October 31, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: West Wing Week

“Our Journey Forward”

This week, the President urged Americans to contribute to the recovery efforts in the Northeast, met with governors, mayors, and other local officials, as well as his Homeland Security team to talk about the response to Sandy, and addressed the nation on election night.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning Peeps, hope everyone has a great day.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, CC and Everyone :)

      • qosine

        Good morning CC and rikyrah:)

  • rikyrah

    Memo from the Road
    Posted by Al Giordano – November 8, 2012 at 9:35 am

    By Al Giordano

    Fifteen years ago I began answering the same question a lot. “Why did you leave the United States?”

    “I didn’t leave the United States,” I’d reply. “The United States left me.”

    Since Tuesday night I’ve been pinching myself. Has all this really happened? Community organizing – a forgotten, scorned art by the time I left – is practiced by hundreds of thousands now in the US. Majorities of blacks, Latinos (dios mío, even Cubans!), Asians, gays, lesbians, Jews, Muslims, Catholics, youths, and evolved whites worked together in the trenches – in various states you legalized same sex marriage and marijuana, and you ended California’s “three strikes and you’re out” law – and you reelected the only president in US history to pull troops out of a war it started and who made health care a right.

    You did it at an hour of great crisis and hardship for my hometown and the entire mid-Atlantic, and you still got the job done. And you lit up the Empire State building blue so that even those still without power could see the news.

    By now I’m probably too spoiled by my life as it is to ever go back there permanently. But I feel more of a bond to my native land today than I’ve felt since we took different paths so many years ago. And your path has brought you more than a little bit back toward me. Welcome back, America. And keep comin’ a little bit closer, one step at a time.

    http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield

    • nellcote

      And you lit up the Empire State building blue so that even those still without power could see the news.
      ===
      I like this line. I hadn’t thought of it that way.

  • rikyrah

    The Community Organizer

    by BooMan
    Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 11:14:39 PM EST

    Sixteen years before he became the president, Barack Obama worked for Project Vote as a community organizer. I kind of understand that because I was a community organizer for Project Vote in 2004. Why have I always seen Obama as a true progressive? This is why:

    I know what Obama saw and learned. I know why he organized an army of community organizers. I know that his greatest legacy to the country is going to be the organizers he trained. Maybe I had a privileged position. I did the same job he did. I learned the same lessons. What I knew for certain was that he could be trusted precisely because he had experiences that taught him about the underclass and what it would take to lift them up. He has provided subsidies for health care and has gone after the credit card companies, the payday lenders, and the check cashing joints with real aggression.

    He has done what I knew he would.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/11/9/231439/252#6

    • Worldwatcher7

      I wonder if reading this would shut Corny West up? (Sigh) Probably not….

  • rikyrah

    The American Electorate Has Changed, and There’s No Turning Back

    This election will likely be remembered as a milestone in which the United States suddenly realized that, socially and demographically, it was a very different place.
    Services

    By Ronald Brownstein

    Updated: November 8, 2012 | 6:31 p.m.

    Loudly, unmistakably, and irreversibly, the Next America announced its electoral arrival this week—years ahead of schedule.

    This election will likely be remembered not only as a political but also a cultural and a social milestone in which the United States suddenly (and for many people, shockingly) realized it was a very different place than it once was.

    From every direction, social and demographic change was the big story of the results. The key to President Obama’s solid Electoral College victory was his advantage among the growing population of nonwhite voters. That allowed Obama to win comfortably despite a historic rush toward Mitt Romney among white voters, especially older ones. Romney, in fact, ran about as well as any Republican challenger ever has among white voters, and he still captured only 206 Electoral College votes, pending the final count in Florida.

    Down another track, the massive millennial generation continued to enlarge its influence on American politics. Millennials ticked up from 18 percent of the electorate in 2008 to 19 percent this year and once again provided Obama an overwhelming (if slightly reduced from four years ago) three-fifths of their votes. The results marked a milestone, as well, in American attitudes toward gays and lesbians: Tuesday saw the first election ever of an openly gay senator (Democrat Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin) and the first time voters have approved a ballot initiative authorizing gay marriage. That happened not in one state but in three.

    Obama’s continuing strength among minorities and young people allowed him to withstand erosion in the third pillar of the “coalition of the ascendant” that lifted him in 2008: college-educated whites. Compared with 2008, Obama lost ground not only among college-educated white men but also college-educated white women—although he still ran much better with the latter than with any other segment of the white electorate.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/the-american-electorate-has-changed-and-there-s-no-turning-back-20121108?page=1

  • rikyrah

    How they voted: A closer look at the Reuters/Ipsos exit poll

    A Fordham University examination of polls conducted during the 2012 election cycle has ranked Reuters/Ipsos as No. 1 in predictive accuracy. In addition to nearly 120,000 respondents surveyed online from January to November 5, 2012, on a range of political and social issues, Reuters/Ipsos conducted an exit poll that garnered some 40,000 responses from early voters and those who cast their ballots on November 6.

    Here are some notable findings from that survey:

    - Voters who cast their ballot before Election Day were disproportionately older and retired.

    – Three percent of voters said they made their choices in the voting booth, while 6 percent said they chose in the week before Election Day. Those who decided in the booth were more likely than most to say jobs were a priority and were less likely to have been contacted by Mitt Romney’s campaign. (The Romney campaign’s get-out-the-vote operation has come under scrutiny since the election, with some in the media and in the Republican Party calling it inadequate.) They tended to be younger than 55 with lower income and education levels than most.

    – Twelve percent of people who “identify strongly” with the Tea Party voted for President Barack Obama. One-fifth of those who said they identify “at least a little” with the Tea Party also voted for the Democrat.

    – Although Romney was the first Mormon to run for president on a major party ticket, 14 percent of Mormons – a religion that includes prominent Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and New Mexico Senator Tom Udall as members – voted for Obama.

    – More than two-thirds of Hispanics voted for Obama, who is thought to have cemented Latino support with his executive action this year on deportation exemptions for many undocumented youths. But among Hispanic voters, immigration ranked behind the economy, unemployment, healthcare and “issues like abortion and same-sex marriage” as a motivating issue.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/10/us-usa-campaign-poll-roundup-idUSBRE8A905P20121110

    • Aquagranny911

      One of my daughters was concerned about the Mormon vote in CO until she talked to a few while canvassing who told her they would not vote for Romney, that they were PBO all the way. She figured that for every one who actually spoke out, there were probably 10 more who would quietly do the same.

  • rikyrah

    Messina: Obama Won On The Small Stuff

    Romney aide admits: “We thought the game would be one thing, and it ended up being another.”
    Barack Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, said Friday that the president’s reelection was won “on the micro stuff.”

    “Politics too much is about analogies and not about whether or not things work,” Messina told BuzzFeed. “You have to test every single thing, to challenge every assumption, and to make sure that everything we do is provable.”

    “That’s why I love numbers,” Messina said. “Because you know good or bad whether what you’re doing is working.”

    Messina spoke to BuzzFeed Friday after sharing a panel stage with Romney aide Brian Jones at a conference for the International Association of Political Consultants at the Hilton New York. There, Messina and Jones evoked a contrast between one campaign that had the advantage on macro-messaging, and another that invested millions in analytics and metrics.

    “We had to win this on the micro stuff,” Messina said.

    Jones, by contrast, said the Romney campaign had been characterized by a basic mistake about the electorate itself.

    “Neil Newhouse, our pollster, had always said, ‘Guys, if we can win independents in Ohio, we can win this race.’ But we won independents by seven, and we lost,” Jones said. “We thought the game would be one thing, and it ended up being another.”

    Obama for America made what Messina called an “unparalleled” $100 million investment in technology. The reelect, said Messina, would be different than 2008 — at time when the iPhone was in its first iteration, when Facebook was one-tenth of its current size, and when the Obama campaign sent just one tweet on all of Election Day (“We thought it was a stupid technology that would never go anywhere,” said Messina).

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/messina-obama-won-on-the-small-stuff-4xvn

    • jds09

      Messina is the real deal. The money quote:

      “We spent a whole bunch of time figuring out that American polling is broken,” said Messina. “We never did a national poll. We only did local and state polls.”

      The ground has changed beneath them.

      • conlakappa

        And another industry quakes as its relevance is questioned: Gallup was ginning the numbers for a reason.

      • Ebogan63

        Proof positive why I never was interested in national polls. We do not elect presidents via popular vote. and as I have stated before, any campaign worth it’s salt has better internal polling than bullshit like Gallup and Rasmussen and ‘nem.

        • Aquagranny911

          You called it every time Ebogan. Your positive take on the polls always kept me up & working harder.

    • nellcote

      after sharing a panel stage with Romney aide Brian Jones at a conference
      ===
      I wish that was on youtube.

  • rikyrah

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    Get Filibuster Reform Right

    It’s looking more and more as if something will happen on filibuster reform. Greg has a total of 50 Members of the new Senate on record as supporting at least some kind of reform. That includes the Majority Leader, which makes some action at least somewhat likely.

    The key to filibuster reform, however, is getting it right. And that’s not easy.

    There’s a lot of bunk on filibusters, including in proposals from Senators, who should know better. For examples, there’s been a flap for some time about trying to prevent “secret” holds. The problem is that making holds public wasn’t likely to, and didn’t, change anything. Much of the discussion seemed totally oblivious to why holds exist in the first place, and why a majority party might find it a useful part of Senate procedures. That’s not to say that one can’t oppose holds, but only to say that it’s worth understanding this stuff before, not after, you propose specific reforms.

    http://plainblogaboutpolitics.blogspot.com/2012/11/get-filibuster-reform-right.html

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam,

    Just read a breakdown of Project Orca, very interesting. But I’m lost in the comments. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the Republican mind. My favorite quote so far is:

    “If it’s any consolation —
    GOTV for Republicans has always been a cluster…
    I tried to tell people that.
    It has always been a myth.
    You could see it falling apart here.
    Various commenters would say–what they were finding.
    It’s been like that for awhile.
    And–there is only so much you can do to GOTV–especially with voters of an independent ideology and mind set.
    Republicans have won before because the voter was self motivated.”

    If this is true, it explains a lot.

    http://minx.cc/?post=334783

    • rikyrah

      grifters gotta grift

    • morphus

      Read also, How the Romney campaign suppressed its own vote

    • majii

      Not a word about the GOP’s lousy ass platform. These folks are still clueless.

  • GN

    Snake in the grass (h/t Dannie, bringing the article about this viper from the evening thread):

    Cornel West: Obama Is A ‘Rockefeller Republican In ‘Blackface;’ Sharpton, Harris-Perry, Dyson Are Up For Sale

    In an interview with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now,” our dear brother, Dr. Cornel West, said that while he’s happy that Mitt Romney didn’t win the presidential election, our foreign policy is still imperialistic, politicians should be ashamed of spending billions on campaigns while people are living in poverty, and that President Barack Obama is nothing but a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface.”

    I love Brother Mike Dyson… but we’re living in a society where everybody is up for sale. Everything is up for sale. And he and Brother Sharpton and Sister Melissa and others, they have sold their souls for a mess of Obama pottage. And we invite them back to the black prophetic tradition after Obama leaves. But at the moment, they want insider access, and they want to tell those kind of lies. They want to turn their back to poor and working people.

    http://newsone.com/2078884/cornel-west-obama-blackface/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    1. His “love” reads an awful lot like contempt to me. Contempt for his peers, and contempt for black people as a whole and our choice to enable the President who expanded Medicaid by millions of people to finish his work for the country. What has he done which is even REMOTELY equivalent in terms of a deliverable to impoverished Americans? /crickets because he aint done shit

    2. Cornel West has clearly learned the fauxgressive trick of mimicking right wing projection in terms of trying to hide wrongdoing (selling the fuck out and self-aggrandizing via a purity hustle) by accusing his adversaries of doing same. It’s transparent and childish.

    3. West is easily one of the last effective “revolutionaries” and “prophets” in the country. Were it up to him and his fauxgressive audience, we’d be facing the prospect of Mitt Romney as President Elect, no matter their last second suspension of the lies and hatred that they throw at President Obama on the daily. That there has been so much clapback against their lies is why we stood any chance in terms of convincing swing voters that President Obama is NOT hated by his base.

    He’s trifling. I’m sorry, he’s my elder or whatever but this guy is just trifling.

    • crazycanuck

      It’s called envy. That is all this is, just plain envy and it’s slowly killing him. He wishes he was half the man President Obama is.

      • edp4bho

        Morning POU. This:

        “….it’s slowly killing him.”

        And I’m lovin every second of his agony !

        • AxelFoley

          I ain’t mad at ya. He and Travesty are two scumbag bastards.

    • rikyrah

      uh uh uh

    • caribbeanobserver

      Good morning to the POU fam and special hail out to Ms GN. Always love your spin on things, and recently saw your Progress Weekly idea on my bookmark listing. A tired me has just come up for air after Tuesday’s result to actually put pen to paper. What a fantabulous result, as expected, and to the more salient point…. 4 more for 44.
      Onward,forward.

      • GN

        Hi!!! Indeed, it’s been quite the ride. So glad to see you as always!

    • Kennymack1971

      Cornel West is a bitter, jealous little man. Just like his BFF Tavis Smiley his shine is gone and he’s pissed about it. Drink some prune juice and let it go hater.

      • AxelFoley

        I love how he’s turned on Eric Michael Dyson. You knew that was coming.

        Dyson saw Corny and Travesty’s coming implosion and got off that crazy train with a quickness.

        • Kennymack1971

          LOL. POU called it a long time ago. Dyson wasn’t about to miss out on the inaugural festivities fooling with Tavis and Cornel.

    • conlakappa

      Further proof of why I call her Complainy Goodman. Having that killjoy on to cite inflammatory nonsense after history is made and most folks are still hoarse from celebrating seems pointless and petty. Can you imagine having her or Naps West at your house for anything but a wake? But at least I guess we now know what his tack will be from this point forward.

      • qosine

        Thank you! Goodman and all of her guests complain about everything, everyone, anytime, anywhere – that’s not about them. Only they see and care and “speak truth to power” about the injustice, horrors, devastation of the world. The rest of us are just superficial sheep-drones working for the imperialists-military complex.

    • nellcote

      Is Cornel related to Allen West?

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        —-IMMA say – –MENTALLY!! – –LOL — DEY BOTH — -HATAS!! —-LOL

        Read both bios. Neither R “claimin”. LOL – – –

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

    • Miranda

      He still here?

    • Worldwatcher7

      He is saltier than a jumbo bag of Fritos.

      Newsflash Dr. West: Poor and working class Black folks showed up to support President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Seems they don’t need you to speak for them, they are capable of stepping up and acting in their own interests. Black folks LOVE President Obama and the first family Dr. West. How in the world could you have missed that?

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

      These two are ALWAYS runteldatting to WHITE media outlets. *smh*

      Anyhoo…did we not say that Dyson would end up being a target of Cornpone and Crabis’ rage? I’m just surprised it took them this long to call him out. Cornflake betta chill before Dyson spits a professorial version of “Ether” on that ass.

      • AxelFoley

        runteldatting

        Cain’t…breeve…

    • majii

      West and Smiley need to sit down and STFU unless they want to take a hit on their speaking engagements and have more of them rescinded like Smiley’s was earlier this year. Undermining PBO has financial consequences. No one elected his butt POTUS. PBO is POTUS, and they’d better recognize it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -GOOD BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

    – — -STILL UPBEAT on THIS DAY 5 of the –NEXT! –4! – –YEARS!! — – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – —THIS is ENCOURAGIN’ – -annnd — let’s us KNOW how USELESS soma da “POLLS”[which WE began 2 IGNORE :>)] -were:

    – – –Quote of the Day

    – – – -“What’s been interesting to watch is that our data has been remarkably consistent really from last spring forward, and our battleground polls really didn’t fluctuate much. There were times when it would dip to where we had a 2-point lead in the battleground states. There’s one poll over the course that we had a 1-point lead. By and large, we’ve been 3 and 4 points ahead in the battleground polls.”

    — David Axelrod, in an interview with Mike Allen, giving a postmortem on the 2012 presidential campaign.

    – — —-HAH! — -THEY KNEW — –da REAL DEAL!! – —:>)

    – – – -ENJOY YOUR BREAKFAST/BRUNCH♥ – –

    – —Have a BLESSED DAY. :>)

    • caribbeanobserver

      Hello there POU fam,and special hail out to Ms Green. Haven’t hailed you out for awhile now, but I have been so caught up with all things Obama that I haven’t functioned properly since the late night Tuesday. And, I am still smiling, and so is our little third world Caribbean country Goodness me, you have given of yourself daily with your various thoughts to the blog and yes, ‘we da media’ will continue to override the inept, biased, propaganda machinations of the msm/pundits.
      Onward,forward!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MornTin’ caribbeanobserver. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – -***fist bump** – - And, I am still smiling, and so is our little third world Caribbean country – –Woo! Hoo! – –

        – – UPDATE: President Obama wins election! Four more years in White House</b

        —– Virgin Islanders Back President Barack Obama —Woo! Hoo! – –

        Annd YES – –“WE DO MEDIA[co] — -has — WORK 2 DO —2 OVACOME the OBSTRUCTIONIST RE-THUCKERS!! – — —4 DA NEXT ! – – -4! – – -YEARS!! :>)

        – – -[Unless dey - --EVOLVE!] — LOL

        Sooo good 2 C U –caribbeanobserver. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        Hola Caribbeanobserver, I’m so glad we could do this not just for ourselves but for the rest of the world as well.

  • MonieTalks

    You know, It is mind-boggling to see so many of the Professional Left construct post-analysis of why Romney was so wrong, not realizing that they were just as wrong.

    The PL screamed and hollered about PBO’s shortcoming, failures..how he shortchanged his “base,” how he had not stood up for this group or that. And he would pay a huge price because he abandoned us. And in every group that helped him win in 2008 (young, women, Blacks, Latino, Asians) they came out at greater numbers this year to guarantee him a second term.

    People like Gigi claimed that people would abandon him because of the use of drones to kill the Taliban and other fanatical groups(who also callously wounded Pakistani activist Malala). Hell many of us were thinking about the trampling of our civic rights to VOTE, Many had to stand out in cold temperatures/ or other uncomfortably hot temps, in lines longer and slower than we experience to attend a sporting event or musical concert. Many folks spent a days work in those lines. The people did not show up at the polls and automatically blame the president for the very lines they waited in (because in the PL universe, everything that is hard and unpleasant in this age is automatically a shortcoming of THIS president), but knew that this was the broader obstructionism and smear campaign of not only Republican but make-up chair PL who have been as detrimental the smear campaign against him. Occupy Wall Street might have been a new story but occupying a voting booth was a reality….and one that made sense and a difference.

    The PL think that voters operate on their purist, petulant, impatient mindset. They all said he was a corporate asskisser…yet his election was overwhelmingly funded by small donor supporters.

    I could go on and on…but so many of the PL don’t even realize that they were as misguided as anyone else.

    • Kadijo

      Or creep Jon Stewart.

      • crazycanuck

        Michael Moore

        • AxelFoley

          Jane Hamsher

        • majii

          Right, Michael “I missed the cab so I’m hanging onto the caboose to get PBO re-elected” Moore.

    • GN

      They’re elitists who believe that they know better how to move progress forward than President Obama and Obamabots. This is why they did so much to try to hijack the voice of the base and hold us ransom against the WH.

    • Ebogan63

      This election has made these idiot irrelevant , and nobody is studyin’ them at all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MornTin’ MonieTalks. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      —-***fIst bump*** – THIS –> –but so many of the PL don’t even realize that they were as misguided as the Romney campaign and right wing — –

      – –Ova 2 years ago — –“Gibby” tryta WARN the PL’s of the – –ERRS of their way.

      – – -Gibbs stands by his words with feet on the ground and not in his mouth- – –

      — – – -White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is standing by his critique of what he called the “professional left.”

      “I think I have both my feet firmly planted on the floor and nothing in my mouth to speak of,” Gibbs said Wednesday during his daily briefing, after being asked if he had put his foot in his mouth.

      In an interview with The Hill newspaper earlier this week, Gibbs went public with his private frustration over harsh criticism from his party’s base.

      “I hear these people saying he’s [Obama's] like George Bush,” Gibbs told the paper. “Those people ought to be drug tested.”
      THERE IS MORE

      Guess soma dem – —DID NOT HEED the WARNING!! – – -geesh!! —

      Good WORDS —MonieTalks. :>) THANK U. :>) B BLESSED –U/FAM. :>)

      • gc

        My mind is un-boggled. I pay about as muh attention to them now as I did pre-election.(which is none since DKOS)

        Election over, back to volunteer work, which I’m SO much better at, and comfortable with, than politics, LOL. Soup kitchen next week, and unlike the last two stints there, I won’t be preoccupied with wondering where will these people go when Romney kicks them out of society!

    • Worldwatcher7

      **Breaking News**: MonieTalks ON FIRE today on POU!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – -While the EXCITEMENT CONTINUES – — -there is STILL — WORK 2 DO – -on GETTIN’ IT RIGHT 4 subsequent elections[local/state/national].

    – — – —COMMENT: – – dadofdante •
    Mary you left out the most important part of the story. Those long lines were not an accident. The GOP/ALEC agenda calls for less voter participation. Early voting days were reduced in GOP controlled states such as Ohio and Florida, among others. Complicate voter registration. Scrub names from lists of elgible voters. Complicate the ballot. Reduce the number of polling sites in districts tending to vote Democratic. Reduce the number of machines in districts with a tendancy to vote for Dems. There’s more and its a disgrace. In fact, it’s un-American.

    – —
    Waiting to vote [Long lines need to be remedied, but hats off to voters who waited hours]
    – –

    – — -President Barack Obama mentioned it.

    Journalists noted it in stories and on television.

    And certainly some Americans noticed the nearly incomprehensible amount of time – anywhere from three to seven hours – it took on Tuesday from their arrival at a polling booth to the actual time they voted.

    From Florida to Ohio to Virginia, some Americans donated their time for the right to vote while those in other states completed the process within five to 15 minutes.

    “We gotta fix that,” the president said as a side note during his acceptance speech Tuesday evening.
    – — -SNIP —
    Yes, “we gotta fix that” system that is in such disrepair that people wait up to seven hours to vote. But in the meantime, we “gotta” celebrate those voters’ fortitude, their single-mindedness and their comprehension that the right to vote not only is a civic duty, but it’s also an unbelievable privilege.

    THERE IS MORE

    • goldenstar

      GLH,

      I’m witya!

      My friend’s papi retired in Miami and lives in a gated community, mostly first-generation Cuban-American, like him. He voted for PBO last time and has been shunned. He appreciates his special status.

      On Tuesday, he stood in line for 2 hours. with. a. walker. He’s 90 years old. He. stood. them. down.

      P.S. And his 85-year old sister voted Democrat for the first time in her life. for PBO. She told my friend that PBO cares about people and the other guy does not. She. stood. them. down.

      These Republican thugs are so blinded by their arrogance that they can’t see the folks in front of them. They are so determined to deny people their rights. And, folks will stand. them. down.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — -***fist bump*** :>) – — –

        Ohhh – – -***tears*** annnd ***smiles*** – —

        – – -On Tuesday, he stood in line for 2 hours. with. a. walker. He’s 90 years old. He. stood. them. down.

        P.S. And his 85-year old sister voted Democrat for the first time in her life. for PBO. She told my friend that PBO cares about people and the other guy does not. She. stood. them. down.

        – – – – –THIS COMES 2 MIND. – –STAND!!

        BLESS THEM!♥ – – – -BLESS THEM!!♥ – —

        BLESS YOUR FAMILY 4 HAVING SUCH LEADERS!! – – AMEN.-:>)

        THANK U 4 sharin’ – — INSPIRATION – –2 –Move – –FORWARD – -> :>)

        Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>) – – –

    • majii

      I think a lot of folks thought we were complaining only to complain when we were talking about republicans’ attempts to suppress the vote of some groups. Right-wingers were getting their hate on when AG Holder was battling against it, when Rev. Al kept the focus on it, and when PBO was urging us to vote. Well, I guess after some GOPers had to stand in line a long time, too, maybe we have their attention now.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        —- –***fist bump*** – –THIS — ->Well, I guess after some GOPers had to stand in line a long time, too, maybe we have their attention now.—HAH! – –

        U! –AIN’T! – -NEVA! – — LIED!! – —

        REMINDS me of THIS: – —

        – –First they came for the Jews
        and I did not speak out
        because I was not a Jew.
        Then they came for the Communists
        and I did not speak out
        because I was not a Communist.
        Then they came for the trade unionists
        and I did not speak out
        because I was not a trade unionist.
        Then they came for me
        and there was no one left
        to speak out for me.
        [Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller ]

        Good 2 C U majii. :>) – –

  • crazycanuck

    Update: My closet looks AMAZING, I keep opening it up just to look inside. My hallway on the other had uhm not looking so good, because all the junk from my closet that I don’t know what to do with just yet, now has a home in hallway lmao.

    • Alma98

      LOL! I don’t want to hear it cc. lol

    • Aquagranny911

      Donate! Donate! Donate! It’s the best form of recycling besides as you give it opens the way to receive in lots of unexpected ways ♥

      • Alma98

        I have a huge box of clothes I’m giving to my mom’s church.

  • Tafr

    Morning POU. Rob Mckenna concedes the race here in WA state. Inslee (dem) will be our new governor. We dodged a bullet on this one because McKenna was a closet tea party freak. Forward!

    • Joy

      Morning and so happy for WA!

    • Ebogan63

      Thank God y’all up in WA didn’t elect that RWNJ!

    • Aquagranny911

      Congrats! Great news!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — – –GOOD STRATEGIC NEWS – – –:>)

    — -MR. PRESIDENT EFFECTIVELY used TECHNOLOGY – 2 GET HIS WIN!! – – -:>)

    WAY-ELL — -GOOD NEWS! – – – -His STRATEGIES WILL CONTINUE —the NEXT! – – — -4! — –YEARS!! :>) – —

    – – -The Obama Campaign Won’t Go Away [The president looks to put his digital arm to use in his second term and beyond.]

    – – -Don’t believe the cheesy good-bye e-mails from aides and the super-triple-final requests for donations: The Obama campaign and its giant e-mail list are here to stay.

    The pace may have slowed, but the campaign is still tweeting, still e-mailing, still posting to Tumblr and Facebook. And on a conference call with reporters Thursday, campaign manager Jim Messina hinted at a much larger role.

    “We’re going to go through a process with our supporters and have a conversation about what they want to do next,” he said, on what his deputy, Stephanie Cutter, billed as the “last conference call for the OFA campaign.”
    – – -SNIP – –

    And Obama’s lieutenants have suggested that they will keep a tight hold on the most powerful techncial tool in American politics.

    “You just can’t transfer this, right,” David Plouffe told reporters, ruling out handing it over to the Democratic National Committee or a 2016 candidate. “I mean, people are not going to spend hours away from their families and their jobs, contributing financially when it’s hard for them to do it, unless they believe in the candidate.”
    – — SNIP – –
    The Obama campaign now has a second chance to turn its digital prowess toward governance, and they’re unlikely to defer to anyone this time.

    – -Movin’ FORWARD —- –> –‘CAUSE –“WE GOT — -WORK 2 DO! -:>)

    • conlakappa

      Dunno. The OFA where I am helped D candidates as well over the past few years. But I guess the Maryland folks are less worried about the White House encroaching or some ish.

      I hope I can make the last conference call but might just be coming out of a meeting so we shall see.

      • nellcote

        I think the problem is that there are too many weak/disorganized state dem parties. Maryland obviously doesn’t have that problem but Dems need to be on the same page going foreward.

        • Aquagranny911

          Agreed. Our Dem HQ totally sucked in 2008. Sis & I were thrilled when OFA came in & we worked with them for PBO. Our state Dem office got better but they still need a lot of improvement & there are little territorial jealousies that still go on. This hurts our local candidates who go up against big outside $$$ nearly every time & who need a strong focused & organized ground game.

          I joked that our local candidates got “frayed shoestrings & cheese rinds” but we did our best for them.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY conlakappa. ***BIG — -encouragin’ —HUG*** :>)

        As nellcote stated — -NOT all offices R the same.

        B encourageged. Maybe there will B a – -CHANGE. – –Prayin’ so. :>)

        U B BLESSED. ***HUG** :>)

        • conlakappa

          Right, which is why I mentioned mine. The article was a little too broad brushed IMO and still seemed to miss the point of the organization not being dormant/solely focused on the President in the interim years.

    • itgurl_29

      I am certainly up for donating and knocking on doors for the next four years. Just say the word, Mr. President, and I’m there.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY itgurl_29. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — –***fist bump** :>) — -My “OBAMA-KNOCKIN’ KNUCKLES” – – –Still willin’ 2 – -WORK!! – – -LOL.

        STILL — -FIRED UP!! – – –READY 2 WORK!! :>) –witchu –:>)

        – –Good 2 C U itgurl_29. :>)

  • MonieTalks

    Romney, his family and supporters are even more dense than I thought….they absolutely have no clue of how Romney attributed to his own loss..his shortcomings in decency, truth, empathy, and his own economic patriotism.

    Mitt Romney’s sister Jane: ‘He was vilified’

    Mitt Romney’s sister Jane has come to the defense of her younger brother over media treatment of the presidential contender.

    Jane, the eldest Romney sister, opened up to Inside Edition about how she felt the media “vilified” Mitt after it was reported that he traveled with Seamus, the family dog, strapped to the roof of their car.

    “He was my dog…It’s a crate. That’s how they travel. Here’s the deal. All these stupid little stories are fabricated and it hurt,” she said.

    The 75-year-old also shares that Mitt’s wife, Ann, has not been taking the loss particularly well. “She was crying. She was very emotional. For Ann, it was definitely shell-shock,” she said. “She won’t want to be in a race like this again.”

    Jane explained what she thinks went wrong with the campaign: “I feel like our family could have helped more. But we were scared we’d be on the 6 p.m. news, misspeaking.”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/mitt_romney_sister_jane_he_was_vilified_H2WhN1hiLa3w2m3ZIidN7L

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      PPPPPPPFFFFFTTTTTTTHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

      I’m sorry, but…………HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!

    • crazycanuck

      They are so delusional.

    • GN

      Their penchant for painting themselves as victims to mask their incompetence is reason #67680789789678689 that I thank the Good Lord that these people will never be in the WH.

      President Obama’s beautiful sister Maya has seen her brother faaaaaaaaaar more disrespected, and for far less legitimate reasons, than Mittens ever faced. Yet I never see her whining or complaining, simply discussing his high character. Can’t wait to see less of Romney & Co.

      Mitt’s wife, Ann, has not been taking the loss particularly well. “She was crying. She was very emotional. For Ann, it was definitely shell-shock,” she said.

      Again, I have a very hard time believing that they were completely unaware that Romney was losing…

      • MonieTalks

        No I believe that they really did not know. Republicans, of course helped blow Romney’s head up, but many of the supposed left pundits thought and treated PBO’s 2008 election as a fluke as well. And because of that, Romney mistakenly listened to these same folks and thought his base would stay home and give him an opening.

        Over at the LA Times is a spot-on article about the back and forth (and hypocrisy) that goes on about whether a president has a mandate.

        An Obama mandate? The pundits don’t agree, with themselves

        It is noted that E.J. Dionne wrote this:
        “A president who took office four years ago on a wave of emotion,” Dionne wrote, “may now have behind him something more valuable and durable: a majority that thought hard about his stewardship and decided to let him finish the job he had begun.”

        Don’t get me wrong, there was enormous pride and anticipation of many to elect PBO because of the historical significance, but let us not forget, this country was in critical, down in the doldrums shape in 2008. The George W Bush presidency had just as much to do with PBO’s election as it did his ground game, wonderful attributes, etc. And the ideal that PBO espoused in 2008 are still relevant today, and are still accepted by a majority of the electorate and are still WISHED for. So to me, he didn’t just take office because of a “wave of emotion,” which cheapens his road map to the office all to me. President Obama won in both 2008 and 2012 because he has viable solutions, ideals that resonate, and a vision that so many share,,,even in the midst of a massive negative reporting and bias against him. And that is what is so phenomenal about it all.

        • Worldwatcher7

          Preach preacher.

      • conlakappa

        Yeah, it is rather breathtaking. If she were so committed to her baby brother winning, she would have campaigned for him. Period. What else was she doing? We never even heard about/saw photos of his siblings so for her to come out now and in the venue of a tabloid show at that? Have a seat. Your silence could have continued unabated. Better yet, cry into your piles of dollars. Or go hug a poor child while sponsoring his family perhaps then you might glimpse real suffering and fear about the next day.

        • AxelFoley

          This rightchere.

        • Gc

          It is absurd. The way she conceptualizes the loss is indicative on the face of it. If BO had lost he would weep for what he could not do for the country. The Romney’s weep for themselves.

        • 7thangel

          i didn’t even know he had a sister, let alone a 75 year old one

      • BoomerGal

        I don’t have a very hard time believing because they felt ENTITLED! It “was their turn!” They were ALL expecting Karl Rove to pull it off at the ballot boxes!!! That’s probably why they still counting votes in Florida!! LOL!!

        Only the Lord our God could have written a script this beautiful!! LOL!!!!

      • AxelFoley

        President Obama’s beautiful sister Maya has seen her brother faaaaaaaaaar more disrespected, and for far less legitimate reasons, than Mittens ever faced. Yet I never see her whining or complaining, simply discussing his high character. Can’t wait to see less of Romney & Co.

        Exactly.

    • BoomerGal

      Oh we KNOW that loss kicked Miss Ann in the gut!! I’m sure she had U-Hauls backed up and ready to go to the WH!! She was DEVASTATED!!! LOL!!! I can’t stop grinning!! LOL!!!

      • conlakappa

        China patterns picked out… Mormon chef lined up… remember she said they would have great inauguratiion “parties.” I still cannot believe members of the transition team had already moved here.

        • Aquagranny911

          Remember, it was “their turn.” Somehow I don’t think Mitty ever took “turns” in his life. He always went to the front of the line, starting in kindergarten.

          Why are we still talking about these disgusting people? Some said we “dodged a bullet” I think we dodged a neutron bomb!

          I have enjoyed the gloating a bit, well a lot actually, because I’m really not a nice person. But if I never see or hear about the Robmes ever again I will be a very happy woman!

          • conlakappa

            We can gloat and mock their gradual slide into irrelevance/status as a question on Jeopardy, and not even as part of Double Jeopardy or Final Jeopardy; they are strictly first round.

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

      Mitt’s wife, Ann, has not been taking the loss particularly well. “She was crying. She was very emotional. For Ann, it was definitely shell-shock,” she said. “She won’t want to be in a race like this again.”

      http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q615/sepiaobot/oprah_laughing_zpsee519d4e.gif

    • rikyrah

      he wasn’t nearly ‘villified’ the way he should have been.

      the Obama campaign and their allies told the truth about that soulless human cipher.

      JANE just wants to continue the checks from Willard.

    • majii

      I don’t want to come across as heartless because 99% of the time I’m not, but I have no sympathy for Mitt Romney’s lying ass or Ms. Ann “you people” Romney. A majority of Americans rejected Romney. We did not like what we saw. They’re the types who are big sh*ts among their social groups, and they thought we’d be just as in awe of them as those folks are. Nope, no, no way. Every time I saw their asses on my TV or read something about them online, it disgusted me. Money can’t buy everything, and it’s sad that they had to wait to get so old before they learned the lesson.

    • AxelFoley

      Heh. Heh-heh-heh. Hahahahahahaha.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

    • Camille

      I saw her someplace last night.

      It’s fair to say she was kept away from the public for a reason.

      She is just self-promoting at this time. Trying to hustle before the last few minutes are up.

  • GN

    47%…

    @AngryBlackLady:
    I love the smell of karma in the morning. RT @ravenb: Mitt Romney just hit 47.9% of the popular vote. #moochers

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    –WE HAVE -ECONOMIC- –WORK 2 DO! — -:>) – – –

    – – -Weekly Address: Extending Middle Class Tax Cuts to Grow the Economy – —

    – – -In his weekly address, President Obama says that it’s time for Congress to pass the middle class tax cuts for 98% of all Americans. Both parties agree that this will give 98% of families and 97% of small businesses the certainty that will lead to growth, and so there is no reason to wait. On Tuesday, the American people voted for compromise and action, and the President calls on Congress to come together in that spirit to help create jobs and strengthen our economy. — –

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  • Kadijo

    Has anybody noticed that commercials have more black people (in leadership position) than before 2007? How can anybody say that PBO becoming POTUS doesn’t make a dif. Commercial are less condescending.

    • crazycanuck

      I have definetely noticed that

    • BoomerGal

      I especially took note of the Subway commercial with the black and white firemen. The white guy played the fool. Bout time!

    • BoomerGal

      I especially took note of the Subway commercial with the black and white firemen. The white guy played the fool. Bout time!

    • Rhoda

      I have really noticed it; I also noticed that they have more quality roles in the guest arcs and there’s been more of an effort at inclusion. I think when people saw how BIG POTUS and FLOTUS were; how they sold out magazines at historic levels and delivered ratings they started to realize the power of the minority market.

      • qosine

        I think POTUS and FLOTUS contribution to our GDP needs its own economic indicator.

        Can you think of ANYONE on the GOP side? No, me neither.

        • conlakappa

          Time for articles to come out again about The First Lady helping out the US fashion industry.

          • Gc

            But dress in her style, we, should I say I, will never achieveness the effortlessness with which she pulls it off. I am also used to seeing well dresed women look like snotty anorexics. But Mich looks healthy, fit AND kind. These two deserve perfect partners and they got them! I still think Rahm has “bedroom eyes” though….

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! Rahm does have those eyes…

    • gc

      Yes, but there are also more on reality shows. Bad enough whites do these fool things. AA’s are cooler. But then they have as much right to the income and exposure. I just am very soapboxish about my contention that reality TV has contributed to the dumbing down of America. Honey BooBoo is going to need a TEAM of shrinks before she hits 12.

      • Alma98

        I hate reality tv shows with a passion. Very few of them contribute something of substance to the community at large.

        • Aquagranny911

          Totally agree with you except I have to admit my “guilty pleasure” of sometimes watching “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” It seemed like watching the “Sopranos” in real time without the actual gore.

    • conlakappa

      I think Madison Ave. signaled at his election that that would be the case so it was no surprise. Remember the ad company putting a call out for Sasha and Malia lookalikes? The dolls? Pepsi not even trying to front and admitting that it changed its logo to look more Obama like, unveiling it in giveaways inauguration weekend? One thing I have noticed is more interracial couples and interracial friendships in ads. No more monochromatic fast food ads.

      • Aquagranny911

        I really noticed that about interracial couples etc myself & considered that a BFD since it reflects my own family.

    • TyrenM

      Princess Tiana.

  • GN

    Mandate, Mittches!

    @kevinrns
    Obama has received more than 61 million votes, only President ever to get more votes was Obama.

    • Rhoda

      Enthusiasm gap my ass!

      Hi, GN.

    • Rhoda

      Enthusiasm gap my ass!

      Hi, GN.

    • gc

      And I just saw a chart on TOD. Obama won a clear victory with white voters. Would that it would have been a higher total, but he can claim NO subset now. Except the 1% I guess. I am insulated living in NE, but I never felt whites were solidly against him as was the CW. This may also be generational, so the last hurrah of that skewing. But my 90 year old parents were strong Obama supporters (proud)

      • conlakappa

        The husband and I were talking about that this morning though without the data in front of us, just common sense. No way could he have won the popular vote with just nonwhites. But that was the narrative the MSM had cued up so of course its members were going to follow it through.

        • Gc

          I was wrong about one thing though. I honestly believed the MSM/pollsters would sneak back into the real world closer to the election. They NEVER did.

        • Aquagranny911

          Too true! I canvassed door to door & I know that even if the GOP doesn’t.

      • Camille

        Please hug, kiss and thank them for us. They are the epitome of what’s best about these United States.

        They both represent the unique goodness and fairness that make America so attractive to immigrants and those longing to move here.

        God continue to bless and keep them both.

        • Gc

          What a sweet comment, Camille – thank you!

    • Camille

      Amen!

  • nellcote

    I think the problem is states with a weak/corrupt/disorganized Dem party. Clearly Maryland has their shit together. But Dems need to get on the same page moving foreward.

  • nellcote

    I think the problem is states with a weak/corrupt/disorganized Dem party. Clearly Maryland has their shit together. But Dems need to get on the same page moving foreward.

  • Rhoda

    Morning, POU!

    I have to say, I haven’t been watching anything political this week when I heard of the Petreaus affair, LMAO. The FBI went to him with the dirt; he did the only thing he could.

    Meanwhile, what is the matter with Don Lemon?I just saw this and the man is out of line IMO, Jonah Hill doesn’t owe him more than a hi and a handshake, and if it’s wet at least you know he washed his hands! Seriously, why would you feel you were treated like the help in that situation?

    It all started on Thursday, when Lemon posted the following message on Twitter: “Said hi to Jonah Hill in hotel. Think he thought I was bellman. Didn’t know his name till bellman told me. A lesson to always be kind.”

    Hill, clearly irritated by the post, wrote back: “I said hi, what do you want me to do move in with you? I was in a hurry. Didn’t realize you were a 12 year old girl.” The actor later added: “I walked out of the restroom and found you waiting for me. Shook hands, said hi and was on my way. Sorry if you found that rude.”

    The following day Lemon appeared on CNN where he continued to talk about the incident. “Jonah Hill doesn’t owe me anything,” he said. “He may have been having a bad day, but Jonah Hill treated me like the help.”

    He went on to admit that Hill DID shake his hand, but it was a “wet handshake,” adding: “Normally it doesn’t bother me, but I was done, because I was taught by mother to always be kind to people.” Lemon is now waiting for Hill to apologize.

    Keep waiting Don, I doubt it’s coming. I don’t get what more he wanted; Hill obviously doesn’t see him as more than an acquaintance and that’s how I treat acquaintances as well. I think something is up w/him if he’s going on air to start a feud over this; and if he’s trying to get attention it’s the wrong way.

    • conlakappa

      He too wanted to hang out with Jermaine Dupree and Diddy as Jonah Hill has? That is very strange, like his lip-glossing ass is trying to recreate Oprah’s overblown “it was my crash moment” or something.

      • lamh36

        “lip-glossing…LOL

        • conlakappa

          Oooh, like I am the only one who noticed he always looks like he just ate at a Wendy’s that was missing napkins?

    • rikyrah

      I haven’t been watching anything political this week when I heard of the Petreaus affair, LMAO. The FBI went to him with the dirt; he did the only thing he could.

      when the FBI shows up on your doorstep, you’re done, Son.

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

    • qosine

      Good Morning to you, Alma:)

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine!

  • nellcote

    Richard Engle was on Maddow last night and had an interesting bit of gossip about Petraus. Apparently many in the CIA didn’t like him. As a culture they don’t appreciate outsiders heading the agency among other things. Anyway, he said they usually investigate things like this inhouse and the fact that the FBI is involved indicated to him that someone from the CIA had dropped a dime to them.

    I realize that Petraus has been the gooper golden boy. And the ex-military pundits pretty much universally admire him but I wonder if, with this episode, more unflattering stories will finally come out about his time in Iraq. I note however that the goopers are already trying to somehow blame the WH and BENGAZI! BENGAZI! BENGAZI!

    • Rhoda

      I never liked him. I got a bad vibe off the dude; and he seems like a credit hog. It takes a lot of work and he has a huge team; but it’s always about how HE did this or HE did that, totally annoyed me. Even during the Bush years, he’d place himself about the President and that seemed off to me personally.

      I always thought that Rahm had something on him to get him into the CIA; he was a major thorn IMO in the side of the White House as they tried to end Iraq and wind down Afghanistan. But he went like a lamb; very weird. I always thought THAT more than taking him out of contention politically. So, hearing the biographer who was with him in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now apparently in DC was his mistress makes me go hmmmm.

      JMHO.

      • Camikke

        God took him down.

        Amen.

    • Aquagranny911

      Not surprising. I wonder how long it will be before some goatfigger accuses PBO of setting up Petraus with a “honeypot” trap in order to get rid of him so he can’t spill the frijoles about what “really happened” in Bengazi.

      These people have totally jumped off the deep end. I hope the sharks enjoy the chum.

      • conlakappa

        I would still submit that he was taken out by one of his own party as either payback for not getting involved in 2012 or prevention from getting into the race in 2016.

        • Aquagranny911

          You know more about that stuff then I do so you are probably right. I put nothing past the GOP. They are evil, nasty, vengeful goatfiggers.

          • conlakappa

            As I’ve said before, D.C. is a small Southern town with the same sense of people who travel in those circles knowing who’s zooming whom.* The Rs long ago turned aside the St. Ronnie 11th commandment of never speakig ill against another member of the party and are now thoroughly in eating their own territory. Miffed had oppo research on anyone who might dare get in his way and I’m sure the gathering was constant, especially looking at someone who is in the administration and whose outing would make the President look bad. So I wouldn’t put it past him or one of his sons to have shed light on this mess. The general got out ahead of the story, which is the best PR angle to take when you know the boom is about to be lowered. Everything else is reactive.

            *Like everyone but Marianne Gingrich knowing that her husband was getting blown in the cloakroom by Calista. My boss at the time, who was no longer even working on the Hill knew about it from another Hill committee staff person.

    • qosine

      Back off GOP. He’s YOUR guy. I wonder how long the affair went on.
      I admired PBO for appointing Republicans to key posts (Ray LaHood, Gates, Petreaus). Of course, LaHood and Gates have worked out very well. But I’m a democrat, so I feel more secure with Democrats in certain posts.

      But Petreaus and CIA? And, other than the surge, I didn’t hear much about him before. The praise seemed a bit forced, like vying for the status of Eisenhower. And MacArthur had to stand down.

      But now two generals have gone down. Hmmmm.

      • Kadijo

        Since 2007 G. Petreaus needed to be handled. He and McCain were selling the uber success of that SURGE. That surge coupled with other moves is what gave a positive outcome in Iraq. Then Sen. Obama said so. PBO knew this man; he just gave the opportunity for the much celebrated gen to finish himself.

      • malletgirl02

        I just wanted to say Petreaus is nothing like Eisenhower.

      • Camille

        In the age of Obama, sometimes there has been no difference between the hate from certain Dems and Repugs, sadly. So no, I don’t necessarily feel better having Dems.

        Think Dems like Ed Rendell, Harold Ford, Diane Feinsten (even though I voted for her still this go around – just to keep the senate), Kirsten Gillibrand. And yes even Cory Booker.

        No thanks.

        • TyrenM

          Shit. I missed Gillibrand. PUMA after election? Imma have to research some Kirsten, especially since she just won again. She’ll now be more free to run her mouth.

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

      I watched a bit of Anderson Cooper last night, and he was pushing the right wing talking point that PBO’s administration knew about this drama before the election and purposely withheld this info until after the election, posing a security risk. WTF?? The NYT reported that the WH found out about this on Wed.! Anderson has become such a sneaky Republican hack!

      Then, Bob Baer, an ex-CIA office who writes fro Time, suggested that the WH had the FBI release the info about Petraus’ affair as payback for the CIA leaking info about what happened in Benghazi. These media folks are intent upon blaming PBO for Petraeus’ bitchassness!

      • Miranda

        See, lying and starting mess…that’s why his man left him.

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

          Chile…. *sips tea*

        • qosine

          Anderson’s man? They broke up?

    • morphus

      Here’s an interesting conclusion from ConsortiumNews: Behind Petraeus’s Resignation: “Finally, as Obama heads into a second term, he appears to be clearing the decks so he can move ahead more aggressively with his own foreign policy. Robert Gates departed in mid-2011; David Petraeus has now resigned in ignominy; and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who often sided with Gates and Petraeus in taking neocon-style policy positions, is expected to step down soon.”

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

        Hmmmm…..That’s a good observation!

      • Camille

        And yet the PL continue to tell you Hillary is their dove and President Obama is drone/kill list mafiaso. LOL. You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.

        • malletgirl02

          Don’t give the PL a second thought, if they think Hilary Clinton is a dove they have no idea what they are talking about.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! Calling all Peeps, Prayer Warriors & Positive thinkers!

    With still over 500,000 ballots left to be counted in AZ (Mostly in minority precincts, how surprising…NOT!) there is still a chance we will be saying Senator Carmona in January.

    Please give all your positive energy to this thought. I will be so grateful!

    • Alma98

      Sending positive energy Arizona’s way AG!

    • Rhoda

      Keeping faith, Hola Aquagranny. Good luck with the count; I hope we do get Carmona. He’d be so much better than Flake.

    • nellcote

      Fingers crossed! Hope you have good news downballot too.

    • qosine

      Wow, AG. I did not know it was so close. Photons coming your way!

    • nellcote

      AP says Ron Barber is currently ahead too!

      • qosine

        Wow. I thought he had lost. Good news!

      • Aquagranny911

        This is great news too. Cochise county is going to bring it! They had not even begun to count any of their ballots as of Thursday AM but they are counting now.

        Keep positive!!!

    • Miranda

      I am totally convinced that Carmona DID win.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG — -PRAYERFUL – -HUG*** :>)

      – – – -Sendin’ U ALL KINDS of POSITIVE ENERGY!! —

      — ***fangers annnd eyes crossed**** LOL

      FIRED UP!! – — -READY 2 CONGRATULATE him. :>) – –

      Good 2 C U – -Aquagranny911. – – – -We GOT YOUR BACK!! :>)

      • conlakappa

        Why not your toes?! You are so withholding!

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL conlakappa. — – –“CAUSE I haven’t been practicin’ – -LOL

          IMMA – tryta master the – – -DA PEDAL DIGITAL FORM of THIS DANCE! – – -LOL- –

          WHEW LAWD!! – – – -THIS is hard! — -LOL

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

      Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

      • crazycanuck

        same here AG. Hope it goes your way

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        U can CROSS your TOES!?? – –LOL – – -Good on U. LOL

        Good 2 C U –Sepia. :>) – – -

    • GreenLadyHere

      Aquaganny911 – –Soooo – -THEY GON hafta PUT their ARMS – –DOWN! :>)

      – – -THEY GOT THEIR ARMS UP. – -[Flake defeats Carmona in Senate race]

      Watchin’ – – -

    • Town

      The media sure was quick to say Flake won. Hmm…

    • Camille

      We are on it AG! May God’s will be done and any attempts at shenanigans be thwarted.

  • crazycanuck

    @LauraFlyMe <–this 'woman' should be reported to the Secret Service. I will not post her disgusting tweet here.

    U.S. Secret Service ‏@SecretService

    Contact your nearest field office with time-sensitive or critical info or to report a tweet. http://1.usa.gov/VzrtsV

    • Miranda

      Disgusting pig of a woman isn’t she? Secret Service will visit her.

      • crazycanuck

        I really hope so.

  • GN

    Finally:

    @MiamiHerald
    Obama wins Florida, topping Romney in final electoral vote tally 332 to 206, AP reports.

    • Alma98

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: — FLA: — -MR. PRESIDENT: — -50.0% – –da TWITT: — 49.13%; — – —332 – -206!!- – — “SHELLACKED!! — – –LOL

  • Alma98

    Awww this made my day. H/T TOD

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Ohhhh Alma – – -***TEARS*** annnd ***SMILES!!*** – – -THANK U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – – -Woo! Hoo! — -HE”S a — — — –

    – — CERTIFIED – – – -LOSER!! – –HAH!

    – — -It’s official: Allen West has lost congressional seat – —

    – – — – Tea Party congressman Allen West still refuses to admit defeat in his hard fought Florida Congressional race, but he has been officially declared the loser now that all the ballots have been counted.

    West lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy by a razor-thin margin of 2,429 votes. That means he beat West by .07 percent.

    In Florida, an automatic recount is only triggered if the race falls within .05 percent or less.

    “As expected, the election night results have been confirmed, and it is time to put the campaign behind us,” Murphy campaign spokesman Anthony Kusich said in a statement. “Patrick looks forward to representing the treasure coast and palm beaches in Washington and working with both parties to get Florida back to work.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    • Alma98

      Bye bye high top lol.

      • malletgirl02

        “High top” lol

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        Luv some N-SYNC!! :>) – — -THIS is a FAV!! :>)

        Good 2 C U Alma. :>)

    • qosine

      Justice!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – —***fist bump*** — – – NOBODY deserved 2 have him- — -represent [yuk!!] them!! —

        YES! — – -JUSTICE. :>)

        Good 2 C U qosine. :>)

    • Camille

      Should have been bigger, but I’ll take it!

      Goodbye asshole.

      • GreenLadyHere

        – -LOL SisCamille – —Sorry . LOL – —

        – – -Bu — BYEEEE!! :>)

  • Ebogan63

    Negotiation 101 Revisited: a primer

    http://krebscycle.tumblr.com/post/35297918758/negotiation-101-revisited-a-primer#note-container

    rootless_e on the annoying tendency of ‘progressives’ to see things in a
    GOP centered framework, thus letting the Repubs define the terms. and
    as GN says tackle their own quarterback

  • Alma98

    Can I just say I can’t stand Dennis Miller’s smarmy ass. I was watching a clip of him talking about how Romney was gonna win big. Loser!

    • conlakappa

      Cocaine is a helluva drug…

      • goldenstar

        Is that his issue???

        • crazycanuck

          As House would say ‘it explains everything’ lol.

        • conlakappa

          That allegedly was his issue back in the day. I think that is why he began to identify with the previous occupant; snowbirds of a feather and all. Allegedly.

  • GN

    @yoonCNN:
    Obama becomes 1st Democrat to carry Florida twice in presidential elections since FDR #news #p2 #florida #Obama2012

    • Miranda

      WOW

    • Camille

      Many thanks to God and President Obama’s great coalition driven by the amazing grassroots effort of OFA Florida and wonderful folks like Christina Saralagui, Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin etc. who just went all out for President Obama regardless of any potential backlash from the evil repubs and their supporters.

      This victory is particularly sweet.

      And so much for those who told the President to give up on winning Florida.

      And I hope the freaking media makes very public updates of the popular vote count and percentages and quit with their very bogus narrative of how “close” it was. And stop flashing that phony Obama 50% Romney 49% counter they’ve been using to convince the FoX fed idiots that it was “close”.

      Yes We Did – again!

  • crazycanuck

    OT: Does anyone know how I can get in touch with Tally from TOD. I know she’s is on Twitter, but I really don’t want to get in touch with her through twitter. Is she on facebook? I have some questions about acting, I thought maybe she can help with, since she is the only actor I know lol. I am not on TOD and have no intention of signing on there.

    Thanks

    • Gc

      She is a facebook friend. I’ll let her know. My family, a bunch of drama queens, LOL, also includes actors, and my father’s BFF is one. My husband’s cousin has a lead on DOOL, I think (handsome) I clearly have zero interest in this, or I would have established relationships with these people. It skipped a generation. My husband and couldn’t walk on a stage if a million dollars were across it. But my son had leanings in that direction. In fact Jane Alexander was head os some Arts thing and came to see my kid’s troupe in CT. This was just elementary school, and didn’t know who sh was, but what the hell. When he moved on to HS he was recruited by the theater guy there. J blew it off though – wanted to be a rock star :)

      • crazycanuck

        Thanks GC and everyone. I’ll follow up. GC rock star is better anyway lol, more ‘chicks’ lmao.

    • Alma98

      Ask AG or Isontheprize I think they still have accounts there.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – —-WOW&1/2! – — – – -SWIFT — Justice – — –

    – — -After Passage Of Legalization Initiative, 220 Marijuana Cases Dismissed In Washington State – – –

    – – –Following the successful passage of a state referendum legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, two county prosecutors in Washington state have dismissed hundreds of misdemeanor marijuana cases. Although, the effective date of the referendum is not until December 6, the prosecutors used their discretion to apply the new rule retroactively.

    The move underscores how, even though marijuana possession remains illegal under federal law, state initiatives legalizing possession for recreational use in Washington and Colorado could have far-reaching consequences. As a practical matter, virtually all arrests and prosecutions for marijuana possession occur at the state level.
    THERE IS MORE

    • AxelFoley

      So basically those cases went…up in smoke?

      I know, I know…

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL –AxelFoley. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        Jus’ LIKE their —MINDS – — UP!/HIGH! – –:>) —

        GUESS I’ll order – —THIS. LOL– – –

        Good 2 C U – –AxelFoley. :>)- –Have a good night. :>) – -

      • TyrenM

        Ladeeladee da. It’s the motherfucking d o double g!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — – – -LOL – –Ooooo-Kaaaaay. IMMA post IT – -BOOKERMAN! – –2 da RESCUE! – – –

    – – —Kevin Hart and Cory Booker Deliver Goods in Aftermath of Sandy (Photos) — –

    – —Funny man also brings check for $50,000 to help out

    God bless him. Kevn Hart is doing good in the hood.

    On Friday (11-09-12), the comedian arrived by private airline to Teterboro Airport and headed straight to Newark, NJ for a meeting with Mayor Cory Booker to deliver well-needed funds in support of the community of Newark in Sandy’s aftermath.

    Hart, in town for his “Let Me Explain Tour” with performances at NJ-PAC and Madison Square Garden this weekend, took time out to tour the city of Newark, gaining a first-hand account of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath within the cities communities. Making his first stop at the Newark Emergency Command Center, Hart joined City of Newark Business Administrator Julien Neals for a walk-through of the operation center.

    – — SNIP – —
    Hitting close to home for the Philly native, Hart expressed his sentiments to Mayor Booker and his staff.

    “This was a shocking reality for me,“ said Hart. “I commend you all for pulling together this impressive operation and I’m so happy to be of service.” Expressing his gratitude and appreciation to Hart, Mayor Booker shared, “we are blown away by you wanting to be here, and are thankful for your generosity. It has truly boosted our spirits.”

    Embarking upon a brief tour of Newark, Hart and Booker arrived at their final stop, Shaquille O’Neal’s CityPlex 12. There, Hart presented Mayor Booker with a check in the amount of $50,000 donated to the Newark Fireman’s Charity Fund. Hart also left $50,000 worth of gift cards, and cases of water and cold-weather wear, given by Vitamin Water, for the Mayor to distribute.

    “I’m blessed; and to be able to help these families obtain the basic necessities that they need is both humbling and uplifting,” said Hart.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – -BLESS U – –MR. HART! – – – -MR. BOOKER — —-Gotta give props 4 brangin’ MR. HART 2 the PEOPLE1. —

    • TyrenM

      Watching Kevin on Comedy Central now re-reading this. Scandal tomorrow.