October 21, 2017

Sunday Brunch Open Thread: Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam

Happy Sunday Obots! I decided to go ol’ school 80’s and highlight the musical stylings of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam. 


Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez, January 15, 1966) and her band Cult Jam were an urban contemporary band and one of first freestyle music groups to emerge from New York City in the 1980s. Cult Jam consisted of guitarist/bassist Alex “Spanador” Moseley, and drummer/keyboardist Mike Hughes. They were assembled and produced by Full Force.

Velez is of Puerto Rican descent and grew up in New York City and attended Julia Richman High School in Manhattan, NY. The group released their debut album Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force in 1985. She was signed by Columbia Records and the label released their single “I Wonder If I Take You Home” to the European division of CBS Records for the compilation album Breakdancing. Stateside club DJs began playing the single from the import LP, and thus the U.S. division of CBS, Columbia Records, released the record. It quickly became a chart-topper on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Disco chart. It then crossed over to the R&B chart where it peaked at #6, and then to the pop chart, peaking at #34 in summer 1985. The single eventually went gold.

“I Wonder If I Take You Home” was followed by another club hit, “Can You Feel the Beat”, which also went to #40 on the R&B chart in late 1985. A sampling of the lyrics of this song would later be used by Nina Sky for their hit single “Move Ya Body” in 2004. Their third single, the ballad “All Cried Out”, also went gold, going to number #3 R&B and #8 pop in summer 1986. “All Cried Out” was later covered by Allure in 1997 and was a hit in 1998. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force went platinum.

Their second album, Spanish Fly, was a huge success in 1987. It spawned two #1 pop hits, “Head to Toe” and “Lost in Emotion”, both of which went gold and both of which sported a retro Motown flavor mixed with the Freestyle sound they were known for. “Head to Toe” also parked at #1 R&B for two weeks and stayed in the pop top 5 nearly three months. Lost In Emotion’s video went on to become the 4th most played video of 1987 on MTV. Spanish Fly went platinum, peaking at #7 on the album chart. Other singles from the album were the ballad “Someone to Love Me for Me” b/w “Spanish Fly” (#7 R&B), “Everything Will B-Fine” (#9 R&B).

In between albums they recorded “Go For Yours,” which was featured in the movie Caddyshack II and is found on its soundtrack exclusively.

1989’s Straight to the Sky was a moderate hit that included the Top 30 pop/#3 R&B single, “Little Jackie Wants to Be a Star”, as well as the club hit “Just Git It Together”. Two decades later, their hit song would inspire the name of the group Little Jackie.

Their fourth and final album, Straight Outta Hell’s Kitchen, was less of a commercial success, though it did include a hit with “Let the Beat Hit ‘Em”, which reached the pop Top 40 and was a #1 hit on both the R&B and club charts. The group disbanded in 1991. Velez pursued both solo and acting careers, and Moseley and Hughes went on to do other projects.


Lost In Emotion

Head to Toe


I Wonder If I Take You Home

Let the Beat Hit ‘Em


***Information courtesy of Wikipedia.org***

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning everyone. Lisa Lisa.. yeah that’s what’s up.

    • Miranda

      Good Morning! yep, these songs take me back, those were some good times!

      • Aquagranny911

        Great share! Great dancing music!

  • Miranda

    Just disgracefulHalfway Houses Prove Lucrative to Those at TopThe Kintock Group, the second-largest operator of halfway houses in New Jersey, is a nonprofit agency that is financed almost entirely by government contracts. But it is run like a well-heeled family business. Kintock paid its founder, David D. Fawkner, roughly $7 million in salary and benefits over the past decade, according to federal disclosure records. Mr. Fawkner’s daughter, brother-in-law and son-in-law altogether received more than $2.5 million during that period, the records show.

    The nonprofit agency hired the brother-in-law as a consultant even though he has no corrections experience and lives in California. And it employed the son-in-law to run a subsidiary unrelated to its mission: duplicating DVDs and other electronic media. more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/nyregion/operator-of-new-jersey-halfway-houses-paid-millions-to-founder.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

    • Gov. Krispy Kreme’s friends are making beaucoup money from half-way houses. And all at the expense of our safety.

    • Aquagranny911

      More “prison industrial complex” & it should be a national shame. I can’t tell you how much I despise this. For profit prisons had a lot to do with AZ’s SB1070 which they hoped to use for profit by filling the prisons with “illegals” & they even proposed building a “detention center” here for the women & children. Evil goatfigging scum!

    • rikyrah

      this isn’t a new story, but I’m glad it continues to be reported on, because it points out the utter grift from the Prison Industrial Complex and it’s all a scam

      • conlakappa

        I think it is new in the sense of drawing the lone straight. to a politician who has aspirations for a higher office. I it not his corpulence that will disqualify Christie but his grifting and graft ties.

  • Miranda

    Betsy Fischer Martin ‏@BetsyMTP
    BREAKING on #MTP Obama: “I was modestly optimistic … but we don’t yet see an agreement. Now the pressure’s on Congress to produce.” #cliff

  • MonieTalks

    David Gregory: “..But Mr. President, ain’t all this fiscal cliff mess your fault?……You signed this deal sequestration deal 17months ago…don’t you have to take responsibility for it”

    ‘Mr. President, you say Republicans have a hard time saying yes to YOU…what is it about YOU Mr. President that they keep saying “no” to.”

    The media is a necrotizing, rotten, stinkin mess!!!

    • trose1

      Are u serious I cannot watch that bs

    • jds09

      You’re kidding right?

      • MonieTalks

        After he asked PBO why Republicans constantly say no to him (obstruct any offer he puts forward), I turned from that mockery of journalism…a mockery of just basic common sense.

        PBO rightfully told Gregory, “you need to ask the Republicans that.”

        • jds09

          I hope the MSM goes the way of the 8-track soon.

          • crazycanuck

            I think they are already there, they just don’t realize it.

          • conlakappa

            Or they do realize it, having been told and agaiin by this President, “You’re dead now so why don’t you go out and get yourself buried.” It is all over but the shoutiing/final death knell.

    • nellcote

      It sounds like Luther, the anger translator has his work cut out for him today.

      • Aquagranny911

        I’m looking forward to that! I could have signed on to be the “anger translator” myself while listening to the caca from Dumbo Gregory. But PBO was magnificent! Dang, he is such a good person. I could never be so cool, calm & reasoned in the face of this media BS. I so ♥ my President!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ MonirTalks. – – -***BIG — KWANZAA –HUG*** :>)

      — -LOL – -THIS – — >what is it about YOU Mr. President that they keep saying “no” to.” — —

      – — Uhhh – – -COULD it B my — — LEVEL annnd QUANTITY of – – -saaaaay – –MELANIN?? – —

      Annnd 2 David G.: – — Uhhh – –WHAT PLANET have YOU been livin’ on — -saaaaaay – – –SINCE my CAMPAIGN 4 the 2008 ELECTION!!???? – -geesh!!

      – –***fist bump*** —on da MEDIA!! —

      Good 2 C U MonieTalks. B Blessed – -U/FAM. :>)

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. I’m having my coffee, gearing up to brave the cold.

  • GN

    Interesting listening: deaniac’s radio interview re: President Obama’s social security negotiations, discussing provisions from a factual (rather than hysterical/sensationalist) standpoint:

    Video: Deaniac83/Spandan On Radio Debating Chained CPI

    A lot of people complained about the host interrupting deaniac, but glad that he’s starting to get notice because most of the PL isn’t shit, and do nothing other than offer histrionics in place of well-researched news.

  • MonieTalks

    Just wanted to share this brief excerpt that Nelba Marquez-Greene wrote to her late daughter from the “Remembering Ann Marquez-Greene” Facebook page:

    Thank you to all who have contributed through prayer, supportive words or donations and to those who have committed to making peace and love win over fear, hatred or anger. Thank you for thinking of all of the families that were victims, our first responders and our entire community.Thank you to all who have committed to making a call to action. The layers of this are complex and while we may not agree on all pieces- perhaps we can agree that no parent, grandparent or caregiver should ever again put their child on a school bus only to have their backpack and uneaten lunch returned to them by an FBI agent and police officer- because their child was executed at school.


    It is really a beautiful to their daughter. The writings features on their are absolutely wonderful, the pics heartwarming.

    • trose1

      This is heartbreaking.

  • GreenLadyHere


    — -☻On this the fifth day of Kwanzaa, we are asked to ponder NIA, that is, Purpose. Think what it is you were put here for? (For surely you were not made for naught.) How shall you make your mark? What is it that you’ll strive for, that will help, not only you, but your family, and above all our community? And is that not the basic “purpose” of the entire week of Kwanzaa? To give us time to think, yes think, about where we are, and where we are headed, and how we can work together to arrive as one! By: Dr Arthur N Lewin

    — – –Do You Know Where You’re Going To? – – –

    – – –☻ – –4 MR. PRESIDENT: —I CAN MAKE THIS JOURNEY! :)></b< – –

    – – -☻ -Lisa -Lisa – –Lisa, Lisa – Can You Feel the beat (Live) — JAMMIN’ -***hands in da air*** :>)


    —–B BLESSED—-2-DAY. :>)——-[I’m Nursin’ a sinus condition 2-day :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –Uhhh – — just went past – -Dr..MH-P: – –***WE BLACK PEOPLE VOTED! -she’s screamin’ at the top of her lungs.!!

    I hadta pause 2 C WHAT was goin’ on!! –OH! – –They’re doin’ a 2012 -REVIEW!

    Annnd trynta B careful not 2 call – — RACISTS – — -RACISTS! – –geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -WAY-ELL – – -THIS was posted –quickly. – – –

    — – –FULL Interview: Pres. Obama on Meet The Press Dec.30, 2012 – –

    – — MR. PRESIDENT is sooo — – PRESIDENTIAL. :>) — –

  • crazycanuck

    Ed Henry, lol. What a collosal fool.

    • Miranda

      What did Curly do now?

      • No you didn’t go Three Stooges on him! LOL

    • Miranda

      What did Curly do now?

  • GreenLadyHere


    — – –Quote of the Day – –

    – – —“They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they’re behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected. That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme.”

    — President Obama, on Meet the Press, blaming Republicans for failing to reach a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

    – – –POINT!! — – -The MAIN – -POINT!! — – -HE KNOWS!! :>) – –

    – — KEEP –CALLIN’ ‘EM OUT!! —MR. PRESIDENT! :>) — –

    • Aquagranny911

      I watched a clip of this interview & PBO was stellar, as always! But that totally estupido question of:

      Mr President, why do you think the repugnant goatfiggers are so against everything you say, do or want…has to be the dumbest thing ever to come out of the mouth of Dumbo Gregory…wretched little “pee piggy poopy head!” (I got that from one of my granddaughters, who is most creative in her swears)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — –Uhhh – – -“WHYCOME” – –da msm keeps reportin’ – –da –OBVIOUS!!??? – – —

    – —-EPA nominee would face uncertain path – – –

    — – –Senate Republicans are in no mood to allow easy confirmation of any replacement for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, who announced Thursday that she’ll leave the agency’s top job early in 2013.

    Several said they want evidence a new administrator would change the direction of EPA, an agency that critics accuse of imposing overly aggressive rules that burden coal companies, manufacturers and other businesses.

    “There needs to be someone with a balanced approach, someone who understands that regulations needs to balanced so they don’t cost people jobs,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday.

    President Obama, who needs his political capital for fiscal battles and looming fights over gun control and immigration, didn’t immediately launch the EPA confirmation effort.

    The White House said EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe will take the top job on an “acting” basis, and provided no timeline for announcing a nominee to formally replace Jackson.

    – –FIRST: – –NO NEWS HERE! – – –

    – -SECONDLY: —-DEY ‘ON’T even want this office 2 exist!! –Remember DEY ‘ON’T believe in the –“environment”. IT’s SCIENCE!! –HAH!

    – -THIRDLY: – –TRANSLATION: WE WANT an OLD YT man 2 SIT in that office. — HE WILL DO WHAT WE SAY!! —THAT! – -IS! –ALL!

  • angee

    Good Morning Obots!
    I’ve been catching up with my PPP reading and found this:
    “Clinton has at least 60% support with all three major ideological factions of the party- ‘very liberal’ voters, ‘somewhat liberal’ ones, and moderates. One thing that really stands out in the crosstabs is that 74% of African Americans want her to be the standard bearer next time. There doesn’t seem to be any residual ill will over her 2008 battle with Barack Obama.”

    That right there is going to give billary license to become romney in reverse. Go left in primary and bear right in the general with sista soulja moments flying left and right cause that’s what the clintons do.
    We gotta be BETTER and do BETTER and know what the hell is REALLY going on smdh!

    • Aquagranny911

      I wish the Clintons would just RETIRE already!

    • conlakappa

      Yet a study cited here had her at 57% with black voters. Dyslexia? Wishful thinking now? Does anyone here know any black person who was asked? Asking Cirny and Juicymoufdedness isn’t going to cut it.

      • RinaX

        Unfortunately, I think this may be accurate. I don’t know anyone who has a problem with the Clintons at this point, and these were folks who were pissed at the 2008 primary crap. From what I can tell, they want a sure thing in 2016, which at this point they see Hillary Clinton as. All we can do is wait and see who actually runs, and how the primaries shake out at that point. We saw how well the “sure thing” managed things in 2008.

        • conlakappa

          I cannot recall the source for the poll but it was cited maybe two weeks ago. Folks here are pretty pissed still. I am not an anti-Clintonista but wouldn’t be working my tail off for her. I still think my governor, Marty O’Malley, will be a contender.

          • TyrenM

            I’d be cool with O’ Malley.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    I’m back!!! Did you miss me? I missed you all even though I enjoyed being “politics free” for the last 10 days…no news…no blogs…just large doses of familia…most were…”very excellent good,” as my Grandson would say…and a few…I won’t miss for a while, lol.

    Happy Kwanza & congratulations on the “One Million!” Also this past week’s theme on the “Black Madonnas” was just beautiful. I read about each one & learned so much, gracias! The relationship of these icons to Isis & Horus was most interesting.

    I must conclude with…traveling in my brother’s fancy RV is the only way to go! We had the best time & the weather was cooperative so we did not get stranded on the highway but it was very cold in Colorado & we did get some snow there on Christmas but not too much. We did look forward to getting back to some warmth & sun in AZ but it is chilly & rainy here today.

    • goldenstar

      You must write up a travelogue!

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL! I never traveled in an RV before but I must say it is nice to have at least one rico relative who can afford such a super vehicle. We had the best time & it was very comfortable.

        If I had known just how much fun it would be I would have asked Santa to gift me one, lol.

        We have made that trip from AZ to CO many times by car. It is only about 14-16 hours hard driving. We know the short cuts & which mountain passes to take depending on weather but this was way better by RV. Thankfully, there was no great snow to close the highways. We were blessed!

    • rikyrah

      Welcome back, AG!!!

      Glad you had a good time.

      Tell us about RV traveling.

      • Aquagranny911

        Chica! If I had the money to buy one I would so “Hit the road, Jack!” It is a total casa on wheels, comfy beds, kitchen, bath with shower, TV & DVD.

        My Bro & Hubby did the macho guy thing of driving & navigating while my Sis-in-law, her two grandkiddos & I watched videos or played cards or board games.

        BTW, I totally rock at this game called “Dominion”

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ –Aquagranny911! – — -***BIG HAPPY KWANZA – HUG***. YES! – — -MISSED U>!! – – -***HUGS*** :>)

      – –WHAT a NICE trip! – — THANK U 4 SHARING!! :>)

      U have kept up very well. – –GOOD! :>) –GLAD thaty our FAM is well. :>)

      –B BLESSED 2-day.♥ – – -MORE 2 talk about. :>)

      Sooo GOOD 2 C U. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        GINORMOUS HUGS TO YOU!!! Missed you & hope all is well with your casa ♥!

        I had the best time & got to love a lot on our youngest, the wee Elena, princess of all she sees. At 15 months old, she found Christmas to be most rewarding for a very mobile charmer with at least 6 hands that were into everything!

        We had a great visit with some extended family we don’t see that often. I am truly blessed.

    • Alma98

      Welcome back AG! I hope you enjoyed your vacation.

    • MsKitty

      Welcome back AG!

    • TyrenM

      Welcome back. Glad you enjoyed your roadtrip!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -AHA! — -In other words – – -HE KNOWS! – –:>) – –

    — – –Obama: Investigation into Benghazi attack has ‘very good leads’ – – – – – President Obama said Sunday that investigators seeking answers on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya have some “very good leads.”

    In a rare interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama would not talk about the investigation at length, but told moderator David Gregory that the probe is continuing and the FBI “has sent individuals to Libya repeatedly.”

    “We have some very good leads,” Obama said. “But this is not something that I’m going to be at liberty to talk about right now.”

    At the same time, Obama called the security lapse ahead of the deadly September attack which claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, a “huge problem.”

    “My message to the State Department has been very simple, and that is we’re going to solve this,” Obama said. “We’re not going to be defensive about it. We’re not going to pretend that this was not a problem. This was a huge problem.

    – —THIS will, AGAIN, – -give SUPPORT 2 — DR. SUSAN RICE. :>) —

    • TyrenM

      THIS will, AGAIN, – -give SUPPORT 2 — DR. SUSAN RICE.

      and keep eyes on Hillary – hospital or not.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TyrenM. ***BIG –HAPPY KWANZAA – –HUG*** :>)

        – — -***fist bump*** – –YEP! Behind the APPROVAL of that “investigative report”. – –

        —OH! — – THIS is gon B – – — —REVEALIN’. :>) – —

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Sunday, December 30, 2012
    Gregory: “What is it about you, Mr. President, that you think is so hard to say yes to?”

    I don’t expect journalists to have degrees in history. But I do think that the least we should be able to expect from someone like David Gregory is that, when interviewing the President of the United States, he isn’t completely oblivious to the recorded facts about the Republican Party’s strategy developed just 4 years ago.

    And yet this morning on Meet the Press, David Gregory completely ignored those facts and asked, “What is it about you, Mr. President, that you think is so hard to say yes to?”

    I’d like to recommend some reading material to Mr. Gregory. The Republican Party’s strategy since the day of President Obama’s inauguration has been well documented. But perhaps nowhere more thoroughly than by Michael Grunwald. Here’s how Ohio Senator George Voinovich summarized it:

    If Obama was for it, we had to be against it.

    It really is that simple. Congressional Republicans knew that they had no hope of winning the war of ideas after conservative policies had been so demolished during the Bush years. And they knew that the biggest threat to their power was the post-partisan outstretched hand that President Obama was offering. And so their decision was to become the party of “no.”


    • Mitch McConnell said he wanted to make PBO a one termer and Gregory asked the President what is it about you?

      • Miranda

        Yes, that’s pretty much what we’re dealing with.

  • GOP Senator Concedes Fiscal Cliff Defeat, “Hats Off To The President”

    In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham complimented President Barack Obama for sticking to his guns in talks with congressional Republicans.

    “He stood his ground. He’s going to get tax rate increases,” Graham said. “It will be a political victory for the president.”

    “The president won. The president campaigned on raising rates and he’s going to get a rate increase,” he added.

    But Graham hinted that Republicans will now put up a tougher fight on raising the debt ceiling in the coming weeks, saying potential agreements to avert the fiscal cliff do little to deal with the nation’s debt crisis.


    “He stood his ground. He’s going to get tax rate increases,” Graham said. “It will be a political victory for the president.”

    Remember this quote because Graham is going to be saying just about the same thing after the debt ceiling fight. Oh yeah PBO has the leverage there too. Wall Street and Big Biz are not going to play that tea party game again. If Repubs want any shot of winning in 2014 they better not mess with the Money.

    • isonprize

      I simply cannot read the name “Lindsay Graham” and not think of Beverly Leslie!

      I know a POUer posted it before, but I think it deserves a repost!

  • rikyrah

    Obama Calls Out Republicans for Being Rich Protecting Deficit Reduction Frauds

    By: Jason Easley
    Dec. 30th, 2012

    President Obama called out the called out the the Republicans as deficit reduction frauds, and turned the fiscal cliff into permanent political damage for the right on Meet The Press.

    David Gregory asked Obama what he thought it was about him that was so hard for the Republicans to say yes to.

    The president answered,

    That’s something you’re probably going to ask them. David, you follow this stuff pretty carefully. The offers I’ve made to them have been so fair, a lot of Democrats get mad at me. I offered to make some significant changes to our entitlement programs in order to reduce the deficit. I offered not only a trillion dollars in spending cuts over the next ten years, but these changes would result in even more savings in the next ten years, and would solve our deficit problem for a decade.

    They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they’re behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected. That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme. And at some point, I think what’s going to be important is that they listen to the American people.

    The president is doing a masterful job of placing the blame where it belongs. He shot down the idea that he is responsible for a deal not being done. (This is the main Republican talking point, and the one that the mainstream media has happily latched on to.) Obama has taken his case to the American people, and shown the the deal that he offered Republicans.


  • rikyrah

    The Top Ten Smartest Democratic Quotes of 2012

    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Dec. 30th, 2012

    So without further ado, here is my Top 10 Smartest Democratic Quotes of 2012:

    10. Michelle Obama: “I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are.” – September, 2012.

    4. Joe Biden: “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”

    If anything encapsulates Obama’s first term, it is these ten words: short and to the point.

    3. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): “Republicans say they don’t believe in government. Sure they do. They believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends. After all, Mitt Romney’s the guy who said corporations are people.

    “No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters. That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people. And that’s why we need Barack Obama.” – September, 2012

    Elizabeth Warren’s words give me Goosebumps three months later. This would have been number 2 if not for President Obama’s brilliant stroke that turned Romney’s trap on himself and obliterated his hopes in front of 70 million Americans. Which brings us to number 2.

    2. Barack Obama: “Please proceed, Governor.” – October, 2012

    Now to look at this, without any context at all, you’d just shrug. But this was perhaps President Obama’s most brilliant stroke in all of 2012. As Jon Stewart put it, Romney thought he was about to trap Obama, but, ”When you’re feel you’re about to spring what you, Governor Romney, think is the checkmate moment of the debate, and your debate opponent says to you, ‘Please, proceed,’ ‘Hold on, are you trying to open that door? Let me open it wider. The door you appear to want to walk through.

    “You might want wonder if, a la Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner, that door your opponent your door is pointing to is merely paint on a rock.”

    1. John Kerry (D-MA): “Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago.” – September, 2012.


  • Miranda

    Donors spawn Connecticut gun buyback after mass shooting

    Bridgeport, Connecticut (CNN) — Tables filled with handguns, shotguns and rifles packed a police building in Connecticut’s most populous city, where a gun buyback program drew scores of gun owners — many of whom said they were motivated to get rid of their weapons in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

    But unlike other buyback events, the funding that allows these purchases in Bridgeport — more than $130,000 — is almost totally comprised of private donations, according to mayoral spokeswoman Elaine K. Ficarra.

    City officials say they plan to hold the event every weekend until the money runs out, with more than 200 guns having been collected in the first two days.

    more here

    • nellcote

      Hey Bloomberg, put your money where your mouth is!

  • rikyrah

    Polarized America: Thank Republicans

    Posted on 12/30/2012 at 12:44 pm by Mr. Brink

    Both sides are not the same, and if the two parties seem further apart today, even as Republicans drag the country over their ‘fiscal cliff’ like a drunken uncle out of liquor in the front yard trying to beat up an uppity inflatable Santa while the whole family hides the children and apologizes to the neighbors, it’s because the Republican party has become more extremist, more partisan, and more divisive. While Democrats have stayed relatively sane and centrist over the same time span, a couple of charts posted by Harry Enten, via Voteview, reveal just who the partisan, divisive culprits are by looking at roll call votes:

    The DW nominate score method puts legislators on a scale from -1 for most liberal to 1 for most conservative. The folks who maintain the system at Voteview have plotted both the House and the Senate over the past 130 years.

    The average Democrat was a little north of -0.4 after the 1992 elections and right at -0.4 in the last congress. This percentage has been fairly constant for the past 20 years even when the Democrats won more swing and red districts when they won back the majority from 2007 to 2011.

    There has, however, been an increase in partisanship in the house, and it truly is “asymmetrical”. The Republican House caucus has been becoming more conservative every year since 1977, whether or not House Republicans are winning or losing elections. Republicans have climbed from 0.4 on the DW nominate scales after the 1992 elections to near 0.7 in the last congress. That type of charge towards polarization is historically unusual over data that stretches back 130 years.


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  • Alma98

    Good Afternoon my POU peeps! Lisa-Lisa Cult Jam Yeah!!, thank you PBomb!

    • Aquagranny911

      Co-Sign! It’s great dancing music & I am all about the dancing music. I have their Spanish Fly album or I should say ‘had’ since Daughter #2 has it now.

      • Alma98

        These songs made me think about dancing at Club Vid in CA with my hubby & friends lol.

  • rikyrah

    America poised to reap benefits of Obamacare. Hobby Lobby still not budging
    By Laura Conaway
    Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:01 PM EST.

    As an update to last night’s segment about the Supreme Court refusing to let Hobby Lobby skip providing its employees coverage for contraception:

    “They’re not going to comply with the mandate,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the company. “They’re not going to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the insurance plan.”

    As for the potential fines, Duncan said, “We’re just going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it.”

    Those fines could be as high as $1.3 million per day.


    • goldenstar

      Hobby Lobby needs to be boycotted.

      • vulcan_girl

        If we wait long enough, they’ll be bankrupt unless the company owners decide that this isn’t a hill to die on.

  • rikyrah

    Where things stand
    By Steve Benen
    Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:00 AM EST

    We’ve reached the point at which the looming fiscal deadlines are so close, we can count them in hours, not days. Indeed, as I hit “publish,” the ball drops in Times Square in just 62 hours.

    So, where do things stand in Washington? The picture is a little murky.

    President Obama met yesterday with the top lawmakers from both chambers at the White House yesterday, and declined to do what Republicans wanted him to do. The GOP request was simple: Obama should guess what might make Republicans happy, craft a new offer with preemptive concessions designed to satisfy conservatives, and then wait for GOP leaders to tell him whether the new offer is good enough. The president, fortunately, is not a fool and did not play along.

    Instead, they agreed to allow a new set of negotiations to advance. Obama/Boehner talks are out; Reid/McConnell talks are in.

    At the urging of President Obama, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate set to work Friday night to assemble a last-minute tax deal that could pass both chambers of Congress and avert large tax increases and budget cuts next year, or at least stop the worst of the economic punch from landing beginning Jan. 1.

    After weeks of fruitless negotiations between the president and Speaker John A. Boehner, Mr. Obama turned to Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader — two men who have been fighting for dominance of the Senate for years — to find a solution. The speaker, once seen as the linchpin for any agreement, essentially ceded final control to the Senate and said the House would act on whatever the Senate could produce.


  • rikyrah

    Obama to GOP: Last chance

    Posted by Greg Sargent on December 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    President Obama, during a brief statement to the press just now, said Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are in the process of working out a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” tax hikes, and pronounced himself optimistic about the talks. The key to Obama’s statement, though, is that he spelled out the political reality Republican leaders will be left facing if a deal is not reached:

    Senators Reid and McConnell are working on such an agreement as we speak. But if an agreement isn’t reached in time between Senator Reid and Senator McConnell, then I will urge Senator Reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up or down vote, one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to two million Americans looking for a job, and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. I believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities, as long as those leaders allow it to actually come to a vote. If members of the House and Senate want to vote No, they can.

    The key word there is “majorities.” Obama is demanding that Mitch McConnell allow a straight up-or-down vote on Harry Reid’s fallback proposal, if the two sides cannot reach a deal. If no deal is reached, Obama is daring McConnell to filibuster a continued tax cut for the middle class and daring Boehner not to hold a vote on it.

    A senior Senate Dem aide tells me that the fallback proposal Reid is working on would extend tax cuts on income just up to $250,000, not up to $400,000, as Obama’s most recent compromise proposal did. What this means is that if Senate Republican leaders fail to agree with Senate Dems on a proposal, the fallback plan Reid will offer will essentially rescind Obama’s offer to raise the income threshold to $400,000.


    • conlakappa

      I am on the train back after visiting with my grandmother. I ran into her congressman on the platform and asked if it was a good sign that I was seeing him headed to D.C. He seemed dubious but said they wanted everyone back by 6:00. He is a D and one of the most intelligent members of the House (yes, even if there were a stronger brain pool/more sober Speaker, he would be consdered super intelligent!) but maybe an all-id situation is needed here.

      • Aquagranny911

        Thanks for that info. I will keep positive thoughts. Visiting your Granny is a very good thing because Grannies are special people & I hope she is keeping well ♥

        • conlakappa

          She is well, thanks. You remember her–she turned 100 at the start of this year. We are hopeful that she will make it to 101 on January 30. Her mind is going more but she is still quite the character and a lot of fun.

          I did miss you, Aquag, and had been saving something to say to you but it is now a distant memory… Glad to hear that you had fun with your kids and their kidlets.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -OF COURSE – – -MR. PRESIDENT HAS PLANS 4 –2013: —

    – —Obama To Introduce Immigration Reform Bill In 2013 – —

    — –President Obama reiterated his call for comprehensive immigration reform during an interview on Meet The Press, claiming that the effort will be a top goal in his second term. “Fixing our broken immigration is a top priority. I will introduce legislation in the first year to get that done,” Obama said.

    Administration officials have hinted that Obama will “begin an all-out drive for comprehensive immigration reform, including seeking a path to citizenship” for 11 million undocumented immigrants, after Congress addresses the fiscal cliff.

    The Obama administration’s “social media blitz” will start in January and is expected “to tap the same organizations and unions that helped get a record number of Latino voters to reelect the president.”

    — -THANK U MR. PRESIDENT! :>) —

  • rikyrah

    In discussing compromise, remember: Republicans lost the election

    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on December 28, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Today, senators return to Washington as they begin a final effort to reach agreement on the “fiscal cliff” before time runs out. Leading Republican efforts this time is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who received the ball after House Speaker John Boehner failed to corral GOP votes for a conservative alternative to President Obama’s proposal.


    This, however, hasn’t stopped the usual calls for compromise. For example, as part of an effort to bring “both sides” together, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has directed stores in the Washington, D.C., area to scrawl “come together” on drinks served today. And McConnell, playing off said calls, has begun attacking the White House as the key stumbling block to a deal. Here’s Politico:

    Speaking on the floor Thursday afternoon, McConnell said he was a “little frustrated because we’ve been asking the president and Democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months — months.”

    McConnell added: “Republicans bent over backwards. We stepped way out of our comfort zone. We wanted an agreement. But we had no takers. The phone never rang. And so now, here we are, five days from the New Year, and we might finally start talking.”

    What’s striking about McConnell’s rhetoric — and the calls for compromise writ large — is the extent to which they seem to operate in a vacuum. Neither McConnell, nor Boehner, nor Schultz (or similar-minded people at organizations such as Fix the Debt) have acknowledged one key fact about the current situation: That it comes just a month after a presidential election, where the incumbent won a solid victory after campaigning for a stronger safety net, tax increases on the rich and a “balanced” solution to deficit reduction.


  • rikyrah

    Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 07:03 AM PST.

    Poor in Georgia? Don’t expect anything but humiliation from the state

    by Laura Clawson

    The fact that today, just 27 percent of Americans who are poor enough to qualify for cash benefits under Temporary Assistance to Needy Families actually receive those benefits is one of the great successes of welfare reform, if you measure success by the “get everyone off of welfare at whatever cost to their health and well-being” standards the reformers intended. And by that measure, Georgia is amazing: Less than 7 percent of Georgia families living in poverty receive TANF, Slate’s Neil deMause reports.
    In 2004, the state hired a new Department of Human Services commissioner whose overriding goal was to get people off of welfare. Not to make them not need it, just to keep them from receiving it. (Again, in the spirit of welfare reform.) Under her leadership, 60 percent of those who had been receiving benefits—a number that had already plunged in the immediate wake of welfare reform—dropped out of the program, and the percentage of applications approved dropped from 40 percent to 20 percent. Today, Georgia receives $330 million a year from the federal government for TANF, but it doesn’t go to TANF:

    Instead, according to a September 2012 study by the nonprofit Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, the state has found ways to use TANF money to paper over other program budgets, with more than half of Georgia’s welfare funds being siphoned off to pay for the state’s unrelated child welfare program. This maneuver, which is allowed under federal law, has effectively saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars that it would otherwise have to cover with tax revenues. […]

    To ensure that states didn’t just cash their federal TANF checks without spending anything on the poor, Congress added another requirement, the so-called “maintenance of effort” requirements that would cut funds to states that didn’t devote enough money to anti-poverty programs. Earlier this year, a study by the federal General Accountability Office revealed that Georgia was counting private spending by nonprofit food banks and similar private charities to account for nearly half of the state’s own required welfare spending targets—more than double the percentage of almost any other state.


    • Aquagranny911


  • Alma98
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –Annnd HE is WORKIN’ on THIS: —

    – —Obama Pledges To Push For Gun Control Measures If ‘American People Decide It’s Important’ – —

    – —President Obama called the Dec. 14th shooting in Newtown, Connecticut “the worst day of my presidency,” and said during a rare interview on Meet The Press, that he will propose a package of reforms that will likely include new regulations on assault-rifles and high-capacity ammunition clips, and enhanced background checks for gun purchases. A commission headed by Vice President Joe Biden is currently drafting gun safety recommendations.

    But Obama stressed that reform cannot happen without broad public support, suggesting that he will rally public opinion for sensible gun safety regulations or drop the effort if Americans are not on board.

    “We’re not going to get this done unless the American people decide it’s important and so this is not going to be a matter of me spending political capital. One of the things that you learn having now been in this office for four years. The old adage of Abraham Lincoln’s, ‘with public opinion there is nothing you can’t do and without public opinion there is very little you can get done in this town.’” Watch it:
    — — -SNIP – —

    – Obama also rejected the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) call for more guns in schools, arguing that “the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.” He promised to listen to all sides of the gun debate before making any legislative recommendations.
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    COMMENT: – — rmurray·
    Common sense gun laws are going to be difficult in the face of conservative lack of common sense, their worship of money, and their fear and paranoia. We must marginalize and fight the right at every turn, until they become productive members of society again. The GOP has done NOTHING positive for the USA for decades.
    – – – – -SPEAK TRUTH!! – –HAH!

    • goldenstar

      David Gregory needs to learn critical thinking or get some skills to move toward some intellectual development. His interview of PBO is filled with questions couched from a white privileged perspective. We learn nothing new because this guy is so stuck on the same mess.

      Why bother? People hear that mess day in and day out. More reason why most Americans don’t look to him for any authoritative report. Joy Ann Reid could interview PBO and more Americans will learn more. All kinds of Americans.

      • Aquagranny911

        I would so love a Joy Ann Reid interview with PBO! Actually, some of the interviews PBO had with kiddos & young people were way better than the national media.

        Most MSM asswipes & scum suckers are way over paid & useless.

        • conlakappa

          Cristina would be a good interview as well.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HAPPY KWANZAA GOLDenstar. ***BIG HUG*** :)>

        – -***fist bump*** —-He continues 2 DISPLAY his BIAS annnd BEYOND DUMBNESS!! – —

        – – -***fist bump*** on Ms Joy-Ann. – — She has BRAINS annnd the BROAD [NO PUN INTENDED :>)] -PERSPECTIVE 2 INTERVIEW ANYONE – — ESPECIALLY MR. PRESIDENT!! :>)

        BUT U KNOW what da HATAS WILL C – –2 BLAHS!

        Maybe she could do this – -when she hasta HOST someone’s show again. – –WISHIN’. :>)

        Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>)

        P.S. I’m watchin’ him tryta PROMOTE that DRIVEL that he did! – –Like he was PROUD!! – – -geesh!!

  • Miranda

    GottaLaff ‏@GottaLaff
    Politico: Negotiations at standstill. Harry Reid said Democrats were unable to make a counteroffer due to the sticking points

    • Aquagranny911

      Do we have a Crayon in the pack labeled “color me so surprised?”

  • rikyrah

    Why Being the Next Serena Williams Isn’t Easy

    By: Hillary Crosley | Posted: December 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Taylor Townsend is a young tennis star on the verge of going pro, but the phenom is unfortunately facing some of the same challenges as trailblazers like Serena Williams. The problem? The 16-year-old African-American athlete is shaped like her champion predecessors Williams and Lindsay Davenport, and her frame has made some in and out of the sport call her fitness into question, according to the New York Times.

    Because she is black and has a sturdy 5-foot-6 physique and strong ground strokes, Townsend often draws comparisons to Serena Williams, a 15-time major singles champion. Townsend said she was flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as one of the greatest players in the game’s history. But occasionally, the surface comparisons cut deep.

    In the Orange Bowl doubles final, Townsend and her partner, Gabrielle Andrews, powered to victory despite the heckling of an elderly man who zeroed in on her race and her baby fat. For all Townsend’s success this year, her appearance was what thrust her into the spotlight at the United States Open, the year’s final major. The U.S.T.A., which oversees her training, tried to discourage her from playing in the Open, declining to pick up her expenses because she was not in peak shape.

    Her mother paid her way, and when Townsend’s plight became public, several prominent women in the sport rushed to her defense, including Williams and Lindsay Davenport, another sturdily built former world No. 1 whose fitness was questioned early in her career.

    Describing the controversy as unnecessary, Williams said, “Women athletes come in all different sizes and shapes and colors and everything.”


  • rikyrah

    Fiscal cliff: Republicans have no principles

    There’s no deal because the GOP’s confused: They’re against voting to raise taxes, even if that raises taxes more
    By Jonathan Bernstein

    What’s truly amazing about the issues involved in the fiscal cliff is, at the end of the day, just how easy a compromise should be.

    This isn’t a decision about war and peace, or abortion, or gay and lesbian rights – issues on which compromise is exceedingly hard to find because of the nature of the issue. A nation can’t be halfway at war; abortion either is or isn’t murder. Budget disputes – overall spending totals, and especially tax questions – are by nature just not like that. A few billion more for the Pentagon or a few billion less? That’s exactly the kind of question normally solved by striking a deal.

    Now, granted, even in cases where the two sides eventually compromise, it might not seem as if they will, even right up to the last minute. And it’s always more difficult than just picking a number halfway between what both sides want. After all, bargaining power may not be equal; right now, Democrats control both the White House and one chamber of Congress, so they might be able to get a bit closer to their ideal point than will the Republicans, who have only the House. Meanwhile, both sides may inflate their original bids; it takes quite a bit of bargaining to get to where negotiators’ true positions are revealed, thus allowing for the difference to be split (or for the side better at bluffing to do a bit better than it should).

    But, yes, if it’s just money, it should be very possible to split the difference.

    So why is this one so hard? Because Republicans aren’t treating it as a difference over dollars; they’re treating it as if a principle is at stake, even if they seem to be struggling to find the principle:


  • Miranda

    ‘Major setback’ in cliff talks, Democrats say
    Talks to avert the fiscal cliff suffered a “major setback” Sunday, Democrats said, when Republicans demanded significant cuts to Social Security benefits in exchange for President Obama’s request to extend emergency unemployment benefits and cancel deep cuts to the Pentagon and other agency budgets.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) was “shocked and disappointed” by the new GOP demand, said a Democratic aide close to the talks, who described the request as a “poison pill.

    Read more at:

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — HAH! – – -thIS PHOOL! – — CAIN’T KEEP HIS -LIES STR8!! – – – —Sen Graham Exposes Republican Debt Lie by Attacking Social Security – —

    — –Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was on Fox News Sunday this morning proving to America that he doesn’t really care about the debt problem at all, he just wants to appease his hatred for misnamed “entitlement” programs like Social Security.

    Graham insists that we must raise the age for Social Security in order to deal with the debt problem, but the Social Security Trust Fund has nothing to do with the deficit, and even former President Reagan knew this.

    Here’s Senator Graham on Fox this morning courtesy of Think Progress:

    – – -SNIP- —

    Senator Graham has exposed his argument as the craven lie it is. He doesn’t give a hoot about debt. What he cares about is using every single Republican-created crisis as a justification to destroy the social safety net, even when the programs he takes aim at are unrelated to our deficit.

    —- LIAR!! — –

  • Town

    Lisa Lisa was the mom in TAINA.

  • rikyrah

    December 30, 2012

    … a.k.a. S.O.P.

    Mitch McConnell just appeared on the Senate floor to re-announce his undying commitment to reasonable compromise. Harry Reid, immediately afterward, praised his friend and colleague as a man of good faith. (How both can spew such crap with a straight face remains beyond me, but that’s another story.)

    And, surprise, there is no Senate deal, because, as CNN first reported, McConnell demanded that President Obama’s earlier offer of a chained CPI be replugged into a compromise, and Democrats have balked.

    Thus “reasonableness” comes back to bite the Democratic side in the ass. You don’t ever offer a concession you’re not prepared to live with, or one whose acceptability to your own party is uncertain, as both Speaker Boehner and President Obama have now done. What’s more, given an ironclad and invulnerable fallback position–the cliff itself–any proposed concessions were sure to be self-destructive to the Dems, for Republicans could then righteously drag those concessions into the new year’s negotiations on any middle-class tax-cut legislation, which, no doubt, they’ll now do.

    This–Obama’s proffered S.S. concession–was a self-inflicted wound, and yet more evidence that one should never attempt compromise with faithless, opportunistic gangsters.


  • rikyrah

    December 30, 2012

    Luck’s handmaiden: stupidity

    It is perhaps a karmic sign or celestial “told you so” or merely a hellish reality that the Number One reason Speaker Boehner is headed for reelection next week is that House Republicans have screwed themselves nearly as much as they’ve screwed America. Said one, “There’s no ‘better plan’ to get the House GOP out of this mess, i.e., ‘If I were speaker, I would do “X” as an alternative.'”

    I’ve yet to watch President Obama’s appearance on “Meet the Press,” but according to a just-in news alert he reissued on the program his understatement that Republicans “have had trouble saying yes”–a manifestation of borderline personality disorder for whose intervention the president knows that he, too, should thank either heaven or hell. Because in fiscal-cliff negotiations he moved on revenue, moved on spending, moved on stimulus, moved on a debt-ceiling prohibition and moved on entitlements. If Republicans had simply had the good sense to exploit these gratuitous appeasements, the president would have had nothing but hell to pay with his base.

    History will marvel for centuries that Republicans could have ever been so inexpressibly stupid, and Obama, so lucky.


  • rikyrah

    Sen Graham Exposes Republican Debt Lie by Attacking Social Security

    By: Sarah Jones
    Dec. 30th, 2012

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was on Fox News Sunday this morning proving to America that he doesn’t really care about the debt problem at all, he just wants to appease his hatred for misnamed “entitlement” programs like Social Security.

    Graham insists that we must raise the age for Social Security in order to deal with the debt problem, but the Social Security Trust Fund has nothing to do with the deficit, and even former President Reagan knew this.


    Graham said, “I’m not going to raise the debt ceiling unless we get serious about keeping the country from becoming Greece, saving Social Security and Medicare [sic]. So here’s what I would like: meaningful entitlement reform — not to turn Social Security into private accounts, not to take a voucher approach to Medicare — but, adjust the age for Social Security, CPI changes and means testing and look beyond the ten-year window. I cannot in good conscience raise the debt ceiling without addressing the long term debt problems of this country and I will not.”

    Graham is saying that Republicans will bring their “entitlement” grievances to the debt ceiling fight in order to address long term debt. So, he is just pretending to care about deficit reduction and clinging to raising the age for Social Security as a way to get there, unless he’s really unaware of how the Social Security Trust Fund operates. It is funded by payroll taxes. We pay into it our entire working lives in order to have it later. It’s not here to fund reckless spending or war


  • GreenLadyHere

    UPDATE on NEGOTIATIONS?: — -Mr. REID is –“reachin’ OUT” — 2 MR. PRESIDENT.

    “TURTLEMAN” – –is “reachin’ OUT” – –2 VP BIDEN. —

    Watchin’. . . . .

  • AxelFoley

    No ya’ll ain’t talk about some Lisa Lisa. She was my BOO back in the day. Hell, she still fine today.

    • Aquagranny911

      Axel, you make me lol. You do like the “fine” looking women but you are a dude with respect for women. I admire that in you ♥

      • AxelFoley

        Thank you, milady. I have mad love and respect for women, God’s most wonderful creation. There’s beauty in every woman across every group.

        I don’t know how or why ya’ll put up with us guys sometimes.

  • rikyrah

    Tom Brokaw and David Brooks would like you to know how good they would be at being the first black president.

    • AxelFoley


      Someone on Balloon Juice referred to Brokaw as Tom Brokejaw this morning. I fell out laughing.

    • conlakappa

      Dim and Dimmer [with low self-esteem and a messed-up grill]

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • qosine

    Hi everyone!

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and looking forward to starting a great New Year.


    Your fantastic series this week on Black Madonnas is one of the many
    reasons I call this my online home. No matter what, I feel we all share
    an unwavering support for PBO, who works so hard for ALL of us.

    I thank God every day for our stellar Mr. President and First Lady. I feel like he is the bulwark against these despicable republicans, whose only – ONLY goal is to take down our ENTIRE PUBLIC SYSTEM.


  • MsKitty

    Let the Beat Hit ‘Em was the very first song I ever downloaded off iTunes. Good stuff.