October 20, 2014

Tuesday Obot Link Review | Afternoon Open Thread

GOP Stuck With Dumb (Romney), Dumber (Cain), & Dumberer (Perry) In Primary Fight News: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will announce on Tuesday that he will not run for president in 2012, ending weeks of feverish speculation that he might shake up a wide-open Republican race with a dramatic late entrance. Christie’s decision, Republican sources said, was to be unveiled at a news conference in the New Jersey state capital of Trenton at 1 p.m. (1700 GMT). The move followed days of meetings with advisers on whether he could swiftly put together an organization and mount a credible campaign. Read more here.

This Sh*t Is Just Hilarious To Me News: Herman Cain, the businessman who has never held elected office, has broken into the top tier of Republican presidential candidates in a new poll, running neck-and-neck with Texas Gov. Rick Perry while Mitt Romney has regained his status as the clear frontrunner in the race. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found Cain and Perry tied with 16% support among Republican leaning Americans. Romney leads the field with 25% support. It’s the second time in as many weeks that support for Cain has risen at Perry’s expense. Read more here.

Global Economic News: Greece has enough money to pay pensions, salaries and bondholders through mid-November, the finance minister said Tuesday, as global markets sank on worries that a messy default could bring down European banks and trigger another global recession. Read more here.

Jesus, Please Take The Wheel News: Islamist militants detonated a truck bomb Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Education in Mogadishu, killing at least 70 people, wounding dozens and shattering a relative calm that had prevailed in the Somali capital for weeks. The bomb blew up after coming to a halt at a security checkpoint. It left blackened corpses on the debris-strewn street and set other vehicles alight. Uniformed soldiers were seen dragging the wounded away. Read more here.

Dude You Killed The King Of Pop, Just Make A Plea Bargain Already News: None of the fingerprints on propofol bottles found in Michael Jackson’s bedroom or in his doctor’s possession belonged to the king of pop, sources close to the investigation told ABC News. That revelation might deal a crippling blow to Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense theory that Jackson himself took a lethal dose of propofol and the sedative lorazepam without Murray’s knowledge, creating a “perfect storm in his body that killed him instantly.” Murray is on trial for Jackson’s death and could face four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Read more here.

Happy Tuesday Obot family! Check out the links and come back to discuss. Now for today’s Tuesday Trivia….

What 1980 post-disco club classic is one-hit wonder Tag Team sampling in their 1993 hit single “Whoomp, There It Is”?

To get a pass from the “bad chair/Lay-Z-Boy/sofa/sectional/lounge” you must provide the song title and artist first (without using “teh Google” or “teh Wiki”). If no one is able to guess the correct answer by 8:00pm EST, I am keeping the pass for myself.

Can’t recall the answer? Take a listen and see if you can figure it out…

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Tuesday Obot Link Review | Afternoon Open Thread

Ho, Have A Seat News: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is rolling out an economic plan today that includes 59 ideas based on limiting government interference in the market to stimulate growth.
Released just days before President Obama plans to deliver a speech on job creation before a joint session of Congress, Romney’s plan hits well-tread Republican territory. It includes ideas like eliminating the capital gains tax for “middle-income” taxpayers and instituting other tax reforms, scaling back regulations, standing against some union interests and expanding domestic energy production. Read more here.

Keep The People Of Texas In Your Thoughts And Prayers News: The wildfires in Texas continue to roar out of control, destroying more than 1,000 homes. With seemingly no end to the flames in sight, more than 5,000 residents were evacuated from the most-threatened areas. Gov. Rick Perry told CBS that he hopes that today’s forecast calling for cooler temperatures and slowing winds would help firefighters make headway. But he stressed: “It’s still a very critical and very fluid situation.” The fires are being fueled by unforgiving weather conditions — the region’s relentless drought conditions and high winds attributed to former Tropical Storm Lee. Read more here.

What In The Uncle Daddy Hell? News: Are lax U.S. sperm donation policies setting the stage for accidental incest? That’s the fear among some parents and experts, after The New York Times reported a case in which a sperm donor may have fathered at least 150 children. This isn’t the first such discovery – large clusters of these so-called “donor families” are cropping up on registry sites where parents search to see if their kid has donor half-siblings. Read more here.

Meanwhile…..In Libya News: A LEADING member of Muammar Gaddafi’s security brigades, Mansour Dhao, has fled from Libya to neighbouring Niger. Niger officials said Mr Dhao and a group of Libyans had crossed into Niger on Sunday after several days of talks while they waited at the border. Read more here.

Team Serena News:  Serena Williams fought off the wind, along with brief flurries of effectiveness from her opponent, to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open yesterday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Ana Ivanovic. Williams closed out the match with four straight serves that Ivanovic couldn’t get back — clocked at between 99 and 111 mph in a blustery Arthur Ashe Stadium that had both players fighting with their tosses and topspin all day. Read more here.

Jesus, Please Take The Wheel News: A Woodacre man was arrested Monday on allegations he left his baby inside his car while he was at a Fairfax bar. Sergei Andrey Tchelakov, 47, was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of child cruelty. Bail was set at $50,000. Witnesses reported the child around 1:40 p.m. near the Iron Springs Pub and Brewery on Center Boulevard. With temperatures near 80, the 1-year-old boy was strapped into a car seat in direct sunlight with the windows up, said Fairfax police Chief Christopher Morin. When witnesses confronted the baby’s father, he went to the vehicle, rolled the windows down partially and went back inside. The witnesses then flagged down police. Read more here.

Happy Tuesday POU family! I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Check out the links and come back to discuss. Now for today’s Tuesday Trivia…..

What 1977 slow jam classic is Ice Cube sampling in his 1992 hit, “It Was A Good Day”?

To get a pass from the “bad chair/Lay-Z-Boy/sofa/sectional/lounge” you must provide the song title and artist first (without using “teh Google” or “teh Wiki”). If no one is able to guess the correct answer by 8:00pm EST, I am keeping the pass for myself.

Can’t recall the answer? Take a listen and see if you can figure it out…

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Tuesday Obot Link Review | Afternoon Open Thread

Obama Irene
POTUS News: With a “solemn anniversary” approaching, President Obama paid tribute today to the “9/11 Generation,” the more than 5 million military members who have served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond since deadly terrorist attacks on the United States. “In a decade of war, they have borne an extraordinary burden, with more than two million of our service members deploying to the war zones,” Obama said to an American Legion convention in Minneapolis. “Hundreds of thousands have deployed again and again, year after year.” “Never before has our nation asked so much of our all-volunteer force,” the president added, praising “that one percent of Americans who wears the uniform.” Read more here.
Michael Vick, NFLThe Comeback Kid Comes Back Full Circle News: Michael Vick’s return to the NFL elite received another boost when the Philadelphia quarterback agreed to a lucrative six-year deal that will make him one of the league’s highest-paid players. The contract is worth a reported $100m (£61m) and completes Vick’s rehabilitation into professional football after he spent 18 months in prison following his 2007 conviction on dog-fighting charges. The re-signing will be formally announced at a press conference on Tuesday. Read more here.

Meanwhile…In Libya News: As the hunt for Col Gaddafi himself goes on, Libyan officials accused neighbouring Algeria of an act of aggression for admitting his fleeing wife and three of his children. Algeria’s Foreign Ministry said Gaddafi’s wife Safia, his daughter Aisha and his sons Hannibal and Mohammed had entered Algeria on Monday morning, along with their children. “Beginning from this Saturday, if there are no peaceful indications for implementing this we will decide this manner militarily. We do not wish to do so but we cannot wait longer,” said Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of Libya’s interim council. Read more here.

Market News: Stocks rebounded Tuesday after a sharp morning sell-off that was sparked by a weak consumer confidence report. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) was up 23 points, or 0.2%, with Caterpillar (CAT, Fortune 500) and Boeing (BA, Fortune 500) among the big winners. Financial stocks remained under pressure with Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500) down between 1% to 2%. About half of the Dow 30 moved into positive territory. Read more here.
Just When You Thought Congress’ Approval Levels Couldn’t Go Any Lower, They Go And Do This News: Americans who saw their homes flooded, streets ripped apart and businesses disrupted by last weekend’s hurricane are about to face another storm: a new congressional battle as House Republican leaders seek to match any additional spending for disaster relief with equal cuts elsewhere in the federal budget. Unless additional disaster aid is appropriated, federal officials said communities trying to rebuild from natural disasters this year in the Midwest and South will have to wait while funds are diverted to help victims of Hurricane Irene. Read more here.
This Might Explain A Certain Person’s Behavior….I Mean, It Has Been Pretty Hot Outside This Summer News: RATES of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says. The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse. As many as one in five people reported ”emotional injury, stress and despair” in the wake of these events. Read more here.

Happy Tuesday POU Family! Check out the links and come back to discuss. Now for today’s Tuesday Trivia….


What 1956 calypso classic is Lil’ Wayne sampling in his 2011 single, “6 Foot, 7 Foot” featuring Cory Gunz?

To get a pass from the “bad chair/Lay-Z-Boy/sofa/sectional/lounge” you must provide the song title and artist first (without using “teh Google” or “teh Wiki”). If no one is able to guess the correct answer by 8:00pm EST, I am keeping the pass for myself.

Can’t recall the answer? Take a listen and see if you can figure it out…

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  • Alma98

    Harry Belafonte’s ” Banana Boat Song” and I’m mad Lil Wayne did this to it.

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

      I can’t front. I love the beat.

      DontJudgeMe(dot)com

      • Miranda

        I won’t judge you….if you don’t judge me that I like “Otis” – I can’t help it, I didn’t want to!!

        • Alma98

          Lmbao!!

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

          I know, right? After hearing it 50-11 times, ya just can’t help yourself! LOL!

          • BoomerGal

            Ain’t notthin wrong wit it. It’s called m-u-s-i-c. LOL!!

      • Alma98

        I won’t judge you Sepia considering I catch my hubby singing it sometimes.

      • TrumpDog

        I like it too.
        And I have a mini crush on Lil Wayne. It’s not that I think he’s particularly handsome. But he’s got the moves and is incredibly talented.
        /tinyswoon

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

      Congratulations Alma98! You’ve given the correct answer to today’s trivia which means you’ve won…………..…*drumroll* *Ed McMahon voice*

      A new car This week’s bad lounge pass! This pass gives you leeway to post the funniest, naughtiest, dirtiest, and downright meanest comment without being sent to the lounge.

      • Alma98

        Thanks carolinagirl.

    • Elie

      Sorry Alma, but I do not want to hear Harry Belafonte’s name or voice ever again!!! Ugh!! The man is such a disgrace to the Civil Rights cause he claimed to have fought so hard for.

      How is it that many of these loudmouth black “leaders” have done such a good job of swiftly undoing so much of the gains made thanks to the Civil Rights movement they all claim to have fought so hard within??

      Petty Jealousy? Envy? Short-sightedness? A serious affliction of Crab-in-a-barrel-itis?

  • isonprize

    E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!!!

  • isonprize

    Hey ya’ll that run this joint. Can you run a spellcheck on “CATEGORIES”? Photographers, Homelessness. Thanks. Don’t want folks thinkin’ that we ain’t edumacated…

    Just helping out when and where I can. Peace

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

    LMBAO @ that pic!

  • Ebogan63
    • Scopedog

      You gotta hand it to Shook–he goes right for the jugular, and uses FACTS, not made up bulls**t, to get his points across. I love his site and I love the way he just annihilates the fauxgressives who try to one-up him. He’s not having it.

      • BoomerGal

        I just checked it out. I don’t where he gets the patience. I feel like Joe Madison looked on Rev’s show today. He just closed his eyes and shook his head. It’s depressing. It really is.

    • nepat

      Thanks for that link. Never heard of the blogger before. Great righteous rant. I remember that MinistryofTruth diary. What a train wreck.

    • TrumpDog

      I love Milt Shook
      /swoon!

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

    Zerlina must be looking at a different CBC than me.

    Black Caucus benefits by criticizing Obama fairly

    By Zerlina Maxwell

    8:28 AM on 08/30/2011

    It’s the million dollar question. How do you properly critique the first African-American president as a member of his party, as a member of the black community, or both?

    First, how not to do it. Call President Obama “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.” That was Professor Cornel West, an outspoken critic of the president, who consistently fails to keep his verbal jabs based in policy and fails to offer any viable solutions. The personal flavor of his attacks and the sense that it’s clouding his judgment is not something that’s easily overlooked.

    A second way not to do it is to overstate Obama’s so-called mistakes and mislead the public. During the debt ceiling negotiations, progressive groups fundraised off of the claim that President Obama said he is “pushing for benefit cuts in important programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.” Since the White House provides full transcripts a quick Google search proved this claim to be substantially overstated. It should not be fundraising over facts.

    The Congressional Black Caucus on the other hand has stumbled upon the right way either deliberately or completely by accident. As they head on towards their last stop of the Congressional Black Caucus “For the People Jobs Tour” in Los Angeles this week, they are proving to be both vocal critics of the administration and loyal supporters.

    When Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) took the directive from voters at the first of the town hall meetings that the CBC should be “unleashed” on the Obama administration in response to the lagging economy it’s as if the 43 members burst into the media spotlight. Their move to become critical of the administration has gained some of the most prominent and positive media coverage the caucus has seen in years. There are few things the mainstream media likes more than Obama critics with a “D” in front of their names.

    The CBC’s critiques stand apart. They seem to be the only group or individual thus far to figure out that it is possible to both hold President Obama accountable and give him full throated support. Whether they can turn their efforts into legislative success is dependent upon their colleagues in the House of Representatives.

    MORE: http://www.thegrio.com/politics/black-caucus-benefits-by-criticizing-obama-fairly.php?page=1<b

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GIQMY4KEE2UAH3X3DCFYGB5UXY Desraye

      Could she be more delusional.

      • Ebogan63

        I’d like somebody to explain to me what the fuck does ‘holding PBO accountable’ means? To just black folks? To the fauxgressives? Shouldn’t the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES be ‘accountable’ to everyone?Since the citizens are his constituents.
        And prey tell Zerlina, how is ACA, SCHIP, saving the Auto industry, etc., not being fucking accountable??
        Taking a crap on a sitting Dem president does not do anything but cause folks NOT to vote and gives power to the Republicans, as the midterms showed. You want to hold him ‘accountable’? Give him a fucking Congress he can work with and create the conditions to, as every ‘progressives’ hero FDR said ‘make me do it!’ All of this bullshit screaming is like mice pissing on cotton.

        • Bri

          I am so sick of hearing the word accountable in refrence to POTUS. The CBC is not President Obama’s mama.

          • Elie

            Not only that, the CBC should be busy doing THEIR job of legislating and getting those darned Job bills to President Obama for his signature!!!

            Many of those CBC loudmouths are simply yelling to cover up for having done nothing in their 20-30 plus years stints in congress!!

            to hell with all of them!!!

        • Miranda

          “accountable” these days means “pretending like I give a rats azz while I simultaneously blame somebody else for what I won’t do”

          • GN

            Bingo, that is not their f-ing job, their job is to deliver programs and if they cannot because they are blocked by Republicans, they need to tell that to the country. The media will be the death of the USA if we let them.

    • Aquagranny911

      I know my eyeballs rolled back into my scull but I think my head also rotated like that kiddo in the movie “Exorcist” Please, please let the crazy just STOP!

    • nellcote

      it is possible to both hold President Obama accountable and give him full throated support.
      ===
      still waiting on the “full throated support” from the cbc

    • GN

      WTF, they are not in positions of authority to “critique” President Obama, they are in the House of Representatives to deliver legislation! This is insane.

      eta: Their move to become critical of the administration has gained some of the most prominent and positive media coverage the caucus has seen in years…

      Yes, because it helps the GOP! The caucus has not been covered prominently or positively until they took the Uncle Tom move of tearing down the first black POTUS and this person is crowing like that shit is something to be proud of. This is just beyond words.

      • Elie

        Thank You!!!

    • Elie

      Zelina is an idiot. Sorry.

  • rikyrah

    Rick Perry’s Jeremiah Wright: White People Gave Black People Rights; Civil Rights Leaders Deserve No Credit
    by ABL

    When my head stops exploding, I’ll let you know.

    Rick Perry planned to skip last weekend’s celebration and unveiling of the new MLK memorial in Washington, D.C. (No surprise there.)

    Instead, Perry headed to Fredericksburg, Texas to attend a “call to action” retreat/fundraiser, where he was slated to hobknob with religious nutbag and self-styled historian David Barton.

    From Joy-Ann Reid at The Grio:


    Barton was among a group of Texas conservatives who in 2010 sought to revise that state’s textbooks to promote their view that the notion of a constitutional separation of church and state is a myth, and that students should be taught a version of American history that blends theology with themes of a constant clash of civilizations between Christians and Muslims.

    According to a Washington Monthly article in January 2010, Barton, the former head of the Texas Republican Party, and Peter Marshall, who the article described as “a Massachusetts-based preacher who has argued that California wildfires and Hurricane Katrina were God’s punishment for tolerating gays,” had even more ideas in mind when they testified before the Texas Education Assembly. Per the Washington Monthly:

    Barton and Peter Marshall initially tried to purge the standards of key figures of the civil rights era, such as César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall, though they were forced to back down amid a deafening public uproar. They have since resorted to a more subtle tack; while they concede that people like Martin Luther King Jr. deserve a place in history, they argue that they shouldn’t be given credit for advancing the rights of minorities.

    As Barton put it, “Only majorities can expand political rights in America’s constitutional society.” Ergo, any rights people of color have were handed to them by whites—in his view, mostly white Republican men.

    I watched Joy Reid make an excellent point on Al Sharpton’s show, and that is (in my words): If right-wing nutbags are going to keep pounding the Jeremiah Wright/”Goddamn America!” drum (and you know they will, even though they can’t explain how Barack Obama is simultaneously a secret Muslim and an America-hating Christian), then Democrats need to make sure that Rick Perry is held accountable for the racist and utterly absurd views of his BFF, David Barton.

    This is your Republican party, people.

    Drink it in. Let the crazy wash over you.

    My head is still exploding.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/08/30/rick-perrys-jeremiah-wright-white-people-gave-black-people-rights-civil-rights-leaders-deserve-no-credit/#comment-2750354

    • Aquagranny911

      OMG!!!! Why am I even surprised but I am picking up the pieces of my own exploded head!

      Please tell me that very soon sanity will be restored in this country. I am too old to seek a visa to immigrate to Mars.

    • Miranda

      Where is the Professional Left on this? Where is the sole patrol??

      • Heads-on-right-in Cali

        The good pastor is not a friend of President Obama’s, Miranda, the PL and the sole patrol are not interested unless its the President. Wouldn’t get on TV bashing anybody else, couldn’t make any money, and since, they don’t give a good GODDAMN, about anything other than trashing the President, they figure why bother?

        Sad, but that’s how they roll.

    • majii

      These folks are not real Christians. I can’t recall the number of times I’ve read in the Bible that it’s impossible for man to know the mind of God, yet these BS artistes keep telling the weak-minded what God’s plan(s) is/are, or what God meant when a certain climate-related event occurs.

  • MonieTalks
    • Alma98

      Uh-Uh no damn way!

    • rikyrah

      eewww

  • MonieTalks
  • lamh35

    Bill O’Reilly is a vindictive “twat”…news at 11!

    How Bill O’Reilly Tried to Get His Wife’s Boyfriend Investigated By the Cops

    Shocking I know!

    • Miranda

      Of course his wife is cheating on him….she probably wants to pull a burning bed on his abusive bullying azz.

  • MonieTalks

    Do you all remember any “how did Rachel Maddow, Cenk Uygur, Joe Scarborough, etc get their own show” articles?

    Evidently the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly are piling on the criticism of Rev Al as well.

    How Did Al Sharpton End Up With a Show on MSNBC?

    • MonieTalks

      Ken Tucker at Entertainment Weekly

      Al Sharpton’s new MSNBC show ‘PoliticsNation’ isn’t worth watching. Yet.

      The Rev. Al Sharpton premiered PoliticsNation on MSNBC Monday evening with an hour of booming bombast and near-obliviousness, as he steam-rolled over his guests, interrupting them to ask long, halting questions. At one point he acted as though he was having an argument with his teleprompter and said with exasperation to a guest, “Well, let me just ask you my way: Is the Tea Party going to destroy the Republican Party?” Please, Al, can’t every question be asked your way?

      It was an awkward 60 minutes, with a lurching pace that failed to play to Sharpton’s strengths. He raised interesting issues — about new efforts at voter suppression, for example — only to lead aimless discussions of them. Worse, he too frequently fell back on easy MSNBC targets, such as ridiculing Dick Cheney’s new book. Then there was this, directed at The Associated Press’ Kasie Hunt: “Let me ask you the PoliticsNation question of the night: Does [Mitt] Romney take down [Rick] Perry, or does he wait and have Perry take himself down?” The AP reporter actually snickered after the “PoliticsNation question of the night” bit, as well she should have.

      I feel comfortable reviewing Sharpton after a mere single episode of PoliticsNation because he’s really been doing this same show in the same time period for weeks now, except the network was calling it MSNBC Live. As such, Sharpton should by now be better able to concentrate on and react to what a guest is saying rather than just running through his list of prepared questions, as he did most of the time on Monday.

      MSNBC is going down a wayward road in hiring Sharpton, because it makes the channel look desperate to throw on its screen someone who’s a familiar media face. Sharpton is at this point primarily just a ratings ploy. The host sometimes seems ill-prepared by his producers: Last week, for example, Sharpton’s handling of the breaking-news coverage of Hurricane Irene was a fumbling mess. MSNBC has fared better with the try-outs it’s been giving to two other guests-turned-hosts: Melissa Harris-Perry, an academic, and Chris Hayes, of The Nation. Harris-Perry has had relatively little camera-time, but in her guest spots on Rachel Maddow’s show, she invariably makes cogent comments and offers fresh angles on a variety of political topics. Harris-Perry also has a puckish sense of humor that’s a good quality for any host, as she proved subbing for Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell recently; it’s clear MSNBC is readying her for a prime-time lift-off of her own. Hayes has morphed convincingly from a frowsy-haired opinion-spouter to a more neatly-groomed communicator who engages in debate in a brisk, confident manner.

      PoliticsNation‘s Fox News competition is Special Report with Bret Baier, starring the suit-wearing side of beef who hammers home his points in a manner that’s the verbal equivalent of a welter-weight’s jab and punch sparring. On CNN, there’s The Situation Room, whose primary situation is that Wolf Blitzer can make any story seem simultaneously urgent and banal. You’d think it wouldn’t be that difficult to field a time-period contrast to take on these guys. But so far, Sharpton hasn’t found the format in which to do it.

      The striking thing is, he obviously knows what’s wrong. He ended his debut by telling us he wasn’t going to be “a robot reading from the teleprompter robotically.” Neither, he said, was he going to fall back on his funky slick shtick, with its origins in James Brown, whom he used to manage. Good, Rev. Sharpton, that’s good to hear.

      Furthermore, I don’t buy the criticism that MSNBC should have hired a journalist for Sharpton’s spot. After all, the channel’s best host, Maddow, had little-to-no journalistic experience when she started on first radio’s Air America and then MSNBC.

      If he can ever become comfortable on-camera and expand his horizons, Sharpton may eventually bring to MSNBC the combination of intellect and passion that has made so many of his press conferences over the years little wonders of argument, controversy, hype, entertainment, and enlightenment. Whether he’ll ever reach that point on PoliticsNation remains to be seen. Or, depending on the ratings, not seen at all.

      http://watching-tv.ew.com/2011/08/29/al-sharpton-msnbc/

      • itgurl_29

        They are so pressed and so threatened. I’ve never in my life seen this kind of coverage over a cable new show. This is racial, period. And they hate seeing a black person who represents the views of many African Americans supporting this President.

        It’s disgusting and shame on all the hatin’ black journalists who opened up this line of attack on Al Sharpton. This is their doing.

        • Elie

          Correction: Any black person THEY cannot control or who is not spewing THEIR talking points and hate at President Obama!!

          They would willingly accept any blackfaced idiot who will dance and jump when THEY ask him or her to.

          That’s why that asshole Bob Herbert is spewing his all-knowing crap even as he contradicts himself!!

          Bob Herbert fancies himself smarter than President Obama you know.

          Bob Herbert insists that President Obama “missed” his opportunity to do anything about “jobs” at the start of his presidency – never mind that the historic victory of securing Health care reform – a factor that will going forward positivly impact our economy and jobs is completely ignored by Mr Herbert!!

          He then goes on to say that he does not think President Obama will be able to do anything about creating jobs while demanding that he does!!!

          So which one is it ever sour, hateful, pessimistic Bob Herbert?? The man is a sad sack!!!

          • Ebogan63

            What in the hell he thinks the stimulus was all about, if not for ‘jobs’? He can go to hell.

          • GOVCHRIS1988

            That drunk nigga was that way ever since President Obama started to run. I said then in 2007, he can kiss my ass and he still shouldn’t remove his lips today.

          • Freder421

            Now that is the comment of the week.

          • BoomerGal

            LOL!!! Where’s the bad chair! Sorry, but I had to laugh.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL. – -BoomerGal – – –

            – –HERE YA GO! :>)

            WE aim ta please!! :>)

          • majii

            Maybe it’s that dye he uses on his hair that has him spewing BS all over the airwaves. He’s quite old and his dye job says so! Yep, he’s 66 with a head of hair that says 35, but a face that says, “Yes, I’m almost sebennty yars old!” My guess was spot on because after writing the first two sentenced of this comment, I checked his bio on Wikipedia. My gut doesn’t usually tell me the wrong thing! I think Herbert’s jealous of PBO because he was never able to accomplish what PBO accomplished in his first 47 years on earth.

          • Ebogan63

            “Yep, he’s 66 with a head of hair that says 35, but a face that says, “Yes, I’m almost sebennty yars old!”

            *DEAD*

          • GN

            Did the stimulus miss his notice? Unbelievable…

          • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

            That must be why The President is still polling at 90% in our community. The same numbers he had during 2008.

            I don’t suppose he mentioned anything about Republican obstruction and the CBC not doing their job?

            I tell you the worse thing that happened to these people was Hillary losing. They all had big plans to be the collective voices of Black America and then that mean old Obama came along and took all of that away.

        • BoomerGal

          And the green eyed monster had alot to do with it.

      • eclecticbrotha

        Why the hell is an entertainment mag doing a review of a politics-based show? A review that obviously doesn’t take ratings into consideration. I’m guessing that’s why they reviewed the show before ratings came out rather than looking at the ratings improvement Rev Al brought to Cenk’s old time slot.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Dear Ken Tucker:

        I assume your television has an “OFF” switch?

        If so, please use it, as I enjoy Rev. Al Sharpton’s commentary.

        Have a nice day.

        Toodles

        • Elie

          Isn’t it funny how they are always invoking some other black person who they’d rather have in the spot just as cover for their obvious racist response to a black man that terrifies them!!!

          This was exactly what that small, petty, spiteful, idiot David Schuster was doing when he did his little rant on radio against MSNBC giving Rev. Al the spot.

          Jobless David Schuster thought he knew who better deserved it. THEIR preferred blackface Tamron Hall of course!!! They can always get Tamron to say exactly what THEY want her to say. Parrot all THEIR worn-out anti-Obama PL talking points!!!

    • trose1

      I started to read that article and just stopped. These people have lost their minds over a Black man having a chance to express an opinion.

      • BoomerGal

        Oh hell no! White folk’s heads are exploding. They cannot have a counter to the likes of Glenn Beck. No. Neva. Too much like equality even though the Rev is far more intelligent.

    • gobrooklyn

      Haters gonna hate. by all means spread the word about his show.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Monie Talks – – -DANG! – — So WE NOT – -POST RACIAL??? – –
      -***tsk*** ***eye roll***

      – – — -***gettin out/dustin’ off – – my – -OLD SIGNS. ****

      – – – It’s ALL ABOUT the – –MELANIN!! – -THAT! IS! ALL!!! – – –

  • MsKitty

    EDIT: Alma98 beat me to it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Aftanoon carolinagirl. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – -UH! OH! —Methinks that – -romKNEE —has a Islamophobia -gene- – —

    – –Former Mitt Romney Staffer Revealed As Key Player Behind Nationwide Islamophobia Push

    – – — -Last week, the Center for American Progress released a 130-page report detailing who’s behind the rise of Islamophobia in the United States. “Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America” shows how a small handful of groups, including ACT! for America and Stop Islamization of America, have been the driving force behind the the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

    A ThinkProgress investigation found that a top employee at ACT! for America, Chris Slick, was a key staffer in South Carolina for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign and continues to be a “rabid Romney volunteer” this year. Slick, who currently works as ACT!’s director of online operations, served as a South Carolina field manager for Romney’s 2008 presidential bid. During Slick’s tenure on Romney’s staff, the former Massachusetts governor declared that he would not appoint a Muslim in his cabinet if he were elected president. (GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain made a similar pledge this cycle, to much criticism.) After Romney’s bid failed, Slick moved on to spread Islamophobia at ACT! for America, though he maintains contact with Romney’s 2012 presidential bid as a volunteer.

    At ACT!, Slick has worked to distribute model anti-Sharia legislation to state lawmakers around the country. In South Carolina, for instance, state Sen. Mike Fair (R) told ThinkProgress he had coordinated with Slick as he introduced legislation to ban Sharia in the Palmetto State. After working behind the scenes with Fair to bring up the anti-Sharia legislation, Slick then lobbied ACT! supporters to inundate state Sen. Larry Martin (R) with phone calls in an attempt to persuade Martin to lift his hold on the bill.

    Slick’s Islamophobia isn’t just confined to pushing anti-Sharia legislation. His Twitter feed includes frequent anti-Muslim and anti-Arab missives. On April 25, Slick wrote, “Press 3 for Arabic. Yep, we are in trouble now folks…”. The week before, Slick accused Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) of having “ties to terrorism” for once representing the Arab television network Al Jazeera. Back in February, Slick retweeted a post from Logan’s Warning asking “Why would any woman be supportive of Islam?” And earlier that month, Slick wrote, “Dear Egyptian protesters [sic] aka the Muslim Brotherhood, please do not damage the pyramids, we will not rebuild them again. Signed, The Jews.”

    – –Annnnnd – – -He THINKS – –he’s – — SLICK!!! – -LOL! :>) —

    [Sorry. On the RUN. Will comment L8R. :>)]

  • lamh35

    I guess this won’t help with those “secret Mooslum” rumors!

    76%
    By Amy Sullivan

    The percentage of U.S. Muslims who approve of Barack Obama’s job performance, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

    • gobrooklyn

      Won’t help with the “Obama kills brown babies” crowd either.

    • majii

      Fox is already on the job. I just left Media Matters where the site reports that Dick Morris is trying his best to re-focus the far right-wingers’ attention on Park 51. This time, he’s got a petition on his web site that opposes Park 51 receiving the same community service funding from the federal government that many Christian churches get. He’s claiming that the Muslims at Park 51 will use the money to train “terrorists.” Stupidity from some on the right knows no bounds. I’ve read that the Muslims affiliated with Park 41 are members of the Sufi sect. Sufis abhor terrorism, are very much into peace, helping their fellow man, and that many of them work in the financial/business sectors in the countries where they live. Why don’t these people try to learn something about the things they rail against BEFORE they open their mouths?

      http://mediamatters.org/blog/201108300002#1458945

  • lamh35
  • lamh35

    Alright, catching up on True Blood. Be back later!

  • Elie

    Sorry but Bob Herbert is a complete asshole!!

    • Admiral_Komack

      What did he say?

      • vulcan_girl

        Some bullshit about how black people feel let down by POTUS and if things don’t get better, he won’t get the large turnout he did in 08.

        • Elie

          That other idiotic Hillary Clinton ass-kissing pos Laura Richardson was also on some other show spewing her nonsense!!!

          She is such an opportunistic, do-nothing, waste of space! I loathe her!! Sorry!.

          If black people stay home as these opportunistic, self-serving fake black congresspeople keep advocating, THEY not President Obama suffer the consequences!! It is as simple as that!!

          And these congress people who are out there shooting off at the mouth better watch it. They stand to lose a whole lot if folks stay home!!

          President Obama is set for life and going for this second term is a huge sacrifice he makes for the american people and the world!!!

          Laura Richardson try as she may to run her useless mouth, will always remain seriously inconsequential in the scheme of things and will be a footnote if even that!!!

          • Camille

            Laura Richardson needs to focus her corrupt, greedy, morally bankrupt, payment-defaulting, filthy self on actually working on behalf of her constituents.

            What a phoney.

    • Heads-on-right-in Cali

      I totally agree, an arrogant asshole at that. He can only speak for himself. Rev. Al should not have had him on. How dare he say that Black People feel like the President isn’t doing enough for them? What an insult, some of us Mr. Herbert are smart enough to understand, the three branches of Government, and understand that a whole lot of this Presidents accomplishments HAVE helped blacks, along with a lot of other americans. And We Can See, the unprecedented level of HATE, RACISM, OBSTRUCTIONISM, AND BACK-STABBING that he has had to face, and still got significant shit accomplished.

      But I guess in Herbert’s and some other black folks eyes, we would be better off with a Republican/White President. Cause “they” are going to do sooooo much for us.

      Yeah right

      nigga please

    • Camille

      I suspect that Bob Herbert is a very unfulfilled and depressed man. President Obama’s blessed and fulfilled life in contrast, clearly drives poor Mr. Herbert crazy.

      This has to be the only explanation for the endless nitpicking and the outright attacks designed to diminish.

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

    For those who missed President Obama on TJMS this morning:

    Part I: http://bit.ly/oi0LG0

    Part II: http://bit.ly/qrqmRq

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – -THANK U VERY MUCH!! :>) I’ON’T want 2 miss anything that OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT does –IFF I can help it. :>)

      It is important 2 hear HIS points of view so that WE can know how 2 SUPPORT him.

      THANK the LORD 4 persons like –Mr. Joyner – — BLACK MEDIA –who continue 2 SUPPORT him!! :>)

      Good 2 C U. B Blessed. :>)

  • Bri

    So many people want POTUS speech to be job’s speech to be “bold.” Eventhough those same people know that NO bold jobs proposal from POTUS will PASS through Congress. I think some people forget that President Obama can give a speech and recommend a lot of things, but it does not mean a bill will be written, and passed by the House and the Senate.

    • gobrooklyn

      They claim to know that the bill won’t pass and they say that its ok as long as he “fights” but I would bet money that when and if the bill fails they will not give him a lick of credit for trying .

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      With the Chamber of Commerce in his corner I’m not so sure a bold bill won’t pass. It’s just The President’s definition of bold is far different than the PL.

  • MonieTalks

    WTF

    Facebook Photo of White Man with Black Child’s Body Shocks South Africa

    A photograph uploaded on Facebook of a white South African man posing like a hunter near an apparently lifeless body of a black child has created a furore as South African police try track him down.

    The man has a Facebook user profile with the name “Eugene Terrorblanche,” an apparent play on the name of Eugene Terreblanche, an extremist Afrikaner leader murdered last year, and has 590 “friends” as of Saturday. Authorities are yet to confirm the authenticity of the undated picture and have not ruled out the possibility of photograph manipulation.

  • lamh35

    I once had a dream that me and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were getting married. I dreamed about the dress, the walk down the aisle, the ceremony, the kiss, the signing of the marriage license, the intro as Mr and Mrs Johnson, the reception, the final garter toss, the bouquet toss, the drive to the hotel, the beautiful honeymoon suite, as the little “trashy romance” stuff was just about to begin…my damn alarm went off!!!

    The best dream ever…dissipates.

    The irony is that alarm went off 1 hour earlier because I forget to set it for daylight’s savings time.

    Ruined my whole damn day! Fuckin’ dreams…who needs em!

  • GreenLadyHere

    carolinagirl – — BWAHAHAH – –I di-ent even have a chance 2 post the article on the – — RALLY featuring the – – –“DUMB DUET” –when this happens – — LOL – —

    – – -Christine O’Donnell dropped from tea party rally – – LOL :>

    – — – And like that, she was gone:

    Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell will not speak at a tea party event featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Indianola, Iowa, this weekend, an organizer told Washington Wire. …
    .
    Tea Party of America’s cofounder, Charlie Gruschow, said the group withdrew Ms. O’Donnell’s [invitation] after receiving numerous “emails from a lot of tea party folks that were very disappointed that she would be speaking.”
    Continue Reading

    “We decided not to have her speak,” Mr. Gruschow said. “We felt it was in the best interest of the movement.”

    More than any other candidate last year, O’Donnell has come to represent the excesses of the tea party movement, and the extent to which Republican primary voters undercut their own party’s chances of taking the Senate. That – and “I’m not a witch” – are not really the best branding for a Labor Day tea party rally.

    – – -BWAHAHA – – -THIS: — “We decided not to have her speak,” Mr. Gruschow said. “We felt it was in the best interest of the movement.”

    Seeeeee — — -Annnd right afta those – -5 PEOPLE – -attended her “book signin’!!

    THINK — -she’ll GET IT –NOW!! — -BU –BYEEEE!

    ****shakin’ my head*** :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    carolinagirl – — -JUST – THIS! :>)

    ——-FIRED UP! —–READY 2 GO —-AGAIN -2012!!! ——

    • Heads-on-right-in Cali

      Sorry to jump in on your thread GLH, but I don’t know how to start a post yet, and I wanted someone who is a die-hard supporter such as myself to help me with this.

      I just finished watching the Rev. Al show. And if this episode is how its going to play out, then I don’t think I’ll be watching for much longer. Is it me or does he seem different now? I noticed he kept saying that the President should go big with his jobs plan, doesn’t he of all people know, that no matter what the President proposes the Rethugs are going to oppose it? He simply does not have the votes in the house to get anything big or small passed. They are not going to give this President any sort of victory whatsoever. And I know Rev. Al knows this, why is he all of a sudden taking this line?

      I have watched many, many pundits use the President’s popularity to get a TV show, and then slowly turn on him. Huffington Post,Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and many others have used this tactic. I watched him on MSNBC because he fought back for the President, kept his disappointments and criticisms to a minimum, and truly seemed like he was going to highlight the Presidents accomplishments. I do not need, nor will I watch just another bash the President show. I was really disappointed when he let that jack-ass Bob Herbert spew that nonsense about so much loss of black support. Hell I’m black, so is my whole family and we still support this President. Rev. Al should have pushed back on that nonsense, and showed the same level of support, he has since the beginning.

      I am sorry I hope I am wrong, but today I came away from the show feeling depressed.

      Would someone please tweet Rev. Al, and let him know, that he was getting the ratings because HE was different from the rest, sadly today, he seemed little different.

      Any comments are welcome.

      • Elie

        I completely agree with you Heads-on-right-in-Cali!!! I too watched and came away thinking that if Rev. Al was going to spend time appeasing the black PL like Bob Herbert, I was so done too!!!

        Rev Al must stick with his winning formula of speaking truth to power and stay away from these self-serving, self-important, myopic idiots whose self-aggrandizing completely overshadows any insignificant contribution they once may have ever made!!!

        • Heads-on-right-in Cali

          I’m glad it wasn’t just me, Elie, someone needs to contact him quick, I love Rev. Al. but he let me down today.

          Hopefully, this was a fluke and not a sign of things to come. When you let someone spew nonsense, and you don’t rebut, people might think, either ya scared, or worse you agree with them.

          • Elie

            I was livid Heads!! I was really gobsmacked that Rev. Al just let him spew those lies without any corrections or anything!

            Rev Al is so much better than this and the only reason he stands out – and head and shoulders above the rest – is because he not only speaks the truth that many are eager to skip over, but he also does so without fear!!!

            Today’s show was so weak and could have been a re-run of any of the other crap on MSNBC!

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Elie, ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          DANG! — I missed it. :>) -It should B on again. I’ll B sure 2 watch. :>)

          Good 2 C U. Have a good evenin’. :>)

          • Elie

            Hey Green Lady!!! Good to see you agin dear Sis!!!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Elie – –Awwww –THANK YA!! –Back at-cha!! :>)

            I ‘ON’T tweet. :>) BUT –I’m SURE that a POU FAM has picked up on this. :>)

            B Blessed. :>)

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Heads-on-right-in Cali. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        YA gotta KNOW that WE R FAMILY!. Soo NO APOLOGIES R NEEDED. ‘KAY!? :>)

        NOW – -I think that I’m a little confused. A COMMENT is INITIATED in the –“comment box” at the TOP if the COMMENTS. It says – –TYPE YOUR COMMENTS HERE.

        Is THIS what U MEAN?

        – –HOLLA BACK! :>) – -

        • Heads-on-right-in Cali

          Yes, that’s what I mean, I haven’t seen a comments box, I’ll check, thanks for responding, I just love you guys, don’t know what I would do without this site, whatever the name.

          You guys are good people, I truly feel at home here, with like-minded people, truly a blessing.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Heads-on-right-in Cali. – – -Oooo-kaaay! That’s a TECHY -PROB. – – I trust that one of our TRUSTEES has seen your concern.

            But -How ’bout U REPLY –2 one of them. :>)

            In the mean time. —-U can –“HOOK ON 2 any one of YOUR POU FAM!! :>) –TA-RUST! :>)

            Best wishes. :>) – -

  • lamh35

    Question, does anyone here watch “Drop Dead Diva”? I really like this show, wasn’t sure if I would in the beginning, but it is really good, IMHO.

    If anyone does watch it, what do ya’ll think of Jane’s new love interest and what about Stacy “cheating” on Fred?

    If no one watches it, please ignore the ranting of a crazed TV fanatic…lol.

    • rikyrah

      I love Drop Dead Diva.

      I’m disappointed in Stacy.

      and I want Jane to find love outside of Deb’s love. she hasn’t truly accepted Jane, IMO.

      • lamh35

        Stacey is soo wrong. It totally broke my heart when Fred started cryring. I was like ‘Awwww, damn you Stacey”

        As for Grayson, I love him, but I hope they wait til the end of the series before Grayson realizes that he loves Jane and hopefully he loves Jane and not “Deb”.

        I’m a big girl myself, but that’s not the only reason I love Jane. I just think that Jane is a much better person than Deb was. Deb was pretty superficial.

        Anyway I was a big Jane/Tony-shipper. I was so sad when Tony left. but I’m kinda liking this new judge love interest.

        Still can’t stand Kim, but they have softened her.

        • rikyrah

          I loved Tony too…cause he wanted JANE

    • TrulyPC

      Love the show but tired of Jane pining over Deb’s leftovers. Stacy is going to regret that mistake.

      • lamh35

        Stacey is soo wrong. It totally broke my heart when Fred started cryring. I was like ‘Awwww, damn you Stacey”

        As for Grayson, I love him, but I hope they wait til the end of the series before Grayson realizes that he loves Jane and hopefully he loves Jane and not “Deb”.

        I’m a big girl myself, but that’s not the only reason I love Jane. I just think that Jane is a much better person than Deb was. Deb was pretty superficial.

        Anyway I was a big Jane/Tony-shipper. I was so sad when Tony left. but I’m kinda liking this new judge love interest.

        Still can’t stand Kim, but they have softened her.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ‘CAUSE – -IT READS sooo POSITIVELY – – -:>)

    – – -Never-Wrong Pundit Picks Obama to Win in 2012

    – – – – –Allan Lichtman, the American University professor whose election formula has correctly called every president since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election, has a belated birthday present for Barack Obama: Rest easy, your re-election is in the bag.

    “Even if I am being conservative, I don’t see how Obama can lose,” says Lichtman, the brains behind The Keys to the White House.

    Lichtman’s prediction helps to explain a quirk in some polling that finds that while Americans disapprove of the president, they still think he will win re-election. [Check out political cartoons about the 2012 GOP field.]

    Working for the president are several of Lichtman’s keys, tops among them incumbency and the scandal-free nature of his administration.Undermining his re-election is a lack of charisma and leadership on key issues, says Lichtman, even including healthcare, Obama’s crowning achievement.

    Lichtman developed his 13 Keys in 1981. They test the performance of the party that holds the presidency. If six or more of the 13 keys go against the party in power, then the opposing party wins.“The keys have figured into popular politics a bit,” Lichtman says. “They’ve never missed. They’ve been right seven elections in a row. A number that goes way beyond statistical significance in a record no other system even comes close to.”

    Lichtman’s earned quite the reputation. In 1992, it seemed likely former President George H.W. Bush would be re-elected, having reached historic highs in popularity after he launched a war that pushed Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. But Lichtman thought otherwise and that factored into former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton’s decision to challenge Bush.“I got a call from this woman with a thick southern drawl. It was Clinton’s special assistant. She wanted to know if it was true that a Democrat could win. I assured her it was and I sent Clinton a copy of my book and a memo and the rest is history.” [See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

    In 2005, Lichtman also hit a home run when he said that the political stage was looking so bad for Republicans that Democrats could pick a name out of the phone book and win in 2008, the year a little known first-term senator became the first African-American to win the presidency.

    Now Lichtman’s predicting a repeat performance by Obama.

    Below are each of the keys and how it falls for Obama.

    1.- Party mandate: After the midterm elections, the incumbent party holds more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives than it did after the previous midterm elections. Says Lichtman, “Even back in January 2010 when I first released my predictions, I was already counting on a significant loss.” Obama loses this key.
    2.- Contest: There is no serious contest for the incumbent party nomination. Says Lichtman on Obama’s unchallenged status, “I never thought there would be any serious contest against Barack Obama in the Democratic primary.” Obama wins this key.
    3.- Incumbency: The incumbent party candidate is the sitting president. Easy win here for Obama.
    4.-Third Party: There is no significant third party challenge. Obama wins this point.
    5.- Short term economy: The economy is not in recession during the election campaign. Here Lichtman declares an “undecided.”
    6.-Long-term economy: Real per capita economic growth during the term equals or exceeds mean growth during the previous two terms. Says Lichtman, “I discounted long term economy against Obama. Clearly we are in a recession.” Obama loses this key. [Read: Seven Ways Obama Can Gain Credibility on Jobs.]
    7.- Policy change: The incumbent administration effects major changes in national policy. “There have been major policy changes in this administration. We’ve seen the biggest stimulus in history and an complete overhaul of the healthcare system so I gave him policy change,” says the scholar. Another win for Obama.
    8.- Social unrest: There is no sustained social unrest during the term. Says Lichtman, “There wasn’t any social unrest when I made my predictions for 2012 and there still isn’t.” Obama wins a fifth key here.
    9.- Scandal: The incumbent administration is untainted by major scandal. “This administration has been squeaky clean. There’s nothing on scandal,” says Lichtman. Another Obama win.
    10.- Foreign/military failure: The incumbent administration suffers no major failure in foreign or military affairs. Says Lichtman, “We haven’t seen any major failure that resembles something like the Bay of Pigs and don’t foresee anything.” Obama wins again.
    11.- Foreign/military success: The incumbent administration achieves a major success in foreign or military affairs. “Since Osama bin Laden was found and killed, I think Obama has achieved military success.” Obama wins his eighth key.
    12.- Incumbent charisma: The incumbent party candidate is charismatic or a national hero. Explains Lichtman, “I did not give President Obama the incumbent charisma key. I counted it against him. He’s really led from behind. He didn’t really take the lead in the healthcare debate, he didn’t use his speaking ability to move the American people during the recession. He’s lost his ability to connect since the 2008 election.” Obama loses this key. [See political cartoons about President Obama.]
    13.- Challenger charisma: The challenging party candidate is not charismatic or a national hero. Says Lichtman, “We haven’t seen any candidate in the GOP who meets this criteria and probably won’t.” Obama wins, bringing his total to nine keys, three more than needed to win reelection.

    — – – PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA – –2012 – 2016! :>) – –

    • gc

      Lack of charisma? Says who. Or whom, whatever. That is ludicrous.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        O.K. – – U R CORRECT! I read 2 quickly. HE was sooo WRONG! I think that I was sooo busy readin’ –’bout the – -LACK OF CHARISMA of the GOP!!

        Sorry. :>) Annnnd the OTHER – -NON-KEYS – –I’m JUST –IGNORIN’ HIM! :>)

        THANKS 4 the –“pick up! :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>) Have a good evenin’. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    carolinagirl – —>b>BOTH R LOSERS – -BUT IFF WE have any SPARE time —It’s fun 2 watch the – —HAIR WAR – –LOL. :>)

    – – -The Romney Ceiling: South Carolina Poll Shows Perry Taking Mitt’s Moderate Base

    – – – – –With four national polls in the last week showing Texas Gov. Rick Perry ahead of the field in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, it looks more like the contention that former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney was a weak frontrunner has proved true. But as the primary season prepares to kick into high gear, how has Perry moved to the front so quickly? Numbers released on Tuesday from a Public Policy Polling (D) poll of crucial primary state South Carolina tell the story not just of Perry’s new dominance of conservative voters, and Romney’s weakness on the right, but of more concern for him — they show a real vulnerability in the center as well.

    The fact that Perry is now dominating in South Carolina, a conservative state, is probably not news to campaign watchers. The PPP survey shows him with 36 percent of the potential vote, followed by Romney with 16 and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) at 13, the second poll in five days to show Perry with a big lead. But the crosstabs show that Romney, the presumed “moderate” candidate (or at least more moderate), cannot even defend his own turf in the middle of the GOP electorate in a conservative state. He faces an implacable right wing of the party, which is fully in Perry’s column, and moderate sect that is willing to support Perry despite his more strident views.
    THERE IS MORE! – – -or LESS. LOL

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      A moderate Republican base in South Carolina? Yeah right.

  • GreenLadyHere

    carolinagirl – – – — HAH! —She was – -SCURRED!! – -LOL – —

    – – -Constituents Chide Freshman Rep. Herrera Beutler For Holding Zero Town Halls During August Recess

    – – – – -Freshman Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) has decided against holding public town halls during the August recess, instead choosing to hold community meetings at coffee shops throughout the district. The coffee meetings, however, have not been publicly listed on Herrera Beutler’s Congressional web site, nor has the schedule been made available for the press.

    Herrera Beutler’s office claims five meetings have been held but that they aren’t listed publicly because “a coffee shop can only accommodate so many people.” But Herrera Beutler’s constituents are upset that she isn’t holding public town halls, The Columbian reports:

    “I’d love to talk to her about the debt limit,” said Jan Watson, a high school teacher in Rochester. “I’d like to have her listen to people. In a town hall, when somebody asks a question and the person responds, you can get a real good fact check by the groans. That gives a real indication that your comment isn’t quite right or isn’t reflecting the community.”

    Watson said she encourages her students to attend politicians’ town hall meetings so they can experience democracy up close.

    “The real underlying reason this congressional district has not seen public meetings is that the congresswoman is aware enough of the real world to understand that Congress, in general, is not held in high esteem,” said Tom Shofner of Kalama in an email. “If we add to that her allegiance to the far right, … she just doesn’t feel at home any more in this area, I think.”

    The only other meetings Herrera Beutler has held are telephone town halls, but constituents are not invited to call in to those. Instead, they receive a phone call on their home phones asking if they have a question. “If you are home and pick up the phone, you can participate,” Herrera Beutler’s spokesperson said. The representative, however, provides no notice for when the calls may come.

    Herrera Beutler isn’t the only member of Congress to avoid town halls during recess, particularly as Republicans seek to avoid answering for the political brinksmanship that nearly caused the country’s default and led to a downgrade of America’s credit rating. Representatives have avoided scheduling events, only to relent under protest from constituents, while others have charged attendees to ask questions, banned recording devices, and put constituents who have asked questions before on a watch list.

    Herrera Butler has only held two town halls since taking office in January, but her campaign assured The Columbian that more were coming. But as of the article’s publication, no future events have been scheduled.

    – – -Soooo – -How she gon – represent —her –BASE-less-ness!??? – -LOL!!

    – – – -MR. PRESIDENT –CALLED IT. :>) GO HOME annnd TALK WITH YOUR – -CONSTITUENTS!! —HAH!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    carolinagirl – – – – —Ummm – -gotta tell JON[without an H] – – that — IT’S NOT 2 – L8 2 —-SIGN THIS!!

    NOW: ———Jon Huntsman supporting Super PAC a sign of campaign’s lack of money

    – – – – – Media consultant Fred Davis’s move from the Huntsman campaign to a newly-created pro-Huntsman Super PAC offers fresh evidence that Huntsman has little in the way of money and is either unwilling or unable to put more of his own cash into the campaign.

    If Huntsman had the resources to go on TV, he almost certainly would have kept his chief media strategist in-house so as to be able to control the message. With Davis now at “Our Destiny,” he can’t coordinate with the campaign.

    And that Davis wasn’t with a Super PAC all along but only left the campaign late last month underscores that Huntsman, mired in the single-digits in every state and national poll, is having cash-flow problems and had little choice but to effectively outsource his paid messaging. It also explains why they have yet to go on the air, despite a desire by some in the campaign to do so to improve their lackluster numbers.

    Former Huntsman adviser David Fischer, who left the campaign after clashing with strategist John Weaver, told me earlier this month that the campaign was having money difficulties and that the candidate wasn’t going to put in any more of his own beyond the line of credit he’s taken out. Huntsman himself conceded that resources were an issue in a July email to Fischer, hoping for a future of “more money.”

    It’s clear now that they’ve come to the conclusion that, without better news clips to show donors and $2,500 per-person limits, that prediction will only come true if Huntsman’s father and other associates seed their “Destiny.”

    So Huntsman, Davis and Co did what they had to do. It was apparently a financial necessity, but, putting aside the specter of having your campaign carried by a handful of rich people carry your campaign, it also seems to make some sense.

    THIS – – ->Huntsman is going nowhere at the moment and needs to put the ball in the air. Scraping together just enough cash to go up with a modest buy on WMUR for a couple of weeks – three yards and a cloud of dust — isn’t going to cut it. An all-out, multi-million dollar ad blitz re-introducing a tax-cutting businessman and diplomat who wants to address Big Issues at least gives him a chance to get back in the game.

    And if and when they do bring in the the money go on the air, it seems from a look at the PAC’s website that that will be the message. Davis knows that snarky tweaks of Huntsman’s GOP rivals from the left aren’t going to win a Republican primary.

    – – – – IMMA gve him —1 DEBATE! LOL. Then —He’ll B – -OUTEE!! :>)

    • crazycanuck

      OT: OMG i just sprayed coconut mist body spray on my hair, instead of moisturizer, Is my hair gonna fall off?

      ARRRRRRGG i just broke my glasses.

      Think it’s time for bed lol.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL crazycanucks – — ***BIG –comfortin’ –HUG*** LOL. –

        In a WORD —NO! — -LOL.

        Remember –U have body hair annd U don’t lose it behind the spray. :>)

        —Is THIS WAAAAAAAY – -TMI :>)???? LOL :>)

        Have a good NIGHT!! :>) –REST ASSURED. :>)

  • Heads-on-right-in Cali

    Oh, Okay, duh, I see it, thanks GLH! Big Hug right-back-at-ya.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Heads-on-right-in Cali. – -LOL. It’s O. K. :>)

      IMMA -LOOK OUT –NOW! :>) U gon B on – -Serpentine Fire :>)

      B Blessed. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    carolinagirl – – – – -LOL. – – -LOOK at THIS LIST of —“BLACK LEADERS” – – –No corney/no T(r)avesty! :>) – – — OH. – — -That’s right. THEY on a – — PO’ FOLKS BUS TOUR!! LOL — –

    – – — -Gaspard reaches out – – -Obama team summons blacks – – –

    – — Here’s a nugget from today’s story on President Obama’s relationship with black leaders:

    Hoping to head off the dispute before it becomes a larger 2012 headache, Obama and his team are ramping up outreach efforts. On Monday Democratic National Committee executive director Patrick Gaspard and Obama 2012 official Michael Blake convened a meeting and conference that included Roland Martin, veteran operative Donna Brazile, Urban League President Marc Morial a representative for the NAACP’s Ben Jealous and Hilary Shelton of the group’s D.C office.

    And the president will address the mid-September Congressional Black Caucus Foundation conference, a person familiar with the situation told POLITICO.

    —***channeling my inner –FLY self*** – –IMMA check out that CBC meting. LOL :>)

    BUT –“ascot” annd Brazile??? ***raised eyebrows** :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    carolinagirl – – – FROM the Politico – – – – –

    — – -President Barack Obama on Wednesday will call on Congress to pass a new highway bill, a White House official said Tuesday.

    He will appear at a White House event with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce COO David Chavern. They will urge lawmakers “to move forward in a bipartisan way to pass a clean extension of the Surface Transportation Bill, which expires at the end of September,” the official said in a statement.

    Obama will also appear with “workers who would be affected if Congress fails to act.”

    “The President will discuss the importance of moving forward with this extension to protect nearly a million American jobs and highlight the opportunity we have to work in a bipartisan way to further invest in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure to strengthen our economy and create new jobs across the country,” the official said.

    PRAYIN’ 4 U – –MR. PRESIDENT. :>)

    • Elie

      Sorry but Richard Trumka has been acting the fool recently with his stupid grandstanding and mind-boggling threats to President Obama!!

      Trumka knows better, but just can’t resist playing up to the Ed schultzes of the world.
      Trumka knows that President Obama is labor’s only hope for staying relevant. Labor NEEDS President Obama more than President Obama needs them. They all better believe it!!

      I’m just so sick of all these noisy, know-nothings who run around flexing muscle and yapping their mouths disrespecting the only person who stands between them and their extinction!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Elie – – – – CO-SIGN!! –enthusiastically!! :>)

        —***grittin’ my teeth** erry time I say THIS — -MR. PRESIDENT says that U have 2 — -MEET WITH YOUR ENEMIES – -2. — – WHEW LAWD!!

        2 the — -HATAS – – -WE C U!!

        – – -NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST HIM SHALL PROSPER! – -IT WON’T WORK!!

        THEY WII LEARN!! – – – –

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      “He will appear at a White House event with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce COO David Chavern.”

      The President is boxing the Republicans in again. The Chamber of Commerce is one of the GOP’s overlords. They will not be happy if Boehner, Cantor and McConnell obstruct the highway bill and infrastructure investment. CoC is still ticked at them for the debt ceiling debacle and are in no mood to be screwed over again. That is unless the Republicans like half empty campaign coffers.

      While Republicans are playing optic bingo The President has been quietly building a coalition to get his agenda passed.

  • gobrooklyn

    following others tweeting the CBC town hall in LA and its a hot mess.

    • crazycanuck

      seriously America, they just need to go. A bunch of do nothings pretending to give a dam

    • Camille

      Shameful isn’t it? Will these people ever learn?

  • GreenLadyHere

    carolinagirl – – – – “WISCONSIN WATCH –re –WALKER – —

    – — – YEAH – – -HE’S DELUSIONAL – – —

    Longer Skirts and No Coffeemakers: How Gov. Scott Walker Wants WI School Boards to Save Money

    – – – – -Instead of union contracts, Wisconsin teachers now have to abide by local handbooks suggested by Gov. Scott Walker. What does refusing to allow workers to help a sick colleague or longer skirts have to do with saving money? And just listen to the nasty wingnuts in the audience at the New Berlin school board meeting. Via the Blue Cheddar blog:

    The “tools” Walker has handed to local governments are supposedly meant to help cut costs. However the changes to the New Berlin school workplace approved August 29 don’t look like mere cost-savings to me. New Berlin Education Association President Diane Lazewski agrees in MJS: “I would be surprised to see any other handbook as punitive as ours,” I should note that all details aren’t available until 9/8 and changes occur 10/1 according to a document from the blog Teachers Against Walker

    Update: This 51 page Draft of School District of New Berlin Employee Handbook – Parts A and B states that it goes into effect 9/1/11

    A few of the changes:

    –A ‘sick bank’ which allows teachers to donate sickleave to seriously ill colleagues will be eliminated.
    –No set pay for overtime; only stipends
    –Elementary teachers work an added 205 hours without added pay.
    –Secondary teachers work an added 95 hours without added pay.
    and there are odd restrictions such as
    –Dress Code: Skirts below knee, no sweatshirts, no jeans, no large logos, no open shirts, etc. and
    –The loss of all microwaves, refrigerators, and coffeemakers.

    I called a young teacher, E., from Racine just before the meeting. E. said New Berlin’s handbook is the worst of a new crop of handbooks he’s seen. Handbooks now serve in lieu of contracts for public school employees where contracts have expired.

    E. says: “This turns back the clock. It keeps teachers on call until 5PM for I.E.P meetings (Individualized Education Programs). This is eating into the time of people. Making them do more work for less money”. More details are HERE.

    E. pointed out that clearly not all school boards are heavy-handed. The Shorewood School Board has opted for a collaborative approach to its handbook.

    I gathered through tweets the meeting attracted 500-600 people, with incoming drivers having to park very far away. At the very beginning of the meeting, the board met privately for a time, sending complaints of undemocratic process and even illegal meeting practices through social media [claims I have not checked into.] I got conflicting reports on the composition of the crowd. A MJS reporter tweeted that there was a 50% pro-handbook and 50% anti-handbook audience.

    A mass of anti-teacher residents booed and catcalled the teachers and their allies while they gave public testimony. And I’ve now seen three reports via social media that candy pacifiers were used to taunt teachers – supposedly an idea of the Queen of mean radio ranters, Vicki McKenna.* According to WEAC, at least 3 other right wing tak radio personalities called for citizens to oppose teachers: Belling, Wagner & Charlie Sykes.

    PRAYIN’ 4 the PEOPLE – — – – —

    • Camille

      Terribly sad when people are convinced so easily to work against their children’s best interests. How is it possible in the United States of America?
      The booing anti-teacher residents are so incredibly dumb, it’s so painful.

  • GreenLadyHere

    carolinagirl – — The ARRA DID – – — CREATE JOBS!! – – – –

    – – –CBO: Recovery Act Was Supporting Up To 2.9 Million Jobs In June

    – – – – – -An analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that in June of 2011 alone, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (i.e. the stimulus) had “lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.5 percentage points and 1.6 percentage points,” and “increased the number of people employed by between 1.0 million and 2.9 million.” Yesterday, 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry declared that “you won’t have stimulus programs under a Perry presidency.” (HT: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

    – – – – -RE: – – - “you won’t have stimulus programs under a Perry presidency.”

    ACTUALLY — -There will B NO — -perry presidency – –TA-RUST!! ***tsk*** ***eye roll***

    – — THANK U —MR.PRESIDENT!! — -4 the JOBS!!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    G’NIGHT – -POU FAM. :>) HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS! ♥ – ♥ :>) – –

    – – —- CONTININ’ 2 PRAY 4 STRENGTH/WISDOM/GUIDANCE –4 OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT. :>)- – – –

    – – – -PRAYIN’ 4 the VICTIMS annnd VOLUNTEERS of – – -HURRICANE IRENE. –♥ AMEN

    – – – -Soweto Gospel Choir – Ahuna Ye Tswanang Le Jesu Kammatla :>)

    – — — –Bayete – Soweto Gospel Choir. :>)

    – – – – -UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT. ♥ :>) – – -