September 26, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: African-American Female Entrepreneurs and Executives

This week’s open threads have focused on the accomplishments of successful African-American Female Entrepreneurs. There are plenty. It’s unfortunate, I could only cover a small size. This is a topic that I would like to revisit in the future. 


Emma Carolyn Chappell founded United Bank of Philadelphia, in 1992 after a five-year effort to raise the required five million dollars Pennsylvania regulators told her she needed to capitalize the bank. She raised three million from the black community by selling shares in $500 blocks. She then raised another three million from big investors one million more than was required. With assets around $87.5 million United Bank of Philadelphia is dedicated to fostering community development by providing quality, personalized, comprehensive banking services to businesses and individuals in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Today, the bank is considered a leader in lending to minorities.

Chappell started her career as a clerk-photographer for Continental Bank. Where she worked for more than 30 years, slowly moving up the ranks. She eventually became the first woman to go through its executive training program and before becoming vice-president of the community business loan and development department.

She was tapped by Reverend Jesse Jackson to become treasurer of his Presidential campaign in 1984. She was also instrumental in helping to found Operation PUSH, a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving financial equality for minorities.


***Information courtesy of***

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – — ☻President Obama hit the golf course again Friday, this time at Turtle Bay on Oahu’s North Shore, according to a pool report.
    UPDATE: His partners included longtime friends Bobby Titcomb and Marty Nesbitt, and White House chef Sam Kass and aide Marvin Nicholson.

    – – – -+Vice President Joe Biden, after helping pull the nation off the fiscal cliff, is taking some time off.
    He and wife, Jill, are headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands for four days, the White House announced. They were scheduled to leave Friday and return on Tuesday.

    – – – – -☻Emma Carolyn Chappell founded United Bank of Philadelphia, in 1992 . .Annnd WE HELPED. Woo! Hoo! – –
    – – – — ——[Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.]
    – – – -A FIRST — She eventually became the first woman to go through its executive training program [Continental Bank]
    – –CONGRATS!-


    THANK U PBOMB! :>)- – — B BLESSED 2 DAY. :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -Some SERIOUS EFFORTS by the 113th Congress – -on GUN CONTROL. – —

    – —-Eight Smart Gun Bills Introduced On Day One Of The New Congress — And Two Stupid Ones — –

    — —The 113th Congress is officially in session, and legislators kicked off the new year, and new term, yesterday with several pieces of gun-related legislation, their response to December’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
    In total — between the Democrats’ proposed gun safety laws and the Republicans’ plans for expanded gun access — ten bills are being introduced today. Here they are:

    1. Banning high-capacity ammunition. HR 138. This bill from Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) would ban anyone in the US from owning, buying, or trading high-capacity ammunition clips, like the kinds that are often used in mass shootings. Such clips allow a gunman to fire off as many as 100 rounds without stopping to reload. McCarthy’s connection to gun safety laws is personal: Her husband was killed and son critically injured during a mass shooting.

    2. Closing the ‘gun show loophole.’ HR 141. Another measure from McCarthy requires that all gun purchasers undergo a full background check. As-is, the private sales of firearms, and the sale of guns at gun shows, are exempt from the background check requirements that are mandatory for other gun sales. That loophole is currently an easy way for criminals or the mentally ill to access a gun undetected.

    3. Making the database of who cannot buy guns effective. HR 137. Currently, states do a terrible job of entering names — of felons or the mentally ill — into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). — -SNIP —

    – – —THESE – – –STOOPIDS — –>9. & 10. Eliminating ‘gun free zones’ in schools. HR 35 and HR 133. Following the lead of the National Rifle Association, Reps. Steve Stockman (R-TX) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) are both proposing more guns in schools. They want to eliminate “gun free school zones.” In a press statement, Stockman used this highly flawed logic as the reasoning for his bill: “In the 22 years before enactment of ‘gun free school zones’ there were two mass school shootings. In the 22 years since enactment of ‘gun free schools’ there have been 10 mass school shootings.”

    – – — COMMENT: – –Frank Rommey
    Democrats are showing that their interest is public and private safety, while at the same time upholding the 2nd Amendment. Their proposals (1-8) make absolute sense, and only can be criticized for not addressing the psychological aspects that could affect the actions of gun owners. On the other side, the two Republican proposal confirm that their only interest is to insure gun terrorism isn’t curtailed and that the gun makers’ profits keep soaring… They are indeed enemies of the USA’s people (what a surprise!)…

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -MR. PRESIDENT “SETS the TABLE” 4 2013″ —In His –WEEKLY ADDRESS: – – –

    — – –Weekly Address: Working Together in the New Year to Grow Our Economy and Shrink Our Deficits – —

    – – – –In this week’s address, President Obama talks about the bipartisan agreement that Congress reached this week which prevented a middle-class tax hike, congratulates the newly sworn-in members of Congress, and looks forward to working with the new Congress in the new year to continue to grow our economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way. – – LEADERSHIP! – -:> – –

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning GLC, Morning POU. Hope everyone has a great day. Suppose to be fairly good weather wise today, so I might venture out lol.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin” crazycanuck. ***BIG –2013- -HUG** :>)

      – —-ENJOY YOUR DAY. :>) — – – –

      Good 2 C U. :>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    PNOMB – – -A L8 night post on – –A – RE-THUG- -“DIVIDE” — —

    – –Kamikaze Party

    – – — If you look at the demographic makeup of Mitt Romney’s inadequate coalition, you’ll notice that it includes the elderly who are on Social Security and use Medicare. You’ll notice that it includes business and finance leaders. These people are not going to like the Republican Party’s coming threat to destroy the stock market if they can’t destroy people’s retirement security. Getting the Republicans to go on that kind of suicide mission should involve a lot of work, but they seem to want to do it for free.

    There is an obvious cultural divide in this country that the Republicans use quite effectively. But if they want to truly minimize the effectiveness of that cultural divide, they could hardly do better than to go after white seniors’ earned benefits with a threat to wipe out white businessmen’s profits and white professionals’ 401(k)’s.

    It’s easy to imagine an erosion of GOP support among the white working class when the Democrats offer a white presidential candidate in 2016. Whether it’s Biden or Clinton or Cuomo or O’Malley or Warner, or whoever it is, those candidates won’t automatically be losing in Appalachia.

    I think the Republicans will have to do substantially better with white voters in 2016 if they want to compete, and I think there is almost no chance that they will. I think Wall Street will be with the Democrats, and I don’t think the GOP will retain their advantage with the elderly.

    – —- -☻IMHO – –the RE-THUCKERS R INCOMPETENT – -IN-EFFECTIVE — STRATEGISTS!! – —THIS ELECTION was PROOF. LOL — — Sooo —their ability 2 take advantage of the “obvious” –won’t happen.
    – – – – ☻Their MAJOR strategy: – – -OBSTRUCT!!
    — – –☻ The AARP info. indicates that THEY do NOT support the GOP.
    – – – -☻Also -IMHO – – -SOS Hillary will NOT RUN in 2016. Her “condition” is 2 “fragile.” —

  • Mornin’ POU Fam!

    Lawd hab mercy! This is why they should’ve neva given ya’ll Twitter!

    Crystal Wright aka @GOPBlackChick was thoroughly clowned last night on Twitter.

    First, read this:

    Then, this

    Then watch this video:

    • lamh36

      Like I said up thread. That damn chicken was green for BJ apparent reason. She shoulda nevah put that shit on twitter

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ Sepia – –***BIG -2013- HUG***

      – -FIRST: – -LOL – -THANK U 4 this FIND!! – – -I CAIN’T TOLERATE that “wanch”!! – – –

      Sooo I went 2 get SOME SUPPORT: – – -SCATHING!! — –

      —- – -☻“Al Sharpton just checked Crystal Wright! With a side check by- -Crystal Wright. Ma’am. “Whose fault is it that 25% of African Americans don’t have IDs”…is about to have Al Sharpton tear you apart. – -LOL
      – – – -☻I have had the displeasure of my first TV encounter with a black female republican by the name of Crystal Wright of “Conservative Black Chick .com. and she is a black Anne Coulter. She is on the Joy Behar show talking over everyone and a real Obama hater. I have never heard of her in my life, but she is a piece of work. It’s like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.
      – – – -☻Please tell me ppl that you just watched the Don’t Sleep by T.J. Holmes. Who is this Women “Crystal Wright”, wow she and Vivica Fox were discussing their politics views and she really had the nerve to bring up Vivica’s acting career, Thats all the wrong ppl want to see another black women trying to bring down another black women who is doing something positive in life. And she had the nerve to say President obama don’t care about Women and that Michelle Obama is a Angry Black Women and check out her website

      – – -SHE is 4-EVA – – -DISGUSTING!! – -YUK!! —

      Good 2 C U Sepia. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        Thanks for the info on this person. I didn’t have a clue who she was but it seems that her cooking is as disgusting as her views & politics.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG 2013 – HUG*** :>)

          – –My pleasure. :>) WE DA MEDIA[co] –gotta SPREAD the WORD , especially on – — HATAS! :>)

          —IMHO – –SHE is more reprehensible than – – -Amy –“I’m bi-racial 2” – -Holmes!! – – —

          Errytime i’ve watched her – –I end up – -SAAAAA-LAPPIN’ the tv. –LOL


          Good 2 C U —Aquagranny. :>) – -Have a good day. :>)

    • Miranda

      That was HILARIOUS!!! And that lil Miss Millie that came in trying to save her had me rolling as well. LOLOL

      • OK! When trying to save a house negro goes terribly wrong!

        BTW, what the hail is the green stuff? It looks like she was trying to make a bourgie version of black-eyed pea and greens for New Years and failed!

        • isonprize

          Aside from #strugglechicken (I swear, I laugh every time I say that…) wassup with the pan?

          I mean, look at it. Is it glass? If so, it’s never been washed.

          Is it ceramic? It looks like the cement drain for water run-off.

          Seriously, what kind of pan is that?

          • Alma98

            Somebody asked if it was a foot tub lol!

    • What the hell is that suppose to be? Did someone throw up on a chicken?

    • Alma98

      I can’t believe he made a video lmmafo!

    • malletgirl02

      I was only able to watch a few seconds of the video, that chicken made me gag. Why is that chicken moldy?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –MR. PRESIDENT is MULTI-Taskin’: – :>) —-Economic annnd GUN CONTROL issues: – – —

    – – –The President’s Gun Control Blitz

    – — — –The president intends to pass its gun control legislation before the NRA has a chance to mobilize against it, and before public demand slows down.

    The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade. […]

    Vice President Joe Biden, tasked with heading a commission to investigate gun violence, has been quietly meeting with experts, interest groups, and public officials and is expected to release a set of recommendations within weeks. […]

    In order 2 HELP – -WE GOT- — –Work To Do – –Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • isonprize

    They shoulda never gave y’all Twitter, NEVA!!!


    • lamh36

      Man that shit was embarrassing. She shoulda near put that shit on there. That freaky chicken was GREEN for no apparent reason!

      • That chicken looked like it had diarrhea!

        • vulcan_girl

          Looking at it gave me diarrhea!

      • Ms. Wright need to do a lot less twitter and a lot more:

      • isonprize

        downhome black peeps

        Excuse me? Like she would ever ask a black person something? She is so self-loathing it’s pathetic.

        The only man made for her is Unca Ruckus, no relation. And HE only wants a white woman, so she’s STILL outta luck. In fact, the white chick that came to save her would have Ruckus’ nose wide open.

      • rikyrah

        this entire thread is hilarious.

        slave catching coons like her have no downhome black peeps

    • Miranda

      Kitchen ratchetness! LOLOL

      • aleth

        Why did she post it for the world to see???

        • Aquagranny911

          Good question.

    • Don’t like reading Crystal, well shit here you go:

    • Tafr

      Not only was the chicken green it looked raw. I was done when someone twitted stranger danger herbs. LOL

      • Alma98

        I loved that too.

    • Aquagranny911

      Oh, my sweet blushing Baby Jesus! I think that chicken put me off food for at least a week!

      • Alma98


    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ isonprize.. ***BIG – – 2013 —HUG*** :>)

      – – — 2 THANGS: — ☻–YES! – -THIS WILL DO –while I th’ow up! LOL

      — -☻ —4 ANYONE – -who DARED 2 EAT THAT – –KRAP! – –YUK!! – —

      – — -Good 2 C U isonprize. :>) [PA RAWKS ♥- – -:>) – –

      • Alma98


    • Kennymack1971

      Funniest. Hashtag . Ever.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -Since THIS was my first time seein’ it- -[sorry –LOL] — hadta find some reactions : – –LOL – –

    – – -☻Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    Go check #ThatChicken & #StrugglePlate MT @Keethers: watched #strugglechicken on Youtube. Has to be the funniest thing on twitter right now.

    – –☻Imani ABL ‏@AngryBlackLady
    I think #thatchicken and #struggleplate brought white twitter and black twitter together. Well done, @ReignOfApril. #LookToThatChicken

    – – -☻Jamarr Brown ‏@JamarrBrown
    #StruggleChicken was hanging on for dear life RT @MissBeaE: LMAO… @JamarrBrown’s jokes about #thatchicken has made my whole entire year.

    – – -☻TrayAmari ‏@TrayAmari
    And her photo actually answers her question. How could she not have a husband with that cooking? Make him eat #thatchicken. That’s how.

    – — – LOL – -FIERCE!! – – -***hands out — BAND AIDS*** – —

  • lamh36

    So if you missed my final post last night, you’re in for a treat. If you like Alicia Keyes, Beyonce’ and Adele all rolled into one little package, then you’ll love Emeli Sande’. She’s Britain’s Best New Artist of 2012. I just bought her CD and I love it already. Check out this youtube playlist to see how fantastic she is. It took awhile for some people to get on the Adele bandwagon (not me though, unlike some peole I didn’t join the bandwagon, I’d already discovered her from her debut album, so hey, I have a good track record…lol) so here’s hoping the same can be done for Emeli Sande’, who’s BTW real name is Adele…lol.

    So check out this playlist and give a Scottish born sista some love:

    tell me this song doesn’t sound like Beyonce, I fully expect Sasha Fierce to be stealing it soon like she did “If I Were A Boy”…lol

    • Alma98

      I discovered her months ago, my son plays her album to death.
      I love her voice.

      • lamh36

        I’ve been meaning to get back to her, but got sidetracked.

        I remembered yesterday for some reason and after hearing the youtube playlist I bought the album this morning and I’ve been listening to it non-stop

        • Alma98

          Thanks for the link lamh that was beautiful.

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share! Thank you.

    • rikyrah

      thank you lamh

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEy lamh36. ***BIG – -2013 –HUG*** :>)

      — – -WOW&1/2!! – – – -WHAT a TALENT! – –POWERFUL VOICE. :>)
      Gonna listen 2 MORE of HER. :>) — –

      Thank U 4 sharin’. :>) – –Good 2 C U lamh36. :>)

  • Alma98

    Goooooood morning peeps! The gopblackchick saga has everyone in my house laughing our asses off.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – –WHA’? – –Aurora, Colorado – –GUNS – –MULTIPLE shootings – –AGAIN?? – –

    — – – –Four dead inside Aurora home including gunman shot by police– –

    – – – –Four people were killed this morning including a gunman who held police at bay for several hours in an Aurora townhome.

    Aurora SWAT team members shot the gunman, who has not been identified.

    Police had surrounded a townhome where a man fired gunshots early Saturday morning and then barricaded his home on the 16000 block of East Ithaca Place near Buckley Road and Hampden Avenue.


    – –nra —OVA 2 U. – –geesh!!! – —

    • Alma98

      Morning GLH, when is this madness gonna end, we’re going back to gunslinger days.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTIN’ Alma98. ***BIG -2013 –HUG*** :>)

        – — -***fist bump*** – –I KNOW-HUH! –geesh. —

        I’m sure that other incidents have occurred since then —BUT — IN DA SAME TOWN???— –SAD.

        Good 2 C U Alma. :>)

        • Alma98

          Good to see you too GLH! And yes It is weird that it happened in the same town. Let’s hope 2013 get’s better.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma – —AMEN annnnd – –AMEN. :>) – – –

      • Aquagranny911

        Even in the so called “gunslinger” days many towns, at least in AZ, required people to leave their guns with the sheriff before they could come into town.

        I just started to do some research on this, just for the state of AZ that loves their guns so very much. We actually had more gun control in the 1800’s than we do now. I have a link I will share when I get some info to back it up, that we have more gun deaths proportionate to population here now than we had back when AZ was just a struggling territory.

        This whole gun thing has just gotten septic & it’s time we lanced the boil & put a stop to it.

  • lamh36

    Booman has a great post up that I’m sure we all can agree with, just the title alone is true!

    Boehner Needs to Sober Up or Go Home
    by BooMan

    …For years people have been speculating that Boehner weeps so often in public because he is drunk so often in public.

    Personally, I wouldn’t care about Boehner’s drinking if her were just a congressman. But he’s third in line to the presidency and he’s blotto half the time. He can’t answer phone calls from mayors and governors or even the president if those phone calls come late at night.
    It’s ridiculous.

    • Alma98

      It is scary that he’s third in line for the presidency as some commenters noted. If the pressures of your job keep driving you to the bottle you need to quit and get help. But he won’t cause he probably doesn’t think he has a problem. I personally believe the gop likes him this way.

      • Aquagranny911

        Just one of the reasons that I pray daily for the health & longevity of both President Obama & VP Biden!

    • Tafr

      He has no business being in office period. You got to give the folks in his district the side eye for voting him back in. You would think they would want better for themselves.

    • Boehner has found The Lost Weekend.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –Uhhhh – — -SORRY – -CEO’s. – – -Gubament –don’t work –LIKE DAT! – —

    – – – –A Cabal of CEOs Try to Bypass the Legislative Process and Impose Their Own Debt Reduction Plan – –

    – — —Most parents would agree that giving spoiled, entitled teenagers unrestricted access to money, coupled with no restrictions on their behavior, does little more than produce entitled adults who expect obeisance solely because they are special. America is home to an exclusive club of entitled adults with unlimited riches and power whose life’s goal is extracting every last bit of wealth from every American until they leave the population broken and in dire poverty. Shortly after a deal to avert the Republican fiscal cliff was passed in the House, a consortium of corporate CEOs lambasted the deal as a disaster and called for a specific deficit reduction plan to address the nation’s long term debt. One brilliant suggestion that garnered agreement from the CEO cabal was for corporate CEOs to bypass the legislative process and lay out a plan for deficit reduction, and it invokes a question Americans will have to address if this country is going to survive. How long before our representatives void the Constitution and cede government control to corporate America and finish the drive toward plutocracy executed by corporate America?

    – – -SNIP – —
    — -What is immediately evident is that these men have no qualms slashing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and safety nets when their corporate welfare is part and parcel of America’s revenue problem and economic malaise. However, it is remarkable that these so-called geniuses who are wealthy beyond imagination are of the opinion that cutting Social Security will have any effect on the nation’s deficit, but that is what generally happens when entitled rich people assume special knowledge unknown to mere mortals.

    THERE IS MORE! — — -A GOOD CRITIQUE!! — -:>)

    – —Uhhhh – – -BACK 2 —-5th GRADE – —–FISCAL GENIUSES!! /NOT!! – – –

    • nellcote

      One brilliant suggestion that garnered agreement from the CEO cabal
      AKA CEO Circle Jerk

      Weren’t they all going to Go Galt and move to private islands or something?

  • rikyrah

    Good Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Jay-Z Rents Luxe Nursery for $1 Million a Year at Barclays Center

    When Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z watches basketball games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., their daughter, Blue Ivy, 12 months, chills downstairs in a nursery.

    “Jay rents a luxurious basement suite for $1 million a year,” a source says in the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now. “It has an area for Blue filled with toys.”

    Jay’s VIP space — the priciest of 11 spreads for rent (average cost: $550,000) — also serves as an adult playground. “It’s all glass with a champagne bar and TV screen,” says the source. “Jay lets friends use his digs when he’s not there.”

    • aleth

      No way this is true? They need to hire me

    • nellcote

      “luxurious basement suite” does not compute

      • rikyrah

        you weren’t the only one going ‘ huh’ to the whole ‘ luxurious basement’ thing

    • GN

      You know, I’m no Jay Z stan but I wonder how much Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes, Catherine Zeta Jones + Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg and any number of ulta-rich celebrity parents have spent on their kids’ nurseries, etc. I bet each of their homes and suites at times for their babies have cost more than a million dollars. I can’t compute when it comes to the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but I get tired of seeing the black celebs called out for relatively modest extravagance. Trust that there are upper-middle class households in that Barclays Center area whose homes/second homes and apartments cost just as much if not more than that. Why a news story that Bey and Jay have an apartment at that sports complex?

      • conlakappa

        Tom just gave Suri a multi-million dollar house for Christmas so she has room for her pony.

        • GN

          *Exactly.* And I have nothing against Tom Cruise, but I bet he won’t be dragged for that like the media is dragging the black celebs for a condo which costs less than many of the apartments in that area…

    • According to this tweet, it’s not true:

      Sounds like a PR stunt.

  • Alma98

    I put this story up the other day, it’s really making me so angry. My neighbor knows the family they belonged to the same church. Three adults held this child down and choked him to death. And now they’ve changed the story from he was shoplifting to they thought he was shoplifting, or it was a misunderstanding. Even if he was shoplifting there was no reason for three adults to hold him he wasn’t that big of a kid. They killed him like he was dog I’m so effin angry. And the local media is full of shit with titles like this they’re trying him before they even know what happened.

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m so sorry. I read your first post on this & it upset me so much. I hope his family gets some justice & that these three thugs go to jail.

      • Alma98

        I hope so too AG but I have a feeling they will get off. If they do I hope his parents bring a civil suit.

    • Miranda

      So disgusting. Put these animals in prison where they belong. This vigilante justice bullshit is killing our kids. No different from the “stand your ground” idiots.

  • rikyrah

    Kamikaze Party

    by BooMan
    Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 11:26:05 PM EST

    If you look at the demographic makeup of Mitt Romney’s inadequate coalition, you’ll notice that it includes the elderly who are on Social Security and use Medicare. You’ll notice that it includes business and finance leaders. These people are not going to like the Republican Party’s coming threat to destroy the stock market if they can’t destroy people’s retirement security. Getting the Republicans to go on that kind of suicide mission should involve a lot of work, but they seem to want to do it for free.
    There is an obvious cultural divide in this country that the Republicans use quite effectively. But if they want to truly minimize the effectiveness of that cultural divide, they could hardly do better than to go after white seniors’ earned benefits with a threat to wipe out white businessmen’s profits and white professionals’ 401(k)’s.

    • nellcote

      The parents and inlaws of all these safetynet slashing goopers should move in with them so they can experience the results of their deeds.

  • Aquagranny911

    PBomb, another excellent series!

  • rikyrah

    Republicans’ Debt Ceiling Threats Have No Teeth

    Friday, January 04, 2013 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 12:56 PM

    In the days since Congressional Republicans suffered a utter, complete, and embarrassing defeat at the hands of the president on the fiscal cliff, they have been trying to regroup. One of the ways they have tried to do so is to issue threats that they would refuse to raise the nation’s debt limit if the president does not agree to essentially end the American social compact. Like a wounded animal, they are trying to hit back, and threatening to shut down the government.

    But all of that are the empty roars of a paper tiger, and they know it themselves. Of all people, it was Newt Gingrich, the architect of the last government shutdown, this morning on Morning Joe making it clear why this dog won’t hunt:

    Gingrich explained that “in the end… the whole national financial system is going to come into Washington by television and say ‘Oh, my god, this will be a gigantic heart attack. The entire economy of the world will collapse. You guys can’t be responsible,’ and they’ll cave.”

    I could rest my case right there. But let’s go into this a little bit. Why would I think, for example, that anything in the Republican mindset has changed since 2011, when it did look like they would take the country into default? The answer is several things, but the most compelling of them is this date: November 6, 2012. Throughout the first four years of the president’s administration, everything within the GOP revolved around a singular theory: if they stopped the country from succeeding – better yet, if they hurt the country greatly – it would be seen as a failure of Barack Obama’s, and he would therefore be defeated. The Republicans had also won the elections of 2010, and were emboldened by that victory.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –GEESH!! – – – -LOW-DOWN! RE-THUG!!! – –‘course – NOTHIN’ NEW – – – — SAAAA-LAP!! – —

    – – —Republican Congressman Insults Nancy Pelosi’s Appearance: ‘There’s No Facelift With John Boehner’– —

    – – —An outspoken Republican congressman castigated House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s looks during a radio interview Friday.

    Speaking with guest host Larry O’Connor on the Dennis Miller Show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) argued that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was functionally equivalent to Pelosi because both held one-on-one backroom negotiations with the president. Gohmert then went on to deride Pelosi’s appearance: “Well, let’s give him credit. There’s no facelift with John Boehner.”

    Listen to it:

    – — -COMMENT: – – rmurray
    Projection. There’s nobody uglier than a Republican. Pelosi got far more done than the Orange Drunk.
    — – – -HAH!!

    • rikyrah

      the man is ORANGE..does this idiot REALLY wanna GO THERE?

    • conlakappa

      Nutbar Gohmert is monkey-ass ugly. No room for him to discuss anyone’s appearance.

  • rikyrah

    Chips at The Obama Diary has been doing monthly recap videos of 2012. This is June 2012. It’s worth watching, if only for the beginning, when Fox and CNN got the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare wrong. It’s hilarious.

  • rikyrah

    from Lawrence O’Donnell:

    ” If you’ve ever actually tried to get a Republican in the House or Senate to vote on an income tax rate increase, proposed by a Democratic president–if you’ve done that–and perhaps only if you’ve done that, then you understand how hard it was for President Obama to get a tax
    increase out of a Republican House of Representatives and out of a Senate where the Republicans can block anything.

    Most pundits and members of Congress for that matter have never negotiated anything more complicated than a car loan or a mortgage and some of them will surely continue to criticize the President’s negotiating skills but the President was playing a very long game here.

    Literally years of strategizing including allowing a two-year extension of the Bush rates in order to get strategically positioned, so that he could force Republicans to cast a vote they vowed never to cast.”

    • nellcote

      That was an awesome Larry O segment.

  • rikyrah

    Obama spending binge never happened

    By Rex Nutting


    What people forget (or never knew) is that the first year of every presidential term starts with a budget approved by the previous administration and Congress. The president only begins to shape the budget in his second year. It takes time to develop a budget and steer it through Congress — especially in these days of congressional gridlock.

    The 2009 fiscal year, which Republicans count as part of Obama’s legacy, began four months before Obama moved into the White House. The major spending decisions in the 2009 fiscal year were made by George W. Bush and the previous Congress.

    Like a relief pitcher who comes into the game with the bases loaded, Obama came in with a budget in place that called for spending to increase by hundreds of billions of dollars in response to the worst economic and financial calamity in generations.

    • conlakappa

      The unspecific and unquestioned “runaway spending” has returned to the vernacular.

  • rikyrah


    Lesson of the failed Boehner coup: We’re dealing with idiots

    By Alex Pareene


    One problem was a lack of leadership. If, say, Eric Cantor had actually wanted the job, he could’ve organized the coup and succeeded. But Eric Cantor didn’t want the job. The bigger problem, then, was a lack of intelligence. The crazy caucus failed spectacularly at all aspects of the attempted conspiracy, from planning to execution. They waited until the last minute to approach potential allies, failed to count their own votes correctly, and didn’t even all figure out who they were supposed to vote for instead. Their plan was apparently to embarrass Boehner into resigning, in favor of … someone to be decided later. Candidates voted for by plotters included departing Rep. Allen West and former Comptroller David Walker, who are basically the opposites of one another.
    As we race to the coming debt ceiling fiasco, please remember that while John Boehner and Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan know that raising the debt ceiling is a thing that just has to be done, there is no indication that the Gohmerts, Huelskamps, Steve Kings and Michele Bachmanns of their caucus agree. You can’t negotiate a compromise with people who are positive they’ll get their way if they refuse to negotiate at all. You can’t avert a catastrophe if you need the assent of people who think the catastrophe is precisely what this country needs to get back on the right track.

  • lamh36

    Sorry whoever you are, blocking your number so the caller ID says “UNKNOWN” DOES NOT make me wanna pick up the phone anymore than usual. if u really wanted to talk to me, you’d at least make ur number known, even if I do google it to see if it’s a creditor…lol.

    • Alma98

      I agree lamh, I will not answer if it says unknown. Another thing I hate is telemarketers calling you by your first name pretending to be a friend.

  • rikyrah

    The White House’s six best sports photos of 2012

    He’s one of the most athletic commander-in-chiefs of all time, so it’s no surprise that photographers frequently capture President Obama tossing around a football or taking in a basketball game (courtside, of course). Official White House photographer Pete Souza recently shared an album of his favorite shots of 2012, many of which showcase the POTUS and his family’s love of sports. Check out some of our favorites below:

    1. POTUS and FLOTUS are caught on the Kiss Cam and forced into that dreaded public smooch, to the amusement of Malia and Joe Biden. Presidents: they’re just like us!

  • lamh36

    Um hmm. All I was saying since the decision came down was if I knew I was innocent and had the money like Armstron, then fight like hell to prove it to your damn dying death if you have to, IMHO.

    Lance Armstrong Said to Be Weighing Admission of Doping

    • Miranda


  • rikyrah

    President Obama’s legacy: One of America’s great warriors for social justice
    Political Buzz
    January 4, 2013
    By: Leo Kapakos

    When historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, one would hope that they view his legacy as more then just being the first African American President who succeeded despite having to overcome some of the worst treatment a President could withstand; or as more then the President responsible for the establishment of an affordable health care act ensuring healthcare coverage for all Americans; or responsible for having saved the U.S economy from a second depression; or for killing the number one mastermind terrorist in the world.

    Indeed one would hope that that historians recognize that President Obama’s legacy is that of a true warrior for social justice. A man of the people who, despite being branded a Socialist ideologue by many on the right, recognized that government has a critical role to play in protecting the most vulnerable citizens among us and assisting in developing opportunities for all Americans. A steadfast true leader, who even when faced with obstruction from hostile political extremists on the right, is still ensuring that all Americans get a fair shake at the American dream. He has already already instituted numerous policies that has opened doors of access to those Americans who didn’t have it before. The President’s endgame is a fair, just, and cohesive America where the collective body and the individual citizen have a mutually beneficial interest in working together for social progress.

    • Miranda

      So glad more and more are recognizing this.

  • rikyrah

    Obama Warns Republicans of ‘Catastrophic’ Consequences for Global Economy

    By: Sarah Jones
    Jan. 5th, 2013

    President Obama used his weekly address to explain the stakes in the upcoming debt ceiling showdown. He warned the country and Republicans, “(O)ne thing I will not compromise over is whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up. If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic.”

    Obama warned Republicans that we can’t afford to allow them to hold raising the debt ceiling hostage, “We still need to do more to put Americans back to work while also putting this country on a path to pay down its debt. And our economy can’t afford more protracted showdowns or manufactured crises along the way. Because even as our businesses created 2 million new jobs last year – including 168,000 new jobs last month – the messy brinksmanship in Congress made business owners more uncertain and consumers less confident.”

    The President pointed out that he is addressing the deficit, “We know there’s a path forward. Last year, I signed into law $1.7 trillion in deficit reduction. This week’s action further reduces the deficit by $737 billion, making it one of the largest deficit reduction bills passed by Congress in over a decade. And I’m willing to do more.”

    Obama isn’t done reforming the tax code either. He said, “(S)pending cuts must be balanced with more reforms to our tax code. The wealthiest individuals and the biggest corporations shouldn’t be able to take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most Americans.”

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  • rikyrah

    Out of Selfish Greed House Republicans Drag Their Feet On Sandy Relief

    By: Rmuse
    Jan. 4th, 2013

    One of the greatest contributors to the human race’s survival is that resources, needs, risks, and other conditions are present and common affecting the participants and their degree of cohesiveness. The concept of community, or the common good, is responsible for any nation’s survival, and Americans have historically viewed their fellow citizens as partners that either succeed together or fail as one, but that notion of community is under attack from Republicans and their libertarian agenda. As the 112th Congress came to an end on Wednesday, Americans got a preview of the “you’re on your own” mindset Republicans have advocated for the past four years, and it portends America’s drift toward the distinction of a nation defined by selfish greed and complete disregard for fellow citizens, or in other words; libertarianism.

    When the 112th Congress adjourned for the last time, the House abandoned relief for Hurricane Sandy victims the Senate already passed because many Republicans objected to the cost. It is a recurring theme that plays out all too often, and it drew the ire of Republican legislators representing the affected areas. It is a mystery why the anger from men like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Republican Peter King was extraordinarily personal and why so many Republicans vented their outrage at only one man, Speaker John Boehner. It is not the first time Republicans have told other Americans “you’re on your own,” or that assistance is dependent on cutting aid to another demographic (typically the poor and elderly). However, although Republicans balked at passing the Senate relief plan over alleged concerns about earmarks and non-essential assistance, the real reason was summed up in a Koch-funded think tank statement applauding the decision to ignore the plight of hurricane victims.

    One of the organizations calling on legislators to reject the hurricane relief bill, New Jersey’s Americans for Prosperity, said providing aid to the affected areas was disgraceful and would burden the country’s taxpayers and be misspent leading to a spending free-for-all. The state director of the Koch-funded group identified the relief bill as an attempt to “secure funding for wasteful endeavors by appealing to emotion,” and that “tragic things happen every day” that are not the federal government’s responsibility. His advice to New Jersey residents was “suck it up and be responsible,” and it is the libertarian answer to America as a community and unfortunately, a growing sentiment in Republican politics that reared its ugly head during the healthcare reform debate.

  • rikyrah

    Republican Congressman Says He’s Not Convinced Sandy Victims Need Relief

    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Jan. 4th, 2013

    Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp told AFA Director of Issues Analysis Bryan Fischer Thursday that he saw no real need for disaster relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. He says FEMA “can’t spend all the [money] quick enough.” In other words, FEMA already has money it hasn’t been able to spend on the victims, so what’s the rush in sending more?


    Huelskamp complained that the bill is “loaded up with pork” and that he is “not convinced yet” relief is even needed, leaving you to wonder just how out of touch a Republican can be. When he laments that “for some reason” people need relief from Hurricane Sandy I can only assume he is being willfully ignorant. Congenital stupidity can’t explain his comments.

    Of course people in that area need some help, but again if you have 10 or 20 billion dollars cash on hand and you can’t get it spent, why exactly does the first action of this Congress have to be passing a $60 billion spending bill, which we don’t have the money for.”

    Funny. You never hear Huelskamp complain about FEMA spending money when that money is going to Kansas tornado victims. This is interesting, because in 2011, Kansas was ranked in the top-9 of states receiving FEMA disaster designations:

    • Miranda

      SMH…no words

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    • GOPBlackChick did NOT make that.

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  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!