September 26, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: President Obama and World Leaders

On May 20, 2010,  the President and the First Lady hosted their second formal State Dinner, inviting President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico into the White House, or as President Obama called it, “la Casa Blanca.” In an exchange of dinner toasts, President Obama celebrated the partnership between the two neighboring countries:

We celebrate all that Mexican Americans have contributed to the United States — leaders in every segment of our society, including many of the guests who are here tonight, and a culture that treasures family and faith.  Indeed, America is enriched by el sabor de Mexico.

And we celebrate the partnership between our two countries. Mr. President, I must say it again:  In the fight for your country’s future, you’ve shown extraordinary courage, extraordinary bravery, and you and the Mexican people have a full and committed partner in the United States.

A month earlier,  First Lady Michelle Obama chose Mexico as her first solo international official visit. Mrs. Obama  reaffirmed America’s strong relationship with Mexico and the historic and close ties between its people.

In addition to spending time with President Calderon and Mrs. Zavala at Los Pinos, the First Lady visited a primary and secondary school, delivered remarks at a Mexico City university and meet with a group of young Mexican leaders.

Mrs. Obama’s international platform supports the President’s global engagement efforts with an emphasis on engaging young people around the world.

President Obama and President Calderon have had a number of bilateral meeting, most recently in Los Cabos, Mexico.  President Calderon stated:   

… I would like to thank personally, and on behalf of the Mexican nation, President Barack Obama for his valuable decision by executive order to give an opportunity for young people who were not born in the United States but who arrived in that great nation before they were 16 years of age, or who are studying in university, or who have served in the United States armed forces, for them not to be deported for at least a period of two years, so this is a clear and certain situation for them.

President Barack Obama bids farewell to the family of Mexican President Felipe Calderon following their meeting in Mexico City, Thursday, April 16, 2009. White House Photo/Peter Souza


  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • dannie22

      good morning Rikyrah, POU fam!

    • edp4bho

      Good morning Rikyrah, Dannie and POU. Behave yourselves today 😀

      • edp4bho

        Seeing as I don’t know how to edit, that was just a joke. No really, let ’em have it. Who? The usual clueless suspects who don’t see that you all are some of the brightest bloggers in the sphere, is all.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – -FIRST LADY made a —FIRST – — during her visit to MEXICO: – – –A month earlier, First Lady Michelle Obama chose Mexico as her first solo international official visit. Mrs. Obama reaffirmed America’s strong relationship with Mexico and the historic and close ties between its people.

    -2-day – –THEY move FORWARD – – – ->President Obama and the first family will attend the National Christmas tree lighting in Washington D.C. Earlier in the day, the president continue his middle-class tax cut push with a visit to a family in northern Virginia. — CAIN’T WAIT 4 the PICS. :>)


    – — –ENJOY YOUR ENERGY DRANK! :>) —–B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -HOW FUN is OUR BELOVED –21st Century – –PRESIDENT? – — -:>) – – –

    – – –‘Oh, I gotta do the hashtag’ – —

    – —The White House releases a behind-the-scenes video of President Obama personally responding to questions on Twitter. – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – -COMMENT:- —Kenneth Eidaghese · Registrar at The institute of Certified Business Consultants(ICBC)
    – –TRUTH!! :>)

    • qosine

      Great way to reach out. Reminds everyone to keep the pressure on their representatives.

  • MonieTalks

    Father of slain Florida teen steps into “Stand Your Ground” battle

    (Reuters) – Now that the father of 17-year-old Jordan Davis has buried his son, he is turning his grief and anger over the high school student’s shooting death into a crusade against guns and Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.

    “The first goal is to get Stand Your Ground repealed because that law emboldens people to carry firearms and to use them if somebody looks at them sideways,” Ron Davis said.

    …”I shouldn’t be able to end your life, end the life of your children, end the life of your family members, just because I misinterpret your actions,” said Davis, a Jacksonville resident and retiree from Delta Airlines.

    read more:

    • Miranda

      Lord, Bless this man.

      • GN

        Amen. For him to have his child taken away from him by a piece of vermin for such an utterly ridiculous reason is just beyond my comprehension. Prayers to that entire family.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Thursday MORNTIN’ MonieTalks: — – -***BIG HUG** :>)

      – – — THIS – –>. . a crusade against guns. . – —

      As I stated B4 – – –GUN CONTROL was a big topic [by some people] 4 da Belcher incident. BUT RARELY EMPHASIZED in — -the TRAYVON MARTIN case. Annnnd the same little reference in THIS CASE!


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

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – — -Members of the BUSINESS COMMUNITY – – SUPPORT —MR. PRESIDENT!: – – -Woo! Hoo! — –

    – —Obama-friendly business group given great White House access – – –

    – – – –A business group considered friendly to President Obama has been granted high-level access to senior White House officials as “fiscal cliff” negotiations have gripped Washington.

    Business Forward on Thursday will host the last in a series of seven briefings where high-level Obama administration officials have discussed the budgets cuts and tax increases of the fiscal cliff with business executives.

    Attendees at the briefings have included senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget; and Fred Hochberg, head of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

    Some of Business Forward’s members include AT&T, Facebook, Lockheed Martin, McDonald’s, Verizon and Wal-Mart, according to the group’s website.

    The White House outreach comes amid a broader push by Obama to rally business support for a deficit deal. The president has summoned groups of chief executives to the White House for fiscal cliff discussions, and on Wednesday made a visit to the Business Roundtable, one of the leading industry groups in town.
    THERE IS MORE- – -[Watch out 4 the NEGATIVES. uh!]

  • MonieTalks

    What is so despicable is that Amazon is often given millions of dollars in taxpayer money (in VA they were awarded over $4M dollars to open distribution facilities here) while skirting taxes.

    Amazon’s billion-dollar tax shield

    (Reuters) – In 2005, Amazon rented a historic five-storey building in Luxembourg’s Grund quarter, right at the bottom of a steep rock-walled valley below the old town.

    By setting up in Luxembourg, and channelling sales through its units there, the world’s biggest online retailer could minimize corporate taxes.

    It was a move with big financial consequences.

    Amazon’s Luxembourg arrangements have deprived European governments of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax that it might otherwise have owed, as reported in European newspapers. But a Reuters examination of accounts filed by 25 Amazon units in six countries shows how they also allowed the company to avoid paying more tax in the United States, where the company is based.

    In effect, Amazon used inter-company payments to form a tax shield for the group, behind which it has accumulated $2 billion to help finance its expansion.

    read more:

    • conlakappa

      Yikes. I e-know one of the people who set that office up. I wondered why Luxembourg. I guess my mind doesn’t immediately go to tax dodging!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXABDER2 – — -CONTINUIN’ 2 WATCH: – – –The government reports November job figures on Friday where economists are predicting that 77,000 jobs were added last month and that the unemployment rate will rise slightly to 8%.

    Annnd the reports are – –CONSIDERING the EFFECTS of “STORM SANDY” — -on the numbers.

    ‘MEMBER when THAT was RARELY DONE – -DURIN’ the ELECTION.” – –humph! – — –

    • Either way that’s how many months of consecutive job growth?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – – -SAD UPDATE: – – –

    – —Kansas City Chiefs players head to Belcher memorial service – –

    – – —-Members of the Kansas City Chiefs dressed in suits and ties after practice Wednesday and boarded a series of buses to attend a memorial service for Jovan Belcher,their teammate who was involved in a murder-suicide over the weekend.

    The team moved up its practice schedule so that players could attend the service at Landmark International Deliverance and Worship Center, a short drive from the team’s practice facility.


    – — ——annnnd 2 the PERKINS FAMILY/FRIENDS – -AMEN – —

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – —Kobe Bryant becomes 5th NBA player ever to eclipse 30,000 points

    — – – –Kobe Bryant grinned and uttered the word “irony” as he considered the fact that the team that drafted him nearly 17 years ago was his opponent on the night he eclipsed a scoring milestone to join an exclusive club of NBA greats.

    It’s easy to forget that it was the Hornets who drafted and then traded Bryant away back in 1996.

    In the years since, the Hornets have changed cities, from Charlotte to New Orleans, and Bryant has become one of five players in NBA history to score 30,000 points, surpassing the mark with a 29-point performance that helped the Lakers to a 103-87 triumph Wednesday night.

    – – – -SNIP – —

    – —The only other players to score more than 30,000 are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

    – – – -Woo! Hoo! – –BRUTHAS – –B doin’ — -da – – DANG THANG — at da HOOP! :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -YES — -Have had –ISSUES with POLLS – – -BUT – – –

    – – –Poll: Americans Trust Obama, Dems On Fiscal Cliff By Big Margins – –

    — – —Americans voters trust President Obama and Democrats to avoid the fiscal cliff by a wide margin of 53 percent to 36 percent, a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday finds, providing further evidence that Democrats have the upper hand politically as debt-deal negotiations continue.

    By even wider margins, voters support raising taxes on wealthy Americans, 65 percent to 31 percent. Respondents oppose cuts to Medicaid spending by a whopping 70 percent to 25 percent, and a small majority oppose raising the Medicare eligibility age, 51 percent to 44 percent. Sixty-six percent of voters agree with Democrats that a deal should include both tax increases and spending cuts.

    The poll also gave Obama his best approval rating in three years, 53 percent to 40 percent.

    — -HAH! — – -Da – —vox populi — -HATH SPOKEN – -AGAIN! :>)


    • conlakappa

      First the Ds took defense away from the Rs and now the economy? I thought I heard a noise ’round D.C.–the gnashing of teeth.

  • Miranda

    Disgusting human filth.

    Creepy: Fox News host giggles during talk about shooting deaths of inner-city teens

    Fox News co-host Greg Gutfeld on Tuesday seemed to find something amusing the deaths of children in cities like Chicago as he asserted that all 17 year olds killed by guns were in gangs.

    Fox News’ The Five devoted a segment of their Tuesday show to talking about what — other than a gun — contributed to the tragic murder/suicide involving NFL football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins.

    Co-host Dana Perino noted that Rush Limbaugh, who has been divorced three times, suggested that there might have been a better outcome “if there had been a marriage.”

    Raw Story (

    • GN

      There’s truly something wrong with these people. To not care about protecting kids or the disabled is just insane. The GOP (and its media armpit) continue to circle the drain.

    • rikyrah

      they are sociopaths.

      the entire lot of them.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -LOL – -COMMENT: – — Re: Unified House Republicans?
    The song “tears of a clown” comes to mind
    by Sabadubi
    – – -LOL – —

    – – – -CALLIN’ OUT – – -ONA da — DELUSIONALS –LOL- —

    – –Unified House Republicans? – —

    — –I am not sure that I am sharing the same universe with Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times. She says that Speaker Boehner has never enjoyed stronger or more unified support from his caucus than he has now. How can that be? At some point, John Boehner is going to ask his caucus to vote for something they have almost all pledged not to vote for. Either that, or Boehner can’t get his caucus to cooperate and he has to tell the president that he can’t deliver his strongly supportive and unified caucus for any deal. Or, his caucus splits, with the majority voting against their Speaker and his deal. Or maybe they all vote “present” because they are a bunch of children.

    — – -SNIP – —

    It is unclear to me why we should expect Boehner to successfully sell a deal for anything remotely similar to what the president is offering. And if he can’t sell it, he doesn’t have the strong support of his caucus. The fact that he just threw four members off key financial committees is also a sign that maybe things are not quite that harmonious inside the House GOP.

    If Boehner can pull off an orderly retreat here, I will be shocked. I don’t think he is often sober past mid-afternoon. I don’t think he is good at his job. And I don’t think his caucus is reconciled to breaking their Norquist pledge and giving up on using the debt ceiling as leverage and basically doing the president’s bidding. – – – -LOL/With TRUTH!! – — – —

    The ONLY time that THEY VOTE as a BLOCK — –is when THEY – – -BLOCK! – –Mr. President!! – – -WE KNOW!!- —

    • conlakappa

      Stronger or more unified support? Oh, Orange, it’s just a matter of time before the long knives come out. They’re talking in superlatives…

  • Miranda

    KensandMadsDadRay Gonzales
    Laura Ingraham complained about MSNBC hosts who visited the WH to meet w/ POTUS. Wonder if she would ever do that?

    • Repubs stay forgetting that the innanet archives are a beast!

    • conlakappa

      Douchemanity is hiding the wood that he always got when talking to that guy. Oddly, his hiding device looks metaphoric for wood.

  • Mornin’ POU!

    EmoProg/Firebagger David Dayden is leaving FDL, and in his farewell post he reveals something about himself that POUers have been saying about EmoProgs/PLs for the past 4 years: that they are financially privileged and can afford to ideological purity:

    “I find myself extremely fortunate to be in a position in my life where I can step back without fear or insecurity. There are tens if not hundreds of millions of people in this country who could never afford such a luxury of a reassessment period. I consider myself very lucky to have the wherewithal to spend some quality time trying to figure out my place in this fractured landscape.”

    • GN

      Yup; fauxgressives=privileged people who throw their weight around and scream down divergent voices, particularly those of people of color. They consider themselves “the new black” and believe themselves to be victims of Obamabots and anyone else who points out that they don’t resemble the Democratic base. The netroots is absolutely filled to the brim with these people. FireDogLake, with its shameful and deplorable history of trying to kill HCR, is just one example of many.

      Huffington in August:
      TAMPA, Fla. — Arianna Huffington currently plans to vote for President Barack Obama in November. Huffington told The Daily Caller, however, that she has been disappointed by Obama’s first term and would consider voting for Mitt Romney if the Republican candidate advocates an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.

      Indeed, they not only can afford purity, but they are heartless enough to enable shameless regressives without caring whatsoever about the consequences to those who do not have their advantages.

      • ITA! They can also afford to complain about issues like the legalization of marijuana for recreational users and drones…issues PBO’s REAL base cannot afford to worry about.

    • Miranda

      I could slap him for that sappy bitch woe-is-me-imma-privileged-snit foolishness.

      That “farewell” irks me to all be damned.

      • I get the feeling he’ll pop up at a major media outlet soon.

        • Yep. They need the money since Progressive candidates finally caught on to the fact she’s a phony. Give her the money then sit back and watch as she trashes Democrats.

          That train to oblivion is starting to get more passengers.

          • conlakappa

            And there is always room for one more…

          • That’s Twilight Zone ominous.

          • conlakappa

            As well it should be! Serling was brilliant and too eerily prophetic to ponder without wanting to get completely freaked out.

          • qosine

            “That train to oblivion is starting to get more passengers.” Alll Aboooarrrd! Lol

    • qosine

      “This fractured landscape”? Might be hiring at Heritage, Dayden. I suspect you and DeMint have a lot in common. Ratf**

    • Where do I start? From misrepresenting what PBO’s policies actually were about or the phony everyman routine?

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – – -UH! OH! – – – -Mr. HARRY – – -GOT DA POWER!! – – –:>) – – –

    — —Reid blocks Senate vote on Obama’s deficit-reduction plan – –

    — — — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was having none of it.

    “Last week [Treasury] Secretary [Timothy] Geithner brought up a proposal that was so unserious,” McConnell said on the floor, “I would like to see if my Democratic friends would like to support it.”

    McConnell suggested that the Senate vote on what he called the president’s “ridiculous” plan as an amendment to the Russian trade bill that is being considered.

    Reid, however, objected to McConnell’s suggestion, saying the Russian trade bill, H.R. 6156, is about job creation, not political stunts from Republicans.

    “The purpose of this bill is to protect American jobs,” Reid said. “Are we going to get serious here and legislate or is this more of the political stunts that the Republican leader is going to pull today?”

    — -SNIP — —

    The majority leader’s objection removes the amendment from consideration. – — –

    – – ——***slams desk!!*** – –HAH! – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – —

    – — BREAKING: Sen. Jim DeMint will step down from Senate – —

    • qosine

      Didn’t get his PBO Waterloo. Bye.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ qosine. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – –***fist bump*** – – —

        — -LOL – – -Da loser is “pickin’ up his marbles” — -annnd goin’ home. LOL – – –

        Good 2 c U. qosine. :>) – – –

    • Freder421

      Makes me wonder what dirt is getting ready to come out about him.

      I guess he has a gay lover somewhere.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Freder421. **BIG HUG*** :>)

        – —-***fis bump** — – -I KNOW- -HUH? – —LOL

        We shall C. :>) — good 2 C U Freder421. – —

  • Miranda

    BREAKING NEWS: Sen. Jim DeMint leaving Congress to lead the Heritage Foundation

    Sen. Jim DeMint, a staunch conservative from South Carolina who often clashes with Republican Party leadership, will resign before the new Congress is sworn in next month to lead the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

    • jds09

      Rats leaving a sinking ship. lol

    • Shut the front door!!

      Okay, so what’s the REAL reason he’s leaving?

      • nellcote


      • November 6th.

  • For the POU fashionistas and art lovers, an article about Michael Avedon, the grandson of the late photographer Richard Avedon and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He reminds me of the actor Richard Ri’chard.

    Another Avedon Behind the Lens

    MOST students taking a one-year course at the International Center of Photography are lucky to get people on the street to pose for them. Michael Avedon, 21, who lives in his grandmother’s Upper West Side apartment, did a little better.

    “I’ve shot Clemente,” he said, as if this could be anyone other than the artist Francesco. “And Julian Schnabel and Chuck Close.” He was wearing a black shirt from agnès b. and a pair of Levis, and sitting in the living room overlooking Central Park West on a recent day. “Also unknown artists who are very talented. Which has been a great project for me. I like to do a mix of movement and energy.” He continued riffling through a series of black-and-white images he had taken, before stumbling onto one of a woman in her early 70s with frizzy hair and a pained look on her face.

    “Do you know who this is? It’s Grace Coddington,” he said, referring to Vogue’s creative director. “It’s a great portrait in my opinion because it’s kind of a fashion disaster. There’s an intensity within the expressions.”

    Indeed there was.

    But how on earth had he met all these people? Well, the last name gives some indication.

    On his father’s side, you see, Mr. Avedon is the grandson of the late Richard Avedon, one of the most famous photographers of the last century. On his mother’s side, Mr. Avedon is the grandson of the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, one of the most famous senators of the last century.


  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -LOL – – -Mr. Harry is — UNSTOPPABLE! — LOL –

    — –Reid compares GOP to New York Jets– —

    – —Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) compared Republicans to the New York Jets on Thursday, saing the GOP doesn’t know who its quarterback is. LOL **shakin’ my head*** [with apologies]

    —[Gotta “bounce” MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U – –IN MY ♥]

    • Damn, Harry Reid! Just…damn!

    • Miranda


    • rikyrah

      Harry is just having fun

  • Peter Hamby ‏@PeterHambyCNN
    Take Tim Scott out of the discussion here. He wants to be governor. 2018 awaits.

    Peter Hamby ‏@PeterHambyCNN
    DeMint has made it known in Columbia that he wants Tim Scott to be appointed to his seat, sources tell CNN


    They think they’re slick! They think putting Tim Scott in DeMint’s place will show how diverse they are and impress us. NOT. It’s not the person, it’s the POLICY and we don’t take kindly to Black people pushing policies that will negatively affect us on behalf of their Republican massas.

    • Miranda

      But Tim Scott been a good nigra…hadn’t been all loud and rowdy and didn’t get all too big for his britches like some others (Steele, Watts – thinking they supposed to get respect). So Scott will be propped up in South Carolina huh? LMAO

    • rikyrah

      he can shuck and jive all he wants.

      Scott is a slave catching hanky head.

    • Alma98
  • *rolls out cart with pots of tea, fanga sammiches and pastries*

    Public Advocate Bill de Blasio married to woman who was out and proud in the 1970s

    By Tina Moore / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 8:44 PM

    City Council Speaker Christine Quinn won’t be the only mayoral hopeful who can make a personal appeal to gay voters next year.

    While Quinn is running a historic campaign to become the city’s first lesbian mayor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is married to a woman who was out and proud in the 1970s.

    De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, penned a seven-page article for Essence magazine in 1979 titled “I Am a Lesbian” that detailed her emotional path to coming out as a gay woman.

    “I survived the tears, the isolation and the feeling that something was terribly wrong with me for loving another woman,” McCray wrote at the time. “Coming to terms with my life as a lesbian has been easier for me than it has been for many. Since I don’t look or dress like the typical bulldagger, I have a choice as to whether my sexual preference is known.”

    Read more:

    • Miranda

      lemme just get a seat here….pass me one of those pastries..the cheese danish.

      • I was thinking the….oh well. Anybody seen the copy of Ebony with Hank Aaron and his wife on the cover?

    • PBomb

      Maybe she is bisexual now. She was 24 years old at the time, when she wrote the article. Who knows.

      Maybe they have an open relationship?

      • I’m surprised that this didn’t come out (no pun intended) when dude ran in 2008. I guess now that he might run for mayor of NYC, here they come with this.

        I first saw this on LSA and I’m surprised the posters there didn’t drag this woman. However, if she was a brotha, I don’t think they would’ve been as kind.

        • PBomb

          That’s what I am thinking, that this came out because he is running for mayor. Apparently, he knew about it. I just don’t see how this would affect his campaign, considering how gay-friendly the country is starting to become.

          I read nothing but good stuff about the guy. It’s not as if they both rallied against gay marriage/gay folks and then this came out that she is/was gay.

          Yet again, who knows? Those folks on LSA know tons of stuff.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia- – – – -Uhhh- – – -IMMA have a- –

      -“HO!- – -HO! — -HOSTESS!!”- – -Iff dey STILL got SOME. LOL

  • Miranda

    Too much reality TV

    Teen bank robber from Nebraska brags about crime on YouTube video
    The self-described ‘Chick bank robber’ flashed her stolen loot on video – now she faces time behind bars.

    Read more:

  • nellcote

    Michelle Obama for Senate?
    If Michelle Obama decides she wanted to follow the Hillary Clinton path once her husband leaves office in January 2017 and run for U.S. Senate, a new Public Policy Polling survey finds she leads Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) by double-digits, 51% to 40%.

    • I know she doesn’t want to but if she ran for President in 2016 I think her vote total would exceed his.

  • Miranda

    In other words…the community organizer wiped the floor with the “big business” tycoons and now they scrambling to figure out why.

    Republicans Confront Democrat Edge in Tech Skills, Campaign Talent

    The GOP’s future may depend on closing the huge gaps that were illuminated by the performance of the Obama campaign.

    In the wake of unexpected losses last month, Republicans are going through the classic stages of grief. Some are denying that conservatism was their downfall. Most are depressed at the prospect of another four years of an Obama administration. A few, including some pollsters who missed the mark badly, are bargaining to keep their jobs. All are angry — at the results, at the fact that they didn’t see it coming, and at the position in which the party now finds itself: badly trailing Democrats when it comes to the technological and political savvy required to run and win campaigns.

    Many Republicans say that there is a skills gap between the two parties, based on neglect within their own ranks and advances on the Democratic side. Acceptance, and adapting to overcome the deficit, will be critical to rebuilding the Grand Old Party.

    more here

    • rikyrah

      of course, when your product SUCKS…it doesn’t matter what kind of technology you have.

  • nellcote

    Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA

    Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year, making the comments during an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC’s “Rock Center.” Mac fans will have to wait to see which Mac line it will be because Apple, widely known for its secrecy, left it vague.

    “We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States,” Cook told Williams.

    This announcement comes a week after recent rumors in the blogosphere sparked by iMacs inscribed in the back with “Assembled in USA.”

  • Miranda

    Eric Boehlert‏@EricBoehlert
    hmm, DeMint gone. Armey gone. Beck gone. West gone. This Tea Party thing didn’t’ really work out did it?

    • That’s why Boehner is doing some purgin of his own. Even Johnny Orange is starting to figure out he doesn’t owe these dweebs anything.

  • itgurl_29

    Cute video of a young woman getting a Michelle Obama makeover:

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon, POU!

    CEO: Apple plans to bring manufacturing of computers back to U.S. next year

    Apple plans to bring some manufacturing of its computers from China to the United States next year, chief executive Tim Cook said, in a move which may help spark more domestic high-tech production. Cook, in two interviews released Thursday, said one line of Mac computers will be made exclusively in the United States, but did not say which one, nor did he say where the manufacturing would be done.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • Gc

    Day-yum – MO makes all other women look like dog poop. And she’s too classy even to WANT that to happen!

  • creolechild

    Justice Department Nabs Record $3 Billion From Health Care Fraud Settlements

    According to Modern Healthcare, the Department of Justice took in $4.9 billion in collections and settlements through the False Claims Act in fiscal year 2012 — an all-time high, largely bolstered by over $3 billion in collections from health care firms.[….] This past fiscal year, the Justice Department received its highest-ever haul from health care firms engaging in Medicare fraud and pharmaceutical companies promoting drugs for off-label use not authorized by the FDA:[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

    • rikyrah

      Yet another reason why they want AG Holder gone.

  • Jay Carney (EOP) ‏@PressSec

    President Obama is on his way to visit Tiffany, one of the 375,000+ Americans who have spoken out on #My2k. Watch:

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon everyone!

  • creolechild

    Walmart Save Money. Live Better. Ummm…they should change their logo after this incident occurred.

    Walmart Declined Fire Protection For Bangladesh Factory, Over 100 Workers Killed

    Renee Dudley & Arun Devnath from Bloomberg reported today that Walmart could have prevented the November 24th fire that destroyed a supplier’s plant and killed over 100 workers. In April 2011, Walmart, Gap, JC Penney, Sears, and other stores met with suppliers in Dhaka — the capitol of Bangladesh — to discuss ways to make their facilities safer.

    The Bangladeshi factory representatives requested that the retailers sign what Bloomberg refers to as a “contractually enforceable memorandum” agreeing to pay higher prices so the 4,500 factories could afford costly fire safety improvements. Walmart refused, the Gap caved, basically claiming that if Walmart didn’t share the costs, they couldn’t afford it either, and the negotiations fell apart.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Elisabeth Parker

  • rikyrah

    Jim DeMint to Resign, Run Heritage
    by BooMan
    Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 10:51:34 AM EST

    Well, this is just weird. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina is resigning from the Senate in January to take the top spot at the Heritage Foundation. Governor Nikki Haley will select his replacement and there will be a special election in 2014 for the right to serve out the last two years of DeMint’s term. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina will also be on the ballot in 2014, but he’ll be running for a full six-year term. I’ll let someone who knows Palmetto State politics better than me start the speculation about who Gov. Haley will tap.
    I can kind of see why Sen. DeMint would prefer the job at Heritage to the one he has, especially since he had already pledged not to run for a third-term. It is much harder for me to understand why Heritage wants him. I thought they fancied themselves the preeminent right-wing thought center, not a backwater for Tea Party cast-outs. Handing the keys of the foundation over to a nutcase like Jim DeMint is highly irresponsible and signals a coming break with the Washington Establishment, as the GOP leadership considers how to pivot for the 2016 presidential campaign.

    DeMint spent his time in the Senate knocking heads with the party leadership and actively recruiting and supporting alternate candidates who frequently wound up costing the party Senate seats. I wouldn’t be surprised if part of DeMint’s motivation in resigning is that he’s burned too many bridges with his colleagues and he doesn’t like going to work in a hostile workplace. If I am not mistaken, he is turning down an opportunity to be the ranking member on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. That could have translated to a nice chairmanship after the 2014 midterms. As an aside, I expect that John Thune of South Dakota will land the spot in DeMint’s stead.

    • Translation: I bet everything I had on beating the N______ and the N_________ beat me like I stole something. I’m outta here before I take another one.

      • *dead*

      • conlakappa

        I also see the possibility of a live-boy or dead-girl scandal. Or simple malfeasance. He’s leaving at a really strange time. I was talking about the ornery cuss yesterday. I’ve met him. He reminded me of Yosemite Sam. With even more anger issues.

        • “He reminded me of Yosemite Sam. With even more anger issues.”


          • conlakappa

            I’m totally serious. You know how most grown folks can pull it together to be civil? I swear the man has a permanent snarl and sneer. He did shake my hand but dang was he angry. I worked for an organization with a very positive and up there with apple pie and mom in terms of its reputation. But, dang, was he not nice. Like let-me-have-me-strong-hand-ready-and-where-is-the-nearest-exit levels of not nice.

  • rikyrah

    Unified House Republicans?
    by BooMan
    Thu Dec 6th, 2012 at 09:07:38 AM EST

    I am not sure that I am sharing the same universe with Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times. She says that Speaker Boehner has never enjoyed stronger or more unified support from his caucus than he has now. How can that be? At some point, John Boehner is going to ask his caucus to vote for something they have almost all pledged not to vote for. Either that, or Boehner can’t get his caucus to cooperate and he has to tell the president that he can’t deliver his strongly supportive and unified caucus for any deal. Or, his caucus splits, with the majority voting against their Speaker and his deal. Or maybe they all vote “present” because they are a bunch of children.
    The backbenchers may be keeping their criticisms quiet, but that doesn’t mean that are about to line up to vote for a tax increase on the top 2% of earners that is accompanied by few benefit cuts for Medicare and none for Social Security. Furthermore, the president is insisting that the debt ceiling be removed as a weapon. Perhaps the Republican Establishment wouldn’t mind having that gun put back in a locked case, but I’d like to see John Boehner sell that to his Tea Party caucus.

    It is unclear to me why we should expect Boehner to successfully sell a deal for anything remotely similar to what the president is offering. And if he can’t sell it, he doesn’t have the strong support of his caucus. The fact that he just threw four members off key financial committees is also a sign that maybe things are not quite that harmonious inside the House GOP.

  • creolechild

    Boxer Bill Would Combat Long Voting Lines

    Sen. Barbara Boxer plans to introduce an election reform bill designed to prevent long lines at polling places on Wednesday, her office told TPM. The LINE Act, short for the Lines Interfere with National Elections Act, would require the attorney general to set national standards for a minimum number of voting machines, poll workers and other resources during federal elections by Jan. 1, 2014.

    The goal would to be prevent voters from having to wait more than an hour to vote at any polling place in the country. “It is unacceptable that many Americans had to wait in line for five, six or seven hours to cast their ballots,” Boxer said in a statement. “The LINE Act will help ensure that every American has an equal chance to vote without enduring hours-long delays at their polling places.”

    H/T Ryan J. Reilly

  • creolechild

    US Charges Wells Fargo Banker, 9 Others With Insider-Trading

    U.S. securities regulators charged a Wells Fargo investment banker and nine others with fraud on Wednesday in connection with their alleged role in an insider-trading ring that earned more than $11 million by trading on tips about impending mergers.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission said that John Femenia, 30, misused his position at a unit of Wells Fargo to obtain material, non-public information about four different mergers involving clients. The SEC said Femenia then tipped his friend, Shawn Hegedus, a registered broker-dealer. The SEC says the two then tipped other friends, resulting in a “massive, serial insider-trading ring” that spread across five states.

    The SEC said it has already obtained a court order to freeze the defendants’ assets.[….]

    Read more:

  • creolechild

    How Close Is Rupert Murdoch to Owning the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune?

    [….] For 30 years, the FCC’s Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership rule has prevented a single company from owning both a daily newspaper and a TV or radio station in the same city to ensure media diversity. And since Murdoch owned two Fox stations in both L.A. and Chicago, this rule would have prevented him from acquiring the cities’ major dailies.

    But two weeks ago, FCC sources leaked that the chairman, Julius Genachowski, sent around an order that would weaken this rule. This would allow one company to own a major daily newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in one city.[….]

    Read now:

    H/T Alyssa Figuero

  • creolechild

    Starbucks Shows that Healthcare isn’t a Job Killer by Adding 1,500 Cafes

    Starbucks, which offers healthcare benefits to its eligible part time employees, is somehow expanding with 1500 more cafes in America in the middle of ObamaCare. Starbucks had been suffering due to what they explain as bad decisions regarding where they were opening new stores.

    During the recession, they closed 10% of their stores. They took responsibility for their downturn and did something about it. How do they do it? Smart business decisions. Instead of whining on TV about employees needing healthcare, they looked at their own management decisions and made some tough calls in 2008.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Sarah Jones

  • creolechild

    I have NO words for this nonsense…

    Israel withholds Palestinian tax revenues in reaction to UN vote

    Israel is withholding $100 million in tax revenues it collects on behalf of the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority in a protest over the UN vote to recognize the Palestinian territories as a “nonmember observer state,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio: “I do not intend this month to transfer the funds to the Palestinians. In the coming period I intend to use the money to deduct debts the PA owes to the Israel Electric Corporation and other bodies.”

    Steinitz said that the Palestinians owe Israel’s electric company an estimated $180 million for power supplied to parts of the West Bank. The LA Times reports that the withholding may be temporary but it will have a huge impact for the Palestinian government, which has been suffering from large budget deficits and has been unable to pay full salaries for months.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Kaitlin Funaro

    • Alma98

      Time for something to be done they are out of control.

      • But what? I don’t see this administration breaking tradition. I’d like to be wrong but PBO’s unfailing support tells me otherwise. We could have sent them a real strong message by joining with everyone else in voting the Palestinians non-member observer status. Bibi could care less as long as we keep the money flowing.

        • Alma98

          I know woody, I think that’s why they do ish like this, cause no one is gonna put them in check. I think it’s gonna have to come from the American & Israeli citizens who don’t agree with these policies. People are gonna have to rise up and say enough is enough.

          • edp4bho

            Exactly right Alma, as it is with a lot of concerns. Unless people take to the streets, it will remain BAU with respect to Israel. PBO’s support, I do not think is a very personal one, but based on that entrenched loyalty which too many in Washington historically side hold, i.e. Western dominance and prominence in the world.

          • edp4bho

            Scratch the “side”…LOL!

    • Miranda

      I really detest the Israeli government.

    • Maybe I’m wrong, but seeing as though France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland voted in favor of Palestine and Germany and Britain abstained, it seems like the world is growing tired of the Israeli government’s bs and will get to the point where it says enough is enough, and use it’s skrong hand against Bibi and nem.

      • crazycanuck

        I think you are absouletely right on this one cc

  • So this happened yesterday…

    Division mounts as Newark council, Cory Booker vote again on Speight
    By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
    on December 05, 2012 at 1:27 PM, updated December 05, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    […] Officers from the Newark Police Department SWAT were deployed throughout a packed council chamber as every member of Newark’s elected government returned to the scene of the disastrous meeting on Nov. 20.

    According to council rules ratified unanimously in February, an abstention does not a equal a “no” vote.

    Without four no votes there is no tie and no opportunity for Booker to vote.

    …But Superior Court Judge Dennis Carey III issued an order saying that in the event of four “yes” votes for Speight, Booker would be allowed to cast a vote.

    […] Acting council president Anibal Ramos called roll and along with Council members Augusto Amador, Carlos Gonzalez and Luis Quintana again voted for Speight.

    Council members Ras Baraka and Mildred Crump voted no. Councilmen Ron C. Rice and Darrin Sharif abstained.

    Booker again voted for Speight.

    Judge Carey will hear arguments on Dec.11 as to whether that vote will count.

    Booker left the chamber to jeers from the crowd of hundreds.


  • Miranda

    *snicker*……………I gotta agree with Ezra on this one…lol

    Ezra Klein‏@ezraklein
    To state the obvious, you don’t make Jim DeMint the head of your think tank in order to improve the quality of your scholarship.

    • Miranda

      They don’t wanna learn.

      PBO said it best 4 years ago:
      “It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.”

      • I know it’s a wasted effort for most of them, but if I can properly educate one then I am happy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2- – –Annnd- — -HERE R some REASONS- –“WHYCOME” –

    – – – –11 Reasons You’re Glad Jim DeMint Is Leaving The Senate– –

    – – – – –In an unexpected move, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), an arch-conservative and leader of the Tea Party movement, is resigning his seat in order to head up the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington DC.

    DeMint has been among the most extreme members of the Senate since first getting elected in 2004, drawing a hard-right line on issues from unions to LGBT rights to abortion and beyond.

    Here’s a look back at some of DeMint’s Senate highlights:

    1. Stood with Akin after “legitimate rape” remarks. Following Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) infamous statement that victims of “legitimate rape” can’t become pregnant, DeMint was one of the first major conservatives to stand with the Missouri congressman. DeMint even used his political action committee to donate $90,000 to Akin’s campaign and used its network to raise hundreds of thousands more. “We support Todd Akin and hope freedom-loving Americans in Missouri and around the country will join us,” DeMint’s group said.

    2. Led the opposition against Obamacare. In 2009, during the height of the GOP’s opposition to health care reform, DeMint told a conference call of conservative activists that, “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” Ironically, DeMint once supported Mitt Romney’s health care reform in Massachusetts, the law on which Obamacare is based.– — -[SHOOT!- -GOOD RIDDANCE!!]

    – – –SNIP- – –
    10. Argued that people with pre-existing conditions got better care before Obamacare. Speaking with ThinkProgress at a Tea Party rally this year, DeMint argued that Obamacare actually hurt people with pre-existing conditions, despite that fact that it bars insurance companies from denying them care. “I can guarantee you people with pre-exisitng conditions are going to get less health care—lower quality health care—under Obamacare,” DeMint said.

    11. “Willing” to cause “serious disruptions” in the economy in order to secure draconian cuts. During last year’s debt ceiling showdown, DeMint appeared on Fox Business and said that, despite the fact that not raising the debt ceiling would cause “serious disruptions,” he was “willing to do that” in order to get major cuts to social programs like Medicare and Social Security.

    – – — –Go on now, go, walk out that door!
    Just turn around now‚
    cause you’re not welcome any more.
    – — –HAH!!

    – — Bye Bye Bye – – -BU- BYEEEEEEE!– – -LOL!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2– -DANG!!!- – – –RE-THUCKERS!!!!- – NEVA- – –NEVA- – -TRUST ‘EM!!- –

    – – – – –Michigan Lawmakers Are Trying To Sneak Through Extreme Abortion Restrictions In Lame Duck Session– – –

    – – – –Women’s health advocates confirm that Michigan lawmakers are likely to revive on Thursday an omnibus anti-abortion bill that sparked widespread protests after it passed the House this summer, in addition to a host of other restrictive abortion legislation they hope to force through the current lame duck session.

    As Michigan’s current attempt to pass anti-union legislation dominates the coverage surrounding the state legislature, lawmakers are using the opportunity to revisit anti-abortion measures they hope to slip through before this session ends. Since five anti-choice state legislators lost their seats in last month’s election, this may be the best time for the legislature to advance their far-right agenda — despite the fact that the majority of Michigan residents support legal access to abortion. On Thursday afternoon, the state senate may consider multiple anti-abortion bills that aim to:

    1) Regulate abortion clinics out of existence. HB 5711, the massive 45-page legislation that sparked a massive outcry when the House considered it in June, contains additional and unnecessary regulations for abortion providers. HB 5711 would subject any facilities that perform 6 or more abortions per month to burdensome regulations that could be so costly that they force clinics to close their doors, an indirect method of targeting abortion providers.

    2) Limit abortion access for women in rural areas. HB 5711