April 24, 2014

Saturday Open Thread

President Barack Obama greets Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., as he arrives on the floor of the House Chamber to deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 24, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Good morning Obots!  The weekend is finally here. Here’s your Saturday Stevie Wonder

Saturday Open Thread

Good Morning Obots! Hope everyone on the east coast is safe and out of the path of mean Aunt Irene.

Now……..In case there was any confusion…..We’re gonna keep rising to the top!

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

    Mornin’ Fam!

    Columnist Says NBC Stands for ‘Nothing But Caucasians’
    By Matthew Fleischer on August 24, 2011 8:58 AM

    Washington Post Writer’s Group columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. gives some tough love to NBCU for not featuring enough Latinos as anchors of its newscasts. KNBC in LA gets called out for having zero Latino anchors in a city that’s 48 percent Latino.

    Nararrette says NBC should stand for “Nothing But Caucasians,” at the top of his piece. But further down below, he argues something else entirely, something we haven’t really heard before–that the network is focusing only on one minority group, African Americans, at the expense of others.

    Perhaps it was the historic breakthrough of the nation electing a black president that helped convince NBCUniversal executives that it wasn’t a bad idea to have on staff black commentators and news analysts.

    Whatever the reason, it is easier for the media to ignore the largest minority group in the country than it is to ignore the second-largest. Meanwhile, at NBC – as on the other networks – Latinos are on permanent hiatus.

    Hmmmm…African Americans have been historically underrepresented in the media. Though we don’t think Navarrette is saying networks should be hiring less black people, it kind of comes across that way. The framing of his argument strikes us as unnecessarily divisive. That said, we take his larger point that America is a diverse place. When it comes to making minority media hires, diversity has to mean a makeup that is representative of the country, not just a random balance of non-white folks.
    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/columnist-says-nbc-stands-for-nothing-but-caucasians_b36899

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ — POU FAM! :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

    – - -FIRST – -PRAYERS 4 those affected by –HURRICANE IRENE. Actually –that’s all of us –in some form or another. BUT — the CLASS of the storm has been reduced. AMEN.

    – — –Irene Lands in N.C., Mid-Atlantic Next

    — —Hurricane Irene made landfall on Cape Lookout in eastern North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane and will continue track to the north with conditions deteriorating for millions across the mid-Atlantic through tonight.

    8:00 a.m. EDT Saturday, Aug. 27: The eyewall of Hurricane Irene has passed over Cape Lookout, N.C. Wind gusts to hurricane force (74 mph or greater) will continue to be experienced over the next several hours, along with a damaging storm surge. Rainfall of 5 to 7 inches has already occurred in eastern North Carolina.

    Although slightly weaker as a Category 1 hurricane prior to landfall, Irene remains a tremendous threat to the East Coast.

    “The wind field associated with Irene remains large and this will thus have more impact than is commonly associated with a storm of this intensity,” says Meteorologist Randy Adkins.

    For continuous updates through the morning, follow @breakingweather on Twitter. The latest stats on Irene are available in the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.

    An Updated Look at Impacts City-by-City

    The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects Irene to track north along the coast of the mid-Atlantic tonight, making another landfall somewhere along Long Island, N.Y., on Sunday morning as a weak Category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm.

    Though Irene is slightly weaker than earlier forecast, its massive size still poses a serious threat to lives and property.

    AccuTeam Irene is reporting live from Atlantic Beach, N.C…

    – — – –THIS is 2 ENCOURAGE OUR SPIRITS —POU FAM. :>) B BLESSED 2 day! :>)

    — –A SPECIAL TREAT -4 ALL. :>)

    – - – -POU – -W.E.E. R –FAMILY!! :>) – -♥

    — —-FIRED UP! —READY 2 GO —2012! :>) – –

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, GLH ** BIG HUG **

      Did I ever mention that my nephew is named Kai?

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ –sagittarius> ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        Well –look at that. :>) Guess we R RELATED!! :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>) B Blessed 2-day. :>)

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    I hope everyone has a great day!

    I will be on for a bit, and then I’m off – Dad’s 80th birthday party is today (birthday tomorrow).

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

      Happy Birthday to your dad, Sagi! :-)

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, Sepia!

        Thank you!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ — Sepia.!! ***BIG HUG***

        Sooo happy 2 C U. :>) THANK U 4 our LOVELY NEW SITE!! :>)

        Have a BLESSED day -Sepia. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      sagittarius – - -HAPPY –80th -BIRTHDAY –”DAD”. B BLESSED on your –SPECIAL DAY!!

      ENJOY the festivities -sagittarius/FAM. :>)

    • rikyrah

      oh that’s wonderful, sag.

      have a good time

      you are so blessed to still have him

    • Aquagranny911

      You are so blessed to have your Dad. Please give him a BD hug from me and wish him, many many more ♥

    • MsKitty

      Hope you and your Dad have a great day.

    • ladyg68

      enjoy the celebration with your father on the commemoration of his 80th birthday.

  • AuntSis522

    Auntsis522 here. I missed you guys. I felt like we had a family feud and I wasn’t privy to that information. Very sad since I am that family member that starts the shit! LOL.

    Please dont leave me like that again. I have a thing for you!! Apparently, its pretty bad.

    Glad wee’s back. Love the site.

    Renee

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ -AuntSis522. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      LOL. 2 funny! :>) – - -W.E.E. R STRONG!! W.E. R –INVINCIBLE!! –W.E.E. —R PERMANENT!! :>)

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

      • shilohsmama

        Hey GLH!!!! Hope you are well “Nana”!!

        • GreenLadyHere

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

          THANK U very much. Doin’ very well. :>)

          Good 2 C U. :>) B Blessed 2-day.!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: – —LOVELY PICS –FROM TOD-[Thank u - chipsticks. :>)]

    – —Homeward Bound – BLESS THEM. AMEN. :>)

    – — Although the HATAS begrudged his –WELL-DESERVED vacay — -He NEVA LEFT his SERVICE 2 his country!! Annnd 4 that —W.E.E. –THANK HIM!! :>)

    –”The lovely young lady “Michelles” —R “beauties.” :>) – –

    – - — The POU FAM. is PROUD of THEM. :>)- – -

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

    Columnist Says NBC Stands for ‘Nothing But Caucasians’
    By Matthew Fleischer on August 24, 2011 8:58 AM

    Washington Post Writer’s Group columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. gives some tough love to NBCU for not featuring enough Latinos as anchors of its newscasts. KNBC in LA gets called out for having zero Latino anchors in a city that’s 48 percent Latino.

    Nararrette says NBC should stand for “Nothing But Caucasians,” at the top of his piece. But further down below, he argues something else entirely, something we haven’t really heard before–that the network is focusing only on one minority group, African Americans, at the expense of others.

    Perhaps it was the historic breakthrough of the nation electing a black president that helped convince NBCUniversal executives that it wasn’t a bad idea to have on staff black commentators and news analysts.

    Whatever the reason, it is easier for the media to ignore the largest minority group in the country than it is to ignore the second-largest. Meanwhile, at NBC – as on the other networks – Latinos are on permanent hiatus.

    Hmmmm…African Americans have been historically underrepresented in the media. Though we don’t think Navarrette is saying networks should be hiring less black people, it kind of comes across that way. The framing of his argument strikes us as unnecessarily divisive. That said, we take his larger point that America is a diverse place. When it comes to making minority media hires, diversity has to mean a makeup that is representative of the country, not just a random balance of non-white folks.
    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/columnist-says-nbc-stands-for-nothing-but-caucasians_b36899

  • Freder421

    Good morning everyone, welcome back. Any news on where that sorry fool Eric Cantor is hiding from the storm?

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ Freder421. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Ummmm –is it wrong 2 hope that his –”hidin’ place” –doesn’t work!!?

      He is willin’ 2 hold the PEOPLE’s Disaster RELIEF FUNDS – -HOSTAGE – –2 push his –SELFISH AGENDA –NO TAX HIKES!!
      He is – –EVIL/VILE!! –geesh!

      Good 2 C U –Freder421. :>) B Blessed –2-day. :>)

      • http://www.facebook.com/erica.branchbutler Erica Raven Branch-Butler

        That’d be like when Trent Lott, who tried to keep people from being able to collect insurance money when their homes were destroyed by tornadoes and floods and such– well, he kinda flipped out when his own home was severely damaged by Katrina. There were a lot of his laughing about the Karma of that….

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Erica Raven Branch-Butler. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          – -LOL. THANKS 4 the reminder! :>)

          YEP! KARMA –WILL get the –”W”! :>)

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

      • Aquagranny911

        I can’t express my thoughts and wishes about Cantor today or I would be permanently in the naughty chair!

        • http://www.facebook.com/erica.branchbutler Erica Raven Branch-Butler

          He’s just shameless. I’ll cuss for both of us, how’s that?

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! You are too sweet! I think I’m a better cusser since I’ve had years more experience but I am trying to be better role model for you young people ♥

        • GreenLadyHere

          Aquagranny911. – -BWAHAHAHA!! :>)

  • http://twitter.com/GoodSpeedRacer TiMT

    Ola from Northern VA and glad to hear the news that Irene might just give us a break around here as it appears she has shifted westward a little away from us. If you want to see the prediction on the path of Irene http://crisislanding.appspot.com/

    Have a good day you all and those of us on the East Coast, let’s stay safe.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      Thank U 4 this GOOD NEWS. :>) Please continue 2 KEEP SAFE. :>) Annnd –B BLESSED – -U/YOURS. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Stay safe Kiddo, poor Virginia has taken enough of a beating this week. It’s a bad thought but do you think old nasty Cantor has brought the wrath of the gods on his state? Maybe we should blame the earth quake and storm Irene on his sorry ass.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – - –THIS is “WHYCOME” – - we call THEM —TEA-/RE-THUGS!!!

    – - – -GOP Congressmen Put Constituents Who Asked Tough Questions On A ‘Watch List’

    – - – -In recent weeks GOP congressmen have resorted to all sorts of underhanded schemes to avoid interacting with their angry constituents back home over August recess. Now two Republican freshmen, Reps. Daniel Webster (R-FL) and Tim Griffin (R-AZ), are taking this trend one step further, using disturbing intimidation tactics and “watch lists” to discourage constituents from asking them questions:

    Rep. Webster’s Winter Garden, Florida district office gave out a “Watch List” of six Floridians who had asked questions at Webster’s previous town halls. The list, with the header “For the Media,” included names, photographs, and questions that members of the media should ask them.

    The Watch List itself doesn’t contain any information on who wrote it or where it comes from.The memos surfaced in Arkansas in connection to the office of Rep. Tim Griffin, and were traced back to Rep. Webster’s office.

    With black and white photos that resemble police surveillance, some of them pulled from the individuals’ Facebook profiles, the memo is clearly meant to intimidate these six people and anyone else who might stand up and ask a question of their elected representative. At a Griffin town hall, staffers were handing out the Watch List to attendees, calling it their “homework.” Griffin staffers were also spotted taking photos and shooting video of attendees, creating an extra layer of intimidation.

    While Webster and Griffin are ostensibly making these lists to screen out paid activists, the people they are targeting are regular constituents who have simply spoken up and expressed their disagreement about important policy decisions. Nevertheless, Webster staffers clearly went out of their way to investigate the backgrounds of these individuals and insinuate people like them are not welcome at future town halls.

    In April, ThinkProgress reported from Webster’s home district about a town hall where he faced a barrage of criticism for defending his support for tax breaks for the rich and the Medicare-ending Paul Ryan budget. One of the constituents ThinkProgress interviewed, Tamecka Pierce, ended up as #5 on the “Watch List.”

    Pierce, who had to undergo chemotherapy, asked Webster a tough question about what would happen to people like her with major preexisting conditions under the Republican budget. She expressed her disappointment in Webster for dodging her question — which apparently was enough to land her on a McCarthy-esque list that pictures her like a criminal.

    In another instance, the memo suggests that members of the media question the military service of a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran named Ron Parsell. Parsell told the Orlando Sentinel, “I think it’s pretty weird. Someone asks a legitimate question, and all of a sudden somebody’s got a dossier on you.” Parsell added, “It’s the type of thing they’d do in old Russia.”

    Sooo – -THESE STAUNCH – - -CONSTITUTION-believers —-R SQUASHIN’ – –FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS!!?? — THUGS!!

    • Aquagranny911

      The only First Amendment Rights these mutant thugs believe in is their own!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny911. – –SPEEEEAK –TA-RUTH!! :>)

        Luv some — “TP” – -4 all these –expose’s!! :>)

  • Smartypants32

    Congratulations on the new digs!

    And yes, by all means “Pragmatic Obots Unite!!!!”

  • shilohsmama

    Hello everyone, and Good Morning! Missed you all SO MUCH!

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

    The timing of this is suspect as hail!

    Washington Post Starts Black-Oriented Section Online

    The Washington Post Thursday unveiled a local-news website section devoted to African American news, a concept few mainstream newspapers have attempted since the New York Times met opposition from the black press when it attempted to start a “black” newspaper in Gainesville, Fla., in 2005.

    The Gainesville paper let its editor go and redefined the product as a “community” outlet.

    Since then, however, white-owned media have started a number of Internet projects targeting the black community nationally and Latino communities both nationally and locally.

    “The Root DC will serve as a must-read source of content from a black perspective with features including daily updated event listings, profiles of people around the region, video stories, and reader essays about things or people that bind, uplift, and annoy the community,” an announcement said. The Post Co. already owns theRoot.com, an African American-oriented site with a national focus.

    “By creating The Root DC, we are able to expand on The Post’s local coverage by providing the African-American community with more of the content it is looking for in a way that makes it easy to access news, share information, and engage online,” Liz Spayd, a Post managing editor, said in the release.

    “The Root DC includes aggregated content from The Washington Post and original reporting by Robert Pierre, Editor of The Root DC, who will write a weekly column; Hamil Harris, who will focus on faith and religion; Chris Jenkins, staff writer; and other Post reporters and contributors.

    “Readers also can find The Root DC on B2 of the newspaper’s Metro section each Friday.”

    In a note to readers, Pierre wrote, “It’s a new space that’s all about acknowledgement and conversation, a place to laugh and cry and argue. Oh, and did I mention, to see yourself. This site is meant, in part, to address one of the most persistent criticisms of journalism that I have heard over the past two decades: it doesn’t focus on what matters to you.”
    http://mije.org/richardprince/lesbian-gay-journalists-group-invited-join-unity#RootDC

    • rikyrah

      uh huh

      uh huh

    • Miranda

      Oh,,,ok…so here we go with the “Blacks against Obama Dispatch” via the Washington Post.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Yep, get ready. Bunch of house negroes gonna show out this election. 2012 is going to get Steppin Fetchit racist.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWPCFTFR6SBEJJVFPMOEPDCURA Christopher John

      Actually, I’ve seen the website a few times — it’s one of Slate’s featured links, along with Foreign Policy — and they seem alright. Lots of racist trolls, though.

      And definitely a little bit of a mixed bag, I should add.

      • nellcote

        I really wish msm sites would do a better job of moderating/cleaning up their comment sections.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – - -WHA’?? – — Did -salon —START sumthin – –

      – - – - –“CULLUD SECTION” —BEEN THERE! – –DONE THAT!!

      – - – -Bu -bu –BUT –we posta B POST-RACIAL!! /SNARK!!

      Thank U -Sepia. :>) B Blessed. :>)

    • isonprize

      o_O <———–isonprize givin' side-eye to Washington Post.

    • gobrooklyn

      Another job created by President Obama. By the way, he says, “you’re welcome”.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. — -THANK U –EP 4 keepin’ up – –”JEER WATCH”!! –LOL. –

    Here’s ANOTHER 1- – —

    Constituents Jeer Rep. Dan Lungren’s (R-CA) Support Of Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich

    – - —-At a town hall last Wednesday attended by ThinkProgress, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) was asked why he supports the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy since America has lost millions of jobs since its passage. When Lungren deflected, saying that everyone benefits from the Bush tax cuts and that Obama supported extending them, several people began jeering him. Lungren, who at one point threatened to leave the Carmichael town hall, said he doesn’t know of any economists who support raising taxes during a recession. Ironically, that same day the National Association for Business Economics released a study showing nearly three quarters of business economists stating they support raising revenues through taxes:

    LUNGREN: Obama extended the tax cuts for several more years [...]

    CONSTITUENT: You use the deficit ceiling to blackmail! That’s what you did. [...]

    LUNGREN: I know of no economists who suggest we ought to raise taxes in the midst of a down turn in the economy.

    Watch it:

    Hmmm —Wonder IFF he has a”CONSTITUENT -HECKLER WATCH LIST”!!??

    – — -TEA-/RE-THUGS!!! – –

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • GreenLadyHere

    OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT — -COMPASSIONATE — via – -POLICIES — -:>)

    – - –Obama declares emergencies in more states as Irene looms

    – - –President Obama has signed emergency declarations in five more eastern states – Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Virginia – in a step that formally allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to mobilize resources in response to Hurricane Irene.

    The White House announced the declarations early Saturday. Obama cut short his Martha’s Vineyard vacation and returned to Washington Friday night in anticipation of the storms’ landfall today.

    Obama signed emergency declarations for New York and New Hampshire on Friday and for North Carolina on Thursday.

    The storm made landfall in North Carolina Saturday morning and is expected to move up the east coast over the weekend.

    Rain and winds are already hitting the North Carolina, and MSNBC reported early Saturday that 120,000 people are already without power in the state.

    The National Hurricane Center early Saturday downgraded the storm to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles-per-hour.

    – – -SKIP – – –

    The emergency declarations that Obama signed for the eastern states enable FEMA to “coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures,” the White House said.

    “Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding,” the White House notice states.
    THERE IS MORE.

    THANK U –MR. PRESIDENT —4 your COMPASSIONATE – LEADERSHIP! :>)

  • http://twitter.com/symmetry11 Tunisia

    Morning…Love the new site.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. We KNEW that he was EVIL/VILE!! Annnd he’s ALSO —SICK!!!!

    – — –EVIDENCE: – —Grover Norquist thinks this is funny. Do you?

    – - Here’s what Grover Norquist tweeted a few hours ago: — -3ndgrade humor flashback: [I couldn't post the tweet.]

    What a laugh riot Mr. You Better Sign My No Taxes Pledge Or Else is. And how impressive that he found one more way to offend even more people.
    THERE IS MORE.

    –VILE/EVIL – -RACIST!!

    • Aquagranny911

      Sick, evil goatfigger!

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

    New media strategy: Get black “journalists” to write “PBO’s losing Black voters” propaganda in order to plant seeds of doubt in the Black community.

    Obama faces uncomfortable questions from black community, lawmakers

    By Peter Wallsten and Krissah Thompson, Published: August 25

    From the start of his history-making tenure, the nation’s first black president took care never to be seen making policy or political decisions aimed solely or directly at black America. His position: He is the president of the whole country, focused on broad-based fixes to “lift all boats.”

    The race-avoidance strategy served President Obama well, helping him attract support from many whites while also mobilizing African Americans energized by the powerful symbol of a black commander in chief.

    But a soaring jobless rate among African Americans and a newfound comfort by black lawmakers to criticize Obama’s economic policies are prompting the White House to recalibrate — and to focus more directly on the struggles of black America.

    The shift comes amid a growing concern among some Democrats that the stubborn economic conditions in minority communities might hamper efforts by Obama’s reelection campaign to generate the large black voter turnout it needs in key cities to make up for his declining support among white independents.

    This week, the White House dispatched a top official to participate in a Congressional Black Caucus jobs forum in Miami that had been scheduled in part to pressure the White House.

    The official, Don Graves, the executive director of the president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, told black lawmakers that the president would consider taking executive action to enact at least parts of jobs-related measures they have introduced to no avail in the Republican-led House.

    “You may not feel like the president is listening to you, but he hears you loud and clear,” Graves told the lawmakers before an audience of hundreds crammed into the pews of the Mount Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church.

    The new approach is subtle, but it is significant to African American lawmakers who have been pressing for the change since early spring. One proposal would extend aid to communities with long-standing poverty problems. Another would help the long-term unemployed.

    Both ideas would help mostly minorities, said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. In steering clear of the overt race label, he added, “it’s not as in-your-face.”

    “They are paying closer attention to what’s going on in the urban core of the major cities,” Cleaver said.

    Several black lawmakers said they think the White House is considering additional targeted steps to boost urban communities as part of the jobs package the president plans to release shortly after Labor Day.

    And the White House announced this week that Obama will pay a Labor Day visit to Detroit, a hard-hit city where a town hall meeting held by the black caucus drew headlines last week when Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) decried the black jobless rate as “unconscionable” and blasted the president for his recent Midwestern bus tour that focused on rural white communities.

    The White House had also intended a major address for Sunday at the now-postponed dedication of the new memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — at which the president could speak in personal terms about the continuing economic challenges black Americans face.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-faces-uncomfortable-questions-from-black-community-lawmakers/2011/08/25/gIQAxV6meJ_story.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. Gotta “bounce”. —Wimmin’s day program Sat/Sun. :>) MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U – -IN MY ♥. Will return as soon as! :>)

    B Blessed. :>)

    – - -FIRED UP! READY 2 GO –2012!!! :>) – –

  • dannie22

    morning everyone!!! Stay safe!!

  • GN

    That video just made a very irritating day just a little more manageable. Happy Saturday everyone.

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

    Good afternoon everyone! Make today a good one!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      Thank U. :>) soooo good 2 C U. :>)

      B Blessed. :>)

  • MonieTalks

    Hey fam! My power is still on as of noon, so I just wanted to stop through. Be safe everyone. Lots of rain here, some wind gusts. They are predicting stronger winds near 2pm EST as we get closest to the eyewall, but I think this storm has lost some punch. Let’s hope and pray!

    • Aquagranny911

      Stay safe Kiddo, flooding will be your biggest danger. Trees can also uproot if they get too saturated. Praying for safety of all in storm’s path.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Monie Talks – - -Did u C the PRAYER? :>)

  • http://www.facebook.com/erica.branchbutler Erica Raven Branch-Butler

    G’morning, everyone! :-)

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 08/26/2011
    Independents WANT Obama to fight GOP harder
    By Greg Sargent

    It’s been widely reported that Obama’s political team believes that the best way to win back the all-important independent vote is to reach grand compromises with Republicans. Hence Obama’s much-discussed “adult in the room” strategy.

    But what if crucial independent voters actually want Obama to be more confrontational with Republicans, and don’t see compromise as a virtue in and of itself?

    That’s the conclusion suggested by the new Pew poll.

    First, the key topline finding. Among overall Americans, there’s been a rise in the number who want Obama to challenge Republicans more aggressively:

    A 37% plurality now contends that Obama should challenge the Republicans in Congress more often; 25% say Obama should go along with GOP leaders more frequently, while about the same percentage (26%) say he is handling the situation about right. In April, fewer (27%) said Obama should challenge GOP congressional leaders more often.

    Jonathan Chait and Steve Benen both have good posts up noting that it’s striking that a plurality of overall Americans wants Obama to fight the GOP harder, given that Americans always are said to want compromise — raising the stakes considerably for the White House’s planned jobs offensive this fall.

    But I think an equally interesting finding concerns what independents think on this question.

    The poll finds that there’s been a six point rise, up to a plurality of 36 percent, among overall independents who want to see Obama stand up to the GOP. Only 21 percent of indys say he should go along with Republicans more often, and 27 percent say he has the balance right.

    But more crucially, the poll breaks down Dem-leaning and GOP-leaning independents — and it finds that 51 percent of Dem-leaning independents want him to more aggressively confront the GOP.

    Dem-leaning independents are the ones it’s crucial Obama not lose. As Alan Abramowitz noted the other day, there’s a myth out there that holds that independents are a bloc of free-floating, wholly independent voters. Rther, they mostly lean towards one party or the other.

    And the Dem-leaning independents want Obama to fight the GOP harder, rather than be too compromising with Republicans. That’s the way to hang on to them.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/independents-want-obama-to-fight-gop-harder/2011/03/03/gIQAUwIdgJ_blog.html

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon I hope everyone is safe and well.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 08/26/2011
    The next big labor brawl: Unions ramping up for showdown over FAA
    By Greg Sargent

    I’m not sure whether people appreciate how big a deal this is going to be, but another major battle over union organizing is looming next month — and as Rick Perry would put it, the fight’s going to get “pretty ugly.”

    I’m talking about the battle over the long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, which was temporarily settled earlier this month but will certainly flare up again in September — with a GOP provision to make it harder to organize airline and railway workers at the center of the fight.

    I’m told that the Communications Workers of America — the lead union in this battle — is ramping up a preemptive organizing push in the days and weeks ahead, a sign of how urgently labor wants to win this fight.

    The new campaign includes the launch of a new Web site, MicaWatch.com, which will document the central role in this battle being played by the Republican chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Rep. John Mica of Florida. Mica took a ton of criticism during the previous standoff over reauthorization that temporarily shut down the FAA. Mica tried to get the FAA reauthorization bill to overturn a decision by the National Mediation Board to scrap a rule that had made it harder for airline and railway workers to organize by counting absentee worker votes as No votes.

    The deal earlier this month temporarily settled the matter, but when the battle over long-term reauthorization rejoins in September, House Republicans are certain to renew their anti-union push. And so the CWA campaign will include appearances by airline workers at airports around the country, where they will try to educate the public about the fight. The new push will also include picketing in the districts of House Republicans who will be pressured to agree to a long-term FAA reauthorization without the union-busting provision.

    But Democrats also matter in this fight, and this could be a major opportunity for them.

    Until now, Congressional Dems have refused to cave to the GOP demand for the anti-union provision — even allowing an FAA shutdown rather than give in. But when this fight ramps up again, right when the Congressional debt “super-committee” talks get under way, the incentive will be strong for Dems to find a compromise. Labor, however, badly needs a high-profile win, and will be expecting Dems to hold firm. At a time when unions — unhappy with Democrats over the debt ceiling deal and the failure to create jobs — are mulling whether to channel more resources into state-level fights, a strong stance by Congressional Dems in the looming FAA fight could help reinvigorate organize labor’s faith in the national Democratic Party in advance of 2012.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-next-big-labor-brawl/2011/03/03/gIQAdKXPgJ_blog.html

    • Aquagranny911

      This is real important. Thanks for sharing this here and I hope the Dems get the message and stand strong for labor and the unions.

      • Freder421

        There was no mention of union jobs at the job fairs held by the CBC. That I am aware of. I think that will come back to bite them in the behind.

        • Bri

          The CBC was and has been very quiet on the union busting that is going on around the country, they must think African-Americans are not apart of private and public unions.

          • Aquagranny911

            Then they are really double stupid!

        • Aquagranny911

          I hope it does! They deserve to have a big chunk taken out of their collective backsides!

    • isonprize

      And while they are getting in THAT fight, they need to be gearing up for the Charter school/private companies making profits off of public schools, busting teachers’ and principals’ unions nonsense.

      It’s disgusting what these charter schools are doing, not only to public education budgets, but also to the unions. At least in big cities, so many teachers are African American women!

  • isonprize

    All is well in Philadelphia. Just raining very hard. The prediction is that it’ll get nastier as night falls, but so far, we’re cool. Blessings to folks in NC and PR and other locations who have taken a pretty strong hit.

    • Aquagranny911

      Stay safe from flooding, Kiddo. Praying for all in that storm.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      THANK U 4 the –UPDATE. Sooo glad 2 hear from U. :>)

      PRAYIN’ with U. :>)

      B Blessed. Have a good day. ;>)

  • Aquagranny911

    I wanted to share this link here especially for GLH or any others watching efforts to suppress minority vote….

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2011/08/25/20110825arizona-voting-law-lawsuit.html

    • GreenLadyHere

      Aquagranny911 – —Awwww. U R 2 KIND. :>) I do luv doin’ — – –“POU VOTER SUPPRESSION/DISENFRANCHISEMENT WATCH” – –

      Actually saw that i last night. –Some AZ residents R from –ANOTHER WORLD! –Whew Lawd! :>)

      Again, THANK U. :>)

  • Freder421

    Is there room in the bad chair? I think I might be going there. I don’t know where Eric Cantor is hiding from the storm. But I would not be sad, if he was found with seaweed wrapped around that big ass adam’s apple he has.

    • Aquagranny911

      I think that “bad chair” may be getting mighty crowded. We may soon need one of those large couches!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny911♥ – — ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        LOL. I KNOW –HUH! :>) Workin’ on it!! :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>) Have a good afternoon. :>)

    • edp4bho

      LOL….no, you can stay out of the bad chair. We all feel the same. God forgive us. LOL!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY edp4bho. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        LOL. 2 funny. :>) — – — >ON my WAY!! :>)

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

    • GreenLadyHere

      HELLO Freder421. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      Oooooeeeee. Have U got company. LOL.

      —Soooo – –IMMA hafta put a “BAD COUCH” in the LOUNGE – -NEXT 2 the “BAD CHAIR”. LOL.

      – - – -LIKE THIS. LOL.

      – - -ORRR – —THIS. LOL.

      ——-I’m WORKIN’ on it. LOL. :>)

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

      • Freder421

        Hey GreenLadyHere, good to see you hun. I like the first one. I am going to wear a hole in it.

        • GreenLadyHere

          BWAHAHAHA! – -Freder421. :>)

          Thank U 4 your VOTE. LOL.

          Annnd, actually, U have other CONTENDERS – - -NOTABLY –ADMIRAL! :>)

          –SHOUT OUT –2 ADMIRAL!! :>) LOL.

          Annnd, I certainly take my turn. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! That works and it looks very comfy. Can we also have snacks and maybe some adult beverage while we sit our the time outs?

    • isonprize

      Here ya go!!

      Summa ya’ll gonna there so long, you’ll need sleeping accommodations!!!

      (Yeah, like I’ve NEVER been in the bad char… LOLOL)

      • Freder421

        I am in love, with that chair

        • isonprize

          Yeah, that IS pretty cool, ain’t it? I was thinking “hmmm, where could I put that? Oh wait, I don’t really want overnight guests like that!!” LOLOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWPCFTFR6SBEJJVFPMOEPDCURA Christopher John

    GREAT. THIS IS HISTORIC.

    Los Angeles Times front page lead

    Democrats propose measures to rein in California initiative process

    Democrats in the Legislature are trying to make it harder for Californians to pass their own laws at the ballot box, saying the state’s century-old initiative process has been hijacked by the special interests it was created to fight and has perpetuated Sacramento’s financial woes.

    In the waning weeks of this year’s lawmaking session, legislators will push bills to raise filing fees, place new restrictions on signature gatherers and compel greater public disclosure of campaign contributors.

    One measure would allow the Legislature to propose changes that would appear on the ballot alongside an initiative even if its sponsor rejected them. Another would give the Legislature the right to amend or repeal initiatives that pass, after four years have gone by.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ballot-initiatives-20110827,0,2736561.story

    Contrary to the claims of conservatives, what has crippled California are conservative ballot budget-mandating and crime-and-order propositions, beginning with Proposition 13 in 1978 (“the beginning of the Reagan Revolution”) and followed by the three-strikes law, Jessica’s Law, and others.

    And where California goes, so goes the nation – with Texas a little ways behind.

    This happened because of a virtually unregulated proposition system (huh!). This is really, really great news, and it will be a real, game-changing achievement is they accomplish it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWPCFTFR6SBEJJVFPMOEPDCURA Christopher John

    No comment.

    The suspect in the Oregon mosque bombing is a “Christian warrior” who thinks the President is a Muslim committing Jihad.

    These people are real. And violent.

    • isonprize

      VERY REAL and VERY VIOLENT. But then, remember, we are basically a very violent country. (Pres. Obama knew exactly what he was talking about: Clinging to their guns and religion…)

      Not justifying it AT ALL. Just explaining how they think this shit is in any way cool.

      • Freder421

        Have you ever read the Turner Diaries? The repugs live in that world of make believe.

  • GreenLadyHere

    HEEY Monie Talks. ***BIG HUG** :>)

    – - –A PRAYER from your POU FAM: – - -Dear LORD: –We join at this time 2 pray 4 the CARE annnd PROTECTION of Monie Talks/her FAM/FRIENDS annnd others near her.

    – - – - -As our PRAYERS ascend – - -we trust your ANSWER. AMEN.

    – - – -WE PRAY 4 U, AMEN. :>)

    Keep us informed. :>) B Blessed. :>)

    Monie Talks — sorry I had 2 put this here. “Her Royal Ignance” is acting up! :>)

    • MonieTalks

      Thanks so much GLH. This has been an eventful week indeed in VA.

      singing “Somebody prayed for me..had me on their mind..took the time and prayed for meeeee” ;)

      • GreenLadyHere

        My GR8 pleasure. :>) – –YA MEAN – -THIS ? – - :- -

        – - – -Somebody Prayed For Me — -:>)

        NJOY.. B Blessed. :>)

  • nellcote

    Obama administration held training exercise for NYC hurricane
    By Chloe Arensberg

    Vineyard Haven, Mass. — If the possibility of escaping from New York seems like something only for Hollywood to you, you probably do not work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    In May 2009, the Obama administration conducted a simulation exercise around the possibility of a Category 3 hurricane hitting New York City, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday.

    The National Level Exercise, as it is known, was part of a coordinated effort by federal officials to prepare for a variety of disaster scenarios, including one very similar to what is likely to take place this weekend. President Obama himself participated in the exercise, one of the first of its kind by the new administration.

    “The federal government’s preparation for this storm didn’t just begin as the clouds started to gather and form a tropical depression,” Earnest told reporters traveling with President Obama to Martha’s Vineyard.

    “The federal government and this administration in particular is constantly exercising and preparing and testing and evaluating our readiness for situations like this,” he said.

    Earnest went on to underscore the position that officials are not “starting from scratch,” when it comes to preparations for Hurricane Irene, and reminded reporters that Mr. Obama received an in-person briefing in the White House Situation Room on the first day of the 2011 hurricane season.

    Asked if the administration learned particular lessons from its predecessor’s response to Hurricane Katrina six years ago, Earnest pointed to the pre-deployment of disaster response teams and the pre-positioning of specific kinds of supplies, including baby formula and diapers.

    President Bush widely criticized for the federal government’s poor response after Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005. Mr. Bush famously told Michael Brown, at the time the director of FEMA, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20098041-503544.html?tag=cbsnewsSectionContent.4

  • lamh35

    what up WSY? Did I tell yous guys that I’m glad to have ya’ll back? Well… I am.

    Anyway, I’ve decided to become WSY’s loyal pop culture phenom, whether ya want one or not…lol. I need a break form politics and I get caught up on re-thinking and lead to all these comments about music, movies and TV. So please guys don’t hate me…lol.

    Today and Tomorrow pop culture topic…the 2011 MTV VMA.
    The MTV VMA’s are on tomorrow night. Who’s watching it? Usually my sisters and I watch and comment online on FB, so I’m probably gonna be posting my thoughts to FB anyway.

    I don’t normally watch the show, but Adele is performing and I’m gonna be watching for her/ Plus she’s nominated for a ton of awards, but I don’t really expcet her to win more than 1 if the votes are really based on the video and NOT the music. If based on music, then Adele would win every category, but since it’s about video, I expect Katy Perry to win most of them.

    • isonprize

      lamh34, good to “see” you. I feel like I’d missed family members over the last week or so…

      Which give me an idea. How crazy would it be if we all met somewhere. Like in person, like for real. Hella conversation would happen, I’m so sure!!!

      • Aquagranny911

        You made me LOL! Lets all meet up, Washington DC on or about January 20, 2013 to celebrate PBO’s next four years!

        That will be one hell of a party, drinks all around, and I better get some good dancing partners because I will wear best dress and my favorite red shoes!

    • gobrooklyn

      I don’t watch award shows anymore. I just watch clips that people/media tell me are a MUST SEE.

      • lamh35

        I rarely watch awards shows LIVE anymore, I can’t stand acceptance speeches and such. But I read liveblogs and I record them and I begin watching them maybe after the first hour…my own personally time delay…lol.

    • rikyrah

      you are so funny, and though I don’t always respond, I pretty much read all your pop culture posts. I love them.

  • lamh35

    First up the performer on this year’s VMA: Opening act…Lady Gaga. I know some people are so over Lady Gaga, and I can understand, but I do like this song and I hope she sings it. i don’t like the OFFICIAL video version of this song, I like her LIVE VERSION. Hope she strips it down like this for the VMA.
    BTW, This is the song she sang on Oprah’s last season.

    Lady Gaga – You and I

    • Aquagranny911

      You will laugh. I like to hear her sing but I can’t look at her so I usually close my eyes when she performs.

      • lamh35

        I understand ya Aquagranny.

        I think Gaga is usually so outrageous in her fashion and dress, but she doesn’t really need it anymore. She sings really well, and she writes and for the most part composes all of her own songs.

        Who knows, if she designed her career after Madonnna, now that she’s a one namer…i.e. “Gaga”, she will do like Madge did and tone down the look, but keep the music edgy.

  • lamh35

    Other performers include: Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Pitbull and Beyonce.

    No idea what Sasha Fierce is planning on singing, but the last time she was at the VMA, was this performance of “Single Ladies” and I give Bey a hard time, but I gotta admit, she totally killed this one:

    Beyonce – Single Ladies…2009 MTV VMA Performance

    • isonprize

      not a Beyonce fan at all, because I actually prefer musicians who can sing. but this tune isn’t about music.. It’s more of an anthem, and yes, I have to agree, she’s righteous on this performance.

      Yes, I’ll say I don’t think she is a strong vocalist, but I could never deny that sis can move. For real!

      • lamh35

        Ya know what, I think Bey is a good singer, but she is first and foremost a brand. People like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Ledisi are SANGAHS..like my grammy would say!

        Bey’s all about the P.R.

    • gobrooklyn

      I am a total Bbot.

  • lamh35

    The one performer I’m looking most forward to is of course Adele. If ya anin’t know yet, I love me some Adele…lol.

    She’s i nominated for “Rolling In The Deep”, and she may sing that song. She might sing her 3rd single that big in UK “Setting Fire To The Rain”, but I suspect she will be singing this song, and if she sings it with as much emotion as she did on the Brit Awards, ya’ll gonna feel chills and she’s gonna blow the roof off the mutha…lol!

    Adele – Someone Like You…Brit Awards Performance

    BTW, This video has already had 32,600,000 views on YouTube…DAMN!

    ETA: If shE sound a Bit “pitchy” to ya, Adele has said that she was overcome by emotion. It was the first time she had sung this song live, and she said, in her mind she was thinking about her ex-boyfriend and him seeing her sing this song about him and feeling like he’s pity her. I think she said she was almost in tears after the performance.

    Still the emotion made the singing more poignant, IMHO.

    • Bri

      I read the other day that Adele’s CD has either sold 3 million in the U.S. or world wide.

      • lamh35

        I read that article. It’s amazing. That’s the “FASTEST” time an album has sold that many copies. It debuted in like January…WOW!!!

        The same album “21″ has been on the top of the UK charts for 10 consecutive weeks. Breaking Madonna’s old record held for you guessed it…21 years!

        Since it’s debut, it has been number one is 17 different countries and the US!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. – -

    FIRST: – – —- — -Teach Your Children WELL. [The words R posted.]

    NOW: – - –Kids Visiting Memorial Talk Admiration for King :>) ***TEARS***

    – - -One benefit of the 5.9 earthquake that hit the East Coast Tuesday was that schoolchildren in Washington, D.C. got a day off from school the next day as officials checked buildings to determine the extent of damages, if any.

    Many of those children joined hundreds of tourists at the National Mall to visit the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

    Dozens of children gazed in awe at the 30-foot-tall statue of the late civil rights leader, while others ran along the walls inscribed with some of King’s most notable quotes and asked their parents numerous questions.

    Several children interviewed not only knew who King was, but knew significant details about his life and legacy.

    THIS – –>Eleven-year-old Dané (whose parents asked that her last name not be used) rattled off significant dates in King’s life that most adults don’t even know.

    Cameryn Williams, 11, and her brother, Caleb, 10, explained that King helped bring freedom, peace, and justice where there was none.

    Nine-year-old Deja (whose family also asked that their last name not be used) echoed the Williams siblings’ description of King and added that she especially admired “his use of his words instead of his fists.”

    “I know that he died and has a song that has everything he wanted in it,” said Miles Morris, 6, whose grandfather was a child himself when he attended the March on Washington as a child in 1963. The song Miles referred to is “We Shall Overcome,” written by Dr. Charles Tindley in 1903.

    – - – THIS>The children also said that they learned about the Golden Rule through King’s example.

    “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” became the common denominator among many of the children. Christian Ferguson, 12, spoke about the lessons he has learned and applied from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

    “You should be good to everybody in class. I like getting to know different kinds of people,” Christian said about interacting with his classmates.

    Many of the children’s favorite quotes at the site were on the walls surrounding the Stone of Hope, which features the sculpture of King.

    Shamaree, 9, who was on a field trip with the Laurel Learning Center in Maryland, memorized her favorite inscription, reciting perfectly: “Darkness cannot be driven out by darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot be driven out hate, only love can do that.”

    THIS is –sooo – -INSPIRATIONAL. :>) BLESS the CHILDREN[annnd parents/guardians. :>)]

  • lamh35

    Continuing with MTV VMA 2011, Also on the VMA’s this year, an Amy Winehouse tribute with Tony Bennett and other singers, I hear Adele may be one of the singers. Prob my fav song from Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” album is “Tears Dry On My Own”. Fun fact, Ashford and Simpson got a “writing” credit for the song. Can anyone tell us why????

    Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. – - – -In the INTERNATIONAL NEWS — – -

    – –US Drone Strike Kills al-Qaeda’s No. 2: Official – -

    – - -A CIA drone strike killed al-Qaeda’s new second-in-command in a Pakistani tribal region on Monday, a US official says. The New York Times reports that Atiyah Adb al-Rahman, a Lybian national, became al-Qaeda’s top operational planner this year and was part of a new generation of leaders poised to take over after bin Laden’s death in May. “Atiyah was at the top of Al Qaeda’s trusted core,” said the American official.

    Electronic files found at bin Laden’s Pakistan compound showed that bin Laden kept in close contact with al-Rahman and used him to convey messages to al-Qaeda leaders and the wider world. The Telegraph reports that al-Rahman served as bin Laden’s Iran emissary, and moved unscathed in and out of Iran from his long-time base in Waziristan. The killing of al-Rahman follows Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s remark last month that the US could defeat a weakened al-Qaeda by mounting more attacks on its leadership.

    — Wonder IFF THIS will B blamed on –MR. PRESIDENT.?? :>) – -

  • lamh35

    MTV VMA Nominees for BEST NEW ARTIST:
    Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
    Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
    Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
    Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”
    Big Sean f/ Chris Brown – “My Last”

    I have no dog in this fight, but for my money it’s either Wiz Khalifa or Big Sean. I’ma give it to big Sean. Though I can see Wiz Khalifa “Black and Yellow” win?

    Big Sean feat Chris Brown – My Last

    Like I said, this is a category I could care less about.

  • lamh35

    MTV VMA Nominees for BEST POP VIDEO:
    Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
    Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”
    Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
    Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
    Pitbull f/ Ne-Yo, Nayer, and Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”

    Based on talent and musicality alone, then Adele would win every category, but this is supposed to be an award show for best “VIDEO” so I suspect that Katy Perry will win this one.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. – - — –SUNDAY TALK SHOWS: — – -

    – - – –Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate makes the rounds on this Sunday’s television talk shows as Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast.

    He’ll appear on CNN’s “State of the Union,” “Fox News Sunday,” NBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week” to analyze the track of the massive hurricane and its aftermath.

    ABC also tours the newly opened Washington memorial to the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights leader in his own right. The tour was pre-recorded before Sunday’s dedication was postponed because of the approaching storm.

    And Fox hosts as well Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who’s seeking the Republican presidential nomination. “Meet the Press” will have one of his rivals, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

    On CBS, “Face the Nation” has former Secretary of State Colin Powell on the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the National Mall, to discuss the new memorial and the man behind it.

    On C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed by POLITICO’s Jonathan Allen and The Washington Post’s Peter Wallsten.

    And, finally, Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital” has Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).

  • lamh35

    MTV VMA Nominess for BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO:
    Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”
    Kanye West f/ Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”
    Lil Wayne – “6 Foot, 7 Foot”
    Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”
    Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”

    Now this is a hard category for me. I like all of these songs individually, some fore than others (not THAT big a fan of Nicky Minaj), so I don’t really know who wins this one or who I want to win.

    Of all these songs though, the one I’m liking now is Lupe Fiasco. Can’t stand the dudes stupidity when it comes to political views, but I don like this song.

    Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. – - -FROM the White House: – - – -Obama warns of ‘a long 72 hours’

    – - – - -As Hurricane Irene pounded North Carolina and barreled north Saturday, President Barack Obama said “it’s going to be a long 72 hours” for the East Coast.

    Obama visited FEMA headquarters Saturday afternoon, where he toured the national response coordination center and participated in a teleconference with federal and state agencies.

    Obama spoke to FEMA workers at the headquarters and told them they are “doing a great job.”

    “This is still obviously going to be a touch-and-go situation for a lot of communities, but knowing that they’ve got an outstanding response team like this will make all the difference in the world,” Obama said. “Especially because you all are not going to get any sleep for the next 72 hours or so.”

    Obama was briefed again this evening on the storm during a conference call with Vice President Joe Biden, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and others. The White House said Obama asked to be kept apprised of the situation throughout the night.

    Obama and the group will hold another conference call Sunday morning.

    Hurricane Irene made landfall around 7:30 a.m. Saturday as it passed over North Carolina’s Outer Banks and began its way up the East Coast. Extremely high waves and fierce winds pounded the coast and MSNBC has placed the death toll at six. Three in North Carolina are dead and one is missing, and two are dead in Virginia, including an 11-year-old boy. One is dead in Florida, killed while surfing in the huge waves created by Irene.

    Obama declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon for Maryland, joining the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico. Obama is expected to sign more emergency declarations as the storm moves up the coast.

    FEMA held a press conference Saturday morning to provide an update on the hurricane, with Napolitano, saying Irene remains a “large and dangerous” storm.

    At the FEMA conference, Napolitano said while Irene is now a Category 1 hurricane, the least threatening on the scale, the storm is “a big deal.”

    “I would not advise people to focus too much on Category 1, 2 or 3,” she said at the press conference. “If you’re in a hurricane, you’re in a hurricane and it’s a big deal.”

    –Isn’t THAT WHAT –VP Biden said?? LOL. :>) –

    THANK U 4 our —LEADERSHIP – — MR. PRESIDENT! :>) B BLESSED. :>)

  • lamh35

    MTV VMA Nominees for BEST FEMALE VIDEO:
    Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
    Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”
    Katy Perry – “Firework”
    Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
    Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”

    If I was choosing, Adele would win this one too, but I definitely think Katy Perry will win this one if only because my LGBFF Fidel Ramirez loves that crappy azz “Fireworks” song…ugh!

  • lamh35

    MTV VMA Nominees for BEST MALE VIDEO:
    Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
    Cee Lo Green – “F*** You”
    Eminem f/ Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
    Justin Bieber – “U Smile”
    Kanye West f/ Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”

    For my money, Cee-Lo should win this one hands down . That damn song is still EVERYWHERE and the video was da bomb!

    BTW THIS IS THE ORIGINAL VERSION…the clean version is crap!

    Cee Lo Green – F&*_ You

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: – - -FIRST: – - – -: – -Her – SONG!

    NOW: – - -Michele Bachmann Would Consider Lowering Minimum Wage To Match Cost Of Overseas Labor

    – - – -During a campaign stop in Florida, the Associated Press reports that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said she would consider lowering the minimum wage. Her comments came in response to a question from a journalist regarding whether changes to the minimum wage should be considered to balance the cost of labor here and overseas. “I’m not married to anything. I’m not saying that’s where I’m going to go,” she replied. Although Bachmann’s comments were reportedly given in the context of creating jobs, a post by the Economy Policy Institute explains why such a policy would mostly just stimulate poverty.

    –***shakin’ my head*** —

    There usta B a statement: —Consult your BRAIN –B4 U –OPEN your MOUTH!

    – — In HER CASE – –IT WOULD NOT DO ANY GOOD!! :>: LOL. –

    • Aquagranny911

      I would like to comment about Bachmann here but my old buns are already warming the ‘naughty couch’ and I haven’t gotten my shot of Hornitos or any snacks. (pouting)

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL —Aquagranny911 – — -LOL.

        – — —- -YA MEAN -THIS? )

        Annnnnd — -THIS?

        ENJOY! :>)

  • lamh35

    MTV VMA Nominees for BEST COLLABO:

    Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”
    Kanye West f/ Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”
    Katy Perry f/ Kanye West – “E.T.”
    …Nicki Minaj – “Moment 4 Life”
    Pitbull f/ Ne-Yo, Nayer, and Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”

    Ok, I can see Chris Brown winning this one Busta’s verse alone was fire.

    Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”

  • lamh35

    alright, alright final MTV VMA category of the night: VIDEO OF THE YEAR!

    Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”
    Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
    Katy Perry – “Firework”
    Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
    Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

    So I think this is Adele’s best chance at going home with a win. IMHO, none of the nominee videos are “Thriller” worthy videos, but the songs are hits. Adele’s being the biggest! So Winner:

    Adele – Rolling In The Deep

    btw, this video has been viewed 117,867,437 times on YouTube.

  • lamh35

    LOL! Alright guys, I think ya’ll have probably had enough of me, but now you can go forth with this knowledge and be less annoyed by tomorrows awards show if ya’ll choose to watch it.

    I gotta be outtie five thousie, cause I gotta work tomorrow. Have a good night guys and anyone in Irene’s path…be safe!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM —Jus’ posted this — from the White House; Annd, TOD had the MOST POWERFUL PICS of – -OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT — in — – - -STRATEGY MODE [Hurricane Irene]. – [Thank U -chipsticks] :>)

    – - – -national response coordination….: – –

    He is –4 -EVA –on his JOB!! – - -THANK U –MR. PRESIDENT! :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Yes he is ever on the job! Don’t know about others but that helps me sleep peaceful every night.

      Please be safe people on East coast. My thoughts are with you.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny911 — CO-SIGN-in’ –***fist bump*** :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: —***shakin’ my hed*** –Between him annnd baKKKman — -NOT 1 WHOLE –BRAIN!! – -LOL — -

    – –NOW –he’s tryta re-write history!! – – –

    – — -Allen West Whitewashes MLK’s Legacy Into Conserative ‘Individual Responsibility’ Message

    – - – - The historic national monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was unveiled this week in Washington. Reflecting on the history that led up to this occasion, GOP freshman Rep. Allen West (FL) — the only Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus — offered his thoughts on the seminal civil rights leader’s legacy to the National Journal. When asked whether King has “informed decisions in your career or personal life,” West painted Dr. King as if he were a conservative icon:

    Dr. King’s message is and always shall be relevant. It is about individual responsibility and accountability to seek the highest good in your life … as a nation seeks its highest good. America can only be as great as the sum of its parts, all parts.

    I think that, if Dr. King were to come back and see what has become of the black community, he would be appalled: The exorbitantly high unemployment rate, the second- and third-generation welfare families, the rampant decimation of the inner-city black communities, the incarceration rate of young black men, and the breakdown of the black family would all bring a tear to his eye.

    Indeed, King might weep at the current, socio-economic decimation of American black communities. But it is not for failing to follow what West offers as King’s conservative message, one of “individual responsibility and accountability.” Indeed, King’s own words, inscribed in the memorial, rebuke the idea of individualism –”We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly” — for one an undeniably progressive view of an ideal world — “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies; education and culture for their minds; and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”

    These progressive values are not merely enshrined in his words but explicitly espoused, pursued, and defended in every action he took, up to his very last:

    King Died Supporting A Public Sector Union’s Strike: In King’s final sermon, he called upon the people of Memphis to join together in support of the Memphis sanitation worker’s AFSCME-led strike. “Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness,” King preached. “when we have our march, you need to be there. If it means leaving work, if it means leaving school — be there.”
    King Compared Poverty To “Cannibalism” And Called For It’s “Direct And Immediate Abolition”: King believed that poverty “is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization.” He called for America to abolish poverty by guaranteeing “white and Negro alike” a minimum income.
    King Called War Funding A “Demonic Sucking Tube” Undermining Poverty Programs: King opposed the Vietnam war in no small part because it diverted precious resources away from anti-poverty programs. “A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor — both black and white — through the poverty program. . . . Then came the buildup in Vietnam and I watched the program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.”
    King Said Poverty Made Him “Question The Capitalistic Economy”: King called for a radical restructuring of America’s economic system. “And one day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America?’ And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. . . . You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the oil?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the iron ore?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?’”

    – -As Princeton University Prof. Cornel West noted today, King dedicated his life to fighting four catastrophes he identified: Militarism, materialism, racism, and poverty. By twisting his legacy into one that somehow justifies policies that make these catastrophes worse, West and his colleagues risk trampling on the very message West seeks to commemorate:

    The absence of a King-worthy narrative to reinvigorate poor and working people has enabled right-wing populists to seize the moment with credible claims about government corruption and ridiculous claims about tax cuts’ stimulating growth. This right-wing threat is a catastrophic response to King’s four catastrophes; its agenda would lead to hellish conditions for most Americans.

    – - -+IFF REV. DR. KING came back 2-day —He would B SHOCKED at the – -DEVOLUTION – -of his movement 4 –RACIAL EQUALITY annnd JUSTICE –that SURROUNDS the PRESIDENCY of —the FIRST BAAAA-LACK PRESIDENT!!

    – – +He would B SHOCKED that we R STILL SANGIN’ – - -”W.E.E. SHALL OVACOME — – -SOME DAY!!”

    – - -+He would B SHOCKED at the ECONOMIC DISPARITIES – — -represented by the — 1% – – -who have NOT embraced the concept of – — “SHARED SACRIFICES!!”

    – - -+He would B SHOCKED as 2 how these – - 2 — WEST’s have – –TWISTED his PRINCIPLES annnd IDEALS – 2 SUIT their — -TWISTED IDEOLOGIES – –FROM – - -OPPOSITE SIDES!!!!!

    – - REST IN HIS ETERNAL PEACE – –REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

  • sagittarius

    For all the Fam who wished my Dad a “Happy Birthday” – thank you!
    The party was fabulous – a lot of his old friends came and a good time was had by all! I just got home and I left folks at my brother’s house!

  • MonieTalks

    Hey fam! Some very strong gusts still happening as I type now (some of the strongest all day actually) but the storm is on its way out. still one very tragic story locally is an 11-year old died when a tree fell on his apartment.

    Everyone please be safe as it moves up the East Coast. A lot of rain came from this storm and A LOT of trees have fallen, from Hampton Roads and Richmond, etc. Luckily my power stayed intact, but I know many people are out.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FSM. – –FOLLOW da $$$$ – - -DOWN the –CORRUPTION TRAIL- – -[U can ignore teh KO]

    – - -CFAP Report: $42 Million From Seven Foundations Helped Fuel The Rise Of Islamophobia In America – — – –

    – — – — -Keith Olbermann talked to ThinkProgress’ Faiz Shakir who helped author a new report from the Center for American Progress — REPORT: $42 Million From Seven Foundations Helped Fuel The Rise Of Islamophobia In America:

    Following a six-month long investigative research project, the Center for American Progress released a 130-page report today which reveals that more than $42 million from seven foundations over the past decade have helped fan the flames of anti-Muslim hate in America. The authors — Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matt Duss, Lee Fang, Scott Keyes, and myself — worked to expose the Islamophobia network in depth, name the major players, connect the dots, and trace the genesis of anti-Muslim propaganda.

    The report, titled “Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America,” lifts the veil behind the hate, follows the money, and identifies the names of foundations who have given money, how much they have given, and who they have given to [...]

    The money has flowed into the hands of five key “experts” and “scholars” who comprise the central nervous system of anti-Muslim propaganda:

    FRANK GAFFNEY, Center for Security Policy – “A mosque that is used to promote a seditious program, which is what Sharia is…that is not a protected religious practice, that is in fact sedition.” [Source]

    DAVID YERUSHALMI, Society of Americans for National Existence: “Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization…the Muslim peoples, those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies.” [Source]

    DANIEL PIPES, Middle East Forum: “All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.” [Source]

    ROBERT SPENCER, Jihad Watch: “Of course, as I have pointed out many times, traditional Islam itself is not moderate or peaceful. It is the only major world religion with a developed doctrine and tradition of warfare against unbelievers.” [Source]

    STEVEN EMERSON, Investigative Project on Terrorism: “One of the world’s great religions — which has more than 1.4 billion adherents — somehow sanctions genocide, planned genocide, as part of its religious doctrine.” [Source]

    THIS – -> These five “scholars” are assisted in their outreach efforts by Brigitte Gabriel (founder, ACT! for America), Pamela Geller (co-founder, Stop Islamization of America), and David Horowitz (supporter of Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch). As the report details, information is then disseminated through conservative organizations like the Eagle Forum, the religious right, Fox News, and politicians such as Allen West and Newt Gingrich.

    – - Much more there including a summary of these foundations, their donation amounts and who the recipients are, so go read the rest. As Shakir relayed to Keith, this report by no means is a complete list of every corporation or group that is contributing to the fearmongering Islamophobia we’ve seen in recent years, but exposing some of these groups they’ve uncovered so far might help put an end to some of this if they are forced to associate their names with this type of hatred. And as Shakir also noted in the interview, one of them already contacted the CFAP off the record and said they were unaware of where their donations were going. As he told Keith, they said to them, now might be a good time to cut off their funding if that is the case.

    — -LAWD — -I luv – — “TP”!!! — -Investigative REPORTIN’ – - -at its FINEST!!

    – — – -STR8 – - –”CALLED! THEM! – –OUT!!” :>)-HAH! – –

    • GreenLadyHere

      oops

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    POU FAM. – — -HURRICANE IRENE –UPDATE: – - -Irene pounding Jersey Shore

    – - – -Hurricane Irene’s center is crashing down over southern New Jersey and parts of Monmouth County, National Weather meteorologist Valerie Meola said near 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

    The brunt of the hurriciane first made its landfall near 6 a.m. just south of Long Beach Island, the state’s longest barrier island. With it came 75 mph winds and a surge of rain fall.

    While tidal waters are escalating along the Jersey Shore beaches, winds near Belmar were gusiting near 35 mph, officials said..

    The danger for flooding is high right now around Sandy Hook because higher-than-normal astronomical tides combine with Irene’s storm surge. Around 5 a.m., a storm surge of 3.9 feet was observed at Sandy Hook, according to the weather service.

    Throughout the coastal region, the “extremely dangerous” storm surge could raise water levels from 4 to 8 feet above ground level. It will be accompanied by large, destructive waves, the weather service reported.

    Rain falls totals for the Belmar area at 5.42 inches near 5 a.m and had reached 5.29 inches by 2 a.m. in Jackson, Meola said.

    Jersey Central Power and Light spokesman Ron Marano said 170,000 customers are currently out of service, 110,000 of them concentrated in the Central Jersey areas of Monmouth, Ocean Middlesex, Burlington and Mercer counties.

    While crews are being dispatched for emergency calls, the majority of crews will not descend within communities until the storm passes, Morano said.

    “Dispatch is held up because of the storm,” Morano said. “Our process will be to go out and evealuate the conditions, make conditions safe and them begin to restore power.”

    This, Morano said, could take upwards of three days, depending on severity of outage.

    It was only the third time a hurricane made landfall in the state in the last 200 years. An 1821 storm crashed into Cape May and zipped up the route of what is now the Garden State Parkway. A 1903 hurricane struck just north of Atlantic City and ripped out piers in the beach resort.

    Just before 8 a.m., she was centered in the Tinton Falls area, creating 75 mph wind gusts as she moved north-northeast at 25 mph.

    – - – We R PRAYING – — – -ESPECIALLY 4 –POU FAM. Contact us –IFF U CAN. AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – - – - – -The – – -”HAIRY ONES” – - -Have some BEEF! :>) – - “FAMILY FEUD”!! LOL. – - – - -

    – - – - -Mitt Romney vs. Rick Perry 2012: It’s personal

    – - – - – It’s the worst-kept secret of the GOP presidential primary: Mitt Romney and Rick Perry have never liked each other very much.

    And the animosity could play out on the national scene in the coming weeks when Romney, the precarious front-runner, and Perry, who is rising in the polls, take the stage together for a series of fall debates.

    The tension between the two goes back at least five years, tracing back to a 2006 blow-up when the two Republicans served together as governors. At the time, Romney, then the Republican Governors Association chairman, hired veteran media strategist Alex Castellanos to do work for the national group — a direct affront to Perry, since Castellanos was working for Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who was running as an independent against the Texas governor.

    “There was a big blowup” between Romney and Perry over it, said one Republican familiar with the situation.

    “It’s not like [Castellanos] was working for a Republican, he was working for an independent,” said the Texas Republican. “If that had been Rick Perry running the RGA, he’d have fired his ass and made sure he got no work anywhere. You’re trying to grow your ranks, not shrink your ranks.”

    A source close to Romney who was familiar with the event said, “I think from [Romney’s] perspective, he felt he was doing what was right for the RGA.”

    Some say the relationship never recovered.

    The following year, Perry endorsed Rudy Giuliani over Romney in the presidential race, in which Castellanos was a Romney adviser. Not only did the Texan pick the New York City mayor over his former gubernatorial colleague, he went the extra step of jabbing at Romney in a book he wrote in 2008 about the Boy Scouts, suggesting the former Massachusetts governor had excluded Scouts who had wanted to volunteer for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City because he disagreed with a Supreme Court decision allowing the group to ban gay Scoutmasters. (Salt Lake officials reportedly denied that anyone who wanted to pitch in was turned away).

    Phil Musser, a Republican operative and former executive director of the Republican Governors Association under Romney, acknowledged the two have a history but insisted the reports of animus are being exaggerated and that their relationship has improved.

    – — THIS is gon B —FUN!! LOL. :>) – –