November 23, 2014

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

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.!

As you indulge in your Sunday breakfast/brunch, enjoy the sounds of Betty Carter Live at the Hamburg Jazz Festival in 1993:

bettycarter_hamburg

m4s0n501
  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –B BLESSED. :>)

  • rikyrah

    This Week in God
    By Steve Benen

    Sat Jun 1, 2013 9:56 AM EDT

    First up from the God Machine this week is a look at the unfortunate ways in which social-conservative activists are responding to American women’s economic empowerment.

    The Pew Research Center released a report this week that found women are now the sole or primary source of family income in 40% of U.S. households with children. These findings led to a bizarre Fox segment, featuring Lou Dobbs and his panel of all-male guests, who condemned the cultural/socioeconomic shift,

    As my friend Kyle Mantyla reported, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer raised some related concerns.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Fischer cited his vision of a “biblical” family model, citing men’s “physical strength” and “brain power,” and the need for women for “to focus her energies … on making a home for her children and for her husband.” Fischer then argued

    “I don’t think it’s a healthy dynamic to have a wife out-earn her husband, because so much of his sense of worth as a male is tied up in what he does vocationally and providing for his family. That’s his calling. It’s not his wife’s job to provide for his family; he knows that it’s his job. And if he has a wife who out-earns him, I think that’s going to put some stress on his psyche. It’s going to put some stress on that marriage.

    In other words, according to this prominent leader in the religious right movement, women shouldn’t earn more money than men, because men’s feelings might be hurt — and the male “psyche” can’t handle it.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/01/18679581-this-week-in-god?lite

    • conlakappa

      What would Huckabee say about that? Prior to speaking gigs after he hit the national stage, she always made more money than he.

  • rikyrah

    Can the GOP base really kill immigration reform? Not if Republicans don’t let it.

    By Greg Sargent, Published: May 31, 2013 at 2:14 pmE-mail the writer

    Will House Republicans really kill immigration reform, at a time when even some Republicans are worried that failure to repair relations with Latinos could seriously complicate the party’s chances in national elections for years to come?

    Well, one thing that is certain is that a majority of House Republicans may, indeed, vote against it in the end. And the reason why, as my Post colleague Aaron Blake points out, is that House Republicans may not be willing to support a path to citizenship, out of fear of facing primaries. He cites some recent Post/ABC News and Quinnipiac polling to support this argument:

    If you dig a little deeper, you’ll find there’s plenty for Republicans to lose by supporting a path to citizenship.

    According to the Post-ABC poll, 37 percent of Republicans say voting for a path to citizenship is a deal-breaker for them, while 12 percent say voting against it is a deal-breaker.

    The Q poll, similarly, shows that 36 percent of Republicans would be less likely to support someone who votes for a path to citizenship, while 15 percent would be more likely.

    In other words, for Republicans whose districts are so red that they only have to worry about their primaries — which is about two-thirds or three-fourths of House Republicans — it seems clear that voting against immigration reform is actually the more politically expedient path.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/31/can-the-gop-base-really-kill-immigration-reform-not-if-republicans-dont-let-it/

    • jds09

      This is gonna be good. Immigration reform is gonna happen, the question is when. California has shown establishment Republicans what happens when you let your wingnut base protected by gerrymandered districts run amuck: quietly proposition 11 is voted in that makes all districts rectangles and drawn by citizen committees and the electorate learns that you are proudly the problem and votes your ass out. Pundits on both sides of the aisle here in California acknowledges that the republican party is dead for the foreseeable future. Are they gonna choose the short death or the long one. Hum.

      • Aquagranny911

        How did CA do this? You can’t believe what our districts look like. It’s like they turned out a coyote, drunk on tiswin & followed it around with a big red crayon & the stub of a blue one!

        I do believe the Repubs are toast but the work of getting them out of AZ will be hard.

    • nellcote

      I’m so sick of everything being based on the NEXT election. Is this just a way to ignore the LAST one?

  • rikyrah

    That Story You Knew Was Bullshit? Yeah, It Was Bullshit.

    —By Kevin Drum
    | Fri May. 31, 2013 9:25 AM PDT

    If you have a life, you may have missed Wednesday’s blockbuster Daily Caller story about IRS commissioner Doug Shulman’s 157 visits to the Obama White House. The number of White House visits over the past four years, the Caller reported breathlessly, “strongly suggests coordination by White House officials in the campaign against the president’s political opponents.”

    You may have noticed that I didn’t bother blogging about this in real time. I was too busy trying to decide whether to slit my wrists or jump off a tall building, so I didn’t have time. The story was obvious bullshit,1 of the kind the Caller specializes in, but who’s got the time to figure out exactly how and why it’s bullshit? And who was going to volunteer to spend a day of their lives they’d never get back debunking it?

    Well, the answer turns out to be Garance Franke-Ruta. And the explanation for all those entries in the White House log, roughly speaking, is (a) the fact that Shulman was cleared for a meeting doesn’t mean he actually attended a meeting, (b) nearly all of Shulman’s meetings were related to a biweekly group working on healthcare reform, and (c) virtually all of the meetings took place in buildings other than the White House.

    Is it worth clicking the link and reading the details? On the one hand, no, of course not. Are you serious? On the other hand, Franke-Ruta deserves to have her heroic efforts get some love. It’s your call.

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/05/story-you-knew-was-bullshit-yeah-it-was-bullshit

  • rikyrah

    Regular Order, Meet Schadenfreude

    Patrick Caldwell

    Republicans in the Senate have taken a few hasty steps back from calls for normal procedure now that Democrats have assembled a budget.

    May 30, 2013

    Regular order. For the past few months, it’s been a Republican byword, the potential cure to all that ails Washington. “The right process is the regular order,” Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, said in a statement this past January. “A second term presents the opportunity to do things differently, and in the Senate that means a return to regular order,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor earlier this year. “I believe that it’s time to do regular order,” House Speaker John Boehner told ABC News in March.

    The ceaseless parade of commissions, super committees, and gangs of six and eight could be traced back to the lack of a Democratic budget for these regular-order evangelicals. After all, Senate Democrats hadn’t even managed to propose a budget since the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency.

    For the latest issue of the Prospect, Jamelle Bouie and I profiled Patty Murray, the senior senator from Washington state who took over as chair of the Senate Budget Committee at the start of the year. It was an unenviable spot. Unlike her predecessor Kent Conrad, Murray was determined to produce a budget within the first few months at the gavel. She didn’t have much choice in the matter either: Republicans had demanded a new Democratic budget as a precondition before agreeing to increase the debt ceiling at the end of January. But Murray managed to marshal the competing elements of her party and pass a budget through an all-night voting session in the middle of March by a slim 50-49 vote. While the GOP voted against it en bloc, many Republicans praised Murray for at least getting operations back to normal. “I just want to commend Senator Murray … for conducting an open, complete, and full debate,” McConnell said on the floor just before the budget’s passage. “I know everyone is exhausted and you may not feel it at the moment, but this is one of the Senate’s finest days in recent years.”

    In late April when I asked Paul Ryan, Murray’s counterpart as the House GOP’s budget leader, if he expected to soon sit across the table from Murray at a conference committee, he said, “I assume. I do expect ultimately we will.”

    But despite being avowed regular-order groupies, Republicans haven’t followed through. Once both sides of Congress passed their budgets, both parties should have appointed representatives to a conference committee—a series of meetings where the two sides would hash out the differences between the competing budgets. Ryan and Murray spoke regularly throughout March and April to discuss forming a conference committee, but Ryan refused to cede ground and start the process. The conservatives in his party have stopped Republicans from beginning official negotiations until Democrats agree to give up on tax increases and raising the debt ceiling through the conference committee.

    ………………………………………….

    Left with no other options as House Republicans dilly-dallied and refused to appoint conferees, Harry Reid asked for unanimous consent to begin selecting members for the conference committee, only to be blocked. “After giving the Republicans what they said they wanted, regular order, countless votes and passage of a budget resolution, a strange thing happened: House Republicans did a complete 180,” Reid said in frustration when Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey blocked his request in late April. “They flipped. They’re no longer interested in regular order.” Since then, Murray has marched onto the Senate floor nine times to request a move toward conference, only to be stymied by GOP senators.

    http://prospect.org/article/regular-order-meet-schadenfreude

  • rikyrah

    No political daylight for GOP in Virginia
    By Steve Benen
    Fri May 31, 2013 3:57 PM EDT

    For Virginia Democrats, the strategy for this year’s statewide elections came into sharp focus after the Virginia Republicans’ recent nominating convention. Step 1: explain to the commonwealth that the GOP slate is unusually radical, even by contemporary Republican standards. Step 2: make the case that there’s no real difference between the various culture warriors who’ll be on the same ballot.

    To that end, E.W. Jackson, the unhinged candidate for lieutenant governor, did Virginia Democrats a pretty big favor today.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Jackson appeared on a radio show this morning and was asked about possible areas of disagreement between himself and gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R).

    “We are in fundamental agreement. I’ve heard that this ticket is probably more homogeneous than almost any ticket ever in the history of Virginia. So there’s no stark disagreement between us.”

    You can almost hear Virginia Democrats smiling.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/31/18660578-no-political-daylight-for-gop-in-virginia?lite

  • rikyrah

    June 01, 2013 9:13 AM
    American Austerity

    By Ryan Cooper

    The chart above (borrowed from Jim Pethokoukis) shows the rather staggering amount of austerity the US economy has been trying to choke down this year, mostly coming from the fiscal cliff deal and the sequester. A couple months ago, I was worried this would tip the country back into recession, but so far growth seems to be holding up quite well. What gives?

    First, it’s still a bit early. The sequester is only just beginning to bite, and consumers may yet cut back. We’ll have a better picture of this in a couple quarters.

    Second, the market monetarist crowd argues that free monetary policy means austerity has no effect on the economy (the “monetary offset”), but I’m not convinced. The counterfactual is that growth would have been stronger, and that’s difficult to disprove. Growth is still weak and the labor market is still horrible. And as Steve Roth points out, it’s hard to know what we’d be giving the Fed credit for, since they haven’t changed any policies or statements, except to state baldly that “fiscal policy is restraining economic growth.”

    So, on balance, I’d say austerity is still a bad idea for the United States. There’s especially no reason to keep squeezing lower-income Americans, who have been taking it on the chin for 40 years, with increased payroll taxes. Doubly so when US borrowing rates are at historic lows.

    However, having a Fed at least kinda-sorta committed to keeping the economy tottering along surely helps. Austerity has been doubly damaging in Europe because the European Central Bank doesn’t seem to care at all about keeping its weaker countries from falling to bits. This turned minor problems into major ones and major problems into catastrophes as multiple panics ripped through the periphery unrestrained. Trying to lure the “confidence fairy” through budget cutting is a mug’s game, but a collapse of confidence from policy mistakes (like, say, letting Lehman Brothers fail) can do stupendous damage.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_06/american_austerity045046.php

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Trayvon Martin Foundation Community Program of Peace, Justice and Prayer, 6/1 – – –
    – — –The trial of George Zimmerman, in the fatal shooting of Miami Gardens teen,Trayvon Martin is scheduled to begin soon. You may have already been following this case and are familiar with the defense’s attempt to assassinate the character of Trayvon.
    – – – SNIP – —

    Join the Trayvon Martin Foundation, community leaders, clergy and concerned citizens at 3 PM, Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Bethel Apostolic Temple,1855 NW 119th Street, Miami for a community program of peace, justice and prayer.
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  • rikyrah

    Again, Let’s Focus on the Real Scandal

    by BooMan
    Sat Jun 1st, 2013 at 04:37:20 PM EST

    For whatever reason, the people who make Camel cigarettes decided to disclose that they had made large contributions to Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers last year. I suppose that the disclosure is commendable, but I wonder what type of social welfare they thought they were promoting when they paid for right-wing attack ads. The whole 501(4)(c) thing is a scam that big corporations use to fund right-wing politics. The IRS should have pounded these groups into dust, and yet they gave every single one of them tax-exempt status. Sure, they slow-footed them a bit and asked some impertinent questions, but they ultimately gave them what they wanted, which was the right to raise unlimited amounts of money from corporations in a naked effort to get Mitt Romney elected president, and to do it without disclosure or taxation.

    The IRS should not be partisan in any sense, but they also shouldn’t be stupid. These 501(4)(c) groups are not involved in social welfare. They are involved primarily in politics, usually for the furtherance of Republican aims.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/6/1/163720/8404

  • rikyrah

    May 31, 2013 5:44 PM
    Push Coming to Shove on Immigration

    By Ed Kilgore

    The first big public rift in the coalition supporting the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill is coming to light, per this report from The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, and it’s predictable enough:

    Pro-immigrant advocates are pushing back against the Gang of Eight’s strategy to win 70 votes or more for comprehensive immigration reform, fearing it would require too many concessions to Republicans.

    Liberal advocates of comprehensive immigration reform argue the bill only needs 60 votes to clear the Senate and that additional concessions to pad the vote total are not necessary.

    Probably the easiest way to look at it is that a 70-vote bill would produce a product closer to the kind of stunted and punitive “reforms” likely to emerge from the House. But that doesn’t really mean “momentum” for the Senate bill; it could just as easily generate additional demands for concessions by House Republicans.

    But it’s no accident the biggest champion for additional changes in the Senate bill is Marco Rubio, who is quoted extensively in Bolton’s article. Assuming he has any interest in running for president ever, he needs to narrow the gap between “his” Senate bill and the position of conservatives in and beyond both chambers. Beyond that, the credit he’s due to get from “Establishment Republicans” for dragging his party into an immigration reform effort its base largely despises goes right down the drain if he can’t eventually get a bill enacted, even if it’s a pale imitation of what he professes to favor.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_05/push_coming_to_shove_on_immigr045042.php

  • rikyrah

    South suburban school board has three felons on it

    BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter/fmain@suntimes.com
    June 1, 2013 9:56AM

    Three members of a south suburban school board are felons — and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office is considering whether to seek their removal from office, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

    Joe Louis Sherman, Mark Mitchell and James J. Coleman are members of Ford Heights Public School District 169. They have presided over an estimated budget of $8.8 million for the current school year.

    Court records show that Sherman was convicted of battery and retail theft, Mitchell of marijuana possession, and Coleman of illegal possession of a gun — all felonies.

    Elected school district officials are barred from holding office if they are “convicted in any court in the state of Illinois or of the United States of a felony, bribery, perjury or other infamous crime.” Last year, a state appeals court upheld a decision to bar a Peoria man from running for a school board seat because he was convicted of a felony. He was convicted of theft in 1984.

    “It’s clear-cut,” said Burt Odelson, a south suburban attorney who specializes in municipalities and school boards. “You can’t hold an elected school office if you’re convicted of a felony. I’ve been doing this for a long time. There is no wiggle room.”

    Odelson said the state’s attorney’s office should file lawsuits to remove Sherman, Mitchell and Coleman from office.

    http://www.suntimes.com/20132540-761/south-suburban-school-board-has-three-felons-on-it.html

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning folks, I’m off to get some breakfast, everything I have sux lol. Hey rikyrah, I didn’t know about FDR, wow.

    • rikyrah

      morning, cc.

      I was shocked too.

      I had heard about Lucy Mercer….I didn’t know about all the others.

    • Alma98

      What about FDR cc?

      • rikyrah

        I watched Hyde Park on Hudson last night.

        What it revealed to me was that FDR was a playa.

        He had a different sidepiece for almost everyday of the week.

        • Town

          FDR had:

      • Aquagranny911

        I read Eleanor’s autobiography that she wrote in late ’50’s early 60’s. She spoke the truth on old Franklin even though she didn’t name names or numbers. Theirs was a marriage of convenience & keeping the money in the family. She was a distant cousin to FDR. He WAS a “playa” as Riky said until polio slowed him down quite a bit.

        Eleanor was considered an “ugly woman” while FDR was considered handsome, accomplished etc. IMHO, she had way more smarts & heart. She’s a very interesting woman worth reading about.

        • Alma98

          I knew about her being a cousin and the cheating stuff. I thought there was something new about him that just came out.

          • Aquagranny911

            No, she touched on this in her book but didn’t get specific. She knew Franklin didn’t love her & it grieved her because she did have admiration for him & did her best to be a good wife. She was a woman of her times.

  • rikyrah

    Burke’s Law: Chicago alderman cashes in thanks to tax limit he helped enact

    By TIM NOVAK Staff Reporter | tnovak@suntimes.com
    June 1, 2013 2:10AM

    Ald. Edward M. Burke, the most powerful member of Chicago’s City Council, is also Edward M. Burke, attorney at law. His specialty: getting property-tax cuts and refunds for an A-list of business clients that includes Commonwealth Edison, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Avis Rent a Car and dozens of other companies that do business with City Hall.

    As alderman, Burke helped pass a measure in 2002 that sharply limited City Hall’s ability to get in the way when his law clients go before an obscure state agency appealing for refunds of property taxes they thought were too high.

    Burke (14th) was hardly the only alderman to vote for the resolution, which passed 47-0 and got so little attention at the time that even the head of the state agency it affects says he was unaware of it until now.

    But unlike other members of the City Council, Burke had a financial stake in his vote, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.

    That appears to be a violation of the city ethics code, which bars elected officials from voting on matters that financially benefit themselves, though it’s unclear whether violators face any penalty.

    In the decade since the City Council passed the measure, Klafter & Burke, the small downtown law firm the alderman heads, has won more than $3.1 million in tax refunds and interest payments by convincing the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board to reduce the assessments for real estate the firm’s clients own in the city of Chicago, state and county tax records show. City Hall couldn’t challenge him in those cases or chose not to.

    http://www.suntimes.com/20001549-761/burkes-law-chicago-alderman-cashes-in-thanks-to-tax-limit-he-helped-enact.html

    • goldenstar

      I. cannot. stand. this. man. nor his wife. He’s the equivalent of a Chicago Tea Party creep. Besides his utter opposition and obstruction of Harold Washington, his arrogance in taking that black child from his mother just gets under my skin. Ugh.

      • rikyrah

        Me either. My memory is long…I remember him being thick as thieves with Fast Eddie Vrydolyak during Harold’s time as Mayor.

        NEVER EVER FORGOT.

  • rikyrah

    There is absolutely no f-in way that I would vote for this woman in a Democratic Primary.

    No.way.in.hell.

    …………………………………

    Springfield chaos and a Lisa run?

    BY CAROL MARIN cmarin@suntimes.com
    May 31, 2013 10:46PM

    Let’s pull out the crystal ball and examine why it looks like Attorney General Lisa Madigan is gearing up for a primary challenge to her party’s own incumbent governor. With a little help from her friends.

    The burning question of her potential candidacy has always been whether Lisa can neutralize the Dad problem. Dad being, of course, House Speaker Michael Madigan, the most powerful and polarizing political figure in Illinois.

    On that score, she has already begun. Most recently by making it clear she didn’t agree with Dad’s bill on conceal and carry. It was his original proposal that the NRA secretly liked but pretended to be neutral on. And that the attorney general didn’t agree with.

    Speaker Madigan, who is nothing if not strategic, happily acknowledged this squabble with his independent-minded daughter.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/20456113-452/springfield-chaos-and-a-lisa-run.html

    • goldenstar

      I agree but I think that she will win. Quinn is not popular and he has not changed since Harold kicked him out of his administration. He’s a loner, not an collaborator. He’s stands up for decent issues — by himself — since he’s not an organizer. He has an ego which takes over his better sensibilities.

      In the meantime, she has built key alliances in communities throughout the state. She actually has values of social justice and equality. She has never taken a public stance nor stand against her father.

      • rikyrah

        She has never taken a public stance nor stand against her father

        yet, another reason why I won’t vote for her.

        I utterly loathe her father.

      • sagittarius

        Hi, goldenstar:

        I disagree. The unions will take the lead, via CTU, on elections for the next two years. Daddy Madigan, a Republican masquerading as a Dem, is in their crosshairs. They won’t take him down, but they will take Lisa down by proxy. He has crapped on unions forever, but it became blatant with the McPier restructuring. Also, as details come out about what has been done to the teachers union and public ed in the General Assembly… trust, Lil’ Lisa ain’t gonna sashay to the Governor’s Mansion.

        Don’t sleep on Quinn… he has the backing of various groups (vets, black folks) that he can pull together in a coalition. Black folks aren’t hardly backing a Madigan of ANY stripe.

        • Aquagranny911

          I really appreciate this insight into your local politics. There is no way I can know enough about each state except for what people share on blogs. Thank You!!!

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

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    — -SUMMARY – –

    – — ☻Newly released images taken from school yearbooks at height of disco era
    ☻Most striking shows a young Barack Obama in Saturday Night Fever outfit

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    • nellcote

      were both hoping time had forgotten

      ===
      I’ve always found it noticeable just how UNembarrassing their school days fotos are.

    • Town

      There’s nothing remarkable about these pictures. Michelle looks like Charlene from Diff’rent Strokes and Barack still looks cool in every picture.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – OUTRAGEOUS – – — “WAR on the POOR”!! – – —

    – – -
    Bill Would Allow Spying on Bank Accounts of Unemployed

    — – — -A GOP bill that is speeding through the Wisconsin state Legislature “would require jobless people to provide more proof that they are seeking work, and make it easier for the state to recover over payments- including those made because of government errors — by allowing officials to peek into unemployed people’s bank accounts,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

    THIS IS —BEYOND –DISGUSTING!! —
    Sooo —WHERE R —“Da POVERTY PAIR”???? – – —-O – -I KNOW —THIS will NOT GET THEM any MONEY!!- -geesh!!

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  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – -Another: – – -Earl — -IZZAT-U?? – – -:>) –

    – – -Earl Ofari Hutchinson: The Never Ending War on Eric Holder – –

    – — There was nothing subtle about the Washington Times recent poll question: “It asked will Attorney General Eric Holder be forced to resign in six months.”

    The percentage of votes for yes was lopsided. Considering the source, the conservative Washington Times, the poll may have been more wishful longing than merely an objective gauge of public opinion about Holder.

    At the very least, it spoke to something that has been near and dear to conservatives virtually from the moment that President Obama announced his intention to nominate Holder for Attorney General in 2008.That something is to convert Holder into the whipping boy for all the GOP’s manufactured alleged sins of the Obama administration. Then once he has served that end, to try and force Obama to dump him, and point to that as example of a president with a penchant for getting a top cabinet official to do the administration’s dirty work.

    Holder is an all-purpose tool in the GOP’s relentless drive to mark
    Obama as a failed president.

    — -SNIP – – –

    – – -As in past investigations, Holder’s promise to take corrective measures to insure transparency and to fully cooperate with the House probes has meant nothing. The GOP will continue to dig to find any new alleged impropriety by Holder, will hold more hearings on them, and make the same threats to blow Holder out of the water. The GOP’s dogged vow to hamstring Obama with the odor of scandal and in effect straightjacket his presidency insures that Holder will continue to serve as a red herring to toss more mud on Obama and hope that it sticks. The never ending war on Holder is a key part of that ploy. – – – – TRUTH!! — -THANK U!!

    – –KEEPIN’ the FAITH!! :>)–AMEN.

    • crazycanuck

      I just hope Holder stays strong and does not resign. Let those idiots stew from now till 2016

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG** —

        ***fist bump** – —Sorry gotta “bounce” –:>) – -

      • jds09

        I bet their hatred tastes like cold iced tea on a hot summer day. lol
        Note to upcoming black male leadership, THIS is how you do it. Stay focused on the work and keep it in your pants.

      • gn

        He’s been through worse. The Marc Rich pardon was a bona fide scandal. I think that PBO wisely chose AG Holder because Holders’s been through real fire and has no more f-s to give and would stand up to anyone, even a POTUS if he had to, because of how he got burnt with the Rich pardon. I have my grumblings with the WH but President Obama is seriously on point and has been from the beginning. His selection of AG Holder (while not giving a damn about the kerfuffle which took place at the time of the selection) is definitely evidence of the eleventy billion dimension chess game PBO plays.

        • TresL

          I think Holder was around during the Elian Gonzales saga and Waco too. Wasn’t he the deputy to Janet Reno?

          • jds09

            If so, Holder knows their playbook backwards and forwards. LOL, I wonder if privately he tells them their next move before they do it. I watched a local politician do that to folks and it used to INFURIATE them. Lol

          • gn

            lol, these folks are likely very transparent to AG Holder indeed!

          • gn

            Oh that’s right, he sure was. The far right’s scandalmongering is nothing new to him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – – — A BLACK HISTORY-MAKING MOMENT! —A FIRST — Woo! Hoo! :>) – –

    — -The First African American Dean at Mississippi State University – –

    — -Achille Messac was named dean of the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University.

    Dr. Messac has been serving as distinguished professor and chair of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Syracuse University in New York.Previously, he taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and Northeastern University in Boston.

    Dr. Messac is a native of Haiti. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. – —-GR8 CREDS! :>)
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  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – –I posted this B4 –BUT —there is an UPDATE. :>) – –YOUNG –GIFTED —BLACK/POC –:>) – — -MUCH FUN! –:>)

    – -Y.N. Rich Kids New Single ‘Khaki Pants,’ Is This Summer’s ‘Hot Cheetos & Takis’ (VIDEO)- –

    — –From the group that brought you last summer’s hit “Hot Cheetos & Takis” comes another song on a subject hip-hop has heretofore seldom considered: school uniform swag. The song, “Khaki Pants,” which droppedearlier this month, is an ode to school uniform bottom wear, and it comes complete with its own accompanying dance. According to the video, the song, presented by Y.N.Rich Kids, is performed by the NSJ crew (although, as Grantland points out, it’s unclear what the relationship between the two groups is).
    – – – -SNIP —

    The video, which has more than 134,240 views on YouTube as of this writing follows last summer’s release of Y.N. Rich Kids’ video “Hot Cheetos & Takis,” which has over 6 million views on YouTube.The young group is a product of the North Community YMCA’s Beats and Rhymes program in Minneapolis. The program is “designed to provide challenging, positive youth and career development opportunities for low income, culturally-diverse youth,”
    according to its website.

    THERE IS MORE. —-

    –CONGRATULATIONS — YOUNG ONES! — -B BLESSED. :>)

    [Gotta “bounce” — -MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY♥. – -B BLESSED 2-DAY♥]–

  • crazycanuck

    LOL, I just saw the cherrios commercial online, It’s that was all the kerfufle is about? They will never last one minute here.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Haters going to hate.

    • Aquagranny911

      That “kerfufle” has actually increased the sales of Cheerios according to what I have been reading. I hate dry cereal but I had Hubby buy a box yesterday when he went to the store. If the Grandkiddos don’t eat it, I will feed it to my hens!

  • trose1

    I am trying to find a clip that shows Roy Hibbert said “no homo” in his interview last night. I listened 2 the clips on Huff puff but I don’t hear where he stated it.

    • Miranda

      I didn’t see it either but he apologized for it.

      INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert apologized Sunday morning for using a gay slur and cursing during his news conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

      About 12 hours after he made the comments, the team issued a statement from Hibbert in which he said he was sorry for his “insensitive remarks.”

      “They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views,” he said in the statement. “I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television.”

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article/hibberts-language-could-draw-nba-punishment

      • trose1

        I was reading the comments on HP and some are saying that “no homo” is a reference from “Boondocks?”
        I did read where he apologized. I wanted to hear him saying it but the clips I have seen I don’t hear it.
        Now there is a clip that shows Shaq Barkley etc talking about bar b que chicken or something.
        Maybe I am getting old but I don’t get the references.
        Ernie said we are all Black friends?
        What is that about?
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/02/roy-hibbert-press-conference-curse-gay-slur_n_3373455.html#comments

        • Miranda

          I have no idea what these references are about! I must be really outta the loop!

  • Alma98

    Hello everyone.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Everyone :)

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah!

  • rikyrah

    That hopey changey thing at the Department of Justice

    In Meridian Mississippi, where 4 of every 10 kids lives below the poverty line the public schools have been routinely jailing black children for offenses like: wrong color socks.

    In Meridian, when schools want to discipline children, they do much more than just send them to the principal’s office. They call the police, who show up to arrest children who are as young as 10 years old. Arrests, the Department of Justice says, happen automatically, regardless of whether the police officer knows exactly what kind of offense the child has committed or whether that offense is even worthy of an arrest. The police department’s policy is to arrest all children referred to the agency.

    Once those children are in the juvenile justice system, they are denied basic constitutional rights. They are handcuffed and incarcerated for days without any hearing and subsequently warehoused without understanding their alleged probation violations. [Colorlines]

    In a display of what Rand Paul would probably find unconstitutional Federal tyranny, the Department of Justice sued the school district, the police, and the local courts. The schools caved first and in March signed a consent order

    This consent decree essentially cancels most, if not all, police intervention for any issues that ca be “safely and appropriately handled under school disciplinary procedures.” This includes: disorderly conduct, school disturbances and disruptions, loitering, trespassing, profanity, dress code violations, and fighting that doesn’t include physical injury or weapons. Further, the school district can not share any information on students’ discipline records with any law enforcement agency unless court-ordered. It also requires schools to track discipline data, including by race, and then take corrective action if they find racial disparities.

    But the heavy handed Feds are not going to stop at little Meridian. They are going to prevent school districts from jailing 10 year olds all over the place as Colorines reports.

    Last month, Jocelyn Samuels, deputy assistant attorney general for DOJ’s civil rights division, told Hing that Meridian “is just the tip of the iceberg,” and that this consent decree could be a model for tackling the national problem of excessive punishment of black students

    http://krebscycle.tumblr.com/post/51912884114/that-hopey-changey-thing-at-the-department-of-justice

  • Alma98

    The French Open coverage has been terrible, the tennis network wants you to pay their subscriber fee of 8.99 to watch tennis. When it is on tv it’s only show it for 3hrs. That’s insane and they wonder why the sport has low ratings.

  • rikyrah

    Will Smith Scoffs at Kardashian Comparison
    June 2, 2013 by Cory Alexander Haywood

    *Will Smith does not want his family compared to the Kardashian clan—period (and really, who could blame him?).

    Sure there may be a few similarities—you know, money, fame, celebrity status, that kinda stuff. But the Smith family has substance (who cares that Big Willy’s eldest son, Trey, is never seen or heard from.)

    Nothing says “family” better than a father/son hookup for a major motion picture. “After Earth,” starring Will and son Jaden, opened this weekend. This is the duo’s second movie together, for which they have been making non-stop promotional appearances on a variety of shows and radio stations across the world.

    During a recent interview with New York’s Magazine Vulture, Jaden Smith was asked to make comparisons before his megastar dad interrupted by raising his hand as if to say he had enough. “I’m trying to understand,” Jaden said. “Don’t,” Will directed him. “You know he’s never had to, to deal with those kinds of questions.”

    Before allowing the reporter to change the subject, Will mimicked him and said: “’So how do you think your life is similar or un-similar to people’s names in Calabasas?’ For our family, the entire structure of our life, our home, our business relationships – the entire purpose is for everyone to be able to create in a way that makes them happy.”

    Will emphasized that although they are celebrities, his family members are in the spotlight because it is what they like to do.

    http://www.eurweb.com/2013/06/will-smith-scoffs-at-kardashian-comparison/

    • Miranda

      But the Smith family has substance (who cares that Big Willy’s eldest son, Trey, is never seen or heard from.)

      ____________________

      And? I wonder why the author is obviously implying there’s something wrong with that. Maybe Trey has no interest in being in the spotlight. And the Smiths are well within in their rights to be extremely insulted to be compared to the Kardashians in any manner.

      • TresL

        Yeah I caught that too, typical media bullshit. They always have to get their dig in. People like the Smiths and the Obamas are out there doing big things, living out their potential and these “journalists” who have no talent and can’t do anything (Hell, they aren’t even great writers) sit back and criticize people who have talent and are out there showcasing it.

        • Aquagranny911

          You know something? We should change that old saw about “those who can’t do, teach” to “those who can do nothing else work for the media.”

          • TresL

            You’re right everyone else is living life and they’re nothing more than spectators.

          • Aquagranny911

            & they can’t even “spectate” honestly!

      • gn

        Thank you. Does that not comport with what Will Smith said? No one in his family is in the spotlight if they don’t want to be there. That Kardashian comparison is ridiculous. Why not an article about how the Smiths helped to save the Fela musical and brought that piece of black history to many people? If you have a chance to interview someone like Will Smith, why waste it on inanity? They’re not perfect, but Will and Jada are more interesting than that.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Trey is 20. He is old and doing his own thing. He might not want to walk on the red carpet with Dad anymore. And while I do think that their parenting methods are a little unorthodox, I think that its a little safe to say (Don’t take my word for it, this might not apply in future) that I don’t think a sex tape starring his penis skills will be out there anytime soon. Just because we now know who the Hilton and Kardashian children are because of Paris Hilton’s sucking skills or Kim Kardashian’s Ass, doesn’t mean that every famous parents child will do the same thing.

        • Aquagranny911

          Very well said!!!

        • TyrenM

          True. Jaden might get filmed without his permission by a wannabe starlet. For now, poor comparison.

          • Town

            True. Jaden might get filmed without his permission by Kylie Jenner (Kardashian). For now, poor comparison.

            —————–

            There. Fixed.

          • Miranda

            I really wouldnt put it past Kris Jenner to make try it.

        • conlakappa

          I think Trey was dragged into the discussion for 2 reasons: to intimate that he was treated like a typical first-marriage child (today in the Wash Post he was referred to as his other son) and maybe to force a discussion of the learning challenges he allegedly had.

      • Aquagranny911

        I don’t know about anybody else but I would also be personally insulted if my obscure familia was ever compared to that seething snake pit of Kardashians in any way!

  • rikyrah

    An End to My Frustrations

    by BooMan
    Sun Jun 2nd, 2013 at 10:07:00 AM EST
    Well, I was almost done with a long piece of analytical wriiting on the alarming growth of sectarian fighting in the Middle East, when I was interrupted. The iPad I was using ran out of juice and it erased my article when it finally powered back up. I’ve been trying to write on an iPad with a wireless Bluetooth keyboard for the last week, and it is a torturous experience. My writing has suffered terribly and even my motivation to write has been greatly diminished. I am going to pick up my MacBook Air from the Genius Bar. They fixed it and it is waiting for me. I can’t wait to have it back because trying to write with an iPad feels like making a banjo player use a guitar. I know what I want to do, but it’s just too difficult to pull it off and it doesn’t come out right.

    The two articles I was referencing in my lost article were from the New York Times and the BBC. Perhaps you can read them and start a conversation about their meaning. That’s what I intended to happen this morning.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/6/2/1070/26417

  • rikyrah

    What happened to Black Wall Street on June 1, 1921?
    February 9, 2011

    Black Wall Street, the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-Black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious Whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving Black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering – a model community destroyed and a major African-American economic movement resoundingly defused.

    The night’s carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead and over 600 successful businesses lost. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and even a bus system. As could have been expected, the impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with ranking city officials and many other sympathizers.

    The best description of Black Wall Street, or Little Africa as it was also known, would be to compare it to a mini Beverly Hills. It was the golden door of the Black community during the early 1900s, and it proved that African Americans could create a successful infrastructure. That’s what Black Wall Street was all about.

    The dollar circulated 36 to 100 times, sometimes taking a year for currency to leave the community. Now a dollar leaves the Black community in 15 minutes. As for resources, there were Ph.D.s residing in Little Africa, Black attorneys and doctors. One doctor was Dr. Berry, who owned the bus system. His average income was $500 a day, hefty pocket change in 1910.

    It was a time when the entire state of Oklahoma had only two airports, yet six Blacks owned their own planes. It was a very fascinating community.

    The mainstay of the community was to educate every child. Nepotism was the one word they believed in. And that’s what we need to get back to. The main thoroughfare was Greenwood Avenue, and it was intersected by Archer and Pine Streets. From the first letters in each of those three names you get G.A.P. And that’s where the renowned R&B music group the GAP Band got its name. They’re from Tulsa.

    http://sfbayview.com/2011/what-happened-to-black-wall-street-on-june-1-1921/#.UaqNmVp8ynw.twitter

    • Alma98

      Some of the comments are beyond ignorant. smh

      • Miranda

        Half of the comments are just racist trolls. They will stake out sites that they believe are catered to us for the sole purpose of disrupting any discourse.

        • Alma98

          I know, they jump on anything. They even attacked the little black girl that died in Oklahoma during the first storm. A lot of these sites need better monitoring MSN and Yahoo is a cesspool of ignorance and racism.

  • rikyrah

    Why Diversity in Admissions Has Merit

    by BooMan
    Sun Jun 2nd, 2013 at 12:50:12 PM EST
    I am not up to speed on the Affirmative Action cases before the Supreme Court but it seems like there is a near-consensus that the Court is poised to gut Affirmative Action in college admissions with implications for the policy in general. What the Court does is beyond the control of the Republican Party, but upending Affirmative Action will do real and lasting damage to the GOP’s rebranding efforts and cost them even more support with women and racial minorities.

    One of the frustrating things about college admissions is that admission boards consider all kinds of things beside the raw data involved in grades and test scores. People receive preferential treatment if their parents are alumni or if they come from geographical areas with few applicants. They may be rewarded because they play a certain musical instrument or have extracurricular activities that fill a need with some school program. I think it’s a legitimate argument that students learn a lot from having contact from people from different regions of the country or different religious backgrounds, or from foreign countries. This is learning that occurs mainly outside of the classroom, but it’s an important part of the learning process. One could even make an argument that Yale classmates of George W. Bush benefitted by having contact with the grandson of a U.S. Senator and son of a congressman, despite the fact that Bush never would have been accepted based on objective metrics. It’s a weak argument, perhaps, but making powerful connections is one of the advantages of going to an elite university.

    Affirmative Action is intended, in part, to compensate for the fact that rich and powerful people already get preferential treatment in college admissions. But people like George W. Bush are supposed to benefit, too, because meeting people from other walks of life broadens perspectives and deepens knowledge. There are many competing considerations that the admissions officers rightly take into account when they go about building a class of students, and gender and racial diversity is as legitimate as any of the others.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/6/2/125012/4948#1

  • Miranda

    Schumer believes Holder’s ‘going to stay’
    By Russell Berman – 06/02/13 12:12 PM ET

    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday defended Attorney General Eric Holder, saying he thought the Justice Department chief would hold onto his job despite GOP calls for his resignation.

    “There have been all kinds of accusations, but I haven’t seen anything that would prevent him from doing his job,” Schumer said. “Obviously if there’s wrongdoing we should find out who did it, but the president has confidence in Holder and I believe he’s going to stay.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/video/senate/302945-schumer-believes-holders-going-to-stay#ixzz2V5A1qYBW

    • Aquagranny911

      Of Course, Holder is staying! I, for one, would be enraged if he left now. The Repugs hate his ass because he won’t let them get away with their caca.

      He’s the best AG we have had in like forever & the people do know this. I’ve got his back. I think Tweeters should start doing #Standwithholder!

    • Alexander2

      (Gwen Ifill snatched Arianna’s wig on This Week)

      HUFFINGTON: . . .I mean let’s call on Holder to design. There is no way Holder can continue to do his job as tainted as he has been. And as arrogant as he has been about what his department has been doing when it comes to the press. And I disagree with Gwen. This is not navel-gazing. This is about the First Amendment.

      IFILL: Can I say one thing, I’m really waiting for the moment when any senior cabinet official loses his job because a Sunday talk show has called for him to step down. Until he loses the confidence of the president, maybe David knows this more than I do, I can’t imagine him losing…

      http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-david-plouffe-karl-rove/story?id=19289082#.UauI4thDKE8

      • Aquagranny911

        I can’t believe that any talk show still has that nasty biscuit on any more. She’s so yesterday. Who gives a fig what she thinks?!?

        • crazycanuck

          But AG, she a real progressive

          • Aquagranny911

            You really don’t want me to give my opinion on this comment, do you? It’s Sunday & I don’t want to go to the Lounge.

      • Miranda
  • Miranda

    Karl Rove Melts Down When Confronted With Evidence of Bush IRS Investigation(Video)

    When David Plouffe confronted Karl Rove with evidence that his Bush administration used the IRS to investigate the NAACP, Rove melted down and stammered baloney.

    http://www.politicususa.com/karl-rove-turns-sta-confronted-bush-irs-investigations.html

    • Alma98

      LOL

    • Aquagranny911

      Love it!

    • jds09

      Plouffe wants a piece of Rove so bad…this exchange is just the beginning. A few observations about this clip:

      According to a poll conducted by a media organization, only 15% of Americans give a shit about the “AP Scandal” you know that had to be working those questions to their advantage. LOL

      Arianna has the hots for Holder the same way Maureen has about PBO, I wonder if they have cocktails together to commiserate.

      Gwen has limited value…unless she can come out strong she needs to sit down. Why didn’t anyone mention Rosen’s quote about impacting WH policy via the leaks? He didn’t simply want to inform the public, he wanted to shape policy. Big difference.

      • Aquagranny911

        Excellent!

  • Miranda

    The Price of Rebellion
    By TESS TAYLOR
    Published: June 1, 2013

    DANVILLE, Va., a small city perched just above the North Carolina border, was the last capital of the Confederacy. Its crumbling “Millionaire’s Row” still includes the brick Sutherlin mansion, where Jefferson Davis, having fled Richmond, met his cabinet for the last time.

    By 1963, when my father was growing up there, Danville was a company town; the local cotton mill, where my grandfather, Leigh Taylor, was the director of training, was its lifeblood. It was also a Jim Crow town; nine years after the Supreme Court’s Brown decision, its schools were still segregated.

    That spring a group of black Danville ministers, including the Rev. Lawrence G. Campbell, decided they could no longer tolerate the separate water fountains or the poorly staffed “black” hospital. They had tried suing the city, to no avail. When they held a sit-in at the library, the library got rid of the tables. Rather than integrate parks, the city closed them.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/opinion/sunday/the-price-of-rebellion.html?hp&_r=0

    • conlakappa

      That is where my grandparents are from! Funny, I didn’t find the Jeff Davis reference while working on the timeline for Grandma’s 100th birthday celebration.

  • rikyrah

    When Pressed for Evidence Obama Was Behind IRS Scandal Darrell Issa Has Nothing

    When pressed for actual evidence that Obama is behind the IRS scandal, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) imploded and revealed that he has nothing.

    Candy Crowley is one person in the mainstream media who seems to have wised up to Rep. Issa’s pattern of cherry picking information to support his Obama conspiracies. Issa has zero evidence to support his claim that the White House was involved in the IRS scandal. When Crowley pushed him to release the full transcripts of his interviews, the California congressman revealed what this investigation is really about when he called White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a paid liar.

    Issa had so little evidence that when pressed he pulled out his standard cry that the White House won’t turn over the documents. Rep. Issa’s standard move when pressed for facts is to go all X-Files and claim the truth is out there, but Obama won’t let him have access to it.

    By claiming that the administration is lying without any proof to back it up, Issa has revealed that the IRS investigation is nothing more than another partisan witch hunt. The good news is that after getting burned by the Republican edited Benghazi emails, parts of the media are showing more caution when dealing with Issa’s conspiracy theories.

    Instead of bolstering his case for White House involvement in the IRS scandal, Rep. Issa shot himself in the foot. Issa couldn’t control his Obama hate on camera, and his outburst has blown a giant hole in Republican claims that President Obama was behind the IRS scandal.

    http://www.politicususa.com/pressed-evidence-obama-irs-scandal-darrell-issa.html

    • http://theravenspoke.blogspot.com/ TheRaven

      Nobody slithers like Isssssaaaaa

  • Miranda

    SMH….2 weeks ago WaPo gave us a riveting piece on the stylish footwear of the White House General Counsel…now the NY Times enthralls us with a powerful piece on the purses of female legislators…..but per the feminists and their media cohorts, PBO should be tarred and feathered because he’s just soooooo sexist…amirite?

    Purse Politics: Tote and Vote
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/fashion/purse-politics-tote-and-vote.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes

    • nellcote

      WTF? These articles are insanely offensive.

  • Miranda

    Zimmerman attorney admits to lying about Trayvon

    Trayvon Martin fight video: He recorded two homeless men fighting over a bicycle
    By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel
    2:47 p.m. EDT, June 2, 2013

    George Zimmerman’s attorneys today released a statement, backtracking on what they say a video of a fight found on Trayvon Martin’s cell phone shows.

    In court Tuesday, defense attorney Mark O’Mara described it as Trayvon video-recording two friends beating up a homeless man.

    But in today’s statement, O’Mara apologized and said it really shows Trayvon video-recording two homeless men fighting over a bicycle.

    Trayvon, along with a friend, had come upon the fight and Trayvon had merely recorded it, according to the statement.

    In his statement today, O’Mara described his mischaracterization in court as unintentional and said he was unhappy about it.

    more here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-trayvon-martin-fight-video-20130602,0,6996223.story

    • Alma98

      Trying to taint potential jurors before the trial starts. I’ve never seen such blatant and willful misconduct by an attorney. And to make matters worse he’s not being punished for it.

      • Aquagranny911

        That’s exactly what O’Mara is doing but I think this will backfire big time.

  • rikyrah

    GOP Embracing New Poll That Also Shows 73% Say Economy Takes Precedence Over Scandals

    By: Sarah Jones
    May. 30th, 2013

    Republicans are running with a new Quinnipiac University National Poll that shows the President’s approval ratings dropping to 45%, but they are ignoring the other information from that poll — namely that by a 3-1 margin, Americans say the economy is more important than investigating the “controversies” (aka, largely GOP-manufactured scandals).

    Seventy-three percent of American voters believe that dealing with the economy should be a bigger priority than investigating the controversies of the IRS, Benghazi, and the AP, according to Quinnipiac poll released Thursday.

    Of the scandals, 44% of voters say the IRS is the most important one (luckily for the GOP, as their Benghazi scandal backfired and revealed their machinations behind the scenes to create said scandal). Twenty-four percent say the Benghazi attack, and 15% say the AP scandal. However, “American voters say 43 – 32 percent that congressional criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the terrorist attack in Libya is ‘just politics.’” That number should alarm Republicans, who already face poor poll numbers and the appearance of doing nothing but obstructing the President.

    By 76 – 17 percent, voters say a special prosecutor should be appointed in the IRS scandal. I agree, and would suggest that the special prosecutor also investigate undue pressure on the IRS to lay off of conservative nonprofits that are clearly acting as PACs instead of social welfare groups.

    The president’s job approval rating dropped to 45% in this poll, but polls released last week showed him steady and on May 19, he actually had a bump, when by all conventional wisdom, his polls should have dropped. It should be noted that this poll may be slightly skewed by the demographics, which were 73% white voters and a majority older voters (age: 18-29 15%, 30-44 25%, 45-64 38%, 65+ 21%). While whites made up 72% of the 2012 election turnout, skewing older likely impacted the results.

    http://www.politicususa.com/gop-embracing-poll-shows-73-economy-takes-precedence-scandals.html

  • lamh36

    Alright, today is wash and fold day. Gonna wash every piece of dirty clothing I got (and some that just need washing cause I ain’t worn em in a while).

    Also, to play a little bit of consumer’s advocate, don’t let nobody tell ya that the “thread count” on your bed sheets don’t matter. If you anyone says so, you call em “a dirty ratfinkin’ liar!”. When I got my new mattress I bought so new sheets. Back in DFW, I usually never bought less than 400 count sheets, but hey, I call myself trying to be cheap, so this time around, I bought some cheap lil 200 count (maybe less) sheets from Wal-Mart. Well let me tell ya, this maybe TMI, but I hate sleeping in pajama bottoms. I like my skin of my legs to touch the sheet…lol But damn if those 200 count sheets weren’t rough as hell. So I had to sleep with PJ bottoms on every night just to keep from scratching myself…lol.

    Let’s just I went out to buy some higher counts sheets ASMBAC (ie As Soon As My Black Ass Could!).

    • rikyrah

      I believe in the thread count

    • Aquagranny911

      Cheap sheets don’t last! I’ve been married for 45 years & I still have the set of pure Pima cotton sheets that my Granny gave me with her hand crocheted lace on the edge. Soft & wonderful!

    • rikyrah

      I basically have 4 sets of sheets….two for summer and two flannel sets from fall, winter and spring.

      I believe in expensive sheets…even expensive flannel – it keeps me warmer, which means that I don’t have to keep the heat up during the winter.. I just switched to the summer sheet sets a couple of weeks ago. They’ll be in the bed until probably mid-October, when I’ll switch to flannel.

      I’ve got a 600 thread and 1000 thread – paid a pretty penny for them, but they wash great and feel great.

      I bought the 600 thread count because of being in the store on a random supersale day. Never thought that threadcounts made a difference until the moment my body hit those sheets.

      Have never looked back.

      • Aquagranny911

        We didn’t know thread count back in the day but Pima cotton was considered some of the best in the world & I know Granny pinched some pesos to buy the sheets & then spent her time making the lace edging for our wedding gift.

        Those sheets have lasted & are wonderful to sleep with. I’ve bought a few since that come close but have never been this good.

    • nellcote

      That’s what you get for shopping at Wal-Mart :)

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • conlakappa

    Thanks for the music! I went to see Betty perform live though, alas, not while either of us was in Hamburg. It was at the Smithsonian so reasonably priced and filled to the rafters.