April 20, 2014
Pragmatic Obots Unite
Shooting down firebaggers & teabaggers one truth at a time...
You know who you are (looking at the useless emoprogs and fauxgressives)
Moving In The Right Direction: Ratio Of Unemployed Workers To Job Openings Hits Four-Year Low
Dealing yet another blow to the theory that “uncertainty” because of the so-called “fiscal cliff” was holding back the economic recovery, the ratio of unemployed workers to job openings hit a four-year low in December, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are 3.3 unemployed workers for every available job — the lowest ratio since November 2008 — down from a high of 6.7 to 1 in July 2009. Compared to November, “employers laid off 17,000 fewer workers than in October, and posted 11,000 more job openings. Some 46,000 more workers quit their jobs — a sign they see the job market as improving.” The economy created 155,000 jobs in December, while hourly earnings also rose.
Good Evenin’ miranda/POU FAM♥ – - – -***BIG HUG*** :>) – - -
— – -Oh REALLY!?? ???- — – - – -***SIDE EYE*** — -***raisedeye brows*** LOL – -
– - -emocrats Prefer Booker in Primary with Lautenberg –
– - – —A new Fairleigh Dickinson poll in New Jersey finds Cory Booker (D) leading Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in a Democratic U.S. Senate primary, 42% to 20%.
Booker’s favorable rating also beats Lautenberg, 66% to 45%.
Said pollster Krista Jenkins: “These numbers suggest that some difficult days may lie ahead for the incumbent senator should he seek reelection. Senator Lautenberg’s unfavorables, coupled with voter preferences for Booker as the Democratic standard bearer in the general election, complicate the landscape for this living legend amongst New Jersey politicians.” – -
– –Ummmmmmm . . . . .
66% of people where favor Booker? As always, I want to drill down and see the data set.
They didn’t ask me. *sips tea*
Sepia – - -<b – -***fist bump** — Me either –LOL – —- –
*heads to The Bad Lounge*
Sepiaaaaaaaaaa LOL — -
Is there room for me & can I share that blankie because I could be headed there tonight also?
I’m in that kind of mood.
I’ll share my blanket. Oh! Don’t forget the snacks!
I have snacks, good ones & also adult beverages!
We are all set! Anything good on the tube tonight? Or should we just play a friendly game of poker?
Scandal’s on tonight! Whoo Hoo!
They didn’t ask me either. I’m sticking with Gramps and praying for his continued good health.
HEEY MsKtty. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
– - – LOL – — -Wonder how FEW/MANY people were sampled. :>) – - – - — – -Mr. Cory — needsta quit. LOL – -
Good 2 C u – -MsKitty. :>)
Damn. I got 5 on it for Frank. Not that he needs my money but I’m not feeling Cory running Frank out his spot cause he scurred to go at Krispy Kreme. Buster.
LOL – - -TyrenM. — –U BET “BIG” – — HUH?? — -:>)
“So I’m at Wal-Mart buying a bag of dog food for my dog. While in the check-out line, a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. Why else would I be buying dog food, RIGHT??? So on impulse I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the Dog food Diet again, and that I probably shouldn’t because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in intensive care with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and all you do is load your pockets with food Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff a poodle’s butt and a car hit me. I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Better watch what you ask me and be prepared for my answer. I have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say. Now that you’ve read this I have to confess, I copied it. Now copy and share. Make someone else laugh”
h/t Alycee at TOD
I thought maybe we could all use a good laugh.
That was awesome!
LOL -Aquagranny911 – - –***BIG HUG*** :>) Seeeeeeee . . . . LOL -
– –BU. .. bu – –BUT – — -What was your reaction 2 dat
- – -YELLOW FIRE HYDRANT!??? – –:>)
***runs real fast*** :>)
THANKS 4 da LAFF AG. —Good 2 C U. :>) – -
I love this because this is exactly the kind of caca I might actually do myself. Please don’t ask me about the time I had some folks convinced that McDonalds fries came from cutting up used card board boxes. That was my best pee your pants weeper!
I can be very convincing. I should have been born a Republican, I could have taken over the world, LOL!!!
In today’s episode of “Dumb Shit EmoProgs Say”….
At what point is it acceptable to say Eric Holder’s DOJ (excepting Thomas Perez) is worse than Alberto Gonzales’?— emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 10, 2013
“Empty” figging head is more appropriate for anyone who would even say Eric Holder in the same sentence with Cheeto Gonzales!
Speaking of Cheeto….I’m going to the store to get supplies for the Bad Lounger. Do you prefer crunchy or puff Cheetos?
LOL! Crunchy, of course. It gives my jaws something to munch besides my fillings when I get irritated.
Sepia – - -PUFF. LOL —BUT — -I ain’t prejudice. — -Either one. LOL – -
‘Cheeto Gonzales’ Oh no you d’ient!
At what point is it acceptable to say there’s no difference between emos / fauxgressives and other shock jocks on the far right who like to say outrageous and false things about the PBO admin for attention?
“At what point is it acceptable to say there’s no difference between emos / fauxgressives and other shock jocks on the far right who like to say outrageous and false things about the PBO admin for attention?”
Right now works for me…
I’ve been saying this since 2008.
Okay ! So Holder is worse than Gonzales and Obama is worse than Bush ? These guys are not even serious and the funny think is that they make up fake controversies and then claim that they are better than the right when they do the same thing. I can understand complaining because someone didn’t meet your standard but to say that someone is as bad or worse than Bush and Gonzales then you are not serious.
miranda – - -LOL – --UH! – –OH! – - -DEY -MAD!! – - -AGAIN! – - – -LOL
– - -Right Wing Goes Crazy After Anti-Gay Pastor Withdraws– – -
– - -A chorus of right-wing leaders Thursday decried the withdrawal of Pastor Louie Giglio from President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony, suggesting a left-wing conspiracy to force him off of the program. His withdrawal came a day after ThinkProgress exclusively reported that in the 1990s, Giglio had given a lengthy sermon in which he advocated for dangerous “ex-gay” therapy for gay and lesbian people, referenced a biblical passage often interpreted to require gay people be executed, and impelled Christians to “firmly respond to the aggressive agenda” and prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from becoming accepted in society.
Their outraged comments included:
“[T]he administration’s inclusivity only goes so far. It’s not inclusive of those who disagree with them.” [Richard Land, Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission]
– - –SNIP — -
– -These critics seem not to understand that respecting different opinions does not require giving a platform and a microphone to those whose promote discrimination and division. Though Pastor Giglio is completely free to believe as he chooses and to preach the harmful message of “pray away the gay” therapy, a public ceremony like the presidential inauguration is not the place for him to do so.
THERE IS MORE
BLAH! — —BLAH! — – - – -BLAH! – - – -LOL — U TALK 2 MUCH!! –
He didn’t get fired, he withdrew.
nellcote – - -I KNOW! – - THEY -BLINDED by da TRUTH . .
.–decried the withdrawal – -geesh!
miranda – - — –POORLY -WORDED — headline – —***tsk*** – -
— –Deval Patrick pressed to name Barney Frank to Kerry seat – -
– - - Liberal groups have launched twin online petitions aimed at pressuring Gov. Deval Patrick to temporarily name former congressman Barney Frank to U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state.
Asked Thursday if the petitions will affect his decision, Patrick said that it wouldn’t and that everyone he’s spoken to about the possible interim appointment is well qualified.
“Look, if I made the list public, you’d probably have a whole bunch of petitions because they’re very, very able people,” he said.
THER IS MORE! — – -
– –THANK U! – - – -U! – –DO! – - -U! — -SIR! :>) – -
Dear EmoProgs/PLs….Google is NOT your friend. (h/t TRose)
An Imus Guest Says No More
By Ana Marie Cox Thursday, Apr. 12, 2007
Every time I’ve been on Don Imus’ show, he has reminded listeners that he “discovered” me. It’s not exactly hyperbole. He first invited me on when I was just a foulmouthed blogger who ran the gossipy political site Wonkette. As I recall, my first on-air conversation with him was about the Bush twins, or, as I called them, “Jenna and Not-Jenna.” Last fall I became a regular guest and took up slightly more serious topics (on my last appearance we talked about Senator John McCain’s Baghdad trip and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s lack of social graces), but the subjects hardly mattered. I had been invited inside the circle, and to be perfectly honest, I was thrilled to be there.
As the invites kept coming, I found myself succumbing to the clubhouse mentality that Imus both inspires and cultivates. Sure, I cringed at his and his crew’s race-baiting (the Ray Nagin impersonations, the Obama jokes) and at the casual locker-room misogyny (Hillary Clinton’s a “bitch,” CNN news anchor Paula Zahn is a “wrinkled old prune”), but I told myself that going on the show meant something beyond inflating my precious ego. I wasn’t alone. As Frank Rich noted a few years ago, “It’s the only show … that I’ve been on where you can actually talk in an informed way — not in sound bites.” Yeah, what he said!
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1609766,00.html#ixzz2HcVJ9owQ
Thanks for posting, I knew that wench was connected to Imus. I watched Imus in the AM and watched the nappy headed negro comment live. I remember her coming on his show. She is a strait up racist wench.
Gonna have to send Lawrence a reminder next time he chooses her as an informed voice.
Join Tavis Smiley Next Week in Washington, D.C
I’m sure that y’all will be lining up for the free registration!!
I’ll see you there… NOT!
Weird, the jpg cut off the guest list. ooh, it was 2 separate jpgs.
Here ya go…
Newt and Moore, LMFAO
No better example to be found of scraping the bottom of the barrel…
Aww, HAIL naw!
The FIRST listed guest is Newt “PBO is the Food Stamp President” Gingrich….GTFOH
Tavis is rotten to the core with jealousy and envy of PBO…he is brimming with so much insecurity that he has to parlay with the likes of Gingrich, a lowdown racist scoundrel who does not give two fucks about his wives, his Tiffany &Co bills, his hypocrisy as a “small government” yet government check collecting lobbyist and he sure doesn’t give a care about poverty.
Tavis is straight rancid garbage.
And too-slick rancid garbage at that: note that it says “confirmed and invited guests.” So who’s in which category?
If there’s a Q&A I hope someone asks him when he’s going to apoligize for that Wells Fargo scam.
Prefacing it within the context of saying no to poverty, of course.
This is one of the bills that PBO signed into law today.
H.R. 6014, the “Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012,” which authorizes the Justice Department to carry out a grant program to assist States with the first-year costs associated with the implementation of a process to collect DNA from individuals who are arrested for or charged with certain criminal offenses under State law.
Here is the backstory:
[....] Originally introduced in 2010, Katie’s Law bears the name of Katie Sepich, a college student who was raped and murdered in 2003 in New Mexico. Her attacker was arrested several times over subsequent years but was never linked to Katie’s murder, as his DNA was not collected until 2006.[....] The Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, also known as Katie’s Law, establishes a program to provide grants to states which implement DNA collection programs for arrestees of murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, and aggravated assault. States are authorized to collect DNA for a larger subset of crimes but must do so for those felony arrests. While this new law does not authorize any new funding, it uses funding sources within the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Reduction Act and specifies that up to $10 million in each fiscal year from 2013 to 2015 may go to grants to states under Katie’s law.[....]
Read more: http://schiff.house.gov/press-releases/house-passes-rep-schiff-bill-to-award-grants-to-states-to-implement-dna-collection-for-felony-arrestees/
miranda – - –FIRST: – -I ‘ON’T KNOW HOW he GOT OUT – -
- – -One Republican’s Last Ditch Effort To Undermine Obamacare: ‘Break The Law And Engage In Civil Disobedience’ -
— – After Republicans spent the past three years unsuccessfully opposing health care reform en masse — introducing dozens of failed repeal bills, losing a Supreme Court case, and being defeated in a presidential election — former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is promoting a last-ditch effort to undermine Obamacare: simply “break the law.”
At a rally in Chicago on Wednesday, the one-term Tea Party congressman encouraged supporters to block health care reform and prospective gun laws in whatever way possible, legally or illegally. DNAinfo Chicago has more:
At his most aggressive, he told dozens of supporters to “defy and or break the law and engage in civil disobedience” if faced with federal health care law restrictions or new gun laws.
He paraphrased Thomas Jefferson in saying, “We may have to shed blood every couple hundred years to preserve our freedoms.”
THERE IS MORE — – –HE is – - –DANGEROUS!! –
– - -Tighten UP dat JACKET!! —geesh!!
Please proceed, Joe. Break the law. Go right ahead, muhfucka. And anyone stupid enough to listen to your dumb ass.
HEEY AxelFoley. ***BIG HUG** :>) —
***fist bump**** —geesh. He is CERTIFIABLE!! ***shudder**** :>)
He definitely needsta – -CHECK HIMSELF – - — – - — –INTO a facility! – - -WHEW LAWD.! – –
Good 2 C U AxelFoley. :>) – -
miranda – –HECK! DEY went there with FANGERS in BOTH EARS! – - –humph!!! – - – -
– - -NRA accuses White House of ‘attack’ on 2nd Amendment rights – -
- – -The National Rifle Association said Thursday it was “disappointed” by its meeting Thursday with Vice President Biden, accusing the Obama administration of using the time to “attack the Second Amendment.”
The statement, issued shortly after the conclusion of the conference, deflated any prospect of an unlikely alliance between the White House and the gun lobby group as President Obama looks to push a set of new gun regulations in the coming month. – - -[OF COURSE NOT!!]
It also likely signals that the NRA will oppose any legislative attempt to change federal gun laws in the coming Congress.
“We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment,” the group said in its statement.
“While claiming that no policy proposals would be ‘prejudged,’ this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners — honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.”
– - -The president vowed a renewed push on the subject of gun violence after 20 six- and seven-year-olds were killed in a mass shooting last month at a Connecticut elementary school. Seven adults were also killed in the rampage.
THERE IS MORE of THEIR – — EXCREMENT!!! — –
– - –MOVIN” FORWARD – - – –> – –MR. PRESIDENT :>) – -
When the NRA was pro gun control its then president, President Karl T. Frederick, said, “protection for gun owners’ rights comes not from the Constitution but from enlightened public policy.”
Really, I meant it. I. CAN’T. I know that he wasn’t a perfect man, no one is. But this? This must stop…
Imma go pray.
isonprize – - —- --***blink*** -
Somebody needs the ass whipping of their life for that.
Someone needs a foot up their ass.
Save Money. Live Better. Ooops!
More Big Trouble for WalMart’s Exploitative Profit Model
The courts have apparently figured out WalMart’s super sneaky strategy of domestic outsourcing (contracting out parts its U.S.-based supply chain to other companies to skirt responsibility for labor infractions), which could produce a host of legal troubles for the nation’s largest company. A federal judge has ruled that WalMart can be included in the impending warehouse workers’ class-action lawsuit about a plethora of alleged labor abuses, which occurred in a WalMart warehouse in Southern California.[....]
This decision, coupled with the wave of strikes in the U.S. and in nearly a dozen countries abroad, has begun to threaten WalMart’s policy of domestic outsourcing and contracting, which has been a cornerstone of its business plan. In a separate issue, the company’s international dealings have come under fire after a policy of widespread corruption and bribery in Mexico was revealed earlier this winter.[....]
Read more: http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/more-big-trouble-walmarts-exploitative-profit-model
H/T Laura Gottesdiener
miranda – - –HAH! – — –HAH! — -PROOF!! – -[Sorry that it hadta B like this.]- –
– - -NRA Proven Wrong as Armed Deputy on Campus Couldn’t Prevent CA School Shooting – –
— – –So much for the NRA’s talking points on armed patrols putting an end to gun violence in schools. Vice President Joe Biden’s presentation on how the Obama administration plans to address gun violence in the United States was interrupted today by news of yet another school shooting. This one happened in a school that has “a uniform deputy sheriff monitoring campus ‘before, during and after school.’”
At least one person (possibly two) was shot at Taft Union High School in Taft, California (120 miles northwest of Los Angeles, 30 miles west-southwest of Bakersfield) this morning. The student who was shot is reported to have been airlifted to a Bakersfield hospital. Some reports say a second victim (possibly a teacher) denied medical care. The shooter, who is believed to be a student, was taken into custody at about 9:20 AM.
– - -SNIP – - -
As noted by Think Progress, White House Correspondent for the Huffington Post Sam Stein tweeted: Taft High School does have a uniform deputy sheriff monitoring campus “before, during and after school.”
– - – - -This means that an armed deputy sheriff did not prevent a school shooting. Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, said he believes the student/suspect used a shotgun in the attack.
THERE IS MORE
– — -BLESS the STUDENTS/FAMILIES/STAFF. AMEN. – –
— -TWEET: – –Meredith Cable Reply
Don’t forget screwdrivers! Let’s face it Columbine had armed security didn’t help…. Virginia Tech had it’s own armed Police force didn’t help… Fort Hood had the freaking military…. didn’t help. Now this…anyone surprised it didn’t help? — -
You would think that before he started popping off that he had the common sense to get his story [*cough* lies] straight first. NOT. VERY. BRIGHT, is he?!!
Tactical Response CEO Lists False Firearms Training Credentials Online, State Says
James Yeager, the CEO of Tactical Response who recently said “I’m gonna start killing people” if President Obama takes executive action on gun violence, advertises his services as a firearms instructor with a long list of state and federal certifications.[....] On his personal website, Yeager’s Corner, Yeager says he’s a “TN Department Of Safety Certified Firearms Instructor.”
But Dalya Qualls, a spokesperson for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, told TPM that’s just not the case. “I have confirmed with our Handgun Unit that Mr. Yeager is not a Department of Safety and Homeland Security certified handgun instructor and Tactical Response is not a department certified school,” Qualls said in an email. Though Yeager lists himself as a “firearms instructor,” Qualls told TPM he is not certified by the department and that there is no such certification offered.[....]
Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/tactical-response-ceo-lists-false-firearms-training-credentials
H/T Evan McMorris-Santoro
S Africa: rising new consumers to start spending?
Jan 8, 2013 4:53pm by Irene Madongo
The growth of South Africa’s black middle class has been a dynamic boost for the economy, attracting local and foreign investment, and now the country’s consumer landscape could shift forward as another new emerging consumer segment takes shape in the lower social ranks.
According to Annabel Bishop, chief economist for the Investec Group in South Africa, and author of the report Investec SA’s Macro Economic Outlook 2013-17, people in South Africa’s lower class could progressively rise from being dependent on welfare and earning nothing to having a rise in income, forming a new consumer class.
“You have a situation where households in the lower income levels are dependent on social welfare and in the long term improvements in education should allow many to move out of unemployment into formal sector employment, and eventually become financially independent from the state,” Bishop explains, “[This] means obviously that their income levels will rise significantly, and compared to where they are now, which is nothing, and from that point of view then they would obviously create a new segment, a new consumer spending market.”
“They are not there yet, but they are starting to come about,” she explains.
“By 2017 there are going to be a lot more people who are earning more money that will grow that emerging consumer class.”
Ben Cisco @BenCisco
To everyone freaking out about the Obama “women problem”: PUT. THE .PIPE. DOWN. The Village is playing you. AGAIN. #ThisIsWhatTheyDo
Obama nominates Lew for Treasury
By Steve Benen
Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:15 PM EST
That said, it’s worth considering why, exactly, the GOP has come to dislike Lew so much that some Senate Republicans started announcing their opposition to his nomination before he was even introduced.
The answer, it appears, is that GOP leaders see him as too competent and knowledgeable, which has gotten in the way of Republican plans.
The New York Times had a fascinating piece last year on the 2011 debt-ceiling crisis negotiations, and House Speaker John Boehner’s frustrations that Lew had a “detailed knowledge of the budget” that “outpaced anyone else’s in the room.” It got to the point that Boehner kept trying to get Lew out of the room, in the hopes that it’d be easier to strike a GOP-friendly deal.
Matt Yglesias explained last April:
Any time Lew, the math guy, was out of the room [the Republican proposal] could look like a promising approach. But if the math guy kept saying the central tenet of the proposal was founded on bad math, then actually no progress was being made. So for a time Boehner got the math guy out of the room and it looked like progress was getting made. But clearly the president of the United States isn’t going to agree to a budget deal without running it by his budget director and, indeed, it turned out that “the framework negotiated by Obama, Daley, and Geithner — and laid out in the Republicans’ offer sheet — unsettled the stomachs of some White House aides” one of whom I’m going to guess was Lew. As Bai tells it, as soon as the deal exited that room it immediately started deflating.
So, Republicans hate Lew the same way a con man hates the guy who knows how a con works.
Crackers are cracking.
A Black man kills, he’s a menace to society. A Foreign man kills, he’s a terrorist. But a White man kills, he’s psychologically unstable.
miranda — -ANNOUNCING ANOTHER –”MOVIN’ ON UP’ – -PASSING”– – -
- — – - -Ned Wertimer (‘Jeffersons’ Doorman Ralph), Dies at 89 – -
- — -*Ned Wertimer, best known for his role as Ralph the Doorman on the long-running CBS comedy “The Jeffersons” has died.
The 89-year-old actor died at a Los Angeles-area nursing home on Jan. 2, following a November fall at his Burbank home, his manager Brad Lemack tells The Associated Press.
The Buffalo, New York native appeared in dozens of TV shows from the 1960s through the 1980s, including “Gunsmoke,” “I Dream Of Jeannie,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Mayberry R.F.D.,” and “Mary Tyler Moore,” but it was his role as Ralph Hart, the uniformed doorman – always with his hand out for a tip – at the luxury apartment building on The Jeffersons that he is best remembered. He appeared in all 11 seasons of the “All In The Family” spinoff that aired from 1975 to 1985.
Watch a scene from “The Jeffersons” with Ned Mortimer below:
- — – - -RIHEP – - -THANKS 4 da LAFFS: – - -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS – -***raises hand*** — -AMEN
Awww I loved that character RIP Mr. Wertimer.
Alma – - -**fist bump*** :>) — –Luved his “dead pan” –humor. LOL – - -
I’m totally off the wire tonight, POU. I’ve politicked myself out. I thought this was really cool. This group makes the rain sounds entirely with their hands & they do a great job with one of my fav songs….
That was so cool AG thanks for the link.
Glad you enjoyed it. That song is special to me because my youngest & her husband danced to that at her wedding. This was a really unique arrangement. When I close my eyes & listen it really does sound like a thunder storm like we get in AZ.
miranda — – Soooo – -She will TESTIFY — -
— – — -Benghazi hearings Hillary Clinton’s swan song on Hill – -
– - -Hillary Clinton’s appearance later this month at Senate and House hearings on the Benghazi attacks will be the last time she testifies before Congress as secretary of state.
Republicans may make Clinton wish she left Foggy Bottom earlier — but they’ll be nice about it.
GOP members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee promise that Clinton will face a “tough but respectful” grilling when she testifies about the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Libya that killed four Americans.
After all, the outgoing secretary is still on the mend from a concussion and subsequent blood clot she suffered after a bad fall over the holidays. She served in the Senate with many of those she will appear before. And she has close friendships with Republicans like Sen. John McCain, perhaps the most vocal critic of the administration’s response to Benghazi.
THERE IS MORE
– - – -WE’ll C how mcAncient ACTS. Hmmm.. . .
Evening folks. Been lurking but trying to keep up with this week’s threads. Seems like after that first few day of the new year, POU’s been on and crackin’. Thanks for keeping up with all the media/twitter tomfoolery, cause I can’t do it!
The Liberal Elite’s Obama Derangement Syndrome: Social Security Edition
Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 12:25 PM
A couple of weekends ago, Daniel Marans of Social Security Works, a group ostensibly working to “protect” Social Security, and I had a debate on Take Action Radio’s Take Action News with David Shuster (Marans is also Executive Producer of the show) on Social Security, mainly focusing on Chained CPI. You can see the debate clips here (part 1) and here (part 2). He and I will be on again at 1:45 pm ET this Saturday.
Marans has penned an op-ed in Professional Left’s favorite corporate-sold link gatherer, the AOL-Huffington Post. In his piece, Daniel Marans goes back and re-litigates the issues we debated, and tries to tell me why I’m wrong. I’ll go through the most important points, but let’s start at the Professional alarmists’ bold, new idea on the ‘tactics’ we need to follow to fix Social Security’s long term funding shortfall: wait till there’s a Republican president, perhaps in the mold of Ronald Regan.
But as I said during the debate, Spandan’s assumptions were alarmist. Social Security has faced far more imminent shortfalls in the past, notably in 1983, and Congress has never failed to act to close them.
This is a little funny at least, since Daniel fails to note that as I said during the debate, what Congress and President Reagan, back in 1983, did to “act to close” the “imminent shortfalls” was something he and his organization would flatly consider a benefit cut, namely raising the Social Security retirement age. Yes, why don’t we wait till there is a Republican president to fix Social Security? The fact that the most ardent self-proclaimed defenders of Social Security have to point to this deal in 1983 as the example of why we should wait now to implement reforms in the program should tell anyone honestly following the debate that they have no real argument.
Person of Interest is off the chain tonight…I”m loving it.
the weaving of so many past stories, where Reese has to bob and weave all the threats. Love it
It was INTENSE. Loved it!
miranda – —- -A PERSPECTIVE – - -Considerin’ – -ALL the shootings – -
– - -Ho-Hum, Some More Shootings – -
– - – - Today was car maintenance day for me, so I missed the afternoon headlines. I see that there has been another school shooting. Five more people got shot in Philly on Monday and early Tuesday morning. Everyone freaks out about the former, but hardly anyone cares about the latter. I understand that it’s harder to take when kids get shot, but they sometimes get shot in places other than school.
Early Tuesday morning, a 17-year-old was reported in stable condition after he was shot in the leg on East Atlantic Street in Harrowgate.
It’s a big problem no matter where it happens.
I’m hoping Joey Biden is ready to kick some ass.
Annnd –I’m sure that there R more. – -SAD. – -PRAYIN’ 4 ALL/FAMILIES. AMEN.
What’s Behind Africa’s Growing Popularity?
By: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond | Posted: January 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond writes in Ebony that Africa is experiencing something of a resurgence because, with economic woes in Europe, South America and North America, some are turning to the continent in search of fame and fortune. Is history repeating itself?
Discovery Channel’s “Jungle Gold” reality series depicts “rookie American gold miners” seeking their fortunes in “the dangerous and gold-rich jungles of Ghana” after losing everything in the 2008 real estate crash. The Washington Post recently noted a wave of Portuguese citizens heading to Mozambique, quoting one Portuguese official as saying, “Everyone is feeling the pinch of the economic crisis, and Mozambique offers a lot of opportunities … People think this is El Dorado.”
The fashion industry is also taking serious interest in not only the styles popular on the continent, but in creating strategic business alliances as well. In 2012, for the first time Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week sponsored African Fashion International’s annual event in South Africa. Likewise, Vogue Italia co-sponsored the inaugural Ghana Fashion and Design Week. Editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani reportedly “initiated distribution of African fashion products through shops in Europe and America as well as through QVC” as a UN Goodwill Ambassador of Fashion 4 Development.
Under Sozzani L’Uomo Vogue dedicated its June 2012 issue to the continent, the cover line assuming responsibility for “Rebranding Africa.” Sozzani explained in a Huffington Post piece about the issue: “Africa needs to rebuild a new image, far removed from the one the media usually convey reporting on wars and famines that, although actually occurring, are not the only side to show.”
They better watch out. Remember what happened the last time white people went in search of adventure and fortune in Africa.
BWA HA HA HA
‘Scandal’ Fans: Guilty by Association?
On social media, black women are being called hypocrites for loving ABC’s home-wrecking heroine.
By: Kellee Terrell|Posted: January 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM
However, since the ABC show’s debut last spring, it’s obvious that Pope and her “scandalous” behavior have polarized some of us. For some black folks, myself included, Pope is a breath of fresh air, a character who is flawed, like all human beings, but nuanced and complicated — a rarity in black female representation. For others, Pope is a hypersexualized “whore” who compromises herself for men — the norm in black female representation.
But lately I’ve noticed a bothersome trend: Whether on Twitter, Facebook threads or memes being circulated to spark conversation, it’s now the character of black women who watch the show, not Olivia Pope, that is coming into question.
Since when did what we watch automatically mirror who we are or what we believe? The two are not always mutually exclusive.
I can love Claire Danes’ character Carrie Mathison on Homeland, but that doesn’t mean I agree with her morally bankrupt choices. I can adore Michael C. Hall’s title character on Dexter, but in no way does that mean I co-sign on to being a serial killer. I can even swoon over reruns of The Wire’s Idris Elba as Stringer Bell, the finest drug kingpin ever to grace the small screen; it doesn’t mean I think that selling drugs is OK.
Yet conveniently, the rules change when a black female character is involved. Now, because Pope’s behavior is deemed questionable and problematic — much of what makes up current award-winning roles — all of a sudden an indictment is handed down on our collective character for consuming these images.
Meanwhile, no one else has to live up to that same high moral standard.
Part of this nonsense plays into the old sport of pathologizing and demonizing black women. Remember the awful “Black Marriage Negotiations” and that entire “Black women are single because there is something wrong with us” conversation? Proving that we are immoral and/or unworthy never really goes away; it just reincarnates itself into different arguments within different topics.
But something else is going on.
Perhaps this hostility toward us (and Pope) is less about the fact that she is sleeping with a married man and more about the fact that black female fans are cooing over this affair she is having with a white man. Perhaps we are being punished for recognizing that while “black love” is beautiful, it’s not the only love allotted to black women.
they can stay mad
For godssakes, every time one has a discussion on freaking Facebook, it is not cause for concern. Damn, this self-centered idiot thinks because 5 people said some crap on her facebook page that its the equivalent of 10 mil black women being called hypocrites? Sheesh.
Sounds like the author is suffering from a severe case of A Dog Will Hollar-itis.
Now that’s just ruff.
I agree with The Root author; why are people even going there, trying to extrapolate larger meaning into the benign activity of watching television dramas. Ridiculous.
I’m watching Sister Wives on netflix right this minute, and hell to the naw am not endorsing that lifestyle (poor kids!) or the glazed-eye man these women are inexplicably sharing. But because they’re not black, no one would call out this show’s viewers or raise the morality of viewership as an issue.
Dig that. Honey fucking Boo Boo! Does author of Root article claim that shit?
Scandal is one of those shows I only watch if I happen to catch it. I can understand both sides of the argument and the concerns.
I will however say that I was pretty unimpressed with the way Kerry Washington handled the nonsensical Enquirer story of the First Lady having a list of women that are too flirty with her husband and who aren’t allowed to visit the White House. I caught this on a Jimmy Kimmel episode and again on some other show I think Chelsea Lately. And can I say again how unimpressed I was.
For someone trained in the media, she seemed to be more interested in elevating herself and her sense of importance than she was about shutting the whole thing down. A simple, this is the Enquirer doing what it does best and this is very disrespectful to the President and First lady of the United States would have sufficed. But no, she almost seemed to revel in being at the center of this nonsense and mined it for what it was worth. She went on about how she is a member of the president’s concil of the arts and humanities and that she still goes to meetings at the White House. This went on for a while and the only thing she offered and not in defense of Mrs Obama but something like have you seen ‘them’ together, ‘they’ are so in love.
Jimmy Kimmel then asked her if she was ‘cool’ with ‘Michelle’. With Chelsea Lately she Kerry raised the gossip all by herself by saying that she was ‘only sleeping with the president on the show’ and Chelsea handler asked her why she had to make that distinction. She then says that she’s ‘very political’ and people ask her ‘what that is all about’. Then Chelsea says that Kerry does more work with Mrs Obama so if there’s anyone she’s sleeping with it wouldn’t it be ‘Michelle’. My God!
Sorry but these exchanges were totally distasteful, disrespectful and uncalled for. Totally unnecessary and a great example of the whole saying about familiarity breeding contempt.
For this alone I hope Mrs Obama really does ban her from the White House for exploiting this silly Enquirer nonsense to self-promote and at her expense.
miranda — – -WAY-ELL – - – -COLOR me SHOCKED !!- — -
- -Melissa Harris-Perry Defends Obama’s White, Male Ca
– - -MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry weighed in on the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama’s lack of women and minorities in high ranking positions in his second term Cabinet. She told MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts that, while Obama’s inner circle is dominated by white men, the president is likely to surround himself with people with diverse views and opinions. She justified this by saying that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for example, does not hold views that are representative of “the vast majority” of African-Americans.
–“I think we want to be careful, because no one wants to assume that any given physical body carries with it a set of political ideas,” Harris-Perry said.
“You know, Clarence Thomas sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States does not mean that Justice Thomas is representing, necessarily, the positions, the issues, even the Constitutional interpretation that is shared by the vast majority of civil rights organizations and by the vast majority of African-Americans,” she added.
– - -SNIP – - -
VIDEO – - -
- – - -***DOUBLE BLINK*** — – -
miranda – - -SPEAKIN’ of – - -”TALKIN’ 2 MUCH – —annnnnd MAKIN’ – NO SENSE” - — – - -???????
– - – - -Right Wing Insanity Boils Over With Claim Marriage Equality Caused Noah’s Flood – –
— – –I wrote yesterday about the Religious Right’s renewed assault on Marriage Equality. The bullshit is flying fast and furious, but there are always standouts even when it comes to “OMG Tell me you didn’t just say that” moments. Enter Pastor Scott Lively.
Lively is the president of Abiding Truth Ministries, another group considered a hate group by the SPLC, and with Kevin E. Abrams, is the author Joseph Farah’s favorite piece of pulp fiction, The Pink Swastika, as well as a supporter of gay genocide laws in Uganda.
Lively, who formerly oversaw the American Family Association’s propaganda in California (another SPLC-designated hate group), was interviewed the other day by Sandy Rios of the AFA about Marriage Equality and the End Times.
Turns out they’re connected.
According to Lively, our culture’s embrace of equal rights for gays and lesbians will bring about the open persecution of Christians. He says this will be like the early days of the church (when no such thing occurred, as I have previously explained). In other words, he is saying that something that is not happening is going to be exactly like another thing that never happened.
If you ask, how does he know this, he will tell you that it’s because “the last straw for God before He brought [Noah's] Flood was when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage” and said homosexuality “represents the outer extent of rebellion against Him in a society and the last thing that happens before wrath comes.”
THERE IS MORE
– - – -***shudder*** – - – -WHA’???????? – -HE CRAZY!! – - -
miranda – - – -LOL —THIS was a FUN MOMENT – - – -
— -Obama jokes about Lew’s messy signature —
— – -President Obama, after nominating Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary, joked about his messy signature. 01/10/2013 2:07 PM EDT – -LOL — -
He is sooo PERSONABLE. :>) – -
POI and Scandal is giving me whiplash lol
miranda – –Alrighty. – useless emoprogs and fauxgressives) —STILL wanna COUNT the WOMEN [ISSUES] — – —NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL- ?????
– - -☻Women + Manufacturing Jobs + Workplace Flexibility = Success – –
– –The Women’s Bureau is committed to help working families achieve a better balance between work and family responsibilities. Workplace flexibility is not just a woman’s issue – it is a family issue and it is a national economic issue.
- – -☻ – President Obama Welcomes the Texas A&M University Women’s Basketball Team
– - –☻ –Empowering Women in Business – -
- – - -The members discussed the important role women will play in our nation’s economic recovery. Forty years ago women owned only five percent of small businesses, but today they own nearly 30 percent. Yet studies have shown that women owned businesses tend to be smaller and grow at a slower rate than men owned businesses.
— -☻Diversity Fuels Innovation: A New Startup Alliance for Women in Technology – -
- –☻U.S. – International Dialogue on Women in STEM Livecast Tomorrow 6/14, 11 a.m EDT –
Annnnd – - – - CNN had women at 55 percent for Obama and 44 percent for Romney, . . – - – -
— -STR8 —- DROPS MIC!! – - -HAH!
miranda – –Accordin’ 2 some [gun]“apologists” — -there is NO SHOOTER PROFILE. — -HAH
– - -☻ –YT – –MALE; — –”troubled” —possibly “bullied.” — – -
NOPE!–NOTHIN’—COMMON — -HERE! –/SNARK!! – -
miranda –OOPs!. 4-got he was leavin’. – - – - -
— Replacing David: Plouffe-by-committee? – - -
— – -Obama’s right hand man in the West Wing and campaign consigliere, David Plouffe, has basically left the building, according to several White House sources who say they haven’t seen him around much since the fiscal cliff deal.
(He did stand up for a light USA Today exit interview recently, and has been helping to frame the inaugural and SOTU. But he isn’t diving into anything new, sources say, and is suffering from a bad case of senioritis).
So who replaces Obama’s (semi) irreplaceable man?
In reality, no one. But there are a few emerging clues on staffers who would assume Plouffe’s multiple roles as the top in-house adviser on communications, messaging, political strategy and freelance Obama-whispering. Think Plouffe-by-committee.
Several administration officials tell me that current Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer (who didn’t comment, and seemed annoyed by the inquiry) is likely to get an enhanced role sometime soon, and would possibly take over the messaging, comms and sounding board role that Plouffe occupied.
THERE IS MORE. – - -
miranda – - – -THIS is INFORMATIVE: – - – -:>) – - -
– –Week in Review: Cabinet picks, gun control, cable fights – - – -
- — – -POLITICO’s week in review: President Obama’s 2nd term Cabinet picks, gun control debate gets to the White House and fights break out on cable news. (Produced by Alexander Trowbridge with Madeline Marshall) 01/10/2013 10:35 PM EDT — -[I LIKE THESE KINDS of SUMMARIES. :>)]
miranda – - –Awwww – –FOCUS on the — -”LITTLEST ANGEL” – - – -:>) – - -
- – -Quvenzhané Wallis taking best actress Oscar nod in stride – - -
- — - Quvenzhane Wallis was experiencing something of an internal struggle when she found out she’d been nominated for an Academy Award early Thursday morning.
“I woke up, and (my mother) said, ‘You’ve been nominated! You’re nominated!’” recalls Quvenzhane (Kuh-VAHN-zuh-nay) of learning she’s up for the best actress prize at the 85th annual Oscars. “I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ But it was on the inside. It wasn’t on the outside.”
At 9 years old, the “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star is the youngest woman — ahem — girl to ever be nominated in the category.
“We were all literally losing our minds this morning, and she’s totally taking it in stride,” says “Beasts” writer-director Benh Zeitlin, who is himself nominated in the directing and adapted screenplay categories. “It’s magical. She’s just poised and fearless. I saw that the first day I ever met her when she was five. To this day, she just knows who she is, and she’s confident.”
Quvenzhane, who hails from Houma, La., about 60 miles southeast of New Orleans, was in Los Angeles Thursday to promote “Beasts” with Zeitlin, who lives in New Orleans. She was just 5 years old when she first auditioned for the film’s lead role of Hushpuppy, a little girl struggling to survive with her ailing father in the southern Delta as a storm approaches.
THERE IS MORE.
— – -BLESS U “dear one.”♥ :>) Annnd — Bless your FAMILY. :>) – - -
Karen Finney on LOD floatin trial balloon – Joe lay down for Hillary.
Karen, I know Hils put u on but you’re losing me…and fast.
— -Psssst — -TyrenM – — I die-nt know that she was —bi-racial. — -UNTIL she recently said –”US BLACK FOLKS” —-**blink**
– —Per teh google: –In an article she wrote on the Huffinton Post, Finney stated that she was born to an African American father and a White mother named Mildred Lee. — – - -Jus’ notin’. . .:>)
miranda – - — -COMEDIC TRUTH!! – — LOL
Just LIKE DA WOMEN COUNTERS!!—HAH!
–DEar POU FAM♥ —G’NIGHT. :>) Annd HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS. ♥ – -♥:>) —
— – -CONTINUE 2 PRAY 4: – - -MR. PRESIDENT/VP Joe; — STORM VICTIMS; – –ALL SHOOTIN’ VICTIMS/FAMILIES; – - –the ECONOMY/da PEOPLE; – -EACH OTHER♥ — -AMEN. – - – -
– — –Soweto Gospel Choir – Joko Yahao – -
- — – – -Joko Ya Hao e bobebe (Your burden is light)
E nkholla pelo (It lifts my heart)
Tumelo ho nna ke thebe (My belief is my shield)
Etla Mphemisa lefo (That saves me from death)
Nyakallo ke e fumane (I have found happiness)
Tseleng ya morena (In the Lord’s way)
Dira honna di qhallane (Enemies have scattered)
Ke hloletswe ke wena (He has defeated them for me)
Ketla opa ka diatla (I’ll wait with expectation)
Ketlare halleluya (And trust in Heaven)
Halleluya o se Natla (Halleluya you are the warrior)
Se nkeneang ho Jehovah (that leads me into Jehovah) (Repeat) — -
– - – –UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT. :>) – ♥ :>)- -
Just wanted to say, just found the site via a link from AxelFoley – great stuff here, added to my blogroll.
Justice For Trayvon
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