November 20, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: African-American Anglers

Good Morning Obots!

Meet Alfred Williams

The first African-American male Pro Angler was Alfred Williams of Jackson, Mississippi. He broke through the bass fishing color barrier in 1976 when he fished a B. A. S. S. pro event. In 1984 he was the first African-American to qualify and fish the Bassmasters Classic. Williams finished in the top 10.

In 2003, Tyson Foods launched a professional anglers team to compete in tournaments worldwide and Alfred Williams was tapped to lead it.

Alfred is known as “The Frog Master” throughout the B.A.S.S. circuit for his expertise on frog bait – you just have to read it!

Froggin’ With The Master

Legendary Jackson, Miss., B.A.S.S. pro Alfred Williams earned the nickname “The Frog Master” through his uncanny ability to catch monster bass from lily pads and surface slop on rubber croakers. The two time Classic qualifier has boated largemouth exceeding 9 pounds, and he has won a host of local and regional tournaments by targeting the most impenetrable surface cover in hot weather.”If I’m on a lake with any type of surface mat, whether I’m fishing competitively or for fun, I’ll reach for a frog,” Williams says.Frog fishin’ demands stout tackle, he stresses. “Because of the extreme density of this cover and the size of the bass you’re likely to encounter in it, you need a long, heavy rod to control the fish. I use a 7 1/2-foot graphite flipping stick; the extra length allows long casts and reduces tangles by keeping the line off the mat during the retrieve. I pair this with an Ambassadeur 5500 reel; this has heavy-duty pinion gears and a 4.7:1 retrieve ratio for maximum winching power. High speed reels lack the guts to get a lunker bass out of this slop once you’ve hooked it. Spool up with heavy line — I recommend 20- to 25-pound mono or 50-pound Berkley FireLine for froggin’.”Williams’ favorite slop lure is the Snag Proof Tournament Frog, a hollow soft plastic critter with rubber skirts in place of legs, built-in rattle and weight insert for maximum castability.”This frog is totally weedless in everything from pond scum to pads, and it has twin upswept hooks that won’t straighten when you’re reeling in a big bass and a pile of vegetation at the same time,” he says.

More on his expert baiting at Alfred Williams dances with frogs .


  • Mornin’ POU!

    Jonathan back sliddin’ again.

    Boos and respect for Romney at NAACP convention
    By Jonathan Capehart


    That’s the only reason Mitt Romney received a standing ovation at the end of his speech to the NAACP convention in Houston this morning. African Americans are so used to being talked down to or scapegoated by members of the Grand Old Party that when the Republican candidate for president goes to the sitting president’s most loyal constituents and asks for their vote, he is worthy of such graciousness. Still, Romney had to withstand some boos to get there.


    The political implications of the Bronx cheers for Romney are mixed. Getting booed is never good. But when you’re booed by a group that everyone knows is not in your corner and you push back, as Romney did, the home crowd (read the Republican base) will rally around and cheer. If that was Romney’s ultimate goal, he might have succeeded. And as a tactical matter for a man still trying to convince his party faithful that he is indeed one of them, I can’t help but respect that.


    • MonieTalks

      And not even 24 hours later, in a state known to have its share of govt-hating, white supremacists loving militia groups, Romney brings up the “all those nigras want is free stuff” antics….straight out of the Southern Strategy playbook.

      but hey…..Jonathan thinks Romney has “juice, let his ass keep drinking, cuz we know Romney is phony as they get.

      • Romney basically performed a remix of Reagan’s “Welfare Queen” but Capehart thinks Romney deserves respect?? I can’t.

    • rikyrah

      Capehart should be tweeted asking if he feels like a fool considering what Willard said last night.

      • Here’s his Twitter handle: @capehartJ

        Let him know how you feel.

    • edp4bho

      I despise flimsy, soft black men like him. Good morning POU :->

      • edp4bho

        Something occurred to me after making my comment. Hopefully no one mistook it for an affront to Capeheart, if he is of the gay persuasion- is he?. If so, not meant to offend that. Plenty of gay black men were very forceful in standing up for black folks’ rights- James Baldwin, Byard Rustin, Langston Hughes, to name a few. I just wanted clarify my comment.

        • Miranda

          It was understood. Eugene Robinson does the same thing. He and Capehart can go hard as hell in a column, but get on TV and straight acquiescence.

          • Admiral_Komack

            “How we doing, boss?”

    • Town

      I can’t help but respect that.


      Punks respect punk ass behavior.

      That is all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia- – — — -DANG– -Jonathan- — U can GET ONE – -of deez on EBAY!!—-geesh!!—-

      ——And as a tactical matter for a man still trying to convince his party faithful that he is indeed one of them, I can’t help but respect that. – –

      ——The FACT that he wants 2 B the—nominee annnd he isn’t—-WANTED orrr—RESPECTED by his POTTY—still evokes RESPECT FROM U????- —
      ——BOY- BYEEEEEE- —–

    • TyrenM

      Respect DEEZ… Ok, Bad Lounge here I come.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • Mitt Romney stayed at Bain 3 years longer than he stated
    Firm’s 2002 filings identify him as CEO, though he said he left in 1999
    By Callum Borchers and Christopher Rowland

    July 12, 2012

    Government documents filed by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital say Romney remained chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control, even creating five new investment partnerships during that time.

    Romney has said he left Bain in 1999 to lead the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, ending his role in the company. But public Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed later by Bain Capital state he remained the firm’s “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president.”

    Also, a Massachusetts financial disclosure form Romney filed in 2003 states that he still owned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002. And Romney’s state financial disclosure forms indicate he earned at least $100,000 as a Bain “executive” in 2001 and 2002, separate from investment earnings.

    The timing of Romney’s departure from Bain is a key point of contention because he has said his resignation in February 1999 meant he was not responsible for Bain Capital companies that went bankrupt or laid off workers after that date.


    • JojoRaze

      So is gonna update their false ruling about PBO’s Mitt outsourcing ads, no? I’m dillusional, ain’t I?

      • Miranda

        Oh you know I asked that on twitter. They gonna have to spin mighty hard to figure out how to save face.

    • Miranda

      Response from Romney’s team:



      • Admiral_Komack

        Ummmmm…we’ll get back to you on that…

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia- — -FINALLY.- — The RIGHT-LEANING MEDIA– — -has THIS under DISCUSSION! – –L8! –They have KNOWN!!

  • rikyrah

    The Road to More Jobs

    Published: July 11, 2012

    How different would conditions be today economically and politically if unemployment were 7 percent instead of its current 8.2 percent? For one thing, some two million unemployed workers would have jobs, and the rate of economic growth would be comfortably above 2 percent, instead of below that pace. This scenario could have been possible if federal aid to states had been bolstered, saving hundreds of thousands of public-sector jobs.

    Mr. Obama can make a convincing case that his policies — especially the stimulus and auto industry rescue — helped cushioned the effects of the recession he inherited, which pushed the jobless rate from an already elevated 7.8 percent in January 2009 to 10 percent by October 2009. It has come down, more or less, steadily since then. But it is still higher than when he took office — a point that Mitt Romney and Congressional Republicans have seized upon as evidence of failed policies.

    Actually, it was the Republicans’ relentless opposition to constructive policies that has kept unemployment high, from their resistance to the 2009 stimulus to their blockage of Mr. Obama’s proposed $450 billion jobs bill in late 2011. Federal aid to states was a mainstay of both of those efforts. As the stimulus ended and further aid was delayed and denied, the effect on state budgets — and on jobs — has been catastrophic.

    A recent analysis by the Economic Policy Institute shows that the loss of public-sector jobs, largely because of state budget cuts, has been the biggest hit to job growth over the past three years.

    The direct jobs lost — 627,000 since June 2009 — understates the drag because population growth alone suggests that the public sector should have added nearly 500,000 jobs over that time simply to restore government employment to its norm of the last 20 years. In all, the public sector is coming up short by 1.1 million jobs, including positions for teachers, social workers, public health officials and other professions that would have been filled by many of today’s unemployed college graduates.

    Worse, the public-sector gap of 1.1 million jobs has translated into some 750,000 lost jobs in the private sector, the result of contractors losing government business and less spending by laid-off government workers. In addition, another 400,000 or so jobs have been lost because of cutbacks in state aid to the poor and unemployed, which reduce consumer spending.

    The effects from an ailing public sector are profound because state and local spending on employees, contractors and beneficiaries reverberates swiftly through the economy. When that spending is depressed, the entire economy suffers.

    The bottom line of the institute’s report is that if it weren’t for state and local budget austerity, the economy would have 2.3 million more jobs today, and the unemployment rate would be around 7 percent, not 8 percent. The lesson is that the best and easiest way to reverse job losses would be for Congress to provide fiscal aid to states. Thwarting such aid, as Republicans have done, is a way to keep unemployment elevated and their hopes to win the White House alive. Jobless Americans, struggling businesses and hard-pressed communities are hostages in the fray.

  • MonieTalks

    Clarence Thomas Worse than a Member of the KKK

    …To characterize Thomas’ behavior as resentment is an understatement. The late U.S. Appeals Court Judge Leon Higginbotham observed, “I have often pondered how is it that Justice Thomas, an African-American, could be so insensitive to the plight of the powerless. Why is he no different, or probably worse, than many of the most conservative Supreme Court justices of the century? I can only think of one Supreme Court justice during the century who was worse than Justice Clarence Thomas: James McReynolds, a White supremacist who referred to Blacks as ‘ni@#*$s.’”

    Though arguably the worst, Thomas is by no means the only African American who votes against the interests of his community.

    read more:

    • OUCH!

      I wasn’t aware of this:

      “And let’s not forget Edolphus Towns, the Democratic Congressman from Brooklyn. Though Towns did not vote for a civil contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, he took a more cowardly approach by voting present. We should not be surprised. This is the same person who supported Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008. Before that, he backed Republican Rudy Giuliani for mayor over Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messenger. Fortunately, Towns is not seeking re-election.”

      The million dollar question is: Why would Towns vote “present”? He’s not running again, and even if he were, he’s in a safe district.

      • Miranda

        Yeah, what’s up with that.

  • Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher tweeted this yesterday. Hmm….

    Tommy Christopher ‏@tommyxtopher
    POTUS schedule pretty much clear tomorrow. Surprise coming?

  • MonieTalks

    Black leader defends Mitt Romney
    Hub pal to rescue as NAACP boos
    Hillary Chabot By Hillary Chabot
    Thursday, July 12, 2012 – Updated 44 minutes ago

    A black Boston minister is defending Mitt Romney’s commitment to the African-American community, while another called him a “man of intregrity” after the former Bay State governor was booed during a speech before the NAACP — jeers that a third Boston minority leader decried as “not appropriate.”

    But the Rev. Jeff Brown’s effusive praise in an open letter about Romney — whom he worked with to combat inner-city violence when Romney was governor of Massachusetts — was not echoed by other black leaders reached by the Herald yesterday.

    “I’m not a Republican and I appreciate that he has reached across the aisle to work with Democrats,” Brown told the Herald.

    read more:

    • Rev. Brown was a member of Romney’s “Kitchen Cabinet” back in MA, so there ya go.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia- – — THANK U!! :>)- — -I now remember his ROYAL SYCOPHANT!!- —

        Teh WILLARD was obviously FUNDING his “10 POINTS”” project. humph!!!

        – — -Guess WHO LACKS- – – -INTEGRITY!!?– —

    • Town

      Where was this integrity?

      When he was proposing to make people filing discrimination complaints pay a huge sum to make the complaint?

      When he eliminated the office of affirmative action?

      When he didn’t hire any black people at Bain?

      When he purposely antagonized a group of people, then ran to his own people and antagonized them some more?

      Where is this integrity and where is yours? How much money are you being paid or have been promised by Romney?

      • rikyrah

        tell it. Town.

        TELL IT.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Thursday Morntin’ Town. ***BIG HUG***

        SPEAK ALL KINDS of TRUTH!!.!!- —

        WHERE was his “integrity”- —WHEN BAIN LOST JOBS 4 ALL THOSE PEOPLE!!??- —


        Good 2 C U Town. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      – —–. “man of INTEGRITY”???

      – — –RESPECTFULLY!

      —–U lost your “HOUSE [kitchen]–POSITION”- —

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

  • U.S. jobless claims fall 26,000 to 350,000
    By Jeffry Bartash

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – U.S. jobless claims fell by 26,000 last week to 350,000, but onetime factors such as fewer auto-sector layoffs than normal likely caused the sharp decline, the Labor Department said Thursday. The level of claims is the lowest in four years, although they could move higher in the next few weeks as onetime seasonal factors unwind.


  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –REAL FAST:- – -Good Summary:- – –

    – — –It’s the Lack of Respect – – –

    – – —According to the 2010 U.S. Census (.pdf, p.24), there are 8.1 million blacks in this country who have no health insurance. That’s 20.8% of the black population, or slightly more than one out of every five American blacks. The first black president signed a law to change that situation dramatically. That’s because the law required states to put people on Medicaid up to the 133% poverty rate level and then offered a sliding scale of subsidies for anyone else who might struggle to afford health insurance. The bill also created high-risk pools for people with preexisting conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and sickle-cell anemia. These reforms have the potential to almost completely wipe out the medical crisis in the black community.

    But that’s not the only reason that Mitt Romney was lustily booed today at the NAACP when he promised to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. He chose to use the word “ObamaCare” to refer to the bill. In my experience, blacks are extremely sensitive about people showing the proper respect for the Office of the Presidency now that it is occupied by a black man. They don’t like it when people fail to refer to him as “President” or “Mr. President.” And they don’t like to see his name used in a derisive and demeaning way. Mitt Romney was booed primarily because of this lack of respect, which the audience experienced as a lack of respect for them.


  • RIP Mrs. Cole.

    Maria Cole, Jazz Singer and Widow of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Dies at 89
    July 11, 2012 | By Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter

    Maria Cole, the widow of Nat “King” Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and a singer in Duke Ellington’s band in the mid-1940s, died Tuesday of cancer in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 89.

    The Coles were wed in Harlem on Easter Sunday in 1948, just six days after Nat’s divorce from his first wife became final, and were married for almost 17 years. The soft-spoken singer of such classics as “Unforgettable,” “Nature Boy,” “Too Young” and “Mona Lisa” died of lung cancer in Santa Monica in February 1965.

    “Our mom was in a class all by herself,” Natalie said in a statement released with her twin sisters Timolin and Casey Cole. “She epitomized class and elegance and truly defined what it is to be a real lady. We are so blessed and privileged to have inherited the legacy that she leaves behind along with our father.

    “She died how she lived: with great strength, courage and dignity, surrounded by her loving family.”


    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Thursday Morntin’ Sepia ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – — RIHEP- – -Mrs. Maria Cole. U were a GR8 SUPPORT 2 the REVERED Nat “KING” COLE. :>)

      – – —CONDOLENCES 2 the TALENTED CHILDREN/FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS- — -***raises hand**- – -AMEN.

      Good 2 C U Sepia. :>)

    • Town

      The Coles were wed in Harlem on Easter Sunday in 1948, just six days after Nat’s divorce from his first wife became final

      So she was the JLo of 1948?

      • TyrenM

        (Cracking up at “JLo of ’48) Let them bury (sp) the woman.

  • MonieTalks

    They are playing games….corporations sucking the govt tit dry and then want to send out notices before the elections. If I was in Congress, I would make their asses sit before Congress and show their accounting books and call their damn bluff. So sick of these bullying ass corporations.

    Lockheed’s You-May-Be-Fired Notices Called Scare Tactic

    It’s enough to make a member of Congress take notice: the prospect that hundreds of thousands of U.S. defense workers will receive you-may-be-fired warnings in the mail shortly before the Nov. 6 election.

    Companies led by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT), the world’s largest defense contractor, say federal and state laws may require them to send out blanket notifications of potential job cuts before the election unless President Barack Obama and Congress act by October to avert automatic defense reductions of $500 billion over a decade that would start on Jan. 2.

    …If the budget cuts known as sequestration take effect, defense contractors wouldn’t see changes in revenue abrupt enough to require broad distribution of pink-slip warnings in advance, said Byron Callan, a defense analyst with Capital Alpha Partners in Washington.

    “That’s more a scare tactic than something that aligns with the underlying reality of how sequestration works,” Callan said.

    read more:

    • Miranda

      They have no damn shame.

    • This explains it:

      POTOMAC,MD 20854 LOCKHEAD MARTIN 5/9/12 $2,000 Defend America PAC (R)

      POTOMAC,MD 20854 LOCKHEED-MARTIN 3/9/12 $2,000 Nelson, Bill (D)

      POTOMAC,MD 20854 LOCKHEED MARTIN 1/19/12 $2,500 Romney, Mitt (R)

      POTOMAC,,MD 20854 LOCKHEED MARTIN/PRESIDENT/CEO/EXECU 6/27/11 $2,000 McKeon, Buck (R)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM:- – –GO GET HIM— — -“Ride or Die- -VP JOE!- —

    — — Biden to offer rebuttal to Romney at NAACP– –

    – — –Vice President Joe Biden is offering a rebuttal of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before the nation’s largest civil rights organization, defending President Barack Obama’s record before black voters.

    Biden is addressing the NAACP convention in Houston on Thursday, a day after Romney said he’d do more for African-Americans than Obama, the nation’s first black president. Romney was booed when he said he’d repeal Obama’s sweeping health care reform law but otherwise got a polite reception as he reached out to a traditionally Democratic voting bloc.

    Obama’s campaign countered that Romney’s policies would hurt working families in the black community, an argument Biden was expected to make before the NAACP delegates.

    Democrats said Romney had opposed the rescue of the U.S. auto industry, the health care law and the economic stimulus, which they said helped black voters.

    “While Mitt Romney tried to paint a picture of a president who failed the African-American community, we know that the reality is that President Barack Obama has delivered time and time again,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

  • Is Mark Knoller really trying to have a NAACP speech contest between PBO and Bush II??

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller
    Pres Obama has addressed the NAACP only once as Pres in 2009. Pres Bush addressed NAACP twice, once in person & once via videotape.

    • aleth

      Because as town noted and Miranda proved this morning…certain segment of our community just live for the visual. The white man showed up insulted s and left….means he is courageous. However the black president got to prove everything to get a break.

    • nellcote

      I’m sure PBO will attend in his second term…just like Bush did.

    • creolechild

      Step your game up, Mark Knoller! Google is your friend…

      Candidate Barack Obama adressed the NAACP in 2008, President Obama spoke at the convention in 2009, FLOTUS appeared in his place in 2010, he addressed the convention delegates via broadcast in 2011, and Ride or Die Joe Biden addressed the NAACP today.


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM:- — HAH!- -Some RIGHTEOUS REACTIONS 2 that – – -RACIST!!- –

    – — –Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter React to Mitt Romney’s Speech to the NAACP— –

    – —Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference call to react to Mitt Romney’s speech at the 103rd NAACP Convention. They highlighted the clear contrast between President Obama’s vision for an economy built to last and Mitt Romney, who would take the country back to the same failed policies of the past.

    – – – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

    “He tried to go to the NAACP and then take a position that he knew would impact seven million African Americans adversely and then he got the response that was completely appropriate. It makes him look like he’s having character and integrity, when he wasn’t really speaking to the NAACP audience at all. He’s aware what’s going in Congress today, and those are the individuals he was speaking to. So he was trying to pull off a reverse Sister Soulja moment. – – -SNIP- –That’s why it was a political stunt.”

    – – –Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

    “It’s really a choice now between Presidents Obama’s vision that we move American forward toward an economy that’s built to last, or the vision that Mitt Romney laid out even this morning at the NAACP convention that would only take us back to the same failed policies of the past that nearly drove our country into another Great Depression.
    THERE IS MORE.- – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- –RE-POST:- -LOL- –

    – –Obama’s ’99 Problems but Mitt Ain’t One’ Spoof Video– —

    – – – –With the 2012 elections coming up, we can expect a bunch of spoof videos.

    Today, we have a fake Obama channeling his inner Jay-Z with “99 Problems But Mitt Ain’t One.”

    Check out the video below:– -ENJOY. :>)

  • Miranda

    Listened to silly negros on talk radio huffing and puffing that President Obama didn’t address the NAACP….apparently neither they nor the host know that the President is the opening speaker for the National Urban League’s convention later this month – nor does it matter that he spoke at National Action Network’s convention last year – nope, what matters is that they focus on imagined “slights” against black people. So throw this over in the “he don’t speak on black issues” bin along with the irregular underwear and damaged shirts that have been red-lined. You know, the one where you stop and look briefly before coming to your senses and saying “I aint buying this mess.”

    • I heard RoRo had Sophia Cititrends Nelson on TJMS to cop a plea for Mittens. Did you hear it?

      • Miranda

        Yes. I was thoroughly disgusted. Why are people still trying to pretend like there was some “missed opportunity” for Romney?

        The opportunity he wanted…HE GOT. Wasn’t nothing “missed”….dumb kneegrows still going with that “he should have said” bullshit when the man said exactly what he was supposed to. He was supposed to make the niggers angry and tell them he was the white massah they needed and that’s what the hell he did. He got boo’d for trying to reason with the savages and then he went to lily white Montana and told the fathers of the aryan nation how he put those niggers in their place.

        Its really that simple.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – –Mainstream Media Slams GOP For Wasting $50 Million on ACA Repeal Votes – —

    – — –CBS News did a segment on Republicans wasting $50 Million on health care repeal, while not creating jobs. Republicans haven’t voted on Obama’s jobs bill yet, but they found time to vote to repeal the ACA again today. This is the 33rd time House Republicans have tried to repeal the ACA, even though they know it won’t go anywhere. Those are CBS’ words, not mine.

    Isn’t it great when the media does their job? Watch here, as Americans learn just how much money the House Republicans have wasted on a show they know is going nowhere.

    Here is the video from CBS:
    – – –SNIP- – –
    Is this really how you want your tax dollars wasted, on grandstanding by Republicans? When are they going to get down to the people’s work and VOTE ON A JOBS BILL ALREADY.

    – — — The POTTY of NO:- — NO WORK; — NO JOBS BILL:- – -NO- -HEALTH CARE ALTERNATIVE-– — – – –

  • Charlie Rose To Interview President Obama, Michelle Obama For CBS
    By Alex Weprin on July 12, 2012 7:28 AM

    “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose will interview President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama today. Highlights of the interview will air tomorrow across all CBS News programming, with the full interview airing Sunday on “CBS Sunday Morning” and Monday on “CBS This Morning.”


  • GreenLadyHere


    – – –Damning Penn State Report Released [Freeh Report: Spanier, Schultz, Paterno, Curley all disregarded victims’ safety]– –

    – – – — Today’s most anticipated news event has arrived: The 9am ET release of the so-called Freeh Report, Penn State’s internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal based on more than 3.5 million emails and documents and 430 interviews. The quote initially getting the most attention, which is set to be delivered by report-honcho/former FBI director Louis Freeh at 10am, per the Washington Post: “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

    It continues: “Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno, and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”

    – — JUSTICE- – -WILL PREVAIL!!- – -THANK U LORD!!-– –

    – — – -BLESS the “CHILDREN”- – –

    • TyrenM

      Damage done. Irreparable. On with the lawsuits.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – –***fist bump***- – – -LET da –BLAMES BEGIN!! HAH!!- –

        Sooo HAPPY 4 THIS!!- — 4 the – -“CHILDREN”- –Past- annd–Present!- — —

        Hopefully- — -THIS WILL — -PREVENT the FUTURE!!- -YES!!

        – — -Good 2 C U — TyrenM. :>)– Have a good day. :>)

        • crazycanuck

          The revelations coming out with Sandusky/Penn is disgusting.

          • GreenLadyHere

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

            – – ***fist bump** :>) It was just a matter of time. HAH!

            THEY ALL- –goin’ –DOWN!!- – – -DOWN1 — I TELL U. :>)

            – —KARMA is – -ON DA MOVE!!!

            Good 2 c U crazycanuck. :>)

  • rikyrah

    EXCLUSIVE: Romney Invested Millions in Chinese Firm That Profited on US Outsourcing

    The GOP candidate decries China poaching US jobs. But at Bain he held a large stake in a Chinese company that did just that.

    —By David Corn

    | Wed Jul. 11, 2012 8:10 PM PDT

    Last month, Mitt Romney’s campaign got into a dustup with the Washington Post after the newspaper reported that Bain Capital, the private equity firm the GOP presidential candidate founded, invested in several US companies that outsourced jobs to China and India. The campaign indignantly demanded a retraction, claiming that these businesses did not send jobs overseas while Romney was running Bain, and the Post stood by its investigation. Yet there is another aspect to the Romney-as-outsourcer controversy. According to government documents reviewed by Mother Jones, Romney, when he was in charge of Bain, invested heavily in a Chinese manufacturing company that depended on US outsourcing for its profits—and that explicitly stated that such outsourcing was crucial to its success.

    This previously unreported deal runs counter to Romney’s tough talk on the campaign trail regarding China. “We will not let China continue to steal jobs from the United States of America,” Romney declared in February. But with this investment, Romney sought to make money off a foreign company that banked on American firms outsourcing manufacturing overseas.

    On April 17, 1998, Brookside Capital Partners Fund, a Bain Capital affiliate, filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission noting that it had acquired 6.13 percent of Hong Kong-based Global-Tech Appliances, which manufactured household appliances in a production facility in the industrial city of Dongguan, China. That August, according to another SEC filing, Brookside upped its interest in Global-Tech to 10.3 percent. Both SEC filings identified Romney as the person in control of this investment: “Mr. W. Mitt Romney is the sole shareholder, sole director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookside Inc. and thus is the controlling person of Brookside Inc.” Each of these documents was signed by Domenic Ferrante, a managing director of Brookside and Bain.

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    The SEC filings do not reveal how much Romney initially invested in Global-Tech (which is now known as Global-Tech Advanced Innovations). But Brookside first acquired 748,000 shares at a time when Global-Tech was mounting an IPO at $19 a share. If that was the purchase price Brookside paid, then Romney’s firm originally invested $14.2 million in the company.

    At the time Romney was acquiring shares in Global-Tech, the firm publicly acknowledged that its strategy was to profit from prominent US companies outsourcing production abroad. On September 4, 1998, Global-Tech issued a press release announcing it was postponing completion of a $30 million expansion of its Dongguan facility because Sunbeam, a prominent American consumer products company and a major client of Global-Tech, was cutting back on outsourcing as part of an overall consolidation. But John C.K. Sham, Global-Tech’s president and CEO, said, “Although it appears that customers such as Sunbeam are not outsourcing their manufacturing as quickly as we had anticipated, we still believe that the long-term trend toward outsourcing will continue.” Global-Tech, which in mid-1998 announced fiscal year sales of $118.3 million (an increase of 89 percent over the previous year), also manufactured household appliances for Hamilton Beach, Mr. Coffee, Proctor-Silex, Revlon, and Vidal Sassoon, and its chief exec was hoping for more outsourcing from these and other American firms.

    • Admiral_Komack

      “The SEC filings do not reveal how much Romney initially invested in Global-Tech (which is now known as Global-Tech Advanced Innovations). But Brookside first acquired 748,000 shares at a time when Global-Tech was mounting an IPO at $19 a share. If that was the purchase price Brookside paid, then Romney’s firm originally invested $14.2 million in the company.”

      “At the time Romney was acquiring shares in Global-Tech, the firm publicly acknowledged that its strategy was to profit from prominent US companies outsourcing production abroad. On September 4, 1998, Global-Tech issued a press release announcing it was postponing completion of a $30 million expansion of its Dongguan facility because Sunbeam, a prominent American consumer products company and a major client of Global-Tech, was cutting back on outsourcing as part of an overall consolidation. But John C.K. Sham, Global-Tech’s president and CEO, said, “Although it appears that customers such as Sunbeam are not outsourcing their manufacturing as quickly as we had anticipated, we still believe that the long-term trend toward outsourcing will continue.” Global-Tech, which in mid-1998 announced fiscal year sales of $118.3 million (an increase of 89 percent over the previous year), also manufactured household appliances for Hamilton Beach, Mr. Coffee, Proctor-Silex, Revlon, and Vidal Sassoon, and its chief exec was hoping for more outsourcing from these and other American firms.”

      -Global-Tech Appliances:
      “Willard love us long time.”

  • rikyrah

    found these tweets:

    Marc Ambinder @marcambinder 12 Jul 12 Why isn’t there someone at Bain who will step up and say, “Mitt didn’t make those decisions. I did.” If Romney wasn’t boss, who was? 99-02

    emptywheel @emptywheel

    @marcambinder The first rule of Bain is, you do not talk about Bain.

    • Miranda

      Why isn’t there someone at Bain who will step up and say, “Mitt didn’t make those decisions. I did.”


      • Admiral_Komack

        Because they’re afraid that if they do, they’ll get tackled and get a haircut.

  • We Will Live Stream VP Joe Biden’s Speech To The NAACP Starting at 10:30AM EST! There Will Be Wig Snatching!

  • Miranda

    Am I the only one that believes the Obama camp knew Mitt would get up there and do what he did at the NAACP, and of course the Romney camp would believe this would overtake the news cycle and ramp up their bonafides with the right wing teathuglicans……………..and


    Boston Globe story drops that Mitt’s a big ole liar and somebody in trouble cuz he was still with Bain when he said he wasn’t…and Mittens lil “courageous” antics at the NAACP get slapped aside.

    Am I the only one that finds it mightily convenient that the Boston Globe story dropped this morning? That just me?

    • Kennymack1971

      Nope. Maximus ain’t got nothing on the folks at the Prudential Building. Hell is being unleashed on Willard.

      • Town

        “They’re trying to kill my husband *sniff*” –Ann Romney

  • JojoRaze

    Interesting article about how PBO is helping farmers in Africa to be more self-sustainable and less reliant on foreign aid. h/t TOD who has front-paged this.

    The farm fields here are cemeteries of cornstalks: a severe drought has left them brown, withered and dead. Normally, a failed crop like that signifies starvation.

    Then television cameras arrive and transmit images of famished children into American and European living rooms. Emergency food shipments are rushed in at huge expense.

    Yet there is a better way, and it’s unfolding here in rural Malawi, in southern Africa. Instead of shipping food after the fact, the United States aid agency, U.S.A.I.D., has been working with local farmers to promote new crops and methods so that farmers don’t have to worry about starving in the first place.

    Jonas Kabudula is a local farmer whose corn crop completely failed, and he said that normally he and his family would now be starving. But, with the help of a U.S.A.I.D. program, he and other farmers also planted chilies, a nontraditional crop that doesn’t need much rain.

    Other crops wither, and the chilies survive,” Kabudula told me. What’s more, each bag of chilies is worth about five bags of corn, so he and other villagers have been able to sell the chilies and buy all the food they need.

    “If it weren’t for the chilies,” said another farmer, Staford Phereni, “we would have no food.”

    President Obama has made agriculture a focus of his foreign aid programs with mixed results. On the plus side, these initiatives are smart, cost-effective and potentially transformative. On the negative side, they’re boring. At a time when there’s a vigorous political debate in America about foreign aid, outreach to African farmers doesn’t wow Congress or the American people.

    • Town

      I thought Obama didn’t care about black people?

      • Miranda

        Let the sole patrol tell it, and he just doesn’t care about the descendants of slaves here in the USA….oh and the people of color he sends drones to for fun – let them tell it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- — – -WE JUS’- –DOIN’ IT- — -4 these OLYMPICS- —

    – – – –Priddy makes third Olympic volleyball team– —

    – —- –Reid Priddy hardly took the normal path to elite status in volleyball.

    The Richmond, Va. native first tried the sport in a school physical education class and didn’t begin playing until the family moved to Florida.

    When they relocated to Phoenix, Ariz. in 1994, he joined the team at Mountain Pointe High School, the first year the state fielded varsity volleyball.

    The next year as a junior, he led Mountain Pointe to the state title. A standout senior season followed, earning him a number of scholarship offers.

    Priddy, who would go on to collegiate stardom at Loyola Marymount, was in uncharted territory for him.

    As he said on the Team USA website, “Men’s volleyball was such a new sport in our area that there was no example to follow. At the time we would shop at the thrift store for our clothes, trying to find the craziest outfit we could. We were very active, playing beach volleyball, wake-boarding, going to the lake and jumping off rocks and stuff like that.”

    Priddy has parlayed those beginnings into spots on three U.S. Olympic teams.


  • And just like clockwork, Politico tries to discredit the Boston Globe’s story on Mitt and Bain:

    Globe to correct credit ‘mistake’ in Bain story
    7/12/12 10:37 AM EDT

    The Boston Globe’s report today on the true length of Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain is making waves this morning — but as Globe editor Martin Baron acknowledged today, it failed to credit organizations that had previously reported on the story.

    “Pieces of this story were reported by other news organizations. We believe the Globe advanced the story with a more comprehensive and complete look that broke significant news and included additional documents,” Baron said in a statement to POLITICO. “However, our policy is to give credit to other news organizations for their work. In the editing and shortening process, I have learned, passages giving credit were removed. That was a mistake, and we are now adding appropriate credit back to the online version.”

    On July 2 and again on July 3, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn reported that SEC filings indicated Romney had played a role in Bain investments “until at least the end of 1999” and that a May 10, 2001, document described Romney as a member of the “management committee” of Bain funds.


    • Miranda

      Nice try Politico, but all this does is make the Boston Globe piece more credible, as it shows smaller outlets have investigated as well and everybody knows Mitt’s ass is lying. Took a major newspaper to really bring it to the forefront.

  • rikyrah

    Mitt Romney’s secret stash:

  • rikyrah

    Turning the tax debate upside down
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:00 AM EDT.

    For years, Democrats were seen as the major party more likely to raise taxes, and as a result, were in a constant state of fear and defensiveness over the issue. If there was a candidate running an attack ad over taxes shortly before an election, it was a pretty safe bet that the candidate was a Republican.

    But as the fight over tax policy heats up inside the Beltway, it’s interesting to realize it’s Democrats who are on the offensive. President Obama’s re-election campaign launched this new television ad yesterday.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, the ad tells viewers that Mitt Romney supports tax breaks for millionaires, but actually raises taxes on millions of working families, while Obama wants the wealthy to “pay a little more so the middle class pays less.” The tagline: “Two plans; your choice.”

    Republicans continue to work from the assumption that voters will always side with them on taxes, opposing any tax increase by any amount on any one at any time for any reason. But Obama seems awfully confident he’s playing the better hand — the ad wouldn’t talk up asking the rich to “pay a little more” unless it was an idea with broad public support.

    The tagline was also of interest because it seeks to frame the campaign in a specific way. For months, the conventional wisdom has said the 2012 race would be “a referendum, not a choice.” In other words, the Republican candidate and his agenda is almost irrelevant — the election will come down to Obama supporters vs. Obama opponents.

    But that’s exactly why the president’s campaign is pushing the “two plans; your choice” frame.


    If the race is a referendum on Obama, and the mainstream is unsatisfied with the direction of the country, the president has a far more daunting challenge. But if voters are inclined to see the election has a choice between two competing visions, Romney is the one in trouble because the Republican agenda is wildly unpopular.

    That’s even true on taxes, where Obama is challenging the GOP on its bedrock issue.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- — –***rolls eye** on the father- — BUT- – -GOOD SLAM on teh WILLARD!- – -HAH!! :>)

    – —Mitt Romney low-key on civil rights, in contrast to his father>- —

    – —As governor of Michigan, George Romney pressed an aggressive agenda on the issue, putting himself at odds with Republican Party leaders. His son presents a different figure.

    – – –In 1963, an explosive year in the quest for civil rights, George Romney appeared unannounced in the mostly white suburb of Grosse Pointe and marched to the front of an anti-segregation demonstration to stand beside black leaders.
    – – — -SNIP- – –
    His son, running against the nation’s first black president 44 years later, leaves a very different impression. Mitt Romney rarely mentions his father’s efforts on civil rights and declined an interview request to discuss how that work influenced his own agenda on those issues, which have not figured prominently in his own career or presidential campaigns. (The only memorable time it has come up publicly was in 2007, when he mistakenly said he had seen his father march with the Rev.Martin Luther King Jr.He later said he meant the word “saw” in a “figurative sense.”)

    Although he will address the NAACP’s annual convention on Wednesday, Romney has campaigned over the last year in front of predominantly white audiences. A rare exception to that pattern was his May visit to a charter school in a mostly black area of west Philadelphia, where he promoted his plans to push for more school choice. There he called the education achievement gap between minority and nonminority students “the civil rights issue of our time” for “people of color in this society.”

    When Romney took over as governor of Massachusetts in 2003, the state still bore the tensions of wrenching battles over school busing and other race-inflected disputes. He assembled a group of black leaders that served as an informal “kitchen Cabinet”[included that Rev. Brown] and met with him quarterly throughout his administration.


  • rikyrah

    Mitt Romney Finally Went There. The Racist Southern Strategy.
    Categories: MItt Romney, Original Opinion
    July 12,2012

    By Bob Cesca: Somehow, the team of CG animators who work on the Mitt Romney uncanny valley animations that substitute for an actual Republican candidate continue to let this jittery, awkward proto-human speak without a carefully scripted speeches uploaded to his neural network.

    Off the top of my head there’s Romney’s spastic “amber waves of grain” joke in which he mused out loud whether Iowa corn can be considered an “amber wave of grain.” There’s his Brick Tamland “I love cars” and “I love trees” series of nonsensically literal observations. Most recently, there’s the Phil-Hartman-as-Frankenstein (and accidentally hilarious) description of a glass of lemonade: “Lemon. Wet. Good.” I’m not making that up. Romney really described lemonade as, “Lemon. Wet. Good.”

    But yesterday, in the wake of being booed during an address to the NAACP, Romney popped off with yet another weird diatribe. This time, however, it seemed a little more calculated to those of us who aware of the reoccurring use of the Southern Strategy.

    When Romney noted that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, the NAACP audience understandably booed the remark. I’m reasonably certain that the “repeal Obamacare” line would be booed by nearly everyone who wasn’t a die hard Romney supporter (yes, there are a few die hard Romney drones) since most Americans agree with nearly all of the provisions in the law, including Republicans and independents, and, as a whole, support for the law is evenly split.

    So here’s what Romney said after the speech in response to the booing:

    “Remind them of this, if they want more free stuff from the government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.”

    Yes, he really said that.

    Southern Strategy. Stupid. Bad.

    It was only a matter of time before Romney engaged in this kind of racist dogwhistle politics that’s intended to fire up the resentful white Republican base. Every election season, the party just can’t help itself: demonize minorities, pump up the angry whites and win. Honestly, I thought Romney would wait until perhaps after the conventions to play this card, but there it is. Blacks want handouts.

    Whether or not this was prepared ahead of time doesn’t really matter — although it seemed spontaneous. Romney totally dunked his bulbous noggin into the repulsive “welfare queens” meme by deciding that the best way to respond to being booed by African Americans is to suggest they’re only interested in voting for the candidate who will give them free stuff. It’s the most insidious brand of Republican politics — the assumption that blacks are lazy and shiftless, sucking off the government teat instead of working hard and earning a living without the immoral use of food stamps, welfare and, clearly, Obamacare.

    All of this coming from a candidate who exploits massive tax loopholes and off shore accounts to enhance his income. Romney’s friends in corporate America are actually far more guilty of receiving free stuff. The following numbers are a few years old, but just as telling:

  • rikyrah

    The Bain Of This Campaign, Ctd

    So when exactly did Mitt Romney resign from Bain Capital? He has long said 1999 – which gets him off responsibility for some bad p.r. for Bain in the subsequent three years, especially on outsourcing and off-shoring. But the Boston Globe has several legal documents showing that Romney remained

    chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control, even creating five new investment partnerships during that time.

    Romney has said he left Bain in 1999 to lead the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, ending his role in the company. But public Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed later by Bain Capital state he remained the firm’s “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president.”

    Also, a Massachusetts financial disclosure form Romney filed in 2003 states that he still owned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002. And Romney’s state financial disclosure forms indicate he earned at least $100,000 as a Bain “executive” in 2001 and 2002, separate from investment earnings.

    Maybe this is a technical snafu caused by elaborate federal and state legal technicalities. But who gets paid $100,000 a year for two years for work as an executive in a company he has already quit?

    A former SEC commissioner told the Globe that the SEC documents listing Romney as Bain’s chief executive between 1999 and 2002 cannot be dismissed so easily. “You can’t say statements filed with the SEC are meaningless. This is a fact in an SEC filing,” said Roberta S. Karmel, now a professor at Brooklyn Law School.

    “It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to say he was technically in charge on paper but he had nothing to do with Bain’s operations,” Karmel continued. “Was he getting paid? He’s the sole stockholder. Are you telling me he owned the company but had no say in its investments?”

    The Romney campaign surely needs to provide evidence for its side of the argument as strong as the Globe’s. Or else it will have been caught in a fishy piece of misdirection. It doesn’t help that it is currently calling the president a liar for pinning outsourcing in the years in question at Bain on Romney, claiming that Romney wasn’t in charge of Bain at the time. If he was, that matters. Geraghty’s spin – the best I’ve seen from the right so far – is just a partisan debating point; it doesn’t address the substantive issue.

    But here’s why this is lose-lose for Romney. It’s another day when the focus is on his vast wealth, rather than on Obama’s economic record; and even the best case in defense of Romney must argue that he got paid at least $100,000 a year for doing nothing. A lot of Americans may wonder how that can happen, how the rules they live by simply don’t apply to people with Romney’s massive wealth.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 07/12/2012
    Mitt Romney’s cynical response to NAACP booing

    By Jamelle Bouie

    Yesterday, I noted the tremendous distrust between Republicans and the African American community, exemplified by the “boos” Mitt Romney received for promising to repeal Obamacare at the NAACP national conference. Given the last three years of racially-tinged attacks on President Obama, there wasn’t much Romney could do to repair the damage. Indeed, at The Prospect, I wrote that the speech was actually aimed at white moderates, and not African Americans. But that doesn’t preclude good faith, and I assumed a certain amount of sincerity in Romney’s appearance.

    If his comments last night were any indication, that was a mistake.

    As Greg noted this morning, Romney’s speech to the NAACP was followed by a fundraiser in Montana, where he responded to audience boos with this remarkable statement:

    [I] want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff.

    Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczinski points out that this is a standard part of Romney’s stump speech. Even still, it was specifically deployed to criticize the audience at the NAACP conference. And in the context of stereotypes about African Americans — that are “dependent” on government benefits and actively seek more — it’s more than a little objectionable. Romney followed this with an appearance on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show, where he said he “expected” the negative response from the audience.

    Earlier this year, when he was still running for president, Newt Gingrich declared that he would go to the NAACP and tell “the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.” In much the same way, Romney went to the NAACP to make a statement for his right-wing supporters. For people who see Obamacare as a vehicle for reparations, Romney’s speech was a statement of courage — he essentially told a (middle-class, professional) audience of blacks that they’ll have to work for their benefits if he’s president. Rush Limbaugh certainly got the message:

    This group wants to hear about tax increases and bigger government to take care of people. They don’t want to hear about self-reliance; they don’t want to hear about free enterprise. Free enterprise means you’ve gotta do it yourself. Free enterprise means it’s up to you. Free enterprise means you’re on your own. This group doesn’t want to hear that. I don’t think Romney got a single vote in here today.

    [Obama was] confident they’ll boo Romney, simply ‘cause Romney’s white.

    Far from a good faith effort to appeal to fellow citizens, it was a cynical exercise in pandering. And the message was received by the right people.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – – – DAMAGIN’- –FACTS!!- —HAH!!- — –

    – – –Video- DemRapidResponse: Mitt Romney’s $ecret $tash— —

    – – — FOLLOW da $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$- –ALL OVA da WORLD!! LOL.– – –


  • Miranda

    Cousin Identified Trayvon Martin As Voice Crying For Help On 911 Tapes

    Trayvon Martin’s cousin told investigators in May that he would swear “on a stack of Bibles” it was his cousin’s voice that could be heard crying for help on 911 recordings of the killing.

    The unidentified cousin talked to investigators with special prosecutor Angela Corey’s office, telling them that he hung out with Martin the day before the killing and everything seemed fine. A summary of the interview was included in a huge stack of new evidence released on Thursday morning by the office as part of its case against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman.

  • Miranda

    So has chosen to die on this hill? This the one? For real? Alrighty then, guess its their call! ‘Little new’ in Globe story

    • Alexander2

      “Until 2002, when Romney and Bain Capital finalized a severance agreement, he remained the firm’s “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president,” according to SEC documents.”

      But he’s not responsible for any decisions made from 1999-2002?

      If this is true, I need to unlearn everything I learned in my Corporations course. lol.

  • Alexander2

    (Any comment Tavis Smiley?)

    Wells Fargo to Settle Mortgage Discrimination Charges
    Published: July 12, 2012

    WASHINGTON — Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest home mortgage lender, has agreed to pay at least $175 million to settle allegations that outside brokers discriminated against black and Hispanic borrowers during the housing boom, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. It is the second-largest residential fair-lending settlement in the department’s history.

    An investigation by the department’s Civil Rights Division found that independent mortgage brokers originating Wells Fargo loans charged higher fees and rates to minority borrowers across the country than they did to white borrowers who posed the same credit risk, according to a complaint released on Thursday along with the proposed settlement.

    Brokers working with Wells Fargo also steered minority borrowers into costlier subprime mortgages when white borrowers with similar credit risk profiles received regular loans, a Justice Department investigation found. The agreement covers the subprime bubble years of 2004-2009.

    • creolechild

      Tavis Smiley doesn’t have time to comment right now because he’s probably getting lawyered up .~

    • Miranda

      Oh TAAAAAAA-VIIISSS! Where ARRRRRRRRRRRRRE YOU?!?! Hey Tavis, where u at?!?

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY ALEXANDER2– –***BIG HUG*** :>)

      — -Statement from T(r)avesty:- —Seeee- –WHA’ HA’ HAPPENED.. – -LOL..

      – – Ba – ba- -ba – -ba –Baaaaa- – -I’m LUVIN’ IT!! – -LOL

      Good 2 C U- -ALEXANDER2. :>)

      P.S.- – – -FOUND THIS:- – –Tavis Smiley named in Wells Fargo Subprime Scam Lawsuit – —

  • creolechild

    This is one mechanism that can be used to circumvent voter ID barriers, and ensure that the Diebold machines can’t change our votes after the fact.

    Thirty-two states provide some form of “no excuse” early voting, whether by mail-in absentee ballots or “Early In-Person” (EIP) ballots, permitting any registered voter to cast an early ballot. More than 50 percent of voters in these states favor early voting. The 2008 Presidential election demonstrated the overwhelming popularity of these policies as one out of every three ballots were cast early.

    Until the 2008 Presidential election, EIP didn’t increase turnout among underrepresented citizens and was favored among the typical voter who is older, more educated, and wealthier than the general population. The 2008 election, however, marked a significant change in the use of EIP by minority voters: African Americans voted early at a rate that exceeded Whites and Latinos increased their use of EIP to match that of White voters.


  • creolechild

    This infographic tells it all, and shows why Texas (and other states) are trying so hard to disenfranchise the votes of blacks and Latinos. Also puts to rest the time-worn refrain that blacks don’t participate in the voting process.

    Texas vs. Voting Rights, 1944 to 2012 [Infographic]

    • Miranda

      The last gallup poll I believe had Pres. Obama in a virtual tie with Mittens…TEXAS. Yeah, the GOP is trying real hard to disenfranchise black and brown folks.

  • rikyrah

    Only a rich, entitled White man could think that he should be elected President of a country:

    1. he refused to serve when asked to (military)
    2. that he doesn’t want to pay taxes to
    3. that isn’t good enough for him to invest his money in.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – -IT’s UP!! – – –Woo! Hoo! – – –

    — –Vice President Biden Addresses NAACP Convention– – –

    – – – -ENJOY- -Soooo MUCH!!- – -:>) – – –

  • creolechild

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…really Mitt? Come on, surely you can do better than that! If releasing 12 years of tax returns was good enough for your own father, why is it too much to ask of you? We know you can do it…after all, you did provide the McCain campaign with tax returns dating back 23 years. Now, you’re bashful? WHAT. ARE. YOU. HIDING. MITT? Just confess and get it over with, you’ll feel so much better and then you can go back to “being unemployed! LOL!

    Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, responding to criticism from Democrats over his refusal to release tax returns from before 2010, said he will publicize his 2011 return when it’s completed.


    H/T Richard Rubin

    • Miranda

      When its completed?? And why only that one year??

      mitt mitt mitt……yo azz in trouble.

  • rikyrah

    Capitalism As A Religion

    Bloomberg’s Businessweek has a fascinating story on how the LDS Church runs various large for-profit businesses – a shopping mall was one of its recent spiritual landmarks. What it helps reveal is something that has continually struck me as I have read more and discovered more about Mormonism: it really is a religion of business for businessmen. Unlike mainstream Christianity, Mormonism sees no conflict between God and Mammon, between the spiritual and the temporal. Making pots of money is part of God’s plan. Joseph Smith, a grifter businessman himself, proclaimed conveeeniently that “Verily I say unto you, that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal.” By which he meant that there was spiritual glory in capitalism itself – a heresy clearly at odds with almost everything Jesus himself said and taught.

    The business starts with mandatory 10 percent tithing if you want access to Temples. All that money – estimated at an annual $8 billion – goes directly to Salt Lake City to a group of powerful businessmen who are the people who run the Church. There is no transparency. Mormons are sometimes charged to go make money for the church in various enterprises (my favorite is a Hawaiian theme-park that pays no taxes because it is related to church activities and yet brings in $60 million a year). Some are even recruited to volunteer services for for-profit enterprises. And the notion of charity is a very Mormon one:

    A study co-written by Cragun and recently published in Free Inquiry estimates that the Mormon Church donates only about 0.7 percent of its annual income to charity; the United Methodist Church gives about 29 percent

    If you want someone to dismantle the welfare state, Romney’s your man. But many Mormons are troubled by the lack of transparency and the priorities of their businesslike leadership:

    Bain Capital under Romney was part of this commercial web:

    Mitt Romney and others at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he co-founded in 1984, gave the Mormon Church millions’ worth of stock holdings obtained through Bain deals, according to Reuters. Between 1997 and 2009, these included $2 million in Burger King (BKW) and $1 million in Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) shares. Under U.S. law, churches can legally turn around and sell donated stock without paying capital-gains taxes, a clear advantage for both donor and receiver.

    If you were to construct a religion as a business, it would be hard to beat the LDS Church. From its mandatory tithing for access to sacred Temples to its spiritual blessing on business and wealth accumulation and its tax-friendly admixture of for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises, it is the Prosperity Gospel with better accountants. And that makes it the quintessential religion for America – giving the New World a place in the Gospels, bringing the Garden of Eden to Missouri, and providing a divine blessing for American free enterprise. All it needs is a president of the United States to broaden its appeal in a fusion of faith and country. It’s been trying since Joseph Smith ran for the highest office in the land – not a typical path for a “spiritual” leader. Now, as the unofficial religion of American capitalism in its least regulated and most rapacious form, it has its chance.

    Think of running Bain Capital as spiritual enlightenment, and you begin to get the idea.

  • creolechild

    Hey GLH, you just made my day! Tavis probably thought he was gonna skate on this because most people weren’t aware of his level of involvment in Wells Fargo’s subprime scam. Cuing Smiley apologists across the blogsphere in 10. 9. 8. 7.

    Mmmmm…this calls for some ice cream!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      I’m sorry. I di-ent C this. :>)- –

      -He was soo DEEP INTO- – MAKIN’ HIS $$- – -OFF US!!!- – –

      NOW how was he gon DISCUSS THIS on the – -“STATE of BLACK AMERICA”?_ — – — – I THOUGHT NOT!!

      No wonder the – -PEAS IN A POD have BEEN sooo- – QUIET. Haven’t even BEGGED 2 get into the White House. LOL.- – –

      Good 2 C U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- — – She SURELY- – -DIVERSIFIES. :>) – —

    – —Serena Williams Promotes New Animated Film at Comic-Con– —

    – –Fresh off of winning her fifth Wimbledon title, Serena Williams sweeps into Comic-Con in San Diego today to promote her latest project – a tennis-themed animated film titled WimbleToad.

    Williams will partner on the project with Exodus Film Group, the makers of the 2008 animated feature Igor. She’ll serve as an executive producer as well as voice a character in the film.

    The story concerns an orphaned toad named Henry Stokes who, with his best friend and fellow orphan Lily (Serena), must play for his freedom from a nefarious businessman who is scheming to take over the WimbleToad tournament and destroy their orphanage in the process.

    She and Exodus Film Group principles John Eraklis, Joe Martin Jr. and Max Howard have created Amphibian Productions for the venture. Steve Bevilacqua is writing the screenplay based on Eraklis’ original idea.

    — -BEST WISHES- -All the WAY ‘ROUND!! —:>) –PROUD of U. :>)

  • rikyrah

    Obama Sinks to Historic Lows Among Blue-Collar Men

    By Ronald Brownstein

    July 11, 2012 | 6:00 p.m.

    The new Quinnipiac University and ABC/Washington Post national surveys out this week converge on one key conclusion: as the election nears, President Obama is sinking to historic lows among the group most consistently hostile to him.

    Throughout his career on the national stage, Obama has struggled among white men without a college education. But in these latest surveys, he has fallen to a level of support among them lower than any Democratic nominee has attracted in any election since 1980, according to an upcoming National Journal analysis of exit polls from presidential elections.

    Though pollsters at each organization caution that the margins of error are substantial when looking at subgroups such as this, each poll shows erosion within that margin of error for Obama with these working-class white men. The new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama attracting just 29 percent of non-college white men, down from 32 percent in their most recent national survey in April, according to figures provided by Douglas Schwartz, April Radocchio and Ralph Hansen of Quinnipiac. The ABC/Washington Post survey found Obama drawing just 28 percent of non-college white men, down from 34 percent in their May survey, according to figures provided by ABC Pollster Gary Langer. Romney drew 56 percent of the non-college white men in Quinnipiac and 65 percent in the ABC/Washington Post survey.

    No one expects Obama to win these blue-collar men, who are now among the most reliably Republican segments of the electorate. But even so, these numbers, if sustained through Election Day, would represent a modern nadir for Democrats. Since 1980, the worst performance for any Democratic nominee among these working-class white men was the 31 percent Walter Mondale managed against Ronald Reagan in 1984; the meager 39 percent Obama drew in 2008 was actually the party’s best showing over that period. These new surveys show Obama that these non-college white men represent Obama’s largest source of decline in the white electorate since 2008.

    • TyrenM

      Wow. To poor white people – Mitt: he’s one of us.

      • Miranda

        Ain’t that something?? Really are gonna cut off their own noses.

        • rikyrah

          i read this story and said

          FUCK ‘EM

          if they don’t know who is on their side..

          fuck them for their stupidity.

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  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – –HAPPY BIRTHDAY- – Dr. Bill COSBY :>) – —

    — –Happy 75th Birthday, Bill Cosby!– – –

    – – – –Comedian, actor, author, activist, and educator William Henry “Bill” Cosby Jr. (pictured) and his amazing list of achievements place him as one of America’s most-treasured living icons.

    Honing his skills as a stand-up comedian in Philadelphia nightclubs and parlaying his natural talent for humor into gigs nationwide, Cosby would go on to release a series of popular comedy albums and land a recording contract.

    Cosby’s straight-laced comedic style was a stark contrast to the bawdier material his fellow comics experimented with, electing to recall his childhood experiences in a humorous bent. Comedy led to acting, with Cosby appearing in several Hollywood films and creating perhaps two of the most influential television shows in “Fat Albert” and the “Cosby Kids” and the groundbreaking “The Cosby Show.”

    Watch “Fat Albert’s” “Readin,’ Writin,’ and Rudy” episode here:

    P.S. — —- – –Entertainer Bill Cosby defended President Obama on Sunday, saying that his critics do not acknowledge the obstacles he has faced in office.

    “I’m disappointed at people who don’t look at the woes and the trouble given to this man,” Cosby told CNN’s Candy Crowley, referring to allies on the left who have complained about the administration. “People blatantly speaking out against his color, wasting time, starting up new stories about whether or not he was born here, saying things that they can’t prove.”

    • TyrenM

      Last night I watched an episode of “The Bill Cosby Show” from the 70’s on Aspire. What do you all think of this new network?

      • GreenLadyHere

        TyrenM- — Sorry 2 B L8. :>) I have not seen this station- – yet. But- – -i’ll look 4 it. :>) Thanks. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – — MR. PRESIDENT — -VIDEO- – -2 the NAACP!!! :>) – —

    — –Obama To NAACP: ‘I Stand On Your Shoulders’ (VIDEO)– – –

    – —- President Obama delivered videotaped remarks to the NAACP convention in Houston Thursday morning, a day after Mitt Romney delivered an in-person address to the group.

    “I stand on your shoulders,” Obama told the crowd.

    /Annnd – —the Crowd Goes Wild – –

    – – – –-THANK U – – MR. PRESIDENT!♥- – – -WE ♥ U. :>)– – –

  • rikyrah

    Team Romney Has Nothing

    by BooMan
    Thu Jul 12th, 2012 at 12:20:08 PM EST

    It looks to me like the Romney campaign doesn’t know how to respond to the story about their candidate’s “shadow years” as faux-CEO of Bain Capital. His spokesman came out and just flatly denied that the story was true without offering any explanation for how that could possibly be the case. He was listed as the CEO with the SEC. That fact is not in dispute. He testified before the Massachusetts Ballot Law Commission that he was merely on a leave of absence. Now David Axelrod is tweeting that Romney filed false statements with the SEC, which is something Romney’s lawyers must be taking a look at.

    It’s never easy to admit you’ve been telling gigantic lies, but it’s better than committing financial fraud. But even if Romney is essentially telling the truth about not having anything to do with Bain’s day-to-day operations, he doesn’t want to have to explain why he received a $100,000 salary for doing nothing. This is particularly true because last night he accused the entire NAACP membership of just wanting free handouts from the government. How about no-work jobs? I thought only the mafia created those. Is that really what Romney wants to argue? That he got paid to do nothing? Wasn’t he trying to act like a big man at the time by ostentatiously refusing payment for his work on the Olympics? That’s easy to do when when Bain is paying you $100,000/yr. Of course, his salary was just pocket change compared to his financial interest in the company itself.

    So, the Romney campaign is going to have to come out and say that this is all normal. It’s totally unremarkable for a man to be paid a six-figure salary for doing no work and to make representations to the government and to investors that they are the CEO of a company that they no longer work for. They can do this for years and it only looks weird because SEC compliance forms are complicated.

    They’ve had weeks to prepare for this story, and they have nothing.

    • GN

      Less than zero.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 07/12/2012
    New Bain revelations put Romney in tough spot

    By Greg Sargent

    The Romney campaign has now responded to the big Boston Globe story pointing out that Romney is identified as a CEO of Bain Capital in SEC documents for several years after 1999, when he claimed he left the company. The story could be a big deal, because it could make it harder for Romney to avoid association with Bain’s more controversial deals — which are central to the Obama campaign’s attacks on Romney.

    Dylan Byers has statements from Romney campaign advisers. One reiterates that Romney left in 1999 and “had no input on investments or management of companies after that point.” A second says: “He was on the SEC filings becasue he was still technically the owner, but hadn’t transferred ownership to other partners.”

    In fairness to the Romney camp, one of the story’s key revelations is a bit thin. The lede claims that in the time period in question, Romney created “five new investment partnerships.” But later in the story, that assertion gets more vague.

    Post fact checker Glenn Kessler, who recently wrote that the Obama campaign was falsely blaming Romney for Bain deals that happened after he left, again dismisses the significance of the new allegations. “Just because you are listed as an owner of shares does not mean you have a managerial role,” Kessler wrote, though he said he might take another look at the issue.

    But here’s my question. Even if you accept that there’s no evidence Romney had direct involvement in Bain’s investment decisions, is this really the type of argument that’s going to fly with voters? My guess is that the distinction the Romney campaign is making here will be lost on them. They are unlikely to buy the argument that Romney bears no responsibility for the activites of a company during a period in which he is listed as the “chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president” of the company.