April 18, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: African Americans in Ballet

Happy Saturday Obots!

This week we featured talented and beautiful ballet dancers. In my research I came across information on Dance for All, a nonprofit organization in South Africa that teaches disadvantaged, poor youth the art of ballet. The photos are beautiful.

First though, the final featured dancer of the week is Aesha Ash, founder of the blog, The Black Swan Diaries.

Aesha has been a professional ballet dancer for 13 years. She Joined the New York City Ballet at the age of 18, where she remained for eight years dancing numerous soloist and principal roles. Aesha then joined the legendary Bejart Ballet, in Lausanne Switzerland, as a soloist. After enjoying success in Europe, she returned to the United states in 2005 where she joined Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. After a tremendous amount of growth and learning, Aesha went freelance. She began working with Morphoses, founded by Christopher Wheeldon. Aesha has been featured in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, to name a few. You will find Aesha featured in the New York City Ballet Workout II, Barbie Nutcracker, and she played the principal dance double for Zoe Saldana in the movie Center Stage.

Aesha is also the founder of an empowering project entitled Swan Dreams, which was inspired by her mission to introduce the magic of ballet to  both underprivileged and minority communities. She is on a mission of introducing and sharing this precious art form to everyone.

The project uses photography to proclaim the message that beautiful art and boundless talent can be found in all environments. Aesha uses city neighborhoods from the New York community where she was raised as the backdrop for her artistic project, which expresses her desire to see this art form reborn in the urban neighborhoods.

Her goal is to encourage young women of color to NEVER STOP DREAMING!

Check out more gorgeous and empowering images of Aesha Ash as she tells her story.

Dance For All

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning,Everyone :)

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU! Get outta that bed! (:

    Finally! Accountant explains Romney’s offshore accounts, blind trust, taxes, and more… in layman’s terms

    [....] A friend, who’s an accountant came over last night and I asked him if he could explain the Romney tax situation regarding foreign, off-shore banking, income, investments and such, based on the 2010 and 2011 Federal tax returns as we’ve seen them. He put it in English — instead of all these pundits trying to explain it with legal and accounting terms. I think now get it, and perhaps your readers would understand it when put in my friends words. By the way, I do have a BS in Business Administration, and I didn’t understand this until now.

    The Cayman Island thing goes this way: (which by the way is legal, though to what degree legal and moral overlap in this will always be fodder for debate)[....]

    Read more: http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/09/27/finally-accountant-explains-romneys-offshore-accounts-blind-trust-taxes-and-more-in-laymans-terms/

    H/T GottaLaff and David Garber

    • jds09

      Romney launders his money. I hope more Americans begin to realize that most of these guys are rich because they cheat and/or play in a rigged game. I firmly believe Romney sees the presidency as a business opportunity. If someone looked closely at what happened in MA (that warranted destroyed records) and the money his buddies made off the Olympics there would be a pattern. Being President is secondary to being the richest man in the world. Cheney/Haliburton/Blackwater on steroids.

      • goldenstar

        Thank you.

        Money quote:

        Romney launders his money.

        This is the one-liner that folks need to repeat throughout the country.

      • creolechild

        That’s my impression as well, jds09. No other way to explain his lack of compassion for the people who are struggling now and would be further impacted by his policies which don’t benefit them in any way.

        • gc

          I think there is. Pathology. He could not even feel for his dog, for his kids whose faces he mashed in food. He is sick.

      • GN

        I think I agree with you re: Romney’s motivation for even wanting the office he seems to feel entitled to: business opportunities, making it rain on some associates. And war theaters are ideal vehicles for massive amounts of graft and corruption (everyone remember the “missing” six BILLION US taxpayer dollars during the Iraq War?). This is a disaster ticket.

        • nellcote

          everyone remember the “missing” six BILLION US taxpayer dollars during the Iraq War?).
          ===
          Everyone except Dan Senor, Rmoney’s FP advisor.

  • creolechild

    Race and Beyond: Coming Together to Help Black Boys and Men

    When groups of concerned people gather to discuss black boys and men, the conversation all too often degrades into a hopeless discussion of problems and pathologies. Yawn. There’s nothing new to add to that tired trope, especially for anyone with a passing awareness of the enduring history and the contemporary plight of black males in our country. But what is being done about the stacks of studies and statistics that point to a disproportionate number of black boys and men trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline? [....]

    Michael Lindsey, a professor and researcher in the University of Maryland School of Social Work, is assessing the mental health and social development needs for school-aged black boys. He explained how recognizing and addressing their unique health needs, which tend to go untreated in communities where these boys face high stress from racism, poverty, and joblessness, can result in better educational outcomes for black boys.

    Al Young Jr., a sociology professor at the University of Michigan, is demonstrating how social forces such as racism, poverty, and joblessness shape the attitudes of black boys and men toward education and work. He noted how his research contradicts the common view that black males don’t study hard because they doubt it will lead to improved life outcomes. Rather, his research shows that when black males viewed work in a productive fashion, their willingness to stay in school increased.[....]

    Read more: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/news/2012/09/25/39198/race-and-beyond-coming-together-to-help-black-boys-and-men/

    H/T Sam Fulwood III

  • creolechild

    Income Breakdown For Americans Who Will Pay The Individual Mandate Penalty |

    The Atlantic highlights the income levels of the small number of Americans who are projected to face Obamacare’s penalty for failing to obtain health insurance coverage. The penalty will only affect those who are able to afford health insurance but choose not to purchase it anyway. Using initial and revised CBO projections, this graph breaks down those Americans into income groups as percentages of the federal poverty level — which is currently pegged at $11,170 for an individual and $23,050 for a family of four — represented on the vertical axis. Nearly 80 percent of the Americans expected to pay the penalty have household incomes that are over 100 percent of the federal poverty level:[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/09/26/912901/income-levels-of-the-americans-who-will-pay-the-individual-mandate-penalty/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • creolechild

    Joe Biden Exposes Romney’s $460 Tax Increase on Social Security Benefits

    Joe Biden, it’s a BFD for seniors. If you’re a senior household making less than $32,000 or a senior individual making less than $25,000, you might be facing a tax of $460.00 a year on your Social Security so that Mitt Romney can pay for that $5 trillion tax cuts plan for the rich. No doubt this is just another effort on behalf of Mitt Romney to force you victims and moochers into doing what he does not want to do: pay taxes.

    Watch Joe in Boca Raton, Florida here:[....]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/bfd-biden-warns-seniors-450-tax-social-security-romney.html

    H/T Sarah Jones

    • rikyrah

      GO RIDE OR DIE JOE

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – –THIS: – — -No doubt this is just another effort on behalf of Mitt Romney to force you victims and moochers into doing what he does not want to do: pay taxes. – -

      – –TRUTH!! – — -TRUTH! – –TRUTH!! – - -CALL HIM — -STR8 OUT!! – -HAH! – -

      We can DEPEND of “Ride or Die Joe” – — :>) – - -

      Good 2 C U creolechild. :>)

      ETA: -SHOW US YOUR TAX REPORT — -MITT-TWIT!!

  • creolechild

    Protected Lands Create Jobs: New Monument In Colorado Will Double The Site’s Economic Impacts Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Tomorrow President Barack Obama will designate the Chimney Rock Archeological Area in southwestern Colorado as a new national monument. It will be the nation’s 103rd national monument, and the third that Obama has designated (the others are Fort Ord in California and Fort Monroe in Virginia). The monument, which encompasses about 4,700 acres, is part of the San Juan National Forest. It is of particular importance to local tribes, as the site was home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians. It was a destination because every 18.6 years, the moon rises exactly between two rock towers — a phenomenon known as a “lunar standstill.”

    According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, “the area is the most culturally significant land managed by the U.S. Forest Service.”[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/09/20/882061/protected-lands-create-jobs-new-monument-in-colorado-will-double-the-sites-economic-impacts/

    H/T Public Lands Team

  • rikyrah

    this series has been WONDERFUL

    • creolechild

      Yes it has! To me, Snow Dreams captured the art of what’s possible. I loved how it showed the imagery of Aesha Ashe, in her dance attire at various sites in and around the Bronx neighborhood where she grew up and surrounded by young black girls. That was powerful.

      • GN

        Yes, those pictures are super-gorgeous.

    • caribbeanobserver

      That’s one of my favoutite things about POU. One can be educated,and enlightened, informed,as well as entertained ( by all the hilarious comments) of course.

  • creolechild

    Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress to Help Responsible Homeowners

    In this week’s address, President Obama explains his administration’s steps to help the housing market, including giving responsible homeowners a chance to save thousands of dollars every year by refinancing their mortgages, but says we need Congress’s help to do more.[....]

    Watch video: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/29/weekly-address-it-s-time-congress-help-responsible-homeowners

    H/T Megan Slack

  • creolechild

    Black-Male Grad Rate Still Lags Despite Slight Uptick

    The four-year graduation rate for black males has steadily improved during the last decade, but remains dismally low compared with the rate for their white male peers, according to a study released last week.

    In its fifth biennial report on graduation rates for African-American males, the Schott Foundation for Public Education found that in 2009-10, 52 percent of black males graduated from high school with a regular diploma within four years. It’s the first time that more than half of the nation’s African-American boys did so, according to Schott’s report.[....]

    Read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/09/19/05boys.h32.html?tkn=RMZFggfIOPExI%2BFGFGUozczg%2BnMw06UfaGOY&cmp=clp-edweek

    H/T Lesli A. Maxwell

  • creolechild

    Obama: Not Everyone Is Entitled To Success, But We Believe In ‘Opportunity’

    Responding again to Mitt Romney’s comments on the “47 percent,” President Obama in Virgina today said the majority of Americans don’t believe everyone is entitled to success, but “we do believe in opportunity.”

    Romney said in a secretly recorded video that nearly half of Americans view themselves as “victims” and won’t take responsibility for their lives.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-not-everyone-is-entitled-to-success-but

    H/T David Taintor

  • creolechild

    BP fined after it fails surprise spill-containment inspections

    The Environmental Protection Agency, no slouches, occasionally performs surprise tests of oil companies’ ability to contain spills. Twice the EPA visited such tests on BP. You can guess how BP fared. BP Products North America will pay $210,000 and create enhanced oil spill response programs at all of its U.S. oil facilities under the terms of a consent agreement announced Thursday.

    [....] The Department of Justice, which levied the punishment, also demanded that BP review its response plans.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/bp-fined-after-it-fails-surprise-spill-containment-inspection/

    H/T Philip Bump

    • goldenstar

      Their freakin’ ad campaign prolly cost about 10x that amount. They. are. without. accountability. responsibility. patriotism.

      • Aquagranny911

        I believe they are British based Company but I do get what you are saying.

    • Aquagranny911

      This is the same EPA that was moldering under Bush & that the goatfiggers want to dismantle…uh huh…

    • Worldwatcher7

      After all the trumped up media outrage against PBO for the BP spills, why isn’t there more concern about BP failing these pop-quizzes?

  • rikyrah

    Rolling Calamity Update

    On the eve of the debates, Romney hits an all-time high of personal unfavorables since January. The red line is his unfavorable number, the black his favorable. His previous high-point for general disdain was (yes!) 47.3 percent of Americans in February – back when evangelicals were still looking for someone else. So on that 47 percent number, Mitt, the feeling appears to be mutual.

    On the black favorable line, you can see two jumps – when the GOP base rallies and then when the GOP-leaners try to like him.You can see them pulling for the college try. But the convention comes and … well … they see Clint Eastwood talking to a chair.

    But notice the nose-holders never decline that much from February all year, and then the fall arrives and – the genuine, revved-up dislike intensifies sharply. Since the campaign started, Mitt Romney has never been disliked by more Americans – 49.4 percent, to be precise – than now. The personal dislike of him is unprecedented in recent presidential history.

    Those debates had better be dynamite, hadn’t they?

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/

    • GN

      He’s simply disliked.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        People are not going to vote for someone they don’t like.

  • GN

    I’m still floored by Ann Romney’s admission that Mittens’ biggest struggle in the WH would be trying to not go completely mental. I think that he’s already there, but that’s just my opinion. This is yet another supposedly “inelegant” “inarticulate” statement from Romney & Co that we’re somehow not supposed to take at face value…but I can’t imagine someone asking FLOTUS this question and her alluding to PBO as cray cray without the media going nuts.

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m with you on that one but she does know him better than anyone. I’ve felt & said so that he has a serious mental defect. It’s all kind of scary & creepy which is why we have to GOTV!

  • GN

    lol, this guy is just beyond description:

    @Mattison:
    Romney’s team has prepped “zingers” for Mitt to drop on Pres. Obama during the debates. Canned responses from a plastic candidate. #tcot #p2

    • aleth

      Idiots.. but no matter how Rmoney does the narrative has been prepared by the gang of 500 — He won and polls are close.

      Never seen a man get so many do-overs.

      I don’t know if I will watch the debates..

      • GN

        I’m only watching so that I can see someone as mediocre yet pompous and entitled as Mittens try to play the dozens with Barack Obama. That’s just high comedy lol. The gang of 500 can’t save this clown, although they are indeed trying damned hard.

      • Aquagranny911

        I’m watching with a group so we can jeer & cheer, scarf snacks & swill margaritas.

      • caribbeanobserver

        What makes the analysts/media feel that it necessary to have to have do-overs to get the public on your side?

      • MsKitty

        They tried their damnedest to do the same in 2008 swearing up and down that McCain won each debate. It was only after the instant viewer polls were like, “nah, don’t think so” that the anchors would have to backpedal. That’s why I’ll be shocked if they use the viewer meters this time.

      • BoomerGal

        I hear ya, aleth. I don’t think I can stand it.

    • gc

      They are assuming he will know which zingers go with which questions.

    • Aquagranny911

      Maybe he will write them on his hands.

    • MsKitty

      All the while going against a President who has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he could make a solid living on the standup circuit after 2017.

      Good luck with that, Willard.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        And after awhile when it becomes painfully obvious he’s not funny it tends to tick audiences off. That and he’s playing them for stupid in refusing to talk about anything substantive.

  • GreenLadyHere
    • GN

      Morning GLH!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY! – - -GN. ***BIG HUG** :>)

    • caribbeanobserver

      Morning/afternoon to you GLH and the POU family.
      WE DA PEOPLE who are WE DA MEDIA indeed!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — –LOL — – –***fist bump*** – - — :>)

        INSULT US annnd we’ll PUT U on – — “FRONT STREET annnd BLAST!!” – - –LOL

        The MITT-TWIT still hasn’t gotten IT! LOL – —-STOOPID —LYIN’ RACIST!! —47% —humph!!

        Good 2 C U caribbeanobserver. :>)

  • GN

    They’re suffering:

    AUDIO: Demoralized By Polls, Conservatives Seek Psychological Help On Talk Radio

    Conservatives are not taking the plummeting political fortunes of Massachusetts millionaire Mitt Romney well.

    Right wing talk radio hosts are mounting a full-on campaign to tell their listeners to ignore polls showing President Obama surging ahead of Romney both at the state and national level. Top tier hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin are trying to pull their devoted followers out of a funk.

    On Levin’s show on Wednesday night, the far right host can be heard attempting to buck up a despondent caller about Romney’s election prospects.

    [audio file at the link]
    http://www.nationalconfidential.com/20120926/audio-demoralized-by-polls-conservatives-seek-psychological-help-on-talk-radio/

    *********************************
    In 2010, I knew the feeling of extreme disappointment as well as trying to stay motivated to get out there despite worsening forecasts. However, I don’t feel any compassion whatsoever for the hateful far right (their disgusting an unconscionable behavior, stalking a dead teen’s twitter/myspace in order to smear him in service of a lunatic molester and murderer is just one example of too many to count of how horrifying and indecent the far right became). Like other POUers have said, I’m watching their decline with enjoyment.

    • gc

      Y’all know the kind of response that engenders in me, right? I’ve spent twenty years counseling clients with DD’s, MI, substance abuse problems, etc, etc. My own life has not been a piece of cake the last few years. I volunteer with people who stand inline at soup kitchens and others who have no sensation/movement from the neck down.

      FUCK YOU, CONSERVATIVES!!!!!!

  • GN

    @NJedwina:
    Single mom, former welfare recipient and current billionaire,J.K. Rowling: ‘I didn’t build this’ without help. http://wapo.st/UwVR0S

    • Worldwatcher7

      A truly gifted, brilliant, and good person. Can’t wait to read the new book.

    • Aquagranny911

      Her story is amazing & she is such a humble person.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ miranda. ***BIG HUG** :>) – -

    CANNOT thank U enuff 4 this INSPIRING SERIES. — -:>) -

    - -BALLET is 4 ALL –as THIS SERIES PROVES. —-No doubt — -MORE ARTIST will EMERGE as a RESULT of – — “Dance for All,” – - -annnd SIMILAR ARTISTIC organizations. :>)

    —- HOW WONDERFUL of HER 2 SHARE her TALENTS 2 DEVELOP YOUNG ARTISTS: – –Aesha is also the founder of an empowering project entitled Swan Dreams, which was inspired by her mission to introduce the magic of ballet to both underprivileged and minority communities. She is on a mission of introducing and sharing this precious art form to everyone.

    LOOKIN’ FORWARD 2 SEEIN’ MORE of US —-:>)

    I have SHARED THIS SERIES in many arenas. :>) –

    BLESS U 4 BRANGIN’ IT! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-People jus’ CLOWNIN – - -teh MITT-TWIT – - –LOL – –

    – - -Video- David Letterman: Top Ten Reasons Mitt Romney Should Appear on the Late Show – —

    - — He jus’ CAIN’T GET NOT RESPECT! – –LOL – —’CAUSE he DON’T DESERVE IT!! – - –LYIN’ RACIST!! -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -Here’s OUR – - -1-A-DAY – AD – –:>) – –

    – - – -Remember: Romney’s Private-Sector Experience Wasn’t About Creating Jobs — —-

    Annd an EXTRA: – —
    “We met the President of the United States, Barack Obama.”
    – - – -

    — —U KNOW – -THEY R – - –FIRED UP – - — Movin’ – - -FORWARD – — –>

    – - – -CONGRATULATIONS!! :>)- -

  • qosine

    Swan Dreams — wonderful, wonderful.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-LOL – —THEY jus’ – - –”twitter-clownin’ – -MITT-TWIT — -behind this. LOL – -

    – — -Memorized Zingers – –

    — –Twitter is blowing up with mockery of the first of these two paragraphs:

    Mr. Romney’s team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized and has been practicing on aides since August. His strategy includes luring the president into appearing smug or evasive about his responsibility for the economy.

    Mr. Obama is not particularly fluid in sound bites, so his team is aiming for a workmanlike performance like his speech at the Democratic convention. He is looking to show that Mr. Romney would drive the country in an extreme ideological direction at odds with the interests of the middle class.

    – — SNIP- – –

    I don’t think this will go well. – - – -LOL.

    – —-His “WORD SALAD” is sooo BAD that I’ON’T think that he can pull this off anyhow!! —-

    – - —PREPARIN’ da—-POU FAM–POPCORN!! LOL -

    • lamh35

      @dmsilev:

      Sweet Jesus” that’s the stupidest strategy ever. To do that, you’d need a more undisciplined debater than Obama. If you believe that Obama is not a great debater, then at the very least ya gotta believe he’s too disciplined and reasoned to even give Romney an opening.

      Plus, a zinger or two is one thing, but a debate of only zingers and no substance is a very bad strategy for Romney to take, IMHO.

      (btw, when you google “Sweet Jesus”, the like 3rd video down is Joe Scarborough’s “Sweet Jesus” reaction to Romney…it’s officially viral ya’ll..LOL)

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Romney’s walking right into the trap. The problem is going to be that when Mitt starts to get on a roll and then goes for that next one PBO will be right there to swat him into the ninth row thereby blowing his whole strategy and knocking him off his game.

      Romney has a glass jaw and if McCain and Fred Thompson knew that in ’08 and the Republican candidates knew it this year you can believe PBO knows. Romney has never faced anyone like PBO. Ever.

      • goldenstar

        Oh, yessssssss. Cannot. wait.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY woody45. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — -***fist bump*** – - – - -SPEAK TRUTH! –:>)

        Tht PHOOL is dealin’ with the – — -GREATEST STRATEGIST – - – -in da WORLD. – - -:>)

        Gon – –”ROPE-a DOPE” him a FEW TIMES ALSO!! LOL

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>) [Sorry 2 take so long. :>)]

  • rikyrah

    Is Ryan A Drag On The Ticket?
    Noam Scheiber believes so:

    Back in late August, Obama led Romney on the question of who would handle Medicare better by 8 points in Florida and 10 points in Ohio; now he’s up 15 in Florida and 16 in Ohio. And the problems are especially acute among senior citizens, a group Obama has traditionally struggled with. A month ago, Obama was down 13 points in Florida among people 65 and older; today he’s up 4. On the specific question of Medicare, Obama was down 4 points among Florida seniors in August; today he’s up 5 points. …

    The numbers for Ohio are similar: In August, Obama was down 8 among seniors in the state; today he’s up 1. A month ago Obama was down 6 points among Ohio seniors on the Medicare issue; today he’s up 6. The turnaround here is simply breathtaking.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/

  • rikyrah

    Dana Milbank: Meet Willard Mitt Romney, champion of the common man ….. When it comes to speaking up for the downtrodden, Romney isn’t just another man of the people. He is the Rolls-Royce of populists.

    With evidence building that his prospects have been hurt by his dismissal of nearly half the country as moochers, Romney has been making it his job to worry about the 47 percent of Americans he famously said it wasn’t his job to worry about.

    But when such an appeal is attempted by a man who has painstakingly crafted for himself a public image combining Scrooge McDuck and Thurston Howell III, there is bound to be a certain amount of awkwardness and inconsistency…..

    …. Why the Baron of Bain would be making a late appeal to the downtrodden is obvious. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that Americans regard Romney’s “47 percent” remarks negatively, 54 percent to 32 percent. Respondents who self-describe as independent, the all-important demographic, regarded the comments even more negatively.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-in-springfield-romney-plays-to-the-monied-masses/2012/09/28/d283de68-0966-11e2-a10c-fa5a255a9258_story.html?hpid=z3

    • conlakappa

      I see a Gordon Brown-like moment of mingling with the rabble [dropping by a trailer park in tornado alley, mayhaps] and being caught on a hot microphone talking smack about the people he’d just been all fakin’-it folksy with.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - —-BRANGIN’ —-MORE – - -DANCE: – - -:>) – - -

    – - –Township Ballet in Cape Town (2), African Footage (12) – — ENJOY! :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share! Thank you!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — -My PLEASURE. :>) DANCE! – - –DANCE! -DANCE! – -an EXHILARATING – —activity annnd a SPECTACULAR WATCH!! :>) – - – –U KNOW! :>) – —

        Good 2 C U Aquagranny. :>)

    • Worldwatcher7

      Attention: A star is born. The little dancer in the teal and yellow costume is superbly graceful and has loads of personality.

      Of course they are all great. Thanks for sharing this GLH. Are you feeling better today?

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Worldwatcher7. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- -

        – - -***fist bump*** – - – -Good eye. :>)–THIS is how they —RISE 2 da top. :>)

        Still movin’ a little slowly. BUT allergies appear 2 B clearin. :>) – —THANK U 4 axin’ :>) –

        Good 2 C U. Ww7. :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    I’m turning into a total paranoid. I just checked my voter registration for the second time in two weeks. I won’t feel completely comfortable till I get my ballot in the mail. I do early mail in voting.

    I got an email yesterday saying that some folks had been purged who voted in the Dem primary. I haven’t been able to confirm this but those voter fraud people have been active in AZ in the past trying to get our Clean Elections law overturned in 2010.

    • MsKitty

      You’re not the only one. I mailed off my voting by mail application last week and have been browbeating my mailbox ever since. Once I get the ballot and fill it out I’m dropping it off right inside the post office, I don’t wanna take any chances.

    • qosine

      Same in my household/friends. We’ve been checking to be sure we’re registered with correct data, the first day of early voting, and printing off handouts from gottavote.org.I think this rampant vote suppression is going to backlash big time. A BIG shift is really happening across our country. I feel we’re in the midst of something really BIG.

    • rikyrah

      call your local electoral board – they have to tell you if you’re registered and what your status is.

      people need to know their voting status.

  • lamh35

    How Democratic Ads Are Exploiting Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Moment

    Bill Burton of Priorities USA, the Democratic super PAC tasked with re-electing the president, recounted earlier in the campaign that they had trouble convincing voters in focus groups that Romney had supported Paul Ryan’s budgets privatizing Medicare while cutting taxes for the rich because they didn’t believe any presidential nominee would endorse such an idea.

    To overcome this obstacle, Burton sought to wear down Romney’s image by portraying him as an uncaring plutocrat in order to lay the foundation for later attacks focusing on actual tax and budget policy. Whatever the cause, Romney’s personal popularity is now at historically low levels for a major party nominee and there’s mounting polling evidence that swing voters, including seniors, are growing concerned about Ryan’s proposals.

    Now Priorities USA sees Romney’s “47 percent moment” as its best bridge between its personal attacks and policy attacks. “It has broken through in a really profound way,” Burton told TPM Friday, noting one recent PPP poll in Florida showed a whopping 89 percent of voters were aware of Romney’s comments.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -POU FAM VOTER REGISTRATION WATCH – –in North Carolina – —:>) – - -

    – - – -President Obama Looks To Voter Registration To Stay Ahead In N.C. – –

    – — - Dozens of volunteers armed with clipboards and voter registration forms gather at President Barack Obama‘s field office here every day. Their mission: Fan out across the city seeking new voters in this rapidly growing state.
    – - – -SNIP – —

    “Are you registered to vote at your current address?” asks Douglas Johnston, a volunteer wooing voters outside the county courthouse. “Do you know about early voting?”
    — –SNIP —-

    The effort, it seems, has borne fruit – to the tune of more than 250,000 new registered voters in North Carolina since April 2011, according to Obama’s team. That’s more new voters than the campaign has registered anywhere else in the country. – - – -Woo! Hoo!! – -

    — – - – –Wayta GO – –NC. – - –:>)[@A2 :>)] – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —WE Sooooooo — -FIRED UP!! — –Movin’ FORWARD – –> :>)

    – —-Restrictive voting laws inspire minority backlash – - –

    - – — –On a hip-hop radio station in northeast Ohio, a swing state where turnout among black voters may decide the presidential election, listeners are being exhorted to vote this year — not just for a candidate, but to send a message.

    “There are forces at work that don’t want you to vote,” intones an ad produced by the station that mentions no parties or candidates, “and will do anything they can to make it difficult for you to vote. You’re stronger, you’re smarter than that.”

    Those “forces,” in the eyes of many minority voters in Ohio and other battleground states, are Republican state legislators who have sought to limit early voting and impose voter identification requirements — moves widely seen as an effort to tamp down turnout by African-Americans.

    – - – -SNIP —
    “It’s suppression. It’s blatant,” said Michele Rudolph, 57, a retired county employee and resident of Maple Heights, a predominantly black community southeast of downtown Cleveland, who attended an early-voting cookout recently with other Obama campaign volunteers. Wielding a pink BlackBerry, Rudolph pulled up a message she posted on Facebook recently urging friends to “take advantage of the rights and privileges that people have tried so hard to take from us” when early voting begins in Ohio on Tuesday. (Boston Globe)

    Click here for more…

    -REPEAT: – - - Wielding a pink BlackBerry, Rudolph pulled up a message she posted on Facebook recently urging friends to “take advantage of the rights and privileges that people have tried so hard to take from us” when early voting begins in Ohio on Tuesday. – –

    - –FIRED! – –UP!! – -GOT-VOTE!!! – — -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    • lamh35

      Damn GLH, you are on it. I was just coming to post this!

      Just read this about Ohio. No real evidence, but I do know that my fam and friends on twitter both “brown” and “black” are very engaged and the voter suppression/ID laws are high motivaters.

      And we all know that the big national black radio shows are all doing daily political briefs on the day’s/week’s political news and also almost daily telling people to GOTV and reminding them that certain people are trying their darndest to silence your vote so make sure they are registered and if not to get registered and also once you are registered, how to make sure you have important info (dates, ID, times, etc) you need to know so that when you do go vote, you won’t have any hassle.

      Ain’t no greater motivater than to tell people that the rights they have fought far are being threatened or comprimised in a bad way.

      • crazycanuck

        So glad to here that people are on this

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY lamh35- – - –***we will share** :>) – -’kaaaaay? – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    HEEY lamh35. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

    – - –***fist bimp*** – - – -Annnd 2 TELL the WORLD??? – - –BEYOND STOOPID!! – - -

    “ZINGERS” ——An INTELLECTUAL DEBATE on – - -RUNNIN’ A COUNTRY – - — – –involvin’ “ZINGERS”!! – —

    WORDS FAIL!! —–

    – - –REV AL – –sooo ADDRESSED THIS. — He will use “singers” -

    – ‘CAUSE he HAS NO – - –SUBSTANCE!!- – - –”BINGO!!” – –

    Good 2 C U lamh35. – - – –BLESS Mom/U/FAM. :>) – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -SAD NEWS – - – - – -

    – - -Arthur O. Sulzberger, Former Publisher Of The New York Times, Dies – - -

    – — -Arthur O. Sulzberger, famed publisher of the New York Times from 1963 to 1992, has died. He was 86. From the New York Times:

    Mr. Sulzberger’s tenure, as publisher of the newspaper and as chairman and chief executive of The New York Times Company, reached across 34 years, from the heyday of postwar America to the twilight of the 20th century, from the era of hot lead and Linotype machines to the birth of the digital world.

    – - -BECAUSE th NYTimes was negative 2 MR. PRESIDENT – - — Bottom Line: He’s gone. – - – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –POU FAM POLL WATCH: – -:>) – - –

    – – —☻ Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    #POLLS GALLUP: Obama +6, Reuters: Obama +7, Rasmussen: Obama +2, NBC: Obama +5, Pew: Obama +7, Nat Journal: Obama +7, Bloomberg: Obama +6

    – — -2012 Swing States – - –

    – - – -
    RCP Poll Average Electoral Votes
    States Obama Romney Obama Romney
    Colo. 48.7% 45.8% 9 0
    Fla. — 49.3% 46.1% 29 0
    Iowa - 48.4% 44.8% 6 0
    Nev. ——–49.0% 45.2% 6 0
    N.H. – 48.7% 45.7% 4 0
    N.C. - 47.8% 46.7% 15 0
    Ohio ——49.3% 43.9% 18 0
    Va. ——48.7% 45.0% 13 0
    Wis. - 51.5% 43.7% 10 0

    - – —-Lookin’ GOOD!! :>) – –GOT-VOTE!!! :>) – — -

  • lamh35

    Cutest picture ever from the Obama FB page!

    BTW, this is the original caption from the FB post…soo cute!

    “Oval Office, how may I help you”

    • crazycanuck

      He’s explaining Civics 101 to Maddow and all the PL’ers

      • Aquagranny911

        Great comment!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —– –POU FAM VOTER SUPPRESSION – - – - -FIGHT BACK!! – - – -HAH! – - -

    — –VIDEO: Texans Fight Back Against Suppression Efforts On National Voter Registration Day – –

    — —Last week, the nation learned about True The Vote, a Houston-based tea party group that fans out to heavily-minority precincts and challenges voters’ ballots.

    As they work to suppress voters this election, across town, a far different story was unfolding: scores of volunteers fanning out not to stop people from voting, but to help them vote.

    ThinkProgress was on the ground for the first annual National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide event for grassroots groups to help register voters. (The day was designed to take place prior to October 6, when Texas and a handful of other states have their registration deadline.) We attended numerous events throughout the day, including a radio-hyped registration table outside a breakfast diner, a hip-hop concert where tickets were distributed to those who registered and/or pledged to vote, and a comedy show where the comic interspersed jokes with pleas for young folks to get out and vote.

    Watch a short video with highlights from the day:

    – - –FIRED UP! – -GOT-VOTE!! 2012!! – - – -Woo! Hoo! – — -

    • goldenstar

      Great! Interesting just how important radio can be. The people interviewed stopeed to register because they heard the info on the radio.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – - – -***fist bump** – –

        – - – On The Radio – -RIHEP – – -DIVA DONNA – –

        STILL A GR8 MEDIUM!! — – -:>)

        Good 2 C U. GOLDenstar. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - —”Ride or Die Joe – - –FIRED UP -with – -FACTS!! – –HAH!!- –

    – - -Vice President Biden Campaigns in Florida – –

    — – -Fort Myers, Florida
    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Vice President Joe Biden continues his tour through Florida with an event in Fort Myers on Saturday. He postponed his visit to the state in August because of Hurricaine Issac.

    During the event, which will be held at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Recreation Center, Vice President Biden discusses the Administration’s plan to “continue to restore middle-class security by investing in the things we need to create jobs and grow our economy over the long term, like education, energy, innovation, and infrastructure.”

    Both campaigns have been in the state on a regular basis: President & First Lady Obama were both in the state last week, as was Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    – - -4! – — MORE! – - -YEARS! –- – -

  • dannie22
    • sagittarius

      Father help me… but this trying-to-be-profound-Negro-operating-with-limited-mental-equipment works my LAST left-right nerve!

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

      *sigh*

      Jesus be a pimp slap from James Baldwin.

  • dannie22

    Good afternoon all! Spent the day getting the word out about early voting. Folks are ready!!

    • sagittarius

      Moved under correct comment

  • lamh35

    I’ve been thinking about Romney’s “zinger” strategy if it even exists (I’m beginning to thing the Romney strategy is to just throw out all these debate pre stories to give the Obama folks and the media some sort of false expectation of …???)

    Zingers only work if they make sense. “Noun, verb, 9/11″ makes sense with someone like Guiliani. The same zinger means less against anyone else.

    And usually they often come in a counterpoint against what your opponent says. Now does anyone truly believe that Romney will have many opportunities to do this with Obama? Like I’ve said, if you don’t at least give Obama the benefit of being a great debater, he is at least compotent. Plus unlike Obama, Romney has had more flip-flop on darn near every issue.

    Plus I suspect like McCain, Romney has NEVER had to debate a person of color in his life. He’s got to treat POTUS with some respect. Obama can still win with smaller parts of the white electorate and that part can get even smaller if by trying to “zing” the first African American President he comes off as being flippant or disrespectful. Heck after McCain’s “that one” thing in his debate with Obama, you had people blistering McCain on his condescension…and people LIKED McCain. The village except for Halperin and the Faux-lite people don’t really like Romney, and he already has a problem with people thinking he’s a condescending douche!

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    moved.

  • GreenLadyHere

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