April 20, 2014

Thursday Open Thread- Influential Black Educators

This week’s open threads have been dedicated to black educators.  Today’s thread will highlight Mary Jane Patterson.

 

Mary Jane Patterson was born September 12, 1840, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the first African American woman to receive a B.A degree. She was the oldest of Henry Irving Patterson and Emeline Eliza (Taylor) Patterson’s children. There is conflicting data on how many siblings she had, but most sources cite between seven and ten. Henry Patterson worked as a bricklayer and plasterer who gained his freedom, after Mary was born, in 1852. The Pattersons settled in Oberlin, Ohio, in 1856. Oberlin had a large community of black families, some were freed slaves and some were fugitive slaves. Oberlin was popular because it had a racially integrated Co-ed college. Henry Patterson worked as a master mason, and for many years the family boarded large numbers of Black students in their home.

After graduation Mary Patterson was listed as teaching in Chillocothe, Ohio. September 21, 1864 she applied for a position in Norfolk Virginia at a school for black children. On October 7, 1864 E. H. Fairchild, principal of Oberlin College’s preparatory department from 1853-1869, wrote a recommendation for an “appointment from the American missionary Association as a . . . teacher among freedmen.” In this letter he describer her as “a light quadroon, a graduate of this college, a superior scholar, a good singer, a faithful Christian, and a genteel lady. She had success is teaching and is worthy of the highest . . . you pay to ladies.”

In 1865 Patterson became an assistant to Fanny Jackson Choppin at the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia. In 1869 to 1871, Patterson taught in Washington, D. C., at the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth (later named Dunbar High School.) She served as the school’s first Black principal, from 1871 to 1872. Patterson was demoted and served as assistant principal under Richard Theodore Greener, the first black Harvard University graduate. She was reappointed from 1873 to 1884. During her administration, the school grew from less than 50 to 172 students, the name “Preparatory High School” was dropped, high school commencements were initiated, and a teacher-training department was added to the school. Patterson’s commitment to thoroughness as well as her “forceful” and “vivacious” personality helped her establish the school’s strong intellectual standards.  Patterson continued to teach at the High School until her death. While in D.C., Mary Patterson lived with her sisters, Emma and Chanie, and her brother, John at 1532 Fifteenth Street Northwest. In the Late 1880’s Patterson’s parents came to live with them due to financial difficulties. Neither Mary nor her sisters ever married.

Patterson was also a humanitarian and was active in many organizations. She devoted time and money to Black institutions in Washington, D. C. Mary Patterson’s obituary in theEvening Star said she “co-operated heartily in sustaining the Home for the Aged and Infirm Colored People in this city and other Kindred organizations.” Mary Patterson was part of the Colored Woman’s League of Washington D.C., which was committed to the “racial uplift” of colored women. The group focused on kindergarten teaching training, rescue work, and classes for industrial schools and homemaking.

Mary Jane Patterson died at her Washington, D. C. home, September 24, 1894, at the age of fifty-four. Although she is a not well known figure, Mary Jane Patterson was a pioneer in black education and paved the way for other black female educators.

***Information Courtesy of Wikipedia.org***

  • Rhoda

    Good morning, POU.

    • dannie22

      Good morning Rhoda, POU

      • rikyrah

        Good Morning, Rhoda, dannie and Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    The one term that must not be mentioned
    By Steve Benen – Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:55 PM EDT.

    David Axelrod, a top political strategist for President Obama, raised an interesting point about Mitt Romney’s big speech in New Hampshire last night
    It’s a fair point about an overlooked aspect of the speech. In fact, going through the transcript this afternoon, I noticed that Romney mentioned his father being a governor, but not his own term in office.

    When I was doing research for this recent piece on presidential candidates and their pre-campaign experience in public service — Romney’s the least experienced nominee in 72 years — I found plenty of governors and former governors who tried (and succeeded) to parlay their background as the chief executive of a state into becoming the chief executive of the nation.

    But I could find no example of a major-party nominee whose only experience in government was serving as a governor, but who then made no effort to talk about this experience as part of his appeal to voters for national office. Nor could I find any examples of a governor quitting after one term, knowing he’d lose if he sought re-election, and then running for president.

    And why is it, exactly, that Romney is avoiding the subject of his only background in public service? Perhaps because, during his 2003-to-2007 tenure, Romney failed to impress much of anyone.

    “His favorability was basically a straight line down from his honeymoon,” said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center and a longtime Massachusetts pollster. “Sometimes familiarity breeds contempt.” [...]

    Romney entered the Massachusetts State House in January 2003 with a flashy favorability rating of 61 percent…. By November 2004, voters were souring, and a Suffolk poll found his favorable rating had dropped to 47 percent… By November 2006, as he closed out his increasingly absentee term, his overall job approval rating had cratered to 36 percent

    Thomas Whalen, a Boston University political science professor, put it this way: “To know Mitt Romney is to dislike him. That is the moral of the story.”

    Maybe he looks better in hindsight? No, Romney’s former constituents still don’t like him and still don’t want him to be president.

    Maybe it’s because he was a GOP governor in a reliably “blue” state? No, Massachusetts has had plenty of modern Republican governors — Weld, Cellucci, Swift — and all were more popular with their Bay State constituents than Romney.

    This is all generally overlooked, which is a shame because it seems pretty important.

    ——————————————————————————–

    We’re talking about a politician who’s held public office just once, for a grand total of four years. During that one term, his constituents got a good look at his leadership, and came to actively dislike him.

    Romney looked at this and thought, “Hey, now I’m ready for a promotion to the White House!”

    This is roughly the equivalent of North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D), who is stepping down after one term, burdened by a low approval rating, announcing that she’s running for president in 2016.

    This really ought to come up on the campaign trail more often. Here’s the sample question reporters can ask Romney: why were you so woefully unpopular with your own constituents when voters gave you a chance to lead?
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/25/11394752-the-one-term-that-must-not-be-mentioned?lite

    • Alexander2

      “This is roughly the equivalent of North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D), who is stepping down after one term, burdened by a low approval rating, announcing that she’s running for president in 2016.”

      LOL! Bev. is more qualified than Romney. Folks liked her when she was Lt. governor. Nobody likes Romney.

  • rikyrah

    April 25, 2012 5:44 PM
    House GOP Tries New Gambit on Student Loans
    By Ed Kilgore

    Given today’s publicity over student loan indebtedness reaching a cool trillion dollars (see Daniel Luzer’s post on this at College Guide), and Mitt Romney’s earlier undercutting of their position, it’s not surprising that House Republicans are signalling that they, too, will support extending current interest rates for student loans.

    But there is, of course, a wrinkle, per Politico’s Jake Sherman:


    To avoid adding to the debt, Republicans will try to take money from a public health prevention fund in the Democrats’ 2010 health care law. Senate Democrats are aiming for a separate mechanism to offset the price tag of the extension. And that could set up a showdown between the two bodies and the president during this hotly contested election year.

    In their usual hammer-headed way, House Republicans will try to combine one popular position (extending current student loan interest rates) with another (gutting ObamaCare). They are counting on no one much noticing that the element of ObamaCare they are raiding in this particular maneuver is funding for the one health care reform everyone claims to support: a stronger focus on preventive health care.

    How Senate Democrats and the White House frame their response to this gambit will be interesting and important.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_04/house_gop_tries_new_gambit_on036926.php

  • rikyrah

    There’s a new book out exposing that on the night of President Obama’s inauguration, the GOP met to plan to take him down.

    Lawrence O’Donnell did a segment on it last night.

    EVERYTHING that all of us have been saying since the beginning of POTUS’ term has been proven true.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755883/vp/47183181#47183181

  • rikyrah

    April 25, 2012 3:17 PM
    The Supremes Look At S.B. 1070: Not About Profiling!
    By Ed Kilgore

    Based on the initial oral arguments, it appears unlikely the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down Arizona’s influential S.B. 1070 which enlists state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws. Portions of the law might not survive, however, and it appears the Court might make its validation strictly contingent on assurances the state is making that it will implement the law without usurping the federal government’s power to determine the ultimate treatment of undocumented people arrested under its authority. As is generally the case, Anthony Kennedy could be the swing vote in the decision, though oral arguments indicated that even the Court’s “liberal bloc” is skeptical about the federal government’s case.

    But something that Court-watchers need to keep in mind is that a central issue in the court-of-public-opinion debate over Arizona’s laws and those elsewhere it has inspired—the likelihood that law enforcement officers will be encouraged or even forced to engaged in ethnic “profiling” in determining whether to suspect an arrestee’s immigration status—is not before the Court at all.

    Here’s Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog on this key point:


    Assuming that the Court does allow most, if not all, of S.B. 1070′s four sections to go into effect, that still would not amount to final constitutional clearance for any of the sections. The case reached the Justices in a preliminary state, and there will be ongoing challenges in lower courts when the case is returned to them. Moreover, there are challenges to some of those provisions that the Court did not cosnider on Wednesday, because they are not part of the federal government’s legal assault on the Arizona statute.
    The most important of those remaining challenges is the claim that at least two of the four sections give police authority to arrest and detain people just because they look like foreigners — in a phrase, “racial profiling.” While some of the amici in this case did raise that in their briefs, the federal government has studiously avoided the claim. And, the moment that Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., took his place at the lectern to make the U.S. challenge, Chief Justice Roberts sought to make sure that he did not talk about “racial profiling.”
    Roberts said: “Before you get into what the case is about, I’d like to clear up at the outset what it’s not about. No part of your argument has to do with rcil or ethnic profiling, does it? I saw none of that in your brief.” Verrilli said that was correct. But the Chief Justice wanted to be sure: “Okay. So this is not a case about ethnic profiling.” The Solicitor General answered: “We’re not making any allegation about racial or ethnic profiling in this case.”

    Because the feds are currently going after S.B. 1070 on the constitutonal issue of alleged state usurpation of federal immigration enforcement authority, they won’t “go there” to the profiling issue, at least not at this stage of the legal battle. But it could well come up in a future case, as it will come up in the broader political debate over immigration policy that this Supreme Court review may well reignite.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_04/the_supremes_look_at_sb_1070_n036919.php

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s principled, radical view for America
    By E.J. Dionne Jr., Published: April 25
    The Washington Post

    It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.

    He would never put it this way, of course, but his approach looks forward by looking backward to the late 19th century, when government let market forces rip and a conservative Supreme Court swept aside as unconstitutional almost every effort to write rules for the economic game. This magical capitalism is the centerpiece of Romney’s campaign, and it may prove to be his undoing.

    Here’s Romney’s problem. His best strategy is to cast President Obama as a failure because the economy has not come all the way back from the implosion of 2008. The most effective passages in his well-reviewed speech after his primary victories Tuesday were about the shortcomings of the status quo.

    “Is it easier to make ends meet?” Romney asked. “Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more at your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Are you paying less at the pump?”

    And there was the line pundits were bound to love that played off James Carville’s memorable utterance from Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign. “It’s still about the economy,” Romney said, clearly relishing the moment, “and we’re not stupid.”

    But Romney, unlike Clinton, is not offering a program through which government would take specific steps to solve the problems he catalogues. Instead, he is calling on voters to share his faith that our difficulties would go away if the state simply got out of the way, allowed the market do its thing and counted on the success of the successful to lift up everyone else.

    Romney is right in saying he has “a very different vision” from Obama’s, and this is where the magic comes in. He envisions “an America driven by freedom, where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways, create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans. And because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hardworking, educated, skilled employees is intense, so wages and salaries rise.”

    Just like that, all would be well — as if we never needed the trust-busting of the Progressive Era, the social legislation of the New Deal, the health programs of the Great Society and the coordinated action of the world’s governments in 2008 and 2009 to keep the Great Recession from becoming something far worse.

    This is Romney’s true radicalism. I suspect it is a principled radicalism. And exposing its implications will be Obama’s opening to make the campaign about something other the economy, stupid. Romney’s speech Tuesday was every bit as important as his supporters said it was. It contained both the foundation of an effective campaign based on the electorate’s discontents and the basis for undermining the very argument Romney wants to make.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/romneys-principled-radical-view-for-america/2012/04/25/gIQA8ZllhT_story.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -MURDOCH WATCH – —IS he gettin’ CLOSER 2 – —I’M GUILTY? -

    – - -Rupert Murdoch: ‘I Failed’
    News Corp mogul continues Leveson testimony
    – - -

    – - – - -Rupert Murdoch apologized today over the News of the World hacking scandal, admitting “I failed.” He said he didn’t pay enough attention to the tabloid, calling that lack of attention “an omission by me” during his second day of testimony at the Leveson inquiry into media ethics. “I am very sorry about it,” he added, particularly to the “innocent people … who lost their jobs” as a result. He also suggested employees at the tabloid had attempted to cover up the extent of the scandal, and blamed subordinates for not telling him what was going on, the New York Times reports.

    He particularly slammed NotW editor Colin Myler, the Telegraph adds, saying he would have chosen a different editor because “I can think of stronger candidates.” He also criticized his own son, noting that he was surprised by the large size of a 2009 settlement with Gordon Taylor and saying that James was “pretty inexperienced.” Click for more on the inquiry.
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    ‘COURSE – –it’s errybody else’s FAULT!! – -humph!

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – - – -’member that ailin’ auto manufacturing – — B.O. [BEFORE OBAMA] – — –WAY-ELL – –BABY –LOOK T IT NOW – -A.O[AFTER OBAMA]- —

    – - -Chrysler posts best quarterly profit in 13 years – —

    – - -<i>Chrysler followed its strong first-quarter sales with a big profit as its 2009 brush with financial death faded in the rearview mirror.

    The company made a net profit of $473 million, its best quarter in 13 years.

    The earnings came because Chrysler increased its U.S. sales 39 percent from January through March. It also saved $71 million in interest costs for the quarter because it refinanced high-interest government loans last May.

    – -The profit was more than four times the $116 million that Chrysler made in the first quarter of last year. Strong sales of the Ram pickup, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV and the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan helped the company make the money.

    Revenue rose 25 percent to $16.4 billion.

    —— –CONGRATULATIONS 2 the WORKERS!! – -

    - – THANK U MR. PRESIDENT.:>)- —–Campaign PROMISE – - -FULFILLED.!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – -SPEAKIN’ of mis-EDUCATION — – ->PAUL RYAN – - -

    – -Angry Catholic leaders to protest Paul Ryan’s budget at his guest lecture today — – -

    – - — – -Catholic bishops are lining up to protest against Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget as he gives a guest lecture today at Georgetown University. Catholics United will stage a protest and 59 Catholic leaders and theologians that took issue with Ryan’s claims already signed a scathing letter that slammed the Ryan budget plan:

    “Simply put, this budget is morally indefensible and betrays Catholic principles of solidarity, just taxation a commitment to the common good. A budget that turns its back on the hungry, the elderly and the sick while giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest few can’t be justified in Christian terms,” argue the signatories.

    - -”Our problem with Rep. Ryan is that he claims his budget is based on Catholic social teaching,” said Jesuit Fr. Thomas J. Reese, one of the organizers of the letter. “This is nonsense. As scholars, we want to join the Catholic bishops in pointing out that his budget has a devastating impact on programs for the poor.”

    – - – -THIS — –>The Catholic leaders problems with the Ryan’s budget is the same problem most reasonable Americans have with it. It includes a proposal to take 280,000 children off school breakfast and lunch programs and $33 billion in cuts to SNAP – the Food Stamp program. It also includes a provision that makes it more difficult for illegal immigrants to claim child tax credits- a credit the bishops called “one of the most effective antipoverty programs in our nation.”In a letter to the Agriculture Committee, the bishops urged lawmakers to reject “unacceptable cuts to hunger and nutrition” programs for “moral and human reasons.” They said spending cuts should instead be made to subsidy programs that “disproportionately go to large growers and agribusiness.”
    THERE IS MORE.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – - – - -LET THE – - – -GAMES[Campaign] BEGIN!! – —:>)

    – — -President Obama’s campaign to kick off May 5 – - – -

    – - –President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will officially kick off the 2012 general election on May 5 with rallies at Ohio State University in Columbus and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, representing twin paths he’ll need to win.

    The announcement comes less than 24 hours after Mitt Romney swept five primaries and declared “a better America begins tonight,” forcing his last serious opponent, Newt Gingrich, out of the race. The end of the GOP primary contest prompted the Obama campaign to publicize plans that have been in the works for months.

    Campaign Manager Jim Messina described the kick-off day as “a ramp-up, not a zero to sixty moment.” In a conference call with reporters, he added, “We won’t be doing a bunch of these rallies.”
    THERE IS MORE. – - –

    – - – -WE’RE – -IN IT — 2 WIN IT!! – - – -Woo! Hoo!! –

    • Town

      and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, representing twin paths he’ll need to win.

      My azz will be there next Saturday! I don’t know where I’m gonna park and I might have to park in one location in the city and ride the bus to Broad Street but I will be there!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        Ohhhh – — -I’m so HAPPY 4 U. :>)

        Brang us some -”OBAMA -AURA” –so that we can SHARE – -your JOY. LOL. – - –

        Good 2 C U – - -Town. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM — — A LOSER SUPPORTS A LOSER!! — – -

    – -Scott Walker Gets Ridiculed For Highest Job Losses in the Nation – - -

    – — – Here’s something you have to watch, just for the sheer deliciousness. Ed Schultz takes on Governor Scott Walker’s worst job losses in the country record. But the fun doesn’t stop there. He then brings on Governor Pat Quinn (D-IL) for a little job growth schadenfreude.

    —In case you block out most of what Scott Walker says, just a month ago Walker was mocking the Illinois Governor and “breaking his arm patting himself on the back” over his policies. But alas for poor Scott, today, the Wisconsin State Journal ran with this headline:

    “Wisconsin job losses highest in nation for last 12 months, federal report says.” Oh. OH. Oh.

    Job creators. Uh huh.

    Watch Ed take down Scott Walker courtesy of MSNBC:
    THERE IS MORE.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – - – – -GOOD NEWS! Annnnd ANOTHER REASON 2 SUPPORT the VAWA- – —–

    – –FINALLY! Suspect Arrested in Phylicia Barnes’ Case – - -

    - – - – - -Phylicia Barnes story became national news in 2010 when she was visiting her older half sister, Deena, in Baltimore for Christmas. The teenager was an honor student from Monroe, North Carolina that appeared to be building a relationship with her half sister when she was abducted. The worst outcome of the case occurred when her body was recovered in the Susquehanna River almost a year ago to the date.

    There has finally been a break in the case with the arrest of Michael Johnson, Barnes’ half sister’s boyfriend of over 10 years. There hasn’t been any details about his arrest and what caused police to pick him up, according to the Baltimore Sun.

    Johnson’s attorney, Russell Neverdon, felt that authorities had “nothing” on Johnson:

    – - – - -SKIP – —

    Now the case seems to be taking on innuendo of sexual offenses committed by Johnson as his attorney seeks tarnish the memory of Phylicia Barnes with revealing this information. Read more on the case here.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - -RIHEP – - -Ms. Phylicia Barnes. – –JUSTICE IS BEING SERVED.

    – - CONDOLENCES 2 the FAMILY. AMEN – - – -

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

      I thnk the sister knew something was up. I don’t trust her. She did not protect her baby sister. #RIP Phylicia

  • rikyrah

    The GOP objects to Obama’s ‘slow jam’
    By Steve Benen – Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:07 AM EDT.

    For most, Tuesday night offered a fun, lighthearted moment. President Obama appeared on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and among other things, “slow jammed” the news. In the process, Obama used the opportunity to urge Congress to extend lower interest rates on student loans, a top White House priority.

    I realize we’re in a political environment in which every move the president makes will draw reflexive criticism from the right, but the pushback on this is pretty silly.

    Fox News has responded to President Obama’s appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon by suggesting that Obama is somehow denigrating the office of the presidency. For instance, today on Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson said that it’s “nutso” for Obama to go on “these comedy shows” because it “lowers the status of the office.”

    On the April 23 edition of the show, Fox News host Dana Perino — a press secretary for President George W. Bush — said that Bush had “a very different outlook on these comedy shows. He liked them, he respected them, but he never went on during his presidency.”

    Carlson said that it’s “hard to believe that in 2012, we have presidents and candidates considering to go on these comedy shows, and even host, like, Saturday Night Live.”

    Actually, it’s not hard to believe at all. George W. Bush appeared on a game show in 2008; Bill Clinton talked about his underwear on MTV in 1994; and my personal favorite, Richard Nixon appeared on “Laugh In” to deliver the show’s signature catch phrase in 1968.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/26/11409031-the-gop-objects-to-obamas-slow-jam?lite

    • MsKitty

      They just mad because PBO killed it, backed it up and killed it again. Can you imagine Willard pulling that off? No, me neither.

      • crazycanuck

        Exactly, they jealous lol

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

      For instance, today on Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson said that it’s “nutso” for Obama to go on “these comedy shows” because it “lowers the status of the office.”

      Translation: “I wish I could slow jam with President Obama”

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 04/26/2012
    TheWashingtonPost
    The Morning Plum: Dems intensify pressure in student loan fight
    By Greg Sargent

    As you know, House Republicans said yesterday that they will move foward with a bill that would pay for an extension of low student loan rates with money from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a portion of the health reform law. So what’s the next move for Dems?

    This statement, released last night by Harry Reid’s office, suggests Dems are going to crank up the brinkmanship further:

    “Democrats are opposed to shortchanging an important program that supports crucial efforts to prevent disease and protect against public health emergencies just so Republicans can continue protecting millionaire tax dodgers. The best way to pay for legislation that will keep student loan interest rates from doubling is to close a tax loophole that allows wealthy individuals to avoid paying the same income taxes that middle-class Americans pay.”
    This is a reference to paying for the student loan extension by “preventing some business owners from sheltering their income from Medicare and Social Security taxes,” as the New York Times puts it today.

    If the goal here is to demonstrate that Republicans prioritize low taxes for the rich over investing in the young, this may do the trick nicely. Obama is expected to continue his public pressure on Republicans to extend the low rates, and if he incorporates this new pay-for into his pitch, the stark contrast in priorities the Dem campaign is designed to heighten will only intensify.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-dems-intensify-pressure-in-student-loan-fight/2012/04/26/gIQANfwviT_blog.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – —IN their – –CONTINUIN’ —WAR ON WOMEN – -

    – –GOP Tries To Water Down Violence Against Women Act, Expresses Willingness To Tolerate Some Domestic Abuse – - -

    — –From the very beginning, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led the opposition to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) — even leading Senate Judiciary Republicans to unanimously vote against it because they object to its protections for LGBT victims, immigrants and Native Americans. Grassley has now teamed up with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) “offer a substitute that would address GOP concerns with the bill.”

    Although the full details of Grassley and Hutchinson’s watered down protections for domestic violence victims have yet to be released, it is likely that they will map Grassley’s previously stated opposition to providing greater support for LGBT, undocumented, and tribal victims of domestic violence. The Hutchison/Grassley amendment will likely leave out some victims who face particularly harsh discrimination. If Senate Republicans embrace Grassley’s earlier objections to reauthorizing VAWA, they will show that they are willing to tolerate a certain amount of domestic violence by ignoring certain victims:

    – - – - -SKIP – –

    – -White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett spoke out against the Grassley/Hutchison amendment today, saying, “We believe it takes us backwards. It discourages local police departments from arresting domestic violence offenders, it deletes the new provisions for assisting same sex victims, which we believe are important, and it greatly weakens the new proposals to address the high rates of violence on college campuses, which is so important for our young people, and the Hutchison bill just generally leaves too many victims without protection.”
    THERE IS MORE.
    -
    – –YEAH: – –THIS ANTI-WOMEN RE-THUG: –Republican leaders have called on Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to create a Republican alternative to the Violence Against Women Act. But Hutchison’s stances have not always won her favor from party leaders. geesh!

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: – -Gov. RICK SCOTT’s TESTING of WORKERS –UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!

    – - –Of course: Federal judge rules Rick Scott’s drug testing of state workers in unconstitutional – - -

    – - -A Miami federal judge has ruled that Gov. Rick Scott’s attempt to require drug testing for state workers is unconstitutional. In a ruling dated Wednesday and posted online Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro found that Scott’s issuance last year of an executive order requiring drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. The 37-page opinion also found that Scott did not justify the need for the tests.

    Governor Scott signed the testing order (No. 11-58) on March 22, 2011 and the ACLUFL and AFSCME filed the legal challenge just five weeks later on May 31, 2011. Just a few days later, on June 10, 2011 – just days after the suit was filed – Governor Scott retreated on his Order and issued a Memo suspending implementation of drug testing. The Governor’s June Memo did continue to authorize testing of employees in the Florida Department of Corrections.

    “Today’s ruling is important because it reinforces the bright line which government may not cross,” said ACLU cooperating attorney Peter Walsh. “If the state is going to require a drug test as a condition of keeping your job, it needs to have a reason and simply being against drugs isn’t enough.”
    THERE IS MORE.

    Woo! Hooo! – - -GOOD NEWS!! – -

  • Miranda

    Report: Secret Service agents partied with strippers ahead of Obama El Salvador visit

    (CBS News) As the fallout continues from revelations that Secret Service agents took prostitutes back to their hotel in Cartagena, Columbia, just days ahead of President Obama’s recent trip there, it appears others may have done the same with strippers in El Salvador in 2011, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in Seattle reports.

    In El Salvador, KIRO-TV reporter Chris Halsne spoke to a U.S. government subcontractor who claims to have accompanied a group of Secret Service agents to a strip club shortly before Mr. Obama’s 2011 trip to the country. The subcontractor, who is not named in the KIRO-TV report, claims members of the Secret Service advance team received “sexual favors” in a VIP section of the club. Additionally, the subcontractor said at least two of the agents took escorts back to their hotel.

    According to the subcontractor, an agent said they “did this all the time” and “not to worry about it.”

    more here
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505267_162-57421745/report-secret-service-agents-partied-with-strippers-ahead-of-obama-el-salvador-visit/

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

      I bet if they dug deep enough, they’d find out this mess also happened during previous administrations.

      • crazycanuck

        For sure

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – - –On the INTERNATIONAL SCENE: – - –[Good NEWS 4 victims] –

    – –Court: Taylor responsible for Sierra Leone crimes – - –

    — – – -In a historic ruling, an international court convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting notoriously brutal rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in return for blood diamonds.

    Taylor is the first head of state convicted by an international court since the post-World War II Nuremberg military tribunal.

    Presiding Judge Richard Lussick said the 64-year-old warlord-turned-president provided arms, ammunition, communications equipment and planning to rebels responsible for countless atrocities in the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone civil war. Lussick called the support “sustained and significant.”

    “Mr. Taylor, the trial chamber unanimously finds you guilty” of 11 charges including terror, murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers, Lussick told Taylor.

    Taylor stood and showed no emotion as Lussick delivered the guilty verdicts at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Lussick scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 16 and said sentence would be passed two weeks later. Taylor will serve his sentence in Britain.

    Human rights activists hailed the convictions as a watershed moment in the fight against impunity for national leaders responsible for atrocities.
    THERE IS MORE.

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

    POUers have been saying this for a long time but it bears repeating: Rep. Gutierrez can NOT be trusted! He said that he’ll fall back until Rubio reveals his the full details of his “alternative DREAM Act”, but he has no problems coming at PBO when he knows damn well the Senate Rethugs shut down the DREAM Act’s passage.

    Rep. Gutierrez: “Great” meeting with Rubio on alternative DREAM Act

    By JORDAN FABIAN

    A key Democratic congressman said Wednesday that he was encouraged by a meeting with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over his plan to introduced a pared-down version of the DREAM Act.

    Rubio huddled behind closed doors Wednesday afternoon with three Latino Democratic members of Congress in order to discuss the proposed legislation; Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), Rep. Charles Gonzalez (Texas), and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.)., an indication they may consider backing the yet-to-be-released bill.

    “It was a great meeting. Look, I am going to meet with anyone independent of their political party or what perceived or real political benefit my association [provides] as long as it does one thing: stop the deportations,” Gutierrez told Univision News in an interview Wednesday evening.

    MORE: http://univisionnews.tumblr.com/post/21849282632/gutierrez-meeting-rubio-dream-act

    • Miranda

      El burro asno!!

    • rikyrah

      I told you a long time ago about Luis G

    • edp4bho

      Hey POU. This character has been beating the same drum for as long as PBO has been in office, atleast and to my knowledge. Seems to me he wants to create hegemony with Latinos on top of black folk. He seems to have bought into the divide and conquer theory of the white right. What think you all?

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – - –YA KNOW – — – – — THIS is DISGUSTING!! – - – -

    – - -VIDEO: Detroit Judge Caught Sexting — –

    – - -A Detroit judge says the verdict is in: He’s proud of his physique and has no reason to be ashamed of sending a shirtless photo of himself to women, including at least one court employee.

    A TV station confronted 55-year-old Wayne County Judge Wade McCree this week after the husband of a court employee said the photo turned up on her phone. It shows the very fit judge from the waist up taking his own picture in front of a mirror.

    “Hot dog. Yep, that’s me,” McCree said when WJBK-TV showed him a printout of the photo. “No shame to my game.”

    The judge then feigned taking off his shirt for reporter Charlie LeDuff and said, “You can always get that here and now.”

    McCree, who is married, said he also sent the photo “out to other women,” noting he’s not fully nude in the picture and goes shirtless each day at the YMCA pool.

    – - – - — -SKIP – - –

    — -McCree’s father was the first black judge on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati and solicitor general under President Jimmy Carter.
    THERE Is MORE.

    WHAT a DISGRACE, to WIFE/FAMILY – — FATHER. ***shakin’ my head****

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

      “Hot dog. Yep, that’s me,” McCree said when WJBK-TV showed him a printout of the photo. “No shame to my game.”

      *DEAD* This ninja right chere! He looks like Star Jones’ ex-husband.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

      Umm he needs to work on those Pecs…looks puny to me.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY udonthave2likeme. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – - -***fist bump**** LOL

        LOL. Seeeeee – — . . .

        – –Somehow I think that his main PRIDE was – — a LITTLE – - LOWER! LOL – - –Jus’ sayin’. . . .

        Good 2 C U – -udonthave2likeme. :>)

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

          Hugs Ms. Greenlady. That man is not sexy in the least bit. I don’t wanna see no more…lol

  • GreenLadyHere

    – - GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ – -PBOMB: —***BIG HUG*** :>) –

    ANOTHER WINNER!! –

    a FIRST!! — – -She served as the school’s first Black principal, from 1871 to 1872.

    Her ROLE in –”The STRUGGLE” – –is laudable: – –Patterson was also a humanitarian and was active in many organizations. She devoted time and money to Black institutions in Washington, D. C.

    THANK U 4 –SHARING. :>) Have a GOOD DAY PBOMB! :>)

    Lookin’ 4-ward 2 MORE. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - – -MR. PRESIDENT – –”FACT CHECKS” – –teh WILLARD!! — –Wooo! Hoo – - -

    – - — -Mitt Romney Versus Reality: Global Edition – - –

    – - – Mitt Romney continues to distort reality in this global edition of “Mitt Romney versus Reality”

    – — -4 MORE YEARS!! – - -Woo! Hoo! —

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

    Kim Kardashian and her pimp mother will be attending the White House Correspondent’s Dinner as a guest of Fox News.

    So many jokes. So little time.

    • rikyrah

      hee hee hee

    • Miranda

      Where is bobble head Gretchen Carlsonn to complain how this demeans journalist for a news network to be inviting porn stars to the correspondent’s dinner?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMASPEAW55IV4QJGMDNXZL6R6Y udonthave2likeme

        Hey don’t insult the porn stars. Kim is not a porn star.. she wouldnt make any money….lol

    • Admiral_Komack

      I guess Ms.Kardashian will get a whole row of seats to sit in.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – — -A perfect partnership – - –☻FAUX NOISE – –▬☻FAUX-FAMILY. — -***shakin’ my head****

  • rikyrah

    Apr 26

    Our President Has Soul. Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with That.
    By Charles P. Pierce at 8:30AM

    Let us begin by noting that any argument against a president’s doing something that is based on disappointment that what the president may be doing is “beneath the dignity of the office” must at least account for the fact that, in the not altogether distant past, “the office” has been the place wherein has been discussed the criminal cover-up of a burglary, the criminal sale of missiles to a nation guilty of the contemporaneous slaughter of 241 American servicemen, the commitment of the United States to join those other nations of the world that torture their prisoners, and, yes, blowjobs. Any argument about “the dignity of the office” that doesn’t use these episodes as points of comparison and metrics of how we judge the relative “dignity” of things is not worthy of discussion. And, anyway, the president works for us, and the Oval Office is not the Temple of Dendur or the grotto at Lourdes. Please, people, get over yourselves.

    Nonetheless, and for reasons mostly foul, we are hearing this bafflegab again when it comes to the president’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s teevee show on which the president “slow-jammed” the news. We also have heard it about the president’s now-annual NCAA tournament selections on ESPN — where he’s been a lot better at it than, say, me, damnit — and about his brief turn as the lead singer in an Al Green a capella tribute. There was a little huffing, too, about his singing along on “Sweet Home Chicago” when it was blues night at the White House, probably because those same people were worried that the old tune was code for him to release the Windy City thugs who are going the Kenyan-steal the election or something. Also, there’s been some ongoing snarkery about how much golf he plays. And, from the Beyond, Ike gets testy and tells people to shut the hell up about that.

    (It has also engaged the attention of morons, who suddenly find virtue in the principles underlying the old Fairness Doctrine, which St. Reagan did away with so that you can drive from Cape Cod to Mendocino and never not hear Rush Limbaugh. Also, FREEEEEEEDDOOOOOOMMMM!)

    Lawrence O’Donnell last night provided the service of pointing out how just about every president we’ve had since World War II has gone out of his way to demonstrate a familiarity with at least the most polite fringes of pop culture. (This really accelerated when John Kennedy was hanging with the Rat Pack in Vegas.) O’Donnell was good enough to share with us the most spectacularly bizarre example of this that we have….

    And let us be clear that the tuned-in presidency has been altogether a good thing. America’s pop culture has been one of this country’s greatest — and certainly, one of its most benign — gifts to the wider world. It wasn’t just Lech Walesa, and Vaclav Havel, and the former Karol Wojtyla who cracked the Soviet bloc. It also was bluejeans and the Beatles, as Havel himself readily acknowledged. What we have today, though, and with all due respect to Bill Clinton, who at least knew the difference between John Coltrane and Air Supply, is a president steeped in a love of black popular culture, which happens to be the basis for almost everything that’s been responsible for the triumph of American pop culture generally. This has been the guilty secret of American art and music for almost the entire length of the country’s history — the fiddlers on the plantations, the soul bands playing in the basement of segregated Southern fraternities, the white kids sneaking down to the South Side to Sylvio’s in Chicago to watch Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf cut heads, the roots of everything that Elvis did, and the roots of everything that came after him, including all those suburban kids listening to NWA and Public Enemy back in what is now the day. And doing it well was all about, as Albert Murray put it in the essential The Hero And The Blues, a way to honor your ancestors in their graves.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obama-jimmy-fallon-8384900#ixzz1tACpzxAJ

    • nellcote

      Just have to add the last paragraph from Pierce’s column because I think it’s such beautiful writing:

      Of course, having a president who recognizes this, and who celebrates it, and who even occasionally participates in it is nothing more than having a president who recognizes something very essential in the fundamental character of the nation he purports to lead. This would seem to me to be as unremarkable as having a president who golfs or who throws out the first pitch on opening day. But a president with soul, a president who knows his way around the blues, seems to shake the comfort zone in a very different way. And, yes, most of it has to do with race, alas, but I think it has to do with race in a very unique way. First, we had the paradox of a country that generally oppressed black people still allowing black people to entertain it. Then, we had a country in which a lucrative industry sprung up among (mainly) white people who at least partly pillaged that entertainment for profit and left the entertainers begging for scraps. It’s much better now, of course, but that hidden historical debt is still there. Much of what the world loves about America was provided by Americans who America didn’t much love for most of its history, and when the music began to batter down the mental walls we’d thrown up between black citizens and white citizens, it was a powerful covert operation that couldn’t be beaten back with police dogs, or fire hoses, or the entire legal, political, and social architecture of American apartheid. And this president knows that, and the people who are sniping at him now know it, too, and it’s driving them around the bend. Because the president knows, as we’ve all come to know, one simple truth that binds us all as Americans, even though it’s not always self-evident — that the blues is about salvage, about a carrying forward, and about recognizing the
      common hellhounds that stay on all of our trails.

      Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obama-jimmy-fallon-8384900#ixzz1tAITDjJg

  • rikyrah

    From Iraq’s CPA to Team Romney
    By Steve Benen – Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT.

    Historically, the political world doesn’t pay too much attention to who presidential campaigns bring on as policy advisors, but it’s hard to deny the significance of these staffers. For one thing, they help shape a candidate’s worldview, especially when a presidential hopeful lacks ideas and principles of his own. For another, should the candidate actually win, the advisors will probably end up with powerful jobs in the new administration.

    And who has Mitt Romney’s ear? On foreign policy, one of the top members of his team is Dan Senor.


    Dan Senor is less known to the general public, but familiar to those who’ve followed the Iraq debacle closely. From 2003 to 2004, Senor served as a Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman under Paul Bremer. After that smashing success, Senor returned to Washington, where, among other things, in September 2004 he helped write speeches for Iraqi interim prime minister Ayad Allawi’s U.S. visit, and then apparently went on television to praise those speeches as evidence of Bush’s accomplishments in Iraq.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/26/11411156-from-iraqs-cpa-to-team-romney?lite

    • MsKitty

      Also worth noting that he is married to Campbell Brown.

      • nellcote

        Thanks, I knew he had a connection to CNN.

  • nellcote

    “I could go on, but I’m really just supplying more and more examples to underscore the basic point. For the past three years America has been walking softly, and it’s working very, very well. Ten years back, America often found itself isolated, struggling to pull together “coalitions of the willing” packed with small client states. Lately, we have been finding ourselves in the majority, along with the democratic world, while Russia and China front a dwindling coalition of the unwilling. To some extent, this reflects a smart, subtle foreign-policy presence in which we have done a vastly better job of looking at what other countries actually want, and seeing where our interests align, rather than trying to bully other countries into supporting our goals. To some extent, it’s luck: the Arab spring happened.

    And to some extent, there’s a personal factor. Look through the Pew Global Attitudes project data on confidence in the US president. In almost every country, you’ll see a dramatic or startling increase in confidence between 2008 and 2011. In Germany and France, George Bush had approval ratings in the low teens in 2008; Barack Obama’s approval has never dropped below 80%. In Japan and Britain the shift is nearly as striking. In Egypt, the corresponding figures are 11% and 35%. Even in Russia itself, they are 22% and 41%. When Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice try to win backing for American positions at the UN, the exceptional popularity of the president they represent in other countries is obviously a factor. Commentators who envision Barack Obama running on his foreign-policy successes in this year’s campaign generally adduce examples like the assassination of Osama bin Laden and the crippling of al-Qaeda. Perhaps these are the examples that figure most clearly in the American voter’s imagination. It would be nice, though, if voters evaluated presidents’ foreign policies on the basis of whether they had won the respect of the world and advanced American interests internationally. The evidence of recent American foreign-policy effectiveness isn’t that we’ve shot a lot of bad guys. It’s that when our UN ambassador calls the Chinese and Russian vetoes of action on Syria “disgusting”, she’s speaking for the overwhelming majority of the world, and they are in the isolated minority.”

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/02/america-syria-and-un

  • rikyrah

    The Great Surrendering: How Cabal Became Our Politics
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 11:31AM

    Ed Kilgore asks a series of piquant questions at the end of his post about the revelations in Bob Draper’s new book about the young brigade of vandals in the House of Representatives. The last of them is the most intriguing:

    And at what point, exactly, did the Move Right To Win strategy that had always existed on the fringes of conservative political science circles become uniform orthodoxy, to the point that the 2012 GOP nomination contest because strictly a matter of identifying the maximum conservatism the political markets could bear?

    I think I can — and recently have — offered at least a partial answer. It, of course, began to happen in the 1960′s, when the Democrats allied themselves with the civil-rights movement and lost the South and those parts of the North where people thought the South had a point. But it really accelerated in the 1970′s, when the Democratic party overreacted to what happened to George McGovern and began whoring after corporate money, an effort that required them to abandon at least partly their traditional allies in the civil-rights and labor movements, and to soften their positions on a number of important issues, and basically inculcated into the party a permanent instinct for accommodation and surrender that was only strengthened after the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. The rise of the Democratic Leadership Council was, in its own way, one of the largest white flags in the history of American politics. In fact, one of the most dismal weekends of my life came at the 1982 Democratic “Mid-Term” Convention, where it became plain that great progressives like the late Billie Carr of Texas were no longer welcomed by the party’s serious people.

    At that point, the Republican fringe was empowered by the simple fact that there now was no political entity pushing back at them with a force equal to theirs in the opposite direction. At the very least, the Democrats could be counted upon to give them some of what they wanted, at which point they would scream and holler and nobody noticed that the “Center” was drifting in their direction. And when they overreached — the Clinton Impeachment, Schiavo, the entire Bush presidency — they didn’t have to regroup. I’ve often used Stalin’s order to the Red Army to describe this — Ni shagu nazad: Not one step backwards — and it’s true. They fight like they do not care what happens to the country either way. They fight as though they don’t care if they burn their party down. The Democrats fight like they care about both things. The Democrats stopped taking risks 30 years ago. Faced with nihilism, they reach for the olive branch, which is generally sent back to them in ashes.

    Because they can’t look honestly at what they’ve done to themselves, the Democrats generally engage in semi-annual unicorn hunts in which they go off in search of reasonable Republicans with whom they can deal. My god, in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone, the president, against whom this nihilistic vandalism has reached a foul sort of apogee, is still questing after these mythical critters:

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/robert-draper-book-8385022#ixzz1tADV1VvV

    • JeremyZiglar

      The problem with a number of white liberals is that they turned a good amount of the electorate away with there arrogant I know what’s best attitude back in the late 60′s and 70′s. Instead of blaming the Democratic party for moderating maybe they should look in the mirror and realize that the the electorate was shifting more conservative because of white resentment based on the 60′s experience.

      President Obama is not naive and he is playing the political game. Why don’t you guys just shut up and get off your ass and get to work.

      • Ebogan63

        Thanks, Jeremy! I do have this problem with this notion that all the Dems have to do is just call out the Repubs more and everything will be hunky dory. Just more polarization isn’t gonna get things done, which is what most Americans want outta gov’t. I do agree with his point about the DLC, which I feel had a corrosive effect on the Dem Party, and alienated sectors of the rank and file.

  • rikyrah

    Romney Foreign Policy Adviser Attacks Obama’s ‘Czechoslovakia’ Policy
    By Ben Armbruster on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Later today, Vice President Biden is expected in a speech to open up an attack on Mitt Romney’s foreign policy saying that a President Romney will take America back to the George W. Bush era. “Gov. Romney is counting on our collective amnesia,” Biden said according to excerpts already released.

    The Romney campaign organized a conference call today with three of Romney’s foreign policy advisers to push back. During the call, Romney adviser Ambassador Pierre Prosper attacked President Obama for dealing with Russia, albeit using geographical terms from the Cold War era:

    PROSPER: The United States has become a spectator on issues of national security. We’ve also been embarrassed by North Korea where again it continues to be a conciliatory leaning forward approach and yet the North Koreans will launch a missile surprising the United States by violating their agreement.

    You now Russia is another example where we give and Russia gets and we get nothing in return. The United States abandoned its missile defense sites in Poland and Czechoslovakia, yet Russia does nothing but obstruct us, or efforts in Iran and Syria.

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/04/26/471692/romney-adviser-czechoslovakia/

    • crazycanuck

      “You now Russia is another example where we give and Russia gets and we get nothing in return.”

      Oh you mean like Israel?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - – -BLAME his GUN POSSESSION —on DOGS!!??? — –

    — -Menacing Pit Bull Led Zimmerman to Get Gun
    Complex portrait emerges of Trayvon Martin’s killer
    – - –

    – –In a bizarre twist in a killing that has come to stand for deadly racial violence, it turns out that the great grandfather of Trayvon Martin’s killer was African-Peruvian. George Zimmerman was generally regarded as trustworthy by his racially mixed Florida neighbors, who asked him to launch a community watch program last year after a string of burglaries (though few knew he was carrying a gun on patrol), according to a Reuters investigation based on extensive interviews with acquaintances, friends and relatives. He was encouraged by a police officer to get a gun after a pit bull menaced his wife in 2009. He did, and underwent firearms training.
    THERE IS MORE.

    ☻FIRST: – — THIS genealogical revelation is – –BEYOND BORING!! –annnd IRRELEVANT!!

    NEXT. . . … . . . .

    – - ☻THIS – –He was encouraged by a police officer to get a gun after a pit bull menaced his wife in 2009. He did, and underwent firearms training.

    ☻The police KNEW of his PAST HISTORY of VIOLENCE —YET – — he was ENCOURAGED 2 get a GUN!! —Is THAT how THEY handle PIT BULLS??? –

    – ☻ Annnd the COMMUNITY WATCH organizations do NOT permit possession of GUNS!!

    How ’bout the POLICE B CHARGED in THIS MURDER –as ACCOMPLICES!!?? — – - -geesh!! –

    – –RIHEP T.M>- – –JUSTICE WILL B SERVED!! – - -

    • Admiral_Komack

      Oh, so Trayvon Martin was a pit bull?
      Also, I don’t care if George Zimmerman’s grandfather was a Cardassian, George Zimmerman murdered an unarmed child who did nothing wrong.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — -YEAH – — -FIERCE annnd SCARY! – -***tsk*** ***eye roll*** – - -

        ‘member his DELUSIONAL thoughts: – - -“”up to no good”….”checking me out”….”looks like he’s on drugs”. – - -

        Thoughts about a –BULLDOG!?? —-***tsk*** ***eye roll***

        NO!! – — -

        – - HE PROFILED an – -UNARMED BLACK TEEN!!
        —-HE —STALKED an – –UNARMED BLACK TEEN.!!
        - — HE CONFRONTED an UNARMED BLACK TEEN.!!
        — -HE MURDERED an UNARMED BLACK TEEN.

        – - -CASE CLOSED!! — -

        NO MORE – - -DISTRACTIONS – –PUH-LEEZE!! – –

        Good 2 C U Admiral. :>)

  • Miranda

    HA….the media trying to MAKE PBO and his peeps play it down. LOL

    Bin Laden anniversary delicate moment for Obama, Romney

    (Reuters) – It was a triumphant moment a year ago for the United States and President Barack Obama, but now the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s killing presents an election-year challenge for him and his Republican opponents.

    Obama is expected to acknowledge the May 1 anniversary of the daring Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden’s Pakistan compound.

    But he will not overdo it, a senior White House official said, reflecting perhaps the dangers of hyping an event that speaks for itself – and is still controversial, particularly among Pakistanis who saw the U.S. attack as a violation of their country’s sovereignty.

    more here
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/26/us-usa-binladen-anniversary-idUSBRE83O1FN20120426

    • rikyrah

      OSAMA IN LADEN IS DEAD AND GENERAL MOTORS IS ALIVE

  • Miranda

    Capitals Joel Ward Scores Game 7 Overtime Winner – Bruins Fans Unleash N-Word Barrage on Twitter

    The NHL is the least racially integrated of the four major American sports. If you need proof of this, you just need to see the reaction on Twitter as Washington Capitals Winger Joel Ward scored the game winning goal in overtime to oust the defending champion Boston Bruins.

    Chirpstory.com collects Tweets on trending topics to tell a story with only the tweets. The story these tweets tell is that there is a whole hell of a lot of racist Boston Bruins fans. Of course this is not representative of Boston fans or of hockey fans in general, but it is scary that these people so easily put their racist feelings out there.

    more here
    http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2012/04/capitals-joel-ward-scores-game-7-overtime-winner-bruins-fans-unleash-n-word-barrage-on-twitter/

    • crazycanuck

      OMG, that is just disgusting.

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

      What’s interesting about these tweets and the ones about Hunger Games is who’s making them: Young People. Everyone is always talking about how the younger generation is color-blind and racist free. BULLSHIT.

    • dannie22

      Racist Boston Bruins fans? No!!

    • MsKitty

      Sadly, this is something that all the black players have to deal with. I follow Kevin Weekes on Twitter, a former NHL goalie who now covers games for Hockey Night in Canada. From time to time he retweets some of the more foul tweets he gets from the racist crowd.

      On another note though, I thought it was poetic justice that it was a Black man who put the lights out on Tim Thomas’ season. I pointed and laughed at the TV for about 5 minutes after it happened.

  • lamh35

    Guys, not just GOP. Check this out.

    Ya know, I like Jon Stewart, but it’s becoming plainly obvious that he has bought into this persona that the MSM projects onto him that he’s some sort of “fair and balance” version of political comedy, which is fine I guess, but his false equivalency schtick has worn thin and I’m personally done watching the show. I’ll stick to Colbert who at the very least doesn’t play into the false equivalence game, and it just 1,000,000,000X funnier anyway!

    Jon Stewart criticizes Obama for slow-jamming news: ‘You’re the president! You don’t have to do this s– anymore!’

    • crazycanuck

      Why is this bothering them so much lol.

      • isonprize

        Why is this bothering them so much lol. you ask?

        …because the Preezy of the United Steezy was a better ‘act’ than Jon Stewart has had in years. He wished that he thought of it.

        …because Jon launched Stephen Colbert, and ‘The Colbert Report’ is SO MUCH BETTER than Jon’s ‘Daily Show.’

        • edp4bho

          The irony is that PBO stated on Fallon that he watches Stewart. Jonnie Boy’s feelings hurt?

      • Town

        Because whatever Obama does, he makes it look cool. He makes himself look cool. And when he looks cool, his future looks hot.

        Plus they mad Romney can’t do it without looking like a dork. Remember Obama sang Al Green and everyone went wild for it?

        Then a few days later Romney tried to sing and it was a big ol’ FAIL?

    • Admiral_Komack

      Fuck Jon Stewart.

  • lamh35

    Question: what’s a good amount of time to let pass after a job interview to call the recruiter and ask about the status of the position?

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY lamh35. ***BIG – -wishin’ U well – –HUG*** :>)

      – - – -Depending on the DAY of the WEEK of your interview – - – -I would give it a week[5 business days]. — –

      Continuin’ 2 PRAY 4 U. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY lamh35. ***BIG – -wishin’ U well – –HUG*** :>)

      – - – -Depending on the DAY of the WEEK of your interview – - – -I would give it a week[5 business days]. — –

      Continuin’ 2 PRAY 4 U. :>)

  • rikyrah

    A financial twist on the ‘war on voting’
    By Steve Benen – Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:38 PM EDT.

    When we talk about the “war on voting,” we tend to think of restrictions Republican policymakers are placing between voters and the ballot box in advance of the 2012 elections. Measures like voter-ID laws may prevent millions of Americans from participating this November.

    But Reuters reports today on a different kind of voting problem: communities that are so short on funds, they’re “struggling to come up with the millions of dollars they will need to hold the November 6 elections” (thanks to reader R.P. for the tip).

    It is a problem that could affect candidates and political parties in November but particularly President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats, who are relying on support from big cities such as Detroit.

    Local governments across the nation are planning to shift costs — putting off road repairs for a few days while transit crews work on elections, or borrowing workers from other departments to help count votes.

    But they also are laying off staff who would have helped with voter questions, and cutting back the hours that polls are open.

    Nothing says “21st century superpower” like watching American cities curtail road repair in order to afford an election.

    Regardless, the practical effects are hard to ignore: fewer election workers and fewer precincts means longer lines and lower turnout.

    What’s more, as Ed Kilgore explained this morning, we’re seeing the confluence of Republican interests: “[I]t’s particularly interesting to watch Republicans simultaneously promote austerity policies for state and local governments and new restrictions on voting. Many conservatives favor the former as an end in itself, but are receiving a sort of bonus as competent election administration becomes one of those luxuries many jurisdictions can’t quite afford

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/26/11412027-a-financial-twist-on-the-war-on-voting?lite

  • rikyrah

    A financial twist on the ‘war on voting’
    By Steve Benen – Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:38 PM EDT.

    When we talk about the “war on voting,” we tend to think of restrictions Republican policymakers are placing between voters and the ballot box in advance of the 2012 elections. Measures like voter-ID laws may prevent millions of Americans from participating this November.

    But Reuters reports today on a different kind of voting problem: communities that are so short on funds, they’re “struggling to come up with the millions of dollars they will need to hold the November 6 elections” (thanks to reader R.P. for the tip).

    It is a problem that could affect candidates and political parties in November but particularly President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats, who are relying on support from big cities such as Detroit.

    Local governments across the nation are planning to shift costs — putting off road repairs for a few days while transit crews work on elections, or borrowing workers from other departments to help count votes.

    But they also are laying off staff who would have helped with voter questions, and cutting back the hours that polls are open.

    Nothing says “21st century superpower” like watching American cities curtail road repair in order to afford an election.

    Regardless, the practical effects are hard to ignore: fewer election workers and fewer precincts means longer lines and lower turnout.

    What’s more, as Ed Kilgore explained this morning, we’re seeing the confluence of Republican interests: “[I]t’s particularly interesting to watch Republicans simultaneously promote austerity policies for state and local governments and new restrictions on voting. Many conservatives favor the former as an end in itself, but are receiving a sort of bonus as competent election administration becomes one of those luxuries many jurisdictions can’t quite afford

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/26/11412027-a-financial-twist-on-the-war-on-voting?lite

  • rikyrah

    Political AnimalBlog
    April 26, 2012 8:45 AM

    Bankrupting the Vote

    By Ed Kilgore

    It’s well known that Republicans all over the country are doing what comes naturally by seeking to restrict the franchise, most notably through voter ID laws that will disproportionately affect poor and minority voters, restrictions on voter registration drives, and cutbacks on “convenience voting.” It’s even been called “the war on voting” in Ari Berman’s phrase.

    But a less well-known phenonmenon might be called “bankrupting the vote,” as states and localities (particular cities with heavily Democratic electorates) struggling with fiscal crises simply can’t afford to adequately staff and administer elections.

    Patricia Zengerle of Reuters has a must-read report on this phenomenon:


    In Detroit, the city clerk warned last week that the Rust Belt city would have trouble holding the November 6 presidential election under a slimmed-down budget the mayor proposed to address years of deep financial problems.

    In Jefferson County, Alabama, the local government was so short of cash for elections that it used road repair crews to staff the state’s Republican presidential primary last month.
    And in South Carolina, a $500,000 shortfall after the state’s Republican primary in January led elections officials to consider a sponsorship deal with comedian Stephen Colbert, who plays a mock conservative pundit on his late-night TV show.

    With cities and counties across the United States in dire financial straits, many local officials are struggling to come up with the millions of dollars they will need to hold the November 6 elections. That is likely to mean fewer election workers and long lines for voters, which could reduce turnout.
    It is a problem that could affect candidates and political parties in November but particularly President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats, who are relying on support from big cities such as Detroit.

    Worse yet, the “war on voting” can immensely increase the financial pressures on local voting administration, enhancing the suppressive effect.


    New, stricter voter registration laws in some states such as Florida could exacerbate the problem by raising the need for more elections workers to verify voters’ eligibility.
    Local governments across the nation are planning to shift costs – putting off road repairs for a few days while transit crews work on elections, or borrowing workers from other departments to help count votes.

    But they also are laying off staff who would have helped with voter questions, and cutting back the hours that polls are open.

    Besides raising constitutional questions about whether some people will have enough opportunity to vote, the situation could have an impact on close elections, analysts say.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_04/bankrupting_the_vote036933.php

    • nellcote

      This is really scary. Between this shit and the poll taxes, I’m already anxious about Nov. I’m completely confident The Prez will kick Rmoney’s ass in a fair fight but these voter suppression efforts are making me worry. I mean if even Reuters is noticing things must be way worse than they’re reporting.

      Help! somebody talk me down!

      • isonprize

        Wow, can the United Nations come in and monitor our elections?

        This looks like some ‘third world’ mess. Seriously.

        • Miranda

          I agree.

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

      We need to make this go viral, especially among the Black media outlets. They need to cover this!

  • rikyrah

    GOP Sets Up A Showdown On Violence Against Women Act
    Sahil Kapur April 26, 2012, 5:49 AM

    Sensing that Democrats have them cornered on an issue central to a key voting bloc, Republicans are choosing to fight fire with fire.

    The House GOP unveiled a dueling version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization on Wednesday, setting up a confrontation with Senate Democrats who are poised to pass a measure that would extend the law’s protections to Native Americans, gays and undocumented immigrants.

    “House Republicans are committed to protecting the true victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), a member of House GOP leadership, told reporters at a Capitol press briefing.

    The election-year context is crucial. Democrats currently enjoy a huge lead among women voters — an advantage Republicans helped them build by seeking to limit their access to contraception earlier this year. Killing VAWA reauthorization would no doubt widen that lead — and that’s at least part of the reason Senate Democrats want to expand the legislation in ways that are politically perilous for Republicans.

    The broader components of the measure — which provide tools to law enforcement to combat domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking — are not controversial. The key difference between the versions is that Democrats want to expand it to cover same-sex couples, undocumented immigrant and tribal communities, which most GOP lawmakers oppose. The Republican version largely extends the 1994 law as it exists today — without helping Democrats energize subsets of their voting base and without forcing Republicans to go to bat for adversarial constituencies.

    Republican women accused Democrats of politicizing the issue. “Unfortunately in Congress, there are some who’d like to make this a political play. They’d like to make cheap shots and try to politicize it in an election year,” said Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD). Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL) said she hopes that “people will quit trying to make it a partisan issue.”

    Democrats see the GOP’s desire to offer an alternative in equally political terms.

    “Of course, this is totally about the gender gap they have created due to their attacks on women,” a senior Democratic aide told TPM. “[Their alternative] is transparently political and will be viewed as such by most women.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/house-gop-violence-women-act.php?ref=fpb

  • rikyrah

    26-4-2012 01:07 PM EDT
    Pelosi On GOP VAWA Bill: ‘We Don’t Want To Have Violence Against Women – Except Certain Women’

    With Senate Democrats poised to pass a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that extends the laws protections to same-sex partners, immigrants, and Native Americans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is in no hurry to help the Republicans past their less far-reaching alternative.

    “We’ll see what the Senate passes today,” she told reporters at her weekly Capitol briefing. “I think if there’s bipartisan support for the Senate version that speaks to why – why would we want to support a bill that we don’t want to have violence against women, except certain women it’s ok…. We want our bill to look very much like the Senate bill.”

    Pelosi didn’t go as far as to say Democrats would vote as a bloc against the House GOP bill – in the House, it’s probably the only reauthorization bill that will receive a direct floor vote. But it suggests Dems believe they have the upper hand in the fight, and will press the GOP – hard – to get behind the expanded provisions when House and Senate negotiators meet to iron out the differences between the two measures

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/pelosi-on-gop-vawa-bill-we-dont-want

  • rikyrah

    Obama’s Secret Weapon Against Romney: Tea Party Standard-Bearers

    Benjy Sarlin April 26, 2012, 10:52 AM

    Mitt Romney has been careful to stake out the middle ground in the student loan fight this week, quickly capitulating to the White House’s position that Congress extend low interest rates to millions of Americans. That put him squarely at odds with House Republicans — a fact that President Obama has delighted in pointing out in speeches.

    Twice in the last week, Obama used anecdotes from ultra-conservative members of Congress discussing the loan fight, ignoring Romney in favor of tarnishing the Republican brand with its most incendiary members.

    On Tuesday it was Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who Obama cited prominently in a speech to students in her own state at the University of North Carolina.

    “She said she had ‘very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt because there’s no reason for that.’ I’m just quoting here,” Obama said, highlighting a radio interview Foxx gave earlier that week. “The students who rack up student loan debt are just ‘sitting on their butts having opportunity dumped in your lap.’ I’m reading it here. I didn’t make this up.”

    He pounced. “Now, can you imagine saying something like that? Those of you who’ve had to take out student loans, you didn’t do it because you’re lazy. You didn’t do it lightly. You don’t like debt. A lot of you, your parents are helping out, but it’s tough on them. They’re straining. And so you do it because the cost of college keeps going up and you know there’s an investment in your future.”

    The next day at the University of Iowa, he gave another tea party lawmaker the same treatment. This time, Obama singled out Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), who days earlier had suggested Congress might already have impeached Obama if not for “tactical concerns.” The quote Obama highlighted, however, was a line he made in a Senate debate in which Akin called government involvement in student loans “stage three cancer of socialism.”

    “Sometimes I like just getting these quotes because I am always interested in how folks talk about this issue,” Obama said. “You have got one member of Congress who compared these student loans, I am not kidding here, to a stage three cancer of socialism. Stage three cancer. I don’t know where to start. What do you mean? What are you talking about? Come on. Just when you think you heard it all in Washington, somebody comes up with a new way to go off the deep end.”

    Neither Republican lawmaker was too happy to see his or her words be held up as a laugh line for college audiences. Foxx complained to the Washington Post that she was taken out of context — her full quote was that she had “very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that,” suggesting that students should only seek educational opportunities within their means.

    Akin also took umbrage with the context Obama provided.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/obamas-secret-weapon-against-romney-tea-party-congressmen.php

  • Rhoda

    Have you seen the Rove ad against President Obama?

    Really. That’s the best shot? They act like the country doesn’t realize the things he accomplished the last four years; hell he got Bin Laden!

    LOL.

    I can not understand this race; and I TRY. But I am confounded by the stupidity on the right; I’m just lost on how this was an attack ad.

    • Town

      All you need to understand is this:

      He BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK

      BLACKETY BLACKETY BLACKETY BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB- – –***BIG SIGH!!*** annnnd SAAAAAA-LAP – - -

    Bear with me. I’ll B brief. BUT — GUESS WHO I CONTINUIN’ 2 PUSH HER MEME??- — -

    Obama, Bush or Clinton: Who Put More Blacks at the Top?”> — —

    — –I have a question: – — -WHO SIGNED the MOST LEGISLATION that POSITIVELY AFFECTED BLACKS!!??? – —

    See – -’CAUSE – –the –GREATER GOOD 4 the MASSES –IMHO – — TRUMPS the FEWER NUMBERS embodied in her question!! – —

    – –BIG PICTURE!! – —BIG PICTURE!! – — –LEAVE YOUR MICROSCOPIC VISION ALONE!! – – - -WE HAVE!! – —geesh!!

    – — [Sorry; Gotta "bounce" 4 a bit. MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U --IN MY - -♥.]

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

      Silly, silly little Lauren Burke. I see she’s trying to push Gov. Wilder’s bullshit. But guess what? Joy-Ann Reid has already debunked this allegation:

      Just sayin’: Gov. Wilder got literally everything wrong in his Politico op-ed http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/12/how-gov-wilder-got-literally-everything-wrongthing-wrong/

      I think we should flood the comment section of this article and call Lauren out on her bullshit. It’s time to start calling the media out on their lies.

    • dannie22

      Doesnt she have anything else to write about?

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

    The Memo Panetta Wrote On Obama’s Order To Kill bin Laden

    Time magazine got their hands of a copy of a memo that then-CIA chief Leon Panetta wrote after he got the order from President Barack Obama’s top national security aide to launch the raid that killed Osama bin Laden almost a year ago.

    “Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault,” Panetta wrote in the hand-written memo dated April 29.

    “The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.”

    MORE: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/memo-panetta-wrote-on-obamas-order-to-kill

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

    Will GLAAD go after Monica Crowley like they did Ro-Ro?

    Fox’s Monica Crowley Reacts To Fluke’s Reported Engagement: “To A Man?”

    April 26, 2012 1:44 pm ET by Media Matters staff

    Fox News political and foreign affairs analyst Monica Crowley reacted to a report that Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke got engaged to her boyfriend by tweeting: “To a man?”

    MORE: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201204260010

    • itgurl_29

      They won’t say jack. First, Monica Crowley is white, so they will excuse it. And secondly, she made a lesbian joke and GLAAD only cares about upper class white gay men.

    • Miranda

      GLAAD won’t say a word.

    • Town

      I’m guessing no.

  • rikyrah

    Y’all….

    Orange Julius is hitting the sauce before Noon now.

    ……………………………..

    Quote of the Day
    By Steve Benen – Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:25 PM EDT.

    Democrats and Republicans struck a deal last summer on spending levels for the upcoming year, clearing the way for a smooth budget process. House GOP leaders recently decided to ignore the agreement they accepted, make even deeper cuts, and tell Democrats they have to give in or there will be a government shutdown shortly before the election.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), in other words, has said he will no longer honor the agreement he helped strike. Last week, the White House said that’s unacceptable — President Obama is fully prepared to keep his word, but won’t tolerate House Republicans breaking the hard-fought deal.

    Today, reporters asked the Speaker about the administration’s veto threat. Here’s a transcript of the exchange:

    Q: Last week the acting OMB director sent a letter to Congressional appropriators saying that basically the top line agreed to in the Budget Control Act, that the President would veto it if it’s not met.
    BOEHNER: Blah blah blah blah blah, alright, so?
    Q: Is that an official response?
    BOEHNER: Yes.

    Just to be absolutely clear about this, “Blah blah blah blah blah” is not my mockery of the House Speaker’s response to the question. Rather, Boehner literally said, “Blah blah blah blah blah.”

    …………………………………

    if that’s not enough, here’s the rest of it from Benen:

    The Speaker is breaking his word, he’s being called on it, and he doesn’t care.

    Incidentally, in the exact same press briefing, Boehner complained that Obama’s efforts on student loan interest rates are beneath “the dignity” of the presidency.

    No word yet on whether the Speaker believes “Blah blah blah blah blah” is beneath “the dignity” of the his office.

    Incidentally, House Republicans continue to push ahead with a spending plan that ignores the agreement they already accepted, and some of the sillier members of the Senate Republican caucus, including Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), agree with the House GOP’s push.

    If Republicans keep this up, the likelihood of a government shutdown shortly before the November elections grows

    The President has them on the run with the student loan showdown…

    BWA HA HA HA AH AH AH

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/26/11412649-quote-of-the-day?lite

    • isonprize

      h/t TOD

      Here’s the video of Speaker Boehner saying “blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”:

  • rikyrah

    Y’all….

    Orange Julius is hitting the sauce before Noon now.

    ……………………………..

    Quote of the Day
    By Steve Benen – Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:25 PM EDT.

    Democrats and Republicans struck a deal last summer on spending levels for the upcoming year, clearing the way for a smooth budget process. House GOP leaders recently decided to ignore the agreement they accepted, make even deeper cuts, and tell Democrats they have to give in or there will be a government shutdown shortly before the election.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), in other words, has said he will no longer honor the agreement he helped strike. Last week, the White House said that’s unacceptable — President Obama is fully prepared to keep his word, but won’t tolerate House Republicans breaking the hard-fought deal.

    Today, reporters asked the Speaker about the administration’s veto threat. Here’s a transcript of the exchange:

    Q: Last week the acting OMB director sent a letter to Congressional appropriators saying that basically the top line agreed to in the Budget Control Act, that the President would veto it if it’s not met.
    BOEHNER: Blah blah blah blah blah, alright, so?
    Q: Is that an official response?
    BOEHNER: Yes.

    Just to be absolutely clear about this, “Blah blah blah blah blah” is not my mockery of the House Speaker’s response to the question. Rather, Boehner literally said, “Blah blah blah blah blah.”

    …………………………………

    if that’s not enough, here’s the rest of it from Benen:

    The Speaker is breaking his word, he’s being called on it, and he doesn’t care.

    Incidentally, in the exact same press briefing, Boehner complained that Obama’s efforts on student loan interest rates are beneath “the dignity” of the presidency.

    No word yet on whether the Speaker believes “Blah blah blah blah blah” is beneath “the dignity” of the his office.

    Incidentally, House Republicans continue to push ahead with a spending plan that ignores the agreement they already accepted, and some of the sillier members of the Senate Republican caucus, including Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), agree with the House GOP’s push.

    If Republicans keep this up, the likelihood of a government shutdown shortly before the November elections grows

    The President has them on the run with the student loan showdown…

    BWA HA HA HA AH AH AH

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/26/11412649-quote-of-the-day?lite

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

    ‘Obamacare’ To Yield $1.3 Billion In Rebates For Consumers

    Sahil Kapur April 26, 2012, 1:30 PM 1009

    A lesser-known but important provision in “Obamacare” that regulates how health insurance companies spend their money is yielding benefits for consumers, a new study finds.

    By this August, insurers are projected to send consumers a total of $1.3 billion in rebates, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Thursday — $541 million to large employers, $377 million to small businesses and $426 million to people with their own insurance plans.

    The rebates are the result of a rule in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent or 85 percent of premium earnings on health care — as opposed to marketing and administrative activities — or otherwise provide rebates to their consumers.

    MORE: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/obamacare-to-yield-13-billion-in-rebates-for-consumers.php

    • Miranda

      PASS IT ON!

  • rikyrah

    Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 08:45 AM PDT.

    Republicans fret about Mitt Romney’s persistent negativity

    This is one gem of a quote from today’s New York Times article on Republicans who are worried Mitt Romney has been too negative and want him to go positive:


    “Mitt Romney has to come up with a plan and policy and principles that people can rally around,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert of Utah, a strong supporter of Mr. Romney who said it was “fair game” to point out differences with the president. “It can’t just be negativity.

    If Republicans wanted a candidate who would run a positive campaign, they picked the wrong guy. Case in point: he spent more than $100 million winning the Republican nomination, and more than 95 percent of his ads were attacks on fellow Republicans.
    But the issue here isn’t just Romney’s slash and burn style: it’s that the conservative economic agenda really doesn’t lend itself to a positive campaign. The whole conservative thesis is that Barack Obama’s presidency is destroying America because he’s a European-style communist dictator. (Never mind the fact that Europe is in recession because it’s following the austerian policies the right wants America to embrace.)

    To conservatives, the only way to save America is to reject Barack Obama. That’s a negative message, to it’s core. The only way to talk about it in semi-positive terms is for them to say that government must get out of the way. But even that isn’t really a positive agenda. And even if it were, Romney’s embraced it time and again. His basic plan is to cut taxes, slash regulations, and shrink government. Romney wants to effectively end Medicare, he wants to turn Social Security into a welfare program, and he supports austerian policies that would force us to stop investing public funds in our infrastructure.

    It takes a special kind of politician to make all that sound like something positive, especially when you’re also arguing that the Obama Armageddon is right around the corner—and Romney isn’t that kind of a politician. Perhaps he’ll decide to flip-flop and re-embrace the notion that government can actually have a positive impact on economic growth, but if he does that, he’ll run into a different problem—namely, his credibility, and specifically his lack thereof. So he’s in a bit of trap right now and aside from hoping the economy tanks, he probably isn’t quite sure what he should do.

    .

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/26/1086560/-Republicans-fret-about-Mitt-Romney-s-persistent-negativity

  • rikyrah

    Political AnimalBlog
    April 26, 2012 12:29 PM

    Hip To Be Square?
    By Ed Kilgore

    One of the flimsiest of straw men that conservative gabbers seem to be burning down this week is the supposed “liberal” assumption that Mitt Romney can’t win because he’s “square” or “boring” while Barack Obama is “cool” and “interesting.” I guess this is a response to the same-day phenomena of Obama’s interview with Rolling Stone and his appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show, or perhaps his events at college campuses.

    In any event, David Paul Kuhn has a very odd column out that tells us being “square” is not a bar to election as president. He then trots out Richard Nixon ‘72, George H.W. Bush ‘88, and Ronald Reagan ‘80 and ‘84 as examples of “square” pols who did well. Fortunately for his argument, he does not seek to make the case that the opponents of these “squares,” George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale, were perceived as “hip.” Indeed, one does not often ascend to a presidential nomination by being “cool,” and there are plenty of “squares” in the losing column of presidential elections aside from the aforementioned Democrats, most recently Bob Dole, who actually campaigned on representing “a bridge to a time of tranquility, faith and confidence in action.”

    Having demolished an argument about Romney that no one has actually made, Kuhn does go on to identify Mitt’s “plutocratic demeanor” as a real problem for him. Like Romney, Richard Nixon was “stiff,” but he was a “working stiff,” says Kuhn in the column’s best line, while Romney does not have the “formative experience” story that allows patricians to build a bond with the less privileged. So the trick for Mitt is simply to exude “competence,” and his square jaw and business background will go a long way to do just that.

    Oh well. Far be it from me to compete with Kuhn or anyone else in deep reflections on the psychology of swing voters who are presumed to care nothing about the policies or parties of presidential candidates, and are instead subconsciously looking for a daddy, a drinking buddy (not a good constituency for Romney!), a boss, a field marshal or a moral exemplar.

    Contra the planted axiom that “liberals” are mocking Romney as a “square” (which would, of course, be counter-productive since it would help create a bond between the candidate and regular folks that he is struggling to create), the standard raps on Mitt’s personality is that he is deeply weird (you know, weird religion, weird sense of humor, weird attitude towards workers and dogs) and/or is an empty suit whose only real conviction is that he ought to be president of the United States. These are not, actually, “square” attributes, since “squares” are by definition not weird, and usually have all sorts of core convictions that can get in the way of achieving great wealth or high political office.

    If Romney’s personality ultimately becomes a factor in this election, it will probably be because his lack of “squareness” interferes with his efforts to inspire confidence that swing voters unhappy with the status quo can afford to take a big chance on elevating him and his party to power. Perhaps it won’t matter at all. But if I were in his camp, I wouldn’t bet the farm on trying to make him look like the salt of the earth.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_04/hip_to_be_square036941.php

  • rikyrah

    Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM PDT.

    Paul Ryan rejects ‘sorely needed’ moral hero Ayn Rand to suck up to bishops+*

    Paul Ryan, August 18, 2009:

    It doesn’t surprise me that sales of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged have surged lately with the Obama administration coming in because it’s that kind of thinking, that kind of writing, that is sorely needed right now. And I think a lot of people would observe that we are right now living in an Ayn Rand novel, metaphorically speaking. [...]

    Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, and this to me is what matters most. It is not enough to say that President Obama’s taxes are too big or the health care plan doesn’t work for this or that policy reason. It is the morality of what is occurring right now and how it offends the morality of individuals working toward their own free will to produce, to achieve, to succeed, that is under attack. And it is that what I think Ayn Rand would be commenting on, which we need that kind of comment more than ever.

    Paul Ryan today:


    I reject her philosophy [...] It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas [...] Don’t give me Ayn Rand.

    Huh. Isn’t that funny? Two years ago, Ayn Rand was the pre-eminent voice of morality, but now Paul Ryan’s all, “Ayn Rand? Pfft. I’ve barely even heard of her.” Hmm. Why would Paul Ryan suddenly renounce “sorely needed” Ayn Rand? What could possibly have inspired such conversion …


    “Our problem with Representative Ryan is that he claims his budget is based on Catholic social teaching,” said Jesuit Father Thomas J. Reese, one of the organizers of the letter. “This is nonsense. As scholars, we want to join the Catholic bishops in pointing out that his budget has a devastating impact on programs for the poor.” [...]
    “I am afraid that Chairman Ryan’s budget reflects the values of his favorite philosopher Ayn Rand rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Father Reese. “Survival of the fittest may be okay for Social Darwinists but not for followers of the gospel of compassion and love.”

    Now that Paul Ryan has been schooled repeatedly by the Catholic bishops, theologians, and faculty from the Jesuit Georgetown University for claiming his Screw The Poor budget is inspired by his Catholic faith, he’s awfully desperate to claw his way back into the good graces of his Church, isn’t he? Heck, he’ll even reject that evil atheist Ayn Rand if the Church will just please, pretty please, stop telling him how immoral he is.
    Funny thing about Ayn Rand. She’s been dead for a while now, which means she didn’t become an atheist last week. She always was one, including back in 2009 when Paul Ryan thought she was the voice of morality. She was also always anti-gun, anti-politician, anti-monogamy … In other words, she was anti-everything Republicans supposedly stand for. Which is why it’s more than a little amusing that teabaggers like Paul Ryan have been invoking her name in the last few years as their spirit guide because she would have hated them too.

    Well, good for you, Paul Ryan, for deciding to suddenly reject the moral teachings of Ayn Rand that you so enthusiastically embraced just a short time ago in favor of that Jesus stuff you claim to prefer.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/26/1086600/-Paul-Ryan-rejects-sorely-needed-moral-hero-Ayn-Rand-to-suck-up-to-bishops

    • Miranda

      heh…his Catholic bishop musta really told him! Probably told him he was faxing over his weekly “send to hell” list to the Vatican and his name was the first one!

    • nellcote

      Is Ryan still making his staffers read her book?

  • rikyrah

    Second poll out in Arizona pointing to a dead heat.

    Merrill/Morrison Institute. Arizona RVs. April 10-14, 16-20. ±4.4%.

    Romney: 42
    Obama: 40
    Behavior Research Centers/Rocky Mountain Poll. Arizona RVs. April 7-19. ±4.4%. (Jan results)

    Obama: 42 (37)
    Romney: 40 (43)

  • rikyrah

    Michigan, this is your democracy
    By Laura Conaway – Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:45 PM EDT.

    The Michigan Board of State Canvassers today rejected a petition drive that would have put the state’s emergency manager law on the November ballot. The board’s staff had reported (pdf) that the petitioners had collected enough signatures, and recommended (pdf) that the board deny a challenge on the basis that the petition’s type size might be too small.

    That challenge came from a project living inside the same Republican consulting firm with a partner on the board. Also on the four member board was a Democrat whose labor union had worked to collect signatures. In the end, the board voted two-two, on party lines, meaning the petitions were toast. They had been signed by more than 200,000 Michigan voters.

    Eclectablog, a Democrat activist and blogger, was in the room. He writes: “The vote was followed by chants of ‘SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!’ ” And this: “After the vote, the room erupted. I apologize for the blurriness of this photo but it was pandemonium.”

    An attorney for the group trying to overturn the emergency manager law tells us he’ll file an appeal as early as Monday. “We had hoped that they would put democracy ahead of party allegiance, but we did not find that in this case,” Herb Sanders said.

    If you look back through the minutes of the Board of State Canvassers, you’ll notice almost no split votes on anything. Before today, the board looks not to have divided on any question since August 2010 (pdf). There’s another one in April 2006 (pdf). And back in 2005, before the minutes were posted, the board split along party lines, blocking temporarily a referendum to end some forms of affirmative action.
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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/26/11413175-michigan-this-is-your-democracy?lite

  • Alma98

    Has anyone seen the take your daughter & son to work video of Flotus? The color of her outfit is so beautiful against her skin.

    • Miranda

      I just posted it for the afternoon thread. I just happened be wearing that same color today! I LOVE IT!

  • MsKitty

    North Jersey/NYC POUers, what’s this I’m hearing about Kiss-FM and WBLS merging? What’s the rationale behind it? Seems really odd that the country’s largest radio market is down to just a couple of black stations (y’all still have Hot 97, right?).

    • Alma98

      This has been going on for sometime MsKitty we stopped getting Tom Joyner awhile back. They also merged the jazz and alternative stations over a year ago, strange I know. It seems to me that there is a concerted effort to stifle black voices in radio, because that’s where a lot of black folks get their news.

      • MsKitty

        That’s terrible. When I went to college in North Jersey back in the ’80s I was a devoted listener to both stations. When it was time to go home to the land of nothing but white stations (aka South Jersey) for the summer I would burn a couple dozen cassettes of their shows to tide me over.

        But even getting past the music, they’re important voices in the community which are needed now more than ever. Thankfully they haven’t been so short-sighted in Philly, which has 5 black stations at the moment. Never thought I’d see the day when we’d have more than you guys.

        I hope that the community up there can do something to turn this around, I mean there’s enough influential movers and shakers in NYC that could make this happen.

    • Miranda

      I just saw on twitter Tom Joyner telling folks the station in NY was going to full ESPN – so get the app so you can listen to him via whatever mobile device.

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

      I just heard about this on my local news! I can’t believe it!

      Not only will this affect TJ and Michael Baisden’s shows, it’ll affect “Open Line”, a Sunday public affairs program.

      Ain’t it interesting how this is going on during an election year?

      Here’s something interesting:

      Over the years Kiss has often emphasized the heritage of black music, and has hired hosts like Isaac Hayes. In the 1990s it launched a “classic soul” format that shot it to the top of the ratings for several years.

      In recent years it has slumped, however, and Emmis Chairman Jeff Smulyan Thursday blamed some of that on Arbitron’s switch to a new ratings system, the Personal People Meter (PPM).

      PPM replaced the old “diary” system, where participants wrote down their listening, with an electronic recording device.

      Almost all black and ethnic stations saw a dramatic drop in their ratings under the PPM system. A stream of protests and litigation have led to recent agreements that Arbitron would increase its efforts to reflect all listening fairly.

      Meanwhile, however, many black and ethnic stations have warned that the lower ratings plus the general economic recession have decimated their ad revenue and put them in serious financial trouble.

      Smulyan echoed that caution Thursday, saying in a release that “recent changes in the way radio ratings are measured made it very difficult for us to find success with Kiss FM.”

      Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/98-7-kiss-fm-merge-long-time-rival-wbls-move-shakes-nyc-radio-landscape-article-1.1067910#ixzz1tBpdZLZe

      • Miranda

        I’m just reading this…this is downright sinister. A ratings system that oh “coincidentally” shows a immediate decline in black radio?? This is some bullshit. This info needs to be tweeted and retweeted to whoever will listen. This is just another form of VOTER SUPPRESSION in my eyes. Its aimed at US and keeping US uninformed and engaged.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!