September 23, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: West Wing Week

Good morning Obots!

This week, the President welcomed the Girl Scouts, the Presidents of the Philippines and of Israel, the New York Giants, local tv anchors from around the country, and Betty White. He also kicked off the Fatherhood Buzz Campaign and visited One World Trade Center. That’s June 8th to June 14th or “The Fatherhood Buzz.”

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  • Aquagranny911

    JEEZE LOWEEZ! It’s only 9:30 PM Friday where I live and we should be dancing in your Lounge. Where the heck are you that it is already Saturday? Dang! I hate time zones. Why can’t we just be all on the same time?

    Oh well, have a good Saturday. Since there is no booze, music or dancing. I guess I will go to bed ♥

    • crazycanuck

      LOL, I know it was only 11 when I saw this here yesterday. I was awed.

    • Alexander2

      Disqus hates me. It was supposed to publish at 6:00 a.m. this morning. Sorry about that.

  • Admiral_Komack

    Death of Saudi Crown Prince Nayef, who led crackdown on al-Qaeda, raises questions over succession

    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the hardline former interior minister who led a crackdown on al-Qaeda, has died in Geneva.

    Crown Prince Nayef, interior minister since 1975 and thought to be 78, was the heir to Saudi King Abdullah and was appointed crown prince in October after the death of his elder brother, Crown Prince Sultan. He is among the nearly 40 sons of Saudi Arabia’s founder, Abdulaziz ibn Saud, who established the kingdom in 1935.

    His death unexpectedly reopens the question of succession in the kingdom, a crucial US ally and source of much of the world’s oil, for the second time in less than a year. The 88-year-old King Abdullah has now outlived two designated successors, despite ailments of his own.

    The crown prince, who will be buried in Mecca on Sunday, had a reputation as a steely conservative who opposed many of the king’s reforms and developed a formidable security infrastructure that crushed al-Qaeda, but also locked up some political activists.

    Defence minister Prince Salman, 76, seen as likely to continue King Abdullah’s cautious reforms, has long been viewed as the next most senior prince in the kingdom’s succession. The new crown prince will be chosen by the Allegiance Council, an assembly of Abdul-Aziz’s sons and some of his grandchildren.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/9335702/Death-of-Saudi-Crown-Prince-Nayef-who-led-crackdown-on-al-Qaeda-raises-questions-over-succession.html#sections

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    REEL FAST:- —President Obama & the First Lady Hold LGBT Pride Reception
    – — – -FIRST LADY is as RADIANT AS EVER. LOVE THAT SILVER BELT!! :>)

    Another EXCITING EVENT at the WHITE HOUSE. :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      I assume Dan Choi and his chain-link fence were not in attendance

      • conlakappa

        Or that Aravosis will post about the President not being friendly enough to him in 5-4-3…

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ Admiral. :>)

        LOL – – -Guess we woulda heard somethin’ —ifff so. :>) But – – -I ‘ON’T wannna go 2 – -THAT SITE! – —

        Good 2 C U — Admiral :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ – -ALEXANDER2. ***BIG HUG” -:>) – – –

    — – -Sooo GOOD 2 REVIEW the ACTIVITIES of THIS EXCITING WEEK!

    – -AGAIN – – -MR. PRESIDENT shows BOTH his NATIONAL annnnd INTERNATIONAL PROWESS!!! :>) – -ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT – -in preparation 4 THIS SPECIAL SUNDAY – -FATHER’S DAY — WAS the – -FATHERHOOD BUZZ CAMPAIGN-. LUV the ENDING. JUST 2 CUTE. :>)

    NEED 2 REVIEW IN DEPTH. B BACK. :>)

    – –THANK U 4 the “WEST WING”. -Good 2 C U. Have WONDERFUL DAY. :>) – —

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    ABC: President Barack Obama and his family have returned to their hometown this weekend as guests of honor at the wedding of Laura Jarrett, daughter of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett …. the press are not allowed near the event….

    …. The President, first lady, and daughters arrived in the city Friday evening and immediately proceeded to the home of Martin Nesbitt, a personal friend and resident of the neighborhood. In the downtime between get-togethers and the nuptial ceremony, they are making the rare move of staying in their actual house in the Kenwood neighborhood. Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, is also along for the trip.

    ….. despite the occasional inconvenience most neighborhood inhabitants take their mostly-absent neighbor as a point of pride. On Friday traveling press in the area spotted a Chevy Camaro parked in one driveway, adorned with a sign:

    “Thank you for saving GM,” it reads, a reference to the president’s decision to bailout troubled American auto manufacturers from bankruptcy in 2009.

    This will be the longest stretch that the family has spent in their home since winter 2009. They will remain here through tomorrow – Father’s Day – before the president travels solo to a G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico that evening.

    • Miranda

      despite the occasional inconvenience most neighborhood inhabitants take their mostly-absent neighbor as a point of pride.
      ______________________

      Unlike Mitt’s neighbors who wish he would just go jump off a cliff.

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

      Dang! No press allowed? Now we won’t get to see her daughter’s dress. :-(

      BTW, I see Michael Sneed wrote another missive yesterday about the wedding http://www.suntimes.com/13193075-761/at-least-100-city-cops-to-help-secure-high-profile-wedding.html

      I get the feeling that Sneed never gave a damn about crime in Chicago until now.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – Don’t like 2 wake up in a sour mood –BUT – — -my ANGER against that RACIST HATA – – -Reporter interrupts Obama during Rose Garden statement – – – -is LINGERING. – —

    THAT PLANNED bit of RACISM was jus’ ANOTHER incident in the -way 2 MANY- SERIES of INSULTS that have BLATANTLY OCCURRED! – –Annd WE HAVE BEEN FED UP!!

    – – – -“WE DA MEDIA[co]” - –R CALLIN’ OUT – –NEIL MUNRO —the DAILY CALLER – – -CARLSON TUCKER annnd ALL their RACIST MINIONS! – – -THIS INCIDENT is NOT ova!

    Also – – –the BLACK MEDIA – – -have YET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY 2 – -SHOW THEIR SUPPORT 4 MR. PRESIDENT!! — -WHERE U AT!!? – — THIS SHOULDA been FRONT PAGE 2-day!! – – -IMMA look 4 – -some OPINIONS – – -at least. – –RIGHT!!? – –

    OUR RESOLVE has been DEEPENED!! – -OUR SUPPORT 4 OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT has INCREASED our vigilance 2 – -WATCH 4 EVERY BLATANT annnd SUBTLE ACT of RACISM!! – –

    We R FIRED UP! – – READY 2 GOTV-2012!!- – -MOVIN” – –FORWARD!! – – –

    – – – -B Blessed MR. PRESIDENT/FIRST LADY.- – -NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST HIM — -SHALL PROSPER! – – – -IT WON’T WORK! :>) – -AMEN. :>)

    • isonprize

      a tweet from @ Bobfr (who is fierce on Twitter defending PBO)

      The irony of an Irish immigrant ranting about ‘foreigners’ bespeaks the vile racism of ‪#NeilMunro‬’s disrespect of ‪#PresObama‬.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        HAH! – – -THANK U. :>)

        Guess he has 4-GOTTEN -[HAH!] – – -orrr has 4-GIVEN [HAH!] – – -ALL THIS! – – —

        — – -Prejudices and Discrimination Against Our Irish Ancestors – —

        – – — Irish immigrants from the past have encountered racism, discrimination, and prejudiced views throughout the decades. Irish immigrants began moving to the United States in the biggest numbers during a major famine of their home country. Since the time that they landed in United States ports, they have had to deal with segregation and various forms of discrimination, including dual labor, institutional, double jeopardy, redlining, and glass ceilings. Irish immigrants faced many difficult years when trying to migrate to the United States, but over the years the Irish people have established their substantial worth within the United States workforce.
        THERE IS MORE.

        Guess he’s ONA DEM NOW – -[orrr at least he THINKS so]. — – -Sooo he has JOINED the RACISTS!! – – -geesh!!

        – -EVIL/VILE – – –DISRESPECTFUL – -RACIST!! – – –

        Good 2 C U –isonprize. :>)

        • conlakappa

          The Irish lived next door to the black folks.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -The Political Carnival has some good POLL news:>) – – –

    – – -Gallup- Americans More Positive About Immigration – – –

    – — – -Seem to be quite the divine timing, eh?

    PRINCETON, NJ – President Barack Obama’s decision not to deport young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children comes at a time when Americans’ views toward immigration are much more positive than they have been in recent years. Currently, 66% say immigration is a “good thing” for the U.S. today, up from 59% last year and one percentage point off the high of 67% in 2006.

    The findings reflect a June 7-10 Gallup poll, conducted just days before the Obama administration put U.S. immigration back into the headlines by announcing that it would bypass Congress and stop deporting undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children — a change that would affect hundreds of thousands of people.
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    Here’s a QUESTION 4 the RE-THUGS annnd other foes of IMMIGRATION [especially of the EXECUTIVE ORDER of MR. PRESIDENT]- – —

    HOW MANY of U R IMMIGRANTS or the CHILDREN/GRAND-CHILDREN of IMMIGRANTS? – –How would U hyphenate your ethnicity? – –

    – – – --_______-AMERICAN. – – -

    Jus’ axin’ – – — – –

    • conlakappa

      The likes of TonTon Scalia and Ricky Santorum act like they been here and had claim to the white card, with all the privileges entitled therein, forever.

      • Aquagranny911

        Hola! I’m happy to catch you here. I laughed so hard at La Chancla. My own mother used that method on occasion with my brothers. She had a good arm & a dead aim, lol.

        Thanks for the humor. I enjoyed it.

        • conlakappa

          Glad you enjoyed it! Both my Brooklyn Puerto Rican online friend and my Miami Cuban real-life friend and I bonded over the experience of the thrown shoe though, honestly, I think my mother more threatened to do it than she actually did. Or maybe she was a bad shot! I saw it more of a warning but you had to give her the respect of at least flinching. The Italian immigrant mother of some friends used to just take her shoe off in the car and threaten her kids sitting in the back seat, according to them.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL, I was more of a ‘hands on mama’ My kiddos called it “La Pinza’ (the pincer) People were often impressed that when we were in public, my children stayed right by my side. That was because if they started to stray I would reach out with my thumb & forefinger and grip them by the soft fleshy part of their upper arms. I learned that one from my own Granny. It was quite effective, lol.

          • isonprize

            With my mother, we nicknamed that move the “Vulcan death grip” LOLOL

            She also had a three-finger smack that she could deliver so fast that you only felt it… you never saw it coming or going.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ conlakappa. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – –LOL. CALL ‘EM OUT!! – THANK U.!- – –

        – – – -ALSO: – -White justices

        The vast majority of white justices have been of Northern European and Western European descent. Up to the 1980s, only six justices of “central, eastern, or southern European derivation” had been appointed, of which five “were of Germanic background, which includes Austrian, German-Bohemian, and Swiss origins (John Catron, Samuel F. Miller, Louis Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, and Warren Burger), while one justice was of Iberian descent (Benjamin N. Cardozo).”[16] Justice Antonin Scalia (appointed in 1986) and Justice Samuel Alito (appointed in 2006) are the first justices of Italian descent to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Cardozo, appointed to the Court in 1932, was the first Justice known to have non-northern European ancestry. – —

        OTHER – – -HYPHENATED ONES – – -who have felt the WRATH of DISCRIMINATION. BUT- – – -ALL is 4-GIVEN -HUH!?? – –***tsk*** ***eye roll*** – –

        WE seem 2 B the ONLY GROUP who have NOT REACHED THAT POINT! – -HUH!?

        Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>)

        • conlakappa

          See this gets to one of my favorite discussions of who gets to be white and when did that happen? I have seen white oppression overstated [Irish "slaves" in the U.S.] and the presumption of whiteness donned like it was an heirloom family christening gown. A lot of folks who call themselves white now were not so just 100 years ago. Or even 70 years ago but you’d be hard pressed to tell them that and well-advised to wear a cup and/or running shoes while doing so. For the record, at least. I recounted that not two months ago TonTon ran into someone at a D.C. restaurant and was overheard to say, “we Italians have to stick together!” Um, really? Get over it!

          • GreenLadyHere

            conlakappa – — -GR8 POINTS! – – —

            EVEN iff they don’t claim “white” – — the HATAS have 1 thing in common – - -HATE DA “BLAHS!” – —

            We have an – -UNENDING HISTORY of DISCRIMINATION — -by THEM!! – – -WE KNOW!! – – –

            THIS – – –>“we Italians have to stick together! – –

            OUR MODERATORS SAY: – – “ALL WE HAVE IS US!” – – -Soooo TRUE. :>)

          • Aquagranny911

            “You see, in America it is all about skin. It’s not where you are from, who you really are or what you have accomplished. It’s about the color of your skin.”

            That’s a line from a movie I liked. The character speaking was trying to explain to a foreigner about racism in the US.

    • gc

      I have a Lakota friend. Nobody else I know would make the cut. And as you guys know, my father is a Holocaust survivor from Lithuania.

      My dearest wish is that all the Neo-Nazis learn that THEY are the only Caucs in generations. Their forbears, are brown, black, Jewish, etc, etc.

  • Aquagranny911

    Good Morning POU! I was really pissed off last night about that reporter but then I wrote a few scathing emails. I’ve now decided to focus on the positive. It was a great week with the Ron Barber win in AZ D-8 & with PBO’s actions to help not only Latino young people but immigrant children brought here from other countries as well. I think that sometimes people forget that this is a move that will benefit many more than just Latinos.

    Despite the nasty interruptions, our Prez’s words touched my heart so very deeply…”Because it is the right thing to do” Yes, Mr President, it is and you did ♥

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ Aquagranny911 – – -**BIG HUG** :>)

      – – -THESE WORDS: – ->“Because it is the right thing to do” Yes, Mr President, it is and you did ♥ – —

      THEY R what TRIGGERED that “POND SCUM” –2 speak.
      – -He doesn’t WANT 2 –do the RIGHT THING– by ANY ONE of COLOR!! — – -‘CAUSE – – -HE’S ONE of the US – – – -NOT one of – -“THEM”! – – –

      WE KNOW!! – – –RACIST!! – –

      OUR PRESIDENT SHOWED -CLASS annnd RESERVED OUTRAGE! :>) WE R PROUD of HIM. ):>)

      Good 2 C U – –Aquagranny911. Have a goood day. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        The irony of this whole thing is that “POND SCUM” is an immigrant himself. In my email, I told him if he ever came to AZ I would expect him to “show me his papers.” I also invited him to share in BITING THE BIG CACTUS!

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – – -BITING THE BIG CACTUS! -LOL – – -

        • Admiral_Komack

          Ask him for his papers…then stuff them up his ass

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! That could work but I had something more thorny in mind while he was biting the big cactus. A two ended approach is always more effective, don’t you think?

          • Admiral_Komack

            Yep.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -OMG! – – –O.K. – – -***headed 2 CURVES*** –LOL —

    – – –Meet “Ms. Ernie,” the world’s oldest competitive bodybuilding grandma – –

    – – –Are you struggling to stay in shape? If you need any inspiration, look no further than 75-year-old Ernestine Shepherd, the oldest female competitive bodybuilder in the world.

    According to Shepherd, she wasn’t always athletic — in fact, just the opposite. It wasn’t until she turned 71 that she took up the sport. But she isn’t just doing it for her own health. She hopes to inspire others into starting a healthy lifestyle as well, ideally sooner than she did.- –

    “If ever there were an anti-aging pill, I would call it exercise,” explains Shepherd, who teaches an exercise class at her Baltimore, Maryland church. “Age is nothing but a number.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    We have seen her B-4. Annnd she is continuin’! – – HOW INSPIRING!! :>)

    HER WORDS – -“Age is nothing but a number.” – – -ENCOURAGIN’. :>)

    CONTINUED BLESSINGS – –Ms. ERNIE. WE R PROUD of U. :>)

    • goldenstar

      OK, GLH, now she didn’t get that definition from Curves. She got it from lifting heavy things like barbells. Just sayin’…..

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ goldenstar. **BIG HUG*** :>)

        LOL – – -REALLY.? – – -LOL. O.K. – — It’s just the best that I can do. LOL.

        THANK U. :>) Good 2 C U — goldenstar. :>)

    • itgurl_29

      I love reading about this lady. She’s so inspiring and beautiful and fit. That’s Michelle Obama in 25 years. They have the same face!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ itgurl_29. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ***fist bump*** I NOTICED that.:>)

        Annd FIRST LADY’s – -FITNESS – – -AMAZING!! :>)

        Good 2 C U . :>)

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

      She’s gorgeous!

    • Aquagranny911

      I totally give up! I’m very short, round & could never look that good if I lived to be 100 and lifted thousands of weights. Color me Kermit green with envy that she is only 7 years older than me & looks better than I ever will. What does she eat? I want to know?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – –As MR. PRESIDENT continues 2 say – – -We R a part of a WORLD ECONOMY. – – – –

    – – -Obama, US economy brace for Greek vote – –

    – – –Global leaders and financial markets will be captivated by a high-stakes political campaign with broad economic implications Sunday, and it won’t be in the United States.

    Instead, Greek parliamentary elections set halfway across the world will grip American policymakers and financial leaders as the poll results may dictate whether Greece can remain within the Eurozone, or if its messy exit could throw the global financial system into turmoil.

    The White House will be watching the results closely too, as the president’s reelection campaign, thought to hedge primarily on the fate of the economy, could be swept up as well.
    THERE IS MORE — — – – – -***sigh*** A LOT NEGATIVE!!

    – — – – -STILL trynta do that – – -SINGLE AGENDA ELECTION – –KRAP!! —“THE SKY IS FALLING!!” — in their world!! – -geesh!!

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      Yup. As Greece goes so goes Obama’s reelection chances. Not!

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ itgurl_29. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    ***fist bump*** I NOTICED that.:>)

    Annd FIRST LADY’s – -FITNESS – – -AMAZING!! :>)

    Good 2 C U . :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Aquagranny911 – – -**fist bump*** –

    THAT MELANIN – – – -the catalyst of HATE! – – -SAD. -4 them.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — Gotta atten a JUNETEENTH EVENT – –wherei will B doin’ – -VOTER REGISTRATION. – – – -Woo! Hoo! Check in when I can. :>)

    MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN/ U —IN MY ♥ -:>)

  • dannie22

    While I was away OFAing this morning, Gigi tweeted me because i said i dont like Amy Goodman. That clown is hysterical

    • conlakappa

      He didn’t just block you from Twitter? Has he backed off that move? Any hoo, I call her Complainy Goodman. She is never at her happiest unless she’s at her most unhappy.

      • Miranda

        She is the ultimate Debbie Downer. I bet she wonders why she always calling up a friend and everybody over at that person house but her. They always “forget” to tell her when they getting together.

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

        That’s these cowardly PLs do: Block someone then continue to tweet that person.

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

      Here’s his tweet to you:

      Glenn Greenwald ‏@ggreenwald
      9/11/01 didn’t Change Everything – 1/20/09 did: RT @DAOWENS44 “i used to like amy goodman. now, not so much”

      His tweet doesn’t make sense.

      BTW, what did Amy say on Up With Chris Hayes this morning in regards to PBO being heckled?

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

      Mitt ran away from some protestors?? LOL! What a coward!

      If he can’t handle a few protestors, how can he handle Al Qaeda, Taliban, Iran…etc.?

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

    Someone please tell Booker that you don’t have to reply to every tweet:

    Cory Booker ‏@CoryBooker

    Sorry u think I was defending him. I thought I was defending civility & honorable conduct RT @sandeepbahl Don’t defend romney. He isn’t fair

    • Miranda

      His ego appears to be quite fragile.

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

    Oh Snap! Sam Donaldson went there! Pardons for the HuffinPuffin link

    “Never once did I interrupt a president in any way while he was making a formal statement, a speech, honoring awardees or in any other way holding the floor. Yes, almost always when he was finished in the Rose Garden or in the Briefing Room or at a photo opportunity with other world leaders I tried to question him (only rarely was it a shout on the rope line, more often a more normal tone of voice) and other reporters of course did the same thing along with me.

    What this man did yesterday is something new, to me wrong and unusual. I think it is probably the result of the growing incivility of the times, the competition among reporters and news organizations to be noticed not only for the work product but for the theatrics of the gathering…and there is one more factor, let’s face it: Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there – they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American! These people and perhaps even certain news organizations (certainly the right wing talkers like Limbaugh) encourage disrespect for this president. That is both regrettable and adds, in this case, to the general dislike of the press on the part of the general public.

    For Tucker Carlson to say that he would if he can give this man a raise for this rude attempt to interrupt the president is reflective of what I’ve said above and, to me, lowers my opinion of Tucker.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/16/sam-donaldson-tucker-carlson-daily-caller-obama-interrupted_n_1602526.html?1339866773

    • Admiral_Komack

      Sam Donaldson is correct.

      I hope Jay Carney tells Tucker Carlson, “Of course, your reporters are welcome here…after the year 2017.”

      • Aquagranny911

        I hope Jay Carney tells Tucker Carlson to: BITE THE BIG CACTUS! I will be happy to provide a bib & some tooth picks.

    • nathkatun7

      The highlighted portion of Sam Donaldson’s statement tells the REAL TRUTH about what happened yesterday with this psuedo reporter.

      • Aquagranny911

        Nailed it!!!

        • nathkatun7

          Thanks, Aquagranny! What is even pure irony for me was to see an Irish white immigrant, yelling and disrespecting the President of United States, while presuming to speak on behalf of Americans.

          Belief in white supremacy makes people feel so entitled. This fool thinks that, because he is white, he knows and cares more about American workers than a duly elected President, who received the votes of the majority of Americans. He probably doesn’t think of himself as an immigrant in the same category as any other immigrants from non-European countries. I am sure he shares this a view, of being an entitled and special immigrant, with his white supremacist employer, Tucker Carlson, who endorsed his actions and wished that he could raise his salary.

    • Miranda

      2 Snaps, a Twirl, A Cartwheel with a Bow at the end!

    • MsKitty

      Sam Donaldson is absolutely the last person I would have expected to bring up the elephant in the room. Good on him though.

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

        Same here! I was pleasantly surprised by that.

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!