October 21, 2017

Thursday Afternoon Thread: Oh Y’all Mad With Chris Rock?

Just cuz

  • Here’s more info on JJJ:

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr requires in-patient treatment for ‘physical and emotional ailments’
    by Sophia Tareen, Associated Press | July 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is suffering from “physical and emotional ailments” that require extended in-patient treatment, according to a statement from his office Thursday.

    The Chicago Democrat, who faces a House ethics investigation over his ties to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been on medical leave for three weeks for exhaustion, news his office announced last week in a three-sentence statement. But no details about Jackson’s whereabouts and condition have been released since then.

    A statement from his office on Thursday did not disclose his location or provide details of his medical condition. Messages left for his spokesmen were not immediately returned.

    “Congressman Jackson’s medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed,” the statement said. “Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time. At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility.”

    MORE: http://thegrio.com/2012/07/05/rep-jesse-jackson-jr-requires-in-patient-treatment-for-physical-and-emotional-ailments/

    • rikyrah

      I hope it’s not too serious.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia- – –PRAYIN’ 4 HIM annd family. AMEN.

      GOOD HEALTH is a DESIRED necessity. BLESS HIM.

    • Town

      Sounds like a mental hospital visit to me.

      • gc

        Sounds like he is “decomoensating.” I know what of I speak. It is as painful as a completely physical ailment. I wish him well. An aside, so many people have desperately needed MH care, but had no insurance, or the deductible was too high if they did. And they limit the number of clinician’s visits to a fucking RANDOM number.

  • Never mind. Editor of Springfield News-Leader said Brad Pitt’s mother did not write that letter.

    • Daltex82

      Umm Brad, come get your mama.

      Obviously she has been talking to John Voight. Does this woman know it’s 2012? Here arguments against President Obama sound so,so 2008ish.

  • Miranda

    *snicker*…oh noez! I voted for the teaching of sharia law!!

    Louisiana Revelation: School Voucher Funding – It’s Not Just For Christians Any More

    A member of the Louisiana House of Representatives who eagerly supported Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to fund private schools has had an epiphany: Muslim schools might start getting taxpayer money!

    Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Republican who represents East Baton Rouge and Livingston, now says she wishes she hadn’t voted for the Jindal voucher bill.

    “I actually support funding for teaching the fundamentals of America’s Founding Fathers’ religion, which is Christianity, in public schools or private schools,” Hodges told the Livingston Parish News.

    more here


      • AxelFoley


    • Aquagranny911

      LMAO!!! But sweet blushing baby Jesus, don’t these people actually READ the stuff before they vote! Don’t bother answering that question. When it is too hard for four Supreme Court justices to read stuff before they write an opinion, why should we expect more from a dizzy biscuit in Louisiana.

  • QOakaJP

    Morning folks. Getting ready for work, but I had to comment about the Chris Rock dustup. Forget it’s about Chris Rock for a minute, because as we know,this happens to black people/minorities every day. Getting verbally abused for noticing and questioning the irony of certain cultural/national traditions. (White) America in short: “why you bringin’ up old stuff?”

    Let’s face it: America doesn’t understand or like karma. I don’t mean you-did-wrong-and-will-now-be-struck-down-by-lightening karma, I mean the natural recognition that ‘initial actions produce consequences that are played out over time’ karma. The karma of this nation, regardless of the progress that continues to be made with race relations- no matter how many Black people make it big in the media- regardless of having a black president of direct African descent- is rooted in the systemic enslavement, persecution, and in some case, destruction of other people (you think the Natives just decided to up and leave their own land, and that people on another continent willingly dropped their lives and freedoms to make way for the mighty Europeans and their grand ideas about manifest destiny?)

    But as time moves away from that part of history, America tries desperately to sweep it away as something irrelevant to the present, since “slavery is over.” They don’t want to look at the past because they don’t want to take responsibility for the hard work and self-reflection that will be necessary to balance the energy of the nation so that all citizens would actually get an equal shot at American greatness, whatever they want to define that as. Just like a person with a history of illness in the body has to diagnose the illness and look at the possible causes before he or she can heal and STAY healthy, America has to confront and internalize its own violent and oppressive history before we can “stop talking about the past” and its affects on people today.

    Then again, a lot of Americans *don’t want that*. They’re much happier living a guilt free, easy-to-explain life of privilege, content with token minorities in the spotlight to reaffirm their idea that hundreds of years of “bad” things can be cancelled out by a few decades of “good” things given to a select few Black folk. Sorry, karma doesn’t work that way. And it’s not about blaming the present generation for atrocities of the past. It’s about acknowledging that past and moving forward in a way that doesn’t continue to hurt and wear down this nation’s “body.”

    • THIS.

      And sadly, there are some of us who are all too willing to go along with historical amnesia….especially if the BBQ sauce is good.

      • isonprize

        …especially if the BBQ sauce is good.


    • rikyrah


      nominee for Comment of the WEEK

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY QOakaJP- – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – — –THIS!!- – -2 da —THIS!!– —U!– —JUST!- – –SPEAK!! :>)

      — Annnd- – THIS!!- – –They don’t want to look at the past because they don’t want to take responsibility for the hard work and self-reflection that will be necessary to balance the energy of the nation so that all citizens would actually get an equal shot at American greatness, whatever they want to define that as.

      Orrr —- – 2 RECOGNIZE OUR HARD WORK- -annnd LIVES SHED



      I keep wantin’ the SPIRIT of the WORDS of THIS SONG 2

      CHANGE- – –BUT NOT YET– – –

      THANK U – — QOakaJP. Good 2 C U. :>) Good WORDS! :>)

    • isonprize

      Why you gotta make sense like that???

  • Miranda

    “Obamacare” Allegedly Provoked Amber Gardner to Attack a Woman and Destroy a Deli With a Stone Hammer

    People around the country reacted differently to last week’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

    Amber Leah Gardner sure had a unique reaction.

    Gardner’s apparent response was to go to a Mesa deli with a stone hammer, rant about Obama and shout some “racial remarks” at the employees, then allegedly attempt to hit one of the employees with the hammer before proceeding to wreck the deli with that hammer.


    more here

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      I can’t wait for November 6th. These people will take rioting to a whole nother level.

    • Ebogan63

      These f’n white folks have done lost they minds. Dare one of ’em to go to Popeye’s with that isht and see how that works for their stupid azz.

    • rikyrah

      I’ll say it again….

      one day, they’ll roll up on the ‘ wrong one’, and the story will turn out quite differently.

    • isonprize

      ODS Obama Derangement Syndrome

    • isonprize

      in the comment section:

      Sounds like she’s just building up her bona fides to run as a Tea Party candidate. Perhaps for governor.

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, that bitch lucky she ran up on the right ones. I WISH she woulda tried to do that shit to my store. They woulda needed to call the cops to pull me off her ass.

    • Aquagranny911

      All I have to say is this: Don’t we have enough of our own racist ass wipes? Do we need to import them from Florida like oranges?

  • crazycanuck

    Venus and Serena wins their Quarterfinals doubles match. Good Luck in the Semis Sisters.

    • rikyrah


    • GreenLadyHere

      crazycanucks- — -BIG TIME- – -Yaaaaaa! :>)- – -HOW EXCITING!!- –

      – – – -GRAND SLAMS!!- – -Woo! Hoo!- -Sooo PROUD of THEM!!- –

      Annd good 2 C U. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

  • Alma98

    I love the Flavor Flav part lol.

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s offshore finances spark new questions
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 5, 2012 12:47 PM EDT.

    For a few weeks, Mitt Romney’s offshore finances seemed like a big deal. The Republican nominee is the first modern candidate to stash cash in the Cayman Islands and have a Swiss bank account for no apparent reason, and the fact that Romney has refused to release his readily-available tax returns only makes the story more alarming.

    But in time, the issue faded. By the time the campaign filed Romney’s personal financial disclosures to the Office of Government Ethics late on a Friday afternoon a month ago, the story barely caused a ripple.

    The issue, however, appears to be making a comeback. Earlier this week, in a much-discussed piece for Vanity Fair, Nicholas Shaxson dug deeper into Romney’s offshore finances, which “look pretty strange for a presidential candidate.” A new Associated Press piece raises related questions.

    For nearly 15 years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s financial portfolio has included an offshore company that remained invisible to voters as his political star rose.

    Based in Bermuda, Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. was not listed on any of Romney’s state or federal financial reports. The company is among several Romney holdings that have not been fully disclosed, including one that recently posted a $1.9 million earning — suggesting he could be wealthier than the nearly $250 million estimated by his campaign.

    The omissions were permitted by state and federal authorities overseeing Romney’s ethics filings, and he has never been cited for failing to disclose information about his money. But Romney’s limited disclosures deprive the public of an accurate depiction of his wealth and a clear understanding of how his assets are handled and taxed, according to experts in private equity, tax and campaign finance law.

    The issue, of course, is not whether Romney is extremely wealthy or extremely wealthy. What matters here is the Republican presidential candidate’s secrecy involving his overseas finances. We don’t even know, for example, whether he’s fully paid his tax bill.

    The AP report added, “Romney’s campaign declined to answer detailed questions from AP about Sankaty.” Imagine that.

    Looking ahead, there are a few straightforward questions the media can press Romney on: (1) Why did you park so much of your money outside the United States? (2) Did you create a Bermuda-based corporation to avoid U.S. taxes? and (3) when can Americans see the decades’ worth of tax returns you turned over to John McCain in 2008?


  • rikyrah

    The Bain Of This Campaign, Ctd

    With Ann Romney panicking, and Obama’s narrow lead stabilizing, it looks as if the Bain attacks – now refreshed with accusations of out-sourcing – are working. One way of looking at this is examining a key swing state:

    In Ohio, which is a must-win state for Romney, Obama’s hefty lead is based on his strong support among women, blacks, and independents. According to Quinnipiac, the gender gap is a stunning fifteen points. Among female voters, Obama leads Romney fifty per cent to thirty-five per cent. He is also doing a good job of attracting support from independents, where he leads by nine points. These are alarming figures for Romney. If he loses Ohio, the electoral-college math becomes forbidding. Obama’s support among Ohio women and independents is so strong that it almost makes up for his chronic weakness among white men, which has always been his biggest vulnerability. Among white voters of both sexes, he is now trailing Romney by just four points: forty-five per cent to forty-one per cent

    Which is where the Bain ads have come in handy:

    Romney’s favorability rating is thirty-two per cent, according to Quinnipiac, and his unfavorability rating is forty-six per cent. The Obama campaign believes that its negative ads about Bain Capital, which have running in Ohio and other states during recent weeks, are having the desired effect, and that might well be true. In the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of voters in swing states, one in three of them said that seeing or hearing about Romney’s business record made them view him more negatively, and just one in six said that it made them take a more positive view of him.

    All Obama needs to do is peel off a sliver of white working class votes from Romney and the path for the GOP to the White House gets much much harder.


  • Miranda

    “The debt would explode given some of the programs Gov. Romney has put forward…”

  • Miranda

    New Agency Plans to Make Over Mortgage Market

    WASHINGTON — Over the next six months, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a newly formed regulator vilified by the right, intends to overhaul the home mortgage market as a first step toward improving its fairness and clarity.

    The goal is to remake the process of getting a mortgage, making it easier for borrowers to understand the kind of loan they are getting and its cost.

    more here

  • rikyrah

    The Nominee Who Had A Swiss Bank Account

    Nicholas Shaxson puts a microscope on Romney’s finances, the net worth of which is estimated to be as high as $250 million:

    Romney’s defense is that he never broke the rules: if there is a problem, it is in the laws, not in his behavior. “I pay all the taxes that are legally required, not a dollar more,” he said. Even so. “When you are running for president, you might want to err on the side of overpaying your taxes, and not chase every tax gimmick that comes down the pike,” says [Lee Sheppard, a contributing editor at the trade publication Tax Notes]. “It kind of looks tacky.

    The specifics of Bain’s dealings are even more unnerving:

    One cannot properly understand Wall Street’s size and power without appreciating the central role of offshore tax havens. There is absolutely no evidence that Bain has done anything illegal, but private equity is one channel for this secrecy-shrouded foreign money to enter the United States, and a filing for Mitt Romney’s first $37 million Bain Capital Fund, of 1984, provides a rare window into this. One foreign investor, of $2 million, was the newspaper tycoon, tax evader, and fraudster Robert Maxwell, who fell from his yacht, and drowned, off of the Canary Islands in 1991 in strange circumstances, after looting his company’s pension fund. …

    The filings also show a Geneva-based trustee overseeing a trust that invested $2.5 million, a Bahamas corporation that put in $3 million, and three corporations in the tax haven of Panama, historically a favored destination for Latin-American dirty money—“one of the filthiest money-laundering sinks in the world,” as a U.S. Customs official once put it

    Ben Walsh zooms out:

    There are also a now-closed Swiss bank account and continued interest in at least a dozen Cayman Islands-based Bain funds. Those funds form a large portion of Romney’s multimillion-dollar IRA. How could the IRA have grown to as much as $102 million if the maximum annual contributions were normally just $2,000? Probably by putting artificially low valuations on the securities the Romneys put into their tax-free retirement accounts in the first instance.

    The issue for Romney appears to be about more than just his low effective tax rate or the many other details that were pulled from his disclosures in January. After all, many Americans pay low effective tax rates, but precious few have made such deft use of the tax code or even have the ability to. He’s not just in another tax bracket, he’s playing a different game


  • rikyrah

    5 Jul 2012 10:30 AM

    The Profound Weakness Of Mitt Romney

    So the individual mandate was not a tax but a penalty – and Mitt Romney didn’t raise taxes as governor of Massachusetts. It was a rare moment of attempted consistency from the Romney camp, a decision for once not to follow the soundbite script of the conservative “movement” as they tried to run yet another campaign against a tax-and-spend “liberal”. And it lasted about … a week or so. Or as long as it took the Romneyites to read the Wall Street Journal editorial yesterday. Money quote:

    The Romney high command has muddied the tax issue in a way that will help Mr. Obama’s claims that he is merely taxing rich folks like Mr. Romney. And it has made it that much harder for Republicans to again turn ObamaCare into the winning issue it was in 2010.

    Why make such an unforced error? Because it fits with Mr. Romney’s fear of being labeled a flip-flopper, as if that is worse than confusing voters about the tax and health-care issues. Mr. Romney favored the individual mandate as part of his reform in Massachusetts, and as we’ve said from the beginning of his candidacy his failure to admit that mistake makes him less able to carry the anti-ObamaCare case to voters.

    Mr. Romney should use the Supreme Court opinion as an opening to say that now that the mandate is defined as a tax for the purposes of the law, he will work to repeal it.


  • rikyrah

    Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 07/05/2012
    Where’s the pushback on the Bain and offshoring attacks?

    By Greg Sargent

    I’m hoping to hear from some Republicans on this one.

    The Obama campaign is pouring major resources into defining Mitt Romney as an outsourcing, offshoring, Cayman-Islands-wealth-stashing, tax-returns-hiding, super-rich-tax-rate-protecting corporate raider who as president would do to the middle class what Bain did to those shuttered manufacturing plants. They’re morphing him into the walking embodiment of everything that’s wrong with the economy and how it enabled the rich to get much, much richer as the floor fell out from under working and middle class Americans.

    The Obama camp is spending millions of dollars on ads hammering these points home, and some pundits and news outlets are concluding the attacks may be working.

    Where’s the pushback from the Romney campaign?

    I don’t mean statements from the campaign or the candidate. The Romney camp regularly counters with releases hitting Obama for trying to distract the nation from the economy. Romney himself regularly slams Obama for supposedly attacking free enterprise itself.

    I mean in terms of major ad expenditures, which is how these attacks would need to be countered.

    Where are the Romney ads featuring the fact-checks that have accused the Obama camp of overreaching? Where are the Romney ads starring workers at companies clamiming to have been turned around by Bain? There’s apparently some kind of Web video in the works. But is there any serious pushback happening in the swing states?

    Josh Marshall has been arguing that the D.C. pundit class was slow to recognize the potency of these attacks in swing state communities that have been devastated by stagnating wages and the erosion of manufacturing. For these voters, words like “offshoring” and “Swiss bank account” could carry a real emotional wallop.

    Have Republicans — the Romney campaign included — been slow to recognize this, too? Were they caught off guard by this onslaught? I actually believe it’s too early to say whether these attacks are working or will work sufficiently in the long run. But there’s cause to believe they could work. Are Republicans persuaded otherwise? Are they convinced that these attacks will ultimately fall flat or even backfire?

    These aren’t rhetorical questions. I’m genuinely curious to know whether there is serious pushback I’m missing and whether Republicans think the Romney campaign is handling the Obama campaign’s offensive adequately.

    I’d be surprised if there isn’t a story here.


  • rikyrah

    Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 07/05/2012
    What Mitt Romney’s `tax’ cave means for a Romney presidency

    By Jamelle Bouie

    As you know, Mitt Romney yesterday shifted gears and adopted the view that the individual mandate is a tax — after his campaign said the opposite a few days ago. This is more than a story for the news cycle, however; it has important implications for how Romney would conduct himself as president.

    Here’s what Romney told CBS:

    “The Supreme Court has spoken, and while I agreed with the dissent, that’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said it’s a tax, and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There’s no way around that.”

    As Greg pointed out this morning, conservatives aren’t at all satisfied by this change of heart. But their dissatisfaction has less to do with the substance of this debate, and everything to do with their mistrust of him. If anything, this episode highlights the degree to which Romney does not share conservative instincts, and must constantly shift positions as a result of that misalignment. Indeed, you could see the past week as a microcosm for Romney’s entire career. He’s an opportunist who is hindered by his complete inability to skate in concert with conservatives.

    Regardless of how he wins — short of a landslide — Romney will have to negotiate conservative mistrust from the moment he enters office. He’ll have to assure conservative activists and congressional Republicans that he won’t betray their interests. He’ll have to deal with the expectation — from figures like Grover Norquist — that he’ll act as a signing machine for legislation such as the Paul Ryan plan. To meet these expectations and build credibility, he’ll almost certainly begin his presidency with a torrent of right-wing initiatives. Moreover, he’ll always have an eye on his right-flank — otherwise, he risks revolt.

    The key takeaway from this fight over Obamacare messaging is straightforward: If Romney is elected president, political pressure will force him to govern from the right. He has no other choice.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – President Obama Campaigns Through Pennsylvania, Ohio– —

    – – – — —-The ACA- -is HERE 2 STAY!!

    – —On Thursday, the President launches a two-day bus tour through northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania to highlight his record on job creation for American workers.

    The first day features stops in Maumee, Sandusky and Parma, Ohio, followed by day-two stops in western Pennsylvania towns.

    At each stop, the President will focus on his record on American jobs, including his bailout of the auto industry. The campaign is seeking to define the election as a choice of economic plans, rather than a referendum on President Obama’s performance over the past three years.

    Prior to landing in Ohio, the White House announced that the President was filing a complaint against China at the World Trade Organization for its imposition of tariffs on U.S.-made cars.– –[MULTI-TASKING! :>)]

    At his first stop, President Obama spoke to supporters at the Wolcott House Museum in Maumee, Ohio, telling the crowd “it’s easy sometimes to lose interest and lose heart, sometimes, when you hear about what’s going on in Washington.”

    “I still believe in you,” President Obama said, “And the country is betting on you.”
    – – SNIP- – – –
    He said he would work with anyone to improve and enforce health care regulations, but “the law I passed is here to stay.”

    “Now is not the time to spend four more years re-fighting the battles we fought two years ago,” he said, “We are moving forward.”
    THERE IS MORE.- – –

    THANK U annnd continued- – BEST WISHES!– -MR. PRESIDENT! :>)- –

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 07/05/2012
    Romney’s seismic shifts

    By Carter Eskew

    In theory, there are two negative frames that fit Mitt Romney: 1. He is a politician of rare expediency, who changes his positions even on matters of deep principle; and 2. He is a right-wing conservative. The Obama campaign has placed its bets on the latter characterization, reasoning that it will cut more with independent voters. Moreover, it worries that the flip-flop story line could have unintended consequences by perversely reassuring some voters that Romney’s conservative horns are not really all that sharp.

    However, the more you know and see of Romney, the more his actions fit the flip-flop frame. Take the latest embarrassment over his decision to call the health-care mandate a tax, having defended it for years as a “penalty.” The penalty argument served Romney well in Massachusetts, where he instituted a mandate to buy health insurance that became the model for the Affordable Care Act. But now that Romney has morphed from chief architect to chief critic of the mandate, a penalty has become a tax.

    This is the pattern with Romney: seismic shifts in his political core — on abortion, global warming, health care. But Romney’s moral flexibility extends to other aspects of his life. A current Vanity Fair article contains a small, but meaningful anecdote about Romney’s days at Bain, where he advised a first-year employee to obtain information about the firm’s competitors by lying. Let that roll around in your head for a minute: a boss telling a subordinate to lie. That’s a pretty bright line to cross, and it suggests that Romney may have lost his ethical bearings early on.


    • gc

      Sociopaths don’t have ethical bearing, nothing to lose. He is consistent as hell, in having zero moral compass.

  • Miranda

    Obama Campaign Co-Chair in Ohio Slams Romney’s Off-Shore Accounts

    MAUMEE, OHIO – At the kick-off rally for President Obama’ first campaign bus tour of the election season, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, a co-chair of the Obama 2012 campaign, assailed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s off-shore accounts.

    “Oh, what a contrast, my friends, between these two men who would be president!” Strickland said, standing outside the Wolcott House Museum. “President Obama is betting on America and American workers, and Mitt Romney is betting his resources in the Cayman Islands, in Bermuda, in Switzerland and God only knows where else he is putting his resources.”

    Strickland was referring to Vanity Fair and Associated Press investigations into perfectly legal – but politically controversial — off shore accounts Romney has held, in apparent efforts to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Romney had not disclosed some of these accounts in previous public filings.

  • rikyrah

    At the kick-off rally for President Obama’ first campaign bus tour of the election season, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, a co-chair of the Obama 2012 campaign, assailed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s off-shore accounts.

    “Oh, what a contrast, my friends, between these two men who would be president!” Strickland said, standing outside the Wolcott House Museum. “President Obama is betting on America and American workers, and Mitt Romney is betting his resources in the Cayman Islands, in Bermuda, in Switzerland and God only knows where else he is putting his resources.”

  • Alma98

    I’m watching a replay of Serena’s semi-final match on ESPN streaming. That girl was working it with her serve, you go Serena!

  • Miranda


    The Daily Edge‏@TheDailyEdge
    If Katie Holmes ever doubts she’s doing the right thing getting out now, all she needs do is watch a joint interview w/Ann and Mitt Romney

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — DOUBLE- -OuuuuuuCH!!!- – B-R-U-T-A-L- — TRUTH!!- – –

    – – –Doonesbury- Accepting on behalf of Mitt Romney: Fox News!– –

    – – — –TOTALLY!!!– – –

  • TyrenM

    Thanks for the “Rock introduces Obama” clip. Timely and on point.

  • Miranda

    Well ain’t THIS a bitch!

    Solyndra Featured on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Well, just…. damn.

  • isonprize
  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – -Ms. SERENA- -SLAMS- – – -Annnd – -ANOTHER THANG!!- – –

    – – – –Serena Sets Ace Record En Route to 7th Wimbledon Final– —

    — – –Serena Williams just beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to reach her 7th final at Wimbledon, where she’ll face first-time finalist Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday for the title.

    Williams, who clocked a record 24 aces during the match, was dominant on her own serve throughout the first set, losing just four points in her five service games and winning 94% of points on her first serve.

    In contrast, Azarenka had to fight a lot harder for each service game. The break eventually came in the penultimate game of the set, giving Williams a 5-3 lead that she quickly turned into 6-3 to take the first.

    The second set provided more hope for Azarenka as she started fighting back against Williams’s serve. Still, though, it was Williams who broke first to take control of the match.

    – – -SNIP- – –

    The four-time champion fired in a record 24th ace (most ever aces for a women’s match) to finish it off and reach her seventh Wimbledon final in 10 years.

    ——WOOOO! HOOOO!!— -U JUST— DO!- – -IT!- -Ms. SERENA!! :>)– –

  • crazycanuck

    Oh Good Lord, spare me from uneducated Property Management people. Sigh

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – -Ms. SERENA- -SLAMS- – – -Annnd – -ANOTHER THANG!!- – –

    – – – –Serena Sets Ace Record En Route to 7th Wimbledon Final– —

    — – –Serena Williams just beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to reach her 7th final at Wimbledon, where she’ll face first-time finalist Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday for the title.

    Williams, who clocked a record 24 aces during the match, was dominant on her own serve throughout the first set, losing just four points in her five service games and winning 94% of points on her first serve.

    In contrast, Azarenka had to fight a lot harder for each service game. The break eventually came in the penultimate game of the set, giving Williams a 5-3 lead that she quickly turned into 6-3 to take the first.

    The second set provided more hope for Azarenka as she started fighting back against Williams’s serve. Still, though, it was Williams who broke first to take control of the match.

    – – -SNIP- – –

    The four-time champion fired in a record 24th ace (most ever aces for a women’s match) to finish it off and reach her seventh Wimbledon final in 10 years.

    ——WOOOO! HOOOO!!— -U JUST— DO!- – -IT!- -Ms. SERENA!! :>)– –

  • rikyrah

    Romney Camp: Swiss Bank Attacks Are ‘False And Ridiculous’
    Benjy Sarlin – July 5, 2012, 3:44 PM

    Rebutting the Obama campaign’s new efforts to highlight Mitt Romney’s foreign assets, the Romney campaign condemned such attacks as “false and ridiculous” and a distraction from the economy.

    Democrats have been working hard to highlight a recent report in Vanity Fair that questions why Romney owned a Bermuda-based company for over 15 years and suggests that without further disclosure it may be impossible to tell the asset’s value or intended purpose.

    “Oh, what a contrast, my friends, between these two men who would be president!” Obama campaign co-chair Ted Strickland said in Ohio on Thursday. “President Obama is betting on America and American workers, and Mitt Romney is betting his resources in the Cayman Islands, in Bermuda, in Switzerland and God only knows where else he is putting his resources.”

    The new attacks comes on the heels of an editorial in the conservative Wall Street Journal complaining that Romney looked weak rebutting attacks on his “rich guy” image. Particularly galling for conservatives is that these issues were raised extensively during the primaries as well, yet the campaign still hasn’t settled on a consistent response.

    Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney, dismissed the latest attacks from Strickland and others as an example of hypocrisy from Obama.


    • AxelFoley

      U mad, Mittens?

      • JojoRaze

        As Rikyrah said, “Nobody in the Prudential Building is playing with you Mittens.” You said your business experience makes you qualified to be POTUS. Now the media is getting into how you conduct your business affairs and you mad? We and PBO are supposed to take your word for it? He really thought a black guy named Barack Hussein Obama who got his political chops sharpened in 1980s Chicago and managed to get himself elected POTUS was really gonna let Mittens run roughshod over him?

        And two, Strickland’s message is on-point. He summarized the issue with Mitt’s offshore accounts in less than 30 seconds. They should run what he said in an ad in battleground states.

        Three: Mittens is in a bind of his own making on this. If he would have just released 10 years of tax returns as his Daddy did, who was a pioneer in tax disclosures for presidential candidates, this issue would have been blunted already. Now, he’s in “How long have you been beating your wife?” territory. If he tries to slam PBO’s discussion of the offshore accounts he has to show PBO is a liar by releasing more information, which will demonstrate that PBO wasn’t lying which will reinforce PBO’s narrative. If he doesn’t release more information, people will keep on wondering what he’s hiding, especially when his campaign slogan is “Believe In America.” I want PBO to call Warren Buffett as a surrogate on this to talk about the fact that he doesn’t have any Swiss Bank accounts and he’s still worth billions because you can be a billionaire by keeping your money in America.

        • Aquagranny911


        • rikyrah

          Another nominee for COMMENT OF THE WEEK.


          to all of this.

          it amazes me that they truly thought dealing with those amateurs and grifters was preparing them to go up against a team that got a Black man elected President of the United States

          White Privilege can make one delusional, can’t it?

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY JojoRaze; ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          – -As I’ve said –B4.- —THIS — 2 da –THIS!!– -:>)

          – –THIS:- – ->Mittens is in a bind of his own making on this.– –

          The WILLARD will REMAIN in a BIND –of HIS OWN MAKING- — -on ALL THINGS- — ‘CAUSE- HE–

          – -☻- “FLIP-FLOPS””
          – -☻- –LIES!–Foreign Bank Accounts]
          — ☻- -Is a decisive- -ETCH-A-SKETCH- —
          — ☻- -Is a RACIST- -[Includin’- –Mormonism]
          – -☻ -Is a HYPOCRITE
          – -☻- -Is HOMOPHOBIC[HAIR CUTTIN’ Incident]
          – ☻- -LACKS COMPASSION– [BAIN]
          – -☻- -Has a LOSING –TRACK RECORD- -in Mass. [Except 4 parts of his HEALTH CARE]]
          – -☻- -Is INCOHERENT [WORD SALAD-
          — ☻- -“POLITICALLY DUMB!!”[WSJ]
          – -☻- -Is- –OUT-OF-TOUCH- — —

          – – — -Sounds like a “winner?”- – -NOT!! LOL.

          – – –He WILL B DESTROYED- – – -B4- -HIS NOMINATION!– — -HAH!!

          Good 2 C U.- – -Good WORDS. :>)- – –JojoRaze.. :>)

    • Kennymack1971

      Sorry Willard, you’re not up against libertarian cranks, dumb shit governors and idiots yelling 9-9-9 every five minutes anymore…this is the big leagues…you’re going up against the professionals now. And they are not playing with your ass at all. It only gets worse for you from here.

  • rikyrah

    If you make it harder to vote, it’s harder to vote

    By Laura Conaway

    Thu Jul 5, 2012 3:37 PM EDT.

    In one of the states where they’re trying to make voting harder, the state admits that it’s really hard to get one of the new free photo IDs that let you vote if don’t have a license. Mississippi’s Secretary of State tells the Jackson Free-Press that yes, there’s an infinite loop. From the JFP:

    One of the requirements to get the free voter ID cards is a birth certificate, but in order to receive a certified copy of your birth certificate in Mississippi, you must have a photo ID. Not having the photo ID is why most people need the voter ID in the first place.

    Mississippi is trying to persuade the federal Department of Justice to approve the new law. Part of that was making voter IDs free to avoid creating a poll tax. The state still lists birth certificates as costing $15, in addition to needing a photo ID. In the first two weeks of trying to get would-be voters to sign up for a free ID, the JFP says the state has had just 35 requests.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —OoooooouuuuuuCH!!- — **dialin’ 911**- – -CUTTER- – -CUTS– AGAIN!!– -LOL- – –

    – — Cutter: Romney Can’t Take A ‘Principled Position’ On Mandate– —

    – – – –Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter stressed that the debate over whether the individual mandate is a penalty or a tax is really about the fact that Mitt Romney switched positions in an interview on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” Thursday.

    Cutter said that the mandate is a “penalty that’s administered through the tax code,” but also said that the distinction doesn’t really matter. “Look at what has happened over the past five days,” Cutter said. “His spokesperson calls it a penalty. A couple days later after the right wing of his party rises up and criticizes him, he is suddenly calling it a tax. That’s what this debate is all about, whether Mitt Romney can take a principled position and stick with it. That’s the question.”

    – — –Annd the ANSWER IS. …….NO!

    • AxelFoley

      Love me some Stef Cutter.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – — ***fist bump****- –She KEEPS her- -BLADES- – -SHARP!! LOL.

        Annnd – – she does NOT get rattled durin an interview!! –:>)

        Good 2 C U –AxelFoley. :>)

    • conlakappa

      Inherent in the term “principled stance,” is, you know principle, as in he ain’t got none.

  • rikyrah

    The discontent behind the misguided panic
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 5, 2012 4:01 PM EDT.

    As recently as a few weeks ago, the conventional wisdom was that President Obama was having an awful June, and that his campaign was in deep trouble. The evidence to bolster the thesis was thin, but the political establishment was convinced that Obama’s summer was off to such a horrendous start, he might not be able to recover.

    These perceptions, naturally, led to quite a bit of handwringing in Democratic circles. Much of this was pointless, and Obama’s poll numbers don’t look much different than they did in the Spring.

    Now, apparently, it’s the Republicans’ turn to panic.

    Over the weekend, it was Rupert Murdoch leading the way, questioning Mitt Romney’s staff and overall campaign strategy. Today, it’s the Wall Street Journal editorial page — arguably the nation’s most pro-Republican venue in American print media — sounding the alarm.

    [T]he campaign’s insular staff and strategy … are slowly squandering an historic opportunity. Mr. Obama is being hurt by an economic recovery that is weakening for the third time in three years. But Mr. Romney hasn’t been able to take advantage, and if anything he is losing ground.

    The Romney campaign thinks it can play it safe and coast to the White House by saying the economy stinks and it’s Mr. Obama’s fault…. What [Americans] want to hear from the challenger is some understanding of why the President’s policies aren’t working and how Mr. Romney’s policies will do better. […]

    The biography that voters care about is their own, and they want to know how a candidate is going to improve their future. That means offering a larger economic narrative and vision than Mr. Romney has so far provided. It means pointing out the differences with specificity on higher taxes, government-run health care, punitive regulation, and the waste of politically-driven government spending.

    As with the panic in Democratic circles in June, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for Republicans to be so overcome with anxiety in early June. There’s been no major shift in the polls; there have been no meaningful new scandals; there haven’t been any noticeable party defections. The Journal is right to be concerned about the health care fiasco Romney and his advisors have created for themselves, but it’s a stretch to think this will have a major impact on the larger race.

    Still, the scathing editorial is notable for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the peek it offers into the mind of the Republican establishment at this point in the campaign.


    It’s interesting, for example, that the WSJ is tired of Romney’s avoidance of policy specifics. As we discussed last week, a growing number of observers have noticed the Republican candidate’s reluctance to talk in any kind of detail about his own agenda, but when even the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal is sick of a Republican’s evasiveness, it suggests Romney has pushed his luck a little too far.

    As Greg Sargent explained this morning, “The GOP-aligned Journal editorial board is implicitly agreeing that one of the leading critiques of Romney — one being made by the Obama campaign and Dems, but also by more and more media commentators — is entirely legitimate: That he’s refusing to detail his policies with any specificity to speak of on issue after issue. This goes right to the heart of the central dynamic of this race: The Romney campaign’s gamble that he can edge his way to victory by making this campaign all about Obama, and that along the way, voters won’t notice that he isn’t meaningfully telling us what he would do if elected president. The Journal is calling this out as a non-starter. ”

    I was also struck by this line in the editorial: “Team Obama is now opening up a new assault on Mr. Romney as a job outsourcer with foreign bank accounts, and if the Boston boys let that one go unanswered, they ought to be fired for malpractice.”

    Perhaps, but what’s the answer, exactly? Isn’t it quite obvious that Romney really is a job outsourcer with foreign bank accounts?

    It leads to a point Jon Chait raised today: “Conservatives say they want Romney to change his staff or alter his campaign tactics. But what they really want is a different candidate and a different electorate.”

    And so, Romney is once again stuck. He’s getting slammed by the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal — and Bill Kristol — for not being the Republican candidate of their dream, but if he were to do as they demand, he’d be soundly rejected by the American mainstream. Still, the former governor wants to do just enough to make the WSJ and Kristol satisfied, assuming that their support is key to keeping the GOP establishment on board.

    The results is a candidate who, on a nearly daily basis, is an uncomfortable combination of fear, incoherence, and evasiveness, unsure of who he is, what he thinks, or what he’s supposed to say in response to any given question. If Romney had a strong core that defined his character, this wouldn’t be an issue.

    But the Republican Party is going into the general election with the candidate they have, not the candidate they might want or wish to have under different circumstances.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- -At this point- – -I ‘ON’T care who CALLS– — HIM- –OUT!!- – –

    – — –WSJ: Mandate Contradiction Makes Romney Camp Look ‘Politically Dumb’– – –

    – — –After becoming entangled in contradictory messages over the Supreme Court’s characterization of the individual mandate as a tax, Mitt Romney’s campaign is drawing sharp scrutiny on the opinion page of the Wall Street Journal. In a scathing editorial published Wednesday evening, the Journal writes that the Romney camp “looks confused in addition to being politically dumb” after the presumptive Republican nominee told CBS that he believes the mandate is a tax, a position at odds with remarks made by senior campaign adviser Eric Ferhnstrom earlier this week. The piece also takes aim at the lack of specifics put forward by Romney.

    — –SNIP- – –
    — Meanwhile, the Obama campaign is assailing Mr. Romney as an out-of-touch rich man, and the rich man obliged by vacationing this week at his lake-side home with a jet-ski cameo. Team Obama is pounding him for Bain Capital, and until a recent ad in Ohio the Romney campaign has been slow to respond.

    Team Obama is now opening up a new assault on Mr. Romney as a job outsourcer with foreign bank accounts, and if the Boston boys let that one go unanswered, they ought to be fired for malpractice.

    – – –NOT 2 WORRY- –WE GOT YOUR- -PANK–SLIP!!– –

    – —–Bu—–BYEEEEEEEE! HAH!!-

    • Aquagranny911

      The pink slip made me laugh. Years ago I worked in an office where the boss actually left one of those “While You Were OUT” message slips with the words “You’re Fired!” on the desk of someone. The employee was a real lazy scum bag so none of us were sad about that!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagrannny911. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        LOL! – – – -Seeeeeee- — –BEYOND -COLD!!- – LOL

        THANKS 4 sharin’ :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      The pink slip made me laugh. Years ago I worked in an office where the boss actually left one of those “While You Were OUT” message slips with the words “You’re Fired!” on the desk of someone. The employee was a real lazy scum bag so none of us were sad about that!

    • When you’ve lost WSJ, you know you done effed up.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – –LOL. – — That’s “WHYCOME” I hadta post it. :>)

        – — –THE PARTY’S OVER– – — -LOL.

        NO WHERE 2 RUN!- – – -NO WHERE 2 HIDE. LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- -CONGRATULATIONS R in ORDER – — :>) – – –

    – — –Muhammad Ali named 2012 Liberty Medal recipient – –

    – – –Boxing great Muhammad Ali, known for his unabashed self-confidence inside and outside the ring as well as his outspokenness on social and humanitarian causes, is the recipient of the 2012 Liberty Medal.

    Ali, 70, will receive the medal in a ceremony on Sept. 13 in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall. The three-time world heavyweight champion was not in attendance for Thursday’s announcement.

    “Ali embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal by embracing the ideals of the Constitution — freedom, self-governance, equality and empowerment — and helping to spread them across the globe,” said former President Bill Clinton, chairman of the National Constitution Center.

    Liberty Medal sponsors and partners said Ali’s lifelong courage and conviction exemplify the qualities that the award was established to honor, from his outspoken advocacy for civil and religious freedom to his philanthropy, social activism and humanitarian efforts.

    “Muhammad Ali symbolizes all that makes America great, while pushing us as a people and as a nation to be better,” said National Constitution Center president and chief executive officer David Eisner. “Each big fight of his life has inspired a new chapter of civic action.”

    • isonprize

      GLH, Here is the “60 minutes” interview of Muhammed Ali by Ed Bradley. The clip is a little over 15 minutes long.


    • Aquagranny911

      This is so cool! I wish his health was better. It does grieve me that he suffers from a disease that probably resulted from his days in the boxing ring.

  • Aquagranny911

    Deaniac at TPV has written another excellent diary on ACA & the SCOTUS decision & how this will all play out. It is well worth the read & passing it on, especially to those who might be still confused. Here’s the link…


    EDIT: Just imho, but Deaniac is one of the best political analysts we have. His research is always extensive & he has a gift for distilling complex issues into a way that anyone can understand.

    • Miranda

      Deaniac is awesome – he has few peers in the blogger world when it comes to research – most people just spew an opinion based on what they saw on msnbc or fox. Deaniac reads the actual bills and proposals – down to every amendment and clause.

      • crazycanuck

        He’s doing the work the dumbass Media should be doing.

        • Aquagranny911

          Exactly!!! I am so grateful we have him & always link out his diaries as far & wide as I can.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Aquagranny911- – -***fist bump*** :>)

      Deaniac –is a CONSUMMATE- -DIARIST!- – BEYOND ANALYTICAL annnd FACTUAL.- – -:>) – – Annnd I luv his GRAPHS/CHARTS – -:>)-


  • GOVCHRIS1988


    So, this is how does his wife on those child support payments.

    • isonprize

      Oh, no, Joe. There’s no war on women. There’s no (attempted) intimidation of women. There’s not bullying of women.

      NO, Joe, never that…

      /snark off. What an asshole.

  • Rep. Keith Ellison just called Romney “Daddy Warbucks” on Politics Nation.

    *falls out*

    • Miranda

      ____________________________________________keep beating his azz Dems! dont let up!

      • Kennymack1971

        Everybody has been droppin them third ward B’s on Romney today. Good the pompus gasbag deserves it.

  • Mitt is not pleased.

    Republican Governor of Michigan Rejects Voter ID Bills
    Published: July 3, 2012

    Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan surprised his fellow Republicans on Tuesday, refusing to sign two bills that would have required voters to show photo identification before obtaining an absentee ballot. The vetoes are an election-year rarity for the party, which has pressed for tougher voter identification laws nationwide.

    The bills were among three that Mr. Snyder returned to legislators after approving 11 other measures in a package of election changes based on proposals by Michigan’s secretary of state, Ruth Johnson. They were passed by lawmakers two weeks ago. “These reforms will make a good election system even better by adding appropriate safeguards and improving transparency,” Mr. Snyder said. He said the vetoed bills “could create voter confusion among absentee voters.”

    Sara Wurfel, a spokeswoman for the governor, said that confusion had to do with a part of the bills that would have made voters check a citizenship box before receiving a ballot. Mr. Snyder suggested that verification of a person’s citizenship should be done only once, when a voter is first registered, she said.

    MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/04/us/voter-id-bills-rejected-by-michigan-gov-rick-snyder.html

  • MonieTalks

    Sounds like the typical behavior of a Rethug. Brysac is lucky Neal didn’t whup his old ass. Check out the photos…crazy.

    Clash breaks out at GOP rally supporting Mitt Romney in Parma

    ……But a physical clash between Romney supporters and protesters overshadowed the Parma campaign stop by the prominent pair, who are often mentioned as possible running mates for Romney.

    The quarrel broke out as soon as Pawlenty took the stage before about 200 people at the strip shopping center.

    “Pawlenty go home, Pawlenty go home,” the protesters chanted over the former governor’s speech.

    Pawlenty maintained composure, and even put his own twist on the chant.

    “We should send Barack Obama home,” he declared.

    At one point, Romney supporter Richard Brysac of Parma confronted protester Al Neal of Canton, who attended with members of a group called Fight for Fair Economy Ohio.

    Brysac, 77, attempted to hush Neal by emptying a bottle of water into the 22-year-old union worker’s mouth.

    “He seemed thirsty, so I tried to shove the bottle in his mouth,” Brysac said. “I thought it was wrong to interfere with [Pawlenty’s] freedom of speech.

    “I acted out of character and I apologize if I offended anyone.”

    When the bottle didn’t work, Brysac pulled out his handkerchief and gagged Neal.

    Neal removed the handkerchief and continued chanting until the group of protesters was escorted from the rally.


    • TheShyLurker

      The old f*cker should have received the Don Zimmer treatment – is all I’m saying.

  • Aquagranny911

    I ♥ Chris Rock & his Tweet about July 4th was spot on! Some folks just don’t like truth.

  • President Obama Consoles Woman Whose Uninsured Sister Died Of Colon Cancer

    By Annie-Rose Strasser on Jul 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm


    As the president was working the rope line, he consoled a crying woman who was telling him a story. Pool reached the woman, Stephanie Miller, by phone and got these details.

    Ms. Miller said her sister, Kelly Hines, died from colon cancer four years ago because she could not afford proper health insurance. She had no employer-provided coverage

    “Even after she was diagnosed with cancer, she was told her income was too high for Medicaid,” Ms. Miller said.

    “I thanked him for the getting the Affordable Health Act passed,” she said.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/05/511666/president-obama-consoles-woman-whose-uninsured-sister-died-of-colon-cancer/

    Photo of PBO hugging Stephanie Miller: http://www.daylife.com/photo/09sP7RP8ez112?__site=daylife&q=Barack+Obama

    • rikyrah

      that is so powerful, and you know that woman is multiplied by MILLIONS who understand what the ACA means.

      • conlakappa

        There was a blurb in the nation section of the paper yesterday about a woman who waited until she turned 65 so that she could have access to Medicare to take care of a fast-growing tumor. She went to the doctor the day after her birthday. The tumor weighed 51 pounds. No, not a typo. Fifty-one freakin’ pounds.

        • Aquagranny911

          I believe it!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -Ahhhhhh- – -GET READY!- – –GET READY!- – -HAH!- —

    – — Auto Industry Poised For Strongest Sales Since 2007– – –

    — –After every major automaker reported strong midyear earnings this week, the auto industry is on pace to sell more than 14 million cars and trucks in 2012, the Detroit News reports. That would be the industry’s best sales year since 2007, just two years before the industry’s major American players were bailed out by the federal government. All three American manufacturers reported strong sales growth: Chrysler sales rose 30 percent over the first half of the year, General Motors sales are up and the company had its best sales month since September 2008, and Ford sales rose 6.6 percent.

    TELL ‘EM- – -VP BIDEN:- – -☻OBL- – -is DEAD!!

    – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – — ☻The AUTO INDUSTRY – –is ALIVE!!- – -HAH!

    – — -V- – –“LET DETROIT- — Go BANKRUPT!! – -HAH!!- – –

    • conlakappa

      We built a Ford online and are looking at buying it at the end of the month.

      • Aquagranny911

        Seriously, you can do that? Do you have to be rich? Could anyone do that? Our old ford is 13 years old & we have been thinking to trade in for better mileage but we don’t drive much now. We keep cars forever.

        • conlakappa

          My husband does it for fun all the time with expensive cars! But we do plan on getting something close to what we built. And it’s a Ford so it wasn’t all that expensive! We decided to sell our car before we run it into the ground. It is a Hybrid so the mileage should be very good.

  • July 4, 2012 4:49 pm
    Obama raises the bar for new swing states

    By Richard McGregor in Denver, Colorado


    Renowned for its grassroots organisation in 2008, Mr Obama’s campaign is building a structure in states such as Colorado that dwarfs his efforts four years ago.

    “It is much more detailed and systematic than last time, and each turf is much smaller,” says Jill Wildenberg, a veteran volunteer from 2008 who has returned for the 2012 election.

    Often bit players in the US presidential election, Colorado, along with New Mexico and Nevada in the so-called mountain west region , now make up the country’s swing region and will be vital in deciding the winner in November.

    MORE: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f9f0fb78-c5de-11e1-a3d5-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1zfalLPVr

    • Miranda

      The GOP nor their vaunted SuperPacs can match the ground game. It doesn’t matter how much money they raise. They don’t have enough money to PAY people to get out there and stomp on their behalf at the same rate that people are VOLUNTEERING for OFA. All they can do is put ads on TV, radio and the web. They simply cannot compete with OFA for hands on campaigning. In this day and age of 150 channels on the basic cable/satellite package…who even sees a campaign ad more than once or twice a month if that much? The GOP is finding that all that money doesn’t go as far as they thought it would in 2012 – and since they can’t threaten federal judges with being thrown off the bench, they can’t make their voter suppression laws stick like they want too.

      I can’t wait to turn to Fox News on the night of the election to watch them bitch up the same way they did in 2008.

      • rikyrah

        Willard will be sending the Mormons out for his ground game

        • gc

          And people will be doing just what I do when When I see Jehovah’s Witnesses walk up my drive. Either tell them off or ignore them.

          • Miranda


        • Miranda

          That would be a tragic mistake oh his part. So I hope he does it.

          • BoomerGal

            Me too! lol

  • I guess Mr. Freeman missed it when PBO described himself as Black on the 2010 census.

    Morgan Freeman: No Black President For U.S. Yet
    by NPR Staff

    July 5, 2012

    Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman joined Tell Me More host Michel Martin to discuss his new movie, The Magic of Belle Isle. But the prolific actor, famous for his roles in films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby and The Dark Knight, also had a lot to say about politics. He was especially interested in talking about President Obama, and why Freeman thinks he should not be called America’s first black president.

    “First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America,” Freeman said. “There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president — he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”

    MORE: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/05/156212527/morgan-freeman-no-black-president-for-u-s-yet

    • Miranda

      He’s black. let it go.

      • BoomerGal

        Might as well.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Steady as she goes.

    • isonprize

      Morgan, stop it. JUST STOP.

      If you looked at Barack Obama and you didn’t know anything about his history, you know damn well you would just put “light brown brother” on him and keep it moving.

      • Elie

        If people like Morgan Freeman keep this up, there will never be another black president in this country.

        They think these racists hate President Obama?

        They haven’t even begun to see the hate that will befall subsequent black pols if they fail to fight and push back hard on behalf of this president.

      • BoomerGal


    • AxelFoley

      I know this old fool has been in America for more than 5 minutes. I guess if he has any kids with that white chick he was messing around with in his car when he had his accident a few years back, they won’t be black either.


      • BoomerGal

        Didn’t he MARRY his step granddaughter?? I tell ya, it’s somethin suspect goin on in Hollywood. Martin Lawrence in the middle of the street wavin a gun talkin bout somebody tryin to kill him. Kat Williams havin a nervous break down. Dave Chappelle turnin down money for a new season of his show. Hmmm.

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang, Morgan, please don’t make me take you off my Bucket List of people I want to have lunch with. You should know better than this. It’s about skin, the perception of that by others & also how a person self-identifies.

      Sorry, if I’m out of line here.

      • AxelFoley

        Nah, AG, you’re on point. And Freeman knows better. His black arse grew up not only in America, but in the Deep South.

    • gc

      If Obama self identifies as Black, that’s all I need to know. I love Morgan’s acting. I don’t have a clue where his head is at with this.

    • Elie

      Morgan Freeman is still slave dancing hoping that Clint Eastwood won’t get mad at him.

      Shame on him.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia- — –WHA’ – – was he DRANKIN’!!???_ – – –

      Annnd- – -WHO of US R PURE- — BLAH??- —

      Annnnd U KNOW that he prolly CLAIMS some – – – -anythang else – — when he brags on himself!!!- – –


      – – – -I’m– –THA-ROUGH!!- – -geesh!!!

    • TresL

      Freeman is revealing his ignorance of the mixing of the races since slavery. Everyday white people discover that they have African ancestry and black people discover they have European ancestry. So, no one in this country is 100% anything. What an ignoramus! Maybe he didn’t like PBO’s joke at the last WHCD.

      • BoomerGal

        Thank you!! WHEN will we ever learn. The stupid DOES burn.

    • TyrenM

      Surely he recalls “one drop rule.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- –WOW&1/2!!- – – –STRONG- – -GENE POOL [Looks and GAME]- –

    – — –Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne shoots 75 in US Women’s Open – –

    – — Given the chance to show that she had the game to match her famous family name, Cheyenne Woods did just fine.

    Woods shot a 3-over 75 in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday — a round that wouldn’t quite measure up to the best days of her uncle, Tiger Woods. But it wasn’t bad for a 21-year-old recent university graduate who just turned professional and was playing in her first Open.

    “I feel pretty good about my round overall,” Woods said. “It’s a tough course, and I’m just happy to have survived.”

    The crowd at Blackwolf Run certainly knew about Woods’ famous family ties. Woods said she heard occasional whispers coming from the crowd and had her share of fan support.

    “Everyone out here has been really, really supportive, cheering us on,” Woods said. “I’ll give them props for coming out today, because it’s definitely hot out there.”

    Sooo- — BEST WISHES- -Ms. CHEYENNE.- – -:>)- – –FORE!!! :>)

  • Aquagranny911
    • Miranda

      They couldn’t let a 96 yr old man sit in the car? Its a damn 100 degrees. Common sense couldn’t kick in?

      • isonprize

        Hadta check them papers…

    • Worldwatcher7

      That is truly sickening. I pray daily not to slide into hatred of these people.

      • Aquagranny911

        Me too. My family has been friends with Raul & his family for years. I really wish he would have gotten angry but that was never his way & his health is fragile.

  • Elie

    Has Fox news’ Greta Van Susteren responded to her boss Rupert Murdoch’s slam on her “evil” Scientology religion??

    It’s all crickets from Greta and her husband John P. Coale (Clinton supporter turned Sarah Palin groupie).

    These two high profile scientologists better speak up against Rupert Murdoch, and quick.

    • Worldwatcher7

      I mean no respect to anyone’s religion, but I’ve often wondered what was up with Greta and her husband, and Scientology may explain it. During interviews, Greta looks at Sarah Palin like she is in love. It occurred to me that Greta and her husband might be each other’s beards. This kind of rumor is floating around about some other prominent Scientologist celebrities (e.g., John Travolta, Tom Cruise.)

    • rikyrah

      she won’t say shyt

      Rupert pays the bills, and whatever tithes she’s giving to Scientology.

  • GreenLadyHere

    SAAAAAAAAAAAA-LAP!!!~- – –WHA’!!????– — –

    – – –Zimmerman Attorney Seeks Donations From People Who Also Would Have Shot Trayvon Martin– –

    – —I CAIN’T!!!- — -I JUS’- – –CAIN’T!!!- – – – –

    THOSE- –RACISTS- – -B**TURDS!!- – -THEY WILL- – – -ROT in HAIL!!- – – —

    • Aquagranny911

      I am so with you & I can’t either…….

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny911- — – ***fist bump*** :>)

      • Miranda

        Its completely disgusting.

  • GreenLadyHere


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – -UH! OH!- — – The HOUSE got a- — HOLY BEAT DOWN!!- —

    – — AME church rips vote on Eric Holder– —

    – – –The African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the most prominent black denominations in the country, is blasting the House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress last week, comparing the move to the “evil strategies employed following the Reconstruction era.”

    The House voted 255-67 in finding Holder in contempt of Congress last week for his failure to hand over some documents in the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking investigation. While the vote was led by Republican lawmakers, 17 Democrats crossed the political aisle to hold Holder in contempt.

    In a resolution adopted last week and posted on AME’s website on Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal, the AME expressed its “profound disagreement” with the contempt vote and also suggested that Holder had been unfairly targeted for his effort to curtail voter suppression laws. (Politico)

    Click here for more…
    THERE IS MORE!!- – — HAH!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda- –I’ve been WATCHIN’ her- — -DRILL IN on THIS TOPIC!!- – -NOW SHE – – -NAILED IT!!- – — — HAH!!- – –

    – – – – –TuhWEET! Karen Finney nails the GOP on their mandate/tax code hypocrisy– – –

    – – – – -THANK U!!- — — NOW- – —DEAL WIDAT!! –HAH!

  • Miranda

    Mitt’s campaign tried to leak they raised $110 million in June. Politico claimed the scoop on twitter. Releasing it in the hopes of throwing the press on that and off the Romney’s campaign horrible standing at the moment on ANY subject. Yelling FIRE FIRE! LOL….PUH-LEEZE!

    Who are they fooling? Releasing such jaw dropping numbers on the day after the 4th on a Thursday? Half the press on vacation! They lying their asses off! In 2 weeks, a small blurb on politico’s site way DEEP on the site where you won’t see it, will be a small retraction that the number is really $30 million.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda- – — -HE will JUS’ B a RICH – – — -LOSER!!- – -HAH!- –

      THAT! – -IS! – – ALL!- – -***shrug*** LOL.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – — ***shakin’ my head- — -HE IS- – -BEYOND DUMB!!- – -BEYOND!!- – —

    – – -THIS is another – – -CONTRAST: – LOL- –

    – – – –Romney marks Venezuela National Day by calling out Chavez– —

    – — –Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stepped back into the foreign-policy arena Thursday with a broadside against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

    In marking Venezuela National Day, Romney opted to call out the country’s leftist strongman by name. The move comes after the presumptive GOP nominee had been largely silent on foreign policy issues for several months, preferring to focus almost solely on President Obama’s economic record.

    After expressing his “best wishes” to the people of Venezuela on the 201st anniversary of their independence from Spain, Romney went on to say, “Venezuela’s current leader dishonors the ideals of liberty upon which Venezuela was founded.

    – –“Hugo Chavez is leading a movement in Venezuela and throughout Latin America that seeks to undermine freedom, diminish prosperity and expand tyranny,” Romney said in a statement.– – –

    – – – – – – –V- – –

    – — “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement, “I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Venezuela as you celebrate 201 years of independence this July 5.

    – – – –WE MUST- DESTROY HIM- – – -B4 he BECOMES the NOMINEE!– –

  • lamh35

    Seriously guys, what the heck is going on with JJJr? What’s with the mysteroius “serious” illness?

    • isonprize

      Good question. Anybody in Chicago got some hot tea?

    • Bri

      One local news channel reported when his leave was first announced that the cause of it was due to issues between him and Sandi. However, it appears like he is really going through some serious stuff.

      • lamh35

        So it’s mental issues? Well why not just come out and say that then? This mystery illness business just makes people wanna pry more. It does nothing to alleviate the situation

        • isonprize

          lamh35, I don’t know. I’m just saying what that phrase “in-patient treament” means in my experience.

          At some point, they have to say something “real” He can’t just abandon his duties for no reason and not tell his constituency where he is.

          • gc

            “In-patient treatment” refers to drug, alcohol or psychiatric treatment that requires more than AA groups, psychiatrists whatever. Don’t ask me how I know…
            I could be wrong, I wish him well, whatever is going on.
            Nobody in the public eye wants to come clean about that. His enemies won’t be kind.

      • isonprize

        Let me start with that fact that I don’t have any “inside” information. I hope that he has a positive prognosis. There are just my thoughts…

        The phrase “checked himself into an in-patient treatment facility” is much different than if they had said he checked himself into a hospital. “In-patient treatment” implies mental health or substance abuse concerns.

        He did have that gastric by-pass a few years ago, right? So, there is also the possibility of complications from that surgery that may require ongoing follow-up.

        The cynic in me kicks in with the fact that politicians who have been accused of being connected to shady dealings have used sickness as a way to prevent or lessen any possibility of other issues being prominent in the news. I know he wasn’t charged with anything related to Blogo.

        And since politicians are public figures it’s tough to keep private matters private. After awhile though, since his seclusion has affected his ability to perform his public duties, somebody has got to say something, if only to talk about how his job as US Rep. will be performed.

        Again, I sincerely hope that he has a positive prognosis, whatever the situation is.

        • Bri

          I think he could be seeking treatment for depression. At first I thought he was getting his “story” together due to one of his associates being arrested a few weeks ago in connection to the Senate seat selling situation.

  • Miranda

    Romney to bolster communications team amid conservative tempest

    WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Mitt Romney is planning to fortify his communications and messaging team by adding seasoned operatives, advisers close to the campaign said Thursday, after withering criticism from prominent conservative voices that his insular team has fumbled recent opportunities.

    Romney’s advisers insisted that he would keep his inner circle intact amid growing concerns about the Republican presidential candidate and his campaign. The tempest began with a weekend tweet from media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and burst Thursday onto the pages of his newspaper the Wall Street Journal, as its conservative editorial board opined that Romney’s advisers were “slowly squandering an historic opportunity” to beat President Obama.

    more here

    • nellcote

      Rupert said jump, Rmoney asked how high.

    • Camille

      Looks like Roger Ailes and his corporate friends are no longer content with dictating and controlling the where’s and what’s from the sidelines;

      They want to completely hijack and take over the entire fake Romney campaign. They are not even joking.

      It seems Romney resisted and they have gone full blast on his with their Heavy media machinery. First Murdoch and then the WSJ.

      A gentle warning to Romney from them via their tweets and editorials these past few days:

      Sucker, if you don’t completely hand over the reins of your campaign to us, we will completely destroy your sorry arse even before you have the chance to be named officially at the GOP convention.

      And Romney folded immediately.

      The fool actually thinks he is in control. LOL.

      The joke is on Romney and his naive team of Andrea Saul and Eric Fehnstrom.

      These people aren’t giving you the big bucks because they like you and your message.

      They see Mitt Romney’s sorry, craven, hollow arse as easily bought and controlled and they are not even waiting to take over. They are taking over NOW!

      • rikyrah

        Brilliant comment, Camille.

        Grover already told you that they don’t actually need someone who cares about being President. They just need a signature. Willard doesn’t want to DO anything…he’ll do as he is told.

        • BoomerGal

          Ya got that right! The rich folks will be runnin the country.

  • Miranda

    Supreme Court Reinstates Block On Arizona Law Requiring Proof Of Citizenship During Voter Registration |

    Lost in the excitement surrounding the healthcare ruling last week, the Supreme Court made another important decision: by lifting a stay, it allowed a 9th Circuit ruling blocking enforcement of an Arizona law that required proof of citizenship in order to register to vote to take effect. The state of Arizona can still appeal the lower court’s decision, but, for now at least, election officials cannot reject voter registraion forms that do not include proof of citizenship. In April, the 9th Circuit ruled that proof of citizenship requirement, in place since 2005, violates federal law. Opponents of the law believe the Supreme Court decision is good news: “The 9th Circuit and now the Supreme Court has basically told them (state officials) you lose on this issue.”


    • Aquagranny911

      Told ya so, Told ya so!!!

      I knew all this after the SCOTUS decision on SB1070. They did effectively pull the black & ugly teeth on this bitch! (Sorry, will go to naughty lounge now for…whatever….)

      • isonprize

        AG, you get to celebrate! We gotta work on Pennsylvania now. These bastards have put a hurtin’ on Philadelphia with their new, restrictive “gotta show a DMV issued ID or passport” to vote laws.

        Dude stated “That’s how Romney will win PA” UGGGGH.

        • Aquagranny911

          Dang! Are you fighting this? I read that people need birth certificates to get ID but they have to have photo ID to get the birth certificate. Can this be true? Sorry, dumb question. Fight it!!!

          This is so wrong! It’s also wrong to charge people fees for documents when they can’t afford it. Even if the ID is free, they may have to pay at least $15. to get a certified copy of their birth certificate. Women who have had name changes due to marriage or divorce may have to pay out for even more papers. This is just so evil & wrong.

          Hang on, stay strong & keep fighting!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – — JUST HADTA POST THIS. :>) – – – -That OVERHEAD SMASH!!- – – –BAM!!– – –

    – – – – –Venus and Serena Williams Wimbledon 2012 Doubles Match – —

    – — –SLAMS BALL – – -IN DA- – -FORE COURT!!- – –GAME OVA!!– –

    THEY R sooo EXCITING 2 WATCH!! :>)- – – – -PROUD of U- – –

    – – – –SISTAS- WILLIAMS♥- – -BEST WISHES- – – –

    • Bri

      I am so happy for Venus and Serena.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Bri- – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — **fist bump***- – -It’s soooo GR8 2 C – –THAT “MELANIN”- –on the – — -WINNIN’ SIDE!! :>)[RESPECTFULLY] :>)

        Good 2 C U. Bri. :>)

  • rikyrah

    6:02 PM EDT, Thursday July 5, 2012
    Ex-Dem Artur Davis Headlines Small Romney Event In Virginia

    Former Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), who left the Democratic Party and has become active in Virginia Republican circles, headlined a small Romney campaign event on Thursday. Davis, a former member of the Congressional Black Caucus, lost the Democratic primary for governor of Alabama in 2010, after he voted against President Obama’s signature health care reform.

    The Washington Examiner reports:

    It was a rather modest affair. Davis appeared at the home of Romney supporters Michael and Megan Daubert to talk about the federal deficit and slam the Obama administration for not doing more to work with Republicans on it. The event was organized in part by the Romney campaign, which also filmed it.

    Asked if he was now a Romney surrogate, Davis replied: “I don’t think there is a place where you get an official surrogate card. If there is, they haven’t told me about it. I don’t think there is a box that you check to be an official surrogate.”


    • GOVCHRIS1988

      This nigger is a sellout. Period.

      • Sorellaj

        Probably still mad he did not get a position in the President’s admin…he was often mentioned as a possible choice for AG.

        • isonprize

          eeeewwwwwww. NOT!

        • rikyrah

          POTUS knew the lack of the content of his character

    • isonprize

      I wonder how much he is worth? How much did your soul cost, Artur?

      • conlakappa

        Probably sold himself short: he and convenient-wife have bills to pay, yo. I think he’s deluding himself into thinking that they’ll hand over a Virginia district for him to run as an R. Too much baggage of formerly bragging about being law school road dogs with the President. Hard to un-say that. I think I told you all before that he and Weird Harold were thick back in the day. Or he trusted Harold enough to hire his former staff.

    • goldenstar

      “I don’t think that there is a box that you check to be an official surrogate.”

      That would be the box with the question: do you believe in a government of the people, by the people for the people?

      What an excuse for a human being…

    • Aquagranny911

      “a modest affair?”…..what….two or three people?

    • AxelFoley

      Scumbag mofo. This coon has steadily made his way to my top 5 most hated politicians with Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Steve King and Darrell Issa. Congrats, ArTUR (nigga, you know your name is Arthur) on the company you keep.

  • Aquagranny911

    I have met the top of my ‘cranky meter’ today. I am so sick of crap you can’t open or unwrap without two Black Hawks armed with nuclear weapons!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —****SIGH***- —the RIGHT-LEANING MEDIA— –Jus’ cain’t seem 2 FIND the MELANIN — on the FLOOR- — BALANCE BEAM- – -PARALLEL BARS- – -etc. – –

    – — –Here We Go Again: As NBC Focuses on Others Gabrielle Douglas Shines– —

    — –Well it seems like NBC news is at it again. The television network is up to its usual tricks: selecting which athlete on the U.S. Olympic Team we should root for.

    Every four years, as part of its coverage tradition, the network pulls together heartwarming human interest stories highlighting the road to the Olympics for various athletes. And for some sports, they select (for viewers apparently) who should be the little darling we should keep our eyes on. And many times they are wrong.

    Earlier this week, Gabrielle Douglas beat her training mate, and probable rival, to win the top spot. But, after Douglas secured the win, the only guaranteed spot on the team during the Olympic trials final, a substantial amount of the interviews, coverage and discussion was on Number 2: Jordyn Wieber.

    . SNIP–. . . . .. . ., Douglas needed a score of 15.25 or better to pass Wieber.

    Her stadium-rocking floor exercise cinched the guaranteed entry with a score of 15.30.– – –

    — -Woo! Hoo!- – -Ms. GABBY!♥ :>) WE R PROUD of U!!- – -BEST WISHES. . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — –ANOTHER CONTRAST:- —-LOL- —

    – — –THIS. :>)– –

    – – —– – -V- – – –

    THIS. – –

    – — – – –WE MUST DESTROY HIM– – -B4 HIS NOMINATION!!!– –

    BTW- — -There was NO PIC of him- ——-GIVIN’ a HIGH 5. NONE! LOL.–

    – – ——–‘CAUSE—-He’s- – -OUT-OF-TOUCH!!- -With “regular people”!! — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – -MR. PRESIDENT WILL B IN PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA — -CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY[my alma mater]]- – -FRIDAY- — July 6, 2012.- [-I’ll C iff I can get there.]– – — –

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – – – – —-UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT♥ :>)- —- – –

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