September 24, 2017

Sunday Open Thread: Don’t Let Your Sunday Dinner Turn Into A #StruggleChicken

You don’t have to be Emeril to cook a decent bird!

LOL! Ok, I’m done with #Thatchicken!

Here is one of my favorite gospel songs: Tell It by Tarralyn Ramsey

  • GN

    OMG, I hadn’t seen the actual GOPBlackChick cooking pic (topic of this thread for other slowpokes like me) until just now, and lawd hab mercy!

    What in Sam’s heck???????

    • BoomerGal

      GOOD GOD!! WHAT WAS THAT??!!!!

      • GN

        I know! The backstory is that GOPBlackChick is a Republican blogger/media “personality” (i.e., grifter). She made some tweets disparaging men who take part in child care and housekeeping. So a liberal tweeter went in on her, including calling her out for this nasty chicken as it’s ironic that she would be so adamant about housework and gender roles considering that she herself clearly cannot cook. She had the nerve to caption that photo “How can I not have a husband the way I cook?” (and she wasn’t kidding–she went on to brag about her herb/garlic/lentil chicken).

        • GC Carlson

          I’m going vegetarian after this week.

          • Alma98


        • conlakappa

          None of those ingredients explain the ooze of that poor chicken. I only know lentils from a soup context. I don’t understand just dumping them onto a chicken.

      • rikyrah


    • Farrod

      Is that a crack pipe in the upper left corner of the pic?

      • GN


      • Alma98


      • AxelFoley


      • *FTFO*

  • GN

    As a liberal, I will state unequivocally and without hesitation that The Guardian and other purveyors of the type of nonsense like the below do not speak for me:

    Paedophilia: bringing dark desires to light

    For Goode, though, broader, societal change is needed. “Adult sexual attraction to children is part of the continuum of human sexuality; it’s not something we can eliminate,” she says. “If we can talk about this rationally – acknowledge that yes, men do get sexually attracted to children, but no, they don’t have to act on it – we can maybe avoid the hysteria. We won’t label paedophiles monsters; it won’t be taboo to see and name what is happening in front of us.”

    This is radical stuff. But there is a growing conviction, notably in Canada, that paedophilia should probably be classified as a distinct sexual orientation, like heterosexuality or homosexuality. Two eminent researchers testified to that effect to a Canadian parliamentary commission last year, and the Harvard Mental Health Letter of July 2010 stated baldly that paedophilia “is a sexual orientation” and therefore “unlikely to change”.

    GTFOH! I reject the line of thinking which posits that liberalism means an abandonment of moral standards to the point at which a healthy societal abhorrence and condemnation of child predators would be labeled “hysteria.” Attempts to normalize pedophilia of any kind are going to lead to the mother of all backlashes, mark my words.

    • Miranda

      This is sick beyond words.

      • GN

        Okay? Normalizing pedophilia, which is harmful to children at the extreme, is not a liberal value. I don’t give a shit about the feelings of pedophiles who are upset that society views them as monsters. Too bad, kids’ rights override a pedophile’s desire to feel accepted. It pisses me off seeing people live down to the far right’s caricatures.

    • Excuse my language, but they have lost their gotdamn minds!

    • qosine

      These people can go to hell. How dare they devolve liberalism as “normalizing” criminal deviancy. I am so angry. I just – can’t handle this.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MOrnTin’ gN. – —***BIG HUG**** :>_

      – –***throwin’ up*** — -Outta THESE ideas comes some support 4 RAPE! — –

      [Sorry gotta “bounce”. – –Missin’ U/Carryin’ U –IN MY ♥ -]

      Good 2 C U GN. :>) —

    • rikyrah


      just try this, mofos…and see what happens to you.

      • GN

        The author got lit up in the comments section of that article, but there were also many comments co-signing this bullshit. I’m sure that pedophiles and their enablers see it as a tremendous victory that the disgusting nature of child molesters is even up for debate in a paper like The Guardian. Backlash is coming.

        • Tafr

          The Guardian should be ashamed and yes I have witnessed so called liberals taking up for pedophiles. DU is notorious for that shit. I love the ones that say pedophiles have a right to live around schools and children after they served their time. What these idiots fail to realize is that pedophiles never serve their time. You ask anyone with a substance abuse problem and 9 times out of 10 they were sexually abused as a kid. I worked in a substance abuse clinic but had to quit because I could not handle the stories and the pain. Pedophiles ruin lives long after they “serve their time” There are people in this world that are self destructing because some monster took advantage of them when they were vulnerable children. As far as I am concern that deserves at least life in prison.

        • GC

          It is an orientation in that it is hardwired. It is also a crime.

          Shades of Laing, 1950’s.(Mental illness was more eccentricity than illness and treating it was criminal of society) This philosophy is not new.

          I love Canada, but have they seen the science? The brains of pedophiles are lighting up. It’s hard wired. They need to be off the streets.

          I’m liberal and an staunch supporter of the rights of the mentally and physically disabled, but this is nonsense.

    • Tafr

      WTF any doctor that says pedophilia is a sexual orientation needs to have their license revoked. Pedophilia requires victims,children. Pedophilia is not a sexual orientation but a crime that ruins lives. How are you going to feel sorry for a monster that takes advantage of babies? No they should be shunned and treated like the monsters they are.

      • GN

        Thank you; it’s not normal, it’s not natural, it’s sick, and as GLH noted it is rape. Full grown adult men have no business desiring sexual access to children and young teens, period, point blank, end of story. Those who do better get right, because society will not be making accommodations for them.

    • Alma98

      I know it’s Sunday but the sick fuckers in the comments agreeing with this idiot are probably pedophiles. This is just sick sick sick!

    • Alma98

      I know it’s Sunday but the sick fuckers in the comments agreeing with this idiot are probably pedophiles. This is just sick sick sick!

    • Worldwatcher7

      Just because a tendency or behavior is “hard wired” doesn’t mean it is acceptable. Look up the DSM definition of Antisocial Personality Disorder; it’s a characterological disorder associated with manipulative and destructive behavior.
      We don’t need to sit around and chat about how it’s perfectly normal for serial killers to have the urge to stalk and kill do we?

      Pedophiles prey upon and harm children. Period. This behavior should not be normalized.

    • AxelFoley

      Y’know, it’s funny conservatives like to push bullshit like this, especially considering a conservative bastion like Utah is one of the leading consumers of porn.

  • GN

    What in the world is going on with the NAACP?

    We’re not a national security group, but we are a freedom group. The violations of civil liberties in FISA, NDAA are not OK #uppers

    Is this even a black organization any more? I’m not trying to be funny, but what the hell?

    • Miranda

      They want that white liberal money. That’s all.

    • trose1

      Is this even a black organization any more? I’m not trying to be funny, but what the hell?

      NO ! when NAACP seized to be a Black org I stopped contributing money.

  • GN

    Another excellent piece of analysis from deaniac at thepeoplesview, this time, explaining why the GOP’s threats re: the debt ceiling are paper tigers:

  • GN

    lol @ this tantrum:

    A Cabal of CEOs Try to Bypass the Legislative Process and Impose Their Own Debt Reduction Plan

    The group of CEOs were furious that Congress and the White House failed to include Draconian cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as part of fiscal cliff negotiations, and the head of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management said executives should identify “sacred cows” that should no longer be protected, be specific about how big a deficit reduction deal they will accept, and get specific about what they want included in program cuts. It is important to note that none of the esteemed CEOs are elected representatives of government, and yet they propose circumventing the legislative process and enacting corporate-friendly cuts regardless of the consequences to the American people. Their assertion that “it doesn’t work talking to the politicians” and that a few corporate CEOs should have the final say in any fiscal decisions is the result of politicians giving credence to anything corporate leaders have to say when it comes to America’s economy.

    Half of these people can’t even run their own businesses. The income inequality problem/wealth hoarding issue causes significant economic instability. They and every other tantrum thrower, looking to bypass President Obama or cut him out of the political process because he refuses to implement their stupid ideas, can have a seat.

    • Town

      They and every other tantrum thrower, looking to bypass President Obama or cut him out of the political process because he refuses to implement their stupid ideas he is black can have a seat.


      There. Fixed.

      • GN

        You’ve got that right. SMH at these people.

        • Town

          “We’re just going to pretend Barack Obama doesn’t exist, and Joe Biden is the actual real president of the United States. But we’re not racist, don’tcha know.”

          • conlakappa

            With full consent and cosignature from the MSM. Some dingus on CNN told me today that Japan’s election was the most important of 2012. I studied Japanese and stay vaguely aware of what’s going on in that country but I missed its election or the name of the guy in charge. Guess I was too busy volunteering for the U.S. presidential election. /eyeroll

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – -☻The first family is scheduled to depart Honolulu Saturday night and arrive in Washington on Sunday at midday.

    – – -☻watchin’ “creepy crowley” trynta talk up opposition 2 errythin’ that MR. PRESIDENT is scheduled 2 work on: Hagel appointment – – – -Debt /Budget talks, Gun Control, Immigration, etc. – – – -Ooooo!!!! —CAIN’T STAND HER!! –SAAAA-LAP!

    – – – –ENJOY YOUR BREAKFAST/BRUNCH [-LOL –NOT #Thatchicken – -LOL] – -[miranda –your chicken LOOKS GR8. :>)] —

    – —B BLESSED 2-day – -:>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda –I thought that I was —DONE –sooo I stucka fork in “thatchicken –BUT –FOUND this post: –LOL

    – — LOL – –Oooo-Kaaaay. IMMA B THA-ROUGH! LOL – –

    • isonprize

      GLH, yeah, Town posted this last night. Lawd Ha Mercy!!! LOLOLOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -THIS “RAPE” case is continuin’ 2 enlarge in scope –AS R the many RAPE cases AROUND the WORLD – —

    – —The Protestors of the Steubenville Rape Case Inspire Real Change – –

    – – – –Even as Anonymous was leading a second protest in Steubenville yesterday, the sheriff announced that no other people would be charged in the alleged gang raping and kidnapping of 16-year-old Jane Doe by football players referred to as members of the “rape crew”.

    – — -This case appears to be steeped in cover-ups and conspiracies, from the County Prosecuting Attorney reportedly being the mother of one of the “rape crew”, at whose house an assault may have taken place, to the victim’s ex-boyfriend allegedly setting her up to be drugged and gang raped as revenge for breaking up with him. It’s disgusting and shameful and horrifying, but it’s also sadly not that unusual.

    What is unusual is that this time a group of mostly men, in a subset of Anonymous called Knight Sec, is leading a public charge against the rape culture and demanding justice.

    – —Anonymous’ protests aren’t just impacting this case; in fact, because of the attention the Steubenville case has gotten, San Luis Obispo rape crisis agency in California has launched a “Start by Believing” campaign in order to promote the reporting of rape. Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention (SARP) Associate Executive Director Jesse Torrey explained, “If somebody discloses they’ve been sexually assaulted, you need to start by believing them. And if they are responded to with support, with validation, with ‘how can I help?’, with ‘this wasn’t your fault’…that’s the road to healing.”

    Out of this horror, some salvation.

    – — PRAYIN’ 4 ALL VICTIMS[around the world] – — -THAT JUSTICE MAY PREVAIL. –AMEN. — – – –[I jus’ cain’t say more –at this time. ***tears***]

  • GN

    This Staten Island mofo right here:

    New Yorker Blasts Obama Over Sandy: If Low-Class Area Had Been Hit, You Would Have Already Helped Them

    “I want you to come back to my address on Staten Island with my borough president and any other politician and tell me to my face why you’re putting this pork in this bill and not helping us, the victims and the middle class of Sandy. If this was some other area, a low-class area, they’d be helping them. But it’s the middle-class, working people that keep getting the finger here.”


    He’s delusional. Unable to process clear wrongdoing by GOP legislators, as per usual the far right (and the PL/emos) seek to recast Republican folly as somehow the fault and responsibility of President Obama. It’s psychotic at this point. And this guy’s racism couldn’t be more obvious.

    • What this racist donkey REALLY means when he says “low-class area” is Black area. But does this dumb muthafather realize it’s WHITE REPUBS holding up aid for “the middle class of Sandy” (read: white)?

      So, Scott McGrath and have a coke and a smile and STFU.

      • AxelFoley

        I hope his he don’t see shit from the recovery. Fuck him and his house.

    • rikyrah

      the Democratically held SENATE got a Sandy BIll passed.

      Sorry Mofo, it died in the REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED HOUSE.

    • Miranda

      Oh I fully expect FoxNews every primetime hour to trot out knuckledraggers such as this man to bemoan PBO regarding Sandy. They will drag out every right winger living in New York/New Jersey from now till 2014 who will claim PBO hates them and has failed them. Not surprising at all.

      • They couldn’t make PBO the “black Jimmy Carter”, so they’re forced to try and make him the “black George W Bush” instead.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      First off, he’s on Sean Hannity’s show. That right there tells me this guy is a moronic wingnut like the rest of them. Remember, most of these districts were run by tea party congressman. All this is is an attempt to pass the buck from them to the President as usual. Its no surprise. I mean, as soon as I hear him blaming “pork” for the bill not passing instead of just Republicans not voting for it, you get exactly who the guy is. If Staten Island wants faster relief in their area, try to get some nonpartisan person in charge of media relations.

    • nellcote

      Not surprising he’s from Staten Island. It’s the notoriously racist borough of NYC.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —Uhhh —- OUR 113th CONGRESS – –HARDLY WORKIN’ – – — -errr – – –WORKIN’ HARD???? – – – – /NOT!! —

    – —Congressional Calendar -Not Much Work in 2013

    – — –They really didn’t do much work from 2010 to 2012, and looking at the Congressional Calendar for this coming year, it doesn’t look like many work days are scheduled for the House of Representatives.

    The calendar released by Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader in November shows that Congress will only be working (meeting) for 126 days in 2013.

    – -That is only 1/3rd of the year roughly getting 2/3′rds of year off to spend more time devising ways to thwart government, to block, to impede and to overrule any bills that help the county and they succeeded in doing that for two years.

    The Senate has not released it’s 2013 schedule but it looks something like this:

    Already Harry Reid has adjourned until January 22nd, already which has held up the Filibuster Reform Bill that he plans on passing to stop republicans from holding up votes on bills.

    It is no wonder nothing ever gets done, in Washington – no one is doing much work at resolving problems. Everyone is on a long, extended holiday.
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    – – – -THIS is RIDICULOUS!! – –Annnd – – it partially EXPLAINS their –INCOMPETENCE/INEFFECTIVENESS!! — -geesh!

    – —-PLEASE NOTE that MR. PRESIDENT -WORKS —365 DAYS/year — EVEN WHILE on VACAY!! — — HE EARNS his PAY!! – –:>)


  • GN

    I know we talked about this last week, but this article deserves to be repeated:

    EXCLUSIVE: Dick Armey Dishes On FreedomWorks’ Deals With Beck & Limbaugh

    Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey says the conservative outlet that helped launch the Tea Party paid Glenn Beck at least $1 million last year to fundraise for the organization, an arrangement he said provided “too little value” for the money.

    “The arrangement was simply FreedomWorks paid Glenn Beck money and Glenn Beck said nice things about FreedomWorks on the air,” Armey, the former House majority leader, told Media Matters Friday. “I saw that a million dollars went to Beck this past year, that was the annual expenditure.”

    Armey, who left the organization this past fall after a dispute over its internal operations, said a similar arrangement was also in place with Rush Limbaugh, but did not know the exact financial details.


    hahahahahahahaha at the professional right taking “grassroots” teaparty to the cleaners…and kudos to Media Matters for getting this exclusive report.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —Ooooweee! Mr.FAREED ZAKARIA is –GOIN’ IN ON –the government in India, especially as it relates [or NOT] 2 prosecutin’ RAPE CASES! — -WOMEN R NOT protected!! – —

    – — -Needta get the video L8R. – — -Sooo SAD. – –PRAYin’ 4 the women annnd the PROTESTORS! – –

    – – —Rape protests spread beyond India[Demonstrators in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh join protest movement against sexual violence] — —

    – – – –Protests against sexual violence are spreading across south Asia as anger following the gang rape and death of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi courses through the region.

    Inspired by the rallies and marches staged across India for nearly three weeks, demonstrations have also been held in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh – all countries where activists say women suffer high levels of sexual and domestic violence.

    In Nepal, the case of a 21-year-old woman who says she was raped and threatened with death by a police officer and robbed by immigration officials, prompted hundreds of demonstrators to converge on the prime minister’s residence in Kathmandu. They called for legal reforms and an overhaul of attitudes to women.

    “We had seen the power of the mass campaign in Delhi’s rape case. It is a pure people’s movement,” said Anita Thapa, one of the demonstrators.

    – – — -PRAYIN’ 4 the WOMEN. MAY JUSTICE PREVAIL. – -AMEN. – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —Awwwww – – –NICE PICS – -I’m sure that the FIRST FAMILY – –ENJOYED this TIME. – – -:>) – – –

    — —Obama’s Hawaii vacation – –

    – – – –Waitin’ 4 da HATAS 2 complain. – – – -In 5 — –4 – – –3 —2 – –1! HAH!-

    —– —-Taxpayers paid 4 this. We strugglin’ financially, – –BLAH! BLAH!! – –BLAH. . . . – —

    – –[The First Family returned to the White House early Sunday morning from their Hawaiian holiday. – –1-6-13] :>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –SPECULATIONS – – – -Annnnd WATCHIN’ – – –

    – – –Who’s on shortlist for Obama’s top jobs? – –

    — – – –President Barack Obama’s second term will kick off his looming cabinet shuffle — prompted by the planned departures of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and the departure of CIA Director David Petraeus who resigned in November. Here’s a rundown of the most likely nominees for the soon-to-be open posts: – – –

    – — Annnnd – – – -watchin’ the OBSTRUCTIONISTS!! – – – -RE-THUCKERS!! – —-humph!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — THIS SMUG – –ARROGANT — INSENSITIVE – –“newbie” — geesh! —

    – —New Republican Senator Says Gun Safety Is ‘Unconstitutional’ – –

    – – –Newly-elected Sen. Ted Cruiz (R-TX) accused politicians of exploiting the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut to advance gun safety legislation and argued that efforts to limit assault weapons and high capacity magazines are unconstitutional. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Cruz said he would back efforts to strengthen the federal database used to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms, but argued that any other reforms would violate the Second Amendment:

    – – -SNIP – —

    – — [CRUZ] — But within minutes, we saw politicians run out and try to exploit and push their political agenda of gun control. I do not support their gun control agenda for two reasons. Number one, it is it unconstitutional. – – [-WHA’!!!???]
    – — -SNIP – —
    – – – As conservative Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “the Second Amendment does not protect those weapons not typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, such as short-barreled shotguns.”
    In 2011, the D.C. Circuit Court upheld a law prohibiting large-capacity ammunition magazines and assault weapons.

    There were no serious challenges to the Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004, though in 2002 an appeals court unanimously upheld the law.


    – — COMMENT: – –Matthew Spencer
    Another day… some more typical garbage from the Republicans! Weren’t these hypocrites just pushing for an Unconstitutional Bill to end Birthright Citizenship!
    I love it how they only use the Constitution when it suits their benefits!

    • GC

      And thank God for that.

  • So, according to the POU Twitter timeline, MHP and nem were saying PBO should give the Dems his OFA database. WTFizzle??

    Well, I just have one response to that:

    • rikyrah

      HELL muthafuckin no.

      the President’s team developed it. and they can do whatever they want wiith it

    • goldenstar

      Not exactly. There was a discussion of how DNC has always been about the election and re-election of Presidents. Now, it makes sense for Dems to acquire numbers of elected officials to create a more just country. This would be to focus the DNC efforts to train and educate folks how to organize and to utilize technology to win elections.

      • Town

        OFA wasn’t part of the DNC. The DNC should build their own database. The fact that OFA was able to identify millions of new voters tells me the DNC wasn’t up on their jobs.

        • And this is the fact people keep forgetting – OFA and DNC are two separate entities.

          I found it rather ballsy for anyone to demand that PBO give the Dems OFA’s database when Dem didn’t want anything to do with OFA after PBO’s first inauguration.

        • goldenstar

          Let’s be clear: there was no discussion about database. There was no discussion about OFA. The discussion was about DNC.

          • Town

            How is the DNC training folks to use new technology when people are begging & demanding OFA turn over their database?

          • goldenstar

            The discussion was about a recommendation that the DNC NEEDS to train and educate the folks for the future. The discussion had nothing to do with OFA. This is about the DNC learning from the mighty example of OFA. This discussion on MHP were not from any individuals @ DNC nor were the folks begging and demanding.

        • conlakappa

          This I discovered when I sent a note to the DNC in 1997 and again in 2001 about mobilizing special interest groups of voters. They clearly didn’t care what Jane Q. Citizen had to say.

      • lamh36

        I don’t think the DNC has any use for my peeps. Why did it take something like OfA and a candidate like Obama for the DNC and other Dem orgs to get on the bandwagon and realize the POC are the wave of the future for elections.

        Before OfA, the Dem orgs just depended upon sentiment and history to ensure that Blacks and other minorities would get out and vote. OfA did more than that.

        I freely admit, that I’m an Obama Democrat, I’ve never voted for anyone other than a Democrat, but at this point I am exclusively an Obama Democrat, so the Dem party is gonna have to make sure to keep me as active as I am now with the Obama admin after Obama leaves office.

        If OfA turns over their database, will they do that?

        • Alma98

          I love your comment lamh and OFA has said no once before. Let’s hope they keep saying no.

        • goldenstar

          OFA has made very clear that there is a lot of work to do in this term and that the President is determined to use OFA and its intellelctual property of database and its analytics toward advancing the President’s agenda. So, there’s no discussion about giving the intellectual property to any entity.

        • AxelFoley

          This, this, straight up THIS!

    • Alma98

      Nope, no, hell no! They want to reap the rewards but not do the work.

  • jds09

    This quote made my morning….

    “But Graham on Sunday said that with the selection, Obama was setting a confrontational tone for the start of his second term.

    “It looks like the second term of Barack Obama is going to be an in your face term,” he said.”

    Read more:

    • Miranda

      Heh…this is why I hope the option to create a coin worth the amount needed to raise the debt ceiling is actually the way the debt is raised. I hope that coin has a picture of President Obama’s face right on it like he is King Jaffe in Coming to America. I hope this happens with all my heart so I can watch the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the fools as they shout how he’s a dictator and stealing freedoms and usurping the constitution.

      • AxelFoley

        I hope that coin has a picture of President Obama’s face right on it like he is King Jaffe in Coming to America.


  • rikyrah

    Rush Limbaugh: Obama Wants To ‘Erase Every Trace of Reagan From America’
    by Anjali Sareen | 5:18 pm, January 5th, 2013

    Rush Limbaugh claimed Friday that President Obama wanted to “erase every trace of Reagan from America” because he is “threatened” by the Reagan’s success. He seeks to be a “truly transformational president,” Limbaugh said and therefore must get rid of Reagan’s legacy.

    According to Limbaugh, “Obama has a lot of admiration for Reagan” but only in the sense that “Reagan genuinely changed the trajectory of this country.”

    Limbaugh says Democrats believe Obama has now proven contrary that to Reagan’s policies, raising taxes actually causes economic growth. But Limbaugh says it actually only causes government growth. He describes a future in which the “only reference” to Reagan in academic text books is one small paragraph about all that Reagan destroyed.

    Among Obama’s top 5 objectives, Limbaugh says, “is to erase all vestiges of the Reagan years, to have an entire and total complete revision of the history of the Reagan years.” Democrats are threatened by the Reagan years because they “demonstrated” how “dangerously wrong” Dems were. “That’s why there’s been a constant rewriting of history ever since Reagan was in office and even while he was in office,” Limbaugh says.

    • GC

      Enough with worshipping Mr President of the 1%! The Emos, ALL of them, can put their concerns where the sun don’t shine!

    • Is he still on the air? I thought he was going to Costa Rica.

  • rikyrah

    Republican Grifters Rob Oregonians Blind With Charter School Scam

    By: Hrafnkell HaraldssonJan. 6th, 2013

    I wrote back in November how Republicans Turn Charter School Officials Into the New Robber Barons. We’ve just seen a new example of this out of Oregon, where the Oregonian is reporting Oregon charter school founders accused in $20 million racketeering lawsuit. As I wrote on that earlier occasion, Privatization is the new Gold Rush. There is money to be made in them there hills. And charter schools are the Republican hammer to be used to prise it out of our hands. And what money!

    According to the Oregonian, “Tim King and Norm Donohoe, who ran a chain of taxpayer-funded charter schools across small-town Oregon from their headquarters in Clackamas, scammed the state out of $17 million and must repay that plus $2.7 million more, the state said in a court filing this week.”

    It turns out that while unrepentant greed and avarice are Republican virtues in 2012, they are still illegal:

    The legal claim, brought Thursday by the Oregon Department of Justice in Marion County Circuit Court, accuses the pair of racketeering, money laundering and other fraud from 2007 to 2010.

    • Alma98

      I believe this is happening here it seems like every week a new charter school opens.

      • isonprize

        Alma, what part of the country are you in?

        it’s happening all over the country, especially in big cities with large black and brown populations.

        • Alma98

          Wisconsin, it seems to me a lot of these states have teabagger run governments. In my case Governor Scott Walker and a republican lead legislature.

          • isonprize

            yup!, Here in PA we have Gov Tom “cut it” Corbett, who told women to just close our eyes, if we didn’t want to see the trans vaginal probe.

          • Alma98

            SMGDH! I bet this doesn’t apply to women in his family. I know people may think I’m being paranoid, but I think they’re trying to get rid of public schools.

          • isonprize

            I think they’re trying to get rid of public schools.

            They are.

  • rikyrah

    Republicans Losing Debt Ceiling Fight as McConnell Won’t Say He’ll Shut Down Government

    By: Jason EasleyJan. 6th, 2013

    Republicans are already losing the debt ceiling fight. Sen. Mitch McConnell was asked repeatedly on ABC’s This Week if he would shut down the government, and he wouldn’t back the idea.

    Transcript from ABC’s This Week

    STEPHANOPOULOS: And the question is, how will you follow through on your strategy? And, you know, there are — a lot of your allies are worried about the — about that prospect. The Wall Street Journal editorial page said the political result will be far worse if Republicans start this fight only to cave in the end. You can’t take a hostage you aren’t prepared to shoot. Do the two GOP leaders have a better strategy today than they did in 2011?

    And I guess, you know, you’re hearing that phrase more and more now, shoot the hostage. Are you prepared to do it, to see the country default, if the president won’t sign the spending cuts you demand?

    MCCONNELL: Well, look, it’s not even necessary to get to that point. Why aren’t we trying to settle the problem? Why aren’t we trying to do something about reducing spending? We know we need to do it. When are we going to do it? We don’t need to use the deadline. We could go through the regular order. Congress could pass bills. They could have conferences between the House and Senate. The president could be engaged. I mean, he’s good at campaigning…


    Republicans are playing a very weak hand, and if leaders like McConnell refuse to shut down the government, they’ve already lost.

    • Kennymack1971

      But we’ll still hear emoprogs insisting that ‘Obama’s gonna cave!’

      • What gets me is McConnell wants the President to engage. How many times do you have to be taken to the cleaners before you realize what’s happening? In McConnell’s case the answer seems to be a lot.

        • Kennymack1971

          McConnell is blowing smoke trying to get the pundits to run with the ‘Why won’t Obama lead?’ BS. Problem is the pundits can’t fix this for him. The GOP corporate fat cats don’t give a damn about the Tea Party anymore and aren’t going to tolerate any nonense with the debt ceiling. Mitch McConnell is stuck and he knows it. Worse, POTUS knows it too.

          • I don’t expect any trouble out of the House either. Boehner may have trouble answering PBO’s calls but not Wall Street’s. They will crush him if he even thinks about screwing this up again. That vote Boehner got last week is all the cover he needs to do as he’s told.

    • ” Well, look, it’s not even necessary to get to that point.”

      Translation: “My Wall Street overlords told me it better not get to that point. Now will you quit interrupting me George while I’m trying to fill out this unconditional surrender form?”

  • rikyrah

    The Crack-Up of the GOP: No Way Out

    by BooMan
    Sun Jan 6th, 2013 at 10:53:18 AM EST

    The Washington Post reports that there are divisions within the Republican Party about whether or not they can effectively use a threat to destroy the country’s credit rating and cause a global recession to extract spending cuts from the Democrats. If they did it before, why not do it again?
    Meanwhile, the New York Times focuses more on the big picture divisions like immigration, women’s rights, gay marriage, and letting the NRA dictate the GOP’s policy on guns.

    In both cases, it is really a divide between conservatives and Republicans. The near-total capture of the GOP by conservatives has created a situation which has now come to a head. They call it the Conservative Movement for a reason. They have places to go. The problem is, the American people do not want to go there. The conundrum presents itself in stark terms in the debate over the debt ceiling. Countless Rush Limbaugh fans and Fox News watchers have been seduced into an alternative reality where they are both the good and the aggrieved. But they don’t want to see the party destroy the country’s credit rating, millions of jobs, and the value of their nest eggs, all in the name of reducing the worth of their earned benefits and eroding their retirement security. The conservatives carried the ball so down the field that people are in the shadow of the goalposts. And they don’t want to score.

    Something similar is going on with their strategy of stoking white resentment, anxiety and religious tribalism. It holds whites within the coalition who would otherwise split, but not enough of them…not anymore. Ralph Reed explains their predicament:

    “The Republican Party can’t stay exactly where it is and stick its head in the sand and ignore the fact that the country is changing,” said Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and onetime leader of the Christian Coalition.
    “On the other hand, if the party were to retreat on core, pro-family stands and its positions on fiscal responsibility and taxes, it could very quickly find itself without a strong demographic support base.”

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon all. Miranda you are not going to let her live down that chicken in a foot tub huh lol.

    • isonprize

      Not Miranda, but @ReignofApril. JibJab. Daily Struggle Plate, and plenty others! LOL

      From Friday night until now, I have not laughed this much in a good long while. My stomach muscles hurt, I swear… LOL

      • Alma98

        I know how it started isonprize I’m just teasing Miranda, I have been lmaof since it started.

        • isonprize


  • Miranda

    HAHA..gotta love our VPWASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden dropped by a rooftop party for U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy near the Capitol on Thursday, capping a frenzied first day for District 18’s newly sworn-in congressman.

    Hours after Murphy officially took office, Biden performed his own ceremonial swearing-in for Murphy. The vice president commended Murphy for ousting outspoken former U.S. Rep. Allen West, a contest that drew more than $30 million combined and grabbed national headlines.

    “I’d like to say to all of you, you did the country a favor,” Biden told the crowd.

    • Alma98


    • Town

      Vice President Joe Biden dropped by a rooftop party

      This. LOL

      • rikyrah

        I know…right?


      • Let me find out VP Biden was getting his electric slide on while holding a red solo cup!

        • JojoRaze

          Biden doesn’t drink…which means all his Joeness comes naturally!

  • Miranda

    HAHA..gotta love our VPWASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden dropped by a rooftop party for U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy near the Capitol on Thursday, capping a frenzied first day for District 18’s newly sworn-in congressman.

    Hours after Murphy officially took office, Biden performed his own ceremonial swearing-in for Murphy. The vice president commended Murphy for ousting outspoken former U.S. Rep. Allen West, a contest that drew more than $30 million combined and grabbed national headlines.

    “I’d like to say to all of you, you did the country a favor,” Biden told the crowd.

  • lamh36

    So I see everybody talking about Chuck Hagel and it got me to thinking.

    what I think this shows is that Susan Rice may NOT have President Obama’s first pic for SoS anyway. I suspect that he was always gonna pick Kerry. But the GOP (particularly McCain and Graham) by elevating and throwing bombs Susan Rice just royally pissed off Obama and company. If Obama had really wanted Susan Rice as his SoS, the whole Susan Rice “asking to be taken from consideration” thing would never had materialized.

    By floating the Susan Rice pic though, it elevated everyone’s ire up even though the news forever had been that Kerry was next up for state. By making Susan Rice a more sympathetic character, the GOP basically ensured that Rice would get backing from the our side even though we ALL thought Kerry would be next SoS.

    Much like with the Mass Senate appointment. If Barney Frank was already being considered,then great, but if he wasn’t being considered and instead governor Patrick had already had a 1st choice, then the constant “hey Guv Patrick pick Barney” cascade would cause the same dynamic if/should Patrick pick someone other than Barney Frank.

  • rikyrah

    In Africa, Being Black is NOT Seen as Being Beautiful: White Skin is In

    January 3, 2013
    By EurPublisher

    *If you thought the skin-lightening thing that was all the rage a few years ago among blacks in the Caribbean was a fad, wait’ll you see what’s happening in Africa. In particular, South Africa.

    When we think of South Africa, we can’t help but the think of Nelson Mandela and black people who are proud to be … black! But would you believe that for some black South Africans there is such a thing as being too black.

    A recent study by the University of Cape Town hints that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin. The reasons for this are as varied as the cultures in the country but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want “white skin,” reports the BBC.

    One such woman is musician Nomasonto “Mshoza” Mnisi. Now several shades lighter, she says her new skin makes her feel more beautiful and confident.

    She has been widely criticized in the local media and social networking sites for her appearance but the 30-year-old says skin-bleaching is a personal choice, no different from breast implants or a having nose job.

    “I’ve been black and dark-skinned for many years, I wanted to see the other side. I wanted to see what it would be like to be white and I’m happy,” she says candidly.

    Over the past couple of years Ms Mnisi has had several treatments. Each session can cost around 5,000 rand (£360; $590), she tells the BBC.

    Unlike many in the country, she uses high-end products which are believed to be safer than the creams sold on the black market but they are by no means risk-free, doctors say.


    Ms Mnisi says she does not understand the criticism about her new appearance.


    • Alma98

      One word, sad.

    • isonprize
      • Alma98


      • rikyrah

        I thought for sure he was gonna be in the story when I first read it as an example of ‘ what not to do’.

    • Kennymack1971

      Sad to read about this kind of self hate.

    • “Fanta face, Coca-Cola body!”

    • Miranda

      She has been widely criticized in the local media and social networking sites for her appearance ______________________________________So its not all of “Africa”. Its a few self hating nuts just like those that exist in every race, color and creed.

  • rikyrah

    How to Date a Black Nerd

    By: Stacia L. Brown |
    Posted: January 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    “Blerds” were all over the news in 2012. Clutch magazine’s Stacia L. Brown provides a step-by-step guide for how to have a relationship with one.

    Though the concept of segregating nerddom along racial lines is a bit suspect and certainly has its detractors, the newfound attention black nerds are attracting doesn’t seem to be abating …

    In any event, there’s a bit of an art form to making a relationship thrive with a nerdy guy.

    If you’re new to the game, here are a few tips to ease your tension:

    1. Embrace, don’t efface.

    Listen, if a dude’s a Trekkie or Star Wars buff when you meet him, and he has an annual date with a Con that involves cosplay, accept that …

    2. Allow for idiosyncratic conversation.

    If you’re out to dinner and the conversation veers off into obscure territory, go with it. We’re not saying you should have to learn Klingon or bone up on quantum-controlled mobile robots to talk to your date …

    3. Don’t feign great interest.

    It’s best to be upfront about just how little you know (or care) about your date’s nerdy niches. He’ll respect you for that …

    • isonprize

      Yeah, ok, whatever.

      Listen, sisters, every nerd is NOT going to turn out to be the next Barack Obama. Sometimes, a nerd is just a nerd. If it doesn’t fit, don’t force it.

      • rikyrah

        nothing wrong with being a nerd.

        • isonprize

          nothing wrong with being a nerd.

          not at all.

      • rikyrah

        no, he won’t be the next Barack Obama..

        but, he could definitely be the next Zuckerberg, or work for him.

        since I’ve only gone for nerds, I know they’ve always been here…

        • JojoRaze

          Me too…I watched Family Matters wondering why Laura didn’t like Steve…When he was with Myra I was like “Yes, Steve found someone that wasn’t Laura who appreciated him.”

    • Town

      I’ve never heard of “blerds.” They’ve been called “that corny brotha” but never a “blerd.” That’s just some new-wave hipster slang. SMH.

      This just sounds like a “We know you’re 35+, biological clock is ticking and all the brothas you messed with in the past are now married w/kids, so date a blerd cuz you really don’t have any other options at this point” type of article.

      • isonprize

        like a fraction.

      • rikyrah


      • rikyrah


  • rikyrah

    What’s Stopping Black Students’ Success

    Experts explain that poor teachers and barriers to resources fuel an academic achievement gap.
    By: Hillary Crosley|Posted: January 3, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    In an effort to improve educational offerings, some school districts across the country have taken up President Obama on his recent efforts to spur academic achievement. His Race to the Top initiative seems like a positive push that a lot of states could use. But when winners of the educational competition were announced in November, New York City — an obvious contender — was not among the victors.

    In fact, in the nationwide initiative, which awarded $40 million to 16 school districts that proposed the most effective goals for academic achievement, New York City ranked 43rd out of 371 competitors. According to a NY1 report, the Big Apple almost made the cut, but two key details were missing in the application: a schedule implementing the possible changes and a description of who would lead these new programs. In addition, one Race to the Top reviewer charged that the educational goals the city’s schools chancellor, Dennis Walcott, had proposed were too limited in scope.

    A major part of Walcott’s plan was that city educators would aim to decrease the graduation-rate disparity between whites and blacks by 2 percent over the next six years. In New York City public schools, the graduation rate for white students is 21 percent higher than for black students. “We continue to set an ambitious agenda, as far as not just the achievement gap but giving all of our students high-quality schools,” Walcott told NY1.

    Shrinking the graduation gap was just a part of the plan, though. Other objectives (pdf) included coordinating high school- and college-readiness efforts, incentivizing teachers to encourage mentorship and dismissing ineffective instructors.

  • rikyrah

    Who Are the Most Giving Black Celebs?

    In this clip from the Monday, Dec. 10, episode of The Root Live, our weekly livestream series sponsored by Prudential, host Harriette Cole chatted with Black Gives Back’s Tracey Webb about black philanthropy. Watch the clip below to see what she had to say about which celebrities are the biggest givers. You might be surprised!


  • rikyrah

    Jay-Z to Compose ‘Great Gatsby’ Score

    By: Jenée Desmond-Harris | Posted: January 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z probably isn’t the first artist who comes to mind when most people imagine the soundtrack to the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, but a recent tweet from the Bullitts’ Jeymes Samuel confirmed that he and Jay-Z are part of the team producing the score for the upcoming movie, which Samuel called “too dope for words

    • Miranda

      Somehow this seems like the absolute perfect choice to me. It just fits.

    • angee

      you mean his bf Kanye is going to ghostwrite the Gatsby score?

  • rikyrah

    Oprah to Interview Cissy Houston One Year After Whitney’s Death
    By Nicole Marie Melton

    On the one year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s sudden death, Oprah Winfrey will sit down with the singer’s mom, Cissy Houston, for a special episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter.

    This interview will be the second time Winfrey has landed an exclusvie chat with the Houston family. Last year just weeks after Whitney’s death, Winfrey was the first to speak with Bobbi Kristina and Pat and Gary Houston in an interview that gained record-breaking viewers for OWN.

    Cissy Houston won’t be the only must-see guest on OWN this year. Alicia Keys, Berry Gordy and Diahann Carroll will share their stories on a new season of Oprah’s Master Class, while new episodes of Oprah: Where Are They Now? will focus on Apprentice alum Omarosa and rapper Bow Wow.

    • Town

      I’ll tune in to see maybe Berry Gordy & definitely Diahann Carroll. NO MA’AM to Alicia Keys & Bow Wow. Omarosa sounds interesting. I think Omarosa (somewhat unfairly) got a bad rap.

      • AxelFoley

        Just curious, Town–why no to Alicia?

        I’ll admit, I still loves me some Alicia, but I was a bit turned off with her hooking up with Swizz Beats while dude was still married.

      • rikyrah

        just wondering if you knew Omarosa was a Reverend now.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Pou. I’ve enjoyed this chicken thing because it did help me lift my mood.

    I’m feeling a bit down & sad. I’ve been hitting the AZ blogs to get a feel if we could get laws passed here to make gun shows & swap meets that sell guns to do back ground checks. Also if we could restrict automatic weapons & large capacity clips. I’ve also been doing historical research on guns & gun laws in AZ which has actually been interesting.

    On all the blogs even “Baja Democrats” the gun nuts are out in force. I don’t really know if they are in the majority or if they are just louder. They gang up & shout down any voice of reason. Some even said terrible things about Gabby Giffords going to see the grieving families in Newtown.

    It is truly depressing & a disgusting comment on my state that their “second amendment rights” trump the lives of children & adults.

    I won’t give up on this fight to get some control over guns, POU. There have to be more people here in AZ that feel as strong as I do. I will just have to go out & find them.

    • GN

      They gang up & shout down any voice of reason

      SMDH. I bet they aren’t the majority, just using that tactic to manufacture the appearance of consensus.

      • Aquagranny911

        I think you are right GN & as we know all too well, you can’t go by the blogs to get a true feel for what most people want.

        I don’t usually visit those blogs but I wanted to see what people were saying. I felt like I needed a bath in chlorox after reading some comments!

    • Alma98

      I agree with GN that they aren’t the majority just loud & obnoxious. PBO has signaled he with the help of the public will take the gun issue on. Let’s hope that when he calls for our help the emos stand up.

      • Aquagranny911

        I know both of you are right. When PBO calls for us to stand with him, I don’t care what the emus do. They aren’t any better with their big blogging mouths than the RWNJ’s with their big mouths on the blogs.

        I trust good people to stand & not be moved until we get some control of this gun idiocy.

        • GC

          Most of CT will be in. The last time I was in Tucson we wereoutdoor dining up in Scottsdale. A schmuck in a bright red sports car pulls up at the curve wearing a GUN and HOLSTER. I wanted to cut it off. And i don’t mean his holster.That was it for my meal.i think AZ cannot help us.

          • Aquagranny911

            Maybe but while I was doing some of my historical research for guns in AZ I came across this:

            In 1886, in one of our towns, two drunken miners got into a dispute & shot at each other. Neither one was hit but their “stray” bullets killed a woman & child who happened to be near by.

            Towns people were “so outraged at this violence against a woman & child that they strung the two miners up & hanged them on the spot without waiting for sheriff, judge or jury.” After that, no one but the sheriff was allowed to have guns in that town.

            I’m not saying that I agree with this kind of vigilante justice but it goes to show how far away from decency we have come when the deaths of 6 women & 20 children is just a hohum for some gun freaks.

            I have been nailing a few on the blogs with what I have been learning in my historical research when they try out their “old west” BS.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • TyrenM

    Why is Fox squeezing Pam Oliver on the benches with Erin Andrews? That’s some BS. Ugh.

    • conlakappa

      Why do they both appear to be wearing bargain basement hair?