October 22, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Thread: Happy Birthday FLOTUS!

She’s every woman!

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  • creolechild

    HAHAHAHA…Do not pass Go; go directly to Hell! Okay?

    Bush attorney general disappoints Hannity: Obama’s executive orders are legal

    Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey appeared on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” Wednesday night with a message that left the host looking rather disappointed. Rebutting the Republican talk show host, Mukasey said that President Barack Obama’s executive orders so far have been legal, as much as he finds them distasteful. He even expressed agreement with the Supreme Court’s finding that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, leaving Hannity looking perplexed.[....]

    Speaking about the president’s most significant executive actions thus far, Hannity exclaimed: “It seems me to be, by definition, abuse of power. A power grab if you will… Is it then unconstitutional in some instances?”[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/17/bush-attorney-general-disappoints-hannity-obamas-executive-orders-are-legal/

    Stephen C. Webster

    • jds09

      LOL. The best part is Hannity’s list of “Obama Power Grabs”, he literally says “jamming ACA through…”. Oh lordy, these people cannot tolerate him simply acting like a president. Plus Mulkasey got his Fox payday but he refused to put any foolishness on tape. lol

    • Aquagranny911

      Love it! These asswipes at Fox think that PBO just breathing should be “illegal” Racist slime!

    • TyrenM

      Shorter Mulkasey: My name’s not Mitchell/Meese/Gpnzalez. Miss me with that shiznit.

  • creolechild

    Telemundo Anchor to GOP: There Are “Aryan, Blond, Blue-Eyed People” Who Need Immigration Reform, Too

    While Marco Rubio has come out as a leader of the Republican Party on the issue of immigration reform, José Díaz Balart, the television anchor for Telemundo, isn’t all that impressed with the rest of the party.[....] “Let’s remember that the 11 million people that are here illegally aren’t just Latinos,” he said. “There are some aryan, blond, blue-eyed people” that also need legal status.

    In fact, according to a Pew Institute report, nearly 20 percent of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are not originally from Latin America. About 1 million come from Asia, 600,000 are from Europe and Canada, and 400,000 are from Africa and other countries.[....]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/immigration/telemundo-anchor-gop-there-are-aryan-blond-blue-eyed-people-who-need-immigration-reform

    H/T Laura Gottesdiener

    • Aquagranny911

      I’ve been saying this myself! And I also know of a few from friends of friends….just saying….

      • conlakappa

        I’ve talked before about the illegal Irish [tons in NYC and Boston and even a smattering in D.C.], Australian [tons who do resort/casino work out in California and Nevada], and white New Zealander [ibid] immigrants. Color me shocked that Jose went there though. I generally consider him the dimmest Diaz Balart and that is saying something huge.

        • nellcote

          You’d think Peter King (R-IRA/NY) would be pushing to legalize the Irish folk.

        • Aquagranny911

          Totally agree. I don’t feel too comfortable talking about this here because I know people, who know people, you see but those people ain’t from Mexico!

      • rikyrah

        in Chi-town, they are Polish…by the plane full

    • AxelFoley

      Oh, snap!

  • creolechild

    Countdown to Affordable Health Insurance

    January is the perfect month for looking forward to new and great things around the corner. I’m feeling that way about the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Anticipation is building, and this month we start an important countdown, first to October 1, 2013, when open enrollment begins, and continuing on to January 1, 2014, the start of new health insurance coverage for millions of Americans. In October, many of you’ll be able to shop for health insurance that meets your needs at the new Marketplace at HealthCare.gov.[....]

    [....] That is why we are so excited about launching the newly rebuilt HealthCare.gov website, where you’ll be able to buy insurance from qualified private health plans and check if you are eligible for financial assistance — all in one place, with a single application. Many individuals and families will be eligible for a new kind of tax credit to help lower their premium costs. If your state is running its own Marketplace, HealthCare.gov will make sure you get to the right place.[....]

    Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/17/countdown-affordable-health-insurance

    H/T Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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

    FLOTUS slayed ‘em in that off-the-shoulder top she wore to Spain. #Werk

    • nellcote

      Hot and Chic!

  • creolechild

    Republican Myth Busted: Reagan Raised the Debt Ceiling 3 Times More than Obama

    President Reagan raised the debt ceiling the more times than any other President since 1960. He raised it 18 times, for a 67% increase.[....] President Obama “doesn’t even compare” to Reagan’s record, he has raised the debt ceiling 6 times, for a 31% increase. According to Bloomberg’s numbers, Republicans have raised the debt ceiling 49 times since 1960, while Democrats have only raised it 30 times. The debt ceiling has been raised 79 times since 1960.[....]

    The following graph from Business Insider “shows the history of Federal Government Deficits. You can see that starting in in 1981, they really boomed like nothing comparable in history.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/ronald-reagan-raised-debt-ceiling-times-1960.html

    H/T Sarah Jones

    • Aquagranny911

      Wasn’t it Reagan who said: “Debt limits don’t count” Or was that Bushes? These goatfiggers look alike to me. All white & Repugnant.

      • nellcote

        Darth Cheney said Raygun proved deficits don’t matter.

  • creolechild

    Michelle Obama Officially Joins Twitter

    Michelle Obama officially joined Twitter on Thursday, her 49th birthday. The account will be run by White House staff, which were prohibited from managing the First Lady’s campaign Twitter.

    The @flotus Office is now on @twitter & will post updates & pics. When it’s her, she’ll sign -mo. PS: RT to wish Mrs. Obama a #HappyBirthday
    — FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) January 17, 2013

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/michelle-obama-officially-joins-twitter

    H/T Igor Bobic

    • conlakappa

      I thought she officially joined during the campaign, with the same message of “-mo” means it is she.

      • creolechild

        GOOD CATCH, conkalappa! I had completely forgotten about that…

        First lady Michelle Obama and vice president Joe Biden have been using Twitter like a secondary email platform to get out the vote during this election cycle’s last hours. The first lady has 2 million followers on Twitter, while Biden has 316,000, and the two political figures are direct messaging (DM) their audiences to re-elect President Barack Obama.[....]

        http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/michelle-obama-and-joe-bidens-twitter-twist-145015

        • TyrenM

          Damn. 2 Mil! How many Hillary got?

        • conlakappa

          I think she had the quickest amount of people signed on as followers in Twitter one-day history. I remember Colbert mock bitterly complaining about being knocked off that perch.

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

    GTMB! (Get That Money Brotha)

    Ahmad Rashad and His Rich Wife Sale Johnson Headed for Splitsville

    *It’s being reported that former NFLer and now sportscaster, Ahmad Rashad and his wife Sale Johnson, a society matron down in Palm Beach (Fla.), are said to be quietly negotiating a divorce settlement before they go public and file later this year.

    If you didn’t know, Rashad and Johnson, a former fashion model and heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, have been married since 2005.

    Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra is reporting that Rashad & Johnson, who share a $5 million home in the luxurious Bears Club in Jupiter (see video below), have been living apart for several months and want to work out some financial differences quietly before filing, according to several sources.

    Sale is believed to have received more than $100 million in her split from Johnson in 2002 and is way richer than the 63-year-old Rashad, a former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and former host of The NBA on NBC. Celebritynetworth.com places Rashad, who now works for NBA TV, in the $8 million-range.

    Reports out of New York City, planted by Sale Johnson’s camp, we’re told, claim that Johnson has grown weary of Rashad’s friendship with soon-to-be Bears Club neighbor and NBA great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods, who lives in nearby Jupiter Island.

    MORE: http://www.eurweb.com/2013/01/ahmad-rashad-and-his-rich-wife-sale-johnson-headed-for-splitsville/

    • MsKitty

      Johnson has grown weary of Rashad’s friendship with soon-to-be Bears Club neighbor and NBA great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods, who lives in nearby Jupiter Island.

      Uh-huh. Say no more.

      • TyrenM

        Haterz hate ballers these days Part 2.

        • Miranda

          LMAO

        • AxelFoley

          Ball above all.

  • GreenLadyHere

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

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    WE R PROUD of U-♥ – -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY. :>)—BLESS U♥ — -

  • rikyrah

    A new hostage, every three months
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:06 PM EST.

    Stanford University’s Keith Hennessey, the director of the Bush/Cheney National Economic Council, concedes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed today that Republicans cannot follow through on their debt-ceiling threats. The political, economic, and electoral consequences would be too severe, he argues.

    But Hennessey does not suggest the GOP simply meet its obligations without some strings attached. His plan suggests a series of short-term increases to the debt ceiling, instead of one long-term increase

    [Obama's] obvious goal is to punt the issue past the 2014 midterm election. Yet if he has to ask Congress for a new increase every few months, the spending problem his administration has exacerbated in his first term will dominate the policy agenda — when he wants to work on other issues.

    That brings us to step two, which is for congressional Republicans to offer Mr. Obama a choice. He can have a long-term debt-limit increase if he agrees to cut spending, or he can have repeated, short-term increases without spending cuts. If the president continues to dodge the country’s long-term spending problem, the solution is to force him to ask Congress every few months to give him the authority to borrow more while facing questions about why he refuses to restrain spending

    Let’s put aside for now the fact that Obama doesn’t “refuse” to cut spending; Obama’s already cut spending and approved $2.5 trillion in debt reduction. Let’s also put aside for now the irony of these complaints from an economist from the Bush/Cheney administration, which made literally no effort to be fiscally sane.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/17/16568504-a-new-hostage-every-three-months?lite

    • nellcote

      Pardon my language but that is fucking retarded. Congress still has to pay for the bills they pass.

  • rikyrah

    Good riddance to the ‘Hastert Rule’?
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:47 PM EST.

    The so-called “Hastert Rule” is terrific for party discipline and partisan rule, but it’s awful for democracy and governing. And as of this week, its demise may be near.

    As we talked about yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) brought a post-Sandy disaster relief bill to the floor this week, and passed it, despite the strong opposition of his own caucus. Though the aid package passed the chamber with relative ease, nearly 80% of the House GOP — 179 members — voted against it. This came just two weeks after Boehner also passed a bipartisan fiscal deal over the objections of most of his fellow House Republicans.

    Under the non-binding “Hastert Rule,” this isn’t supposed to happen — Boehner is only supposed to bring bills to the floor that most of his own caucus supports (measures that enjoy a “majority of the majority”). The idea is, Republicans shouldn’t even consider bills if they’re dependent on Democratic votes to pass; the real power belongs in the hands of the House GOP’s far-right rank and file. And yet, the Speaker has now ignored the rule twice in two weeks.

    Though Boehner aides insist these were isolated incidents, not a new normal, it’s generating a very interesting conversation on the right about whether the “Hastert Rule” has outlived its usefulness.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/17/16567395-good-riddance-to-the-hastert-rule?lite

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

    LOL! Alright…Which one of ya’ll is responsible for this:

    InaugurationTickets ‏@TicketsFor2
    @PragObots I want to go on tv and criticize Obama for the stupidest reasons. Do you think he’ll give me tickets to the inauguration?

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

    Unbelievable!! (h/t @haymakers)

    Source shows me sched, shakes head: “10:15 am, Friday, Burwell Plantation, Coalitions-Discussion on Successful Comms w/ Minorities & Women.”— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 17, 2013

    • MsKitty

      The level of ineptitude is just so awesome. Or there’s a mole on team GOP actively sabotaging them.

      Nah, I’ll go with the ineptitude.

      • Alma98

        I bet there really are little mice on a wheel inside their heads.

        • Admiral_Komack

          …and the mice are dead, and the wheels ain’t turning,

          • Alma98

            HAHAHAHAHA!

    • Joy

      They’re not concerned about the venue because black people aren’t the minority they’ll be discussing.

  • creolechild

    LOL! Seems like recent Charlie Christ polls is making someone so anxious that he’s finally doing what he should have done during the past presidential election campaign to rectify the problems that were encountered by voters. Sorry, no Hail Mary passes for you, Rick Scott. Hopefully, your constituents will have the good sense to replace you when you come up for re-election.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott: ‘We Need More Early Voting Days’

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) issued a statement Thursday in which he outlined his proposal for reforms to the state’s election laws, which included an expansion of the early voting period.[....] In the statement Thursday, Scott said the state needs “more early voting days” but qualified his support by saying he supports allowing election supervisors the “flexibility to offer anywhere between eight and 14 days of early voting.”[....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/florida-gov-rick-scott-we-need-more-early

    H/T Tom Kludt

    • nellcote

      We’ll see what the final bill looks like.

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

    Idris Elba as Olivia Pope’s love interest? Oh, how I wish this were true! Make it happen Shonda! http://scandalmoments.com/2012/07/12/idris-elba-as-olivia-popes-scandal-season-2-love-interest/

    • TyrenM

      That…just might be too hot for TV.

    • Joy

      I’m one of the few who are meh on “Scandal”. Four shows in, I was bored. Please don’t give me a reason to watch!

    • isonprize

      Give a sista a heart attack. DAMN.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/JamilaJP QOakaJP

    Afternoon, POU! Know anyone who likes cute little note cards? I make and sell them, and finally getting enough inquiries to where I’ll be *forced* to get my website(s) up and running this month. =) http://twitpic.com/bvscfj

    • Alma98

      That’s too cute QOakaJP I wish much success.

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

      Cute! Good luck on your new venture!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY QOakaJP.- —***BIG HUG*** :>)

      —–OooHH! HOW WONDERFUL!! :>)- – -Annnnd I’ll B- -***forced 2 VISIT.**** :>) —-Lookin’ FORWARD- – –>:>)
      PRAYIN’ 4 your SUCCESS. :>) BLESS U♥. :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>)

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

    It was only a matter of time before EmoProgs started whining about PBO’s gun proposal.

    Obama’s Gun Control Plan Could Worsen School-to-Prison Pipeline
    by Julianne Hing, Wednesday, January 16 2013, 3:14 PM EST

    Tucked into President Obama’s gun control proposal is a benign and seemingly uncontroversial call to improve school safety by staffing up schools with more police officers and counselors. It’s one of the big umbrella areas of his plan, announced today. But that initial policy proposal has civil rights advocates worried that instead of making for “more nurturing school climates,” as Obama says he wants to work toward, he’ll be exacerbating the school-to-prison pipeline, another issue which Obama has worked proactively to address.

    Obama is calling on Congress to fund schools to hire up to 1,000 more counselors, psychologists, social workers, and school resource officers, among other initiatives. While the name “school resource officers” is a rather benign term, they are actually typically sheriff’s deputies dispatched to patrol schools. As experience shows, more law enforcement officers do not necessarily make for safer school environments, and in fact can contribute to dynamics which push students out of school. As law enforcement officers who are called on to serve a disciplinary function in schools, they are a central part of the school-to-prison pipeline machine, an apparatus so-named for the ratcheting up of school discipline in the nation which has funneled youth, a disproportionate number of them black and Latino, out of schools and into the criminal justice system.

    “We have several concerns about the administration incentivizing police departments and school districts to put more police officers in schools,” said Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office.

    MORE: http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/01/obamas_gun_control_plan_could_worsen_school-to-prison_pipeline.html

    • nellcote

      Wouldn’t want to focus on the “counselors, psychologists, social workers” that are desperately needed.

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

    Gun violence is a critical issue for black America
    January 17, 2013 By ctucker

    For the Rev. Al Sharpton, well-known civil rights activist and television personality, the moment of personal reckoning about the apocalyptic toll of gun violence came in August of last year, as he walked into a Harlem church to deliver the eulogy for a dead four-year-old. Before that, like so many other black activists and ordinary voters, he had become inured to the fratricidal violence that tears apart families and wrecks whole neighborhoods.

    “I walked in and saw this miniature casket, and it shook me. And I thought, ‘How come we’re not doing more about this?’, “ Sharpton told me.

    That’s the salient question, isn’t it? And it’s especially pertinent for the legions of black preachers, activists and politicians who claim their priority is improving the lives of black Americans. If there is a “black agenda,” shouldn’t reducing black-on-black gun violence lead the list? Shouldn’t this be the leading crusade for the NAACP, the Urban League, the SCLC?

    MORE: http://cynthiatucker.com/2013/01/gun-violence-is-a-critical-issue-for-black-america.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -OH! –YES!! – – -LET’S CALL ‘EM – -OUT!!- — – –

    – – -Meet The NRA-Backed Senate Democrats Who Oppose Obama’s Gun Violence Prevention Plan- —

    —-On Wednesday, President Obama unveiled a comprehensive plan to reform American gun laws and take action against the 32,000 firearm-inflicted deaths per year in the United States. His proposals ranged from stricter, universal background checks to more funding for police officers to expanding access to mental health care.

    Yet a group of Senate Democrats, all of them highly rated by the National Rifle Association, are refusing to say if they support the President’s reform package. Below is a list of the Senators in question, how they’re rated by the NRA, and what they’ve said about gun law reform:

    – – – — 1. Max Baucus, Montana (NRA Rating: A+).
    – -☻2. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota (NRA Rating: A).
    – – ☻3. Tim Johnson, South Dakota (NRA Rating: A).
    – – ☻4. Joe Donnelly, Indiana (NRA Rating: A).
    – -SNIP – –BIG FINISH!!!!- -WHA’?- — -[Not really SURPRISED :>)]

    – – ☻8. Harry Reid, Nevada (NRA Rating: B). Reid, like Tester, wouldn’t say one way or another: “I thank the President’s task force for its thoughtful recommendations. I am committed to ensuring that the Senate will consider legislation that addresses gun violence and other aspects of violence in our society early this year. - SNIP- – -F-- —
    – – – -SNIP- —
    – — –Annnd – -THOSE WHO- — di-ent FALL 4 da –OKEY DOKE!!- —

    – —-Fortunately, however, several Democratic Senators with high ratings have realized the gun lobby’s power is vastly overstated. Mark Warner of Virginia, who has a flat A rating, said several of the Obama proposals had “bipartisan support” and that “President Obama has laid out a comprehensive, far-reaching proposal to address the issues of gun violence and public safety.
    – —–Guess soma dem di-ent hear THIS- — Ask them if they support renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
    – – -☻ And if they say no, ask them why not? Ask them what’s more important? Doing whatever it takes to get a – an A grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns? Or, giving parents some piece of mind when they drop their child off to first grade?

    He can TURN a PHRASE – !! – – -BRILLIANT. :>) – – -

    • TyrenM

      So much for 55 of 60 votes needed. We can forget the top 4. Harry…better come with some ackrite.

    • TyrenM

      After seeing the whole list tonite, Harry gonna have to do some real arm twisting to make shit happen. Especially with the western and newly elected Senators.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TyrenM — –***fist bump*** – – –U! –AIN’T! – – -NEVA! – –LIED. :>) – –

        – -Annnnd —“B GRADE – -Mr. Harry” – — BETTA —GET HIMSELF 2-GETHER!! – – –

        — -Sittin’ on da FENCE – —AIN’T gon get IT! —***shakin’ my head*** -

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

    Check out FLOTUS’ new hairdo! She’s rockin’ bangs! http://i.imgur.com/TU55S.jpg

    • JojoRaze

      I love this cut! She’s gonna kill it at the inauguration! Can’t wait to see what she wears to complement this cut.
      I also wonder if she’s gonna hold PBO’s hand all the way through the inaugural parade like she did last time. That is the seminal moment for me from the first inauguration.

    • qosine

      Wow! Great new look!

    • Aquagranny911

      She always looks great but I’m not sure I like that so much. She has a lovely shaped face & beautiful eyes. Her other styles seemed to show that off more.

    • Admiral_Komack

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MICHELLE OBAMA, THE FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
      Mr. President, you are a lucky man!

    • AxelFoley

      Dammit, Sepia beat me to it.

      *sulks in the background*

  • creolechild

    USDA offers up new seed money for small farmers

    Make your hydroponic backyard organic kale dreams come true, now with help from the federal government. Yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized a microloan program to assist veterans, minority growers, and small-time farmers who might otherwise have to rely on credit cards to get their farms up and running.

    The microloans, up to $35,000 each, will be majorly helpful in an industry where loans are usually for much bigger sums, and involve much bigger stacks of paperwork. More microloans could mean more microfarms, and more diverse ones on the whole, and super-low interest rates (currently 1.25 percent) could certainly cut down on farmers’ debt load.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/usda-offers-up-new-seed-money-for-small-farmers/

    H/T Susie Cagle

    • nellcote

      I hope the loans will be available for urban farms too.

  • creolechild

    S&P 500 Advances to Five-Year High on Economic Reports

    U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a five-year high, amid better- than-forecast initial jobless claims and housing data.[....] Equities rose as builders broke ground on more houses than forecast in December, capping the best year for the industry since 2008, another sign residential real estate is boosting the U.S. economic expansion. The number of Americans filing first- time claims for unemployment insurance payments fell more than forecast last week to the lowest level in five years, pointing to further improvement in the labor market.[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-01-17/u-dot-s-dot-stock-futures-little-changed-before-earnings-data#r=bloomberg

    H/T Rita Nazareth and Sarah Pringle

  • creolechild

    Republicans Call Him a Dictator, But Obama Has Issued Fewest Executive Orders in 100 Years

    [....] A funny thing happened on the way to Obama is dictator who is taking away all of guns Republican Memeville. New York Magazine crunched the numbers of presidential executive orders and concluded that this president has issued the fewest executive orders of any president over the last 100 years. Every Republican president signed more executive orders than Barack Obama has. On an order per day basis, Obama has issued fewer EOs than every single Republican president over the past century.

    This fact will not stop Republicans from claiming that President Obama is stealing their rights, but it does demonstrate how far apart perception and reality are for the right. With their comments today, Republicans demonstrated that they are more interested in name calling and scoring political points with their base than seriously discussing the root causes of gun violence.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/republicans-call-dictator-obama-issued-fewest-executive-orders-100-years.html

    H/T Jason Easley

  • Miranda

    jennifer bendery ‏@jbendery
    Biden: No hunting purpose for high-cap gun mags. “If you got 12 rounds, it means you already missed the deer 11 times.” http://huff.to/W9psi7

    • Alma98

      LOL! Joe certaintly has a way with words.

    • Daltex82

      I love Veep Joey!

    • qosine

      First, Ryan, and now the NRA — laughing them into obscurity.

    • Aquagranny911

      Love you, Joe! So very true and real meat hunters will tell you that very same thing.

    • Joy

      Joy Biden…Joy Biden. I like the way that sounds! #oldmansexy

      • crazycanuck

        Seriously, I’m going have to find some way to get rid of you. First Prince, now Joe. Not gonna happen

        • Aquagranny911

          I can give you a few tips on body disposal but you probably don’t want to go quite that far, lol.

          • conlakappa

            Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies…

          • crazycanuck

            We’ll see,We’ll see, she better stay away from Daniel Day Lewis.

      • Alma98

        LOL!

      • Aquagranny911

        I think Jill can probably take you. She’s little but she looks tough.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda — – -LOL —He betta — – –STOP!! LOL – —

      Betcha he KEEPS da – -WHITE HOUSE – –in STITCHES!! – -LOL – —

      – — Barack Obama Laughing With Joe Biden – — –

      – – -Seeeeeee — -LOL – —

  • Miranda

    The media in this country is all the same…they didn’t check on this just like they willfully didn’t do their duty in checking on Romney’s finances.

    Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax forces US sports journalists into self-reflection
    Publications that blithely reported details of Notre Dame player’s ‘relationship’ now ask: ‘why weren’t any of us checking this?’

    Manti Te’o’s story of losing his grandmother and girlfriend within a few hours of each other has now been pretty much established as a hoax. But whether the Notre Dame football star was victim or perpetrator, the US media was complicit.

    The list of national media outlets that didn’t report, even in passing, that Teo’s girlfriend died of leukemia hours after the death of his grandmother, is much smaller than the list of those that did.

    Since the sports website Deadspin released its extraordinary revelations on Wednesday night, news organizations have been scrambling to deal with the questions over their own reporting.

    more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan/17/manti-teo-hoax-sports-journalists

    • MsKitty

      US Media is FUBAR at this point, it ain’t coming back. I got my journalism degree 25 years ago and the way the media conducts itself today is everything I was taught not to do. Actually I started seeing the writing on the wall in the mid-’90s and said screw it, I’m jumping over to PR because if I gotta BS people I might as well get paid well for doing it.

    • Admiral_Komack

      “Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax forces US sports journalists into self-reflection.”

      -…that will last all of two seconds…

      “Publications that blithely reported details of Notre Dame player’s ‘relationship’ now ask: ‘why weren’t any of us checking this?'”

      -Yeah, it’s not like we were distrac…Lance Armstrong cheated…HOLD UP AND GET ME REWRITE, DAMNNIT!

    • nathkatun7

      There is one aspect that struck me in the Guardian article: “Manti Te’o is supposedly a “devout Mormon.” This got me thinking, and wondering, about all the lies and exaggerations told by another “devout Mormon,” Bishop Mitt Romney.

  • Miranda

    Texas Attorney General Invites New York Gun Owners To Move To Texas

    On Tuesday, New York became the first state to pass gun legislation in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. The measures include bans on assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 7 bullets, and a requirement that gun owners in homes with mentally ill people must properly lock up their firearms.

    Though these new laws are immensely popular among New York voters, Texas attorney general Greg Abbott (R) has extended an open invitation to any New Yorkers who feel threatened by the new gun violence protection measure. Abbott launched an Internet ad campaign targeting New Yorkers shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) signed the law.

    more here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/17/1462631/texas-attorney-general-invites-new-york-gun-owners-to-move-to-texas/

    • Daltex82

      SMDH!. My State will forever be stuck on stupid.

      • nellcote

        Only until the oil runs out.

      • Aquagranny911

        Dang, Daltex I was being happy they weren’t sending them to AZ. Now my heart weeps for you. Why does Texas & AZ have to take all the caca?

    • Joy

      So sick of him and Governor Goodhair! Abbott is planning on running for Texas governor…hoping we can field a good candidate to run against him.

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

    Dave Weigel tries to use the “both sides” defense to defend the GOP’s latest gaffe and fails miserably.

    The Incredibly Cheap Attack on the Republicans’ “Minority Outreach” Panel
    By David Weigel | Posted Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at 2:40 PM ET

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Cord Jefferson screencaps Luke Russert’s tweet about the upcoming “communication with minorities and women” panel, which’ll take place in the Burwell Plantation room. Ho, ho! The big speech from Domino’s Pizza’s CEO was in the same room, as was the discussion of polling, but Republicans should know better!

    [W]hat better place to talk about making inroads with oppressed groups than in a room named after a famous Williamsburg plantation, located in the tony Kingsmill Resort, which itself is on the site of another plantation? The GOP has heard your complaints, blacks and Latinos and women, and they’re going to try to suss it out while sitting atop dead slave bones.

    Yeah! Only… Democrats also “sat atop dead slave bones” (better than live slave bones) in January 2009, when they held their retreat here, and President Obama prepped at Kingsmill before his second debate with Mitt Romney. As Ways In Which Virginia Remains Somewhat Offensive go, the existence of Kingsmill probably ranks below the Jefferson Davis Highway and the old “Lee-Jackson-King” Day, which was celebrated in lieu of MLK Day until the year 2000. As accidental tributes to slave-owners go, it’s less noticable than the annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinners held by every state Democratic Party, or the fact that Barack Obama has to govern in a city called “Washington.”

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/01/17/the_incredibly_cheap_attack_on_the_republicans_minority_outreach_panel.html

    What Weigel’s white privilege is preventing him from seeing is the IRONY of a group of WHITE MALE Republicans conducting a seminar on improving their outreach to people of color in a room named after an enslaver, located on an old plantation. Furthermore, neither the Dems nor PBO were conducting seminars on minority outreach. False equivalency FAIL.

    He then tweets:

    daveweigel ‏@daveweigel
    @trowaman Because I don’t think “disrespect” is as much as a problem as, say, trying to minimize black votes, which I wrote about today.

    Since when does Weigel, a non-minority, get to decide was is or isn’t a problem for Black people? He wrote about the attempt to minimize Black votes? *slow golf clap* Yet he couldn’t connect the dots with GOP voter suppression and them holding a retreat/seminar on an old plantation?

    Dig deeper, Dave.

    • MsKitty

      Wait, wasn’t he the one who had an anxiety attack from seeing so many Black people when he came to Charlotte for the DNC? He’s not very bright.

      • Town

        He saw black people EVERYWHERE in Charlotte. Hawking Obama paraphanalia on the streets, wearing Obama gear out and about, being loud in the airport. Why, his flight was #45 on Soul Plane Airlines!

    • nellcote

      Goopers have a big problem with the concepts of CONTEXT and CONSENT.

  • Miranda

    SMHAre the Congressional Chaplains Attending an Anti-Obama Prayer Breakfast?Just before President Barack Obama’s swearing in on Monday, a group of religious conservatives plans to hold a prayer breakfast featuring a number of anti-Obama conspiracy theorists. The Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast—billed as offering “prayer, worship, and reconciliation of the nation”—will feature the editor of the birther site WorldNetDaily and minister and media mogul Pat Robertson, according its website. The organizers of the prayer breakfast also claim the House and Senate chaplains will speak at their event—appearances that may conflict with the non-partisan nature of the chaplain job.

    House Chaplain Rev. Patrick Conroy and Senate Chaplain Barry Black (who has been in the news recently for his prayers during the fiscal cliff negotiations asking God to “save us from self-inflicted wounds”) are listed under the “Prayer for the Nation” portion of Monday’s event, just ahead of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). But featured speaker Joseph Farah, the WorldNetDaily editor, has drawn the most attention, given his website’s regular assertions that President Obama was actually born in Kenya and allegations that he is “the first Muslim president.” The event also features “messianic rabbi-pastor and author” Jonathan Cahn, who believes that there are signs of the apocalypse encrypted in Obama’s communications.more here: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/01/are-congressional-chaplains-attending-anti-obama-prayer-breakfast?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motherjones%2Fmojoblog+%28MotherJones.com+|+MoJoBlog%29

    • jds09

      Here’s a call out to the ninja that taped Romney’s 46% comments, get this hot mess on tape!

  • Miranda

    Dem bill would require independent commissions to redraw congressional districts
    By Pete Kasperowicz – 01/16/13 05:01 PM ET

    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and six other House Democrats have put forward legislation that would prevent state-level politicians from redrawing congressional districts. Instead, they would have be redrawn after each nationwide Census by an independent commission.

    Cohen said his bill would help prevent the partisan redistricting of states, which many Democrats and Republicans have said creates districts that favor one party or another and allows hyper-partisan candidates to get elected.

    “It’s time to take politics out of the redistricting process,” Cohen said. “Congress is so polarized today that we’re unable to find common ground on the major issues facing our country.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/277607-dem-bill-would-require-independent-commissions-to-redraw-congressional-districts#ixzz2IH3PQ63X
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

    • Aquagranny911

      Absolutely! We have an independent redistricting commission here in AZ by state law. Our Gov tried to “impeach” the chairman & impede the process. Courts told her to “Take a seat on a cactus!” It’s a good thing or we would not have been able to elect five Dem Reps this time.

    • qosine

      Good to see Steve Cohen from TN. My state needs this desperately!

    • jds09

      This is great news. I hope OFA gets behind this.

    • trose1

      I guess this is not a Black issue the CBC would want to get behind.

      • conlakappa

        Didn’t you hear? They aren’t just for black people any more?!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –Jus’ received this from an EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL GROUP 2 which I belong:- –[I usta B the administrator of the FOSTER YOUTH PROGRAM in my District.]- – —

    ——Uninterrupted Scholars Act Signed Into Law!

    Thanks to the concerted effort of youth, advocates, and service providers across the nation, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA) was signed into law by President Obama last night! USA makes a common sense, no-cost legislative fix that will have a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of foster children across the country. In addition, it is a great example of bipartisan, bicameral cooperation spearheaded by the Foster Youth Caucus in both the House and the Senate.

    Throughout 2012, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth has traveled the country and visited five states on a nationwide listening tour. We heard from youth, families, and community leaders about the best practices and challenges facing the child welfare system. In Miami, Florida we learned about a common sense, no cost legislative fix that would have a significant and positive impact on hundreds of thousands of foster children across the country.

    In May, after returning to Washington, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth – Representatives Karen Bass, Tom Marino, Jim McDermott, Michele Bachmann, and a number of other Members of the Caucus introduced the Uninterrupted Scholars Act. The Senate Foster Youth Caucus introduced the bill in August 2012.

    This new law will help to close the academic achievement gap between children in foster care and their peers by providing youth with the support they need to avoid problems like inappropriate course placement and lost credits upon changing schools. Specifically, it will simply allow caseworkers to access transcripts and report cards for foster youth while maintaining important privacy protections.- –

    REAL LIVES – — -TOUCHED at the LOCAL LEVEL by OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT!! – — Woo! Hoo!

    • Aquagranny911

      This is totally a BFD! Thanks for the info, GLH! GINORMOUS HUGS both to you for sharing the news and to PBO for making it so ♥

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -I KNOW -HUH. Think I di-ent CALL them annnd CONGRATULATE them – -BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY – — –

        2 REMIND them 2 THANK THEIR PRESIDENT. :>)

        THANK U AG.♥ – – – -Good 2 C U. :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    Dang, Peeps! I just caught up with the news that Ken Salazar is leaving Interior in March to go back to his ranch in CO. I will miss that little dude in his funky cowboy hat.

    When I went to CO to see PBO in September, Ken was there, in his hat, saying some good words about our Prez. Oh well, I’m sure PBO will find another good one to take his place. CO ♥ you Ken, enjoy some rest.

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

    Rosa Parks Statue to Be Added to the Capitol
    By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

    Rosa Parks, the civil rights leader, will become the first African-American woman to have her likeness depicted in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall when a statue of her is installed later this year, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in an interview Thursday.

    Statuary Hall is ordinarily reserved for full-size statues from the states; each state sends two statues of its choosing to be put on display. The likeness of Ms. Parks was authorized by a special act of Congress in 2005; it represents the first commission by Congress for a full-size statue since the 1870s, according to the National Endowment for the Arts, which oversaw the design competition for the statue.

    MORE: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/rosa-parks-statue-to-be-added-to-the-capitol/?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-thecaucus

  • Miranda

    Oh Lawd……..*snicker*CSPAN ‏@cspan
    .@TavisSmiley Panel on #Poverty, w/ @CornelWest @RepPaulRyan @NewtGingrich and others – LIVE shortly on C-SPAN http://cs.pn/13HHSgb

    • trose1

      Why would anyone invite Newt Gingrich to speak about anything? This man wanted to make Black students janitors.

    • Joy

      Those two are so desperate to find someone who will bash PBO with them, they have to stoop to inviting the very arses who demean the poor and voted for laws that would keep them that way. Truly disgusted with them.

    • AxelFoley

      Two scumbag ass nikkas.

    • ch555x

      Yeah, they’re scheduled to drop by my neck of the woods…:/

  • Miranda

    LOLRevealed: The Wall Street Journal Has No Idea What Is Happening In Americahttp://blog.workingamerica.org/2013/01/17/revealed-the-wall-street-journal-has-no-idea-what-is-happening-in-america/

  • Miranda

    Damn these are some evil people.

    Florida Chamber targets local sick-time laws

    The Florida Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that one of its top legislative priorities this year would be blocking local governments from adopting paid sick-time measures such as the one pending in Orange County.

    At a news conference in Tallahassee, Chamber President Mark Wilson said his powerful business group wants a law that would ban cities and counties from creating varying paid-sick-leave rules across the state.

    The passage of local sick-time laws would, Wilson said, “make pockets of Florida very uncompetitive.”

    more here
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-sick-time-florida-chamber-20130116,0,828943.story

    • nellcote

      Way to spread the flu, dude!

      • Miranda

        EXACTLY!

    • Alma98

      Just like Walker and now we have a damn flu epidemic.

    • Alma98

      Just like Walker and now we have a damn flu epidemic.

  • AxelFoley

    Ya’ll see FLOTUS’s new hairdo? Damn, it looks tight as a mug.

    http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2013/stylewatch/blog/130128/michelle-obama-3-600×450.jpg

    • JojoRaze

      Um, Axel, we mostly women here. We seent this, yes I said seent, the hours ago. But, yes, FLOTUS’ hair is prettier than a picture.

      • AxelFoley

        LOL @ seent.

    • Miranda

      Sistahs lining up at the salons right now to get this cut – this gonna be bigger than when Halle came with that short cut back in “Strictly Business” and ere body went running to get it.

      • conlakappa

        The Dominican shop will be right on this–the one nearest me is having an inauguration weekend special.

    • Elie

      She’s worn her her in bangs before. Long, wispy, side-swept bangs. When she stepped out at the NATO conference in 2009.

      http://michelleostyle.blogspot.com/2009/04/michelle-obama-brings-drama-in-black.html#!/2009/04/michelle-obama-brings-drama-in-black.html

      Lovely, sexy, sweet and feminine!!!

  • JojoRaze

    Can I just say I wish all the Republicans who are calling PBO a dictator who’s threatening our freedoms would just call him a ‘nigger ‘ and be done with it. Wear your ‘how dear that negro in the WH tell me what to do jersey and we done with it.’ B/C that’s what I hear when sheriffs, Congressmen, and Senators like Rand Paul when they say that crap. If the NRA were smart they would call every POC member they have to help them in this campaign of theirs. It’s just sickening to see a bunch of white men from the South get at the president. I literally feel nauseous when I see these people on TV.

    • Miranda

      They don’t have the guts to even be true to themselves.

    • Miranda

      They don’t have the guts to even be true to themselves.

    • jds09

      Somebody’s gonna crack and say it.

      • conlakappa

        Someone on the local Faux did. She slipped [*cough*] while saying inauguration and said i-nigger…

        • JojoRaze

          Has she been fired?

  • Miranda
  • Elie

    A very happy birthday to our gorgeous, super sexy, super smart, first lady!! Presdint Obama is a lucky man. Mrs Obama ROCKS!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -OooooKaaaay! – –MAYBE THIS should PROVIDE some HELPFUL/HOPEFUL –GOOD INAUGURAL TIMES :>) – – —

    – – -theGrio’s guide to the 2013 black inaugural experience

    – – -Tickets sold out in record time this year for the official inaugural balls that President Barack Obama and wife Michelle will attend, but there are still plenty of places where young African-Americans can have the black Inaugural experience.

    Ranging from the Hip Hop Ball II co-hosted by Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network to the African-American Church’s Inaugural ball with master of ceremonies Roland S. Martin, the entire D.C./Maryland/Virginia area will have a plethora of events filled with parties, balls, forums and more for you to partake in during Obama’s second Inauguration weekend.

    IMPACT is one group whose leaders will host four events during the weekend. Organizers say it’s set to be historic. “During Inauguration 2013, IMPACT is hosting a suite of events to ensure that young professionals stay politically involved, engaged, and economically empowered,” the organization said in a statement.

    Young and Powerful, a national group for young professionals that helped raise money for Obama’s campaigns, will host six events in Washington, D.C. over the weekend and three in Chicago. Vanessa Abron, 31, the organization’s marketing coordinator, says the weekend will offer a combination of informational, fun and empowering events to participants. “The Young and Powerful group will include a variety of fun, inspiring yet educational events that will fit the need of everyone attending the inauguration,” Abron told theGrio.
    THERE IS MORE. – – – – — —

    —IN ANY CASE — –THIS SECOND INAUGURATION is GON B –DA BOMB — -BIGGETY!! :>) — -Annnd a “BFD” [VP Joe :>)] – —

    — -CONGRATULATIONS MR.PRESIDENT/BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ — VP Joe/BELOVED Dr. Jill♥ – –

  • Miranda

    Sabrina ‏@Charmed86
    DAMNNNN did ya’ll see West run over to Newt and give him a hug, that negro is sick

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

      Please let someone make a gif of this!

    • AxelFoley

      Newt would have black kids be janitors, and Corny runs up to hug him.

      SMH at this nappy-headed ho. Yeah, now THIS is a real nappy-headed ho.

    • Admiral_Komack

      So that’s why Tavis mad.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -Oooo-Kaaay. — I KNOW that THIS- — – RANKS as high as – –

    MR. PRESIDENT’s 23 EXECUTIVE ORDERS—>b>/BIG TIME SNARK!! – – – —

    – — -Manti Te’o, And When The Sports Media Fails – —

    – -Trust, but verify. That three-word phrase popularized by Ronald Reagan is a valuable lesson the sports media could use today, less than 24 hours after Deadspin broke one of the most bizarrely fascinating stories sports has ever seen. It turns out the most riveting and inspirational story of the 2012 college football season, the one in which Notre Dame’s star linebacker Manti Te’o was at the center, was a fraud, a hoax perpetuated either by Te’o himself or by a group of people who found the perfect mark.
    ENUFF!! – – —

    ***lookin’ aroun 4 anyone WHO CARES*** – – – -***Seein’ sooo FEW –

    –IMMA STOP*** LOL – – -

  • Miranda

    Please tweet this to all the Professional Leftists out there who encouraged people not to vote in 2010___________Republicans Brag They Won House Majority Because Of GerrymanderingIn a classic Kinsley gaffe, the Republican State Leadership Committee released a report boasting that the only reason the GOP controls the House of Representatives is because they gerrymandered congressional districts in blue states.

    The RSLC’s admission came in a shockingly candid report entitled, “How a Strategy of Targeting State Legislative Races in 2010 Led to a Republican U.S. House Majority in 2013″. It details how the group spent $30 million in the 2010 election cycle to sweep up low-cost state legislature races in blue states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Their efforts were so successful, in fact, that Republicans went from controlling both legislative chambers in 14 states before Election Day to 25 states afterward.more here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/17/1459991/rslc-gerrymandering-house/

    • TyrenM

      They’ll try to use this to exonerate themselves. Punks.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –OOPS. MISSED THIS. :>) – —

    —-Muhammad Ali 71th birthday: The champ’s 10 greatest fights — –

    – — -The greatest boxer of all time — Muhammad Ali — turns 71 today. Besides being a sports legend, Ali is considered a civil rights and cultural icon. His boxing career spanned three decades and certainly had its share of ups and downs. Still, no fighter’s heights were as compelling as Ali’s. Check out our list of the top 10 greatest bouts of his career in the slideshow below.

    — – -President Barack Obama Wishes Muhammad Ali Happy at the Power of Love gal

    — – —President Barack Obama says Happy Birthday to Muhammad Ali at Keep Memory Alive’s Power of Love(TM) gala on February 18, 2012. President Obama wishes “The Champ” a happy birthday and celebrates the critical work of the men and women at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. – —

    – – – -Best match Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman – –

    – – – -The FIRST 4 MINUTES: –-“ROPE-A-DOPE” – – –

    – – – — – -HAPPY BIRTHDAY – –MR. MUHAMMAD ALI♥ – -BLESS U. :>) – -

    • nathkatun7

      I join you in wishing the “people’s Champion,” Muhammad Ali, A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Evenin’ nathkatun7. ***BIG HUG** :>) – –

        – —- He was such a STYLISH — BOXER. :>) RAISED the LEVEL of BOXIN 2 a NEW HEIGHT! – – –

        Good 2 C U nathkatuny

  • crazycanuck

    Hey it’s Betty White’s Birthday today also.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETTY!!!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -LOVE! – – -LOVE! — -LOVE – -HER♥ –NEW – -DO!! – –

    EXQUISITE! — -SASSY! – — -JUS’ PLAIN – –CUTE!! :>) -
    ***sneakin this pic 2 my hair stylist*** –shhhh. . .
    –LOL —

    -WE JUST LOVE U — BELOVED FIRST LADY♥:>) – — —

    [Gotta "bounce" 2 a VOLUNTEER PLANNIN' MEETING. - --BACK in a "bit". :>)] GLH♥

  • crazycanuck

    Wow, twitter has completely slowed down.I guess everyone is watching Oprah lol.

  • Miranda

    DaaaaaaangSome highlights of the interview from Thursday night:

    Oprah: Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance?

    Armstrong: Yes.

    Oprah: Was one of those banned substances EPO?

    Armstrong: Yes.

    Oprah: Did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance?

    Armstrong: Yes.

    Oprah: Did you ever use any other banned substance like testosterone, cortisone or human growth hormone?

    Armstrong: Yes.

    Oprah: In all seven of your Tour de France victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood dope?

    Armstrong: Yes.

    Oprah: In your opinion, was it humanly possible to win the Tour de France without doping? Seven times in a row?

    Armstrong: Not in my opinion. http://espn.go.com/sports/endurance/story/_/id/8854829/situation-was-one-big-lie

    • JojoRaze

      Lance kept the answers short and simple. I’ve never like Lance A since he broke up with Sheryl Crow. I always took it as a sign of bad character when he did that. Why, I don’t know?

  • conlakappa

    The WashPost just lives to contradict itself but when it has opposing sentiments in consecutive clauses of the same sentence, well, that’s just special:

    Although the excitement over President Obama’s second inauguration is not quite as great as four years ago, the official release of the tickets this week has prompted a heated scramble on Capitol Hill, with some lawmakers trying to score extras

    • JojoRaze

      These people live to not give BO credit. Why would a reelected president not be popular when he won 51 per cent of the vote? I hope people scream and shout loud during the inaugural parade and drown out these pundtwits.

  • JojoRaze

    Town, just to keep it light, have you been watching La Patrona? It’s the first -time I’m watching a telenovela from the beginning during the first run and I am taking it too serious. I’m low-key mad at Irene sleeping with Alejandro Beltran pretending she just wanted a h&q when she wants to marry the guy. I think women just do themselves a disservice by thinking they are going to h&q their way into a marriage proposal.

    2) I’m glad the novelas are finally letting mestizo/dark looking men be the galan. I guess the complaints of some Latinos about that are reaching the heads at Telemundo. Jorge Luis pila isn’t typical galan handsome, he looks better on his left side, but he has the prettiest dark cubano skin sticks out. He is always the darkest one in the scene, but that’s the cuban in him coming out, but he’s good and has great chemistry w/ Arecely Arambula

    • Town

      No, I don’t have Telemundo so I haven’t seen La Patrona. I don’t know anyone in the cast either except Aracely Arambula. Her eyebrows give me life. Last I saw her was in Corazon Salvaje 2009.

      I’m only watching Amor Bravio on Univision. The galan is Cristian de la Fuente. He’s hot but I think he’s spray tanning to be dark because he played Aracely Arambula’s husband in Corazon Salvaje ’09 and I don’t think he was that dark on that show.

      Cristian Bach is the mother of Sebastian Zurita, who was also in Corazon Salvaje ’09. He played the boyfriend of Angelique Boyer’s character. They were together in real life but broke up. He was supposed to play her boyfriend in Abismo de Pasion (his mother was in the original) but he got replaced, some say, at Angelique’s request b/c she was dating the much much much older producer of the show and I guess had juice like that (also she had come off a VERY successful run as “Teresa.”)

      I wish they’d let some darker skinned women be protagonistas instead of sidekicks or maids, instead of all these blond, blue eyed white girls. LOL

      • JojoRaze

        I knew about Aracely and LuiMi from way back. Never liked LuiMi, seemed like one of those really conceited me that use you and then drop you on a dime. Just found out she got remarried in the summer. I’m glad for her.

        You have to watch La Patrona. Go to the Telemundo website, I’ve been watching it there the next day when they put up the previous night’s ep on at 11 AM EST. They have each episode divided up in five parts, 14 minutes, tops, there and it’s only 7 so far. They also have the full eps on the Telemundo Novela page on YouTube.

        I wish they’d let some darker skinned women be protagonistas instead of sidekicks or maids, instead of all these blond, blue eyed white girls. LOL

        Agree, that’s gonna be the brave new world of telanovelas when they have a Celia Cruz dark girl or a mestiza looking Mexican girl as the protagonista. I loved Maria Isabel, but I was low-key mad that Adela Noriega was auburn-haired and playing an indigena. I was like, Really, y’all. They did the same thing with Thalia having her play an indigena. Ain’t no pretty indigenas in Mexico??!!! Oh, really!

        • Town

          I’ve only seen Adela Noriega in one TN, and that was Fuego en la Sangre, and all she did was cry. I hope I never see her in a production ever again.

          I think the only brown skinned protagonista I’ve seen in a TN is Galilea Montijo in La Verdad Oculta. And she did that one novela and that was it.

          I thought it was funny how they had Angelique Boyer playing a hoodrat in Teresa. They had to dye her hair dark for that role.

          • JojoRaze

            Man, you have to see Maria Isabel. They have in on YT. They were running it on Telemundo, iirc, last year and I was hooked. I watched parts I missed on YouTube. Adela Noreiga was good in that one. She had such great chemistry with Fernando Carillo.

            I never knew Galilea Montijo was ever in telenovelas. I’m just used to her being in the concursos, the game shows and as I was skipping through some channels last year saw that she was very pregnant with a big ole rock on her finger in five inch heels. I was like Go ‘head Ms. Galilea.

  • Miranda

    POLITICO ‏@politico
    BREAKING: President Obama’s remaining campaign apparatus will relaunch Sunday as a tax-exempt group to support his second-term agenda.

    • JojoRaze

      Oh, snap! It’s on like Donkey Kong now.

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

      The Repubs are SHOOK!

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

    So it’s wrong for PBO to take FLOTUS to a nice restaurant on her birthday? Petty and jealous much?

    Sean Spicer ‏@seanspicer
    some day I hope to be able to afford a place like Cafe Milano –its great but well beyond the reach of most working folks

    • Town

      Barack was supposed to take Michelle down to Golden Corral. It’s what black people are supposed to do.

      • nathkatun7

        Now I understand why envy/jealousy is regarded as one of the seven deadly sins!

    • conlakappa

      Get a grip, Sean Spicer, it is so not that deep nor prohibitively expensive. Besides, is the President supposed to he working class now?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – –Yesterday their LETTERS were READ/REFERENCED/POSTED. :>) — –
    — -Here THEY R – – -READIN’ THEIR OWN LETTERS. :>) – —

    —-White House publishes YouTube videos of children advocating gun reform – –

    — – –The White House posted a set of four videos Thursday of children reading their letters to the president encouraging a solution to the problem of gun violence.

    The videos featured the four children who appeared Wednesday at the president’s event announcing his comprehensive proposals in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    — -One of the videos features 11-year old Julia Stokes telling the president weapons should be “very hard for people to buy.”

    – –“The only thing they do is harm or kill,” the girl says. “I know that laws have to be passed by Congress, but I beg you to try very hard to make guns not allowed.”

    — -Obama mentioned this letter during his address Wednesday, when he urged lawmakers to pass bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips and agree to universal background checks intended to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
    – – – -SNIP – — – –

    In addition to Stokes, the White House featured videos from Grant Fritz, Hinna Zeejah, and Teja Goode reading their letters to the president.

    – — – – -Heal the World

    — – – – — 4 THE CHILDREN – –AMEN. – –[RIHEP -MJ - -MISS U♥] – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -THAT PHRASE – — I’ve Soooo – – BEEN CARRYIN’ IT AROUND!! – —The IMAGERY! – —-When subjected 2 –a BIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS! :>) – –LUV IT!! :>) – —

    – — -5 Examples Of The GOP’s ‘Dark Vein Of Intolerance’ – — –

    – – – —Colin Powell is a still a Republican. The man who served President Reagan and both Bushes refuses to leave the party that once prayed for him to run for its presidential nomination.

    But he also refuses to to remain silent while he sees the Party of Lincoln run rampant with hostility toward everyone but straight white males.

    “There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party,” Powell said — on NBC’s Meet the Press. When asked to explain, he said, “What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.”

    Powell cited specific examples of Republican policies designed to prevent African-Americans from voting, the birthers, and Sarah Palin and John Sununu’s racially provocative language.
    – — -SNIP – — –
    After saying that Powell’s voting for Obama twice basically invalidates the former Secretary of State’s position, Minor suggests Powell “actively involve himself in transforming the GOP.”

    But the problem with the GOP is that no top Republicans are willing to call out the GOP’s intolerance. Powell is trying to help the GOP see what most everyone but diehard right-wingers see. And when it gets pointed out that the Republican Party is losing support from every group but married white males, often Republicans insult the groups they’ve alienated even more by suggesting they only vote Democrat because they’ve been promised “gifts.”

    In case Republicans need more explanation, here are five clear examples of the intolerance teeming through parts of America’s right wing.
    THERE R — 5 EXAMPLES –FOLLOWING: – – – -[click through the NEXT 5 pages.]

    – --THANK U – –5 STAR GEN. COLIN POWELL. :>) – – – –

  • rikyrah

    Janet Jackson Could Get $500 Million Just to Stay Married At Least Five Years

    Janet Jackson will be entitled to $500 million if she stays married for a short five years.

    Allegedly, the singer and Wissam al-Mana got secretly engaged last December and are planning to jump the broom in a lavish Muslim wedding in Qatar in the spring this year.

    However, the potential union isn’t without critics. Her fiancée’s lawyers advised the billionaire to sign a pre-nup to protect his money, but he’s deciding against it, probably because she’s got her own fortune.

    But he actually agreed to give her $500 million if they stay married at least five years.

    (Whoa, say What!)

    The 46-year-old singer and performer has been married twice before and was in a seven-year relationship with Jermaine Dupri

    http://www.eurweb.com/2013/01/janet-jackson-could-get-500-million-just-to-stay-married-at-least-five-years/

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – [NO PICS. :>)] – – -HAPPY BIRTHDAY –BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ - – –

    – –FLOTUS’s birthday dinner – —

    – –The Obamas headed to Georgetown on Thursday night to celebrate the first lady’s birthday at Cafe Milano, an Italian restaurant known more for its high-profile crowd than for its Italian food.

    Michelle Obama turned 49 on Thursday. The press following the first couple didn’t see them, but a photo posted earlier in the day on the first lady’s new White House Twitter account showed her with a new hairstyle that includes bangs.

    The White House said that a group of friends was joining the Obamas for their meal, which comes ahead of a busy weekend of inaugural activities.
    THERE IS MORE. – — BLESS U♥ :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – –Heeeeere’s – -VP Joe♥ —:>) – –

    – – -Vice President Biden Addresses U.S. Conference of Mayors – –

    – – – Washington, DC
    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors holds it’s winter meeting in Washington, D.C., where they heard from Vice President Biden at their Opening Plenary Luncheon.

    He began with brief remarks on the U.S. economy, and the spent the bulk of his speech addressing the President’s plan for gun violence prevention, which the President laid out in a speech at the White House on Wednesday.

    – ->He was introduced by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the chair of the U.S Conference of Mayors, who earlier spoke about his position on gun control.

    While in Washington, the mayors are holding meetings with Congressional and Administration officials to urge action on a wide variety of issues, including the federal deficit, the economy, guns and school safety.
    THERE IS MORE

    – – -COMMENDATIONS annnd THANK U – –VP.Joe. :>) – —

    – – -Soooo –ENJOYING MAYOR NUTTER’S RISE 2 PROMINENCE!! :>) – –

    – –He’s a GR8 – – –PRESIDENT OBAMA – -SUPPORTER!! :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – -HAPPY BIRTHDAY SADE – –January 16 2013 – —

    – – -The sultry soul singer turned 54 years young on January 16. – –

    – — – – -10 PICS.BLACK – –STR8 DON’T CRACK. – -:>) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWy3X7f4MyY

    – – -Sade Adu
    Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, better known as Sade, is a British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the Brit and Grammy Award winning English group Sade. Wikipedia

    – —Sade (1/17) – The Sweetest Taboo – -:>) – – -

    • TyrenM

      That’s MY woman. Axel, you can’t have this one. She wrote “Ordinary Love” for me! Still beautiful as ever!