October 20, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: African Americans in Oceanography/Marine Biology

Good Morning Obots!

Today’s scientist of the sea is Evan B. Forde.

Evan B. Forde is an African American oceanographer.

Forde was born in Miami, Florida and received his primary education in the local public school system. He received his bachelor’s degree in Geology and his Master’s degree in marine geology and geophysics, both from Columbia University. Forde became a researcher in the Marine Geology and Geophysics laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) while an undergraduate at Columbia during the summer of 1973.

Utilizing his background in classical Marine Geology techniques, Forde became a recognized authority on the formation, evolution and sedimentary processes of east coast U.S. submarine canyons. Additional scientific research efforts by Evan have included studies of gravity-induced mass sediment movements on continental slopes, 3-dimensional mapping of hydrothermal plumes, and the study of ocean-atmosphere exchange of anthropogenic carbon dioxide.

In 1979, Forde became the first African-American oceanographer to conduct a research mission aboard a submersible craft when he did dives in Nekton Gamma. He subsequently completed submersible dive expeditions in Alvin in 1980. and the Johnson Sea Link in 1981.

Forde has also worked extensively in the area of science education. He developed and taught graduate level courses on Tropical Meteorology targeted towards K-12 teachers for 7 years, authored science experiments in a children’s magazine for three years, created a Severe Weather Poster for NOAA that was distributed nationally to 50,000 teachers by the National Science Teachers Association. He has spoken to greater than 40,000 school children through presentations about his oceanographic and academic careers. Forde has been the subject of three museum exhibits, and has been featured in numerous periodical articles, text books and many other publications on prominent African American scientists.

He is currently conducting research on the effects that dust storms from Africa have on the formation of Atlantic basin hurricanes and he has just completed a curriculum designed to introduce oceanography to middle and high school students in inner-city schools.

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Oh, this is a great choice for invocation.

    Widow of Medgar Evers to deliver invocation at Obama inauguration

    By Michelle Boorstein, Published: January 8

    President Obama has picked Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in later this month. It is believed to be the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to deliver what may be America’s most prominent public prayer.

    The inaugural committee Tuesday plans to announce that the benediction will be given by conservative evangelical pastor Louie Giglio, founder of the student-focused Passion Conferences, which draw tens of thousands of people to events around the world.


    • Admiral_Komack

      …and Tavis thought he had a shot.
      Corny weeps.

      • Miranda


      • LOL!

        And I DARE Tavis and Cornel to say something slick about Mrs. Evers-Williams.

        • Town

          Don’t worry, shade will be thrown. They threw shade on Dorothy Height (Dorothy Height!), didn’t they?

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – — Admirallllllllllllllll- — -Seeeee. . . LOL – —

        “JOKE of da DAY!!”. — – -Thank U 4 da laff. :>) – –

        –Good 2 C U – –OUT annnd ABOUT – –:>) – —

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – — Admirallllllllllllllll- — -Seeeee. . . LOL – —

        “JOKE of da DAY!!”. — – -Thank U 4 da laff. :>) – –

        –Good 2 C U – –OUT annnd ABOUT – –:>) – —

    • rikyrah

      this is wonderful

    • rikyrah

      this is wonderful

    • goldenstar

      Reading the entire article leaves me…stupefied. It’s hard to believe that reporters in Washington are so…lazy. I mean everybody is there and you barely have to research even a phone number to understand something. Yikes.

      • nellcote

        Yes, a lot of glossing over going on there.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Tuesday MornTin’ -GOVCHRIS1988. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      – — WHAT a GR8 CHOICE! – –Her life annnd LEGACY R OUTSTANDING! – – –

      – –Myrlie Evers-Williams biography – –

      – – – – –Born in 1933, Myrlie Evers-Williams was the wife of murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers. While fighting to bring his killer to justice, Evers-Williams also continued her husband’s work with her book, For Us, The Living. She also wrote Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be. Evers-Williams served as chair of the NAACP from 1995 to 1998.
      – – -SNIP – – –

      When her husband became the Mississippi field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Evers-Williams worked alongside him. She assisted him as he strove to end the unjust practice of racial segregation in schools and other public facilities and campaigned for voting rights as many African Americans were denied this right in the South.
      – – – -SNIP – – –

      Besides her quest for justice, Evers-Williams rebuilt her life after her husband’s death. She moved with her children to California and emerged as a civil rights activist in her own right. Evers-Williams spoke on behalf of the NAACP and wrote For Us, the Living, which chronicled her late husband’s life and work in 1967. She also made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Congress in 1970.
      THERE IS MORE. – –

      – -Annd NOTICE: – – FROM her pic: –BLACK – -DON’T CRACK

      CONTINUE 2 B BLESSED. :>) – -Good 2 C U -Govchriss1988. :>)

      • isonprize

        BLACK – -DON’T CRACK

        For real!! She looks FABULOUS!!

        Here is one of a series of short videos from “The Visionary Project” that interviewed Myrlie Evers-Williams. She is thoughtful, funny, strong, tender and a GREAT choice to give the invocation.

        Myrlie Evers-Williams: The Dangers of Getting People Registered to Vote

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY isonprize. **BIG HUG*** :>) – – –

          ***Fist bump*** —-> She is thoughtful, funny, strong, tender and a GREAT choice to give the invocation. – – –

          – – — She WAS a STRONG HELPMATE – -In —“DA STRUGGLE.” — – -I’m sure that — -THAT was the REASON 4 his SUCCESS – – – –

          – –MUCH like – – -OUR BELOVED –FIRST LADY! :>) – —

          Thank U 4 the video. :>) Good 2 C U isonprize. :>) – -[:PA RAWKS♥] — –

  • Miranda

    LOL – twitter had fun last night

    B. Owen‏@berry_o
    ND sideline looking like Romney campaign HQ party on election night #bcs

    Barracks O’Bama‏@P0TUS
    BREAKING: Gallup says ND up by five in swing states. #BCS

  • rikyrah

    Charles Pierce: …. Ever since that thoroughgoing, bean-counting, soulless bastard Robert McNamara was in charge of it, the Defense Department steadily has moved away from the notion that its primary constituency is the men and women in uniform. Certainly, to name one recent example, Donald Rumsfeld proved to be far more in love with his own brilliant theories on defense policies than he cared about the fact that we weren’t sending enough poor sods in inadequate body-armor to carry them out. This is a problem that Chuck Hagel never will have.

    …. There are good, solid, deeper political reasons to approve of his nomination. But this is the best one. Chuck Hagel knows what the basic job of soldiering really is and, therefore, I think, he knows what the basic job of being Secretary Of Defense is. It’s to fight for people, and not for weapons systems. It’s to care for the human beings in your charge more than the fanciful bloodless academic exercises held at a distance…..

    ….In a season when Lincoln’s Second Inaugural is the big finish of a box-office bonanza, Hagel has lived the peroration as well as anyone has.


    • GN

      Well said.

  • rikyrah

    Republicans getting weak-kneed about debt ceiling fight

    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    House Speaker John Boehner spoke at length with the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore about the coming confrontation over the debt ceiling, the sequester, and the spending cuts Republicans will try to achieve. Buried in the interview is a highly newsworthy nugget, in which Boehner implicitly admitted that the debt limit does not give Republicans the leverage they’ve suggested it does.

    Indeed, it’s hard to read this exchange as anything other than a sign that Republicans may be backing off the fight over the debt ceiling:

    I ask Mr. Boehner if he will take the debt-ceiling talks to the brink — risking a government shutdown and debt downgrade from the credit agencies — given that it didn’t work in 2011 and President Obama has said he won’t bargain on the matter.

    The debt bill is “one point of leverage,” Mr. Boehner says, but he also hedges, noting that it is “not the ultimate leverage.” He says that Republicans won’t back down from the so-called Boehner rule: that every dollar of raising the debt ceiling will require one dollar of spending cuts over the next 10 years. Rather than forcing a deal, the insistence may result in a series of monthly debt-ceiling increases.

    The Republicans’ stronger card, Mr. Boehner believes, will be the automatic spending sequester trigger that trims all discretionary programs — defense and domestic. It now appears that the president made a severe political miscalculation when he came up with the sequester idea in 2011.


  • rikyrah

    Debt ceiling hostage taking is far more absurd — and destructive — than “mint the coin” is

    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I doubt we’ll ever find out whether “mint the coin” will pass muster with the courts, because I don’t believe Obama will avail himself of this option. Putting this aside, though, what’s deeply puzzling is the seemingly ubiquitous argument that the “mint the coin” idea is somehow so absurd and juvenile as to be beneath even thinking about.

    Of course “mint the coin” is absurd. It’s a response to a situation which is itself already absurd. Indeed, the GOP’s debt ceiling hostage taking is far more ridiculous — and destructive — than “mint the coin” musings are. By far.

    Paul Krugman and Josh Barro both lay out the substantive cases for “mint the coin,” while both allowing that it’s basically a gimmick. Yes, it is — because the entire debt ceiling crisis is itself a gimmick.

    This shouldn’t need to be stated, but the GOP’s threat not to raise the debt ceiling is creating an entirely manufactured crisis, one that has been concocted for the sole purpose of creating the appearance of Republican leverage in service of getting the spending cuts Republicans want. It is not a real threat. Republican leaders don’t actually see going into default as a viable option. John Boehner is on record in 2011 allowing that letting the country go into default will cause “financial disaster.” Boehner today again confirmed the essential gimmickry of the GOP’s debt ceiling posture, claiming that Republicans may allow the debt ceiling to go up monthly. Translation: We know we have to hike the debt ceiling, so we’ll drag our feet — and pretend to resist — while allowing the inevitable to happen.


    • nellcote

      claiming that Republicans may allow the debt ceiling to go up monthly.
      Well, at least it’s a new talking point. Still dumb though.

  • rikyrah

    Why Hagel Matters, Ctd

    “If the Republicans are going to look at Chuck Hagel, a decorated war hero and Republican who served two terms in the Senate, and vote no because he bucked the party line on Iraq, then they are so far in the wilderness that they’ll never get out,” – an Obama administration official to Rosie Gray.

    One reason I’m so happy that this nomination will go ahead is precisely because we’ll have the debate in the Senate. We can debate who was right about the Iraq War. We can debate why the Pentagon should be protected from any serious cuts, while seniors get their healthcare cut, everyone gets a payroll tax increase, and the US spends more on defense than the next ten countries combined, many of whom are allies.

    Another debate we will have is exactly how brilliant that “surge” was in Iraq – a surge Hagel and the Dish opposed. Here’s Fred Kaplan on the matter:


    I wouldn’t be so positive about the “surge”. It bought time for a quick US exit, under the pretense that some viable multi-sectarian democracy was sustainable. We know now how big an illusion that was – but the master of DC public relations, David Petraeus, told us all to believe it – and who didn’t want to believe it? What a Hagel nomination provides is a re-examination of this myth as well – as well as showing the country that being a Republican and a conservative does not mean being a risky interventionist, a pro-torture anti-American, or a pro-West-Bank-settlement fanatic. That’s an incredible gift to the GOP, a way out of their neocon dead-end, if they could only see it.

    Meep meep.


  • rikyrah

    Why Hagel Matters
    If the former senator is confirmed over Republican objections as Obama’s new secretary of defense, it could signal the beginning of a new era in American foreign policy, says Peter Beinart.
    by Peter Beinart Jan 7, 2013 4:45 AM EST

    If media reports are true, Barack Obama will soon nominate Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. If so, it may prove the most consequential foreign-policy appointment of his presidency. Because the struggle over Hagel is a struggle over whether Obama can change the terms of foreign-policy debate.


    What makes Hagel so important, and so threatening to the Republican foreign-policy elite, is that he is one of the few prominent Republican-aligned politicians and commentators (George Will and Francis Fukuyama are others, but such voices are rare) who was intellectually changed by Iraq. And Hagel was changed, in large measure, because he bore within him intellectual (and physical) scar tissue from Vietnam. As my former colleague John Judis captured brilliantly in a 2007 New Republic profile, the Iraq War sparked something visceral in Hagel, as the former Vietnam rifleman realized that, once again, detached and self-interested elites were sending working-class kids like himself to die in a war they couldn’t honestly defend. It is certainly true that some politicians who served in Vietnam—for instance, John McCain—did not react to Iraq that way. But it is also true that the fact that so few American politicians and pundits lived the kind of wartime hell Hagel endured made it easier for them to pass through the Iraq years unscathed. It’s no coincidence that the other senator most deeply enraged by Iraq was ex-Marine James Webb, another former hawkish Republican who saw the war through his own personal Vietnam prism.


    • nellcote

      whether Obama can change the terms of foreign-policy debate.
      “changing the way Washington works”…check

  • rikyrah

    Crocodile Tears for the Payroll Tax Cut

    By David Weigel


    Posted Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at 1:47 PM ET

    Joseph Curl writes an extremely easy column about a meme that took hold of the right this weekend: Foul-mouthed Obama supporters angry that their payroll taxes went up.

    “Really, how am I ever supposed to pay off my student loans if my already small paycheck keeps getting smaller? Help a sister out, Obama,” wrote “Meet Virginia.” “Nancy Thongkham” was much more furious. “F***ing Obama! F*** you! This taking out more taxes s*** better f***ing help me out!! Very upset to see my paycheck less today!”

    And so on. “When you’re shooting the breeze in the lunchroom with your grumbling co-workers on the 16th,” snarks Curl, “just ask them, ‘Who’d you vote for in November?’ When they say Mr. Obama, just tell them: ‘Well, you got what you voted for. You did know he was going to raise taxes, right?'”

    Well, who were they supposed to vote for? Neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama said he’d extend the payroll tax holiday past 2012. None of the House Republicans’ “fiscal cliff” offers included an extension in the tax holiday; John Boehner’s office confirmed that he didn’t want to include it.


    • GN

      Notice how much more press the payroll tax holiday has gotten for it being ENDED than when it was begun and offering tax relief.

  • rikyrah

    Purity Culture Is Rape Culture

    E.J. Graff

    January 4, 2013

    The shocking assault in India reveals that rape isn’t about sex—it’s about controlling women’s lives.

    Her intestines were removed because the six men used a rusty metal rod during the “rape.”

    That fact—the rusty metal rod—is what’s haunted me about the violent incident that has outraged India and the world. Six men held a 23-year-old woman and her male friend in a private bus for hours while they assaulted her so brutally that, after several surgeries to repair her insides, she died. What happened to this young woman was a gang assault. It can be called a sexual assault because among other things, they brutalized her vagina. Or it can be called a sexual assault because it was driven by rage at the female sex.

    I’ve now read a number of commentaries exposing India’s, particularly New Delhi’s, culture of street violence against women. The most memorable, by Sonia Faleiro in The New York Times, talks about the fear that was instilled in her during her 24 years living in Delhi:
    As a teenager, I learned to protect myself. I never stood alone if I could help it, and I walked quickly, crossing my arms over my chest, refusing to make eye contact or smile. I cleaved through crowds shoulder-first, and avoided leaving the house after dark except in a private car. …

    Things didn’t change when I became an adult. Pepper spray wasn’t available, and my friends, all of them middle- or upper-middle-class like me, carried safety pins or other makeshift weapons to and from their universities and jobs. One carried a knife, and insisted I do the same. I refused; some days I was so full of anger I would have used it — or, worse, had it used on me.

    The steady thrum of whistles, catcalls, hisses, sexual innuendos and open threats continued. Packs of men dawdled on the street … To make their demands clear, they would thrust their pelvises at female passers-by.


  • rikyrah

    Republicans talk the talk on spending cuts – but won’t walk the walk

    As the debt ceiling looms, a GOP refrain of ‘excessive spending’ is thunderous. Ask what to cut, the silence is deafening

    Mitch McConnell thinks America has a spending problem.

    With the fiscal cliff now in the rearview mirror and the “debtlimitsequestrationsbudgetshowdownclusterfuck” staring America in the face, the nation’s Senate minority leader is making it clear to everybody who will listen that it’s time “to pivot and turn to the real issue” – namely, America’s “spending addiction”. Because, according to McConnell:

    “The biggest problem confronting the country is our excessive spending.”

    Such statements are, of course, practically pro forma in Washington. For decades, Republicans and more than a few Democrats have peddled this nonsense in calling for the government to trim its fiscal profligacy. The problem (besides the fact that it’s not true) has always been that while politicians love to complain about waste, fraud and abuse or “big” government spending, they are far less interested in actually doing anything about it.

    Still, McConnell and his fellow Republicans claim to be so concerned about Washington spending – he used the word “spending” 14 times in his NBC News Meet the Press appearance Sunday and “excessive” as a modifier six times – that they appear willing to risk an economic catastrophe by not extending the nation’s debt limit when it expires in a few months. Yet, even though they are the ones manufacturing the crisis, since extending the debt limit has traditionally been treated as a formality rather than an opportunity for legislative hostage-taking, Republicans believe that it is the president’s job to solve the problem. McConnell again:


  • GreenLadyHere


    — – -☻President Obama is scheduled to attend meetings at the White House on Tuesday. He will receive the presidential daily briefing in the Oval Office and later will meet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

    – — -☻FIRST: – –Those pics of EVAN B. FORDE, M.A. –with the BLACK young men is inspiring. :>) He’s inspirin’ a future generation into this field. NICE. :>)

    — – – -+FIRST– – -In 1979, Forde became the first African-American oceanographer to conduct a research mission aboard a submersible craft when he did dives in Nekton Gamma. Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – -THANK U 4 THIS SERIES – -miranda!! :>) – -REALLY ENJOYING!! :>)

    – – –☻Reporters had been asking about a joke gift staffers had given Clinton — a helmet – – – -Given with CONCERN annnnd LOVE. :>)
    CONTINUIN 2 PRAY 4 her. :>)


    – – -B BLESSED 2-DAY –:>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – -LOL – — A FUN READ. – – -THEY CONTINUE 2 —LOSE! – –LOL —

    — —The Republican Outreach Effort is Going Great!

    – —For several weeks following Election Day, the Republican Party decided it was time to evolve (irony intended) and to reach out to various demographic groups as a means of reinvigorating the future of the party.

    As we’ve discussed, the Republicans have become increasingly regionalized and monochromatic, with dwindling support among women and nearly zero support among minorities. Beyond that, their messaging on issues like gun control is increasingly archaic and voters are generally fed up with their continued economic sabotage and brinksmanship on the economy — the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling and so on.
    – – -SNIP —

    Unfortunately for the Republicans, and perhaps good for the rest of us, the outreach effort isn’t going very well. In fact, I would suggest it’s basically over. And many of us knew that would be the case the second they began to talk about it.

    Prepare to get your schadenfreude on — here’s how badly it’s going.
    More Brinksmanship. The Republicans allowed us to temporarily careen over the fiscal cliff by delaying a vote in the House on the final deal in by nearly one full day, and now they’re continuing to flirt with the ridiculous idea of not passing an increase in the debt ceiling.

    Latino Outreach. -. . . . King’s bill strips citizenship away from children of undocumented immigrants, so called “anchor babies”

    – – – – –EPIC LOSERS!! – — -GOOD! LOL – –

    • Aquagranny911

      I got such a laugh out of King’s bill because if it passed what would that do to their token Latino & darling anchor baby Rubio?

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – -Aquagranny911. – – – -Seeeee. . . — –KARMA – –has a WAY –of gettin’ –DAT “W”!! — -LOL

        – – -BUT – – -of course — THEY will find a “loop hole” 4 him.

        BUT the interestin’ question: – – -WHAT is HIS[Rubio’s} POSITION on THIS!?? – – -LOL — –Watchin’.

      • nellcote

        I’m sure King would write in a pass for Cubans.

    • nellcote

      Putting that Teabagger Cruz in charge of minority outreach was a real sign that they weren’t serious.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin; nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

        – –**ABSOLUTEY—fist bump*** – — -BUT—DEY KNEW! – —

        He SPEWS their RACISM!! – —geesh!—

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

  • PBomb

    Cool theme this week. As a kid, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –ANNOUNCIN’ – -A PASSING: – — –

    – – –Richard Ben Cramer, Wrote of Presidential Race, Dies at 62B – – –

    – – –Richard Ben Cramer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of “What It Takes,” a superbly detailed account of the 1988 presidential election considered among the finest books about American politics ever written, died in Baltimore on Monday night. He was 62.

    His daughter, Ruby Cramer, said he died of complications from lung cancer at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center.
    – – -SNIP —
    – -“It was often said Ted would rather play ball in a lab, where fans couldn’t see,” Mr. Cramer wrote. “But he never blamed fans for watching him. His hate was for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t feel with him, his effort, his exultation, pride, rage, or sorrow.” But Mr. Cramer will be most remembered for “What It Takes,” a 1,000-page, vigorously researched tome that delved into the passions, idiosyncrasies and flaws of George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, Michael Dukakis, Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other candidates as they fought for the presidency in 1988.

    THERE IS MORE. —-[Had not read his works.]


    P.S. – -FROM FIRST READ: – —“We believe there’s just one book every aspiring political journalist and operative ought to read if they want to know whether or not they are serious about this profession: it is What It Takes. It’s basically the unofficial textbook of Washington. If you haven’t read it, then you don’t get it.” – – –

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU!

    I know I keep banging this drum but for any who are interested, Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly have a web site up for people who want to get involved in stopping the gun madness. I’m glad Gabby feels well & strong enough to take up this cause. Her voice really matters on this issue.

    Here’s the link:


    • qosine

      Thank you for this, AG.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Tuesday MornTin’ AQuagranny911. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      –OOPS! BIG APOLOGIES. – –Did not C your post as I was out collectin’ articles.. :>)

      Her BRAVERY is a THING of BEAUTY annnd a MIRACLE BLESSING. :>) —

      – –Good 2 c U –Aquagranny. :>) [apologies :>)] —

      • Aquagranny911

        No apologies necessary, dear Lady!

        You provided more information about this & I really want to see that Diane Sawyer interview. Gabby is looking so much better! I’m so glad that she is feeling strong enough to take up this fight because it will be a battle against the crazies & the powerful NRA. But many of us will be standing strong on this issue. Gabby & mark will not stand alone!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – –FOCUS on a BRAVE – -GABBY GIFFORD: – —

    – ☻–Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly Speak Exclusively to Diane Sawyer

    – — – Giffords and mark Kelly it’s been two years since that day in Tucson when a — forever changed their lives and it’s been a long two years. Now this Tuesday for the first time since that tragic and shocking day in Newtown Connecticut. They speaking out together to Diane Sawyer with friends making the announcement that may surprise many what is — you want everyone to do the ABC news exclusive breaks Tuesday.

    — -☻ –Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly launch battle against gun lobby: No more ‘fear’

    — – — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have launched what they hope will mark a new era in the battle over gun rights in America.

    On the second anniversary of a mass shooting in Arizona that wounded Giffords and killed six others, the couple launched a political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions, along with a website calling for contributions to help “encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership.”

    In an op-ed in USA Today, the two make their goal clear: to counter the influence of the gun lobby.

    “Special interests purporting to represent gun owners but really advancing the interests of an ideological fringe have used big money and influence to cow Congress into submission,” they write.


    • Aquagranny911

      Please see my comment just below yours for a link to their web site. Thanks & Fist bumps for staying on top of this, GLH ♥

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny – – – -Thank U. :>) – – -My pleasure. :>)

        I sooo APPLAUD her BRAVERY. :>) – – —

  • rikyrah

    Boehner: debt limit ‘not the ultimate leverage’
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 8, 2013 8:00 AM EST.

    In order for a hostage standoff to work, everyone has to sincerely believe the hostage takers are prepared to follow through on their threats. In the case of the Republicans’ latest debt-ceiling crisis, that means President Obama and congressional Democrats have to be convinced that GOP policymakers will hurt Americans on purpose unless Dem meet Republicans’ demands.

    But if you listen closely, you might notice that the GOP’s resolve is a little shaky. House Speaker John Boehner talked to the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore the other day.

    I ask Mr. Boehner if he will take the debt-ceiling talks to the brink — risking a government shutdown and debt downgrade from the credit agencies — given that it didn’t work in 2011 and President Obama has said he won’t bargain on the matter.

    The debt bill is “one point of leverage,” Mr. Boehner says, but he also hedges, noting that it is “not the ultimate leverage.” He says that Republicans won’t back down from the so-called Boehner rule: that every dollar of raising the debt ceiling will require one dollar of spending cuts over the next 10 years. Rather than forcing a deal, the insistence may result in a series of monthly debt-ceiling increases.


  • rikyrah

    Walden pushes remedy to platinum-coin loophole

    Tue Jan 8, 2013 10:54 AM EST.

    We talked last week about efforts to resolve the latest debt-ceiling crisis with a fanciful gimmick: the White House can exploit an obscure law, order the Treasury to mint some $1 trillion platinum coins, and deposit them at the Federal Reserve. Voila, a silly solution to a silly problem with not-at-all silly consequences.

    As the platinum-coin loophole continues to generate chatter on the left — Paul Krugman lent it some credence yesterday — a Republican congressman is concerned enough about this that he’s seeking a legislative remedy to close the loophole (via Matthew O’Brien).


    Of course, Walden’s proposal comes with an unintended subtext. As Joe Weisenthal explained, “[T]he key thing here is that the idea is now legitimized, as a GOP congressman implicitly acknowledges that the coin is currently legal.”

    In other words, if there was no loophole, there’d be no reason to close it.

    That said, I’m still skeptical about making the transition from “fun little polisci thought experiment” to “something the administration needs to seriously consider in the next few weeks.”


    • nellcote

      skeptical about making the transition
      That train has left the station. Teabaggers are already so paranoid that I’m sure they’re convinced PBO is setting up the mint already.

    • Ebogan63

      Walden is really a waste of space.

  • rikyrah

    GOP opposes its own goals on Medicare
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 8, 2013 9:40 AM EST.

    Imagine a strange conversation in which a Republican leader tells a Democratic leader, “I demand that you do something to rein in Medicare spending.” The Democrat responds, “Sure, we’ll create an Independent Payment Advisory Board which will help reduce costs.” To which the GOP leader responds, “I’m outraged by our efforts to rein in Medicare spending.”

    Now imagine the strange conversation is true.

    House Republicans signaled Thursday they will not follow rules in President Obama’s healthcare law that were designed to speed Medicare cuts through Congress.

    The House is set to vote Thursday afternoon on rules for the 113th Congress. The rules package says the House won’t comply with fast-track procedures for the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a controversial cost-cutting board Republicans have long resisted.

    The rules package signals that Republicans might not bring up Medicare cuts recommended by the IPAB — blocking part of a politically controversial law, and resisting Medicare spending cuts.

    So, Republicans desperately want Democrats to accept policies that curtail Medicare costs, except when Democrats actually take steps to curtail Medicare costs? Yep, that’s pretty much what’s happening on Capitol Hill.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — HAH! – — Hope he —GITS – – -GOT!! – – —

    – – –After ThinkProgress Report, Virginia Warns Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS That It May Be Violating The Law – –

    – — –In November, ThinkProgress exclusively reported that Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “social welfare organization” with an official address in Warrenton, VA, has never registered as a charitable organization with the Commonwealth of Virginia, as appears was legally required. Following this report, Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sent a letter to Crossroads GPS warning them of their legal obligation.

    – -The letter, sent on December 20, 2012, notes that, “in accordance with § 57-49 of the Code of Virginia, [Crossroads GPS] should register with our office.” It states that Virginia law requires “all organizations that intend to solicit for a charitable purpose in Virginia to register or apply for an exemption from annual registration, if applicable, prior to any charitable solicitation activity in Virginia.”

    Read the letter:

    – – – – –A Department spokeswoman told ThinkProgress in November that should Crossroads GPS ignore this letter, Virginia law “provides for both civil and criminal penalties” if the group can be shown to have made such solicitations.
    THERE IS MORE – – — -A definite WATCH. . . . HAH!

    • nellcote

      Yeah, I’m sure the VA AG will jump right on it. Just as soon as he finishes closing all the abortion clinics.

      • GreenLadyHere

        ***fist bump*** nellcote. geesh!! — –

        HOPin’ he cain’t comply with THIS letter. —KARMA – –

  • GN

    I guess Tavis would’ve enjoyed Django if he found out it was sponsored by Wells Fargo.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -YEAH WELLLL – —U SAID IT!! – – — ***tsk*** – –***eye roll*** – —

    – – –Teen in Ohio video ‘ashamed and embarrassed,’ lawyer says – – –

    – — — One of the teens who recorded himself mocking the girl at the center of an Ohio rape case “did a really dumb thing and regrets it” but did not commit any crime, his lawyer said Monday.

    The attorney, Dennis McNamara, said there was “no excuse or justification” for the jokes Michael Nodianos made, “and with some sober reflection, he is ashamed and embarrassed to hear them himself.”

    “He sincerely regrets his behavior and his comments and the effect that it’s had on the parties involved, including his own family,” McNamara told reporters in Steubenville, the small Ohio town that has become the focus of national attention because of the case. “He was not raised to act in this manner.”
    – – -SNIP – – –

    – –McNamara said Nodianos, 18, has been interviewed by detectives “at some length” and is not the subject of an investigation.

    –Uhhh – – -did U THINK about your SISTER —MOTHER — -AUNTIES –


    • MsKitty

      He’s sorry alright…that he got caught.

      • Aquagranny911


    • Aquagranny911

      All these little slim suckers think just like some big slime suckers that all they have to say is “Sorry” and all will be forgiven. So, then they can keep right on doing the same ugly caca. I call BS on that! I hope this misbegotten little privileged gutter rat pays a big price for his behavior.

  • Miranda

    First They Lose to Alabama, and then They Get Booted Out of Court: Notre Dame Can’t Catch A Break

    A federal judge booted Notre Dame’s lawsuit complaining about the birth control benefit out of court — on a technicality. Judge Robert Miller ruled that the lawsuit wasn’t ripe, and that the lawsuit might never be ripe. (In order for a lawsuit to proceed in court, it must be ripe — in other words, shit must be going down imminently. You can’t sue based on something that might happen.)

    Judge Miller also ruled that Notre Dame doesn’t have standing to sue because the Obama Administration promised to revise the birth control deal in order to address the complaints of Notre Dame and others, and if the deal is revised, then whatever shit that eventually goes down won’t affect Notre Dame in the first place.

    Click through to read the full post and to praise me for my restraint in not making an untoward Roll Tide, contraception, menstruation joke.

    Get it? Roll Tide?
    I kill me.

  • rikyrah

    Lindsey Graham isn’t done with Benghazi
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 8, 2013 11:30 AM EST.

    The political controversy surrounding the terrorist attack on Americans in Benghazi has obviously run its course. There was an independent investigation; several top State Department officials lost their jobs; and all of the questions have been answered. There was a tragic and deadly incident, but Republican accusations about a “cover-up” were unfounded.

    And yet, some people are having trouble moving on.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday released a statement on President Barack Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to serve as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, arguing that the administration’s counterterrorism adviser should not be confirmed “until our questions are answered” on the September attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.

    “I have not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle and still have many questions about what transpired before, during and after the attack on our consulate,” Graham said in a statement. “In that regard, I do not believe we should confirm anyone as Director of the CIA until our questions are answered — like who changed Ambassador Susan Rice’s talking points and deleted the references to Al-Qaeda?”

    Good lord, the “changed talking points” argument again? Does Graham not realize this was resolved over a month ago?


    The Republican senator added, “This ever-changing story should be resolved.”

    And therein lies the point: it has been resolved and the story isn’t changing. Graham can keep pounding on the table, and he can even delay a Senate confirmation vote on the next CIA director, but unless the senator can come up with new questions about Benghazi that haven’t already been answered, his tantrums are hard to take seriously.


    • Admiral_Komack

      The Republican Party:
      They came and got the Black woman, aided by the mainstream media.
      Now they are going after the white guy because the President backs him so, in the Repukes eyes he must be a nig(GONG!) lover].

    • Aquagranny911

      Graham is starting to look so much like the GOP’s Kucinich without those good cookies. (I really like Keebler’s Pecan Sandies)

      • nellcote

        mmmm, cookies 🙂

  • rikyrah

    Did anyone else watch the premiere of Downton Abbey?

  • Admiral_Komack

    Hagel: A Different Kind of Defense Secretary

    • Miranda

      Hagel’s second sin appears to be his unwillingness to wage war on behalf of the current Israeli government against Iran, a state that spends less on defense than Greece.

      Which is why I like him.

  • GN

    Right-wing media promote absurd link between support for same-sex marriage and acceptance of pedophilia: http://mm4a.org/TIVJyJ #lgbt

    This is exactly why I was so pissed with that article in The Guardian which slid closer to normalizing pedophilia as just a “sexual orientation” rather than 100% crime and sick perversion. Why live down to the far right’s caricatures rather than imposing our own moral standards and policing our own idiots?

  • Oh Snap!

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS
    Here we go. Liz Warren statement: “AIG should thank American taxpayers for their help, not bite the hand that fed them.“

    • nellcote

      AIG should thank American taxpayers for their help,
      Anyone else seeing the teevee ads doing just that? It’s extremely disconcerting, to put it mildly.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -Ohhhhh – – -A GR8 -RE-CAP of MR. PRESIDENT’s – -HISTORIC NOMINATIONS. :>) – —

    – – –Photo of the day: Center stage – –

    – – – –President Barack Obama shakes hands with his nominee for defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, after the announcement in the East Room. The White House selected the image as its photo of the day, the first in 2013, and shared it in a tweet Tuesday. – —

    – — HAPPY NEW YEAR — 2013 – – -B BLESSED. :>) —

  • Aquagranny911

    Here’s an FYI for anyone who saw GLH’s post & subsequent discussion last night about Sheriff Arpiggo sending armed guards to schools:


    Be sure to check out the pic on page 2 of the article, Arpiggo swearing in some “posse” members.

    May Jesus please take the wheel here in AZ!

    • gc

      Hi AG – I just signed up for Gabby’s project. Thank you so much!

      • Aquagranny911

        Gracias, mi Amiga! I’m signed on too! People Power!

        How’s by your casa? Doing okay? I survived the holidays, lol. I also won $13.05 playing poker on New Year eve so I take that as a good omen!

        • gc

          Things seem to be calm now, status quoey. But being MOI, I’m waiting for three dozen other shoes to drop.Sigh…I go around saying “Everything in life is a choice” but I can’t follow that maxim to save my life 🙂

          • GreenLadyHere

            Gc – -***BIG HUG*** :>) – — -BLESS U.♥ :>)

  • OH SNAP!

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS
    Here we go. Liz Warren statement: “AIG should thank American taxpayers for their help, not bite the hand that fed them.“

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —“CRIMINAL MINDsets” – – – -Good title! – – –

    – —The Criminal Mindset Behind the Republican Threats to Shutdown Government – —

    – – —It would be safe to say that any foreign entity actively subverting the United States government would be considered an enemy of the state by most Americans, and if it was a domestic entity, labeling them as traitors, or domestic terrorists, would certainly be apropos. During the 2012 campaign, Republicans actively campaigned on an anti-government agenda, and despite voter rejection of domestic miscreant’s intent on eradicating government, Republicans are now pursuing various strategies to subvert the will of the people and eliminate the government’s ability to function.As usual, in lieu of a constitutional provision to bring functioning government to a premeditated and premature end, Republicans are resorting to their typical tactic to convince the American people the government must cease to operate by lying to achieve their goal.
    – – – – -SNIP – —

    – -Republicans are playing a dangerous game with the nation’s economy, and their threats to shut down the government if their assault on Social Security and Medicare are not implemented is reprehensible and villainous. It is also a death wish for the GOP that suffered a certifiable disaster in 1996 as the public sided overwhelmingly with President Clinton and rejected the GOP extremism of hostage taking and shutting down the government. Republicans have become a depraved group of ideologues who are hell-bent on imposing their extremist vision for America that voters just rejected, and threatening to shut down the government is a despicable act of desperation.

    — – —STR8! – – -CONDEMN!- —-the DESPICABLE B**TURDS!! —-GR8 article. :>) — –

  • Miranda

    Palazzo’s Opposition To Sandy Relief Blasted By Hometown Newspaper

    Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) is catching heat nationally and at home for his “no” vote on a bill to provide $.97 billion in relief to people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

    An editorial published Monday by The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Miss., Palazzo’s hometown, argued that the second-term congressman’s opposition to the bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives last week “misrepresents his district.”

    “Seldom has a single vote in Congress appeared as cold-blooded and hard-headed as one cast by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., last week,” the editorial read.

    more here

    • TyrenM

      Hell yes. There are a lot more NY and NJ votes than Miss.

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon all.

  • Miranda

    NYPD’s controversial ‘Stop and Frisk’ policy ruled unconstitutional

    A Manhattan Federal Court judge has ordered police stop making trespass stops outside private residential buildings immediately. The tactic was decried by some as infringing on civil liberties.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-controversial-stop-frisk-policy-ruled-unconstitutional-article-1.1235578#ixzz2HPU9tq18

    • rikyrah


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – –THIS PSYCHO- -RACIST PHOOL – -should NEVA OWN a GUN!! – –geesh!!

    – – –Alex Jones on Piers Morgan Tonight 1/7/13 (FULL Interview) **2nd amendment – –

    –WAYTA REP 4 the nra – –HAH!! – –RAGIN’- – RACIST PHOOLS! – – –

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      I can’t believe this man is only 38.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOVCHRIS1988 – – –***fist bump*** – – -I KNOW -HUH!? —

        – – — 38 years of TERRORISTIC PROGRAMING!! – –DANGEROUS!! — -geesh. – – – –

        PITY his chil’ren!! –geesh!! – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — UH! OH! — – – –VP Biden gon –MEET- -with the dreaded nra.—

    – – – –Biden, NRA to meet on guns

    – — Vice President Biden will meet this week with the National Rifle Association and a variety of other groups as his task force on guns intensifies its efforts.

    Biden will meet Wednesday with gun safety organizations and shooting victims groups and on Thursday will meet with gun ownership organizations and sportsmen who use guns recreationally, according to the White House.

    — NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the organization accepted an invitation received from the White House late Friday.

    “We are sending a rep to hear what they have to say,” Arulanandam said.

    Biden will also meet with members of the video game and entertainment industry, which have also come under scrutiny in the debate over gun violence.

    – –Biden is leading a task force charged with making recommendations to President Obama to prevent shooting massacres, and it increasingly looks like the task force is taking a broad look at how to limit gun violence.

    — – -LOL – –Hope dey send their —BESTEST — -CRAZY in order 2 ACCURATELY rep 4 them!! — LOL —

    — -“Ride or Die Joe – -is prolly fallin’ out laffin’ – – -BUT – -READY 4 ’em!! :>)

  • GN

    He certainly did:

    President Obama promised to make our tax system fairer. He delivered: http://OFA.BO/m6FtiJ

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -GR8!! — -DA — -RACIST –PIECE of EXCREMENT – – –
    — – – –GOT- – CAUGHT!! — –

    – – –White supremacist teen’s terror threat thwarted at Alabama high school – –

    – – – –A Seale, Alabama teacher made a startling discovery this past week that may have saved the lives of students and teachers at Russell County High School.

    A misplaced notebook left by self-proclaimed white supremacist Derek Shrout was found by a high school teacher that contained what police say were “credible” threats towards the school.

    The police later discovered the beginnings of improvised explosives consisting of tobacco tin cans filled with pellets after searching the 17 year-old’s home. Two of the cans, reportedly had the words “Fat boy” and “Little Man” written on the side, perhaps referencing the code names for the two World War II atomic bombs that were released on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

    Russell County sheriffs say that if the teacher had not made this discovery and notified authorities, it may have been too late to stop the potential attack.

    “The journal contained several plans that looked like potential terrorist attacks, and attacks of violence and danger on the school. And in particular, there were six students specifically named, and one teacher,” said Russell County sheriff, Heath Taylor, in a press conference. “These bombs are potential; they’re not complete… It could have been a day later, potentially.”

    THANK U – -TEACHER. – –A SHE-ro. AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –LOOK at THIS!! – – – -The –“RAPE CREW” – – -thinks they have CHARACTER!!! – – -HAH!

    — –Steubenville Rape Crew Are Outraged That Their Character is Being Questioned —[WHA’!!??—-DELUSIONAL!!!]

    – – — Rape apologists, the rape crew, lawyers for the rape crew and morons (excuse the redundancy) are very upset about their rights being taken away and their character being impugned. That’s the message they’re getting from the outrage over the Steubenville rape case.

    Yes, they’re full of self-pity and how-dare-you question us entitlement. This trickles down into the culture to reflect this sort of obvious fu*kwitedness: On a post meant to encourage Jane Doe:
    – – –SNIP- —

    —Also, today at a press conference the lawyer for Michael Nodianos was very concerned regarding the alleged threats the “rape crew” are getting. The police have expressed their need to protect the families of the rape crew, as well (no word yet on how they intend to protect girls from the sociopaths they’re breeding). Heck, life is really tough. It has to be shocking to be the prey, eh? I mean, it’s not as if you could possibly understand that those girls who think they have the right to deny you the entitlement to stick whatever wherever would know anything about being prey every single day of their lives.

    The things you rape apologists go through are heart-breaking. And now they’re saying mean things about your football team! Will it never end for you Great Bastions of Privilege? No one understands your pain.


    -It’s UNDER YOUR COVER that THESE DERANGED TERRORISTS FLOURISH!! — – — -I cain’t. . . . .. . .

    • Worldwatcher7

      Thanks for posting this GLH. Her commentary is on fiyah! She said it just the way those folks need to hear it.

  • rikyrah

    The Media Gives the Republican Party a Free Pass to Obstruct

    By: Becky Sarwate
    Jan. 8th, 2013

    For all the complaints on the right side of the political spectrum, decrying a “liberal media bias” in favor of President Obama, I sometimes wonder if I am alone in drawing the opposite conclusion. That is to say when it comes to reporting on the increasingly partisan deadlock that has virtually consumed Washington, as well as the nation’s inability to accomplish anything beyond an endless train of disappointing stopgap measures, I wonder if the bulk of the country’s media outlets, concerned with mass appeal and the appearance of a balanced approach, have grown too afraid of identifying the Emperor without his clothes.

    Case in point, this headline today on Yahoo! News via Reuters: Analysis: Obama shows combativeness entering second term but risks await. The writer, Matt Spetalnick is correct in his observation that before the official commencement of his second elected term, we have seen a President more self-assured and emboldened by poll numbers that consistently reflect an electorate exhausted by Congress’ failure to come together on long-term solutions to real problems, including but not limited to: our national debt, the effect of current entitlement spending on future generations, the systematic annihilation of the middle and working classes, the growing income disparities and education costs that are denying millions of Americans a fair shot at pursuing the American Dream.

    However comments like this leave this reader curious as to whether the meaning of “analysis” has been lost on some of those who write about the political machine for a living: “Some critics say Obama now runs the risk of overreaching when he should instead be building Republican bridges to resolve the next looming budget confrontation.”

    I do not have to ask Mr. Spetalnick for a list of his sources to hazard a guess as to who some of those “critics” might be: John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, an assortment of Tea Party crackpots or anyone working for these folks, immediately come to mind. As a long-time journalist, I completely understand the need to represent both sides of the story, but I was also under the impression that one of the driving tenets of journalism is to educate the public, to bring issues to light that might otherwise go unresearched by a general population preoccupied with the business of daily life.


  • rikyrah

    Monday, January 07, 2013

    It looks like MSNBC is the new BET. You Negroes are starting to watch MSNBC in droves. (Tamron Hall is on MSNBC, so the field watches as well.) The good news is, of course, that it’s a cable news channel, so maybe you Negroes will stay on top of current events.

    And then there is FOX News; you Negroes sure hate FOX News.

    “In that same time period, CNN grew its black audience by 23.7%(from 131,000 in 2011 to 162,000 in 2012, 23.9% of their total audience) , while Fox News’ declined by 23.7% (38,000 in 2011 to 29,000 in 2012, 1.4% of their total audience), but MSNBC had more black viewers than both of those nets combined (from 177,000 in 2011 to 284,000 in 2012, 31.4% of their total audience). What’s more impressive is that MSNBC attained 60% growth after being number one in that demographic last year, and the year before.”


    • nellcote

      He only name checks Tamron?

  • rikyrah

    Steubenville Rape Crew Are Outraged That Their Character is Being Questioned

    By: Sarah Jones
    Jan. 7th, 2013

    Rape apologists, the rape crew, lawyers for the rape crew and morons (excuse the redundancy) are very upset about their rights being taken away and their character being impugned. That’s the message they’re getting from the outrage over the Steubenville rape case.

    Yes, they’re full of self-pity and how-dare-you question us entitlement. This trickles down into the culture to reflect this sort of obvious fu*kwitedness: On a post meant to encourage Jane Doe:

    “I was at work last year when a coworker was watching the news and said, ‘What’s rape anymore? You can’t stick your finger in someone without it being rape.’”

    That sentiment echoes the current screeching from the rape apologists. It’s all the FemiNazi’s fault, I’ve been warned. Men can’t even ask a girl out anymore, they lament (‘cuz there’s no difference in these cretin’s minds between asking someone out and sticking something in her when she’s passed out). Much moaning from the rape apologists about their rights and the cruelty of social media!

    Yes, you poor things. It’s true. The mean old FemiNazis are taking all your rights away. What next? Will we insist that we get to stick an object up your an*s, after drugging you? I mean, it’s all just fun. Gosh, a girl can’t even say hello, slip a boy a roofie and stick an object anywhere we please without a some guy freaking out about his rights. If you guys are going to insist on having rights, you can forget getting any attention from us! (Note: Always a good way to sort the good ones from the bad ones.)


  • Aquagranny911

    This video will break your heart. I hope it goes viral!

    • Alma98

      I watched it about an hour ago AG it’s so sad.

  • rikyrah

    The White House Just Set Gun Rights Activists Ablaze
    Evan McMorris-Santoro-January 8, 2013, 6:15 AM

    Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported the gun violence task force led by Vice President Biden is considering gun legislation “far broader and more comprehensive…than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition.”


    “[The article] was a Molotov cocktail right into the middle of this thing,” Dave Workman, a former board member at the National Rifle Association, told TPM Monday. “That lit the fuse, it really did.”

    Biden has “galvanized the gun community,” Workman said. Though no longer on the NRA board, Workman still spends most of his time advocating for expanded gun rights. He’s an official with the Second Amendment Foundation, communications director for Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and a prolific writer on the gun rights. Both groups Workman serves on are sponsors of Gun Appreciation Day, a nationwide effort to highlight gun ownership scheduled for the weekend of President Obama’s second inauguration.

    According to the WaPo, the Biden group is considering far-reaching gun control efforts, the mere hint of which has sent a shockwave through the gun rights community. Biden’s task force is mulling “a variety of proposals — from requiring background checks for all gun buyers to creating a new database that would allow the ATF to track all gun sales,” the newspaper reported. (The White House noted to the newspaper that the task force “has made no decisions on its final recommendations.”)


  • rikyrah

    Actually Steubenville, You Can Test for Roofies for Up to a Month

    By: Sarah JonesJan. 7th, 2013

    Steubenville Police told the New York Times that too much time had elapsed since the alleged assault to test for drugs, “The police said the case was challenging partly because too much time had passed since the suspected rape. By then, the girl had taken at least one shower and might have washed away evidence, said McCafferty, the police chief. He added that it also was too late for toxicology tests to determine if she had been drugged.”

    It’s true that prosecutors would rather have hard physical evidence like a rape kit done immediately after the assault (though we should pause to wonder why 400,000 rape kits are gathering dust in this country – never tested). And it’s also true that prosecutors prefer to have physical evidence like blood tests that prove positive for the date rape drug.

    However, since rape is one of the most under-reported crimes and in the Steubenville case, the victim did not know she had been raped until her family discovered the pictures and tweets about their daughter, it might behoove prosecutors and police to get a little creative — that is, if they really want to make these charges stick.

    Yes, Police might not have great DNA evidence, but they have witnesses who took pictures of these men sticking parts of their body into this unconscious girl. They have a tape where a member of the rape crew refers to her over and over again as the “dead girl”. Why is he calling her “dead girl”? Anyone? Could it be because her body responded like a dead person’s, or a person who had been deeply sedated, using a drug that originated as anethesia?


  • rikyrah

    What happens if the GOP shoots the hostage

    By Steve Benen
    Tue Jan 8, 2013 1:45 PM EST.

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) of Georgia raised an interesting point this morning about the Republican debt-ceiling hostage crisis.

    To translate this a bit, Chambliss is embracing the hostage strategy with both arms. From 1939 to 2010, the debt ceiling was raised without preconditions by both parties 89 times, but in 2013, Chambliss and his cohorts are demanding a ransom: painful-but-unspecified cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

    And if the president refuses to meet the Republicans’ demands, and GOP policymakers follow through on their threats, Chambliss thinks it’s Obama who’ll “suffer the consequences.”

    Except, whether he understands the issue or not, Chambliss is mistaken. If Republicans refuse to allow the nation to pay for the money it’s already spent, and in the process push the nation into default by trashing the full faith and credit of the United States, it’s not the president who’ll “suffer the consequences”; it’s the rest of us.


  • rikyrah

    Republican wants a little more voting in Florida

    By Laura Conaway
    Tue Jan 8, 2013 1:00 PM EST

    Ahead of last year’s election, Florida Governor Rick Scott cut the days for early voting almost in half, and the state ended up with people waiting eight hours to cast a ballot. Now a Republican state legislature has proposed adding back the Sunday before the election. From the Tampa Bay Times:

    Senator Miguel] de la Portilla’s bill adds one day of early voting and adds two hours of early voting per day at each site to 14 for a general election. The bill requires each of the 67 supervisors of elections to inform the state of their preparations three months before a general election. The report is required to include staffing levels for early voting, Election Day, and after Election Day, as well as a rundown of the equipment used to tabulate votes at each site

    That bill so far is Republicans’ one legislative response to Florida’s election debacle. Florida Democrats, meanwhile, have submitted bills to restore all the lost early voting days, add hours overall, and permit counties to open polling places for early voting in more places. The long lines on Election Day in Florida appear to have caused about 49,000 people to give up, an estimated 30,000 of them Democrats.


  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Job one for the White House — isolate the NRA
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Word has it that the White House, Democrats, and gun control advocates are planning to try to “overwhelm” the National Rifle Association when the battle over guns heats up this month. Along these lines, perhaps the most important news of the morning is that Gabrielle Giffords is unveiling a new national effort to push for sensible gun reforms in the wake of the Newtown shooting, with the explicit purpose of counterbalancing the NRA’s influence over Congress:

    Americans for Responsible Solutions, which we are launching today, will invite people from around the country to join a national conversation about gun violence prevention, will raise the funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby, and will line up squarely behind leaders who will stand up for what’s right.

    If the coming gun control push is going to have success, one thing the White House and Giffords’ new effort will have to accomplish is to successfully reveal that the NRA does not speak for anyone but the gun industry and a small minority of Americans. The NRA has high positive ratings in some polls, which suggests gun control advocates have their work cut out for them. But the simple fact is that when it comes to specific gun law reforms, the NRA is far outside the American mainstream. By wide margins, majorities favor the reforms being discussed: A recent CNN poll found that 94 percent of Americans support background checks for gun purchasers, while 61 percent support a ban on semi automatic assault guns and high capacity magazine clips.


  • rikyrah

    Why Hagel is a smart pick for the Pentagon
    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on January 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

    This morning the Post makes an excellent point about Chuck Hagel’s role in the Obama administration. If confirmed by the Senate, his job will be to shepherd the Pentagon through the “nearly $500 billion in reductions to the defense budget over the next decade,” and likely more, given the current appetite for deficit reduction.

    First, a little context. Over the last decade, the United States defense budget has ballooned to accommodate the war on terror, as well as our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the September 11th attacks, Defense Department spending has risen from just under $300 billion in 2001, to $527.5 billion for the current fiscal year. If you include the wars, Pentagon spending rises to $616.5 billion, or nearly 4 percent of GDP. By contrast, at the peak of Cold War spending during the Reagan administration, the Pentagon’s budget topped out at 6 percent of GDP.

    But with the wars winding down, and Washington’s current focus on debt reduction, there have been moves to reduce defense spending from its current highs. The 2011 Budget Control Act, for example, will rein in Pentagon spending on military bases at home and abroad, and the sequester — passed as part of the “fiscal cliff” — contains $1 trillion in defense cuts over the next decade. Even if the sequester is averted, odds are good that lawmakers will find further cuts to make to the Pentagon. And indeed, Hagel’s background — in 2011, he told the Financial Times that the Defense Department was “bloated” — makes him a good choice for implementing this course of action.


  • Miranda

    Strong black identity in a white-looking town: NPR’s State of the Reunion visited a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio, where, for the past 100 years, residents have identified as African-American despite the fact that many would say they appear to be white. One reporter who spoke to residents calls it “the one-drop rule taken to the absolute extreme.” Listen to their curious, historically rich and uniquely American story.

    Pike County, OH – As Black as We Wish to Be

    In this episode Al Letson and guest producer Lu Olkowski visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone’s choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white? Adding to the confusion, there’s a movement afoot to recognize their Native-American heritage.

    Listen here: http://stateofthereunion.com/home/season-3/pike-county-oh

    • Alma98

      You can see their African American heritage in their features. My grandfather had red hair, freckles and caramel colored skin. He identified as African on his WW1 draft card. I have like a lot of black families have people who look like these people in their family.

    • John Boehner was born in Reading, OH.

      According to Google, Reading, OH is only an hour and forty-two minutes away from Pike County, OH: http://www.google.com/search?q=How+far+is+Reading+Ohio+from+Pike+County+Ohio&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

      I’m not sayin’, but I’m sayin’…. *sips green tea*

      • Alma98

        I forgot about that pic of his mom who looked like family lol.

      • dannie22

        sorry, but us negroes in ohio arent claiming boner lol

      • BoomerGal

        There’s probably the black Boehners and the white Boehners all coming from the same plantation.

      • rikyrah

        Orange Julius’ sister has more Negroid Feature than half my Black family.

        I’m just sayin’.

    • ch555x

      Reminds me of one woman during a diversity training session at my workplace (years ago) that spoke up about her black heritage. While she looked white (to those not paying attention), she appeared to have features similar to an aunt I have. She (and her daughter who I met years before) was from the Cleveland area.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Not a surprise. I knew this ever since I was four and was introduced to one of my elder aunts. She looks exactly like Betty White, yet sounds like Albertina Walker.

    • Worldwatcher7

      God bless these folks. After reading so many stories lately about people who are trying to erase their African heritage, it’s great to read about folks who are intent on claiming theirs, even if it’s only “one drop.”

    • Aquagranny911

      This is a real interesting share, thank you. I read someone say once that “Latinos don’t have a racial identity, they have a cultural identity.”
      Maybe these folks are trying to keep both.

    • vulcan_girl

      I listened to this – very interesting! Jeff and Ally have some real issues is all I can say.

  • rikyrah

    Senator Elizabeth Warren gears up
    Posted by Greg Sargent on January 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    As you may have heard, AIG is in the process of deciding whether to join a $25 billion shareholder lawsuit against the federal government, despite the government’s role in bailing out the company, to the tune of $182 billion. The New York Times explains that the lawsuit charges that the government rescue “deprived shareholders of tens of billions of dollars and violated the Fifth Amendment,” which prohibits the taking of private property for “public use, without just compensation.”

    This comes even as AIG is running ads thanking the American people for that initial bailout. As the Times account archly notes, joining the lawsuit “would almost certainly be widely seen as an audacious display of ingratitude. The action would also threaten to inflame tensions in Washington, where the company has become a byword for excessive risk-taking on Wall Street.”

    In response to the news, Senator Elizabeth Warren released a sharply worded statement that’s worth quoting in full:

    “Beginning in 2008, the federal government poured billions of dollars into AIG to save it from bankruptcy. AIG’s reckless bets nearly crashed our entire economy. Taxpayers across this country saved AIG from ruin, and it would be outrageous for this company to turn around and sue the federal government because they think the deal wasn’t generous enough. Even today, the government provides an ongoing, stealth bailout, propping up AIG with special tax breaks — tax breaks that Congress should stop. AIG should thank American taxpayers for their help, not bite the hand that fed them for helping them out in a crisis.

    This is very interesting, and here’s why. Warren didn’t merely castigate the company for ingratitude. She put it in a crucial larger context, specifically noting that Wall Street recklessness was what caused the country’s economic meltdown in the first place. She also used this as an occasion to indict the continued tax breaks that the company continues to enjoy — calling them a “stealth bailout


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -GEESH! — – -DEY must – – -GET TIRED—CARRYIN’ ALL that – –DIRTY — RE-THUCKER “WATER!” – — — –

    – – – –The Media Gives the Republican Party a Free Pass to Obstruct – —

    – – –For all the complaints on the right side of the political spectrum, decrying a “liberal media bias” in favor of President Obama, I sometimes wonder if I am alone in drawing the opposite conclusion. That is to say when it comes to reporting on the increasingly partisan deadlock that has virtually consumed Washington, as well as the nation’s inability to accomplish anything beyond an endless train of disappointing stopgap measures, I wonder if the bulk of the country’s media outlets, concerned with mass appeal and the appearance of a balanced approach, have grown too afraid of identifying the Emperor without his clothes.

    Case in point, this headline today on Yahoo! News via Reuters: Analysis: Obama shows combativeness entering second term but risks await. The writer, Matt Spetalnick is correct in his observation that before the official commencement of his second elected term, we have seen a President more self-assured and emboldened by poll numbers that consistently reflect an electorate exhausted by Congress’ failure to come together on long-term solutions to real problems, including but not limited to: our national debt, the effect of current entitlement spending on future generations, the systematic annihilation of the middle and working classes, the growing income disparities and education costs that are denying millions of Americans a fair shot at pursuing the American Dream.

    – -However comments like this leave this reader curious as to whether the meaning of “analysis” has been lost on some of those who write about the political machine for a living: “Some critics say Obama now runs the risk of overreaching when he should instead be building Republican bridges to resolve the next looming budget confrontation.”
    THERE IS MORE – – – – – – –

    – — –GOOD – -CALL! – – -OUT!! – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -***tears*** — -POIGNANT AD – — –

    – – –Tucson shooting victim’s mother joins US mayors’ campaign for gun control

    – – –Nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green’s mother urges Obama and others to ‘stand up to the gun lobby’ in wake of mass shooting

    The mother of the youngest victim of the shooting rampage two years ago in Tucson, Arizona, has joined a growing effort to erect new protections against gun…

    – – -SNIP- – –

    – – –-Roxanna Green, mother of the youngest victim of the Tucson, Ariz. shooting, says she visited Newtown, Conn. days after the Sandy Hook massacre. 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green was one of 6 killed at a 2011 event with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (Jan. 8)

    – – -BLESS annnd COMFORT her BRAVERY in her PROFOUND LOSS! – -AMEN.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – — Ooooooweeee – – -SISTA Joy-Ann – -is on – – –FACTS –DATA –STATS – – -FYIAH!! – —

    She righteously accuses these nra PHOOLS of havin’ an –AVERSION 2 THEM!!. LOL – – –

    UH! OH! – – -CAUGHT -THAT PHOOL – -Larry WARD!! —He had NO CHANCE!! –
    –HE/THEY R – – -UNIQUELY – -VAPID!! annnd STOOPID!! – – –

    – —EPIC LOSERS!! — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -NO! – — Seeeeeeeeeee. . . .. LOL – — -LUvin – –THIS POLL!! – –

    — –Americans Prefer Cockroaches, Traffic Jams and Nickelback To Congress – –

    – – – –As the nation braces itself to hit the debt limit as early as February 15, Congress is as gridlocked as ever. Republican lawmakers are now suggesting they will resist raising the debt ceiling, risking a government shutdown and a default on U.S. credit. The last fight over the debt ceiling in August 2011 led to an unprecedented downgrade of U.S. credit and billions of wasted taxpayer dollars.

    Americans were paying attention during 2011′s fight, and their approval rating of Congress plunged to an all-time low soon after the credit downgrade. A record 82 percent of respondents said at the time they disapproved of the job Congress was doing. Now, on the verge of another debt ceiling crisis, that number has risen to 85 percent.

    Public Policy Polling decided to figure out just how much Americans hate Congress by asking respondents to compare their feelings about their lawmakers to a list of other unpopular things. The results were not pretty:
    – – – -SNIP – – –

    – — Congress did beat out North Korea, Lindsay Lohan, the Ebola virus, gonorrhea and the Kardashians. – —

    – – -BWAHAHA! – – –WHEW LAWD!! :>) – – –KINDA —GLOATIN’. LOL – –

  • Camille

    LOL @ Ken Vogel talking about the Neocons leveraging the media to effectively attack President Obama’s agenda, foreign policy and cabinet nominations including Susan Rice.

    He was on Martin Bashir and the other guest? LOL, Dana fucking Milbank who spearheaded the Susan Rice media witch hunt.

    These stories just write keep writing themselves!

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