October 23, 2014

Monday Afternoon Thread: Ohio Residents React to Mitt Romney’s Bus Tour

In this video, Ohio residents share why Romney’s plans and visions are wrong for the middle-class and why they support President Obama’s vision to move forward and create an economy built to last.

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  • rikyrah

    Scalia’s ‘intellect and integrity’
    By Steve Benen – Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:50 PM EDT.

    While we wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, there’s increasing speculation about how Justice Antonin Scalia will rule. The answer now appears rather obvious, with the far-right jurist starting to show his cards.

    Before we get to that, though, consider a little history. I often think about this op-ed Harvard Law scholar Laurence Tribe wrote last year, arguing that proponents of the law have nothing to fear — of course a high court majority will uphold the law, because it’s such a “clear” and “open and shut” case. Tribe practically chided folks like me for questioning whether conservative justices would be responsible in this case — Scalia may be conservative, but to think he’d ignore the law is “to insult both his intellect and his integrity.”

    A year later, as Sahil Kapur reports, Scalia’s intellect and integrity are looking a lot shakier.

    Now, within days of the historic ruling, Scalia is releasing a new book in which he finds fault with a Roosevelt-era Supreme Court decision that forms a critical part of the legal undergirding for the health care reform law. For Scalia, that’s a dramatic turnaround, because he has previously embraced the premise of that decision in an opinion he authored in 2005 that supporters of the health care law have frequently cited.

    In Scalia’s new book, a 500-page disquisition on statutory construction being published this week, he says the landmark 1942 ruling Wickard v. Filburn — which has served as the lynchpin of the federal government’s broad authority to regulate interstate economic activities under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause — was improperly decided.

    According to an advance review in the New York Times, Scalia writes that Wickard “expanded the Commerce Clause beyond all reason” by deciding that “a farmer’s cultivation of wheat for his own consumption affected interstate commerce and thus could be regulated under the Commerce Clause.”

    When did Scalia reach this conclusion? Well, quite recently, actually. Indeed, the far-right justice seemed to change his mind about the Commerce Clause right around the time he was looking for a way to rule against the health care law.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/18/12283151-scalias-intellect-and-integrity?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

    THIS is VERY ENCOURAGING!! – —Woo! Hoo! :>)

    — – -MITT DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT US! – – -HAH! – —

    -FIRED UP! – – –OBAMA-BIDEN 2012!! — –Move – — FORWARD!! -

    Have a good day. :>)

  • rikyrah

    This is your second and final notice
    By Kay June 18th, 2012

    When ALEC was exposed we found out that giant corporate entities and their affliated charitable foundations won’t be seen with conservatives in public. Turns out, no corporation wants to be publicly associated with voter suppression and extraordinary legal protections for irresponsible and/or crazed gun owners, although promoting those things was (apparently) fine as long as no one knew about it.

    This very public rejection by the business interests they love was humiliating for the conservative movement, so they lashed out and issued some threats:

    “We’re putting the left on notice: you take out a conservative program operating in one area, we’ll kick it up a notch somewhere else,” Amy Ridenour, chairman of the National Center for Public Policy Research, said in a statement. “You will not win. We outnumber you and we outthink you, and when you kick up a fuss you inspire us to victory.”

    more here
    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/06/18/this-is-your-second-and-final-notice/#comment-3357840

  • Miranda

    Hot 96-3 ‏@Hot963
    EXCLUSIVE PIC FROM THE CHRIS BROWN & DRAKE FIGHT pic.twitter.com/tlsYxNvy

    https://p.twimg.com/AvWhri5CMAAEdRk.jpg

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

      *tears*

    • Alma98

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda – — -BWAHAHA! – – -The imagery! – — -Good 1. :>)

    • MsKitty

      Y’all need to stop

    • conlakappa

      Thank you for reminding me that a friend had posted on Facebook the Youtube from Kid Fury called “Oh, Aubrey” about this brawl. It has priceless moments, for sure.

    • AxelFoley

      BWAHAHAHAHAHA

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -GOOD NEWS — — –

    – – -Philly mayor Michael Nutter new head of US conference of Mayors – —

    – – –Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has been named 70th president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

    Nutter assumed the post Saturday at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando and gave his inaugural address entitled “Moving America’s Cities Forward.”

    Nutter said cities now have less money and fewer people to provide services, and he called that “our new normal in America.”

    He cited innovative efforts by cities across the country to address the challenges, including Philadelphia rethinking how it uses water.

    Click here to read the rest of this story.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – -CONGRATULATIONS – – -Mayor NUTTER!! — —Woo! Hoo! – —

  • rikyrah

    It ain’t over
    By Metrosexual Black AbeJ
    June 18th, 2012

    I think we can still get some mileage out of the access-to-contraception issue that blew up, as the kids say, a few months ago. This hasn’t got much attention, but Romney just doubled down on the Catholic Bishops’ (I won’t say, Catholic Church, as some of you taught me) side of the issue:

    “The decision by the Obama Administration to attack our first Freedom, religious freedom is one in which, I think a lot of people were shocked to see. Cardinal Dolan in New York City who was the Chairman of the Catholic Council of Bishops was surprised to see the President turn and take a different course than one he had promised during the campaign. A course, which says to the Catholic Church that they would be required to violate their own.”

    In a shitty economy, the more we can discuss what racist, misogynist lunatics the Republicans have become, the better. I wish a motherfucker would start a new battle in the “culture wars”.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/06/18/it-aint-over/#comment-3358222

    • conlakappa

      And once again he brings up religion but woe betide anyone who brings up his religion. This should be given the length of time it takes a mouse’s sneeze on cotton to register to ears a mile away.

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

      This man is diabolical.

      • AxelFoley

        Oh, he gon’ get it in jail.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —LOL. —Paddy/Laffy R BRANGIN’ IT – –AGAIN: – —

    – – – -VIDEO- BLUNT song parody: Vagina! – – –

    – – – -I couldn’t resist writing another song parody, this time about some legislators, specifically the infamous Michigan Males, censoring and banning female members who dared to utter the words “vagina” and “vasectomy”! Oh noes!

    (I just noticed from the freeze frame that my video program failed to add the apostrophe in “We’ll”… it does that. Sigh.)
    THERE IS MORE. – — — ENJOY!! :>)

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

    Rubio: ‘It Feels Kind Of Weird’ To Deport Undocumented Immigrants Who Came To The U.S. As Children

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told the National Review’s Bob Costa that there is a “growing consensus” in favor of not deporting undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. “If you were four years old when your parents brought you here illegally, and you have grown up here your whole life and don’t even speak Spanish, and you are your high school’s valedictorian, you have a lot to contribute to our future. It kind of feels weird to deport you,” Rubio said. Before President Obama announced a new policy to not deport DREAM Act-eligible undocumented students, Rubio had been planning to introduce a GOP version of the bill, but now, he said he will not push for it.

    http://thinkprogress.org/?p=501595&preview=true

    • Miranda

      Well hombre, (cuz every person that looks like you is an hombre no matter what part of earth they came from right? your teapublican friends taught me that) – looks like those VP aspirations been shot to shit!

    • Aquagranny911

      FUCK & YOU, Rubio!

      Sorry, POU but I so despise this nasty goatfigging , mutant scum eating, asswipe!

      • conlakappa

        Did you catch his act on CBS Sunday Morning? He is diabolical, totally waving off the “oops, did I make like my parents left post-Castro” bald-faced lie he was caught in. And we learned he goes to church twice on Sundays: one at a Catholic mass and the other at a holiness church that he was trying to call Baptist. He and his wife kept interchanging the names.

        • Aquagranny911

          Missed that & don’t care a bit that I did. I despise him so much I won’t look or listen. He is a goatfigging, mutant, slime sucking, excuse for human DNA. I hate it when people try to link him to other Latinos or imply he can speak for any of us.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Why push something that doesn’t exist?
      Way to go, Anchor Baby.

    • rikyrah

      I’ll say it again….his entire ‘fake’DREAM ACT, was indeed, just an act, to provide Willard with cover. Now that the President has gone and done what he did; stole Marco’s hustle away from him.

      WHY WOULDN’T HE push for it – it would be LAW, which would be PERMANENT.

      could it be that you never intended to push it for real in the first place, Marco?

      • JojoRaze

        The thing that bugs me about Rubio’s whining is that before PBO released this directive, Rubio had a minimum of two months to get a bill ON PAPER and he was only running around saying he had something to give Williard cover. Now he’s complaining that PBO didn’t consult him.

        Harry Reid called Rubio on this and said, “If you have an idea, where is the bill, we are willing to look at and vote for whatever you have in mind” and there was crickets.

        So Rubio needs to sit all the way down since he wasn’t smart enough to put his ideas down on paper for the record.

        • conlakappa

          Duh, it’s like totally in the R big lawyer’s cabinet of bills they were totally working on, which includes the jobs bill and the budget alternative.

    • itgurl_29

      This fool is nothing but a Latino Harold Ford. Just like the msm loved Harold, they love Rubio. And Rubio will crash and burn, just like Harold. He sucks. The first Latino president is not gonna be a sellout. The “firsts” are never sellouts because they have to be strong and love themselves to take the crap they have to take.

      • AxelFoley

        Word up.

        And America better get ready for a LOT of firsts in the near future. PBO and Hillary smashed the fuck out of that last barrier in ’08. The floodgates are open now.

    • AxelFoley

      Fuck up that female/minority/gay GOPers are so willing to sell out their own people. In other words, “I got mine, fuck you”.

  • rikyrah

    The Cheney In Mitt Romney

    It’s increasingly clear that his foreign policy will be, as Bill Clinton put it, the old neocon stuff on steroids. Here, for example, is his view that a war against Iran need have no Congressional authorization:

    I can assure you if I’m President, the Iranians will have no question but that I would be willing to take military action, if necessary, to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world. I– I don’t believe at this stage, therefore, if I’m President, that we need to have war powers approval or a special authorization for military force. The President has that capacity now.

    Remember that this was Cheney’s position vis-a-vis Iraq. Bush over-ruled him. Romney is to the neocon right of George W. Bush in foreign affairs. Then this:

    We cannot survive a course of action [that] would include a nuclear Iran.

    Survive? So how did we survive a contained nuclear Soviet Union and a contained nuclear Communist China? And yet this comparatively puny, creaking, theo-fascist regime threatens America’s very survival? Well: no one can say we haven’t been warned.

    You want a return to Cheneyism in foreign policy? You know what to do.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/06/the-cheney-in-mitt-romney.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — —-THIS PHOOL! – – – –

    — – -Congressman Says 16-Year-Old Children Can Make Their Own Immigration Decisions – – –

    – — When President Obama announced on Friday relief from deportation for undocumented people who came to the country as children, he noted, “They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants, and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license or a college scholarship.”

    Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) disagrees. During an appearance on CNN’s Starting Point this morning, Farenthold told Soledad O’Brien that he believes that 16-year-old kids can make their own decisions about immigrating to the United States, claiming that his own 16-year-old daughter argues about “pretty much everything the family wants to do”:
    THERE IS MORE.

    – -Annnnd – –his “CHILD” STILL DOES WHAT SHE is TOLD 2 DO!! — – –

    Ain’t nobody no fool!! – – -geesh!!

    • MsKitty

      Putting up your lack of parenting skills as an counter argument might not be the best thing. Instead of making people agree with you they just come away with the impression that your kid is an incorrigible snot that was raised by a pack of wolves. Just sayin’

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – –MsKitty. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — –. . your kid is an incorrigible snot that was raised by a pack of wolves. – – –

        — – –U have SPOKEN TRUTH!! – – -LOL.- – —

        Good 2 C U. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Monday, June 18, 2012
    Short And Sweet: Romney’s Two Faces Shine
    Posted by Bon Tindle

    Romney refuses to actually go on record to say he’d overturn Obama’s immigration order, but sits in the corner sniping and taking swipes at it. What bravado!

    This man is a coward, a two-faced chickenshit who will say what it takes to satisfy his short-term need. He doesn’t give a damn about anything but his legacy, and he’s too blind and stupid to see his legacy will be that of a lame duck who was blindsided by his own ignorance.

    I’m starting to think he has no convictions. No principles allow you to sell them out for your own happiness, that’s why they are principles. If you don’t honor them when it matters, you’re just… well, you’re Mitt Romney. Even Mitt doesn’t want to be Mitt. He wants to be Obama, but without the pesky responsibility of making the hard choices and taking responsibility for them.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2012/06/short-and-sweet-romneys-two-faces-shine.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — –***gulp*** – – -GALLUP! – –***side eye*** – – –

    — -Poll Shows Anti-Immigration Sentiment At Historic Low - – –

    – – – -Three years ago, shortly after President Obama took office, fully 50 percent of Americans believed that the number of immigrants entering the United States needed to be reduced. Since then, support for more restrictive immigration policies spiraled downward, and is now at its lowest point since the Gallup polling firm started asking this question in 1965:-

    – – —Let’s HOPE that these “fact” R real. :>) — –

    • goldenstar

      They real. Too many POC who understand….

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        THANK U. :>) – – – -I was hopin’ that they WERE. :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>)

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

    Joe Madison was talking about this this morning.

    Are Corporations and Big Banks Making a Windfall From Food Stamps?

    How much food stamp money are Coca-Cola, General Mills and Walmart getting? The government isn’t telling.

    June 13, 2012

    Perhaps you’ve heard: At a time of record need for food assistance among America’s poor, the U.S. Senate is poised to cut roughly $4.5 billion from food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which 46 million Americans — one in seven of us — rely upon.

    While Congress is obsessed with saving money by cutting assistance to our poorest citizens, there’s been nary a peep about how major banks and food corporations profit from food stamps, and what that means for recipients and the rest of the taxpaying public.

    With minimal oversight or accountability, banks such as JPMorgan Chase administer SNAP in each state, reaping big contracts that reveal little about how they turn a profit off these public benefits. You’d think the austerity-minded Congress might want to know.

    MORE: http://www.alternet.org/food/155849/are_corporations_and_big_banks_making_a_windfall_from_food_stamps

    • Town

      Lots of people are making money from food stamps. Walmart, grocery stores, 7-11, WaWas™, Dolla Sto’, fast food places…all them places take SNAP/EBT/THE CARD/FOOD STAMPS. Cut them out and you can cut them businesses out too.

    • Alma98

      HELL YES! Even Sam’s Club take food stamps now. These are the very same companies that are behind ALEC.

  • rikyrah

    18 Jun 2012 02:42 PM
    What The WaPo Wouldn’t Run

    That scene is a free, makeshift dental clinic for the uninsured. It was mobbed – as it would be in a developing country. Except it’s right here in Tennessee, where many of the working poor are uninsured, and where the state is perfectly happy to keep it that way. For these strapped, working class folk, Obama’s demonized healthcare reform is a godsend. Pity almost none of them in this part of deepest red America have heard of what it could do for them:

    It was hard to find visitors to the clinic who would not benefit directly from the law. Barbara Hickey, 54, is a diabetic who lost her insurance five years ago when her husband was injured at his job making fiberglass pipes. She gets discounted diabetic medication from a charity, but came to the clinic to ask a doctor about blood in her urine.

    Under the law, she would qualify for Medicaid. Her eyebrows shot up as the law was described to her. “If they put that law into effect, a lot of people won’t need disability,” she said. “A lot of people go onto disability because they can’t afford health insurance.”

    more here

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/06/what-the-wapo-wont-run.html

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

    Here’s a break down of the possible scenarios concerning SCOTUS decision on the ACA:

    In the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of the most likely scenarios:

    Uphold the entire law: If you believe in health care reform, as I do, this is obviously the best outcome. And it remains a very credible one. Remember, two very conservative judges at the appellate level found the law to be constitutional, despite tough questioning during oral arguments.

    Strike the mandate, keep everything else, including the penalty: This would be a moral victory for the critics and it would, quite possibly, limit federal power for generations to come. But it would probably do very little damage to the law itself. The financial incentives for obtaining and declining insurance would remain in place. If Justices Roberts and Kennedy want to have their cake and eat it too—to issue a major ruling with long-lasting doctrinal effects, but in a way that doesn’t look like a naked usurpation of legislative authority—this is the way to do it.

    MORE: http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/104105/when-will-supreme-court-announce-obamacare-decision-scenarios-monday

  • rikyrah

    Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 09:24 AM PDT.

    Ann Romney promises not to be all hoity-toity like those family-hating Obamas

    Ann Romney is sort of a very awful person. So it’s easy to see why she and Mitt are a match made in heaven. She’s just as clueless as Mitt (We had to struggle to get by on nothing more than my husband’s enormous inheritance), just as unprincipled (I love being attacked as a mother because we can exploit the heck out of it), and, just like her husbandbot, she’s got a bit of mean streak in her:
    Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Monday that she doubted that she and her husband would vacation overseas as frequently as the Obamas if her husband were to win election.
    Romney was responding to a question from WJR Detroit’s Frank Beckmann, who asked Romney if her family would be vacationing as frequently as the Obamas.

    “I doubt that,” Romney replied. “Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren.”

    Okay. We all know that Republicans (and Cokie Roberts) are geographically challenged because U.S. Americans don’t have enough maps, everywhere like such as. And that whether Hawaii is part of Kenya or these United States is a matter of some dispute among the dropped-repeatedly-on-their-heads crowd. But even by examining the list of fancy-shmancy Obama vacations wingers feverishly pass amongst themselves to prove something something something, you can see just how many elaborate and overseas their travels have been:


    The Obama Vacation List
    — President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the first daughters in Aspen, Colorado to ski.
    — Christmas 2011, the first family in Hawaii for an extended vacation.
    — Summer 2011, in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
    — June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters traveled to South Africa and Botswana.
    — President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
    — Christmas 2010, in Hawaii.
    — August 2010, the first family traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., for some sun and fun at the beach.
    — August 2010, Obama spent the weekend alone in Chicago for his 49th birthday bash.
    — August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha traveled to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
    — August 2010, summer vacation again at Martha’s Vineyard.
    — July 2010, the first family went to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
    — May 2010, the first family had a four-day trip to Chicago.
    — March 2010, first lady and daughter spend Spring Break in New York City.
    — Christmas 2009, Hawaii again for the annual break.
    — August 2009, at Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
    — August 2009, their first summer vacation as first family at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

    Yes, we know that Republicans are about as good at counting as they are at geography, but certainly those readers who aren’t governor of Texas can see that the grand tally of actual overseas Obama vacations is a whopping two. As in, one and then one more and that’s it. The bulk of the family’s travels were to exotic overseas locations like Chicago and and the Grand Canyon and, yes, the president’s home state of Hawaii (still part of the United States).
    Repeating the absurd Republican talking point that Obama and his family are always jet-setting off to fabulous places instead of working 27 hours a day to fix the economy and protect lightbulb freedom doesn’t make Ann Romney an awful person, however; it just makes her a Republican.

    But suggesting that she won’t be taking those same exotic Florida vacations (unlike the Obamas) because she loves her children (unlike the Obamas)? That is some low-class passive-aggressive Olympic horseshit.


    Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren

    Does that mean the Obamas don’t love being with their children? That spending time with their daughters doesn’t bring them happiness? Even though the children (and often, Michelle’s mother) have been included in pretty much all of their vacations? Is Ann actually trying to say that if the Obamas enjoyed spending time with their family the way Ann does, they wouldn’t need to take vacations? Vacations are for family-haters?
    Well, no. Not quite:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/18/1100984/-Ann-Romney-promises-not-to-be-all-hoity-toity-like-those-family-hating-Obamas

    • Kennymack1971

      Ann Romney really needs to fall all the way back. This definitely falls under the category of don’t start none won’t be none.

      • conlakappa

        Too true. Two out of four of the First Family took an overseas vacation to help friends who were grieving over a great loss. Meanwhile, does Miss Ann know that her 2-week vacation to watch her horse dance in London during the campaign season should count as vacationing overseas? The old girl has never seemed like “Mensa chapters are competing for me” but daggum she comes across right dim. Also, when you have eleventy billion houses in this country, it’s easy to imagine you are not for want of anything when it comes to vacation needs.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 06/18/2012
    TheWashingtonPost
    GOP strategist: Republicans were `caught with their pants down’ on immigration
    By Greg Sargent

    Republicans need to be very careful about how they respond to Obama’s new immigration announcement, because Americans view the issue as one about fundamental fairness. If the GOP loses the Latino vote in the same way it has lost blacks, it won’t be able to win future presidential elections.

    So claims GOP strategist Ed Rollins in an interview with me about Obama’s new policy blocking deportations of DREAM-eligible youth.

    “They should not have been caught with their pants down,” Rollins said of Republicans, adding that they were caught “flat-footed” by the announcement. “They needed to be better prepared.”

    “The hardest thing [for Republicans] about the immigration debate is that it’s a question of fairness,” continued Rollins, who was chief strategist for Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign and ran Ronald Reagan’s reelection effort in 1984. “A lot of people know a lot of good people who came into this country illegally and are trying to buy into the American Dream.”

    “If we ever lose the Hispanic vote the way we’ve lost the African American vote, there’s no way we’ll win in presidential politics,” Rollins concluded.

    This is becoming a more and more common refrain. Over the weekend George Will argued (link fixed) that if Romney drops below the 31 percent of Latinos John McCain won in 2008, “he’s going to lose.”

    All of this raises a question: Will conservative hard-liners on immigration grant Mitt Romney the maneuvering room he needs to try to navigate the issue in a way that doesn’t cost him the election? On Friday Romney expressed general sympathy with Marco Rubio’s view of the issue, and on CBS yesterday, Romney refused to say that he would repeal Obama’s new policy.

    But as Kevin Drum notes, conservative leaders have not responded with the thunderous denunciations you’d expect, and GOP process criticism seems somewhat pro forma. Maybe Rollins’ view that the GOP is at risk of putting itself at a serious long term disadvantage in presidential elections is even sinking in with the hardliners.

    After all, the conservative and Republican response to Obama’s announcement that he now supports gay marriage was relatively muted, too, with some Republicans even suggesting that criticizing his position too loudly risked stereotyping the party as intolerant among swing and young voters. Perhaps demographic realities — and the accompanying political ones — are becoming harder and harder to ignore.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/gop-strategist-republicans-were-caught-with-their-pants-down-on-immigration/2012/06/18/gJQAJ94blV_blog.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -He went 2 someone’s house — – -2 STAND HIS GROUND!!??- – – – –

    WAY-ELL— -NOW he may – – -STAND HIS GROUND in – —
    – -the BIG HOUSE!. – -HAH!! :>)

    — —Texas man in ‘Stand Your Ground’ case could get life – –

    – — -A retired Houston-area firefighter faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him of murder for gunning down his unarmed neighbor during a dispute over a noisy house party.

    Raul Rodriguez, 47, argued he was within his rights under Texas’ version of a stand-your-ground law when he killed Kelly Danaher in 2010. The trial’s punishment phase, which will include further testimony, was scheduled to begin Thursday.

    Rodriguez was angry about the noise coming from Danaher’s home, where the family was having a birthday party for Danaher’s wife and young daughter. Rodriguez went to the home and got into an argument with Danaher, a 36-year-old elementary school teacher, and two other men who were at the party.

    In a 22-minute video he recorded the night of the shooting, Rodriguez can be heard telling a police dispatcher “my life is in danger now” and “these people are going to go try and kill me.” He then said “I’m standing my ground here,” and shot Danaher after somebody appeared to grab his camera. The two other men were wounded.
    THERE IS MORE.

    • Admiral_Komack

      He goes from “standing his ground” to “wide stance”.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/18/2012
    TheWashingtonPost
    Can Dems go on offense on health care?
    By Greg Sargent

    So how much of an impact would a Supreme Court decision against the Affordable Care Act have on the health care debate in this fall’s elections? The answer may prove to be: Not much.

    I’m not one of those who thinks a Supreme Court decision against health reform will carry any hidden silver linings for Dems. It could reinforce the narrative that Obama and Dems allowed health care to distract them from the economy, with nothing to show for it.

    But it is worth pointing out that even if the law is struck down, the basic parameters of the health care debate itself will remain pretty much the same in the context of the presidential and Congressional campaigns.

    And there may even be space for Dems to go on offense on the issue, even if a decision against Obamacare does carry clear negatives.

    Case in point: This new ad from Heidi Heitkamp, the former North Dakota attorney general who’s now the Democratic candidate for Senate. This may be the first ad of the cycle in which a Democrat is not only aggressively defending the health law, but using it to attack the GOP opponent, in this case GOP Rep. Rick Berg:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/can-dems-go-on-offense-on-health-care/2012/06/18/gJQAv16PlV_blog.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-LOL. Mr Martin: – – -Do U know anyone with LESS of a PERSONALITY annnd MORE BORING – -than teh WILLARD? — –LOL. – –

    – -NO! LOL — -

  • MsKitty

    Tom and Lorenzo weigh in on FLOTUS’ outfit from last week’s dinner in honor of Shimon Peres.

    • Miranda

      Love their commentary!

  • rikyrah

    anyone check April Ryan’s twitter feed from Willard’s bus tour?

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

    Ann Romney is trending on Twitter and NOT in a good way.

    • Miranda

      *snicker*

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – – – -GR8! – — –

      Mr. Martin jus’ WENT IN ON — John harwood 4 trynta DEFEND her VACAY STATEMENT. — –

      He thought that she was NOT trynta cast aspersiojs on the OBAMAs. WHA’? – —

      Mr. Martin: —I DON’T AGREE WITH U. – –HAH!! -

      • goldenstar

        I’m not sure if John Harwood likes being on that show. He looked unhappy w/ Bashir’s sharp commentary…

        • GreenLadyHere

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

          BIG SAD FACE – –HUH! ? – – – -LOL

          – – – -He STR8 —GOT – — -GOT!! – -LOL.

          Good 2 C U. :>)

    • rikyrah

      go get her, twitter folks

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —Woo! Hoo! – — -ANOTHER VOICE of SUPPORT in the HISPANIC/LATINO COMMUNITY — —

    – – –Calderon thanks Obama for immigration action – – –

    – —LOS CABOS, Mexico — Mexican President Felipe Calderon praised President Obama on Monday for taking “unprecedented” action in moving to stop deportations of young illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.

    Calderon said Obama’s move took “valor and courage” and that he’s sure many families in the United States are appreciative of the president’s action.

    – — -THANK U – –President Calderon. :>) – —

    • Aquagranny911

      Not to be too cynical but Calderon is just happy that Mexico may not have to deal anymore with these deportations. El Presidente has plenty more on his own plate.

  • rikyrah

    TPM2012
    Mitt Romney Still Has No Position On Obama’s Immigration Bombshell

    Benjy Sarlin- June 18, 2012, 11:53 AM

    Thanks to President Obama’s dramatic new policy halting deportation for young illegal immigrations, Mitt Romney’s immigration hawks may be finally coming home to roost. Or they may quickly evolve into immigration doves. Nobody yet knows, since Romney has dodged the issue since Obama’s Friday announcement.

    Romney’s position on Obama’s move should be obvious. There was no ambiguity about his immigration position during the primaries, when he aligned himself with far-right immigration adviser Kris Kobach and pledged to veto the DREAM Act, the stalled legislation that prompted Obama to act unilaterally last week. Romney proposed that by taking away illegal immigrants’ comforts and ability to work within the United States, they would “self deport.” Not only did Romney oppose the federal DREAM Act, he lit into Rick Perry for signing a watered-down state-level version in Texas, which provided in-state tuition to young illegal immigrants, a much less important benefit than the temporary legal status provided by Obama’s order.

    “My friend Gov. Perry said that if you don’t agree with his position on giving that in-state tuition to illegals that you don’t have a heart,” Romney said last September. “I think if you’re opposed to illegal immigration it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a heart. It means you have a heart and a brain.”

    But rather than flatly decrying the White House’s new policy as a reward for illegal behavior, as he did throughout the primaries, Romney has yet to explain what he’d do instead or even whether he’d reverse Obama’s orders.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/mitt-romney-still-has-no-position-on-obamas-immigration-bombshell.php

    • Miranda

      He has absolutely no comeback. So the best bet is to completely ignore it like it just didn’t happen.

      • conlakappa

        It has worked for him on so many issues thus far. We still don’t know where he stands on equal for women, right?

  • Miranda

    What The WaPo Wouldn’t Run

    That scene is a free, makeshift dental clinic for the uninsured. It was mobbed – as it would be in a developing country. Except it’s right here in Tennessee, where many of the working poor are uninsured, and where the state is perfectly happy to keep it that way. For these strapped, working class folk, Obama’s demonized healthcare reform is a godsend. Pity almost none of them in this part of deepest red America have heard of what it could do for them:

    It was hard to find visitors to the clinic who would not benefit directly from the law. Barbara Hickey, 54, is a diabetic who lost her insurance five years ago when her husband was injured at his job making fiberglass pipes. She gets discounted diabetic medication from a charity, but came to the clinic to ask a doctor about blood in her urine.

    Under the law, she would qualify for Medicaid. Her eyebrows shot up as the law was described to her. “If they put that law into effect, a lot of people won’t need disability,” she said. “A lot of people go onto disability because they can’t afford health insurance.”

    more here
    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/06/what-the-wapo-wont-run.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – — -CALLIN’ OUT – -teh B! – – – -JOBS! – – – -JOBS! – – -JOBS! — – -NOT!! – —

    — – -John Boehner Is Deliberately Killing 3 Million Construction Jobs – —

    – – –In the lead-up to the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans, led by John Boehner (R-OH) promised their highest priority was “jobs, jobs, jobs,” and despite offering no concrete plans to stimulate hiring, the nation anticipated some kind of sweeping legislation to get Americans back to work. It is now the lead-up to the 2012 General Election, and Speaker of the House John Boehner says the American people want to know; “where are the jobs?” It has been a year-and-a-half since Boehner and Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and besides not producing any jobs, Boehner has revealed himself to be the most incompetent House leader in recent memory. What Boehner has accomplished, is attacking women’s right to choose their own reproductive health, attempted to pass legislation purposely designed to kill millions of Americans’ jobs, as well as push the Keystone XL pipeline to enrich the oil industry and himself. If the American people want to know where the jobs are, they can look no farther than John Boehner’s desk.
    THERE IS MORE. – –

    – — -ALL — -OF – – THIS!! – – --EPIC FAIL!! - —

    Give the GAVEL – –BACK 2 Ms. NANCY!! :>)

  • Miranda

    ‘What New Law?’

    People who would benefit have little idea what they may lose if Supreme Court strikes down health law.

    SEWANEE, Tenn. – As Robin Layman, a mother of two who has major health troubles but no insurance, arrived at a free clinic here, she had a big personal stake in the Supreme Court’s imminent decision on the new national health care law.

    Not that she realized that. “What new law?” she said. “I’ve not heard anything about that.”

    Layman was one of 600 people who on a recent weekend came from across southeastern Tennessee for the clinic held by Remote Area Medical, a Knoxville-based organization that for two decades has been providing free medical, dental and vision care in underserved areas. Most everyone had spent the night in their parked cars, to get a good spot in line. Daybreak found them massed outside the turreted stone gymnasium of the 150-year-old college, the University of the South, some still wearing pajamas or wrapped in blankets, waiting quietly for the 6 a.m. opening of the doors.

    read more here http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/104094/tennessee-health-care

    • rikyrah

      because she believed all the bullshyt they said about that ‘ Colored’ President.

      fuck all these ignorant mofos.

    • ch555x

      I’m all too familiar with RAM and their work around these parts. They come in droves looking for medical care.

  • gc

    How STUPID can his advisors be? Mitt does not even belong in the same SENTENCE as the word ‘bus’ let alone be ON one! It’s a joke on the face of it, like an Onion headline: Mitt introduces himself to the busdriver, “Hello, you must be the chauffeur.” And what is Ann going to do, follow behind it in her Caddie? Ride behind it on her ballerina horse? And bringing up the rear, the Stepford Sons, with the family dog on a leash? Are they going to have pate airdropped in through the sunroof? Will the pate made of cheval if it doesn’t medal in the Olympics?

    TDH and TCR have material for a week.

    • rikyrah

      are you kidding me? did he really call him the CHAUFFER:?

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – – -gc. – — Thought of 1 – – –

      -teh WILLARD – – – -THROWN – -UNDER the BUS – – -by MOST RETHUGS!! :>)

      LUV your descriptions. LOL – – —

      – – -the Stepford Sons, with the family dog on a leash? — —

      At least the DOG is NOT – – -ON DA ROOF – – -of the caddie. :>)

      • conlakappa

        I loved The Mack Daddy talked about the general shadiness of Adelson’s money.

  • lamh35

    Driving home from NOLA. Had a gr8 time with the fam but I was beyond ready to get back toy bed…lol. I’m half way there now.

  • isonprize

    That scene is a free, makeshift dental clinic for the uninsured. It was mobbed – as it would be in a developing country. Except it’s right here in Tennessee, where many of the working poor are uninsured, and where the state is perfectly happy to keep it that way. For these strapped, working-class folk, Obama’s demonized healthcare reform is a godsend. Pity almost none of them in this part of deepest red America have heard of what it could do for them:

    See photo and read more here:

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/06/what-the-wapo-wont-run.html

    • Miranda

      Its sad how gullible those folks are.

    • gc

      Related to this is one of the issues I had with Righteous Eve on DK. All the clinics she attended to fucking push her political views? Did she ever once go up to an RN “how can I help?” We drove by an AIDS clinic in FL looking for volunteers. I volunteer for an AIDS organization here in CT.My husband had to physically restrain me from jumping out of the car. (to have the patients sign petitions, por supeusto)

      • conlakappa

        Don’t get me started on Eve, Eve, Eve and her follow paid-by-Miz-Jane traveler, She What slinks and winks. Rancid, the both of them.

        • gc

          I always had an image in my mind when those dreadful women posted or when Jane was referred to:”Boil, boil, toil and trouble…” Sharespeare’s MacBeths Three Witches stirring their cauldron of poison…

  • Miranda

    This dude is a running punchline.

    Mitt Romney Is Amazed By WaWa

    • gc

      Thank you Miranda, good cathartic laugh always appreciated!

      Amazed in CT

    • MsKitty

      If Willard had waited another week to go to Wawa he would have been in time for the start of their annual Summer Hoagiefest. A different featured hoagie each week all summer long. That would have totally blown his mind.

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

      Chris Cillizza’s face was priceless! He like, “I’m even gonna try to spin this bitchassness”.

      • rikyrah

        it boggles the mind

      • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

        His guffaw cracked me up.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda – – – -UN-FLIPPIN’-BELIEVABLE! -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — –LOL. – — THAT DEBATE — –Will B — -ONE-SIDED — LOL —

    – – -Teh WILLARD has NO OPINION on 7 MAJOR ISSUES! – —

    – –The 7 Major Issues Mitt Romney Won’t Take A Position On – –

    – – –In March, Mitt Romney demanded “President Obama needs to level with the American public about his real agenda.” But on numerous topics, Romney has refused to answer basic questions about his views, leaving voters to guess at where he stands on important issues. Romney’s ambiguity appears to be a calculated strategy to avoid alienating the conservative base or moderate swing voters. If he’s successful in avoiding articulating policy positions, he can market himself as the “generic Republican” alternative to President Obama.

    Here are seven major issues on which Romney has refused to take a stand:

    1. Romney won’t say whether he would undo Obama’s decision to end deportations of DREAM-eligible immigrants. Romney and his campaign passed up numerous opportunities over the weekend to say whether he agreed with the substance of the Obama administration’s order to stop deporting some young undocumented immigrants and whether a President Romney would rescind the order, saying only, “We’ll look at that — we’ll look at that setting as we– as we reach that.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – – – Annnd – –YOUR RESPONSE — -mr. –rom-KNEE!

  • Miranda
    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      Clear!! ^_______________________________________________

  • GreenLadyHere

    ROGER CLEMENS – – – -NOT GUILTY. – –

    • gc

      Clemens is guilty

      Signed, Caucasian woman who knows the difference between truth and lying, regardless of color

      • GreenLadyHere

        gc – – -THANK U. LOL – – – – As a BLAH woman — I KNOW 2 —also, plus, annnd. LOL

  • rikyrah

    the new-fangled Kneegrow Artur Davis was on Wolf BLitzer, slamming the President.

    these self-hating mofos are hard to watch

    • goldenstar

      New-fangled: meaning Republican? No matter what, he’s a piece of work.

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

      I saw it. Looks like Artur has been going to Allen West’s barber.

      Notice Wolf didn’t mention that Black Alabamans were the ones who kicked his sorry ass to the curb? Donna Brazile should’ve mentioned that fact.

    • conlakappa

      His backstabbing of the President didn’t play in his home district [how do you lose your own people in trying to make history in your State?] or to curry favor of the nonblack folks and I doubt it will work in whatever district of Virginia he is trying to be the Rep of. He could have gone done in defeat with dignity and found himself and his convenient wife in some nice ambassador setting but, oh, no, he had to lose ugly.

      • rikyrah

        “convenient wife”

        BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

        • conlakappa

          What do you call a spousal situation that happens, what, 6 months before he runs for a bigger office? We’d never heard of her until their wedding announcement. Have we heard of her since his election loss? He clearly didn’t learn any press instructions from Weird Harold though he inherited some of his staff people.

    • AxelFoley

      Ah, so he finally makes his first appearance and the GOP’s newest boy. Yeah, he ain’t nothing but their boy, their lawn jockey.

      When they lynch his ass, I’ll be watching from a safe distance, eating popcorn.

  • rikyrah

    GOP Senate Candidate Says Businesses Should Be Allowed To Deny Health Insurance To Cancer Patients
    By Scott Keyes on Jun 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party favorite who ousted Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) in Indiana’s Republican Senate primary last month, told a local Indiana newspaper that, contra Obamacare’s protections, employers ought to be able to deny health insurance to people with cancer.

    During a freewheeling interview with the News and Tribune, Mourdock said health care will be the “biggest issue” this election. The Indiana Republican, who opposes the Affordable Care Act, argued that businesses should be permitted to deny coverage to employees with cancer “if they want to keep their health care costs down.” “Does that employer have the right to do it?” Mourdock asked. “I would say yes they do”

    more here http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/06/18/501654/richard-mourdock-health-insurance-cancer/

    • conlakappa

      Staying classy.

  • rikyrah

    Political AnimalBlog
    June 18, 2012 1:25 PM

    Trust or Obey?

    By Ed Kilgore

    Yesterday Greg Sargent drew attention to Mitt Romney’s bland admission (in an interview with Bob Schieffer) that he wouldn’t be disclosing anything about how he’d pay for the large new tax cuts he’s proposed until after the election. Given his record of mendacity, that’s hardly reassuring.

    But there’s another aspect to Romney’s positioning on taxes that’s worth emphasizing: he keeps making it clear he will defer to Congress (presumably Republicans in Congress) in determining how he will structure his tax-cut proposal, and particularly the “loophole closing” measures that will supposedly make it possible not only to cut rates for everybody, but to ensure that tax cuts will not “reduce the burden paid by the wealthiest.”

    more here http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_06/trust_or_obey038007.php

  • Miranda

    Romney, cows and ice cream:
    Targeting conservative, white ‘backbone’
    Obama has the cities? Well, Mitt Romney is aiming to strengthen the GOP core — older white and blue-collar voters. And he has something to pin his effort on: the economy.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-romney-rural-20120618,0,5614394.story
    ___________________________________

    Williard is traveling to small towns that are 92% white to tell these people that the reason for their small town factories closing and mom&pop stores dying over the last 30 years is all because of the marxist, communist Obama.

    • gc

      He already HAS their vote! Who is running this running this campaign – Napoleon Dynamite?

      • JojoRaze

        Who is running this campaign – Napoleon Dynamite?

        *mort*

    • conlakappa

      How soon before he goes the full St. Ronnie and makes a speech in Philadelphia, Miss.?

  • Miranda
    • JojoRaze

      Me too!!! *Real tears* to my eyes. I’m rofling so hard right now. This cannot be real life.

      • Miranda

        I really cannot believe this is a serious campaign – who gave this the ok?? its just ripe for jokes.

        http://www.newscorpse.com/Pix/Campaign2012/romney-cows.jpg

        • Alma98

          Are you kidding me? LOL

        • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

          Okay who’s been messing around with the photoshop again?

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA AH HA

    • Aquagranny911

      I know I’m getting old but I ain’t senile yet! I saw this & told you all yesterday. Robme has some animal issues & I would advise all goats to beware, protect the young and save yourselves!!!

      • JojoRaze

        Maybe Mitt was looking for new cowpies of distortion.

    • gc

      How old is he – 5?
      Which one of these creatures is not like the other?

      • crazycanuck

        LMAO

        • gc

          “These horses are the wrong height here.”

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – — -I understand that he – –RECEIVED HIS ORDER -of THESE. -:>)

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

      He’s smiling like he stepped in a cow pie.

    • conlakappa

      Dang, notice that even the bovine-Americans aren’t paying attention to him?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -Oh DANG! – – -WATCH the “BLAME – –Mr. PRESIDENT —GAME” – —

    – – –Obama Iraq Ambo Nominee Withdraws After Racy Emails Leaked – —

    – —Brett McGurk, President Obama’s choice to be the next ambassador to Iraq, has withdrawn his nomination.

    Earlier this month, a series of flirty 2008 emails between McGurk and his current-wife (who at the time of the exchange was a Wall Street Journal correspondent in Baghdad) were made public, and they became part of Republican opposition to his nomination.

    “Iraq urgently needs an ambassador,” McGurk wrote in a letter to Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent Monday, according to the New York Times. “The country is in the midst of a political crisis and our mission is undergoing rapid transformation.”
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    — – -**tsk*** ***sigh***

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – -Oooooweeee – — -Gotta admit that Tweety WENT IN ON teh WILLARD. – – –

    “He’s NOT a CANDIDATE. He’s a SPEAKER [says whateva he's told.]” —

  • crazycanuck
    • JojoRaze

      Wow, they do look nice…even Camila.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — – -THIS RACIST -BUFFOON!! – – – –

    – – -Limbaugh: ‘Everybody knows Munro was heckling Obama’s white half’ – – – –

    – – – -SAAAAAA-LAP!!! – — – — -F 2 da U!! – — – -limpballs!! – —

    NO RACIAL OVERTONES – – -HUH – –RE-THUGS!! ????- —

    • gc

      How do you even “heckle a half” ?? When they try to determine why Romney tanked in the election, they will never be able to tease apart who refused to vote for him because they were anti-racist…or anti-stupid.

      • GreenLadyHere

        gc LOL – —‘member. He’s operatin’ on a DRUGGED OUT – -1/2 brain??? – – – –

        Just a – – -SICK RACIST!! – – -THAT! – – — IS! ALL! – –

    • goldenstar

      He. has. lost. his. mind. Or, what’s left of it…post-drug haze.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL goldenstar. – – – -WAY-ELL- – – -He ONLY has a 1/2 a brain –his advertizement. Annnd it’s DRUGGED OUT.

        As far as I KNOW.- — -LOL.

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      Is he back on the Oxy?

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – –woody45. ***BIG HUG*** – – -NEVA STOPPED!! LOL

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>)

      • conlakappa

        Do you think he was ever off it? I don’t think he was ever ordered to show any proof of being clean and I’m pretty sure there was a story floating around that he didn’t stay the full 28 days in rehab. Again, lack of a legal requirement doesn’t really serve as a motivator.

      • Admiral_Komack

        That was my first thought.

  • sagittarius

    Good afternoon, POU Fam!

    All right – who called it?

    Arsenio Hall will host new late-night show in 2013

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/chi-arsenio-hall-talk-show-20120618,0,309404.story

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

      I guess making birther jokes paid off for Arsenio.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – – -BACK 2 DA LAWN!!—-

      Good 2 C U. :>)

    • BoomerGal

      I’m glad for him. But just read the comments following the article in the link. Not just this one but ANY article dealing with ANYBODY Black! It’s sad. Really sad. smh.

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

    David Sirota is truly despicable.

    David Sirota Smears Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina With Old Gay-Bait
    by Tommy Christopher | 5:12 pm, June 18th, 2012

    Obama campaign manager Jim Messina is the subject of a quick hit by Salon’s David Sirota, who claims that a recent profile in Businessweek might implicate Messina in an illegally coordinated, wretchedly homophobic attack ad. While the Bizweek story in question does raise a few questions, it doesn’t, as Sirota claims, credit Messina “with being the architect of the ad,” or connect enough dots for Sirota to refer to it as “Messina’s ad.”

    The piece centers around a legendarily gay-baiting ad that the Democratic Party ran against not-gay Baucus opponent Mike Taylor in 2002. The ad featured old footage from Taylor’s hairdressing business, set to porno music and homophobic coding that had all the subtlety of ig-pay atin-lay. At the time, Baucus maintained he had nothing to do with the ad, but basically defended it. Messina was Baucus’ chief of staff at the time.

    Sirota leaps on two paragraphs of that recent Businessweek article to unravel Baucus and Messina, in a Salon piece headlined “Obama chief’s anti-gay secret – Jim Messina’s old boss once denied involvement with a homophobic ad. A new profile suggests they knew all along“:

    MORE: http://www.mediaite.com/online/david-sirota-smears-obama-campaign-manager-jim-messina-with-old-gay-bait/

    • rikyrah

      fucking asshole

    • gc

      “Home Depot? this is Dan Choi, I am going to need some chain link fencing.”

    • Miranda

      Sirota is a troll.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – – -FIRST – – -SAAAA-LAP!! – – –

      Then – – -F 2 da U -2 him!!

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

    Alabama Departments Fail To Provide Voter Registration Materials When Required By Law

    By Amanda Peterson Beadle on Jun 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Conservative officials are disenfranchising voters across the country through voter ID laws that could prevent up to 3 million voters from casting a ballot and Florida’s voter purge that continues even though Justice Department officials say it is illegal. Now another state is stopping voters by not providing voter registration information.

    According to national voting rights and civil rights groups, Alabama agencies are failing to follow a federal law requiring that state offices provide voter registration materials to residents who seek government assistance.The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 states that all applicants for public assistance must be given voter registration applications, but a coalition including Demos, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Project Vote said their investigation and interviews found that state Department of Human Resources (DHR) and Medicaid offices are not complying with this law.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/18/501403/alabama-voter-registration/

    • Alma98

      Doesn’t surprise me one bit I hope the Justice Dept. sues their trifling behinds.

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

    The First Lady’s Family
    By EDWARD BALL

    Twelve presidents were slaveholders, and perhaps another dozen (including the two named George Bush) came from families that once upon a time owned slaves. In common with many of our most venerable institutions, the presidency has ample connection to “slavery time”: the White House is like an Internet link that, if you click on it, bounces you to the lawn of a plantation.

    For 42 million Americans — African-Americans — having slaves in the family tree is almost a given, but this fact wasn’t relevant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue until the current first family. Michelle Robinson Obama happens to descend from people once enslaved in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky. She can peer at American history from that far side of the looking glass. Her husband, with no slaves in the family, may not see America in quite the same way.

    After the president’s term began, one expected to hear more in the press and from the Obamas about blackness, whiteness and the nation’s never-ending debates about race and class. But Barack and Michelle Obama have not made theirs into a “black” White House. An exception jumped up for two nights last winter, when the commander in chief, on camera, sang the opening lines of a Robert Johnson blues standard, “Sweet Home Chicago,” and Al Green’s R&B ballad “Let’s Stay Together” — the kind of songs that used to be called “race music.”

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/books/review/american-tapestry-by-rachel-l-swarns.html?_r=2&pagewanted=2&pagewanted=all

    • danadevin74

      What in the hell do they wan’t FLOTUS to do?
      Shout from the roof top that white people owned her family
      Im quite sure FLOTUS was already aware of this

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

        Thank you! Edward Ball’s white ass can miss me with his projecting his bs definition of “blackness” upon the Obamas.

        • Alma98

          I think it’s white guilt Sepia, a lot of his relatives didn’t want him digging around in their family history. His family made their fortune from slavery & cotton.

          • BoomerGal

            And betcha a dollar to a doughnut, Ball is a Jew.

          • JojoRaze

            Even if he was a Jew, what does that have to do with anything?

          • gc

            Thank you, Jojo. That caught me by surprise.

          • Alma98

            Yes me too.

          • BoomerGal

            Like so many others, Ball’s fortune came from the slave trade and cotton.

          • gc

            As I am. There is hostility between some Blacks and Jews. Let it not be here.

          • BoomerGal

            Regardless of the category, they’re still white and the history is the same. My hostility is towards anyone or anything that had a part in the slave trade. The history is what it is. I didn’t make this stuff up and I’m certainly not going to pretend it didn’t happen.

          • gc

            I have many responses, will not post any of them. Good Night.

          • nathkatun7

            Unfortunately, when it comes to slave trade, you have to include Africans.

          • Admiral_Komack

            So?

    • Alma98

      Edward Ball’s book Slaves in the Family is fascinating, he searched out his black family members and talked with them. He has a lot of photos of them in his book. Another book I loved is called (The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White) by Shirley Taylor Haizlip great reading.

    • Miranda

      But Barack and Michelle Obama have not made theirs into a “black” White House.
      _______________________________

      So he thought the Obamas were gonna put up that big wooden spoon and fork on the wall in the kitchen and put plastic all over the oval office sofa and chairs? Did Michelle not put up all the ceramic knick knacks, whatnots and thingamajigs in the curios like Big Mama and dem have in the “good room”?? Is he saying there is no chiffarobe for all FLOTUS’s “foundations” and “unmentionables” in the residence? Where does she put her slips, girdles and camisoles??? And all black middle class people got the Encycopedia Brittanica, please tell me the Obamas got a set of THOSE in the residence!

      • Alma98

        OK Miranda now you know my mama had that spoon & fork set in the kitchen in 1975. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

        • conlakappa

          And the tea towel calendar that is at least 3 years out of date? Prayer hands somewhere? I miss the trinity of my youth: Martin, John, and Bobby though I know some grannies have added Barack.

          • Alma98

            YES! YES! YES! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

          • conlakappa

            When we bought our house, a friend gave us such a calendar, which she had gotten from a vendor. Problem, but not really, was that the stick at the top of it was broken in transit. We moved in at the end of November so the calendar was accurate for all of a month. It was just like the kitchen of the houe of my grandparents! Well, without the margarine tub on the table.

          • Alma98

            My husband I were talking about the free towels and drinking glasses our moms used to get in detergent.

          • Aquagranny911

            STOP! I remember the tea towel calendar but ours had the Lady of Guadalupe!

    • AxelFoley

      Wait, so PBO singing “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Let’s Stay Together” shows how he made the White House into the “black” White House?

      What the actual fuck?

  • JojoRaze

    This is too cute! FLOTUS Double-dutching with some professional kids. Make sure to listen for Bryant Gumbel’s “That’s the South side Chicago” at the end when Michelle finished jumping.

    from ObamaFoodorama h/t CTGirl on TOD

    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/06/first-lady-michelle-obama-talks-lets.html#more

    • rikyrah

      that was terrific. saw it on Tweety’s show today

      • JojoRaze

        I bet you sometimes FLOTUS is like “Who knew double-dutching with friends and playing flag football back in the day would be great skills and preparation for being first lady?”

        • conlakappa

          Don’t forget the hula-hooping!

    • GreenLadyHere

      JojoRaze. :>) – – – -FIRST LADY is the – – – -FITNESS!! :>)

      She was – – -DOIN’ IT!! :>) — -LOVE♥ her. :>)

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

    Fascinating behind-the-scenes photographs of the Obamas capture President’s private dance with Michelle, playing football… and praying

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160595/The-First-dance-Fascinating-scenes-photographs-White-House-capture-President-Obama-dancing-Michelle-playing-football-praying.html#ixzz1yBurPRhM

    • Miranda

      Dear Williard and Ann,

      You are beneath the Obamas,

      Sincerely,

      Miranda

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – — -DUH! – – – -NO KIDDING!! – – – —

    – – -FACT CHECK: Republicans Continue To Do Nothing On Immigration Reform – —

    – – –Two years after Senate Republicans defeated the bipartisan DREAM Act by claiming that Congress must “secure the borders first,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) floated the idea of introducing a GOP alternative to DREAM. Rubio spent three months talking up the concept on cable news, but failed to offer a bill before President Obama announced an administrative directive to protect DREAM Act-eligible students from deportation.

    In unveiling the initiative on Friday, Obama cited Congress’ inability to “fix our broken immigration system” as a reason for issuing the Department of Homeland Security directive. What he didn’t expect, however, is that Republicans would respond to the news by reinforcing his message and abandoning their reform efforts. – – -BINGO!! – – -:>)

    Republicans accused Obama of politicizing immigration and the party’s new spokesperson on the issue announced that he is closing shop on any efforts to tackle the immigration question. Rubio told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that he thinks Obama’s announcement “sets back our efforts to arrive at a balanced and responsible approach to this issue. It poisons the well. It leads to mistrust.”

    But the truth is that Republicans had never seriously considered comprehensive immigration reform or any new solutions for helping young people stay in the country: – – – -EVIDENCE FOLLOWING!!
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — -Mr. PRESIDENT – – – -MAJOR STRATEGIST!! – – – -CALL! – – -EM! – — -OUT! – -HAH!! – —

  • rikyrah

    Tweety wasn’t feeling Willard today. He was pretty blistering on him today.

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

      Tweety can’t stand Mittens! I think it’s because he reminds him of those snooty Philly main liners.

      • rikyrah

        The entire show, he was just blistering. It was like he had been hanging around here. He was like, Willard doesn’t want to do the WORK of President, if he did, he’d actually have ANSWERS to questions. He just wants to ‘BE’ President. – how many times have we said that?

        then, he talked about Willard being Grover’s lapdog, and doing what he’s told.

        I mean, it was like he took his commentary from the best of the critiques on the net about Willard.

    • AxelFoley

      Tweety been lighting Willard’s ass up on the regular.

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

    Game. Blouses.

    Jim Acosta ‏@jimacostacnn

    Rubio’s office confirms he’s shelving his alternative to the Dream Act after WH move on immigration last week.

    • Alma98

      Sepia you made me go look that clip up on You Tube it’s hilarious. LOL

    • Miranda

      HA! Rubio dont even know what happened LMAO

    • AxelFoley

      PBO just straight up knows how to beat the GOP at their own game. Dems need to take notes.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -MORE – – – -KKK’s COME 2 WASHINGTON – — – –

    – – – -‘White nationalism’ group registers to lobby in Washington – —

    – — – -A “white nationalism” group has registered to lobby in Washington, according to lobbying disclosure records.

    The group, Crusaders For Yahweh-Aryan Nations LLC, said on a form filed Thursday that it would lobby on “any activities that adversly afect [sic] the White Race.”

    The group describes itself as “pro-white Christian identity [and] white nationalism.”

    The registration is the second to be filed recently by a group associated with racial politics. The American Nazi Party in April registered to lobby on “political rights and ballot access laws,” according to disclosure records.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – – -Pssssst! – — -DEYS a BLAH man in da –WHITE HOUSE. Annnd he’s NOT CLEANIN’ it!!

    BTW! – – -U ain’t invited!! – – ***tsk** ***eye roll***

    • Alma98

      These ignorant mofos need go sit down somewhere with this nonsense.

    • Churchlady320

      As a progressive lobbyist in CA for justice issues, I’m FINE with this. Why? FULL DISCLOSURE. If we progressives freaking have to say who we are, so must they. Any alliance they make with others – disclosed. Contributions to candidates or issues? Disclosed. It won’t last long since “sunshine” is the last thing white supremacists want (sunburn on fair white skin?) but it will be fun while it happens. They’ll go the way of the KKK who “adopted” a part of I-70 in Missouri – once they found out they actually had to show up and CLEAN the mile they had adopted, they stopped. Sign came down. Over.

      Responsibility does not sit well on the shoulders of irresponsible blowhards.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Churchlady320. ***BIG HUG** :>)[Luv your "handle" :>)]

        ***fist bump** on the FULL DISCLOSURE. – — That’s WHYCOME I wanted 2 post this.

        – – – -KNOW THY ENEMY – — -WHO annnnd WHERE they R. – —

        – -THIS – -Responsibility does not sit well on the shoulders of irresponsible blowhards. – – -SPEAK WELL! :>)

        THANK U 4 YOUR work. :>) – –[Fellow Cali. :>)] – –

        Good 2 C U :>)

        • Churchlady320

          First bump back atcha, GreenLadyHere! Good to see you! Yup – FULL DISCLOSURE. I give ‘em two months tops before they slither back under their rocks. What do you think? Is that too long y’think?

          Big <<<>>> right back, and thanks for calling for OUTING the extremists!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – –LOL. – – – -LOOK at this THEATRE CROWD. LOL. – — –

    – – -Massive Crowd Gathers For Reading Of Vagina Monologues At Michigan Capitol – —

    – – —After two female legislators were banned from the Michigan House floor last week after saying “vagina” during a debate about an anti-abortion measure, a massive crowd has gathered at the state capitol for a reading of “The Vagina Monologues.” There are an estimated 5,000 people in attendance.

    Picture via @eclectablog:

    – –Woo! Hoo! – – -THANK U eclectablog. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: COVETING your PRAYERS. JUST received a call from my brother. My mommy is in the hospital. NOT doing well. Need 2 make some calls. THANK U.♥

    • gc

      Oh, Sweetie. I am so, so sorry. You have my prayers….gc

    • Alma98

      Sending good vibes her way GLH.

    • rikyrah

      she is in our prayers

    • Miranda

      Be strong – we’re praying!

    • MsKitty

      Sending prayers right now. Keep us posted.

    • sagittarius

      Father in Heaven, please look down and touch the Mother of our beloved GLH. Touch her body, Lord, heal and strengthen her. You are the only physician who can cure the uncurable, do the impossible and make a way out of no way. In Your Name we pray.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Dear sagittatius. ***BIG HUG** – — AMEN with THANKS :>)

    • conlakappa

      Sending you good vibes, her strength, and shaking a desiccated chick’bone in your general direction.

      • GreenLadyHere

        conlakappa – – – -***BIG HUG*** – –:>)

    • Rhoda

      God bless her and your family, you are in my prayers.

    • vulcan_girl

      I’ll be thinking of your family, GreenLady.

    • Daltex82

      Sending out good vibes to your mom, you and your family.

    • cosine

      Praying for you, your family, and your dear mother tonight.
      (Long time reader/admirer here)

    • TheShyLurker

      Awww. She’s in my thoughts GLH.

    • nathkatun7

      GLH! You mom is in my thoughts! I hope she gets well soon. Wishing you and your family all the best.

  • rikyrah

    Tweety’s last segment on Willard -BLISTERING http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxdYH9Y9nRo&feature=player_embedded

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • Alma98

    These are the very people hurting from Walker’s policies and yet they voted for him again. Dummies!
    http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/159318735.html#!page=10&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst

    • Miranda

      They are so dumb, so dumb for real. We have the same issue in Georgia. These dumb hicks vote against their own interests in rural Georgia every darn time. Still hoping they can return to the confederacy.

      • Alma98

        So true I’m just so tired of them ruining the country for the rest of us with their willful ignorance.

      • conlakappa

        Georgia was stolen from the President in 2008, which heartens me to think that the saner folks/cooler heads will prevail soon. As for those doofuses in Wisconsin, I saw an interesting piece on Moyers about the 7 major media markets there being blanketed with “I didn’t vote for Walker but this recall is a bad idea” ads. They were very seductive.