April 24, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Thread: Bo Knows Decorations

Adorable! Check out Bo as he inspects the 2012 White House Holiday Decorations!

  • Miranda

    EricBoehlert@EricBoehlert
    petulant whining, foot stomping over Rice represents some of most pathetic sore loser tantrums ever. Lapdog DC press won’t call GOP out tho

  • Miranda

    Boehner’s tea party crazy party made him call PBO begging to back off and PBO said “too bad so sad. Looks like you getting f’ed…with no vaseline.”
    _________________________________

    White House says Obama-Boehner call was ’28 minutes’

    The White House is pushing back on reports that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had a short, “curt” telephone call Wednesday.

    It was “28 minutes long in my understanding” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

    POLITICO’s Mike Allen reported Thursday that Boehner and Obama had a “curt” telephone conversation about the fiscal cliff standoff where Boehner asked Obama to move off of his position on tax rates. Obama reported refused to budge.
    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/11/white-house-says-obamaboehner-call-was-minutes-150662.html

    • Aquagranny911

      Politico can sit on a cactus & rotate! A “curt” conversation does not last 28 minutes. Bony was crying “save me” & PBO graciously refused. That is all!!

    • nellcote

      I guess the trick with Politico is to ignore any adjectives or characterizations they add.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda/POU FAM♥- — – ***BIG HUG*** :>)- -

    - – -Luvin; it. :>) – — — BO in da “MIRROR” -[as he sees himself]- — LOL- –[RIHEP- -MJ. WE ♥ U]

    - — – -It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – DIONNE WARWICK[CELEBRATING – -50 YEARS- -in da BIZNESS!. :>)- – -Luvin’ HER!!-

    Thank U 4 THIS— -FESTIVE TREAT! :>)- – —

    • Aquagranny911

      I love Dionne Warwick! I have a bunch of her CDs that I got to replace the old albums I let my daughter have.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – ***fist bump***- – - – -ME 2!!- – -Since her FIRST song. :>)-

        - – —- -Dionne Warwick – Walk on By (Pebble Mill 1984) – – -

        Sooo good 2 C U Aquagranny. :>)

        • Aquagranny911

          Love that song! Thanks for the share ♥

  • Miranda

    Greg Sargent‏@ThePlumLineGS
    Boehner today: Dems have never been serious abt spending cuts. Boehner in 2011 on cuts in debt deal: “I got 98% of what I wanted.”
    ________________________

    heh…..so that 2% must have been the TOP 2%..and Dems got it eh Boehner?? LOL

  • Miranda
    • PenteluPower

      LOL, and PBO wouldn’t even let him near the West Wing!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – - – -LOL- -HARRY! – HARRY!- – -HARRY! -- —

    - – - -IFFF HE ONLY HAD a BRAIN!!- – LOL- – –

    - – - -Reid: I don’t understand Boehner’s brain- -

    - — -Democrats and Republicans are so far off in their expectations for the next steps of fiscal talks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed he cannot understand the Republican Speaker’s brain.

    Senate Democratic leaders are growing frustrated by what they say is the lack of a specific plan from House Republicans to raise tax revenues or cut entitlement spending.

    Democrats say the onus is on Republicans to provide a counteroffer to their plan to let the Bush-era tax rates on families earning above $250,000 expire.

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has told reporters the ball is in the Democrats’ court and called on President Obama to lead by offering a detailed plan to cut spending.

    “I don’t understand his brain, so you should ask him,” Reid said when asked about the disconnect between him and Boehner.

    Democrats argue they have already made their proposal to raise $900 billion for a down payment on the deficit at year’s end. They say Republicans should offer plans to cut entitlement spending, because that is the GOP’s priority.

    “Is Boehner saying nothing? Then we’re negotiating with ourselves. Boehner has not had one specific proposal. The Republicans have had not one specific proposal. They can do it on the tax side, they can do it on the spending side. What do they propose,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership.
    THERE IS MORE.

    - — -WHERE’s –da “B”???- – - – -HE went 2 OZ!- – LOL- –

    • caribbeanobserver

      I put it you that Boehner doesn’t understand his own brain!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY caribbeanobserver. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – - -LOL – - -***fist bump*** – -

        – -THAT’s ‘CAUSE IT IS SATURATED WITH – - -THIS.! – - -LOL

        – - -Good 2 C U. CO. –ONE EVENING — -I featured a Christmas SONG in your HONOR. :>) – —

        • caribbeanobserver

          Thank you my dear Ms Green. Christmas is a special time in Trinidad. Lots to eat,drink and socialising.
          Keep ‘em coming.

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY caribbeanobserver. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            — My PLEASURE. :>) I shall. :>)

            Good 2 C U –CO. —:>)

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

    At White House, CEOs Offer Support for Higher Tax Rates
    By REUTERS

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chief executives from corporations such as Goldman Sachs and Deloitte LLP met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday and offered support for resolving U.S. fiscal problems with an approach that included higher tax rates for wealthy Americans.

    Some fourteen business chiefs from companies such as Yahoo Inc, Comcast Corp, and Marriott International Inc met with Obama at the White House to discuss solutions to the “fiscal cliff” – a series of tax hikes and spending cuts that will go into effect next year if lawmakers and the president cannot come up with a deal to stop them.

    Obama’s outreach to business was meant to garner support for his proposal to extend tax cuts for middle income earners, while raising them for households making more than $250,000 a year.

    Republicans oppose raising tax rates, saying that would hurt job growth at a time of still high unemployment.

    Executives who attended the meeting said leaders from both sides needed to compromise, and they indicated backing for an increase in rates for high earners like themselves.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/28/business/28reuters-usa-fiscal-obama-ceos.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=print

  • edp4bho

    Hello POU. I’ll let politics take care of themselves today. OTH, I think Bo is really Teddy in disguise. He’s too human :-D

    • Worldwatcher7

      His little white socks are too cute.

      • Aquagranny911

        Love that! And the way he walks, like he really owns the place.

        • conlakappa

          When looking at the video, I thought that he’ll miss the place most of all.

          • Aquagranny911

            No. It’s real obvious that he loves his family. Where ever they go he will be happy. Dogs are pack animals, tied to the pack not the place. Cats have more problems adjusting to new environments than dogs do.

            Just saying….

            I’ve done animal rescue & fostering & loved many a dog & cat.

          • conlakappa

            Okay, if we’re going to be literal, I didn’t mean he’d pick place over family. Just that he has looked comfortable from minute one and looks like he loves the place. The other inhabitants look like they love the house less so. Yes, he’ll follow the pack but even animals adjust to environments.

      • conlakappa

        That there are only two of them and that they look lopsided adds to the cuteness factor for me. I love the photos of him when he was a wee pup, even before he was at the White House. It was the socks that mad him so identifiable.

    • Aquagranny911

      I think Bo is totally an “Obama” “He’s got this!”

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

    Photo of PBO and Mittens in the Oval Office: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/photo-obama-romney-in-oval-office

    WH statement on the lunch:

    This afternoon, President Obama and Governor Romney visited for an hour over lunch in the Private Dining Room adjacent to the Oval Office. Governor Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years. The focus of their discussion was on America’s leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future. They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future. Their lunch menu included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Hope Rmoney had his camera with him; he’ll need something to help him remember the White House since he ain’t coming no where near it anytime soon.

    • Miranda

      Cont’d

      President Obama shook Romney’s hand and wished him well. As the President turned away to walk back into the White House, Romney wistfully watched, and this begin to play:

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

        You ain’t right!

      • Alma98

        HAHAHAHA!

      • AxelFoley

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        Breakfast Club indeed!

      • Daltex82

        *_________________________*

    • QOakaJP

      Is it me, or are they danm-near doing the “Smooth Criminal Lean” to shake hands without getting too close to each other?

      • Aquagranny911

        You are not alone thinking that & I got a laugh that PBO kept one hand in his pocket. Probably trying to protect his wallet, lol.

        PBO has great body language. You can always tell how he feels by how he greets or shakes hands with someone. There was no hand or arm on the shoulder here. Just a:

        “I will shake hands with you but please don’t get too close to my body” gesture.

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

          You are not alone thinking that & I got a laugh that PBO kept one hand in his pocket. Probably trying to protect his wallet, lol.

          LOL!

        • AxelFoley

          LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

        • conlakappa

          Or protect something!

      • PenteluPower

        You are right. I think something about this man rubs even PBO the wrong way. We saw it as voters. That’s why I keep asking on what planet were the media and GOP on to think he was even close to winning!

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, only way RMoney was gonna get into the White House was a tour. And this one he got personally from the President. Hope Anne was with him.

    • qosine

      I love our President. Power lean forward, but no friendly hand. PBO has fantastic boundaries – warm to us, cool to bad faith actors.

    • nellcote

      Their lunch menu included white turkey chili
      ===
      Rmoney got leftovers LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – — AaarrrrG!- —THOSE evil/vile- — RACIST- – -OBSTRUCTIONISTS!!-

    - — Look how the have — -RUINED IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS of GOVERNMENT!!!- – - -LIKE THEY R- — DOIN’ 2- -DR. SUSAN RICE-

    – – - -Five Exceptional Nominees Locked Out Of Public Service By The Senate’s Broken Rules- -

    — – - -From the founding of the Republic until the beginning of the current Congress, the Senate voted to break a filibuster on a president’s nominee only 89 times. Nearly one quarter of all of these were Senate Republican filibusters of President Obama’s nominees. No senate minority in American history was as aggressive in filibustering presidential nominees as the minority led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

    Lest there be any doubt, this kind of obstructionism does far more than simply frustrate President Obama — it denies the American people a fully functioning government and discourages the most talented potential nominees from seeking government jobs in the first place. Here are just a few of the most exceptional nominees blocked by the Senate’s nonsensical filibuster rules:

    1) Peter Diamond (Federal Reserve Board of Governors)- -

    - -2) Joseph Smith (Federal Housing Finance Agency)- -

    - -3) Caitlin Halligan (United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit)
    THERE R MORE.

    - – -COMMENT:- – -Marie Harris
    Imagine the outrage if the Dems were to stymie the Republican president like this.

    This is not only shirking their duty, they are deliberately depriving the president — and the nation — of qualified persons to help administer the government for no good reason – except that they want to obstruct any progress that could be This borders on treason — they’re not abetting the enemy, but they are not supporting the government to which they were elected, and the people they swore to represent.

    - — -KARMA- —- – -is a MUTHA!!- – - WAITIN’!!- — -

  • PenteluPower

    My bad Miranda, Mitten was let into WW, LOL.

    • Miranda

      PBO let him see what he’ll never have. LOLOL

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

    davidfrum ‏@davidfrum
    Obama served Romney white turkey chili? Was that meant to be funny?

    • MsKitty

      Well I’m LMAO, so at least in this corner it had the desired effect.

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

    LMBAO!

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    LOL White house Lunch Menu With Romney pic.twitter.com/LRx26LD3

    • Miranda

      FTFO @ The Ladies love Chocolate Flourless Cocoa Tart

      • Shilohsmama

        Booger seasoning, with a slight hint of spit. Yummy!!

  • MsKitty

    Bo in a Santa cap? Dead from the excessive cute.

  • Miranda

    Oh snap_______________________________________*DEAD*

    Finally, in June 2011, Romney came to Doug and Stella Scamman’s farm in Stratham, N.H., to announce that he would run once again for president.

    “President Obama’s European answers are not the right solution to America’s challenges,” Romney declared after serving up portions of his wife’s turkey chili to an adoring crowd. “In the campaign to come, the American ideals of economic freedom and opportunity need a clear and unapologetic defense, and I intend to make it – because I have lived it.”
    http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2012/11/06/after-six-years-campaigning-mitt-romney-faces-specter-presidency-private-life/Kwb6kw5zK0xngC3kVQ5SpJ/story.html
    ____________________________________

    Glen Johnson‏@globeglen
    CAMPAIGN 2012: Ann Romney’s turkey chili to kick off 2012 campaign for Mitt Romney, Obama’s turkey chili to end it… #mapoli

    • PenteluPower

      #DEAD# I CAN’T BREATHE

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

      #PresidentialCulinarySHADE!

    • AxelFoley

      PBO don’t let NO detail slip away from him!

      Y’know he filed that away to use it just for this occasion.

    • itgurl_29
      • Alma98

        LOL

    • rikyrah

      hee hee hee

      man, I love this

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –NOT a FAN- –BUT- – -CREDIT- – when due:- – - -

    - – - -Jon Stewart Outs John McCain as a Bitter Old F**k Who Can’t Let 2008 Go - -

    - – -Jon Stewart went to the root of John McCain’s opposition to Susan Rice, and concluded that McCain a crotchety old f**k who is completely unable to get over his loss to Obama in 2008.

    Here is the video from The Daily Show:

    - – –SNIP- – -

    –[Luvin' THIS COMPARISON:]- – -

    - — -(Video of Condi Rice’s infamous Iraq nuclear program statements.) Stewart continued, “She know that was bullsh*t at the time. What would a John McCain or a Lindsey Graham say about a woman like that’s qualifications for Secretary of State? (Video of Graham and McCain defending Rice’s character and qualifications.)
    THERE IS MORE.- – –

    - – - -CALL!- -’EM! – -OUT!— –HAH!

    • conlakappa

      If he’s lost even Stewart, his legacy has been sealed,

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –He CAIN’T GIVE- – -WHAT he ‘ON’T HAVE!!- –

    - — Boehner Refuses To Give Specifics About The Entitlement Cuts He’s Demanding- – -

    - – –House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called on President Obama and Democrats to specify entitlement cuts that could balance their desires for tax increases in a hypothetical deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” even though only Republicans have demanded spending cuts to programs like Medicare and Social Security. Despite their support for putting entitlement programs on the chopping block, GOP lawmakers have refused to specify how, or by how much, they would cut the programs.

    Boehner, instead, used a press conference today to urge Democrats to take the lead on entitlements, even though Obama and Democratic leaders made it clear that they would not support a deal that cut Social Security, and Democrats have repeatedly opposed the Medicare changes Republicans have attempted to make in the past:

    – — -SNIP- – -

    Q: Why will you not tell Democrats, what specific spending cuts you would like to see, especially within entitlements?

    BOEHNER: It’s been very clear over the last year and a half. I’ve talked to the President about many of them. You can look at our budget, where we outlined very specific proposals, where we passed in last year’s budget and the budget from the year before. We know what the menu is, what we don’t know is what the White house is willing to do to get serious about solving our debt crisis.

    Q: So your 2011 position still stands, then? I mean, are you still offering, those talks from 2011, is that still the basis here?

    BOEHNER: Listen, I’m not going to get into the details, but it’s very clear what kind of spending cuts need to occur, but we have no idea what the White House is willing to do.- –
    THERE IS MORE!!- – LOL— -

    WHAT A- – CONTINUIN’- — -LYIN’- – -STOOPID- – JOKESTER!!!- — HAH!!- –

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Is Boehner the only one that hasn’t realized yet that PBO is in the driver’s seat and he’s strapped to the roof?

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

    Girl, BYE!

    Liliana Segura ‏@LilianaSegura
    I know Obama and Romney ate lunch and Biden went to Costco, America, but Bradley Manning is on the stand right now.

    • Miranda

      Who?

      • aleth

        Best reaction…

    • Miranda

      Who?

    • MsKitty

      And her point is?

      • trose1

        I don’t get her point, either.

        • conlakappa

          Where’s his river of ink? Where is his parade? That’s her silly point.

          • Tafr

            He will get a parade march back to his jail cell where he belongs.

    • MsKitty

      And her point is?

    • PenteluPower

      These Emo’s are out of their minds. He committed as most egragious crime against his nation for f—-sake!

      • Aquagranny911

        He violated his oath & disgraced his uniform. That is all!

    • Kennymack1971

      Oh good grief. These people are forever whining about bullshit. Bradley Manning spilled secrets and violated his military oath. He is no hero.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Manning’s own lawyers know he’s guilty. That’s why they’re begging the court for mercy on the grounds that he’s an idiot.

    • qosine

      How can life go on? LOL

    • dannie22

      boy i wish these emos gave a damn about the innocent who are incarcerated as much as they do about this white boy

    • rikyrah

      he was a soldier.

      soldiers live by a different code of conduct.

      he broke that code of conduct.

      fuck him

      • Tafr

        You know we talk about the RW living in a bubble well so are the unicorn left. Anyone with a ounce of common sense is not going to stand by Manning. Most reasonable people know and understand that what Manning did was wrong. This is just another example of how the unicorn left believes they are relevant.

        They talk all this shit about drones but pray tell how many people did Manning put in harms way with his little stunt? No they will no go into that because that would make them look like the idiots that we all know they are. They can stan for Manning and Assange an alleged rapist but I will be damned it I will. Their sense of morality is lacking along with their common sense. Their disdain for this president is just as strong as the RW. They all make me sick.

    • nellcote

      If Bradley Manning hadn’t betrayed his country, he could be at Costco now too.

      • AxelFoley

        OH, SNAP!

    • malletgirl02

      Apparently, treason isn’t a big deal to to her. Manning is lucky this is the 21st century, they use to execute people for treason.

    • Tafr

      They have the nerve to call this douchebag a hero GTFOOH! Dude got mad because his lover broke up with him which led him to disclose secret information. He is no hero, he is a entitled asshole, who is going to serve life in prison. Let him rot in jail with his Lady Gaga filled Ipod. I could give two shits about Manning with his punk ass.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Yeah!
      I’m pissed!
      Bradley Manning should be in front of a firing squad.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – — FINALLY!!- — THIS is OLD- — -

    - – –Ex-campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee sentenced to 8 years in prison- – -

    - — -Former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday and a judge ordered her to pay more than $10.5 million to victims including state and federal politicians from whom she stole political funds.

    U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in Sacramento accepted the recommendation of federal prosecutors that Durkee, a former go-to treasurer for Democrats, spend 97 months in federal custody. Durkee pleaded guilty in March to five counts of mail fraud.

    In making that plea,Durkee admitted to the theft of $7 million from more than 50 victims, but the judge Wednesday ordered her to pay restitution of more than $10.5 million that 77 victims claim to have lost, including expenses incurred in establishing the losses. However, to pay the restitution Durkee has so far produced only $91,000 from a retirement account. Durkee apologized in court “to those who trusted me and I betrayed.”

    The judge called the crime a “significant and egregious offense.”

    Durkee’s victims included the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Democratic Reps. Laura Richardson of Long Beach, Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove, Linda T. Sanchez of Lakewood and Susan A. Davis of San Diego.
    THERE IS MORE

    - – -KARMA- — get da – –”W”!!– -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – — FINALLY!!- — THIS is OLD- — -

    - – –Ex-campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee sentenced to 8 years in prison- – -

    - — -Former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday and a judge ordered her to pay more than $10.5 million to victims including state and federal politicians from whom she stole political funds.

    U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in Sacramento accepted the recommendation of federal prosecutors that Durkee, a former go-to treasurer for Democrats, spend 97 months in federal custody. Durkee pleaded guilty in March to five counts of mail fraud.

    In making that plea,Durkee admitted to the theft of $7 million from more than 50 victims, but the judge Wednesday ordered her to pay restitution of more than $10.5 million that 77 victims claim to have lost, including expenses incurred in establishing the losses. However, to pay the restitution Durkee has so far produced only $91,000 from a retirement account. Durkee apologized in court “to those who trusted me and I betrayed.”

    The judge called the crime a “significant and egregious offense.”

    Durkee’s victims included the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Democratic Reps. Laura Richardson of Long Beach, Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove, Linda T. Sanchez of Lakewood and Susan A. Davis of San Diego.
    THERE IS MORE

    - – -KARMA- — get da – –”W”!!– -

    • nellcote

      Good she got time, that was a fucked up thing to do to the dems. I wasn’t worried about Feinstein she has piles of money but some of the congress critters really got screwed. Glad they pulled it out anyway.

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote – — -***BIG TIME — fist bump**** :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -A POSITIVE HONOR 2 — MR. PRESIDENT :>)- – –

    - – - Inspiring a New Generation - – -

    - – - -When I was growing up I heard it again and again. People said that they were moved to get involved in public service or volunteer work by John F. Kennedy. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” People ran for office, they joined the local school board, they joined the Peace Corp, they enlisted in the armed forces. And they did it because an inspiring president asked them to do it. President Kennedy had a great influence that way.

    More than a million people responded to the Obama campaign’s survey (including me) and almost 800,000 of them said that they want to continue doing community organizing. Even more amazingly, 100,000 respondents (not including me) indicated an interest in running for public office. You can’t look at that in any other way than as an indication that the president’s campaign inspired and restored millions of people’s confidence in the capacity of our government to do good things.
    - – - –SNIP- – -

    Kennedy inspired a generation. Obama has done the same thing on a much bigger scale and with a whole set of tools and skills for that generation to put to use in the effort.
    THERE IS MORE.

    - – — –INSPIRATIONAL!- —-COMMENDATIONS 2 MR. PRESIDENT!! :>)

    • nellcote

      When I was growing up some of my grandparents friends still had pictures of FDR up in a place of reverence/respect. Their irish friends ALL had a picture of JFK up. I always thought it was cute in an old school way but never really understood the impulse. And here it is 2012 and I have a couple of calendars of PBO up. He’s the best president in my lifetime and I finally understand.

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

    *tears*

    Reporter: Despite what you’ve all said at the podium today, Speaker Boehner made very clear today in his press conference that he thinks the ball is in your court and the President’s court. He says that Democrats have got to get serious about cuts. Spending cuts. Where is the disconnect?

    Reid: I don’t understand his brain, so you should ask him. Okay?

    MORE: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/11/29/reid_on_boehner_i_dont_understand_his_brain.html

    • qosine

      Hmm. . . Patty Murray said “I don’t know what he’s talking about,” re: Grover Norquist.

    • angee

      translation: Y’all know drunks be talking that crazyshit nobody be understanding!

    • rikyrah

      Harry is just having fun

    • itgurl_29

      delete

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

    Joe Jackson suffers ‘mild’ stroke
    By Alan Duke, CNN
    updated 6:22 PM EST, Thu November 29, 2012

    (CNN) — Joe Jackson, the Jackson family patriarch, suffered a stroke Thursday morning and is being treated in a Las Vegas hospital, a source close to the Jackson family said.

    Jackson, 83,”is in very good spirits” and expects to be sent home from the hospital Friday, said the source, who asked not to be identified.

    The “mild” stroke is similar to two others he suffered in the past five years, another source close to Jackson said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/29/showbiz/joe-jackson-stroke/index.html

    • Alma98

      I hope he makes a quick recovery.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – —Prayin’ 4 him. Thank U 4 sharin’. :>)

    • itgurl_29

      I don’t care what people say about Joe Jackson, that’s my play grandfather. This man gave us Michael and Janet and Latoya, the greatest of all untalented celebrity sisters. Definitely praying for him.

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

    AP source: Strauss-Kahn, NYC hotel maid to settle
    By JENNIFER PELTZ
    Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her have reached an agreement to settle her lawsuit, a person familiar with the case said Thursday.

    The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private negotiation. The details of the deal were unknown.

    MORE: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_STRAUSS_KAHN_LAWSUIT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-11-29-18-30-03

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

    Didn’t ol’ girl get the memo that Cory Booker is the executive producer, director and star of this publicity stunt and he doesn’t have to check with her, a background player, for a start date?
    ———————————————————————————————

    The North Carolina woman Booker challenged plans to accept, but she is not sure she will do it next week.

    [...]

    She said she is upset that Booker didn’t consult with her before picking the dates. She said Booker sent her a tweet this week saying his staff would be in touch, but she has heard nothing since.

    “I don’t think it’s fair to be challenged and just find out from the Internet when I’m supposed to take part,” she said in a telephone interview. “I would have appreciated the consideration that I have a life as well.”

    Nevertheless, she said she will participate in the challenge for at least a week, possibly two.

    MORE: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nj-mayor-live-food-stamps-starting-tuesday

    • Alma98

      He has no shame it’s all about him, Dannie come get yo man lol.

  • angee

    That is just ADORABLE! Gonna miss Bo after 2016.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 11/29/2012

    Does Nancy Pelosi have any leverage in fiscal cliff talks?

    By Sargent and Greg Sargent

    With John Boehner continuing to (publicly) rule out a hike in tax rates for the rich, Nancy Pelosi fired back today by drawing her own hard lines. She told reporters that another round of big spending cuts is unacceptable, and in an interview with NPR, she rebuffed the idea of raising the Medicare eligibility age.

    Which raises a question: Does Pelosi have any leverage in the talks to begin with?

    The Beltway chatter holds that she doesn’t — Politico describes her as a “bit player in the unfolding drama.” It’s certainly true Pelosi’s influence over the outcome will likely be minimal. But there are factors worth considering that render this a bit of a simplistic take.

    While Pelosi will have little sway over the final deal Obama and Boehner reach, she may have some influence over Obama’s handling of the talks. A sizable number of House Dems will be required to get a final deal through the House. Unlike the debt ceiling and government shutdown deals, this final deal will include tax increases — almost certainly through a hike in tax rates. This could mean large Republican defections. After all, the debt ceiling deal required dozens of Dems; this time more could be required. Dem aides believe as many as 100 House Democrats or even more could be required to pass the final legislation. Will Dems back the president no matter what? Probably, but this time, many Dems see it as a desirable outcome if the deal fails and we go over the cliff.

    What Pelosi is doing in publicly drawing a hard line against spending cuts and a rise in the Medicare eligibility age is signaling to Obama what will and won’t get significant support from her caucus. “She’s let him know that these are the things she thinks are really important to her caucus,” one House aide told me in describing the dynamic. “She’s saying, Now you know what we need; go cut the deal with Boehner.’”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/does-nancy-pelosi-have-any-leverage-in-fiscal-cliff-talks/2012/11/29/667a7fd8-3a67-11e2-9258-ac7c78d5c680_blog.html

    • nellcote

      She only has to find 17 goopers to flip. It’s not impossible.

    • qosine

      Of course. She ALWAYS has leverage. Next.

  • GN

    Re: VP Biden in CostCo; gotta love Ride or Die Joe! Wonderful gesture.

    • conlakappa

      And it is the first in-city Costco, which will give living wages to lots of folks there.

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

    PBO ain’t playin’ with these Repubs, son!

    White House Offers New Fiscal Plan, Prodding G.O.P.
    By JONATHAN WEISMAN

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans said on Thursday that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner presented the House speaker, John A. Boehner, a detailed proposal to avert the year-end fiscal crisis with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years, an immediate new round of stimulus spending, home mortgage refinancing and a permanent end to Congressional control over statutory borrowing limits.

    The proposal, loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts, was likely to meet strong Republican resistance. In exchange for locking in the $1.6 trillion in added revenues, President Obama embraced $400 billion in savings from Medicare and other entitlements, to be worked out next year, with no guarantees.

    He did propose some upfront cuts in programs like farm price supports, but did not specify an amount or any details. And senior Republican aides familiar with the offer said those initial spending cuts might well be outnumbered by upfront spending increases, including at least $50 billion in infrastructure spending, mortgage relief, an extension of unemployment insurance and a deferral of automatic cuts to physician reimbursements under Medicare.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/us/politics/fiscal-talks-in-congress-seem-to-reach-impasse.html?hp3&_r=0&pagewanted=print

    • nellcote

      So what’s Boner bitching about? It’s a fucking plan. Does Geitner have to get out his whiteboard and charts and explain it to him personally? WTF!

  • dannie22

    http://stjohnscommunity.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/campfire.jpg?w=300&h=283 im building a bonfire and im throwing sen corker on it. he can join susan collins and hil clinton

    • rikyrah

      thank you, dannie

  • dannie22
    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY dannie22. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Woo! Hoo! – — BIG SLAM!! — -CONGRATULATIONS!! –Ms, SERENA!! –

      WE R PROUD of U! :>) -

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

    Palestine Wins Status of State in Vote by U.N. Assembly
    By ETHAN BRONNER and CHRISTINE HAUSER

    UNITED NATIONS — More than 130 countries voted on Thursday to grant Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember observer state in the United Nations, a stinging defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who was weakened by the recent eight days of fighting in Gaza.

    The new ranking could make it easier for the Palestinians to pursue Israel in international legal forums, but it remained unclear what effect it would have on attaining what both sides say they want — a two-state solution.

    Still, the vote offered a showcase for an extraordinary international lineup of support for the Palestinians and constituted a deeply symbolic achievement for their cause, made even weightier by arriving on the 65th anniversary of the General Assembly vote that divided the former British Mandate of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and the other Arab — a vote that Israel considers the international seal of approval for its birth.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/world/middleeast/Palestinian-Authority-United-Nations-Israel.html?hp&&pagewanted=all&pagewanted=print

    • crazycanuck

      How did the US vote on this? Harper apparently voted no.

      • nellcote

        USA voted no. Can you imagine the freakout if Rice had voted yes? LOL

        • crazycanuck

          Hmm so that is why Harper voted no. It’s a shame that we are in the minority on this issue

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — –Awwwww- — HOW COLORFUL annnd LOVELY!!-:>) — –

    - — Barack Obama Now Has A Fish Named After Him

    - – - — Last week, five new fish species were given some left-leaning names after being recognized as distinct species for the first time. The five fish species were previously considered populations of the wider-ranging Speckled Darter (Etheostoma stigmaeum), but male breeding colors and morphology have revealed their ‘true colors.’ The fish were “discovered” and named by Steve Layman from Geosyntec Consultants in Georgia and Rick Mayden from the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University.

    - — -Etheostoma Obama, the Spangled Darter :>)- -

    - – - – - — -Found in Tennessee.

    Steve Layman: “We chose President Obama for his environmental leadership, particularly in the areas of clean energy and environmental protection, and because he is one of our first leaders to approach conservation and environmental protection from a more global vision.”
    THERE R MORE. – - – -

    — -CONGRATULATIONS – - -MR PRESIDENT. :>) – –

    • nellcote

      Watch the goopers cut their funding…

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – - -LOL ***fist bump** – - -Annnnd – - -DRAIN da LAKE!. LOL – -

        – - -Jealousy is a terrible THANG!! LOL – -

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

    • qosine

      I live in Tennessee (I know, I know). This is SO cool.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY qosine♥. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — -Awww – - -sooo HAPPY 4 U/YOUR STATE!! – - – :>)

        – -BTW — –THIS –IS ONE of MY FAV CHRISTMAS SONGS. :>) – -:>)

        Sooo NOW when I listen 2 it – –I’ll THINK of U. :>)
        - – - — – -C HOW THAT WORKS.? :>) – -

        Good 2 C U. qosine. :>)

        • qosine

          Thank you GLH:)

          • GreenLadyHere

            – - -***Smiles at-choo*** :>) –

  • rikyrah

    Susan Rice in 1986 book: Make white students learn black history

    In a 1986 book by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, the future diplomat argued for the aggressive inclusion of a black history curriculum in American schools, claiming that its omission had “crippling effects” by “providing a child with no more than … a white interpretation of reality.”

    The 86-page book, “A History Deferred,” served as a guide for secondary and elementary school teachers wanting to teach “Black Studies,” and was published by the Black Student Fund, an advocacy group where Rice had an internship.

    “Susan’s interest in the study of Black history evolved from her desire to learn more about the experiences and achievements of her own people,” notes the preface.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/29/susan-rice-in-1986-book-make-white-students-learn-black-history/#ixzz2DfGg9gNf

    • aleth

      Go rice

    • dannie22

      go head dr rice!!

    • qosine

      Dr. Rice – you’re a star!

    • itgurl_29

      So now it’s racist to say that American kids need to learn both white and black history? These people got nothing!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - –A FEW “tweets”: – - -

    – —☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    Republicans have never balanced a budget in 60 years, are responsible for 67% of the US Debt & most of it under Bush and Reagan +$8 Trillion
    – -[TRUTH!!]

    – —☻abe lopez ‏@komogroup
    @JeffersonObama no matter you shower facts, republicans are so bitter about obama that it will not end until he leaves office.#unfortunate
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
    — [MORE TRUTH!!]

    – –☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    @TonyLeadholm Reagan nearly tripled the US debt by 299%, sold advanced weapons to Iranian terror regime & raised taxes 13 Times…..Oops
    –[HAH!]

    – — ☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    @Kathy_Amidon Republican Reagan and Bush 43 took 1,456 days off for vacation. This black President the rights calls lazy has taken just 78
    View conversation
    –[Annnd da KRAP BEGINS - - -on The FIRST FAMILY's VACAY]

    – –MORE L8R. :>) – –

  • rikyrah

    this is one of the Letters to the Editor over at TPM.com


    TPM Editor’s Blog

    Reaping the Whirlwind Pt.2

    Josh Marshall-November 28, 2012, 9:36 AM15034
    TPM Reader JR on reaping the whirlwind …

    Josh’s blog posts recently from TPM readers JT, JB, and KE struck a nerve with me, especially the one from KE on being Asian-American and taking it personally when Republicans and conservatives attacked Obama. I am Indian-American, born and raised in Iowa (my childhood in Ames and Marshalltown and college years back to Ames) to immigrant parents. Obama’s heritage and identity as a racial minority is a big deal to me, no question, and was an attraction to me in 2007…he is the only Presidential candidate ever to get my money in a contested nomination fight, before he was the presumed nominee.

    There is no question the Obama Presidency has exposed a lot of racism and xenophobia and religious bigotry among Republicans and conservatives, disturbingly more than I would’ve guessed. PPP was mocked early on in 2011 for their polls testing whether GOP primary voters in various states believed Obama was born in the U.S., whether he was a citizen, whether he was a Muslim…even whether he was the anti-Christ! At first I was dismissive of the some of the results because I’m well-aware that people are willing to give ridiculous answers to ridiculous questions. But then after one GOP Presidential primary debate, Frank Luntz on Fox News had a majority of Iowa GOP focus group members raise their hands in earnest when he asked, in earnest, whether they believed Obama was a Muslim. And as time went on, it became clear in other polling that PPP early on was on to more than just snarky telephone survey replies, there really is a disturbingly large percentage of Republicans who are openly hostile to Obama specifically because of his race, his national origin, and his partial religious ancestry.

    That GOP electeds from Boehner to McConnell to all the GOP Presidential candidates were unwilling to call out any of it just reinforced the point, since it established they were afraid because these people were a very large part of the GOP base. You don’t worry about calling out your own party’s cranks in public if they’re marginal figures whose votes you don’t need and don’t think you’ll lose because they have no other options…Republican candidates and electeds know that they can lose primaries for openly challenging racial and other bigoted hostility toward Obama. And all this is very personal to me.

    When I was a small child in Ames, Iowa, in my immigrant family, neighborhood teenagers assaulted our home regularly, pelting fruit and whatever else at our house. Several times my dad had the police come and lecture this group of kids. It was all about race, and these kids’ parents did nothing. So when Mitt Romney in a Michigan stump speech snarks that no one asked him for his birth certificate, and his GOP allies defend the racism as “just a joke,” when so many GOP federal and state electeds endorse or tacitly condone questioning of Obama’s citizenry and engage in other dog whistle racism, these are always personal attacks equally on me…if Obama is not an American and does not legitimately belong, then they’re saying the same about me.

    I imagine I’m not alone, that people of color across the board see what I see, and the election results confirm this. It’s striking to me, and IMO underreported, that Obama clearly lost great amounts of white support in Florida and indeed his 37% in the exit poll with Florida whites has always been disastrous…and yet he wins the state with an absolute majority. It’s striking to me that the national exit poll has not only people of color increasing to 28% of the total, but also that it has both Hispanics and Asians giving over 70% to Obama. These things tell me that people of color across the board see what I see, an appalling racism and xenophobia in the Republican Party that is enraging

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/11/joshs_blog_posts_recently_from.php?ref=fpblg

    • jds09

      This is spot on. Yet I remember where I was when I heard on the radio that Obama won the Iowa primary in 2008. Sitting in my chair amazed, thinking that he could really do it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - -WHA’!!!!!? – - – -NO DOUBT – –a RE-THUCKER- -JUDGE.!! – -

    – - –Judge OKs bonuses for execs in Hostess liquidation

    – — A federal bankruptcy judge finalized the liquidation of Hostess Brands on Thursday and approved a bonus plan for senior executives involved in the wind-down of the company.

    Union representatives had opposed the plan, which offers $1.75 million in bonuses ranging from $7,400 to $130,500 for 19 executives, provided they meet certain benchmarks in managing the liquidation. But Judge Robert Drain said the plan was appropriate, citing testimony that it had been independently vetted and was below market value for firms in similar circumstances.

    *****THIS – - -> – - -WORK!!!????? – –>He said the liquidation would call for work “significantly beyond the type of jobs that [the executives] were doing at the start of this case,” and called the incentive plan “an exercise of proper business judgment.” – –

    He noted that the over 3,000 rank-and-file employees assisting in the liquidation were also getting paid beyond their regular salaries, and that new Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn had ruled out a bonus for himself.

    Drain declined to appoint an independent trustee to oversee the liquidation, saying it was not necessary but could be later if circumstances change.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - – –THIS IS – - -BEYOND – -DISGUSTING!!! — BEYOND!!!—-

    – –COMMENT: — CDNpride
    These fat cats get paid no matter what. They killed the company and make money off of it. Sick, sick, sick.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – -I hesitated 2 post this; ‘CAUSE I said – — “AWW HAIL NO!”- – –when I saw it!! – - -geesh.

    – - – -ON MY WAY – - – - – - – - – -> – -LOL

    I’m takin’ – -PIZZA. LOL – - – -

    [Gotta "bounce" 2 a meetin' in a minute. C U - -as soon as. :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – DANG — -RACIST!!! – - – -SAAAAAAAA-LAP!!! - – - -

    – - – -Steve King: Democrats Will Win Over Hispanics By Giving Them ‘A Great Big Check’ – –

    I jus’ CAIN’T. . . . …DANG – -RACIST – - -B**TURD!!! – - -

    – -[back soon. -♥]

    • Worldwatcher7

      GLH, It’s amazing how hard it is for these folks to learn! They JUST lost an election with this racist rhetoric. I guess they are okay continuing to lose.

      • AxelFoley

        I hope they keep it up.

      • jds09

        I think they are Zombies. Seriously.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Worldwatcher7. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

        - – -***BIG TIME fist bump**** LOL – –

        – - -THEIR – - -STOOPID – -sooooo – — BURNS!! — – LOL

        Good 2 C U –Worldwatcher7. :>) — –

    • Kennymack1971

      Keep up the minority outreach GOP you’re doing great!

  • Miranda

    #SCANDAL!!How does Shonda Rhimes do it?!?!

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

    Scandal.

    Oh, my gentle Jesus!

    • crazycanuck

      Her new man needs to go, and dam dam wtf

    • dannie22

      im sitting here in shock!

    • QOakaJP

      Aargh! And I probably won’t get to see it until tomorrow. *logs off the internet*

  • caribbeanobserver

    Wowee..Scandal is da bomb. Can’t wait for next week.

  • dannie22

    someone give skeptikal brotha a xanax lol

  • qosine

    Bo is adorable.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - — -B4 I SAAAAAAA-LAP -”Politico” – –IMMA post THIS information from THIS –Point of View: – - –

    – - -Congress members owning TransCanada stock push to approve Keystone XL – –

    – — -Four members of Congress who have disclosed owning shares in Transcanada, the company trying to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, have pressed for the $7 billion project’s approval.

    The State Department took the lead in the approval process, and was supposed to rule last November on the project, which has been the subject of an intensive international lobbying campaign as well as a contentious split among supporters of President Barack Obama, who chose to delay a decision on authorizing construction until at least 2013.

    — -☻Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas,
    - – -☻Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.,
    - – ☻Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill.
    – ☻ Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y.

    – - -[NOW –The REAL INTENT of the article: — – >It isn’t just Congress members that own TransCanada stock, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan E. Rice filed that she owned between $250,001 and $500,000 of TransCanada stock. This is just a piece of her impressive stock portfolio. She was not a part of the State Department’s approval process.
    THERE IS MORE.

    BUT – - -LOOK at “Politico’s” – –HEADLINE: – –Susan Rice holds TransCanada stock

    — – —WHEW LAWD!! — – -”HOLD! – -ME! — -BACK!” – - —

    Annnd –OF COURSE she would hafta divest herself of this –B4 an appointment!!

    Annnd – — By THEIR- -Way: —President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline — – -Annd –HE KNEW.!!!! – –Seeee-!! —