November 27, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: West Wing Week

This week, the National Christmas Tree arrived at the White House and holiday decorating got underway, while the President marked Small Business Saturday, and met with leaders of businesses large and small to discuss the importance of avoiding a middle class tax hike next year. He also welcomed the President-Elect of Mexico, his Cabinet, his science and technology council, and the 2012 American Nobel Laureates.

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  • Miranda

    Good Morning!Wanna laugh? Then read this from election dayPrivate jets line up at Logan as Romney backers arrive in Boston for election night partyPrivate jets were streaming into Boston’s Logan International Airport Tuesday afternoon, officials said, as Mitt Romney’s well-heeled supporters arrived for his post-election party in the Seaport District.

    Edward Freni, director of aviation for Logan, said an unusually large number of Gulfstream corporate jets were looking to park at the airport by late afternoon on election day. Logan had accommodated 80 of them by 4:30 p.m., roughly double the 40 to 50 it sees on a typical day, he said.

    Freni said the staff was trying to “shoehorn these planes in,” making room for them to park after filling up the usual spaces for about 60 of the luxury, long-range 12-seaters. Once they hit 85, he said, any other arrivals will have to drop off their passengers and head to Hanscom Field in Bedford. http://www.boston.com/businessupdates/2012/11/06/private-jets-line-logan-romney-backers-arrive-boston/2Ol3ROMXhLU5Ppd2NOPDMN/story.html

    • PenteluPower

      GM GLH and Miranda. Romney should not have charged those journos to cover his election night party. KARMA

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ PenteluPower. ****BIG —pleased 2 meetcha –HUG!! :>)

        – -LOL – -U found a NICE avatar. :>) It has –“swagga”. —:>)

        Very nice 2 make your acquaintance. :>) B BLESSED. :>)

        • PenteluPower

          Hey GHL this is Kadijo *gliggle*, I am not new to TPOU. Hitting my forties has unleashed a lot of woman power juices. So I decided that a new avatar was needed.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL — – -HEEEY :>) – — U R a RIOT! – – – –

            – – – – -Happy —40ies – :>)– – –

          • AxelFoley

            Hitting my forties has unleashed a lot of woman power juices.

            I’m not gonna say anything. I’m just gonna let that one marinate.

    • Kennymack1971

      LOL! These arrogant jackasses really thought that they were going to celebrate Willards win.

    • Alma98

      LOL!

    • rikyrah

      HILARIOUS

    • AxelFoley

      These fools really thought they was gonna win. They really believed their polling.

      I–I can’t…I just can’t.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – –GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥ — -WE RISE WITH JOY AS WE ENTER THIS FESTIVE SEASON :>) Annnd CONTINUE 2 CELEBRATE the ELECTION of OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT 4 a SECOND TERM – -. – – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – – –TODAY – -He annnd OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY WILL PARTICIPATE in THIS EVENT: – –
    — — – -The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the selection of the seven individuals who will receive the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 35th annual national celebration of the arts are: bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin. While Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, and singer Robert Plant will each receive the Kennedy Center Honors. — which will B televised on DECEMBER 26, 2012. :>)
    – – – -CAIN’T WAIT 2 C their OUTFITS! :>)

    – – -LASE WEEK was -“ON annd POPPIN'” — -as they – – — -DECKED the HALLS of the WHITE HOUSE :>) – —

    – – -HOLIDAY BREAKFAST/BRUNCH IS SERVED. — ENJOY♥ — –

    B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>)

    • nellcote

      rock band Led Zeppelin
      ===
      WTF? Who decided that one?

      • TyrenM

        I don’t know how this was decided, but I love “Kashmir.”

        • MsKitty

          “Black Dog” is the business. Whenever it comes on I gotta stop what I’m doing and get my air guitar on.

  • dannie22

    good morning Miranda, POU fam!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POUFAM♥ – – – -$ooooo – –$eems as ifff – –MR. PRESIDENT has $OME — $UPPORT! — – — –:>)- —

    – – –Obama debt-limit proposal would ease concerns on Wall Street – —

    – – -President Obama’s attempt to wrest control of the debt limit from Congress is getting quiet praise on Wall Street.

    Wall Street groups Friday are wary of weighing in on any specific piece of the White House proposal’s to stave off tax hikes and spending cuts that could trigger a recession. The last thing they want to do is to pick sides in the fight over the “fiscal cliff.”

    Yet the financial community has long wanted matters concerning the debt limit to be as routine as possible, and the financial industry recognizes Obama’s proposal could accomplish that goal.

    “I think, more than anything, the goal is not to have a repeat of what happened last year ever again. The market uncertainty, the downgrade, everything,” said one financial industry representative who wished to remain anonymous. “Removing the recently established uncertainty over raising it, I think, would go a long way.”

    Under the White House proposal, the president would have the power to raise the debt limit as needed.

    Congress currently must pass legislation to hike the limit, but under Obama’s proposal lawmakers would only be able to pass a resolution disapproving of a debt limit increase by the president. – – –
    THERE IS MORE.

    Watchin’. . . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -Watchin — -“creepy crowley” – – -Uggg – —

    Mr. Tim Geithner —appears 2 B – -“holdin’ it down”. :>) – –

    “creepy crowley” — -is still tryin’ 2 “push” 4 the – -RE-THUCKERS. Saaa-LAP!! — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – -***BIG TIME — SIGH**** — – -The FAUX-/AG-RE- –GRESSIVES – – –NEVA STOP!!! – –

    – – -Left media has ‘issues’ with Obama – –

    – — -For the better part of four years, progressive media has had President Barack Obama’s back. – – –[WHAaaaaa’?????]

    Now that he’s won re-election, it is faced with a choice: Should the left continue always to play the loyal attack dog against the GOP, blaming the opposition at all hours of the news cycle for intransigence? Or, should it redirect some of that energy on the president, holding him to his promises and encouraging him to be a more outspoken champion of liberal causes?

    – – –ENUFF of the THESIS – – – – –SNIP – —

    Sooo – – -HERE’S THEIR PLAN —

    – – -In conversations with POLITICO, some of the left’s most influential voices in media said that, with the concerns of re-election over, they intend to be more critical of the president’s performance and more aggressive in urging him to pursue a progressive agenda as the clock ticks on his last four years in office.
    THERE IS MORE – – -HATERATION KRAP. —

    Annnd we CONTINUE 2 SAY – –F 2 da U” – — “politico” anem!!!

    • nellcote

      dammit you made me click the link to see who the official “left” is according to Politico. Just the usual suspects. And btw what a shitty little article. They seem determined to make msnbc the left equivilant of Fox, contrary to reality.

    • AxelFoley

      Their delusion knows no bounds. Left media having this President’s back? The fuck outta here with that shit. If they did, Dems would have won the 2010 elections.

      The fuckin’ gall of these sumamabitches.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU!

    How Insurers and Nonprofits Are Teaming Up To Educate Americans About Obamacare

    After surviving a Supreme Court challenge and a presidential election, Obamacare is truly here to stay. But the federal government, states, and health care providers now have their work cut out for them as they begin implementing the biggest overhaul of the American health care system since the establishment of Medicare.[….]

    Luckily, some health insurers — who were once the most vocal opponents of Obamacare — are accepting health reform’s reality and teaming up with the nonprofit group Enroll America to make sure that the law is enacted properly and that Americans have the right information about which plans and subsidies they qualify for. As Bloomberg reports, the move has as much to do with health insurers’ rational self-interest as it does with the looking out for the American people’s well-being:[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/30/1256771/educating-americans-obamacare/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • creolechild

    Dodd-Frank Swap-Clearing Rule Gets CFTC Final Approval
    Posted on November 29, 2012

    Wall Street’s largest swap dealers, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc.and JPMorgan Chase & Co., will be required to guarantee trades at clearinghouses starting in March under a rule made final by the top U.S. derivatives regulator.
    The five-member Commodity Futures Trading Commission voted unanimously in a private process yesterday to complete the final determinations.[….]

    The CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission are required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to write rules to curb risk in a $639 trillion global market. Lawmakers took action after unregulated trades helped fuel a credit crisis that in 2008 led to the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and U.S. bailouts for companies including American International Group Inc. (AIG).[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-28/cftc-said-to-have-votes-to-complete-swap-clearing-requirement.html

    H/T Silla Brush

  • creolechild

    Energy Department Launches ‘Battery Hub,’ For Battery Manhattan Project

    Think of it as a Manhattan Project, except instead of secret nuclear bombs, the end result is much better batteries for devices, electric vehicles and the power grid. That’s at least one of the analogies used by the U.S. Department of Energy on Friday when it announced the launch of a new advanced research “Battery Hub,” to the tune of a $120 million, five-year government grant.[….]

    Argonne’s, and thus the Hub’s focus, is on three specific types of new battery technologies: Multivalent battery systems, chemical transformation of battery reactions, and “flow batteries.”[….] Ultimately, Chamberlain said that scientists want the center to not only produce new technologies, but new products, jobs and whole spin-off companies. The Hub even has a whole intellectual property pool designed to deal with the patented technologies that it expects to come out of its work.[….]

    Read more: http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/11/energy-department-launches-battery-hub-for-battery-manhattan-project.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    H/T Carl Franzen

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – – -GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2. ***BIG HUG** :>) – –THANK U 4 USHERIN’ IN the CHRISTMAS SEASON. – —

    – – —In the midst of the FESTIVITIES – – MR. PRESIDENT — moved FORWARD – – -> with the BUSINESS f this COUNTRY –BOTH NATIONAL annnd INTERNATIONAL!! – – –

    – — -Especially like the UNIQUENESS of — MY2K – –He is BEYOND CREATIVE. :>)

    Annnd “Ride or Die VP Joe” – – -was his USUAL – -“JOLLY SELF!” –at COSTCO! :>)

    ENJOYED THIS WEEK. – -:>) – –

    – — -Have a WONDERful day. – – :>) – -

  • creolechild

    Deforestation of Amazon slowed to lowest recorded rate

    Deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon has slowed for a fourth consecutive year to its lowest rate since authorities began monitoring the world’s largest rainforest, officials said Tuesday. The National Institute of Space Research found that the Amazon lost 4,656 square kilometers (1,797 square miles) of rain forest over a period running from August 2011 to July 2012, 27 percent less than the previous year.

    “It is the lowest deforestation rate since Brazil began its monitoring” in 1988, said Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/27/deforestation-of-amazon-slowed-to-lowest-recorded-rate/

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • creolechild

    This is the most current report available. In addition to the video describing the issues that we’re faced with you can also check to see how your state fares on the condition of its infrastructure.

    Report card for America’s Infrastructure

    2009 Grades
    Aviation D
    Bridges C
    Dams D
    Drinking Water D-
    Energy D+
    Hazardous Waste D
    Inland Waterways D-
    Levees D-
    Public Parks and Recreation C-
    Rail C-
    Roads D-
    Schools D
    Solid Waste C+
    Transit D
    Wastewater D-

    America’s Infrastructure GPA: D
    Estimated 5 Year Investment Need: $2.2 Trillion

    Read more: http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/

    H/T American Society of Civil Engineers

  • creolechild

    US Labor Department sues Dallas-based The Christmas Light Co. to secure more than $240,000 in minimum and overtime back wages

    The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against The Christmas Light Co. Inc. and owner William F. Rathburn to recover approximately $240,881 in wages and an additional amount in liquidated damages on behalf of 233 employers who installed and removed lights for the company. An investigation in Dallas by the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay 233 installers and removers the minimum and overtime wages required by law.[….]

    Read more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20122335.htm

    H/T Elizabeth Todd and Juan Rodriguez

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 —–LOL – – -SURE — -THIS is a – –GLOAT! – – – –

    – – -No Leadership, No Plan – –

    — -My brain has already initiated an auto-destruct program for all neurons containing any information about Mitt Romney’s campaign. It won’t take long for the program to reach completion because Romney ran a campaign about nothing. He was supposedly going to fix the economy because he supposedly was good with numbers. But he wouldn’t give us any details about how he intended to create jobs or fix the budget deficit or anything else. So, really, what is there to remember? That corporations are people?

    –Because Romney never articulated any plan, and eventually adopted Paul Ryan as his running mate, the Ryan budget plan became official Republican orthodoxy. It’s no surprise, then, that the Republicans don’t have any counteroffer for the president other than the Ryan Plan.

    They accuse the president of upping the ante, but they literally have no idea how to respond. They say, “We’re not giving the president what he asked for,” but they don’t know how to come together around an alternative plan. And that is because no one is in charge. It would be bad enough on its own to have their presidential candidate leave the stage defeated. But, when Bush left no heir-apparent, and Romney took no leadership, the party just began to drift aimlessly.
    – — -SNIP — – –

    Who is going to pull it all together and make a proposal to the president? John Boehner? Didn’t we learn that John Boehner has no clout with his own caucus during the debt ceiling fiasco?

    – –SNIP —-
    I predict that we are going over the cliff for the simple reason that there is no head on the GOP chicken.
    – — -LOL
    THERE IS MORE.

    – –BUT – – -I have HOPE in –MR. PRESIDENT. :>)

  • creolechild

    Missouri Gov.: Implementing Obamacare Is ‘The Smart Thing And The Right Thing’

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced today that his state will participate in the optional expansion of the Medicaid program under Obamacare, one of the crucial methods that the health care reform law uses to extend coverage to previously uninsured Americans. An estimated 33,000 Missouri residents will be able to access health insurance thanks to Nixon’s decision to expand Medicaid.[….]

    Nixon’s decision will help move his state toward implementing the Affordable Care Act after the state’s Republican-controlled legislature has repeatedly attempted to block Obamacare’s implementation altogether.[….] Instead of preventing Obamacare’s implementation in Missouri, that vote actually left Nixon with no choice but to cede to the federal government, which will now step in and set up a health exchange for the state.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/29/1258311/missouri-medicaid-expansion-2/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Eisenhower was right when he said there’s no end to the question of how stupid can you get? They could have worked out a deal with Nixon to get some of what they wanted. Instead their rage at federal government take over now means now the feds are going to take over.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – –Sorry 2 brang SAD NEWS – –BUT that NFL incident yesterday is sooo DISTURBING. — – -’cause it is NOT an isolated one. —

    Four Current Or Former NFL Players Have Committed Suicide In The Last Eight Months – –

    – — Today’s awful murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher is the latest in a string of suicides by NFL players.

    Here’s a timeline:

    ☻ In April, former Atlanta Falcons player Ray Easterling shot himself. He was 62, and an autopsy found that he had the degenerative brain disease CTE that’s believed to be caused by head trauma.
    ☻ In May, former San Diego Chargers player Junior Seau shot himself in the chest. He was 43.
    ☻ In July, Tennessee Titans wide receiver OJ Murdock shot himself. He was 25.
    ☻ Today, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot himself in the parking lot of the team’s practice facility after allegedly killing his girlfriend in front of his three-month-old daughter.

    The brain disease CTE is known to cause erratic behavior, but it’s unclear if all of these players were afflicted with that condition.

    – – -No matter the cause, it’s a disturbing trend. – – –

    – – – -IN the RECENT NEWS – – –

    – —-Adderall: NFL’s popular new drug or easy alibi? — –

    — – –Adderall may provide a competitive edge but it comes with serious health risks. The stimulant is very addictive and an overdose could result in a drug-induced psychosis or even cardiac arrest. Spanswick noted that abusing Adderall could lead someone to lose touch with reality and have suicidal or delusional thoughts. The FDA classifies Adderall as a Schedule II drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse. (Drugs like cocaine and morphine are also Schedule II drugs).

    – — -PRAYIN’ 4 THIS SITUATION. – — AMEN. – – –

  • creolechild

    New York looks to the future with Nostrand Avenue BRT
    Posted on November 15, 2012

    [….] Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and New York City DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan sign a $28.3 million grant agreement that will help construct this 9.3 mile bus rapid transit line in Brooklyn. The grant will cover 71 percent of the total cost of the $40.2 million project. The line will run in a dedicated bus lane primarily along Nostrand Avenue and will feature traffic signal priority, 17 paired stations, and off-board fare collection to speed up the ride. The buses will boast three doors for getting on and off, and will be low to the ground for easier boarding.

    The route will extend from the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza to the north all the way to Sheepshead Bay toward the south. Along the way, it will pass through the densely populated communities of Prospect Park and Flatbush. These enhancements promise to be a marked improvement over the current B44 bus line in speed, convenience, and reliability. That’s good news for the 44,000 people who ride the B44 each day, and it’s also good news for those who don’t ride the B44 because they find it too slow or unpredictable.[….]

    Read more: http://fastlane.dot.gov/2012/11/new-york-looks-to-the-future-with-nostrand-avenue-brt.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — – -From – -Timothy Geithner: — –

    — — Geithner: Republicans Are In A ‘Tough Position’

    – –Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that Republicans are in a “tough position” with regards to a debt deal because they still have to figure out what their side is willing to put forward, during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” While Republicans have called on Democrats to propose cuts to entitlements, Geithner argued on Sunday that Democrats had put forward a detailed plan and that if Republicans want something different, then the ball is in their court.

    “They’re in kind of a tough position now,” Geithner said. “They’re trying to figure out how to find a way to support things that they know they’re gonna have to do,” Geithner said. “It’s going to be very hard for them. You’ve heard them, for the first time I think in two decades now, acknowledge that they’re willing to have revenues go up as part of a balanced plan. That’s a good first step. But they have to tell us what they’re willing to do on rates and revenues. That’s going to be very hard for Republicans.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – – -“CAUSE- -THEY ain’t got –NO PLAN!! – – —HAH!

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

      Geithner did his thang this morning, especially on MTP when David Gregory kept trying push Repub talking points which try to paint PBO as “not being serious” about the fiscal cliff negotiations. Geithner smacked the GOP water bucket out of Gregory’s hands and explained that it was Boehner and the Rethugs not being forthright. I loved it!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Sunday MornTin’ Sepia – –***BIG HUG** :>) – —

        – -***fist bump*** :>) — -Annnd he di-ent let -“creepy crowley” – – -get a credible word in –edgewise!! —

        He was STR8 –“FULL-THROATED”.!! – – -Woo! Hoo!! :>)

        Good 2 C U Sepia :>)

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

          Good to see you, too GLH! :-)

      • jds09

        Geithner’s performance this morning has me wondering if the WH is gonna start using OFA’s Truth Squad approach. Call a lie and lie then back up your position with facts. I hope Cutter is giving coaching lessons to cabinet members.

        A while ago, Tweety was whining about that Cabinet members didn’t come on the talk shows, that the WH didn’t engage. As the old saying goes…be careful what you wish for. lol

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – — –THERE is ADDITIONAL RE-THUCKER SUPPORT 4 “OBAMACARE” [-Following the post by creolechild -] —

    – –Five Republican Officials Fighting Against Their Party To Implement Obamacare

    — –The Republican party has been fighting against President Obama’s landmark health reform law since it was first introduced, but some GOPers are finally conceding that it may not be in their best interest to resist Obamacare altogether — especially because, as former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) has pointed out, some important Obamacare provisions actually originated as “Republican ideas.” Frist has urged states to set up health insurance exchanges under Obamacare, since that actually gives state officials more control over their own insurance markets; otherwise, the federal government will simply step in to set up one for them as Obamacare’s implementation marches forward.

    But even though GOP officials in deeply conservative states agree with Frist, some intransigent members of the Republican party continue to resist every aspect of Obamacare as a purely political statement. Meet five GOP officials who have been clashing with their fellow Republicans over implementing Obamacare in their states:

    ☻Mike Cheney – Mississippi
    ☻Gov. Rick Snyder – Michigan
    ☻Sandy Praeger – Kansas
    ☻Don Hughes – Arizona
    ☻Gov. Bill Haslam – Tennessee

    – – —-***BIG – -SIDE-EYE 2 rick snyder —***

    Watchin’ — -the others.. . . . .

    • qosine

      (Sigh) I live in Tennessee, home of Des Jarlais, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Haslam, and former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) who’s part of that right wing no fix Fix the Debt campaign

      • ch555x

        Co-signed with an added SMH to those and other TN pols…:/

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

    Geithner: No deal ‘without rates going up’
    Posted by
    CNN Producer Adam Levy

    Washington (CNN) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner drew a line in the sand over taxes in defense of the Obama administration’s controversial proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

    In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union,” Geithner insisted that any compromise on the plan he presented to congressional Republicans on Thursday, which includes $1.6 trillion dollars in tax revenue, cuts to Medicare, and another $50 billion in stimulus spending, must contain an expiration of the Bush tax cuts for income over $250,000.

    “There’s not going to be an agreement without rates going up,” Geithner said in the interview, which aired Sunday. “If they are going to force higher rates on virtually all Americans because they’re unwilling to let tax rates go up on 2 percent of Americans, then, I mean that’s the choice they’re going to have to make.”

    MORE: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/02/geithner-no-deal-without-rates-going-up/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_politicalticker+%28Blog%3A+Political+Ticker%29

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2/POU FAM☻ – – – -Gotta “bounce” – –MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN U –IN MY ♥ —

    Good luck on your – –NFL PICKS! :>) – – –

    — —BWAHAHA – – -THIS – -DELUSIONAL – — LOSER PHOOL – – —

    – — Bonus Quote of the Day

    – — -“And always remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too.”

    — Defeated Rep. Allen West (R-FL), in an interview with NPR. LOL —

    Uhhh – –“Whycome” U don’t let the –“other shoe” drop: —

    Annnd he became the 16th PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES!! – – – -HAH

    – – – -U – –OTOH – —R UNEMPLOYED!! – — -Betta — FILE. . . . LOL – -

  • lamh36

    Good morning guys.

    So I’ve had the most life-changing ½ year, month, week, 4 day, whatever I’ve ever had since well Hurricane Katrina I guess. If ya’ll remember, my mom had a heart attack in July. We moved her to NOLA in August, and since then, her health has been good, but it’s been up and down (tingling feet, 2 bouts of bronchitis, retaining too much fluid). She was officially diagnosed with congestive heart failure about 1 month ago and on the 10th of this month, she’s going to be going into the hospital to get a defibrillator implanted in her chest (think it’s called: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or ICD) because her heart’s beats per minute are not what they should be.

    So even before my mom’s health issues, I’d been contemplating moving back to the NOLA area and be closer to my extended family. With my mom’s subsequent move to NOLA, I went from contemplation to certainty I had been sporadically looking for work in my field in NOLA, but since her illness, I’d been actively looking. I’ve applied to at least 2 or 3 Microbiology jobs in the city itself, but I either heard nothing back from the companies, or I heard back from a recruiter, but I didn’t really like what I heard. I fully expected that I was going to have to apply for jobs outside my lab specialty which would mean less money for sure and having to learn a completely new set of skills that I haven’t utilized since Med Tech School. But early last month right after Election Day, I applied for a job in Microbiology at a private hospital in Baton Rouge. I heard back directly from the Microbiology supervisor (which is unusual, you normally hear from HR recruitment rep first) and had a really nice prelim conversation with her on the phone and she seemed extremely impressed with my credentials and experience over the phone and next thing I knew, I had an interview scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving (this past Friday). So I was home from NOLA for Thanksgiving and back in Baton Rouge the next weekend.

    Anyway, to shorten the story a bit, I went to the interview Friday, and it lasted 2 hours. I interviewed with the Microbiology Supervisor and her Asst Supervisor. I had a “peer to peer” interview with 2 of the techs who work in the Micro lab and I also had a meeting with the HR Recruiter. It went really well. It didn’t really feel like an interview, it felt like I had already had the job and was just meeting my new co-workers. The whole interview experience made me feel like I could def see myself working there. If ya’ll remember, the biggest issue I had with moving back to NOLA/BR was the pay rate. I made a really good amount in DFW and from what I’d heard was that the pay back home just wasn’t what I had been used to making in DFW. Well part of the interview involving the HR rep involved a detailed discussion of salary, which I thanked the recruiter for, since I’ve never had any possible employer broach the subject on their own, I was actually a little conflicted on when is the best time to ask about pay. Well guess what? The pay range that was quoted to me was less than I make now, but not really as much as I thought, so I was very encouraged by what I’d heard and as I said, I was very confident that the interview went well. I thanked the recruiter and the Micro Supervisor for letting me interview and whether or not I get the job, I really did enjoy the whole interview process.

    2 hours later, while I was on the road driving on my way back to NOLA with my mom and sister, the recruiter called me and offered me the job. The offer included the pay rate and the pay rate quoted was only $0.15 less than what I make currently!!! I asked the recruiter if it was okay for me to get back to her by tomorrow with my decision since I was returning to DFW the next day. So it looks like I am moving back home to NOLA, well Baton Rouge! It only took 8 years after Katrina, but I’m going to finally be back with my fam. It’s bittersweet because I’ve met some really great people and I think I’ve made some lifelong friendship here in DFW, but with my mom’s illness and all my family being in one place, it’s the best thing for me. Besides, Baton Rouge is far enough away from NOLA that it gives me breathing room when I need to be alone and unreachable from my large, loud, obnoxious, loving, close-knit extended family.

    So now I have to start the relocation procGood morning guys. Sorry this is so long, I just wanted to update ya’ll on some big and great news I’ve just got to share. I’m breaking this up into 2 comments so that it’s not too long.

    So I’ve had the most life-changing ½ year, month, week, 4 day, whatever I’ve ever had since well Hurricane Katrina I guess. If ya’ll remember, my mom had a heart attack in July. We moved her to NOLA in August, and since then, her health has been good, but it’s been up and down (tingling feet, 2 bouts of bronchitis, retaining too much fluid). She was officially diagnosed with congestive heart failure about 1 month ago and on the 10th of this month, she’s going to be going into the hospital to get a defibrillator implanted in her chest (think it’s called: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or ICD) because her heart’s beats per minute are not what they should be.

    So even before my mom’s health issues, I’d been contemplating moving back to the NOLA area and be closer to my extended family. With my mom’s subsequent move to NOLA, I went from contemplation to certainty I had been sporadically looking for work in my field in NOLA, but since her illness, I’d been actively looking. I’ve applied to at least 2 or 3 Microbiology jobs in the city itself, but I either heard nothing back from the companies, or I heard back from a recruiter, but I didn’t really like what I heard. I fully expected that I was going to have to apply for jobs outside my lab specialty which would mean less money for sure and having to learn a completely new set of skills that I haven’t utilized since Med Tech School. But early last month right after Election Day, I applied for a job in Microbiology at a private hospital in Baton Rouge. I heard back directly from the Microbiology supervisor (which is unusual, you normally hear from HR recruitment rep first) and had a really nice prelim conversation with her on the phone and she seemed extremely impressed with my credentials and experience over the phone and next thing I knew, I had an interview scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving (this past Friday). So I was home from NOLA for Thanksgiving and back in Baton Rouge the next weekend.ess. I know where I should begin, but I still not sure where to actually start. I’m just sitting in bed looking at

    • lamh36

      Anyway, to shorten the story a bit, I went to the interview Friday, and it lasted 2 hours. I interviewed with the Microbiology Supervisor and her Asst Supervisor. I had a “peer to peer” interview with 2 of the techs who work in the Micro lab and I also had a meeting with the HR Recruiter. It went really well. It didn’t really feel like an interview, it felt like I had already had the job and was just meeting my new co-workers. The whole interview experience made me feel like I could def see myself working there. If ya’ll remember, the biggest issue I had with moving back to NOLA/BR was the pay rate. I made a really good amount in DFW and from what I’d heard was that the pay back home just wasn’t what I had been used to making in DFW. Well part of the interview involving the HR rep involved a detailed discussion of salary, which I thanked the recruiter for, since I’ve never had any possible employer broach the subject on their own, I was actually a little conflicted on when is the best time to ask about pay. Well guess what? The pay range that was quoted to me was less than I make now, but not really as much as I thought, so I was very encouraged by what I’d heard and as I said, I was very confident that the interview went well. I thanked the recruiter and the Micro Supervisor for letting me interview and whether or not I get the job, I really did enjoy the whole interview process.

      2 hours later, while I was on the road driving on my way back to NOLA with my mom and sister, the recruiter called me and offered me the job. The offer included the pay rate and the pay rate quoted was only $0.15 less than what I make currently!!! I asked the recruiter if it was okay for me to get back to her by tomorrow with my decision since I was returning to DFW the next day. So it looks like I am moving back home to NOLA, well Baton Rouge! It only took 8 years after Katrina, but I’m going to finally be back with my fam. It’s bittersweet because I’ve met some really great people and I think I’ve made some lifelong friendship here in DFW, but with my mom’s illness and all my family being in one place, it’s the best thing for me. Besides, Baton Rouge is far enough away from NOLA that it gives me breathing room when I need to be alone and unreachable from my large, loud, obnoxious, loving, close-knit extended family.

      So now I have to start the relocation process. I know where I should begin, but I still not sure where to actually start. So any words of wisdom and experience you got would be greatly appreciated. The last relocation I did was actually an evacuation and as you can guess it’s a lot different to evacuate and never return and to actually voluntary relocate.

      • jds09

        Congratulations! Good for you.

      • Alma98

        Congrats to you lamh! And if your mom follows the regime her doctor prescribes she’ll do fine.

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

        Congratulations Lamh!

      • rikyrah

        this is wonderful news.

        I know how much being close to your family means to you, lamh!

        and now, faith and persistence by you have brought you home.

      • rikyrah

        I guess the first thing you should do with the relocation is decide where you want to live:

        NOLA
        Baton Rouge
        Or somewhere in between.

        you want to rent an apartment or a house?

        check out some websites for housing.

      • Aquagranny911

        Congrats Lamh! I know this is something you have wanted for a long time. Best wishes to your Mom. My daughter has a similar kind of implant for her heart & she is doing great with it.

        Advice: As a person who has moved a lot…11 times in 32 years…I will tell you these few things. I always looked at all my moves as an adventure…that helps a lot!

        Since you already have a job, the major thing is to find a place to live before you move that is close to your work, in a neighborhood you like & can afford. Use the internet to help you search, then you can line up what looks good to you & take a weekend or days off to view them in person.

        Have a yard sale or donate to rid yourself of things you no longer want or need. Take only those things that would be costly to replace or that have special meaning to you.

        If you are moving yourself by a rental truck, pack heavy things like books etc in small boxes (liquor stores are great for small sturdy FREE boxes & most are happy to save some for you if you ask) so if you are unloading your stuff alone you can handle it. You can leave things in your dresser drawers. No need to pack that stuff separate.

        Definitely spend the money to buy the “wardrobe” boxes for your clothes. You can take things right out of the closet, hang them in the boxes & then take them out & hang them in your new closet. Clothes will be wrinkle free & ready to wear.

        Good luck! I’m so excited for you.

        • lamh36

          thanks Aquagranny that’s great advice.

          my mom and my sister came with me to Baton Rouge for the interview and the one thing my mom made sure I was to remember to ask was about relocation assistance.

          The recruiter said that they used to offer some sort of assistance, but that they do so now only for upper management positions. But she did make sure that my start date could be either the middle of next month or the end (my choice, I still haven’t decided) so that gives me at least 6 weeks to a little short of a full 2 months before I have to report to work. That gives me more time to relocate and plan.

          Luckily since I’ve been contemplating relocating anyway, I haven’t really accumulated anything that I wasn’t planning on leaving behind anyway. I’ve even been putting off getting new furniture because I didn’t want to have to move all this stuff if/when I leave. So other than my flat screen tv and clothes and kitchen appliances and dishware (all of which could fit in my SUV) I don’t really have anything left to move that I wasn’t already planning on giving away to friends or Goodwill anyway.

          I do plan to rent and my goal is to live near hospital for now save some money and actually finally buy a home in the area.

          • TyrenM

            Congrats on new job and heading back “home.”

      • Kennymack1971

        Congratulations Lamh!

      • angee

        Congratulations!

      • sagittarius

        Congratulations, lamh! Prayers go UP – blessings come DOWN!

        • lamh36

          Amen

      • vulcan_girl

        Congratulations, lamh! I know you’ve been wanting this for a long time.

      • MsKitty

        Congratulations!

  • Alma98

    Good Afternoon everyone, we’ve got real sunshine here today. Global warming is real 5yrs ago at this time we had a huge snow storm.

  • lamh36

    my current schedule is 7 on and 7 off. so the good thing is that I have every other week to drive to BR and look for apartment, then to move things bit by bit until the day I turn over my keys to my current apartment and drive away from DFW if not forever, then for the foreseeable future.

    the most stressful part right now is deciding when to turn in my resignation. I’d like to give my job a full month since due to my schedule I only really work 2 full weeks a month and because my current team job is really a good group of people.

    The other stressful part is the fact that I still have like 7 months left on my current apartment lease. So I’ll have to “break my lease” when I move. And the leasing contract says if you move out early you have to fulfill the entire term of the leasing contract! I don’t have that kinda of money, so I’m hoping for some sort of first and last month settlement payment.

    • Aquagranny911

      See if you can have a renter for your apartment already to move in when you leave. Then you can negotiate with the land lord because they won’t have a vacant apartment while they advertize for a new occupant. That person should also sign a whole new lease.

      Don’t sublet unless you have no choice because with the lease still in your name you would be liable for the other person.

      Also check your lease for any clause that covers job transfer or other major life event (your Mom’s health for example) that might give you an out. I know that military & government employees are not held to a lease if they get transferred in most cases.

      • lamh36

        thanks.

        I read my lease and I don’ t believe it allows for subletting. But I plan to talk to my complex ASAP. I still haven’t decided when I want to tart. I can start later in Januray, but I don’t want to leave too much time between my start date and when I accept. The good thing is that the holiday season is upon us and its too difficult for new training to really get done. It’s a problem for the new company, so most of them hold off start dates until after the Christmas/New Year’s combo

    • LV

      Hi Lam36. I live in Fort Worth and thinking about moving to Dallas. Maybe we can discuss and see if we can help each other.

  • lamh36

    Ok guys, HELP!!! How does one sublet their apartment?

  • lamh36

    Best thing about Christmas time….being able to watch Love Actually all the time and not feeling weird watching a Christmas movie in the middle of say July…LOL!

    • rikyrah

      I love this movie…they even have it for rent at Redbox

      • crazycanuck

        One of my faves during Christmas. Never miss it

  • rikyrah

    NYT: When President Obama was locked in painful spending negotiations with House Republicans last spring, his exceedingly meticulous budget director, Jacob J. Lew, went to the Oval Office to propose some complex budget changes. As Mr. Lew delved deeper and deeper into the numbers, Mr. Obama put up his hand, signaling him to stop.

    “Jack, it’s fine,” the president said, according to Gene Sperling, Mr. Obama’s economics adviser, who witnessed the exchange. “I trust your values. I trust your judgment on this.”

    Today Mr. Lew is the White House chief of staff (and on the shortlist to become the next Treasury secretary), and Mr. Obama has entrusted him with an even bigger task: guiding the White House through potentially treacherous negotiations with Congressional Republicans to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts on Jan. 1

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/us/politics/obamas-aide-jacob-lew-is-a-low-key-power-broker.html?ref=politics&_r=0

  • rikyrah

    The Monster of Monticello

    THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek. We are endlessly fascinated with Jefferson, in part because we seem unable to reconcile the rhetoric of liberty in his writing with the reality of his slave owning and his lifetime support for slavery. Time and again, we play down the latter in favor of the former, or write off the paradox as somehow indicative of his complex depths. Neither Mr. Meacham, who mostly ignores Jefferson’s slave ownership, nor Mr. Wiencek, who sees him as a sort of fallen angel who comes to slavery only after discovering how profitable it could be, seem willing to confront the ugly truth: the third president was a creepy, brutal hypocrite. Contrary to Mr. Wiencek’s depiction, Jefferson was always deeply committed to slavery, and even more deeply hostile to the welfare of blacks, slave or free. His proslavery views were shaped not only by money and status but also by his deeply racist views, which he tried to justify through pseudoscience.

    There is, it is true, a compelling paradox about Jefferson: when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, announcing the “self-evident” truth that all men are “created equal,” he owned some 175 slaves. Too often, scholars and readers use those facts as a crutch, to write off Jefferson’s inconvenient views as products of the time and the complexities of the human condition. But while many of his contemporaries, including George Washington, freed their slaves during and after the revolution — inspired, perhaps, by the words of the Declaration — Jefferson did not. Over the subsequent 50 years, a period of extraordinary public service, Jefferson remained the master of Monticello, and a buyer and seller of human beings. Rather than encouraging his countrymen to liberate their slaves, he opposed both private manumission and public emancipation. Even at his death, Jefferson failed to fulfill the promise of his rhetoric: his will emancipated only five slaves, all relatives of his mistress Sally Hemings, and condemned nearly 200 others to the auction block. Even Hemings remained a slave, though her children by Jefferson went free.

    Nor was Jefferson a particularly kind master. He sometimes punished slaves by selling them away from their families and friends, a retaliation that was incomprehensibly cruel even at the time. A proponent of humane criminal codes for whites, he advocated harsh, almost barbaric, punishments for slaves and free blacks. Known for expansive views of citizenship, he proposed legislation to make emancipated blacks “outlaws” in America, the land of their birth. Opposed to the idea of royal or noble blood, he proposed expelling from Virginia the children of white women and black men.Jefferson did worry about the future of slavery, but not out of moral qualms. After reading about the slave revolts in Haiti, Jefferson wrote to a friend that “if something is not done and soon done, we shall be the murderers of our own children.” But he never said what that “something” should be. In 1820 Jefferson was shocked by the heated arguments over slavery during the debate over the Missouri Compromise. He believed that by opposing the spread of slavery in the West, the children of the revolution were about to “perpetrate” an “act of suicide on themselves, and of treason against the hopes of the world.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/opinion/the-real-thomas-jefferson.html?smid=tw-share

    • creolechild

      The Founding Fathers were the colonial day equivalents of the wealthy elites today who don’t want to pay their fair share in taxes. Yes, they were the 1% who shaped this country’s policies and legislation to initially exclude blacks, Native Americans, immigrants, poor whites, and women from having a voice in how this country would be governed. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness was intended for a select few, not the mass majority. From the very beginning, you couldn’t vote if you weren’t a white male who owned property. What else would you expect from slaveowners, lawyers, doctors, merchants, and others when they’re at the helm?

      BTW, the great emancipator, Abraham Lincoln signed TWO declarations freeing blacks from slavery. The first one exempted so-called “border states” that were loyal to the Union–but were slaveowners. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony put pressure on Lincoln by lobbying and petitioning for a permanent solution to slavery that resulted in the final declaration that outlawed slavery throughout the entire country and was ratified by Congress becoming the Thirteenth Amendement.

      The U.S. government created by the Founding Fathers was based on a model of British imperialism. Policies were designed to assign specific specific rights to it citizens but the predominant goal was to protect the interests of the wealthy by providing a layer of insulation between them and the rest of the country. How do you think the “middle-class” came into existence? And why do you think poor whites in this country always vote against their own interests? It’s simple…they’ve been “conditioned” to believe that they, too, can have a piece of the American Dream, and have something to protect–when in all reality they’re struggling just like everyone else.

      Also. too. ever wonder where the ideology related to black intellectual inferiority originated? Try reading Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virgina…it’ll tell you everything you need to know…about him.

  • sagittarius

    Good afternoon, Fam!

    I hope you’re enjoying a great day!

  • trose1

    Oh lookie here. Defense of the “left media” criticizing PBO. Pf course they never criticized him the past 4 years.
    Left media has ‘issues’ with Obama
    For the better part of four years, progressive media has had President Barack Obama’s back.

    Now that he’s won re-election, it is faced with a choice: Should the left continue always to play the loyal attack dog against the GOP, blaming the opposition at all hours of the news cycle for intransigence? Or, should it redirect some of that energy on the president, holding him to his promises and encouraging him to be a more outspoken champion of liberal causes?

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/left-media-has-issues-with-obama-84476.html#ixzz2DvdEvZv0

    • Ebogan63

      Trose, don’t you just love it that the’left media’ seems to find it easy to run to that asshole Byers of GOPolitico to bullshit about PBO, but can’t fix their lips to criticize republicans? That is why they can lite themselves on fire, they ain’t fooling anyone here.

      • Aquagranny911

        Lighting themselves on fire is too easy. I want them to eat cactus, bebe! Much longer lasting and way more painful in the long run!

      • trose1

        Phil Griffin is making it clear to his hosts he don’t want nothing but Obama bashing.

        • aleth

          Yes yes yes

          Outrage required to assist the GOP

          Taking bets it starts monday

          • trose1

            Maddow has been doing the PBO is not doing enuff about drones, Afghanistan wars for a couple weeks now, she got the memo weeks ago.

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

            In that HuffinPuffin article complaining that MSNBC is too liberal, GiGi was whining that the liberal hosts don’t talk about drones enough. I guess Rachel is taking orders from Greenwald now.

        • Ebogan63

          Hopefully, he likes his ratings tanking.

    • Aquagranny911

      It is Sunday so I won’t swear! The so called “left media” stabbed PBO’s back more than they ever “had his back.” They can all BITE THE BIG CACTUS!

      Politico can go SUCK on the cactus that way they get more of the spines!

    • aleth

      Wait when did the left have his back? Time for the goggle

      • trose1

        google says no

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

      Dylan Byers is sending out the bat signal for the EmoProgs and PLs to help him and his fellow GOPolitico frat boys get revenge on PBO for beating their candidate, Mitt Romney.

      • rikyrah

        that tweet is priceless.

    • morphus

      Just so sick of the media’s faux self-reflection after the campaign. The world watched as the “media” completely compromised what remaining integrity it could claim when they synchronized to promote the “Romney win” storyline. No amount of misdirection of their alleged post-election-analysis will change the fact that Romney campaign “advisors” and “consultants” were regulars on TV, radio, and in print portraying themselves a political analysts.

      If “we” must play the game. Here’s an idea, why don’t they just align themselves with the literal meaning of journalism and report the news? There would be little room for conflict if they weren’t playing game of “identity politics”.

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

    Jan Brewer Gets Testy With Reporter Over Global Warming Question (VIDEO) http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/jan-brewer-gets-testy-with-reporter-over-global

  • rikyrah

    In Lew of Rahm

    by BooMan
    Sun Dec 2nd, 2012 at 10:33:16 AM EST

    While there are some surface similarities, it seems like Rahm Emanuel and Jake Lew could hardly be more different in their personalities. I have never been a fan of Rahm, but I never thought he was the devil, either. As a general matter, I am more comfortable with Lew as the president’s chief of staff because I think he and I are closer politically than I ever was to Emanuel. And, while I appreciate Emanuel’s salty style and willingness to pound his desk, I prefer the “no drama” style of the president and Mr. Lew.
    There is one part of this article that really irritated me. Here it is:

    An agreement by year’s end could lead to a long-term deficit reduction plan, helping Mr. Obama live up to his promise to bring both parties together and sealing Mr. Lew’s reputation as the master of the Washington budget deal. But if the talks fail, Mr. Obama might be remembered as the president who could not break partisan gridlock in Washington, and Mr. Lew could wind up with a blot on his nearly impeccable record.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/2/103316/116

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • creolechild

    Idjits….

    Fox News Jumps the Shark by Calling Their Own Viewers Socialists

    Fox News completely jumped the shark today by calling anyone who wants Social Security and Medicare a socialist, and never realizing that they were attacking their own audience.[….]

    Tamny said, “Well, the tax increase is ridiculous. Because we don’t have a tax problem, revenue problem, we have a spending problem. And when you look at entitlements[*earned benefits*], I think they’re all an abomination. I don’t think any of them should exist. This is something that should be done elsewhere. But we did make these promises, so the idea should be not entitlements[*earned benefits*], but to basically say those nearing retirement age are going to be made whole. But for those of you who are not congenitally socialist, who actually want to control your retirement, you can opt out of these various programs. You don’t have to participate in Medicare of Social Security, and that’s how you cut entitlements[*earned benefits*] without cutting off the people nearing retirement.”

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/fox-news-jumps-shark-calling-viewers-socialists.html

    H/T Jason Easley

  • rikyrah

    the first glimpse of FLOTUS in her Kennedy Center dress.

    oh, I want more pics!!

    http://twitter.com/TheObamaDiary/status/275378568207421441/photo/1

  • rikyrah