October 20, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Gamers

Good Morning Obots!

We continue to feature pioneers and current talent in the world of Video Games and ESports.

Gordon Bellamy, Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association

Gordon has served as the Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association since November 2010.

He has spent the past seventeen years producing and marketing interactive content.  He also develops strategic business partnerships with video game publishers, social media developers and technology partners.

As an executive consultant for MTV, Bellamy provided creative guidance on the content, direction and strategic marketing partnerships for the annual Spike TV Video Game Awards show and the highly rated weekly program GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley, also on Spike TV. Previously, he was Executive Director of the game industry’s trade organization, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Bellamy has also played key business and product development roles at Electronic Arts, where he was named the company’s Rookie of the Year for his work on the best-selling Madden Football franchise, THQ, and Activision subsidiary, Z-AXIS.

Gordon previously served as Chair of the Board of the International Game Developers Association and serves as a judge for the Promax/BDA MI6 Awards, which celebrate the best in marketing, advertising and design within interactive and game entertainment.

Gordon grew up in Reston, VA.  During his youth, he attended the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth and Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. In 1984, Gordon was a member of the National Champion MathcountsTeam from Virginia, who won the inaugural competition. In 1987, he was chosen to join the prestigious Research Science Institute.

He earned a BA degree from Harvard College in engineering, where he was also a John Harvard scholar and an AT&T/Bell Labs Engineering scholar.  Gordon resides in Los Angeles, California.

Gordon was interviewed at the annual Game Developers Conference this past spring. The interview is below:

  • Farrod

    Aight…I was watching Morning Joke a lil bit…watching these guys sit up there and lie about the President having a majority his first 2yrs in Congress, how everyone from Bush on back to Truman basically got whatever they wanted…saying the President is just ‘laying back’, basically calling him ineffectual. Rev Al just looking back and forth at these guys, when Joke motions him to join the convo, once Al starts talking, they cut to a commercial break…

    • Mornin’ Farrod and POU!

      Dang! So, Rev just sat there and said nothing?

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Tuesday MornTin Farrod. ***BIG HUG** :>)- —

      YA KNOW – – -I’ll bet that REV. AL was jus’ ***shakin’ his head – – incredulously** – — as he listened 2 their – -RACIST CRAP!! geesh!

      U KNOW that he wanted 2 – – -GO IN ON THEM!!- – –

      I’m proud of him 4 goin’ into 2- – -ENEMY TERRITORY! :>)

      Good 2 C U –Farrod. :>)

    • caribbeanobserver

      Morning Jokers..a bunch of ‘little’ men talking little much!
      Much too negative and petty nothing ramblings for my sunny mornings!
      Can’t do it,can’t even watch for a nano-second!

    • edp4bho

      Morning POU. I still don’t get why Rev Al bothers with them. He has enough air time—radio and TV—-and lots of folk listen to him, black and white. He can always get his point across without the condescension. But, to each his own, I guess.

  • I’m not well-versed on the political situation is South Africa, so if someone can shed more light on this I’d greatly appreciate it.

    Whites still mostly control S.Africa economy – Zuma
    By Jon Herskovitz and Peroshni Govender

    JOHANNESBURG | Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:57am EDT

    (Reuters) – South Africa’s economy is still mostly under the control of whites who held power under apartheid and the government needs to take more drastic steps to make sure the black majority can benefit from its wealth, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

    Zuma, speaking at the start of a major policy meeting of his ruling African National Congress, said the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality posed long-term risks for Africa’s richest country 18 years after the end of apartheid.

    “The structure of the apartheid-era economy has remained largely intact,” Zuma told several thousand ANC delegates.

    “The ownership of the economy is still primarily in the hands of white males as it has always been,” he said.

    MORE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/26/uk-safrica-zuma-idUKBRE85P0ER20120626

  • GreenLadyHere

    REAL FAST:- – -LOL. Watchin’ Carlos Gutierrez- -teh WILLARD surrogate- -would NOT give teh WILLARD’s opinion on SCOTUS decision. Soledad was relentless – -BUT he was equally EVASIVE. geesh.

    Annnd THIS is WHYCOME:- -LOL

    – – – –Romney Responds To Supreme Court Ruling On Arizona’s Immigration Law, Doesn’t Say If He Agrees With The Decision

    – – –Mitt Romney has issued a statement responding to the Supreme Court’s decision striking down provisions in Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB 1070) without saying if he agrees with the ruling. The former Massachusetts governor sticks to generalities, calling on the president to lead on the immigration issue:

    “Today’s decision underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy. President Obama has failed to provide any leadership on immigration. This represents yet another broken promise by this President. I believe that each state has the duty–and the right–to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities. As Candidate Obama, he promised to present an immigration plan during his first year in office. But 4 years later, we are still waiting.”

    – – -SNIP- –

    Romney expanded on his position during an event with donors: “Now you probably heard today there was a Supreme Court decision relating to immigration and given the failure of the immigration policy in this country, I would have preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states not less.” “And there are states now under this decision have less authority, less latitude to enforce immigration laws.”

    – – — –HUH????– – —

    • rikyrah

      they asked his rep 22 times.

      22 TIMES.

      and, he wouldn’t answer the question.

      • GreenLadyHere

        rikyrah- —22 annnd countin’- —He hasn’t FLIP-FLOPPED on THIS – –YET. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – –HERE’s YOUR – ENERGY DRANK. :>)

    ——B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>)- —

  • Town

    We had bad storms yesterday…half the city still doesn’t have power.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Town: I’m sorry. My REPLY went “upthread”. B BLESSED.

    • MonieTalks

      I saw the reports. We got that storm too…strong winds especially. Went pretty fast though. Hope you’re good!

      • Town

        I’m good but the rest of Richmond isn’t…half the place still doesn’t have power.

        • Admiral_Komack

          I glad you’re OK.
          The teabaggers should be happy, ’cause money not used to restore power is money that could be used toward the debt that the teabaggers are butthurt about.

          • Town

            The teabaggers are the first ones crying about the government not doing this and that to help.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – –REP. Charlie Rangel—–IN a BIG ELECTION BATTLE 2-day: –

    – — Does Charlie Rangel have the upper hand in Tuesday’s New York primary? – —

    – – —Tuesday’s New York primary could finally bring speculation concerning the race in Harlem’s 15th Congressional district to an end. Veteran congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has certain advantages that could help him keep his seat. Meanwhile, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, has been cast as Rangel’s most likely successor. The Dominican-American challenger has seen tremendous support for his campaign in Harlem’s recently re-drawn Congressional district.

    Although some have given Espaillat the edge in the heavily watched race, and speculation that Rangel’s seat is in danger has been widespread since the 2010 Census report which revealed the burgeoning Latino population in Harlem, many have overlooked what advantages this new district holds for the incumbent.

    Rangel actually picked up 24,500 African-American votes after his district was re-drawn. Yes, this newly designed district does have a Hispanic majority. That said, these neighborhoods are home to a base that has known Rangel as their Congressman for decades.

    Watchin’. . . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Town. **BIG concerned HUG*** :>)

    Very sorry 2 hear this. Prayin’ 4 YOUR SAFETY. AMEN.

    – – -Let us know how U R as the day goes on. Bless U Town. :>)

    • Town

      Thanks! I’m fine and I have power but the rest of the area doesn’t have power. The problem is we have a whole bunch of trees that got knocked over and into power lines, so in order to turn the power back on you have to cut down these huge trees to get to the power lines. This happens every year whenever there’s a hurricane (last year lost power for a week) and I guarantee you it will happen again in a month or two.

      The areas with a bunch of trees = no power. Where I live, the power lines are underground = power.

      • rikyrah

        Hope you’re keeping safe, Town

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM- – -Dems RALLY on behalf of AG HOLDER- – – –

    – – —Dems seek to recast Holder furor as GOP effort to suppress votes– – –

    – — –Democrats are seeking to portray the Republican contempt motion against Attorney General Eric Holder as an assault on minority rights.

    Republicans have repeatedly accused Holder and the Obama administration of stonewalling Congress, but Democrats are now trying to steer the “Fast and Furious” debate away from transparency and toward voter suppression.

    At the front of the push is a group of seven national civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, that is scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday about the effect that placing Holder in contempt of Congress would have on his ability to protect the rights of black and Hispanic voters, homeowners and immigrants.

    “I’m not saying that this is because Holder is black, and I’m not calling [Republicans] racists. I’m saying what they’re doing has a racial effect, and that’s what we’re going to talk about [on Tuesday],” said Sharpton in a phone interview.

    – – –WISHIN’ the BEST 4 AG HOLDER.- – – -STAND STRONG!! :>)- —

    • rikyrah


      W-T-F you mean recast.

      that’s what it’s all about.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Tuesday MornTin’ rikyrah. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        **fist bump*** – –

        BUT U cain’t blame the —RIGHT-LEANING MEDIA

        THEY R usto – –RE-CASTIN’ – MR. PRESIDENT’s TRUTHS- – into LIES!!- –geesh!!

        Good 2 c U. :>)

    • The CBC should be holding a press conference on the GOP’s attack on AG Holder.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ Sepia. ****BIG HUG** :>)

        —**fist bump***- –

        – -BUT we note that they have been- –***crickets***- – – -RECENTLY!!- – -CHICKENS!! – –

        -Good 2 C U Sepia. :>)

        • Hey GLH! How’s your mom doing?

          • GreenLadyHere

            Sepia- – – -Thank U 4 asking. Things R not looking good at this time. Keep prayers of comfort 4 her. I will update U L8. Thank U/FAM♥ soo much.

          • vulcan_girl

            We love you, GreenLady!

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY vulcan_girl.♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>)

            — -THANK U soo VERY MUCH. I LOVE- —ALL of U 2. :>)- – –

            BLESS U. :>) Sooo GOOD 2 C U. :>)

          • Camille

            She’ll be fine Sis, trust God.

            Take care sweetheart.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Nahh, can’t do it…not when there are slippers waiting to be unleashed.

        • Admiral_Komack

          Cry havoc!
          And unleash the corns and bunions of War!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • MonieTalks

    I’ve been out the loop…did yall cover this foolishness by “journalists” that went on at the NABJ? I can guarantee you that there was not one substantive policy issue raised? Jarrett was probably like “WTF?”

    Obama has ‘genuine love for black community,’ senior adviser says

    By Kevin Merida, Published: June 22 | Updated: Saturday, June 23, 6:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS — Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said Saturday that President Obama has “genuine love for the black community,” and that she is not frustrated by the expectations some African Americans have for the first black president.

    Obama’s relationship with African Americans came up during a wide-ranging interview session with a group of journalists at the National Association of Black Journalists’ convention in New Orleans.

    Asked whether it sometimes felt as though there was nothing Obama could do to please some blacks, Jarrett responded: “I don’t at all feel like there’s no pleasing black folks.”

    One journalist asked if there weren’t times when Obama just wanted to be “unabashedly black,” and not so careful in calibrating his racial identity.

    “You know what? He is black,” Jarrett said. “He’s the black president. He doesn’t hide it. How can you hide being black?”

    She added that “he is who he is” and doesn’t feel constrained.

    read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-has-genuine-love-for-black-community-senior-adviser-says/2012/06/23/gJQAeZuByV_story.html

    • I would love to know who asked that stupid question.

      Instead of worrying about PBO’s blackness, then need to start challenging their white colleagues’ racism and allegiance to the Republican Party.

      • caribbeanobserver

        I tell you black folks love to do it to themselves at times…rolls eyes,shakes head!

      • goldenstar

        And, what are we to make of black journalists and their roles in the media food chain? Like, they have a handle on the environment. They think that they know more than they can analyze. Ooops, they don’t know how to do that; just report on their fleeting feelings.

      • Camille


    • Miranda

      The NABJ aint worth a damn. Not one damn.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      THIS was my reaction”- – –GET a DAISY- —PLUCK da PETALS- –SAYIN’:—–HE LOVES ME—-HE LOVES ME NOT!!– —

      – — —-“HE LOVES ME NOT!!”—AIGHT!???- -geesh!!- –

      Them annnd their—-widdle “fee-fees”!—-SHAMEFUL.

      Good 2 C U. MonieTalks. B BLESSED. U/FAM. :>)

    • aleth

      You know what? He is black,” Jarrett said. “He’s the black president. He doesn’t hide it. How can you hide being black?”

      She added that “he is who he is” and doesn’t feel constrained

      That is it in a nutshell. Alot of these so called journalist live based on stereotypes of what it means to be black. They define themselves based on their illusions of what blackness means. They are not comfortable in their own skin so they project their insecurities to Obama.

      Likewise, alot of these white male and female pundits. They project their insecurities and lack of intellectual abilities to the President.

      Stop trying to fit him to your narrow box. He is a free black man with no inferiority complex.

      • Daltex82


      • GN


        Preach, Aleth.

      • rikyrah

        so many of the comments in the thread on this topic, – I hope show up in COMMENTS OF THE WEEK.

      • Camille

        Amen Aleth!

    • itgurl_29

      These negros simply cannot understand the concept of black people who don’t have inferiority complexes like they do. POTUS feels inferior to no one. FLOTUS feels inferior to no one. They are black. They know that they don’t have to prove anything to anyone. These NABJ simply cannot identify with that. So they say things like “unabashedly black”. Idiots.

      • Ebogan63

        POTUS feels inferior to no one. FLOTUS feels inferior to no one. They are black. They know that they don’t have to prove anything to anyone.

        They don’t have to prove anything to anybody cuz THEY ARE THE PREISIDENT AND FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES! So they can miss me with they b.s.

      • Aquagranny911

        These two people “love the skin they’re in” I know that’s a line from a stupid commercial but I like it & I think it describes them both very well. Loving the skin you are in, means accepting & liking yourself for who & what you are, what you have strive & sacrificed to become. It’s also about being complete & whole in yourself without needing anyone else to validate your being.

        That’s the Obamas. So worth emulating.

      • Worldwatcher7

        This. I agree one thousand percent. This is why some people keep trying to subject PBO to endless “tests of Blackness.” It’s also why Toure’s post-Blackness scam keeps working. Too many Black folks don’t understand that being comfortable with Blackness simply involves identifying with Black people and being comfortable with yourself. That means there is no contradiction between being authentically you, whatever that is, and being Black. There is no such thing as post-Black.

        This is one of the things I love about POU. It is a pro-PBO, pro-Black site that showcases the diversity of our experience. The brilliant brother featured today is Black, last week’s poets are Black, the pool aces previously featured were Black, and PBO and FLOTUS are Black.

        Some members of the Black press need to stop worrying so much about PBO’s Blackness and cover stories that affect our community honestly, thoroughly and uncompromisingly. That will be super-Black.

      • Miranda

        What is “unabashedly black”?? I bet these same nitwits would get real upset if someone said the Basketball Wives are a representation of “unabashedly black” but The Cosby Show, not so much. Maybe then they would realize how damn stupid that phrase is.

      • Camille

        That’s what happens when these pedestrian assholes like Roland Martin, Boyce, April etc. with massive chips on their shoulders and their perpetual poverty complexes try to project their overflowing and obvious inadequacies and insecurities on the President of the United States.

  • MonieTalks

    We already know this, but the stats are staggering..

    Romney Struggling to Attract Small Donors

    Despite raffling off meals — including dinner with Donald Trump — and baseball tickets, all for a minimum contribution of $3, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is still struggling to attract small-dollar donors to his campaign.

    As Romney campaigned to lock down his nomination, he has raised $13.4 million in donations of $200 or less, just 11 percent of his total, according to the Campaign Finance Institute, a Washington-based research group. It was such small-donor contributors, of course, who formed the backbone of President Barack Obama’s record-setting $745-million haul four years ago and are helping fuel his re-election bid this year. As he has has gone through the formality of amassing delegates for his nomination, Obama through May 31 had taken in $99 million in contributions in amounts of $200 or less, 41 percent of his total.

    Candidates can go back to smaller donors again and again for money until they hit the $2,500 ceiling that can be given to a candidate per election, first during the primary season and again for the general election. Maxed-out donors accounted for 60 percent of Romney’s contributors for the primary season and 17 percent of Obama’s.

    more: http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2012-06-22/romney-struggling-to-attract-small-donors/

    • Miranda

      Those working class white folks that he is sooooo “connected” with not giving him their money huh? That bus ride through whiteyville didn’t help?

      • Speaking of Mitt’s bus ride, April Ryan has been quiet as a church mouse.

        • Miranda

          Yep, very very quiet.

          • Alma98

        • rikyrah

          did she tweet anything?

          • Admiral_Komack

            Cleaning Miss Ann’s many mansions takes up a lot of time.

          • lamh35

            OOOH you are in the bad chair for sure

      • Forget optics and phoney media spin. This tells you exactly how successful the bus tour was and the answer is not much. People showed up. Gave him a nice around of applause then got in their cars and forgot all about whats his name.

      • JojoRaze

        Romney’s wealth is working against him. Why would anyone working class donate money to a guy who made his money downsizing people? At least with W, his white working class act was convincing because his family made their money from oil, which doesn’t involve firing loads of people. Plus, he could glad hand with wwc and look them in the eye. Romney is uncomfortable with anyone who isn’t a Mormon. White working class men identified with that because anyone can make money off of oil, even the dudes that work on the rig. R-money sat in an office and crunched the numbers and shipped people’s jobs overseas.

        • Miranda

          Yep…everybody liked Jock Ewing, nobody like Gordon Gekko.

    • nellcote

      Rmoney has retreats for freaking billionairs. Why would any normal person think their $5 would make a difference? All those millionairs and billionairs out there bragging about their donations make it clear that small donors are irrelevant and unnecessary.

  • MonieTalks

    More NABJ tomfoolery…don’t suck your teeth too hard at his one, I just did…

    From The Root:

    Valerie Jarrett Works Captive Audience
    June 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    NABJ Protocol Broken With Campaign-Style Speech

    Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, broke with protocol and delivered a campaign-style speech to the National Association of Black Journalists in New Orleans Saturday night as the association’s annual awards banquet got underway.

    Jarrett ticked off what she considered the Obama administration’s accomplishments and said, “We need journalists who will make people think, who will connect the dots, look past the distractions.”

    At such occasions, speakers traditionally wish the organization well and speak to an issue of journalism. Veterans said they found the remarks inappropriate.

    Some rolled their eyes. “Why not just send a [campaign] video?” one said. “That was out of line,” said another afterward.

    read more: http://www.theroot.com/blogs/barack-obama/valerie-jarrett-works-captive-audience

    • Town

      NABJ protocol was broken when they decided to give Beyonce an award for her hard hitting journalism.

      • Miranda

        THANK YOU!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Town- — – -SPEAK TRUTH!!- —

        Guess they won’t eva respond 2 my question — –

        – – — BLAH MEDIA – — -WHERE U AT!?– – –HUH?

        • caribbeanobserver

          Morning Ms Green.They are forlorn as ever, trying to sell themselves to the highest bidder in caucasian world and …trying for attention.
          WE DA MEDIA,baby!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good Tuesday Morntin’ caribeanobserver. ***BIG HUG** :>)

            – -***fist bump***- —LOL WE GOTTA B..

            THIS group of WIMPS – –WON’T!!- – – geesh!!

            Good 2 C U- -co. :>)

      • isonprize

        Town strikes again.

    • caribbeanobserver

      Out of line for whom exactly. Straight-up talk Madame Jarrett!?
      WE DA MEDIA could put these hacks out of work in a heartbeat.

      • Camille

        And she DID speak to ” an issue of journalism” –

        She told them to do their fucking jobs and report accurately and inform their audiences.

    • Camille

      And if Valerie Jarrett decided to skip their crappy convention, these same empty narcissistic assholes would have whined about the Obama campaign and admin ignoring their sorry asses.

      God I loathe these fake self-described black “journalists” more than words could describe.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM.- – – -THIS is Sooo ON POINT!- – —

    – – – –SCOTUS: Total Betrayal of Democracy – –

    – – – –As you probably know, I did some work with Democracy for America to raise awareness of and build support for an effort by our country’s state attorneys general to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in favor of hearing the American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Steve Bullock, Attorney General of Montana case. Ultimately, twenty-three attorneys general signed on to the brief (you can thank them here). Personally, I want to thank all of you who stepped up to the plate to lend your hands to the effort. Sadly, however, we were not successful.

    In a brief per curiam (unsigned) opinion, the five conservatives on the Court summarily overruled the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to defy Citizens United and refused to receive briefs or hear arguments. Justice Breyer, writing for the minority, issued a terse dissent.

    – – –SNIP- – –

    This is utterly shameless and totally destructive. The only way to fix this now is to replace one of the five conservatives on the Court with an Obama nominee.


    Annd THANK U- –BOOMAN. :>)

  • rikyrah

    “Health Care As a Privilege: What the GOP Won’t Admit:”

    As we wait for a Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act this week, there is one urgent, overriding moral question at the heart of the health-care fight. Paradoxically, and maddeningly, there has not been any open moral debate over it. That question is whether access to basic medical care ought to be considered a right or something that is earned….

    Opponents of the law have endlessly invoked “socialism.” Nothing in the Affordable Care Act or any part of President Obama’s challenges the basic dynamics of market capitalism. All sides accept that some of us should continue to enjoy vastly greater comforts and pleasures than others. If you don’t work as hard as Mitt Romney has, or were born less smart, or to worse parents, or enjoyed worse schools, or invested your skills in an industry that collapsed, or suffered any other misfortune, then you will be punished for this. Your television may be low-definition, or you might not be able to heat or cool your home as comfortably as you would like; you may clothe your children in discarded garments from the Salvation Army.

    This is not in dispute. What is being disputed is whether the punishments to the losers in the market system should include, in addition to these other things, a denial of access to non-emergency medical treatment. The Republican position is that it should. They may not want a woman to have to suffer an untreated broken ankle for lack of affordable treatment. Likewise, I don’t want people to be denied nice televisions or other luxuries. I just don’t think high-definition television or nice clothing are goods that society owes to one and all. That is how Republicans think about health care.

    This is why it’s vital to bring yourself face-to face with the implications of mass uninsurance — not as emotional manipulation, but to force you to decide what forms of material deprivation ought to be morally acceptable. This question has become, at least at the moment, the primary philosophical divide between the parties. Democrats will confine the unfortunate to many forms of deprivation, but not deprivation of basic medical care. Republicans will. The GOP is the only mainstream political party in the advanced world to hold this stance.


  • GreenLadyHere

    HUMPH!!– -Jus’ hearin’ that — CORRUPT RACIST CRIMINAL–issa<– -asked MR. PRESIDENT 2 RE-CONSIDER his EXECUTIVE ORDER on behalf of AG HOLDER!!- —

    – -DA FLIPPIN’ NERVE!!- —

  • Admiral_Komack

    Cry havoc!
    And unleash the corns and bunions of War!

  • MonieTalks

    Say what?…

    Barack Obama owes his presidency to Michael Jackson, says late singer’s brother Jermaine

    ……Speaking from a rehearsal in Burbank in California, he argued that it was brother that had paved the way for America’s first black president. Citing Michael Jackson’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993; in which the singer conceded to suffering from Vitiligo, he claimed the admission had the combined effect of reiterating Jackson’s Afro-American heritage while propelling Winfrey to fame. Winfrey’s backing of Obama in the 2007 primaries is cited by some as the moment that secured his nomination as leader of the Democrats. “Michael invited her [to Neverland] and that was the moment that put her in 90 countries around the world and made her successful. What did she do with that success? She put it behind Obama.”

    read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/barack-obama-owes-his-presidency-to-michael-jackson-says-late-singers-brother-jermaine-7880420.html

    • Miranda

      Ummm…errrr……….oookkkkkk Jermaine *pats his head*…ok.

    • edp4bho

      Hah !!

    • I blame Dax Wave and Groom.

      • edp4bho

        Lol. Except, what’s in his hair is silicone. Shyte doesn’t move at all.

    • Town

      Jermaine’s Conkaline must have seeped to his brain.

      I could understand if he said that Michael’s popularity among all races made it possible for white people to feel more comfortable voting for a black person and this contributed to Obama getting elected but to say b/c Oprah put Michael on or vice versa this was directly responsible for Obama getting elected?

      Sit down, sir.

    • Daltex82

      No, no, no Jermaine this has already been discussed and decided. It was the Cosby Show that made President Obama’s election possible, it was the episode entitled “If you think we’re ok, wait until you meet Barack.” Michael will be in line to get the nod when the next black President is elected.

      • Miranda

        Wait…I thought we got a black President because the black President on “24” made it possible? no?

    • itgurl_29

      Don’t listen to Jermaine. As Michael used to say at the mere mention of his brother’s name, “Ugh. God.”

    • vulcan_girl

      I was done with Jermaine when he named his kids Jermajesty and Jafar.

      • rikyrah

        Jermajesty should give him a beatdown the say he turns 18 and goes down to the courthouse to change his name.

    • Camille

      If you insist Jermaine, if you insist—–


  • GreenLadyHere


    – – —Quote of the Morning>

    – – —“Guess what he’s telling us is Arizona, ‘you’re on your own. Take it or leave it. You know? I guess he doesn’t think we’re part of the country anymore.” Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

    Oh I wish it were true. Arizona is ground zero for crazy and the president would do well to let it go off on its own.

    – – – With some exceptions- – -SHE annd her ilk- — – -NEEDTA GO!!- —

    – – –BUT- – – KARMA – — will PREVAIL – – –

    • Daltex82

      Morning GLH hope your mom is well.

      As for Helgar, it would really be a great if this witch just hopped on her broom and flew off to parts unknown.

    • Aquagranny911

      UH? (Raises hand) “Madam Gov, could you please tell us where the extra 1900+ border agents came from that we now have patrolling our border? What about the increased DEA presence that has netted tons of drugs coming across the border? Did these dudes appear out of a desert dust devil?”

      Just asking….

  • On Sunday, Issa said there was no evidence that WH is involved in Fast and Furious http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/24/505180/gop-oversight-chair-admits-there-is-no-evidence-of-white-house-involvement-in-fast-and-furious . Now, he’s singing a different tune:

    Issa, R-Calif., then questions Obama whether Attorney General Eric Holder or anyone at the White House was involved in a cover-up.

    “Your privilege assertion means one of two t hings,” he writes. “Either you or your most senior advisors were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious and the fallout from it, including the false February 4, 2011 letter provided by the Attorney General to the Committee, or, you are asserting a Presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation.”


    • edp4bho

      Maxing on that white privilege much?

    • Miranda

      This is absolutely surreal. Why is this clown taken seriously? What bizarro world is this where the most stupid asanine illogical nuts get to be deemed sane?

      • rikyrah

        now, Maddow explains the latest part of this for the GOP, this was all an OBAMA PLAN for GUN CONTROL. that it originated during the BUSH adminstration, is just, those silly things called FACTS.


        No, we can’t make this shyt up…this is how fucking crazy they are.

    • creolechild

      The GOP can’t be bothered to get the economy back on track while they’re so busy trying to re-write history, turning “collective amnesia” into an art form.~

      Andrew Napolitano claimed that President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege in response to a congressional subpoena of Justice Department documents related to the ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious is only valid if he was “personally involved in making decisions” regarding that case.


      In December 2001, President Bush invoked executive privilege in response to a subpoena from congressional investigators seeking deliberative DOJ communications related to both the FBI’s use of organized crime informants and President Clinton’s fundraising efforts.

      Read more: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201206200008

    • rikyrah

      it was funny watching him say, on Fox News, of all places, that no, he has no proof for anything.

      I mean, he said it on FOX NEWS.

      then, I find out that they won’t even CALL anyone who was involved in this DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.

      how the hell are you gonna investigate this, when you don’t wanna call anyone WHEN THE PROGRAM BEGAN.

      you find out these little nuggets, here and there, and it only reinforced what an absolute sham this is.

      • nellcote

        Issah voted for it when it was a Bush program too.

    • GN

      He’s just making shit up as he goes along. In a sane media environment, he’d be laughed out of the room. We’re seeing the Breitbartification of the American press, and the results have been a disaster for the country in terms of a group of unhinged radicals completely hijacking conservatism and the Republican party.

  • Rhoda

    LOL. You just have to laugh, sometimes, at how far they’ll go.


    There is no one in these United States that will ever call the President dour; I’m sorry. And I know for a fact there are pictures of him smiling and here’s the video: people are smiling, laughing, enjoying being with him.


    This is just ridiculous. They know POTUS leads to clicks; but they can’t post positive things b/c it hurts Romney so now they even spin him EATING A SUNDAE!

    • aleth

      I just love that he and michelle just don’t give a F what these pundits say. They just keep on keepin’ on. Their living gives these pundits/bloggers high blood pressure.

      It’s not healthy to spin and spin. Sooner or later one will get dizzy.

    • The problem is that these guys are a bunch of frat boys posing as journalists.

      • JojoRaze

        That Buzzfeed article detailing that PBO is a guaranteed hit getter whether the press is negative or positive just makes this article funny. I’m not even mad about the negative press anymore because it just speaks to the fact Mittens is so uncompelling, they’d rather run negative stories about PBO than any story negative or positive about Romney. Think about it: Mittens is a challenger, something new, fresh, and no one wants to learn anything about his life? That doesn’t bode well electorallly for him. Yet, people want to hear about PBO so much, reporters make stuff up or skew it as negatively as possible to feed the frenzy: blowjob joke stories, how he smoked pot in college, his white girlfriends feening for him, whether people in Boston booed PBO or said Zook. R-money: Not so much. No one but his wife and his sons care.

        • Miranda

          I don’t even think they care all that much. I notice that Ann went away – probably after their internal polling showed that the more she talked, she became more disliked than Mitt. His sons went on Letterman and scared the bejeezus outta anyone listening to them tell tales of how their dad pretty much is a sociopath (He would mash our faces in our food!! HaHa!).

          Mitt’s whole clan is just a bit strange.

          • creolechild

            Speaking of strange, can someone please explain why ALL five sons, their wives, and children are still living at home with Mitt and Anne? They can afford to live elsewhere without worrying about the everyday stress and anxiety that most people have to deal with related to finances.

            Just bizarre…

          • Aquagranny911

            Good question! I had some adult family members living with me, off & on over the last two years due to financial circumstances. Once they got jobs & on their own feet again, they could not get out of my house fast enough!

          • creolechild

            The Romney sons will never, ever have to worry about their financial circumstances. My cynicism led me to believe that their trust fund, and living arrangement was probably a way to avoid taxes. I was right on the first count but wrong on the second! No wonder the 1% is fighting so hard for the Bush tax cuts to remain in place and that the estate tax be eliminated! This is some bullshit!

            David Cay Johnston: Romneys Were Able To Give Sons $100 Million Tax Free

            When the Romney campaign disclosed in December that the couple’s five sons had a $100 million trust fund, I suspected that, in setting up the fund, the Romneys used a tax strategy that allows some very rich people to avoid paying gift taxes. But it was impossible to know if this was the case without seeing their tax returns going back years.

            Reuters emailed the Romney campaign spokeswoman to ask how much the Romneys paid in gift taxes on assets put into the sons’ trust over the last 17 years. The spokeswoman, citing Brad Malt, the Romney family tax lawyer, answered: none.


          • rikyrah

            what I wouldn’t give for David Cay Johnston to be a questioner at one of the Presidential debates.

          • Miranda

            Wait…they all live with him?

          • rikyrah

            I can see the look on your face, cause it was a same look on mine.


          • nellcote

            It’s a Mormon thing.

          • rikyrah

            are you for real?

            they LIVE WITH THEM?

            you gotta be kidding me.

            eeeww…that’s creepy

          • itgurl_29

            This explains why so many of them had to use surrogates and IVF. No American man who’s having sex with his wife wants to live under his parents’ roof.

          • No American straight man who’s having sex with his wife wants to live under his parents’ roof.


          • Ouch. You went there.

          • rikyrah



          • Aquagranny911

            OMG!!! LMAO!!!

            But you are so right about this. I think my Hubby likes to cling to the thought that all his grandchildren were created through some form of osmosis. Thus, when ever our children visit I think they chose to be…not so active.

          • This. Your own children go on national TV and even make Romney supporters think about changing their vote or just sitting out the election altogether.

          • creolechild

            POU, I have to correct some misinformation that I posted about the Romney family. (Please read the explanation before you throw shoes at me…so that I’ll have time to duck!)

            I assumed the five sons lived with the family based on Romney’s explanation about why he was expanding one of his properties in California:

            “Romney is planning to replace the 3,009 square-foot beachfront home with an 11,062 foot house, roughly quadruple the size of the current structure, and submitted plans last August.”

            “According to Romney’s campaign, the expansion would make the home more accessible for the Romney’s five children and 16 grandchildren, but construction is unlikely to begin before the campaign season ends and permits are granted.”


            My apologies for not being more thorough.

          • Aquagranny911

            Aw Sweetie! No shoes. We will all just smack you around a bit with some of those wet “German noodles” It won’t hardly hurt a bit!

            Sad thing is that family is so weird that if you told us they regularly figged goats on Saturday nights, it would be believed!

        • rikyrah

          I’ll say it again: nobody has anything positive to say about Willard UNLESS THEY’RE GETTING A CHECK FROM HIM . And, yes, I include his family.

          • I noticed that rikyrah. The tweets and interviews from his own sons (and sometimes Ann herself) are not what you’d classify as ringing endorsements.

            I bet 10,000 pennies that 4 out of the 5 Romney boys are going to vote for PBO. With Miss Ann right now it could go either way but she’s leaning toward you know who.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! Did you see their clip with Conan? The one in the striped shirt & purple tie is a definite PBO vote.

            Just saying….

          • Was he the one a few months ago that said PBO was doing a good job?

          • Aquagranny911

            Could be. Maybe that’s why they made him sit in the back row.

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Thanks for the clip of my president enjoying ice cream. I’m smiling now.

      Thanks again.

  • JojoRaze

    I officially love Kasim Reed! He was on CNN 20 minutes ago just being a great, sincere surrogate sticking to the truth and the talking points. How could I contact him to tell him he’s a great surrogate. I’m not on social media, so an e-mail address would be best.

  • isonprize
    • PBomb

      That was pretty damn funny.

    • Bill Clinton is abandoning his old ally Charles Rangel, who is fighting for his political life as he seeks re-election to a 22nd term, The Post has learned.

      Harlem Rep. Rangel won’t be getting an endorsement from the former president, who will sit out the primary, a Clinton source said.

      So, Clinton used Rangel like a $2 crack ho.

      • MsKitty

        Because that’s what Bubba does.

        • I don’t blame Clinton. Charlie’s giving off a fair amount of radioactivity at this point in time.

        • Admiral_Komack

          That’s how Bubba rolls…right over you.

  • PBomb

    Poor Condoleezza… she must have broken the heel off of her favorite shoes before she stepped up to the podium and spewed this nonsense.

    At super PAC fundraiser, Condoleezza Rice knocks Obama for immigration move and predicts Romney victory

    WASHINGTON– As a former Secretary of State and National Security adviser, it’s not every day Condoleezza Rice chooses to talk domestic policy over foreign issues. And as a scholar with a Ph.D. in political science, it’s not every day that she chooses to talk politics over policy.

    But on Monday night during a super PAC fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club, a private hangout for Republicans only steps from the House office buildings, Rice wasn’t shy about diving into both.

    Rice, whose post-Bush years have been spent mostly at Stanford University, is making her voice heard in political circles again. Just days after reportedly bringing down the house with a powerful speech at a Utah retreat with Republicans donors for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, Rice flew to Washington to headline a fundraiser for ShePAC, a new super PAC that supports conservative female candidates. The appearance was notably her very first DC fundraiser for a political outside group, complete with a private foreign policy briefing with sitting female lawmakers and Republican House and Senate candidates from across the country.

    *** SNIP***

    Introduced as “the smartest woman in the world,” Rice emerged from a side kitchen to address the group.

    Read the rest here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/super-pac-fundraiser-condoleezza-rice-knocks-obama-immigration-093226858.html

    • Daltex82

      Introduced as “the smartest woman in the world,” Rice emerged from a side kitchen to address the group.

      Is the door to the bad lounge unlocked?

    • Alma98

      As long as you stay in the kitchen Condi you’re welcome.

    • Now I know PBO is going to win. Romney just got the Colonel Klink endorsement.

    • Camille

      Oh fuck off Condoleeza you sad, pathetic wannabe.

  • creolechild

    Who knows? Other than trying to damage the President and Eric Holder, maybe Issa thinks that if he keeps pushing this “non-issue” and it gains enough traction with RWNJs, that he’ll get some backing from the “Big Boys” this time around and can run for governor again. Too cynical?

    When members of Congress file these annual reports, they are allowed to list of the value of their assets and liabilities in broad ranges…For instance, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) ranks as the wealthiest member of the 112th Congress, according to the Center’s analysis of 2010 financial disclosures. Issa’s minimum estimated net worth in 2010 was $195 million, while his maximum estimated net worth was more than $700 million. That gives Issa an average net worth of $448 million.


    The most popular company in which members of Congress were invested in 2010 was General Electric, a company that spent more than $39 million on federal lobbying that year and ranked as the No. 3 top spender on lobbying.
    Procter & Gamble and Bank of America ranked No. 2 and No. 3 behind General Electric.


    • nellcote

      That’s not to cynical at all. Lots of pols in Cali think that’s what he’s up to, governor or sentor. He’ll fail in that of course. We know he’s a weasel.

  • rikyrah

    What Jon Kyl considers a factual statement
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:28 AM EDT.

    Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R), who represents Arizona, issued a curious press release.
    “I note that in his response to today’s Supreme Court ruling, President Obama called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I also note that the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill I helped draft in 2007 was killed — in part — by then-Senator Obama.

    Clearly, expectations for honesty are low when it comes to the politician who made “not intended to be a factual statement” famous, but even by Kyl’s low standards, this is unnerving.

    First, Obama, as a U.S. senator in 2007, didn’t vote to kill comprehensive immigration reform; he voted for it. Kyl’s version of reality is the opposite of the one the rest of us live in.

    Second, though Kyl bragged yesterday about the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill he “helped draft” five years ago, if we actually look back at the Senate record, we see that the Arizona Republican voted to filibuster the bill. Jon Kyl is falsely accusing Obama of doing what Jon Kyl actually did.

    Maybe yesterday’s press release wasn’t intended to be a factual statement, either?

    Kyl’s Arizona colleague, Sen. John McCain (R), meanwhile, had his own take on recent events yesterday, which was nearly as ridiculous.


    By way of Benjy Sarlin, we see that McCain was on Fox News last night, talking about politics.


    • Aquagranny911

      Kyl has never been a very bright bulb on the Christmas tree but I have started to wonder if he has some brain eating virus that is consuming his few remaining brain cells.

      • nellcote

        It’s just what happens when they’re allowed to lie with no repercussions. They learn that it doesn’t matter what they say.

  • creolechild

    Well, well, well…not a good look! Care to make a statement about this Mitt?

    Justice Department sues polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah

    Authorities in a pair of polygamous Utah-Arizona border towns have supported a campaign of intimidation against the unfaithful, denying them housing and municipal services and allowing members of the dominant religious sect to destroy their crops and property, the U.S. Justice Department said in a lawsuit Thursday. The federal civil rights case was filed against the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., where most residents are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, run by the group’s jailed leader Warren Jeffs.



    H/T Associated Pres

    • Aquagranny911

      Mitty will avoid this like he would a hot poker. That’s been a real mess up there for years. Our AG Terry Goddard, at the time, finally got some leverage on Colorado City through “misuse of public funds” The town was getting money for schools & other services from the state & county. The money was actually going into the pockets of Jeffs & his merry men. This gave the state the authority to go in & investigate the whole situation. It was nasty, especially for the women & children.

      Mitty is already running from his own personal family history. He will be wearing a jacket on his head shouting: “no comments, no pictures!” over this issue.

    • nellcote

      It would probably be unfair to speculate that this is why the goopers are going after AG Holder…

  • MonieTalks

    spoken like a true Republican Bush supporter..yea. Martin, we haven’t forgot.

    Roland Martin Praises Mitt Romney for Speaking to NAACP

    When Republican challenger Mitt Romney speaks at the NAACP convention next month, he has a chance to begin to show African Americans that Republicans aren’t afraid of black folks and are interested in reaching out to the community with policies that might be of assistance in the long run, argues political analyst Roland Martin in column on CNN.

    Martin acknowledges that Romney has no chance of getting any significant number of black votes in November against President Obama, but he claims this isn’t just because Obama enjoys overwhelming support in the black community. Martin says Romney isn’t going to win many black votes also because the GOP has acted as if it is afraid of black people over the last 40 years. Martin reveals that he has had virtually no success in getting Republicans to come on his News One television show, “Washington Watch”—even “back bench” Congresspeople who normally get no love from the national media.

    He says on issues such as housing, HIV, voter suppression, education and mandatory minimum sentencing, there’s much Romney can talk about at the NAACP—and begin to pave the way for future Republicans to be able to connect with a portion of the black community, the way that Republicans like former Gov. Mike Huckabee in Arkansas and Sen. George Voinovich in Ohio did in their careers, nearly winning majorities in the black community.

    “I say it’s time to emancipate the GOP from its hostility toward African-Americans. Speaking to the NAACP is a step, but that must be followed by many other outreach efforts large and small,” Martin writes. “But it’s a start. And I’ll be right there in my hometown of Houston, Mitt, to see if you offering empty platitudes or a real blueprint for change that black folks could realistically consider.”

    read more: http://atlantablackstar.com/2012/06/24/roland-martin-praises-mitt-romney-for-speaking-to-naacp/

    • Miranda

      STFU Roland – I saw yesterday on twitter that apparently this weeble said on CNN that PBO needs to give a speech to quell the street violence in Chicago. Now he’s up here talking about outreach to black folks from a party that would happily put his rotound azz in shackles if given half the chance. just STFU.

      • PBO needs to give a speech in Chicago??? WTF? What about the local politicians? Do they have laryngitis?

      • Camille

        What a fucking idiot Roland Martin is.

        This is what happens when mediocre narcissists are given access and a medium.

    • Camille

      Sorry, but does Roland think that Romney will give him an interview in exchange for kissing his racist Mormon arse.

      The contempt Romney has not just for black folks, but even moreso for empty loudmouths like Roland Martin is so blatant.

      And yet Roland thinks that publicly sucking up to this racist liar will somehow enable Tara Wall hook him up. Lol.

      Mitt Romney is almost certainly repulsed by Tara Wall herself. Fat chance Roland.

  • MonieTalks

    People.com is one of numerous mainstream sites where rabid anti-Obama rages on. More than once they have featured a post about the FLOTUS fashion choices, and the rest of the family and the comments can be atrocious.

    Interestingly today, they run a story about the Duchess Kate Middleton and her $55,000 spending on clothing in one year….and folks are defending her like their life depended on it.


    • Aquagranny911

      She’s a skinny little white girl. What else can I say?

      • crazycanuck

        Way too skinny. Somebody seriously needs to feed her.

    • itgurl_29

      It’s not a People. com specific thing. What happens is, anytime Michelle Obama is written about, the story is covered at the right wing blogs, and they flood the original source and leave hateful comments. It’s not random people who just happen to be reading people. Only those dedicated to hate actually post hateful comments. I’m no fan of Miss Ann Romney, but I don’t care about the woman enough to spend my time writing something nasty about her on People.com. That’s the rabid right wing internet army. Let’s not forget. The vast majority of people in this country like Mrs. Obama.

      • Miranda

        Yep…some of those right wing freaks do nothing but wait for marching orders from Breitbart or Malkin to go to the most non-political site that has something up about FLOTUS or the First Family and they swarm it with disgusting rhetoric.

        • nellcote

          They don’t even need marching orders. The have their Google Alerts set so they know immediately when a story goes up.

      • GN

        Exactly, there’s a major troll swarm.

        That’s the rabid right wing internet army.

        This is why poorly edited spaces, those with the least talented and most egomaniacal editing/moderation staffs, ended up getting successfully trolled and read like thedailycaller (“PBO is not a leader” “PBO is a liar” “PBO is a disappointment”).

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    Afternoon thread is up!

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