September 25, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: 8-Ballers!

Good Morning Obots!

Today’s baller-shot caller is the legendary Leonard “Bugs” Rucker.

Leonard Rucker  – Born Aug. 18, 1938; Died Nov.11, 2007 –  but everybody called him Bugs — hailed from Chicago, IL, where he developed into a very strong Bank Pool player as a teenager. Like fellow Hall of Famer Eddie Taylor, Bugs took advantage of his tremendous banking skills to go on to develop a very strong One Pocket game.

As a tournament player, Bugs only played in a handful of tournaments — mostly well after his prime years. Like other black players, Bugs was barred from tournament play until the color barrier was finally lifted in 1967. By then he was already established as a top after hours player, and he showed little interest in what he called the “sociable” tournaments, except as an opportunity to challenge the gathered players in head-to-head match ups. His highest tournament finishes in One Pocket were:

  • Won the 1994 McDermott All-Stars One Pocket
  • 2nd place, 1992 Lexington All-Stars One Pocket

As an After Hours player however, Bugs matched up with virtually all of the greatest One Pocket and Banks players of his time, and in that elite company he is held in the very highest esteem. He was known to show up at tournaments — even Johnston City — and offer to play the winner, in some cases even offering a little handicap!

Despite his intimidating size (over six feet tall), he has always had an easy going manner around the table, with never a complaint about the equipment. At the table however, his unmatched killer instinct and ability to “get out from nowhere”, no matter how high the stakes, made him one of the most intimidating One Pocket and Banks players ever.

Although not known as a teacher as such, Bugs has certainly inspired many, many players with his very strong play, his aggressive banking style, and his poise and character as a player and a person.

  • MonieTalks

    Good Morning POU, lurkers, everybody!

  • MonieTalks

    Rolls eyes, suck teeth…never liked him anyway. And to think I tried not to laugh with SNL spoofed him….

    Former Gov. David Paterson offers up an odd slam against President Obama

    By Jonathan Lemire AND Kenneth Lovett / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 1:51 PM

    Former Gov. David Paterson tried to defend President Obama from Donald Trump and the birthers — but offered up a sound- bite snafu that seemed like he was accusing his fellow Democrat of pulling a fast one.

    “Even if he wasn’t born in the United States, at this point, it’s kind of like he got away with it,” Paterson babbled on his radio show, attempting to paint the birther controversy as a nonissue. “A lot of people get away with a lot of things.”

    Birthers claim Obama is ineligible for the White House, alleging that he was born in Kenya and his Hawaii birth certificate — which has been reviewed by officials and legitimized — is a sham.

    Not done, Paterson likened Obama’s situation to Richard Nixon’s after he won the presidency in 1968 despite charges from some quarters that he sabotaged President Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam peace talks. Paterson said while it may have been “treason,” Nixon “got away with it.”

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    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ MonieTalks. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – -WHA’???? – —“Even if he wasn’t born in the United States, at this point, it’s kind of like he got away with it,” Paterson babbled on his radio show,. . – -WHA’???? – – —

      – – – –SAAAAAA–LAP!!! – – BUT U di-ent “get away” with your corruption, affairs, etc. – – -THAT’S “WHYCOME” U R – – -the “former”. – – – How’s THAT workin’ 4 U?? – —

      NOW SHUT DA FLIP UP annnnd SIT DA FLIP DOWN!! – -geesh!!

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

      • Alexander2

        “SAAAAAA–LAP!!! – – BUT U di-ent “get away” with your corruption, affairs, etc.”

        Break it down, GLH. Happy Belated Birthday to your mommie.

        • GreenLadyHere

          GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – – –

          –It is sooo disturbin’ 2 hear “usta bees” —come outta the past 2 CRITICIZE MR. PRESIDENT – – -especially when THEY went out in DISGRACE!! —
          Wonder HOW MUCH they GET PAID?? — geesh!!

          – — -THANK u 4 your GOOD WISHES. :>) She appreciated THEM sooo MUCH. :>)

          – – –Have a WONDERFUL day—-ALEXANDER2. :>)——

    • Miranda


      • Admiral_Komack

        I guess he’s not getting laid.

    • MsKitty

      Negro, please

    • Obviously, this mofo didn’t learn his lesson when he tried to back stab PBO a couple of years ago.

  • MonieTalks

    Merck, Pfizer Back Lawmakers Who Oppose Company Products

    There was plenty of debate about the new health-care law in the 2010 congressional elections while little, if any, on birth control.

    Today, the drug industry’s trade group is finding that it helped elect Republican lawmakers who are seeking to limit access to contraceptives sold by its members. Even so, the drug industry is supporting their re-elections.

    The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which counts four of the seven biggest sellers of birth control drugs and devices among its members, gave $4.8 million in 2010 to Republican-leaning nonprofits that helped elect 23 lawmakers, all of whom later voted to limit access to birth control and reduce federal funding for it.

    …“They’re undermining their own products,” said Shelley Alpern, vice president of Boston-based Trillium Asset Management, whose holdings include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), a member of Phrma that sells birth control drugs. “It’s very disturbing. At best case, it’s a matter of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.”

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    • Miranda

      There’s a method to their madness…..its not unintentional, that’s for sure.

  • MonieTalks

    Woman Who Couldn’t Be Intimidated by Citigroup Wins $31 Million

    ….In March 2011, more than two years after Citigroup took $45 billion in bailouts from the U.S. government and billions more from the Federal Reserve — more in total than any other U.S. bank — Jeffery Polkinghorne, an O’Fallon executive in charge of loan quality, asked Hunt and a colleague to stay in a conference room after a meeting.

    The encounter with Polkinghorne was brief and tense, Hunt says. The number of loans classified as defective would have to fall, he told them, or it would be “your asses on the line.”

    Hunt says it was clear what Polkinghorne was asking — and she wanted no part of it.

    ‘I Wouldn’t Play Along’

    “All a dishonest person had to do was change the reports to make things look better than they were,” Hunt says. “I wouldn’t play along.”

    Instead, she took her employer to court — and won. In August 2011, five months after the meeting with Polkinghorne, Hunt sued Citigroup in Manhattan federal court, accusing its home-loan division of systematically violating U.S. mortgage regulations.

    The U.S. Justice Department decided to join her suit in January. Citigroup didn’t dispute any of Hunt’s facts; it didn’t mount a defense in public or in court. On Feb. 15, 2012, the bank agreed to pay $158.3 million to the U.S. government to settle the case.

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    • Miranda

      Mofos KNEW they were wrong so didn’t fight it at all. Shoulda got $500 million from their azzes.

    • rikyrah

      yeah yeah yeah

  • GreenLadyHere
  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM. – – – –SPEAK[En Espanol] – – -MR. PRESIDENT- -:>) – —-

    — — –Listen To Barack Obama Speak Spanish – – —

    – —The Obama campaign released a new set of Spanish language television ads today that end with the president giving his standard “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message” spiel en español. While his accent is not perfect, his Spanish is far better than Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s.

    President Obama’s new Spanish ads focus on the president’s record on jobs and healthcare and will air in Nevada, Colorado and Florida. According to the Obama campaign, they are “the third in a series of Spanish language television and radio ads highlighting the President’s record on issues of particular importance to the Hispanic community.”

    Watch one of President Obama’s new Spanish-languages ads below. You can hear the president speaking Spanish about 26 seconds into the commercial.

    – – – – -Felicidades [I hope. :>)] – — MR. PRESIDENT!! :>) – – –

  • Miranda

    Is Artur Davis gonna be that well spoken negro for the GOP to go out and bash PBO? I’d really like for him to try that and see how much worse it can get for his simple ass.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – Ohhhhh – – -THIS is a GOOD 1! :>) Woo! Hoo! – — – –

    – – – —Broken Promises: Romney’s Massachusetts Record – – –

    – —Mitt Romney ran for Governor of Massachusetts promising more jobs, decreased debt, and smaller government.

    Here’s what Massachusetts got instead:

    Jobs: 47th out of 50 states in job creation
    Taxes and fees: Increased more than $750 million per year
    Long-term debt: Increased more than $2.6 billion

    Fact is, Romney economics didn’t work then, and won’t work now.

    – – – -SPEAK FACTS!! – – — -EPIC FAIL!! – — LOL.

    THIS is “WHYCOME” he doesn’t RUN on his – – -FAILUREs – —err RECORD!! HAH!! – – –

  • MonieTalks

    Clarence Thomas reconciles with Yale after bitter years

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who bitterly wrote of affixing a 15-cent price sticker to his 1974 Yale Law School diploma and storing it in the basement, appears to be reconciling with his alma mater.

    …”I have to go over to the law school now,” he said, according to an account in the Connecticut Law Tribune. “This is kind of a big deal. I was shamefully bitter towards a school that gave me an opportunity to finish up and do OK. And I’ve got to go over and do my mea culpas. I was juvenile, and that’s the way I feel about it.”

    In his 2007 memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son,” Thomas wrote that people at Yale and in the broader legal community suggested he had been admitted at the Ivy League law school because of racial preferences, which were meant to compensate for years of discrimination against African Americans.

    “After graduating from Yale, I met a black alumnus of the University of Michigan Law School who told me that he’d made a point of not mentioning his race on his application,” Thomas wrote. “I wished with all my heart that I’d done the same. By then I knew I’d made a mistake in going to Yale. I felt as though I’d been tricked, that some of the people who claimed to be helping me were in fact hurting me.”

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    • Miranda

      He’s still a bitter crotchedy kneegrow.

    • Dude doesn’t have issues, he has subscriptions. *smh*

      • GN

        Tell it.

    • Alexander2

      Tell the truth Unca Thomas. This is why you were so bitter about Yale. Nothing about affirmative action.

      “Hill-Thomas was civil war at Yale,” Amar said. “I think he felt his own institution turned on him.”

    • Worldwatcher7

      This article gives me no idea about what had Thomas so salty. Was it because some Yale students sided with Anita Hill? Was it a philosophical opposition to affirmative action? (After his selfish ass benefitted from the program.) Or is it his lingering sense of inadequacy, self-hate, and the guilt of being a token and a puppet? I’m just asking.

    • GN

      Bitter is his middle name. I’m so sick of hearing about the so-called grievances of this ENORMOUSLY privileged person; what a fool this guy is–hint, Justice Thomas: your feelings of inadequacy come from within, and can only lessen when fixed from within, not lashing out at others or the world at large.

  • Mornin’ POU Fam!

    ADP Employer Services Says U.S. Added 133,000 Jobs in May
    By Shobhana Chandra – May 31, 2012 8:53 AM ET

    Companies in the U.S. added fewer workers than forecast in May, a reminder the job market will take time to strengthen, a private report based on payrolls showed.

    The 133,000 increase in employment followed a revised 113,000 gain the prior month that was smaller than initially estimated, Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Employer Services said today. The median estimate of 39 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a May advance of 150,000.

    Businesses may be wary of adding workers until they see more evidence of a pickup in consumer spending, while Europe struggles with recession. A Labor Department report due tomorrow may show that private payrolls rose by 160,000 in May, and unemployment held at 8.1 percent, economists projected.

    “Businesses are adding workers at a pace that is not very impressive,” said David Sloan, a senior economist at 4Cast Inc. in New York, who projected a gain of 135,000 for the ADP report. “The unemployment rate is not going to fall rapidly. The numbers are consistent with an economy that is growing modestly.”


  • Jobless Claims in U.S. Increased by 10,000 to 383,000
    By Timothy R. Homan – May 31, 2012 8:50 AM ET

    The number of Americans applying for unemployment insurance payments rose last week to a one-month high, a sign that progress in reducing joblessness may be stalling.

    First-time claims for jobless benefits increased by 10,000 to 383,000 in the week ended May 26 from a revised 373,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said today. The initial claims exceeded the median estimate of 370,000 in a Bloomberg News survey of economists. The number of people on unemployment benefit rolls dropped.

    Increased firings weaken the prospects for accelerating job growth, which in turn could weigh on consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy. Companies may be reluctant to add to payrolls as the pace of growth slows in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.

    “Businesses have exhibited an extreme degree of caution in terms of capital investment as well as hiring,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Pierpont Securities LLC in Stamford, Connecticut. “Things are just kind of slogging along.”


    • Town

      They could take all the billions of dollars they’re spending to put Obama out of work and use it to invest in their business, but that would be too much like right.

    • aleth

      The GOP is doing it again, fuck the economy and the nation has amnesia.



    • Admiral_Komack

      When asked for comment, Dimon replied, “That damn nig (GONG)!

      A spokesman later replied, ” “Mr. Dimon simply said that the sheriff was near.”

  • Economy in U.S. Expanded Less Than Previously Estimated
    By Alex Kowalski – May 31, 2012 8:53 AM ET

    The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the first quarter than previously estimated, reflecting smaller gains in inventories and bigger government cutbacks.

    Gross domestic product climbed at a 1.9 percent annual rate from January through March, down from a 2.2 percent prior estimate, revised Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The report also showed corporate profits rose at the slowest pace in more than three years and smaller wage gains at the end of 2011.

    Consumer spending at retailers and car dealerships kept the economy moving forward last quarter just as businesses investment cooled, showing why the economy needs to generate bigger job gains to sustain the expansion. The threat of a slump in Europe adds to concerns the U.S. recovery will struggle to gain speed.


  • Miranda

    BREAKING: Walmart Ends Financial Support For ALEC

    The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, has become the nineteenth group to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council. Walmart’s departure from the right-wing legislation-crafting group is particularly salient because the big box chain is also the largest purveyor of firearms in the country.

    Eighteen other groups have dropped ALEC since their ‘Stand Your Ground’ legislation came under scrutiny in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Walmart is now the largest company to do so.

    more here

    • MsKitty

      Wow, they lost Walmart? Might be time to cue up Don Meredith for ALEC.

      • Miranda


    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ miranda. —***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – – – -#19 – –Woo! Hoo! – —ALEC is goin’ – –DOWN!!! :>)

      Good 2 CU. :>)

    • GN

      This, alongside the zoo animal currently awaiting trial for murder, is the bright spot of all of the (mostly young, high school) activists who did so much to raise attention to Trayvon’s murder. He definitely did not die in vain; that’s no big comfort for his parents, but his murder has already created change.

    • Camille

      I’ll believe that only AFTER we know for sure that Walmart under a different name or subsidiary isn’t still financing this dastardly alliance.

      Something tells me the Waltons are still very much part of ALEC personally. They ARE the core ALEC folk.

  • lamh35

    it’s all going to be questions about POTUS and GOP trying to lay blame to Obama admin. I’ll wait for the transript 😉

    • The May unemployment rate comes out tomorrow, so the “Bad Lounge” will be stocked with food, magazines and video games.

    • I read you loud and clear. The usual panic and as usual it won’t be pretty.

  • lamh35

    Darn you Disqus. This is in reply to Sepia on Dimon’s testimony before Congress
    it’s all going to be questions about POTUS and GOP trying to lay blame to Obama admin. I’ll wait for the transript 😉

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – — –Holder to black pastors: Civil rights at risk.

    – – – – –Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking to black pastors at a Congressional Black Caucus event designed to get out the vote this election year, warned his audience that the civil rights they enjoy are under attack.

    “I’ve heard a consistent drumbeat of concern from citizens, who — often for the first time in their lives — now have reason to believe that . . . some of the achievements that defined the civil rights movement could now hang in the balance,” Holder said in his prepared remarks. He cited “the all-too-common deceptive practices we’ve been fighting for years” in addition to “more recent fears and frustrations about some of the state-level voting law changes we’ve seen this legislative season.”

    Holder went on to criticize the South Carolina voter ID law, which Democrats often portray as an act of Republican racism designed to hurt President Obama by disenfranchising black voters.

    – — -THANK U AG HOLDER. :>) – – – -Contrary 2 the IGNANCE expressed on another site – – -WE SUPPORT U HERE! :>)

    • Town

      LOL I saw that lady in Richmond standing on the corner with her “DONT VOTE FOR OBAMA / GOD SAID SO” sandwich board. She was taking cell phone pictures of people taking pictures of her. Nobody on the corner was paying attention to her, they were just sitting on the bus bench ignoring her. I wanted to take a brick (the panhandlers around here sit down on buckets or piles of bricks*) and throw it at her.

      *The panhandling laws around here state you can’t STAND in the median or sidewalk begging for money. The law doesn’t say anything about SITTING so most panhandlers sit down in the median begging. This particular corner has a pile of bricks which the panhandlers take turns sitting on, lol.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL. GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ Town. ***BIG HUG*** :>)


        – — —I wanted to take a brick (the panhandlers around here sit down on buckets or piles of bricks*) and throw it at her. LOL.

        Glad U di-ent THROW that brick! LOL. — – –

        GR8 – -musing. :>) THANK U Town. :>) Have a god day. :>)

  • MonieTalks

    Charles Pierce over at Esquire is hilarious..he is one of my must-reads now.

    Things in Politico That Make Me Want to Guzzle Antifreeze, Palin-Is-as-Palin-Does Edition
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 11:51AM

    Oh, for the love of Mary, just stop this stuff already.

    Nobody’s going to deny the necessity for the occasional beat-sweetener here and there, but people at least should have more pride than to turn out a fantastical tome about the alleged political resurgence of Princess Dumbass Of The Northwoods. Nothing has changed in the past year. Deb Fischer won the Nebraska senatorial primary because Joe Ricketts pumped millions of dollars into a stretch-drive ad buy that pushed her over the top. Richard Mourdock won in Indiana — turning what should have been an easy Republican hold of a Senate seat into an authentic dogfight — because Richard Lugar contracted Dutch Elm Disease at the worst possible time. Neither of these races was affected by the Princess’s endorsement beyond that which is accidental. She continues to be extremely unpopular in the country at large, and she leads only that part of the Republican party that is the Republican party’s greatest problem. She’s the primary prion at the heart of what’s eating the party’s brain.

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    • Miranda

      He is so scathing. LOL

    • rikyrah

      you know, it’s gotta be good to be able to bitchslap people verbally on a daily basis AND get a paycheck.

      Pierce has nothing to complain about…LOL

    • Look at the newspaper Palin is allegedly reading and the look on her face. Is that the NBA I see on the front page?

      Okay I’ll be in the bad lounge if someone needs to get in touch with me.

    • PBomb

      Pierce has a book that is on our future reading club list for POU. He’s very entertaining to read.

    • nellcote

      I’d be happy to ignore Politico like I ignore the Drudge Report if Politico didn’t set the days talking points for the lazy DC press corps. If you ever wonder why ALL the news programs are shreiking about the latest shiny object instead of something real it’s probably because of an article in Politico.

  • Miranda

    In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers

    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.

    Questioned at the time about the news that one particularly notorious pedophile cleric had been given a “payoff” to leave the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan, then the archbishop, responded that such an inference was “false, preposterous and unjust.”

    But a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll.

    more here

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: – – – –SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – – -GIVING BRIAN BANKS A — -“TRYOUT” — next week! – – – -Woo! Hooo!

    – – – -BEST WISHES. :>) – – — B BLESSED. :>) — –

  • Well, well, well… So when Cardinal Timothy Dolan was archbishop in Milwaukee, he paid off pedophile priests to resign, and then lied about it!

    In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers

    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.

    Questioned at the time about the news that one particularly notorious pedophile cleric had been given a “payoff” to leave the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan, then the archbishop, responded that such an inference was “false, preposterous and unjust.”

    But a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll.

    A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed on Wednesday that payments of as much as $20,000 were made to “a handful” of accused priests “as a motivation” not to contest being defrocked. The process, known as “laicization,” is a formal church juridical procedure that requires Vatican approval, and can take far longer if the priest objects.


    • Miranda

      What part of the bible says its okay to pay off pedophiles and then lie that you didn’t do it? Is that in Leviticus?

      • JojoRaze

        But, but, but….Birth control!!!

        • Admiral_Komack

          Well…uh…same-sex marriage!

        • Ebogan63

          Hey, Jojo! Ain’t it funny that all o’ this ish regarding the Catholic Church: Pope’s butler, Dolan, etc. after they decided to go after PBO?

      • PBomb

        It is the hidden in one of the lost books of the bible- DiddleLittleBoyicus, Chapter 6 verse 9. Also there’s a lost book called, “How to be an Insufferable Hypocrite”.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Let us prey.

  • Miranda

    CEO: Ford can’t build enough vehicles to meet demand

    Washington— Ford Motor Co.’s President and Chief Executive Alan Mulally says the company can’t build enough vehicles to meet consumer demand.

    Mulally said Ford would continue to boost production this year and acknowledged that supply issues will prevent it from building as many vehicles as it wants.

    “We’re going to increase production through the rest of the year,” Mulally told reporters after meeting with members of Michigan’s congressional delegation Wednesday. “We have limits on our production as we’re going up. … We really can’t make as many vehicles as people want right now.”

    more here:

    • rikyrah

      Willard said:


  • rikyrah

    Mitt Romney’s Ads: Still Wrong on the Stimulus

    I’ve been on leave writing a book about the stimulus, so I’ve let others judge the Pants-on-Fire ads and Four-Pinocchio attacks and Solyndra-related nonsense that Republicans have been peddling about the stimulus. It’s certainly created jobs for fact-checkers. But now that I’m back, I suppose it’s my duty to weigh in on Mitt Romney’s new stimulus-bashing ad–apparently part of a new stimulus-bashing campaign–because it’s not just a rehash of the same old bogus charges. It’s added a brand new bogus charge that perfectly captures the up-is-down stimulus debate.

    Most of the ad is typical schadenfreude about Solyndra, along with three other stimulus-funded clean-energy companies that have run into problems. For the umpteenth time: Some of these companies will fail. That’s capitalism. That’s lending. That’s life. As one Obama aide told me: Some students who get Pell grants are going to end up drunks on the street. I’ve written about this before, and I’ll write about it again, but so far there have been fewer Solyndra-type failures than Congress expected. The Energy Department’s controversial loan program has billions in excess reserves. The stimulus did not just promote one company or one technology or one pathway towards a clean-energy economy; it invested in all kinds of alternatives to fossil fuels, so they could battle it out in the marketplace. And for what it’s worth, the Bush Administration was gung-ho about the Solyndra loan, too.
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  • rikyrah

    Political AnimalBlog
    May 31, 2012 9:16 AM

    Blunt Instrument
    By Ed Kilgore

    As you probably know, the fine administration of Florida Gov. Rick Scott is making no bones about its determination to take every step it can get away with to “purge” the voting rolls of “suspected” noncitizens (a.k.a., suspected Democrats) before this November’s election—preferably so very near to the election that it will be too late to stop or correct.Rolling Stone’s Ari Berman has a timely overview of the blunt instrument of blank disqualifications and other franchise-shrinking steps Team Scott is using without a whole lot in the way of guile or apology:

    The latest purge comes on the heels of a trio of new voting restrictions passed by Florida Republicans last year, disenfranchising 100,000 previously eligible ex-felons who’d been granted the right to vote under GOP Governor Charlie Crist in 2008; shutting down non-partisan voter registration drives; and cutting back on early voting….
    Florida Republicans have taken voter suppression to a brazen extreme. After the 2010 election, Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, instructed Secretary of State Ken Browning to compile a massive database of alleged “non-citizen” voters. Browning resigned in February rather than implement Scott’s plan, saying “we were not confident enough about the information for this secretary to hang his hat on it.”
    But in early May his successor, Ken Detzner, a former beer-industry lobbyist, announced a list of 182,000 suspected non-citizens to be removed from the voting rolls, along with 50,000 apparently dead voters. (Seven thousand alleged felons had already been scrubbed from the rolls in the first four months of 2012). On May 8, the state mailed out a first batch of 2,600 letters to Florida residents informing them, “you are not a United States citizen; however you are registered to vote.” If the recipients do not reply within thirty days and affirm their U.S. citizenship, they will be dropped from the voter rolls.
    The first batch of names was riddled with inaccuracies. For example, as the progressive blog Think Progress noted, “an excess of 20 percent of the voters flagged as ‘non-citizens’ in Miami-Dade are, in fact, citizens. And the actual number may be much higher.” If this ratio holds for the rest of the names on the non-citizens list, more than 35,000 eligible voters could be disenfranchised.

    Add 35,000 to the votes removed from the ballot by the earlier disenfranchisement efforts, and project it to a very close election in a state Republicans believe they must win to take back the White House, and it could be a pretty big deal. But what’s really maddening is how blase Republicans have become about disenfranchisement: voting isn’t being treated as a fundamental right, but as a selectively protected privilege that some categories of Americans are repeatedly forced to prove they deserve. Perhaps this attitude comes from the “constitutonal conservative” belief that government as Calvin Coolidge envisioned it is a divine institution that voters should not have the power to modify. Perhaps it has been influenced by the Randian view of poor people as looters who really shouldn’t be allowed to “vote themselves welfare” in the first place. But it’s there, it’s more blatant than ever, and it could have a big impact on what happens this November.

  • MonieTalks
    • GN

      I don’t know if I can even read that…this poor dead child, murdered by an impulse killing son of a racist. I can’t imagine what his young friends are feeling right now about the utter failure to protect this child both before and after his death by multiple adults. I hope that the Sanford PD gets what the New Orleans PD got from Holder’s DOJ.

  • Miranda

    Justice Stevens: Obama right to criticize court ruling on campaign spending

    WASHINGTON — President Obama ruffled some feathers two years ago when he lambasted the Supreme Court for its Citizens United decision during a State of the Union speech. It was unusual for a president to criticize the justices as they sat before him.

    Now, retired Justice John Paul Stevens has taken the equally unusual step of saying the president was right in challenging the court’s opinion.

    more here,0,7395653.story

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -AHA!! – – – -Some PUSH BACK – –in FLORIDA!! — – –

    – – – –EXCLUSIVE: Palm Beach Elections Supervisor Rejects Florida’s Voter Purge List, Says Effort Is ‘Not Credible’ – – – –

    – – – – —While several Florida elections supervisors have expressed serious concerns about Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) controversial effort to remove voters it thinks may be non-citizens from the state’s voter rolls, one supervisor has drawn a line in the sand.

    Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, a former Democratic state representative, told ThinkProgress in an interview that while the state of Florida sent her county 115 names of voters it considered “sure matches” with a list of non-citizens, her office determined the list’s documentation to be “not credible” and has not sent out letters asking for verification of citizens to any of those voters.

    Bucher said:

    We need to make sure we have reliable and credible information, by a preponderance of evidence. We could prove that the information was not credible before sending letters and even the Division of Elections has admitted substantial flaws. I did not feel we had credible information and told them I wouldn’t send [any letters] until they could give me a better list.

    This thing is not working out so well, we know the information [on which the state relied to flag these names] is very old. They [listed the voter’s] last transaction date with [the Florida Department of] Highway Safety — in many cases, [the was 2000, 2002]. By now they probably have become citizens – I questioned immediately.

    THANK U – – -THANK U – — Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, —– – -STAND STRONG. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA WARNING: – – – -The “POVERTY TOUR PAIR” – –will B on cnn soon. – –PROMOTIN’ their BOOK – – – -SPEAKING on – –MR. HOLDER.

    • Wait a minute you mean to tell me they wrote a book? I’m shocked.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL. GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ woody45. :>)

        – – -Seeee – – -It’s INITIAL TITLE: – —-“IT’S ALL ABOUT US!!” – – -LOL – — –

        – — -OoooKaaay: – – – –The Rich and the Rest of Us – – –

        Sooo – –THEY R trynta JOIN the RICH – -by sellin’ IT. LOL

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>)

      • GN

        Now woody, please don’t be sarcastic when it comes to the purely altruistic Travis and Corny; not a media-whoring bone in their bodies, no sir.

  • Miranda

    Here’s another dummy – this one writes for The Root

    Mrs. O and Beyoncé: A Problematic Love Fest?
    This writer says the first lady sends a dangerous message in calling the pop star a role model.,1&tid=sm_tw_button_toolbar

    Put her on blast on twitter:
    Demetria Lucas @abelleinbk

    • aleth

      Really of the issues this is the biggest for them? Seriously.

      This is the biggest’!!! Fuck this

    • Alexander2

      These folks are twisting and spinning to find drama.

      This is all the first lady said:

      “The First Lady and Beyoncé have a special connection, having worked together on Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. And in PEOPLE’s latest issue, the First Lady says if she could be anyone else, she would be the pop star.

      “If I had some gift, I’d be Beyoncé,” Obama said. “I’d be some great singer.”,,20599156,00.html

      • That’s it? That’s the dangerous message FLOTUS is projecting? Is it a slow news week?

      • GN

        IMO Beyonce *is* a great singer and entertainer–she’s this generation’s Tina Turner. I respect people who disagree and are not fans, but this is absolutely ridiculous. They really had to reach to try to find something, anything, to complain about re: FLOTUS.

        • It’s very simple, GN: FLOTUS approval rating is sky high! They’re trying to bring her down a peg or two, so what do they do? Get Black writers to pen bs articles criticizing FLOTUS for liking Bouncy in hopes of convincing people — mainly Black people — to turn against FLOTUS.

          It’s ridiculous and it won’t work. And I’m speaking as someone who neither likes nor respects Beyonce.

          • GN

            I think that’s exactly right–they’re scared of that high approval and what that means as FLOTUS hits the campaign trail. Totally co-signing the prediction that this is going to fail. Beyonce fans or not fans–I think that almost everyone will indeed agree that this attack on FLOTUS is ludicrous.

          • And thanks to Monie posting those articles above where the same author defends Kim K and Nicki Minaj, the REAL agenda is exposed.

    • Here’s what she tweeted:

      I did a search but didn’t find any articles written by her about the GOP taking away women’s health care.

      • Miranda

        Oh…somebody got their feelings hurt huh?

      • MonieTalks

        She also contributes to Essence. Funny thing is she has defended both Kim K and Nicki Minaj, who are no less milking their large behinds for their fame….You can dislike Beyonce all day for running out of originality, but she has followed the lead of many leading women artists like Cher, Tina Turner, and Madonna and used her sex appeal in the process….that has ALWAYS been a force for successful women artists, like it or not.

        Ironically Lucas wrote this in defense of Kim K:

        Real Talk: Are You Hating on the Kardashians?
        By Demetria L. Lucas

        I can’t be the only one baffled by this confrontation. Kim’s never given the pretense of trying to solve world peace. She’s just this sort of lighthearted woman whose dramatic life is manufactured by her mastermind mother. You can’t go a day without seeing what she’s up to — on the cover of a magazine or the homepage of your favorite gossip site — yes, even the Black ones (but not this one). And I get how anyone could get fatigued. (Kim was voted “Most Annoying Celebrity of 2011” in a recent Parade magazine culture poll.) But hating on the girl because of her backside — real or not — or expecting her to give back to the Black community because she dates Black men? Where they do that at?

        Read more:

        or this on Nicki Minaj:

        Sound Off: The Problem (or Not) with Nicki Minaj

        We’ve put the pressure on Minaj of being Badu-deep, but filling our voids is not an obligation for Minaj to shoulder. Her duty is to create her version of art, whatever that is and even if it’s all pink everything. We can love Minaj or we can hate her, but it’s fruitless to think we can change her into something she’s not (or someone we still miss) in order to embrace her.

        Read more:

        • ORLY NOW???

          *evil grin*

          • Miranda

            Isn’t that interesting?

        • Town

          Sooooo, Beyonce (who shakes her ass BUT married her man and had her child in wedlock after being married 4 years, who has never been known to be in club altercations or sleeping around) is NOT a good role model

          but Kim Kardashian (who shot to fame because Ray J peed on her in a sex video) and Nicki Minaj (who stole Lil Kim’s style and milks her abnormally big ass for hits) ARE?

          • Miranda

            Hmmm….funny how that works huh?

        • GN

          So let me get this straight: she defends this Kardashian whose claim to fame is, let’s see: a porn movie, running from man to man (sorry, like a whore; I’m sorry but it’s true), and shameless self-promotion without a single discernible talent.

          Then she concern trolls FLOTUS for admiring Beyonce who is in a years-long steady relationship, who has worked hard in her profession of singing and dancing, and who jumped at the chance to help the Obamas get elected and push health initiatives.

          Demetria Lucas really needs to rethink this; couldn’t disagree with her more.

          • Miranda

            She is silly.

          • Admiral_Komack

            “So let me get this straight: she defends this Kardashian whose claim to fame is, let’s see: a porn movie, running from man to man (sorry, like a whore; I’m sorry but it’s true), and shameless self-promotion without a single discernible talent.”

            -You forgot her fat ass.

    • GN

      Oh please! Like or don’t like Beyonce (a lot of people think she borrows too much from icons like Tina Turner), this is a very ridiculous concern troll. Wow, teaching little kids to dance and exercise, how offensive of FLOTUS and Beyonce.

      Black people must have miracurously been lifted out of the results of institutional and overt racism, for someone to be concerned about something this benign and trivial.

      • MonieTalks

        Thank you.

        That airhead Kelli Goff started this bullshit.

        Both of these wanna be “”Maya Wilkes authorists want some hits to sell those books they just came out with….and being critical of the FLOTUS is the way to go

    • Daltex82

      I didn’t bother to read it, but I’m wondering when and where the meeting took place? You know the meeting were Rove, Koch and ’em gathered together all the ninjas and told them we are offering a few shekels, sweet tea and a pat on the head from massa from all willing to assistance us in our quest to bring down the uppity negro’s occupying “our” White House. Corey Booker, David Patterson this chick and others seem to be willing to step up and help in anyway. Damn at this rate by the time November rolls around my JABN( Jealous and Bitter Negro) list will be bursting at the seems.

  • rikyrah

    When Fox drops the pretense
    By Steve Benen – Thu May 31, 2012 9:15 AM EDT.

    Even by Fox News standards, yesterday’s edition of “Fox & Friends” was jaw-dropping. The show produced and aired its own four-minute attack ad targeting President Obama, brazenly shifting Fox from the role of an ostensible news organization to that of a Republican super PAC.

    The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik said Fox’s attack ad was reminiscent of “1930s propaganda,” adding, As the guy who challenged the Obama administration two years when it tried to deny Fox News access to interviews and other opportunities offered to the media on the grounds that Fox was not a legitimate news operation … even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity…. Any news organization that puts up this kind of video is rotten to the core.”

    Bill Shine, the executive vice president for programming at Fox News, eventually blamed “an associate producer” for the incident. It was a curious response that leads to some follow-up questions:

    * Did this associate producer stage a bloodless coup, commandeering Fox’s control room against the wishes of the senior producers and hosts? And if so, why did the in-house attack ad air twice?

    * If this associate producer was to blame, why did Gretchen Carlson introduce the attack ad by telling viewers, “We decided to take a look back at the president’s first term to see if it lived up to hope and change”? And why did Fox Nation tout the piece as a “must-see Fox video”?

    * If this associate producer did something wildly inappropriate that embarrassed the network and removed all doubt about Fox serving as an appendage to the Republican Party, why did “Fox & Friends” lavish praise on him after the attack ad aired?

    Whatever the answer to these questions, Fox News’ executives apparently weren’t pleased with yesterday’s developments — by mid-day, the “Fox & Friends” attack ad was removed from the show’s website as well as Fox Nation, the network’s aggregation site.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – — -SAAAA-LAP!! – – –THIS WANCH!! – – —

    – – –Video- On Hannity, Malkin Calls Michelle Obama The “Bitter Half Of The Obama Administration” – — –

    – – –SHE NEVA 4-GAVE GOD 4 her – – – – -MELANIN!! – -THAT IS ALL! :>)

  • aleth

    It makes my skin crawl!

    How do you have a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE linked to a failed business man and reality tv star plus bigot: Trump and think he warrants the presidency in any form.

    Honestly. It is crazy.

    The double standard and excuses you are allowed to have if you have the skin for protection is amazing. AMAZING.. And no matter what he will get 48 percent of the voters.

    Folks we got to show up with ID in hand to vote.

    • Town

      How do you have a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE linked to a failed business man and reality tv star plus bigot: Trump and think he warrants the presidency in any form.

      Cuz he white.

  • Miranda

    UnitedHealth to rebate $3.5 million to California small businesses

    The insurance giant is the first insurer to say how much money it will return because its spending on medical care fell short of requirements under the federal healthcare law.,0,1280810.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29

    • GN

      That media loss ratio in Obama Cares is no joke. One of the many provisions that some media “progressives” missed when panning this legislation due to their weird and obsessive fixation on the public option.

      • The public option which according to CBO would have cost more and covered only slightly more people than the Republican health care plan.

        • GN

          Yup, the public option which made it into the House bill had been weakened to the point at which it wasn’t going to accomplish what a bunch of the ignorant consumers of the PL thought it would accomplish. People thought that anyone would have been able to sign up for the PO program, like a universal Medicare; that wasn’t what the actual legislation resembled. Rather than cutting losses and looking at what Obama Cares *did* deliver, they settled into a scathing, years-long hissyfit which inadvertantly reinforced the GOP misleading argument that Dems supposedly spent big yet delivered nothing. Massive strategical fuckup from the PL, one of many.

    • nellcote

      Hopefully the money trickles back to the workers. I’ve become wary of these rebates/settlements that go to institutions rather than the wokers.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – –Venus Williams goes down at French Open – – –

    – – — Melanie Oudin and other young Americans are finding the going much tougher in the second round of the French Open.

    The U.S. women went 1-6 at Roland Garros on Wednesday, including losses by Oudin and Venus Williams — and the only victory, by 19-year-old Sloane Stephens of Coral Springs, Fla., came against another player from the United States.

    The Americans played more experienced and highly seeded opponents, including 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Oudin, a 20-year-old from Marietta, Ga., who was eliminated by No. 21 Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-3.

    “She’s definitely one of the best grinders on the clay, for sure. So it’s not a great matchup for me. But I think after being down 5-0 in the first set, I started playing much better,” Oudin said. “I’m still trying to get back, and definitely it was good to see how I matched up against her.”

    Four others from the United States also faced seeded players from other countries — and also exited in straight sets.

    Williams lost to No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-2, 6-3;


  • rikyrah

    30, 2012 5:11 PM

    GOPers Bob and Weave on Post-ObamaCare

    By Ed Kilgore

    It’s the total CW that a Supreme Court decision invalidating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in toto or in terms of the key individual mandate provision, would be an election-year disaster for Barack Obama. While I agree such a decision would be a historic setback for progressives (both in terms of its immediate effect and of the possible implications for judicial precedents supporting other progressive accomplishments), I’ve never thought it was at all clear it would benefit the GOP electorally this year.

    Most obviously, it would remove a motive for some swing voters to oppose Obama on grounds of this or that real or imagined shortcoming of “ObamaCare,” while creating a new motive for supporting him if he immediately proposes (as he would) a partial or near-total replacement. Conversely, Republicans could no longer remain vague about their own health reform “ideas,” and would be under intense pressure to do something about ObamaCare’s most popular provisions, of which Americans will become acutely aware in the massive media coverage that would follow an adverse decision by the Court.

    We’ve seen the fears and conflicts among Republicans about a post-ObamaCare 2012 election cycle in the recent maneuverings over what they would do about three specific “popular provisions:” one that has already taken effect (allowing children up to the age of 26 to remain on their parents’ health insurance policies); one that is in the process of being implemented (the filling-in of the Medicare Part D “doughtnut hole” affecting middle-class families); and one that is immensely popular if often misunderstood, the prohibition of denial of health insurance coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

    Conservative activists are generaly united in a “just say no” position that either endorses the health care status quo ante as more than adequate, or that promotes ancient GOP health policy pet rocks like interstate insurance sales, increased incentives for medical savings accounts, and “tort reform.” But many Republican members of Congress prefer a quick “fix” to neutralize a post-ObamaCare backlash.

    This latter tendency has reemerged most recently among Senate Republicans, as reported by TPM’s Sahil Kapur:

    Despite the blowback from conservatives, who want nothing less than to wipe out the law in its entirety, top Senate Republicans are signaling that they’re behind the strategy of resurrecting some aspects of the Affordable Care Act.
    Sen. Roy Blunt (MO), vice chair of the Senate GOP Conference, offered a ringing defense of the “Obamacare” under-26 provision, and said he wouldn’t oppose ideas he previously supported simply because President Obama adopted them….
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN), asked by TPM if he believes his party should back the pre-existing conditions and under-26 laws, didn’t endorse specifics but affirmed that his party ought to have a plan ready. “Well, I think we need to be prepared,” he said. “And we will be prepared.”

    The problem, of course, is that the children-under-26 provision won’t make health insurance companies happy, the “doughtnut hole” fix costs real money; and the biggie, a prohibition on pre-existing condition exclusions, could boost premiums through the roof and require strenuous federal regulation of insurers—not exactly what Republicans want since they are trying to undo existing state regulation of insurers.

    Roy Blunt provides a glimpse of GOP “thinking” on this last issue:

    Blunt floated the idea of high-risk pools to cover pre-existing conditions — an idea that presents its own adverse-selection quandary — and discussed the broader systemic problem in remarkably similar terms as Obama and his allies have done in their defense of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
    “You know, you do run a risk when you decide you’re not going to have insurance,” Blunt said. “And a lot of those — that odd, that occasional young person who believes they’re not going to need health care, doesn’t get it, and then they have a terrible accident or they have a unique illness that most young people don’t have. These high risk pools give them somewhere to go that is somewhere close to normal insurance.”

    Anybody familiar with the high-risk polls currently operated by the states for people losing employer-based insurance—typically crappy insurance at extremely high rates—isn’t going to buy Blunt’s trial balloon for that “solution.” And it’s an indication of the deeper problem facing a party and an ideological movement that not only are hostile to health reform, but are fundamentally committed to a “vision” of health care that is a throwback to the 1950s.

    • They’re trapped.

      • GN

        This POTUS is so prescient. I have never seen a politician quite this talented re: long term strategy. Every single time I doubt his decisions with regard to political tactics and strategies, I’ve been wrong.

        You’re right: the GOP is trapped; this is compounded by the fact that the top of their ticket enshrined some of the principles of Obama Cares into MA law.

  • rikyrah

    Wed May 30, 2012 at 01:15 PM PDT.

    Mitt Romney’s new jobs plan: Fire 145,000 Americans
    by Jed Lewison

    Mitt Romney on Tuesday morning, telling the people of Craig, Colorado that he wants to put them back to work by firing 145,000 Americans for the simple crime of working in the public sector:

    That stimulus he put in place, it didn’t help private sector jobs, it helped preserve government jobs, and the one place we should have cut back was on government jobs. We have a 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work

    Mitt Romney’s 145,000 claim isn’t accurate, but even if it were, it’s amazing that Romney believes firing tens of thousands of Americans would be good for the economy. The way Romney puts it, firing public sector workers would create jobs in the private sector, but that’s nonsense. The economy isn’t zero-sum game: You don’t need to fire someone to create a job. In fact, every time someone loses their job, no matter whether they are in the private or public sector, the economy as a whole takes a hit.
    But Romney’s crazy economic theory is not even grounded in reality—under Obama, public sector employment has dropped, while private sector employment has grown. Obama signed the stimulus in February of 2009. Since then, public sector employment has dropped by 608,000. Private sector employment, meanwhile, has increased by 760,000. Even if you just look at federal employment (which is but a small fraction of the overall public sector workforce), only 26,000 jobs have been added, a slower pace of growth than in the private sector.

    So when Mitt Romney says he wants to see an economy where public sector workers are fired while private sector workers are hired, that’s exactly what he’s gotten ever since the stimulus was signed into law. Sure, he’d be happier if even more public sector workers had been fired, but then we’d be even worse off. The only way things could be better today than they are is if we’d had an even bigger stimulus than we did. If that’s what Mitt Romney were pushing for, perhaps his criticism of President Obama would be worth listening to. But it’s not—he’s saying the exact opposite.


    • Ebogan63

      “The only way things could be better today than they are is if we’d had an even bigger stimulus than we did. If that’s what Mitt Romney were pushing for, perhaps his criticism of President Obama would be worth listening to.”

      Not any more than yours, Jed, turn the freakin’ page – Unless you had more than the 1 vote it took to pass the stimulus, get the fuck over it!

      • The President proposed 775 billion (btw that’s 175 billion more than Paul Krugman proposed). House Dems jacked it up to 900 billion. Senate Dems said no. The final total was roughly 12 billion more than what the President asked for.

        Why do so many bloggers with no political experience whatsoever fancy themselves as a combination of LBJ and Sam Rayburn?

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ miranda: **BIG HUG*** :>)

    THANK U 4 THIS SERIES. – – -Another WINNER. – —:>)- – –

    LUVIN’ – – – HIS STYLE: – – –At the table however, his unmatched killer instinct and ability to “get out from nowhere”, no matter how high the stakes, made him one of the most intimidating One Pocket and Banks players ever.

    Lookin’ FORWAR 2 MORE. :>)

    Have a good day.. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -NEXT TIME – – -THINK B4 U ACT – — -STOOPID!! – —

    – – –Komen “Race for the Cure” events Still Paying Price For Planned Parenthood Fight – – –

    – – —Yeah, I noticed a crapload of commercials for our local one, alot more than years before. Don’t believe they had a very good turnout either. I’d love to see this kind of women power wielded more often. – –

    Four months ago Thursday, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation announced it was cutting ties with Planned Parenthood, setting off a backlash from its members that eventually led to a complete reversal and the resignation of several top officers. That incident may be behind the breast cancer advocacy group, but the damage is still hampering its marquee Race for the Cure events, which are drawing lower-than-expected participation in cities around the country — sometimes dramatically so.

    Nowhere is that more true than in Washington, D.C. On June 2, participants will march in D.C.’s Race for the Cure to raise funds for local cancer treatment and screening services. But registration for the high-profile event, which takes place at the National Mall, is only at about 25,000, according to local station WJLA, a staggering 37.5 percent drop-off from the 40,000 who ran, walked or donated their time last year.

    • nellcote

      I’ve noticed that Race for the Cure events don’t mention the Komen foundation anywhere in their ads.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — -***fist bump*** U RIGHT. :>)

        Maybe another organizatio/entity can –PICK UP — this concept; – — call it by another NAME annnd continue the FUND-RAISING.


        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere


  • Miranda

    This is how you BE a surrogate

    MA Gov. Deval Patrick on Romney’s Time as Governor of Massachusetts

    but I’m mad with that Posner foundation makeup job they did on Gov!

    • Alma98

      OMG I haven’t thought about Posner makeup in ages I wonder what happened to them. lol

  • rikyrah

    from Charles Pierce:

    Mitt Romney Clinches Nomination

    Have you watched those lop-ears fall in line over the last month, since it’s been clear that I’ve cleared the deal for the mortgage on their minds and levied the lien on their souls? I mean, seriously, have you? Perry was out the other day defending me on Bain and all, and every verb had a subject and an object. Finally got the dosage right, I guess. And Gingrich? Geez, he was on TV just the other day acting like private equity was the best damn thing he’d heard of since the last time someone told him about that hot number that the Appropriations staff just hired. They’d all form a kick line at the Venetian if I asked them to, and I just might, because I sealed the deal last night in Texas, and they all know just as you all know that…

    I’m Mitt Romney, bitches, and I’m all you got left.

    So, on the night I sewed it up, I went and hung with Trump. So what? You got a problem with that? Here, let me lay a couple hundred thou’ on you and make that problem go away. You think it’s going to matter in a week? A month? Or, as we figure things in the campaign, 9000 commercials from now? Give me a freaking break. George F. Will is puzzled by why I’m hanging out with Trump? What do I “hope to gain”? Let me clear it up for you, George. Right now, I could go to California tomorrow, hang out with Charlie Manson at Corcoran for a few hours, and come away with the buck-and-a-half a week he makes folding sheets in the prison laundry. We could both carve X’s in our foreheads and call in the AP for a photo op. Watch this: “HELLLLLTER SKELLLLTER! SHE COMIN’ DOWN FAST!” You think it’s more than a one-day story, a bunch of people I wouldn’t hire to clean out the dressage barns mouthing off on TV about what I “hoped to gain” from associating with crazy-ass mass murderers? You keep worrying about LaRussa’s bullpen, or that 36-ounce Mizuno you’ve had stuck up your ass since the Carter Administration, and you let me worry about what I hope to gain from things. I remember guys like you from prep school, hanging back while guys like me did the real work of bullying the people who didn’t look like me. Back up on the roof rack, George. We’ll be in Ontario in no time…

  • rikyrah

    Scott Walker Doesn’t Like Him No Rules
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 11:48AM

    Well, now, mercy, everyone’s getting into the act.

    Back in April, Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage its midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, was invited by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives to come to Washington and discuss in detail the management style he’d brought to said subsidiary — specifically, whether or not he was pretty much selling off the state wholesale to his political financiers. Walker told the committee that he would never, ever engage in such seamy activities as using his office to reward his friends and punish his enemies because, golly whiz, what a thing to think about a person.

    Alas for Walker, that videotape subsequently emerged, in which he is shown telling his millionnaire backer Diane Hendricks that, using a “divide and conquer” strategy, he is working toward making Wisconsin a “completely red” state as regards union rights and collective bargaining. Now the Democratic members of the committee, who do not accept entirely the notion that you should say one thing to Congress and then another to cute lady sugar-daddy person, would like Walker to clarify his previous remarks. So, it is telling him, essentially, answer me these questions three, ‘ere the other side ye see….

    Read more:

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – – -UH! OH – – -AXELROD is in MASSACHUSETTES – – GOIN’ IN on teh WILLARD – -LOL [cnn] – — –

  • rikyrah

    May 31, 2012 10:59 AM

    Romney/zzzzz 2012
    By Ed Kilgore

    Perhaps I’m just sleep-deprived, but I’m not kidding, folks, I started reading Robert Costa’s National Review piece making the case for John Thune as Mitt Romney’s running-mate, and my eyelids drooped and my head nearly crashed right down onto the keyboard.

    It probably didn’t help that Costa’s case for Thune wasn’t exactly stirring: He’s “lanky and telegenic.” He’s “the son of a school-teacher and the grandson of a hardware store owner.” His state is sorta kinda near the Rust Belt battleground area. He’s a “devout Christian.” His wife isn’t entirely opposed to his going onto the ticket. He’s friends with Mitch McConnell. How much excitement can you stand?

    Some say Romney is so confident of victory that he’s looking for the “best qualified to be president” hopeful, which is what every nominee since Andrew Jackson has claimed he was looking for. Others say he’s terrified of the Palin precedent, and/or doesn’t want to make the Veepship a test of strength among the GOP’s various factions, and thus prefers someone as anodyne as possible. Either way, Thune, who probably does not leave an impression on his own bed when he arises in the morning, might fill the bill. But I’ll save reading the next profile of the man until a moment when I can use and afford a nap.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – -Was gonna post FIRST LADY “speakin’ on” – the questions about MR. PRESIDENT’S -BEYOND -DISTANT – -PAST.
    but I decided 2 post this COMMENT: – – –

    – –babycakes says:
    May 31, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Oh Please!! what Barack Obama did in his youth andbefore he became POTUS is in the past and should stay there, it has no relvance on how he is doing as President and how he plans to implement his policies to help this country when / if he is re-elected. I am so sick of the repubs, teapartyers, birthes, that idiot Trump, Fox News and anyone else who does not like President Obama bringing up crap to start ish.

    ***HUGS*** 2 this commenter. :>) — –

    ***HUGS*** 2 FIRST LADY annnd her FIERCE – -YET – -ELEGANT –STRENGTH! :>) – – -BLESS her. :>)

  • rikyrah

    The Missouri Senate Race: A Surge, a Wallet, a Question
    By Charles P. Pierce at 12:38PM

    Claire McCaskill of Missouri is not exactly my kind of Democrat. To keep it closer to home, she’s not exactly Harry Truman’s kind of Democrat, either. She’s one of the prime movers in Congress behind the notion of a Grand Bargain, and she’s a civility cop of the first rank. Back in 2009, for example, when the March Of The Loons was just gathering steam, McCaskill dropped something called the Committment To American Prosperity Act, which was yet another example of my theory that, when lawmakers decide to sell their side down the river, they adhere always to Humphrey Bogart’s admonition from The Maltese Falcon: “The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.” McCaskill’s little legislative darling would have driven federal spending down from 24.7 percent of GDP to 20.6, a much deeper cut than was being proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. McCaskill also called for means-testing Social Security, which sent Reid right up the wall.

    (Not that it’s done her any good. The real crazy people have landed on her so hard that she recently needed increased security at her events.)

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  • Farrod

    Unfortunately, I’ve been going back and forth with some cats in support of the ongoing foolishness that is Boyce and Cornel. Here is the latest response to my suggestion that there is an election to be won, and we don’t have time for this shit no more…

    “Dude WTH is your problem? If you choose to not think, to not question the powers that be, that’s your prerogative. I’m no fan of Tavis Smiley, I think he has issues with Obama -a stark contrast to how he engaged with/nuthugged Clinton, but to totally ignore anything he (or others) have to say because they dare question the president is just plain nonsense. Cornel has been nothing but consistent and I would’ve have less respect for him if he did treat Obama with kid gloves.
    To be frank, I’m sick of folks like you who question the blackness of other folks because that don’t fall in lockstep with your line of thinking (or non-thinking in your case). For people like you, it’s easier to try to put someone down, try to shut them up, or ignore them than to have an honest open discussion about issues. “

    • Miranda

      A. Cornel has not been consistent…he got unconsistent when his azz was standing on the rope line at the inauguration.

      B. There is a whole lotta hyperventilating over this mythical treatment of PBO with “kid gloves”…what exactly is that? What exactly is it that makes these fake ass power-to-the-people mofos think that there is some special place in heaven if they just bash PBO simply BECAUSE. Not for any rhyme or reason, just BECAUSE…so they can perpetrate their authentic negroness of being all revolutionary for nothing?

      • BoomerGal

        First of all Miranda, these Black folks haven’t the slightest idea about ‘revolutionary.’ They can’t put down that damn ipod for one thing. Once again, a perfect example of divide and conquor and we fall for it every time.

    • Ebogan63

      Farrod, you are better off not dealin’ with these triflin mofos and their fist in the air bullshit. Either GOTV or get outta the fucking way and STHU with your ‘powers that be’, played out, sole patrol nonsense

  • rikyrah

    Thursday, May 31, 2012
    Hero Kicked Off Bus For Protecting Handicapped Girl
    Posted by Bon Tindle

    On the bus, Rich was shocked by how some of the younger middle school girls were treating a student with mental disabilities.
    Rich complained about the bullying to the bus driver, then to school officials, but says the adults took no action.
    Rich told Fox 35 about the mean middle school bullies: “They would be mean to her, tell her she couldn’t sit on certain spots on the bus. They were giving her food that they put in her mouth. I actually had to tell her to spit it out because she didn’t understand.”
    “When the school didn’t do anything, I told the girls, if the school didn’t do anything, I was going to do something.”
    However, that warning got Rich into trouble with school officials, who have now banned her from riding the bus.

    Clearly, this kind and protective soul is the real threat. The school has complained that only one side of the story is being told, but what a side to tell. If these facts line up, it’s hard to imagine what other side could explain how common assault is tolerated but threatening to stop it is punished by banishment.

    She did just what we’d want, in a perfect world. She stood up, she followed the channels, and when those channels failed to protect the innocent she made sure someone did. She was punished for doing the right thing, at an age when she is learning how to step out and be independent.

    Rich isn’t in nearly as much trouble as the girl she was protecting. If the bus driver isn’t trying to control the situation, that poor child is at the mercy of the others, now without a buffer to help.

    • GN

      The problem with school bullying lies with the adults, period point blank. If true, what an awful response from those who are supposed to be in charge of those children who are too young to be left to their own devices and judgment.

      • Miranda

        I honestly don’t understand how any adult involved in this situation can sleep at night.

        • Town

          The teachers/bus drivers/administrators feel like they don’t want to get involved. Plus they may not like the kid being picked on themselves.

          Also, most people want to be on the side of the “winners”. Teacher Molly Sue is not going to race to the rescue of Loser Student Sally. Not gonna happen unless something physical occurs and that’s only b/c if Molly Sue doesn’t do anything in that circumstance, she could lose her job.

          But it’s the same out in the workforce: Coworker Barney is a loser and Biff, Jeff and Pam are picking on him while Supervisor Steve looks the other way and tells Barney he’s oversensitive and needs to find a way to work with Biff, Jeff & Pam. Coworker Karen, J’Kwon and Darla look the other way too. They ain’t trying to have Biff, Jeff & Pam on their asses too.

          But if Barney gets the upper hand & Biff, Jeff & Pam are fired, watch for Karen, J’Kwon & Darla to be all up on Barney’s bandwagon.

          Shoot, apply the bullying principle to Pres. Obama: you have the Republicans bullying the man, and people tell him to stop being a weak punk and stand up for himself, and when he does stand up for himself he’s angry or they don’t like his tone, and when he wins over them, all of a sudden everybody’s up on Obama’s bandwagon talking about “We did it!”

          • GreenLadyHere

            Town – – — RA’ CHERE!! – ->Shoot, apply the bullying principle to Pres. Obama: you have the Republicans bullying the man, and people tell him to stop being a weak punk and stand up for himself, and when he does stand up for himself he’s angry or they don’t like his tone, and when he wins over them, all of a sudden everybody’s up on Obama’s bandwagon talking about “We did it!”

            SPEEEEEEAK! — – –

            Annnd 2 the – –EMOPROG BULLIES!!! – –

            – –-FALL the HAIL BACK!!! – – –

            Thank U Town. :>)

    • isonprize

      Don’t even get me started on this story. DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED.

      Many of you know that I have a son with special needs. THIS story is just a small part of a parent’s worst nightmare. Any parent of a child with special needs hopes and prays that there are people like Stormy Rich in this mean world. I don’t know her, but Stormy is the type of girl I hope and pray will help to look out for my son. I praise her parents for raising her.

      FUCK ALL THE ADULTS WHO DIDN’T, HAVEN’T and apparently WON’T stand up for the girl on the bus and for Stormy Rich.

      FUCK THEM ALL!!! Where is Asiangrrrl with her rusty pitchfork?!!??!!!

      I don’t usually use this language, but they deserve it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -THIS is 4 – –The “TRICKster’s” – – -new spokesperson —- -TARA WALL – –

    – —West is psychotic, just how the Republicans want him to be
    Tom Servo — 5/31/12 8:36am

    Republicans want black people to either be docile or insane- in both cases they can control them. or discredit them when they cease to be useful. Intelligent, coherant black people are seen by Republicans as a threat

    Annnnd U???? – – – — -HAH!!

    THANK U –commenter Tom Servo>/i> – – –

  • Miranda

    Whining ass bastards.

    Mega-donors: Quit picking on us

    All they wanted was to get involved.

    But to hear some of the biggest donors of 2012 tell it, their six- and seven-figure contributions have instead bought them nothing but grief.

    Their personal lives are fodder for news stories. President Barack Obama and his allies have singled out conservative mega-donors as greedy tax cheats, or worse. And a conservative website has launched a counteroffensive targeting big-money liberals.

    This is definitely not what they had in mind. In their view, cutting a million-dollar check to try to sway the presidential race should be just another way to do their part for democracy, not a fast-track to the front page.

    And now some are pushing back hard against the attention, asking: Why us?

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    • rikyrah

      whiny ass titty babies

    • nellcote

      Leave it to Politico to snag that scoop!

  • GreenLadyHere

    HEEY! SCA-USE Disqus. I couldn’t get on BOARD 4 —5 minutes. ANYONE ELSE?? – –:>)

  • rikyrah

    GOP Voter ID Laws are an Assault on Our Democracy, Worse Than Watergate

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -THEY axin’ him 2 —“HIT DA ROAD” – – – – -GO WEST – – – – >

    – – – Allen West Continues to Add to Greatest Hits At Latest Townhall – –

    – —- –At his latest town hall meeting with constituents in Florida, Representative Allen West, a tea party favorite, added several more statements that show how extreme he is and why he is far from being fit to serve in Congress. When activists from CREDO SuperPAC and Seniors Against West presented him with a “pink slip” with a list of reasons why he should be fired from Congress, he read the list aloud, making jokes about letting women die and the legitimate claims against him before tearing up the pink slip.

    In the first video here, he jokes about, then rips up “pink slips” delivered to him by protesters. He goes on to joke about his vote for the Let Women Die Act of 2011, making light of legislation that would, if it became law, literally allow hospitals and doctors to opt out of treating — or even referring to others for care — women needing emergency abortions to save their lives.

    In a second video, West refers to progressive women tracking him as “groupies.” When a woman complains about the derogatory term, one of West’s supporters suggests she doesn’t have a sense of humor.

    – — -I’m tellin’ U – –that PISTOL SHOT – – – -RATTLED his BRAIN – -ALSO!! —

    HE! IS SICK!! – —

  • rikyrah

    AG Eric Holder, Rep. Lewis Blast Republican Efforts To ‘Steal’ 2012 Elections

    • Ebogan63

      Like aleth said yesterday, AG Holder is playin Paul Revere and gettin’ the word out.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -Ummmm —— Let’s C how THIS will WORKOUT – – –

    – – –NYC Moves to Ban Big, Sugary Drinks
    Mayor proposes 16-ounce limit at restaurants, movie theaters
    – – –

    – – –Michael Bloomberg wants to boot big, sugary drinks from the Big Apple. The New York City mayor has unveiled a plan to ban the sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, arenas, movie theaters, and street carts, reports the New York Times. The 16-ounce limit—about the size of a medium coffee—would not apply to diet drinks, fruit juices, milkshakes, or alcoholic drinks.

    Public health officials nationwide are “wringing their hands” about the obesity problem, but New York City “is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” Bloomberg told reporters. He denied that the ban—which would be the first of its kind in the nation—would limit consumer choices, noting that they could always buy two small drinks instead of one big one.

    – — – – – -***BLANK STARE*** [BUY 2 SMALLER ones?] — –


    YEAH it’s RACISM!!. – —

    • dannie22

      Bloomberg needs to be concerned with the stop and frisk policy in NY

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon everyone, five more days til the recall election and ofa and unions are out in force. I just witnessed them canvassing my neighborhood making sure people are registered. There’s no need for PBO to come to WI so Ed Shultz and the emoprogs can have a seat.

    • Miranda

      Best of luck in WI! Y’all can do it!