September 2, 2014

Friday Open Thread: Legendary HBCU Coaches

Its Friday Bay-bee-BAY-BAY!

No list of great coaches could be complete without the one and only Eddie Robinson.

For 56 years, Coach Rob, as he is affectionately known, was the head coach at Grambling State University and during that time established himself as the winningest coach in college football history. Robinson retired with a record of 408 wins, 165 losses and 15 ties.

He was born in Jackson, but moved to Baton Rouge at the age of six.  A graduate of McKinley High School (1937), he played quarterback for the legendary coach Reuben S. Turner at Leland College in Baker, LA, where  he earned his Bachelors degree.  He was hired to teach and coach at the Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute, now Grambling State University, in 1941.  He went on to earn a Masters degree from the University of Iowa in 1954.   He began his Grambling State career in 1941 and retired in 1997.

Among the “firsts” on his record is the first U.S. Collegiate Football Game (vs. Morgan State University) played in Japan, the Pioneer Bowl in Tokyo 1976.  Grambling was admitted to the SWAC in 1959.  Since that time, Coach Rob won or shared conference championships sixteen times, the National Black College Championship three times and participated three times in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

He had over 300 of his players to participate in professional football team training camps.  Of this number, more than 200 have played on professional teams.  The first black from a historically black university (Grambling) to be drafted and play in the National Football League was Paul “Tank” Younger with the Los Angeles Rams, 1949. Robinson coached three American Football League players who would later be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: the Kansas City ChiefsBuck Buchanan; the Oakland RaidersWillie Brown; and the Houston OilersCharlie Joiner. Robinson also coached James Harris, who with the AFL’s Buffalo Bills became the first black quarterback in modern Pro Football history to start at that position in a season opener. He also coached Packers defensive end and Hall of Famer Willie Davis and the Super Bowl XXII MVP, Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, who would ultimately succeed Robinson as Grambling’s head coach in 1998.

In the 1981 TV movie Grambling’s White Tiger set in 1962, about the true story of Jim Gregory, the first white Quarterback at Grambling, Robinson is played by Harry Belafonte.

While at Grambling, Eddie Robinson held several jobs other than football coach, including teaching at Grambling High School, and coaching the girls’ basketball team during World War II. His girls team lost the state championship by 1 point. He also coached boys’ basketball, baseball, directed band and was in charge of the cheerleaders, with a budget of $46.

The driving force behind him was his concern for the welfare of the young men and women he taught and coached.  “I feel that coaches have a responsibility to provide a model and to guide their athletes on and off the playing field.”

Robinson didn’t just win a bunch of games. He won a lot of games with great rosters. For decades, Grambling was one of the best teams in America.

“Eddie’s early teams could have competed with anybody at any level,” said Bill Hayes, the former coach at Winston-Salem State and North Carolina A&T. “He had the best players in the Southland.”

Eddie Robinson

How loaded were black schools during segregation and as integration started a trickle of black players into Divison I football? Consider that the NFL’s All-1970s team, primarily composed of players who played college ball as segregation ended, had more players from the SWAC (six) than it did from the Pac-10 (five). Jackson State had as many players on that list as Notre Dame. 

Robinson started coaching before coaches were CEOs, when they were still educators. Like many coaches of his day, he coached multiple sports (even the women’s drill team) and saw himself as a teacher. His biography at the College Football Hall of Fame’s Web site has a quote that says it all about Robinson.

“The most important thing in football is the boy who plays the game,” he once said. “You can’t coach ‘em unless you love ‘em.”

He wasn’t the public representative of a money-making machine. He was the football coach and, more importantly, a leader of men.

Hayes coached against Robinson five times, giving him a unique insight into the dominance of Robinson’s teams. To Hayes, Robinson’s teams weren’t successful because of his trademark wing-T offense, one Coach Rob helped to perfect. Hayes believes Robinson’s teams stood above the rest because they were an extension of their coach. From each X to each O to each player, he was the guiding force.

“He had a hands-on approach. Eddie actually coached his own team. He interacted with all players at every position,” said Hayes, now the athletic director at Division II North Carolina Central. “The father figure he displayed to his players and the Grambling family is what made him unique.”

In a Sporting News article in 1999, ESPN.com contributor Richard Lapchick wrote, “[Robinson] assumed the role of mentor, role model, father and counselor to his student-athletes. For Robinson, it was never only about fame, pro scouts or money. He wanted to develop players who would be leaders.”

Watch below as Grambling State University’s Divine Nine pay tribute to Coach Robinson at the NAACP Awards. Coach Rob is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

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  • Miranda

    OMG________________________________its too early

    https://twitter.com/InvisibleObama

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

      *tears*

    • conlakappa

      What did it say? It’s now been suspended, according to the redirected message I saw.

      • Town

        Why did they suspend Invisible Obama? He got 31,000 followers in about an hour.

        • conlakappa

          Were you answering your own question? Mittens an’em complained that Invisible Obama would have had more real and actual followers than he. Tweet, tweet!

          • Town

            He’s back and has 40K followers now.

          • conlakappa

            Too funny!

      • isonprize

        10:20am eastern. I opened it just fine.

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

    Mornin’ POU!

    PBO has a message for Clint: http://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/241392153148915712

    • creolechild

      Good morning POU! And thank you, Sepia, for posting that right out of the box!

      With one tweet, and a photo, PBO effectively decimated the noise of the GOP convention in one fell swoop.

      Konichiwa Bitches!

      Game ovah…

      Making myself a cup of tea while humming, “It’s a beautiful day in the Negrohood..I mean in the neighborhood.” (:

      • Miranda

        “It’s a beautiful day in the Negrohood.”
        ________________________

        *dead*

      • conlakappa

        And two of the early replies are from (1) a clearly disaffected liberal [*cough*] and (2) a birther. Whatever, y’alls.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – — – THAT PIC – — -TRULY WORTH – - – -BEYOND a THOUSAND WORDS!!- – –HAH! :>)

      - MOVIN’ –FORWARD!! – - -4! – - -MORE! -YEARS! – -Woo! Hoo! – - -

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Okay I was going back and forth between the football game and that Warren William marathon on TCM so I missed it all. Could someone give me a recap of the RNC last night?

    • Miranda

      Jeb Bush cried for O not to beat on his brother anymore, Newt begged the crowd to give him a standing ovation, Clint Eastwood talked to a chair and Mitt was told he had cooties as he walked to the stage to give his speech.

      • TresL

        LOL!

    • GN

      An empty suit was upstaged by an empty chair. And Miss Ann was enraged. The end.

    • Town

      Eastwood ranted on an empty chair, Rubio was ignored b/c everyone was like OMG @ Eastwood ranting on an empty chair and Mitt Romney told a whole bunch of lies while putting on his White Man’s Burden face.

      And Invisible Obama stole the show.

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

    Black folks done tossed BeBe Winans in the pile with Artur Davis: http://p.twimg.com/A1mYmQiCQAAizqC.jpg

    Now he’s copin’ a plea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T02WcOg0DcE&feature=player_embedded

    • Miranda

      Its just too early!_____________________________________

    • jds09

      It’s too early to be laughing this hard. The reporter wasn’t having any of it. I loved her pauses between questions…” ah…m’kay”. I wish I could have seen her face. lol

      Thank you Sepia for starting my day off right. lol

    • AxelFoley
  • creolechild

    And the hits just keep on coming…

    Anti-Obama Concert In Charlotte Falls Through

    A local conservative effort to hold a concert rally in opposition to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte has fallen through.[....]“They didn’t meet their financial obligations by the deadline we require,” said Kimberly Meesters, director of marketing for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which sent organizers the cancellation notice Wednesday.[....]

    The Rock the Red committee is still planning to hold an event next week with Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz. But the planned musical entertainment has officially fallen through, for lack of a concert space.

    Read more: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/anti-obama-concert-in-charlotte-falls-through.php?ref=fpb

    H/T Eric Kleefeld

    • AxelFoley

      HAHAHAHAHAHA

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

    A Strange Thing Happened To Mitt Romney On His Way To The Stage…
    William Wei | Aug. 31, 2012, 1:29 AM

    Perhaps the strangest moment at the RNC occurred when Mitt Romney was walking towards the stage shaking hands of supporters when the microphones caught one guy saying, “No, no, no, don’t touch me!”

    To his credit, Romney kept his cool, shook some more hands, and got onto the stage.

    Watch and listen to the awkward Romney moment below:

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/rnc-mitt-romney-speech-attendee-republican-national-convention-2012-8#ixzz257m8Htje

    • Miranda

      See…..we’re not the only ones that think Mitt is an alien pod person.

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

    DNC list of performers:

    Thursday, September 6 (Bank of America Stadium)
    Foo Fighters
    Mary J. Blige
    Earth, Wind and Fire
    James Taylor
    Delta Rae
    Inspire the Fire
    Marc Anthony (national anthem)

    Wednesday, September 5 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
    DJ Cassidy
    Jessica Sanchez
    Branford Marsalis (national anthem)

    Tuesday, September 4 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
    DJ Cassidy
    Ledisi
    Amber Riley (national anthem)

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/08/foo-fighters-mary-j-blige-to-perform-in-charlotte-133950.html#.UEClSU13_mR.twitter

    • Town

      All we need is a surprise musical guest…Beyonce & Jay-Z and the DNC will have officially slayed Romney & ‘Em.

      (cue up Morning Joe, Romney etc complaining about “celebrities”)

      • GN

        If Beyonce shows up to the DNC, lights out for the Romnyan convention.

        • jds09

          with Lady Gaga.

          • GN

            It would truly be over.

    • nellcote

      Yay Amber Riley. I really hope she has a career beyond Glee.

  • creolechild

    LOL! Top of the morning to you, Sheriff Joe! Justice will be served…

    Appeals Court Reinstates Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    Joe Arpaio (R), the infamous Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is facing more legal trouble. Already facing a class action lawsuit and a U.S. Department of Justice legal complaint, he can again add “federal civil rights and conspiracy lawsuit” to his docket, after a federal appeals court reinstated a suit against him.

    A three judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit filed by Phoenix New Times owners Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin against Arpaio, rejecting his claims of immunity. Lacey and Larkin were arrested after the paper published information about extensive subpoenas they received following a story in which they published Arpaio’s home address.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/30/773891/appeals-court-reinstates-federal-civil-rights-lawsuit-against-sheriff-joe-arpaio/

    H/T Josh Israel

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

    utaustinliberal ‏@utaustinliberal
    This is @BarackObama #EastWooding http://pic.twitter.com/Yi9fHki6

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

    DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

    Rita A.G ‏@ritaag
    @ReignOfApril @kaydubzhu GM… Wonder if Betty White will give the rebuttal speech to Clint Eastwood lol

    • rikyrah

      bwa ha ha ha ahh a

      • conlakappa

        That would be awesome. All she’d have to do is walk out with a chair, look at it, look at the audience, shrug, and walk off the stage.

        • edp4bho

          Excellent !!

        • Daltex82

          I love it!

        • Admiral_Komack

          Or have an empty suit hanging on stage, have Betty White walk out, have her wave to the suit, saying, “Hi, Mitt” (1…2…3) then say, “Oh, what’s the use?” and walk off stage.

          • conlakappa

            That works! With Betty, the possibilities are endless. And she loves the President so you know she’d be down for whatever role. Or go a different way and have Clint’s co-star Morgan Freeman, maybe riffing as the Easy Reader!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Friday MornTin’ Sepia – - -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      –LOL – — -YES!!! YES!! — – -THAT would B a WINNER!! :>) – –

      Cain’t get this oughtta my head – - -A CHAIR is STILL a CHAIR. . LOL.

      Good 2 C U Sepia. :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      Betty is definitely easier on the eyes.

      • BoomerGal

        And wittier too.

  • creolechild

    Judges Question Whether South Carolina’s Voter ID Law Is Ready For Primetime

    As news broke on Thursday that a panel of federal judges had blocked a Texas voter ID law because it was racially discriminatory, a separate panel was busy questioning whether South Carolina would even be able to put their voter ID law into effect if the court was to let it move forward.

    U.S. District Judge John Bates posed a few questions he wants the state to answer before the trial wraps up on Friday. Pointing out that a decision in the case likely would come no earlier than Oct. 1, he wondered if South Carolina would even try to enforce the following month.[....]

    Bates also wanted to know what the state defined as a “reasonable impediment.” The law would allow voters without a valid form of photo identification to cast a ballot anyway if they sign an affidavit swearing that a “reasonable impediment” kept them from obtaining photo ID. The problem: State officials have made widely varying claims about what the term actually means.[....]

    Read more: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/voter_id_reasonable_impediment.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    H/T Ryan J. Reilly

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  • GN

    Watching the tight, angry face of Ann Romney as she does damage control for the empty chair/empty suit fail is just too wonderful to describe. Miss Ann is in a lather; even Joe Scarborough is talking about it.

    • Daltex82

      So that wagging finger of hers will be working over time today! LOL!

      • Admiral_Komack

        Not as hard as her wagging tonque.

      • GN

        She had on her normal weird grin but seemed like she was talking through clenched teeth. I enjoyed every second of it. The Morning Joe panel had a good laugh imagining the wrath descending upon whatever hapless staffers arranged to have Eastwood speak.

        Crappy convention presented by a mediocre candidate.

  • GN

    Axelrod just popped up on Morning Joe. His look of deep, deep satisfaction and happiness is priceless.

  • Miranda

    Sad news: The mother of Robin Roberts passed away.

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20626016,00.html

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

      RIP Mrs. Roberts.

      Man…poor Robin. She’s really going through it. :-(

      • GN

        She really has. And she moved mountains to be able to see her mom before she passed. Robin Roberts remains deeply in my prayers. Such a lovely soul.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Friday MornTin’ miranda – - -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – - –SINCERE CONDOLENCES. – –Please COMFORT Ms. Roberts as she goes through YET another tribulation. AMEN. – -

      RIHEP – - — Mrs Roberts. U will B missed. AMEN.

      Good 2 C U. miranda.[I'll B back on this series. :>)]

    • Daltex82

      Oh no! My sincerest condolences to Ms. Roberts and her family.

    • Alma98

      Condolences to the Roberts family.

    • gc

      And she just was admitted to treatment.

      I love and admire this woman.

  • GN

    Last comment before I head into work: for everyone on the left who nonstop parrots this “disappointment” meme, this theme was very heavy in Empty Suit’s speech last night. It originates from the right. It benefits the right. And the right counts on the left to reinforce that messaging and thus suppress PBO’s support. I know that the POU fam has been pointing this out for years, but if anyone is looking to hop off of the “disappointment” bullshit narrative, seeing Mittens playing into it last night is a very good justification for doing so.

    • conlakappa

      Yep to all that. It’s St. Ronnie reborn: are you happier now than you were 4 years ago. If those on the left get all, “nuh-uh,” they might want to question what they don’t have now that they had 4 years.

      • GN

        I’m *definitely* happier and far more secure than I was 4 years ago. It’s not even a QUESTION. And so is every single member of my immediate family. But to people for whom perfection is the mortal enemy of the good, that there is still anyone feeling the effects of the Bushpression, means that PBO must be a failure. Simple minded lizard brained idiots repeating right wing talking points as if those points are novel or genius.

    • Scopedog

      You’re spot-on. It’s a disgusting meme that some on the Left are all to willing to spout out. They HAVE to know that it benefits the Right–so why do they keep repeating it?

      What’s in it for them if Right takes over?

      • conlakappa

        Nothing. And the lights will be turned off for them and their collective hustles. For the black ones at least, do they really think they’ll be called upon to sit in judgment of a President Romney? Uppity.

        • GN

          Utterly useless.

      • GN

        These are stupid and dysfunctional people who unfortunately are also pompous and full of certitude. They live politically hand to mouth and never think two steps ahead, which is why they are in awe of President Obama and when not trashing him or trying to force him to employ their stupid ideas, they try to wrap tiny minds around concepts such as thinking ahead (“eleventh dimension chess!”). Can you tell that I’m through with lefty ideologues lol?

        • conlakappa

          Really? And you seem so especially tolerant today! Seriously, I was going to ask if you’d had an extra half-portion of Wheaties or added berries to them or something. Woman, you’re on fire!

        • gc

          No wonder you and I hit it off on DKOS. That was my conclusion based on Kossacks. People tried to connect it to politics. Politics are personal. If you are a neurotic insecure bullying passive aggressive mess, and you are fortunate enough to have been born in the era of cyber-anonymity- …..BOOYAH!

        • Camille

          –Can you tell that I’m through with lefty ideologues lol?–

          You and me both GN, you and me both.

          I can’t even bear to see or listen to any of them now. I actually sometimes despise them more than I do the sick right wingers because I always assumed some of these PL actually knew better than they’ve behaved these past 3+ years.

          I’ll certainly never forget. Never.

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

      But some on the left still don’t get it. I saw a couple of them take pot shots at PBO on Twitter last night. WTF? Romney’s up there, telling everybody that he’s gonna be Bush II on steroids, and the usual suspects are tweeting bs about PBO?

      • Miranda

        It may have been the couple of times I was paying attention, but even Chris Hayes wasn’t doing the emoprog dance last night. I thought for sure at one point when Steve Schmidt was talking and Chris was shaking his head HARD, I just knew he was bout to say “WTF?!”

      • GN

        That’s exactly why despite the popularity of liberal ideas, the left stays out of power. People like that. I know that post-PBO, I want absolutely nothing to do with them, and I’m in ideological agreement on many issues and am a liberal. Imagine the people who are iffy about liberalism anyway, how they must recoil from the liberal puritans. I will be pissed if their bullshit translates into a dour Democratic convention where rather than celebrating some stellar achievements, Dems spend all day apologizing that everything was perfect enough for these idiots.

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    Apparently the news agencies have gotten hold of a leaked transcript.

    Earlier that Thursday by phone:

    Eastwood: Mr President?

    PBO: Hey Clint what’s going on?

    Eastwood:Not too much sir. Thanks for taking my call.

    PBO: No problem. What’s up?

    Eastwood: You gotta watch my speech tonight.

    PBO: Aw Clint come on. I got all this paperwork, briefings and besides TCM is running Lady For A Day.

    Eastwood: Really? I love that movie uh, but no that’s beside the point. Watch me tonight.

    PBO: Why?

    Eastwood: Cause I’m going to singlehandedly get you reelected.

    PBO: Yeah?

    Eastwood: Oh yeah. They’re bringing the chair out as we speak.

    PBO: Huh?

    Eastwood: Never mind just check me out.

    PBO: Well I don’t know. I hate missing Frank Capra films but okay.

    Eastwood: Thank You Sir. You won’t regret it.

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

      *dead*

    • GN

      Not beyond the realm of my imagination that Eastwood decided to troll the RNC. Not at all.

      • conlakappa

        He has said that he doesn’t know what Mittens stands for. Would he know any more now than he know 3 months ago?

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ woody45. ***BIG HUG*** :>) — -

      – - – -LOL!- – -THIS – - –>Eastwood: Cause I’m going to singlehandedly get you reelected. – - – -

      U ain’t NEVA LIED!! LOL – – –Soo he REALLY is an UNDERCOVER DEM!? – - -LOL [@nellcote]

      Good 1. :>) Good 2 C U Woody45. :>)

    • dannie22

      woody, when I was watching that mess last night, I honestly thought that maybe, thats whats Clint was doing.

  • creolechild

    Citigroup to pay $590 million to settle investor suit

    Citigroup said Wednesday it had agreed to pay $590 million to settle a suit by investors who accused the bank of misleading them on its subprime mortgage-based security losses in 2007-2008. The agreement settled the four-year-old class-action suit that arose from the collapse of the US real estate market, which savaged the bank’s share price in part due to its heavy losses on collateralized debt obligations.

    Investors who bought Citigroup shares between February 2007 and April 2008 accused the company of hiding its exposure to the CDO market, so they took heavy losses when it became public and the bank’s shares plummeted in value.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/29/citigroup-to-pay-590-million-to-settle-investor-suit/

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • GN

    (One more)

    Damn Mittens:

    @keithboykin:
    Wall Street Journal: Republicans are already looking at their 2016 contenders. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444914904577621821158370092.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

    • Admiral_Komack

      Nanananananananana…FATMAN!

      • BoomerGal

        That’s funny everytime!! LOL!

  • Miranda

    Dang, ya dont have to lie bout ERE THANG! Geez!

    Howard Dean ‏@GovHowardDean
    “New Hampshire” couple who touted Romney last night is from Vermont. It’s not just the Big Lies about GM plants Its the small ones

    • conlakappa

      Well, if he can run for governor in Massachusetts while living in New Hampshire…

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

      And the media pundunces are clinging to this couple as proof that Romney is really a kind and caring man. Not the cold-hearted vulture capitalist the mean Dems are trying to paint him as.

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

    This bitch right here…

    Ann Romney: Time for a ‘grown up’
    By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 8/31/12 8:19 AM EDT

    Ann Romney said Friday women voters were considering supporting her husband because “it’s time for the grown-up to come.”

    “I’m hearing from so many women that may not have considered voting for a Republican before, but said, ‘It’s time for the grown-up to come, the man that’s going to take this seriously, that’s going to take the future of our children very, very seriously’,” Romney told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “Starting Point.”

    [...]

    “I believe I will” watch their speeches, Romney said on “Fox and Friends. ” “I want to hear the president speak and i hope — I’m assuming Michelle will speak. I want to hear her speak.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/80519.html#ixzz257w50N8e

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/80519.html#ixzz257vso0Tj

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I can’t wait for her concession speech the night of November 6th. She is going to unleash a tidal wave of arrogant bile on her fellow Americans. Get your DVR ready.

      • AxelFoley

        It’ll probably be what Palin’s would have been if McCain had let her speak after they got their asses kicked by PBO.

    • jds09

      Miss Ann wants to be MO sooooo bad. I remember in 2008 when Maria Shriver had that interview with a group of potential 1st ladies (Romney, Edwards, Thompson) MO was kind to Ann. They even shared a laugh. This is just pathetic.

      And that “grown up” shit is the Mormon “white horse prophecy” rearing its ugly head.

      • Town

        Did you see her wearing a “Michelle Obama-ish” outfit last night complete with vintage brooch?

        • Camille

          She’s been shamelessly ripping off Mrs Obama while her husband has been trying to mimic President Obama.

          It appears that both Romneys get study tapes of the President and First Lady which have become so pathetically obvious everyone I know is laughing out loud once it’s mentioned!

          The attempt at playing at being the white version of the Obamas has Mitt doing some really strange things – like staring at Ann while she speaks with his frozen, unnatural fake smile that only accentuates his beady eyes.
          Not that her frozen, liquid filled face and forgot to suck out the fat in the arms during her last liposuction appointment self doesn’t equally repel and amuse.

          And I don’t see it mentioned any place that any of these useless “journalists” have discussed the yet unresolved matter of the still missing taxes.

    • AxelFoley

      “Ann Romney: Time for a ‘grown up’”

      That’s rich coming from someone whose husband likes to push kids faces in butter and cut people’s hair against their will.

      • conlakappa

        But she’s talked to a lot of women who otherwise wouldn’t vote R… really? Name the venue? They won’t even go to blue States or campuses so where is she meeting all of these women?

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          She’s more pathological than he is.

          • GN

            Yup. She’s the worse of the two.

          • Camille

            She really, really is but she’ll be publicly cured of it.

        • Daltex82

          But she’s talked to a lot of women who otherwise wouldn’t vote R…

          I give this statement 5 Pinocchio’s and 5 liar, liar pants on fire.

          • Admiral_Komack

            More like Ghost Rider or Johnny Storm.

        • GN

          She lyin.

      • rikyrah

        rich for a woman who was dropped off at the age of 17 at the Romney House like an offering on the Romney Family Altar

        • conlakappa

          Ooooh, how very Priscilla and Elvis!

        • Camille

          Thank you!

          I simply despise this petty, greedy asshole of a woman.

          She really thinks just showing up as the bottle blonde bitch stuffed into a taffeta Oscar de la Renta dress will get her into the white house.

          She better ask Cindy McCain.

      • GN

        Thank you, exactly. This is Miss Ann’s rageaholism at work. Things didn’t go hers and Mittens way at RNC2012, aka EmptyChair/EmptySuit2012, so she’s mad.

        • conlakappa

          As much mint sauce as is being applied to mutton to make it seem like lamb, does she really want to get into an age discussion?

    • creolechild

      Yes, Ann, listen to FLOTUS speak and take notes but that still won’t help you! Even people who aren’t effected by racial animus and simply disagree with PBO’s policies acknowledge that the Obamas are warm, friendly, and compassionate people who are concerned about the middle-class and working poor in this country–unlike yourself. Both PBO and FLOTUS have a list of accomplishments that they earned. Can you say the same? Didn’t think so…

      Just out of curiousity what have you ever done for anyone outside of her immediate family? Sorry, but being the trophy wife of a pathological liar who destroyed entire communities in his quest for more money and wealth doesn’t count! Do the people of Massachusetts share your fairy tale version of your husband as “the grownup…the man who took their lives and the futures of their children seriously? I’ll wait…

      You’re just another Sarah Palin, but the upgraded version who is dripping with bitterness, entitlement, and venom–wrapped in Oscar de la Renta to appeal to women who think and behave just like you. Sorry, honey, if we have anything to say about it, it won’t be “your turn.” However, you’re free to keep trying, if it makes you feel better…

      • Admiral_Komack

        Watch it or she’ll mention she has MS…again.

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

        CHURCH!

      • GN

        Wow, Miss Ann even made the ultra-well-mannered creolechild come for her!

        Comment of the week.

      • gc

        Comment of the week.

      • BoomerGal

        BINGO!! WE HAVE A WINNA!!

    • Town

      “Time for a grown up”

      TRANSLATION: GIT DAT BOY OUT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE

    • conlakappa

      Filling out the insult is referring to the First Lady like she knows her. Presumptive but I still say dumb more than anything and all id. Think Vanessa Bryant.

    • rikyrah

      FUCK THIS BITCH

      • Admiral_Komack

        Nahh…she corrosive.

    • dannie22

      go sit in clint’s empty chair

    • GN

      Oh please; her “grown-up” husband who mushes little kids’ faces in butter and whipped cream? No need to catch feelings and get gutter, Miss Ann!

  • creolechild

    Does anyone remember hearing about this on the news? Hmmm…..

    Hundreds Rally Against Voter Suppression Laws Near Republican National Convention

    Hundreds of citizens rallied nearby the Republican National Convention Tuesday, protesting the spread of voter suppression laws across the country over the past two years. Florida has been the epicenter of voter suppression since 2011. Last year, state Republicans passed a law slashing early voting in the Sunshine State, including cutting out the last Sunday before the election, a day that African American churches utilized to drive their congregations to the polls. The law also put significant new restrictions on voter registration groups, forcing the League of Women Voters to shut down their operations in the state. (This portion of the law has since been blocked by a federal judge.) This year, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) attempted a failed voter purge that would have disproportionately targeted Latino and Democratic voters, hindering their lawful right to vote.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/29/763601/voter-id-rally/

    H/T Scott Keyes and Adam Peck

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

      I saw some folks tweeting about it last night, but that’s about it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    — -LOL A CHAIR is STILL a CHAIR — – EVEN Though There’s NO ONE SITTIN’ There” – —- BUT U THINK that there is – - – – –LOL

    – - -Trouble with the chair: Clint mocked for RNC bit – -

    – — -Clint Eastwood earned plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a bizarre, rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney.

    “Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic,” tweeted film critic Roger Ebert as Eastwood ad-libbed Thursday night to an audience of millions – and one empty chair – on stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. “He didn’t need to do this to himself. It’s unworthy of him.”

    Eastwood carried on a kooky, long-winded conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama, telling him that he failed to deliver on his promises, and it’s time for Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, to take over.

    “Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people?” he said at one point to the empty chair.

    Twitter was instantly ablaze with comments mocking the Oscar-winning director of “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    WAITIN’ 4 da DEM AD. . … . .LOL

    • conlakappa

      Um, but AP/Yahoo! tells me that it was weird but fantastic. Unless the writer is using fantastic as its true meaning, yeah.

    • Admiral_Komack

      DAMN, CLINT!

  • edp4bho

    Oooh my goodness, POU. Thanks for that video. Nobody does steppin like black folks. With heart and rhythm.

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45
  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – — -ONE of teh WILLARD’s LIES had BEEN DEBUNKED- – -B4!! – - – -YET —he LED with it!! – – -LIAR!! —

    – - –Mitt Romney says Barack Obama “traveled around the globe to apologize for America.” – –

    – - – – During the formal announcement of his presidential candidacy on June 2, 2011, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney repeated a shot at President Barack Obama that he had taken in the title of his 2010 book, No Apology.

    “A few months into office, (Obama) traveled around the globe to apologize for America,” Romney said during his kickoff speech at a farm in Stratham, N.H.

    Did Obama really do that much apologizing?

    We published a fact-check of a similar charge by Romney on March 15, 2010. Here’s the claim from Romney’s book that we checked back then:

    – - – -SNIP — –

    Our ruling

    On the substance of Romney’s charge, we believe that what we wrote in March 2010 still stands. While Obama’s speeches contained some criticisms of past U.S. actions, those passages were typically leavened by praise for the United States and its ideals, and he frequently mentioned how other countries have erred as well. We found not a single, full-throated apology in the bunch. And on the new angle he added — that the trips were intended to offer the president a forum to apologize to other countries — we think it’s a ridiculous charge. There’s a clear difference between changing policies and apologizing, and Obama didn’t do the latter. So we rate Romney’s statement Pants on Fire.
    THERE IS MORE

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM:- – -So!! –He teared up when he spoke about his parents.

    WHAT did he do WHEN he annnd his RACIST CREW CUT that STUDENT’S HAIR — – - -as he SCREAMED – -IN FEAR!!???

    Soooo – - I’m NOT trynta HEAR this!!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    Mitt Romney wrapped the most important speech of his life around an extraordinary reinvention of history — that his party rallied behind President Obama when he won in 2008, hoping that he would succeed….

    The truth, rarely heard this week in Tampa, is that the Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement, no matter the cost to the economy or American security — even if it meant holding the nation’s credit rating hostage to a narrow partisan agenda.

    Mr. Romney’s big speech, delivered in a treacly tone with a strange misty smile on his face suggesting he was always about to burst into tears, was of a piece with the rest of the convention. Republicans have offered precious little of substance …. but no subjects have received less attention, or been treated with less honesty, than foreign affairs and national security — and Mr. Romney’s banal speech was no exception.

    It’s easy to understand why the Republicans have steered clear of these areas. While President Obama is vulnerable on some domestic issues, the Republicans have no purchase on foreign and security policy. In a television interview on Wednesday, Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, could not name an area in which Mr. Obama had failed on foreign policy.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/31/opinion/the-hidden-subject-in-tampa.html?_r=1&hp?hp

    • Town

      In a television interview on Wednesday, Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, could not name an area in which Mr. Obama had failed on foreign policy.
      ————————–

      She tried her best to get Obama, though…bless her heart.

      • rikyrah

        you are hilarious…

        I know you’re a southerner, Town…

        hilarious….

        kapow

      • Admiral_Komack

        Poor thing…her VP hopes dissipating…like a mushroom cloud…

    • AxelFoley

      Mitt Romney wrapped the most important speech of his life around an extraordinary reinvention of history — that his party rallied behind President Obama when he won in 2008, hoping that he would succeed….

      Muthafuc–these sumbitches will tell you that your eyes and ears didn’t see nor hear what they did. I mean, all you have to do is quote Limbaugh and McConnell as soon as PBO took office.

      Rush: “I hope he fails.”

      Mitch: “Our goal is to make him a one-term president.”

  • rikyrah

    Once again, Romney showed that his campaign will launch attacks with little regard for their veracity. “Unlike President Obama,” he said, “I will not raise taxes on the middle class.” … Obama has in fact asked Congress to retain current tax rates for families earning less than $250,000 a year.

    “I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour,” Romney also said. “President Obama began with an apology tour.” There was no apology tour. And Romney suggested that Republicans had been initially eager to work with the president, when in fact the party was determined from the beginning to oppose virtually all of Obama’s initiatives.

    …. there will be a jarring contrast between the Romney who spoke of uniting the nation and his exceptionally harsh, relentless and divisive advertising campaign that includes factually-challenged spots on welfare plainly aimed at stirring resentment.

    The stark disjunction will inevitably keep alive the question that his convention speech did not answer: Who is the real Romney?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-jr-mitt-romneys-etch-a-sketch-speech/2012/08/31/eb381452-f321-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_story.html?hpid=z4

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Jobs tour. Mitt is letting the public know right then and there he won’t do squat about the economy. He’ll have his little jobs tour for photo op only and forget all about it after it’s over in the hopes everybody else will as well.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Ah, I can see it now…

      Romney tours unemployment office as part of his “jobs tour”, telling people searching for jobs:

      “I have a job…sucks to be you.”

      • Town

        Or:

        “I’m unemployed too.”

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

        He’ll probably say, “I’m looking for a job, too.”.

  • rikyrah

    Paul Krugman: Paul Ryan’s speech Wednesday night may have accomplished one good thing: It finally may have dispelled the myth that he is a Serious, Honest Conservative. Indeed, Mr. Ryan’s brazen dishonesty left even his critics breathless.

    Some of his fibs were trivial but telling, like his suggestion that President Obama is responsible for a closed auto plant in his hometown, even though the plant closed before Mr. Obama took office. Others were infuriating, like his sanctimonious declaration that “the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.” This from a man proposing savage cuts in Medicaid, which would cause tens of millions of vulnerable Americans to lose health coverage.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/31/opinion/Krugman.html?ref=opinion

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – –WOW&1/2!! – - -TP did a MEGA FACT CHECK on THAT – - – -SPEECH??- — – - -DANG! – -HE LIES! – –LOL — -

    – –FACTS MATTER: The Ultimate Guide To Mitt Romney’s Convention Speech

    – - – - -Politicians from both parties twist facts or spin policy, but Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has had a particularly strained relationship with the truth, repeating false claims with impunity — even after fact checkers, mainstream media organizations, and blogs have all debunked their assertions.

    From claiming that “Obama gutted the welfare work requirement” to insisting that his own policies won’t deregulate Wall Street, Romney has led a post-truth campaign. A top adviser even admitted earlier this week, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”

    ThinkProgress has compiled a Viewer’s Guide comparing what Romney says with the facts:
    – — -SNIP – - -
    Romney on His Tax Plan
    “The highest income people will continue to pay the largest share of the tax burden and middle-income taxpayers, under my plan… So, we’re not going to reduce taxes for high-income people.” [CBS, 8/12/2012]
    – — — -REALITY: Under Romney’s plan, someone in the richest 1 percent of Americans would receive a $60,000 tax cut, while someone in the richest 0.1 percent would receive a $264,000 tax cut. Even under the most generous assumptions about the elimination of tax deductions — so assuming Romney eliminates loopholes and deductions in the most progressive way possible — millionaires still receive an $87,000 tax cut, while the middle-class sees their taxes go up. [Tax Policy Center, 2/23/2012; Tax Policy Center, 8/1/2012]</b<

    THERE IS MORE

  • rikyrah

    Movie star debates chair, loses
    By Steve Benen – Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:40 AM EDT.

    Political conventions occasionally produce memorable moments that endure. The Chicago riots in 1968, Cuomo’s “Tale of Two Cities” speech in 1984, Al kissing Tipper in 2000, Obama’s “audacity of hope” in 2004 — these are memories that quickly entered the political history books, reminding us why conventions still matter.

    Last night, we saw another such moment, when Clint Eastwood decided to argue with an empty chair.

    Chances are you’ve at least heard about Eastwood’s “speech,” but for those who missed it, trust me when I tell you it’s worth your time. As Rachel explained on the air once it was over, “That was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen at a political convention in my entire life, and it will be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen if I live to be 100.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/31/13589163-movie-star-debates-chair-loses?lite

    • Miranda

      __________________________________the title says it all

  • creolechild

    Unfuckingbelievable! What is the purpose of your visit, Mitt? You showing up is not going to make you look “presidential” because we already have one who is on top of the situation. You need to go sit your ass down somewhere…

    Romney To Survey Hurricane Damage In Louisiana

    Republican nominee Mitt Romney will travel to LaFitte, La. today to observe damage inflicted on the area by Hurricane Isaac, CNN reports. Romney will travel to the storm-affected region following a morning campaign event with his running mate, Paul Ryan, in Florida.[....]

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/report-romney-to-survey-hurricane-damage-in-louisiana?ref=fpb

    H/T Tom Kludt

    • Miranda

      He’s desperately trying to look like a “leader” and be “presidential.” Somebody came up with this plan last night after the epic fiasco fail of Eastwood’s performance art piece.

      • conlakappa

        No doubt, showing up in a windbreaker like Jack at Hyannis…

    • AxelFoley

      Mittens tried to look presidential when he went overseas, too.

      We saw how that turned out.

      • Admiral_Komack

        What a wanker.

    • Kennymack1971

      Mitt’s only doing this to pivot from that trainwreck of a GOP convention. He’s hoping the pundits will then start trolling POTUS about when he’s going to go down to the Gulf…problem is President Obama has been on top of the situation and has made the needed resources availible so Willard’s photo op is just going to look foolish.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Even many Republican officials on the Gulf have had nothing but praise for PBO’s handling of the cleanup and restoration.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – - -Thought I heard some PROTESTIN’ – - -

    – - -Code Pink protest interrupts Romney – -

    – —-At least two protestors interrupted Mitt Romney’s nomination acceptance speech Thursday before being removed from the venue.

    Just after Romney began his remarks, a pair of protestors stood up in the Tampa Bay Times Forum to his right. Waving a pair of pink banners reading “Democracy is not a business,” they began to chant, “People over profits!”

    A spokesperson for Code Pink said four people protested the speech and were detained. From the convention floor, a separate disturbance could be heard in the upper deck.

    The GOP faithful gathered in the forum immediately responded to the intrusion, drowning out the chants with their own of “USA! USA!” while Romney waited silently for the disruption to subside.

    A number of GOP convention officials swarmed the protestors to physically remove them from the arena, and one person seated next to them tried to rip away one of the flags.
    THERE IS MORE

    Good on THEM!! – - – -Anti-GOP -WAR ON WOMEN – - -YES!!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      CodePink. Up to their usual hopelessly dated highly ineffective tactics. They just can’t get past the year 1968.

      • gc

        They are stupid. They come across as irritants, attracting NOONE to their cause. And I generally agree with their stances. You do not get down to the oppo’s sophmoric level to make a point, regardless of what the rocket scientists on DKOS and BWD say.

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

      If you’re gonna protest and interrupt Romney’s speech, you’re gonna need more than 2 people. Just sayin’.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — SAVE IT Bebe!! – — —-

    – - -Bebe Winans: Republican convention performance not a Romney endorsement – –

    – - -For some African-Americans who tuned in to the Republican National Convention on television, one surprise might have been gospel singer Bebe Winans.

    The popular gospel singer performed two numbers on the convention’s closing night — his song “America, America,” from his new CD of the same title, and “America the Beautiful,” as the convention came to an end.

    But to those wondering whether Winans was pulling a Clint Eastwood (without the empty chair routine) and endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Winans says not so fast.

    “Why not be here? Why not be part of the process. It’s all about letting people know that we are Americans first, before any association with any party, so that’s why I’m here,” Winans told theGrio after his performance, adding that he hopes to perform at the Democratic convention next week also.

    A spokesman for Winans said he was approached by both parties to perform at their presidential nominating conventions, but that the Democratic Natioanl Committee balked at his performing at the RNC, while the RNC didn’t mind him doing both. Winans was not paid for his performance.

    – - – -THIS – - – ->Winans said he is “still listening” to what both presidential candidates has to say, though he has “mostly made up his mind,” though he wouldn’t say for who. He was firm in saying his performance at the RNC was not an endorsement of Mitt Romney.
    THERE IS MORE

    THAT last STATEMENT- – —BEYOND DISGUSTING!!! – - – -He has been WATCHIN’ ALL the ACCOMPLISHMENTS – - – -of MR. PRESIDENT annnd ALL the LIES of teh WILLARD —

    Annnd he’s “STILL LISTENING”????- – - –

    WAY-ELL —LISTEN 2 THIS – - – -WE AIN’T LISTENING 2 your NEW ALBUM!! – - –U R NOT SINCERE!!- – -U R SELF-SERVING!! – - –

    Shame on U. – -humph!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He can say all he wants to but the Democrats have spoken. You work their gig you don’t work ours.

    • Kennymack1971

      Lame Bebe…just lame.

    • edp4bho

      Got that right GLH. What, he hasn’t been paying attention for the past 3 years? You mean a “Christian” man can’t tell a lie when he hears one? Doesn’t know hatred when he sees it? Go sit yo ass down, Bebe.

    • Rhoda

      He didn’t even get PAID.

      Took the hit and didn’t get paid; that is truly pathetic. Not even a sell out; just a sad pathetic man.

      • annvic

        This is what I’m saying! He went into the lion’s den and didn’t get dollar one; how do you defend selling out if you didn’t even sell yourself for a price?

    • AxelFoley

      From now until, BeBe gonna always get the SOD.

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

      Did ya’ll peep him blaming both sides for the divisiveness? *smh*

    • sagittarius

      BeBe Winans has achieved the same infamy that Sammy Davis, Jr. did after attending the RNC in 1972. And similar to the late, great Mr. Davis, it will probably take him the better part of a decade to regain the trust and respect of black folks.

  • Miranda

    It appears Invisible Obama’s twitter account is back up!

    https://twitter.com/InvisibleObama

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

      I love Twitter.

    • lamh35

      was it taken down at some point?

      • conlakappa

        Yes. One of its posts makes reference to Twitter taking it down. I wasn’t able to get on it around 9:30 when the account was suspendedj.

  • rikyrah

    I loved Coach Robinson. this series has been terrific in honoring heroes of our community. These men shaped the lives of thousands during their tenures, and not just those that they coached

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – - -Some tweets: – -:>) – - –

    – - – -☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    The election is in 67 days: Share GottaRegister․com with 10 friends to make sure they’re registered to vote. http://OFA.BO/v6P5Yd

    – - -☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    Where Crazies Dare #ClintEastwoodGOPFilms #p2

    – –☻John Denk ‏@John_Denk
    @JeffersonObama The good, the bad, and the ugly chair
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    - –☻Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport
    Oh lord, waiting to board my flight and just saw Karl Rove. Ok praying a little extra this flight! #JesusTakeTheFlightWheel
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    – -☻Taegan Goddard ‏@politicalwire
    Romney never mentioned Afghanistan of the troops fighting there last night… http://pwire.at/NBb18c
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    MORE L8R :>)

  • Miranda

    sigh

    RNC Delegate Offended By Presence of ‘Mexican’ At Disney’s Epcot Center

    During a trip to Epcot at Disneyworld, Pennsylvania delegate Mark Harris and his wife were shocked and offended to find a Mexican employee working at the amusement park’s American pavilion, which showcases the different cultures in the United States. According to the couple’s blog, Harris complained to staff that he was “highly offended” that a “person from Mexico” was working in the American pavilion when other nations’ pavilions were staffed by people from each respective country:

    more here
    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/08/31/781511/rnc-delegate-offended-by-presence-of-mexican-at-disneys-epcot-center/

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

      *looks at picture on TP website*

      I’m offended his wife is wearing that suit and he’s showing his man tiddays.

      • Alma98

        “Man tiddays” HAHAHAHAHA! DEAD______________

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – Woo! Hoo! — -COACH ROBINSON – – -is

    the WINNING ness!! – — -:>)[ Grambling’s Eddie Robinson with the Division I record at 408 ]

    — –Annnd other FIRSTS – -

    – - – - the first U.S. Collegiate Football Game (vs. Morgan State University) played in Japan, the Pioneer Bowl in Tokyo 1976.

    — – -AS a COACH: —The first black from a historically black university (Grambling) to be drafted and play in the National Football League was Paul “Tank” Younger with the Los Angeles Rams, 1949. Robinson coached. . .

    - –BUT THIS is his LEGACY 2 the STUDENTS: –“[Robinson] assumed the role of mentor, role model, father and counselor to his student-athletes. For Robinson, it was never only about fame, pro scouts or money. He wanted to develop players who would be leaders.”

    — –HE is TRULY — -#1. – - — :>)

    THANK U 4 THIS INSPIRING SERIES -miranda. :>) Have a good day. :>)

  • Miranda

    Mitt’s going to Louisiana….is he gonna tell the Bayou that they are immoral for expecting federal help?

    From 2011: Mitt Romney: Federal Disaster Relief For Tornado And Flood Victims Is ‘Immoral,’ ‘Makes No Sense At All’
    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/06/14/244973/mitt-romney-federal-disaster-relief-for-tornado-and-flood-victims-is-immoral-makes-no-sense-at-all/

  • edp4bho

    Amid all the smearing and laughter about the “chair” and that class A Klown, what I find especially dismaying is the symbolism. Note the Klown was standing, so the “invisible President” had to be sitting. Imagine, the Klown in an actual conversation telling PBO how bad his performance as CIC is. He would be towering over the most powerful “boy” in the free world. And this Ms. Priss who wants to be not just FLOTUS, but MO herself, calls him a child. There are no dog whistles going off- there are full blown sirens screaming ” bigots are mad as hell” that a black man and woman are in white folks’ endowed seats of power. This shit is real. We’d better act like it is 1950 and invoke the spirits of our ancestors. Else, we write our own death knell.

  • Admiral_Komack

    Would you be…could you be…won’t you be my Negro?

    • Miranda

      Y’all have just destroyed my Mr. Rogers memories! LMAO

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    Make it a great day!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      U have a good day also. B Blessed. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - –OF COURSE — – -Hafta – - FOCUS on OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY: ♥- – - -Woo! Hoo! – - – -

    – - –The Fabulous First Lady’s Firsts

    – - -She is TRULY – –FIRST – — -CLASS! – -:>) We LOVE U FIRST LADY.♥

  • Miranda

    Catholic newspaper scrubs interview after priest says children are ‘seducers’

    A Catholic newspaper has removed an interview from their website in which a priest said that pedophiles are seduced by children in “a lot of the cases” and the abusers should not go to jail.

    During an interview with National Catholic Register, 78-year-old Father Benedict Groeschel was asked about his experience working with priests involved in abuse.

    “People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case,” Groeschel explained. “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

    more here
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/30/catholic-newspaper-scrubs-interview-after-priest-says-children-are-seducers/

    • TresL

      Sick and evil. I don’t even know how the Catholic Church is still in business. Sorry if that offends but I just don’t get it.

      • gc

        Doesn’t offend me. I won’t bother you with the details, but last year a Catholic priest told me my family’s relgion of Judaism is “obsolete” and no longer needed since Christ was born, Jews fulfilled their mission”

        Me: “So, Sir, (only my father gets called ‘father’), we were marched to the ovens for nothing?”

        • BoomerGal

          The Holocaust was political not religious.

      • BoomerGal

        They need to just let them marry and get it over with.

      • Scopedog

        Doesn’t offend me–I might not be as fervent a Catholic as I was when I was younger, but even I have had it with the leadership and the idiotic spew some of them spout.

        That said, there are some good Catholics–let’s not forget that the current VP is one (yeah, I know that Rep. Ryan is too, but…).

      • Camille

        Not offended at all and I’m a very devout still no meat on Fridays, grandparents were Knights of the church who bequeathed quite a small fortune to the church (suckers!) , close family friend Cardinals officiated at my sisters weddings and my dad’s funeral, kind of Catholic.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda —-OMG! – –Listenin’ 2 THIS!! – -

      - HE’s GONE – — -HERE HE IS!! – - -

      DR. CANTOR – - — -JOIN HIM!! —U WEIRD 2!! – –geesh!!!

    • conlakappa

      Vom. “Mr. Ryan, you’re the hot-ticket Catholic right now, so what do you think about this?”

      You know, if the MSM got within a country mile of being balanced instead of throwing out false equivalencies.

    • Worldwatcher7

      That priest talks like a pedophile. Just sayin’.

    • Camille

      To think that once upon a time I actually used to go to Catholic conferences to listen to Fr. Groeschel and would tune in to watch his program on the catholic network EWTN.

      All that stopped after President Obama was elected and this priest went completely bonkers. He is one of those hardcore racists who try to hide their racism by doing and publicly announcing and keeping count of all the lowly and poor black people he’s saved from themselves.

  • Miranda

    jimacostacnn
    Reporter quotes Rove at funder on Akin. “If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts.”

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

      I don’t think he was joking, either.

      • conlakappa

        Think Meryl Streep as Karen Silkwood ominously looking at the bright lights in her rearview mirror.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -IMHO – -it ALL depends on WHO is doing the REPORTING: -

    – - –A Bounce or Not a Bounce – - -

    - – —As Nate Silver discussed several days ago, presidential candidates have averaged a 5-6 point bounce from their conventions since 1964. Challengers, on average, have enjoyed larger bounces. And candidates who are performing below where the metrics say they should be also have enjoyed bigger bounces. Barry Goldwater and Bill Clinton (1992) both enjoyed a 14 point bounce after their conventions. On the other hand, John Kerry basically got nothing out of his convention.

    Mitt Romney is a challenger and he is also doing worse than many metrics suggest he should be doing, so he entered the convention in good shape to get some major benefits. It remains to be seen if those benefits will materialize, but Barry Goldwater’s example is illustrative of why no one should place too much importance on convention bounces.
    – - -SNIP — -

    However, I doubt it will be remembered as the turning point of this campaign.

    I doubt it, but we shall see. If Romney doesn’t get a 5-6 point bounce, I think we can close the book on this election.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – -WATCHIN’ – — – —

    • gc

      Reuters had him at around 4. The party’s over…..musical emoticon :)

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

    Chris Rock ‏@chrisrockoz
    Clint Eastwood on the phone with Obama now: “It all went according to plan,sir.” #RNC #GOP2012

  • Admiral_Komack

    Tony Bennett

    • conlakappa

      He’s supposed to do a private function there.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - -Uhhhhh – — I thought that her FRIEND SAID that she di-ent wanna B NAMED$$$$$ – — –

    – - -Newspaper uncovers Paul Ryan’s black ex-girlfriend [Ryan says his five-year relationship with cheerleader Deneeta Pope in college brought out racist views from people he thought were friends.] – —

    – - -Many on the Left have described the Romney-Ryan ticket as essentially a cynical team, prepared to exploit any and all racial tension to achieve election to the highest office in the land.

    They apparently know next to nothing about the history of at least half of that ticket.

    Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, whose speech to the Republican National Convention recently electrified the country, and whose budget plan for entitlements can send otherwise sensible liberals into fits of rage, actually has quite a personal history with racism — not against Ryan himself, but against someone he was very close to. You see, while he was in college at Miami University in Ohio, Ryan had a romantic relationship with one of the star cheerleaders for Miami University’s Redhawks team – a driven, fitness-obsessed young woman (not unlike him) named Deneeta Pope.
    – - -SNIP- -

    “I just experienced some ugly comments, some racist views from people who I thought were friends of mine,” Ryan told Milwaukee Magazine.

    The relationship between the two lasted five years and eventually died when Ryan moved to Washington, DC. Ms. Pope, now a registered Democrat in her 40s, is now married to Michael Thompson, an IT specialist and President of a court reporter company. She has apparently endured a more turbulent love life than Ryan himself, according to the Daily Mail:
    OHhhh – -THERE IS MORE. :>)

    — – -OVA 2 U – —LYIN’-RYAN — – -

    • GN

      Who gives a shit.

      • Town

        They do, because it’s somehow “scandalous” that Paul Ryan would be with a black woman. She’s cute and into fitness, as he was/is. Nothing to see here. It’s only scandalous because white people are uncomfortable with it. Deneeta’s ok, Paul’s ok, nothing to see here.

      • QOakaJP

        I guess they’re trying to bolster the Romney/Ryan ‘street cred,’ you know, with the Blahs. Trying to build on that 0% momentum…

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

        It’s strategy. They think bringing up his relationship with a Black woman will impress Black people and cause us to vote for RomneyRyan.

    • Tafr

      Ryan just told America to screw off. This man lied lied lied and did not give a shit yet this is what this newspaper decides to report on. This woman does not want to be bothered with this mess. How silly and sad that they had to nerve to ask the current husband what he thought about the relationship his wife had with Ryan. I tell you no damn home training at all. Oh and Ryan is a douche for even bringing this woman up. He knew exactly what he was doing but he did not give a damn on how this would impact her life. They need to leave this woman alone. As a black woman I could give a damn who he dated back in the day. That is not going to change the fact that he is a lying douche bag that wants to take away my privacy as a woman not to mention all wars and crap he has planned for this country.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        ***fist bump**** on – -DISTRACTION.

        From what I read — -her friend brought this information with a statement that –HER FRIEND — did NOT want her name revealed. –

        - Sooo I ‘ON’T KNOW WHYCOME there is THIS – - -REVELATION. – -***furrowed brow***

        YES. It is a DISTRACTION. BUT – — -LOOK who’s KEEPIN’ it UP. – –

        Wonder when it will END?? – - -

        – - – -MEANWHILE – -WE DA MEDIA[co] – - -will CONTINUE – – -SPREADIN’ the NEWS – –of HIS LIES! – — -LIES! – —LIES!!

        Good 2 C U Rafr :>)

    • Alma98

      They’re trying to distract from last nights debacle.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Not interested. I would, however, like them to reveal Mittens’ tax returns.

  • QOakaJP

    Does anyone else find it really strange that MTV decides to change up their VMA schedule and broadcast the same night that PBO is scheduled to give his speech? I hear that there’s a real tug of war trying to get performers to come to either event. Would they have ever dared to do this in front of Romney’s speech last night?

    • conlakappa

      It’s part of Viacom, right? I’d agree with what you’re thinking.