October 18, 2017

Sunday Open Thread: P.O.U. Sunday Jazz Brunch


As you indulge in your Sunday breakfast/brunch, enjoy a few selections from An Oscar Peterson Christmas


“The Christmas Waltz”


“White Christmas”


“What Child Is This?”


“Let It Snow”

  • dannie22

    Good morning everyone!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD – MERRY CHRISTMAS – MORNTIN” dannie22. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      – — — Have a BLESSED DAY. :>) Good 2 C U dannie22♥ :>) —

  • GreenLadyHere


    – ——THANK U -Sepia – 4 the JOYFUL -SMOOTH SOUNDS of Mr. Peterson! :>) Have ALWAYS Loved his MUSIC. :>)

    — —BECAUSE –HE IS a STRONG LEADER!! – – –Why Obama isn’t caving— HAH! —


    – – – -B BLESSED —ESPECIALLY 2-DAY. :>) – – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -A FINAL FAREWELL: – —Obama to attend Inouye funeral in Hawaii – —

    – — – –President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend the funeral service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) in Honolulu on Sunday, the White House announced on Saturday.

    –Inouye, who died on Monday, will be buried Sunday morning at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Inouye was a nine-term senator, the second-longest-serving member in Senate history, and a World War 2 veteran who received the Medal of Honor.

    Obama, who was born in Hawaii, called Inouye an “inspiration” in his speech at the memorial service held at Washington’s National Cathedral on Friday.

    “We remember a man who inspired all of use with his courage and moved us with his compassion, that inspired us with his integrity, and who taught so many of us, including a young boy growing up in Hawaii, that America has place for everyone,” Obama said.

    – – – -REST IN HIS ETERNAL PEACE — Sen. Daniel Inouye. AMEN- –

    • goldenstar

      I am glad that PBO can attend Sen. Inouye’s funeral. It’s a fitting end to a life of public service and with great meaning and significance to the people of Hawaii.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOD -MERRY CHRISTMAS –MORNTIN’ GOLDenstar. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        —***fist bump** — -Soo TRUE. :>)–

        Annd we remember that – –Sen. Inouye SUPPORTED PRESIDENT Obama: –:>) – —

        Senator Inouye Backs American Jobs Act– —

        – – -Soo Good 2 C U GOLDentar. :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -LOL – – -Watched THIS PHOOL on – -“creepy crowley”: – – –

    —- -☻ – –Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    So says the crazy person. RT @ThisWeekABC: .@AsaHutchinson: Gun control is not part of the “ultimate solution” to gun violence. #ThisWeek

    – – -CLOSELY RELATED:- —

    – – –☻ —Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka
    At this point, I want armed guards outside Wayne LaPierre’s home so he’s on lockdown. His brand of crazy is scary. #MTP

    – – – -SOOOO — -the CRAZIES R OFF [their rocker] annnnd RUNNIN’ [their STOOPID MOUTHS]- – – -LOL — –

    – – -We READY!! LOL – – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -Found this bit of HUMOR at TOD: – – —


    — -EVEN a BIRD KNOWS: – – –THEY CRAZY –annnd EVIL/VILE — annnd –RACIST!!. — – WHEW LAWD!! —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – -Some of the “comments” were not supportive – -BUT- – —

    – — –As Usual EmoProgs Overreact because they Don’t Understand Negotiating and Governing – —

    – – —Most parents have had the unpleasant task of dealing with a child who anticipates an outcome unhinged from reality, such as expecting a brand new Ferrari for their birthday, and depending how detached from the truth about their family’s financial situation the child is, their disappointment is nearly always founded in ignorance and fantasy. When human beings have a deluded expectation of what is considered most likely to happen, or a belief that is centered on the future that may not be realistic, an unwanted result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment. For the past week, there has been no dearth of disappointment and outrage from liberals, progressives, and Democrats who are furious with President Obama for his third fiscal cliff proposal, and their disappointment has its basis ignorance of the negotiation and governing process as well as the nature of democracy.

    Early in 2010, left-leaning malcontents (EmoProgs) spent no small amount of time complaining that President Obama failed to wave his dictator’s scepter and issue edicts suspending the Constitution and giving himself unlimited power to impose liberal policies and agendas without regard for the legislative process. The problem in 2010 was that the President’s biggest critics on the left slept through government class and missed the Constitutionally-assigned powers of the three branches of government, and that as head of the Executive branch, the President’s power is limited informing that negotiation and compromise are necessary to govern a nation with varying points of view. What is uncertain, is whether or not the so-called professional left has the slightest comprehension that Americans’ political leanings cover a broad spectrum of positions, or that every man, woman, and child in America is not a hardcore liberal just because a Democrat was elected president.

    — – – –THIS MIGHT HELP. :>) – –

    [Gotta “bounce” — MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY♥ Good LUCK -NFL PICKS :>)]

    • crazycanuck

      For the life of me, I don’t know why people listen to these nutcases on the left. They are certifiable. I swear I know more about your govenrnment than they do.

    • jds09

      I want these people to do a stint in their PTA’s or Little League boards then get back to us.

      • Camille

        Heck, even their Homeowners Associations!

        They’ll quickly figure out how hard it is to reach any sort of consensus on anything including on something as inane as if the tree at the corner that was felled during the last rain storm is worth saving – or whose recommended arborist should be hired to make recommendations.

        Or what color theme the Association Christmas party ought to be and whether we should have finger foods or hearty family favorites.

    • Alma98

      I’m sitting here laughing at all the emo trolls commenting on this post. It’s like they sent out a bat signal that someone wrote something about us and we have to attack. I see churchlady & ltmidnight engaging them and calling them out on their b.s.. These people are delusional they love arguing and being right all the time. They’d never make it in politics.

    • Kennymack1971

      Dang thanks for the Schoolhouse Rock link GLH. This needs to be spread far and wide especially to all the whining idiots on the left.

    • JojoRaze

      WRT to chained CPI, it is the least objectionable of any deal PBO is liable to make. Two: Seniors overall voted for Mittens. If they don’t want anyone messing with their SS or their Medicare, they need to stop voting overall for Republicans.


      Three: Medicare is a big driver of healthcare costs because there is a lack of preventative medicine and a good culture of health in the US. We have bad food everywhere that fills you up and relatively cheap, but is bad for you. Until we are willing to lop off at the root the food lobby and subsidize fruits and vegetables instead of corn, wheat and soybeans, we’re up a creek.

      Four: We have to get rid of Fee-For-Service and pay all doctors a guaranteed salary and pay for good health outcomes. And everyone, legal or not needs to be insured…we can’t have free-riders because catastrophes due lack of preventative care drive up costs.

      • rikyrah

        WRT to chained CPI, it is the least objectionable of any deal PBO is liable to make. Two: Seniors overall voted for Mittens. If they don’t want anyone messing with their SS or their Medicare, they need to stop voting overall for Republicans.

        say it over and over and over again.

        elections have consequences, mofos.

        you voted for the mofos that would have turned Medicare into a voucher.

        so S-T-F-U and bend over.

  • rikyrah

    Good MOrning, Everyone 🙂

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    The Boston Globe gave another postmortem on the presidential race. It is filled with lunacy, I want to see receipts on this…

    “Exit polls told a stunning story. The majority of voters preferred Romney’s visions, values, and leadership. But he had clearly failed to address the problem that Romney’s own family worried about from the start. Obama beat Romney by an astonishing 81 to 18 percent margin on the question of which candidate “cares about people like me.”

    This race was the “canary in the coal mine” for white folks and they are very resistant to learning its lessons. They are still stunned….the white guy should have won it. Yet when they report the facts (in this article no less) the dominance and the competence of OFA are painfully obvious.

    Romney’s first choice of campaign manager was Mike Murphy who declined because he’s rather write screenplays in California. His second choice was Stuart Stevens who is very proud of being a screenwriter.

    Screenwriters? Seriously? This speaks to the fundamental grounding in fantasy that white privilege produces. Life is not a movie. Presidents are not handsome white male action figures and that’s all you need to present to the public. Facts matter, political skills matter and people of color know the emperor has no clothes. When a credible alternative appeared to the “great white father” routine we took it.

    I’m more interested in learning why white folks like Axelrod, Bird and Cutter see the real America (and that the emperor is nekked) while the majority of white America does not, and might be constitutionally unable to.


    • nellcote

      The majority of voters preferred Romney’s visions, values, and leadership.
      100% bullshit.

      • Ebogan63

        Why exit polls are notoriously inaccurate.

    • Ebogan63

      The majority of voters preferred Romney’s visions, values, and leadership.

      Rmoney never articulated ANY of that during the campaign.

      • conlakappa

        Agreed, seemingly mostly because he didn’t have them. He clearly still has a press person on the payroll.

        • Actually he did articulate his plan. Picking Paul Ryan, telling students to get twenty grand from their parents, informing veterans they were on their own was a clear indicator of what Mittens had in store for America.

          If Romney had won the majority of people who agreed with his values would be moving into a homeless shelter soon to be foreclosed on by Romney/Ryan inc.

          • trose1

            So true, and watching them live with the vision and values of Romney would have made my day.

    • rikyrah

      Screenwriters? Seriously? This speaks to the fundamental grounding in fantasy that white privilege produces. Life is not a movie. Presidents are not handsome white male action figures and that’s all you need to present to the public. Facts matter, political skills matter and people of color know the emperor has no clothes. When a credible alternative appeared to the “great white father” routine we took it.

      I love this paragraph.

      I told you all along that Willard was one long con for the GOP grifters.

      NEVER EVER more than paycheck.

    • rikyrah

      I’m more interested in learning why white folks like Axelrod, Bird and Cutter see the real America (and that the emperor is nekked) while the majority of white America does not, and might be constitutionally unable to.

      there was more than one person here, and elsewhere on other blogs, who were very clear that this election was a referendum on White people.

      And, they failed.

      They were willing to turn this country over to a couple of sociopaths that wanted to shred the social safety net.

      But, enough White folk weren’t crazy, and always, doing the heavy lifting to save this country were the non-Whites, who understood what was at stake and went about the business of saving America from itself.

      • jds09

        “….enough White folk weren’t crazy..” So true. I need to let go of my desire to understand the crazy. While I agree that there were a ton of grifters in the Romney camp, there was a subset of true believers. The true believers are scary crazy to me.

        • rikyrah

          While I agree that there were a ton of grifters in the Romney camp, there was a subset of true believers. The true believers are scary crazy to me.

          We will have to agree to disagree, because I don’t think there were any WILLARD ‘ TRUE BELIEVERS’.

          If you qualify the ‘ true believers’ as those who wanted to ‘get that Negro and his wretched family out of the White House’ ;….then, yeah, they were true believers.

          But, Romney-stans?

          Naw.. I just never saw any.

          if you didn’t get a check from Willard, you had nothing nice to say about him…and I always include his family in that.

          • conlakappa

            The Osmonds and Marriotts are true believers, as are a lot of people who think the role of leading Americans is the province of white men. So, yeah, those outside the payroll and among the 20% who believe in the party of St. Ronnie, such that it is now.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all!

  • rikyrah

    Casual Observation

    by BooMan
    Sun Dec 23rd, 2012 at 10:58:56 AM EST

    Critiques of President Obama’s negotiating style are certainly warranted, but the most boring thing in the world is the suggestion that the president is really a moderate Republican who wants to move the Democratic Party to the right and gut entitlements. We have control of half of Congress, and any suggestion that we can get 100% of what we want if only we are more inflexible is moronic. The only real debate is over what we are willing to give up, not whether or not we have to give anything up. So, progressives should put themselves in the shoes of a negotiator and ask themselves honestly what they are willing to sacrifice and what they want in return. This talk of rainbows and ponies needs to end.


    • Kennymack1971

      But it won’t as evidenced by a good chunk of Boomans own commenters.

      • Ebogan63

        That crew of commenters over there are moronic.

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          Absolutely. It was like arguing with a dead squirrel. Just pointless.

        • Camille

          Don’t be fooled.

          Never forget that many of these commenters never supported or voted for President Obama.

          They are mostly of the PUMA/Anyone but Obama/Ron Paul/3rd party variety even though they show up on all these blogs screaming their phony “disappointment” in a President they never supported or voted for to begin with.

          You can’t possibly reason or turn around people so rabid and bitter in their deep hate for a man they continue to obsessively troll and are determined to destroy.

          They are deranged.

  • rikyrah

    Estrogen Power

    by BooMan
    Sat Dec 22nd, 2012 at 09:20:15 PM EST

    Harry Reid wants a replacement for the recently-deceased Senator Daniel Inouye stat. Hawai’i Governor Neil Abercrombie must select someone from three names that will be provided by the state’s Democratic Party. The Party leadership will convene at 8am on December 26th. Sen. Inouye sent a letter to Gov. Abercrombie shortly before his death in which he endorsed Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his replacement. I think this makes it very likely that Rep. Hanabusa will wind up being the next senator from Hawai’i.
    My memory may be imperfect, but I think I only contributed money to one candidate this year, and that was Rep. Mazie Hirono. She was elected to replace Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawai’i. She would have been the first Asian-American woman in the Senate and the first (non-practicing) Buddhist in the Senate. If Hanabusa is appointed before the end of the year, Hirono will be the second in both categories.

    I have a lot of respect for both Senator Inouye and Senator Akaka, but I think Hirono and Hanabusa will be significantly more progressive in both their policies and their style. According to Progressive Punch, Hirono is the 9th most progressive member of the House and Hanabusa is tied for the 103rd most progressive member of the House. Of the two, Hirono is clearly the stronger liberal, but Hanabusa’s record is quite strong. She has a better lifetime progressive score than people like Reps. Bobby Scott, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Pete DeFazio, and Dennis Kucinich.


    • conlakappa

      And how about that for change? ABC continues to talk down to its audience and says that Hanabusa will be applying for the job. That isn’t quite accurate, is it?

  • rikyrah

    The Purist Left’s Rank Hypocrisy on the Social Safety Net

    Saturday, December 22, 2012 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 3:52 PM

    This week, I discussed the chained CPI proposal of indexing government spending and taxing, including determining the cost-of-living-adjustment increases for Social Security. For holding the simple common sense view that a slightly smaller increase is not a “cut” (except in the same sense that each year lived longer is an “increase” in benefits) I earned some accolades from The Moment of Truth Project (founded by Simpson and Bowles of the Presidential Fiscal Commission), and very nasty piece of mention calling me a “mentally unstable Obot”


    Perhaps that came out of someone commenting on the fact that I have been open and out about having mental health issues about a decade ago, which I was proud to get treated. Isn’t it nice to be a “progressive” and be able to make fun of mental health?

    Be that as it may, today’s discussion is really about something else. It’s about rank hypocrisy among the radicals who are hopping mad at the president for offering the chained CPI method of adjusting government spending and revenues as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. Their position essentially is this: if a slightly smaller COLA increase has to be part of a deal to avoid or end the fiscal cliff, then we should simply go over the fiscal cliff. That it isn’t worth it to take that small adjustment to COLA increases because it will hurt the most vulnerable the worst.

    Since they are willing to trade the fiscal cliff to maintain a status quo on Social Security’s COLA increases, let’s see the actual price they are willing to pay.

    The big picture: economy and unemployment.



  • rikyrah

    Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM PST.

    Mitt Romney’s transition team spent $8.9 million in government money, $740,000 on furniture

    by Laura Clawson

    Mitt Romney was the first presidential candidate in a position to make use of the Presidential Transition Act of 2010, and boy did he ever make use of it, to the tune of $8.9 million.
    The Presidential Transition Act gives presidential nominees resources to plan their transition to the presidency ahead of the actual election, to help ensure that they’re fully prepared to hit the ground running as president. The Romney campaign’s use of those resources was governed by the General Services Administration, but even within those constraints, it reminds you that this is a campaign that’s facing complaints from nine media outlets over inflated costs on the campaign trail. How do you spend $8.9 million?

    The design, construction and space planning for the Romney team’s office space, which took up multiple floors in the Mary E. Switzer building a couple miles from the White House, cost about $2.5 million. The furniture bill came in around $740,000, and basics like office supplies cost about $30,000. The biggest chunk by far came from communications and related hardware. Items such as IT services, computer equipment and cell phones cost $5.6 million. The GSA noted that some of the resources would be recycled; Dell Latitude Laptops bought for Romney’s 500-strong transition team, for example, will be used by other parts of the federal government. Rent charges were waived by the GSA, as they traditionally are for transition teams during the President-Elect phase

    That’s $1,480 in furniture, $60 in office supplies, and $11,200 in computers, cell phones, and IT services for each member of Romney’s transition team. In addition to the rent being waived, salaries are not included in what the GSA covers. By contrast, in 2008, when Barack Obama was actually elected president and began his transition after the election:

    Mr. Podesta said he expected the transition to employ some 450 people and have a budget of about $12 million. Of that amount, $5.2 million will be paid by the government, with the remaining $6.8 million coming from private sources, he said. Contributions will be limited to $5,000, he said, and the transition will not accept money from political action committees


  • rikyrah

    December 21, 2012
    My Barack Obama Biography

    Born in Hawaii, to a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, in 1961 and named Barack Hussein Obama II, Barack Obama was truly born at the bottom of the barrel.
    No, Barack was not born in the hells of poverty or inner city violence, but for a young man who would want to serve his country and be president, the situation couldn’t have been much worse.

    From the ages of six to ten Obama lived in Indonesia with his mom’s second husband; not a great resume enhancer for a future US politician. Then he was moved back to Hawaii, to live with his grandparents.

    From there, he progressed and stumbled through adolescence and made his grades, but became a bit of a young bum, partying and doing drugs. Then he straightened out, at his mother’s orders. Par for the course for the average young guy, but not him.

    The young Mr. Obama excelled in school after that, all the way through Harvard Law School. It has been said that he benefited from affirmative action rules that gave racial minorities advanced placement in schools and colleges. I hope so. We certainly needed that and any laws that help more people have access to higher education. Either way, I think president Obama has made Harvard proud.

    The rest is history.

    There is no ‘bootstraps to greatness’ story like his, in American history.

    Posted by The Dixie Dove


  • rikyrah

    now, here’s a laugh for you today.

    didn’t want to be President?


    Willard was a Mormon Gollum and the Presidency was his ‘precious’.

    Sorry, Tagg, nobody spends 40 million of their own money on something they didn’t want.


    Tagg Romney: Mitt ‘Wanted To Be President Less Than Anyone I’ve Met’

    The Huffington Post | By Alana Horowitz Posted: 12/23/2012 10:12 am EST

    Tagg Romney said his father “wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life,” according to the Boston Globe.

    “He had no desire,” the eldest Romney son said. “If he could have found someone else to take his place … he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”

    Tagg Romney told the paper that his father was resistant to running because of his unsuccessful 2008 bid for president.

    The oldest Romney son was an instrumental figure in his father’s political career. He served as an adviser to the 2012 campaign, and has worked on previous campaigns.

    Like his father, Tagg Romney attended Brigham Young University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. However, he told the New York Times that “I’d be really surprised if I did [run for office]. It’s a really horrible process, and honestly I just don’t want to go through it.”


    • So he lied about everything including his first name because?

    • trose1

      So he ran for President because ………….??????
      Romney and GOP campaign’s strategy was racism. He needed to get as many white people to vote for him as possible. The strategy did not work. This is not complicated.
      Romney and the GOP can all go to hell for the evil/poison they have spread in this country.
      Happy Holidays!

      • Ebogan63

        Yep. It was always about ‘vote for me cuz I’m white’ nothing else

    • vulcan_girl

      I thought when you made your sour grapes comments, they had to be your grapes. Does anyone else go around saying ‘My sister didn’t want those jeans anyway!’?

      • isonprize

        Does anyone else go around saying ‘My sister didn’t want those jeans anyway!’?

        Ummm, no!!! LOLOL This was too funny and so true. What a bunch of dumb sore losers,

    • Camille

      Which is why he and Ann and their sons were out there the past 7 years losing their freaking minds.

  • rikyrah

    Romney Lost Because No One Liked Him

    by BooMan
    Sun Dec 23rd, 2012 at 02:53:38 PM EST

    The Boston Globe retrospective on the Romney campaign is not bad. It hits most of the marks on why Romney failed, from having to deal with a nutty primary season, to getting defined by Obama in the spring and summer, to failing to present a human side, to running a lousy and inefficient organization. But the real key to the campaign was that Romney is a jerk who no one likes and that he lies more than any human being on the planet. If I had a time machine and I could go back and run Romney’s campaign, I would hook him to an electrode and shock him every time he lied. Once he was cured of that, I’d tell him to talk about his family about 90% of the time.

    But the truth is that you can’t take a jerk and turn him into a nice guy. They tried it with Bush and it didn’t work. Yes, the Supreme Court and a Butterfly ballot made him president, but no one really liked him and he was never popular outside of a couple of years after 9/11 when people were wiling to give him the benefit of the doubt. Look how that turned out.


  • MonieTalks

    Dawn Hochsprung’s Devotion To Family, Sandy Hook School Never Wavered

    Dawn Hochsprung kept politics out of her professional life.

    But after the November election, Hochsprung, a registered Democrat, couldn’t help sounding off to her Facebook friends in an exuberant post using the pseudonym “Dinna Fash,” a term for “don’t worry.”

    “Happy for my daughters, whose right to make decisions about their own bodies are preserved for four more years. Just happy.”

    Five weeks later, the president would hold Hochsprung’s 6-month-old granddaughter, Alyson, and pinch her little cheeks during a meeting with loved ones of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

    “She was the biggest Obama fan,” Hochsprung’s daughter, Erica Lafferty said in an interview with The Courant on Tuesday night. “That would have been the highlight of her life.”

    • Miranda

      RIP brave woman……..Rest in eternal peace.

    • Worldwatcher7