August 28, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at POU, wishing you and yours a healthy, happy Thanksgiving!

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

    • crazycanuck

      Good Morning rikyrah, Morning POU. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  • Miranda

    Happy Thanksgiving to my wonderful virtual family at POU! Y’all are the BEST!!!SMOOCHES!!! http://www.msresa.com/DataBase/Backgrounds/lovey.gif

  • trose1

    Happy Thanksgiving to all !

  • vulcan_girl

    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it’s delicious!

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

    Mornin’ POU and Happy Thanksgiving!! :-)

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU. Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you! GO COWBOYS!

  • GN

    Happy Thanksgiving POU and massive respect and appreciation to the POU founders for presenting such an inspiring, uplifting site! I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the weekly series, I just absolutely *love* to read about superlative people in the black community doing the darn thing.

    Massive respect as well to the diverse commenting community for so much knowledge, mother- and brother-wit, and fun (we are really pissing people off lol; one troll was open with his disgust at the disproportionate female influence here).

    There’s no other place I’d rather observe President Barack “TwoTermz” Obama going about making history. Love yall.

    • MsKitty

      Happy Thanksgiving GN!

      • GN

        To you too, MsKitty!!

  • MsKitty

    Happy Thanksgiving to the POU Family. Y’all are truly my people.

    • jds09

      Ditto. I couldn’t say it better. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! My boyfriend is cooking for me today. Yeah, I got it like that. lol

  • BluMilw

    Happy Thanksgiving POU!

  • caribbeanobserver

    Happy Thanksgiving to the POU family. I am sooo thankful for the humour, the dialogue, the informative series, and the ‘straight-up ness’ that this blog provides on a daily basis. Eat,drink and be as festive as you can be…you deserve it. And I am thankful for the taking to task approach to anyone who dares to bring forth the foolishness here, and most,most of all, the re-election of the dynamic PBO.
    Enjoy your day. Forward!

  • GreenLadyHere
  • rikyrah

    Margaret and Helen posted:

    Thanksgiving Letter to the Family 2012

    Dear Family,

    I’m not dead yet. Thanksgiving is still important to me. If being in my Last Will and Testament is important to you, then you might consider being with me for my favorite holiday.

    Dinner is at 2:00. Not 2:15. Not 2:05. Two. Arrive late and you get what’s leftover.

    Last year, that moron Marshall fried a turkey in one of those contraptions and practically burned the deck off the house. This year, the only peanut oil used to make the meal will be from the secret scoop of peanut butter I add to the carrot soup.

    Jonathan, your last new wife was an idiot. You don’t arrive at someone’s house on Thanksgiving needing to use the oven and the stove. Honest to God I thought you might have learned after two wives – date them longer and save us all the agony of another divorce.

    Now, the house rules are slightly different this year because I have decided that 47% of you don’t know how to take care of nice things. Paper plates and red Solo cups might be bad for the environment, but I’ll be gone soon and that will be your problem to deal with.

    House Rules:

    http://margaretandhelen.com/2012/11/19/thanksgiving-letter-to-the-family-2012/

  • Alma98

    Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Dear MODERATORS♥- – -THANK U 4 a LOVELY thread. :>)- —

    ***tears*** and ***smiles*** :>) Thank U 4 – - – -DEVELOPING THIS SITE♥ – -WHERE we CAN- – -SHARE DA LOVE♥. – - -

    WE R BLESSED annnd THANKFUL. AMEN♥- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –FROM OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT♥- —

    — –Weekly Address: Wishing the American People a Happy Thanksgiving- -

    - – -During this holiday season, President Obama gives thanks in his weekly address for all of the blessings we share as Americans, and expressed his gratitude to the brave men and women who are defending our freedom around the world.AMEN.

    Annnd – – - -2 U FIRST FAMILY♥- – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – - -FROM DR. SUSAN RICE:- — –FIERCE!!- –:>)

    - – –Susan Rice speaking out on Libya attack- –

    - — -U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is speaking out more than two months since the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Sharyl Attkisson reports.

    - — WE sooooo- – -SUPPORT U annnd R THANKFUL 4 U♥.-
    - -B BLESSED♥

  • MonieTalks

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I have been talking politics (and everything else) with most of you for years now, pre-election 2008 through the re-election 2012. And it IS a beautiful thing!

    Be Blessed good folks. I am thankful for this and every day that the Lord has made. May you enjoy and cherish all of the blessings in your life!

  • GN

    Big Bird is all “who gone check me boo???” since the elections:

    @utaustinliberal
    He’s Saved! RT @KennethCole: In celebration of the election results #BigBird is Parading proudly #Thanksgiving Parade pic.twitter.com/n7SvUQSj

    • sagittarius

      The parody accounts on social networks, resulting from the statement by Willard to eliminate PBS and thereby ‘killing’ Big Bird, were the funniest and most defiant occurrences out of all the bizarre happenings in this election.

  • Daltex82

    Taking a quick moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – -ANOTHER THANK U- —:>)- –

    - —- ThankProgress: 10 Things Progressives Can Be Thankful For

    - – - –Following a long presidential campaign full of policy battles and disagreements, progressives have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Here are 10 things we can all celebrate:

    - – -♥We are thankful for the millions of Americans serving our country at home and abroad. This includes 1.4 million Armed Services members, 80,000 AmeriCorps members, and 8,073 Peace Corps volunteers and trainees, 6 million teachers and public school employees, 1.1 million professional and volunteer firefighters, and 22 million total public employee

    - –♥We’re thankful for Obamacare. After surviving dozens of repeal votes in Congress, the Supreme Court, and a presidential election, the Affordable Care Act is on track to extending insurance coverage to 30 million Americans and lowering health care spending. Millions of seniors and young people have benefited from the law and inefficient insurers are distributing rebates to consumers.

    - –♥We’re thankful for the social safety net. Nutrition assistance, welfare, unemployment compensation, Social Security, and other social programs keep millions of Americans out of poverty each year. Though the programs aren’t as robust as they could be, they help provide food, health care, and educational opportunity to America’s neediest families
    THERE IS MORE

  • gc

    We are in Omaha visiting my son’s new family. I am thankful she loves and respects him as she clearly does.

    I wish everybody here a wonderful and safe day.

    I joke around that I’m the American (hi cc) White Sheep of the family, but in all honesty, I am privileged to be. You are the most honest humans on the face of the earth. Same with my 3-d AA friends,

    I’ll become a female Stephen Colbert before I’m done. “What color am I ?” LOL. I also belong to a Lakota group. They do NOT celebrate this day, and I remain mindful of that out of respect for them.

    Israel. I don’t go there. But I will admit my cousin kicked me out of her house because of my opinions. I don’t think my father’s generation CAN be rational (they went to the ovens) but that does not mean I agree with them or Israels’s hawks. Enough of that from me.

    My new mantra (same as my old one, but I suck at following it) Attitude of Gratitude.

    For all of you traveling like we are – say safe. And theTSA won’t take away my Pop Tarts, will they???

    Bless the best president of my lifetime, and his loved ones. Namaste.

    • Alma98

      Have a great holiday with your family gc. I consider you part of the pou family, It’s been fun getting to know you. Keep the in your bag till you get on the plane lol.

    • TyrenM

      Happy Turkey Day GC. I, like you, try to live each day in Gratitude. Enjoy the fam. Safe travels.

  • sagittarius

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    • Alma98

      Happy turkey day sag have a great one!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – - -MR. PRESIDENT is working-on- – -”BRANGIN’ da TROOPS HOME”- – - –Woo! Hoo!—

    - – — US forces putting Afghan transition plan into overdrive- — -

    - — With less than two years before U.S troops withdraw from Afghanistan, American commanders here are going full-bore to ensure that local military and government officials will be ready to take over once coalition forces leave the country.

    On the security side, U.S. troops stationed here at- Forward Operating BaseSharana in eastern Afghanistan have almost completely moved from battlefield “owners to integrators,” Army Lt. Col. Scott Thomas told The Hill.

    - — Scott, the deputy commander for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, said his forces are now focused on getting elements of the Afghan National Army (ANA) ready to lead the fight against the Taliban and other extremists in the region.

    THIS- — ->American commanders have already handed over a total of four U.S. military outposts in Paktika and neighboring Ghazni province to the ANA, according to Scott.
    THERE IS MORE

    GR8 LEADERSHIP- – –PRESIDENT – -COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF! :>)-

  • Rhoda

    I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

    We have been blessed this year at my house and the country’s been blessed re-electing the President; I have so much to be thankful for this year. Most of all, I’m grateful to God for the good that’s come my way and this community.

    Be blessed, eat well, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Alma98

      The same to you Rhoda.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥— -PEOPLE ALL OVA THIS NATION- -annnnd OTHERS- –CELEBRATE- – -THANKSGIVING DAY- -

    – - -HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY. – –B BLESSED. :>)- -

  • rikyrah

    TPM Editor’s Blog

    From the Trenches

    Josh Marshall-November 21, 2012, 12:46 AM

    Another report from the GOTV trenches, from an anonymous TPM Reader …

    I read with interest the letter from the Idaho man who was a volunteer in the Obama campaign in Ohio. Here is the perspective of a volunteer in a heavily Democratic state which is close geographically to a “swing” state and participated in the Obama campaign.

    People who are not informed about how the campaign came together do not understand the outsized importance of the out of state efforts by Obama volunteers into swing states. When I tell non-political friends that one of my major activities in the last few months was the Obama campaign, they don’t know what to think, since, as election day neared, all the media talk was about Ohio, Florida and Virginia. They don’t get it.

    I live in New York State. Probably a year before the election, I got a phone call to ask if I wanted to make phone calls to people in the area to recruit as volunteers for 2012. I had been a volunteer in 2008 and saw many of the same people from 2008 at this phone bank. Later, in early 2012, I was identified as a core volunteer and was asked to go to a meeting in PA; the purpose of the meeting was to explain the themes of the campaign and the respective roles that PA and NY would play in the election. PA was in the critical path that Obama had to win to get to 270 and NY was to be its primary helpmate. Areas within PA were paired with areas in NY.

    After that weekend, we continued ties with our ‘sister area’. New Yorkers went to PA on weekends to register voters. As the April primary neared, we started canvassing to get out the vote for the primary, even though Obama did not have any opposition on the primary ballot. (I suspect that one aspect of the work done for the primary was to get people who usually don’t vote into the habit of voting.) During the summer, we continued to canvass on the weekends. As the car trips continued, phone banks also continued. Now we were not only building a local base of volunteers, but also calling into our sister area of PA. The lists for both the canvassing trips and phone banks were not random. In fact the phone banks were labelled as ‘persuasion’ calls, since we weren’t necessarily talking to supporters.

    As Labor Day approached, we continued to travel to PA and phone bank into PA. By this time, neighborhood teams had raised enough money (no campaign money was used) to open a local, official Obama office, which became a focal point of the volunteer effort. So while local groups continued to have their phone banks at night, many in private homes, other volunteers who didn’t want to drive at night, especially older women, could drop into the office during the day to volunteer.

    After Labor Day, we went into high gear. Phone banks were expanded—perhaps a dozen during the week. There were buses paid for by the campaign to PA practically each weekend to canvass. We were also branching out from our sister area into other areas of PA. The lists became more and more pointed. It was clear that the list wasn’t reaching out to the committed Democratic voter. On canvassing trips we weren’t going to the house with the Obama yard sign. Instead, we were combing what I call the “bottom” of the list—young people who couldn’t be contacted by phone (many of whom had moved or were students) or other hard to reach voters. We collected “commit” cards from those who said that they would vote for Obama; these cards were to be sent to the committed voter right before election day. At some phone banks, we were calling Republican areas to try to tease out the occasional Democrat.

    The phone banks in NY started to change as October neared. Now we were calling into Ohio and encouraging those who identified as our supporters to vote early. Naturally, we had all the information at our fingertips—the addresses of the local voting place, the hours, what voter ID was required. In any case, we asked when did the supporter “plan” on voting—before work, after work and so on. These voters would be called through election day to make sure that they followed through on their “plan”.

    Then came the ultimate phone bank tool—the predictive dialer. One of the hazards of a phone bank is the “NHs”—not at home. The predictive dialer is a marketing tool that makes it possible for one to locate someone who is willing to answer the phone. Once we started using predictive dialers from our office, each attempted call reached a person on the list and productivity skyrocketed.

    During GOTV, buses went daily to PA and our area had several staging areas staffed with our local, neighborhood volunteers. Phone banks ran from mid-morning until 9/10pm. On election day, the phone banks followed the time zones. First calling into PA/Ohio, Wisconsin and finally Nevada—making sure that those on the list had or were going to vote.

    I went to another swing state to canvass for GOTV. Again, there was a logic to the knocks. We bypassed houses with Obama signs and called upon what I can only assume were more tentative Democratic voters. Interestingly, some on the list looked like persuadable men who had wives who were voting for Obama. For example, after we identified ourselves, one woman in an upper middle class area answered the door in a rush, “I can’t talk to you now. I’m on the phone with work. I’m voting for Obama.” “How about your husband?” (Who was on the list, not her.) “We’ll see.”

    The results speak for themselves. Last week, I heard that NY made at least 2.5 million phone calls into swing states during the campaign. Six buses went to Ohio from NY for GOTV and at least one to VA. These numbers don’t include freelancers, such as myself and others

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/11/from_the_trenches.php?ref=fpblg

    • jds09

      What kills me about this article, as an aside he mentions that local offices were self-funding campaign efforts. Wow. The Lord only knows how much money this campaign actually raised. Impressive.

      • JojoRaze

        Happy Thanksgiving y’all. I read this story last night. All the volunteer testimonials they’ve been spotlighting on TPM show that the O campaign had this. People were not disappointed; they were enthusiastic and had grit and determination to get others to vote for their guy. All the angry white people who swore they would walk on glass to vote PBO out didn’t do the work that O’s volunteers did to convince other people that their guy was the best. They stayed mad, but did nothing else.

    • isonprize

      ALL TRUE. NY vols always came off those buses “Fired up and READY to go!”

  • Worldwatcher7

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Wishing you all a day of joy, love, and rest. And a delicious feast, of course.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – - -WHA’?? — – -U wannna a MEDAL 4 – - goin’ 2 “OZ”- – -2 get a “BRAIN”??- – - -

    – -FIRST: THIS COMMENT: – - -Jonathan Gottlieb ·
    Good for you Saxby, but let’s see if you’ll vote with the Democrats when it comes time to do something about raising taxes on the rich who need to be taxed. It’s one thing to talk a good game, it’s another to take action, “action speaks louder than words.”

    - — -Prominent Republican Senator Abandons Norquist’s No-Tax Pledge- –

    - – - -As lawmakers work on a balanced deal of spending cuts and revenue increases to avoid the coming fiscal cliff, another prominent Republican is publicly rejecting Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) told a local television station in Georgia on Wednesday that he will no longer support the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to never vote for any tax increases under any circumstances.

    Admitting the need for higher revenue, Chambliss — who is part of a small group of senators working on a deal to reduce the debt — said, “I’m willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves”:

    “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” Chambliss says. “If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.” … Now Chambliss says he wants to do what it takes to right the U.S. fiscal ship, even if that means findings ways to raise revenue, which Norquist strongly opposes.

    Does Chambliss think Norquist will hold the anti-tax pledge against him during his next re-election bid in 2014? Yes.

    “But I don’t worry about that because I care too much about my country. I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist,” Chambliss says.

    Watch it:
    THERE IS MORE

    - — –YEAH! YEAH! — -We’ll C – - –YOUR VOTE!! —***side eye***

  • goldenstar

    May this holiday of celebration be one with joy and optimism!

    Several years ago, as we were clearing the table after our Thanksgiving meal, my niece told us about a book that she was reading on The Discoverers was a little dry and that she preferred a novel. I told her that if she could understand that The Discoverers is fiction and a good yarn, she could have fun and truly understand the world. She laughed and told me that I’m always good for a joke. Her mother asked her how on earth can a group of people who already exist can be discovered. It’s The Big Lie. She asked how could we celebrate this holiday if we’re so correct. We told her that bringing our family together to have a a great meal is a terrific undertaking. Just don’t get carried away with the hype of the white.

    POU, Happy Thanksgiving!

  • dannie22

    Happy Thanksgiving to my POU fam!!!!!!

  • Admiral_Komack

    Ahhh…good times…
    Chillin’ in The Bad Lounge.
    The President is STILL BLACK (take THAT, you people!).
    Finished Thanksgiving dinner #1
    Soon to start Thanksgiving dinner #2.
    BURP!

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!