October 23, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: African-American Playwrights

This week the work  and style of African-American Playwrights were highlighted. The last playwright that I am highlighting is Adrienne Kennedy.


Adrienne Kennedy is an African-American playwright and was a key figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. She is best known for her first major play Funnyhouse of a Negro.  Many of Kennedy’s plays explore issues of race, kinship, and violence in American society, and many of her works are “autobiographically inspired.” In 1995, critic Michael Feingold of the Village Voice declared that “with Beckett gone, Adrienne Kennedy is probably the boldest artist now writing for the theater.”

Adrienne Kennedy was born Adrienne Lita Hawkins on September 13. 1931 in Pittsburgh, PA. Her mother Etta Hawkins was a teacher and her father Cornell Wallace Hawkins was a social worker. She spent most of her childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. She grew up in an integrated neighborhood and didn’t face many prejudices until her college years at Ohio State University. As a child she spent most of her time reading books like Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She often enjoyed spending time reading instead of engaging in games many other children enjoyed. She admired and crushed on actors like Orson Welles. Not until her teen years did she begin to enjoy and focus more on plays. One of the first plays she saw was The Glass Menagerie. It was plays such as this that inspired Adrienne to explore her passions for playwriting.

When she went to Ohio State University her interest in playwriting continued. Eventually she met and married Joseph Kennedy, with whom she had two children, Joseph Jr. and Adam. When her husband went off to fight in the Vietnam War while she was pregnant, she was able to write her first play. Her first produced play was Funnyhouse of a Negro. Most of Adrienne’s work was based on her experience. Lovalerie King said Kennedy’s plays “featured nonlinear narratives, dramatic and surrealistic imagery, split characters who existed in dreamlike states, fragmented formats, and unconventional plots.”[citation needed] Her routine use of poetic and buoyant language, pregnant with multiple levels of meaning, makes Kennedy a deliberate master of the verbal metaphor. She combines elements of expressionism with a verbal fluidity to evoke a series of profound and provocative effects. Critics of Kennedy’s work must be attuned to a variety of critical approaches and traditions to accurately assess her value to the theatrical community”.

She was later a founding member of the Women’s Theatre Council in 1971. She won several awards for her plays including two Village Voice Obie Awards. She wrote thirteen published plays, five unpublished, several autobiographies, a novella and a short story. She also wrote under aliases like Adrienne Cornell. She got her bachelors degree at Ohio State University for education but also got a degree at Columbia University. She and her husband moved to England and eventually divorced. She currently lectures at Yale University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis.

Ms. Kennedy has won two Obie Awards: “Distinguished Play” in 1964 for Funnyhouse of a Negro, and “Best new American Play” in 1996 for June and Jean in Concert and Sleep Deprivation Chamber. In 1994 she won both the Lila Wallace—Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Literature Award. She was also granted a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing (1967), two Rockefeller Foundation Grants (1967 & 1970), a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1972), the Creative Artists Public Service grant in 1974, the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, and the Pierre Lecomte du Novy Award In 2006, Kennedy received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a Master American Dramatist.

Kennedy was playwright-in-residence at the Signature Theatre in New York City during their 1996-1997 season.  Seven of her plays were performed during her residency.

In 2003, Ms. Kennedy was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature by her undergraduate alma mater, the Ohio State University.

Ms. Kennedy was honored at the 2008 Obie Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Suzanne Alexander is a recurring character in several of Kennedy’s plays. She Talks to BeethovenThe Ohio State MurdersThe Film Club, and The Dramatic Circle are collectively known as the Alexander Plays, and were published together under that title in 1992. Also published in 1992 was a letter written from Suzanne Alexander’s perspective “Letter to My Students on My Sixty-First Birthday by Suzanne Alexander”. The Alexander plays are characterized by less overt surrealism than many of Kennedy’s earlier works, but still avoid linear narrative. In the foreword to the printed collection of plays, Alisa Solomon writes “the action of these plays is made up not of the events of Suzanne’s life but of the process of turning memory into meaning.”

Kennedy is noted for the use of surrealism in her plays. Her plays are often plotless and symbolic, drawing on mythical, historical and imaginary figures to depict and explore the American experience. New York Times critic Clive Barnes noted that “While almost every black playwright in the country is fundamentally concerned with realism–LeRoi Jones and Ed Bullins at times have something different going but even their symbolism is straightforward stuff–-Miss Kennedy is weaving some kind of dramatic fabric of poetry.


***Information courtesy of Wikipedia.org***

  • Mornin’ POU!

    Here’s something to start off your day on the good foot:

    Jay Carney (EOP) ‏@PressSec
    President Obama and @McKaylaMaroney are not impressed: http://bit.ly/TPBMUy via @petesouza.

    • jds09

      The little moments like this demonstrates PBO’s breathtaking level of confidence, his command of pop culture and his comfort with social media. No wonder republicans hate him so, pure envy.

      • crazycanuck

        So true.

      • conlakappa

        Lawsy could you imagine The Mack Daddy or Mittens standing with this girl? Awkward.

  • I didn’t realize Bouncy was behind the “Take That Mitches” pic. She should not have taken it down.

    Beyonce Deletes Controversial Mitt Romney Diss From Her Instagram Account After It Causes Outrage

    By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

    Beyonce has made her political alliance with President Obama quite clear. She and her rapper husband Jay-Z have done a lot to help the Obamas secure a second term in the White House. Not only have they raised $ 4 million to contribute to the campaign, but Beyonce even launched a successful clothing line in honor to the re-election of President Obama. The line has been a hit, with many of Obama’s supporters purchasing T shirts and hats that symbolize their support of the President. Beyonce has even walked away from starring movie roles due to her loyalty to the Obama Administration, as she recently removed herself from Clint Eastwood’s A Star is Born remake, simply because of Eastwood’s strong Republican ties. So we can’t say we’re shocked that she posted this photo to her new Instagram account on the night that it was confirmed that President Obama had beat out Mitt Romney for a second term as President of the United States:

    MORE: http://urbanbellemag.com/2012/11/beyonce-mitt-romney-diss.html

    • Miranda

      I saw the pic when she first posted it – folks on twitter are QUICK! I dont think she should have removed it. Her fans have absolutely no problem with it, I bet it was an overeager exec at the record label or PR firm that had a conniption.

      • conlakappa

        Her fans were recently noted to have been among the most fanatic. She’d have had the backing of those people against anything the 50 outraged people could throw. Bet on it.

  • Miranda

    Myanmar children walk near a graffiti painted by Myanmar artist Arker Kyaw to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama on a street in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Word of Obama’s historic visit has spread quickly around Yangon, which is readying itself with legions of hunched workers painting fences and curbs, pulling weeds and scraping grime off old buildings in anticipation of the president’s Monday arrival. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win) http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/myanmar-obama-scene-4 http://binaryapi.ap.org/aeb9ef2395ec4b5e97324a168509af91/512x.jpg

  • nellcote


    Meet the Press: Lindsey Graham, Dianne Feinstein, Mike Rogers, David Cote, Raul Labrador, Tom Friedman, John Podesta, Mike Murphy, Andrea Mitchell

    Face the Nation: John McCain, Dick Durbin, Olympia Snowe, David Ignatius, Thomas Ricks, Margaret Brennan, Bob Orr, Maya MacGuineas, Mark Zandi

    This Week: Nancy Pelosi, Carl Levin, Peter King, Xavier Becerra, Newt Gingrich, George Will, Donna Brazile, Jonathan Karl

    Fox News Sunday: Saxby Chambliss, Joe Lieberman, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Bill Kristol, Bob Woodward, Kimberley Strassel, Charles Lane


    • jds09

      SMH. The MSM have learned nothing. Newt can still get a gig.

    • conlakappa

      I said this week’s stunt was a way to get The Mack Daddy back on with his bestie Schieffer. These panels are ridiculous.

  • rikyrah

    Larry O went all in on what many of us have been talking about with regards to the Generals….it’s not the cheating….it’s the JUDGEMENT.


    • Tafr

      That was a great on point segment. Personally I am not surprised or offended that these clowns had affairs. Folks who are offended are naive because that shit happens all the time. Yes there are military groupies, I used to know quite a few of them when I was an airman. There are those who want an officer and those who wants any man in a uniform no matter the rank.

      What disturbs me is the judgment. All those emails, reality stars and child custody cases??? really out of all the women they could of hooked up with they pick the fake kardashians really! Do not get me started on Broadwell.

      What really gets me is the custody case. The generals basically gave their reputation away to a crazy woman. This woman was practicing the most extreme of parental alienation yet the generals stated that she is a good mother. Now either they did not know she is crazy or they did know but lied. Either way their lack of judgment is stunning.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone 🙂

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    UPS Ends Charitable Giving To Boy Scouts Of America Over Anti-Gay Discrimination

    UPS has confirmed that it has implemented a new policy for its charitable giving that will disqualify groups like the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The UPS Foundation posted the following on its site yesterday:[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/11/13/1178991/ups-boy-scouts-discrimination/?mobile=nc

    H/T Zack Ford

  • creolechild

    BP Gulf Oil Spill Probe: $4.5 Billion Settlement Isn’t the End, Says AG Holder

    Two men who worked for BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster have been charged with manslaughter and a third with lying to federal investigators, according to indictments made public Thursday, hours after BP announced it was paying $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government over the disaster.[….]

    “This marks the largest single criminal fine and the largest total criminal resolution in the history of the United States,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at a news conference in New Orleans. Holder said the settlement and indictments aren’t the end of federal authorities’ efforts and that the criminal investigation is continuing. Holder says much of the money BP has agreed to pay will be used to restore the environment in the Gulf.[….]

    Read more: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/11/15/bp-gulf-oil-spill-probe-4-5-billion-settlement-isnt-the-end/

  • creolechild

    Building Careers for Our Older Veterans

    [….] In November 2011, the President signed into law the Vow to Hire Heroes Act. This Act does many things to prepare Veterans for careers after military service, including one provision that specifically targets older veterans. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, better known as VRAP, is designed to give up to 12 months of benefits for unemployed Veterans to jump-start into a new, high-demand career field. This provision specifically applies to unemployed Veterans who are between 35 and 60, and not eligible for any other education benefit.

    The law limits the benefit to 99,000 Veterans. Since May, 2012, over 75,000 Veterans have applied and over 62,000 have already been approved to participate in the program. VRAP doesn’t end with the provision of education; it goes one step further by assisting Veterans find a career. When a Veteran completes the education or training program, they are then eligible to leverage the Department of Labor programs designed for Veterans.

    Help get the word out – make it a point to tell someone who may know an unemployed Veteran now, as the program will end by March 2014. For information on the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, visit http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm or call 1-888-GI-BILL-1.


    H/T Rosye Cloud

  • nellcote

    FCC Study Shows Lack of Diversity in Station Ownership

    A recent Federal Communications Commission study shows that as of 2011, 69 percent of commercial broadcast stations are owned by whites.

    The remaining 31 percent was split between station ownership identified by ethnicity (2 percent) and those that weren’t (28 percent).

    Station ownership by women was also lacking. Women owned only 6.8 percent of all commercial stations in 2011 while men owned 64.8 percent, .5 percent were jointly owned and 28 percent were owned by no majority male or female interest.

    According to the study minorities owned just 30 of the 1,348 full power commercial stations in the US.


  • creolechild

    Senate confirms Gruenberg and Hoenig as FDIC leaders

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Martin J. Gruenberg as chairman and Thomas Hoenig as vice chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The banking agency has been without an official leader since Sheila Bair stepped down as chair in July 2011. Congressional bickering over President Obama’s nominations at other agencies, including Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, stalled a number of confirmations.

    Gruenberg and Hoenig were confirmed to six-year terms on the FDIC’s board of directors in March, but the Senate refrained from finalizing their leadership roles. Gruenberg and Hoenig were widely expected to sail through the confirmations process once the presidential election was over.[….]

    Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/senate-confirms-gruenberg-and-hoenig-as-fdic-leaders/2012/11/15/af97c028-2f85-11e2-ac4a-33b8b41fb531_story.html

    H/T Danielle Douglas

    • TyrenM

      Ridiculous. 16 Months. Fucking Ridiculous. I don’t have the answer to Filibuster Reform but something will have to be done this time around.

  • creolechild

    US Department of Labor recovers more than $787,000 in back wages for 124 workers following investigations at Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tenn.

    The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $787,548 in back wages for 124 employees who performed work on a federally funded project at the Nissan plant in Smyrna.[….] “The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is unacceptable, and something we see all too often in industries that employ vulnerable workers and in which we’ve historically found significant wage violations,” said Nancy J. Leppink, deputy administrator of the Wage and Hour Division. [….]

    Read more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20122187.htm

    • Miranda

      I wonder how many of those employees voted for Romney who would have had a Labor Dept that wouldn’t dare investigate such unfair practices.

    • nellcote

      Is this story why goopers are bitching about Solis lately?

  • crazycanuck
    • Miranda

      This White House ROCKS!

      • conlakappa

        While the MSM’s sad deepens. Why have interpreters of what was said when you can get it directly from the source?!

  • creolechild

    The Most Gratifying Gift You Can Give This Holiday

    Strangers’ many acts of kindness, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, are far more widespread than the stealing or scamming. That’s an uplifting prelude to our upcoming season of caring. Holidays are times of great loving and loneliness. We usually can’t tell who is actually experiencing which. For many it is a bit of both. That makes it a prime time for kindness. Start your giving early, sharing your most precious presents, time and attention.[….]

    Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” “You may be sorry that you spoke, sorry you stayed or went, sorry you won or lost, sorry so much was spent. But as you go through life, you’ll find—you’re never sorry that you were kind,” said Herbert Prochnow.[….]

    Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kareanderson/2012/11/16/the-most-gratifying-gift-you-can-give-this-holiday/

    H/T Kare Anderson

    • Worldwatcher7

      Thank you so much for posting this. It’s a nice break from the politics.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – – Obama to Thailand

    — – –The president is spending Saturday traveling to Bangkok, Thailand. When he arrives on Sunday, he will participate in a welcome ceremony, tour a monastery, and meet with King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. – – -VERY SIGNIFICANT. — -:>)


    B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -4 Us –VISUAL LEARNERS :>) – —Here is MR. PRESIDENT’s itenerary – – – –

    – – – —Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, East Asia Summit, November 17-20, 2012 – —

    – – – –Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand, and attend the East Asia Summit, November. 17-20, 2012.

    Obama Asia Trip to Mark First Myanmar Stop by U.S. President –He’s a – – –FIRST!! – -Woo! Hoo! :>)


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. – — -Awww – —Is THIS da – – -CUTENESS? – — -:>) – – –

    — – –Photo: Obama imitates gymnast McKayla Maroney’s ‘not impressed’ look – —

    — –President Barack Obama met with members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team on Wednesday and mimicked gymnast McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” look.

    “Did I just do the Not Impressed face with the President..?” Maroney, who won an individual silver medal, tweeted afterward.

    – – — SNIP – —

    “These gymnastics folks – I don’t understand how they do what they do,” Obama told supporters at a campaign rally after he had spoken by phone from Air Force One to all five members of the team. “So I told these young ladies as I was congratulating them, how do you not bust your head every time you’re on that little balance beam? I couldn’t walk across that balance beam.”

    Mr. PRESIDENT – – -is #1!! ;>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -***fist bump** 2 DIS — –

    – – –Goodbye, Mr. McCain – –

    – —The word “Benghazi” hasn’t appeared on the front page here since the election. Steve made a mention on November 3rd in citing some unhinged sports radio hosts. I only mentioned it in October in the context of Obama slapping the taste out of Romney’s mouth during the debates. We’ve treated it as a non-story because it is a non-story. It is tragic that we lost four American lives, including an esteemed diplomat. We need to make sure that we do a better job of protecting our embassies, consulates and diplomatic staff. The investigation into what happened in Benghazi can help us make better decisions in the future. However, I have refused to dignify the Republicans’ shameless politicization of this tragedy by taking any time to rebut their fantasies and false allegations. And that won’t change.

    John McCain had a near-infinite reservoir of good will to burn after he sat in a North Vietnamese prison for years. He is now officially out of fuel. From here on out, he will receive no respect and no mercy and no further recognition of his sacrifice. There is no good will left. He is trash.

    – — -DONE!! —-

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – –From – – -“ICE -ICE HARRY”- – -2 McAncient!! – –

    — –Reid to McCain: ‘I refuse to allow the Senate to be used as a venue for baseless partisan attacks’ – —

    – —Harry Reid delivered a brutal smackdown to John McCain and the Republicans regarding their blatant, dangerous politicization of the attacks in Benghazi and misrepresentation of classified information for political purposes, starting off with, “I refuse to allow the Senate to be used as a venue for baseless partisan attacks.”

    In a letter in which he denies Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte’s request for a Congressional Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi Attack, Senator Reid tore McCain and the Republicans apart.

    Reid rejected McCain’s call for a special investigation, calling out Senator McCain for missing the classified briefing on this very issue, writing, “You already have the opportunity to engage more fully in the fulsome and ongoing investigations into the events in Benghazi currently being conducted by the Senate committees of jurisdiction. For instance, on Wednesday, Senator McCain failed to attend a classified briefing held by the Senate Homeland Security Committee on this very issue.

    – – – -SNIP —

    John McCain will not be getting his super special committee. He will have to find another way of staying relevant as he loses his super important status as the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee this January. He won’t be allowed to whip up a Wategate fiction in order to play Big Man in the Senate. – – -HAH!

    – –SNIP – –
    Read the entire letter here:


    – — -GET OVA IT!! — -McAncient!! – – -U LOST 2 – -“THAT 1”!! — Annnnd U CONTINUE 2 – -LOSE!! – – – –

  • Miranda

    Oh my…………..I’m finally watching the latest episode of Scandal. Shonda Rhimes betta get every award out there for her writing and in fact, somebody needs to create a new one just for her. SHE IS DA SHIZNIT!

    • annvic

      Huck broke my heart into a thousand pieces.

      • OK? I want to give him a hug, but then again, he’d probably try to shank me. 🙁

        • annvic

          Lol, my thoughts exactly. Ugh, when he was listening to the radio at the end…..’scuse me I have something in my eye….

        • rikyrah

          Huck is fucked up, but I love him.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – —Weekly Address: Working Together to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts – —

    – – – —In this week’s address, President Obama urges Congress to act now on one thing that everyone agrees on — ensuring that taxes don’t go up on 98 percent of all Americans and 97 percent of small businesses at the end of the year. On Friday, the President had a constructive meeting with Congressional leaders on finding ways to reduce our deficit in a way that strengthens our economy and protects our middle class, and he looks forward to working together to get this done.

    – – -LISTEN 2 da PEOPLE – – –

    – —-Middle Class Taxes. – —

    – — – –CONGRESS – – -BETTA – – –Do the RIGHT THANG!! – – –

    • conlakappa

      He is painting the Rs further and further into a corner. There is no obvious response from them beyond, “we surrender!”

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY conlakappa – – -***BIG HUG*** :>) – – –

        – — – –***fist bump*** – – – –YA MEAN – – -LIKE THIS!? – –LOL – –

        – – –Don’t — -START NONE!! – –Won’t B NONE!! – -HAH!

        Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – —-Mr. President seems 2 B – —-Movin’ ’em – — FORWARD — –>

    – – –Congressional leaders after fiscal meeting: ‘We have a plan; we’re going to move forward on it’ – —

    – – —Congressional leaders emerged Friday from the White House saying their initial meeting on the “fiscal cliff” with President Obama had been a “constructive” first step.

    The lawmakers offered no details on their discussions to avert major tax hikes and spending cuts that could cripple the economy in January, but Republican leaders signaled a flexibility on higher taxes while Democrats said they could agree to spending cuts.

    In a signal to financial markets that have fallen precipitously since Obama’s election last week, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed confidence they would reach a deal.

    The four all also appeared outside the White House after the meeting as a group to telegraph their seriousness and unity to the markets and the public.

    Watchin’. . . . .

    • conlakappa

      Gimme break, Rs. They will have another 8-page document that has 4 pages of charts that make no sense. I don’t know what hirsute airhead they’ll promote to the front row now that Pence is gone, Lyin lost, and Cantor has shown just how faulty the brand.

      • jds09

        I think they’re so dumb that they’ll put Ryan back up. Most of them are still high on their own supply.

  • GreenLadyHere


    — – – –Israel bombards Gaza with nearly 200 airstrikes overnight leaving at least 10 dead and blasts Hamas HQ in retaliation after rocket strikes Jerusalem

    — —Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early today, widening a blistering assault on militant operations to include the prime minister’s headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels.

    The new attacks followed an unprecedented rocket strike aimed at the contested holy city of Jerusalem that raised the stakes in Israel’s violent confrontation with Palestinian militants and extended the battlefield.

    The Israeli military did not provide a detailed account of its overnight targets, but said more than 180 sites were struck, making a total of more than 800 since the operation began.

    Scroll down for latest video

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – –Credit when due – –GOOD SMACK DOWN!! – -of a BLOVIATIN’ — LIAR!! – —

    – – – –Anderson Cooper Gets Heated With GOP Rep. Over Benghazi: ‘What You’re Saying Is Factually Not Correct’ – –

    – — –Anderson Cooper invited Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher on tonight to defend his position that the Obama administration engaged in widespread lying and covering-up of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. Cooper pressed Rohrabacher to explain what exactly the White House lied about and what proof he has to make such a claim. Cooper repeatedly got frustrated with Rohrabacher and told him, “what you’re saying is factually not correct.”

    • conlakappa

      Dana Rohrbacher is an idiot and his wife is a criminal. He needs to return to the backbench he just recently decided to unass. Nature abhors a vacuum but having this void trying to fill that void is not going to end well.

      • malletgirl02

        This Dana Rohrbachcher sounds familiar wasn’t he siding with the Taliban in Afghanastan back in the 1980s when they were fighting th Soviet Union?

        • conlakappa

          Yes. He manages to be dim and shady concurrently. So does his wife.

  • Alma98

    Good Saturday morning all!

  • BREAKING: Judge Issues Injunction Over Contraception Mandate

    A federal judge Friday night sided with a Christian publishing company in a lawsuit against the requirement included in Obamacare to provide co-pay free contraception to employees. US District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton issued a temporary stay on the rule. The company, Tyndale House Publishers, sued to be exempt from providing any contraception it equated with abortion, including Plan B and intrauterine devices (neither is actually an abortifacient). While this has become a pet issue of the religious right, in actuality, religious institutions are exempt from contributing to contraception cost. Instead, insurance companies must provide birth control free of charge to employees of such institutions — a requirement that a majority of Americans support.


  • LOL!

    Dude, Where’s My Caucus?

    By Warren Rojas Posted at 2:14 p.m. on Nov. 14

    Day Two of of the lame-duck and the freshman gaffes keep coming.

    A Democratic staffer camped out at this morning’s caucus meeting for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s big reveal witnessed a panicky exit by a perplexed newcomer.

    “When they welcomed Leader Pelosi and everyone stood up to applaud, a frantic new member got up — breakfast plate in hand — rushed over to me and asked, ‘Wait … what meeting is this?!’ I said, ‘This is the Democratic Caucus.’ He said, ‘Oh s—, I’m in the wrong meeting. Where are the Republicans meeting?’” the anonymous tipster said of the mini-drama.

    The confused caucuser? Rep.-elect Chris Collins, R-N.Y.

    MORE: http://hoh.rollcall.com/dude-wheres-my-caucus/

    • TyrenM

      Damn. I liked Doug Collins as a player and coach. I hope this isn’t his son.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – – -MR. PRESIDENT. – – -GOT DA POWER!! — – -:>) – – – –

    – — –Stocks Finish Week on Positive Note – –

    – — The major U.S. stock averages finished higher Friday as investors were cheered by positive commentary coming out of initial fiscal cliff discussions between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders.
    More on Stock Market Today.

    John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, was quoted as saying he believes the fiscal cliff — which refers to a combination of tax rate increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 — can be averted.

    – — SNIP —
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose nearly 46 points, or 0.37%, to close at 12,588. The blue-chip index snapped a four-day losing streak and ended the week down 1.77%. For the year, the Dow is still up 3.03%.


    – — —LEADERSHIP!! — Woo! Hoo! — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – — -DANG!! – – – -He’s still in da hunt! – —

    – – – –St. Lucie will recount early votes in Murphy-West race Saturday morning at 9 a.m. – –

    — –A divided St. Lucie County canvassing board decided Friday night to recount all 37,379 ballots from early voting in the tight congressional race between Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy.

    The 2-1 decision is at least a temporary victory for West, who trails Murphy by less than 2,000 votes or about 0.6 percent in unofficial returns from congressional District 18, which includes St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties.

    West has not conceded and has sought a recount of early votes after the St. Lucie County elections office admitted double-counting some votes and ignoring others on election night.

    The recount will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

    – –Watchin’. . . . .

  • *dead*

    N.Y. district attorney admits to porn star past

    CORTLAND, N.Y. An upstate district attorney admitted on Friday that he had previously worked as a pornographic actor in the 1970s, despite previously repeatedly denying working in the adult film industry.

    Mark Suben, the DA in Cortland County near Syracuse since 2008, held a news conference Friday to say he had lied about his past in the days before this year’s election. He had recently been re-elected to a second term.

    “Recently materials have been circulated alleging that I was involved in the adult film industry about 40 years ago in New York. Those allegations are true,” he said. “I was an actor in adult films for a short period in the early 70s. I was also an actor in other venues including off Broadway, soap operas and commercial advertisements.”

    MORE: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57551369/n.y-district-attorney-admits-to-porn-star-past/

    • rikyrah

      He had to pay the bills somehow…


      • TyrenM

        He was working his way through law school. Ain’t that what the dancers say at the clubs?

  • HA!

    Nancy Pelosi ‏@NancyPelosi
    Sending along birthday well wishes to my colleague @SpeakerBoehner. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too old. 🙂

  • Good News Arizona!!

    Voters in Arizona’s 2nd pick Barber over McSally
    BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press
    Updated 8:50 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2012

    HOENIX (AP) — Democrat Ron Barber has won a full term representing Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, squeaking out a win over Republican Martha McSally and giving Democrats a sweep of the state’s three competitive races for U.S. House seats.

    Voters decisively picked Barber to fill out the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords term in a special election in June, but last week’s election was for a full term and was so tight it took until Saturday before a winner was clear. Barber and McSally each held leads since election night, with a difference of only a few dozen votes at times, before Barber steadily began pulling ahead.

    By late Friday, Barber had a 1,402-vote margin with more than 285,000 votes cast in the race. Only about 15,000 provisional ballots remain to be counted in Pima County, although not all are in the 2nd District. An Associated Press analysis determined Barber’s lead could not be overcome.

    Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Voters-in-Arizona-s-2nd-pick-Barber-over-McSally-4046327.php#ixzz2CVF6b3Rb

    • Alma98


    • rikyrah


    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Sepia – – – -Woo! Hoo! – – – –KARMA – -got da -“W”!! – —

      Good 2 C U. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      It’s official! See my comment up thread.

  • Alma98

    Tin foil hat on, conspiracy theory I’ve been thinking about. I had told my husband the other day that I thought the republicans were using Jill Kelley. I thought they were trying to put PBO in a Lewinsky situation with her. And what do you know, some mid level white house aide brought her and her twin to the white house mess. Of course AP has the story as something big, not! We all know PBO wouldn’t have it and Michelle wouldn’t let them anywhere near PBO. I want to know who is the aide that brought them there. I firmly believe they were trying to set POTUS up and it backfired on their asses. Petreaus couldn’t help himself and decided to taste the goods himself. Hell I still believe the Libya attack was meant to mess up the 2012 election. Taking off tin foil hat now , what do y’all think?

    • rikyrah


      • Alma98

        When I heard this social hostess b.s. the back of my neck started tingling. This is probably why they kept saying PBO won’t party with us, they ain’t slick.

        • rikyrah

          they just don’t get it.

          they really are desperate for an ‘ Obama Scandal’.

          they are pitiful.

          • creolechild

            Speaking of ‘desperate’ and pitiful, TPM ran two separate articles about Kelley and Broadwell’s visits to the White House(?!). Here are two comments that clarifies what TPM failed to mention and their motive for not doing so (which we already knew).

            Hoagieroll • a day ago

            This, and the Broadwell headline, are misleading. The Old Executive Office Building is NOT the White House. It is an office building a few block away from the White House with Administration staff, and 100s of visitors everyday coming in for all variety of reasons. The way these headlines are written you would think they stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom.

            Sara Landers • a day ago

            Typical of TPM these days. Clicks, clicks, clicks


    • conlakappa

      When an account like this emerges, I tend to parse the language and not accept it as the story they are trying to tell me. Mid-level aide? As defined by whom? There are plenty of military folks walking around the White House who come with the building not the President/First Family, so would the army major I know count as mid-level? He would militarily. Now let’s look at her saying she had breakfast there. Was it a policy event to which she gained access due to her military access? I would bet dollars to doughnuts it was not held at the White House but at the New Executive Office Building, so technically the White House and just the sort of thing this Salahi-like woman would brag about assuming that her Facebook friends wouldn’t get the distinction.

      I don’t think any set up was aimed at the President but at the general instead. Rove’s asking Broadwell to run for office, knowing that she’d consult her lover about it, was a good way of letting the general know that Rove knew. The way is being cleared for 2016 in a twisted instance of them taking the long view.

      • Alma98

        I agree about the aide but will disagree about the setup part. They’ve been trying to find a scandal since 2007, so we’ll have to agree to disagree lol.

        • conlakappa

          You see creolechild’s comment confirming my supposition about what was being characterized as “the White House?” Some times a cigar is a cigar. Or the MSM treating a cigar like a bazooka.

          • Alma98

            I checked out her comment thanks. Sorry I didn’t get back to you. I went on a cleaning spree I’m trying to get ready for Thanksgiving.

    • Hmm….. You might be on to something there!

    • Town

      I guess they really do believe white women are black men’s Kryptonite.

      • Alma98

        You know they do lol.

      • malletgirl02

        I agree, these people believe that any white woman is better than a black woman. I seen a picture of the Kelley twins, and they are not all that. Michelle is 1000% better than the twins combined.

  • rikyrah

    Friday, Nov 16, 2012 10:00 AM CST
    Dear Mr. President: Please admit it — you’re a Jedi

    Can you share the Force with the rest of us now? We’re ready to get to work
    By Tobias Barrington Wolff

    Mr. President:

    With your last-ever campaign behind you, and faced with the task of rallying an American community that has nearly had the unity beaten out of it by a politics that has often forgotten its purpose, I believe that now is the time for you to reveal your truth. For it can be a healing truth, and we are ready to hear it.

    It is time to admit that you are a Jedi.


  • rikyrah

    So, Little Luke, show me the Democratic lawmaker – not the President – who raised 85 million for the party.

    oh, you can’t find them?

    then sit down and S-T-F-U with your ageist dribble against Nancy Smash.



    The millions of reasons Nancy Pelosi decided to stay

    … [T]he lawmaker Republicans love to hate isn’t going anywhere. She means to be at the table when three others, all men — McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — knock out a debt deal with the president. “For some people in the public,” she said, “the thought of four men at the table was not an appealing sight.” With entitlements presumably on that same table, she wants to be there to watch over them. Having pushed through the Affordable Care Act, she wants to be on the job when it’s finally implemented. When Obama lately began speaking again about climate change — one of her signature issues — that, too, was an inducement. And looking out for women, she made clear, is very much the point of her decision to stick around…

    As long as you’re still wearing out the kids on your staff, though, as I saw Pelosi do during a few days on the campaign trail with her this summer, you are just not ready to go yet. She did 450 fundraisers this year, raising $85 million for her party this cycle, and reveling in the process. Though Democrats did not come close to netting the 25 seats they needed to take back control of the House, I always thought she’d stay on doing what she loves — and what, at this point, no one can do better.

    One sign of how far women in politics have come is that more are now doing what men have always done, aging on the public stage. Pelosi often makes light of her age: “Nobody’s older than I am,” she says unselfconsciously. Her 83-year-old colleague Louise Slaughter, a microbiologist who motors around the Capitol now on a senior scooter, is part of the House Democratic leadership team, too, and the ranking member on the Rules Committee.

    Then there’s Pelosi’s 79-year-old neighbor in San Francisco, Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and just coasted to reelection, becoming the oldest woman ever elected to a new term in the Senate, historian Don Ritchie told me. Feinstein didn’t run away from her years, either, but on the contrary, ran on her decades of experience. Especially in vast California, she said this summer, “You have to build a base over time.” And then, if you’re lucky, you get to stick around and put it to use

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – —–LOL – — –NO MORE – — TWITT!! – —

    — –Go on now, go, walk out that door. — Just turn around now‚- – -cause you’re not welcome any more. – — –

    – — –Why Republicans Want Mitt Romney To Go Away – –

    – – –Ten days after at least some Republicans were surprised to see Mitt Romney lose the presidency, the candidate is gone without a trace.

    There appears to be no Romney Republicanism to propagate. No Romney strategy to emulate. No Romney technology to ape. No generation shaped by his failed effort. And no Romney infrastructure to inherit, though he may still be asked to write and bundle quite a few checks. Romney’s bewildering post-election explanations of his defeat — Obama, he said, had bought off Americans — drew almost universal condemnation from leaders of his party, but the comments were more excuse than cause; party figures from Ari Fleischer to Bobby Jindal appeared to be waiting to kick Romney to the side of the road. – -SNIP – —

    Romney is being erased with record speed from his party’s books for three reasons. First, many Republicans backed him because they thought he had a good chance of winning; that appeal, obviously, is gone. Second, Romney had shallow roots, and few friends, in the national Republican Party. And those shallow roots have allowed Republicans to give him a new role: As a sort of bad partisan bank, freighted with all the generational positions and postures that they are looking to dump.

    “Romney is now a toxic asset to unload,” the historian Jack Bohrer remarked Saturday. “The only interesting thing left to his story is how they dispose of him.”

    – – -Bu – – -BYEEEEE! – – -LOL

  • rikyrah

    Predicting the House

    by BooMan
    Sat Nov 17th, 2012 at 11:03:33 AM EST

    Midterm elections are different from presidential elections because turnout is much lower. I’d argue that midterm elections can be further distinguished depending on whether they occur during a president’s second year in office or his sixth. Since World War Two ended, we have had four midterm elections in the sixth year of a presidency and two additional midterm elections that almost fit that model. In 1958, Eisenhower’s sixth year in office, the Republicans lost 48 seats in the House. In 1986, Reagan’s sixth year in office, the Republicans lost five seats in Congress. In 1998, Bill Clinton’s sixth year in office, the Democrats gained five seats in the House. In 2006, Bush’s sixth year in office, the Republicans lost 30 seats in the House. In 1974, Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace and the Republicans lost 48 seats. In 1966, which would have been JFK’s sixth year in office, the Democrats lost 48 seats.
    This is a small data set, but the trend is pretty clear. The president’s party doesn’t do well in the sixth year of his presidency. In the post war era, the only time the president’s party gained seats in the sixth year was in 1998, and that was pretty clearly a backlash against the impeachment proceedings again President Clinton. Yet, if you look at all these examples, they all have unique circumstances that explain the results. In 1958, the booming economy we associate with that decade came to an abrupt halt and went into recession. In 1966, there was a backlash against the civil rights legislation of 1964 and 1965, and there was growing consternation about the war in Vietnam. In 1974, people were furious about President Ford’s pardon of Nixon. In 1986, there was the Iran-Contra scandal. In 2006, there was exhaustion with the war in Iraq.

    I think it is a mistake to think that we can use these past sixth-year midterm elections to make confident predictions about what will happen in 2014. If the president is staggering through some massive scandal, his party will probably do badly unless (as in 1998) the public perceives the Republicans to be overreacting.

    The truth is, no post-war president has had a good second term. The least bad second term was Eisenhower’s. He had a bad economy and got caught lying about the Gary Powers U-2 incident, but that scandal occurred after the midterms. I think we have to go back to FDR’s second term to find an example that is likely to fit Obama’s second term. But even that example won’t be helpful in predicting the congressional elections of 2014. In 1938, the Democrats lost 72 seats and still didn’t lose their majority. The last time a president went into their sixth-year midterms with a split Congress was in 1986. Reagan’s party lost control of the Senate.


  • rikyrah

    Michael Tomasky: The Nonexistent Case Against Susan Rice Crumbles

    Peter King admitted on CNN that David Petraeus, in his Hill briefing, the one John McCain couldn’t be bothered to attend because he was holding a press conference denouncing the administration for withholding information, gave Susan Rice the green light to say what she said on those TV appearances on that fateful day.

    …. the agency approved Rice’s talking points. So she wasn’t lying or spinning. So says Peter King, no ideological or partisan doormat on these matters, I think you would agree.

    …. Rice maybe should or should not be secretary of state, but she sure shouldn’t be disqualified on the basis of these flimsy and silly allegations, and King’s admission helps clear her plate.


  • rikyrah

    Did Anonymous stop Karl Rove from Stealing Ohio again?


  • rikyrah

    November 17, 2012

    Jen Rubin’s last stand

    One would think that Jennifer Rubin would be exhausted after her shrill, months-long, Romney-pumping, Maxwell Smart-like campaign against America’s Satan, Barack Obama; so exhausted, she might even give her paranoid hysteria a rest. At least a brief one. But no, not the Washington Post’s Jen Rubin. Indeed, she’s foaming and frothing more than ever.

    Her latest screed trumpets the Benghazi Affair as “a full-blown scandal.” Rubin cites a “blockbuster” Washington Guardian story which, she explains, “indicates that the president certainly knew that Benghazi wasn’t a rogue movie review gone bad.” She quotes from the story:

    Most of the details affirming al-Qaida links were edited or excluded from the unclassified talking points used by Rice in appearances on news programs the weekend after the attack, officials confirmed Friday. Multiple agencies were involved in excising information, doing so because it revealed sources and methods, dealt with classified intercepts or involved information that was not yet fully confirmed, the officials said.

    Rubin then writes–and this is mindblowing–“How could the president and his senior staff then have allowed (or rather, sent) Rice to go out to tell an entirely different tale to the American people on Sept. 16 on five TV shows?”

    Yet she had already answered that in the very quote she led with: Multiple agencies were involved in excising information, doing so because it revealed sources and methods, dealt with classified intercepts or involved information that was not yet fully confirmed.


    • The media is scrambling to save themselves because for the last month and half, they swore up and down that Ambassador Rice effed up and PBO was engaged in a cover-up. Now, that the evidence shows that the media and their GOP masters were wrong, they look stupid, but instead of taking the L and moving on, they continue to dig themselves into an even bigger hole.

      • conlakappa

        Look how long they stayed at investigating Clinton before they struck a truffle? Haters hate and pigs will root.

  • rikyrah

    November 17, 2012

    Milbank’s contract hit

    It looks as though either the Clinton or Kerry camp got to Milbank. What a partisan-fed hit job on Susan Rice.

    “[S]he appalled colleagues by flipping her middle finger at Richard Holbrooke during a meeting with senior staff at the State Department”? Yeah? And? Everybody, at some point, once told the overbearing Holbrooke to go fuck himself. So what?

    Rice also had the temerity, Milbank reminds us, to defect from Clinton to Obama in ’08. Shocking. And to question Clinton’s insane support of the Iraq war. Atrocious. And to call John McCain “reckless.” Ghastly. And to openly scrutinize the G.W. Bush/Europe-aligned policy on Iran’s weapons program. Oh dear the smelling salts, please.

    Maybe Rice isn’t Obama’s top choice for State. Maybe Rice shouldn’t be Obama’s top choice for State. Maybe the manufactured Benghazi controversy has done its work and poisoned her nomination beyond cure. I don’t know. What I do know is that Susan Rice’s career should not be judged by some vulgar, schoolyard defamation campaign led by a Beltway Walter Winchell.


    • Milbank mentioned the primary, so this sounds like something straight outta Camp Clinton, not Kerry.

      Between this, Paul Begala lying about OFA in NC and Bill Clinton’s silence about Romney’s claim that he told him Hurricane Sandy helped PBO win, HRC is gonna lose the Obamacrat vote in 2016.

      • annvic

        ETA: I saw on the Twitters that Kirsten Powers, who worked in the Clinton Administration, wrote an article saying PBO defending Rice was “sexist” and “paternalistic”.

        I’m sure as a Clintonite, she believes that the proper procedure for a president with a black female government official being hounded by the press and the Republicans is to leave her to twist in the wind by her lonesome.

        • Worldwatcher7

          Recall how Clinton abandoned Lani Guinier.

          • annvic

            Yup, and Jocelyn Elders.

      • Miranda

        Kirsten Powers is Faux News obligatory blond Dem woman for their shows. She is nothing but an ornament.

  • rikyrah

    Margin of Victory graphic for POTUS as compared to other Presidents


    • Alma98


  • GreenLadyHere


    —- –Sharpton, Jealous among civic leaders to meet with Obama on ‘fiscal cliff’

    – – – – –With the so-called “fiscal cliff” approaching at the end of the year, President Barack Obama is holding meetings with various groups, including business and labor leaders, to solicit ideas on how to tackle the nation’s budget deficits.

    On Friday, a group of civic leaders became the latest to meet with the president.

    “The president has been very clear that he wants to work together with members of Congress in both parties to find common ground to address the challenges facing our nation at the end of the year,” a White House official said Thursday.

    – – -SNIP —

    Among those meeting with the president will be Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, and host of Politics Nation on MSNBC, Marc Morial, head of the National Urban League and Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP.

    Also attending the meeting: Sister Simone Campbell of the Catholic social justice lobbying group NETWORK, Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, Also at the meeting will be Januet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza, Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Deepa Iyer of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Barry Rand of the seniors advocacy group AARP, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising.org, Aaron Smith of the group Young Invincibles, and Rev. Jim Wallis of the faith-based group Sojourners.

    – — -Where is that – – -HE ‘ON’T DO NOTHING 4 BLAH FOLKS MEME — HATA GROUP!?? — — –

    – -WHA’?? – — -WHA’ – – —

    —YEAH! – –I THOUGHT SO!! – –HAH!! — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – —GR8 AUTO INDUSTRY NEWS!! – – – –JOBS! – – -JOBS! – — -JOBS!! – –Woo! Hoo! – –

    – – – —Chrysler boosting U.S. engine output; adds flex line – —

    – – —Chrysler Group LLC will invest $238 million in two plants in Michigan to boost engine production to meet U.S. demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient engines, the U.S. automaker majority owned by Fiat SpA said on Thursday.

    Chrysler is spending $198 million to make by early 2014 its Pentastar V6 engine at the Mack I Engine Plant in Detroit, which now makes a larger engine for the Ram 1500 truck. The automaker is also working on several variants of the 3.6-liter V6 engine, including a smaller 3.2-liter version.

    The No. 3 U.S. automaker is also spending $40 million to install a flexible production line — its first ever — at its Trenton North plant in Trenton, Michigan, to build both the V-6 engine and the Tigershark four-cylinder engine. – –

    THANK U – – -MR. PRESIDENT! — Woo! Hoo! :>)

    [Wha’ wuz dat —TWITT?? – –Let Detroit go bankrupt? — — HAH! ]—-LOSER!!! —

  • Aquagranny911

    It’s official. It’s been reported that McSally called Ron Barber about an hour ago & conceded the race for district 2 in AZ.


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -Mr. Earl – –IZZAT U?? —:>) Annnnnd – –SPEAKIN’ TRUTH!! – :>)

    – —Earl Ofari Hutchinson: The GOP Hit on Rice Is a Hit on President Obama – –

    —- –*The GOP hit on UN Ambassador Susan Rice for the murderous Benghazi attack is not about her alleged bungling, untruthfulness, or lack of accomplishment. It’s yet another GOP ploy to weaken, besmirch, and taint President Obama. Change the name from Rice to Attorney General Eric Holder and it’s a virtual rerun of four years ago. Days after Obama’s 2008 election victory, he publicly announced that he planned to tap Holder for the AG post. GOP senators made it clear that they would grill Holder hard on his alleged political malfeasance and cronyism in questionable pardons and assorted other actions as Deputy Attorney General in Bill Clinton’s administration. As a major advisor to the Obama campaign, Holder was clearly seen as the weak link to tar the Obama administration as prone to poor and untrustworthy judgment in picking cabinet and agency appointees.

    Rice is now the GOP’s pawn to accomplish the same end. Obama lashed back and called the attack on Rice “outrageous.” But that won’t stop GOP senators from the assault on Rice’s competence and character. Both GOP hits against her are absurd. – –SNIP —

    Rice simply repeated the flawed and inaccurate intelligence information that she was given.
    – — -SNIP – —
    Obama and Democrats so far have pushed back hard against the ploy. A group of House Democratic women have gone even further and branded the attack on Rice as “racist” and “sexist.” And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says there will be no independent Senate panel probe of Benghazi. But the GOP is unfazed by this. It hopes that its all out assault on Rice will set the stage for the confrontation that some key GOP senators are spoiling for if Obama nominates Rice as his next Secretary of State. The issue is really not Rice, but Obama.

    THERE IS MORE. – ——WELL SAID!! – –

    • Town

      Change the name from Rice to Attorney General Eric Holder and it’s a virtual rerun of four years weeks ago.

      There. Fixed.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Town. My REPLY moved. :>) Sorry. :>)

  • Another Limousine Liberal trying to sound profound and failing miserably…

    Is Romney’s ‘Gift’ Doctrine as Bad as It Sounds?
    Leslie Savan on November 17, 2012 – 11:37 AM ET

    […] But is it possible that Romney’s gift doctrine isn’t quite as bad as it sounds nor as pejorative as the 47 percent insult? Maybe Mitt Romney is saying—in his own tongue-tied, convoluted, plutocratic, and incredibly insensitive way—that Obama’s voters are no different than… Mitt Romney.

    That may seem insulting in itself. But Romney, so practiced at the art of telling people with money the bad news he sees in their spreadsheet, was talking turkey: that as much as he, or any rich Republican money man, is a self-interested, rational actor, so is the American voter. And Romney’s telling the people who bankrolled him that in a competitive market, this democracy thing is always going to be a loser for them if they can’t sweeten the deal.

    … Of course, it’s cowardly of Romney to blame poor people for his electoral failure, rather than his ideas, organization, lack of vision or prostration under the heel of the far right. But just possibly Mitt is saying: Let’s face reality. Our old tax-cutting default position doesn’t work anymore. Those days are over. We’re outnumbered. And unless we start tossing out “gifts” to the masses, too, we’re over.

    Romney was talking to his fundraisers—not the crazies, but the elites, for whom bribery is honorable, in fact, a sound business plan. These are his people. And though he lost the election, he doesn’t want to lose touch with them.

    MORE: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171320/romneys-gift-doctrine-bad-it-sounds#

    • Miranda

      Yep, another “position paper pundit”

  • GreenLadyHere

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

    – —**fist bump*** – — I KNOW –HUH!?- —:>)

    Annnnd any OTHER TIME that – – that –issacriminal – –has MESSED with him!! geesh!!

    – – – -Good 2 C U Town. :>) —

  • crazycanuck

    LOL, I knew that ‘I’m not impressed’ pic was going to go viral.


  • creolechild

    I don’t know if this has been posted before, but it’s an interview with Nancy Smash conducted by Rachel Maddow. She addresses ageism and gender discrimination (i.e. trifling Luke Russert’s comments) but also addresses what diversity means, or should mean, for the Democratic Party.

    Pelosi nailed it!

    [….] Since I hadn’t seen the show that inspired the tweet, I decided to watch the video to check it out. It was worth every minute![….]


    H/T Smartypants

  • creolechild

    I don’t know if this has been posted before, but it’s an interview with Nancy Smash conducted by Rachel Maddow. She addresses ageism and gender discrimination (i.e. trifling Luke Russert’s comments) but also addresses what diversity means, or should mean, for the Democratic Party.

    Pelosi nailed it!

    [….] Since I hadn’t seen the show that inspired the tweet, I decided to watch the video to check it out. It was worth every minute![….]


    H/T Smartypants

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -Uhhhh – – — -Would THIS B CALLED — -a – –PRE-GLOAT!? – – – -LOL – —

    – – – –Obama Poised to Win as GOP Signals A Complete Cave In on Tax Cuts for the Rich – –

    – – – –The ground is shaking and the rumblings are getting louder as top congressional Republicans are signaling that they are about to give President Obama what he wants and cave on tax cuts for the rich.

    The first sign came last Sunday when Bill Kristol said on Fox News Sunday that raising taxes on millionaires wouldn’t hurt the country. Then came the Wall Street Journal’s write up of the meeting between Obama and congressional leaders yesterday that included this telling description, “Congressional leaders sounded positive notes after their first round of talks about their ability to craft a bipartisan budget deal. Aides said the leaders agreed to a two-stage approach that would make a down payment on deficit reduction this year. The second stage would force detailed decisions next year on thornier tasks such as overhauling the tax code and cutting spending, including to entitlement programs.”

    This morning Sen. Kelly Ayotte set the alarm bells ringing on high by delivering a GOP weekly radio address that included these lines, “And one thing is clear: the American people expect Republicans and Democrats to work together to solve the difficult challenges we face…In just over a month, tax rates that have been in place for more than a decade are set to increase. And automatic, across the board spending reductions will kick in–cutting funding for everything from our troops to federal cancer research.” (Research is a favorite Obama line when talking about this topic, and something Republicans haven’t uttered before.)

    HAH – – –Watchin’. . . . . .:>)

  • creolechild

    A Final Farewell To Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan

    Dear Mitt and Paul,

    I wanted to clear something up for you. You might remember me from my last letter. It seems I need to explain things to you again.[….] I didn’t vote against anybody. I voted for someone. I voted for a man who brought my childhood friends home from war so they could kiss their wives and tuck their kids in at night. I voted for a guy who loves New Jersey more than he dislikes Chris Christie. I voted for the guy who looked in the mirrors of his daughter’s eyes, questioned himself, and changed his mind about marriage equality.

    I voted for the guy who called Sandra Fluke and told her that her parents should be proud. I voted for the guy who honors the women in his life by trusting them to make their own reproductive health choices and giving them the opportunity to work through glass ceilings with equal pay. I voted for the guy who signed the stimulus that paid for the hearing aids that allowed me to hear my children clearly.

    I voted for the guy who gave my sister the ability to buy health insurance in spite of pre-existing conditions. I voted for the guy who picked Joe Biden for a VP. Joe’s love for his country, his willingness to give of himself, his smarts and experience are top notch. I voted for the guy who was smart enough to put a ring on Michelle Obama’s finger. Most importantly, I voted for the guy who will continue to place America, and what is right for her, first. I trust him. When he hears a lone voice in a crowd of plenty shout, “I love you!” He shouts, “I love you back!”

    See, Mitt, Paul, it’s not you… it’s him.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/11/17/a-final-farewell-to-mitt-romney-and-paul-ryan/

    H/T The Bucking Jenny

  • GreenLadyHere

    Dear PBOMB — – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – — -Annnnnd — – – U DID IT – -AGAIN! :>) – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – – -THIS – – – -POWERFUL — IN DA “STRUGGLE”- — –>

    – – –Adrienne Kennedy is an African-American playwright and was a key figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960′s and 1970′s. She is best known for her first major play Funnyhouse of a Negro. Many of Kennedy’s plays explore issues of race, kinship, and violence in American society, – –

    – — — -She is INSPIRING! :>) – — THANK U 4 the LEARNING – -PBOMB!! – –

    – – -B BLESSED! – –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – –NO MORE — TWINKIES?? – — BLAME da – – -CEO’s!! —

    – —It was Romney Vulture Capitalist Style Management that Killed Hostess, Not Unions

    – – – –A scapegoat is a person or group made to bear the blame for another’s actions, and usually they are easy targets to assign blame for something they had nothing to do with. Republicans have attempted to blame union labor for much of the nation’s economic woes in recent years and, yesterday, the Hostess Brands took a page right out of Republicans’ playbook and blamed a union strike as the reason they were shutting their doors and liquidating their assets costing 18,500 employees their jobs. However, much of the responsibility for Hostess shutting down lies with the company’s management and the private equity firm behind them, and yet union workers are the ones bearing the blame and subsequently will suffer the consequences of the shutdown.

    – – -SNIP – —

    In fact, union president Richard Trumka pointed out that Wall Street investors that own Hostess were disinterested in the company’s success and cited similarities to the situation of Bain Capital and KB Toys in 2000.

    – – – -SNIP – —
    Hostess is in bankruptcy for the second time since 2009 and a major factor in their inability to succeed is that over the past eight years, they were owned by Wall Street investors that were restructuring experts, managers from other non-baking food companies, and now a liquidation specialist. There was no plan for Hostess to succeed and it appears that was the objective all along.

    Hostess’s failure was compounded by having six CEO’s in 8 years who had no experience in the bread or cake baking industry, and despite their financial woes, the company’s CEO got a 300% salary increase from $750,000 to $2,250,000, – – –

  • creolechild

    How Obamacare Will Allow Women To Be Less Dependent On Their Spouses’ Health Coverage

    [….] According to a new study from the University of Michigan, about 115,000 American women lose their private insurance coverage following a divorce each year, and 65,000 of those women remain uninsured because they don’t have any way to access health care without a spouse.[….]

    But thanks to Obamacare, women may not have to keep relying on insurance plans that are only available through their husbands — something that will help women who choose to remain unmarried, women who seek a divorce, and LGBT women who live in states where they cannot legally marry. By requiring that all employers provide their workers with insurance, preventing insurance providers from charging women more than men for the same medical care, and expanding the eligibility levels for the Medicaid program, the health reform law actually represents a step toward ensuring that women’s ability to have insurance isn’t impacted by women’s ability to get married.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/15/1196801/obamacare-women-divorce/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • creolechild

    EPA Focuses on Food Waste for 15th Annual America Recycles Day

    [Yesterday was] the 15th annual America Recycles Day, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewed its commitment to helping Americans reduce wasted food by working with grocers, universities, stadiums and other venues through its Sustainable Materials Management Food Recovery Challenge. According to EPA estimates, food is now the single largest type of waste going to our municipal landfills and incinerators – more than 33 million tons of food ends up in landfills or are combusted each year.

    When food is discarded in landfills, it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food, an average of 20 pounds per person a month. Much of this wasted food is actually surplus, wholesome and edible food that could have helped those in need.[….]

    Read more: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/7dd324a266d8301b85257ab70063350c!OpenDocument

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  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!