January 21, 2017
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….and I’m still celebrating like Jim Messina!
GN! Did you hear?? Danielle “Prostitution Whoooooore!” Staub is coming back to Real Housewives of NJ!
ratings must have slipped
How could you guys watch that stuff lol.
Because…it’s like the Sopranos without the blood & gore. I laugh my ass off at that show.
lmao, it’s an acquired taste.
Alicia Keys is premiering her new album right now! http://www.youtube.com/AliciaKeys
Stocking stuffer. Daughter was glued to “This Girl is on Fire” during “Black Girls Rock.”
I still feel like Messina too.
I can’t believe that we dodged that bullett.
I’m just beginning to accept that enough sane people came out 2 weeks ago to stop that sociopath from becoming President.
Maybe its just where I live, but I swear I think people pulled out those bumper stickers right after PBO crossed the 270 line and put them on their cars that same night! Because I didn’t see nearly as many Forward and Obama 2012 and those symbol stickers before as I do now! More than me have noticed it too! LOL, one of my co-workers said “yeah, folks were a lil worried, but by 11pm they were outside putting that sticker on!”
You ain’t neva lied. I didn’t see as many Obama stickers/signs as I did in ’08 until about 2-3 weeks before the election. I knew PBO was still winning VA, but I was wondering where the excitement went. But we came thru for PBO like a champ, tho.
My conspiracy theory strengthens. Maybe.
The Karl Rove freakout on Fox News doesn’t make sense unless he knows something that the rest of us doesn’t.
Did Anonymous stop Rove from stealing the election?
Two weeks prior to Election Night, a typical Anonymous video was released warning Rove against rigging the election. “We want you to know that we are watching you, waiting for you to make this mistake of thinking you can rig this election to your favor,” Anonymous’ ubiquitous Guy Fawkes character warned.
Probably why rmoney & crew were SHELLSHOCKED with the lost.
did you see the video from, I think Tom Hartmann, going all in with ‘Anonymous’.
I am sitting right there, underneath the tinfoil umbrella.
his reaction on election night to Ohio just wasn’t right.
the rest of Fox was in mourning…he wasn’t. he was confused. ..cause, it wasn’t supposed to be that way.
No, I didn’t see it. Do you have a link?
Rove wasn’t acting a fool for nothing.
Here is the link:
Thom Hartmann discusses an article that says the hacker group, Anonymous may have been involved in stopping GOP mastermind Karl Rove from stealing the election in Ohio this year.
I will join you under that umbrella! Rove was just so wacked out on election night, there had to be more than just denial going on. I think he had something planned that didn’t work for whatever reason.
Joining you under the umbrella … DOJ’s voting change proposal targeting ‘provisional’ ballots is interesting. I would love to know the total number of ballots figuratively and literally ‘thrown away’. In Florida, ballots were ‘found’ in a warehouse again, a la 2000. Supervisor of elections said its no big deal, happens all the time. And, there’s the recent resignation announcements from a few voting officials.
If Anonymous is so bad ass, why didn’t they expose Rove as well as stop him? I want receipts on this.
They probably only had enough for a bluff (re-watching last week’s “Scandal”)…yep…that was all, they had enough for a bluff but not the goods. It didn’t make Rove blink, but it made some officials in Ohio scared.
one step at a time, jds, one step at a time…
They need to prove it and put Rove and crew in jail.
Oh….you still calling it a “conspiracy theory”?? I’ve long passed that marker on the road! I’m on “THE TRUTH” highway – we all know they planned to steal the election! No need to give even a fraction of one benefit of the doubt!
Yup there is no conspiracy theory considering they stole two elections once before. Hell for those of you on the fence read the Conyer’s docs.
I am like that lawyer from scandal. I have watched that video of Rove so many damn times. I watched that video of the votes being flipped in PA as well. What is really interesting is the tone of the Romney camp and their blatant arrogance in regards to winning this election.
They planned to steal this one right out in the open. The only question I have is what went wrong? I believe that the Ohio SOS chickened out. I also believe they were foolish to think they could steal PA hence the focus on PA weeks and days before the election. Lord knows I could go on and on lol.
Bottom line they thought they were slick. All that talk about Tagg owning the voting machines did not help them at all. Folks were watching them,waiting for them to pull some mess.
Shorter Anonymous: We surround you.
IT/Internet geek here. I’ve been deeply emerged in the computer industry for a very long time … long before the terms “IT”, “Internet” and “PC” came into common usage. I’m always absolutely dumbfounded there’s even an argument about whether an election result can be changed to favor a candidate given the fact that one company, ES&S, is involved in at least 41 states’ voting processes. Additionally, lessons learned from 2000 and 2004 elections showed that central vote tabulating servers in Tennessee changed Ohio’s vote tallies. Meaning, on election night during these election cycles, observers witnessed vote tallies slowing and irrationally decreasing in counties throughout Ohio favoring Bush and vote totals continued to reverse in his favor up to day of certification.
While observing this election cycle, I never believed that the GOP or Robme thought they could ‘honestly’ match or surpass PBO’s grassroots campaign. However, as the days ticked down to election day, my angst grew watching the thin veneer of the Robme campaign operate on autopilot while the cheerleaders in the media and pollsters created a ‘win’ storyline for public consumption. To me, the Robme con was even more evident when simply comparing the number of campaign offices on the ground in each state.
What did I believe? 1) The public assurances from red state Governors’ coalition announcing that their state’s entire election apparatus were embedded within Robeme’s campaign and would produce, on election night, a Robme ‘win’ regardless of what our lying eyes told us (in short, a multi-state repeat of 2000). After all, that $6 billion spent this election cycle went somewhere other than TV ads; and 2) PBO’s campaign and volunteers’ multifaceted approach simply overpowered built-in biases. And, for me, the most important powerful and unappreciated aspect of it all, the souls at the polls who stood in lines for hours.
This is spot on. Thank you!
Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 11/20/2012
Here’s a thought. Why don’t we make voting easy?
By Jonathan Bernstein
Of course: Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is reacting to Democratic electoral victories by trying to make it harder for people to vote. He wants to end same-day voter registration.
Same-day voter registration is, in fact, a bad policy — because registration should be automatic. But in the current situation it’s the least-bad of bad policies. That’s because everything about voter registration in this country is awful. We should have universal, automatic voter registration. Period. End of story. Just as most democracies do.
Having an extra burden on voters to get themselves registered (and, given how often Americans move, re-registered and re-registered again) is a bad idea. Granted, automatic voter registration for all would take federal government action, and there’s not much chance the the Republican House of Representatives will agree to anything like that any time soon. Still, it would be good to see some real movement on this in Congress, even if passage is unlikely this time around.
That’s not the only reform Congress could adopt. Senator Chris Coons has drafted promising reform legislation. Among his ideas: Giving federal grants to states that develop plans to make it easy to vote through streamlined registration, early voting, better training of election officials and other fixes. Separately, as Greg noted here recently, the Brennan Center for Justice has suggested a long set of reforms that would especially help alleviate election day problems.
Look: either you believe in democracy, or you don’t. If you do, you should be trying to make it easier for people to vote. Full stop. American elections administration right now is an embarrassment, but it’s actually a fairly easy problem to fix. Even if Democrats can’t do that alone, at the very least they should be fighting for better procedures. In the process, they would be making it clear that one side supports well-administered, high-participation elections — while the other side wants to select which voters will participate, with the goal of designing an electorate that suits its political needs.
Can unions save the white working-class vote for Democrats?
Posted by Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement on November 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm
Voters in union households provided a big boost to President Obama in Ohio and Wisconsin, where key battles over public sector unions have been waged. Their strong support helped him staunch big losses elsewhere among white working-class voters.
Are the results in Ohio and Wisconsin a road map for Democrats to win back the white working-class vote across the country? The data suggest probably not. The union vote didn’t make a difference among the white working-class nationally and union membership continues to erode.
White voters without college degrees made up nearly half of the total electorate in both Ohio and Wisconsin, according to exit polls, and Obama won a far greater share of these voters than he did nationally. In Ohio, 42 percent of non-college whites supported the president, as did 45 percent in Wisconsin; nationally, 36 percent backed his reelection.
Union households proved a key difference. More than one in five working-class whites in each state lives in a union household, and these voters backed Obama by double digits over Romney. By contrast, white non-college voters from non-union households supported Romney by wide margins.
There was no such union household divide at the national level. Roughly six in 10 non-college whites voted for Romney, whether they were in a union household (59 percent) or not (61 percent).
I’m just gonna say it. I don’t give a flying fuck about white working-class voters. The demographics have changed enough that they aren’t make or break anymore, wish the idjits in the MSM would figure it out.
If the white working-class voters can’t figure out where their interests lie, then I can’t help them…no one can.
that’s how I feel.
if being WHITE is so important to you that you’d vote for the WHITE MAN. who’d take away everything from the middle class…
2016 minorities will be 31% of the electorate and more after that. The Dems has had problems with white voters since ’68,
so this ain’t news.
Jim Messina: Jeep ad was Romney’s biggest mistake
Posted by Rachel Weiner on November 20, 2012 at 9:25 am
President Obama’s campaign manager said Tuesday that an ad suggesting Jeep was moving production to China was the biggest mistake made by Mitt Romney’s campaign.
“They ended up spending the last 14 days of the election in the Midwest on the defense,” Messina said at a Politico Playbook breakfast. The ad was criticized by factcheckers and by major car companies.
Messina said that one of the best decisions made by the Obama campaign was to hire non-political tech staff — advice he got from Google chairman Eric Schmidt.
If you asked Harper Reed, the campaign’s chief technology officer, what the campaign did, Messina said, he would say, ”They just built a whole bunch of things to make door knocking easier.”
Some of those tools — in particular, the social Dashboard — will be used to pressure lawmakers on a fiscal cliff deal, Messina suggested.
Messina said that one of the best decisions made by the Obama campaign was to hire non-political tech staff — advice he got from Google chairman Eric Schmidt._______________see what happens when you listen to people who have expertise in that area? The Obama campaign was headed by people who understood that they DONT KNOW EVERYTHING. Romney’s camp on the otherhand, each one thought they knew it all.
The dashboard was everything during the campaign. It allowed me to fit campaign work into my crazy schedule.
I’m so glad our brilliant President surrounds himself with brilliant people who serve him and the country well.
Rachel Maddow Smacks Down John McCain, ‘You need to know what you’re talking about’
By: Sarah JonesNovember 20th, 2012
Rachel Maddow smacked down the defacto foreign policy leader of the Republican Party, Republican Senator John McCain, for being both wrong and incompetent on foreign policy.
After playing a Chris Hayes montage of McCain getting it wrong repeatedly entitled “Arm the Rebels”, Maddow delivered the final blow, “(E)ven if you’re just the opposition, you need to know what you’re talking about. You need to have a basic level of competence. And doing what John McCain says is not a reasonable substitution for basic competence on this subject.”
Noting that the Republican Party still hasn’t admitted they got Iraq wrong, and that they ran Mitt Romney who has zero foreign policy experience, Rachel Maddow sees Republicans as allowing McCain to be their voice for foreign policy. This is a problem for the country since he is so often completely wrong on the subject.
Maddow ended her dedication to McCain’s incompetence with this brutal smack down, “There is a basic level of interest and competence required even of the opposition party on the subject, even if the country has decided they don’t want to put you back in the White House, not after what George W Bush did with it. Even if you’re just in congress, even if you’re just the opposition, you need to know what you’re talking about. You need to have a basic level of competence. And doing what John McCain says is not a reasonable substitution for basic competence on this subject.”
Second Act of a Scandal: Cue the Superlawyers and the Spinmasters
Even a peripheral character has retained a spokeswoman. Natalie Khawam — Ms. Kelley’s twin sister, whose main connection to the scandal is the reference letter Mr. Petraeus wrote for her in a messy child custody case — hired the celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred. Ms. Allred held a news conference at Washington’s Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday to “correct misconceptions” about her client.
“My sister Jill and I aren’t just twins, we’re best friends,” a tearful Ms. Khawam said in front of a dozen television cameras and 30 reporters, some of whom seemed puzzled as to the purpose of the gathering.
“We played varsity tennis together — she played net and I served,” Ms. Khawam said. Also, “we love to cook together — I usually bake and she sautés.”
-Yeah, I’d like to play tennis with them both:
Love, set and match, oh my!
I bet they could cook.
It gives the phrase “having a taste” a whole new meaning!
What in da hell……………….they held a press conference?!??! LMAO…oh some shit gonna come out! Oh this thing bout to be bigger than Marilyn screwing Jack AND Bobby!
messy, very very messy. And Gloria Allred too? MESSY.
Both seem to be publicity hounds who will sniff any ass that lets them. I wonder if the Generals got a twofer?
My dude, LOL
*terrorist fist jabs the Admiral*
Good Evening Sepia/POU FAM♥. ***BIG HUG(*** :>)
– – – – -***fist bump*** – – —OF COURSE IMMA JOIN MY POU fAM – -IN THIS – – -2 WEEK CELEBRATION!!. – –Woo! Hoo! – – –
Annnd a FEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS: — -Woo! Hoo!
– –☻ — –West Wing Week: 11/09/12 or “Our Journey Forward”
– –☻ – – –West Wing Week: 11/16/12 or “That’s Who We Are” – —
– –☻ — Obama departs on four-country Asian tour — –2 MAKE HISTORY! :>)
—PRESIDENT Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar,
— -YEAH WE STILL HAVING a – –CELEBRATION!! – -Woo! Hoo! —
Thank u –Sepia. :>) B Blessed. :>)
CHIPS has an utterly fabulous post recapping the President’s foreign trips of his first term.
so many goosebumps moments.
When you said CHIPS I was thinking you was talking about Ponch and Jon at first.
Axel, there really is something wrong with you. LOLOLOL
So did I hahahaha!
Yup,yup. The pictures posted there are RIDICULOUSLY FANTASTIC!! And there are plenty links in the post of other favorites that could have easily been included.
The first picture made me google that badass Gov. General Michaelle Jean of Canada. Love, love, LOVE her with her natural hair!!!
Sepia – — – — -HAH!! – – –He — –GOT – – —-GOT annnd CALLED OUT!!– —
– —Denny’s Franchise Owner Scolded By Company CEO For Anti-Obamacare Comments – –
– – —An owner of 40 Denny’s restaurants declared last week that he planned to add a five percent “Obamacare surcharge” to customers’ bills, earning him a rebuke from the chain’s CEO.
John Miller, who runs the Denny’s corporation, rushed to clean up the mess left by franchisee John Metz, whose comments on Fox News Thursday set off a firestorm. Miller made it clear that he didn’t agree with Metz’s comments and it was not the company’s policy.
The Huffington Post has more:
Denny’s chief executive John Miller privately reached out to Metz to express his “disappointment” with the Florida franchisee’s controversial statements about Obamacare, which sparked a wave of backlash for the national restaurant chain over the past few days. […]
“We recognize his right to speak on issues, but registered our disappointment that his comments have been interpreted as the company’s position,” Miller said in an email to The Huffington Post.
Metz also released a statement following their conversation expressing remorse for his comments.“We regret that the statements we made may have been interpreted as representative of the Denny’s brand or of other franchisees, which they are not,” Metz said. “Our stores do not have a 5 percent surcharge.”
THERE IS MORE – – – -HAH!
– – —TAKE DAT – -metz!! – – -HAH! – —
— P.S – — -Still NOT goin’ 2 eat there! – – -humph! – –
Sepia – –Sooo – I’m jus’ ’bout 2 post the White House -“Turkey Pardon” annnnd what do I find: —HATAS!! – —
— — –U gotta B SEATED 4 THIS —IL-logic!! LOL- –
— —PETA asks Obama to skip ‘outdated’ Thanksgiving turkey pardon ceremony – —
– – –The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to the White House on Tuesday demanding President Obama skip the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon.
While Obama will be preventing a turkey from being carved up, PETA called the ceremony outdated and accused the president of being in partnership with the “turkey-killing industry.”
In a letter, the animal rights group argues the annual White House ceremony “makes light of the mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds.” It also says the annual event “portrays the United States president as being in some sort of business partnership with the turkey-killing industry.”
– – –THIS – ->”You understand so well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history, and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing,” wrote PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in the letter.
– — -HANG ON — ->The letter also objects to the idea that the birds could be pardoned, arguing “they are not guilty of anything other than being born into a world of prejudice.”
LOL – – –MORE DRIVEL –FOLLOWS – – – -LOL – —
– –P.S. — President George H.W. Bush became the first president to formally announce the turkey pardon during the 1989 turkey presentation.
NOTHIN’ SAID — -UNTIL – –NOW!! — -‘CAUSE – – -HE BLACK – – -BLACKETY BLAH – —
WE KNOW!! – -geesh!!
To hell with PETA. The organization that uses sexist racist images of humans to defend animals. I’m actually not all that crazy about turkey, but TO HELL WITH PETA. To wit:
Dear PETA: Everyone Is Tired Of Your Bullshit – Posted by: The Angry Black Woman
isonprize – — ***fist bump*** —-
Thanks 4 the GR8 article. – —Found this COMMENT:
– –Matthew Daly
August 21st, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Fail is all PETA has ever done; if calling them on it would make them stop then they would have been stopped fifteen years ago. In their warped troll-like minds, donating money to HSUS and having a conversation that starts with the speaker affirming xir alliance with the notion of animal rights is a win for them. – – – -TRUTH!! – –
Good 2 C U. isonprize. – -PA! —-Woo! Hoo! :>) —
That settles it. My family is going to have Turkey, Ham, Dear, and Cornish Hen.
We’re going to PETA HQ and we’re going to eat it right in front of them.
HEEY LTMidnight. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
LOL – -Seeeee — -U — -a RIOT!! — – – –
DEY’ll – -B an ABUNDANCE — of – – – –PEARLS CLUTCHIN’ –annnnd da VAPORS!! – – – -lol
DON’T 4 get 2 TAKE THIS. — –
Good 2 C U – -LTMidnight. :>) — –HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2 U/YOURS!! – – -B BLESSED. :>)
I’m going to run away before someone drags me to the Lounge for the whole weekend. There isn’t enough Hornitos. I Checked. Besides we party way better at mi casa. Ducks & runs….
For Really: My heart to all of you at POU & have a wonderful, joyful & happy THANKSGIVING!!! I will see you again in a few mananas.
AG, have a blast with your family. Dance a step or two! ENJOY!!!
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving AG
Sepia – – -Sooo — -I’m thinkin’ of postin’ a positive article onmsnbc – — BUT — REV AL’s PIC was MISSING> – –
– – –MSNBC progressively began its transformation in to the progressive network it currently is, hiring people like Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz (who would later replace Olbermann), Lawrence O’Donnell, Reverend Al Sharpton – and Alex Wagner.
But — -I’m keepin’ in mind that REV AL — -does such – –OUTSTANDING — – COMMUNITY ACTIVISM/WORK —that “POLITICS NATION” –is NOT his ONLY “gig”. – -:>)
Annnd WE CONGRATULATE HIM!! :>)
Good night guys. Thanks for the international pics link on TOD. While there I saw this.
Alas, PBO does not care about the blahs /snark
Opportunities for Minority Students in the Solar Industry
The Energy Department’s Minority University Research Associates (MURA) Program seeks to address the gap by encouraging minority students to pursue careers in science and technology. Funded by the Department’s Solar Energy Technologies Program, MURA supports research associates and professors/principal investigators from selected schools as they perform renewable energy research projects during the academic year. These projects contribute to the development of cost-competitive, market-applicable technologies and help to achieve Energy Department goals.
The last round of awards, for projects in 2010-2013, funded six schools across the country for undergraduate internships, graduate student internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and funding for Howard University’s Center for Energy Systems and Control.
Jesus Ortega, a University of Texas – El Paso student, is supported with his research by a MURA award to his advisor, Vinod Kumar, for his work on thermal energy storage systems. MURA gave Ortega his first internship with the Energy Department and allowed him to see what the world of renewable energy has to offer. “At first I was a bit skeptical about the potential of these technologies,” Ortega said, “but now I am one of the lead student researchers in my school working with solar energy.” Ortega is thankful for MURA at his small university, as it offers him the same opportunities to grow in research fields and connect with people from bigger universities.
Sepia —– Hmmmm. . . Since I thought that THIS ISSUE was SETTLED —IMMA have 2 check further. – – –
– –Alabama black farmers sue USDA alleging discrimination – —
– —Around half a dozen African-American farmers in Alabama are filing a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for alleged discrimination.
The farmers are suing the federal agency because they alleged that loans provided to white farmers were not provided to them.
“Black folk, y’all need to wake up. Wake up black folk. This is what is going on in the United States. They don’t want us here. But it’s OK, we’re here,” said Mike Stovall, a farmer from Town Creek, Alabama.
According to Fox WBRC, a $1.2 billion settlement had been offered in this case; however, the Birmingham farmers say they are not part of that class action case, and theirs is an independent lawsuit that has yet to be addressed.
Robert Binion, a farmer from Clanton, Alabama, said, “The black farmer lawsuit started in 1999. They have tried on several occasions to pay us but they have failed to pay all of us.”
The black farmers are urging President Obama to get involved so that the Department of Agriculture can settle their lawsuit in a timely manner.
THERE IS MORE – —-
miranda – – –***tears**** -annnnd – –***smiles**** —
– – –Redskins and Harris Teeter to Feed 3,500 Families for Thanksgiving – — –
– —The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, along with several Redskins legends, will join the Hogettes, Santa Claus and more than 200 volunteers to distribute 3,500 turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets to Prince George’s County residents in need.
THERE IS MORE.
HOW ABSOLUTELY KIND annd GENEROUS, — B BLESSED. AMEN. :>)
– – –Dear POU FAM♥ — G’NIGHT. :>) – -MAY U HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS –♥ -♥ :>) – – –
– – –CONTINUE 2pRAY 4: – – -MR. PRESIDENT♥/VP Joe♥ [Happy Birthday]; – -the STORM VICTIMS/1st Responders; – -the ECONOMY/da PEOPLE; – –
– – – — -EACH OTHER♥ – – -MEN.♥- —
– — – –UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT♥ :>) — – –
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