October 18, 2017

Friday Open Thread: African American Winemakers


We continue our series on African American Winemakers with….



Sharp Cellars
Sonoma County, California


Vance and Monika’s love for wine began in 1968 in Saarlouis, Germany where they met in a discotheque.  Monika was born and raised in Germany, while Vance’s stint in the U.S. Air Force took him there in 1968. They were married in 1970, and Vance, a graduate of University of Maryland, spent the next 17 years in Germany as owner/operator of a multi-make import car dealership that catered to U.S. forces, tourists and diplomats as well as German Nationals. Vance is fluent in German. He also owned an insurance business. The Sharps moved to Maryland in 1988.

While vacationing in California, the Sharps fell in love with Sonoma, where they “retired” in 1997. A year later, October 18, 1998, they founded Sharp Cellars on a picturesque hilltop estate in the Mayacamas Mountains. Sharp planted Zinfandel and Petit Sirah in what is now known as the Hailey’s Creek Vineyard.  A year later, they acquired 50 acres of land on the San Pablo Bay coast just south of the Carneros appellation and planted it to Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.

Sharp began producing wines under his own label, Sharp Cellars with the first release being the 2001 Hailey’s Creek Zinfandel.  Since then, Sharp has released limited bottlings of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Danny Glover Vineyard (yes, the famous actor, who was, at that time, Sharp’s neighbor).  In 2003, Sharp produced his first Pinot Blanc from Tyla’s Point. In 2004 Keenan’s Cove Pinot Noir was born followed by Pinot Gris from Kalyn and Kole Vineyard in 2005. By the way, each vineyard is named after the Sharp grandchildren.

Sharp’s wines were met with immediate acclaim.  The Sharp Cellars 2001 Hailey’s Creek Zinfandel won the Double Gold Medal and took Best of Class honors at the prestigious Taster’s Guild Consumer Wine Judging. This was especially significant, as Vance is African-American, and the first African-American owned winery to receive such an honor.  Additionally, Sharp’s wines have consistently received 90+ point ratings from prominent wine critics.  In fact Sharps 2003 Pinot Blanc received a 90-point rating and was selected Editors Choice by Wine Enthusiast Magazine for June 2005. On June 6th it was served at a Presidential Dinner in The Blue Room of The White House in celebration of Black Music Month.

Sharp Cellars’ production is very limited. Concerned more with quality, each varietal rarely exceeds 300 cases.

Vance and Monika Sharp have been very involved with local charities as well.  Vance was, for 9 years, on the Board of Directors of the Valley of the Moon Boys and Girls Club, on the Advisory Board of The Mentoring Alliance, he works with the Hospital Foundation, Becoming Independent, the Sonoma Museum of Art, and others. Vance is a member of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance. He is also a Rotary Club Past-President and the current President of the Association of African American Vintner’s.



2004 Pinot Noir

SF Chronicle Wine Competition 2x Gold Medal and Best in Class
93 Points Pinofile

2005 Pinot Noir

SF Chronicle Wine Competition Silver Medal

2006 Pinot Noir

SF Chronicle Wine Competition Silver Medal

2007 Pinot Noir

Affairs of the Vine “Pinot Shootout”  Gold Medal

2008 Pinot Noir

SF Chronicle Wine Competition Silver Medal
Affairs of the Vine “Pinot Shootout”  Bronze Medal
Florida State Fair Wine Competition Gold Medal

2009 Pinot Noir

Florida State Fair Wine Competition Double Gold

2001 Zinfandel

Taster’s Guild Double Gold Medal

2007 Zinfandel

SF Chronicle Wine Competition Bronze Medal
97 Points Sonoma Sommelier Wine Magazine

2008 Zinfandel

SF Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal
Florida State Fair Wine Competition Silver Medal

2003 Pinot  Blanc

90 Points Wine Enthusiast and Editor’s Choice
Served at White House Dinner June 5th, 2005 

(SOURCE: Sharp Cellars)


In this video, Mr. Sharp explains how he bottles his wines by hand:


For More Information, Check Out Sharp Cellars.

  • MonieTalks

    Happy Friday POU..raise your vino…Cheers to the weekend!!!!

  • MonieTalks

    From Institute of the Black World:

    Hands off Ambassador Susan Rice

    The Institute of the Black World 21st Century and its allies are outraged at the persistent assault directed at U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over preliminary statements she made from talking points provided by U.S. intelligence agencies, regarding the fatal assault on the U.S. Embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya — which resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three Embassy staff. Despite President Obama’s pledge to conduct a thorough investigation of this matter, there has been a steady pre and post election partisan drumbeat insinuating that Ambassador Rice lied to the American people about the nature of the attack on the Embassy. Honorable sirs, you have not only impugned the character of Secretary Rice, but boldly and boastfully threatened to block her confirmation should she be nominated for the office of Secretary of State by the President. Equally outrageous, you have called for a Joint House/Senate “select committee” to investigate the Benghazi tragedy, invoking “Watergate” and the “Iran Contra” scandal, not so subtly suggesting a cover-up of impeachable proportions.

    Our response to this preposterous assault is clear: Hypocrites have no moral or political authority to stand in judgment of Ambassador Susan Rice! We find it utterly incredulous that the Honorable Senators who uncritically supported the war against Iraq, based on inexplicably flawed intelligence or outright deception, could even perk their lips to criticize Ambassador Rice. Who could ever forget President Bush emphatically asserting that the reason for the war was the danger posed to the region, America and the world by Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of weapons of mass destruction? Who could ever forget Cheney and Rice parroting this fallacious proposition and that embarrassing performance by an ill informed Colin Powell before the Security Council of the United Nations?

    read more: http://ibw21.org/hands-off-ambassador-susan-rice/

  • MonieTalks

    So much strength from the family of slain youth Jordan Davis, according to a Jacksonville based television morning anchor who know this decent, close-knit family. Praying for their continued faith.

    1st person: Inside the Jordan Davis tragedy

    …Wednesday night’s memorial service for Jordan Davis was, of course, very sad and full of emotion, but the overall tone was not what many expected. There was not a lot of anger, negativity or any harsh words. Instead, the overwhelming feeling and message was that Jordan’s death should not be in vain.

    Ron Davis is hoping that this tragedy leads to a “butterfly effect.” He told me that if he can just influence one person to stop before they pick up a gun in anger, that maybe they will influence the next person. And so on, and so on, and so on.

    His goal, though only a few days underway, is to stop gun violence.

    Knowing Ron Davis for the last seven years, it was heartbreaking to see him go through something so tragic. He was wearing sunglasses and crying through most of the night. He’s been crying since we first talked on the phone early Saturday morning.

    • GN

      Just can’t even imagine what they’re going through. That family is deep in my prayers.

  • MonieTalks

    I don’t like the tone of this article since it reeks of a double standard we all know too familiar. Beyonce is a wonderful performer who can actually sing, dances and puts on a great show (acting is a different story though). But apparently it is “ego” when she does what (like others pointed out in the comments) Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, or even Madonna does.

    On the Beyonce HBO movie and the tricky business of celebrity brand control

    By Jen Chaney

    Celebrities tend to be self-involved. To some extent, they have to be. When you make a living that focuses largely on your own image and how you present that image to the public, there is a natural tendency to become a bit wrapped up in one’s own uber-glamourous, ultra-famous ego.

    Still, some may feel Beyonce is taking ego to a new level with her upcoming TV movie.

    ….So basically, it’s: “‘Beyonce the Movie,’ starring Beyonce, written and directed by Beyonce, produced by Beyonce, featuring the music of Beyonce and broadcast on HBO, where the B now stands for Beyonce. Note: closed-captioning subtitles also provided by Beyonce.”

    It seems a bit excessive — narcissistic-cessive, perhaps? — even to those who are serious fans of Sasha Fierce. And it raises a question: At what point does a celebrity’s effort to control her own brand start to work against her?

    read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/celebritology/post/on-the-beyonce-hbo-movie-and-the-tricky-business-of-celebrity-brand-control/2012/11/28/6d5d11bc-399a-11e2-a263-f0ebffed2f15_blog.html

    • itgurl_29

      Beyonce is not so much an egomaniac as she is a phony, IMO. I think this HBO film is gonna hurt, rather than help, her image. I didn’t know she was writing and directing it herself. Bad idea. You know she’s not gonna get down to the nitty gritty. She is not gonna talk about her estrangement from her dad or what she really thinks about the industry. It’s not gonna be raw like Madonna’s Truth or Dare. If she didn’t have complete artistic control over the project, it might have been interesting. But Beyonce is not gonna go there on her own and be real. She just can’t. She’s a pageant queen who made it big, not an artist.

    • gc

      And someone explain the creature formerly known as Mel Gibson please? Tom Hanks does it all, but he is…not bl….unacceptable.

    • GN

      I agree; Beyonce has the fanbase who want to see this; why shouldn’t she produce the content that they want (guaranteed that my nephew will be watching; absolute guarantee)? And I’d imagine that egocentrism is a feature of the entertainment industry, not a bug. Let her do her thing; she’s not hurting anyone.

    • “…Note: closed-captioning subtitles also provided by Beyonce.”

      This won’t end well.

  • MonieTalks

    Fiscal cliff crisis: Made in the GOP

    By David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers

    WASHINGTON — Both major political parties may have their fingerprints on long-simmering problems in the federal budget, but just one created the current crisis known as the fiscal cliff.

    Blame them or thank them, it was the Republicans who forced a series of budget moves over the last decade that now are bringing the government to a breaking point that threatens sweeping tax increases and indiscriminate spending cuts that could plunge the country back into recession.

    Part of it was a political gimmick, working the rules of the Senate to push through sweeping tax cuts in a way Republicans later would lambaste when President Barack Obama’s Democrats used the same tactic to enact the new health care law. The legislative gimmick got the tax cuts through Congress, but it made them the first such tax cuts with an expiration date. Those temporary tax cuts are expiring.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/11/29/175922/fiscal-cliff-crisis-made-in-the.html#storylink=cpy

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    This series has been wonderful and informative. thank you

    • Glad you’re enjoying it!

  • rikyrah

    Corbett says he might talk with Kane investigators

    Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday that he probably would agree to meet with investigators as part of state Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane’s promised probe of that office’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case.

    “If I believe it’s a political game, no. If I believe that they want to know exactly what was going on when I was there and my thought process, sure,” Corbett told reporters.

    The topic of Kane’s planned investigation cropped up during a year-end interview of Corbett by reporters from several news organizations.

    Corbett was attorney general when the state took over the investigation of Sandusky in early 2009 and continued through his 2010 election campaign. He had been governor for nearly a year when the ex-Penn State assistant football coach was charged in November 2011.

    The Republican governor’s political adversaries have repeatedly suggested that he stretched out the investigation to ensure that it did not become public during the campaign and — theoretically — prompt Penn State loyalists to vote against him.

    Sandusky, once a nationally renowned sports figure, was convicted in June on 45 counts of sexually abusing boys. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term.

    Kane, who once specialized in child sex-abuse cases as a Lackawanna County prosecutor, vowed to launch an investigation into why it took 33 months to bring Sandusky to justice. She ran on the issue in her campaign to become the state’s first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general.

    Kane, who has not spelled out details about her planned investigation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment relayed Thursday through her campaign spokesman.


  • MonieTalks

    Native Americans To Soon Receive Settlement Checks

    Federal officials are working to send out $1,000 checks in the next few weeks to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. The money stems from a settlement of the Cobell case, a landmark $3.4 billion settlement over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people.

    The case was brought by Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana’s Blackfeet Tribe, and four other Native Americans in 1996.

    On South Dakota’s Native American reservations, reactions are mixed. The checks will help Native Americans deal with the challenges of intense poverty during the cold winter months, but some say the government is still shortchanging those who were cheated out of royalties for decades.

    read more: http://www.npr.org/2012/11/30/166185774/native-americans-to-soon-receive-settlement-checks

    • Guns3000

      Propose everything you want and negotiate down.

  • rikyrah

    Obama offers GOP an ambitious, progressive debt-reduction plan

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:59 AM EST

    President Obama had to endure some deeply unpleasant experiences with Congress over the last couple of years, but the result of the incidents taught him valuable lessons. It’s clear, especially after last year’s debt-ceiling crisis, that the president now knows exactly how to negotiate with reckless, radicalized Republicans.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner presented the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a detailed proposal on Thursday to avert the year-end fiscal crisis with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years, $50 billion in immediate stimulus spending, home mortgage refinancing and a permanent end to Congressional control over statutory borrowing limits.

    The proposal, loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts, met strong Republican resistance. In exchange for locking in the $1.6 trillion in added revenues, President Obama embraced the goal of finding $400 billion in savings from Medicare and other social programs to be worked out next year, with no guarantees.


  • rikyrah

    Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 11/30/2012
    The Morning Plum: Skittish Democrats putting filibuster reform in peril

    By Greg Sargent

    Republicans have threatened all out war in order to block Democratic efforts from reforming the filibuster. But it turns out the real obstacle to changing the Senate rules may be Democrats themselves.

    The problem: Some Dem Senators are leery of changing the filibuster via the “constitutional option,” i.e., a rules change by a simple majority. In one sense, it’s apt that this is what is driving their reluctance: After all, what these Senators are really doing is reinforcing a status quo in which there is no longer majority rule in the Upper Chamber.

    The Hill reports this morning that senators Dianne Feinstein, Mark Pryor, and Carl Levin are uncomfortable with a simple-majority change. Senators Max Baucus and Jack Reed have yet to be persuaded. Senators John Kerry and Jay Rockefeller say they’re undecided but leaning towards a change. Senator-elect Joe Donnelly is uncommitted. Presuming Republicans vote unanimously against any changes, if Harry Reid loses six votes, filibuster reform is toast.


    • jds09

      Feinstein is on my last nerve. Her office will hear from me today.

    • Democrats suck as teammates.

  • rikyrah

    Romney didn’t win the middle class
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:45 AM EST

    It was inevitable that Mitt Romney’s aides, if only to improve their own career prospects, would start pushing back against the notion that the Republican campaign was a failed, poorly-run enterprise. And after a few weeks in which Team Romney has taken a lot of heat in recent weeks, most notably from their allies, former chief strategist Stuart Stevens has become the leading defender.

    So far, it’s off to a rough start. Stevens seemed to brag this week about losing poor, minority voters to President Obama, as if their votes were somehow less important. Alec McGillis labeled it “47 percenterism,” since the attitude is clearly an extension of the haughty elitism that plagued the overall campaign.

    But Tim Noah took this a step further and questioned Stevens’ factual claims. For the Republican strategist, what matters is the fact that Romney won “every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year,” which means “he carried the majority of middle-class voters.”

    Putting aside the fact that nearly half the country makes less $50,000 a year and their votes count, too, Noah notes that the claim itself isn’t quite right.

    [W]here does Stevens get the idea that winning the more clubbable majority of voters earning $50,000 or more means Romney “carried the majority of middle-class voters”? Perhaps from President Obama, who during the election preposterously defined as poor or “middle class” any household earning up to $250,000. But if you follow the lead of Romney adviser Martin Feldstein, who defined as poor or middle class any household earning up to $100,000, then that group went for Obama by a healthy 10-point spread, 54-44 percent. This group represented a hefty 72 percent of the electorate


  • GreenLadyHere


    – —-Here’s HIS SCHEDULE: —President Obama is scheduled to take his tax cut push on the road Friday to Hatfield, Penn, where he will visit toy manufacturer The Rodon Group and deliver remarks. According to the White House, he will “continue making the case for action by visiting a business that depends on middle class consumers during the holiday season, and could be impacted if taxes go up on 98 percent of Americans at the end of the year.”



  • rikyrah

    Collins’ new Rice offensive crumbles
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:57 AM EST

    As part of the larger smear campaign against Susan Rice, most Senate Republicans have focused on Benghazi and the intelligence available four days after the attack. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), however, brought up a new line of criticism this week — by focusing on an old crisis.

    After Rice paid Collins a courtesy visit, the Maine Republican told reporters that Rice served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs when al Qaeda attacked American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania: “What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on those embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department.”

    David Corn reports on just how wrong Collins is.

    [Collins questioned] whether Rice was somehow partially responsible for security failures that led to hundreds of casualties in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania when she was assistant secretary of state for African affairs. Yet State Department reports undermine Collins’ expanded line of attack. […]

    With this remark, Collins was suggesting that Rice had screwed the pooch in 1998. It’s a powerful charge, suggesting Rice’s supposed inaction may have played a role in the deaths of hundreds. But that’s not what a State Department inquiry found.


    • conlakappa

      And for all of the emoprogs who claimed that the “Maine Twins” are a couple of stand-up women, take note. These days, an R is an R is an R.

      • TyrenM

        Right. This chic saw what Maine did to make Snowe quit instead of be primaried and decided to go preemptive teabagger. Ugh.

        • conlakappa

          Even on deaniac’s site, I had that argument with someone. Being pro-choice is the only standard for being progressive still for white women pols. And being anti-rape makes them heroic and freakin’ monuments to justice. Not surprisingly, the hurdle for black pols is higher, whichever the gender.

  • Miranda

    So there is some progressive conference going on now? #roots12 is the hashtag I saw on my timeline…and 1911United is going H.A.M. on them for the lack of diversity!

    read their timeline!

    • GN

      They’re seeing the dirty little secret of the netroots/beltway progressives; they neither have NOR DESIRE extensive participation from people of color. They don’t resemble the Democratic base whatsoever.

      • Miranda

        1911United was in the STREETS. They were out there IN IT, not sitting at home blogging about it and being armchair quarterbacks. They were in the game so they are probably looking at these so-called “progressives” sitting around patting themselves on the back and saying “we are the reason for PBO’s win” and 1911United straight up calling that shit out.

    • qosine

      Org putting on roots12

      New Organizing Institute

      We train organizers to build and manage effective movements by integrating tried-and-true community organizing, cutting-edge digital strategy, and data-driven decision making. We provide free access to revolutionary tools, technologies, and research to help campaigns reach the next level. And we build a community of practice that connects organizers across issues, creating a more integrated, more diverse, and more dynamic movement for change.

      We’re working to produce the best leaders and strongest movements of our generation. We help campaigns win today, while working to build capacity and infrastructure that will allow us to keep winning into the next generation.


      Fiscally Sponsorships!

      Why Be Fiscally Sponsored? Fiscal Sponsorships are arrangements that allow associations or corporations who have yet to receive their 501(c)(3) tax determination from the IRS to indirectly receive donations from foundations and others who are allowed to donate to 501(c)(3) organizations only. A fiscal sponsorship is a way for a group without a 501(c)(3) determination to effectively borrow NOIEF’s 501(c)(3) status! Borrowing our 501(c)(3) status has the potential to open up new sources of funding.

  • MsKitty

    I’m so proud of the young’uns at 1911 United. They get it…

    1911 United ‏@1911united
    #RootsCamp go to the wall & fill out form 4 discussion topic “The Progressive Movement isn’t Racist it has 2 Black Friends” #blackroots12

    1911 United ‏@1911united
    #rootscamp #blackroots12 Where is the diversity? Progressive organizations need to PROGRESS!

    1911 United ‏@1911united
    #rootscamp needs to do more to include minority communities. You can’t stand for them if you can’t stand w/them! #blackroots12

    1911 United ‏@1911united
    #rootscamp #blackroots12. Where are the black leaders? We made America AMERICAN. Now we’re regulated 2 back seat of progressive movement

    • Miranda

      You – Me – like this ><


      (see below) – I just read their timeline, and they are going OFF on the fauxgressives!

    • rikyrah

      these tweets are righeous

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – – -THIS: – – -> – – –1911 United ‏@1911united
      #rootscamp needs to do more to include minority communities. You can’t stand for them if you can’t stand w/them! #blackroots12
      – —

      Thanks 4 THIS INSPIRATION – -MsKitty. :>) Good 2 C U. :>)


    • GN

      1911United was one of the most effective PACs of the campaign cycle in terms of having just a sliver of the resources in comparison with their tangible, measurable impact. As far as I’m concerned, they don’t need beltway progressives or the professional left at all. So inspiring and wonderful, what they did. I’m still overjoyed at seeing how well these brothers organized.

      • Word. They don’t get enough credit, imo. I hope they’ll be on the trail for the 2014 election.

    • THIS! I’m glad we’re not the only ones who sees through the progressive bs.

  • rikyrah


    A REMINDER: Tonight begins the Winter Parking Ban.

    DON’T leave your car out on the marked streets – it will be towed tonight.

  • rikyrah

    Exclusive: The Internal Polls That Made Mitt Romney Think He’d Win
    Noam Scheiber
    It’s no secret that the Romney campaign believed it was headed for victory on Election Day. A handful of outlets have reported that Team Romney’s internal polling showed North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia moving safely into his column and that it put him ahead in a few other swing states. When combined with Ohio, where the internal polling had him close, Romney was on track to secure all the electoral votes he needed to win the White House. The confidence in these numbers was such that Romney even passed on writing a concession speech, at least before the crotchety assignment-desk known as “reality” finally weighed in.

    Less well-known, however, are the details of the polls that led Romney to believe he was so close to the presidency. Which other swing states did Romney believe he was leading in, and by how much? What did they tell him about where to spend his final hours of campaigning? Why was his team so sanguine about its own polling, even though it often parted company with the publicly available data? In an exclusive to The New Republic, a Romney aide has provided the campaign’s final internal polling numbers for six key states, along with additional breakdowns of the data, which the aide obtained from the campaign’s chief pollster, Neil Newhouse. Newhouse himself then discussed the numbers with TNR.

    The numbers include internal polls conducted on Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4, for Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, and New Hampshire. According to Newhouse, the campaign polled daily, then combined the results into two-day averages. The numbers for each day along with the averages are displayed in the chart below, followed by the actual result in each state:


    November 30, 2012

    • rikyrah


      This was just the last person to take Willard’s money. they just gave him what he wanted to hear. …


    • gc

      Thanks. I was weary of the meme that Romney is rue he is going to win because They Will Steal the Election. It was a big, stinking cauldron of rationale and bullshit.

    • GN

      How many times during the lead up to the election did the beltway media assure us that “both campaigns” “genuinely” believed that they were going to win. I’m sorry, but I call bullshit. I don’t believe that Romney, Rove, etc. couldn’t see that they were losing; I think that they took a lot of people’s money, people who would be angry upon knowing that the campaign was well aware that the boat was sinking but took donations anyway.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — ***sigh*** LETTUCE – -ENJOY THIS LAFF. – – —

    — —Thirty-Six Congressional Republicans (And Counting) Have Distanced Themselves From Norquist’s Pledge

    – —Every day, more Republicans in Congress are backing away from Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquit’s anti-tax pledge. For more than 20 years, the pledge, which stipulates that those who sign will never — under any circumstance — vote to raise taxes while in Congress, has virtually been a requirement for Congressional Republicans. According to ATR, just 16 of the 234 House Republicans and 6 of the 45 Senate Republicans that comprise the 113th Congress did not sign the pledge.

    However, the pledge may not have the staying power it once did. As of this writing, more than a dozen House Republicans — including Majority Leader Eric Cantor — and 10 GOP senators have distanced themselves from the pledge to one degree or another. Here are just a few examples or what members had to say:

    – –SNIP —

    — -– Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN): “Well, I’m not obligated on the pledge. I made Tennesseans aware, I was just elected, that the only thing I’m honoring is the oath I take when I’m sworn in this January.”

    – — 2 REACTIONS: – –

    – -☻ -COMMENT: – –Rip Arrowood
    Too many weasel words in what those folks had to say...if the tide were to turn, they’d be licking Norquist’s boots as soon as they could get on their knees.


    – –☻ — ACTIONS – – -SPEAK — LOUDER – -THAN – –WEASEL WORDS!! – – -HAH!

    • conlakappa

      Whatever the weasel words, I bet G.Nord is feeling like a $5 ho.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY conlakappa :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — – -LOL – –***fist bump***- — – -Annnd THAT INCLUDED- –

        –a TIP!!. LOL – –

        He’s – -bein’ JACKED 2 DA MAX!! – – –HAH! – –

        Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>)

      • Admiral_Komack

        …but enough about Jane Hamsher…

        • conlakappa


          Do you ever leave the bad chair/lounge/building?!

        • Miranda


  • Miranda

    Humanity’s Most Divisive President Set To Be First Since Eisenhower To Get Over 51% Of the Vote Twice

    Humanity’s most divisive figure, Barack Hussein Obama (even his name is divisive-ish!!), is set to become the first president since Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to win over 51% of the popular vote twice. The Great Divider is currently at 50.9% of the popular vote, and his lead continues to expand as results are still being tallied.

    This obviously leaps past George W. Bush, who didn’t even win the popular vote the first time, and it also beats out Bill Clinton, who never made it past a plurality. Obama’s achievement even squeaks past Ronald Reagan, who only won 50.7% of the vote in 1980

    more here: http://www.thedailydolt.com/2012/11/29/historys-most-divisive-president-also-the-first-since-eisenhower-to-get-over-51-of-the-vote-twice/

    • conlakappa

      Duh, you start doling out gifts to your blacks, browns, gays, poors, and your broads and this is what it will get you. Free phones, Nuva rings, and food stamps for e’erybody!!

  • Miranda

    Oh….so NOW you want it removed?? LOL, so now you wanna pretend like Romney has no class huh? MOFO PLEASE!

    Man with Romney-Ryan face tattoo wants it removed

    Eric Hartsburg, the Indiana man who made headlines after he tattooed his face with the Romney-Ryan campaign logo now says he was want to remove the tattoo.

    The 30-year-old had refused an initial proposal from tattoo removal chain DR. TATTOFF, who offered to remove his face-tattoo for free, but he will now fly out to Los Angeles for consultation to remove the tattoo in a process that could take up to a year.

    Hartsburg said he came to the decision to remove the tattoo because of Mitt Romney’s post election antics.

    more here

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — UH! OH! — -LOL – – -“The AXE” — -took a 2nd –“bite of da apple”[Re: His moustache] –so 2 speak — -LOL – –

    – – –Axelrod Will Shave His Mustache – –

    – – —David Axelrod said he would shave his mustache if one of Joe Scarborough’s election predictions came true: That Mitt Romney would win either Pennsylvania, Michigan or Minnesota.

    Obama won all three states, but USA Today reports Axelrod also said he would submit to a shave if Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski raised more than $1 million for Axelrod’s charity, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy — and they did.

    The shearing will take place Dec. 7 on Morning Joe.

    Good 4 the CHARITY: -Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy —. :>)

    • conlakappa

      I’d be sure those checks are cashed before picking up any razor, Axe.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – – -conlakappa – — ***fist bump*** – – -CHECK! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — -***fist bump** on THIS! – – -DEY AIN’T foolin’ NOBODY!!- -humph! –

    —-Faking Me Out?

    — — I’m trying not to think too hard about this. Is it double reverse psychology? If the Republicans truly want John Kerry to leave the Senate to serve as the next Secretary of State, surely they know that saying as much only makes that outcome less likely, right? This is especially true when it is coupled with unfair attacks against UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Speaking just for me, I originally wanted Kerry to get the job, but I am now feeling like it should go to Rice. The only reason I feel that way is because I don’t want the Republicans to be rewarded for their bad behavior or for Rice to lose out on a post she’s earned and that she was otherwise going to get. Are the Republicans smart enough to know that Democrats will respond to their antics in this way? Are we being played into abandoning Kerry? Despite all their words of support, are the Republicans looking to screw their colleague from Massachusetts?

    No. I don’t think they are that clever. I think they just don’t like Susan Rice. Why ever could that be?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – —HAH! – – -CONTINUIN’ — -GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS!! — – -:>)

    — – –Sorry, Republicans, But the Economy Keeps Growing – –

    — – –I’m sure this is a massive conspiracy by the Obama administration that demands portly Dean Chambers to unskew it, but here you go:

    The economy grew at a substantially faster pace in the third quarter than first thought, powered by increases in business inventories and federal spending.

    After initially saying output increased at an annual rate of 2 percent, the Commerce Department on Thursday revised its estimate to show growth of 2.7 percent in the three months that ended Sept. 30.

    Republicans hate this. – — –LOL


    4! — MORE! YEARS!! — -Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • Miranda

    Here we go….the media lynching of this dead child has begun. SMH

    Friend in vehicle with Jordan Davis arrested for burglary last year

    • GN

      It’s so utterly despicable that they would seek to smear a dead kid in service of psychotic, depraved adult murderers that it’s beyond words. And they don’t care about how much this stuff hurts the parents either. Things haven’t changed at all since the time of the Central Park Jogger hysteria in terms of how black and brown kids’ lives are totally devalued.

  • Miranda

    Who gives a eff bout their being unhappy? I know I don’t.

    Republicans Unhappy With Latest Fiscal Cliff Talks

    • qosine

      Their unhappy makes me very happy (whistles cheerfully)

    • malletgirl02

      They are unhappy, because Obama called them out, and they finally have to explain what they will cut.

      • conlakappa

        And an 8-page plan with 4 pages of graphs just won’t work any more.

  • GreenLadyHere


    Annnd the USUAL – -“I LOVE U. – – –I LOVE U BACK, :>)” – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Dear Sepia: – –THANK U -AGAIN 4 THIS — -INSPIRIN’ SERIES. . :>)

    – – – -THIS: – –> Since then, Sharp has released limited bottlings of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Danny Glover Vineyard (yes, the famous actor, who was, at that time, Sharp’s neighbor).

    Annnd — -> By the way, each vineyard is named after the Sharp grandchildren.

    – – -A —FIRST!: – –The Sharp Cellars 2001 Hailey’s Creek Zinfandel won the Double Gold Medal and took Best of Class honors at the prestigious Taster’s Guild Consumer Wine Judging. This was especially significant, as Vance is African-American, and the first African-American owned winery to receive such an honor.

    Annnd THIS – — – -> On June 6th it was served at a Presidential Dinner in The Blue Room of The White House in celebration of Black Music Month.

    – – -***breathless!** — –***inspiring!*** – -***knowledge-filled!*** —

    THANK U Sepia. :>) B BLESSED. :>) — –

    • Thanks for the toast, GLH! Glad you’re enjoying the series. 🙂

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia —-There’s NO STOPPIN’ HER! – –She is –FIERCE –on 2-day’s UN UPGRADE: – – –

    — – –Ambassador Susan Rice’s reaction to Palestine’s upgraded status at the UN – –

    – – —she mad.– -:>)

    THANK U — -Ambassador DR. SUSAN E. RICE. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — –Sombody betta hollar at him! LOL :>) —

    —- –Cory Booker for Senate? — –

    – – – –Considering that a recent poll shows Chris Christie trouncing Cory Booker in next year’s New Jersey gubernatorial race, the U.S. Senate might be a path of lesser resistance for Booker, especially with poll numbers like this:

    By a 59% to 22% margin Democrats say they would prefer their candidate in 2014 be Booker than Lautenberg. And Booker emerges as the strong favorite in an open seat situation too. 48% would want Booker as their candidate compared to 17% for Rob Andrews and 13% for Frank Pallone, both Congressmen who have shown an interest in moving up.

    Booker could practically start moving into his Capitol Hill office now. And even though being governor is a smoother path to the presidency, the Senate isn’t such a bad Plan B.

    – – –CORY! – — -CORY! – – – -CORY! – —Shovelin’ SNOW – – —RESCUIN’ people from a BURNIN’ BUILDING annnnd/or — –EATING -4 a WEEK — – USING – -FOOD STAMPS – —-DOES NOT a GOVERNOR MAKE!

    – -‘Kaaaay???? – –***shakin’ my head*** :>) —

  • creolechild

    Five Words and Phrases Progressives Should Never Say Again

    [….] Democrats need a handbook of our own….Start by never saying any of the following five words or phrases again.

    1. Never say Entitlements. Instead, say Earned Benefits.[….]
    2. Never say Redistribution of Wealth. Instead, say Fair Wages For Work.[….]
    3. Never say Employer Paid Health Insurance. Instead, say Employee-Earned Health Insurance.[….]
    4. Never say Government Spending. Instead, call it Taxpayer Investment in America.[….]
    5. Never say Corporate America. Instead, refer to them as Unelected Corporate Government.[….]

    [….] Progressives have magnificent stories of their own to tell. They need to be telling them nonstop…..Let’s start doing that by cha[n]ging the way we frame the above five concepts when we talk to our friends, neighbors, and colleagues, or when we’re interacting with people online about our political views. The more we repeat the progressive frames: Earned Benefits, Fair Wages for Work, Employee-Earned Health Insurance, Taxpayer Investment in America, and Unelected Corporate Government, the more “mainstream” those terms will become.

    And the more mainstream they become, the more they’ll be accepted as truisms (which they legitimately are). And when the populace accepts the truth that programs people pay into, such as Social Security and Medicare, are earned benefits, the easier it will be to get good legislation written to protect them, and the harder it will become for the right to convince people they ought to be destroyed.

    Read more: http://www.winningwordsproject.com/five_words_and_phrases_democrats_should_never_say_again

    H/T Jill Klausen

  • creolechild

    NYC Fast-Food Workers Walk Out, Demand Right To Unionize, Higher Wages Posted on 2012/11/30

    Fast food companies offer low wages and limited hours. Most don’t offer benefits to employees, and job security is low. In spite of all of this, the fast food industry is nearly union-free, and walk-outs and protests are rare. However, at 6:30 a.m. this Thursday, on November 29th, New York City workers from dozens of stores joined together for a one-day strike. Workers came from McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s, KFC, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and Papa John’s, with the majority of protesters being workers from McDonald’s. According to The New York Times, more than 200 fast food workers went on strike throughout the city. Their primary complaint is clear: money.[….]

    [….] Forbes lists fast food employees as the lowest paid workers in the workforce. This is confirmed by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, where data shows that ”Combined Food Service and Preparation Workers, Including Fast Food” jobs are the lowest paying jobs in New York City. By contrast, the National Employment Law Project shows that McDonald’s profits have grown by 130 percent in the last four years.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/11/30/nyc-fast-food-workers-walk-out-demand-right-to-unionize-higher-wages/

    H/T Tiffany Willis

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -Here is MR. PRESIDENT – -in “TOYLAND” -LOL – –

    Pres. Obama in PA to Discuss Middle Class Tax Cuts – —

    – – – – Montgomery County, PA
    Friday, November 30, 2012

    President Obama traveled to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Friday to remark on his plan to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

    The event is part of the White House’s effort to get public support for the President’s proposal, which would end the Bush-era income tax cuts on income of $250,000 and above.

    House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said there has been little progress so far towards an agreement. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and others were also on Capitol Hill yesterday to meet with congressional leadership.

    – – — -THANK U 4 your -LEADERSHIP – –MR. PRESIDENT :>)- –

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    And a child shall lead them….

  • creolechild

    What do you whiners think about Tim Geithner now?

    [….] Apparently he was the one chosen by the President to take his budget proposal to the Republicans in Congress. Here’s what we know about what was included:

    End the Bush tax cuts for income over $250,000
    Raise tax rates on dividends and capital gains
    Reform the tax code to raise an additional $600 million in revenue
    Reform the alternative minimum tax
    Extend small business tax breaks
    Return the estate tax to 2009 levels
    Unspecified cuts to non-entitlement mandatory spending
    $25 billion in additional stimulus spending over the next 6 years (basically funding the unpassed portions of the American Jobs Act)
    Expand funding for unemployment insurance
    Extend the payroll tax for one year
    A government mortgage re-financing plan
    An end to Congressional approval of debt ceiling increases[….]

    Read more: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/11/what-do-you-whiners-think-about-tim.html

    H/T Smartypants

  • creolechild

    In her remarks Ms. Solis stated, “They know that we are here supporting them on behalf of the administrations of Barack Obama.”

    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Visits Day Laborers Working in Sandy Relief [Video]

    From video description on YouTube: via National Day Laborer Organizing Network On November 29th, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis visited El Centro in Staten Island to see the day laborer reconstruction efforts after Hurricane Sandy. She expressed her support for their sacrifice and contribution as they work to rebuild their communities.[….]

    Click on link to view video: http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/11/labor_secretary_hilda_solis_visits_day_laborers_working_in_sandy_relief_video.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+racewireblog+%28ColorLines%29

    H/T Jorge Rivas

  • creolechild

    Latest Sanction Against BP Goes Beyond Gulf Spill

    When the Obama administration temporarily banned BP from federal contracts Wednesday, it pointed to BP’s ” lack of business integrity ” and conduct relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. [….]The sanction, however, has been years in the making.[….] But the broad sanctions announced Wednesday target the BP corporation writ large — the British-based parent company and 21 international subsidiaries are included — and reflect a mistrust for BP’s operations that has been growing over more than a decade.

    In this case, experts close to the case say, the timing of the government’s announcement was significant. It came just hours before the government sold new rights to drill in the Gulf of the Mexico and seems intended to prevent BP, the largest leaseholder in the Gulf, from expanding its operations there until all of its problems are resolved.[….]

    While the EPA is the lead agency, its debarment decision affects the Department of Interior and Department of Defense, among other agencies. BP is among the U.S.’s largest corporate contractors and supplies more than $1 billion a year worth of fuel to the military. The temporary suspension order issued Wednesday is the first step in a still-to-be-made decision about whether BP should be formally debarred, or banned entirely from contracts for a specified length of time.[….]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/environment/latest-sanction-against-bp-goes-beyond-gulf-spill

    H/T Abrahm Lustgarten

  • creolechild

    Senate rejects Inhofe’s anti-biofuels amendment because it’s dumb

    If Pavlov’s research was correct, you should be rolling your eyes right now. Inhofe. Eye roll. If for some reason you aren’t rolling your eyes, perhaps you don’t know enough about him.[….]Inhofe’s stock in trade is climate change denialism. Representing the oil-friendly state of Oklahoma, it’s no surprise.

    [….] The Senate voted yesterday 62-37 to remove Inhofe’s anti-biofuel amendment from the National Defense Authorization Act, with nine Republicans joining the Democratic majority. Said Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.):[….] Or, to put it more bluntly, as Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) did: “Is Big Oil calling the shots here?” In a dark corner of Washington, Big Oil shuffled its feet nervously and checked its watch. And in his office on Capitol Hill, Sen. Inhofe stamped his feet and wailed, his favorite toy having been taken away.

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/senate-rejects-inhofes-anti-biofuels-amendment-because-its-dumb/

    H/T Philip bump

  • This is what the Sole Patrol should be talking about.

    Obama resolves to fill judgeships
    Nearly 1 in 11 seats is open across the country
    6:31 AM, Nov 30, 2012

    WASHINGTON — Buoyed by re-election, President Barack Obama is determined to make his mark on the federal judiciary after years of seeing nominees delayed or derailed by Senate Republicans.

    To which those same Senate Republicans say: Good luck with that.

    The latest battle in what has become a protracted war over federal judges focuses on 19 men and women whose nominations have been pending in the Senate for an average of eight months.

    Republicans declined to confirm any of them during the presidential election. Senate Republicans say the nominations will see a similar fate in the lame-duck session of the outgoing Congress.

    MORE: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20121130/NEWS07/311300039/Obama-resolves-to-fill-judgeships

  • creolechild

    ‘Santa’ Showers $100 Bills On Storm-Hit N.J., N.Y.

    A wealthy Missouri man posing as “Secret Santa” stunned New Yorkers, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy. The Kansas City businessman is giving away $100,000 this holiday season, and spent the day in New Jersey and New York giving away thousands. But he says money is not the issue.

    “The money is not the point at all,” said the anonymous benefactor on Thursday as he walked up to surprised Staten Island residents and thrust crisp bills into their hands. “It’s about the random acts of kindness. I’m just setting an example, and if 10 percent of the people who see me emulate what I’m doing, anybody can be a Secret Santa!”[….]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/11/30/santa-showers-100-bills-on-storm-hit-n-j-n-y/

  • Complaints Aside, Most Face Lower Tax Burden Than in 1980


    But in fact, most Americans in 2010 paid far less in total taxes — federal, state and local — than they would have paid 30 years ago. According to an analysis by The New York Times, the combination of all income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes took a smaller share of their income than it took from households with the same inflation-adjusted income in 1980.

    Households earning more than $200,000 benefited from the largest percentage declines in total taxation as a share of income. Middle-income households benefited, too. More than 85 percent of households with earnings above $25,000 paid less in total taxes than comparable households in 1980.

    Lower-income households, however, saved little or nothing. Many pay no federal income taxes, but they do pay a range of other levies, like federal payroll taxes, state sales taxes and local property taxes. Only about half of taxpaying households with incomes below $25,000 paid less in 2010.

    The uneven decline is a result of two trends. Congress cut federal taxation at every income level over the last 30 years. State and local taxes, meanwhile, increased for most Americans. Those taxes generally take a larger share of income from those who make less, so the increases offset more and more of the federal savings at lower levels of income.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/us/most-americans-face-lower-tax-burden-than-in-the-80s.html?hp&pagewanted=print&_r=0

  • CandaceTX Candace Brown 2h
    Business owner puts up banner saying Obama can “kiss [his] ass” because he built his business without govt help.SEE PIC pic.twitter.com/khcuTTZo

    • conlakappa

      He looks right smug, doesn’t he? Panderer.

  • These heartless mofos right here. I wonder what Gov. Christie will say about this?

    Republicans Say They Expect Spending Offsets for Sandy Disaster Aid
    By Kerry Young and Niels Lesniewski
    Roll Call Staff Nov. 29, 2012, 1:16 p.m.

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, signaling that Republicans may revive last year’s battles over offsets to disaster aid relief, says he expects that any package to help Northeast states hit by the superstorm Sandy will have to including matching cuts in spending elsewhere in the federal budget.

    “We always help communities during disasters,” he said Wednesday after having met earlier in the day with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is pushing for quick passage of an aid package. “The difference you have got now is that it is going to have to be offset.”

    […] Lawmakers are waiting to see how much the White House will seek for an initial disaster relief package to aid communities hard-hit by Sandy, which devastated portions of coastal New Jersey and metropolitan New York City. Officials from the region said in meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that they want the White House to seek an $80 billion aid package for the region.

    MORE: http://www.rollcall.com/news/republicans_say_they_expect_spending_offsets_for_sandy_disaster_aid-219509-1.html?pg=1

    • rikyrah

      AND so many of these mofos are from states that GET MORE FROM THE GOVERMENT THAN THEY PUT IN…..

      which also drives me nuts.

      • GN

        Yup, meanwhile New Jersey and New York get only a fraction of what we send into the federal government. Amazing how little this is discussed.

        • Miranda

          NY and NJ’s Senators need to tell Saxby Chambliss “mofo shit don’t need to be offset, we’ll just take the money WE provide for your brokeass state, which would be Mississippi’s footstool if not for Atlanta. F U”

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – –LOL – –COMEDIC TRUTH. LOL – —

    – – –Cartoons of the Day- Mitch Goes To Lunch

    – – — — I’m –LUVIN’ IT!! – -LOL – –:>)

  • U.S. condemns Israel’s settlement expansion plan in Jerusalem, West Bank
    By Barak Ravid | Nov.30, 2012 | 8:47 PM

    The U.S on Friday condemned the Israeli decision to build 3,000 new homes in the settlements, which came as a response to the UN vote to upgrade Palestine’s status to a non-member observer state.

    “These actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or achieve a two-state solution,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. “We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlement activity and East Jerusalem construction and announcements.”

    “Direct negotiations remain our goal and we encourage all parties to take steps to make that goal easier to achieve,” the White House spokesman said.

    Earlier Friday, a senior diplomatic source told Haaretz that Netanyahu ordered 3,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to the source, Israel also plans to advance long-frozen plans for the E1 area, which covers an area that links the city of Jerusalem with the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.

    MORE: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-condemns-israel-s-settlement-expansion-plan-in-jerusalem-west-bank.premium-1.481706

  • rikyrah

    If anyone here watches Vampire Diaires,

    Please explain to me what the hell ‘ Elena is sired to Damon’ means.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – –***sigh*** —-Sorry. Jus’ UPDATIN’: – – – -***eye roll*** —

    Manning Finally Testifies: I Felt Stuck in ‘Animal Cage’ – —

    – — Bradley Manning acknowledges that he acted weirdly in detention—but that was thanks to “sheer out-of-my-mind boredom,” he said yesterday in a pretrial hearing. The soldier accused of passing volumes of classified material to WikiLeaks gave his first testimony yesterday after being held for more than 900 days. As he spoke, he smiled, twisted his swivel chair, and occasionally interrupted his lawyer, the Los Angeles Times reports. His lawyers are hoping for a dismissal of charges on the grounds that he was confined under illegal conditions. – – –
    ENUFF! – – —

    They shoulda given him some – –“WIKI-LEAKS” 2 READ! – – -HAH!! —

    • Alma98

      Hey GLH how are you today? Manning is a spoiled brat if this were a soldier of color we wouldn’t have all this hollering. If this had been my husband he would be under the brig.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma – —Pretty good – -THANK U. :>)- –

        – — – – -***fist bump*** – – – -U! – -KNOW! – -IT! – – -geesh!!!

        – – -DA – – -PROTECTION of da COMPLEXION
        –In FULL force!! -humph!!- – –

        • Alma98

          ***fist bump***

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – —Alma. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        Totally! The PL whining over this little pissant makes me livid.

      • conlakappa

        And reminded, “you got something to sleep on, right? Three hots?” On the days I drive to work, the ride home includes passing a “Free Bradley Manning” banner on the lawn. Haven’t seen the inhabitants yet but it’s outside a 4-story brownstone. Privilege has its privileges, I guess.

  • Miranda

    No mofo, having two adopted African-American daughters does not give you cover for this bullshit.

    Writer defends tattoo criticism of QB

    Colin Kaepernick‘s arms are full of tattoos. This apparently ensures that the San Francisco quarterback can never be a legitimate hero for the NFL — or even the 49ers.

    That’s what it may sound like AOL Fanhouse’s David Whitley thinks, at least. The columnist penned a controversial piece on Thursday centered entirely on Kaepernick’s ink.

    “NFL quarterback is the ultimate position of influence and responsibility,” he writes. “He is the CEO of a high-profile organization, and you don’t want your CEO to look like he just got paroled.”

    Whitley tried to cloak his criticisms underneath a disdain for tattoos.

    more here

    • Alma98

      It’s amazing how people who are married to poc or adopt children of color think they have no racial bias. If he didn’t have a racist bone in his body why did he feel the need to mention his daughters. GOOHWTBS!

      • conlakappa

        He wanted to demonstrate he has two black friends? He has taken a black hair care class so you know he’s down?

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon pou fam, it’s dreary outside so I brought my own sun.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – —-CONGRATULATIONS — – -2 the – -“KING of POPS” –:>) — –

    – – – – –Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ turns 30 – -[Released 30 years ago on Nov. 30, 1982] – —

    — – —It’s still memorable enough to get people to the dance floor — and has spawned any number of imitations.

    But many music fans might forget that the title track to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” wasn’t the first single released from the album, which was released 30 years ago Friday.

    In fact, it was the final single from the project. The first was “The Girl Is Mine,” a duet Jackson did with Paul McCartney. It wasn’t as well received as later hits like “Billie Jean,” “Human Nature,” “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Starting Something.”

    Quincy Jones produced “Thriller” and says he gave Jackson a nickname while they worked on the project: “smelly.” The story went that it was because Jackson would go for several straight days in the studio without bathing. But Jones says he gave Jackson the nickname because the singer would use “smelly” as a substitute for funky — because he thought funky sounded too much like profanity.

    -☻ – –Michael Jackson Thriller HD — –

    – – –☻ – –“Thriller” (original upload) [1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice! ]

    – – — DEAR MICHAEL: – – -We LOVE U♥. :>) – -U WILL ALWAYS B – -IN OUR♥ – – -RIHEP -AMEN.

    • Alma98

      I’ve been listening to MJ music all week.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -Good on U. :>) – – -It NEVA GETS OLD! :>)

        Good 2 C U Alma. :>) – —

  • rikyrah

    Hula Hooping while doing the Cha Cha slide


    • Cute!

      I can’t hula hoop to save my life! #POUConfessions

      • Aquagranny911

        Raises hand! You are not alone!

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court does not take up gay marriage cases today – —

    • Alma98

      Somehow PBO will be blamed for this.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma – – – – -***fist bump*** —OF COURSE! :>)

        – – -DA BLAH MAN – – – -DID IT! :>)

      • TyrenM

        Rachel freakout at 8:01 (Central Time) Monday night.

  • rikyrah

    Chernynkaya @Chernynkaya GOP Furious That Obama Is Acting Like He Won The Election nationalmemo.com/gop-furious-th…

  • And this is why you can’t trust Clintonistas…

    digby ‏@digby56
    It never failis. Rendell is on TV undermining the negotiations. “The president is committed to even more spending cuts.”

    • MsKitty

      Fam, get the bail money ready. Next time I see this mofo in Center City I’m kicking him in the balls.

      • Miranda

        Oh dang! Alright! I will put money on the books for ya so you can get some converse and Reese’s Cups for snacks from the jail store!

      • Aquagranny911

        Give him an extra one from me! I will definitely go your bail.

      • TyrenM

        I got 5 on it.

    • Daltex82

      I can’t stand his ass. I literally cringe whenever I see him on Rev. Al’s show. I was so hoping after the election we would not see him (along with a few others) again. MSNBC loves keeping the shyt starters around.

  • rikyrah

    Spread this:

    – Barack Obama is the first Democratic President to win 2 terms with over 50% of the vote since FDR!

    – And, he is the first President of either party to win 2 terms with at least 51% of the vote since Dwight Eisenhower!

    Historic Presidency, indeed.

  • rikyrah

    Greg Sargent @ThePlumLineGS Obama’s message to GOP in PA today: We don’t need to play on your turf. You need to play on ours: wapo.st/Tr8ZF2

    • conlakappa

      Who”s going to check me?

  • Miranda

    I saw this in comments on mediaite…totally cracks me up.

    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s campaign has directed $134.2 million to political firms with business ties to his senior staff, spotlighting the tightknit nature of his second presidential bid and the staggering sums being spent in this election.

    Nine firms that are run by, or recently employed, top Romney aides have received almost a third of the $435.8 million that Romney’s campaign and a related fundraising committee have spent on operating expenses through Oct. 17, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of federal election finance reports.

    President Obama’s reelection campaign and a joint fundraising committee have paid about $5.8 million in consulting fees to companies with business ties to senior strategists, according to the finance reports.

    Mitts’ own campaign paid out $134 million dollars to consultants compared to $6 mil by PBO’s campaign.


    • rikyrah




      Ok, I’ve caught my breath, now.

      It was one HUGE GRIFT.

      From beginning to end.

      Willard was one big long con for them.


      134 to 6

      134 to 6

      But, Willard was oh so ready to be President of the United States, because he was a rich, White businessman.

      134 – 6


  • GreenLadyHere


    – –Muslim brothers put NFL on hold, travel to Mecca – —

    – – –Put simply, this is just another striving, improbable, poetic American Dream story: How a family, venerating work and education, traveled from South Central LA to settle in Spielberg Americana in the shadow of the soaring San Bernardino Mountains—a family with not one but two brothers recruited to play Division I football at Washington State University, followed even more notably by NFL careers.

    But this story has taken many more remarkable turns. Thursday on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams, correspondent Mary Carillo told the story of Husain and Hamza Abdullah, who, at their athletic peak … associated with America’s most glamorous, most popular sport … walked away, for the glory of God.

    – –SNIP – —
    “We’ve been playing football since we were 8 years old,” Husain Abdullah told Carillo, “from Pop Warner to high school, and to college, and into the NFL. And although we’re knocking down all these barriers, doing things that people said you can’t do, all of a sudden, it was like there’s more to life than this. There’s more. And we had to go for it.”

    Click here to read more on the Abdullah brothers.

    – – – – -BEST WISHES. :>) – –

  • rikyrah

    Feeling Our Oats, Can’t Stop the Party

    by BooMan
    Fri Nov 30th, 2012 at 12:37:21 PM EST

    Here’s the thoroughly dishonest Conn Carroll’s fairly accurate depiction of Tim Geithner’s proposal to the Republican leadership:

    1. An immediate $1 trillion tax hike through higher top marginal income tax rates as well as higher taxes on both capital gains and dividends.
    2. An agreement to raise $600 billion more in taxes later this year by limiting tax deductions for top earners.
    3. $50 billion in new infrastructure stimulus spending.
    4. Another “emergency” extension of unemployment benefits.
    5. An extension of either the payroll tax cut or the reinstatement of Obama’s stimulus Making Work Pay tax credit.
    6. A mortgage refinancing program.
    7. Billions in new spending to prevent cuts to Medicare reimbursement payments for doctors.
    8. An infinite debt limit hike

    Mr. Carroll says that the Republicans should respond by simply giving up on any pretense of trying to avoid the fiscal cliff. They should just go home, enjoy the holidays, and wait for the Obama administration to grow up. Charles Krauthammer basically concurs, comparing Geithner’s terms to General Grant’s at Appomattox. Of course, General Lee didn’t have the option of walking away at Appomattox. Much like Mitt Romney and the Republicans, General Lee and his Confederate Army were defeated.

    It doesn’t sound like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans on following Carroll and Krauthammer’s advice, however. He wants to lock in cuts to entitlements.


    So, McConnell should probably start a tour of the country so he can take his case for raising the eligibility age of Social Security and Medicare to the people. While he’s at it, he can explain how “changes in CPI” means smaller Social Security checks for everyone.

    It’s time for the Republicans to sell their plan to the people. They might like it better than gonorrhea!!


  • rikyrah

    November 30, 2012 9:58 AM
    Who’s “Serious” Now?

    By Ed Kilgore

    The President’s formal opening offer on a fiscal deal to avoid year-end appropriations sequestrations and a full expiration of the Bush tax cuts hit Capitol Hill last night, and congressional Republicans are outraged that he offered pretty much what he’s been publicly saying he’d offer from the moment the talks began. Indeed, the offer is thought to be a “slap in the face” because it did not include the concessions Republicans have been demanding for moving even an inch on taxes, most notably highly specific spending cut proposals that could give bipartisan cover to the GOP’s most avaricious dreams.

    In terms of the thinking at the White House, it seems Ezra Klein has nailed it again:

    Perhaps the key lesson the White House took from the last couple of years is this: Don’t negotiate with yourself. If Republicans want to cut Medicare, let them propose the cuts. If they want to raise revenue through tax reform, let them identify the deductions. If they want deeper cuts in discretionary spending, let them settle on a number. And, above all, if they don’t like the White House’s preferred policies, let them propose their own. That way, if the White House eventually does give in and agree to some of their demands, Republicans will feel like they got one over on the president. A compromise isn’t measured by what you offer, it’s measured by what the other side feels they made you concede.

    The GOP is right: This isn’t a serious proposal. But it’s not evidence that Obama isn’t serious. He’s very serious about not negotiating with himself, and his opening bid proves it. Now that they’ve leaked his initial offer, the next question is obvious: What’s their offer

    Answering that question is problematic, for the very interesting reason that what Republicans want most—benefit cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, and if possible Social Security—is what they want least to identify themselves with in any kind of public way.


    • conlakappa

      Sounds like Michael Corleone’s offer to Sen. Geary, doesn’t it?

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    Transformation vs. Restoration: Which Political Position Will Prevail?
    By Ronald Brownstein

    Updated: November 21, 2012 | 11:09 a.m.

    And yet, what historians are likely to most remember about this campaign is what it revealed about the evolving nature of the country itself and how the parties are positioning themselves against those dynamics. Above all, this was a year when it became clear that, in a time of hurtling change, the two parties now represent a Coalition of Transformation and a Coalition of Restoration.


    Obama’s choices undoubtedly contributed to his historically weak showing among older- and blue-collar whites. Yet, with those voters stampeding toward the GOP, Obama won reelection behind a much more ideologically unified coalition than Democrats usually assemble; according to exit polls, four-fifths of his voters, for instance, said they supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Notably, in the exit polls, most Hispanics and African-Americans also said they supported gay marriage. All this means that, compared to even President Clinton’s era, the Democrats are now operating with a largely coherent Coalition of Transformation that will allow (and even pressure) them to align more unreservedly with the big cultural and demographic forces remaking America.

    For better or worse, this election more clearly stamped the Republicans as a Coalition of Restoration, overwhelmingly dependent on the votes of whites unsettled by those changes. After Obama’s victory, conservative grandees such as Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly portrayed the election as something like the Alamo, with true Americans overrun by hordes of benefit-grubbing minorities and young people. “We are outnumbered,” Limbaugh despaired. Romney capped this keening last week with his postelection diatribe to donors about Obama’s “gifts”–possibly the bitterest screed from a loser since Richard Nixon declared, “You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore” after he lost California’s 1962 governor’s race.

    Romney’s remarks weren’t just sour grapes; they reflect a widespread fear among the Right that a heavily nonwhite class of “takers” will vote itself ever-expanding benefits at the expense of mostly white “makers.” Romney earlier expressed that conviction in his broadside against the “47 percent,” and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan has made similar arguments for years. Yuval Levin (identified this week by David Brooks as one of the Right’s “two or three most influential young writers”) recently described Democrats as “an incoherent amalgam of interest groups … vying for benefits … at the expense of other Americans.”

    These comments reveal a profound sense of demographic retreat on the Right that makes explicit the sub rosa implications of the tea party’s 2010 cry to “take back our country.” To the extent that longing means restoring the political dominance of married, churchgoing white families, the most important message of 2012 is that those days are gone. As if with a cannon burst, this election announced the arrival of a reconfigured America. Led by Romney, many in the GOP have responded by raging against it. It’s just a guess, but responding to the needs of this emerging Next America might prove a more profitable long-term strategy.