August 30, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Thread: Happy Anniversary To The Obamas!

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  • Miranda

    Keith Boykin ‏@keithboykin12m
    RNC Chair @Reince Priebus asks @ThomasARoberts who has majority in House. Answer: “Right now the Tea Party seems to.”

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

      Damnit man!

  • Miranda

    I don’t think anyone’s shocked at the cannibalism of the GOP are they?
    —————————-
    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) allegedly told Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at a recent closed-door meeting that there is a GOP “leadership vacuum” in the Senate, the Hillreported Thursday.

    Coburn called out Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for their push to defund Obamacare, which he said gave outside groups “ammo” to attack their GOP colleagues, a Republican who attended the meeting told the Hill.

    The Oklahoma senator then told McConnell that he had allowed Cruz’s and Lee’s anti-Obamacare campaign to spin out of control “because there’s a leadership vacuum,” according to the anonymous Republican.
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-sen-reportedly-told-mcconnell-there-s-a-leadership-vaccuum
    Coburn declined to comment to the Hill on the conversation.

  • MsKitty

    That second pic…whew

    • crazycanuck

      Now, Now, calm down,lol. My favorite pic of your Pres and First lady, is the one when he at his desk and she is leaning over him. For some reason that pic always gets me

    • conlakappa

      That particularly photoshoot, all of the photos, was probably among the most smoking hot photos to ever grace Ebony.

    • conlakappa

      That particularly photoshoot, all of the photos, was probably among the most smoking hot photos to ever grace Ebony.

    • Alma98

      I love the first dance video from 2009 I smile every time I watch it.

  • qosine

    How many ways do I loathe Andrea Mitchell?
    She just helpfully pointed out to Gene Sperling
    of the WHG that Republicans have already won
    the battle with the sequester level spending,
    gutting programs Democrats care about.

    • conlakappa

      Botox and hand plastic surgery have warped what was her brain.

  • Miranda

    Is that a U-haul truck pulling up outside the Capitol right now? Is that Boehner’s staff over at Kinko’s trying to update their resumes on the sly?
    —————————————————
    Reid: Boehner Told Me Last Month He Wanted A Clean CR
    SAHIL KAPUR – OCTOBER 3, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters Thursday that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) expressed his support privately last month for a “clean” continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown.

    He said the two leaders negotiated and agreed to fund the government at current sequestration levels of roughly $986.3 billion, which he said Democrats “hated” but were willing to accept to avoid shutdown.

    “That was my concession to get this done cleanly,” Reid said.

    The Democratic leader said Boehner was thwarted by his conservative wing, which demanded concessions to keep the government open. “He doesn’t have the courage to stand up to this small band of anarchists,” he said.

    Boehner had in fact pushed a clean CR initially — albeit with a symbolic vote against Obamacare — but failed to garner enough House GOP support and so he ended up forcing the confrontation that led to the shutdown.
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/reid-boehner-told-me-last-month-he-wanted-a-clean-cr

    • jds09

      Harry “Honey Badger” Reid is not fucking around with Boehner. He. is. not. having. it.

  • Miranda
    • AxelFoley

      *wipes drool from mouth*

      • crazycanuck

        exactly how many women are you lusting after Axel? lol

        • AxelFoley

          How much time you got? ;)

          • conlakappa

            How many drawers are you going to have left from all the flinging?! Sheesh, you talk about panties flying.

            Did you see her on with Letterman last night?

          • AxelFoley

            Nah, I missed it. I don’t usually watch the late night talk shows unless they have someone on I like. But I didn’t know Ms. Washington was gonna be on (I call her Ms. Washington because I’m nasty).

          • crazycanuck

            LOL

          • conlakappa

            I didn’t know either. Just stumbled upon it. She looked very pretty and had great stories to tell. Letterman was almost as giddy about her as he gets about Ms. Jackson but someone kept it together.

    • TyrenM

      Ms. Kerry Baby!!!!!!

  • Miranda
  • Miranda

    This has descended into a circus freak show of epic proportions.

    GOP Rep.: ‘We Have to Get Something Out of This, I Don’t Know What That Even Is’
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/gop-rep-we-have-to-get-something-out-of-this-i-dont-know-what-that-even-is/

    and he was promptly clowned and deservedly so:

    Democratic Leaders ‘Apologize’ To GOP Congressman If They Disrespected Him
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/democratic-leaders-apologize-to-gop-congressman-if-they-disrespected-him

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BVqgc29IEAA5Cge.jpg

    • conlakappa

      “The GOP congressman walked it back on Thursday after it gained widespread attention ridicule, scorn, derision, and a round of mockery.”

      There, fixed it.

  • AxelFoley

    For Barack and Michelle:

    • TyrenM

      See. Now you got me listening to the extended version.

      • AxelFoley

        *sends it to his iTunes*

  • jziglar

    The republicans are so stupid. The smart people were telling them that this shutdown would fail and potentially ruin their chances of holding the house. This shut down is ridiculous compared to the one in 1995 and 1996. Then they were fighting over spending in the budget with the Clinton administration, while this time they’re fighting to stop people from getting healthcare. And unlike Clinton who had to worry about re-election, President Obama is termed out so he has nothing to lose.

    The messaging from republicans especially today has been horrible, the republican donors are pissed off, and Boehner knows that the cave on the CR and debt ceiling is coming. So what will they gain from all this ? Pretty much nothing while hurting their party in the long run.

  • Alma98

    Hey where’s the Flintstones anniversary song! LOL

    • crazycanuck

      omg, I send this to my cousin every year

      • Alma98

        LOL

    • rikyrah

      LOL

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

    I LOVE the first pic! They’re so cute!

    Check out how PBO’s looking at FLOTUS in this pic: http://twitter.com/ReignOfApril/status/385564390940233728/photo/1

    • conlakappa

      Long ago I saw a photo of them on the campaign trail in 2008 and it was clear that things had just “gotten personal” as that tweeter wrote or it was about to. I cannot find it now and I want to keep the corners really close on search terms!

    • qosine

      That’s a fantastic photo. So intimate:)

    • AxelFoley

      No disrespect to our First Lady, but–Dem. Legs.

      Whooo. Seriously though, she got some beautiful legs.

      *fans himself*

      • crazycanuck

        Axel, I’m beginning to worry about you

        • conlakappa

          A few months ago, Axel was fighting my husband over the First Lady, with both men delivering woofs/threats via me as the intermediary. Fools in the MSM underestimate just how much folks care about the First Couple.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      I feel like a voyeur looking at that picture.

      that look is so intimate

  • qosine

    Shots fired outside the Capitol building?

    • JB20005

      One capitol security officer injured.

      Probably not getting paid for today’s work.

    • crazycanuck

      According to twitter, the person tried to get into the WH first. What is going on?

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

        I don’t know but with past situations, the first reports are usually incorrect, so we’ll have to wait and see. There’s supposed to be a press conference in about 10 minutes.

    • AxelFoley

      GOP don’t realize, or rather don’t care, that they are fuckin’ with people’s livelihoods. Playin’ games with people’s jobs, while those same folks gotta put food on the table.

      • crazycanuck

        They will blame this on the President

    • TyrenM

      2nd Amendment remedies huh? Holder, Hagel, whoever – get em!

  • rikyrah

    Sleepy Hollow Fans…Good News!!

    ………

    October 3, 2013 10:15 AM PDT
    Fox Renews Sleepy Hollow For Second Season

    by Kimberly Roots

    Sleepy Hollow Season 2Now Sleepy Hollow‘s Ichabod has to get some new clothes — after all, he’s going to be around for at least another year.

    In the fall’s first renewal, Fox on Thursday picked up its new supernatural hit for a 13-episode second season.

    The drama’s premiere episode grabbed a total audience of 10.1 million and scored a 3.5 rating in the demo, making it Fox’s best fall debut since 2006′s Standoff. (Wait, 2006 was seven years ago… and Abbie and Ichabod are on a seven-year quest to take down the Headless Horseman and other agents of darkness… Did anyone else just get the chills?)

    The renewal means Fox will forego a back nine for Sleepy Hollow and stick to its original, cable-like, 13-episode-per-season plan.

    http://tvline.com/2013/10/03/sleepy-hollow-renewed-season-2-fox/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=spoilerscastingsscoopsalert

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

      Good news indeed!

      Yes, I’m now hooked. lol

    • crazycanuck

      Wow, that is early, but great news

    • Daltex82

      Yippee!

    • PBomb

      Cool beans!

  • crazycanuck

    Female shooter?

  • crazycanuck

    Yup I called it. Who is this Griffin person

    Furious Jimmy Carter ‏@FuriousCarter9m

    It took about 5 seconds for Tim Griffin to blame the Capitol shooting on Obama. Go fuck yourself, Tim.

    • aleth

      They funny what was the last four years? Why did the shooter go to White House let me guess to overthrow Obama and then target nancy? He got the wrong talking points

    • Alma98

      SMH

    • MsKitty

      Apparently Griffin’s tweet has been deleted, all links to it lead to “this page doesn’t exist.” Typical punk ass move you’d expect.

      • crazycanuck

        I’m sure someone already print screened that.What idiots and cowards.

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

        Buzzfeed caught it before it was deleted. At least they’re good for something.

        BuzzFeed News Verified account @BuzzFeedNews
        Congressman Who Appeared To Blame Democrats For Shooting “Tweeted Out Of Emotion,” He Says http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/congressman-who-appeared-to-blame-democrats-for-shooting-twe

        pic.twitter.com/stCuQXCctF

        • Alma98

          Out of emotion my ass! More like tweeting out of evil desperation.

          • crazycanuck

            yup

          • conlakappa

            Or reflex. Anything bad happens…

        • MsKitty

          Amazing that “out of emotion” he could reflexively knock out a tweet bashing PBO, but not one to express concerns over the officers.

          To call him an asshole is an insult to assholes.

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

    This is all Zerlina Maxwell had to say about this? Yet when PBO merely said AG Harris was “good looking”, she went on a three day tirade, and tried to equate him to a rapist.

    Today in mansplaining: GOP Rep. tells CNN host ‘Carol, you’re beautiful but you need to be honest’

    By zerlina | Published: October 3, 2013

    …I just love me some mansplaining! Wait, no, the opposite is true. Mansplaining makes my blood boil and I have secret daydreams where I’m pulling out a move like I’m the Black version of Angelina Jolie in Salt. Unfortunately, because I’m anti-violence and can’t fight, I mainly have to respond to mansplaining with assertive and serious pushback sans curses because my parents are pastors and I still feel a pang of guilt when I curse.

    MORE: http://feministing.com/2013/10/03/today-in-mansplaining-gop-rep-tells-cnn-host-carol-youre-beautiful-but-you-need-to-be-honest/

    • Alma98

      They’re all scared of the GOP, they never push back on them. Plus there’s no clicks or money to be made.

      • conlakappa

        And air play to get lost when it comes to getting uppity with a white man. This guy is nobody. Next.

        • Alma98

          Yep.

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

        Exactly! That all they care about. Jelani Cobb was on Chris Hayes’ show the other day, no doubt because he’s been highly critical of PBO of late.

        Being a Black, “liberal/progressive” critic of PBO is very lucrative.

        • conlakappa

          You know what I’ve been saying so I’ll vary it a little: cash those checks now and enjoy them while the flow is there. Soon enough, that tap will go dry.

          Speaking of such, Crossfire ads are wrapping Metrobuses so I got to see super-sized versions of that merry band this morning.

    • MsKitty

      I got SERIOUS issues with her, and that’s all I will say to stay politically correct.

      • sagittarius

        Ditto, co-sign and all the rest

      • Tafr

        Same here MsKitty this woman has some serious issues.

    • Miranda

      As I thought……a little weak pooh-poohing from the “feminists” about this….guess it takes a black guy for them to get their “rage” on.

      • conlakappa

        They are too busy avoiding talking about Marissa Alexander I hear.

  • aleth

    GOP hehe debt ceiling and gun control coming to your face. Violent rhetoric my ass y’all terrorist

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

    Chris Donovan @chrisdonovannbc 9s
    RT @nbcnightlynews: BREAKING: Female suspect had a child in the car, sources tell @PeteWilliamsNBC

    • Alma98

      What the hell!

    • sagittarius

      Insane. Absolute insanity.

    • crazycanuck

      What! omg

    • conlakappa

      Next on the list of rumored blame I heard was “this was an incident that started in the ‘hood and just ran down the street.” There are definite buffer zones between whatever is left of the ‘hood and the Capitol.

  • sagittarius

    Afternoon, Fam

    ::sigh:: We WILL make it through! No weapon formed against him shall prosper…

    • Alma98

      Afternoon sagi. PBO can never have one day without craziness.

      • crazycanuck

        You know, I’m not a big prayer person,but I say a little prayer for your Pres everyday. The man is trying so so hard, and doing so much in such a hateful environment.

    • AxelFoley

      Amen. Amen.

  • crazycanuck

    Speaker John Boehner ‏@SpeakerBoehner1m
    We all owe the Capitol Police a debt of gratitude for their work every day; no finer examples of professionalism & bravery.

  • MsKitty

    Presented without further comment (mostly because I’m too pissed to form a coherent thought):

    Speaker John Boehner ‏@SpeakerBoehner now

    We all owe the Capitol Police a debt of gratitude for their work every day; no finer examples of professionalism & bravery.

    • conlakappa

      Expect to see Terry Gainer’s big, greasy mug everywhere.

    • crazycanuck

      Yup, there are no words

    • qosine

      Well, yes, along with your paycheck, you have added more
      police officers, to protect you from the consequences of your
      tactics and rhetoric.

    • Miranda
      • TyrenM

        Get em Liv!

  • qosine

    Now Luke Russert shares his fear, his excitement, and anxiety, having heard, what he thought were gun shots, all from his office
    with a window overlooking the west side of the Capitol.

    • Miranda

      I expect them all to be nauseating about this. Acting like they are on the front lines of a battlefield.

  • qosine

    All these journos live at the Capitol. Robert Costa of Nat. Journal
    was walking outside the House with Michelle Bachmann talking politics, it was a beautiful day.

  • crazycanuck

    iers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan9m
    BREAKING: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu just told me he would welcome a phone call from Iranian President Rouhani. Details > #CNN 9pmET.

    uh huh

    • Miranda

      Wut?!?!? Oh…..he had a change of heart huh?

      • goldenstar

        PBO schooled his tuchas.

      • JB20005

        No budget appropriations = no multi-billion dollar military subsidies for Israel.

    • goldenstar

      Bibi comes over here and tries to front PBO. In Public. For being raised in the US, brother man has NO cultural competency. Since when would you front a black President especially when he is outwardly intelligent and cautious? And, he has demonstrated that he can handle a crisis or two and the those crises have resolved positively.

      Bibi is a Stoopid Gangster.

  • Alma98

    They’re saying the shooter is a black female. So I expect the msm will milk it for all it’s worth.

  • JB20005

    The best part of the video where Congressman Neugebauer scolds a female Park Ranger for the shutdown he helped cause?

    Watching him slink away like kicked dog when a man on a bicycle speaks up for the Ranger.

    A true Texas tough guy that Congressman.

    • Daltex82

      Another idiotic, grandstanding Texas politician. Unfortunately they are grown by the dozens here.

      • conlakappa

        Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be [Tex]as Pols…

  • Miranda

    They should have tasered his ass
    —————————
    Jeremy W. Peters @jwpetersNYT
    Rep. Darrell Issa just barked at Capitol Police, “Let me by. I’m going though” as he blows past barricade.

    • Alma98

      It probably scared him seeing all those police, it probably caused flashbacks for him lol.

      • crazycanuck

        He probably thought they were coming for him and wanted to get inside to do some shredding.

        • Alma98

          LOL

    • conlakappa

      Oh, no, you done released the Kraken: expect Cynthia McKinney to find whatever microphone and spotlight that will have her and talk about how she was roughed up by the CP.

    • goldenstar

      Grand Theft Auto!!!!

  • Miranda

    Congressman Tweets About Democrats’ “Violent Rhetoric” After Capitol Hill Shooting, Then Deletes It

    The details of this afternoon’s shooting outside the U.S. Capitol are still developing. Lawmakers and staff were told to shelter in place after shots rang out outside the Capitol, and one sheltered lawmaker took the opportunity to rag on Democrats’ “violent rhetoric” during the government shutdown. On his personal account, Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin tweeted this news about the shooting:

    more here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/10/03/capitol_shooting_tim_griffin_tweets_about_democrats_violent_rhetoric.html

  • Miranda

    What Happens to Conservatism When the Obamacare War Is Over?
    OCTOBER 2, 2013

    Over the last four years, Obamacare swallowed conservatism whole. Where will they go now?

    When we look back decades from now, one of the keys to understanding this period in our political history will be the story of how a set of market-based health insurance reforms that started as a proposal from the Heritage Foundation and then were successfully implemented by a Republican governor who later became the GOP presidential nominee, ended up being viewed by virtually all conservatives as not just an abomination but the very essence of statist oppression. Liberals have often expressed wonder or exasperation about the way conservatives changed their opinions about this particular brand of reform. But now that it’s driving a government shutdown (and soon a potential default on the debt), we have to acknowledge that it’s more than just a policy conservatives hate. The Affordable Care Act is far, far bigger than that. It has become the most important definer of conservatism in America circa 2013. It isn’t that conservatives don’t still want to cut taxes for the wealthy, or slash the social safety net, or liberate corporations from pesky regulations on worker safety and the environment, or make it impossible for women to get abortions, because they still want all those things. But Obamacare has swallowed conservatism whole.

    more here: http://prospect.org/article/what-happens-conservatism-when-obamacare-war-over

  • GreenLadyHere
  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU.

    Harry Reid on Obama at Shutdown Meeting, ‘The POTUS was very very strong, strong, strong.’

    The dynamic playing out in the Democratic Party is that the unity at
    the top has brought everyone together. Reid and Pelosi seem delighted with Obama’s hard line stance, and the president is drawing strength from the fact that his own party has his back. The Democrats are clearly engaged in an ultimate standoff with the tea party radicals in the House.[....]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/02/harry-reid-describes-obama-shutdown-meeting-the-president-united-states-strong-strong-strong.html

    H/T Jason Easley

  • lamh36

    ok, I’m watching the video, and all I’m gonna say is that when the guns were drawn by the officers. you don’t continue to drive off when your child in in the car with you.

    I know we are trying to give her the benefit of the doubt, but after seeing the video, I’m not gonna be too quick to say “oh she was just scared”…not yet.

    • Alma98

      I guess we’ll know for sure when they have the press conference. It’s been a summer of craziness that’s one thing for sure.

      • lamh36

        yeah.

        I’m just wondering why she was trying to drive the car through the White House barricade

        • Alma98

          Who knows lamh, I wonder if the baby is ok.

  • qosine

    I wonder if the woman jumped out of her car to draw
    the fire away from her (presumably) baby/child. sigh

    • Alma98

      Yeah it sounds like she freaked out and ran.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- — -OMWORD! – -Just gettin’2 msnbc. – - -Watchin’ –- -
    - – -Shots fired at U.S. Capitol, female suspect killed- -

    – —The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown for a half-hour Thursday afternoon after a woman tried to ram a car into the White House gate, was chased by Secret Service and shot and killed by police, sources said.

    The suspect — who sources said had a child in the car — may have fired on law-enforcement, sources said. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured, but not shot, during the pursuit, officials said.

    “This appears to be an isolated incident,” said Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine. “Both scenes are under control.”- – —

    - –Shocking. . . .

    – – -People R upset.. . . MoreL8R. – - -

    • edp4bho

      Hi GLH. What a shame a child had to witness all this madness. God bless him/her. The world is F’ed up anymore.

  • lamh36

    Ok, they said the woman was unarmed.

    I see some reports saying she got out of the car? Anyone else seeing that?

    My first question? Why was she trying to drive the car through the barricade pillars at the White House?

    My next question? When she couldn’t get through and the Capitol Police pulled their guns, from the video she appeared to reverse as the Capitol officer was reaching for the door handle and she drove off.

    All this with her child in the car!!! WTF is going on?

    Damn. The Cap Police betta have some answers.

    Also too, they are saying that the woman was African American? Where are they reporting that from? Are people assuming that because of the image from the video of the child?

  • creolechild

    This merry-go-round turns kid energy to clean energy

    A non-profit called Empower Playgrounds has developed a way to harness the energy of kids playing in order to provide electricity to poor rural villages in Africa. The organization is making merry-go-rounds that have a clean tech twist — onboard kinetic energy harvesters that store that energy in batteries for later use …[....]

    Most kids in Koni Kablu, Ghana, have to work on the family farm during daylight hours, and can study after dark only if they’re lucky enough to have a kerosene lantern. As a result, none of the children from the town have reached the high school level.

    As Empower founder Ben Markham says, “It wasn’t lack of capability. These kids were capable, they were bright, they were inquisitive. The opportunity just wasn’t there.” But with Empower Playgrounds, they can use the nearly inexhaustible natural resource of childhood enthusiasm to generate their own light.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/this-merry-go-round-turns-kid-energy-to-clean-energy/

    H/T Holly Richmond

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- -AHA!- — -THIS might EXPLAIN –the “OPENIN’ –ACA” – -glitches!!- —

    – —-Hackers May Be Behind NY’s ObamaCare Glitch- [Numbers don't add up, New York officials say]- – -

    - – - –ObamaCare’s online insurance markets were famously glitchy on launch day, but that might not all have been the result of shoddy tech work. In New York, computer security experts suspect that the state’s exchange was targeted by hackers in a DDoS attack, the New York Post reports. The site buckled under the weight of 10 million visits on Tuesday, even though there are only about 1.1 million New York residents who don’t have health care. “The numbers are fairly compelling,” one expert says.
    New York officials say they’re “looking into the cause of the abnormally high traffic.”

    THERE IS MORE. . . .WATCHIN’—

    • Alma98

      It wouldn’t surprise me at all. SMH

  • creolechild

    Furloughed Government Employees

    The government shutdown may have left its employees high and dry but, on Tuesday, businesses quickly stepped up to ease the pain.[....]There are so many local businesses jumping on the bandwagon that the Washington Post is keeping an ongoing list that is constantly updated.[....] As of Tuesday night, over 40 businesses were already onboard. If what the places are offering isn’t free, it’s discounted.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/10/03/furloughed-government-employees-cheered-by-freebies/

    H/T Deborah Montesano

  • creolechild

    Teen Gives Money to Victim, to Right His Father’s Wrong

    Seventy-eight-year-old Tona Herndon of Oklahoma was already
    vulnerable in every way when her purse was stolen while visiting her
    husband’s newly dug grave. The thief’s mugshot flashed across the
    TV screen after he was caught and 15-year-old Christian Lunsford
    recognized the culprit right away.

    The man was his wayward father, who had been in and out of prison for years since leaving two years after Christian was born. Then, the 15-year-old did something remarkable. He took the $250 which his father had given him for his high school band trip and gave it to the white-haired widow.[....]

    Read more:http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/family-life/great-kids/teen-gives-money-to-okla-victim-after-dads-crime.html

    H/T Steve Hartman and GNN

    • edp4bho

      Hello POU and creolechild. This errant man should know he fathered an angel- may he allow this to help him mend his ways.