November 23, 2014

Thursday Afternoon Thread: Thursday Throwbacks

Its almost over y’all! One more day and then its the weekend! Hang in there!

Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle

Wham! – Everything She Wants

Jane Child – Don’t Wanna Fall In Love

Whodini – Five Minutes of Funk

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  • Alma98

    OMG! I wonder what happened to Jane Child.

    • Miranda

      That song still da jam!

      • AxelFoley

        Got it on my iTunes. Heard it on satellite radio not too long ago and I was like “Oh snap! I ain’t heard that joint in a minute!”

        LOL

    • TyrenM

      She messed around and fell in love.

      • Alma98

        LOL!

    • isonprize

      Never saw this video and I had no idea who the artist was, but I have jammed off this tune. So, let’s just say I was a bit surprised… LOLOL

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

    Jane Child???? No you didn’t Miranda! Talk about a blast from the past! I loved that song!

    Every time “Pleasure Principle” video came on, I did the routine right along with Janet. Except for the flip part. Moms wasn’t having that.

    • Miranda

      Jane Child, Taylor Dayne and Lisa Stansfield were my blue eyed sistahs! Teena Marie was our play Mama.

      • AxelFoley

        Who you tellin’? Loved me some Taylor Dayne and Lisa Stansfield back in the day. They was up there with Janet, Pebbles, Karyn, Whitney, Sheila E and Lisa Lisa for me.

        • TyrenM

          Female soundtrack to my high school years!

          • AxelFoley

            Yup. And they can all get it. ;)

          • creolechild

            Feeling nostalgic for the Bad Lounge, are you? (:

          • GreenLadyHere

            AxelFoley — – ————— — — -> :>) – –

            CALL – – ifff U need anything. LOL – – -

      • TyrenM

        Taylor. Those lips. Before I heard of Botox or Angelina…there was Taylor tellin it to my heart lol.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Jane Child???? No you didn’t Miranda! Talk about a blast from the past! I loved that song!

    Every time “Pleasure Principle” video came on, I did the routine right along with Janet. Except for the flip part. Moms wasn’t having that.

  • TyrenM

    I can’t wait to get home so I can bang these videos LOUD!

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

    Harry Reid: “I’m not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold”
    Posted by Ezra Klein on January 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    …What will be reformed is how the Senate moves to consider new legislation, the process by which all nominees — except Cabinet-level appointments and Supreme Court nominations — are considered, and the number of times the filibuster can be used against a conference report. You can read the full text of the compromise, which was sent out to Senate offices this morning, here (pdf).

    …But the deal Reid struck with McConnell doesn’t end the filibuster against the motion to proceed. Rather, it creates two new pathways for moving to a new bill. In one, the majority leader can, with the agreement of the minority leader and seven senators from each party, sidestep the filibuster when moving to a new bill. In the other, the majority leader can short-circuit the filibuster against moving to a new bill so long as he allows the minority party to offer two germane amendment that also can’t be filibustered. Note that in all cases, the minority can still filibuster the bill itself.

    …The agreement also limits the number of times you can filibuster a bill after both the House and the Senate have agreed to it, and it limits the post-filibuster period on most nominations from 30 hours to two hours. Both reforms will speed the pace of the Senate a bit — the limit on post-cloture debate for nominations is particularly welcome among reformers — but neither is anything close to a game-changer. The question among some reformers, then, is what happened?

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/24/harry-reid-explains-why-he-killed-filibuster-reform/

    • Miranda

      So basically, the filibuster is still going to be abused by the Rethugs, is that it?

      • AxelFoley

        Harry betta come correct.

      • creolechild

        See, this is what I was talking about the other day. But I’m not going to say another word. Nope. My lips are sealed…

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He might be gambling that Mitch is ready to be more productive this time around. The difference being that PBO flat out broke McConnell on election night and he’s been retreating ever since. He can be an ideologue but Mitch knows how to count and 2014 is coming real soon.

      Reid may have some kind of gentleman’s agreement from McConnell that Republicans won’t do in this session what they did in the last. We will see.

  • Aquagranny911

    I laughed when I saw the title of this thread until I listened to the music.

    From my childhood, when we visited family in Mexico, my Papi would take us fishing & “throwbacks” were those fish we caught that were too small to eat, lol.

    Forgive the moss growing on this old head!

  • MonieTalks

    Hacktivist anger over US government’s ‘ludicrous’ cyber crackdown

    Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer is a hacktivist from the same internet community that has lionised Aaron Swartz as a free information hero. They are polar opposites: Swartz, who became a martyr to the cause after his suicide on January 11, was a highly-regarded, Ivy League-educated liberal from Illinois. Auernheimer is a self-confessed internet troll and a “mean-mouthed southern libertarian” from a trailer park in Arkansas.

    …Auernheimer was convicted in November of conspiracy to access a protected computer without authorisation, as well as identity fraud. He faces 10 years in jail for collecting 114,000 email addresses of iPad users stored by AT&T, and passing some of this information to Gawker. The actual harvesting of the emails was carried out by a friend, Daniel Spitler.

    Auernheimer passed the information to Gawker to expose AT&T’s security flaws and embarrass them, he said.

    AND THIS IS A MEME I HAVE SEEN IN SUPPORT OF THESE STUNTS THAT REALLY PISSES ME OFF:

    Liederman has represented Commander X, a hacker who is on the run from the FBI for an attack on a website in Santa Cruz, California, and Raynaldo Rivera, a suspected hacker from LulzSec, accused of stealing information from Sony last year. He has described illegal hacker activities such as Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) as “digital sit-ins” or ” the equivalent of occupying the Woolworth’s lunch counter during the civil rights movement” and has called for the law to be changed.

    read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jan/24/hacking-us-government-cyber-crackdown

    • Miranda

      Put their asses in general population PRISON where they belong.

    • GN

      ” the equivalent of occupying the Woolworth’s lunch counter during the civil rights movement”

      ::blank stare::

      • creolechild

        Ummmm…right…because everyone knows that stealing someone’s personal information, selling it to third parties, and creating major headaches which include finding the time to file police reports, challenging unauthorized charges, and dealing with credit bureaus to straighten out the mess caused by identity theft is EXACTLY the same as being beaten by police, having water hoses used on you, being thrown in jail, or having dogs sicced on you…

        GTFOBS!

        • GN

          Okay? It’s absolutely ridiculous.

    • rikyrah

      go your ass to jail

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

      Tha hail??

      Mofos stay trying to co-opt our history.

      • AxelFoley

        Always the same story.

        • conlakappa

          It was either that or trying to create their own stories.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Put this motherfucker in jail.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY MonieTalks ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – -NOT 2 WORRY! – – – -Jus’ RESERVED THIS PLACE 4 HIM! – –

      – —Good 2 C U MonieTalks. B BLESSED. U/FAM :>)

    • morphus

      Every scoundrel on the planet now embraces civil rights? Now that I’ve got that out of my system. Why the focus on small time so-called hacktivists lately? Carriers of all stripes openly boast of their “profits” selling their customer’s online info and browsing habits for premium dollars to highest bidder, its a very lucrative business. Same data, his activity on small scale is thief, the carrier’s on large scale is a business model.

      • GN

        Preach.

      • MonieTalks

        Great point! And I agree with you.

        Sadly, we as consumers give these carriers permission through lengthy user end agreements that we often do NOT read, that we must accept to even use their products. I am sure though that there is abuse of that data far beyond what we know and agree to.

        What bothers me though is the potential for the next hacktivist to strike a service or company that could be potentially damaging for so many others, even if it is done in good faith.

        Should someone be able to hack a healthcare orgs electronic health record (EHR) database, exposing people’s personal and legally protected health data because they want to prove a point that universal health should be available and shame that hospital into doing so? Will we agree when a hacker hits an energy company that people are depending on to deliver heat to their homes in the dead of winter when it is 19 degrees outside..

        Someone mentioned on another blog about the “Go Daddy” cyber-hack that affected may businesses (small and large) and created a loss of business….a large online business may recover from that more easily but what about a smaller business…one day of sales lost could be devastating. Go Daddy was targeted because they were in support of SOPA.

        What bothers me is that these hacktivists do this and expect no arrest from authorities, absolutely no repercussions for their crimes…even if done out of principalm it is still a crime. I understand civil obedience and it has played a central part in progress…but even civil disobedience has consequences…sometimes sadly even death.

        It can be a slippery slope….hacking is a far different frontier than a lot of our other movements for rights and eqaulity in history.

        • morphus

          Points are valid, however, alternatives are available for critical infrastructures. The availability of alternatives is good reason why a side eye should be given to the Pentagon and DHS “need” to stand up cyberforces. GoDadday’s outage initially reported as a DDOS turns out to be hardware failure. Contrary to claims, all hackers are not hacktivist or really hackers. Individuals boasting about their hacker conquests usually are what some call script kiddes. In hackerverse, there are whitehats and blackhats. lol. The proverbial battle of good and evil.

        • morphus

          Sorry for repost. For whatever reason reply didn’t attach. Reply:Points are valid, however, alternatives are available for critical infrastructures. The availability of alternatives is good reason why a side eye should be given to the Pentagon and DHS “need” to stand up cyberforces. GoDadday’s outage initially reported as a DDOS turns out to be hardware failure. Contrary to claims, all hackers are not hacktivist or really hackers. Individuals boasting about their hacker conquests usually are what some call script kiddes. In hackerverse, there are whitehats and blackhats. lol. The proverbial battle of good and evil.

  • AxelFoley

    YES–Pleasure Principle Janet is what Michelle’s new ‘do reminds me of.

    • lamh36

      I thought he same thing when I saw FLOTUS new ‘do straightened

  • Alma98

    This so heartless and cruel not to mention heart-breaking for her family.
    I don’t understand what kind of human being does this to another person, absolutely heart-breaking.
    http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/missing-transgender-rapper-is-apparent-victim-of-milwaukee-gang-homicide-fb8g8oo-188053671.html

    • Miranda

      Those aren’t human beings. Those are animals. Just sick animals.

      • Alma98

        This is so upsetting to me that I don’t have words, I really don’t.

    • rikyrah

      these are evil animals

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – Good Afternoon/Evening miranda/POU FAM♥- –***BIG HUG*** :>) IS THIS “THROWBACK” – -2 MUCH.? LOL- —

    HEADING: – – — THE MORE — -THE MERRIER: He is an EVIL/VILE — THUG!!- -IDIOT!! – – —

    – — –First Hillary Clinton, Now John Kerry Makes Sen. Ron Johnson Look Like an Idiot - — –

    – — -After being humiliated by Hillary Clinton yesterday, Sen. Ron Johnson was owned by John Kerry today for trying to push his Benghazi conspiracy.- –HAH!!

    Here is the video:

    Yesterday:- –When Johnson started on his conspiracy nonsense with Hillary Clinton, she ate him alive.- – -HAH!
    – – -VIDEO
    – – -SNIP- —

    – — -Johnson and the other tea partiers in Congress are obsessed with Benghazi because they are trying to create a political opportunity to exploit. For them, these hearings aren’t about finding out what really happened in order to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Sen. Johnson and others of his ilk are trying to use the murder of four Americans for political gain.

    Sen. Johnson is embarrassing himself and his state, and the only fact that has been uncovered by his line of questioning is that Ron Johnson doesn’t belong in the United States Senate.

    – – – -{Gotta “hit da road.”- – C U soon. ♥GLH}

  • PBomb

    Ok, this is just hilarious… I don’t know how true it is.
    _____________________________________________________________

    Prince Slams Madonna, Maroon 5

    He may be famously sparing in his words, but when Prince speaks, he speaks with a purpose. The singer revived some long-standing beef with Madonna in a recent interview with Billboard magazine nearly two years after the pair supposedly cooled off their fiery feud.

    The 54-year-old singer, who covers the latest issue, speaks a lot about music ownership in the new interview, and at one point even calls the Material Girl out by name when talk turns to his time with Warner Bros. Records.

    “It was always about Madonna,” he tells the magazine, explaining why his relationship with the record label went sour. “She was getting paid, but at the same time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights.”

    Prince and Madonna, also 54, famously tussled in the public eye after briefly dating in 1985 and collaborating on Madonna’s track “Love Song” from her 1988 album Like a Prayer.

    “[He] was a little troll,” she said during a 1994 interview, recalling one of their earlier dates. “He was just sipping tea, very daintily. I have this theory about people who don’t eat. They annoy me.”

    Read more here: http://omg.yahoo.com/news/prince-slams-madonna-maroon-5-213000071-us-weekly.html

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

      “[He] was a little troll,” she said during a 1994 interview, recalling one of their earlier dates. “He was just sipping tea, very daintily. I have this theory about people who don’t eat. They annoy me.”

      http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q615/sepiaobot/prince_howdare_zpsc654cf64.jpg

    • Joy

      I’ma have ta cut her.

      • isonprize

        Call me, I’ll roll out witchu… LOLOL

      • Alma98

        HA!

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

          *gone to purple glory*

      • Daltex82

        I’ll ride shotgun!

    • AxelFoley

      LOLOLOLOL

      Why am I just now hearing about Mr. Roger Nelson and Ms. Ciccone being in a relationship and then having beef?

      • Miranda

        Oh Madonna “dated” everybody in the 80s! Remember her date to the Grammy’s with Michael?

        • AxelFoley

          I remember that one. That Prince fling got past me, though.

          • TyrenM

            Think Eddie (Raw): Unlike the Grammy’s with Michael, Madonna…got fucked that night.

            To the Lounge I go. Have a good night all.

    • lamh36

      what’d he say about Maroon 5?

  • crazycanuck

    OT: I’m going to download a virus program. Anyone have any recommendations?

    • Alma98

      Windows security essentials is pretty good and so is avira.

      • crazycanuck

        Have you had any conflict with other programs when you installed?

        WSE, not getting very good reviews, I’ll check out Avira

        • Aquagranny911

          I have had no conflicts with programs & Titanium. I really do suggest you check it out.

          PS: I don’t work for Titanium, lol.

        • Alma98

          I had no problems installing essentials and I just changed my setting in avira to not do popups.

          • crazycanuck

            Were you able to install with other antivirus on your computer?

          • Alma98

            Yes, what’s the problem.

    • Aquagranny911

      I have Trend Micro Titanium, It cost some $$$ but I am so satisfied with it. Before I got it, my computer was totally eaten when I had MacAfee. I researched Titanium & it sounded mostly good so I went for it.

      Good luck on this because I think that so many times PC security is a real crap shoot.

      • crazycanuck

        It really is AG, I’m going to chk out Titanium. I’ve never heard of that one.

      • crazycanuck

        AG It’s getting excellent reviews. Only one or two bad reviews.What version are you using 2012 or13. It is expensive

        It’s coming down to Avira or Titanium

        • Aquagranny911

          2012.

    • sagittarius

      Hey cc!
      Hey, Fam!

      cc, do you mean a free download? I don’t know anything about free downloads. I do use Comodo – I think it costs $49.99 USD and it is good.

      • crazycanuck

        No, I’m willing to pay for something good

        • Alma98

          You can get a free comodo on cnet cc.

      • Admiral_Komack

        For what it’s worth, Bitdefender is good.
        I’m not crazy about Norton ’cause I feel it is a system hog, IMO.

        • crazycanuck

          Hi AK, been looking at bitdefender on cnet, but not liking the reviews, althought pcworld gave it a good review.

    • creolechild

      I switched from AVG to Avast. It shuts down your if it detects a threat, preventing viruses from infecting your computer. It also has a a deep boot scan that’s capable of detecting hidden viruses. Free download but you can also opt for a paid subscription.

      • qosine

        I switched from AVG to Avast, too.
        Ditto what creolechild says.

        • JojoRaze

          Co sign on Avast. I also recommend you DL ‘Spybot Search and Destroy.’ My sister had DL this game on my laptop which contained a virus and Spybot Search and Destroy was the only thing that removed it. It’s also free.

  • GN

    Oh lawd, here we go:

    GOP report on minority outreach due in March

    Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – A task force charged with identifying winning political strategies and broadening the GOP’s appeal with minority voters will deliver its recommendations in March to the Republican National Committee on what steps the party needs to take going forward.

    “We have real challenges and we did get whipped,” in the 2012 election, Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour said at the RNC’s Winter Meeting in Charlotte. “That is not something we take lightly.”

    Barbour is one of five Republicans heading up the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” a panel created last month by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus following a presidential election in which Democrats held onto the White House, added to their majority in the Senate and gained ground in the House. The GOP’s performance with minorities was particularly disturbing to party leaders, especially Asian and Hispanic voters.

    [snip]

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/24/gop-report-on-minority-outreach-due-in-march/

    I truly don’t see how they can reach out to people of color while holding onto their current base, which is in a lather because of a current President who is both superlative and black. I think that the GOP base is going to show their ass again during the midterm primaries; I can’t see this outreach working.

    • Alma98

      This isn’t about getting black votes it’s about getting the Latino vote.

      • GN

        Yup, and Asian voters as well. But IMO they’re in the same conundrum as they’ve been since President Obama was elected: the GOP’s base is too angry and hateful to allow any sort of real outreach to voters of color.

        • conlakappa

          Dunno. The last time they had a planned outreach to traditional D voters, it was to Jewish voters.

          • GN

            Well that worked out so well, I mean, President Obama only got 70% of the Jewish vote after these tremendously successful Republican outreach efforts…

      • rikyrah

        Tell me something I don’t already know

      • Aquagranny911

        Buena Suerte to getting the Latino vote! GOP is so estupido & thinks we are to.

      • morphus

        Part of the GOP’s base is black prisoners from census prison-based gerrymandering.

        • TyrenM

          3/5 all over again. Count u for money but u can’t vote.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      “Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour said at the RNC’s Winter Meeting in Charlotte.”

      Anybody else see something wrong from the start?

    • Miranda

      I can’t wait to see their outreach project which will undoubtedly consist of bringing Menudo back.

      • GN

        __________________________WHY

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

        Welp! *FTFO*

        • Miranda

          I can’t wait to see what these idiots do for Cinco De Mayo.

          • Aquagranny911

            What’s that music they play for Twilight Zone? Probably the goatfiggers will mistake this feast for Dia de Los Muertos & will serve the sugar skulls.

      • Aquagranny911

        Barf!!! I hate that nasty stuff & I don’t care if it’s traditional for Ano Nuevo, I would rather have a hang over, lol!!!

        • conlakappa

          I think the reference was to the changing group.

    • TyrenM

      Step 1 steal their votes. Step 2 deny any minority appointments. Step 3 pretend its the Democrats doing it. Lather rinse repeat.

    • PBomb

      Does their idea of diversity mean, that they are going to use different color rope to lynch people with? Or different types of trees?

      • isonprize

        DAMN.

  • GN

    @davidaxelrod
    POTUS pick of tough ex-prosecutor Mary Jo White to head SEC is strong signal to those on Wall St. who would game system. Tough cop on beat!

    • crazycanuck

      She looks likes a woman who means business

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

      But I’m sure the usual suspects will find fault with her.

      • creolechild

        The “binder full of women” in the GOP has already registered their petty complaints about PBO’s choice…

  • GN

    Rush Limbaugh Reprises Sexist Role To Attack Sec. Clinton

    Rush Limbaugh returned to making sexist and degrading comments about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying that she sounded like an angry “third or fourth wife” and claiming that the Democrats treat her “like an abused wife.” Limbaugh has repeatedly attacked Clinton by stereotyping her as an angry wife or a victim of abuse.

    While discussing Clinton’s congressional testimony about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and her impassioned response to Sen. Ron Johnson’s questioning, Limbaugh stated on his Thursday show: “She was mad when she said it. That was third or fourth wife mad when she said it.”

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/01/24/rush-limbaugh-reprises-sexist-role-to-attack-se/192384

    Is he trying to tell us something about his current (fourth) marriage?

    • Miranda

      I’m pretty sure the contractual obligations of his current wife are probably about fulfilled so that she can get her hefty payday and he can continue the charade of being interested in grown women.

      • GN

        /please line my coffin with red brocade…

        • Miranda

          He married this last one June 5, 2010…..yep….look for a separation on June 6th. She will have served her 3 years and will get a nice 8 figures.

          • conlakappa

            True. His words seem as much a signal to her as they are snippy about HRC.

      • PBomb

        Bad Lounge, please—>

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -Ooooo-kaaay — – –I promise that I won’t WASTE 2 much of our PRECIOUS TIME on THIS. LOL – – –

    – – – -Katie Couric Grills Manti Te’o On Whether He’s Gay And Why He Lied About Ever Meeting Lennay Kekua – —

    – – – -During her exclusive hour-long interview with Manti Te’o, Katie Couric pointedly asked the Notre Dame football star whether he was really a part of the hoax as a cover-up for alleged homosexuality; and grilled him on why he lied to his friends and family about having ever met the non-existent Lennay Kekua.

    Couric confronted Te’o about his claims that he and Kekua tried to communicate through web-chatting programs, yet every time all he saw was a blank box. “Didn’t you think that was a little weird?” Couric asked.

    —- -SHE – –Ax’D – — –
    – – – -HE: — SAID

    THERE IS MORE – — -***shrug***- – –

    – – -COMMENT: – – - TateAshton
    This is NOT news. It is not entertainment. It’s a young kid who got caught up in a stupid prank. No one was hurt. No crime was committed.Let it go.
    – – – :>)

    P.S. – —I! O! U! – – -3 -4 minutes. :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      Dude might as well fess up; he looks like a fool.
      If he’s not careful, his picture will be next to “dumb jock” in the dictionary.

      • Miranda

        This lie makes absolutely no sense to me…but I know its a darn lie he telling.

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

    Speaking of computer viruses….

    Computer virus turns laptops into spy cams: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/50580620/?ocid=twitter#50580620

    • crazycanuck

      This world is getting creepier and creepier

    • AxelFoley

      Diabolical.

  • crazycanuck

    OT: Alma, I have other anitvirus on my comp. I know sometimes installing a new one creates problems.

    • Alma98

      You have to uninstall your old virus scanner then install the new one.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -MISSED THIS: – –:>) – – —

    —–Watch: “Fireside Hangout” with Vice President Biden on Reducing Gun Violence – –

    —–This afternoon, Vice President Biden sat down with Americans from around the country to talk about proposals to reduce gun violence in a live Google+ Hangout. During the virtual roundtable, participants from all different backgrounds asked the Vice President about topics ranging from an assault weapons ban to the Second Amendment and from mental health checks to making our schools safer. In case you missed the event live, check out the full video below, and learn more about the plan.

    This “Fireside Hangout” was hosted by Google and moderated by Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour with guests including: Guy Kawasaki, an author and technology expert; Phil DeFranco, a media entrepreneur and host of the Phil Defranco show on YouTube; Theresa Ttillett, a mother and grandmother living in Hartford, CT; and Kimberley Blaine, a blogger and therapist who leads several parenting communities on Google+. This was the Vice President’s first hangout, and the first White House hangout of the second term. – –
    THERE IS MORE – – – – –SHOWIN’ – -GR8 LEADERSHIP!! – –

    — – -WAYTA GO – – -VP JOE!! :>) – –PROUD of U♥ – -

  • GN

    Along with yesterday’s report that weekly jobless claims came in at a 5-year low, now the GOP’s obsession with government spending is shown as based on a very flimsy and faulty premise.

    Government Spending is Down in the Obama Era

    The chart below has been making the rounds today, so I thought I’d colorize it and annotate it to drive home its point a little more clearly. Republicans like to say we have a spending problem, not a taxing problem, but the evidence doesn’t back that up. Total government spending didn’t go up much during the Clinton era, and it’s actually declined during the Obama era. In the last two decades, it’s only gone up significantly during the Bush era, the same era in which taxes were cut dramatically.

    What we have isn’t a spending problem. That’s under control. What we have is a problem with Republicans not wanting to pay the bills they themselves were largely responsible for running up.

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/01/government-spending-down-obama-era

    Very interesting chart at the link.

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA –ALERT: – – – -Ann Curry’s full report airs Thursday at 10pm/9CDT on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams. [Quvenzhané Wallis, the young star of the Academy Award-nominated film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, ; – – Dwight Henry, the baker turned actor who plays Wallis’ father in the film. – – —

    — — – –Quvenzhané Wallis, youngest Oscar nominee, is a ‘triple threat’ – —

    – – –Soooo PROUD of BOTH of THEM. :>) B BLESSED. :>) – – –

  • GN

    Mark Sawyer (UCLA political science professor) has a very interesting set of tweets about the concept of “stereotype threat.” Curious as to what people here think of this:

    @mqsawyer
    *Stereotype threat refers to underperformance of a group who is routinely stereotyped

    *Even when preparation skills & abilities are equal. Discovered phenomena of AA students underperforming their SAT score

    *Same pattern carried for women in advanced mathematics

    *Anytime you are doing something & there is a neg stereotype about your identity the stereotype becomes a neg distraction

    *@BarackObama is an important counter cue to stereotype threat

    Basically this seems to be saying that people live down and live up to stereotypes, necessitating differing perspectives (the example he cites here is PBO who is generally known as superlative and serves as a “counter cue” to the notion of black underperformace). It’s interesting how powerful stereotypes and role models are in terms of not only self-perception, but according to this, performance.

    • Miranda

      So basically, if you believe you aren’t supposed to do well, then you won’t even if you prepare yourself to do well. But if you never ever hear what you “aren’t supposed to be capable of”, then you’re just as capable as anyone else. It makes perfect sense to me. Reminds me of how 2 cousins and I discovered after we went to college that we were advanced pianists. Our only point of reference for playing was our piano teacher and so I didn’t know I shouldn’t be playing Moonlight Sonata when I was 12. And we didn’t know that lil black girls from rural Alabama weren’t supposed to be classical pianists either – as long as we didn’t know, we were good, but if we had been told that we couldn’t or wouldn’t be any good, we probably would have internalized that and never been able to get scholarship money and win some contests based on our playing.

      • GN

        Exactly! (and congrats to you and your fam for the artistic accomplishments)

    • PBomb

      Completely makes sense.

  • GN

    Here we go with the habitual line-steppers…

    @adept2u
    Damn Ed Schultz just agreed that Harry Reid is paid off by the Koch Brothers talk about friends you wouldn’t turn your back on

    Ed, agree or disagree with Reid, but take it down a notch or hundred. Ed’s always doing too much.

  • lamh36

    Watching There’s Something About Mary! I’m laughing at the “frank & beans” scene!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    alright fellas & ladies with fellas, if you’ve seen the movie, has that actually happened to you or anyone you know?

    • rikyrah

      lamh,

      how’s it back in Louisiana?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -THINK I’m THA-ROUGH – -UNLESS – -THERE WAS A POSITIVE PLAN! – – –

    – -Liberals irate as Senate passes watered-down filibuster reform – —

    – — –The Senate enacted modest reforms to its filibuster rules with votes that kept bipartisan relations intact but left disappointed liberal groups fuming.

    The reforms are the biggest changes to the Senate’s filibuster rules in decades but fell well short of drastic reforms demanded by labor unions and liberal-leaning advocacy groups.

    –The deal negotiated between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) provoked an outcry from liberal groups.

    Passage of the deal sets to rest Reid’s threat, which he had wielded for months, to use the so-called “nuclear option” to change the Senate’s filibuster rules through a simple majority vote.

    The enacted reforms do not include the implementation of the talking filibuster, which would require senators seeking to block legislation to actively hold the floor and debate. If debate stops, the pending matter moves to a simple majority vote, under this proposal.
    THERE iS MORE – – –

    – -POU FAM♥ – – –Please HELP. – – -Am I missin’ somethin’?? —RE HARRY???- —

  • GN

    What the?????????

    @ClaraJeffery
    Again, @BobbyJindal once performed an exorcism on college girlfriend. http://bit.ly/L2VFlm Because, who hasn’t.

    • rikyrah

      absolutely true story

    • Aquagranny911

      …”who hasn’t?” Not me! But there are a few people running around that I would like to do an exorcism on.

      I wonder if it works? Inquiring minds sure would like to know…..

      • GN

        there are a few people running around that I would like to do an exorcism on

        lol, seriously a couple of these politicians have the devil in em.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – -Gotta “bounce” 2 a brief bizness meeting. :>) Back as soon as. :>) -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – –YA KNOW – –some people coulda SAVED soma those questions – – UNTIL We – – GET 2 HEAVEN! – – -***tsk** ***eye roll*** :>) – –

    – – –Any-hoo – – –I press on! LOL – —

    Seems as iff —2016 – – -may NOT B a 2-person foot-race :>) – – –

    —-Hillary Clinton for president? Eight Democrats who might run next time. – — – –{Former article; scuse da source. :>)]

    – — – —-In the world of presidential politics, 2016 actually isn’t that far away, especially given how much time and effort it takes to mount a serious campaign. Months before the 2012 votes were counted, speculation had started over who might run in four years – fueled by no less a figure than former President Bill Clinton. He has suggested many times that his wife, soon-to-be-ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, might change her mind about not running once she’s had a break. Here are some of the other possible contenders. — –

    WATCHIN’. . . . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – –Anybody – —watchin’ THIS SERIES? – – – -:>) – –

    — -‘Dear Mandela’ and More Must-See AfroPoP Docs – – – –
    The Root Recommends: The African Diaspora film series’ fifth season, hosted by Gabourey Sidibe.

    – – - For those in need of a documentary fix, new programming is well under way courtesy of Black Public Media. The same people who brought you Ask a Muslim, the docuseries answering frequently answered questions about the misunderstood religion, are presenting AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. The collection of independent films highlights “contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African Diaspora.”

    The series, now in its fifth season, is hosted by actress Gabourey Sidibe, best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in the film Precious, a gripping film based on Sapphire’s novel Push. She also appeared in Yelling to the Sky opposite Zoë Kravitz.

    – – – -SNIP —

    Next up in the series is Dear Mandela, a documentary about three activists’ fight against the South African government’s efforts to forcefully evict residents from local townships, which premieres on Jan 29
    THERE IS MORE. :>) – — – —-SOUNDS GOOD! :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – – -HOW PRECIOUS is SHE? – — -***BIG HUG*** :>) – – –

    – – — — – -A BLACK HISTORY-MAKIN’ MOMENT – – –

    — – -For This 91-Year-Old, Obama’s Inauguration Marked as Historic Life Journey – –

    — – – -It’s been a long journey for Mary Young.
    She’s been on this earth for 91 years. She was born in the 1920s, during the time when racism and jealously drove white mobs to destroy a black business district in Tulsa, Okla., that was known as the Black Wall Street.

    She was born during a time when it was almost as common to see black men hanging from trees as it was to see them harvesting fruit from them.
    She lived through a time when, if black people traveled by train, their traveling companion was Jim Crow.

    “We were the last ones to get on,” Young said. “We had to get in the back, and had to wait to get on the train.”

    – — -SNIP – – –
    So when Young boarded the train from Jacksonville, Fla., to Washington, D.C. to see President Obama being inaugurated for a second term as the black president of a nation where, in the Deep South, black people once risked being killed if they even tried to vote for a white guy, it was hard not to see her as the embodiment of history and vindication of the notion that hope and action can inspire change.
    – – – -SNIP — –

    – – – -So in 2008, she helped to get out the vote for Obama. She did the same in 2012.- – – – -Woo! – – -Hoo! :>) – –BLESS HER♥!! – —

    — — -MAHALIA JACKSON Live late 1960’s We shall overcome – – — ***TEARS*** annnd ***SMILES***

  • GN

    I came across this comment to one of the many articles taking Tavis Smiley to task for his over the top and clearly personal years-ongoing media attack on PBO:

    One thing I hate about our people is if you disagree with something or someone you are HATED by everyone. I LOVE our president BUT I don’t agree with everything he does, most of it yes. That being said, I will say this and if you don’t agree with me, too bad. I hate this war going on between black America and Tavis and other blacks who agree with him.

    I don’t agree with this, at all. I don’t think that people are “hated” for disagreeing with the President. I think that people can detect a disagreement versus a vendetta. No one is imploring Tavis Smiley to have a seat merely because he disagrees with this or that policy and is expressing that (done all the time with no “hate” merely spirited dialogue). It is because Mr. Smiley is pursuing a vendetta, and with the new revelations about his preoccupation with his legacy even to the point of not thinking he’d live past 40, for his own good, he needs to leave this bitterness and hate behind, he needs to chill. Ditto for Cornel West.

    • isonprize

      GN, I agree, but I think it’s even more than that.

      Plenty of folks disagree with things that PBO has done (or not done) but they don’t attempt to tear him down every time they have a chance.

      Not only is it the ‘vendetta’ with Tavis, it’s also his poverty hustle. His words simply do not match his actions. In short, he’s full of shit.

      Talking loud and DOIN’ nothin’, DOIN’ nothin’. And getting paid quite well for his ‘efforts.’ I don’t begrudge anyone their ability to make that paper, but don’t piss on me and try to tell me that it’s raining.

      And besides, not everybody ‘hates’ Tavis. There are plenty of people who still fall for his hustle, buy his books, pay him to speak. He fulfills the goal of his corporate sponsors who benefit from folks staying in the dark. (Looking at you, Tavis re: Wells Fargo, Walmart, etc, etc)

      If he ever was charming and charismatic, it’s all gone now. He’s bitter, jealous, petty and misogynistic.

      Take the ‘bible incident’ as an example:

      The Johnson family is asked permission for their family bible to be used at the inauguration of the President of the United States of America. Of course, they give their consent. In fact, one family member is so honored by the request that, after the ceremony, he asks the President and the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court to sign the bible in commemoration of the occasion.

      A member of the Ruckus family (no relation) is upset about the bible being used in such a manner. He tells everyone who will listen that he ‘feels some kinda way’ about how the bible was a part of the inauguration ceremony.

      no1curr.

      • GN

        Broken down like a fraction!

    • MonieTalks

      Exactly.

      I have no time for Tavis Smiley to say “we” need to make PBO accountable when he has not made Wells Fargo apologize for their deceptive policies that he helped deploy. He dances a jig when confronted with Walmart’s policies by changing the subject to another initiative.

      The rhetoric thrower of numerous Negro bowls now hates rhetoric throwing. Really? Why won’t he write a book detailing the results of what his annual gatherings accomplished. He can’t…because he possesses NO empirical data that he accomplished anything with his Black speaker showcases.

      For all the money he made from Wells Fargo, where is his Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore neighborhood rehabilitation initiative, restoring homes, cleaning up communities and mo…he received plenty of dirty money to do it. And he could even dig in his OWN pocket, use his OWN name and make a difference. But since he is a oligarch chasing those corporate sponsorships, his goal is not to improve the so-called Black agenda; it is to build his wealth off the Black agenda business model.

      • GN

        Yall have been preaching the gospel this week, you truly have! Yup, Tavis is about improving the Tavis agenda. I read on twitter that Rev Al and some other civil rights leaders are in DC discussing black issues; he, I trust and I know things won’t devolve into opportunistic POTUS bashing and bullshitting.

        But that Tom Joyner audio about Tavis blew my mind. This dude seriously thought he was akin to MLK and would have a grand legacy. To the point at which he thought he may even be martyred before age 40?? He must have been filled with a seething, seething rage when PBO hit the national scene and took the black adoration that Tavis seems to think was his first. Tavis’ jealous and envious motivation has always been very obvious (President Obama has everything Tavis wants), but it’s still striking to see it confirmed and hear the extent of his dreams of grandeur. That he and Cornel West saw fit to criticize the use of MLK’s bible as if either of these two is a keeper of Dr. King’s legacy is an example of that feeling of grandeur.

    • rikyrah

      People didn’t hate on Tavis, until ‘the people’ got the feeling that Travis hated them first. I used to listen to Travis on the TJMS, until that primary season, when Travis’ contempt for the TJMS grew and could be heard with every word he said in his commentaries.

      • GN

        He’s jealous, and his behavior is personal vendetta-like. It would be a real shame if he were able to re-insinuate himself into civil rights discussions amongst various leaders who are actually about something.