November 21, 2017

Welcome To Our New Home! (Open Thread)

Welcome to the new home of Pragmatic Obots Unite!

We’re registered at Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, West Elm, Pier One Imports and Restoration Hardware!


Pragmatic Obots Unite would like to give a BIG shout out to Sheryl Kaye of Sheryl Kaye Designs for creating this fabulous new site for us! Words cannot express our appreciation and gratitude for Ms. Kaye’s generosity and her hard work in putting this site together.  Thank you so much!

  • Miranda

    Come on in, take your shoes off and get comfortable!

  • Hey ya’ll! Welcome to our new home!

  • dannie22

    HEY POU FAM!!!!!!!!! I like the new crib!! Very stylish!! I brought bundt cake.

    • Hey Dannie! Glad you like the new site! And thanks for the bundt cake!

      We have OJ, coffee, tea, muffins, bagels and scones in kitchen!

    • Miranda

      See! I knew you were raised right! LOL, you know to come over with a dish in hand!

  • Rhoda

    Good Morning POU! The new site looks so fabulous; great job and Thank You all so much for all the hard work. And you have awesome news greeting the return of POU: POTUS Is winning against the Republicans in the new NBC/Marist poll and winning in the battleground states of OH and VA against all comers. The more America sees of Romney; the less they like him and his disapproval is at 40% now with the public which is why the Republicans want to stop this nomination fight after tomorrow. It just feeds the beast as Gingrich and Santorum call him out daily.

    Have a great day everyone.

    • rikyrah

      Rhoda, I saw that poll.

      I want someone to explain to me how the GOP wins without Ohio, VA and Michigan. The irony is;…the President CAN win without all three….but the GOP cannot.

      • Rhoda

        I didn’t think it before; but I think that Romney would be so bad he could put Texas in play. Because I’m pretty sure the evangelicals will stay home b/c of him. He’s going to have to go seriously Sarah Palin level wingnut to try to rally the base.

    • Hey Rhoda & Rikyrah! Glad you ya’ll like the new site!

      That’s definitely great news! The jobs numbers come out this Friday and if they drop again, there’s gonna be a lot of sad Repubs.

      • Rhoda

        It’s great, thanks for the hard work you and the admins have done putting it all together.

        • All kudos go to Sheryl Kaye. She got talent!

    • MonieTalks

      It was a straight up mess in Richmond over the weekend. Police in riot gear arrested 30-something women’s right protestors for trespassing (who had a permit btw) and at least 500 were in attendance.

      Commenters are noting that teabaggers and gun enthusiasts were allowed to tote around guns to make a statement of 2nd amendment rights, but these protestors were asked to turn in the sticks that their signs were on…a shame.

      • Rhoda

        They have opened the eyes of a lot of apolitical women who are going to vote DEM in the fall because of this mess.

      • Town

        Exactly. Why was the Tea Party allowed to wave guns in the air and Capitol Police twiddled their thumbs, but unarmed protestors were hauled off like criminals?

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MONDAY MORNTIN’ Rhoda. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – —The more America sees of Romney; the less they like him and his disapproval is at 40% now with the public which is why the Republicans want to stop this nomination fight after tomorrow.

      THANKS 4 the – – -GOOD NEWS – – -despite his recent – —ahem – -“endorsements!” – — – ONLY the INBREDS appreciate him! LOL.

      Good 2 C U. :>)

  • rikyrah

    the new design is wonderful and soothing.

  • MonieTalks


    I’m about to break put out in my Stephanie Mills version of “Home.”

    Loves it!

  • I like the site redesign…very nice.


  • This is probably another reason why Breitbart & the GOP targeted Weiner:

    Weiner Says He Contacted FBI About Grimm

    By John Stanton
    Roll Call Staff
    March 2, 2012, 6:04 p.m.

    In the fall of 2010, then-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) informed the FBI that now-Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) was allegedly attempting to extort campaign contributions from a politically well-connected orthodox rabbi, Weiner said today.

    Grimm has previously been accused of accepting questionable donations collected by a former associate of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto. Weiner’s revelation would put Grimm, a former FBI agent himself, closer to the federal investigation surrounding Pinto’s former associates.

    In an interview with Roll Call, Weiner said Pinto, who leads the popular Shuva Israel congregation, informed him in the early fall of 2010 that Grimm had attempted to extort money from him. Pinto’s ministries stretch from Israel to the United States and he splits his time between the two countries.

    “I can confirm the Rabbi did bring allegations to me and I can confirm that I turned them over to the FBI immediately,” Weiner said.

    He declined to comment on the specifics of his conversation with Pinto and the exact nature of Grimm’s alleged threats are unclear. However, sources familiar with the situation said it appears Grimm might have sought to use his status as a former FBI agent in pressuring Pinto.

    Weiner resigned from Congress last year after it was discovered he had attempted to cover up the fact that he had sent inappropriate pictures to women using Twitter.

    The FBI’s New York field office did not return a request for comment, and Pinto was unavailable for immediate comment.


  • GreenLadyHere

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  • I’m a black hockey fan. We do exist.

    By Clinton Yates, Published: March 2

    The first time I saw the Capitals play live, I was 8 years old. My dad had scored seats a few rows behind the glass at the Capital Centre in Landover, where the team used to play. The New Jersey Devils were the opponent. I got a pretzel with mustard, my favorite. I’d grown fond of them at the Georgetown basketball games that my father, a season ticket holder, would take me to.

    The place I knew only as a hoops mecca had been transformed into a cage of skates and mayhem. I’d watched the team on TV, but this was different. I’d never seen the old decibel meter in the arena hit 100 so many times in one game.

    The most I knew about hockey then was that the big guys could hit each other as hard as they did in the NFL, except they did it on ice. I had been on skates myself only on school trips or at birthday parties.

    As my dad explained the details of the game to me, I zoned out when he mentioned one thing: Periods are not quarters. When the horn sounded after three, I thought the team had a chance to climb back from being down 5-3. But it was over, and I cried all the way home.

    I’ve been a Caps fan ever since.

    This past week, at Tuesday night’s fantastic comeback win, I sat in Section 404. I was the only black person in the section, as far as I could tell. When I yelled, “Do us a favor, Toronto!” while an Islanders goal was under review (the NHL has an official replay center there for disputed goals), the woman in front of me turned around and laughed. When she saw me, she did a double take.

    Being a black hockey fan in D.C. is not easy. There aren’t that many of us. But we’re not unicorns. Go to a Caps game or a hockey bar, and you might find a couple. All in all, hockey is not a big part of the black sports community, and that’s unfortunate. It’s also something the Capitals could change if they tried. I’m not a marketing expert, but the Washington area has plenty of people with disposable income looking to back a winning team. And many of them are not white.

    At a Wizards game, you feel like you’re at a party and everyone is welcome. Capitals games are more like partisan rallies. I’m sure the people who schlep in from the suburbs love the atmosphere, but for people of my ilk, there is a huge chasm in the game-day experience.

    It’s awkward and embarrassing to walk through an arena and enjoy a game when 90 percent of the people in the building who look like me are working inside serving customers, or outside offering a different kind of customer service for last-minute ticket buyers.

    To be a pro sports fan, you need a reason to stay with the team. The regional allegiances aren’t the same as in college athletics, where many just root for the jersey. In the pros, you want to feel like you can understand and appreciate the athletes and their personalities. For many Americans, nevermind black people, it’s tough to invest in a team when all the athletes seem to be Canadians, Russians and Swedes.

    As a black person, it’s even more difficult to embrace hockey when so few of the athletes are black. At this point, Joel Ward, a winger, is the only black player on the Caps. The team has had other players before him, including Mike Grier and Donald Brashear, but, as in the rest of the NHL, the roster is relatively light on players of color. So, in some ways, it’s understandable that African Americans aren’t hugely into hockey. Very few of us play it as kids because of the expensive equipment and the dearth of rinks in many majority black neighborhoods.


    • MsKitty

      Yes, we do exist. Though I have to say that in recent years I’ve seen the numbers increase where I’ve seen a few dozen black spectators, as opposed to 2-3 when I went to games years ago.

      • Miranda

        *writes down topic for my open thread week*

    • rikyrah

      I guess my reply got eaten up.

      I can’t watch hockey on tv..

      but, live?

      no matter the level

      hockey is a lot of fun.

      (runs while clinging to my Black Card)

  • LordHelpMe1

    Love it! Awesome job, Sheryl!

    • Hi LordHelpMe1 and welcome to POU!

      • Crystal LHM1

        Thank you! I will log in as Crystal later. I am on twitter as @crtconsu.

  • rikyrah

    Willpower It’s Now Or Never
    by mistermix

    George Will made this observation yesterday on This Week with Old Conservative White Males and George Stephanopolous:

    While Rick Santorum said Limbaugh’s comments were “absurd,” he said the radio host was an “entertainer” and “an entertainer can be absurd.”

    “No,” Will said about Santorum’s response. “It is the responsibility of conservatives to police the right and its excesses, just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses on their own side.”

    As usual, of all the candidates for President, only Ron Paul had the guts to say something that the base can’t stomach, when he stated the obvious, that Limbaugh only apologized to keep advertisers. One-trick pony Gingrich blamed the elites in their enclaves on the coast because, in Newt’s world, all bad news for Republicans is their fault. As Will noted, Santorum called him an entertainer, while Romney said it was “not the language he would have used” (meaning what—he would have called her a harlot?).

    Those three seem to forget that they’re running to be the guy best suited to take Obama to the woodshed. The base driving around with their “Nobama” window decals and “Anyone Else in 2012” bumper stickers wants someone who can show the world what they believe in their hearts, that Barack Obama is the emptiest of empty suits. But if one thing has been clear from the endless debates, and now Slutgate, it’s that Newt and Mitt, and probably Rick, don’t have the sand to do that. Both Gingrich and Romney have been running scorched earth ads making charges that they don’t have the guts to repeat to when they’re standing face-to-face. Santorum is happy to attack abortionists and the gays, but I haven’t seen him go after any of his opponents.

    In short, as Dick Nixon would put it, when it comes down to the nut cutting, these guys run away. If they can’t stand up to a radio host, or repeat their attack ads in person, how can they call out Obama? If you want to explain why the primary has been a see-saw ride, look no further than the constant and consistent gutlessness of the three main players.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • Hey GLH!

      Links appear green.

      • GreenLadyHere

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    • isonprize

      GLH, you are too funny! GREEN just does it for you, doesn’t it!! LOLOLOL

      • GreenLadyHere

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  • rikyrah

    under YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR news…

    from another poster – this county voted 68-28 FOR KASICH


    Governor John Kasich Steps on Tornado Victims
    Posted on 03/04/2012 at 4:00 pm by JM Ashby

    Sorry victims of the recent Tornado super-outbreak which flattened several small towns in Ohio, there will be no federal aid for you. So sayeth Governor John Kasich.

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich said thanks but no thanks to immediate federal disaster relief Saturday, even as governors in Indiana and Kentucky welcomed the help.

    Kasich did not rule out asking for assistance later, but his decision means tornado-ravaged towns in Ohio will not get federal aid now and are not eligible at this time for potentially millions of dollars in payments and loans.

    The governor said Ohio can respond to the crisis without federal help and he would not ask federal authorities to declare the region a disaster area.

    Okay. I get it. Modern conservative principles dictate that you should turn down help from the diabolical federal government when its offered to you, but this is hardly the time to be playing politics. People have lost everything.

    Republican governors in battleground states continue to be the best campaigners Democrats could ever hope for.

    • See what happens when bitter white folks vote Republican thinking they’ll hurt the Black guy in the White House?

    • Miranda

      Oh you have to read this article I just posted up top from the LA Times about this small town in Ohio that fell for the “balanced budget” rhetoric and now they can’t turn on their street lights.

    • dannie22

      By the time kasich is done, Ohio will look like a 3rd world nation. Haiti will be sending us donations lol

  • Miranda
    • Paranoid schizophrenia?? Chile, please!

      • Miranda

        LOL….She should have gone with the “alcoholism” excuse and gone to rehab like the rest do…in fact, I expect Patricia Heaton to wind up in one real soon. LOL!!

        • Ol’ Patty AND ABC got lit up on the Twitters! LOL!

          • GN

            Sure did, and tried to play the victim afterwards…speaking of, what’s up with this coordinated right wing/firebagger campaign to depict themselves as victims of “bullies”–I saw this one person spend almost the entire day on Sunday going in on angryblacklady and some of her folks in the guise of providing so-called expert twitter conversation tips. Is this the new civility racket?

  • rikyrah

    House GOP Caught In A New Budget Predicament
    Sahil Kapur March 5, 2012, 6:26 AM

    For most observers, the biggest question about the House Republicans’ forthcoming budget is how they’ll handle the issue of Medicare. Will they readopt the same phase-out and privatize policy that got them into political trouble last year? Or will they, at least to some extent, scale back their vision?

    But the bigger question has nothing to do with Medicare. The bigger question is whether House Republicans can pass a budget at all.

    The dilemma, first noted by Daniel Newhauser of Roll Call, is a straightforward outgrowth of the self-governance problem the GOP’s dealt with since it reclaimed the majority last year. A sizable faction of the party wants to make a big statement with the budget, and, perhaps, use it as a tool to cut further into domestic federal programs. But others in the party — including some in the leadership — want to avoid an election year clash that threatens a government shutdown. They want to hew to the spending levels they agreed upon with Democrats last year when they resolved the debt limit standoff.

    Obviously Democrats aren’t going to help the GOP advance its vision for the country’s future. So if these two Republican factions can’t come together, they won’t be able to pass a budget.

    “That’s problematic. We might not pass a budget, who knows?” said Budget and Appropriations Committee Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), as quoted by Roll Call.

    That would be a huge embarrassment for GOP leaders, who frequently attack Senate Democrats, who haven’t passed their own budget resolution since 2009. (More on that here.)

    There’s no easy option for the House GOP, and while some aides downplay the predicament, others privately admit it’s real. A number of them declined to comment.

    As House Republicans craft a budget resolution, they’ll have to decide whether to adhere to the spending levels in the Budget Control Act — better known as the debt limit deal. But to pass a budget that reflects the BCA, they’ll have to win over dozens of conservatives, who opposed BCA, and want to cut much more deeply into domestic discretionary programs. If GOP leaders kowtow to the right, though, they risk binding their appropriators to the lower spending caps — caps Senate Democrats will almost certainly reject when it comes time to fund the government again in September.

    “You’re certainly not going to get Senate concurrence for going below the caps. So Congress is not going to agree to that,” said Richard Kogan, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “But the House might agree to a concurrent resolution with lower caps.”

    If they go that route, the GOP could in effect risk reneging on the debt limit deal, and setting themselves up for another government shutdown fight at the worst possible time — two months before the presidential election.

    If the GOP’s conservatives can’t be corralled, their only real option will be to not pass a budget resolution this year, and default to the BCA spending targets that Democrats will probably force them to accept anyway during the fall appropriations process. That would widen the rift between GOP leaders and the rank and file, and surrender an opportunity to energize their base ahead of the election — doing nothing is politically perilous for Republicans who have been excoriating Senate Democrats for not passing a long-term budget vision of their own.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -FAUX-pology – –REJECTED!! —LOL – – —

    – – –Limbaugh Loses Advertiser No. 7
    Rush ‘overstepped bounds of decency,’ says one former sponsor’s CEO

    – – – –Advertisers aren’t flocking back to Rush Limbaugh since he apologized to a Georgetown law student for calling her a “slut.” In fact, another company is yanking its commercials from the right-winger’s radio program. “Mr. Limbaugh’s recent comments went beyond political discourse to a personal attack, and do not reflect our values as a company,” said a statement from online florist ProFlowers, which became the seventh advertiser yesterday to yank its ads. ProFlowers was the target of a petition drive urging the company to stop advertising with Limbaugh after he called Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute when she spoke out in favor health coverage for birth control, reports the Los Angeles Times.

    Quicken Loans, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Citix Systems, Inc., Carbonite, and LegalZoom also yanked their ads. The CEO of Carbonite, a company that provides backup systems for computer files, said the firm would not renew its advertising, despite Limbaugh’s apology. “No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady,” said CEO David Friend.
    THERE IS MORE!! – – — HAH!!


  • rikyrah

    Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 03/05/2012
    The Morning Plum: Economic optimism continues to rise
    By Greg Sargent

    If there are reasons for President Obama to be optimistic about his reelection chances, one of them has to be this: The two key dynamics driving our politics right now are both playing in his favor. First, economic optimism continues to rise. Second, the GOP primary seems to have left likely nominee Mitt Romney with historically low standing.

    The new NBC/WSJ poll finds that Obama has hit the 50 percent approval mark — his highest since Bin Laden’s death. That’s apparently driven by these findings about the economy:

    Forty percent believe the economy will improve during the next year, a three-point increase from January. And looking back at the economic recession, 57 percent say that the worst is behind us, while 36 percent say the worst is still to come.
    Meanwhile, Romney’s favorable rating is worse than most recent candidates who ultimately won their party’s nomination. It’s upside down at 28-39, and even worse among independents, 22-38.

    Obama leads Romney by six points among overall Americans, 50-44; among independents 46-39; and among women 55-37. This gender gap may be exacerbated by the GOP’s positions and rhetoric in the birth control wars — another sign that the primary has forced Romney to embrace positions that could alienate key swing constituencies.

    The two overall dynamics laid out above are related. As Dem pollster Peter Hart explained the other day, the improving economy — when combined with more information becoming known about Romney — leads swing voters to begin seeing the election as a choice between the two men, rather than a referendum on Obama’s economic performance.

    Romney will have another chance to introduce himself to key constituences on more favorable terms once he’s the nominee. For this reason, the head-to-head matchups don’t necessarily mean too much at this stage. But Romney’s favorables among independents has to be worrisome to Republicans. And the two most important metrics — Obama’s approval rating and perceptions of the direction of the economy — are trending the President’s way.

  • Miranda

    Well Ohio….you get what ya pay for…you paying for Kasich..reading some of the comments, folks are really pissed, but what ya gonna do?

    Kasich turns down federal disaster aid

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich said thanks but no thanks to immediate federal disaster relief Saturday, even as governors in Indiana and Kentucky welcomed the help.

    Kasich did not rule out asking for assistance later, but his decision means tornado-ravaged towns in Ohio will not get federal aid now and are not eligible at this time for potentially millions of dollars in payments and loans.

    The governor said Ohio can respond to the crisis without federal help and he would not ask federal authorities to declare the region a disaster area.

    more here

  • rikyrah

    Tough Reelection Fight Looms For Sherrod Brown
    Eric Kleefeld March 5, 2012, 6:21 AM

    All eyes are on Ohio, the one state above all others on Super Tuesday where Mitt Romney could potential nail down the nomination with a victory — or where a win by Rick Santorum could put him back into contention in the Republican race for president. But beyond tomorrow, the eyes of the country will still be on Ohio, for the general election — both for the presidential race, and for the re-election campaign of Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.

    Brown was elected to the Senate in the 2006 Democratic wave, defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Mike DeWine by a margin of 56%-44%. Before that, he was first elected to the Ohio state Senate way back in 1974, at the age of only 22; then Ohio Secretary of State in 1982. He was defeated for re-election in 1990, then made a comeback to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, where he served until his election to the Senate.

    His opponent is state Treasurer Josh Mandel — whose political career path seems in many ways a younger, Republican version of Brown’s. He was elected to the state House in 2006, at age 29, and was then elected Treasurer in the 2010 Republican wave, defeating the appointed Democratic incumbent by 55%-41%.

    So what kind of year will 2012 turn out to be? And how will these two candidates manage it?

    In the latest TPM Poll Average of the race, Brown has a lead over Mandel of 46.3%-35.9%:

  • rikyrah



    I go back to 2009…..I wondered why I was paying only $2.54 for a gallon of gas. Here’s a hint…there was no credit to be found…so, there was no money for OIL SPECULATORS, and the market was about as ‘ right’ as it’s been in a long time.

    OIL SPECULATORS ADD $23.00 to a barrell of oil….think on that.


    GOP sees Obama gas-price conspiracy
    By Steve Benen – Mon Mar 5, 2012 8:44 AM EST.

    Last summer, with gas prices rising, several leading Republicans came up with a curious accusation: President Obama was causing pain at the pump deliberately, as part of some undefined environmental agenda. This odd line was pushed by Haley Barbour and the Koch brothers, among others.

    In the ensuing months, prices came back down, and the talking point went away. Apparently, it’s back.

    GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this morning chided the Obama administration, saying the president has “a goal getting us to pay European-level prices” for gas.

    If it were only coming from Gingrich, this might be easier to dismiss, but it’s an increasingly common line of attack. Even Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), allegedly one of the GOP’s grown-ups, told Fox News last week that imposing higher gas prices on American consumers is the “conscious policy of this administration.”

    Much of this seems to be the result of a foolish interpretation of recent congressional testimony from Energy Secretary Steven Chu, but even putting that aside, I wonder if Republicans seriously expect anyone to believe their rhetoric on this. The argument Americans are supposed to believe is that President Obama, in an election year, not only has the power to manipulate gas prices at will, but is trying to raise them — on purpose — to the dismay of consumers.

    The follow-up question is rather straightforward: why on earth would Obama want to do that? It doesn’t even take much in the way of critical thinking skills to know the answer: he wouldn’t.

    Unfortunately for Republicans, the attack isn’t likely to work, not only because it’s painfully foolish, but because there’s polling data that suggests Americans aren’t inclined to blame the president for gas prices anyway.

    In fact, Jared Bernstein published this chart the other day, noting that the public is increasingly less likely to blame the president for pain at the pump than it was in 2005.

    • malletgirl02

      Gingrich is either stupid or lying we pay nowhere near European prices for Gas. Gas in Europe costs about $6.00 per Gallon.

  • Miranda

    In the words of woody45…you broke it, you bought it Ohio

    State budget cuts hit small-town Ohio
    Residents in Uniopolis wanted a balanced budget, and voted in Republican Gov. John Kasich to get the job done. But now the village is facing disincorporation because it can’t stay afloat.

    Reporting from Uniopolis, Ohio—

    Residents here were all for balancing Ohio’s budget. They didn’t expect that to mean their town would cease to exist.

    This small village of low-slung houses and squeaky swing sets in western Ohio’s farm country has already laid off its part-time police officer and decided not to replace its maintenance worker, who recently retired. To save cash, Mayor William Rolston will propose Monday that the town turn off the street lights, and that Uniopolis disincorporate after more than a century in existence.

    “We’ve decided that with the budget cuts, we just can’t do it anymore,” said Rolston, the mayor of 19 years, speaking from the town’s one-room municipal building, its wallpaper covered with heart-shaped American flags. “About the only thing that can save it now is an act of God.”

    As local governments grapple with the aftermath of a brutal recession, communities across Ohio and the nation have cut back on spending. Voters elected politicians who pledged to balance budgets, but now that the effects are being felt, some are changing their minds.

    They ultimately will have to answer this question: Is balancing a budget in hard times a necessity, as House SpeakerJohn A. Boehner, whose district is just down the road, has said, or is cutting to the bone right now just too much to ask of a small town?

    more here,0,6084585.story

    • rikyrah

      you get what you vote for.

      • dannie22

        But I didnt vote for him!!!!

        • Miranda

          Yep, you gotta suffer with your fools, the same way I have to suffer with mine down here in Gawga.

          • MsKitty

            And me in Jersey

          • Admiral_Komack

            And me in S.C.

          • Soccermom91

            and me in Florida

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -MR. PRESIDENT was on –FI-YAH!!! – — – —

    – – – –President Obama spoke at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee abut U.S. relations with Israel and the situation in the Middle East. – — —

    LEADERSHIP!! :>)

  • rikyrah

    March 05, 2012 8:30 AM

    Super Tuesday Benchmarks
    By Ed Kilgore

    The so-called Super Tuesday events are actually seven primaries and three caucuses in states with 437 delegates to the GOP National Convention. The results are likely to point in one of two directions: a near-sweep by Mitt Romney that could once again (as was the case after his Florida and Nevada wins over a month ago) bring him to the brink of nailing down the nomination, or a more mixed outcome whose significance will depend on how GOP opinion-leaders interpret it.

    The biggest variable is Ohio, whch has probably received more national media attention that the other nine Super Tuesday states combined, and where Rick Santorum still has a decent chance of winning the popular vote despite a late Romney surge in the polls and some delegate-filing mistakes by Team Rick that make it unlikely his share of the delegates will match his share of the vote.

    PPP released a late battery of polls last night showing Romney gaining strength not only in OH (where he now leads by one point and also seems to have built an advantage in early voting) but in TN, another state where Santorum led comfortably in earlier surveys. In GA, however, PPP showed Newt Gingrich consolidating his lead and threatening to win an actual majority, which means that Mitt won’t win a sweep.

    Nate Silver posted an excellent comprehensive preview of Super Tuesday last night, showing how Romney might secure a majority of the total delegates selected on March 6. In terms of individual states, Nate figures Romney will win MA (of course), VA, VT and ID (a big LDS state), and has a decent chance in the unpolled caucus states of ND and AK (two states, along with VA, where Ron Paul is making a major effort and could pick up a significant number of delegates). He figures Santorum will win OK, and has a small advantage in TN (where, as PPP points out, Santorum is actually well ahead in early voters). He, too, assumes Newt will win GA, and is slightly less bullish than many observers about Mitt’s “surge” in OH, if only because early voting has been surprisingly light and overall turnout could be low, which presumably favors the more ideologically motivated Santorum vote.

    If, to cite one plausible scenario, Santorum wins OH, TN, OK and maybe one of the caucus states (Paul could also pick off one or two of those), and Gingrich (as expected) romps in GA, we are back to that twilight situation where opinion-leader reaction becomes very important. Primaries and caucuses start stretching out for real, and even if Romney is generally conceded “inevitability” once again, he will have a slow, painful slog to a majority of delegates and the opportunity for weird stuff happening will return.

    A Romney win in OH, but not in TN or OK, would change the dynamics considerably, though lingering doubts about his weakness in the South would probably prevent his complete coronation.

    So the details—and perhaps last-minute developments—could matter. Stay tuned to continuing demolition derby coverage.

    • Miranda

      If Santorum’s pathetic team had any real organizing acumen, he’d stump Mitt tomorrow…but since he was never really running to be POTUS in the first place then he’ll still do ok, cuz the evangelicals would rather attend the wedding of their Sue Ellen marrying Tarvacious Washington then vote for Mitt.

  • Miranda

    buh…but…I thought PBO was losing the Jewish vote? (or was it the gay vote…or the asian vote….or the college student vote…or the one legged albino dwarf vote?)

    Making Sense of the Jewish Vote: New Poll Analysis

    March 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Leading pollster Jim Gerstein, who conducted J Street’s polls of the Jewish community in July 2011, released a memo Friday that concludes there is no danger of President Obama losing a major share of the Jewish vote in 2012.

    Said Gerstein, “As the biannual claims of Democratic decline with Jews resurface over the next eight months, it is important to keep perspective: The only problem that Obama and Democrats have with Jewish voters is that there is not more of them.”

    For the full memo, click here.

    • Ben Smith of Politico/BuzzFeed fame won’t like this. He’s constantly trying to push the false claim that PBO’s is losing the Jewish vote.

      • Rhoda

        He was the go to concern troll at POLITICO; he’s probably going to try to do the same at Buzzfeed. What kills them is that after getting Bin Lade; PBO doesn’t need to kiss ANY rings when it comes to foreign policy.

        • rikyrah

          Jackal assclown of the Press:

          Mr. President, the Republicans say that you are an appeaser.


          Ask Osama Bin Laden if I’m an appeaser. Ask Al Qeda…whoever’s left.

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          And this is what they keep missing. Being the person behind capturing and killing Osama Bin Laden gave a lot of credibility to Barack Obama outside of American shores. That man wasn’t just an American terrorist, he was a global one and him being behind that puts him on par with a Roosevelt, or Eisenhower on the world stage. Which is why its becoming futile for the Republicans to try and ratchet up foreign conflicts to gain voters.

  • rikyrah

    Profiles in courage — or lack thereof
    By Steve Benen – Mon Mar 5, 2012 9:08 AM EST.

    Before Rush Limbaugh apologized for his attacks on Sandra Fluke, Mitt Romney was asked on Friday for his perspective on the controversy. It didn’t go well.

    Mitt Romney steered clear of the Rush Limbaugh controversy until Friday evening, even avoiding a CNN reporter earlier in the day, when he addressed the issue after an event in Cleveland.

    “I’ll just say this which is it’s not the language I would have used,” Romney said.

    That’s not much of an answer. Romney and his campaign team had days to come up with a compelling response, and could have even used this as a “Sister Souljah” opportunity, distancing the former governor from the extremist wing of his party, but the best he could come up with is “it’s not the language I would have used.”

    The most glaring problem with this is substantive — Romney was comfortable with the attack on an innocent college student, but not the word choice? It suggests the Republican presidential candidate was comfortable with the sentiment, but not the specific language. Indeed, the follow-up question for Romney should be, “OK, what language would you have used when attacking Sandra Fluke”?

    But there’s a larger context to this that’s worth keeping in mind: Mitt Romney appears to have a courage problem. When George Will criticized the candidate for lacking “the courage of his absence of convictions,” it was an entirely fair point.

    Did Romney support the “Personhood” amendment in Mississippi? He didn’t want to give an opinion.

    Did Romney support an extension of the payroll tax break? He preferred not to say.

    Did Romney support collective bargaining rights in Ohio? He didn’t want to give an opinion on that, either.

    Was Romney comfortable with Republican voters booing a U.S. soldier serving in Iraq during a Republican debate? He didn’t want to talk about it.

    Does Romney support mass deportation of undocumented immigrants? He doesn’t want to give an opinion.

    Is Romney comfortable with Limbaugh’s smears? He’d rather talk about something else.

    There’s going to come a point later this year when the Obama campaign is likely to say, “Mitt Romney lacks the courage to be a leader.” And the criticism will sting because it’s based in fact.

    Either Romney has the guts to lead or he doesn’t. He had an opportunity on Friday to step up and he blew it.

  • Sheryl Kaye

    I’m humbled by the opportunity to contribute to a group that is determined to embrace, engage, educate, enlighten and empower people of color about “our” heritage, “our” past and present culture, “our” health,  “our”  issues of importance in politics  “our” success stories and
    so much more.  

    Readers have an opportunity to comfortably express their views, concerns and pleasures or displeasures about the issues of today. 

    “Pragmatic Obots Unite” is a “united” force to be reckoned with and their very existence (website)  in the internet blogosphere is truly the place many can call “home”.

    I’m very grateful to participate.

    Sheryl Kaye @sherylkaye

    • Miranda

      POU THANKS YOU SHERYL!!!!! The site is fab!

    • GN

      This site looks absolutely terrific, Sheryl. Thanks so much.

    • MsKitty

      You did an awesome job.

    • GreenLadyHere

      DEAR MS. SHERYL KAYE: – — – -***BIG – –THANK U- -HUG!!*** :>)

      U have CREATED a LOVELY – – – –HOME – — -4 US! :>)

      – – —This is whitney’s first performance on television. “Home” is from “the wiz”. Its a cover of DIana Ross and Stephanie Mills – -RIHEP – -DEAR ANGEL♥

      BLESS U – – -Ms. KAYE!! :>)

    • Thank you so much, Sheryl! We love the new site!

    • Rhoda

      You did an amazing job; thank you so much for your time and efforts. It’s much appreciated.

    • rikyrah

      you did a great job with the design.

    • PBomb

      Thanks again Sheryl for the new digs!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Thank you.

    • Alma98

      Thank you Sheryl the new site is fantabulous!

    • Alexander2

      Thank you, Sheryl!

    • Thank you Sheryl! You did an amazing job. The new site is lovely.

    • Tafr

      You did one hell of a job. Out of all the sites I visit this is the only one I consider home. Thank you for your hard work.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Thank you for a beautiful site. Now it’s as pleasing to my eyes as it is to my heart and mind.

  • rikyrah

    March 05, 2012 8:59 AM
    Obama Draws His Own Lines at AIPAC
    By Ed Kilgore

    As Adele Stan noted yesterday, the President’s speech to AIPAC was a pretty big deal: “Given tensions with Iran and the rhetoric of the Republican presidential primary campaign, the importance of this speech as both a piece of diplomacy and one of political position really can’t be overstated.”

    The full import of the speech may not be apparent immediately; a lot may depend on how Bibi Netanyahu reacts during and after his private meetings with Obama. But it is clear Obama did not succumb to the pressure to close ranks with Bibi that Marc Tracy described before his remarks:

    AIPAC is calling on the more than 13,000 conference attendees to ask House members and senators—many of whom will be present at tomorrow night’s “roll call” and be lobbied Tuesday on Capitol Hill—to support a bipartisan Senate resolution that would put them on the record opposing containment of an Iran with a “nuclear weapons capability.” Neither AIPAC nor the resolution allege that Iran has decided to build a nuclear weapon—and available intelligence suggests that decision hasn’t been made. Instead, they argue that Iranian capability—on the model of, say, Japan, which has all the elements in place so that it could produce a nuclear bomb within a year if it wanted—is still unacceptable. “If Iran achieves the status of a ‘threshold’ nuclear state,” the talking points declare, “it will enjoy virtually the same benefits as if it actually possessed nuclear weapons.”

    The cover of the brochure that is the first thing you see when you open the media kit says it all: “Iranian Nuclear Weapons Capability: Unacceptable.”

    If this became U.S. policy, it would bring its position closer to Israel’s. It might constitute the new “red line” that Prime Minister Netanyahu will seek tomorrow when he meets with President Obama at the White House.

    Trita Parsi succinctly explains that Obama did not cooperate with this effort:

    The dispute on the nuclear issue is centered on red lines. Israel, like the Bush administration, considers a nuclear capability in Iran a red line. It argues that the only acceptable guarantee that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon is for Iran to have no enrichment program.
    The Obama administration puts the red line not at enrichment — which is permitted under international law — but at nuclear weapons. This is a clearer, more enforceable red line that also has the force of international law behind it.

    While expressing his sympathy and friendship with Israel, Obama did not yield his red line at AIPAC. With the backing of the U.S. military, he has stood firm behind weaponization rather than weapons capability as the red line.

    This may turn out to be a more crucial distinction than the “options on the table” arguments about U.S.-Iran relations that have drawn the most media attention for years now.

    More basically, at a time when the general expectation was that Obama would devote his AIPAC speech to a pander-thon, he actually didn’t. As Spencer Ackerman observed: “Obama’s speech to AIPAC threw down a gauntlet to multiple audiences, while challenging them to do things his way.”

    • THIS:

      As Spencer Ackerman observed: “Obama’s speech to AIPAC threw down a gauntlet to multiple audiences, while challenging them to do things his way.”

      PBO was calling errybody out yesterday.

  • Miranda

    George Will: Republican Leaders Are Afraid of Rush Limbaugh

    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has been inundated with criticism after calling Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University student who testified before a House committee about contraception, a “slut” and a “prostitute.” But while Democrats have fiercely condemned the comments, Republicans’ ire has been significantly more muted.

    ABC’s George Will told me Sunday on “This Week” that GOP leaders have steered clear of harshly denouncing Limbaugh’s comments because “Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

    “[House Speaker John] Boehner comes out and says Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using the salad fork for your entrée, that’s inappropriate. Not this stuff,” Will said. “And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

    more here

    • MsKitty

      Let them keep being scared. The more they hang on to Limbaugh’s every word hoping to stay in his good graces, the more likely he is to lead them right off a cliff. Win-win for everybody.

    • Limpbiscuit must have something on these Repubs. Pictures, videos, texts…SOMETHING.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – –THANKS R IN ORDER – – — –

    – – — –Politics
    Rodell Mollineau leads major Obama Super PAC
    – – –

    – — –As a former top congressional aide, Rodell Mollineau was a behind-the-scenes power player who helped to craft the political messages of key Democrats on Capitol Hill.

    Now, the 35-year-old African-American political strategist is the president of American Bridge 21st Century, one of the two leading Super PAC’s trying to aid President Obama’s reelection. Most Super PACs, the political organizations that differ from official campaigns because they are allowed to collect unlimited donations from donors and corporations, largely spend their money running television commercials that support their candidate or bash a rival.

    But Mollineau’s group specializes in research. It hires “trackers,” usually young campaign staffers, who follow Republican candidates around with video cameras, looking to catch them making controversial remarks, or ones at odds with their previous records.

    It also investigates the writings, and other public records, of candidates like Mitt Romney, trying to find negative information about them that can then be sent to reporters and used in stories.

    “We’re trying to help re-elect President Obama, but we’re not out there carrying the president’s message as his campaign and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) do. We put our resources behind candidates, but in a different way,” said Mollineau.

    He added, “Republican candidates have a way of saying one thing to their primary base and another to independents. Part of our work is to hold them responsible for their acts, words, and deeds.”

    Mollineau, a graduate of the University of Dayton, is well-qualified to spearhead that charge. The New York native spent four years as a communications aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who once described Mollineau as one of the “most talented communications professionals in Washington.”

    Previously, he served on the staffs of senators Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Mark Pryor (D-AR), as well as former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.

    Now Mollineau is at the helm of an organization that’s grown from a staff of three, to fifty. American Bridge and its non-profit companion foundation were founded by David Brock, a onetime conservative journalist turned liberal activist, who heads Media Matters for America.

    – – American Bridge is not the only super PAC whose mission is to help return president Obama to the White House.

    There’s Priorities USA Action, where senior strategist Bill Burton is also African American and backers include John Rogers, the wealthy Chicago businessman; comedian Bill Maher recently gave a $1 million donation. And 1911 is the brainchild of some members of Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi, both historic black fraternities.

    THANKS 2 ALL!!! – – – — WE R IN IT – – -2 WIN IT!! :>)

  • MsKitty

    Liking the new digs. When I saw the maintenance message yesterday I was like “Jeez, what happened now?” But glad to see it’s all good in the hood.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM — – –I’m tryin’ it again – -EARL IZZAT U? – – – -:>) — –

    – – – – –Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Why Limbaugh’s Fluke Apology was no Apology – – – –

    – – – – –Rush Limbaugh did not apologize to Susan Fluke.

    In his ten line “apology” statement to Fluke he devoted all of two lines to a tepid, kind of sort of “I made a mistake” pronouncement in branding her “a slut.” In the rest of the statement he railed against alleged sexual promiscuity at taxpayer expense. The only reason that he swallowed hard and even hinted at slight contrition to Fluke was because for the first time in decades of spewing hate and insults against blacks, Latinos, women, and gays, several sponsors bailed and more openly expressed nervous jitters over bankrolling the talk show demagogue. If they have a modicum of decency and bottom line sense they’ll cut bait on him too. But Limbaugh no matter what the pocketbook repercussions for his show and the Clear Channel network that dumps the show on millions of listeners in hundreds of cities can’t and won’t stay away from hate.

    – – -The reason is simple. It was hate, insults and personal vilification that put Limbaugh on the talk radio map more than three decades ago. Then as a relatively obscure local yokel right-wing nut gabber and DJ on a Pittsburgh radio station, he shouted at a black caller to take the bone out of your nose. The Fluke flap is not the first time that Limbaugh’s been called out on hate and personal battering. The bone in the nose rip was a textbook case in point. He used the same Fluke non-apology playbook and never admitted that he said it. But he didn’t deny it either.

    – – – — THIS – – –>In the years since the bone-in-the-nose slur, Limbaugh has piled up a litany of zingers, with a special obsession with race and women. He’s managed to tout slavery (it had its merits), praise MLK assassin James Earl Ray (a posthumous medal of honor), brand the predominantly black player dominated NFL a thug league (looks like a game between the Crips and the Bloods), slander Jesse Jackson (pictures of wanted criminals look like him) and ridicule the NAACP (get a liquor store and practice robberies.) The drumbeat slurs and putdowns of women have been relentless. To drive home the point, Limbaugh quickly topped the Fluke slander by declaring “I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.”

    — -Limbaugh’s crude radio baiting is not done solely to shock, out of ignorance, to misinform, or because of clinical obsession with minorities, women, and Democrats. And it’s certainly not done because he’s an unreconstructed bigot or misogynist (although a strong case could be made for both). There is a cunning calculus to Limbaugh’s gender and race obsession. His use of gender and race hate and personal slurs, pricks two of the nation’s oldest, deepest, and thorniest issues, and is a studied and calculated brick-and-mortar marketing tool.

    – – -ALL TRUTH!! – -THANK U!!!- —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM — – -rom-KNEE — – -is getting —ENDORSEMENTS – —UGGG – —

    Annnd he will STILL LOSE!! — HAH!! – – –

    – – –Floodgates Open: Support for Romney from Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Alaska

    — — – – –Today, social and fiscal conservative Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn penned a strong op-ed supporting Romney. GOP Representatives (32 of them!) in Massachusetts and Alaska Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell also issued well-muscled letters of support. Eric Cantor also stepped up to the plate for Romney.

    It’s clear.

    They all believe Romney’s years of private sector work and leadership skills seal the deal. Unquestionably, they feel Romney is ready to be wrapped in the presidential mantle.

    ★ UPDATE – Add former First Lady Barbara Bush’s name to the list. She recorded a robo call message for Mitt that is playing throughout Vermont:

    EXCUSE the USE of his WEB SITE! – – – -THANK U. :>)

  • Upstate N.Y. man accused of threat against Obama

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (AP) – A man is accused of threatening to kill President Obama and elementary schoolchildren in upstate New York.

    Prosecutors say the U.S. Secret Service and local authorities collaborated to arrest Brent Dickinson.

    The county district attorney’s office said Saturday the 33-year-old man “intended to murder” the targets of his threatening messages. They said the U.S. Secret Service intercepted two threatening messages posted by Dickinson on a White House message board Friday.

    Dickinson was arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court on charges of making terroristic threats.

    He was taken to city jail after bail was set at $50,000. It wasn’t immediately known Saturday whether he had an attorney.

    A message left at a number listed for Dickinson’s possible relatives was not returned Saturday.

    • Daltex82

      Some people went nuts when President Obama won in 2008, but the reality that President Obama stands a good chance of winning a second term is going to make folks more dangerous than ever! I hope Secret Service remains diligent in the safe keeping of our President and the First Family.

      • edp4bho

        Exactly. Before then, too many thought he would/could not win, so they weren’t prepared. Since then, they’ve been stockpiling weapons and rage. I overheard a train mate this morning saying she had just gone to a gun show over the weekend, bought 2 shotguns. Now in my neighborhood, I’ve only seen one deer- ever- outside on the concrete (and that was a fluke),and only 3 in the cemetary. I live just outside Philly, so deer usually inhabit the woods. There is no wooded area in Sharon HIll, Pa. She never stated the purpose of her ammo. We can expect a long, hot summer leading up to November. Best be on guard.

  • rikyrah

    Disney’s Only Black Princess Hawks Watermelon Candy

    Surely it’s just a coincidence that Tiana, the only black princess in the storied history of Disney animated films, is the face of Dig ‘n Dips watermelon-flavored candy? And that Cinderella Aurora of Sleeping Beauty is the vanilla-flavored dipping stick? Yeah, that’s totally a coincidence. Right, guys? Guys?

  • rikyrah

    It’s Saul Over Now

    by John Cole

    Apparently the big expose Breitbart promised before his death has been released at one of the Big Morons sites, and the shocking revelation is… Obama attended a play 14 years ago that was about Saul Alinksy.

    These people are unspoofable. And where the hell is the Whitey Tape?

    • Miranda

      _______________________Oh mercy_________________I can’t stop laughing.

    • Daltex82

      I’m just going to go ahead and admit it….. I’ve got a copy of the Whitey tape!

      I’m so sorry Whitey!!

    • edp4bho

      So this is what the nuttards claim PBO “killed” Breitfart over? Damn, I was so scared, weren’t you?

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –nan march 4, 2012 – – – –

    – – – – —Tentative Schedule: 2012 Reenactment of the Selma to Montgomery March – — —

    – – – PHOTOS. – –

    – –THANK U – –REV. AL! – —BLESS U 4 CONTINUING 2 B —In the – –“STRUGGLE!”. – – – –

  • THIS JUST IN: President Obama will hold a press conference tomorrow!

  • rikyrah

    And you decked some fucking blackshirt

    by DougJarvus Green-Ellis

    My reaction to Rush Limbaugh’s apology, like my reaction to Komen’s shit-canning of Karen Handel, is two words: Uh. Winning.

    Rush Limbaugh and Nancy Brinker backed down because they were scared, mostly of losing sponsors. They didn’t see the error of their ways, they saw their careers flash before their eyes.

    There are those of you (though I’d like to think I’ve alienated most of the hard-core totebaggers at this point) who think that everything would be fine in American politics if Mark Shields could just make the most thoughtful, incisive possible argument to David Brooks. You know I ain’t down with that shit, Lieutenant. Human beings are greedy, fearful, irrational beings, and most (maybe all) of what makes conservativism ascendant right now is its ability to scare—xenophobes into voting against their own economic interests, “journalists” into deference, elected officials into toeing the teahad line, liberals into keeping their mouth shuts—and bribe (do I even need to give you examples?).

    Andrew Breitbart’s so-called success is a testimony to the power of intimidation. Anne-Laurie’s post gives a perfect example.

    Never forget that. When liberals cower in fear of the awesome moral and political power of right-wing Bishops and talk show hosts, we lose. When we say “I wish a motherfucker would try to ban contraceptives”, we win.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – —First lady talks faith and food on BET – —

    – – – – –Headlining Black Entertainment Television’s Sunday morning line-up was first lady Michelle Obama on the network’s popular program, “Lift Every Voice.”

    Replete with high-energy inspirational sermons and gospel music, BET programming crescendoed into a half-hour special, catching up with the first lady while she was on tour promoting the second anniversary of her “Let’s Move” health campaign.

    “For so many of us, food is more than just nourishment to our bodies, it’s how we knit our families and our communities together,” Obama said as she addressed an audience on her nationwide tour.

    And, particularly true in the African-American community, faith and food go together; Sunday worship is often followed by feasting.

    – –LOL –“How many of us find ourselves looking forward to that fried chicken, mac and cheese, pound cake after church on Sunday,” said Obama. “Some people come to church just for the fried chicken,” she added in jest.

    While appealing to the crowd’s sense of humor, Obama did not make light of the serious nature of obesity and lifestyle-induced disease that has reached epidemic proportions according to many studies.

    And, she acknowledged the politically charged criticism her initiative first received, turning it into a partisan issue early on.

    “I think we’ve seen a really whole-scale change in the discussion,” said Obama to host Cory Condrey, “When we first launched ‘Let’s Move’ a year ago, there was some debate in certain areas whether childhood obesity was a problem at all.”

    Two years since Obama set out to make health and nutrition her platform, she is touting what she sees as its greatest successes.


  • Daltex82

    Ooh, we so fancy!

    I love what you guys have done with the place, nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU fam. Love, Love, Love the new digs I feel under dressed.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –Holder expected to explain rationale for targeting U.S. citizens abroad – – –

    – – – –Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday plans to provide the most detailed account to date of the Obama administration’s legal rationale for killing U.S. citizens abroad, as it did in last year’s airstrike against an alleged al-Qaeda operative in Yemen, officials said.

    The rationale Holder plans to offer resembles, in its broad strokes, those previously offered by lower-ranking officials. But his speech Monday will mark a new and higher-profile phase of the administration’s campaign to justify lethal action in those rare instances in which U.S. citizens, such as New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki, join terrorist causes devoted to harming their homeland.

    – – – – -SKIP – — –

    – —Holder plans to argue that the killing of an American terrorist abroad is legal under the 2001 congressional authorization of the use of military force, according to an official briefed on the speech, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss its details ahead of its formal release. This official also said Holder plans to say that the U.S. right to self-defense is not limited to traditional battlefields as the government pursues terrorists who present an imminent threat.

    – -THANK U!!- – -LOOKIN’ 4-WARD 2 YOUR DEFENSE! :>) –

  • Tafr

    Lol I just read Heton’s twitter account went bye bye- while the GOP was busy taking over the radio and trying to take over the networks we were busy taking over the internets . HAha all your twitters belong to us!

    • Miranda

      ABC had to tell her that the mother from Home Improvement or Julia Louise-Dreyfuss can fill her role with ease.

      • Ouch! That’s going to leave a mark.

      • Tafr

        Lol Dreyfuss has more talent in her little finger than good OK Patty could hope for. I could never understand why the new adventures of old Christine was canceled while everyone loves Raymond went on for years.

        • Miranda

          I LOVED the New Adventures of Old Christine!

          • Tafr

            I meant to say old patty not OK patty lol. Yea I loved the new adventures of old Christine too.

    • PBomb

      I am glad they took the Twitters away from that crazy wingnutty woman.

      She really needs to stick with what she can barely do, which is acting.

  • rikyrah

    Rush’s Non-Apology Apology: A Thought Experiment

    By Charles P. Pierce

    at 12:49PM

    To begin: The Washington Post, a once-great newspaper now d/b/a a halfway house for torture apologists and retired professional liars, is, by evidence of its headlines alone, very clearly run by people who are waylaid on a daily basis by well-dressed strangers who sell them bags of magic beans. The Associated Press, which produced this barrel of bushwah, is little better. And Politico? Don’t get me started.

    But here’s a thought experiment, for the editors of those publications, and for everyone, really: Rush Limbaugh unloads his weepy pilonoidal cyst of an intellect in this fashion on your daughter. Then, as his advertisers run screaming into the night, and as even his acolytes among Republican politicians can barely summon up the will to offer quarter-assed statements on the whole matter, he finally issues a statement wherein he, essentially, apologizes for:

    1) Using the word “slut,” rather than, one supposes, “trollop,” “slattern,” or “lady of the town.”

    2) For having far too sophisticated a sense of humor for the rest of us to comprehend.

    3) For failing clearly to explain his deeply serious political philosophy regarding what is proper to discuss before Congress in these “very serious political times.” This, as the redoubtable Heather Parton points out, is a fairly recent development in his thinking.

    Does any of that remotely constitute an “apology” to you for what he said about your daughter? Does any of that make you more likely to trust in the good faith of anything this Viagra-sponging pillhead says in the foreseeable future? Does any of that make you less likely to kind of wish, at least in your heart of hearts, that you could perform orthopedic surgery on this guy with a Louisville Slugger?

    Thought not.

    Read more:

  • rikyrah

    Federal Bankruptcy Judge: Bailout Was Only Way to Save Chrysler
    The federal judge who presided over Chrysler’s bankruptcy told ABC News in an exclusive interview that the ailing company could not have survived without taxpayer money.

    “The record before the Court was clear that there were no other sources of lending,” said Arthur J. Gonzalez, who served as chief judge of the U.S. bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York.

    The bailouts of G.M. and Chrysler remain a political hot potato in Midwest states such as Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, which are heavily dependent on the U.S. auto industry.

    President Obama is taking credit for saving more than a million jobs because of the bailouts, while Republican candidates have voiced their opposition to the government loans. GOP front-runner Mitt Romney insists, “It was the wrong way to go,” and that General Motors and Chrysler should have gone through “a private bankruptcy process.”

    But Gonzalez, who retired from the federal bench on March 1, told ABC News: “One thing is clear, without government support in one fashion or another, there were no sources of funding.”

    Gonzalez, now a law professor at New York University, said Chrysler — then the weakest of the Big 3 automakers — did not have the ability to secure financing on its own and “it was not generating sufficient cash to operate without an outside source of financing.”

    During the 2009 bankruptcy, Chrysler closed dealers, shut factories, and demanded pay cuts and other concessions from union autoworkers. The U.A.W’s retiree health fund took an ownership stake in return for more than $10 billion that Chrysler owed it. Fiat, the Italian automaker, also got a stake for providing technology and agreeing to run the new company. It later paid the U.S. Treasury nearly $2 billion to take majority ownership.

    The former chief judge also denied that the speedy bankruptcy hearing somehow prevented private investors from stepping up, pointing out that the government and Chrysler’s creditors had been seeking a solution for 18 months, to no avail.

    “The notion that the speed of the process may have missed a potential buyer has no basis in the record,” he said.

    Now the new Chrysler is accelerating on the road to recovery, earning $225 million in its most profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy. Before the bailout, former Chrysler chairman Robert Nardelli told Congress the automaker was “in a death spiral.” Without those government loans, Gonzalez told ABC News, Chrysler “would have had to liquidate.”

    And what about that taxpayer money? The company has paid back all but $1.3 billion of the $12.5 billion that Uncle Sam loaned it under Presidents Bush and Obama.

    • Miranda

      Michigan will be Navy Blue by November.

  • rikyrah

    Badgering History

    By Charles P. Pierce

    at 10:30AM

    In the most recent issue of The New Yorker, William Finnegan reports about the events leading up to, and now surrounding, the attempts to recall Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus currently serving as the assistant sales manager in the wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries that was once known as the state of Wisconsin. His well-reported piece begins with the moment that newly-elected Scott Walker, had his moment of revelation. Says Finnegan:

    When Scott Walker was the governor-elect of Wisconsin, he had a vision. (Ed. Note: No jokes, please. We’re being civil today.In 1981, his childhood hero, Ronald Reagan, fired more than eleven thousand air-traffic controllers and banned them from being rehired for life. Their union was destroyed. As Walker put it later, “That was the first crack in the Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism, because from that point forward the Soviets and the Communists knew that Ronald Reagan wasn’t a pushover.”

    Now, I realize that “Reagan Won The Cold War” is part of the modern conservative Nicene Creed that young conservative children recite before going to bed every night, their parents in the doorway, watching proudly. It’s become so embedded in their cultural and historical DNA that nobody, living or dead, objects any more to the rote recitation of what is actually quite mendacious ahistorical twaddle:

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  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -GEESH! – — –The KKKoch bros. R DESPERATE – – — -BUT THEY WILL LOSE!! – – – –

    – – – —Cato Senior Fellow: Koch Brothers Want To Take Over Cato Because ‘Cato Wasn’t Doing Enough To Defeat’ Obama – – –

    – — — –As ThinkProgress reported last week, energy barons Charles and David Koch recently filed a lawsuit attempting to seize majority control over the libertarian Cato Institute. According to Jerry Taylor, a senior fellow at Cato, this effort is part of a longstanding effort by the Kochs to transform Cato from a warehouse for radical libertarianism into something more purely concerned with electoral politics:

    Last year, [the Kochs] used their shares to place two of their operatives – Kevin Gentry and Nancy Pfotenhauer – on our board against the wishes of every single board member save for David Koch. Last Thursday, they used their shares to force another four new board members on us (the most that their shares would allow at any given meeting); Charles Koch, Ted Olson (hired council for Koch Industries), Preston Marshall (the largest shareholder of Koch Industries save for Charles and David), and Andrew Napolitano (a frequent speaker at Koch-sponsored events). […]

    Why are they forcing out Cato board members, all strong, principled libertarians who have been heavily involved with Cato – financially and organizationally – for years? The answer was given in early November of last year when David Koch, Richard Fink (he of many Koch hats), and Kevin Gentry met with Cato board chairman Bob Levy. They told Bob that they intended to use their board majority to remove Ed Crane from Cato and transform our Institute into an intellectual ammo-shop for American for Prosperity and other allied (presumably, Koch-controlled) organizations. That statement of intent is certainly consistent with what we’ve been hearing from both Kevin Gentry and Nancy Pfotenauer. They’ve frequently complained during their short time on our board that Cato wasn’t doing enough to defeat President Obama in November and that we weren’t working closely enough with grass roots activists like those at AFP.

    • Miranda

      Surprise Surprise…smh

  • rikyrah

    That Does Not Make Sense

    by BooMan
    Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 09:14:02 AM EST

    What happens when you make people aggressively stupid? I think we have reached another Stupid or Evil moment. How many people really are so stupid that they don’t know how hormonal birth control works? And how many people know precisely how it works but simply don’t care about making themselves look stupid if they can call someone a slut?
    Imagine if people were arguing that a man could avoid impregnating his girlfriend by getting up each morning, going into the bathroom, and putting on a condom for a minute to two. You’d need 28-31 condoms a month (depending on the month) to utilize this form of birth control. It wouldn’t matter how many times you had sex as long as you put that condom on each morning while you brushed your teeth.

    Would anyone dare make this argument in public? I’m beginning to think the answer to this question is ‘yes.’ The mighty right-wing wurlitzer doesn’t care about influencing the portion of the public that is acquainted with reality. They’re after the nearly insensate.

    A woman says that a friend of hers lost an ovary because she couldn’t afford to pay for the Pill. The response is that the woman telling this story is having so much sex that she can’t afford the Pill. That has so little relationship to the underlying facts that anyone paying attention is left to wonder “what the f*ck are you talking about?”

    It’s kind of like invading Iraq because a bunch of non-Iraqis who were trained in Afghanistan attacked this country.

    It’s kind of like if the Democrats responded to the Republicans’ tax plan by asking why Paul Ryan has sex with llamas behind the big barn.

  • Ebogan63

    New site is great! Thanks Sheryl, and to POU!

  • edp4bho

    Ooh, liking this new format. So serious, so stylish. Hello, POU.

  • rikyrah

    another LOSE for Governor Transvaginal Probe McDonnell


    ‘Three steps backwards for Virginia women’
    By Laura Conaway
    Mon Mar 5, 2012 9:45 AM EST

    The picture above shows how Virginia State Police greeted protesters for reproductive equality this weekend. On Saturday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, 31 people were arrested for marching to the Capitol and sitting down on the steps, where they were faced officers in riot gear.

    Blue Virginia has video, updates, etc., and posts this statement from Democratic Delegate Scott Surovell:

    Women fought for decades to achieve equality with men and the right to control their personal medical decisions. My mother was legally prohibited from attending most Virginia universities or professional schools, was unable to buy a car without the signature of a man, or choose when she wanted to have a child when she reached adulthood in Virginia in 1962. Thanks to the victories won by women over the last forty years, my three daughters will have choices and opportunities in life that my mother, my grandmothers, and their predecessors could have never dreamed of founded. These opportunities are founded upon economic equality and the right to decide when to give birth to a child.

    Delegate Surovell’s full statement is after the jump.

  • rikyrah

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Rush Limbaugh and the Crisis in White Conservative Masculinity

    The 2012 Republican primary season has featured many head-scratching moments. From audiences that cheer the macabre and the cruel, a fratricidal nomination process in which the front runners seem intent on destroying one another, and a collective descent into madness where the most fringe Right wing values such as nativism, conspiratorial Birtherism, old fashioned white racism, and puritanical Christian theocratic identity politics are on full display, it would appear that the bizarre has become the new normal.

    Since the election of Barack Obama, the Tea Party GOP has embraced a kamikaze-like politics in which they are willing to destroy the proverbial village in order to liberate it. This appetite for destruction has reached a fever pitch during the last few weeks. Rick Santorum and the Republican Party have called for limiting women’s reproductive rights under the guise of defending “religion” from the “tyranny” of the Obama administration. A Federal Judge was caught forwarding an email to his friends suggesting that Barack Obama’s conception was the product of drunken sex between his mother Ann Dunham, and a dog. And Rush Limbaugh launched a viciously misogynistic attack on Sandra Fluke, a private citizen, who dared to testify before Congress in defense of a woman’s right to have equal access to birth control.

    On the surface, these incidents appear to be unrelated. They are simply the desperate graspings and mouth utterances of an increasingly fringe and desperate Republican Party which is determined to defeat Barack Obama by any means necessary. However, these events are all symptoms of a bigger problem. In the Age of Obama white manhood—and a particular type of conservative white masculinity—is frightened, unsettled, and terrified of its obsolescence. White (conservative) masculinity finds itself in an existential crisis.

    For outsiders looking in, the idea that white manhood is somehow imperiled, would in all likelihood, appear absurd. While non-Hispanic white men are only twenty percent of the American public, they control every major social, political, and economic institution in the United States. In addition (borrowing the language of the Occupy Wall Street movement), “the 1%” are almost exclusively white men. White people have at least twenty times the wealth of people of color: white men possess the overwhelming majority of these resources.

    • Miranda

      This could have been written by my friends Jeff and Larry…they’ve been saying this for 3 years now.

    • Every new advancement since Emancipation has had white masculinity frightened, unsettled, and terrified of its obsolescence.

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Love the site layout. I know that I haven’t been around, but I am slothing along in these paralegal courses and trying to get a fulltime job instead of my current part time.

  • Admiral_Komack

    The site layout is great! Thank you, POU!
    Thank you, Sheryl!

    Now, where’s the “the bad chair”?

    • Miranda

      We’re still fixing up the bad lounge..its on the basement level, but it will come with a theater size flat screen, an old fashioned popcorn machine and plush leather sofas and even some bean bags! Also, we’ll put a Wii in there as well.

  • ch555x

    Nice work with the site!

  • Miranda

    Love my mayor!

    Mayor Kasim Reed participated in a panel discussion that focused primarily on Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney.

    When asked if he liked all the dysfunction and the hard-fought nature of the primaries, Reed replied, “I like it a bit. I think Mitt Romney’s team is wanting to get this over…they have to have a strong Tuesday. The problem he has is that he has true conservatives making these attacks instead of Democrats.”

    Reed was asked if Romney should have addressed Limbaugh’s remarks in a firmer fashion, and whether President Obama’s phone call to Ms. Fluke in the wake of the comments was a political overreach.

    “He (Romney) should have made a comment and I don’t think the call was overreach because it draws the contrast of the President’s position around women, and Mitt Romney’s conversation around women, and the Republican Party’s conversation around women,” he said.–Reed-appear-on-Meet-The-Press

    • rikyrah




      do you REALLY want him taking 3am phone calls?

      • Admiral_Komack

        Time: 3 am.
        Place: The Romney Home
        Sound: A slapping sound.

        Ann Romney (exasperated)
        “Dear, could you PLEASE stop flipping that coin and come to bed!”

  • rikyrah

    Bankster Stabs Cabbie; Shouts Racial Slurs

    by Steven D
    Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 11:05:48 AM EST

    From Bloomberg News comes this report about a Morgan Stanley Executive who stabbed a cab driver after refusing to pay a $204 cab fare. But that’s not all …

    Mohamed Ammar said the banker attacked him Dec. 22 with a 2½-inch blade and used racial slurs after a 40-mile ride from New York to the banker’s $3.4 million Darien, Connecticut home.
    Jennings, who had attended a bank holiday party at a boutique hotel in Manhattan before hailing the cab, refused to pay the $204 fare upon arriving in his driveway, the driver said. When Ammar threatened to call the local police, Jennings said they wouldn’t do anything to help because he pays $10,000 in taxes, according to a report by the Darien police department.

    Ammar, a native of Egypt, said he then backed out of the driveway to seek a police officer. The banker called him an expletive and said “I’m going to kill you. You should go back to your country,” according to the report, filed in state court in Stamford. A fight ensued as they drove through Darien, and Jennings, 45, allegedly cut Ammar, 44, police said.

    Jennings, after returning for a 2 week vacation in Florida, turned himself in to the Darrien, CN police, and is now out of jail after paying a $9500 bond. I suspect he’ll get a plea bargain down to a misdemeanor and receive a suspended sentence with maybe some community service work added on. Mr. Amar can always file a lawsuit against Jennings, but I imagine that Jennings can afford a higher priced lawyer to stall the lawsuit well until the next decade.

    Now co-head of North American fixed-income capital markets, he worked his way up from associate; vice president, and then principal, for debt capital markets; to executive director for investment banking and then managing director for fixed income capital markets. He is a graduate of Williams College and received a master’s in business from Northwestern University.

    Now imagine how this story would have been reported had Jennings been a young African American male “gangster” or really anyone who didn’t work for Wall Street since 1993? Word to the wise. If you’re a cab driver in NYC, I wouldn’t pick up any well dressed white men you see hanging around Wall Street. You could be risking more than getting stiffed on your cab fare.

  • gc


    Question: Who are you wearing?

    Answer: The Truth

  • Miranda

    Comments of the Week are now up!

  • Suspension is not enough. AOL needs to completely remove their ads from Limpball’s show.

    12:01 PM EST
    AOL Suspends Advertising On Rush Limbaugh’s Show

    Monday, AOL announced it would suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show. AOL is the latest in a growing number of advertisers who have pulled their ads from his show over comments Limbaugh made about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who testified in support of the administration’s contraception coverage rule. Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

    AOL’s statement is on its Facebook page:

    At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity. We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values. As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show.

    Limbaugh issued an apology Friday. Appearing on The View Monday morning, Fluke said of Limbaugh’s apology: “I don’t think that a statement like this…changes anything.”

  • GN

    AOL just pulled ads from Limbaugh’s show.

    • Miranda

      If Rush has so many dedicated listeners then why does he need advertisers at all? Just charge these loyal dittoheads $20 a year to listen and go completely private with it. They claim 20 million listeners…that’s $400 million annually, right? Surely that’s enough for a completely pay-per-listen/view channel.

      Unless of course its a complete LIE about the number of actual dedicated listeners…which I’m thinking it is. And also, who in the hell in this day and age of social networking and all kinds of ways to reach an audience, needs to cater to a talk radio host to advertise?

      • GN

        I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a large audience. A lot of people hate liberals in this country, and sensationalists/shock jocks who cater to the lowest common denominator generally enjoy big audiences (see, Huffington, Arianna). Still glad that this continues to be a huge story via the advertisement pulls–the GOP calling women “sluts” for accessing birth control replaced high gas prices as the major news story, which is very good.

        • Miranda

          I’m sure he has a large audience, but I think its 80% of people who have no idea what Carbonite or Citrix actually does and aren’t ordering nam delivery from ProFlowers and the mattress they sleep on was probably the same one they were birthed on. I can see Wal-Mart and Dollar General and Golden Corral advertising on Rush’s show…but all those other ones? Not so much. I do not believe those companies that pulled out were getting a great deal of quantifiable sales with consumers by having a 30 second spot on that vile scum’s show.

          • I bet he could get his audience to send him twenty bucks per person every month. Lonesome Rhodes knows how to play the suckers.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Let the hand of the free market reach into the wallets of the dittoheads so Rush can keep buying his OxyContin…uh, Viagra…um…talent on loan chemically…

  • rikyrah

    GOP Hopefuls Losing Ground to Obama Among Latinos, Poll Says

    Written By Andrew O’Reilly

    Published March 05, 2012

    Fox News Latino

    Despite growing disappointment in his handling of immigration issues, Latino voters favor President Barack Obama by six-to-one over any of the Republican presidential hopefuls, showed a Fox News Latino poll conducted under the direction of Latin Insights and released Monday.

    The national poll of likely Latino voters indicated that 73 percent of them approved of Obama’s performance in office, with over half those questioned looking favorably upon his handling of the healthcare debate and the economy, at 66 percent and 58 percent respectively.

    Released on the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries in the race for the GOP nomination, the Fox News Latino poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 35 percent of Latino voter support, to Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s 13 percent, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s 12 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s 9 percent.

    But the poll shows that the overwhelming choice among likely Latino voters is President Obama. In head-to-head match-ups none of the GOP candidates would garner more than 14 percent of the Latino vote come November, the poll said.

    “This is what we’re seeing across the country,” said Gabriela Domenzain, Obama campaign spokesperson. “The more Latinos learn about the candidates, the more they reject them.”

    Caught-up in the throes of a bitterly contested primary season, the GOP hopefuls seem to be losing traction among Latino voters.

    While the poll indicates that four of five Latinos who voted for Obama in 2008 would vote for him later this year, Latinos who voted for Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain four years ago are now divided between voting for Obama and the Republican candidates. Forty percent said that they favored Obama while 38 percent said they would vote for Romney. Obama also leads Santorum 38 percent to 34, and Gingrich 40 percent to 38.

    Read more:

  • rikyrah

    NBC Poll: Kaine Leads Allen in Virginia Senate Race
    By Mark Murray

    | Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 | Updated 9:09 AM EST

    In what will surely be one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate contests of 2012, Democrat Tim Kaine leads Republican George Allen in Virginia by nearly 10 percentage points, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.

    Kaine, the former governor of the state, gets support from 48 percent of registered Virginia voters, and Allen, a former governor and U.S. senator, gets 39 percent. Fourteen percent say they’re undecided.

    The poll also shows President Obama and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell with 51 percent approval ratings in the state, and it finds Obama with a substantial lead over his potential GOP rivals in this key battleground state.

  • GN

    The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is gearing up to take on student loans:

    Our student loan complaint system is open for business

    Since we opened our doors, student loan borrowers have told us about some of the frustrations they sometimes face with their lenders, servicers, and debt collectors. Borrowing for college should be the best investment you’ll make, but for many Americans, paying off those student loans is a real challenge.

    For several years, federal student loan borrowers have had the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Ombudsman to help bring their concerns to financial institutions. But for millions of students and their families, federal student loans don’t cover the full cost of college and they need private student loans to make ends meet.

    However, private student loans – which don’t always carry the same consumer protections as federal student loans – have been overseen by a patchwork of government agencies. In the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Congress established an Ombudsman for private student loans within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to assist borrowers with private student loan complaints. This means a single federal agency is now responsible for watching out for all students and families who choose to borrow private student loans.

    Today, we are open for business and ready to hear from you. To ask a question, file a complaint, or share your story: go to or call our toll-free number at 1-855-411-CFPB.

    If you file a complaint, we’ll work with your lender or servicer to get a response. While we certainly can’t make your debt disappear, we can help bring your concern to your financial institution’s attention. If you don’t have a specific complaint or question, but want to tell us what is – or is not – working in the student loan market, we invite you to Tell Your Story.

    And while the Consumer Bureau has only been open for a short time, we’ve been hard at work to gather the facts and provide tools to help you make good decisions about student loans. We launched an online tool, the Student Debt Repayment Assistant, to help you navigate the maze of student loan repayment options. We also launched Know Before You Owe: student loans and worked with the Department of Education to develop a draft “financial aid shopping sheet” for schools to improve the student loan information they give to students.

    Our team at the Bureau will keep working to give you the tools and the information to make sound financial decisions on student debt – and to figure out your options in case things don’t go according to plan. These days, we all seem to know someone having a tough time with their student loans, so share this new resource by e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook (just use one of the buttons below). With your participation, we can help make the student loan market work better for all of us.

    • Miranda

      Ok, so now it makes sense…my student loan folks got nice as hell a little over a year ago! They’ve been damn near falling over backwards lowering my payments and when I was unemployed…they basically told me “just pay us whenever you employed again – in fact, wait a little while afterwards so you can catch up on other bills!”…LOL, I didn’t know WHAT was going on.

  • Rhoda
    • Alma98


    • The sad part is he missed the most important part.

      “King of the wild Frontier!!” I miss the Ken Darby Singers. But apparently not as much as Mitt.

      Can’t wait until he gets to Kentucky. “Daniel Boone was a man. He was a big man. What a dreamer what a doer what a dream come a truer was he”

      Back to you Rhoda.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon Open Thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    The trust deficit

    by Kay

    Long, detailed poll from Kaiser on public opinion on health care (pdf). Read the whole thing, but these are the parts I found interesting:

    At least at this point in the still developing general election campaign, President Barack Obama is trusted by larger shares with the future of both Medicare and the ACA than any of his Republican challengers: roughly six in ten say they trust the President, compared to roughly four in ten who say they have at least some trust in Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. Rick Santorum or Rep. Ron Paul, and three in ten who have at least some trust in former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

    Among independents, President Obama garners trust from higher shares than any of the Republican candidates on both Medicare and the ACA, with no GOP candidate in particular standing out.

    Translation: Obama has almost twenty points on any Republican re: trust on both the ACA and Medicare.

    I am not surprised. How anyone trusts Mitt Romney on anything at this point is beyond me. I think every statement he makes should be recorded, so people can compare his positions from day to day.


    Even as the debate rages, the basic policy retains majority support: six in ten (63 percent) Americans say they support the requirement that health plans include no‐cost birth control, while a third (33percent) oppose it. Although the policy is targeted at a benefit provided to women, the survey suggests there is no large gender gap on the issue. Two‐thirds of women (66 percent) back the requirement, similar to the six in ten men (60 percent) that support it

    Instead, the fault lines are much wider by party identification and by age. Overall, almost twice the number of Democrats (83 percent) as Republicans (42 percent) back the no‐cost birth control requirement. The same gap appears even if you narrow the analysis to women only, with 85 percent of Democratic women backing the no‐cost contraception requirement, compared to 42 percent of Republican women. And as the debate over contraceptive coverage has become more politicized during recent months, the proportion of Republican women who oppose the requirement has risen, from 39 percent last August to 53 percent now. Meanwhile, most independent women (67 percent) are in favor of the plan

    Seems like an easy political decision for Democrats. 63% overall support, with 85% of Democratic women supporting contraception coverage, and 67% of women who self-identify as independents supporting contraception coverage.

    Republican women oppose contraception coverage, and they discovered they opposed it much, much more once they found out Democrats supported it, but they weren’t voting for us anyway.

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  • Admiral_Komack

    Ohio’s Democratic Civil War Gets Ugly

    LORAIN, OHIO — The Hunger Games, about two otherwise friendly neighbors forced into a small arena to fight until only one remains, opens later this month. But a real-life version is taking place in Ohio’s 9th District primary on Tuesday.

    The state is losing two seats after the latest census, and the GOP-controlled legislature forced two of Ohio’s most seasoned Democratic politicians, Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur, into the same district to set up an intra-party battle royale. Kaptur has held her seat since 1983, while Kucinich has held his own since 1997 and previously served as mayor of Cleveland in the 1970s.

    Despite being friends before the race began, things have quickly gotten ugly. Kucinich radio ads say Kaptur “voted to waste half a trillion on Bush’s wars” by approving military spending bills (both opposed the Iraq war). His campaign has accused Kaptur’s supporters of tearing down its signs. Kaptur has ads accusing Kucinich of shady political dealings, citing his praise of a local Democratic official now on trial for corruption. And, in an unexpected development, a super PAC run by a conservative Houston businessman is running attack ads highlighting Kaptur’s house in Washington, D.C. and late payments on her Ohio property taxes.

    The new district is a thin sliver stretching 120 miles across the Lake Erie coast, bookended on the west by Kaptur’s home base of Toledo and on the east by Kucinich’s Cleveland-area core. The numbers appear to favor Kaptur, who retains more of her district, but both sides are aggressively targeting the other’s turf.

    In between the two population centers sits Lorain, a racially diverse steel town of 64,000, that neither has represented before. Like the similarly named Alsace-Lorraine of France, each candidate has some claim to its residents’ loyalty. Kaptur’s district has included parts of the county, while the city’s shared media market with Cleveland means they’ve seen plenty of Kucinich on TV.

    • trose1

      I live in the town right next to Lorain.
      Unfortunally, I am not able to vote for either Kaptur or Kucinich. I was gerry mandered out of the district.
      Lorain county was split in three different ways by Scum Republicans. By getting rid of my city and other cities in the county the Repubs split up the Black and Latino vote.
      Kucinich endorsed the gerrymandered districts. I hope he loses big.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Politicians playing games.

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    Congrats on the new place – it’s lovely!

    I found a really nice picture of vodka and martini glasses to toast you with, but, alas, I don’t know how to get them on here.


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    I luv the new site!

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