April 21, 2014

Saturday Evening Thread: Welcome to the Weekend

A few weekend hits for ya!

Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal  – Saturday Love

The SOS Band – Weekend Girl

De La Soul – Saturdays

Earth Wind & Fire – Saturday Nite

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -GOOD EVENIN’ miranda/POU FAM♥ —-***BIG HUG** :>) –Here’s my contribution. :>)- –

    - —-STILL feelin’ the BLESSIN’ of that BEAUTIFUL SERVICE. – — RIHEP -DEAR HADIYA♥ —AMEN. –

    Have a good evenin’ –POU FAM♥—

  • GreenLadyHere

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH –FEB 9 — -

    - – -☻ 1995 – Bernard Harris, astronaut
    Bernard Harris, African-American astronaut, takes space walk.

    - — -☻ 1971 – Satchel Paige nducted to Baseball Hall of Fame
    Baseball Hall of Fame inducts Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

    —-☻1952 – Invisible Man wins award
    Author Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man wins the National Book Award

    – — ☻ 1944 Novelist Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia.

    - — -☻1906 – Death of Paul Laurence Dunbar (33), Dayton, Ohio-

    - – - -Satchel Paige.

    - – - — A short 4 minute video that documents pitching great Satchel Paige. It has footage from both his Hall of Fame speech and of him warming up for his 1965 start with the Kansas City Athletics. — -

    - — -CONGRATULATIONS!! — –PROUD of U. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    CHICAGO – Saturday In The Park & 25 or 6 to 4 (Live, 1998)

    - – - -Luvin’ – - -CHICAGO!!- – -Alll kinds —HARMONY. :>) – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — SHARING: — -RESPECTFULLY – —

    — – -Portrait of grief: the Hadiya Pendleton funeral – -

    - —- -Hundreds of mourners gathered in Chicago on Saturday to bury Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old honor student who was killed by an unknown assailant, just days after performing with her high school marching band at the inauguration. First Lady Michelle Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan attended the funeral.[Left off that "last sentence."] – — [Annnd OTHERS.]

    – — RIHEP – -SWEET HADIYA♥ —AMEN. — -

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

    How Offshore Tax Dodging Is Busting State And Federal Budgets

    State and local governments lost $39.8 billion last year because corporations and the wealthy shifted profits to offshore tax havens, an amount roughly equal to what they spent on firefighters in 2008, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). The federal government lost $150 billion in revenue to the same practices.

    Corporations shifting profits to tax havens like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands has consequences for both individual taxpayers and America’s small businesses, and it also complicates efforts to reduce the size of the national deficit, a priority of both parties in Washington. The $150 billion lost to offshore tax avoidance at the federal level annually, the report notes, would be more than enough to offset the automatic spending cuts that are set to take place at the beginning of March if Congress does not offset it. Those cuts total $1.2 trillion over the next decade.

    The $150 billion lost to tax havens could cover the cost of Pell Grants for 10 million students for the next four years. It is also enough to double federal spending on Head Start and other education programs or pay for every high-speed rail project proposed by state governments in 2009. At the state level, $40 billion lost is enough to boost the number of firefighters back to 2008 levels or to cover the cost of education for 3.7 million children.

    MORE:http://shredoftruth.com/home/how-offshore-tax-dodging-is-busting-state-and-federal-budgets.html

  • lamh36

    Well furniture supposed to be delivered between 5-8 today. Which me they’ll call & say they close at 7:45. Ugh. Wanted my sofa ready to plop down in time for that Toni Braxton Lifetime movie tonight. Oh well.
    Ugh, I was supposed to be at Endymion parade tonight. Damnit!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY lamh36. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      Will THIS HELP:? – - -2012 Endymion Parade Mardi Gras — :>)

      - – - -ENJOY — – your SOFA. :>) – -Good 2 C U.[Prayin 4 your FAM♥]

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —WAY-ELL HERE YA GO! – - – –6 REASONS 2 COP some -Zzzzzzzz; – - -3 REASONS – 2 KEEP one eye OPEN. LOL – - –

    – — This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 6, Democrats 3 – -

    - — – - -Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Sunday Talker Line-Up, per The Seattle Times and the L.A. Times, okay? Okay.

    This is not a complete list; Paddy provides that to you tomorrow. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

    And as you may have noticed, ClusterFox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

    ABC’s “This Week”– Rep. Tom Cole (R); Rep. Keith Ellison (D)

    NBC’s “Meet the Press”– Rep. Eric Cantor (R)Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D)

    CBS’ “Face the Nation”– Sen. Lindsey Graham (R); Sen. Jack Reed (D); — Rep. Mike Rogers (R)

    CNN’s “State of the Union”– Sen. Rand Paul (R). Sen. Angus King (I). Former Sec. of Defense Robert Gates (R)

    —-[:>) @ nathkatun7] – - –

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

    Obama Honors Three African-American Women with Presidential Citizen’s Medal

    The Presidential Citizens Medal is the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. This year, three African Americans made the list of recipients, thanks to the serious and selfless work they do for their communities — from promoting childhood health to mentoring women and girls to helping immigrants live the American dream. It’s always great to give back, but it must be even better when the White House notices. Each of them will receive the medal during a Feb. 15 ceremony. Meet the honorees:

    MORE: http://goodblacknews.org/2013/02/08/obama-honors-three-african-american-women-with-presidential-citizens-medal/

  • trose1

    Good question

    Is the LAPD’s Rogue Cop Christopher Dorner “The Hate That Hate Produced?”

    The story of Christopher Dorner’s war against the LAPD is tragic for all parties involved. Christopher Dorner was hurt. Christopher Dorner was betrayed. Christopher Dorner was apparently let down by the system he believed in. Christopher Dorner is well-trained and dangerous.

    From what I can gleam from his manifesto Christopher Dorner is also a truth-teller of sorts–he has also apparently had a psychotic break. His actions have drawn blood; he has betrayed his “tribe”; and his words are also verbally lethal.

    http://www.wearerespectablenegroes.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-hate-that-hate-produced-is-lapds.html

    • morphus

      Yes, former officer Dorner is LAPD’s Frankenstein.

      Christopher Dorner also seems like … one who thought himself special, overly identified with an abstract belief in what America should be as opposed to what it is, drank the American Exceptionalism Kool-Aid, and then realized that this “patriotic” and “real America” bonafides were insufficient to shield him and others from racism (and those folks materially and psychologically invested in it).

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -Good on CALI. – - -:>) – - -COMPREHENSIVE – –

    - – - -California Democrats Propose Strictest Gun Regulations In The Nation – -

    — – - -California Democrats present gun violence prevention plan.

    Thursday afternoon, a group of California Senate Democrats rolled out a legislative package that would create what would likely be the tightest gun regulation system in the nation, ranging from sweeping prohibitions on semi-automatic rifles to restrictions on guns in the home. The proposal consists of ten points:

    1. Ban all semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines. California’s assault weapons ban only restricts the possession of semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines if they have an additional, “military-style” feature like flash suppressors. The new laws would tighten this law by banning all such rifles regardless of external features.

    2. Ban possession of high-capacity magazines.

    –3. Ban “bullet button” conversion kits.

    –4. Bans shotgun-rifle combinations. It would ban this class of class of weapon.

    –5. Universal registration of all guns.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - -COMMENT:- —big_o_other
    These laws sound eminently sensible. Apparently the rest of the posters on this site are terrified of losing their manly gun power.

    They are not “banning guns,” as the hysterics are screeching. Just banning permitting the craziest guys getting their hands on them.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – Woo! Hoo! – - -Soooo he WAS APPOINTED. :>) – –

    —-A FIRST!!– -:>) —

    - – -Rodney Bennett Becomes 1st African-American President of the University of Southern Mississippi – -

    - —- -Rodney Bennett has been selected as the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He will be the first African-American president of any of the five predominantly White state universities in Mississippi.

    Dr. Bennett has been serving as vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens. He previously was dean of students and interim provost for institutional diversity at the University of Georgia. Earlier in his career, Dr. Bennett was dean of students at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

    Ed Blakeslee, president of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi, stated, “With a student-centered approach grounded in experience in all facets of the university, Dr. Bennett brings a tremendous depth of knowledge of higher education, its challenges and how to meet the challenges to help more students succeed in the classroom and beyond. I believe the Board of Trustees has made an excellent choice for the next leader of the University of Southern Mississippi.”

    - – -CONGRATULATIONS!! — Soooo PROUD of U :>) – –BLESS U. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    — FROM NERDY WONKA:- —

    - –☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    #ObamaCare has saved 6.1M people more than $5.7B in prescription drugs costs and will eliminate the donut hole by 2020. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-young/obamacare-medicare-change_b_2639095.html

    – -☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    #ObamaCare has saved 6.1M people more than $5.7B in prescription drugs costs and will eliminate the donut hole by 2020. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-young/obamacare-medicare-change_b_2639095.html

    - –☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Emoprogs only want Pres. Obama to advance their own non-reality based issues. When it comes to others, they’re strangely silent.

    – -☻Scott Finley ‏@TheScottFinley
    Emoprogs want POTUS to go Shaft on their pet issues but for others they imply he’s an angry black man. No bigotry there. No sir.
    Retweeted by Nerdy Wonka
    – –

    — -MORE L8R :>) – -

  • lamh36

    Alright. 7pm and still no furniture delivery. Guess I’ma just sit on da floor start watching Toni Braxton’s Lifetime movie and wait on my sofa and stuff.

  • crazycanuck

    I’m watchin Lake House. The movie doesn’t make one bit of sense lol, but I love it!

  • Miranda

    Family and friends join together to remember Trayvon Martin

    NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — A community joined together for a walk to remember a South Florida teen shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman, last year.

    This week, Trayvon Martin would have been celebrating his 18th birthday.

    Saturday morning was a time for loved ones and supporters to walk for peace. “We just want to let people know,” said Sybrina Fulton, “the community, the children, to know that they have a right to walk in peace. They have a right to walk without anybody following them. They have a right to walk without anybody causing any harm to them or killing them.”

    It’s almost been a year since the 17-year-old was killed by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida after Zimmerman shot Martin in the back. Zimmerman claimed it was self-defense. Martin’s family said it was racial profiling.

    Read more: http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21009815110757/family-and-friends-join-together-to-remember-trayvon-martin/#ixzz2KSKe5Rj5

  • Miranda

    John M. Phillips ‏@JohnPhillips
    One week until Jordan Davis’ Birthday. His family joining Trayvon Martin’s family for his celebration Sunday. pic.twitter.com/8ux3IEZA

  • Miranda

    HmmmmmmThe Associated Press ‏@AP
    BREAKING: Los Angeles police say they’ll reopen investigation into firing of ex-cop wanted in 3 killings -RJJ

    • crazycanuck

      They are hoping he sees this and gives himself up. I don’t think they will re-open anything.

      • jds09

        I think the LAPD may be shocked by the lack of public sympathy they are getting.

        • rikyrah

          they’ve done evil for so long, they’re used to getting their way

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda — –SADLY — -U cain’t –UN-RING a BELL. – - –

      He is on an un-stoppable -mission! — – -Annnnd It’s NOT gon – END WELL. — -

      BUT —- – “WHYCOME” – —THIS was necessary – -in order 2 do a proper investigation,??

      THEY KNEW!! – — ***tsk*** – — ***eye roll** – - – -

      IMMA SUGGEST that THEY ALSO INVESTIGATE ANY RECENT –”TERMINATIONS” – - – -as a precaution..

      – — -CONDOLENCES 4 the VICTIMS. — -AMEN.- – -

      • morphus

        From his manifesto, Dorner at some point realizes that “truth” and the “Blue Line” are not mutually inclusive.

    • Alma98

      They need an independent body to investigate not the LAPD.

      • morphus

        DOJ have been investigating the LAPD since 1996 because of LAPD’s Rampart scandal (widespread corruption in the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (or CRASH) anti-gang unit in LAPD’s Rampart Division.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -LOL – — -FEELS like a GLOAT — – 2 me – — -:>) – -

    – — Obama’s Reelection is Literally Destroying Fox News

    — – -President Obama’s reelection has had a devastating impact on Fox News. Ratings are down, viewer trust is at an all time low, and now the network is caught in the middle of a Republican civil war.

    Republicans and right wing media have become fond of claiming that President Obama is out to destroy the Republican Party, but no other media organization has suffered greater damage from the president’s reelection than Fox News. But it wasn’t Obama that wounded Fox; rather, it was a series of absurdly poor decisions that left the network reeling.

    As the Republican Party’s demographic base has shrunk, Fox News has followed. The recent news that FNC (Fox News Channel) registered their lowest ratings with the 25-54 demographic in 12 years is not a surprise. During Obama’s first term, Roger Ailes and company have geared their programming towards the newly radicalized base of the Republican Party. They ran wild with anti-Obama rhetoric and conspiracy theories. The daily Fox News message that the country really didn’t like Obama was one of the main reasons that the Republican Party went into the 2012 election thinking that they could nominate anybody and win. While Fox embraced the quest to make Obama a one term president with gusto, the rest of the country still liked Obama. Fox News alienated everyone who wasn’t a hard core conservative with their extremism. As a result, many moderate people stopped watching Fox.

    However, the biggest problem for Fox News is that they were wrong. FNC was so blinded by their partisan mission that they got the 2012 election completely wrong.
    THERE IS Soooo MUCH MORE – - —-

    ***hand out BAND AIDS*** LOL —

    - – - -NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST HIM – –SHALL PROSPER! – - -IT WON’T WORK!! — –YES!! – - -

  • Miranda

    LOL – saw this on my twitter timeline (h/t Oliver Willis)Ron Paul fighting with his supporters….hilarioushttp://www.ronpaul.com/2013-02-08/ron-paul-vs-ronpaul-com/

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Welp!!!!! He created those batshit monsters, now like Rove he has to destroy them. And its not gonna be easy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-THIS PIC – - – -BEYOND POWERFUL!! – - :>)- -

    —ALL the WORLD’S –EYES R ON —
    —- — — – - – - – - – –OUR BELOVED BLACK PRESIDENT!!♥- — —–

    - – -Sooo —HISTORICAL —- AGAIN. :>) – - -

    - —-BLESS U annnd THANK U – -SIR. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -LOL – - – IMMA –”ACT LIKE” — – - -I KNOW- — – -

    – - -Ludacris – Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!) – – - -Seeee – — . . . :>) – -

  • rikyrah

    A Permanent Peasant Class

    Posted on 02/08/2013 at 5:00 pm by JM Ashby

    I’ve long assumed that House Republicans and a majority of Republicans in the Senate would oppose immigration reform, if not categorically, then piecemeal, but the alternative some of them are proposing is far more horrible than even I would have imagined.

    Under Labrador’s proposal, which reflects an alternate route sought by House Republicans, undocumented immigrants would receive a visa that allows them to live, work and travel in and out of the United States, but without the right to vote or become a green card holder or citizen.

    You can live, work, and travel here. You can contribute to society. But you can never become part of society.

    This would essentially legitimize the system we currently have and formally enshrine the status quo into law while doing nothing to solve the problem. It would establish a permanent underclass of society that is free to mop our floors and pick our vegetables, but never vote and never be counted as a Real American. A servant class of peasants.

    ……………………………..

    They want to keep their servants. They want a permanent underclass willing to work for less. One that can never vote against them.

    http://www.bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2013/02/a-permanent-peasant-class.html#disqus_thread

    • jds09

      Exactly. When Romney told his base his Chinese factory story about workers so desperate for work that they climbed over the barbed wire fence to work for pennies, instantly I thought, this is their collective wet dream. They weren’t outraged about working conditions they got a hard-on for all that cheap labor and huge profit margins.

  • rikyrah

    The Continuing Keystone Fight, Ctd

    Feb 9 2013 @ 9:23am

    David Roberts called for activism in the Keystone XL fight. An Alberta-based reader responds with some local perspective:

    Your David Roberts quote (Fuck you. Watch me) reminded me again that Americans know so very little about Canada and Canadians and what the tar sands represent to the people of Alberta. I live in Alberta outside Edmonton. You’d have to look long and hard to find anyone from here to the far north whose life isn’t touched to one, or many degrees, by the oil industry. By and large, we’ve ridden out the current recession thanks to the tar sands and aside from a small (compared to the overall population) number of activist groups, everyone here knows we have the tar sands to thank for our standard of living.

    Without a pipeline, the bitumen will flow by just rail, where the likelihood of derailment makes a spill more likely than shipping by pipeline, and Albertans will support any means to ship bitumen because they know it is the source of the province’s economic well-being. In fact, the common response to activists around here (especially American ones) is a snarling “fuck off”. No one here is willing to downgrade their standard of living so Americans can feel better about not actually giving up their first world lifestyle, which makes development of the tar sands profitable in the first place.

    http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/

  • rikyrah

    Immigration Reform Strategery

    by BooMan
    Fri Feb 8th, 2013 at 03:57:37 PM EST

    If it’s true that the House of Representatives will not authorize any pathway to citizenship in their immigration reform bill, it will create an interesting scenario. I am assuming that the Senate has the votes to create a pathway, and I’m assuming that they will pass a bill. The House can try to meld their bill with the Senate bill in conference, but the pathway issue will have to be resolved one way or the other. If it’s not, the reform effort will die in conference.

    Maybe that is where this is all heading, but that seems like an unsatisfactory result for everyone involved. I still see it as a smarter bet for Boehner to orchestrate a failure to pass any bill out of the House and then to allow a vote on the Senate version with limited opportunities for amendments. The alternative, if he does want a bill to pass, would be to cave on a pathway in conference, and then pass it with a majority of Democratic votes. That seems a harder sell to his base and his caucus if they haven’t tried and failed to pass their own version.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/2/8/143741/5014

  • malletgirl02

    Has anyone else ever hear anyone use the US military as an argument against gun control? I have seen it on Facebook. I would say something about it, but I think getting in arguments on Facebook is stupid and not worth it. It is a very bad argument first the 2nd amendment is about civilian gun ownership. Secondly using the military totally defeats their argument, because actually the military practices very strict gun control. First who gets access to weapons. There is strict control of weapons and ammo; every weapon that is assigned there is a detailed record. Also, every person in the military is expected to keep control of their own weapon.

    • morphus

      Many facebook military arguments are drawn from the 2nd Amendment’s “Militia” : “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    • conlakappa

      My husband gets into such arguments on Facebook with and National Guard friend, pointing out the accounting of every round of ammo as well as getting tested on firing it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — —Suuuuuuuure!- — – -

    - – -awmakers seek to slash their salaries – - —

    - — -House and Senate lawmakers are seeking to slash their salaries with bills seeking cuts ranging from 10 percent to all of their pay.

    The bipartisan efforts come at a time when congressional approval ratings are near record lows.

    In a little more than one month since the 113th Congress convened, at least 16 bills have been introduced to downsize members’ paychecks.

    The belt-tightening measures range in scope.

    Some, such as Sen. David Vitter’s (R-La.) measure S. 65, would repeal the law that allows for an automatic lawmaker pay increases. There are several companion versions of the measure on the House side.
    THERE IS MORE.

    —–☻”Congress is generally in session between 130 to 180 or so days per year.” — –SO – - –THEY have BEEN OVA PAID!! – - —

    – - -☻ Forums4Justice
    While they are at it, eliminate their exorbitant pensions, and all fringe benefits.
    – - -

    – —-JOKE of da DAY!! LOL – –

    • malletgirl02

      10%? If Congress only works 130-180 days then it should be cut 50%.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        —LOL – —THEY di-ent expect us 2 -LOOK UP this info. :>) -
        BUT they did say —with bills seeking cuts ranging from 10 percent to all of their pay.

        - —Even at that —DEY AIN’T SERIOUS!! – –geesh.

        – – -Good 2 C U malletgirl02. :>) – - -

      • conlakappa

        While increasing their insurance co-payments/costs of their meds.

  • lamh36

    Ok. The Toni Braxton movie was good, Toni’s a pretty good actress. She should def do a gospel album

  • rikyrah

    Karl Rove’s Frankensteins

    Friday, February 08, 2013 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 2:57 PM

    The latest installment of the GOP civil war, sparked by President Obama’s resounding re-election, involves a battle between two of our most beloved right wing figures: Karl Rove and The Donald. Backing up the birther crowd that refers to itself as the Tea Party, Donald Trump took umbrage at Rove’s new Super PAC aimed at defeating the super-crazies in Republican primaries, calling Rove a “total loser.”

    It is true that Karl Rove is a consummate political strategist. He does not care one iota about what his candidates believe. He only cares about one thing: winning. Right now, even he can read the writing on the wall. Even he can see that demography is destiny. Even Rove can see that the American electorate is fast growing more diverse, less tolerant of prejudices, and more embracing of social responsibility. Not that Karl Rove believes in diversity, tolerance or social responsibility, but even he can see that Republicans can no longer win national races with rhetoric about how women ought to be forced to carry rape-pregnancies to term.

    ………………………………..

    The dirty little secret that Karl Rove and his fellow Republican strategists won’t tell you is that their 2012 strategy worked exactly as planned. On the people they planned. Mitt Romney got more than 60% of the white vote – which in fact was the Republican strategy. What they were shocked to find out was that in 2012, 60%+ of the white vote could not deliver the White House to their candidate.

    And so now, suddenly, they scurry about to try to fix the message. After fueling the fire of hatred, prejudice and fear for the better part of his carrier, Karl Rove wants to hide it from the public view. After actively creating the Frankenstein that is now the Republican base, after giddily supporting it, now Karl Rove has a problem: he is not the only one that can see the Frankenstein anymore. Dog whistles of racism, homophobia and misogyny have become blowhorns. The Frankenstein that is the most proud creation of Karl Rove’s is now threatening the goal for which he created the Frankenstein – to win elections

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/02/karl-roves-frankensteins.html#disqus_thread

    • malletgirl02

      That is a great post, but there is one thing I have to disagree with the author with Karl Rove is not a consummate political strategist. My reasoning is I think Karl Rove’s political strategy is just a rehash of Lee Atwater’s Southern Strategy being with Nixon’s election.

      • conlakappa

        Dunno, his manipulation of the MSM was pretty strategic, especially in the wake of Nixon. That took it a step further than Atwater.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - –MR. PRESIDENT’s WEEKLY ADDRESS — –

    - —–Weekly Address: Averting the Sequester and Finding a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction

    – — -President Obama urges Congress to act to avoid a series of harmful and automatic cuts—called a sequester—from going into effect that would hurt our economy and the middle class and threaten thousands of American jobs. The President urges Congress to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction that makes investments in areas that help us grow and cuts what we don’t need. – -

    HOW MANY TIMES does he hafta TELL ‘EM!!??- — –NEVAMIND!! —

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

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda— – –SAD MUSIC NEWS- – - —A FIRST – —

    - – - -Conductor, Juilliard Emeritus James DePreist Dies- -

    - — -James DePreist, one of the first African-American conductors and a National Medal of Arts winner, died Friday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., his manager Jason Bagdade said.

    DePreist, who was 76, had been in and out of the hospital since a massive heart attack last March that was followed by open-heart surgery, his wife, Ginette DePreist, told The Oregonian newspaper.

    DePreist was director emeritus of The Juilliard School‘s conducting program in New York. He was the Oregon Symphony’s music director from 1980 until 2003, transforming it from a small, part-time group into a full-time nationally recognized orchestra with 17 recordings.

    DePreist also led orchestras in Quebec, Monte Carlo, Tokyo and Malmo, Sweden.

    The Oregon Symphony will dedicate its weekend performances to the charismatic conductor known as “Jimmy.”

    “We are talking about a man with an international career, who achieved many things on international stages,” Oregon Symphony conductor Carlos Kalmar said. “And you can only do that if — aside from technicalities — you are a real personality, someone the musicians look up to, and you keep the audiences very, very interested. And I think in that sense Jimmy was great.”

    — – - – - -RIHEP. – —THANK U.MAESTRO CONDUCTOR. — –

    CINDOLRNCES 2 FAMILY/FRIEBDS/SUPPORTERS – –***raises hand****