August 29, 2014

Thursday Evening Thread: Promises Kept

 

(h/t The Obama Diary)

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  • creolechild

    Can Mitt Match This?

    Tickets for Obama’s nomination speech selling big

    [....] With the 2012 election campaign in full swing, Obama will make a high-profile pitch to voters Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Democrats’ are holding their party convention.[....] Organizers of the event at the 70,000-seater Bank of America stadium had handed out tens of thousands of “community credentials” on a first-come-first-served basis.[....]

    But some were left out. In August local media reported thousands of people waited in line for hours for a chance to get a ticket only to leave empty handed. With days to go before the speech, local Internet sites were littered with locals willing to pay for tickets.[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/05/tickets-for-obamas-nomination-speech-selling-big/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRawStory+%28The+Raw+Story%29

    H/T Agence France-Presse

    • nellcote

      First convention to have ticket scalpers! LOL

      • JojoRaze

        But, but, people are disappointed…/emoprog

  • creolechild

    Report: House GOP Has Held 55 Votes On Anti-Women Bills |

    House Democrats have released a new study tracking the House GOP’s harmful anti-women agenda. Since January 2011, the Republican-controlled House has voted 55 times on bills to “undermine women’s health, roll back women’s rights, and defund programs and institutions that provide support for women,” according to the report prepared by the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Democratic staff. The votes — including 17 about health insurance, 11 to cut access to preventive care, and 10 to limit abortion access — make up 5 percent of all the House legislative votes in the 112th Congress.

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/09/06/804841/report-house-gop-has-held-55-votes-on-anti-women-bills/

    H/T Amanda Peterson Beadle

  • sagittarius

    Tweet about Charlotte weather today:

    Jeff Greenfield ‏@greenfield64
    If Obama made the venue decision personally, as reports have it, he should consider a Weather Channel gig–I think I just saw Noah sail by.

    • Miranda

      HA!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY sagittarius. ***BIG HUG*** :>) — LOL.

      — —President Obama MADE IT RAIN! —-LOL – -
      [Some RE-THUG said that ---in trynta say that they couldn't fill the ARENA. geesh.!]

      Good 2 C U sagittarius. :>)

      • sagittarius

        Hi, GLH **BIG HUG** Good to see you, too! Can’t wait to hang out in the chat room tonight!

    • Aquagranny911

      Love it!!! Our good Prez is always thinking about the good of the people.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Evening miranda/POU FAM♥ — – - -***BIG HUG*** — -

    The VIDEO – –PIC = POWERFUL!! – -:>) — – -

    — – - – FIRED UP!! — — – - -4! — MORE! — –YEARS!! – –

    – — -YES! — -THEY! WERE! — -HAH! — -

    -The SPEAKERS have done an MASTERFUL JOB PRESENTING ALL THOSE THAT HE KEPT!! – - -Woo! Hoo!

    – - -EXCITING DAY!! – – –GOT da SNACKS. -

    – - – - – - – -BRANG IT! – -MR. PRESIDENT!!♥ – – -

  • Miranda

    utaustinliberal‏@utaustinliberal
    James Taylor: “I’m an old white guy and I love Barack Obama!” #DNC2012

    • nellcote

      followed by “You’ve Got a Friend”

      I’m so proud of Dems this week!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –LOOK at their LEVEL of HATE!! — -

    – – -Texas Spends $2 Million To Defend Extreme Voter ID, Redistricting In Court — -

    — – — The taxpayers’ bill for Texas’ ongoing legal fight to defend its extreme voter ID law and redistricting map has topped $2 million, Dallas News reports. Defending the voter ID law, which would suppress Hispanic and minority voting, alone has cost Texas more than $1 million in office expenses and outside counsel. Last week, two panels sided against the state in both cases, noting that the laws discriminate against minority voters. The legal costs will only continue to mount, since Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) will appeal both cases to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    EVIL/VILE – -B**TURDS!! – - -

    YET –People R starving; – — -losing homes; – –in POVERTY!, – – — -geesh!

    • conlakappa

      So, cutting health screenings for poor women but using money on an election battle? Okay, then.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Conlakappa – –***shrug** I KNOW -HUH? – –

        The whole DANG POTTY is —OUT-of-TOUCH. geesh!! :>) -

  • sagittarius

    James Taylor is doing the damn thing. That. Is. All.

    • nellcote

      he even cracked an empty chair joke LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      sagittarius – –I LUV his MUSIC! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — — THIS – - -> Makes her♥ sooo ENDEARING — –

    – - – -Gabby Douglas♥ to write ‘inspirational memoir’ — -

    — – - – Teen Olympics sensation Gabby Douglas isn’t just a gold medal winning gymnast — she is also about to become an author. Douglas is a releasing an inspirational memoir called Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith, which will be coming out in December. People magazine has more:

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas announced Thursday that she will write an “inspirational memoir,” planned for December 2012 publication.

    The book, to be titled Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith, will chronicle the 16-year-old’s early life, how she left her family in Virginia at age 12 to train 3,000 miles away and her path to gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - – -BLESS U – - -DEAR — -”AIR GABBY” – – -

    – — – - – - –-OUR BELOVED – - -”GOLDEN GIRL.” – - – - – - -

    [Gotta "bounce" 4 a bit. MISSIN" U/CARRYIN' U - -IN MY ♥]

  • sagittarius

    So, I guess I’m gonna treat the evening thread like the chat room until it opens up…

    DJ Cassidy is jamming the Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There”, and the delegates are jamming with him

    • Miranda

      _____________________________DAYUM! Ok, Im on my way home, will put it up as soon as I can!

      • sagittarius

        LOL – no worries, Miranda! Just got my commenting flow going and wanted to let folks know how I’m rolling right now!

  • nellcote

    Kudos to the DJ.

    Mavis Staples singing I’ll Take You There. People up and dancing :)))

  • Miranda

    Pirate Wench‏@PirateWench
    RT @bramhoward: James Taylor at the DNC, gesturing to an empty chair: “Don’t worry. I’m going to sit on it. I’m not going to talk to it.”

    • GN

      They got jokes for days, lmao:

      ‏@VanityFair:
      James Taylor walks onstage, gestures to empty chair: “I know it’s an empty chair. It makes you nervous, doesn’t it?”

      • JojoRaze

        _______Dead. You know all the old white guys with some sense in America are like “Why Clint had to make alla us look bad talking to chairs!”

  • nellcote

    Aw jeeze, I’m gonna be a mess by the end of this. Even the Invocation got me weepy.

  • Miranda

    Bill Clinton draws more viewers than the NFL, but Fox News’ ratings may be the real story…

    More people watched Bill Clinton’s speech last night than watched the Cowboys-Giants NFL kickoff game, although his 20.6 million viewers were quite a drop from the 26.2 million who watched Michelle Obama’s speech Tuesday night. By the way, her speech drew about 4 million viewers more than Ann Romney’s speech at last week’s RNC. Not a good sign for the GOP.

    more here
    http://sulia.com/channel/democratic-national-convention-2012/f/48e4d3dc-44e4-4b9b-b0b2-8f6b29833641/?source=twitter

    • angee

      but did bubba beat honey boo boo is the real question! lol

  • sagittarius

    Say what you want about Marc Anthony (and a lot of folks do), but dude can sang!

    • Aquagranny911

      I like Marc Anthony & he can sing! I don’t care about the rest of the caca.

      • sagittarius

        Totally agree, Aquagranny!

    • lamh35

      unlike his ex-wife!

  • lamh35

    Unlike his ex-wife Marc Anthony can actually carry a tune. He sounded great singing the National Anthem at the DNC!

  • nellcote

    Watching the convention on cspan. I really hope they convert some of these small films into ads. They’re great with REAL people.

    • Alma98

      Nellcote I thought you should know Rep Gwen Moore & the union folks are on it regarding those fake ballots. She even gave my mom a number to call if she has any more problems.

      • nellcote

        Good news! There’s going to be a lot of preying on seniors by the ratfuckers. Stay vigilant!

  • lamh35

    my goal tonight is to watch as much of the C-SPAN coverage at possible LIVE. Especially once the big speeches start.

    • nellcote

      Just leave it on in the background. The program is packed today. Barney Frank is on now.

  • lamh35

    @meloniecurry

    @billbellamy #ObamasIntroThemeSong Should be Second Time Around by Shalamar #betterthanfirsttime

  • creolechild

    Jill Biden To Democratic Women: ‘We Can’t Go Back’

    Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to a crowd of women at the Democratic Women’s Caucus meeting here Thursday. In brief remarks, Biden echoed Obama campaign messaging that the 2012 election is a battle to protect the gains in rights and equal pay for women over the past several decades.

    “We can’t go back and fight the same battles we’ve fought,” Biden said. She said some of the fights over women’s rights today remind her of battles from the 1960s.

    Biden’s husband will address the Democratic National Convention tonight in primetime ahead of the president.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/jill-biden-to-democratic-women-we-cant-go

    H/T Evan McMorris-Santoro

  • GN

    Bringing this up from the brunch thread; whichever one of yall predicted an Electric Slide before this convention is over, we’re getting closer (video at the link):

    A Massive Impromptu Dance Party Just Broke Out At The Democratic Convention
    http://t.co/aXDHnrAC

    • Alma98

      I love that!

  • creolechild

    Va. Guard troops all home for first time in 10 years

    [....] The Virginia National Guard has sent nearly 15,000 citizen-soldiers and airmen overseas, many of them on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Others were activated for federal duty patrolling the U.S. border in Arizona, and for a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. A record 2,200 guard members deployed from Virginia in 2003.

    And now, another milestone: With the end of the Iraq war and fewer ground forces in Afghanistan, every Virginia National Guard unit is home for the first time in a decade. Gov. Bob McDonnell marked the “historic point” in an open letter to members of the guard last week.[....]

    Read more: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/09/virginia-guard-troops-all-home-first-time-10-years

    H/T Mike Hixenbaugh

  • lamh35

    uh oh, Ro-Ro made it to the big show!

    Next up John Lewis~

  • sagittarius

    I just tweeted this:

    Sagittarius ‏@Sagittariusnnov
    Good evening, Twitter! I will float between here and http://pragmaticobotsunite.com during DNC coverage. Join me!

  • sagittarius

    Gotta run out right quick, fam, and pick up my niece. Be back soon.

  • lamh35

    man, John Lewis is da truth. some of our young people really need to listen to Congressman Lewis and read up on his story. People bled and died so that our young people could NOT vote…hell naw.

    • Aquagranny911

      I love Rep Lewis! He can tell it!!! I hope the young are listening because we got a real problem with voter suppression.

  • lamh35

    love Mary J’s version of this song!

    • nellcote

      Mary J’s rocking the house :)

  • lamh35

    Mary J Blige gettin’ it crunk in DNC. This sure wouldn’t happen at RNC. Take that BeBe.

    • nellcote

      This sure wouldn’t happen at RNC.
      ===
      THIS!

  • lamh35

    Mary J looks great!

  • Alma98

    DWS looks stunning!

  • lamh35

    Man Debbie is still rocking them curls! Alright I”m gonna stop for some food and drink and I’ll be back!

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

      Mis Debbie’s hair is still laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaid, hunty!

      • angee

        didn’t sweat it back. Curls holding up lol

  • Camille

    Alex Wagner sure has had an epiphany at the DNC –

    This is the most honest she has ever been. May God help her keep it at least through the elections.

  • TresL

    Remember back in June when some “journalist” declared it to be Obama’s awful June. I don’t remember the exact headline but I do remember it was written in the first few days of the month. I thought we’re barely a week into June and this fool thinks he knows what’s coming before it even happens. His foolish prediction was based on the jobs numbers and the likelihood the SC would declare the ACA unconstitutional. Well, June turned out to be a great, and I believe, decisive month for PBO. The jobs numbers were not good by beltway standards but I happen to believe as long as we are gaining and not losing jobs then it’s a good report to me and I’m sure to the people who got hired that month. But right after that report came out PBO and his team turned on a dime and began to fillet Williard relentlessly over his refusal to release his taxes and record of cruelty and greed at Bain. They brutalized him all month long and just when Williard expected a reprieve the SC upheld the ACA culminating in an excellent June for the prez.

    The beating continued for Williard in July as we received better job numbers and the Bain ads were having the desired effect so poor “wittle Williard” thought he could escape this thrashing by taking a foreign trip to show American voters how presidential he could be on the world stage, NOT!!! So he returns home as an international pariah, having nearly averted WWIII, with his tail tucked between his legs to be greeted by another “journalist” suggesting August would be a great month for Williard because of the likely positive buzz around his VP pick, convention and the expected bump afterwards. This was written, of course, either at the end of July or the beginning of August. Well, Williard picks Lyin Ryan who is finally outed as the lying, phony, sociopath he is. Senate candidate Todd Akin decides to enlighten the world to the phrase “legitimate rape” and the GOP clown show stumbles into their convention under threat of hurricane. The hatefest is just that. Williard is treated like an afterthought at his own convention, Clint Eastwood talking to a chair is the only thing anyone remembers and there’s no bump. I don’t think Williard can take too many more “great” months like that. And with what has so far been an excellent Democratic convention coupled with the possibility of a good jobs report, September ain’t looking too good for Williard either.

    Note to journalists: try waiting until a story unfolds before writing said story. Just a thought. You’re journalists not psychics.

    • Miranda

      They love making doom and gloom predictions for PBO.

      Dont’ they know by now that Obama is favored?

  • lamh35

    Damn, does Ro-Ro want some cheese with his whine???

    @rolandsmartin

    I find it hilarious that for three days I’ve been mobbed for photos and autographs in the arena & on the streets, but can’t get on TV. SMH

    • Miranda

      He really needs to have a seat – way over in the corner.

    • angee

      LMAO ssome things need 2 be kept private…

    • conlakappa

      Who knew the convention was all about him?!

  • lamh35

    I’m so sorry, whenever I see Michael Nutter I just think, don’t mention his teeth, don’t mention his teeth, that top lip to teeth ratio is brutal…

    having said that, I like Micheal Nutter. Anyone thinks he has a career outside of Philly?

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

      I just got a glimpse of his independent tooth. <:-(

  • lamh35

    Ok, it’s getting ridiculous. CSPAN is alwsays showing Sheryl Lee Ralph. I love SLR, but did she pay the camera guy?

  • lamh35

    hmmm raining cats and dogs in NC, hmm wonder if journos feel stupid for spouting GOP lies….naw!

  • Aquagranny911

    DWS looks so great & even her hair looks energetic. I love it.

    Okay POU my enchiladas are out of the oven. Got to run so I don’t miss too much of the speakers. Have a great evening! Will check in later.

  • Miranda

    Live chat is up!

    • GreenLadyHere

      THANK U miranda♥ :>) — –

  • lamh35

    It’s the “Fired Up Ready To Go” lady. Love her.

  • Alma98

    FIRED UP! READY TO GO!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — —-***tears** Just got in annd saw the rail end of VP Biden’s son introducin’ him. — – -Ooooooo myy! What a TENDER MOMENT! ***tears**. – -

    BLESS U BOTH!./FAMILY. :>)

  • Camille

    If any one was ever in doubt that we have the most brilliant, most spectacular, most dignified, most focused, most inspirational, most singularly prepared to lead President, tonight they and the world were reminded why Barack Obama RULES!

  • Lisa M

    Rachel is still Rachel complaining about the troops in Afghanistan. She need to go sit down somewhere.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - — WOW&1/2!! – — The NAACP is – –alll up into the 21st CENTURY. :>)- — – -GR8 JOB!! :>)

    — – -NAACP Releases New Animated Film Highlighting The Myth Of Voter Fraud – -

    —- –Today the NAACP, in collaboration with Brave New Foundation, released an animated short highlighting the myth of in-person voter fraud in U.S. elections.

    “Dangerous World” points out the absurdity in imposing strict voter ID laws to stop the 1 and 2.3 million chance that a person would commit voter fraud. View the film here: http://action.naacp.org/set-the-record-straight

    The video demonstrates the fact that you are more likely to be struck by lightening, drowned in a bathtub, killed by a swarm of bees, or have witnessed a massive asteroid destroy the planet then commit an act of voter fraud.

    “Proponents, in states like Pennsylvania, have unearthed little to no evidence of voter impersonation fraud,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP. “Yet, in the past two years, states have passed more laws to block more people from the ballot box since the dawn of the Jim Crow era. Suppressing the vote diminishes election integrity by nurturing a political environment that ignores democracy and sustains social, economic, and ethnic disparities in today’s society.”

    – -“The NAACP will continue to educate communities about suppressive voting laws and will fight until misguided and malicious laws like these are wiped from the books.”
    THERE IS MORE

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – -SURE they had 2 find 1 at the DNC convo. – –

    – - – -Secret Service Looks Into DNC Delegate Who Said She’d ‘Like To Kill’ Romney – –

    — – - –Julia Rodriguez, a DNC delegate who said in a video interview with the Blaze that she would kill Mitt Romney if she saw him, should expect to be hearing from the Secret Service.

    Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirmed to TPM on Thursday that the agency is aware of the video and is taking “appropriate follow-up measures.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    I’m sure that they will deem this 2 B an “excited utterance.” —That’s all.

    • TyrenM

      Watch it get blown up unlike the people out West who said they want to kill Obama.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday MornTin’ TyrenM. ***BIG HUG** :>)

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

        Notice HOW THIS was CAUGHT on TAPE!! – — -humph!!

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) [Sorry 2 take so long. :>)]

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday MornTin’ TyrenM. ***BIG HUG** :>)

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

        Notice HOW THIS was CAUGHT on TAPE!! – — -humph!!

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) [Sorry 2 take so long. :>)]

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —–LOL – –A “MONEY LINE.” :>) – - – -

    – –Obama On GOP Message: ‘Take Two Tax Cuts’ And ‘Call Us In The Morning’ – -

    — –President Obama, during his Democratic National Conventions speech, defined the GOP’s message as: “Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the morning. – – -

    He was ON —FI-YAH! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - –Ohhh Gabby. :>) Sooo PROUD of U. :>) —

    — – Gabby Giffords Leads DNC In Pledge Of Allegiance – –

    – - – -The convention here had barely gotten under way Thursday night, but the crowd came close to a grand-finale moment when former Rep. Gabby Giffords took the stage to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Giffords took the stage, walking unassisted, alongside her longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to raucous cheers of “Gabby! Gabby!” from the crowd.

    On her way off the stage, she paused and blew the crowd a kiss.

    CONTINUED BLESSINGS – -Gabby. :>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - —THIS WOMAN – - – -PREACH —PREACHA!! :>) – –

    – - – -Granholm: In Romney’s World, Workers ‘Get The Shaft’ – –

    – - –Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm told the Democratic National Convention Thursday night that in Mitt Romney’s world, cars get the elevator and workers “get the shaft.” — —-

    SPEAK TRUTH!! LOL – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — THIS was the THEME: – –A CHOICE —

    – — Obama Excerpts: Choice Is Between 2 ‘Different Visions’ – - -

    — – – The Obama campaign has released excerpts of the president’s big speech tonight, in which he will make the case that voters must choose between “two fundamentally different visions” of the nation’s future, reports CNN. A sampling:

    “When you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace—decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children’s lives for decades to come.”

    “On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America. A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.”
    THERE IS MORE

    – - – THIS COMES 2 MIND – — -Robert Frost (1874–1963).

    – - – -1. The Road Not Taken

    TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;
    5

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same, 10

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.
    20

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — –NO LIES!! :>) – - -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – - -No False Claims in Clinton’s DNC Speech

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - -Ohhh — -MY HERO: — – – :>) –

    — -Civil Rights Icon John Lewis: GOP Voter Suppression Laws Are ‘Not Right,’ ‘Not Fair,’ ‘Not Just’ – —

    – - – - -At the DNC Thursday night, civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) recounted his fight for voting rights, the progress made, and the continued threat to ensuring the right to vote for all Americans. Lewis, who still bears scars from beatings in his struggle for racial equality told the DNC audience “we have come too far together to ever turn back.” Yet he warned that Republican-led voter suppression laws are taking America back in that direction:

    Brothers and sisters, do you want to go back? Or do you want to keep America moving forward? My dear friends, your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union. Not too long ago, people stood in unmovable lines. They had to pass a so-called literacy test, pay a poll tax. On one occasion, a man was asked to count the number of bubbles in a bar of soap. On another occasion, one was asked to count the jelly beans in a jar—all to keep them from casting their ballots.

    Today it is unbelievable that there are Republican officials still trying to stop some people from voting. They are changing the rules, cutting polling hours and imposing requirements intended to suppress the vote. The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania House even bragged that his state’s new voter ID law is “gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state.” That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not just.

    Watch it:

    — –He’s FOUGHT the VOTER RIGHTS battle B4. NOW he hasta DO IT AGAIN!! —WHEW LAWD!!

    – - – – HE IS A TIRELESS WARRIOR! — BLESS HIM. — :>)