December 18, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: African American Winemakers

GOOD MORNING PRAGOBOTS! We hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

We conclude our series on African American Winemakers with…

 

THE BROWN FAMILY

Brown Estate Vineyards
Napa Valley, California

Brown Estate Vineyards, believed to be the first and only Black-owned estate[1] winery in California’s Napa Valley (USA), is best known as one of that region’s most well-regarded zinfandel producers.[2] In addition to zinfandel, Brown Estate produces cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and petite sirah.

Founded in 1995 by siblings Deneen, David & Coral Brown, Brown Estate produced its first Napa Valley zinfandel in 1996 after the family had been farming grapes – and selling them to established winemakers (including Mike Grgich of Grgich Hills Estate) – for more than ten years.

Early history

(Photo: Brown Estate Facebook Page)

In 1980, parents Bassett Brown (originally from Jamaica) and Marcela Abrahams Brown (originally from Panama) acquired 450 acres (1.8 km2) in the Chiles Valley AVA of the Napa Valley after being informed by local family friends that the property was for sale. Abandoned for some ten years prior, the land and its two structures – an 1859 stone and redwood barn and an 1885 Queen Anne Victorian home – were derelict. The senior Browns cut roads and brought in plumbing and electricity, ultimately earning an award from the Napa County Historical Society for their restoration of the residence structure.[3] In 1985 they planted their first vineyard on the property, approximately nine acres of zinfandel. The Chiles Valley microclimate, characterized by extreme temperature shifts throughout the course of each day, proved perfectly suited to cultivating zinfandel grapes, and the Brown family’s fruit soon gained tremendous popularity among zinfandel producers such as Green & Red and T-Vine Cellars, both of whom purchased Brown Estate fruit for many years. As well, the Browns sold cabernet sauvignon to the famed Mike Grgich. It was through a series of apprenticeships with winemakers who were working with his fruit that David Brown – who by then had been farming his family’s vineyards for five years – began learning the art and science of winemaking.

Chiles Valley Vineyard (Photo: Brown Estate Facebook Page)

In the mid-1990s, as a result of rising demand for their fruit, Deneen and David, then both residing on the vineyard property, made the decision to produce wine under their own label. Because they had no winery facility on site, they secured a custom crush contract with Rombauer Vineyards in Saint Helena, and for six years they produced their wines at the Rombauer facility. On January 29, 2000, Brown Estate debuted their first two vintages of Napa Valley zinfandel, 1996 and 1997, at the annual Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) tasting at Fort Mason in San Francisco.[4] ZAP is the largest single varietal wine tasting event in the world, and the Brown offerings were very well received by the trade and public alike, thereby establishing Brown Estate as a winery to watch in the arena of Napa Valley zinfandel. Simultaneously, in the January 31, 2000 issue of the Wine Spectator, the 1997 Brown Estate zinfandel received a score of 91 points.

Fire

Then, in June 2000, tragedy struck when a fire broke out at the warehouse facility where Brown’s wine library and recently bottled 1998 vintage were stored.[5] With the exception of sixteen bottles – two that went to Robert M. Parker, Jr. for review, two that went to Christie’s for auction, and twelve that the Browns had stored at home – all of their 1998 zinfandel was destroyed, as were the remaining cases of their first two vintages. The lost 1998 vintage left the Browns out of the zinfandel market for one whole year, a devastating setback that was mitigated only by the kindness of restaurant and retail accounts who held space on their wine lists and shelves for the next vintage of Brown zin. In order to bridge that gap, the Browns accelerated the release of their 1999 Napa Valley zinfandel, which they showed at ZAP in 2001. The previous month, in December 2000, Parker, the most influential wine critic in the world, gave the Brown 1998 zinfandel a score of 90, noting that his review was “of academic interest only” since all of the wine had perished in the fire. The loss of the 1998 vintage has kept Brown Estate’s Napa Valley zinfandel bottlings on a perennially early release schedule.

Winery and cave construction

(Photo: Brown Estate Facebook Page)

Meanwhile, the Browns and their small production of a few thousand cases slowly were being squeezed out of the Rombauer facility. In order to continue their now quite promising winemaking endeavor, they were compelled to establish a winery facility on their own property. The location of the old stone and redwood barn, still in its derelict state – doorless, windowless, and with a dirt floor – all but demanded development of an adjacent subterranean wine cave. Winery construction began in Summer of 2002 and by September of that year, the old barn had a new lease on life as Brown Estate’s on-site wine production facility. Brown then became a full-fledged estate winery. Soon production began increasing, and eventually the barrel room in the lower level of the barn was filled to capacity, transforming the wine cave from notion to necessity. Excavation commenced in April 2004, and because the host hillside was solid granite, drilling alone was inadequate. For one solid year, muffled explosions rocked the Brown Estate property as one of the most unique wine caves in the Napa Valley literally was designed by dynamite.

Milestones

First releases from the 2010 vintage (Photo: Brown Estate Facebook Page)

In Fall 2010, the Brown family celebrated their 30th year in the Napa Valley, and Brown Estate’s 15th crush. The family posted the following message on their Website to commemorate these occasions:

“This year we celebrate our thirtieth year in the Napa Valley, and Brown Estate’s fifteenth crush. We thank all of you, with all of our hearts, for your continued enjoyment of our wines and your truly stupendous support of our once little endeavor. Each time you open and share a bottle of Brown Estate, you wrap your arms around us. It is an embrace that we cherish, a gesture that gives meaning to all of the passion and commitment we put into what we do. Thank you for making us a part of your lives, and for being a part of ours. Now onward & upward! The sky’s the limit!”

In November 2010, the Browns released the world’s first hashtagged wine,[6] their 2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel. Subsequent vintages of this wine continue to bear the #brownzin hashtag, an homage to Twitter, which has been a source of inspiration and support as Brown Estate has built its reputation as a wine industry leader in the realm of social media.[7]

(SOURCE: Wikipedia)

*FUN FACT* Brown Estate’s 2006 Chardonnay Napa Valley was served at the President Obama’s Senior Staff holiday party on Dec. 21, 2009!

For more info, check out Brown Estate Vineyard’s website, Facebook and Pinterest pages.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our series on African American winemakers. To learn more, check out the Association of African American Vintners.

Also, check out the fabulous sistas at Divas Uncorked for great info on wines and starting your own wine club. Cheers!

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  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU. This has been a fantastic series.

    • James

      Agree. This was an outstanding series. Will buy some wine from these labels. Also gives me an idea for a wine tasting party.

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

        Glad you guys enjoyed it!

        And welcome to POU, James! Let us know how your wine tasting party turns out.

  • creolechild

    Good morning Kennymack and POU! Thought you might want to start your day off with this article.

    The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers

    7 BARACK OBAMA
    For redrawing America’s global footprint.
    President | Washington

    [….] At home, Obama has done far more to lift the faltering U.S. economy out of the doldrums than his critics will acknowledge, while expanding the social safety net and daring to take on the greatest threat to America’s fiscal well-being: the country’s exploding health-care costs. Abroad, he has curbed his predecessor’s dangerous excesses, though that doesn’t mean retreating from the world.[….]

    But Obama, ever the cautious realist, has been a careful steward of American power. This year has seen the pullout of tens of thousands of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the theater of America’s longest war. The president has also been wary of getting entangled in the even bloodier sectarian conflict in Syria, refusing to contemplate a Libya-style intervention, and he has wisely adopted a low-key approach to Egypt as it struggles to preserve its newly won democratic freedoms amid an Islamist resurgence.

    Whoever sits in the Oval Office in the years ahead will find it hard to break away from Obama’s more restrained view of America’s role in the world — especially now that he has four more years to follow through on his promise to end the wars of the post-9/11 decade.[….]

    Read more: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/26/the_fp_100_global_thinkers?page=0,6#thinker7

  • creolechild

    Bank To Reimburse Money Stolen By Hackers

    In what could be a precedent-setting case, Wired: Threat Level reports that the People’s United Bank in Maine has agreed, per a court ruling finding it had inadequate security, to pay $345,000 to reimburse Patco Construction Company, one of its clients whose electronic bank account was accessed without authorization in 2009, after hackers installed spyware on Patco’s computers to gain the login credentials.[….]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/bank-to-reimburse-money-stolen-by-hackers

    H/T Carl Franzen

  • rikyrah

    Good Mornning, Everyone :)

  • Alexander2

    (She didn’t kiss Hillary’s butt. So what?)

    It’s a close call on Susan Rice
    By David Ignatius, Published: November 30
    Washington Post

    “The pluses far outweigh the minuses, but I’ll offer a selection of both.

    Rice’s strengths are that she’s smart, strategic and forthright. She has been a deft negotiator at the United Nations, with a subtle sense of the Chinese and Russians, and perhaps even played them against each other on occasion. She strengthened Security Council resolutions on Iran and North Korea. And for all her reputation as a tough boss, her staff generally likes her, especially the younger members.

    Rice’s biggest advantage is her closeness to the president. She understands his vision of a changing world better than anyone else in government. Her instincts match his on the Arab revolutions, the need to engage Iran, the importance of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She understood that her job at the United Nations was to reset America’s relations with the world, after the George W. Bush years, and she did it.

    The negatives with Rice are mostly matters of style. She’s pushy and profane and sometimes seems to shoot from the hip (a mistaken impression, since she, like the president, tends to read all the briefing papers). She was standoffish toward Hillary Clinton, prizing her special relationship with Obama and her Cabinet status. That offended some people.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/david-ignatius-a-close-call-on-susan-rice/2012/11/30/fbcd3316-3b23-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story.html?hpid=z2

    • isonprize

      (She didn’t kiss Hillary’s butt. So what?)

      THIS.

    • creolechild

      So, in other words, Susan Rice has impeccable credentials, gets the job done, and doesn’t suffer fools lightly. If she were a man, would there even be a discussion about her allegedly “pushy and profane” tendencies? Because they could write from now to next year about the same tendencies in one of her loudest and most visible critics, John McCain. But you know they won’t!

      This isn’t about qualifications; this is about high profile blacks in politics, who despite their well-earned achievements, are expected to show deference to whites. Don’t believe it? Then ask yourself this question: If the shoe was on the other foot would there be a major meltdown because Hillary was “standoffish” (whatever the fuck that means) to Susan Rice?

      Exactly!

      Trifling, pathetic, and predictable about sums it up….

      • angee

        Susan Rice is an “UPPITY NEGRO ” who forgot that as a blk woman she was suppose to kneel at the feet of billary and for that she gotta pay

      • isonprize

        “standoffish” (whatever the fuck that means)

        LOLOLOL exactly.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ ALEXANDER2 – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – –WOW&1/2! – – –This piece of HATERATION — REEKS!! — –

      THIS –is the MOST IMPORTANT PART of his description of DR. RICE – –
      ☻- -Rice’s strengths are that she’s smart, strategic and forthright. She has been a deft negotiator at the United Nations, with a subtle sense of the Chinese and Russians, and perhaps even played them against each other on occasion. She strengthened Security Council resolutions on Iran and North Korea. And for all her reputation as a tough boss, her staff generally likes her, especially the younger members.

      FROM THAT – -he DESCENDS into his REAL PURPOSE 4 writing – – -HATE-SPEAK!! — –

      – –☻Rice’s biggest advantage is her closeness to the president. [Annnnd?????]–SNIP —

      – -Annnnd THIS – –HAH!! — -A BLAH woman is NOT posta have anythang BUT a ” MISSY ANN”- -attitude – 2 a YT woman! – HAH!!

      YOUR RACISM is CLEARLY SHOWIN’!!!!

      — ☻The negatives with Rice are mostly matters of style [She was standoffish toward Hillary Clinton, prizing her special relationship with Obama and her Cabinet status. That offended some people.]. HAH!

      WHEW LAWD! — -He could KEPT THIS ARTICLE in his COMPUTER. — IT is a USELESS -READ.!!!

      IMMA tryta get my – -3 minutes back. LOL

      Oooo-Kaaaay – –NOW I’m awake. LOL – – FIRED UP! – –Movin’ FORWARD – – – – ->

      Good 2 C U – -ALEXANDER2. :>) Have a wonderful day. :>)

      • Alexander2

        -Annnnd THIS – –HAH!! — -A BLAH woman is NOT posta have anythang BUT a ” MISSY ANN”- -attitude – 2 a YT woman! – HAH!!

        Exactly!

        • GreenLadyHere

          ***fist bump***- -ALEXANDER2 -:>) — –
          He was sooo OBVIOUS! humph.

          — -Don’t START none – -WON’T B none. :>)

          Thank U. :>)

    • angee

      “Standoffish toward hillary clinton” is the reason PL is coming for her. Remember my theory that billary was behind these attacks? Seems like its gonna b proven as fact. Just waiting for ed rendell to b on tv talking reckless on hardball

      • Tafr

        Angee, just petty and immature on so many levels. They need to realize that not everyone loves Hillary and Bill Clinton. Hillary and Bill need to take responsibility for their racist campaign against this president. Until they do so they gonna find out that Susan Rice is not the only one standoffish towards them. Even then I feel it is too late, they can keep coming after Rice all they want. Let them keep it up because no Clinton will be elected with the majority of the black vote if they continue to act a fool.

        • Camille

          I think they’ll find out the hard way.

          They are in for a rude shock even as they seem to have not learnt the lessons of 2008.

          Positioning Hillary once again as the assumed nominee and trying to clear the field on her behalf by running dubious polls.

          Fuck them all.

          If Joe Biden runs, I’m all in. If not, Sayonara Dems.

    • GN

      Are they serious?? I don’t get this complaint. I give Pres Bill Clinton huge props for his campaigning this election cycle and I give SoS Hillary Clinton huge props as well, much deserved.

      However.

      Who is POTUS now? Barack Hussein Obama. HE won HIS presidency, twice, and HE imposed masterful reforms which avoided a depression and third war in the Middle East. And if one of HIS cabinet saw fit to align herself with HIS policies and HIS vision, what exactly is the issue here? He is the POTUS. Susan Rice is on point.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/JamilaJP QOakaJP

      I sense the Clintons are involved in this whole mess somehow. Wonder what their relationship w/Rice is really like, considering she used to work for/with them in the 90’s

      • Camille

        They thought they owned the Democratic party and have not forgiven anyone who didn’t endorse Hillary; but worse still hate all those who opted for Barack Obama.

        The pettiness and vindictiveness of the Clintons will be their undoing. Watch and see. They have met their waterloo this time. God has given them a long enough rope and for a moment there everyone (not me!) thought at least Hillary had repented, but alas.

        Onward Karma!

    • dannie22

      http://stjohnscommunity.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/campfire.jpg?w=300&h=283 david can jump on the bonfire with hilary, susan collins, john mccain and sen corker

    • Tafr

      This is the most immature shit I have read in a long time. Susan Rice does not have to kiss any ass especially Bill and Hillary Clinton’s ass. You know Rice took note of the way they went after then Senator Obama during the primaries. Little ol me here in back country Washington saw it and so did the fabulous Dr Rice along with the entire black community. They are in for a shock once it hits that Susan Rice is not the only one not feeling them. Did Bill Clinton really think he could get away with that SC comment. Oh and Hillary trying to put out there that BO was a Muslim talking about to the best of my knowledge he is a Christian.They really do think black folks forgot about that shit.

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

        THIS.

      • Camille

        Thank you!

        The biggest thing here is that Susan Rice will be an actual diplomat with tangible accomplishments.

        No more of that roaming the world shit and breaking records for most countries travelled with zero accomplishments.

        We’ve got world problems to solve and now its time to get back to diplomacy WITH results and progress as opposed to vanity shows courtesy of Hillaryland.

        FORWARD with Susan Rice!

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

      Dear David Ignatius,

      We’re free now.

      Sincerely,

      Black People

    • Camille

      The offended “some people” would almost certainly be Hillary and her cronies at Hillaryland.

      It’s so funny to hearball this “pushy, profane, snobby” attacks leveled at Susan Rice precisely because just a 4 years ago these were exactly the same words used to describe Hillary.

      LOL.

      I hope they all learn to say Madam Secretary Susan Rice, because it is going to happen. And I hope Hillary has jobs lined up for her choreography folks she brought with her to the State Department.

      Because in the end like I’ve said before, Dr. Susan Rice – Stanford University, Oxford University graduate and Rhode scholar, is infinitely more qualified and prepared for SoS than Hillary Clinton or anybody else for that matter ever was.

  • rikyrah

    Joe Klein (Time): The Republicans are, reportedly, outraged by President Obama’s opening bid in the fiscal cliff talks. Republicans always seem to be outraged. It’s getting boring. They need to step up and make a counter-offer.

    …. It might have seemed “righteous” indignation when the GOP was deluding itself about representing a majority of Americans; now, it just seem puerile and petulant.

    … What is difficult for the Fox talking heads to understand is this: We had an election. The President won. This gives him greater leverage than the last election we had, in 2010, when the President’s party lost…

    …. the assorted Republican drama queens seem so two months ago, don’t they?

    http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/30/how-to-negotiate/

    • creolechild

      Imo, all of this foolishness that the Republicans are engaging in is simply a coordinated method to distract from the issues and keep the platform that PBO campaigned on–and won with–from being enacted. We need to continue doing what we’ve always done: remain focused, get accurate information out, lace up the Tims, and help PBO get it done…

  • lamh36

    question of the day: where should the Barack Hussein Obama Presidential Library be located??? this is a hard one. POTUS has to chose either Hawaii or Chicago! shit I know I’d chose Hawaii, but he does have ties to Illinois too where his political career got started. so which would u chose??

    • itgurl_29

      Hell, I think he should have two libraries. He’s one of the greatest of all time. He shouldn’t have to choose between his birthplace and his adult home.

      • lamh36

        oh, I just had a thought, we may all be long gone, but can you imagine one day flying into the Barack Hussein Obama International Airport!!! Also we already know there will be umpteen schools, streets, highway, roads, etc named for BHO too

    • crazycanuck

      This is coming from someone who lives in the arctic lol. HAWAII. Sun , Sea and Sand.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – – -GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥. – — -***BIG HUG** :>) – – GR8 -WAKE UP NEWS – – -A PENDING PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY!!! Woo! Hoo! :>) – – – –

    – – – -Obama presidential library campaign begins – –

    – —President Barack Obama’s next campaign is about to begin.

    Even though his second inauguration is still weeks away, the work of his presidential library starts soon: Libraries take years of planning and decisions by the president and his inner circle, from choosing a location to picking achievements to highlight. It’s a chance for Obama to begin shaping his legacy, and has in the past been an increasingly large priority during presidents’ second terms. – – -Woo! Hoo! –
    – BEYOND WELL DESERVED!! :>)

    – – – — HAPPY DECEMBER 1, 2012 :>) – —

    – —- –ENJOY YOUR ENERGY DRANK!♥ :>) Annnd HAVE A BLESSED DAY. :>) – –

  • lamh36

    Good mernting POU fam. I’m back in NOLA for a quick business related trip(I was just here last week for Thanksgiving) I’m heading home tonight though (only 48hr. 7pm this past Thurs to 7pm tonight). i’ve had a lot of things happening this past 48hours. It started off bad, but ended with greatness, but I may still have a less than optimal week coming up.

    Anyway, I’ll fill y’all in once I get back to DFW. Hope everyone has a great day.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —-UH! OH! – – -Ms. NANCY is Movin’ FORWARD – – – ->FIERCELY!! – :>) – – –

    – –Pelosi Threatens To Force A Vote On Bush Tax Cuts For Middle Class

    – -With Republicans balking at the prospect of allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the top 2 percent of Americans, Democrats are losing patience. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said Friday that the House GOP will not hold a vote on a middle-class tax bill that excludes the top income brackets, even though the Senate has already approved one.

    In response, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday that Democrats plan to bring the legislation to a floor vote next week no matter what. The Democrats plan to use a discharge petition, which can force a bill to the floor if it has been stuck in committee for 30 legislative days. In a new statement, Pelosi dared her Republican colleagues to reject the plan to extend tax cuts for 98 percent of the country:

    The clock is ticking, the year is ending, it’s really important, with tax legislation, for it to happen now. We’re calling upon the Republican leadership in the House to bring this legislation to the floor next week. We believe that not doing that would be holding middle-income tax cuts hostage to tax cuts for the rich. Tax cuts for the rich which do not create jobs, just increase the deficit, heaping mountains of debt onto future generations.

    THIS – – – -And so, to that end, we are – we will be introducing, if the bill, if there is no announcement of scheduling of the middle income tax cut, which, by the way, has tremendous support in the Republican Caucus – I think we would get a 100 percent vote on it if it came to the floor. If it is not scheduled, then on Tuesday we will be introducing a discharge petition which you know with – if we get 218 signatures, would bring the bill automatically to the floor. That would mean that we need some Republicans who support middle income tax cuts, to sign on with us.
    WATCH:
    – – – – –SPEEEEEEAK MS. NANCY!! – — -

    • qosine

      “Tick tock,” she said (sound of clicking heels walking away)

      • GreenLadyHere

        qosine- – – -LOL. Gotta bounce. LOL

  • rikyrah

    ThinkProgress: With Republicans balking at the prospect of allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the top 2 percent of Americans, Democrats are losing patience. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that the House GOP will not hold a vote on a middle-class tax bill that excludes the top income brackets, even though the Senate has already approved one.

    In response, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that Democrats plan to bring the legislation to a floor vote next week no matter what. The Democrats plan to use a discharge petition, which can force a bill to the floor if it has been stuck in committee for 30 legislative days. In a new statement, Pelosi dared her Republican colleagues to reject the plan to extend tax cuts for 98 percent of the country…

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/11/30/1267341/pelosi-force-vote/

  • rikyrah

    David Firestone (NYT): Republicans reportedly laughed when they saw the Obama administration’s initial offer in the fiscal negotiations yesterday. The idea that President Obama might actually want to enact his campaign promises – tax hikes on the rich, modest Medicare cuts, investments in infrastructure – is apparently considered a joke to the party that has shown virtually no flexibility in the last four years.

    But some of that laughter may contain nervousness, because there is more going on here than just a pathway to splitting the difference. The White House made clear yesterday that it is approaching these talks from a position of responsibility, and that it actually takes seriously the notion of old-fashioned bargaining. That’s something Republicans have refused to do — and now they realize they’ve been called out.

    http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/republicans-would-rather-laugh-than-bargain/

  • rikyrah

    The Genius of Obama’s Opening Move: Tightening the Rope Around the GOP’s Neck

    The president is in a fighting mood. Starting today, he’s barnstorming the country, getting the American people to pressure Congress to extend the middle class tax breaks, and to do so now. Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner presented the leaders of Congress with the Administration’s opening offer. That offer is heavy on revenue, tax fairness, and Medicare savings without affecting benefits. Here’s a short summary of what the president has proposed, from leaked details.

    •$1.6 trillion in additional revenue through:
    •Raising the rates to Clinton rates for incomes over $250,000.
    •Taxing dividends paid to this class as ordinary income (rather than special “capital gains” rates).
    •Raising the inhertiance tax to 45% with an exemption for up to $3.5 million, from the current rates of 35% with an exemption of $5 million.
    •$50 billion in immediate stimulus spending, and replacement or extension of the payroll tax cut, for a full stimulus price tag of $200 billion.
    •Mortgage refinancing help from the federal government.
    •End Congressional control over the debt limit, except with a veto-proof, two-thirds majority.
    •$400 billion in spending reductions in entitlements (Medicare, mostly) through controlling cost, not cutting benefits.
    •$1.2 trillion in reductions from discretionary spending, including defense, counting savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    This is shrewd, and has Obama written all over it. Sure, it was the GOP aides that leaked the details, but how much would you like to bet that Geithner and Obama fully counted on them to do so? Look at the details of tax portion of the proposal again: there is nothing remotely radical or unrealistic about it. Not only does a overwhelming majority agree that taxes should be raised on the rich, the vast majority of Americans have never been seen $3.5 million, let alone worried about the taxes needing to be paid for inheriting a sum greater than that. By restricting the dividend taxation increase to the top 2% as well, the president taps into a sense of fairness for the American people. If and when the president negotiates down from this, he will seem eminently reasonable and the Republicans crybabies.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/11/the-genius-of-obamas-opening-move.html

    • GN

      What I admire so greatly about POTUS is that he plays every hand he’s given, expertly. Best President of my lifetime.

      • gc

        The poutragers despise his brilliance. It has a dark hue, and most significantly – it ain’t them. Too bad, so sad.

      • Camille

        Indeed!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – -Yesterday we COMMEMORATED the 30th ANNIVERSARY of — “The THRILLER”. – -:>)

    — – -Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ anniversary: 30 facts you may not know – —

    — — -Thirty years ago today Michael Jackson’s greatest masterpiece, Thriller, was released in record stores.

    The history of this album is fairly well known. It became the biggest selling album in both American and international history, with over 110 million copies and counting.

    It also revolutionized the art form of music videos and cemented Jackson’s status as one of the most beloved and acclaimed artists of all time.

    But there still may be some facts you don’t know about the blockbuster R&B classic.

    Check out this slideshow, which pays homage to King of Pop’s biggest released triumph. – – –ENJOY. – -RIHEP — -MJ.

  • lamh36

    oh, I just had a thou, we may all be long gone, but can you imagine one day flying into the Barack Hussein Obama International Airport!!! Also we already know there will be umpteen schools, streets, highway, roads, etc named for BHO too

    • QOakaJP

      I, for one, think his profile would like very nice on a coin many decades from now. =)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – –Movin’ FORWARD – – >-with LEADERSHIP – – –:>) – –

    — –Weekly Address: Urging Congress to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts – –

    — – -President Obama speaks to the American people from a busy factory floor in Pennsylvania about the urgent need to pass the middle class tax cuts, which will give families and businesses preparing for the holidays the certainty they need going into the New Year. Democrats and Republicans must come together to pass one thing that everyone agrees on—extending income tax cuts for 98 percent of American families and 97 percent of small businesses, and there is no reason to wait. The President urges Congress to take action to help grow our economy and strengthen the middle class. – —

  • creolechild

    Here we go again… What is THIS bullshit?!!

    Senate defies White House veto threat, votes to bar transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. for another year

    The Senate on Thursday defied a White House veto threat and voted to bar the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S. for another year. The measure is an amendment to an annual defense authorization bill on the Senate floor this week. The legislation already included a ban on transferring additional detainees to foreign countries.[….] Congress – including a Democrat-run Senate – has stymied Obama’s 2008 campaign pledge to shut down the facility, which holds 166 suspected terrorists and insurgents, including five men facing the death penalty for plotting 9/11.[….]

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/senate-votes-bar-transfer-guantanamo-bay-detainees-u-s-year-article-1.1210713

    H/T Joseph Straw

    • Kennymack1971

      But the emoprogs will keep hollering that the President has failed to close Gitmo and ignore things like this.

      • Camille

        Exactly! But you won’t hear a peep from them as the Senate – some of their favorites included, continues to do everything to undermine the President and the sole source of the emoprogs fake angst re: the President.

  • creolechild

    Strike shuts Port of Los Angeles for 4th day

    Cargo ships are being turned away from the nation’s busiest port complex after a worker strike shut the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for four straight days. Members of a chapter of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union walked off the job on Tuesday, and longshoremen are honoring their picket lines, reports ABC 7. Union members been working without a contract since June 2010. Negotiations on a contract broke down on Monday night and the workers decided to strike, fearing their jobs were being outsourced.[….] “We are not fighting for a pay raise. We are fighting to keep these jobs,” Kim Rich, ILWU office clerical unit told ABC.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121130/strike-shuts-port-los-angeles-4th-day

    H/T Kaitlin Funaro

  • creolechild

    BRAVO!

    Elementary Pupils Immersed in Foreign Language

    [….] Kevin Fitzgerald, the superintendent of the Caesar Rodney school district in northeastern Delaware, is never at a loss for words. He speaks with pride about the fact that his district’s high school, Caesar Rodney High School, offers six foreign languages: French, Spanish, German, Latin, and, more recently, Arabic and Mandarin.

    This school year, the district introduced a more novel and potentially more effective foreign-language initiative to talk up: a new Chinese-immersion program for 101 kindergartners, which the district plans to offer those children and successive kindergartners through 8th grade.[….] The initiative operates with $1.9 million annually from Delaware’s state budget.[….]

    Read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/11/30/13foreign.h32.html?tkn=XRNFcIhB1h8PE8v4xpvRZQF0h57Wc0GNm9ZM&cmp=clp-edweek

    H/T Jamaal Abdul-alim

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – – — Woo! Hoo! – –PEOPLE POWER!!! – – –

    – -Bank of America Scraps Plan for New Fees
    [Last year’s revolt might be too fresh in memory]

    – – – -Remember last year when Bank of America tried to impose a $5 fee for debit cards but had to rescind it amid customer outrage? Some key decision-makers at the bank apparently remember, too, because they’ve put the kabosh on new checking account fees that were due to go into effect before the end of the year, reports the Wall Street Journal.

    The fees would have hit lower-income people hardest because they would have applied to customers with modest checking accounts who do little or no business with the bank beyond that. — -SNIP – –

    Good NEWS!! — -BUT – – – -Watchin’. . . . .

  • creolechild

    How Students in San Jose Raised the Minimum Wage

    In the spring of 2011, students in a sociology class at San Jose State University got together to brainstorm ways to make the world a better place.[….]For Marisela Castro, a junior, the promise of action was precisely what she was looking for, and she already knew the issue she’d champion. She was on a mission to raise the minimum wage.[….] So the students raised $6,000, hired a polling agency and made thousands of calls over a four-day period last fall. The results were encouraging, with about 70 percent in favor.[….]

    [….] The Labor Council grew more excited. “I went to my board and said that there was this opportunity to partner with a diverse group of young people who are trying to raise the minimum wage,” explains Chavez. She said they needed $20,000 to start. Unions pledged that amount in three minutes. By the end of the meeting, they’d committed another $100,000. To qualify for the November ballot, the campaign needed to turn in nearly 20,000 signatures. In a five-week period, with help from the Labor Council, it collected 36,000.[….]

    Down the home stretch, the Labor Council provided many of the foot soldiers to push the message home, knocking on 80,000 doors and making more than 200,000 phone calls. On November 6, the movement that began with three students brainstorming in a classroom notched its victory. Nearly 59 percent of San Jose voters backed Measure D, which increases the minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour (and, just as important, it will rise with the consumer price index). San Jose thus became the fifth city in the country—and the largest—to raise its minimum wage, boosting the earnings of tens of thousands of workers by $4,000 a year.

    Read more: http://www.thenation.com/article/171510/how-students-san-jose-raised-minimum-wage#

    H/T Gabriel Thompson

    • Worldwatcher7

      So inspiring!

    • Camille

      They did too! It was fantastic.

  • creolechild

    How Walmart is devouring the food system

    One out of every four dollars Americans spend on groceries goes to Walmart, as we’ve reported before, and the retail behemoth is on track to seize more than a third of the market. Get more facts about Walmart and food in this infographic from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. (Click to embiggen.)[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/food/how-walmart-is-devouring-the-food-system/

    H/T Grist staff

    • Alma98

      I steer family members away from Walmart. My mom bought fish from there one time that said unknown origin. I was like don’t you dare eat that. lol

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – –Today is -WORLD AIDS DAY -2012 —-

    – –On World AIDS Day, Here Are Five Huge Advances We’ve Made To Combat The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic – –

    – – – – -Today marks World AIDS Day, an annual public health initiative to raise awareness about and mobilize support for combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the globe. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pointed out in a speech earlier this week, significant advances in HIV research and treatment suggest that an “AIDS-free generation” may be in sight.

    Clinton’s optimism is shared by the United Nations, whose officials recently noted they believe eradicating AIDS is “entirely feasible” thanks to the global community’s dedicated efforts against the epidemic. Here are five important advancements we’ve made toward that goal over the past year:

    1. Increased access to HIV testing. Thanks to medical experts’ recommendation that Americans between the ages of 15 and 65 get regularly screened for the virus, annual HIV testing will now be covered under Obamacare. And in addition to removing some of the cost barriers to getting tested, this past year also included advances in the ease and availability of HIV testing. The FDA approved the first over-the-counter test that can be taken at home, and the CDC rolled out a pilot program to allow Americans in low-income areas to get tested for HIV at their local pharmacy. Since the CDC estimates that as many as 20 percent of the 1.1 million Americans who have HIV aren’t aware they’re infected with the virus, taking steps to ensure that testing is affordable and accessible is more important than ever.

    2. Improved coverage under Obamacare. Before Obamacare, HIV-positive Americans often struggled to enroll in private insurance plans — but since insurers will no longer be able to discriminate against people with HIV based on their pre-existing condition, Obamacare will ensure that more HIV-positive individuals can access health care
    THERE IS MORE

    – – -YES! — -PRESIDENT OBAMA – – –CARES!! – –

    – – -THANK U —MR. PRESIDENT!! – – -BLESS U. – – -

  • GN

    This series has been FANTASTIC.

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

      Glad you enjoyed it, GN!

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –Good MornTin’ Sepia. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –ANOTHER WINNER! — –:>) – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    —— THIS — FIRST — >Brown Estate Vineyards, believed to be the first and only Black-owned estate[1] winery in California’s Napa Valley (USA), is best known as one of that region’s most well-regarded zinfandel producers.
    -DID NOT KNOW THIS! – –NOW IMMA Soooo share. :>)

    – — – – –The “FUN FACT: – – -soooo HAPPY 2 C MR. PRESIDENT –SUPPORTING — -“BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES”
    [Uhhh – -What was dat — -HATAS?? –He doesn’t do anythang 4 BLAH folks?? —SAAAAA-LAP! – -HAH!]

    – – –A MAJOR “TOAST” 2 U – -Sepia! :>) We have ENJOYED THIS SERIES! :>) – – –B BLESSED. :>)

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

      Glad you enjoyed the series, GLH! A toast to you, too! :-)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia —MR. PRESIDENT CONTINUES 2 DEMONSTRATE his UNIQUENESS. :>)

    – – -Barack Obama: Our 1st Meme President
    [Another way he’s made history: becoming the first in the White House to routinely go viral.]
    – —

    – – -(The Root) – From his Jay-Z-inspired shoulder-dust-off to his McKayla Maroney “not impressed” pose, Barack Obama has shown a remarkable knack for going viral. While most of the highly shareable images and video of the president are generated by fans and critics, he has also carefully cultivated online buzz through appearances including his surprise “Slow Jam the News” skit on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and his “Ask Me Anything Q&A” on Reddit.

    The end result — whether it’s due to enthusiasm for his historic presidency, or simply the way the timing has coincided with the popularity of social networking — is that he’s our first “meme” president. Here are 12 moments that, along with the power of the Internet, have helped earn him that title.
    THERE IS MORE

    — -WE R sooooo PROUD of – – –OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT! :>)- —

    • Camille

      And they’re all trying to copy him now. Even the obnoxious fat bully from New Jersey now wants to be like President Obama.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- –Just got this: —SPREADING -HOLIDAY CHEER! –:>) – – ENJOY. :>) – –

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    I want to share this amazing clip I saw on Norbrook’s blog for all of you who enjoy dance…”greatest dance routine ever filmed”….it was filmed all in one 3 minute segment that no other dancers have ever replicated…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zBb9hTyLjfM

    • Alma98

      I saw the whole movie quite a few times AG I love old black movies. Gregory Hines and his brothers played The Nicholas brothers in a film.

      • Aquagranny911

        Thanks for the history. I’ve never seen that movie or the film about the Nicholas brothers with Gregory Hines. Love Gregory Hines, great dancer & a most underrated actor, imo. My most memorable film with him was “White Nights” where he played a defector.

        Hubby is not a great movie fan unless a lot of things blow up in the first 5 minutes. He also considers going to movie theaters a waste of time & $$ so I catch what I can, when I can, lol.

        I miss a lot!

        • Alma98

          I think the movie was The Cotton Club, Laurence Fishburne is also in it. I’m like your husband the movie has to be damn good to get my dollars lol.

    • isonprize

      The Nicholas brothers were RIDICULOUSLY good! I get tired just watching this clip. And bruhman in the front row of the sax section is not at all crazy about them jumpin’ and tappin’ all over him. Too funny!!

      The fact that they did a zillion splits is amazing enough, but that they could SLIDE UP out of each and every one of them is just outrageous!! LOLOL

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! When I was young I use to be able to rise right up from the floor like that but not from a split!

        I had never seen this clip before so I thought it was pretty cool. I love dance! I enjoy dancing myself & I especially enjoy watching really good dancers perform. These guys are just amazing. I watched it several times & just the foot work alone is so good, added to the rest, I was totally, OMG!

        In my next life I want to come back as a really, really great dancer!

    • qosine

      I LOVE the Nicholas Brothers. They worked EVERY surface. Thanks for the clip, AG.

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

      Love, Love, LOVE Stormy Weather and The Nicholas Brothers! Thanks for posting this treat, AQ!

  • Alma98

    Afternoon all.

  • lamh36

    don’t laugh, but this song is my internal theme song on the rare occasions when I get all gussied up. which is VERY rare…lol

    Kelis – Milkshake

    what’s your internal theme song POU fam

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia — -Actually — -I liked THIS COMMENT 2 the article: – —

    – – – Re: Did Overconfidence Hurt Romney? (4.00 / 3)
    Romney was rather boxed in for that third debate. Having made a fool out of himself when he traveled the world, and having jumped the shark on Benghazi, his campaign probably saw the risks as greater than the rewards. Remember, he had gotten burned several times around foreign policy. Even in the second debate, he had been burned when he tried to run the Benghazi talking point. So he turned every question back to the economy and tried to take it to Obama there.

    Standing alone, that tells me little about whether Romney believed he was ahead. I agree that it makes no sense he’d be so overconfident. We all assumed the bravado was right from the Karl Rove BS playbook. So initially I shared Booman’s skepticism. However, the fact that several voices have all made the same claim, and no one has stepped out of the shadows to say otherwise, makes me wonder if they didn’t really drink the koolaid.

    That Republican bubble just seems to get ever more sealed. They had their big win in 2010 and it foretold Obama’s inevitable demise, right? Inevitable, dammit! It’s surprising that the people running the circus would allow themselves to be conned. But given what happened with Orca, and many of the other boneheaded decisions made by the campaign, I’ve come around to the theory that Romney and his men were simply dumber than dirt.

    Rich guys like Romney spend their whole lives in a bubble, with everyone around them thinking they walk on water. Romney appears to have surrounded himself with “yes” men. Salesmen like himself. Apparently they sold themselves.
    by Parallax on Sat Dec 1st, 2012 at 11:01:37 AM EST

    • Alma98

      Uhh yeah!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Alma98. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – –***fist bump** – – -Bofa his disorders were in OPERATION:

        – – -ROMNESIA annnd DELUSIONAL! HAH! —

        Good 2 C U Alma. :>) Have a good day. :>)

        • Alma98

          LOL! Good to see you too GLH have a great day.

          • GreenLadyHere

            — – ***Smiles 2 U**** :>)

    • qosine

      The super connected, the super rich, seem as parochial, and in their own way as provincial as the small town folks they court with contempt.

      But folks who move around, work in the public and private sector, just encounter many types of people from all walks of life are more interesting, empathetic people. Also you learn how to separate your professional and personal life.

      I think that’s one reason I like PBO and FLOTUS so much. I can see that raising in Malia and Sasha, and the influence of Mrs. Robinson, too.

      And I think that ease (comfortable in own skin) in life connects with people. I mean, you have to adapt and adjust so much as a matter of course, whereas Romney/GOP/Pundit World stay in a pretty small world that they can control. PBO showed/demonstrated respect to so many people, who I believe responded in kind with their vote.

    • Camille

      I wish they’d just stop trying to figure it out.

      The loser and his loser wife lost. End of story.

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: – -OMG! — KC Chiefs- – -Jovan Belcher —KILLS GIRLFRIEND – –COMMITS SUICIDE. – — Sooo SAD. PRAYING 4 FAMILIES. AMEN.

    • Alma98

      W were just talking about this, just so sad and her mother being there too.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma – —-I KNOW.. —-***tears***

    • Worldwatcher7

      This is a terrible tragedy. I wonder whether this is yet another example of Black folks’ aversion to mental health treatment costing lives. I am certain that this young man and his girlfriend could have benefitted from individual counseling, couples therapy, family therapy, anger management skills training, or psychiatric medication.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY WW7. ***BIG HUG** :>) Will reply more. BUT ALL of what u said. SADLY. —

      • conlakappa

        Or the system being unresponsive/not having the resources. One of my family members attempted suicide, was able to sign himself out. He was a danger to himself and others. It didn’t end well.

    • qosine

      This is so horrible, so sad.

    • Camille

      Truly heartbreaking.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -WOW&1/2! – -MR. PRESIDENT – -is REALLY – -Movin’ –FORWARD – — – -> :>) – —

    — – -White House Seeks August Tax Reform Deadline – —

    — –White House officials are pushing for a August 1, 2013 deadline for overhauling the nation’s tax code as part of a larger agreement past the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations currently underway between the president and lawmakers, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

    – – -LEADERSHIP —-with VISION! :>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – -The White House HONORS – -World AIDS Day: – – – –

    – – – -The White House Honors World AIDS Day 2012 – —

    — – Today, December 1, 2012 is World AIDS Day. Every year on this day, the world comes together to stand with people affected by HIV/AIDS, to remember those we have lost and to renew our commitment to ending the pandemic once and for all.

    Last year on World AIDS Day, President Obama announced ambitious new targets in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and on the domestic front focused on investment to support the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy to fight the epidemic here at home.

    One year later, the President’s commitments have translated into real measurable progress. As of today, we are treating over 5 million people with lifesaving medicines for AIDS, up from 1.7 million in 2008, and are on track to treat 6 million people by the end of 2013. This year, we have also reached over 700,000 HIV-positive pregnant women with antiretroviral drugs that will prevent them from passing the virus to their children. We are making real progress, but the fight is not over.

    As the President stated in his Proclamation for World AIDS Day 2012:
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – -THANK U MR. PRESIDENT – 4 the AFFORDABLE CARE

    ACT[“Obamacare”.] – –

    • qosine

      Obamcare (happy tears)

      • GreenLadyHere

        qosine: – – -***BIG HUGS*** — -***fist bump*** :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    Gracias to Sepia for this muy excelente series about wine makers. I have noted that some have had their wines served for events at the WH.

    I am thinking this…so much “kiss the cactus” to those who say that PBO & Michelle do not support the black community or other POC. They do support every time they do things like this. Maybe it is a small thing to some but small things have power too. I’m sure those vintners appreciated being recognized in such a way.

    Just my two pesos…

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

      Glad you enjoyed the series, AQ!

      • Miranda

        I wanna be a wine connoisseur now. LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – –NOW THIS –is a GOOD IDEA! – – —

    – — -Make House Republicans middle class by paying them only for days they actually work – –

    – – –Even though House Republicans are going to be in session for only 126 days in 2013, they are still demanding their full $174,000 salary.

    Despite this being an off off year election, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has announced that the House will only be in session for 126 days in 2013. The schedule is continuation of the two weeks off one week on schedule that the Republicans implemented when they gained the majority after the 2010 election. The Senate works the opposite schedule. The Senate schedule traditionally has been three weeks on and one week off per month. When the two schedules are examined side by side, it is easy to see why it takes so long to get anything done in Washington. The House has turned their schedule into an obstruction tactic. It is hard to make legislative progress when one body is MIA for two thirds of the year.

    During the fight over the fiscal cliff House Republicans will talk how it is imperative that the nation slashes spending without raising tax, but the one thing they won’t mention is how they are adding to deficit by insisting on being paid when they aren’t working.

    THIS – – —->Members of the House are set to be paid $1,380.95 for each day when they are in session in 2013. If they were serious about reducing the deficit, one of the first things that they should do is prorate their pay so that their yearly compensation is based on only the days that they spent in session.
    THERE IS MORE

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -Ummmm – —IMMA GLOAT — – –LOL —

    – –Conn. Dems play Romney card – – –

    — -Democrats aren’t finished with Mitt Romney yet.

    The Connecticut Democratic Party issued a statement Friday calling expected 2014 GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley “another out-of-touch vulture capitalist” like Romney.

    Foley, who lost narrowly to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy in 2010, told WTNH News 8 Malloy’s policies were “hurting the little people in the state; alzheimer’s funding, the children’s fund, the disabled, vets.”

    “Tom Foley just doesn’t get it,” said Nancy DiNardo, state Democratic chairwoman, who also referred to Romney’s controversial ‘47 percent’ remarks. “Like Mitt Romney, he doesn’t understand the challenges that average hardworking people face.

    “He is just another out-of-touch vulture capitalist who sees the average resident as something less. It’s a toxic world view that the voters of this country rejected just a few weeks ago. And if ambassador Foley runs again, he’ll find out exactly what the voters of Connecticut think of his economic philosophy.”

    – –Ooooooweeee! – – – ->In addition, as Daniela Altimari of the Hartford Courant points out, after the “little people” remark Malloy strategist Roy Occhiogrosso — – -tweeted a photo of Romney and Foley Friday titled, “a match made in heaven.” – –LOL

    • gc

      Foley’s a schmuck. And, this is weird, I’ve been approached to be on my new town’s (we moved in Aug) Dem Committee. I do not like politics, I like helping people. Therein lies the tiny overlapping piece in the Venn Diagram (we cover those in schools) There is a meet ‘n greet cocktail party in Dec. I can drink cocktails, the rest…not so much. Mind foggy. Need a nap. Something else I am good at….

      • Camille

        Go for it GC! You’ll be great! and they need your insight.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -WHEW LAWD!! — SHE is soooo STOOPID!! – –

    — – -Brewer discusses global warming before Governor’s meeting – —

    – —Governor Jan Brewer will be talking energy this weekend when she attends the Western Governor’s Association meeting.

    Intertwined with the discussion of energy is one of the biggest hot button issues in the country: global warming.

    While many in the country believe that people have had a hand in the world’s rising temperature, Governor Brewer said she’s not among them.

    “Everybody has an opinion on it and I probably don’t believe that it’s man made,” said Brewer. “I believe, you know, that weather elements are controlled by other things.”

    – -ON DA REALZ: – – ->Nancy Selover, a climatologist with Arizona State University, shares a different opinion, and said people have in fact played a part in global warming.

    “We have obviously changed things, we’ve heated things up a lot by our activities,” said Selover.
    THERE IS MORE.

    THIS: – -> . .said Brewer. “I believe, you know, that weather elements are controlled by other things.” – –BWAHAHAHA!!

    – – -HER – -STOOPID – -BURNS!! LOL – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —Gotta “bounce” 4 some errands. MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U – IN MY ♥. I OWE some REPLIES. :>) WILL do so when I return. :>) – –***HUGS***

  • crazycanuck

    OT: For any computer whiz. Is there a way to retrieve files from a USB Flash Drive?

    • JojoRaze

      I’m no computer whiz, but I usually use an application called Recuva, for any accidentally deleted files. It’s from the same people that make CrapCleaner (CCleaner) and it should work.

      • crazycanuck

        Thanks Jojo, the files weren’t deleted, the tip of the Flash drive is a bit wonky, so the comp is not reading it. There might be other things wrong, but i don’t know for sure. I’ll still look int CrapCleaner though. Thanks

        • JojoRaze

          try and jigger the drive in the usb drive to see if there’s any way the comp will read it. That may be your best hope.

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

    *cue the world’s tiniest violin*

    Gone are the minute-by-minute schedules and the swarm of Secret Service agents. There’s no aide to make his peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Romney hangs around the house, sometimes alone, pecking away at his iPad and e-mailing his CEO buddies, who’ve been swooping in and out of La Jolla to visit. He wrote to one who’s having a liver transplant soon: “I’ll change your bedpan, take you back and forth to treatment.”

    […]

    By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

    […] Over Thanksgiving, one of Romney’s five sons, Josh, his wife and their four children packed into a single bedroom at the Spanish-style villa on Dunemere Drive here. One friend said they ordered their turkey dinner from Boston Market, the home-style restaurant chain, because there were too many kids running around the house to bother with cooking a feast.

    In private, Romney has told friends he has little interest in helping the Republican Party rebuild and rebrand itself.

    Advisers also said he felt no need to explain himself after his comments to donors about Obama using the power of incumbency to give “gifts” to women, black and Latino voters leaked into the public sphere. One adviser said Romney regretted the remarks “coming out the way it did.” Fehrnstrom, meanwhile, said, “He was expressing the frustration that any challenger would feel about an incumbent who used the powers of his incumbency — as we would have if the shoe was on the other foot.”

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-detached-romney-tends-wounds-in-seclusion-after-failed-white-house-bid/2012/12/01/4305079a-38a9-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_print.html

    • PenteluPower

      This article confirms that we were not wrong about Miss Ann. And she was serious about the packing comment.

      • JojoRaze

        I knew for sure the packing and Miss Ann-ism was for real in that Thanksgiving pic they tweeted out. Mitt is all loving and “I love you honey” and Miss Ann is all “Don’t touch me you loser; you lost the WH and I really wanted to be First Lady.”

        However, I’m still flummoxed they were that surprised they lost. I don’t know how anyone thinks insulting nearly 50% of the voting public assured them a win.

        • PenteluPower

          *head shake* They live on another planet.

        • rikyrah

          they were ENTITLED to win.,

          and how dare you peons think that the great Willard and Ann don’t belong in the White House…

          it is his DESTINY

          DESTINY!!!!

          bwa ha ha ha h aha ha ha ha

          they really believed that prophecy bullshyt

          • JojoRaze

            It looks like Miss Ann is taking harder than Mitt, though. She really thought she was gonna be having those state dinners and first class parties up in the WH. Her dogs and grandbabies would be traipsing up the colonade. Her office be right beside the WH Rose Garden.
            She had look books and everything ready to go for the WH redesign. Now, she looking at Mitt wondering why she even bothered 40 years ago to marry him if she wasn’t gonna live this fantasy.

            She’s probably writing bad fan fiction imagining herself as meeting PBO before Michelle so she could be the first lady!

            Look at Miss Ann’s face in this pic and tell me she ain’t taking it worse than Mittens!

            http://now.msn.com/mitt-romney-posts-thanksgiving-picture

          • Miranda

            Mitt look like he got those REAL good pills.

          • rikyrah

            it’s not my fault that she was dropped off at Casa Romney before her 18th birthday.

            she went all in with the Willard fantasy…let her choke on it.

            I just get tickled everytime I think about it…this week was just fun for me…

            Christmastime again at the White House – with FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA hosting for the country.

            She said it was THEIR TURN.

            Willard said that the President should START PACKING.

            FUCK BOTH these overindulged entitled assholes.

            If, she didn’t reek of MISS ANN LITERALLY, maybe I’d have some sympathy.

            But, she DOES reek..

            so no sympathy.

          • JojoRaze

            Oh no, I’m not sympathetic…AT.ALL!

            It’s just hilarious to me that she thought she was destined for First Lady when the polls and popular belief said otherwise.

            Barack Hussein Obama II and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama are living shade to Mittens’ and especially Miss Ann’s dreams.

            Coming from a religion that didn’t see black people until 1978, and by most estimates, still treats black people as second class members of the kingdom of heaven, Miss Ann got the chin-check of life.

          • Camille

            A-men!

          • Camille

            LoL.

            A sure way to jinx ones run for the presidency:

            Tell lies against and disrespect Barack and Michelle Obama, Join forces with Donald Trump, collaborate with Clinton PUMA’s and have Oscar de la Renta dress your wife.

            I told you guys once I saw Ann Romney show up in her Oscar de la Renta outfit, that she would surely be trading loser notes with Cindy McCain in no time.

            Oscar de la Renta, the designer to women deluded enough to start measuring for White House curtains.

      • conlakappa

        The transition team had already moved here. The entitled are going to act entitled.

    • trose1

      I don’t feel sorry for that man or his family. They are a nasty bunch.

    • rikyrah

      you saw it too.

      I was LMAO when I read it

    • Alma98

      BWA HAHAHAHAHA! Skip to 48 seconds.

      • Camille

        They still can’t keep their lies straight can they?

        I hear one of the boys wants to run for office hence the need to keep them in the news.

        Fucking opportunistic grifting liars.

    • conlakappa

      No time to make Thanksgiving? Why are they still trying to act like these people cook their meals? A single bedroom in a villa could be the equivalent of my first apartment in terms of size. Boo freakin’ hoo. I am holding the tiniest bow for that very tiny violin.

  • trose1

    The Susan Rice saga continues. The 2 GOP white women trying to give cover to McCain and Graham took me over the edge. Now the left wants to contribute and continue with the piling on.

    I’m A Liberal…And I Don’t Believe That Senator John McCain Is A Racist
    I guess liberals can tell us what is racism and what is not. Good to know.

    I’m A Liberal…And I Don’t Believe That Senator John McCain Is A Racist

    I’m a liberal. Actually, I’m a proud liberal. And the truth is, I think the media narrative taking place on the left about Senator John McCain being a racist is utterly, utterly stupid.

    When did we on the left decide that anyone who is a woman or a minority can’t be criticized? When did we decide that instead of answering criticism from the right, we should put up smokescreens of “racism”? When did we decide that it’s okay to hurl slanderous accusations at Republican politicians, just because we disagree with them?

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/im-a-liberal-and-i-dont-believe-that-senator-john-mccain-is-a-racist/

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Thank you white liberal who always seems to “impeccably” tell us dumb Negroes what a racial attack is. You know, some days I do find solace in the words of Malcolm X.

      • Ebogan63

        The one about ‘foxy white liberals?”
        Yes I do find solace in those words, and I will be DAMNED if I have to be lectured by these assholes on what the fuck is RACIST! “When did we decide that it’s okay to hurl slanderous accusations at Republican politicians, just because we disagree with them?”

        When these jackasses, who where DIXIECRATS used the ‘southern strategy’ that’s when! Black folks know their history!

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          THATS THE ONE!!!! Listen to it like gospel during the campaign. May need it again.

    • Kennymack1971

      So it’s just a coincidence that the most vehement attacks from the right have been leveled at Blacks in this administration? These lame ass liberals can have a seat.

    • JojoRaze

      I cannot talk about Susan Rice without anger, which is why I haven’t commented. However, the whole situ confirms why I do not trust the Clintonites AT.ALL. Other than Clyburn and PBO, no one has come out to get Ambassador Rice’s back.

      No one has yet to answer why Susan Rice was wrong for repeating talking points the CIA gave her. She is not an intelligence agent, she gets intelligence from them. The people who should be thrown under the bus are Hillary and the CIA. This was their mess up and Susan is getting the blame when she was not involved. AT.ALL.

      This is straight up and down racism, and even WashPo said it when 80 white men in the House, who have nothing to do with confirmations, are saying not to nominate her.

      I have limited by media consumption to here, NYT, CNN and TOD and Deaniac and I could care less about what some fair weather position paper pundit liberals think is racist or not. I have watched the coverage on this and I’ve been black in America for longer than three days.

      • rikyrah

        tell it Jo Jo

      • Miranda

        THIS.

      • trose1

        Not sure who stated it here first but it looks as if Hillary has her fingerprints all over this issue. Something is smelling.

        • Camille

          There are no ifs and buts about it:

          This is Hillary Clinton at work, but mark my words, she’ll self-destruct before she and Bill can do any more harm with their vindictiveness and obsessive desire to control and have access at all times.
          Karma.

    • Alma98

      The commenters are idiots, who the hell are they to say what’s racist and not racist. I guess being black and living it daily doesn’t count huh?

      • Miranda

        Their arrogance is really quite breathtaking.

    • dannie22

      the author of this tripe anjali sareen, is on twitter. loveladypa went after her. sounds like anjali wants to fit in with her white liberal friends

    • Camille

      And yet Anjali and her “liberal” friends seem to think Hillary Clinton is off limits even though she should be the one answering any questions regarding Benghazi.

      But any such criticism of Hillary is mysogyny and sexism.

      It seems that only Hillary and Sarah Palin could possibly ever be subjected to misogyny and sexism.

      Michelle Obama and Susan Rice, not so much. They are fair game. Hmmmm, I wonder whats different?

  • rikyrah

    A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid

    The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan.

    Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house here in La Jolla, a moneyed and pristine enclave of San Diego, at noisy construction workers fixing up his next-door neighbor’s home, sending regular updates on the renovation. He devours news from 2,600 miles away in Washington about the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, shaking his head and wondering what if.

    ………………………………………….

    By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-detached-romney-tends-wounds-in-seclusion-after-failed-white-house-bid/2012/12/01/4305079a-38a9-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story_1.html

    • Kennymack1971

      Awwww so sad… my heart bleeds for them.. NOT! BWAH HA HA!

    • edp4bho

      Haw haw haw haw….I hate to be mean but as I avoided watching them during the campaign, yesterday I just watched the video where he says about PBO….”start packing” and she says….”it’s our turn now”. What a couple of privileged turds they are. Hi Rikyrah and POU. I’m so enjoying Romney-free days.

      • Camille

        I wish they’d just go away already. I don’t even want to hear about their heartache at not having their fake prophecy come true.

        God obviously loves President and Mrs Obama infinitely more, so Ann can go sit down with her horrid self.

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          Camille, I’m just mean. I sort of feeling you on that, but then I see that “Start Packing” and “Its our turn” video along with the 47% vid, and I just end up guffawing my ass off all day again when I read how much psychological pain they are in. I know I’m wrong, but its like sex, It feels too good.

    • dannie22

      i feel so sad for him…well not really

    • Camille

      Ha ha ha.

      Puhleassse.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      He’s a very vibrant, young 65-year-old?! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!! BWAAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

      • conlakappa

        Who walks like he has bad feet and is walking on egg shells. The only previous reference to any vitality [throws up a little in my mouth] was him sleeping without drawers. Not even any ski or mountain-climbing treatment that even The Mack Daddy had.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- —A FOCUS on – -OUR “AIR” — GABBY- – -:>) – – Woo! Hoo! :>)- –

    – – -Revealed: How Gabby Douglas almost quit gymnastics to go and work at Chick-fil-A just months before double gold medal Olympic triumph – –

    — – Gabby Douglas was one of the biggest stars of the Olympic summer – but she almost packed it all in less than a year before the Games.

    The gold medal-winning gymnast was so fed up with constant training hundreds of miles away from her family that she considered quitting and going to work at Chick-fil-A instead.

    Even her mother could not persuade her to continue pursuing her dream, she writes in her autobiography - and it took an intervention from her beloved big brother to remind her of what she would be missing.

    Scroll down for video

    – – -SNIP – —

    – –VIDEO: Gabby opens up about Grace, Gold, & Glory:
    THERE IS MUCH MORE :>)

    WE LOVE U♥ annnd WE R soooo PROUD of U. B BLESSED. :>)

  • Miranda

    ROLL TIDE!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia: — LOL! – –Wait! -WHA’?? – – – -LOL – – –

    – — West Baffled By Election Loss – —

    —- -Former Rep. Allen West is still wondering how he managed to go from tea party darling to unemployed in two years.

    According to Bloomberg.com, West is still baffled about his meteoritic rise and fall.

    – — -WHA’???? – — ->The web site said, “Allen West is still surprised that Florida’s voters have kicked him out of Congress after only two years. ‘Why would anyone want to get rid of a person that is born and raised in the inner city, third of four generations in the military—just an American success story?’ asks West, from the living room of his Palm Beach Gardens home overlooking a pool and golf course. ‘I’m not some guy that came from a rich political family or anything like that,’ he says. ‘I’m just an everyday guy, but I have a passion for my country.'” – –[WHEW LAWD!! –LOL]

    - –Bloomberg also pointed out that West’s loss had a lot to do with his abrasive personality and the fact the country seems to have fallen out of love with the whole tea party movement. [NOT QUITE -LOL]

    “Another possibility is that his rapid rise and fall coincided with the public’s equally brief enthusiasm for the mad-as-hell ethos of the tea party. When West was elected two years ago, 40 percent of voters nationwide said they supported the movement, according to exit polls. This year, support was down to 21 percent. West was one of several members of the tea party caucus who lost reelection to the House.
    THERE IS MORE – – -LOL

    –COULD IT B THAT: —

    – – –☻He SHOT at the HEAD of a man that he was INTERROGATING annnd was REPRIMANDED 4 his ACTION.?
    – — ☻ HE A ANGRY – -EVIL/VILE BLAH MAN.?
    — – ☻HE REPEATEDLY CALLED Ms Debbie WS outta her NAME on MANY OCCASIONS — WITHOUT ANY APOLOGIES!!?
    – — -☻HE INCESSANTLY – -SLAMMED –OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT!?? –

    – --CASE CLOSED!! — –WONDER NO MORE – – -LOSER!! – – geesh!!

    • edp4bho

      And accused about 60 members of congress of being communists?
      And told black folks they enjoy “being on the plantation” ?
      And like you say, he’s evil/vile?
      And he still wears a high box cut ala 1980?

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEYedp4bho. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — – -LOL – -THIS —>And he still wears a high box cut ala 1980? – – – -THAT’s the MAIN REASON!! —LOL — –

        Da – – T-POTTY-ERS — -di-ent — – -LIKE IT!! LOL – – –

        Good 2 C U edp4bho. :>) – — -

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Damn Nigga. You really let those white folks pump you up, didn’t you?!

      • Miranda

        ROFLMAO…yes he did!

  • lamh36

    Um ok, Janet Jackson is looking more and more like Michael everytime you see her now. She may need to talk to somebody!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia — -[Apologies ifff a dup] – -MISSED THIS: -SISTAS UNITED!

    – – –Black Women’s Roundtable Unites in Support of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice – —

    — — -*Washington, DC –A diverse group of women leaders and organizations have joined forces with the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) to launch a campaign to express their unequivocal support of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and to encourage senate and congressional leaders to treat the esteemed public servant with respect. In addition to signing on to an open letter to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, nearly 100 women from across the country are promoting an online petition in support of Ambassador Rice via personal and organizational networks as well as online social media.

    The letter sent to Senate intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and committee ranking member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said Ambassador Rice has been a role model to all women. “She has excelled throughout her career both in the public and private sector. Her commitment to international peace and the equality of all people should be heralded, not summarily dismissed for political gain and expedience. Hence, we urge all U. S. Senators to afford Ambassador Rice the proper respect appropriate for any other Cabinet-level member of a sitting Administration.”

    The letter continues, “We feel it necessary to remind the Senate of Ambassador Rice’s impeccable credentials because of the failure of some to respect her role as the United States Ambassador and leader in foreign policy. While some members of the Senate have pushed back on their rush to judgment in the press regarding Ambassador Rice’s prepared remarks on the attack in Benghazi, we feel that the public integrity and reputation of this brilliant woman, who serves our country with great dignity, has been unfairly and unnecessarily attacked.”
    THERE IS MUCH MORE. – – – —

    – – – -BLACK WOMEN POWER! – – -Woo! Hoo! :>) – —

    • Camille

      They need to put Hillary Clinton on notice stat. She and Bill Clinton will be taken down if the persist with this attempt at destroying Susan Rice.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – –WAY-ELL – –LETTUCE C – – –WHO’s TALKIN’ — -annnnd will get in “TRUBBLE — “tootie-style” — with the – –RE-THUCKERS!!!- – — LoL

    — -Sunday Talk Shows (12/2/12): Fiscal cliff, Grover Norquist, Meet the Press, Face the Nation – – –

    – – – – -Guests scheduled for the Sunday political talk shows include Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner who will appear on five shows to help deliver the Obama administration’s message on the impending “fiscal cliff.” Also on the subject are Grover Norquist on Meet the Press and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Fox News Sunday.
    – – -SNIP- —

    •NBC’s Meet the Press: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Jim Cramer, CNBC; Maria Bartiromo, CNBC

    •CBS’ Face the Nation: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (R-CA); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics; Maya MacGuineas, Campaign to Fix the Debt; Rana Foroohar, Time; John Dickerson, CBS and Slate

    •ABC’s This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Rep. Tom Cole, (R-OK); Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN);Dan Senor, Council on Foreign Relations; Steven Rattner, former Lead Auto Adviser; Cokie Roberts, ABC

    •Fox News Sunday: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Rep. John Boehner (R-OH); Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard; Mara Liasson, NPR; Evan Bayh, Fox News; Ed Rollins, political strategist – –

    •CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard; Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT); Susan Page, USA Today; A.B. Stoddard, The Hill
    THERE IS MORE.

    – –OOOPS!! – –Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-CA. — –

    – — -Soooo – –is Mr. Tim -[anem]- -Gon suffer da WRATH of da RE-THUCKERS 4 goin’ on the – -SUNDAY SHOWS? – -HAH! — -LOL

    • Camille

      Lol. You were right the first time sis- it is Dianne Feinstein R-CA.

      I seriously regret casting a vote for that woman, but did so and urged others to just to ensure that Harry Reid remained the Senate Majority Leader and not that awful turtle Mitch McConnell.

      Now Feinstein is back playing her double agent role in the Senate courtesy of us Obama supporters who gave her the record breaking number of votes ever cast for a Senator.

      She should understand that most of those votes were really for President Obama not for her – and to keep Harry Reid in charge.

      • conlakappa

        Let her know. Ask all of the people you encouraged to vote for her to do the same. DiFi gets away with her crap because rarely is she checked on it. Money + power means she never has to say she is sorry.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepiaaaaaaa – –LOL —U STR8 – GOT your – -GLOAT!! -ON!! – – – — -Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -The –“FIRST COUPLE” – -will CELEBRATE the HONOREES —:>) –

    – — -35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors “> – —

    – – -The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the selection of the seven individuals who will receive the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 35th annual national celebration of the arts are: bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin. While Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, and singer Robert Plant will each receive the Kennedy Center Honors.

    – -“With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

    – – -SNIP – —
    The President and Mrs. Obama will receive the Honorees and members of the Artists Committee who nominate them, along with the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees at the White House prior to the gala performance. The 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Gala concludes with a supper dance in the Grand Foyer.

    The Kennedy Center Honors medallions will be presented on Saturday, December 1, the night before the gala, at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – –President Obama Honors 2011 Kennedy Center Honors Recipients – –

    – —- -First lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama arrive for a Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House on December 4, 2011in Washington, DC. For their accomplishments and contributions to the arts actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, musician Yo-Yo Ma, and musician Sonny Rollins where etched recognized as this year’s recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. – –

    – --LOVELY!. – -[4! -MORE! YEARS! :>)] – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – -Dear POU FAM♥: G’NIGHT. – – -WISHIN U BLESSED SWEET DREAMS!!- – -♥ – ♥ :>) — – — –

    – – – -UNTIL DA MORNING LIGHT ♥ :>) – – – –

    — — -SILENT NIGHT. POU FAM♥ – – – -