October 1, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: African-American Female Entrepreneurs and Executives

Doesn’t it seem like this week went by pretty fast? I love the this time of year, just for all of the vacation time.  Continuing on with this week’s open thread, today I am highlighting the talent of Natalia Allen

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Natalia Allen is a luxury fashion designer, awarded Parsons Designer of the Year, a title she shares with Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler.

In 2005, she founded Design Futurist, a boutique consultancy, with offices in New York and London. Design Futurist partners with multi-nationals to develop innovative products and brands of value.

By age 24, Ms. Allen was the inventor on several patents. Considered an expert on the intersection of design and technology, her work is both a creative and commercial success. “Creative critical thinking is our strength,” says Natalia.

Ms. Allen has also received Calvin Klein, Nylon Magazine and Ducati design distinctions. She has exhibited and lectured at international conferences, including E-Culture Fair Amsterdam, Invista-Dupont Global Summit and Wearable Futures. BBC, Reuter’s, Women’s Wear Daily and New York Magazine, were among the first to cover her unique story.

Ms. Allen was ranked #50 on Fast Company magazine’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010.

***Information courtesy of www.blackentrepreneurprofile.com***

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  • Miranda

    Natalia is FIERCE. Love this topic!

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

      OK! Thanks for posting about Ms. Allen, PBomb!

  • Miranda

    Can’t wait for the video clip of this

    AAmom‏@AVD911
    LOL Rep.Peter King on @CNN just told Darryl Issa to “kiss his mf’ing ass you 100% wrong on the Sandy Relief bill” -I jus luv GOP infighting!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    The cost of those long lines to vote

    By Laura Conaway

    Wed Jan 2, 2013 2:51 PM EST

    Last year, when you folks sent photos of long lines for voting, we wondered in here whether the lines — and coverage of the lines — would suppress turnout. Last week, we got evidence that some people who faced more trouble voting became that much more determined to vote. We also got a sense of how many voters gave up because of the lines: in Central Florida alone, about 49,000. From the Orlando Sentinel:

    About 30,000 of those discouraged voters — most of them in Orange and Osceola counties — likely would have backed Democratic President Barack Obama, according to Theodore Allen, an associate professor of industrial engineering at OSU.

    About 19,000 voters would have likely backed Republican Mitt Romney, Allen said.

    To give you a sense of what it was like to be one of those people who couldn’t make it through the wait, I want to show you the photos sent by the mother of voter in a different part of Florida, starting above and continuing after the jump. (Thank you all again for kickstarting and fueling this story. How to send us stuff.)

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/02/16305649-the-cost-of-those-long-lines-to-vote?lite

  • Miranda

    Peter King: Darrell Issa ‘1,000 Percent Wrong’ In Criticism Of Sandy Relief Legislation

    After walking back his scathing criticism of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) over Hurricane Sandy relief aid, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Thursday shifted his tough talk toward one of the legislation’s most vocal opponents, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

    On Wednesday, Issa denounced the bill for being “packed” with pork, a charge that the New York lawmaker sought to refute during an appearance on CNN.

    First of all, with all due respect, Darrell Issa is 1,000 percent wrong. There is absolutely no pork in the bill. There were some items that were added in the senate involving Alaska, which is less than one percent of the bill. Even though it’s only one percent of the bill, every one of those items was removed from the House bill and I wish Darrell Issa had learned that and looked into that before he went public and said that my constitituents should not get their homes rebuilt, should not have the waste management plants rebuild, that Gov. [Chris] Christie should not be given the opportunity to rebuild New Jersey and Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo in New York. Every dollar that Gov. Christie, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg requested has been documented, the speaker will tell you that, the majority leader will tell you that. There is no pork and to somehow say that $33 billion is pork, Darrell Issa, with all due respect is 1,000 percent wrong. I say that again: 1,000 percent wrong. The speaker disagrees with him, and if he wants to take it up with somebody, call Gov. Christie.
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/peter-king-darrell-issa-1-000-percent-wrong

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

      The Republican-on-Republican violence must continue!

      • Miranda

        LMAO!!

  • rikyrah

    Larry O goes off on how the President succeeded despite his ‘allies’.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755883/ns/msnbc-the_last_word/#50349590

    • Daltex82

      I loved the opening segment, I just made sure to turn the sound down as soon as Rachel Maddow’s doppelganger Ezra Klein appeared.

  • rikyrah

    Shaking Hands With Obama in the Oval Office

    I felt guilty about meeting him.

    The guy had two full-time jobs: running for reelection and running the country. And yet every month he takes about an hour from his impossibly busy schedule to shake hands, chat briefly and take photos with certain members of the armed forces attached to the White House. It’s one of the perks. They must have served at least one year and must be departing in the next 60 days. Each is allowed one tag-along parent. I won the toss.

    Although we’d been warned that the President’s schedule could change “at a moment’s notice,” and therefore the grip-and-grin might have to be cancelled, ours was slated for 9:45, Tuesday morning, September 18.

    My son and I arrived in the wee hours at the “staging area” — near his base, about an hour from Washington, D. C.

    We’d also been advised that we could enter the White House, with a single “government-issued identification card” — a driver’s license. No camera phones, books, pens, coins. Nothing else.

    Before we boarded the secure bus, officials asked for our identification, checked off our names against a list and eyed our attire. (Parents who show up in shorts and flip-flops are sent home.) I’d been instructed to wear a dark suit. Military uniforms were scrutinized by a flashlight, because it was dark and overcast, as we departed at 7:10.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-s-chafetz/shaking-hands-with-obama-_b_2395462.html

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

      What a cool story!

  • isonprize

    has went by pretty fast?

    Okay, the hairs stood up on my neck… LOLOL

    Morning, POU!!

    • Miranda

      Sorry Ms. Crabapple!

      LOL

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: GOP can’t put Tea Party genie back in bottle

    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

    By any measure, the fiscal deal that finally passed the House yesterday should have been something House Republicans could have enthusiastically supported. After all, as Jonathan Weisman put it, the bill “locks in virtually all of the Bush-era tax cuts, exempts almost all estates from taxation, and enshrines the former president’s credo that dividends and capital gains should be taxed equally and gently.”

    Yet in order to get this through the House, we had to go through endless drama, histrionics, threats, and theatrics. And in the end, only 85 of 236 House Republicans voted for it — barely more than a third — meaning it passed largely because of Democratic support.

    This perfectly captures what has become of today’s Republican Party. And it doesn’t bode well for the coming debt ceiling battle, or indeed, for key chunks of Obama’s whole second term agenda.

    …………………………….

    This is the inevitable result of the GOP’s collective decision to organize itself for years around the idea that even the tiniest of tax rate increases on the smallest minority of super rich Americans is nothing short of apostasy. If yesterday’s events were such a horrific defeat for the GOP, as many conservatives are telling us, it’s only because Republican leaders have spent months or years drumming it into GOP base voters’ heads that the most modest of tax increases on the very richest among us would constitute a sellout of deeply sacred principles. Remember when every GOP presidential nominee vowed not to accept even a 10 to one ratio of spending cuts to tax increases? Such stuff is not just bombastic primary rhetoric designed to feed the true believers. For many House Republicans, this idea — and the broader refusal to compromise at any cost — seems to have become a deeply held and guiding governing principle.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/02/the-morning-plum-gop-cant-put-tea-party-genie-back-in-bottle/

  • Alexander2

    (h/t truthrose twitter)

    ‘Cliff’ Deal is a Decent Start for Low-Income Americans
    Greg Kaufmann on January 2, 2013 – 4:16 PM ET

    If you had told me in recent months that on January 2, 2013, we would have unemployment insurance extended for a year, an improved child tax credit and earned income tax credit extended for five years and no cuts to food stamps (SNAP), Medicaid or Social Security—I would have told you that you were out of your mind.

    I understand that the criticism coming from the left about this deal is based largely on where things stand for the next round of negotiations, and also a concern that the deal didn’t raise sufficient revenues to avert substantial cuts down the road. But I’m troubled by the lack of attention being paid to how this deal benefits the more than one in three Americans living below twice the poverty line—earning less than $36,000 annually for a family of three, and the 46 million Americans living below the poverty line (less than $18,000 annually for a family of three).

    I’m reminded today of a politically active homeless woman I spoke with earlier this year, who—although she is disgusted with Republican policies—was even more frustrated with “so-called progressives” (her words) whom she said talk about caring about poor people but fail to sufficiently speak up about their issues, bring them into their advocacy work and address their concerns in an ongoing and substantive way.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/171985/cliff-deal-decent-start-low-income-americans#

    • GN

      This is a great article, but it gives the malicious little trolls in the “lefty” media too much credit:

      I understand that the criticism coming from the left about this deal is based largely on where things stand for the next round of negotiations, and also a concern that the deal didn’t raise sufficient revenues to avert substantial cuts down the road.

      Or in other words, they spent weeks claiming that some grand sell-out was in the works due to some character or mental defect on the part of President Obama, and now that their bullshit has been exposed as lies and sensationalist garbage, they’re trying to save face by hiding behind ridiculous process complaints and preemptive complaints about future deals without one iota of a clue re: PBO’s upcoming negotiating strategies.

      This article notes that these grifting POS in the “lefty” media don’t seem to care about the provisions which help the poor (they didn’t care during healthcare reform either). At what point do people stop giving them credit and making excuses for them?

      Mr. Kaufmann, sincerely and with the highest respect, I understand that the criticism in the lefty media which is masquerading as the sentiment of the left comes from hubris, ego, a lucrative outrage machine, racists who have never properly credited this POTUS for his negotiating prowess, and idiocy. /rant off

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

      I’m so glad more people are starting to call out the fauxgressives on their ignoring the issues that affect the poor and middle class.

      • GN

        Exactly; it’s a pattern: during HCR they totally ignored the Medicaid expansion (biggest expansion of a publicly administered healthcare program in modern history) and spent years panning legislation based on the absence of a new publicly administered program which would have helped many fewer people than the expansion which did pass. During the lame duck deal, they didn’t care about the unemployment insurance extensions and other concessions which PBO obtained for the poor and middle classes. I don’t see how that is supposedly so pure and principled.

      • rikyrah

        they also didn’t get why the farm bill was important.

        $6 for a fucking gallon of milk is a BFD to quote Joe Biden. …

        it is to 99% of the country.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ POU FAM♥ – ***BIG HUG** – -REAL FAST: -:>)

    – –U.S. jobless claims rise 10,000 to 372,000 [Applications rise to five-week high during holiday season ] – –

    – — – - New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped to a five-week high, partly reflecting the typical volatility seen during the holiday season because of temporary hiring and the closure of government offices.

    Initial jobless claims climbed by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 372,000 in the week ended Dec. 29, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast claims to total 360,000. Claims from two weeks ago were revised upward to 362,000 from an initial read of 350,000.

    – – Economists say employment patterns during the holiday season can distort the claims report. What’s more, government offices close for several days around Christmas and New Year’s, resulting in paperwork delays. Some people also wait to file new claims until early January.

    Government statisticians try to adjust for these seasonal changes but their assessments are not always accurate. As a result, economists view the data with extra caution at this time of the year. A so-called clean reading on claims usually isn’t available until the last week or two of January.
    THERE IS MORE.

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

    This is VERY interesting….

    How Home Ownership Keeps Blacks Poorer Than Whites
    by Dorothy Brown, a professor of tax law at Emory University Law School.

    …Home ownership has been an important vehicle in creating a solid white middle class, but it has not done the same for most black homeowners, because blacks and whites buy homes in very different neighborhoods. Research shows that homes in majority black neighborhoods do not appreciate as much as homes in overwhelmingly white neighborhoods. This appreciation gap begins whenever a neighborhood is more than 10% black, and it increases right along with the percentage of black homeowners. Yet most blacks decide to live in majority minority neighborhoods, while most whites live in overwhelmingly white neighborhoods.

    If you think this is class and not race, you are wrong. A 2001 Brookings Institution study showed that “wealthy minority neighborhoods had less home value per dollar of income than wealthy white neighborhoods.” The same study concluded that “poor white neighborhoods had more home value per income than poor minority neighborhoods.” The Brookings study was based on a comparison of home values to homeowner incomes in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, and it found that even when homeowners had similar incomes, black-owned homes were valued at 18% less than white-owned homes. The 100 metropolitan areas were home to 58% of all whites and 63% of all blacks in the country.

    Those conclusions are supported by a large body of research. Put simply, the market penalizes integration: The higher the percentage of blacks in the neighborhood, the less the home is worth, even when researchers control for age, social class, household structure, and geography.

    MORE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesleadershipforum/2012/12/10/how-home-ownership-keeps-blacks-poorer-than-whites/

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

      And here’s something else….You know how the Sole Patrol is always complaining about how, under PBO, the net worth of Blacks has declined significantly more than the net worth of whites? Well, here’s the answer…

      “The recent crash and subsequent rebounding of the market—”fiscal cliff” jitters notwithstanding—show how meaningful this is: White median net worth is down by only 16%, while black median net worth is down by 50%. This is because the stock market has significantly rebounded and compensated for whites’ losses in home equity, but blacks, without comparable stock investments, have not benefited.”

      But the Sole Patrollers don’t talk about this. They just blame PBO.

      • Miranda

        This is because the stock market has significantly rebounded and compensated for whites’ losses in home equity, but blacks, without comparable stock investments, have not benefited.”
        ___________________________________

        For years and years, generations or two..the only thing black folks knew to “invest” in, was insurance. That’s it..and burial insurance at that…not even life insurance. But now that is primarily the only “investment” most are taught – insurance. We’re taught to prepare for death, not how to live.

        • Aquagranny911

          “We’re taught to prepare for death, not how to live”

          That is such a sad & profound thought. It reminds me of a disagreement I had with Mama when I told her that Hubby & I would not get “burial” insurance or begin “investing” in cemetery plots after we got married.

          I remember saying: “Mama we want to use our savings to buy a house to live in not some ground to die in.” She had a bit of a hard time with that because having a “proper” funeral was important to her.

          • GN

            Legacy of oppressed people focusing more on the afterlife than the hell on earth.

          • Aquagranny911

            Sorry to be cynical but that is the Latino Catholic way…

            Suck up the suffering here on earth so you can go to heaven.

          • Miranda

            THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^

        • Aquagranny911

          I had another memory…

          Most of you are probably too young to remember this but I do remember when I was a kiddo, the “insurance man” who stopped by regularly to collect little envelops, often filled only with small change, so that poor folks could have a “decent” funeral.

          I think insurance companies probably got rich off exploiting this.

          • isonprize

            Probably? You know they did.

            Plus, some folks never got the ‘benefits’ that they paid for over all those years…

          • Aquagranny911

            Yeah but I try to not make absolute pronouncements about stuff I’m not totally sure of even though I despise insurance companies!

            It did have to be profitable or they would not have done it.

        • Alma98

          Hell they don’t even think about burial insurance any more, because a lot folks think they will live forever. It’s also hard to save when you’re better off than most of your family. Cause they always come to you for help and we know this first hand.

          • Aquagranny911

            I feel you! But it is so hard to turn away family even when you know they will keep coming back for more.

            Been there, done that & have about eleventy T-shirts but now that we have retired we reduced help to a bed to sleep in & food for only a while. And they better be showing they are handling their business or we will show them the door!

            That may seem harsh but it is what it is.

        • isonprize

          Not only that, plenty of white folk have property that they inherited. I think immediately of similarly educated, same-age married white couple, who inherited beach front property when the grandfather died.

          They sold off a lot that paid their own mortgage, and kept the house so they now have a free place to stay in the summer and rental income when they aren’t there.

          I ain’t mad at ‘em, I’m just saying that, even if my pop-pop had the $, there is no way a black man was buying beachfront back in the day.

        • majii

          It’s still a shock to some whites in the South that some blacks have IRAs and other investments. After withdrawing some funds from my IRA, I took the check to the bank to deposit into my checking account to pay the real estate taxes on the house my parents left us. Because of the amount of the check, the teller had the audacity to ask me if I knew where the money was coming from and if I knew the company. I said, “Sure, it’s from my IRA.” The look on her face was priceless. She was shocked to her core that I had the foresight to set up an IRA from which I could withdraw fairly large sums of money from at will. I was dressed in my old Levis and a bland looking top the day I took the check to the bank. I guess she took one look at me and thought I was a loser–until she saw the amount of the check and learned that I damn well knew for sure what I was doing and there was nothing illegal about it. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

          • TyrenM

            I know you spoke of a White teller but don’t you love it when Black people look you up and down when you present them with a 5 figure check. I had a similar look a few years ago. I asked her how long she’s worked at the CU. Then I asked has she ever seen a Black man with a 5 fig check? She said yes. Then I said “act like it. Have a nice day.”

    • lamh36

      Very interesting. I’m posting this to my FB page for my friends with homes to read too.

    • Town

      I have a problem with the premise of the article, which is that black people need to buy homes in white neighborhoods in order to reap the same home value benefits as white people.

      This is false. It can work on an individual basis, but not for black people as a whole:

      Let’s say there’s a neighborhood, Pleasantville Pines (PP). PP is a white neighborhood. Pleasantville Pines Elementary School is in the middle of the neighborhood, since PP is a white neighborhood, PPES is a white school. The average value of the houses in PP is $200K.

      Tom Smythe & his wife Molly foreclose on their house in Pleasantville Pines at 521 Pleasantville Pines Court. Joe Booker & his wife Myesha (a UPS manager & administrative asst) pick up the house at a steal ($147K). They have 2 sons, Joe Jr. & Jamal.

      Orlando Scott & his wife Patrice are looking for a house & they’re riding through PP and turn down Pleasantville Pines Court. They see Joe Booker washing his car & Myesha Booker sitting on the porch reading a book. They think, hey black people live here. So when Brad Stanley & his wife Linda put their house at 523 Pleasantville Pines Ct on the market next door to Joe & Myesha (for $199K) Orlando & Patrice buy the house. They have a son & a daughter, Lavell & Takyah.

      Orlando was cutting his grass & chatting with Joe next door who was trimming his bushes. Nick Boehner & his wife Sarah are riding through PP and they see some homes they like, priced around $200K. There’s a house that’s perfect for them at 520 Pleasantville Pines Court for $199K. But they ride down the street and see Joe & Orlando chatting, and they see Lavell, Jamal & Joe Jr. playing basketball in Orlando’s driveway and they decide um……..maybe they’ll look somewhere else.

      520 Pleasantville Pines Ct has been on the market for 6 months with no offer. The price has now been dropped to $185K. Melvin Washington & his wife Pam are riding through PP looking for a house. They see Myesha & Patrice chatting in the yard and say “hey black people live here.” They put an offer on 520 Pleasantville Pines Ct for $182K. It’s accepted and Melvin & Patrice move in with their son Jonathan, daughter Tiffany & nephew Ra’Kwon.

      Joe Jr, Jamal, Lavell, Jonathan, Takyah, Tiffany & Ra’Kwon now attend PPES. Ra’Kwon & Lavell keep bumping heads with Gregg Tripp, who is white. At the end of the school year, Gregg Tripp’s family decides to move out of PP & move to the new hot neighborhood, Plantantion Summitt, about 10 miles away. The average value of the homes in Plantation Summitt are $265K, and it’s located in an area where black people…”aren’t welcome.”

      Within 5-10 years, PP is now a majority BLACK neighborhood, with the average home values around $150K (foreclosures, short sales, white people selling low to get out etc).

      Joe & Myesha Booker bought their house at $147K, so if the average value in the neighborhood is now $150K, they’re ok.

      But Orlando & Patrice Scott bought their house at $199K…if the average value in the neighborhood is now $150K, they’ve lost almost $50K in value. If they sold their house today, they’d never get back what they paid for it.

      (1)

      • GN

        This is such an important point. Just an example of how these class reductionist arguments gloss over the manner in which plain and simple racism, both overt and institutional, function to deprive black people of wealth. There are class issues too but race remains a factor.

        • Town

          I’m not saying black people shouldn’t buy a house but the fact is black people as a whole will never get the same value for real estate that white people are getting. Therefore we as black people need to be extra sensitive to schemes involving real estate (like Tavis’ subprime loans).

          • isonprize

            (like Tavis’ subprime loans).

            DAMN.

      • Town

        Let’s not even get into real estate agents informing white people they’d “like Plantation Summitt better, the schools are better, there are better amenities, Pleasantville Pines was nice at one time but Plantation Summitt will give them more ‘bang for their buck’ etc.”

      • Aquagranny911

        Excellent comment! Thank you!

      • rikyrah

        you are so on point

      • isonprize

        As usual, Town, this is an excellent rebuttal.

      • Daltex82

        You are right on the money. I love the way you described this scenario!

      • majii

        You are 100% correct about whites in certain neighborhoods not wanting minorities living in them, Town. When my ex husband and I tried to buy a home in a certain section of our city, the neighbors banned together and bought the house to keep us out of “their” neighborhood.

      • JojoRaze

        Thanks for this Town! Broken down like fraction… The simple fact is that when black people buy in white neighborhoods, it creates panic in the white people surrounding and they start to move. Until whites feel comfortable living with blacks, there is nothing black people can do to change the fact that thier homes will have lesser value.

    • Town

      (2)

      Another problem I had with the article is the author blames OBAMA for not setting an example for black people by investing in the stock market.

      The author states in the article that some of the reasons why black people don’t invest in the stock market is that black people have less disposable income to invest in the stock market.

      Up to 10 years ago, the Obama family was up to their eyes in debt on account of student loans. And Michelle was making about $300K but she was the primary breadwinner and had 2 children to boot. Plus, didn’t Sasha have medical problems as a baby? I’m sure they had to pay medical bills on top of their student loans.

      So if Barack Obama is 51 & Michelle Obama is 47/48 and THEY’RE just now getting their footing, what do they expect Orlando the bus driver making $30K to do?

      Maybe black folks should be looking for other ways to get income and wealth b/c black people will never reap the benefits of real estate (as a whole) like white people do.

      • Aquagranny911

        I remember in 2007 when Michelle came here to speak to us about supporting PBO, she thanked everyone who bought his books because she said that the proceeds from his book sales finally paid off their student loans.

        Sasha had meningitis as a baby & nearly died. I’m sure that even with insurance, they also had big medical bills.

        Just as a personal aside, Hubby & I were well into our fifties before we were able to really save much. Four children to help educate & launch into adulthood doesn’t leave a lot of extra $$$.

    • Aquagranny911

      To all in this convo…

      I really appreciate everything you wrote here & all your insights. You gave me a lot to consider.

  • GN

    As the PL and their credulous, loud emoprog audience continue to piss everyone off with their disingenuous whining re: the fiscal cliff deal, I would like to once again thank my President for averting a Depression and taking us from an economic crisis to more solid footing:

    @WSJ:
    ADP: Layoffs totaled 523,362 for all of 2012, the lowest 12-month job-cut total since 1997. http://on.wsj.com/S6HGVe

    I thank and appreciate Barack Obama for his enormous hard work, for all of his missed and interrupted vacations, and for his choice to put himself and his family through enormous sacrifice to help the country during one of the most toxic and ungrateful media environments which I’ve ever seen in my life.

  • GN

    First tax increase on the wealthy in 20 years; President Obama promised progress towards more fairness, and already he has started to deliver.

    @ThePatrioticLib:
    The wealthy are now contributing more to needed stimulus investments & budget reduction, not just the Middle Class. That is moving #Forward

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Media shouldn’t get rolled by GOP debt ceiling spin

    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 3, 2013 at 9:10 am

    The papers are filled with articles reporting in a matter-of-fact way that Republicans plan to use the debt ceiling fight to extract major spending cuts from the White House and Democrats. Mitch McConnell is out there this morning calling for a quick resolution to the standoff — one that exchanges a debt limit hike for deep cuts.

    The early returns, based on the coverage of this looming battle so far, suggest Republicans are successfully defining the terms of this debate — they are defining it as a standard Washington standoff, in which each side will demand concessions from the other. Indeed, you can read through reams of the coverage without learning three basic facts about this fight:

    1) Republican leaders will ultimately agree to raise the debt ceiling, and they know it, because they themselves have previously admitted that not doing so will badly damage the economy.

    2) Because of the above, a hike in the debt ceiling is not something that Democratic leaders want and that Republican leaders don’t. In other words, it is not a typical bargaining chip in negotiations, in the way spending cuts (which Republicans want and Dems don’t) or tax hikes (which Dems want and Republicans don’t) are.

    3) And so, if and when Republicans do agree to raise the debt ceiling, it will not constitute any kind of concession on their part — even though they will continue to portray it as such to demand concessions in return. It will only constitute Republicans agreeing not to damage the whole country, which does not constitute (one hopes) them making a sacrifice.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/03/the-morning-plum-media-shouldnt-get-rolled-by-gop-debt-ceiling-spin/

  • GN

    /popcorn:

    Krauthammer To O’Reilly: Obama Has Successfully ‘Neutered’ House Republicans

    On his first show of the new year, Bill O’Reilly brought on Charles Krauthammer to take on the last-minute fiscal cliff deal cobbled together by Congress. Krauthammer went after President Obama for rejecting compromise legislation that didn’t have enough spending cuts because he wanted to score political points over the Republican party, and by doing so, Krauthammer said the president successfully “neutered” the Republican-led House.

    Krauthammer said that there is “not a shred of evidence” that the president is interested in cutting any spending, arguing that while Obama said in his address last night that he wanted to cut spending, his language over increasing “investments” indicates he wants to raise spending anyway. O’Reilly wondered why Obama doesn’t understand that the nation’s huge debt would “wreck the currency if not checked,” suggesting the president may just be “ignorant of macroeconomics.”

    Krauthammer placed the blame squarely on Obama’s political ideology and desire to implement social justice through economic policy. O’Reilly admitted he was amazed at how lucky Obama seems to be politically, with both he and Krauthammer saying Obama should be studying economic failures in other nations to avoid the same kind of crisis.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/krauthammer-to-oreilly-obama-has-successfully-neutered-house-republicans/

    **************
    Bitter much, gentlemen?

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      “Krauthammer placed the blame squarely on Obama’s political ideology and desire to implement social justice through economic policy.”

      Sort of like Wiley Coyote accusing someone else of having a road runner fixation.

  • GN

    It’s so fascinating; a recurring theme with the far right/PL-fauxgressive contingent is the desire to render President Obama invisible or somehow removed from the political process; it’s just completely bizarre:

    h/t @emokidsloveme:
    Tweeting from some alternate universe –> RT @JRubinBlogger: Time to cut out Obama and make some bipartisan deals http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/01/03/moving-forward-without-obama/

    • jds09

      The photo of PBO playing golf is a nice touch. It really highlights their residence in their alternate universe. The reality is his not out playing golf, he is in your face on a daily basis. lol

      • GN

        He sure is; PBO is not going *anywhere* + thank God for it. And did you see Boehner: “I’m not talking to President Poopyhead any more, that’ll show him!”

    • Miranda

      *snicker*…watching the complete run to the nuthouse by these fools is pure comedy.

    • Kennymack1971

      Sorry Miss Rubin but no matter how hard you and your fellow wingnuts try you will still have to deal with this fact: Barack Obama will be President of the United States for the next four years. But feel free to rage on. Wingnut tears go great with brunch.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Somebody tell Rubin that the last thing Pelosi and Reid want is the President cut out of any deal making.

        And if Rubin

    • rikyrah

      he’s the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, Bitch.

      period

      • TyrenM

        I would have been wrong to cue Xzibit “Bitch Please.” Thanks for doing it so I don’t have to.

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

    Stay classy Ben Smith and Buzzfeed:

    Ben Smith ‏@BuzzFeedBen

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/republicans-open-new-congress-slamming-lapdog-de … via @dcbigjohn pic.twitter.com/GqpDXvwp

    • GN

      lol, I’m enjoying watching them so butthurt. When they break out the Pelosi digs, just means there must have been a recent policy victory for average Americans.

    • Miranda

      For godssakes, this is so freaking childish. Damn, who is running the GOP? Spanky and Alfalfa?

      • GN

        People like this, only a million times less cute…

        • Alma98

          That video is hilarious GN! LOL

          • GN

            When I was looking for a tantrum video, why within the youtube search was there a Morning Joe meltdown video sticking out like a sore thumb amongst the videos of the babies and little kids? So fitting, speaks volumes.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -GOOD BEAUTIFUL THURSDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB/POU FAM♥ — -BUSY DAY 2-DAY. – – -The FIRST FAMILY CONTINUES 2 SHARE a WELL-DESERVED VACAY. – – -The 113th CONGRESS WILL OPEN [With DIVERSITY]; -2-DAY’s BUSINESS-LADY is CREATIVE! :>) – —

    – – – – -☻House Gavels In First Session of 113th Congress- – -[Will post the VIDEOS when AVAILABLE. :>)]

    – —- – – –+The House of Representatives opens the 113th Congress today, with elections for House speaker, followed by the swearing of members. There are 233 Republicans and 200 Democrats in the House of Representatives, with special elections taking place over the next several months for the vacant seats which were held by Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) and Tim Scott (R-SC).
    – – -SNIP – –
    The opening session begins with the election of the Speaker, the Minority Leader’s presentation of the gavel, and the Speaker’s opening address to the House. The Dean of the House will then swear in the Speaker, who will administer the oath of office to the whole House.

    There are 84 freshmen in the 113th Congress, 35 Republicans (32 men, 3 women) and 49 Democrats (33 men, 16 women). This year’s Freshman class includes the first Hindu elected to Congress, Rep.-elect Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and the first openly bisexual person elected to Congress, Rep.-elect Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

    – – -☻By age 24, Ms. Allen was the inventor on several patents. Considered an expert on the intersection of design and technology, her work is both a creative and commercial success. “Creative critical thinking is our strength,” says Natalia.- – -CONGRATULATIONS 2 this – -FIERCE LADY. :>) – –THANK U –PBOMB.:>) – —

    – — — – -+KWANZAA Principle #6: CREATIVITY: –Creativity, as defined in Kwanzaa, is leaving our community more beautiful and helpful than when we inherited it;

    – – – -HAPPY NEW YEAR TREAT. :>) ENJOY. :>) – –

    B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>)

  • GN

    h/t Joy Reid:

    Glenn Beck tried to buy Current TV

    Before al-Jazeera, there was Glenn Beck.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Glenn Beck’s media company The Blaze approached Current Media about a sale last year, but was told in the words of one source that “the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view.”

    The Blaze “reached out to them to buy it,” a source familiar with the talks told POLITICO. “They would have replaced Current programming with The Blaze programming, but were told on initial calls that [Current] wouldn’t sell to someone they weren’t ideologically in line with.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/01/glenn-beck-tried-to-buy-current-tv-153232.html#.UOWetw-Jmr4.twitter

    Kudos to them for not selling to this fool. Cenk is bad enough lol!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — –GOOD AUTO NEWS – —-Woo! Hoo! – –

    – – – – -Ford’s US sales up 2% in December- –

    – — –DETROIT (AP) – Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales rose 2% in December, as strong sales of small cars made up for weak truck sales.

    Sales of the Focus small car rose 58% from last December, while the Fiesta subcompact was up 53%. F-Series pickup truck sales were flat compared with last December. Sales of the new Ford Escape small SUV, which has been hit with several recalls, fell 21%.

    Ford’s U.S. sales were up 5% overall this year. Truck sales rose just 2%, but Ford saw higher increases for cars and SUVs like the Ford Explorer.
    THERE IS MORE

    – – -THANK U MR. PRESIDENT — 4 your LEADERSHIP in ADDRESSIN’ the AUTO INDUSTRY. :>) – — -[V- -da twitt: Let DETROIT Go BANKRUPT! - -HAH!]

  • lamh36

    Hitting the ground running:

    Obama Plans Immigration Reform Push This Month

    An Obama administration official tells the Huffington Post that the president “plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well.”

    • goldenstar

      yikes, reading the entire post and one gets a view of just how fear-based a lot of these elected officials are. All of them. There are Dems who worry that all the fiscal fights will push other reforms to the back. What is it that they think that Barack Hussein Obama is….dumb….or scared….or hesitant…or not serious?????

      They are so used to a white boy kind of demeanor and they have NO CLUE what is before them. PBO made it as clear as daylight what was gonna happen in this term. I heard it and hella lotta folks heard it. That’s why they voted!!!!

      So, I expect immigration reform, gun control, anti-violence measures, voter enfranchisement, education reform to MOVE during this President’s second term. And, by move, I mean move toward a more equitable and just society.

      They need to get with the program. This is a transformative president and presidency. By the time he’s walking out the door, he will probably be the. most. transformative. president. in. modern. time.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -HOUSE SPEAKER WATCH — –

    – –Boehner, Pelosi facing defections as House votes for Speaker – —

    – – –Disgruntled House lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are lining up to voice their discontent with their own leaders during Thursday’s vote to choose the Speaker in the 113th Congress.

    Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to keep his Speaker position while Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has already secured her spot as the Democratic leader. But the small groups of defectors are a reminder that neither party is entirely unified heading into the high-stakes fiscal battles that are expected to define 2013.

    For Boehner, Thursday’s vote for Speaker could be particularly punishing amid a week when the Ohio Republican pushed through a fiscal-cliff package that was wildly unpopular in his conference, then scrapped a promised vote on federal relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    The first move alienated conservatives who said the tax-and-spending package didn’t include nearly enough cuts; the second enraged Republicans from the Northeast, who were apoplectic Wednesday that the aid to their districts won’t come faster.

    Reps. Pete King (R-N.Y.) and Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) threatened to defect on the Speaker vote unless Boehner reversed course on the Sandy measure. After Boehner did an about-face, they expressed support for the Ohio Republican.
    THERE IS MORE

    – — -***shakin’ my head*** – – -Da LOSER RE-THUCKERS – -CONTINUE 2 SUPPORT LOSERS!!! —geesh!! – – –

    Goooo – – –Ms. NANCY!! – — Woo! Hoo! – –

    • nellcote

      What a pathetic stretch to get in the “both sides do it” thing.

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote – – -I KNOW – -HUH!? – —P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C!! – – –geesh!!

        – –THEY can NEVA – –ADMIT that THEY R WRONG! — – -Annnnd Nooo – –APOLOGIES! – –PITIFUL!! – – – -

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        I thought it was just me.

  • GN

    @ExtremeLiberal
    .@crbones True, but the Pro Left aren’t Democrats, they are anarchists and opportunists. The Democratic party is as tight as it can be.

    *************
    That’s such an important point. 90+% of legislative Dems voted for the fiscal cliff deal. Throughout the years, I’ve watched PBO’s polling amongst Dems and liberals remain extremely high, even throughout challenges. I’m no Dem scholar, but it strikes me that the party is REALLY unified right now. It’s because of the terrific leadership coming from the WH, Pelosi and Reid methinks.

  • GN

    h/t @symmetry11:
    Chrysler December sales set records http://po.st/Mds6yH

    Dems built that!

  • GN

    He’s not pulling any punches; food for thought:

    America’s White Male Republican Evangelical Magical “Thinking” Racist Problem Is ALL of Our Problem

    By Frank Schaeffer

    The American political process is being hijacked by a reckless, whining dangerous gang of psychologically damaged white men who are far right ideologues. I used to be one of them. It’s time to tell the truth about our white male problem.

    NO– not everyone who disagrees with the president is a racist! Not even most people who do are! But the continuous attempt by the far white right in Congress to shut down the government rather than work with our black president has a lot to do with racism. And lurching from manufactured “crisis” to crisis isn’t about politics. It’s about pathology. It doesn’t make sense politically to take the blame for risking our American future – and the Republicans know they will/are taking the blame — so how can we conclude other than something else is going on here?

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2013/01/americas-white-male-republican-evangelical-magical-thinking-racist-problem-is-all-of-our-problem/

    • Miranda

      Frank Schaeffer still speaking the ugly truths.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        The man predicted early on that PBO would prevail and he never swayed.

    • gc

      Pathology was MY explanation!!

    • nellcote

      And lurching from manufactured “crisis” to crisis isn’t about politics. It’s about pathology.
      ===
      THIS!

    • isonprize

      Wow! I guess re-thugs don’t like Frank Schaeffer much, eh??

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – –As we look at WOMEN POWER – -:>) – –

    – -Casual Observation - —

    – – -Believe it or not, today the Senate will swear in 20 women, an historic high. Sixteen of those women will be Democrats. They think that their relative lack of testosterone will make the Senate a less confrontational place. I’m not sure if they are being overly optimistic or not, but I am a firm believer that more estrogen in government equals better policy. I base this, in part, on the observation that if this country still restricted the vote to white male property owners, we would be more reviled internationally than South Africa ever was. That is because white male property owners in this country are, as a group, overwhelmingly supportive of the policies of the right-wing of the Republican Party. And if this country was run by the right-wing of the Republican Party, most people in the world would want to crush our country for its unbelievably assholish outlook and behavior. – –

    NOT sure of the source of THIS statement: – - They think that their relative lack of testosterone will make the Senate a less confrontational place.

    ‘CAUSE – –WE – – -FIERCE — -annnnd WE KNOW IT!! – –Woo! Hoo! – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – –As we look at WOMEN POWER – -:>) – –

    – -Casual Observation - —

    – – -Believe it or not, today the Senate will swear in 20 women, an historic high. Sixteen of those women will be Democrats. They think that their relative lack of testosterone will make the Senate a less confrontational place. I’m not sure if they are being overly optimistic or not, but I am a firm believer that more estrogen in government equals better policy. I base this, in part, on the observation that if this country still restricted the vote to white male property owners, we would be more reviled internationally than South Africa ever was. That is because white male property owners in this country are, as a group, overwhelmingly supportive of the policies of the right-wing of the Republican Party. And if this country was run by the right-wing of the Republican Party, most people in the world would want to crush our country for its unbelievably assholish outlook and behavior. – –

    NOT sure of the source of THIS statement: – - They think that their relative lack of testosterone will make the Senate a less confrontational place.

    ‘CAUSE – –WE – – -FIERCE — -annnnd WE KNOW IT!! – –Woo! Hoo! – -

    • gc

      No more phallus comparing contests.

      Hi GLH. I had to take a month off work. I probably will spend some of the time here, LOL. It is all good.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY gc. – – -***BIG 2013 –HUG*** :>)

        Yaaaaa!- –**STOMP! — -STOMP!!*** LOL – –

        —BUT — – PLEASE REST. – — -Luvin’ U. :>) – –

        Good 2 C U. :>) – –Gc. —

        • gc

          stomp stomp STOMP *
          * Luv you more

  • GN

    fyi:
    ‏@CharlesMBlow:
    BTW, I forgot to make the announcement: I am now a CNN contributor.

    I have to hand it to him: his takedown of the house negro who was lying for George Zimmerman was one of the best non-political media moments of 2012 for me. You could really tell that Blow was outraged as a father because he took a switch to that clown. I’m not a CNN fan, but I’ll try to catch Charles Blow when I can because of his stellar reporting of that story and how much he helped that family start to get justice.

    [for anyone who missed this; here is Lawrence O'Donnell and Charles Blow ripping Joe Oliver, lying "friend" of Trayvon Martin's killer, to absolute and total shreds--this was a pivotal moment in totally disrupting the coverup and attempted media rehabilitation of Zimmerman]

  • GN

    fyi:
    ‏@CharlesMBlow:
    BTW, I forgot to make the announcement: I am now a CNN contributor.

    I have to hand it to him: his takedown of the house negro who was lying for George Zimmerman was one of the best non-political media moments of 2012 for me. You could really tell that Blow was outraged as a father because he took a switch to that clown. I’m not a CNN fan, but I’ll try to catch Charles Blow when I can because of his stellar reporting of that story and how much he helped that family start to get justice.

    [for anyone who missed this; here is Lawrence O'Donnell and Charles Blow ripping Joe Oliver, lying "friend" of Trayvon Martin's killer, to absolute and total shreds--this was a pivotal moment in totally disrupting the coverup and attempted media rehabilitation of Zimmerman]

    • Miranda

      Wonder what happened to ole Joe? That fool hasn’t been heard from SINCE that time.

      • GN

        Indeed, it was over and out for Joe Oliver. His whole hustle was destroyed in that interview; couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

    • goldenstar

      Wonder why he went to CNN? Couldn’t MSNBC make him a decent offer? He’s fantastic.

    • goldenstar

      Wonder why he went to CNN? Couldn’t MSNBC make him a decent offer? He’s fantastic.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -ANOTHER LOSS —ENTERTAINMENT – – –

    – –‘Tennessee Waltz’ Singer Patti Page Dead at 85 – –

    – – –“Tennessee Waltz” singer Patti Page has died at age 85, reports the Tennessean. Page was a huge star in the 1950s with hits such as “(How Much Is That) Doggy in the Window,” but “Waltz” turned into her signature hit and… More »

    – – -How Much Is That Doggie In The Window – Patti Page – —

    FOND MEMORIES of “cute songs”. :>) – —

    – – –RIHEP – -THANK U 4 your MUSIC. :>) – –CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS – – -***raises hand*** :>)

  • GN

    @MKTWeconomics:
    Retailers reported a 2.3% increase in December same-store sales http://on.mktw.net/Uq1sIH

  • GN

    @MKTWeconomics:
    Retailers reported a 2.3% increase in December same-store sales http://on.mktw.net/Uq1sIH

  • GN

    They’re becoming marginalized, and they know it:

    Calls from tea party for ‘consequences’ of fiscal cliff vote

    Amy Kremer, leader of the group Tea Party Express, said Thursday she is “outraged” over the deal, which was struck between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden. It allows tax rates on wealthy earners – families earning over $450,000 and individuals earning over $400,000 – expire while extending the tax breaks passed under President George W. Bush for earners below those thresholds.

    Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican and tea party favorite, was elected this year to the seat held by retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. He said Thursday morning that he was disappointed with the agreement.

    “I think it was a lousy deal,” he said. “I think it raised taxes by $620 billion, which is going to hurt the economy, it’s gonna kill jobs. And to combine that not with spending cuts but with spending increases, $330 billion in additional spending – that doesn’t solve the problems we’ve got.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/03/calls-from-tea-party-for-consequences-of-fiscal-cliff-vote/

    ***************

    2014 is going to be a hot mess for the GOP if the teaparty continues to field unelectable candidates in the senate primaries. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch.

  • GN

    They’re becoming marginalized, and they know it:

    Calls from tea party for ‘consequences’ of fiscal cliff vote

    Amy Kremer, leader of the group Tea Party Express, said Thursday she is “outraged” over the deal, which was struck between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden. It allows tax rates on wealthy earners – families earning over $450,000 and individuals earning over $400,000 – expire while extending the tax breaks passed under President George W. Bush for earners below those thresholds.

    Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican and tea party favorite, was elected this year to the seat held by retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. He said Thursday morning that he was disappointed with the agreement.

    “I think it was a lousy deal,” he said. “I think it raised taxes by $620 billion, which is going to hurt the economy, it’s gonna kill jobs. And to combine that not with spending cuts but with spending increases, $330 billion in additional spending – that doesn’t solve the problems we’ve got.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/03/calls-from-tea-party-for-consequences-of-fiscal-cliff-vote/

    ***************

    2014 is going to be a hot mess for the GOP if the teaparty continues to field unelectable candidates in the senate primaries. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch.

    • Miranda

      I can’t wait for the GOP primaries. This will be better than the Scream Machine ride at Six Flags.

    • Aquagranny911

      BS on killing jobs, at least for small business.

      Personal note: One of my daughters & her husband have a small business & they are doing the “Snoopy Dance of Joy” over this deal & plan to do more hiring soon.

      BITE THE BIG CACTUS, Teapotty nutthugs!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –Ahhh! — -HOPE SPRINGS –ETERNAL. —:>) – —

    113th Congress Actually May Get Something Done- –

    — – -There’s reason to hope that Capitol Hill’s new lawmakers—more diverse and solution-oriented than their do-nothing predecessors—will go beyond politics and work together to benefit America, says John Avlon.

    — -Today, the new 113th Congress officially enters Capitol Hill. Their swearing-in represents a fresh start and the hope that maybe, just maybe, the ideological excesses and obstructionism of the Tea Party class of 2012 are over.

    Ironically, the first major act of the new Congress will be to deal with some of the priorities the Tea Party established for itself—dealing with the deficit and debt through a combination of entitlement reforms, spending cuts, and tax reform—which is expected to come due with the debt ceiling and sequester cuts in two months. The Congress’s challenge will be to deal with this opportunity more constructively and cooperatively than its Tea Party predecessors.

    There is some rational reason for optimism rooted in the key differences between the 2010 and 2012 elections.

    — -So, on this first day of a new Congress, we can at least hope that things will be different—a hope backed up by the knowledge that voters really did send a very different message in 2012 than they did in 2010.
    THERE IS MORE

    – – — MR. PRESIDENT’s THEME–:>) – –

  • GN

    Another less-discussed, glossed over benefit of the fiscal cliff deal:

    @MikeGrunwald:
    Surely enviros will hail Obama for saving the wind industry from the brink, just like he did in 09. Right?

    • Aquagranny911

      Hell no! “Enviros” will be off & howling at the moon like a bunch of rabid coyotes over the next tree frog PBO didn’t personally save!

      Too many of them are as raving nutso as the worst of the teapotty.

  • Miranda

    Congrats to Charlie Strong and the Univ of Louisville’s Sugar Bowl win!

    http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2013/0102/ncf_g_strong11_576.jpg

    • BoomerGal

      GO CARDINALS!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -While lookin’ — FORWARD – – -> 2 a better -NEXT 4! YEARS! –

    —Cain’t 4-get –that SOMA the LOSERS R STILL THERE!! – – —

    — –The Worst Moments Of The 112th Congress- —

    — — -Today is the last day of the 112th Congress, and it will go down as one of the least productive and most partisan legislative classes in all of American history. But there are a few things that Congress did — or didn’t do — that will stand out as its worst moments:

    – – – – -☻Almost shut down the government and hit the debt ceiling.

    – —- – -☻Let the Violence Against Women Act expire.

    – — — -☻Advanced the Ryan Budget.

    – – – – — ☻Voted 33 times to repeal Obamacare.

    – – — – -☻Created, then went over, the Fiscal Cliff.
    Sooo MUCH MORE! – –YUK!! – —

    – –COMMENT: – –Diane DeMarco
    Explain to me again why the actions of the GOP are not treason.
    It sure seems like everything they do is harmful to the United States and all her citizens.
    – – — ***fist bump***

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — He CONTINUES 2 — WORK! —-:>) – —

    – –Obama signs $633B defense bill, detainee restrictions – —

    – – — HONOLULU – President Barack Obama has signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran and bolsters security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.

    Obama had threatened to veto the measure because of a number of concerns, including limits on his authority to transfer terrorist suspects from the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for one year.

    But Obama said that although he continued to oppose certain sections of the bill, “the need to renew critical defense authorities and funding was too great to ignore.”

    The bill includes cuts in defense spending that the president and congressional Republicans agreed to in August 2011, along with the end of the war in Iraq and the drawdown of American forces in Afghanistan.

    — -In a separate signing statement, issued from Hawaii on Wednesday, Obama noted that the law forbids his administration from using of taxpayers money to transfer any of the remaining 166 Guantánamo detainees to the United States “for any purpose,” notably prosecution in federal courts.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – —- — -LEADERSHIP!! – –:>) — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    MRDIA ALERT: – — UH! OH! — -Roro is ON da ANTI-KWANZAA senator from Wisconsin– —

    — –HAH!! – –The more the STOOPID senator TALKED – –the MORE — -HE STEPPED in IT!! – – -LOL – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: —On msnbc – –OUR BELOVED Ms. JOY-ANN is ANCHORING –the OPENING of the 113th CONGRESS.- – -Woo! Hoo!

    • nellcote

      Hilarious, Louis Gomert just voted for Allen West for speaker. LOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        lol — Nellcote. **BIG –2013 –HUG*** :>) — –

        – – —I KNOW-HUG! —Silly! —

        — -Good 2 C U nellcote. —:>) — -

      • Daltex82

        LOL! Dumb, just plain dumb.

  • lamh36

    Pete Souza has released his pics for year in review photos and posted ‘em on the WH flickr page for us Obama photos hounds…lol

    Remember this one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/8340839629/in/set-72157632418300447/

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY lamh36. ***BIG –2013 —HUG*** —:>) – —

      Awwww. . . . .THANK U.- –HEADED right ova there, :>) – —

      Good 2 C U lamh36. :>)

  • GN

    Why does the far right loathe Holder? Exhibit A:

    @AP
    BREAKING: Transocean, Justice Dept. nearing $1.4B settlement over rig owner’s role in Gulf oil spill.

    • morphus

      No doubt whitecollar criminals are in shock about the active DOJ. Remember all those early Obama administration memes about Obama hates businesses?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PbOMB – – -Here THEY R. – – -HOPE they give MORE SUPPORT 2 –OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT.- —

    — -CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge’s Official Remarks for the CBCF’s Swearing In Ceremony- —

    – — -Today, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) was sworn in as the 23rd Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) during a ceremony hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF).

    Five new Members of the CBC were also sworn in by the CBCF; Marc Veasey (TX-33), Hakeem Jefferies (NY-08), Steven Horsford (NV-04), and Joyce Beatty (OH-03) and Donald Payne Jr (NJ-10).

    In her remarks, Chairwoman Fudge reaffirmed the CBC’s commitment to advocating for policies that are in the best interest of people of color and that protect the most vulnerable populations in Congress. The Chair also challenged Members of the Caucus and all those in attendance to remember their role in positively influencing the course of history.

    During the ceremony, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer thanked Members of the CBC for their legacy of service . House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, and United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar were also in attendance.

    Chairwoman Fudge’s official remarks are included below:
    THERE IS MORE

    Directory– –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – —COMEDIC TRUTH – --RE-THUCKERS R in – – – -DIS-ARRAY!!- -HAH!

    – – -Cartoons of the Day- GOP Rift- – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: — -C-SPAN is SHOWING the HOUSE SPEAKER VOTE – —

    – – -Da B – – – —Ms. Nancy — —Oh PUH-LEEZE –CANTor –1

    – – —10 ——— — – – -8 – –
    – — -21 – ———– — -15 — –
    —– -26– – — – —– – –19 — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — –Keep lookin at Ms. Natalia Allen’s COAT. – :>)

    — DANG! – –SHE! –JUS’! – –WEARIN’ annnd WERKIN’ IT!! –:>) – —

    Thanks – –again. PBOMB. :>) – –

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon all!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!