October 20, 2014

Friday Open Thread: President Obama and World Leaders

 

 

On January 19, 2011, the President hosted Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the White House for an official State visit. This marked the third State Visit of the Obama Administration.

President Hu’s visit highlighted the importance of expanding cooperation between the United States and China on bilateral, regional, and global issues, as well as the friendship between the peoples of our two countries.

 

President Obama’s 2009 visit to China generated excitement at all social levels throughout the country. Rather than being seen as a dry, political event with little relationship to ordinary people’s lives,  President Obama’s trip energized Chinese and foreign residents alike.

President Obama participates in a noodle making demonstration with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The president to praised Beijing for its efforts to stimulate its economy, aiding a global recovery that is now gathering steam.

But he  also pressed Beijing to allow its currency to appreciate and to speed up market reforms and give American companies greater access to its market, which could bolster American exports and help create jobs in the United States.

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  • rikyrah

    It’s the morning, and I’m still in shock at the end of Scandal.

    • PenteluPower

      Gm all. Hello Rikyah, me too. Millie is a strong woman for sure. I am in lust with Olitz, but Millie’s drive is crazy. The whole cast makes you want to watch; even the VP. I think Huck shot someone other than POTUS. Maybe that SS guy in Millie pocket?

      • isonprize

        y’all gonna make me watch Scandal. Is it THAT good?

        • rikyrah

          dude,

          I was in shock at the end…I just didn’t see it coming.

        • BoomerGal

          Absolutely!! Best show out there! I also like that they leave something to the imagination.

        • Daltex82

          YES!! Sorry for shouting.

        • Miranda

          If you have On Demand with your cable, I INSIST that you watch every episode starting with Season One!!

      • rikyrah

        I think I’m supposed to hate her but I love Mellie…she cracks me up.

    • jds09

      Me too. Just watched it on Hulu. On another note, is it just me or does Macy’s have an abundance of POC in their ads these days? Fallout from Trump perhaps? lol

      • isonprize

        Can’t do Macy’s. I don’t care HOW MANY folks they put in the ads. I’m just not that easy…. LOLOL

        • BoomerGal

          What’s up with Macys?? I’ve fallen behind on some news.

          • isonprize

            They still have that RWNJ with the possum on his head “Chump” as spokesperson.

          • BoomerGal

            OH! Thanks for that! I won’t be going there!

      • edp4bho

        Not just that, but a couple weeks ago, in our kitchen/break room here at work, I saw something I never saw before. A stack of savings offers and coupons from Macy’s !! Usually one gets these in their statements or through newspapers, and sometimes online. They seem a bit desperate to me. I happened to use their rest room last night- I breezed in and out- no biggy. I already told them they won’t be getting my business anymore.

      • Aquagranny911

        I’ve only ever been in Macy’s once & that was with one of my brother’s wives who “had to have” some over-priced & expensive kitchen item. I never felt any personal need to visit them again.

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

      I’m still trippin’ that Shonda went there with Hemings/Jefferson reference!

    • Daltex82

      Me too.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • GreenLadyHere

    — -GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM/ALEXANDER2♥ – — - – –

    REAL FAST: — - EMPLOYMENT FIGURES: – — 145,000 JOBS CREATED; –7.7% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN FROM 7.9% in OCTOBER!! – –

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

      Mornin’ GLH! Black unemployment dropped also dropped from 14.3% to 13.2%! Now if only the Rethugs would work WITH PBO….

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — -***fist bump*** —Woo! Hoo! — –

        —Ifff I MAY — –

        – –NOW –ifff only the HATAS annnd those who espouse the MEME: – –“He don’t do nothin’ 4 BLAH FOLKS”. . . – – –

        WOULD ALSO RECOGNIZE! —annnnd WORK WITH MR. PRESIDENT! –HAH!

        Annnd U’ALL KNOW WHO U R!! –humph!! —:>) —

        Good 2 C U –Sepia. :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • edp4bho

      Good morning GLH, POU. Well just damn. My morning news radio station indicated Wall Street bracing for a sharp decline in employment stats. They just can’t get their facts straight on that station. Thanks for the good news.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday MornTin’ edp4bho.♥ – – – –***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — – ***fist bump** —-HAH! —THEY were wishin’ 4 da worst!

        — -BUT — –KARMA — GOT da –“W”! – – -HAH! —

        Good 2 C U edp4bho :>) – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM/ALEXANDER2♥! —IT TRULY is A BEAUTIFUL MORNTIN’!! — -GR8 ECONOMIC FIGURES!! —Woo! Hoo! —MR. President WILL SIGN SOME CHILD PROTECTIVE LEGISLATION! – -Annnd THIS SERIES IS BEAUTIFUL in PICS annnd INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL CONTENT!! — Woo! Hoo! – –

    – -☻ – -President Obama will sign the Child Protection Act of 2012 — a bill aimed at protecting victims of child pornography, sexual abuse and trafficking — in a closed press event in the Oval Office.

    — -☻ – – -On January 19, 2011, the President hosted Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the White House for an official State visit. This marked the third State Visit of the Obama Administration.

    President Hu’s visit highlighted the importance of expanding cooperation between the United States and China on bilateral, regional, and global issues, as well as the friendship between the peoples of our two countries.

    – – – — . . . to speed up market reforms and give American companies greater access to its market, which could bolster American exports and help create jobs in the United States.

    – —OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY is – –ESPECIALLY LOVELY – – -The COLOR ORANGE –BECOMES HER [as does ANY COLOR. :>)]

    — -ALSO SIGNIFICANT [REMEMBER]: – — Sasha Obama Speaks Chinese with President Hu Jintao – –

    — – — — -President Barack Obama’s daughter Sasha, 9, is learning Chinese in school. And like any encouraging dad, the president helped her find opportunities to hone her skills.

    This week, the 9-year-old had the chance to practice her phrases with Hu Jintao, the Chinese president. – –WOW&1/2!!! –:>) PROUD of HER! :>)

    – – – –THIS HAS BEEN A COLORFUL –EXCITING annnd INFORMATIVE SERIES — ALEXANDER2! :>) – –THANK U. :>) —ENJOY YOUR ENERGY DRANK/4 ALL. :>) —Have a WONDERful DAY!! :>) – –

    – – — -This Christmas –Will B Special. :>) – –

  • rikyrah

    Camille, I hope you see this .

    First of all, bravo for your comment from last night.

    There was so much wrong with that heifer last night, I don’t know where to begin.

    1. IF Michelle Obama were to run for anything in the State of Illinois, at least she would be doing it from a state where she has an actual connection and roots.
    Hillary Clinton was nothing but a carpetbagger when she ran for Senator from New York. And, what were her qualifications, except for she was former First Lady.
    Michelle would be running from a State where she was born, raised, and decided to plant roots of her own.

    2. Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship was more a modern marriage of two equals. Michelle didn’t follow Barack to Illinois the way that Hillary followed Bill to Arkansas.
    Fact: until Barack Obama began to sell books in 2006 after his Democratic Convention Speech from 2004, MICHELLE Obama was the primary breadwinner for the Obama family. Michelle Obama held down the financial fort so that Barack Obama could lay the foundation and do what he had to do for his political career.

    3. One of the biggest reasons why I was never sold on Hillary Clinton in 2008 was because I saw her as unelectable. When every poll done on you – and that was before the GOP Anti-Clinton Machine began – said that Hillary had nearly HALF the country would never vote for her….why would Democrats go into an election like that. Sure, I didn’t know if the country would vote for a Black man, but I knew that Hillary wasn’t so ‘ electable’. It’s never written about, but Barack Obama’s defeat of Hillary Clinton was but another reason why they hate him. They already had and had prepped their Clinton Playbook, and Barack Obama came along and snatched it away from them…and they had NOTHING to put in its place against him.

    Yes, Cox is a bitter ass Hillary lover who hasn’t gotten over 2008. Hillary FAILED with Healthcare. Barack Obama passed it. Michelle Obama is so at ease with herself and so comfortable in her own skin that it irks so many on the PL. And, yes, they hate with the heat of 10,000 suns that ‘ no drama Obama’, has had no scandals….They twisted themselves into knots to defend Bill Clinton against shyt that no sensible politician should ever do. They cannot STAND to see President Obama display such love and devotion to this beautiful Black woman – yeah, I said it.

    So, yes, ICAM with all you wrote.

    • edp4bho

      “They cannot STAND to see President Obama display such love and devotion to this beautiful Black woman “..LOL. I have only a slight idea what you all are discussing but this comment I totally agree with, because PBO was not supposed to “make it” with a dark woman. We all know this- she is not the “standard”. Anyhoo, going to read the comment.

    • jds09

      ICAM !!!!

      I want the fight with the “white girl’s club” so bad I can taste it. The Club’s chronic disrespect to women of color makes me see red, and I don’t think I’m the only one. In 2008, the MSM, pundits and other assorted assholes claimed Billary had the women’s vote, despite poll after poll saying women of color were voting for PBO. That shit will not be forgotten.

      We were made invisible. I still have Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman” ringing in my head every time I hear Ana Marie Cox & Company do their white feminist bullshit.

      Hillary’s support is mostly hype. The star is attached herself to (her husband) has been eclipsed. She will be the front runner until a better candidate comes along. Her time is over. Who in the hell loses 40pt polling lead in a primary? She had a head start 100 miles long and LOST.

      Its starting to look like she’s not gonna exit gracefully, but will have to be dragged off the stage. I’m okay with that.

    • BoomerGal

      What heifer?? Dang! I miss all the good shit!

    • Daltex82

      Camille, rikyrah and jds09 you guys are all on point with this. I woke up this morning with that segment still on my mind and just found myself pissed off all over again. I knew I should have watched the replay of Burn Notice instead of LOD.

    • AxelFoley

      All. This.

    • Camille

      Just saw this Rikyrah and completely agree. Thank you!

      Just like Daltex, I was so furious as I watched that segment.

      Thank you again everyone for this wonderful space to unburden and vent and share.

      It is well.

  • http://twitter.com/sherylkaye Sheryl Kaye

    Everything’s seems to be looking good over here. Hope all is well.

  • rikyrah

    I loved so much about the China visit.

    FLOTUS’ dress.

    Sasha speaking to the Premier – in Mandarin.

    good times

    • nellcote

      That red McQueen gown is in my personal top 5 of the memorable gowns FLOTUS has worn (so far).

    • TyrenM

      Sasha lettingem know. This won’t end with my Dad or Mom – we right here!

  • rikyrah

    US economy adds 146K jobs, rate falls to 7.7 pct.
    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER

    The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.

    The Labor Department’s report on Friday offered a mixed picture for the economy.

    Hiring remained steady during the storm and in the face of looming tax increases. But the government said employers added 49,000 fewer jobs in October and September than initially estimated.

    And the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low in November from 7.9 percent in October mostly because more people stopped looking for work and weren’t counted as unemployed.

    http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20121207&id=15877520

    • Town

      And the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low in November from 7.9 percent in October mostly because more people stopped looking for work and weren’t counted as unemployed.
      ———-

      This doesn’t even make sense. If they announced that in October unemployment was falling and the economy added X amount of jobs, why would less people be looking for work in November?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – –LOL – DA “AXE” — LOSES — –:>) – —

    — -David Axelrod Shaves His Mustache On Live Television – –

    — – – -Obama’s top advisor made good on a promise to remove his 40 year-old mustache on the set of MSNBC’s Morning Joe after a bet with host Joe Scarborough and a donation from Donald Trump helped raise over $1,000,000 to cure epilepsy.

    — — – -He may B – – -WITHOUT MUSTACHE — -BUT --HE HAS — CLASS!! –:>) –A WORTHY CAUSE. :>) –

    -Good on U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – –FROM the WHITE HOUSE: – – :>) – —

    —- The Employment Situation in November

    – — -While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

    Most pressing, President Obama has proposed, and the Senate has passed, an extension of middle class income tax cuts that would prevent the typical middle class family from facing a $2,200 tax increase at the beginning of next year. In addition, the President has proposed a plan that will enable responsible homeowners to refinance their mortgage and take advantage of today’s historically low interest rates. To create more jobs in particularly hard-hit sectors, President Obama continues to urge Congress to pass elements of the American Jobs Act, including further investment in infrastructure to rebuild our Nation’s ports, roads and highways, and assistance to State and local governments to prevent layoffs and to enable them to rehire hundreds of thousands of teachers.

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that private sector businesses added 147,000 jobs last month. Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 146,000 jobs in November. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 33 straight months, and a total of 5.6 million jobs have been added during that period, taking account of the preliminary benchmark revision.

    The household survey showed that the unemployment rate declined from 7.9 percent in October to 7.7 percent in November, the lowest since December 2008.
    THERE Is MORE – – –Woo! Hoo! —

    — Uhh – -do we hear a –“little –GLOAT!?” — – –LOL — -WELL DESERVED. :>)

    – – -CONGRATULATIONS on your EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP — MR. PRESIDENT!! — – -BLESS U. :>)

  • Alexander2

    (Better late than never I suppose)

    Clinton parry barbs at Susan Rice
    Friday, December 07, 2012

    DUBLIN, Ireland (AFP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday defended US envoy to the UN Susan Rice from a storm of Republican criticism, saying she had been a “stalwart colleague” and helped shape important policies.

    “Let me repeat what I have said many times… Susan Rice has done a great job as our UN ambassador,” Clinton told reporters during a visit to Ireland.

    “She has been a stalwart colleague in a lot of the tough decisions that we had to make and certainly with respect to defending our interests and our national security.”

    Rice had also “played an important role in what we’ve been able to accomplish in the past four years,” Clinton added, pointing to UN sanctions on Iran and North Korea. . .

    “It’s important to remember that what Susan said was based on the information that had been given to every senior official in our administration,” Clinton insisted.

    Clinton said Rice was simply trying to keep “the American people and Congress informed. That was her goal and that was her mission and she should not be criticised for doing exactly that.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Clinton-parry-barbs-at-Susan-Rice_13150223#ixzz2ENdDH8LS

    • GreenLadyHere

      ALEXANDER2- — – -***sigh*** – — – -NOT EXACTLY – -“FULL THROATED” – -HUH? — –Zzzzzzzzz — –

      – – – saying she had been a “stalwart colleague” and helped shape important policies.

      “Let me repeat what I have said many times… Susan Rice has done a great job as our UN ambassador,” Clinton told reporters during a visit to Ireland.

      — -GEESH!! — -A little – -SPECIFICITY – -coulda helped. —

      –UNDERWHELMING 2 da MAX!!- – –

      Wayta — -tryta get support 4 — 2016! — humph! -[Back 2 SLEEP -Zzzzz. —

      Good 2 C U. ALEXANDER2- – — :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXABDER2 – – -ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC INFORMATION: –Shows STATS 4 BLAHS. :>) —

    – – -Table A-2. Employment status of the civilian population by race, sex, and age

    — – –14.9 13.8 12.7 15.5 14.1 14.1 13.4 14.3 13.2[Nov. 2012]

    MUCH BETTER NEWS!! – –:>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – —FROM the WHITE HOUSE -REMEMBERING –“PEARL HARBOR DAY” — –

    — – – -Presidential Proclamation — National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2012 – –

    – – – – -NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2012

    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    On December 7, 1941, our Nation suffered one of the most devastating attacks ever to befall the American people. In less than 2 hours, the bombs that rained on Pearl Harbor robbed thousands of men, women, and children of their lives; in little more than a day, our country was thrust into the greatest conflict the world had ever known. We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind, and showing our gratitude to a generation of service members who carried our Nation through some of the 20th century’s darkest moments.

    In his address to the Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt affirmed that “with confidence in our Armed Forces — with the unbounding determination of our people — we will gain the inevitable triumph.” Millions stood up and shipped out to meet that call to service, fighting heroically on Europe’s distant shores and pressing island by island across the Pacific. Millions more carried out the fight in factories and shipyards here at home, building the arsenal of democracy that propelled America to the victory President Roosevelt foresaw. On every front, we faced down impossible odds — and out of the ashes of conflict, America rose more prepared than ever to meet the challenges of the day, sure that there was no trial we could not overcome.

    Today, we pay solemn tribute to America’s sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice at Oahu. As we do, let us also reaffirm that their legacy will always burn bright — whether in the memory of those who knew them, the spirit of service that guides our men and women in uniform today, or the heart of the country they kept strong and free.

    The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”>/b> — -AMEN.
    THERE IS MORE.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER@ — – – -OMG!! — -THESE PEOPLE R — -EVILE/VILE – –DISGUSTING!!! – – – –

    – — -National Rifle Association: More Guns Could Have Saved Javon Belcher’s Girlfriend – —

    – – – -<iNBC sports anchor Bob Costas believes that Kasandra Perkins’ life could have been saved had her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Javon Belcher, not had access to a firearm. The CEO of the National Rifle Association, on the other hand, thinks the situation might have resolved itself had both Belcher and Perkins had guns.

    CEO Wayne LaPierre made the case on NRA News, arguing that Costas, “wouldn’t have said a thing [after the shooting] if this woman had saved her life by having a firearm available from Jovan Belcher. He wouldn’t have said anything about it.” He later followed up the argument in an interview with USA Today:

    – – – -I! JUST! — – -CAIN’T – — —SICK 2 my stomach!! – – –

    – – –CONDOLENCES 2 the FAMILIES/FRIENDS. AMEN. – — [They shouldn’t have 2 B exposed 2 this — -PILE of EXCREMENT!! – – -geesh!! –

    • Worldwatcher7

      Hi GLH:

      Their lunacy knows no end. Next they’ll say the little baby should have had a gun.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Worldwatcher7. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – -***BIG fist bump*** – – -U! AIN’T! NEVA! – –LIED!! – – –

        – –LUNACY!! – — -annnd BEYOND!! – — -geesh!!

        Good 2 C U – -Ww7. :>)

  • Town

    http://news.fredericksburg.com/newsdesk/2012/12/06/city-takes-step-to-auction-off-former-museum-site/

    Doug Wilder didn’t depress enough black people from voting for Obama so no tax payment for you!

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

      Well, well, well! Did we not call this?

      The Twitter Fam should tweet this to RoRo, Joe Madison and all Black journos. Most likely they’ll ignore it, but at least we’ll be letting them know that we know what’s going on, and that they’re deliberately ignoring the story.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Cruddy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -Woo! Hoo! – – –Could it HAPPEN?/ — -:>) – –

    – – -Poll: Michelle Obama favored for Illinois Senate seat – – –

    – – - – – -SNIP- —
    >b>Although Mrs. Obama has never indicated any interest in a political career, a new survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling firm suggests that Illinois voters would warm up to the idea.

    Their latest poll has the current first lady leading first-term Republican senator Mark Kirk in a hypothetical match-up by a substantial 51 to 40 percent margin.

    Kirk’s approval rating is currently only 34 percent, while Michelle Obama enjoys a 60 percent approval number. And President Obama also remains popular in his home state; PPP finds that he has 57 percent approval there.
    THERE Is MORE.

    – — –Watchin. . . . . :>) – – –

    P.S. She is sooo LOVED> :>)
    [Gotta "bounce".. --MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U - -IN MY♥] —More L8R. :>)

    B BLESSED. :>)

  • nellcote

    Obama inauguration details announced

    President Obama’s second inauguration will feature two swearings-in and the traditional parade and official balls. All the pomp will follow a national day of service to honor the country’s shared values and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the newly launched Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Thursday.

    Eva Longoria, who was a big fundraiser and prominent surrogate for Obama’s campaign, will serve as a committee co-chair, all four living former presidents will serve as honorary co-chairs, and several top campaign officials will organize the weekend’s festivities.

    Campaign manager Jim Messina is in charge of the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue on Jan. 21, which coincides with the King federal holiday.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-inauguration-details-announced/2012/12/06/9b15c30c-3ff7-11e2-bca3-aadc9b7e29c5_story.html

    • AxelFoley

      PBO know how to do it up big.

  • rikyrah

    What we learned from McConnell’s failed gambit
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 7, 2012 8:00 AM EST.

    As Laura noted yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), usually a master of floor procedure and strategy, looked pretty ridiculous when he was forced to filibuster his own proposal. And while that was no doubt unpleasant for him, as the day progressed, it became clear that we’d learned something important from McConnell’s failure.

    To briefly recap for those who missed it, President Obama has proposed shifting the responsibility for raising the debt ceiling from Congress to the White House, making it impossible for either party to use default and/or the threat of a global economic catastrophe as a hostage. Under Obama’s plan, the debt limit would still exist, and Congress would still be able to block a presidential increase, if lawmakers wanted to force default on purpose.

    ——————————————————————————–

    McConnell assumed that Senate Democrats — at least a big chunk of the caucus, anyway — would balk at Obama’s proposal, so he introduced the plan himself. The point was to have Dems object to McConnell’s effort, so the Minority Leader could get a new talking point: the president’s offer is so offensive that even his own party isn’t willing to support it.

    Except, McConnell’s little stunt backfired — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and his caucus immediately endorsed the idea, leaving the Kentucky Republican to have to filibuster his own bill before it could pass. As Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) put it, the gambit was “a little too clever by half.” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) suggested there’s no recent precedent for a senator filibustering his or her own proposal.

    But the larger point isn’t to just point and laugh at McConnell’s misfortune and mistaken assumptions. Rather, the point is we learned something important in the midst of this failed stunt: Democrats are entirely united on debt-ceiling strategy and want this looming threat to the country and its economy taken off the table, permanently.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/07/15751006-what-we-learned-from-mcconnells-failed-gambit?lite

  • rikyrah

    Job numbers far exceed expectations, unemployment drops
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 7, 2012 8:44 AM EST.

    Just last night, Ezra explained on the show that the new monthly job figures would be released this morning, and a lot of folks would be shocked by how bad the numbers would be. Why? Because of Hurricane Sandy. Most expected to see only 80,000 jobs created.

    This morning, everyone’s shocked for a very different reason. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November, nearly double the projections. What’s more, the overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, its lowest point in four years.

    On a more discouraging note, job totals from September and October were revised down a bit.

    To be sure, 146,000 jobs isn’t evidence of a robust economic recovery, but given Sandy-generated expectations, the figures come as a pleasant surprise.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/07/15751977-job-numbers-far-exceed-expectations-unemployment-drops?lite

  • rikyrah

    GOP eyes Violence Against Women Act changes
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 7, 2012 10:00 AM EST.

    Among Congress’ many other looming deadlines, the Violence Against Women Act is still waiting for reauthorization. It easily passed the Senate with bipartisan support in April, but House Republicans insist the current version is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans.

    Is there any chance policymakers can work something out? One of the original VAWA authors from 1994 is now the nation’s vice president, and he’s working behind the scenes to work out a deal.

    Vice President Joe Biden is quietly working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to try to pass an inclusive version of the Violence Against Women Act in the lame-duck Congress. And so far, sources tell HuffPost, Cantor is on board as long as one thing is stripped from the bill: a key protection for Native American women.

    Staffers for Biden and Cantor have been trying to reach a deal on the bill for at least a week. Neither camp publicly let on it was talking to the other until Wednesday, when Cantor said the two are in negotiations and he’s feeling hopeful about a deal.

    …………………..

    In this case, Cantor is willing to bend on LGBT and immigrant provisions, but he wants Democrats to scrap protections for Native American women. According to the Huffington Post, the Democratic provision gives tribal courts limited jurisdiction to oversee domestic violence offenses committed against Native American women by non-Native American men on tribal lands, and the House Republican leader wants this expansion curtailed.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/07/15751333-gop-eyes-violence-against-women-act-changes?lite

    • jds09

      This is beyond evil. Sexual predators are known to hunt on Native American lands the escape to other jurisdictions. It goes beyond domestic violence and includes rape. To try a derail this re-authorization is some crazy evil shit.

    • Aquagranny911

      This really pisses me off. We had a serial rapist preying on women on the Navajo reservation. Domestic abuse is rampant in some places & women have no where to go to escape it & little legal recourse.

      To remove these protections for Native women from the Violence Against Women Act is just unconscionable.

      • rikyrah

        I just have this visceral reaction to reading about Cantor’s ‘ objections’.

        Non-White Women having protections against others wanting to VIOLATE THEM?

        of course not.

        Same old…same old. …

    • Aquagranny911

      Addendum:

      For anyone with a few extra $$ looking for a place to donate you might consider this especially in light of how Congress wants to fuck Native American women by removing their plight from the VAWA…

      http://www.prettybirdwomanhouse.blogspot.com/

      I’ve been donating to this good cause for several years. These people are the real deal doing their best to help women & children. They are our sisters & our brothers…united we STAND!

      • conlakappa

        Thank you. Shall do. A really bad thing happened in my extended family recently and I have been wondering a venue to gve to the cause. The greater society has such disregard for women. And, yeah, nonwhite women even more so.

    • AxelFoley

      I have no words for what I would like to do to shitty little bastards like Cantor.

      • malletgirl02

        I’m still pissed he won re-election. Finding out that Cantor won his seat again dampen my happiness at Kaine winning his senate seat and Obama winning re-election.

  • rikyrah

    What Scott Walker considers ‘ridiculous’
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 7, 2012 10:35 AM EST.3

    Last month, shortly after Election Day, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) threw his support behind a new voter-suppression effort: it’s time, he said, to end the state’s same-day voter registration law. The law has worked beautifully for decades — Wisconsin has a terrific voter-participation rate — but the Republican governor publicly endorsed scrapping the law before the 2014 cycle.

    That is, until yesterday, when Walker seemed to denounce his own preferred policy.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is backing away from his support for eliminating same-day voter registration, saying it is a distraction while he is trying to focus on job creation.

    “This is a ridiculous issue. My priority is about jobs, creating jobs,” he told reporters on Wednesday after a ceremony to promote a Wisconsin National Guard officer.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/07/15751588-what-scott-walker-considers-ridiculous?lite

    • Alma98

      He and his cohorts know that they’ll be booted out come 2014. He hasn’t done a damn thing for this state. As a matter of while other states were recovering WI was losing jobs. And the jobs that did come here via the federal government he took credit for them. I’m still pissed at so called dems and liberals who voted to keep this jackass in office. Their stupid reasoning was you shouldn’t throw him out because of his policies, gtfoohwtbs.

  • rikyrah

    The lessons Rove is reluctant to learn
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 7, 2012 11:40 AM EST.4

    A couple of weeks ago, an ABC News/Washington Post offered Republicans some bad news during the ongoing debt-reduction talks: the clear majority of Americans back President Obama and oppose the GOP’s ideas. Yesterday, a Quinnipiac poll showed similar results: the public trusts Democrats when it comes to the fiscal fight, and by a wide margin, want to see higher taxes on income over $250,000.

    But Karl Rove, who still has a column in the Wall Street Journal, insists Republicans are on the right track anyway.

    While Americans favor raising taxes on the wealthy, a Winston Group poll two weeks ago (conducted for the GOP House leadership) found just 26% of respondents agreeing that “given the state of the deficit, those making over $250,000 a year should have to pay 40% of their income in federal taxes.” Some 68% disagreed.

    …………………………

    Refresh my memory: how did it work out for the GOP the last time Karl Rove urged his party to overlook independent polls and focus more on partisan polls that told Republicans what they wanted to hear?
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/07/15752385-the-lessons-rove-is-reluctant-to-learn?lite

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    I’m really enjoying this week’s featured series.

    • Alma98

      Afternoon AG!

      • Aquagranny911

        Hola Alma! How are your Christmas projects going? I finished knitting the last pair of mittens for the Grandkiddos last night. I made hats & mittens for all even the ones here in AZ because we do get some cold days. (for us, anyway)

        • Alma98

          I was behind then last week I got all my Christmas gifts by sitting at my pc lol. I only have one gift to get and I’m finished. After Christmas I can get back to my sewing projects that were interrupted by the kitchen reno and other life changes.

  • rikyrah

    Jindal re-embraces ‘dumbed-down conservatism’
    By Steve Benen – Fri Dec 7, 2012 12:35 PM EST.1

    The week after President Obama was re-elected, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) insisted Republicans need to “stop being the stupid party.” He added that he and his party have “had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”

    The Louisianan added that his party should “stop reducing everything to mindless slogans, tag lines, 30-second ads that all begin to sound the same.”

    It all sounded quite nice, actually. Even if Jindal made a poor messenger, the message had the potential to serve as a wake-up call for a party that badly needs one.

    This week, we were reminded of just shallow Jindal’s rhetoric really is, and why he’s not the Republican to lead the GOP away from “dumbed-down conservatism”; he’s the Republican who can’t let go of “dumbed-down conservatism.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/07/15752727-jindal-re-embraces-dumbed-down-conservatism?lite

  • gc

    Ah, THAT”S the ticket. If I just position my arms like that, swooping down towards the midpoint, with fingers clasped, I TOO can look like Michelle Obama. BWAHAHAHA. HA.
    I am rarely am online these days. Nov/Dec/Jan is overwhelming by ALL parameters (practical, emotional, etc, etc) HUGS TO ALL…g

    • Alma98

      Afternoon gc hugs backatcha!

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Amiga! Good to ‘see’ you here! HUGS ♥ to you and your familia.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Hugs back at you.
      I hope all is well.

    • lamh36

      hugs right back

  • rikyrah

    Comeuppance for Loudmouth CEO’s
    by BooMan
    Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 08:19:35 PM EST

    It turns out that people hate rich assholes who threaten to cut back employees’ hours so they can avoid taking responsibility for their health insurance. Who could have guessed that publicly ripping on ObamaCare would cause Olive Garden and Red Lobster to downgrade their quarterly profits outlook or cause Papa John’s to beg for mercy and plead misunderstanding? It sounds like one large loud-mouthed franchisee crippled Applebee’s whole brand.
    I avoid corporate food because it’s bland and unimaginative. It looks like other people are avoiding it because they don’t like their politics. Whatever works. Buy local

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/6/201935/327

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU!

    Watchdog: More than $2B in unused stimulus has expired

    The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, an independent and nonpartisan panel that was established by the stimulus law to track spending, on Wednesday released an in-depth breakdown of all the funds awarded and appropriated since 2009. [....]

    The Department of Agriculture (USDA) had the largest amount of the expired funds at nearly $765 million, which can no longer be used for new projects.[....] The Department of Defense and the Department of Energy were nearly tied for the second highest amount of expired funds, with each forfeiting about $242 million.[....]

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/appropriations/271555-watchdog-more-than-2b-in-unused-stimulus-cash-has-expired

    H/T Megan R. Wilson

  • creolechild

    GOP Mantra Demolished – California Projecting Billion Dollar Budget Surplus

    California has been held up as an example by the right about how Democratic fiscal policies fail, citing the last few years of extreme debt and budget shortfalls in the Golden State. However, that is all over now, as California predicts a billion dollar surplus by the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The reason for the budget turnaround? California voters passed Proposition 30, which is — the simple version — a sales tax increase as well as a higher tax on individuals earning more than $250,000 and families earning more than $500,000. The new law is predicted to bring in an additional six billion dollars.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/06/gop-mantra-demolished-california-projecting-billion-dollar-budget-surplus/

    H/T Justin Acuff

    • jds09

      California is the canary in the coal mine. First in, first out. It’s exhausting.

    • TyrenM

      Look out 2016 Jerry Brown is back!

  • creolechild

    Senate Democrats Block GOP Bill That Would Limit Legal Immigration |

    On Wednesday, Democrats in the Senate prevented a GOP-backed immigration reform bill, which would add visas for highly skilled workers while reducing legal immigration overall, from coming up for consideration. The House passed the measure last week after it previously failed. Democrats argued that the House should have voted on a proposal that added visas for international students who earn masters and doctorates in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) fields at U.S. universities without eliminating the Diversity Visa program.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/06/1292581/senate-democrats-block-gop-bill-that-would-limit-legal-immigration/?mobile=nc

    H/T Amanda Peterson Beadle

  • Town

    Trose1 asked this last night:

    Why are Black Republicans being trotted out on TV to degrade Black people? SMDH this is really sad.

    Because there is no shortage of black people able, willing and ready to run to the nearest mic, camera or white person and denigrate another black person especially if they are very successful.

  • creolechild

    Obama Executive Order Officially Implements Prison Rape Elimination Act

    Earlier this year, the Department of Justice released its final guidelines for implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which it has been developing since the law passed in 2003. The new rules contain specific protections for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI), or who are otherwise gender non-conforming, including professional training for all correctional staff to minimize mistreatment.

    In addition, the new guidelines call for a screening process to make sure that individuals who identify as trans or gender non-conforming are appropriately placed in facilities where they will not be vulnerable to sexual abuse. Today, President Obama issued an executive order officially implementing these guidelines across the country: [....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/12/07/1300511/obama-executive-order-officially-implements-prison-rape-elimination-act/

    H/T Zack Ford

  • creolechild

    To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios

    [....] In recent weeks, college students on dozens of campuses have demanded that university endowment funds rid themselves of coal, oil and gas stocks. The students see it as a tactic that could force climate change, barely discussed in the presidential campaign, back onto the national political agenda.

    [...] A small institution in Maine, Unity College, has already voted to get out of fossil fuels. Another, Hampshire College in Massachusetts, has adopted a broad investment policy that is ridding its portfolio of fossil fuel stocks.[....] But at colleges with large endowments, many administrators are viewing the demand skeptically, saying it would undermine their goal of maximum returns in support of education.[....]

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/business/energy-environment/to-fight-climate-change-college-students-take-aim-at-the-endowment-portfolio.html?pagewanted=1&_r=3&hpw&pagewanted=all&amp;

    H/T Justin Gillis

  • rikyrah

    In Boehner We Trust?
    by BooMan
    Fri Dec 7th, 2012 at 11:09:21 AM EST

    The last time around, the president negotiated with John Boehner, too. And John Boehner couldn’t sell their solution to his own caucus. So, why would we go through that again.

    At House Speaker John A. Boehner’s request, Senate leaders and Representative Nancy Pelosi have been excluded from talks to avert a fiscal crisis, leaving it to Mr. Boehner and President Obama alone to find a deal, Congressional aides say.
    All sides, even the parties excluded, say clearing the negotiating room improves the chance of success.

    It’s not that I doubt that it is easier for Obama and Boehner to agree to something if there are no other opinions vying for influence. For example, imagine that were trying to pick something to watch on pay-per-view.

    The problem is that just because Obama and Boehner agree to watch Kung Fu Panda doesn’t mean that anyone will vote for that once they find out what has been decided.

    It just makes Boehner look weak, and he can’t spread the blame around.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/7/11921/6294#8

    • rikyrah

      found this in the comments as a reply:

      Yep. Further proof that President Obama is most dangerous when his opponent thinks Obama is losing.
      Example #1: Petraeus and company at the Pentagon presenting Obama with options of war, more war, and endless war during the Afghanistan War “strategic review” in 2009.

      The president took the “more war” (i.e., troop “surge”) option, accelerated the timeline and got the generals to state publicly with him that they could accomplish their goals within 18 months. He then put them in charge of their own plan and stuck to the timeline they had publicly vouched for.

      Example #2: The 2011 debt ceiling deal in which Obama took a short-term loss to set up the situation we have today:

      *Bush tax cuts expiring 1/1/13;
      *Sequester of military and “non-defense discretionary) spending starting 1/1/13;
      *Obama tax cuts (e.g., payroll taxes) expiring 1/1/13;
      *Debt ceiling being reached by 3/13.

      For all of the above, Republicans now face the options of a) pissing off their base, b) pissing off the rest of the country, or c) both.

      As a political counterpuncher, Obama’s up there with Muhammad Ali (10/30/74 edition). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rumble_in_the_Jungle

      by massappeal on Fri Dec 7th, 2012 at 11:26:50 AM EST

  • creolechild

    Never at a loss to enrich themselves while preaching and promoting austerity for everyone else. Just trifling…

    It’s the Simpson-Bowles Personal Profit Tour: Making Money Off the U.S. Debt

    The nation’s debt is a good deal for Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, the leaders of the failed deficit commission. The two are profiting personally by urging fat cats and CEOs to support their two-year-old, already-interred deficit reduction plan. Simpson, a former Republican Senator, and Bowles, a Morgan Stanley director, charge $40,000 a pop to promote their rejected scheme to fix the debt by slashing Social Security, Medicare and other programs for the middle class.

    That means every time they speak, Simpson and Bowles each pocket more than 2.5 times the $15,000 that a typical senior citizen gets from Social Security in an entire year.[...]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/leowgerard/its-simpson-bowles-personal-profit-tour-making-money-us-debt

    H/T Leo Gerard

  • creolechild

    Groundswell Of Opposition To Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s Voter Suppression Proposal Grows

    Since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced last month that eliminating the ability of residents to register on Election Day would be a top priority for his administration next year, opposition to the plan has sprung up across the state.[...] Citizens have also begun to organize and rally against Walker’s plan to suppress the vote, including a large rally in Milwaukee this week featuring election officials, lawmakers, and other community figures.[....]

    UPDATE: A progressive group, One Wisconsin Now, has gathered 15,000 signatures from voters demanding Walker back down on his push to end Election Day Registration.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/07/1299091/opposition-scott-walker-edr/

    H/T Scott Keyes

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

    Here’s something for the POU wine enthusiasts. This article is about African American vintner, Andre Mack, owner of Mouton Noir winery:

    A Wine Man in a Hurry
    By LETTIE TEAGUE

    excerpt:

    Mr. Mack was named best young sommelier by the Chaine des Rotisseurs in 2003, and he was the first African-American ever to win the title—but that wasn’t enough. Nor was the fact that he did so while living in Houston. He wanted more. And that, of course, meant working in New York. In 2004, he became the head sommelier of Per Se—a much-coveted position, or as Mr. Mack said, “It was a job that some sommeliers would grab and never let go.” But he did, at the end of 2006. “There was the feeling that I’d hit a glass ceiling,” he said. “And if I wanted to walk on water I’d better get off the boat.” Was that a reference to Christ? I asked. “Well, I was born on Christmas,” said Mr. Mack, who may be as confident as he is ambitious.

    …Although he has produced wines from California and Washington State, all Mouton Noir wines are currently made in Oregon. They include reasonably priced wines (around $20 a bottle) like the 2011 Knock on Wood Chardonnay, a straightforward, citrusy white, and the 2010 Other People’s Pinot Noir, a light-bodied, attractive red with the abbreviation OPP in big, bold, black letters on the label. (Mr. Mack admitted that some people are offended by the use of OPP, which references a certain popular rap song that references certain sexual practices, but he said he was just having fun with a play on words.)

    MORE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324001104578163310319076972.html

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share! Thanks! The “OPP” may be something else to look for. Although “reasonably priced” for me is a little less than $20 per bottle, Hubby & I have been known to splurge for special occasions.

    • Ebogan63

      Being here in OR, I can attest to the quality of Andre’s wines. And a hearty thanks for the AA winemakers series last week!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- — – –Not supportin’ AC360 — JUST the “SLAM” AGAINST da – -RE-THUCKERS:- -HAH!- –

    – – – -Watch Anderson Cooper Slam Republicans For Putting Politics Ahead Of The Rights Of The Disabled- – –

    – —-On Thursday, CNN host Anderson Cooper shone the spotlight on Republicans who voted against a U.N. treaty protecting people with disabilities, highlighting lawmakers who backed away from supporting the measure in response to conservative misinformation and opposition.

    Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) featured prominently in Cooper’s “Keeping Them Honest” segment. He reported that Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), formerly a co-sponsor of the motion to ratify the treaty, suddenly backed out even after meeting with former GOP Presidential candidate Bob Dole, a proponent of the measure.

    The lawmakers declined an invitation to come onto the show to explain themselves, leaving Cooper to condemn their dishonesty: —[HAH!- -DEY SCURRED!!]

    COOPER: And keeping them honest, they used arguments that just frankly did not square with the facts. They weren’t true. [...] We can only guess their motivations, and frankly, some of this is just so baffling that we’d be taking wild guesses, and we just don’t want to do that.

    Watch Cooper’s full segment here:

    – – – – SNIP- —

    – – -As a result of their efforts, though, the treaty failed by a mere five votes.

  • creolechild

    Who knew? (feigning surprise and rolling my eyes as I pop gum)…they’re so clueless I almost feel sorry for them. Almost.

    Post-Campaign Super-PAC Cash Still Flowing to Consultants

    [....] While the 2012 election is over, the financial windfall for political consultants and fundraisers spawned by the millions of dollars donated to super-PACs continues — and often with little oversight. Entrepreneurs who set up super-PACs wrote their own paychecks. The new groups sometimes moved as much money into the pockets of employees as they did into races. And some showed evidence of self-dealing.[....]

    The 782 registered super-PACs spent about $537.6 million through Oct. 17 — a more than 10-fold increase from the 2010 elections, according to Federal Election Commission reports. About $88.6 million of that went into operating expenses such as salaries, rent, consultants, fundraisers and travel, FEC data provided to Bloomberg News show. On average, super-PACs spent 16 percent of their money on operations.[...]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-04/post-campaign-super-pac-cash-still-flowing-to-consultants.html

    H/T Julie Bykowicz

  • creolechild

    WUH?!!

    A candidate running to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. in Congress was charged by authorities in Cook County on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to board an aircraft with a weapon, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Illinois State Sen. Donne Trotter (D) was charged with one count of attempting to bring a weapon onto an aircraft, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton told the newspaper. The spokeswoman could not confirm where the incident took place, according to the paper.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/candidate-for-jackson-jr-s-seat-charged-with

    H/T Ryan J. Reilly

  • creolechild

    Senate Bill Penalizing Palestinians For U.N. Bid Does Not Pass |

    A law that could have cut off U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority failed to advance in the Senate on Wednesday, effectively killing it.[....] An American aid cutoff would have damaged prospects for a two-state solution and hurt ordinary Palestinians, as Palestine’s economy is heavily dependent on foreign aid.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/12/05/1286741/senate-bill-penalizing-palestinians-for-un-bid-does-not-pass/

    H/T Zach Beauchamp

    • BoomerGal

      GOOD!!

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

      Nice! He should keep that look!

    • Aquagranny911

      I thought he looked cute & younger without that scruffy bigote.

    • qosine

      He has a nice face. Keep the new look!

  • Miranda

    Bye bishes, be gone then.

    PPP survey: 42% of Ga. Republicans would secede, Nathan Deal job approval at 37%

    excerpt:
    42 percent of Georgia Republicans said they would be willing to secede from the United States because of President Barack Obama’s re-election. A like number say they wouldn’t. From PPP spokesman Tom Jensen: “I doubt that many Republicans would really secede if they had the choice- not that many people are signing the secession petitions- but their willingness to say they would is a measure of how unhappy they are over the president’s reelection.”
    http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2012/12/07/ppp-survey-42-of-ga-republicans-would-secede-nathan-deal-job-approval-at-37/

    • Admiral_Komack

      Boo-fucking-hoo!

    • Daltex82

      Bye and feel free to stop by Texas and pick up your brethren on your way out.

    • AxelFoley

      Don’t let the door hit ya. And don’t go away mad, just go away.

  • Miranda

    “Huck” is STILL trending on twitter LMAO!

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

    Adam Shapiro ‏@adamshapiro
    GLADIATORS! Series high 2.5 for #Scandal last night! Yes! And what an episode for those new viewers to get to see. Welcome to the obsession

    I also saw one of the Twitter Fam suggest that Laz Alonso make an appearance on Scandal. Chiiile… *fans myself*

  • Miranda

    WHAT. A. HUSTLE.

    Dick Morris and His Super PAC
    Media Matters reports Dick Morris “aggressively fundraised for a super PAC he advised, which then apparently funneled money back to Morris through rentals of his email list.”

    FEC data shows Morris’ Super PAC for America paid Newsmax Media roughly $1.7 million for “fundraising” and a “significant portion of the super PAC’s money likely went to renting Morris’ own email list, which is operated by Newsmax Media.”
    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/12/07/dick_morris_and_his_super_pac.html

    • TyrenM

      Good afternoon POU.
      Last night the best Hip Hop show to hit Minneapolis in years! Public Enemy (YEAH BOY forever down with the PE!), X-Clan, Monie Love, Schooly D, Leaders of the New School and others. Still Geeked but tired.

      Note to self: Spam the Newsmax emails going forward.
      Have a good weekend all.

      • Ebogan63

        Damn Tyren, I am truely jealous!!! I love all those folks!

    • conlakappa

      Who would even be on The Shrimper’s e-mail list that would make it worth puchasing?

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

    BREAKING NEWS!

    Pete Williams ‏@PeteWilliamsNBC
    Supreme Court agrees to take up doma and prop 8

  • Miranda

    I wish I could have been there when McConnell got his face cracked by Reid

    loser
    http://fatlip.leoweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Picture-60.png

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- – –BWAHAHA — -WE tol’ ‘EM 2 KEEP DEY MONEY!!- – – BUT – — – -Noooooo!- – – -LOL —

    —- -Per my “mom” —A HARD HEAD- – -MAKES a – – SOFT BEHIND!”- — HAH!- -GOT — -BEAT!!!- – -LOL

    – – – -Allen West’s losing campaign cost upward of $18 million – – –

    – – – -Allen West’s defeat in Florida not only ends his quest to return for another term in the House of Representatives, but it also comes with a pretty hefty price tag.

    According to Politico, West spent $18.1 million on his 2012 campaign run, nearly quadrupling the amount that his opponent Democrat Patrick Murphy spent, $4.2 million.

    In fact, West’s campaign bank account was overflowing so much, it was also reported that West had an excess of $1.5 million left over after Election Day.

    – -The controversial Tea Party representative has been raking in the money since early fall for his campaign, raising 1.9 million in October and November alone, according to finance reports from the Federal Election Commission.

    But West’s pricey campaign still wasn’t enough to defeat Democratic newcomer Murphy, who beat West by just over 2,000 votes.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – -LOL! – – -SANG YER SONG!! — LOL

  • Miranda

    Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage issue
    The Supreme Court announced Friday it will for the first time hear arguments about same-sex marriage, with a decision on one of America’s most politically divisive social issues likely this summer.

    Read more at:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/07/supreme-court-to-hear-same-sex-marriage-cases/

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- — –The BLACK CAUCUS weighs in on Medicare: – – –

    — – -Black Caucus chairman backs means-testing to trim Medicare costs- –

    – — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) on Friday proposed means-testing Medicare benefits as a way to reduce the deficit, an indication that Democrats could be warming to the idea as a way to compromise with Republicans on the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

    Cleaver, the influential chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, suggested Friday that more aggressive means-testing would be a good alternative to cutting program benefits for seniors.

    “I think most rational people, including Democrats, agree we have to make some cuts and deal with Medicare,” Cleaver said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

    “Let’s have some means testing because I don’t think that cutting benefits at this time is going to go over well. We can do means-testing and reduce the payments [to the wealthy],” Cleaver said.

    – — – – -SNIP – – –

    President Obama has also vocally supported more means testing in the program.- —
    THERE Is MORE.

    – — – -A definite WATCH. . . . .

  • Admiral_Komack

    Tim Scott (politician)

    Timothy Eugene “Tim” Scott (born September 19, 1965) is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 1st congressional district. Elected in November 2010 to the 112th Congress, he is the first Republican African-American Representative from South Carolina since 1901.[4] Scott is also one of the two members of the freshman class chosen to sit at the House Republican leadership table.[5] Scott, a fiscal and cultural conservative, ran for Congress on a platform of reducing federal spending and taxes.[2] He was endorsed by Tea Party groups and other prominent Republicans.[2][6]

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Scott_(politician)#section_3

    -No thanks; I’ll pass, thank you very much.

  • rikyrah

    Charles Pierce: ….. Morning Joe Scarborough has a piece about how the president’s abilities at artificial pleasantries, manufactured politesse, and general intramural Potomac ass-kissing leave something to be desired….

    …. In what universe is this president “personally isolated”? This one drives me straight up the wall. He just won his second national election, this one against longer odds even than the first one. He is immensely popular in the country at large, which is supposed to be the only place where popularity is supposed to matter. The country doesn’t seem to find him aloof….

    …. And, in case it’s escaped the squint, the only people capable of making the next four years different from the last four years are the people who spent the previous four years refusing to accept the results of the 2008 election. Let John Boehner get all the bats in the House belfry flying in formation. That’s his job. The president’s is to lead the country for the rest of us…..

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/politico-morning-joe-scarborough-120612

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- – – – -LOL – – -LOSERS- -RESPOND- -RETROACTIVELY —LOL- —

    – —
    GOP Proposes Changes to Electoral Vote Allocation
    – —

    – — -Following the loss of another presidential election, Mother Jones says Republicans are proposing changes to several state’s election rules — allocating electoral votes by congressional district instead of statewide — that could tilt the next presidential election their way.

    “The states where Republicans have proposed changing Electoral College rules — Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where legislation has been introduced, and Michigan and Ohio, where activists have pushed the idea — went for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012. There are no such GOP proposals, for example, in deep-red Texas.”

    WHEW LAWD!- – — -DEY haven’t learned- — NO WEAPON!! — -:>) – – -IT WON’T WORK!! – -HAH!

    • qosine

      That’s right, GLH!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – —***fist bump*** LOL- – -We KEEP TELLIN’ ‘EM. :>)

        Good 2 C U qosine. :>)

    • aleth

      Never play by the same rules…always. Cheating

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY aleth. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – – –

        – –***fist bump*** — – -ALWAYS!! – – – –NEVA! – –NEVA! TRUST ‘EM!! - – —

        Good 2 C U aleth. :>)

      • TyrenM

        In honor of Public Enemy ripping it in Minneapolis last night, to your point: Can’t Truss It.

  • rikyrah

    Friday, December 07, 2012
    Hanukkah: Kashering The White House Kitchen

    Hanukkah begins at sundown on Saturday night, and President Obama and First Lady Obama have annually hosted a reception to mark the Jewish holiday. In 2011, the White House released this behind-the-scenes video that shows how the kitchen is “kosherized” ahead of the party. Executive Chef Cris Comerford and Rabbi Levi Shemtov explain the process. The menu for the Presidential Hanukkah reception is different than the buffet menu served at other holiday parties, which this year spotlight recipes featured in the First Lady’s Grammy-nominated book, American Grown.

    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/12/hanukkah-koshering-white-house-kitchen.html

    • qosine

      Thx rikyrah. That video was really interesting.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!