October 21, 2014

Monday Open Thread: African American Winemakers

GOOD MONDAY MORNING P.O.U.!

This week’s series will focus on African American Winemakers.

 

IRIS RIDEAU

Rideau Vineyard
Santa Barbara County, California

 (From Rideau Vineyard)

Rideau Vineyard was founded in 1997 by New Orleans native, Iris Rideau. Early on in the winery’s inception, Iris Rideau decided to dedicate her estate vineyard entirely to Rhône varietals. She felt that Rhône wines were not only ideally suited to the Santa Ynez Valley AVA, but also instinctively felt that they were best suited to the Creole cuisine of her childhood. Indeed, as the vines matured, and the first estate wines were produced, Iris soon began hosting a series of Creole-inspired dinners, with each dish paired with a Rhône varietal. The dinners were wildly successful, and soon became full-fledged winery events, attracting food and wine lovers from around the country. Today, Iris continues to host frequent events held at the winery grounds, pairing the food of her homeland with Rhône varietals.

Now, almost a decade later, Iris has opened the front parlors of the historical adobe for exclusive reserve wine tastings for Cellar Club Members and a special segment of the public wishing to taste our estate and reserve wines.

 

Winery & Vineyards

Rideau Wine Tasting Room (Photo: Trip Advisor)

Our production facility includes separated stainless steel tank, pressroom and a barrel room. We press off 150 tons of fruit (10,000 cases) and are able to store 500 barrels in our barrel room.

The Estate Vineyard is dedicated solely to Rhône varietals. Within our 16 acres of planted vineyard, one can find Syrah, Viognier, Mourvedre, Roussanne and Grenache.

We farm our vineyards in a sustainable manner, and feel that our location is ideally suited to the expression of Rhone-inspired wines of great merit.

We also honor long-standing contracts with some of Santa Barbara County’s most esteemed vineyards, including Bien Nacido Vineyard, Str Hills, La Presa and Paradise. From Bien Nacido we receive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from our winery designated block year after year. From Str Hills , we purchase Pinot Noir grapes for our Award Winning Pinot Noir.

 

For more information, check out Rideau Vineyard.

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning,Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    ok, this is going to be another informative series

    • conlakappa

      Indeed. I will turn my cousin and her best friend onto these stories–they love wineries and supporting AfAm businesses. It might make me think about going to visit these places! This one opened after I was in Santa Barbara.

  • isonprize

    This week’s series will focus on African American Winemakers.

    I LOVE THIS SITE!!!

  • rikyrah

    From Smartypants:

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

    Everything you need to know about Obamacare

    Apparently one of the biggest challenges we’re going to face next year is the lack of accurate information about Obamacare. As you probably know, many of the most important provisions kick in on January 1, 2014. But most people have only heard about the individual mandate portion of the reforms.

    Enroll America held focus groups in Philadelphia in mid-November, working exclusively with those who probably would qualify for benefits. Looking to understand how much public education will be needed, the researchers came back with a simple answer: a lot.
    Participants’ hands shot up when researchers asked whether they had heard about a requirement to buy health insurance. But when asked about whether they had heard about any provisions that might make insurance more affordable, none of the 31 participants in the four groups answered yes.

    Who knew that having the American public lied to for almost two years would leave them uninformed and confused? ()

    The truth is that there is tons of information out there to help people understand these reforms. And so I decided to compile some of where you can find it in order to help us spread the word. I’ll be putting this post in a tab at the top of the page (titled simply: Obamacare) so that you can come back and find it when/if you need to.

    First of all, bookmark the page for Enroll America. They are the non-profit group that is going to be working over the next year to get the word out.

    One of the group’s that has consistently put out quality information on the Affordable Care Act is the Kaiser Family Foundation. To get started on how much you do/don’t know about the reforms, take their short quiz. They also have a pretty helpful video that gives a summary.

  • rikyrah

    Gallup’s 2012 election polling debacle: what went wrong?Of all major polling organisations, Gallup got the result most spectacularly wrong – with Romney ahead. Here’s likely why

    Gallup was very wrong.

    Their final poll had Mitt Romney defeating President Obama by 1 percentage point, after giving Romney a lead as high as 7pt during the final month of the campaign. It seems now their final poll could end up being nearly 5pt off the mark.

    To understand what went wrong, let’s talk about where Gallup didn’t go astray.

    First, 50% of Gallup’s respondents in its nightly tracking poll were reached on cellphones, so they weren’t missing cellphone owners (who, as a whole, tend to lean Democratic). This 50% actually has to be weighted down to be closer to the one-third of Americans who have only cell service, as in the network exit poll.

    In the National Journal, Steven Shepard noted in a great article, which sums up the general critiques of Gallup, that the firm had fewer young voters than the exits. Gallup’s final poll had 18 to 29 year-olds only at 13% of the electorate, as opposed to the 19% of the exit polls, which seems like a huge difference considering that young voters went for Obama by 23 percentage points.

    Believe it or not, this youth voter disparity is likely not the cause of Gallup’s problems. Gallup’s 2008 electorate had young voters at only 14%, while the exits were at 18. As I’ve pointed out in the past, exit polls usually have more young voters than pre-election data.

    This year, for instance, Pew Research saw young voters drop from 15% of the electorate in 2008 to 13% in 2012, the same as Gallup. That didn’t stop Pew from projecting Obama to win by 3pt – very close to the final margin.

    Two other criticisms seem to be closer to the mark.

    Gallup’s likely voter sample had white voters at 78% of the electorate. The issue here isn’t that Gallup had more whites as a percentage of the electorate than the exit polls, which is usually the case for pre-election surveys. Gallup’s racial breakdown problem has more to do with the fact that this 78% matches 2008. Although other pre-election polls also had a higher percentage of whites than the exits, they all showed a drop in the white percentage of the electorate from 2008.

    The ABC/Washington Post, for example, had whites at 78% of the electorate in 2008, just like Gallup, but they showed whites creeping down to between 74.5% and 75% in 2012. That’s a drop of 3-3.5pt. Had Gallup shown a decrease as the ABC/Washington Post poll did, Obama would have led in their final poll by 2pt, instead of trailing by 1pt.

    Why did Gallup have too many whites? It seems the most likely answer at this point that Gallup’s likely voter screen cuts off too many minority registered voters. Remember that likely voters are those registered voters who a pollster thinks are ones that will come out and vote. Gallup’s final registered voter poll had Obama defeating Romney by 3pt – near perfect.

    It probably doesn’t come as much surprise that Gallup’s registered voter model was, by my calculation, near where the likely voter sample should have been, based on other pre-election firms’ samples: about 74-74.5% whites.

    Gallup’s wide gap between the registered and likely voter screens has bitten them in the past, as well. In 2010, Gallup’s final registered voter generic congressional ballot had Republicans leading by 4pt. The likely voter result gave Republicans a 15pt lead. The ultimate national House vote was Republicans by 6.6pt. The registered voter result, then, too, was far more accurate.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/23/gallup-2012-election-polling-debacle

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – -REAL FAST: — -IT’S LIKE OPENING UP a CHRISTMAS PRESENT – -AS WE OPEN UP the SERIES 4 da WEEK! LOL. – –

    Sepia – –THIS IS – – -BEYOND EXCITING!! – -:>) —
    – – – – – — -LOOKIN’ FORWARD – — ->Woo! Hoo!

    THANK U —Sepia – –annnd have a BLESSED day. :>)

    P.S. – – –THESE R VERY POPULAR HERE :>) – – Now, almost a decade later, Iris has opened the front parlors of the historical adobe for exclusive reserve wine tastings for Cellar Club Members and a special segment of the public wishing to taste our estate and reserve wines. :>)

  • rikyrah

    November 25, 2012 2:20 PM

    The Walmart way is not the only way

    By Kathleen Geier

    To follow up on yesterday’s post about the Black Friday Walmart strikes, I wanted to write about an argument that Walmart and its apologists frequently make — namely, that so far as retail work goes, low wages are the nature of the beast, particularly for retailers that emphasize low prices. But that isn’t the way it has to be. Indeed, for some notable retail chains, that isn’t the way it is at all.

    Two of my favorite stores in the world are Costco and Trader Joe’s. Like Walmart, they make a point of offering rock-bottom prices. But in total contrast to Walmart, which exploits its employees and sells cheap crap, Costco and Trader Joe’s feature high-quality products and treat their employees well. I love Costco and Trader Joe’s both for their delicious food items, especially their cheese and chocolate (the chocolate truffles I recently bought at Costco were were frighteningly good, and extremely popular at my family’s Thanksgiving feast this year). I also go to Costco to buy dog food (their house brand is very high quality, and astonishingly cheap) and to fill my prescriptions. Generic meds at Costco are dirt cheap, which has been a godsend for me during times when I’ve lacked health insurance.

    I’ve often wondered how Costco and Trader Joe’s manage to simultaneously provide high quality and low prices, while treating their employees decently in the bargain. Recently I came across an article from earlier this year in the Harvard Business Review which explains why. It’s written by Zeynep Ton, a visiting assistant professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Ton looked at the practices of four retailers which not only have excellent labor records but also boast “the lowest prices in their industries, solid financial performance, and better customer service than their competitors.”

    Those retailers are Costco and Trader Joe’s; QuikTrip, an American convenience store chain; and Mercadona, a Spanish supermarket. Here’s how employee compensation at these companies stacks up, vs. the competitors:

    Employees of these retailers have higher pay, fuller training, better benefits, and more-convenient schedules than their counterparts at the competition. Store employees earn about 40% more at Costco than at its largest competitor, Walmart’s Sam’s Club. At Trader Joe’s, the starting wage for a full-time employee is $40,000 to $60,000 per year, more than twice what some competitors offer. The wages and benefits at QuikTrip are so good that the chain has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” every year since 2003. All of Mercadona’s employees are permanent, and more than 85% are salaried full-timers

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_11/the_walmart_way_is_not_the_onl041379.php

  • rikyrah

    Putting the permanent campaign to good use
    By Steve Benen – Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:35 AM EST.

    For much of the year, millions of voters received frequent emails from Obama for America, invariably about one aspect of the campaign or the other. Nearly all of the messages involved fundraising, organizing, or some form of election-related activism.

    With this in mind, it came as something of a surprise last week when Obama for America sent out a new, post-election message last week, which read, “Thanks to your feedback, we’re taking immediate action on one of your suggestions: keeping you informed about how the President is fighting for you so you can continue to talk to your friends, family, and neighbors.” The topic: ongoing talks about the nation’s fiscal future, and President Obama’s “concrete plan to reduce the deficit so we can grow the economy.”

    Jim Messina, the president’s campaign manager, told reporters last week, OFA intends to do far more activism along these lines. “People just spent five years winning two elections together,” he said. “They’re not now just going to walk away.”

    The New York Times reports today on Team Obama’s “second chance to keep his election-year supporters animated.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/26/15453584-putting-the-permanent-campaign-to-good-use?lite

  • rikyrah

    Grand Old Planet
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: November 22, 2012

    Earlier this week, GQ magazine published an interview with Senator Marco Rubio, whom many consider a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, in which Mr. Rubio was asked how old the earth is. After declaring “I’m not a scientist, man,” the senator went into desperate evasive action, ending with the declaration that “it’s one of the great mysteries.”

    It’s funny stuff, and conservatives would like us to forget about it as soon as possible. Hey, they say, he was just pandering to likely voters in the 2016 Republican primaries — a claim that for some reason is supposed to comfort us.

    But we shouldn’t let go that easily. Reading Mr. Rubio’s interview is like driving through a deeply eroded canyon; all at once, you can clearly see what lies below the superficial landscape. Like striated rock beds that speak of deep time, his inability to acknowledge scientific evidence speaks of the anti-rational mind-set that has taken over his political party.

    By the way, that question didn’t come out of the blue. As speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Mr. Rubio provided powerful aid to creationists trying to water down science education. In one interview, he compared the teaching of evolution to Communist indoctrination tactics — although he graciously added that “I’m not equating the evolution people with Fidel Castro.” Gee, thanks.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/23/opinion/krugman-grand-old-planet.html?_r=0

  • rikyrah

    The GOP’s bizarre attack on Susan Rice
    By Editorial Board, Nov 22, 2012 11:41 PM EST

    The Washington Post Published: November 22

    SINCE THE Senate is solely responsible for the confirmation of Cabinet officers, it’s not often that members of the House of Representatives jump into a debate about the nomination of a secretary of state — particularly before there has been a nomination. That’s one of the reasons a letter sent to President Obama this week by 97 House Republicans, challenging his potential choice of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for the State Department job, is remarkable.

    Another is blatant disregard of established facts. Drawn up by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), the letter alleges that “Ambassador Rice is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public” about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. But as congressional testimony has established, Ms. Rice’s comments on several Sunday television talk shows on Sept. 16 were based on talking points drawn up by the intelligence community. She was acting as an administration spokeswoman; there was nothing either incompetent or deliberately misleading about the way she presented the information she was given.

    ……………………………………………………………..

    The oddity of the Republican response to what happened in Benghazi is partly this focus on half-baked conspiracy theories rather than on the real evidence of failures by the State Department, Pentagon and CIA in protecting the Benghazi mission. What’s even stranger is the singling out of Ms. Rice, a Rhodes scholar and seasoned policymaker who, whatever her failings, is no one’s fool.

    Could it be, as members of the Congressional Black Caucus are charging, that the signatories of the letter are targeting Ms. Rice because she is an African American woman? The signatories deny that, and we can’t know their hearts. What we do know is that more than 80 of the signatories are white males, and nearly half are from states of the former Confederacy. You’d think that before launching their broadside, members of Congress would have taken care not to propagate any falsehoods of their own.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-bizarre-attack-on-susan-rice/2012/11/22/22c54a10-340a-11e2-bfd5-e202b6d7b501_story.html

  • rikyrah

    November 25, 2012, 9:02 am
    The Fake Skills Shortage
    by Paul Krugman

    Kudos to Adam Davidson for some much-needed mythbusting about the supposed skills shortage holding the US economy back. Whenever you see some business person quoted complaining about how he or she can’t find workers with the necessary skills, ask what wage they’re offering. Almost always, it turns out that what said business person really wants is highly (and expensively) educated workers at a manual-labor wage. No wonder they come up short.

    And this dovetails perfectly with one of the key arguments against the claim that much of our unemployment is “structural”, due to a mismatch between skills and labor demand. If that were true, you should see soaring wages for those workers who do have the right skills; in fact, with rare exceptions you don’t.

    So what you really want to ask is why American businesses don’t feel that it’s worth their while to pay enough to attract the workers they say they need.

    .

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/the-fake-skills-shortage/?

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      “Whenever you see some business person quoted complaining about how he or she can’t find workers with the necessary skills, ask what wage they’re offering.”

      Bingo! Krugman knocked this out of the park.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – -GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ – -POU FAM♥. – — ***BIG HUG*** :>) — WAY-ELL – – THE W.H Schedule WILL B LIGHT – –BUT — PLANS WILL B MADE – -TRUST! :>) – —

    – – – -President Obama is scheduled to receive the daily presidential briefing and meet with senior advisers on Monday. He has no other events listed on his public schedule.

    – – – -Here’s YOUR — -TREAT. ENJOY. :>)

    -B BLESSED 2-day. :>) – —

  • rikyrah

    Obama Campaign Polls: How The Internal Data Got It Right
    Posted: 11/21/2012 2:46 pm EST Updated: 11/21/2012 2:54 pm EST

    Summing up the lessons learned from a massive investment in data and technology, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina has a blunt message for pollsters: “We spent a whole bunch of time figuring out that American polling is broken.”

    At a Politico forum on Monday, Messina spoke about the campaign’s “three looks at the electorate” that gave him a deeper understanding of “how we were doing, where we were doing it, where we were moving — which is why I knew that most of the public polls you were seeing were completely ridiculous.”

    David Simas, the Obama campaign’s director of opinion research, provided The Huffington Post with more details about those three sources of polling data:

    • Battleground Polls. The Obama campaign never conducted a nationwide survey. For a broad overview of public opinion, it relied on lead pollster Joel Benenson to survey voters across 11 battleground states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin) at regular intervals throughout the campaign.

    Benenson conducted the aggregated battleground polls once every three weeks during the spring and early summer of 2012, every other week during the late summer, and twice a week for the final two months of the campaign. These surveys were used to test messages and to glean overall strategic guidance, but not to make individual state assessments.

    • State Tracking Polls. To gauge the battleground states, the campaign conducted state-specific tracking polls on a similar schedule, shifting to three-day rolling-average tracking in each state after Labor Day, with sample sizes ranging between 500 and 900 likely voters every three days. The surveys were conducted by a team of Democratic pollsters: John Anzalone, Sergio Bendixen (among Latino voters), Cornell Belcher, Diane Feldman, Lisa Grove and Paul Harstad. These surveys helped drive message testing and strategy but also tracked the standings of Obama and Mitt Romney in each state.

    • Analytics. Overseen by its internal analytics staff, the campaign also conducted parallel surveys in each state to help create and refine its microtargeting models and to provide far more granular analysis of voter subgroups. These surveys used live interviewers, very large sample sizes and very short questionnaires, which focused on vote preference and strength of support, with no more than a handful of additional substantive questions. During September and October, the campaign completed 8,000 to 9,000 such calls per night.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/21/obama-campaign-polls-2012_n_2171242.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -THIS TOPIC was ben’ DISCUSSED on a “morning show” – — –

    – – -Warren Buffett: Hike tax on $500K earners – –

    – -Warren Buffett is proposing a higher threshold for an increased tax on the wealthy than President Barack Obama – the “Oracle of Omaha” says he prefers boosting taxes only on those making more than $500,000 a year, according to a New York Times op-ed published Monday.
    Obama has proposed a $250,000 limit.

    “I support President Obama’s proposal to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for high-income taxpayers. However, I prefer a cutoff point somewhat above $250,000 — maybe $500,000 or so,” Buffett, who has endorsed Obama, wrote in The Times.

    He also suggested a minimum 30 percent tax on income between $1 million and $10 million, and a 35 percent tax on amount above that.
    THERE IS MORE

    Gotta WATCH THIS — -***furrowed brow*** — – – –

    • gc

      I would want to see the numbers – how may Americans are at what levels before reacging a conclusion. Here we think 250plus is high, but objectively, it may not be. Buffet is sharp and decent. WE were in Omaha last week. Everthing I hear about him reaffirms that.

      • gc

        Also – got kindergarteners, so no time to hunt down your other post. I also wondered about REv’s weight. He was asked about it and answered that he intentionally lost weight for health reasons, loved the result so kept on going. Pray that is the truth.

        • GreenLadyHere

          gc.- – –THANK U. – – -REAL concerned from the beginning. :>)— -I join U in PRAYER. AMEN. :>)

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        LOL –In class also. :>)

        – – -***fist bump** –I would want to see the numbers – how may Americans are at what levels before reacging a conclusion.

        ABSOLUTELY!!- — -THIS annnd other reasonns makes 4 my ***furrowed brow** — EVEN though his SUPPORT of MR. PRESIDENT is appreciated. :>)

        Good 2 C U gc. :>)

  • Town

    There’s a black owned winery in Charlottesville named Sugarleaf Winery. Owned by some UVA grads.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – -FIRED UP! – —Movin’ FORWARD – — -> :>) – —

    — -Democratic super PACs get jump on 2014, 2016 – —
    —– —[The SCOTUS --"Citizen's United" - -helped. LOL] —

    – – — Winning changes everything.

    It took Democrats a while to warm up to super PACs, but their glee over 2012 is — for now — eclipsing any moral qualms about big money eroding democracy, and they’re already busy at work courting their wealthiest supporters and planning even more ambitious efforts for future elections.

    Shortly after Election Day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and top White House aides spoke at a three-day secret meeting of major Democratic donors and officials from liberal outside groups gearing up for 2014, POLITICO has learned.

    Among the groups represented: Priorities USA Action, the super PAC that is vowing to remain a player in Democratic politics, even though President Barack Obama won’t run for office again; American Bridge 21st Century, the oppo shop that helped sink Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s GOP Senate bid; the Pelosi-backed House Majority PAC; the secret-money organizing nonprofit America Votes; and the pro-choice group EMILY’s List.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – –“WE GOT WORK 2 DO”. :>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – —Said that I would swear off polls – –BUT – —THIS is a GLOAT: :>)

    — –GOP Not in Position of Strength on Fiscal Cliff – –

    — —A new CNN/ORC poll finds 53% of the country has an unfavorable view of the Republican Party and only 42% want to see congressional Republican have more influence than the president over the direction the nation takes in the next two years. And seven in ten say the GOP has not done enough to cooperate with Obama.

    All of that helps explain why more Americans would blame the Republicans in Congress rather than Obama if the fiscal cliff provisions actually go into effect next year, 45% to 34%.

    – – – – -***fist pump*** LOL – —

    [Gotta "bounce" early. MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U --IN MY♥. C U as soon as. . .]

  • Miranda

    LOL Of The Week: From Golden Boy To Sacrificial Lamb

    excerpt:
    The speaker knows he’s facing a president who just won an electoral college landslide and garnered nearly five million more votes than his party’s “electable” candidate. And this president is threatening to ramp up his killer campaign machine to push for the end of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, a policy already supported by about 6 out of 10 voters.

    So what can Speaker Boehner do?
    Throw Paul Ryan—the losing running mate of the “electable” candidate—into the fire.

    Yes, Boehner named Paul Ryan to be a part of the “fiscal cliff” “negotiating” team.

    LOL.
    This is perfect poetic justice. Paul Ryan voted for every Bush policy that blew the surplus, he was behind the showdown that led the downgrading of our debt and his budget proposal is so toxic that he had to be hidden during the last weeks of the campaign. Who else would Boehner want to negotiate on his behalf?

    more here: http://www.nationalmemo.com/lol-of-the-week-from-golden-boy-to-sacrificial-lamb/

    • jds09

      LMBAO This is sooooooo perfect. Boehner decided this path in a drunken stupor late one night. Ryan won’t be the only one put on blast. Boehner ain’t going down alone.

  • Miranda

    Buki Williams‏@jidts07
    MANDATE!!! : Obama’s popular vote is now 50.79%, exceeding Reagan’s 50.75% in 1980. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/

  • rikyrah

    Lindsey Graham’s reasonableness comes with fine print
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:16 AM EST.

    There’s been quite a bit of coverage over the last 24 hours of some Republican lawmakers, most notably Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), saying publicly they’re prepared to blow off Grover Norquist’s anti-tax “pledge” as part of a larger deal. Before the political world gets too excited, though, it’s worth paying attention to the fine print.

    A pair of congressional Republicans reiterated their willingness Sunday to violate an anti-tax pledge in order to strike a deal on the “fiscal cliff,” echoing Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the Georgia Republican who suggested last week that the oath may be outdated.

    Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said he was prepared to set aside Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge if Democrats will make an effort to reform entitlements, and Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) suggested the pledge may be out of step in the present economy.

    …………………………

    But to characterize Graham’s position as some kind of major concession is a mistake. Indeed, while the South Carolinian’s position is ever-so-slightly more constructive than some House Republicans’, the closer one looks at his approach, the less reasonable it appears.

    What he’s proposing is Republicans to get what they want on both sides of the budget ledger.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Let’s unwrap this a bit. On the one hand, Graham is willing to accept new revenue. Through slightly higher tax rates on millionaires and billionaires? Absolutely not — Graham specifically proclaimed, “I will not raise tax rates to do it.”
    ……………………

    Democrats, after a very successful election cycle, are being asked to accept a deal in which Dems concede on tax rates, concede on entitlements, and accept the reward of Romney’s revenue plan? This is what passes for bipartisan compromise in late 2012?

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/26/15454314-lindsey-grahams-reasonableness-comes-with-fine-print?lite

  • MsKitty

    Me and the grape are very good friends, so I think I will be enjoying this series.

    • Ebogan63

      Mee too :). I can attest to the high quality of Rideau wines.

    • Aquagranny911

      Me three! I love good wine.

    • GN

      Indeed! Black winemakers and sommeliers? Fantastic. Congrats to Ms. Rideau for her amazing business.

  • GN

    @amk4obama:
    Only 3 candidates of the modern Democratic party have secured a majority of the popular vote in consecutive elections – Jackson, FDR & Obama

    WOW. Spectacular accomplishment! And amk also has a book suggestion for TwoTermz:

    @amk4obama:
    #PresidentObamasNextBook – How Hope & Change won over dope & deranged.

  • Miranda

    Florida Republicans Admit Voter Suppression Was The Goal Of New Election Laws

    excerpt:
    Wayne Bertsch, who handles local and legislative races for Republicans, said he knew targeting Democrats was the goal. “In the races I was involved in in 2008, when we started seeing the increase of turnout and the turnout operations that the Democrats were doing in early voting, it certainly sent a chill down our spines. And in 2008, it didn’t have the impact that we were afraid of. It got close, but it wasn’t the impact that they had this election cycle,” Bertsch said, referring to the fact that Democrats picked up seven legislative seats in Florida in 2012 despite the early voting limitations.

    Another GOP consultant, who did not want to be named, also confirmed that influential consultants to the Republican Party of Florida were intent on beating back Democratic turnout in early voting after 2008.

    [...]A GOP consultant who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution said black voters were a concern. “I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the black churches organize themselves,” he said.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/26/1234171/florida-republicans-admit-voter-suppression-was-the-goal-of-new-election-laws/

    • Aquagranny911

      Like we did not already know this but thanks for the confirmation, goatfiggers!

      • conlakappa

        We all knew it instinctively but it is good to see them admitting it–lawsuits should be filed now in preparation for 2016, which I think will make this year look like a dance around the maypole.

    • AxelFoley

      We gonna file this under “No shit, Sherlock”. We knew this all along. Now, heads need to roll.

  • Miranda

    Trying to Turn Obama Voters Into Tax Allies

    WASHINGTON — When Tea Party activists swamped town hall-style meetings about health care in the summer of 2009, President Obama’s army of campaign volunteers largely stayed away, seemingly less interested in fighting for legislation than they had been in electing the nation’s first African-American president.

    Now, Mr. Obama is seizing a second chance to keep his election-year supporters animated.

    more here
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/us/politics/white-house-turns-to-obama-voters-for-support.html

    • Aquagranny911

      Not Sis & I! We were at every town hall meeting here on health care including the one where we got menaced by gun toters.

  • GN

    h/t Keith Boykin.

    In light of Wal-Mart in the news for their atrocious staff salaries (on average, far below poverty thresholds much less living wages), here’s proof that treating labor better is a good business model:

    Costco Proves That Big Retailers Can Offer Employees Healthcare

    …”Walk into any Costco and look at the name tags. Chances are you will read the phrases “since 2002,” “since 1999” and “since 1995.” Costco workers get paid very well compared to their counterparts at chains including Walmart. In fact, employees working on the floor can make a salary that reaches the mid-$40,000 range; not bad for someone who starts working for the company out of high school.

    And while the vast majority of Costco’s employees are not unionized (most of those are legacy employees from Price Club that the Teamsters represent), over 80 percent have competitively priced health insurance plans.

    The outcome includes more productive workers, lower turnover and for what it’s worth, relatively high job satisfaction.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/costco-proves-big-retailers-offer-employees-healthcare-2012-8#ixzz2DLhzUPOF

    • Aquagranny911

      Absolutely! My niece worked part time for Costco while she was going to college & they were really good to her. She considered staying on after she graduated but she really wanted to join the Marines where she is now making her career.

    • Miranda

      I. LOVE. COSTCO.

  • rikyrah

    The President and the First Lady have 2 children to raise.

    They don’t have time to be socializing with people who don’t want to do anything in the first place.
    Tell me ONE THING

    ONE VOTE that the President would have received if he had schmoozed with the GOP over the past 4 years…

    yeah, I didn’t think so.

    The President is doing his job…

    When the GOP decides that they have the intention of actually helping to GOVERN this country..

    THEN and only then, should the President consider it.

    And, not even then.

    As an African-American, I completely understand the President and First Lady and their position on this. They bring Black Professional sensibilities to the White House.

    Their JOBS are President and First Lady. They do their JOBS.

    But, when it comes time to socialize, they have an entirely different set of friends. And, rarely will the two ever meet.

    ………………………………………………………………

    The limits of schmoozing
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:15 AM EST

    It’s hardly a secret that President Obama’s efforts to reach out to congressional Republicans in recent years haven’t been especially successful. Jon Meacham suggests today that the president might have better luck in a second term if he relies more on “socializing.”

    In this hour of reflexive partisan division, with Americans frustrated by Washington’s seeming inability to address significant fiscal questions, among other issues, an inevitable question arises: Can President Obama do anything to create enough good will to pass some lasting reforms?

    Here is a modest proposal, one drawn from the presidency of another tall, cool, cerebral politician-writer: use the White House and the president’s personal company to attempt to weave attachments and increase a sense of common purpose in the capital. Dinners with the president — or breakfast or lunch or coffee or drinks or golf — won’t create a glorious bipartisan Valhalla, but history suggests that at least one of our greatest presidents mastered the means of entertaining to political effect

    In this case, Meacham is plugging Thomas Jefferson, the subject of his new book, but I’ve heard this advice before.

    In April 2011, David Brooks argued Obama and Paul Ryan would better understand each other’s agenda if only the president invited the far-right congressman over for lunch. Soon after, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) advised, “The president’s got to start inviting people over for dinner. He’s got to play golf with them. He has to pick up the phone and call and say, ‘I know we disagree on this, but I just want to say — I heard it was your wife’s birthday or your kid just got into college.’ He has to go build friendships.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/26/15455525-the-limits-of-schmoozing?lite

    • GN

      The press is still in la-la land. How the fuck do you “reach common purpose” with people who met *the NIGHT of your inauguration* to plot undermining your presidency???? A skrimp cocktail can’t fix that shit. I trust the President to continue his reform agenda in the manner he deems most effective, just as he did when securing stimulus, auto bailouts, HCR, unemployment insurance extensions, middle and working class tax cuts, and the many other beneficial pieces of legislation which he secured during his first term. I agree with your comment from start to finish, rikyrah.

      • Miranda

        The press is still in la-la land. How the fuck do you “reach common purpose” with people who met *the NIGHT of your inauguration* to plot undermining your presidency???? A skrimp cocktail can’t fix that shit.
        ______________________
        THIS!

      • conlakappa

        They will always blame the President because lawsy knows the lot of them will claim until their last breath that they are not racist!

      • AxelFoley

        All. This.

    • MsKitty

      As an African-American, I completely understand the President and First Lady and their position on this. They bring Black Professional sensibilities to the White House.

      Their JOBS are President and First Lady. They do their JOBS.

      But, when it comes time to socialize, they have an entirely different set of friends. And, rarely will the two ever meet.

      Thank you! I can relate to this big time. As long as I’m putting in the hours required and doing my job properly, what difference does it make if I prefer not to do happy hour or any other functions outside the office? My work life and my personal life are completely separate, and that’s the way I like it.

      The beauty of having a second term is that the Obamas can go right ahead and keep ignoring these know-it-alls. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

      • Aquagranny911

        Same here. Before Hubby & I retired we spent our spare time with family & friends not co-workers. We got enough of socializing with co-workers when Hubby was in the military where you do tend to hang out with other military families because you are often away from your family & new to a community.

    • Aquagranny911

      BS on this piece of caca, Benen! Those goatfiggers will not change their opinion or their approach to PBO just because he gives them a bowl of soup at the WH.

      Besides PBO is a devoted husband & family man with a difficult job. He does not want to spend what little spare time he has with a bunch of back stabbing Washington asswipes. Why should he have to?

    • Ebogan63

      From David Mariniss, writer of the book ” Barack Obama: The Story”: He’s never going to schmooze with Congress as much as people want him to. That’s not him. ”

      End of.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Golf with Boehner? Get together with the GOP over food and beer ? I don’t mind FOX news having memory loss but I’d appreciate if our side remembered that PBO on numerous occasions reached out to these people.

      And at this point after winning reeelection in a landslide exactly why does he have to schmooze? Shouldn’t Benen be sending this advice to Congressional Republicans?

      • AxelFoley

        Fuckin’ A. Bottom line–we won. They have to come to us, not the other way around.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Thank you, Rikyrah.

      Comment Of The Week.

  • rikyrah

    Private-sector ‘job creators’ warn GOP on debt ceiling
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:38 AM EST

    As a rule, Republican policymakers believe corporate leaders, captains of industry, and private-sector “job creators” should get exactly what they want from politicians. After all, the GOP argues, business leaders are the backbone of the American economy and the free-enterprise system. If they have a request, it should be honored.

    With this in mind, it’s fascinating to see Republicans’ Big Business allies telling their political allies not to screw around again with the debt ceiling

    The Treasury Department says the government will reach its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit by the end of the year. But “extraordinary measures” could delay the need for a new, higher, limit until early 2013.

    Businesses and Wall Street want Washington to fix the issue well before that. Specifically, they want Congress to agree on a lame-duck package that avoids the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes dubbed the “fiscal cliff” and provides a framework for a broader deficit reduction deal next year. At the same time they want to prevent 11th-hour brinksmanship of the sort that triggered a U.S. credit downgrade in the summer of 2011.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/26/15457023-private-sector-job-creators-warn-gop-on-debt-ceiling?lite

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! Sepia, this is going to be a fun series. I really enjoy good wine. We have some small vintners here who are beginning to get some recognition. One of our wineries is Latino owned. It’s good to see POC & women getting into this business & getting some international recognition.

    • Ebogan63

      Hey AG! I have heard that the AZ small wineries are getting good!

      • Aquagranny911

        They are but they still struggle & since the economy went wonky it did hurt them. Also we had some kind of estupido law that was preventing them from selling their wine on the internet like wineries in other states can. I believe that has since been changed.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – -JUST iin case the ENEMY wantsta KEEP THIS MYTH goin’- — – PRESENTIN’- – — -DA TRUTH!!- –

    – — –The Myth of the Obama Cave-In [With the "fiscal cliff" looming, the conventional wisdom is that the president capitulated during the last tax cut fight. Here's what really happened.]- —

    – — -At President Barack Obama’s first press conference after winning reelection, CNN’s Jessica Yellin posed a saucy question: “Mr. President, on the fiscal cliff, two years ago, sir, you said that you wouldn’t extend the Bush-era tax cuts, but at the end of the day, you did. So, respectfully, sir, why should the American people and the Republicans believe that you won’t cave again this time?”

    With this pointed query, Yellin was reviving a notion that took root within the mainstream media and progressive circles: Obama surrendered in the lame-duck session of late 2010, when he and the Republicans tussled over continuing George W. Bush’s tax breaks for the well-heeled. In this view, weeks after the president’s party was trounced in the midterm congressional elections and weeks before the tea partyized GOPers were to take control of the House, Obama, who had vowed during the 2008 campaign to kill those tax cuts, acceded to Republican demands for continuing tax relief for those pocketing more than $250,000 a year. The establishment media reported that Obama had lost the showdown; liberal House Democrats and progressives off Capitol Hill complained Obama had turned his back on his promise and blinked. There was grousing that Obama either had no taste for a political battle or no spine (or both) and that he had sold out a fundamental principle.

    – — -SNIP — –

    – – -In a recent White House meeting with labor leaders and progressive activists, Obama signaled he is ready to fight the GOPers—and this time dare the Republicans to block continuing the tax cuts for the middle class. But no one ought to forget that Obama, a progressive in his policy preferences, remains a pragmatist. What happened two years ago is not an indication that Obama is likely to yield in the new face-off, but that he will be assessing the political dynamics in gridlocked Washington and be willing to bargain hard for a good deal with true benefits. That’s not caving in. It’s governing.- — –

    – — -IT’S GOVERNING!- – -HAH!- –

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Did POU call this or what? Now everybody has finally figured out that PBO put one over on Republicans and at present is in a position to get even more.

      It’s like 2 years later they finally went, “Hey!! The Black Guy is smart!” Sad.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -***fist bump***- —HAH!

        MR> PRESIDENT – –plays- — -CHESS- — while the ENEMY- — – — -GETS_ – – –CHECKMATED!!– — -LOL

        – – Good 2 C U woody45. :>)

      • Ebogan63

        “Corn says the real problem with the deal was that Obama didn’t adequately frame it this way”

        He prob. wouldn’t get away with punking the GOP, dumbshit!!! Yeah a few liberals would’ve gotten warm and fuzzies, but we wouldn’t ended up with nothing, cuz some of these folks are attached to FAILURE.

        • Aquagranny911

          Ain’t that the truth!!!

      • AxelFoley

        Thank you. We’ve been saying this from jump.

        Cracks me up that those on the left that consider themselves so politically astute don’t understand PBO’s tactics and strategies. But they’re supposed to be soooo damn smart.

    • Kennymack1971

      This was a great breakdown. Nothing that the non hair on fire crowd didn’t already know but a great breakdown nonetheless. The PL and fauxgressives are proven wrong… Again.

    • Ebogan63

      rootless_e explains this perfectly: rootless @root_e 3h
      @MikeGrunwald Both left and right agree that President Obama is weak/ineffective and no pesky facts can change their minds

      • AxelFoley

        And that’s why both left and right have been played like a fiddle by PBO.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all. I hope everyone had a great holiday, I’m still recovering .

    • Aquagranny911

      Me Too! I love my family but they do wear me out & now I have to make myself go to the groceria because my cupboard is bare! Somehow we have no bread, no tortillas & hardly any flour to make some. SIGH!

      • Alma98

        LOL! I’m beat down AG I had my youngest son helping me clean the guest bathroom. I showed him how I clean it, on my hands & knees. He was giving me the side eye but he got down on his knees and scrubbed behind the toilet lol.

        • Aquagranny911

          You need the Marines! My nephew & his buddies had this place shining before they left for Pendelton yesterday.

          • Alma98

            At times like this I miss my daughter so much. I have to tell my husband and sons something 2 or 3 times before they get it right. lol

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL!!!

  • Miranda

    Beautiful love story! well worth the read.

    Detroit Lions’ Jerome Harrison leans on ‘Diamond’ wife throughout recovery from brain tumor

    Jerome Harrison delicately walked toward the restaurant door as his wife parked their SUV.

    His smile arrived long before his hand grabbed the entrance handle.

    A few moments later, Michelle, his wife who he has been close with since they met at Kalamazoo Central High School, arrived beaming brighter than the sun behind her.

    “This is my wife, Diamond,” Jerome said.

    “You can call me Michelle,” she quickly replied.

    Jerome’s nickname for his wife is playful, but the veiled meaning is appropriate.

    more here
    http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2012/11/lions_rb_jerome_harrison_enjoy.html#incart_river

  • Miranda

    ROFLMAO

    Ricks: Fox ‘asked my opinion and I gave it’

    Author Tom Ricks said Monday he told a Fox News producer before he went on air he thought the network had “hyped” the Benghazi story and “it should have been no surprise when I said it.”

    Ricks told POLITICO “my feeling was that they asked my opinion and I gave it.” The author’s Monday interview with Fox News kicked off with him saying, “I think that Benghazi generally was hyped, by this network especially,” and ended after he told Happening Now’s Jon Scott that “the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party.”

    more http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/11/tom-ricks-fox-news-asked-my-opinion-and-i-gave-it-150300.htmlhere

  • Miranda

    Newspaper disciplines copy editor for adding ‘allegedly’ to ‘Obama was born in Hawaii’

    The Montana Independent Record disciplined a copy editor for changing a line in an Associated Press story to read “Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii.”

    The change appeared in the Sunday edition of the Helena newspaper in an AP story about President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia. The line in the Independent Record read: “The Asia trip underscores Obama’s efforts to establish the United states as an Asia-Pacific power, a worldview defined by 21st century geopolitics but also by Obama’s personal identity as America’s first Pacific president. Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii.”

    Retired AP staffer Tom Laceky, who worked in the Helena bureau for 28 years, pointed out the addition of “allegedly” in a letter to the editor on Tuesday.

    more here
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/11/newspaper-disciplines-copy-editor-for-adding-allegedly-150095.html

  • Miranda

    So Dumb Donald’s children are tired of being left off all the guest lists at the top tier clubs in Manhatten huh?

    Report: Donald Trump Confronted by Own Kids, Told to Lay Off Obama

    At the height of his pre-election anti-Obama hysteria, bloviating billionaire Donald Trump was reportedly approached by three of his kids and asked to tone down his risky rhetoric.

    This according to a New York Daily News source with knowledge of the meeting.

    “[Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka] met and went to see their dad in his Fifth Ave. office,” the insider told the Daily News. “They showed a lot of respect, but told him he’s worked too long and too hard to build up the reputation he has. They understand completely he’s always been outspoken and that he likes attention, but this is too much.”

    more here
    http://gawker.com/5963212/report-donald-trump-confronted-by-own-kids-told-to-lay-off-obama

    • conlakappa

      Someone speculated here that Ivanka has businesses that could be hurt by his stank attitude–I concurred and had another chance to go “nope” to an item from her collection last night. This time it was a purse. Since he started in with the birtherism two years ago, I vowed I’ll never spend a dime in a Trump property and daddy has funked up the name such that I cannot imagine buying a boot or bag with the name on it.

      • jds09

        Decisions have consequences.

        • conlakappa

          True. In an I-centric world that The Doofus occupies, I am sure it never occurred to him that his daughter would also be affected. No one matters in his world. He has never had to suffer consequences [multiple bankruptcies, serial cheating, endless bloviating] so likely doesn’t even know how to spell it. I think he has a soft spot for Ivanka so we’ll see if it has any impact.

          • Town

            As far as black sales go, it doesn’t matter b/c most black people won’t be caught with a “Trump” piece of merchandise. Only coons and fools deal with Trump now.

            Donald Chump probably doesn’t care if he or his kids never get a dollar from a black person again but there are a whole lot of white folks who don’t like that racist mess either, and they have money too…

          • Alma98

            Speaking of coons, what happened with Arsenio? LOL

          • Town

            I thought his show was supposed to start in September?

          • Alma98

            I don’t know, I do know his ass piped down after the twitteri got done with him for defending Trump. lol

          • Miranda

            Arsenio had to learn the hard way that his ONLY potential audience was us…now that he can’t get us – EVER AGAIN, no network will sign off on the equivalent of Mantan: The New Millenium Minstrel Show – which is what he’d have to do to get any audience at all.

          • Daltex82

            *Flatlines*

  • Miranda

    OMG…the video is priceless

    Fox News’ Shortest Benghazi Segment Ever

    Perhaps the Fox News producers didn’t care for writer Tom Ricks’s accusations that the network is “operating as the wing of the Republican Party.”
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/fox-news-shortest-benghazi-segment-ever

    • rikyrah

      the video is hilarious. it was like …

      um….ok…..bye.

    • Alma98

      That was too funny hahahahaha!

    • Kennymack1971

      Whoever booked Tom Ricks is in trouble.

    • aleth

      Anita Dun, former white house IS “research arm of the republican party” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AEt180Wnls

      Mr. Kurtz along with his other cohorts in the press core were offended, and went to protect FOX news.

  • rikyrah

    Another peek behind the voter-suppression curtain

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:44 PM EST

    After the 2010 elections, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and his Republican allies in the state legislature took a series of steps to restricting voting access in advance of 2012. The results were ugly — including voters waiting in lines up to eight hours long.

    Asked to defend the voter-suppression efforts, GOP officials in the state generally argue that the measures were necessary to combat imaginary voter fraud. Democrats have long assumed that the real reason was to block Democrats from voting, and there’s new reason to believe those assumptions are correct.

    Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.

    “The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

    “They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/26/15459097-another-peek-behind-the-voter-suppression-curtain?lite

  • rikyrah

    All they have to do is surrender to their nature…”

    By Kent Jones
    Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:15 PM EST

    Overwhelmingly, women voted for President Obama in 2012. That’s a fact. Nonetheless, Fox Nation has a message for those women: you’re wrong and what’s more, you’re angry wrong.

    In a nutshell, women are angry. They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly. That’s because they’ve been raised to think of men as the enemy. Armed with this new attitude, women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise) and climbed up to take what they were taught to believe was rightfully theirs.

    Now the men have nowhere to go. It is precisely this dynamic – women good/men bad – that has destroyed the relationship between the sexes. Yet somehow, men are still to blame when love goes awry. Heck, men have been to blame since feminists first took to the streets in the 1970s. But what if the dearth of good men, and ongoing battle of the sexes, is – hold on to your seats – women’s fault?

    Also:

    Contrary to what feminists like Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, say, the so-called rise of women has not threatened men. It has p***ed them off. It has also undermined their ability to become self-sufficient in the hopes of someday supporting a family. Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern women won’t let them… It’s the women who lose. Not only are they saddled with the consequences of sex, by dismissing male nature they’re forever seeking a balanced life. The fact is, women need men’s linear career goals – they need men to pick up the slack at the office – in order to live the balanced life they seek. So if men today are slackers, and if they’re retreating from marriage en masse, women should look in the mirror and ask themselves what role they’ve played to bring about this transformation. Fortunately, there is good news: women have the power to turn everything around. All they have to do is surrender to their nature – their femininity – and let men surrender to theirs. If they do, marriageable men will come out of the woodwork.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/26/15458878-all-they-have-to-do-is-surrender-to-their-nature?lite

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 11/26/2012
    Nov 26, 2012 02:06 PM EST

    TheWashingtonPost
    The Morning Plum: Republicans whitewash history of filibuster
    By Greg Sargent

    So it’s looking more and more likely that Harry Reid and Democrats will introduce some sort of package of filibuster reforms at the start of the next Congress. Politico reports this morning that Republicans are preparing to go to war against the reforms, and are threatening to grind the Senate to a halt in retaliation:

    “I think the backlash will be severe,” Senator Tom Coburn, the conservative firebrand, said sternly. ”If you take away minority rights, which is what you’re doing because you’re an ineffective leader, you’ll destroy the place. And if you destroy the place, we’ll do what we have to do to fight back.”
    “It will shut down the Senate,” the incoming Senate GOP whip, Texas Senator John Cornyn, told Politico. “It’s such an abuse of power.”
    Also, up is down, black is white, war is peace, and slavery is freedom.

    Senator Cornyn claims reform will “shut down the Senate.” In reality, Republicans used the filibuster itself in an effort to effectively do just that, rendering the Upper Chamber dysfunctional to deny Obama bipartisan victories, pin the blame for ineffectual governance on him, and render him a one-term president. That Republicans adopted this goal is not in doubt. It has been publicly confirmed by Republican Senators themselves, including the Senate GOP leader.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-republicans-whitewash-history-of-filibuster/2012/11/26/ed427eb6-37bb-11e2-b01f-5f55b193f58f_blog.html

    • Aquagranny911

      I say let those pendejos actually have to stand up & fillibuster, showing themselves & defending their position. Most of those Repugnant goatfiggers need a stiff drink by 1PM & probably fall into bed by 8PM!

      They are lazy, good for nothings who really do not want to actually WORK for what we pay them! Make them STAND & DELIVER!!!

  • rikyrah

    Why Democrats should continue using super PACs
    By Jamelle Bouie
    Democrats made effective use of super PACs in the 2012 election, deploying devastating ads that harmed Mitt Romney in key states like Ohio, and helping congressional Democrats capitalize on major missteps by their opponents (see Akin, Todd). Now Democratic donors are gearing up for the next round of elections, in an effort to make these outside groups even more influential:

    Shortly after Election Day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and top White House aides spoke at a three-day secret meeting of major Democratic donors and officials from liberal outside groups gearing up for 2014, POLITICO has learned….
    Their goal: a permanent network of officially blessed independent groups that leverages liberals’ increasing acceptance and appreciation of outside money to compete with a much-better-funded Republican shadow party.
    This, of course, leaves Democrats open to charges of hypocrisy. After all, liberals form of the bulk of the opposition to Citizens United — the Supreme Court ruling that opened the doors to the proliferation of mega-donors and outside groups — and have been fighting for campaign finance reform at all levels of government. It’s hard to reconcile this with efforts to bolster the position of groups that can raise huge sums from a handful of wealthy donors. Indeed, several donors and organizers see the tensions inherent in this project:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/why-democrats-should-continue-using-super-pacs/2012/11/26/fc107c56-37dc-11e2-9258-ac7c78d5c680_blog.html

    • TyrenM

      BS. Keep fighting with whats available while fighting to change rules. That’s like we shouldn’t have voted in Ohio and Florida (and elsewhere) to protest attempted voter suppression. Next.

    • Town

      So?

      Either deal with it or change the law back prior to Citizens United.

      Please proceed.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Charges of hypocrisy? From who I mean other than the mainstream media?

      • rikyrah

        Deal with the world you have…

        not the one you wish you had.

        OF COURSE, the Dems are gonna continue to have SuperPACS..

      • GN

        srsly; f- that. Citizens United is a disaster but it would be foolish to adopt a purist purity posture and just let conservatives buy the country. That would make no sense.

  • rikyrah

    Will Immigration Reform Help The GOP?

    Eliza Gray argues that Univision will help decide the answer to that question:

    If the GOP’s strategy of embracing immigration reform has any chance of wooing back Latino voters, it will have to depend on Spanish-language media, particularly Univision, to get its message across. Eighty-eight percent of Latinos watch Spanish-language television, according to the American Journalism Review, and Univision is the clear leader in that market. For many Latinos, Univision is their only source of news.“72 percent of Latinos who watch Univision’s main evening news broadcast with Ramos and Salinas do not see any other television news,”according to the Guardian.

    She adds that this “will be difficult for Republicans, because Univision has helped drive the perception that the GOP is hostile to Latinos.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/

    PERCEPTION?

    PERCEPTION?

    • Aquagranny911

      BS to the Guardian! Latinos, here at least, also watch their local stations in both Spanish & English plus listen to Spanish radio. Ramos also got his butt kicked a bit for going soft on Robme for those interviews during the election. If Ramos starts soft peddling the Repug caca people will get pissed & he likes his status with the viewers.

      Repugnants are not trusted & are seen as hostile to Latinos. That will not change anytime soon.

  • crazycanuck

    There is some strange white thing falling out of the sky here. Maybe it’s aliens. I’m liking this series. Will now be looking to see if I recognize any at out local LCBO.

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola & LOL at “some strange white thing falling out of the sky.” As a self-identified expert here on “aliens” I am guessing this white stuff is SNOW and no “stranger” to your neck of the woods.

      I hope you are having a good day anyway.

      • crazycanuck

        We do not speak of that word, It’s a swear word in these parts lol.

  • Miranda

    So some immigration groups already telling Rubio to go somewhere and sit down with his ‘Achieve’ Act?

    Opinion: Dream Act or Achieve Act, which one will it be?
    by Raul A. Reyes

    The Dream Act lives! Or does it? Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently told reporters that he is working on a new version of the proposal. His plan would allow undocumented immigrants brought here as children to earn legal residency. However, there would be no guarantee of citizenship. Rubio’s plan mirrors the Achieve Act being devised by retiring Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

    Unfortunately, this may be the rare instance where it is better to “dream” than to “achieve.” The Achieve Act is an inadequate imitation of the Dream Act. It creates no sure pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth, while saddling them with additional eligibility requirements. If Republicans are serious about immigration reform, they should dump this half-baked alternative to the real deal.

    more here: http://nbclatino.com/2012/11/26/opinion-dream-act-or-achieve-act-which-one-will-it-be/

    • rikyrah

      when I used to compare what Rubio was doing to the Civil Rights Movement Era…

      Rubio would be proposing the equivalent of Jim Crow-Lite.

    • aleth

      Miranda — recall when that emoprog said Obama said “LEGAL STATUS” and our explanation that the GOP proposal will be a facade of given citizenship but it wouldn’t actually be one. That is why the PRESIDENT had to make clear LEGAL status under the law i.e. you are legally a citizen not some undocumented individuals.

      Send this to him— the PRESIDENT is always 10 steps ahead because he knows the GOP

      • Miranda

        The emoprogs continously move the goal post, so even when they see this, they’ll bitch about something else without missing a beat!

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

        That was Adam Serwer who was whining about “legal status”.

  • Miranda

    I’m posting this because if I can’t get those 2 minutes back, you should give up 2 good minutes as well (I’m spiteful like that)

    http://fxn.ws/S8ytrV

    • Alma98

      LOL!

  • Miranda

    So this is acceptable – you be rude, as per all the witnesses, you try and cut in the line, shoving…you get punched in the face and because you are a tiny penis wuss, you pull out a gun because you can’t man up and go at it with the person who had to knock your ass to the ground…then the police show up and don’t charge you because they say you were “really afraid for your life”…….what kind of ish is that?
    _________________________

    original story here: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Shopper-who-pulled-gun-at-San-Antonio-mall-within-4060598.php

    • Alma98

      His ass went to the store with a gun knowing he was going to bully his way ahead of everyone in line. And if anyone shoved him back he was going to pull his gun, effing coward.

  • Miranda

    It just keeps growing and growing and growing………

    Dave Wasserman‏@Redistrict
    Also, thanks to huge DC turnout, @BarackObama raw vote lead over @MittRomney just surpassed 4.25 million: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjYj9mXElO_QdHpla01oWE1jOFZRbnhJZkZpVFNKeVE#gid=19

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- — [Oops! Having difficulties checkin' in.]- – — Couldn’t pass up this- – – -GLOAT. LOL- – –

    – – – -Cartoons of the Day- Chasing Benghazi- –

    – – — -COMEDIC TRUTH- – -LOL – — -DEY GOT — -OWNED!!</b. HAH!!- —

    – –***mumble – -mumble– -I wish dey would tryta mess with another sista!!- — mumble- -I'll B done "BEAT 'EM- -DOWN!!- -mumble – –DEY 'ON'T KNOW who dey messin' with!! – – humph!!!**** LOL.- – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- — — [Apologies ifff a dup]—–Annnnd da TRUTH SHALL SET U FREE- — LOL- —[YEP!! THEY kicked him out!]- – -LOL- – –

    – – –Fox News Abruptly Ends Interview After Guest Calls Out The Network For Hyping Benghazi Scandal- –

    – — Tom Ricks, author and Pulitzer prize winner who has reported for the Washington Post, lambasted Fox News’s coverage of the Benghazi attacks in an interview with the conservative network on Monday. Ricks, who has written extensively on the American military, called the Fox an “operating as a wing of Republican Party” that “hyped” the Benghazi attack as a faux-scandal.

    During the interview, which lasted only a minute and 45 seconds, Ricks responded to a loaded question with a remark that surprised the anchor:

    JON SCOTT (HOST): Senator John McCain said in the past he would block any attempt to nominate Susan Rice to become U.N. — I’m sorry, Secretary of State. She’s currently the U.N. ambassador. He seems to be backing away from that. What do you make of it?

    RICKS: I think that Benghazi generally was hyped, by this network especially, and that now that the campaign is over, I think he’s backing off a little bit. They’re not going to stop Susan Rice from being secretary of state.

    After Ricks called Fox the “operating wing” of the GOP, Scott ended the interview. Watch it:
    THERE IS MORE.

    – -2 FAUX-noise:– –Da–TRUTH- – -HURTS! — HUH!???_ – – -BWAHAHA!- –

    [Gotta get "on da road". C U soon. :>)]