October 23, 2017

Monday Open Thread: Africans American Pioneers in Broadcast News

Good morning Obots:

Max Robinson is today’s African American Pioneer in Broadcast News.

Max Robinson was born in Richmond, VA on May 1, 1939.  Robinson attended Oberlin College and briefly served in the United States Air Force where he was assigned to the Russian Language School at Indiana University before receiving a medical discharge.

In 1959,  Max Robinson beat out four white applicants for a position at a local TV station in Portsmouth, VA where he read the news on the air. There was just one catch: his face had to be hidden behind a slide bearing the station’s logo. One night, Robinson ordered the slide removed so his relatives could see him. He was fired the next day.

He later went to WRC-TV in Washington, DC, and stayed for three years, winning six journalism awards for coverage of civil-rights events such as the riots that followed the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It was during this time that Robinson won two regional Emmys for a documentary he did on black life in Anacostia titled “The Other Washington.”

In 1969, Robinson joined the Eyewitness News team at WTOP-TV (now WUSA-TV) in Washington, D.C.  He was teamed with anchor Gordon Peterson, becoming the first African-American anchor on a local television news program. He was so well-liked by viewers that when Hanafi Muslims took hostages at the B’nai B’rith building in Washington they would speak only with Robinson.

In 1978, when Roone Arledge was looking to revamp ABC News’ nightly news broadcast into World News Tonight, he remembered Max Robinson from a 60 Minutes interview, and hired him to be a part of his new three-anchor format: Frank Reynolds in Washington, Peter Jennings in London, and Robinson in Chicago. Max Robinson became the first African American man to anchor a nightly network news broadcast. The three-man co-anchor team was a ratings success, and launched spoofs regarding how the three would toss stories to each other during the telecast by saying the other’s name: “Frank”…”Max”….”Peter,” etc.

Robinson’s ABC tenure was marked by conflicts between himself and the management of ABC News over viewpoints and the portrayal of Black America in the news. ABC’s management became frustrated with him and moved him to the post of weekend anchor. In 1983, he left ABC for WMAQ-TV in Chicago where he remained for two years.

Max Robinson died of complications of AIDS (which he had kept secret) on December 20, 1988, in Washington D.C. Leaders in the black community, along with television news stars, including Peter Jennings and Dan Rather, joined civil rights activist Jesse Jackson at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to a man that had impacted both an industry and a culture.

Bernard Shaw, co-anchor at Cable News Network (CNN) and one of the few blacks that has enjoyed a network anchor position, summed up his feelings for Judith Michaelson of the Los Angeles Times:“His impact will go on for generations. He was Engine No.1.”

Max Robinson anchors this 1978 News brief


  • Miranda

    What a great topic…and a sad one. We will see very plainly the type of reporting and integrity that is sorely missing today. I just read a tweet from Roland who posted he didnt know who the Secretary of Commerce was. Why would you put that out there for everyone to see? Its a bragging point that you – a journalist – are not informed?? Why would you tweet this? Just ignorant on principle.

    • dannie22

      ignorant folks dont always know they are ignorant. some of the most ignorant folks i know swear before God and man that they are the most intelligent folks alive

    • But yet RoRo is ALWAYS telling folks “You don’t know anything about politics!”.

    • ch555x

      That’s a very key point in regards to current-day journalists. Not knowing during a casual conversation without any references at hand is no big deal. Being a journalist while using a digital forum (next to the search button)…nah!

      • I think RoRo’s intention was to subtly throw shade at PBO’s administration by saying the commerce secretary has been MIA, but it backfired.

    • JojoRaze

      I don’t know who the Commerce secretary is either but I wouldn’t admit it on Twitter. You could simply Google and inform yourself and learn. The fact that he didn’t do that speaks volumes

    • Kennymack1971

      That’s why I have little to no respect for the Rolands, Goldies and their ilk. They have access to a platform to speak truth to power but instead use it to promote themselves. Max Robinson would probably skewer these people if he were with us today.

      • Camille


    • GreenLadyHere

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      U ESCAPED a – -potential termination – –BUT U comeback with your USUAL —IGNANCE! – – – –

      ‘MEMBER THIS? – – ->“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” –
      — Mark Twain
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  • Miranda

    What a great topic…and a sad one. We will see very plainly the type of reporting and integrity that is sorely missing today. I just read a tweet from Roland who posted he didnt know who the Secretary of Commerce was. Why would you put that out there for everyone to see? Its a bragging point that you – a journalist – are not informed?? Why would you tweet this? Just ignorant on principle.

  • Miranda

    Congrats to Audra Macdonald!

    Audra McDonald was named best lead actress in a musical and her “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” was named best musical revival. This is her fifth Tony Award, tying the competitive record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.

    “I was a little girl with a potbelly and afro puffs, hyperactive and overdramatic. And I found the theater, and I found my home,” McDonald said. Looking at her daughter, she said her big night wasn’t as wonderful as the night her daughter was born.

    • Congrats! So happy for her!

    • rikyrah


    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Monday Morntin’ miranda – -**BIG HUG*** :>)

      Woo! Hoo! MEGA CONGRATS – – –Ms. Audra MacDonald!! :>)

      U! JUS:! GO Guuurrrrl! :>) We R sooo PROUD of U. :>)


      Good 2 C U miranda. :>)

  • Almost immediately he took it upon himself to confront the perverse racism at any cost.

    I wonder what was going on at ABC?

    • Miranda

      he confronted the racism………but today’s media kneegrows will mourn racists on national TV, sit beside and joke with people who go on blogs calling minorities everything but a child of God and sell their souls for airtime.

      • Alexander2

        Exactly. He confronted the racist nature of news coverage of Black America. This folks are part of the problem.

        • Miranda

          This is such a good and timely topic Alex. It is going to remind us of what we DONT HAVE right now in terms of serious and credible journalism.

      • THIS.

  • Italian woman draws a parallel between the word “wop”, which is a racist, derogatory term to describe Italians, and “nigger”: http://twitter.com/#!/hiphopscholar82

    • itgurl_29

      One thing about the Italian American community, when Jersey Shore exposed the fact that many young Italian Americans use the words “guido” and “wop” as terms of endearment among each other, their elders came out and shut that mess down. I’d never seen so many over 55 Italians on tv in my life. Joy Behar was on her show every night talking about how the Jersey Shore cast was an embarrassment for using those words in front of “non-family”.

      • OK! Every group has terms they use amongst each other that will earn an outsider a beat down if they used them, no questions asked, no excuses made. But when it comes to the Black community, we’re supposed to sit back and take it? HELL. NO.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I self-identify as “black”
        To me, it is short and to the point.
        Now, I believe, in the early to mid point of the previous century, if you called a Negro “black” it would be seen as a pejorative (get ready to fight), not a term of endearment.

        The Italian-American elders were right to shut it down.

    • Miranda

      LMAO!!! His entire timeline is FIYAH!

    • itgurl_29

      Thank you, Mr. Chuck D!! Thank you!

  • Camille

    Anyone who ever calls that right wing gossip hack Lynn Sweet a journalist, should be slapped.

    I’ve always hated that horrible racist gossip and I want to know why this witch is regarded as anything other than the spiteful gossip columnist she is.

    • rikyrah

      what did she do now?

      • Camille

        Sorry I didn’t see these earlier.

        Lynn Sweet was on the Bill Press show yesterday shilling for Romney so badly it had me concerned for dressage Annie. They were discussing President Obama’s supposed gaffe on the economy.

        I almost broke my television set when in response to Bill Press’s assertion that Mitt Romney was the one who actually made the gaffe and Lynn the asshole angrily responded that the “fine” gaffe was the reason President Obama prefers to use teleprompters so that answers are pre-scripted for him and gaffes like that minimized.

        Are you fucking kidding me bitch?!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      SisCamille – — – -NO PROBLEM: – —SAAAAAA-LAP!! – – –

      Good 2 C U. :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      What did she say (or write)?

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    These new-fangled Kneegrows in news these days aren’t fit to carry Max Robinson’s jockstrap.

  • Miranda


    Trumka: Walker only won the chance to finish his term

    AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka poured some cold water on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s recall election victory Sunday morning, mentioning all the stops the Republican had to do to keep his job.

    “It’s true that the people in Wisconsin didn’t recall Governor Walker, but he spent over $50 million on this,” Trumka said on CBS’ Face The Nation. “He has lost control of the State Senate, so his agenda is stopped dead in its tracks. He has the worst job creating record of all the states that are out there right now, and people are looking at that.”

    “Having said all that, he won,” host Bob Schieffer said.

    “What did he win? He got the right to serve the rest of his term,” Trumka said. “He didn’t do what he was supposed to do, that’s try to create jobs. We wish he had the best job creating record in the country, we wish he could get there.”

    • THIS is how you work it! Take notes, Van.

      • Miranda

        And this was what Gov O’Malley said:

        O’MALLEY: Oh, I think the biggest lesson in Wisconsin is that 60 percent of the people do not believe that recall elections were proper for policy differences, short of some criminal offense.

        And right now Governor Walker has only had three people in his administration indicted.

        O’MALLEY: He had his top communications person take an immunity deal, but he himself has not been named in that investigation.

        And I think the sense among people in Wisconsin was we should among people in Wisconsin was we shouldn’t have recall elections for policy reasons.

        However, they did put the brakes on his hard-right-wing agenda by putting Democrats in charge of the State Senate. And for all his talk about making tough decisions, they aren’t the tough decisions that actually create jobs. He had the worst rate of job creation in Wisconsin of any state in the nation, and so he overcame that with billionaire help to put on eight or 10 times as many ads as his opponent and made up a new set of numbers.

        And what did Bob Scheiffer follow that up with??

        SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you about this statement that the president got himself tangled up in on Friday, where he said the private sector is just fine and then he had to walk it back and say, well, the economy in general is not fine.

        What was that all about?


        • The producer was probably yelling, “PIVOT MOFO! PIVOT!” in Scheiffer’s ear.

          • conlakappa

            To which he responded, when is my bestie McCain coming back on?!

          • conlakappa

            To which he responded, when is my bestie McCain coming back on?!

          • conlakappa

            To which he responded, when is my bestie McCain coming back on?!

    • GN

      Perfectly stated, Trumka.

  • rikyrah

    Obama camp focuses on Romney’s pro-layoffs plan
    By Steve Benen – Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:36 AM EDT.

    Many in the media seem fascinated by President Obama’s off-hand comment about the private sector doing “fine” relative to the public sector, but the more significant comment on Friday came a few hours later.

    Campaigning in Iowa, Mitt Romney adopted a pro-layoffs agenda when it comes to school teachers, police officers, and firefighters. Overnight, the Obama campaign released a new video on the subject.

    As a rule, gaffes tend to capture the political world’s attention, but in this case, we have something more significant than a soundbite — we have a policy position. Indeed, the Republican nominee for president seriously believes we can “help the American people” by laying off, not just public-sector workers in general, but specifically cops, firefighters, and teachers — and his background as a one-term governor makes clear he means it.

    This is so far from the mainstream that even Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) wouldn’t endorse Romney’s line. Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday, the Republican governor said, “I know in my state our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers and teachers. That’s not what I think of when I think of big government.”

    I realize the out-of-context “private sector is doing fine” line is the official new plaything, but Romney’s position is substantive and important, and apparently even controversial among conservative Republicans. The differences between Obama and Romney on this have the potential to drive the presidential campaign: does it help or hurt America when hundreds of thousands of school teachers and first responders lose their jobs?

    For the first time in generations, the two major-party presidential candidates answer that question differently.


  • rikyrah

    The labor giant SEIU is teaming up with the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action for a multi-million-dollar Spanish-language ad campaign assailing Mitt Romney.

    The groups plan to commit $4 million to run TV and radio ads in Colorado, Nevada and Florida starting this week and continuing “throughout the summer,” a spokesperson for the group said.

    While many Democrats have focused on Romney’s views on immigration as a way of driving a wedge between him and Latino voters, the Priorities USA/SEIU spots are aimed at Romney’s broader economic views. The spots show some of his most infamous gaffes – “I’m also unemployed,” e.g.” – to say he’s out of touch with working people.

    “When you really are out of work, you are worried, and you don’t want to laugh or make fun of anybody,” one Latino voter says (in Spanish) in one of the spots. Reacting to Romney’s “I like being able to fire people” comment, another voter says: “I’d never support someone with that type of thinking.”


  • Prosecute The Big Banks? ‘Nothing’s Off The Table,’ NY Attorney General Says

    David Taintor June 8, 2012, 6:20 AM 6600

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Americans can expect to see tangible results this fall from the task force President Obama created to investigate the financial crisis, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told TPM Thursday.

    Asked after his keynote speech to the progressive Netroots Nation conference here whether prosecutions from the task force are possible, Schneiderman said: “Nothing’s off the table now. Nothing’s off the table.”

    The attorney general is one of five co-chairs of the “special unit” Obama announced at his January State of the Union address. More than 100 staffers and prosecutors have been deployed, Schneiderman said, mostly in Washington, but also in U.S. attorneys offices around the country. The group has been criticized by some for its lack of results thus far. In late May, Schneiderman told the Wall Street Journal he was seeking more prosecutorial firepower. The Journal reported that the group has issued more than two-dozen subpoenas and collected millions of pages of documents. Schneiderman wouldn’t specify how much man power will be necessary.

    MORE: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/eric-schneiderman-financial-crisis-task-force-netroots.php

  • Here we go…

    U.S. Commerce secretary investigated for hit-and-run car crash

    WASHINGTON | Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:24am EDT

    (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson is being investigated for several hit-and-run car crashes in Southern California on Saturday that police say appear to have been caused by the Obama administration official.

    The San Gabriel Police Department, in a statement released early Monday, said a preliminary investigation indicates Bryson caused the first crash when his Lexus rear-ended a Buick in San Gabriel on Saturday at about 5:05 p.m. He hit it again when leaving the scene.

    The second crash took place about five minutes later in nearby Rosemead, California, when Bryson allegedly hit a Honda Accord, according to the statement, which was issued along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    Bryson was found unconscious behind the wheel at the scene of the second crash, police said. Paramedics treated him at the crash site and he was admitted to a local hospital for non-lethal injuries, police said. Passengers in the other cars had no major injuries.

    MORE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/11/us-usa-bryson-crash-idUSBRE85A0K220120611

    • Miranda

      When I read the CBS report it sounded to me like he was having a seizure or a stroke.

  • rikyrah

    This Week in God
    By Steve Benen – Sat Jun 9, 2012 9:30 AM EDT.

    First up from the God Machine this week is a look at an ad promoting tourism to the United States, which may not seem especially noteworthy at first blush, but which has outraged some in the religious right.

    Seems pretty harmless, right? The video, obviously intended for an international audience, was crafted to highlight the way in which the United States celebrates diversity. But if you pause the video 33 seconds in, you might notice a man with his arm around another man. And that’s apparently a problem.

    The ad promoting tourism to the US seemed innocuous enough, but Family Research Council president Tony Perkins warns that the advertising campaign is being used to “highlight same-sex attractions.”

    The Discover America ad highlights diversity in the US, including a song by Rosanne Cash and images of an interracial couple, two Muslim women in a city and people celebrating the Hindu festival Holi. But Perkins is peeved by its attempt “to celebrate homosexuality” by featuring a man with his arm around his partner on a bus for almost two seconds. Perkins claimed that the ad depicts “a country of radical values and backwards priorities.”

    Perkins went on to blame President Obama for this, calling the ad part of Obama’s “push to ‘rebrand’ America.” In the event of a Romney presidency, presumably Perkins will have the influence to make sure ads like these never air anywhere.


    • Miranda

      I wonder when Tony Perkins is gonna just come on out the closet. The denial is seriously harming him.

  • rikyrah

    I said it when the Vatican decided to mess with the nuns….my money has always been on the nuns. Anyone who’s been near Catholic School knows not to mess with the nuns.


    Nuns, Rebuked by Rome, Plan Road Trip to Spotlight Social Issues

    In a spirited retort to the Vatican, a group of Roman Catholic nuns is planning a bus trip across nine states this month, stopping at homeless shelters, food pantries, schools and health care facilities run by nuns to highlight their work with the nation’s poor and disenfranchised.

    The bus tour is a response to a blistering critique of American nuns released in April by the Vatican’s doctrinal office, which included the accusation that the nuns are outspoken on issues of social justice, but silent on other issues the church considers crucial: abortion and gay marriage.

    read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/us/us-nuns-bus-tour-to-spotlight-social-issues.html?_r=2&ref=us

    • Town

      a group of Roman Catholic nuns is planning a bus trip across nine states this month, stopping at homeless shelters, food pantries, schools and health care facilities run by nuns to highlight their work with the nation’s poor and disenfranchised.

      Shouldn’t that have been what Tavis & Cornel did on their Poverty Bus Tour?

  • GreenLadyHere

    REAL QUICK: – -MOVIN” – -FORWARD – –> – – – -while the TR-THUGS & HATAS remaint TRAPPED in the “PRIVATE SECTOR DOIN’ FINE” – – -quagmire – – – –

    – – —Pro-Obama super-PAC, SEIU launch $4M ad blitz targeting Latinos – —

    – – – –A prominent super-PAC supporting President Obama’s re-election effort is joining with one of the nation’s largest union organizations to launch a new $4 million Spanish-language ad attacking presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

    The commercial, which will air on television and radio in Colorado, Nevada, and Florida, pounces on gaffes from Mitt Romney’s primary campaign to argue that the Republican nominee is not sympathetic to the concerns of Hispanic voters. The campaign is being jointly run by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Priorities USA, the super-PAC run by ex-White House official Bill Burton.

    “This ad is part of a broader effort to ensure Latino voters know the stakes in this election and who has been on the side of Latino Families and who will continue to stand with them in the coming years,” said SEIU National Political Director Brandon Davis in a statement. “The contrast could not be more clear.”

    In the television version of the ad, excerpts of Romney joking about being unemployed and saying he is not focused on the very poor elicit reactions from Latino voters.

    “It’s easy for him to say that since he doesn’t have the same necessities as us,” says a Latino man in Spanish. “When you are really out of work, you are worried, you don’t want to laugh or make fun of anybody.
    THERE IS MORE. – — –

    – — –buen trabajo [good job] – – –MR. PRESIDENT!!! :>) – – –

  • Well, dayum. Who knew it Kurtz would call out his fellow media colleagues.

    Kurtz: “There Isn’t A Journalist In The Country Who Doesn’t Know What Obama Meant” By Saying Private Sector Is Doing Fine http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201206100004

  • rikyrah

    A reader over at the Maddow blog has been keeping track of the votern purge in Florida.

    couldn’t copy and paste, because this person has done a lot of research and left a lot of links:


  • GreenLadyHere
  • Joy

    Morning, all! Max Robinson was one of my girlhood crushes. Great start to a great series.

  • Miranda

    Nation’s Largest Health Insurer Will Preserve Key Obamacare Provisions, Regardless Of Supreme Court Ruling

    UnitedHealthcare — one of the nation’s largest health insurers — has announced that it will preserve a provision of the health care law that allows young adults to stay on their family health care plans up to age 26, even if the high court rules the law unconstitutional later this month.

    The measure is one of several so-called “Patients’ Bill of Rights” included in the law that UnitedHealthcare will keep in place. The company will also continue offering preventive health care services without out-of-pocket costs and end lifetime limits on insurance payouts:

    more here

  • rikyrah

    UnitedHealthcare to keep some overhaul elements
    Washington Post
    Monday, June 11, 2012

    UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, will keep in place several key consumer provisions mandated by the 2010 health care law regardless of whether the statute survives Supreme Court review.

    UnitedHealthcare will announce Monday that whatever the outcome of the court decision – expected this month – the company will continue to provide customers preventive health-care services without co-payments or other out-of-pocket charges, allow parents to keep adult children up to age 26 on their plans, and maintain the more streamlined appeals process required by the law.

    UnitedHealthcare would also continue to observe the law’s prohibitions on putting lifetime limits on insurance payouts and rescinding coverage after a member becomes ill, except in cases where a member intentionally lied on an insurance application.

    The provisions are part of a larger package in the law often referred to by supporters as the “Patients Bill of Rights” that took effect as plans renewed after Sept. 23, 2010. They are popular with consumers and relatively uncontroversial among insurers.

    “The protections we are voluntarily extending are good for people’s health, promote broader access to quality care and contribute to helping control rising health care costs,” Stephen Hemsley, chief executive of UnitedHealth Group, said in a statement.

    A spokesman at UnitedHealthcare said officials chose to announce their intentions now because “people in this uncertain time are worried about what might happen to their coverage and we think the time is right to let people know that these provisions will continue and they can count on us.”

    The announcement applies to the roughly 9 million consumers in plans that they or their employer have purchased from UnitedHealthcare. An additional 27 million people are covered by plans that are administered by UnitedHealthcare but for which their employer has assumed the financial risk, meaning that in effect their employer is their insurer. In these cases it would be up to the employer to decide which provisions to continue offering voluntarily.

    The “Patients Bill of Rights” also includes several mandates that UnitedHealthcare did not pledge to continue complying with if the Supreme Court invalidates the law. These include the elimination of annual limits on insurance payouts, which are being phased out under the law, and that statute’s ban on denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.

    The latter would be impossible to do unilaterally, said UnitedHealthcare officials, because the company’s risk pool could be quickly skewed toward sick children. But in a statement they said the company is “committed to working with all other participants in the health care system to sustain that coverage.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/10/MN3F1OVSRH.DTL#ixzz1xUaEmSR9

  • Miranda

    They really dont understand these innanets do they?


    • isonprize

      Wow…. LOLOL No, Miranda, they don’t.

    • Oopsies!

      BTW, isn’t there a website that retrieve’s politicians’ deleted tweets?

  • GreenLadyHere


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    THESE R some GR8 REPRESENTATIVES!!- – –:>) —

    – -A –FIRST!– —Max Robinson became the first African American man to anchor a nightly network news broadcast. – –

    I ENJOYED his BROADCASTING. :>) His VOICE was UNIQUELY penetrating. :>) – –


    – – – –Have a wonderful day ALEXANDER2!

  • Miranda

    Howard Dean: ‘We look at Wisconsin as a win’ (VIDEO)

    Former Democratic National Committee Chairman and 2004 presidential hopeful Howard Dean stopped by last weekend’s Netroots Nation conference in Providence to rally progressive activists.

    Below is a video of our interview with Dean, who argued that the Wisconsin recall was a net win for Democrats and that while he’s had his differences with the Obama administration, “in the fourth quarter, everybody’s on the same team again”:

    • Admiral_Komack


      • Miranda


      • Daltex82


    • Camille

      Sorry, but I’m so over all these envious, mealymouthed, self-aggrandizing Democrats.

  • This revelation by FDL’s David Dayen is VERY interesting, and confirms everything we’ve said about the PLs/EmoProgs and the U.S. media for the past 4 years:

    My Netroots panel on foreclosure fraud was confirmed long before Schneiderman was announced as the Thursday keynote speaker for the conference. For backstory’s sake, let me say that I have in the past asked Schneiderman’s office, in particular two communications staffers who no longer work there, for interviews with the NYAG, and I’ve never had the request honored. Meanwhile, on a couple occasions journalists have called me asking them for help constructing questions for their Schneiderman interviews. So there was no point in asking Schneiderman to come on the panel; his staff, for whatever reason, doesn’t want him to talk to me. I actually did a tweet making the ask for panel participation the day the keynote session was announced, but that’s as far as it went.


    Why are journalists consulting with bloggers on how to question Schneiderman? It makes me wonder what other bloggers have journalists reached out to for help in interviewing politicians?

    The rest of Dayden’s blog post is a bunch of he said-he said concerning Dayden inviting Schneiderman to his foreclosure panel. Dayden accuses Neal Kwatra, Schneiderman’s chief-of-staff of lying about the invite, while Kwatra says Dayden never invited them. Whatever. But, of course, Dayden couldn’t resist posting this illogical blurb:

    And yet, there is a revealing aspect to all this. If Neal Kwatra was half as concerned about Jamie Dimon and Ken Lewis as he is about me, maybe his boss would have put them and their colleagues in prison by now. I have no idea how Schneiderman is receiving all this, or whether he’s receiving it at all. But I do believe that this level of service by staff is contributing to the ruination of this man’s public reputation.

    WTF does, what appears to be miscommunication, have to do with Dimon and Lewis not breaking any laws??

    • Miranda

      This fool is suffering from all kinds of delusions of grandeur. Like Neal Kwatra gives a rats ass about him!

      • GN

        That’s his only currency: he’s able to get negativity into the media (that’s what this threat about “public reputation” is about). And the netroots is full of little games and personal agendas like that.

        • Camille


          The alliance with the msm guarantees that they can use them to smear anyone who refuses to be held hostage by the PL’s and their fake agenda.

          • GN

            Exactly. And thus, politicians WILL meet with them, WILL attend their events and WILL dance to their command, or get bad press in the guise of purity trolls against them (like the massive purity troll which the nutroots currently is running against President Obama in which nothing he does is good enough). Nice hustle, huh?

    • MonieTalks

      Isn’t it interesting?

      The predicatble hating ass PL thought NY AG Schneiderman would go to Nutroots and bash the President, but instead he told them that all progressives is elect candidates and then leave them out to dry…dry up their support when it is most critical and whine and criticize.

      And like clockwork, their maligning and distortion campaign has begun. And Baby Jane’s bedfellow Grover Norquist is likely writing up the memos.

      • aleth

        But see Monie– he was a saint prior to being appointed by the President. He was the person they would quote regarding prosecution in the mortage suits. He was the standard for them. The minute he was team Obama — He is bad.

        I mean he was the one person they quoted all the time religiously. The same thing will happen to Warren.

        • MonieTalks


          All of these mofos are today’s J. Edgar Hoover-ites.

        • This.

        • Worldwatcher7

          It almost sounds like you’re saying that the so-called netroots are petty, two-faced and have no core.

    • GN

      Wait a minute–in the top quote, he says he didn’t bother to ask Schneiderman to attend the panel because two staffers who are no longer with the AG have previously denied his requests for interviews. He said that his “invitation” consisted of a tweet. Then turns around and personally attacks a staff member and issues a veiled threat about continuing to attack Schneiderman’s reputation because of his issues with this Neal Kwatra.

      I don’t understand how and why any politician would kowtow to these freaks and BULLIES in the nutroots. Who the fuck is this guy David Dayen? And indeed, the nutroots has become utterly corrupt and thoroughly useless because they merged with the excesses of the beltway media whereas before they used to challenge those excesses.

      This is why people should read these nutroots sites with a pound of salt–they are the vanity projects of a small clique of asshats looking to get careers and influence–this is NOT ABOUT POLICY.

      • Dayden claims that after Schneiderman’s keynote address, a friend of his introduced him to Neal Kwatra, and during their convo he mentioned his panel and asked if Schneiderman could come:

        “Rick asked Kwatra, “How long is Schneiderman in town?” Kwatra said he would be there until midday Friday. At that point, I mentioned that I have this panel on foreclosure fraud in the morning, and it would be great if Schneiderman could participate, as we could make room. I fully expected the answer “no,” but I thought I’d take a shot. Kwatra just laughed. The conversation wrapped up and that was that.”

        Looks like Dayden’s ego was bruised and he instead of just taking the loss, he decided to make a smart ass joke about Schneiderman at his little panel, HuffPo writer picked up on it and Dayden helped him run with it. So I wholeheartedly agree with you about their being a merger between these EmoProg bloggers and mainstream media.

        I’m still trippin’ over Dayden revealing that journalists have come to him for advice on how to question Schneiderman!

        • GN

          Seems like the invitation was declined in the same disrespectful fashion in which it was extended. And look at how they’ll slant news coverage of a substantive political issue: mortgage foreclosure settlement–to reflect a very petty personal conflict. This is EXACTLY what I’m talking about re: all the games played in the netroots and why people should not read those spaces credulously. There’s so many agendas.

    • Isn’t Schneiderman their guy? I thought they were hailing him as the right man for the job. What happen?

      • Camille

        Just watch them fall out with both Elizabeth Warren and Schneiderman in no time.

        These PL folks are definitely not the sort of people to align with if you want to make progress unthethered by the spiteful pettiness of a directionless, self- important juvenile bunch.

  • Town

    Robinson’s ABC tenure was marked by conflicts between himself and the management of ABC News over viewpoints and the portrayal of Black America in the news.

    TRANSLATION: 1978 ABC wanted to portray blacks as violent jungle animals streaming out of Cabrini Green and Max Robinson was like “hol’ up, that ain’t right,” much like 2012 ABC.

  • isonprize

    Yeah, baby! Max Robinson, Bernard Shaw, Ed Bradley. Oh how I wish they were ALL ALIVE TODAY. Maybe then we could actually get some real news reporting.

    • Mr. Shaw is still with us. I wish he would come back to CNN.

      • Gc

        Totally respect him.

      • MsKitty

        Sad thing is CNN is so FUBAR that coming back would tarnish his rep. I could definitely see Shaw as a US contributor on BBC World or Al Jazeera.

      • isonprize

        Embarrassing. MY BAD!!! Didn’t mean to take him out prematurely. Sorry….

  • The Las Vegas Review-Journal removed Sherman Frederick’s blog post entitled “Obama’s Nasty Joke” http://www.reviewjournal.com/blogs/sherm/Obamas_nasty_joke_.html but they still haven’t publicly apologized.

    • Miranda

      They’re hoping it will just go away, and seeing as black media folks completely ignored it and will not demand an apology, it most likely will.

      • They were too busy planning their vacays, playing golf, rubbing elbows at Netroots Nation, or watching the Heat.

        I hate to say it but Black media ain’t worth shit.

        • rikyrah

          no comment from Ro-Ro about this?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — Ooo-kaaay. — THIS will B the – —SINGLE AGENDA ELECTION ITEM – –Du JOUR – – -NO DOUBT – —

    – — – -Somehow —an incident with his STAFF – –REFLECTS on MR. PRESIDENT!! — – –WAITIN’ 4 da SPIN – -***sigh*** – –

    – — –Commerce Secretary Probed in Odd Hit-and-Runs [Administration says he had a seizure] – — –

    – – – – –Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was in a strange series of car crashes in the San Gabriel Valley over the weekend, hitting a Buick two times and a second car once, reports the Los Angeles Times, in an incident the White House is now saying resulted from a seizure. Bryson was driving his Lexus when he rear-ended the Buick while it was waiting for a train to pass, stopped briefly before striking the car a second time, and failed to stop the second time, say investigators. The three men in the Buick then followed Bryson, calling 911 for assistance, according to police.

    A short time later Bryson hit the second vehicle, say law enforcement authorities. He was found unconscious and alone in his car, and officials say neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been involved. Bryson was cited for felony hit-and-run, said authorities. A Commerce spokesman today saying Bryson “suffered a seizure,” according to CNN.

  • Note how ABC reporter tries to clean this smear up…

    Conservative Super PAC (Briefly) Suggests Alcohol Involved In Commerce Secretary Incident

    ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

    UPDATED In a tweet sent Monday morning from the account of the Republican-aligned super PAC, American Crossroads, the group raised the possibility that alcohol was involved in the suspected felony hit and run incident involving U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson over the weekend.

    @AmericanXRoads: How does @CommerceSec have 3 car crashes in 5 minutes and alcohol NOT be involved? ‪#Skills

    The tweet was posted at 8:02 a.m., but the group deleted it less than two hours later — at about the same time the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the secretary suffered a seizure while behind the wheel.

    By 10:00 a.m. the group had deleted two other tweets related to the incident and posted this one:

    @AmericanXRoads: Earlier Bryson tweet with hashtag #skills attempted levity (before facts known) and failed miserably. We took it down and regret the tweet.

    MORE: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/conservative-super-pac-briefly-alleges-alcohol-involved-in-commmerce-secretary-incident/

    • Miranda

      Simply repulsive people….smh….if this tweet was regarding a Romney adviser and came from Bill Burton’s group, the media would be demanding that PBO denounce him and denounce the SuperPac ON AIR in a primetime address.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – — –SPEAKING of -African American BROADCSTERS – –LET’s PRAY 4 – – -SISTA-ROBIN ROBERTS – – – – –

    – – —GMA Anchor Robin Roberts Has Rare Blood Disease, Will Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant – – –

    — – – –Five years after successfully battling breast cancer, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts announced Monday that she has been diagnosed with a blood and bone-marrow disorder called MDS and will undergo a bone marrow transplant.

    An emotional Roberts — surrounded by her co-hosts, as well as World News Tonight anchor and close friend Diane Sawyer — made the announcement towards the end of Monday’s broadcast and also wrote about it on a blog post. Roberts said the disease was once called preleukemia and said it’s a complication from the treatment she received to beat breast cancer in 2007. She wrote that, while there are some “scary” statistics about the disease, her doctors have told her she is young and fit enough to beat it.

    Roberts said that she will be “out for a chunk of time” in the fall after she receives a bone marrow transplant from her sister, who doctors said was a “perfect match” for her.

    – — -PRAYIN’ 4 HER! Annnd – – -WISHIN’ HER the BEST. —BLESS HER.♥

    • Gc

      I am so sorry. She’s a “sister”

    • MsKitty

      She just can’t catch a break. Praying for her recovery.

    • rikyrah

      prayers for Robin

    • GN

      I really feel for her; adding my prayers.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – -THES – -EVIL/VILE – – -RE-THUGS- — – –“THINK EVIL” – – -annnd ACTED 2 quickly!! – – –geesh!!- –

    – —Karl Rove’s Super PAC Jumps To Conclusions, Launches Attack On Commerce Secretary Who Suffered From Seizure – —

    – — –American Crossroads, the Super PAC run by former Bush adviser Karl Rove personally attacked Commerce Secretary John Bryson Monday morning, following his involvement in three car crashes.

    As it turns out, Sec. Bryson had a seizure while at the wheel this weekend, leading to three separate collisions in the space of a few minutes.

    In a tweet that has since been deleted, the group suggested that reports of Bryson’s car accidents involved alcohol use:

    – – – -SNIP – –

    – – -[ENTERS: – – – -A FAUX-pology!] – –>Update

    American Crossroads spokesperson Jonathan Collegio apologized to TPM, “The hashtag (about his driving #skills) attempted levity, but it communicated poorly. We took it down,” he said. “I regret the tweet.”

  • In today’s “Archives Are Mutha” headlines…


    • Miranda


  • GreenLadyHere


    – – –Two ex-Auburn football players killed at shooting, suspect sought – – –

    – – —Authorities searched Monday for a gunman suspected of killing three people and wounding three others in a weekend shooting at a pool party near Auburn University that a witness said began with a fight over a woman.

    Two of the slain victims were former players for the school’s powerhouse football program.

    Authorities were searching for Desmonte Leonard, 22, of Montgomery, who is accused of opening fire Saturday night at an apartment complex after getting into a fight with some of the victims over a woman. He faces three counts of capital murder.

    Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said Leonard fled the scene in a white Chevrolet that he abandoned on the way back to Montgomery, about 55 miles away. They believed he was in the Montgomery area.

    Of the three wounded victims, John Robertson remained in critical condition after being shot in the head. Xavier Moss was released from the hospital. The third wounded victim was Eric Mack, a current football player who is expected to recover.

    Slain were Edward Christian, who had to quit the team because of a lingering back injury, and Ladarious Phillips, who had previously quit playing football. The other person killed was 20-year-old Demario Pitts.

    Police emphasized that the shootings didn’t appear to have anything to do with some of the victims being former or current players on the football team, which won the national championship in 2010.
    THERE IS MORE. – – – -VERY SAD. – —


  • vulcan_girl

    Is anyone other than me excited to see Dallas back on TV on Wednesday? I think I was the only middle school kid caught up in the Ewings. I also loved Knots Landing and Dynasty, but Dallas was the business for me.

    • Miranda

      I watched Falcons Crest too!

      And “who shot JR” will forever be the bestest cliff hanger to talk about ALL summer EVER.

    • Town

      The Dallas timeline on Facebook is hilarious. All the status updates are by JR…and it’s some funny stuff…LOL

      • vulcan_girl

        Thanks, Town!

        It’s going to be JR and John Ross vs Bobby and Christopher. I kind of wish it had been JR and Christopher vs Bobby and John Ross. Make it a real rivalry!

        • Town

          I wonder if Bobby’s son by Jenna Wade will ever show up…or JR’s son James…

    • rikyrah

      had on DVR last week

  • MsKitty

    Max Robinson left us too soon. I’m looking forward to this series because there’s such a rich legacy of Black pioneers in broadcast news not just nationally, but in local markets as well, that have paved the way for those that followed them.

    • Farrod

      Like who, RoRo? Sigh, sorry, my bad…

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER – – – –THANK U!! – – – -Mr. Axelrod!!- – – – —

    – – –Axelrod says voters understand Obama’s ‘doing fine’ comment – —

    – – –Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on Monday sought to downplay a recent comment from the president that the private sector was “doing fine,” saying voters knew Republicans were using the remark out of context.

    “In the minds of most Americans there’s no confusion about this,” said Axelrod on CBS’s “This Morning.”

    Axelrod said the controversy over the remark, which Obama quickly walked back on Friday, would be forgotten before voters cast their ballots in November.

    THIS ->“This is the kind of thing we do in campaigns. Your community, my community, we get all excited about it; the question is what it means. Is there transcendent meaning to it in November when people will be making judgments on it? No, they will be making judgments on what the president has done,” he added.

    – -REPEAT: – No, they will be making judgments on what the president has done,” -YES!!- -SPEAK!! –

    ONLY the – –STOOPID HATAS —Trynta – – -MAKE- – –THIS!!- -HUMPH!!!

  • Miranda

    The media is just a transparent joke.

    A friend sent me this and asked “what’s up with this?”

    I explained how the corporate media bobbleheads work. They are actively campaigning for Romney.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – –ANOTHER – – -GOOD RULING- – -On behalf of those in need – –

    – – —Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Yet Another Random Drug Testing Policy – —

    – —In the past two years, conservative state lawmakers have pushed various unconstitutional policies requiring state employees, welfare beneficiaries and other groups to submit to random drug testing. These programs are fairly consistently struck down by courts as unconstitutional. On Friday, a federal government program subjecting its employees to similar drug testing suffered a similar fate:

    A federal appeals court on Friday declared a random drug testing program for government workers at 28 U.S. Forest Service Job Corps centers unconstitutional.

    The centers are home for at-risk youths from ages 16 to 24 from troubled environments. Residents are housed in remote rural locations and trained in various vocations.

    In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the small number of drug use incidents among a workforce of several thousand over many years does not establish a serious problem, much less an immediate crisis necessitating expansion of a random drug testing policy.

    – – -SNIP- – –

    Indeed, Rick Scott’s program targeting welfare beneficiaries is largely a solution in search of a problem. Only two percent of these beneficiaries failed their test.

    – –LOL- —A – -SOLUTION- – – -in search of a PROBLEM [@gc. LOL]– —

    Givin’ NEW MEANING 2 – —“NO PROBLEM” – — LOL – –

  • rikyrah

    found this at TOD in the comments:

    Bill R.
    June 11, 2012 at 11:16 am
    I’m from Oregon. Grew up in Southern Oregon in a timber economy now largely gone. I will tell you how private equity companies like Bain ruin an economy. Remember, another word for private equity is “corporate raider.” In the Medford, Ore. area of Oregon there was a very successful timber company called MedCo. They had several mills and employed thousands of workers in high paying jobs. They owned millions of acres of timber growing company. They prided themselves in a policy of sustained yield in their harvest of timber. That way a supply of timber would always be there for their mills. Along came a private equity firm of corporate raiders, investors from Texas. They did a leveraged buyout of MedCo. In other words they did a hostile take over of a well functioning company that did not want to be bought out. They then proceeded to close all the mills, fire all the workers, loot the pension funds, and cut all the timber, shipping it overseas.

    These wealthy Texas raiders destroyed a progressive company that had functioned for generations as a job base for an entire region of Southern Oregon. Entire communities were thrown into poverty and unto government safety net programs. Lands were sold for real estate development with attempts to bypass land use laws. (I know because my father was running for mayor of Medford and was offered financial support if he would support their move to fire a city manager who insisted on enforcing land use laws.) So not only did this private equity company destroy and economic base but they corrupted the political process and public officials. My father lost the election, and his opponent won with the support of this private equity firm. This private equity firm left the government with a toxic waste dump to clean up and thousands of ruined lives to restore and laid waste to an entire forest. This is the legacy of MItt Romney and the GOP. This is their plan for America.

    • GN

      Couldn’t be more starkly or plainly said. Corrupting our information sources is on that playbook as well.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – — -GOOD NEWS – – –

    – – – –Texas Democrats Elect Their First Hispanic Chairman – —

    – – –It’s great to hear that the Texas Dems have elected their first Hispanic chairman. This should be a help in that long, slow climb back up to Democratic dominance in Texas. God knows, it’s a place full of struggling people who should be voting Democratic but instead think of themselves as potential oil barons:

    HOUSTON — Texas Democrats, trying to compete in a state that overwhelmingly favors Republican candidates for executive, legislative and judicial offices, elected their first Hispanic chairman Saturday.

    In a reflection of the state’s burgeoning Hispanic growth and the party’s longtime success with Latinos, delegates overwhelmingly elected Gilberto Hinojosa as the next party chairman. He will replace outgoing chairman Boyd Richie, who announced in April 2011 that he would not seek another term after six years on the job.

    Hinojosa successfully breathed some life into the sparse crowd on the convention floor with a fiery speech before the delegates cast an overwhelming majority of votes in his favor.

    – – –SNAP- —

    “This is a war, folks. This is a war that the Republicans have waged on our families in Texas and all across America,” he shouted from the stage. “We are a compassionate people. We don’t believe in pulling up the ladder after we reach the top.”

  • rikyrah

    California Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Citizens To Register To Vote On Election Day

    Posted by Linda H on 7:17 AM

    The California Assembly passed a major piece of voting rights legislation Thursday, May 31st, bucking the trend of new voter suppression laws that have passed in other states like Texas and Florida.
    AB 1436, which passed the Assembly by a 47-26 vote, would remove restrictions on when Californians could register to vote. If it becomes law, citizens would also be able to register at the polls on Election Day.
    Right now, Californians are only allowed to register up to 15 days before an election. Passing AB 1436 would change that and significantly boost voter turnout in the Golden State.

    In the nine states (plus Washington DC) that currently allow Election Day registration, studies have shown the legislation boosted voter turnout by seven percentage points. Most states that have implemented Election Day registration are small or medium-sized; California could pave the way for large states to embrace this important step in voting rights.
    AB 1436 will now advance to the Senate, where Democrats enjoy a 25-15 advantage


  • rikyrah

    North Dakota’s Measure 3 draws scrutiny
    By Steve Benen – Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:15 AM EDT.

    At first blush, the “Religious Liberty Restoration Act” measure on the North Dakota ballot may not seem especially offensive. But the proposal, which state voters will consider tomorrow, is far more controversial than it may appear.

    My friend and former colleague Joe Conn recently wrote a piece on the Measure 3 ballot initiative, which he explained has the potential to “rewrite the relationship between religion and government in North Dakota.”

    In practical terms, if critics are correct, the proposal would give religious institutions the power to opt out of laws they find problematic, on issues ranging from discrimination to health care. The regional Planned Parenthood affiliate also believes Measure 3 would affect women’s reproductive health, especially emergency care.

    Steven R. Morrison, a professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law, said the amendment includes “strikingly broad” language
    Morrison … said the amendment isn’t problematic in so far as it protects religious individuals whose faith-motivated conduct doesn’t interfere with the rights of others. But when religious people and institutions are protected at the expense of third parties, problems necessarily ensue.

    For example, Morrison said, under the amendment, a pharmacist might be able to refuse to fill a birth control prescription or a hospital employee could refuse to participate in an emergency abortion.

    “North Dakota,” Morrison noted, “is a large, sparsely populated rural state, and many people may have access to only one pharmacy or one hospital…. The amendment will protect religious practice, but its negative externalities may severely curtail others’ enjoyment of their own constitutional rights.”


    • They don’t need jobs in North Dakota?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2— —UH! OH!- – – -OOPS!! – – –[o/t] – –

    – –Cameron Leaves 8-Year-Old at Pub – – –

    – – — –Shortly after leaving a pub yesterday afternoon, David Cameron realized he’d left something behind: his daughter. The British prime minister thought Nancy, 8, was with wife Samantha; Samantha thought the girl was in the car her husband was traveling in. In fact, she was in the bathroom, the Sun reports. After the family realized what had happened, the PM hurried back to pick his daughter up; she was separated from her parents for about 15 minutes. The staff “didn’t know what to do” once they’d found her, said a local. “It’s not like you can look up David Cameron in the phone book and then ring to say, ‘You’ve left your daughter behind.'”

    – – –Hmmmm. … . .

    • Admiral_Komack

      Hey now!

      Top off a pint for the lil’ miss!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Admiral…***BIG HUG*** :>)

        LOL – –I KNOW-HUH!?- – — -Wonder WHAT their Blood ALCOHOL level was???- – -LOL. – – –

        – — -Goo 2 C U Admiral..:>)- – – –

    • malletgirl02

      It sucks to get left by your parents especially if you were in the bathroom when it happened.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY malletgirl02 – – –***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –I KNOW —HUH?? – – –Dear “little one.” – –

        Happy it di-ent last 2 long. BUT – -STILL. . . . .

        Good 2 C U – -malletgirl02. :>)

  • rikyrah

    June 11, 2012 8:53 AM

    Mitch Daniels’ Future Games
    By Ed Kilgore

    For every open reactionary who pines for the restoration of the Good Old Days before uppity women and minorities ruined the greatest country the world ever knew, there is a figure who tries to recast the politics and economics of the distant past as the wave of a brave, innovative, future—almost hip. This seems to be Mitch Daniels’ particular thing:

    On the heels of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s history-making recall victory, the governor of nearby Indiana with his own record of curtailing union benefits suggested public-sector unions are past their prime and should be abolished.
    “I think, really, government works better without them,” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told “Fox News Sunday,” when asked whether public-worker unions should even exist.

    Yeah, all that job security and benefit stuff, certainly pensions, maybe even “retirement,” is so old-think. At the 2011 CPAC conference, at which Daniels was rapturously received despite the deep offense he had caused the Christian Right by proposing a “truce” on social issues while the urgent work of fiscal retrenchment could be consummated, Mitch came right out and said the New Deal and Great Society programs were obsolete and needed to be discarded in favor of something new and less safety-nettish:

    If freedom’s best friends cannot unify around a realistic, actionable program of fundamental change, one that attracts and persuades a broad majority of our fellow citizens, big change will not come….
    We know what the basic elements must be. An affectionate thank you to the major social welfare programs of the last century, but their sunsetting when those currently or soon to be enrolled have passed off the scene.

    “Affectionate thank you.” Yeah, Social Security and Medicare were fun while they lasted, kind of like handshake deals and dollar lunch specials and home visits by doctors. But no one could seriously think they’d work in this day and age, right? So shredding the safety net in order to give “job creators” lower tax rates and labor costs and more flexible, nimble business structures conducive to the knowledge-based global economy blah blah is what’s obviously necessary to keep up with never-ending change. And we sure don’t need any sclerotic, industrial-age unions around to resist change, particularly in the public sector, which needs to be the handmaiden of the fast-paced blah blah entrepreneurs who are peeking around corners to adapt our nation to its future global leadership role while the rest of us poor dumb cattle mosey along blindly, dependent on their bold genius, right?

    I personally prefer my reactionaries to be in the Jim DeMint mode, just blatantly dripping with resentment of anything and anyone that’s not just like him. But if Republicans win control of Congress and the White House this November and the Ryan Budget is enacted and we do begin to say our affectionate goodbyes to all that egalitarian nonsense of the twentieth century, we’ll hear a lot more from the likes of Mitch Daniels, who’ll comfort us that it’s all a matter of keeping the country strictly up to date.


    • It’s not that he said it. We know how the GOP has felt about unions since Taft-Hartley. What’s Trumka and the rest of them going to do about it?

  • rikyrah

    Jeb Bush: Reagan would have struggled with today’s GOP
    By Steve Benen – Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:50 AM EDT.

    There was an enormous amount of interest in former President Bill Clinton’s kinda sorta off-message comments recently, but just as interesting are the recent comments of one of Mitt Romney’s highest-profile supporters: Jeb Bush.

    Last week, for example, the former Florida governor praised President Obama on education policy, hot on the heels of Romney delivering a speech condemning Obama’s education policy. Bush also said his party is being “short-sighted” on tax and immigration policies, which is not what the GOP mainstream wants to hear.

    This morning, Jeb Bush went further, endorsing Obama’s line about economic “headwinds” from Europe, and agreeing with Obama’s recent argument that both Ronald Reagan and his father George H. W. Bush would have a hard time getting nominated by today’s Republican Party.

    “Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground,” Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as “temporary.”

    “Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time — they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support,” he said. Reagan “would be criticized for doing the things that he did.”


  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDE2 – – –QUICK! – – -HIDE the COPIER!- – – -THIS PHOOL COPIES – –errythang that MR. PRESIDENT does!! – – – –

    – – –Mitt Romney to launch swing-state bus tour – —

    – — –Mitt Romney is this week launching a five-day bus tour that will put him on the ground in battleground states like Michigan, Iowa and Pennsylvania.

    The “Every Town Counts” bus tour — which will kick off Friday in New Hampshire — will put Romney in six states over the course of five days.

    Romney is set to campaign in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan with a focus on small towns. All of those states are key to the November election.

    – –HUMPH!! – – – -A WASTE of GAS!!- – – -LOSER!! —-

    • Copycat.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – – –***fist bump*** LOL.
        I’ve been sayin’—IFF MR. PRESIDENT –had a “DAY of SILENCE” – — – -the – -RE-THUGS annnd OTHER HATAS –would B – –BEYOND CONFUSED!! LOL. – — –

        – – -WHA’ ta do!? – — Wha’ ta do!!? LOL.

        Good 2 C U – -woody45. :>)

  • Rhoda

    Mitt Romney really effed up with his on camera stance against cops, firefighters, and teachers. Here’s Mark Halperin trying to save him.


    The President doesn’t think the economy is “doing fine.” Mitt Romney doesn’t oppose firefighters, police, or teachers. Yes, there are legitimate questions about the President’s understanding of how the private sector operates. And, yes, Governor Romney supports less federal aid to states and localities for such jobs than the Democrats do. But shame on the media for starting the week perpetuating the self-fulfilling prophecy that Friday’s gaffes will be a big deal in the election by continuing to pump them. These gaffes will matter because we say they do.

    How can the press ever criticize politicians for trivializing our politics when we focus on statements that have little to do with the candidates actual views or their proposals for the future? But also: shame on both campaigns for saying, in effect, the other guy’s gaffe matters but our guy just had some bad phrasing which should be ignored.

    Damn. The MSM played gotcha with POTUS, estatic at the thought of ads that could be run against him with these words out of context. Then Mittens fucked up a food deal and team Obama went hard on the statement Romney made which is simply devastating in context!

    Now, they want to back off the whole fight they egged on! As they want team Obama to back off the Vain attacks. Not gonna happen. No one in Chicago is playing about this election. Team Romney says a prayer for Justice Roberts every damn day, they know without that Citzens United cash to try to suppress turnout and get the election close enough to steal they would have no chance. As it is, it takes everyone and their mother to rig the polls to a tie btwn the candidates.

    • Miranda

      Rhoda they are so sick they are doubling DOWN on this mess. Sununu said taxpayers dont want more teachers on msnbc just a little while ago!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -“LET’S MOVE” – -FORWARD – – -FIRST LADY! – – -:>) What a NOVEL CONCEPT!! – – – -Woo! Hoo! – —

    – —White House to host ‘state dinner’ for kids – – –

    – —There won’t likely be any foreign heads of state or any of the uptight protocol that typically surrounds an official State Dinner. But it will be at the White House and it will be hosted by the Obamas.

    This August, one child from each state and territory will be invited to a kids’ state dinner as part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

    – -Let’s Move! is inviting kids aged eight to 12 from across the country to submit healthy lunch recipes for a chance to win a dinner invite. Some of the winning recipes will be served at the dinner.

    “We all want to ensure that our kids are eating nutritious, delicious food at every meal, and as a mom I know that parents are always looking for new ideas to make that happen,” Michelle Obama says in the contest solicitation.

    – -LOOKIN’ FORWARD 2 the RECIPES!! – -YUMMY! :>)

    – – — A- – -UNIQUE STRATEGY!! – – – –GR8 -IDEA!! :>) – —

    • Worldwatcher7

      This is pure genious.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -***fist bump** :>)- – –

        I’m 4-eva AMAZED at – – -the CREATIVITY – – – -of THEIR CAMPAIGN annnd PROGRAMMING STRATEGIES!! – – –:>) —

        THIS 1 – – – -DA BOMB!! :>) – -A FAMILY – -STRATEGY! :>)

        Good 2 C U – –Worldwatcher7. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – –HEADING: – – –SCOTUS: – – -IZZAT U? – —

    – —A 3-FER!! – –Woo! Hoo! – – —

    – – –
    Supreme Court Kills Birther Lawsuit
    It also ignores pleas of Guantanamo detainees
    – —

    – – – – The Supreme Court put the kibosh on a lawsuit questioning whether Barack Obama was born in the United States today, shooting down the appeal without comment. The suit was brought by Alan Keyes and Wiley Drake, third-party presidential contenders who argued Obama wasn’t eligible to compete, the AP reports. A lower court had already thrown out the suit, and the justices refused to revive it.

    ☻The court also refused to hear a case from Guantanamo detainees, who say federal courts have ignored the high court’s declaration that they are allowed to challenge their detention. In a similar vein, the court shot down a request from former detainee Jose Padilla to reinstate a lawsuit against Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and others. ☻Finally, it decided to avoid getting involved in the latest chapter of the New Haven firefighter case, refusing to block a lawsuit from black firefighters against the city. – —

    NOW — -THEY BETTA – – -come CORRECTLY – – -on the ACA DECISION!! —

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    June 09, 2012
    Mitt Romney–There he went again
    It’s kinda funny, actually.

    Yesterday, after President Obama slipped while uttering “fine,” my second thought was: Not to worry, because Mitt Romney, in his characteristic desperation to frantically exploit any out-of-context misstatement, will somehow step on, will jump up and down on, will absolutely pulverize his own exploitation.

    Online I almost instantly predicted–which of course would have been far from original–this dead-certain futurism. Yet before I could even get to my keyboard, this colossal bungler of a presidential candidate had already done pulverized it through his colossally fatuous, foot-in-mouth “accusation” that Obama says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Oh dear!

    Romney’s self-immolation had to be a record.


  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — —“WE DA MEDIA”[co] — -SPREADING’ the GOOD NEWS- – -Woo! Hoo! – —

    – – –Mitt Romney: The Economic Guru Who Specializes In Killing Jobs – – –

    – – —A person with special skills, knowledge, or judgment about a given subject is said to have expertise in that field, and it is a simple matter to determine, based on their record, if they are an expert. It can be fairly stated that Republicans have no expertise in economics after their lone economic tactic of giving more tax cuts to the wealthy have benefitted no-one except the rich and leaves the rest of the population in a struggle to survive. Presumptive presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney campaigns on his business acumen and success in private equity while he headed Bain Capital, and by all accounts he was very successful making money for himself and wealthy investors. However, Romney, like all Republicans, appears to lack rudimentary understanding of economics on a national scale and his promise to institute severe austerity measures for the country while gifting trillions in tax cuts for the wealthy, besides being a proven failure, portends his ignorance and contempt the economic health of this country.

    – – – -SNIP- – —

    – –THIS- – – ->Since President Obama turned around the economy after Bush-Republicans sent it into free fall, corporate profits have never been higher, rental real estate income is at record levels, the private sector has been adding jobs steadily, and equipment and software investment is at all-time highs demonstrating that Romney’s claim that the economy is worse today than when the President took office is patently false.

    – – – – – — -Romney has yet to offer any solutions to help the American people who are struggling because of Bush-era policies Willard promises to implement if he is elected president. One might be inclined to say Romney is a fool for promoting Bush’s failed economic policy that sent Americans into unemployment lines and nearly crashed the economy, but it is more that Romney could not care less about the American people.

    – – -Clearly – – –teh WILLARD is the PROBLEM: – – -with NO SOLUTION!!

    – – – – – – –THANK U —MR. PRESIDENT!! – – — :>) – —

  • Alma98

    Oh how I miss Max Robinson, we got to stay up late just to watch him. My parents loved them some Max Robinson he was the man.

  • edp4bho

    One of my biggest crushes was on this man here. Robinson was fierce, and one thing to me stood out, when he iterated that “white people live in a dream world”. That statement has stuck with me throughout the years, and I’ve often quoted him. The Robinson brothers go deep ! Miss him and Bernard- 2 of the most intelligent and courageous black men ever. What passes for black voices today is pornography compared to these two.