September 2, 2014

Monday Evening Thread: Hits from the 80s!

More hits from the era of swatch watches and neon clothes!

The System – Don’t Disturb This Groove

Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off

Chuckii Booker – Turned Away

Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

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  • Alma98

    I’m jamming in my chair!

    • Miranda

      LOL! Me too!

      • Alma98

        LOL!

    • Aquagranny911

      I HAVE to jam in my chair & imagine I’m on my feet, lol!

      • Alma98

        LMAO!

  • Miranda

    Escort says Menendez prostitution claims were made up

    An escort who appeared on a video claiming Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex has told Dominican Republic police that she was instead paid to make up the claims in a tape recording and has never met or seen the senator before, according to court documents and two people briefed on her claim.

    The woman identified a lawyer who approached her and a friend to make the videotape, according to affidavits obtained by the Post. That man has in turn identified another lawyer who gave him a script for the tape and paid him to find women to fabricate the claims, the affidavits say.

    more here
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/escort-says-menendez-prostitution-claims-were-made-up/2013/03/04/31299fe2-8514-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_story.html

    • Alma98

      I hope they get sued for every nickle they have. SMGH!

      • AxelFoley

        Damn right.

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

      A whole lot of media outlets need to publicly apologize to Sen. Menendez.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –U GOT IT GOIN’ ON- – - 1 Mo” ‘GAIN- -miranda!! :>)- – -

    - — –YOUR MUSIC VAULT KEEPS- — – BRANGIN’ ‘EM!! :>)

    - –Ona my favs- — -The SYSYEM – - – The System – You Are In My System -:>)

    —- – -THANK U again- – - -4 a “GROOVY” — – -THREAD!! :>) –

    Have a good rest of the day. :>)- -POU FAM♥

  • Miranda

    Ann Romney needs to move on
    Posted by Jonathan Capehart on March 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

    There is a grand tradition of the previous occupant of the Oval Office going into a kind of hiding. Not a “hidden to the world” kind of exile, as the pope emeritus finds himself in, but still keeps a low profile. And he most certainly keeps his mouth shut about his successor, lest he be accused of meddling or resentment. A pity that this custom doesn’t extend to failed presidential candidates.

    Of course, I’m talking about the Romneys. Yes, both of them. Mitt might have have been the Republican presidential nominee, but his wife, Ann, is suffering from a serious case of sour grapes.

    more here
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/03/04/ann-romney-needs-to-move-on/

    • Camille

      Jonathan never did do an ode to Mo Cowan. I wonder why not.

  • AxelFoley

    Don’t Disturb This Groove–a criminally underrated grove.

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

      AMEN!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - -THESE RE-THUCKER WIMMEN!!!- — – geesh!!- —

    - —-GOP Congresswoman: I Opposed Domestic Violence Bill Because It Protected Too Many Groups- –

    – – - — -Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday openly admitted that she opposed the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because it included protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence.

    In an appearance on MSNBC, Blackburn pointed out that the latest iteration of the law protects “different groups” and thus dilutes funding for straight, non-Native American women with the proper documentation:

    When you start to make this about other things it becomes an “against violence act” and not a targeted focus act… I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups. What you need is something that is focused specifically to help the shelters and to help out law enforcement, who is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women and helping them to stand up.

    Watch it:- – - – — – — — -Annnd GET SICK!!!

    - — -COMMENT:- -Keira Rodriguez
    This woman is a full blown IDIOT! Domestic violence does NOT discriminate. It affects EVERYONE! What’s next? Passing a crime bill that only covers “certain” groups? Crime is crime? It doesn’t care if you’re LGBT, Native American, white, black, male, female, etc etc. Vote Marsha Blackburn OUT of Congress!
    - – —- -***fist bump***- –

    - – - -[Gotta "hit da road"- -- C U SOON.♥]

    P.S. THIS is da PHOOL that CHALLENGED MR. PRESIDENT 2 a – -”shootin’ contest!”.- – — – – -SAAAAAA-LAP!!

    • Aquagranny911

      This whole thing has pissed me off so much that I have found difficulty commenting. Our Native women here experience three times the amount of rape & domestic violence on average. If the perp is a non-native, good luck even getting him arrested, much less prosecuted. The women know this so they seldom file complaints & there are virtually no shelters on the Rez for them & their children. So they stay. They get beaten. They get raped. Sometimes they die.

      Undocumented women? They might as well carry a sign saying:

      VICTIM HERE!

      Blackburn is a prize bitch & may she rot in hell! I don’t usually say stuff this harsh but I really mean it & will accept my Karma for that. She can keep company in the fiery furnace with all the other rat bastards who have spoke against this bill.

      • qosine

        I despise her. You’ve got it right, AG.

    • AxelFoley

      “It protected too many groups.”

      This shit doesn’t make any sense. You want laws to protect as many people as possible.

      Typical GOP bullshit, making it worse coming from a female GOPer, but that’s par for the course for women like her.

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

      Chuck Todd should’ve asked her which groups she was talking about. He should’ve made her say it out loud, which would’ve shown how bigoted she is.

      • Miranda

        But yet Chucky boy thinks only he and his beltway clique know how to ask “the hard questions”.

    • isonprize

      I’ll say it. She only wants to protect WHITE women. No other female is considered a ‘woman’ in her twisted, racist, hateful, very small brain.

  • rikyrah

    if I was part of DSCC, I would sit down and ask her bluntly if she’s willing to do the grunt work. a lot has been said about President Obama as a candidate, but some things have been overlooked – like his willingness to do the grunt work. he went from small town to small town in Illinois, getting his name out when he was running for Senator.

    if Ms. Judd is willing to go from Kentucky hellhole to Kentucky hellhole, then I think the DSCC should be all in for her candidacy.

    bring in someone to train her on explaining how the
    Obama agenda will help their poor White asses.
    ………………………………

    Some Thoughts on Ashley Judd

    by BooMan
    Sun Mar 3rd, 2013 at 10:40:47 PM EST

    Watching Ashley Judd at a women’s reproductive health conference at George Washington University, I am very impressed with her as a person and a spokesperson for very important global issues. She really has a depth of knowledge about a wide variety of subjects. She’s also very personable, intelligent, articulate, funny, and basically likable. At the same time, I think she has a lot of work to do to be a successful politician.
    Her biggest problem is that she talks about herself too much, although that is partly a byproduct of the forum. She’s talking about herself to inspire students and convince them that they can have exciting and fulfilling lives serving the disadvantaged or working for worthy causes. Still, as a Senate candidate from Kentucky, she will need to tone down the name-dropping, the humble-bragging, and the emphasis on issues that will probably seem pretty remote to the average Kentuckian.

    I’m a firm believer that the first duty of a politician is to serve their constituents. Their interests come first. I don’t say this as an abstraction or some kind of ideal. I’m talking about a prerequisite for success in politics. I met Alan Grayson at a reception in Austin, Texas in July 2008. I tried to talk to him about his district and the issues that were particularly important to his would-be constituents. But he only wanted to convince me that he thought the Bush administration was filled with criminals and that he had a record of fighting criminals. I met a lot of other politicians that night. All of them impressed me more than Alan Grayson.

    It wasn’t that I disagreed with what he was saying to me. I had probably written three posts that day saying essentially the same thing. The problem was that I could tell that he wasn’t getting into politics to serve his constituents, but to have a platform to wage his own personal battle. In his first term in Congress, he fulfilled all my expectations. He made some great stands. He pulled some wonderful stunts. But he didn’t pay attention to his district, and he was crushed by an astonishing 18 points. I’ll be honest. He totally deserved to lose.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/3/3/224047/0769

    • Camille

      But most politicians do tend to talk a lot about themselves. Some do it less as they mature on the stump and over the years as part of a realization that it’s terribly off-putting.

      But the first thing one notices about most people who do go into politics is usually the outsized ego and overblown sense of self which usually propels them.

      I think Ashley Judd’s reluctance might stem from the fact that she isn’t a typical politician but an acutely aware woman who really wants to make a difference – but finds that to do so would mean to wade into this awful, stinky thing called politics.

  • rikyrah

    Gingrich Shows the Way Back…Almost

    by BooMan
    Mon Mar 4th, 2013 at 03:14:16 PM EST

    Steve Kornacki did a pretty interesting interview with Newt Gingrich in Salon magazine. Gingrich can be intriguing when he isn’t running for office, and his ideas for how to revamp the Republican Party have merit. I want to highlight just one exchange from the interview and then makes some observations.

    KORNACKI: When you look at the Republican Party’s relationship with African Americans and Hispanics, what is the message you want to deliver to those voters?
    GINGRICH: I’m for a big rethinking. I don’t think a modestly reformed Republican Party has any real chance of competing in the absence of a dramatic disaster. If there was a big disaster, people would be driven away from the Democrats, but in the absence of a really big disaster, if you want to compete in a difficult but not impossible world, we’re going to have to have very large fundamental rethinking.

    The first thing you have to do with African Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans and Native Americans is go there. They don’t need to come to you; you need to go to them. And when you go there, listen. Phase one is not going there to tell about you. Why is it we can have entire cities that are disasters, that we can have 500 people getting killed in Chicago, we can have Detroit collapsing, we can have the highest black unemployment teenage in modern history, and no Republican politician can figure out that going there to say, “Gee, shouldn’t we do something to make this better”? And then talk about it jointly, so it becomes a joint product — that it’s not “Let me re-explain conservatism.” I don’t mean to walk away from conservatism, but we need to understand conservatism in the context of people who are talking with us.

    Let’s begin with the fact that there were 59 precincts in Philadelphia and 9 in Cleveland where Mitt Romney won zero votes. This wasn’t fraud. It was a clear signal that conservatism as it exists today is a complete non-starter in our cities. It isn’t even given a chance. It convinces almost no one. Gingrich seems to understand this.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/3/4/151416/3808

    • TyrenM

      Answer to Black unemployment, make kids janitors? Fuck Newt and his 3rd wifey. Next.

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

    Damnit! ABC cancelled Zero Hour after three episodes! It was just starting to get good, too! >:-(

    ABC Pulls ‘Zero Hour’ From Schedule
    6:02 PM PST 3/1/2013 by Michael O’Connell

    The mediocre midseason has claimed another victim. ABC has pulled freshman drama Zero Hour from the schedule, effective immediately.

    News of the series’ fate comes as little surprise after a soft debut of 6.4 million viewers and a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49. Zero Hour dropped in its second outing before bottoming with just 5 million viewers and a 1.0 adults rating on Feb. 28 — despite a lack of original competition from most broadcast networks.

    Encores of Shark Tank will air in the series’ stead for the next two Thursdays until Wife Swap starts a seven-week stretch March 21. Wipeout returns to the hour May 9.

    MORE: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-pulls-zero-hour-schedule-425658

    • Alma98

      Networks don’t give shows a chance any more, it’s all about money now. Remember Seinfeld wasn’t a big hit right away, but they gave them a chance and it took off. Nowadays they want a show to be a hit right out the gate which is crazy.

      • Aquagranny911

        Too True! It was a real bummer when “Firefly” got cancelled before the first season hardly got started. I was glad when they finished it on DVD & then capped it off with the movie.

        • Camille

          Hey our AG, how are you doing dear? How’s your daughter?

          We continue to keep you and yours in our prayers.

          Take care ok?

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

        AMEN! Also, if they want these shows to succeed, they need to invest money in marketing and advertising but they’re too cheap and lazy. It’s easier and cheaper to air a crappy reality show.

        • Miranda

          Which is why Kerry Washington’s idea to get the cast to do tweet parties about Scandal was fantastic. They’ve picked up 30% more viewers by small estimates just from the promotions on twitter – because the networks are so darn cheap these days. The networks prefer crappy reality shows to smartly written dramas.

          • GOVCHRIS1988

            Its exactly why Showtime, HBO, Cinemax, Starz and the upper basic cable channels (TNT, USA, FX) have better ratings.Because they at least try and let the show have a full season before snatching them off and have better investments in advertising by Twitter, Facebook, Youtube etc.

    • rikyrah

      I know.
      I went on and watched them anyway.

      they should at least let the episodes they already taped be available for viewing at their website.

      they didn’t even give the show a chance.

    • MsKitty

      This is why I haven’t bothered with new shows on the networks for the last few years, because they’re too quick with the trigger finger. With cable networks even if they don’t renew a show for a second season, they at least broadcast the remainder of the show’s run of episodes.

  • isonprize

    Turned Away was the JAM!!!

  • Alma98

    Calling all Georgia peeps! My daughter wants to know what cities outside Atlanta that she should stay away from? She’s graduating in May and is doing job research in different states.

    • isonprize

      I used to say “Atlanta is a great city. The problem is that it’s in Georgia.” Sorry that’s not much help…

    • Camille

      LOL, don’t blame her.

      I travel around the country these days with a voter demographic and elections spread map.

      It keeps one out of cities, states and neighborhoods one has no business being in.

  • Miranda

    Alma, I see WI is back at it again.Republican’s bill would limit hours for in-person absentee balloting
    A Republican lawmaker is proposing limits on the hours and days voters can cast in-person absentee ballots even as such voting increases in popularity in the state.

    The bill would have a heavy impact in Madison, one of several municipalities that have held extended hours on nights and weekends to accommodate in-person absentee voters.

    Critics said the bill, introduced in the state Assembly late last week, would force municipalities to spend more on mail-in absentee ballots while making it harder for people to vote.

    The measure proposed by Rep. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, would prohibit clerks from opening early, late or on weekends to accommodate voters wishing to cast their ballots before Election Day.

    Stroebel aide John Soper said the bill aims to give residents of smaller communities the same access to absentee voting as those in larger communities that can afford to hold extended balloting.

    Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/republican-s-bill-would-limit-hours-for-in-person-absentee/article_6411ab88-8524-11e2-80d0-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz2McTSSIuH

    • Alma98

      They know Walker is skating on thin ice and will do everything possible to keep him in office. I’ve been getting robo-calls from republicans for 2 weeks asking if I’ll vote for that turd. I expect them to pull every dirty trick in the book.

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

    Has the LGBTQ community spoken out about this?

    (h/t Skeptical Brotha)

    Family of slain Mississippi candidate says body was abused
    By Michael Muskal
    March 4, 2013, 1:57 p.m.

    The family of an openly gay man who was running for mayor in Mississippi and whose body was found last week, said that he was beaten, dragged and burned, but officials have refused to comment on those allegations.

    The body of Marco McMillian, 34, was found on Wednesday near the Mississippi River west of Clarksdale, the city where he was running for mayor on a platform of helping the poor and fighting crime. McMillian had been missing for about a day.

    Lawrence Reed, 22, has been charged with murder in the case and is in the custody of officials, Will Rook, a spokesman for the Coahoma County sheriff’s office, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. Rook said he could not discuss the condition of McMillian’s body.

    No cause of death has been issued yet, officials said. But McMillian’s family, in a prepared statement released on Sunday, said they were told by county officials that the body had been abused.

    MORE: http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-family-of-slain-mississippi-candidate-says-body-was-abused-20130304,0,6360787.story

    • Alma98

      Shameful and cruel, I wonder why they haven’t shown any pics of the alleged murderer?

      • rikyrah

        cause he’s WHITE

    • Miranda

      No they haven’t said anything and I don’t expect them too.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      You mean the WLGBT!? Naaaaaaaaaaaaahhh. They just blame black folks for being homophobic instead of talking to us directly or sending in some Black and Latino LGBT folks (I know they exist, I went to an HBCU for a time)

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – - – -Thought I had posted his PIC — – —

      —– -Justice Is Served! Man Charged With Killing Of Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate (PHOTOS) – —

      – — -Larry Reed, age 22, has been charged with the killing of openly gay mayoral candidate, Marco McMillian.

      — -SNIP — -

      Earlier in the week, McMillian was found dead near the Mississippi River.

      – –Reports show that Reed was driving McMillian’s vehicle when it crashed head-on into another car. McMillian was not in the vehicle at the time.

      —-Annnnd ANOTHER THANG: – —”WHYCOME” the HEADLINES hadta ALWAYS READ —”OPENLY GAY”?? — -I found 1 – –annnnd posted it ’cause it said —

      –”MAYORAL CANDIDATE!!” —ONLY!! – —

      When I read — -posts about – -”rachul” — -DEY ‘ON’T READ –

      —”OPENLY GAY” –MSNBC HOST! —***tsk*** – -***eye roll*** –

      – - – -SAYIN’. . . .geesh!! – - -

    • Camille

      Of course not. Wrong color.

    • AxelFoley

      “Has the LGBTQ community spoken out about this?”

      *crickets*

  • rikyrah

    Medicare is Sacred, Medicaid Expansion is Meaningless; Contradictions of the Anti-Obama Liberal
    Monday, March 04, 2013 | Posted by Curtis Abbey at 11:18 AM

    The weekly outrage alarms have been set to orange alert as talk returns of potential reforms to Social Security and Medicare. Liberal commenters are out in droves with their tired gripes about Obama’s weak and Republicanesque leadership. But I can’t get over the contrast and contradictions of their statements.

    First, they say the top 1 percent has taken over, they are SO POWERFUL. But then, they assert that President Obama could easily have _________ and we’d have thwarted their interests. Which is it? Are the 1 percent incredibly powerful or are they a tweak or two from being brought to their knees by the just right words from the leader of the executive branch?

    Second, they say the Affordable Care Act was a corporatist sell-out, even though it expanded Medicaid to cover those at 133% of the Federal Poverty Line. This could provide insurance to 20 million more people. It’s a Republican idea they say, even though it has Bernie Sanders’ provision for $50 billion for new community health centers, that’s $50,000,000,000. For those of us that are rightly worried about austerity, that kind of smart government spending should be news to cheer. As should the trillion dollars over ten years that is expected to be spent on this Medicaid expansion.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/03/medicare-is-sacred-medicaid-expansion.html

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

    Looks like someone’s thinking about running in 2016…

    Jeb Bush’s Immigration Flip Flop Stuns Reformers
    Benjy Sarlin March 4, 2013, 3:52 PM 12582

    After years of building a reputation as the “good” Republican on immigration, Jeb Bush shocked the reform community on Monday by ruling out a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a position solidly to the right of prominent GOPers like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

    The news stunned immigration activists and aides working on a bill and who have long insisted that anything short of citizenship is a dealbreaker for reform — especially given that Bush was decisively in the pro-citizenship camp just months ago. It also was a head scratcher for political observers, giving Bush an unexpected opening in 2016 to attack not only Rubio, but several possible presidential candidates, as overly liberal on immigration reform.

    …On the Republican side, an unnamed advisor to Mitt Romney was apoplectic, complaining to the Miami Herald that Bush criticized the Republican nominee during his campaign for his hardline stance only to come up with a conservative-leaning plan himself.

    “Where the hell was this Jeb Bush during the campaign?” the advisor said. “He spent all this time criticizing Romney and it turns out he has basically the same position. So he wants people to go back to their country and apply for citizenship? Well, that’s self deportation. We got creamed for talking about that. And now Jeb is saying the same thing.”

    MORE: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/03/jeb-bush-immigration-flip-flop.php

    • rikyrah

      hee hee hee.

      I’m just gonna say this…

      folks better recognize who is TRULY on their side

      • Camille

        I know!

        A lot of Hispanics were so convinced of Jeb Bush’s loyalty and support. But the guy shows once again that he’s still as lowly and slimy and crappy and nothing but a sorry piece of you know what.

        What a weak arse! If he even remotely believed what he’s been pushing all these years re:immigration, had any integrity at all and believed as the pundits have been gushing about, that he is a shoo in for the Republican presidential nomination if he wanted it and did run, then why is he weaseling out of the one thing that ever made him seem even slightly decent and fair-minded and not so much of a rabid, ass-holey, short-sighted right-winger.

        So much for Jeb Bush having heft or pull within the Republican party. LOL.

        Not if he feels this very cowardly and super weasely need to prematurely back-track on something he could have easily convinced his party to support.

        Jeb Bush = Cowardly, silly, shallow, flip-flopping, opportunistic weasel.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Don’t worry. Jeb is gonna learn that having a Latina wife won’t get you the Latino vote.

      • jds09

        He’s also gonna learn that the Bush name is toxic. Sheesh, these people.

      • isonprize

        I will never forget Poppy Bush talking to Ronny Raygun and calling his own grandchildren “the little brown ones”

        Bush Of His Grandkids: ‘The Little Brown Ones’
        August 17, 1988|By Anne Groer, Sentinel Washington Bureau

        NEW ORLEANS — Vice President George Bush, who has vowed to campaign vigorously among blacks and ethnic voters this fall, Tuesday described his three Mexican- American grandchildren to President Reagan as ”the little brown ones.”

        The vice president was referring to the children of his second-oldest son, Florida Commerce Secretary Jeb Bush, and Jeb’s Mexican-born wife, Columba. The children are George P., 12, Noelle, 11, and Jeb Jr., 4.

        • Camille

          LOL!

          I bet good old Barbara helped coin that phrase for those set of grandkids.

      • Camille

        She seems so invisible. Is she ok? She’s never ever seen or heard from.

      • nathkatun7

        As Sarah Palin would say, also, too, Jeb should know that having a brother President who almost destroyed the country won’t be easily forgotten by voters of all races/ethnicity.

  • rikyrah

    does anyone else watch Belle’s on TVONE

  • lamh36

    Ok, Michelle-Obot checking in. After seeing Ann and Mitt’s interview, I came across this video of FLOTUS during an interview with Primer Impcacto for Univision. During the break, the hostess I assume offered to show FLOTUS some moves. And Michelle Obama being the person she seems to be was all game.

    How soon will Michelle Malkin make a parody video?

    First Lady Michelle Obama dances the Echa Pa’ Lla

    Seriously, how can u not like this lady. Let’s say that it’s all an act, fine, but this is why she was coined Obama’s “secret weapon”. She certainly comes off as genuine every damn time.

    Maybe Miss Ann could learn from it.

    • isonprize

      And Justice Sonia Sotomayor isn’t too far behind in the dance category!! I LOVE THIS!

    • Camille

      This Über Michelle-Obot enthusiastically seconds that emotion! I saw that last night and was curious about what the voice over person was saying in Spanish.

      Our spectacular First Lady looked so good in that beautiful suit which moved so beautifully as she swayed gracefully as she danced with the clearly smitten interviewer.

      She’s so hot, cool, sexy, sweet, witty, warm, grounded, genuine, super insightful and intuitive-

      And in response to all the belly-aching by those who want this awesome woman and not so secret weapon of her husband to hide away and stop making Americans and the world fall even more in love with her, this articulate response by some sane white male Philly journalist to that silly brouhaha over the Oscars was spot on:

      http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2013/02/27/michelle-obama-presents-oscar-best-picture-argo-conservatives-freak/

      “—In a brief, 80-second speech, Mrs. Obama took the opportunity to “help celebrate the movies that help lift our spirits, broaden our minds and transport us to places that we have never imagined.” She congratulated the nominees, which “took us back in time and all around the world” and “reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough, and fight hard enough, and find the courage to believe in ourselves.” She then opened the envelope that named Ben Affleck’s Argo this year’s Best Picture winner.

      The freakout was swift. The Oscars, unforgivably and without precedent, had become “politicized.” Breitbart.com took a break from making up fake terrorist organizations to denounce the First Lady for praising the nominated films and not the heroism of soldiers. “How much of our taxes went towards @michelleobama‘s dress?,” someone on Twitter asked, presumably in complete seriousness.

      It was deemed “Orwellian” that the First Lady appeared on a giant screen, although strangely nobody said that earlier in the evening when William Shatner did the same thing.

      The criticism of Michelle Obama’s Oscar appearance drives me crazy for several reasons. The people doing the criticizing would likely be attacking any public appearance by Michelle Obama anywhere; it already happened when she went on Sesame Street, and when she went to get a cheeseburger.

      Meanwhile, the same people who argue year-round that Hollywood is a decadent socialist hellscape are holding up Oscar night as somehow sacrosanct, as though it’s a Sabbath that must be politically objective and neutral in every way. But that’s not the case and it never has been: Political grandstanding at the Academy Awards is a tradition that goes back decades.—”

  • rikyrah

    Pundits blowing it on sequester debate

    Posted by Greg Sargent on March 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Republicans are waving around a column by the New York Times’ Bill Keller that pins the blame for the sequester on the President. The title is “Obama’s fault,” and Keller’s effort is reminiscent of plenty of other punditry we’ve seen that adopts all kinds of strange contortions en route to reaching this conclusion.

    In Keller’s case, though, the zeal to find Obama at fault for the sequester impasse leads him to commit a straight up falsehood. Keller offers up the widely held belief that if only Obama had embraced the Simpson-Bowles commission’s plan, he’d have a good deal more leverage to force Republicans to compromise:

    The Simpson-Bowles agenda was imperfect, and had plenty to offend ideologues of the left and right, which meant that it was the very manifestation of what Obama likes to call “a balanced approach.” So did he seize it as an opportunity for serious debate about our fiscal mess? No, he abandoned it. Instead, he built a re-election campaign that was long on making the wealthiest pay more in taxes, short on spending discipline, and firmly hands-off on the problem of entitlements.

    If Obama had campaigned on some version of Simpson-Bowles rather than on poll-tested tax hikes alone, he could now claim a mandate from voters to do something big and bold. Most important, he would have some leverage with members of his own base who don’t want to touch Medicare even to save it.

    The claim that Obama campaigned “on poll-tested tax hikes alone” is just flatly false. In February of 2012, Obama submitted a budget that contained hundreds of billions in spending cuts — including cuts to Medicare. The nonpartisan Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget analyzed Congressional Budget Office numbers and concluded that Obama’s budget proposed nearly $480 billion in spending cuts — several hundred billion of which were to Medicare.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/03/04/pundits-blowing-it-on-sequester-debate/

    • nathkatun7

      This appears to me to be a coordinated media assault on President Obama by blaming him for the Sequester. First there was Bob Woodward, then there were editorials in both WP and NYT, and now Bill Keller. Today, President Obama’s Press Secretary was repeatedly bombarded with questions from the WHPC who insisted on blaming the President for the Sequester. No wonder GOP leaders like Boehner and McConnell are comfortably smug about their obstructionism. They know that they have the U.S. media spreading and legitimizing their propaganda to the entire country.

  • rikyrah

    House Republicans Walk Fine Line With New Government Funding Bill

    Brian Beutler-March 4, 2013, 5:27 PM

    House Republicans have released their proposed legislation to fund the government after existing appropriations expire on March 27 that appears designed to blunt the impact of sequestration on GOP priorities as much as possible, without provoking a backlash from Democrats and setting off a government shutdown fight.

    The bill would extend existing funding levels for most government agencies but create new appropriations measures for the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Sequestration would apply to the entire funding package, but GOP appropriators also want to provide the military some flexibility to determine where cuts should apply.

    Democratic aides are still reviewing the package, though they insist they will demand equal treatment for both defense and non-defense appropriations.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/03/house-republicans-walk-fine-line-with-new-government-funding-bill.php?ref=fpb

  • rikyrah

    Florida House Committee Blocks Medicaid Expansion

    A key committee in the Florida House of Representatives on Monday rejected an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program as proposed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) last month, Reuters reports:

    On the eve of convening of the 2013 session, the House Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rejected the expansion. A Senate counterpart committee postponed consideration of the issue, which is sure to be one of the biggest controversies of the session.

    Republicans currently hold majorities of 26-14 in the Senate and 76-44 in the House. They remain firmly opposed to ‘Obamacare,’ which leaves the choice to expand the program up to the nation’s governors. Eight Republican governors, including Scott, have so far signaled their intent to expand Medicaid.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/florida-house-committee-blocks-medicaid-expansion

  • rikyrah

    More Details Emerge From KKK Incident At Oberlin College

    The person who was seen dressed in KKK regalia on the campus of Oberlin Collge & Conservatory was spotted from a moving vehicle by a student “in the neighborhood of 1:30 in the morning” on Monday, a spokesman for the school told TPM.

    Scott Wargo, director of media relations at Oberlin, said that the eyewitness then drove around the block in the hopes of getting a better look, but the person who was said to be wearing a white hood and robe was nowhere to be found. The student then called the college’s safety and security office. Wargo said it remains unknown who was donning the incendiary outfit.

    The early morning sighting was the latest of what the school described as recent “hate-related incidents,” after graffiti containing swastikas and other prejudiced messages appeared on the Ohio-based campus last month. Wargo declined to say if he thought the incidents were linked, saying it would be “very speculative” to assume a connection.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/more-details-emerge-from-kkk-incident-at-oberlin

  • rikyrah

    could it be because twitter is far more diverse than a pew poll will ever be?

    ………………………………

    Pew: Twitter Reaction Often Diverges Sharply From Public Opinion

    The reaction on Twitter to political events often bears no resemblance to empirical data, according to a year-long study from Pew Research Center released on Monday.

    Pew’s study focused on eight major events in the last year – including the first presidential debate and President Barack Obama’s re-election victory — comparing the tone of tweets to the results of actual polling.

    The Twitter response to Obama’s re-election, for example, was overwhelmingly favorable: 77 percent of the tweets in response to his victory on Election Night were positive, while only 23 percent were negative. But Pew’s own survey research showed a more polarizing reaction, with 52 percent saying they were happy that Obama won a second term compared with 45 percent who said they were unhappy.

    After the early-October debate in Denver, which was widely viewed as an unequivocal victory for Mitt Romney, a majority of 59 percent of the tweets were nevertheless supportive of Obama. Forty percent of the post-debate tweets were supportive of Romney, much lower than the 66 percent who declared the former Republican presidential nominee the winner in a subsequent survey.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/pew-twitter-reaction-often-diverges-sharply-from-public

    • Camille

      Perhaps because the tweets are entirely controlled by the individual while the so-called “public opinions” are manufactured, manipulated and interpreted for good measure by the Chuck Todd’s and Nate Silver’s of the world.

      There’s nothing like the direct delivery of unadulterated product to its target audience – and the complete elimination of the middle man – especially the corrupt, compromised, bought and paid for middle man with an agenda.

    • isonprize

      As if “Twitter Reaction” isn’t also public opinion…

      They STAY losing.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -WAITAMINUTE!! – — -WAIT! – - –A! —FLIPPIN’ – -MINUTE!! — -

    – — -YA MEAN – - -THIS — ->DENNIS RODMAN!!?? – -

    - -Dennis Rodman ‘broke,’ ‘extremely sick,’ his attorney says -[March 27, 2012 | 8:07 am ] — -

    — – - –Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is “extremely sick,” “broke” and is in no position to pay hefty child and spousal support payments, according to court documents.

    Rodman is behind in his payments and faces a court hearing Tuesday in Orange. He faces up to 20 days in jail for failure to pay spousal and child support, according to an attorney for his ex-wife.

    As of March 1, Rodman, 51, owed $808,935 in back child support for the 9- and 10-year-old children that he had with his third wife, Michelle Rodman, said her attorney, Jack Kayajanian, in court documents.

    Rodman also owed $51,441 through March 1 in back spousal support, Kayajanian alleged in court documents.
    - – - -SNIP —
    – –Dennis Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis, said in court documents that the former Laker is barely capable of paying for his living expenses, let alone the $5,000 he has for one child from another relationship, and the $4,500 monthly payment for spousal and child support to Michelle Rodman.
    - – - -SNIP
    He is “extremely sick” and his marketability is diminishing with age and illness, according to court documents.
    – -

    — – -IS – -FINANCIALLY annnnd PHYSICALLY CAPABLE of THIS: – - -The former basketball star says despite an atrocious human rights record and threats to destroy the U.S., Kim Jong Un is humble, peaceful and …

    — -WHO DA FLIP is PAYING HIM 2 JACK UP the – - – -FOREIGN/INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS -in Korea —- – -
    - – - —CONTRARY 2 the wishes of – –MR. PRESIDENT!????
    YES! – - –I SMELL A CONSPIRACY!! —-PAY YOUR CHILD SUPPORT !!!
    – - —

    — —-KOCH?? – - —ANEM??? – - -THIS sooooo STINKS!! — – - geesh!

  • Camille

    We have no more patriotic, honorable, wise, truth-telling Statesmen or women.

    Evidence # 3789:

    Sandra Day O’Connor.

    She’s stepped out of retirement momentarily – not to help save our country from the shenanigans of her party and colleagues on the Supreme court.

    No, she’s out in typical form, hands out, eyes fixed on your pockets, flogging yet another tired book that rehashes and recycles untruths, half-truths and the very fictional version of what our supreme court and her friends who still occupy it embody.

    Pretending that honor, truth, integrity, fairness, empathy, justice and patriotism somehow factor into what she, Scalia and Clarence Thomas did and continue to do.

    If it weren’t all so embarrassing, destructive to our union and incredibly tragic, it would certainly be worth a guffaw.

  • rikyrah

    Those who still blame Obama for GOP intransigence

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Mar 4, 2013 4:42 PM EST

    There’s been quite of a bit of commentary in recent weeks about who ultimately bears responsibility for Republicans’ refusal to compromise in advance of the sequestration deadline, with a few too many pundits reflexively relying on the lazy “blame both sides” canard.

    The New York Times’ Bill Keller joins the crowd today — his column’s headline reads, “Obama’s fault” — and since his piece is longer and more fleshed out than most of the other related commentary, I read it thinking he might have something new to contribute to the general media dissatisfaction with President Obama.

    So, what’s Keller’s pitch? It’s worth noting at the outset that the Times columnist concedes that “much of the responsibility for our perpetual crisis can be laid at the feet of a pigheaded Republican Party.” OK, but if that’s the case, how do we get to “Obama’s fault”?

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/04/17183378-those-who-still-blame-obama-for-gop-intransigence?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — –UPDATE on that NEW YORK TRAGEDY —-***tears*** —

    —-Police Have Identified Julio Acevedo As Driver In Hit & Run That Killed Brooklyn Couple (PHOTOS) — – -

    ——-On the same day that the couple’s premature baby passed away, police are identifying Julio Acevedo as the man who allegedly killed the baby’s parents in a hit and run car crash in Brooklyn.

    - —The 44-year-old is being treated as the suspect in this case. A New York Police Department spokesman said that Acevedo had a DWI arrest in February and was going about 60 mph when the car slammed into the livery cab, taking Nachman and Raizy Glauber to the hospital.

    Raizy, who was seven months pregnant, did not survive the crash and doctors performed a cesarean section to save the baby just moments after his parents died. He died this morning, according to Isaac Abraham, a spokesman for the family’s Orthodox Jewish community.- – - -
    -RIHEP — -ALL —CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/SYMPATHIZERS – -**raises hand**AMEN.

  • lamh36

    Durbin, Kirk gun trafficking bill named in memory of Hadiya Pendleton
    http://tinyurl.com/cktczcw

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -OMG! – — -TRAGIC EVENT — —RE –an AFRICAN AMERICAN HERO –

    - – - – -Tuskegee Airman Carjacked In Detroit In Broad Daylight

    - —- – -Jesse Rutledge, an 88-year-old Tuskegee airman who served in World War II as a gunner on a B-25, was carjacked in Detroit in broad daylight on Saturday, Channel 7 Action News reports.

    “He said,” ‘N*gga give me your keys’ and racked his gun back,” Rutledge said one of the carjackers told him. He was leaving a barbershop when three young men rushed out of an abandoned building and ambushed him. One of the young men pointed a gun in the war hero’s face and demanded that he give up the keys to his 1999 Jeep Cherokee.

    At first, Rutledge actually thought he knew the teens.

    “They were little guys and had hoods on,” Rutledge said. “And that little one had the gun. That’s when I really got upset. I was thinking they knew me because I’ve been around (the barbershop) so long.”
    THERE IS MORE. – –

    – - — -Soooo – —SORRY. – - – — PRAYIN’ 4 him. AMEN. – - -

    • Worldwatcher7

      That is too depressing for words. I’m glad Mr Rutledge survived.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Worldwatcher7. – — -***BIG HUG*** :>) -

        —AMEN. – -AMEN. annnnd AMEN. :>)

        NO RESPECT 4 the SAGES of our AGE. — –Soooo SAD. – -

        BUT – –I C it in the schools. – –EVEN soma “US” will – -tryta – -DISS me in front of their – -YT “friends”. — -

        THEN B4 I “EXCUSE” — they arses from my class —while they protest —”WHAT did I do?” – - –I have a –little –”CULTURAL CHAT” – –wif ‘em!! – –LOL. —

        Sometimes – — it works. – —Sometimes –NOT! –***shakin’ my head*** – –

        Worldwatcher7 – –Good 2 C U. :>) – - -

        • Worldwatcher7

          Thank you so much for the work you do for our children GLH.

          • GreenLadyHere

            — -Awww – - Worldwatcher7. – - -***BIG HUG*** – –How KIND of U♥. :>) – -

            —Jus’ doin’ my callin’. :>) – –THANK U.♥ :>)

    • AxelFoley

      Wow. SMH at these young punks.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-MORE —80′s :>) —Woo! Hoo! –

    — – -☻Luther Vandross – Stop To Love - – - –[SAAAAANG - - -LUTHA!! :>) ]

    - – - –☻Billy Ocean – There’ll Be Sad Songs – -:>) –[Niiice :>)]

    – - — -ENJOY :>) ♥- – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —O – - FER FLIP’s SAKE!! – — – -LOL – –

    – — -Cory Booker To Push Back Against Attacks To Legacy In Newark – — -

    - —– -The Newark mayor’s State of the City address Tuesday will be a pointed defense of his record. A stable budget, increased development, and reduced crime, says a city official.

    In his seventh State of the City address Tuesday evening, Cory Booker will make the case to Newark residents, and to political observers well outside the city limits, that his record as mayor — under increasing scrutiny as he considers a bid for national office — has been marked by success, grounded in hard data.

    According to a city official with knowledge of the speech, Booker will focus on a broad picture of Newark’s budget — arguing that his administration has reined in costs, while growing revenue, despite having inherited “dysfunction found across government agencies when his administration arrived almost seven years ago,” said the official.

    – -The speech, to be delivered at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark, will push back against a narrative picked up most prominently in a New York Times article last December: That Booker is better liked outside the Central Ward than inside; that he has ignored his managerial responsibilities in favor of boosting his national profile; and that, as the Times piece puts it, he has “proved to be a better marketer than mayor.”
    THERE IS MORE – - – - -LOL – —

    THIS oughtta B a GOOD HUMOR address!! :>) – - -Lookin’ FORWARD —>

    –P.S. – - – -OTOH – - – -HE HAS SEEN a LOT of the CITY – - -FROM HIS – -VANTAGE POINT! – - -LOL – -[ (THANK U --Aquagranny.) LOL --- I had been usin' the - -"SUPER-CORYMAN" - - -Theme. LOL - - - - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -***Callin’ 4 a LARGE PIZZA with Xtra cheese -annnnd a LIME AIDE FIZZ- — -on my way 2 my “BAD CHAIR” *** – - -:>) – -

    - – - –A SONG 4 THIS TIME FRAME – - — -”SEQUESTERDAY” – – - -

    – - — -NOT 2 worry – –”I’m THERE!”- — – - :>) – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –CONGRATULATIONS!/HAPPY BIRTHDAY! – - – -Woo! Hoo! :>) –

    — -Google Honors Miriam Makeba Today in Special Doodle

    – - – - -*Folks who have Googled something today may have noticed the drawing of an African woman in the place of its usual logo.

    It’s Miriam Makeba, the late singer and civil rights campaigner, honored in a special doodle on what would have been her 81st birthday. – -

    –Makeba, who was born in Johannesburg in 1932, worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte and Paul Simon in a musical career that spanned decades. She is considered to be the first singer to popularize African music internationally, initially performing jazz before moving into a style that is commonly known by the catch-all title “world music.”

    – -The politics of Makeba’s music led to her exile from South Africa in 1959 shortly after she appeared in an anti-apartheid documentary that made her an international star. She was denied access to her homeland for 31 years, only returning in 1990 at the insistence of future president Nelson Mandela who had only recently been released from prison. During her exile she became a prominent critic of South Africa, even testifying against apartheid before the United Nations, which led to her becoming an honorary citizen of 10 countries.
    THERE Is MORE.

    – - —Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata —:>) –

    - ————The little girl is her grandchild. – - -2 SWEET♥! :>) – -

    – — –Miriam Makeba – Khawuleza 1966 - -

    - – - — -South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba sings Khawuleza on a Swedish TV show from 1966/67. This song features on the album AN EVENING WITH BELAFONTE/MAKEBA, which won them both a Grammy Award in 1966. Miriam Makeba sadly passed away in November 2008.

    – — – —-R.I.P. MAMMA AFRICA♥ – - -THANK U 4 your MUSIC annnnd 4 your participation in – -”DA STRUGGLE”. [South Africa] – –AMEN.

    P.S. Humbly –I attended one of her concerts in Ghana. Se was mesmerizing. :>) – Annnd –she generously gave her AUTOGRAPH. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere