October 21, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: Blacks In Ballroom


We continue our look at Blacks In Ballroom with….



A native of Haiti, Emmanuel trained in  Jazz, Modern, Haitian folklore, and Ballroom dance for 17 years.  While pursuing his dream of becoming a top dancer, Emmanuel majored in Economics and Journalism. In 1997, having developed a distinct passion for partner dancing, Emmanuel founded Caminito, which came to be regarded as one of the leading schools of Ballroom and International dance in Haiti. Prevailing despite his country’s social taboos, in addition to volatile political and economic climate, as the General Director and Dance Master, Emmanuel grew Caminito to one of international repute and import.  He organized and choreographed frequent shows and performances, established training and seminars for professional dancers in Port-au-Prince and some of the major provincial cities. Due in large part to Emmanuel’s unflagging determination, Ballroom Dancing is now embraced and woven into Haiti’s cultural and folkloric fabric.  In 1999, when he first started competing on the international scene and won the 3rd place in the World Mambo Championship at USBC, he was honored with being named Haiti’s dance representative, locally and abroad by The International Dance Organization(IDO).  As one of Haiti’s prestigious stars, he acted in two successful Haitian films:  “La Peur d’Aimer”  and “I Love You Anne”.

Pierre-Antoine with former partner Alexandra Gregoire

Emmanuel and his former partners from Haiti regularly participated in competitions the world over, including England, the United States, and  Canada where they focused primarily on International Latin style competition.

In January 2003,  Emmanuel closed Caminito to concentrate on his dance career in the dance capital of the world, New York City  where he not only competed professionally but also started competing with several of his students in Pro-Am divisions including International Latin and Standard, American Rhythm and smooth.

In September 2003, Emmanuel met Joanna Zacharewicz at Stepping Out Studios , where they started training together and became one of the top instructors/dancers/performers.  They competed for two years in the American Rhythm Division becoming 2005 World Mambo Champions, and in 2006  winning either first or second place in all the major competitions throughout the united states. They also performed at the “Kremlin Cup” in Russia in 2005, performed on “Dancing With the Stars” in February 2006, and also appeared on the PBS “America’s ballroom challenge” in 2005 and 2006.

Pierre-Antoine with partner Liana Churilova (Photo: Michael Choy/Dance News of the Pacific)

In January 2007 Emmanuel started a new partnership with Julia Gorchakova: 12 times undefeated US Rhythm Champion and 3 times World Mambo Champion, hoping to bring a new energy into the dance world both being very passionate dancers. Although they enjoyed the experience and have no regrets, they did not feel they would be able to accomplish their goal in the time frame they had originally set so they decided to end their partnership in July 2008.

In September 2008, Emmanuel paired up with Lianna Churilova (amateur international latin champion in Russia and world finalist). They are a strong force on the dance floor, winning 1st place in many national and international competitions.

(SOURCE: The Best Of Rhythm)

Sadly, Mr. Pierre-Antoine and his wife, Jasmin, lost their 2 yr-old son in the earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. In this video, Emmanuel talks about his lost and performs a dance tribute to the victims of the Haiti earthquake on “Dancing With The Stars”.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • GreenLadyHere
  • So, yesterday POU tweeted Mayor Cory Booker in regards to this NJ Star-Ledger about DKos accusing him of selling out by speaking at a Koch Brothers/ALEC funded summit on school choice. We asked him why he decided to speech at an ALEC sponsored/Koch Brother funded education conference. He responded to us via direct message aka DM. For those of you not on Twitter, direct messages are private messages that your followers can’t see. Strange, considering we didn’t privately tweet Mr. Booker. Hmm..

    Anyhoo, here’s his response:

    1. Koch brothers did not fund it. Ledger printing correction. 2. I and other democrats (most who serve urban poor communities) went because

    we believe in parental choice. I hope you take time to go on line and listen to my speech before you come to any conclusions. Thanks u.

    POU would’ve responded to Mr. Booker via DM but you can only DM people who are following you, and because he isn’t following us, we couldn’t . So, we had to respond to him publicly. You can see the responses on our Twitter feed.

    I think he’s right in that we should listen to his speech before jumping to any conclusions, so here it is: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/22349479

    • GN

      Thanks for keeping it 100. To be frank, I trust POU more than dkos, so will reserve judgment. “Parental choice” is a phrase which is used heavily by educational privateers, and thus, I hope that Mayor Booker treads lightly with that crowd. To be frank, black politicians have not always been successful with heading off the advances of private interests or avoiding corruption; hope this is not the case with regards to this conference, and thanks again for giving him an opportunity to state his case.

      • Miranda

        “Parental choice” is a phrase which is used heavily by educational privateers.

        Exactly. You don’t have a choice if are poor or in a rural area where there may be one elem school in a whole county. ‘Choice’ is that buzz word meaning to take public funds and give them to private companies, period.

    • isonprize

      My issue with charter schools is that they routinely only take the ‘easy’ kids. Even the kids with special needs that they do take have ‘easy’ issues. Mild speech issues, learning disabilities, etc. Of course, I am not minimizing these concerns, but charter school just don’t take the kids with expensive, challenging issues.

      Charter schools have been known to accept the kids with special needs long enough for the census count to be taken. They they are “counseled out” back to their home district public school, which has to take them. This system sets up all kinds of inequities, long term it is NOT sustainable.

      Public schools are supposed to educate ALL CHILDREN. A ‘free and appropriate education’ is the legal terminology. This includes the kids that cost more than the “norm” If a school doesn’t take all kids, it’s not public. That’s my main issue.

      Secondarily to that, but not by much, is that charter operators have been known to make ridiculous profits. Public education is not the place for making a buck off of kids. The money should go back into educating ALL CHILDREN.

      I think it their current form, charter schools are just a pre-cursor to dismantling public education as we know it in urban areas. As I have often said, it’s funny how public education just fine in white wealthy suburbs.

      • Thanks for shedding light on this subject, Isonprize. I’m not well-versed on the “school reform” but from what I do know, it makes me uneasy. My question is this: Why don’t they just spend resources to improve public schools?

        • isonprize

          Sepia, as always, follow the money trail. Two things are at work here.

          1 Why provide a good education to those little black and brown children on my tax dollars, especially when some of ’em are difficult. Oh, and some of ’em don’t even speak English? Why bother? Wait… a few white children still go to public schools? Well, too bad for them. They are probably poor anyway. No big loss. (Now the schools in the wealthy, mostly suburban neighborhood? Nothing wrong with those schools…)

          2. Just like prisons, schools have the opportunity to make money on ‘mass producing’ a product. Plus, charters don’t have to hire those pesky unionized teachers and principals. Bus drivers don’t need to unionized either. Wow, where else can we save money to pay ourselves even more?

      • dannie22

        Also, no oversight of charter schools. And the data right now says charters have no better outcomes than public schools.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – – –we believe in parental choice.

      TRANSLATION: – – – – –WYT ENTITLEMENT!! – – -Here’s yer WAY 2 get YER chil’ren – –OUTTA the schools with – – -THOSE – -“BLAH” annnd “BROWN” chil’ren.

      WATCH IT – –MR. BOOKER! – – — “What’s done in the –DIRECT MESSAGE — –HAS/WILL come 2 LIGHT!!”

      – – -We WATCHIN’ U! – – – -Jus’ sayin’. . . . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU AM – — -HERE”S your MORNTIN’ LAFF: _ – – -LOL – —

    – – – –Despite his opposition to bailout, Romney claims ‘a lot of credit’ for auto industry success – –LOL.

    – – —Campaigning in the backyard of America’s auto industry, Mitt Romney re-ignited the bailout debate by suggesting he deserves “a lot of credit” for the recent successes of the nation’s largest car companies.

    That claims comes in spite of his stance that Detroit should have been allowed to go bankrupt.

    The presumptive Republican presidential nominee told a Cleveland television station on Monday that President Barack Obama followed his lead when he ushered auto companies through a managed bankruptcy soon after taking office.

    “I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet,” Romney said in an interview inside a Cleveland-area auto parts maker. “So, I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back.”
    THERE IS MORE – – – –

    – – – –DELUSIONAL – – – -FLIP-FLOPPIN’ – —LIAR!! – —

    – – – -FLIP: — -LET DETROIT GO BANKRUPT!! – – – -FLOP: – – -I TAKE CREDIT 4 the SUCCESS of the AUTO INDUSTRY!! – –LOL.

    THIS is yer – -ALTERNATIVE – –4 ALL U HATAS!! – – -geesh!!

    • GN

      He’s a lie.

      • GreenLadyHere


        – – – ***fist bump*** – – – -SPEAK TRUTH!! :>)

        Good 2 C U – -GN. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -WHEW! – —–THANK U – – -CIA – – – –

    – – –CIA thwarts al Qaeda plot for anniversary of bin Laden’s death – – –

    – – – –The CIA broke up an attempt by al Qaeda to blow up a commercial airliner destined for the United States, according to the National Security Council.

    CIA agents uncovered the plot, in which an al Qaeda suicide bomber planned to detonate explosives concealed in his underwear once the airliner crossed over into American airspace. The attack was intended to coincide with the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.

    – – -President Obama was first informed of the impending attack in April by White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan, Deputy National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement Monday.

    Since then, the president “has received regular updates and briefings as needed from his national security team” on the ongoing investigation, she said.

    – – – –THIS – – ->“The president was assured that the device did not pose a threat to the public [and] he directed the Department of Homeland Security and law enforcement and intelligence agencies to take whatever steps necessary to guard against this type of attack,” Hayden added.

    – – – -THANK U – – – MR. COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF! :>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -WOW&1/2!! — — -Soooo – – -WE NOT —POST-RACIAL -HUH!”? – —

    – —Cornell students hurl insults, bottles and Trayvon references from frat house

    – – – – Black Cornell University students were allegedly taunted with references to Trayvon Martin and attacked with bottles by fellow students. The incident occurred at the Sigma Pi fraternity house near campus. As black students passed, alcohol bottles and other objects were thrown from a balcony as individuals yelled, “Come up here, Trayvon.” The Cornell Daily Sun reports:

    Cornell Chief of Police Kathy Zoner confirmed that people were “reportedly making racial references” and throwing bottles from the roof of Sigma Pi. She added that she could not disclose more information because the investigation, which is being led by Ithaca Police, is ongoing.

    Beverly Fonkwo ’14 said she was walking home with a friend when, unprovoked, the group on the fraternity roof began throwing objects that landed near a group walking behind them.

    When the people walking behind Fonkwo asked them to stop, the people on top of the fraternity continued to throw objects — including a Jack Daniels that landed near the group behind and an unopened beer can that landed near Fonkwo and her friend — she said.

    Click here to read more.

    • Town

      It’s funny how a lot of the commenters claim this was nothing, it’s not even a crime, it shouldn’t even be prosecuted.

      Throwing a bottle at someone IS a crime. If that beer bottle had busted somebody upside the head and they had a severe head injury or even died, you’d be looking at manslaughter charges.

      • GN

        If that were a black fraternity throwing bottles and screaming “justice for Trayvon” at white students, best believe they’d be expelled as we type. Kids do stupid things and rely on adults for discipline. But if Trayvon has taught us anything, it’s that remain people in this country who believe “anything goes” with regards to black victims; they simply don’t give a shit what happens to us. Thank God we’ve become more self-empowered and have more allies.

        • Miranda

          If the Ques or Kappas at Howard were throing bottles at folks and screaming “justice for Trayvon” – it would be all over the news with reporters asking Jay Carney 1000 questions on if PBO has denounced them and we would be treated to endless segments on the diviseness that black organizations have caused.

      • crazycanuck

        Well,as you say Town, they are black, nothing is ever a crime when the victims are black, had it been the other way around, well we all know the outcome.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – — ***fist bump****

        – – — WYT ENTITLEMENT!!

        – – -Sigma Pi has always been regarded as one of the ELITE fraternities. YET – – THEY have sustained quite a number of – –BANS from campuses – -because of THEIR – -VIOLATIONS of Pan-Hellenic RULES!! – —

        – – —Sigma Pi faces temporary suspension for alleged violations

        Annnd because of their prominent alums – –they receive a lot of protection — from their – -CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

        Good 2 C U – -Town. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – — -HOW’s THIS – – -4 a FULL-THROATED – –ENDORSEMENT?? – – — /SNARK! – -LOL – —

    – – – –Santorum endorses Romney for president – —

    – – —Rick Santorum endorsed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in an email to supporters sent late Monday night.

    The one-time Republican presidential hopeful and former Pennsylvania senator said “the primary campaign certainly made it clear that Gov. Romney and I have some differences. But there are many significant areas in which we agree.”

    “We both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime,” said Santorum.

    While his backing could shore up Romney’s position with the GOP’s conservative base, some may view it as a lukewarm endorsement of the party’s eventual nominee.

    – – – –THIS — – ->Santorum’s email was sent at 11 p.m. ET and the campaign made no mention of a public appearance with Romney. His endorsement did not appear until the thirteenth paragraph of the sixteen paragraph email.

    – – — -BWAHAHA! – – — E-MAIL! – – – – -PARAGRAPH 13!!/out of 16 – – -LOL. —-

    • Miranda

      ROFLMAO….so much for the full throated endorsement! An email?? Are they sure Rick wasn’t sending out one of those chain joke emails you get from friends and family with too much time on their hands?

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ miranda. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – –[sorry. Lost my REPLY.]

        — —LOL- – – -I KNOW — HUH! :>) – —

        – — — –Could B. – — He KNOWS that – –teh WILLARD – -is a – -JOKE!! –LOL

        Good 2 C U – -miranda. :>)

    • MsKitty

      Because nothing says ringing endorsement like an email released in the middle of the night. You’re still an asshole of the first order Ricky Boy, but you deserve props for the metaphorical bird you flipped to Willard. Well played.

      • Miranda

        This is too funny to me. I didn’t know Santorum had that kinda creativity in’em…this seems more like something Newt would have done. LMAO

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – –IT’S –ON annnd POPPIN in NORTH CAROLINA 2-day. – —

    – – – –North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage, Amendment 1 (May 2012) – – – –

    – – – –The North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Amendment will appear on the May 8, 2012 ballot in the state of North Carolina as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

    The measure would define marriage in the state constitution as between one man and one woman, and would ban any other type of “domestic legal union” such as civil unions and domestic partnerships.[1][2]

    Same-sex marriage is already illegal in the state of North Carolina. The proposed measure, however, would add the ban to the state constitution.[3]

    Debated in the state legislature during the Spring 2011 legislative session, the amendment failed to receive sufficient votes to qualify for the ballot. However, the measure was debated during the Fall session which began September 12, 2011.[4] That very day, the House voted 75-42 in favor of referring the proposed amendment to the statewide ballot.[5] The State Senate echoed the House with a 30-16 approval vote a day later on September 13, 2011.[6]

    – –Election results


  • rikyrah

    8:27 AM EDT, Tuesday May 8, 2012
    ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ Author Maurice Sendak Dies At 83

    Maurice Sendak, author of “Where the Wild Things Are’ is dead at 83, the New York Times reports in a breaking news update.

    From the Times’ obituary:

    Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83 and lived in Ridgefield, Conn.

  • Miranda

    Emanuel betta do the damn thing! Love this topic!

  • Miranda

    Dang! Y’all had a lively conversation last night! Good stuff!

    • rikyrah

      Amen to that. I had some really good reading this morning.

  • Really, BWD and TOD? Really?? BTW, I saw Markos tweet something similar. #JustSayin

    Dear Sir, you are the greatest man I’ve seen in my life time. I’m grateful to be able to witness this greatness with my own eyes. But now you’re about to become probably the last Democrat president/presidential candidate to not run on fully supporting gay marriage. No matter how much good you did for gays, you’ll be remembered as being on the wrong side of the last big civil rights issue. Even behind the much older Joe Biden. This can’t happen to you. You are Barack Obama.

    I will continue to back you no matter what: I’ll work my heart out to make sure that you’ll stay in the White House – because you are a great president and you’re our only hope against a very dangerous and scary force. But please don’t miss this opportunity to bend that arc of moral universe just a bit more towards justice.

    You are the face of hope, change and equality for an entire world.


    • Bri

      I don’t like that they are putting pressure on President Obama.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – –***MEGA fist bump*** – —He’s NOT – – -THEIR PUPPET!! –

        – —STAND STRONG – – -MR.. PRESIDENT!! :>) – —

        Good 2 C U – –Bri. :>)

      • GN

        They’re not–they’re inadvertantly being led by the nose by the GOP and its *assets* in the lefty media. The PL is generally joyless, and misery loves company. I’m on record: unabashed fan of BWD; disagree with her here.

    • rikyrah

      fuck em

      go vote for Romney and see who he feeds them to.

    • Miranda

      I forget who it was here that said that many of these well-to-do white gay males that don’t care about the ramifications to the rest of us and holler at PBO with not a peep towards Congress, are only claiming to be progressive and are really conservative GOPers. They are Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud members in sheep clothing.

    • TresL

      I posted this on the Monday afternoon thread in reply to Elie. In light of this new development, I thought I’d bring it over.

      Elie, I agree with you completely. I responded to a comment here a few months back about the exact same topic. You’re right; there ought to be a statute of limitations on how long a “supporter” of PBO can concern troll without being called out. I think because she has a friendship with the moderator there, she is given far more grace than she deserves and I assume that because of that relationship, other commenters hesitate to engage her on her negativity.

      I had an exchange with her a few months ago when I made a general statement about supporters of little faith which could have applied to several commenters there but she read it and assumed I was calling her out so we went back and forth for a few minutes before she stormed off. I have since learned to not even read her comments and when I see she’s engaged in a back and forth with another commenter, I don’t read their comments either because I don’t want to know what her concern of the day is. So, I truly don’t know exactly what she said yesterday but I can assume it was probably about gay marriage.

      On that issue, I always understood that gay people do not appreciate being forced out of the closet and would prefer to be in control of when that information is made public. I think the bullying of PBO on gay marriage is quite analagous. Allow him to come out on that issue when he’s ready, accept that he may never be ready or understand he is a politician who is trying to win an election and you win elections by not pissing off more people than your opponent. And if all else fails vote for Williard and the homophobic GOP and see how far that gets you.

      BWD and TOD would be better served if she directed her concerns directly to OFA or the White House since its clear to her she knows so much more than they do about handling hot button issues, but instead she prefers to sow discord at TOD.

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      • Jeremy

        She does concern troll a lot and it can be very annoying. Two posters on that blog including her have made gay marriage the holy grail.

    • Jeremy

      The funny thing about all of this is that Obama is held to certain standards when it comes to gay rights despite the fact that he has done more and gone further than any president/ Democrat in the white house.

      In my opinion I have no issue with Gays and lesbians getting married but I don’t believe it’s normal. Not really for religious reasons but scientific reasons, because only a man and a woman can pro create not a man and a man or woman and a woman. It’s not natural just like you don’t see male animals mating with male animals and female animals mating with female animals.

      I think all of this pressure on Obama is because he is the first black president and just like every issue in this country some on the left want Obama to do everything and hold him to ridiculous standards.

      • TresL

        Jeremy, you are reading my mind. It may not be politically correct but this issue is not black and white. I believe everyone is free to pursue their own version of happiness but do not try to force me to deny science and basic biology in the process. For these reasons and for obvious political reasons PBO is well within his right to move as slowly as he wants.

        I am also annoyed when folks try to compare their struggle to that of black people. In my mind, the two are worlds apart.

        • Jeremy

          Exactly !

      • Alexander2

        I think we can have this conversation without the what’s normal and science stuff. Otherwise, great insights!

        • Jeremy

          Well I’m just telling the truth and speaking my mind. Like I said I have no issue with Gay marriage but the fact remains that it is not normal and it goes against the natural order of things.

          And like others have said this is not comparable to the struggles African Americans had to deal with or even women. Some emo progs don’t want to hear it but they need to.

          • Jeremy

            Don’t get me wrong I think everyone should have equal rights and that Gays and lesbians should be able to get married if they want to. But I still don’t view it as a natural thing.

          • TresL

            Jeremy, you’re right and when you use the word normal, I believe, you are speaking of a union that produces offspring. Maybe their are gay animals but they can’t produce offspring and in this instance the word normal is not being used as the opposite of dysfunctional because a dysfunctional straight couple can still produce children.

          • Miranda

            I appreciate your honesty, but think about this – When we start to claim “facts” about the issue of whether or not being Gay is “normal”, its not so much fact anymore. Yes, only a male sperm and a female egg can produce a human being. So does that make a barren woman abnormal? couples that use in vitro, surrogates – they’re still parents right? To my grandmama, and most supremacists, a black person creating a child with a white person is sooooooo not normal. Atheists think my belief in God is not normal…I can’t see him, can’t touch him, dont know his address, and why am I referring to God as “him?” – dont know….all I have is that faith – and to some folks, that’s just not normal. I say all that to say this – your beliefs are your beliefs, but that doesn’t necessarily make your beliefs the “norm” – whatever “normal” is.

        • Miranda

          Amen to that. hell, the most dysfunctional relationships I’ve ever known all involved straight couples. Should be a law to keep emotionally stunted people from marrying.

          • PBomb

            Man, do you know how many folks would be single?

        • PBomb

          I agree. Science and Biology also stated at one time that blacks were intellectually inferior to everyone else.

          Science can be wrong, depending on the person who dispenses it.

      • GN

        I disagree; there are gay animals, and there are studies which prove that children of gay parents do not have additional issues or problems. People should be left alone to do as they please so long as they are hurting no one, and GLBT couples and parents aren’t hurting others merely by being gay. That said, I do agree vigorously that there are double standards at play, and at this point, I’m beyond tired of it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD TUESDAY MORNTIN’ Jeremy. – –***BIG – -Pleased 2 meetcha —HUG***

        – – –***fist bump*** – —

        — — —I think all of this pressure on Obama is because he is the first black president and just like every issue in this country some on the left want Obama to do everything and hold him to ridiculous standards.

        OF COURSE! – –BEEN this way since — -DAY 1. The PL’s anem – -think that THEY have a PUPPET – – –NO MATTA —how MANY TIMES – – -MR. PRESIDENT SHOWS ‘EM –

        – – – – – –I AM the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES!! – –

        – – -NOT YOUR PUPPET!! – – –

        Like U —WE – -on the CORRECT SIDE – –hafta 2 MOVE

        FORWARD with MR. PRESIDENT!! – – – –

        The BULLIES – -HATAS – – —GET – – –GONE!! – —

        – – -Pleased 2 meectha. :>) – –

      • As someone who raised dwarf bunnies as a child, I can assure you that animals do get their same-sex swerve on. #AToeIsAToe

    • Alexander2

      She sounds like a 12 year-old school girl.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – – – —2 ALL U NAYSAYERS – BULLIES—–HATAS!!



      is your –ALTERNATIVE!!!!——-

      -Annnd ——WE –AIN’T HAVIN’ HIM/IT!!—-

      Sooooo—–GET WITH A WINNER —-orrrr- –GET—–GONE!!

      • Bri

        This is a mess. Many are trying to FORCE his hand on this issue, and I don’t like it at all. Republicans are laughing their butts off while Dems attack President Obama on this.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Bri – – – -***fist bump**** – – – -RIGHT WITH U!! – – —

          – – — DANG BULLIES!! – – – —

          Glad that we don’t hafta imagine this country under teh WILLARD’S presidency – —

          – –‘CAUSE – – -HE’S A LOSER!! – – –

          – – – –Movin’ – – -FORWARD!! –

          – – – – —-4! – –MORE! – -YEARS!! – – –

        • GN

          PBO cannot be “forced” to do a damn thing. Same idiots tried to “force” him to end DADT via executive fiat. He refused, because he wanted a lasting reform which had the blessing of all of the stakeholders, including military people on the ground. They bitched and moaned every single fucking day for months and months and months and months. They predicted that they’d been sold out; they said hatefilled things about PBO and his supporters; they tore their hair out and let the racism flow. And what did PBO do? Stuck to his plan. So really, they can “demand” whatever the hell they want, on both the left and the right. PBO is going to do what he thinks is best for the country, end of story. His detractors in the lefty media are crazy anyway; a bunch of those people are nuts.

    • Kennymack1971

      Oh come the fuck on! Seriously? I swear some on the left are some of the most gullible, easily manipulated mofos around. The GOP/MSM threw this out there to create a wedge issue knowing the usual suspects would fall for the okeydoke and voila here we are. If you are dumb enough to believe that President Obama is an enemy of the LGBT community then more power to you. I mean DADT is dead and DOMA is dying on the vine but that’s not good enough. And the left wonders why they stay losing.

      • Jeremy

        Yep. They have had a history of self destruction and they never take responsibility. They did it in 1968 against Hubert Humphrey helping to turn the presidency to Nixon, they did it in 1980 against Carter turning the presidency over to Reagan, and they did it in 2000 against Gore handing the presidency to George W Bush. And there are smaller cases where the left have failed because they are too stupid.

    • GN

      I’m disappointed in BWD/TOD for falling for this, but as far as Markos goes, no way in hell he isn’t going to troll this election. Like, DUH! His site has been concern trolling PBO since before the inauguration. I hope that PBO has this entire made-up ruckus on a well-deserved ignore, and I hope that this is also another reminder that the nutroots deserves irrelevance; they have nothing positive to offer in the long term, too distracted by whatever shiny objects the GOP pulls out their ass. The GOP is on record as intending to use GLBT issues to create a fissure within PBO’s coalition and like clockwork, we see this plan take shape in the purity sites. I just hope that BWD/TOD follow the lead of people like deaniac (whose ability to detect the long-term agenda of this administration has been unmatched) and drop the purity garbage.

    • Ebogan63

      Sorry, but I have been more than tired of her silly azz, supporter she may be, but too many folks like her that claim to be ‘political junkies’ haven’t a damn clue, and always try to make PBO take positions that have no traction in the larger community outside of the small, insular leftist coffee klatch. Furthermore, I don’t remember folks getting dogs sicked on them, nor hoses put on them for the ‘civil right’ of gay marriage! PBO is not gonna give the GOP an issue to rile up their dispirited base, and I’m sorry but that’s politics, something the aforementioned ‘political junkies’ could learn about.

    • MonieTalks

      The uproar against PBO and the name-calling and contempt leading up to the midterm elections 2010 is what has lead up to this point. DKos is one of the ring leaders of the “base is abandoning the president” cadence that so many echoed then. So why does the sellout’s (PBO, according to them) matter now. Hell the LGBT awarded the GOPTEA with at least 30 percent of the midterm vote, DOUBLING their support. Sounds to me like they are demanding from the party.

      Without reiterating what I said last night, where is the real ground
      game strategy from the well-heeled overly vocal LGBT community and their supporters? Republicans have using these initiatives for years to stoke divisions and increase their voter turnout…some are even on the record saying this is exactly our sole purpose. Hell, Ken Mehlman and the rest of the gay Republican contingent kept their mouth shut, and used these measures to ensure Republican wins

      • Jeremy

        Monie Talks they are phony. As soon as many of them get marriage equality they will drop the Democratic party like a stone and vote Republican. They will not reward the only party that is fighting for their rights. Unlike blacks who supported the Democrats especially after the Civil Rights/ Voting rights act push from LBJ.

    • dannie22

      I had to stop following BWD on twitter cause of her bs. She got rid of her blog because she couldnt handle the attacks but she wants to give advice on manning up to the President? Come on son!

    • dannie22

      And…This is the “last big civil rights issue”? Really??

    • MsKitty

      TOD used to be one of my go-to blogs. Key phrase being “used to be.” It’s this type of wishy-washy nonsense that drove me away. It’s not about agreeing with PBO on each and every thing he does, but this nonstop second guessing is way tiresome. Nobody wants to give him credit for taking the long view, and it’s really disheartening to see it coming from so-called “friendly” sites. Would it really kill people to see how this plays out before they start reaching for the “Obama caved” or “Obama should do X, Y, or Z” like he’s 5 fucking years old?

      I think Chipsticks is great and her site had a good run for awhile, but it’s fast approaching FUBAR territory. I hope she can pull out of the tailspin, but makes no matter to me because I’ve already deleted the bookmark.

      • Miranda

        I honestly never read the threads, I just liked that there was such a great picture montage of all the events – it was only after people would reference a comment that I noticed how many comments were actually on each thread. Glad I never got into that part.

    • Camille


      With all the insane shit going on out there with these fucking republicans and the complicit corporate media —and in the face of an epic battle of an election that will be rigged every way possible so that desperate Mitt Romney can make good on his gambling debt to the casino owners—-and we get this???!!

      Is there some shitty brain scrambling that happens with people who once dwelled on Daily Kos that permanently programs them for bird shit straight-faced upside down hockey crap that distracts from the pressing work at hand?!

      Sorry, but I’ve never had any real use for and always found this BWD to be too flaky, shaky and too full of it!

      I read through her blog a few times and dumped it—just could not deal with the never-ending concern trolling, second-guessing and arm-chair quarterbacking of President Obama!

      Then she abruptly shuts down the blog but then goes a-shitting with her concern trolling at what is supposed to be a safe progress in pictures place for all things positive.

      Effectively cancelling out whatever good the purportedly was to begin with—except of course now enjoying the status of revered former blog who could now spout crap unchallenged.

      The danger in pretending that any and all folks who sometimes write and tweet in defense of President Obama are necessarily good for our cause is bullocks.

      As evidenced by the immense damage they can also wreak when they invoke their fake bona fides as “true supporters” while they set off on serious demoralizing expeditions peppered with huge amounts of emotionally charged demands of President Obama that typically do more harm than good.

      At this crucial point and in these next few crazy months until this defining election on November 6, there is absolutely no room for distractions like these targeting the President to feed BWD’s emotional needs and tantrums— nor is there room to meet her whiny demands, timeline and priorities.

      You either believe that this great, once in a generation President is brilliant, adept, focused, empathetic, thoughtful, always 10 steps ahead, completely tuned-in and sure as hell knows what he is doing — or you don’t.

      There are no ifs and buts about it.

      And there is nothing some anonymous, flaky, perpetually freaking out self-proclaimed “supporter” can show or tell this very grounded and measured President in silly open letters, he doesn’t already know or thought through.

      Like I said, after President Obama leaves office, I’m so done. I cannot abide this foolishness nor could I deal with this extensive variety of insanity on behalf of anyone else.

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  • rikyrah

    Competence vs. Incompetence
    by BooMan
    Mon May 7th, 2012 at 08:40:05 PM EST

    Remember when the Maine GOP pulled all those shenanigans to make sure Romney beat Ron Paul in their caucuses? Turns out that Ron Paul had the last laugh. He also piledrived Romney in Nevada this weekend:

    Augusta, Maine, Paul supporter Brent Tweed narrowly won the election to chair the state’s GOP convention. From there, he presided over a meeting that ended up with Paul winning 18 of the state’s 24 delegates to Tampa.
    Romney narrowly won Maine’s caucus straw poll earlier this year. But that was a nonbinding beauty contest. Sunday’s vote was what really counted.

    In Sparks, Nev., the result was even more one-sided. Paul supporters won 22 of 25 delegates up for selection. But Nevada’s caucuses, unlike Maine’s, were binding on delegates. Some delegates were also awarded on an at-large basis. The bottom line: In the first round of voting in Tampa, 20 Nevada delegates are bound to Romney, and eight are free to vote for Paul, no matter their personal preference

    The article goes on to discuss a possible strategy for the bound Romney Paul delegates at the convention. They can apparently abstain without violating the rules. So, on the crucial first ballot, Romney can only count on 9 delegates from Maine and Nevada combined, while Paul is assured of eighteen.

    I have two thoughts on this. First, it just highlights what a sad joke it is to think about our nominating contests as elections. They’re not elections. If you want to be the nominee, it helps a lot to win the elections that take place, but don’t ever think that your vote is going to count. Figure out what the rules are in your state and make sure your candidate gets your support when it matters.

    Second, how incompetent is Mitt Romney? While the president is out chasing down the terrorists who blew up the USS Cole twelve years ago and disrupting terrorist plots and putting General Motors on the Forbes Top 5, Romney is losing fistfuls of delegates to a guy he tried to cheat out of those very same delegates three months ago. I thought the one thing Romney was good at was taking people’s shit away from them, and here he is getting his pockets picked by a near-octogenerian.

    In the end, Ron Paul can’t do anything to prevent Romney from being the nominee, but he can make him look stupid. Oh wait! He already did.


    • Miranda

      Maybe its just me, but I can’t wait for the Republican convention. LOL

  • rikyrah

    8:33 AM EDT, Tuesday May 8, 2012
    Obama Campaign To Hit Romney On Student Loans

    The Obama campaign is planning to attack Mitt Romney over student loans Tuesday after Romney suggested at an Ohio town hall Monday that President Obama would promise ”free stuff” to college students to engage them during the election, reports Politico. Romney undercut attacks from the Obama camp over student loans last month when he said he supported an extension of a program to subsidize government student loans – which the Senate plans to vote on Tuesday.


  • Miranda

    Here are pics from the 2012 Met gala last night.

    Why is Mary-Kate Olsen looking like something from Grimms Fairy Tales?

    Honestly, most of these folks look a hot mess.

    • rikyrah


    • I think the Olsen twins are so over-rated fashion wise. Since when is looking homeless equate to being a fashionista?

      Is Tom Brady’s hair in a Gumby?

      No, Beyonce. Just. No.

      Why is SJP wearing Big Momma’s floral bed sheet?

      Emma Stone looks like that little jewelry box ballerina that twirls around. And that’s not a good thing.

      I see Kristen Stewart just didn’t give a flukk.

      • Miranda

        Yeah, Bey should NOT have done that…and I cant stand you for the Emma Stone visual…I look at her picture and see her twirling around LMAO

        There are some celebrity stylists that should be fired today for real.

  • rikyrah

    ‘The Life of Julia’
    By Steve Benen – Tue May 8, 2012 10:15 AM EDT.

    There’s an old joke that goes something like this: my neighbor went to public schools before joining the military. He went to college on the G.I. Bill, bought his first home through the FHA, received his health care through the V.A. and Medicare, and now receives Social Security. He’s a conservative because he wants to get the government off his back.

    I thought about this joke about a week ago, when the Obama campaign unveiled an interesting online feature called “The Life of Julia,” featuring a woman at 12 different stages of her life — ages 3 to 67 — and “how President Obama’s policies help one woman over her lifetime — and how Mitt Romney would change her story.”

    The point of the project is fairly obvious: throughout a woman’s life, Obama has an agenda that provides protections and benefits that offer opportunities, while Romney has an agenda that does largely the opposite. Head Start programs help “Julia” at age 3; college aid benefits her at 17; the Affordable Care Act covers her at age 22; the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act protects her at 23, Medicare covers her at 65, etc.

    more here

  • Miranda

    Fun fact…i saw the budget surplus referenced on twitter..so I googled “Obama, surplus, april”…funny – the only articles that came up were HuffHo, Drudge, Washington Times – really. I thought that was odd, why for such an article would the only hits be HuffHo and 2 rightwing sites? Well the HuffHo is an AP article – and the 2 rightwingers are only reeling in their minions for their daily feeding. So then I just googled “surplus, april”…..ahhh….all the other news articles make no reference whatsoever to PBO. Interesting huh?

    First Monthly Budget Surplus in Three Years

    The Congressional Budget Office has reported a monthly budget surplus of $58 billion, which would be a first in nearly three years.

    The improved numbers are attributed to a 10 percent increase in tax revenue. The month of April coincides with tax season which typically results in a yearly surplus, but hasn’t happened since the 2008 financial crisis when tax revenue fell.


  • Miranda

    Bye bish!

    Chronicle of Higher Education ousts blogger over black studies post

    The Chronicle of Higher Education says it now agrees with the “several thousand of you [who] spoke out in outrage and disappointment that The Chronicle had published an article that did not conform to the journalistic standards and civil tone that you expect from us,” and has dismissed the writer, Naomi Schaefer Riley.

    She wrote in her April 30 Brainstorm blog post that the most persuasive case for eliminating black studies departments was reading the dissertations written by black studies grad students. “What a collection of left-wing victimization claptrap,” she wrote. “The best that can be said of these topics is that they’re so irrelevant no one will ever look at them.”

    more here

    • rikyrah

      Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out

  • Rhoda

    Ladies and Gentleman of POU, let’s put our thinking hats on today.

    PPP which is based in NC had a poll out showing a loss for LGBT and progressives and democrats on Amendment One.

    Our final marriage amendment poll finds it leading by a 55-39 margin, little change from a week ago when it was ahead 55-41. The final yes percentage will likely be somewhere in the 57-59% range depending on how the undecideds break. Opponents of the amendment had an uphill battle in convincing voters that it was anything other than a referendum on gay marriage, even though it does go a lot further than that. 57% of voters in the state think gay marriage should be illegal (to only 34% who think it should be legal) and it’s not a coincidence that number correlates so closely with the 55% planning to support the amendment.

    In some sense North Carolinians are voting against their own beliefs. 53% of voters in the state support either gay marriage or civil unions, yet a majority also support the amendment that would ban both. The reason for that disconnect is even with just 24 hours until election day only 46% of voters realize the proposal bans both gay marriage and civil unions. Those informed voters oppose the amendment by a 61-37 margin but there may not be enough time left to get the rest of the electorate up to speed.

    Now, this is not a defeat that can be comfortably laid on the AA community which has fought along with the LGBT and as part of a progressive/democratic coalition against amendment one. This is a simple defeat. I don’t buy PPP’s rationalization that people don’t understand the law bans both. I think people will say one thing; but when push comes to shove they feel a different way and only intensive outreach and demand for civil rights can change that.

    So, having a loss in NC today what did the LGBT community and the progressives do? They refocus the issue on the President and totally ruin the rollout of his latest economic focused push on Congress. No one is talking about the to-do list POTUS sent Congress; they’re talking about how he supports gays but is being to “political” to come out for gay marriage. Halperin tossed Duncan that question out of the blue to make this a two day story. I don’t blame Sec. Duncan; he had to answer.

    When Amendment One passes; they want to say if only they had a leader like POTUS speaking for them. Ignoring that Bill Clinton did a robocall.

    This fall, there are a lot of anti-gay initiatives on the ballot to gin up the evangelical base for Romney; and the reason why is because it works and it’s also why POTUS won’t come out for gay marriage to give Republicans a rallying cry in inciting evangelicals who hate Romney. That is political; but it’s good politics for the LGBT community and they should recognize it and should have just let Biden’s comments pass. That they didn’t illustrates why they have not had the success they could IMO with the changing attitudes.

    • Miranda

      Halperin throwing that question out there to Sec. Duncan told me all I needed to know about these bastards. Why the hell you’re asking the Secretary of Education about this? Why didn’t you ask him about Voter Suppression laws or if he believed there was a war on women?

      • Rhoda

        They needed a negative story to tell for the week. I honestly believe they’re going to try to do this every week til the election; the President had a flawless rollout, he has a great message that polls well, and Romney can’t fill a room and can’t stand up to the crazies. If they tell it straight; every week would be positive press for the President and none of that Citzens’ United money for the media.

        They need a bad story to tell. The President has had negative coverage this entire year; not a week with positive news. And he’s still beating the Republicans.

        They will go all out for Romney this year and suppress all good news for POTUS; watch how they don’t mention him in regards to a FEDERAL surplus that came from INCREASED TAX REVENUE which proves the president’s point about a balanced approach and the need for stimulus. Will they tell the news straight and draw a line to what austerity and the economic platform the Republicans ran on in 2010 and the President protected the country from tipped Europe into recession. Will they tell that story?


        It’s always either/or with them unless it’s a lie like the President and gas prices.

      • Because Mark Halperin is a d–k.

  • Miranda

    Reason No. 3,761 why I hate the media.

    Empty seats haunt President Obama

    • Ebogan63

      The pix they used defeats their bullshit narrative, yet they soldier on with that bullshit.

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s Auto Rescue Claims Don’t Hold Up
    Benjy Sarlin- May 8, 2012, 10:46 AM

    With the general election in full swing, Mitt Romney is tacking to the center on the auto rescue with furious speed, with a top spokesman and then Romney himself both claiming he deserves a big “thank-you” for saving Detroit.

    He doesn’t.

    “I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet,” Romney told a Cleveland TV station while visiting a local auto plant Monday. “So, I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back.”

    The trouble is that the people who helped craft the actual auto bailout — and not just on the Democratic side — have said Romney’s public position would likely have resulted in destruction of the industry.

    This isn’t the first time Romney has courted credit. He applauded Obama in 2009 for showing “backbone” in implementing certain aspects of the initial bailout, and called it “a course I recommended a number of months ago.” Romney’s position was vague enough then, despite a high-profile “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” op-ed, to make a plausible case he and Obama were on the same page. But during the 2012 Republican primary he clarified that the measures he endorsed were nowhere near what actually was needed to fix the problem at hand.

    Both Romney and Obama agreed the car companies should be put through bankruptcy, which is what ultimately occurred. But the key difference was who would pay to keep the companies alive as they restructured. Experts say that without the tens of billions of dollars in federal loans, the companies would likely have been liquidated, as the private financial industry was in a meltdown of its own and completely unwilling to step in with loans.

    Romney danced around this issue while campaigning in the Michigan primary earlier this year, where his bailout position received a lot of attention, but ultimately sided with those on the right who insisted the private sector should sort it out.

    “The president tells us that without his intervention things in Detroit would be worse,” Romney wrote in an op-ed in the Detroit News in February. “I believe that without his intervention things there would be better.”

    This squared with previous remarks: Romney told Piers Morgan in June 2011 that “the bailouts were a mistake” and suggested that the companies could have gone through bankruptcy immediately with minimal federal help.

    Romney’s insistence in February that he would have saved Detroit drew some pushback from within his own party. Even while campaigning in support of Romney in Michigan, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) told reporters plainly, “There was no one that could have picked up those pieces other than the federal government.”

    Steve Rattner, the “auto czar” responsible for managing the rescue, penned a New York Times op-ed savaging Romney for claiming credit for the most popular aspects of the bailout while disowning the loans that were necessary to make it work.

    “[Romney’s position] sounds like a wonderfully sensible approach — except that it’s utter fantasy,” he wrote. “In late 2008 and early 2009, when G.M. and Chrysler had exhausted their liquidity, every scrap of private capital had fled to the sidelines. I know this because the administration’s auto task force, for which I was the lead adviser, spoke diligently to all conceivable providers of funds, and not one had the slightest interest in financing those companies on any terms. If Mr. Romney disagrees, he should come forward with specific names of willing investors in place of empty rhetoric. I predict that he won’t be able to, because there aren’t any.”

    Democrats rushed to hold Romney to his original position after his latest comments Monday. The Obama campaign distributed a statement from Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), one of the strongest advocates for the auto rescue in 2009.

    “Mitt Romney is on a hook of his own making because of his vocal opposition to the auto rescue, which saved General Motors and Chrysler from liquidation and prevented hundreds of thousands of job losses in a vital industry,” Levin said. “Governor Romney should have the courage and integrity to say he was wrong instead of trying to pull off another flip-flop.”

    Romney will likely be asked to clarify his position further Tuesday as he returns to Michigan, the state most affected by the auto rescue. But at this point, he’s taken so many twists and turns, it’s impossible to have any clear idea what exactly he would have done.


  • GOVCHRIS1988

    I’m encouraging ALL of y’all to go over to that blog and speak your mind. I’m sorry, but this is game time and they need some truth. Because I’m getting real pissed off about this shit! Damn spot!

    • They’re moderating comments now.

      I must say, your rant was ON POINT!

      • crazycanuck

        Moderating? What do you mean? She put that on front page, now she wants to ‘moderate’ people’s responses. SMH

  • Miranda


    Chris Moody‏@Chris_Moody
    RNC National Hispanic Outreach Director on Romney just now: “He’s still deciding what his position on immigration is.”


    • rikyrah


    • GN

      They were not kidding; the plan was to simply tell the GOP base, whatever, and then come up with completely new positions for the generals. While purity trolls like Markos, Arianna, and Rachel keep us tied up chasing utopia. This is crazy, but we saw it coming. Yes we can, yes we did, and yes we will, 2012.

    • Dayum, Mittens. Just…damn!

    • rikyrah

      I guess Latinos are more understanding than Black folk.

  • rikyrah

    Political AnimalBlog
    May 08, 2012 11:12 AM

    The Borg Absorbs the Former Resistance

    By Ed Kilgore

    It’s all very predictable, but I have to admit I’m impressed with how rapidly the Romney campaign is absorbing the legions of conservative activists—or at least their leaders—who fought his nomination for so long. It’s clear this is one of its main objectives at present. Check out this not-so-veiled reference in Rick Santorum’s email to his minions about his recent meeting with Romney:

    As it is often said, “personnel is policy.” I strongly encouraged Governor Romney as he builds out his campaign staff and advisors that he add more conservative leaders as an integral part of his team. And you can be sure that I will work with the Governor to help him in this task to ensure he has a strong team that will support him in his conservative policy initiatives.

    He might have been thinking of his former campaign manager Mike Biundo, who has been named “coalitions director” for Team Mitt, which is another way of saying the guy who has a budget to coopt as many people from his (and probably Newt Gingrich’s) organizational charts as possible. Indeed, as National Review’s Robert Costa reports in a piece entitled “Beyond Boston,” buying off the organized Right appears to be Job One. Appropriately enough, Costa turns to the guy who has long stood at the very intersection of money and ideology in the GOP, Grover Norquist, for a progress report:

    “They are doing a reasonably good job,” says Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform and the host of an influential weekly meeting of conservative activists. “In terms of bringing the party together, the polling shows that happening. In terms of outreach to the movement, they’re sending people to our Wednesday meeting, such as policy director Lanhee Chen, and hosting lunches with key people.”

    You can’t take the politics out of politics, and you sure as hell can’t take money and status out of Republican politics. But it will be interesting to see how lavishly “Boston” spreads both among hungry tribes of conservative activists in the weeks just ahead.


  • rikyrah

    Durbin-Brown hearing on voting rights in Cleveland
    By Kay May 8th, 2012

    I went to a field hearing on voting rights yesterday in Cleveland. The issue in Ohio right now is early voting. Here’s the background. Republicans passed a law with additional restrictions and barriers to voting in 2011. Ohio already has a voter ID law, these are brand new (and quite creative) barriers. Democrats, unions, and civil rights groups collected enough signatures to put that law up to a “citizen veto” which has the effect of putting the law on hold in Ohio. Success! But wait: Republicans now are attempting to repeal their own law, making the ballet issue we worked so hard on null and void, and replace it with another law restricting voter access to the polls. So that’s where we are.

    This is immediately prior to hearing, the two gentlemen seated at the center of this photo are the GOP witnesses and I was sitting where a juror would sit when I took the picture

    Senators Durbin and Brown held the hearing, and I listened to five witnesses, three on the access side and two on the restrictions side. Both Democrats and Republicans are given an opportunity to provide written testimony and witnesses. Republicans sent only two witnesses for their side.

    The AA ministers and local civil rights leaders were seated in the jury box tiered above and beside the counsel tables where the witnesses sat. That pleased me to no end, because advocates for restricting voter access are so rarely on defense and they’re never, ever faced with the actual people these laws harm. I’d wager it’s a lot easier to promote arbitrary and ridiculous voting restrictions from the plush confines and safe distance of the Fox News studio or the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal than it is selling that nonsense while local community leaders in Cleveland are sitting 12 feet away, looking at you. Explain to that 70 year old minister up there why you believe the members of his church are committing felony voter fraud on the Sunday before an election without a shred of proof. You go ahead. I’ll watch.


    Mr. Arrendondo went first on their side, and I smiled when he started with “voting is a privilege” because that’s crazy making to voting rights advocates. Voting is a right, not a privilege, and invoking the now-standard misleading and inaccurate conservative “privilege” frame takes those of us on the access side to full adrenaline red alert. The law professor sat straight up in his chair when he heard “privilege” probably just dying to rebut on that. I sympathize. Anyway. My feeling on that first GOP witness was that he’s unreachable. No facts on voting will ever get through. He made a passionate case for Sunday voting (which is what they do in Mexico, he said) until Durbin reminded him that he was there to oppose Sunday voting in the US, because that’s the issue: early voting on Sunday. He’s FOR Sunday voting in Mexico and AGAINST Sunday voting in the US. Okay. Next witness.

    Dale Fellows, the second Republican, was different. He started out with what I thought was a solid attempt to defend changing the law on early voting, but as the hearing went on, and he responded to the questions of Durbin and Brown he seemed less and less interested in defending the broader national Republican position on voting rights. He said there were parts of the new law that he didn’t agree with, and he looked toward the jury box when he stated his own personal commitment to voting rights. I’m wondering if his approach was different for two reasons: first, he was once on a county board of elections, so has a real working knowledge of voting process on the ground, and, second, it is harder to accuse people of fraud when they are sitting in front of you.

    On the first, the practical working knowledge part, county boards of election members are NOT usually rabid partisans, in my experience. The joke is that the the best result for a county board of elections member is LANDSLIDE! (for either side) because that means there’s no contentious dispute and recount. But I also wonder if he seemed more sympathetic to our position because sitting in a room in Cleveland faced with ordinary local people who are on the other side really is different than promoting the voter fraud stuff seated around a pundit table on television or writing some editorial page screed about “voter fraud”. The people seated in the jury box are real people, they’re respected local leaders in Cleveland, and they are dead serious about what they believe is an attempt by Republicans to disenfranchise their communities. It’s personal.


  • Miranda

    I have to believe that the vast majority of LBGT individuals are not falling for the okey-doke being perpetrated by the media in conjunction with a few “leaders” of LBGT groups.

    The same way that no matter how much foolishness was rained down on African-americans by some of our so-called “leaders” (CBC, Frick and Frack) – the overwhelmingly majority of AA voters are simply not hoodwinked. Look at the Latino numbers for PBO…the majority of Latino voters are not falling for the “immigration” trap – no matter what Luis Guitterez says. The majority of Jewish voters are not falling for what the numbnuts in the media tell them about PBO and Israel, Palestine and Iran…they really are not.

    I have to believe that the majority of LBGT individuals are not falling for this trap and understand that the only real pathway to equality is through this President and his second term.

    • Ebogan63

      Miranda, most of the LGBT folks I know are fully committed to PBO, and think that the usual suspects and their whining are fulll of crap, full stop! They know the deal.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I read the thread yesterday, and I see the media is whining and bitching about the President saying he is evolving on the LGBT issue.

        Media, the President is telling you the truth, and you STILL want to bitch.

        Well, FUCK YOU!

        I am sure that others are also evolving on the LGBT issue.
        It does not neccesarily make one evil.

        This President has done more for LGBT issues than any President in my lifetime, and you want to bitch and complain?

        FUCK YOU!

        I’ve learned a long time ago:
        “I don’t care what you say, I watch what you do.”

        So, keep it up.

        If Willard becomes President, and he fucks over LGBT persons, I don’t want to hear one word from the LGBT “activists” and The Professional Left.

        You got what you wanted, so enjoy it and shut the fuck up.

        • Guns3000

          LGBT would be fools to throw their chips in with any other candidate but as politically astute as the President and campaign is I’m sure behind closed doors they’d probably admit it was a pretty dumb thing to say. I understand the President’s intent but a statement like that is begging to be exploited by opponents and LGBT activists alike. As I’ve gotten older I’ve “evolved” on some things but a President can’t say that. It comes off as pure political. I’m “evolving?” Evolving to what? To change my mind after the election?

    • BoomerGal

      Then you haven’t read “Democratic Underground.”

    • PBomb

      From my experience, alot of LGBT don’t pay attention to what the supposed “activists” are saying. Majority of them are in PBO’s corner.

  • rikyrah

    Obama up 7 in Ohio
    Barack Obama continues to have the upper hand in Ohio, even if Mitt Romney puts one of the Buckeye State’s leading politicians on his ticket.

    Obama leads Romney 50-43. That 7 point margin is unchanged from late January when he was ahead by a 49-42 spread. Obama also led 50-41 when PPP polled the state in early November so this makes three polls in a row over the span of six months with him leading by 7-9 points. Obama certainly looks like the favorite in Ohio at this point.

    Ohio voters don’t love Obama. They’re evenly split with 48% approving and 48% disapproving of him, although that is an improvement from the negative numbers he’s posted during most of his time in office. Obama’s lead in the state may be driven more by the fact that Ohioans just don’t much care for Mitt Romney. 37% have a favorable opinion of him to 53% with a negative one. That includes a 33/59 spread with independents. Romney’s performance in Ohio in the primary wasn’t terribly impressive and his issues seem to be extending to the general election.

    Rob Portman has received perhaps more attention as a potential running mate for Romney than anyone else over the last month but even with all of that publicity he remains a relatively obscure figure in the state. 36% of voters have no opinion on his job performance, the highest level of indifference we’ve found to any of the 87 sitting Senators we’ve polled on in their home states. Those who do have a take on Portman are closely divided with 31% approving of him to 33% who disapprove.


  • Miranda

    US employers posted 3.74 million March jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies in March posted the highest number of job openings in nearly four years, a sign that hiring could strengthen in the coming months after slowing this spring.

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 3.74 million job openings in March. That’s up from a revised 3.57 million in February and the most since July 2008, just before the financial crisis erupted.

    read more here http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_JOB_OPENINGS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 05/08/2012
    Mitt Romney still ducking key issues
    By Greg Sargent

    Today, the Senate will hold a vote on the Dem version of the proposal to extend low interest rates for federally-funded student loans. In the next few weeks, the Senate will hold a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and is strongly supported by President Obama.

    Does anyone know what Mitt Romney’s position is on these two issues?

    Yes, Romney has called for the extension of low interest rates. But both sides agree on this point. What’s getting lost in the discussion is that he hasn’t taken a position on the actual dispute between the two parties over the extension — how to pay for it. Nor has Romney taken a position on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was broadly opposed by Senate Republicans two years ago. Both these issues have far reaching importance to two of the major consistuencies that are currently being fought over in this election — young voters and women.

    As it happens, the public sides with Dems on both of them. A new National Journal poll asked specifically about the core dispute over the student loan extension, and 50 percent support the Dem approach of paying for it with tax hikes on some businesses. Only 34 percent support the GOP approach of paying for it out of a preventive health fund that’s part of Obamacare. Independents support the Dem approach by 49-31. And young voters — the same ones Romney keeps telling us should vote for him out of their own self interest — support the Dem plan 58-28.

    The poll also found that 52 percent trust Dems on the issues raised by the Paycheck Fairness Act, while only 36 percent trust Republicans. Women trust Dems by 59-29.

    On an Obama campaign conference call this morning, spokesman Ben LaBolt called on Romney to take a position on the Act. He pointed out that the Romney campaign had yet to say whether he would have signed the Lily Ledbetter Act, and noted that the Paycheck Fairness Act picks up where Lily Ledbetter left off, by making it easier to challenge pay discrimination in new ways.

    “This is just one more issue where we’re waiting for the Romney campaign to get back to us,” LaBolt said.

    These two issues go right to the main arguments driving this presidential camapign — over how, or whether, government programs should act to combat the free market’s imperfections and to foster opportunity and social mobility, and over the priorities that should dictate how we pay for them. Will Romney detail his positions on either?


    • Miranda

      Greg Sargent should ask his brethen in the WaPo news room why they aren’t pressuring Mitt to answer those questions.

  • crazycanuck

    Whoa, I admire BWD, loved her blog,love her passion for this presidency, but I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, she really needs to get a backbone. This is politics, its not for the faint of heart. If you can’t deal, get out, take a break, come back in November.

    That was some serious PL nonsense I just read. Really surprised the owner of the blog front paged that idiocy. Seriously folks get a grip, you have an election to win.

  • rikyrah

    FROM ZIZI over at TOD about all the handwringing about the President’s ‘ position’ on gay marriage:


    May 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    I had to repost this from the bottom of the last thread re: BWD’s statement:

    I’m sorry BWD, but you are VERY WRONG. What is happening is that people are projecting their REAL FEAR of GOP & Wingnut noise-making power into making Pres. Obama a “Scape-Goat” (as in Greek Tragedies) for those fears. It is instructive that the very people lashing out at Pres. Obama have said ZERO to fight against the slew of marriage Amendments being pushed by religious folk around the country. Pres. Obama’s verbal assurance that he supports gay marriage will do zilch to stem the tide of hyper-bigotry being unleashed on us all.

    It’s as if people like BWD have a death wish. If, as you yourself say, PBO is our last firewall against the real DOOM that Repugs will unleash on us, why do we wanna cripple that firewall? Why?? More importantly a verbal statement from him does SQUAT for LGBTQ rights SQUAT!

    What more do folks want? His DEEDS show where his priorities lie. I thought we were the -reality-based crowd? He is NOT a therapist. The menace we face from the fucking GOP demands steely-eyed realism not group therapy sessions. He “walks like a duck, talks like a duck, he is a duck, for Pete’s sake. He is on the side of Gays!! We do not have the luxury at this point to nurse hurt feelings because PBO has not yet voiced approval. Sheesh?

    So he does say the magic words, then the last round of Wingnut hellfire rains on him even more than it is a this point. He loses, we all lose. Then what? We sit in a corner commiserating together while the nasty wingnuts UNDO EVERY fucking single civil rights progress of the last century and further back? Is that what we want?

    BWD and others cut it out. IT is a war out there and the other side is rigging the fucking game. And when it all settles PBO’s voiced or unvoiced approval of gay marriage will be the last thing we would be talking about. It will be brass-knuckle fight for survival!

    People should read up on the history of the African American Civil Rights struggle sometime. It fucking took 400 years of taking to steps forward then 20 steps backward, inn order to get a few measly rights thrown our way. But even now those few rights are under constant threat. Perspective, people, get some perspective.

    P.S. I apologize for the salty language. I’m miffed that’s all.

    • dannie22

      Right on!!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      Well said Zizi. Well said.

    • crazycanuck

      Where is zizi at? We need to give her some kind of medal.Tell it!

    • Ebogan63


    • Daltex82

      A thousand likes! I won’t post them here, but I also thought utaustinliberal and anotherslyfox comments were excellent as well.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – – — -SPEEEEEEEEEEAK TRUTH!!!- – – -zizi2. :>)

      – – -THIS!!- – –What is happening is that people are projecting their REAL FEAR of GOP & Wingnut noise-making power into making Pres. Obama a “Scape-Goat” (as in Greek Tragedies) for those fears. It is instructive that the very people lashing out at Pres. Obama have said ZERO to fight against the slew of marriage Amendments being pushed by religious folk around the country.

      The GOP’s – — modus operandi– – – – ->FEAR MONGERING!!– —in order 2 ATTEMPT 2 – – -DISGUISE the – – -TRUTH!!

      U!- – – – -JUST!- – – – –CALL! THEM! OUT!!– – –

      – – – Thank U 4 this rikyrah. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      No need to apologize.

      They whine and bitch about this President, but when it comes to Clinton and Bush, they are like mice pissing on cotton.

      They should read the May 10, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone (RS 1156).

  • Miranda

    Team Barack Obama‏@TeamBarackObama

    RT @TPElections: Romney campaign bans reporters from live tweeting conference call. http://politi.co/KK7wol #obama2012

  • rikyrah

    12:36 PM EDT, Tuesday May 8, 2012
    UAW President Bob King: Mitt Romney Would Not Have Saved Us

    United Auto Workers President Bob King is out with a statement slapping down Mitt Romney’s claim that he deserves “credit” for saving the auto industry by recommending they go through bankruptcy. King notes that there was no private financing available in the midst of the 2008 and 2009 crisis to keep them afloat, meaning that without billions of dollars of government loans – opposed by Romney – the car companies would have likely been liquidated.

    His full statement, below:

    more here http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/uaw-president-bob-king-mitt-romney-would-not

  • lamh35

    I see the usual suspects over at TOD are at it again. I remember a while back when I posted something about how certain people over there needed to get a grip and they just were not cut out for the down and dirty nature of politics. Someone felt I was being unfair to that commenter, and yet here we are again. Another outrage and more chicken with it’s head cut off mentality.

    Mark my words, next week it will be another and on an don until November.

    • Admiral_Komack

      I went to TOD, using a different nom de gurre, and basically said (paraphrase) “Give your impassioned plea to Willard and see how far you get.”
      “President Obama has done more positively for LGBT persons in my lifetime, and still you complain?”


      (I could not use this nom de gurre when I set up the account with Word Press, so I created another one).

      • BoomerGal

        I’m done with that crowd. Back in 08′ I had sympathy for them but they are the most ungracious group of folks I’ve ever seen!

    • GN

      Yes, I did think you weren’t giving the benefit of the doubt. I honestly don’t know what’s going on right now with those guys, but it’s political malpractice to follow the PL’s lead on just about anything; they’re always wrong. They were wrong about the bailouts, wrong about the stimulus not working, wrong to concern troll HCR, wrong about DADT and the POTUS “betraying” them, wrong to blame black people for Prop 8, wrong about the oil spill response (Dr. Chu is a GENIUS), wrong about the debt ceiling deal, wrong about the tax cut deal, wrong about plans to slash Medicare/SS, wrong about the DOJ as “Jim Crow” b/c this same DOJ evolved into refusing to defend DOMA, wrong about PBO losing the base…pretty much, pick a subject, and they’re dead wrong about it–Dionne Warwick and her psychic friends the PL are not. Makes me appreciate this place and thepeoplesview all the more. I hope that people come to realize how they’re being played by the media, but if not, nothing’s wrong with appreciating the good they *have* done, even if they get off of the ride early.

    • What cracks me up is how more than a few swear they are politically in the know but yet they get so easily manipulated by low rated cable news pundits and Republican talking points.

  • rikyrah

    Obama leads Romney by 10 in Iowa

    PPP’s first general election poll of Iowa since last October really exemplifies how the Republican nomination process enhanced Barack Obama’s chances at reelection. Last fall Obama led Romney only 46-42 there but now his lead is up to 10 points at 51-41, matching his 2008 margin of victory in the state.

    The reason for Obama’s enhanced standing in the state is pretty simple- over the last six months he’s become more popular and Romney’s become less popular. Obama was under water at a 43/52 approval spread, now he’s on narrowly positive ground at 49/46. The most noteworthy shift has come with independents, who he’s gone from 37/54 to 52/41 with.

    Romney meanwhile remains incredibly unpopular in Iowa with only 34% of voters rating him favorably to 56% with an unfavorable opinion. He used to have a decent amount of crossover appeal to Democrats with a 17/72 spread, but that’s now worsened to 9/86. And with independents he’s at an atrocious 28/59.

    In the head to head Obama leads with independents by a striking 54/34 margin. Obama gets 90% of the Democratic vote while only 79% of Republicans are committed to Romney. In a sense that’s good news for Romney because it indicates he has a lot more room to grow and make Iowa more competitive. But it also speaks to the fact that Obama’s base is a lot more sold on him than Romney’s is.

    The Ohio poll we released earlier today showed big problems for Romney with women and young voters and we see the same trend in Iowa. Obama’s up 20 points with women at 57-37 and has a 58-30 advantage with voters under 30. Obama’s running basically even with Romney among seniors, a group the Republican would need to win big in order to be successful in Iowa.


  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – — -SHE WAS annnd IS – —FIERCE!! – —- –

    – – – — Honoring The Revolutionary Contributions Of Activist, Academian Angela Davis!– – –

    – – – —While educator, author and activist Angela Davis may not be a Mother in the traditional sense of the word, she is considered by most to be one of the Mothers of the Civil Rights Movement. Blossoming as a curious young student enraptured by the teachings of communism and socialism, Ms. Davis formed an intellectual connection with the philosophical teachings of Jean-Paul Sartre while studying at Brandeis University. Studying abroad in France and Germany, Davis, a native of Alabama, would later say that the 1963 Birmingham Church bombings had a profound effect on her.

    – – – As a professor of Philosophy at UCLA, Davis would become one of the central figures of Black activism, voicing her politics and aligning herself with the Black Panther Party. Controversy would ensue as she routinely spoke out against injustice, even from her perch as an educator. She would be fired by the school in 1970, thrusting her into one of the more explosive moments of her life. After developing a relationship of letter correspondence with jailed activist and Black Panther member George Jackson, she would find herself labeled a fugitive and terrorist after a courthouse shooting in August of 1970 went awry, resulting in the death of Jackson’s 17-year old brother, Jonathan.

    Watch Davis talk about growing up with bombs going off in her neighborhood here:

    Had the occasion 2 hear her speak. We shared a LAFF- — ’cause we were both sportin’ – – -“BIG AFROS” annnd we noted that it was difficult 4 us 2 fit in the SAME ROOM.- – -LOL

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  • Admiral_Komack

    I have deleted “The Obama Diary” from my bookmarks.