October 1, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

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 Continuing on with this week’s open thread theme, I turn my sights to the one of the main organizers of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Jo Ann Gibson Robinson.

Jo Ann Gibson Robinson (April 17, 1912 – August 29, 1992) was a civil rights activist and educator in Montgomery, Alabama. Born near Culloden, Georgia, she was the youngest of twelve children.  She attended Fort Valley State College and then became a public school teacher in Macon, where she was married to Wilbur Robinson for a short time. Five years later, she went to Atlanta, where she earned an M.A. in English at Atlanta University. She then accepted a position at Alabama State College in Montgomery. It was there that she joined the Women’s Political Council, which Mary Fairburks had founded three years earlier. In 1949, Robinson was verbally attacked by a bus driver, which led to her involvement in activism. In late 1950, she succeeded Burks as president of the WPC and helped focus the group’s efforts on bus abuses.

On Thursday, December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus from the whites section on the bus. Mrs. Parks, a civil rights organizer, had intended to instigate a reaction from white citizens and authorities. That night, with Mrs. Parks’ permission, Mrs. Robinson stayed up mimeographing 35,000 handbills calling for a boycott of the Montgomery bus system. The boycott was initially planned to be for just the following Monday. She passed out the leaflets at a Friday afternoon meeting of AME Zionist clergy among other place and Reverend L. Roy Bennett told other ministers to themselves attend a meeting that Friday night and to urge their congregations to take part in the boycott. Reverend Ralph Abernathy then helped Robinson pass out the handbills to high school students leaving school that afternoon. He wanted to help her so that she would not be solely blamed.

After the success of the one-day boycott, black citizens decided to continue the boycott and established the Montgomery Improvement Association to focus on the boycott. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was elected president. Jo Ann Robinson became a member of this group. She served on its executive board and edited their newsletter. In order to protect her position at Alabama State College and to protect her colleagues, Robinson purposely stayed out of the limelight even though she worked diligently with the MIA. Robinson and other WPC members also helped sustain the boycott by providing transportation for boycotters.

The boycott lasted over a year because the bus company would not give into any of their demands for rights.

Robinson left Alabama State College and moved out of Montgomery in 1960. She taught at Grambling College in Louisiana for one year and then moved to Los Angeles and taught English in the public school system. In LA, she continued to be active in local women’s organizations. She taught in the LA schools until she retired from teaching in 1976.  Robinson’s name is often glossed over in history lessons despite her role in organizing the boycott.  Robinson’s memoir, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, edited by David J. Garrow, was published in 1987 by the University of Tennessee Press.

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  • crazycanuck

    Good morning folks, are we out of the twilight zone yet?

    • qosine

      Well, cc, Texas wants to secede again, Prof. Jelani Cobb
      is justifying the NAACP and the Tea Party working
      together, and Putin is the real negotiator rather
      than Pres. Obama. Other than that, (sigh) . . .

    • Alma98

      Morning cc, we won’t be until 2017.

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

    I see Prof. Jelani Cobb is doubling down on ridiculous:

    jelani cobb @jelani9 8h
    In Georgia the NAACP recently found itself aligned with the Tea Party re a transportation tax that would benefit suburbanites.

    jelani cobb @jelani9 8h
    The NAACP was concerned that poor public trans users were underwriting highways for well-off commuters. Tea Party opposed any new taxes.

    jelani cobb @jelani9 8h
    But… Given that the Tea Party supported it I suppose the NAACP should’ve immediately changed course. At least by the logic of some…

    jelani cobb @jelani9 21m
    Am I the only one who thinks that Putin’s op-ed sounds like something Obama would’ve written in 2008? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?src=me&ref=general

    • Kennymack1971

      I guess he’s trying to get that Van Jones/Ta-Neasi Coates EmoNegro come up. SMH.

      • Farrod

        ‘Ta-Neasi’, LOL!

    • jziglar

      I always laugh when these idiots say “this is what Obama would have said or wrote in 08″. The President never said that he was against humanitarian interventions or use of force in certain situations. He just said that he opposed stupid wars based on lies, but that he would take the fight to the core of Al Qaeda. It’s like these people never listened to what the man said.

      • rigoletta

        They never listen to what Obama says. They strawman him to death in their arguments.

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

        THIS. PBO critics are acting like he skipped the diplomatic approach and went straight to wanting military strikes. What part of PBO engaging Russia in talks for a year don’t these people understand??

    • rikyrah

      I’ll repeat it:
      Kneegrow, please

    • jds09

      I thought blackademics understood context. My bad.

      • goldenstar

        LOL! Notwithstanding nuance and complexity.

        • jds09

          Maybe a historical reference or two, you know to establish a pattern, lol

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Adam Clayton Powell along with segregationists and the other members of Congress voted for the GI Bill. Just because everyone agrees on ONE particular bill does not mean you’re ready to break bread together.

      And yes Putin’s Op-ed does sound like something Obama would have written. If Obama was a former KGB who had been outmaneuvered and backed into a corner by a smart American President.

      (Sigh). The stupid. It burns.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Morning rikyrah!

  • rikyrah

    The standalone, closed-loop, island nation of Texas
    By Kent Jones

    Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:00 PM EDT

    Texas conservatives have long fantasized about secession, (Gov. Rick Perry included), but now the Texas Republican candidate for attorney general, Barry Smitherman, adds his own wrinkle.

    To wit: Texas doesn’t want to leave the union — no, that would be unpatriotic — but since America is clearly on the verge of collapse, isn’t it time our great state made some plans, for, you know, WHEN IT DOES? In an interview with World Net Daily titled, “Texas Official Preparing for Independence” Mr. Smitherman said:

    Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system

    In the week since that appeared, Mr. Smitherman’s thesis has been warmly embraced by Texas conservatives like David Bellow, who writes:

    We are not talking about pushing for Texas secession. We are just talking about being prepared for anything that might happen if the very volatile and unstable federal government falls apart. This means being prepared for even the possibility of Texas secession, independence, surviving on our own, etc.

    I am not advocating for Texas to become enemies with America or turn our backs on America, and neither is Smitherman, but there is a very real possibility that the U.S. will fall apart and crumble over things like MASSIVE debt. What will we do if the U.S. falls apart? Do we have a plan for Texans to survive on our own? Are we capable of surviving on our own? The State of Texas should not wait until the U.S. fails to simply be prepared and be capable of surviving IF the U.S. fails.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/11/20438413-the-standalone-closed-loop-island-nation-of-texas?lite

    • rigoletta

      Texas can’t take care of itself now without help. How are they going to go independent?

      Part of the reason we have massive debt is because of the recklessness of conservatives.

    • jds09

      Calling Dr. Freud!

      “We are not talking about pushing for Texas secession. We are just talking about being prepared for anything that might happen if the very volatile and unstable federal government falls apart.”

      This is a case of projection, pure and simple.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Uh before you sail off to that independent island just be sure to leave all those federal checks on the pier.

      • qosine

        All those checks would sink the pier.

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    ODS:
    1 Greenwald champions extremist anti-Pres. Obama Oath Keepers militia
    2 @KatrinaNation defends anti-LGBT Putin
    3 Hannity defends Putin

    10:53 PM – 11 Sep 2013

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    That enlightening moment when having a two term African-American POTUS leads “liberals” to praise homophobe Vladimir Putin.

    10:43 PM – 11 Sep 2013

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Irony: @NYTimes allowing Putin – who invaded Georgia without a UN Security Council vote – to wax poetic about rule of law and democracy.

    10:22 PM – 11 Sep 2013

    • rigoletta

      I’m telling you anybody associated with these idiots in 2016 won’t get a vote from me.

      They are going to find out the hard way from Obama supporters.

      • jziglar

        Oh don’t worry, they will attack the next democratic president as soon as that person compromises or doesn’t give them what they want.

        • jds09

          This feels like a deeper level of disrespect. I’m reminded of a South Asian American who posted a letter on TPM that answered why PBO locked in his vote. PoC’s are quietly watching this bullshit go down and there will be hell to pay in 2016.

          • Town

            That’s why Bill Richardson was running over to the Obama side back in ’08 like a freed slave. He knew if HE had somehow become the frontrunner the Clinton side would’ve started whispers about him being an anchor baby etc. POC know the same tricks & schemes the white racists are deploying against the black man, they will deploy against them.

          • jds09

            To this day every time I look at Hillary I remember how quickly she snuggled up under McCain in 2008 over PBO’s fitness to be Commander-in-Chief. I hold my political grudges FOREVER.

          • AxelFoley

            Bingo. All other POCs know that Dudebros will do them the same as they’re doing PBO.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          It’s what they do. No Democratic President can stand up to their mythical Democratic President that never actually existed.

        • gn

          They’ve lost their minds over PBO. No other President has received this level of automatic hate and mistrust.

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Irony: People praising Putin over his NYT Op-Ed and calling Pres. Obama a tyrant, aren’t packing up their bags to move to Russia.

    9:33 PM – 11 Sep 2013

    • nellcote

      Russia’s War on Foreigners

      The cruelty that has become an all-too-common refrain in today’s Russia stems, at least in part, from the ingrained belief in Russian exceptionalism — the idea that Russian morality is unique and therefore beyond reproach. Originating in ancient Kievan Rus, this idea was propagated by the Orthodox Church in the Middle Ages, and was prominently displayed in the communist revolutionary claims of the 20th century. Today, it remains alive and well, as evidenced by Russian pole-vaulter and Olympic idol Yelena Isinbayeva’s defense of her country’s recent homophobic legislation. “Maybe we are different than European people, than other people from different lands,” she said after winning the world title last month.

      http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/09/05/russia_war_on_foreigners_gays?page=0,0&wp_login_redirect=0

      • qosine

        Good info, nellcote. Thanks.

  • rikyrah

    Jobless claims plummet, but there’s a catch
    By Steve Benen

    Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:36 AM EDT

    Occasionally, when economic news is so great that you’re left thinking, “This can’t be right,” it’s wise to trust your instincts. The newly released figures from the Department of Labor on initial unemployment claims offer an example of this.

    The number of new applications for U.S. jobless benefits fell below 300,000 for the first time since 2006, but the government attributed the surprising plunge to computer-related delays instead of a sudden improvement in the labor market. Initial claims sank by 31,000 to 292,000 in the week ended Sept. 7, marking the lowest level since April 2006.

    Yet a Labor Department official on Thursday said two states made changes to their computer systems that resulted in some claims not being processed in time. The Labor Day holiday may have also skewed the report. As a result, initial claims are likely to rise in the following week and probably move closer to their prior range of around 325,000.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/12/20454760-jobless-claims-plummet-but-theres-a-catch?lite

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Calm down Steve. The numbers still look good.

    • qosine

      Over thinking this, Steve.

  • rikyrah

    Fareed Zakaria: Obama on the path to success in Syria

    By Fareed Zakaria, Published: September 11

    Whatever the twisted path, whether by design or accident, the Obama administration has ended up in a better place on Syria than looked possible even days ago. The president was wise to take up and begin to test the Russian offer to remove and possibly destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. In fact, the offer has forced some clarity from a sometimes muddled U.S. foreign policy. For the president to turn this situation into a foreign policy success, he will have to maintain that clarity.

    There are three distinct arguments for intervention in Syria, which are sometimes mixed together in calls for action. The first is regime change, which would require policies to help the rebels topple Bashar al-Assad’s government. The second is humanitarian, to do something to stop the enormous sufferingthere. The third is simply to underscore and enforce an international norm against the use of chemical weapons.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fareed-zakaria-obama-is-on-the-path-to-success-in-syria/2013/09/11/5757f55a-1b06-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop

  • rikyrah

    Conservatives use Sept. 11 to attack Obama
    By Dana Milbank, Published: September 11

    Here’s a hot new entry in the “Is nothing sacred?” category:

    Conservatives are using Sept. 11, that most somber day for the nation, as yet another occasion to condemn President Obama.

    Rather than join in the bipartisan ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, they rallied on the West Lawn of the Capitol, carrying signs that said “Impeach Obama” and, over a cartoon of the president trampling Uncle Sam, “Americans Don’t Support Terrorists or Their Minions.”

    On the other side of the Capitol, conservative leaders joined the eccentric Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) at what was supposed to be a “memorial service for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and 2012.” But the 3,000 who perished in 2001 got just a few passing references at the 35-minute event.

    The “primary purpose” of the gathering, in the words of organizer Jerry Boykin, a retired Army general, was to remember the four men who were killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, in an attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost there. More to the point, the conservatives had assembled to blame the Obama administration for the deaths and to demand further investigation of the resulting “scandal.”

    “The blood of our heroes demands an answer,” Gohmert told the TV cameras. “We’re about to the point where we’re just going to have to take it as a fact that the evidence they’re refusing to produce . . . supports the worst of our fears about what this administration failed to do.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-conservatives-use-sept-11-to-attack-obama/2013/09/11/a6622090-1b32-11e3-82ef-a059e54c49d0_story.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop

    • rigoletta

      Dana, conservatives will use anything to attack Obama.

      Conservatives attack Obama on days that end in “Y”.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I’m guessing there was no mention of the fact Republicans were the ones blocking funding for embassy security. That and Benghazi was the furthest thing from a diplomatic outpost.

  • rikyrah

    “Progressive Hero” Glenn Greenwald Promotes Racist, Anti-Government Hate Group

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 5:58 PM

    It should come as a surprise to exactly no one who’s been paying attention to Glenn Greenwald’s relentless posturing against the United States and specifically his venom against President Obama that he would do this. To mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11, Greenwald decided to grace is followers on Twitter with a piece in the far-Right Ayn-Randian magazine Reason, and to boot, that article just happens to promote a racist group named the “Oathkeepers.”

    The “Oath Keepers” are an extremist right wing, anti-government militant organization that earned a prominent mention in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s report on militia hate groups in their opening year, and the SPLC reported this year that the Oath Keepers, for their conference, hosted such lovely groups as the John Birch Society and the invitation adorned with conspiracy theories and racist code-words all over itself.

    There will be a workshop on colloidal silver — a substance that many on the radical right believe is a cure for all kinds of ailments that the government has kept secret from the people. In fact, the substance has no known medical use and, if used with the frequency that some radicals do, turns human skin blue.[...]

    There will be representatives from the John Birch Society — a primary proponent of the Agenda 21 conspiracy theory, the idea that fluoridation of water is a Communist plot, and the charge that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a Communist agent. Also scheduled to attend are Sheriff Richard Mack, a long-time darling of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement who has been encouraging county sheriffs to resist federal gun laws, and Chuck Baldwin, a far-right pastor and “constitutionalist” who moved to Montana several years ago to battle the incursions of the federal government.[...]

    Also featured will be training sessions on hand-to hand combat, nighttime military patrols, survival firearms, and preparation of “bug-out bags” — all of these an obvious reflection of the radical right’s obsessive fear that the government is about to move against the American people, seizing their guns and ending liberty

    Beautiful. Want to hear it in the Oath Keepers’ own words?

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/glenn-greenwald-promotes-racist-anti.html

    • gn

      He’s who I always knew he was.

  • Miranda

    ROFLMAO…yeah….ok

    The Associated Press ‏@AP33m
    More: Assad says US threats did not influence his decision to surrender chemical weapons: http://apne.ws/1g4FQdu -AB

    The Associated Press ‏@AP52m
    BREAKING: Assad to Russian TV: Syria giving up chemical weapons because of Russian offer, not US threats.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He went from not having any to not having control over any to giving up what he claimed he never had in the first place. That’s a twisted road he’s traveling but hey whatever helps to save face.

    • qosine

      Sure, dude. Whatever you say.

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

      Riiiiiight. Just like Assad said Syria didn’t have chemical weapons.

    • TyrenM

      Talk your ass off…but break yourself fool.

    • Guns3000

      The fact that he had to say it is telling enough.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -GOOD THURSDAY MORNTIN’ SEPIA♥/POU FAM♥ :>) **BIG HUG** :>) –THANK U AGAIN Sepia —WOMAN POWER! :>) — — — ☻Ms. JoAnn Robinson- ULTIMATE ORGANIZER/LEADER – – —
    — ——– -☺ Mrs. Robinson stayed up mimeographing 35,000 handbills calling for a boycott of the Montgomery bus system.
    — – – — – – -☺ Robinson’s memoir, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, edited by David J. Garrow, was published in 1987 —[She TOLD --HER-STORY] –THANK U. :>) — –

    —- – — – —☺Jo Ann Robinson – – –

    — – —- – – -☺The Women Behind the Movement- –

    – – –ENJOY YOUR TREAT. :>) —B BLESSED 2-day.♥ — –

    .S. – — -A PICNIC is CANCELLED: –W.H. cancels picnic for Congress -[The Sept. 18 barbecue was nixed last week when it looked like the House,
    and possibly the Senate, would be consumed by the debate over Syria,
    the official said.] – — THEY werkin’? — -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – – – -Dey BEIN’ –CALED OUT! — YES!! — –

    – – -ALEC and the Koch Brothers Show How Far They Are Willing to Go to Subvert Democracy- –

    — – -It is a travesty that most Americans are unaware of the despicable machinations Republicans resort to in their drive to advance their special interests’ agendas in the states, and their ignorance and lack of interest is playing a major role in democracy’s demise. The GOP are giving the nation an indication of how far they will go to subvert democracy to protect the real powers behind the conservative movement; the National Rifle Association, the Koch brothers, and the American Legislative Exchange Council. On Tuesday two democratic state legislators in Colorado were recalled in a confluence or lies, voter suppression, and fear-mongering because they supported background checks for gun purchases and renewable energy standards the NRA, Koch brothers, and ALEC would not let go unpunished.

    The two Democrats, State Senate President John Morse and state Senator Angela Giron were recalled after voting for Colorado’s new gun law that imposed universal background checks on gun purchases and limited magazines to 15 rounds. They also voted for renewable energy measures that contributed to the effort to unseat them and elicited an influx of money from the Kochs and their Super PAC Americans for Prosperity. Although the lion’s share of publicity for the recall surrounded background checks, an underlying source of discontent was Koch brothers’ opposition to Colorado’s stronger renewable energy standards. It is noteworthy that in northern Colorado Republicans are working toward seceding to form their own state, and one of the effort’s main proponents said “the whole purpose of doing this is to preserve and protect the energy sector that we feel is very much under assault.”
    THERE IS MORE — — – – — C’MON KARMAAaaaaa- -

    • TyrenM

      So, outstate Colorado can’t get people to the polls without OFA? A Dem Gov. 2 Senators. Poor GOTV during off-year election.
      We have to do better. I heard only 11% of eligible voters went to the polls. NRA voters.

      • nellcote

        They also changed the law to disallow mail in voting which is how many/most dems voted before. Something to keep in mind for 2014.

      • GreenLadyHere

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        – –***BIG fist bump*** – —Saw that. geesh.– –

        WE got —GOTV –werk —2 DO!! — —
        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        Like Nellcote said, they changed voting rules at the last minute so lots of people were confused & unaware. Only serving military could have mail in ballots. My daughter said a lot of people were still waiting for their ballots to come in the mail & were clueless about polling places to go to. Most of these were younger working people, Dems & Independents.

        This is El Paso county which is a notorious hot bed of religious fundies & NRA nutbuckets. I’m hoping there will be a challenge to this & an investigation because this seems flat out voter suppression to me.

        Things are going to get really ugly in 2014.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — — Annnd — -STILL COUNTIN’ – – – –

    — —Clock is ticking as Board of Elections tries to settle Democratic primary for mayor – –

    — —-With 99% of the precincts reporting, Bill de Blasio had 40.3% of the vote — but there are still tens of thousands of ballots to be counted, leaving in doubt whether de Blasio will land above the 40% needed to avoid a runoff. The board will manually count votes from more than 5,000 voting booths, and also give mailed ballots time to arrive at its offices.

    — — WAITIN’ 2 – -EXHALE! :>) — Shoop! Shoop! – –

  • Miranda

    SMH…this would be funny if it weren’t so damn sad. Our media is fucked UP.
    ——————————
    Ketchum Placed Controversial Putin Op-Ed

    The PR firm’s biggest Russia coup ever?

    posted on September 12, 2013 at 8:02am EDT
    Rosie GrayBuzzFeed Staff

    WASHINGTON — The public relations firm Ketchum is responsible for placing a controversial editorial that appeared under Russian President Vladimir Putin’s byline in the New York Times on Wednesday night.

    “The op-ed came through the PR firm (Ketchum) and went thought the normal editing process,” said New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy in an email to BuzzFeed.

    Spokespeople for Ketchum did not return requests for comment.

    Ketchum is the main PR firm used by the Russian government. Using documents publicly filed with the Department of Justice, ProPublica showed last year how Ketchum places pro-Putin op-eds under the bylines of “seemingly independent professionals” in various news outlets like CNBC and the Huffington Post.

    A tweet last week from Paddy Blewer, a Ketchum employee, appears to reference the work being done on the Putin op-ed:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/ketchum-placed-controversial-putin-op-ed

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

      Terrorist holding conference calls, dictators hiring PR firms…I can’t.

    • nellcote

      I wonder how much money the NYT got to sell out PBO.

      • conlakappa

        Ketchum doesn’t come cheap.

  • rikyrah

    GOP lawmakers, cowed by the right, drop pretense of policy sanity

    By Jonathan Bernstein, Published: September 11 at 5:14 pm

    Breaking news this afternoon from the House of Representatives: Republicans have pulled the temporary Continuing Resolution needed to keep the government open for business through the end of the year off of the schedule. Jonathan Strong reports:

    House leadership has decided to delay the vote on a bill funding the government to next week amid a small rebellion from conservatives who want to use the measure for a do-or-die fight on repealing Obamacare.

    The problem? They don’t have the votes:

    A third GOP source says the initial whip count, conducted yesterday, registered just over 200 “yes” votes, meaning there is still work to do to get a Republican-only majority of 218 votes. Though the vast majority of the GOP conference is on board, only a small number of defections – as few as 17 – could imperil the bill.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/11/gop-lawmakers-cowed-by-the-right-drop-pretense-of-policy-sanity/

  • qosine

    From: The Federal Government aka “We the People”

    To: Texas, NYT, Putin and Assad Supporters, GG, The Pauls, GOP

    Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive (Live 1979)

    At first, I was afraid, I was petrified
    Kept thinking, I could never live without you by my side
    But then I spent so many nights thinking, how you did me wrong
    And I grew strong and I learned how to get along

    And so you’re back from outer space
    I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
    I should have changed that stupid lock
    I should have made you leave your key
    If I’d known for just one second you’d be back to bother me

    Go on now, go, walk out the door, just turn around now
    ‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
    Weren’t you the one, who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
    Did you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die?
    . . . .

    Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive Lyrics
    http://www.metrolyrics.com/i-will-survive-lyrics-gloria-gaynor.html

    • Aquagranny911

      I love Gloria Gaynor & this song! Sis has one of those Karaoke things. She & belted this one out last night to great applause, lol!

  • rikyrah

    House Republican Anarchy Update
    By Jonathan Chait

    The House was scheduled to vote yesterday on a continuing resolution, which is a measure to not shut down the government. Ultraconservatives have been demanding that the House refuse to continue funding the government unless President Obama agrees to defund Obamacare. House leaders have pleaded that this approach is doomed. Instead they came up with a plan to keep the government open, attached to a separate bill defunding Obamacare. Or, as Senator Mike Lee succinctly and correctly explains, “It is not a plan to defund Obamacare — it’s a plan to facilitate the passage of a CR [continuing resolution] in a way that allows people to claim that they’re defunding Obamacare without actually doing so.”

    But some ultraconservatives still want to go with the defund-Obamcare-or-shut-down-the-government plan, as opposed to the pretend-to-defund- Obamcare-or-shut-down-the-government plan. It only takes about seventeen of them to defect to dent the Republicans majority, which gives a tiny fringe enormous power. What does the vote delay mean? Three things:

    1. A government shutdown is more likely now. There’s just not much time available. A bill needs to pass by September 30, and Congress has a rigorous vacation schedule to adhere to, giving it precious little time to accomplish the goal of not shutting down the government.

    Some House Republican leaders are trying to put on a brave face. One aide tells National Review’s Jonathan Strong, “Getting anything this big accomplished in 72 hours is always tough and we just need a couple extra days to dot the is and cross the ts.” (Note that the aide defines “anything this big” not as a major reform but as the simple continuation of government functions.)

    More candid appraisals can be found elsewhere. When reporters asked John Boehner if he had any ideas to keep the government open, he replied, “Do you have an idea? They’ll just shoot it down anyway.” One aide privately seethed of the ultraconservatives, “They’re screwing us.” Yet another, when asked for comment, sent reporter Kate Nocera this clip:

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/09/house-republican-anarchy-update.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —-TWEETIN’ – – – — -TRUTH – —

    – — -☺@JeffersonObama
    US DEFICIT DOWN 38% In 2013 and Falling…US Spending lowest Since Korean War Ended In 1953 #Impeach pic.twitter.com/zPnJM5lLOZ #Economy
    View photo

    – –☺@JeffersonObama
    #PUTIN pic.twitter.com/pHS4oEGKOn pic.twitter.com/KXEK90t5B2 pic.twitter.com/twFKX3tCzX
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    — – -☺ ‏@JeffersonObama
    #PUTIN pic.twitter.com/pHS4oEGKOn pic.twitter.com/KXEK90t5B2 pic.twitter.com/twFKX3tCzX
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    – — -☺@JeffersonObama
    #PUTIN pic.twitter.com/pHS4oEGKOn pic.twitter.com/KXEK90t5B2
    View photo
    – –MORE L8R – — –

  • Kennymack1971

    Tea Party right wingers and EmoProg fire baggers using the exact same talking points to praise Vladimir Putin.. SMH there are truly no depths these people won’t sink to in order to deny giving President Obama any praise or credit. It is truly appalling to observe (But not at all shocking).

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Senate conservatives stick the knife in House GOP leaders

    By Greg Sargent, Published: September 12 at 9:24 am

    When we last checked in on House GOP leaders, they were struggling to round up support among rank and file GOP lawmakers for their latest scheme to find a way through this fall’s fiscal minefields. They want to pass a measure funding the government temporarily at current levels while also forcing a Senate vote on a measure to defund Obamacare. The latter would go down to defeat; conservatives would get to vote on their defund fantasy; the government would remain open.

    Today Politico reports that Senate conservatives Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are now openly deriding the scheme as a sell-out. Crucially, this is why support is building among House conservatives against the GOP leadership scheme:

    Cruz and Lee have resisted the House approach because the Democratic-controlled Senate would surely vote to keep the government funded and easily defeat the Obamacare defunding component. Cruz called the approach “procedural chicanery” and asserted that the House GOP would be “complicit in the disaster that is Obamacare” if it supported the maneuver.

    “Not a fan,” Lee told POLITICO. “We need the House to pass a [bill] that funds everything else at current levels and contains a defunding provision.”

    That sentiment helped ramp up opposition among the two dozen or so House Republicans that take cues from the two senators, the House GOP aide said.

    One House GOP aide fumed, accurately, to Politico: “They’re screwing us.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/12/the-morning-plum-senate-conservatives-stick-the-knife-in-house-gop-leaders/

  • JB20005

    “Progressive” hero Glenn Greenwald promotes racist, anti-government “Oathkeepers” group on Twitter:

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/glenn-greenwald-promotes-racist-anti.html

    Looks like he’s getting back to his roots as a “civil rights” attorney for neo nazis.

    • qosine

      I believe he never left them, JB20005. I first encountered him over at Salon, and along with his fans, realized these were
      throwbacks to the Liberty League-Birchers-KKK-Goldwater-Stormfront fanatics. I used to read The Guardian, but
      once they brought him on board, no more.

  • Miranda

    My brother’s take:

    Assad: We aint got no chemical weapons!

    Putin: Syria aint even got no chemical weapons!

    Obama: yes ya do

    Assad: No we don’t

    Putin: you can’t prove they got any!

    Obama: you got one mo time to lie…ONE

    Assad: *blink* ummmmmm

    Putin: Umm, lemme talk to my boy for a minute

    Obama: you got a week

    Assad: oh…you mean THOSE chemical weapons! See…I had thought you meant something else.

    Putin: yeahhhhhh….ok, here’s what we gonna do

    Obama: you aint gone do shit but give them up, I suggest you get to it..the clock is ticking

    Assad: OK den

    Putin: OK, I’ll go get them and bring them to you

    Obama: Good decision

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

      *tears*

    • qosine

      And that’s EXACTLY what happened. Brilliant brother, Miranda. I want to give this 1000 Likes!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Miranda — -**BIG HUG** :>) – – –

      — -***BIG APPRECIATION*** –http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m39d6xKWqU1rqfhi2o1_400.gif —-:>)

      Thank U 2 your Brother. – – –Spealin’ TRUTH. :>)

      Good 2 C U Miranda. :>) – – -Have a nice day. :>)- -

    • edp4bho

      LOL. I like your brother. He makes sense! Now can he spread that around to the feeble-minded public?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – –They CHANGED the RULE – -BUT whatabout —the HURT CHILD/children?? — —

    — — -COMMENT: – — Edward Darden ·
    Did that Tulsa school administrator not hesitate even a moment to consider how dismissing a 7-year old child because of how she looks might attack the child’s self-esteem and render yet another blow against nondiscrimination? It seems the administrator was perhaps responding to a teacher complaint and therefore was allying the school against a 7-year old whose parents nor anyone was there to aid her. It is simply cruel.
    The school board owes this family more than an apology and rule change.
    They need to look into the culture of that school and perhaps every school to understand how such cruelty might have festered into the psychological assault on a child and why the child was made to bear the indignation without the presence of a parent, guardian, or emergency contact person.
    After all, if the school follows elaborate and some think excessive procedure before giving a child a baby aspirin, because they want to protect the child from possible harm, surely they can carry that concern to the point of considering how any adverse action against a child might harm that little one. – – —

    -SPEAKIN’ SUCH TRUTH!! – — -THANK U. :>) – – –
    – — -BLESS “Little Miss Tiana” —annnd others. AMEN.— -

  • Miranda

    ______________________________Skynet’s a bitch

    Alex Jones: Syria diplomacy a plot to extinguish humans so Obama and elitists can be cyborgs
    By David Edwards
    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 10:41 EDT

    Fringe conservative radio host Alex Jones said this week that an effort to avert a U.S. attack on Syria with diplomacy was actually a United Nations plot for the extinction of the human race, which would be replaced by “globalists” like President Barack Obama who would become cyborgs by using “life-extension technologies.”

    On his Tuesday radio show, Jones said that efforts to have Syria place their chemical weapons under the control of the international community was a United Nations conspiracy to “come into any country they want, that has any type of weapons systems — and call them WMDs, and then dismantle that country’s infrastructure.”

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/09/11/alex-jones-syria-diplomacy-a-plot-to-extinguish-humans-so-obama-and-elitists-can-be-cyborgs/

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      That down vote isn’t for “you”, it’s for the absolute C R A Z Y that is going on here.

      How is it TMFRH hasn’t been put in a padded room yet? How in the hail does he get to go spew this bovine feces over the air waves? W T F. Seriously? Cyborgs? SERIOUSLY!?!?

  • rikyrah

    September 12, 2013 10:20 AM
    Now Back To Your Previously Scheduled Dysfunction

    By Ed Kilgore

    As we all seek to figure out what exactly is going on in the public and private “negotiations” involving Russia, Syria and the United States, one thing is sure: Congress is now basically offline when it comes to making policy in this area, as noted by WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe:

    The Senate is formally dropping consideration of a resolution authorizing U.S. military force in Syria and deferring instead to diplomatic attempts to end the crisis. “We’ve agreed on a way forward based on the president’s speech last night,” Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon.

    While Secretary of State John F. Kerry travels to Geneva on Thursday for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Reid said the Senate would move on so as “not to tread water” on the Syrian issue and begin debating a bipartisan energy efficiency bill that has been waiting for consideration for months.

    So having fought its way into the Syria debate just days ago, Congress is stepping aside—or perhaps it’s better to say it’s stepping out of one quagmire into another, the partisan fiscal conflict that’s no closer to being resolved now than it has been since 2011. Indeed, the House is about to adjourn for a long weekend, leaving itself just five working days before the end of the fiscal year. At present the GOP leadership doesn’t have the votes to pass a continuing appropriations resolution to keep the government functioning because it can’t find a formula that sufficiently “defunds Obamacare” to satisfy 30 or so conservatives.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_09/now_back_to_your_previously_sc046851.php

  • rikyrah

    September/ October 2013
    Merit Aid Madness
    How Ohio colleges started a tuition discount war for wealthy students that has now spread across the country.

    By Stephen Burd

    Although she was a gifted child who devoured books, S. Georgia Nugent never thought she’d be able to go to an elite college. The daughter of a racehorse trainer, she figured that even if she got in, the cost would be prohibitive. “Princeton charged about what my dad made in a year,” she remembers.

    But as it turned out, Nugent did get to go to Princeton, graduating cum laude in 1973, because the university offered to cover the full cost of her tuition. That life-changing break launched her on a distinguished academic career that culminated in her serving as president of Kenyon College for ten years before stepping down this past June. And it also helps to explain why Nugent now spends much of her time speaking out against a trend in higher education that is making stories of upward mobility like hers less and less common.

    “Financial aid available to the lowest-income students has plummeted, and financial aid to the highest has soared,” she says. The trend is so powerful that, try as she might, even Nugent herself could not resist it during her presidency at Kenyon. The school found itself engaged in a relentless arms race in which it felt compelled to offer more and more of its financial aid to precisely those students who need it least.

    Today, many leaders in higher education would like to break free of the commercial logic that leads to this perverse result. But it can be difficult to escape, especially for schools that lack deep endowments and have to compete hard for revenue. Either a school offers tuition discounts to students from affluent families, or else those students (and the revenue they could provide) wind up going to other institutions that offer similar or more generous discounts.

    There is now a whole industry of consultants who will gladly explain the math—not that it is very difficult to grasp. After all, if a school offers a single low-income student a full scholarship of $20,000, the school may feel good about itself, but it’s out $20,000. But if it can attract four affluent students to its campus instead, by offering them each a $5,000 discount off full tuition, it can collect the balance in revenue and come out way ahead financially. Such competitive discounting to the affluent may not be equitable, and it may not be sustainable over the long term, but once the cycle starts it can be very difficult for any one institution to resist unless they all do.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/september_october_2013/features/merit_aid_madness046453.php

    • TyrenM

      Thanks for this. Now I gotta ask those who know does the U of MN do this type of thing while closing the General College and cutting scholarships.

    • Miranda

      I was just reading this about it here – poor students being completely shut out of public colleges and universities, the opposite of why those schools are supposed to exist in the first place.
      —————————–
      Public universities ramp up aid for the wealthy, leaving the poor behind State colleges, like their private counterparts, are giving a declining share of grants to low-income students.
      http://www.philly.com/philly/education/Public_universities_ramp_up_aid_for_the_wealthy_leaving_the_poor_behind.html

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        Kinda’ like the Georgia Hope Scholarship – which had been meant specifically for low income students, but now includes everyone, decreased the amount awarded, and raised the GPA you have to maintain.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — — TELL the TRUTH!! —SHAME the GG – — errrr DEVIL! :>) – –

    – – -Greenwald’s New and Easily-Debunked Claim: NSA Shares Raw American Data with Israel

    – — – -Predictably, the new “bombshell” article about the National Security Agency, co-authored by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, is loaded with gaping holes and irresponsible reporting, and yet, once again, nearly every major publication uncritically re-posted it practically verbatim. The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Slashdot, The Daily Beast and Salon.com, to name a few, repeated exactly what Greenwald and pro-Snowden filmmaker Laura Poitras published in The Guardian Wednesday morning.

    But if the editors of these publications had compared the claims
    being made with the actual leaked document itself, they would’ve
    discovered a laundry list of serious problems with the agenda-driven
    angle of the original article.

    The post is titled “NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans’ data with Israel” (83 web bugs), based upon one of 56,000 documents stolen from NSA by defector Edward Snowden. This newly released document allegedly proves that NSA has been “routinely sharing” raw signals intelligence (SIGINT) with Israel’s NSA
    counterpart, the Israeli Sigint National Unit (ISNU), including content
    and metadata collected from American citizens.
    Simply put, according to Greenwald, NSA, in an obvious breach of the Fourth Amendment, is sharing your personal communications with a foreign government without processing it through “minimization” procedures (a process in which inadvertently collected data from U.S. persons is encrypted, anonymized and destroyed).

    THERE IS MORE- – —- LIES!!

  • qosine

    PBomb, I am very glad to read about civil rights hero Jo Ann Gibson Robinson. Only at POU can you learn about ALL the history.

    • PBomb

      I am glad you are enjoying the series. I am a history buff, so I have tons of stuff like this stashed away.

      • qosine

        Looking forward to reading more history from you, PBomb. Thx!

      • GreenLadyHere

        PBOMB – – – —AHA! – — -U have taken US DEEP into the – -BACK STORY –of that BUS BOYCOT!. :>)–Now we c – -“WHYCOME” – – -:>)

        Sooo ENJOYIN’ the LEARNIN’. :>)- – – -THANK U :>)–

  • Guns3000

    Despite my differences with the President on Syria and his presentation of it. The way some in the American media and public have been lauding Putin is damn near subversive. Their hatred for the man in the oval office is making them show support for the leader of a foreign power. I read that OP-ed. Putin is a man that unilaterally invaded Georgia. Pounds political opposition to smithereens. Restricts freedom of speech and expression. Treats gays and lesbians like third class citizens. Is a dictator of the country that changes election laws for his advantage. And lets not forget now he wants to be “helpful” in Syria but he’s been supplying weapons to Assad for God knows how long? If he wants the United States to stay out of the conflict Russia needs to stay out of it as well. Now because I have may have difference of opinion with PBO I’m supposed to pull out the pom poms for Putin. Some of you Americans are disgusting.

    • jziglar

      I know. This entire episode has been very interesting and laughable.

      • Miranda

        It really has been. Watching the twisted spins by people to justify their new found love of Putin has been entertaining and sick at the same time.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Well, Putin is white, so…(snark)

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin Guns3000 :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Sooo THIS: – – The way some in the American media and public have been lauding Putin is damn near subversive. Their hatred for the man in the oval office is making them show support for the leader of a foreign power. – – –

      —–HATAS annnnd RACISTS — ->http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/data/500/medium/haters-gonna-hate-black-kid.jpg – —

      THIS neva gets old. —-geesh!

      —–“Some of you Americans are disgusting. – — –
      ***BIG fist bump*** – — Good 2 C U Guns3000. :>)

    • qosine

      You’re right, Guns3000, “The way some in the American media and pubic have been lauding Putin is damn near subversive.” Taking note.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I’ve never seen anything like it.

    • Aquagranny911

      It isn’t “damn near subversive” it IS subversive & beyond disgusting! Good comment!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – —-A KIND SYMPATHETIC gesture – — -***tears/warm smile***

    – –The Game Helps Bury 6-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead In Front Of House
    – — In an overwhelming display of compassion, “The Game”
    has given $10,000 to the family of a 6-year-old girl who was shot dead in front of her home in Moreno Valley, Calif., over the weekend, TMZ reports.

    Tiana Ricks was killed when two men approached she and her father as they stood in their driveway and opened fire, hitting both of them. Tiana reportedly turned to her father and asked, “Are you okay, Daddy?,” as she lay dying. She passed away at a local hospital.
    Her father, Tyrell Ricks Jr., 26, was hospitalized and later released.

    The Game read about the tragedy and tweeted:
    — -SNIP – – –

    Tiana’s funeral will be Saturday. Marquia says she’s grateful for Game’sgenerosity, but, “It costs so much to bury her … sadly $10,000 only covers half of the casket and the plot.”
    THERE IS MORE/– – –
    —RIHEP♥ —–CONDOLENCES 2 ALL. AMEN. — -

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

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

      Boy, is that sun happy or what! LOL

      Mornin’ Alma! :-P

      • Alma98

        LOL….Morning Sepia, I figure we need all the happiness we can get. With the left & the right acting like fools over Syria.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –Good MornTin’ Alma98 ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

      – -Ohhh Alma —–HOW FUN!! :>) – – – –LEMME JOIN U LOL –

      – – – -http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130322171861/clubpenguin/images/8/86/Green_Sunglasses.png – – —

      What a fun –DAILY JOY —:>) — -THANK U. :>)
      — -BLESSINGS 2 U/DAUGHTER♥ – — -as usual. :>) – – –

      BTW — how is your weather? :>) – -It’s a little cooler here. :>)

      • Alma98

        Hey GLH, it’s beautiful today the weather is fall like. Daughter is looking into other opportunities.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma98 —-Yaa! —-GOOD ON HER♥ :>)- – -Best wishes. . :>)

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      The heat has broken.
      No money for Com Ed hopefully until next June……yeah!!

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah! I am loving this weather, I got the windows open and enjoying the breeze. LOL

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma. Humid and cloudy down here.
      Is that sun, saying “C’mere. Closer. Closer.” Or
      “I give you life. Bow down.” lol lol

      • Alma98

        LOL! Morning qosine, the weather here is great, fall like weather with a slight breeze.

    • Aquagranny911

      That sun makes me smile!

      • Alma98

        Hey AG! Glad I could be of service lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT —MR. PRESIDENT —CABINET MEETING

    – – – http://www.hulkus.com/watch-msnbc-live-streaming/ –LIVE STREAMING

    –[Sorry. :>) It was quick] — -BASICALLY: WE gonna B BUSY –with ECONOMICS – –EDUCATION, etc. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – -MEDIA ALERT: – –Ms. JOY-dANN[ihilator]—msnbc-
    —-The nrA-CISTS] —will push through INSANE regulations [e.g., the Iowa "BLIND can OWN GUNS] — — in order 2 maintain THEIR positions on gun ownership, etc. – — – — -SPEAK TRUTH!!

    –Did we eva say – – – -GIVE HER— HER OWN SHOW? — -:>)

  • Miranda

    *sigh*……..this is our mainstream media folks…..and they wonder why their approval ratings are slightly above termites.

    John Kerry Greeted in Geneva With Assad Diss
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/john-kerry-greeted-geneva-assad-diss/story?id=20232370

    • Alma98

      I’ve seen it all now, we have entered into bizarro world with this Syria situation. People are praising and taking sides with a foreign dictator. The hate for this president has no limits, there is no comparison to any other president. It’s just beyond disgusting it’s bordering on psychotic.

      • Aquagranny911

        It IS psychotic!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – –THAT 15 seconds RE-VISITED: –:>)– –

    — — –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPhIPT9yOu8 – – —

    – – -MR. PRESIDENT: – – -Sooo U think that U can come here – –“TUTIN” — –your HOT AIR? -HUH? – –

    — — – —NOT 2 worry — WE GOT sumthin’ — -4 U:

    http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/119/0/2/stick_figure_fighting_animation_by_alexxu00-d4xxg13.gif

    Have a nice day. LOL– –

    • qosine

      I like watching our President emerging from that
      limo to greet Vladimir Putin. Power!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>) qosine. ***BIG fist bump*** —Annd he was sooo much TALLER than -“short stuff”. — LOL

        —Prolly has – –THIS: – -http://thejigisup.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/wh_napoleon.gif – -LOL – –

  • rikyrah

    Today at 8:57 AM

    Ahead of the Midterms, GOP Operatives Are Obsessively Studying a Book About the Obama Campaign
    By Steve Friess

    While the media focused on Mark Leibovich’s frothy gossip festival This Town as the Beltway’s favorite summer read, Republican operatives looking ahead to 2014 were finally embracing an extremely wonky book about how the Obama campaign revolutionized the science of modern elections.

    When Sasha Issenberg’s The Victory Lab, an insider’s guide to the pivotal statistical concepts and methods behind the vaunted Obama data machine, first came out at the height of the presidential campaign, many on the right rejected it with an allergic ferocity. Top Romney digital operatives told me on a Boston visit last year that his geek squad was evenly matched technologically with their opponents’. (They weren’t, as the “ORCA” election night debacle proved.) In a typical dismissal, RedState.Com founder Ben Domenech mocked Issenberg as “perpetually amazed” by Obama and doubted that his campaign’s microtargeting would work.

    One year later, after a period of mourning and introspection over how they could have been so blindsided — and egged on by told-ya-so GOP digital operatives — the Republican Party is trying to learn how to stop worrying and love the non-partisan truths of modern campaigning. And they seem to have embraced Issenberg as a spirit guide. A few months ago, he was summoned to meet with Republican House Leader Eric Cantor, who quizzed him about how the Obama campaign played with language to woo Romney voters. Subsequently, Cantor’s office ordered Republican House chiefs of staff to read the book in preparation for a summer digital training session. “[T]he metric-based evaluation methods in this book can be applied to the official side to help your office better communicate with constituents in your district,” Cantor staffer Tim Cameron wrote in an e-mail to the chiefs of staff.

    At the Republican National Committee annual meetings in Boston last month, copies of The Victory Lab were ubiquitous, toted around by GOP strategists and aides in the midst of midterm campaign prep. (“Many of us have read The Victory Lab,” Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for the RNC, said in an e-mail.) Though he declines all partisan speaking invites, Issenberg has been heavily sought as a speaker at GOP events — including at the Republican Governors Association “tech summit” in Mackinac, Michigan, later this month.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/09/gop-operatives-are-studying-the-obama-campaign.html

    • TyrenM

      Study long study wrong.

  • rikyrah

    From Russia, with love
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:22 AM EDT.

    There were reports last week that Russian officials might do some U.S. lobbying on the Syrian crisis, but I’m not sure anyone expected this to lead to Russian President Vladimir Putin publishing this op-ed in the New York Times.

    Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

    Hmm. “We were also allies once” makes it sound like Putin’s not sure we’re allies now. For that matter, given Russia’s history, celebrating the United Nations as the bedrock for global stability seems a little ironic. Besides, if Putin wants to protect the relevance and integrity of the U.N., perhaps he should be a little more responsible when it comes to abusing his veto power.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/12/20455303-from-russia-with-love?lite

  • rikyrah

    ‘We need a hundred more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate’

    By Steve Benen

    Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:00 AM EDT.

    Nearly 11 years ago, then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R) noted that his home state of Mississippi supported Strom Thurmond’s presidential candidacy in 1948. “If the rest of the country had followed our lead,” Lott said, “we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years either.”

    Given that Thurmond was running on a segregationist platform in 1948, Lott’s remarks were not well received. Indeed, the Bush/Cheney White House quickly abandoned him and Lott was forced to give up his post.

    The incident came to mind yesterday after listening to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

    The Texas Republican spoke yesterday at the Heritage Foundation, appearing at an event named after the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), where Cruz was quite effusive in his praise.

    “I’ll tell you something … the very first political contribution I ever made in my life was to Jesse Helms. When I was a kid, I sent $10 to Jesse Helms, ’cause they were beating up on him, they were coming after him hard and I thought it wasn’t right, and at the time my allowance was 50 cents a week,” the Texas Republican said. “I am willing to venture a guess that I may have been Jesse Helms’ single largest donor as a percentage of annual income.”

    Cruz also recalled a story about when a young Helms received a campaign donation check from John Wayne. He explained that, according to the story, Helms figured out how to get in touch with Wayne and called to thank him for the support.

    “Apparently Wayne said, ‘Oh yeah, you’re that guy saying all those crazy things. We need 100 more like you,'” Cruz said. “The willingness to say all those crazy things is a rare, rare characteristic in this town, and you know what? It’s every bit as true now as it was then. We need a hundred more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.”

    Is that so.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/12/20455782-we-need-a-hundred-more-like-jesse-helms-in-the-us-senate?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥—-FOCUS on OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ — –

    – – — Michelle Obama wants people to ‘drink up,’ as in more plain, old-fashioned, calorie-free water-
    – – —-Michelle Obama has pushed Americans to eat healthier and to exercise more. Now she says we should “drink up” too. As in plain water. And as in more of it.

    The first lady, an exercise fanatic who loves French fries and whose biceps are envied by women everywhere, is getting behind a campaign being launched Thursday to encourage people to drink more plainold-fashioned water. Whether it comes from a faucet, an underground spring, a rambling river or a plastic bottle, the message is: “Drink up.”

    – – – – -She was joining the Partnership for a Healthier America as the nonpartisan, nonprofit group launches the nationwide effort from Watertown, Wis., with backing from a variety of likely and unlikely
    sources, including the beverage industry, media, government and
    entertainers such as actress Eva Longoria. Mrs. Obama is the organization’s honorary chairwoman.

    – – THERE IS MORE — –

    — – — – -http://i413.photobucket.com/albums/pp215/ylva51/Eating%20and%20drinking/Beautiful-Animated-Cell-Phone-Wallpapers-and-Graphics21.gif Woo! Hoo! :>)

    —GOOD on U FIRST LADY♥ — -http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m39d6xKWqU1rqfhi2o1_400.gif —HE AGREES.♥ :>)–

    • Guns3000

      Now the message of drinking water is going to be turned into a plot from Satan.

      • Town

        And Republicans will go around drinking Big Gulps as a protest against Michelle Obama, a la Sarah Palin.

        • Aquagranny911

          I think old Sarah had a little vodka mixed in that Big Gulp last clip I saw of her!

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          Good. And hopefully they won’t exercise, will load up on sugary foods, and avoid fruits & vegetables like the plague.

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>) Guns3000 —- ***BIG fist bump*** — – – -OF COURSE- – IT IS. – – :>)

        — -’cause look what can B used as an AD: —

        http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18eh551jpchgvgif/original.gif – –:>) **shakin my head*** :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        Let the goatfiggers all dehydrate & pass out! That might shut their ugly mouths for a while!

        I live in the desert. We KNOW how important drinking adequate water is.

  • rikyrah

    Welcome to the new Gilded Age

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:30 PM EDT.

    Over the last generation or two, Americans have probably come to expect reports that show an increasing concentration of wealth at the very top of the income scale. But this week was nevertheless jarring: we haven’t seen anything like the status quo since the government started keeping track.

    As USA Today reported, “The top 1% of earners in the U.S. pulled in 19.3% of total household income in 2012, which is their biggest slice of total income in more than 100 years, according to a an analysis by economists at the University of California, Berkeley and the Paris School of Economics at Oxford University.” Researchers relied on data from the IRS.

    We haven’t, Stone reported, seen income distribution like this “since the 1920s.”

    Also note, we’re not just talking about the top 10% faring better than everyone else. As Paul Krugman explained this morning, “Of the gains made by the top 10 percent, almost none went to the 90-95 group; in fact, the great bulk went to the top 1 percent. The bulk of the gains of the top 1, in turn, went to the top 0.1; and the bulk of those gains went to the top 0.01. We really are talking about the flourishing of a tiny elite.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/12/20458133-welcome-to-the-new-gilded-age?lite

  • rikyrah

    The beneficiary of Cuccinelli’s generosity

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:58 AM EDT.

    Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R) has been dogged with questions about the $18,000 in gifts he received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. Initially, the far-right state Attorney General said he couldn’t return the money because the gifts weren’t tangible goods — a defense that didn’t make any sense. Then he said he didn’t have $18,000 to spare.

    This week, with just two months to go until Election Day, Cuccinelli announced he had donated the value of the gifts to charity. What’s more, his campaign insisted the candidate would not take a tax deduction on the $18,000 contribution.

    But just to follow up, where’d the money go, exactly?

    The Washington Post noted that Cuccinelli wrote a check to CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, which reportedly “provides free medical care to the homeless and working poor in the Richmond area.”

    That hardly sounds controversial, though ProgressVA noted an unfortunate twist.

    Cuccinelli will donate the money to Crossover Healthcare Ministry, a Richmond-area free clinic. Crossover Ministry emphasizes on their website their clientele are primarily the working poor who are too poor to qualify for Medicaid. Cuccinelli has repeatedly and vocally opposed extending Medicaid coverage under Obamacare to provide affordable and quality health care coverage to low income Virginians.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/12/20457503-the-beneficiary-of-cuccinellis-generosity?lite

  • Miranda

    This is another fave designer of FLOTUS, the 2014 Spring Collection of Naeem Khan. Gorgeous pieces, just gorgeous.

    http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2013/09/naeem-khan-spring-2014-collection.html

    • Alma98

      I’d love to see FLOTUS in quite a few of those pieces. This one would look beautiful against her skin.

      • Aquagranny911

        Agreed about the color except I don’t think she would wear something with quite that low a neckline. They might have to add a bit of lace in there or something. I do love that color though & the design.

        • Alma98

          They always alter stuff for FLOTUS AG. I think they would close it up a lil bit for FLOTUS lol.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
      • Guns3000

        Screw the dress. Who’s the girl?

        • Alma98

          LOL

    • sagittarius

      Absolutely beautiful collection… and I am FAR from a fashionista!

  • Miranda

    SMH…..Florida…..

    State tells ‘navigators’ to stay away from county health departments
    BY CAROL GENTRY, PATRICIA BORNS AND KATHLEEN MCGRORY
    HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU

    The outreach workers known as navigators won’t be allowed to help people sign up for health insurance on the grounds of county health departments, according to a memo from the Florida Department of Health.

    The order from Deputy Health Secretary C. Meade Grigg went out late Monday to the 60 local health department directors across the state.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/11/3621013/state-tells-navigators-to-stay.html#.UjG9n1y3C4Q.twitter#storylink=cpy

    • rikyrah

      This should be criminal

  • Miranda

    Bobby Rivers ‏@BobbyRiversTV11m
    Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine to Receive Kennedy Center Honors http://j.mp/15nlV86 via @THR

    • Aquagranny911

      Santana! Woo Hoo!

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    Guess what the big surprise is? Baby Brother, home for a visit just in time for my BDay! Woo Hoo! We have all missed him so much. Right now he’s camped on my couch watching videos. He doesn’t get much opportunity for that with his work. I have to fatten him up because he is way too skinny! I only have a week because he will be heading up to CO to hang with the Fam there a bit before he returns to his work.

    • Alma98

      Have a great visit with you brother AG, stop in when you can.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ “Birthday Gurrrlll” Aquagranny911. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>) – — —Sooo happy 4 your –SURPRISE. -:>)

      —***BIG HUG*** 2 “Baby Brother** – – -http://i481.photobucket.com/albums/rr178/mcclurg68/BigHug.gif – – —

      Good 2 C U Aquagranny♥ — -B BLESSED annnd RESTED. :>)

    • MsKitty

      That’s wonderful. Enjoy your time together.

    • sagittarius

      A happy birthday present indeed, AG! Enjoy!

    • rikyrah

      enjoy the time with your brother

  • GreenLadyHere

    KERRY — -SYRIA –PRESSER —-ON NOW! – – –

  • rigoletta

    Oh My Lord….

    The man below is Sammy Sosa. Self-hate is real.

    • Miranda

      He looks like Dracula.

      • rigoletta

        Yes he does. The lady he’s with better watch out. :)

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

      I thought he stopped using bleaching creams.

      So sad. He used to be so handsome. *smh*

    • Guns3000

      LoL….he looks ridiculous. Have guys seen LiL Kim lately uggggggh

      • Alma98

        She needs an intervention before she has no bone left in her face lol.

    • Aquagranny911

      WTF! He looks like he spray painted his head with something from Home Depot. Who is the Chica?

    • Alma98

      WOW! SMH

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!