September 25, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Opera Singers

This week’s open thread is highlighting African-American Opera Singers. 

Kathleen Battle (born August 13, 1948), is an American operatic soprano known for her agile and light voice and her silvery, pure tone.  Battle initially became known for her work within the concert repertoire through performances with major orchestras during the early and mid 1970s. She made her opera debut in 1975. Battle expanded her repertoire into light lyric soprano and lyric coloratura soprano roles during the 1980s and early 1990s. Although she no longer appears in operas, she remains active in concert and recital performances.

Battle was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, USA, the youngest of seven children. Her father was a steelworker, and her mother was an active participant in the gospel music of the family’sAfrican Methodist Episcopal church.  In a Time Magazine interview with music critic Michael Walsh, he recalled first hearing the eight-year old Battle sing, describing her as “this tiny little thing singing so beautifully.” “I went to her later”, Varney recalled, “and told her God had blessed her, and she must always sing.” In that same interview, Walsh described Battle as “the best lyric coloratura in the world”.

Battle was a good student and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied voice with Franklin Bens and also worked with Italo Tajo. She majored in music education rather than performance in undergraduate school and went on to get a master’s degree in Music Education as well. In 1971 Battle embarked on a teaching career in Cincinnati, taking a position at a Cincinnati inner-city public school. 

In 1972, her second year as a teacher, a friend and fellow church choir member phoned her and informed her that the conductor Thomas Schippers was holding auditions in Cincinnati. Her performance at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy on July 9, 1972 marked the beginning of her professional career.During the next several years, Battle would go on to sing in several more orchestral concerts in New York, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. In 1973 she was awarded a grant from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music to support her career. 

 Ave Marie-1987

Throughout the 1980s, Battle performed in recitals, choral works and opera. Her work continued to take her to performance venues around the world.  In opera she sang a variety of roles including Oscar at Chicago Lyric Opera and a highly acclaimed Semele at Carnegie Hall.  Battle became an established artist at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1980s, singing over 150 performances with the company in 13 different operas,  including the Met’s first ever production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare.  Other opera houses where she performed included San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Vienna State Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

During this period, she received three Grammy awards for her recordings.  She also received the Laurence Olivier Award  for her stage performance as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House, London. Critical response to Battle’s performances had rarely varied throughout the years following her debut. In 1985, Time Magazine, pronounced her “the best lyric coloratura soprano in the world”

For the remainder of the 90’s, she worked extensively in the recording studio and on the concert stage. She was a featured guest artist on the May 1994 album Tenderness, singing a duet, My Favorite Things, with Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Al Jarreau. 

Recently, Battle has continued to pursue a number of diverse projects including the works of composers who are not associated with traditional classical music, performing the works of Vangelis, Stevie Wonder, and George Gershwin.  In July 2003 she performed at the Ravinia Chicago Symphony Orchestra Gala with Bobby McFerrin and Denyce Graves. In 2006 she and James Ingram sang the song They Won’t Go When I Go in a Tribute to Stevie Wonder and she began including Wonder’s music in her recitals. . In October 2007, at a fundraiser for the Keep a Child Alive Charity, Kathleen Battle and Alicia Keysperformed the song Miss Sarajevo written by U2’s Bono.  

On April 16, 2008, she sang an arrangement of The Lord’s Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of his Papal State visit to the White House. This marks the second time she sang for a pope. (She first sang for Pope John Paul II in 1985 as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass).

On November 23, 2008, she performed “Superwoman” on the American Music Awards with Alicia Keys and Queen Latifah.



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  • Miranda

    I like how the UK handles pissants that think they can say anything and get away with it.

    Student who mocked Fabrice Muamba on Twitter may be jailed
    Liam Stacey, a Swansea University biology student, admitted inciting racial hatred in offensive comments made on Twitter

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. Have a great day, and YES! Venus won!! way to go.

    • Bri

      Great news. I was just thinking about the Williams sisters the other day, hoping that they are getting ready for the tennis season.

  • GreenLadyHere



    – – – – -WATCHIN’ the SCOTUS annnd its action on the ACA. PRAY 4 SUCCESS. :>)

    – ——B BLESSED – –2-DAY. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — – – -In addition 2 other rallies – – – – -the MARTIN FAMILY will hold a PRESS CONFERENCE 2-DAY: – – – – –

    – – — – –Trayvon Martin Press Conference Scheduled 3/27/12 – – – – –

    – — – —Join LA Sentinel on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 11:15am in a press conference and Rally for Justice for Trayvon Martin wear your hoodies. All students, Ministers, community residents, Civil Rights Organizations. Rally will be held at LA Sentinel, 3800 S. Crenshaw blvd, LA, CA


  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • Camille

    Ok, Olympia Snowe is officially full of shit!

    Here’s a woman so full of chickenshit – too cowardly to take a stance and vote for issues she voted for just a few years ago or to even stand up to her fellow republicans who have turned the Congress into a full blown circus with their shenanigans;

    And this bitch has the nerve to point her literal crooked and cowardly self and arthritic finger in President Obama’s direction, giving him an “F”.

    Bitch please! Take your tired, bony, cowardly, pasty, chickenshit ass and go home.

    You Olympia Snowe are not going to use President Obama to cover up the fact that it was YOUR sorry, pathetic ass and your republican caucus that were the abject failures.

    There’s no fool like an old fool. Shoo on back to Maine and stay hidden bitch

    • rikyrah

      thank you

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ SisCamille- —***BIG HUG*** :>) —


      – – – – –You Olympia Snowe are not going to use President Obama to cover up the fact that it was YOUR sorry, pathetic ass and your republican caucus that were the abject failures.

      – – – CALL! HER! OUT!! – – –RIGHTEOUS!! – — -:>)

      THANK U! :>)

      THAT BEIN’ SAID – – —U have a GOOD DAY!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –Obama: I’m not ‘hiding the ball’ on defense shield talks with Russia – – – –

    – – – —President Obama denied Tuesday that he is “hiding the ball” when it comes to negotiating with Russia over U.S. plans for a defense shield, saying his positions on the issue are “on record.”

    A day after a live microphone picked up a private conversation where he asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for “space” and “patience” on the missile defense issue until after November’s election, Obama sought to clarify his remarks and make his position known.

    – —“I think everybody understands — if they don’t, they haven’t been listening to my speeches — that I want to reduce nuclear stockpiles,” Obama said Tuesday, on the final day of a nuclear security summit in South Korea. “And one of the barriers to doing that is building trust and cooperation around missile defense issues. And so this is not a matter of hiding the ball.”

    Obama added, “[T]he only way I get this stuff done is if I’m consulting with the Pentagon, with Congress, if I’ve got bipartisan support, and frankly, the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations.

    “I think the stories you guys have been writing over the last 24 hours is pretty good evidence of that,” he told reporters about the contentious political environment.

    – — -THANK U – – -MR. PRESIDENT! – – —CARRY ON with YOUR LEADERSHIP! :>)

  • MonieTalks

    Some interesting facts about Sanford, FL

    The white people were so angered by baseball great Jackie Robinson’s presence that they literally run him out of town..they had to move Daytona Beach.

    John Singleton filmed the movie “Rosewood” in Sanford, Fl.

    • malletgirl02

      Isn’t Rosewood about a black town that was pretty much burn off the map, by white rioters?

  • rikyrah

    Romney doesn’t know how to fake foreign policy acumen
    By Steve Benen – Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    A couple of years ago, as debate over the New START nuclear treaty was intensifying, Mitt Romney decided to weigh in on the debate with an op-ed, hoping to demonstrate some acumen on international affairs. It didn’t go well. Fred Kaplan wrote at the time, “In 35 years of following debates over nuclear arms control, I have never seen anything quite as shabby, misleading and — let’s not mince words — thoroughly ignorant as Mitt Romney’s attack on the New START treaty.”

    Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), arguably the Republican Party’s most respected voice on foreign policy, issued “an unusually harsh statement,” calling Romney out for his nonsense.

    Two years later, Romney isn’t done pretending he deserves a seat at the big-kids’ table. After President Obama signaled yesterday his intention to negotiate with Russia on missile defense in a second term, the former governor was indignant.

    The key quote in the clip was Romney arguing, in reference to Russia, “[T]his is without question our number one geopolitical foe, they fight every cause for the world’s worst actors, the idea that [President Obama] has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed.”

    For one thing, Obama didn’t talk about more flexibility for Russia; he talked about more flexibility for himself, urging Russian leaders to be patient until after the election season. There’s a big difference between the two.

    For another, calling Russia the nation’s “number one geopolitical foe” has renewed a debate over whether Romney understands these issues as well as he thinks he does.

    The Democratic National Committee, for example, distributed this statement from former Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig:

    “Governor Romney offered his judgment today that Russia is our nation’s number one geopolitical foe. This conclusion, as outdated as his ideas on the economy, energy needs, and social issues, is left over from the last century. Does Governor Romney believe that a Cold War foreign policy is the right course in the twenty-first century? Does he believe that Russia is a bigger threat to the U.S. today than terrorism, or cyberwarfare, or a nuclear-armed and erratic North Korea?

    “Oddly, before calling Russia our number one foe, he issued a foreign policy white paper that only got around to Russia after sections on China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Middle East, Iran, North Korea, and Latin America. His most recent statement is yet another revelation that Mitt Romney repeatedly speaks inconsistently and in ways that are disconnected from twenty-first century realities.”

    The white-paper Danzig mentions referred to a 42-page foreign policy prospectus released by the Romney campaign, which ignored Russia — our so-called “number one geopolitical foe” — for the first 34 pages.

  • rikyrah

    Explain This To Me
    by BooMan
    Mon Mar 26th, 2012 at 11:51:00 PM EST

    Normally, I try to understand what’s going on in Washington DC so I can give you an informed opinion. But I’m a little flummoxed about what the GOP is doing here. The Senate Republicans changed course and voted overwhelmingly for cloture on a bill that would strip Big Oil of a lot of their tax breaks. Then Mitch McConnell indicated that he’s eager to have a debate on the issue:

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the floor Monday that “common sense and basic economics” show that raising industry taxes will send gasoline prices even higher.
    “This is the Democrat response to high gas prices,” he said ahead of the vote.

    “And frankly, I can’t think of a better way to illustrate how completely out of touch they are on this issue. And that’s why Republicans plan to support moving forward on a debate over this legislation, because it’s a debate the country deserves,” McConnell said.

    So, it seems plain that the GOP thinks they can win a debate over protecting Big Oil’s tax breaks by arguing that the those tax breaks will lower prices at the pump. I think that’s dubious. What this also seems to demonstrate is that the Republicans think they can get a few straying Democrats to kill the bill. And they could be right. Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and Mark Begich of Alaska all voted against cloture. We know how Big Oil rules Louisiana and Alaska, so I am not surprised by these defections. But if those are the only three Democratic senators who will vote with Big Oil, the bill will pass at 50-50 with the vice-president breaking the tie.

    But I guess McConnell can risk losing since the House won’t do ANYTHING to upset the energy industry.

    • nellcote

      He’s betting that prices will go up and he can blame it on big oil taxes going up.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – —SCOTUS WATCH- – —

    – – – –Supreme Court moves to heart of healthcare case – – – –

    – – – – The Supreme Court confronts the core of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Tuesday when it hears arguments on whether Congress had the power to require most people in the United States to buy medical insurance.

    The two-hour session on the second day of a historic three-day oral argument will offer a first concrete look at how the nine justices view the law Obama signed two years ago and that still divides his Democrats and rival Republicans.

    No past rulings are completely on point and speculation has been rampant about how the ideologically divided justices will decide the limits of congressional power to address society’s most intractable problems. Not since 1936 has the Supreme Court struck down a major piece of federal economic legislation as exceeding Congress’ power.

    A ruling, expected in late June before the Democratic and Republican party conventions, is likely to become a flashpoint in the November 6 presidential and congressional elections.

    The court’s ruling on the insurance requirement could decide the fate of the massive multi-part healthcare overhaul meant to improve access to medical care and extend insurance to more than 30 million people.

    On Monday the justices took up a procedural tax-law question about the timing of lawsuits and suggested by their questions that they could decide the merits of case.

    The centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act is the mandate that most people buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The challengers, including 26 states and a small-business trade group, contend Congress exceeded its authority to regulate commerce with that so-called individual mandate.

    – – – -SKIP – – —

    The Obama administration argues that virtually everyone will need medical care and that those who opt not to buy insurance put a disproportionate burden on the system. It has defended the law as a response to a national crisis.

    In the United States, annual healthcare spending totals $2.6 trillion, about 18 percent of the annual gross domestic product, or $8,402 for every man, woman and child.

  • rikyrah

    Diplomacy Is Syria’s Business, Yo
    By Zandar March 27th, 2012
    Looks like Bashar al-Assad is ready to deal.

    The Syrian government has accepted U.N. envoy Kofi Annan’s plan to forge peace and end violence, Annan’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

    Annan has offered Syria a six-point plan – supported by the U.N. Security Council – as a way to halt the violence.

    The proposal seeks to stop the violence and the killing, give access to humanitarian agencies, release detainees, and start an inclusive political dialogue to address the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people, according to a U.N. statement.

    Hey look. Smart power and stuff. It’s like it works or something, and that there are ugly foreign policy problems that can be solved without blowing things up. Can’t wait until the usual suspects tell us how awesome the United Nations suddenly is, and that President Whatshisface had nothing to do with this.

  • dannie22

    good morning!

  • MonieTalks

    Bloomberg Editorial

    All Americans Lose If Health-Care Law Is Overturned
    By the Editors Mar 26, 2012 7:00 PM ET

    As much as we’d like to see the U.S. Supreme Court allow the entire federal health-care law to stand, it’s perfectly possible that, when it rules in a few months, the court will toss the whole thing.

    If it finds that the individual mandate, the requirement that Americans either have insurance or pay a penalty, is unconstitutional, the court may also decide the rest of the law is so inextricably tied to it, everything must go. That would bring the nation back to square one on health-care reform.

    Opponents of the law say it would be fine to turn back the clock and start from scratch. In fact, in our polarized political climate, a do-over is unimaginable. What’s more, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains many specific provisions that would be painful to lose.

    The big elements are obvious: Without the law, insurance companies could keep turning away people with pre-existing conditions or charging them higher premiums. They could maintain annual caps and restore lifetime caps on how much they spend on care for an individual policyholder. They could stop paying the full cost of preventive services such as mammograms, flu shots and well-child visits. And young adults would no longer be guaranteed coverage on their parents’ plan until age 26.

    We couldn’t look forward to state insurance exchanges, those competitive online marketplaces where, starting in 2014, people without coverage from employers should be able to buy health insurance using federal subsidies. And, with no subsidies and no expansion of Medicaid, we’d give up on the promise of insuring 32 million more Americans.

    Many less-often-discussed pieces of the 2,000-page law are valuable as well. Consider the “medical loss ratio” — the requirement that for every dollar insurance companies collect in premiums, they spend no more than 15 cents to 20 cents on administration and profits. The rest has to go toward medical claims. Before the law, insurance companies often spent 25 percent to 30 percent of the money on administrative costs and profits.

    Think, too, of the law’s charge to the Food and Drug Administration to arrange for speedy approval of “biosimilars” – – cheaper versions of expensive, complex drugs derived from living organisms, including vaccines and gene therapies, that are used to treat conditions from arthritis to cancer. Biosimilars are needed to bring down the exorbitant cost of using biologic drugs. A three-month course of the melanoma treatment Yervoy, for example, a biologic made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., costs $120,000. Last month, the FDA released its draft guidance, suggesting that makers of biosimilars could in some cases save the time and expense of human trials.

    Without the law, other opportunities to improve care while saving money would be lost as well. Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare payments to hospitals are to be reduced if too many of their patients contract infections while they’re in the hospital or if too many of them, after their release from care, are quickly readmitted.

    Another chunk of Medicare savings written into the law is a gradual elimination of the extra payments to private insurance companies for Medicare Advantage policies. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission estimates that, in 2011, payments to Medicare Advantage per beneficiary were 10 percent higher than those for traditional Medicare. According to the Congressional Budget Office, ending these overpayments stands to save Medicare about $136 billion over 10 years.

    The law also provides for curtailing increases in other Medicare spending over 10 years, so that, all things considered, it saves the program almost $500 billion.

    Finally, we would hate to give up the law’s push to improve basic medical treatment. Over 10 years, $3 billion is set to be spent on an independent, nonprofit organization called the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which will support studies assessing the benefits and drawbacks of medical treatments and diagnostic tests. The idea is to give doctors, hospitals and insurers the information they need to make more informed and less wasteful decisions about the care they give.

    This is only a sampling of ways in which the law is already making progress toward mending and strengthening the health-care system.

    It’s not perfect, of course; nothing with so many facets could be. We don’t yet know, for example, whether the law’s incentives to move doctors and hospitals away from a fee-for- service system to one more focused on efficiency will work. Just helping Americans to understand what’s changing in the health- care system is a challenge that remains unmet.

    But the law takes a great many small steps in the right direction — toward a health-care system that provides good- quality care at a reasonable price for the largest possible number of people.

    • rikyrah

      It is obvious.

    • nellcote

      Seems kinda bullshit to wait till the law is actually before the SCOTUS to write an editorial like this. It would have been more useful 2 years ago. But better late than never I guess.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/26/2012
    New frontiers in political dishonesty
    By Greg Sargent

    It’s often been pointed out that one of the main problems with fact-checking dishonest politicians is that they know they can continue to lie with impunity, since no one in the media cares except for a few pointy-headed truth-squadders.

    Here is one of the best examples of this we’ve ever seen.

    Meet Josh Mandel, the GOP challenger to Ohio Dem Senator Sherrod Brown. National right wing groups have spent huge money targeting him, and the race could be pivotal to Dem hopes of holding the Senate.

    Mandel has been pilloried by Politifact for excessive lying about Brown, particularly with regard to his “pants on fire” claim that Brown is one of the politicians most responsible for Ohio jobs moving to China.

    But in a confrontational interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mandel attacked Politifact as politically motived, insisted his claims are true, and went on to offer a remarkable response. Mandel said he was under no obligation to back up his own assertions, and confidently predicted he’d continue repeating them “again and again” with no repurcussions:

    Consider his response in an interview last week when asked again to identify a single Ohio job that went to China because of a decisive vote by Brown.

    “If that’s the level of specificity you’re looking for, you’re the reporters — you go do the grunt work,” said Mandel, who lives in Beachwood. “Any reporter who doesn’t believe Sherrod Brown is responsible for jobs going to China is simply out of touch.”

    PolitiFact Ohio already had done the “grunt work” and found that the examples cited by Mandel’s campaign failed to back up his claim, hence the Pants on Fire rating. Right or wrong, Mandel vowed to repeat the assertion “again and again” and said he sees no downside.

    And you know what? He’s probably right! Indeed, in forthrightly admitting that he won’t be substantiating his claims because there’s no downside in repeating a debunked assertion again and again, Mandel for once deserves points for honesty.

  • Miranda

    You ever had a party and a mofo just won’t go home? Ever had that person come over and you doing everything in your power to hint to this fool that its time for them to go so you can go to damn bed? You rubbing your eyes, yawning real big…talking bout how early you got to get up the next day…and the idiot still running at the mouth?

    Newt is the GOP’s party guest and he aint going a gotdamn place.

    Gingrich charging supporters $50 for photos

    • rikyrah


  • Miranda

    The editorial board at the NY Daily News calls out Sanford PD

    Sanford police are disgracing the badge with smear of slain teen
    Self-serving attacks on Trayvon Martin are inexcusable

    The actions of the Florida police force that casually and prematurely closed the book on the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin grow ever more despicable.

    Revealed to the nation as at best incompetent, cops in the city of Sanford have leaked reports that are designed to justify their actions by depicting the unarmed Trayvon as to blame for his own death — instead of the pointblank shooter who fired the fatal bullet.

    Cowards, the cops whisper anonymously that gun-toting neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman filed a statement alleging that Trayvon punched him in the nose, banged his head on the pavement and was going for the weapon when Zimmerman fired.

    None of it makes sense.

    None of it is offered up with a shred of decency.

    Read more:

    • Town

      Trayvon punched him in the nose, banged his head on the pavement and was going for the weapon when Zimmerman fired.

      Or maybe Trayvon was going for his phone that Zimmerman took from him when Zimmerman fired. Zimmerman was walking around with a gun in a holster in plain view, why the heck would Trayvon be grabbing for his gun?

      • Miranda

        Well ya know Zimmerman was just using a term of endearment with Trayvon, so maybe they were just play wrestling and Zimmerman’s gun accidentally went off.

        That will be the next explanation from Joe Oliver.

      • GN

        I don’t find Zimmerman’s account to be credible in the slighest.

    • GN

      I’m glad someone spoke up rather than just repeating the smears.

  • rikyrah

    March 26, 2012

    Chris Cillizza was stuck. Something new to write about. Aye, there’s the rub, a little something we all know well in the grinding monotony of this GOP presidential race. So he coquettishly asked a throwaway question — “Is Mitt Romney underrated?” — and proceeded to titillate in a most amusing manner.

    Well, let’s see, answered Cillizza, Romney’s a Mormon in a monstrously anti-Mormon party, he’s “a moderate … in a party that wants red-meat conservatism,” he possesses “a Northeastern base in a Southern party,” his “signature legislative achievement” was a healthcare bill roundly detested by the base, and, to boot, he “is no world-beater as a candidate,” he’s “awkward and somewhat tin-eared,” and, finally, and somewhat charitably, the man “can seem aloof.”

    Ergo, all things considered, “it’s clear that he doesn’t get enough credit for what he’s accomplished” — i.e., presumably, a miraculous survival.

    But wait. What are these 10 words I also espy, buried in Cillizza’s column? Ah, yes. The only real answer, in the form of an overriding understatement, as to whether Mitt Romney is critically underrated as a Republican candidate: “Romney has benefited from a deeply flawed set of opponents.”

    Translated, no one of even the scantiest political abilities could have lost to a Michele Bachmann, a Herman Cain, a Newt Gingrich or a Rick Santorum. No one.

  • Miranda

    Trayvon Martin’s parents coming to Capitol Hill

    The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot and killed last month by a neighbor, plan to appear Tuesday afternoon at a Capitol Hill forum on racial profiling and hate crimes.
    Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton will attend, but are not expected to speak at the forum, titled “Protecting a ‘Suspect’ Community: Forum on Racial Profiling, Federal Hate Crimes Enforcement and ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws.”

    The session is hosted by the 13 Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee. It was requested by Rep. Federica Wilson (D-Fla.), who represents Sanford, Fla., where the shooting occurred. Scheduled speakers include NAACP President Ben Jealous, 100 Black Men of America Chairman Albert E. Dotson Jr. and representatives of the Human Rights Campaign and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

    It was not immediately clear whether Republican members of the Judiciary Committee plan to attend the forum; a formal notice of the meeting did not list GOP lawmakers.

    more here

  • rikyrah

    Why Health Reform is Safe, and the Caveman Argument Against the Individual Mandate
    Monday, March 26, 2012 |
    Posted by Deaniac83 at 12:58 PM

    The big story last week, on the political front, has been the Supreme Court’s scheduling of oral arguments on the legal challenges to the health care reform law the President signed two years ago. It’s an unnerving case, to be sure, as people across the political pages try to read tea-leaves to surmise the fate of this incredible reform. The far Right is aware that ObamaCare, should all elements of it be allowed to go into effect in 2014, it will be as popular as Medicare and any attempt to screw with it will result in the reddest Congressional districts turning blue. They have spent not only time to challenge the law in the courts, but they have also outspent supporters on a 3:1 basis on spreading propaganda trashing the law.

    I am not a lawyer. But for what it’s worth, I do think there is something to be taken from the precise cases that the Supreme Court is hearing this week. The Washington Post has a helpful graphic showing the cases SCOTUS is actually deciding in order to determine the fate of health reform.

    Remember that the Supreme Court is the final appallette court, and as such, it is deciding appeals from decisions made by lower courts. On the most important question, the individual mandate, it is thus rather remarkable to note whose appeal the court is hearing. The government’s. The lower appeals court agreed with a district court decision that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. The government, namely the Department of Health and Human Services, appealed the ruling from a lower court dismissing the Constitutionality of the individual mandate. In other words, despite what you’ve heard, in technical terms, the Court is actually not hearing a challenge to ObamaCare. It is hearing an appeal by the government challenging the validity of the ruling of a lower court with regard to the individual mandate. The court is not hearing an appeal by the opponents of the law from a court which has upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate.

    Does this make a difference, given that the Court is still hearing arguments on three questions – namely the individual mandate itself, whether it is severable from the rest of the law (and thus the rest could stand should the mandate be found unconstitutional) and whether any challenge can even be brought against the individual mandate given that it is not in force yet and no fines on it has yet been collected? I think it does make a difference. That the consolidation is happening under an appeal by the HHS would indicate that SCOTUS sees at least a potential that the lower court ruling, invalidating the mandate, was in error.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -RANGEL! – – – -RANGEL! – -RANGEL!! – – – –

    – – – – –Rangel Fined $23K for Misusing Rent-Stabilized Pad – – – –

    – — Rep. Charles Rangel and his campaign have agreed to cough up a $23,000 fine for using a rent-stabilized New York City apartment as a campaign headquarters. The Federal Election Committee decided by leasing the Harlem apartment at a price well below the market rate, the Democrat had accepted an illegal campaign contribution, the New York Times reports. The apartment was one of four rent-controlled units rented by Rangel that the Times exposed in 2008.

    Rangel’s use of the apartments was one of the ethics issues that led to the former Ways and Means Committee chairman’s censure by the House in 2010. The fine settles a case brought by a watchdog group in 2008.

    GET IT 2-gether! U KNOW that U R being WATCHED!! – – –Perhaps it’s time 2 LEAVE. – – -***sigh***

    • Guns3000


      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Guns3000- –**BIG HUG*** :>)

        I KNOW – -HUH!? — – -BUT my CONCERN is that he KNOWS that he is bein’ WATCHED — – So —-CHILL!. – – -:>)

        Good 2 C U. – -Guns3000. :>)

    • nellcote

      It took 4 years to resolve this? Rediculous.

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote – – -LOL. I KNOW —HUH!. All KINDS of

        POSTPONEMENTS. – — Sooo it wasn’t THAT important!! –

        —THEY KNOW. – — -:>)

  • Bri

    Only in America can a muderer (Zimmerman) go on a PR campaign, and put out a new headshot with him smiling, smh.

    • MonieTalks

      And at the same token, folks are bitchin’ that Trayvon looked to “baby-faced” in his photos, not menacing enough.

    • GN

      To the point where his defenders are obsessing with his victim’s facebook, twitter…these people are crazy.

  • rikyrah

    March 26, 2012
    Mitt Romney’s wolf by the ear

    Columbia University’s Thomas Edsall, contributor to the NY Times’ “Campaign Stops,” surveys the self-limiting anthropology of the Republican Party’s thinning tribes of a base, only to add this final insult to Mitt Romney’s elaborate struggles with it:

    Gallup found that only 35% of [the GOP base] would “enthusiastically” back Romney in the election, far fewer than the 47% percent who said they enthusiastically supported McCain at this time in 2008.

    Romney may be the GOP’s first nominee to suffer from a ravaging, untreatable case of Stockholm Syndrome. Every serious contender of yore made some concessions to his party’s base — George W. Bush, for instance, faked and even agonized his way through 2000’s politically requisite “compassionate conservatism” and “humble” foreign policy; Barry Goldwater resisted but buckled under socially conservative pressure; and internationalist Wendell Willkie was made to grovel before his party’s isolationist wing — but no one ever endured such a remorseless gauntlet of ‘Opposite Days’ like the long-enduring Mitt Romney.

    And to what end? Observes Prof. Edsall:

    These lukewarm Republican primary voters are, in effect, threatening to abandon the nominee after forcing him to pass ruthless ideological litmus tests …

    … such as evangelical Christians — “now a majority, 50.53 percent, of all Republican presidential primary voters,” according to the Faith and Freedom Coalition — who are contemptuous of any Republican pol so foolish or bold as to acknowledge the human contribution to global warming, a damnable heretical act which Romney has been captured on film committing. Then of course, too, there’s the governor’s little “cult” problem, an inescapable self-identity ready-made for the punishing bigotry of right-wing Christians.

    And all this while, as Mitt Romney attempts the placation of the implacable, he’s alienating and thus bleeding the potential of the possibly game-deciding independent vote.

    Though delightful, the entirety of Romney’s essentially incontrovertible reality of electoral doom meets with the media’s persistent campaign narrative of: “Close, very, very close the Obama-Romney race shall be.” It’s like rewatching the run-up coverage of the Clay-Liston fight.

  • rikyrah

    Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM PDT.

    House Republicans counting on Ryan budget for 2012 electoral success
    by Joan McCarter

    House Republicans, now that we’re four months into the election year, have started figuring out how they’re going to position themselves for November. (To cut them a little slack, they haven’t been in Washington to work this stuff out all that much yet this year, or to work on anything, actually.) They’ve apparently decided to go all in on the Ryan budget, including gutting Medicare and repealing the Affordable Care Act.

    In private meetings set to begin on Tuesday with restless Republican lawmakers, leaders will outline a “strategic plan” to take the House GOP through Election Day, with items ranging from rewriting the corporate and individual Tax Code to overhauling federal regulations to changing U.S. energy policy.

    The briefings, including a presentation from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), will also outline the Republicans’ plans to repeal Obama’s health care law, whether or not the Supreme Court keeps the law in place. Included in the agenda is entitlement reform, debt reduction and oversight hearings by House committees.

    The road map is aimed partly at reassuring House Republicans anxious about the party’s legislative record and direction.

    So it will be more drill, drill, drill and evil light bulbs; job-killing regulations; no new taxes for “job creators”; raise the retirement age; take away Medicare; repeal Obamacare; and have more inquisitions by Rep. Darrell Issa. They don’t detail what new fronts on the war on women they’ll be opening, but chances are they’ll throw most of that in with health care repeal.
    How anything in this agenda differs from the previous year is not readily apparent. Particularly when you throw in the fact that the budget breaks the existing budget deal and presents yet another government shutdown threat.

    With the nihilist wing of the caucus essentially in charge, it seems there’s little else leadership can or wants to do. But given how poorly this has worked out for them so far in the court or public opinion.

  • rikyrah

    March 25, 2012
    Mitt Romney sparkles, mesmerizes the Weekly Standard, and ricochets some bs

    Politico is highlighting a lengthy, as well as classically craven, Mitt Romney quote from a Weekly Standard interview, in which the former governor attempts to elevate deliberate ambiguity and unsubtle shiftiness to the high artifice of principled politics. To summarize in the interest of space, Romney says he’ll cut government, but refuses to say how. Interviewer Stephen Hayes observes in scattered emotional eruptions:

    It’s a smart answer and a deeply conservative one….

    Romney, ever cautious, is reluctant to get specific about the programs he would like to kill….

    In a conversation with him, you can feel him thinking about his words….

    Why have conservative interviewers become so touchy-feely? Really, this is getting out of hand, and it’s been doing so since 2008, when National Review’s Rich Lowry gushed:

    I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, ‘Hey, I think she just winked at me.’ And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned.

    Then and there, I suspect, Rich was indeed feeling himself (while) thinking about her winks and words.

    But, back to Mr. Hayes’ feelings, as well as Mitt’s words/winks — the substantive quality of which we’d love to learn, but Mitt just won’t permit it. It gets worse. Having refused to unveil the government programs he’d cut, Romney then turns and says to Hayes:

    I describe what my positions are on issues and lay out my policy and people will either warm to it or not, depending upon how they connect with it.

    But of course Romney does not “describe what [his] positions are.” In fact he had pointedly told Hayes that he wouldn’t describe them.

    One must gather up pluck and soldier on to the Romney interview’s very end, however, to really “feel him thinking” like the unctuous Zelig he is:

    Romney’s critique of Obama is often focused on competence more than ideology. “He’s a nice guy, but he’s in over his head,” Romney often says.

    Why not say more about ideology? Romney says the two critiques are mutually reinforcing.

    Obama, he says, has an “agenda which is contrary to the interests of the economy and the nation. And I think a lot of people who have that agenda are clueless.”

    Thus ends the interview on a note you probably noticed: on a final, “I’ll put it however you want me to put it” Mitt Romney note — a pol whose focus is often on “competence,” but hey, Stephen, if you want “ideology,” then by God Romney will give you that instead.

    As Rich Lowry said with an epistemological certainty in which we must place our hope and trust: “This is a quality that can’t be learned.”

    • Daltex82

      ’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, ‘Hey, I think she just winked at me.’ And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned.

      I remember when Keith Olberman read/mocked this back in ’08 it was creepy then and almost 4 years later, it still makes my skin crawl.

      • nellcote

        You find that Lowrey quote when you look up “EWWWWWWWWW” in the dictionary.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – — FACE IT – –sanatorium – – —U CAIN’T TAKE DA HEAT — —

    – – – –Santorum Has Entered ‘Walking Dead’ Phase
    Lashing out suggests the nomination battle is winding down: analyst

    – – – – —The Rick Santorum who’s been on the campaign trail lately is an angrier and testier fellow than we saw earlier in the race, but that’s no surprise to people who have followed his political career, the Washington Post finds. The nice-guy persona is starting to slip away—as seen in his cursing out of a New York Times journalist over the weekend. But what’s really jolting is how the “visceral, emotional, provocative” Santorum managed to remain disciplined over the last eight months, notes a political science professor from his home state of Pennsylvania.

    Santorum became known as a hothead during his 12 years in Congress, sometimes scolding fellow Republicans and making inflammatory remarks like calling AmeriCorps a program “for hippie kids to stand around a campfire to hold hands and sing ‘Kumbaya’ at taxpayers’ expense.” Santorum losing his cool on the campaign trail as Romney’s lead grows “suggests the nomination battle is effectively over,”

    – —-Sooooo — —-IT’S TIME 2 GET OUT – – -DA KITCHEN!! — – – –

    – – – –GET – – – -GONE! – – -> – — –

    • Town

      But my question is why is SANTORUM being described as out of control when Romney snatched the recorder out of the reporter’s hand and nobody’s saying HE’S out of control?

      That was a dumb question, right?

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        LOL – – –NO. :>) U just POINTED OUT the OBVIOUS. :>) – –

        — – -‘CAUSE — the RIGHT-LEANING MEDIA – – -R

        LEANING– –toward – – -teh WILLARD!!- – – —

        “MONEY TALKS annnnd – —BULL EXCREMENT – — – – – – – –SMELLS.” – – – – – LOL.

        THAT’S the CONTRAST!! :>)

        Good 2 C U – -Town. :>)

  • MonieTalks

    I am interested in the Zimmerman family connections in Sanford, Fl and the surrounding area. Are they a prominent family in the community? Did his father use his legal background as an advisor to city/county departments? Why was Zimmerman allowed to make that many calls to 9-1-1 for non-emergency calls and not be reprimanded as a nuisance, questioned about his mental state

    Although his familial background may not be admissible in court, I am very interested if his father’s career as a former judge held weight.

    Did he call his father at any time after the incident? Someone needs to subpeona his telephone records.

    • rikyrah

      i wanna know how he got a gun when he’s had an altercation with the police

      • nellcote

        1.No conviction. 2.It’s Florida.

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – –Video- First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts 2012 Spring Garden Planting – – —


    • nellcote

      Yay. Good News. Thank You soooo much!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – I KNOW HUH? :>) She’s GR8 with the CHILDREN!! :>)

        Good 2 C U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere



    – — –Texas Had ‘Fewer Than Five’ Voter Impersonation Cases Over Three Years – – – —

    – – – – –Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice blocked a new Texas state law that would institute strict photo identification requirements for all citizens trying to vote. The DOJ refused to grant the law pre-clearance under the Voting Rights Act, noting that the bill would unfairly disenfranchise Hispanic voters.

    Supporters of the bill say the law is needed to prevent voter impersonation. Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) argued:

    Texas has a responsibility to ensure elections are fair, beyond reproach and accurately reflect the will of voters. The DOJ has no valid reason for rejecting this important law, which requires nothing more extensive than the type of photo identification necessary to receive a library card or board an airplane. Their denial is yet another example of the Obama administration’s continuing and pervasive federal overreach.

    How big has the problem been? According to the San Antonio Express-News:

    Fewer than five “illegal voting” complaints involving voter impersonations were filed with the Texas Attorney General’s Office from the 2008 and 2010 general elections in which more than 13 million voters participated.

    – – -SKIP – –

    —And as ThinkProgress Justice previously reported, more people than that have been denied their right to vote due to these sorts of strict voter ID laws.

    – – – – – -SKIP – – –


    On his Election Law Blog, University of California, Irvine Law Professor Rick Hasen notes that, given that the Texas attorney general’s office did not reveal the results of the four illegal voting complaints, “Texas had perhaps ZERO voter impersonation cases over three years.”

    ONCE A LIAR – – – -ALWAYS A L-I-A-R!!! — – geesh!!!

  • GreenLadyHere


    – – – – –Ervin Jefferson Case: Security Guards Arrested For Impersonating Cops – – —

    — –UPDATE: March 26, 2012 — 10:27 P.M. EST:

    Curtis Scott, 25, and Gary Jackson, 26, were charged with impersonating police officers on the night that 18-year-old Ervin Jefferson was killed outside of his home in Dekalb County, GA, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    — -The private security guards allegedly detained women at the scene of the shooting by telling them that they were officers. According to reports they were fired upon from Ervin’s residence by his step-father, Bobby Hubbard Jr., 35, was also arrested and charged with “reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon,” reports the AJC.

    Ervin was shot by Scott — who called 911 at approximately 10:29 p.m. to say that he was being fired upon — as he approached the car containing the women who, he believed, were coming to fight his younger sister. Investigators have confirmed that is why the women were there, reports

    Though Ervin’s mother, Candy Grimes, claimed that she saw her son being run over by a car after he was shot, DeKalb County Public Safety Director William Miller, says that Ervin crawled under the car after he was shot once in the chest, according to autopsy results.

    Though it is unclear if Scott and Jackson are registered to carry firearms, Miller says that so far it seems as if they were within their rights to kill Ervin:

    If their lives are being threatened, they have a right to respond appropriately.”

    – – – – -SKIP – – —
    Dekalb County, Georgia teen, Ervin Jefferson, 18, was allegedly shot and killed outside of his home by security guards who claimed that Jefferson was walking towards them “aggressively,” reports WSB-TV.




  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – —GEESH! – – – HE’S SOoo CHEAP!! —-

    – – – – Exclusive: Rick Santorum Doesn’t Rule Out Possible VP Slot: ‘I’ll do whatever is necessary to help our country.’ — —

    – – — –In an interview at our Brody File studio on Monday, Rick Santorum refused to rule out accepting an invitation to be Mitt Romney’s vice president nominee, saying, “I’ll do whatever is necessary to help our country.”

    The full interview will air on this week’s 30-minute Brody File television show.

    Watch below. The full transcription is below.

    IFF he does become a VP nominee – – -He will B a –


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM — –Something is STILL UNRESOLVED 2 me: – – -the RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN – — the REAL COON —annnnd “z-man”- —-

    – – – –Friend Suggests Zimmerman Used ‘Term Of Endearment,’ Not Racial Slur, Before Killing Trayvon Martin —-

    – – — –George Zimmerman’s attorney Craig Sonner and his longtime friend Joe Oliver have launched a public relations offensive arguing that Zimmerman acted in self-defense.

    A former – –RADIO PERSONALITY annnnd – — -“z-man”_______??? – – –

    WHAT is the CONNECTION that makes the “handkerchief head” – — such a close FRIEND 2 this – – – – -RACIST MURDERER???

    Orrr is he NOW JUST trynta —GET BACK IN the REPORTIN’ BUSINESS with these – — -INTERVIEWS!!?? – —


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – –UH! OH! — —RUSIAN PRESIDENT — -SLAMS teh WILLARD – -afta he —“STEPS IN IT”- –LOL – —

    – – – —Medvedev says Romney’s anti-Russia comment smacks of Hollywood — – –

    – – – —Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday a comment by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, branding Russia the “number one geopolitical foe”, smacked of Hollywood.

    Romney was speaking on CNN in response to a conversation in Seoul on missile defence between Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama.

    “Regarding ideological clich?s, every time this or that side uses phrases like ‘enemy number one’, this always alarms me, this smells of Hollywood and certain times (of the past),” Medvedev said at the end of a nuclear security summit in the South Korean capital.

    “I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … to do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate.

    “Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s.”

    DAAAAAAANG!!! – – -LOL —

    – – — -Sooo – –THAT’s the SOUND of a Russian – —SAAAAA_LAP!!?? – – –

    I’m luvin’ it!! – —LOL

  • rikyrah

    The Case for George Zimmerman Is The Case Against Him
    By Robert Wright

    Mar 27 2012, 10:22 AM ET

    The Atlantic’s Andrew Cohen reported yesterday that, in the Trayvon Martin case, George Zimmerman’s side of the story is starting to “get traction.”

    Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the facts of the case are basically as Zimmerman’s defenders claim: Zimmerman killed Martin because Martin was beating him up and Zimmerman felt his life was in danger. Even so, it seems to me that Zimmerman should do jail time for killing Martin.

    Here are some things we know about the case:

    1) A man with a gun pursued an unarmed teenager who had done nothing wrong.

    2) The man with the gun initiated a confrontation with the teenager. I realize that we don’t know exactly how any fight between Zimmerman and Martin started. And we never will, because only Zimmerman knows the details, and he’s not exactly unbiased. But by my lights, if you pursue an innocent, law-abiding citizen, thereby giving him or her reason to believe that you mean them harm–and reason to conclude that their self-defense may require fighting–you have thereby initiated a confrontation. Zimmerman will presumably depict his role in the encounter as passive. That testimony should count for roughly nothing, but in any event I’d say that even if it’s true, he still initiated a confrontation just by pursuing a guy in the dark until he caught up with him. (And he did that even though he knew he was violating the rules of the Neighborhood Watch game and in fact had just been reminded of that by a 911 dispatcher!)

    3) As a result of the confrontation, the man with the gun shot the teenager to death.

    When I see pictures of George Zimmerman I actually feel kind of sorry for him (though not as sorry as I feel for Trayvon Martin), and if his defenders are right about what happened then I should feel even sorrier for him. Still, do we want to live in a society where somebody with a gun can chase down an unarmed, law-abiding citizen, presumably scaring them to death, then kill them after a fight unsurprisingly breaks out–and still get off scot-free? Do you want every wannabe cop in America reading that this sort of thing is legal? Do you think America’s actual cops want to live in a world like that?

    If we don’t want to live in a world like that, then the law shouldn’t let George Zimmermans kill Trayvon Martins. And if Florida law now allows for things like this to happen, and Zimmerman gets off the hook, then after this case is over, the law should change.

  • Miranda

    Confounded: How The Trayvon Martin Story Has Baffled The Conservative Press
    March 27, 2012 10:38 am ET by Eric Boehlert

    Addressing the unfolding story of an unarmed, 17-year-old Florida teen recently killed by a neighborhood watch activist who has not been charged with a crime, Fox News host Jon Scott recently wondered out loud whether the Trayvon Martin case really deserved the national media attention it was receiving. While Fox colleague Jim Pinkerton explained that the coverage stemmed from the fact that the press is “always interested in the cute child that gets murdered” and the “black victim of racism,” Scott’s query captured the larger Fox News feeling about the mushrooming Martin report, which was to view the story with a mixture of uncertainty and bafflement.

    more here

  • rikyrah

    The importance of Romney’s accidental candor
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:21 AM EDT.

    Mitt Romney tends to avoid policy specifics, leading critics to argue that the Republican frontrunner is afraid of what voters would think if he offered a detailed agenda before the election.

    In an interview with the Weekly Standard, Romney effectively admitted that his critics are right.

    “One of the things I found in a short campaign against Ted Kennedy was that when I said, for instance, that I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education, that was used to suggest I don’t care about education,” Romney recalled. “So I think it’s important for me to point out that I anticipate that there will be departments and agencies that will either be eliminated or combined with other agencies….So will there be some that get eliminated or combined? The answer is yes, but I’m not going to give you a list right now.”

    Romney’s answer goes a long way to explain why some conservatives have been reluctant to embrace his candidacy. They want a list. They want it to be long, they want it to be detailed, and they want a candidate who is not only willing to provide one but eager to campaign on it…. That’s not Mitt Romney. It never will be.

    This might be one of the more important comments Romney has made in a long while. He could talk in detail about his plans to eliminate key government agencies and programs — many of which may be of critical importance to working families — but Romney chooses not to. Why? Because voters might not like the truth, so the former governor believes it’s better to hide it from them.

    As Jon Chait joked, “One of the things I have found in previous elections is that announcing my plans makes people want to vote against me!”

    The point isn’t that Romney’s expectations are wrong; he’s probably correct to assume controversial positions on key domestic priorities would cause voters to think twice about his candidacy. Rather, the point is, it’s dishonest and cowardly for a national candidate to operate this way. Romney is effectively telling voters, “Vote for me first and then I’ll tell you which parts of government I’ll eliminate.”

    It’s a remarkable message, not only for the American mainstream, which can’t be sure which of the many versions of Romney might try to govern, but also for the Republican base, which has no idea what to expect from Romney, pre- and post-Etch A Sketch.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM — –Annnnd —the WHITE HOUSE – – -addresses — -teh WILLARD – – – – –

    – –White House Dings Romney for Saying Russia is America’s ‘Number One Geopolitical Foe’ – – –

    – — –White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday took issue with comments from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stating that Russia was America’s “number one geopolitical foe.”

    Carney, a former Moscow-based correspondent for TIME magazine, stated that “in a world where Al Qaeda is so clearly the preeminent threat to the United States, and similar organizations, it seems a little inaccurate to make that statement about Russia where Russia is a county that we have been able to cooperate with on very important issues even as we disagree with them on others and that includes missile defense and Syria.”

    – – – — -SKIP – – – – –

    – -Carney said “the relationship that president Obama has established with Russia when he pressed the reset button in 2009 has born a great deal of fruit, including Russia’s cooperation with China at the United Nations in sanctioning Iran, Russia’s cooperation and assistance to the United States on our Afghanistan mission in terms of trans-shipment issues.”

    President Obama on Tuesday responded to a question about what he meant by his open microphone comment, saying “the only way I get this stuff done is if I’m consulting with the Pentagon, with Congress, if I’ve got bipartisan support and frankly, the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations. I think the stories you guys have been writing over the last 24 hours is pretty good evidence of that.”

    In OTHER WORDS – — – STAY da HECK OUTTA – – – -GROWN –


  • Rhoda

    Hello POU.

    First of all, I’m standing in awe of the magnificent acquiescence of house Negroes. I am astounded and amazed. Coon, as a term of endearment! Okay.

    Second, this entire thing is hitting to close to home for me (and I’d appreciate it if this could stay on this thread alone and not passed around) with issues at work (which I won’t get into) and my niece (my cousins child) who went from an F to a B+ in two weeks. How? Well, my cousin found out her honors student child brought an F home for her interims because her quarter grade (half of which is the science fair project) was ruined by her getting a D on her science fair project. When she called the other mothers to discuss this science fair grade (having seen the work done at her house and having read the report the girls wrote she didn’t see that as fair at all) she found out the other three girls in the group (white/Asian) got As for the group work!

    So, she calls the principal and arranges a meeting and this woman lies in her face and says the other children told her the child (my niece) hadn’t done any work on the project. That is a lie. And the teacher says, no, she’s not comfortable naming names but one of the kids did says so. The principal calls the girls in and none of them ever said that and they expose the lie. Meanwhile, the parents have been called by now and they state all the girls worked in all the houses TOGETHER on the projects and my cousins child was the one who not only put the final report together, but edited it too according to one of the mothers. My cousin hadn’t known that fact.

    This is a huge scandal at the school now with a whole lot of mess involved that I don’t want to get into while it’s playing out. But it brought me back to Trayvon’s case and how parents are the only advocates for these children. I remember when I was in school wanting to go to GT classes and a teacher telling me I should not even take the GT test and my mother coming straight to school when I got home and told her what the woman had said and coming down like a ton of bricks on the administration. Little things compared to a death; but it’s what black people and all minorities face in this country. Not simply the deaths; but the neglect and the dehumanization.

    The Hunger Games twitter story that someone linked to here at POU hit me hard too; because it’s so true. People resented that beautiful little black girl playing Rue because they resented the HUMANIZATION of a black person. It’s why they hate the President and the first family. They HATE this beautiful representation of black homes like yours and mine because they hate that this is our reality too; not just broken homes and abandoned families but strong families that are extended as we embrace the people in our lives and neighborhoods.

    I have led a very sheltered childhood compared to some but I still remember once in my AP history class the teacher talking about slavery and how the effects are still today and can be seen because there aren’t people of color in elite classes like this one. So I raise my hand and say, well I’m here and I’m black. And she goes red and says thank you I should have said MANY. And I remember my dad telling me sweetheart; you need to speak up and stand up and be heard because that woman wiped you from her mind. And that’s going to happen when you go into the world; people will take your ideas if you let them and take your hard work and wipe you from sight because they don’t want to acknowledge a black person did that.

    People don’t want to acknowledged Trayvon’s rights as a human being; they don’t want to acknowledge he was an innocent. He didn’t look like the pictures they showed on CNN, he wasn’t as angelic as those pictures suggest; he attacked first, he was a druggie, he had problems. He was going to be one of those men; one of those black statistics you read about and this shouldn’t matter. That’s what they’re trying to say now.

    But God shinned a light on the truth; and we won’t let them.

    Sorry this got so long; but I’ve just been turning and turning this around especially given everything going on now on a personal level. I swear, having a black president has been a double blessing. It’s brought to light a lot of things this country has glossed over.

    • MsKitty

      I’m sorry your niece had to go through that. You’re right though about this tragedy hitting so close to home for us on so many levels. Not just the fact that Trayvon could have been any of our young loved ones, but seeing how the word of a white person is taken as gospel over that of a Black person, and most despicably the lengths people (from the top down) will go to to besmirch someone’s reputation so they can say “see, all Black people are no good so we’re justified in our actions.”

      My rage level at this point is at about DEFCON 1. This is hard, but I can deal compared to what the Martin family is going through right now. Also, the difference this time is that our community has well and truly had enough and are pushing back. We’re not going to let them get away with it this time.

      • Rhoda

        Honestly, I’m just glad my cousin has done so well protecting her and talking to her about everything. But I just can not fathom what the Martin family is facing. I think about them all the time right now. I’ve read so much about this case and then this thing with the Hunger Games; it’s just so clear and concentrated that I’m amazed at any person of color who can not see what is goin going on in the world.

        Trayvon Martin should be here today. But just as Emmett Till’s death held a mirror to white America; so too has Trayvon Martin. God willing, George Zimmermann won’t walk free. Through I’m starting to think that’s a possibility with the way the Sanford PD purposefully messed up this investigation.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      FIRST: – – -THIS – – ->I swear, having a black president has been a double blessing. It’s brought to light a lot of things this country has glossed over.– – – – -U! AIN’T NEVA! LIED! – – –


      Gon B WATIN’ A LOOONG TIME. . . . .. .

      SECONDLY: – – —**fist bump** on ALL WHAT-CHU SAID! I C IT DAILY!! —I INTERVENE DAILY. – —

      THIS – — >; but it’s what black people and all minorities face in this country. Not simply the deaths; but the neglect and the dehumanization.

      THIS is – –“WHYCOME” – – –the Joe — -COON – -Oliver’s of the world – – R — — – QUADRUPLE DISGUSTING!!! – — – —SKIN FOLK – – — NOT – -KIN FOLK!!

      Goin’ against – – TRAYVON —- with — -NO EMPATHETIC REGARD!! — – -[I’m STILL searchin’ 4 “WHYCOME”.]

      Even iff he ahd FACTS —annnnd he CAIN’T ‘CAUSE he was NOT a WITNESS – — -he di-ent hafta — -DISPARAGE him —his FAMILY.

      Annnd he OFFERED NO – —- NO – – – -sympathy 2 the FAMILY. – — -He is — -BEYOND DISGUSTING!!


      THANK U – –4 this POIGNANT STATEMENT. ***HUG*** :>)

      • Rhoda

        Thank you so much GLH, so true about Oliver. I doubt the Zimmerman’s would be standing by him if this were a white boy he’d “accidentally” followed and killed.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Rhoda – – – -SPEAK TRUTH!! :>)

          Annnd another THANG — – -NOTIN’ that his —“Hispanic” mother has been – – -“marginalized”. Annnnd WHERE R the OTHER family members??? – –NEVA MIND!!

          Joe – -COON — -Oliver is enufff of an enigma – — -DISGUSTING!!

          Ohhh annnd I’m still believin’ that he’s gon B EXPOSED by a SNITCH/CI. –

          -Maybe I watch 2 MUCH – – -CSI. LOL

    • Miranda

      The media right now is in overdrive to paint Trayvon as some “crip straight outta south central” character. It pains them to see TRACY MARTIN, front and center…a FATHER, who loved his child. A middle class kid that helped coach little league, an A&B student.

      I don’t remember any of these people so determined to paint Trayvon as bad, demanding more digging into the background of Natalee Holloway.

      • Town

        I mean really. Natalee Holloway went off to spread her legs for Joran van der Sloot on an Aruban beach after getting drunk and we’re not supposed to mention that.

    • rikyrah

      this was absolutely wonderful.

      not only nominee for comment of the week, but I’m going to share this with others.

      I think about my schooling, and I guess I was very fortunate in that I never ran into teachers that I felt were trying to cheat me out of anything. but, I know my mother would have fought like crazy for me – when it came to my schooling –

      • It’s definitely “Comment of the Week” worthy but Rhoda said she wants this to stay in this thread and not be passed around. POU respects her wishes and hope others will do the same.

    • PBomb

      Wonderfully profound.

    • dannie22

      thank you for this Rhoda. It came deep from your heart.

    • Elie

      Thank you for sharing Rhoda.

  • rikyrah

    Medvedev says Romney’s anti-Russia comment smacks of Hollywood

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday a comment by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, branding Russia the “number one geopolitical foe”, smacked of Hollywood.

    Romney was speaking on CNN in response to a conversation in Seoul on missile defense between Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama.

    “Regarding ideological clichés, every time this or that side uses phrases like ‘enemy number one’, this always alarms me, this smells of Hollywood and certain times (of the past),” Medvedev said at the end of a nuclear security summit in the South Korean capital.

    “I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … to do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate.

    “Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s.”

    • Miranda

      “Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s.”

      BWA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA He clowned Mitt!

      • I never thought I’d do this on POU for a Russian President but


        • Miranda

          He told Mitt to quit watching late night Steven Segal or Bruce Willis movie from 30 years ago where its a one man US army defeating some group whose leaders name is Sasha or Demetri! LMAO

  • GreenLadyHere


    It’s GOOD 2 C DIVA KATHLEEN again. :>)

    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her annd even attending practice sessions annnd concerts with her – — -WAAY BACK in the DAY. :>)

    – – -At that time she had a GR8 sense of humor annnd a cute little laff. :>)

    — — -THIS –FIRST – – – –Battle became an established artist at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1980s, singing over 150 performances with the company in 13 different operas, including the Met’s first ever production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare.

    – – –THIS WAS A FUN – – -MIX of SONG GENRES –

    — –Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah & Kathleen Battle – Superwoman [Live 2008] – – –

    — – – -SAAAAAANG – – DIVAS!! :>) – – –

    THANK U — -PBOMB. :>) Have a BLESSED DAY. :>)

    • You go GLH!! And I’m loving this series as well.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY woody45 ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        LOL. THANK U. :>) Her VOICE was MAGIC. :>) Annnd she was a “tiny one”. :>)

        Good 2 C U. – -woody45. :>)

  • Miranda

    Perry Bacon Jr.‏@perrybaconjr
    Conservative justices asking if everyone should have to get funeral/burial insurance, likening that to individual health care mandate.

    This is a real shame…and I can see Scalia and Alito asking this question. Perhaps they don’t know this but every county has a pauper’s fund. People get put in pine boxes and go to the pauper’s cemetery in unmarked graves every day of the week. Now why they equate DEATH with HEALTH, tells you all you need to know bout them.

    • Rhoda

      Honestly, let them strike down the individual mandate. The health law as a whole has many other parts that would still stand and if the mandate goes; insurance firms are bankrupt. And POTUS gets to run on health care again.

      I feel for the people this law would have helped; but if the pull another Bush v. Gore it can only in the short run energize the base and in the long run lead to a more progressive outcome. Which is why I’m pretty sure they will uphold the mandate; if they don’t what comes next is the destruction of big insurance.

      • Ebogan63

        These idiots already have handed PBO the issues surrounding women’s health, handing him health care won’t end well for the Repubs. and would probably lead to a robust public option that the idiot leftists still scream about and/or further along the way to single payer.

        Then I will advocate PBO getting put on Mt. Rushmore 🙂

        • The moron state’s attorney from Virginia just enabled the President to put Republicans in a shrinking box.

          Either the SC upholds the individual mandate and insurance company execs sleep better at night. Or they strike it down and here comes single payer Because as Rhoda pointed out the rest of ACA is not going anywhere.

          It’s a lose lose for the GOP. And if the insurance industry loses they are going to make Republicans pay dearly.

          • Miranda

            And if the insurance industry loses they are going to make Republicans pay dearly.

            you aint neva lied. they will go ballistic on the GOP.

        • Elie

          He already more than deserves to be on Mount Rushmore!!

      • MsKitty

        In a twisted way I’m amused at how folks are acting like PBO hasn’t considered that the SC might not rule in his favor. Does anything ever happen in this Administration without a Plan B in the wings?

        As usual, this is the only place where folks aren’t setting their hair on fire over an outcome that won’t be decided for some time to come.

        • Don’t you know it? I read on another blog someone say the President didn’t have a back up plan. I thought to myself are we talking about the same President?

          Now suddenly today the justices asked the plaintiff some tough questions and the panic button was hit.

        • Elie

          This is a President who is a constitutional law scholar who knew very well that he was working with a supreme court stacked against him and openly hostile in every regard-
          And people think the President does not have a back-up plan??
          Sometimes I get so sick of how every damn person tries to second-guess this brilliant visionary of a President and I really want to slap somebody.

      • Rhoda thank you. This is what people are missing.
        The entire law will not be struck down. All that will happen is a Democratic Congress will finish part two which is single payer.

        • Guns3000

          You really think even with a Democratic Congress they would pass single payer? There were democrats wouldn’t even vote yea on a public option.

  • Miranda

    Roberts: “You are requiring people who may never need pediatric or maternity services to participate in that market”


    Ummm, excuse me Mr. Chief Justice, but insurance, like taxes, is not ala carte. I’m never going to suffer from erectile dysfuction or prostate cancer, am I being forced to participate in those markets?

    • Town

      County & State governments across the country force people to pay taxes for schools for which they may never use. People without children and elderly people whose children are grown and gone away are still being forced to pay taxes to pay for schools which they don’t use.

    • Elie

      Everytime they open their traps you realize that many of those who occupy the Supreme court have no business being there or in any postion of power and intelligence for that matter.

      Damn, what have you done America??

  • rikyrah

    The ‘Color-Blind’ Delusions of the Trayvon Backlash
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 10:24AM

    They’re circling the wagons down in Sanford these days. The defenders of George Zimmerman, the trigger-happy wannabe who clipped Trayvon Martin for the crime of being a black kid in a hoodie with snack foods in the wrong neighborhood, is now being cocooned by his lawyer — who scarpered on an appearence on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night — by some alleged friends, and by the local police department, which has screwed this case up to a faretheewell since the night the shooting happened, but which is now leaking like a sieve. Ask yourself how we suddenly know that the dead kid had been suspended from high school because he got caught with a bag that might once have contained marijuana. Ask yourself why we know that. We know that because this case is Not About Race.

    It is Not About Race because It Is Never About Race. Race is the past. Black people can vote. One of them is president. Nothing Is About Race anymore.
    Just ask Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum — and have I mentioned recently what a colossal dick that guy is? — and they’ll tell you that the president “injected” race into the tragedy. It wasn’t there before the president — who is (shhh!) black, you know — put it there. Ask Joe Oliver, this “friend” of the gunman who insists that Zimmerman might have said “fucking goons” and not “fucking coons,” because the latter is an obsolete racial slur and the former is a “term of endearment,” according to Oliver’s daughter. This is enormously believable because, if you’re an armed 28-year old gunslinger in pursuit of what you believe is a dangerous burglar, the first descriptive that would leap to anyone’s mind is a term of endearment used by high-school girls. Yeah, sure. Whatever. As if. And it is enormously believable because This Is Not About Race.

    It Is Never About Race. All those people arguing down through the years that the Civil War was about dueling conceptions of nationhood, or a clash of incompatible economic systems, or the ramifications of the 10th Amendment were all arguing, after all, that It Was Not About Race. Massive Resistance in the South in the 1960’s was about resistance to overweening federal power because It Was Not About Race. The Wallace campaigns, and the politically profitable adoption by modern conservatism of the leftover tropes and trappings of American apartheid was about the embattled white middle-class in the North and not About Race because It Is Never About Race. Ronald Reagan kicked off his campaign talking about states rights in Philadelphia, Mississippi, not far from where they dug three civil rights workers out of a dam, because he wanted to show that a new paradigm had been established in American constitutional history, and it was not About Race because It Is Never About Race. Amadou Diallo was Not About Race. According to the Equal Justice Initiative, which tracks such things, dozens of children are currently serving sentences of life without parole, of whom two-thirds of them are children of color, as a result of laws passed by legislators wanting to look tough on crime, and those statistics are not skewed because of race because It Is Never About Race. George Zimmerman saw a black kid with a hoodie and gave chase with his gun in his hand. But that was not about race, because Joe Oliver and the Sanford police and the oh-so-very fair-minded media are telling us, hell, don’t worry, It Is Never About Race.

    I despair now of there ever being justice for this dead boy. (Joe Oliver, the enthusiastically televised friend of the accused, is peddling the line that, during the fight, “the gun went off.” Pity.) The wagons are circling and the mainstream media are settling into their two-sides-to-this-terrible-tragedy mode, as though losing a fistfight, if that’s what actually happened, is an excuse for blowing away an unarmed teenager. This Cannot Be About Race. It’s about a terrible misunderstanding, not dissimilar to the tragic mistakes made by the NYPD when it shredded Diallo, or when it ventilated Sean Bell on Bell’s wedding day in 2006. It’s just another one of those awful events in which nobody’s really to blame because we’re all human and to err is human, even with a gun, and even when you have no earthly reason but your own fear and poisonous assumptions to stalk a black kid for the crime of possession of snack foods with intent to eat them in the wrong neighborhood. It must be difficult to be a black person in America. You live in a universe replete with unfortunate coincidental events.

    Read more:

  • lamh35

    Well, I’ve just finished talking to the HHS Human Resources department about my application to CDC and it looks like I did not get the job I applied for. From the statement I got from the HR Specialist, I wasn’t considered for the position. They rank you based solely on your answers to the online questionnaire in comparison to the resume you post on Based on an algorithm used for Federal job applicants to weaning out qualified applicants for positions, they rank you on a scale of 100%. For the job I applied for, my ranking was 89%. The HR Specialist said that I was considered a “well-qualified” applicant, but based on my score, I wasn’t the “best-qualified” applicant (i.e. >95%) for the position.

    So that’s that then. I think I’m gonna spend the rest of the summer saving some money and deciding what my next journey will be.

    thanks everyone who provided me some good vibes.

    • MsKitty


      Sorry to hear that. I hope that won’t derail you from your long-term plans though. We Scorpios are a determined lot and once we put our minds to something we make it happen, even if we have to take the side roads instead of the highway. You will land on your feet.

    • Sorry about that Lamh. 🙁

    • GN

      Sorry to hear that…their loss.

    • rikyrah

      sorry lamh. something better will come for you.

    • Guns3000

      Sorry to hear that lamh. I have applied for some jobs on that and that ranking system is pretty complex. And personally I think they inadvertently disqualify some very good people.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Guns3000 – – -THIS is — -ENCOURAGING. :>) Good news. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      DEAR lamh35.- —***BIG – — NOT 2 WORRY – – -HUG*** :>)

      U KNOW the saying: – – – -When GOD closes 1 door – — – -HE OPENS ANOTHER. :>)


      BLESS U. – – -lamh35. :>)

      – – – – –A PRAYER 4 YOUR “OPEN DOOR”. :>) – – –

      Annnnd – – -“U WERE THE BEST”. ***HUGS** ♥ – – –

    • sagittarius

      Hi, lamh

      Sorry to hear this… but similar to what GLH says below: God closes a window so that He can open a door.

    • MonieTalks

      Sorry lamh. At least you completed the program, got some feedback and can look forward to another move.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -WHA’??? – – — -The MARTINS AREN’T – – – -POVERTY-STRICKEN ENIFF 2 WARRANT a COMMENt from – – – -T(r)AVESTY /CORNROWS??? – – –

    OTOH – – –Prolly don’t wannna hear anything THEY hafta say. :>)

    Just sayin’. . ..

    • rikyrah

      damn, GLH


      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – –HADTA! – — – -HADTA! LOL. THEIR SILENCE is DEAFENING!! :>)

        Have a good day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere





    – – –THANK U — -MR. PRESIDENT!! – – – -BLESS U. :>) – —

  • Miranda

    (I hope we get Tim Wise in the next Racial Draft)

    Trayvon Martin, White America and the Return of Dred Scott
    Posted on March 27, 2012

    For a while now we’ve known that there were significant numbers of white Americans who wanted to “take their country back” to some mythical period of the nation’s hagiographic past. We’ve known it because they’ve told us so, as often and endlessly as their lungs will allow.

    Little did we realize, however, that for at least some in the white community that prior era of glory was not merely the too-often-nostalgized 1950s — with its misremembered innocence still fresh in their minds — but rather, the 1850‘s. Not 1957, the year in which the CBS television network gave us Leave it to Beaver, but instead, 1857, the year in which the Supreme Court gave us its decision in Dred Scott.

    But now we know.

    more here

    • Alma98

      I’m reading this at his blog right now; I’m also watching him and Rev. Al on MHP’s show. I noticed that MHP has gotten so skinny it’s not a good look on her.

    • PBomb

      We gotta give up somebody for him. Who would it be?

      Allen West? Herman Cain? Joe Oliver? Tavis Smiley? Cornel West? Larry Elder?

      We have plenty of Lawn Jockeys to donate.

      • Don’t forget Ward Connorly and Bitter Boyce. We can put them all together for a package deal.

        • rikyrah

          ALL OF THEM

      • GreenLadyHere

        PBOMB – – – – – –LEMME C – – – – –

        – –WAS gon say AW – –BUT hed OFFERED some SYMPATHY .

        4 their COMPLETE – – -annnd SHAMEFUL SILENCE – —

        “The – – –“DESPICABLE DUO” – — T(r)AVESTY/CORNROWS!! – – – –

        – — – – DESPICABLE DUO! — AWARDS!! — –

        DISPLAY with SHAME!!! – –***tsk*** ***eye roll***

        Thank U – – -PBOMB :>) Good idea. :>)

      • Miranda

        I think the Caucasians said no, but a possible on West if it comes with multiple other picks and a cash payment too…and the Asians and Latinos said hell to the naw on any thought of a trade with all of them.

        • Pure hilarity. We gonna just snatch Tim Wise up ..Ninja style…lol

        • Aight, but the Caucasians are gonna have to throw in Thomas Mesereau, Michael Jackson’s lawyer.

          • Elie

            I would so gladly take Tom Mesereau. He is a man’s man and a true mensch!! Good man.

          • Elie

            I would so gladly take Tom Mesereau. He is a man’s man and a true mensch!! Good man.

        • PBomb

          Okay instead of money, How about we throw in Harold Ford? And since ol’ Harold likes to placate to some of the Caucasians’ needs, how about we throw in a bucket of chicken, so he can shuck and jive for them?

      • Elie

        Tim is worth a trade of all of the above and a few more of those clowns. Harold Ford and a few others should be thrown in too. Useless waste of space and skin the bunch of them.

      • Elie

        Tim is worth a trade of all of the above and a few more of those clowns. Harold Ford and a few others should be thrown in too. Useless waste of space and skin the bunch of them.

  • Alma98
  • GN


    @ABC State Attorney turned down police recommendation to arrest Zimmerman the night he shot #Trayvon Martin. Det said he “disbelieved” Zim.

    • Town

      Translation: the rank and file police officers aren’t going down over Zimmerman.

    • And the “Blame Game” begins…

      • GN

        As a commenter noted, this could be an episode of Law & Order SVU at this point:

        George Zimmerman, Son of a Retired Judge, Has 3 Closed Arrests

        According to a records search on George, he was previously arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer without violence and most shockingly, resisting an officer with violence — a felony charge that surely could have landed him in prison.

  • Miranda

    We can’t let these bastards win.

    Restrictions on Voter Registration in Florida Have Groups Opting Out

    Florida, which is expected to be a vital swing state once again in this year’s presidential election, is enrolling fewer new voters than it did four years ago, as prominent civic organizations have suspended their voter registration drives because of what they describe as onerous restrictions imposed last year by Republican state officials.

    The state’s new elections law — which requires groups that register voters to turn in completed forms within 48 hours or risk fines, among other things — has led the League of Women Voters, which has been registering voters in Florida since 1939, to put its efforts on hold this year. Rock the Vote, a national organization that encourages young people to vote, began an effort last week to register high school students around the nation — but not in Florida, where the new law would put teachers at risk of fines for any errors with the forms. And on college campuses around the state, the once-ubiquitous folding tables piled high with voter registration forms are now a rarer sight.

    more here

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –O.K. – – –I’m FATIGUED of the – -“DOOM annnnd GLOOM” – – -TONES annnd STATEMENTS being made on SOME – — CHANNELS – – -***cough -cnn- -cough***


    — THEN THEIR – – –“LOGIC METER” is BUSTED!! BROKE —IN-OPERABLE!! – – – -geesh!!!

    U CAN “PAY NOW orrrr PAY L8!!!” – – –geesh!!!

  • rikyrah

    The economic pivot: from assigning blame to taking credit
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:14 AM EDT.

    For more than three years, congressional Republicans have been eager, if not desperate, to push a simple message: the economy stinks and the public should blame President Obama.

    Will GOP freshman Landry, Labrador, and others shift their party’s 2012 economic message?

    With the economy improving, however, some GOP lawmakers suddenly have a very different idea in mind for an election-year message.

    In a break with party leaders, some House Republicans want the GOP to take credit for the improvement in the economy that has occurred under their majority.

    It’s an economic argument that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has thus far rejected, despite the fact that the unemployment rate has fallen by nearly a full percentage point in the nearly 15 months since Republicans took control of the House.

    “I don’t know why they don’t make it, but I believe it’s the truth,” said freshman Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.). “I believe that if anybody’s going to get a pat on the back for [lower] unemployment and the better economy, it’s House Republicans, and not the president and not the Senate.”

    Landry’s argument, giving House Republicans credit for the recent economic improvements, has apparently been endorsed by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and GOP economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, among others.

    As a substantive matter, this pitch is rather silly, if not ridiculous. House Republicans haven’t passed any major economic legislation, so there’s nothing to take credit for, exactly. Indeed, throughout 2011, if one asked GOP officials why the economy was so weak, they’d point to taxes, “Obamacare,” and regulations. But in 2012, tax rates remain the same; the Affordable Care Act remains in place; and the identical regulations are being enforced in identical ways. By Republican reasoning, the strengthening recovery should be literally impossible.

    But even if we look beyond the substantive policy question, it appears congressional Republicans are approaching a fork in the road: do they embrace “the ’96 strategy” or not?

    Party officials appear divided on the question and there’s no clear answer as to what they will, or even should, do.


    The ’96 strategy is pretty straightforward: in 1996, the congressional Republican majority decided it was more important to keep their majority than to fight an uphill battle to win the White House. George Will recently recommended the GOP pursue a similar, if not identical, tack in 2012 — Barack Obama is likely to win a second term, he argued, so Republicans should focus on power on Capitol Hill.

    If Republicans decide to shift their economic message — from assigning blame for a bad economy to taking credit for an improving one — it would be an explicit endorsement of the ’96 strategy, effectively telling the GOP presidential ticket, “Good luck; you’re on your own.”

    And why not? The prospects for Republicans winning the Senate are mixed, at best, and there’s a chance Democrats can take back the House in November. If GOP lawmakers returned home and said, “Look at how much better the economy is now than it was a couple of years ago,” Mitt Romney would be in a very difficult spot, but Republicans would probably improve their own re-election odds.

    Indeed, there are already hints of a bizarre 2012 debate over who can credibly claim responsibility for the recent economic upswing: Democrats credit Obama; Romney credits Bush; and congressional Republicans want to credit themselves.

    But if the national conversation accepts an economic recovery as a given, the only folks who’ll struggle are those on the GOP ticket.

  • rikyrah

    Who among us does not have an elevator for our cars?

    By Steve Benen

    Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:49 AM EDT.

    Mitt Romney has repeatedly emphasized a call for “sacrifice,” as part of his vision for European-style austerity in the U.S. starting in 2013. Of course, the talk would be more compelling if it weren’t for that pesky mansion and its elevator for the Romney family cars.

    At Mitt Romney’s proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator.

    There’s also a planned outdoor shower and a 3,600-square foot basement — a room with more floor space than the existing home’s entire living quarters.

    Those are just some of the amenities planned for the massive renovation of the Romneys’ home in the tony La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, according to plans on file with the city.

  • rikyrah

    Repeal and replace with … nothing
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:37 PM EDT.

    Even before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law two years ago, congressional Republicans adopted a simple, three-word, poll-tested phrase: “repeal and replace.” The GOP would repeal the moderate reform law, which is based on a model Republicans used to support, and replace it with something new.

    Shortly after the 2010 midterms, Republicans still paid some lip service to the idea, but 15 months after taking the House majority, the GOP plan to reform the nation’s health care system — the “replace” part of the equation — doesn’t exist. There have been no plans circulated, no hearings scheduled, nothing. It’s almost as if Republicans weren’t sincere about following through on their promises to reform the old, dysfunctional health care system.

    Giving up on creating a health care plan makes Mitch McConnell smile.

    Maybe in 2013 we’ll see GOP lawmakers follow through? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested to Ramesh Ponnuru that the Republican plan has changed a bit — and only the first of the three words still matters.

    If the court keeps the law and McConnell becomes Senate majority leader, he vows that “the first item up would be to try to repeal Obamacare.”

    But he doesn’t favor comprehensive legislation to replace it. “We would want to more modestly approach this with more incremental fixes,” he told me. “Not a massive Republican alternative.”

    Two ideas McConnell mentions are allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines and reforming medical-malpractice laws.

    As Jon Chait explained, “The choice we face is not between Obamacare and some different, even more ‘market-friendly’ alternative reform. It’s between Obamacare and subjecting millions of Americans to the insecurity and suffering of lacking health insurance. The uninsured can have the Republicans’ answer now. Their offer is this: nothing.”

    When the debate over health care reform got underway in earnest in 2009, Frank Luntz and other GOP pollsters/strategists warned the party that Americans expected improvements to the dysfunctional system, and Republicans couldn’t simply say “no” to everything.

    Three years later, that’s effectively where the party has ended up: wanting to go back to the mess “Obamacare” is cleaning up.


    But what about McConnell’s main idea? It’s one of the GOP’s favorite talking points: we don’t need real reform; we just need to let consumers buy across state lines. President Obama and the Affordable Care Act allow this, but set minimum standards that states must abide by. McConnell and his party want to go further, removing, or at least severely weakening, those standards.

    This is generally called the “race to the bottom.” Under McConnell’s vision, state policymakers would tell insurers that if they were to set up shop in their state the rules would be written in the industry’s favor. The industry would go with the state that offered the sweetest deal — which is to say, the most lax oversight with the fewest restrictions — and before long, it would be consumers’ only choice. Why? Because every insurer would move to that state, leaving Americans with no other coverage to buy.

    That’s exactly what happened with the credit card industry, and it’s a model to be avoided, not followed.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/27/2012
    GOP effort to repackage Ryan Medicare plan will be a tough sell

    By Greg Sargent

    The other day, Politico reported that House Republicans had developed an elaborate plan to sell the new version of Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan, as a way to avoid the political debacle that greeted last year’s rendition. The new talking points instructed Republicans to stress the fact that Ryancare 2.0 gives seniors the choice of “staying in the current Medicare system or using the new one.”

    With a vote on the new plan set for this week, a new National Journal poll suggests that this new pitch could also prove a tough sell:

    Which of the following two options comes closer to your own view of what Medicare should look like in the future?

    Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government providing health insurance and paying doctors and hospitals directly for the services they provide to seniors: 64 percent.

    Medicare should be changed to a system where the government provides seniors with a fixed sum of money they could use either to purchase private health insurance or to pay the cost of remaining in the current Medicare program: 26 percent.

    Even a majority of Republicans supports the current system, 56-30.

    The question wording takes care to point out that seniors would have the option of “remaining in the current Medicare program.” Yet only 26 percent of Americans support it. The public’s verdict seems unambiguous: Don’t tamper with Medicare’s traditional mission.

    Indeed, this is one area where the public sides overwhelmingly with Democrats, at a time when public opinion is still tilting against Obamacare. The same National Journal poll finds that the individual mandate is overwhelmingly opposed by Americans, 66-28; even a plurality of Democrats opposes it. Overall, 43 percent favor the law, versus 47 percent who oppose it.

    On Medicare, Dems continue to remain confident that this is a battle that they can win — one that will help define the 2012 elections. The DCCC is circulating a Web video starring Martin Sheen arguing that Ryancare 2.0 would end Medicare as we know it.

    Republicans, meanwhile, are circulating an internal poll showing that if the public is told that Ryancare 2.0 is “bipartisan,” necessary to prevent Medicare from going bankrupt, and preserves traditional Medicare as an option, a plurality supports it. But if the National Journal poll is to be believed, if you frame the question as a choice between leaving Medicare as it is and changing it into a new system — even one that preserves the option of remaining in the current program — the public overwhelmingly supports the former.

  • rikyrah

    Anti-gay group eyes ‘fanning the hostility’
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:31 AM EDT.

    The National Organization for Marriage is perhaps best known as the anti-gay group with those odd lightning commercials that were parodied so effectively. Now, however, NOM may become even better known for some internal memos that highlight the group’s divisive strategies.

    The leading opponents of same-sex marriage planned to defeat campaigns for gay marriage by “fanning the hostility” between black voters from gay voters and by casting President Obama as a radical foe of marriage, according to confidential documents made public in a Maine court today.

    The documents, circulated by the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, are marked “confidential” and detail the internal strategy of the National Organization for Marriage.

    NOM doesn’t exactly come across well in its internal documents. The group said in no uncertain terms that it intended to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks,” bait the LGBT community into attacking African-American spokespersons, and convince Latino voters that anti-gay animus is a “symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation.”

    The group’s materials also point to a $20 million effort in 2012 to defeat “the pro-gay Obama agenda” and expose the president “as a social radical.” Under a section headed “Sideswiping Obama,” NOM apparently planned to talk about pornography in order to undermine the Obama campaign — though I have no idea how the group intended to connect the two.

    In related news, the Obama administration yesterday directed a “health insurance company to cover the same-sex spouse of a federal employee,” a move experts believe is a historic first, and announced that same-sex families will be able to cross the U.S. border together, rather than the previous policy that forced married same-sex couples to go through customs separately.

    One assumes the National Organization for Marriage was not pleased with the news.

  • rikyrah

    anyone else not reading the 200000000 articles on how the ‘ court tea leaves should be taken?’

    • Ebogan63

      That would be me, and also taking a pass on all of the fretting over it.

    • *raises hand* And my blood pressure thanks me.

  • rikyrah

    anyone else a fan of Alcatraz, the tv show?

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – — -BOBBY!!! – – – – – – -REALLY!????? – – – – –

    – – — Bobby Brown arrested on suspicion of DUI – – – –

    – – – –Officials in Southern California say Bobby Brown has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Harris says Brown was arrested around 12:20 p.m. Monday in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles. He failed a field sobriety test and was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    Harris says an officer initially pulled over the R&B singer after seeing him talking on his cellphone without a hand-free unit. Harris says the officer observed that Brown appeared to be impaired.

    Details on Brown’s bail or whether he remained in custody were not immediately available.


    A RESPONSIBLE —FATHER!!! —geesh — —GROW UP!!!

    P.S. – – – -Wonder how closely THEY were — -FOLLOWING U.?

    • lamh35

      I have tickets to see New Edition on Friday, Bobby betta no mess that up!

  • Guns3000

    These Health Care Supreme Court Oral Arguments are fascinating. What’s interesting you would never know Justice Thomas was even there. Everyone else asks questions but not a peep from him. I guess he has an understanding of all this stuff already lol

    • rikyrah

      he’s a mute.

      a damn MUTE on the Supreme Court

      • I heard he never, ever speaks during oral arguments because he has a phobia about speaking publicly, due to his being teased when he was younger.

        • Are you serious? The man is a effin Supreme Court JUDGE. He should have gotten over that ish years ago.. WOW!!


        • GreenLadyHere

          Sepia – —BETCHA he SPEAKS at those – —FUNDRAISERS HELD 4/BY HIS wyt wife – —-IN PUBLIC!! LOL.

          – – – –The Clarence Thomas Scandal</b – – – —

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – – -Guns3000:- – -GUESS –He’s RECUSING HIMSELF – – —KINDA! –At least –from the TESTIMONY. – –LOL.

      Actually —LOOK at THIS – – – –Justice Clarence Thomas’ Silence Unmatched for 40 Years – —

      ***shrug*** :>)

  • rikyrah

    Wall Street’s Man of Choice

    Posted on 03/26/2012 at 3:30 pm by JM Ashby

    In a bit of not-shocking news, the latest numbers show that the overwhelming majority of contributions from the investment class and Wall Street honchos has gone to Mitt Romney during this presidential election. Meanwhile, small donations from individual donors continue to be the primary source of funds for OFA.

    Let there be no doubt where Wall Street’s political loyalties lie: Of all the money the securities and investment industry has poured into the 2012 presidential contest so far — to the candidates and the super PACs behind them — an unambiguous 92 percent has gone to the GOP, according to a new Center for Responsive Politics analysis.

    And in so doing, the securities and investment industry is betting hard on the candidacy of one of its own: Mitt Romney.

    Between his campaign committee and a monster super PAC supporting his candidacy, Romney has benefited from about 72% percent of the near $33 million Wall Street has contributed through February.

    But doesn’t Wall Street love President Obama? Isn’t he their stooge? Or something.

    There are some voices out there, particularly on the Left, who would like you to think so, but that isn’t supported by any available evidence.

    Even though it isn’t as strict as it needs to be, Democrats did not make any new friends when they passed Dodd-Frank, and fundraising during this election season shows that Mitt Romney is Wall Street’s overwhelming favorite to replace President Obama.

    And that’s not because they’re electrified by the strength of his character. Having no character would be preferable to them. That leaves Mitt Romney as the obvious choice

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