October 25, 2014

Monday Open Thread- African-American Pioneers in Health Care

Good Morning POU Fam! It’s a start of a new week and  new open thread theme. This week’s open thread will focus on African-American pioneers in health care.  

Solomon Carter Fuller, born in 1872 in Monrovia, Liberia, was the nation’s first African American psychiatrist and a neurologist. He played a key role in the development of psychiatry in the 1900’s and is well known for his research on dementia.

Dr. Fuller is credited with helping make the United States the leader in psychiatry that it is today. In addition, as a professor at Boston University School of Medicine for more than 30 years, he helped train the next generation of psychiatrists.

Dr. Fuller’s grandfather had been a slave in Virginia who purchased his freedom and moved his family to Liberia. At the age of 17, Dr. Fuller left Liberia to attend Livingstone College in North Carolina where he graduated in 1893. He then studied medicine at Long Island College Hospital, and later transferred to Boston University School of Medicine where he received his M.D. in 1897.

Upon graduation, Fuller accepted a position as intern and official helper in the pathology lab at Westborough State Hospital in Massachusetts where he worked as pathologist for 22 years. At the same time that he was beginning his career in medicine, Dr. Fuller also became a member of the medical faculty at Boston University School of Medicine and taught for 34 years eventually becoming emeritus professor of neurology.

Dr. Fuller took an interest in mental health and took advanced courses at the Carnegie Laboratory in New York. He then went to Europe in 1904, studying under Emil Kraepelin and Alois Alzheimer, professors at the University of Munich’s psychiatric clinic.

Once back in the United States, Fuller continued his work at Westborough and BUSM. Fuller became known for his work on Alzheimer’s disease and on the organic causes of disorders such as schizophrenia and manic-depressive psychosis.

Fuller helped develop the neuropsychiatric unit at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama, personally training the doctors who went on to head the department. Fuller’s knowledge of the venereal disease, syphilis later helped these doctors diagnose syphilis in Black World War II veterans who had been misdiagnosed with behavioral disorders.

Today, in recognition of Dr. Fuller’s achievements, the mental health facility at Boston University is now officially known as the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center. And in 1972, the American Psychiatric Association and the Black Psychiatrists of America established the Solomon Carter Fuller Institute.

For most of his life, Fuller lived in nearby Framingham, Massachusetts, with his wife, the famous sculptor Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller.

 

***Information courtesy of The Office of Minority Health***

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  • Miranda

    Sorry to start off the week with some bullshit, but it is what it is.

    Students told to ‘draw Obama drowning and White House underwater’ for grade in art class (video)

    Students at Rancho Dominguez Prep School in Long Beach, Calif. received an assignment in their Digital Imaging class from a long-term substitute teacher to create images of the White House submerged underwater and some White House inhabitants had to appear to be drowning.

    “My (project) was the president being saved instead of drowning him … so I drowned his wife and the dog. I felt bad. It didn’t feel right drowning the president,” shared Carnal Washington, a junior.

    The student that received the most praise and the highest grade was a girl who created an image of President Obama swimming toward a bucket of chicken instead of trying to save his family.

    Parents were disturbed by the assignment, saying it was “uncalled for” and couldn’t see what the “kids get from this project.”
    http://rollingout.com/culture/students-told-to-draw-obama-drowning-and-white-house-underwater-for-grade-in-art-class-video/

    • aleth

      WOW! SMH

      Students need to be brighter… you don’t do wrong things just because an ignorant asshole tells you do to it. Sometimes you need to take a stand for the right things.

      WOW.

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

        THIS.

      • Worldwatcher7

        Parents need to teach children about the existence of racism and how to respond.

      • GN

        Very true; but even the brightest kid who has been taught to not accept authority blindly is no match for a full-grown adult. That teacher needs to be held accountable by age-appropriate peers for this foolishness, I don’t blame the kids for not knowing what to do. I hope those parents raise holy hell all up in that school from the teacher to the principal.

    • rikyrah

      and these are EDUCATORS?

    • Kennymack1971

      I wish I could say I was shocked but nothing these pathetic losers do shocks me anymore.

      • conlakappa

        And that is a truly sad statement.

    • edp4bho

      And the devolving of our children continues. Parents need to be educating their children about the assault on our youth– through mis-education, negative culture, prison. Parents should be more than “disturbed”. The teacher should be fired and the lesson revoked. There has been an all out attempt to steal our youth away from us, i.e. confuse their minds before they can grow to be knowledgeable of self. If they can’t get you politically, they “benignly” demonize you. The teachings of Malcolm and his ilk should never have been set aside. As for that Soledad piece on color, what’s wrong with a piece about what it means to be a proud black youth? Right. Doesn’t fit the narrative to deplete our numbers, thus our power.

    • Rhoda

      These people are sick and angrier than a mother over the election; I’m holding POTUS and his family in prayer. I really worry for them, sometimes.

      • nellcote

        worry for them, sometimes.
        ===
        Always.

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

      Imma need for the Secret Service to pay the teacher a little visit, because that assignment sounds like terrorist threat, imo.

    • Tafr

      A while ago someone at lipstick alley posted an article about black parents and homeschooling. Seems that black parents are getting sick and tired of this type of bullshit so homeschooling is on the rise in our community.

      I just came to that decision because of several incidents at my kid’s school. One teacher had the nerve to speak to me like I was her high school home girl. Talking about “girlfriend I heard you had some drama with your middle child.” I promptly asked her who the hell did she think she was talking to. I let her know that the next time she called my child a liar that she would get a taste of that ghetto and it would not be pleasant for her.

      Not all teachers are the devil but there are many out there who feel free to act a fool around our children.

  • Miranda

    Oh so the numbnuts at Fox upset that Bo is featuerd on the White House holiday card?

    ROFLMAO

    • rikyrah

      Yes…when they’re not mad at FLOTUS having 54 Christmas trees in the WH.

      yes…they are mad at the number of trees.

      • MsKitty

        When I saw that last week I immediately thought of what you always say about would this be a problem if this was a white President.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      —–Zzzzzzzzzzzzz- —- LOL—-

      At LEAST they HONORED THEIR DOG —-as compared 2 – —

      – —-THIS!! —HAH!- —

      BUT — -I understand that –SEAMUS – –GOT REVENGE!! –LOL- – –

      – — -Good 2 C U miranda. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! I will never ever forget “Dogs Against Romney” I sent them a small donation just to help keep their website going. When I was doing canvass for GOTV, several pet lovers told me that the treatment of Seamus was one of their major reasons for NOT voting for Romney.

    • Aquagranny911

      Fox can BITE THE BIG CACTUS!

      I love that card. I got mine last week & I think I will frame it. I love Bo! If I was into dognapping from a loving family & not terrified of the Secret Service, that dog would be MINE!

      I’ll settle for the card. It is a charming painting of our First Dog.

    • Aquagranny911

      Fox can BITE THE BIG CACTUS!

      I love that card. I got mine last week & I think I will frame it. I love Bo! If I was into dognapping from a loving family & not terrified of the Secret Service, that dog would be MINE!

      I’ll settle for the card. It is a charming painting of our First Dog.

  • Miranda

    Raw: Obamas Attend Annual Holiday Concert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzHd3EraWRM&feature=youtu.be

    • rikyrah

      First Lady is continuing the GOLD THEME this holiday season.

    • Alma98

      The girls dresses are beautiful I especially loves Sasha’s dress color and hem line.

      • Alma98

        I had to resize the pic for disqus to add it to the post.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

          I am not loving Diana Ross’s prom dress.

          • Alma98

            LOL!

          • Aquagranny911

            Do you think she just wanted peeps to keep their distance? That dress looked to me better than body armor at keeping people away.

            Not one of her best looks, imo.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

            I think one of her kids should have told her that dress was not a good look. Between her and Aretha Franklin’s love for pink taffeta prom dresses I am just done.

          • Aquagranny911

            Agreed! But my next thought & not a kind one is that…

            Since she had to be in the same space as Michelle Obama, she wanted to be more “memorable”

            Just asking & meow….

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

            You are right she did “try” and fail to outshine FLOTUS.

          • Miranda

            LMAO! When I first read your comment on the “prom dress”..the first thought that popped into my head was “WHO THE HELL GONNA TELL THE BOSS OR THE QUEEN (Aretha) THEY NEED TO CHANGE AN OUTFIT??!? WHO?? LOL, some people you just carry on…don’t say a word. They are who they’re gonna be. Nobody tellin Sista Maybelle her First Sunday white suit is too sizes too small…ain’t nobody telling Diana or Aretha when they look a hot mess. They’ve earned their points in “leave me be” miles.

          • Aquagranny911

            ROTFLMAO so much at…

            …earned their points in “leave me be” miles…

            At my age I should really appreciate that because I do play “the age card” often enough with my own family.

            Loved your comment!

            ♥!!!

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

            You are right Miranda, but I am sho gonna comment about their ugly arse prom dress fashions on the blogs….lol.

        • conlakappa

          Thank you because my computer continues to be trifling, giving me a “no flash” message. Even when I try to go directly to Youtube, it is acting stank.

          • Alma98

            LOL!

          • conlakappa

            It/Disqus must be mad at me now. When I tried to open your response, I got a white background with large lettering that said “error establishing data connection.” Apparently the first rule of Disqus/Flash is that you don’t talk about Disqus/Flash

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! We are going to have to start saying: “It that shall not be named” like they do with Voldmort in the Harry Potter series.

            I’ve found that I get my ass kicked every time I get nasty & name the name about the caca that happens.

            Dang! Now I’m going to get the tin foil!

    • Worldwatcher7

      OMG, Malia and Sasha look so beautiful it’s ridiculous.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda- — – THS FIRST FAMILY- – -the LOVELIEST – -in da ANNALS of HISTORY!! :>)
      – —-ALL have a BEAUTIFUL COUNTENANCE.- –:>)– -BLESS THEM – – -as they “REPRESENT! :>)

      P.S.- — “GREEN DRESS[with “handerchief hemline”.– Woo! Hoo!- — -***BIG HUGS**- —COMPASSIONATE!!! :>)

  • jds09

    Eric Holder has to be related to Dr. Fuller. They look like brothers.

  • Miranda

    Mitt Romney’s awkward pep talk with Manny Pacquiao

    Watch the losing presidential candidate give some ill-fated encouragement to the soon-to-be-KO’d Filipino boxer
    http://theweek.com/article/index/237558/mitt-romneys-awkward-pep-talk-with-manny-pacquiao

    Andrew Kaczynski@BuzzFeedAndrew
    Mitt Romney’s face when Manny Pacquiao got knocked out. via @lesamoursmusic pic.twitter.com/9poq0CzR

    • MsKitty

      I read about Willard at the fight in the other thread. Damn near busted a gut laughing at how he introduced himself, “I ran for President but I lost.” Really, who goes around doing that?

      • conlakappa

        People who lack people skills?

        • Aquagranny911

          People who get a puzzled look when they say their names to introduce themselves?

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone :)

  • Miranda

    Obama lauds special ops forces for Afghan rescue

    excerpt: A member of the same elite U.S. special operations team that killed Osama bin Laden was himself killed during a weekend rescue mission in Afghanistan to free an American doctor abducted by the Taliban.

    CBS News National Security correspondent David Martin reports the dead operative was a member of Navy SEAL Team 6.

    Martin reports seven alleged Taliban militants were killed in the operation to free the doctor, who was captured outside of Kabul five days ago. The U.S. did not immediately identify the slain operative, and there was no further information available on the operation.

    President Obama praised the special forces on Sunday, saying the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops’ “extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism.”

    more here
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57558162/obama-lauds-special-ops-forces-for-afghan-rescue/

  • Miranda

    How a Powerful D.C. Fixer Would Have Handled the Tiger Woods Scandal

    High-powered Washington, D.C., crisis manager—and former White House press secretary—Judy Smith is the real-life inspiration for Olivia Pope, the lead role on ABC’s political drama Scandal. In a rare interview, Judy reveals how she would have handled headline-making scandals—like Tiger Woods’ extramarital affairs—differently.

    Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own-oprahs-next-chapter/How-Judy-Smith-Would-Have-Handled-the-Tiger-Woods-Scandal-Video#ixzz2Ef6v4MjA

    • Daltex82

      Sometimes Oprah annoys me to no end, but her interview with Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes and Judy Smith was excellent, three very talented, intelligent and gifted women. If it comes on again it is well worth an hour.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – — -GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM/PBOMB♥. – — -WOO! HOO! — –WHAT A GR8 TOPIC!! – -HONORIN’ OUR PIONEERS in such an IMPORTANT FIELD. :>) — –

    – – -OF COURSE –my FOCUS: – :>)–FIRST – -Solomon Carter Fuller, born in 1872 in Monrovia, Liberia, was the nation’s first African American psychiatrist and a neurologist. – – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    — -RE –M.R PRESIDENT: – –He’s – –On The Road Again – –:>)

    — – –The president is scheduled to travel to Redford, Mich., where he will visit Daimler Detroit Diesel and deliver remarks about the economy and middle class families. POLITICO’s Reid Epstein has more. – –

    Movin’ –FORWARD — – –>Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – –Since MANY parts of the country R reportin’ – – SNOW- — – Brrrrr. .
    – — – -ENJOY THIS SPECIAL DRANK. :>) – –

    B BLESSED 2-day. :>) – – -[Thank U PBOMB :>)]

    – – -[Gotta "bounce" EARLY. :>) MISSIN' U/CARRYON' U - -IN MY♥]

  • rikyrah

    Charlie Crist’s Evolution is Complete

    For a guy who hasn’t held any public office in nearly two years, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist sure does generate a lot of attention, especially from his former party. The Tampa Bay Times reported recently that Republican Party of Florida “seems to be mighty worried” about Crist.

    Indeed, state GOP officials have furiously sent out press releases about Crist for months, attacking his every move, even running televised attack ads, even though he isn’t currently a candidate for any office.

    Friday night, the rationale behind the fury became clearer: Crist attended an event at the White House, and announced he’s now officially a Democrat.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/10/15817431-charlie-crists-evolution-is-complete?lite

    • trose1

      I don’t trust Crist.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Charlie wants to be governor.

      • rikyrah

        I call him a human oil slick.

        I don’t trust him either, trose.

        But, if he’s the best shot to beat Lex Luthor down in Florida – oh well.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — AaaaaRRRRRRRGGGG!! – – -Sooo SICK annnd TIRED of THIS – -RACISM!!! – – —

    THEY JUS’ – – -PILIN’ ON!! – – — –Rice Faulted for Congo Crisis – –

    – — -WHAT ‘BOUT the ERUPTION of MR. VESUVIUS?? – – – – -The DISAPPEARANCE of da –DINOSAURS!!????? – –The – -FALL of da ROMAN EMPIRE!!??? – —

    – – —YEAH – –IT’S RACISM annnnd SEXISM!! – — -GEESH!! – –

    • aleth

      Oh please they need to come harder than that… I sincerely hope she is nominated.

      I want to see it all — TO BE WOMAN AND BLACK!

      I await the left, right and the so called women’s group — you know the “real” women club where only the palins and clinton type women matter show… should be interesting Sotomayor part 200

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – — -***FIST BUMP*** on da – –EXTREME WEAKNESS!!- -HAH!- —

        –YA KNOW- – -Even iff she is NOT- — -there may B another PLACE 4 her- -her TALENTS. —- THIS I’m SURE of. :>)

        SHE is – — a POWERFUL – – -Sooo WELL- QUALIFIED —BLACK WOMAN!! :>)..

        Good 2 C U aleth. :>)

      • rikyrah

        tell it aleth

  • rikyrah

    The abrupt end to the ‘epidemic of open-mindedness’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:05 AM EST.

    For critics of the Republican Party, today’s GOP is plagued by intellectual stagnation, a lack of interest in creativity and problem-solving, and epistemic closure that deliberately repels independent thought and ideological diversity. For David Brooks, critics have it all wrong — there’s actually “a vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation” underway.

    To bolster the point, the New York Times columnist trumpeted a “heralded paper on intellectual property rights” from “rising star Derek Khanna,” a Republican Study Committee staffer. Brooks added, “Since Nov. 6, the G.O.P. has experienced an epidemic of open-mindedness. The party may evolve quickly. If so, it’ll be powerfully influenced by people with names like … Derek Khanna.”

    Alas, the “epidemic” didn’t last. Industry lobbyists demanded that the Republican Study Committee withdraw Khanna’s report, and GOP policymakers obliged. As of last week, Khanna, the “rising star” cheered by Brooks, suddenly finds himself out of work.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/10/15818868-the-abrupt-end-to-the-epidemic-of-open-mindedness?lite

  • rikyrah

    Gingrich envisions ‘permanent’ partisan warfare

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:26 AM EST.

    Last week, Rep. Pete Roskam (R-Ill.), a leading lieutenant to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), complained that President Obama should do more to make congressional Republicans happy.

    “President Obama has an unbelievable opportunity to be a transformational president — that is, to bring the country together,” Roskam said. “Or he can devolve into zero-sum-game politics, where he wins and other people lose.”

    On “Meet the Press” yesterday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) made a similar argument.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Gingrich, making his ninth “Meet the Press” appearance of 2012, argued:

    “This president has a chance as he did in ’09 to come in and say, ‘I’m going to sit down and work with you. We’re going to be bipartisan, we’re going to put the country first,’ or he has a chance to do what he did in ’09, which is say, ‘I’m going to write a stimulus package with only Democrats and ram it through unread.’ He can continue down the road he’s on right now. He guarantees a permanent war because everybody on the right at every level sooner or later is going to get sick of it.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/10/15818188-gingrich-envisions-permanent-partisan-warfare?lite

    • Daltex82

      You cannot work with these folks, period. They are not interested in compromise, they do not want bipartisanship if they did they would not have spent the last four years obstructing everyone and everything that President Obama put forth to move this Country forward.

      No rethuglican should be allowed to come on any of these opinion shows and spout that shyt about President Obama needing to “work with rethuglicans” without being reminded of their behavior the last four years. My wish is that some how some regular citizen could find their way onto one of these panels and tell these folks some cold hard truths about themselves and their evil way.

    • goldenstar

      Was there push back to this Gingrich malarky? Yeah, PBO did that in 2009 and where did it get us? Where did it get him??? Oh, no, no, no.

      Just because the black guy is kissing no rings, these thugs are frontin’.

      • conlakappa

        The Newter perceiving the opposition as the enemy way pre-dates the black guy though. It just gives him a better platform but he and his GOPAC acolytes started learning it during the era of St. Ronnie. You can always tell them by how snarlingly mean they are. Coming quickest to mind are Moosilla and Gov. Christie.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      In other words he envisions the exact same thing he envisioned in 1994. Why do people still take this has-been seriously?

  • rikyrah

    Trading one hostage for another

    By Steve Benen

    Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:59 AM EST.

    When Sen. Bob Corker, a prominent Republican lawmaker, said yesterday that he’s prepared to throw in the towel in the fight over taxes, it was widely seen as a step away from the current GOP strategy. A closer look, however, reveals a far more troubling gambit.

    Just hours before the White House meeting, Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, said on “Fox News Sunday” that a small but growing group of Republicans had begun considering acquiescing on tax rates so that the negotiations could shift to entitlement programs.

    Mr. Corker, a member of the Banking Committee who had presented a deficit-reduction plan of his own, said that if Republicans gave in to the president’s chief demand, then “all of a sudden the shift goes back to entitlements, and maybe it puts us in a place where we actually can do something that really saves the nation.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/10/15816736-trading-one-hostage-for-another?lite

  • aleth

    Well I am expecting Daily Kos, Politico, Huffposting, TPM, BWD, etc to have headlines calling HER a sellout… and she wants to MAKE CHANGES TO MEDICARE!!!! She is part of the PLUTOCRAT, TECHNOCRAT, CRATSOMETHING…. HEADLINES CAVING…Oh of course not that will not happen.. just like the Clintons– they get amnesia when the person looks like them….

    “I don’t know how to answer the question,” she told the Globe. “Let’s see what they’ve got.”

    Warren offered aspects of a deal she had already outlined on the campaign trail — higher taxes on top earners, the elimination of oil and agriculture subsidies and cuts to military spending — but also said she’d support “technocratic” changes to Medicare, which she declined to explain further.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/271889-warren-doesnt-endorse-obama-plan-to-avoid-fiscal-cliff

  • Rhoda

    Hello, POU!

    I hope everything is going well with everyone; and lamh I read about your move. Good luck and congratulations!

    So, just got online to read the paper and some blogs and the Susan Rice story about her ties to Kagame and blaming her for issues in Rwanda makes it clear IMO that the Clintonistas don’t want a woman in the SoS position for one reason. It diminishes Hillary,

    I was watching Meet the Press and as everyone is falling all over themselves to praise Hillary Helene Cooper accidentally told the truth: she couldn’t think of anything Hillary herself has done as SoS to distinguish herself. Think about it. She had Holbrooke running the talks to end the war in Afghanistan. She hasn’t touched the Isreal/Palestine issue (and the administration has backed off from there). She was on the wrong side of ending the war in Afghanistan. She was against the Bin Laden raid. She was isolated in Foggy Bottom. And POTUS sent John Kerry out to speak for him in Iran, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq frequently. She blew the Russian reset thing big time.

    She’s been a decent Secretary of State; but she’s done nothing to make a name for herself because she’s been incredibly cautious and I’d argue she doesn’t have the President’s ear or share his values on a lot of decisions. Meanwhile, Rice does. Susan Rice is close to POUTS. She has his trust. And she has been on the winning side of many policy fights; which is why Hillary’s camp particularly loathes her. POTUS made the UN Secretary a cabinet chair so she reports directly to him and not Hillary as has been the case before.

    They are worried in a second term POTUS will go all out to deal with the Israel/Palestine situation (and in backing Israel so hard he’ll have real chits to play at home), that he will engage deeply on trade issues with China and Asia, that the European Union (which is facing a deep crisis) will be a major diplomatic and economic challenge for America, and that doesn’t even delve into Iran and the overtures for diplomacy as well as the Arab Spring fallout. These are a consequential four years and they’re worried that Susan Rice will make a name for herself a’la Kissinger and with Hillary likely running in 2016 that is a problem. They fear a challenger saying Hillary did a good job; but look Susan Rice did better. Given how she didn’t make a name for herself in the senate and we’ve got tape of Sinbad clowning her in ’07; Hillary has a lot of vulnerabilities going into a primary that are masked right now. But the Clintonaistas see and know them; and they’re trying to burnish her legacy by having Kerry follow her. The comparisons then won’t be as clear or odious to them; and if brought up can be spun as sexist. That’s my opinion; but I think POTUS is going to give Susan Rice the job. Just as he did Geithner when everyone and their mother tried to take him down.

    I don’t know what’s going to happen in four years. But you can put me down in the anyone but Hillary bandwagon.

    • itgurl_29

      Co-signing. I agree 1000%.

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

      Good food for thought, Rhoda. Up until now, I thought the Clintonista Camp was out for Rice strictly for payback for choosing PBO over HRC in the primary. I hadn’t thought about the preservation of her legacy as SoS angle.

      Ironically, it’s Helene Cooper’s article on the Congo that’s causing the drama. What’s interesting is how the blame is being put solely on Rice based on a Western diplomat who wasn’t actually at the meeting but had “knowledge of the meeting”. WTF?

      And is this really a case of Rice protecting Kagame? It sounds to me like Rice is trying not to piss him off more. What folks don’t realize is that you can’t just go around putting these mofos on Front St and Blast Ave because innocent people can get killed.

    • rikyrah

      rocking it Rhonda.

      tell the truth.

    • aleth

      I am in the anyone but Hillary bandwagon… I will not be supporting her in a primary… ANYBODY but Clinton.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Rhoda- – -**BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – -***fist bump***- – –>But you can put me down in the anyone but Hillary bandwagon.- –

      YA C- — -Been trynta B RESPECTFUL 2 her durin’ these 4 years — -‘CAUSE she DOES what “HER BOSS”- – Tells her ta do.

      NOW — –SHE GETTIN’ – -“MESSY”!!!- – -As IFF 2 say- – -Seeee- -THEY LIKED ME– -even iff THEY ELECTED U!- – SAAAA-LAP!!

      – – – -She BEEN HOLDIN’ dat – –GRUDGE 4 — 4 YEARS!–humph!

      She betta KNOW — -that THIS BEHAVIOR- —gon LOSE VOTES!!-[OURS BEEN LOST!!] –

      – — -“BLUE DRESS”- — U betta hollar at-cha “girl!”- –HAH- – 4 what it’s worth.!!

      – – -Good 2 C U Rhoda. :>)- -

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        If she runs and gets the nod in 2016 she gets my vote. I don’t care if General Burkhater got the nomination if he runs as a Dem in 2016 he gets my vote. No way am I going to let Republicans win and begin Operation Rollback.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY woody45. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          – – -OooKaay. It may B 2 early. :>) – -Annnd di-ent mean 2 speak 4 our POU FAM♥- — – –

          — ***fist bump***- -on NOT lettin’ the RE-THUCKERS- –get in. :>)- – –

          Jus’ HOPIN’ that there will B a VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. :>)

          – – -Good 2 C U woody45. :>)- – -

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY woody45. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          – – -OooKaay. It may B 2 early. :>) – -Annnd di-ent mean 2 speak 4 our POU FAM♥- — – –

          — ***fist bump***- -on NOT lettin’ the RE-THUCKERS- –get in. :>)- – –

          Jus’ HOPIN’ that there will B a VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. :>)

          – – -Good 2 C U woody45. :>)- – -

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Jus’ HOPIN’ that there will B a VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. :>)

            I like Hillary but you and me both.

          • GreenLadyHere

            ***smiles at-choo! :>)***

    • Daltex82

      If I could I would give you a 1000 likes!

    • dannie22

      great comment Rhoda! and miss cooper is reaching in that article.

    • TyrenM

      All of This! This part in particular:
      These are a consequential four years and they’re worried that Susan Rice will make a name for herself a’la Kissinger and with Hillary likely running in 2016 that is a problem. BINGO.

  • Rhoda

    The Medicare thing will only happen if Republicans man up and demand the cuts they want. That’s what is giving them fits. POTUS refuses to put an offer on the table that they will run against Democrats on in 2014; like they did the 700 billion in cuts to Medicare. Republicans don’t want to make the ask and POTUS is not moving until they do.

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

    Mornin’ ya’ll!

    Ebony Looks to Its Past as It Moves Forward
    By MATT HABER
    Published: December 7, 2012

    excerpt:

    “It’s not just another magazine, it’s something far greater,” Ms. Barnett said. “There are very few magazines that hold the iconic place within their community and with their readers that Ebony does.”

    That may explain why some readers were taken aback by the appearance of NeNe Leakes, one of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” on the cover of the December 2012-January 2013 issue. Ms. Leakes, who also stars in the NBC sitcom “The New Normal,” was photographed in a bathtub full of diamonds holding a gold-rimmed Champagne flute, an image that struck some as the wrong one for the magazine, especially given that the issue also contained the Ebony Power 100 list of the most influential African-Americans, a conceit celebrated with a gala at Lincoln Center in New York.

    “I think NeNe Leakes is fabulous and I very much respect what she’s been able to accomplish in her life,” Ms. Barnett said. “We didn’t shoot NeNe in a business suit sitting behind a desk with a briefcase. We shot her in a very tongue-in-cheek setting to glorify the thing that turned her into a pop culture icon.”

    She added: “That speaks to our sense of humor. That speaks to the sense of irony we can also have. There’s no reason Ebony magazine should only feature staid and conservative content.”

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/fashion/ebony-looks-to-its-past-as-it-modernizes.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0&hpw&pagewanted=all

    • GN

      They’re off track; very questionable editorial decisions of late.

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

        Well, from the tea I’ve read about Amy Dubois Barnett, the EIC, she doesn’t have the greatest reputation in the publishing industry.

    • Daltex82

      I guess we should count ourselves lucky they didn’t put Sweetie on the cover. ~insert eye roll here~

      I know Mr. Johnson is probably thinking “what in the hell have they done to my magazine!”

      • trose1

        Sweeti LMBAO

  • rikyrah

    Michigan, here comes Wisconsin

    By Laura Conaway

    Sun Dec 9, 2012 5:13 PM EST

    When the protests start this week over anti-union legislation at the Michigan state Capitol, union workers from Wisconsin will be there. The so-called Right to Work bills would weaken labor unions in Michigan, except for those belonging to police and firefighters. An organizer from Ironworkers Local 8 tells the Wisconsin State Journal that after what Wisconsin has been through, it’s easy to get people to cross state lines to stand up for union rights:

    “A lot of things are eerily similar to parts of what happened here in Wisconsin,” said [Randy] Bryce, who expects 40 to 50 people from his union to travel to Lansing, Mich., by Tuesday when lawmakers reconvene and Snyder plans to sign the bills into law. “I would say what’s under attack there is even bigger because they decided to go after the public- and private-sector unions.”

    The image up top comes from the Overpass Light Brigade in Wisconsin, who write: “We Wisconsinites understand exactly what’s going on in Michigan. Right to work is deceptively named. It kills wages and destroys the middle class.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/09/15799204-michigan-here-comes-wisconsin?lite

  • rikyrah

    Boehner’s gavel is secure, isn’t it?

    By Steve Benen

    Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:31 AM EST.

    Just last week, the New York Times reported that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is “enjoying the broadest support of his tumultuous” tenure, and benefits from “the strong embrace from a broad spectrum of the rank and file.”

    Well, maybe. National Journal notes that some conservative activists are “launching an all-out effort aimed at about 100 House Republicans to see if it can find at least 17 of them angry enough, and bold enough, to block Boehner’s reelection when the new Congress commences on Jan. 3.” The Week also reported that Boehner’s gavel is at risk if ongoing debt-reduction talks go poorly.

    And this morning, National Review pointed to a possible challenger to Boehner from his own conference.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/10/15820243-boehners-gavel-is-secure-isnt-it?lite

    • conlakappa

      I’ll say it again: Orange, if they are using superlatives about you, the sharp knives have been sharpened even further. Watch your back.

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! Yon Cantor has that “lean hungry look” I also read that some doughboy dunker from the Teapotty in Georgia may have his eyes on the prize.

        Pass the Moose Munch & the Hornitos, this may end up being like a Repug reprise of the “Hunger Games”

        • conlakappa

          The last time there was a putsch against the House R leadership [The Newter was vulnerable, everybody knew about the skin-flute playing], it wasn’t super-prominent figures at the fore though Armey was behind it. Armey gave himself enough cover that there were no clear lines to him. I have a feeling that Cantor will be the same way. You know that I’ve speculated before that I’m not sure he is Cassius but he just might be–the doofus in Georgia might well be Brutus though I still hold out hope for Louie Gohmert to overreach in a power grab.

          Oh, it’s definitely on! Snacks and potables for everyone!

          • Aquagranny911

            Why am I enjoying this so much? I was schooled as a child not to take pleasure in the pain, suffering & misfortunes of others.

            But that was “in another country & besides the wench is dead” Not sure I got that quote correctly.

            I can’t help myself. I can’t even go to confession because I’m not a bit sorry to see the Repugs implode. They have caused so much damage, hurt so many & they won’t stop.

            They deserve what the are getting now & much more! Drinks are on me!

          • conlakappa

            I think this is different and doesn’t count as imprecatory. By their own hands, design, and more than a smidgen of hubris, they are boxing themselves into position from which they cannot get out without sacrificing their so-called principles. They have had two years to clear this mess up but were so sure that the President wouldn’t win, they never worked on a Plan B. Oops!

          • Aquagranny911

            Always have a Plan B & maybe even a Plan C back in the works.

            I’m old & I learned that lesson a long, long time ago!

            So sad! Too bad! Repugs seemed to have failed that lesson this time. Let them pay & keep on paying!

  • Alma98

    Good morning pou peeps!

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hey sag!

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    • Alma98

      Afternoon sag! lol

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Sag

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, rikyrah!

  • Miranda

    The comments are hilarious.

    Mitt Romney’s Approval Rating Post-Election Is – You Guessed It – 47%

    Mitt Romney just can’t seem to escape his now infamous comments on “the 47 percent.” Not only was his final share of the popular vote just about 47 percent, but now, his approval rating post-election is the stuff of Jon Stewart‘s dreams: you guessed it, 47 percent.

    POLITICO, along with George Washington University, conducted a poll which found that both Romney and his erstwhile running mate Paul Ryan (R-WI) are both viewed favorable by 47 percent of likely voters. The rest of the poll numbers don’t bode well for other GOP leaders: 36 percent of likely voters have never heard of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and 34 percent feel negatively toward House Speaker John Boehner. Although the numbers are a little better for potential presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, he’s still viewed unfavorable by nearly 34 percent of likely voters.

    more here
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/mitt-romneys-approval-rating-post-election-is-you-guessed-it-47/

  • macademic

    Good morning POU! I thought this might be useful to folks; @ link there is a list of the banks and what/ when people should get checks.

    Refunds soon on the way to some credit card, debit card customers

    Claudia Buck | The Sacramento Bee

    ‘Tis the season … of consumer refunds.

    In coming weeks, more than $425 million in refunds and restitution is going out to millions of consumers nationwide, thanks to a recent round of crackdowns on deceptive credit card practices.

    And another $410 million – from Bank of America – is already landing in pockets of millions who got stuck with excessive debit card fees.

    In most cases, no one’s going to get rich off these settlements. In fact, folks will likely get back just pennies on the dollar.

    But still, cash is cash. And a little extra in the wallet is always welcome.

    Behind some of the payouts is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – a year-old federal agency launched in July 2011 to play “neighborhood cop” in policing the consumer financial market, everything from mortgages to student loans to credit cards.

    Working with other federal agencies, the CFPB this summer and fall ordered three credit card companies – American Express, Capital One and Discover – to return a combined $425 million to consumers, primarily for misleading sales tactics.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/12/10/176895/refunds-soon-on-the-way-to-some.html#storylink=cpy

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- – – –HAH! — -YA THINK??- — –

    – — Vindictive Republicans Are Out to Punish Obama and America with Austerity- —–

    – – – -It is nearly impossible to understand what motivates human behavior, especially when the result is bound for failure or catastrophe. For nearly four years, political observers proffered several theories to explain why Republicans have made governing an exercise in futility. Also why they have had no compunction in causing undue damage to the economy and the American people who elected them. It is entirely possible they are so entrenched in neo-conservative ideology that they are unable to recognize their gross and egregious adherence to a failed economic theory. This does not entirely explain their willingness to jeopardize the economy or people’s well-being. Many pundits believe the GOP’s obstruction was a result of Republicans hating President Obama more than they love America. Although it is true, there must be more to the story than just hate for one man, and a Republican representative may have revealed the GOP’s dysfunction that is preventing a working government.

    – – – -SNIP — —

    – – — –THIS —is –BEYOND — BRUTAL!!- – – -ALL! OF!- – -THIS!!- !!- — HAH.!!- –

    – – – -It is time to stop referring to Republicans as petulant children, or ideological maniacs; they are worthless power-hungry sore losers, and if they cannot be in charge, then they will prevent anyone else from governing. They are evil megalomaniacs, and they will continue punishing the people for re-electing President Obama who wishes to raise taxes on the wealthy. Republicans will hold the economy hostage to enact austerity measures to gut Medicare and Social Security. The vindictive Republicans are not qualified to govern, and if they cannot punish the people with austerity, they will hold the government hostage, cause a recession at home, and a global financial collapse that will make going over the fiscal cliff insignificant.
    THERE IS MORE!!

    —- GUESS—THEY- – -needta B REMINDED: —No Weapon – – NONE- — SHALL PROSPER!!- –IT WON’T WORK!!- -HAH!

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Green Lady! I read this excellent article which just confirms all that has been said here at POU about the Repugnants, the Teapotty and their minions. They are evil but I notice Karma has been visiting some on a regular basis. “No Weapon–NONE– SHALL PROSPER”

      OT: To answer your question from last night…Botswana where my Son-in-law was born so we could meet his family & South Africa also since some of his extended family lives there including his Auntie Godmother who helped raise him after his own mother died. Hubby & I also visited Nigeria back in the ’80s to meet the families of two exchange students who lived with us. One of my cousins’ daughters married a young man from Cameroon but we have not visited there yet.

      So we have our ties to Africa through friendship & marriage. I love Africa. I wish I could see more of it. My baby brother is working in Kenya right now with a health program. If he stays there long enough I just might get to visit, lol!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- – –

        – — ***fist bump**- — – KARMA —GON- – -GET da “W”!!- –HAH!- – –

        THANK U 4 sharin’.- — -U been – -ALL UP IN” da “MOTHERLAND”- – –:>)

        Good on U. :>)- -Good 2 C U. :>)

    • rikyrah

      It’s called ECONOMIC TREASON

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEET rikyrah. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ***fist bump**** – —BEEN doin’ THAT SINCE – –DAY 1 —INAUGURATION DAY —2009!!!- — humph!!- —

        Good 2 C U. :>) — –

  • rikyrah

    Can GOP Say Yes on Immigration Reform?

    by BooMan
    Mon Dec 10th, 2012 at 08:34:14 AM EST

    Today is a travel day for me, but I will be back to my regular routine tomorrow. I want to drop a quick note on this POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll on people’s attitudes about immigration reform. The overall numbers are encouraging, but let me point out that only 49% of Republicans support a path to citizenship, while 45% oppose it. And guess which half of the Republican Party has all the energy on the issue?
    Therein lies the rub. In many Republican districts, voting for a path to citizenship is a very risky move. In fact, I’d like to see a poll of just Republican opinion within Republican House districts. After all, it doesn’t matter what a Republican in Minneapolis thinks.

    The president appears ready to make a full-court press for immigration reform. The timing appears to be good. He just won reelection thanks to the heavy support of Latinos in key states like Nevada, Colorado, and Florida. The GOP knows that they can’t win the next presidential election unless they repair their relationship with the Latino community. The stars would seem to be aligned.

    Yet, the GOP is tearing itself apart on the issue. Can they be divided and conquered, or will their racist base prevail?

    I know what side of that fight I want to be on.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/10/83414/180

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- — –LOL!- —HE!! AIN’T!- – -NEVA!- –LIED!! :>) —

    – – – -Quote of the Day-

    – — “I don’t think the Republican Party schooled their candidates very well or supported their candidates very well… We had a lot of candidates quite frankly that did dumb things out there.”

    — Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), in an interview with CBS News, blaming Republican leaders for the party’s losses across the country in 2012. - —

    – – – -ACTUALLY- – MR. PRESIDENT- – -SCHOOLED ‘EM- -ALL!!!- – -HAH!!

  • rikyrah

    On debt ceiling, Graham vows to ‘play that game’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:35 PM EST.

    With memories of last year’s brutal debt-ceiling crisis very much on his mind, President Obama said last week, “We can’t afford to go there again.” He added, “The only thing the debt ceiling is good as a weapon for is destroying your credit rating…. I will not play that game.”

    This morning on Fox News, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) responded, “Yes, we will play that game.”

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Graham’s on-air comments about the “rude awakening” awaiting the White House were pretty remarkable.

    “In February or March you have to raise the debt ceiling. And I can tell you this, there is a hardening on the Republican side. We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling. We’re not going to let Obama borrow any more money or any American Congress borrow any more money until we fix this country from becoming Greece. And that requires significant entitlement reform to save Social Security and Medicare from bankruptcy. Social Security is going bankrupt in about 20, 25 years. Medicare is going bankrupt in 15 or 20 years. [...]

    “Yes, we will play that game, Mr. President, because it’s not a game. The game you’re playing is small ball. You’re talking about raising rates on the top 2% that would run the government for 11 days. You just got re-elected. How about doing something big that’s not liberal? How about doing something big that really is bipartisan? Every big idea he has is a liberal idea that drowns us in debt. How about manning up here, Mr. President and use your mandate to bring this country together to stop us from becoming Greece.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/10/15821297-on-debt-ceiling-graham-vows-to-play-that-game?lite

    • Town

      Lindsey Graham, telling somebody else to man up.

      ok.

      • MsKitty

        The jokes just write themselves, don’t they?

    • jds09

      Isn’t Lindsay getting ready to be primaried by a tea partier? I guess he wants to be Quarry to PBO’s Ali. Missssstake. lol

  • rikyrah

    The ‘all-out drive’ for comprehensive immigration reform

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:05 PM EST.

    For many advocates of immigration reform, the post-election message to President Obama was not subtle: they turned out on Election Day, helped deliver a second term, and now it’s Obama’s turn to step up.

    There’s little doubt the president got the message and takes it seriously.

    As soon as the confrontation over fiscal policy winds down, the Obama administration will begin an all-out drive for comprehensive immigration reform, including seeking a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, according to officials briefed on the plans.

    While key tactical decisions are still being made, President Obama wants a catch-all bill that would also bolster border security measures, ratchet up penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants, and make it easier to bring in foreign workers under special visas, among other elements.

    ——————————————————————————–

    The problem, apparently, is that many GOP lawmakers are well aware of the election results, the polls, and demographic trends, but can’t quite get around the demands of right-wing activists who dictate so much of the Republican Party’s agenda.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/10/15822616-the-all-out-drive-for-comprehensive-immigration-reform?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- — –Jus’ sooo CONCERNED: — An UPDATE: —

    – – — South Africa defense minister visits Nelson Mandela in hospital - – –

    – — South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela is “doing very, very well” while undergoing unspecified medical tests at a military hospital, the nation’s defense minister said Monday. The office of the presidency said the anti-apartheid icon was being kept in the hospital for a third day for more tests.

    Mandela is revered by South Africans, and by many people around the world, for being a leader of the struggle against racist white rule in South Africa and for preaching reconciliation once he emerged from prison in 1990 after 27 years behind bars. He won South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994 that marked the end of apartheid.

    South Africans tensely awaited word Monday on Mandela even as authorities tried to offer reassurances, but gave no details.

    Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula spoke to journalists outside 1 Military Hospital in the capital, Pretoria, after seeing Mandela, 94. She offered the first government confirmation that Mandela, who has received military medical care since 2011, is at that hospital.

    “He’s doing very, very well,” she said. “And it is important to keep him in our prayers and also to be as calm as possible and not cause a state of panic because I think that is not what all of us need.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – — – CONTINUIN’ 2 PRAY EARNESTLY. AMEN.- —

    – — -Soweto Gospel Choir Blessed in Concert: Seteng Sediba - –

    – — — – There is a well of blood that saves your soul
    There is a pool of blood Next to the altar It’s got the healing power of life
    They say Amen Halleluja The trinity in the altar, the father, son and the holy spirit
    The sinners whose lives are doomed Their sins are washed away by the blood And they live with happiness and forgiveness

    • Aquagranny911

      AMEN!!! Still sending healing to Tata Madiba & kind thoughts to all in South Africa who are so worried about him.

  • rikyrah

    Looking a little past the horse race – to wages, income inequality and public versus private

    By Kay December 10th, 2012

    You have probably all heard about this:

    campaign and has generally supported him since, blasted his decision toram through a union-busting “right-to-work” law in a lame-duck legislative session. At Snyder’s urging, the state House and Senate each passed versions of the law this week. The editorial board slammed his move as a “failure of leadership” and observed that his “about-face” amounted to a betrayal of Michigan’s voters.
    The paper noted that while it “trusted Snyder’s judgment,” that trust “has now been betrayed.” It expressed disappointment on behalf of independents who thought Snyder more independent and visionary “than partisan apparatchiks like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker or Florida’s Rick Scott,” adding:
    His insistence that the legislation was designed to promote the interests of unionized workers and “bring Michiganders together” was grotesquely disingenuous; even as he spoke, security personnel were locking down the capital in anticipation of protests by angry unionists.
    Snyder’s ostensible rationale for embracing right-to-work legislation — it was, he insisted, a matter of preserving workers’ freedom of association — was equally dishonest.
    The real motive of Michigan’s right-to-work champions, as former GOP legislator Bill Ballenger ruefully observed, is “pure greed” — the determination to emasculate, once and for all, the Democratic Party’s most reliable source of financial and organizational support

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/12/10/looking-a-little-past-the-horse-race-to-wages-income-inequality-and-public-versus-private/#comment-4046601

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – —HAH!- – -Da CHART- – –CALLS! —‘EM!!- – – OUT!!- —

    – – —CHART: Corporate Profits Skyrocket While Corporate Taxes Plummet- –

    – – –Corporate profits are currently at an all-time high (while worker wages as a percentage of the economy have plummeted to record lows). But despite those sky-high profits, corporate income tax revenue is projected to be just 1.5 percent of GDP this year, below the recent average and far below the amount raised by the tax just a few decades ago.>/b>

    As the Century Foundation noted in this chart, the corporate income tax, as a share of total government revenue, used to track reasonably well with corporate profits. But in the last decade, the two have become decoupled:

    – – –SNIP- –

    – – – -As the Century Foundation’s Benjamin Landy explained, “In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for about one third of of all federal tax revenue. But, over the years, U.S. multinationals have devised increasingly complex tax avoidance schemes, far beyond the ability of the IRS to credibly monitor or enforce. Although the corporate tax rate was also lowered significantly in 1986, tax avoidance is one of primary reasons why corporate taxes supply less than 9 percent of federal revenues today.”

    – -RA’CHERE!!- — ->Between 2008 and 2011, dozens of multinational corporations paid no corporate income tax at all, despite making billions in profits.
    THERE IS MORE/

    – — -Guess- – –

    — — —CORPORATIONS R PEOPLE – — –with EXCESSIVE PROFITS annnnd WHO – – – -paid no corporate income tax at all . . . . >/b>- — -.GEESH!!- — — -DISGUSTING!!!!- – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- — –WHEW LAWD!- — -THIS would B- –da BIZNESS! :>) – – –

    – — -Samuel L. Jackson is ‘totally geeked’ about ‘Star Wars 7′ - —

    – – — Actor Samuel L. Jackson says he is down to return as Mace Windu for the upcoming Star Wars sequel.

    “I’m not surprised but totally geeked by the idea of there being more Star Wars,” Jackson told E! News. “It’s like, okay, Obi-Wan was dead when episode four started, so maybe everyone thinks I’m dead and we’ll find out what happened to Mace Windu. I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that’s still around that didn’t actually die.”

    Jackson responded, “Hell yeah!” to the question of whether he would definitely return for the new film.

    He even suggested that he could return as a ghost. “I just want to stay associated with the franchise…I just always loved it,” Jackson explained.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – – -Lookin’ FORWARD- – –:>) — –

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

    @barbarastarrcnn: Who says there is no holiday spirit at the pentagon? #MerryFiscalCliffmas #secretdoor http://yfrog.com/h4hukhhj

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

    They should’ve neva, eva given ya’ll Photoshop!

    Manny Pacquiao Knockout: The Funniest Photoshop Memes http://theurbandaily.com/1995078/manny-pacquiao-knockout-funny-photoshop-memes/?omcamp=starburst

    • Alma98

      HAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA!!!

    • MsKitty

      Smooth Criminal? Really?

  • rikyrah

    “Right to work” push guarantees all out war in Michigan
    Posted by Greg Sargent on December 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The “right to work” battle in Michigan may not be over quite yet.

    Top Democrats in the Michigan Congressional delegation just wrapped up their meeting with Governor Rick Snyder, during which they urged him in no uncertain terms: If you go forward with “right to work” legislation, you’ll be consigning the state to years of discord and division. They urged him to consider vetoing the legislation or postponing it until the next session — or even agreeing to subject it to referendum.

    According to Dems who were on the call, Snyder told them he would “seriously” take into account their objections — which they took as a genuine indication of possible willingness, for now, to reconsider.

    “The Governor listened, and he told us he would seriously consider our concerns,” Senator Carl Levin said on a conference call with reporters.

    The tenor of the meeting, which participants described as urgent and intense, underscores the gravity of the situation — not just for Democrats, but for the state itself. Dems told Snyder that forging ahead with “right to work” legislation risked undermining the progress in labor-management relations in the state and could create a situation similar to Wisconsin, where an ongoing battle over collective bargaining tore the state apart for over a year.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2012/12/10/right-to-work-push-guarantees-all-out-war-in-michigan/

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- — -GOOD READ- —:>) – –

    – —Elizabeth Warren and Pragmatism- –

    – — – -<i>Like it or not, the status quo changes when you go from being a candidate to having the responsibility of governing. And while it may be effective during a campaign, you can’t always bluster your way to success through use of the so-called “bully pulpit.”

    Governing effectively in today’s environment requires pragmatism, and this is a concept that incoming Senator Elizabeth Warren clearly understands well.

    In her first interview with The Boston Globe since winning the election, she has revealed her governing philosophy.

    “Here’s how I see this,” Warren said. “My job is to be effective on behalf of Massachusetts, and so what I’m trying to parse through is the difference between how much of this is about your own initiative, how much it’s about finding other bills that are really what you’d like to see get done and offering to be helpful, [and] how much it’s looking for the little cracks that are windows of opportunity.” [...]

    “I’m not patient,” she said, as if to assure supporters she won’t be tamed. “I’m not patient.”

    – – — – -SNIP – —

    – - If that sounds familiar, it’s because that is exactly how President Obama has governed.

    President Obama has enjoyed his share of major success stories such as passing the Affordable Care Act, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the end of the Iraq War, but for each of those there have been dozens of smaller victories that, when compiled, reveal a much more progressive government than if you look at each one individually.- – -Woo! Hoo! :>)
    THERE IS MORE.

    – —-SOUNDS REEEEAL FAMILIAR- --PRAGMATIC OBOTS UNITED!! :>) - —

    • Aquagranny911

      I ♥ Elizabeth Warren so much that some days I wish I still lived in Massachusetts even though I mostly didn’t like living there at the time.

      It is early days & maybe I could be proven wrong but I think this Lady will do her state, the country & our people proud as she serves in Washington. She is a lot like our PBO & will be a great ally.

  • gc

    Sorry for being so wicked late with my comment. My doc chanched my meds to offset increasing symptoms and the current formulation grogs me out to an extent I’ve never seen. I’ve persevered because we had Chanukah here, but it has been a struggle. Tonight i fell (I’m fine), I cannot type. I’m alseep 18 out of 24 hours. My symptomology has improved but at what cost?
    WIP (work-in-progress)I managed to entertain for Chanukaf, get some subbing in, pick up and drop off my kid at Bradley, obsess about the aging parent thing, I ay have fought with my sister, I went visiting, attended a Buddhist event, three doc’s appointment and two Advent Services, (I do not know what Advent Srvices are) I don’t remember a lot of it.’ Praise to a god spouse!
    Happy holidays to everyone. May, God, Goddess and Buddha bless out POTUS.

    Speaceshot from CT

    • gc

      Holy shit. And make a zillion typos..”.GOD SPOUSE”. I suppose he’d agree.