November 28, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: West Wing Week

This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Chile to attend the President’s inauguration, while this President worked on improving access to college for students, raising the minimum wage, and negotiating a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Ukraine. He also got out the word about this year’s March 31st deadline for health insurance applications, congratulated NCAA champs, and designated a new national monument.

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  • Miranda

    SMH…..here’s ya death panel

    WI Senate GOP leader stalling bill that would make cancer drugs more affordable
    March 14, 2014 11:15 am • SCOTT BAUER | Associated Press

    There are enough votes in the state Senate to pass a bipartisan bill that would make cancer drugs more affordable, but Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he won’t allow it to come up because a majority of Republicans don’t support it.

    Fitzgerald commented when asked about an unusual procedural move that prevented any senator, Republican or Democrat, from attempting to force a vote on the measure.

    Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/senate-gop-leader-stalling-bill-that-would-make-cancer-drugs/article_7e619e60-ad0a-54dc-affc-e5fc8eb77bf2.html#ixzz2w7qpYCiH

    • morphus

      Yep, typical costs too much “death by spreadsheet” opposition response from insurers.

  • Miranda

    Detroit Factory Receives $175 Million Tax Break; Only Hires 15 People
    $175M tax break for Marathon refinery buys Detroiters only 15 jobs

    Marathon Petroleum, which received a $175-million tax break from the City of Detroit in a mammoth expansion project, is coming under fire from City Council for failing to hire enough Detroiters.

    When Marathon asked the city for the tax break as part of the company’s plan to expand its operations in southwest Detroit in 2007, with the appeal came a pledge to recruit Detroiters for new jobs at the refinery.more here: http://www.freep.com/article/20140314/NEWS01/303140013/Tax-break-for-Marathon-refinery-expansion-fails-to-bring-jobs-for-Detroit-residents-city-officials-say

    • morphus

      Just more of Walmart’s and other businesses “in name only” job creation strategies?

    • rikyrah

      How the hell did broke ass Detroit come up with 175 million for anything?

      • conlakappa

        In 2007 it was only broke-ish?

        • crazycanuck

          LOL

    • Alma98

      This is ridiculous they basically paid nothing to expand in Detroit. smgdh

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. There’s a general consensus that George W. Bush’ indifference to governing was responsible, in part, for the deregulation and recklessness of the financial industry that almost brought this country to its knees. This article is an eye-opener. It unearths facts about the Bush family that I wasn’t aware of, or had readelsewhere, and helps to connect the dots on why Wall Street was allowed to run wild….

    America doesn’t have many political dynasties as powerful and well known as the Bush Family. Their success is an effort that takes money, power, and all of the right connections — some of which comes from a history on Wall Street.[….] And because of George W. Bush’s close ties to Texas and connections with the oil industry, the Bush family is often perceived as a bunch of oil tycoons. In reality, however, the oil industry is just one of many in which the Bush family displayed their financial expertise.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-bushes–a-wall-street-dynasty-2014-2

    H/T Lucas

    • morphus

      Unable to locate the PBS documentary which confirms what I’m about to say, BUT, prior to the 2000 election, a GOP group IIRC called the “Vulcans” vetted and selected then presidential nominee George Bush solely because of his name. In short, he wasn’t seeking the office of President, this group chose him.

  • rikyrah

    Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia

    MARCH 15, 2014

    IN advance of St. Patrick’s Day, I went time traveling, back to the 1840s and Ireland’s great famine. On one side of the Irish Sea was Victorian England, flush with the pomp and prosperity of the world’s mightiest empire. On the other side were skeletal people, dying en masse, the hollow-bellied children scrounging for nettles and blackberries.

    A great debate raged in London: Would it be wrong to feed the starving Irish with free food, thereby setting up a “culture of dependency”? Certainly England’s man in charge of easing the famine, Sir Charles Trevelyan, thought so. “Dependence on charity,” he declared, “is not to be made an agreeable mode of life.”

    And there I ran into Paul Ryan. His great-great-grandfather had fled to America. But the Republican congressman was very much in evidence, wagging his finger at the famished. His oft-stated “culture of dependency” is a safety net that becomes a lazy-day hammock. But it was also England’s excuse for lethal negligence.

    There is no comparison, of course, between the de facto genocide that resulted from British policy, and conservative criticism of modern American poverty programs.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/paul-ryans-irish-amnesia.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=1

    • http://www.dlancystreet.com reginahny

      Great article, but I beg to differ on that last point. Why sugarcoat it? There IS a comparison between the “de facto” genocide that resulted from British policy and conservative “criticism” of US poverty programs. Because it’s not just “criticism” it’s policy in action. As long as they wield power in government their policies (not their stupid dog whistle speeches / criticisms) are killing people, real people. Not to put too fine a point on it or wander into hyperbole — but I don’t let them off so easily. (Gets off soapbox!)

  • creolechild

    Family Just Adopted a Puppy That Ends Up Saving Them

    After having just adopted a puppy three weeks ago from the Humane
    Society, a Michigan family owes the husky-mix their lives after he
    alerted them to a gas leak in the middle of the night. His adoptive mom, Jill McLarty, had a cold and couldn’t smell the gas streaming from a gas burner left on, but burnt out, in the kitchen. The black and white puppy would not stop whining and running around in circles upstairs, until eventually, with Jill in tow, he marched directly to the stove. (Watch the video below.)[….]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/family-life/pets/mi-couple-adopts-pup-that-saves-them-from-gas.html

    H/T WJBK-TV, Joel Arellano, and GNN

  • creolechild

    What say you, Edward Snowden? No comment…ok…Gigi? Emos? Dudebros?

    Thousands Protest Putin In Moscow

    Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in central Moscow Saturday, a day before a Kremlin-backed referendum in Crimea on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. It was the largest anti-government demonstration since 2012. [….] While President Vladimir Putin’s ratings have risen since he announced Russia’s willingness to use force in Ukraine, the anti-government demonstration Saturday showed that not everyone is happy with the decision.[….]

    None of Russia’s state-owned news channels showed footage from the anti-government protest, and instead showed live video from the rally near the Kremlin, where large gangs of men from a group called “Essence of Time” dressed in uniform red jackets and marched to the sound of Soviet-era military music in disciplined columns.

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/moscow-protest-crimea-vote-putin-pussy-riot

    H/T Laura Mills

  • creolechild

    Measles Is Spreading In Our Largest Cities Because People Aren’t Vaccinating Their Kids

    [….] New York City is currently grappling with a measles outbreak. Health officials have identified 16 cases of the highly contagious infectious disease, resulting in at least six hospitalizations, and are now warning unvaccinated individuals that they need to get their shots. And New York isn’t the only place where measles — which was once so rare that it was virtually eradicated in the U.S. back in 2000 — is cropping up again.

    Within the past two months, health officials have also identified cases in the Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dallas areas. Measles have also recently been reported in suburban areas in Connecticut and Illinois.[….] Just one case of measles can pose a huge public health threat, since it has the potential to be transmitted quickly. It can spread through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes.[…]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/14/3408461/measles-outbreaks-cities-vaccination/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • creolechild

    Honda recalling almost 900,000 Odyssey minivans due to fire concerns

    Honda Motor Co is recalling nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans that could catch fire, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a recall notice posted on Friday. In a March 13 filing with NHTSA, Honda said 2005-2010 Odysseys built in Alabama have a fuel-pump part that could crack and cause a fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire.

    The company said it has no reports of fires or injuries related to the problem. Because the recall involves 886,815 Odyssey vans, Honda said the proper repair parts won’t be available until summer. In the meantime, it will provide “interim” parts to customers, who will be notified beginning in April.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/15/honda-recalling-almost-900000-odyssey-minivans-due-to-fire-concerns/

    H/T Reuters

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. Did you guys see the letter from Kelis to Peta? I just read it, good for her.

    • EpiphanySweet

      Good Morning! Do you have a link to this story?

      • crazycanuck
        • EpiphanySweet

          Thanks. Lemme check it out.

        • creolechild

          CC, her response had me in tears. Thanks for sharing the story and I’m going to post an excerpt because it’s hilarious but also points out the hypocrisy of PETA.

          There is no humane way to kill anything, let me start there. It’s unfortunate but it’s part of life. With that being said, I would eat pterodactyl if you found some and you told me it was meaty and delicious.[….] Lol this chicks will is nuts, google it – it’s a riot! Beyond the fact that I think she’s a diabetic, which means she needs insulin, which is taken from lab pigs (I know this because my sister happens to be in veterinary school), which would be completely hypocritical. It’s like don’t abuse animals unless it can help me.

          I feel very strongly about a lot of things such as the sweatshops that spin cotton and the blood on their hands.[….] If I started wearing endangered animals like polar bear or orangutan then talk to me. (Which btw for the record I would not – I do believe in the preservation of endangered species) But the minks and chinchilla that quite honestly are rodents and if weren’t in the form of a coat I would demand they be put to death anyway are not an issue to me.The death of high fashion. Ugh.

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

      • crazycanuck

        Hey Alma, Good Morning

  • creolechild

    Advocates debate charter school accountability at A.G. hearing

    [….] The hearing was the last of five held across the state by
    Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on the topic of charters, which have grown sharply during the last decade. DePasquale, who took office last year, has chided state education officials for not holding charters more accountable.

    Some advocates yesterday suggested that all charters should undergo yearly reviews, either by the state or their authorizing districts, to ensure the schools are up to par academically and financially.[….] “Charters are operating with very little regulation and accountability,” said Kia Philpot-Hinton, a parent and member of ACTION United. “And it’s hurting our public schools.”

    Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140316_Advocates_debate_charter_school_accountability_at_A_G__hearing.html

    H/T Solomon Leach

    • rikyrah

      Amen
      Amen
      Amen

    • isonprize

      I’m late to the party here, but I attended this meeting. Kia is FIERCE! We have some money grubbing Dems in Phila and the rest of PA along with Re-thugs, who know nothing about education, but everything about making a buck.

      DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED!!….

  • creolechild

    Women in Sahara Clean up Land Mines

    As the scorching desert sun beats down on the dry, dusty landscape, a metal detector beeps intermittently as it carefully sweeps just above the ground. The operator cautiously progresses in 30-centimeter intervals, marking the ground “safe” with stones. Behind the minimal protection of a full-face plastic visor and a vest of body armor, the operator shields her eyes from the intense rays of the sun with a pair of stylish Italian sunglasses.[….] Miriam was born in the Dahkla refugee camp near the city of Tindouf in southwestern Algeria in 1985.

    She was sent to boarding school, like most refugee Sahrawi children, far from home. “My parents lived through very difficult times, so I always wished I could do something to improve their conditions and offer them the things that they were deprived of,” she says softly. “My ambition is focused purely on helping my family.” She put her dreams of attending university on hold, and signed on to work as a mine clearer in 2007 after her mother heard about the work on the radio.[…]

    Read more: http://truthatlas.com/miriam-of-the-sahara/

    H/T Rob Asher

  • Miranda

    pretty scary:

    Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science

    In Washington, budget cuts have left the nation’s research complex reeling. Labs are closing. Scientists are being laid off. Projects are being put on the shelf, especially in the risky, freewheeling realm of basic research. Yet from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, science philanthropy is hot, as many of the richest Americans seek to reinvent themselves as patrons of social progress through science research.

    The result is a new calculus of influence and priorities that the scientific community views with a mix of gratitude and trepidation.

    “For better or worse,” said Steven A. Edwards, a policy analyst at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “the practice of science in the 21st century is becoming shaped less by national priorities or by peer-review groups and more by the particular preferences of individuals with huge amounts of money.”
    […]
    This is philanthropy in the age of the new economy — financed with its outsize riches, practiced according to its individualistic, entrepreneurial creed. The donors are impatient with the deliberate, and often politicized, pace of public science, they say, and willing to take risks that government cannot or simply will not consider.

    Yet that personal setting of priorities is precisely what troubles some in the science establishment. Many of the patrons, they say, are ignoring basic research — the kind that investigates the riddles of nature and has produced centuries of breakthroughs, even whole industries — for a jumble of popular, feel-good fields like environmental studies and space exploration.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/science/billionaires-with-big-ideas-are-privatizing-american-science.html?hpw&rref=us&_r=0

    • morphus

      There is a similar Koch altruistic donation story at Florida State U where Koch with $1.5 million pledge gets the “right” to control economy department’s hires and promote new program of “political economy and free enterprise.”

      • conlakappa

        That is not a lot of money at a big school to have that kind of control. Low-rent institutional whoring.

        • morphus

          Yes it cheap given the harm from past FSU “studies” used to proliferate national “policies”.

  • goldenstar

    I love his writing and his advocacy for youth and cultural differences. Here’s an excerpt of what he wrote in today’s NYTimes.

    Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?

    By WALTER DEAN MYERS

    Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.

    Reading came early to me, but I didn’t think of the words as anything special. I don’t think my stepmom thought of what she was doing as more than spending time with me in our small Harlem apartment. From my comfortable perch on her lap I watched as she moved her finger slowly across the page. She probably read at about the third grade level, but that was good enough for the True Romance magazines she read. I didn’t understand what the stories were about, what “bosom” meant or how someone’s heart could be “broken.” To me it was just the comfort of leaning against Mama and imagining the characters and what they were doing.

    Later, when my sisters brought home comic books, I got Mama to read them to me, too. The magazines and comics pushed me along the road of the imaginative process. When I got my first books — “The Little Engine That Could,” “Bible Stories for Every Day,” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” — I used them on the same journeys. In the landscape of my mind I labored as hard as I could to get up the hill. I stood on the plain next to David as he fought Goliath, and tasted the porridge with Goldilocks.

    As a teenager I romped the forests with Robin Hood, and trembled to the sound of gunfire with Henry in “The Red Badge of Courage.” Later, when Mama’s problems began to overwhelm her, I wrestled with the demons of dealing with one’s mother with Stephen Dedalus in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” But by then I was beginning the quest for my own identity. To an extent I found who I was in the books I read. I was a person who felt the drama of great pain and greater joys, whose emotions could soar within the five-act structure of a Shakespearean play, or find quiet comfort in the poems of Gabriela Mistral. Every book was a landscape upon which I was free to wander.

    In the dark times, when my uncle was murdered, when my family became dysfunctional with alcohol and grief, or when I realized that our economics would not allow me to go to college, I began to despair. I read voraciously, spending days in Central Park reading when I should have been going to school.

    But there was something missing. I needed more than the characters in the Bible to identify with, or even the characters in Arthur Miller’s plays or my beloved Balzac. As I discovered who I was, a black teenager in a white-dominated world, I saw that these characters, these lives, were not mine. I didn’t want to become the “black” representative, or some shining example of diversity. What I wanted, needed really, was to become an integral and valued part of the mosaic that I saw around me.

    Books did not become my enemies. They were more like friends with whom I no longer felt comfortable. I stopped reading. I stopped going to school. On my 17th birthday, I joined the Army. In retrospect I see that I had lost the potential person I would become — an odd idea that I could not have articulated at the time, but that seems so clear today.

    My post-Army days became dreadful, a drunken stumble through life, with me holding on just enough to survive. Fueled by the shortest and most meaningful conversation I had ever had in a school hallway, with the one English teacher in my high school, Stuyvesant, who knew I was going to drop out, I began to write short columns for a local tabloid, and racy stories for men’s magazines. Seeing my name in print helped. A little.

    Then I read a story by James Baldwin: “Sonny’s Blues.” I didn’t love the story, but I was lifted by it, for it took place in Harlem, and it was a story concerned with black people like those I knew. By humanizing the people who were like me, Baldwin’s story also humanized me. The story gave me a permission that I didn’t know I needed, the permission to write about my own landscape, my own map.

    During my only meeting with Baldwin, at City College, I blurted out to him what his story had done for me. “I know exactly what you mean,” he said. “I had to leave Harlem and the United States to search for who I was. Isn’t that a shame?”

    When I left Baldwin that day I felt elated that I had met a writer I had so admired, and that we had had a shared experience. But later I realized how much more meaningful it would have been to have known Baldwin’s story at 15, or at 14. Perhaps even younger, before I had started my subconscious quest for identity.

    TODAY I am a writer, but I also see myself as something of a landscape artist. I paint pictures of scenes for inner-city youth that are familiar, and I people the scenes with brothers and aunts and friends they all have met. Thousands of young people have come to me saying that they love my books for some reason or the other, but I strongly suspect that what they have found in my pages is the same thing I found in “Sonny’s Blues.” They have been struck by the recognition of themselves in the story, a validation of their existence as human beings, an acknowledgment of their value by someone who understands who they are. It is the shock of recognition at its highest level.

    ******
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/where-are-the-people-of-color-in-childrens-books.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

    • morphus

      What a journey. From loving to read, to books being friends he couldn’t trust, finally, to writer.

      I re-tweeted BlkHistStudies yesterday

      Whoever controls the images, controls your self-esteem, self-respect and self-development. Whoever controls the history, controls the vision— BlackHistoryStudies (@BlkHistStudies) March 15, 2014

      Also, “we” need to be serious about who “we” give Children Books Authorship awards to e.g. The Children’s Book Council has nominated Rush Limbaugh for author of the year???

      • conlakappa

        I wrote here last year about my mother, an early-childhood educator, combing libraries for years to find kids of colors in books. More often than not, she would wind up getting those without people, just animals.

        • goldenstar

          I didn’t post this but Walter Dean Myers’ son, Christopher Myers, wrote an accompanying article: The Apartheid of Children’s Literature” which folks should read in today’s NYTimes. He works with his father as an illustrator. Really, really good.

  • creolechild

    Malaysia Appeals to 25 Countries as Search for Flight 370 Widens

    Malaysian authorities have asked 25 countries to support the hunt for a missing passenger jet as it prepared to extend the search to an area stretching from Kazakhstan in the north to the two-mile deep waters off Australia in the south.[….] Satellite transmissions that weren’t turned off along with other communications systems showed Malaysian Airline Flight 370 operated for almost seven hours after last making contact with air traffic controllers on March 8, Malaysian Prime Minister Razak Najibsaid yesterday.

    That may have taken the Boeing Co. 777-200 more than 3,000
    miles from where it was last tracked west of Malaysia and pushed it to the limits of its fuel load if it was airborne the whole period. It is possible that the radars could have picked up a signal from the
    plane while it was on the ground as long as the electricity was on, said Civil Aviation Chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman. Malaysia has not received any contact from any groups making demands over the plane[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-16/malaysia-appeals-to-15-nations-to-aid-in-wider-search-for-plane.html

    H/T Andrew Davis, Alan Levin and Liau Y-Sing

    • morphus

      snark. Did anyone bother to ask Snowden or Greenwald which secret NSA or intelligence agency database holds information on the exact whereabouts of Flight 370?

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good SUNDAY MORNTIN’ jds09. ***BIG — -Cali’ —HUG*** :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/ENJOY the Weather. :>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning jds!

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – – — — – – ☺”MR. PRESIDENT” — -Has Serious Jokes BUT–ACA WAS the MESSAGE. :>)

    — — — – – -☺AT the End —Still Presidential–“WHO GAVE HIM CLEARANCE?” LOL

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  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – — –UPDATE: —UKRAINE: — VOTING DAY
    – — -☺@MaximEristavi
    All basic things you need to know about today’s Crimea referendum
    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117039/crimean-referendum-primer
    via @tnr/@lindakinstler pic.twitter.com/GgwXy7P1Sp
    — — -Wishing the BEST 4 the people – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥- – -The RE-THUGS in OHIO –BEYOND DANGEROUS!! – –
    – – -Ohio Mistrusts Democracy
    – – — -Ohio Republicans must not think their political candidates can win a fair fight against Democrats. They’ve decided to rig the state’s election system in their favor, deliberately making voting harder for people who tend to vote Democratic, particularly minorities and the poor.

    After years of debate and litigation on this issue, Ohio lawmakers know full well that there is no history of electoral fraud in the state and no pattern of abuse by any voters or groups. The sole reason for a series of recently passed bills is that Ohio is a perennial swing state, and Republicans want to give themselves every possible advantage in sending party members to Congress later this year, and putting electoral votes in the Republican column in the 2016 presidential election. That’s why Gov. John Kasich signed into law the following provisions:

    ■Six days of early voting have been eliminated, and same-day
    registration will no longer be allowed on those days, during which more than 50,000 people voted in 2012. Blacks participated in early voting at a higher rate than whites.

    THERE IS MORE – – –

    – – -DEY —SCURRED!! —BUT – –

    KARMA — -has NOT fully spoken! — –

    – – -☺ GOTV! –http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1gnjAMObKaE/ToUxlAzl2uI/AAAAAAAADYs/VpvK4S0CphU/s1600/voting_booth+image.gif

  • creolechild

    Posting additional info about anticipated USPS stamp releases…

    Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Jim Morrison to Appear on Postage Stamps – Posted on February 21, 2014

    [….] The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, with subjects ranging from Apple founder Steve Jobs to gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It will also be offering numerous music-related stamps, including Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix this year and a James Brown stamp next year.[….] This year will also see the arrival of stamps honoring NBA champ Wilt Chamberlain[….]

    The document also names a number of people and characters who will be honored with stamps sometime in the future. Among them are general music-related stamps honoring guitars and hip-hop, as well as several new entries in the U.S.P.S.’s Music Icons series, including Lennon, Bill Monroe, Jim Morrison, Sam Cooke, Tammy Wynette, “Fats” Waller, Freddie Fender, Roy Orbison, Sarah Vaughan and Willie Dixon. Michael Jackson will also be getting his own stamp that is not part of the Icons series.[…]

    Other stamps planned for a later date include Barack Obama, both Bush presidents, Bill Clinton, 20th Century humorists, Ansel
    Adams, a Black Heritage series, science fiction writers, pro football,
    Hanna-Barbera characters, Dora the Explorer and more.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jimi-hendrix-john-lennon-jim-morrison-to-appear-on-postage-stamps-20140221

    H/T Kory Grow

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ —-Uhhh —- With all due respect — -YA MEAN WE have NO important BUSINESS 2 take care of HERE???- – –

    — – -☺Senators: We need to stand up to Putin
    – – – – -Top members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday that the U.S. needed to show strength and long-term resolve in pushing back against Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the head of the Foreign Relations Committee, said that without a united global response, Russian President Vladimir Putin would push as far as he could to amass power.

    “Putin only understands strength,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

    – – – -“Putin has started a game of Russian roulette, and the United States and the West have to be very clear in their response, because he will calculate about how far he can go,” Menendez added.

    Menendez said the U.S. is prepared to enact “very robust sanctions” against Russia if it agrees to annex Crimea, a Russian-speaking section of Ukraine that is expected to vote in a Sunday referendum to secede from Ukraine. U.S. officials, including President Obama, have already called the vote illegitimate, and the senators said Russia would face consequences if they annexed the region.

    “If they move towards that goal, then I think ultimately the sanctions need to be enforced along with our European allies,” said Menendez.THERE IS MORE – –

    SEVERAL THANGS: —
    — – –☺Will THEY STAND WITH MR. PRESIDENT??? –Sounds likeTHEY R trynta —“triangllate” thiscountry into stronger action than MR. PRESIDENT has directed!
    – – —☺Ifff the SANCTIONS don’t work —THEN WHAT?? – -THINK people!! —

    – – -☺AGAIN — – -U don’t have anything ELSE 2 DO?? — geesh!!

    • creolechild

      Have a seat, sir. Don’t you have some “pressing” legal matters that need your immediate attention?

      • GreenLadyHere

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        • creolechild

          Good morning baby doll. Be safe in your travels and sending a big hug to you too.

          • GreenLadyHere

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    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      And the answer is what? Amassing American and NATO troops on the Ukrainian border? How about some daylight precision bombing which would trigger WWIII?

      Somebody explain to the Senator that strength can also take the form of building a coalition that could squeeze Putin so tight economically that he would be begging for peace talks.

      Senator…shut up and stop pretending you know what you’re talking about.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ woody45. ***BIG HUG*** – —
        — -***BIG fist bump*** LOL

        – – Good 2 C U. :>) ***on the run*** :>)

    • qosine

      Hmmmm. PBO made it clear on 2/28th. And the other day
      I heard his quote using the word “costs” again on NPR news.

      Feb. 28, 2015
      Amid reports that the Russian military is moving into the Crimea region of Ukraine, President Obama on Friday warned from the White House that “there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”
      ….
      “Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future,” Mr. Obama said. “We are now deeply concerned of reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine.”

      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-there-will-be-costs-if-russia-moves-troops-into-ukraine/

      • GreenLadyHere

        - -☺http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab5/coramackenzie/emos/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten2.gif
        – –GOOD AFTERNOON La Qosine♥ :>) ***BIG HUG** — –annnnd ***BIG fist bump***

        THANK U 4 the citation! – – -GOOD — -GET:>)

        NOW – –the — “Basically –DO NUTHIN’ CONGRESS” — -is comin’ 2 — -uhhh “action’ – – -BEHIND some BIZ-NESS that is NOT QUITE – –THEIR OWN!! –geesh!!

        —Annnd 2 your point on —COST — BOTH parties RUINED the LIVES of sooo MANY citizens HERE – –banterin’ ova — –COSTS!!- geesh!

        THEY R such –-HYPOCRITIC LIARS!! — —

        Good 2 C U La Qosine. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- – :>)

    • nathkatun7

      “We need to stand up to Putin….”

      I hate pompous politicians, like Menendez, who use “glittering generalities.” like “Putin only understands strength.” What exactly does Menendez propose we do to show that we are standing up to Putin? Is he ready to send the Marines to Crimea? Is he ready to threaten Russia with nuclear attacks over crimea? What is it that President Obama has done, or is doing, that Menendez would do differently to show Russia that he is a macho man?

      I am sorry, but I’ve had enough with these loudmouths cowards, who never miss a chance to undermine President Obama, while pretending to be so macho. They talk such a big game on Sunday shows, but then they end up suggesting solutions that President Obama is already implementing.

      By the way, GLH, I hope all is well with you and your family. Thank you so much for all the news you share with us.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nathkatun7 :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – –***BIG fist bump*** —ALL WHAT U SAID/Asked. :>) — —
        I am sorry, but I’ve had enough with these loudmouths cowards, who never
        miss a chance to undermine President Obama, while pretending to be so
        macho.
        – – –THIS!! – – -YES!! —
        – – – -In the words of Mr. James Brown: :>)
        – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXUa6VVqq4c

        Annnd jus’ WATCH- –HE/THEY haven’t DONE 1 THING since they YAPPED!! —geesh!

        Thank U 4 your KIND sentiments. :>)

        —–My Pleasure. :>)
        B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>)

        • nathkatun7

          GLH, I appreciate the big hug! I certainly needed it. I am so angry with Democrats, like Sen. Menendez, who keep turning up on TV
          to help undermine President Obama.

  • crazycanuck

    H/T ROOTLESS

    Noah Smith ‏@Noahpinion 8m

    Japanese soccer league unleashes massive whoop-ass on racist hooligan fans: http://tokyodesu.com/2014/03/15/j-league-shames-team-for-racist-banner-in-most-badass-way-possible/ … Nice.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – —-CALL -OUT –Time!! – —
    – – — Republican Ignorance and Stupidity Hit a New Low With Attacks on Neil de Grasse Tyson – —
    – – – – -Ignorance is a state of being uninformed or lacking knowledge, and is often used as an insult to describe individuals who deliberately ignore or disregard facts, whereas stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, or sense and may be innate, assumed, or reactive.
    It is a sad fact in 21st Century America the world leader in technology and scientifically-based advancements is also home to a substantial number of citizens who suffer from ignorance and reactive stupidity and, tragically, are having deleterious effects on the entire population.
    One very intelligent and educated man took stock of this nation’s people and said, “I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge,” and that “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”
    – —SNIP — –

    Tyson said that “One of the biggest problems with the world today is that we have large groups of people who will accept whatever they hear just because it suits their worldview—not because it is actually true or because they have evidence to support it; people prefer reassurance to research.” Now, no-one denies people accepting false information as fact are free to live their lives steeped in ignorance, but Republicans are perpetuating and making good use of ignorance to benefit the dirty energy industry, decimate education, punish women, and abridge equal rights of other Americans because they know ignorant people vote against their own best interests and elect Republicans who adversely affect the entire population.
    THERE IS MORE – —
    – —Now WE KNOW that MOST of their OBJECTION 2 DR.TYSON – –is – —HIS – –MELANIN!!- – DANG!-RACISTS!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – –The family – -OUR BELOVED –“IT GURL” —speaks of SUFFERINGS –in the past —
    – –

    Lupita Nyong’o: Her Father Says Family Suffered Torture and Brutality in Kenya

    – – – – -The family of Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o reportedly experienced some of the same abuse exemplified in 12 Years A Slave, her father told the Independent.

    The actress has garnered widespread praise for her performance in the film as Patsey, who was subjugated and dehumanized by her owners, earning her an Oscar for best supporting actress. But her family has also experienced much of the same violence, including murder in Kenya, hr e, Peter Anyang Nyong’o, a leading Kenyan politician who serves on the country’s Senate, told the Independent.
    THERE IS MORE – —
    —CONTINUIN’ 2 PRAY 4 her/family’s strength- —as they ENJOY some GOOD MOMENTS – –:>)

  • creolechild

    Lawmakers Vote Unanimously For State’s Equal Pay Law

    On Thursday, New Hampshire’s Senate voted 23 to zero in favor of a bill aimed at closing the state’s gender wage gap.[….] The Senate’s bill would update the definition of pay discrimination to narrow the reasonable excuses for pay differentials between men and women and increase penalties for cases where there is no valid reason. It adds a protection against retaliation from employers for anyone who discusses pay with coworkers or speaks up about discrimination.

    It gives victims of discrimination more time to do discovery on their cases and also allows them to take complaints to the Department of Labor, which can be a faster and cheaper arbiter. It also requires employers to post information about equal pay laws at the workplace and will put information on the Department of Labor’s website.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/13/3402251/equal-pay-new-hampshire/

    H/T Bryce Covert

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – –WAIT – – -WHA’?? — — MISSED THIS — -[Apologies ifff adup] — –
    Paul Ryan Agrees to Meet with Congressional Black Caucus After ‘Inner-City’ Remarks – –
    – — – -Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, whose remarks about inner-city poverty were described by another member of Congress as a “thinly veiled racial attack,” has accepted the invitation of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss poverty.
    – —–SNIP — –

    — -A spokesman said Ryan appreciated the invitation. “He has said he would welcome a productive conversation on how to better fight poverty, and he looks forward to meeting with the CBC in the near future,” the spokesman said. — —

    – – — HAH! — –☺http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3dadjzbx11r5jtugo1_400.gif

    • jds09

      If meeting with the CBC is the consequence of making racist comments, at worst its the cost of doing business for the GOP and at best, a badge of honor for the GOP to their base.

      • TyrenM

        Yeah, like Mitt going to NAACP…

        • qosine

          And Rand Paul going to Howard.

  • creolechild

    Women’s History Month: Paying tribute to Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican Hollywood icon

    [….] I think the reason why young men find Rita Moreno so attractive is because she is at once not afraid to show us her vulnerabilities, while showing that she has moved beyond her vulnerabilities. She has become a fearless woman and, in her new memoir, reveals that even though she was a starlet, she never felt quite good enough. When she was young, her mother told her to keep quiet and use her beauty and charm to get what she needed in life. “Good girls don’t make waves,” her mother told her.[….]

    When Rita made her way up to the Harlem NYC based studios of
    my radio show LatinoUSA, every major mainstream media outlet had
    already interviewed her. Everyone wanted her to give “juicy” details
    about Marlon and Elvis. But with me, Rita wanted to talk about what she called “her community,” her deep internal struggle with her identity and yes, politics. She was tired of juicy. She wanted to talk deeply about the things the mainstream media apparently didn’t find sexy enough. Things like immigration policy, or rather the lack thereof, civil rights in the 21st century, and why she wants all women, but in particular Latinas, to stop living in a world of debilitating self doubt.[..]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/commentary/womens-history-month-paying-tribute-rita-moreno-puerto-rican-hollywood-icon

    H/T Maria Hinojosa

    • Aquagranny911

      Rita Moreno is amazing! This was a great share, Gracias!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — – –TWEETIN’ – -TRUTH — -WHOA! :>)
    – – – -☺@NerdyWonka

    That moment @PRyan’s ancestors fled Ireland but their great-great-grandson became a racist. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/paul-ryans-irish-amnesia.html?ref=timothyegan&_r=0 … pic.twitter.com/oiHzB6S44N

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      I’m working today :(

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah.
        Sorry you had to work today:(

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Hi Sun:)

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine :)

    • goldenstar

      Good morning! It’s cold over here!

      • Alma98

        Afternoon goldenstar! It’s freezing here too with flurries.

    • Aquagranny911

      That’s a real happy sun. It makes me smile too.

      • Alma98

        Your welcome!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – — -ACA POSITIVITY♥ :>)
    – —-Grand Total as of March 15, 2014: (11.5 M – 14.7 M)
    – –☺Follow-up from last night’s post on Saturday’s HC.gov enrollment: The final number ended up being over 40,000:
    – – – – -☺From today’s Detroit News, strong anecdotal evidence that Michigan, at least, is already seeing a spike in enrollment activity.
    — – –☺No official update, but an article in yesterday’s Coloradoan.com gives the Private QHP number as 93,000 as of Thursday, up 5,234 from 87,766 as of March 8th:
    — – —☺WA: David Goldstein signed up for ACA silver cvg for $92/mo. “Wow did it save me a bundle! Thanks, President Obama”
    — – -☺NY: Jennifer Norris MT @apatch4that thanks to #Obamacare I paid $30 for a 2nd opinion as opposed to $500 for unnecessary surgery. #grateful

    — – –☺http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Barack-Obama-Clapping-in-Front-of-American-Flags.gif
    – – –CONGRATULATIONS annnnd THANK U SIR♥ – –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥- – -WAY-ELL – -COULD it B that there’s LUV in the WH air? :>)

    – – -☺http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2581884/Popular-NBC-host-Ahmad-Rashad-said-dating-senior-adviser-Barack-Obama-Valerie-Jarrett.html

    — – – – Popular NBC host Ahmad Rashad said to be ‘dating senior adviser to Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett’ :>)

    – -WATCHIN’ . . .:>)
    – —[Gotta “bounce”. :>) C YA as soonas♥ — -B BLESSED♥ –]

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH.
      I’d take the dating thing with a grain of salt since it’s coming from the Daily Mail lol. Blessings to you and the family.

      • goldenstar

        Agreed. Cannot see them seeing eye-to-eye.

        • jds09

          Valerie may not be looking for intellectual simulation, she gets plenty of that at work. Just sayin’

          • conlakappa

            Ahmad’s kids = a baseball team! Seems like they have been linked a while now though.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL — Alma — -Thanks 4 the warnin’. :>)
        Felt it was – – – -a little wonky. :>)
        – -Thank U 4 the BLESSINGS. – – -ALWAYS needed. :>)
        – – -NOW lemme go C OUR – -DAILY JOY♥ :>) – – -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — -U♥Family♥

  • creolechild

    Hari Kondabolu on “Racism vs. White Guilt”

    H/T Hari Kondabolu and World Channel

    • morphus

      Hari Kondabolu : White guilt is part of your white privilege.

    • jds09

      I love this. He needs to add that expressions of white guilt really mean “tell me POC that I’m okay.” Tiresome assed request.

  • creolechild

    Medicare Pays for Penis Pumps, So What’s the Fuss Over Birth Control?

    [….] The coverage of birth control pills under the Affordable Care Act still is driving the right-wing up the wall. It is easy to find clips from Fox News which will show many right-wing pundits going nuts. All because Obamacare covers birth control pills. From asking why taxpayers should have to pay for a woman’s sexual choices to stating that they should pay for their own birth control, it is a non-stop insane push of false ideology and hypocrisy.

    Here are some interesting facts you may not know about birth control pills. Women use oral contraception for regulating menstrual cycles, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, as well as avoiding unintended pregnancies.

    *The government spends $819 million annually on Viagra.
    *The government spends $782 million annually on Cialis.
    *The government spent $172 million in the last five years on penis pumps.

    Penis pumps have never been debated. Few even know what it is. No one ever seriously attempted to limit men’s access to Viagra or Cialis. Yet the right-wing continuously makes a big issue about birth control for women and abortion coverage.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/13/pump-covered-for-men/

    H/T Egberto Willies

    • goldenstar

      This has more to do with birth control rather than sexual function.

      • Aquagranny911

        Isn’t the “double standard” & hypocrisy mind boggling.

  • rikyrah

    is it mean of me not to really give two shyts about what’s going on in the Ukraine?

    Not our problem.

    Not our business.

    • Alma98

      Nope

    • morphus

      AFAIC Ukraine and cold war posturing is about various corporate interest groups. I suspect as PBO continues to wind down the war machine new hotspots will appear.

  • Town

    I had a tiff with someone who went in on me. They went in on me based on an image of me they had conjured up in their mind. After being backlashed by others, they wanted to talk it out with me, but I felt like if that person really wanted to talk to me about it, they would’ve done so without them getting backlashed so I declined. I didn’t see how such a talk would benefit me.

    That’s how I feel about these talks b/c the CBC & Paul Ryan. He meant to go in on black people. I don’t see how talking with Paul Ryan benefits the CBC. He meant what he said. It’s out there; he can’t take it back, so why are they seeking to talk to him?

    • Alma98

      I agree with folks down thread he’ll see this as a badge of honor, like Mitt’s visit to the NAACP.

    • Miranda

      Its pathetic. It really is….talk to him about what? Its stupid.

      • Town

        It’s out there: he said lazy black men who don’t work and don’t wanna work is why we have poverty. He is citing the work of somebody who says we should stop helping black people because it won’t do any good. I’m trying to understand what the CBC gets out of this.

        • Miranda

          A show…they get to be part of a contrived “show” for the mainstream media.

        • Miranda

          A show…they get to be part of a contrived “show” for the mainstream media.

    • TresL

      I don’t think the CBC knows how to fight anymore so this is just a lame attempt to make it appear they’re doing something. They should have held a press conference and ripped into him and the rest of the GOP for blocking PBO’s American Jobs Act and their failure to produce their own jobs agenda. This was a great opportunity to promote an inner city agenda and talk about the importance of education and training because unemployment rates can vary drastically based on one’s level of education. They could have challenged him and his party to do something about poverty instead of exacerbating it and slandering their fellow Americans. Furthermore they should have asked him what accounts for poverty among rural whites and what are his plans to address both? Finally, they should have said the number of days a year worked since 2010 indicates there is no one lazier than the House GOP.

      • crazycanuck

        The CBC and the NAACP are such an embarrassment.

        • TresL

          ITA! They’re just collecting checks.

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

        Thank you! But this is too much like right.

      • jds09

        They’re a bunch of Bernie Sanders. All noise no legislation.

      • qosine

        Well, the CBC Foundation just paid off their mortgage
        to their office on Embassy Row. I know they’re separate.
        Still.

        • conlakappa

          So the crab cakes will have sauce with an international flavor? I don’t understand why the foundation would be so far away from the Hill. The CHC Foundation is near Union Station.

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

      Co-sign!

    • conlakappa

      The spotlight’s warm embrace. The continued struggle for relevance, rather than, you know, push bills or policies. They will look into his heart and soul and declare him honorary CBC.

    • EpiphanySweet

      And who the heck is crazy enough to attempt to “go in” on you? Do they not know who you are….they betta ask somebody.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Peeps, Happy Sunday!

    Hubby & I watched “Cosmos” last night & it was so excellent. We really enjoyed it. I feel kind of bad saying I think it’s better & more entertaining than Sagan’s original “Cosmos” because I admired Sagan a lot. It will have a great appeal for children which is a good thing.

    Neil de Grasse Tyson is a wonderful host & narrator, charming & articulate. I hope Dr Tyson is fully prepared for the hate he is going to get from the RWNJ’s. He’s giving them a double whammy, telling it like it is with facts & he’s black.

    I really recommend this show even if you aren’t a science buff.

    • Alma98

      Afternoon AG! They started in on him after the first episode.

      • Aquagranny911

        I just bet they did! I saw him in an interview & he has such a good sense of humor. He reminds me a bit of PBO. I believe Dr Tyson can handle the caca. He seems a strong person to me.

        • Alma98

          I think he can handle too.

    • qosine

      I’ve got to watch this, AG. Everyone here has been giving
      high praise to the premier last week. I read Dr. Tyson said Cosmos is unique in that it not only teaches about, but why it matters to us/you.

      • Aquagranny911

        You can watch it on line. I think a new episode is airing tonight on the regular channel. I highly recommend it. I think you will love it.

    • itgurl_29

      I watched it too and it was excellent. The original Cosmos is before my time so this is all new to me. I wish I had seen something like this when I was little. When I was in elementary school, the original Cosmos was already pretty old, so I guess our teachers had never thought to show it to us. But it was extremely enlightening and so easy to understand that I learned this that I didn’t as a kid.

  • Miranda

    SMH……Such weak ass Dems. No spine whatsoever.

    NRA opposition may sink Obama’s surgeon general nominee

    Senate Democratic leaders are trying to determine whether Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy has enough support. As some pro-gun Democrats break with the president, the White House declines to push for a vote.
    By Lisa Mascaro March 15, 2014, 8:31 p.m.

    WASHINGTON — Intense opposition from the National Rifle Assn. has all but doomed prospects for President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, officials said Saturday as pro-gun Senate Democrats peeled away from the White House on a volatile issue in an election year.

    Facing a potential high-profile setback for the president, the White House is not pushing for a vote to confirm Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, a Harvard- and Yale-educated internist and former emergency room doctor who has advocated for stricter gun control laws, the officials said.

    Democratic leaders in the Senate have begun surveying senators to determine whether there is enough support to save the troubled nomination. Few Republicans are expected to back Murthy, and as many as eight Democrats also could be opposed.

    more here: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-surgeon-general-20140316,0,6108613.story#ixzz2w9TDauAd

    • rikyrah

      weak mofos…the entire lot of them.
      Man is fucking brilliant, and who we should be grooming to run for office.

    • jds09

      Way to alienate the South-Asian American community…stay losing GOP.

    • Kennymack1971

      Cowards.

  • Miranda

    SMH……Such weak ass Dems. No spine whatsoever.

    NRA opposition may sink Obama’s surgeon general nominee

    Senate Democratic leaders are trying to determine whether Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy has enough support. As some pro-gun Democrats break with the president, the White House declines to push for a vote.
    By Lisa Mascaro March 15, 2014, 8:31 p.m.

    WASHINGTON — Intense opposition from the National Rifle Assn. has all but doomed prospects for President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, officials said Saturday as pro-gun Senate Democrats peeled away from the White House on a volatile issue in an election year.

    Facing a potential high-profile setback for the president, the White House is not pushing for a vote to confirm Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, a Harvard- and Yale-educated internist and former emergency room doctor who has advocated for stricter gun control laws, the officials said.

    Democratic leaders in the Senate have begun surveying senators to determine whether there is enough support to save the troubled nomination. Few Republicans are expected to back Murthy, and as many as eight Democrats also could be opposed.

    more here: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-surgeon-general-20140316,0,6108613.story#ixzz2w9TDauAd

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

    Reince Priebus: Paul Ryan demonized ‘inner cities’ to help them

    By David Edwards
    Sunday, March 16, 2014 11:21 EDT

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday explained that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) had recently blamed poverty on “inner cities” because he was working hard to help those communities.

    …On Sunday, CNN’s Candy Crowley asked Priebus if he thought the remarks were “artfully phrased.”

    “I’m not sure,” Priebus shrugged. “Here’s what I would say, why was Paul even talking about this? The reason he was talking about it is he devoted a large part of his life — starting back when he worked for Jack Kemp — on finding ways to tackle poverty, to free up capital, to create opportunities in urban areas around this country.”

    “Whatever race, whatever gender, we are the ones leading the way, I think, in this country on these issues,” he added. “And so I commend Paul for his work that he’s doing around country.”

    MORE: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/16/reince-priebus-paul-ryan-demonized-inner-cities-to-help-them/

    • jds09

      They’re going old school with this bullshit. “We just wanna help you people!” lol

    • edp4bho

      “Whatever race, whatever gender, we are the ones leading the way, I think, in this country on these issues,…”

      Okay, time for me to get back to work. This lurking’s coming up with stupid shit!

      ETA: Shit being those miscreants’ delusions, that is.

    • Aquagranny911

      Reebus Peebus is an estupido goatfigger. He can go sit on the big cactus & rotate!

      GOP, with this one in charge of your party YOU ARE TOAST!

    • Town

      I don’t think Jack Kemp would’ve been down with this 2014 Paul Ryan.

    • rikyrah

      Uh huh

    • trose1

      WTF

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — – –FROM MR. PRESIDENT:♥ —

    – –White House slams Russian action as dangerous, destabilizing- –

    – —The White House on Sunday called Russia’s actions in Crimea “dangerous and destabilizing” and said it will not recognize the referendum vote held in the region.

    “As the United States and our allies have made clear, military intervention and violation of international law will bring increasing costs for Russia – not only due to measures imposed by the United States and our allies but also as a direct result of Russia’s own destabilizing actions,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement shortly after the polls closed.

    — — -The administration called on others in the international community to impose costs on Russia. The White House warned that continued military intervention by Russia would only exacerbate the problem.
    THERE IS MORE – – —

    -2 CONGRESS: — – –WATCH – – annnd LEARN! –***smh***

    • qosine

      Key words: “destabilizing” and “costs”
      And “The administration called on others in the
      international community to impose costs on Russia.”
      Hey, world, it’s not just EU, Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S.
      Step up to the base.

      • GreenLadyHere

        La Qosine —-***BIG fist bump*** —
        OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT —seems 2 hafta –THINK 4 the WORLD —annnd 4 US. :>) —
        ’cause CONGRESS – –is jus’ “spinnin’ like a top– -waitin’ 4 a place 2 land. LOL

        • conlakappa

          Um, that is a dreidl. Different connotation, considering historic anti-Semitism in Russia!

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY conlakappa. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
            —☺http://24.media.tumblr.com/8b0042818877ea015e8c3ac373ba0f51/tumblr_mph1ykhzH71r7w817o2_500.gif

            Annnd I jus’ played a dreidl math game last week. :>)– –
            – –Good 2 C U. conlakappa. :>)
            – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – — -PRELIMINARY RESULTS:- —

    – — ☺http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/europe/200941-exit-polls-show-lopsided-results-in-crimea-referendum

    Exit polls show lopsided results in Crimea referendum to join Russia
    – – –WATCHIN’. . .

    • Aquagranny911

      I read that the ballots were pre-marked & all the voters had to do was fold them & stuff them in the box. No wonder the goatfiggers love Putin so much. This is their own wet dream for future voting in the USofA.

      • GreenLadyHere

        - -☺http://files.shroomery.org/files/06-19/709142654-waving-cactus.gif HEEY Aqragranny911. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        — –***BIG fist bump*** —Seems as iff THEY R USTA this: —
        —☺http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2004/12/how_to_rig_a_ukrainian_election.html
        – – -How To Rig a Ukrainian Election –Dec. 9 2004 5:56 PM — – -***sigh****

        Annnnd MR. PRESIDENT KNOWS 2 —ALSO –PLUS. — -THIS is part of his DISGUST. [Jus’ guessin. . ]

        Good 2 C U. B BLESSED/SAFE♥ – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — — -THIS has been in the werks — —

    – – -Oprah Winfrey to sell Harpo Studios in Chicago- –

    — — -Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years.
    Winfrey filmed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.

    “We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago’s West Loop,” Harpo told Crain’s Chicago Business (http://bit.ly/1iRqccg
    ) in a statement. “We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days.
    The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN.”

    THERE IS MORE – —-
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    • crazycanuck

      Where is OWN based?

      • goldenstar

        CA

        • crazycanuck

          Ah right, makes sense.

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

      :-(

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    Thank God for bringing my sweet loving mother into my hospital room (where I was recovering from my accident). I can still so vividly see the hurt and pain on her face as she looked down at me. Suddenly I forgot about poor little me, and realized she needed comfort and assurance.

    I said to her, “Mom, if you can make it, I will make it.” I could immediately see her face relax and her eyes brighten. I knew she believed me.
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  • crazycanuck

    All I can say is thank goodness for EXCEL lol. I’m assuming those are calculators.

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