October 20, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: 8-Ballers!

Good Morning Obots!

Today’s featured baller-shot caller is Kim Jones.

Born in Torrance, California but raised mostly in Seattle, Howard University alum Kim Jones is breaking her way to success as part of the Women Professional Billiard Association (WPBA). In June 2009, the current Atlanta resident became the first African-American female to compete in the Women’s World 10-Ball Championship in Manila, Philippines. As one of the top 50 women pool players in the world, Jones, who is under 40, previously competed part-time as a professional before re-dedicating herself to pool, is one of the sport’s rising stars.

Jones has only been competing part-time on the women’s pro tour for 5 years. She balanced playing professional pool with working full-time for IBM as a project manager. Laid off from her job due to the economic crisis in the US, she re-dedicated herself to billiards. She was ranked in the top 50 in the world according to the 2008 WPBA rankings.

“I’ve seen what I can do with just partial time invested into my game. I can only imagine if I can put all of myself dedicated to billiards!” said a confident Jones.

Jones is excited at the prospect of being the first black woman playing in the World Championship. But is it an extra burden or pressure? 

“Oh no, I am truly excited. Ever since being on tour, fans, of all color, have always come to me with words of support. I’m really happy to be making history, and I think it’s quite an honor. I really hope I can encourage other black players worldwide to try to compete more”, explained Jones on her significant role and invitation. 

Jones has a Business Management degree from Howard University and worked 10 years for IBM. In between she managed time to have a top 17th place finish at an ESPN event and finished 2nd in rankings as the USA top semi-pro player. 

“My goal is to be a top player. Of course I need finances, too. My dream is to be able to compete but also work on the business side of the billiards industry. Let me know if anyone is interested!” laughs Jones.


  • dannie22

    Good morning all!!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, dannie and Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    this is another interesting series. that Sista looks fierce in that pic up above.

  • rikyrah

    May 28, 2012
    The ‘ignorance’ that George Will should really worry about
    Paul Krugman:
    [T]he modern American right doesn’t care about deficits, and never did. All that talk about debt was just an excuse for attacking Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and food stamps.

    It’s worse than that, as Krugman knows, but he had to economize toward column’s end.

    The worst-kept, indeed impossible-to-keep “conservative” secret is that the American right, since Reagan, has cared very much about deficits. It has cared about, caused and coddled them. The American right loves deficits, which were so easy and fun to procreate: just demagogue a litany of unfunded tax cuts, and demagogue an unfunded defense sprawl, and demagogue some unfunded wars, and hell, for good measure, even demagogue a lavish and unfunded expansion of the preexisting welfare state; and then, finally–and here’s the right’s really fun part–blame the entire, red-inked fiscal mess on big-spending, big-government liberals, to which a grotesquely sizable portion of the electorate will nod in sorry agreement, because of its propagandistic familiarity.

    All of this is well known, of course; or at least the extent of its public comprehension is proportionate to the “informed” slice of our democracy–a slice that every small-r republican citizen works to expand.

    But there’s a problem with that civic formula.

    The indefatigably ignorant of the right, like the overworked poor of the left, will always be with us; and yet the ignorant, very unlike the poor, possess an outsized enthusiasm for voting, which, naturally, keeps in public office a disproportionate percentage of knowing, and utterly disingenuous, ignoramuses– who will never, never concede their disingenuity.

    And there, then, is the real problem. One cannot negotiate with elected officials whose existential justification is grounded entirely in scheming misrepresentation and nihilistic disingenuity. We all, every small-r republican one of us, are desperately hanging on until 2013, when suddenly–or so we hope–a resurrecting age of reason and passable compromise and political detente will dawn. I have every confidence that President Obama will still be President Obama. But no matter what the ideological makeup of Congress, its rules and traditions will favor the re-ascendance of the schemingly nihilistic, who will by nature persist in blowing everything up.

    Hence it may be less precise to say that “the modern American right doesn’t care about deficits” than to say, simply, that the modern American right doesn’t care about America.


  • rikyrah

    May 27, 2012
    Hold that praise for George Will

    This morning, on ABC’s “This Week,” George Will professed consternation about why Mitt Romney pals around with that “bloviating ignoramus,” Donald Trump. So National Journal’s Ron Brownstein explained the facts of conservative life to George:

    Mitt Romney throughout the entire primary season has shown very little willingness to confront the right. And there is a big portion of the conservative base of the party that does believe that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. And Romney has just seemed to be spooked throughout the whole process at the thought that the right will mobilize against him.

    What we’ll see and hear for the next few news cycles is the commentariat’s praise of George Will’s conservative independence and high-minded criticism of his own party’s presidential nominee. And it will all be horseshit, for George Will has yet to honestly reproach the millions of ignoramuses who comprise contemporary conservatism and have made it the absolute philosophical joke that it is.

    If Mr. Will should ever get around to that level of honesty, then I’ll gain respect for him. Till then, he’s just another enabler of pseudoconservative madness.


  • rikyrah

    Romney is Gonna Get It
    by BooMan
    Mon May 28th, 2012 at 07:36:35 PM EST

    John Helleman:

    Though the Obamans certainly hit John McCain hard four years ago—running more negative ads than any campaign in history—what they intend to do to Romney is more savage. They will pummel him for being a vulture-vampire capitalist at Bain Capital. They will pound him for being a miserable failure as the governor of Massachusetts. They will mash him for being a water-carrier for Paul Ryan’s Social Darwinist fiscal program. They will maul him for being a combination of Jerry Falwell, Joe Arpaio, and John Galt on a range of issues that strike deep chords with the Obama coalition. “We’re gonna say, ‘Let’s be clear what he would do as president,’ ” Plouffe explains. “Potentially abortion will be criminalized. Women will be denied contraceptive services. He’s far right on immigration. He supports efforts to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage.”

    The Obama effort at disqualifying Romney will go beyond painting him as excessively conservative, however. It will aim to cast him as an avatar of revanchism. “He’s the fifties, he is retro, he is backward, and we are forward—that’s the basic construct,” says a top Obama strategist. “If you’re a woman, you’re Hispanic, you’re young, or you’ve gotten left out, you look at Romney and say, ‘This fucking guy is gonna take us back to the way it always was, and guess what? I’ve never been part of that.’ ”

    Not to mention he thinks corporations are people, doesn’t worry about poor people cuz they have a safety net, and keeps his money in Swiss and Cayman Island bank accounts. Not to mention that he does weird and vaguely sociopathic things like holding down a gay kid and cutting his hair or strapping his dog to the roof of his car for a 12-hour drive on the interstate. Not to mention that he has flip-flop-flipped on almost every issue under the sun and actually tried to “take a lot of credit” for the auto bailout he opposed to anyone who would listen.

    When it comes to Mitt Romney, there is so much negative to say that there almost isn’t enough time between now and the election to say it all. I mean, this is a guy who employed undocumented Mexicans for years to do his landscaping and then decided his immigration policy would be to make their lives so miserable that they’d just leave on their own. Is that classy, or what?


  • rikyrah

    The Fever Might Break
    by BooMan
    Mon May 28th, 2012 at 10:49:53 PM EST

    There are a lot of interesting aspects to John Helleman’s big piece on the Obama campaign. I want to focus on one of them. Let me throw out a blockquote to get us started.

    Back in December, [Obama Campaign Manager, Jim] Messina laid out publicly the ways that advantage gives Obama an upper hand when it comes to the Electoral College: four mathematical scenarios by which he could get to 270 while underperforming 2008. (A fifth scenario involved him expanding the playing field, about which more in a moment.) The safe presumption underlying each is that Obama holds the nineteen states plus the District of Columbia that John Kerry won in 2004—which, recall, did not include Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, or Virginia, all of which Obama carried in 2008, giving the president a base of 246 electoral votes. There’s the western path: Obama holds Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Iowa for a total of 272. There’s the midwestern path: Obama holds Ohio and Iowa (270). There’s the southern path: Obama holds North Carolina and Virginia (274). And there’s the Florida path, in which Obama simply again takes the Sunshine State (275).
    I ask Messina if all four avenues are still open. “Absolutely,” he replies.

    I apologize if that just made your eyes glaze over…I didn’t write it. What I want to do here is to kind of step back from the current election season and take more of a bird’s-eye view of national politics. We are all familiar with the story of the 2000 election, where Al Gore won the popular vote and was stymied by a variety of factors in Florida (e.g., voter roll purges, bad ballot design in Palm Beach County, and the intervention of the Supreme Court to halt a recount). The 2004 election reprised some of these same problems, notably in Ohio. What people probably don’t focus on enough is how close Kerry came to winning the election even while losing the popular vote by a far larger margin than Bush had lost it four years earlier. Bush won (or stole) two national elections but he did it with the bare minimum of Electoral College votes (271 votes in 2000, 286 votes in 2004). If Kerry had won Ohio, he would have been president.

    Mitt Romney is looking at a similar map. There’s a path to victory for him, to be sure, but it’s a path that can do no more than just barely get him over the hump. The Republicans are on the cusp of losing viability as a national party. To be more specific, they cannot afford much more slippage or they may not have a plausible case to make that they can win the presidency. There are signs, yet to be confirmed, that a few former swing states are moving out of their reach. Michigan and Pennsylvania look that way.

    Almost all of Romney’s 270 scenarios revolve around a strategy outlined by Karl Rove and dubbed “3-2-1,” in which the GOP reclaims three of the traditionally red states snatched away by Obama (Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia), wins the two perennial mega swing states (Florida and Ohio), and then snags one more from among those up for grabs.

    A senior Obama campaign official scoffs at the notion that Romney could pull off such a feat. “To get there,” he says, “they’ve got to take away either Pennsylvania or Michigan, and they can’t do either one of them. Michigan is a motherfucking joke, to think they can do that, because of what he’s done on the auto stuff. And in Pennsylvania, we have a 900,000-person registration advantage. John Kerry had 250,000; we had 900,000 more Democrats than Republicans on the first day.”

    The Republicans’ weakness with Latino voters is pushing New Mexico out of the swing state category and is threatening to do the same in Nevada, Colorado, and Virginia. Personally, I think Obama’s mixed-race heritage is giving the Republicans a false sense of confidence. If Obama were white, I don’t think any of the 2008 swing-statees other than Indiana would be in play. And his national numbers would look much better. We can see this in the Obama campaign’s disdain for national polling.

    [Jim Messina] earned a reputation as a very nice guy who would merrily club you with a truncheon if you crossed him. In addition to not caring about Romney’s candidate skills, he doesn’t give a whit about national polling, in which Obama’s numbers are dragged down by his horrific performance in the Deep South and Appalachia—but is obsessed with the president’s standing in the battleground states, where Obama has “a distinct advantage,” he says, “and everybody, including Mitt Romney, knows it.”

    Another thing ‘everyone knows’ is that the president is more unpopular in Appalachia and the Deep South because of his complexion. This keeps his overall approval numbers down. But it masks Republican weakness. Put a white Democrat like, say, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia on the top of the ticket, and suddenly the Democrats’ numbers in Appalachia and the Deep South go up quite a bit, causing their national numbers to go up, and putting more swing states out of play.

    Any president who had to run for reelection in a period of high unemployment would face a serious challenge. But no one is suggesting that Obama could possibly fare worse than John Kerry, barring unforeseen events. The Democrats seem to have consolidated a steady bloc of support that is just shy of what is needed to win the presidency. I think this is precisely why the Republicans are acting so aggressively to suppress the vote. You should think of them as like a person who is clinging to a demographic ledge by their fingernails. I think this will be the last presidential election they could potentially win for a little while.


  • GreenLadyHere
  • rikyrah

    Obama Rebukes the Republican Warmonger Doctrine of Unjustified War
    By: Jason Easley

    While honoring the sacrifices of the fallen, President Obama took the time to make it specifically clear that he will never subscribed to the Bush Doctrine of endless unjustified war.

    Especially for those who’ve lost a loved one, this chapter will remain open long after the guns have fallen silent. Today, with the war in Iraq finally over, it is fitting to pay tribute to the sacrifice that spanned that conflict.

    In March of 2003, on the first day of the invasion, one of our helicopters crashed near the Iraqi border with Kuwait. On it were four Marines: Major Jay Aubin; Captain Ryan Beaupre; Corporal Brian Kennedy; and Staff Sergeant Kendall Waters-Bey. Together, they became the first American casualties of the Iraq war. Their families and friends barely had time to register the beginning of the conflict before being forced to confront its awesome costs.

    Eight years, seven months and 25 days later, Army Specialist David Hickman was on patrol in Baghdad. That’s when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. He became the last of nearly 4,500 American patriots to give their lives in Iraq. A month after David’s death — the days before the last American troops, including David, were scheduled to come home — I met with the Hickman family at Fort Bragg. Right now, the Hickmans are beginning a very difficult journey that so many of your families have traveled before them — a journey that even more families will take in the months and years ahead.

    To the families here today, I repeat what I said to the Hickmans: I cannot begin to fully understand your loss. As a father, I cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to hear that knock on the door and learn that your worst fears have come true. But as Commander-In-Chief, I can tell you that sending our troops into harm’s way is the most wrenching decision that I have to make. I can promise you I will never do so unless it’s absolutely necessary, and that when we do, we must give our troops a clear mission and the full support of a grateful nation.

    And as a country, all of us can and should ask ourselves how we can help you shoulder a burden that nobody should have to bear alone. As we honor your mothers and fathers, your sons and daughters, we have given — who have given their last full measure of devotion to this country, we have to ask ourselves how can we support you and your families and give you some strength?

    One thing we can do is remember these heroes as you remember them — not just as a rank, or a number, or a name on a headstone, but as Americans, often far too young, who were guided by a deep and abiding love for their families, for each other, and for this country.

    Beyond the now standard presidential Memorial Day message honoring the fallen, there was a statement of principle. Throughout his presidency, Obama has rejected the Bush Doctrine in both words and deeds. There has been no talk of an “Axis of Evil,” or “fighting them there so that we don’t have to fight them here.” President Obama has very clearly separated the invasion of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan from the hunt for al-Qaeda, and his administration’s anti-terrorism efforts.


  • GreenLadyHere

    – – GOOD TUESDAY miranda. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    WOW & 1/2!! – – – — What a FIERCE SISTA. Annnd a BRAINY –BALLER. :>)

    – – – -A FIRST! – — In June 2009, the current Atlanta resident became the- first African-American female– to compete in the Women’s World 10-Ball Championship in Manila, Philippines. – – – –Jones is excited at the prospect of being the– first black woman— playing in the World Championship. Woo! Hoo!

    THIS SERIES is soooo EXCITING!! – -THANK U. :>)

    – – -BTW – – –FOUND PIC of ona da BALLS.- – — -THEY SCURRED!! LOL – —

    Have a good day Miranda!! :>)

  • rikyrah

    Wisconsin update
    By Kay
    May 29th, 2012

    There’s more numbers available for campaign spending in the Wisconsin recall, but before I get to that, I wanted to return to the spin aspect and show you this from way back in 2011:

    What if the public polls predicting a sizable labor win in the Ohio battle over collective bargaining are just flat-out wrong? An internal memo from a key labor-backed group in the state is flatly warning that the polls are “flawed” and that a big win for labor is not even “remotely possible.” It adds that the right’s messaging has “worked,” and that there’s good reason to suspect that a “massive amount of voter confusion remains,” suggesting the fight could still go either way.
    “Those predicting a blowout for our side are basing their analysis on flawed public polling samples,” reads the memo, which was circulated to labor and political operatives involved in the fight by Brian Rothenberg, the executive director of Progress Ohio, which is partly bankrolled by labor. It was forwarded my way by a source.

    Kasich’s anti-union law was defeated, 61 to 39. Frantic spin deliberately leaked from one side or the other or inadvertently leaked concern-memo by Progress Ohio? I don’t know. Polling on referendums in Ohio had been a poor predictor of results prior to Issue Two, so that part is true.

    This is the best I could find on actual spending on ads in Wisconsin:

    Walker, Republican Party committees, independent tea party groups and other grassroots fiscal conservative organizations have spent around $8.65 million to run ads in the recall campaign, from November through last week, according to data from Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group, a company that tracks and estimates the costs of campaign ads running on the air.
    That’s a considerable amount more than the $5.10 million that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker’s Democratic challenger, Democratic Party committees and independent progressive groups have spent to run commercials.
    “There is intense amount of advertising in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race that is chasing a minute amount of undecided voters. Attitudes are polarized and hardened in the Badger State, but with the contest so close, candidates and their allies have no choice but to go ‘all in’. That said, there probably are not a lot of moveable voters at this point,” Kenneth Goldstein, CNN’s consultant on TV advertising and Kantar Media/CMAG president, said.

    On a related note, There are new rules that may help non-professionals (lowly voters, even!) follow the money in federal races. Recall that within the campaign industrial complex there are (of course) both buyers and sellers. If this is an arms race and we have very little real information on the buyers, we may be able to find out more by looking at the records of the arms dealers, online:


  • rikyrah

    Did ALEC Give Walker 3.4 Million for the Recall Election?
    Created on Monday, 28 May 2012 21:51

    In March 2012, One Wisconsin Now released a report showing Governor Scott Walker had spent more time out of the state of Wisconsin than in the state working for the citizens. One Wisconsin Now pointed out Walker used approximately 600 hours of personal time from August 2011 to January 2012. So what was Scott Walker doing?

    We had a look at Walker’s expense report filed with the Government Accountability Board and found some eye-popping expenses. One of the expenses threw up a flag when we saw payments to Doner Fundraising, Inc, in the amounts of $145,824.73, $64,171.51, $51,306.40, $20,000.00, $61,344.20 between October 2011 and May 2012 for a grand total of $342,645. The thing to keep in mind here is that fundraiser’s typically get a 10% commission on their haul, so Doner Fundraising raked in $3,426,450 for Scott Walker.

    Incidentally, Doner Fundraising Inc is based in Austin Texas, a state Walker has been to a number of times since taking office. The company, at last glance, does not have a website to reference, but the company is owned by one Katherine (Kate) Doner. According a number of online references to the business, Kate Doner is the who’s who in fundraising in Texas and has a reputation of bringing in the big money.

    Kate Doner was principal staff for the the State Policy Network; SPN is a professional service organization for the “state-based free market think tank movement.” SPN was a “Chairman” level sponsor of 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Annual Conference, with a required sponsorship level of $50,000 in 2010. ALEC is also an Associate Member of State Policy Network, as of Aug. 11, 2011. The mission of SPN, according to its May 2006 newsletter, is “to provide strategic assistance to independent research organizations devoted to discovering and developing market-oriented solutions to state and local public policy issues.”

    It’s no secret that much of the legislation Scott Walker forced upon Wisconsinites was designed by ALEC, but it now appears they are paying Walker for his services. Walker’s jaunts around the USA seem to align with stops to give speeches in states with SPN think tanks. Has ALEC changed from paying “Scholarships” to political donations for speeches? It would answer the question of why so many out of state companies have such an interest in Wisconsin politics.


  • rikyrah

    Mitt Romney’s America

    What if Mitt Romney was actually elected President, how might America be transformed?

    Based on the statements he has made and his pandering allegiance to the right wing extremists in his party, one can reasonably extrapolate out what policies and laws Romney would support and approve.

    To begin, it is conceivable that the GOP could retain the House and win over the Senate. It’s also conceivable that having seen how effective their use of the filibuster was against Obama, Senate Republicans could pass rules limiting the use of it by Democrats.

    In such an admittedly hypothetical scenario, the damage to the American society and democracy we have come to know could be severe and long term, with numerous permanent aspects.

    The End of Medicare as an Entitlement

    The Ryan Plan, which Romney heartily supports, transforms Medicare from being an entitlement into a partial subsidy for buying health insurance. Thus, Americans would no longer be entitled to health insurance when they grew older. This would have a profound and devastating impact on tens of millions of seniors and society in general.


  • rikyrah

    Another missed opportunity to lead
    By Steve Benen – Tue May 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT

    .Mitt Romney will join Donald Trump tonight in Las Vegas for a fundraiser, just a few days after the reality-show host reiterated his support for the ridiculous “birther” conspiracy theory. Asked by reporters yesterday whether Trump’s ugly, borderline-racist antics gives him pause, Romney seemed unconcerned.

    “You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney said. “But I need to get 50.1% or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

    That’s not much of a response. By Romney’s reasoning, decency is irrelevant — he should partner with anyone, no matter how vile, so long as it furthers his ambitions and gets him more votes.

    The Obama campaign released a new video this morning, contrasting Romney’s response to supporters’ extremism with John McCain’s.

    There seem to be two broad angles to a story like this. The first is who Romney chooses to associate with. The Republican campaign says it rejects the conspiracy theory, but wants to benefit from ties to the conspiracy theorist.

    Similarly, Romney aides insist their candidate shouldn’t be held responsible for Trump’s beliefs, but (a) the GOP campaign made the exact opposite case a month ago; and (b) when the former governor makes an appearance like this, it necessarily extends Romney’s imprimatur to the man he chooses to partner with. Indeed, Trump isn’t just some random supporter; he’s a leading campaign surrogate, so his political tantrums are necessarily tied to the candidate that made him a key player on his team.

    The second is that this is a test of Romney’s capacity for leadership, and he’s failing.


    It’s well within Romney’s power to denounce Trump’s idiocy and ally himself with more respectable figures — he might even benefit politically if he did, earning new respect by standing on principle. That, however, would take some courage, which is a character trait the Republican candidate is lacking.

    In other words, cowardice is once again getting the better of Mitt Romney, just as it did two weeks ago on gay adoptions.

    The cowardice was also on display when the right disapproved of Richard Grenell. And when Rush Limbaugh went after Sandra Fluke. And when the campaign was asked for Romney’s position on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And when Romney wouldn’t state his views on the Violence Against Women Act or a watered-down version of the DREAM Act. And on and on.

    Romney has been presented with several opportunities to show he’s capable of leadership, but he’s so afraid of what conservatives might say, he just doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing.

    No Profile in Courage Award for you, Mitt.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -Ohhh – – -the AD WAR is Sooo ON! – — -GO MR. PRESIDENT! –

    – – – –Obama campaign ad knocks Romney for Trump’s ‘birtherism’ – —

    – – – –An Obama campaign web ad released on Tuesday looks to tie Mitt Romney to the controversial assertions held by real estate mogul and reality show host Donald Trump, who has become one of the Romney campaign’s most visible surrogates.

    The ad, called “Two Republican nominees,” shows then-candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) rebuffing statements from those who questioned Obama’s citizenship while on the campaign trail in 2008.

    “As the Republican nominee, John McCain stood up to the voices of extremism in his own party,” text from the ad reads.

    “Why won’t Mitt Romney do the same?,” the ad says, before launching into a montage of Trump questioning the president’s birthplace and citizenship.

    Romney will campaign with Trump at a fundraiser in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday, where donors can compete to win dinner with the host of “The Apprentice.”

    Romney told CNN over the weekend that he shouldn’t be held accountable for everything his surrogates say.

    – – – – – –FOUND THIS —-LOOKIN’ 4 teh WILLARD’s body. – –HAH!

    There seems 2 B a PATTERN of teh WILLARD – – –REFUSIN’ 2 STAND AGAINST LIES!! – — He appears 2 B- – -SCURRED.

    Ohwaitaminute – –HE IS A LIAR!! HAH!

  • rikyrah

    said it before……

    they couldn’t nail the President as the ANGRY BLACK MAN…

    now, he’s the ‘ MEAN BLACK MAN’.


    Like HOW DARE President Obama actually go out and take the fight to Willard. how dare he.


    Hints of Racism as the Mainstream Media Questions Obama’s Aggressiveness
    By: Jason EasleyMay 27, 2012

    The mainstream media is subtly helping to further a racist stereotype by acting shocked and even a little afraid by the aggressiveness of Obama’s reelection campaign.

    Here is the video from Face The Nation:

    BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning, again. And welcome to FACE THE NATION and what better time to talk a little politics. Top advisors to both candidates are with us here this morning. We’re going to start with Robert Gibbs who’s the senior advisor to the Obama campaign. Then, we’ll hear from Ed Gillespie, senior advisor to the Romney campaign.

    Mister Gibbs, last week, several Democrats weighed in, and expressed really some dismay with a tone that the Obama campaign’s attack ads have taken, particularly the ones attacking Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, we played a little of it in the beginning of the broadcast, but the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday the campaign would actually become more aggressive with these attacks. They seem to be buying more time to run these ads. Have you done some polling? What– why– why– why do- why so aggressive so soon?

    ROBERT GIBBS (Obama Campaign Senior Advisor): Well, Bob, I don’t think you need polling to understand why people have a visceral reaction to Mitt Romney’s time as head of Bain Capital and let’s be clear, this is the central and only point that Mitt Romney brings up that in the words of his campaign would make him an economic savior for this country. You saw that tape with some steel workers whose plant in Kansas City was loaded up with debt, jammed into bankruptcy, Mitt Romney and his investors walked away with tens of millions of dollars and, look, they were very good at that, making money for themselves and for the investors, but what Bain Capital never did was focus on job creation. That’s not what Bain Capital does. It loads up companies with debt. It takes money out of those companies and pays those investors. It’s not about job creation, and that’s what Mitt run– Mitt Romney is running on. And look, we– we’ve– we’ve seen this experiment in Massachusetts. He did the same thing when he ran in 2002 in Massachusetts and took that state’s job creation numbers to forty-seventh in the country. So we have seen this experiment, we have seen it in Massachusetts quite frankly, we saw it in 2007 and 2008 where we turned our economy over to speculators and it crashed on the middle class.

    Bob Schieffer’s loaded question appears to have been based on a couple of false premises. Schieffer seemed surprised that the Obama campaign would be aggressive at all, because according to the book of great conservative myths that our media lives by Democrats are supposed to be passive, peace-loving hippies avoiding conflict because they don’t have the guts to put up a fight.

    Schieffer was discussing Obama’s Bain ads, but his question centered on aggressiveness, as if it was a bad thing that the president was being aggressive in his attacks. Ol’ Bob seemed perplexed that Obama would launch into Bain so soon, but if Schieffer would think about it, he might realize that what the Obama campaign is doing is using Bain to define Romney before Romney has a chance to define himself. This campaign isn’t going to be about Bain, but Romney’s time at Bain is the opening chapter of what I suspect will be a much deeper narrative from the Obama camp.

    The Face The Nation host seemed to be hung up on the fact that nation’s first black president would be aggressive in his reelection campaign. Could it be because in some parts of the country there are still white Americans who see aggressiveness by an African-American as threatening?

    Whether intended or not, Schieffer’s question highlighted the subtle racial subtext that is constantly present in the media coverage of Obama: It’s okay to have a black president as long as he isn’t too aggressive or threatening.

    President Obama, like other African-Americans, has been battling this stereotype for his entire life. When Mitt Romney is aggressive he is a go getter capitalist, who symbolizes the American Dream. When Barack Obama is aggressive, the media recoils in fear and asks why.

    It has been three and a half years, but the media still can’t shake the constant shadow that is their fear of a black president, and questions like Bob Schieffer’s subconsciously disseminate that fear to millions of white voters across America.


    • Miranda

      So now PBO is the Nat Turner of Politics huh?

    • Town

      I hope President Obama goes SHO’ NUFF MIKE TYSON on Mitt Romney. Send his little Dutch boy ass packing back to Michigan or Massachusetts or California or wherever it is he calls home.

      • Guns3000

        I thought he was from Mexico?

        • vulcan_girl

          Psst…we’re not supposed to talk about that. Although, since his dad was from Mexico, wouldn’t that make Mitt an anchor baby?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-A FOCUS on the FIRST LADY: – – – –Woo! Hoo! :>) – – –

    – – – –ABC Exclusive: First Lady Michelle Obama Live on “Good Morning America” and “The View” Tuesday, May 29 to Discuss Her New Book – —

    — – – –By Joanne Amato
    May 23, 2012 1:22pm
    ABC Exclusive: First Lady Michelle Obama Live on “Good Morning America” and “The View” Tuesday, May 29 to Discuss Her New Book
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    – — On Tuesday, May 29, First Lady Michelle Obama talks to “Good Morning America” and then “The View” hosts to discuss her new book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, and her message that having access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits. Mrs. Obama will also discuss the history of the White House garden, some of the recipes in the book, and tips for starting your own garden no matter where you live. These are Mrs. Obama’s first TV interviews regarding the new book.

    On “Good Morning America,” students from New York City’s Public Schools in Brooklyn 102 and 107, who have successfully grown their own container gardens, will show viewers how easy it is to get started.

    Mrs. Obama then sits down with “The View” hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. The First Lady’s appearance on “The View” is part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” campaign highlighting interviews and informational segments that promote civic responsibility. Mrs. Obama previously appeared on “The View” in April 2011 and June 2008, when she made her daytime television debut as a special guest co-host on “The View.

    – – – SHE will B her – –BRILLIANT – -BRAINY – – -BEAUTIFUL SELF.♥ :>)

    CAIN’T WAIT!! :>)

    P.S. – – –I KNOW we gon hafta – – – -SAAAA-LAP – –LizardBREATH hasselB**ch!! LOL. – – – –

  • Toledo agency that supports women set to close

    TOLEDO, Ohio — A faith-based agency in northwest Ohio is preparing to close its doors next month after 14 years of helping poor single mothers in Toledo.

    Leaders of the Women Blessing Women agency tell The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/Kj8wDB ) that there’s not enough money to stay open. They say the agency has lost some key government grants that contribute its annual budget of $113,000.

    MORE: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/ohio-news/toledo-agency-that-supports-women-set-to-close-1382541.html

    • Miranda

      Where are all the donations from the people who swear they will give to these faith-based agencies and continously protest Planned Parenthood?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – – -GR8 NEWS – – -UPDATE on the – — “BLACK PACs” – —

    – – —Black PACs: Greeks Take Action
    Two new political action committees say it’s time for our electoral participation to evolve.
    – – –

    – — —The terms “PAC,” short for “political action committee,” and “super PAC,” a reference to its mightier cousin, often conjure unsettling images of a pay-to-play electoral system: pharmaceutical-industry-backed groups that contribute thousands of dollars to members of Congress to sway legislation in their corporate interests, for example, or a staggering $10 million campaign donation from just one person. But a new set of PACs, fueled by the collective membership power of historically black fraternities and sororities, argue that they’re cut from a different cloth. – –

    – – – — -SKIP – – –

    As The Root reported in January, a pro-Obama super PAC founded by members of Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi, 1911 United, is raising funds toward organizing 10,000 volunteers for President Obama’s re-election. In April, Unity9 PAC — a political action committee represented by members of the oldest African-American fraternities and sororities, unofficially known as the “Divine Nine” — launched with the mission to financially assist congressional candidates and elected officials with legislative priorities of concern to the black community.

    – – – – -SKIP – – —

    – –Unity9 PAC and 1911 United were both hatched from the same idea: expanding their footprint in the political process.

    – – – -THEY R – –IN – – -2 WIN!! – – -BEST WISHES! :>) – – – –

  • Miranda

    Oh I see emoprog #5 – David Sirota – is whining about POTUS’s remarks regarding Vietnam Vets.

    These stupid assholes really need to get bent with this foolishness.

    • caribbeanobserver

      the ’emoprogs’as they are known,although I dismiss them as intellectual masturbaters, need to realise that people are worn with their continual display of seeking attention.

    • aleth

      Emoprogs don’t matter to me.

      Oh why did Chris Hayes apologize? [Now imagine if Obama had apologized!]

      Hayes is so weak given into the right wing
      He is such a weak leader of emoprogs
      He is a corporatist now that he is at MSNBC
      He is a sellout etc

      Sorry that’s what they do. It’s their MO…just place them on ignore.

      • gc

        Exactly. It’s the reason I left some of the “pragmatic blogs.” HUGE quantity of posts complaining about what the emoprogs say. They justify this as follows “if we don’t know what the oppo is saying, we can not rebut it.” Obama handily deals with the real oppo – Romney, and we can support that. The emoprogs? Who the fuck cares?

        I choose who is allowed in my world. They are not.

        OT here: I am supposed to do a Relay for Life. As a survivor, I NEED to. But this is the Komen related one. What to do?

        • Town

          Are there other Relays for Life that aren’t affliated with Komen?

          • gc

            This one is in my town, special to me. On their website they post in CLEAR lettering they are associated with ACS, as am I. I’m taking that as a positive sign. Thank you, Town. Gotta do what I gotta do. (we called it the “sisterhood”)

  • Miranda

    Sleazy Payday Lenders Donate To Romney Super PAC

    May 25, 2012

    There’s no doubt that Mitt Romney is the candidate of the big banks and Wall Street, but now even payday lenders – the sleaziest sector of the financial industry – have put their money behind him. They know they have a friend in Mitt Romney. According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, seven payday loan companies donated a total of $162,500 to Romney’s Super PAC, Restore Our Future. According to a Los Angeles Times article, Restore Our Future declined to comment about the donations.

    more here

    • Camille

      But of course. Sleaze gravitates towards sleaze.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -‘CAUSE his “widdle FEE FEES” – –R STILL hurting. He REALLY WANTS that INVITATION 2 the – -WHITE HOUSE. – –LOL – – –

    – – –Cornel West’s Obsession With Obama – – –

    – – – –Is Cornel West being petty, or does he really think that black Americans will be better off if President Obama loses his bid for the White House in November? author Michael H. Cottman asks in an analysis of the professor’s comments at BlackAmericaWeb.

    Cornel West is obsessed with criticizing President Barack Obama.

    Every few months West rolls out new material to beat-up on Obama whenever he has an opportunity to meet with the media.

    In a recent interview with the Financial Times, West insists that it’s Obama who is fanatical.

    “I think at this point he’s obsessed with being on Mount Rushmore, he wants to be a great figure in the pantheon of American presidents,” West, the outspoken Princeton University professor, told the Financial Times. “If you’re thinking about Mount Rushmore, you’re thinking about your legacy, your legacy, your legacy. Puh-lease.”

    – —When asked to critique Obama’s first term in office, West said Obama is “much much better than Mitt Romney” but he remained critical of Obama.

    “Mitt Romney is a catastrophic response to a catastrophe, whereas Obama is a disastrous response to a catastrophe,” West said. “Is disaster better than catastrophe? Yes it is. I wish we had a third candidate who could actually do something, but we don’t at the moment.”

    West was also tough on the president’s foreign policy.
    THERE IS MORE – – – TRASH – -from CORNPONE!! geesh!!

    Oh – –2 the FIRST QUESTION: – – —IMMA TAKE PETTY [annnd STOOPID – -Anti-INTELLECTUAL – – -EMBARRASSING —A WASTE of OXYGEN, etc.] 4 — -$5000 – ALEX. – – -LOL.

    – – -CORNPONE – – –PLEASE SHUT DA FLIP UP annnd SIT DA FLIP DOWN – –4-EVA!! – –geesh!!

    • Daltex82


      …”Mitt Romney is a catastrophic response to a catastrophe, whereas Obama is a disastrous response to a catastrophe,.”

      Can somebody, anybody, please get this mofo a tour of the White House so that he can get on with his life.

    • Town

      I wish we had a third candidate who could actually do something, but we don’t at the moment.”


      Americans Elect failed.

      Jane Hamsher no have snacks for you now.


    • Camille

      Their asses can’t even get Elizabeth Warren elected in a blue state like Massachusetts and yet they keep having these wet dreams about some ideal 3rd candidate that will be pure and perfect. Just as pure and perfect as Cornel West and Tavis Smiley with plenty of fictional White House dinners and dates of course. Lol, puhlease!

  • Miranda

    You’re a mean one…Mr. O

    Mean ole Obama, won’t play ball with kind words and lollipops.

    Romney on Obama: This is a ‘Personal Attack Campaign’
    By Jonathan Miller
    May 29, 2012 | 9:54 a.m.

    In an interview that aired Tuesday, Mitt Romney said that President Obama is “going after me as an individual” in the campaign
    Speaking with Bill Hemmer on Fox News, Romney responded to a question about improving the jobs situation with this complaint about Obama. “The president wants to make this a personal attack campaign. He’s going after me as an individual. Look, I’m an American, I love this country.”
    The response comes as the Obama campaign has hammered Romney in ads and on the campaign trail for Romney’s experience at Bain Capital, a private equity firm.


    • Mitt is sounding like a Miss Ann.

      • Admiral_Komack

        You mean…he sounds like a lil’ bitch.

      • rikyrah

        whiny ass titty baby

    • Daltex82

      3 words for ya Myth

      Man Up Bitch!

    • MsKitty

      Willard is so not ready for prime time. Did he really think Team Obama was gonna roll over and let him get away with saying whatever like his primary opponents did?

      A bit of advice son: if you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.

    • Admiral_Komack


      I’m Barack Obama, and I approved this message.

    • rikyrah

      THIS from a mofo that LIES everytime he opens his damn mouth.

      keep on it, Mr. President.

      keep on it.

    • Ebogan63

      Hope PBO continues to pimp slap his azz!

    • Mittens….You ain’t seen nothing yet. By the time PBO is through even Ann is going to say, “Wow. Sucks to be you.” As she takes a sip from her Obama 2012 mug and sits down to do some more phone banking for PBO.

    • Tafr

      His rich, white man entitlement is showing. The president is mean be cause the president is suppose to give the presidency up for lord Romney. The man has not had to work a day in his life so why should he now?

    • Town

      The response comes as the Obama campaign has hammered Romney in ads and on the campaign trail for Romney’s experience at Bain Capital, a private equity firm.


      This means the Bain attacks are WORKING.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –SAD SPORTS NEWS – – – —

    – – –Boxing Great Johnny Tapia Dead at 45
    Troubled five-time world champ found dead at home
    — –

    – — –The boxing world is mourning five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, who was found dead at his Albuquerque home on Sunday. The prizefighter, whose career was marked by drug and alcohol addiction, arrests, and depression, was just 45. Police say foul play is not suspected. Tapia’s mother was murdered when he was just eight years old, and he said the raw fury he displayed in the ring came from the horrific memory of seeing her kidnapped, the New York Times reports.

    Tapia—who Mike Tyson called one of the greatest fighters ever—won 59 fights—30 by knockout. He lost just five fights; two were draws. He was knocked out only once. He had been working as a boxing trainer, and is survived by his wife and three children.

    – —RIHEP – – -Johnny Tapia. U leave a Gr8 legacy. – — –



  • Miranda

    Its probably getting to be real hard to fill that No. 2 role for Al Queda…probably gotta hire a search firm these days.

    Another Al Qaeda Number 2 Killed in Afghanistan

    In what seems to be the only way we find out about who might be the second most powerful man in the al-Qaeda terrorist network, the U.S. is claiming that they’ve killed Sakhr al-Taifi–al-Qaeda’s supposed second in command.

    In case you were wondering, the U.S. has been efficient in taking out Al Qaeda’s alleged number twos–Atiyah Abd al-Rahman last August, Abu Qaswarah in 2008, and Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi was arrested in 2006. To be more specific, “[o]ver the last two years, the U.S. has steadily eroded Al Qaeda’s leadership ranks. U.S. drone missile strikes during that time period have killed at least 18 senior Al Qaeda leaders and commanders, as well as several top Taliban commanders,” reports The Los Angeles Times’ Alex Rodriguez.

    more here

    • Admiral_Komack

      Meanwhile, the New York Times haz a sad because Obama got Osama:

      Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will

      WASHINGTON — This was the enemy, served up in the latest chart from the intelligence agencies: 15 Qaeda suspects in Yemen with Western ties. The mug shots and brief biographies resembled a high school yearbook layout. Several were Americans. Two were teenagers, including a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years.

      President Obama, overseeing the regular Tuesday counterterrorism meeting of two dozen security officials in the White House Situation Room, took a moment to study the faces. It was Jan. 19, 2010, the end of a first year in office punctuated by terrorist plots and culminating in a brush with catastrophe over Detroit on Christmas Day, a reminder that a successful attack could derail his presidency. Yet he faced adversaries without uniforms, often indistinguishable from the civilians around them.

      “How old are these people?” he asked, according to two officials present. “If they are starting to use children,” he said of Al Qaeda, “we are moving into a whole different phase.”

      It was not a theoretical question: Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.


      • Ebogan63

        Imma let Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta state it: “.. what is our responsibility here? Our responsibility is to defend and protect the United States of America.”


    • Daltex82

      This is the kind of military success that legends are made of, that rethuglicans and the media would tout non stop if this were the previous administration. But because this is President Obama, all we get is the military prefers Myth SMDH.

    • rikyrah

      I thought the same thing too, MIranda. I think they sit around and draw straws now

      • Miranda

        Or like in a comedy skit….everybody line up and they say “ok, who will be the brave soul to step up and assume the #2 role”…and everybody except one fool steps BACK.

        Congratulations Al-Saleem, you are now the new Executive Senior Vice President of Jihad Field Operations.

        • Then Al-Saleem calls up NATO and says, “If I give myself up can I get a hundred bucks like the other guy?”

          • Miranda

            *dead*………..no pun intended.

          • Scoot over… *dead*

        • Farrod


        • LOL!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – —Teh Barney was goin’ OYT with his – –FOOT IN HIS MOUTH. – — NOW – -he’s trynta – -“walk it back” – -NO THANK U!! – – –

    – – –Barney Frank: Sorry for Hoodie Joke – – –

    – – – –Barney Frank is apologizing for opening up his super-sized mouth this weekend: Seems the soon-to-be former Massachusetts congressman made a crack about the Trayvon Martin case at a graduation ceremony this weekend, the AP reports. Speaking at a Dartmouth commencement Sunday, in which the university also gave an honorary degree to Hubie Jones, Frank said, “Hubie, I think you now have a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you,” tugging his graduation robe for emphasis.
    THERE IS MORE – — – – – —-FAUX-pology KRAP! – – –

    – – -THAT was DISRESPECTFUL annnd DISGUSTING!! – — Axe the FAMILY. — CALL THEM annnd APOLOGIZE!! geesh!!

    • Bri

      It wasn’t a funny joke at all.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Bri. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – -***fist bump****

        ABSOLUTELY – -NO WAY!! – – – THIS was – —BEYOND SICK!! – — –

        – – -UNFORGIVABLE!! – –He will live 2 REGRET THIS!!

        – – –KARMA – –DON’T LIKE UGLY!! – –

        Good 2 C U – -Bri. :>)

    • aleth

      What makes a person’s mind go to that extent and think its an apropriate joke? I think you have to have some unconscious hate in your mind for it go there and think it’s funny…

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ aleth! **BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –**fist bump** – — HIS RACISM is CLEARLY SHOWIN’ – -as he EXITS. – -HUH? – —

        BUT let somebody tell a – – -“homphobic JOKE!!” – – –He would B all kinds of OFFENDED!! – – ——– —– — Annd BLAMIN’ – -MR. PRESIDENT!![somehow].

        – – -As I stated – – – -CALL the MARTIN family! – -APOLOGIZE 2 THEM!! – –
        –THIS IS – – -UNFORGIVABLE!! – –

        Good 2 C U aleth. :>)

    • dannie22

      But let me tell a gay joke and see what happens

  • Miranda

    40,000 Voter Records Erased?

    Memphis, Tn – Norma Lester with the Shelby County Election Commission says the commission chair requested an investigation into recent allegations of thousands of county voter histories being purged, according to a letter FOX 13 obtained.

    Blogger Bev Harris with Black Box Voting originally said her research showed that 488 lifelong voters, mainly African American and democratic voters, were missing in the Shelby County registry. People on this list include political figures like Darrick Harris and Edmund Ford.

    “There’s 600,000 voters on the Shelby County voter list and for it just to happen to African Americans in one particular district who vote democrat is certainly not just random chance,” says Harris.

    more here

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – – – – –YA THINK??? – –DUH — – –

    – — –Former GOP Congressman: Romney Is Tolerating Birther Trump To Raise Money – – –

    – – – –Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) joined the growing number of conservatives who are expressing discomfort over Mitt Romney’s association with birther businessman Donald Trump. Asked why Romney is moving forward with a joint fundraiser this evening in Las Vegas, Davis answered with one word: “money.” “He can’t raise money without Donald Trump?” MSNBC host Chuck Todd asked. “He could raise it but this is additional money and this is a money game and he’s behind the eight ball,” Davis replied. The Romney campaign has set a goal of raising “$2 million at the Trump International Hotel” on Tuesday. Watch it:

    – – – – – -A tale of A ” JOHN” annd his “HOOKER” – – – The End!!

    • nellcote

      So he just called Rmone a whore. Nice.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote- —***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — LOL – – -Pretty much!!! :>) – – – -The “dynamic duo – – -A PIMP annnd his HO! – – —

        ***shakin’ my head*** – –P-I-T-I-F-U-L!!

        Good 2 C U – -nellcote. :>)

      • Miranda

        not even the full word…a HO!

  • Miranda

    Just saw this on twitter.

    Carole Troll‏@Thejazzchick
    Heard on Madison per CBC:Congressional RW so hates the 1st family they would not allocate funds to fix plumbing in WH residence. #PBO paid.
    If this is true….Lord forgive me but I will be hoping and praying for nothing but the worst of illness and destruction for these right wing nuts.

    • Daltex82

      Yes, I heard Mr. Madison talking about that this morning. He participated in a round-table event this past weekend (I believe it was some gathering of black trade union workers not sure) and members of the CBC spoke candidly about the tactics of the Rethuglicans, including them not allocating money for the plubming to be upgraded at the First Family’s living quarters. Joe mentioned he would play this entire round-table talk some time this week.

      • Miranda

        I won’t even bother going to the bad lounge because that wouldn’t suffice for the plethora of completely hellish thoughts I wish upon these right wing demons.

      • itgurl_29

        The CBC are USELESS! Why aren’t they holding a press conference about this! Why aren’t they out there letting the public know that this First Family is being treated completely differently by this Congress. Why?!

        • THANK YOU! They can hold a press conference calling out PBO, but are quiet about this??

        • Miranda

          Let’s all ask Rev Al on twitter to do a segment on his show about this.

          • Worldwatcher7

            Good idea. I’m on it.

          • Miranda

            Stuff like this needs to be put on blast HARD. Let the whole world know how these fools are.

          • we need a twitter #hashtag that we can all use about this. I am game.

          • Has this been tweeted to Rev Al ??

          • Miranda

            I did, but everybody needs to do it and tweet it to others in the media too.

          • I tweeted it a few times. If he mentioned it I missed it.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY itgurl_29 – – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

          – — – ‘CAUSE – – -it isn’t ABOUT THEM!! – —-

          Oh THEY tryta TOUT their – –JOBS TOUR – –without givin’ a FINAL REPORT! – – – -BUT THAT was about them.!!

          – – – -L8R they’ll SLEAZE around askin’ him 2 – –“ENDORSE”them. – –

          NO! – – – -PHOOLS! – – –NO!! – — -U R ON YOUR OWN!! – –

          – –DISGUSTING – – – -“CREW of 42!!!” – – – –

          Good 2 U – -itgurl_29. :>)

        • rikyrah

          which Congressional Committee is this?

    • Alma98

      If true this is racial hatred pure and simple it has nothing to do with politics. I’m tired of people making excuses for these petty jackals. I’m with you Miranda I hope payback is ruthless for these mofos.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda – – -SAAAA-LAP!! them!! — —

      – – -There is a SPECIAL PLACE 4 ALL of THEM!! Their MINDS R ALREADY THERE. -WAITIN’ 4 their SOULS!!

      -***joinin’ U*** ——-THEY R—EVIL/HATEFUL —RACISTS!!!! —–

  • Miranda

    *snicker*….translation: so THIS the one that told you it would be such a nice step in your career to do that shit! This is who stupidly said “yes! this is what you say! do it!”

    Booker communications director resigns
    By Max Pizarro | May 29th, 2012 – 10:29am

    Anne Torres, communications director for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, is resigning, effective today.

    Sources say her resignation comes amid internal adminstration strife in the aftermath of Booker’s appearance on Meet the Press.

    Booker said he found campaign messaging on both sides of the aisle, including the Obama Campaign against Bain Capital, “nauseating.” The remark infuriated Team Obama, who wanted Booker to represent the views of the president as a surrogate of the campaign.

    • Bri

      I dislike when someone has to take the blame for another person’s comments. Cory Booker is blaming everyone, but himself for HIS remarks. His comments weren’t taken out of context either.

      • Miranda

        I can’t wait for her to go on The Last Word or some other show and tell it.

        • Admiral_Komack

          She may not tell it…if she’s getting paid.

          • Miranda

            That’s true….he really can’t mess up again, so she probably got a nice …..”severance”…yeah, let’s call it that. LOL

    • He needed a scapegoat and he found one. What happened on MTP was all on Booker.

      • Bri

        She is definitely the scapegoat. Usually when a staff member resigns in politics they are basicially fired.

      • Admiral_Komack

        That’s what I though, too.
        Booker got his scapegoat.

      • Exactly! But people are not stupid, Cory. Making Torres the sacrificial lamb only makes things worse.

    • Rhoda

      He was a fool to listen.

      • She told him exactly what he wanted to hear and I woudn’t be surprised if he initiated the whole conversation.

        • Miranda

          THIS. You know how it went down.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I don’t have a problem with him listening; after hearing it he should have nixed it…but he didn’t.

    • Seems like the reason Torres was fired was because she admitted to Politifact that a statement Booker made on MTP about PBO and discretionary spending was false after they called him out: http://www.politifact.com/new-jersey/statements/2012/may/28/cory-booker/cory-booker-claims-obama-has-overseen-nations-lowe/

    • dannie22

      Oh Booker…

  • Admiral_Komack

    Republican Resigns From National Labor Relations Board Over Leaks To Ex-Romney Aide

    Ryan J. Reilly-May 29, 2012, 9:45 AM1721

    Terence Flynn has resigned his position on the National Labor Relations Board following an Inspector General report which found he improperly leaked internal information to two former members of the board who are now working in the private sector, one of whom worked for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

    Flynn’s case has been referred to the Justice Department and to the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates possible violations of the Hatch Act (a law banning federal employees from engaging in certain types of partisan political activity).


    • Miranda


  • Rhoda

    Good Morning POU.

    So, reading the thread and the links I have one thing to say: PBO is winning and it’s KILLING them. They’ve thrown how much money at him? Wall Street has made it their mission to destroy this presidency and apparently the right wing hates him so much; they don’t want to fix the plumbing in the White House residence.


    Let them do their worst.

    POTUS and his team have a plan and they are working it and getting their message out their every day; and as we head into Memorial day the media is realizing how far behind Romney really is. Why would Mitt Romney be appearing with Donald Trump? It’s not the money; he can write his own damn check or call his friends on Wall Street to do it for him. NO, it’s because Trump is a birther. And just as McCain put a racist birther on his ticket to gain acceptance of the right wing; Romney is hoping to avoid putting one on the ticket by appearing with Trump. And if POTUS and his team didn’t point it out; no one would be calling Mittens on that fact. Meanwhile; people are asking if POTUS will appear with Bill Maher.

    • rikyrah

      and he’s succeeding despite 90% negative coverage.

      ok, I think it’s up to 97& negative coverage, but that’s just me.

  • Rhoda

    Good Morning POU.

    So, reading the thread and the links I have one thing to say: PBO is winning and it’s KILLING them. They’ve thrown how much money at him? Wall Street has made it their mission to destroy this presidency and apparently the right wing hates him so much; they don’t want to fix the plumbing in the White House residence.


    Let them do their worst.

    POTUS and his team have a plan and they are working it and getting their message out their every day; and as we head into Memorial day the media is realizing how far behind Romney really is. Why would Mitt Romney be appearing with Donald Trump? It’s not the money; he can write his own damn check or call his friends on Wall Street to do it for him. NO, it’s because Trump is a birther. And just as McCain put a racist birther on his ticket to gain acceptance of the right wing; Romney is hoping to avoid putting one on the ticket by appearing with Trump. And if POTUS and his team didn’t point it out; no one would be calling Mittens on that fact. Meanwhile; people are asking if POTUS will appear with Bill Maher.

  • Miranda


    Kirk’s ex-wife files FEC complaint questioning campaign payments

    Soon after Mark Kirk’s ex-wife announced she would no longer support his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, he brought her onto his campaign team, then quietly paid her after his victory.

    But Kimberly Vertolli, a lawyer who received $40,000 from the campaign, again is at odds with her ex-husband, filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Kirk and his then-girlfriend may have broken campaign finance law.

    The girlfriend, Dodie McCracken, who works in public relations, has acknowledged receiving more than $143,000 in fees and expenses for her campaign work. A former live-in girlfriend, she is no longer romantically involved with Kirk, according to a campaign aide.

    more here

    • Goldenstar60022

      The irony is that he’s a gay man. Oh, well.

      • isonprize

        Gay don’t matter. Anybody remember former NJ Governor McGreevy?

        He had two daughters and was married to a woman at the time, and put his male side piece on the payroll in charge of New Jersey’s HOMELAND SECURITY! And dude was an Israeli citizen and a lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces! Still not sure if dude was ever a US citizen…


    • vulcan_girl

      Looks like the ex wife got salty when she heard how much the girlfriend got paid.

      • Miranda

        Don’t they know by now? Neva put ya side piece on payroll…just neva do that.

  • Miranda

    Wait…so Trump doubles down on birtherism, on the same day Mitt is supposed to be fundraising with him…and no disavowal by Mitt, thereby once again displaying his complete and utter lack of courage or conviction.

    OK…I’m back on my “Axelrod is paying Trump under the table for this craziness” conspiracy.

  • rikyrah

    29 The Wisconsin Recall Is About One Thing: No More Him
    By Charles P. Pierce at 10:39AM

    The effort to fire Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, has become the great gravitational center of American politics, drawing into itself almost every serious issues before the nation — up to and including the question: “National Democrats: Point-Shavers or Simply Feckless?” — and all manner of free-floating debris as well.

    A lot happened over the holiday weekend, including the first debate between Walker and his Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, who is a very nice fellow, but who doesn’t yet seem to realize exactly what kind of a fight he’s in. In Friday’s debate, he kept banging on Walker’s responsibility for “the civil war” in the state, as though the primary goal of this whole business has been to get people to be nice to each other again. This is, of course, not remotely the case. The primary goal of this whole business has been to rid Wisconsin of Scott Walker, and of the corporate pirates and mountebanks to whom he is prepared to sell the rest of the state. The reason there’s a recall at all is not that Wisconsinites wanted more civility. It’s that they wanted less of Scott Walker. This never was going to be a polite process, and by delegitimizing the emotions that propelled last winter’s political revolt, Barrett concedes too much to Walker, whose basic campaign argument, after all, has been that the recall is a lot of fuss and bother that’s keeping him from doing the people’s business and, oh, by the way, as soon as he wins on June 5, he’s going to change the rules so it never happens again, because the voters are a damned impediment to democracy. No matter how much he argues for the status quo, Barrett’s rhetoric helps Walker cast chloroforming the recall process a bipartisan issue. Which Walker did with alacrity….

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/wisconsin-recall-debate-9256887#ixzz1wH7pUpGB

    • Alma98

      LOL! This right here slays me “the goggle-eyed homunculus” I cannot stop laughing.

      • Alma how’s it looking election wise?

        • Alma98

          We’re doing everything we can woody to get people registered. People are calling going door to door sending out mailings you name it we’re doing it. The union wasted money on Falk nobody knew who the hell she was. Barrett has a good chance of winning of course he has the black vote, it just a matter of gotv.

  • Miranda

    REPORT: Obama’s Gay Marriage Announcement Was HIS Idea

    The accepted storyline about President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage is that his hand was forced by Vice President Joe Biden’s loose lips.

    But a new report from New York’s John Heilemann indicates that that narrative may not be entirely true.

    In a behemoth New York magazine feature about Obama’s re-election strategy, Heilemann writes that the President himself decided that he wanted to come out in support of legalizing same-sex marriage, and that his senior campaign advisors and communications team agonized for months over the pros and cons of the shift.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-gay-marriage-joe-biden-campaign-john-heilemann-nymag-2012-5#ixzz1wH843S4E

  • Miranda

    Obama campaign: Why doesn’t Romney push back against Trump ‘birther’ questions?
    Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s campaign is highlighting what they call Mitt Romney’s “refusal” to condemn Donald Trump’s continued highlighting of the “birther” conspiracy.

    The release of a new video by the president’s re-election team Tuesday morning comes a few hours after Romney appeared to downplay Trump’s comments, and a few hours before Romney teams up with Trump at the business magnate and reality TV star’s hotel in Las Vegas for a fundraiser for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

    Asked on his charter plane Monday night whether Trump’s questioning of Obama’s birthplace gave him pause, Romney said he was grateful for all his supporters.

    “You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney said. “But I need to get 50.1% or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

    more here http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/29/obama-campaign-why-doesnt-romney-push-back-against-trump-birther-questions/

    • It’s the weirdest thing but Romney is doing everything he can to secure the McCain base of 2008 only more narrow. There’s no way he can win the election like that. The people he’s dogwhistling don’t need it since under no circumstance would they ever vote for PBO anyway.

      He’s the strangest nominee I’ve ever seen. Purposely pursuing a failed strategy.

      • Town

        It’s the white right way, because it’s the ROMNEY way!

      • gc

        He’s not weird. He’s nuts.

        • crazycanuck


        • Admiral_Komack

          In your guts, you know he’s nuts.

  • Miranda
    • The FDA needs to do a study on the long-tern affects of yaki and kanekalon, because I’m pretty they have affected Keli’s logic.

      • Alma98


      • PBomb


    • Worldwatcher7

      Wow. Well, at last someone has finally written the stupidest article anyone could possibly write about the first family. This is it. No one could ever write anything stupider than this. Congratulations Keli.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I bought that stupid woman’s book.
        Too bad I don’t have a fireplace.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – –THAT EVIL/VILE PHOOL!! – – – – –LOOK at his TARGET – –

    – — – –Meet Bill: The 91-Year-Old Decorated WWII Veteran Targeted By Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Voter Purge – –

    – – – –Bill Internicola is a 91-year-old, Brooklyn-born, World War II veteran. He fought in the Battle of the Buldge and recieved the Bronze Star for bravery. He’s voted in Florida for 14 years and never had a problem.

    Three weeks ago, Bill received a letter from Broward County Florida stating “[Y]ou are not a U.S. Citizen” and therefore, ineligible to vote. He was given the option of requesting “a hearing with the Supervisor of Elections, for the purpose of providing proof that you are a United States citizens” or forfeit his right to vote.

    This decorated World War II veteran is just one of hundreds of fully eligible U.S. citizens being targeted by Governor Scott’s massive voter purge just prior to this year’s election, according to data obtained from Florida election officials by ThinkProgress. The purge list, according to an analysis by the Miami Herald, targets mostly Democrats and Hispanics.

    Voting rights groups in Florida have asked the Justice Department to investigate, alleging that Scott’s voter purge violates federal law.

    – – – -HE IS A – — -DESPICABLE – – -SHAMEFUL RACIST!! – – —

    – – -C’MON – – -JUSTICE DEPARTMENT!! – — –

  • rikyrah

    ‘The dog that caught the car’
    By Steve Benen – Tue May 29, 2012 9:30 AM EDT

    .Sometime very soon, the Supreme Court will rule on the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality, possibly killing the law. What’s more, even if a court majority sides with the administration, Republican policymakers may very well have a chance to eliminate “Obamacare” altogether early next year.

    And that creates a conundrum for the GOP. After screaming bloody murder about the law for three years, Republicans have successfully convinced many Americans to oppose health care reform. At the same time, much of the country has grown to like, want, and expect many of the law’s protections.

    What will Republicans do about this? They have no earthly idea. For example, ThinkProgress caught up with Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) the other day, and despite his fierce opposition to the law, he’s fully on board with many of the law’s key provisions.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, West expressed his support for allowing young adults to stay on their family’s plan until they’re 26, protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions, and closing the Medicare prescription drug donut hole. In other words, this right-wing opponent of Obamacare is comfortable keeping the most popular parts of Obamacare, despite already having voted to kill these benefits, and despite the policy measures that interconnect the popular and unpopular provisions.

    What’s more, it’s not just West — Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who’s also voted to eliminate the entire law, also said protections for young adults should remain in place.

    For three years, Republican policymakers thought it was simply enough to whine incessantly about health care reform and how much they hated President Obama’s reform package. Now, it’s slowly dawning on them that the larger questions need answers.

    As a Republican health care aide told Sahil Kapur, “I do think some Republicans are finally starting to realize they could be the dog that caught the car.”


    There’s no easy way out of this. “Repeal and replace” is already dead, and the Republican base has demanded, in no uncertain terms, that every letter of the Affordable Care Act has to go. No matter how effective the policies are, no matter how popular they might be, no matter what the consequences might be of repeal, conservatives will tolerate nothing less than the old, dysfunctional health care system. No exceptions.

    Just two weeks ago, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) adopted the same line, telling reporters, “We voted to fully repeal the president’s healthcare law as one of our first acts as a new House majority, and our plan remains to repeal the law in its entirety. Anything short of that is unacceptable.”

    So, for Washington’s most powerful GOP official, the only “acceptable” outcome is one in which tens of millions of Americans lose their health care coverage, seniors pay higher prescription drug costs, small businesses lose their tax breaks, and the deficit goes up by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

    In 2009, Republicans said they agreed with 80% of Obamacare. In 2012, it’s down to zero.

    What’s unclear at this point is what happens if and when the dog actually catches the car. The American mainstream wants many of the law’s benefits to stay in place; the GOP base expects all of the law’s benefits to disappear. No one knows what’ll happen, but as a rule, Republicans don’t ignore their base often.


    • When a loon like West says we need to keep some provsions that tells you how popular the plan is. The last thing many in the GOP want is to see ACA repealed.

  • Miranda

    In mofo please news:

    ‘Exorcist’ author, William Peter Blatty, to sue Georgetown University in Catholic court

    The author who turned Georgetown University into a horror scene in “The Exorcist” plans to sue the school in church court, charging that his alma mater has strayed so far from church doctrine that it should no longer call itself Catholic.

    William Peter Blatty, who graduated from Georgetown in 1950, says the “last straw” was the university’s speaking invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

    more here

    • Sit down William.

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        He’s still alive?

  • Hells Yea!!!!! Love her.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • Miranda

    I don’t know if the writeups or the comments are the bestest at Wonkette.

    ‘Politicizing’ Now Simply Refers To Obama Saying Anything

    this comment is classic:

    tbogg 121p · 45 minutes ago
    If Obama doesn’t send any more people to die in wars, Chris Hayes won’t have anyone to hate fuck on teevee.

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  • The_true_being

    goon wit ya bad self. if ever in jackonville come to riggsys billiards. ask for big jon