millionaire ( I think he is billionairere) takes the pension funds of working class people, then you know he is a cruel SOB. I have been thinking about this on and off for months. I simply do not understand why someone with so much damn money would take the nest eggs of working class people. I just cannot wrap my head around the greed and the cruelty of it all. You know Mittens is never going to ever spend all the money he has in his lifetime. Hell his grandkids will never spend all the money their family has accumulated. I just do not understand that kind of greed when so many working class people are just trying to make thmortgagete. It really is disgusting and so is Mittens, just down right nasty SOB.

      Again thanks for the artilce.

      • Tafr

        I meant to say make the mortgage. My spell check is wacky.

      • conlakappa

        You saw the reference earlier in the week to him suing [about an easement, maybe?] and not having to pay $100K? He’s like a celebrity gone loose in the swag room at Sundance–it pains him to be asked to spend a dime of his own money on anything. I bet you even his jaunt to the hardware store to buy hardware stuff was funded by someone else.

  • MonieTalks

    The artists did a beautiful job on this mural:

    Va. Beach mural honors Olympian Gabby Douglas

    You know the face.

    Young, bright, beaming with that “I’m bringing home two gold medals” smile.

    It belongs to Gabby Douglas. And two local artists are doing their part to make sure the same face that will adorn Corn Flakes boxes this fall will be a fixture at home.
    read more: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/08/va-beach-mural-honors-olympian-gabby-douglas

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good FRIDAY Morntin’ MoneyTalks. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      — -JUST BEAUTIFUL! – - -Couldn’t B any PROUDER of –OUR –BELOVED – -”AIR GABBY”. – - – -AN INSPIRATION 4-eva. :>)

      Bless her. :>)

      Good 2 C U MonieTalks. Bless U/FAM. :>)

    • rikyrah

      that was wonderful. thanks for finding it. it was beautiful

  • GN

    Really f-ed up that Black Enterprise titled their web page of the interview with PBO: Pres. Obama: “I Am Not The President of Black America”

    http://www.blackenterprise.com/news/president-obama-interview-small-business-unemployment-exclusive/

    They know good and well that his point is that he can’t legislate *exclusively* for black people, yet his record is unmatched with regards to actual deliverables to the African American community. That said, I think it’s time to retire that phrase (I’ve said it many times myself). Because there hasn’t been very good reporting about what PBO has delivered for us, this gives PBO’s detractors an easy opening to argue that far-better reported overtures such as the selective deportation enforcement announcement, or the same sex marriage announcement, signal that PBO is willing to make risky, overt gestures to other discrete groups but not to us. It also signals that black voters are simply not a respected constituency within the Democratic coalition (I saw AA voters yesterday described {by an otherwise terrific and insightful commenter} as having been “neutured” by PBO’s same sex marriage announcement–it wasn’t meant in a derogatory way, but a lot of people view us like this).

    The problem is that there is so much hatred and resentment reserved for black people in this country, that any sort of media splash announcing just how advanced a civil rights leader PBO actually is, would not be a good idea pre-election IMO. But I hope that black radio hosts and other media figures step up and, like Rev. Al, defend PBO’s accomplishments and spread the word about what he’s done for black people (insofar as there are even that many solely “black issues”–really, a lot of his signature accomplishments such as HCR and stimulus are of great benefit to the black community).

    • Town

      Black Enterprise has been quite questionable on Twitter in regards to Pres. Obama.

      • GN

        The “tell” for me is that they didn’t try that mess with their print version, because their real readership would have torn them a new asshole. Sounds like whomever is running their web operations may have a bit of the fauxgressive/sole patroller virus.

        • conlakappa

          Attentioning to get more eyes on the magazine. And create buzz. And get a love letter from Cornflakes. See, now another criticism so = factual.

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

          Truth be told, I think they’re having problems selling subscriptions to their print version because they’re always offering free subscriptions. I’ve noticed that whenever magazines offer free or super cheap subscriptions, they’re not selling. And mags need the circulation in order to get those ad dollars.

    • MonieTalks

      One of the things that has pissed me off the most is the pervasive willful ignorance from people who know better: the so-called legislators who get PAID a nice hefty salary but pretend they don’t know civics, or how government works and how bills are passed.

      Black media has been absolutely atrocious. I have never seen such shallow reporting in life…..such an obsession with “we have to hold PBO accountable” but yet they won’t go not even a smidget of an inch to gather up FACTS.

      I went to a job fair last week, and there was an abundance of scholarships for military spouses that exist today (that were not there 10 years ago when I first became married) and other grant money for community colleges, those who want to enter healthcare professions (especially Health information technology to help implement ACA), disabled veterans, and for other displaced workers. I was amazed. And I absolutely know there is a difference. The plight of milspouses was not even something that was uttered regularly before PBO took office. GWBush sat there and threatened to veto the 21st Century GI BIll and many Repubs voted against it….even while today they go across the country crying about the sequestration that will impact the corporate defense.

      And guess what? I AM BLACK. My household and I have benefited from military spouse grants and scholarships, Tuition Assistance, the Homebuyer tax credit, a lower federal tax rate, other programs to help military family morale (like camps for children of deployed family members)…I could go on.

      There is a lot of aid out there just sitting….at the job fair, the attendant at one of the tables told me..make sure you let others know because the grant money will likely have to be returned or not renewed if people do not show interest. That’s how real it is.

      So I could care less about media sources like BE stoking controversy with the “what he has PBOnot done” line. Educate people so that they will know who to ask, where to go.

      • GN

        They are more concerned with the big media splashes than the actual policy deliverables, that’s the problem. And they want PBO on tv and in the papers with explicit statements that he intends to favor black people. For PBO to do such a thing would be a really ill-advised electoral move with absolutely no real *policy* upside.

        No demands of this type were made of Bill Clinton, and he was depicted as a great friend to the black community. Crying shame that some of us in the black media impose such double standards on one of our own.

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

        There is a lot of aid out there just sitting….at the job fair, the attendant at one of the tables told me..make sure you let others know because the grant money will likely have to be returned or not renewed if people do not show interest. That’s how real it is.

        And this is where the Dems, especially the CBC, comes in. Why aren’t they sharing this information with their constituents?

        The same goes for Black media. Folks like Roland Martin and April Ryan are always bragging about how they have the inside scoop, but they never report anything that’s beneficial to the Black community. For example, why haven’t they reported on Repubs trying to bankrupt urban, majority Dem cities so that the local officials can’t afford to hold elections? Or the summer jobs program that will employ Black teens? Instead, they regurgitate cable news talking points.

        • Miranda

          Roland busy stylin and profilin on twitter for his fans.

        • conlakappa

          Okay, your comment and GN’s preceding it reminded me of the disparate approaches to big annual legislative events that the CBC and CHC have. Mind you, those involved in the latter attribute those in the former as being the models for the creation of the caucus. The CHC, since I’ve been observing it for about 10 years now is always on point and has its stuff together. The CBC, well, the parties are outlined on the schedule of events but otherwise the details are awfully sketchy.

    • Miranda

      I noted on twitter that the way the article was being touted was by that one line – and with malicious intent….and as I knew, I purposefully listened to some of WAOK here in Atlanta, the morning drivetime and evening drivetime shows…just to see if, true to form, they would be discussing this one line.

      I was not disappointed. They are nothing if not consistent. Like moths to a freaking flame, I knew they would harp on that and nothing else, not the context of the statement, not the interview in its entirety…but there would be nonstop yammering on how President Obama don’t like black people or doesn’t respect black people or never like black people…hell, take your pick. They never fail to go full-blown Shanaynay with the over the top dramatics.

      • GN

        Extremely malicious, because he says in the next sentence that he’ll put his record of delivering for African Americans next to anyone’s, thus the choice to emphasize that one line is willful. But the line is now an easy target for PBO’s detractors to put out memes that he’ll go to bat for GLBTs, women, hispanics, etc., but not black people. It’s utter bull b/c PBO has delivered for the entire country, especially black people when examining the actual policies.

        • Miranda

          The morning host actually said she thinks the White House communications team has been horrible at getting the message out about what he has done…..I’m sitting there thinking to myself “lady you are on the radio every damn morning. you have a microphone every damn morning. you will sit and tell us how the right have Rush and Hannity helping them, but here your dense ass sits EVERY DAMN MORNING on the radio, with a mic, and 4 out of 5 days of the week you will be talking about why black women don’t get along or why black men don’t like black women or some such foolishness.

          • GN

            That just utterly slays me. Just slays me. That people with prominent media perches who concern and purity troll the POTUS have the utter audacity to turn around and blame the WH for “messaging problems” and “communications failures.” To be frank, this exact thing is what completely soured me on icebergslim.

            PBO CANNOT DO THIS BY HIMSELF. He just can’t. He needs all hands on deck. Indeed, I hope that as the campaign heats up, these radio hosts use their prominence and their perches to help the single most accomplished President with regards to Civil Rights of this generation to get reelected. If we can’t even manage to do that, the shame is ours.

          • creolechild

            With all of the technology that’s available it, you’d think that people would at least make an effort to find the information they need. It seems to me that they can locate everything else on the Internet that they’re curious about! Why does it become so difficult when it’s related to policies that will effect them, their families, and communities the most?

            EVERYONE has demands on their time but if it matters to you, you’ll make time for it! I’m sorry but there’s no excuse for people complaining that they don’t know what’s in the ACA because the information’s out there. It’s been out there since 2010. All they had to do was LOOK!

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

            What she REALLY meant was “Whycome the WH won’t give me an interview??”.

          • conlakappa

            Interview? No, she wants to be invited to parties, whether like the barbecue where D-Wade an’em were or a state dinner. Like Roland, she just wants to brag “I was at the White House party…” In Ascotty’s case, it was one of the 100 some odd holiday parties held there but whatevah. He bragged!

      • rikyrah

        tell it

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

      Isn’t Derek T. Dingle, the reporter who interviewed PBO, a Republican or at least leans right?

      Here’s his Twitter handle: @DTDingle

    • GreenLadyHere

      GN – - IfffI may – -I posted a reply 2 THIS article: – — –

      – — -SEVERAL THINGS: – ——–

      - – - – -☻ I think that we should B beyond THIS LEVEL of discussion with fewer than 90 DAYS until the ELECTION.
      —— – ☻ We have had ova 3 years 2 FULLY understand the WORK/SIGNED LEGISLATION/PROGRAMS that he HAS ACCOMPLISHED!! —The WHdot gov has BEEN in place 4 your REVIEW.
      - — – –☻ WE R a little ova 12% of the population. Do WE have the NUMBERS 2 ELECT him without anyone else’s VOTES? – - –SINCE — -NOT — -THEN he hasta B the PRESIDENT of ALL PEOPLE!! – -RIGHT!!!??

      - – — – -☻ —2 the CRITICS annnd HATAS: – — -Sooo — -DO U THINK that U HAVE a CHOICE?? – - — BWAHAHA – — – -WHAT has — -teh WILLARD DONE 4 U – — –EVA??? – - — –E-V-A!!???

      - – - -Annnd –further — –WHAT do U THINK he WILL do 4 U??

      Annd – - -even further – — – -WHAT will U DEMAND FROM HIM??? – - – -YOUR FREEDOM?? — – - -He doesn’t even want U 2 VOTE!!

      Sooo —-IMMA SUGGEST that U USE YOUR ENERGIES annnd TIME 2 – - -GOTV–2012. – -
      - – U HAVE SEEN ENUFF from teh WILLARD 2 MAKE U – — -THROW UP!! – -HE is a STOOPID – - -OUT-OF-TOUCH – –SOCIOPATHIC – — -RACIST!! – -

      - – -YOUR CHOICE! – - — HAH!

      – - – -4! – - -MORE!- – - – YEARS! :>) – - -

      • GN

        Well said, glh!

    • itgurl_29

      If the President decided tomorrow that he will no longer do black press, I would support him fully. This is ridiculous. Every time he goes to black media outlets, they pull these stunts. The only one that gives him a fair shot is Essence.

  • MonieTalks

    Hmmmmm…has anyone seen this covered? Well, we definitely know Christie will not be VP…now the question begs, will the RWNJ throw tomatoes at him at the RNC Convention?

    Thursday, August 9, 2012
    Christie calls anti-Muslim conservatives “bigots”

    The following video hasn’t gotten any attention in the mainstream press, but it has lit a fire on right-wing web sites.

    The shaky, grainy 16-minute speech was shot by an attendee during an Iftar dinner – the evening meal during Ramadan – at the governor’s mansion two weeks ago.

    “In many publications around this country I’m now called an Islamist,” Christie told the crowd of New Jersey Muslims. “Ya know, listen, I’ve been called worse things — usually on the boardwalk on Seaside Heights. Y’all saw my reaction to that.”

    It is an extraordinary video, in part because you don’t often hear Republicans calling out elements of their own party for being “bigots” against Muslims. The issue of Islamic extremism is wrought with potential political pitfalls, and yet here is a guy on the short-list for GOP vice-presidential nominees who is directly confronting the topic in the backyard of his own house.

    “I’ll tell you that there is a gaze of intolerance that is going around our country that is disturbing to me,” Christie said. “This is something that as a political leader you can think you understand as an objective observer, but you don’t really understand until you become part of the story.”

    read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/christie_chronicles/Christie-reaches-out-to-Muslims-calls-out-anti-Islam-bigots.html

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

      Christie knows he’s skating on thin ice in NJ, so he’s trying to get those votes for next year’s election.

  • GreenLadyHere
    • GN

      Loved that video!!! Morning, GLH.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ GN. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — **fist bump*** — -REALLY FUN -HUH!? :>) – —FIRED UP!

        GOTV — -2012. :>)

        Good 2 C U GN. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    THANK Y 4 presentin’ this LOVELY annnd POWERFUL lady who has such a important role in such a POWERFUL INDUSTRY. :>) -

    BUT SAD that she was passing. [Even though it was not uncommon.] – - Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class. Graham reports that Alice Mason, the exclusive real-estate broker whose fund-raising helped put Jimmy Carter in the White House, was born into a prominent black family in Philadelphia.
    Was NOT aware of this factoid. :>) Thanks. :>)

    Annd in general, thank u 4 this series. LEARNED a lot about a POWERFUL INDUSTRY.

    B Blessed – -Sepia. :>)

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

      Glad you enjoyed it, GLH.

      I do wonder if Mason had any Black clients? Everything I’ve read about her talked about her helping white people who were not in the Social Register get into these fancy buildings.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – - -Unfortunately, iff she did – — they musta been —HIDDEN. —like she HID her IDENTITY. Hmm. – -

        Annd it woulda been nice 2 C some altruistic effort in that direction, especially based on her parents. – - BUT –ALAS –

        Again, THANK U 4 this highly ECONOMIC series. :>)

        • conlakappa

          Would Carol Channing count or would her passing negate such? What?!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good MornTin’ conlakappa. ***BIG HUG*** :>) — -COUNT HER — -as BLAH! :>) ["1 drop"] -LOL —

            Annnd THESE 2 —also – - -PLUS- – -
            - Passing for White in Hollywood — -SURPRISE!! LOL. -[orrrr not. :>)]

            Good 2 C U – -conlakappa. :>)

  • Town

    Unless Alice Mason was straight dissing other black people, I don’t think it was Graham’s place to bust her for passing.

    • BoomerGal

      That’s right, cause it’s every man for himself and God for us all.

    • edp4bho

      Interesting read. He outed a lot of folk, adding to his point of presumed privilege in having “whiter” genes. I ain’t mad at him. My mom used to tell me stories of the “400″‘s in West Philly, so I bought the book out of curiosity. Our story in these United States mirrors closely the tribalism in the mother land.

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

        My mom used to tell me stories of the “400″‘s in West Philly

        Please share! *pours you a cup of tea*

        • Miranda

          I was curious too so I hit the Google, I stumbled upon this book review:

          We are pleased to announce that Chasing the 400 by Sheilah Vance was the first pick of the African American Museum of Philadelphia’s book club! We are honored to have been selected out of all of the books that could have been chosen.

          Chasing the 400 is the story of two African American siblings from a working class neighborhood on Philadelphia’s Main Line who try to make their dreams come true in the 1950s, despite the obstacles that Philadelphia’s black bourgeoisie throw in their way.
          The oldest of ten plumber’s children, sassy and sexy Vera Marshall wants to leave her working class Main Line neighborhood and secure a place in “the 400″–1950s Philadelphia’s black bourgeoisie. When hired as a department store model, Vera thinks she’s on her way.
          Bobby Marshall dreams of college and a life different than his father’s.
          But will Ned Daniels, the snobby son of their town’s only Negro doctor, ruin their plans?
          Join the Marshalls and a cast of characters as they chase “the 400″ all over Philadelphia and the Main Line, hoping that the game is worth the chase.
          Chasing the 400 provides an fresh and entertaining look into the small, thriving, working class and close knit African American neighborhoods of the 1950s and into the exclusive world of the Black bourgeoisie.
          http://www.theelevatorgroup.com/id1.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – -LOL. So much fun listenin’ 2 the discussion of the “MORNTIN’ JOKE” crew on the VP pick. :>) They sounded sooo DESPERATE 2 have someone that would SAVE the PITIFUL presumptive presidential –LOL — –NOMINEE. DESPERATE – -I TELL U! LOL. – -

    Did MR. PRESIDENT have 2 do this.? — – OF COURSE NOT! :>) HE WAS/IS — -da MAN!! —:>)

    – - — 17 more days until their — -EPIC FAIL!! LOL – — -THEY hafta nominate a —LYIN’ – -RACIST —OUT-of-TOUCH -TAX-EVADIN’- -PHLIP-PHLOPPIN’ PHOOL annd LOSER – –2 err —run against our BELOVED PRESIDENT. LOL

    Betcha they sooo SICK 2 their stomachs. LOL. –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – - -Here’s our -Daily Dose of our ad. :>) – — – — -

    — – -New Obama TV ad calls Romney welfare attacks ‘blatantly false’ – –

    – - – -President Obama’s campaign seeks to get ahead of Mitt Romney on the campaign trail next week, releasing a new TV ad Friday that calls the presumed GOP nominee’s accusation that Obama gutted welfare reform “blatantly false.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    Annd the ads R hittin’ — – U GUESSED IT!—- -teh WILLARD’s “bus tour” – -states!! — -LOL! – - -MR. PRESIDENT is a MASTER STRATEGIST!! :>) – –

    • nellcote

      TeamObama is going to be running ads in Tampa during the gooper convention too :)

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU! Well, someone’s hustle has just been exposed for all to see! Not a good look at’all. I wonder if those who supported him will circle the wagon and make excuses for him–given as how they’ve been used. This will be interesting…

    Meet NOM’s Newest Anti-Gay Marriage Front Man

    In late July, Rev. William Owens, head of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, appeared at the National Press Club to denounce President Barack Obama’s support for same-sex marriage, which he claimed enabled child molestation. [....] Owens, who touts his role as a civil rights leader in Nashville, Tennessee during the late 1950s and early 1960s, also rejected the idea that gay rights count as civil rights. [...] Owens’ remarks have garnered lots of press attention as a sign that President Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage might alienate black voters.

    Owens portrayed himself in an interview as a disaffected Obama supporter and complained that the president “has not responded to the African-American communities as much as other” constituencies. But a closer look at Owens’ background suggests he’s not much of a bellwether—and raises questions about whether the Tennessee pastor is indeed the civil rights leader he claims to be. Owens has a long history of ties to Republican figures and causes, and he currently moonlights as the National Organization for Marriage’s liaison to black churches….

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/08/nom-newest-anti-gay-marriage-front-man-william-owens

    H/T Adam Serwer

    • GN

      Yup–REPUBLICANS. Those weren’t Barack Obama supporters in the first place, and I’m disappointed that they received even a small amount of media attention masquerading as the so-called face of the black faithful. It was horse manure from the beginning.

      • Miranda

        This fool was on the morning show on the black talk station here. I didnt hear it but a few friends of mine listened in to this nut.

        I don’t know about other cities, but the local hosts here are pathetic. I mean seriously – lack critical thinking, obviously don’t do any research and obviously are not well read. Whatever the easy inflammatory topic is, that’s what they’re going for. There will not nor has there ever been, any real serious discussion on legislation or proposed policies affecting the local community they claim to be the voice of.

        • GN

          That’s extremely unfortunate. From the first time that I heard about this group, I called bs on the notion that they were representative of black reaction to same sex marriage. Of course there are exceptions, but both for and against, this is just not an issue that the vast majority of black people spend their days concerned about. The passion for SSM lies largely on the right (and to a lesser extent, within a fairly small group of one-issue SSM proponents on the left). But the people having fundraisers, church dinners, crossing state lines, collecting ballot signatures for SSM by and large are NOT BLACK, no matter that the media cherrypicks and presents the situation otherwise. For most black people who disagree with SSM, it simply isn’t that serious and they keep it moving. The proof is in the list of **zero** in terms of politicians who have been punished by black constituencies for having a pro-SSM stance (and this is why DC has legalized SSM–black people are either supportive or don’t care). Sorry for my rant, but I watched that hustle with this bullshit group happen in realtime, and it is so frustrating to watch the media conned time and time again by the right when just a little bit of research and analysis would have been far better at tallying what black voters think of PBO’s same sex marriage announcement rather than some traveling circus featuring a handful of fools. /rant off

          • creolechild

            GN, here’s an articles that expresses exactly what you just said, and reveals what the media failed to disclosed after all was said and done because it didn’t fit “THEIR” narrative!~.

            Lawmaker: Don’t blame blacks for Proposition 8 June 12, 2009

            BASS: When the vote was analyzed later, it was discovered that African-Americans were not the reason why Prop 8 passed. The analysis also showed a big divide in the way we voted based on generation. You had younger African-American voters who were against Prop 8 while the older African-American voters voted it in. Of course, we know the church plays a huge role within our community as well.

            http://articles.cnn.com/2009-06-12/living/what.matters.bass.gay.marriage_1_ban-on-gay-marriage-gay-activists-lgbt?_s=PM:LIVING

          • creolechild

            Here’s the other one I’ve been looking for but couldn’t find for the longest time.

            Driving Factors of Prop 8 Vote

            Moreover, the study found that the level of support for Proposition 8 among African Americans was nowhere close to the NEP exit poll 70 percent figure.[....]Based on this, it concludes that the level of African-American support for Proposition 8 was in the range of 57-59 percent. Its precinct-level analysis also found that many precincts with few black voters supported Proposition 8 at levels just as high or higher than those with many black voters.

            Read more: http://www.letcaliforniaring.org/site/c.ltJTJ6MQIuE/b.4863891/k.35FC/Driving_Factors_of_Prop_8_Vote.htm

          • GN

            Thanks for this data creolechild!

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

        POUers called Owens and nem out a long time ago. Dude’s hustle was so obvious!

        • GN

          Blatantly obvious. The numbers have been in for a long time re: black people and SSM. By and large, we as a group (of course with some exceptions) neither view this as the “new civil rights movement” or comparable to the black experience under slavery or Jim Crow OR an issue for which support for an otherwise favorable politician should be withdrawn much less massive levels of energy spent to get propositions on ballots, etc. If black voters were not this moderate on the issue of SSM, it is a 100% guarantee that Democratic politicians would not have the electoral cover to stake pro-SSM positions, including PBO. Yet the media is just so invested in singling out black people and putting us under a microscope for an issue which, I’m sorry, is not a large issue in black politics (neither is abortion despite personal agreement/disagreement with pro-choice positions).

    • MonieTalks

      Follow the money, and his affiliations:

      http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=171791672&targetid=profile.

      He jumped from supporting Mike Huckabee to Barack Obama….yeah right.

      His son publishes The Tea Party Review magazine,and Rev co-wrote a book with Alveda King (MLK’s right wing niece)

      Check it out : Owens Criticizes Rep. Maxine Waters
      Waters is a disgrace to the African American Community. For her to tell the Tea Party to “Go Straight to Hell” is akin to telling my son, “Go to Hell.”

      My son William Owens Jr., publishes the Tea Party Review magazine, a world class, professional magazine focused on conservative politics, travels with the Tea Party Express, and speaks to Tea Party rallies and conferences across the country.

      Waters statement is vulgar, low class and mean spirited; it desecrates her office.

    • rikyrah

      see, told you to follow the $$$$$$

  • creolechild

    Arrogance and Apathy

    Romney has been in campaign mode for many years now, so how is it possible for him to be blind-sided by expectations that he release several years of his tax returns? Why should it appear as if he was caught off guard and not ready with a clever retort, quickly putting it to rest? I think it comes down to AAA, arrogance and assumed apathy.

    Read more: http://theangryliberal.blogspot.com/2012/08/arrogance-and-apathy.html

    H/T The Grey Matter and theangryliberal

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – - -[Sorry - -missed THIS yesterday.] A TRIBUTE 2 OUR BELOVED – -”WHITNEY HOUSTON”♥ – - -

    – - – -Happy 49th birthday Whitney Houston – –

    — -Today is Whitney Houston’s 49th birthday. And while we unfortunately lost her on February 11th, Whitney’s legacy lives on. She will grace the big screen one last time August 17th, in the highly-anticipated film Sparkle. Let’s celebrate Whitney Houston today and remember all the reasons why she captured the world’s attention with her talents.

    We MISS U TERRIBLY — -DIVA WHITNEY.♥- – - – -RIHEP! — -ALWAYS IN OUR ♥. AMEN.

    • nellcote

      I saw an ad for the movie “Sparkle” the other night. I’m really looking foreward to that two hours away from politics!

      • TyrenM

        I’m looking forward to taking my daughter to it. She loves her some Whitney. Jordin not bad on the ears either.

  • creolechild

    Revenge: It’s What Female Voters Have in Store for the GOP

    [....] For every crazy like Palin or Bachmann who puts a pretty face on outdated feminist doubletalk, there are literally millions of women struggling to keep a roof over their head and food on the table while GOP standard bearers presume to tell them what they might be able to do with their bodies….

    As one of those single female voters in abundance, I can tell you we are tired of not being taken seriously.Keep patting us on the head, calling us sluts and shuffling us aside as statistics like this go ignored [....] But we’ll have our revenge at the ballot box this Fall. And we’ll enjoy the spectacle of the GOP’s mystified Wednesday morning quarterbacking when it’s all over. It’s sort of like ignoring half the chess pieces on the board then wondering how you found yourself checkmated.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/revenge-female-voters-store-gop.html

    H/T Becky Sarwate

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -MORE GOOD POLL NEWS – - -:>) –

    – -Poll: Obama leads Romney by 9 points – -

    — – -A new poll released Friday puts President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney by 9 points.

    According to the Fox News poll, Obama takes 49 percent to Romney’s 40 nationally.- – -[LOL Faux-noise gotta -give it up.!]

    The Fox News poll follows two others released this week, from CNN-ORC and Reuters-Ipsos, that gave Obama a 7-point lead over Romney. Both the Fox and CNN polls point to a jump in support for Obama among independents. According to the Fox News poll, Obama’s support among that voting bloc went from a 4-point lead in its last survey to 11 percentage points in this one.

    – – LOL – -THIS – – ->Recent polls also show Romney’s unfavorability rating climbing. The Fox News poll found 46 percent with an unfavorable opinion. In contrast, Obama earned a positive opinion from 54 percent surveyed. The poll also found Obama with a 49 percent job approval rating.

    —☻ -electoral-vote.us ‏@electoralvotes
    Obama’s position in the last 6 national non-tracking polls: 49%, 50%, 51%, 49%, 49%, 52%
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    – - –☻ – electoral-vote.us ‏@electoralvotes
    by the way, no candidate that I have polling data for (back to 2000) has a 2-week average of 50% or above except Obama ’08 w/ 2 weeks left

  • jds09

    I hope the conservatives force Ryan down Romney’s throat. Their arrogance is off the chart. The belief that they’re losing because Romney isn’t “pure” enough and if they just stood strong on their ideas that America would come around to their thinking, may put Ryan in the VP spot.

    “When I pointed out to Ryan that government spending programs were at the heart of his home town’s recovery, he didn’t disagree. But he insisted that he has been misunderstood. “Obama is trying to paint us as a caricature,” he said. “As if we’re some bizarre individualists who are hardcore libertarians. It’s a false dichotomy and intellectually lazy.” He added, “Of course we believe in government. We think government should do what it does really well, but that it has limits, and obviously within those limits are things like infrastructure, interstate highways, and airports.” But independent assessments make clear that Ryan’s budget plan, in order to achieve its goals, would drastically reduce the parts of the budget that fund exactly the kinds of projects and research now helping Janesville.”

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/08/06/120806fa_fact_lizza#ixzz239VPgMdg

    Ryan is the poster child for destroying the social compact. He’s blind to the benefits of good government in his own district. OFA wants that fight, hardcore conservatives want that fight, let’s have that fight.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – –Guess it was necessary 2 –GO IN ON – -kevin drum – - AGAIN – -

    – - –Kevin Drum is Flailing – –

    – - – I guess I am just confused by Kevin Drum’s moral compass. He’s basically telling us that we need to seriously guard against abandoning a healthy respect for the importance of the truth. I get that part of it. But the context is an accusation made by Harry Reid that he has a very credible source that called him unsolicited and told him that Romney doesn’t want to release his tax returns because he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years. Kevin Drum seems absolutely certain that no one ever made this phone call to Harry Reid. I have no idea why he is so certain. But Mr. Drum seems to have no compunction whatsoever about accusing Harry Reid of lying, even though he doesn’t have any sources to cite backing up his claim that Reid is lying.

    I think this is very strange. Most media observers who have criticized Reid have argued that he shouldn’t make such brash accusations based on nothing more than a single source who isn’t willing to go on the record. That’s applying a reasonable journalist’s standard to a politician, which is dubious to begin with, but at least it is an honest opinion. The idea is that it is wrong to accuse Romney of something so serious without more corroborative evidence. So, using that standard, how the hell does Kevin Drum think it is okay to question Harry Reid’s integrity without one single piece of evidence to back him up. He is completely guilty of doing exactly what he accuses of Harry Reid of doing, which is making an accusation without any real evidence to back it up.

    Annd kevin represent many OTHER HATAS. So PITIFUL! HAH!

    – — Goooo –HIT ‘IM HARD HARRY. ! — -:>) – –

  • creolechild

    Oh, so it was all good when you were constantly trashing Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. But, now, you haz a sad because someone made an unflattering video about you? GTFOH with that, Allen. Will someone please give him a Kleenex. NEXT!

    Opponents are calling a Democratic super PAC in Florida shocking and even racist for its cartoonish depiction of Rep. Allen West (R-FL) punching an elderly white woman and laughing as he steals money from a black family.[...]

    The underlying message is essentially tied to West’s support for budget proposals by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), whose plan calls for more than $5 trillion in cuts over the next decade and a radical makeover of Medicare that essentially turns it into a coupon program.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/10/dem-super-pacs-ad-features-allen-west-punching-elderly-white-woman/

    H/T Stephen C. Webster

    • rikyrah

      he is definitely a bitchass

      • MonieTalks

        Bitchass to the infinite degree.

        This e-mail says it all from this hot-head coon. You wanted a fight..buck or shut up….are you a MAN, now?

        From: Z112 West, Allen
        Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
        To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
        Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
        Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

        Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

        I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

        You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

        Steadfast and Loyal

        Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)

        Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2011/07/dear-debbie-youre-vile-unprofessional-despicable-not-a-lady-allen-west.html#storylink=cpy

        • edp4bho

          A big ugly “P”, as in cat !!

          • TyrenM

            Tell that to the guy who couldn’t pronounce Reince.

          • Miranda

            *snicker*….Bob Beckel

  • creolechild

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    Nearly 800 Percent |

    That’s how much the federal prison population has increased in the last 30 years, according to the ACLU. According to a 2004 Department of Justice report, 55 percent of federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug offenses — one in eight of these offenders for offenses related to marijuana or hashish.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/06/641641/nearly-800-percent/

    H/T Ian Millhiser

  • Alexander2

    (Okay Peggy. If you say so. lol)

    Noonan: A Nation That Believes Nothing
    Peggy Noonan
    WSJ
    August 10, 2012

    “Calling Mr. Romney’s economic plans Romney Hood was dim because everyone likes Robin Hood, so Romney Hood sounds kind of like a compliment. Now and then the foes of a candidate accidentally do him a good turn. The Soviets thought they were disparaging Margaret Thatcher when they called her the Iron Lady. She was cold, wouldn’t bend, couldn’t compromise. The British heard the epithet and thought: Exactly! And exactly what we need!

    An admiring nickname meant as an insult was born. Mr. Romney should go with it, lay out how he’ll save taxpayers from the predators of the liberal left and call that Romney Hood.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443404004577579571659026022.html

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

      You know Peggy doesn’t even believe that bs she wrote!

      • conlakappa

        I’m waiting for her to have another one of her “oops, is this thing on?” with a live microphone as she talks about Mittens. But that’s nice that she has as big a crush on Thatcher as she had on St. Ronnie.

    • Miranda

      *DEAD*

    • Kennymack1971

      Oh Nooners…you’re so lost.

    • creolechild

      (*Cough*) No racial connotation intended…but if the shoe fits she’s welcome to it!

      white noise

      Definition

      Any random, collective occurrence of unrelated things. Typically used to refer to a simultaneous collection of sound patterns, which when all occurring at once, sounds similar to static, or a ‘hiss’. When considering visual white noise, it is often referred to as ‘snow’, such as one might see on a television station that isn’t playing any current programming.

      http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/white-noise.html

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2 ***BIG HUG***

      - – -***quizzical look with furrowed brow*** LOL – –

      Somewhere in this –”WORD SALAD” – –I lost her thesis. LOL

      BUT – -THIS – –>Romney is not over-managed by others—he isn’t surrounded by what George H.W. Bush called “gurus”—but he over-manages himself. He second guesses, doubts his own instincts. LOL

      – —Uhhh- — -He’s a 2 FACED – - –FORKED TONGUE – — ETCH-A-SKETCH – –FLIP-FLOPPIN FOOL- –who speaks -

      –”WORD SALAD” – -annnd doesn’t REMEMBER WHAT he said from 1 minute 2 the next.!!– -BUT – -He STANDS by -IT! LOL

      Annnd —his FIRM STAND — -2 NOT GIVE UP his TAX REPORTS – — coupled with his OUT-of-TOUCH-ness with –”regular folks” — -has CLEARLY EARNED him that “NAME” – –

      — – -”Romney — -da – -HOOD -winker”. –HAH!

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

    • GN

      Um hmm. We need another open mic incident to see how she really feels about Mittens, because this article is bs.

  • creolechild

    Report: US exports to China outpace rest of the world

    Nearly all congressional districts showed higher growth in exports to China last year than they did to all other markets around the world. All told, 420 out of 435 had improved growth to China, according to a report by the U.S.-China Business Council.

    “China is the third-largest U.S. export market and continues to provide growing opportunities for U.S. businesses, whether large or small,” USCBC Vice President Erin Ennis said.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1005-trade/242447-report-us-exports-to-china-outpace-rest-of-the-world-

    H/T Vicki Needham

    • nellcote

      I’d like to see a series of ads with nothing but charts and voiceovers showing things like increases in imports, months of job growth, auto sales etc. Maybe something that simple and visual and FACTUAL would break through.

      • GN

        That’s a really good idea. I love that OFA is tapping emotions so well, and adding charts and graphs to show that we should be proud of how far we’ve come since the collapse would be fantastic.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -Sooo — -THIS is the “Talk of Our Town” – -:>) – - –

    – - -Big NBA Trade: Dwight Howard to Lakers; Andrew Bynum to 76ers – –

    – - -Finally, after months of speculation, it looks like the Dwight Howard trade to the Lakers has happened.

    Here’s what ESPN is reporting

    A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the three teams.

    In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.
    THERE IS MORE. – — Goooo – –LAKERS!! :>)

    • Kennymack1971

      The Lakers always find a way…damn Kobe, Nash and now D12? Even as a Mavs fan can’t hate on how the Lakers get it done.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN” Kennymack1971. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — -I KNOW -HUH!? —:>) He PLANS 2 make the BEST of his PLAYIN’ CAREER. :>)

        – – -Good 2 C U. :>)

  • Miranda

    This skank betta keep the kids names out her beak

    Palin: I hope Obama’s daughters are luckier than conservative women
    http://gop12.thehill.com/2012/08/palin-i-hope-obamas-daughters-are.html

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

      Is this bitch serious??? Where was her ass when right wingers were calling Malia a “slut” and “a whore” just because she wore a shirt with a peace symbol? Where was she when Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh disrespected Malia and Sasha? And did this bubble head trick forget when PBO told folks to back off of Bristol when it was revealed she was pregnant?

      She needs to sit down and STFU.

    • edp4bho

      Well, they’re atleast cleaner than her skank daughter. Dont’ start none, won’t be none.

    • rikyrah

      see…..she just doesn’t know when to quit…..we do NOT PLAY when it comes to FLOTUS and the WeeMichelles.

      • conlakappa

        She had to do something to get attention. Her arsenal is fairly thin and has been shot through already.

  • MonieTalks

    After all the controversy over who deserves what attention in Women’s Track and Field, here’s a new development (peeped it at The YBF):

    WE Picks Up Reality Pilot Starring London Olympic Champion Sanya Richards-Ross

    EXCLUSIVE: Sanya Richards-Ross, who just won an Olympic gold medal in the women’s 400-meter race on Sunday, is heading to television. WE tv has picked up a pilot for a reality series starring Richards-Ross, who also earned 2 gold relay medals in 2004 and 2008 as well as an individual bronze in the Beijing Olympics.

    The TV pilot stems from a development deal WE had with unscripted production company Good Clean Fun (Tia & Tamera). It was shot in Austin before Richards-Ross left for London and offers an insider’s look at her rigorous training regime as well as her personal life. Richards-Ross is married to two-time Super Bowl champion Aaron Ross who just signed a 3-year $15 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The reality series reveals the often intense rivalry between the hyper competitive couple.

    read more: http://www.deadline.com/tag/sanya-richards-ross/

    • Miranda

      They are the cutest couple.

    • MsKitty

      I was wondering where Aaron ended up after he left the Giants.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – -The – - -TRUTH — -annnd nuttin’ BUT – - -

    - – -SHAME: Ohio Republicans Are Denying Equal Right to Vote to Democrats – — -

    – - -When you heard Republicans falsely accuse Obama of trying to kill the military vote in Ohio, you naturally went looking for what Republicans were really doing in Ohio. This is the way of the modern day Republican Party, and it’s getting so transparent that they should have the good grace to be embarrassed, but no one is going to accuse Republicans of having shame these days.

    What’s going on in Ohio right now is quite possibly the biggest partisan attack on the fundamental right to vote in this country. Republicans are blatantly coming for the Democratic vote, showing consistent favoritism to Republican leaning districts.

    Rachel Maddow called Ohio voting “insanely partisan” after Republicans voted against early voting in Democratic leaning counties while Democrats are voting for early voting in Republican leaning counties. Who loves America?

    Watch Rachel break it down here:
    THERE IS MORE

    – — –FORE WARNED – — is – -FORE ARMED!! – –GOTV – 2012. :>)

    • rikyrah

      Both Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow did segments on this last night.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – - -OMG!! – - -MR. PRESIDENT –is TRULY a —MASTER STRATEGIST!! – –LOL – - -

    – - –Exclusive: Obama to include Republicans in hard-hitting convention – -

    — -Advisers to President Barack Obama are scripting a Democratic National Convention featuring several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents — and planning a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who “would devastate the American middle class,” Democratic sources tell POLITICO.

    – - -According to convention planning documents, the three-night convention in Charlotte, N.C., early next month will seek to “[e]xpose Mitt Romney as someone who doesn’t understand middle class challenges” while also burnishing “the President’s image as someone whose life story is about fighting for middle class Americans and those working to get into the middle class.”

    – — -SNIP – —

    THIS – - –>The most innovative — and harshest — element of the preliminary program is a nightly “social contrast” in which two people describe their personal experience with a hot-button issue — one person lauding the president’s actions, the other taking Romney to task. “Each paired-testimonial should have an ‘unexpected’ participant,” the documents say.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - –HAH! – — -***bowin’ down 2 MR. PRESIDENT!! ***- – GENIUS!! -:>) –

    – - — -RE-THUG REACTION. LOL

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 08/09/2012
    TheWashingtonPost
    Romney’s historically poor performance with Latinos
    By Jamelle Bouie

    That Romney has a problem with Latino voters is well known. But the depth of this problem remains an open question. Can he match John McCain’s support — the Arizona senator won 31 percent of Latinos in 2008 — or is he stuck in the mid–20s, as is true in most recent surveys?

    Latinos are an under-polled demographic, so the usual caveats apply, but a new analysis from Univision shows Romney with historically terrible support among Hispanic voters. Averaging the results of 10 surveys, beginning last fall, Univision found President Obama with 66.7 percent support among Latinos — almost identical to his 2008 performance — and Romney with 22.9 percent support. For comparison’s sake, here is how other Republican presidential candidates have performed with Latinos over the last 30 years:

    John McCain: 31 percent in 2008.
    George W. Bush: 44 percent in 2004, 35 percent in 2000.
    Bob Dole: 21 percent in 1996.
    George H.W. Bush: 25 percent in 1992, 30 percent in 1988.
    Ronald Reagan: 34 percent in 1984, 37 percent in 1980.

    According to the most recent poll of Latino voters — from NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo — if the election were held today, Romney would take 23 percent of the Latino vote, the smallest total for any Republican candidate since Dole.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/romneys-historically-poor-performance-with-latinos/2012/08/09/07064a84-e245-11e1-89f7-76e23a982d06_blog.html

    • conlakappa

      But… but… he had the one son of his but on browning and speak, um, Mexican in that ad!!! Is that enough?!!!

  • creolechild

    This is good news!

    Fundraiser to Rebuild Burnt-Down Mosque in Missouri Reaches Goal

    An internet-based drive to fundraise for a mosque in Missouri that was burnt to the ground earlier this week has succeeded immensely. In two days, a campaign on IndieGoGo has raised over $270,000 to rebuild Joplin, Missouri’s only mosque. The mosque was destroyed early Monday by a fire–the second fire in a little over a month to target the mosque.

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/hot-news-views/fundraiser-rebuild-burnt-down-mosque-missouri-reaches-goal

    H/T Alex Kane

    • nellcote

      YAY! The internet uses it’s power for good! :)

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

    Did anyone listen to Joe Madison’s radio show this morning? He was talking about Markos’ theory that John Huntsman’s daddy is the one spilling the tax return tea to McCain. Miranda posted the link to his post in yesterday’s evening thread http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/09/1118428/-It-s-John-Huntsman-Sr-right-Harry

    • Miranda

      Hardly anyone BUT the manager would qualify for healthcare at any Papa John’s location. So that CEO is just straight up lying. People in corporate headquarters are already covered under a group corporate plan.

      • conlakappa

        He’s also whining as if his company exists in a vacuum: if the pool of people covered by an insurance plan expands as greatly as it should, basic economics says the cost will go down.

    • rikyrah

      I posted yesterday…he was whining about 11 fucking cents a pizza

      • conlakappa

        You should go to Stephen Colbert’s segment on this. Gird your loins and empty your bladder first!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -Teh WILLARD “gaffes!” – - -LOL – -Annnd — HIS STAFF -GAFFES – LOL – –

    – — -TOP 5 Romney Staff Gaffes – - -

    – — — Mitt Romney’s campaign staff made news again this week when his press secretary Andrea Saul touted the candidate’s universal health law. POLITICO’s Alexander Trowbridge rounds up the TOP 5 Romney staff gaffes.(Produced by Julio Negron.) – — -LOL – - -ENJOY!! :>)

  • rikyrah

    Lolo Jones hasn’t seen any hooking up in Olympic Village, still wants to meet Tim Tebow
    by SteveDel

    If the Olympic Village is truly as sex-infested as everyone claims it is, it’s probably safe to assume Lolo Jones doesn’t partake in the festivities. Unless you have been living in a cave for the past few months, you are well aware that Jones is one of the world’s most famous virgins. At 30 years of age, she says keeping her viriginity has been harder than training for the Olympics but is something she takes pride in. However, Jones insists she is not the only one not doing any fooling around in the Olympic Village.

    While she could be just covering for them, Lolo said she has not seen any hooking up going on between her track and field teammates and others in the Village.

    “I’m in a suite with seven girls, and I guess we don’t have any sluts on the team,” Jones said, according to USA TODAY Sports. “I haven’t seen any hookups. I’m sure it’s going on, though, but I haven’t heard any juicy details yet.”

    Fair enough. If you believe Hope Solo, it’s definitely going on and there are definitely plenty of juicy details. Ryan Lochte said something similar to Lolo about not knowing of any crazy sex stories, but there is a reason it becomes big news when unauthorized batches of condoms make their way into the dorms. Sex in the Olympic Village is a big business. Just ask Durex — the official condom of the London Olympics.

    With the Olympics coming to a close, Lolo also reiterated that she would still like to meet Tim Tebow.

    http://olympics.yardbarker.com/blog/olympics/article/lolo_jones_hasnt_seen_hooking_up_in_olympic_village_still_wants_to_meet_tim_tebow/11423152

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

      She really needs media training.

    • vulcan_girl

      “I’m in a suite with seven girls, and I guess we don’t have any sluts on the team,” Jones said, according to USA TODAY Sports. “I haven’t seen any hookups. I’m sure it’s going on, though, but I haven’t heard any juicy details yet.”

      But I thought people don’t like her because she’s pretty and gets all the attention!

      • GN

        Yup, I bet some of her teammates just don’t like her, period, and we don’t need any racist theories pitting black women against each other to explain why. That she’s parading her purity in public is one hint that she’s not going to be everybody’s cup of tea.

        • conlakappa

          And bandying about the word “sluts.” She sounds like she has a major madonna-whore complex. She wants to talk about her purity, fine, her choice. The discussion ends with her nose and shouldn’t involve anyone else. Grow up, Lo-squared.

    • Miranda

      Somewhere, a Nike Rep and her Agent are screaming at each other over the phone.

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

        And Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells are somewhere clinking tea cups saying, “Mmmm-hmm”.

    • MonieTalks

      Personally, I’ve been on the fence about Lolo, even in the midst of her trashing by the media.

      I just don’t care much about people’s sex lives…not particularly fond of people demanding those in the LGBT community come out (it’s their prerogative only). But I always get especially suspicious with the Jessica Simpson-esque “I’ll be a virgin until I’m married” media narrative. You see it quite often in pop culture with the girls Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears…young girls who achieve mega fan but have to tow the line between dressing scantily and singing about sex to pre-teens, but vowing that they don’t live that way.

      But Lolo proclaiming all that in Track and Field..really? And yes, I thought the same thing with basketball’s A.C. Green in the past.

      PS. We all fall short, no doubt….but isn’t it amazing how Jessica Simpson started out as the virgin preacher’s daughter who wound up married but divorced shortlu after, had a baby out of wedlock subsequently and papa Joe just got popped for DUI.

      • GN

        Thank you; after reading that, I’m like, “what do you want, a cookie? You haven’t succumbed to the power of the penis, through supreme will-power, good for you.” And indeed, if she’s not careful, she’s going to end up being one of the people who makes up for lost time and goes Cougar-wild later on.

        • Alma98

          “Power of the penis” Done, done and done. hahahaha!

    • aleth

      She just needs to grow up. Still stuck in childish ways. Next…

      Media loves you then hate you.. Grow up

    • dannie22

      im not mad at lolo nor am going to judge what she said. i like lolo if only because she spent much of her childhood moving around or homeless. when she showed potential in track, her coach and other supporters took her in. suffice it to say, lolo had a hard life. but she got educated, has a degree in economics and she made it to the olympics. as far as her teammates hating on her for getting shine in the media and endorsements, i think they are mad at the wrong folks. be mad at madison avenue or those in the media who chose lolo as their sweetheart. its just a game they play. and if they had asked me about my teammates sex lives, knowing how some of my teammates feel about me, no telling what would come out of my mouth LOL! real talk!!

      • GN

        Points taken, but I gotta defend her teammates here—if someone grabbed the spotlight by playing up sex appeal rather than athletic prowess, then went to the media bragging about virginity and throwing shade at sluts, that’s someone who not err’body is going to like. That will only get compounded if that person then asserts that any said dislike is a result of haterism or jealousy. People who court controversy like that usually get it. But I’m glad that you spoke up about positive aspects of this person, because I didn’t know any of that about her, and indeed, working from homelessness to the Olympics is a big accomplishment.

        • dannie22

          im not sure how shes playing up her sexuality. many athletes pose nude. they are still considered serious athletes. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1248605-ronda-rousey-and-30-athletes-who-have-posed-nude/page/13

          • GN

            She posed nude, that’s playing up her sexuality, it is what it is. The beef between them seems very normal and basic to me. Are we not allowed to be human? Tired of seeing black people of all types, including Lolo, as fodder for a racist media and their bullshit. Those women don’t like each other, begins and ends with that. They’ll all see this differently when they all grow up, mature, and understand that we have to stick together.

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

    Awww, dayum! Sistagirl was like, “Look, KiKi…I know I’m in the middle of a rollerset but I got to see PBO!” http://i50.tinypic.com/166emtz.jpg

    • Town

      And President Obama is looking at her like “I can’t believe she came out here with the Goody Rollers on.”

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

        OK! LOL!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – –Ohhh NOOOOOOOES! – –WHYCOME! ?- – - -WHYCOME!? – - -***shakin’ my head**** LOL.

    • rikyrah

      I love that picture. I shall not lie, I could have been mid shampoo and if I knew that POTUS was out there, I would have gotten up from the bowl.

    • dannie22

      damn girlfriend!! she ran out from under that dryer lol!

  • creolechild

    Four GOP House Staffers From Michigan Indicted for Election Fraud

    Four congressional aides to Michigan Republican U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter have been indicted for falsifying nominating petitions for McCotter’s 2012 re-election bid, Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday.[...]

    “Staffers functioned in a culture completely indifferent to the requirements of law, and with an arrogant attitude that the rules simply did not apply to them. More efforts were expended in developing and carrying out schemes to get around the legal requirements for the circulating of nominating petitions than were made to obtain sufficient number of voter signatures.”

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/hot-news-views/four-gop-house-staffers-michigan-indicted-election-fraud

    H/T Steven Rosenfeld

    • rikyrah

      uh huh

  • creolechild

    I can’t remember if this has been posted here already. If so, sorry for the duplication!

    Video- New OFA Ad Rebutting Lying Romney Welfare Ad: “Blatant”

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/08/10/video-new-ofa-ad-rebutting-lying-romney-welfare-ad-blatant/

    H/T Paddy

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

    Remember when POUers gave the town hall format for the presidential debates the SEOD? Well, ya’ll were right! Here’s what Carole Simpson said about her moderating a town hall format:

    “I was not a moderator in the traditional sense, because I was not able to ask my own questions,” Simpson said. “As a town hall moderator, I was told in my ear who to go to next. I had no power at all in choosing the people, in choosing what question would be asked.”

    MORE: http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/08/carole-simpson-wants-female-moderator-131641.html

    • Miranda

      So basically Carole Simpson was window dressing and has now let us know just how that game is rigged. Good to know, so we know what to expect from this town hall debate.

  • Miranda

    The national media still won’t report on this story…but the Brits don’t like Mitt, so they’ll do it!

    ‘I’m sick to my stomach’: anger grows in Illinois at Bain’s latest outsourcing plan

    The Sensata plant in Freeport is profitable and competitive, but its majority owner, Bain Capital, has decided to ship jobs to China – and forced workers to train their overseas replacements

    more here
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/aug/10/illinois-workers-bain-outsourcing?CMP=twt_gu

  • itgurl_29

    She’s looking at POTUS like “I look good, huh? You like this. Don’t ya?!”

  • itgurl_29

    Luckily, this is most likely her last Olympics. Bye, Lolo.

  • rikyrah

    When the truth is deemed ‘half-true’
    By Steve Benen – Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:30 AM EDT.

    The Obama campaign released an ad with an easily supportable claim this week. “You work hard, stretch every penny,” the voiceover says. “But chances are, you pay a higher tax rate than him: Mitt Romney made $20 million in 2010, but paid only 14 percent in taxes — probably less than you.”

    What’s wrong with this? Nothing. Romney freely admits he made $20 million in 2010, and acknowledges he took advantage of various loopholes that allowed him to pay only 14 percent on his millions. Is this “probably less than you”? Absolutely — the vast majority of working people pay a rate higher than 14 percent. (Team Obama even included the word “probably” just to cover its bases.)

    So, the Obama campaign made a claim, it’s is fully supported by the facts, and the Romney campaign never questioned the accuracy of the claim. What’s the problem? PolitiFact concluded the accurate claim is only “half-true.”

    There are two main ways to make this calculation, and they lead to opposite conclusions. While we believe that including payroll taxes in the calculation offers a more accurate picture of what the American public pays the IRS, it’s also true that the Obama ad didn’t specify which measurement it was using, and in fact used a figure for Romney — 14 percent — that was based on income taxes alone. On balance, then, we rate the claim Half True

    Let me get this straight. Obama says Romney paid 14 percent in taxes. Romney says Romney paid 14 percent in taxes. PolitiFact says the most “accurate picture” of what Americans pay in taxes would show that Romney paid 14 percent in taxes, less than most American workers.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/10/13219035-when-the-truth-is-deemed-half-true?lite

  • rikyrah

    The standards for ‘embarrassment’
    By Steve Benen – Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:41 AM EDT.

    You’ve got to be kidding me.

    Mitt Romney said Thursday that President Obama and his allies should be embarrassed over a controversial ad from a super-PAC supporting the president that links the death of a cancer patient to the GOP contender’s tenure at Bain Capital.

    “You know, in the past, when people pointed out that something was inaccurate, why, campaigns pulled the ad,” Romney said on Bill Bennett’s radio show. “They were embarrassed. Today, they just blast ahead. You know, the various fact-checkers look at some of these charges in the Obama ads and they say that they’re wrong, and inaccurate, and yet he just keeps on running them.”

    But the ad was released the same day as Romney’s welfare smear, which was as dishonest a national ad you’ll see in this campaign cycle or any other. Paul Waldman wrote this week, “I’ve been paying very, very close attention to political ads for a long time. In my former career as an academic I did a lot of research on political ads. I’ve watched literally every single presidential general election campaign ad ever aired since the first ones in 1952…. But I cannot recall a single presidential campaign ad in the history of American politics that lied more blatantly than this one.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/10/13218427-the-standards-for-embarrassment?lite

  • creolechild

    It appears that the GOP strategy is to go after PBO’s family. First, Caribou Barbie was trotted out to spew her venom. Now, they’re dragging Lou Dobbs out of mothballs to attack FLOTUS, calling her “high maintenance.”

    Took my earrings off > CHECK
    Pulled my Chuck Turners out the closet> CHECK
    Found the vaseline> CHECK
    Getting ready to do some quick stretches> CHECK

    Now, go ahead GOP be stoopid and try this line of attack. We’re waiting…

    • rikyrah

      IF they wanna roll like that…fine….I’ll meet you on the corner.

      • GN

        /handing out baseball bats and brass knuckles

        Not Michelle and the weeMichelles, no the hell they won’t.

        • GreenLadyHere

          GN – - —-***holdin’ out my hands – —annnnd receivin’*** LOL – - –

    • conlakappa

      Don’t forget to braid your hair and band your boobs down. What? You gonna brawl, brawl!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      LOL- — LOL – –GR8 – — – set up – - — -4 —

      WAR [In this case ---IT's GOOD 4 Dealin' with da HATAS!!] – –

      – - – –NOW – -LEMME —- Grab – -SOMA DEEZ!——-

      HECK -MRS. CABALASIAN used ‘em—–EFFECTIVELY!! LOL

      Good 2 C U. :>) —–LOL.

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

      They know its the only thing that can get under the President’s skin.. that’s what they are trying to do.

    • Camille

      Mrs Obama is “high maintenance” – LOL!

      Yeah! She’s of course the one with a million dollar dressage horse hobby, never worked a day in her life, has several million dollar homes with cars and garages with their very own dedicated elevators etc.

      Yes, Mrs Obama is “high maintenance” because she dared as a black woman to rise above her white-supremacist assigned station in life by working hard in a loving hardworking working class family; going on to Princeton and Harvard on merit, working hard, pulling herself up by her bootstraps with absolutely zero advantages handed her and excelling. Together with her amazing husband, they have without any advantages still, raised two amazing, well grounded, stunningly smart and beautiful girls.

      That is the truest of American stories.

      The truly high maintenance wife this political season, Ann Romney, has in spite of every advantage she’s had right from the day she was born, remains disappointedly unimpressive, unspectacular, and naturally unfulfilled.

      She’s done absolutely nothing even with the many advantages she’s been handed through life.

      And no Ann, not even the office of First Lady will bring you fulfillment. You is empty, cold, miserable and just realized you simply existed and failed to actually live. And Mitt buying you access to the white house won’t do anything for that hollow, empty feeling.

  • rikyrah

    Which way the wind is blowing
    By Steve Benen – Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:12 AM EDT.

    We discussed a side issue last week in the 2012 presidential campaign, which may have an impact in some key battleground states: wind power.

    While the wind production tax credit obviously won’t carry the kind of weight as jobs, economic growth, or health care, it’s become an interesting point of contention between President Obama and Mitt Romney in states like Iowa and Colorado, where even Republican policymakers believe the GOP presidential hopeful is being short-sighted.

    Obama was in Colorado yesterday, speaking not far from a wind turbine manufacturing plant, driving the point home.

    ……………………

    The estimable Michael Grunwald had a great item on this earlier today.

    Before President Obama took office, the U.S. had 25 gigawatts of wind power, and the government’s “base case” energy forecast expected 40 GW by 2030. Well, it’s not quite 2030 yet, but we’ve already got 50 GW of wind. We’ve also got about 5 GW of solar, which isn’t much, but is over six times more than we had before Obama. Mitt Romney has suggested that wind and solar are “imaginary” sources of energy, but they can now power 15 million homes, and their industries employ more than 300,000 Americans. That’s real.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/10/13218095-which-way-the-wind-is-blowing?lite

  • rikyrah

    With one’s health on the line
    By Steve Benen – Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:51 AM EDT.

    The New York Times ran a powerful“Life, Interrupted” column yesterday from Suleika Jaouad, a 24-year-old writer, offering readers a look at the health care system from a patient’s perspective.
    Like a lot of other young people, I never thought about health insurance until I got sick. I was 22, and my adult life was just beginning. But less than a year after walking across the stage at my college graduation, I received an unexpected diagnosis — acute myeloid leukemia — and with it came a flurry of consultations, tests and appointments. From early on, my doctors told me I would need chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

    But before the shock of the news could settle in — before I could consider where and how I would be treated — I did what most Americans must do when beset with a medical crisis: I called my insurance provider.

    Before I made that first phone call, I confess I didn’t know exactly what the word “premium” meant. And “co-pay” sounded to me like what happens when friends split the bill at dinner. Certainly, the term “lifetime limit” had no meaning to me yet…. Now, I was facing cancer — and I was beginning to get worried about coverage from an insurance plan I knew virtually nothing about.

    Jaouad not only had to focus on her medical treatments, she had to learn quite a bit about her coverage — which she currently has thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s provision that extends protections to young adults until they’re 26, and which shielded her from crushing medical bills she couldn’t afford.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/10/13217809-with-ones-health-on-the-line?lite

  • creolechild

    Facebook stays in trouble over privacy issues. Wonder why that is? No means No!

    Facebook Agrees To 20 Years Of Privacy Audits

    Facebook and the FTC have finalized a settlement over privacy lapses that Facebook made in 2009 when it updated its website to make some user information public by default. Per the terms of the settlement, first announced in November 2011, Facebook is supposed to create a comprehensive internal privacy program and agrees to submit to 20 years’-worth of privacy audits every two years by an independent third party.

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/facebook-agrees-to-20-years-of-privacy-audits

    H/T Carl Franzen

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – - – -THIS BRAVE – – -COURAGEOUS – -DEDICATED annnd – -DETERMINED – –brotha! – - -KUDOS!!♥ – –

    — – -American Sprinter Breaks Leg During Relay, Finishes His Race – -

    – – -When the announcer of the 4x400m said those words, he had thought that the US relay team’s lead sprinter had simply had a bad day. He couldn’t have known how bad.

    After getting a bad jump off the blocks Mitchell started to pick up speed. As he reached 100-meters he said that his leg, which he had landed on awkwardly days earlier when he missed a stair, “felt weird.” That didn’t stop the runner from North Carolina. Mitchell kept his foot on the gas. But then, Mitchell says, something bad happened.

    “As soon as I took the first step past the 200-meter mark, I felt it break. I heard it. I even put out a little war cry, but the crowd was so loud you couldn’t hear it. I wanted to just lie down. It felt like somebody literally just snapped my leg in half.”

    Many runners would have stopped there. I’d have to imagine that running 200 additional meters at a world class speed on a bum leg doesn’t typically feel too great, but the pain didn’t stop Mitchell.

    “I knew if I finished strong we could still get [the baton] around,” he continued. “I saw Josh Mance motioning me in for me to hand it off to him, which lifted me. I didn’t want to let those three guys down, or the team down, so I just ran on it. It hurt so bad.”
    THERE IS MORE
    — -Ohhhh — -BLESS HIM! – — :>)[Sorry NO VIDEO. Just PICS.]

    — – -American Runner Manteo Mitchell Finishes Olympic Relay Lap On -

  • creolechild

    “It’s the Romney-Ryan Plan”

    When the Romney campaign alerted users of its mobile VP app on Tuesday to “turn on your push notifications,” the GOP vice presidential frenzy went to 11. But while New York Times statistician extraordinaire Nate Silver responded by running simulations to reveal which potential Romney running mate might help him most, conservative Republicans increasingly began pushing one –Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan–who might help him least.

    [....] Governor Romney and Budget Chairman Ryan are offering virtually the same dangerous prescription for America’s future. …. And no matter who emerges as the GOP’s vice presidential pick, the Republican Party has already bought the Romney-Ryan ticket to the White House.

    Massive Tax Cuts for the Rich
    Ending Medicare as We Know It
    Shredding the Safety Net
    Increased Defense Spending
    What Loopholes Get Closed? That’s a Secret!
    Trillions in New Debt
    Slower Economic Growth, More Job Losses

    Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/its-romney-ryan-plan

    H/T JonPerr

  • Camille

    Just looked up and found that even though Alice F. Mason and her daughter Dominique Richard have supported the DNC, the Clintons and even Al Gore, they stopped donating to the DNC after Hillary Clinton lost in August 2008.

    Alice and her daughter Dominique have never given to the Obama campaign. Not in 2008 and not now. Not ever.

    Rather disturbing.

    I refuse to celebrate black folks like these. Sorry.