September 16, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Female Entrepreneurs and Executives

Happy New Year! This week’s open thread will highlight the accomplishments of African-American female entrepreneurs.

EuniceDudley

 

Eunice Mosley was born in Selma, Alabama. She was the seventh of nine children born to Andrew M. Mosley, Sr. and Eva O. Murdoch Mosley.

Dr. Dudley is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Dudley Products, Inc., the multi-million dollar hair care and cosmetics company headquarted in Kernersville, North Carolina. She currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for the company and is Managing Executive for the Dudley Cosmetology School System, a network of 8 general cosmetology schools in the United States.

She got her start in the beauty industry selling Fuller Products door-to-door in Brooklyn, New York while a student at Talladega College. It was at this Fuller branch in the summer of 1960 that she met her husband, Dr. Joe L. Dudley, Sr. Both were selling Fuller Products during the summer to earn their college tuition money. They married in 1961 and both began working for Fuller Products full-time in 1962.

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In 1967, the Dudleys moved to Greensboro, North Carolina to open a Fuller Products Distributorship. Later, when Fuller Products Company experienced problems providing enough products to them, the Dudleys began making their own products to meet their customers needs. They would make the product in their family kitchen. Dr. Dudley and their children (at that time, two) packaged the products at night, and Joe Dudley, Sr. and his sales force would sell them during the day.

By 1976, she had helped developed a sales force of more than 400, a beauty school, and a chain of beauty supply stores located throughout the Southeast. Dudley Products was deemed an entrepreneurial success. The Dudleys moved to Chicago at the request of Mr. S. B. Fuller, their mentor and owner of Fuller Products Company. Joe was appointed President of Fuller Products Company and Eunice assumed a significant role in the administrative and manufacturing areas. It was during this time that her aptitude for purchasing, layout design and process efficiency really came to the surface.

1984 found the Dudleys back in Greensboro to grow Dudley Products Company. Their efforts were so successful that they soon needed significantly more operating space. Dr. Dudley worked closely with the architects on both the internal and external design of the building and selected all furnishings and equipment needed.

In 1989, with husband Joe, she helped launch Dudley Cosmetology University, flagship of the Dudley Cosmetology School System. The presence of DCU led to other significant planning and design accomplishments for Dr. Dudley, (DCU Inn, Dudley Cafeteria and the Yeates Convention Center).

The design, planning and building of Dudley Products, Inc.’s new manufacturing and home office facility in Kernersville, North Carolina were personally supervised by Dr. Dudley. These efforts earned her The Energy Efficient Building Award presented by Energy User News and the ASHRAE Technology Award, an International Award given for second place in recognizing outstanding achievements in design and operation of energy-efficient buildings.

Over the past 30 years through dedication, hard work and persistence, she has helped take the company from very humble beginnings to a respected and world renowned position in the Beauty Industry.

**Information courtesy of Wikipedia.org***

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  • aleth

    Happ new year fam

  • Alexander2

    (Happy New Year POU family!)

    Happy New Year Republicans, Obama Just Cleaned Your Clock on the Fiscal Cliff
    By: Jason Easley Jan. 1st, 2013

    Some on the left are already griping that the White House gave up too much by raising the income limit on the Bush tax cuts to $400,000-450,000, but here is what the president got in return for his minor concession:

    – A permanent rise in tax rates to the Clinton era levels for all individuals making over $400,000 a year.

    – A return to the Clinton era rates on capital gains.

    – The Estate Tax will be set at 40% for those at $400,000 threshold with a $5 million exemption.

    – A 5 year extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit for low income Americans.

    – All Obama small business tax breaks extended for another year.

    – A full year extension of unemployment benefits.

    – A nine month Farm Bill.

    – A permanent patch for the Alternative Minimum tax.

    For what was supposed to be a short term deal, the president got a lot of long term changes. Those on the left who feel “betrayed” because Obama moved off the $250,000 number, and believe that the president should have done nothing need to consider what the fiscal cliff cuts would have meant to some important social programs.

    If the country would have gone off the cliff, Medicare would have faced an $11 billion cut. Falling off the cliff could have killed the entire Meals on Wheels program in many parts of the country. Programs ranging from Head Start to AIDS drug assistance programs, and Veterans aid and training would have all been slashed if some on the left would have gotten their way.

    http://www.politicususa.com/happy-year-republicans-obama-cleaned-clock-fiscal-cliff.html

    • Miranda

      Let the left fringe howl…..they are as dumb as their tea party counterparts.

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

      The ones complaining about this deal (Markos, Cenk, Nicole Sandler, etc…) would not have been affected if we had gone off the cliff. They’re nothing but a bunch of out-of-touch, privileged, loud mouth fauxgressive vultures.

    • trose1

      – A 5 year extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit for low income Americans.

      Many of the Black people who stood in line for hours to vote for PBO just got a return on investment on just those credits passing.

      • conlakappa

        Gifts!! Gifts!! Did they get free phones and Nuva Rings too?!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HAPPY NEW YEAR ALEXANDER2. – –***BIG –HAPPY KWANZA —HUG*** :>)

      – – — -WHEW LAWD!! – –TOUCHDOWN!! – – -HAH! – — — – –

      MR. PRESIDENT CAUSED a “MOONWALK” – –annnnd AVOIDED that – –FALL off da CLIFF! – – -Woo! Hoo! —

      – – – -RA’ CHERE!! – ->For what was supposed to be a short term deal, the president got a lot of long term changes. Those on the left who feel “betrayed” because Obama moved off the $250,000 number, and believe that the president should have done nothing need to consider what the fiscal cliff cuts would have meant to some important social programs.

      “Those on da left who feel betrayed” – – – – -<a href="http://t1.ftcdn.net/jpg/00/03/31/78/400_F_3317847_Pest5z5blDWBTmRE2YrWJcHZjOCUI6.jpg&quot;NEEDTA -“Sit da FLIP DOWN -in ANY of THESE SEATS!! – -HAH! —

      – -CONGRATULATIONS – – -MR. PRESIDENT!! — -ANOTHER – -“W”!!! -Woo! Hoo! – -THANK U 4 showin’ – – -“WHO CARES — 4 da PEOPLE!!” – – –

      — – – –HAPPY NEW YEAR 2 U/FIRST FAMILY! :>) BLESS U.♥ — –

      THANK U – -ALEXANDER2. –GOOD 2 C U. :>) – —

      P.S.—-NOT –a GLOAT!!——-FACTS!! LOL

    • TyrenM

      Thanks Alexander. As stated yesterday. 400K doesn’t hurt my feelings. I came for Capital Gains Tax Increase and Estate Tax not get that 10 Million shit they were talking about. Done, Done and Done + my Child Tax Credit good for 5 more years.No Cuts to Social Programs. YES WE DID!

  • aleth

    Both can’t be right! They sound like each other. Each other thinking the other has stronger arm.

    Right wing view http://www.redstate.com/2012/12/31/fiscal-deal-tax-hikes-green-pork-stimulus-oh-my/

    V

    Left wing http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/progressive-fiscal-cliff-deadline.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    Haha straight mirror of each other

    • jds09

      Here’s the money quote from Redstate…

      “Moreover, the preliminary framework of this deal calls for delaying the sequester for two months. That will coincide perfectly with the debt ceiling fight, providing Obama with another bargaining chip and gratuitously exacerbating the schism between fiscal conservatives and defense hawks.”

      This reminds me of PBO’s remarks to the New Hampshire major newspaper’s editorial board, when he gets mad he crushes folks…let the republican stomping begin!

      Happy New Year Everybody!

      • goldenstar

        I love that video. And, he says that with his disarming smile!

    • Kennymack1971

      Yep. The teabaggers and the firebaggers.. two peas in a pod. To hell with all of them.

    • trose1

      Adam Green and his “organization” is worthless. Yet, they get mentioned as if they have some sort of power or legitmacy.
      smdh

      • MsKitty

        Adam Green is about lining Adam Green’s pockets, nothing else. Saw the numbers of PCCC on a website that does financial breakdowns of advocacy groups, and only 10% (if that) of their money went towards advocacy and candidate contributions. The rest? Went towards “administrative and travel” costs.

        As long as there are gullible folks mad at the President because they didn’t get a unicorn delivered to their front door, Mr. Green will never have to get a real job.

        • conlakappa

          Is he the Adam who posted on Daily Kos? If so, one of my buddies from there has some serious stories about just how un-progressive he is and how he’d shiv you if you get in the way of the cause he’s pushing. I think Deaniac is usually very measured, even when he is annoyed by someone. Not so when he was talking about Adam http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/pathetic-adam-green-on-how-to-be.html

  • isonprize

    Happy New Year, POU!!

    Were copious amounts of collard greens and blackeyed peas enjoyed?

    • Aquagranny911

      We will have our blackeyed peas today along with ham & the traditional green corn tamales. No menudo, thank all the Santos! I hate that nasty stuff!

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

    I loves me some Dudley’s Creme Press! Keeps my hair laid!

  • trose1

    Happy New Year Everyone!

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

    Jesse Rodriguez ‏@JesseRodriguez
    NBC: VP Biden heading back to Capitol Hill to meet with House Dems.

    • Miranda

      Unca Joe gotta put some folks in check I see.

      • jds09

        I wonder if he picked out a good switch on the way. I hear there’s a lot of trees in D.C. lol

    • AxelFoley

      Asses ’bout to get kicked.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HAPPY NEW YEAR -Sepia – -***BIG –HAPPY KWANZAA –HUG*** :>)-

      — –“RIDE or DIE Joe” – —He’s havin’ a BLAST!! LOL – — Luvin’ him. :>) —

      – Good 2 C U Sepia. – –B Blessed. :>) –

  • Joy

    Happy and Blessed New Year to everyone!

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ — PBOMB/ POU FAM♥ –HAPPY NEW YEAR/7th DAY of KWANZAA- -IMANI =[FAITH]- – -CONGRATULATIONS – –MR. PRESIDENT! – –annnd ALL PEOPLE; – -THANK U 4 ANOTHER INSPIRING ENTREPRENEUR – – – Woo! Hoo!-- –

    — – -☻Kwanzaa Day 7 (January 1) Imani (ee-MAH-nee): Faith [The Seventh Day of Kwanzaa (January 1)]

    – – – – –+ On the seventh day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green, the next red candle, the next green, the final red and then the final green candle. This represents the 7th principle of Kwanzaa – Imani (ee-MAH-nee): Faith
    The seventh principle is discussed. The family shares the Unity cup and all seven candles are extinguished. Kwanzaa is over.

    – – — — +Voices of Imani Gospel Choir – -SAAAAAANG! :>)

    — –☻SECOND PLACE: –These efforts earned her The Energy Efficient Building Award presented by Energy User News and the ASHRAE Technology Award, an International Award given for – second place in recognizing outstanding achievements in design and operation of energy-efficient buildings. —Woo! Hoo! –LOVE her PRODUCTS!! :>)
    THANK -U –PBOMB!! :>) —

    — -☻UPDATE on FISCAL TALKS: — The HOUSE will MEET at 1:00pm. EST 2-day. :>) – –CONGRATULATIONS – -SENATE!! Woo! Hoo!

    — –ENJOY YOUR KWANZAA -TREAT!! :>) — –

    — – –B ESPECIALLY BLESSED 2-DAY. — :>) – —

    – —-HAPPY NEW 2013!!

  • Alexander2

    (The president already raised taxes on people making $250,000 -$400,000. This was a very minor concession. I hate the PL!)

    New Taxes to Take Effect to Fund Health Care Law
    By ROBERT PEAR
    Published: December 8, 2012

    WASHINGTON — For more than a year, politicians have been fighting over whether to raise taxes on high-income people. They rarely mention that affluent Americans will soon be hit with new taxes adopted as part of the 2010 health care law.

    The new levies, which take effect in January, include an increase in the payroll tax on wages and a tax on investment income, including interest, dividends and capital gains. The Obama administration proposed rules to enforce both last week.

    To help finance Medicare, employees and employers each now pay a hospital insurance tax equal to 1.45 percent on all wages. Starting in January, the health care law will require workers to pay an additional tax equal to 0.9 percent of any wages over $200,000 for single taxpayers and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly.

    The new taxes on wages and investment income are expected to raise $318 billion over 10 years, or about half of all the new revenue collected under the health care law.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/us/politics/new-taxes-to-take-effect-to-fund-health-care-law.html

    • Miranda

      A lil something the firebaggers forgot about.

    • JojoRaze

      So Mittens is gonna have to pay for Obamacare since this includes investment income. No wonder he ran for president. He really was trying to turn back his tax increases.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — – -A PERSPECTIVE – — Hmmm. . . . – — –

    — –On the Senate Deal – –

    – — – –One hundred and fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In retrospect, it seems to have been somewhat more important than whatever the Senate was doing last night.[***furrowed brow** — While you probably want to know what is in the Senate deal, it’s important to remember that it isn’t law until the House passes it and the president signs it. One thing I don’t want to hear a lot of whining about is the $400,000/$450,000 top marginal rate. We are talking about a 4.6% tax cut on $250,000 of income, which amounts to $10,500. When you consider that Obama exchanged that for an extension of unemployment insurance and a whole host of tax credits that affect the middle class and working poor, it’s not a big concession at all. What’s more difficult to swallow is that the capital gains and dividends rate only went up to 20%. It’s a hike on top earners, but not enough of a hike for my tastes. On the other hand, the rich will have to deal with a Personal Exemption Phaseout (PEP) set at $250,000 and an itemized deduction limitation (Pease) set to $300,000. That is where Mitt Romney will feel the pinch. The deal also extends the Farm Bill, which avoids a massive spike in the price of milk. It permanently fixes the problem with the Alternative Minimum Tax not being indexed to inflation, and it solves the so-called Doc Fix for Medicare compensation to physicians (a long-time headache).
    – – -SNIP – —
    – –THIS – –>Please keep in mind that all but seven Republican senators just voted to raise taxes (the first Republicans to do so in over twenty years). – –HAH!
    – – – – When judging the merits of this deal, it is important to keep in mind all the people on the margins of our society who will not be paying eight dollars for a gallon of milk or face losing their unemployment check or the loss of their child tax credit or their college loan tax credit. Keep in mind that the president won an extension of tax credits for clean energy. Even if taxes did not go up as much as they should on the rich, they will pay more in income, capital gains, and dividend taxes, while losing significant opportunities to create tax write-offs for themselves through charitable giving. The Estate Tax also went up modestly. – —[ALL GOOD!]

    Let’s see if Boehner can do his job.
    THERE IS MORE.

    – – -COMMENT: — Re: On the Senate Deal
    Sounds like a decent deal. Am I supposed to feign poutrage still, or at least until the House votes?
    – – –

    • caribbeanobserver

      Ms Green. A special hail out for the New Year. I wish for you all that you wish for yourself. Sunny Trinidad is starting the countdown to Carnival as it is early this year-11th/12th February. Cheers and hugs.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HAPPY NEW YEAR -carribeanobserver. ***BIG — HAPPY CARNIVAL –HUG*** :>) — –

        The SAME 2 U/YOURS♥ :>) —

        – –Kes The Band TRINIDADIAN [2013 Trinidad Soca] —ENJOY –CARNIVAL 2013 :>)

        – -B BLESSED – –Lookin’ FORWARD — –> — -2 keepin’ – –WE DA PEOPLE [co] – — VERY ACTIVE –durin’ the – -NEXT! — -4! – –YEARS!! :>) – -THANK U. :>) —

        Sooo good 2 C U♥. – –B BLESSED!! :>)- -

  • caribbeanobserver

    Happy New Year to the POU family. I do hope the celebrations swung in 2013 in fine style, and marks another memorable and riveting year for all.
    Special hail out to the ‘researchers’ that inform and educate us daily with their highlightings of people, places and things. Keep up the good work.

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola, caribbeanobserver!

      Feliz y prospero Ano Nuevo to you and your family. It’s good to ‘see’ you here.

  • AxelFoley

    Hey, just hit me–are we gonna have a live chat for the State of the Union Address? Live chats here are off the chain.

    • Aquagranny911

      I hope so. I love the “live chats” here.

    • Miranda

      OF COURSE! You know how we do!

      • jds09

        Oh goody goody! Thanks.

      • AxelFoley

        That’s what’s up.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -OF COURSE –THIS is NOT a GLOAT – – -Jus’ – — FACTS. LOL – —

    – — – -White House Claims Victory In Fiscal Deal

    – -They say they’ve broken the back of Republican intransigence on taxes. “A good precedent,” says a senior White House official.

    – — – -As President Barack Obama waits for the House of Representatives to approve a “fiscal cliff” deal the White House played a central role in negotiating, his aides said they believe the deal struck late Monday has produced a victory for the president and a “sea change” in Republican opposition to tax increases. — -[THIS! - --THIS! - --THIS!!] – –CRIED — UNCLE!!]

    — Obama had at first sought a big fiscal deal that would have wiped the legislative slate clean for other priorities. That proved impossible, and Obama and his aides are now laying the groundwork a long slog of fiscal fights. In the coming weeks, Obama will deliver an inaugural address and a State of the Union speech with the nation caught up against the debt ceiling, the need to pass a temporary budget measure, and another fight over mandatory spending cuts, and Republicans are dead set on exacting spending cuts to deal with each of them.

    -Speaking Monday afternoon in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building even before the final deal had been struck, – Obama celebrated having pushed Republicans to let taxes go up on the wealthiest Americans — a sticking point in nearly two years of on-and-off negotiations — and anticipated objections from his liberal allies, who argued that he was the one who had capitulated by not raising taxes on all income above $250,000.
    THERE IS MORE

    – – –2 da WHININ’ PL’S – – — HAH! – — -Annnd “WON!!” – —

    • gc

      Broken the backs of the PL’s as well. You had a chance, whiners. You could have gone with a winner. But NOOOOO, that would mean heading o Miss Daisy’s limo and replacing your entitled self driver with the chauffeur. Couldn’t hack it. Your problem.
      Silly, willful WATB’s. I know patients who have truly lost neurons. You just let yours be slave to your egos.

      On that note….Happy New Year :)

      • crazycanuck

        I like that note. Happy New year GC and everyone at POU

        • gc

          Happy New Year, cc

      • GreenLadyHere

        –HEEY Gc. — ***BIG -HAPPY NEW YEAR -HUG*** :>)

        – — -***fist bump*** – – –slave to your egos. – –

        —-YA MEAN – – – -LIKE THIS? – –LOL- —

        Good 2 C U. Gc♥. – – – -Have a “STOMPIN'” day. :>) –

  • dannie22

    hey everyone! happy new year!!

  • BoomerGal

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, POU!!! Love and prosperity all around!!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -LOL – -Heard – “Ride or “Die Joe” – -SANGIN’ THIS —as He HEADS OUT NOW — –

    – – –BRANG IT!! – — :>) – -

  • MonieTalks

    Happy New Year POU!

  • Joy

    *points and laughs at emoprog whining*

    This single mama thanks PBO and Joe Chainz for extending the EIC and Child Tax Credit.

    • JojoRaze

      I feel you on this because my sis was worried about that, the prospect of $8 per gallon milk and when she’d file taxes this year since my nephew is applying to colleges and without tax forms, his aid package would be threatened.

  • vulcan_girl

    Happy new year, everyone!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -THIS is a FUN READ: :>) – – — – –

    – -The 13 Best Memes Of The Fiscal Cliff – –

    —- -The internet did its best with the Congressional deadlock story that no one likes to read about. And off the cliff we go! – – -

  • rikyrah

    Happy New Year, Everyone :)

  • goldenstar

    Happy New Year to all!

    Only at POU do I learn about a entire cohort of Black folks and knowledge every week. Only at POU do I learn about great television like the Twilight Zone Marathon on Syfy. Woohoo!

    And, it’s so great to celebrate victories and stay poised for action to create a better America…together.

    Forward in 2013.

  • Alma98

    Happy New Year POU fam!

  • rikyrah

    Fiscal deal sails through Senate, awaits House action
    By Steve Benen

    Tue Jan 1, 2013 10:51 AM EST

    In the end, it wasn’t close. Despite the fact that no one on either side seemed especially impressed with the fiscal agreement negotiated by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Biden, the deal nevertheless passed 89 to 8. Among the eight opponents were five Republicans and three Democrats.

    The Senate did not quite make its midnight deadline — the vote was held at nearly 2 a.m. — but with House action delayed, it didn’t much matter.

    Despite widespread grumbling, leaders on both sides made statements expressing satisfaction. President Obama called the agreement “the right thing to do for our country,” which was followed soon after by a similar statement from McConnell: “I think we can say we’ve done some good for the country.”

    From a progressive perspective, there’s plenty to disapprove of in this compromise, and I’ll explore the president’s concessions in more detail later, but I’d note one observation in the agreement’s defense: if you’d told me a week ago that the Senate would easily approve a fiscal deal with no Medicare cuts, no Social Security cuts, and no new spending cuts of any kind, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. And yet, that’s what happened.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/01/16283617-fiscal-deal-sails-through-senate-awaits-house-action?lite

    • crazycanuck

      I’m just waiting with baited breath to hear what miss highness is going to say.

      • TyrenM

        She drankin. Hold that thought.

  • rikyrah

    Krugman Disappoints Me

    by BooMan
    Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 12:03:44 PM EST

    I think today’s Krugman is Krugman at his very worst. A lot of progressives really do wait to see what he says before they make up their minds about whether something is good or bad, and he provides totally inadequate guidance based on idiotic principles. Krugman is good with numbers and terrible with politics, and that really shines through this morning. He explains that progressives have a bad taste in their mouths because they didn’t like the way the president negotiated, not because of the result he got. A hugely bipartisan deal in the Senate that actually raised taxes on the rich (on their income and their deductions, on their dividends, on their capital gains, and on their estates) while preserving tax cuts for students, the poor, and the middle class, without touching entitlements is not something we should feel badly about.

    Disappointment that the president didn’t get everything he wanted should be tempered by the fact that he also gave up nothing near what he “offered” to give up. Arguing that he showed weakness by wanting a deal is foolish when what he really needs is a series of deals over the next two years with a very reluctant and frankly unhinged Republican Party. We need a lot more votes in the Senate where we get close to 90 votes, not less.

    Krugman should stick to telling us how the economy works and leave the politics to the pros who keep winning battle after battle with the Republicans.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/

    • Alma98

      There’s a firebagger running around in the comments over there, he’s funny as hell lol. People are telling him to shut up and have seat.

    • jds09

      I think Krugman is playing out his high school drama. He wasn’t one of the “popular kids”, so when this new clique invites him to the “cool kid’s table” he’s grateful and becomes soooooo eager to please. It’s sad cause the real gravitas is at the math kids table.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -****points annnd laffs @ mcAncient*** —Still hasn’t gotten ova his LOSS 2 – “THAT ONE!” — -LOL – —

    – –John McCain: GOP Will Destroy America’s Solvency Unless Entitlements Are Cut Drastically – – -LOL – —

    – –In an interview Monday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) confirmed that Congressional Republicans plan again to use the upcoming debt limit to hold the nation hostage to their demands for massive cuts to Medicare and Social Security. His comments echoed earlier remarks by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and anti-government activist Grover Norquist.

    Raising the debt ceiling does not mean spending more money — it merely allows the administration to take out the necessary debt to pay for the spending already authorized by Congress and the interest on the debt that has already been approved by Congresses past. While the nation reached the current debt limit yesterday, the Department of the Treasury is using accounting measures to keep the government from default for the next couple of months.

    But McCain told CNN that Republicans would again block legislation to keep the nation from defaulting on its obligations, unless they can force major cuts to vital entitlement programs — even though doing so would be highly unpopular:
    – – – -SNIP – —
    – – -Ironically, McCain was among those most critical of phantom Medicare “cuts” in the Obamacare legislation, calling reductions in the program “a price that Americans should not be asked to pay.” — FLIP – – -FLOP!! – -LOL
    – –

    – – -COMMENT: – – -Juanita Hanson
    Let’s cut funding for Senate and Congress when cutting social security and medicare. Now THAT’s entitlement cuts!!!
    – -TRUTH!! –

    • goldenstar

      He really needs to retire. Maybe we can help AG and others in this endeavor.

      • Aquagranny911

        All help is much appreciated, gracias! He does not come up for re-election until 2016 but I have been feeling really strong vibes that he will be gone before that.

        This is not wishing ill just a feeling I have that there is more wrong in him then just bitterness. I think his mind & health are failing. Regardless, I do not believe he will run again or have any chance of re-election in 2016.

        • conlakappa

          Hasn’t he said that he won’t run? He has lost committee stature, due to his party’s own time limiting. All that is left for him is to go to the MSM for a regular fluffing.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Peeps!

    I won $13.05 playing poker last night! I take that as a good omen for the New Year.

    I will send a ‘thank you’ email to my 2 R Senators for voting to support the tax bill. It does pain me to thank those two turkey buzzards for anything but fair is fair. They sure have heard enough of my complaints!

    Here’s a laugh. I forgot to tell you that I got a Christmas email from John McCain (asking for $$$, of course) I’ve sent him so many faxes that I think his staff confused me with a supporter.

    • Alma98

      Congrats AG I suck at gambling. I plan on pointing and laughing at all the hair on fire emos. I’m tired of them, if I could have on new year wish it would be that we never hear from them again.

      • Aquagranny911

        I’m pretty good at poker & really enjoy Texas Holdem. We play occasionally with friends for nickles & dimes. I usually win.

        You may laugh. I had a dream once that I played poker with PBO & he cleaned me out, even taking my lucky silver ‘dollar’ from the 1968 Mexico Olympics! But I wasn’t sad at all about that.

        • Alma98

          LOL! That’s a funny dream, my hubby’s family play poker, spades and gin rummy all the time. He wins more than he loses lol.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Congratulations!

      • Aquagranny911

        For my poker wins or for the Christmas card from McBuzzard?

        Just asking……

        • Admiral_Komack

          Poker wins…I’m not talking about “that one”.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — O/T —MISSED THIS. – – BLESSING! – – -:>)- —

    – – -North Carolina governor pardons ‘Wilmington 10′ – –

    – — — -After decades of claims that they were wrongly convicted, nine African-American men and one white women who were imprisoned for an arson fire in North Carolina that stemmed from racial unrest over integrated schools have been pardoned.

    North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue, who is leaving office in just one week, issued the pardons Monday.

    – -Purdue’s office issued a statement, saying she had spent “a great deal of time over the past seven months reviewing the pardon of innocence requests of the persons collectively known as the Wilmington Ten.”
    – — -SNIP- —-

    “In evaluating these petitions for clemency, it is important to separate fact from rumor and innuendo. I have decided to grant these pardons because the more facts I have learned about the Wilmington Ten, the more appalled I have become about the manner in which their convictions were obtained,” Purdue’s statement continued (full statement at the end of this post.)- —
    THERE IS MORE — – – —- –GOOD NEWS!!! – –

    – – –COMMENT: —Stephanie Foster
    This “southern” gov shows the right thing can be sone in the south to right many wrongs of the past. Congrats Willimington 10…..Hope this final act will help make your lives better.

  • Admiral_Komack

    Happy New Year to all!

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Admiral! Feliz y prospero Ano Nuevo to you also!

      Did you keep the Lounge warm while I was gone? Do I need to restock anything for you?

    • gc

      Same to you, Admiral

    • MsKitty

      Happy New Year fellow Raiders masochist, er, fan.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen…

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

    Ari Fleischer is getting dragged on Twitter for this revealing tweet:

    I increased donations to charity in 2012. This deal limits my deductions so I, & many others, will likely donate less in 2013.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 1, 2013

    So this selfish mofo admits he only makes donations to get a tax deduction! Then he tries to spin it with this:

    For those having a fit re my charity tweet, when gvt reduces ppl’s take home pay, ppl have less $ to donate/spend. It’s math— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 1, 2013

    This mofo wasn’t talking about take home pay! He clearly talked about the tax deduction!

    • MonieTalks

      If only his pompous self wasn’t granted immunity for outing CIA agent Valerie Plame, maybe he’d be somewhere making $0.35 an hour preparing food in a prison’s kitchen. uggghhh

      • conlakappa

        Karmic revenge: he is one bloated, greasy-looking mess. He looks debauched, which means he has just the appearance he deserves. He wasn’t much to look at to begin with but the man is now a Gollum with a twist of goblin.

    • MonieTalks

      One more thing:

      Ari Fleischer really needs to stop with this pathetic mess, considering that his own brother was part of the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority. You can’t tell me he and his brother Michael and others aren’t rolling around in dough still…they got away with flying in $12bn in shrink wrapped bills to Iraq with no trace of that money to this day.

    • Alma98

      Self centered greedy mofo, how much money do you need?

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

    OH SNAP!

    All the hand-wringing on the Left about the compromise on taxes seems odd, given the even more intense teeth-gnashingon the Right.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 1, 2013

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

    Welp! Cantor just shanked Boehner and said he opposes the Senate bill.

    • aleth

      Cantor has a knife to boehner haha. Damn

    • MonieTalks

      I can just see Cantor’s smug face declaring his opposition. Is it on tape?

    • gc

      The Real Husbands of DC /the House of Reps. Who will screw whom first.

    • Miranda

      LMAO….Cantor is straight twisting that knife in Boehner’s back. LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – -Sepia – — BU -bu -but —DEY -BUDS.—Right??? -LOL —

      • conlakappa

        That’s what his press people recent articles have told me. They cannot be lying, can they?!!!

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

    Senate Democrats will reject House changes to tax bill, aides say
    By Alexander Bolton – 01/01/13 03:10 PM ET

    “We’re done,” a senior Democratic aide said about possible changes to the Senate’s “fiscal cliff” deal.

    Senate Democratic leaders say they will reject any House effort to amend a fiscal cliff deal that passed the upper chamber with overwhelming support on New Year’s Day.

    “The House Republicans have two choices: cut their losses and pass the deal now, or else put up a fight they cannot win and pass the same deal a few days now after being further humiliated,” said a Senate Democratic leadership aide.

    Another senior Democratic aide said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will not reconsider the bill, which passed by a vote of 89 to 8.

    “We’re done,” said the aide.

    MORE: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/275099-senate-democratic-leaders-say-they-will-reject-house-changes-to-tax-bill-

    ————————————————————————————-

    I think the Senate Dems just told the Boehner and nem to go eff themselves.

    • goldenstar

      Oh, yessirreeeeee!

      And Becerra, Pelosi, and the Dem Caucus leaders’ statement was just as real as real can be….

    • JojoRaze

      I totally agree with them. The Constitution is clear that anything wrt money should begin in the House. Boehner and em didn’t do their jobs, forcing Reid and McConnell to do it for them and Boehner and em want to correct homework someone else did for them?

  • rikyrah

    Am I the only one looking forward to the Real Husbands of Hollywood?

    I think it’s gonna be hilarious.

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

      Nope! I can’t wait!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB!! – —FIRSTS!! – —BLAH — FIRSTS!! – –Woo! Hoo! – – – –

    – – -2012 WAS ANOTHER YEAR of FIRSTS For AFRICAN-AMERICANS In SPORTS! – —

    – – —In 2012 sadly we are still marking firsts for people of color in all endeavors, even in sports. As a person of color, each advancement made is a cause of celebration. While some historic milestones in the world of sports this past year were done by well-known athletes, some were not.

    Katrina Adams in Sept. became the first African-American elected to the position of 1st Vice President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the governing body of tennis in the America. If tradition holds true after her upcoming two year term from 2013-2015, she should become its first Black President and Chairman of the Board.

    Also in tennis, Serena Williams, career holder of all four Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles, became the first to win Olympic Gold in Singles and Doubles this year. She finished as the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Player of the Year, only ranked #3 behind two players that she beat more than once. – – -[***shakin' my head***]

    Gabrielle Douglas became the first African-American to win the Individual All Around gold medal and to also win gold in the team competition in the 2012 Olympics. Later in 2012, she was named the Associated Press Female Player of the Year.

    – -For the first time two outstanding Black rookie quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks will play in the NFL’s NFC wild card game the first week in Jan.
    THERE IS MORE

    – — –CONGRATULATIONS!♥ – -WE R VERY PROUD of U♥- —

    P.S. – –***TEARS*** – –HOW I MISS HER!♥ – – -

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

    Told that one member inside conf mtg asked for Boehner to try and bring up his original offer to Obama.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) January 1, 2013

    Here’s PBO’s response:
    http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q615/sepiaobot/obama_laughing_zpsf1a35ded.jpg

    • rikyrah

      been there…done that…had the chance….you missed it.

    • JojoRaze

      Which one? The one from 2011 or last month? These idiots in the House are something else.

  • Miranda

    The Daily Edge ‏@TheDailyEdge
    SOURCES: #FiscalCliff deal may still fall apart over Tea Party concerns that we have a black President

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • rikyrah

    On the Fiscal Cliff, Obama Does What He Can Against 200 Years of Bad Faith

    The fiscal-cliff impasse had its roots in—where else?—the old South, with its lunatic blend of obstructionism and greed at the public trough, writes Michael Tomasky.

    by Michael Tomasky Jan 1, 2013 4:45 AM EST

    While most liberals were stewing at Barack Obama yesterday for his “capitulation” on tax rates, I confess that I was feeling philosophical about it, and even mildly defensive of him. He is negotiating with madmen, and you can’t negotiate with madmen, because they’re, well, mad. I also spent part of yesterday morning re-reading a little history and reminding myself that rascality like this fiscal-cliff business has been going on since the beginning of the republic. So now I’d like to remind you. It’s always the reactionaries holding up the progressives—and usually, needless to say, it’s been the South holding up the North—and always with the same demagogic and dishonest arguments about a tyrannical central government. We’ll never be rid of these paranoid bloviators, and if no other president could stop them I don’t really see why Obama ought to be able to.

    This history of legislative hostage-taking begins with the odious three-fifths compromise, which counted slaves as three-fifths of a person for census purposes. That much I trust you know. What you may not know is that the Southern states, backers of the three-fifths rule in this case in order to get greater representation in the House of Representatives, had opposed a different three-fifths rule earlier, back in the Articles of Confederation days. Then, three-fifths of all slaves were going to be counted for purposes of deciding how much federal tax each state owed.
    ……………………………………

    Mitch McConnell may have cut a deal with Joe Biden. But don’t forget, even though he agreed to something, and even though it went through the Senate, now it goes to the House, where all these historic resentments fester and boil. They are not now limited to the South, but the region remains their locus (think of it this way: if those 11 states of the Confederacy somehow weren’t around, we’d obviously be having no such fights).

    So I’m feeling for Obama. A number of presidents have had to deal with this kind of behavior, and most haven’t done it very well. If the House will pass today the deal Obama and Joe Biden worked out last night with the Senate—higher tax rates at $400,000 and up, a higher estate tax rate, an extension of unemployment benefits, and a delay in the sequester—he will have done all right. Liberals who think he should just stand tough because he “holds all the cards” aren’t recognizing two important things.

    First, he simply doesn’t hold all the cards. The Republicans control the House, and they have enough to block in the Senate. Where I come from, those are cards, and serious ones. Second, they aren’t remembering that his opponents draw on and are part of this nation’s long and often tragic history of people who represent an obsolescing minority viewpoint but do so all the more tenaciously precisely because they secretly know the viewpoint to be both of those things. We will never be rid of them. Obama is having to cross swords with a particularly intense concentration of the type, and right now, he’s doing alright.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/01/on-the-fiscal-cliff-obama-does-what-he-can-against-200-years-of-bad-faith.html