September 25, 2017

Tuesday Afternoon Thread: Let’s Stay Together


  • Alma98

    I forgot my sun so I’ll put it here lol.
    POTUS & FLOTUS are such a beautiful couple that is all.

    • crazycanuck

      I had to whip out the old boots today. Real boots, not those faux boots you like heehee

      • Alma98

        I actually have some of those but I choose to be fashionable hahaha.

      • Aquagranny911

        I have a pair like that, too but I keep mine for visiting CO.

  • GN

    Filibuster Reform – Senator Harry Reid Says Deal Is Close #p2 #tcot #filibuster #senate #topprog #obama

  • Miranda

    J.Crew to retire Malia’s coat, first lady’s accessories

    Love the sparkly belt Michelle Obama wore over her Inauguration Day jacket? How about the deep plum overcoat worn by her daughter, Malia?

    Don’t bother to search J.Crew’s website for either item, because both are being retired, the company’s creative director told TODAY on Tuesday.
    “The lady day coat that Malia was wearing has been in our line for years, and we’ll continue that, but we’ll retire the color,” said J.Crew’s creative director, Jenna Lyons. “We won’t do the color again, just out of respect for the first family.”

    more here

    • Town

      The lady day coat was sold out last week, it was on FINAL CLEARANCE.

    • Man, if you were lucky to get those items, you can re-sell them on eBay and get paid!

      • AxelFoley

        You ain’t never lied. Damn, I wish my moms or sister bought one of them joints. We’d be gettin’ paaaaaaaaid.

  • rikyrah

    Can’t get enough of last night…thanks for the video

  • Al Roker Loses His Shit (Metaphorically This Time) After Meeting Joe Biden

    • sagittarius

      How fun was that?!

    • rikyrah

      I saw that…he was so funny

    • nellcote

      He literally dropped his mike. That was funny.

  • Miranda

    NewsHour ‏@NewsHour
    POTUS and FLOTUS are surprising White House tour-goers at the White House right now

    • Zeke Miller ‏@ZekeJMiller
      Obama hugs the one woman who was crying

      How lucky can you get! 🙂

    • Alma98

      I love when they do this!

    • rikyrah


    • MsKitty

      Darn, I missed it.

      • Alma98

        I only caught the end, hopefully they’ll do like they usually do and post it in a couple of hours.

  • Miranda

    SMH…these nuts

    Local GOP official hangs American flag upside down

    McKEESPORT, Pa. — The head of the Mon Valley Republican party hung a flag upside down on Monday — the day of President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration.

    Hanging for all to see outside of the party’s meeting spot on Washington Boulevard, it caught the attention of many people. A lot of them told Channel 11 News that they don’t believe the signal of distress was appropriate.
    Channel 11’s Julie Fine talked to the man behind the flag. He said that he doesn’t “regret it at all” because “our nation is in a horrible place.”

    more here

    • Alma98

      If it’s so horrible then leave!

      • MsKitty

        His ilk are the first ones to tell somebody “America, love it or leave it.”

        Maybe he should practice what he preaches.

      • Aquagranny911

        I will personally pack their suitcases for them!

    • qosine

      Well, my flag will cancel out this )(*)^^%. I’ve decided to fly my flag every day for the next four years.

    • Daltex82

      Then leave already. Hop in your pickup and head for the border any border.

    • AxelFoley

      Bye then, punk. Keep it movin’.

  • rikyrah

    Why So Surprised?

    by BooMan
    Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 at 01:14:53 AM EST

    After the inauguration speech, I didn’t really feel like writing…just watching. What surprises me about the speech is that so many liberals found it surprising. I didn’t really ever think any differently about Obama’s personal politics. You don’t grow up multiracial in Hawai’i smoking the pakalolo and surfing, go to Occidental and Columbia on the Upper West Side, do Harvard Law, become a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, and hang out in Jeremiah Wright’s congregation without having some fairly predictable and progressive views on things. That’s just how it is.
    All that crap the right said about Obama being a secret Muslim and a socialist was bullshit. But his progressive values are obvious. It just happens that he is smart and ambitious enough to do what it takes to win over control of the Democratic Party and the White House. The only thing that surprised me about his speech was his reference to Stonewall.

    But, as I said before, until he calls for a rethinking of the War on Drugs and major prison reform, I’ll see him as an urban, sophisticated, Ivy-educated liberal who wants a progressive country but will only push so far. That’s fine by me. I’d govern the country the same way.

    • AxelFoley


      I was trippin’ off them emo-progs yesterday. “OMG, the President mentioned Stonewall!!! He talked about womens’ rights and gay rights!!!”

      The fuck have these fools been? Oh, I forgot, they’ve had their heads up their asses for the last four years.

      PBO BEEN talking about equality for all. And better yet, he’s been DOING shit to make it happen.

      Unlike them all talk, no action muhfuckas on the left.

  • GN

    Obama has now fully integrated the American presidency to the point that his race was not mentioned much yesterday.

    IMO this isn’t true. The focus was on climate change, immigration, and gay issues because that was the focus of PBO’s speech. That doesn’t mean that the American presidency is “fully integrated” by a longshot. Mainstream left is only too glad to embrace post-racial politics despite the glaring, blatant issues with racism against black people still obviously embroiling the country. I doubt highly that a truly “integrated” presidency would be accused of faking a birth certificate or of being “unAmerican” by major campaign surrogates mere months ago. Come on.

    • crazycanuck

      They are living in an alternate universe.

      • Aquagranny911

        Good one! So true!

      • AxelFoley

        I see what you did there–Jonathan Alter. Alternate universe.

        Good one. 😉

    • MsKitty

      White privilege is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

    • goldenstar

      He doesn’t know when to stop. On second thought, he doesn’t know where to start, either.

    • Camille

      They all seem desperate and intent on pushing this narrative of he’s no longer seen as the black guy so race is longer an issue.

      Yeah, right. Since 12am on inaugural day or when. Please!

      This is so they can fall comfortably into their racist attacks and disrespect masquerading as “legitimate criticism” without any chance they get called out for their racism. And yes, this includes many on the left too.

      That’s why their running around moving around their custom made markers, self-congratulating about their own assumed high-mindedness and charity at no longer seeing the color of the man, his wife and daughters. Ha!

      These people keep trying to take charge even of the minds and heads of others. They think it’s their place to set the meme. They want to tell you what to think, what YOU see and hear.

      And they get mad when you tell them that you’re not seeing or feeling what they claim is. That it’s all still very much there.

      And they get mad.

      • Camille

        They’re–not their.

      • GN

        Stellar comment.

      • rikyrah

        thank you, Camille

  • rikyrah

    Michael Gerson: Concern Troll

    by BooMan
    Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 at 11:54:21 AM EST

    Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson didn’t care for the tone of President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address:


    Mr. Gerson doesn’t address the accuracy of Obama’s claims. As Jane Mayer points out, the “nation of takers” rhetoric has been increasingly prevalent on the right. The Republicans have consistently opposed equal pay for equal work. Republican governors from Ohio to Virginia to Florida did all they could to assure long lines at the polls. Who could argue against the idea that the Norquist anti-tax pledge puts absolutism over principle or that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh substitute spectacle for politics? What kind of reasoned debate involves questioning the president’s birth certificate and calling him a Muslim or a Stalinist or a Nazi? What does Gerson think happens to the elderly and parents with special needs kids when you slash Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and other health programs? Three in ten conservative Republicans express a belief in climate change. And the neo-conservatives explicitly call for perpetual war.

    The president told the truth. Who cares if the right doesn’t like it?

    Gerson thinks that the president created a problem for himself by hurting the Republicans’ feelings. There are two words for that kind of analysis: concern troll

  • rikyrah

    23 Reasons Sasha And Malia Stole The Inauguration

    They’re basically America’s awesome kid sisters, and the inauguration was their day to shine.

    • Aquagranny911

      Both are just charming! I did enjoy Sasha yawning during Dad’s big speech. Poor kiddos probably got up at 5AM & teenagers usually don’t do mornings very well.

    • Town

      I like all these side eyes going on:

      • MsKitty

        Mrs. Robinson looks like she wants to smack the taste out of Bey’s mouth LOL.

        • nellcote

          I really hope she writes a book about her life before and during the WH.

          • Aquagranny911

            I would so buy that! I’ve thought many times how much fun it would be to sit with her in my kitchen for coffee & cake and a little “Granny” talk.

          • conlakappa

            My mother wants to have a card party with her.

          • Aquagranny911

            Does your mother play Texas Holdem? Just asking, I don’t plan to go head to head or anything…..

      • rikyrah

        BWA HA HA HA HA HA

      • Alma98

        I was thinking the same thing when I saw that lol.

      • JojoRaze

        Mrs. Robinson: If it wouldn’t embarrass my daughter and son-in-law or lead to me being in somebody’s jail on today, I would smack this fast fiance, Beyonce, whatever-her-name is, into another nationality!

        Sasha: I like Beyonce, but she can’t be all on my daddy. EW!

        Malia: Why is Beyonce trying to get with Daddy? That is so inappropriate and wrong. To the left, to the left, every song of yours into my Mac’s recycling bin to the left.

        • Aquagranny911

          LOL! I think you nailed it especially Malia….

          …”inappropriate and wrong”…seems exactly like something she might say.

      • AxelFoley


  • rikyrah

    The discomfort with an unapologetic president

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:04 AM EST.

    It didn’t take long for congressional Republicans to start complaining about President Obama’s second inaugural. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, “I didn’t hear any conciliatory remarks,” as if it’s incumbent on a re-elected president to pacify those who tried to defeat him. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) all made similar comments.

    And wouldn’t you know it, a variety of pundits from the D.C. establishment soon followed in the same vein. National Journal’s Ron Fournier said Obama had been “fiercely partisan” and paid no mind to the “delicate art of compromise.” Michael Gerson, perhaps listening to a different speech altogether, heard a president argue “even the most commonplace policy disagreements indicate the bad faith of his opponents.”

    Dana Milbank seems terribly disappointed that the president could have presented a “unifying” message, but didn’t.

    What followed was less an inaugural address for the ages than a leftover campaign speech combined with an early draft of the State of the Union address. Obama used the most visible platform any president has to decry global-warming skeptics who “still deny the overwhelming judgment of science.” He quarreled with Republicans who say entitlement programs “make us a nation of takers.” He condemned the foreign policy of his predecessor by saying that “enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.”

    “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate,” the president informed his opponents.

    • GN

      Here’s the thing: that is a unifying message–“let’s have a civil debate with differences of opinion but it has to be based on facts” should be unifying to anyone save people who want to continue with the bs.

    • Aquagranny911

      Oh, McCain…BITE THE BIG CACTUS! You are such a bitter, nasty old man…retire por favor!!!

    • Ebogan63

      That ‘olive branch’ isht sailed on when you GOP assholes f’ed with PBO. You’ve messed with da bull, so you get the horns.

      • Aquagranny911


        • AxelFoley


    • Camille

      Dana Milbank is a slimy, malicious, shit-stirring, sadistic asshole.

      So what else is new?

    • AxelFoley

      Their concern is duly noted.

  • rikyrah

    The politics of crowd size

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:00 AM EST.

    Many of President Obama’s detractors seemed pleased yesterday morning when reports pointed to diminished turnout for his second inaugural. After historic crowds four years ago, most estimates said the 2013 audience would be less than half as big, and Obama’s critics took saw that as meaningful evidence of … something.

    But as Inauguration Day wrapped up, the right’s talking point started to look far less compelling.

    At least one million people attended the president’s swearing-in on Monday, an inaugural official said.

    That far surpassed projections of between half a million and 700,000 attendees provided by inaugural planners before the event. But despite the healthy turnout, the crowd size was far below the president’s first inauguration, where an estimated 1.8 million flooded the National Mall.

    In a case like this, context is everything. Looking back through recent history, Bill Clinton’s first inaugural drew about 800,000 people in 1993, which was considered an enormous crowd. In contrast, about 300,000 came to see George W. Bush’s first inaugural, and 400,000 saw his second.

    It’s true that Obama’s crowd yesterday wasn’t nearly as big as the audience from 2009, but the 1 million people who showed up was significantly more than Bush’s two inaugural crowds combined — a detail some on the right chose to overlook when making a fuss yesterday morning

    • crazycanuck

      also they stopped letting people into the Mall.

      • AxelFoley

        And I noticed the cameras didn’t stay too long on the crowd, so you couldn’t get a good look at the size.

        Too bad for them I got quick reflexes and saw how big it was before they cut away. Yeah, Obots rolled a mil deep yesterday.

        • Aquagranny911

          I can go you one better. My Sis recorded 2009 inaugural on a DVD & she did the same this time. We did stop action & compared the crowds. The media can eat caca! There had to have been at least I mil there yesterday.

          This is just more media BS. They did this same thing to all the PBO crowds leading up to the election. And remember how they tried to blow up the size of Robme crowds. The media is pathetic!

          • conlakappa

            The explanation I heard for the numbers being higher than expected? Warmer temperatures than expected. Yeah, that is why people came from all over the place.

    • Aquagranny911

      I want to point out something I think. In the beginning of 2009 a lot of people still had not felt the full pinch of the economic collapse so they were able to spend the money to go to DC.

      This time around, more people have been out of work, a lot have just gotten back to work. There is not so much spare money around for trips to DC, especially for so many of us who live at great distance.

      I doubt this has been factored into all the BS about crowd sizes. Besides the real proof is in the pudding of all the grass roots support PBO had & still has, imo!

    • TresL

      I didn’t realize that a politician had to receive the same or greater support/attendance in elections/inaugurations. But, I guess once PBO came along, as with everything, the rules changed.

      It’s such a non-issue and is not much different than a man initially being overly attentive to a woman he’s courting to barely remembering their anniversary after they’ve been married a few years. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t still love her; it only means that the excitement of a new romance has transitioned into a settled relationship which does not necessarily signify anything of import. Besides, now that he’s re-elected this silliness about crowd size means even less now than it did during the campaign.

      • Aquagranny911

        Great analogy! I have trouble remembering my anniversary sometimes but I love my Hubby even more now than the day we married. The over 40 years we have had together is worth way more then that blush of first love!

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  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: What Obama’s Inaugural tells us about the next four years
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 22, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Yesterday, President Obama used his Inaugural Address to lay out an expansive case for progressive governance, one rooted in the country’s founding, history and identity, vowing action on everything from climate change to immigration to voting reform to gun control to expanded civil rights for women and gays.

    What knits all these specifics together, however, is the speech’s implicit recognition that in order to accomplish any of these goals, he will have to defeat the opposition, rather than win it over. Indeed, one of the most significant things that happened yesterday is that Obama signaled recognition of the true nature of the implacable opposition he faced during his first term and will inevitably face for the duration of his second one. This means a second term in which Obama, rather than forever chase after the illusory notion that he can secure bipartisan cooperation through outreach and charm — not to mention adopting Republican ideas outright — will resort more directly to executive actions and to mobilizing the public to force cooperation wherever possible.

    Fewer than 24 hours have passed since Obama’s speech, and we’re already reminded of the governing realities he faces. It appears likely that Harry Reid will announce to Senate Dems today that he favors watered down filibuster reforms that he has negotiated with Mitch McConnell. This all but ensures more unprecedented levels of obstruction from Senate Republicans. Meanwhile, it isn’t even clear that the GOP-controlled House can pass a temporary debt limit increase to avert default, thanks to House conservatives who would sooner flirt with economic Armageddon than cooperate with Obama and Democrats.

  • rikyrah

    Red state Dems squeamish about gun background checks
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    In one sense, it’s understandable that some Senators up for reelection in 2014 — particularly those from red or purple states — are reluctant to take a position on Obama’s proposed assault weapons ban. There is no actual bill yet, and there are legitimate questions around how to define an “assault” weapon and around whether the law can be effective, given the loopholes that badly undermined the 1994 version.

    But the assault weapons ban is not even the centerpiece of Obama’s proposal. Universal background checks are, and if Obama gets that it will be a major achievement in its own right. Given that huge majorities — including of Republicans and gun owners — favor universal background checks, you’d think Dems up for reelection could support them. Right?

    The picture is mixed. Thus far, only two Dems up for reelection next year are supportive of background checks, while the others either won’t say yet or have not responded to my questions. Here is the state of play, based on outreach to their offices:

    • So they’ll do what has worked so well in the past. Run away and vote against it. Then like 2010 they’ll get wiped out in 2014.

  • rikyrah

    Will Immigration Reform Hurt African-Americans?

    Seeing Red AZ questions the Democratic coalition:

    [W]hy would black American citizens, who have disproportionately high rates of unemployment both locally and nationally, be among those encouraging more illegals to be given legal status — allowing them to compete for jobs these citizens need and should have? … The Business Insider reported that while the overall employment rate remains weak, job reports show that minorities are still getting hit much harder by the job crisis — with African Americans suffering the highest unemployment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics show the unemployment rate for black Americans jumped to 14.0 percent last month, from 13.2 percent the previous month. Hispanic unemployment was unchanged at 11 percent, while 184,000 more black Americans went jobless.


    Such conclusions are bolstered by a 2006 paper [pdf] by George Borjas, Jeffrey Grogger and Gordon Hanson for the National Bureau of Economic Research:

    Using data drawn from the 1960-2000 U.S. Censuses, we find a strong correlation between immigration, black wages, black employment rates, and black incarceration rates. As immigrants disproportionately increased the supply of workers in a particular skill group, the wage of black workers in that group fell, the employment rate declined, and the incarceration rate rose. Our analysis suggests that a 10-percent immigrant-induced increase in the supply of a particular skill group reduced the black wage by 4.0 percent, lowered the employment rate of black men by 3.5 percentage points, and increased the incarceration rate of blacks by almost a full percentage point

    • Aquagranny911

      Do they ever factor in how many Latinos work “under the table” or never file for unemployment benefits due to fears of drawing attention to their immigration status or that of other family members?

      This seems like another “divide & conquer” piece of BS to me. What does POU think? Shouldn’t we all be working together to raise each other up?

      • qosine

        I agree, AG. Another reason why PBO’s re-election really, really matters. His approach will prevent the bad faith actors from using immigration as a way to pit people against each other. I think that’s another reason for the many references to “we,” “collective action,” “together.” IMHO

        • Aquagranny911

          Gracias, Amiga! I heard that also in his speech.

      • It’s crap. Legalizing immigrants means not being able to pay a substandard wage for whatever the job. That was the point people like Caesar Chavez were making. You can’t compete for a job that you know at a minimum is worth 13 an hour if the employer can get away with paying a whole lot less. Imo any legislation has to take direct aim in that direction.

      • AxelFoley

        Yup, divide and conquer. They always try that shit. They tried it this last election and it didn’t work.

        And this ain’t gonna work.

      • TyrenM

        Sullivan acting like he doing us a favor? Don’t believe the hype.

    • Town

      Legalizing Hispanic immigrants has nothing to do with why white employers are discriminating against black people. Don’t fall for the okeydoke.

      • Aquagranny911


    • Camille

      This deliberately divisive and insidious meme has been wielded to great effect with a lot of low information folks of colour.

      It’s the attempt to drive a wedge and exploit the distrust and resentments that form from the lies and fears they’ve essentially planted.

      That’s their plan. So now it’s up to us to preemptively squash it.

    • Here we go. The inevitable mythical pitting of POC vs POC that the media trots out periodically. If Latinos win we lose and vice versa. Has a late sixties aroma to it.

      • AxelFoley

        It’s what they do. They know that if all POC united, plus poor whites, it’s over for them.

        Only thing holding shit up is poor white people, who mostly vote against their own best interests.

        • TyrenM

          Thank you Axel. Couldn’t have said it betta.

  • rikyrah

    Paul Ryan vs. Paul Ryan
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:25 PM EST.

    President Obama included a line in his inaugural address yesterday that seemed to be a direct rebuke to the ideology he defeated during the last election. “The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us,” he said. “They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.”

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), not surprisingly, took notice and defended his ideology today, arguing that the president was attacking a “straw man.”

    • Aquagranny911

      Ryan can go suck cholla!

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! I’m totally wrung dry today!

    I spent all yesterday with Sis & a few others watching every moment of the inauguration. We cried, we laughed, we cheered & I confess we also booed a few Repugs. It was a real Par-Tay for all of us!

    I do have to be a bit cheeky and say that from the dancing last night, I think that the Obamas & the Bidens got ‘lucky’ later, lol. At one point Sis called out to Joe & Jill: “Get a room, already!”

    Everyone looked gorgeous. I loved both Michelle & Jill’s clothes throughout the event & Malia & Sasha were both adorable. It’s hardly ever cold enough here but I do lust after those leather gloves Michelle wore.

    PBO’s speech was just a knock out & I confess I cried through most of it. What a great choice in all the other participants & we were all impressed & delighted with Ricardo Blanco…beautiful poem & a cute guy!

    Anyway, I’m tired today but it’s a happy tired.

  • Town

    War on VA Voters:

  • Miranda

    African-American ‘baby doll’ tradition returns to Carnival in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The “baby dolls,” an on-again, off-again Mardi Gras tradition of New Orleans’ African-American community, are on again.

    The troupes of women strutting and prancing in bonnets, garters, and skimpy or short, ruffled dresses on Fat Tuesday also are being spotlighted in a new book and museum exhibit that trace their history and modern rebirth.

    When the predominantly African-American Zulu krewe hits the streets on Fat Tuesday — Feb. 12 — its marchers will include the Baby Doll Ladies, a troupe formed after Hurricane Katrina. They play tambourines and cowbells to accompany their dance, a hip-hop style called bounce.

    Though Mardi Gras celebrations date from the city’s French founding in 1718, historians say the baby doll tradition started in 1912 when black prostitutes who worked just outside the legal red-light district called Storyville dressed up on Mardi Gras to outdo their legal rivals.

    more here×9

    • Interesting! I would love to see the exhibit.

      BTW, they need to do a movie about Storyville.

      • nellcote

        That Brooke Shields movie was about Storyville.

        • TyrenM

          Pretty Baby?

    • rikyrah

      this gif will live forever…LOL

    • nellcote

      I wonder what PBO and Boner were talking about.

      • morphus

        TheHill: Report: Boehner’s inauguration smoke joke had first lady’s eyes rolling

        “Having a smoke is no joke to Michelle Obama.

        A lip-reader claims Speaker John Boehner’s question about cigarettes at the inaugural luncheon is what triggered an eye roll from the first lady.

        Larry Wenig, a lip-reading expert, tells “Inside Edition” that his analysis shows the Ohio Republican asked President Obama if he had a cigarette before the Monday luncheon.

        While Obama quit smoking in 2010, Boehner still lights up. Obama has called giving up the habit for good “hard.”

        According to Wenig, Boehner was referring to Michelle when he quipped to the commander in chief, “Somebody won’t let you do it.”

        A silent video of the exchange shows the first lady then rolling her eyes.”

        • 2 things.

          1. Michelle checked him

          2. Boehner is an idiot.

          • conlakappa

            3. Mind you, Johnny Orange claimed that he gave up smoking before the President did. It seemed like a lie then, considering the man smoked like a chimney and like Dunhills or Tarreytons.

  • vulcan_girl

    Hey, y’all, I got back this morning around 7am!

    We had a really good time! We actually stayed in Baltimore and went to DC on Sunday and Monday. We had a bus tour on Sunday and the Inauguration on Monday. Enjoyed the tour, but since they were closing streets left and right, we didn’t get to see the White House! We did go to the MLK memorial which was awesome, and Rev Al was going to speak there but it was scheduled for after we left.

    Inauguration day left us feeling good and it was packed! The weather was good, too! They had the streets blocked to funnel us around and it was confusing and we had to do a lot of walking. At one point, some young and dumb white people at the front of the gates starting shaking them and shouting ‘Open these gates!’ and all the black and brown people started stepping back like ‘we ain’t trying to get tear-gassed by the National Guard on Inauguration day!’ We did get turned around and missed the parade, but since I’ve already met both of them before, I was okay with that. The only fly in my ointment was that I didn’t get a flag like everybody else!

    We also went to the Inner Harbor and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore. I had a good time and was already planning on a trip to DC, but will definitely go sooner than later.

    • rikyrah

      At one point, some young and dumb white people at the front of the gates starting shaking them and shouting ‘Open these gates!’ and all the black and brown people started stepping back like ‘we ain’t trying to get tear-gassed by the National Guard on Inauguration day!’


      • isonprize

        white privilege really is stupid, ain’t it?? LOLOLOL

        • conlakappa

          Fools trying to occupy the inauguration…

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share! Sounds like you enjoyed yourself despite a few “difficult” people. Sounds like muy estupido behavior, too bad they did not get a good dose of mace!

      Sis & I are thinking of making a trip to DC, maybe this summer. Is it true that museums are free? We also want a tour of the WH but would both probably faint if we actually got to meet Michelle or PBO there like some folks did today.

      • MsKitty

        AG, if you want to do a WH tour be sure to get your request in as soon as you get your dates set. My congresscritter’s office says at least 6 months ahead is best, especially for summer and December when demand is high.

        • Aquagranny911

          Thanks! We were thinking maybe June or go into fall September or early October. We will not go to DC without a tour of the White House!

          It’s just a dream we discussed yesterday. Neither of us are getting any younger & we would both like to see DC before it is too late. Especially we want this visit while PBO is President.

          You will laugh when I tell you that back in November when PBO got re-elected Sis came up with this idea how she & I could make a “day trip” for the inaugural.

          Yesterday we had a more practical discussion. Thank you for the advice.

          • conlakappa

            Factor in lunch with me when you visit–I don’t work too far from the White House and would treat. Surely, seeing Las Hermanas would be worth the price of admission!

          • Aquagranny911

            You would actually take two short lumpy old chicas from Arizona to lunch…in public?

            This would definitely be worth one of the
            must do’s on our list if we can manage to get there without “hermana” mayhem. Sis wants to do a road trip because she hates flying.

            If I could manage to steal my brother’s RV this could be a Latina remake of Thelma & Louise do DC!

            All joking aside, that’s a very sweet offer I won’t forget.

          • conlakappa

            I have all kinds of friends. What, you think you are the only “lumpy old chica” I know? Hmmph. It would be a hoot.

    • dannie22

      ole dirty bastard?

      • rikyrah

        BWA HA HA HA AH HA

      • Daltex82


      • Aquagranny911

        Kiddo, from my experience no man is “too old” or “past it” until he is lying in his coffin!

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG** :>)

          —LOL — -**Spoken on my way 2 da -BAD LOUNGE”

          YA MEAN- — ‘TIL they R COMPLETELY STIFF??****

          – –***Ring! Ring!- – –Pizza PLACE:- – -1 LARGE with EXTRA CHEESE- –Please — -DELIVER.*** LOL

          – — LOL — -I had 2!! :>) — -Good 2 C U –AG. :>)- –

          • Aquagranny911

            Meet you there! FIST BUMP, BIG HUGS! I’ll probably nap on the couch since I’m just about partied out from yesterday!

            ♥ ♥ ♥

      • AxelFoley

        Bill: Yeah baby I like raw! Yeah baby I like it raaaaaaaawww!

    • Alma98

      Bill looking at Kelly Clarkson – She reminds me of Monica.
      Bill looking at Bey – I sure would like a taste of that!

      He was also all up on John Legend’s wife.

      • AxelFoley

        I’ma quote Tupac for Hillary: You got a playa for life, that’s no bullshittin’.


    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Sepia. — – -***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      – – -LOL – – –SHOOOOOOT!- – – -I STILL —GOT IT! HAH!–Jus’ NOT 4 —- -NEVAMIND!! – – -LOL- –

      THANK U. :>) Good 2 C U. Sepia. :>)–

      • Camille

        You Sis, are quite the mischievous one. LOL!

        • GreenLadyHere

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

          – – – –LOL – — -I KNOW -HUH!? – –LOL – — BUT — he helped. :>) – —

          Good 2 C U SisCamille. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — BWAHAHA —- Your AFTANOON –LAFF!! LOL — -He said WHA’? – – LOL.

    – – — –Mega-Rich Professional Golfer Complains That Paying Higher Taxes ‘Doesn’t Work For Me Right Now’ — –

    – – —As governments at both the federal and local levels attempt to cut down budget deficits, taxes are going up on wealthy Americans like superstar professional golfer Phil Mickelson. The federal tax rate returned to its Clinton-era levels for income above $450,000 at the beginning of 2013, and voters in California, where Mickelson lives, approved a three percentage point tax increase on incomes above $1 million in November.

    Such increases have helped — California is projecting a budget surplus for the first time since 2007. But for Mickelson, who made more than $40 million in tournament winnings and endorsements in 2012, the higher tax rates are a reason for “drastic changes,” like potentially moving out of his home state, he told CBS Sports:

    I’m not sure what exactly, you know, I’m going to do yet. I’ll probably talk about it more in depth next week. I’m not going to jump the gun, but there are going to be some. There are going to be some drastic changes for me because I happen to be in that zone that has been targeted both federally and by the state and, you know, it doesn’t work for me right now. So I’m going to have to make some changes. […]
    – — -SNIP — –
    – – –Meanwhile, the amount of taxes paid by the wealthy has plummeted over the last two decades, even as states like California face budget deficits that force them to cut spending on education, public safety, and poverty and children’s programs. And while he complains about his burdensome tax rate, the average California household would have to spend the next 775 years working to make what he made last year alone.
    –THERE IS MORE.- —

    GET your — TH’OW-UP – BUCKET!– -LOL- —

    – —POU FAM♥ — REACTION!!<– — -LOL – —

  • PBomb

    Ok, I am sorry but Wes Welker’s wife is just as crazy as he is. Miss Hooter’s 2005 needs to go sit down somewhere…

    Wes Welker’s wife trashes Ray Lewis on Facebook after Raven beat Patriots

    Anna Burns Welker, wife of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, took to her Facebook page after last night’s AFC Championship Game to take shots at Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis.

    In the recently removed post, Welker stated: “Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!”

    Big Lead Sports first reported about the post earlier today.

    Read more here:

    • MsKitty

      I’m not the biggest fan of Ray Lewis, but the way folks have been carrying on about him the last couple of days has been ridiculous. It’s like shades of Michael Vick all over again.

      • PBomb

        I agree, I am not the biggest fan either. He is getting the Michael Vick treatment.

        But geez, this is the second one of the Patriots’ wives have said something. They are such sore losers.

    • Joy

      Says the Hooter’s hoochie. I know Miss Display My T&A isn’t trying to question someone else’s morals. I dislike RA, but seriously. And way to emasculate your husband.

    • Well, some people don’t think a woman posing face down, ass up in a string bikini in clurr heels is wife material. Just sayin’.

    • You lost. Get over it.

    • sagittarius

      I am a Ray Lewis fan. I don’t know exactly what happened during that incident and I don’t think anyone but the folks involved know the exact details. Now, folks may have some disagreement about it, but he has expressed remorse and came to an accommodation with the families.

      If Ray had the complexion for the protection, the party line would be… that chapter is closed. He paid his debt to society. He is being drug like Michael Vick. Drug like most black men who made a mistake and are intelligent, strong, excellent in their professions and oh — sexually attractive with swag for days.

      Now regarding the 6 babies and 4 babies mamas – not my business. It is my understanding that he takes care of his children. Works for me. Oh… and as far as four babies mamas are concerned.. I’m jelly. Ray could get it everyday, twice on Sunday and three times Saturday night.

      • TyrenM

        Oh… and as far as four babies mamas are concerned.. I’m jelly. Ray could get it everyday, twice on Sunday and three times Saturday night.


  • GreenLadyHere

    – –OH! —NO!-– — Psssssst –nra(CISTS) —NOW WHA’?

    —-Lone Star College shooting: Victim’s sister speaks — –

    – – — A shooting on a Texas community college campus wounded three people Tuesday and sent students fleeing for safety as officials placed the campus on lock down, officials said.

    Harris County Sheriff’s Maj. Armando Tello said authorities had detained a person of interest. He did not provide any details about the people who were wounded, such as whether they were students or included the person who was arrested.

    Authorities thought there could be a second shooter, according to a law enforcement official in Washington who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the ongoing case.

    The school’s official Twitter feed said the shooting was between two people and that the situation was under control. It had issued an alert on its website earlier, telling students and faculty to take immediate shelter or avoid the campus.

    – —-WE KNOW. –Ifff — -THEY HAD GUNS – –THEY coulda — -PROTECTED THEMSELVES.- – —

    Uhhh – – -waitaminute. . . THEY WERE the SHOOTERS!! – –
    – —***shakin’ my head***- — INCREDULOUSLY!!- – –

  • GN

    The overlooked plight of black males

    …One issue in particular cries out for attention while receiving almost none. Our politics moves from budget showdown to cultural conflict to trivial controversy while carefully avoiding the greatest single threat to the unity of America: the vast, increasing segregation of young, African American men and boys from the promise of their country.


    Who in America devotes sustained, practical attention to young African American males? “Perversely enough,” Hugh Price of the National Urban League has observed, “the only potent lobby that looks after their food, clothing and shelter is the prison-industrial complex, which thrives on incarcerating them.”

    This general lack of national urgency is an indictment of people on the whole ideological spectrum, including liberals…

    • MonieTalks

      Hopefully we can integrate a nationwide African American action plan into Organizing for Action. One that is not steeped in the foolish cynicism and signifying of the Tavis Smiley/Cornel West School of Thought.

      • GN

        School of Buffoonery more like it lol. Clowns.

        To be serious, President Obama never ran on overt black issues, he has never promised to be a civil rights leader. He is a clearly friendly presence in the WH to our interests, and has never had any sort of “Sista Souljah” moment or anything of that type.

        I’m more inclined to ask what folks like Ben Jealous (who IMO is off on a tangent) are doing; more inclined to ask myself what ordinary people like me are doing in terms of volunteering. We have a power deficit, a lot of our civil rights language has been co-opted, too much of the lefty /sole patrol media only discusses our issues insofar as they can be used to attack PBO, and too many of us think that “pull up your pants and stop shooting each other” is the sum total of what needs to be done (IMO it’s part of it, but not the entire solution)—these problems I think are what we can start to address in terms of why there is so much less attention paid to the emergency conditions cited in that article.

  • MonieTalks

    Wow….had not heard of this until now.

    From Jan. 17:

    Family of Murdered LA Boy Begs TMZ to Pull Graphic Video of Shooting
    The family of Andre Lowe has petitioned to get the footage removed

    A man was shot dead outside a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning in the throes of a massive brawl… and our photog captured it all.”

    That’s how TMZ describes its graphic footage of 19-year-old Andre Lowe being shot and killed just four days ago. Andre’s family, meanwhile, is devastated – and having video of Andre’s murder online, replete with nearly 1,000 comments (many of which are pretty vicious) from TMZ users, makes grieving in peace practically impossible.

    After four days of desperately trying to get TMZ to take down the footage, Jason Andrews, one of Andre’s uncles, launched a petition asking TMZ to remove the video and apologize to his family.

    Read more at EBONY
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    • GN

      Just terrible.

      • sagittarius

        Why am I hearing your comment in Charles Barkley’s voice?

    • crazycanuck

      Horrible, TMZ is slime personified. As a poster said why not give the video to the authorities.

      It’s interesting that the parents went to and not their local NAACP or got in contact with the CBC. Where were they anyway to guide the Parents in this matter?

      • Camille

        But as long as the mainstream media continue to treat TMZ as a credible arm and a constant source for “news” items and their “reporters” as “experts”, Harvey Levin and his bitter, sadistic butt will continue to degrade and wreak havoc on people’s lives and our society.

        At what point do the rights and privacy and humanity of people in their most vulnerable state become off limit to exploitation for any reason?

    • AxelFoley

      TMZ refuses, then it’s time for the family to go down to TMZ’s office and whoop some ass.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –Oooo-kaaay.- —***side eye*** BUT – —ANOTHER CHANCE. . .LOL- – –

    – —-Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option – –

    – – —Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is giving Republican colleagues 36 hours to agree to a deal on filibuster reform or he will move forward with the nuclear option.

    “I hope in the next 24, 36 hours we can get something we agree on. If not, we’re going to move forward on what I think needs to be done,” Reid told reporters.

    Reid’s trump card in negotiations with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is the threat he will change Senate rules with a simple majority vote, a tactic known as the nuclear option. This maneuver would allow Reid to change the Senate rules with a simple majority vote, something that has never been done, according to parliamentary experts.

    Critics call it the nuclear option but proponents, such as Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) say it is more accurate to describe it as the “Constitutional option” because the Constitution empowers each chamber to set its own rules.

    Reid predicted the Democratic caucus would support him in reforming the Senate’s filibuster rule unilaterally.

    If he did so, he would likely implement a relatively modest change, such as eliminating the filibuster on motions to proceed to new business.

    Reid said talks with McConnell are not close to a resolution.

    “We’re making progress. Not done yet, we got a long way to go,” he told reporters while walking into the Senate chamber.

    [Gotta “HIT DA ROAD”. – -C Ya soon. :>) –GLH♥]

    • Harry’s got the votes.

      • Camille

        Great! Let’s get this done.

  • crazycanuck

    Looks like Nutanyahoo is going to win Israel’s election. Hate to say it, but the Palestinians will never get their state. NEVER. Israel will simply keep building and building and pushing them out, knowing full well the world and unfortunetely your government will not do a dam thing but keep giving them billions of dollars.

    • goldenstar

      Looks like a lot of Israelis have had their fill of Mr. Cowboy so he needs to watch his step. I think that a lot of folks want to work toward 2-state solution because they know that would provide security. I do think that this is sooner rather than later.

      • crazycanuck

        I don’t think there is any chance of a two state solution now. Right behind the nut is an even more right wing group.

      • Netanyahu emerges weakened from Israeli elections

        By Joel Greenberg, Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 4:24 PM

        JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged weakened and facing a redrawn political map Tuesday after Israeli television projections showed a surge for a new centrist party, Yesh Atid, in Israel’s elections, making it a key element of a future coalition.

        Netanyahu’s ticket combining his rightist Likud party with the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu faction won 31 parliamentary seats, according to the projections, a sharp decline from the combined 42 seats held by the two parties in the outgoing 120-member legislature.

        The faction remained the largest in parliament, but its shrunken size meant that Netanyahu will be more dependent on smaller coalition partners to cobble together a parliamentary majority.

        He’s weakened but I don’t see anything coming out of this Administration or Congress that’s going to force him into a two state solution.

  • Alma98
    • crazycanuck

      Oh Great I didn’t see it earlier. I read that these were people who worked for OFA, who were given a tour.

      • Alma98

        Oh wow that was so nice of them to do this.

  • I’m not surprised by this as Mr. Kirk hinted that he may leave when he was on Joe Madison’s show a few weeks back.

    U.S. Trade Rep Ron Kirk is leaving administration
    By Al Kamen

    As expected for a couple of months, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, announced Tuesday that he’s leaving the administration at the end of February. He had told President Obama of his intentions shortly after the re-election in November.

    Kirk, who has headed the agency since March 2009, was elected in 1995 as the first African-American mayor of Dallas. He left that job in 2001 in an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2002. Kirk has also been a partner in the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins.

    …Possible successors include Fred Hochberg, a businessman who had been acting Small Business Administration chief in the Clinton Administration and is now chairman of the Export-Import Bank; Francisco Sanchez, currently Commerce undersecretary for international trade and before that assistant secretary of transportation in the Clinton administration; and Jeff Zients, former CEO of The Advisory Board Co. and now acting director of the Office of Managment and Budget.



    WWD is saying that Lael Brainard, a white woman and undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury Department, and Michael Froman, deputy assistant to PBO and deputy national security advisor for international economic affairs, are also in the running.

    • Ron Kirk was phenomenal.

    • Joy

      Love Ron Kirk! If never would have let Cowboys stadium be built outside Dallas County. I think he might have a better chance at Senate given that Texas has some big blue counties. Would love to see him back serving in this state in some capacity.

  • MonieTalks

    Lautenberg: Booker ‘entitled’ to run, but no decision yet
    POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 3:19 PM

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who might face a 2014 primary challenge from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, said his fellow Democrat is “entitled” to run if he chooses to but suggested that he had to give a “spanking” to his potential rival for so openly coveting his seat.

    Booker has already formed a 2014 campaign committee, prompting anonymous Lautenberg aides to rip the mayor to Politico, accusing him of being “disrespectful.” I asked Lautenberg about that characterization this afternoon.

    “I have four children, I love each one of them. I can’t tell you that one of them wasn’t occasionally disrespectful, so I gave them a spanking and everything was OK,” Lautenberg said with a smile in his first public comments since Booker announced he was considering a run for Senate.


    • Camille

      I think that this has been the most incredibly disrespectful and cowardly thing I’ve ever seen.

      Shame on Cory Booker.

      Too chicken to take on the unimpressive, despicable, dishonest, bullying fat fuck from the other party as it should be, but quick to challenge the elder statesman in his own party.

      Not even the courtesy of having private conversations with the Senator and working with him to see if he’ll pass on his mantle.

      That tells you that Cory Booker besides being a self-serving, self-absorbed, self-promoting prick, is not even the remotely smart or savvy politician his fans would have you believe he is.

      Even I know that you don’t do this. Even if you think the guy is old, you still treat him with the respect and deference his age demands.

      If Cory Booker had played his cards right, he would have earned whatever support, goodwill, political machine Lautenberg still has.

      As I see things now, Cory Booker will certainly lose the support of those who see this unsavory kicking of the old guy to grab his job for what it is. And that’s not even counting the Senator’s own base.


      • rikyrah

        Too chicken to take on the unimpressive, despicable, dishonest, bullying fat fuck from the other party as it should be, but quick to challenge the elder statesman in his own party

        tell me about it.

    • I don’t like that “children” metaphor. *filing nails*

    • dannie22

      get’em booker!!

  • crazycanuck

    This story is making the rounds here lol. Sorry it’s yahoo.

    Paul MacLean’s evil twin is seriously freaking us out during Ottawa Senators game–nhl.html

    • Alma98

      That is creepy.

      • crazycanuck

        it really is lol.

    • AxelFoley


  • Too cool for words!

    President Obama reunited with veteran who inspired him
    By Karen Tumulty, Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 5:56 PM

    Five years ago, there had been a chance encounter in an Austin elevator between a Vietnam veteran and a future commander in chief. For the rest of the campaign, the candidate would carry the military patch that the stranger gave him that day.

    On Tuesday, Earl Smith met Barack Obama again — this time, in the Oval Office.

    …“They talked about their meeting, and the president said to Earl how much it had meant to him at the time, and how he enjoyed reading [The Washington Post] story about Earl,” Jarrett said. “He said to Earl, ‘I learned more about you, and my respect for you grew.’ ”


  • dannie22
  • MonieTalks

    That’s Obamacare! Homeless Florida man threatens to kill First Family, and First Dog, too, just to get medical treatment
    A Florida homeless man went to absurd lengths to get the medical care he needed.

    Stephen Espalin, 57, was busted for threatening to kill President Obama, the First Lady and their two daughters – as well as the First Dog, Bo.

    Espalin told Boca Raton authorities and Secret Service agents he had sent a heat-activated bomb to the White House, the Sun-Sentinel reported. There was no evidence to support such a claim.

    “I would have no intent to hurt the President,” Espalin told a judge on Friday, according to the newspaper. “I realize it wasn’t the right thing to do. I uttered those words knowing the [federal agents] would come and take care of me.”

    Read more:

  • Evening Thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –Awwww — -DANG! – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –Awwwww – –DANG! – – –

    — – –US Trade Rep. Ron Kirk to step down in February
    – – – U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who worked to get trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama through Congress, is leaving the Obama administration next month.

    Kirk, a former mayor of Dallas, had served as the administration’s top trade negotiator through President Barack Obama’s first term in office.

    In a statement, Obama praised Kirk for cracking down on unfair trade practices by other countries.

    -YA KNOW — – -SOMEHOW I get the feelin’ that MR. PRESIDENT’s – –GOT A PLAN. :>)

    – – -THANK U -annnd BEST WISHES – – -US Trade Rep. Ron Kirk . :>)